LONDON, England (AP): Seeking to mend his relationship with manager Pep Guardiola, Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure apologised yesterday for outbursts by his agent. A statement of contrition was demanded two months ago by Guardiola before Toure would be considered for selection again. But it’s still not clear if the four-time African Player of the Year will play again for City. “I wish to apologise – on behalf of myself and those who represent me – to the management team and all those working at the club for the misunderstandings from the past,” Toure wrote on Facebook. “Those statements do not represent my views on the club or the people who work there.” While Guardiola was receptive to Toure’s statement, the midfielder’s representative, Dimitri Seluk, had other ideas. Seluk infuriated Guardiola in September by accusing the manager of humiliating Toure by leaving him out of City’s Champions League squad. “Maybe Toure has apologised. But I don’t know for what. I think Yaya (doesn’t) mean this,” Seluk said yesterday in an interview with Talk Sport radio shortly after the 33-year-old Toure published his statement. Still, Guardiola cautiously welcomed yesterday’s apology. “We spoke this morning and, of course, it’s private,” Guardiola said. “I read what he wrote and that’s all. Of course it is good news for Manchester City. “Yaya is in all meetings and all our training sessions,” Guardiola said, shedding little light on Toure’s playing future. Toure struggled for form last season and could have trouble adapting to Guardiola’s high-energy pressing game. “I have nothing but respect for Manchester City and only wish the best for the football club,” Toure said in his apology. “I am immensely proud to have played a part in the club’s history and want to help City succeed further. I live to play football and entertain the fans.”
0Shares0000Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool won’t understimate Porto © AFP / Christof STACHELONDON, United Kingdom, Mar 15 – Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool won’t underestimate Porto after being handed a Champions League quarter-final clash with the Portuguese underdogs in Friday’s draw.Klopp’s side will go into the Porto tie as heavy favourites to advance to a semi-final showdown against Barcelona or Manchester United. Liverpool crushed Porto 5-0 on aggregate in the Champions League last 16 just last season, scoring all five goals in the away leg before a goalless draw in the return at Anfield.“What can I say? It’s Porto and we’ve played there already and we know how good we had to be last year,” Klopp told Liverpool’s website.“The result in the end was a strange one; it was very good for us, of course, but it was a strange one. In the second leg, we saw the character of Porto and the quality they have.”With United taking on Barca and Tottenham facing Manchester City in the other quarter-finals, Liverpool got what looks the easiest draw of the four Premier League teams.But Reds boss Klopp is determined to ensure his side give Porto respect when they arrive on Merseyside for the first leg next month.“I could not be further away from thinking it’s the best draw because it isn’t,” he said.It is just the draw, it’s the opponent we have to prepare for and that’s all we will be thinking about from when we start preparing for the game.”Liverpool are hoping to go one better than last season when they were beaten by Real Madrid in the Champions League final.They are also competing for the club’s first domestic league title since 1990, setting up a potentially glorious end to the season.But Klopp isn’t looking that far ahead and has warned his players that Porto will be desperate to avenge last year’s thrashing.“100 per cent (it could give them extra motivation). Porto were not on my wish list, but now they are our opponent, it is how it is and we have to play them,” he said.“The first thing you have to do is make sure everybody respects the opponent the right way –- and we will do that 100 per cent. We will know about the quality of Porto and then we have to play the game.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Farmers, consumers and the environment will benefit from Farm Bureau supported provisions in the just announced Senate budget bill.Among the items Farm Bureau members and staff advocated for are retention of the business income tax deduction; funding for multiple water quality initiatives; and necessary funding for Ohio State University and Central State University Extension, the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Districts and OSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Farm Bureau also sought needed funding for multiple programs within the Ohio Departments of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection.Farm Bureau members called, texted and emailed Senators to express their views on the budget. The organization also offered formal testimony several times during the hearing process.“Our members spoke and our senators listened,” said Ohio Farm Bureau Executive Vice President Adam Sharp. “We’re pleased that our priorities were addressed in the Senate’s budget.”The two-year budget, which must now be reconciled with the House version and approved by Gov. Mike DeWine, comes at a crucial time for farmers and rural communities. The worst planting season and production outlook on record, already low commodity prices and market-disrupting international trade disputes have weakened Ohio’s largest industry.The business income tax deduction is especially important to farmers in the midst of an economic downturn.Ohio Farm Bureau First Vice President Bill Patterson, a produce grower and bakery operator, told senators during budget testimony that the tax deduction helps farmers by “allowing the good years to create a cushion. As a capital intensive business that typically requires yearly operating loans, the ability to save in good years due to policies like the business income tax deduction have allowed many farms to stay afloat as times have gotten tough.”The Senate budget also includes funding for Gov. DeWine’s proposed H2Ohio program, which will create additional tools for farmers who are working to adjust farming practices in ways that will improve water quality in Lake Erie and Ohio’s other waterways. The Senate budget also supports other water quality measures through specific agency and university programs.Other line-items Farm Bureau advocated for include ODA’s food safety, meat inspection, dairy, Ohio Proud and plant industry divisions, the Heidelberg Water Quality Lab and Ohio Sea Grant programs and education initiatives for career tech and industry-recognized credentials.Sharp said he was proud of the efforts of Farm Bureau members who reached out to their state senators. He encouraged members of the House-Senate conference committee to deliver to the governor a biennial budget that reflects the needs of rural Ohio. “Farmers and their communities are feeling the effects of a terrible farm economy,” he said. “We need lawmakers to respond accordingly.”
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The EPA’s latest proposal to define which waters can be regulated by the federal government and which by state and local authorities is a vast improvement over previous efforts, Wyoming Farm Bureau President Todd Fornstrom told the Senate subcommittee on Fisheries, Waters, and Wildlife in June.Expensive professional services needed to comply with the Clean Water Act, he said, too often make it impossible for farmers to use their own land to its fullest.“Farm Bureau cannot overstate the importance of a rule that draws clear lines of jurisdiction that farmers and ranchers can understand without needing to hire armies of consultants and lawyers,” Fornstrom told the subcommittee. “The (Clean Water Act) carries significant fines and penalties for persons who violate the Act’s prohibitions. Historically, farmers and ranchers have chosen to forfeit full use and enjoyment of their land rather than go down the onerous and expensive path of seeking CWA 404 permits. The cost to obtain a general permit can exceed tens of thousands of dollars and individual permits can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. Farmers and ranchers know these costs exceed the value of their land, which leads them to simply stay out of the regulatory quagmire by forgoing the use of their land without compensation.”Fornstrom praised the latest proposed rule for its preservation of the Clean Water Act’s partnership among federal, state and local regulators.“The CWA requires the federal government to work hand-in-hand with states, because the federal government cannot and should not regulate every single wet feature in every community, he said. “By drawing clear lines between waters of the U.S. and waters of the state, the proposal strengthens the cooperative federalism Congress envisioned and that the Supreme Court has long recognized as fundamental to the Clean Water Act.”
A newly announced $4 million grant will subsidize the construction of at least 25 net-zero energy homes (NZEHs) in four Canadian provinces. The initiative is being funded by the Canadian government’s ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative (ecoEII), homebuilders, and building materials manufacturers, including Owens Corning Canada.Homebuilders from Alberta, Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Quebec will be taking part in the project. One of the project’s aims is to demonstrate that net-zero building can be developed at the community scale, not just as one-off research projects.EcoEII is chipping in nearly $2 million for planning, design, and construction of the houses. The rest of the money is coming from Owens Corning, builders, and the building industry in the form of in-kind contributions.According to a statement announcing the initiative, “To date in Canada, there have been very few demonstrations of [net-zero energy] housing on a community scale that are market-ready for production builder adoption.”Officials say the houses could be finished by 2016. A $1 million grant for research into NZEH technologiesCoincidentally, Natural Resources Canada recently announced $1 million in new funding for the Smart Net-Zero Energy Buildings Strategic Network (SNEBRN), an alliance of researchers from 15 Canadian universities. The money is to be used to research and test new net-zero technologies for both houses and commercial buildings.Concordia University president Alan Shepard said the grant would build on advances in solar research, including the development of building-integrated photovoltaic thermal systems.
When Pakistan scored just 184 runs in their allotted 50 overs against Canada everyone began to wonder if there would be a repeat of what had happened during the Ireland versus England World Cup Group A match – a minnow team staging an upset.But, thanks to Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi , who spun a web around the young Canadian team and lead his boys to a scintillating 46-run victory. The Pakistan skipper didn’t do too well with the bat but changed the shape of the game by grabbing 5 for 23 in his 10 overs. Man-of-the-MatchNo wonder, Afridi won the Man-of-the-Match award for his impressive performance. With 14 wickets in three matches, he is also the leading wicket taker in the World Cup so far.
View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “Washington was immediately available and we’ve been considering him for a while as part of our short list while waiting for Mitchell,” said Guiao. “He’s also in good shape because he’s also actively playing based and based on the films, I think he’ll be a natural fit for our team.”Washington is expected to arrive early on Saturday and join the Road Warriors for a light practice.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next All-Filipino Pasig Chooks team plunges into action in FIBA 3X3 Kunshan Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP MANILA, Philippines—NLEX decided to change its foreign reinforcement a week before the start of the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.The Road Warriors originally tapped former PBA import Tony Mitchell, who played for the Fubon Braves in the Taiwan Super Basketball League, but elected to go with Curtis Washington for the conference instead.ADVERTISEMENT According to the team, they expected to have Mitchell after the Braves won the SBL title in early May but the import failed to report to NLEX in time.“We’ve been waiting since they won their championship in Taipei but for one reason or another, he cannot make it,” said head coach Yeng Guiao. “We’re losing time so we decided to select another import.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsMitchell served as former import for Magnolia in 2017 where the Hotshots finished 9-2 record before losing to eventual champion San Miguel in the semifinals.Washington is a 6-foot-10 bruiser and averaged 31 points and 19 rebounds in the Bahrain Premier League with Al-Nuwaidrat. MOST READ
zoomImage Courtesy: Odfjell The chemical tanker market remained challenging in the third quarter of this year, however, it stabilized quarter-on-quarter, according to Norwegian shipping and tank terminal company Odfjell SE. “The chemical tanker market remained depressed during the quarter, but we continue to believe that 2018 is the turning point for the chemical tanker markets,” Kristian Mørch, CEO Odfjell SE, said.General demand and COA nominations remained high during the quarter but the spot rates continued to soften slightly due to the continued supply pressure from “swing tonnage” from other tanker segments, mainly product tankers.The global core chemical tanker orderbook stands at 8% of the current fleet. The global deep-sea fleet based on vessels larger than 18,000 dwt grew by 9 vessels in 3Q as 11 vessels were delivered, and 2 vessels were scrapped. Two new orders of 19,000 dwt chemical tankers were concluded during the quarter, the company said.Overall, Odfjell SE posted a net loss of USD 31 million compared to USD 120 million in the last quarter, which was impacted due to one-off costs related to the sale of the Rotterdam terminal. The loss was widened year-on-year as in Q3, Odfjell booked a net loss of USD 10.5 million. EBITDA of USD 27 mill from Odfjell Tankers EBITDA of USD 4 mill from Odfjell Terminals “Adjusting for the Rotterdam terminal, our terminal division delivered stable results. We have positioned ourselves well for the future, both within tankers and terminals, with one of the most energy efficient fleets in the world,” Mørch added.During the quarter the company took delivery of the first vessel from Sinochem on a bareboat contract. The remaining three vessels from Sinochem will be delivered during the fourth quarter of 2018.The company said that another four vessels owned by Sinochem will enter into the pool operated by Odfjell, where Odfjell will receive a management fee plus profit splits.In October, Odfjell took delivery of one newbuilding Bow Precision on long-term TC from Shin-Kurushima shipyard and does not have any further newbuilding deliveries in 2018.The company’s tank terminal business delivered an EBITDA of USD 3.9 mill in the third quarter of 2018 versus USD 8.9 mill in the previous quarter.“The decrease was impacted by the fuel oil spill in the Rotterdam harbor, interrupting storage and distillation business due to the closure of the port. The sale of the Rotterdam terminal also led to fewer days of income contribution for the terminal. The result was also impacted by higher G&A related to the restructuring of the Odfjell Terminals organization,” the company said, adding that it expects Odfjell Terminals results to improve in the final quarter of the year.
Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsCanada is headed for conflicts of Oka-like intensity unless its political leaders commit to renewing the country’s relationship with Indigenous peoples, says the chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.The country is in the midst of a federal election triggered a little over two months after the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) released its historical report on Indian residential schools. The report caused a nation-wide reaction and calls from all corners on the need to fix the long neglected relationship with the Indigenous population that finds itself within Canada’s borders.Mid-way through the current federal campaign, the TRC report and its recommendations have nearly been forgotten in the ongoing discourse about the main challenges facing the country. The issue has not even merited a specific question in any of the four federal election debates held to date.“Right now there is a bit of complacency among the political leadership in this country that they feel that pressure is not there anymore, the need for attention is not there anymore and I think people need to be careful because there is growing awareness of rights among young Aboriginal people and that has been fed by court decisions recently which have recognized the rights of Aboriginal communities,” said TRC Chair Murray Sinclair. “The result is we don’t have a lot of leeway when it comes to ignoring the plight of Aboriginal people and change is going to have to be part of the discussion going forward.”The TRC was created as part of the multi-billion dollar settlement agreement between Indian residential school survivors, Ottawa and the churches that operated the schools for over a century.Thousands of children died at the school and many are still buried in unmarked graves that have been lost to memory.The TRC issued a list of 94 recommendations in its report released this past June. The recommendations were meant as a road-map for Canada to finally fix the relationship. The Conservatives party has essentially rejected the recommendations, while the NDP and Liberal parties have accepted them all. Neither party, however, has yet presented a plan on how it would implement the recommendations.Sinclair said the continued avoidance by the political class to take the issue head-on and the simmering tensions over resource projects is creating an environment that could produce serious confrontations.“With the current climate of discussions around oil extraction and resource development and the desire by some within industry and some within government to ignore Aboriginal rights and allow those kinds of activities to take place without respecting those rights is certainly going to result in there being a reaction from the Aboriginal community, particularly among young Indigenous people,” said Sinclair. “Environmental issues are at the forefront of a lot of thinking in Canada and Aboriginal people have been part of the debate. I am concerned that if we fail to see the importance of changing the relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in this country, and in particular Aboriginal people and the governments of this country, that we will be setting ourselves up for there to be more and more confrontations.”Those conflicts could resemble what Canada witnessed in 1990 with the Mohawk resistance in Kanesatake, Quebec known as the Oka crisis, he said.“My concern is that if we don’t come to terms with this relationship question, we are going to have another Oka,” said Sinclair.Politicians from all partisan stripes, and the general Canadian population, realized immediately after the Oka crisis that something had to change in the relationship between Canada and the original inhabitants of this land, he said.“After Oka, every political entity, every political party took serious steps to acknowledge and make the issue of the relationship with Indigenous people the focus of their endeavours,” said Sinclair. “With the elections that occurred in the 1990s it got lost in the scheme of things…the result is it fell off the political radar and now it needs to get back on it.”Sinclair there is a deeper issue at play that allows an almost immediate amnesia to set in the moment the smoke clears from the latest crisis.“People get their sense of what is newsworthy and what’s important from the media and it is because of the way they are fed information from the media that there are peaks and valleys in reactions and commentary. It is the lack of education about the way Canada has evolved as a nation that has really contributed to or created that problem,” said Sinclair. “It is because there has never been implanted into the Canadian memory bank any knowledge of the true relationship relating to Aboriginal people in this part of the world….When people know what the full history is they will not react with a loss of memory because it will be so deeply embedded of who they are as Canadians that they will feel that this is about them too.”[email protected]
Marcus Rashford has had a difficult situation at Manchester United lately as he hasn’t been playing that much this season and he has been struggling to secure his regular spot in the starting eleven.However, José Mourinho claimed that he has been already impressed a lot by Marcus Rashford and the young forward doesn’t have to prove anything to him as he has already done enough to show his real qualities.The Portuguese coach spoke about Rashford and also his opinion on Paul Pogba, according to therepublikofmancunia.com:Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“No. To impress me? He impresses me. That’s the reason why he was selected for every match of the season — absolutely every match of the season, and that’s why he played in so many of them, so he doesn’t need to leave to play or to need anything.”“I think he (Pogba) is going to be here next season. That’s my feeling. I can give the guarantee that I don’t want him to leave and that the club doesn’t want to sell him, and I can give the guarantee that we don’t have any approach from him or his agent or from any club. So at this moment, for me, he’s staying, yes.”