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Solskjaer wrestles with Man Utd injury crisis

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer manager of Manchester UnitedManchester, United Kingdom | AFP |  Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is facing a full-blown defensive crisis after Harry Maguire joined the list of the walking wounded as Manchester United desperately search for consistency in a topsy-turvy season.The England centre-half joins Axel Tuanzebe, Eric Bailly and Marcos Rojo as unavailable central defenders for Saturday’s Premier League match against basement club Norwich.Left-back Luke Shaw is also a doubt, while Solskjaer’s decision to allow another international centre-back, Chris Smalling, to move to Roma on a season-long loan now looks seriously flawed.Solskjaer has taken the precaution of recalling Cameron Borthwick-Jackson from a loan spell with League One side Tranmere.The manager’s problems at the back are compounded by the fact that two of his first-choice midfield players, Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay, are also facing extended spells on the sidelines.United, who suffered a demoralising 3-1 home defeat to Manchester City in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final on Tuesday, are fifth in the Premier League, five points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.But, with a squad stretched to breaking point, they face a challenging spell of fixtures over the next few weeks, including an FA Cup third-round replay against Wolves before a match at Anfield against league leaders Liverpool.– Norwich test –Saturday’s meeting with Daniel Farke’s Norwich would appear to give United the ideal platform to rediscover their confidence after the dismal defeat against City.But their performances against the Premier League’s lesser lights this season have been woeful, with defeats against Watford, Bournemouth and West Ham.A hip injury to Maguire, an £80 million ($105 million) signing from Leicester, leaves United facing the prospect of taking on Norwich with just two fit senior centre-halves — Victor Lindelof and Phil Jones. When speaking about Maguire following the defeat by City, Solskjaer had been optimistic the former Leicester player would not be out for long but it appears that is no longer the case.“We don’t know (about Maguire). He’s not going to be long term, but I don’t think he’ll be ready for the weekend, but let’s see,” Solskjaer had said.Reports said Maguire, who did not play against City, could be out for several weeks.Jones, 27, has struggled for form, fitness and confidence for most of the season, with just one league start to his name and appearances in just six games across all competitions.The lack of playing time was evident against City, with the defender suffering from cramp late in the tie.His lack of match sharpness was also cruelly exposed by United’s rampant neighbours in midweek and it could be seen as a calculated gamble, or act of desperation, for Solskjaer to start him against Norwich.Whether Solskjaer is able to bring in suitable reinforcements in January remains to be seen but he is adamant United will only make signings if the right players become available.“We are a young team and with the injuries we’ve had and illness it shows more and that’s something we are looking at,” he said.“If there is something there for us I’ve got the backing to do something, but if it is not the right thing we won’t do anything.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Insane, crazy and a lot of smiles highlight the 16th annual Nelson Fat Tire Festival

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsInsane jumps and crazy runs at Morning Mountain, tons of smiles at Rosemont Bike Park and even an appearance by Superman highlighted the 16th annual Fat Tire Festival this past weekend in Nelson.“The weekend was spectacular,” said Fat Tire Fest organizer Jessica DeMars when asked about the event.“We had over 90 kids under 12 (and) a total of 158 participants,” DeMar, who along with Travis Hauck, spearheaded the 16th annual cycling extravaganza, added.“That’s a lot of people showing off their love of bikes.”DeMars was especially pumped with the sellout crowd of riders, parents and friends Saturday at Rosemont Bike Park.The competition, which included cross country races through the Art Gibbons Park, a Dirt Jam along with activities and a barbecue, attracted more than 90 competitors under the age of 12 and 20 in the 13-18 range.“(We’re) super excited about all the young kids riding their bikes,” DeMars exclaimed. “We’d like to foster that younger category so in a few years we see the numbers of teens riding their bikes stay strong . . . especially in the era of technology.”Winners in the Kids Cross Country included Nicholas Bowen in age 2-3; Ethan Knight and Maya Krause in 4-5; Yael Oosthuizen and Mirabelle Kolmel in 6-8 and Tibo Kolmel and Oso Punchard in 9-12.The action shifted to Baker Street for the street parade Saturday afternoon before the Downtown Criterium Races captured center stage.Jeannie Dwyer and Travis Hauck glided away with the women’s and men’s titles, respectively.Tobi Ridge and Sheila Street were second and third in the women’s while Ronnie Hawes and Brian Chard also earned medals in the men’s race.The criterium had riders race around the streets bordering the Royal Hotel.Sunday the Festival shifted to Morning Mountain for cross country and downhill races.Cross country winners included Gabe Carpendale in 16-18 boys; Dylan Henderson in open sane men; Scott Legere in open insane men; Dwyer in open insane women’ James McConville in masters same men; Trevor Lumley in masters insane men and Street in masters insane women’s.Downhill winners had Eli Lutz first in 9-12 male; Sebastian Lutz tops in 13-15 male; Chloe Kuch first in 16-18 female; Elijah Hill best in 16-18 male; Michelle Griffiths winning open female; Derek Chambers dominating the field in open male; Dwyer and Lumley tops in masters women and men, respectively.All Mountain winners were Carpendale and Dwyer with Haws and Chard tying for top spot in men.“The parade is a big hit and the great thing is it gives us a chance to show off how much we love our bikes and maybe remind a few other people who caught a glimpse of it about the sheer joy of riding a bike as a kid,” DeMars explained.“Maybe it will remind them to get back on their bike.”Of course the real reason for the Fat Tire Fest was to honour the memory of Cam Alexander, who tragically passed away 16 years ago while riding his bike.“Since then the Kootenay Fat Tire Festival has evolved as a way to not only remember Cam, but to celebrate the sheer joy that comes from riding a bike down a mountain,” DeMars said.The Kootenay Fat Tire Festival is sponsored by the Nelson Cycling Club.Complete Fat Tire Festival Results:Kids Cross Country Races:Ages 2-3:  1st – Nicholas Bowen; 2nd – Xavier Wright; 3rd – Nina UsherAges 4-5:  Boys:  1st – Ethan Knight; 2nd – Jasper Elris; 3rd – Connor Jackson      Girls:  1st – Maya Krause; 2nd – Ella Morris; 3rd – Rowan MaleyAges 6-8:  Boys: 1st – Yael Oosthuizen; 2nd – Nate Atkins; 3rd – Noah Melenfant      Girls:  1st – Mirabelle Kolmel; 2nd – Lauren Robertson; 3rd – Tula SherkatAges 9-12:  Boys:  1st – Tibo Kolmel; 2nd – Kalob Jensen; 3rd – Eli Lutz       Girls:  1st – Oso Punchard; 2nd – Jordan WestonDowntown Criterium Races:No official results for kids, due to the complexity of organizing that!Women:  1st – Jeannie Dwyer; 2nd – Tobi Ridge; 3rd – Sheila StreetMen:  1st – Travis Hauck; 2nd – Ronnie Haws; 3rd – Brian ChardMorning Mountain Events:Cross Country:16-18 Male:  1st – Gabe CarpendaleOpen Sane Male (3 laps):  1st – Dylan HendersonOpen Insane Male  (5 laps):  1st – Scott Legere;  2nd – Brian Chard; 3rd – Ronnie HawsOpen Insane Female (4 laps): 1st – Jeannie Dwyer; 2nd – Dustin Eagleston; 3rd – Louise PortoMaster Sane Male( 3 laps): 1st – James McConville; 2nd – Thierry Brionne; 3rd – James KyleMaster Insane Male (5 laps): 1st – Trevor Lumley; 2nd – Con Diamond; 3rd – Ben EatonMaster Insane Female (3 laps):  1st – Sheila StreetDownhill:9-12 Male:  1st – Eli Lutz; 2nd Kaleb Jenson; 3rd – Arlo Henderson13-15 Male:  1st – Sebastian Lutz; 2nd – Lewis Seagram; 3rd – Sky Dunn-Jarvis16-18 Female:  1st – Chloe Kuch; 2nd – Jaliya Johnson-Waller16-18 Male:  1st – Elijah Hill; 2nd – Alex Volokhov; 3rd – Quinn HanleyOpen Female:  1st – Michelle Griffiths; 2nd – Maya Grosch; 3rd – Dustin EaglestonOpen Male:   1st – Derek Chambers; 2nd – Russel Fountain; 3rd – Jared DyckMaster Women: 1st – Jeannie Dwyer; 2nd – Sheila StreetMaster Men:  1st – Trevor Lumley; 2nd – Sean Marechal; 3rd – Cam KuchAll Mountain Award (all 3 events on the same bike)/ Cam Slam Award 16-18: Gabe CarpendaleWomen:  Jeannie DwyerMen:  (Tie)  Ronnie Haws, Brian Chardsports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

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Kootenay Whitecaps steal show at Seattle Showcase

first_img“The soccer and the style that these players played with was amazing the watch,” said Bret Adams, Associate Head Coach of the Vancouver Whitecaps Kootenay program.”The development that the whitecaps coaching has given the players in the last 3 years is starting to show.”The Kootenay U16 squad finished the weekend tourney with three draws and one loss.The U17 squad finished the event unbeaten with two wins and two draws.The U18 Girls won twice, losing once and scoring a draw.The teams consist of players from Nelson, Cranbrook, Trail, Castlegar, Invermere, Grand forks, Fernie and Kimberley. To say female soccer in the Kootenays would be the understatement of the year.Three teams from the Kootenay Whitecaps program cooked with the big dogs during a showcase tournament over the weekend in Seattle, Wash.last_img read more

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Hughes backing Di Matteo and salutes former club for Barca win

first_imgQPR boss Mark Hughes has hailed his former club Chelsea for managing to beat Barcelona last week.Hughes, who remains a favourite among Chelsea fans and also played for Barca, was at Stamford Bridge to see last Wednesday’s game.“It was a fantastic result for the club. They had to be really disciplined and they got the job done,” he said.“It was difficult because they didn’t have a great deal of possession, but they maximised their opportunity when it presented itself. It sets up the return leg fantastically well.“I wish them well. It’s a huge game for them and still a big ask. I think everyone understands that.”And Hughes praised his former Blues team-mate Roberto Di Matteo for the job he has done since being played in charge.The Welshman said: “He’s doing really well. All you can do as a manager is win football matches and that’s what he’s been able to do.“He’s brought Chelsea through a difficult period and is producing the goods. All credit to him.”Advertising on West London Sport Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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South Africa’s revenue growth continues

first_imgGordhan noted that although there has been growth of 14.2% year-on-year, CIT remains below the peak of R165.5-billion officials managed to collect in the 2008/09 period. “This slow recovery of CIT in the main accounted for the current tax to GDP ratio, which remained flat,” he said. ‘Good platform for future growth’ Company tax collections also benefited from the stronger imports in the automotive sector, coupled with increased investments in capital-intensive industries such as energy, manufacturing and agriculture. “This is an important indicator of investor confidence in the future of the domestic economy and provides a good platform for future growth,” said Gordhan. “Once again, Sars has served the people of South Africa very well notwithstanding the challenges that we see in the world economy. The vast majority of South Africans pay tax and make contributions to the fiscus by paying VAT, excise duties and the fuel levy on the goods and services they consume,” Gordhan said. Over the past three-year period, South Africa had seen an overall revenue growth of more than 4.5%, while world markets such as the US and Europe continued to decline. “The mining, finance, as well as wholesale and retail sectors showed robust growth on the back of a modest economic recovery,” read documents from Sars. Economy ‘continues to demonstrate resilience’ Gordhan said the country’s economy grew by 3.1% and continued to demonstrate resilience in an uncertain global environment. The domestic environment has also been improving, with 20 000 jobs created each quarter. According to the minister, given the tough economic climate, Sars had done very well, and with more compliance, the revenue service could continue to improve. 3 April 2012 The South African Revenue Service had another strong year in 2011/12, collecting R742.7-billion in revenue – R4-billion more than Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan had budgeted for, and R68-billion more than the amount collected in the previous financial year. Making the announcement in Pretoria on Sunday, Gordhan said the budget deficit of 4.8% estimated in February’s budget had also gone down to 4.5%. The three main revenue contributors were personal tax, corporate income tax (CIT) and Value Added Tax. Collections from personal income tax increased from just over R228-billion in the 2010/11 financial year to over R251-billion this year. Company tax collections also increased to R153.747-billion from R134, 635 in 2010/11.center_img Although the global crisis was no closer to resolution, buoyant growth in tax revenue in South Africa was driven by the strong performances of import taxes, the recovery of combined profits and resilient consumption. Moreover, strong revenue growth benefitted from the financial sector’s strong contribution, which is R18-billion or 10% higher than the previous year. Source: BuaNews Agriculture, mining and telecommunications contributed over R34-billion in taxes combined, while banks, insurance and other financial services were taxed more than R40-billion. The manufacturing and petroleum sector contributed over R34-billion to the country’s revenue. Officials noted that the past three years saw a contraction in the construction sector following the boom period leading up to the Fifa soccer world cup hosted in South Africa. This also led to a decline in the manufacturing sector, where production volumes are said to be recovering moderately. last_img read more

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You’ve Got Millennials All Wrong

first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now As far as I have been able to discern, the composition of sales forces hasn’t really changed all that much. For all the bad press the Millennial generation suffers, I’m having a tough time understanding how they’re different when it comes to the deep stuff of sales and success.There is a still a top 20 percent of every sales force, a 20 percent at the bottom, and the 60 percent that lies between the two poles. Some of that top 20 percent is made up of experienced, mature salespeople, and some of it is made up of folks from later generations, including the Millennials. The same is true for the rest of the bell curve, including the bottom 20 percent.Some people in sales roles have fast rapport skills, are gregarious by nature, and make selling look easy. There are plenty of confident Millennials who have no trouble creating new relationships. There are also people of every generation who are introverts and take a little more time to warm-up, which reminds me of a joke: “You know how you can tell an engineer is an extrovert? They look at your shoes when they’re talking to you.” I’ve seen research that suggests that ambiverts produce the best results in sales, but I’ve seen both introverts and extroverts succeed. Millennials look a lot like the rest of us when it comes building relationships, some easy and familiar, some a little more awkward.One of the more difficult deficiencies to coach in a salesperson is an aversion to conflict and difficult conversations. Being too deferential, or too fearful, eliminates the possibility of being a peer, and it is likely that person ends up being an order taker. That said, some people have a terrible time with conflict, some embrace it and use collaboration to defuse it, and some people relish a good fight, being sometimes too argumentative, and sometimes too combative. Millennials, as far as I can tell, seem to be spread across this spectrum, just like everyone else.Every generation is somewhat of a mystery to the generations that came before them. Eventually, they trade their version of idealism for the pragmatism that allows them to work, to support themselves, to take of their family, and to have whatever kind of life they want, most of which will look a lot like the lives of the generations before them.Millennials are going to be just fine. Remember the Baby Boomers grew up growing their hair, involved in all forms of shenanigans, and protesting against “the man.” Now they are “the man.”last_img read more

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Mariano confident PPL will start this month

first_imgPhilippine Football Federation president Mariano Araneta expressed confidence that the Philippine Premier League will finally push through late this month after the opening was moved due to several clubs’ inability to comply with the PFF’s club licensing regulations.Speaking to reporters prior to a thanksgiving dinner celebrating his reelection to the powerful Fifa council, Araneta said Mendiola FC and Philippine Air Force have already appealed their case to be granted a license in time for the league’s opening on April 27.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The PPL, formerly known as the Philippines Football League, was slated to kick off March 31, but organizers were compelled to move the opening to give Mendiola FC and Air Force more time to submit the necessary documents to gain a club license.Araneta said that the league has already made adjustments to its operations to save on costs, unlike the PFL which adopted a costly home-and-away format.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, logistics PSC hikes national athletes’ allowances Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES View comments Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid 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 Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

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CBC Radio personality Arthur Black dead at age 74

first_imgArthur Black died Wednesday, months after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. (CBC) Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Arthur Black, the humorist and former CBC Radio host, has died aged 74 after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.His partner, Lynne Raymond, confirmed he died at Lady Minto Hospital on Salt Spring Island, B.C., on Wednesday.“It will come as no surprise to those who have been fans of Arthur’s work that he faced it all with his own unique combination of defiance and good humour,” said Chris Straw, Black’s longtime producer, in a statement on behalf of the family. Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Twitter Login/Register With: “The family is very grateful for the overwhelming messages of support and good wishes received during his struggle with pancreatic cancer.”Arthur Black, seen in a 2002 news piece about his retirement, announced last month he was dying of pancreatic cancer. (CBC)Black wrote on his blog about being diagnosed with what he called “the Mike Tyson of Cancers.”“So what’s it like to get what amounts to a diagnosis of ‘terminal’ from your doctor?” he wrote. “Like getting smacked by a giant Nerf bat, initially. It rocks you back on your heels and yet it doesn’t hurt. Not yet.” Advertisementlast_img read more

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Exhead of New Yorks Polytechnic Institute faces sentencing

first_imgNEW YORK — The ex-president of the State University of New York’s Polytechnic Institute is facing sentencing in the corruption of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “Buffalo Billion” economic redevelopment program.Alain Kaloyeros (uh-LAYN’ kal-oh-YEHR’-ohs) was the school’s president when the Democratic governor tapped him to help a quest to create high-tech jobs in upstate New York.Prosecutors seek substantial prison time at Tuesday’s sentencing. Defence lawyers want leniency.Kaloyeros was convicted in July of conspiracy and wire fraud after prosecutors presented evidence that the bidding process for the project was rigged to benefit a Buffalo developer and a Syracuse development company.Federal sentencing guidelines call for a prison term of over 11 years, but even the government concedes that is too much for a fraud that stretched from 2013 through 2015.Larry Neumeister, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Citys Christmas Tree PickUp

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City’s Annual Christmas Tree pick up is quickly approaching.If you are looking for ways to dispose of your real Christmas Tree, Saturday, January 5, 2019, Volunteers will be out collecting trees in city limits all day. The City asks that you have your tree out at your curb in an accessible spot by 8 am.For those that wish to drop of their own tree or require more time, you can do that at the Grounds Building; 9312 111 St from January 5-13th, 2019.last_img

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