first_imgManchester United captain Wayne Rooney hopes to emulate the successful transition of former club team-mate Paul Scholes from an attack-oriented player to a creative midfielder.With younger and faster talents coming through, including the likes of strike duo Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford, Rooney has acknowledged he may have to drop deeper into midfield from his preferred centre-forward position.Manager Louis van Gaal deployed the 30-year-old England captain in a midfield role to good effect in the FA Cup semi-final victory over Everton on Saturday and Rooney was confident he had the ability to cope with the change.“I’ve known for a few years. I have played there a few times throughout my career and I can play that position. I have played and watched Paul Scholes play that role for years,” Rooney told British media after the 2-1 win.“I always knew that one day that is where I would play, so I have tried to learn and watch what he did. It is still early days, but hopefully, if I keep playing there, I can develop and get better,” he added.“We have got a lot of pace in the team now and I think I can read the game quite well… whether to go forward or stay deeper and leave the space for the other lads.”Champions League-berth chasing United, who are fifth in the standings and five points off the final qualifying spot with a game in hand, host leaders Leicester City at Old Trafford on Sunday.last_img read more

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first_imgThe stats are bleak for the Hunters as they head to Wynnum this weekend for round 2 with the Manly Wynnum Seagulls.In last year’s season at the BMD Kougari Oval, Manly West, the Hunters lost to Seagulls 36-18, but that’s in the past.The Seagulls, on the other hand, are hoping that history will repeat itself. Otherwise, two losses at home, at the start of 2016, will put a dent in their finals hope.The Hunters, with changes to the team, will see; 1. Stargroth Amean 2. Oti Tony (Bland Abavu) 3. Justin Olam 4. Thompson Teteh 5. Adex Wera 6. Ase Boas 7. Atte Bina 8. Henry Noki 9. Wartovo Puara Jnr 10. Esau Siune 11. Nickson Borana 12. Warren Glare 13. Ishmael Baikawa 14. Watson Boas 15. Noel Zeming (c) 16. Benjamin Hetra 17. Edward Goma and 18. Philimon Kimisive.Whilst it is true that the team have had some changes, they are still hot after the opening round win.This sets them up to make this game count as the Boas brothers, for the first time, will make history for PNG by playing upfront in key positions.Hunters are also running second on the 2016 Intrust Cup ladder.last_img read more

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first_imgLiverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has implored the Premier League club to complete a successful campaign by winning the Champions League final against Real Madrid on May 26.The Merseyside outfit, who finished fourth in the league, will be aiming to become European champions for a sixth time after battling past Porto, English champions Manchester City and AS Roma en route to Kiev.“It has been a great season for Liverpool and hopefully we can finish it off in Kiev,” Dutch international Van Dijk, who joined the club from Southampton in January, told Liverpool’s website https://www.liverpoolfc.com.“We’re going to prepare very well. It’s going to be a tough game – we know they have so much quality. But we don’t need to forget that we have so much quality as well.“We need to be going to Kiev with a lot of confidence… We deserve to be there, so we need to show that, be brave and do our thing. Then we’ll see what’s going to happen.”Liverpool’s leading scorer Mohamed Salah, along with Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, have combined to help the club score a record 46 goals in 14 Champions League matches on the way to the final.Liverpool head into the Madrid showdown on the back of a 4-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion in their final league match but face a tough test as the Spanish side fight for their third consecutive Champions League crown and 13th overall.last_img read more

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first_img…on NGSAIt’s said “Those whom the Gods wish to destroy, they first make mad.” This Eyewitness really believes some folks making policy at the Education Ministry may be “mad” – in the sense of how the ancients used it. Doing things that just doesn’t stand to reason. Take this latest decision on the NGSA – to now have the kids write their names on the exam papers.Why in the world would they want to do this? Well let’s look at the reasons they provided. For Paper I – which is all multiple choice – they claim the students writing their names will guarantee they were the ones who actually answered the questions!! Well they should tell the long suffering students and their parents, what will be different if stand-ins write those same names.Is the Ministry going to have a data bank of signatures of these 11-year-olds to compare the written signatures against? But really!! The NGSA’s written in the same schools the kids attend. Can anyone really think an “imposter kid” can show up among kids who spent six years together and not be outed? What a crock!!And even if some precociously cunning kids are gaming the system by having “imposters” take their place – wouldn’t it be better to install the system in place for CSEC. Have the cherubs submit their pics which can be presented with their Candidate Numbers on the Exam Day?For Paper II, the students will now have to not only write their names – but also their addresses, date of birth and gender on a page that’s kept by the administrators – but doesn’t go up to the markers! We’re not told why the administrators need that data – which should be already in the system. Or what they’ll do with it. But with Paper II going up to the markers without the names on the kids’ submissions, couldn’t the aforesaid precociously cunning kids substitute their “stand-ins” for them?But we all know this is all BS…isn’t it? So will the powers-that-be who will determine the life chances of the next 14,500 kids writing the NGSA (specific high school attended and income are highly correlated) give us the real scoop? As it is, folks out there think the present Administration wants to fiddle with the present randomised distribution of the top 10 per cent. In a country so divided that people look at the origin of people who’re selected as dog catchers. Can you imagine the rap the Government will take if they allow this hare-brained scheme to go through?Hope they’re learnt from the present imbroglio that silence may be golden, but not in politics.…on Holder in Costa RicaWe know Agriculture Minister Noel Holder’s out in Costa Rica…no one is sure why…but he’s there all right. Our media says he’s there for development of our livestock sector. But this Eyewitness thinks that’s only because the fella in charge of our livestock programme accompanied him. However, the Costa Rican media says:“Among the areas for discussion are the systematic, participatory, and organised approaches to dealing with agriculture in the region; support for the construction of medium and long-term visions, enabling each country to achieve its development goals and to look at the international vision for dealing with global phenomena related to agriculture and rural life.“The objective of the visit is to improve the productivity and competitiveness of the agricultural sector, strengthen agriculture’s contribution to the development of territories and well-being of the rural population and improve agricultural capacity to mitigate and adapt to climate change.”In other words – more bloviating BS.…in closing LBIMinister Holder was heavily criticised for not visiting Wales Estate when he closed it down and threw 1700 sugar workers into the streets.They can’t do that with the closure of LBI throwing another 700 out on their ears.The man’s not in the country!!last_img read more

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first_imgAs Banks DIH prepares for its 61st Annual General Meeting (AGM) on January 28, 2017, the company has announced that it has recorded a whopping .788 billion after-tax profit for the year 2016.The report, presented by Chairman and Managing Director Clifford Reis, showed that the profit after tax for the company was some $4.357 billion, compared to $2.569 billion in 2015, an increase of $1.788 billion.Included in this profit is a gain of $1.409 billion arising from the sale of its holding of ordinary shares in Banks Holdings Limited and Desnoes & Geddes (Jamaica) Ltd, and the dissolution of BCL (Barbados) Ltd, which resulted in a surplus of $29.2 million over the cost of the investment.According to Reis, the profit after tax from the company’s operating activities was some $2.948 billion, compared to $2.569 billion achieved in 2015, an increase of $379.0 million or 14.7 per cent.“These improved results were attributed to increases in revenues and physical unit sales, improvement in cost reduction and prudent management of our capital, human and financial resources,” Reis said in his four-page report.During the year, he said the company operated in a global environment where sluggish economic growth in most advanced economies continued, owing in part to the decline in commodity prices and incremental increases in oil prices. The reduction in export earnings for sugar, bauxite, rice and timber, he said, has negatively affected the domestic environment. This, in combination with reduced public spending, caused consumer uncertainty, which led to reduced demand.“We rose above these challenges and achieved growth through investment in our quality brands and strategically placing our resources against the biggest growth opportunities. Necessary steps were taken to strengthen our company’s operating capabilities to drive sustainable growth and value creation for our shareholders, customers and employees,” Reis reported.Meanwhile, the group’s turnover net of taxes was $25.516 billion compared to $24.875 billion in 2015, an increase of $641.0 million or 2.6 per cent. The group’s operational profit before tax was $6.528 billion compared to $5.285 billion, an increase of $1.243 billion or 23.5 per cent. The group’s profit after tax attributable to shareholders was $4.468 billion compared to $2.945 billion, an increase of $1.523 billion or 51.7 per cent.The group’s net asset value per share has increased from $28.6 to $31.7 or by 10.8 per cent, and the company has increased its dividend proposal to shareholders to $0.88 per share unit resulting in an overall cost of $880 million. This is in addition to the special dividend of $0.60 per share unit that was paid in February 2016. Total dividends proposed for the current year equate to $1.480 billion.In recent years, the company made capital expenditure decisions regarding investments in fixed assets as part of its journey of consolidation. These investments benefited the company’s operations by increasing output capabilities, reducing costs and providing quality products to satisfy consumers’ taste and new demand. During the year, a new Krones state-of-the-art filler, along with associated conveyors, a bottle inspection facility and CIP Systems were installed in the Beer Plant.An on-line blow moulding machine was commissioned in the Water Bottling Plant and the upgrade of the electrical power distribution system continued. The upgrading of Demico Restaurant and Bar facilities and the Fleet Replacement Policy with the acquisition of additional trucks and forklifts continued during the year. Our ICT Department’s capacity and capability were improved by way of system upgrades.The company has also shared the reduction of its revenues from Citizens Bank Guyana Inc, a 51 per cent owned subsidiary, which was $3.266 billion compared to $3.708 billion, a reduction of $442.0 million. Profit after tax was $479.0 million compared to $907.0 million in 2015. The total assets increased from $43.1 billion by $7.1 billion or 16.5 per cent to $50.2 billion. Loan assets decreased from $30.7 billion to $29.2 billion and customers’ deposits increased from $34.9 billion to $42.1 billion. Earnings per share is $8.05 and Net Interest Income decreased from $2.65 billion in 2015 to $2.11 billion. Meanwhile, the company also announced that its 61st AGM will be held at Thirst Park on Saturday. At the AGM, shareholders will receive the financial statements for the year ended September 30, 2016 and the reports of the directors and auditors among other activities.last_img read more

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first_imgBut not everyone is in agreement. “Although big bridges are eliminated after 35km, nearly a dozen small hills are introduced, and the total elevation gain over the marathon distance may be higher,” said former Tokyo, Boston and Chicago winner Toshihiko Seko. “It is not a world record course.”Either way, at the pre-race press conference on Friday afternoon, Wilson Kipsang confirmed that he will go after the world record of 2:02:57.When asked what is his target time, Kipsang stated 2:02:50. “In the Berlin Marathon last fall, I went out too fast (1:01:11). On Sunday, the plan is to run the first half in more reasonable 61:30 (and comeback with 61:20).”Kipsang also talked about his other goal. “My goal is to win all the Marathon Major races. I have won Berlin, London and New York, but not Tokyo. So I decided to run Tokyo immediately after Berlin.”The 2012 Olympic bronze medallist broke the world record in 2013 with 2:03:23. He improved his PB to 2:03:13 in Berlin last year to get within 16 seconds of the current world record.Kipsang, the fastest runner in this year’s field, has run faster than 2:04 three times and has bettered 2:05 for the marathon in seven straight seasons.Even if the world record is not possible, Kipsang has several other targets to chase: the race record of 2:05:42 set by Dickson Chumba in 2014, the Japanese all-comers’ record of 2:05:18 set by Tsegaye Kebede at the 2009 Fukuoka Marathon, and the Asian all-comers’ record of 2:04:11 set by Tamirat Tola at the 2016 Dubai Marathon.Chumba, the 2014 Tokyo Marathon champion with a PB of 2:04:32, and Kebede, the 2008 Olympic and 2009 world bronze medallist with a PB of 2:04:38, are both set to race in Tokyo.When asked about their target times, Kebede spoke of an ambitious 2:02:50, while Chumba had a more modest target time of 2:05:20.Five of the invited runners have personal bests faster than 2:05 and a further five have personal bests faster than 2:07.Ethiopia’s 2013 world bronze medallist Tadese Tola and Kenya’s Bernard Koech are the other sub-2:05 runners in the field, but neither has run faster than 2:08 for nearly three years.Evans Chebet, who set a PB of 2:05:31 at last year’s Berlin Marathon, could challenge for the victory on Sunday.He has made it on to the podium in his five most recent marathons and he ran faster than 2:06 in both of his marathons last year.Bernard Kipyego, a medallist at the 2007 World Cross and 2009 World Half Marathon Championships, has twice contested the Tokyo Marathon, both times finishing on the podium with a 2:07 clocking.If he were to take 80 seconds off his PB on Sunday, he would become just the fourth man in history to have run faster than 27 minutes for 10,000m, 60 minutes for the half marathon and 2:05 for the marathon.The only other men to accomplish that feat are Paul Tergat, Haile Gebrselassie and Eliud Kipchoge.Marius Kipserem, Alfers Lagat and Solomon Diksisa are the other sub-2:07 runners in the field.For Japanese runners, the race is one of the qualifying races for the 2017 World Championships marathon team.Top domestic runners who will be vying for the coveted spots are Masato Imai, Hiroaki Sano, Koji Gokaya, Takuya Fukatsu, and Yuki Takamiya.But the most intriguing runner in the field may be Yuma Hattori. The 23-year-old has a marathon best of 2:11:46 from the 2016 Tokyo Marathon, his only outing at the marathon distance.But his 30km PB of 1:28:52 suggests that he could be capable of taking a few minutes off his marathon best. Hattori’s target time is 2:08:00, the fastest target time among the Japanese runners.Saina takes on top EthiopiansBetsy Saina.PHOTO/FILEKenya’s Betsy Saina is the most intriguing entrant for the women’s race.The 28-year-old will be making her marathon debut in Tokyo, but expectations will be high after a stellar 2016 season which included a fifth-place finish in the 10,000m at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, where she clocked a PB of 30:07.78.She went on to record a PB of 1:07:22 to win the Great Scottish Half Marathon in just her second race over the distance.Saina will face a trio of top Ethiopians, including 2015 Tokyo Marathon winner Berhane Dibaba. The 23-year-old finished fifth in Tokyo last year and second in 2014, setting a lifetime best of 2:22:30.Like Dibaba, Amane Gobena will also be returning to the Tokyo Marathon. A former winner in Toronto, Osaka, Seoul, Xiamen and Istanbul, Gobena finished second in Tokyo last year with a lifetime best of 2:21:51.Compatriot Amane Beriso recorded one of the fastest marathon debuts of all time when she finished second in Dubai last year in 2:20:48.When asked about their target times on Sunday, Beriso said 2:20:20, Gobena said 2:20:00 and Dibaba said 2:21:00 – all of which are faster than the Japanese all-comers’ record of 2:21:18.Nobody has twice won the Tokyo Marathon, but past winners Chumba and Dibaba could become the first two-time winner in Tokyo.MenWilson Kipsang (KEN) 2:03:13Dickson Chumba (KEN) 2:04:32Tsegaye Kebede (ETH) 2:04:38Tadese Tola (ETH) 2:04:49Bernard Koech (KEN) 2:04:53Evans Chebet (KEN) 2:05:31Marius Kipserem (KEN) 2:06:11Bernard Kipyego (KEN) 2:06:19Solomon Deksisa (ETH) 2:06:22Alfers Lagat (KEN) 2:06:48Masato Imai (JPN) 2:07:39Stephen Mokoka (RSA) 2:07:40Arata Fujiwara (JPN) 2:07:48Kazuhiro Maeda (JPN) 2:08:00Gideon Kipketer (KEN) 2:08:14Hiroaki Sano (JPN) 2:09:12Koji Gokaya (JPN) 2:09:21Geoffrey Ronoh (KEN) 2:09:29Takuya Fukatsu (JPN) 2:09:31Yohannes Ghebregergis (ERI) 2:09:48Yuki Takamiya (JPN) 2:10:57Ryo Hashimoto (JPN) 2:11:20Yuma Hattori (JPN) 2:11:46Hiroyuki Yamamoto (JPN) 2:11:48WomenAmane Beriso (ETH) 2:20:48Amane Gobena (ETH) 2:21:51Berhane Dibaba (ETH) 2:22:30Sarah Chepchirchir (KEN) 2:24:13Marta Lema Megra (ETH) 2:24:32Sara Hall (USA) 2:30:06Betsy Saina (KEN) debut0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares00002:06:13 course record for Wilson Kipsang at Lake Biwa (Kazuo Tanaka/Agence Shot) © CopyrightNAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 25 – With a new course that has eliminated some of the toughest elements, fast times are expected at the Tokyo Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, on Sunday.Japan’s 2000 Olympic champion Naoko Takahashi, who ran the first sub-2:20 marathon in Berlin, said: “If I was preparing to run this course and was in great shape like I was in Berlin in 2001, then I would be going after sub-2:20 clocking.”last_img read more

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first_imgAnd in the post-match interview he was critical of the England international defender for leaving the field of play, a player who has come under the microscope of Mourinho’s public criticsm this season.“Luke Shaw must be a big injury, because to leave the pitch after 10 minutes, I am expecting a very big injury,” he said.Aside from Shaw, United also lost centre-back Eric Bailly during their tenth draw at Old Trafford this season.The Ivory Coast international joins the ever growing injury list that includes Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and Paul Pogba.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Luke Shaw left the pitch after eight minutes in Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Swansea at Old Trafford on April 30, 2017. PHOTO/SKY.MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, May 1 – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has taken a swipe at defender Luke Shaw after the left back was forced off the field eight minutes into their clash with Swansea City.The Red Devils dropped crucial points when they drew 1-1 with the relegation threatened side – spurning a golden opportunity to move into third place ahead of fierce rivals Manchester City and Liverpool.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Environmental Protection Agency is suing Irish Water and a local council claiming the public water supply in a Co Donegal town is not up to standard.Council to appear in court over Letterkenny’s water supply.The EPA is taking both Irish Water and Donegal County Council to court over the water supply for Letterkenny and its 19,000 residents.The agency first introduced a directive in August 2011 informing the council to take measures to improve its supply. An examination of the Letterkenny Regional Public Water Supply showed concerns for the treatment of the water supply.One of the areas of concern was for the treatment of Crytosporidium as well as excessive levels of trihalomethanes.The complaint from the EPA alleges that Donegal County Council “failed to comply with a Direction issued by the EPA under Regulation 10(4) of the European Communities (Drinking Water) (No. 2) Regulations 2007 in that they failed to implement the action programme approved by the EPA on 31 August 2011 for the improvement of the quality of water intended for human consumption from the Letterkenny Regional Public Supply to meet the parametric values specified in the said Regulations for trihalomethanes within the period specified by the EPA and provided for in the said Regulations.”However the council has failed to do so within a timeframe set down by the EPA. Now a court summons has been issued to both Donegal County Council and Irish Water to appear at Letterkenny District Court on Tuesday next.As Irish Water now holds the remit for drinking water, they too have been summoned to appear in court. COURT CASE OVER LETTERKENNY’S WATER SUPPLY SCHEDULED FOR NEXT TUESDAY was last modified: October 2nd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:courtDonegal County CouncilEnvironmental Protection AgencyIrish Waterlast_img read more

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first_imgLos Angeles retailers are facing one of the toughest markets ever as the Internet draws more shopping dollars, competition grows among stores, and a changing customer base now features a mushrooming Latino population. “The landscape has changed for everybody,” said Al Frank, a consumer business expert at the consulting firm Deloitte & Touche, which recently released two reports that address the changing nature of retailing. “Everybody has to figure out in their own way how to stand out in the crowded market.” Nationwide, the Latino population is expected to triple by 2050, making up 24 percent of the country, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In the San Fernando Valley, Latinos have increased from about 18 percent of the population in 1980 to 42 percent in 2004, said Daniel Blake, director of the San Fernando Valley Economic Research Center at California State University, Northridge. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsMany immigrants are undocumented, living without a Social Security number or checking account. Saving up to buy pricey items can be difficult, and finding a retailer who can give credit without the traditional qualifiers is even more of a challenge. One retailer, La Curacao in Pico-Union, is turning a profit by offering nontraditional credit to a community largely ignored by the mainstream, Frank said. La Curacao gives credit based on well-researched personal references, not yearly income or Social Security numbers. “Surprisingly, the default rate is not that much higher – slightly higher, but not that much higher – than a prime kind of customer,” Frank said. Many retailers are aware that Latinos will become an ever more important part of their clientele. Stores catering only to Latinos have popped up, and mainstream retailers have added clothing lines that appeal to Hispanics. Others have hired bilingual staffers, added Web sites in Spanish and printed bilingual advertisements. “It’s a growing market segment,” Blake said. “It’s growing in terms of people and in terms of money spent.” To survive the new retail landscape, Deloitte offers a few tips. Stand out from other stores. “If you’re in a rural area, maybe you’re going to go to Wal-Mart to buy your clothing,” Frank said. “If you are standing in downtown Los Angeles, there are a million retail choices. Why are people going to choose to drive over to Paseo Colorado rather than go to The Grove?” For a store to create a different brand means knowing the customer intimately. Without that understanding, it’s difficult to build a business around a particular niche. Big-box stores like Home Depot and Barnes & Noble are going to have a hard time growing, partly because they appeal to such a wide customer base, Frank said. Boost the percentage of browsers who buy. Some outlets, like grocery stores, convert nearly all the people who enter into shoppers, but others have a harder time. Internet retailers make a sale just 2 percent of the time, and department stores convert customers about 25 percent of the time, according to Frank. Using technology to understand what inventory moves quickly – and in what sizes – will improve chances that customers will find the item they are looking for. And shorter lines will reduce the number of shoppers who are ready to buy but leave because of the wait. Pump up the customer service. Creating a friendly atmosphere with good service will entice customers to return. Retailers such as Jamba Juice and Best Buy already have aggressive greeting policies in place, with employees saying hello to each person who walks in the door. Target ups the ante by referring to customers as “guests.” julia.scott@dailynews.com (818) 713-3735160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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first_imgDan Windle is joined by comedian Lloyd Griffith and Adam Virgo to dissect the FA Cup 4th round and discuss the latest news from the EFL too.They are joined by Coventry captain Michael Doyle after the Sky Blues confirmed their spot in the 5th round of the FA Cup. New Swindon striker Marc Richards also joins the show to talk about his dream debut against Crewe.last_img

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