PSG star brushes off Arsenal and Tottenham transfer talk

first_img Adrien Rabiot in action for France Under-21s 1 Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot is refusing to be drawn on speculation linking him with a summer move to Arsenal or Tottenham.The 20-year-old has struggled for action at the Parc des Princes this season and voiced his concerns over the situation during the January transfer window.?The Frenchman was eventually persuaded to stay at PSG, but Arsenal and Tottenham’s interest has grown and it is thought he could leave this summer.However, Rabiot will not discuss a transfer until the end of the season and is instead focused on performing for the French champions.“I am living life in the present. I did not say anything against PSG or any individual in particular,” Rabiot told Le Parisien.“I look at my life like this in everyday. I take things as they come, maybe because I know that everything is fragile.“So I do not think too far ahead.”last_img read more

Pat Banks Charity Day

first_imgThis is the most aggressive tumour in existence and unfortunately, is an incurable condition. The medical expense involved in giving Pat the best quality of life is considerable, so to help the family off set this cost, Sunshine Coast Touch has joined forces with the Banks family to organise the “Pat Banks Fight for Life 5-a-side Mixed Touch Charity Day”. This will be a great day of fun, fitness, and friendship as we come together to play a bit of tippy tap, have a lot of laughs, enjoy some good food, drink and company, and help raise some funds for a very worthy cause and a most deserving friend of the Touch community. Nominations – $150 per team Date – Sunday 16th May Time – Games will start at 9am Nominations Close – Saturday 8th May 2010 Divisions – Mixed Juniors Under 17, Mixed Opens, Mixed Seniors. Venue – Caboolture Touch Fields, Morayfield.Related Filespatbanks_fundraiser_webuse-jpgpat_banks_nomination_form-doclast_img read more

10 months agoBournemouth boss Howe: I spoke with Chelsea assistant Zola about Wilson

first_imgBournemouth boss Howe: I spoke with Chelsea assistant Zola about Wilsonby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth manager Eddie Howe has revealed he spoke with Gianfranco Zola in regards to Callum Wilson after Wednesday night’s Carabao Cup meeting with Chelsea. Blues assistant Zola talked up the club’s interest in Wilson before the quarter-final, which Bournemouth lost 1-0.And Howe revealed he had word with Zola after the game. “I spoke to Gianfranco afterwards and yeah we had a little chat about that situation,” said Howe.”But Gianfranco is an incredible person and a really nice guy. And, you know, Callum from our perspective is a huge part of what we are doing here.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Buildings coastlines northerners Report identifies top Canadian climate risks

first_imgNew research for the federal Treasury Board has concluded that buildings, coastlines and northern communities face the biggest risks from climate change in Canada.In a report released Thursday, the Council of Canadian Academies has narrowed down a myriad of threats posed by climate change into the most pressing dozen — a list co-author John Leggat hopes will wake people up to the urgent need to prepare for them.“(Most) think it’s someone else’s problem to solve,” he said. “It kind of goes to the root of the problem.” The council is comprised of Canada’s leading academics and researchers. The report, done at the Treasury Board’s request, was conducted by experts from industry, insurance firms, engineers, sociologists and economists.Climate change is such a broad issue that it can be difficult to figure out what to do first, Leggat said, adding that the report is an attempt to do that.“It puts it into a context of what are the top risks.” The research narrowed down a list of 57 potential environmental effects to six, and ranked them not only by magnitude of the threat, but by the availability of remedies.Right at the very top was infrastructure.Heavy rains, floods or high winds are growing threats to buildings from homes to hospitals. The same extreme weather increases the chance of power outages and grid failures — even what the report calls “cascading infrastructure failures.”Coastal communities come next. Climate change is slowly raising sea levels, making floods more common and surges heavier and more powerful.Northerners are third on the list. Not only do their homes and shorelines faces unique challenges, such as permafrost melting away underneath them, climate change also threatens their way of life.“They really rely on and are closely connected to the land,” said co-author Bronwyn Hancock. “The way the culture is set up — governance, spirituality, the way language is passed — all really pivot around that connection to land.”The next three on the list are human health, ecosystems and fisheries.The top 12 are rounded out with agriculture and food, forestry, geopolitical unrest, governance, Indigenous traditions and water.Solutions are available to mitigate many of the environmental effects from those top six threats. Building codes can be revised to ensure more resilient homes, offices, electrical pylons or airport runways. Coastal communities can prepare in advance for storm-driven flooding.Information networks can provide northerners with up-to-date conditions for travel on the land or sea ice.Leggat noted damage to roads and buildings is a lot easier to prevent or fix than damage to sensitive and poorly understood natural ecosystems.“We have to start thinking about ways we can protect the natural systems so the human systems can survive,” he said.The challenge, Leggat said, is getting Canadians to pony up for ways to reduce the threat.He pointed to a recent poll that found while most understood climate change presented a risk, few were willing to pay anything to reduce it.“The majority of Canadians weren’t prepared to pay any amount of money for mitigation,” he said.But Leggat said the council’s report should reduce some of the uncertainty about where to start.“We know what to do. We understand what the risks are and we can invest with confidence.”— Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at @row1960  Bob Weber, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Postmedia providing 40M of advertising to Indochino for cut of revenue

first_imgVANCOUVER – Postmedia Network Inc. has struck a deal with Indochino to provide $40 million of advertising to the custom clothier in exchange for an undisclosed portion of its revenue in the Canadian market.Postmedia’s print and digital brands include national and regional newspapers such as the National Post, the Vancouver Sun, the Ottawa Citizen and the Calgary Herald.As part of its agreement with Vancouver-based Indochino, Postmedia (TSX:PNC.B) will also have the opportunity to buy discounted shares of Indochino if the company goes public.It isn’t the first time Postmedia has exchanged advertising with a company for a cut of its future revenue.In 2016, Mogo Finance Technology Inc. signed a three-year agreement for at least $50 million of promotional commitments from Postmedia in exchange for a percentage of revenue and rights to buy stock (TSX:MOGO) in the digital financial company.It also forged a similar deal with Agility Forex Ltd.’s international payments and currency transfers services, though Postmedia did not disclose the duration of the deal, the value of the advertising space or the revenue it expects to receive.last_img read more

Canopy buys German vaporizer company Storz Bickel for 220 million

first_imgCompanies in this story: (TSX:WEED)The Canadian Press SMITHS FALLS, Ont. — Marijuana company Canopy Growth Corp. has signed a deal to buy a German firm that specializes in vaporizer design and manufacturing for about $220 million in cash.Under the deal, Canopy will pay 145 million euros for Storz & Bickel GmbH & Co. KG.Based in in Tuttlingen, Germany, the company designs and manufactures of medically approved vaporizers.Canopy says the German firm has a portfolio of 17 filed patents that will improve its existing vaporizer design operations.Founders Markus Storz and Jürgen Bickel are expected to remain part of the organization.last_img read more

VW to merge all 3 India passenger car units

first_imgNew Delhi: German auto major Volkswagen Wednesday said it intends to merge all passenger car entities in India, which will now be led by group firm Skoda Auto as part of its new strategy for the country.The boards of the three Indian subsidiaries — Volkswagen India Private Ltd (VWIPL), Volkswagen Group Sales India Pvt Ltd and Skoda Auto India Pvt Ltd (SAIPL) — have approved the proposal for their merger, the Volkswagen (VW) Group said in a statement. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe proposed merger is now subject to necessary regulatory and statutory approvals. It, however, said VW Group brands — Volkswagen, KODA, Audi, Porsche and Lamborghini — will maintain their individual identities, dealer network and customer experience initiatives. The brands will work under the leadership of Gurpratap Boparai, who is currently the managing director of VWIPL and SAIPL, with a common strategy for the Indian market. “India is an important and an attractive growth market for the Volkswagen Group. With the proposed merger, we intend to combine the technical and managerial expertise of the three companies to unlock the Volkswagen Group’s true potential in India’s competitive automotive market,” Boparai said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe integration will lead to coordinated and faster decision making and increased efficiency using existing synergies, he added. Last year in July, the VW Group had announced investments of Rs 8,000 crore (EUR 1 billion) for its ‘India 2.0’ to be led by Skoda Auto to strengthen its presence in the country. Under the initiative, the German automaker had stated it would introduce by 2020 its first product based on localised sub-compact MQB-A0-IN platform that has been tailored to the needs of customers in the Indian subcontinent.last_img read more

Naxalism confined to 15 in India under Modi rule Shah

first_imgLucknow: BJP president Amit Shah Friday claimed Naxalism has been confined to 15 per cent in the country under the Narendra Modi administration. He was addressing an election meeting here in favour of sitting BJP MP and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. “During the Congress government, the entire country faced the problem of Naxalism, but with Narendra Modi becoming the prime minister and Rajnath Singh as home minister, Naxalism gradually got confined to mere 15 per cent,” Shah claimed. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh Meanwhile, 15 jawans were killed in a major Naxal attack in Maharashtra on Wednesday. The BJP leader also credited the Centre for building strong internal security. There was a time when police used to fear ‘goondas’ (hooligans), but today the situation is different… the team of Narendra Modi and Rajnath Singh has worked on ensuring internal security, Shah said. The BJP chief also said there were ‘Modi, Modi’ chants wherever he went and the same reflected the blessing of 130 crore countrymen.last_img read more

PM thanks EC for allowing shrine visit

first_imgKedarnath/New Delhi: Amidst a controversy over his visit to Kedarnath and Badrinath shrines during ‘silent period’ for the last leg of polling, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday thanked the Election Commission for the permission, even as opposition parties cried foul over the much-publicised trip and alleged poll code violation.Congress chief Rahul Gandhi termed the visit a “drama in Kedarnath” and was also highly critical of the poll panel, saying its “capitulation before Mr Modi & his gang is obvious to all Indians”. “The EC used to be feared & respected. Not anymore,” he tweeted. After offering prayers at the Kedarnath temple and spending around 17 hours at a holy cave near the shrine, Modi said, “I did not ask for anything. I don’t believe in asking for, because the God only wants us to give…all I want is ‘Baba’ Kedarnath bestows his blessings not just upon India but the entire mankind.” Modi said he remained totally cutoff from the outside world as there was no communication link to the cave he stayed in, and he kept looking at the shrine through a small window. Modi also thanked the Election Commission, which had allowed the visit while “reminding” the Prime Minister’s Office that the model code of conduct is still in force, for granting him the permission. The PM said he got two days of “rest” there. “I am fortunate to have visited the temple on multiple occasions,” he said, while thanking the media for taking out time to go to Kedarnath at a time when the poll process is underway. The media’s presence, Modi said, will send a message that the town has been developed well. Major opposition parties including the Congress, however, alleged violation of the poll code by the visit, several pictures and videos of which have been splashed across social media over last two days, including through the Twitter accounts of Modi and the BJP. Congress MP Pradip Bhattachraya wrote to the Election Commission, saying the media coverage of the visit was in violation of the Model Code of Conduct. He said he has requested the poll panel to stop the coverage and take stern action. “The way he (Modi) ensured media coverage of his trip to Kedarnath temple is nothing but a violation of MCC. His trip is all over the media. Is this not a way to directly and indirectly influence voters?” Bhattacharya asked. The Trinamool Congress also complained to the poll panel that Modi’s address to the media at Kedarnath shrine was “unethical” and that the coverage of his visit has violated poll norms. TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu wrote to Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora claiming that “continuous” telecast of Modi’s “private activities” at the shrines is violation of the poll code. Modi is now trying to project a “megalomaniac” image of himself through various “dubious” activities, Naidu said. Modi reached the temple town Saturday. Dressed in a grey traditional pahari attire, he offered prayers for about 30 minutes and undertook a circumambulation of the Kedarnath shrine situated at a height of 11,755 feet near the Mandakini river. The prime minister then went inside a cave near the shrine to meditate. Draped in a saffron shawl, Modi was seen meditating at the holy cave. The Kedarnath and Badrinath shrines reopened for devotees earlier this month after the winter break. Early Sunday morning, Modi also tweeted urging people, especially first-time voters, to vote in record numbers to shape India’s development trajectory in the years to come. The 59 constituencies where voting was held Sunday included Varanasi, where Modi is in the fray for his second consecutive term.last_img read more

IKEA to open its first store in Morocco

first_imgCasablanca- Ikea, a Swedish, multinational furniture company, finally arrives in Morocco.Founded by Ingvar Kamprad, Ikea, a Swedish-born Dutch company, specializing in the design and retail of furniture and decorative items, prepares to settle in Morocco, according to Moroccan weekly magazine TelQuel.After finalizing its feasibility studies, the Swedish brand has already selected a site in Casablanca, where it will open its first store. The project manager and the franchise of Ikea will be SYH Morocco, a subsidiary of the giant Kuwaiti group, Al Homaizi.“Moroccans will soon have access to a wide range of aesthetic and functional products at very affordable prices,” TelQuel quoted the company manager as saying.According to the same source, the company will hire 300 people and create many indirect jobs. The Swedish multinational is already present in 44 countries worldwide, and has now arrived in Morocco to compete with other giants in the same profession that have already gained ground in the kingdom, mainly Mobilia and Kitea.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or or redistributed.last_img read more