Association of Journalists rejects Barcelona defender Pique’s accusationsby Carlos Volcano25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe Association of Journalists has rejected Gerard Pique’s latest accusationsThe defender alleges that the Barcelona board helped facilitate a news story which highlighted the playing staff as the reasons behind the Blaugrana’s poor start to the campaign. It was a piece which highlighted a number of issues, suggesting that the power of the Barcelona dressing room had long been a source of negativity at the Camp Nou. The Association of Journalists doesn’t accept the accusations by Gerard Pique against our fellow journalists, suggesting they were writing on the request of another party,” the group’s statement read.”We will never tire of asking for more respect for the profession and those within it.”Journalists do not accept people telling us how to do our work, and they try to discredit us because they don’t like what we write, freedom of the press is a fundamental right of a democracy and professionals work to avoid any conflict of interest in accordance with the Code of Ethics.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
PlayoffWho are your College Football Playoff “sleepers”?ESPN has named theirs. The World Wide Leader, which also tabbed the five most-overrated College Football Playoff contenders, has released their five-biggest sleepers. By conference, they are:ACC – LouisvilleBig 12 – TCUBig Ten – Michigan StatePac-12 – UtahSEC – Ole MissLeading off a week of roundtable discussions on expectations for 2016, here are your CFB playoff sleepers: https://t.co/akNK5xhXBF— Mitch Sherman (@mitchsherman) May 16, 2016The “sleeper” with the best chance might be Michigan State. The Spartans get both Michigan and Ohio State in East Lansing, Mich. this season. Mark Dantonio’s squad’s toughest non-conference game comes at Notre Dame, but it also presents the team with a great opportunity for a signature win. Ole Miss and Louisville are probably talented enough to make it, but their schedules are more difficult and there are more proven teams in their respective conferences. TCU and Utah seem to have the toughest roads. [ESPN]
New Delhi: The team of Anti-Auto Theft Squad (AATS) of South-East District busted an inter-state gang of autolifters and arrested two persons identified as Haseen (24) , a resident of Meerut, and Aslam (30), a resident of Bulandshahar. From the possession and instance of the accused persons, seven luxury cars have been recovered.A trap was laid near Lajpat Nagar Flyover, Ring Road and the accused Haseen was arrested along with Aslam. On verification, the Brezza car was found stolen from Ramjas Road. The accused Haseen was a car mechanic and he utilised his knowhow with the machines and their locks to steal the car. He also roped in Aslam for the theft. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”Accused persons used to target cars parked in the residential areas of Delhi-NCR and disposed them to receivers of Meerut. The gang members used stolen cars to conduct recee in the residential areas and targeted luxury cars. Accused persons break down the lock of the car with the help of screw driver. After that accused persons used to remove the battery connection of the car by opening the bonnet and break the steering lock with the help of battery operated drill machine. Accused persons possess separate set of ECM and Steering Lock Set to operate the ignition switch of the car. Thereafter, with the help of their pre-occupied ECM, accused persons used to start the vehicle,” said DCP South East, Chinmoy Biswal.
London: By 2020, global 5G wireless network infrastructure revenue would reach $4.2 billion, an 89 per cent increase from 2019 revenue of $2.2 billion, a new report by Gartner Inc. said on Thursday. Gartner forecasts that investments in 5G NR network infrastructure would account for 6 per cent of the total wireless infrastructure revenue of communications service providers (CSPs) in 2019, and that this figure will reach 12 per cent in 2020. “5G wireless network infrastructure revenue will nearly double between 2019 and 2020. For 5G deployments in 2019, CSPs are using non-stand-alone technology. This enables them to introduce 5G services that run more quickly, as 5G New Radio (NR) equipment can be rolled out alongside existing 4G core network infrastructure,” Sylvain Fabre, Senior Research Director at Gartner, said in a statement. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year 5G services would launch in many major cities in 2019 and 2020; services have already begun in the US, South Korea and some European countries, including Switzerland, Finland and the UK. “National 5G coverage will not occur as quickly as with past generations of wireless infrastructure. To maintain average performance standards as 5G is built out, CSPs will need to undertake targeted strategic improvements to their 4G legacy layer, by upgrading 4G infrastructure around 5G areas of coverage. “A less robust 4G legacy layer adjoining 5G cells could lead to real or perceived performance issues as users move from 5G to 4G/LTE Advanced Pro. This issue will be most pronounced from 2019 through 2021, a period when 5G coverage will be focused on hot spots and areas of high population density,” Fabre added.
MONTREAL – The Canadian government will study the impact of U.S. tariffs on the steel and aluminum industries before determining the financial support required to protect local jobs, the international trade minister said Monday.“The message we have been saying to everyone watching is we will always be there for the workers of that industry,” Francois-Philippe Champagne told reporters at a two-day international aluminum summit.“We have shown it in the softwood lumber case and we will show it again that we will have their back.”The minister said the government will work with provinces to support the metal industries but didn’t go as far as Quebec which committed to help smaller aluminum producers.“If there is a risk of reducing their production or a risk of not being able to export as much, we will be there to support them in making sure that they maintain the jobs that they have in that sector,” Economic Development Minister Dominique Anglade said.The minister said a meeting will take place next Monday with the various players before details of the support are announced.U.S. President Donald Trump created global uncertainty after he ended exemptions for Canada, Mexico and the European Union by imposing 25 per cent import duties on steel and 10 per cent on aluminum.That prompted Canada to retaliate by moving to add $16.6 billion in tariffs of its own that are set to be applied July 1. They will match the steel and aluminum tariffs and add duties to a wide range of consumer goods.The U.S. aluminum tariffs aren’t expected to have an immediate impact on jobs, but the goal is to avoid losing companies that transform aluminum to other products that are economically important for the industry.The summit ended with delegates calling on G7 leaders meeting next week in Quebec to formally request the G20 to create a Global Multilateral and Governmental Forum on Aluminum Overcapacity and establish an international monitoring system.Subsidized overcapacity and market-distorting behaviour from China is undermining the growth of the global aluminum industry, it said in a communique.Chinese primary smelting capacity is expected to grow 30 per cent in one year in 2018, adding 3.3 million tonnes of aluminum — more than Canada’s total production.China is expected to produce 49 million tonnes or 54 per cent of global capacity this year.“The United States is very well aware that China is the problem. China is the elephant in the room,” Jean Simard, president of the Aluminum Association of Canada said at a news conference.He said U.S. tariffs are a political manoeuvre that has nothing to do with Canadian aluminum or steel.Despite Trump’s tariff action, there is a lot of solidarity between the Canadian and American aluminum associations on China, he told reporters.“I think this is a real opportunity for us to use this kind of situation, use this kind of environment as a stepping off point to combine efforts and focus on the problem of illegal subsidies in China that are driving overcapacity,” added Heidi Brock, who heads the Aluminum Association.The 10 per cent tariff changes everything, added Raymond Chretien, Quebec’s chief trade negotiator and former Canadian ambassador to the U.S.Representatives of large aluminum producers said the industry needs to use the crisis to raise public awareness and trigger multilateral action to tackle Chinese oversupply, which is the real problem that has triggered U.S. action.“For the time being, this tariff is not aligned with the problem but still let’s use this momentum to make sure that we can do something fast,” said Gervais Jacques, chief operating officer of Rio Tinto Alcan’s Atlantic operation.Trump has generated chaos with his aggressive approach to trade but may have created an opportunity to build a multilateral trading system that deals with the reality of China’s state-owned enterprises, said Chad Bown, senior fellow of the Peterson Institute for International Economics.“I think he has caught the attention of a lot of people around the world, including China, and China may be willing to engage on issues that they hadn’t previously been willing to come to the bargaining table before,” he said.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Yellowhead Road & Bridge North Peace crews will be doing work on the Blue Grave Creek Bridge on the Upper Halfway Road for the first half of this week.The bridge, which is located at the 73-kilometre marker of Upper Halfway Road, will also be closed Monday, March 12th until Wednesday, March 14th because of routine maintenance from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.YRB apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause. If you require further information feel free to contact us by phone 250-262-2600 or email [email protected]
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Horizon North Logistics Inc. announced today that its Halfway River Horizon North partnership has been granted a conditional award to build two new work camps west of Fort St. John.The company says the conditional award is for the construction of two new accommodation facilities of 575 and 610 beds respectively, using Horizon North’s existing Kobes Creek Lodge. The contract is subject to external regulatory approvals, customer internal approvals, and an agreement on the final contract terms.“This conditional award pairs Horizon North’s presence as the largest open camp provider in the Montney region with our dedication to strong partnerships with Aboriginal communities,” said Horizon North President and CEO Rod Graham. “We look forward to continuing our work with the customer towards a completed contract and implementing our full turn-key workforce accommodations solutions with our partners from Halfway River First Nation.”Horizon North said it expects to generate revenue of $63 million between August 2018 and November 2019. The two new facilities and an expansion of the Kobes Creek Lodge will done entirely with the company’s existing infrastructure.“This conditional award shows the significant benefits that our Halfway River Horizon North partnership can bring to our community,” said Halfway River First Nation Chief Darlene Hunter. “From projects like these, we look forward to continuing to build financial prosperity, job opportunities and growth for our First Nation members.”
Members of OSU women’s volleyball team celebrate after a point during a match against Nebraska on Oct. 14 at St. John Arena. Credit: Jenna Leinasars | Former Assistant News DirectorThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team was meant to compete in the Coastal Carolina Classic in Conway, South Carolina, this weekend. However, the tournament has been cancelled due to severe weather warnings of Hurricane Irma which may affect the area over the weekend.Ohio State will instead be hosting Notre Dame on Friday at 7 p.m., who will then host the Buckeyes on Sunday at 1 p.m., due to Hurricane Irma threats in South Carolina.The Buckeyes and Fighting Irish were two of the four teams scheduled to take part in the South Carolina tournament. Florida International and Coastal Carolina, the host, were the other two teams in the tournament.Although admission to both matches will be free, Ohio State will be collecting cash donations at Friday night’s game for the Red Cross hurricane relief fund.
France boss Didier Deschamps is certain that this is just the beginning for Kylian Mbappe and has promised that there is even more to come from the teenage sensationThe Paris Saint-Germain forward pulled off a Man of the Match performance in France’s thrilling 4-3 win over Argentina in their last-16 match last weekend with his searing pace often proving to be too much for the opposing defence to handle and his brace ultimately decided the outcome of the encounter.As well as being the youngest Frenchman to score at a World Cup game, he also first teenager to score twice in the tournament since the legendary Pele for Brazil in the 1958 World Cup final against Sweden.“Kylian gained recognition after the last match but everything he’s done has been great,” said Deschamps, according to the Daily Mail.“He is only 19 and he will grow a lot. He will learn how to manage these situations.“When there are hard times, the trend is to question yourself and to dig deep but when things go well you shouldn’t relax and think things come easy or you need to put in less effort.“Kylian is intelligent, he listens and knows this. But this happens. He’s gone from Monaco to PSG where the demands are not the same, and at the World Cup they are even higher.Revealed: Florentino Perez’s plan to sign Kylian Mbappe Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 12, 2019 According to a report from ‘El Chiringuito’, Florentino Perez revealed his plans to sign Kylian Mbappe from PSG next season.We all knew this was…“He is still learning. All players at that age, regardless of ability, they are learning.”Despite the rumoured interest from Real Madrid this summer, Deschamps has backed Mbappe to remain fully focused on the remainder of France’s World Cup campaign.“What he did against Argentina was very good,” he said.“This put a spotlight on him, obviously, to play like that in such an important match made a name for him. But he has had time to digest this and recover.“We all savoured the victory but since Tuesday we started to focus on Uruguay. He is young, but I don’t think that’s a drawback. Uruguay saw him, and they know what he’s capable of. And he will have to do the same thing in this match.”France will take on Uruguay today in their World Cup quarter-final game at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium at 16:00 (GMT +2).
Tottenham Hotspur defender Kyle Walker-Peters insists he is ready to replace Danny Rose if his teammate is sidelined with an injury.Rose suffered a reoccurrence of the groin injury he picked up some weeks back against Huddersfield Town which forced him to sit out England’s recent international games and Walker-Peters believes he is ready to step into the left-back starting spot if the need arises.He said, according to Sky Sports: “Hopefully it’s not too bad for Dan. If the manager at Tottenham needs me to play on the left then I’m ready to do a good job”“The gaffer knows what he’s doing. I have faith in what he has planned for me and when he gives me my opportunities I have to continue to take them.”Pochettino: ‘Happy’ Christian Eriksen ready for Spurs action Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Mauricio Pochettino insists Christian Eriksen is “happy” and in the right frame of mind for Tottenham despite his failed summer exit.“He spoke to me at the beginning of the season which is good. He makes it quite clear that if you want to go and have a word with him, feel free to and question him.”Walker-Peters also revealed club team-mate Jan Vertonghen has also given him words of encouragement after nine appearances last season.“Jan sent me a great message, saying after I’d signed my contract and all my hard work throughout the season, it showed in games,” he said.“I guess it was because of the season I’d had. I didn’t play often but when I did actually get my opportunity I did quite well.”