first_imgCeltic are looking to sign Christian Atsu on loan from Chelsea, according to the Daily Mail.Aston Villa and West Ham are also reported to be interested in the 22-year-old Ghana winger, who featured in the World Cup in Brazil.The Mail also say Chelsea have opened talks to bring Didier Drogba back to Stamford Bridge and are confident of beating Arsenal to the signing of Germany star Sami Khedira.Boss Jose Mourinho is said to want Drogba, 36, as a second striker and to give him coaching responsibilities at the club, where the former Blues star remains a hugely popular figure.As for Khedira, Spanish media reports suggest the midfielder, 27, will sign for Arsenal on a four-year contract in a deal worth around £23m.Drogba has been linked with a return to Chelsea.Meanwhile, Liverpool have again been linked with a possible move for QPR striker Loic Remy, this time by the Daily Express.And Tottenham’s apparent bid for R’s transfer target Jamaal Lascelles of Nottingham Forest is on hold because Spurs are struggling to offload Michael Dawson, according to the Daily Mirror.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more


first_img5 July 2016This is my favorite film I have directed to date!!!! https://t.co/B2tldarcAb thanks so much to @greatbigstory pic.twitter.com/9a4M1849q3— Dan Mace (@Dan_theDirector) May 23, 2016Cape Town film-maker Dan Mace’s two short documentaries, Mine Sniffing Rats and Gift have both won second prize in different categories at the Cannes Film Festival’s Young Director Awards.Mine Sniffing Rats, a frenetically edited and succinct film about the explosive-detecting rats of Mozambique, won silver in the Changing the World Frame by Frame category.Gift, an energetic vignette about a brassy youth on the streets of Cape Town, came second in the Short Film category.Thrilled about the two accolades and recognition, Mace believes the short film format is growing in popularity. He attributed the growth to online channels like YouTube and the ease of technology needed to make films: “(There) are youngsters that shoot and edit pieces (that are) amazing. The level of film is increasing.”This accessibility and spirit of experimentation could offer opportunities for budding South African film-makers to leave a global impact on the industry.Mace’s other projects, available to watch on his YouTube channel Dan the Director, includes music videos, nature documentaries and experimental films. Follow Dan on his various social media profiles for more on his film philosophy and advice on getting started:Tweets by Dan_theDirector Source: EWNlast_img read more


first_imgRoy Williams on his knee during a game.roy williams vertigo attackNorth Carolina’s Roy Williams appears to be okay, but for a moment there, we were all a little worried about the Tar Heels head coach, yet again. Williams, who suffers from vertigo, collapsed on the sideline during a game against Boston College last month. It nearly happened again tonight during the ACC Tournament title game against UVA, but Williams appeared to steady himself by taking a knee. Here’s video:Roy maybe with a vertigo attack but he waved off medical staff per ESPN pic.twitter.com/EzWnyCV5a3— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) March 13, 2016Williams’ Tar Heels are holding onto a slim lead in the game’s final minute. A win would surely lift his spirits.last_img read more


first_imgCHURCHILL, Man. – Residents of Churchill are devastated after learning efforts to restore rail service to the northern Manitoba town have fallen apart.Hudson Bay Railway said talks broke down on Tuesday after months of negotiation to transfer ownership of the crippled rail line — the community’s sole land link — to a consortium of northern communities.The railway, owned by Denver-based Omnitrax, would only say a sale to the consortium may no longer be possible.“Despite our best efforts to find common ground on certain key issues, it now appears that this transaction has fallen apart,” the company said in a statement. “This outcome is unexpected and very unfortunate. We offer our apologies to all those who depend on the line.”That was cold comfort for Rhoda de Meulles, who owns the local hardware store with her husband and can’t afford to keep flying in supplies.“We are not going to make it,” she said.“This town can’t do it,” Dale de Meulles added.The rail line was damaged by severe flooding more than a year ago and Omnitrax has said it cannot afford the repairs. Since then, goods and people have had to be flown into the subarctic community at much higher cost.Federal regulators ruled last month that the Hudson Bay Railway has a legal obligation to fix and maintain the line, although the company has said it will appeal the decision.Christian Sinclair, chief of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation and co-chair of the One North consortium negotiating to take ownership of the rail line, said he was completely surprised by Hudson Bay Railway’s statement.“We were caught by surprise and we are still working together as a consortium to get a deal done here.”Churchill Mayor Mike Spence and Sinclair later put out a brief statement saying the “buying group is united.”“We remain at the table and we fully support the efforts to conclude a reasonable deal.”Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr, who was in Churchill on Tuesday, declined an interview request, but his office issued a statement saying Canada will find a solution.“This situation has had significant impacts to the town of Churchill and the communities along the line,” the statement said.Repairs to the railway must start within two weeks if they are to be completed before winter, the de Meulles said. Without the rail, they will have to order a year’s worth of supplies to be brought in by a cargo ship from Quebec.It has meant costs for packaging and shipping are completely unsustainable, they said. But locking the door for good, will be the very last option.“Our life is Churchill,” Dale de Meulles said.“To us, it’s one day at a time and that’s how we operate now, one day at a time,” his wife said. “We see what happens from there.”— With files from Steve Lambert in WinnipegNote to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version misspelled the last name of Rhoda de Meulles.last_img read more


first_imgTORONTO ONTARIO, – Martinrea International Inc. says it earned a record $36.4 million in the third quarter despite modest tariff effects and foreign exchange losses.The Toronto-based auto parts manufacturer says it earned 42 cents per share for the period ended Sept. 30. That’s unchanged from the prior year when its net income was $36.2 million.Excluding one-time items, adjusted profits rose for a 16th consecutive quarter, reaching $37.2 million or 43 cents per share, below analyst expectations but up from $36.3 million or 42 cents per share a year earlier.Total sales grew 1.5 per cent to $851.1 million, from $838.5 million.Martinrea was expected to earn 45 cents per share on $856.2 million in revenues, according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters Eikon.Executive chairman Rob Wildeboer said the company is pleased with the USMCA trade agreement involving Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, especially the automotive provisions that will support a continued strong North American automotive industry and supply base.“We were very well-positioned to benefit from NAFTA, and we remain very well-positioned to benefit from the USMCA,” he said in a news release.“We are also supportive of the eventual removal of the steel and aluminum tariffs imposed by the three member countries of the USMCA on each other, which are hurting some of our customers and suppliers, and which have a relatively modest impact on our profitability, and we will continue to advocate accordingly.”Companies in this story:(TSX:MRE)last_img read more


first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — BC Transit is going to be bringing new city buses to Fort St. John this year, with an unveiling of the new bus model happening at City Hall tomorrow.The new Vicinity buses are made by Aldergrove-based Grande West Transportation International Ltd. and are 35 feet long. BC Transit says the bus model performs better and has more safety features than those in its current fleet.The buses can seat 30 passengers with room for another 24 standees, with space for two mobility aids. The new buses are also equipped with two doors for more efficient operation and easier access for customers. The same model bus was unveiled in Prince George on Tuesday. The buses will be unveiled tomorrow at City Hall at a ceremony beginning at 1:00 p.m.last_img read more


first_imgNew Delhi: A 25-year-old biker died Thursday midnight after a metal wire broke off from the Signature Bridge and pierced through his chest in north Delhi, police said on Friday. A passerby informed the police at 12.15 a.m. on Thursday night when he found Pranav Mishra lying near the divider. Mishra was returning to his home in Wazirabad. “We have registered a case of death due to negligence,” Deputy Commissioner of Police A.K. Thakur said. The wire could have become loose due to the ongoing construction work on one of the pillars of the bridge, he added.last_img read more


first_imgRabat- Nador’s Commerce and Industry Chamber has launched a unique industrial park called “Salouane” in Nador in partnership with the developer-planner of the national industrial parks, Med Z, with the aim of supporting young developers. Nador’s Commerce and Industry Chamber (CCISN) presented the “Salouane” project to Moroccan and Spanish investors detailing the offer in terms of its value and infrastructure at an information day held on Thursday. According to Moroccan daily L’Économiste, Salouane is a unique project in Morocco, because it is the first time a state’s business Chamber has taken part in the capital of a private company. In an innovative partnership, the developer-planner of the national industrial parks, Med Z, and the CCISN created the development company of the industrial park, Salouane (SAPS). More specifically, the company’s capital is estimated at 70 million DH with 68% held by Med Z and 32% by CCISN. According to the same source, the park will house a Business Incubator Center whose mission is to offer support for young developers and various start-ups. The park will make available 200 containers for rent, limited to three years, to benefit a large number of developers’ projects. It will also include production facilities, and modular offices.Edited by Elisabeth Myerslast_img read more


The Cardinals lost to the Saints 31-7 on Sunday. The fifth-year safety went into surgery later that day, where doctors shaved the exposed bone and closed the wound, according to Somers’ tweet:“Drs shaved bone on Johnson’s finger and repaired. Lost about down to first knuckle— Kent Somers (@kentsomers) September 23, 2013.” Johnson pulled off his glove and the flesh was still in the glove exposing the bone down to the first knuckle. Apparently Johnson didn’t even realize the injury until he took his glove off on the sideline. Arizona Cardinals’ Rashad Johnson lost a piece of his left middle finger after making a routine tackle on New Orleans running back Darren Sproles on a punt return.Not even Johnson knows exactly what or when it happened, but Arizona Republic’s Kent Somers confirmed via Twitter that Johnson’s injury occurred sometime during his Sproles takedown:“Johnson’s injury happened on a punt return, tackling sproles. Not sure what happened, might have smashed in ground. #AZCardinals— Kent Somers (@kentsomers) September 23, 2013.” read more


Blue Jackets’ goaltender Steve Mason is suffering from a sophomore slump and is handicapping the Jackets.After playing brilliantly through his rookie season, Mason’s play has regressed and has left the Jackets hurting.Last season, Mason provided a lift for the Jackets in their best season in franchise history. Mason put on a spectacular display on a nightly basis, racking up 10 shutouts and eventually winning NHL Rookie of the Year honors.This year, however, is a different story. Mason’s save percentage has fallen from .916 to .890 and his goals against average has increased by more than a full goal.While the Jackets haven’t helped him by continually turning over the puck in their own zone, Mason’s play leaves much to be desired. He has repeatedly allowed easy goals and in more than one occasion forced coach Ken Hitchcock to pull him from games. Mason currently leads the NHL with 15 losses after losing only 20 games all of last season.While Mason is and will be a great goaltender in this league, the Jackets don’t have the luxury of letting him work through his slump on the ice. The Jackets are fourth in the Central Division and third-worst in the Western Conference.If the Jackets are to have any chance at making the playoffs they need to get on track immediately. Believe it or not, the playoffs aren’t out of the question.At this juncture last year, the Jackets were only four points ahead of where they are now. The St. Louis Blues were actually three points behind where the Jackets are now and managed to play themselves into the No. 6 seed in the Western Conference. But if the Jackets have any aspirations of climbing back into the race, they need a spark.That spark might be backup goaltender Mathieu Garon. Garon has been in net for the Jackets past three games, all of which the Jackets won. Garon was honored as one of the NHL’s three Stars of the Week for his performance, which included a shutout Sunday of Dallas. Garon has a lower goals against average (2.55) than Mason, and a higher save percentage (.909).At this point, the Jackets have played themselves into a goaltender controversy. Since the Jackets are desperate for a boost, Hitchcock should continue to start Garon until the Olympic break, which starts Feb. 15 for the Jackets. Garon has shown he can be effective if given the chance to play in consecutive games and deserves a shot with Mason struggling.During the break, the team can re-evaluate where they are in the standings and the goaltender situation. Worst-case scenario, the Jackets continue to play sub .500 hockey and are out of the playoff picture. In that case the team can go back to Mason and see if he can get back on track. Or, Garon might provide the lift the Jackets desperately need in which case Hitchcock can stick with him in net and use Mason as the backup. read more