REVEALED: Wenger in lengthy Mbappe chat over Arsenal move

first_imgArsenal boss Arsene Wenger has called AS Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe about a move to London.L’Equipe says Wenger spoke on the phone to the teenager and offered him career advice as the striker is still pondering his next move.’Very little detail’ about the pair’s conversation was revealed.But it is believed they spoke about a potential move to the Emirates as well as a plan for the striker’s whole career.A source said: “Kylian is currently thinking things over.“Either he will go to a stepping-stone club, or directly to a great club.“But his aim is very clear: to sign for one of the two biggest clubs in the world, they are Real Madrid or Barcelona for him, before reaching the age of 22.”last_img

Liverpool legend Aldridge: I NEVER urged Van Dijk strike

first_imgLiverpool legend John Aldridge denies encouraging Virgil van Dijk to go on strike in order to force through a move from Southampton.It was claimed Aldo had made the suggestion in his column with the Sunday World last week.“I’m not saying he should go on strike in a bid to force through a move,” he told the “I’m just saying this is what happens in the game now.“If a player wants a move, there are ways he can make it happen and Liverpool have been on the receiving end of this from Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling in recent years.“I made it clear in my article that I don’t like the way the modern game has gone, but all the power is with players these days and if they want a move, they can make it happen.“Who knows what Van Dijk will do next. I would like to see him move to Liverpool because he would be perfect for Jurgen Klopp’s team and a great centre-back partner for Joel Matip, but it is up to the player and his club to sort out the problem now.“It is annoying that the paper took the quotes from my Sunday World article and put an extra twist on them, but hopefully this clears up the points I was trying to make.”last_img read more

World Cup 2018: How South Korea tricked a Swedish ‘spy’ in Austria

first_img“It’s very difficult for westerners to distinguish between Asians,” said South Korea coach Shin Tae-yong as he shrugged off spying by Sweden ahead of their FIFA World Cup 2018 Group F opener.Sweden and South Korea begin their World Cup campaigns on Monday and have been creative in trying to study each other’s tactics in the build-up to the Group F match at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.A Swedish scout used a house near Korea’s training base in Austria earlier this month to watch training sessions using a high performance telescope and video camera.”It took a long car journey up the mountains to reach the house, but it was a perfect spot to observe the Korean team’s training,” Lars Jacobsson, a member of the Swedish coaching staff, said on Sunday.FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FULL COVERAGEHe had earlier been kicked out of a closed training session, after failing to convince the Koreans he was a passing tourist, and persuaded a local couple to let him use their house, overlooking the training facility, to watch their rivals working on their World Cup routines.Coach Janne Andersson on Sunday tendered an apology.”It is very important we show respect for an opponent and if what we did has been perceived in another way, then we apologise,” Andersson said.”This is something small that has been turned into something much bigger because usually our information about our opponents comes from us watching them play matches.”2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL FIXTURESIt was all no matter to the Koreans, insisted Shin, who said such in-depth analysis of opponents was now the international norm.advertisementIn any case, he had a ruse of his own to outfox the Swedes, making his players use different jersey numbers.”We switched them around because we didn’t want to show our opponents everything and to try and confuse them.”They might know a few of our players but it is very difficult for Westerners to distinguish between Asians and that’s why we did that,” Shin said.”All coaches probably feel their opponents are always spying on them. I think it’s perfectly natural that we all try to get as much information on each other as we can.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

How to Write a Blog Post Every Single Day

first_img Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack If you’ve ever been in a content creation role, you know that there’s lots you can do to make sure you’re creating great content every single day. You can’t just wait for inspiration. You’ve got to be prepared, motivated, and focused — all at the same time. The trifecta can be hard to get, even for the savviest of writers.So if your job is to create content every day, how do you achieve all that?To get to the bottom of this, I spoke with my teammates here at HubSpot. It’s no secret: we create a lot of content, especially blog posts … so I figured we’d have a few tricks up our sleeve for writing a post every single day. Here’s some of the best advice our team has for getting prepared, motivated and focused to write each day on the job.1) Braindump Your Ideas in TrelloMy best brainstorming doesn’t often happen randomly — I usually need to sit down, realize I need to brainstorm, make inspiration strike once, and then iterate on that idea. I personally love to brainstorm ideas in Trello — a place where my whole team can see them and grab one if they want to write it. Having a central location for ideas keeps the blog post idea mill flowing for the entire team, even in the darkest days of writer’s block.2) Race Your Laptop’s BatteryMy colleague, Corey Eridon, mentioned this tip in a previous post about blogging tips — and it’s something our team will do when under a tight deadline. Just unplug your laptop, go somewhere else, and race to finish your post before your computer shuts off. Constraining your writing to a certain time limit can help you focus on getting the most important points down in a concise way.3) Isolate Yourself (Physically AND Digitally)To get focused, my teammates and I also like to isolate ourselves. Whether it’s holing up in some random conference room to write, popping in some headphones at our desks, or turning off all instant message/email/tweet notifications on our computers, we’re making sure we’re focusing on the one and only task at hand: writing a blog post. Those other distractions can wait until you’ve finished.4) Refresh Your SurroundingsThis tip is one my coworker Karlan Baumann swears by: changing your surroundings any time you need to work. So if you’ve been emailing at your desk all morning, try heading over to a local coffee shop to write (or vice versa). Writing requires a different mindset than the rest of your day-to-day duties, so changing up your surroundings to mirror the change in mindset can be very helpful.5) Listen to Music Popping in your favorite tunes can help you gear up to write something awesome — though it doesn’t have to be a certain type of music. My colleague Shannon Johnson told me that she prefers classical or non-lyrical music when she needs to buckle down and write … but mine is usually the Pandora Beyonce or Mumford and Sons mix. Find whatever music empowers and focuses you to write and go from there.6) Get ComfyI absolutely need to feel physically comfortable before I write. Forget ergonomics — sometimes I need to be hunched over my post for an hour to get it out quickly.Experiment to see which body position works best for you. For me, I need my feet stretched out and laptop on my lap because that’s the position I used when I was on tight deadlines at college. This position can work at my desk or in a conference room or on the couch. You may need much more — or much less — rigidity, but it’s important for you to know how your posture can help or hurt you.  7) Chunk Up Your WritingOften, I’ll get overwhelmed and think, “I need to get 1,500 words done before lunch? I have 10 minutes before my next meeting so I won’t even try to write something.” But that’s not always the best way to think about writing — or any project in general. Lately, I’ve been trying to say to myself, “I have 10 minutes, so what can I write in that time that’ll be substantial?” Usually, that’ll be one or two paragraphs of a post — so I’ll challenge myself to write that before I need to go to my next meeting. Set deadlines for yourself for parts of your writing, and you could find that your productivity skyrockets. 8) Do It at a Set TimeIt’s really easy to make excuses to not write. An impromptu meeting crops up or suddenly your inbox is overflowing or maybe someone’s complaining on Twitter and you need to respond to it. But if you let yourself get caught up in all of those, you’ll never have enough time to bang out a post. So try carving out a chunk of time to sit and write, and don’t let anything else interfere. Maybe you write best in the morning, so you block out 8-10 a.m. on your calendar. Send yourself a calendar invite for that time and disconnect from all notifications. You’ll train yourself and your coworkers to expect you to blog at that time.9) Talk It Out This is a great tip that came from Corey as well: when you’re getting caught up in trying to write something down, just talk it out. Grab a voice recording device or a coworker, and explain what you mean out loud. Naturally you’re going to be more down-to-earth and jargon-free, and hearing your own voice say the concept out loud can jumpstart your creativity. Bonus: if you have Evernote, you can write your blog posts by talking them out. 10) Skip to Easier StuffWriting can make me really angry sometimes. Randomly, I’ll have a blog post idea and have no clue how to begin the post. It doesn’t matter if I’ve been ruminating on the idea for a week or a month or half a year — somehow I get writer’s block. Instead of fighting against those sections that just won’t cooperate, skip to sections you know like the back of your hand. Writing non-linearly seems counterintuitive (don’t you have to build your story first??), but it can help unlock your creativity. You’ll get back into your writing groove and it’ll be easier to tackle those other sections. Just make sure you go through a heavy edit to make sure your story flow actually seems logical. 11) Organize Your Bookmark Bar With Resources You Use Every DayI’m an organized person. I keep track of my blog post ideas in Trello, I color-code my email inbox, and I sure as heck make sure I’m ready to write or edit a blog post at a moment’s notice.One thing that has significantly cut down on my writing and editing time is my collection of bookmarks. I’m not the greatest at dead-recalling facts. Instead, I bookmark resources that’ll help me find the information I need. So things like the link to our blog or design style guide, or the link to our stock photo subscription, or the link to our personas — I bookmark them all. That way, I don’t have to spend time searching for important blog post content to reference or cite.I also like to bookmark resources that’ll help me come up with new blog post ideas. Generally, I like to check out this site, but I also use a bunch of these browser bookmarks.  Do you write every day? What tips do you have for consistently creating content?   Productivity Originally published Feb 27, 2014 11:00:00 AM, updated February 01 2017 Topics:last_img read more

8 Data-Driven Tips for Using Images in Blog Posts

first_img Originally published Oct 31, 2014 6:00:00 AM, updated October 08 2019 Images If you knew something as easy as adding images to your blog posts would increase your readers, subscribers, followers, and leads, wouldn’t you do it every single time?  According to Jeff Bullas, articles with images get 94% more total views than articles without images. Ninety-four percent! If I were to tell you that you could expand your reach by 94% by doing something fairly simple, I’m guessing you wouldn’t think twice.Of course, “simple” is relative. I don’t mean you should take five minutes to scope  out some stock photos   and then insert them randomly into your posts. To get more eyeballs on your blog, you’ll have to be more strategic than that — and this blog post will help you get started with that strategy.Follow the eight tips below  to learn data-driven tips that will help you squeeze the most value out of images in your blog posts.Download 6 Free Blog Post Templates Now8 Data-Driven Tips for Using Images in Blog Posts1) Use images of real people.In one of Jakob Nielsen’s usability studies, he discovered that pictures of people are one of the most engaging forms of web content.Nielsen’s data showed that users spent 10% more time looking at pictures of people on a page than they did reading the biographical content associated with the pictures. Even though the text content took up 316% more space, and was thus more quantitatively dominate, users preferred looking at the pictures.But Nielsen offers a critical disclaimer: Some types of pictures are completely ignored — typically the generic images that are purely decorative. To show this, he analyzed the image on the Yale School of Management website and discovered that the stock-style photo on the right side of the page received very few eye fixations:Describing it as “pure filler,” Nielsen advises using images that are relevant to the user experience. Images used in an article just for the sake of using an image can be unhelpful.But if the image has a purpose, like helping to explain a concept, emphasize a point, translate to an external page or email, or show personality, then it can only help you. For example, I use a headshot in my website because it’s a professional courtesy and an engagement marker.2) Combine photos and text to increase viewer retention and engagement.In a study conducted by Socialbakers, researchers discovered that images on Facebook constituted 93% of the most engaging posts, compared with status updates, links, and even video.Although this data is specific to Facebook, the principle holds true for blog content as well.The appeal of pictures is known as the “picture superiority effect.” According to the dual-coding theory, the human memory has two main forms of retention: verbal and imaginal (directly related to the word “image”). Images encode concepts onto our memory in a concrete way, rather than the abstract form of verbal concepts.This video from Digital Splash Media explains the picture superiority effect, making an overwhelming case for the importance of images.3) Optimize your images so they load quickly.Even though the days of dial-up sluggishness are behind us, we still crave quick load times. As you’re probably aware, quick load times are important for SEO — and the source of greatest lag are often clunky plugins and huge images.The optimal load time is still being debated. A study by Akamai says that two seconds is the “new threshold of acceptability for ecommerce web page response times.” According to their data, 47% of viewers want a two-second load time.In another study by the Nielsen Norman Group, users in a test were asked to look at a page with a large header image that took up 23% of the page. The picture below shows a gaze plot of a user looking at a landing page. The slider image (yellow) took eight seconds to load; as a result, the user spent a mere 1% of their time looking at the image.When the image loaded quickly, the user spent 20% of viewing time looking at the image.Surveys indicate that slow load times are one of the most-hated features of a website. Not only will you lose the value that the image could provide, but you’ll also plain old tick off users.A few seconds is all it takes for a user to lose interest and completely ignore the slow-loading image. You can’t control the user’s connection speed, but you can control the speed of your own website. Note: Hubspot recommends that photos should be smaller than 100KB in order to load quickly.4) Present information in visual formats, like infographics.Many studies have found that the human brain processes images much faster than text. This data coheres with the picture superiority effect, and its impact upon marketing is huge. Your readers will absorb your content far easier if you put it in picture form.According to Mike Parkinson, “the human brain deciphers image elements simultaneously, while language is decoded in a linear, sequential manner taking more time to process.” Showing is better than explaining in many cases.Let’s take a look at an example. Which of these is easier to understand?Most of you would say the leftmost depiction. It’s common to say, “I’m a visual learner,” as opposed to someone who learns better by reading or listening to information. The fact is, all of us our visual learners — our brains are wired that way.This data is one of the reasons why I’m a major proponent of using infographics as part of a comprehensive content marketing strategy. (Here are five free infographic templates in PowerPoint to get you started.)5) Use high quality images to establish credibility.In case you think that pictures are simply a way to increase engagement or interest, listen to this point: According to the Stanford Persuasive Technology Lab, overall visual design “was the number one criterion for discerning the credibility of the presented material.” There are a lot of factors involved in “visual design,” but good quality images need to be present.6) Use images to support persuasive copy and in calls-to-action.A study from the University of Minnesota School of Management and the 3M Corporation analyzed the effectiveness of presentations that contained visual elements and those that did not. The presentations containing visual elements were 43% more effective at converting users to agree with their point of view.Ecommerce is all about the art of persuasion. We as marketers are trying to compel people to take a viewpoint, click a button, or make a purchase. Let’s not forget that we can become far more persuasive simply by using images.7) Position your lead image to the right or left of the first paragraph in your post.According to Buffer, people are more likely to read an article that have an inline image to the right or left of the leading paragraph.The pattern looks like this:Why is it effective? First of all, people are visually attracted to images. An image positioned in this way will invite eye paths to the image and the nearby text. Secondly, people are more likely to read short lines of text than long ones. When compared with lines of text below the image, the lines beside the image seem short. This means that people will be more inclined to read them. As Buffer stated, “The fewer the characters, the easier the text is to comprehend and the less complex it seems.”8) Use one image per 350 words.How many images should you have in your posts? I would suggest you use as many images as you need to in order to communicate your concepts clearly and accurately. According to a study by Blog Pros, in 100 of the highest ranking blogs on the internet, there was at least one image for every 350 words.We live in the age of the visual. From flat screens to smartphones, images are everywhere. As Lori Kozlowski commented in Forbes, “It’s likely we’ll only see a deeper connection to video and to visuals on the Web in the next few years.” People are connecting with your content not only based on what it says with text, but what it says in images, too.How are you using images in your content? Share with us in the comments below!Image Credit:,, Socialbakers, Topics: Don’t forget to share this post! 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Matthew Longstaff enjoys dream debut as Newcastle beat Manchester United

first_imgNewcastle United’s Matthew Longstaff enjoyed a dream Premier League debut as his goal earned his side a 1-0 home victory over Manchester United to move them out of the bottom three on Sunday.The 19-year-old, playing in midfield alongside his older brother Sean, clipped the bar with a dipping first-half effort but made no mistake as he beat David de Gea with a sweetly-struck low drive after 72 minutes.While there was some much-needed joy on Tyneside for Newcastle’s fans, another lackluster display by United left Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side in the bottom half of the table.United have scored only nine Premier League goals in eight games, five of them coming on day one against Chelsea, and again they looked bereft of attacking spark.Their best chance saw defender Harry Maguire head wastefully wide from a corner on the stroke of halftime.The 20-time English champions will enter the international break in the 12th spot with Newcastle just a point behind in 16th.last_img

Renard fears the worst from Ronaldo

first_imgWorld Cup How do you make Ronaldo less exceptional? The challenge facing Renard’s Morocco Joe Wright 05:26 6/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) cristiano ronaldo - cropped Getty Images World Cup Portugal v Morocco Morocco Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Herve Renard admits it could be impossible for Morocco to stop Cristiano Ronaldo, but he is determined to try. Morocco boss Herve Renard has promised his side will do their best to make Cristiano Ronaldo “less exceptional” when they face Portugal in the World Cup on Wednesday.The 33-year-old became the oldest player to score a hat-trick in the tournament in his side’s opening 3-3 draw with Spain, drawing level with Ferenc Puskas as Europe’s most prolific international goalscorer on 84 in the process.Renard’s side head into Wednesday’s match in Moscow in need of a positive result, having been beaten 1-0 by Iran in their opening Group B match, but Renard accepts stopping Ronaldo could prove an impossible task. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move “All I can say is that he’s an exceptional player. That word may not even be enough,” he told a news conference.”We must do everything to make it a less exceptional game for him.”Renard also dismissed the idea of man-marking Ronaldo as a potentially futile tactic, especially since Portugal won the Euro 2016 final over France after their talisman had gone off injured.He added: “If we put three [players] on Ronaldo, I don’t know how we would mark the others. They have so much attacking quality. We mustn’t forget that we’re facing the champions of Europe.”If I have a good memory, he was injured in the final against France and his team-mates managed to make the difference anyway.”Of course, he is the essential element… but we need to sleep well tonight, eh!”If it only happens once in your life that you play Cristiano Ronaldo, you have to be the best you can be.”last_img read more

9 months agoEx-Man City captain Yaya Toure open to Premier League return

first_imgEx-Man City captain Yaya Toure open to Premier League returnby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester City captain Yaya Toure is open to a Premier League return.The midfielder has refused to rule out a return to the Premier League after an unsuccessful short spell at Olympiakos.“You never know, maybe the Premier League?” Toure said.“I enjoyed it, I enjoyed it to be honest.“If I can possibly play one more year or two years, we will see.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Big 12 Team’s Game Cancelled Due To Storms

first_imgIowa State fans storm the field after win.AMES, IA – OCTOBER 28: Iowa State Cyclones fans stormed the field after the Cyclones won 14-7 over the TCU Horned Frogs in the second half of play at Jack Trice Stadium on October 28, 2017 in Ames, Iowa. The Iowa State Cyclones won 14-7 over the TCU Horned Frogs. (Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images)Crazy weather across the country has caused delays and some cancellations in a number of football games today. Iowa State vs. South Dakota State got started tonight, but now, it has been cancelled.Each team got one drive in before the delay.South Dakota State was forced to punt after a five-play, 14 yard drive.Iowa State made its way down the field quickly. Kyle Kempt and company picked up 83 yards in just five plays, capped by a 55-yard pass to Deshaunte Jones for a score.Connor Assalley knocked in the extra point to make it 7-0. That was the last play we got in the game.According to Iowa State writer Paul Clark, the game has been cancelled for tonight.Tonight’s Iowa State vs. South Dakota State game is officially cancelled.— Paul Clark (@cyclonereport) September 2, 2018Iowa State confirmed it moments later. According to the school, there are “no immediate plans” to reschedule the game.Tonight’s game has been cancelled. There are no immediate plans for rescheduling. #CyclONEnation— Cyclone Football (@CycloneFB) September 2, 2018The two teams’ bye weeks don’t line up. Iowa State is off on Oct. 20, while South Dakota State has its bye on Sept. 22.Based on the Iowa State tweet, it doesn’t sound like the teams are considering picking things up tomorrow, though that may be the best chance to do it.Iowa State was one of the surprises of college football last season. They should be good enough to pick up bowl eligiblity without this game, but if they’re floating on the 5/6 win bubble, this could loom large.last_img read more

Goa Shipyard Delivers Its 200th Vessel (India)

first_imgzoom Goa Shipyard Ltd. (GSL) today joined the elite class of shipbuilders with the delivery of the 200th vessel.The 200th vessel is 105m Naval Offshore Patrol Vessel (NOPV) to be christened “INS SUMEDHA”. The vessel is the largest Offshore Patrol Vessel of the Indian Navy and the largest constructed by Goa Shipyard Limited. The first and second of the series the “INS SARYU” and “INS SUNAYANA” were delivered to the Indian Navy by GSL on 21 December 2012 and 02 September 2013.The other vessels built and delivered by the yard include Missile Crafts, Torpedo Recovery Vessels, Fast Patrol Vessels, Extra Fast Attack Crafts, Offshore Patrol Vessels, Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessels and Naval Offshore Patrol Vessels and 126 GRP interceptor Boats.As one of the few Indian shipyards equipped with an in-house design capability, GSL carries out its own Research & Development, in the process developing an in-house product range that efficiently meets the specific requirements of clients in the defence as well as commercial sectors in the fields of design, construction, repair and modernization of vessels.Goa Shipyard is implementing a major expansion plan that will significantly boost capacity of its shipbuilding facilities. The ongoing modernization project will augment GSL’s current capability to manufacture cutting edge warships.Once fully completed it will result in substantial enhancement of the shipyard’s capacity to fabricate steel, aluminum and GRP hull vessels. 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 My location Print  Close Goa Shipyard, January 14, 2014last_img read more

BHP Billiton to Focus on Automation in Dry Bulk Industry

first_imgzoom With an aim to drive improvements in the dry bulk shipping industry, the Australian mining giant BHP Billiton said it plans to focus on a future that is much more automated.The company would focus on “the right kind of partnerships, leadership and standards” in order to work on automation and remote-operations, as it believes autonomous vessels offer significant opportunities to improve safety by removing people from dangerous tasks and more data-driven decision-making.“Safe and efficient autonomous vessels carrying BHP cargo, powered by BHP gas, is our vision for the future of dry bulk shipping,” Rashpal Bhatti, BHP Billiton Vice President, Freight, said, adding that the company believes “that future could manifest within a decade.”Besides more automation, the mining giant said that additional improvements could be made concerning safety, the industry’s environmental performance and using technology to improve business.“We continue to seek out world class strategic partners who share our vision of a dry bulk industry that is at the forefront of technological change while defining the frontier in marine safety, efficiency and environmental sustainability,” BHP Billiton said.In 2016, the company procured freight for close to one quarter of a billion tonnes of iron ore, coal and copper, conducting over 1500 voyages.last_img read more

NSLC Retail Stores Closed Good Friday and Easter Sunday

first_imgAll Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation’s (NSLC) retail stores will be closed on Friday, April 3, and Sunday, April 5, in honour of Good Friday and Easter Sunday. NSLC retail stores will have normal business hours on Saturday, April 4, and Monday, April 6. For more information on NSLC store hours, please visit and click on Store Locator. -30-last_img

Former US energy secretary says communication key for energy project approval

first_imgCALGARY – The former U.S. secretary of energy in the Obama administration says there are no easy answers when it comes to winning public support for critical energy infrastructure projects.American nuclear physicist Ernest Moniz, who was energy secretary from 2013 to 2017, gave a speech in Calgary focusing on the need for innovation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while still ensuring a supply of energy needed to maintain the North American standard of living.He says there’s no “cookie-cutter solution” to overcome public opposition to projects such as the Energy East pipeline cancelled Thursday by Calgary-based TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP).Moniz says the key to winning social licence to build is listening to the community and educating it about the liabilities and benefits the project might offer.He says the recent interest by China in improving its greenhouse gas emissions will have an indirect benefit for Canada in that it will drive a resurgence in world demand for liquefied natural gas.He expects that will translate into at least four more new U.S. LNG export facilities in the next five years, some possibly sourcing Canadian gas, and could provide a market for a Canadian LNG industry.Although about 20 LNG projects have been proposed for British Columbia, only one small project has been approved and two large projects have been cancelled or put on hold because of deteriorating global LNG prices.“I do expect the LNG market to grow substantially. There is a little bit of an oversupply for a few years but longer term, I think it will be a big market,” Muniz said.“For Canada, well, obviously it’s a question of getting product on the water, so there are routes through the United States but Canada has to figure out how to get it either west or east or south.”He says the boom in shale oil and gas production in the United States makes it important for Canada to diversify its energy customer base by finding more routes to ocean export points.last_img read more

Trudeau still bullish on NAFTA but admits Canada is ready for anything

first_imgWASHINGTON – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau emerged from a day of meetings in the U.S. capital Wednesday continuing to champion a continental trade deal that many around him suggest may be doomed.But even Trudeau finally acknowledged his enthusiasm for the North American Free Trade Agreement can only go so far and there exists the possibility the trilateral pact with the United States and Mexico is in trouble.“It is very important and very possible to get a win-win-win … out of these negotiations,” Trudeau told a news conference on the roof of the Canadian Embassy.“So saying, I think it’s been clear that circumstances are often challenging, and we have to be ready for anything — and we are.”What anything could look like was raised by U.S. President Donald Trump in his talks with Trudeau earlier Wednesday at the White House.Terminating the deal is one option he alluded to, and in the past Trump’s said doing so would allow something completely new to be written.Or perhaps separate bilateral deals with Canada and Mexico will be the way forward, the president suggested.“It’s possible we won’t be able to reach a deal with one or the other; in the meantime we’ll make a deal with one,” he said.But the U.S. president also said it’s too early to give up on the negotiations, which resumed Wednesday in nearby Alexandria, Va.“I think we have a chance to do something very creative that’s good for Canada, Mexico and the United States.”Trudeau heads Thursday to Mexico for his first official visit to the country and his sit-down with President Enrique Pena Nieto comes as officials in that country appear to be preparing for the deal to collapse.Mexico’s foreign relations secretary, Luis Videgaray, said Tuesday his country won’t accept “limited, managed trade,” an apparent reference to demands for higher U.S. and regional content rules on products like automobiles.“We have to be prepared to say no, and if necessary to get up from the table and if necessary leave the treaty,” Videgaray said, adding, “It would not be the end of the world.”Trudeau wouldn’t say Wednesday at what point Canada might be prepared to walk away, if ever.But repeating the “ready for anything” sentiment multiple times suggested a conscious decision to acknowledge that the outcome of the talks may not go Canada’s way.“I continue to believe in NAFTA; I continue to believe that as a continent working together in complementary ways is better for our citizens and better for economic growth, and allows us to compete on a stronger footing with the global economy,” Trudeau said.“So saying, we are ready for anything and we will continue to work diligently to protect Canadian interests, to stand up for jobs, and look for opportunities for Canadian business and citizens of all of our friends and neighbour countries to do well.”Trudeau didn’t rule out bilateral deals either.“We are very aware that there are other potential paths out there, we will address them as they arise.”Trump’s commerce secretary, Wilbur Ross, said it’s not new that Trump would consider bilateral agreements.“The president had indicated earlier that he was receptive to a trilateral, or two matching bilaterals, or (ending) NAFTA,” he told a panel discussion late Wednesday.“I think all he’s really saying is he’s keeping his options open.”There are multiple sticking points in the talks, some of which were raised at meetings Trudeau held earlier Wednesday with the key House of Representatives committee that oversees trade.The committee chair, Republican Kevin Brady, called the countries, “great allies,” and said, “when North America wins, America wins.”But he also asked for more access to Canada’s dairy market. A Democratic colleague called on Canada to loosen its protections for cultural industries, exempted from the current NAFTA.Trudeau defended Canada’s limits on dairy imports, according to a lawmaker present in the meeting, saying the prime minister countered by pointing out the U.S. has plenty of support programs propping up its own farmers.– with files from Alexander Panetta and the Associated Presslast_img read more

NTPC raises 450 million from international market

first_imgNew Delhi: State-run power giant NTPC Wednesday said it has raised $450 million (about Rs 3,105 crore) through five-year bond offering in the international market under its $6 billion (about Rs 41,400 crore) medium term notes (MTN) programme. NTPC had opened the issue of $450 million five-year bond offering in the international market on Tuesday, the company said in a statement. In terms of geographical distribution, Asia took the bulk of the subscription at 90 per cent (of the $450 million MTN), with supplemental demand of 10 per cent from Europe, Middle East & Africa and offshore US accounts, the statement said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe distribution of investors was well diversified as fund managers took 69 per cent of the subscription of the MTN issue, followed by banks with 22 per cent, insurance/pension with 8 per cent and PB (private banks)/others (wealth manager) with 1 per cent, it said. The company intends to use the proceeds of the issue to finance its ongoing and new power projects, coal mining projects, acquisition of power plants and renovation and modernisation of power stations, it added. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe issue was to close on April 3. The notes carry a coupon (rate) of 3.75 per cent per annum payable semi-annually. The notes will mature on April 3, 2024 and all the principal and interest payments will be made in US Dollars. The notes represent direct, unconditional and unsecured obligations of NTPC and will rank pari passu among themselves and all other unsecured obligations of NTPC, it said. The notes will be listed on the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Ltd, India International Exchange (IFSC) Ltd and NSE IFSC Ltd. The company expects to list the notes in the first week of April after receiving the funds. NTPC’s $6 billion MTN Programme was set up in 2006 and this issuance was the tenth offering under the programme, taking the cumulative amount raised under the MTN Programme to $4.30 billion (about Rs 29,600 crore). According to the statement, the offering was met with a strong demand from the investors and the order book reached $1 billion within the first hour of deal announcement and further increased to $2 billion by noon. However, the company raised only $450 million. The order book attained a peak of $3 billion. The final order book was over $1.80 billion, an oversubscription of nearly four times, with orders from more than 100 accounts. The bonds were finally priced with a yield of 3.773 per cent and the coupon was fixed at 3.75 per cent per annum, it said. Axis Bank, Mizuho, MUFG, SMBC Nikko and Standard Chartered Bank were the joint lead managers and bookrunners for the offering.last_img read more

Fed minutes raise expectations for December hike

WASHINGTON – Federal Reserve officials earlier this month believed it would be appropriate to raise a key interest rate “relatively soon,” with some arguing for a hike at the Fed’s next meeting in December in order to preserve the Fed’s credibility.Minutes of the Nov. 1-2 meeting released Wednesday show that Fed officials were moving closer to hiking rates for the first time in nearly a year. Some officials argued that if the Fed did not raise rates at its December meeting, it ran the risk of harming the central bank’s credibility given the many signals it had sent about an impending hike.Private economists who widely expect the Fed will boost its benchmark rate by a quarter-point at its Dec. 13-14 meeting said there was nothing in the minutes to change their forecast.“The Fed meeting minutes say that the case for a rate hike keeps on getting stronger and stronger,” said Chris Rupkey, chief financial economist at MUFG Union Bank in New York. “A rate hike is coming in December.”Rupkey and other analysts said the open question is how many further hikes will occur in 2017. Many analysts said they were still looking for just two hikes next year. But others said the Fed might make three hikes if President-elect Donald Trump succeeds in pushing a big tax cut package and infrastructure bill through Congress.“Fiscal stimulus under the Trump administration could lead to stronger growth in output and prices, prompting the Fed to tighten policy more rapidly going forward,” said Sara Johnson, an economist with Global Insight.At the November meeting, the central bank left its benchmark rate unchanged in a range of 0.25 per cent to 0.5 per cent, where it has been all year. There had been little expectation of a rate hike then. Economists believed that the Fed would not want to risk destabilizing financial markets with a rate hike just before voters went to the polls.The decision was approved on an 8-2 vote. Federal Reserve bank presidents Esther George of Kansas City and Loretta Mester of Cleveland dissented because they favoured an immediate rate hike.The minutes, which were released with the customary three week delay from the meeting, gave no indication that officials discussed the presidential election. In the policy statement released after the meeting, the Fed dropped hints that it was moving closer to a decision to raise rates at its December meeting.While the Fed’s discussions occurred before the election of Trump as president, Fed Chair Janet Yellen indicated last week that the election has not changed Fed thinking on the timing of the next rate hike. Yellen told the Joint Economic Committee that the case for a rate increase has “continued to strengthen and that such an increase could well become appropriate relatively soon.”The CME Group’s FedWatch barometer, which tracks investors’ moves in the futures market, puts the probability of a hike in December at 93.5 per cent.The Fed increased its benchmark rate, the federal funds rate, by a quarter-point last December, the first increase in the rate in seven years. At the time, it projected that it would hike the rate another four times in 2016. But a significant slowdown in U.S. growth in the first half of the year, as well as global weakness and periodic bouts of financial market turbulence, has kept the central bank on the sidelines.Private economists say forecasting the path of Fed rate hikes has gotten harder given the uncertainty after Trump’s election. Republicans now control the White House and both the House and Senate, raising the chances that the new president will be able to enact at least portions of his economic proposals.Already, financial markets have pushed up long-term interest rates by about one-half percentage point. That move reflects investors’ expectation that a program of tax cuts and increased spending on infrastructure projects will boost economic growth, putting upward pressure on interest rates. by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Nov 23, 2016 12:04 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 23, 2016 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Fed minutes raise expectations for December hike read more

No more electricity surges as the nation switches on the kettle thanks

first_imgWhen the Great British Bake Off moved channels, going from BBC2 to BBC1, the National Grid expected to see a surge each time an episode ended.In reality, they discovered viewers were sucked in by a clever bit of scheduling.”Then BBC went straight on to some nature programme where they had 10 baby pandas on screen,” Mr Caplin said.”Nobody in the entire country moved from the TV screen. There was no pick-up at all.”However viewers would have been left with little to do but switch the kettle on this weekend as Netflix suffered an outage lasting nearly three hours. Netflix is currently the most popular subscription streaming service in the country. Nearly a quarter of the country use the service, with Amazon Instant Video a distant second in popularity.  Great British Bake Off The dramas of the Mitchell family in EastEnders used to prompt large surges in electricity useCredit:Kieron McCarron Services like Netflix have changed the way we watch televisionCredit:Elise Amendola/AP Last year time-shifted viewing accounted for 13 per cent of the way British people watch television – up from about six per cent five years earlier. A power spike of 2,290MW occurred in 2001, after around 20m viewers finally discovered who shot Phil Mitchell in EastEnders.On average 15 years ago an episode of EastEnders would prompt a pick-up in electricity use of about 660MW. Now that figure is much lower, at more like 200MW. Mitchell family in EastEnders However some events can still attract so-called “appointment to view” audiences, like big sporting events such as the football World Cup. Jeremy Caplin, forecasting manager at the National Grid, told the Financial Times: “We see as many [spikes in demand] but they are much, much smaller than they were. The way that people watch TV has meant that they have come down in size.” Even Bake Off doesn’t prompt a spikeCredit:Love Productions Netflix The traditional surge in demand for electricity as British households switch on the kettle at the end of a popular television programme is on its way out thanks to on-demand services, the National Grid has said.With the growing use of online on-demand services and catch-up services, like Netflix and BBC iPlayer, as well as the ability to pause and rewind live television, it has become less likely for the nation to rise simultaneously from their sofas. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Seth Rollins vs. Sting set for Night of Champions on 9/20

first_img Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Kurt Angle Now Playing Up Next Dave Bautista Announces His Retirement From WWE Videos Articles WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) WWE has confirmed late Monday night that Seth Rollins will defend the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against Sting at Night of Champions on 9/20 in Houston, Texas.You can check out Triple H making the match official in the video below.WWE: WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins vs. StingRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Videos Articles WhatsApp WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Now Playing Up Next WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Facebook Twitter Seth Rollins Google+ Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Cesaro Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Miz and Mrs. Season One coming to the WWE Network Friday, September 20 Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

Friends Of Wilmington Library Raffling Off Gift Basket This Winter

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library has organized an “unplugged”-theme gift basket raffle at the Wilmington Memorial Library this winter.  Tickets are $2 each or $3 for 5 and can be purchased at the library’s Front Desk.The “Unplugged!” gift basket includes:Gift Certificate to Yoga Loft (1-month membership)Gift Certificate to Tremezzo ($100)Gift Certificate to the Book Store Next Door ($10)Art & Creativity SetBoard Games: Story Cubes, Pass The Pigs, Ticket To RideMagnetic SandArt PaperDigital Detox by Damon ZahariadesThe raffle winner will be drawn on Thursday, March 21 during the Friends of the Library’s Annual Meeting.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedFriends Of Wilmington Library Raffling Off Space-Themed Gift Basket This SummerIn “Community”Wilmington Library’s Gift Basket Fundraiser Ends August 11In “Community”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, March 21, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Sen Sullivan address water concerns at AFN

first_imgU.S. Senator Dan Sullivan spoke at AFN this afternoon about improving water and sewer access in rural Alaska and about helping Alaska Native veterans.Listen Now Sen. Dan Sullivan addresses the 2016 AFN on Oct. 21, 2016 (Screenshot from live-stream of AFN)Sullivan said that he is working to raise awareness in Congress about the more than 30 villages that still don’t have running water or sewers.The federal government will give $1.4 Billion dollars nationwide to build new systems, but Sullivan says they need to start putting the money to work.“The bottom line is we have to get our federal agencies to stop studying these issues and start helping us build these important infrastructure projects that are going to help our communities.”Sullivan is also working on a bill addressing military veterans who missed the opportunity to apply for native allotments because they were on active duty. The bill would give the veterans and their families the chance to apply now.last_img