TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Huddersfield enquire about Stoke forward Bojan Krkicby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHuddersfield Town are reportedly interested in Stoke City forward Bojan Krkic.The 28-year-old has made 15 appearances for the Potters this season. He spent the previous two seasons on loan at Alaves and Mainz.Terriers boss David Wagner is desperate to strengthen his squad this month. According to The Sun, Wagner wants to sign Krkic to help increase his side’s paltry goal tally of 13 from 22 games.The Catalan was a prodigious young talent who broke through Barcelona’s famed La Masia academy, before making over 100 appearances for the club’s first-team.
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Kenneth Jackson APTN National NewsJust like they said they would a group of inmates inside a Regina jail are refusing to eat the “gross” meals served to them sending back oatmeal at breakfast and bologna sandwiches at lunch Thursday.It’s believed the hunger protest is secluded mainly to one section of the Regina Correctional Centre’s remand wing where about 70 inmates are demanding better quality food they say is often old and stinky according to inmate Kenneth Morrison, 27, originally from the Muscowpetung First Nation in Saskatchewan.Morrison said all but one person, a diabetic, is taking part from his unit, 1C, and many are Aboriginal.“We haven’t eaten. We have sent the breakfast trays back and we have sent the lunch trays back,” said Morrison who is awaiting trial for assault, possession of stolen property and breaches in March. “Everybody has been really responsible about it and respectful. We’re just trying to get the point across, right?”Saskatchewan has been plagued with complaints from inmates across several of their institutions after privatizing food services in November to Compass Group, a company based in Mississauga, Ont., in an effort to save money – an estimated $12 million over the next five years.But almost immediately inmates threw their arms up or in the case of the RCC, their trays as this is the third food protest since just before Christmas.The institution is split into different sections, including convicted inmates serving sentences, who are kept from those awaiting trial on charges.Sentence inmates held a so-called hunger strike for a few days in December before the province gave them assurances food quality was being addressed. Another one erupted just after New Year’s, but was short lived.Then on Tuesday, Morrison called APTN National News saying he was organizing a protest on the remand side.Morrison told APTN Thursday afternoon he met with the jail’s warden Darin Reeves Tuesday to provide his demands and afterward was given a letter from Reeves outlining how inmate concerns were being addressed. Reading from a letter he told APTN jail staff had met with a representative from Compass Wednesday who promised to address food quality.That included better tasting milk and fixing kitchen equipment like the damaged coffee maker. The letter mentions the “turkey product” served to inmates would be improved immediately.Consistency is something they are looking to address too, right down to whether there’s mustard on bologna sandwiches.“They usually send mustard but it’s not consistent,” said Morrison.But he’s seen uncooked or stinky meat make its way to the inmates. Adding to the problem is that the food is served on dirty trays from a messy cart, he said.Compass has apparently promised to improve its cleanliness but maybe not by Thursday morning.“The cart they sent today stinks like garbage still. The stains are still on it. I don’t know if they washed it with a dirty rag, but it smelled very, very bad,” he said. The hunger protest has now gone political, at least on the inside, and appears to be the one thing in the way of ending the food protest.Morrison said they are demanding equal representation among inmates. Sentence inmates have representatives to express concerns to Reeves on behalf of all of them, but that doesn’t include remand guys said Morrison.“(It’s) to let them know we are in need of representation in remand, just to ensure things like this don’t happen anymore (by) ensuring communication,” he said. So if they get their political representatives, better food, new coffee maker and prove their point Morrison doesn’t see the protest lasting too much longer.“As long as the (other inmates) are okay with that then I don’t see it proceeding,” he firstname.lastname@example.org @afixedaddressKenneth Jackson can be reached at 613-325-6073, collect calls accepted.
WASHINGTON – Canada and its European allies mounted a transatlantic counter offensive Wednesday to stop the Trump administration from imposing potentially punishing and disruptive tariffs on steel and aluminum later this week.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron made their cases separately to dissuade President Donald Trump from using a national-security clause in U.S. trade law to impose potentially crippling tariffs on Canada, Mexico and Europe, which were provisionally exempted from the duties when they were first imposed in March.Those exemptions are due to expire Friday, and if they are not renewed, Trudeau said consumers in both Canada and the U.S. would be hurt. Macron echoed those concerns, and issued a broader warning against starting a trade war.Trump’s two key economic cabinet members — trade czar Robert Lighthizer and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross — were in Paris on Wednesday to face nervous European Union counterparts and hear their concerns first hand.Ross stared down the concerns by questioning the efficiency of the World Trade Organization and other large institutions: “We would operate within frameworks if we were convinced that people would move quickly.”The steel standoff highlighted the rift over the rules-based international trade order that is likely to be on full display when Trudeau hosts the G7 leaders next week: a skeptical Trump on one side facing down the rest of the G7, including Trudeau.Macron and Trudeau are to meet in Ottawa next week ahead of the G7 summit in Quebec to talk strategy.Trudeau described Wednesday how he pushed U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence during a phone call a day earlier to exempt Canadian steel and aluminum imports to the U.S.The prime minister said the government is dealing with the U.S. on multiple economic fronts, including trying to forge a deal on a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement.Canada, the U.S. and Mexico are pushing hard to get a deal on a renegotiated NAFTA before Congressional elections in the fall and what’s expected to be a turning-point election in Mexico on July 1.Trudeau and his cabinet, as well as premiers and business leaders, have been mounting a full-court press on their American counterparts to prevent Trump from killing NAFTA.Trudeau also spoke by phone Wednesday to the premiers of Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan.“They all agreed to continue to defend the Canadian steel and aluminum industry from unwarranted tariffs and to stand up for the best interests of all Canadian workers and businesses,” said a readout from the Prime Minister’s Office.Trudeau himself has made multiple overtures to find common ground and forge a personal connection with Trump.Trudeau emphasized that when he spoke to Pence.“I had a good conversation with the vice president yesterday and obviously impressed upon him the fact that I’ve been having direct conversations with the president for close to a year now,” said Trudeau.“He seemed to understand very clearly that national-security issues don’t really apply when you talk about steel or aluminum from Canada.”Canadian aluminum is a component of American jets and Canadian steel is used to build U.S. armoured vehicles, Trudeau said.“We’re continuing to work, highlighting that it would be not great for Canadian workers and Canadian industry, obviously, but it also would be difficult for American workers, American jobs and American consumers, who will pay more for various products.”Macron told the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris that “threats over trade war will solve nothing of the serious imbalances.”In a dig at Trump, he said: “One can think about making voters happy by saying: ‘I have a victory, I’ll change the rules, you’ll see.’”The EU has promised retaliation if the U.S. tariffs are imposed saying a range of American products from peanut butter to bourbon will be affected.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, who pushed the steel and NAFTA issues during her meeting Tuesday in Washington with Lighthizer, has also said in the past that Canada would retaliate.“I would like to absolutely assure Canadians, particularly those that work in the steel and aluminum industries, that the government is absolutely prepared to and will defend Canadian industries and Canadian jobs,” she said Wednesday in Ottawa, hours after leaving Washington empty-handed.“We will respond appropriately.”
NEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Tuesday:Bank of America Corp. (BAC), down $1.55 to $26.99Banks fell more than the rest of the market as bond yields dropped sharply, which makes it harder to make money from lending.Duke Energy Corp. (DUK), up 43 cents to $90.05High-dividend stocks like utilities held up relatively well as traders sought out lower-risk investments.Cronos Group Inc. (CRON), up 57 cents to $10.74The marijuana producer confirmed it’s in talks about a potential investment by the U.S. tobacco company Altria Group.AutoZone Inc. (AZO), up $55.61 to $880.07The Memphis, Tennessee-based auto parts retailer reported earnings that beat Wall Street’s forecasts.Dollar General Corp. (DG), down $7.60 to $104.10The discount retailer said it expects lingering costs from hurricane season to hurt its results through the rest of the year.Hovnanian Enterprises Inc. (HOV), down 12 cents to $1.10Homebuilders fell after luxury homebuilder Toll Brothers issued a cautious assessment of the housing market.United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS), down $8.50 to $106.77Morgan Stanley analysts said the market is underestimating the negative impact on UPS and Federal Express from Amazon Air.RH (RH), up $13.48 to $137.13The furniture and housewares company reported earnings that came in far ahead of what analysts were expecting.The Associated Press
Come in costume or come as you are, to scrutinize evidence and figure out whodunnit while enjoying a fantastic feast. After the murder has been solved, there will be a DJ to help us celebrate.Doors open at 6 pm, dinner and show to start at 7:00.Sponsored by the Fort St. John Curling Club, the FSJ Oil Wives, and Stage North Theatre Society. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Join the Fort St. John Curling Club will hold the second night of a night of intrigue and murder March 10. The first show on March 3 of Bordello of the Damned Murder Mystery sold-out in just days and due to demand, the Curling Club has added a second show this Saturday.Stage North Theatre Society will once again perform the dinner theatre murder mystery starting at 7 p.m. The doors open at 6 p.m.Tickets are $65 plus fees and available at Systems Sound Source or online at Energetictickets.ca. There are only 88 tickets available for this Saturday’s event.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court decision to annul the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI’s) February 12 circular of last year on resolving bad debts is set to benefit several stressed companies which were staring at insolvency proceedings. According to rating agency ICRA, as of September 2018, nearly 70 borrowers with bad debts worth over Rs 3.8 lakh crore, could have eventually being referred for insolvency proceedings as a result of provisions of RBI’s February 12, 2018, circular. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details While the court’s order will have no impact on the classification of a stressed account as a non-performing asset (NPA or bad loan) or on provisions that banks need to set aside on this account, it will give more time and discretion to banks on finalising a res olution plan. The RBI circular mandated lenders to initiate resolution or restructuring of loans of Rs 2,000 crore and above within six months from the date of default, on which the court found that the central bank had acted beyond its legal powers. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday After the expiry of the 180 days, the defaulting borrowers, under the circular struck down by the apex court, had to mandatorily face proceedings under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC). One of the biggest beneficiaries of the Supreme Court order may be the financially troubled Jet Airways, which has a debt of around Rs 10,000 crore. As part of the resolution plan, the State Bank of India (SBI)-led lenders consortium has taken over 50.5 per cent stake in the airline, with a view to selling the shares to a potential buyer in the coming months. Under the nullified RBI circular, banks would have had to finalise a resolution plan for the airline by June if they wanted to avoid insolvency proceedings. With the Court’s quashing of the circular, the bankers have now more time to seek a resolution. Among the large power companies, which might have faced the heat, is the Lalitpur Power Generation Co, the Shishir Bajaj Group’s 1,980 MW thermal power project in Lalitpur, Uttar Pradesh which had been struggling for several years. Multiple efforts were made by the lenders to find a resolution for the account but no headway had bee made. Similarly, the KSK Mahanadi Power Co, a former subsidiary of KSK Energy Ventures, has a total debt of Rs 15,702 crore. Delayed repayments from state-owned power distributors led to cash flow strains for the company and it could not purchase sufficient coal. KSK Mahanadi operates a 3,600 MW thermal power plant in Chhattisgarh, which sells power to Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh. Another such case is Jaiprakash Power Ventures, with an aggregate capacity of 2,220 MW comprising hydro (400 MW) and thermal (1,820 MW) across the country. It owes banks Rs 14,000 crore. Earlier last year, lenders tried to sell near 50 per cent stake in the company but there was a lack of interest among buyers. Various experts have said that the February 12 circular had introduced a lot of rigidity. On the impact of the Supreme Court decision, they said it will not have significant impact on assets of the non-power sectors that are already under resolution.
Chennai: Filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma has announced that he will be making his acting debut in his next bilingual project “Cobra”, which he will co-direct with Agasthya Manju. The announcement comes just a week after the release of “Lakshmi NTR”, RGV’s film on the purpose of Lakshmi Parvathi in legendary actor and former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao’s (NTR) life. On the occasion of his 57th birthday on Sunday, Varma took to Twitter to announce his next project. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka “Ahem! On the occasion of my birthday today, I am debuting as an actor for the first time in my career. I wouldn’t mind if you don’t bless me. Thanks,” Varma tweeted and also shared the first look poster of the film. According to the poster, the film is a biopic based on “the most dangerous criminal ever”. The poster also featured the line, referring to the titular character in the film. “If he’s arrested half the police department will be thrown into jail.” Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna In “Cobra”, RGV plays an intelligence officer called R. In addition to acting, RGV is also co-producing the film in association with DPR. The film also stars KG and Ranga Rao. The rest of the cast and crew are yet to be revealed. Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who has worked with Varma on multiple projects, welcomed him to the world of acting. “Finally! Ram Gopal Varma, the ‘Sarkar’ finds his true vocation… Acting! All the best Sircar. Damn, another competition,” he wrote. To this, Varma replied: “Sir your praise makes me feel dead because only dead people are praised this much but thank you for your belief in my new ‘yatra’.”
Perhaps more than anyone else, Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith has had a lot on his plate since the university’s “Tattoo-Gate” scandal began in December 2010. In an interview with The Lantern, Smith talked about thoughts of leaving OSU, the school’s revamped compliance department, football coach Urban Meyer’s first season in Columbus and the possibility of a 2002 national championship reunion including former OSU coach Jim Tressel. Thought about walking away It has been more than 18 months and there are still plenty of OSU fans who think Smith should have lost his job because of the “Tattoo-Gate” scandal that led to Tressel’s firing. Smith said there was never a moment he thought that was a possibility, but he did consider walking away for the sake of those around him. “I never thought that I would be dismissed by our president because I really did nothing wrong,” Smith said. “I did everything that I was charged to do and accountable for. Did I ever feel that I should leave? Never. That I should resign because of the pressure I was under? Never thought that. Did I ever have thoughts that I should walk away for the betterment of the institution and the people that I work with everyday and I serve? Yeah. “I care more about those people and our athletes than I do anything. Sure I thought about (leaving), but I came to the conclusion that the best way for me to help them was to fight for them and make sure we stay on track.” Those disappointed by that decision will likely not see a change anytime soon. Smith said he has not considered retirement and is very content with his situation at OSU. “There’s no other job I’d rather have,” he said. Random audits to ensure compliance As part of an 805-page report Smith and OSU sent to the NCAA, Smith said the athletic department will conduct random audits to make sure the players still have various Buckeye memorabilia given to them. “First of all, we retain a lot of things so we build a locker room in our equipment room, so, for certain jerseys and helmets, we keep those there until you graduate. Or your eligibility expires because, you know, somebody may leave and we give them their stuff,” he said. “But also your rings, your gold pants, if you have them, there’s times where you have to bring them in to certify that you’ve retained them or certify where they are because you may give them to your mom.” Smith said the audits – which are a brand new idea – will be random. “It’s a random process. It could be tomorrow,” he said. “So it’s kinda like drug testing.” The process, however, isn’t just limited to keepsakes like rings and gold pants. It also applies to cars, Smith said. “You have a car, you register that car with us,” he said. “We check it every now and then just to make sure there’s no change. “So we’ll go over to a parking lot, walk around, check cars, check the numbers, things of that nature, just to make sure nothing has changed or see if there’s any new cars that pop up and say, ‘OK, who’s car is that?’ Might be (OSU spokesman) Dan Wallenberg’s, might be you visiting, but we check them all out just to be sure that nobody got a loaner car that they shouldn’t have.” Big Ten Woes There’s no denying the Big Ten struggled during its non-conference football schedule. The conference lost three games against the Mid-American Conference, lost three of four games against the Pac-12 and only has three teams ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll. At No. 12, OSU is the top-ranked Big Ten team with Nebraska (No. 21) and Northwestern (No. 24) also representing the conference. Smith did not skirt the issue. “We’ve struggled, we’ve got to win games,” he said. “There’s no question that the Southeastern Conference has dominated and rightfully so. But that’s not what bothers me as much as we’re losing to other conferences and other programs that frankly we shouldn’t.” Smith isn’t panicking, though. Conference strength is cyclical, he said, and what he is really concerned about is making sure the struggles don’t become a pattern. “It doesn’t surprise me periodically that a team emerges and beats people, that’s happened in the Mid-American Conference for years, jumping up and biting somebody,” Smith said. “But that’s happened more this year than normal. So I’m interested in seeing how things go this next year and make sure this is not a trend.” “Tapegate” closed After Michigan State received altered game tape before its contest against the Buckeyes last Saturday in East Lansing, Mich., Smith said Spartans athletic director Mark Hollis informed that they did not receive the full video. “I hung up and contacted our video guys and said, ‘Send them the full video. Get it done,’” Smith said. “And we sent them the full video.” The issue is “done,” Smith said. “Urban had no clue, so we should’ve sent them the full video from the beginning,” he said. Tressel reunion OSU will honor its 2002 national championship football team during the Buckeyes’ game against Michigan this year, and there is some disagreement as to whether the leader of that team, fired Tressel, should be on the guest list. Smith said he would have no problem seeing his former co-worker. “I don’t know if he’ll come back for that recognition,” Smith said. “If he does, we will recognize him like everybody else.” Meyer fulfilling his family’s contract At Meyer’s introductory press conference in late November, he pulled out a crumpled pink piece of paper from his pocket from behind the podium. It was a contract written by Meyer’s family and, specifically, his daughter, Nicki, to ensure that her father would take care of himself in ways he often failed to do so while at Florida. Smith told The Lantern Meyer is indeed abiding by his family’s contract. “He and I’ve talked about that a lot during the summer and at the beginning of the season and I hit him every now and then with it,” Smith said. Smith said he went into the Woody Hayes Athletic Center to see Meyer this past Sunday after the Buckeyes’ game against the Spartans. Meyer, though, was at his son Nate’s football game. “I was like, ‘That’s what you want.’ You know, so he takes his time on Thursday nights, takes his time on Friday mornings, you know, with family,” Smith said. “Not sleeping in the WHAC overnight like he had slept down at Florida some nights. So I think he’s there balance-wise and doing what he’s supposed to do.” Scheduling OSU announced Tuesday that it scheduled Texas Christian University for a home-and-home football series with games in 2018 at Fort Worth, Texas, and 2019 in Ohio Stadium. Smith said the series represents a change in mentality for OSU when it comes to non-conference scheduling. Each year Smith said he looks to schedule “one top 10 or top 15 (team), hopefully two (teams) that are in the top 30 to 40 and then another BCS team. That takes us away from playing two Mid-American Conference teams a year or three in some cases.” Meyer hitting the mark After hiring Meyer almost a year ago, Smith said the first-year coach has done a “great job” so far in his inaugural season in Columbus. Smith didn’t limit his praise to just Meyer’s on-the-field endeavors, either. “You know, I think everyone is focused obviously on wins on the field and how the team is executing, but I look at that as well like everybody else,” Smith said “but I look at also how he handles his staff, he handles the players relative to academics, how he interacts with other coaches in the league and just how we communicate relative to issues and, so, he’s just doing a great job.” Communication between Meyer, Smith Smith said he normally tries to pop in to the WHAC once a week to see Meyer. “We don’t have – during the football season – we do not have formal, set meetings unless there’s an issue we need to do that with other people, but I pop in – Sundays, I usually I try and get in on Sundays – and walk around,” Smith said, “and this particular year, congratulate the coaches and then I usually go meet with the trainers, pop into his office.” And what if Meyer’s not there? Smith said he and the former Florida coach are “big texters.” “You know, he texted me today on one issue and I texted him back so we’re big texters. I kinda know his schedule when they’re in meetings, so, I know when he’s on break. So if I’m on break and I need to go see him about something, I go see him,” he said. “So it’s nothing really formal. But it’s almost every day.” Meyer’s undefeated (5-0) squad faces Nebraska at 8 p.m. on Saturday.
Jose Mourinho has made some significant changes to his Manchester United squad for the Premier League showdown against Newcastle.Mourinho who is under intense scrutiny desperately needs three points today at Old Trafford in their last Premier League clash before the International break.The Portuguese boss has had spats with a number of his star players in recent times, including Paul Pogba and Eric Bailly, but both start the game.And following the club’s abysmal start to the campaign, reports suggested the former Madrid man was set for the axe irrespective of the Newcastle result.Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.Manchester United have quashed those rumours but Mourinho simply cannot afford another loss and has named a strong side on paper for the visit of Rafa Benitez’s struggling Magpies.MANCHESTER UNITED VS NEWCASTLE LINEUPSMan Utd XI: De Gea, Young, Bailly, Smalling, Shaw, McTominay, Matic, Pogba, Rashford, Lukaku, MartialNewcastle XI: Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Fernandez, Manquillo, Ritchie, Shelvey, Diame, Kenedy, Perez, Muto