Coach Louis van Gaal shares a light moment with Robin van Persie during their official training session in Fortaleza, Brazil, on June 28 ahead of Netherlands’ match against Mexico in the second round. (AP Photo)The Netherlands will put its perfect record on the line in today’s second round match of the World Cup, taking on a Mexico side aiming to reach the quarterfinals for the first time since hosting the 1986 tournament. The Dutch have scored 10 goals in their opening three matches, more than any other team at the tournament. But Mexico has conceded only one, and that was a late consolation goal in the 3-1 win over Croatia. In the other game, surprising Costa Rica will face Greece in a match between two teams that have never before advanced out of the group stage at a World Cup. NETHERLANDS vs MEXICO The Netherlands has plenty of star power on its team, and several of those stars have plenty of World Cup experience after reaching the final in South Africa four years ago. With Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben leading the Dutch attack, goals can come quick and easy. But Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal has a new worry in Brazil as the team heads north to face the Mexicans in Fortaleza, a coastal city with a tropical climate. FIFA can call for official cooling breaks to be implemented if the temperature is excessive, but they were only used twice in four matches in the hot and humid Amazonian city of Manaus in the group stage.advertisement Van Gaal is hoping there will be more cooling breaks on Sunday to help his team against a Mexican squad that has been impressive so far, winning two games and holding Brazil to a 0-0 draw. “Drinks will be along the sidelines if FIFA doesn’t take care of it,” Van Gaal said. Mexico is led by coach Miguel Herrera, one of the most entertaining figures of the World Cup. The emotive Herrera wears a suit and a tie on the bench, but he rumbles up and down the sidelines and shakes his arms in the air when his players score. And score Mexico did against Croatia, with three goals in a 10-minute span from Rafael Marquez, Andres Guardado and Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez. COSTA RICA vs GREECE Costa Rica has been one of the biggest surprises of the World Cup, getting through a group that included four-time champion Italy and always hopeful England to reach the knockout stages for the first time. The Central Americans will face another team which has never been this far at the World Cup, but Greece does have some experience being an underdog at a major tournament, winning the 2004 European Championship as rank outsiders. Greece advanced from Group C with a late penalty winner against Ivory Coast. But Costa Rica made its way through Group D as the best among a group of teams loaded with world-class quality, including Italy’s Andrea Pirlo and Mario Balotelli and England captain Steven Gerrard. The Costa Ricans opened with a 3-1 win over Uruguay, then beat Italy 1-0 and drew 0-0 with England. Another win on Sunday will see another European team eliminated at the hands of the Central Americans.
DONE DEAL: Watford defender Andrew Eleftheriou joins Braintree Townby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford defender Andrew Eleftheriou has moved to Braintree Town on-loan to the end of the season.The 21-year-old defender follows goalkeeper Sam Howes, who moved to Eastbourne Borough, and has made the temporary move to the fellow National League side until the end of this season.The full-back made his first-team debut against Manchester City at the end of the 2016/17 season.He gained experience overseas earlier this year during a loan stint with Norwegian side Sandefjord. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Sturridge pulled out of Trabzonspor clash at last minuteby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveDaniel Sturridge was pulled out of Trabzonspor’s clash with Sivasspor at the last minute.Fanatik says he was expected to start the Sivas match. However, he was withdrawn after complaining of achilles pain.After tests, it was found the former Liverpool striker had edema in the right achilles tendon. Sturridge immediately started treatment after being removed from the squad for the Sivas game.The setback isn’t serious, however, and there’s confidence he’ll be fit for their clash with Besiktas.
Man Utd manager Solskjaer slams AZ Alkmaar pitch: Worst I’ve ever seenby Freddie Taylor23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has plenty of concerns about AZ Alkmaar’s pitch ahead of their Europa League group stage clash on Thursday night.United will face the Dutch side at Cars Jeans Stadion in The Hague, a temporary ground after a section of AZ’s stadium roof collapsed. The new stadium has an artificial pitch, and Solskjaer says it’s one of the worst he has ever seen.”I’m surprised they’ve chosen to play on this pitch when I’ve looked at it,” Solskjaer said. “I’m used to it from Norway. It’s not the best I’ve seen.”It’s one of the worst ones I’ve seen for a long while. We’ve al got standards back home in Norway anyway. It’s safe, I’m not saying it’s not. It’s not the newest.”It’s just on the floor so on the carpet more or less, so when you pull the grass up you do that loads, there’s more bounce.”It seems like it’s been used a lot but with my knees I’ve not enjoyed astro turf anyway.”I’m surprised that in this climate you have to use astro turf. It’s OK when you live in the North Pole like we more or less do in Norway and can’t play in March, November or December. But here, I’m surprised.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
zoom French shipping major CMA CGM completed the sale of a 90 percent equity interest in Global Gateway South terminal (GGS) in Los Angeles on December 1.The stake was purchased by EQT Infrastructure III and its partner P5 Infrastructure (P5), for an enterprise value of USD 875 million. CMA CGM received a cash consideration of about USD 820 million.The French carrier will remain a minority shareholder with 10 percent of the GGS terminal, which it acquired last year as part of Neptune Orient Lines (NOL), and will continue to be a major user of the facility, the company informed.CMA CGM signed a binding agreement for the transaction on July 1, 2017.The disposal of GGS enables CMA CGM to strengthen its financial structure in line with the plan communicated at the time of NOL’s acquisition in June 2016 and its strategy to focus on the shipping business while securing its operations through shared ownership of key terminals.BNP Paribas and HSBC acted as financial advisors and Willkie Farr & Gallagher acted as legal advisor to CMA CGM.
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Jaydon Flett APTN National NewsThe northern Saskatchewan community of La Loche is still trying to cope from the mass shooting that took place there Friday.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is promising to visit and Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says there will be financial support.As the community looks to make sense of the incident the alleged shooter made his first court appearance Monday.
Quebecor Inc.’s CEO blamed the failure of the Montreal Canadiens to make the playoffs for a major hit to its media ad revenues, a “disappointing” dent in a quarter that nonetheless saw the company skate to $1.04 billion in overall revenue.The Montreal-based communications giant’s second-quarter revenue edged up 0.50 per cent from the same time last year, largely due to growth at its telecommunications arm as revenue at its media arm fell six per cent.“The results of our media operations were heavily impacted by TVA Sports, which…suffered from the absence of the Montreal Canadiens in the NHL playoffs,” Pierre Karl Peladeau said on a conference call with investors Thursday.Revenue from the sports and entertainment division was relatively unchanged at $36.9 million.With playoffs spanning the bulk of the quarter, advertising revenue from the TVA Sports specialty channel plunged 36 per cent from the year-earlier period, when the 101-year-old team made the first playoff round, said TVA Group president and CEO France Lauziere.Growth at Quebecor’s Videotron cable, internet and wireless business boosted revenue from telecommunications to $847.2 million, up from $826.6 million last year.Quebecor had $41.3 million of net income attributable to shareholders in the second quarter, amounting to 18 cents per share.That was down from $137.8 million or 57 cents per share in the second quarter of 2017, when Quebecor’s profit was boosted by a gain from the sale of a spectrum licence.Adjusted income from continuing operating activities, which excludes the spectrum sale and other items, was $106.2 million or 45 cents per share, up from $88.6 million or 37 cents per share the year prior.Peladeau said the company achieved a major milestone in the second quarter when it became 100-per-cent owner of Quebecor Media, after buying out its strategic partner — the Caisse de depot.“With access to all the cash flows generated by the subsidiary, the corporation will now be better equipped to seize business opportunities as they arise, to achieve its objectives with respect to its dividend payment policy, and to take full control of its development projects,” Peladeau said Thursday in a statement.Strong telecommunications sales yielded revenues that slightly exceeded analyst expectations in a “seasonally weaker quarter,” said RBC Dominion Securities Inc. analyst Drew McReynolds.Roughly 32,000 net new wireless subscribers outweighed a drop in television subscriptions — a decrease typical of the lead-up to Quebec’s traditional moving season, which sees most leases expire July 1, said Videotron president and CEO Manon Brouillette.Quebecor’s stock price jumped more than five per cent Thursday, ending the trading session at $28.40, its highest closing price in at least ten years.Peladeau said in a Facebook post earlier this week that Quebecor’s ability to do business with the Quebec government was jeopardized because he had pleaded guilty on July 10 to violating the province’s election act by personally reimbursing a $137,000 debt accumulated by his campaign to become leader of the Parti Quebecois.He said the province’s treasury board and premier have the power to declare an exception to the act’s automatic penalties and a Quebecor statement on Tuesday said it was confident that the matter “will be settled in the near future without restricting the corporation’s activities or its public sector clients.”Companies in this story: (TSX:QBR.B)
TORONTO – DesRosiers Automotive Consultants says new light vehicle sales were down by 1.9 per cent in October compared with the same month last year.Sales were down by about 3,000 units to 161,125 as a 0.2 per cent climb in light truck sales was offset by a 6.9 per cent decline in passenger cars.Year-to-date sales are down 1.6 per cent compared with last year’s record high, but still up 3.9 per cent from the 2016 figures.Several major auto companies saw pronounced dips in October, including a 14.8 per cent decline from last year for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an 8.7 per cent drop for Honda, and a 12.9 per cent drop for General Motors, though GM kept its top spot despite the drop.Ford Motor Co. recorded a 1.6 per cent gain, while a combined 10.2 per cent increase from Toyota and its Lexus brand pushed it into the second-place slot behind GM.Land Rover and Porsche both boosted sales by about 20 per cent, while Genesis, Hyundai’s luxury brand, recorded a 175 per cent gain from last year to 132 vehicles sold.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version erroneously reported the number of cars sold, month of sales and percentage increase from 2016.
Temperature-wise, Yu said that March 2018 was colder than normal, despite the stretch of spring-like conditions for two weeks during the middle of the month. The average temperature in Fort St. John during the month of March is -4.6 degrees Celsius, but this year the average temperature was -7.2 degrees. That only ranks it as the 28th-coldest March since record-keeping began 77 years ago. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — It’s official: Environment Canada officials say that the third month of 2018 was the snowiest-ever March in Fort St. John history.Meteorologist Cindy Yu said that the 93.3 centimetres of snow recorded at the North Peace Airport last month ranks it as the snowiest-ever March, while the 95.3 millimetres of equivalent precipitation means it was also the wettest-ever. In an average March, the 23.7 cms of snow the city sees is 3.9 times less than what fell this year. The previous record holder is March, 2002, when 77.7 cms of snow fell at the airport.Yu said that last month’s record-breaking snow amount largely came in two big dumps. The Energetic City set four daily snowfall records in March: the 1st, 2nd, 22nd, and 23rd. Yu said that those amounts are quite substantial, though not quite close to the record for snowiest March day. That record was set on March 16th, 1944 when 31 cms of snow fell. Interestingly, the snowiest day ever in Fort St. John was May 27th, 1979, when 47.8 centimetres of snow fell.