ASSIST KING MANCHESTER, England (AP): It speaks volumes about Manchester United’s current plight that a 0-0 draw at home against a team languishing just above the Premier League’s relegation zone represents an encouraging sign of progress. That’s how far a mighty club has fallen, with the stalemate with Chelsea on Monday appearing to give some breathing space for under-pressure manager Louis van Gaal. Lose to manager-less and relegation-threatened Swansea at Old Trafford on Saturday, though, and United will put Van Gaal even closer to the brink. The record 20-time English champions are winless in their last eight games in all competitions, marking their worst run of form since 1990, and have collected only three points from their last six league games. Almost as worrying for United is that the team has scored only one goal in its last four home games. Van Gaal may say he enjoys the backing of the United board, and has backtracked on previous comments that he could quit as manager, but there might be no way back if Swansea leave Old Trafford with three points. Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil has 16 assists so far this season, and is only four off the Premier League record held by Thierry Henry. Ozil must like his chances of getting even closer on Saturday when his table-topping side hosts Newcastle at Emirates Stadium. Henry, one of Arsenal’s greatest players, set the record in the 2002-03 season and believes it will get broken by Ozil. “The guy is just amazing,” Henry said. “Finally we’re starting to see what type of player he can be. It’s his vision, he always puts the ball where you need it. He sees everything, and when you play with a player like that, anything can happen at any time.” Arsenal are ahead of Leicester on goal difference, with Man City three points back in third place. PLAYING FOR OUR FUTURE Put simply, 2016 has to start better than 2015 ended for the Dutchman. “If anything, we are all playing for our own futures as well,” United defender Chris Smalling said, with the team having fallen five places adrift of the Champions League places. On paper, Swansea looks the ideal opponents for United to get back to winning ways: No manager following Garry Monk’s firing on December 9, one place above the bottom three, only one away win – against last-place Aston Villa – this campaign. Yet the Welsh club has won its last three games against United, all 2-1, including a home-and-away league double last season. What Van Gaal must ensure is that United play the same way as against Chelsea, when his players were more positive, took more risks with their passing and looked to play more forward. United’s fans could see the team was trying and seemed to warm to Van Gaal and his players. But how long will the goodwill last? “Inside of the club, the players are willing to fight for every metre, the manager is willing to fight, the members of staff are willing to fight and the board is very confident in the staff and the manager,” Van Gaal said. Above sixth-place United, the top four is separated by just four points heading into the second half of the season. It is the most unpredictable of title races, with surely few predicting that Leicester and Tottenham would be in the Champions League positions at the turn of the year.
real shot O’Dayne Richards, who won the shot put title at the World University Games and Commonwealth Games last year, before claiming the Pan American Games title in Toronto, July, has a real shot at a medal. He will be on a high after having broken the national record to post 22.56 metres in Toronto. That mark placed him at third on the world list. The Pan Am Games saw a whole new class of sprinting talent graduate and the 20-year-old Canadian, Andre de Grasse, will be one to watch. The 100m champion, who has a wind-assisted personal best 9.75 seconds, may not be able to match the speed of the senior class of Bolt or American Justin Gatlin, but his confidence will be high coming out of his hometown victories. Sadly Canada were disqualified after winning the men’s 4x100m in Toronto, but the team should have sorted out their mistakes over the last few weeks and will be looking to be right up there in the medals alongside Jamaica and the United States on the 30th. Trayvon Bromell of the United States clocked the fastest time by a teenager at that country’s national championships, where he posted 9.84 seconds in the 100m. Bromell has run sub-10 seconds four times already, which puts him in a category by himself as the fastest ever teenager over the distance. Cuba has had a long history in the jumps – long, high and triple. Ivan Pedroso won gold in the long jump every year from 1995 to 2001. Pedro Pichardo, the Moscow triple jump silver medallist may feel that with two years experience under his belt, he can go one better this year after a confidence boosting win in Toronto with a mark of 17.54 metres. Canada’s youthful looking pole vaulter, Shawn Barber, at only 21, won the Pan Am Games title at home last month, an improvement off his bronze medal finish at the Commonwealth Games in Scotland a year before. He has posted a personal best 5.93m this year and will surely be looking to redeem himself after failing to qualify for the final in Moscow two years ago. All eyes will be on Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson in the women’s 200m at this World Championships in Athletics in Beijing. Thompson is being touted as the female Bolt – meaning Usain Bolt – Jamaica’s sprint sensation who holds world records in the men’s 100m and 200m. Since she sprinted to victory at the Inter-Collegiate Championships earlier this year, Thompson has been on an upward trajectory and with the United States’ Allyson Felix opting not to run in the 200m, the Manchester native, who clocked a personal best 22.37 at the National Championships, is the odds on favourite to take gold. The United States’ 17-year-old, Kaylin Whitney, the teenager who won the 200m at the Pan American Games in Toronto, trains with Justin Gatlin. She set youth bests in the 100m (11.10) and 200m (22.49) during the USA Junior Championships and could win her first World Championships medal as part of the USA women’s 4x100m team. The Bahamas’, Shaunae Miller, who burst onto the scene as a junior, is the second fastest woman over 400m this year (49.92) and the fifth fastest over 200m (22.14) and will contend with Thompson in the 200m and the USA’s Allyson Felix over 400m in Beijing. Miller is already confident, having won the World Indoors bronze medal to go along with the World Junior and World Youth titles she won in 2010 and 2011. Great Britain’s Zharnel Hughes, who has trained alongside Bolt in Jamaica, at the Glen Mills-headed Racers Track Club since he left Kingston College a year ago, will also hold much interest. Hughes finished second to the reigning champion and world record holder, Bolt, over the distance this year and improved his personal best to 20.05 at the Diamond League meet in London. It’s the Anguilla-born Hughes’ first World Championships since being approved to run for Great Britain a few months ago.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Michelin Agricultural Tires recently introduced the new Michelin VF520/85R42 CFO 177A8 CerexBibT tire. Michelin’s Very High Flexion (VF) tires include a class of agricultural tires designed to handle bigger and heavier farm equipment that has a greater ability to flex under increased loads than standard radials. Designed expressly for large combines and grain carts, the new CerexBib is one of the first true VF tires for today’s heaviest harvesting equipment.CerexBib, now available at Michelin Ag tire dealers in the Unites States and Canada, offers a more comfortable ride because it: . functions at a lower pressure, . provides improved traction in all conditions because of the larger tread footprint, . delivers excellent service life (even at low pressure) because of a casing with reinforced sidewalls and . is better for on-road travel because it enables farmers to use a narrower tire to carry the load.“This new CerexBib offers a massive load capacity, up to21,960 pounds, and has a giant footprint of approximately 486 square inches,” said James Crouch, Michelin farm segment marketing manager. “It is built with Michelin Ultraflex Technology, which enables tires to operate at up to 40% lower air pressure than standard radial tires. This results in a considerable reduction of ruts and compaction, and higher yield potential.”For more information on Michelin Ultraflex tires, visit www.MichelinAg.com or contact your local Michelin Agriculture tire dealer.
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About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Kepa confident Chelsea have bright future with Abraham, Mount & Coby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveKepa Arrizabalaga says Chelsea have a bright future ahead of them due to the emergence of their academy players.Academy graduates Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Fiyako Tomori all scored in Saturday’s win over Wolves. Speaking ahead of the Champions League clash with Valencia on Saturday, Kepa insists the club will benefit greatly from their commitment to youth this season.”We don’t have much experience but that will grow as we play more games,” said Kepa.”The players who have come up from the Academy this season have done very well. It’s great for the fans to see young players coming up like that.”It shows what an exciting future we have ahead of us. We can’t neglect the present as well, and we have a very impressive team for the present. It’s a strong side.”On playing in Europe’s biggest knockout competition for the first time, the Spaniard added:”Regardless of the fact we’re a young team and it’s only September and there is a long way to go, we are going to play with energy and try and attack the opposition.”Many of the players in the team will be playing their first Champions League game but we’ve been waiting for this for a long time. We spent the whole of last year trying to qualify for the Champions League so we feel very enthusiastic.”We can’t wait to see the atmosphere at the Bridge and play in front of our fans in the most important European club competition.”
Supply management: economists love to hate it, and Canadian farmers are loathe to give it up.The politically explosive issue emerged yet again Monday as a flashpoint in increasingly heated NAFTA renegotiation talks after the United States asked for an end to the system within the next decade.So what, exactly is supply management, and why does it stir up so much controversy?The debate has been going on since the federal government created the system in the early 1970s in response to wide swings in prices and interprovincial trade disputes as technology and other developments disrupted the agricultural markets.The complicated system sets prices and protects Canadian farmers from competition, creating stability for dairy, egg, chicken and turkey producers. But it is seen as a symbol of government overreach and distortion of the market by those opposed.Because the system blocks out foreign production from the Canadian market, it is a thorn in the side of trade negotiators as other countries look for freer access to Canada’s food markets, while Canadian politicians have shied away from any drastic changes.The federal and provincial governments use a few ways to control the market.They keep out foreign competition with high tariffs on imports, which vary by product but run as high as 300 per cent for butter.To avoid oversupply, provincial boards regulate how much farmers are allowed to produce.For example, any farmer, except very small producers, that wants to produce eggs, milk, or poultry needs to secure a government “quota,” or production allotment. Much like the medallion system that regulates the number of taxi drivers, quotas mean a farmer has the right to produce a certain amount of the product.Any new farmer has to buy in, and the rights don’t come cheap. The prices vary significantly by category and by province, some of which have capped how high the quota price can go.In 2015, the right to produce a kilogram of butterfat a day — the standard measurement for dairy quotas — sold for $42,500 in British Columbia, but for $23,000 in New Brunswick. Overall, the government says the value of all the supply management quotas issued stood at about $35 billion last year.Finally, with both foreign and domestic competition limited by the system, the government boards need to decide how much farmers will be paid for their production, since standard market forces that are supposed to set prices aren’t at work.The government sets a minimum price that processors have to pay the farmers, or a “price floor.” Critics have argued that floor is artificially high, meaning dairy and other products cost more for Canadian consumers that they might otherwise.To help determine the price, provincial boards canvas producers to figure out the costs of production and then add a margin of profit to determine how much they’re guaranteed to be paid, explained Alfons Weersink, a professor of food and agriculture economics at the University of Guelph.“The system provides a stable return, and a decent return. And that’s the hallmarks of the system,” said Weersink. “It’s not subject to volatility of other agricultural sectors, which are inherently variable; ups and downs in prices constantly.”But that artificial, government-controlled price stability goes against the basic tenants of free-market thinking, according to economists like Herbert Grubel.The senior fellow at the Fraser Institute, and professor emeritus of economics at Simon Fraser University, says the system inflates prices, with several studies showing the average household pays hundreds of dollars more because of it, and that it would be better for the market to set prices and adjust for risks.“The free market adjusts the returns that people get from certain activities by taking account of the amount of risk they take,” said Grubel.He believes the quota system adds significant costs to farmers (and therefore consumers) because they have to buy the right to produce, and take on significant debt to do so.The industry, however, disputes that there would be any savings from dismantling the system, and that other countries provide more indirect subsidies to their agriculture industries.The issue came up in Trans-Pacific Partnership talks, while U.S. negotiators have demanded an end to the system as part of ongoing NAFTA negotiations.Canada did make concessions in the recently enacted Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement with the European Union, allowing 16,000 tonnes of duty-free cheese plus another 1,700 tonnes for use in food processing, while leaving the system as a whole largely unchanged.There have been various proposals on how to dismantle the system, either by adding a surcharge to products to compensate farmers for their quota investments, or to gradually keep increasing the number of quotas allotted, but it won’t be a simple affair to dismantle such an entrenched program.
WATERLOO, Ont. – BlackBerry Ltd. (TSX:BB) has formed a strategic collaboration to develop technology for the next generation of connected vehicles with a subsidiary of Qualcomm Inc., a major semiconductor company.The Waterloo, Ont.-based company says it has agreed to help optimize select Qualcomm hardware platforms to work with BlackBerry’s QNX software, which is used to manage features of wirelessly connected cars such as infotainment systems.They have also agreed to optimize other BlackBerry software for use with select Qualcomm Snapdragon modems.Qualcomm and BlackBerry, which have a long-standing technology collaboration, didn’t release financial details of their new collaboration.Earlier this year, San Diego-based Qualcomm agreed to pay a US$940 million rebate to BlackBerry to settle a dispute over royalty payments.The automotive industry has been one of BlackBerry’s main opportunities for growth since it largely withdrew from the smartphone business and turned increasingly to secure wireless software and services.
MONTREAL — Quebecor Inc.’s chief financial officer has been appointed to head the company’s Videotron business after the departure of its previous CEO.The appointment of Jean-Francois Pruneau to president and CEO of Videotron, which is mostly active in Quebec, fills a vacancy left by outgoing CEO Manon Brouillette.Brouillette headed Videotron for five years during a period of rapid growth as it solidified its position as a major regional competitor to Canada’s national wireless carriers.Pierre Karl Peladeau, chief executive of Quebecor as well as its leading shareholder, announced Pruneau’s appointment Monday before stock markets opened.He also announced that Quebecor’s new chief financial officer is Hugues Simard, who had been with the company from 1998 to 2017, and that Marc Tremblay has been promoted to Quebecor’s chief operating officer. Analysts said Pruneau was a good pick to lead Videotron, saying he had been very involved with the telecommunications unit while he was chief financial officer“Over the past two decades, we believe Mr. Pruneau has established strong credibility with investors and has been an important piece of the Videotron growth story over this period,” McReynolds wrote in a research note.Barclays analyst Phillip Huang had a similar positive view of the appointment.“While the promotion of CFOs to the CEO role is rare in the industry, Mr. Pruneau has been very hands-on in every key aspect of QBR’s operations,” Huang wrote. The Canadian Press Companies in this story: (TSX:QBR.B)
TAYLOR, B.C. – Motorists were delayed and firefighters were busy in Taylor early Thursday morning after a truck caught fire at the top of the South Taylor Hill.Taylor Fire Chief Edward Albury said that fire crews were called out the vehicle fire on Highway 97 near the 249 Road just before 1:10 a.m. Thursday.Albury said that a semi-truck carrying two trailers loaded with sand had suffered a mechanical issue while travelling southbound up the hill. Taylor fire crews battling a truck fire Thursday morning. Photo by Edward Albury. Taylor fire crews battling a truck fire Thursday morning. Photo by Edward Albury. Motorists lined up while firefighters extinguish a truck fire early Thursday morning. Photo submitted by Rachael Passey. The driver of the semi told him that while driving he heard a loud bang and experienced a sudden loss of power.Moments later, the driver said that flames were visible coming from inside the front right wheel well, which was when they pulled the truck over and exited the vehicle.Albury said that upon arrival, the vehicle was fully engulfed in flames. No one was injured in the fire, but despite the efforts of fire crews, the semi-truck was a total loss.