TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham worried Harry Kane could angle for summer exitby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham are concerned Harry Kane could angle for a summer exit away from the club.Kane’s frustrations have come to the boil after a string of disappointing results in all competitions to begin the campaign.Spurs have been beaten by Leicester and Newcastle already in the Premier League as well as a humiliating exit to League Two Colchester in the Carabao Cup.They squandered a two-goal lead to draw their opening Champions League match at Olympiakos before further embarrassment as they shipped seven at home for the first time in their history against Bayern Munich on Tuesday.And that has led to the club fearing he is losing patience in north London, report The Times.Kane’s future could also come into sharper focus if Mauricio Pochettino leaves the club with the Argentine continuously linked with Real Madrid and Manchester United.
While college football fans around the country grab their popcorn and wait for the latest Jim Harbaugh jab thrown in the direction of Nick Saban – or vice versa – ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith decided to chime in on the discussion, and he wasn’t pulling any punches. Tuesday morning during ESPN’s First Take, Smith let it fly, pointing out that, in terms of winning, one of these coaches isn’t even in the same discussion as the other. First Take posted the video to YouTube. Harbaugh’s college football coaching career is just getting started, but he does have quite a bit of winning to do if he wants to catch up to Saban. MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:Predicting The Next 5 CFP Fields5 Reasons Jim Harbaugh Is Great For College FootballCollege Football’s 8 “Blue Bloods”
FORT NELSON, B.C. — RCMP are asking the public to take safety precautions and “remain vigilant” as the force investigates two apparently unconnected cases in northern British Columbia involving a deceased male and a couple believed to be the victims of a double homicide.Mounties say in a release they acknowledge growing concerns after a body was found Friday near the community of Dease Lake and the discovery four days earlier of the bodies of a man and woman on the side of the Alaska Highway, about 470 kilometres away.Police have asked anyone who may have seen 23-year-old Australian Lucas Fowler and his 24-year-old girlfriend Chynna Deese of Charlotte, N.C., to contact them.RCMP have not yet released the identity of the male who was found dead days later after officers responded to a vehicle fire south of the Stikine River Bridge on Highway 37.The force is asking for the public’s help in locating two men connected with the burned-out red and grey Dodge pickup truck with a sleeping camper found about two kilometres from the man’s body.Police say 19-year-old Kam McLeod and 18-year-old Bryer Schmegelsky, from the Vancouver Island community of Port Alberni, were driving the vehicle found on fire and that the body discovered wasn’t that of either missing teen. “At this time, investigators are sharing information and police would like to ensure awareness around both investigations,” RCMP said in the news release.“We also remind travellers to share your plans with family and friends, establish check-in times and notify someone if your plans change.” The Canadian Press
TORONTO – Ontario Power Generation plans to modify its Darlington nuclear plant to help produce radioactive isotopes used to diagnose such conditions as cancer and heart disease, the Crown corporation announced Wednesday.OPG’s subsidiary Canadian Nuclear Partners has teamed up with U.S.-based BWX Technologies to produce the medical isotope technetium-99, a radioactive material widely used in imaging tests to diagnose a variety of diseases.CANDU reactors at the Darlington plant in Clarington, Ont., east of Toronto would produce molybdenum-99, the “parent” radioisotope that decays into technetium-99.The site would become the first large-scale commercial station in the world to produce molybdenum-99, said OPG, and would not interfere with the plant’s generation of electricity.Molybdenum-99 created at Darlington will be shipped to a BWXT-acquired facility in Kanata, Ont., near Ottawa, where the radioisotope will be processed into technetium-99 before being shipped in “generators” to hospitals, said Glenn Jager, president of Canadian Nuclear Partners.“The reactors at Darlington, they’re large reactors, there’s four of them and they’re almost always operating,” Jager said in an interview. “So we have the ability to produce a fairly large amount of this material to meet the demand of the North American market.“Our initial plan is to modify two of the four, but certainly all four can be modified if the demand is there.”Production at Darlington is expected to start by the end of 2019, subject to Canadian regulatory reviews and approvals.About 80 per cent of procedures involved in the multibillion-dollar global nuclear medicine industry each year rely on molybdenum-99. More than 40 million heart, cancer and bone diagnostic scans are performed annually worldwide using products based on the radioisotope.The domestic supply of technetium-99 came to halt after Canada’s Chalk River reactor ceased production of molybdenum-99 in 2016, requiring hospitals to import all of their imaging material from plants in Europe, Africa and Australia.But over the last decade, there have been interruptions in supply when both Chalk River and the overseas reactors were periodically shut down for maintenance.That caused shortages of technetium-99, forcing some hospitals to prioritize imaging tests for patients based on the urgency of their condition, said Paul Cornacchione, senior director of imaging operations at University Health Network in Toronto.“Having a reliable and local supply will allow for improved accessibility and stable access to medical isotopes in Ontario and across Canada,” said Cornacchione.“And this means patients will not have to be delayed in getting care. It means more availability of the right type of diagnostic procedure for patients.”Medical isotopes are also being researched or produced on a smaller scale using different technologies elsewhere in Canada, including at the University of Alberta and Saskatoon’s Canadian Light Source.
ST. ANDREWS, N.B. – Canada’s premiers have agreed in principle to reduce barriers limiting the amount of alcohol that can move across provincial and territorial borders, but failed to produce clear timelines or details around personal limits.New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant said provinces are willing to increase import limits, although some want to consult with the public to determine how it will be done.“Make no mistake about it, there is an acknowledgment that we have to look at this issue,” he said at the close of two days of meetings in the seaside community of St. Andrews, N.B. “There’s an acknowledgment that there should be pushes to have significant increases to import limits.”Gallant hinted that a full deal was close, but that some provinces were reluctant. He wouldn’t name those provinces.In many cases, he said any potential move on alcohol would also involve changing existing legislation.“We have all committed to take action over the next weeks and months,” Gallant said at the closing news conference. “That’s where we landed on the consensus.”A statement released by the premiers said that some jurisdictions may eliminate limits entirely, as is now the case in Manitoba and Alberta.For its part, Gallant said New Brunswick remained committed to doubling its limit on the amount of beer and alcohol that can be taken across its borders.He also said the premiers agreed to take “immediate and meaningful action” to bring down barriers regarding First Aid course content and restrictions on the use of wide base single tires and size and weight restrictions in the trucking industry.They will also work on the licensing of abattoirs and on business registration requirements.Manitoba’s Brian Pallister said the agreement as it stands is important in the face of measures by U.S. President Donald Trump when it comes to cross-border trade.“These premiers took positive steps in the last couple of days,” Pallister said. “We are a trading nation and we have to demonstrate that we understand the benefits to the Canadian family of trading more effectively within our own boundaries if we wish to make the case to others that they should pull the wall down between us and them.”The premiers confirmed that they will meet this fall with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to discuss interprovincial trade.Meanwhile, eight premiers met for breakfast Friday to discuss universal pharmacare with former Ontario health minister Eric Hoskins, who chairs the Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare.Linda Silas, president of the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions, was also in the meeting and said she is encouraged there is support from the provinces after they came out last year in favour of a national plan.“They are all in support of reforming our system, they see it in their budgets,” said Silas. “They want to know who is going to pay for the transformation because there will be initial costs, and also how will the pie be divided after that.”Hoskins, who quit his cabinet post in February to take on the federal appointment, said it’s still early days as the advisory council carries out consultations across the country.He said consensus will have to be built, but he expressed optimism that something can be done, pointing out that estimates suggest 10 per cent of Canadians are unable to afford their drugs.“We are not yet at the stage where we’ve established what the best cost-sharing mechanism might be, let alone the model itself,” he cautioned.Hoskins said there are more than 100 different public plans across the country and in excess of 500,000 private plans.“We pay between 30 and 40 per cent higher than the other similar industrialized countries pay for their medications,” he said. “Part of the reason is that we have such a diverse number of purchasers.”The parliamentary budget office pegs the total cost of pharmacare at about $20 billion and says about $4 billion in cost savings can be realized with a national plan.“The parliamentary budget office has indicated that we could spend considerably less if we were to make certain changes and find efficiencies for example in bulk purchasing and other areas,” said Hoskins.In their final communique, the premiers emphasized that a successful pharmacare program would require “adequate and sustained federal funding” and that the participation of the provinces “must be voluntary.”“Any jurisdiction that wishes to maintain full control over drug insurance should have the right to opt out unconditionally, with full compensation should the federal government participate financially in the establishment of a pharmacare plan,” said the communique. “Quebec has already indicated its intention to follow that path and all provinces and territories reserve the right to do the same.”The meetings focused mainly on trade issues, although the talks were publicly upstaged by Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe who announced that Ontario will intervene in Saskatchewan’s court challenge of Ottawa’s carbon tax plan.On Friday, Ford was asked whether he found any other allies and he downplayed the issue.“It’s their choice, right?” said Ford. “Premier Moe and myself, we’re deciding to take a different avenue when it comes to the carbon tax.”Ford also joined Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard and Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister on Thursday in calling for more help from the federal government in dealing with asylum seekers who cross their borders.All three premiers want Ottawa to review its current policy, and they also called for full compensation for the “impacts to services resulting from the increase in non-point of entry border crossings.”All premiers also called on Ottawa to do more to help with the roll out of legalized cannabis, which is slated for October, and they urged the federal government to work with Greyhound to extend its notice period to communities affected by its elimination of passenger bus routes in Western Canada.
CHICAGO — Grain futures were mostly lower Monday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.Wheat for Mar. delivery was off 3.80 cents at $5.1360 a bushel; Mar. corn fell 1 cent at $3.8220 a bushel; Dec. oats lost .40 cent at $2.79 a bushel; while Jan. soybeans rose 7 cents at 9.1440 a bushel.Beef and pork were lower on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.Feb. live cattle fell .37 cent at $1.2205 a pound; Jan. feeder cattle lost .23 cents at $1.4548 a pound; Dec. lean hogs was off .53 cent at .6185 a pound.The Associated Press
Finance Minister Joe Ceci, in a statement, said the report, “reinforces our position that we need to get off the oil and gas roller-coaster. Quality services should not depend on the price of oil.”Ceci noted the current budget has a six-year plan to erase the budget deficit.Political opponents, however, have said Ceci’s plan is based on questionable assumptions, including the construction of the Kinder Morgan oil pipeline expansion.Saher completes his eight-year term as auditor general at the end of the month. Saher says long-term forecasts looking decades down the road, such as used in Norway, help keep government spending on track as a constant reminder that oil resources will run out and that planning for a post-oil future is critical.Alberta has been running multibillion-dollar deficits due to a prolonged slump in oil prices.Saher says Alberta risks not capitalizing on its remaining oil and gas revenue if governments take a short-term view in future planning.“I have no idea what the (government) plan is going out into the future,” Saher said Thursday.“I think there’s a tendency generally, we’re human beings, that the future will take care of itself.“That is incredibly risky for a group of people to rely on.” EDMONTON, A.B. – Alberta’s auditor general says a long-term fiscal projection would help the province as it deals with oil price swings and a diminishing non-renewable resource.In his farewell report, Merwan Saher says enormous oil revenues, such as have been enjoyed by Alberta in the past, can be a double-edged sword.He says such petroleum windfalls can become easy substitutes for strong economic fundamentals in good times, leading to much bigger problems when the prices crash. He will be replaced by Doug Wylie, who becomes Alberta’s 11th auditor general.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)
At home, the survey found that 70 percent of Canadians prefer Canadian oil and natural gas to imports from other countries, and among those with an opinion, 52 percent believe Canada’s energy is the safest and most responsibly produced in the world.On a global level, 71 percent and 52 percent believe natural gas and oil, respectively, will meet future energy demands.The full survey report can be found online at globalenergypulse.com. CALGARY, A.B. – According to a recent international research survey, Canada still comes out on top when it comes to being the world’s preferred supplier of oil and natural gas.The survey ‘2019 Global Energy Pulse’ by Ipsos, conducted on behalf of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, found that respondents from 31 countries chose Canada as their number one oil and natural gas exporter among the world’s top 11 energy-exporting nations.According to the survey, Canada’s upstream resource industry was rated highly on innovation and use of cutting-edge technology aimed at minimizing environmental impacts.
Arsene Wenger was left to rue the missed opportunities Arsenal had in their defeat to Atletico Madrid in the Europa League semi-finals on what he described as a “very sad” way to leave the clubThe Gunners squandered several good chances in last week’s first leg at the Emirates against a 10-man Atletico side and they were once again guilty of failing to take advantage of their opportunities in Thursday’s return leg at Madrid.Arsenal was made to pay a high price for their inability to convert their chances with Diego Costa coming back to haunt the club once more by scoring the only goal at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano to secure a 2-1 aggregate win for Atletico.“We missed something in the final third because we had plenty of opportunities,” said Wenger, according to Sky Sports.“You look at the chances we created in the two games, the least you can say is we can be very frustrated. In the first game the tie should be over, then the second game in the first half we had plenty of opportunities but we always missed something with the final ball, even in the second half.“I am like the team, very sad and very disappointed. Overall very frustrated too because when you go out of a competition and you have the performance in 180 minutes that we had it’s very difficult to take.”Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.The defeat means that Wenger will not have the dream ending of finally winning in Europe with Arsenal now missing out on Champions League football for a second consecutive season.“There are some good ingredients in our team and they will bounce back, they have the quality and with the right additions in the summer the team will compete next year,” said the 68-year-old.“I am very sad to leave the club with that exit. I will take some time to recover from that and then see what I do with myself in the future, I have no plan at the moment.”The Frenchman admitted that Atletico had defended well in the second leg with the Spanish side having now gone 12 games without conceding at their home ground.“They are a team who defends well,” admitted Wenger.“We were a bit unlucky a few times and Gabi is happy to stay on the pitch as they broke a few counter-attacks and it took the referee a while to give a yellow to Gabi in situations where we could have been very dangerous. But overall they are a clever side who defends well, [Diego] Godin tonight saved five or six balls on crosses in amazing positions, they have great defenders.”
Florentino Perez plans to travel to England once the season is over to meet Tottenham president Daniel Levy to discuss the sale of Harry Kane to Real Madrid, claims Don BalonThe club president has it no secret that he sees the English forward as the best option to replace the under-firing Karim Benzema, who has struggled to reach the heights that are expected of a Real striker.Perez is convinced that the signing of Kane is actually closer than what had originally been expected and he has an interesting proposal for Spurs, who may also lose Christian Eriksen this summer.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Such is Kane’s value to Perez, that the former politician is prepared to offer Spurs the chance to reunite with their old star Gareth Bale and to also sign Croatian Mateo Kovacic.By offering Spurs this deal, Perez is hoping that he can reduce a substantial amount in transfer fees for Kane and give Dani Ceballos more minutes on the pitch in order to retain his services at the club.