Now, Wenger contradicts Bayern’s claim they turned him down

first_imgAfter a decade as Bayern’s president, Uli Hoeness will step down on Friday and Wenger said Bayern are at a “turning point” with Rummenigge also set to quit as chairman within the coming year.Between them, Hoeness and Rummenigge have helped grow Bayern into one of the most successful clubs in Europe.“It seems that the future is uncertain,” said Wenger who added that the German club had always been “very discreet and direct” in the past, “but today (they are) very exposed with rumours coming from everywhere”.Wenger wished Bayern “good luck” in finding a replacement for Kovac.Other candidates for the vacancy, Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel and Ajax’s Erik ten Hag, already made it clear last week that they will not join Bayern before at least the end of the season.After Bayern thrashed Dortmund at the Allianz Arena, Rumenigge said Flick will remain in charge for their next league game on November 23 and seemed to apologise to Wenger for any “misunderstanding”.“First of all, I have an incredible amount of respect for Arsene Wenger, I know him for an extremely long time. I am sorry for any misunderstanding, I have absolutely no problem with him,” said Rummenigge.“And we will certainly talk in the near future once more on the telephone.”Share on: WhatsApp WengerMunich, Germany | AFP | Arsene Wenger has contradicted a claim by Bayern Munich that they turned him down for the vacant head coach’s job and accused the defending German champions of a lack of discretion.Bayern need a new coach after Niko Kovac was sacked last Sunday with former Germany assistant Hansi Flick appointed interim boss for Wednesday’s win over Olympiakos and Saturday’s 4-0 rout of Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga.On Thursday, Bayern put out a statement claiming Wenger had called club chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge to express interest in replacing Kovac, but said the former Arsenal boss had been turned down.However, Wenger, 70, rejected that version of events and criticised Bayern for leaking “rumours from everywhere”.“My name came out of nowhere,” said Wenger in an interview with beIN Sports on Friday.“On Wednesday, Rummenigge called me, I called back out of courtesy.“We talked for four or five minutes, maximum, and he reported that they signed Flick (as interim coach) for the next two games.“He asked me if I would be interested, because they are looking for a coach.”Wenger says he told Rummenigge that he would think about it and “we decided together” to talk again “next week because I am in Doha until Sunday night. This is the true story”.last_img read more

Trio of West Kootenay teams drop openers at BC High School Basketball touraments

first_imgThree West Kootenay teams competing at B.C. High School Basketball Tournaments took is on the chin during opening day action.The L.V. Rogers Bombers, ranked 13th overall, dropped a lopsided 106-67 decision to Kelowna Christian during Day one of the B.C. High School AA Boy’s Basketball Championships Wednesday in Kamloops.Also in Kamloops, the J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks were hammered 116-24 by Holy Cross of Vancouver in the B.C. High School AA Girl’s Basketball tournament while Mount Sentinel Wildcats lost 80-41 to host Unity Christian at the B.C. High School A Boy’s Basketball event in Chilliwack.The Okanagan champs outscored the Bombers 29-11 in the first quarter and never looked back.Ryan Lintell had 20 points to lead Kelowna Christian.For the Bombers Matt Zukowski had 17 points while Cail Spencer and Ethan Perkins scored 14 and 11 points respectively.Erich Schepkowski had 10 points for LVR.The Bombers lost point guard Jack Sturrup to a charley horse.Sturrup, who will be evaluated by medical staff to see if he can play Thursday, played only 12 minutes for the Bombers.Jesse Zak was the Bombers player-of-the-game. Zak finished the game with 10 rebounds to go with seven points, four assists and two steals.The Bombers are back on the court in consolation round action against Wellington from Vancouver Island.Game time is 3:15 p.m.No. 1 beats up on No. 16 J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks Kootenay rep J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks were no match for the high-flying top-ranked team from Holy Cross in round one of the B.C. High School AA Girl’s Basketball tournament.Holy Cross out scored the Hawks 62-14 in the half en route to the one-sided win.Nicole Vander Helm scored 25 points to lead Holy Cross.Alle Atkinson had eight points and Maddie Van Horn six to lead Crowe.The Hawks meet Notre Dame of Vancouver in consolation play Thursday.Wildcats struggle against hometown squadSlow starting Mount Sentinel could not dig out of a first quarter hole en route to losing to four-ranked Unity Christian.Devon Kabatoff and Ryan Hernandez led the Wildcats.Mount Sentinel meets Glenlyon Norfolk of Victoria Thursday in consolation round play.Glenlyon Norfolk lost to Kelowna’s Immaculata 81-52.last_img read more

PSAC lowers 2018 Drilling Activity Forecast amid uncertainty in Canada

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – The Petroleum Services Association of Canada released the third update to its 2018 Canadian Drilling Activity Forecast, announcing that it was once again decreasing its forecasted number of wells to be drilled across Canada this year from 7,400 in April to 6,900 wells drilled.PSAC based its updated forecast on average natural gas prices of $1.55 CDN/Million cubic feet, crude oil prices of US$65.00/barrel and a Canada-US exchange rate averaging 77 cents.PSAC says that it is forecasting 36 percent fewer wells will be drilled in B.C. this year, down from 730 in its original forecast last fall to a revised forecast total of 464. In Alberta, PSAC is forecasting that 3,735 wells will be drilled in that province, down from 3,998 wells in the original Forecast.The revised Forecast for Saskatchewan now sits at 2,428 wells compared to 2,931 wells in the original Forecast, and Manitoba is forecasted to see 260 wells or a jump of 30 in well count for 2018.The total number wells drilled is projected to be approximately 200 less than in 2017, however, PSAC says it expects meterage drilled to be flat or slightly up due to average well lengths increasing.“While the number of active drilling rigs is currently up 3-5% over last year depending on the week, the rest of the oilfield services sector is marginally busier than it was last year at this time,” said PSAC President and CEO Tom Whalen. “When we look at the first half of ‘18 in aggregate, we drilled 200 fewer wells than in the first half of ‘17 but at the same time, the average length per well increased by approximately 190 meters. In general terms, revenue numbers for our sector are up year over year but we note that several publicly traded Canadian service companies are reporting minimal improvement in the quality of bottom line earnings; many are sitting at near breakeven or are still in negative territory. As we’ve said on previous occasions, this is not sustainable from a business continuity and competitiveness perspective. It’s also a compounding symptom of the sector’s lack of attractiveness for investment.”“It’s great to see the WTI oil price continuing to trade in the mid $60’s USD but being the recipients of a $21 USD average differential between WTI and WCS pricing in the first half of this year means that exploration and production (E&P) companies and Canadians are missing out on approximately $15 billion annually,” added Whalen. “Ironically, in June, our ‘energy independent’ focused southern neighbour achieved a record-setting, 11 million barrels per day of domestic oil production, which in contrast to Canadian oil, is fetching world-based pricing.In a reflection of the challenging natural gas market and continuing soft prices, for our latest Forecast, we tempered our AECO pricing down to $1.55 CDN/Mcf. Adding insult to injury, Canadian gas weighted E&P’s estimate they are losing up to $10 billion annually due to the disparity between AECO pricing and other markets. Obtaining access to tidewater continues to be mission critical for both our oil and gas weighted E&P customers and would mean an additional $25 billion for Canada.”last_img read more

Section of 99 Avenue to be closed Saturday for Annual Bright Nights

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John is advising drivers that a section of 99 Avenue will be closed to traffic on Saturday, June 8, for the Annual Bright Nights in June Festival.The affected section will be at the corner of 100 Street and 99 Avenue, directly behind the parking lot of the North Peace Cultural Centre.According to the City, no parking signs will be placed on the sidewalks 24 hours in advance of the event and there will be no vehicle access from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Barricades will be set up blocking the entrances to the parking lot.Vehicles parked on the Avenue will need to vacate prior to the event or will be removed by Bylaw Enforcement.The Annual Bright Nights in June Festival is this Saturday, June 8, at the North Peace Cultural Centre.last_img

Court martial of Major Gogoi completed he may now face reduction in

first_imgNew Delhi/Srinagar: The court martial proceedings against Major Leetul Gogoi, who was at the centre of the 2017 ‘human shield’ controversy, have been completed and he may face reduction in seniority as a punishment for “fraternising” with a local woman in Srinagar last year, officials said. The court martial process against his driver, Sameer Malla, who was facing charges of unauthorised absence from the unit, was also completed recently in the Kashmir valley and he is likely to be given a “severe reprimand”. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsMalla was recruited in the Territorial Army in 2017 and he was posted with 53 sector of Rashtriya Rifles, a counter-insurgency force fighting militancy in J&K. After completion of Summary of Evidence against Major Gogoi and his driver in early February followed by the initiation of court martial proceedings, the two men have been held guilty on two counts — “fraternising” with a local in spite of instructions to the contrary and “being away from the place of duty while in operational area”, the officials said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayStatements of the accused as well as other witnesses were recorded by the Army court and the punishment, which will be vetted by the Army headquarters, has been given, they added. The Army (CoI) had recommended disciplinary action against Major Gogoi after it indicted him as well as his driver for the Srinagar hotel incident on May 23 last year. Major Gogoi was detained by police following an altercation with the hotel staff when he was allegedly trying to enter inside with an 18-year-old woman. The woman had expressed her unwillingness to depose during the court martial proceedings and informed the Army authorities that she had given a statement before a magistrate and the same should be treated as her final stand. The woman had also stated that she had gone out with Major Gogoi of her own will, besides disclosing that she had become a friend of the Army officer through his fake Facebook profile, where he had named himself Ubaid Arman. Immediately after the incident came to light last year, Army chief Bipin Rawat had said that exemplary punishment would be given to Major Gogoi if he was found guilty of “any offence”.last_img read more

Australian teen escapes with caution for egging farright senator

first_imgSydney: An Australian teenager lauded worldwide for egging a far-right senator who made offensive comments about the Christchurch mosque attacks was let off with a police caution for the incident Tuesday. William Connolly, now better known as “Egg Boy”, cracked an egg on the head of Fraser Anning during a March 16 press conference, prompting the senator to hit him several times in the face. The controversial politician had a day earlier drawn international condemnation when he blamed the attacks in New Zealand that killed 50 people at two mosques last month on immigration. Connolly’s act spawned viral memes and drew support from around the world, with a GoFundMe page raising more than Aus 80,000 (US 57,000) to help with any legal fees and “more eggs”. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe 17-year-old said he would donate money raised to the victims of the attacks. Victoria state police said after investigating footage of the incident they would not be pressing charges against Connolly. “The 17-year-old Hampton boy has been issued with an official caution in relation to the incident,” police said in a statement. They said Anning had also escaped charges. “On assessment of all the circumstances, the 69-year-old’s actions were treated as self-defence and there was no reasonable prospect of conviction,” police said. Several men could be seen pinning Connolly to the ground after the egging.last_img read more

CJI gets clean chit as inhouse panel finds no substance

first_imgNew Delhi: Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi Monday got a clean chit from the Supreme Court’s In-House Inquiry Committee which “has found no substance” in the allegations of sexual harassment levelled against him by a former woman employee of the apex court.A notice by the office of Supreme Court Secretary-General said the report of the Committee, headed by Justice S A Bobde, “is not liable to be made public”. The committee, also comprising two woman judges of the apex court -Justices Indu Malhotra and Indira Banerjee – gave the report ex-parte as the woman had opted out of the inquiry on April 30 after participating for three days. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkShe issued a press statement in which she described as “very frightening” the atmosphere of the Committee and walked out raising various objections including denial of her lawyer’s presence. Justice Gogoi appeared on May 1 before the Committee and recorded his statements. The notice said: “The In-House Committee has found no substance in the allegations contained in the complaint dated April 19, 2019, of a former employee of the Supreme Court of India. Please take note that in case of Indira Jaising vs Supreme Court of India and others, it has been held that the report of a committee constituted as a part of the In-House Procedure is not liable to be made public.” It further said: “The In House Committee has submitted its report dated May 5, 2019, in accordance with the In House Procedure, to the next senior judge competent to receive the report and also sent a copy to the judge concerned, namely, the CJI.” The complainant said “gross injustice” had been done to her and she was “dejected and disappointed” with the outcome.last_img read more

We Should Have Seen FedererNadal At The US Open By Now

The men’s semifinals of the U.S. Open are annually appointment television for tennis fans around the world. But in the case of Friday’s second semifinal, it’s the tennis match that no tennis fan on the planet wanted to see — except, perhaps, for those in Argentina. To be sure, all signs point to Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin del Potro having a highly competitive, entertaining semifinal — del Potro is actually a respectable 5-8 all-time against the No. 1-seeded Nadal. But this one was supposed to be Nadal versus his longtime rival Roger Federer, on the hard courts of Flushing for the first time ever.Federer-Nadal at the U.S. Open is tennis’s white whale — and once again, it slipped away.On Monday, Federer and Nadal appeared to be on a collision course; both reached the quarterfinals, and both were in the same side of the bracket. Nadal held up his end of the bargain, beating Andrey Rublev in straight sets to secure a semifinal berth. But late Wednesday, Federer was unceremoniously defeated by the Argentinean del Potro, ending his bid for a third Grand Slam championship of 2017 — and crushing the hopes of everyone who has followed the game in the past 15 years.Along with Novak Djokovic, Federer and Nadal are the two most successful players of their era.1If not any era. Between them, the pair have won 34 Grand Slam titles and appeared in the semifinals of 33 other major tournaments. They’ve gone head-to-head 12 times at the other three Slams — three times at Wimbledon, four at the Australian Open and five times at Roland Garros. So it’s astonishing that their paths have never crossed at the U.S. Open. Do the math, and the odds of the colossal clash never happening are minuscule.Let’s focus on Grand Slam semifinals, since all of the actual Rafa-Fed matchups have happened at that stage of a major or later. Federer first made the semifinals of a Grand Slam in 2003, and since then, he’s advanced at least that far in 74 percent of all non-U.S. Open majors. Nadal made his semifinal debut in 2005 and has made it that far in 53 percent of non-U.S. Open majors ever since. So, if we simply used the other three majors as a guide, we’d expect Federer and Nadal to have about a 39 percent chance of simultaneously making the semifinals of any given U.S. Open. And in non-U.S. Opens when both made the semis, they ended up facing each other 86 percent of the time, whether in that round or the final.Based on those numbers, then, we’d expect there to be a 34 percent chance that Federer and Nadal would end up facing each other at a given U.S. Open. (Indeed, they’ve faced each other 12 times in the 38 non-U.S. Open Slams since 2005, including their first head-to-head meeting at Roland Garros — good for a rate of 32 percent.) If we apply that 34 percent mark to each of the 13 U.S. Opens staged since 2005, we would expect there to be only a 1-in-204 chance (0.5 percent) that they wouldn’t end up facing each other at least once in that span. So the odds that we would never get this U.S. Open matchup are truly microscopic.Now, some of this can be attributed to both Federer and (especially) Nadal enjoying comparatively less semifinal success at the U.S. Open than at the other three majors. Since his first semifinal breakthrough at a Slam, Federer has only made the semis 67 percent of the time on the Flushing hardcourts, and Nadal has only made it that far 38 percent of the time. If you use those rates instead of the non-U.S. Open numbers as your baseline, the odds against ever seeing a Federer-Nadal clash rise to 4 percent.Still, even that is a fairly small probability. Any way you cut it, it’s positively shocking that American audiences have never been treated to seeing two of the greatest players ever play each other in person before. read more

Mens hockey No 12 Ohio State facing pivotal games against Michigan

Ohio State senior forward Nick Schilkey winds a wrister from the left slot against Minnesota on Feb. 11 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jacob Myers | Assistant Sports EditorAfter sweeping Michigan State on the road last weekend, the No. 12 Ohio State men’s hockey team (16-8-6, 7-6-1-1) returns to the Schottenstein Center to welcome the visiting Michigan Wolverines for two conference clashes.The Wolverines (9-16-3, 2-10-2-2) come into these matchups with a 1-7-3 record in their past 10 games, and have won just one game in 2017 — a 5-4 win over OSU on Feb. 3. Despite the string of shaky results, Buckeyes coach Steve Rohlik said the rivalry between the two programs is always prevalent on the field, court or ice, making victories harder to come by.“It is our rival to the north, and no matter what sport you’re playing in one of these 36 here on campus against That Team Up North, there’s going to be the rivalry,” Rohlik said. “You can throw out all the records you want, no matter if it’s football and their records or hockey, the rivalry’s there and both teams know it.”This weekend marks the second series between OSU and Michigan this season, with the first back on Feb. 3 and 4, ending in both teams splitting wins. Additionally, games featuring the Buckeyes and the Wolverines have provided a high number of pucks in the back of the net, with both sides tallying a combined 66 goals in their past six matchups.With that in mind, senior forward and captain Nick Schilkey said that although his coach prefers the opposition to not light up the scoreboard, the Scarlet and Gray’s experience in these high-scoring affairs will be a key to six Big Ten points this weekend.“It always seems to be a high-scoring game,” Schilkey said. “Coach always talks about how we’d rather be in those 3-2 games, those low-scoring games, but we’ve obviously been ready for those high-scoring games in the past. We’ve played in those games, and we’re confident we can get the job done.”Six games remain on the regular-season schedule for OSU, including back-to-back series in Columbus before heading to Wisconsin for a final weekend series before the Big Ten tournament. With that, Rohlik said his squad controls its own destiny with important games down the stretch — starting with the first faceoff Friday night.“To me, every game is a playoff game at this point,” Rohlik said. “From a short-term goal of winning a hockey game, to trying to keep a winning streak going, to try to catch your ultimate goal at the end of the year, it all comes down to winning hockey games — and right now, Friday is pretty important.”Puck drop is slated for 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center on Friday night and 5 p.m. on Saturday. read more