Lazio boss Simone Inzaghi urges calm after FC Cluj setbackby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLazio boss Simone Inzaghi urged calm after 2-1 Europa League defeat to FC Cluj.Lazio had the lead through Bastos, but eventually were overrun.“Without doubt, as is often the case, we deserved more and it’s a very disappointing result,” Inzaghi told Sky Sport Italia.“It was above all an excellent first half performance. I am convinced we will go through to the next round and we must always believe in what we’re doing. We should’ve finished the game earlier.“It’s also fair to say the referee should not have awarded that penalty. If we’d gone 2-0 up, we would not have had these issues. We’ve got to keep our heads up, as on Sunday there is an important game against Parma.“These two defeats with Cluj and SPAL are very disappointing, because we need to be more effective in attack and kill games off when we’re in control.“We have to analyse why we keep running out of steam in the second half. This was basically a photocopy of the match against SPAL, despite the fact we’ve worked on those errors over the last three days.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
MONTREAL – A shortage of truck drivers is hampering the country’s forest sector as shipments have been delayed and at least one producer was forced to slow production because of a lack of wood chips.Weyerhaeuser Co. chief executive Doyle Simons said Friday that availability of transportation services has been a challenge, especially in the past quarter.“We, like other companies, are, in fact, seeing that type of tightness,” he said during a conference call about the company’s results.Simons said the company faced truck and rail disruptions, mainly in December, and took a US$10 million to US$15 million hit in the fourth quarter.“So as we move into 2018, we think that will continue to be a headwind in terms of availability but more so increasing rates both on the truck and rail side,” he told analysts.Nordbord Inc. CEO Peter Wijnbergen said during its conference call that transportation availability was a challenge during Christmas and early 2018.Paul Quinn of RBC Capital Markets said transportation issues is something all forestry producers are talking about.“People have been talking about labour issues for awhile, it’s just getting more acute now,” he said from Vancouver.He said companies have been able to offset the pressure with higher selling prices.Shortages are a national challenge in many sectors, said Stephen Laskowski, president of the Canadian Trucking Alliance.“What you’re starting to see is a capacity problem in our industry due to a truck driver shortage,” he said in an interview.Laskowski said the trucking industry is struggling to convince young people to take up the profession in sufficient numbers to replace the 10,000 truckers who retire every year.About 26 per cent of all truck drivers are over 55 years old, a larger percentage than other sectors, he said. The average age is expected to be around 50 years old by 2024.The shortage is expected to reach 34,000 or as much as 48,000 by 2024, Laskowski said. That includes about 14,000 in Ontario and about the same number in Quebec. There are currently more than 200,000 truckers working in Canada.Resolute Forest Products Inc., the world’s largest newsprint producer, said the shortage of truck drivers has impeded its ability to ship lumber from its sawmills to its paper plants.Recently-retired CEO Richard Garneau said the Montreal-based company slowed production in December after a shortage of truck drivers and harsh winter conditions resulted in a lack of wood chips at its Quebec pulp and paper mills.“Certainly there was a shortage, but we’re not the only one that is facing this reality,” he said during a Thursday conference call.The company, which also makes pulp, specialty papers and lumber, said it is trying to adjust by using larger trailers to haul the chips to paper mills and shipping more volume by rail.Bob Matters, wood council chairman for the United Steelworkers union in British Columbia, said the shortage of drivers across the country comes down to demographics.Young people aren’t attracted to working long hours, often in harsh conditions for inadequate compensation, he said. Also zero tolerance and pre-employment drug testing is eliminating many potential recruits.“That said I am not aware the shortage has actually impacted bottom lines (of forest companies),” he wrote in an email.Trucking margins are so slim that many companies are unable to reward their labour force sufficiently to entice younger workers, Laskowski said.The shortage is simply a question of supply and demand that can be addressed by better working conditions and compensation, he added.“Those that maintain the approach of the past will no doubt encounter issues.”Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:RFP, TSX:WYL, TSX:NBD)
Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer answers questions during his first press conference back from suspension. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorThe investigative team handling the suspension of Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer and athletic director Gene Smith did not send Meyer’s phone to a forensics lab to see if he destroyed evidence, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal released Tuesday.According to the report, Smith handed over a phone that contained no text messages, saying “he routinely deletes all texts after sending or receiving them.” The reports state this might violate Ohio open records law and the school’s records-retention policy. Ohio State said, in a statement, the investigative team “conducted a thorough and detailed investigation,” noting that the team interviewed over 40 witnesses, reviewed more than 60,000 documents and 10,000 pages of Meyer’s text messages.“The independent investigative team at Debevoise & Plimpton, the university and the working group of the Board of Trustees all stand by the independent investigation and its conclusions,” Ohio State said via statement.Ohio State fired former wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Zach Smith on July 23 after reports of domestic violence was released against his now-ex-wife Courtney Smith. Meyer and Smith were both suspended on Aug. 1 after they “failed to adhere to the precise requirements of their contracts when they concluded that they needed to await a law enforcement determination to file charges before they reported the otherwise disputed claims of spousal abuse against [former assistant coach] Zach Smith.”Meyer, in his first press conference Monday after completing his three-game suspension, addressed the investigative findings that said the Board of Trustees could not determine whether or not the head coach deleted text messages from his phone. Meyer said he “never deleted a text message” and he “never changed a setting on my phone.” Meyer said an unnamed IT person in the Ohio State football program changed a setting to help him with storage capacity, deleting text messages after one year. He also said there were nothing to hide in the next messages that were deleted. According to public records released by the university, Gene Smith said he had no text or email records on his end when asked about a public records request made by The Lantern. The request had asked for emails and texts between Gene Smith and Meyer between the dates of July 18, 2018, and July 24, 2018, as well as between Oct. 25, 2015, and Dec. 1, 2015, as they pertained to wide receiver coach Zach Smith.“Nothing in my end,” Gene Smith wrote in an email on July 25, 2018 to senior associate athletics director Julie VannattaUpdated at 2:29 p.m. with a statement from Ohio State.
Location: Champaign, Illinois 2017 Record: 2-10 (0-9 Big Ten) Head Coach: Lovie Smith 2018 record: 2-2 (0-1 Big Ten)All time record vs. OSU: 30-68What has happened thus far in 2018: The Fighting Illini began the season against Kent State, riding a strong second half to a 31-24 victory. In Week 2, Illinois overcame another sluggish start to gain a convincing 34-14 win against Western Illinois. After leading through the first three quarters, the Fighting Illini fell short, falling to USF 25-19 at Soldier Field in Chicago. Illinois played Penn State in the first Big Ten matchup of the season, where they held tough through three quarters, even leading 24-21 at one point in the third quarter, before Penn State scored six consecutive touchdowns to win 63-24. Impact Player:Freshman quarterback M.J. Rivers Jr. appears to be rising as an essential part of head coach Lovie Smith’s offense. After throwing two touchdowns in his debut against Western Illinois in place of injured quarterback A.J. Bush, Rivers has shown continued improvement on the field against strong opponents like Penn State. As he becomes more comfortable within the offense, he could continue to improve, having already set career highs for himself in total offense in each of the three games he has appeared, including 173 total yards against Penn State. Strengths:A balanced running attack appears to be Illinois’ biggest strength this year. With a freshman quarterback at the helm, the offense has had to remain balanced and rely on a steady running attack to aleve the quarterback of pressure. The Illini rushed for 174 yards and a touchdown against Penn State, including a 51-yard run from junior Reggie Corbin. With two running backs sharing carries in Corbin and Mike Epstein, the Illini have a strength in their consistent running attack this season. Weaknesses:The other side of the ball has not been as consistent for the Illini this season. Their defense has failed to create stops when they need them against strong opponents like USF and Penn State. Illinois gave up 591 total yards against Penn State and allowed them to convert 9-of-11 third-down attempts. It also gave up six straight touchdowns to end the game. While the Fighting Illini had two takeaways against Penn State, the Illini defense will certainly be hope for improvement as it comes off its bye week and resumes the Big Ten season.
Le-Rythme, an organization of Promoting Indian Music and Dance, organizing a Musical concert- Sur Sandhya a live performance by Singer Rini Mukherjee on January 4 at Sri Sathya Sai International Centre, Lodhi Road. This Musical Event will be dedicated to the prestigious campaign of India Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Mahesh Sharma Minister of State Culture and Tourism (Independent Charge) and Civil Aviation and Meenakshi Lekhi Member of Parliament will be the Chief Guest of this event. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The programme will be presided by Shyamalendu Niyogi, Former Managing Director- UPPCL, Director (HR) –GAIL, In the august presence of Pranab Mukhapadhyay, IFS and Shiv Shankar Mukherjee, IFS (Former High Commissioners of India), A.K. Balyan, Managing Director and CEO Petronet LNG Ltd, M. Ravindran, Director (HR), GAIL (India) Ltd, Veena Swarup, Director (HR), Engineers India Limited, Brig. R. S. Chikkara, Executive Vice Chairman, Netaji Subhash Bose INA Trust, Anandamohan Mukherjee, General Secretary, Netaji Subhash Bose INA Trust, Renuka Malaker, Trustee, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose INA Trust will be the guest of Honour on this occasion. Sheila Sengupta (nice of Netaji subhash Chandra Bose), Padmabhusan Saroja Vaidyanathan, Flute Maestro Pandit Rajendra Prasanna will be the special guest on this occasion. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixGolden Melodies by Rini Mukherjee will captivate the audience in musical evening ‘Sur Sandhya’. Dance performance by troupe of Padmabhusan Saroja Vaidyanathan Choreographed by Ganesha Natyalaya will be another attraction on this occasion. Apart from this Performance by famous Bengali band of Kolkata Creations will also mesmerized the audience on this occasion.When: January 4, Where: Sri Sathya Sai International Centre, Lodhi Road
Find exercise too tiresome? It may all be in your head, say scientists who found that our expectations have a major influence on how strenuous we perceive sports to be. Researchers from University of Freiburg in Germany found that how a person doing the sport feels about himself or herself played a big role in feeling strained.Moreover, it can sometimes be smart to enlist help from supposedly useful sports products – if you believe in them, researchers said. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe participants were made to ride a stationary bicycle-ergometre for 30 minutes and were asked beforehand to say how athletic they thought they were. They were also asked to put on a compression shirt. During their exercise, researchers asked the participants every five minutes what level of strenuousness they were experiencing.Right before the exercise, the participants were assigned to different groups and shown one of several short films that either stressed the positive health effects of the coming cycling activity, or dampened the expectations. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIn some of the films, the compression shirts were praised as an additional help in cycling, while other films indicated that they would make the test persons’ sweating comparable.”What the participants did not know was that we used these film clips with the aim of influencing their expectations of the coming cycling session,” said Hendrik Mothes, psychologist at University of Freiburg .Researchers found that the training unit was less strenuous for the test persons when they started out with a positive attitude. The more athletic the participants perceived themselves to be, the stronger this effect was, researchers said.
Kolkata: The Special Task Force (STF) of Kolkata Police has arrested two persons from the city and recovered fake Indian currency notes with a face value of Rs seven lakh from their possession. The anti-FICN team of the STF arrested the persons from the Hare Street Police Station limits on Wednesday night. All the fake notes were in the denomination of Rs 2,000, a senior police officer told PTI. The arrested duo has been identified as Razzak Sk, a resident of Kumbhira in West Bengal’s Malda, and Vikash Kumar Gautam alias Vikash Kumar Lodi of Unnao in Uttar Pradesh, he said. Both were booked under different sections of the IPC, he said.