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Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Embed from Getty ImagesLiverpool could be without midfielder Emre Can for Saturday’s game with Chelsea.The Germany international has started eight of the Reds’ 12 Premier League matches this season, including the 3-0 win over Southampton last weekend.He came on as a substitute in their 3-3 Champions League draw with Sevilla in midweek.However, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed Can is struggling with an injury which makes him doubtful for the Anfield clash.Defender Joel Matip, who missed the Southampton and Sevilla games, trained on Thursday and midfielder Adam Lallana – who has not featured yet this season – is edging closer to fitness.See also:Conte ready for Liverpool and ‘dangerous’ SalahConte: Fabregas needs a restChelsea youngsters lose to Liverpool after Under-18s thrash Hammers
What A’s winter ball performances can tell us about the second base race Homer Bailey allowed nine earned runs to a strong Houston Astros team in his previous start for the A’s. Two games later, the A’s began a relatively treacherous three-game homer-less streak (they’d just broken a 21-game streak with at least one home run).Related Articles Player to be … Former Oakland A’s lefty Brett Anderson finds new home with Brewers
How 90,000 Earthlings sent greetings to imaginary friends on Mars, and other Martian nuttiness.Beam me up: PhysOrg reports that 90,000 people sent greetings to Mars. The occasion? The 50th anniversary of NASA’s Mariner 2, the first spacecraft to orbit the red planet. It seems there could be other ways to celebrate, but it’s the touchy-feely thought that counts. The mission of uwingu.com is to help “create new ways for people to personally connect with space exploration and astronomy.” Presumably, sending one-way signals via radio to non-sentient dust and craters counts as one of those ways.Martian meteorites alive? Not again: Echoing the 1996 Martian meteorite that launched the new science of Astrobiology, the French are trying that public titillation tactic again. With a silly video on the website of Ecole Polytechnique de Lausanne, scientists are tantalizing readers with “Traces of possible Martian biological activity inside a meteorite” that its promoters think “shows that martian life is more probable than previously thought.” It’s a pretty convoluted tale about organic molecules in a piece of meteorite named Tissint; the story is high on the perhapsimaybecouldness index. It seems more a publicity stunt to “rekindle debate” about Martian life, the press release suggests. (Live Science doubts the claim.) At least one of the scientists recognizes that “Insisting on certainty is unwise, particularly on such a sensitive topic.” Ah, but there’s power in suggestion.Here’s another suggestion for personally connecting with space exploration: take a vacation to Venus.We won’t waste your time with other recent articles flaunting the “suggestion” of life on Mars. Many of these people detest theists for having an “imaginary friend” in the Creator. Well, someone said wisdom is known by its children.Question: is it intelligent design when one party initiates a communication channel with dirt? (Visited 21 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Photo from Fiba.comGilas Pilipinas has taken the Fiba Asia Cup by storm in Beirut and one man who helped put away all pre-tournament talk on how mighty China is has been heaping praises from international media there.Terrence Romeo, who exploded for 26 points in a 97-86 upset of the defending champion Chinese last week, is being described as possibly “the best scorer” in the tournament after being the only player in the Top 7 to come off the bench.ADVERTISEMENT An article at Fiba.com on Wednesday was dedicated to the 5-foot-10 Romeo, who is averaging 17.7 points in the Filipinos’ first three games. He is also averaging the least minutes among the top scorers.Lebanese legend Fadi El Khatib is shooting an average of 24.3 points in 30 minutes to be at No. 1, with former PBA import Michael Madanly tossing in a shade over 20 points in 29 minutes, counting a 35-point explosion versus China.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut Romeo has been hailed as this tournament’s biggest star and labeled by the article as the Philippines’ new face in international basketball because of his “overflowing swagger, slick ball-handling and streaky shooting,” according to the article.It also narrates how Romeo and the rest of the team sulked in the locker room after losing to the Chinese in the finals in Changsha in 2015, and how Romeo vowed that no one from the Chinese national team would be able to touch him when a return bout happens. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago MOST READ Filipinos drop to battle for 7th Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Read Next LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIES UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension View comments
If the Academy Awards are the measure of an actor’s value, Canadian Christopher Plummer is at the top of his game.Three nominations since 2010, including this year for playing J. Paul Getty in All the Money in the World.If that’s not impressive enough, he began shooting his role for that film just two days after he finished reading the script. Facebook Advertisement Actor Christopher Plummer is in contention for an Oscar this year for his role as J. Paul Getty in All the Money in the World. (Jon Castell/CBC) Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement It was a rush job, because director Ridley Scott decided to replace all the scenes with Kevin Spacey in them after allegations of sexual misconduct were made public.Kevin Spacey, left, originally played billionaire J. Paul Getty in the film All The Money In The World. His scenes were redone by Christopher Plummer, right. (Associated Press)Oh yes, one more thing: Plummer is 88 years old.When the nominations were announced, the headline in the Hollywood newspaper Variety wasn’t that Plummer was nominated for the third time in eight years, but instead: “Plummer becomes oldest actor to be nominated for an Oscar.”
MONTREAL – The U.S. Department of Commerce says it is delaying its announcement on preliminary anti-dumping duties against Bombardier Inc. until Friday. The company is expected to face additional export duties on its CSeries commercial jet.The decision follows last week’s move to impose nearly 220 per cent preliminary countervailing tariffs once deliveries to Delta Air Lines begin next year.The Montreal-based transportation manufacturer (TSX:BBD.B) has said it wouldn’t be shocked if the U.S. piles on by announcing another “absurd” duty.Colin Bole, Bombardier’s sales chief for commercial aircraft, said the company expects the second duty to be a “significant number” but one that also makes no sense.Boeing revised its request for anti-dumping duties to 143 per cent from around 80 per cent because of Bombardier’s refusal to provide certain information to the Commerce Department.The U.S. aerospace giant petitioned to the government in April after its smaller rival secured a deal for up to 125 of its CS100s with Delta in 2016.The department’s preliminary countervailing duty findings agreed with Boeing that Bombardier benefited from improper government subsidies, giving it an unfair advantage when selling its CSeries jets south of the border.Bombardier has repeatedly stressed that Americans will be hurt by the tariffs because more than half the content on the CSeries is sourced by U.S. suppliers, including Pratt & Whitney engines. The program is expected to generate more than US$30 billion in business over its life and support more than 22,700 American jobs in 19 states.The company has said the exorbitant duties are unfounded and the company is confident they will be reversed in final decisions in coming months. Bombardier says Boeing can’t justify its claim of being harmed since it doesn’t make a plane the size of the CS100.Bombardier is hoping the high duties won’t stand when the Department of Commerce announces its final ruling in December. The key decision likely won’t come, however, until the U.S. International Trade Commissions decides whether the Bombardier-Delta deal actually hurt Boeing’s business, a decision that’s not expected until early February.A protracted battle could then ensue if either side appeals the case to the U.S. Court of International Trade, brings it before NAFTA dispute bodies, or even take the matter to the World Trade Organization.Boeing’s complaint has prompted a heavy political reaction from the Canadian government and British Prime Minister Theresa May, who fears job losses at Bombardier’s wing assembly facility in Northern Ireland.Canada has threatened to cancel the planned purchase of 18 Super Hornets to temporarily augment Canada’s aging fleet of CF-18s.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and May are appealing directly to U.S. President Donald Trump.
TORONTO – Power Financial Corp. reported better-than-expected second-quarter net income, the highest in the company’s history.The Power Corporation of Canada subsidiary reported net earnings of $658 million, and earnings per share of 92 cents, compared to $622 million, or 87 cents per share in the second quarter of 2017.The earnings beat analysts estimates for the quarter of $618 million, or 82 cents per share.Power Financial cited strong performance from subsidiaries Great-West Lifeco, Putnam Investments and IGM Financial, which reported record assets under management of $159.1 billion, up 7.1 per cent from the year prior.The strong results at Power Corp.’s main financial services division were offset by declines in its other divisions including Sagard Investment Funds and China AMC as well as other investments and subsidiaries.Power Corp. reported net earnings of $347 million, or 75 cents per share, largely in line with those in the year-earlier quarter.Companies in this story: (TSX:PWF)
ChargesOn Monday, March 5th, a 19-year-old male was arrested and charged in relation to a Burglary report. The man who remains in Police custody is scheduled to appear before the Magistrates Court on March 19TH, 2018. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, March 6, 2018 – Providenciales –ArrestsA man was arrested on South Caicos on Saturday, March 3rd, 2018, for the offence of wounding in connection with a report made to Police. The man was granted bail in the sum of USD$2000 and scheduled to return to the Police Station on South Caicos on March 7TH, 2018.A 39-year-old woman of Five Cays was arrested on Monday, March 5th, 2018 on suspicion of theft of USD$3000, at a major grocery store on Providenciales. The woman was granted bail in the amount USD$3500. Related Items: Burglary Police are investigating a Burglary that took place at a home in Blue Hills on March 2nd, 2018. The complainant reported to police that upon arriving at home he noticed two black flat screens and personal items missing.Police in South Caicos is investigating a Burglary that was reported on March 1st, 2018. Stolen were five packs of Peal and Seal and 19 pieces of wood. Value Unknown.Providenciales Police are investigating an Aggravated Burglary that took place on Monday, March 5th, 2018. The victim who was held up by gunpoint in her Kew Town home was robbed of her handbag, iPhone 8 valued USD$1000, Black Samsung valued USD$250, three passports, other identification cards and cash. The incident took place around 8:00 p.m. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Accident The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Traffic Department is investigating a two-car collision that took place on Monday, March 5th, 2018 on Paradise Road, Cooper Jack around 5:30 p.m. The silver Toyota Harrier received total damages, while the Honda Civic Ferio car received frontal damages. Both drivers were taken to Cheshire Hall Medical Centre for treatment.Release: RTCIPF
Enlarge ImageIt’s the end of an era — again. Volkswagen Update, July 10: The final Volkswagen Beetle, a coupe clad in Denim Blue paint, rolled off the assembly line in Puebla, Mexico, today. Before the third-generation car departed from this mortal coil, though, we were given the chance to head down yonder Mexico way and assist in the assembly of some of VW’s final Beetles. Head south by one paragraph to read our account of that experience.I step into a production-line-adjacent conference room at the Volkswagen Beetle factory in Puebla, Mexico. The air inside is tinged with the aroma of what seems to be a nearby bathroom leaking its wretchedness into the air conditioning vents. A presentation slide entitled “How will be work” details the day’s schedule upon a projection screen at the other end of the room. I’m ushered around a table along with a handful of US and Canadian media colleagues. We’re given a schedule rundown and safety briefing that lasts a mere 15 minutes, and then we’re directed toward the production floor to help build a home-stretch batch of Volkswagen Beetles. In just a few weeks’ time, VW’s Bug will be swatted.This factory-floor fast-tracking runs in stark contrast to my Volvo S60 production line experience in South Carolina just two months ago. With Volvo, I was put through a half-day’s training to learn how to perform just one task on the line. Today with the Beetle, I’ll be installing front bumper and radiator covers, mounting the right-rear wheel, bolting in the rear suspension and placing the front emblem.I don’t mind the opportunity to be involved in more of the Beetle’s production process, of course. We’re talking about one of history’s most recognized and influential machines. Since the Beetle’s inception in 1938, more than 23 million bugs have crawled out of VW factories the world over, from Germany to Nigeria, Indonesia to Ireland and presently, Mexico. Getting a chance to build some of the final examples of the “People’s Car” is one of those stories I’ll likely tell my grandchildren.Enlarge ImageVolkswagen Beetles rising through eight decades. Manuel Carrillo III/Roadshow Slug bugMy first task is to install the front bumper cover on a Stonewashed Blue Beetle headed to a Chinese customer. Bumper assembly would have been a rather simple process had I been given a crack at more than one car. That’s not in the cards, though, so I go about my duties like a toddler navigating along the Brooklyn Bridge’s railing. Thankfully, I’ve got a supervision safety net of pros standing around me. For these men and women who work the line every day, proper component mounting is a matter of muscle memory. Click together a few electrical connectors, bang on the body panels just right so they snap into place (kind of like you’re playing “punch bug” with the Beetle itself) and six screws later, the little Beetle’s cute face is complete. That’s not the end of my job at this station, however. I still have to install a black plastic panel that sits under the hood ahead of the radiator, which is simply a matter of lining up the component and banging it in. Easier said than done, I soon realize. My infantile banging proves futile, so a line worker helps me by realigning the piece and then popping it into place as effortlessly as your most recent breath. Once that’s complete, the car continues down the line, never for me to see it again.The latter three assembly tasks prove smoother with other Beetles. My toddler fumbling isn’t disruptive enough to make a mess of mounting the right-rear wheel. Nor is installing the rear suspension, which is simply a matter of torquing four bolts on each side and letting the computer validate my worth by lighting up with green OKs. Installing the front VW emblem is actually an automated process, but I get to place one on a Bug’s nose anyway, because why let a good photo op go to waste?Enlarge ImageVW Beetles get an inspection under the lights before heading out the factory doors and onto their test drives. Manuel Carrillo III/Roadshow By the numbersSurprisingly, robots perform just 48% of the Beetle’s assembly. The other 52% is by hand. Today’s Beetle, which has slid to become VW’s least popular vehicle in the US, shares its assembly line with Volkswagen of America’s best-seller: the Tiguan compact crossover SUV. This popularity chasm is evident as I stretch my eyes down the production line. About one in every 10 vehicles is a Beetle, and there are moments walking along the floor where nothing but Tiguans flood my sockets.Over the course of three shifts within a 24-hour production day (Monday to Friday and sometimes two shifts on Saturday), 937 new vehicles emerge off the line, 170 to 180 of which are Beetles. In addition, every unit is test-driven. Fun fact: According to surveys distributed by the plant’s human resources department, the test drivers are the factory’s happiest employees.Come on, get happyAfter getting to play on the production line, VW lets me briefly test-drive some Beetles outside the factory. I’m surprised at how heavy the (1998-2011) New Beetle’s steering is, and how it feels sportier to drive than the current (2012-2019) Beetle, which is a comparative snooze fest. I’m most excited to drive the 2003 Beetle Ultima Edicion (Final Edition), the last of the original air-cooled Beetles. The Ultima Edicion is much quieter than any classic Beetle I’ve heretofore experienced. Modern seating makes it categorically comfortable, too, but from there, its modernity slopes into the abyss.The Ultima Edicion has no power steering, but that’s fine, as there’s little weight over its nose. The car’s clutch, brake and gas pedals, however, delineate evolution in reverse. The clutch is as light as any economy car’s third pedal from 2019. The brake pedal trails the clutch’s contemporary ease, but scrubbing speed isn’t terrifying: Unlike with earlier Beetles, you needn’t stomp halfway to the floor before barely stopping in time. Even still, the pedal’s modulation is precision’s distant cousin. Traveling farther back in time, the throttle is straight out of World War II, somehow feeling heavier and clumsier than Beetles I’ve driven from the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s.The Ultima Edicion proves more ponderous than I’d expected, but it’s a heartening reminder of an automotive icon whose production has lasted longer than the average human lifespan.Enlarge ImageThe 2003 Volkswagen Beetle Ultima Edicion is what I consider to be the ultimate expression of the original, air-cooled Bug. Manuel Carrillo III/Roadshow Is this really goodbye?The Beetle’s demise is the lamentable result of how the world has moved away from the spunky and toward the practical. In its ’60s heyday, the original Beetle checked a slew of boxes for the pragmatic but imaginative American consumer. Today, crossover SUVs speak to buyers padlocked by bottom-line idealism. The current Beetle lacks the cargo space, interior volume and ride height that today’s consumer demands. Consequently, the Beetle is now an unsustainably sluggish-selling lifestyle play. VW delivered roughly 14,000 Beetles in the US last year, according to GoodCarBadCar. That’s a far cry from 423,000 US sales in 1968, according to Euronews.And so, as America and the rest of the world have moved beyond Beetle Mania, so, too, must the Bug’s factory in Puebla. The Beetle’s discontinuation will free up space to build more of VW’s popular Tiguan.While Volkswagen currently has no plans to resurrect the Beetle after manufacturing ends in mid-July, I’m willing to bet money the Bug will return sometime next decade. VW’s new, incredibly limber electric MEB platform can spawn a litter of vehicles as diverse as the ID Buzz Cargo and the ID Buggy. It seemingly wouldn’t take much of a business case or a ton of development money for VW to engineer an electric Beetle off that flexible architecture. As a result, assembling some of the last Beetles really feels like “See ya later,” as opposed to a final goodbye. At least, that’s what I hope.Originally published June 24. Tags 2019 VW Beetle Final Edition review: The last goodbye 2020 Porsche 718 Spyder first drive: A Boxster with way more bite 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe review: Stylish and sure-footed More From Roadshow Share your voice Volkswagen Automobiles Convertibles Classic Cars Coupes Hatchbacks 7 Comments Volkswagen