Liverpool ace Sadio Mane assures fans: I won’t stop with thisby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool ace Sadio Mane insists he’s capable of much more in a Reds shirt.Before the international break, Mane reached 50 goals in 100 games for the club.But he told Teledakar: “It’s not bad, I know I can do better. “I’m happy with what I just realized, I’m proud to have scored 50 goals with Liverpool. “I will not stop there, I will continue to work to score more goals in club as in selection.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
CALGARY — Ensign Energy Services Inc. is giving Trinidad Drilling Ltd. shareholders less time to think about its hostile takeover bid.The Calgary-based company is moving up the deadline for acceptance of its $1.68 per share offer made in August to Nov. 27 from Dec. 13.It insists the cash value of its offer of about $470 million now outweighs the all-shares offer by larger Precision Drilling Corp. because its rival’s stock value has fallen by more than 25 per cent since it made its bid on Oct. 4.Trinidad’s board, however, says it prefers the friendly merger with Precision because its shareholders will own 29 per cent of the resulting company.It is recommending investors hang on to their shares and vote in favour of the Precision bid at a special meeting on Dec. 11, despite the market value of the bid having dropped from about $540 million to less than $400 million at Friday’s closing price.Oilfield services analysts have been split on which way shareholders should go but most agree no other bidder is likely to emerge given recently sliding world oil prices and poor prospects for drilling in Canada. Companies mentioned in this article: (TSX:ESI, TSX:TDG, TSX:PD)The Canadian Press
The proposed legislation would roll back some automatic authorizations to transport restricted and prohibited firearms, such as handguns and assault weapons. Under the bill, owners wouldn’t need a permit to take them to a shooting range or home from a store, but would need to apply for a transport permit to take them to a gun show or a gunsmith.The federal government says the legislation was introduced to combat firearms-related crime that has increased in recent years. There were 2,465 criminal violations involving firearms in 2016, an increase of 30 percent since 2013. Gun homicides rose from 134 to 223 during that timeframe.On Wednesday, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer announced that a Conservative government would introduce legislation to repeal the Bill if it becomes law.“It does nothing to keep Canadians safe. It does nothing to address gang violence or target gang criminals. In fact, the word ‘gang’ doesn’t even appear in the bill,” Scheer said. “All C-71 does is target the most responsible and the most vetted members of our society.”MP Zimmer released a statement this morning saying he supported the move.“I have said from its introduction in the House of Commons that the Liberal Firearms Bill does nothing to make communities safer and treats our law-abiding firearms owners like criminals,” said Zimmer. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies MP Bob Zimmer has released a statement supporting Wednesday’s announcement by federal Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer that his party would repeal Bill C-71 if they were to form government.The Bill, which was introduced by Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale in March, would expand the scope of background checks on gun license applicants to cover their entire life, instead of just the past five years.Other new rules in the legislation would require commercial gun retailers to keep “ledgers” of gun inventories and sales for a period of 20 years, though private gun sellers would be exempt. Those ledgers would be able to be accessed by police after obtaining a warrant, something that federal authorities in the United States don’t need. Anyone purchasing a gun both privately and commercially would also be required to present a valid firearms license before the sale is made. “I commend Mr. Scheer for being the only national leader to stand up and defend the rights of lawful firearms owners. The number one priority of any government should be the safety of Canadians. That is why a Conservative Government will repeal the Liberal’s ineffective firearms legislation and replace it with a law that targets criminals, protects Canadians and respects sport shooters and law-abiding firearms owners.”In addition to representing the riding of Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies, Zimmer also serves as Co-Chair of the Parliamentary Outdoor Caucus.
Before the release of Luka Chuppi, producer Dinesh Vijan said that you were the one person who was most positive about the film. Did you expect such massive numbers on the first day? Thank God the film did well on the first day itself or the tables would have turned on me (Laughs)! I was confident about the content of the film. Since the day I heard the narration and signed for it, I have been very excited about Luka Chuppi. As I said earlier too, I was looking for a film that had content as well as elements of commercial cinema. I felt this film was an amazing blend of the two and would definitely strike a chord with the audience. I didn’t consider the numbers at that point but I knew that people were going to like it. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka Last year, Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety (SKTKS) touched the 100 crore mark and you became an overnight sensation. Now, you are doing several big-banner films. Would you say that you are reaping the benefits of your last hit? Last year was definitely a year that changed my life, and Sonu is one character that will always be close to my heart. It has given me a lot. There are so many things that happened because of Sonu. I got into a zone where I became an option for directors and producers. I was never on that list before. I am thankful to SKTKS, the character and the whole team. After that, Luka Chuppi was a litmus test for me because this was the first film that was primarily selected by me. After SKTKS’s success, I had the option of selecting a film. Luka Chuppi was a test of my judgment and thankfully it worked. People are watching the film and that gives me a sense of validation. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod KhannaWould you call Luka Chuppi a turning point, given that it marks your transition from bro-mance to romance? Of course! After SKTKS and the Punchnama series, a lot of people started calling me the ‘bro-mantic’ hero. There is a transition happening post-Luka Chuppi. Now, I am finally finding my way to the romantic zone. So, I am travelling from being a bro-mantic hero to a romantic hero. Luka Chuppi is also changing people’s perception about me and the way in which the industry sees me. I am looking for content, I am looking for different characters to play, and I will continue doing that. When you started out, what was your definition of success, and do you think you’ve achieved it? I don’t think I will ever be content. Right now, sitting here, if I think about the struggles I faced when I started out in the industry, I feel really happy thinking that I am now doing a successful interview talking about my last two hits. I have actually had a 100 crore film; my latest film is doing very well at the box office. I am working with the kind of directors I really wanted to work with. So, I should be really happy and content. But sitting here, I am also thinking about the future and about achieving more. Right now, I am an option for directors; but I want to be in that place where directors are writing roles for me. The aim changes after every achievement. So, when I look back, of course I feel happy, but then I also have a sense of reality that this is temporary. It changes every Friday and you just have to keep working very hard and also adapt with time. You have a very strong fan base. There are videos of them crying and going gaga over you. How do you stay grounded seeing this kind of thing every day, especially now in the age of social media? I have been on the other side too. I have been that crazy fan, so I know how it feels to actually see the actor you have loved so much on screen. When I came to Mumbai, on my first Sunday here, I went to Bandstand and stood outside Mannat because I had heard that Shah Rukh (Khan) sir comes out to greet fans on Sundays. So, I know what it feels when you want to see that actor you love. Now, when I see girls crying for me, I don’t know how to react. I feel sad that I can’t express how I feel. I just say sorry and thank you, because they are crying tears of happiness. It’s weird in a way. I completely understand it. I always try to be there when they want to click selfies with me. I want them to click more and more selfies and stick them up on their walls. I never feel like not meeting my fans (Chuckles). Coming back to films, how do you think you have evolved as an actor? A lot has changed in real as well as reel life. As an actor, I keep working on my craft. I do many workshops before and after each film. From my first film to now, one change is that I now concentrate more on the nuances of a character. At first, I didn’t have the option of picking characters that I could explore, but now I am finally getting those chances. Now, you can see me in different avatars. There have been other changes also, including grooming. But the one thing that has stayed intact is my roots. I am still a Gwalior boy who lives with his family and talks in a particular manner. Sitting here today, what message would you want to give to the Kartik Aaryan starting out seven years ago? (Laughs) Well, what worked for me was that I was always patient. I never lost hope and that is something I really believe in. Another thing that was really important was rejection. The number of rejections you get can make you lose hope, make you think that there is something wrong with you. That is one thing that I never allowed myself to believe. I always told myself that if they are rejecting me, then it is their loss and they are making a mistake. After getting rejected, I used to work harder on myself but at the same time, I used to believe that I could have done this better. I would never let my confidence break with rejections. That is one thing that everyone should believe in; believe in themselves. Maybe that character was never yours. There will be one audition where your capabilities will be proven and then everything will change for you.
Obesity can break down our protective blood brain barrier resulting in problems with learning and memory, a study has found. Chronic activation of the receptor Adora2a on the endothelial cells that line this important barrier in our brain can let factors from the blood enter the brain and affect the function of our neurons, scientists said. The team from Augusta University in the US have shown that when they block Adora2a in a model of diet-induced obesity, this important barrier function is maintained. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”We know that obesity and insulin resistance break down the blood brain barrier in humans and animal models, but exactly how has remained a mystery,” said Alexis M Stranahan, neuroscientist at Augusta University and corresponding author of the study published in The Journal of Neuroscience. In the brain, adenosine is a neurotransmitter that helps us sleep and helps regulate our blood pressure; in the body it’s also a component of the cell fuel adenosine triphosphate, or ATP. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardAdenosine also activates receptors Adora1a and Adora2a on endothelial cells, which normally supports healthy relationships between brain activity and blood flow. Problems arise with chronic activation, particularly in the brain, which is what happens with obesity, Stranahan said in a statement. People who have obesity and diabetes have higher rates of cognitive impairment as they age and most of the related structural changes are in the hippocampus, a centre of learning and memory. Fat is a source of inflammation and there is evidence that reducing chronic inflammation in the brain helps prevent obesity-related memory loss. For the study, young mice fed a high-fat diet got fat within two weeks, and by 16 weeks they had increases in fasting glucose and insulin concentrations, all signs that diabetes is in their future. In the minute vasculature of the hippocampus, the researchers saw that obesity first increased permeability of the blood brain barrier to tiny molecules like fluorophore sodium fluorescein, or NaFl. Diet-induced insulin resistance heightened that permeability so that a larger molecule, Evans Blue, which has a high affinity for serum albumin, the most abundant protein in blood, also could get through. When they looked with electron microscopy, they saw a changed landscape. Resulting diabetes promoted shrinkage of the usually tight junctions between endothelial cells and actual holes in those cells. When they gave a drug to temporarily block Adora2a, it also blocked problems with barrier permeability. Whether that could work in humans and long term as a way to avoid cognitive decline in obese humans, remains to be seen, Stranahan said.
The Ohio State women’s basketball team hung on to force overtime play, but lost to Michigan State 71-68 on Sunday.Guard Samantha Prahalis had a quiet first half with only five points, but came alive to give the Buckeyes a burst of energy in the second half.Prahalis drove to the basket and made a layup as she was fouled with 2:50 left in regulation to give OSU its first lead since 11:45 in the first half. The Bucks had trailed by as many as 13 just seven minutes earlier.After a jumper by Spartan center Allyssa DeHaan, freshman guard Amber Stokes made a 3-pointer to give OSU a three-point lead.Another Spartan score and a Prahalis free throw left OSU with a two-point lead with 17 seconds remaining.The ball and the game were given to the Spartans’ leading-performer Brittney Thomas, who nailed a running jump shot from 15 feet away to tie the game with 8 seconds left.A close shot by Prahalis and even closer tip by forward Sarah Schulze did not go in, and the game headed to overtime.OSU started the overtime with a 5-1 run but was surpassed by a Spartan 8-0 run that left OSU down by four.Prahalis made a 3-point shot that brought that lead down to one, but with only 19 seconds left.Thomas converted a pair of free throws, extending the Spartan lead to three.Schulze then launched a 3-pointer that air-balled to the right of the basket and landed out-of-bounds.The difference in the game was OSU’s inability to make outside shots.The Buckeyes are ranked No. 1 nationally in 3-point shooting percentage, but shot only 3-of-14 against MSU.“[MSU] guarded the three well. It was difficult to get open for any shots today,” Schulze said.The Buckeyes also struggled from the free throw line, shooting 17-of-25. Prahalis was 4-of-11 on her own.Center Jantel Lavender scored 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds while single-handedly keeping OSU in the game for much of the afternoon.Prahalis finished the game with 17 points, six assists and four rebounds.Freshman Amber Stokes, who has seen the floor more often in recent games, played 16 minutes, scoring seven points and grabbing three rebounds.“Her ability to get the ball to the basket is something we need from the guard position,” coach Jim Foster said. “We can’t depend on one person to do that all the time.”This loss doesn’t mean much for the Buckeyes, who have already clinched the Big Ten regular season crown and a bye in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament.
Though the Buckeye baseball season came to a close last weekend, some players have more to look forward to this year.Pitcher Alex Wimmers, catcher Dan Burkhart and outfielders Michael Stephens and Zach Hurley should all expect to be selected in the MLB first-year player draft, said Jim Callis, executive editor and Ohio area draft expert for Baseball America.Wimmers, a junior, is all but a guarantee to be selected first among these Buckeyes, Callis said.“I think he’s going to go somewhere in the middle of the first round, between 10th and 25th,” he said.This would make him the first Buckeye to go in the first round since Nick Swisher was selected 16th overall by Oakland in 2002.Though expected to be drafted high, Wimmers “stuff isn’t overwhelming (and he’s) not a high-ceiling kind of guy,” according to a scouting report at MLB.com.Callis said Wimmers might not have the most potential in the draft but added that “he might be about as polished a pitcher as there is.”“There really is no such thing as a ‘safe’ pick in the MLB Entry Draft, but he is as close as you can get because he already has three plus pitches,” said Mike Luchene, from mlbscoutbuzz.com, in an e-mail.This gives him the ability to move up through the minor leagues quickly, an important quality for teams whose front offices need production as soon as possible, Callis said.While Wimmers helped his stock with consistent performance this year, fellow junior Dan Burkhart might have hurt his with a drop in production.“Just from the scouts I’ve talked to, they were kind of hoping he would do more offensively. (They) are not in love with him,” Callis said. “If it’s going to be tough to get him away from his senior year at Ohio State, he could go real low.”‘Real low’ could be as late as the 15th round, according to Callis.Despite underwhelming hitting, strong defense and the ability to call his own pitches — a rare feat for a college catcher — serve as justification for baseballdraftreport.com to rank Burkhart the 26th-best college catching prospect.Burkhart did not want to talk about the draft following the last game of the season. He will make the decision when the time comes but won’t do anything “stupid,” he said.If Burkhart is struggling with his decision to return for his senior season, he can look to a teammate for advice.Hurley was selected on the third day of the 2009 draft as the 1,358th overall pick by the Florida Marlins in the 45th round and elected to return for his final college season.“I don’t think guys are in love with him,” Callis said of Hurley. “He is a 15th to 20th rounder.”Josh Melycher from mlbscoutbuzz.com is less optimistic about the left fielder’s status.“Hurley isn’t a lock to get drafted at all,” he said in an e-mail. “His impressive numbers will probably earn him a look somewhere towards the end of day three.”The third day of the draft consists of rounds 31-50.Hurley, though, isn’t worrying about where he might be selected.“I don’t have any expectations, any rounds or anything like that at all,” he said. “I’m just hoping that someone out there thinks I can play for an organization and gives me an opportunity.”Hurley’s outfield companion Michael Stephens, who was not selected in 2009, may get that opportunity sooner in this year’s draft.“I think he’ll go ahead of Hurley because he is more athletic and has the chance to play center,” Callis said, adding that he predicts Stephens will go between the 10th and 15th rounds.Luchene finds the two outfielders to be quite comparable.“I could see each of them going on and contributing in the minor leagues, but I’m not sure their ceilings are high enough to get them beyond that,” he said. “I like Stephens better, but only by a hair.”When asked about his plans after the season, however, Stephens did not mention baseball.“I’ll graduate at the end of this quarter and be a bum in California,” he said.Callis said Hurley and Stephens are both locks to be drafted, but is not sure they will be the last Buckeye selections, he said.Junior pitchers Dean Wolosiansky and Drew Rucinski could both potentially be drafted, though both would be better off returning for their senior seasons, Callis said.This year’s draft takes place June 7-9.
In his third year of eligibility, former Reds shortstop Barry Larkin was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Monday. Larkin, who is the only player elected to the Hall of Fame this year, received 86.4 percent of the vote from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. A player needs at least 75 percent of the vote in order to be inducted. Larkin spent his entire major league career with the Cincinnati Reds from 1986-2004. In that time, he batted .295 and tallied 198 home runs, 960 RBIs, 2,340 hits and 379 stolen bases. Only Pete Rose has more hits in a Reds uniform. Larkin also won three Gold Gloves, the National League MVP award in 1995 and was a member of 1990 World Series team that swept the Oakland Athletics. Larkin’s nine Silver Slugger Awards, given to the best offensive player in both leagues at each position, is second-most all-time by an infielder behind only Alex Rodriguez, currently of the New York Yankees. The 47-year-old Larkin is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, and attended the University of Michigan, where his No. 16 was retired in 2010. Larkin was also recruited by legendary Michigan coach Bo Schembechler to play football for the Wolverines. Larkin was redshirted his freshman year and thereafter decided to devote all of his time to baseball. It appears Larkin might have made the right choice. Larkin will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., on July 22.
Raheem Sterling follows Colin Kaepernick’s footsteps and becomes the face of a new Nike ad campaign fighting racism in sports.Raheem Sterling has teamed up with Nike for an advertisement tackling the racist abuse that the Manchester City forward went through in the game against Chelsea last weekend. Sterling’s advert is a close-up of his face with text over it that says: “Speaking up doesn’t always make life easier. But easy never changed anything,” according to the Telegraph.Nike started this ad campaign earlier in the year with former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick was the starting QB for the San Francisco 49ers when he started taking a knee during the national anthem to protest the killings of young black men by cops in the United States.His deal with Nike stirred even more controversy than when he was in the NFL, where has yet to return to since his contract with the 49ers expired.