Arsenal new boy Olivier Giroud has claimed that he turned down a move to Chelsea in order to sign for the Gunners.The France international, 25, completed a transfer to the Emirates Stadium from Montpellier this week.“The choice was between Chelsea and Arsenal. I chose Arsenal because of the club’s philosophy and stability,” he told French television channel TF1.“It is something that means a lot for me. I’ve always dreamed of playing in the Premier League and Arsenal are a great club with many French players.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest No change in the nearby forecast this morning. Showers remain over parts of the state this morning as a cold front tries to sweep through Ohio. Rain totals can be from .25″-.75″ over 60% of the state, but they should all be gone (off to the east and north) by early afternoon. The rest of the day will turn out partly sunny. Tomorrow will be partly sunny as well, but clouds increase later in the day. Scattered showers arrive ahead of sunset in the western part of Ohio, and then spread across the state through Saturday overnight and Sunday midday. There can be some good thunderstorms in there too, which will really boost rain totals. Right now we are projecting .25″-.75′ from I-70 northward, but half to 2 inches from I-70 southward. There will be 100% coverage of rain over the state from tomorrow night through Sunday. Sunday afternoon stays mostly cloudy, with no more than a couple isolated pop up showers with perhaps 40% coverage and totals up to .1″. We remain mostly cloudy on Monday and also may have to deal with a pop up shower and 50% coverage. The clouds and the nearby moisture means we do not see as good of drying for these periods as we had hoped, in spite of no new significant precipitation. Tuesday should turn out cloudy to partly sunny. Rain arrives for next Wednesday with 90% coverage once again. Rain totals will end up from .25”-.75”. Most of this action will be gentle, but there will plenty of moisture around. We can talk about a 4 day dry stretch to finish next week, though. We turnout partly to mostly sunny next Thursday through next Saturday. Temps will be cool to start, but will build back to near normal levels by the end of the dry stretch. Will it be enough to promote field work? That depends mostly on what we see out of the systems ahead of it this coming Saturday night and next Wednesday. The map at right shows rain fall potential combined for the coming 10 days. The extended period still has rain in for the 20th and 21st, as we start things off. We like rain totals for those days combined at .2”-.8” with coverage at 70% on Monday (20th) and only 30% on Tuesday (21st). The rest of the period we still are leaning toward a drier solution, but models are being consistent and persistent in talks of moisture for the Wednesday-Friday period (22nd-24th). We will wait on data from through the weekend before changing our forecast, so stay tuned.
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Blackpool have been sold by their receivers to Simon Sadler, a financier based in Hong Kong, a deal which brings to a conclusion years under the toxic ownership of Owen Oyston.In a statement, the League One club said that Sadler had bought 96.2% of the club shares, the Bloomfield Road stadium, which was in a separate company, the club’s training ground and the hotel at the ground.Sadler, described as a successful hedge fund manager in Hong Kong, was born and grew up in Blackpool, and is a lifelong supporter of the club, the statement said. He is the chief investment officer of a finance business he founded in 2007, Segantii Capital Management, which describes itself as “an institutional asset management firm” which “predominantly focuses on investing in Asian securities”. Topics news Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Daniel Taylor Share via Email Share on Twitter League One Share on Facebook Read more Struggling football fans everywhere can take heart from Oyston’s ousting Share on Pinterest Blackpool The price paid by Sadler is thought to have been around £10m, which will go to the receivers, Paul Cooper and David Rubin. They were appointed by the high court in February to take over all Oyston’s assets including the football club, and recoup £22m still owing to the Latvian banker Valeri Belokon, who won a £31m judgment against Oyston in November 2017.That judgment found that Oyston had “illegitimately stripped” the club of £26.77m after the club’s promotion in 2010 for a single season in the Premier League, including £11m paid to one of Oyston’s companies which had been described as a director’s salary.Blackpool supporters had mounted a well-observed boycott of home matches for years in protest at Oyston’s ownership, as by 2016, following the failure to invest the Premier League bonanza in strengthening the squad, the club were relegated all the way to League Two. The high court judgment ordered Oyston to pay the same amount as he stripped, £26.77m, to Belokon, and to buy out Belokon’s original £4.5m investment in the club, making the £31m total.Oyston paid Belokon an initial £10m, but still owed, with interest, £22m, when Belokon applied for receivers to be appointed to sell the assets and recover the money for him. Belokon could not take over the club because he was barred under the EFL’s owners and directors “fit and proper person” test, due to a conviction in Kyrgyzstan in 2017 for multimillion-dollar money laundering.In February 2017 Belokon lost a hearing at the Paris court of appeal, which found that he had taken over the Manas bank in Kyrgyzstan “in order to develop … money-laundering practices”. Belokon denounced the Kyrgyz conviction as “politically motivated”, claiming it “ignored the most basic principles of natural justice”.In the statement, Sadler said it was a “great honour and privilege” to take over the club and he intended to provide “financial stability and investment over time”. A long-term friend and fellow supporter, Brett Gerrity, a local solicitor, is joining the board. Tim Fielding, honorary vice-president of the Blackpool supporters’ trust, who was one of the leading campaigners against the Oyston regime and was sued by Owen Oyston for comments he made, has been given a formal role as adviser to the board. Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content
zoom Japanese shipping company Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) wrapped up the first six months of the fiscal year 2018 with a net income of JPY 6.29 billion (USD 55.5 million), compared to a net loss of JPY 231.8 billion posted in the same period last year.From April 1, 2017, to September 30, 2017, consolidated revenues amounted to JPY 1.06 trillion, up from JPY 928.5 billion seen in the same period of the previous fiscal year.As explained, conditions in the maritime shipping market were positive overall during the first half of the fiscal year and the results exceeded the company’s previous forecast.In the container shipping market, shipping traffic was brisk along transpacific routes, but not enough to compensate for an increase in total shipping capacity for trades overall following the reorganization of alliances and commissioning of extra vessels by some shipping companies. Consequently, the upswing in spot freight rates largely came to a standstill. Meanwhile, robust demand for freight shipments along European shipping routes supported favorable conditions in the market, the company said.The NYK Group said it worked to limit fleet and operating costs by continuing efforts to boost cargo-loading efficiency, switch to new highly fuel-efficient vessels with capacity for 14,000 TEU, and optimize vessel assignment and economic performance in accordance with the circumstances of shipping routes.Meanwhile, overall handling volume at container terminals in Japan and around the world increased year on year. Owing to these factors, results in the liner trade segment as a whole improved substantially, with the segment posting a profit and higher revenues than in the same period of the previous fiscal year.As previously announced, NYK Line decided to integrate its container shipping business (including its terminal business outside Japan) with those of Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL). Following the integration, Ocean Network Express (ONE) was established as an operating company in Singapore on July 7, 2017. Preparations are currently underway for ONE to commence services from April 1, 2018.What is more, the group took advantage of robust demand for automobile shipments to North America, Europe and Asia by assigning vessels to those regions. As a result, the total number of new vehicles it shipped by sea increased, when compared with the same period of the previous fiscal year. In Europe, shipments by the group’s LNG-fueled pure car and truck carrier continued to be steady.In the dry bulk shipping market, cargo volume of iron ore, coal, and grains was up, but excess tonnage was not fully canceled out as more new ships were commissioned than the number of vessels scrapped. Nonetheless, the market continued to recover moderately after bottoming out in the second half of the previous fiscal year, according to the company.In the liquid transport market, conditions worsened across the board compared with the same period of the previous fiscal year, as the commissioning of new very large crude carriers (VLCCs) put strong pressure on supply despite brisk shipping traffic. However, NYK was able to secure “favorable conditions” in long-term contracts, providing a stable source of earnings from its fleet of LNG tankers.In addition, the group said that its operations of floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels, drill ships and shuttle tankers contributed substantially to its offshore business.“Although demand in the container shipping market is projected to decline in the second half, which is the slack season, shipping traffic is expected to remain stable for both transpacific and European shipping routes,” NYK said in its forecast of full-year consolidated financial results.“The dry bulk shipping market is forecast to continue recovering moderately, supported by brisk shipping traffic. The liquid transport market is forecast to recover from the third quarter of the fiscal year when it enters a period of demand for shipments by tankers, and the company expects to continue securing stable profits from its LNG tanker and offshore businesses,” the company continued.“In the automobile transport market, NYK Line will take advantage of strong demand for shipments originating from Japan and mainly bound for Europe and North America, while working to boost profitability and optimize shipping efficiency,” NYK concluded.Separately, NYK revealed decision to acquire the common stock of Yusen Logistics through a tender offer in an effort to make Yusen a fully owned subsidiary of the group. The tender offer period is from November 1, 2017, to December 14, 2017.Image Courtesy: NYK Line
Facebook Eric McCormack is returning to his roots at the Stratford Festival for a special one-night only performance of The Fantasticks. (CHRIS PIZZELLO / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) The actor has a long history with Stratford as one of its best-known alumni. He was the recipient of last year’s Stratford Festival Legacy Award.Stratford says “certain language and situations” from the original script have been changed to “reflect the evolving social awareness and attitudes of a 21st-century audience.” Advertisement Eric McCormack is returning to his roots at the Stratford Festival for a special one-night only performance of The Fantasticks.The Will & Grace star will take the stage in October for what’s being called a “special concert version” of the world’s longest running musical.The Fantasticks in Concert follows the story of two fathers who create the illusion of a feud between them in hopes of tricking their children into falling in love. The story is propelled by a narrator, who will be played by McCormack. The Fantasticks in Concert will be performed at Stratford’s Avon Theatre on Oct. 30. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement