TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool legend Dalglish hails Klopp’s market work: They’re all successfulby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Kenny Dalglish has hailed the work in the transfer market of Jurgen Klopp.Klopp brought in four new players in the summer transfer window, spending over £150million.“Virgil came in at a very important time, stamped his authority on it,” Dalglish said on Sky Sports. “He’s a great presence and he’s really produced the goods since he’s come in in January.“It might have been a lot of money but they got £140m for [Philippe] Coutinho.“They went out and spent some on Virgil, some on the goalkeeper – by the way, two great signings.“I think it’s important also that it’s Virgil’s first full season, the goalkeeper’s first full season.”Fabinho’s kicking on and starting to get his feet, starting to play well.“Keita the same, Shaqiri comes on and scores two against Manchester United.“When you sign players, it’s great to see them be successful.”
NEW YORK — American Express swung to a fourth-quarter profit, the credit card company said Thursday, helped by a lower tax rate and more spending on the company’s namesake credit cards.The New York-based company earned $2.01 billion, or $2.32 a share, compared with a loss of $1.21 billion, or $1.42 a share, from the same period a year earlier. Like other financial companies, American Express’ results a year ago were impacted by the passage of the new tax law, which required AmEx to make an accounting adjustment.AmEx’s net income for the latest quarter came in well above analysts’ expectations, which were looking for the company to earn $1.80 a share, according to FactSet.American Express continues to face a much more competitive industry, with big banks such as JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup creating their own premium credit card products to compete with AmEx.In response AmEx has had to offer more rewards and perks with its cards. It spent $2.52 billion on rewards in the fourth quarter, up 11 per cent from a year earlier.But in the fact of more competition, AmEx has been able to encourage more customers to open accounts and spend more on its cards. AmEx card members spent $309 billion on their cards in the quarter, up 6 per cent from a year earlier, charging an average fee of 2.36 per cent on each transaction. It earns a fee every time its cards are used at a merchant. Total cards issued by AmEx were up 7 per cent in the U.S., the company’s largest market.AmEx also has been encouraging its existing customers to revolve a balance as well, a change from the company’s historic business model that focused on getting customers to pay their full balance each month. U.S. card member loans were $72 billion in the quarter, up from $64.5 billion in the same period a year ago.But as the company has allowed more borrowed money on its cards, it has had to set aside more money to cover potential losses. Provisions for loan losses rose 14 per cent to $954 million in the quarter.Revenue in the quarter was $10.47 billion, less than the $10.58 billion that analysts had been looking for.AmEx gave a forecast for its full-year 2019 earnings, saying it expects to earn $7.85 to $8.35 a share. Analysts are expecting $8.15 per share, according to FactSet.The company’s stock slipped $1.73, or 1.7 per cent, to $97.76 in after-hours trading following the release of the earnings report.Ken Sweet, The Associated Press
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Film Society has announced they are wanting help in selecting the fall film lineup from the Toronto Independent Film Festival (tiff) films for the next season.The tiff fall film schedule has been released and the Society needs to choose films for fall time slots. The Society is asking for your top five film selections to be sent to them through facebook message or email; [email protected] suggestions are to be submitted by Tuesday, August 6th, 2019 as the Society shares the sooner the selections are submitted the better the chance at getting the films wanted. Films in the ‘coming soon’ category may not be able to be brought in.To view the selection of Films, CLICK HERE To view the FSJ Film Societies FB Page; CLICK HERE
Kannur (Kerala): Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for being the “most anti-national” and accused him of “dividing the nation”. Reacting to Modi’s allegation of the Congress turning anti-national, Gandhi said his grand old party has an exceptional track record of fighting forces that attack the nation. “Thousands of Congress workers have laid down their lives, fighting such forces. Today the most anti-national act is the act of Modi who is dividing the nation,” said Gandhi as he kicked off his day-long campaign here in Kerala. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “Crippling the agricultural system, leading to farmers suicide is another anti-national act of Modi. Youths loosing their jobs is also another anti-national act. Modi has failed in all these and it’s time that he answers,” he told the media at a presser here. Gandhi said the three key issues ruling the 2019 Lok Sabha polls are destruction of the Indian economy, personal corruption of Modi and the plight of the farmers. “We are looking forward to forming the next government,” said Gandhi as he was about to leave, when a few questions were hurled at him. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K The Congress leader, taking them returned to his seat sporting a smile, and said: “How come the Prime Minister does not have the guts to face the Kerala, Odisha or the Delhi media?” From Kannur, Gandhi will make a whirlwind visit to five assembly constituencies in the Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency, from where he is contesting the polls. He is also fighting from his traditional Amethi Lok Sabha seat.
OSLO – Norway’s Yara, the world’s biggest mineral fertiliser producer, said Wednesday it had been hit with a hefty fine by Norwegian authorities following an international corruption investigation.The firm said it would not contest the 295-million-kroner (35.4-million-euro, $48.3-million) fine.“The company acknowledges guilt and accepts a corporate fine,” Yara said in a statement. When it emerged that suspect payments had been made to a Libyan oil minister in the Kadhafi regime — according to police — just ahead of creating a joint venture in the country, Yara opened an external investigation of its international operations in 2011.The investigation revealed other “unacceptable payments” in Switzerland and India, and led Norwegian police to press charges against the company for “aggravated corruption.”“The affair is about bribes to senior government officials in Libya and India, and to a supplier in Russia (via a Swiss subsidiary),” the Norwegian National Authority for Investigation and Prosecution of Economic and Environmental Crime confirmed Wednesday.“In total, the bribes amount to around $12 million between 2004 and 2009”. The police criticised the management of the company, accusing it of failing to report the corruption allegations until 2011, despite having heard about them in 2008.
After taking two out of three from Illinois in last weekend’s Big Ten series, the Ohio State baseball team is looking to keep the winning mindset alive with Penn State coming to town Friday night. OSU senior right-hander Brad Goldberg feels the season is still young and the team still has work to do, but is really starting to get that winning attitude back. “We’re still working,” said Goldberg. “We nearly gave ourselves some heart attacks coming back in both wins last weekend, but I definitely think we are getting that winning attitude.” Senior left-hander Brian King agreed with Goldberg, and said the team is gaining confidence and enjoying playing baseball together. “The confidence is huge right now everyone is working together and enjoying each other,” said King. “Honestly, we are just having a good time out there.” Ohio State is 25-13 overall this season and 9-6 in Big Ten play. The team is 9-4 at home this season, and is looking to continue that success this weekend. “Home field has been big all year,” said Goldberg. “We know the turf and especially now with finals it’s just nice to be at home and not have to worry about missing classes.” PSU sits last in the Big Ten with a record of 2-10 in conference play and 11-25 overall. As of late though, the Nittany Lions are heating up, and have won back-to-back games including a 7-4 win over La Salle Tuesday night. They also won their first Big Ten series last weekend after taking two of three from Iowa. A bright spot in Penn State’s lineup is sophomore catcher J.C. Coban, who is hitting .315 with two home runs and 21 RBIs in 32 games played. OSU coach Greg Beals said he is happy with the results from the previous two Big Ten weekend series, but hopes his team takes the right approach in the series against the Nittany Lions. “What I am looking for offensively is the approach,” said Beals. “It’s the mentality, it’s a competitive thing, and I want them to go up with a plan and execute it.” OSU is set to take the field against Penn State at 6:35 p.m. Friday at Bill Davis Stadium to start the weekend home series.
Arsene Wenger decided to end his career as the Arsenal coach and he will leave after this season – and Jack Wilshere admitted that the manager was something like a father to him.The Frenchman was the first one to give a chance to the midfielder in the professional football and, of course, the player is grateful to him for it – and he insisted that it will feel strange not to have Wenger in the locker room anymore.The England international spoke about his relationship with Wenger as he wrote on his Instagram account, according to Football London:“To the man who gave me my chance as a 16-year-old, and showed unbelievable faith and commitment towards me.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“Always a gentleman, like a father through tough times in my career.”“He always believed in me when most people didn’t.”“Thank you for everything boss.”“It’s down to us now to end your era right. #onearsenewenger.”
Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed the name of the toughest defender he has ever faced in his career with his answer leaving many people surprisedOver the course of his glittering 16-year career at senior level, Ronaldo has played alongside and against some of the greatest players throughout the world of football.In terms of defenders, the Real Madrid star has come across the likes of Gerard Pique, Mats Hummels, Dani Alves and Carlos Puyol.Yet, despite now going up against the world’s most expensive defender in Virgil van Dijk in this Saturday’s Champions League final against Liverpool, it is somebody of a much smaller stature that has caused the Portuguese forward the most trouble.In an interview, after being asked a series of lifestyle and sport-related questions, Ronaldo was asked: “Who is the toughest defender you have played against?.”After a moment of careful consideration, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner replied: “Ashley Cole”.Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.¡IMPRESCINDIBLE! ??¿QUIÉN es MÁS GUAPO? ¿@Cristiano o Edu??? El TEST MÁS PERSONAL de @EduAguirre7 en #ElChiringuitoDeMega pic.twitter.com/2auNrgH1TM— El Chiringuito TV (@elchiringuitotv) May 24, 2018Ashley Cole was formerly a left-back for both Chelsea and Arsenal in the Premier League and was frequently pitted against Ronaldo during his Manchester United days, where they had a number of high profile battles.The former England international now plays alongside Zlatan Ibrahimovic at LA Galaxy, whom he also captains, in the MLS.
During the Wednesday’s cup win, 19-year-old Matteo Guendouzi was sent off for the Gunners over Blackpool, but his manager is not worried a bit about the red card shown to the youngster.Drama: @MatteoGuendouzi is shown a second yellow after the referee adjudged him to have pulled down Thompson#CarabaoCup 🔴 2-0 ⚪️ (56) pic.twitter.com/76ekIpBBHw— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) October 31, 2018Guendouzi will now miss Saturday’s clash with Liverpool as Emery had this to say:“That is football. Things can be positive or negative like an injury, a red card, 90 minutes of hard work that don’t allow you to play other matches,” Emery told reporters via Goal.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“A red card is like that.“We have a lot of players looking to play, to help us and take responsibility. His quality for the team, I am going to prepare with other players for the big match.“He’s playing well. He’s playing with a spirit – [he’s] competitive. The action is… it’s an action, he plays that action as a normal moment in the game.“He is pushing behind the player. He is playing with the spirit I want today and every match.“We have spoken. It is very important to control, but I don’t think he lost control. The red card is one circumstance.”