OTTAWA — Canada’s national unemployment rate was 5.6 per cent in November. Here are the jobless rates last month by province (numbers from the previous month in brackets):— Newfoundland and Labrador 12.2 per cent (12.7)— Prince Edward Island 8.5 (7.2)— Nova Scotia 7.0 (7.7)— New Brunswick 7.9 (7.2)— Quebec 5.4 (5.2)— Ontario 5.6 (5.6)— Manitoba 5.7 (6.1)— Saskatchewan 5.5 (6.2)— Alberta 6.3 (7.3)— British Columbia 4.4 (4.1)The Canadian Press
BANGKOK — Unusually high levels of smog worsened by weather patterns are raising alarm across Asia.In Bangkok, a combination of construction dust, auto exhaust and other pollutants has taken air quality to unhealthy levels in recent days.The Thai Pollution Control Department said Monday that a low pressure system was partly to blame, leaving the smog concentrated over the country’s biggest city. A department official said about half of the high levels of PM 2.5, tiny particulate matter that can dangerously clog lungs, was due to diesel engine emissions.In South Korea, the ultrafine dust levels prompted emergency measures to reduce the health hazard.Pollution often is out of control by the time countries take action. India’s cities are among the smoggiest and it is just starting to tackle the problem.The Associated Press
With these announcements, the B.C. Liberals say Premier John Horgan has been ignoring their calls for his Government to take action on this growing issue.According to the Liberals, Finance Minister Carole James announced that the Government would not be providing any new funding to the forest sector but only offer their sympathies to the affected workers.The Liberals blame the NDP for the closures because of the new Forest Amendment Act, Bill-22.Local Conservative M.P., Bob Zimmer, says he, along with other Conservative M.P.’s from B.C., has been briefed on the situation.Zimmer adds that the federal Liberal and provincial NDP governments are not doing enough when it comes to supporting the industry and its workers.“In these uncertain times, it looks as though this may just be the beginning, which is why I, along with other Conservative Members of Parliament from British Columbia, have been briefed on these closures and curtailments and possible next steps. It is clear that both the federal Liberal government and provincial NDP government are simply not doing enough to support this important industry and its workers.” FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Frustration continues to build within the B.C. Forest industry as more mills announce closures and curtailments.To date, there have been about 50 sawmills and plants that have announced curtailments or closures this year.Most recently, the Peace Valley OSB Plant announced that it will be closing this summer and the Taylor Pulp Mill has issued more production curtailments. Last week, Minister of Forests, Doug Donaldson, said his Government will be sending a Community Response Transition Team to assist those affected by the closure.
Kolkata: Under-fire skipper Dinesh Karthik silenced his critics with a career-best 97 not out as Kolkata Knight Riders recovered from an atrocious start to post a competitive 175 for six against Rajasthan Royals in their must-win IPL fixture here on Thursday. Under pressure to perform after a string of five straight defeats, the World Cup-bound Karthik promoted himself to No. 4, shrugging off criticism, and smashed nine sixes and seven fours in his 50-ball unbeaten knock, as KKR hit top gear in the back end of the innings, scoring 126 from the last 10 overs and 75 off the last five overs. On a day their impact player Andre Russell looked lacklustre in his run-a-ball 14, in which he was dropped twice, it was a one-man show from Karthik who went berserk against the likes of Jaydev Unadkat and Shreyas Gopal. Karthik seized the momentum in the 11th over when he hit Shreyas Gopal for a six followed by three boundaries in an over that yielded 25 runs and KKR did not look back since then. Karthik completed his fifty from 35 balls and smashed Jofra Archer for successive sixes in the penultimate over before bettering his previous best of 86 when he went berserk against Unadkat by hitting him for two sixes and one four in the final over. Unadkat conceded 50 runs for his one wicket and was the most expensive of the lot as he undid all the good work done by Varun Aaron (2/20) who had a fine new ball spell of 3-1-10-2. Put in to bat, KKR got off to an atrocious start to be 32/2 in powerplay overs against an all out pace attack from Rajasthan Royals. Playing his only second match this season, Aaron extracted pace and swing from the fast-paced Eden track and removed both the openers Chris Lynn (0) and Shubman Gill (14) cheaply. Aaron set up Lynn brilliantly with his first two balls before bowling a delivery that sharply came back as the Australian played it on to his stumps in a wicket-maiden first over. Then the talented Gill had no answer to negotiate an inswinger as he was completely beaten by pace to see the ball clip his bails. Archer capped a superb powerplay for Royals with another maiden as the dispirited KKR found themselves going nowhere and seemed to be losing the plot before skipper Karthik revived them at the back end of the innings. Brief scores: Kolkata Knight Riders 175/6 in 20 overs (Dinesh Karthik 97, Varun Aaron 2/20) vs Rajasthan Royals.
Mumbai: To meet high demand and raise its market, national carrier Air India has earmarked Rs 500 crore to get 19 of its grounded passenger jets back into operations. Currently, the national passenger carrier has 19 aircraft grounded due to various reasons most prominent amongst them being expensive spare parts and engine overhauls. However, an increase in demand due to the peak travel season along with industry’s capacity constraint has led the airline to earmark at least Rs 500 crore for the grounded fleet. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra”This is an opportune time to raise our market share and meet the healthy demand. All our assets (aircraft) have been deployed strategically. But we still have more aircraft which are grounded,” a senior Air India official told IANS from Mumbai. “We expect at least two aircraft to join the fleet within days. Addition of other aircraft will aide us to augment our market share.” Notwithstanding the fresh funds, the official said that all grounded aircraft are unlikely to become operational before August. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysOver 10 Airbus A320s and the rest Boeing 787-800s Dreamliner and a few Boeing 777s have been grounded. Air India’s fleet augmentation is also in line with the government’s request to airlines to advance their aircraft induction plans. As of 2019, Air India Group — Air India, Air India Express, Alliance Air — have a combined fleet of over 160 aircraft which fly to 122 destinations, including 78 domestic and 44 international destinations. Additionally, the airline plans to hire more cabin crew and pilots. The plan envisages the airline to hire over 200 cabin crew from the now grounded Jet Airways. “We have already finalised 150 crew from Jet Airways,” the official added.
Casablanca – Morocco should be selective in attracting foreign direct investment (FDI), by analyzing the socio-economic benefits and the technology transfer, said Thursday in Casablanca, Henry Marty- Gauquié, representative of the European investment Bank (EIB). Speaking at the 1st Economic Forum organized by the Circle of Economists, Marty-Gauquié called on Morocco to be selective in attracting FDI, to invest in the education system, and to urgently reform the pensions fund.“Morocco has valued its comparative advantages and its strategic position,” said Marty-Gauquié, noting that the Kingdom understood early on the need to implement governance and social reforms. The EIB representative noted that these reforms have led to political stability, continued growth, and high-level trade and political relations with the European Union.
In a press conference on Sunday, the New York Yankees announced that Alex Rodriguez would play his final major league game on Friday, against the Tampa Bay Rays, before taking on an advisory role with the club. With that game, one of the greatest — and most complicated — careers in baseball history will come to a close.Certainly, Rodriguez had reached the end of the productive phase of his career this season. One year after a surprising renaissance campaign, Rodriguez is on pace for the worst full-season OPS and fewest wins above replacement (WAR) of his career. Despite ranking among baseball’s highest-paid players, he’s struck out 4.6 times for every walk, is barely hitting over the Mendoza Line and can’t play any position other than designated hitter anymore. As a team, the Yankees are having their worst season since 1992. It was time for Rodriguez to go.But A-Rod in his heyday was a different story. In fact, A-Rod before his prime was better than almost anybody in baseball history. In 1996, at the ripe old age of 20, Rodriguez produced 9.4 WAR — which is still tied for the 87th-best season in MLB history and was, at the time, easily the most WAR produced in one season at that age.1It would be surpassed later by Mike Trout, who happens to be on track for G.O.A.T. status. From there, A-Rod would pile on seven more seasons of 8 or more WAR, and he’d make a strong case for having the best career of any player who ever spent the majority of his prime years at shortstop.Of course, the other prominent player on that — apparently shirt-optional — Mount Rushmore of young shortstops was Derek Jeter, Rodriguez’s longtime frenemy, rival, comparison-point and, eventually, teammate. Jeter had the rings — four by age 26, to be exact — but A-Rod had the numbers. Through 2003, the season before he joined the Yankees, A-Rod had Jeter beat on career WAR (63.5 to 40.4), home runs (345 to 127), OPS (.963 to .851) and walks (559 to 513); A-Rod was also within striking distance of the more contact-oriented Jeter in batting average (.308 vs. Jeter’s .317 mark). And he was miles better than Jeter in one very important (yet misunderstood) department: defense.To the naked eye, Jeter looked like a great defensive shortstop (he’d eventually win five Gold Gloves at the position), but according to the numbers he was the worst. From his 1995 debut until 2003, Jeter cost the Yankees 11.4 runs (i.e., more than one full win) per year compared to an average-fielding shortstop; by contrast, Rodriguez saved his teams 2 runs a year. When Jeter and Rodriguez joined forces, A-Rod deferred and moved from shortstop to third base, but all evidence said it should have been the other way around. The Yankees’ subsequent defensive numbers — they had the majors’ worst shortstop defense from 2004 until Jeter’s retirement in 2014 — agreed.Together, though, Rodriguez and Jeter would win boatloads of games, plus a World Series in 2009. Numbers from his final week pending, A-Rod would end up compiling 696 home runs — fourth-most ever — and he’s currently 12th all-time in WAR. (He even ranks eighth among Yankees!) Judging from the statistics alone, Rodriguez should be concluding his career as one of the greatest handful of position players in baseball history.But things are never so easy with A-Rod.For instance, Rodriguez’s tremendous on-field value was mitigated by the fact that no player made more money over his career. He broke the all-time record for the largest contract in professional sports history twice, surpassed only when Giancarlo Stanton inked a 13-year, $325 million deal before the 2015 season. Like most star players, Rodriguez still earned every cent he was paid and then some; using the common dollars per WAR framework, the value of A-Rod’s career wins sums to about $109 million more than he was paid.2According to Baseball-Reference.com, A-Rod was paid roughly $399 million through 2016, and he recorded about 115 WAR (averaging together the Baseball-Reference and FanGraphs versions). At an average cost of about $4.3 million per WAR, tacking on the $6 million a minimum-salary player would have made in the same number of years and zeroing out seasons where he had negative value, A-Rod’s wins were worth approximately $508 million. But in the minds of many fans, A-Rod personified the ever-upward climb of MLB salaries at a time when the cost of attending a ballgame had never been higher.A-Rod’s massive compensation was a particular point of frustration for Yankee fans, given that the team’s frequency of championships during his tenure (one title in 13 seasons) pales in comparison to what it had been before he arrived (one title every 3.9 seasons). Rodriguez’s postseason numbers aren’t bad — he had an .822 career OPS, pretty good considering the elevated competition of playoff pitching — but unlike Jeter, who raised his lifetime OPS from .817 in the regular season to .838 in the playoffs, Rodriguez’s .930 regular-season OPS suggested the wasted potential for so many more postseason heroics.And then there are the performance-enhancing drugs. Rodriguez copped to using steroids during the height of the PED era, in the early 2000s, around when he signed his first record-breaking contract, then admitted to better hitting through chemistry again in conjunction with the Biogenesis scandal. Like with his disgraced peer Barry Bonds, A-Rod’s pre-juicing numbers suggest he had the talent to make the Hall of Fame without chemical assistance. But as a confessed two-time offender, Rodriguez’s numbers will always be tainted for countless baseball fans. That’s why his Hall of Fame chances, ironclad without the PED factor, are next to nonexistent in reality.So when Rodriguez leaves baseball on Friday, he’ll go down as one of the greatest talents in the game’s history, and one of its most impressive statistical performers. But by the same token, his more lasting legacy might be as one of its most discredited players. In the end, we’ll probably be left trying to grapple with A-Rod’s impact on the game for decades to come.
Valencia have reportedly set their sights on a surprise move for Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi this summer, claims the Daily MirrorThe Belgium international’s future at Stamford Bridge remains in doubt, despite the fact that Antonio Conte has now left after he was restricted to just three Premier League starts under the former Italy manager.Due to his lack of opportunities in his first season at Chelsea, Batshuayi joined Borussia Dortmund on loan for the latter half of the 2017-18 season and finished with an impressive seven goals in 10 appearances.Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.But now the 24-year-old remains unsure about his future at Chelsea and is evaluating his options, despite the fact that Maurizio Sarri is now in charge of the Blues.Another factor which has made Batshuayi consider leaving Chelsea is the fact that they will be in the Europa League this season, while Valencia will be able to offer him Champions League football as well as regular playing time.Despite his injury struggles at the end of the last season, Batshuayi was a member of the Belgium World Cup and made three appearances for the national side as they finished in third-place.
Burnley defender Matt Lowton has revealed he’s confident about the team turning their poor form around.Sean Dyche’s men are currently 19th on the table after having failed to win any of their four Premier League games so far this season, with one draw and three defeats.The Clarets also suffered the disappointment of losing their UEFA Europa League playoff tie over two legs to Greek side Olympiakos.Matching last season’s finish of seventh looks a long way off at the moment but Lowton insists yearly improvement is always the target at Turf Moor, and despite the shaky start points out that fortunes can turn pretty quickly.“That’s what we’re looking to do year on year, we showed last season finishing seventh that we’re fully capable of doing it,” the full-back said, according to Lancashire Telegraph.Match Preview: Burnley vs Liverpool Boro Tanchev – August 30, 2019 Premier League leaders Liverpool travel to Burnley for the Matchday 4 of the 2019-20 Premier League campaign.“We need to turn our fortunes round very quickly at the minute but it’s a long season and if we string a couple of wins together we’ll be right back where we want to be.”One of the biggest concerns for Burnley in the early stages of the campaign will be defensively. Having conceded just 39 times in 38 Premier League games last season, they have now shipped nine in their last three games, including three at home to Watford and four away to Fulham.Lowton was a regular part of that defensive unit that so impressed last season and he admits they are ‘very disappointed’ at the gifts being offered up in the early stages of this season.“We’re very disappointed as a team, especially the back four or five. We’ve had meetings to try and put it right, the manager’s teams notoriously don’t concede a a lot of goals,” the 29-year-old said.“We’ve spoken about, we’re giving up a lot of chances, not just goals but teams are creating a lot of chances against us so we need to get back to being hard to beat.”
Hans-Peter Briegel reckons Germany’s struggles began after Pep Guardiola took charge of Bayern Munich in 2013The Catalan coach enjoyed a brilliant three-year spell in Munich, which saw his possession-based style of football lead Bayern to three straight Bundesliga titles.Germany stars Manuel Neuer, Jerome Boateng, Philip Lahm (now retired), Mario Gotze, Thomas Muller, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Toni Kroos were all at Bayern when Guardiola arrived.Now Briegel believes that Guardiola’s obsession with possession-based football effectively brainwashed the German squad.“We no longer follow a simple principle – that the result in football is more important than to control the game,” Briegel told La Repubblica.Match Preview: RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 RB Leipzig will have the chance to prove their title-winning capabilities when they host Bayern Munich today at 18:30 (CET).“Since Guardiola came to Bayern, something has changed,”“We have had the impression that we need 75 per cent of the possession to win, but only having control of the ball is not enough to get a good result.”“The recent history and also the World Champion France have shown that you can also win if you give the opponent the ball and even have below 50 per cent of the possession.”Germany were relegated from Group A1 in the UEFA Nations League over the weekend.This comes following their group stage exit at the 2018 World Cup in the summer at Russia.