George Groves will face Mohamed Ali Ndiaye for the European super-middleweight title at Wembley Arena on Saturday 16 March.Groves, the Commonwealth champion, will be competing for the EBU crown recently vacated by his arch-rival and fellow West Londoner James DeGale.The Italy-based Ndiaye was due to face DeGale before the Harlesden man opted to give up the belt.Groves said: “I’ve won the British and Commonwealth titles and the European is the next step for me towards the world title.“The guy is tough and awkward. James DeGale didn’t want to fight him, but I’ve got the tools to beat him.”Promoter Frank Warren has won the purse bids to stage the fight and Groves will appear on a show which includes world champions Ricky Burns and Nathan Cleverly.Scotland’s Burns, who has the WBO lightweight title, will be involved in a mouthwatering unification showdown against IBF champion Miguel Vazquez of Mexico.Finchley heavyweight Dereck Chisora, currently banned following an infamous brawl with David Haye, is also likely to appear on the bill if his reapplication for a British Boxing Board of Control license is successful.Groves, 24, stopped Paul Smith in two rounds at Wembley Arena in November 2011.He was last in action in December, when he extended his unbeaten record by comprehensively beating former world champion Glen Johnson on points at the ExCel Arena.The 33-year-old Ndiaye, who was born in Senegal, has lost only one of his 23 professional fights.“It’s a great show to be on alongside Cleverly, Burns and Chisora and it will be a fantastic night in London,” Groves added.Warren said: “It’s the best of British all in one night of big fights.“Groves has the chance to add the European title to his collection and has a tough fight against Ndiaye.“The show will be backed up with an action packed undercard with some of the best in young British talent.”See also:DeGale opts to give up European titleGroves set to fight for European title Groves lining up world title challengeTrio in action on Groves’ Wembley bill The press conference to announce Groves’ Wembley returnGroves warned ahead of title showdownTrainer Booth discusses George Groves’ European title fightGroves ready to add European belt to his title 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Twitter/@DMoutonWWL Mike Thomas was a key to Ohio State’s 2014 and 2015 offenses, and the 2016 second round pick is already impressing with the New Orleans Saints. During a practice on Friday, Thomas made a phenomenal falling one-handed grab over the top of the defense, on a pass from backup quarterback Luke McCown.Mike Thomas’ tremendous catch. As shot by @sayneykid pic.twitter.com/WISeQWLTJw— Doug Mouton (@DMoutonWWL) July 29, 2016Mike Thomas has quickly earned the trust of Saints quarterback Drew Brees.The future Hall of Famer praised him from the connection the two have developed in a very short time back in June. Brees gave an example of a practice rep, of a route the tandem had not run before, to ESPN:“In fact, I don’t think we’ve ever even talked about it,” Brees said. “But it was one of those where I’m just in the moment, and hey, he’s my guy over there at that position. So I kind of give him a look, give him a signal or whatever, and he goes and makes the play. And ran the route just like I imagined.“So that makes you feel good too. ‘Hey, we’re on the same page even though we haven’t even talked about that yet. You kind of know this offense, you have a feel for the game.’ So I like when I see that stuff out of young guys, where you kind of feel like there’s some instincts there.”Thomas came on strong for Ohio State in 2014, catching 54 passes for 799 yards and nine touchdowns en route to a Buckeye national title. He followed it up with a similar 56 catch, 781 yard, nine touchdown 2015 campaign, despite some turmoil at the quarterback position for OSU. Now, he’s charged with helping replace longtime Brees-favorite Marques Colston, who was released by the Saints this off-season after 10 years with the franchise.
Thirty-Two writers were named finalists in nine categories for the 42nd Annual HUMANITAS Prize, it was announced today by HUMANITAS Executive Director Cathleen Young and President Ali LeRoi.The writers will compete for $100,000 in prize money to be handed out at the annual luncheon, which will take place on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. The HUMANITAS Prize was created in 1974 to honor film and television writers whose work inspires compassion, hope and understanding in the human family.“We received a huge number of worthy submissions this year, which made narrowing the field down to these exceptional finalists especially challenging — and rewarding,” said Young. “These were truly the best of the best, writers whose work engaged, illuminated, inspired and entertained, all while exploring the range of human experience from fresh and diverse perspectives. Or as HUMANITAS founder Father Bud Keiser put it, works that ‘tackle the big questions…and challenge us to seek out our own answers.’”“At a time of great cultural and political division in our country and around the world, it’s easy to write off entertainment as a frivolous distraction,” added LeRoi. “But great stories can play an essential role in people’s lives by reminding us of our common humanity and motivating us to be our best selves. Many of the extraordinary works by this year’s finalists touch on issues of inclusion, equality and tolerance, ideas that are of particular importance in today’s conflict-ridden world.”The HUMANITAS Prize finalists are:Feature Film Category ARRIVAL Written by: Eric HeissererHACKSAW RIDGE Written by: Robert SchenkkanHIDDEN FIGURES Written by: Allison Schroeder and Theodore MelfiSundance Feature Film Category THE BIRTH OF A NATION Written by: Nate ParkerFIRST GIRL I LOVED Written by: Kerem SangaTHE FUNDAMENTALS OF CARING Written by: Rob BurnettTALLULAH Written by: Siân Heder30-Minute Category BLACK-ISH “Hope” Written by: Kenya BarrisGRACE & FRANKIE “The Party” Written by: Alexa JungeTHE REAL O’NEALS “The Real Grandma” Written by: Casey Johnson60-Minute Category THIS IS US “Pilot” Written by: Dan FogelmanMADAM SECRETARY “Waiting for Taleju” Written by Joy GregoryTHE NIGHT OF “The Call of the Wild” Written by: Richard Price & Steven ZaillianChildren’s Animated Category THE LION GUARD “Never Judge a Hyena by Its Spots” Written by: Kevin HoppsNINA’S WORLD “Nina’s Brother for a Day” Written by: Maria EscobedoSOFIA THE FIRST “Dads and Daughters Day” Written by: Rachel Ruderman & Laurie IsraelChildren’s Live Action Category AN AMERICAN GIRL STORY “Melody 1963: Love Has to Win” Written by: Alison McDonaldDEGRASSI: NEXT CLASS “#TurntUp” Written by: Courtney Jane WalkerGIRL MEETS WORLD “Girl Meets The Forgiveness Project” Written by: Matthew NelsonDocumentary Category 13th Written by: Ava DuVernay120 DAYS: UNDOCUMENTED IN AMERICA Written by: Ted RoachJIM: THE JAMES FOLEY STORY Written by: Chris Chuang & Heather MacDonaldDavid & Lynn Angell Comedy Fellowship Magdalen Silberman, University of Texas at AustinJonathan Talbert, Loyola Marymount UniversityBeau Ballinger, University of Texas at AustinDrama Fellowship Daniel James Boddicker, Columbia University J.J. Braider, University of Southern California Munis Rashid, American Film InstituteSince its inception in 1974, The HUMANITAS Prize has awarded over $3 million to more than 330 deserving television and motion picture writers whose work affirms the dignity of the human person, probes the meaning of life, and enlightens the use of human freedom. HUMANITAS exists to encourage, stimulate and sustain the nation’s screenwriters in their humanizing task, and to give them the recognition they deserve.The HUMANITAS Prize is funded by an endowment established through the generosity of individuals, networks, studios and foundations. Winners of the HUMANITAS Prize have included: Wash Westmoreland & Richard Glatzer (Still Alice); John Ridley (12 Years A Slave); Damien Chazelle (Whiplash); Larry Kramer (The Normal Heart); David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook); Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild); Denis Leary & Peter Tolan (“Rescue Me’); Geoffrey Fletcher (Precious); Steve Levitan (”Modern Family,” “Frasier”); Ryan Murphy (“Glee”); Robert & Michelle King (“The Good Wife”); David E. Kelley (“The Practice,” “Picket Fences”); Ben Affleck and Matt Damon (Good Will Hunting); Steven Zaillian (Schindler’s List); David Shore (“House”); Aaron Sorkin (“The West Wing”); Tim Robbins (Dead Man Walking); Jason Katims (“Friday Night Lights”); Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon and Pete Docter (WALL-E); Nancy Oliver (Lars and the Real Girl); Eric Roth & Michael Mann (The Insider); Paul Haggis (Crash); Steven Bochco (“Hill Street Blues,” “NYPD Blue”) and Keir Pearson & Terry George (Hotel Rwanda).For more information, please visit the HUMANITAS Prize at www.humanitasprize.org.
Some of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,309.99, up 100.86 points)Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Up $2.22, or 23.13 per cent, to $11.82 on 38 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Health care. Up $2.63, or 8.84 per cent, to $32.37 on 8.8 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Health care. Up $1.49, or 7.97 per cent, to $20.19 on 5.3 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Down seven cents, or 2.31 per cent, to $2.96 on 4.8 million shares.Precision Drilling Corp. (TSX:PD). Oil and gas. Up 23 cents, or 6.04 per cent, to $4.04 on 3.7 million shares.Crescent Point Energy (TSX:CPG). Oil and gas. Up 44 cents, or 4.59 per cent, to $10.02 on 3.6 million shares.Companies reporting major news:DIRTT Environmental Solutions Ltd. (TSX:DRT). Engineering, construction. Down $1.21, or 17.95 per cent, to $5.53 on 2.1 million shares. The Calgary-based company’s stock dropped after it made the surprise announcement its board had replaced founder Mogens Smed as CEO. A company press release presented the changes as part of succession planning with Smed staying on as executive chairman but, on a conference call, Smed said he had only learned of the changes last Friday and “haven’t really got a clue” what his new role will be.
Andy Fennell said he’s usually not very vocal, but he was sick of finger pointing and blame.“I’m definitely not an activist, but you know, I just got a little bit fed up with all the negativity surrounding — especially the Tim Hortons saga in Ontario. From owning a small business, I sort of know the economics of running a business like this and it didn’t jive to well for me,” he said.“Businesses going out of business purely ’cause of government legislation also doesn’t sit well with me. There’s more to it than that.”He admits, recent changes to statutory holiday pay do sting a bit.“In my opinion, the stat holiday guidelines were really fair on employees last year, and this new legislation adds a hell of a lot of extra expense,” he said.“I’m not totally in favour of it, but you know what, I mean, you lobby, you vote, you get on with it and you find a way to make it work.”And he said, he won’t let it hurt his staff. But, that doesn’t mean he’s letting the province off the hook when it comes to stimulating the economy.“There’s been a lot of talk and not a lot of action,” Fennell said.“I don’t think the government, in any level or shape, has really done a great deal to help us. If we want to diversify, this was the time to do it, and we’re probably going to forget that again, and move ahead with oil and gas, and we’ve had the opportunity and we haven’t took it.” The owner of a Calgary coffee bar is slamming corporations for “moaning” about minimum wage hikes.A post on the Facebook page for Gravity Espresso and Wine Bar in Inglewood says the shop supports the increases, and the changes make up “a small drop in the ocean.”It also says the business will “make it work.”
SINGAPORE – Asian markets have bounced back from their retreat after the report of strong preliminary manufacturing data in Japan.KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s Nikkei 225 index jumped 0.5 per cent to 22,130.30 as a private survey suggested a recovery in manufacturing in October. The Shanghai Composite index, which closed more than 2 per cent lower on Tuesday, jumped 1.5 per cent to 2,634.50 and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index surged 0.9 per cent to 25,565.27. The Kospi in South Korea picked up 0.2 per cent to 2,109.66. Australia’s S&P-ASX 200 lost 0.1 per cent to 5,839.10. Shares were higher across the region apart from in Thailand.JAPAN FACTORY OUTLOOK: A rise in the preliminary, or “flash” purchasing manager’s index to 53.1 in October from 52.5 the month before raised hopes that recent sluggishness in manufacturing demand may have been transient. A revival in new export orders, to 51.7, a seven-month high, was viewed as especially good news given concerns over China-U.S. trade tensions. Readings above 50 in the survey indicate expansion.ANALYST’S VIEWPOINT: “Following a rather disappointing slew of PMI data over the third quarter, Japan’s manufacturing sector looks set to start Q4 on a more upbeat note. The latest survey indicated stronger expansions in all the key barometers of macroeconomic health,” Joe Hayes, economist at IHS Markit, which compiles the survey, said in a commentary.WALL STREET: U.S. indexes fell on Tuesday following a broad-sell off on softening growth in China and fears that tariff hikes are beginning to hurt corporate earnings. The S&P 500 index suffered its fifth-straight loss, dropping 0.6 per cent to 2,740.69. The Dow Jones Industrial Average shed 0.5 per cent to 25,191.43 and the Nasdaq composite fell 0.4 per cent to 7,437.54. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks was 0.8 per cent lower at 1,526.59.U.S. EARNINGS: Sentiment was dampened as large U.S. companies kicked off a busy earnings week with warnings of rising costs related to tariffs. Heavy equipment maker Caterpillar posted a larger profit and revenue than expected in the third quarter. But the company said Trump’s taxes on imported steel were driving up production costs, causing its shares to slip 7.6 per cent to $118.98. 3M, the maker of Post-it notes and ceramic coatings, reported disappointing revenues and said it anticipates about $100 million in extra costs next year. That sent its shares tumbling 4.4 per cent. The U.S. and China are locked in a trade dispute over technology and have raised tariffs on billions of dollars of each other’s goods.ENERGY: Oil futures rose after the opening of a high-profile investment conference in Saudi Arabia, amid controversy surrounding the killing of a dissident journalist. Benchmark U.S. crude added 13 cents to $66.56 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose 7 cents to settle at $66.43 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, gained 30 cents to $76.74 per barrel. In the previous session, it dropped $3.39 to $76.44 a barrel.CURRENCIES: The dollar strengthened to 112.56 yen from 112.42 yen on Tuesday. The euro eased to $1.1472 from $1.1473.___AP Business Writer Alex Veiga contributed to this report.
RICHMOND, Va. – Amazon will split its second headquarters between Long Island City in New York and Crystal City in northern Virginia, according to a person familiar with the plans.The official decision expected later Tuesday will end an intense competition between North American cities to win the Amazon bid and its promise of 50,000 new jobs — and dash Toronto’s hopes of securing one of the locations.Toronto Mayor John Tory said in September that the city — the only Canadian contender to make the short list — was uniquely positioned to host the company because of its diversity and comparatively lower business costs.Tory had said that Toronto submitted a bid that highlighted “the fact that the Toronto Region has emerged as a global centre of innovation and technology because of our talented, diverse and inclusive workforce.”“There is no other region in North America that can boast the same talent, the same quality of life, the same vibrancy and economic strength. We made that point to Amazon in our pitch and in person when they visited us here,” he said in a statement to The Canadian Press in September.Some locations tried to stand out with stunts, but Amazon made clear that it really wanted incentives, like tax breaks and grants. Amazon also had sought to be near a metropolitan area with more than a million people, among other criteria.The company received 238 proposals before narrowing the list to 20 in January.Amazon had stipulated that it wanted to be near a metropolitan area with more than a million people; be within 45 minutes of an international airport; have direct access to mass transit; and have room to expand. It also wanted to able to attract top technical talent and be able to expand the headquarters to as much as eight million square feet in the next decade.Set within eyeshot of the nation’s capital, Crystal City is a thicket of 1980s-era office towers trying to plug into new economic energy after thousands of federal jobs moved elsewhere.Rapidly growing Long Island City, in the borough of Queens, is an old manufacturing area already being reinvented as a hub for 21st-century industry, creativity and urbane living.In setting off the flurry of interest, Amazon said it could spend more than US$5 billion to build its second headquarters over the next 17 years. The two locations combined would be about the same size as the company’s current home in Seattle, which has 33 buildings, 23 restaurants and houses 40,000 employees.The company isn’t leaving Seattle, and Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos has said the new headquarters will be “a full equal” to its current home.The extra space will help the rapidly growing company.Launched in 1995 as a site that mostly sells books, Amazon now produces movies, makes voice-activated Echo devices, runs the Whole Foods grocery chain, offers online services to businesses and designs its own brands of furniture, clothing and diapers. Its ambitions are wide: It launched a company to lower health care costs for its employees and Amazon’s corporate partners in the venture, JPMorgan Chase and Berkshire Hathaway.Amazon’s employee total has ballooned to more than 600,000 worldwide, and that’s expected to increase as it builds more warehouses across the country to keep up with online orders. The company recently announced that it would pay all its workers at least $15 an hour, but the employees at its second headquarters will be paid a lot more — Amazon says they’ll make an average of more than $100,000 a year.___Pisani reported from New York.With files from The Canadian Press.
After a phenomenal season for the Egyptian in Liverpool, Klopp recently claimed the fact that Salah won the PFA Player of the Year award is a nice boost for his career.Despite winning POTY, Klopp claimed Salah is well aware of the fact that the season is far from over yet as the first leg of their semi-final clash with Roma is on Tuesday.Salah has definitely put in effort, which eventually resulted in this award, as he has been able to score 41 goals in 46 appearances across all competitions this season.Report: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“I’m really happy for him,” Klopp said at a news conference. “He can be really proud of that. It’s a fantastic achievement. I think if all the other players vote for you, [then] that means the most to all players,” Klopp claimed, according to ESPN.“I didn’t speak to him after because he was obviously in London yesterday, but he will be back today and I can tell him what I want to tell him face to face.”“It’s great but he knows the season is not finished so far. [There are] a lot of things to come. I’m sure it’s a nice boost for him. I really have to say in a season like this when Kevin De Bruyne plays a season like he played, it makes it even more special,” Klopp went on to add.
Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that Barcelona great Lionel Messi almost joined him at Espanyol in 2005 ahead of their Champions League tie on Wednesday.Pochettino is preparing his side to face Barcelona in an intriguing Champions League showdown at Wembley on Wednesday.The North Londoners lost their first Champions League group game to Inter Milan, and they are bidding to return to winning ways against the Spanish Champions.Pochettino revealed to Sky Sports: “I started to hear about him when I was a player at Espanyol.“A small guy, playing in the academy in Barcelona.Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“Then I heard he was so close to signing for Espanyol – very close – in the season Barcelona played against Juventus in the Joan Gamper (an annual pre-season tournament).“I remember that summer.“But, because he was so fantastic in the Joan Gamper, they changed their minds. They kept Messi at Barcelona.“So, if you look back in history, maybe if he did not play in the Joan Gamper in that summer, maybe today he could have been the biggest star in Espanyol.“Maybe I would still be at Espanyol managing him!”
Inter Milan manager Luciano Spalletti claims his team must be at their best if they’re to overcome Lazio in the quarterfinals of the Coppa Italia.The Nerazzurri host Lazio at the San Siro on Thursday looking to secure a place in the semis, and Spalletti insists they have no margin for error if they’re to defeat Simone Inzaghi’s men.“Tomorrow’s match is an important and difficult one: winning it would mean progressing to the semi-finals of the competition, so we know what it’s all about,” he said, according to the club’s official website.“It is going to be a game where we’ll be faced with difficult situations, but we know what the solution is: being Inter. If we play like Inter we’ll have a good chance of getting into the next round. There is no need to evaluate whether what we put into the previous game was enough. We have to put everything we’ve got into matches.”Fonseca hints Smalling could debut tomorrow Manuel R. Medina – August 31, 2019 AS Roma manager Paulo Fonseca has hinted Chris Smalling could debut in tomorrow’s Derby Della Capitale between his team and Lazio.“In recent games, we haven’t been able to do this. We have to remember who we are every time we take to the pitch and put everything we’ve got into it.”The Nerazzurri produced one of their best performances of the campaign when they faced Lazio in October, and Spalletti said: “We managed the game well that evening, having more possession than them despite Lazio being a technical side. Defensively we were compact when they looked to counter, while we also managed to score goals.”“A bit of everything is needed. There is a need to fully demonstrate all of these qualities in matches every time we play. If we can get all these ingredients back then there are more possibilities.”