Marcus Rashford to Undergo Fitness Test Ahead of Bournemouth Clash After Injuring Knee in Celebration

first_imgManchester: Manchester United’s hopes of a fourth successive away win may hinge on in-form forward Marcus Rashford passing a fitness test after manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed he had hurt his knee.Rashford, who injured his knee celebrating his stunning second goal in Wednesday’s 2-1 League Cup win over Chelsea, is one of three key players who face late fitness tests on the eve of the match with Bournemouth on Saturday. Rashford, who turned 22 on Thursday, is a doubt along with defenders Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof, who picked up knocks late on in the Chelsea clash.”It’s still early,” said Solskjaer at his eve of match press conference.”Hopefully we can get them back on the pitch tomorrow (Saturday).”They had some treatment yesterday (Thursday) and they need a little more treatment today and a light session.”Rashford has been a pivotal figure in United’s upturn in fortunes.He has scored five goals in his last five games, with four for United and one for England in the 6-0 win over Bulgaria in the Euro 2020 qualifier last month.His goals have helped United to an unbeaten run of four matches, a win and a draw in the Premier League plus wins in the Europa League and League Cup.Rashford has been a different figure to the player who had managed one goal in his previous 12 games for club and country.Solskjaer has credited the return from injury of Anthony Martial who has served as an important support to Rashford in attack.”Since Anthony has come back, Marcus has flourished as well,” said Solskjaer.”He is happier, facing goal, driving at people, taking players on instead of being that target man with his back to goal.”But Marcus wants to master all the skills in the end. But he has only just turned 22 so I am sure we will see him up front as a number nine.”It may be as a two with Anthony or as part of a three like we did at Norwich or out wide as we did at Chelsea.”There are different ways of playing with Marcus.”After successive away wins at Partizan Belgrade in the Europa League, Norwich in the Premier League and then Chelsea, United hope to round off a run of four successive games on the road with another victory.The uptick in form has changed the mood around Old Trafford, and Solskjaer believes the 1-1 draw with rivals Liverpool two weeks ago — United are the only team to take points off the leaders thusfar this term — marked a line in the sand.”The international break came at a great time for us,” said the Norwegian.”We prepared for the Liverpool game and when you get a decent performance and result against the league leaders, it gives you a bit more energy.”From then on, the boys were happy with the work we did.” AFC BournemouthfootballManchester UnitedMarcus Rashford First Published: November 1, 2019, 5:56 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

MR Charter Market Took an Unexpected Hit in Q2

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Ardmore Shipping  The medium range (MR) product tanker market sustained an unanticipated blow from a number of one-time events in the second quarter of 2018, Anthony Gurnee, Chief Executive Officer of Ardmore Shipping, said in a conference call.These events included lower demand at the Atlantic Basin as a result of localized factors in the key consumer markets in Brazil, Mexico and West Africa, largely political issues, according to Gurnee, followed by high oil and bunker prices as well as weak crude tanker market.As a result of the unprecedented downturn of the crude oil taker market, fueled by geopolitical tensions and tonnage oversupply, crude tanker owners have started taking a portion of the product tanker cargoes to ease their woes.“Crude tanker market weakness resulted in some encroachment to product tanker trades, particularly Aframax newbuildings competing with LR2s,” he said. “Having said that, we feel that the impact of crude tankers on MR trade is limited, probably well under 1% of overall supply.” However, despite the quarter being unexpectedly tough, Gurnee believes that moving ahead the outlook is positive as MR supply growth remains at all-time lows.“We’re forecasting 23 MRs to deliver over the remainder of 2018, with 29 delivered year-to-date, and this is compared to the 5-year historical average of 112 per year. Scrapping has increased with 31 MRs scrapped year-to-date, indicating a run rate of approximately 50 to 60 per year, and as a consequence, MR fleet growth net of scrapping is expected to be well below 1% in 2018 and into 2019,” Gurnee  explained.Furthermore, demand fundamentals remain solid in terms of oil consumption growth and export-oriented refinery capacity development.“Atlantic Basin cargo volume should return to normal levels in the second half as the short-term factors play themselves out. Refined product inventories are well below 5-year averages, and with refinery throughput set to increased by further 2 million barrels a day in the third quarter to all-time highs, the conditions are in place for an increase in CPP trading activity,” he added.Ardmore also believes that the IMO 2020 sulphur regulations will have a positive impact on the market as of next year boosting ton demand and demand growth for product tankers.Ardmore Shipping Corporation reported a net loss of USD 13.7 million for the six months ended June 30, 2018, sinking further into the red from last year’s USD 4 million, mostly driven by challenging charter market conditions.Spot and pool MR tankers earned an average of USD 12,086 per day, while chemical tankers earned an average of USD 12,816 per day for the six months ended June 30, 2018.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Deepika was always a star Shahrukh

first_imgShah Rukh Khan, the producer and hero of Deepika Padukone’s debut film Om Shanti Om, says she has paved the way for her own success and that she always had it in her to be a ‘star’.SRK and Deepika worked under Farah Khan’s direction for Om Shanti Om, and the team has joined hands again for the forthcoming Happy New Year. In the gap of seven years, Deepika has established herself as one of the reigning beauties in Bollywood — and Shah Rukh feels the success is ‘all hers’. Also Read – A fresh blend of fame‘I have nothing to do with her (Deepika’s) success. It’s all hers. You can’t take credit away from someone,’ Shah Rukh told reporters in a group interview.Citing his own example, he said that when he worked on his debut film Deewana, veteran actors like Rishi Kapoor and Amrish Puri were very nice and kind to him.‘I must have made mistakes, I must have been good and bad,’ Shah Rukh said as he mulled over his own journey.But then talking of Deepika, he said: ‘I think Deepika was always a star. Since she was new, we did the Aankhon mein teri song and we showed it to Amitji (Amitabh Bachchan). He said, ‘She is a very huge star’. She was a supermodel at that time, so it’s not something we (Farah and I) have done.‘I haven’t worked with her for seven years, but I think she has it all. As a friend, I told her that ‘Always do a film where you feel comfortable with the people around’. She has made wonderful choices — whether it’s Cocktail or Finding Fanny. ‘She has chosen some highly commercial films too; she has made the right choices,’ he said.last_img read more

Negotiating Your Cell Contract

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. August 1, 2006 5 min read Back when I lived in San Francisco and visitors would ask me for directions, I usually had to tell them: “You can’t get there from here.”Now, I know that’s not literally true: Every Frisco street goes somewhere. What I really meant was, they couldn’t find a way through San Franciso’s alleys, one-way streets, dog legs and dead ends. Better to circle the city and approach the destination from a different compass point.Still, everything’s relative, isn’t it? For example, I could crisscross all San Fran’s compass points in the time it took me to coax a new cell phone agreement out of Sprint. It all started when I got a gander at Sprint’s TV commercials aimed at new users. A longtime Sprint customer myself, I wanted in on those new phones, discount service plans, and early night and weekend start times. They were way better than my long-expired service agreement.I knew I’d have to re-up for a couple more years. But I’ve been happy with Sprint, and I had to have one of those new phones. By the time a Sprint telemarketer called, I was ready: Sprint had me in its pocket. But it took a good day of work on my part to enable them to keep me.I wish that I could give you a blow-by-blow of the encounter. It was actually pretty funny–in a Franz Kafka “wow, I woke up as a bug” sort of way. Unfortunately, space does not permit. Anyway, it’s nothing each and every one of you hasn’t experienced many times at the hands of your own cellular carrier or some other mindless bureaucracy. It was just an extra helping of what the average cell phone, bank or utility customer encounters after the message: “Your call is important to us. So we’re keeping you on hold, making you navigate irrelevant menus, punch in 10-digit numbers, surrender your Social Security number and be recorded by our lawyers–so we can serve you better.”Numbers, We Got NumbersFirst, the box score: I spent more than five time/date-stamped hours over five days talking to 11 different sales representatives, was disconnected three times, had to renegotiate my contract three separate times, and waited five days without cell service (for which I was charged) before I got the phone that I had paid to have shipped overnight.About a month later, I received an inaccurate transaction summary, followed shortly by a seemingly inaccurate nine-page phone bill, which I had to study for an hour just so I could ask questions about it. It took two customer service reps another 45 minutes to cross-reference the eight separate ways my charges were calculated and show me that, yes, I had gotten the deal I’d been promised (except for one mistaken $5 charge). Folks, when a company uses nine pages of Sanskrit to describe three number changes, there’s no mystery about why customer service is a rough ride.Significantly, Julie, Mark, Kathy, Anna, Lorna, Michelle, Lucy, Dan, Jesse, Grace and another Kathy were just as polite and helpful as they could be. They tried as hard as they could to give me what I wanted, but were stymied repeatedly by the market segmentation tactics reflected in Sprint’s service plans. I lost count of the number of times I was essentially told “You can’t get there from here.”But in the end, I got everything I wanted and more–a $220 Samsung camera phone for 20 bucks, twice my anytime minutes for $5 less monthly, and a 7 p.m. evening start-time. I’m thrilled with my deal. It was so worth the trouble.Try This at HomeI didn’t get it because of some special talent I have. Every carrier has great deals like this. Find one that fits your budget, and hang on while they try to shake you off. (See “Deal or No Deal?” below.)Why not call a carrier with better service? Like who? If service is so great elsewhere, why do 25 percent to 30 percent of all users change carriers every year? Why do carriers need two-year contracts and $150 termination fees to keep customers? Consumer Reports and J.D. Power and Associates quiz thousands of consumers every year about how well each carrier “satisfies.” Yes, there are differences. But they’re narrow and change frequently.I got the plan and the service I did for the same reason: because cellular carriers are under extreme competitive pressure. In an industry with alternatives–like cellular or, more recently, landline–the key to getting what you want is to ask for it. For years, my local Bell knew me as the idiot who kept threatening to take his phone business to the internet. Yeah, who’s laughing now, AT&T?Of course, I’m still a laughingstock over at my cable provider. Ironically, that’s a recent, but very telling, devel-opment. You see, when Adelphia was in Chapter 11, its service reps did all they could to please, deals abounded, and installation charges were forgiven. I found out Comcast had acquired them when my bill got screwed up and accounting wouldn’t return my phone calls or e-mails. Price hikes soon followed.In fact, I just got a note from Adelphia saying an accounting error means I pay another $20 a month. If I don’t like it, here’s a toll-free number.Wish me luck. I’m going in.Deal or No Deal?For a better deal from your cellular provider:1. Hit the web, and fill a spreadsheet with all relevant offerings from all providers.2. Determine what you want, what you’re willing to pay and what you might sacrifice.3. When you talk to your provider, take careful notes of who said what when.4. When you hear “That feature isn’t in this program,” ask to speak to a manager.5. Casually work details of offerings from competitors into the conversation. Don’t threaten to switch to another carrier. They can take a hint.6. Be patient and polite-no matter what.Mike Hogan is Entrepreneur’s technology editor. This story appears in the August 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Register Now »last_img read more

8 Recurring iPhone Reminders You Need ASAP

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Did you remember to pay last quarter’s estimated income taxes? Are you sure? This question has probably gone through your mind at least once in your entrepreneurial career. With all the responsibilities you have to keep your business afloat, sometimes even the most obvious duties slip through the cracks.Related: The Keys to Writing Reminder Emails That Work Thankfully, the answer lies in the palm of your hand. As an avid iPhone user myself,  I extract great value from the native “Reminders” feature (sorry, Android users, although I’m sure a similar feature exists on your phones).So, here are eight recurring reminders that every entrepreneur should set up today.1. Pay Uncle Sam.Few things are more important than paying your taxes. Doing so is not only your patriotic duty, but it also helps you avoid any unnecessary correspondence with the IRS. As an entrepreneur, you have the unique responsibility to send quarterly estimated payments to the U.S. Treasury and your state agency. If you own a business that collects sales tax, you may also be required to make estimated sales tax payments. With all these moving parts, remembering to make estimated tax payments can be challenging. Check out the IRS’ “Estimated Taxes” webpage to identify which dates are most appropriate for recurring iPhone reminders.2. Invoice your clients.Cash flow is the lifeblood of your business. Whether you’re a consultant or a software company, you likely deal with dozens of different billing arrangements. Some clients prefer to be billed monthly, while others pay on a bi-weekly basis. Some clients may even prefer to pre-pay on a quarterly basis. If you forget to send even one invoice, cash flow will be negatively impacted and may cause you to miss your forecast. So, enable those reminders that fit the needs of your clients — and your bottom line.3. Update QuickBooks.Not every small business has a dedicated in-house bookkeeper. In fact, many entrepreneurs fill this role (among others). Unfortunately, updating QuickBooks can easily fall to the bottom of any to-do list. Personally, I like to update my books monthly, so my iPhone reminds me to do that on the first weekday of each month.Related: The Best iPhone Apps of the Year, According to Apple4. Learn something new.When was the last time you sat down with the intention of learning something new? Has it been a while? Maintaining a monthly reminder for continuous education has greatly benefited my own business. Without it, I would probably just work all the time. By investing time to learn new things, I stay marketable and on top of my game. Once a month is a good start, but learning something new weekly would probably be better.5. Engage on social media.Social media is what you make of it. It can be an opportunity to connect with new colleagues and prospective customers. However, it can also be a distraction if you’re not careful. Set a reminder for yourself to spend 30 minutes each week engaging “with intention.” If your goal is to position yourself as a thought leader, spend time commenting on relevant group discussions. If you aim to connect with new people, develop a set of desired outcomes and measure your actual results. If you’re the type of entrepreneur who just enjoys being “social,” I would guess that this reminder will work for you, too.6. Close out your books for the year.Just because you have a CPA who “does” your taxes doesn’t mean that your work is done. To ensure that your returns are prepared properly, it is important that you validate your incoming 1099s, gather accurate data for outgoing 1099s and 1096s and of course balance your year-end income statement and balance sheet. In addition to providing your CPA with accurate books, you will also want to make note of any deductible expenses not accounted for on your P&L. For example, if like me, you work from home, you’ll want to provide your accountant an estimated number of hours worked. On January 15 each year, my iPhone reminds me to start getting everything together.7. Clean your office.There’s nothing like a fresh, clean office on a Monday morning. On the other hand, bagel crumbs and stacks of papers can add unnecessary anxiety to an already stressful day. I like to be reminded on Sunday afternoon to clean my home office. The kids are usually watching a cartoon, so I can slip away for 20 minutes to dust, vacuum the floor and polish my desk. Cleaning tip: The scent of pine can be quite motivating.8. Back up your computer.In the age of automatic cloud backup, you may already have this one covered. I must admit that a considerable number of my files are created in Google Drive, and therefore are automatically backed up. However, you may still have files stored locally on your machine(s). I prefer to keep highly confidential information on local drives and then back them up manually to other local disks (yes, I know I’m a little paranoid). I typically do this weekly, as I don’t have enough changes to warrant a daily backup. Plus, my MacBook takes about 30 minutes to fully back up these days, so weekly seems to work for me.Face it: Your brain is already overloaded with too many responsibilities. By leveraging the power of recurring iPhone reminders, you can share some of the burden with Siri (or any other artificial life form). Just don’t forget to charge your phone. Related: This Free App Solves Math Problems for You. Well, Mostly. April 23, 2015 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min readlast_img read more