a month agoNoble insists West Ham should be targeting top four

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Noble insists West Ham should be targeting top fourby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham captain Mark Noble insists they should be targeting a top four this season.Noble feels a win against United can show they are serious about playing in Europe next season.He said: “It’s easy to understand why we’re relishing the visit of Manchester United on Sunday. We’ve only lost once in our past nine League matches and been beaten only twice at home in 2019.“There’s a feeling that the chance exists for a change and at least one different club to break into the top six this season. I would even go one step further. I believe there is an opportunity for someone different to actually make it into the top four!“After that, you look at Arsenal, who could easily have lost at Watford last weekend; Chelsea, where Frank Lampard has done incredibly well to play young English players but are banned from signing anyone and have lost Eden Hazard; plus United, who are, let’s say, in transition. Even Wolves, who did so well last season, are finding it tough with their Europa League commitments.” last_img read more

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Canadian backpack makers eye expansion abroad morph into lifestyle brands

first_imgVANCOUVER – Canada’s backpack makers are experiencing a boon beyond the traditionally busy back-to-school season as students and consumers with all types of carryall needs flock to their designs.That demand is pushing homegrown names like Herschel Supply Co. and Matt & Nat to scale up and open flagship stores, expand their bricks-and-mortar footprints and release products beyond just schoolbags.The back-to-school lead-up is “hot, hot, hot, hot,” said Manny Kohil, CEO of Montreal-based vegan bag brand Matt & Nat.“Month of August is always on fire,” he said, adding that flows into the first week of September before slowing down.Parents plan to spend an average of more than $300 on back-to-school shopping this year, according to an online survey conducted by Maru/Blue for Capital One.Parents will spend an average of about $45 on backpacks — though that jumps to about $68 for high-school students. About 40 per cent of respondents admitted they’d likely go over budget on supplies.The survey was conducted between July 27 and 29, and questioned 276 adults with school-age kids. The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the population.Herschel Supply Co. anticipated a line out the door at its flagship Vancouver store, which opened this summer, in the three weeks leading up to the first day of school.The business certainly benefits from that time of year, said Lyndon Cormack, one of three brothers who co-founded Herschel in 2009.But it’s not dependent on it, he said, noting backpacks have become more “like an every-day purchase” as people increasingly flock to urban centres, live in smaller spaces, rely on public transit and commute using methods other than cars.Both brands saw an upsurge in demand that’s led them to open retail stores and plan domestic and international expansions.“I think that a retail store still hands down does it better than anything in the world in relation to conveying a brand’s purpose and message,” Cormack said.Herschel’sfirst shop is a logical step as the company previously only sold its goods online and through other retailers, like department stores, he said.In the roughly 5,000-square-foot space, the brand can present all its products to consumers rather than a small selection curated by another retailer, like the Hudson’s Bay Co., Cormack explained.Already, more stores are in the works, though Cormack said there’s no specific timeline for future openings.The company is eyeing a few spaces in New York City and London, England, at the moment. Within Canada, it definitely makes sense to eventually look at Toronto, he said.Matt & Nat already operates six locations, including an outlet shop outside of Montreal. It will soon open another discount store near Toronto, said Kohil, and plans to grow its presence to up to 15 stores in Canada and abroad next year. International locations will include the United States, England and the Netherlands, he said.He opened the chain’s first store more than two years ago “to elevate the brand,” he said.But the rucksack companies’ expansions aren’t just into real estate. Both are evolving into so-called lifestyle brands.Matt & Nat branched out beyond handbags and wallets by introducing shoes in the spring of 2016. It now also sells sunglasses and candles.Meanwhile, less than 50 per cent of Herschel’s sales come from backpacks, said Cormack. The company also makes wallets, laptop sleeves and luggage. It expanded into apparel with packable windbreakers and plans to add other diverse categories into its mix in the future.Herschel appears to be following a similar trajectory to another Canadian retailer: Canada Goose. The luxury winter jacket company started as an e-commerce business, then opened its own stores at home and eventually abroad before holding an initial public offering.Cormack doesn’t deny Herschel could eventually go public, but said the company is certainly not looking at an IPO in the near future.Follow @AleksSagan on TwitterCompanies in this story: (TSX: GOOS) (TSX:HBC)last_img read more

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Madhavi A twist to Indian mythology

first_imgA dance festival exploring two dynamic female characters Shoorpanakha and Draupadi will be held at Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre on April 3, 7 pm onward. Titled ‘Madhavi’, the performance talks about how these female characters are often misunderstood in our culture.The first act Shoorpanakha (The Story Only She Nose) will see Dakshina Vaidyanathan Baghel bringing an extremely fresh approach and a twist to the story we all know. The demon princess who was Ravana’s sister was a normal loving sister and wife, before tragedy struck her life. This changed her into a scheming woman who became the prime reason for a war. Draupadi ( Still I Rise), a 60 minute show will be presented by Vidhya Subramanian – an internationally known dancer and choreographer who has made a mark as a thinking dancer. In ‘Still I Rise’, she has intelligently fused the mediums of Bharatanatyam and theatre to create an extremely innovative work exploring the trials and strengths of Draupadi. Entry to the event is free for all.last_img read more

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Interstate meet held to discuss law order situation before LS polls

first_imgNew Delhi: With days to go for the Lok Sabha polls, senior officers from Delhi Police met with their counterparts from nine different states, to discuss complex policing issues in the NCT region and improve interstate coordination by sharing inputs about extremist outfits and terror-related intelligence for a smooth polling experience in the Capital. The interstate police meeting was chaired by Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik and included senior officers from state police of Rajasthan, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttrakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, and Chandigarh.The meeting stressed on increasing intensive coordinated checking and patrolling at various vulnerable points to keep movements of illicit liquor, firearms, cash, and musclemen in check. In addition, the meeting also considered several measures for strengthening counter-terrorism operations in the run-up to the polls, including tenant verification, guest-house-checking, and sensitisation of cyber café owners and second-hand car dealers.last_img read more

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Mohit Raina is a shy person says Dia Mirza

first_imgMumbai: Actress Dia Mirza, who will be seen along with actor Mohit Raina in the upcoming web show “Kaafir”, says the latter is the shiest actor she has ever worked with. “Mohit is the shiest co-actor I’ve ever worked with. He took about 15 days to open up… even more than the little girl who plays my daughter in the show,” Dia said in a statement. Dia also finds the “Uri: The Surgical Strike” actor naughty apart from being shy. She added: “It’s said quiet children are the naughtiest and he is just like that! He is a complete joy to work with. “He takes a little time to reveal himself because he is shy but full of energy. He is naughty, in a nice way and I think he has the kindest eyes.” The show was shot in Himachal Pradesh and Mumbai. Directed by Sonam Nair, “Kaafir” will stream on OTT platform ZEE5 from June 15.last_img read more

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Morata blames Contes playing style for Chelsea struggles

first_imgChelsea striker Alvaro Morata believes that Antonio Conte’s direct style was the cause for his underwhelming first seasonThe Spanish forward failed to live up to his £60m price tag in last summer’s move from Real Madrid after scoring just three times in his final 23 appearances.Morata had been heavily linked with a move away from Chelsea this summer, but he is determined to prove his worth.“For me, it’s easy. I could have gone back to Spain or Italy, all the people believe in me there, but I want to change things here. I want to, not for all the haters, but for me and for Chelsea.“Chelsea gave me everything that I needed and now I have time to give back all that Chelsea gave me,” said Morata, according to Sky Sports.The 25-year-old is confident that he will flourish under new manager Maurizio Sarri’s footballing philosophy.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea 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.“The most important thing is the way we play,” he said.“Last season it was direct balls and for me to protect the ball in the air is not my best quality“Now I can attack the space, I can play one touch and go in the area for the crosses. It’s better for me.“Sarri works with the ball always and when you always have the ball the strikers have more chances. I want to score more than 30 goals, but I would prefer to score 15 or 20 and get the Premier League or one big trophy.”Morata opened his scoring account for the 2018/19 campaign for Chelsea in their 3-2 victory over Arsenal in Saturday’s London derby at Stamford Bridge.last_img read more

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Ibrahimovic congratulates Toronto for being his 500th goal victim

first_imgThe LA Galaxy and Swedish striker scored his 500th goal in his career, joining Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the third best active scorer in the worldLA Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored his 500th career goal on Saturday against Canadian club Toronto.The Swedish footballer is playing with Los Angeles in the Major League Soccer (MLS) in the United States.Even after his team lost 5-3 against Toronto, Zlatan was able to score a goal, and now is congratulating the Canadian squad for being on the receiving side of his shots.“I am happy for Toronto because they will be remembered as my 500th victim,” he told reporters as echoed by Four Four Two.“I was close to the goal. It reminds me of a goal I did in Ajax. It came from a cross and I turned around and hit it. I was just trying to hit the goal and it went in.”Lionel Messi, Paul PogbaPaul Pogba has spoken to Lionel Messi over his future Andrew Smyth – September 10, 2019 Manchester United star Paul Pogba had a chat with Lionel Messi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Zinedine Zidane and many others over his future, says his brother.“I mean, from my personal objective, it’s fantastic. I probably have more goals than the guys on the field have games together. Of course, it’s huge,” he continued.“I don’t know how many have scored 500 goals in their career, but I am one of them and if would feel nicer if we win the game but still, I did it so there is nothing I will hide from.”Ibrahimovic joins Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo, as three of the active players in the world with more than 500 goals.500 pic.twitter.com/EObuJwoaMA— Zlatan Ibrahimović (@Ibra_official) September 16, 2018last_img read more

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Rooney to address England players ahead of sendoff

first_imgEngland manager Gareth Southgate has asked Wayne Rooney to address national teammate before his last international appearance.Rooney will make his final appearance for England in a friendly match against the United States on Thursday, for his last and 120th cap.The former Manchester United striker is slated to come on as a substitute in the friendly match and has revealed that he will be speaking to some of England’s younger players before ending his international career.“I’m sure that [a talk for the players] will happen in the next couple of days,” Rooney told Sky Sports.“Whether it’s to the full group or to some of the younger players, we’re still working out how to do that.“I think for the players it’s important that what I say they can take what they want from it, it might help them.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“The important thing is they keep learning what the coaches want from them.“There was a pressure on myself which obviously when you’re in that mode you don’t want to admit there is pressure on you to perform.“I’ve stepped back from that now so you can look back and analyze why that was.“There was a pressure on the team obviously to perform and sometimes having that pressure makes you try too hard and makes you a bit anxious where maybe you don’t enjoy it as much as you should.“My youngest boy has never had the opportunity to see me in an England shirt, so it will be nice to have my four boys there and to have that moment with my children and enjoy it.”last_img read more

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