Lionel Messi has blasted his team-mates after Barcelona lost the LaLiga title to Real Madrid.The Argentine superstar dubbed them “weak” and “erratic” and cast doubt over their chances of reaching the Champions League quarter-finals.Real bagged their first LaLiga title since 2016/17 with a 2-1 home win against Villareal yesterday while Barca lost by the same scoreline at home to Osasuna.GURIAnd Messi, 33, said: “We didn’t want to end the season like this but it represents how the season has gone.“We were a very erratic, very weak, low-intensity team. We lost a lot of points and today’s game is a summary of the season.“We have to be self-critical. Starting with the players but doing a global self-criticism.“We are Barca and we have to win everything.“We can’t look at Madrid. Madrid have done their job, but we have helped them a lot.”And Messi also cast doubt over Barca’s ability to reach the last eight of the Champions League.They drew 1-1 at Napoli in the first leg of their last-16 tie before lockdown and have to beat the Italians or draw 0-0 in the home leg on August 8 to progress.Messi added: “If we want to win the Champions League, we have to change a lot. If we continue like this, we will lose the game against Napoli.”“We have to change lots of things.“We have a game against Napoli just around the corner and things have to change.“I think we’ll have a break now which will be good for us to clear the heads a bit.“January until now has been such a terrible time for everybody.“I think in the Champions League there are four matches where we could turn the whole season around if we get the right results.“I think the people here at the club will feel angry about what’s been going on this season but that’s normal, the players feel like that too, it’s logical people will be critical.“I think it’s like losing against Roma and Liverpool, when you don’t win anything no-one is happy.”Barca will face Chelsea or Bayern Munich in the next round if they beat Napoli.
Welterweight Gary Corcoran maintained his unbeaten record with a resounding points victory against Max Maxwell at the Copper Box Arena.Corcoran, from Wembley, won all eight rounds at the east London venue – his second victory of the year.The 23-year-old’s record now stands at 9-0, with four of his wins coming by stoppage.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
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About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Ex-Juventus coach Capello tells Napoli: Don’t give up!by Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Juventus coach Fabio Capello has urged their rivals not to give up on the Scudetto.Capello believes Napoli are capable of catching the Serie A leaders.“I don’t agree, look at the available points,” Capello insisted in an interview with Il Messaggero.“Those who are chasing Juventus must not give up, Napoli and the others. The fans are used to it, the Bianconeri have been dominating for seven years, but the passion is still there.“In Milan it has even grown.”
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea hero Cole on coaching philosophy: I’m stealing from Mourinho, Ancelotti & Wenger!by Freddie Taylor8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAshley Cole says he will take bits and pieces from all of his former managers on his coaching journey.The former Chelsea and Arsenal fullback is currently undertaking his coaching badges.”Everyone has their own philosophy but you also have to take ideas that you like from different coaches,’ he told the club’s website. “The first thing I learned on my coaching badges was that every coach is a thief!”I want to take parts of Jose Mourinho in terms of how organised he was, Carlo Ancelotti for his man-management and how he would give players faith to go out and express themselves within his system and Arsene Wenger, who was definitely a great man-manager and put a lot of trust in young players to find things out for themselves and learn quickly from mistakes. It’s about being adaptable.”Asked about his aspirations, Cole added: “I want to be the best. I’ve been around a lot of great players and managers so it’s about understanding what it takes.”I understood as a player what it took to be the best and now it’s about trying to transfer that into how I can be the best as a coach.”
NORTHERN, B.C. – A five-year research project focused on enhancing Indigenous health in Northern B.C will be headed by two UNBC researchers, together with northern and provincial partners.Dr. Sarah de Leeuw and Dr. Margo Greenwood received $1.3 million as part of a Healthy and Productive Work Initiative – Partnership Grant, from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, (SSHRC) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).The five-year project includes numerous Indigenous and non-Indigenous stakeholders across the North, Northern Health, Two Rivers Gallery in Prince George, and the National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health (NCCAH). The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR), also a major partner, is contributing an additional $130,000 in funding. Building on a pilot project launched in 2016, this is the first joint federal research partnership grant of its kind to be held at UNBC. A focus will be put on ways to transform health service delivery in Northern B.C. Included are organizations and professions to be culturally safe and culturally humble environments to provide and receive care. The program also aims to inspire new generations of Indigenous youth in the North to enter the health-care field.“We are excited to have started this journey with our partners through which we will explore ways to celebrate Indigeneity in health care,” said de Leeuw, Northern Medical Program and Geography associate professor. “It’s an opportunity to develop northern-focused solutions that seek to create a more culturally humble health-care system that embraces Indigenous people and Indigenous knowledge.”“Our project aspirations include teaching future health-care providers through experiential learning, training health researchers who will be writing policy and developing the knowledge landscape that health services will be provided within, and inspiring future Indigenous health care leaders,” added de Leeuw.“Access to culturally safe care is a critical part of our ongoing commitment to improving services in our region and fostering respectful and collaborative relationships with our Indigenous communities,” said David Williams, Northern Health vice president of Human Resources. “We are committed to becoming more reflective of the people we serve in the North and look forward to furthering that goal through this project. We hope to attract more Indigenous employees to our workforce and also continue to improve the workplace for those employees.”
April 25, 2019Common Spring Plants To See On Your Next HikeBy: Kathleen Terry JohnsonSpringtime is one of the best times of the year to get outdoors on a hike in the Sonoran desert. The plants are coming to life after a brief winter, but the temperatures haven’t yet marched into the triple digits. Arizona is home to a variety of plant life outside of the signature Saguaro cactus, and in the spring, many of these plants are in bloom. Here are common spring plants to see on your next hike.Palo Verde Trees Let’s begin with the state tree — the palo verde. There are actually two species of palo verde trees in the Arizona desert, and as one of the few sources of shade, you can’t miss them. Depending on whether it’s the foothills palo verde or the blue palo verde, the trees can range in height from 30 to 40 feet tall. They play a crucial role in the ecology of the desert, offering shade and shelter to any number of other species of plants and animals. The trees put on a show of bright yellow blooms each spring beginning in March. When you see them, it’s easy to understand why the Arizona legislature named this the state tree.Spider MilkweedThe green flowers with purple buds bloom from April until August. Spider milkweed grows in clusters of about 20 flowers. They grow well is the desert heat and bloom nicely along the Agua Fria River. These flowers are vital to the ecosystem. Without milkweed, the monarch butterfly will cease to exist since caterpillars feast on their leaves. Desert Ironwood TreesThis is another plant you can’t miss — just because of its height in a landscape dominated by smaller shrubs and plants. The desert ironwood tree is also a “nurse” plant in the landscape because of its height. If you’re on a hike in late May, you’ll catch the plant’s spring show. You won’t soon forget their spectacular pink and purple blossoms that arrive in late May… just as the heat does. It’s worth a little sweat to see them in bloom.Fairy DustersThese delicate pink puffs bloom beginning in February, all the way through May. Fairy dusters are low shrubs that are native to the Sonoran desert, and the flowers are oddly delicate against the rugged terrain. These are most common on hillsides and below 5,000 feet elevation. Fairy dusters also play an important role in the ecology — feeding different insects and animals living in the desert. It’s also one of the most popular native plants used in local gardens if you are looking for inspiration for your own home.Lesser Indian PaintbrushOne of the most stunning flowers of the desert, the lesser Indian paintbrush blooms from March through September. It prefers a moist environment so you’ll most likely see it in wet meadows and along stream banks. This flower is also plentiful along the Agua Fria River.Desert GlobemallowThe strawberry hedgehog cactus is also called the Engelmann hedgehog cactus. Never mind the funny name because this is one of the first cacti to bloom in the spring. It’s well worth the show when you come across one because the pink and magenta flowers are a standout. The cactus blooms beginning in March and the plant itself gets up to about a foot high. The flowers turn to a fleshy fruit a few months after the spring blossoming.Hundreds of plants grow in the Arizona desert, and each has something to contribute to the sustainability of the environment. The desert is often considered a barren land, but it’s very much alive and growing. And the scenery varies from season to season. These common spring plants to see on your next hike will put you on the lookout for the color every season offers.Kathleen Terry Johnson is a travel blogger and nature enthusiast. She loves exploring new places and new ways to enjoy the outdoors.
In This Issue.* Euro rises, yen falls. * U.S. Trade Deficit widens. * Are metals consolidating?.* Stephen Roach on QE. And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts!A Jobs Jamboree Friday!Good day. And a Happy Friday to one and all! The sun finally came out for the whole day yesterday! WOW! It’s amazing who everyone’s moods change when the sun is out, eh? It had felt as though we were living in a snow globe for about 3 weeks, so I’m glad that is over! Heading to spring, one of my fave times of the year. March came in like a lion, so that means it will leave like a lamb, and that’s just hunky dory with me!Well. Today is all about the U.S. Jobs Jamboree. It’s like that military road block, nothing or nobody is getting through! So, we have to deal with the Feb jobs data. Long time readers know I totally dislike this whole process of the markets living and dying on the fabricated and made up jobs numbers. That’s why, I’ve always told you, I get more out of the Average Hourly Wage and Average work week data that goes along with the Jobs data. But. the markets get all lathered up over what “the number is”, so we have to play along, eh?So, for the record, the so-called experts, have forecast that in February the U.S. added between 165,000 and 180,000 new jobs last month. Not bad, but remember it’s a fabricated number by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) For those of you who like to taunt me after I make my monthly best guess at the number, and fail miserably, you’ll be interested to know that I think the jobs data will disappoint, which is to say they will be less than 165,000. But that’s just me. the markets are pricing in a huge blowout of jobs added in February, so.. There’s a downward risk in the dollar this morning, but only if the data disappoints.Any number that doesn’t disappoint, will add to the bias to buy dollars this morning. I think. I say that because the markets have moved the goal posts on us so many times since the financial meltdown. The markets will go for awhile marking down the dollar for job increases, and then suddenly change to marking up the dollar for job increases. So, this is like roulette. I’m going to put my money on black.The euro had a nice run yesterday moving through the 1.30 handle toward 1.31, as the European Central Bank (ECB) did indeed leave rates unchanged and the short euro trades that had been put on recently in hopes that the ECB would cut rates, had to be unwound. I told you yesterday, that I could have saved them the trouble if they had only read the Pfennig or asked me! For I would have told them exactly what was going to happen at the ECB meeting. Not that I know anything that other people don’t know. It was all there in black and white, but you know traders. they are a fickle lot.ECB President, Draghi, failed to mention downside risks to inflation like he did at last month’s meeting. This really got traders all lathered up, and short term rates on bunds (bonds) rose, thus widening the rate differential to U.S. Treasuries. and rate differentials have always been a strong fundamental to use in valuing currencies against other currencies.They are expecting another round of repayments to the LTRO loans to banks in the Eurozone today. I don’t think this would move the euro one way or another, unless, the thought that 3 Billion euros from the first round, and 5 Billion euros from the second round will be repaid, is baseless. And I doubt that is the case. if anything, the numbers might be a little low.The one currency really taking a whipping from the dollar overnight is the Japanese yen. I wonder where all those analysts are now, that said a few weeks ago that the yen’s weakness had reached the end? That was when yen was around 93. well, it hit a low of 95.60 overnight. (remember, yen is a European priced currency, so as the price rises, the value of yen decreases)China printed some trade balance data last night, and while their reserves got a huge boost from their exports, the markets were fixated on the Imports data, which was expected to be slow, printed worse than expected, thus indicating that the domestic demand in China is faltering. the data didn’t really hurt Chinese renminbi / yuan, but what it did was send a smoke cloud message to Australia.I’ve told you for some time now that the Aussie dollar (A$) is my proxy for global growth, and when China’s imports slow, that hurts the A$. For those of you keeping score at home, you’ll want to jot down these numbers. Chinese exports increased nearly 22% from a year ago, and imports declined 15.2%… I get a little antsy when I see data like this. I would love to focus on the fact that China’s reserves soared higher. But a 15% fall in imports really rains on that parade. If you don’t see it that way, you had better look at the reaction to the data in the A$’s pricing.In addition here. China has once more let everyone know that they are not happy nor approve of “some countries overly accommodative monetary policy.” I really liked this quote. “This is an act of transferring the crisis to others” And they are absolutely correct! Here in the U.S. the numbers were reversed. U.S. exports fell 1.2%, while imports rose 1.8%, thus blowing out the Trade deficit from $38.1 Billion in December, to $44.5 Billion in January. This Trade Deficit has really been the albatross around the U.S’s neck for some time now. The markets however, just shrug off this data now. they’ve become Comfortably Numb with large deficit numbers here.Up north in Canada, they too printed a trade balance report for January, and while the total numbers are small compared to the U.S. at least Canada saw a narrowing of their Trade Deficit. December’s deficit was $.3 Billion, and January’s was $ .2 Billion (it was expected to widen to .6 Billion deficit) Data like this should help the Canadian dollar / loonie, which has really slumped recently.Gold, Silver and Platinum all range traded yesterday, with very little movement all day, and all night. I guess metals traders are also looking toward the Jobs Jamboree this morning for direction. I look at this as a “consolidation”. I hope I’m correct here, because these current levels could prove to have been basement bargain prices. Of course I could be wrong, it’s just my opinion, and a lot of that depends on how much flesh the Bullion Banks still want to take.One of my fave Beatles, George Harrison, recorded his first (I think) solo album called, “All Things Must Pass”. I think that applies to the metals, and the downward moves caused by the paper trades.OK. I think that album titled could be used for a lot of things. like Quantitative Easing (QE). But like the title of a few presentations I did last year, What Appears to be Evident, may not be imminent. One thing going on right now, that isn’t going to pass.. is our debt crisis. not without a lot of heavy lifting. And by the looks of our lawmakers, I doubt any of them are capable of heavy lifting! HA! I read a report from the Concord Coalition, which is a group that’s been in favor of lower deficits. They said that the automatic cuts that went into place last week, are “attacking the wrong part of the budget.” I say. sure the major heavy lifting is in Medicare, etc. but you have to start somewhere. I told the audience in Orlando last month, that “I believe we need to implement a process that says, if we can’t pay for it, we don’t buy it” , and so. it goes on.Then There Was This. Long time readers know that I’ve always liked the thought process and ideas of Stephen Roach, the former economist for Morgan Stanley and now at Yale. Well, here are some of Stephen’s thoughts on the effect of QE policies on currencies.“Whether it’s the Bank of Japan (8301), the Federal Reserve or even the ECB, the idea that they can engineer economic recovery by quantitative easing that may lead to weaker currencies ultimately is not a story that will end in a pretty way. Currency devaluation as a recipe for economic growth always comes at a cost of taking market share from someone else.”“China is understandably concerned about that, as has been Brazil, as has been most major developing economies that rely on exports as a source of economic growth.”“The developed economies say, well we’re not trying to depreciate our currencies, but they know this is going to happen.”“This is one of the unintended and potentially dangerous consequences of the financial engineering of quantitative easing.” – Stephen RoachChuck again. Yes. the U.S. knows this depreciates the dollar, in fact after round one of QE, James Bullard, President of the Fed St. Louis, said that he believed QE was successful because the stock market was stronger, and the dollar was weaker. To recap. today is all about the U.S. Jobs Jamboree. so you might as well, strap yourself in, and get ready. Chuck thinks the data will be disappointing. But the markets are pricing in a HUGE increase over what was previously expected (165K). So, today should be quite interesting!Currencies today 3/8/13. American Style: A$ $1.0275, kiwi .8290, C$ .9710, euro 1.3110, sterling 1.5035, Swiss $1.06, . European Style: rand 9.10, krone 5.6840, SEK 6.3535, forint 226.75, zloty 3.1555, koruna 19.4095, RUB 30.65, yen 95.75, sing 1.2460, HKD 7.7555, INR 54.29, China 6.2165, pesos 12.74, BRL 1.9540, Dollar Index 82.18, Oil $91.28, 10-year 2.01%, Silver $28.80, and Gold. $1,577.60That’s it for today. didn’t get to spend much time with Alex this morning before he headed out the door. He goes to the Waffle House on Fridays and has breakfast with his friends before school. This weekend, will be the birthday of my good friend, and spring training buddy, Rick Baur. Happy Birthday Rick! We’ll celebrate his birthday and mine next week in Jupiter! I’m so glad and thankful that I recovered quickly from my problems last week, so I can still go to spring training. The Florida sun, and Cardinals baseball with first my buddies and then with my family should be the cure-all for what ails me. ( hey, a guy can wish, right?) I also want to send a big shout out and thank all that sent me “welcome back” notes yesterday. Remember, I’m only around now for one more day. Ok. thank you for reading the Pfennig, and I hope you have a Fantastico Friday!Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837