Fugro in France has relocated to a new office space, Espace Le Carillon, close to the central business district of La Défense in Paris.The recent office move follows on from the July 2019 merger of Fugro’s four French entities into a single business unit operating under the sole name of Fugro.This new office location brings together colleagues from local centres of geotechnical excellence to improve Fugro’s so-called ‘Triple A’ approach of acquire, analyse and advise.“This new modern office space accomplishes two important objectives. Firstly, we are closer to our strategic partners, which facilitates stronger business relationships in key sectors where we offer core expertise, such as civil engineering, renewable energy, nuclear energy, and infrastructure. “Secondly, the new office provides a more comfortable environment to our employees, who are the reason for our success in France. It is an exciting time to be part of Fugro,” said Claude Descharles, director for France and Southern Europe.
Roberto Martinez’s flaws are no secret, writes Richard Jolly, but Everton would be taking a big risk if they chose to try and find an upgrade on their current manager.“It was the second time I’d been done by new owners coming in,” wrote Sam Allardyce, with typical bluntness. Getting “done”, or sacked, was a recurring theme when the club he managed was taken over.First Newcastle, then Blackburn. A new broom wanted a new face, even if that face belonged to Steve Kean.To judge by the tone of Allardyce’s recent autobiography, that still stings. Rightly so, too.It is not in Roberto Martinez’s nature to project any fears he may harbour of suffering a similar fate.When the British-Iranian businessman Farhad Moshiri bought a 49.9 percent stake in Everton, Martinez declared him the “perfect person” to take Everton to the next level and started talking about his aim of Champions League qualification. Martinez may voice the ambition new owners tend to require. His ever growing band of critics wonder if he has the realism and the results they also need.The smiling Spaniard is a voice of innate optimism, to the extent that he could spend three-quarters of a season in the relegation zone with Wigan while giving the impression he had never looked at the league table. Martinez can ignore the context and the soundtrack.It is increasingly hard for others to do otherwise. More of the Everton manager’s decisions are booed at Goodison Park. Sometimes frustration is also expressed with his players who are deemed to benefit from his patronage, whether Tim Howard, John Stones, Ross Barkley or Arouna Kone.After eight consecutive top-eight finishes, Everton are on course for a second successive bottom-half berth. Their season could effectively be over if Chelsea eliminate them from the FA Cup on Saturday. Everton have a strange addiction to 3-3 draws and 3-2 defeats, an inability to hold on to leads and an enduring capacity to concede from crosses and set-pieces.The adjective Martinez applied to their weekend loss to West Ham, infuriating, is starting to apply to his regime as a whole. Even his peers have abandoned the managerial creed of omerta to suggest he is failing. “I think they have got a top-five squad,” said Tony Pulis after West Bromwich Albion won at Goodison Park.“On paper, their team is one of the best in England,” stated Slaven Bilic after West Ham emulated them.Case closed, then. Everton need a change at the helm to realise their considerable potential.Moshiri can make his mark by appointing a manager with a grasp of the defensive basics. Martinez’s flaws are too pronounced for him to have much cause for complaint. Except that Everton may be best served by keeping the Spaniard, and not merely because his team of 2013-14, who accumulated 72 points in an adventurous fashion, was their best in almost three decades.Nor is it purely because of their appeal to neutrals, who can prize style over substance in a way that is understandably irritating to Evertonians. It is because the situation is not as simple as it seems. It is no easy task to just strip away the faulty parts of Martinez’s self-destructive side and bolt on a bit more solidity.It is because, while Everton were indelibly associated with David Moyes during his 11-year reign, they have now become a quintessential Martinez team. Their failings are his but so are their successes. For better and worse, he has transformed the identity of a club.The fact that they have the ‘Fab Four’ of Stones, Barkley, Gerard Deulofeu and Romelu Lukaku, who can be conservatively valued at £150 million between them, owes much to him.He only signed the Spaniard and the Belgian but all four have reached new levels under Martinez. Before his appointment, Barkley had only started four top-flight games. Stones had not appeared in any. A more cautious manager – Moyes, say – would have waited longer to trust either. Nor would he have purchased the maverick Deulofeu. He may not have played the brand of football that permitted Lukaku to be so prolific.James McCarthy has gone from a rookie recruited from Hamilton Academical to one of the Premier League’s most accomplished midfielders under Martinez’s tutelage. Muhamed Besic has offered hints that he could kick on in a similar manner. Brendan Galloway showed rich promise in his early-season outings.Having inherited an ageing group, Martinez has switched the emphasis to a younger generation.He belongs to the brand of evangelistic salesmen forever promising a brighter tomorrow; the paradoxical risk is that the future is worse without him.Because Everton’s squad have a peculiarly Martinez-esque quality. They have become so idiosyncratic that possible successors may discover it becomes a sizeable rebuilding job. Certainly it is easy to envisage others, whether Gareth Barry, Tom Cleverley, Joel Robles or Kone, being deemed unsuitable by another manager.The past provides a pertinent precedent. Wigan floundered after Martinez left and not merely because he raided them for four players, or because relegation prompted others to leave. Replacing Martinez poses problems.Retaining him requires strength, given the pressure Moshiri could come under to dismiss him. It needs a firm instruction to recruit a defensive coach and spend time training the rearguard to repel set-pieces.Yet it also necessitates a memory of the club’s past, something new owners often lack. Everton have a wretched record against the top eight this season, but Martinez has a history of defeating elite opposition. Two of his substitutions backfired last week, but he has made many a catalytic change in the past.He has shown tactical acumen to accompany his capacity to make players better. He has played with the aesthetic appeal Allardyce’s sides often lack and which can exert an appeal to those dreaming of a brave new world.He has taken Everton to their best points total since 1987 and their lowest in a decade. A focus on the here and now means the latter occupies the attention more and there is a case for a more pragmatic replacement who produces more consistency, but Martinez merits another season to try and touch the heights again.He may be Allardyce’s opposite in many ways but while the last club to sack the veteran, West Ham, have accelerated towards the Champions League in a manner Everton want to emulate, the previous two were left to rue the rashness of newcomers to the boardroom.—
APTN National NewsNortherners asked for change and they got it.After 10 years of NDP leadership the Northwest Territories went Liberal red.Lack of housing was one of the big issues so APTN’s Iman Kassam met up with people without one.
CHICAGO — Grain futures were mostly higher Wednesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.Wheat for Mar. delivery was off 1 cent at $5.0460 a bushel; Mar. corn rose 1.60 cents at $3.7520 a bushel; Dec. oats was up 1.20 cents at $2.7620 a bushel; while Jan. soybeans gained 6 cents at 8.88 a bushel.Beef was lower and pork was higher on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.Dec.live cattle fell 1.20 cents at $1.2380 a pound; Jan. feeder cattle was off .90 cent at $1.4810 a pound; Dec. lean hogs was up 1.63 cents at .6278 a pound.The Associated Press
New Delhi: In the midst of all the hustle that comes on the last day of filing nominations, South Delhi candidate for Bharatiya Janata Party, Ramesh Bidhuri filed his papers for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls in Delhi on Tuesday with huge crowds of supporters clogging up streets around the Saket District Magistrate’s office.On the same day, BJP’s New Delhi and East Delhi candidates Meenakshi Lekhi and cricketer Gautam Gambhir also filed their nomination papers from their respective constituencies. And with the party announcing Hansraj Hans as its North West Delhi candidate on Tuesday afternoon, he also filed his papers with just hours to spare before the nomination deadline expired. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe saffron party chose to field Bidhuri again this year after he defeated the closest rival in 2014, Col Devinder Sehrawat of AAP by more than one lakh votes. And Congress’ Ramesh Kumar could not even get close to Bidhuri’s count of 4.97 lakh. This time around Bidhuri will go up against AAP’s young gun Rahgav Chadha and Congress’ Olympic medallist Vijender Singh. While Bidhuri does have the upper hand given that both his major opponents are first-timers; it remains to be seen how he will do against Congress’ Singh, who does not need to work hard for voters to know him. Lekhi will be going up against AAP’s Brajesh Goel and veteran Congress leader Ajay Maken in New Delhi; whereas Gambhir will have to prove his worth against Arvinder Singh Lovely (Congress) and Atishi (AAP). Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsAll four candidates took out roadshows on their way to filing nomination papers and were joined by several senior party leaders such as Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari and Siddharthan. At Bidhuri’s roadshow that was clogging up the Mehrauli-Badarpur Road in Saket, senior BJP leaders who were very happy with the turnout called it a “sea of saffron”. Scores of people lined the road from Saket metro station going towards the DM’s office. Traffic came to a standstill for almost two to three hours. At the roadshow, Bidhuri thanked party workers for their support and said, “I hope for your love and affection in the coming days.” Gambhir was joined by Tiwari who said he was confident that his popularity will make him victorious in East Delhi.
Ohio State sophomore guard Andre Wesson (24) looks to complete a pass in the second half of the game against Maryland on Jan. 11 in the Schottenstein Center. Dakich made three of four three point attempts in the first half aiding Ohio State to a 91-69 win. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorNo. 22 Ohio State (15-4, 6-0 Big Ten) will take to the court for the first time as a ranked opponent Wednesday in Rosemont, Illinois, when it faces Northwestern (11-8, 2-4 Big Ten). The Buckeyes had not been ranked since the 2014-15 season and also are at No. 16 by KenPom.com and No. 23 according to RPI.The first chance to defend those rankings will come at 9 p.m. Wednesday.Adjusting to being rankedThis is not the first time a Chris Holtmann-coached team has been ranked. However for many of the players on the roster, it is the first time there is a number next to their team’s name. Only senior forward Jae’Sean Tate, redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop and redshirt senior Kam Williams were on the team the last time Ohio State was ranked. Holtmann said he has not discussed the rankings with his players and does not plan on talking about it with them, but sophomore forward Andre Wesson said he couldn’t help but feel excited about being ranked. “I can’t really put it into words,” Wesson said. “Just growing up in Columbus, just always hearing about Ohio State and just the down years that we had, people talking bad about us … It’s just good to be ranked again and people talking about us again.”But as Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo said after the Buckeyes upset the then-No. 1 Spartans, teams are going to start to view Ohio State a little differently. This team that began the season as an underdog will now see Ohio State as one of the top 25 teams in the nation. Holtmann said his team is going to need to be ready because teams will no longer sleep on his squad, and opponents will now start to look at a matchup with the Buckeyes as a chance fortheir respective programs to earn a marquee win.“I think probably there is an added energy in a lot of ways,” Holtmann said. “And I think our guys are going to need to be prepared and ready for that. We’ll see if they can handle that. Obviously, we’ve got a really, really full week ahead of us, but given where we’re at, I think that’s to be expected. We’re going to get a lot of people’s best shot.”Projected StartersNorthwestern:G — Scottie Lindsey — Senior, 6-foot-5, 210 lbs., 14.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.8 apgG — Bryant McIntosh — Senior, 6-foot-3, 200 lbs., 13.1 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 5.8 apgF — Vic Law — Redshirt junior, 6-foot-7, 200 lbs., 12.2 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2.1 apgF — Aaron Falzon — Redshirt sophomore, 6-foot-8, 225 lbs., 7.0 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 0.6 apgC — Dererk Pardon — Junior, 6-foot-8, 235 lbs., 11.8 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.1 apgOhio State: G — C.J. Jackson — Junior, 6-foot-1, 175 lbs., 13.3 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 4.4 apgG — Kam Williams — Redshirt senior, 6-foot-2 185 lbs., 8.5 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 0.6 apgF — Keita Bates-Diop — Redshirt junior, 6-foot-7, 235 lbs., 20.3 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 1.3 apgF — Jae’Sean Tate — Senior, 6-foot-4, 230 lbs., 12.5 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 2.8 apgC — Kaleb Wesson — Freshman, 6-foot-9, 270 lbs., 11.2 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.2 apgScouting NorthwesternOhio State has thrived throughout the 2017-18 season, but the same cannot be said of Northwestern. The Wildcats have just two Big Ten wins, their only victories against opponents ranked inside advanced statistics website KenPom.com top 100 best teams. Northwestern comes into this game with wins in only two of its past six games. Northwestern has struggled the most in conference games. It ranks 13th with a 45 percent effective field goal percentage and has the fourth-highest offensive turnover rate at 19.2 percent. Its offense lives and dies by the 3-pointer. It is 125th in the country in 3-point accuracy at 36.1 percent and has generated 35.1 percent of its total points from beyond the arc (86th-highest rate in the nation). The Wildcats’ offense has been inconsistent this season, but it has almost always relied on point guard Bryant McIntosh to run the offense. Northwestern’s floor general has one of the highest assist rates of any guard in the nation, assisting on 36.4 percent of his team’s points while he is on the court. McIntosh also has produced the second-most points of any player for the Wildcats, scoring in double-figures in 11 of the team’s 19 games and more than 20 points three times.“McIntosh is a great passer. Great vision,” Holtmann said. “He can make shots. He’s great at making plays in kind of the midrange too. Floater, mid-range, kind of reversing his course and using a shot fake. He can be really effective.”
Ohio State sophomore catcher Dillon Dingler (10) swings at a ball during the game against Hawaii on March 23. Ohio State won 7-5. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorDespite winning seven of its past nine games, the Ohio State baseball team will try to do something this weekend that it hasn’t done since March 3: win a road game. The Buckeyes have found their stride at home and will hope to continue their red-hot offense in Piscataway, New Jersey, on Friday when Ohio State (14-11) will open Big Ten conference play against Rutgers (6-15). “We did it here at home,” Ohio State head coach Greg Beals said. “Next test is let’s take it on the road and do it at Rutgers.”In their past five road games, the Buckeyes have been outscored 42 to 25. The team’s last road win came against Bethune Cookman when Ohio State defeated the Wildcats 16-9 on March 3. Rutgers has not found much success this season, but the Scarlet Knights won both their games at home this season. Despite a team batting average of .230, the future looks bright for Rutgers. The team’s top three batters are all underclassmen. Redshirt freshman Tim Dezzi leads the Scarlet Knights with a .342 batting average. Despite his tendency to get hits, Dezzi has only knocked in seven runs on the season. Leading the team with five extra base hits is center fielder Mike Nyisztor. The sophomore is hitting .307 on the season with four RBI. Freshman catcher Peter Serruto is the third and final player to hit above the .300 benchmark for the Scarlet Knights. The Rutgers lineup, unlike Ohio State’s offense, does not contain power, hitting five home runs this season. The Buckeyes have hit five times as many home runs, 12 of which came in their nine-game homestand. To combat Ohio State’s explosive bats is a Rutgers pitching staff that has only allowed opponents to go yard eight times this season. The staff is led by sophomore pitcher Harry Rutkowski. The ace holds a 2.50 ERA and is averaging just under six strikeouts a game.Rutkowski allowed five earned runs in his first start on the season, but has only five earned runs combined in his past five starts. The sophomore is coming off his best performance of the season against Indiana State. He was able to go seven innings and surrendered only one run. Rutgers also has two strong relievers to lean on for success on the mound. Redshirt junior pitcher Steven Acosta holds a 2.40 ERA in 10 appearances. Redshirt junior pitcher Tommy Genuario also boasts a strong resume this season. He has made 12 appearances out of the bullpen and holds a 2.45 ERA. These pitchers will be put to the test against an Ohio State squad that hit .321 at home. Senior left fielder Brady Cherry hit .457 over the past nine games, and junior right fielder Dominic Canzone tallied three home runs and a .382 batting average over that same stretch. “I feel like we’re getting it going again, and we are starting to really mesh together as a team,” junior pitcher Jake Vance said. The Big Ten conference presents a new test for the Buckeyes, but the momentum built in their homestand is real, according to Canzone. “The Big Ten is one of the hardest conferences to play in, but at the same time, we’re prepared,” Canzone said. “We’re ready to play, and we’re all clicking right now, so I think we’re going to have a good weekend.”The Buckeyes will open up the three-game series with a 2 p.m. game Friday. This will be followed by a game at 1 p.m. Saturday and a finale at noon Sunday.
Reports emerged earlier today that Mohammed Salah’s agent “offered” the Liverpool star to Barcelona for a deal. That report has been strongly denied by Salah’s agent.Salah only joined Liverpool last summer and enjoyed a stellar debut campaign at Anfield. But Spanish newspaper AS reported that the 25-year-old had been ‘offered’ to La Liga giants Barcelona by his agents.His agent took to Twitter to refute the claim, saying that such thing never happened: This never happened. @English_AS you need better sources. https://t.co/Y4OpwkoNYV— Ramy Abbas Issa (@RamyCol) June 6, 2018Report: 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…Salah scored 44 goals in 52 appearances in his first season at Liverpool and was named Football Writers’ Footballer of the Year and PFA Player of the Year. The £36m signing helped Liverpool to the Champions League final but was forced off with an injury as his side lost 3-1 to Real Madrid in Kiev. And he faces a race against time to get fit for this summer’s World Cup campaign, where Egypt face hosts Russia, Saudi Arabia and Uruguay.Salah was included in Egypt’s 23-man squad but Egypt coach Hector Cuper has admitted he is preparing for life without his star man.
Brazilian midfielder Arthur Melo revealed how he was given Andres Iniesta’s number ‘8’ shirt at Barcelona, he didn’t pick it as many would think.Now that Arthur Melo is one of the hottest topics in football after his stellar performance for FC Barcelona on Wednesday, more revealing information about the midfielder has surfaced.The player did an interview with The Players’ Tribune where he spoke about many different topics, but it was the story about how he got his number ‘8’ at Barcelona what caught our attention.As you all know, that number was Andres Iniesta’s before the Spanish midfielder left to play in Japan during the final stages of his career, we were all wondering who would inherit his number and a Brazilian newcomer got it to our surprise.We didn’t know the story until Arthur revealed it, he got the number out of sheer luck.“When I arrived here they asked me what number I wanted to wear. To be honest I never cared too much about it.”“At Gremio I played with the No. 29 nothing special, it wasn’t like playing with 10, 8, 7, 11.”Top 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.“I never really cared about it. So I replied ‘that’s OK you can give me any number you want to I’m already very happy and proud to play at Barcelona’. But coincidentally I ended up with 8!”“When they announced my name, just like Number 8, Arthur. The fans applauded me, I got goosebumps man!” Said Arthur during the interview.Video: Next Up – Arthur https://t.co/hzxPqRL21S [the players tribune]— Barça Centre (@barcacentre) October 4, 2018