Gareth Bale’s recent performances have “annoyed” Real Madrid fans and Predrag Mijatovic thinks Wednesday’s Copa del Rey Clasico against Barcelona could be his “last chance”.Wales international Bale missed three weeks at the start of the year with a calf injury but made a goalscoring return as a substitute in the 4-2 victory over Espanyol on January 27.He again featured from the bench in last week’s Copa triumph over Girona but was replaced after an underwhelming 63 minutes when he returned to the starting line-up for Sunday’s 3-0 win over Deportivo Alaves. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? With teenage winger Vinicius Junior stringing together some strong performances – including a goal against Alaves – Mijatovic feels Bale could find himself out of favour under Santiago Solari, particularly if he fails to impress against Barca at Camp Nou in the semi-final first leg.”Somebody has to defend and Lucas [Vazquez] knows how to track back and help. On the left wing, Vinicius is playing well and Bale has his difficulties,” Mijatovic told Cadena SER .”If he [Solari] plays Bale, it’s the last chance he has. We’re all annoyed with his game. Vinicius plays better at the Bernabeu.”Barcelona have tremendous attacking power. They’re capable of scoring three goals in five minutes. They’re the leaders [in LaLiga], they’re in the Champions League and the Copa.”It’s a two-legged eliminator. We have to go out and make a good result and take it into account regardless of how it ends. If you get a good result, Barca can also win at the Bernabeu.”Lionel Messi has been included in Barca’s squad despite being hurt during their 2-2 draw against Valencia on Saturday, but Mijatovic doubts any risks will be taken with the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.”He’s a key player and he knows himself. He’ll tell him [Ernesto Valverde] if he can start, and if there’s a risk he’ll be on the bench. With the experience Messi has, I don’t think he’s stupid enough to take the risk,” he added.Barca head into the game off the back of a 2-2 draw with Valencia that has seen the gap at the top of the Liga table extend to six points, following Atletico Madrid’s failure to beat Real Betis.Real Madrid, meanwhile, find themselves in third, eight points behind the Catalans, with Solari’s men currently on a run of four wins in a row in the league.
Nova Scotia continues to build a stronger road network along theEastern Shore. The province is advertising tenders for three sections of roadwork along Trunk 7 this summer. The projects amount to 19kilometres of improvements, part of the province’s commitment toupgrade the highway to handle heavy commercial trucks and toprovide a smoother ride for motorists. “We are helping to build a strong economy on the Eastern Shore,”said Ron Russell, Minister of Transportation and Public Works.”We are investing substantial dollars into our transportationnetwork, and Trunk 7 and residents of the Eastern Shore are thebeneficiaries of sound investments.” The tenders are for the following sections of Trunk 7: from the Highway 107 access road to the west end of Pinehill Drive, about six kilometres; from about 5.5 kilometres east of Upper Lakeville Road, east towards Ship Harbour, about 4.5 kilomtres; and from about 1.3 kilometres west of Liscombe River, east towards Mackinley Point Loop Road, about 8.5 kilometres. TRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS–Province Building Stronger Roadsalong Eastern Shore In July 2002, the province announced a five-year, $17-millionplan to repave and strengthen 61 kilometres of Trunk 7 andupgrade four bridges. Last summer about 20 kilometres of Trunk 7was repaved and one bridge rebuilt. Once Trunk 7 is repaved and strengthened, commercial trucks willbe able to carry full loads along the entire length of thehighway, boosting the economic strength of the local community. The Department of Transportation and Public Works highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in NovaScotia. It maintains an inventory of 4,100 bridges and operatesseven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from districtoffices located in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.
by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 30, 2016 6:49 am MDT Last Updated Sep 30, 2016 at 12:42 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – The Canadian economy beat expectations in July with fresh data showing it expanded 0.5 per cent as the country continued moving away from a contraction earlier in the year.Statistics Canada data released Friday for real gross domestic product found the month’s growth was largely tied to resumption of oilsands production. It had been disrupted by massive wildfires that also forced the evacuation of Fort McMurray, Alta., in May.This marked the second month of growth, following a 0.6 per cent gain in June. The increases followed contractions of 0.6 per cent in May and 1.6 per cent in the second quarter of 2016 — the worst quarterly performance since the Great Recession of 2009.“Recent monthly GDP figures have been deeply skewed by the see-saw in oilsands output, but that story has now run its course,” Douglas Porter, chief economist with BMO Financial Group, said in a research note Friday.“Importantly, the big bounce in July GDP has broken the narrative that the Canadian economy was sinking back into the mire, and will dampen down talk that the Bank (of Canada) would need to cut rates again soon — at least due to domestic factors.”The Bank of Canada has predicted a third-quarter GDP rebound of 3.5 per cent thanks to oil production back online and reconstruction efforts in Alberta’s oilsands region.Statistics Canada said there was a 19 per cent increase in non-conventional oil extraction, which includes oilsands. It was the driving force behind a 3.9 per cent increase in the overall mining, oil and gas extraction sector.Conventional oil and gas extraction rose at a slower pace (0.6 per cent) while mining declined by 3.1 per cent, mostly because of a diamond mine closure for repairs in the Northwest Territories following a fire in June.The output of goods-producing industries overall rose one per cent in July while output from service-producing industries advanced 0.3 per cent.The Statistics Canada report was stronger than a general estimate from economists, who had forecast growth of 0.3 per cent, according to Thomson Reuters.The GDP figures indicate that Canada’s economy began the third quarter on solid footing after it experienced a significant contraction in the second quarter.“Much like June, July saw a continued recovery of economic activity following the wildfire-led disruptions in May,” TD economist Brian DePratto wrote in a commentary.“The story is more positive than just the recovery however, with a welcome broad-based expansion of economic activity in the month.”Manufacturing output rose 0.4 per cent overall, due to a rise in non-durable goods such as petrochemicals. The finance and insurance sectors grew 0.9 per cent. The transportation and warehousing sector rose 1.1 per cent, in part because of travel to events such as the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Brazil.However, there were pockets of weakness.Durable goods manufacturing fell 1.4 per cent — including declines from motor vehicles and parts and aerospace products and parts — while construction declined for a fourth month in a row, down 0.8 per cent.Support activities for mining, oil and gas extraction fell for a sixth month in a row, dropping by 6.9 per cent because of less drilling activity. Canadian economy expands 0.5 per cent in July, beating expectations