Companies in this story: (TSX:HBC)The Canadian Press TORONTO — Hudson’s Bay Co. activist investor Land and Buildings Investment Management LLC is attacking the Toronto-based retailer’s board again for failing to take decisive action to unlock value for shareholders.In a letter sent to shareholders, Land and Buildings says it believes HBC could double or triple its share price and find benefits by selling Saks Fifth Avenue to a luxury department store company, its remaining 50 per cent interest in its European business to Signa Holding GmbH, and Lord and Taylor to a mass merchant.It also believes HBC should pursue real estate investment trust status for its Canadian real estate and sublease excess space at its Bay department stores.Land and Buildings says it plans to soon discuss with investors the possibility of adding “fresh perspectives” to HBC’s board and could do so through a special meeting of shareholders.The investor previously agreed last December to cease opposing an investment in the retailer by private equity firm Rhone Capital, but has since kept arguing that HBC is really a real estate company and that it should take its Toronto Bay and Saks Fifth Avenue location at Yonge and Queen streets and build condos above them.HBC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
MINNEAPOLIS — One of Target’s biggest competitive advantages, the stores it has sprinkled across the country, accounted for a quarter of all online sales in November and December. Goods ordered online and picked up at stores surged 60 per cent in that period.Those sales, either picked up inside or through the company’s curbside pickup service, are key in Target’s campaign to hold online retailers like Amazon.com at bay, particularly during the competitive holiday season, because shoppers don’t have to pay shipping fees.Target Corp. said Thursday that sales at stores open at least a year increased 5.7 per cent in the period, up from 3.4 per cent a year earlier. The strongest growth was in toys, baby and seasonal gifts.The Associated Press
Painted Pony has halted production of about 60 million cubic feet of natural gas because of the pipeline constraints and resulting lower prices.It forecasts fourth-quarter production of between 303 million and 312 million cubic feet equivalent per day, down from third quarter output of 350 million cfe/d.The Calgary-based company says gas prices at the Station 2 trading hub above T-South in northeastern B.C. have plunged because of the inability to get all of the gas to market, but the hit to its bottom line is balanced by higher prices at the Sumas/Huntingdon hub on the border of B.C. and Washington state.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) CALGARY, A.B. – Oil and gas producer Painted Pony Energy Ltd. says its fourth-quarter production will drop by up to 20 percent because of reduced shipping capacity after the explosion of a natural gas pipeline in B.C.A line in Enbridge Inc.’s T-South pipeline system ruptured on Oct. 9, about 15 kilometres northeast of Prince George, B.C., causing a huge fireball.Repairs were completed at the end of October and service is gradually being restored, but both the affected line and a smaller parallel line are to operate at a maximum of 80 percent of normal pressure until safety of the system is assured.
It has been a long time since a new genre of cultural performance ‘recitation of poems’ – more popularly known as ‘Elocution’ – evolved in the domain of Bengali culture. Though the art is much practiced and familiar in Bengal, it lacks popularity in other parts of the country.An unparalleled elocutionist since late 1960s, Pradip Ghosh has been working towards popularising this art. He is well-known for his unique and inimitable style of recitation. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainInspired by his father Chinmoyjiban Ghosh, Pradip started reciting poems even before he learned to read or write. His father would carry him fondly on his shoulders, and the little boy would go on happily with long poems on his lips. The famous elocutionist of Eastern India, delves deep into the soul of the poems, while he recites them. Also, he believes that it is not the technique that matters, but the message that he wishes to convey through the presentation. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardGhosh has travelled extensively in the West presenting Rabindranath before the foreign audience. Tagore is Ghosh’s first love from his early childhood, and therefore he tried to introduce a new style in reciting the poems of Tagore particularly those whom the poet had written for children. To give the art and artist more recognition, Bhavna Records and Cassettes have recently published two audio CDs of Tagore poems by Pradip Ghosh. The CDs named ‘Shishu Kishor’ and ‘Swadesh’ will be formally launched by the Governor of West Bengal Keshri Nath Tripathi in the presence of renowned elocutionists Partha and Gouri Ghosh, Urmimala and Jagannath Basu and Bratati Bandopadhyay on April 4, at 5 pm, at the Kolkata Press Club.
Former Buckeye running back and 1995 Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. The announcement was made Monday on ESPN’s “College Football Live.” The rest of the class, which will include 14 former players and two former coaches, will be announced today. Former Michigan coach Lloyd Carr would be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, The Detroit Free Press reported Saturday. Carr became Michigan’s coach in 1995, after serving seven seasons as the Wolverines’ defensive coordinator. During his career at Ohio State, George was 1-3 against Michigan. Carr was 6-7 against the Buckeyes during his head-coaching tenure at Michigan. Other Buckeyes on the ballot who could be inducted include former offensive tackle Dave Foley and former fullback Jim Otis. Both are former first-team All-Americans and were members of OSU’s 1968 team that went undefeated and earned the 1968 National Championship. Foley started at offensive tackle for three years under coach Woody Hayes, and was selected in the first round of the 1969 NFL draft by the New York Jets. Otis led the team in rushing during all three of his seasons with the Buckeyes. He spent nine seasons in the NFL and was selected to the Pro Bowl in 1975 as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals. Since George won the Heisman trophy in 1995, only former OSU quarterback Troy Smith has won the award while wearing Scarlet and Gray, in 2006. Before George, running back Archie Griffin was the last Buckeye to win the Heisman trophy, earning the award in 1974 and 1975. In 1995, George set records for most rushing yards in a season (1,927), most games with at least 100 yards (12) and most rushing yards in a game (314) during a 41-3 victory against Illinois. George’s No. 27 is retired at OSU. Attempts for comment from George were not immediately returned.
Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer and OSU’s associate vice president and athletic director Gene Smith fired back Friday at in-conference criticism of the Buckeyes’ recruiting tactics. Meyer put the finishing touches his first OSU recruiting class Wednesday — a class rated No. 4 in the nation by Rivals.com. Several of the recruits that signed to play for Meyer had previously committed to other Big Ten teams, prompting criticism from Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema and Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi. Both Meyer and Smith defended the recruiting practices employed while assembling the Buckeyes’ newest class. During a National Signing Day press conference Wednesday, Bielema said that he thought Meyer’s staff had used illegal tactics to obtain recruits. Narduzzi spoke Monday of an unwritten agreement amongst Big Ten coaches, saying former OSU coach Jim Tressel and MSU coach Mark Dantonio would never call or talk to each other’s commitments. “People coach Dantonio knows well don’t come in and take players away,” Narduzzi said according to the Canton Repository. “When you do, you lose friendships over that.” In a Friday release, Smith condemned the use of the media to voice his concerns related to Big Ten football, though he did not specifically mention Bielema or Narduzzi. “I am disappointed that negative references have been made about our football coaches, and particularly head coach Urban Meyer regarding recruiting,” Smith said in the release. “In our league appropriate protocol, if you have concerns, is to share those concerns with your Athletic Director (AD). Then your AD will make the determination on the appropriate communication from that point forward. The ADs in our league are professionals and communicate with each other extremely well. Urban Meyer and his staff have had a compliance conscience since they have arrived.” The OSU athletic department also released a statement on Meyer’s behalf in which the Buckeyes’ $4 million-dollar-per-year coach said that his staff was in compliance with recruiting rules. “I was pleased to take part in a productive, regularly scheduled meeting of the Big Ten Conference coaches today in Chicago. We had an opportunity to discuss a number of issues with each other and conference staff, including those that have arisen this week,” Meyer said in the release. “It should be noted that my coaching staff is in full compliance with our recruiting efforts, and no one on this staff did anything illegal or unethical. We will continue to comply with NCAA rules and recruit with relentless effort, especially the great state of Ohio.” Big Ten spokesman Scott Chipman declined to comment to The Lantern regarding the Friday coaches meeting. Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald, who chaired the Big Ten coaches meeting, told ESPN.com Friday that the meeting was “nothing but great dialogue.” “We understand what’s acceptable and what’s not acceptable in recruiting,” Fitzgerald told ESPN.com. “We also talked about regardless of what’s been reported, we agreed there’s been no basis for accusing any coaches of illegal or unethical recruiting. There’s been no gentleman’s agreement inhibiting recruitment of verbally committed players, but we’re going to do all of our recruiting based on respect for each other.” Meyer and the Buckeyes will pay visits to both MSU and Wisconsin during the 2012 season, on Sept. 29 in East Lansing, Mich., and Nov. 17 in Madison, Wis., respectively.
Coach Geoff Carlston scans the court during a match against Kentucky on Dec. 6 in the 2nd round of the NCAA Tournament in Lexington, Ky. OSU won, 3-1.Credit: Chris Slack / Lantern reporterLong before the Ohio State women’s volleyball team took the court against Kentucky in the NCAA tournament, coach Geoff Carlston stood at a crossroads.He played college club volleyball at Minnesota, where he received a bachelor’s degree in speech communication. But it wasn’t until an injury to a finger while playing for the Golden Gophers that Carlston got interested in coaching.“I tore ligaments in my finger and so while I was out, I got asked to coach,” Carlston said. “I was 19 and I was coaching an 18 and under team. And I just had a great time with it.”But even at that point, Carlston still didn’t know he wanted to be a coach.After going on a cross-country road trip for a year, Carlston returned to Minnesota to coach at Hopkins High School.After a two-year run at Hopkins, he served another two years in the Peace Corps.He had considered playing volleyball professionally, but couldn’t pass up the chance at one of his dreams.“I had this opportunity and I had always wanted to go into the Peace Corps,” Carlston said.And while he was volunteering, volleyball still found him.“I got asked to coach the (men’s and women’s) national teams in Belize and that was awesome,” he said. “I got to travel all over the Middle East, working with both men’s and women’s teams.”Carlston said that he has always loved traveling and that “the idea of doing good and going and serving in another country, I really wanted to go somewhere where I could throw myself at the country.”While overseas, he said he also helped members in youth gangs and helped teach sign language.With all the work that he had done at the time, Carlston had thought about teaching and getting his doctorate degree. But an opportunity to return to his alma mater was something he couldn’t turn down.“I got a hold of Mike Hebert, who had just gotten offered the job at Minnesota and he was a Peace Corps guy back in the ‘60s,” he said. “And I said ‘hey I’m coming back and I’d love to volunteer or doing something with your program.’”Carlston became a student assistant coach while he completed his master’s degree in social work at Minnesota. At the same time, he was the head coach of the Minnesota One Junior Olympics club.After two years of being a student assistant coach, he got his first collegiate head coaching job at Concordia-St. Paul, where he stayed for three seasons. In that time, he learned how to be a successful coach with limited funds.“When I took that job, they had never won a Division II match,” he said. “And I was making $17,500 a year. I was the intramural director and I had $4,000 to pay my assistants.“But I loved it because we built that from scratch, like I had to do everything. I was the trainer, I was the marketer, I was everything, except I didn’t drive the bus.”From there, he went on to Ohio University to coach the Bobcats from 2003-07, and would finish first in the Mid-American Conference in every season, with NCAA tournament appearances in all five of his years in charge. He also took the Bobcats to the sweet 16 in 2005.After the 2007 season, he became the Buckeyes’ coach. In his tenure, the Buckeyes have made the postseason in five of seven seasons.“I would never say I had a master plan, I just followed my bliss,” he said.One thing that has allowed Carlston to be such a successful coach is his relationship with players.“I want to connect with my players,” he said.Carlston has multiple meetings with each of his players every season. He said that academics and family issues are things that he cares about, and the things that come up in those meetings.“He does a really good job with allowing us to experience the little things in life,” senior setter Taylor Sherwin said. “Yeah, volleyball is the main focus, but he wants us to experience things. Like when we travel, going to do stuff, instead of being in the hotel all day.”Sophomore middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe said she and Carlston are very similar.“We’re both very super competitive and I think I connect with Geoff on a personal level, not only just having him as my coach, but he’s a friend,” Sandbothe said. “He cares about us outside of volleyball.”Junior outside hitter Katie Mitchell, who is from The Woodlands, Texas, said Carlston is a big reason why she chose to attend OSU.“I wouldn’t be up here, there’s quite a bit of a life change,” Mitchell said. “But it’s opened up doors of opportunity. Working in the athletic department with internships and things like that.”With his 2014 Buckeyes back in the sweet 16 after upsetting Kentucky on Saturday, Carlston’s life could have been completely different.“But coaching kept finding me,” he said.
Miralem Pjanic says Juventus are aiming for the treble and believes they can lift the Champions League this season.Juve have a perfect record in the Champions League so far and have won 10 of their 11 Serie A games, and Pjanic is hoping they can win a treble this season.“We know that (Massimiliano Allegri) cares a great deal about the defensive movements in midfield, we know that we have to improve in that area,” Pjanic told Sky Sports Italia.“We are concentrated on our own results, but we know that we’re doing something extraordinary.Lukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“Napoli were strong last season too, while Inter have a lot of quality and it’s not surprising to see either of them chasing us at the top of the table.“We’ve got to finish games off earlier so that we can control the situations because it’s tiring if we always play at full tilt. We agree with the Coach, we need to score more goals.”
A frustrated Olivier Giroud admits life on the bench at Chelsea hasn’t been easy amid ongoing speculation linking Gonzalo Higuain with the clubReports suggest that Higuain is close to arriving at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea close to reaching an agreement with Juventus for a transfer this month.Manager Maurizio Sarri has decided to go all-out for his former Napoli star after being left unconvinced by forwards Giroud and Alvaro Morata, who has been linked with a move to Atletico Madrid.Now Giroud, who has only started six times in his 17 Premier League appearances this season, has discussed his less than ideal situation at Chelsea.“It’s not me who decides the team, making the starting XI, but obviously every single player wants to play every single game,” Giroud told ESPN.“As a competitor obviously I can’t be happy to stay on the bench, but I keep that frustration with me and try to transform it to positive energy to work hard in training.“It’s true that every time I play from the start I try to bring something to the team, to play my part.“But in these 14 games I started maybe only half of them, so it’s a bit difficult to be consistent in this case. You need to play a few games in a row to be competitive, so that’s what’s a bit difficult in this last month.”Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.The France international joined Chelsea from London rivals Arsenal last year and ended the campaign with five goals in 18 games and a fourth FA Cup winners medal.“The first six months [at Chelsea] were very good for me,” added Giroud.“I needed to leave Arsenal because of the fact that Arsene Wenger wanted to play with a different kind of striker. My time was over in Arsenal and I was really pleased to sign in a big club like Chelsea.“I settled really well – it’s like I was part of this Chelsea team for a long time. I felt very good, with a good understanding with the players.“We won the FA Cup and I played a few games, and then I had the opportunity to go to the World Cup. It was very good for me.“Then after, when I came back late from the World Cup, it was a bit different because the new manager came and you have to start again, prove to him that you are ready to play in this team.“It has been a little bit difficult for me to be honest, this last month, but I will keep fighting to play in this team.”Giroud will travel to the Emirates Stadium this Saturday to take on old club Arsenal in the Premier League.
Arsenal boss Unai Emery reckons it will be a difficult proposition to impose themselves on Manchester City when they trade tackles on Sunday.Teams like Leicester City, Crystal Palace and Newcastle have all adopted a defensive style and counter-attacking tactics to defeat Man City this season.But Emery concedes. Arsenal may struggle to take a proactive approach into the game at the Etihad.Impressive finish, @DenisSuarez6 👌Over five minutes of training footage now available on our @YouTube channel 📺— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 1, 2019“Usually Manchester City, in every match they impose their style,” he told Sky Sports.“You want to impose your style, you want to play with your personality, but sometimes you need adaptation – more or less, it depends on the opposition.“It is tough to break their style and impose yours. When a lot of teams play with a profound block, it’s because they need to play like that and can also have chances to win.“Usually you can play ten matches against Manchester City – maybe Newcastle, maybe Crystal Palace, perhaps us as well – you can lose ten times playing the same, or possibly lose seven, draw two and win one.Report: Kanu makes bold claim about Pepe George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Former Arsenal superstar Kanu claims the Premier League teams fear Nicolas Pepe.The Ivory Coast international Pepe, made an 80 million Euro move to Arsenal…“But this style can work for you as Newcastle and Crystal Palace won against them.”Arsenal was thumped 5-1 at Liverpool in December as they tried to impose their style of play, but the former PSG boss claims he’s unfazed by the loss and will maintain his form.“They are two different teams,” he said of City and Arsenal.“Different manner of playing, but with a huge organisation, huge managers and also big players.“For example, the progress from Liverpool is significant progress, and now they are the favourites because they have the lead.“Maybe Manchester City is a different example because they paid a lot and maybe we can’t do that now like that, but our way is we can also do one way similar to Liverpool, similar to Tottenham.“Doing more with young players, using well players who can improve with us. And we are doing that. We need time, but also we need to be very demanding of ourselves to do that.”👔 @UnaiEmery_ put the squad through their final training session this afternoon📸 Here’s a look at what happened ahead of our trip to Manchester for #MCIARS— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 2, 2019