Nashville ‘fits perfect’ for new designated player Mukhtar

first_imgNashville SC’s roster continues to take shape, with the 2020 MLS expansion franchise landing Brondby’s Hany Mukhtar as its first designated player. The 24-year-old will continue to play with the Swedish side until January when he will make the transition to MLS. Mukhtar becomes the sixth player signed with two others, Aníbal Godoy and winger David Accam, finishing out the current MLS season with their respective teams before joining up.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Having come through the ranks in Germany before bouncing around in Europe, the attacker believes he can continue to develop in United States and feels as though the timing was perfect to get in on the ground floor with Nashville. “I had a great feeling when I was talking with the club,” Mukhtar told MLSsoccer.com. “I had the feeling it was the right step for me in my life. I think we can grow together, that’s the nice thing.”They want to build something great and I’m not finished in my career. I want to develop as well. It fits perfect.”Considered both a scoring threat and a playmaker, Mukhtar is looking forward to becoming a key cog in the roster being built ahead of the club’s first season in the top flight, a league he believes is still growing in quality. “The league is growing a lot,” he said. “The quality of the game is getting better and better, [and] I think I can develop in this league. That’s why I chose to come to America. They said I’d be a key player; that’s important for a player to get the feeling to be important.”Everybody in life wants to be important in their job. That’s great. I want to give them something back. I’ll give my best on the pitch for sure.”The former German youth international also felt the time was right to leave his current club, having seen the manager who brought him in let go. “The coach who brought me to Brondby, (Alexander Zorniger), he got sacked last year,” Mukhtar explained. “That was a key point for my decision. We had a special relationship and he brought me to the club. “The new coach is great as well, but it’s always different when a specific coach wanted you and brought you to the club. He really wanted me to stay at Brondby, plus I had the feeling it could be good if I stayed one more year. They really needed me, they sold some players. They decided I had to stay and I was fine with that situation.”last_img read more

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Groove Cruise Miami 2019 Celebrates 15th Anniversary

first_imgAugust 8, 2018 — Dance your way across the turquoise waters of the Caribbean with Groove Cruise Miami which announces Phase I of their highly-anticipated 2019 lineup today. Setting sail on the deluxe Celebrity Infinity next January 10th – 14th, 2019, Groove Cruise Miami will offer up an array of electronic music legends and up-and-coming acts, primed to deliver the best in house, trance and techno. Don’t miss this opportunity to dance, discover, and follow your inner compass to an experience of a lifetime. As Groove Cruise celebrates its monumental 15th anniversary, the soundtrack for this year’s cruise will be provided by an amazing roster of 2019 headliners that include critically-acclaimed Chicago-bred EDM superstar Kaskade, Egyptian trance duo Aly & Fila, Yorkshire-based house/techno phenom Hot Since 82, Detroit house legend MK (Marc Kinchen), German-born, Miami-based trance icon Markus Schulz, and Irish house music extraordinaire Simon Patterson. Supporting artists on the Phase I lineup include Anthony Attalla, Blackgummy, Chus & Ceballos, Cocodrills, Eli & Fur, Leftwing & Kody, Liquid Todd, Prok & Fitch, Roger Sanchez, Technasia, Adam Scott, Chris Garcia, Dancetronauts, Dean Mason, Drums of the Sun, DSK CHK, Eva Kane, Geronimo, Grube & Hovesepian, Kristen Knight, Kristina Sky, Laser Assassins, Luccio, Scotty Boy Scooter & Lavelle, and Stellar — more TBA in the coming months. As part of his headlining act, MK will bring his globally – renowned AREA10 party straight to the decks of Groove Cruise, consistently known for featuring some of the hottest names in electronic music as special guests. Groove Cruise Miami will also feature a stellar series of hosted stages, ensuring that there is more than enough music to keep cruisers dancing ‘til sunrise. Look forward to stage takeovers by Coldharbour, Eve, Future Sound of Egypt, Incorrect, Never Going Home, Rubber Ducky, Stereo Productions and Under the Radr. Surrounded by bumping beats and the beloved GC Fam, captains aboard Groove Cruise Miami will voyage to two new destinations in 2019—the stunning, tropical island of Cozumel, Mexico and Key West, Florida. Known for its clear, aquamarine waters, vibrant snorkeling, and culinary delights, Cozumel will add an extra layer of travel and culture to Groove Cruise’s already impressive itinerary. The Groove Cruise family will also be making a stop in Key West, an intimate island hub and favorite Floridian destination. Rolling out further initiatives to heighten the peak experience Groove Cruise Miami delivers, the ship will now depart from the port of Ft. Lauderdale. What was once an arduous cab ride from airport to port is now direct; GC Fam will be able to travel from plane to boat in a matter of minutes. Among the first passenger cruise vessels to be powered by smokeless turbine engines, the premium 2,170-passenger Celebrity Infinity is elegantly themed with its iconic three-level foyer grand staircase and sophisticated decor. Captains will discover a bevy of novelty features including a retro restaurant, Egyptian-themed casino, basketball court, jogging track, shuffleboard, indoor solarium and pool, fine dining, and more than 100 spa cabins. From sprawling penthouses (complete with butler and baby grand piano) to the petite and elegant Sky Suites, Groove Cruise on the Celebrity Infinity will undoubtedly be the most luxurious festival experience yet—welcome to the suite life! Click here to snag one of these epic suites before they’re booked. More info surrounding on-board activities and artists activations coming soon! For those who reside on the West Coast, Groove Cruise Cabo is extending the party to land, air and space with their San Diego pre-party taking place from 8pm – 12am on October 9, 2018, the Tuesday before the festival sets sail. Blasting into San Diego’s iconic Air and Space Museum in Historical Balboa Park, the GC Fam will imbue the museum with outrageous fashion, good vibes, and thumping dance music, giving attendees a flavorful taste of the Groove Cruise experience. A surprise lineup of soon-to-be-announced DJs will transform this sanctuary of science into an intergalactic dance party unlike any other. For tickets & more info: Groove Cruise Miami 2019 STAY CONNECTED Facebook | Instagram | Soundcloud | Twitter | Website | YouTube  About Groove CruiseWhat started in 2004 as a group of 125 thrill-seeking house-heads (led by founder Jason Beukema) sailing on a cruise together has erupted into the world’s first and largest floating dance music festival. Groove Cruise is the only music cruise to sail from both East and West coasts, and is a non-stop experience comprised of four straight days of beach, pool and theme parties, great food, EDM and luxurious destination parties. In addition to the standard cruise amenities, there are also artist activities, yoga classes (often paired with deep house), costume parties, and various onboard events that rival the best dance music festivals in the world. Groove Cruise is produced by Whet Travel. About Whet TravelOver 12,000 people each year choose Whet Travel for their music cruise adventure. Whet Travel has executed 24 full ship charters including Groove Cruise Miami January 10-14, 2019 (15 year anniversary), Cabo and LA as well as Salsa Cruise (20 year anniversary Oct 29-Nov 2 overnight in Havana Cuba). Whet Travel received the prestigious Charter Partner of the year award from Carnival and Norwegian Cruise Lines and Inc Magazine ranked Whet Travel as the #4 fastest growing travel company in the USA.last_img read more

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Martinrea plunges after revealing more problems lower guidance

Shares of auto parts maker Martinrea International Inc. (TSX:MRE) tumbled 20 per cent as market players reacted to the company’s warning that it will likely fall short of its financial guidance.“We believe that Martinrea will be valued at a discount to the other Canadian auto parts companies,” BMO Capital Markets analyst Peter Sklar wrote in a note to clients.Sklar downgraded Martinrea’s stock to “underperform” from “market perform” and cut his price target on the stock to $9 from $12.50.The stock was down 20 per cent or $1.92 at $7.50 late Thursday afternoon, with more than five million shares traded, making Martinrea the most active issue on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Last month, the company said it expected to earn a profit in the range of 23 cents to 28 cents per share. Martinrea did not say what it now expects to earn for the quarter but said it will likely be lower than that.The company said Wednesday after markets closed that problems at its Hopkinsville factory in Kentucky, including equipment failures, have meant increased costs and could result in a write down of assets at the plant.In addition, the company warned that one of its Canadian factories has been overstating its financial results for several years. The company said a review was ongoing, but estimated its earnings may have been overstated by a total of $10 million to $18 million during 2005 to 2012.Martinrea also said some of the legal costs related to a lawsuit filed against the company by Nat Rea, a former executive and major shareholder in the company, are not covered by insurance and were not included in the guidance.Rea filed a lawsuit in September accused directors and senior executives at the company of breaching their fiduciary duties to in connection with a series of related party transactions involving certain suppliers and customers. The allegations have not been proven in court.Martinrea, which said the claims are without merit, said a special committee of independent directors Scott Balfour and Fred Olson has been assigned to oversee the case. The special committee is authorized to supervise the investigation of the allegations and make recommendations to the board as to any required steps.Rea parted ways with the company earlier this year when he stepped down as vice-chairman and a director of the company. As part of a separation agreement, he was paid $5.2 million.Martinrea said Rea first raised concerns with the company in 2011 while he was still an executive and director. The company said the issues were reviewed by the head of the audit committee, who presented his findings to the board.At the time, Martinrea said Rea “indicated in writing that all his concerns had been addressed” and the board determined no further action was required.“After consecutive record quarters from a financial and performance perspective, we are dealing with some legal and operational issues,” Martinrea executive chairman Rob Wildeboer said in a statement.“We have faced many challenges over the years as we grew this company from scratch, and have always met every challenge head on with conviction and a desire to do the right thing for all our stakeholders.”Sklar noted the problems at Hopkinsville follow problems at Martinrea’s operations in Shelbyville, Ky., last year.“Our concern is that there may be a pattern of operational issues and equipment failures out of the norm,” he wrote in a note to clients.Sklar also raised concerns that the costs related to the Rea lawsuit are likely to continue for some time.“As we have indicated previously, in respect of the litigation initiated by Nat Rea, we are unable to assess the relative merits of each party’s assertions; and, we believe there may be a considerable period of time until these allegations are resolved,” he wrote.“In the interim, we believe the uncertainty will weigh on Martinrea’s valuation, and we note that the public release of legal documents pertaining to the case can result in a significant amount of volatility in the stock price.” read more

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Brock student awarded prestigious exchange opportunity in US

Parker Deabreu’s passion for environmental economics is fuelling her pursuit of a career in the oil and energy sector.In Jan. 2020, the fourth-year Economics student will be attending the University of Maine on exchange to study their world-renowned environmental economics courses.Deabreu is the 2019-20 Killam Fellowship recipient, a new program Brock University announced last year through a partnership with Fullbright Canada. The program gives Brock students the opportunity to study at a handful of post-secondary institutions across the United States.Along with having access to programming and awards, Deabreu will also receive $5,000 USD to alleviate the financial stress of studying south of the border. “Killiam is a very prestigious program,” said Debreu. “It’s a big deal to be a part of this.”Deabreu is no stranger to studying abroad. Last fall, she went on exchange to the University of the West Indies (UWI) in Trinidad and Tobago, where she enrolled in environmental economics courses and immersed herself in local culture and regional hotspots.Admittedly, she was also excited to trade in Canada’s colder months for the tropical climate.“Exchange is a nice thing to have on your resumé, but it turned out to be so much more than what you think going into it,” said Deabreu.She was able to develop meaningful friendships with local and international UWI students and even convinced one to pursue a semester-long exchange at Brock.Deabreu says one of the most surprising things about embarking on an exchange was how affordable it can be.“If you budget properly, it’s affordable and costs the same amount you’d be spending in a regular school year here.”She’s hoping that her time at the University of Maine will provide her with experience and connections in the American energy sector, as well as a broader sense of the connection between Canada and the U.S.Brock students interested in applying for the Killam Fellowship program in 2020-21 are encouraged to submit an application online through Brock’s International Mobility office by Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019. Deabreu’s advice for students considering studying abroad is to be objective. “You need to see what you value the most in a school, a community and a culture,” said Deabreu.Interested students can also attend Brock’s International Mobility Fair Wednesday, Oct. 9. The event provides students with the opportunity to learn about the various global experiences available through Brock’s partner institutions. One lucky attendee will also have the chance to win a $500 Air Canada gift card to help with the costs of travel. For more details, please visit ExperienceBUFor any questions or assistance with applying, please contact Brock’s International Mobility Office at intlmobility@brocku.ca read more

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