Robertson: I’ve been good but can be better

first_imgAndy Robertson has offered a humble assessment of his achievements at Liverpool to date, with the Scottish full-back saying of his efforts: “I’ve been good but I can always be better”.The 25-year-old has just completed a memorable 2018-19 campaign that ended on a Champions League-winning high.His contribution to the Reds’ cause has been widely heralded, with Robertson registering 13 assists across Premier League and European competition. 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? He has made the £8 million ($10m) that Liverpool paid Hull City for his services look like quite the bargain, but believes there is scope for even more improvement in his game.Robertson told the Reds’ official website: “I think I’ve been good but I can always be better. That’s the way I’ve always worked.”I’ll never praise myself because I think there’s always improvement to be made.”Even when I have a good game, you can still do things better. I’ve had a good season but I still have a lot of improvement to make and hopefully I can show that in the following seasons.”Robertson acknowledged his cause at Liverpool has been aided by those alongside him.Virgil van Dijk Liverpool 2018-19He currently forms part of a defensive unit that includes PFA Player of the Year Virgil van Dijk.The Dutchman has been credited with turning the Reds into serious contenders for major prizes on the back of a record-breaking £75m ($94m) transfer, with Robertson one of his many admirers.”He brings everything, in my opinion,” the Liverpool left-back said of a commanding colleague. “He is one of the leaders in the changing room now, he is vocal. He is a lovely person off the pitch. He has been so crucial to what we do.”The players around him have helped; Joel [Matip] has been magnificent when he has been called upon this season, Joe Gomez was different class at the start of the season, and Dejan [Lovren] has obviously played games and stepped up where he has been great.”The central partnerships have been really good this season. Virgil takes all the plaudits but rightly so – he has been on a different level to anyone this season. What he brings on and off the pitch is special.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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Travel Like a Boss with Chief Trunk

first_imgThese days we guys have been stepping up our fashion game, but when we travel how many men do you see cramming their quality made duds into a gym bag or some cheap ass Chinatown suitcase?Understandably, we all can’t spring for a luxury line brand over night but if we want to keep our clothing consistent with our luggage, Chief Trunk is the way to go. There is some serious heritage in this company and yes, we know Vuitton, Prada and Goyard have been around a long time. But those brands can be a little too flashy for our taste (and most of it is made in China and then assembled in Italy or France!).Originally called The Oshkosh Trunk Company, the brand was relaunched in fall 2013 as Chief Trunk Company. Why the name change? They didn’t want to be related to OshKosh B’gosh, which was also founded in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Oshkosh’s hallmark red and yellow canvas series was known as The Chief so the company thought it made sense to move forward with that name (and because Chief just sounds boss!).The stripe originated when a Spanish embassy in the 19th century commissioned a mill in the US to produce a canvas with a yellow and red stripe in honor of the Spanish flag. After the Spanish-American war, Spain lost its remaining American colonies and the mill was stuck with the canvas and sold it to Oshkosh. In 1910 a buyer from Marshall Field & Company visited the factory, saw the trunks and placed an order. They became an instant hit.  From the 1930s-1950s Oshkosh was a major player in the luxury world opening flagships in London, Paris and New York but by the 1960’s other brands rose in popularity and Oshkosh folded.Today the brand is again inspired by the “American Good Life” and Chief Trunk is still made in the USA and is now based in New York City. This is all thanks to its new owner, Konrad Duchek, who previously was Director of Business Planning and Development at Chanel in New York. He had grown up around his grandfather’s Oshkosh trunks with their bold stripes, and when he found some in a Paris flea market it sparked an idea to relaunch the luxury line.Although Chief Trunk only launched several months ago it is now one of the most buzzed about brands in the nation. To keep up with the times they just launched a soft sided bag perfect for use as a carry-on. The 24 oz. canvas is accented with rich black leather and brass hardware (retail: $995). The price isn’t out of bounds (especially related to the previously mentioned European brands) and the totes are in the same price category as Filson. While there are only nine items for now, keep a look out for the brand to be expanding for all of your travel needs. We are really hoping they re-release a proper old school trunk. While it may not be ideal for travel it would look damn good   nestled into our apartment for handsome storage. Why Mental Health Matters (and Why It’s Time to Change Our Perspective) 10 Best Whiskies for Irish Coffee Dive In Feet First With the Best Rubber Boots for Men Editors’ Recommendations To Find Beauty In Yosemite, Just Whip Out Your (Honda) Passport All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Rankedlast_img read more

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Bank of Canada rate hike can quickly influence consumer behaviour

by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 12, 2017 10:55 am MDT Last Updated Jul 12, 2017 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Bank of Canada rate hike can quickly influence consumer behaviour TORONTO – Tarek Mnaimne has been considering dipping his toes into the Canadian real estate market, particularly in Toronto or Montreal, but the rate hike from the central bank is giving him pause.“It just doesn’t look as attractive as it used to,” says Mnaimne, a Canadian expat currently working in Kuwait City as an investment analyst.Mnaimne, 29, is looking for an investment property, one that will appreciate in value over the next five or 10 years, and the expectation of further rate hikes from the Bank of Canada is making him rethink his options.“Valuation-wise I’m not sure if it looks as attractive as it used to,” says Mnaimne. “The fact is I’m considering several markets. So when you compare apples to apples, Europe is priced much better right now.”Mnaimne’s deliberations illustrate the ways in which the Bank of Canada’s benchmark interest rate has the power to influence consumer behaviours. The central bank lifted its key interest rate Wednesday for the first time in seven years, pushing it to 0.75 per cent from 0.5 per cent.Canada’s five biggest banks quickly followed suit, announcing they were increasing their prime lending rates by 25 basis points. Royal Bank of Canada (TSX:RY), the Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO), TD Bank (TSX:TD), Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) and CIBC (TSX:CM) are all raising their prime rates to 2.95 per cent from 2.7 per cent, effective Thursday.The prime lending rate is the rate that banks use to set interest rates for variable-rate mortgages and other loans.Back in 2015, when the Bank of Canada twice cut its benchmark interest rate by 25 basis points, the banks passed along only a portion of the savings to consumers, cutting their prime rates by only 15 basis points each time.But now they have passed along the full increase to consumers in a bid to protect their lending margins, which have been under pressure in recent years.Although higher mortgage rates could dissuade some would-be buyers, the president and CEO of realtor Royal LePage says the impact will be minimal.“It does raise the cost of a home, because most people buy homes on carrying cost, not on sticker price,” said Soper. “But it’s very minor and it’s been priced into banks’ risk models for several years now.”Follow @alexposadzki on Twitter. A Royal Bank of Canada sign is pictured in downtown Toronto on Dec. 2, 2011.Canada’s five biggest banks are boosting their prime lending rates by 25 basis points, following an interest rate hike from the central bank.Royal Bank of Canada (TSX:RY), the Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO), TD Bank (TSX:TD), Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) and CIBC (TSX:CM) all announced Wednesday they are increasing their prime rates to 2.95 per cent from 2.7 per cent, effective Thursday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette read more

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