World Cup 2019 Final: Overjoyed for Ben but I am still a New Zealand supporter, says Stokes’s father

first_imgWorld Cup 2019 Final: Overjoyed for Ben but I am still a New Zealand supporter, says Stokes’s fatherNew Zealand fan and resident Gerard Stokes who is the father of England all-rounder Ben had his loyalties stretched to the fullest as the latter brought England their maiden men’s World Cup 2019 trophy in a thriller at Lord’s.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk ChristchurchJuly 15, 2019UPDATED: July 15, 2019 23:34 IST Ben Stokes was adjudged the Man of the Match after England’s thrilling World Cup 2019 victory (AP)HIGHLIGHTSEngland beat New Zealand to win the World Cup 2019 on SundayBen Stokes was adjudged the Man of the Match in the pulsating finalStokes’s parents who are based in New Zealand, had their sporting loyalties stretched during the finalBen Stokes might have won England the World Cup but his Kiwi-origin father Gerard Stokes has admitted that he will remain a New Zealand fan despite being happy for his son’s feat. Gerard, who is long-time Black Caps fan also said that even though New Zealand couldn’t win the trophy, he doesn’t necessarily mind the cup not being shared between the two finalists after the match ended in a tie.”I really am disappointed for the Black Caps; it’s such a shame someone had to walk away without the trophy. Hand on heart, I am overjoyed for Ben and the team, but I am still a New Zealand supporter,” Gerard told 1Newsnow.Ben Stokes was named the Man of the Match for his fighting 84* in the final that brought England close to their target of 242. However, with the scores tied at the end of the 50 overs, the game went into a Super Over which ended up being tied as well. Therefore, England were declared winners as they had hit more boundaries than New Zealand. Gerard doesn’t mind the last part as ‘there’s always got to be a winner in a World Cup'”[A draw] would’ve been nice but there’s always got to be a winner in a World Cup,” he told Newstalk ZB.”The way that Ben batted was a tribute to both teams in the way that they tried so hard to win that cup. He was over the moon being a part of that match and also have an influence on the result as well … the way he played epitomized both teams I think.”advertisementRegarding his stretched loyalties whenever the two teams face each other on the field, Gerard admitted that it’s difficult to maintain the right balance.”I’ve got a lot of friends in England and a lot of friends in the England set-up as well, it’s just a matter of supporting both. It’s quite a difficult balance and doesn’t work most of the time but I give it a go,” said Gerard.Deb Stokes, Ben’s mother also experienced the thrill sitting back home in Christchurch as she ‘cried her eyes out’.”At the end of the game I cried my eyes out,” she said. “I was really disappointed for the Black Caps because they had given so much as well, it would have been great if it could have been a draw.”The Stokes family moved to England when Ben was aged 12 with Gerard earning a rugby league coaching contract in Cumbria. But Gerard and Deb moved back to Christchurch in 2013. Their son, meanwhile, was on his way to attaining cult status in English cricket history.Also Read | Sharing World Cup should be considered if finalists can’t be separated: New Zealand coachAlso Read | England and New Zealand should have been given the World Cup trophy: Cheteshwar PujaraFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Ben StokesFollow World Cup finallast_img read more

Drugstore chain Walgreens profit slips as generic drug benefit wanes frigid winter

Drugstore chain Walgreen’s profit slips as generic drug benefit wanes, frigid winter bites by Tom Murphy, The Associated Press Posted Mar 25, 2014 11:05 am MDT Walgreen’s fiscal second quarter earnings slipped from a year ago as the nation’s largest drugstore chain reaped a smaller benefit from generic drugs and took a $60 million hit due to rough winter weather.But the Deerfield, Ill., company’s underlying performance impressed investors, and its shares rose, approaching the all-time high that they reached last month.Walgreen executives said Tuesday that a wave of new generic drug introductions peaked in last year’s quarter, which helped the company’s bottom line then but made comparisons difficult for this year’s quarter.Generic drugs, which are cheaper alternatives to branded medicines, squeeze drugstore sales but improve profitability because they come with a wider margin between the cost for the pharmacy to purchase the drugs and the reimbursement it receives.The company said Tuesday that the tough comparison between this year’s quarters and last year will ease later this year. Walgreen expects generics to start helping its year-over-year performance again by the end of the fiscal year.Walgreen said a tough winter also affected its performance in the quarter by keeping customers away from its stores, forcing it to temporarily close some locations and adding about $23 million in snow removal costs.Overall, Walgreen Co. earned $754 million, or 78 cents per share, in the quarter that ended Feb. 28. That’s down from $756 million, or 79 cents per share, a year ago.Adjusted earnings were 91 cents per share. Analysts expected 93 cents per share, according to FactSet.Its revenue rose to about 5 per cent to $19.61 billion and matched Wall Street expectations.Walgreen competitor CVS Caremark Corp. made a big splash nationally last month when it said it planned to phase out tobacco product sales from its stores by October. Walgreen stores still sell tobacco, and an analyst asked CEO Greg Wasson during a Tuesday morning conference call whether the company would stick with it unless such sales a banned by a local government.Wasson didn’t address the future of tobacco sales. Instead, he emphasized that the drugstore chain has pharmacists who can help people quit as well as smoking cessation products.“We think we’re well-positioned to help folks change their behaviour,” he said.Gabelli Funds portfolio manager Jeff Jonas said Walgreen stores may gain some business from smokers once CVS quits selling tobacco.“We’re in an environment right now where traffic is really tough to come by … so every little bit helps,” he said.Walgreen shares rose $1.95, or 3 per cent, to $66.26 after rising as high as $68.15 earlier in the day. The stock started 2014 strong, hitting an all-time high price of $69.84 at the end of last month. FILE – In this June 21, 2013, file photo, customers leave a Walgreens pharmacy in Jackson, Miss. Walgreen Co. reports quarterly financial results, Tuesday, March 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more