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Just over 2 years left, intense work at Tokyo stadium site

first_imgFrontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. At tail end of career, polio victim lifter looks for another fruitful ASEAN Para games stint Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  MOST READ WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES TOKYO — Tokyo’s main Olympic stadium is starting to take shape as structures of what will become spectator stands are being installed after 10 months of underground foundation work.ADVERTISEMENT With its completion deadline just over two years away, work is intense.Olympic Minister Shunichi Suzuki, during a visit to the site Tuesday, said the construction is proceeding as scheduled, praising the workflow efficiency. He said all possible technology must be mobilized to finish by the November 2019 deadline. Suzuki, however, cautioned that workers should not stockpile overtime.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSuzuki cited the suicide earlier this year of a worker linked to overwork, or “karoshi,” and addressed the concerns about the working environment at the project.The stadium delay was part of Japan’s troubled Olympics preparations, underscoring a widespread lack of cost-control. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gameslast_img read more

Draw opening up for Stephens to reach French Open final

first_imgThe path to a second straight French Open final, and a third overall at a major after her title at the U.S. Open in 2017, would seem to be clearing up for Stephens.If she beats the 26th-seeded Konta, then her semifinal opponent will be either 31st-seeded Petra Martic of Croatia or unseeded 19-year-old Marketa Vondrousova, a left-hander from the Czech Republic. Both are playing in the last eight of a major for the first time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsBut Konta does have big-match experience, having reached Grand Slam semifinals at the Australian Open in 2016 and Wimbledon in 2017.She also has a 2-0 record against Stephens. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The third-seeded Romanian is still in the draw.“We have a long way to go until we get there,” said Stephens, who may face another American.There are three remaining, in the other side of the draw: 14th-seeded Madison Keys, 17-year-old Amanda Anisimova, and 20-year-old Sofia Kenin — who knocked out 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams on Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP LATEST STORIES Both those matches were played this year: last month in the rain in Rome, the other on Australian hard courts in Brisbane.“I lost to her in Rome. Really tough day,” Stephens said. “Bad circumstances. Out of the mind. So I’m just going to go in with a clean slate.”The straight-sets defeat in Brisbane was Stephens’ first match of the year and she admittedly was not well prepared.“I had a lot of stuff going on at the beginning of the year,” she said. “I think everybody knows I needed a coach. I was kind of all over the place.”Stephens was runner-up at Roland Garros last year to Simona Halep.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READ Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Disrespect an issue in Warriors’ narrow NBA Finals escape Sloane Stephens of the U.S. celebrates winning her fourth round match of the French Open tennis tournament against Spain’s Garbine Muguruza in two sets, 6-4, 6-3, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Sunday, June 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)PARIS — Sloane Stephens has no other Grand Slam winners — or even finalists — left in her side of the draw at the French Open after beating 2016 champion Garbiñe Muguruza 6-4, 6-3 on Sunday.The seventh-seeded American clinched victory on her fifth match point, setting up an intriguing quarterfinal against Johanna Konta of Britain — herself through to the final eight at Roland Garros for the first time.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View commentslast_img read more

In the name of the father

first_imgIs Mohammad Amir Mohammad Khan of Mahmudabad, a former lawmaker who chose to remain an Indian citizen even when his father emigrated to Pakistan in 1957, an ‘enemy’ of the state? Should former Indian cricket captain, the late Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, his wife Sharmila Tagore and their children Saif,,Is Mohammad Amir Mohammad Khan of Mahmudabad, a former lawmaker who chose to remain an Indian citizen even when his father emigrated to Pakistan in 1957, an ‘enemy’ of the state? Should former Indian cricket captain, the late Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, his wife Sharmila Tagore and their children Saif, Saba and Soha be considered ‘enemies’? It may sound bizarre, but if a new Bill tabled by the NDA government becomes an Act, these are just some of the issues it will throw up at a time when the country is engaged in a furious debate over nationalism, sedition and the rights accorded to minorities in secular India.For, nearly 70 years after Partition and more than 50 years after the 1965 war with Pakistan, the government is trying to rewrite a law that seeks to tackle two sticky subjects at the same time-‘enemy’ and ‘property’. An Ordinance, promulgated on January 7, and converted into the Enemy Property (Amendment & Validation) Bill 2016, which was passed by the Lok Sabha on March 9 despite issues raised by some leaders from the Congress, BJD, TMC, TRS, AIMIM and RSP, aims to take over any property that was owned by a person who emigrated to Pakistan-even if their legal heirs are Indians. The Bill, which amends the original Enemy Property Act, 1968, with retrospective effect, will seemingly nullify a 2005 Supreme Court judgement which had specified that the takeover of such properties must not violate the rights of Indian citizens. On March 15, the Rajya Sabha asked for the Bill to be examined by a select committee.advertisementSome experts believe that the Bill goes against the constitutional guarantee of equality by differentiating between two kinds of Indians-ones whose forefathers moved to Pakistan and ones whose did not. “This will adversely affect the rights of lakhs of Indian citizens and, principally, let us call a spade a spade, of the Muslim community,” Congress MP Shashi Tharoor said in the Lok Sabha. “It is essentially properties of those who went to Pakistan, and that tends to be from only one community, and this is, to my mind, not only borderline and unconstitutional-the court should determine that-but also against the basic principles of natural justice.” The UPA government had promulgated a similar ordinance in 2010 but had allowed it to lapse when its leaders, particularly former prime minister Manmohan Singh, realised the issues it threw up.Click here to EnlargeAt last count, the “enemy properties” marked out by the government stood at 15,143 across 19 states (see map)-from palaces and havelis to private houses, commercial buildings and farmlands-rising dramatically from just over 2,111 in 2011. Of these, the process of taking over 9,400 properties, estimated to be worth Rs 1 lakh crore, and vest them with the Custodian of Enemy Properties of India has already been completed. The Bill also declares null and void any sale or transfer of an ‘enemy property’ by its legal heirs since 1968, thereby impacting hundreds of thousands of people-many of whom are not even aware that the property they own today once belonged to an ‘enemy’. These properties can be taken over by the Indian government and sold to a third party, according to the new provisions, without any recourse in law against such action.The government’s argument is that maintaining these properties and dealing with issues such as litigation and encroachment is cumbersome. The government also suggests that since this property is not being used, it might as well sell it and transfer the money to the Consolidated Fund of India, especially since Pakistan has already sold the properties Indian citizens owned in that country.Though Pakistan had indeed disposed of properties owned by Indians in 1971, the Bill is being described by some experts as an “act of vengeance” that is against the idea of India. “What happened in another country should be of no consequence to us. We are governed by our laws. Shouldn’t the fact that citizens chose to remain in India even if their parents or ancestors migrated to Pakistan count for something? Instead of punishing the ‘enemy’, aren’t you punishing one of your own?” asks advocate Niraj Gupta, an expert on ‘enemy property’ matters. In other words, even if emigration is considered a crime by some overzealously patriotic logic, should a son be punished for the sins of his father?Does choice matter?To better understand the issue, let us consider the live example of the Mahmudabad properties in Uttar Pradesh-located mainly in Lucknow, Sitapur and Nainital.In December 1957, Mohammad Amir Ahmed Khan, then the Raja of Mahmudabad, emigrated to Pakistan and became a Pakistani citizen. His wife, Rani Kaniz Abid, and their son, Mohammad Amir Mohammad Khan, however, chose not to emigrate. This was five years before the concept of ‘enemy property’ was introduced during the war with China in 1962, when the properties held by Chinese citizens in India were vested with a custodian on a temporary basis in order to ensure that they could not be used against the Indian State. When the 1965 war broke out, the provisions of the three-year-old order were extended to Pakistan, and as a result, the Mahmudabad property was taken over by the Union government.advertisementThe Raja died in 1973 in London. His son, who was then pursuing a doctorate in astrophysics at Cambridge, returned to India and made a petition that his father’s property be released to him by the government since he was the legal heir and an Indian citizen.Flagstaff house, the Nawab of Pataudi’s property in Bhopal. Photo: Pankaj TiwariOver the next 24 years, Mohammad Amir Mohammad Khan, who served two terms as a Congress MLA in 1985 and 1989, petitioned the government several times for his property to be released to him. He eventually filed a writ petition in the Bombay High Court in 1997 because the office of the Custodian of Enemy Property of India is located in Mumbai. Amir Mohammad Khan won the case in 2001, and after the then NDA government challenged the high court order, won again in the Supreme Court in 2005. The apex court, in its judgement, said that the Union government had been in illegal possession of his properties since 1973. These properties-most notable among them the Mahmudabad Fort on the outskirts of Lucknow, Butler Palace in Lucknow, the District Magistrate and Superintendent of Police’s official residences in Sitapur, and Hotel Metropole in Nainital-were released to him. Some other properties in Lucknow’s central Hazratganj, however, were released symbolically but not really handed over because of issues raised related to tenancy.This arrangement, however, was disturbed all of a sudden in 2010, when the UPA government promulgated an Ordinance rewriting the original 1968 Enemy Property Act retrospectively. The Custodian’s agents started seizing the Mahmudabad property once again, and did not return it to the family even after the Ordinance was allowed to lapse.Amir Mohammad Khan approached the courts again, first the Delhi High Court, then the Uttarakhand High Court, until the case was transferred to the Supreme Court. On January 7, 2016, the same day that the Supreme Court had fixed a hearing, the Enemy Property (Amendment and Validation) Ordinance was promulgated by the NDA government to change the law retrospectively.Sharmila Tagore at Flagstaff house. Photo: Pankaj Tiwari”What pains me is not that my property is at stake but the larger message this sends. Am I to be damned because I am the son of someone who at one stage in his life supported Pakistan but then changed radically? Am I to be damned because I am a Muslim, or because I was born into an erstwhile feudal family?” the 72-year-old Mohammad Amir Mohammad Khan asks. “While I am the above by accident of birth, I am by unwavering choice an Indian citizen, equal therefore in the eyes of the law and of our Constitution as any other Indian. The new Bill will affect lakhs of Indians, open the doors to unbridled corruption, and make a mockery of all judicial institutions, including the Supreme Court.”The Mahmudabad property is just one of several such cases. In fact, the government’s intentions had become clear more than a year before the new Ordinance was promulgated. In December 2014, for example, the Custodian served a notice on Saif Ali Khan under Section 11 of the 1968 Act, asking why the properties of the former Bhopal state, which he had inherited, should not be deemed as ‘enemy property’. Then, in February 2015, the Custodian went ahead and declared it as ‘enemy property’ on the grounds that the erstwhile Nawab of Bhopal Hamidullah Khan’s eldest daughter Abida Sultan-the mother of reputed diplomat and cricket administrator Shahryar Khan-had emigrated to Pakistan in 1950. This was done even though Abida Sultan had relinquished her rights to succession and to the property, which passed on to her sister Sajida Sultan, who was Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi’s mother, as the sole heir. This transfer of succession was officially recognised by the President of India in 1961.advertisementSaif has secured a stay from court against the Custodian’s attempts to take over the Bhopal property. “There is no question of our property being considered enemy property, even after the new Bill,” Saif’s lawyer Rajesh Pancholi says. “When the President of India has accepted the succession of Sajida Sultan, how can the Custodian issue a notice or an order that contravenes that? What has been done will not stand scrutiny.” But there are some fears that the retrospective powers of the new Bill may end up complicating the matter further.In Bhopal, another group of over 5,000 families that may be affected by the Bill has formed an organisation called the Ghar Bachao Sangharsh Samiti. They are being represented by lawyer Jagdish Chhawni, who says the land in question is in excess of 10,000 acres. Some of his clients had bought the properties at some point over the last five decades, but may now be in danger of losing them because the new Bill deems all past transactions of ‘enemy property’ as null and void.So consider this: even if you purchased a property after examining the seller’s proof of ownership, and by studying the chain of sale deeds over the decades, you could have no way of telling if it is considered ‘enemy property’ by the government. If it was held at any point by a person who was or became a Pakistani citizen, it could be taken away from you. “In 50 years, hundreds of transactions have taken place. You want to nullify all these transactions and you give them no recourse in law. Can this Parliament ever enact this kind of a nonsensical law?” BJD MP Pinaki Mishra asked in the Lok Sabha. “This is an invitation for a writ petition to be filed immediately under Article 226 of the Constitution, and it is going to be stayed on day one.”Some other notable properties already in dispute include land in Shahberi village in Gautam Buddha Nagar, which was sold in 1968 but has been taken over by the Custodian, and a property in the Ranga Reddy district of Hyderabad that has been taken over by the Custodian in its entirety even though only one of its four original owners had emigrated to Pakistan.Permanent enemies?When Union home minister Rajnath Singh introduced the Bill in Parliament, he tried to play down allegations that it was anti-minority by pointing out that the Bill will also apply to properties owned by Chinese citizens.But this brings up another question that is equally troublesome. Unless you are a Capulet or a Montague from the bloody streets of Shakespeare’s Verona, is there really any such thing as a permanent enemy? In today’s political structure of nation-states, there are partners and rivals, allies and hostiles, but these descriptors keep changing over time. Britain and Germany were enemies during the world wars, but they are partners on several fronts now. The relationship between India and Pakistan, more complicated given our birth as twin republics in 1947 and because of continuing cross-border terrorism, is not all that different. Our prime ministers engage with each other intermittently in a bid to restore trade, sporting and government ties, and the advertised long-term goal on either side of the border is to work towards harmony in the neighbourhood.The permanent nature of this Bill, however, assumes that the two countries were always, and will always, remain enemies. And what if India was to go to war with a third country, or was pushed into a situation where it is forced to consider another nation as an enemy? Will properties of Indians who may have emigrated to that country also be taken away then?The ruling BJP went even further in the Lok Sabha, where its Rajasthan MP P.P. Chaudhary said that the Bill should include properties of those convicted in sedition cases. “To my mind, even a person who has been convicted of sedition charges should be treated as an ‘enemy’ and his property should be dealt with under the provisions of this Act,” he declared, asking for “suitable amendments” to be included in the Bill.Should the Enemy Property Bill, then, be a tool in the hands of governments so that they can act against anyone who they perceive is indulging in anti-national activities? And should the family members and descendants of these so-called anti-nationals also bear the brunt? These are questions that will need to be answered, either by Parliament or by the courts, before the Bill can come into effect. Who is an ‘enemy’ and who isn’t is just the tip of the iceberg.Follow the writer on Twitter @_kunal_pradhanlast_img read more


first_imgEarlier, the apex court had said “prima facie” it did notEarlier, the apex court had said “prima facie” it did not find fault with Parliament passing resolutions condemning Justice Katju for his blog against Mahatma Gandhi and Bose.Katju has moved the court seeking quashing of resolutions passed by both Houses of Parliament for calling Mahatama Gandhi and Subhash C Bose British and Japanese “agents” respectively.In his Facebook post, the former judge had criticised Parliament for censuring him without even giving him a hearing.The resolutions were passed against him by Lok Sabha on March 12 and Rajya Sabha on March 11 last year.Alternatively, Katju has sought a direction to Lok Sabha Speaker and Chairman of the Upper House that he be heard personally or through a lawyer duly appointed by him.”It is a basic principle of natural justice that no one should be condemned unheard. But paying scant regard to this principle, the Honble members of both Houses of the Indian Parliament all flocked together with one voice to condemn me, like the Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland who would say Off with his head! even before she would give a hearing to someone..,” Justice Katju, who has created controversies with several of his comments in the past, wrote in his post.The petition claimed Parliament lacked “competence” to condemn him. PTI SJK PKS MNL RKS SKlast_img read more

Haryana to implement activity-based learning model in government schools

first_imgIn an attempt to enhance the learning skills of the school children and to promote child-friendly atmosphere in schools, the Haryana Education Department has decided to implement activity oriented learning process in government schools.”We want that the students should enjoy coming to school. Instead of just learning by rote, the students will be able to learn through various activities. Workshops of teachers are being held to prepare a framework for the purpose. This will also improve the quality of the students as they will develop an interest in learning,” said PK Das, Additional Chief Secretary School Education Department.The objective behind such introduction is to endorse the children’s learning programme with fun and happiness. Another primary objective is to make sure no student fails in the Haryana board exams (10th and 12th exams respectively).Aims and objectives:In order to augment the mathematical and scientific knowledge of the students, experts from such domain would be invited to interact with the students for their better understanding of the subjects and the ambiguity of conceptsCreating awareness amongst the student is one of its primary aims besides augmenting their skills and development. Activities such as student outreach to local areas and spreading the awareness on the ill-effects of careless disposition of plastic bags in their surroundings are welcomedIt is strongly advocated that such activities will instill the sense of responsibility in the mind of the studentsTo promote skills and development amongst the students, which will identify the talent and vocational prospect of the students who are weak in studies. “There are students who might not be good in academics, but are good in other activities. When grading the personality of the student, these activities should be accounted for. Around 20 different kinds of activities will be started in the schools. Even students who are physically challenged would be involved with sporting activities. The aim is to ensure that all students are involved in activities that they enjoy,” remarked PK Das, as reported in The Indian Express.Measures:advertisementInstead of learning through memorization and tiresome study routine, the education department aims to introduce various activity-based learningprogrammes to make learning more interestingThe Haryana government has decided to implement the new model across the government schools as a pilot projectBesides various activities, Saturday would be devoted entirely for extra-curriculum and fun oriented learning activities in order to groom the creativity of the school childrenThe education department had earlier identified the necessities of activity-based learning model.Read: AICTE enters into collaboration with Wheebox to improve students’ job skillsRead:Quota may be introduced for IIM facultyClick here for more education related news.last_img read more

Broncos Lose QB Osweiler

first_imgENGLEWOOD, Colo. — John Elway is scrambling again.The General Manager of the Super Bowl champions has a huge hole to fill with Brock Osweiler bolting to the Houston Texans 48 hours after Peyton Manning’s retirement.That leaves Trevor Siemian as the only quarterback on the Denver Broncos’ roster. The second-year pro from Northwestern has taken just one NFL snap, a kneel-down at that.If Elway’s sweating it, he’s certainly not showing it.“We’ve stayed true to our philosophy of building a team with players who want to be Denver Broncos and want to be here. That’s been a successful approach for us,” Elway said.“While we did offer a very competitive and fair long-term contract to Brock, we ultimately had to remain disciplined while continuing to assemble a roster that can compete for championships.”So, now the man who famously declared there was no Plan B when he lured Manning to Denver four years ago must find a passer who will defend Denver’s title in 2016.“We’ve now turned our attention to other options at quarterback and we are confident that we’ll find the right player and person for our team,” Elway said. “Our organization thanks Brock for his contributions and wishes him all the best.”Elway could turn to free agents such as Robert Griffin III or Ryan Fitzpatrick — whose agent, Jimmy Sexton, also represents Osweiler. Or he could pursue a trade — Colin Kaepernick, anyone? He’ll almost certainly select a quarterback in the early rounds of next month’s draft, too.Osweiler made $660,000 last year and Denver offered him about $16 million a year. ESPN reported Osweiler’s four-year deal with the Texans is worth $18 million annually with $37 million guaranteed.“Shocked,” tweeted Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. “I thought Brock wanted to play with us lol”Instead, he’ll play against them — the Texans are among the teams that’ll visit Denver next season when the Broncos become the sixth team to open defense of its Super Bowl championship with a new QB under center.They’re the first to lose their top two quarterbacks and face this level of uncertainty.The Broncos also will have to replace defensive end Malik Jackson, who went to Jacksonville for six years and $90 million, and linebacker Danny Trevathan, the leading tackler on the league’s No. 1 defense, who rejoined John Fox in Chicago on a four-year deal worth $28 million.They have in-house candidates for those vacancies.In the midst of the big Broncos breakup, Denver did agree to a three-year deal with versatile tackle Donald Stephenson, who spent his first four seasons with the Chiefs, to bolster its offensive line.The Broncos knew they’d lose several key members of their team after beating the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50, although Osweiler’s price tag took may by surprise.Elway’s main off-season priority was keeping Von Miller, so he placed the exclusive franchise tag on his star linebacker. That bought him more time to work out a long-term deal with the Super Bowl MVP — and paved the way for Osweiler’s big payday.Osweiler’s value skyrocketed when Kirk Cousins and Sam Bradford re-signed with their respective teams in recent days, leaving Osweiler as the top QB available, and then the Texans decided he was their man.Osweiler served as Manning’s apprentice for 3 1/2 years, then went 5-2 when Manning was sidelined with a torn ligament in his left foot last season.Manning worked his way back into shape with the help of an orthotics guru who set up shop in his garage and stealthy workouts with practice squad receiver Jordan Taylor and sidelined tight end Jeff Heuerman. Finally, Manning was summoned from the bench in the third quarter of the season finale against San Diego when Denver’s offense sputtered under Osweiler. Manning led a comeback that secured the AFC’s top playoff seed and coach Gary Kubiak named him the starter for the playoffs.Although he was disappointed at being demoted, Osweiler pledged his full support for Manning and Kubiak. At the Super Bowl, Osweiler provided encouragement on the sideline as Manning struggled, completing just 13 passes for 141 yards.Thanks to Denver’s dominant defense, it was enough.And in the aftermath of Denver’s win, Elway said he wanted Osweiler back, proclaiming: “We wouldn’t have been world champs without Brock.”Denver’s recent offer sat for several days without a reply, however, and another ominous sign came Monday when Osweiler was a no-show at Manning’s farewell news conference.Osweiler was the only quarterback ever drafted with the explicit intent of one day succeeding the icon the late Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams dubbed “the Great Peyton Manning.”Instead, he’s replacing Brian Hoyer.(ARNIE STAPLETON, AP Pro Football Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Liverpool team news & line-up vs West Ham

first_imgLiverpool Liverpool team news: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs West Ham Melissa Reddy Liverpool FC Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 15:00 2/24/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Henderson Liverpool Liverpool Premier League Liverpool v West Ham United West Ham United Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at Anfield on Saturday Liverpool return to action 10 days after their Champions League demolition of Porto by hosting West Ham with the intention of stretching their unbeaten run to five games in all competitions.Jurgen Klopp fitted in a short warm-weather camp in Marbella during the break and believes his players are “100% fit” having benefited from rotation as well as greater conditioning.The Merseysiders, currently third in the standings, have designs on ending the domestic season as Manchester City’s closest competitors and want to erase Manchester United’s two-point advantage over them in second. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player LIVERPOOL INJURIES No fresh issues have been reported, with Joe Gomez returning to the bench at the Estadio do Dragao following a knee problem.Nathaniel Clyne will not be rushed back into the fold after undertaking several full training sessions after recovering from a back injury.Klopp will provide a full update on his squad at Melwood on Friday afternoon.SUSPENSIONS Emre Can returns from a one-game continental ban, but for the visitors, Arthur Masuaku is serving a six-game suspension for spitting.LIVERPOOL POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UPKlopp should stick with largely the same XI that dispatched Porto 5-0, with potential to refresh the flanks and alter the midfield.Adam Lallana and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be hoping for starts, while Emre Can could be restored in the centre of the park following his suspension in Portugal.Virgil van Dijk and Dejan Lovren’s two appearances as a partnership has been very promising and it will be interesting to see if Klopp continues with the combo or switches Joel Matip back in.Possible Liverpool XI v West HamWEST HAM TEAM NEWS David Moyes’ side have secured 20 points from their last 12 league games, but the manager has a nightmarish record at Anfield.Striker Javier Hernandez, formerly of Manchester United, has no such issue, having scored at the ground twice.’Chicharito’ is in fine form, netting thrice and assisting another in West Ham’s last four top-flight matches.Chicharito West Ham United“We know Liverpool have a squad with plenty of world-class players, which they proved in the Champions League, and they want to keep fighting for a better position in the Premier League, so we need to be in our best shape and give our best performance to win,” the Mexico international told the club’s official website.“This is always the case against the best six teams, but you saw us produce pretty good performances against Chelsea and Tottenham recently, so hopefully we can do it again and take the three points.“These types of games are the ones we all look forward to. We don’t want to be disrespectful to all the other teams, because there are no easy games in the Premier League, whether you are playing against a top side or a team battling relegation, but playing against Liverpool at Anfield is the sort of game all the players want to play in.”Former Red Andy Carroll has been ruled out of the encounter along with Pedro Obiang, while Winston Reid and Manuel Lanzini are doubts.TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME Kick off is at 3pm BST (8am CST) and the match will not be televised live in the UK.BEST OPTA MATCH FACTS Jurgen Klopp failed to win any of his first four matches against West Ham as a manager (D2 L2), but has since guided his Liverpool side to two wins in a row versus the Hammers. David Moyes has never won against Liverpool at Anfield in all competitions as a manager (D7 L7), failing to win with Everton, Man Utd and Sunderland. Mo Salah is averaging a goal or assist every 64 minutes in home Premier League games this season (11 goals, 5 assists). Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Former Big 10 Head Coach Has Officially Landed A New Job

first_imgA view of Wisconsin's Camp Randall from midfield.MADISON, WI – SEPTEMBER 10: A general view of Camp Randall Stadium as the Wisconsin Badgers take on the Oregon State Beavers at on September 10, 2011 in Madison Wisconsin. Wisconsin defeated Oregon State 35-0. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Well-traveled head coach Gary Andersen has bounced around college football for the last few years, but seems to have found a brand new home – at one of his old stomping grounds.Andersen has been hired as head coach of the Utah State Aggies, the school officially announced tonight. The move comes after Andersen spent this past year as an assistant at rival Utah.Andersen previously served in the same role for the Utes from 2009 to 2012, going 26-24 in four seasons.The 2012 season saw the Aggies reach the highest of highs, as they won a school-record 11 games, a Mountain West Conference title, and the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in a 41-15 win over Toledo.Utah State: New boss, same as the old boss.— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) December 9, 2018Andersen would follow up his wildly successful year at Utah State by accepting the head coaching job at Wisconsin. But despite a 19-7 record in two season, Andersen ultimately chose to buy out his contract to move to Oregon State.The move to Oregon State didn’t pan out though as Andersen’s Beavers went 7-23 in two-plus years before the two sides parted ways in 2017.last_img read more

Tender Called for Highway 101 Paving

first_imgA new 11-kilometre stretch of twinned Highway 101 will be ready this fall for travellers to and from the Annapolis Valley as a result of a tender called by the province. The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal has called for tenders to pave the new lanes of Highway 101 from west of the overpass of Trunk 1 near Falmouth for about 11.6 kilometres to Exit 9 at Avonport. Also included is the construction of an eastbound off-ramp at Exit 9. Cost of the project is being shared by the provincial and federal governments. “We have made great progress in twinning our 100-series highways during the last few years,” said Murray Scott, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “This project will complete another huge step in improving road safety in Nova Scotia.” The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.last_img read more

Defiant Morsi tells Egypt court to try ‘coup’ leaders

first_imgCairo — Egypt’s deposed president Mohamed Morsi appeared in court Monday on the first day of his trial for incitement to murder, rejecting its legitimacy and demanding “coup” leaders be prosecuted.In his first public appearance since the military toppled him in July, Morsi was indignant and outraged as he attended a make-shift courtroom at a police academy in east Cairo. The trial was adjourned to January 8.“I am Dr. Mohamed Morsi, the president of the republic,” a defiant Morsi told the court. Monday’s hearing lasted nearly three hours and the judge heard requests from the defendants’ lawyers, who demanded to see all the case files and be allowed to meet their clients privately.Morsi, who had been kept in secret detention since July, was then flown to Borg al-Arab prison outside Egypt’s second city of Alexandria.Morsi and 14 co-defendants are accused of inciting violence and the murder of protesters outside the presidential palace in December, charges that could lead to the death penalty or life in prison.The Islamist leader branded as criminal his overthrow by the army on July 3 after mass protests against his single year of turbulent rule.“This was a military coup. The leaders of the coup should be tried. A coup is treason and a crime.”“I cannot accept for the judiciary to become a cover for the military coup,” he yelled. “I am here involuntarily, and through force.”Morsi, wearing a dark blue suit, was brought to court by helicopter that touched down nearby and then driven to the heavily fortified police academy.State television aired footage showing Morsi smiling as he stepped out of a white van, buttoning his blue blazer and entering the dock to applause from fellow defendants dressed in white prison uniforms.Muslim Brotherhood co-defendants Essam al-Erian and Mohammed al-Beltagui chanted “Down with military rule” at the hearing, as Morsi, his greying beard closely trimmed, smiled and waved at his supporters packing the benches of the courtroom.Judge Ahmed Sabry Youssef banned cameras and recording equipment from the courtroom.Morsi’s supporters, battered by a bloody and sweeping police crackdown, accuse the army-installed government of fabricating the charges against him.They held anti-military rallies across Cairo, including outside the police academy where dozens brandished posters of Morsi and signs bearing anti-military messages.Thousands also protested in front of the constitutional court.“Morsi’s trial is a farce. The criminals are trying the legitimate president,” supporter Ibrahim Abdel Samd said.Security forces completely closed Nahda Square — site of a bloody crackdown on Morsi supporters in August — and Cairo University, while military vehicles guarded police stations.The authorities deployed 20,000 policemen for the trial, and warned they were ready to deal with any violence.‘Defiance noteworthy’‘Free and fair trial’Morsi’s trial is seen as a test for Egypt’s new authorities, who have come under fire for their heavy-handedness.With more than 1,000 people killed since Morsi’s overthrow and thousands of Islamists arrested, hopes for a political settlement are slim in Egypt.“Morsi’s insistence that he is still the legitimate president shows that he and most of the Muslim Brotherhood is not ready to give up their legitimacy claim,” said Shadi Hamid of the Brookings Doha Center think-tank.“Their stand is detached from the reality, but their defiance is noteworthy and could keep supporters energized.”Amnesty International said Morsi should be granted a fair trial, including the right to challenge evidence against him.“Failing to do so would further call into question the motives behind his trial,” said the watchdog’s Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui.But Hamid believes the “political” nature of the trial will drive its outcome.“There is zero chance of it being free and fair,” he said.On the eve of the hearing, foreign ministry spokesman Badr Abdelatty said Morsi “will have rights to a free and fair trial”.Morsi was catapulted from the underground offices of the long-banned Muslim Brotherhood to become Egypt’s first democratically elected president in June 2012.His victory was made possible by the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime autocratic president Hosni Mubarak.But Morsi’s stint at the helm was marred by political turmoil, deadly clashes and a crippling economic crisis.In November 2012, Morsi decreed himself sweeping powers, prompting opponents to accuse him of failing the ideals of the revolution.It was a turning-point that launched the worst polarisation in Egypt’s recent history.A month later, deadly clashes erupted outside the presidential palace between his supporters and opponents in which at least seven people were killed.last_img read more

TC Energy selling stake in Northern Courier pipeline to AIMCo for $1.15 billion

The Canadian Press Companies in this story: (TSX:TRP, TSX:SU) CALGARY — TC Energy Corp. has signed a deal to sell an 85 per cent stake in its Northern Courier Pipeline to Alberta Investment Management Corp. for roughly $1.15 billion.The company formerly known as TransCanada says the 90 kilometre pipeline transports bitumen and diluent between the Fort Hills mine site in northern Alberta and Suncor Energy’s terminal north of Fort McMurray, Alta.TC Energy will retain a 15 per cent stake and remain the operator of the pipeline.The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter.TC Energy chief executive Russ Girling says the sale helps the company’s efforts to fund its capital program.The company recently completed the sale of its Coolidge Generating Station in Arizona to a subsidiary of Southwest Generation Operating Co. LLC. read more

Waiting on BlackBerry 10 RIM wont have a new smartphone for sale

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Waiting on BlackBerry 10? RIM won’t have a new smartphone for sale until 2013 by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 28, 2012 10:29 pm MDT TORONTO – Research In Motion delivered a shopping list of bad news Thursday as the BlackBerry-maker delayed its new operating system and smartphones until next year, announced it will cut a third of its workforce and posted dismal earnings results.The series of announcements shocked the market, which was already expecting a loss from the company, but chief executive Thorsten Heins said RIM is determined to stay the course.As the company pushes ahead with its plans there will be plenty of casualties, in particular the 5,000 employees that the troubled smartphone company says will be laid off across its global operations before the end of the year.The Waterloo, Ont.-based company (TSX:RIM) also faces further pressure on its financial results as it endures another seven to nine months without a new product on the market.RIM, which reports in U.S. dollars, posted a loss of US$518 million or 99 cents per share for its latest quarter, a steep decline from the profit of $695 million or $1.33 per share a year ago.Excluding one-time items including a non-cash charge to goodwill, the company said it lost $192 million or 37 cents per share diluted — steeply missing expectations.Revenue for the three months fell to $2.81 billion, less than the $3.1 billion analysts had predicted, and dramatically lower than $4.91 billion a year earlier.In a conference call with analysts, Heins said that RIM’s software developers faced more challenges than they expected when it came to integrating certain features into the new operating system. As a result, a launch this year was “no longer realistic.”“I want to make clear that these issues are not related to the quality or functionality of the software,” he said.Heins spent much of the time discussing plans for the BlackBerry 10 operating system, and looking toward its new launch date, which is now in the first three months of 2013 — a lifetime in the technology industry.Before then, consumers will have the opportunity to buy the latest update to Apple’s iPhone, expected later this year, and numerous new smartphones using Google’s Android operating system this fall.“If you compare us to others, did we take the hard road? Absolutely,” Heins said on the conference call, defending RIM’s choice to develop its own software.“Building and completing this mobile computing platform… is where we will take BlackBerry, and that’s why it was absolutely necessary to build its own platform.”However, the enthusiasm of even the most patient investors appears to be waning.RIM’s already eroded stock was down another 15 per cent in after-hours trading on the Nasdaq, losing US$1.34 to US$7.79 as of 7:30 p.m. ET. Shares closed up two cents at C$9.46 on the Toronto Stock Exchange in regular hours trading Thursday.At least one analyst was not impressed with RIM’s results Thursday.“At this point there is a chance that we may never see a BB10 handset given RIM’s track record,” wrote National Bank analyst Kris Thompson in a note.“RIM is intent on launching a ‘distinct’ smartphone platform; all we see at this point is an extinct platform. Are consumers and enterprises really going to wait for another platform? No!”Thompson upgraded his shares to a “sector perform” on the basis that the company could be broken up and sold for $8 per share, based on its cash holdings and intellectual property.Rumours have circulated for months that a potential buyer could swoop in and pick up the company, and when nobody appeared to be interested, questions emerged over whether Heins would decide to put a chunk of RIM up for sale — most likely its struggling hardware division.Heins has repeatedly said that selling the company is farthest from his mind, though he has never completely ruled it out. Instead, Heins wants RIM to weather the next three quarters with tightened spending and fewer employees as it works to create a completely revamped vision.That will include cutting back on the number of different BlackBerry devices on the market, as well as reducing its “layers of management” and outsourcing more of its non-core functions, the company said.“We’re trying to be as responsible and as respectable to our employees and communities that we are in, so we’re trying to do this as fast as we can to really avoid any uncertainty with the people that are affected,” he said.RIM is also working with JPMorgan Chase & Co. and RBC Capital Markets to help evaluate its strategic options, which Heins said range from the company being a “stand alone to whatever other model you could think about.”“It’s also a matter of the board deciding on what strategic direction they want to take the company,” he said.The company is also involved in “intensive talks” to licence the BlackBerry 10 operating system to outsiders, Heins noted, though he wouldn’t divulge any further details.The launch of BlackBerry 10, seen as key to the recovery of the company, had been expected later this year and will now miss the important holiday shopping season.Heins told investors on the call that many wireless carriers actually prefer that the company launch its new devices in the first-quarter of next year because faster networks will be in place.During the quarter, RIM shipped 7.8 million BlackBerry smartphones, a dropoff from 11.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. Tablet shipments of the BlackBerry PlayBook were nearly halved in the quarter to 260,000.In its outlook, the company said the next several quarters will remain very challenging for its business. RIM expects to report a further operating loss in the second quarter of fiscal 2013, as it continues to invest in marketing programs and work through the transition to BlackBerry 10.“I understand that this is an incredibly difficult message to deliver, but it is necessary,” Heins said.“We have a strong balance sheet which we’re committed to maintaining.”Uncertainty has engulfed the future of RIM in recent months as speculation swirls over whether the company could be bought, or forced to sell off certain pieces of its operations to survive.The company has been strongly criticized for delaying BlackBerry 10, but executives have insisted they want to get this right rather than face an onslaught of bad reviews, like those that came after it rushed the releases of the BlackBerry Storm touch screen and the PlayBook tablet.Executives at RIM have said the company intends to focus more on its enterprise business, or the big companies that buy smartphones in large quantities. Still, many of its sneak previews of the BlackBerry 10 system have focused on flashy applications and features more akin to the consumer market, such as photo editing software and games. read more

Target reports declining revenue in first quarter

FILE – In this Nov. 28, 2014, file photo, a customer walks past a bank of flat screen televisions at a Target store in South Portland, Maine. Target reports financial results Wednesday, May 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File) Target reports declining revenue in first quarter by The Associated Press Posted May 18, 2016 6:19 am MDT Last Updated May 18, 2016 at 11:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Target easily beat first-quarter profit expectations, but slowing sales at the Minneapolis retailer and across much of the retail sector is creating a lot of unease.Target’s weak store sales and its expectations for this quarter, released Wednesday, pushed shares down more than 9 per cent, the biggest decliner on the Standard & Poor’s index. Shares of almost every retailer followed suit in what is shaping up to be a miserable year.Shares of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., which reports earnings Thursday, fell more 3 per cent as investors got out of the way.Target CEO Brian Cornell blamed the cold and wet spring for weakening sales. Shoppers also remained cautious about spending money, he said. They still came to Target to stock up on goods, but made fewer quick trips.Still, Americans are spending. The problem for traditional retailers is that they’re spending it elsewhere. Economists have seen a shift in habits, with more disposable income going toward vacations and dining out, rather than toward clothing or accessories.And not all retailers are suffering. Lowe’s and Home Depot put up huge numbers this week thanks to a hot housing market. Shares of both home improvement retailers have recently hit all-time highs.Target earned $632 million, or $1.05 per share, for the three months ended April 30. That compares with $635 million, or 98 cents per share, a year ago.Stripping out one-time items, earnings were $1.29 per share, which was much better than the $1.19 per share projected on Wall Street, according to a FactSet survey.But revenue fell 5.4 per cent to $16.2 billion from $17.1 billion, which was shy of expectations.Sales at stores opened at least a year rose 1.2 per cent, which was off the 1.6 per cent increase that was expected. Industry analysts watch this figure closely when determining a retailer’s health because the volatility associated with stores recently opened or closed is removed.Before Target, Macy’s Inc., J.C. Penney Co., Nordstrom and Kohl’s Corp. posted weak first-quarter sales as pressure from off-priced stores like T.J. Maxx and online retailer rises.Target has been working on reinvigorating its business under Cornell, who took over in August 2014. He wants to regain the retailer’s cheap chic status and make Target more nimble after a series of headline-grabbing setbacks, including a major debit and credit card breach that hurt sales and profits for months.During the recession, the company lost its mojo as a trendsetter when it expanded aggressively with grocery aisles.Cornell has recast the executive ranks at Target this week named Mark Tritton, an executive at Nordstrom, to be its chief merchandising officer. That fills a role that had been vacant for almost a year when long-time executive Kathryn Tesija stepped aside.Target is focusing on key merchandise categories like fashion, home furnishings and wellness products. The company has spruced up its presentation and created vignettes to feature its home products. At the same time, it’s shifting more of its spending from stores to online investments and its supply network.Its grocery aisles were overhauled during the quarter, which may have confused shoppers looking for their favourite brands, the company said. But it said food sales have rebounded since. About 1,000 new grocery items were added, which were mostly organic, natural or gluten-free, Cornell said.Target said Wednesday that it still expects its full-year adjusted profit to be within its previous guidance range of $5.20 to $5.40 per share. Analysts surveyed by FactSet are looking for $5.27 per share.For the second quarter, however, Target is projecting an adjusted profit of $1 to $1.20 per share, with same-store sales flat to down 2 per cent. Wall Street had anticipated a profit of $1.36 per share, with same-store sales up 1.8 per cent.A backlash from Target’s decision to allow transgender customers and employees use the bathroom of their choice had no impact on sales, Cornell said. Only a handful of stores around the country were targeted by protesters or boycotts.Shares fell $6.97, or 9.5 per cent, to $66.64 in early trading. Shares of J.C. Penney, Kohl’s, Macy’s and Nordstrom slipped as well. read more

UN agency picks Arab Idol winner Assaf as first youth envoy for

The head of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) said the 23-year-old shows a personal commitment to Palestinian refugees and the UN agency. “On behalf of everybody at UNRWA, I send warmest congratulations to Mohammad and his family,” said UNRWA Commissioner General, Filippo Grandi. “All Palestinians share in his success. Mohammad’s music is a universal language and speaks to all of us. How fantastic that a Palestine refugee from Gaza should bring us all together in this way,” he added.Mr. Assaf was born in Libya to Palestine refugee parents and was largely raised in the Khan Younis camp on the Gaza Strip. He said he was “truly honoured” to receive the title as a self-proclaimed “son of Palestine” and a “son of UNRWA” who attended UNRWA schools and whose mother is an UNRWA teacher. “All my good memories of the UNRWA school in Khan Younis in Gaza, where I had the opportunity to study and grow, are still very fresh,” Mr. Assaf said accepting the appointment. More than 40 per cent of the 5.3 million Palestinian refugees UNRWA aids are youths between the ages of 15 and 30. “Being a young refugee myself, I can understand better than anybody else the challenges and the opportunities before us,” he added. “I’m committed to doing my very best to help UNRWA succeed in giving other young people like me the same chance.” read more

NBA Fines Anthony Davis 50K Over Public Trade Demand

NEW YORK (AP) — Anthony Davis’ agent let everyone know he wants out of New Orleans, and now it will cost his client $50,000.The NBA fined the Pelicans star because of his agent’s comments that Davis won’t sign an extension and wants to be traded.New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis, left, gets fouled by Los Angeles Clippers’ Tyrone Wallace during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Pelicans won 121-117. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)The league office said in a written statement released Tuesday evening that Davis violated a collectively-bargained rule prohibiting players or their representatives from making public trade demands.The NBA said the fine is for statements that were made by Davis’ agent, Rich Paul, on Monday in an intentional effort to undermine the contractual relationship between Davis and the Pelicans.Davis is under contract with New Orleans through the end of the 2019-20 season.He was drafted by the Pelicans with the first overall pick in 2012 after winning an NCAA national championship with Kentucky and has been named an All-Star the previous five seasons.However, the Pelicans have made the playoffs in only two of his six full NBA seasons and won only won playoff series, sweeping Portland in the first round last season before falling in five games to champion Golden State in the second round.Davis has averaged 29.3 points and 13.3 rebounds per game this season, but has missed the past four games with a sprained left index finger while the Pelicans have fallen to 22-28 heading into Tuesday night’s game at Houston.Had Davis been committed to remaining in New Orleans, he would be eligible this summer for a five-year, roughly $240 million extension with the Pelicans that would have kicked in beginning with the 2020-21 season.In previous years, Davis had professed his affection for New Orleans. But Davis has also said that his NBA salary is secondary to winning — a clear sign to Pelicans management that they could not take re-signing him for granted if they failed to take concrete and successful steps to surround him with a cast of players who would make New Orleans a contender.When healthy, the Pelicans have looked formidable in short spurts, but injuries have exposed their lack of depth and cohesion as they’ve slipped near the bottom of the Western Conference through the first half of this season.The Pelicans have acknowledged Davis’ preference to be traded and appear inclined to honor it rather than lose him for nothing. But a statement from the franchise made it clear that the Pelicans’ brass are prepared to be patient while awaiting a deal done on their terms and timeline.The implication is that a trade may not come before the Feb. 7 deadline to make a deal this season, and more likely could come after the season, when 2019 draft slots are known and when the Boston Celtics are eligible to enter the fray.Boston, which has a stockpile of draft picks and promising young players as trade bait, is not eligible to trade for Davis under NBA rules until July 1, unless the Celtics also trade away Kyrie Irving. Irving is a factor because of what’s known as the Rose Rule, which says NBA teams cannot trade for more than one player who has signed an extension. Irving currently is playing under an extension signed with Cleveland that has an option year after this season, meaning it could be renegotiated in a way that also allows Boston to bid for Davis. read more

College Football Playoff Preview Clemsons OneMan Offense vs The Balanced Sooners

Johnny ManzielTexas A&M20137593286.7 392005USC95.878.717.1 402014Oregon91.369.921.4 432006BYU90.064.525.5 352010Stanford91.976.415.5 Johnny ManzielTexas A&M20121,41045%91.3 Denard RobinsonMichigan20121,2665382.7 Cam NewtonAuburn20101,4733790.0 202005Penn State74.083.49.4 Matt JonesArkansas20046223081.7 Tim TebowFlorida20078953486.5 Dak PrescottMississippi St.20138293486.5 422015Alabama70.892.922.1 162012Oregon88.381.76.6 RANKSEASONTEAMOFFENSEDEFENSEGAP 82014Alabama84.982.52.4 282009TCU70.282.612.4 Greg Ward Jr.Houston20151,0343381.1 Chase ClementRice20086933778.8 Collin KleinKansas St.20129203783.1 QUARTERBACKTEAMSEASONRUSH YARDSSHARE OF TEAM RUSHINGQBR Denard RobinsonMichigan20101,7025579.9 322015Ohio State67.080.613.6 262008Texas89.077.611.4 362008Oklahoma95.379.216.1 Terrance BroadwayLA-Lafayette20127693175.0 42010Boise State87.886.90.9 92008USC89.486.62.8 Watson’s excellence under a heavy all-around workload puts him in rare company. He is one of 14 quarterbacks over the past 11 seasons (shown in the table below) to post a season QBR of 75 or higher while also rushing for at least 30 percent of his team’s total yards on the ground. The only quarterbacks to post better QBR numbers while running as much: Manziel (twice), Pat White and Newton. And Watson is a sophomore, meaning that — like Manziel — he could end up on this list again. 122008Florida91.486.45.0 Cody FajardoNevada20121,1213278.2 Pat WhiteWest Virginia20071,3353583.3 132007Kansas74.179.25.1 342011Alabama80.494.514.1 62007West Virginia78.577.60.9 222011Oklahoma State88.178.49.7 22015Oklahoma83.383.00.3 Tyler MurphyBoston College20141,1843680.2 Dak PrescottMississippi St.20155413281.3 112011Boise State82.477.54.9 412009Texas67.489.121.7 Deshaun WatsonClemson20158873186.6 32006USC79.079.60.6 152009Florida80.186.05.9 52012Alabama90.391.20.9 172010Ohio State80.087.07.0 EFFICIENCY 242013Baylor87.977.810.1 272014TCU75.888.012.2 312009Alabama77.389.912.6 382012Texas A&M91.374.616.7 Balance of elite college football teams, 2005-15 182005Texas92.085.07.0 192010Alabama87.779.18.6 252005Ohio State73.383.710.4 212012FSU74.383.89.5 Oklahoma: The balanced Sooners are favoritesOklahoma is our model’s favorite to win the College Football Playoff, with a 41 percent chance at the national championship. If the Sooners do take home the trophy, it will likely be due to a stellar effort on both offense and defense. This isn’t exactly a novel conceit — every team needs both units to play well to succeed at the highest levels — but it’s particularly true for Oklahoma, one of the most balanced teams in recent college football history.Overall, Oklahoma is very good, rating well in all the fashionable advanced metrics. The Sooners sit at No. 1 in ESPN’s Football Power Index, which FiveThirtyEight’s college football model uses for game predictions. Oklahoma is also the top team according to Football Perspective’s Simple Rating System. And according to our Elo ratings, the Sooners are the fifth-best squad.That’s all remarkable, in the usual ways a championship-level team is remarkable; what’s less common, though, is Oklahoma’s balance. The Sooners are the only team in the country to rate in the top 10 in both offensive and defensive efficiency. On offense, quarterback Baker Mayfield leads a sharp passing attack, with heavy utilization of All-American receiver Sterling Shepard. Buttressing that efficiency through the air is an impressive running back duo of Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon, who have combined for more than 2,000 yards this year. The Sooner defense, led by standout linebacker Eric Striker, can crimp offenses in several ways — it’s in the top 10 among all FBS teams in both sacks and interceptions.One way to look at team balance historically is to define it as the absolute gap between a team’s offensive and defensive efficiency ratings. Going back to the 2005 season among teams in the top four in overall efficiency, these Sooners are the second-most-balanced team of the decade. Only the 2013 Alabama squad had a smaller gap between its offense and defense. 332011LSU76.690.213.6 302014Ohio State87.574.912.6 Source: ESPN, TRUMEDIA Is Deshaun Watson the new Johnny Manziel? 292007USC71.183.512.4 Source: ESPN 72006Ohio State83.382.11.2 When Oklahoma faces Clemson on New Year’s Eve, its defense will have to confront a passing and rushing attack orchestrated by a quarterback with myriad skills — ranging from a dangerous deep passing ability to sharp scrambling instincts. Deshaun Watson is the rare QB who excels at being a one-man offense. 372013Oregon87.771.316.4 Clemson: Deshaun Watson is a one-man offenseUndefeated, No. 1-ranked Clemson enters the College Football Playoff with two major advantages: a top-notch defense and a star quarterback. The Tigers’ offensive attack is led by Deshaun Watson, a Heisman finalist and electric dual-threat quarterback in the vein of Johnny Manziel and Cam Newton. And like Manziel and Newton, Watson has carried his team into the national spotlight seemingly by himself.According to ESPN’s Total Quarterback Rating (QBR), Watson is the third-highest-rated quarterback in the nation. (By adjusting for opponent strength, QBR aims to be a comprehensive measure of QB performance.) The only QBs to rate higher than Watson are Brandon Allen, of five-loss Arkansas, and Baylor’s Seth Russell, who suffered a season-ending injury after seven excellent games. Watson’s raw stats are also impressive: He has accumulated more than 3,500 yards and 30 passing touchdowns through the air, along with another 887 yards (5.4 yards per carry) and 11 rushing touchdowns on the ground.Overall, Watson is responsible for 66 percent of Clemon’s total offensive yards (passing and rushing combined). Considering how efficiently he has played (shown by QBR) and how much of the offensive burden he has shouldered, Watson’s season is quite the outlier. 232006LSU85.075.19.9 102013FSU93.589.24.3 12013Alabama85.785.90.2 142015Clemson81.387.15.8 Pat WhiteWest Virginia20061,2193190.5 Clemson and Oklahoma square off on New Year’s Eve in a matchup that pits the nation’s only remaining undefeated team (the Tigers) against the favorite according to FiveThirtyEight’s college football model (the Sooners). Both teams have a strong defense, but on offense they’re a contrast. Clemson has a one-man scoring machine in dual-threat quarterback Deshaun Watson. Oklahoma, on the other hand, is evenly balanced between a nifty passing attack and two strong running backs. In fact, the Sooners are one of the more balanced teams in recent college football history. 442007Florida93.149.843.3 Of course, offense and defense aren’t all there is to football. And on special teams, the Sooners aren’t quite so intimidating or balanced. Frankly, they’re bad. Oklahoma is ranked No. 93 of 128 FBS teams.At least broadly, it looks like Oklahoma is on to something here. The correlation between overall efficiency and the gap between offense and defense among all teams is strong and negative,1Specifically, it’s -0.195. meaning the less balanced a team is, the worse it performs. This isn’t an effect of talent imbalance among worse schools, either: Among the top 25 teams in overall efficiency in each season since 2005, the more efficient teams have been slightly more balanced as well, though the relationship is weaker here.If Oklahoma wins out and reconfirms FiveThirtyEight’s soothsaying abilities, it will likely go down as one of the least one-dimensional teams that college football has seen in quite some time. Perhaps this style doesn’t produce the same thrilling, back-and-forth games the best imbalanced squads play, like that ridiculous 2007 Gators season (Tim Tebow’s first as a full-time starter), but its effectiveness isn’t in doubt.Read more: Alabama’s Dominant Run Attack vs. A Lucky Michigan State Team read more

Microsoft unveils Office 2013 download the preview now

first_imgMicrosoft has today taken the lid off its all new version of Microsoft Office, dubbed Office 2013. And if you’ve used Office before, expect to be working with a suite of applications that look very different when you finally make the jump to Windows 8.Microsoft has redesigned Office with touch in mind, so as to allow the suite to work across desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphone devices, as well as putting a new focus on using the cloud. In order to do that the interface required a radical overhaul, and the result is Office 2013.As well as creating a brand new interface that is touch-friendly, Microsoft wants to ensure you can access your documents everywhere and from any Windows 8 device. The solution to that problem is integration with cloud-based storage through SkyDrive, which Office uses by default to save all documents. Saving in the cloud also extends to your Office preferences and most recent files.There will be two versions of Office on offer. Office 2013 is the desktop version we all are used to with a one-time fee for a license. Then there’s Office 365, which is the subscription version. Essentially Office 365 allows you to use Office 2013 across multiple machines (how many will depend on the version you choose) and sync your data between them using SkyDrive.Microsoft also intends to make some extra cash from selling extral SkyDrive storage to heavy users, and integrating Skype for which you can buy credit for calls that aren’t deemed free.As for pricing, Microsoft has yet to announce the final details. If you purchase a tablet running Windows RT it will ship with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote by default. It’s likely pricing for the standard single-license Office 2013 will be similar to what has gone before, but the subscription pricing will be key, especially if Microsoft intends to compete with Google in the cloud-office space.One thing Microsoft has promised is all subscription levels will include all applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, and Access). And by subscribing you guarantee future updates and new versions will just roll out to you without disruption.As for the levels of subscription, there will be Office 365 Home Premium for consumers, Office 365 Small Business Premium for business users, and Office 365 ProPlus for enterprises. The Home Premium edition will include 20GB of SkyDrive storage, 60 minutes of Skype world minutes to use every month, and 5 licenses for installing Office on multiple machines and devices.Final pricing for Office 2013 is expected to be announced in the fall, but you don’t have to wait until then to try out the new suite. Microsoft is offering a Customer Preview version you can sign-up for and try right now.Read more at Microsoftlast_img read more

Human Rights Commission appointment draws conservative ire

first_imgDrew Phoenix in 2012. Gov. Bill Walker appointed him to the Alaska State Commission for Human Rights. (Photo by Daysha Eaton, KSKA)The Senate voted Wednesday to delay a joint session on whether to confirm Gov. Bill Walker’s appointments.Listen nowWhen the hearing does happen, one of Walker’s appointments to the Alaska State Commission for Human Rights potentially faces a close vote.Conservative lawmakers are raising questions about the appointment of Fairbanks resident Drew Phoenix to the Human Rights Commission.The commission drew concern from conservatives in November, when it raised the possibility of interpreting the state ban on sex discrimination to include gender identity and sexual orientation.Senate President Pete Kelly said the commission is wrong to include protections that lawmakers didn’t intend.“It seems they’re planning to usurp the Legislature’s authority,” Kelly said during a recent Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. “I just want to know if we’re going to add another person to the Human Rights Commission that holds views that are out of step with the rest of Alaska.”Phoenix, a transgender man, has served as executive director of the LGBT advocacy organization Identity Alaska and a fundraiser and spokesman for the ACLU of Alaska Foundation. He said commission members apply existing state law and he would do the same.“I’m a firm believer that the better able we are to eliminate any threat of discrimination for individuals, the better off our entire state will be in terms of peace and safety and economic and healthy well-being,” Phoenix said.Phoenix is sympathetic with the commission’s position on who’s covered by sex discrimination.And all four members of the public who testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Phoenix’s appointment supported him.The Rev. Martin Eldred, pastor of Joy Lutheran Church in Eagle River, said Phoenix is able to reach out to those on both sides of disputes. Phoenix is an ordained Methodist minister.“I think Drew does a good job of educating in a gentle way,” Eldred said. “He’s a good friend. He’s a colleague. I think he could only help our state.”It’s not clear when the confirmation session will occur.While state law says the session should end on Sunday, the state constitution allows it to continue until May 17.last_img read more

1 dead 7 injured in N3 crash near Ladysmith

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite A crash on the N3 highway on Friday (June 8) left one person dead and seven others injured.The crash took place near the Bergville Plaza in the northbound lane.It is believed that the driver of the Toyota Verso lost control and the vehicle rolled off the roadway.Also read: Video Included: 7 dead in horror crash on the R74 just outside BergvilleAlso read: Breaking News: 9 dead in horror crash between taxi and bakkie outside LadysmithEmergency personnel responded to the scene and treated the injured occupants. A female passenger sadly passed away and was declared dead at the scene.The injured were taken to hospital for further medical attention.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

US tells airlines Step up security in 4 months or risk total

first_img WASHINGTON — The Homeland Security Department is demanding that airlines around the world step up security measures for international flights bound for the United States or face the possibility of a total electronics ban for planes, or worse, a ban against flying into the U.S. altogether.New security rules will apply to roughly 180 foreign and U.S.-based airlines, flying from 280 cities in 105 countries, according to Homeland Security. About 2,000 international flights land in the United States daily.Compliance with the new rules could lead to the lifting of a ban on laptops and other large electronics already in place for airlines flying to the United States from 10 airports in the Middle East and Africa. It could also stave off a much-discussed expansion of the ban to flights from Europe.Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly announced the rollout of the new rules Wednesday.The changes will be phased in over time and include enhanced passenger vetting, explosives detection and efforts to root out insider threats to airlines.“Security is my No. 1 concern,” Kelly said during a speech at the Center for a New American Security. “Our enemies are adaptive and we have to adapt as well.”More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”Kelly said the changes will be “seen and unseen” and will be phased in over the coming weeks and months.He said airlines that don’t comply or are slow to enforce the new standards could be forced to bar large electronics in both carry-on and checked luggage. They could also lose permission to fly into the U.S. He said he’s confident that airlines will co-operate.The current ban, which affects only foreign carriers flying to the U.S. from 10 cities, allows passengers to travel with larger electronics packed in checked baggage.The original laptop and electronics ban has been in place since March amid concerns about an undisclosed threat described only as sophisticated and ongoing. That ban applied to nonstop flights to the United States from Amman, Jordan; Kuwait City, Kuwait; Cairo; Istanbul; Jeddah and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Casablanca, Morocco; Doha, Qatar; and Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. The roughly 50 affected flights are on foreign airlines.More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesThe government had considered expanding the laptop ban to include some European airports, though in recent public comments Kelly had suggested the government was looking at alternatives.The ban on laptops in the cabin is based on the belief that a bomb in the cargo hold would need to be bigger than one in the cabin, and capable of remote detonation. Checked luggage already goes through computed-tomography screening while carry-on bags don’t.These security changes were announced a day before partial U.S. travel restrictions come into effect. The Trump administration has set new criteria for visa applicants from six mainly Muslim nations and all refugees that require a “close” family or business tie to the United States. The move came after the Supreme Court partially restored President Donald Trump’s executive order that was widely criticized as a ban on Muslims.The new visa rules take effect at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Thursday, according to the cable, which was obtained by The Associated Press.With files from The Associated Press U.S. tells airlines: Step up security in 4 months, or risk total flight bans Share Thursday, June 29, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: America Source: The Associated Presslast_img read more