From the moment she landed in a chartered Air-India jet at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport on the sunny afternoon of July 27, Mrs Gandhi exuded optimism and openness, a warmth that easily cut across protocol and security barriers to create a deeply personal impression during her first state,From the moment she landed in a chartered Air-India jet at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport on the sunny afternoon of July 27, Mrs Gandhi exuded optimism and openness, a warmth that easily cut across protocol and security barriers to create a deeply personal impression during her first state visit to the US in 10 years.Received in New York by an assortment of dignitaries, including Ambassador Selwa Roosevelt, chief of protocol for the US Government, the Indian Ambassador K.R. Narayanan and the US Ambassador to India, Harry G. Barnes. Mrs Gandhi’s indication of informality was instantly evident as she stepped off the plane. Cordially patting a reporter’s hand in the press enclosure, minutes after she stepped on American soil, she enthused: “I’m delighted to be here, to see President Reagan again and to see some of the American people. I hope.”As her black Cadillac, flying both the American and Indian flags, whisked her off to her suite in the restrained elegance of the Carlyle Hotel on Manhattan’s fashionable Upper Eastside, Mrs Gandhi had ample time to savour the pleasures of New York – spending four days in the city out of her eight-day American tour.Exclusive Lunch: Almost her first public appearance in the city was an unscheduled, shopping spree at a reputed department store, followed by an exclusive lunch for 55 hosted by the Metropolitan Museum (the Met). Chatting amiably to celebrities who included Zubin Mehta, conductor of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Diana Vreeland, high priestess of fashion, the city’s culture commissioner Henry Geldzahler, as well as the heads of The Asia Society and the Indo-US Sub-commission, the occasion marked the official sanction of the Met’s 1985 exhibition entitled ‘India!’advertisementMrs Gandhi being welcomed at the White House: Right foot forwardThe Met, which will present the major exhibition of Indian art from 1300-1900 with the cooperation of the Indian Government, has already been working on the project for over a year. Says art historian Stuart Carey Welch, consultant to the Met in charge of assembling the best of the 300 Indian art objects that will be shown under one roof: “Our thought is to do a grand exhibition, choosing things from every tradition within the enormous continuum that characterises Indian culture borrowed from public and private collections in India, the US. Great Britain and Europe.”Rushing straight from the Metropolitan Museum lunch, she appeared relaxed in one of her flowered silk saris, as she dropped in for a 20-minute closed-door discussion with United Nations Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar at his 38th floor office in the United Nations building. The talk, vaguely described as a “general review of international problems in many parts of the world” by a spokesman, was followed by her presenting the UN with a 900-year-old stone representation of the Hindu god, Surya, a manifestation, she claimed, of “India’s commitment to the United Nations”.Fabulous Banquet: Later that afternoon, she flew off to Washington in the rain to official meetings with President Reagan and Secretary of State George P. Shultz. Surrounded by the rich panoply and perfection of a Presidential welcome, the high point of Mrs Gandhi’s social success in the US came in the fabulous White House banquet hosted for her by the Reagans on July 29. Washington’s society columnists called the evening the “most elaborate entertainment to date in the Reagan White House” – dinner and dancing for 116 people with unique finale: a special concert by Indian conductor Zubin Mehta conducting 60 musicians of the New York Philharmonic in the Rose Garden.Received by the President and the First Lady on the north side of the White House – other guests arriyed on the south side – the Indian prime minister, in a textured raspberry silk sari looked simplicity itself in comparison to Nancy Reagan, who as a special gesture wore a sari-inspired, peach-coloured one-shoulder dress trimmed in silver and designed by her favourite designer Adolfo.As the President and prime minister slowly descended the White House’s Grand Staircase to the trumpets sounding ‘Ruffles and Flourishes’, they followed a colour guard to the East Room where the guests had assembled to be introduced in a receiving line. Among them were two former American ambassadors to India. Ellsworth Bunker and John Sherman Cooper; former ambassador to Italy Clare Booth Luce; S. Dillon Ripley, head of the Smithsonian Institution, the novelist John Updike as well as a distinguished team of academics and intellectuals.Long Preparation: In an interview with The New York Times, Nancy Reagan admitted that she had been involved in preparing the evening since April, when the Indian prime minister accepted the American visit. In fact, she had approached conductor Zubin Mehta for the concert through their common friend Frank Sinatra. Said she: “I try very hard to mix people up, to have guests from the business world, the arts, sports, education and old friends, because I think that’s what makes an evening fun and interesting for everyone.”advertisementTypical of the manner in which Mrs Gandhi can captivate a foreign audience, as much by her political barbs as by sudden personal revelations, were the words in which she described herself after receiving the U Thant Award in New York. She suddenly let the mask slip as she discussed her public and private persona saying…Mrs Gandhi at a presentation ceremony at the UNProfessor Buultjens also said that much has been written about me. I differ. Many, many words have been written but they” re been written about some person whom I don’t recognise at all. I don’t know who she is or where these people hare met her because she certainly isn’t anywhere within me. I am somebody quite different and whether that person will be discovered or not, I don’t know and frankly, I don’t really care. What is important is that that person is there, audit is that person who exists, and who has nothing to do with being in power or out, haring a victory or a defeat. The person that is in the core of each one of us welcomes any experience and tries to use that experience for an inner strength, to build up the inner resources, to build up the inner calm, which 1 think, is the message of most religions. Even the menu obtained her final approval. Bathed in candlelight, the guests sat at tables in the State Dining Room to go through a four-course dinner that included seafood neptune, lamb in golden pastry, salad and French cheese and a frozen black cheery bombe accompanied by a choice of Caiifornian wines. After dinner the guests attended the musical concert following which the Indian prime minister left. But champagne and dancing followed in the flower-filled Grand Foyer, glittering with crystal chandeliers and mirrors.The end of her Washington visit was marked by the usual exchange of gifts between the two families: President Reagan received a Kashmiri carpet showing a hunting scene and Nancy Reagan a gold silk sari. The Reagans gave Mrs Gandhi a silver shell box reproduced from colonial Williamsburg, Audubon prints of American birds with Reagan’s personal signature, Audubon-designed serving spoons in a satin case and a silver frame with Reagan’s picture personally signed and embossed with the Presidential seal. Rajiv Gandhi received a crystal bowl by Cartier on a wooden stand with the President’s seal. Sonia, his wife, was presented a rainbow-rose Boehm lapel pin and her children, Rahul and Priyanka, a pen each with inscriptions by the President and the First Lady respectively.Close Encounters: Returning to New York on July 31, Mrs Gandhi amazed New Yorkers by immersing herself in a series of gruelling meetings with Americans and Indians residing in America from all walks of life. Starting with an encounter with a string of office-bearers of the numerous associations of Indians settled in the US and ending with a tea party to meet leading American women, Mrs Gandhi spent an exhaustive two days in the city, taking time off for two theatre shows.advertisementTypically, her style varied from group to group. Sternly admonishing the Indian groups, she snapped at them in school-marm fashion: “It is indeed unfortunate that wherever Indians are, instead of forming one strong Indian organisation, you have hundreds of separate groups.” Even sharper was her claim that “the Indian community abroad is not standing up for India. We have nothing to be ashmed of. You only have to see our statistics and see how impressively we have progressed”.Later in the afternoon, she turned her attention to a group of scientists of Indian origin who had flown into NewYork from all over the US to express their desire to aid development of science and technology in India. The meeting, which was closed to the press, was held under the stewardship of Dr M.S. Swaminathan (formerly of the Planning Commission, and now director-general of the Rice Research Institute in Manila).Discussions at this meeting revolved round the creation of an Indo-US joint panel on science and technology transfers and, specifically, the setting up of a demonstration-cum-training project housed in a “Technology City” for which the Indian Government will provide 2,000 acres of land, water, electricity and other facilities. The city will be set up with PL-480 funds to be released for development and additional support will be sought from the American private sector. Already, Westing-house Corporation has agreed to aid the project.Her meeting with Indian scientists was followed by another closed-door meeting with Indian businessmen, whom Mrs Gandhi personally encouraged to correspond with her secretariat in New Delhi about their particular problems. She discussed possibilities of increasing exports to America in the way of electronics and software goods, and responded very favourably to the group’s offer to raise equity funds in dollars for Maruti.Dashing off in the evening to catch up with a Broadway show Agnes of God starring Tony, award-winning actress Amanda Plummer, Mrs Gandhi maintained an unflappable calm when a crisis erupted mid-performance. In the show’s last 15 minutes, sudden groans in the audience led to speculation that an assassination attempt on the prime minister had been foiled, but it turned out that a member of the audience had suffered a heart attack and had had to be carried out. The play resumed after the actress took a few minutes to regain her composure but Mrs Gandhi sat through completely unruffled by the incident, later going backstage to greet a thrilled cast.Next morning, which was a Sunday, she donned a crimson salwar-kameez to visit a gurudwara in an Indian-dominated section of Queens and returned to a quiet private lunch with a family friend, Dorothy Cousins. Changing into an elegant silk lungi, she spend the afternoon once again at the theatre, this time to catch a matinee show of the popular and rather bawdy play about 18th century composer Mozart called Amadeus.Award: Her last day in New York began early, with a small ceremony at her hotel where she prestigious U Thant Award for cultural understanding between the East and West. Named after the third general of the United Nations, was presented by Sri Lankan economist Professor Ralph Buultjens, on behalf of the Award Committee. He explained that it was being presented to Mrs Gandhi in her personal capacity, not as prime of India, its earlier recipients being distinguished world leaders like Professor Arnold Toynbee, Dr S. Radhakrishnan, Adlai Stevenson and Lester Pearson.Her next engagement was of an altogether different kind. Calling on the city’s colourful Mayor, Ed Koch, she was forced to apply her evasive diplomatic skills. When Koch politely enquired of her whether there were any Jews in India and whether Israel had an embassy in New Delhi, Mrs Gandhi, exercising crucial tact, replied: “No, but they have a consul who is not there right now. The individual may be different, but there is a consulate.” Koch presented her with an expensive Steuben glass apple – “symbolic of our city which is popularly known as the Big Apple” – to which she responded with a gift of a rosewood box inlaid with an ivory Taj Mahal.Canny Replies: At a huge luncheon in her honour held at the Waldorf-Astoria, hosted by the Foreign Policy Association in cooperation with The Asia Society, the Far Eastern American Council of Commerce and Industry and the Indian Chamber of Commerce of America. Mrs Gandhi summed up the state of the Indian nation flooring the 1,500 guests – who had paid $40 (Rs 360) per ticket – with her canny fielding of questions. Former ambassador to India Robert Goheen, who read out the questions written down by members of the audience, asked: “What do you think is a permanent solution to the Kashmir problem?” With great elan, Mrs Gandhi retorted: “Problem? What problem? We don’t see a problem there at all.”Informal Tea: Her last scheduled meeting in New York, before she took off for a day’s halt each in Los Angeles and Honolulu, was an informal tea, called at her own request to meet leading American women. Hosted by the Indian ambassador’s wife. Mrs Narayanan, the 30 women were placed at small tables for five each with an empty chair at each table for Mrs Gandhi to join the groups at random.Among the women were the doyenne of modern dance Martha Graham, Eleanor Smeal, president of the National Organisation of Women, Ellen Futter. president of Barnard College. Ruth Heineman of the League of Women Voters, novelist Bette Bau Lord and editors Joan Freseman (of The Asia Magazine) and Charlotte Curtis (of the Op-Ed pages of The New York Times.)Reporters were neither invited nor allowed at the meeting, described as a “private event”, where Mrs Gandhi moved from table to table receiving information, though the exchange of views inevitably turned to the status of women in India. Said Joan Freseman of her impressions of Mrs Gandhi at the meeting: “She’s refined and chiselled-looking and, when she speaks, she’s very convincing. Unless you know differently, you want to believe her.”That was typical of the impression Mrs Gandhi left behind on America’s east Coast where she spent most of her visit. Her directness of approach, combined with her obvious warmth and candour, took most Americans by surprise-they may know otherwise but for the extent of her visit they wanted to believe her.
Touch Football affiliated competitions across Queensland have additional reasons to celebrate, as major sponsor Harvey Norman commenced delivery of vital competition equipment to 80 affiliated competitions across the state. The â€˜Go Harvey Goâ€™ packs include footballs, kit bags, ball pumps and more and are a welcome support for the more than 110,000 Touch Football players across Queensland that enjoy the game year round. A large percentage of Queenslandâ€™s junior Touch Footballers have this week converged on Hervey Bay to compete in the Queensland Junior State Championships. The annual event has drawn 210 teams and approximately 3,500 participants to the region from throughout Queensland. Former Queensland Origin representative and Clive Churchill medallist, Scott Prince, who now represents Queensland and Australia in Touch Football, joined Touch Football junior participants and committee members from Hervey Bay Touch Football Association on Thursday to deliver one of 80 packs that have been distributed throughout Queensland to affiliated competitions.Harvey Norman Chief Operating Officer, John Slack-Smith said the company was delighted to once again be providing playing equipment to hundreds of Touch Football affiliated competitions across Australia. â€œThis is the second year in a row that Harvey Norman has provided footies, training kits and more to benefit thousands of Touch Football players,â€ said Slack-Smith. â€œTouch Football has one of the largest national sporting footprints and it is important that players, coaches and referees receive the equipment they need to continue to participate, from grassroots right through to the elite level.â€ Queensland Touch Football CEO, Jamie Oâ€™Connor thanked Harvey Norman for their ongoing support of the game and said â€œhaving partners like Harvey Norman that are invested in the growth and health of our sport is fantastic. The support that they provide to the grass roots through the Go Harvey Go packs provides vital resources to our participants and assists our members in offering sustainable and affordable competitions in their communities. â€œThe benefits of this investment can be seen in Hervey Bay this week where more than 210 junior teams from all across the state have descended on the Fraser Coast to take part in the Queensland Junior State Cup. â€˜We have a record number of teams competing this year as the event continues to grow year on year. This year we have several affiliates who are competing for the first time; affiliates such as Roma, Brothers and Arana are small affiliates who are establishing themselves in their community. The Go Harvey Go packs being provided to these new affiliates allows them to allocate resources into developing their competition and into providing their participants the opportunities the play in events like the Junior State Cup. Without the support of Harvey Norman these players might not be afforded such an opportunity,â€ Oâ€™Connor added. Further information on the packs and the Queensland Junior State Cup can be found online at www.qldtouch.com.au Harvey Norman has been the major partner of Touch Football Australia since 2013.Related LinksGo Harvey Go Packs
Saturday 15 JuneEels v RoostersBankwest Stadium Friday 14 JuneCowboys v Titans1300Smiles Stadium Saturday 13 JulyBroncos v WarriorsSuncorp Stadium Sunday 2 JuneTitans v WarriorsCbus Super Stadium Friday 31 MayEels v TigersBankwest Stadium Saturday 20 JulyCowboys v Roosters1300Smiles Stadium NRL Touch Premiership Match Day AssistantTouch Football Australia (TFA), in conjunction with the NRL, introduced the NRL Touch Premiership in 2018, with games played as curtain-raisers to NRL games. 2019 is the second and an expanded year of the Elite Competition with introduction of two new teams, the Sydney Roosters and the New Zealand Warriors.TFA is seeking suitably qualified volunteers to fill the role of Match Day Assistant throughout the 2019 NRL Touch Premiership.ResponsibilitiesDuties include but are not limited to the following:Assist with the venue setup prior to each matchMaintain excellent standard of field presentation during each matchPack down Touch Football field in an efficient manner prior to NRL warm upAssist with any additional tasks requested by Grounds Manager or Game Day ManagerFollow the provided Runsheet to ensure setup and pack down is done to scheduleRequirementsCurrent financial member of a TFA AffiliateKnowledge of Touch FootballExcellent time management skillsAbility to follow instructions and take directionBe a team player willing to assist the Grounds Manager and Game Day Manager with additional tasks as requiredBe at venue 2 hours prior to NRLTP match and up to 60 minutes post-matchAbility to complete physically demanding tasksMinimum age of 18Attire: Club polo and jumper and pants/jeans (with no holes or rips)Reports To: Grounds ManagerThe Grounds Manager is responsible for the set-up and pack-down operations, field presentation, management of Match Day Assistants and more.The Game Day Manager may also call upon you for assistance if required. The Game Day Manager is responsible for accreditation, management of teams, referees, broadcasting, match delivery and more.AvailabilityTouch Football Australia hope that are you able to assist with as many matches as possible. We encourage you to still apply should you only be available for 1-2 matches.Through the application process you will be able to select which match days you are able to volunteer at.Please see below for NRL Touch Premiership matches TFA are sourcing volunteers for: Thursday 1 AugustTigers v KnightsLeichhardt Oval Application ProcessPlease ensure you have read the position description above. To apply for the role of Match Day Assistant, please click on the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NRLTP_Match_Day_Assistant_ApplicationApplication Closing DatesSunday 5th May 2019.As thanks for your assistance, you will receive a free ticket to the NRL match following your shift.For further information on the role, please contact TFA National Event Coordinator, Colette Ritchie.E: firstname.lastname@example.orgPH: 02 6212 2824 Saturday 8 JuneCowboys v Knights1300Smiles Stadium Sunday 9 JuneBroncos v TigersSuncorp Stadium Friday 2 AugustBroncos v CowboysSuncorp Stadium Friday 5 JulyTigers v CowboysBankwest Stadium Sunday 19 MayKnights v EelsGlen Willow Stadium Saturday 6 JulyKnights v BroncosMJS Stadium Thursday 27 JuneTigers v TitansBankwest Stadium Sunday 21 JulyTitans v EelsCbus Super Stadium DATEMATCHVENUE Sunday 21 AprilTitans v BroncosCbus Super Stadium Sunday 14 JulyRoosters v KnightsCentral Coast Stadium Friday 26 JulyKnights v WarriorsMJS Stadium
Everton boss Silva has three matches to save jobby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton boss Marco Silva has been handed three matches to save his job.The Daily Star says Silva has been told he has the next three matches to save his job on Merseyside.The Portuguese manager has endured a nightmare start to the season with the Toffees, taking just two victories from eight matches played.Everton, at this early point in the season, find themselves in the relegation zone and Silva has been told time is running out.Silva believed he would be sacked during the international break, following Everton’s lacklustre defeat by Burnley.Crisis talks are said to have taken place at Goodison, during which Silva was informed the results of the next three games would have large bearing on his future. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: Quarterback Deshaun Watson #4 of the Clemson Tigers celebrates with the College Football Playoff National Championship Trophy after defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide 35-31 to win the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) Twitter/PlayoffThis Monday, the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers will meet in the College Football Playoff title game – capping off what’s been an incredible 2015 season. But we’re already looking ahead to 2016. We have a feeling that fans of every other team in the nation are too.Last year, we put together a list of the 13 teams that could eventually prevail and win the national championship. Three of those teams – Clemson, Alabama and Michigan State – reached the College Football Playoff. Of course, two of them are in the title game.This year, we’ve gone ahead and done the same. Unfortunately, given the tier-system in college football regarding talent, the field is never wide open. Year over year, the same programs, more or less, are capable of putting together title contenders. In some sense, college football is more predictable than many of the other popular sports in our country.Which 13 teams actually have a chance to play for it all next year? Let’s find out:The Only 13 Teams That Can Win >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14
TORONTO – Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:Valeant headed to courtValeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. is scheduled to appear in U.S. court alongside activist investor Bill Ackman’s Pershing Square on Tuesday to discuss the proposed settlement in an insider trading lawsuit. Pershing Square and Valeant decided in late 2017 to pay $290 million to settle a lawsuit that accused them of insider trading before bidding for Allergan Plc.Rates on the rise?The Bank of Canada will reveal on Wednesday its decision whether or not to raise the trend-setting interest rate for a third time since last summer. Expectations for another rate hike increased last week after the bank’s most recent business outlook survey revealed that Canadian companies were planning to boost investment and hire more workers.Economic outlookSenior economists from Scotiabank, RBC and TD Bank will meet in Ottawa on Tuesday to share their economic outlook for 2018. Recent BoC data suggests businesses are under the tightest capacity pressures since before the Great Recession, and U.S. tax reforms have boosted the outlook for a number of Canadian industries, including banks, insurance companies, and other organizations that earn a high share of their revenues in the U.S.Stop that train, I wanna get offCP Rail releases fourth-quarter and year-end results on Wednesday after markets close. Analysts have highlighted Canadian railways as particularly vulnerable to negative effects stemming from the potential dismantling of the North American Free Trade Agreement, as roughly 30 per cent of the railways’ revenues are derived from cross-border trade.Trouble on the tarmacPassenger rights advocate Gabor Lukacs will appear on Monday in a Nova Scotia court on behalf of a woman who claims she was denied boarding a flight with her three young children, dog and mother because it was oversold. Airlines are under increasing scrutiny over treatment of their passengers as video footage circulates on social media depicting poor treatment and even physical violence at the hands of airline staff and airport security.
“Over the past year British Columbians have been kept completely in the dark over the mountain caribou issue,” said Peace River North MLA Dan Davies. “One would think, with the minister presiding over a rural part of this province, that he would echo the concerns of all of his constituents. However given his comments over the weekend it seems that the minister is fine visiting his friends in an illegal blockade, but is fearful of British Columbians who have been legitimately asking for information that does and will affect their lives in rural parts of the province.”“The minister talks about a made-in-BC solution, but so far I only see closed-door meetings, cancelled information sessions and postponed promises,” added South Peace River MLA Mike Bernier. “Local MLAs and their constituents are being shut out of a process that should include all voices within the caribou territory, not just those in Victoria. I question how you effectively engage on a plan that does not connect with the local communities that will be most affected.”“The minister claims that his staff did not have all of the information necessary for them to engage with locals and to hear their concerns, and keep cancelling multiple meetings last minute,” remarked Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett. “This seems like a stretch to me, as they have the information necessary for their supposed made-in-B.C. solution meetings with the federal government and local First Nations. The lack of information is worrying locals who are concerned about not only the sustained health of the caribou population, but the health of other important aspects of rural northern life, like the resource economy and tourism industry.”“People who work and raise their families in rural British Columbia deserve to be part of this process,” said Kootenay East MLA Tom Shypitka. “By refusing to meet them, the minister shows that he really doesn’t care about the opinions of hard-working British Columbians in rural B.C. Preliminary consultations on this have been devoid of local input. Why is the minister keeping British Columbians in the dark on decisions that will directly affect their lifestyle?”Posted by Dan Davies Member of Legislative Assembly to his FB Page, February 19th, 2019“I had the opportunity to pose a few questions to the minister on mountain caribou about the government’s continual cancelled meetings and desire to keep the public in the dark on this critical matter. I have been working with MLA Mike Bernier and other members of the rural caucus to get some answers – well, the minister did a great job at providing NO answers again. He even stated that they would be meeting with the public in early February – we guess what – February 20th isn’t early (no date announced yet!!!) Stay tuned – more to come!” VICTORIA, B.C. – Northern BC Liberal MLAs raised the issue of more cancelled meetings and no answers in the legislature this week on behalf of their constituents.Comments made by the Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resources Operations and Rural Development, MLA Dan Davies and other MLA’s and their constituents are feeling frustrated. The government has said a draft version of the caribou recovery plan is expected this month.After more cancelled meetings and no answers, Northern British Columbians are concerned about the future of the mountain caribou, the resource sector and local backcountry use because of limited local engagement and closed-door meetings.
London: Soaked by the rain swirling around Arsenal’s stadium, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer watched helplessly as his dream Premier League start as Manchester United manager was brought to a halt. After 12 unbeaten matches across three months since Jose Mourinho’s firing, United finally lost in the league under the interim manager on Sunday. Granit Xhaka’s swerving potentially wind-assisted strike flew past goalkeeper David De Gea in the first half. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netted a second-half penalty to give Arsenal a 2-0 victory after Alexandre Lacazette was bundled over in the penalty area by Fred. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together”You have to be disappointed with the result,” said Solskjaer, who had 10 wins and two draws in the league. “But the performance, as you say, was a good one.” Arsenal and United were once slugging it out for the title in the era of Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger. Now they are in a chase for fourth place. Arsenal displaced United in the final Champions League qualification spot, sitting two points in front. The title challenge is down to two teams, and Liverpool trimmed Manchester City’s lead back to a point after coming from behind to beat Burnley 4-2. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenChelsea, which won the title two years ago, remains down in sixth place after behind held 1-1 by Wolverhampton but is only one point behind United. “I don’t think nerves go into it yet. Spurs lose (at Southampton on Saturday), we lose, Chelsea draw,” Solskjaer said. “It is going to be down to the wire. Down to the last few games. Definitely. We’ve given ourselves a great chance to be in that fight.” United has displayed its perseverance already in the last week, scoring a stoppage-time goal at Paris Saint-Germain to advance to the Champions League quarterfinals. “It was maybe backlash from Wednesday night,” Solskjaer said of the loss at Arsenal. It was a day of flashpoints of fan unruliness in English soccer with two fans arrested in high-profile incidents. In the second-tier League Championship, Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish was punched by a fan who ran onto the field at Birmingham City. Grealish went on to score in the 1-0 derby win for Villa. A supporter also managed to invade the Emirates Stadium pitch after Aubameyang scored, pushing United defender Chris Smalling in an attempt to join the celebrations before being stopped by stadium security.
Boston63.175.647.51.915.82.4<1<1<1 TEAMOVERALLOFF.DEF.WLTPLAYOFFSFINALSWIN Kansas City103.696.1113.26.08.35.7521 RATINGAVG. SIM. SEASONPLAYOFF CHANCES Chicago99.689.322.214.171.124.846167 Houston93.683.6126.96.36.199.2521 W. New York120.3138.197.8188.8.131.529%65%37% This year’s surprise standout, the Western New York Flash, has skyrocketed to the top of our table and now has the greatest chance of winning the NWSL championship — 37 percent — up from just a 5 percent chance before the season started. With the league’s top two goal scorers, Lynn Williams and Jessica McDonald (seven and six goals, respectively), the Flash are almost certain to earn a playoff spot. The Washington Spirit will likely grab another — our model gives them a 96 percent chance of making the playoffs.There’s a little less certainty for the third and fourth playoff spots. The Portland Thorns are currently in first place in the league, with 26 points, and have an 86 percent chance of making the postseason. But the team has lost their past two games, in part because several national team players have been absent as they prepare for the Olympics. So Portland may continue to fall in our rankings over the next month. The Chicago Red Stars’ chances of making the playoffs have remained about the same from our initial forecast — dropping to 46 percent from 47 percent — but a strong start to the season has given way to three losses in the past four games.The biggest shock this season, however, has undoubtedly been the rapid descent of the league’s top two teams, Seattle and Kansas City. Both teams were heavily favored in our initial predictions — with a 78 percent and 72 percent chance of making the playoffs, respectively — but at this point, it’s extremely unlikely that either team will earn a playoff berth. There are still six weeks of matches left, but both teams’ chances of winning the championship have plummeted more than 20 percentage points since the season started. Sky Blue97.299.4184.108.40.206.82073 Although our preseason forecast didn’t think it was impossible for both Seattle and Kansas City to miss the playoffs (it assigned roughly a 6 percent chance to that possibility), their drastic decline may indicate that we should re-evaluate some components of the model for next year’s NWSL season. As in many of our sports forecasts, each NWSL team’s rating is reverted toward the league average between seasons to account for factors such as changes in personnel and retirements. For the NWSL, two-thirds of a team’s rating from the previous season carries over into the new season; that amount is based on the first three seasons and is in line with other soccer leagues around the world (both men’s and women’s). This year’s results, however, may indicate that NWSL teams should be reverted further toward the league average each season. Or maybe this is just a crazy season. Only time (and more data) will tell. If at the start of the National Women’s Soccer League season you thought two-time defending champions FC Kansas City would be in third-to-last place just over halfway through the season or that two-time regular-season champions Seattle Reign FC would have almost as many losses as they did in their previous two seasons combined, you’re either psychic or your predictive abilities are far greater than ours.Before this year’s matches got underway, we built a model to forecast the league using the best information we had available: data from the three previous NWSL seasons. But because two of those years were dominated by Seattle and Kansas City, correctly predicting this year’s chaos in the league would have been very difficult. So with the table in tumult and the end of the regular season not far off, we thought this would be good time to update our initial predictions, see what’s changed and look ahead to which four teams are most likely to reach the playoffs this fall. Below is a table showing each team’s overall rating — made up of offensive and defensive components (higher is better for both) — as well as its projected win-loss-tie record and its chances of making the playoffs. Portland106.9110.9102.09.73.96.5863515 Orlando90.882.1220.127.116.11.82773 Seattle109.9101.618.104.22.168.81785 Washington115.0123.5104.322.214.171.1245829
Heading into the weekend, the young NBA season’s three most impressive overachievers were the Orlando Magic, the Indiana Pacers and the Detroit Pistons, each of whom were on track for winning records despite what were projected to be a trio of losing seasons. Hot starts can fade fast, though: The Magic and Pacers have gone a combined 0-4 since Friday, losing by a total of 56 points as Orlando’s shooting went cold and Indy’s defense collapsed.Detroit, however, has kept on winning. After handling the Bucks and Kings at home (not to mention managing a road win over the Warriors two Sundays ago), the Pistons are now 7-3 on the season, good for second-best in the East — and there’s evidence they might have done it despite being slightly unlucky along the way. Is it possible that Stan Van Gundy’s shambolic plan is finally coming together?The 2016-17 Pistons were a solid defensive team in desperate need of some spark at the other end of the floor. Whatever offensive promise Andre Drummond (ostensibly the team’s star, and certainly its highest-paid player) flashed early in his career seemed to have been a mirage; the attack sputtered to a halt whenever high-usage point guard Reggie Jackson set foot on the court; and the team generally hoisted way too many inefficient shots and not enough 3s. Detroit needed an offensive resurgence if it hoped to achieve its second winning season in the last decade, though it wasn’t clear where that breakthrough was going to come from.The Pistons did some offseason rearranging, like any team. They let Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Aron Baynes walk in free agency, traded midrange scorer Marcus Morris to Boston for Avery Bradley, signed Anthony Tolliver and Langston Galloway, and drafted Duke’s Luke Kennard with the 12th overall pick. Jackson was going to be healthy again, and former No. 8 overall pick Stanley Johnson would have another year of much-needed development under his belt. But this was far from a total teardown; Detroit’s existing talent would also need to play much better in order to keep Van Gundy’s coach/exec seat from spontaneously combusting.And so far, the talent has delivered. Drummond has been one of the most improved players in the league this season, upping his true shooting percentage, assist rate, rebound rate and Box Plus/Minus at both ends of the floor. He’s back to taking 68 percent of his shots within 3 feet of the rim (last year that number had dipped to a career-low 49 percent), wreaking more havoc on putbacks and basket cuts instead of reprising the plodding, inefficient, post-heavy offensive role he played last year.And although it’s unrealistic to expect Drummond to keep hitting 75 percent from the free-throw line (considering he began the year with a 38.1 percent career rate), it’s likely that he has improved there to some extent — the odds of a “true” 38 percent shooter making 30 of his first 40 free throws are about 1 in 459,000. Maybe his new form at the line really is working.Drummond isn’t the only Piston holdover playing significantly better ball this year. Jackson has bounced back from his miserable 2016-17 with superior numbers nearly across the board, and his plus/minus impact finally befits a player of his salary and reputation. He and Ish Smith are at last the effective point guard platoon the team expected to get from them going into last season. Forward Tobias Harris has continued to refine his new-school spin on the classic Van Gundy stretch four. Meanwhile, Johnson has taken an encouraging leap forward from his first two NBA seasons, when he was one of the league’s worst regular players.1According to Box Plus/Minus. He still isn’t burning up the box score (averaging 8.5 points and 3.2 rebounds per game), but Johnson is at least making enough shots to space the floor and play his role with an acceptable level of efficiency.And as a whole, Detroit is playing a more efficient brand of basketball. A year ago, the Pistons took the league’s second-most midrange shots per game — trailing only the Carmelo Anthony-led Knicks — and the fifth-fewest 3-point shots per game. This season, they’re down to 18th in midrange tries per game and up to 17th in attempted 3s per game. After generating the worst shot quality in basketball last season (according to Second Spectrum), they’ve risen to 17th this year, while making just about as many shots as they deserve to have made. And on defense, Second Spectrum’s tracking data indicates that Detroit is forcing the third-most-difficult set of shots in the league — and that the Pistons’ 14th-place defensive ranking is mainly a result of opponents hitting more shots than they should have (no team in the league has been unluckier in this respect), a trend that ought to reverse itself as the season goes on.Given all that, these Pistons might have the most staying power of any early surprise team. Ten games in is still pretty early in the season, but we learn a lot about basketball teams in a short amount of time. Since the league last expanded in 2004, teams that start the season 7-3 tend to go on to win about 50 times per 82 games. And even those who finished below .500 the previous year — like Detroit did last season — ended up winning roughly 45 games on average.Although the East is apparently in flux, it’s still probably premature to suggest the Pistons are poised to make a deep playoff run this season. But for a franchise that has made the playoffs just once in the last eight seasons, even a return to the postseason would represent a successful campaign. And based on the way these Pistons have started off, they’re well on their way.
FiveThirtyEight Embed Code The official start of NBA free agency caused quite a stir. Most notably, big-name free agents Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving committed to the Brooklyn Nets, leaving the New York Knicks without a star. We unpack this missed opportunity for the Knicks and what might define “the new NBA.”In honor of the upcoming Fourth of July holiday, Geoff and Neil have a heated debate on the merits of competitive eating. Is it a sport? Is it the antithesis of sports? Has someone on the pod participated in a hot dog eating contest in the past?!For our Rabbit Hole, we’re joined by FiveThirtyEight copy desk intern Santul Nerkar, who dug into oddities in tournament point allocation in the World Cup and beyond.What we’re looking at this week:Neil Greenberg for The Washington Post breaks down the financial implications of the Knicks’ actions during free agency.Kawhi Leonard’s monumental decision from The Ringer.Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest.Research behind “excitingness” and awarding 3 points for a win in soccer. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed
Cristiano Ronaldo has started rolling out goals for the 2018 World Cup as he has given Portugal a 1-0 lead over Spain in tonight’s World Cup clash and stroked his chin.But he looked to have dived to win the penalty in the first place. Even up against David de Gea in goal for the Spanish, Ronaldo made no mistake as he fired home from the spot, but a look at the replays suggest it shouldn’t have been given.This is really the kind of start Fernando Hierro could have done without, with the former Real Madrid defender being named manager after the surprise sacking of Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the tournament.Checkout the goal moment: Ronaldo has converted a penalty to score inside the opening five minutes.Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.Portugal 1-0 Spain#PORESP#OptusSport #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/qZkbEcibEo— Optus Sport (@OptusSport) June 15, 2018The 33-year-old was accused last year of defrauding tax authorities of €14.8m (£12.9m) and he denied the charges, earlier today news arrived that he has accepted a jail term and payment of a fine for tax evasion.
One of Real Madrid defenders Alvaro Odriozola is confident his club will replace Cristiano Ronaldo as they plan for a new season.Ronaldo shockingly departed Los Blancos for Juventus earlier this month, after having a smashing record for the Spanish giants which stands at an incredible 450 goals in 438 appearances in all competitions.It appears Madrid is on the lookout for a new star to replace Ronaldo having been linked with a move for Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavani and Chelsea attacker Eden Hazard who is believed to be on the club’s list of targets.Odriozola who joined Real Madrid from Real Sociedad believes that Ronaldo will be replaced before this summer’s transfer window closes for business.Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“I start to look at the squad and remember that this team won the Champions League just two months ago,” Odriozola told reporters as quoted in Sports Mole.“For me this is the best club in the world and I’m certain we are going to replace Cristiano.”Madrid will continue their preparations for the new campaign with a pre-season clash against Juventus on Saturday night.
The Catalan manager says his Manchester City side is ready to take in the UEFA Champions League challenge on TuesdayUkranian club Shakhtar Donetsk will host Manchester City on Tuesday, as part of the 2018-2019 UEFA Champions League tournament.The match will be played tomorrow night in Ukraine, and before that, the Citizens’ manager Pep Guardiola has spoken with the press.“If they are here it is because they are ready to play,” said Guardiola about the availability of Kevin De Bruyne and Kyle Walker as quoted by Sky Sports.Daniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“They [Silva and Fernandinho] have two more years contract but they have to think day by day, month by month and then ask themselves at the end of the season if they are still ready to play. My advice then is to play, you have to play,” he added.“Learn from that [defeat]. When you play an entire season the Champions League level is higher. So work. It looks easy, it is not”.“When you win games with a big result it is not easy. To learn, you have 15 points still to play for and to compete in the competition you have to live it. All we can do is learn and try to avoid it in the future,” he concluded.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppIronically, on the same day we get the progress report we get news that the fuel factor continues to climb… Fortis TCI is informing that September’s rate of $0.2299 will increase to $0.2352 for the month of October. The current rate will therefore, be reflected in November billings. Fortis continues to encourage customers to adopt energy saving practices. Related Items:
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTen years ago, in 2004 Barry Bonds became the third baseball player to hit 700 career home runs, joining Hank Aaron and Babe Ruth. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:babe ruth, barry bonds, hank aaron
Posted: January 30, 2019 Updated: 7:13 PM Dan Plante 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- City leaders are talking about doubling the size and opening new homeless storage centers.KUSI’s Dan Plante has more on these homeless storage centers. January 30, 2019 Dan Plante, City leaders want to expand homeless storage centers Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
Public Information Officers with the Alaska State Troopers and Anchorage’s FBI Office said they are looking into the incident. The woman immediately reported the incident to the Alaska State Troopers but says she “didn’t feel reassured at all” when they said the crime was out of their jurisdiction and referred her to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center. She said in an email conversation with KSRM that the whole ordeal left her feeling “Helpless and violated. I felt that even though I knew it’s just a phone call, I couldn’t help watching over my shoulder all night even in the grocery store!” A woman who preferred to remain anonymous said on Saturday, October 13, the scam started with a phone call to the Kenai woman’s brother-in-law, with a person saying saying “he’s with me and he’s kidnapped me and going to rape” and kill her unless the brother-in-law brought a ransom to a store. The brother-in-law quickly texted his brother while he was still on the phone with the scammer to see if his wife was with him. After finding out that she was safe, he hung up on the scammer. Soon the scammer called the husband’s number with the same story. Both calls appeared to originate from the woman’s phone. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Imagine a loved one receiving a phone call that appears to be from your phone, and when answered a stranger’s voice says that you’ve been kidnapped and threatens your life unless a ransom is given. Just such a scam has been reported by multiple women on the Kenai Peninsula over the weekend. She said, “I’ve heard from a few people who had it happen to family that it’s totally random but it doesn’t feel random when they call your family.” Once her brother-in-law had hung up on the scammer, he contacted the woman and her husband to tell them what had happened. She says the whole ordeal has left her with so many questions she didn’t know where to start: how did the scammer make it look like the call was coming from her phone? How did they find out who her close family members were? Has the scammer somehow hacked her phone? After posting her story on Facebook to let friends and family know that she was alright, in case the scammer targeted anyone else, the woman said two other people contacted her saying it had happened to them and their families too. The same scam hit families in Anchorage this summer and has been reported across the U.S.
Emerald Expositions has agreed to acquire GLM Markets for $335 million from Providence Equity Partners.The deal, announced this morning, is expected to close in January. The acquisition will be funded with about $200 million of debt and a $140 million equity investment from Onex Partners.Onex Partners acquired Emerald—then known as Nielsen Expositions—in June. GLM CEO Charles McCurdy and Providence Equity Partners acquired GLM from the U.K.-based Daily Mail & General Trust in September 2011 for $173 million. McCurdy says of the deal with Emerald, “We see healthy growth with GLM and the market seems to be realizing the value of tradeshows in a way it wasn’t a few years ago. Multiples have expanded and my investment partners saw the value of a transaction.”McCurdy would not disclose information about GLM’s current financial situation. However, he did point out that GLM’s previous owners said annual revenue was about $75 million when he acquired the company three years ago, “and we’ve grown at a double-digit rate every year since then.””It’s meaningfully bigger than it was back then,” he says.McCurdy, who was CEO of Canon Communications before acquiring GLM, says he will begin looking for his “next project” once this deal closes next month.GLM’s events include, among others, NY NOW, International Contemporary Furniture Fair, Internet Retailer Conference & Exhibition and Surf Expo.Emerald, based in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., produces more than 65 tradeshows and events each year.Emerald Expositions CEO David Loechner says in a statement, “This acquisition expands upon our position as a leading tradeshow organizer in the United States.”