first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Lawrenson can’t see Sheffield Utd stopping Liverpoolby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Mark Lawrenson can’t see Sheffield United stopping the Reds.The Blades host Liverpool today.Writing in his weekly BBC Sport predictions column on, Lawro claimed United would be hard pushed to pick up the three points against the Reds, and stated: “The Blades got a great win over Everton at Goodison Park last time out, but it is asking a lot for them to beat Liverpool too.Offering his opinion on how the Blades could trouble the Reds at the back, the former Liverpool man contended: “I like Chris Wilder’s team a lot, but I don’t really see them causing the Reds many problems – apart from at set-pieces – or keeping them quiet at the other end.” last_img read more

first_imgQUEBEC – Quebec cabinet minister Kathleen Weil has been cited for contempt of the legislature for releasing the entire details of a bill to reporters before it was even tabled in the national assembly.In his decision handed down Tuesday, Speaker Jacques Chagnon ruled Weil violated the right of members of the legislature to be the first people informed of the contents of a bill.Both Chagnon and Weil are Liberals.The matter was initially raised by Parti Quebecois member of the legislature Pascal Berube last month after he learned that copies of the bill had been distributed to reporters in a technical briefing.Weil took responsibility at the time for what she called a good-faith blunder, but her spokeswoman said Tuesday the minister would not be reacting to Chagnon’s decision.A national assembly commission will determine what sanctions Weil will face.last_img read more

first_imgIt’s everyone’s favorite time of the month! Netflix just sent their new release list for August 2018.So what’s new on Netflix? Well, we have some old classic, some new netflix originals as well as a ton of new releases!Here’s what’s new on Netflix Canada in August 2018.August 1 Advertisement Login/Register With: 8 MileIMDB | Rotten TomatoesAspiring hip-hop artist Jimmy views his home, Detroit’s 8 Mile district, as a psychological line that separates him from where and who he wants to be.Along Came PollyIMDB | Rotten TomatoesAfter his wife dumps him on their honeymoon, uptight Reuben reconnects with an irreverent childhood friend who teaches him to live life on the edge.DragonheartIMDB | Rotten TomatoesIn ancient times when majestic fire-breathers soared through the skies, a knight comes face to face and heart to heart with the last dragon on Earth. The Huntsman: Winter’s WarIMDB | Rotten TomatoesAfter a devastating betrayal, kind hearted queen Freya unleashes wicked powers and wages war against love, which warriors Eric and Sara fall victim to.Julie & JuliaIMDB | Rotten TomatoesIn this heartwarming tale, Julie Powell decides to spice up her uneventful life by cooking all 524 recipes outlined in Julia Child’s classic cookbook.Justice League DarkIMDB | Rotten TomatoesAfter a supernatural force puts innocent civilians in grave danger, Batman teams with John Constantine, Zatanna and others to stop the threat.House of Deadly SecretsIMDBA single mother and her young daughter move to a new house for a fresh start, only to find danger lurking in and outside the home.The Land Before TimeIMDB | Rotten TomatoesWhen an earth-shattering quake kills both of his parents, a young brontosaurus named Littlefoot teams up with other orphaned dinosaurs to survive.Michael Jackson’s This Is ItIMDB | Rotten TomatoesThis compelling documentary follows pop icon Michael Jackson during the days leading up to his untimely death as he prepares for a series of 50 shows.The Perfect ManIMDB | Rotten TomatoesTo boost her single mother’s self-esteem, a teenager invents a secret admirer and borrows her friend’s handsome, disarming uncle to play the suitor.Popstar: Never Stop Never StoppingIMDB | Rotten TomatoesA rap star’s life in the fast lane gets a speed check when his new album flounders, but he makes a swift comeback and reunites with his band.Public EnemiesIMDB | Rotten TomatoesIn the shadow of the Great Depression, criminal minds are thriving, and it’s up to J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI to bring them down.Rise of the GuardiansIMDB | Rotten TomatoesSanta Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and others battle a malicious spirit determined to destroy the innocent beliefs and dreams of children.Safe HouseIMDB | Rotten TomatoesYoung CIA operative Matt Weston must get a dangerous criminal out of an agency safe house that’s come under attack and get him to a more secure location.Switched – Netflix OriginalHigh schooler Ayumi’s perfect world evaporates when her envious classmate Zenko somehow steals her body, her boyfriend and her life.‘Til Death Do Us PartIMDB | Rotten TomatoesA woman’s seemingly idyllic marriage takes a dark turn when her husband becomes violently abusive. Her only hope is to get out in time.Touch of EvilIMDB | Rotten TomatoesA narcotics detective on his honeymoon locks horns with a shady sheriff as he investigates the explosion of a car crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.August 2The 100: Season 5IMDB | Rotten TomatoesIn the wake of Praimfaya’s cataclysmic destruction, war brews with a new enemy over what may be the last inhabitable land left on Earth.Wild OatsIMDB | Rotten TomatoesWhen insurance accidentally pays her millions, retired teacher Eva and her pal Maddie head to the Canary Islands for the adventure of their lives.August 3Brij Mohan Amar Rahe – Netflix FilmFaking his death to escape the realities of his uneventful life worked out well for Brij Mohan — until he was sentenced to death for his own murder.Cocaine Coast – Netflix OriginalIn 1980s Galicia, Spain, a young fisherman becomes a prosperous cocaine smuggler by providing Latin American suppliers with a European entry point.Dinotrux Supercharged: Season 3 – Netflix OriginalIMDBWhether by land, air or sea, the Dinotrux tackle some of their biggest builds ever while facing the double threat of brothers D-Structs and D-Stroy.I AM A KILLER – Netflix OriginalIMDBIn this true-crime series, history’s most notorious killers recount their stories from their points of view in their own chilling words.Like Father – Netflix FilmIMDBAfter she’s left at the altar, a workaholic executive ends up on her honeymoon cruise with her estranged father. Kristen Bell and Kelsey Grammer star.Marching Orders – Netflix OriginalFollow the Bethune-Cookman University Marching Wildcats as they fight to keep their spots on the field, memorize routines, balance their academic careers, and maintain their social lives.August 4Flavors of Youth: International Version – Netflix OriginalMemories in a bowl of steaming noodles, a fading beauty finding her way and a bittersweet first love — all in these stories of city life in China.On Children – Netflix OriginalThese uncanny tales reveal a world where individuals face the tragic consequences of social pressure, parental oppression and family dysfunction.August 6I KILL GIANTSIMDB | Rotten TomatoesA lonely, bullied middle school student who is viewed as an outcast “weirdo” harbours a dark secret: at night, in the forest, she slays giants.Jay and Silent Bob Strike BackIMDB | Rotten TomatoesJay and Silent Bob’s comic book alter egos have been sold to Hollywood without permission, so they head to Tinseltown to sabotage the production.StorksIMDB | Rotten TomatoesJunior and his fellow storks only deliver packages now, but they’ll have to make an exception when one very special baby order squeaks through.SullyIMDB | Rotten TomatoesShortly after takeoff, an Airbus 320 crash-lands on the Hudson River. There are no fatalities, but the captain faces scrutiny and the glare of fame.August 9A Hologram for the KingIMDB | Rotten TomatoesA broke American businessman trying to sell an IT contract to Saudi Arabia’s king finds himself changed by an unfamiliar culture and a new romance.Perdida –  Netflix FilmA policewoman whose childhood friend disappeared in Patagonia years ago starts a new search to find answers, and soon finds her own life in danger.August 1072 Dangerous Animals: Asia – Netflix OriginalIMDBFrom fangs to claws to venomous stings, they all wield deadly weapons. But which creature will be crowned the fiercest of all?Afflicted – Netflix OriginalIMDB | Rotten TomatoesBaffling symptoms. Controversial diagnoses. Costly treatments. Seven people with chronic illnesses search for answers — and relief.All About the Washingtons – Netflix OriginalIMDB | Rotten TomatoesHip-hop icon Rev. Run stars opposite wife Justine in this scripted comedy about one couple’s attempts at balancing work, romance and family chaos.The CommuterIMDB | Rotten TomatoesAn Insurance Salesman/Ex-Cop is caught up in a criminal conspiracy during his daily commute home.Demetri Martin: The Overthinker – Netflix OriginalWith his signature one-liners and drawings, Demetri Martin muses on doughnut holes, dogs, sports bars, the alphabet’s most aggressive letters and more.The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Netflix FilmA writer bonds with the eccentric residents of Guernsey when she decides to write about the book club they formed during the WWII German occupation.Insatiable – Netflix OriginalIMDBIn this darkly comic series, a disgraced civil lawyer turned beauty pageant coach takes on a vengeful, bullied teenager as his client.La casa de las flores – Netflix OriginalIMDBThe outward perfection of a family-run flower business hides a dark side rife with dysfunctional secrets in this darkly humorous comedy series.Million Pound Menu – Netflix OriginalIMDBNext-generation restauranteurs get the chance to open their own pop-up eateries to impress the paying public — and a panel of discerning investors.Outlander: Season 3IMDB | Rotten TomatoesCenturies apart, Claire and Jamie struggle to move forward with their lives while haunted by memories of their lost love.The Package – Netflix FilmWhen five teens go on a spring break camping trip, an unfortunate accident sets off a race against time to save their friend’s most prized possession.The Ponysitters Club – Netflix OriginalIMDBA young horse enthusiast teams up with her best friends to rescue and rehabilitate animals on her family’s beloved ranch.Voltron: Legendary Defender: Season 7 – Netflix OriginalAfter saving Shiro and defeating Lotor, the Paladins are finally able to set a course for Earth. After a perilous journey, they discover that their home planet is not how they left it.Zion – Netflix OriginalBorn without legs and stuck in foster care for years, teenager Zion Clark hopes to overcome his circumstances and become a competitive wrestler.August 13Splash and Bubbles: Season 2IMDBCurious pals Splash, Bubbles, Dunk and Ripple have fun exploring new places, making new friends and learning all about their amazing ocean home.August 15Adventures in Public SchoolIMDB | Rotten TomatoesA socially awkward home-schooled kid forces his way into public-school against his suffocating but loving mother’s wishes.Don’t BreatheIMDB | Rotten TomatoesHe’s blind and rich — a perfect target for robbery. But the tables turn when three teen thieves find themselves in a lethal game of cat and mouse.Homeland: Season 6IMDB | Rotten TomatoesIMDB | Rotten Tomatoes – CIA analyst Carrie Mathison struggles with mental health and family issues while leading the war against terrorism in this political thriller series.Hurricane Bianca: From Russia With HateIMDB | Rotten TomatoesWhen Texas teacher Richard is lured to Russia under false pretenses by his enemy Deb, his drag alter ego Bianca soon turns the country upside down.August 16Made of HonorIMDB | Rotten TomatoesSuddenly realizing he loves his platonic best friend, a perennial skirt-chaser uses his role as her “maid” of honour to unravel her marriage plans.August 17Den of ThievesIMDB | Rotten TomatoesA gritty crime saga which follows the lives of an elite unit of the LA County Sheriff’s Dept. and the state’s most successful bank robbery crew as the outlaws plan a seemingly impossible heist on the Federal Reserve Bank.Disenchantment – Netflix OriginalIMDB | Rotten TomatoesThis animated series from Matt Groening follows the misadventures of a hard-drinking princess, her feisty elf companion and her personal demon.Magic for Humans – Netflix OriginalFrom baffling people on the street to orchestrating elaborate tricks, Justin Willman blends good-natured magic with grown-up laughs.The Motive – Netflix FilmIMDBAn aspiring writer with no imagination seeks inspiration for his novel by manipulating the lives of his neighbours so that he can write about them.Pinky Malinky – Netflix OriginalIMDBPinky Malinky sees the bright side of everything, including being born a hot dog. With his BFFs in tow, this little wiener takes a bite out of life.Spirit Riding Free: Season 6 – Netflix OriginalIMDB | Rotten TomatoesLucky and the PALs canter into more adventures with a new chapter of the Frontier Fillies. With each new challenge, Lucky, Spirit and the PALs work together as they run wild and live free.Stay Here – Netflix OriginalIMDBDesigner Genevieve Gorder and real estate expert Peter Lorimer show property owners how to turn their short-term rentals into moneymaking showstoppers. Twitter IMDB | Rotten TomatoesLara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control when her secret letters to every boy she’s ever fallen for are mysteriously mailed out.Ultraviolet – Netflix OriginalIn this offbeat crime series, an online community of amateur sleuths uses an unconventional mashup of high-tech and low-tech methods to solve cases.August 19The Investigator: A British Crime Story: Season 2 – Netflix OriginalIMDB | Rotten TomatoesNo body. A condemned husband. A daughter desperate for the truth. The closer you look, the stranger it gets.August 20Death at a FuneralIMDB | Rotten TomatoesThe funeral for the patriarch of a wealthy but eccentric British clan is turned topsy-turvy when a stranger appears.August 21The SinnerIMDB | Rotten TomatoesWhen a young mother inexplicably stabs a stranger to death, a sympathetic detective struggles to unlock the mystery buried in her missing memories.August 22How to Get Away With Murder: Season 4IMDB | Rotten TomatoesBrilliant criminal defense attorney and law professor Annalise Keating, plus five of her students, become involved in a twisted murder case.Marlon: Season 2 – Netflix Original IMDB | Rotten TomatoesAmicable exes Marlon and Ashley settle into co-parenting duties and continue to work out where they stand as friends, former flames and a family.August 23Deadwind – Netflix OriginalJust months after a tragic loss, detective Sofia Karppi investigates the murder of a woman with ties to a Helsinki construction company.Follow This – Netflix OriginalIMDBFollow the reporters at BuzzFeed as they probe topics ranging from quirky internet crazes to safe injection spaces for opioid users.In DarknessIMDB | Rotten TomatoesA blind musician hears a murder committed in the apartment upstairs from hers that sends her down a dark path into London’s gritty criminal underworld.August 24The After Party – Netflix FilmIMDBWhen an aspiring rapper goes viral for all the wrong reasons, he thinks his career is over. But when his best friend gets them into a wild NYC after party, he gets one more chance to make the impossible happen.Ask the StoryBots: Season 2 – Netflix OriginalIMDBHow do ears hear — and why can’t I eat dessert all the time? The StoryBots tackle these and other tough questions in an all-new season of asks.Bert Kreischer: Secret Time – Netflix OriginalPerpetually shirtless comic Bert Kreischer relays deep personal secrets and stories about being a cool dad in this stand-up special.DownsizingIMDB | Rotten TomatoesA social satire in which a man realizes he would have a better life if he were to shrink himself to five inches tall, allowing him to live in wealth and splendour.Ghoul – Netflix OriginalIMDB | Rotten TomatoesA newly minted military interrogator arrives at a covert detention center to discover that some of the terrorists held there are not of this world.The Innocents – Netflix OriginalIMDB | Rotten TomatoesWhen a teenage couple runs away to be together, the extraordinary gift they possess unleashes powerful forces intent on dividing them forever.Trolls: The Beat Goes On!: Season 3 – Netflix OriginalIMDB | Rotten TomatoesAs the trolls turn a new enemy into a friend, Poppy trains Branch in “hair-jitsu,” Smidge woos a crush and DJ Suki learns to throw the best party ever.August 27The AccountantIMDB | Rotten TomatoesAs a math savant uncooks the books for a new client, the Treasury Department closes in on his activities, and the body count starts to rise.The Blacklist: Season 5IMDB | Rotten TomatoesDespite last season’s stunning revelations, secrets remain to be solved — including the mystery of the human remains unearthed at Tansi Farms.When the Bough BreaksIMDB | Rotten TomatoesA surrogate mom for a couple becomes dangerously obsessed with the soon-to-be father.August 31The Comedy Lineup: Part 2 – Netflix OriginalIMDB | Rotten TomatoesA cadre of promising up-and-coming comedians delivers a rapid fire series of stand-up performances.Inside the Criminal Mind – Netflix OriginalIMDBExplore the psychological machinations and immoral behavior that define the most nefarious types of criminals.The Laws of Thermodynamics – Netflix FilmIMDBJilted by his girlfriend, a man likens his lack of luck in love to the laws of thermodynamics in this documentary-like romantic comedy.Ozark: Season 2 – Netflix OriginalIMDB | Rotten TomatoesThe Byrdes face danger from every side as the cartel, the Snells and the Langmores all threaten to bring down the new life they’ve built in the Ozarks.Paradise PD – Netflix OriginalFrom “Brickleberry” creators Roger Black and Waco O’Guin comes this adult animated comedy about a backwater Southern-fried police department.Ultimate Beastmaster: Survival of the Fittest – Netflix OriginalIMDB | Rotten TomatoesAn inspirational group of new contestants who have overcome significant adversity come together to take on the world’s toughest obstacle course. 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first_imgWASHINGTON — The Trump administration is celebrating the 90-day truce it reached in its trade war with China as a significant breakthrough despite scant details, a hazy timetable and widespread skepticism that Beijing will yield to U.S. demands anytime soon.“This is just an enormous, enormous event,” Larry Kudlow, President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser, said Monday of the cease-fire that Trump and President Xi Jingping reached over the weekend on the sidelines of an international economic summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina. “This one covers so much ground in some detail, we’ve never seen this before.”Yet many economists raised doubts that much had been — or would be — achieved within three months.“The actual amount of concrete progress made at this meeting appears to have been quite limited,” Alec Phillips and other economists at Goldman Sachs wrote in a research note.During the talks in Buenos Aires, Trump agreed to delay a scheduled escalation in U.S. tariffs on many Chinese goods, from 10 per cent to 25 per cent, that had been set to take effect Jan. 1. Instead, the two sides are to negotiate over U.S. complaints about China’s trade practices, notably that it has used predatory tactics to try to achieve supremacy in technology. These practices, according to the administration and outside analysts, include stealing intellectual property and forcing companies to turn over technology to gain access to China’s market.In return for the postponement in the higher U.S. tariffs, China agreed to step up its purchases of U.S. farm, energy and industrial goods, the White House said.Most economists noted that the two countries remain far apart on the biggest areas of disagreement, which include Beijing’s subsidies for strategic Chinese industries, in addition to forced technology transfers and intellectual property theft.“Ninety days is very little time to fix these perennial issues,” said Bill Adams, senior economist at PNC.Complicating the challenge, Trump’s complaints strike at the heart of the Communist Party’s state-led economic model and its plans to elevate China to political and cultural leadership by creating global champions in robotics and other fields.“It’s impossible for China to cancel its industry policies or major industry and technology development plans,” said economist Cui Fan of the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing.At the same time, analysts said they were relieved that the Trump-Xi meeting at least pressed the “pause” button on tariff hikes. Besides escalating existing tariffs, Trump had threatened to impose import taxes on the remaining $267 billion of U.S. goods from China. This would have raised prices in the United States on many consumer items, including smartphones, clothes and toys.Fears of a hotter trade war had sent financial markets tumbling in October and November. But they jumped Monday in response to Saturday’s truce. The Dow Jones industrial average closed up 288 points, a gain of 1.1 per cent.Megan Greene, chief economist at Manulife, said the market’s recent decline had likely contributed to Trump’s willingness to reach a truce.“We are no longer in the same buoyant economic or markets environment that we enjoyed earlier this year when threats of tariffs against China were first made,” she said.In the meantime, the outlines of the agreement remain hazy and in some cases confusing. Trump tweeted late Sunday that China had agreed to “reduce and remove” its 40% tariff on cars imported from the U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Monday that there was a “specific agreement” on the auto tariffs.Yet Kudlow said later that there was no “specific agreement” regarding auto trade, though he added, “We expect those tariffs to go to zero.”Shares of U.S. and overseas auto companies rose on the announcement, though it’s unclear how much companies like GM or Ford will actually benefit. Nearly all the cars they sell in China are made there.Details regarding China’s pledge to buy more American products — one that it has made before — remain scant. Mnuchin said Monday morning on CNBC that China had offered to buy up to $1.2 trillion of additional U.S. goods, even while the “details of that still need to be negotiated.”But Kudlow said the ultimate amount will depend on market prices and the health of China’s economy.“I would think of that as a broad goal,” he said.State-run Chinese media has described the agreement very differently from how the Trump administration has. It has made no mention of any changes to its auto tariffs. And it has said nothing about a 90-day deadline for the talks.Greene said this might simply reflect China’s communications strategy. Or it might illustrate China’s weak commitment to the deal.China agreed to eliminate the retaliatory tariffs it had placed on U.S. soybeans, according to the White House, which also said Beijing had agreed to buy an unspecified but “very substantial” amount of agricultural and other products. That left some U.S. farmers cautiously hopeful Monday.“This is the first positive news we’ve seen after months of downturned prices and halted shipments,” said John Heisdorffer, a farmer in Keota, Iowa, who is president of the American Soybean Association. “If this suspension of tariff increases leads to a longer-term agreement, it will be extremely positive for the soy industry.”Kevin Scott, who farms near Valley Springs, South Dakota, and serves on the American Soybean Association, said the news provides hope for farmers who are storing their crops while awaiting better prices. But he cautioned that “it’s going to take a little more to move more beans.”Among the skeptics is Scott Gauslow, who grows soybeans and corn near Colfax in eastern North Dakota’s Red River Valley. He noted the lack of specifics in the White House announcement.“What if China calls tomorrow and says, ‘We changed our mind’?” Gauslow said. “There was nothing in writing, which scares me a little bit.”China is the top market for North Dakota’s soybeans. The state’s farmers sell about $1.4 billion to China annually, according to the non-profit North Dakota Trade Office.Some retailers were also encouraged by the agreement, according to the National Retail Federation. At the same time, the federation noted that the truce prolongs the uncertainty around trading with China.Jonathan Gold, an executive at the federation, said most retailers had already ordered goods for the first three months of the year, so the 90-day delay in the tariff hikes won’t affect them. Many companies have already switched their purchases from China to another country to avoid the potential 25% tariff.“The question is, what happens at the end of 90 days?” Gold asked.___Nicholson reported from Bismarck, North Dakota. AP News Writer Joe McDonald contributed to this report from Beijing.Christopher Rugaber And Blake Nicholson, The Associated Presslast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The Congress has lost all political credibility when it comes to addressing the issue of poverty, Union minister Nitin Gadkari said on Thursday, taking a dig at Rahul Gandhi’s proposed “Nyay” scheme by invoking Congress prime ministers, who, he claimed, had vowed to eradicate poverty and failed. Addressing a press conference at the BJP office here, Gadkari also alleged that the Congress had deliberately created “fear” in the minds of the minorities to divert attention from performance, work and development, which should have been the issues in the ongoing Lok Sabha election. “The Congress party has no credibility. After 1947, (then prime minister Jawaharlal) Nehru said he will remove poverty. Then Indira Gandhi said this. She used the slogan of removing poverty and won (elections), but poverty did not go. Then Rajiv Gandhi repeated that, then Sonia Gandhi and then Manmohan Singh, but poverty did not go. “Now, even Panditji’s (Nehru) great-grandson is saying the same thing. If he (Congress chief Rahul Gandhi) will remove poverty by giving Rs 72,000, then what did Pandit Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Manmohan Singh do? That is why the political credibility of the Congress in removing poverty has ended,” he said. The senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader further alleged that the Congress had a history of injustice and since 1947, it had been responsible for “wrong economic policies, bad and corrupt governance and visionless leadership”. “So, ‘Nyay’ will not happen, because with justice, the person doling it out should also be trustworthy,” he said. Gadkari also lashed out at the opposition party for the abuse it had meted out to Prime Minister Narendra Modi during its poll campaign and said he had a list of 56 such abuses. “The Congress deliberately wants to ensure that performance and work do not become poll issues. That is why they have done two things. “One, fear is their biggest capital. Create fear in the minds of Dalits, minorities, SCs and STs. Two, ensure that a discussion on the work done in five years, which had not happened in 50 years, does not take place. If the discussion revolves around development, then they know they will be in trouble,” he said. Under the Modi government, the social sector had benefitted immensely, Gadkari said, while talking about opening of bank accounts, roads, water and electricity. “Last time during the Kumbh, the prime minister of Mauritius could not go for a bath in the Ganga…. This time, 20 crore people visited the Kumbh and took bath in the river. For the first time, the Ganga was pure and clean. “We did what we promised. We made the waterways and that is why (Congress leader) Priyanka (Gandhi Vadra) could travel from Prayagraj to Varanasi on a boat while abusing us continuously. I want to ask her, had we not made the waterway, how would she have done that? She could drink the water thrice because we have cleaned the Ganga water. Or else, she would have also had to leave like the Mauritius PM,” the Union minister for road transport and highways said. He said it was unfortunate that those who had promoted the accused in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, those who had failed to give justice to the victims were now talking about “Nyay”. “The politics of performance and development is our biggest asset. Our schemes have reached every nook and cranny of this country and that is how we want to fight the election. The lowering of the standard of the discourse during this election has been noticed by the people of this country. We will form a BJP-led NDA government with a record mandate,” Gadkari said.last_img read more

first_imgBy Cheikh Lioussi Rabat- For the first time in the history of Italian football, a female referee conducted a football match while wearing the Islamic head covering, known as hijab.Chahida Chekkafi, a young Italian of Moroccan origin, was the referee of a football match between two male teams, San Luigi and Karimou Stradevar, in the north of Italy. Chekkafi was born and raised in Italy. As a 16-year-old referee for the Italian football league for young players, she commanded the admiration of those who know her. Her mother was a football player in Morocco.The Italian daily newspaper Corriere Della Sera dedicated an article on its front page on Monday to the story, and quoted the President of the Committee of Referees in Milan describing Chahida as “shy and young but talented and determined.”© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

2018St. John’sDuke1977Villanova2117Marquette17611511 2007AuburnArkansasAlabamaLSU1577 Win No. 1Win No. 2Win No. 3 2017NebraskaIndiana1910Maryland1840Iowa17671577 *Georgia had two qualifying streaks in 2007-08, which overlapped. We included only the streak with the lowest starting rating.Source: ESPN, Sports-Reference.com 1997MissouriNebraskaTexasOklahoma1619 SeasonTeamOpponentEloOpponentEloOpponentEloStarting Elo 2017NebraskaIndianaMarylandIowa1577 1997MissouriNebraska1764Texas1810Oklahoma18681619 1970W. ForestUNCDavidsonUNC1627 1977VirginiaMaryland1843W. Forest1828Clemson18901583 1985Miss. St.AlabamaLSUGeorgia1586 2008Georgia*Ole Miss1758Kentucky1788Miss. St.18931599 1985Miss. St.Alabama1827LSU1831Georgia17671586 The Johnnies’ win streak came out of nowhereLowest Elo ratings for teams just before starting a three-game win streak against opponents who each had at least a 1750 Elo rating, 1950-2018 *Georgia had two qualifying streaks in 2007-08, which overlapped. We included only the streak with the lowest starting rating.Source: ESPN, Sports-Reference.com 2008Okla. St.BaylorTex. A&MKansas1607 SeasonTeamNo. 1No. 2No. 3Starting Elo The 2018 St. John’s Red Storm might go down as the most erratic team in men’s college basketball history. When they were losing, they couldn’t do anything right. But now that they’re winning, they’re taking down some of the most feared programs in the country. No team has ever rattled off a more impressive series of victories from a less likely place than the Johnnies did over the past week and change.But let’s roll things back a bit. To start things off, coach Chris Mullin’s squad began the season 10-2 — tied for the program’s second-best start to a season in 32 years. Although most of those wins came against relatively weak opponents, the team was competitive late in each of its losses (to Missouri and Arizona State, both of whom rank among the top 40 in Ken Pomeroy’s power ratings). Coming off a season of progress in Mullin’s second year at the helm, things finally appeared to be looking up for the Storm in their quest to return to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2015.Then the wheels fell off. Starting with their first Big East game of the year, a loss to Providence three days after Christmas, the Johnnies proceeded to drop 11 straight games. Before the calendar could even flip to February, St. John’s had matched its in-conference loss total for all of last season. An early season-ending injury to sophomore guard Marcus LoVett, who’d finished second on the team in scoring last season, helped tank the offense,1It dropped from 120th nationally in KenPom’s rankings before the losing skid to 165th. and the defense collapsed from 13th in Ken Pomeroy’s ratings to 41st over the span of a month.St. John’s found numerous ways to lose during the streak. For instance, there was the 25-point loss to Butler, in which the Storm almost instantly found themselves in a 19-2 hole and scored just 45 points all game (the school’s second-worst offensive output in a game since 2010-11). Then there was the marathon back-and-forth defeat against Georgetown that it took two overtimes to decide — and that the Johnnies led by 5 with 24 seconds left in the first overtime, only to watch Hoyas forward Marcus Derrickson tie the game with a personal 6-1 run.After their 11th straight loss, a hard-fought 73-68 defeat against sixth-ranked Xavier, the Johnnies’ future looked even more bleak. Games against Duke, Villanova and Marquette were coming up, so there was little to suggest that the Red Storm would be able to pull their season out of its death spiral.And that’s when one of the most absurd eight-day turnarounds in college history started: an upset win over the then-No. 4 Blue Devils to snap the losing streak. An even bigger upset at Villanova, which was No. 1 at the time. A relatively — dare I say it? — routine victory over a tough Golden Eagles squad, with the kind of second-half performance that good teams grind out. All the while, sophomore guard Shamorie Ponds has transformed into a superstar, averaging 34 points per game on 55 percent shooting during the shocking three-game winning streak. For a team that might not even make the NIT, they’ve looked like a tournament dark horse in recent days.How unexpected was this sudden reversal? Our Elo power-rating data goes back to the 1949-50 season, and over that span there have been 1,207 streaks where a team won three games in a row against opponents who each had Elo ratings over 1750 — the mark of a good team.2For reference’s sake, a 1750 Elo would be the equivalent of an Oregon or Maryland — the 57th-best team in the nation this season, according to Elo. Of those 1,207 teams, none had a lower Elo at the start of their streak than St. John’s, who’d dropped to a 1511 rating at its nadir (which was a low point since Dec. 2016, and the program’s fifth-lowest rating in a season since 1964). Statistically speaking, the Johnnies might have been the least likely team in history to rattle off those three particular wins at that particular moment in time. 1970W. ForestUNC1835Davidson1751UNC18271627 2000MarquetteDepaul1768Louisville1800Charlotte17671621 1977VirginiaMarylandW. ForestClemson1583 2018St. John’sDukeVillanovaMarquette1511 2007AuburnArkansas1770Alabama1761LSU17671577 2008Okla. St.Baylor1767Tex. A&M1928Kansas20511607 2008Georgia*Ole MissKentuckyMiss. St.1599 The Johnnies’ win streak came out of nowhereLowest Elo ratings for teams just before starting a three-game win streak against opponents who each had at least a 1750 Elo rating, 1950-2018 Win 2000MarquetteDepaulLouisvilleCharlotte1621 The victories over Duke and Villanova alone were historic. According to Elo, St. John’s was the lowest-rated team ever to knock off two teams with ratings over 1900 in back-to-back games, toppling a record that had previously been held by the 1957-58 Nebraska Cornhuskers (when the Huskers beat No. 4 Kansas and then No. 1 Kansas State). But unlike that Nebraska team, which lost the following game, the Red Storm tacked on another impressive win to bring their streak up to three in a row.They’ll try to extend it to four straight on Wednesday night, against DePaul in Chicago — and according to Pomeroy’s projections, there’s a 49 percent chance that St. John’s will pull it off. If so, it would only add to one of the most up-and-down seasons the sport has ever seen. Even after three big wins, the Red Storm still aren’t on anybody’s NCAA tourney radar. In fact, with 13 losses already on the books, maybe the only sure way for St. John’s to get to the dance would be for them to win the Big East Tournament — possibly by knocking off Villanova again. But hey, stranger things have already happened. read more

After another 100-yard rushing performance, sophomore running back Carlos Hyde has proven that he should be the undisputed No. 2 running back for the Ohio State offense. I’m not someone who enjoys controversy or likes to stir it up, but in my mind, there should be no controversy. The numbers speak for themselves. With just eight more carries than junior running back Jordan Hall, Hyde has compiled 183 more yards with a team-high of 513. Hyde also has four more touchdowns than junior running back Jordan Hall. How can the coaches argue with that production? One common argument for Hall is his “big play ability.” Hall’s biggest play against Wisconsin, the last game in which he played, was a fumbled punt return that gave Wisconsin momentum and a chance to get back in the game. Maybe that is a little cynical, as he did score a touchdown in the third quarter and his final kickoff return gave the Buckeyes great field position to retake the lead for the eventual victory. However, Hall’s touchdown was from two yards out. With three inches of height and 43 more pounds packed on his frame than Hall, I would be willing to bet that Hyde could have punched it in just as easily. Also worth noting is that Hall’s longest rush of the year is 20 yards, compared to Hyde’s long of 63 yards. Is Hall really a bigger play threat than Hyde? Hyde voiced his displeasure with his spotty playing time after the Buckeyes’ victory against Illinois on Oct. 15 on Twitter saying, “Guess I’m not good enough. Take myself elsewhere.” He later (wisely) deleted the tweet and said he wasn’t going anywhere. The damage had been done, though, and his displeasure is evident. But can you blame him? Hyde is only a sophomore and would be in the Buckeye backfield for another two years. Hall, a junior, only has one more year at OSU. If Hyde were to become disgruntled and transfer elsewhere, the Buckeyes would be missing out on at least one, if not two years, of solid backfield play from the runner. Senior running back Daniel ‘Boom’ Herron voiced similar confidence in Hyde following the victory against Indiana. “(Hyde’s) got a great future ahead of him. It was really nice to see him do a great job,” Herron said. “It was great to see him take advantage of the opportunities given to him today.” Keywords: “great future” and “opportunities given to him today.” Coach Luke Fickell and the coaching staff would be wise to keep Hyde as involved in the game plan as possible this week and throughout the season to prepare for the future, as well as get the greater production. With Hall coming off of an ankle injury, Fickell said at his Tuesday press conference that “hopefully (Hall) will be able to go” but “he’ll be a little bit hesitant.” He also said that Hall will retake his position as punt and kickoff returner while the coaches find a way to move the ball around and give all the running backs opportunities to touch the football. I guarantee that given an opportunity to touch the football, Hyde will not be hesitant to take it to the Purdue defense. Put him in, coach. read more

With the Ohio State women’s basketball team on the verge of missing its first NCAA tournament berth since coach Jim Foster’s arrival in 2002, the possibility of coming up short is starting to sink in for the Buckeyes. However, it’s not the possible absence from the tourney that has shaken the team most, but rather the coming to terms with losing its star senior guard, Tayler Hill, at the conclusion of this season. Hill is averaging 21.1 points per game, which leads all scorers in the Big Ten. “I think (Hill) deserves to be one of the best players in the country despite the team’s record this year,” said Ohio State redshirt senior guard Amber Stokes. The Buckeyes (14-10, 4-7 Big Ten) have been plagued by illnesses and injuries all season long, which are partly to blame for the 4-7 record in conference play. Yet even in times of trial, Hill’s performance on the court has rarely faltered. Following a 68-45 win against Indiana on Jan. 17, Foster said “Hill didn’t have her legs,” from being ill in the days before the game. Hill, though, still managed to keep Hoosiers’ standout senior forward Aulani Sinclair to five points on 2-for-15 shooting. “She is a hard worker and will do anything it takes to help this team to be successful,” Stokes said. Hill’s hard work and dedication to the game can be traced back to her basketball days at South High School in Minneapolis, Minn. Hill ended her four-year varsity career as Minnesota’s all-time leading scorer (boy or girl) with 3,888 points. After graduating from OSU, Hill said she wants to play in the WNBA and play basketball overseas. Foster said he believes Hill is going to be a high draft choice. “She’s a very good defensive player,” Foster said. “I think her versatility really makes her a valuable attribute. She can score, she can play the point, and she can play from the perimeter … All those things are a big deal to a coach.” While Hill said she would love to play on any team in the WNBA, she would prefer to play in Minnesota. “Playing at home would be great because of family,” Hill said. Hill’s native WNBA team, the Minnesota Lynx, are regarded as one of the top teams in the league, especially with the recent addition of former Connecticut standout Maya Moore. The Buckeyes, though, will likely have big shoes to fill with the loss of Hill. But Foster is assured that the offseason will serve as an opportunity to get better. “There are a number of candidates that are going to play for that position,” Foster said. After losing to Nebraska, 58-39, Thursday night in Lincoln, Neb., the Buckeyes are set to play Minnesota Feb. 21 at the Schottenstein Center. read more

first_imgCELTIC manager Brendan Rodgers has blamed poor defending for Celtic’s Champions League exit.AEK Athens defeated Celtic 2-1 in their Champions League second leg third qualifying round tie in Greece. Brendan Rodgers was disappointed as his side lost 3-2 on aggregate.Brendan Rodgers warned his side that the third qualifying round tie in the Olympic Stadium was his biggest qualifying challenge they would after the 1-1 draw in the first leg in Scotland last week.However, it took only six minutes for his side to go behind, thanks to a Rodrigo Galo strike.Things got worse for the visitors when Croatian striker Marko Livaja headed in a second goal just five minutes into the second half.Substitute Scott Sinclair scored in the 78th minute for Celtic to reduce the deficit a goal, but the Scottish champions could not score a second goal which would have helped them qualified on away goals.Leicester City, Manchester UnitedMatch Preview: Manchester United vs Leicester City Boro Tanchev – September 13, 2019 Old Trafford is the venue for the Premier League encounter between Manchester United and Leicester City, which kicks off at 16:00 (CET) on Saturday.And Brendan Rodgers was far from pleased with his side’s defending in Greece. Daily Star reports.Speaking to the press after the game, he said: “Over the course of the two games it’s disappointing to have that much control and opportunities in the games and concede soft goals,”“We gave ourselves a chance with a goal at the end and we threw everything at it.””I thought a lot of our build-up play in that final third was worthy of something from the game.“But you can’t defend that softly and in the end, we were punished for it.“This is the competition we want to be in and qualification is getting even harder now.“But I still felt this was a game with our play and the qualities that we had more than enough to win.”last_img read more