Bayern Munich defender Niklas Sule admits Prem move closeby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNiklas Sule has revealed he almost joined a Premier League club before deciding on a move to Bayern Munich in 2017.The 24-year-old added that he would love to play in the English top-flight one day.“It was a thought to go to the Premier League [in 2017],” the 24-year-old exclusively told Goal and DAZN.“This is one of the leagues in which I really want to play. At the time, however, I saw the change to Munich as the best step. And, as you can see, I am very happy at Bayern.“Not only because I got my way, but also because the fans and all the staff are great.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Shearer says Liverpool team to beat in title raceby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEngland legend Alan Shearer can’t see Liverpool being caught at the top of the Premier League table.He wrote for BBC Sport: “It is only the start of October, but Liverpool’s eight-point lead at the top of the table already looks ominous for Manchester City.”Yes, City’s injuries have hurt them – they have been nowhere near as solid as usual defensively, and they lacked a creative spark in Sunday’s shock home defeat by Wolves too.”But, regardless of what their rivals are doing, to come out and win their first eight Premier League games of the season has been a fantastic response from the Reds after they went so close to winning the title last term.”There has been no hint of a hangover from that near miss.”Instead, Jurgen Klopp’s side have thrown the gauntlet down to City, and now they are definitely the team to beat in the title race.”
TAYLOR, B.C. – The Seventh Annual Arnie Isberg One-Pitch Tournament will round the bases this weekend in Taylor.The tournament has been raising money for the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation over the past six years, with funds going towards cancer treatment and diagnostics. Since the Arnie Isberg planning committee took over the tournament, they’ve raised $80,000 for the cause. The committee hopes to raise $20,000 this year to break that $100,000 threshold.24 teams have registered to compete at the tournament, while another 14 are on a waiting list to get in. One of the tournament’s organizers, Becky Pruden, explained that it’s a fairly exclusive tournament because everyone wants to get in to help the cause. “We have a waiting list of 14, we were able to put two of them on from last year, which was really exciting as these teams have been waiting a while to get on.” said Pruden, “It’s kind of an exclusive tournament, if you can’t make it then your down to the bottom of the lineup.”Participants are only given one pitch, so they will either walk, strikeout, foul out, or get a hit. Teams will play a round robin on Friday and Saturday until 2:00 p.m. Followed by a double-elimination playoff, with the finals taking place Sunday afternoon.Featured at the tournament will be the annual Illumination Ceremony, where residents can purchase bags and write a message to friends or loved ones who are fighting, or lost their battle to cancer. The Bags are lit up and lined around the field so residents can walk the diamond and pay their respects. Bags are $5 each, with the Illumination Ceremony starting at 9:00 p.m. on Saturday.“Everyone walks around, takes a moment and it is really incredible, It’s really fantastic.” said Pruden, “We really encourage our players to have that moment of silence and the community to come down and really embrace what this tournament is actually about.”The first game of the tournament starts Friday at 7:00 p.m.
“Are we going home, or are we planning to exodus the place? That’s really the million-dollar question,” said Pardy.He said that the message he’d gotten from the geologists is that the situation is improving, meaning residents could be able to return to their homes in the near future.In contrast, he said that many residents became angry on Sunday upon learning that the Regional District had contracted R&R Rentals to help organize giving residents temporary access to their homes to retrieve belongings.“It really upset people when they started talking about coming in, organizing this evacuation, a bunch of strangers coming into our houses and packing up our stuff.” FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Though some residents of Old Fort are once again allowed to temporarily return to their homes to winterize structures and retrieve valuables, many residents are frustrated with the uncertainty that has been caused by the landslide that cut off road access to the community over two weeks ago.Old Fort resident Gord Pardy said that while residents did hear some good news at Sunday’s meeting hosted by the Peace River Regional District, she said that many residents have taken issue with the way the PRRD has dealt with the situation.He explained that the Regional District has not made it clear to residents of Old Fort whether they will eventually be allowed to return to their homes or if the landslide will make the community too dangerous for human habitation in the future.
New Delhi: In an attempt to attract Dalit voters in the Capital, Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari on Sunday addressed a Dalit Yuva Sammelan organised by the state unit of the saffron party, urging them to take an oath to vote BJP back into power in the upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha elections.Comparing Narendra Modi with the former Prime Minister and BJP stalwart Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Tiwari said that their party is the only one that has continuously worked for the development of Dalit societies in India. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderPlacing the Congress at a polar opposite, the MP from North East Delhi claimed that the INC has only used Dalits as a vote-bank and “played politics” in their name, without ever actually working for their development. Tiwari also attacked the Congress for apparently not allowing BR Ambedkar’s last rites to be performed in the Capital. He said, “Congress has brought shame to the Dalit community.” Citing examples of the BJP government developing monuments to honour Dalit pride, like the ‘panchteerth”, where five monuments were made to commemorate the achievements and life of Dalit icon BR Ambedkar, Tiwari added that his party was that one that truly cares for the community. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsHe further went on to say that by setting up the Dr Ambedkar International Centre, Modi has made information about Dalit history and achievements all the more accessible by informing people of the life of Ambedkar. Tiwari also claimed that Modi is working in all areas of society and that his re-election as Prime Minister will “shape the future of the country”. In addition to this, Tiwari also mentioned that under BJP, the central government has come up with schemes that support Dalits to set up their own businesses. He claimed that the central government under Modi’s leadership has approved loans for Dalits up to Rs 1 crore at interest rates as little as 4 per cent.
Kolkata: Eight Lok Sabha constituencies spread across five districts in West Bengal will go to polls in the sixth phase of general elections on Sunday. The ruling Trinamool Congress, the BJP, the Congress and the Left Front constituents – the CPI(M), the CPI and the AIFB – are the main contenders in the eight seats, where the fate of 83 candidates will be decided by a 1,33,69,749-strong electorate. In this phase, polling will be held in Jangal Mahal – the forested region of Bankura, West Midnapore, Jhargram and Purulia districts, which used to be a Maoist hotbed, during the erstwhile Left Front government. To ensure free and fair polling in Tamluk, Kanthi, Ghatal, Jhargram (ST), Medinipur, Purulia, Bankura and Bishnupur (SC) constituencies, the Election Commission will deploy a total of 770 companies of central forces, which will cover almost 100 per cent of the 15,428 polling booths, EC officials said. All the eight seats covering four Jangal Mahal districts and East Midnapore, will see mostly a four-cornered contest between the Trinamool Congress, the BJP, the Congress and the Left Front. The Bankura seat will witness a triangular fight because the Congress did not put up any candidate there. The campaign saw poll meetings by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, BJP president Amit Shah, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee and her Andhra Pradesh counterpart N Chandrababu Naidu. Banerjee also participated in a number of roadshows. In the Tamluk seat, the BJP has fielded Siddhartha Shankar Naskar against sitting TMC MP Dibyendu Adhikari. The Left Front constituent CPI(M) has nominated Sk Ibrahim Ali, while the Congress has nominated Lakshman Seth, who was earlier in CPI(M). In Kanthi, TMC MP Sisir Adhikari is contesting against BJP’s Dr debasis Samanta. The Congress has nominated Deepak Kumar Das and the CPI(M) nominated Paritosh Pattanayak. In the Ghatal Lok Sabha seat, TMC’s sitting candidate Deepak Adhikari (actor Dev), will lock horns with BJP’s Bharati Ghosh, a former IPS officer. The Congress has nominated Khandakar Md Saifullah and the Left Front constituent CPI has nominated Tapan Ganguli. In the Jhargram (ST) seat, TMC’s Birbaha Soren (Tudu) will contest against Kunar Hembram of BJP. The Congress has fielded Jageswar Hembram and the CPI(M)’s candidate is Deblina Hembram. Manas Ranjan Bhunia is TMC’s candidate from the Medinipur seat and he is contesting against BJP’s state president Dilip Ghosh. The Congress has nominated Sambhunath Chattopadhyay, while the Left Front constituent CPI has fielded Biplab Bhatta. In Purulia, sitting MP Mriganka Mahato of the TMC will contest against BJP’s Jyotirmoy Singh Mahato. The Left Front constituent All India Forward Bloc (AIFB) has nominated Bir Singh Mahato and the Congress has fielded Nepal Mahato. In Bankura, TMC’s Subrata Mukherjee will contest against Dr Subhas Sarkar of the BJP. The CPI(M) has fielded Amiya Patra. This seat will witness a triangular contest. Shyamal Santra of the TMC will contest from Bishnupur (SC) seat against BJP’s Saumitra Khan. The CPI(M) has nominated Sunil Khan and the Congress has fielded Narayan Chandra Khan from there. Besides general election observers and expenditure observers, the poll panel has, for the first time, deployed a special police observer and a special observer. In another first, VVPATs will be used in all the polling booths along with the EVMs, EC sources said.
NEW DELHI: In first such action in India’s electoral history, the Election Commission on Wednesday ordered campaigning in nine West Bengal constituencies to end at 10 pm on Thursday, a day before its scheduled deadline, in the wake of violence between BJP and TMC workers in Kolkata.In a hurriedly-convened press conference, Deputy Election Commissioner Chandra Bhushan Kumar said it was for the first time that such an action has been taken using constitutional powers of the poll panel. The Election Commission (EC) also ordered the removal of Principal Secretary (Home) Atri Bhattacharya and Additional Director General, CID, Rajeev Kumar from their postings in West Bengal. Deputy Election Commissioner Sudeep Jain, who is in charge of West Bengal, said Bhattacharya “stands relieved” from his current charge immediately, “for having interfered in the process of conducting elections” by directing the state chief electoral officer, which he was not supposed to. The state chief secretary will look after the charge of the home secretary. He said Rajeev Kumar has been attached to the Ministry of Home Affairs here and should report to his new assignment by 10.00 am Thursday. Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the Commission’s decision is “undemocratic” and it has “insulted the people of Bengal”. Calling the decision “unethical, unconstitutional, undemocratic and biased”, Mamata said, “On Thursday, Modi has two meetings in Bengal. When he finishes, the campaigning also ends… Instead of punishing Amit Shah, the Election Commission has given a gift to the BJP”. The decision came as the political fight between the BJP and Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee escalated over the vandalizing of a statue of iconic 19th-century reformer Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar. Both parties accused each other of inciting the violence and desecrating the statue. There was a barrage of claims and counter-claims where video clips are flying from both sides, the BJP and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress. Amit Shah said Trinamool activists attacked his roadshow and it was Mamata Banerjee who had the Vidyasagar bust broken as part of a “conspiracy” to blame the BJP ahead of the last round of voting for the national election. Trinamool leader Derek O’Brien lobbed the allegation right back and called the BJP chief “Dhokabaaz”.He also complained to the Election Commission, submitted what he called video proof that the BJP was behind the vandalism. The bust was broken at the Vidyasagar College, which was on the route of the BJP president’s rally. “The gates were shut, our roadshow was outside, our workers were outside, the bust was inside a room, which would have presumably been locked. The keys must have been with the college management. How can we break the statue,” Amit Shah questioned at a press conference in Delhi, displaying three photographs. The BJP chief also claimed his party workers were far from the gate of the Vidyasagar College. The Trinamool, however, put out a video that shows workers – it says they were BJP supporters – climbing over the college railing and then rushing inside the campus. The video shows the group armed with stones and sticks. Students of the college said the gate was broken, unlike the BJP’s claim that it was intact. An emotional Derek O’Brien of Trinamool, speaking at what he called the “saddest press conference we have held”, said: “Amit Shah is a liar. We expect the media to make an assessment based on authentic videos.” The BJP chief in turn also accused the Election Commission of “double standards” for remaining a “mute spectator” to rigging and violation of the poll code in the state. Hitting back at TMC’s charge that the BJP was behind the violence, Shah said his party has been contesting elections in every state and is in power in 16, but it is only in West Bengal that violence is being seen.
Dhaka: Jailed former prime minister Khaleda Zia is trapped between life and death as her health has massively deteriorated over the last week due to unhealthy environment, according to her Bangladesh Nationalist Party. Demanding the immediate release of the 73-year-old three-time former prime minister, the BNP standing committee member Jamiruddin Sircar said that due to the loneliness and lack of proper treatment, Zia is suffering from various ailments including heart disease. She is lodged in a 200-year-old prison in Dhaka since February last year, serving a 10-year jail term in two graft cases. “Khaleda Zia is trapped between life and death. Keeping Khaleda in jail, depriving her of bail, is contrary to the Constitution and human rights, since her conviction in any of the case had not been finally disposed off by the Supreme Court,” Sircar was quoted as saying by the Dhaka Tribune. The former parliament speaker asked the government to allow her to receive proper treatment at a hospital of her choice. “The government had assured it would make proper arrangement for Khaleda Zia’s treatment, but not enough initiatives were taken yet. “It is a bad sign that they are not letting Zia out for treatment, even in this worsening condition,” Sircar said, adding that she is at a serious risk of sudden cardiac arrest. He also claimed that the cases against Zia are “politically motivated”. BNP Vice Chairman and one of Zia’s personal physicians AZM Zahid Hossain, said: “Zia is suffering from high blood sugar… and always needs to be on insulin. She has a sore tongue, which is not healing due to the high blood sugar. Her left shoulder and elbow joint have become insensitive. “According to her doctors, Zia is a special care patient. It is important to ensure all the facilities needed for her personal care”. The committee claimed that the government has decided to hold trials of the pending cases against her at Dhaka Central Jail in order to prevent her release from jail.
Srinagar: National Conference (NC) leader Omar Abdullah on Tuesday said the urban life of Srinagar city was blight with various problems, adding that neither the Centre nor the Jammu and Kashmir government invested in the augmentation of urban infrastructure of the state capital in the last five years. “The people of Srinagar stand dejected at the paucity of amenities and the appalling condition of roads. The people of Srinagar city were forsaken by the former PDP-BJP government and the present governor’s administration proved no different. The work on the various vital projects of the city initiated by our government was unfortunately stalled by the former PDP-BJP regime,” Abdullah said, addressing a party function where 11 corporators of the SMC joined the NC. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad Abdullah said the NC, despite being subjected to political shenanigans and conspiracies of various agencies, never left any stone unturned to work for the benefit of the people of the state. “Once in power, we will carry forward the mission of development and work towards ensuring peace in the state with active participation of people. The urban life of Srinagar is fraught with different issues. The party, once in power, will hold the authorities accountable. Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka Gandhi “For the last few years, no headway was seen towards upgrading the existing road and transport infrastructure of the city. The need of the hour, therefore, is proper planning to rise up to the demands of the growing population of Srinagar city,” he said. The former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister said the absence of a popular elected government in the state was taking its toll on the development scenario of the state. “The onus for the miseries that are plaguing the state in the absence of an elected government lies on (PDP chief) Mehbooba Mufti. Had she asked the governor to dissolve the Assembly in June last year, after being shown the door by its former ally, things would have been much different. “Today we would have had an elected government looking after the basic needs of people. However, she chose not to do that and what followed is known to all. It is she who is blameworthy for putting the state into a chasm,” Abdullah said.
The NBA MVP derby was once a two-man race between James Harden of the Houston Rockets and Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors.Not anymore.After recording his fourth straight triple-double on Wednesday night with a ridiculous stat line of 49 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook is undeniably an MVP contender.Westbrook’s recent output has been mind-blowing: He’s averaging 37 points, 13.5 rebounds and 10.5 assists per game during his triple-double streak, which began as he was closing out one of the best statistical months in NBA history. As ESPN’s Stats and Info group noted, Westbrook’s performance in February (31.2 PPG/10.3 APG/9.1 RPG) was just the second time an NBA player ever averaged 30 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists per game over a calendar month.1Minimum 10 games played in the month. (The first — and, until recently, only — player to do it was inner-circle Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson.)But there are barriers to Westbrook’s MVP candidacy. Algorithms based on previous MVP voting trends still consider him a long shot for the award, with Basketball-Reference.com’s MVP tracker assigning Westbrook a mere 6.6 percent probability of winning. By contrast, the tracker says it’s about 66 percent likely that either Curry or Harden takes home the hardware.The key determinant there: Oklahoma City’s record. Both Curry’s and Harden’s teams have won in excess of two-thirds of their games — good for the first- and fourth-ranked records in the Western Conference, respectively — while Westbrook’s Thunder have a winning percentage of 55.7 percent and are clinging to the eighth (and final) playoff spot in the West. Fair or not, team performance has historically mattered to MVP voters. (Although Westbrook will likely get bonus points for keeping the Thunder afloat in the playoff race during spells in which defending MVP Kevin Durant was injured.)Plus there’s the question of where Westbrook ranks statistically, even after his recent streak of brilliance. Single-season Real Plus-Minus (RPM), Value Over Replacement Player (VORP) and Win Shares all have Harden and Curry ranked No. 1 and 2 in terms of value produced this season. So if things hold steady over the next six weeks, Westbrook will have to overcome both the stats and historical patterns of MVP voting if he is to win the award. It’s been done before, but not all that often.Then again, what does “Most Valuable” even mean? It’s a debate that comes up every year, in every sport, and it never ends with a satisfactory answer. The great sportswriter Joe Posnanski put it best in a podcast last fall:I love [the MVP] because it makes us argue about the word ‘valuable.’ … When somebody named the MVP award, you know in their mind they just had: ‘Best Player.’ The best player ought to get an award, and what are you going to call it? Just call it the ‘Most Valuable Player’ award. OK, great.And ever since then, we have been parsing that word to absolute death. I think my favorite argument against somebody winning the MVP award is when they say, ‘Look, it’s not the Player of the Year Award or the Most Outstanding Player — it’s the Most Valuable Player.’ Like there is any difference between any of those things. You’re just pulling synonyms out.I love that, and in a way, I would never want that to change because it brings up such extraordinarily stupid arguments that just rage on and on every year.And this year’s NBA race brings a particularly interesting twist. According to long-term predictive RPM, which is the best single-number assessment of a player’s current talent level,2In the sense that it best predicts out-of-sample lineup results. the best player in the league is still probably Cleveland’s LeBron James — as he has been for the past three seasons running.James was so far out in front of his peers a few seasons ago that he could afford a relative down year (by his standards). But therein lies the problem — the game’s best player hasn’t quite played like it this season. By just about any metric, Harden, Curry and Westbrook have been better than James in 2014-15.This kind of thing happens all the time in baseball, where performance fluctuates wildly around true talent. (Or did anyone really think Ken Caminiti was the best player in a league that featured Barry Bonds in his prime?) But basketball is supposed to be different — in the absence of voter fatigue, there’s a lot of crossover between MVP and “best player” in the NBA, to the point that the former can circle back to become a referendum on the latter.So do you still give the 2014-15 MVP to the best player? OK, then give it to James. Or do you honor the player who has had the best season? Then you have to decide between Harden and Curry. Or maybe you just eschew the whole process and give it to Westbrook — if not the Most Valuable, possibly the Most Electrifying Player in the NBA right now.
Click to enlargeThrough the first six months of 2014, the Ohio State football program self-reported six NCAA or Big Ten rules violations. In the following two months and 20 days, it reported none.In fact — through at least Sept. 20 — the football team hasn’t had a self-reported violation since April 22, or a span of nearly five months.Within that time span, junior defensive lineman Noah Spence reportedly failed a drug test — resulting in a violation of OSU and Big Ten rules — and was declared ineligible by the university for the Buckeyes’ Sept. 13 game against Kent State. Spence — who had not played this season because of a three-game suspension after a separate failed drug test — practiced once after the Kent State game, coach Urban Meyer said, but no further update on his status has been released.Since the most recent football violation, all of OSU athletics has self-reported 18 different violations, just one of which involved the men’s basketball program. In total, OSU has self-reported 30 NCAA or Big Ten rules violations this year up until Sept. 20.This information is the result of two separate public records requests submitted by The Lantern. The first was submitted July 8 and filled Aug. 11, while the second was requested Sept. 23 and filled Tuesday evening. The requests span the dates of Jan. 1 through Sept. 20.Despite lower numbers in recent months, the football program still has the most self-reported rules violations so far in 2014 with six. In total, 18 different athletic programs at OSU had self-reported violations listed among the records, with the institution being listed on a pair of violations.Seven of the teams had multiple violations listed, but only football and women’s rowing had more than two. The rowing team was named on four of the violations, two of which came on the more recent records request that spanned from July 1 through Sept. 20.Women’s rowing is the only OSU program to have self-reported multiple violations since July.Responses to the violations from OSU included issuing letters of education to the coaching staff for teams involved with the incidents, a restriction to one program’s financial aid capacity for the 2014-15 academic year and the repayment of $28 worth of “impermissible per diem” for multiple student-athletes.Regardless of punishment, the 30 violations all count as minor NCAA or Big Ten violations. But those 30 infractions still put OSU on track to hit about 40 for the year.OSU athletic director Gene Smith — who is know also the school’s vice president — said the athletics department usually has about 40 self-reported rules violations every year during an interview with The Lantern on May 15, 2012.“On an annual basis, we have about 40,” Smith said in the interview. “It ranges in that area we’re sitting at. In that 40 range is where we always hang.”Smith added that a lower number wouldn’t necessarily be a good thing for OSU.“Our whole thing is if we have 10 (violations), I’d have a problem,” he said. “I mean, I really would because people are going to make mistakes. And that means if I only have 10 out of 350 employees, 1,000 athletes — something’s not right.”While OSU does have one of the largest athletic departments in the nation, its number of violations comes in higher than some other programs. In the second half of 2013, the school self-reported around double the number of NCAA or Big Ten violations than five other schools in the conference.OSU has already self-reported more than double the violations that at least one other school with a major college football program reported during the 2013-14 year. According an Aug. 5 The Oregonian article, University of Oregon athletics self-reported just 14 violations in that academic year.
AS Monaco have announced the signing of midfielder Aleksandr Golovin from CSKA Moscow in a €30m dealThe Russia international impressed at the World Cup this summer and proved to be an important member of the side that reached the quarter-finals of the competition for the first time in 48 years.Golovin has been linked with a move to Chelsea over the past couple of months, but he has instead opted for the French Riviera with Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev suggesting that they could offer the 22-year-old something their rivals could not – regular playing time.“Monaco and CSKA this afternoon finally agreed on the transfer of Golovin,” said Vasilyev, according to Metro.“They really were complicated. Honestly, until the last moment I was not sure that I would be able to coordinate this transfer.’Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“In addition to Chelsea, there was Juventus for Golovin. In early May this year I heard from one the leaders of the Turin club that Aleksandr’s transfer to their team was a done deal.“However, our main competitor was Chelsea. I believe Monaco offered more favourable conditions for the club and a more understandable sports project for Golovin. Chelsea – this is a top club, which I treat with great respect. However, the midfield in the English team is overloaded.“In my opinion, Golovin will definitely play in any of the leading clubs in the world. But it will him some time, a transition stage.”Golovin is expected to sign a five-year contract with the Ligue 1 club.
Real Madrid manager Santiago Solari is proud of striker Karim Benzema who has been playing through the pain barrier in recent games.Madrid are currently playing with a thin squad after their squad was decimated via injuries to key players like Toni Kroos and Gareth Bale.Benzema, however, delayed a surgical repair after suffering a broken finger in the win over Real Betis on January 13th.The French international went on to feature in the La Liga win against Sevilla and the Copa del Rey victory over Girona where he scored the fourth goal and played the entire 90 minutes in both matches.And Los Blancos boss Solari singled him out for praise in his Saturday morning press conference and cited via Football Espana.“I am very pleased with Benzema. He is a very generous player, who is having a great season so far.Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“He is showing that generosity at the moment, as he is helping the team by playing with a broken finger and playing with the pain.”A decision is likely to be made on whether or not he will undergo surgery later this week, with key returns to the squad likely to allow Benzema the time to recuperate.‘Generous’ Benzema playing through the pain – Solari https://t.co/mj3eQiOJPH pic.twitter.com/ERR3QoC7IQ— Cleansheet (@Cleansheet) January 26, 2019
Netflix Tags Share your voice 0 Digital Media Post a comment Netflix makes its originals shows, like Sex Education, available for download. Jon Hall/Netflix Netflix is widening its “smart downloads” feature to Apple mobile devices, the company said Thursday, giving more mobile users the option to let Netflix automate your offline cache so you don’t need to keep on top of the episodes downloaded to your device. The streaming-video giant introduced “smart downloads” on Android devices in July as a way to automatically remove downloaded shows you’ve already watched and refresh them with the next episodes you haven’t seen once your phone reconnects to Wi-Fi. Netflix defied downloads for years, holding out for the day that connectivity would advance so much that downloading to watch offline wouldn’t be necessary anymore. But it changed course more than two years ago, as competitors like Amazon Prime Video began offering downloads, and as Netflix itself expanded internationally to markets where mobile connectivity was more scarce and expensive. In 2016, it began letting subscribers download much of its catalog. Tech Culture: From film and television to social media and games, here’s your place for the lighter side of tech. Apple: See what’s up with the tech giant as it readies new iPhones and more.
In picture: Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs Arun Jaitley (centre) addresses a press conference in New Delhi on October 24, 2017. Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa and Principal Director General (M&C), Press Information Bureau, AP Frank Noronha are also seen.Press Information BureauThe Finance Ministry has extended the last date for filing annual GST return forms by three months until March 31, 2019.The annual returns form in which businesses registered under the GST have to provide consolidated details of sales, purchases and input tax credit (ITC) benefits accrued to them during 2017-18 fiscal was notified in September.The last date for filing was set at December 31, 2018. In a statement, the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) said, “the competent authority has decided to extend the due date for filing Form GSTR-9, GSTR-9A and GSTR-9C till March 31, 2019.The requisite Forms shall be made available on the GST common portal shortly”. GSTR-9 is the annual return form for normal taxpayers, GSTR-9A is composition taxpayers, while GSTR-9C is a reconciliation statement Trade and industry players have been seeking an extension of the deadline for filing the annual returns.EY Tax Partner Abhishek Jain said industry players have been struggling to collate the information required to be disclosed in GSTR-9 and GSTR-9C. PwC Partner and Leader (Indirect Tax) Pratik Jain said, “Industry, as well as consultants, were struggling with December 31 deadline, given the volume of work involved including preparing a virtual P&L at a State level”.
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday said it is not considerable to Bangladesh what India and China are saying about the Rohingya issue.”Their [India and China] diplomats saw the woes of the Rohingyas and they’re very much sympathetic to them. We saw that,” she said.The prime minister was responding to a question during a press conference at the Bangladesh Permanent Mission at the UN in New York.She also mentioned that India and China came forward with humanitarian assistance and they are sending relief materials to Bangladesh for the Rohingya refugees. “They’re extending all sorts of cooperation.”Hasina said all the diplomats, stationed in Dhaka, went to the Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar to see for themselves the sufferings of the refugees. “They talked to them (Rohingyas)… they’re all sympathetic to the Rohingya refugees,” she said.The prime minister said after giving shelter to some 800,000 Myanmar nationals in Bangladesh, the country is facing a complex crisis about their food, accommodation, emergency relief and their repatriation.Talking about her meeting with UN gecretary general Antonio Guterres, Hasina said he highly appreciated Bangladesh for standing in their bad time by the Rohingya refugees fleeing persecution by Myanmar security forces in Rakhine State. “He (UN secretary general) also said he will do everything possible from his side to resolve the problem permanently,” she added.Hasina said as the government is providing food to Bangladesh’s 16 crore people, it will not be a big deal for the country to feed another 800,000 Rohingya refugees. “If needed, we’ll eat one time a day and share our food with them (Rohingyas) during other time,” she said.
Feni madrasa student Nusrat Jahan Rafi. File PhotoA Feni court on Wednesday placed three accused on one-day remand in the case filed for Feni madrasa student Nusrat Jahan Rafi murder, reports UNB.The accused are — Shahadat Hossain Shamim, Javed Hossain and Jobayer Ahmed.Senior judicial magistrate Md Jakir Hossain passed the order.Earlier, the three accused gave statement to the court confessing their guilt.Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) inspector Md Shah Alam, also investigation officer of the case, produced them before the court seeking a two-day remand for each.Madrasa student Nusrat was set afire on 6 April at an examination centre for refusing to withdraw a sexual harassment case against the principal of the madrasa.She died on 10 April at Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
X Share Listen 00:00 /03:59 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Andrew Schneider | Houston Public MediaRep. Kevin Brady touring NRG Center shelter with Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, Sen. John Cornyn, and Rep. Ted Poe & in background.On Labor Day, just about every member of the Houston-area congressional delegation descended on the shelter at NRG Center. One after another, Republicans and Democrats took the podium to pledge massive assistance for Texans devastated by Harvey.Then came Congressman Kevin Brady’s turn. “In addition to funding help, our communities will need tax help as well,” he said.Tax help is Brady’s specialty. He chairs the House Ways and Means Committee. Until Harvey struck, his main focus was cutting taxes for high-earners and corporations – popular with Republicans, anything but with Democrats. But Brady struck a different note here: “tax help that I imagine will include lifting the charitable contribution limits, so our businesses and families can continue to give to us as we rebuild in this time of crisis. Finding ways so there is easy access to retirement funds and retirement plans for rebuilding your home.”There’s a model for Brady’s proposals. After Hurricane Katrina decimated New Orleans, Congress passed the Katrina Emergency Tax Relief Act. It provides a clue for how Harvey tax relief might work in southeast Texas. One of its biggest provisions was to make it easier for people to write off property losses from storm damage.“In order to get a tax benefit from a casualty loss deduction, the amount of the loss would need to exceed 10 percent of their income,” says IRS spokesman Eric Smith. “So what Congress did for 2005 Hurricane Katrina, Rita and Wilma is to eliminate that threshold.” The Katrina law also helped filers get a refund sooner so they could rebuild.But economist John Edwards of Tulane University says there was a catch. “If your property is not worth that much,” says Edwards, “then that’s not really going to help you very much.”That’s a big concern for Congressman Al Green. Nearly a fifth of his constituents in southwest Houston live below the poverty line.“When these events occur,” says Green, “people who work for wages are hit very hard, especially when they occur to the extent that we experienced here with Harvey.”Green is co-sponsoring a bill by Austin Congressman Lloyd Doggett, the ranking Democrat on Ways and Means. Doggett’s bill would help low-income workers get bigger, quicker tax refunds via the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit. It too uses Katrina tax relief as a model.Kevin Brady says he likes the idea, “so I’ve told Congressman Doggett I’m really eager to work with him.”Brady also wants to use tax credits to help businesses hire people who lost their jobs because of Harvey, as well as keep people they might otherwise have to lay off because of the storm. Such subsidies, another legacy of the Katrina tax bill, made a big difference to businesses in New Orleans.“Through this bill, Congress was saying, ‘We want our businesses there to come back. We want them to stabilize. We want them to hire the good people that they had before,’” says Jennifer Bernard-Allen, director of tax services at LaPorte CPAs and Business Advisors.“Certainly we need to bring businesses back. But we need to think also: who are these businesses going to employ?” says Tulane’s John Edwards. He says this is one area where post-Katrina legislation may provide little guidance. “New Orleans wouldn’t have come back anywhere near as quickly as it did had it not been for the influx of mainly Hispanic undocumented workers.”Undocumented immigrants were among the Houstonians worst hit by Harvey. Federal, state, and local officials have spent the past three weeks trying to reassure such residents that they can get help and that they won’t be deported if they do. But it’s far from clear how much of the post-Harvey tax relief they’ll ever see.
Children visit a haunted Halloween trailer.It was Halloween night and tiny goblins and ghouls, witches, and pirates scurried along the streets of southeast Washington. However, they weren’t headed door to door. They were headed car trunk to car trunk. Trunk of Treat had come to AnacostiaThis year, residents joined a slow growing trend across the nation in cities from Sioux Falls, South Dakota to Detroit to Johnson City, Tennessee, where adults decorate their cars as monsters and spiders and park in the parking lot behind the Big Chair in Anacostia for children to trick or treat.“I wanted to do something creative,” Jonathan Silverman, brother of at-large D.C. Councilwoman Elissa Silverman (D), said. “Part of this Trunk or Treat idea is so that kids can all come together and meet each other. I wanted to make it kind of like a house. I wanted to make it a welcome place to come in.”Mayor Muriel Bowser and Ward 8 Councilwoman LaRuby May take in the festivities..Councilwoman Silverman and Ward 8 Councilmember LaRuby May (D) sponsored the night’s events with Mayor Muriel Bowser’s help. Bowser (D) came to watch the children have fun and to see May dance.Between eating their picked up Twizzlers, Mike & Ike, and Kit Kats, children stopped to create arts and crafts, snack on popcorn, play in the bounce house, or take a trip into a mobile trailer that had been turned into a haunted house.They took tours through a Halloween Metro bus decorated with spider webs and skeletons and climbed atop a huge yellow steamroller to blow the horn.“I thought it was a great concept and a great idea to have everyone together and there’s a real sense of community here,” said Nicole Luke, who blogs about community events using the name D.C. Thrifty Mom.Luke said she came to hand out candy and allow her two daughters to trick or treat.Dorothy Wortham and her son and daughter traveled from Clinton, Maryland to participate in the event. Wortham’s son was dressed as a Star Wars character. “LaRuby May is a member of my church at Allen Chapel AME Church,” she explained. “We did it last year on a smaller scale on our church parking lot. So, Ms. May wanted to make it bigger and invite more people so they moved it out here. I love it and I think it’s a great idea.“My son is having a ball. We’re trying to get him to leave, and he doesn’t want to. We’re having a great time.”For many, the key element was that the event was a safe space for children to enjoy Halloween. “This is a safe way to do things,” said Denise Monroe who came with her husband and three grandchildren. “I heard about it and here we are.”Ro Zebina, president of the Deuces Wild Motorcycle Club, and his members, dressed in emblem-covered hoodies and vests, brought along about 20 motorcycles. They handed out candy and posed with children for pictures. “I hope that there are more events like this for the kids to come out and see that there’s positivity and different things going for them,” Zebina said.
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Ever since hard drives were invented, scientists have been hard at work trying to figure out ways to make them smaller while at the same time developing ways to make them more dense so that they can hold more information. As the team at IBM notes, currently, it takes approximately 100,000 atoms to hold a single bit of information. If a technique could be found to commercialize their single-atom approach, they further note, it would allow for holding something as massive as Apple’s iTunes library of songs on something as small as a credit card.To create their tiny magnet, the team used a scanning tunneling microscope to manipulate holmium atoms placed on a magnesium oxide plate (to keep the magnetic poles stable). Applying an electric current to the microscope’s probe allowed for changing the magnetic orientation of the atom between two states, which, the team notes, could be used to represent on/off states for a single bit of data. To read the state, the team measured the magnetic current passing through the atom. The team notes also that the state of several atoms could be read or written when the atoms were as close as a single nanometer apart.IBM has been investing heavily in scanning tunneling microscope research for decades, a technology they have been credited with inventing (Gerd Binnig and Heinrich Rohrer won the Nobel Prize in physics for this accomplishment back in 1986). Recently, they also announced that they had developed a new technique that offered a better way to measure the magnetic field of individual atoms and in a somewhat related development, also announced that they would be offering the world’s first commercial “universal” quantum-computing service. New microscope technique offers a better way to measure magnetic field of individual atoms Explore further Credit: IBM © 2017 Phys.org Journal information: Nature More information: Fabian D. Natterer et al. Reading and writing single-atom magnets, Nature (2017). DOI: 10.1038/nature21371Press release by Institute for Basic Science Citation: IBM researchers create world’s smallest magnet (2017, March 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-03-ibm-world-smallest-magnet.html An international team of researchers working at IBMs’ San Jose research facility announced recently that they had created the world’s smallest magnet—it was made from a single atom. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the team describes their achievement as the ultimate limit in reducing the size of magnetic storage media using the classical approach—they report that they were able to use the tiny magnet to store a single bit of data.