DONE DEAL: Brighton goalkeeper prospect Tom McGill joins Worthingby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton goalkeeper prospect Tom McGill has joined Worthing on loan for the season.The 18-year-old was promoted to the under-23s squad this summer and has been capped six times at England under-17 level.Under-23s coach Simon Rusk said: “This is a good move for Tom at this stage of his development.”He has made good progress in recent years, having successfully made the step up to the under-23 age group, and we’ll closely monitor him during this loan period.” McGill’s Worthing loan will also cover the Isthmian League premier division play-offs. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Eintracht Frankfurt coach Hutter: Arsenal favouritesby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveEintracht Frankfurt coach Adolf Hutter insists they face Europa League opponents Arsenal as underdogs.The Germans host the Gunners tonight in their opening group game.Hutter said, “We can’t wait to face last year’s finalist. “Tomorrow we play at home, there will be a great atmosphere. Our expectations have increased, we are perceived differently thanks to our performance last season, but now we start from scratch, we are ready to take the field against our group’s favourites. “Arsenal is a real big team, we are charged.”
LONDON – The Premier League’s inflationary bubble burst Tuesday when the $6 billion sale of British television rights produced a drop in the value of matches.The past two domestic deals both produced 70 per cent jumps in the value of rights, fueling spiraling wages and transfer fees and cementing the competition’s status as the world’s richest league. But the auction of 2019-2022 rights left two of the seven packages still up for sale as Sky emerged the big winner and rival broadcaster BT saw its position weakened.The sale of 160 games has raised 4.464 billion pounds ($6.2 billion), compared with 5.14 billion pounds for 168 fixtures from 2016 to 2019. The league will be looking to the sale of overseas rights to provide an upsurge in revenue for its 20 teams, who split the foreign income equally.While remaining the biggest broadcaster of most games in Britain with four packages, Sky boasted how it was now paying 16 per cent less per fixture in its 3.579 billion pound, three-year deal to show 128 games per season. That equates to savings of almost 600 million pounds for the European pay TV giant while showing an additional two games a year from the league it helped to grow from its inception in 1992.But while Sky’s price per game drops from 11 million pounds to 9.3 million pounds, BT had to agree to pay 9.2 million pounds — up from 7.6 million pounds — for one package of 32 games. The broadcaster, which was launched in 2013 by Britain’s former telephone monopoly, has lost 10 games and will only screen games now on Saturday lunchtimes. BT said it “remained financially disciplined” while bidding.The Premier League increased the number of games available for live broadcasting in Britain to 200, with only overseas channels able to air all 380 fixtures a year live in a bid to maintain large attendances at stadiums.The Premier League said “multiple bidders” remain interested in the two remaining packages that allow broadcasters to show every game in four rounds of matches. It is the first time an entire schedule of fixture can be aired live domestically, and there is intrigue over whether digital companies like Amazon, Netflix or Facebook will use them as a chance to gain a foothold in the Premier League.“To have achieved this investment with two packages of live rights remaining to sell is an outcome that is testament to the excellent football competition delivered by the clubs,” Premier League chairman Richard Scudamore said. “It provides them with certainty and will underpin their continued efforts to put on the most compelling football, invest sustainably in all areas, and use their popularity and reach to have a positive impact on the sport and beyond.”The 2019-2022 Chinese rights have already been sold to online video streaming service PPTV for $700 million in the league’s biggest-ever global deal. In 2015, the American rights were sold through 2022 to NBC in a six-year deal worth $1 billion.The auction comes amid uncertainty at Sky with regulators in Britain assessing the attempt by Rupert Murdochs’s 21st Century Fox to buy the 61 per cent of the broadcaster it does not already own. The Walt Disney Co. has also bid $52.4 billion to take over the majority of Fox in a deal that Disney envisages leading to full ownership of Sky.___Rob Harris is at www.twitter.com/RobHarris and www.facebook.com/RobHarrisReports
VANCOUVER — A coalition of businesses and interest groups advocating for ride-hailing in British Columbia says legislation introduced yesterday will just create an expanded taxi industry, not the ride-hailing services that customers expect.Ian Tostenson of Ridesharing Now for BC says members are “bewildered” that the future of ride-hailing in the province remains uncertain and the government hasn’t committed to a start date for the service.Tostenson, who also represents the BC Restaurant and Food Services Association, says the coalition is especially concerned that the Passenger Transportation Board would have power to limit the number of drivers on the road, where they can drive, and also set rates.He says the organization was expecting to see legislation that more closely matched the customer-driven supply and demand model that exists in other jurisdictions.Tim Burr of ride-hailing company Lyft says the company sees legislation introduced Monday as a “procedural step forward” but the regulation and rule-making process will come next.He says the company is used to rolling up its sleeves to work with legislators and regulators in many jurisdictions and remains committed to working with the B.C. government to bring the service to the province.The Canadian Press
But Enbridge now says it is revising its construction schedule, following information provided by the State of Minnesota on Friday about its timeline for granting remaining environmental permits.Enbridge says the state indicates the permits should be available by November, and the company anticipates the remaining federal permits it needs will be finalized approximately 30 to 60 days later.The project will transport crude from Alberta to Wisconsin, where it will connect with pipelines to the U.S. Gulf Coast. It’s designed to replace an aging pipeline and restore its original capacity of 760,000 barrels per day, an increase of about 370,000 bpd.“We now have a firm schedule from the state on the timing of the remaining permits for our Line 3 Replacement project,” Enbridge CEO Al Monaco said in a statement.“We support a robust and transparent permitting process that includes opportunity for public input. We’ll continue to work closely with state officials during this process.”The company says more specific timing on the in-service date, as well as any potential impacts on its 2020 financial outlook, will be provided once the revised construction schedule is finalized. A lack of export pipeline space was blamed for steep discounts in western Canadian oil prices last year, leading to production curtailments by the Alberta government that began Jan. 1.Premier Rachel Notley said when she announced the cuts that they would last until Dec. 31, 2019 _ when Line 3 was expected to be up and running.Two other pipelines, the Trans Mountain expansion and the Keystone XL project, are both in limbo after being stalled by court decisions in Canada and the U.S.Last month, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced that his commerce department would petition the state Public Utility Commission to reconsider its approval of Line 3 through Minnesota, prolonging a process begun by his predecessor. CALGARY, A.B. – A pipeline that Alberta has been counting on to ease the bottleneck in moving its crude oil to foreign markets won’t be in service for at least another year, according to its owners.Enbridge Inc. says in a news release that the timeline for construction of the Line 3 replacement likely won’t see the pipeline operational until the second half of 2020.Just two weeks ago, the Calgary-based company expressed confidence that the project would be in service by the end of this year. Previous challenges by the former governor were set aside by the commission.
TAYLOR, B.C. – Monday, April 15th a cat was discovered at the top of a Hydro pole unable to move as it was reportedly stuck for hours.BC Hydro and the Deputy Fire Chief were able to rescue the cat from its predicament and Councillor Dave Lueneberg took the rescued cat in for the night to ensure it was looked after. Ashley Wood’s son had accidentally let ‘Moxie’ out of the house. Although she had been looking for him for three days, she says “It never really crossed my mind to look up”Wood would then see the District of Taylor’s FB Post and said, “I knew he was my furbaby from the photo.”Moxie has been a part of the Woods family for 10 years. Wood says, “I’m very grateful to the person who found him and to BC Hydro and the Taylor Fire hall for rescuing him.”
It is an obnoxious sight – pandas waylaying for pilgrims to the Jagannath temple at Puri. Hordes of them barge into rail compartments even a couple of stations ahead, to solicit and importune, irking the very people, who give a pandit the exalted status of intermediary between them and God. Middlemen have become a part of our daily lives, not only in religion but in every activity; more so, in modern day India. The country needs to give serious thought to it since the actions of many are anti-national. Also Read – Hijacking Bapu’s legacyOur wise ancestors used several strategies for the well-being of society, and for maintaining peace and order. While pujas, rituals, festivals, etc., were some, to engage people with healthy preoccupations and for disciplining their daily lives, unquestioned faith in re-birth was another. The concepts of adversity of accumulation of sins, and incentive for good deeds, on rebirth, were used to dissuade people from committing crimes. Prayer, worship and pilgrimages were thus prescribed for everyone. Also Read – The future is here!Temples, mostly located on hill-tops in villages, were made the focal points. Incessantly chanting the name of God and contemplating Him, people on fast would trek all the way to the temple. After circumambulation, they enter the sanctum sanctorum gonging the bell, where, chanting mantras, the priest performs the ritual of a puja; lighting camphor, he offers aarti; people pray. Then, after receiving teerth and prasaad, and resting for a while, the devotees would trek back. For a discerning eye, it is evident that the entire ambulation is a physical exercise; the vibrations of gong of the bell shake the cobwebs in one’s mind; chanting and camphor light provide focus on the God’s image; the mineral water, basil leaves and camphor of the teerth serve as a dose of preventive medication; prasaad is a small quantity of food taken after an exercise. And finally, resting for a while rejuvenates after a physical exercise. The imprint of God’s image lingers on for long in their minds, at least till they visit the temple again after a week. Physical and medical needs of the body are thus taken care of, while peace is restored to the mind. Furthermore, since the temple is seen from every corner of the village, the fear of God acts as a deterrent to potential criminals. There is rationale, wisdom, and concern of our ancestors for the health of people, and to regulate society on the path of righteousness. Similarly, the intended purpose of teerth-yatra was not only physical and mental health but overall reformation, the inducements being Heaven and salvation from rebirth. Take, for example, the Seven Hills of Tirupati. Journeying by bullock carts or trekking, camping at different places on the way, cooking simple food, chanting the name of God, people would move on, forgetting the mundane irritants back at home. Once on the top of the hills, they would camp at each of the 108 teerthas – natural springs/waterfalls; bathe and drink that mineral water; absorb sunlight; all the time chanting the name of God, and visiting the temple as many times as possible. While their bodies get treated with the mineral water and sun, the mind gets purified with the chanting and visits to the temple, and nature’s beauty. Finally, healthy, happy and contented, they reach homes after months, transformed into generous and helpful individuals. The priests, who have an important role to play in these religious exercises, become indispensable to carry our culture forward. The village priest also helps in deciding auspicious times, drawing horoscopes, and in performing pujas as remedies for evil to provide solace and anticipation to the common man. Yet, it is their promotion and perpetuation of irrational rituals for selfish ends that move society in reverse gear, as is presently happening. Even in this modern day, people anoint Hanuman with oil, and offer a garland of vadas; and pour sacks of cereals and pulses in river Yamuna, etc., that only pollute the rivers. Oil, vadas, cereals, and pulses, etc., could be given to the needy for their best use. They even resort to pujas in absentia by making necessary payments, thus defeating their very purpose. In this commercial culture, people are made to believe that a momentary glimpse of God is sufficient to wipe out their sins and provide salvation. Travelling by modern means of transport to reach the destination of pilgrimage, mobiles switched off for a few moments, the ritual is completed and one is back to his worldly contacts, pleasures, engagements and worries. Pushing the very intentions of reformation, and providing of mental peace and physical health to a back seat, it only helps in filling the coffers of the temple and the pockets of the pundits with their self-acquired superiority. When Vedas were declared as infallible and not to be questioned, the underlying rationale was to regulate society. But, since all the chantings, which are eulogies of God, are in Sanskrit, a language alien to the common man, the priestly class assumed the role of intermediaries between people and God; as if the omniscient God knows no vernacular. Further, overawing people with the frills of religion – ochre robes, vibhuthi, tuft of hair, etc., they made them bow and touch their feet in obedience in order to assert their supremacy. This monopoly over rituals was converted into a profession and into a commercial activity. It was such business that Christ had fought against at the cost of his life; it was these rituals that Buddha and Nanak rebelled against. Prayer, worship, and chanting of mantras are for communion with God so as to imbibe His ideal attributes. Although we have meditation and yoga that serve as alternative ways, having become ritualistic, we adopt the easy way by outsourcing the priests and promoting their business. Our reverence to the man of religion is still so much that we continue to bow and touch his feet. Dr Raman Singh, as CM of Chattisgarh, touching the feet of Yogi Adityanath on a public platform is a classic example, although Yogi is just another CM; a man who gets people killed in false encounters, and is a man whose followers kill humans in the name of cow-vigilantism with his blessings. It is all because of their self-acquired exalted status. Thus, the nuisance of the pandas and pundits fleecing people, only speak about the degeneration of the intended sanctity of the rituals. Often, there are also instances of swindling temples’ wealth. Yet, we have made them indispensable middlemen. In fact, for every activity we have thriving middlemen, touts, commission agents, etc., often using unethical means in collusion with corrupt officials and leaders in the government. There are touts in transport, passport departments, police, education, hospitals, et al, and for that matter, in every government department, who help the officials in amassing wealth. They are there even in courts. The situation is graver in matters relating to contracts, purchases, and major works. NHAI engineer caught taking a bribe of over Rs 20 lakhs from a contractor, recently, is only a symptom of the murk that has set in. It is humanly not possible to count the instances. Modern-looking Rajiv Gandhi had blessed the middleman Ottavio Quattrocchi in the Rs 64 crore Bofors deal. It is with the blessings of the learned-brahmin PM, PV Narasimha Rao, that his son along with the middlemen colluded with the fly-by operator to swindle Rs 133 crores in the Urea Scam. Lalu Yadav, a man who started his life from a watchman’s garage to become the champion of the backward castes, and the CM of Bihar for years, and amassed wealth for generations, patronised middlemen in the Rs 945 crore Animal Husbandry Scam; and deprived the poor creatures of their fodder. CBI cases against Mulayam Singh Yadav, another champion of backward castes, for his illegal wealth are well known. Mayawati, the undisputed leader of Dalits and PM-aspirant and glamorous Jayalalithaa abused their authority to promote middlemen for having great lifestyles, richer than those of the richest. Augusta Helicopter deal and National Herald case also speak of the role of the middlemen in corrupt deals. So is the Aircel-Maxis case involving Rs 3500 crores. And, now we have the Rafale deal of Rs 35000 crores, snowballing into a big scam, that involves Anil Ambani and his middlemen along with those in PMO. The country is also aware of the Rs 50000 crore fraud of Mukesh Ambani in the Krishna-Godavari gas basin. We also have brokers like Harshad Mehta of stocks scam, middlemen of Radia Tapes of corporate corruption as standing examples of the obnoxious role of the breed of intermediaries. The list is too long and too scary. Now, these ‘fixers’ are all out to sabotage the independence of a pro-active Supreme Court also. Although the actions of some of the middlemen are obnoxious and a nuisance, they are innocuous and there is some service from them. Active endowments departments and appropriate regulatory mechanisms need to curb the negative aspects. However, danger looms large because of collusive corruption, which is anti-development and is thus anti-national. It is indeed internal aggression for the country. What can be done? The present machinery dealing with them being grossly inadequate, apart from the Lokpal and Lokayuktas already in place, it is imperative that new ministries are created at the Centre and States, exclusively to deal with matters of anti-corruption, vigilance and public grievances. It is also necessary to gauge their performance through a public perception index; and not by the usual statistics. (Dr. N Dilip Kumar is a retired IPS officer and a former member of Public Grievances Commission, Delhi. The views expressed are strictly personal)
Kolkata: A major fire broke out at the Vedic Village resort in Rajarhat on Monday night. A big portion of the resort was damaged due to impact of the inferno. It is said property worth crores reduced to ashes but no one was hurt in the incident.Twelve fire tenders doused the flames almost after battling for about eight hours. According to sources, Vedic Village resort authorities claimed that around 10 pm, on Monday, a lightning struck the cottages, which were made of hay. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIn no time the fire started spreading fast because of the strong winds. At the first, the staff members of Vedic Village tried to control the fire by arranging water from their underground reservoir. But as the intensity of the fire was high, they were not able to control the inferno. Immediately, the fire brigade and the Rajarhat police station was informed. Soon, five fire tenders were pressed into action. Later, seven more fire tenders were called in as the intensity of the fire was increasing. It is alleged when the fire started media personnel, who went to cover the incident, and a few firefighters were not allowed to get into the resort. Later, the police intervened and resolved the matter. Question arises if the Vedic Village authorities had no flaw on their part, why the media and fire fighters were restricted. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayA source informed that the reception, godown and the office burnt into ashes as these structures were made of hay. Though the Vedic Village authorities claimed that the fire broke out due to lightning but the actual cause is yet not confirmed. It is suspected that fire had occurred due to a short circuit. Within an hour, the fire took a bad shape as it raged up to almost 25 feet. Guests in the cottages and the residents of various apartments within 100 metres got panic-stricken due to intensity of the fire. All the guests were evacuated and taken to a safe place. Later, fire minister Sujit Bose went to the spot and supervised the firefighting operation. According to Bose, it is not clear if any firefighting measures or license were in place at the resort. Around 3 am, on Tuesday, the fire was brought under control. Later, cooling process went on till early morning. Till Tuesday night no complaint was lodged by the Fire department. The cause of fire is yet to be ascertained.
OSU coach Thad Matta looks on during a game against Bryant Dec. 11, 2013 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 86-48.Lantern file photoThe Ohio State men’s basketball team is scheduled to play a home-and-home series against the University of Connecticut, coach Thad Matta announced Wednesday via a press release.OSU’s matchup with the Huskies is set to begin Dec. 12, 2015 when the Buckeyes are scheduled to travel to Connecticut. The Huskies are then scheduled to visit Columbus Dec. 12, 2016 at the Schottenstein Center.According to the release, the 2015 game will take place in one of two locations: the Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Conn., or the XL Center in Hartford, Conn.The Buckeyes hold a 3-1 all-time record against Connecticut, with the most recent matchup coming in 1992 when OSU beat the Huskies 78-75 in the second round of the NCAA tournament. Connecticut’s lone win in the series came with a 72-67 victory against OSU in the 1988 NIT Championship Game. The Buckeyes beat the Huskies in Columbus in 1983 and in Hartford, Conn., in 1984.OSU’s 2014 season is scheduled to begin Nov. 14 against the University of Massachusetts-Lowell in Columbus.
Ohio State then-freshman safety Isaiah Pryor (14) takes down UNLV quarterback Armani Rogers in the third quarter of the Ohio State- UNLV game on Sep. 23. Ohio State won 54- 21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThere’s safety in numbers.Or at least, there should be. Ohio State has an opening in its defensive backfield at the field safety position opposite junior safety Jordan Fuller. Despite having three people competing for the position, head coach Urban Meyer said he views the position battle as the No. 1 concern for his team exiting spring practices because no one has made any noticeable separation to this point.“We’re just not quite sure who that is,” Meyer said after the Spring Game. “[Defensive coordinators Greg] Schiano and Alex Grinch, we’re going to meet probably next Wednesday and they’re going to give me a depth chart and we’ll go from there.”One of the many positions vacated by a senior from last season, safety has not been a major debate for Ohio State in past seasons. Vonn Bell and Tyvis Powell, both now in the NFL, held the roles in 2015. Damon Webb and Malik Hooker were viewed as the clear starters in the 2016 season, and while Fuller split snaps with Erick Smith across the field from Webb in 2017, Fuller soon overtook Smith. Now, there’s three players — sophomores Isaiah Pryor and Brendon White, as well as redshirt sophomore Jahsen Wint — battling against one another for the opening. Pryor, the No. 8 safety in the 2017 recruiting class according to 247Sports composite rankings, entered the spring considered by many to be the favorite to grab the position. Meyer said on March 26 those were the only three competing for the spot, but also suggested freshmen Marcus Hooker — Malik’s younger brother — and Josh Proctor could put themselves into the fight as well.Almost three weeks after that, Schiano still refused to rule those two players out.“Around here, there’s no freshman, sophomore, junior. I mean, if you’re the best guy, you’ll play,” Schiano said after the Spring Game. “There’s a guy by the name of Hooker too that’s coming to town. Who knows? Somebody in his family played that position pretty well.”Hearing the coaches talk about the position battles for the upcoming year, it becomes apparent that the second safety position could be the last decided on defense. The coaching staff appears to have several players in mind for the two linebacker openings.But safety, a position that had an early frontrunner in Pryor, now might not have an answer until the end of the summer.“I know we [won’t] come out of spring with a clear-cut guy,” Schiano said. “The competition will continue into training camp and I’m confident we’ll have two guys that start that game that will be game-ready. It’s developing depth behind it that will be the challenge.”It remains to be seen how that depth will shake out. Even if Pryor separates himself from the rest of the pack, it is unknown how White and Wint will be as backup options.White was burned several times in coverage during Saturday’s Spring Game. And while Wint appeared to have a solid Spring Game performance, he is the only former three-star recruit of the group. There also is four-star safety Amir Riep, who despite coming in with lofty expectations, has not been mentioned as someone ready to start.Part of what has made Ohio State successful in the past with developing young members of the secondary was the ability to plug incoming freshmen onto special teams and have them gain in-game experience while waiting for their chance to shine. If Meyer’s concern over the group of safeties is warranted, some of the freshmen might be in a position where one injury could force them to play meaningful snaps, which is a less-than-ideal situation.But Schiano did not seem worried after the Spring Game. “I do feel we have guys that can play, but you would always like — it’s cleaner if you come out with a guy that established himself,” Schiano said. “It’s not that none of them show things. They did. It’s just none of them showed it that much more than the other that you can say, ‘That’s the guy.’”Regardless of if the talent necessitates the concern, it is not an optimal position for Ohio State. The Buckeyes will leave spring camp unsure who even the top two people are at a key position on the defense. Ohio State’s track record of developing players in the defensive backfield should provide belief that the void will be filled. There is typically safety in numbers. Yet, Ohio State will find more safety if it can narrow that number down to one sooner rather than later.