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Watford chasing Lyon winger Maxwel Cornetby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLyon winger Maxwel Cornet is attracting Premier League interest.The Mirror says Watford are keen on Cornet – but it will cost them.French sources claim the Hornets are ‘in discussions’ over a £20 million deal.The 20-year-old Ivory Coast international is also a target for AC Milan.Watford are looking to add players this window with Javi Gracia reported to be wanting no fewer than three new arrivals. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Rutgers fought valiantly against No. 4 Michigan State Saturday night, but in the end, the Spartans did just enough to emerge from Piscataway with a victory. It helped that the Scarlet Knights made a mind-blowing mistake in the game’s final minute, however.Facing a 3rd-and-10 from Michigan State’s 40-yard-line, Rutgers quarterback Chris Laviano, with his team trailing 31-24, took a sack with the game clock winding down. He then spiked the ball on fourth down – presumably because he was just trying to stop the clock. Instead, it ended Rutgers’ final drive.ICYMI: Here’s how the wild @MSU_Football at @RFootball game just ended. http://t.co/53KsFDAYu8— BIG 10.10 (@BigTenNetwork) October 11, 2015It’s unlikely that Rutgers would have scored on the game’s final play anyway. But you can imagine Rutgers fans aren’t thrilled with how things ended.
ESPNWhich college football programs are in the best shape to maintain success moving forward? ESPN attempted to answer that question this week, using an interesting methodology. A panel of the network’s analysts – Heather Dinich, Brad Edwards, Travis Haney, Sharon Katz, Tom Luginbill, Ted Miller, Adam Rittenberg and Mark Schlabach – used five different metrics to answer the question.Their top 25 – which is based on coaching, current talent, recruiting, title path and program foundation – was released Tuesday afternoon. Alabama, unsurprisingly, came out on top.Future Power Rankings: Alabama reclaims the top spot https://t.co/mLaOh8znKZ— ESPN SEC (@ESPN_SEC) July 6, 2016Ohio State followed at No. 2. Here’s the rest of the top 10. If you want to see the full top 25, head over to ESPN.1. Alabama 2. Ohio State 3. Florida State 4. Clemson 5. Michigan 6. LSU 7. Stanford 8. Oklahoma 9. Notre Dame 10. Michigan StateDo you agree with the list? Or are they off base on a few of the programs?
MONTREAL – An air passenger rights advocate is suing the Canadian Transportation Agency and Air Transat over decisions related to incidents last summer that left hundreds of passengers stranded on the tarmac for hours.Gabor Lukacs is asking the Federal Court of Appeal in Halifax to overturn the regulator’s decision in November to waive the $295,000 fine it imposed after finding the Montreal-based airline had committed several violations of transportation rules.Lukacs said the fine was just a “slap on the wrist” that is far below the level included in its enforcement manual.“The penalty is unfit and unreasonable in light of the seriousness of the violations, the extreme suffering they have caused to passengers,” said the 12-page application.He added that there is no deterrent value if fines are reduced by the amounts passengers receive in compensation.In his application, Lukacs said the administrative penalty amounted to just five per cent of the maximum available fine even though the regulator found Air Transat committed 590 violations that captured international attention.And by waiving the fine, “public money” owed to the government is diverted to passengers as compensation.Lukacs wants the penalty overturned and sent back to the CTA for reassessment. He is also asking the court to rule that the regulator doesn’t have the authority to waive penalties for violations.Nearly 600 passengers were kept on board two flights arriving from Europe that were diverted to the Ottawa airport on July 31 due to bad weather.Passengers were trapped aboard the jets for about five hours and testified at public hearings about sweltering heat, a lack of water and the stench of vomit in the cabin.The Air Transat flights were just two of 20 large planes that were diverted following the closure of Trudeau International Airport in Montreal and Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. One of the aircraft was the double-decker Airbus A380.The unscheduled arrivals put pressure on Ottawa airport, which struggled to refuel the aircraft amid a breakdown in communication.The CTA declined to comment about the lawsuit because it is before the courts.Air Transat declined to comment on the lawsuit but said it will pay $500 to each passenger on four flights diverted to Ottawa that day, including two that weren’t investigated by the CTA.Spokesman Christophe Hennebelle said the company has processed payments that represent more than 80 per cent of the imposed fine.“We are paying the difference to the CTA, but will nevertheless pursue our efforts to pay the full $500 to every single of our passengers for the four flights,” he wrote in an email.During the hearing, the airline said the events were the result of a confluence of factors beyond its control that is comparable to a force majeure event.However, in its ruling the CTA said Transat tariff rules require it to offer drinks and snacks and consider whether or not to let passengers disembark after a 90-minute delay.The agency also determined that it had no statutory authority to award compensation to passengers for inconvenience or pain and suffering.In addition to compensating passengers for expenses incurred, it ordered Air Transat to properly train employees, including pilots, about their obligations under Air Transportation Regulations.
TORONTO – The Bank of Canada’s senior deputy governor is calling for authorities to work toward a coherent set of globally aligned policies governing cryptocurrencies.Carolyn Wilkins told a University of Toronto conference on Thursday that such a strategy will need to cover risks in both cash and derivatives products, as well as the related ecosystems.Wilkins referred to cryptocurrencies as “crypto assets,” rather than currencies because “they do not perform any of the key functions of money.”“While activity might be too small right now to be systemic, at some point they could have implications for financial stability,” she told the audience at the Rotman School of Management.“The crypto world is moving fast, and is largely unchecked.”In a speech that was largely focused on lessons learned from the global financial crisis, Wilkins said that risk raises concerns about investor protection, market integrity and the use of crypto assets in illegal activities.She also said during a question and answer session after her speech that it was important to have a strategy on crypto assets that is as consistent as possible across countries. The different forms of crypto assets, such as tokens, should be put on a “level playing field” with other ways of raising money, she added.Her comments come after the central bank governor raised concerns earlier this year about cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin. Stephen Poloz in January said Bitcoin was more akin to gambling than investing.If a digital currency would be to be widely adopted in the future, that would present major challenges for the central bank to execute monetary policy, she said.“Whether we do it or someone else does it, at some point digital is going catch on,” she said.“And the only way to understand it in my view is get in early on the ground level and work with the technology, and the entrepreneurs and the industry who are also working on it.”
Despite oil prices hitting a four year high this week, they are expected to decline again in the second half of 2018.The latest outlook from Deloitte says increased OPEC production and reduced demand are to blame.Deloitte’s Andrew Botterill says increased drilling in the U.S. is another factor.“We’re in a really high driving season right now so consumption is at its very highest in these summer months and usually softens when we get into fall,” he said.But he expects prices will stay relatively firm.Botterill adds the good news is the gap between West Texas Intermediate and Western Canadian Select is closing.“We do expect that to be the case here through the summer, as I said, consumption is really high in the summer with a lot of driving and a lot of transportation going on, we do expect to see those things drop and be at the levels they are now,” he explained.It’s important for producers to keep that gap tight, but Botterill says it will likely widen again in a few months.
Wellington: A collective of some of New Zealand’s biggest companies is set to pull ads from Facebook and Google in the wake of the March 15 Christchurch mosques shootings in which the gunman live-streamed his massacre of 50 people. Using a GoPro camera, the gunman broadcast extremely graphic footage of him shooting people at the Al Noor Mosque via Facebook Live. The livestream was available to watch on social media for hours after the attack. Besides being livestreamed on Facebook, the video, lasting 17 minutes, was shared repeatedly on YouTube and Twitter, before being removed by the social media giant. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe New Zealand Herald said on Monday that the collective, including ASB Bank, Lotto NZ, Burger King, Spark, has come together to take a stand against the harm caused by unmoderated content on the Internet. At this stage, it is still unclear how extensive the pull-back will be or for how long the companies are likely to pull their digital ads. Other brands have also acted independently, The New Zealand Herald reported. Kiwibank suspended all digital advertising on March 15 shortly after the carnage took place at the Al Noor mosque and the Linwood Avenue Masjid that also left over 40 others injured. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostOn Sunday, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that she intended to ask Facebook how the gunman was able to livestream the massacre. Facebook has on its part said that as many as 1.5 million videos of the attack were removed from its platform in the first 24 hours. This is not the first time New Zealand companies have pulled ads from these platforms. Earlier this month, telecom company Spark pulled all its advertising from YouTube over concerns about paedophilic content. Spark’s move was part of an international response, which also saw Disney and Nestle pull ads from the site.
Thiruvananthapuram: The Lok Sabha polls should be fought on perennial issues like poverty and disease and not on a tragedy of one moment , says Congress leader Shashi Tharoor while accusing the BJP-led government of trying to turn the 2019 vote into a khaki election after the Pulwama attack. The momentum was with the Congress when the Pulwama tragedy struck on February 14, killing 40 CRPF soldiers, Tharoor said, hitting out at the government for trying to make the upcoming Lok Sabha polls a “national security based election . Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “We were doing very well by all estimations and the momentum was with us when the Pulwama tragedy struck us. Thereafter, the government has tried to make this a khaki election, a national security-based election, Tharoor told PTI in an interview. They are trying to hype their nationalist message that they were trying to protect the nation at the time of danger which, to my mind and my party’s view, has not been the principle challenge facing the country,” said the former diplomat and author who is aiming for a hat trick from the Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha seat this time. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday In his view, a daily terror of hunger, poverty and disease strikes the hearts of millions of India and the government must deal with that too. “I am not minimising national security, but I am saying that the election has to be fought on perennial issues and not on a tragedy of one moment. That tragedy will be dealt with, has been dealt with and should be dealt with. “But there is a daily tragedy, the daily terror of hunger, poverty, disease that is also a terror that strikes the hearts of millions of our fellow Indians and that too needs to be dealt with by the government,” he said. Agreeing that some surveys have suggested the BJP’s chances have improved after the terror strike, Tharoor said it was the job of his party to remind people of the real issues. According to the Thiruvananthapuram MP, there has been a dramatic change in the character of India under BJP rule. An estimated 97 per cent of all communal violent incidents relating to cow vigilantism have happened in last four years, Tharoor said. And those are figures issued by the Home Ministry of Rajnath Singh. Not by Congress, not by any NGO. These are government figures. These are very serious crises,” he said. Lashing out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said “triumphant majoritarianism celebrates violence” and the “prime minister stays silent”. So the condoning of this kind of thing is a deep assault on the very foundations of our democracy,” the former Union minister said. He said there are attempts by the centre to undermine the Constitutional arrangement that India was a country for all religions. “That’s being undermined in the ruling party’s language and rhetoric and is also undermined by steps like the citizenship amendment Bill which will allow every citizen of a neighbouring country except Muslims to settle here. That kind of bigotry was never part of Indian nationhood,” he said. Tharoor also expressed the hope that the people of India will vote out the BJP as the party doesn’t deserve a second chance. Addressing the issue of farmer distress, he said, “Sadly, more farmers are committing suicide than there are victims of terrorism in India. I am not saying we should minimise… we should also keep our country safe, but we want the people to address the existing real problems which includes major levels of agrarian distress. For the first time in history, we have eight farmer suicides in Kerala.” The former UN diplomat also mocked the claims of the BJP government over job creation and said the saffron party was only interested in keeping its own job in Delhi. The Congress wants every person in India to have a job, he said. Due to the failed employment policies of the BJP government, skill development has not taken off effectively in the last five “wasted” years, Tharoor said, alleging that the exports and manufacturing sectors had taken a beating. “Thanks to demonetisation, not only the GDP growth got hit of 2 per cent, but small and micro enterprises have shut down across the country. Asked whether the Congress was ready to take on the BJP, he said it was “absolutely” ready. Common people, the Congress leader said, were suffering under NDA rule. An LPG cooking gas cylinder, which cost Rs 390 under the UPA regime, was priced Rs 975 under the BJP government for no good reason, he said. Excise duties for petrol have gone up to Rs 19.48 under BJP rule even when the world prices are dropping, he added.
When I was yet to touch the 5-year age mark, I wanted to be a cop. A swashbuckling, bad-guys-beating, brave police officer. Yes, yes, those were the days of Kiran Bedi-inspired ‘Udaan’ being aired on the only television channel of our times, Doordarshan. From those pre-‘Dabangg’ cop dreams to wanting to act to becoming a journalist and then running my own startups…my professional aspirations metamorphosed many times. I dreamed dreams of unmatchable ambition. Also Read – A special kind of bondBut through all my professional ups and downs, as I often oscillated between disillusionment and carving my own identity, I always found myself eventually aspiring for bigger, better things. From a better quality of life to greater work-life balance, from increasing stable incomes to adding appreciating assets, as with any other normal individual, I too aspired to be better tomorrow than I am today, and achieve that happiness that we all continuously pursue and try to hold on to. Happiness may mean different things to different people but the pursuit of it is real. Economic happiness, emotional bliss, or spiritual contentment — all of us on this planet are chasing some form of happiness at varying stages of our lives. Even the monk or the ascetic is chasing something – greater peace, more spirituality, etc. All of us are constantly chasing, aspiring, dreaming. Also Read – Insider threat managementIn this land of more than a billion dreams, where hopes die deaths of poverty and malnutrition every day, we all saw a collective dream. In 2014, shaking the corridors of power, a chaiwallah had become Prime Minister! What a dream it was to show the billion plus people. What fantastic ambition! It is possible to get past an unprivileged past and on the basis of hard work and merit, reach the echelons of the nation. It is not impossible; a chaiwallah became Prime Minister; so, what stops any of us from imagining a life better than what fate had bestowed? Narendra Modi’s chaiwallah campaign struck a chord with many. Even dissenters felt such an incredulous journey deserved credit and respect. Fast forward to 2019, we have yet another Lok Sabha polls knocking on our door, and PM Modi has released his latest campaign, ‘Main Bhi Chowkidar’. Consider what is wrong with this campaign; there are many. Instead of the chaiwallah story that gave the Indian voter lessons on tenacity and hard work, the chowkidar campaign does quite the opposite. It seems to be encouraging a vigilante mindset among people. If we need vigilantes to uphold the law or clean up corruption, then the government must accept failure of governance. It is urging people to take law into their own hands. Do remember here how cow lynchings are a danger and a menace in today’s India. There are laws in some states to prevent cow slaughter but the goons who beat up and kill people suspected of killing or transporting cows for slaughter, pay scant heed to the law. A campaign like the chowkidar one gives these thugs all around the country licence to attack and assault people believing in some misguided chowkidar ideal. No, I am not a chowkidar. No, I don’t look down upon the profession but I am not a chowkidar because I think even chowkidars do not want to remain just that. I don’t think they want their children to give up on brighter career prospects to become security guards. The chowkidar campaign is not an aspirational one for the new India that BJP trumpets about. The chowkidar campaign is just a clever political drive to stymie the effects of Congress’ ‘Chowkidar Chor Hain’ campaign. As a political ruse, the chowkidar campaign is cunning but as a goal for a new India, it is a poor one reflecting ever so badly on where this country is headed. So much so that even alleged corrupt politicians and sexual predators, are also using the prefix against their Twitter handles with alacrity. In the new India of 2019, we aren’t aspiring to be doctors, scientists, social workers, sportspersons, businessmen…we are being shown the dream to be a chowkidar, a vigilante, and most importantly, to forget asking the only question worth asking in Lok Sabha 2019 — where are the jobs? (The writer is a journalist and media entrepreneur. The views expressed are strictly personal)
Mumbai: People are in a mood to change the Modi-led government but manipulation of EVMs is the “only worrying factor”, NCP chief Sharad Pawar said here on Tuesday. He was speaking at a joint media interaction addressed by leaders of the Congress, NCP, TDP, Trinamool Congress, AAP CPI(M), CPI and DMK. “EVMs are vulnerable to programming errors,” TDP leader N Chandrababu Naidu said. The BJP can get votes only through manipulation, he added. EVMs can be manipulated, hacked and even malfunction, he said. Only 18 countries have so far adopted EVMs, he added. Naidu said the economy, business and agriculture are in a bad shape under Prime Minister Narendra Modi. AAP leader Sanjay Singh said the Election Commission is acting like Dhritrashtra. “You press any button, the vote goes to the BJP,” he said. Counting of 50 per cent VVPAT machines is not an unreasonable demand, senior Congress leader Sushilkumar Shinde said.