Ince slams Man Utd handing England trio new contractsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United captain Paul Ince has slammed the new contracts handed to three players.Ince questioned the decision to hand new deals to Chris Smalling, Luke Shaw and Jesse Lingard, insisting there are too many players at the club who ‘aren’t fit to wear the shirt.'”When players like Chris Smalling, Luke Shaw and Jesse Lingard are getting long-term contracts, it shows how backward they are going,” Ince told Paddy Power.“Give them two or three-year contracts to keep them hungry, but don’t spoil them when they aren’t good enough for the club anyway.”He continued: “A resounding issue at the club is that there are far too many players who aren’t fit to wear the shirt. Something has got to give.“I’m not one to call for Jose Mourinho’s head, but something urgently needs to change. The board need to decide whether they’re going to pay him off or give him more money for players.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Southampton midfielder Ward-Prowse: We must regroup during international breakby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse says they need to regroup during this international break.Saints lost their third top-flight game in a row on Sunday when they were comfortably beaten 4-1 by Chelsea at St Mary’s. Ward-Prowse said: “I think certainly it will be a case of having a look at ourselves individually and collectively.“First of all, we need to see what we ourselves as individuals need to do and change to bring to the table.“We’ve got a good period of time to work on a few things during the international break, so it will be a good time to work on them.“I think we all, individually, need to be better.“We’ve had an OK start to the season with a few good results here and there, but we need to be consistently better.“We want to start taking points off the big teams and we need to get that belief and drive back to do it again.”
TOKYO — The Japanese economy has shrunk at an annualized rate of 1.2 per cent in July-September, as consumer spending, investment and exports fell.Cabinet Office preliminary data released Wednesday showed seasonally adjusted gross domestic product — the total value of a nation’s goods and services — dipped 0.3 per cent in the third quarter from the previous quarter.Dragging on growth for the world’s third-largest economy was diminished trade, with exports falling 1.8 per cent and imports dropping 1.4 per cent, the data show. Consumer spending and company investments were also down.The economy grew for the previous April-June quarter, but contracted the quarter before that. That contraction, in the first quarter, ended the longest straight period of expansion for Japan in nearly three decades.The Associated Press
Third reading for another Local Area Service parcel tax bylaw for two paving projects was rescinded before the bylaw was amended and passed third reading once again. That Local Area Service project would see road improvements made along 98th Ave. between 102nd and 104th Streets, and 104th Street between 97th and 98th Avenues at a total cost of $1.3 million. If approved at the next council meeting, the City would cover $884,536.11 of the project’s budget, while property owners would be paying a total of $457,540.19. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Fort St. John City Council approved a number of bylaws that will allow the City to levy parcel taxes for Local Area Service projects.Council voted in favour of adopting the bylaws for road improvements, including paving and the installation of sidewalks, streetlights, storm drains, and gutters for three sections of road in the City. The first bylaw covers the improvement of 86th St. between 91st and 93rd Avenues, the second covers 87th Ave. west of 107th St., and the third covers 104th Ave. between 101st and 102nd Streets. The total cost for the three road improvement projects is just under $1.9 million. Of that, the City will be covering $1.2 million, while owners of properties affected by the road improvements will be paying a combined $685,155.20 over a period of twenty years.
Kolkata: The Election Commission of India (ECI) has primarily approved the report of the Chief Electoral Officer of Bengal stating that less than 30 percent of the total booths in the state are ‘sensitive’, thereby ruling out the demand of BJP that all 78,000 booths in the state should be declared so.As per reports of the CEO’s office, 18,461 booths in the state have been identified as vulnerable, which is around 25 percent of the total number of booths. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAccording to sources in the EC, South 24-Parganas, with 2,357 vulnerable pockets, is the most sensitive district in the state. Eight other districts including North 24 Parganas, Murshidabad, Malda, East Midnapore, North Dinajpur, Birbhum, West Burdwan and Kolkata are also under the scanner of the Election Commission. “This will be reviewed and the final deployment of Central Forces will be made on the basis of vulnerability,” said a senior official in the CEO’s office. Moreover, the Election Commission’s preliminary report to the expenditure observers has also revealed that there are no ‘expenditure sensitive’ constituencies in Bengal. The report assumes significance as the EC has identified more than 110 Lok Sabha constituencies across the country as “expenditure sensitive” or prone to influence through money in the Lok Sabha elections. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAccording to the report, all parliamentary constituencies in Tamil Nadu and over half of the seats in Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Karnataka and Telangana have been identified as “expenditure sensitive”. 116 of 175 Assembly constituencies and 16 of 25 Lok Sabha constituencies in Andhra Pradesh are expenditure sensitive. A number of Lok Sabha seats in Telangana, Bihar, Karnataka and two LS seats in Jharkhand are under EC watch. A good number of constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab and Haryana will also be closely monitored by the Election Commission. Sources in the CEO’s office stated that Bengal doesn’t have a history of exorbitant expenses in the election. In the last two major elections- the Lok Sabha election in 2014 and the Assembly polls in 2016, there was hardly any major seizure after the MCC (Model Code of Conduct) came into force. In the 2016 Assembly elections, the seizure was a little over Rs 7 crore, of which Rs 4 crore was released after verification. In Kolkata, the seizure was around Rs 5 lakh but the entire money was returned after verification. “There was a seizure of Rs 3 crore in absolute terms, which is very low considering the vastness of Bengal. The expense per constituency was also within limit and over 90 percent candidates submitted their return after the election. There was no case of bribery or illegal money transaction and so the state has been designated as non-expenditure sensitive,” the source maintained. It may be mentioned that expenditure sensitivity is determined by the past history of a constituency. The Commissioner of Police or the Superintendent of the district identifies a constituency as ‘expenditure sensitive’, meaning that it is prone to high expenditure and corrupt practices. The local administration, in consultation with the expenditure observer, also looks into the literacy, economic development or the number of complaints during the last election. On the basis of the report, the commission makes special arrangement for these constituencies.
New Delhi: The GST profiteering investigation arm has found leading FMCG firm P&G India guilty of not passing on GST rate cut benefits to the tune of about Rs 250 crore by a corresponding reduction in prices.Based on a complaint filed before the standing committee, the Directorate General of Anti profiteering (DGAP) investigated the books of accounts of P&G India pre and post November 15, 2017, and concluded that the consumer goods manufacturer has not lowered prices of certain of its products despite cut in GST rate to 18 per cent from 28 per cent. “The DGAP report has concluded profiteering worth Rs 250 crore by P&G. The National Anti Profiteering Authority will pass a final order on the quantum of profiteering after hearing the company’s views,” an official said.
Maybe Corey “Philly” Brown just needed his coach’s permission. Three days after Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer said – only half kidding – that the junior wide receiver is “allowed to make a guy miss,” Brown answered Meyer’s call with one of the biggest plays in Ohio State’s biggest victory of the 2012 season. Brown returned a punt 76 yards for a touchdown roughly five minutes into the third quarter, putting OSU up, 49-31, against Nebraska Saturday night at Ohio Stadium. The highlight-reel worthy play all but sealed the now-No. 8-ranked Buckeyes’ 63-38 win against the then-No. 21-ranked Huskers. At the same time, the touchdown showcased the skills Meyer has wanted to see from his should-be playmaker all season. “The thing I’m looking for from Philly is, we need some explosiveness in this offense,” Meyer said last Wednesday. After going down on contact and failing to run past defenses through five games, Brown said he was pleased with the “explosiveness” he displayed during the return. He deferred credit to his teammates after the game, though. “Basically they made the perfect blocking and made it easy for me,” Brown said. “The blocking was so good all I saw was me and the punter. I knew I had to make just one person miss and change the game.” Brown said he knew he had to make a play as he jogged onto the field and prepared himself for the return. Not just because Meyer had been imploring him to, but due to the way the game had been hanging in the balance. OSU was up 11 points at the time, but the Buckeyes had not yet had a lead bigger than two scores. Nebraska’s offense – after scoring with relative ease through two-and-a-half quarters – just had its first three-and-out possession of the second half. Brown said he saw an opportunity to change the way the game was flowing, as did his coaches. “Going out there, I knew I had to make a play. (OSU running backs coach Stan Drayton) was in my ear, he was in my face, telling me I had to change the game,” Brown said. After the game, Meyer and many other OSU players claimed Brown’s return, along with the interception sophomore cornerback Bradley Roby returned for a touchdown in the first quarter, were the plays of the day. “We do a ceremony after the game (and) let some guys talk who performed well, and every one of them to a man said that,” Meyer said of the praise Brown received from his teammates. Brown’s performance Saturday night didn’t just include the special teams touchdown. He had three catches for 35 yards and was the only Buckeyes wide receiver with a reception. On OSU sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller’s 72-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, it was a block from Brown that sprung the OSU sophomore quarterback. “Philly Brown probably turned (the game around),” Miller said. Yet again though, Brown gave credit to his teammates before accepting any praise of his own. “We had a couple punts leading up to (Miller’s run), and having someone like Braxton to excite the crowd – because the crowd kind of got out of it and everything – having someone like Braxton to be able to make a play like that, (to) get us into the game, being able to score was good,” Brown said. While Brown has trouble accepting praise from the media, he will gladly accept praise from his head coach with a smile. “It’s always good to be one of (Meyer’s) guys,” Brown said. “He told me he loved me, I told him I love him, I appreciate him. He’s turning most of the wide receivers’ careers around, basically.” Brown has been arguably the most consistent wide receiver on OSU’s roster. He has 35 catches on the season, the most on the team. The junior said he’s grown tremendously since the start of the season and that he is “learning now” every day. Still, Brown said he knows there is plenty of room to improve, with Meyer’s call for more broken tackles near the top of his things to do list. “I’ve just got to get better using my vision, speed and obviously, like (Meyer) said, break some tackles,” Brown said.
At least 12 people were killed in a massive blaze that engulfed a London tower block on Wednesday, raising serious questions about fire safety in Britain’s housing blocks.Here is what we know so far:How many victims?The police have said at least 12 people were killed at Grenfell Tower in west London and they expect the number to rise as emergency workers make their way through the building.”Sadly I don’t anticipate that there will be further survivors,” Metropolitan Police commander Stuart Cundy said in a televised address.The London Ambulance Service said it had treated 69 patients, 18 of whom remained in critical condition by Wednesday afternoon.The 24-storey tower is home to between 600 and 800 residents and has one stairway through which people could escape, locals told AFP.London Mayor Sadiq Khan said firefighters were only able to reach the 12th floor of the 24-storey block at the height of the blaze.More than 200 firefighters were deployed to put out the fire. Some 100 medics tended the casualties.What happened?Fire services said they received the first call at 00:54 am on Wednesday (2354 GMT Tuesday) and were on scene at the Grenfell Tower public housing complex within six minutes.Witnesses reported the entire building was on fire by around 2:00 am (0100 GMT). Around an hour later the London Fire Brigade also tweeted that the whole building was in flames, starting from the second floor.Survivors said they saw the flames outside their windows, rising up the exterior of the building, which had recently been covered in cladding during a major refurbishment finished last year.”It appears that the external cladding has significantly contributed to the spread of fire,” said Angus Law from the BRE Centre for Fire Safety Engineering at the University of Edinburgh.Where was the fire?Grenfell Tower is a concrete block built in 1974 in the working-class area of north Kensington in west London.The £8.7 million (9.9 million euro, $11 million) refurbishment of the block was completed last year and included new windows and heating system.The area neighbours the wealthy district of Notting Hill.What were residents’ concerns?Construction firm Rydon, which completed the refurbishment of the tower in 2016, said the work “met all required building control, fire regulation and health and safety standards”.David Collins, former chairman of the Grenfell Tower Residents’ Association, said the building’s management had failed to listen to residents’ calls for improvements on fire safety.”If the same concerns were had in a wealthy part of Kensington and Chelsea they would have got resolved, but here they didn’t get resolved,” Collins told AFP.”This is a multi-ethnic, multicultural, diverse community that just didn’t get served by the people representing them,” he said.Local residents had warned a year ago about a potential fire risk caused by rubbish being allowed to accumulate during the refurbishment.”This matter is of particular concern as there is only one entry and exit to Grenfell Tower during the improvement works,” read a blog post by the Grenfell Action Group.”The potential for a fire to break out in the communal area on the walkway does not bear thinking about as residents would be trapped in the building with no way out,” it said.Some residents said the official advice was that people should stay inside in the event of a fire.Khan said the advice would be looked into.”We can’t have is a situation (where) people’s safety is put at risk because of bad advice being given or if it is the case, as it’s been alleged, of tower blocks not being properly serviced and maintained,” he told the BBC.British Prime Minister Theresa May’s new chief of staff Gavin Barwell, a former housing minister, promised a review of building regulations covering fire safety following a fatal 2009 fire in another London local authority apartment block.The review has not been published.
Story Links The Cardinals (5-5) wasted no time getting their offense started as senior Sidney Melton led off the game with a triple and scored on junior Celene Funke’s base hit. Funke proceeded to steal second and two outs later, Chung launched a shot over the centerfield wall for her second homer of the season to put Louisville up 3-0. Next Game: vs. Bradley 2/24/2019 | 4:30 p.m. Preview Matchup History Live Stats Full Schedule Roster Sophomore Danielle Watson struck out eight and freshman Rebecca Chung connected on a two-run homer to help the University of Louisville softball team beat Kansas 5-3 in the opening game of the Tennessee Classic Sunday morning. Louisville will return to action Sunday at 4:30 p.m. against Bradley. Louisville tacked on a pair of runs in the top of the fifth. Sophomore Maddy Newman delivered a leadoff double and crossed the plate on Melton’s single. Melton would eventually score on an error to push the Cardinals’ lead to 5-0. Watson (3-3) picked up the win, allowing three unearned runs and scattering three hits in seven innings, she also registered her first career hit at the plate with a double in the sixth inning. Melton went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs to help pace Louisville at the plate. TEAM NOTES:• Louisville now leads the series with Kansas 4-2• Funke has reached safely via a hit or walk in nine straight games• Melton moved her career run total to 119 and is now tied for ninth with Nicole Pufahl (2015-18) on Louisville’s all-time list. She needs three more to move into a tie for eighth with Jordan Trimble (2010-13)• Chung leads the team with a .500 batting average, two home runs, nine RBIs and a 1.000 slugging percentage• Watson leads the team with a 1.73 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 32.1 innings Print Friendly Version Kansas (2-10) countered with three runs in the home half of the fifth. Shelby Hughston walked and Sydnee Ramsey reached on a two-out error to set up Madison Sykes’ three-run homer to make the score 5-3. Kirsten Pruett (1-4) took the loss after giving up three earned runs on four hits in one inning. Louisville 5 – Kansas 3 (PDF)
Popular on Variety The companies are pitching Mad’s Snapchat content as a reinvention of the magazine’s cheeky and sarcastic brand of humor for today’s Gen Z and millennial audiences.“We’ll be taking on sports, celebrities, politics, pop culture and anything else in the zeitgeist,” Ficarra said in a statement. “Nothing is off the table because nothing has ever been off the table with Mad.” The deal with Snap “enables us to deploy timely and topical content in real-time and in tandem with breaking news cycles,” Girardi added.Mad’s content on Snapchat will be in the form of a Publisher Story on the platform. Ads can run in the story, consistent with Snap’s advertising model for such partnerships. The Snap/Mad magazine partnership falls under a global partnership between Time Warner (now AT&T’s WarnerMedia division) and Snap last year.Ficarra and Girardi are longtime creative partners, most notably having teamed on the “Mad” animated series for Cartoon Network from 2010-13. Meanwhile, Girardi studied in college under Harvey Kurtzman, Mad magazine’s first editor-in-chief.“We can’t wait to see the classic work of iconic artists like Al Jaffee and Sergio Aragones and beloved franchises like Spy vs Spy reimagined for Snapchat,” Sean Mills, head of original content for Snap, said in a statement. Alfred E. Neuman and his gap-toothed, goofy grin are about to get uploaded to Snapchat.Mad magazine, the 66-year-old humor brand, will bring a daily dose of original content and material curated from its archives to Snap’s mobile app. The content will launch seven days per week starting Sept. 1 and will include GIFs, memes, slide shows, and interactive lists.Mad magazine is coming to the social and media platform under a pact between Snap, Snapchat’s parent, and DC Entertainment, which owns Mad and its intellectual property. The project is being overseen by John Ficarra, the former Mad senior VP and executive editor who serves as a creative adviser to DC Entertainment, and Peter Girardi, EVP of Blue Ribbon Content, the digital content studio of the Warner Bros. Television Group. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15