Sheffield Utd manager Wilder talks Van Winckel influenceby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSheffield United manager Chris Wilder insists he’s happy to work with Jan van Winckel.Van Winckel, who was appointed a United director before the dispute between Kevin McCabe and Prince Abdullah spilled into the public arena, has been a close confidant of the Saudi Arabian for over two decades.Wilder said, “There was talk about improving certain aspects of the club. I know the angle (about) Jan. He has been a member of the board for sometime so he has, of course, been involved in the decisions. Anything to improve the club, I am open to.”But I am a hands-on manager. In terms of Jan’s expertise, it is there to be seen in terms of his track record. He has been involved in all of the decisions, recruitment and the like because he’s on the board. I’m not pig headed enough to think I know everything.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
OTTAWA – Finance Minister Bill Morneau is threatening to sue the Conservatives for suggesting he used his inside knowledge of a pending tax change announcement in 2015 to sell off stocks before their value dropped.On Tuesday, a day after sidestepping more than a dozen questions on the issue, Morneau called the insinuations by Tory finance critic Pierre Poilievre “absurd.”“If the Opposition want to continue with these absurd allegations, which have no basis in any sort of fact, they take them outside of the House and I will give them a sense of exactly how our legal system works,” said Morneau.Anything said in the House of Commons is subject to parliamentary privilege, which gives MPs legal protection from libel and defamation laws. Poilievre first raised the allegations Monday during question period in the Commons.He claimed Morneau’s December 2015 announcement that he would raise income taxes on the highest earners caused the entire stock market to drop, including the value of Morneau Shepell shares — 680,000 of which were sold off roughly a week earlier.Poilievre alleged the early sale of the shares saved the owner half a million dollars.He repeatedly asked Morneau if it was a coincidence that the 680,000 shares were sold off a week before the tax announcement. And he asked Morneau repeatedly to confirm he was the “someone” responsible for selling off those shares in the company founded by the minister’s father.When the Speaker questioned the appropriateness of questioning the government on the matter, Poilievre retorted: “It is actually the responsibility of government to ensure that no minister ever uses inside knowledge to benefit from transactions on the stock market.”While Morneau dodged those allegations of insider trading Monday, he had more to say at a hastily called news conference Tuesday.“What we’re hearing now is in my mind (an) absolutely crazy idea that something that we campaigned on, that we talked to 36 million Canadians about which was a rise in taxes in the top one per cent was somehow knowledge that was only my knowledge,” he said.Poilievre maintained he hasn’t “actually accused him of anything” and has only asked Morneau whether he was the one who sold the shares a week before the tax announcement.“I am absolutely confident that everything I’ve said out there and in here is true,” Poilievre said in the Commons, challenging Morneau to meet him outside the chamber to answer the question.Morneau was not present during question period Tuesday because he said he had a speech to deliver in Toronto. But under continued Conservative attacks over the stock sale, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asserted that the finance minister “continues to focus on the things that matter to Canadians and he has our full confidence.”On Dec. 7, 2015, the day of Morneau’s tax-change announcement, the Toronto stock index fell 2.4 per cent for its single weakest day of the quarter, BMO chief economist Doug Porter said after he was asked to look up his notes.Porter said already-low oil prices dropped “heavily” that day — by five per cent. He said that factor alone may have been responsible for much of the weakness in the market.Nevertheless, the New Democrats also applied pressure Tuesday on Morneau over the 2015 stock sale. The NDP has asked the ethics commissioner to look into Poilievre’s allegations.The ethics commissioner has already launched a formal examination to determine if Morneau was in a conflict of interest when he introduced pension-reform legislation, which critics have insisted would benefit Morneau Shepell — a company in which, until recently, Morneau owned about $21 million worth of shares.After the ethics controversy erupted, he sold off the remainder of his holdings in Morneau Shepell and vowed to place his other substantial assets in a blind trust.Morneau donated to charity the difference between what the shares were worth at the time of the sale and their value in 2015 when he was first elected — an amount estimated at about $5 million.He has also faced intense criticism about his integrity after information surfaced showing that, based on the ethics commissioner’s advice, he did not divest shares or place his holdings in a blind trust after being was named to cabinet.Follow @AndyBlatchford on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said the stock sale occurred before the introduction of pension legislation.
Ohio State started the game on a 13-2 run and never looked back, defeating UNC Pembroke 81-63 in its final exhibition before the start of the regular season.Ohio State used the exhibition game to its advantage, bringing out a variety of lineups, each showing a strong defensive intensity and willingness to move the ball. Every player active on Ohio State’s roster saw time on the court during the exhibition.“A lot to take from this game for us, good and bad, a lot to take from it, so I was glad we got to play a lot of different guys,” head coach Chris Holtmann said. “We’ll move forward, a lot to improve on, we have some significant, significant areas that need improvement, significant areas.”The Buckeyes held the Braves to 32.8 percent shooting, and allowed 20 free throw attempts in the game, 16 of which came in the second half.Among the multiple switches in lineup, freshman guard Luther Muhammad stood out, finishing a plus-32, the highest on the team.Muhammad finished the game with nine points on 3-of-5 shooting to go along with three assists.The freshman guard said he sees his role as mainly a defensive player that can work well with senior guard C.J. Jackson.“I’ve been known for my defense, so that comes first,” Muhammad said. “Be a high-intensity guy and try and set the tone with C.J. and the rest of the three other guys that’s on the floor, and basically just be yourself.”Late in the first half, Muhammad drove to the basket, forced contact, earned the foul and finished the layup while falling to the ground, one of several strong drives to the basket by the Buckeyes throughout the game.The Buckeyes used their size advantage, especially through junior and sophomore forwards Kaleb and Andre Wesson, to gain a massive edge on the boards.UNC Pembroke, a 27-win team and Peach Belt Division II conference champion in 2018, was held to 35 rebounds on the night.“I think it’s a solid defensive team that we have to start the game,” Holtmann said. “We don’t have the versatility that we have with last year’s group in [Jae’Sean Tate] and Keita [Bates-Diop], and that’s significant, we’re gonna have to figure some things out as coaches because we don’t have that versatility.”Kaleb Wesson led the team with 10 rebounds, helping the team total 56 boards, including 21 offensive rebounds. Ohio State went up 42-24 in the first half, led by Muhammad’s nine points. Junior center Micah Potter scored eight on 3-3 shooting in the half, each of the three shots coming with an and-one opportunity.Potter led the team with 13 points, making all four of his attempts. He added a fourth and-one chance in the second half, getting a pass down low and finishing a tough layup before adding the free throw, putting the Buckeyes up 61-31.Even with an 18-point lead halfway through the game, the Buckeyes had nine turnovers and shot 2-10 on its three-point attempts. The second half was more of the same. Ohio State totaled 21 turnovers, and shot 5-of-25 from three on the night.“I’m not as worried about our shooting, because I think some of that is just you’re getting a feel and jitters,” Holtmann said. “But certainly turnovers, certainly, way too careless with the ball today.”Holtmann said he will not play guys extended minutes moving forward that don’t take care of the ball.Ohio State will officially open the season Wednesday when the Buckeyes take on Cincinnati at 6 p.m.Story updated at 10: 28 p.m. to include quotes from postgame interviews.
Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner insists the red card picked up by Christopher Schindler played a significant role in his team’s loss to Burnley.The Terriers hosted fellow strugglers Burnley at the John Smith Stadium on Wednesday night looking for their first Premier League victory in 10 games.Steve Mounie gave the home side the lead just past the half-hour mark with his first league goal of the season, but Sean Dyche’s men leveled just before the break from a Chris Wood strike.Things went from bad to worse for Huddersfield when Schindler was giving his marching orders four minutes before halftime, leaving Wagner’s men to play the entire second half with 10 men.Ashley Barnes 74th minute goal ensured Burnley took home all three points leaving Huddersfield rooted to the bottom of the league table.Cowley explains why he changed his mind about Huddersfield Manuel R. Medina – September 9, 2019 Last week Danny Cowley rejected the chance to coach Huddersfield Town in the English Championship, but today he accepted saying it was a good opportunity.“The commitment, effort and attitude which the players have shown was absolute”, Wagner said, according to Sky Sports.“They fought but unfortunately playing more than one half [with 10 men] is very difficult to deal with.”“We took the lead and scored our first goal from a striker. I have seen a lot of good things today but obviously we weren’t able to keep the tempo and speed as high as when we played 11 v 11.”
Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce: “The proposal that was presented by the group was to run a water main from Kenai, tapping into the Kenai system, and running it out north to provide water for this project. Local water in close proximity to the plant, the results from those tests were unsatisfactory, and some contamination concerns came up as a result of those tests.” Jesse Carlstrom with the AGDC said the project began working with the City of Kenai to find a viable water source after the initial testing: “Alaska LNG project proponents looked at sourcing water locally from the site of the liquefaction facility. Due to unsatisfactory test results and water contaminants the AGDC looked at the City of Kenai for the possibility of securing water from the Kenai water system to supply the liquefaction facility.” According to Carlstrom, the terminal and plant will need about 150 gallons per minute of fresh water during operation. 135 gallons would be used for power generation and 15 gallons as potable water and for other utility uses. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation is continuing to work with the City of Kenai to find a viable water source for the LNG project after initial water testing in the Nikiski area came back as ‘unsatisfactory’. Mayor Pierce spoke at the borough assembly meeting last night about the need for an alternative option after the initial test results: “We met with them, we talked with them about the concerns, and they are willing to look at an alternative water source.” Currently the City of Kenai water system serves both residential and commercial users spanning over approximately 8 square miles. Carlstrom: “The AGDC is working with the City of Kenai to identify a viable water source.” The original wells tested in Nikiski underperformed or exceeded government standards for contamination, according to the AGDC.
Pratt has written for Elle, Marie Claire and Maxim magazines. After founding Jane, Pratt left her position as editor in the summer of 2005; she was replaced with ElleGirl founding editor Brandon Holley. Conde Nast then shut down Jane magazine for good, with the August 2007 issue as its last. Since her departure from Jane, Pratt’s whereabouts have supplied a fair amount of media fodder. In 2007, it was rumored Pratt was to start a magazine with Gwen Stefani, lead singer of pop group No Doubt; then in November 2010, Pratt was said to be partnering with fashion blogger Tavi Gevinson on a magazine for “wallflowery teenage girls.” Other names tapped to join xoJane.com include Emily McCombs, former managing editor of Asylum.com and contributing editor of Lemondrop.com, who will act managing editor of xoJane.com. Cat Marnell joins the xoJane.com as beauty editor; previously, she acted as a freelance writer and beauty editor of Lucky Magazine. Other xoJane.com contributors will include Christina Kelly, Laia Garcia and Eric Nicholson. Jane Pratt, former editor-in-chief of Sassy and Jane magazines, has been named editor and creative director of style with SAY Media. In this new role, she will be acting as editor-in-chief for xoJane.com, a new women’s-interest site owned by SAY.
Radhika AptePR HandoutIf sipping coffee with Karan Johar on his chat show Koffee with Karan was not enough, celebs seem to be having a rough time dealing with Neha Dhupia’s scary spice on her chat show – No Filter Neha. From candid revelations to shocking confessions, celebs on the show have said it all, bared it all. And the recent revelation that comes from Radhika Apte has taken us aback.Radhika Apte and Ayushmann Khurrana graced the finale episode of No Filter Neha and bared their hearts out. Talking about a role she lost out on due to body issues, Radhika Apte revealed that she was the first choice for ‘Vicky Donor’. She said that she had been selected without giving an audition for the female lead in the film, but, the makers wanted her to lose weight. She revealed that though she was never fat, the makers had a particular weight and shape in mind and hence had asked her to lose weight. Radhika, who was supposed to go on vacation had promised them that she would lose all the weight within the given time frame of two months. First, the makers agreed, but, later decided to replace her with Yami Gautam.Radhika revealed that though she takes criticism at work very positively, this particular didn’t go down well with her and left her worried. She revealed that she had stopped eating for a long period after that episode.Well, with the fabulous choices that Radhika seems to be making these days and the amount of popularity she has gained, it was certainly a loss for the makers Shoojit Sircar and the team and definitely a massive gain for Yami Gautam, who hasn’t had the same amount of success after that.
Bitcoin, Ethereum are types of cryptocurrencies availableReutersBe it analysts, cryptocurrency experts, renowned researchers, no one has so far been able to derive the real value of bitcoin till date.However, analysts at Barclays think they have a useful method for tracking bitcoin trends — infectious disease models. And by their analysis, the cryptocurrency fever may have broken.The Barclays model divides the pool of potential bitcoin investors into three groups: susceptible, infected and immune.Just like any infectious disease, rise in prices is spread by word-of-mouth – via blogs, news reports and personal anecdotes – as nobody wants to miss out on the rally that made their friends and colleagues rich.”However, once full adoption is approached, the price decline is sustained and rapid,” Barclays analyst Joseph Abate wrote in a note to clients.”As more of the population become asset holders, the share of the population available to become new buyers — the potential ‘host’ population — falls, while the share of the population that are potential sellers (‘recoveries’) increases. Eventually, this leads to a plateauing of prices, and progressively, as random shocks to the larger supply population push up the ratio of sellers to buyers, prices begin to fall. That induces speculative selling pressure as price declines are projected forward exponentially.”The Barclays model suggests that awareness around cryptocurrencies is now almost universal, and only a small group of the population could now catch speculative interest, and buy in.”We believe the speculative froth phase of cryptocurrency investment – and perhaps peak prices – may have passed,” Abate said.Bitcoin has fallen by more than 50 percent in 2018, trading near $6,969 as of 9:00 a.m. Indian Standard Time.The cryptocurrency rose more than 1,300 percent last year, reaching a peak near $20,000 in December.While the cryptocurrency bounced back from past price collapses in 2011 and 2013, the high level of awareness this time around signals bitcoin may never return to its peak of nearly $20,000 in December, according to the Barclays model.
WWE WebsiteArguably the greatest figure in the history of pro-wrestling, The Undertaker, is coming back to WWE’s flagship weekly program SmackDown. He would be part of a special episode that would take place at the iconic Madison Square Garden on September 10.This would be a special moment for the former World Heavyweight Champion as it would be his first appearance on an episode of SmackDown at the legendary arena. September 10 would also be special because both Raw and SmackDown will take place back-to-back at the same venue.The Undertaker had been out of action for a substantial amount of time at the beginning of the year and also was absent from Wrestlemania 35. In this time, he appeared out of character on some non-WWE shows. Eventually, WWE decided to re-sign the superstar and agreed on a highly-lucrative contract for the Deadman.Since then, the superstar has made numerous appearances on WWE and has also competed in two matches. His contest with Goldberg had turned out to be a complete disaster while a tag-team match, with Roman Reigns as his partner, against Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre fared better.WWE has also teased a storyline between the Phenom and Hall of Famer Sting. Only time will tell whether this appearance of Undertaker would lead to a new feud.
Chief election commission (CEC) KM Nurul HudaChief election commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda on Saturday said Election Voting Machine (EVM) will be used on a limited scale in the next national election to check vote rigging as well as protect the interest and dignity of voters.The CEC came up with the remark while inaugurating the EVM Fair at Public Hall in Khulna city.Although EVM will not be imposed by force, the Election Commission has a plan to use this machine on a smaller scale in the next general election considering the law and opinion of others, he said.The EVM system has been launched to ensure transparency and a rigging-free voting to secure the interest of voters, he said.In the current system, irregularities can occur in handling the ballot papers but EVM can eliminate such irregularities, Nurul Huda said.Chaired by deputy commissioner Md Helal Hossain, the programme, was attended, among others, by divisional commissioner Lokman Hossain Mia, deputy inspector general of police Md Didar Ahmad, KMP commissioner Humayun Kabir and police super SM Shafiullah.
.The cabinet division on Monday approved the draft hajj package, 2019, fixing the minimum cost for a pilgrim at Tk 344,000, up by Tk 24,645 from the previous year under package-2 of the government management, reports UNB.Pilgrims have to pay Tk 418,500 to avail package-1 under the government management, he said.Cabinet secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam disclosed this at a press briefing at the secretariat after a cabinet meeting held at PM’s office with prime minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.The minimum cost for a pilgrim who will perform hajj under private arrangement has been fixed at Tk 344,000.A total of 127,198 pilgrims will be able to perform hajj this year. Of them, 120,000 pilgrims will go to Saudi Arabia under private management while 7,198 under government management, said Shafiul.The plane fare has been fixed at Tk 128,000 which was Tk 138,191 last year, he said.
Stuart Seeger/FlickrTexas State Capitol, Austin TXThe 86th Texas Legislature opens today in Austin, and lawmakers have just 140 working days to tackle some of the state’s most pressing problems. Governor Greg Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, and Speaker-Presumptive Dennis Bonnen have yet to identify any “must pass” legislation. But there are at least four topics that will take up a lot of oxygen before the regular session ends on May 27:State budget: Passing a budget is the Legislature’s one constitutionally-mandated job. Like most states, Texas has a balanced budget requirement, which means by law, it can only spend what it collects in taxes and fees. Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar estimates that will come to $119.1 billion over the next two-year budget cycle, which is an 8.1 percent increase compared to the cycle that ends August 31. Lawmakers have to decide how to divide up that money in order to cover healthcare, education, public safety, and a host of other responsibilities.School finance reform: Texas’ public school finance system requires property-wealthy school districts to share revenue with the state, which then reallocates the money to property-poor school districts. The system is known as “recapture” or “Robin Hood.” It’s a growing problem for some districts, including the Houston Independent School District, which are classed as wealthy but include many poor neighborhoods. At the same time, the state’s portion of funding for public education has been declining for years, forcing school districts to make up the balance through property taxes. Both Democrats and many Republican lawmakers are determined to overhaul the system this year, after failing to do so in 2017.Property tax reform: Governor Abbott and Lieutenant Governor Patrick made this issue a cornerstone of their reelection campaigns last year, both men arguing that rising property values are causing homeowners’ tax bills to skyrocket. Abbott wants to limit any increase in property taxes to 2.5 percent a year. Anything above that would have to be approved by two-thirds of the voters. Texas counties, cities, and school districts rely on property taxes as their sole source of revenue. Many, notably Harris County under former Judge Ed Emmett, staunchly opposed such revenue caps in past legislative sessions.Harvey relief/flood control: In the wake of Harvey, Congress allocated tens of billions of dollars to Texas for disaster relief, flood control infrastructure, and flood mitigation. Federal law requires local governments to come up with some of the money in order to unlock the rest. Houston, Harris County, and local governments along the Gulf Coast have been ponying up matching funds. Many of their lawmakers are demanding the state tap the Texas Economic Stabilization Fund, better known as the “Rainy Day Fund,” to help as well.Lieutenant Governor Patrick has reserved the first 30 Senate bill numbers for priority legislation yet to be released. The first 20 House bill numbers are also reserved for the same reason. And Governor Abbott is likely to identify a number of “emergency items” for the Legislature when he delivers his State of the State address in a few weeks.Note: You can find a list of all currently filed Texas House bills here, and a list of all currently filed Texas Senate bills here. Share
Durgapur: Asansol Durgapur Development Authority (ADDA) has set December 2018 as the target to integrate its entire leased out land into its online payment gateway service.”We have prepared a legacy data of these leaseholders after a lot of hard work. There are around 3,000 such leaseholders, whose tax payments are irregular. Once we integrate them in this online payment gateway, we will be able to keep them updated about their dues and the pending rent can be mopped up easily,” ADDA CEO Arun Prasad said on the sidelines of the launch of a mobile application for both Android and iOS users, for online payment gateway service.The ADDA Online app service was formally launched by its chairman Tapas Banerjee at its office in Durgapur on Monday.It may be mentioned that out of the leased out land belonging to ADDA, 80 percent is residential, 15 percent is commercial and 5 percent is industrial.”We have already prepared a database of shops and have started the process of registering them under ADDA Online. They will be soon getting alerts of the pending amount and the time period they need to clear their dues. They can pay online or can deposit the amount with a private bank with which we have tied up. Soon, we will tie up with some nationalised banks too,” Banerjee said.A workshop will be held on Wednesday with around 150 shop owners, who will be registered on the online plat-form.ADDA, which launched the online platform in June last year, has mopped up Rs 12.5 crore till date and now, with the launch of mobile payment gateway and integratingshops and hawkers and then the land leaseholders, is hopeful of earning a revenue of around Rs 25 crore by June 2019.Most of these shop owners would visit the ADDA office once in three months, collect details of payments and then clear the dues. Delayed payments had become a cause of worry.The online payment gateway for collection of various fees like developmentcharges, water charges, mortgage fees, transfer fees and ground rent, among others, have relieved the residents from the hassle of travelling to the ADDA office.ADDA covers an extensive area of 1,603 square km, comprising two municipal corporations and eight development blocks.
February 18, 2009 We continued the 2/16/09 report about construction on the AOT ramp for visitors. Construction team Andrew Woodard and Kyle Engoian, and landscaping crew Brian Fritz use a coring machine to prepare the holes that will hold post’s for the railing. [Photos & text: sa] Brian and Andrew apply a level to each post to assure a smooth attachment of the handrail. [Photo: Darina Trendafilova & text: sa] Posts are completed on the first and second levels of the ramp. This report continues. [Photo: Darina Trendafilova & text: sa]
Swiss-based content protection specialist Nagra has extended its partnership with Dish Network and EchoStar Technologies in the US.Dish and EchoStar are deploying Nagra’s MediaLive Player (NMP) – which includes its MediaAccess Persistent Rights Management (PRM) technology – and Nagra’s studio-approved DRM solution, which will secure the Dish Anywhere multiscreen VoD service for computers, smartphones and tablets.“More and more consumers are demanding greater flexibility in the way they enjoy their Dish content. To successfully provide this service, we chose the Nagra MediaLive Player with PRM because of their proven ability to effectively protect our content investment while at the same time meeting the requirements of our premium content providers. What’s more, our close security partnership with Nagra allows us to focus on creating innovative new services,” said Vivek Khemka, Dish senior vice president of product management.Nagra is owned by Kudelski Group and claims to be the world’s leading independent provider of content protection and multiscreen television solutions.