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Player power set to shape Liverpool’s transfer dealings

first_imgThree days before Liverpool start their Premier League campaign, the club are embroiled in two extraordinary transfer stand-offs that show how players are shaping their futures by wielding increased power.British and Spanish media have reported that midfielder Philippe Coutinho wants to leave Anfield to join Barcelona, while Virgil van Dijk is keen to join Liverpool from Premier League rivals Southampton.Each player is under contract until 2022, having signed extensions to their original contracts, and both clubs want them to stay.Reuters PhotoBut that does not mean the deals are dead, even though neither player has the sort of buyout clause that allowed Brazil forward Neymar to leave Barca, prompting the Spanish club to come calling for Liverpool’s Brazil midfielder.”Ninety nine times out of 100 it is a power game, a case of who blinks first,” sports legal expert Richard Cramer of FrontRow Legal told Reuters.”Player power is enormous. The reality is a club may make the right noises but player power is strong because a manager does not want a disillusioned player who can upset equilibrium in the dressing room and create disharmony. Players and agents are very experienced at forcing a situation.”Former Liverpool player Steven Gerrard believes that in Coutinho’s case everything depends on how far the Brazilian is prepared to go to force a move.”It comes down to Philippe Coutinho and his decision and what he’s prepared to do, what type of war he’s prepared to create to get out, because Liverpool won’t make it easy for him,” Gerrard, who is now Liverpool’s academy coach, told BT Sport.advertisementSuch “wars” are increasingly common in football and Van Dijk sparked his own this week after several weeks spent training away from the first team. He has now requested a transfer and revealed his unhappiness by releasing a public statement.”I have been left frustrated by the club’s position that I am not for sale and am disappointed that enquiries from multiple top clubs have been consistently rebuffed,” said Van Dijk, who is fit again after an injury cut short his 2015-16 season.Reuters PhotoAlthough the Dutch international did not mention Liverpool in his statement, Southampton reported the Merseyside club to the Premier League earlier in the trasnfer window for an alleged illegal approach to the centre back.Liverpool subsequently apologised and said they had ended their interest in the player. However, British media say they are keen to rekindle it should Southampton agree.That may not be possible given the original “tapping up” allegation. Under Premier League rules, negotiations over personal terms can only begin once a fee with the seller is agreed, but few clubs adhere to the protocol.SENSITIVE DEALSThe two deals are sensitive for Liverpool, who are treading a fine line between keeping their own key player and acquiring another, particularly after their failure to sign Nabi Keita, who Red Bull Leipzig have refused to sell – at least for now.In most cases players and agents use their power to force moves.FrontRow Legal’s Cramer does not believe much can be done to make contracts more enforceable unless players are made to sit them out in the reserves, an unsatisfactory result for all parties.”Players are very highly valuable commodities. You would not want any of your most valuable assets doing nothing,” he said, adding that most players eventually get their way.Precedent suggests that, for all Liverpool’s bullishness, they will end up selling Coutinho, with Fernando Torres, Javier Mascherano, Xabi Alonso, Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling all having left the club in similar circumstances.The one exception was Liverpool’s former captain and talisman Gerrard, who almost joined Chelsea in 2005 after saying he wanted to leave. But as a Liverpool-born player, his situation was clouded by loyalty to his home-town club.”It’s very, very difficult,” Gerrard said of Coutinho’s situation. “Especially South American players who always go on record and say it’s a dream of theirs to play for Barcelona.”Van Dijk appears certain to leave Southampton, although his destination may depend on whether they will sell to a club who already have four ex-Saints players in the first team. Chelsea may therefore be a more palatable alternative.The transfer window closes at the end of August.last_img read more

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Happy Diwali India, tweets Australia skipper Steve Smith

first_imgAustralia skipper Steve Smith wished his “friends and fans” in India on Diwali.Smith, 28, is one of the world’s leading batsmen and was at the forefront of a tense encounter with India in a four-Test series earlier in the year.Smith’s decision to look at the dressing-room for help with the DRS did not go down well with India captain Virat Kohli and there were some heated words spoken at the post-match press conference.However, Smith went on to apologise after India clinched the series in Dharamsala and later led Rising Pune Supergiant to the IPL final.The Australians returned in September for a limited-overs tour and lost the ODI series 4-1. The T20 International series ended in a 1-1 stalemate after the final match in Hyderabad was washed out.Smith had to fly back home before the T20 series got underway after sustaining a shoulder injury.The Australians are now gearing up for the Ashes which start down under next month.Happy Diwali to all my friends and fans in India #homeawayfromhome https://t.co/XdegEbwJTE- Steve Smith (@stevesmith49) October 18, 2017last_img read more

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Previewing the Schedule: Bedlam With a Fresh Face and a New Date

first_imgIn three of the last four years, Bedlam has had Big 12 title implications. The year that it didn’t, Oklahoma State won. We’ve had a frigid heartbreaker with some controversial calls, a daring comeback, a night when Oklahoma State was doomed from the start without No. 2 and a soggy afternoon that left a bad taste in most Cowboy fans’ mouths.Here are is the ugly truth. Mike Gundy is 2-10 against Oklahoma. He was 2-10 against Bob Stoops. Are those two statements commensurable or does the 13th-year CEO take advantage and finally remove that crimson monkey from his back? His fresh-faced counterpart has more pressing things to worry about at the moment like learning to captain his own ship while calling plays and replacing the brunt of this offensive firepower from a year ago.The most important question is whether Mike Gundy has an Oklahoma problem or whether he had a Bob Stoops problem? The good news it that he may have his best team since the first time got a check in the Bedlam win column.ParticularsWhen: Saturday, November 4, 2017 at TBDWhere: Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater, OklahomaTV: TBDLast Meeting: Forgettable.In a rain-soaked affair, we saw strange play calling, fumbles and maybe the worst game of Mason Rudolph’s career — hopefully. After the game we heard everything from excuses about the weather to the way the ball came out of QB1’s hand to people ridiculously calling for Gundy’s job.The facts are that Oklahoma State couldn’t keep up and sometimes didn’t look like it was trying all that hard. Mason Rudolph completed just 44 percent of his passes and went scoreless with two fumbles (both recovered by OSU). He completed just three more pass attempts (11) than he had rushes (8). That’s not a recipe for success with this offense.OffenseThe Sooners may have the best offensive line in college football and they may return the best quarterback in the nation. Baker Mayfield’s 196.4 passer rating in 2016 broke Russell Wilson’s record for the highest ever. He may have thrown Dede Westbrook into a Biletnikoff winner. On the other hand, his passer rating was no doubt facilitated by that group of dynamic playmakers in Westbrook, Joe Mixon and Semaje Perine.Regardless, he’s the contentious, annoying, hate-him-if-he’s-your-rival, love-him-if-he’s your-own engine that drives the OU offense and the entire team. He’s the No. 1 reason that a team replacing a Hall of Fame coach and three NFL dudes was picked No. 7 in the preseason AP poll.Who steps up at wide receiver? Can a backfield tandem of Abdul Adams and Rodney Anderson can come close to sniffing the production of Mixon and Perine from a year ago? If so, look out.DefenseMike Stoops is hanging on for the ride with first-year head coach Lincoln Riley’s mentor and defensive mind Ruffin McNeil looming. But Stoops has some talent returning like linebacker Ogbonnia Okoronkwo and a deeper, more experienced secondary headlined by Jordan Thomas.Ironically, while Oklahoma State is transitioning to a three-down front — which it debuted towards the end of last season  — OU is transitioning from Mike Stoops’ rigid three-down system to using more four-down looks. A front seven that is dealing with some turnover will need to adjust accordingly and quickly as the Sooners travel to Columbus for what could be a top-five Week 2 matchup against Ohio State.Key MatchupOklahoma State has a deep and talented group of defensive ends but do they have anyone that can break out as a star this year? In order to help their young secondary, OSU’s edge rushers are going to have to put some pressure on Mayfield. That’s not exactly easy to do. The Heisman finalist was only sacked 18 times last season. You can’t allow him to sit back and make stars out of his (to this point) unproven receivers.ConclusionIt’s going to be a tough game, hopefully without the weather complications. Can we get a dome on BPS? But I predict a close game late but the home team pulls out some Cowboy magic.Summer PredictionThe good guys keep hope alive with a 38-35 win in OT.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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10 months agoMan Utd boss Mourinho: Our best hope is fourth

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd boss Mourinho: Our best hope is fourthby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Jose Mourinho says a top four finish is the best they can hope for this season.United are reeling after their 3-1 defeat at Liverpool.Mourinho said afterwards, “We can still finish fourth. “It’s not easy, but for sure we are going to finish in the top six like all the other historically top teams but the best we can get is the fourth position. Right now we need to look to fifth and probably later we can look to the fourth.” last_img

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EMP Strikes New Partnership

first_imgzoom Eco Marine Power (EMP) has entered into a sales and support agreement with MINs Control Systems Solution Pte. Ltd., (MCSS) to sell and support EMP’s renewable energy solutions for shipping in Singapore and Myanmar. These solutions include marine solar power systems and the Aquarius Management & Automation System (MAS).The Aquarius MAS is an alarm handling, performance monitoring and data logging platform suitable for a wide range of ships which can also be integrated with renewable energy solutions.The system’s architecture is based upon the KEI 3240 Data Logger.The Aquarius MAS is also able to monitor and log fuel oil consumption in real time plus calculate Nox, Sox & CO2 emissions.Daniel Min, Director of MCSS, said: “We look forward to working with Eco Marine Power to expand the range of products and services we can offer plus promote their innovative products and solutions for shipping in Singapore and Myanmar.”Initially both companies will co-operate in promoting EMP’s technologies to shipyards and shipowners in Singapore and Myanmar with a focus on integrating the Aquarius MAS with marine solar power solutions as a means to reduce fuel consumption on ships and offshore support vessels.Press Release; July 7th, 2014last_img read more

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Corpus Christi Gets USD 59 Mn for Ship Channel Deepening

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Port of Corpus Christi The Port of Corpus Christi has secured an additional USD 59 million in funding for the Corpus Christi Ship Channel Improvement Project (CIP).The funding, unveiled in U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Fiscal Year 2019 Work Plan, brings the total Federal appropriations for the project to USD 95 million.The estimated CIP cost is USD 360 million, of which the federal government is responsible for USD 230 million, while the Port of Corpus Christi is responsible for the remaining USD 130 million. To date, the Port of Corpus Christi has transferred USD 78 million of its own funds to the USACE, bringing the total CIP funding level to USD 173 million.“The inclusion of additional Work Plan funds is yet another significant milestone toward the United States becoming a net exporter of its energy production,” said Sean Strawbridge, Chief Executive Officer for the Port of Corpus Christi.“Widening and deepening the Corpus Christi Ship Channel is a mathematical certainty. Energy markets are taking notice as the majority of incremental U.S. energy production is coming to Corpus Christi and ultimately to the global markets. We expect over two to three million barrels per day of new crude production coming our way, and our energy producing and marketing customers know we are building out all the necessary infrastructure to handle these new volumes, safely and responsibly.”The USACE Fiscal Year 2019 Work Plan also provided funds for the Charleston Harbor Deepening Project and the Jacksonville Harbor deep draft navigation project. Namely, US would provide an additional USD 41.4 million to deepen the Charleston Harbor to 52 feet, while Jacksonville Port Authority received an additional USD 46 million for its 47-foot deepening improvement project.last_img read more

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Zimmer pleased about possible increased level of screening to obtain firearms licenses

first_imgFORT ST JOHN, B.C. – Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies MP and Parliamentary Outdoor Caucus co-chair Bob Zimmer says he’s pleased to hear about a possible plan to increase the level of screening that goes into acquiring a firearms license in Canada.In a statement, Zimmer said that Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale held a summit yesterday on the topic of increased gang activity and gun violence in Canada. According to The Canadian Press, statistics presented at the meeting show that homicides involving firearms increased from 26 percent to 39 percent between 2013 and 2016. 109 people were killed with a firearm in 2013, but that number nearly doubled to 195 in 2016.After the meeting Goodale held a news conference, saying that possible legislation that will be tabled by the government including a new law requiring a longer look into a buyer’s criminal history, which goes back only five years under the current system. In addition, if Ottawa gets buy-in from provincial governments, the background checks could include an examination of the purchaser’s mental-health history. Zimmer issued the following statement today in reaction to Goodale’s press conference:“As a strong supporter of the outdoor community and the lifestyle that it promotes I support the idea of more vigorous background checks that could include a mental health history and more comprehensive look at the criminal past of the purchaser. We need to continue to protect the rights of law-abiding firearms owners while also working to ensure that firearms do not end up in the wrong hands. I will watch closely as this legislation takes shape and I look forward to participating in the consultation process.”With files from The Canadian Press: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/public-safety-minister-vows-to-toughen-gun-licence-screening-in-canada/article38246723/last_img read more

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Belgian Woman Stabs Daughter for Converting to Islam

Rabat – The Brussels Criminal Court has sentenced 54-year-old woman to three years in jail for attacking her 19-year-old daughter. The woman had stabbed her daughter in the abdomen and under the chin after she had converted to Islam and secretly married a Muslim.The judge stated that the sentence would show the mother that her behavior was “unacceptable,” reported Belgian news outlet DH.be.The Muslim convert married a Muslim man without telling her Orthodox Christian family. The mother said that she had lost control because she was afraid she would not see her daughter anymore. The daughter does not want to see her mother again, according to the mother’s lawyer, Olivier Martins.Read also: Kansas Anti-Muslim Victim’s Family Speaks Out Against IslamophobiaWhile an exact figure of Belgium’s Muslim population is not available, Muslims make up an estimated 4 to 6.5 percent of the country’s population.The main religion in Belgium is Christianity, primarily Roman Catholicism, followed by Protestantism and Eastern Orthodoxy.Islamophobia in BelgiumLate in December, a hooded passerby assaulted a veiled Moroccan woman on a street in Anderlecht near Brussels, by punching her in the face and fleeing.The woman called for Belgian authorities to bring the assailant to justice. Social media users described the violence as “a shameful Islamophobia,” after they had watched a viral CCTV footage of the attack.Read Also: Moroccan Hijabi Demands Justice After Islamophobic Attack in BelgiumThe Muslim Executive of Belgium (EMB) has strongly condemned the attack and expressed solidarity with the Moroccan woman.Islamophobic attacks are not uncommon in Belgium.According to data gathered from victims by a local anti-Islamophobia association, 76 percent of Islamophobic attacks in Belgium targeted  women in 2017. read more

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UN disaster reduction champion calls for integrated flood response in Philippines

“The country cannot afford suffering from so many floods that continually erode our development gains,” said Loren Legarda, the Asia-Pacific champion on disaster risk reduction for the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR).“It is high time for the country to have an integrated flood forecasting, warning and response system and a holistic approach to the flood risk problem.”“Disaster, climate change, and development are intrinsically linked. It is important to assess immediately the causes and effects of a major flood and to make recommendations that will improve flood mitigation and response preparedness before the next one hits the country,” she said.Philippines is bracing itself for another possible storm this week even as large swathes of the country remain submerged from the combined impact of heavy monsoon rains, Typhoon Nesat, which struck on 27 September, and Typhoon Nalgae, which hit the country on Saturday.More than 80 per cent of those affected are in the Cagayan Valley and Central Luzon regions and thousands of people opted not to leave their homes and instead sought safety in rooftops. Some 180,000 people – mostly those displaced by Nesat – have been sheltering in State-run evacuation centres.Sea surges in Manila, the capital, breached a seawall and forced the evacuation of people living in informal settlements in low-lying areas. Strong waves hit coastal communities across Luzon, and falling trees toppled power lines cutting off electricity to many urban areas where there was also widespread flooding.The latest update from the Philippine National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) indicates that there have been 59 reported deaths and 70 injuries, with 31 people missing.As thousands of school children around the country are unable to attend school because of the flooding, Ms. Legarda – who is a member of her country’s Senate – urged them to reflect on the latest disasters and to “step up for disaster risk reduction” on the International Disaster Reduction Day to be marked on 13 October.In a related development, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today delivered 3,000 hygiene kits and 3,000 water kits to families in the two affected northern provinces of Bulacan and Pampanga in Luzon region through the local government units.The agency’s country representative, Vanessa Tobin, and an emergency team are visiting the area to assess the situation.“I’m impressed by the effective organisation of many local government workers alongside NGOs and private sector,” said Ms. Tobin. “Supplies are getting through but we need to be vigilant to monitor childhood diseases as well as getting schools reopened and getting children back to learning.” 6 October 2011A Philippine lawmaker who champions disaster risk reduction in the Asia-Pacific region for the United Nations today called for an integrated flood warning and response system, as 3.2 million of her compatriots struggle with the impact of typhoons that caused widespread floods across the country. read more

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UN Security Council discusses options for ending EthiopiaEritrea stalemate

After a closed briefing by Under Secretary General for Peacekeeping Jean-Marie Guéhenno, the 15-member body said in a press statement: “Members of the Council note with deep concern the continued lack of progress in the implementation of the final and binding decision of the Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission and urge Ethiopia to accept fully and both sides to implement completely this decision.””Members of the Council note possible options to resolve the stalemate in the peace process include, when appropriate, a visit to Ethiopia and Eritrea, as well as a meeting of the witnesses to the signature of the Algiers Agreements,” the Council President for July, Permanent Representative Adamantios Vassilakis of Greece, said, reading from the statement.The Algiers Agreements, which ended a two-year war over the demarcation of the frontier, legally bind both Governments to accept the decisions of the Ethiopia-Eritrea Boundary Commission.On the peace process, Council Members expressed concern over recent shooting incidents in the Temporary Security Zone (TSZ) separating the countries, Mr. Vassilakis said.Despite a decline in restrictions on members of the UN Mission to Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE), several questions have not been resolved, such as new restrictions on UNMEE military police in the Eritrean capital, Asmara, the suspension of direct flights between the two capitals, Addis Ababa and Asmara, and Eritrea’s closure of the road from Asmara to Keren and Barentu.”Members of the Council encourage both parties to work towards a full normalization of their relations, including through talking to each other,” Mr. Vassilakis said.The Council added that the ongoing food insecurity in both countries had the potential to create greater instability and urged UN Member States to provide generous support to improve the food security situation. read more

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Wrestling No 2 Ohio State faces No 1 Penn State in rematch

Ohio State’s Kyle Snyder wrestles Steven Holloway in the dual-meet against Iowa on Jan. 21 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe No. 2 Ohio State wrestling team will be traveling to State College, Pennsylvania, to face No. 1 Penn State for the biggest dual meet of the regular season at 8 p.m. Saturday.Ohio State won the Big Ten championship last season, but Penn State took revenge by winning the national championship while the Buckeyes finished second. Ever since that bitter end to last season, the Buckeyes have been waiting for their next shot at the Nittany Lions.“It has nothing to do with the individuals, but just the team itself. Something about when you put ‘em all together, and they wear a Penn State singlet,”  Ohio State top-ranked heavyweight senior Kyle Snyder said. “I just wanna destroy them. Probably cause they’re good. I wanna beat them worse than I’ve wanted to beat any team since I’ve been at Ohio State.”Penn State is coming off a 25-15 win against Rutgers Sunday, but will not have a completely healthy roster. No. 1 157-pounder Jason Nolf was injured in his last match and will miss the meet Saturday. No. 5 Micah Jordan will compete for Ohio State at 157 pounds against Nolf’s replacement. Nolf is expected be back for the postseason. Ohio State holds rankings advantages in half of the 10 matches, with the remaining five being too close to call or favor Penn State. The Buckeyes dominate in the lightweight and heavyweight classes with four top-five wrestlers in those weight classes. Penn State has four top-ranked middleweights, but will be down to just three due to Nolf’s injury. Penn State No. 2 Mark Hall will take on No. 3 senior Bo Jordan at 174 pounds in a matchup that has plenty of history going back to last season.“We got him at the Big Ten’s, they got us at the NCAA’s, so they are 1-1 against each other. It’s gonna be a heck of a match,” head coach Tom Ryan said. In the lightweights, Ohio State has No. 4 Nathan Tomasello at 125 pounds and No. 2 Luke Pletcher at 133. Penn State doesn’t have ranked wrestlers in these weight classes, which gives the Buckeyes opportunities to rack up bonus points. “We gotta hold our ground in the ones that we should hold our ground in. [One hundred-twenty-five], we need bonus points. Heavyweight, we need bonus points,” Ryan said. “Pletcher has been wrestling really well at [133], he’s gotta continue to compete the way he’s been competing.”The showcase match will be Penn State’s No. 1 Bo Nickal against Ohio State’s No. 2 Myles Martin at 184 pounds, Ryan said. The Buckeyes head coach said if “you polled the fan base,” the matchup between those two would be selected as the one to watch. Nickal won the national championship at 184 pounds last year.Ohio State junior Te’Shan Campbell, who is No. 14 at 165 pounds, will attempt to knock off No. 1 sophomore and reigning 165-pound national champion Vincenzo Joseph. Campbell has dropped his last four bouts and sat out the team’s last match against Purdue.“We need to see Campbell compete at the level that he is capable of,” Ryan said. “He has struggled lately, he’s just gotta be himself.”Ohio StateNo. 1 sophomore Kollin Moore is favored in his match against No. 7 Shakur Rasheed at 197 pounds, and and there’s little uncertainty about what to expect from Snyder at heavyweight.“I think we’ll quiet the crowd in a couple weights. In some of the places where we are really favored, there’s not gonna be much for them to cheer about,” Snyder said. “But then in other weights where it’s gonna be a close match or they’re favored, they’re probably gonna be getting after it pretty good.”In the matches where the Buckeyes will be underdogs, No. 6 Ke-Shawn Hayes and No. 11 Joey McKenna will be forced to attempt to pull off upsets against higher-ranked wrestlers. Hayes will battle No. 1 Zain Retherford, a senior and two-time national champion at 149 pounds. McKenna will wrestle No. 6 Nick Lee, who is 6-0 in his freshman season.Though the pair of Buckeyes will have their work cut out for them against higher-ranked opponents, they will be heavily relied on by their teammates. The ability of one of the Ohio State wrestlers to pull off an upset would significantly improve the potential for a favorable outcome of the meet for Ohio State.Even though this meet is not a postseason matchup, Ryan said he sees the significance of this competition. “Under the guidelines that we’re competing in, this will determine at least a co-Big Ten championship with a dual meet standpoint,” Ryan said.The meet will start at 8 p.m. and can be watched on Big Ten Network. read more

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Would TCU Have Given Oregon A Better Game

The first College Football Playoff game ever played, Thursday’s Rose Bowl between the Oregon Ducks against the Florida State Seminoles, promised to be a classic featuring two Heisman Trophy winning quarterbacks. Instead, it was a one-sided romp that saw Oregon outscore Florida State 41-7 in the second half en route to a 39-point victory.Plenty of observers enjoyed the schadenfreude of seeing Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston lose his first game as a college starter, particularly in light of Winston’s off-field comportment. But the blowout loss also amplified questions about whether Florida State should have been granted a playoff berth in the first place.Going into the playoff, there wasn’t much debate over the selection committee‘s top two teams, Alabama and Oregon, but there was plenty of controversy surrounding the admittance of Florida State and Ohio State over TCU and Baylor. In addition to the strange leapfrog Florida State and Ohio State made over TCU in the final edition of the committee’s rankings, a number of oddsmakers suggested both jilted Texas schools would be favored at a neutral field over either the Seminoles or Buckeyes.Some of that second-guessing looks silly after Ohio State beat Alabama in Thursday’s Sugar Bowl, earning a trip to face Oregon in the CFP’s championship game, hours after Baylor blew a 20-point 4th quarter lead against Michigan State to lose the Cotton Bowl. But in conjunction with TCU’s 39-point obliteration of Ole Miss (who placed ninth in the committee’s final rankings) in the Peach Bowl on Wednesday, Florida State’s humiliating loss to Oregon has, predictably, led to calls that TCU should have been in the playoff instead.Statistically, there’s something to that criticism. Going into the bowls, Florida State ranked tenth in ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI) rating, which emphasizes per-drive scoring margin and downplays the theory that a team could have a knack for consistently winning close games, rather than just getting lucky. The Seminoles had been 13-0 before their meeting with Oregon, but the Seminoles’ point differential suggested they deserved a record more like 10-3 or even 9-4. The Seminoles’ year of living dangerously finally caught up with them.By contrast, TCU had ranked fifth in the FPI before the bowls, and currently sits at No. 4 behind Oregon, Alabama (who still rank second despite their loss), and Ohio State. Knowing what we know now, and using the historical distribution of actual point margins for a given prediction (based on an FPI-like Elo variant for seasons since the start of the BCS era), there’s a 98.2 percent probability that TCU’s point differential versus Oregon would have been closer than Florida State’s margin of defeat Thursday, and a 54 percent chance that TCU would cover the point spread if they were made a touchdown underdog against the Ducks.Then again, based on the pregame FPI ratings, Oregon’s 39-point win in the Rose Bowl also represented the 98th percentile of all possible outcomes for a game against Florida State at a neutral site. If they were to play again today, FPI’s current data says there’s a 96.6 percent probability the Seminoles would put forth a better showing the second time around.Hindsight is 20/20. So while it’s likely that TCU was, and is, a better team than Florida State, it was difficult at the time to argue for an undefeated Power 5 conference team to be left out of the playoff field, even if their record was out of step with their point differential.And even now, the gulf between the two teams isn’t as wide as it seems after TCU had a 99th percentile performance in the Peach Bowl and Florida State had a 2nd percentile performance in the Rose Bowl. FPI says TCU would be favored by about 4.5 points on a neutral field, meaning there’d still be roughly a 39 percent chance of a Florida State victory even after accounting for the events of the past few days. read more

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Kasper Hvidt publishes controversial book

Kasper Hvidt Denmark isn’t only rocked by the celebration “12,000 for handball” when they set a record at the arena of Herning, but also by Kasper Hvidt’s new book, “Under heavens, in the midst of goals”, which was written by the political journalist Rasmus Bech.In the book, among other things, he describes the mood of the Danish team after the quarter-final defeat at the hands of Croatia at the Olympics in Beijing 2008. He says that it was very disappointing, and as a consolation they were allowed by Ulrik Wilbek to go drinking, and mentions that Mikkel Hansen ended up in hospital, while many others were also very drunk, but still many of them went to enjoy Beijing’s nightlife.The book is to come out in a few days, and is expected to be really interesting to read in aspect of many things. ← Previous Story President of CHF, Sandi Šola: “Regional League will be fair” Next Story → Lunde Haraldsen “uncomfortable” in Gyor read more

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Young Greek of the Week

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram NameCallie Kalimniou, 22, Law/Economic student at Latrobe University and active participant in Greek community affairs.Your greatest achievements and how you reached them  Helping to organise the Pan Hellenic Games as the national secretary of SAE Oceania and Far East. It is a work-in-progress which will be a great success in bringing together young Greek-Australians from all parts of Australia.Goal(s) for the future  My goal is to live life to the fullest and do what I can to make the world a better place.Best moment of your life  Attending the Greek Youth Parliament in 2002 was the best moment of my life.One word that describes you best  Tenacious.Person you most admire and why I would say my great grandmother, who is 103 and is the greatest inspiration in my life.Most embarrassing momentLet me consult my list. The list is endless but I won’t say.If I could say anything to the Greek community… I would say to be kinder and more considerate to your fellow human being because kindness has its own rewards.Favourite place to go or hang out at I love to spend time at home sweet home.Song that I can’t get out of my head at the moment  Eisai Nini Akoma-Effie Thodi.Favourite Greek food I really love honey drenched Loukoumades.I can’t live without… Please see above.If I was Kevin Rudd for a day I would… Try not to look so much like Mr Sheen!last_img read more

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Nicolaou awarded Senior of the Year

first_imgJohn Nicolaou received the COTA Victorian Senior Achiever Award at the 2013 Victorian Senior of the Year Awards presented at Government House last week. John was nominated by Spectrum Migrant Resource Centre – the Northern Federation of Ethnic Senior Citizens Clubs – and supported by Jenny Mikakos MP for his volunteer work with older Victorians from CALD backgrounds and in particular with those from the Greek community. John has been president of the Reservoir Greek Elderly Citizens Club, which has more than 200 members, for many years. While he undertakes many tasks in association with this role, one of the simplest and most positive initiatives has been his establishment of walking groups – he has set up more than 30 of these groups. He has been actively involved with the Darebin Ethnic Community Council for 10 years and the Northern Federation of Ethnic Senior Citizen Clubs president for 14 years, and has served on many council committees. John is a motivated and active volunteer, working to overcome isolation and mobility issues facing older residents. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Sakellaridis confident on debt obligations

first_imgSYRIZA spokesman Gabriel Sakellaridis has announced that Greece will meet its debt repayments in June.The announcement came just days after interior minister Nikos Voutsis appeared in a television interview, stating that repayment money owed in June “will not be given and is not there to be given”.Mr Sakellaridis also refuted the possibility of imposed capital controls, which would restrict money transfers and access to savings.However, for debt repayments to go ahead, Greece must reach a deal with its creditors within the coming days to unlock bailout funds, which Mr Sakellaridis claims will soon be achieved.“That is the government’s intention and the target we have set,” he said. “By the end of May, the start of June, to be able to have a mutually beneficial agreement.”Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis backed up the message when interviewed by the BBC, stating that “Greece has made enormous strides at reaching a deal”.“It is now up to institutions to do their bit. We have met them three-quarters of the way, they need to meet us one-quarter of the way,” said Mr Varoufakis. Greece’s statements on its commitment to meeting its debt obligations has been received with cautious optimism in Germany.Following Mr Sakellaridis’ comments, Reuters reported a senior German official saying, “I find it encouraging, if it is true, that the Greeks signalled yesterday their desire to repay the 300 million euros to the IMF on June 5”.“I think there is reason to believe that we will not be talking about a default situation around June 5, neither before or immediately thereafter,” he added.With Greece’s last loan received in August, reaching an agreement with its creditors to hand over the final instalment of its bailout loan of €7.2 billion is essential in meeting its June repayment of €6.74 billion, or risk defaulting on its loans.Source: BBS, Reuters Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Levein urges Celtic and Rangers to pay for VAR

first_imgHearts manager Craig Levein has called for the introduction of video-assisted referees (VAR) in Scottish football and suggested Celtic and Rangers could pay for it.Levein has furiously criticized Scottish referees as his side has paid dearly for two wrongful decisions just in the past week.The latest was a controversial late penalty for St Johnstone in midweek, as Hearts had to settle for a point in a 2-2 draw.The Scottish Professional Football League ran an estimate for the cost of VAR, and it would cost £1m per season, and Levein believes Celtic and Rangers can pay for it as they earn money from playing in Europe this season.“I read recently that Ajax gave up their European money to take up the plastic pitches and put down grass pitches for the rest of the clubs in the league,” Levein told Sky Sports.Mikey Johnston, CelticJohnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“Maybe the Old Firm would give up their European money to put VAR in for everybody.“Unless we find somebody. Somebody bought Hampden so maybe somebody could put the money in to bring VAR in. It would certainly help referees.“VAR for me is the answer to the problem. As it is just now you just get one shot at it. It happens in rugby and it seems to be quite popular, there are less mistakes.“I think it’s a good idea, it’s just where we are going to find the money for it.”last_img read more

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Public aid sought in fraud case

first_imgThe Clark County Sheriff’s Office is looking for help to identify a fraud suspect who allegedly used a stolen credit card to charge more than $2,000 at seven stores in the area, the office said in a bulletin.There is a strong possibility other stolen credit cards are being used by the suspect pictured here, the bulletin said.Anyone with information on this person is asked to contact Sgt. K.C. Kasberg at kc.kasberg@clark.wa.gov.last_img

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After launching inbox Paytm gears up to buy daily deal sites Nearbuy

first_imgAdvertisements of Paytm, a digital wallet company, are seen placed at stalls of roadside vegetable vendors in Mumbai, India, November 19, 2016.Reuters fileEven though it has been said that many people in India are yet to fully embrace digital payments, platforms such as Paytm seem to be doing decently well in the market. The electronic payment and e-commerce brand is now set to buy daily deal sites Nearbuy and Little.Both the deal sites are well-known and well-funded. While Nearbuy was formerly popular as Groupon, Little has witnessed the support of SAIF Partners and Singapore’s GIC. With such backing, the firms are said to have raised about $80 million dollars and are now gearing up to be sold to Paytm in a cash and stock deal, pegged at about $30 million, reported the Times of India.Nearbuy and Little offer deals in restaurants, hotels, salons, spas and movies and they will be a good addition to Paytm’s existing offers. The Delhi-NCR based brand is known to have been trying to expand to such areas for a while now, and this deal could just be what it wanted.While the deal is already making quite some buzz, neither Paytm nor the other firms have commented on the matter.Paytm earlier also attempted to buy digital payments platform Freecharge and was said to have made a bid of $10-15 million for the same. However, talks failed to materialise and Freecharge was then acquired by Axis Bank.Meanwhile, Paytm has been expanding its area of interest for a while now and just a few days ago, it noted that its customer base had increased since demonetisation. “Paytm’s user base has increased from 150 million last November to over 270 million today. There has been a 3.5x surge in transactions this October as compared to last year,” Renu Satti, MD and CEO, Paytm Payments Bank, told the daily.Additionally, the e-payments app also launched its own messaging feature called “inbox” a few days ago. The new feature is similar to WhatsApp and users can chat with their friends and family as well as make transactions from the app.Speaking of this new feature Deepak Abbot, senior vice-president at Paytm said: “We have realized that besides making payments, our users and merchants also like to communicate with each other. One step for us towards meeting this customer need is Paytm Inbox where you can chat with friends, merchants and send or receive money effortlessly and securely.”last_img read more

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