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10 months agoLiverpool attacker Shaqiri admits ‘nice’ seeing Tottenham lose

first_imgLiverpool attacker Shaqiri admits ‘nice’ seeing Tottenham loseby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool attacker Xherdan Shaqiri says it was nice to see Tottenham lose on the weekend.Spurs were defeated 3-1 by Wolves on Saturday to leave them nine points behind Liverpool, who thrashed Arsenal.”Obviously [it boosted us],” the 27-year-old told Standard Sport when asked about Tottenham’s result on Saturday.”I think everybody when they see some teams struggle, who are behind you and coming after you, it’s nice to see obviously.”But, in the end, we look to ourselves and win our games.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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Hakim urges Lighting dept DG to maintain coordination with CESC

first_imgKolkata: Mayor Firhad Hakim directed the Director General (DG) of the Lighting department and DG (Civil) to maintain coordination with CESC, so that there is no revenue loss of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation when it comes to charging them for taking up work on land belonging to the civic body.The matter came up for discussion at the monthly meeting of the KMC on Monday, when Congress councillor Prakash Upadhyay proposed that the KMC would levy hefty charges on CESC for laying cables or fixing light posts for the purpose of electricity connection on KMC land. “The CESC charges a monthly bill of Rs 30 crore from the KMC, which amounts to a whopping Rs 360 crore in a year. But when CESC uses KMC land for their purpose, they do not pay the KMC enough,” Upadhyay said. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersResponding to his proposal, Hakim said the civic body is bound by some provisions of Indian Telegraph Act 1885 and Electricity Act 2003, under which it levies charges on the power utility. “The concerned officials should remain alert and ensure that charges are levied upon CESC as per provisions of the two Acts,” he maintained. The Mayor instructed the DG of the Lighting department and DG (Civil) to address the issue in a proper manner and maintain liaison with CESC to prevent any revenue loss for the civic body in this connection.last_img read more

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NRS sets up trolley booth to tackle tout menace

first_imgKolkata: A trolley booth has been set up on the premises of the NRS Medical College and Hospital to act tough against the touts, who demand money for providing trolleys and wheel chairs to patients, and to reduce the confusion of the patients and their family members over the process of hiring trolleys at the hospital.Apart from trolleys, many wheel chairs have being kept at the booth that has come up just opposite to the emergency building of the NRS Medical College and Hospital. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaPatients and their family members or any other person associated with the hospital who needs a trolley will have to go to the booth. They have to provide some necessary information at the booth before hiring a trolley or a wheel chair. The move to ease the process of hiring trolleys will help to tackle the problems of touts, who have allegedly been operating from the hospital and demand money from the patients and their family members for trolleys. There were allegations that the patients often face problems due to the tout menace in the hospital. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe trolley booth will remain open for 24 hours. The patients face problems to get a trolley at the emergency ward. Now, the family of the patient can get the trolleys from the booth after providing the name of the patient and his mobile number. Security personnel will be deployed at the trolley booth. In the initial level around 25 trolleys and 4 wheel chairs are available in the booth. The number would be increased gradually, a senior official of the NRS Medical College and Hospital said. The hospital staff members used to face problems as the patients and their family members did not keep the trolleys in designated places after using them. As a result, the staff members of the hospital had trouble to find the trolleys left by the patients at various wards. The patients often alleged that the wheel chairs were not available when there was a requirement and as a result people having serious health condition had to suffer. It was alleged that the staff members of the NRS Medical College and Hospital ask for identity proofs such as Aadhaar card, voter identity card, driving licence while hiring a trolley. The system was seldom found in other government hospitals. The main purpose of introducing the system is to ensure that the family members of the patients return the trolleys in the designated places after use. It may be mentioned here that the group D staffers of the hospital are supposed to fetch the trolleys from various wards but as there is a crisis of group D staffers in various hospitals the hospital authorities are facing problems.last_img read more

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Why women matter

first_imgMatters surrounding women: their safety, their existence, their identity, their prosperity, everything about them is an all-season ever-valid matter of debate and discussion. As much as this intellectual indulgence garners serious attention, there is little change we actually see on ground. Be it reservation for women in legislative bodies or their education or even the food they are provided to eat (or allowed to procure), the matter of women upliftment and gender sensitisation never go out of discourse. The representatives of people in positions of power put the matter of women on the backburner. But in a recent survey conducted extensively for young voters, the safety of women is the paramount issue for first-time voters. With the phenomenal advent of social media and the multitude of information from myriad corners of the country that are brought forth rather easily, awareness among young people of general things is nearly a given. Also Read – A compounding difficultyWhile on one hand, there is patriarchy and all its resultant shortfalls, there is also a considerable section of well-informed and aware youth that realise the gravity of the pervading social malady. The Nirbhaya incident of December 2012 saw a massive public outrage against the precarious state of women in general and the appalling extent of laxity of security for them. The outrageous idea that it is the responsibility of women to safeguard themselves from being violated seems to have lessening takers now. There is growing awareness among young people, both men and women, that a female is an individual before everything else and deserves to be respected because of that. Even before a female is born, a pregnant woman mirrors the society she belongs to, whether conservative, ignorant or poor, or destitute, malnourished, well-fed, well-clothed, well-informed, and well-educated. The increasing awareness of these things will pave the way for a better and safer society for not just women and girls, but healthy and good individuals that will nurture humanity and the values that will bring about a progressive society. It is time we understand and acknowledge that women issues are everyone’s issues. And addressing and resolving these persisting issues will contribute to the well-being of everyone and the society as a whole.last_img read more

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The Big Questions We Have About NBA Contenders After The AllStar Break

The Big Questions We Have About NBA Contenders After The AllStar Break

The weeks coming out of the All-Star break typically tell us a lot about the teams we still have lingering questions about. This season, some of those — like the Cleveland Cavaliers — saw so much change so recently that we won’t be able to answer those questions anytime soon. But for everyone else, we’ve seen enough games to know what to look out for over the remaining quarter (or so) of the regular season. Here’s a quick survey of the contenders as they come out of the All-Star break.Toronto RaptorsIt’s time to start talking ourselves into the Raptors, and this season that means talking ourselves into DeMar DeRozan. The standard palette of advanced statistics doesn’t do much to show how this year’s vintage of DeRozan differs from previous ones. His true shooting is about the same as it has been for a few seasons; his usage rate is the same as it’s ever been; his assists are up, but not dramatically so; and even his celebrated improvement from downtown has him shooting the 3-pointer about a percentage point worse than he did two seasons ago, albeit on twice as many attempts. Drill a little deeper, and his points created on drives and the pick-and-roll are steady compared to last season as well, according to Second Spectrum.But if you watch a few Raptors games, the difference slaps you in the head. Yes, he’s working with a bit more space now that he’s shooting more threes and hitting them at a baseline respectable rate. But it’s how DeRozan is handling the added defensive pressure, recognizing the double-team quickly and passing to shooters, that sets this season apart from his others. He is creating 100 points per 100 chances when he drives and kicks to a shooter, according to Second Spectrum. Last season that was 87 points per 100 chances. How different you imagine the Raptors’ chances are this season compared to the past more or less depends on how much you believe DeRozan’s game has grown. It’s a case where improvements picked up by the eye test are borne out by some of the more granular stats, but not in the aggregate. Sometimes that’s a signal to keep an eye out for big overall changes despite relatively few changes to the components; other times, it’s just noise.Minnesota TimberwolvesJimmy Butler played zero minutes in Sunday’s All-Star game, and he didn’t practice on Saturday. NBC Sports Chicago’s Vincent Goodwill reported that a person close to Butler said, “He’s OK, just tired.” This was meant to be encouraging, signaling that Butler isn’t injured. But for one of Tom Thibodeau’s players, it may be something more worrying.Butler is logging 37.3 minutes per game this season, and has averaged 39 minutes since missing four games to injury at the end of January. He covers the league’s third-most miles per game, and does so while creating the sixth-highest “load” — Second Spectrum’s adjusted metric for describing the physical stress of accelerating and decelerating. Butler’s usage and efficiency have held steady since December, when he began to take a larger role and play more to his previous All-NBA form. But if fatigue is enough of a concern to make the Wolves’ star sit out an exhibition game, then, as the season winds down, Butler’s fatigue should be as big a concern to the Timberwolves as the team’s leaden defense. A lot of things go into a solid NBA defense, but effort and energy are high up on the list. And if the Wolves’ best wing defender is low on either, it doesn’t bode well for the team fixing what isn’t working, or maintaining what is.Boston CelticsAfter a great start to the season, the Celtics are reeling. The team has lost nine of its last 15 games and is second in the East, two games back of Toronto. It’s the defense that’s sinking them. With Marcus Smart and Shane Larkin out the past few weeks, Boston’s D has looked downright average. The team’s defensive rating is 107.7 over those last 15 games and 108.7 in the 11 without Smart. Before that 15-game stretch, it had been 102.7. The Celtics still lead the league in defensive efficiency for the season, but the defense without Smart would tie it with the Lakers for 14th. An average defense won’t be enough for Boston, which is also average on the offensive end and has not improved since Smart went down.Houston RocketsEarly on in the season, as the Rockets were adapting to playing with Chris Paul and James Harden — two All-NBA-level guards — in the backcourt, it was popular to observe that the team was better when one was on the court and the other sat. The team was good with both, but exceptional with just one. It would eventually pay off to have one such configuration on the court at all times, the thinking went, even if the main lineup wasn’t as potent. But that’s no longer really the case.When Harden and Paul share the floor, the Rockets score 123.6 points per 100 possessions and give up 110.7, according to NBA WOWY. That difference of 12.9 points per 100 possessions splits the difference between the Harden-only lineups (+8.7 points per 100 possessions) and the Paul-only ones (+16.5). Just as important as how the lineups fall in relationship to each other is how they compare with the rest of the league. The Paul/Harden lineup would be the best in the league and is about in line with the Warriors’ lineups that feature Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Kevin Durant (+12.2). The Rockets may improve further down the stretch, but they’ve already established their star lineup as as asset all on its own, not simply a means to individually successful lineups for Harden and Paul.San Antonio SpursThe Spurs’ season has been held hostage to Kawhi Leonard’s mysterious, lingering quad ailment. On Wednesday, San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said he would be surprised if Leonard returns this season. Leonard has played in a total of nine games this season, the last in mid-January. Still, the Spurs sit in third place in the West and stand a good chance of winning 50 games for the 19th consecutive season. But for that to happen, the team will need to settle in under 21-year-old point guard Dejounte Murray.Murray took over for Tony Parker as starter in late January, and the Spurs have lost seven of 12 games since the change. This is a problem because seven teams are within five games of the Spurs, including the 10th-seed Utah Jazz, who have been on fire since the return of Rudy Gobert. But while the Spurs have dropped some games, Murray has improved rapidly. Before breaking into the starting lineup, Murray was creating just 78 points per 100 chances as a pick-and-roll ballhandler, according to data from Second Spectrum. That’s one of the worst figures in the league for a player tasked with doing it with any frequency. Since taking over, Murray has created 102 points per 100 chances. It’s not as though Murray is suddenly attacking his man like Russell Westbrook does, but he’s moving the ball through the Spurs’ system well and manipulating defenders into positions to help teammates. If that form continues, the Spurs should be able to right the ship — or make it as right as it can be without Leonard.Golden State WarriorsOut to lunch. Back in June. Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

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Should Colin Kaepernick Be On A NFL Roster

Colin Kaepernick hasn’t played in the NFL for a few years, but now that many starting quarterbacks are unable to play this season, some fans are wondering whether teams should look at Kaepernick as a possible replacement.Is Kaepernick still good enough to play in the NFL? In the video above, Neil Paine takes a look at how Kaepernick might perform if he came back to the league today.Check out our latest NFL predictions.

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9 seniors to lead Ohio State womens lacrosse into the 2016 season

With its home opener on Feb. 13 approaching, the Ohio State women’s lacrosse team is looking to enter the 2016 season with the strong leadership and influence from nine seniors guiding the way.Alexis Venechanos, the sixth-year coach of the Buckeyes, said she looks to use this leadership for optimal success in the upcoming season.“This senior class was my first full recruiting class, and they are bringing their leadership out in so many different ways,” Venechanos said. “We’ve been giving our seniors control of the practices, where they’re in charge of working on our energy and giving feedback to our players, giving them a voice on the field.”Senior attackman Olivia DiCarlantonio said the senior class is a special one because each player is proud to be a Buckeye.“As a grade, we try to live up to the girls older than us, so we make a lot of decisions based on what we were taught as underclassmen,” DiCarlantonio said. “Our grade wants to build a legacy of Buckeyes to come, so we felt that if we prepared the younger girls and helped them realize what an honor it is to being playing for Ohio State, then we will be a successful team.”Senior defender Katie Keefe said the senior class has skills that, when brought together, help the team as a whole.“The feelings of just coming and getting the job done are out the window,” Keefe said. “They’re replaced with the idea that there is no next year for us, so we give it our all and go out with a bang.”The Buckeyes enjoyed a degree of success in 2015, going 13-8, including a trip to the Big Ten tournament championship. Their trip to the NCAA tournament was not a long one, however, as a 13-11 loss to Notre Dame sent the Scarlet and Gray home looking forward to the next year.The next year is now upon them, and, despite graduating several playmakers, DiCarlantonio said the team has an improved amount of talent and depth, giving it high aspirations to make a longer run than its brief taste of tournament play a season ago.“As a team, the goal is to always go all the way,” she said. “(Venechanos) has us focusing on positive energy and really being locked into the moment and that’s allowing everyone to improve individually and as a team.”OSU women’s lacrosse members celebrate a win over Maryland on May 1. Credit: Courtesy of Ben SolomanKeefe said now that a good amount of the team’s starters have graduated, it has given other players the challenge of filling those spots.“It’s our job to show the rest of the lacrosse community that the Buckeyes can still be a powerful team and end with another successful season,” Keefe said. “This idea reminds us that we all have a common goal we will work for as a team, and the only way to get there is to keep our energy high and our attitudes tough.”Venechanos said the team is looking forward to finishing up the preseason and getting on the field against an opponent.“We think we’re in the best lacrosse conference in the country,” Venechanos said. “We have Northwestern and Maryland, the two dynasties of women’s lacrosse, in our backyard, so if we do well in the Big Ten Conference, we will continue to make a name for ourselves nationally.”OSU is set to kick off its 2016 season on Feb. 13 with its home opener against Detroit. Faceoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. OSU then-junior attacker Rainey Hodgson (6) during a game against Maryland on May 1. Credit: Courtesy of Ben Soloman Correction 1/27: An earlier version of this story said the women’s lacrosse team’s home opener is set to be played at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, when in fact it is to be played at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. read more

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Buckeyes monitoring reps as The Grind heats up in spring practice

The OSU football team returned to the practice field on March 10 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, less than 2 months after the Buckeyes beat Oregon in the 1st-ever College Football Playoff National Championship. Credit: Tim Moody / Sports editorAfter putting the pedal to the metal to complete “The Chase,” the Ohio State football team moved straight into “The Grind.”But as the Buckeyes completed practice Tuesday at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center — just their third since winning the National Championship — coach Urban Meyer said it might be time to pump the breaks. Meyer said OSU is monitoring the reps of certain players, leading to less cohesiveness on the practice field.“That’s why sometimes it looks really bad, and today it was not a pleasant one,” Meyer said Tuesday. “We’re not gonna blame players or coaches yet. That’s coming, though, if you don’t get better.”The Buckeyes played 15 games — winning all but one — in 2014-15, marking the first time a collegiate team had played more than 14 times in a season. But game reps aside, OSU is monitoring “competitive reps” players get in practice, Meyer said.The fourth-year OSU coach said senior offensive lineman Taylor Decker has had more than 2,000 live reps in his career, and named off redshirt-junior offensive lineman Pat Elflein, redshirt-senior tight end Nick Vannett, senior linebacker Joshua Perry, redshirt-junior safety Tyvis Powell and junior defensive lineman Joey Bosa as other high-rep players.While Meyer didn’t name any of those players among the injured Buckeyes, OSU has learned that at least four players would no longer be able to play football because of past injuries since the beginning of 2015. With linebackers Devan Bogard and Trey Johnson, safety Ron Tanner and cornerback Armani Reeves done for good, the Buckeyes are being careful with other injured players in practice.Redshirt-senior quarterback Braxton Miller has been pulled back in practice, Meyer said, but only for precautionary reasons.Meyer added that the trainers are being very cautious with junior running back Ezekiel Elliott, who has a bone graft in his wrist. Along with Miller and Elliott, Meyer said senior offensive lineman Jacoby Boren and junior H-back Dontre Wilson are both still working back from injuries.“Jacoby’s had several things, but I don’t see any Band-Aids on him any more, so he’s getting close,” Meyer said. “Dontre has a broken foot, pin’s out; I saw him running in the water the other day.”But among the players being held back, Meyer said he’s been surprised to see the progress of yet another injured quarterback — redshirt-sophomore J.T. Barrett.“J.T. is doing good, he’s doing more,” Meyer said. “I thought he would be much more limited but he’s getting every mini field and 7-on-7 rep.”As more experienced players are given a bit of a break and younger players earn more reps, Meyer said he wasn’t pleased with Tuesday’s showing. With that in mind, the Buckeyes have some time to prepare before taking the field against Virginia Tech on Sept. 7 in Blacksburg, Va.“It wasn’t a great day,” Meyer said. “But it’s spring practice.” read more

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UEFA ban Roma Owner

UEFA ban Roma Owner

first_imgAS Roma owner James Pallotta has been banned by UEFA for criticizing referee, according to Sky Sports.Roma owner has been suspended for three months by the European Football governing body for criticism of the referee after his team’s second-leg semi-final Champions League tie against Liverpool last season.Pallotta publicly criticized the central officials of the game calling his officiating embarrassing while also saying the ref cost Roma an appearance in the final.Roma defeated Liverpool 4-2 that night at the Stadio Olimpico but lost the tie 7-6 on aggregate as Liverpool qualified for the final in Kiev.The Roma supremo also claimed that the use of Video Assistant Referee (VAR) in that game would have overturned a number of decisions made in favor of Liverpool.Rick Karsdorp, Roma, Serie AKarsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.The suspension was handed which was served by UEFA’s Control, Ethics and Disciplinary board (CEDB) to Pallotta, ensures that the club owner can’t communicate with members of his technical staff and players or enter the club’s technical area in a competitive UEFA fixture for the next three months.Pallotta has also been banned from entering the team’s dressing room before or during a competitive UCL game.Roma will be involved in this season’s Champions League after finishing third in the Serie A last season.The club will begin their UCL campaign on September 18 or 19.last_img read more

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Croatia manager encouraged Kovacic to join Chelsea

Croatia manager encouraged Kovacic to join Chelsea

first_imgDuring the World Cup, Zlatko Dalic talked to Mateo Kovacic and while he didn’t decide for the former Real Madrid player, he helped him choose the best chanceMateo Kovacic didn’t feel so good while playing with Spanish La Liga side Real Madrid.And during the 2018 FIFA World Cup, he had an idea to look for something else in a new club.He then signed for English Premier League club Chelsea.And now, Croatia national team manager Zlatko Dalic has revealed what he spoke to the footballer to help him choose.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“Yes, I talked to him, but he made a decision, that was his idea. I just told him what I think, what I would do,” Dalic told Sport Witness.“He also talked to people who led him and this [joining Chelsea] was his good decision.”“He made a big move to change club. It’s a big thing leaving Real. He had a good status, a good deal, he won several times the Champions League,” he added.“But he didn’t have enough time. I hope he plays at Chelsea, I think he will have more chance there than Real. His great quality and strength are that he left Real. Only constant games can make progress for him.”last_img read more

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