Chelsea in relegation battle – Hiddink

first_imgLONDON (AP):Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink has mentioned a word never heard at Chelsea in the Premier League era: relegation.Asked yesterday if Chelsea are in a relegation battle, Hiddink said: “It’s (a) reality.”Chelsea, which fired Jose Mourinho last month, are six points above the relegation zone in 14th place, ahead of matches against Everton and Arsenal.Hiddink says when he replaced Mourinho “we were one point off the line, relegation line, and now we have (a) little bit more” breathing space.Chelsea were relegated in 1988 but instantly returned to the topflight. A team has never been relegated straight after winning the Premier League.Meanwhile, both Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion were charged by the English Football Association yesterday with failing to control their players in Wednesday’s 2-2 draw.last_img read more

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Wall St mixed as investors mull US tax plan TSX dips into

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index dipped into the red on Thursday as Wall Street was mixed amid U.S. President Donald Trump’s long-awaited tax reform package.The S&P/TSX composite index fell 14.34 points to 16,014.99, with energy leading decliners.On the corporate front, Canadian oil and gas companies that reported quarterly earnings Thursday met with mixed reactions from investors, with shares of Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB) down 4.8 per cent (TSX:ENB), while Cenovus (TSX:CVE) rose 2.7 per cent and Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) was up 0.44 per cent at the close.Meanwhile, Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B) saw its shares rise more than six per cent amid news the aerospace and transportation company has signed a letter of intent with an unidentified European customer for a firm order of 31 C Series aircraft and options for an additional 30 jets.In New York, major indices were largely static as investors pored over House Republicans’ tax proposals.The broad strokes of the bill include temporarily cutting the top corporate U.S. tax rate to 20 per cent from 35 per cent, a boon to smaller American companies that tend to pay taxes at higher rates than larger firms that do more business overseas. Key as well would be reduction in the amount of interest Americans can deduct on new mortgages, a scourge for homebuilders.The Dow Jones industrial average climbed 81.25 points to 23,516.26, a record high. The S&P 500 index inched up 0.49 of a point to 2,579.85 and the Nasdaq composite index was down 1.59 points to 6,714.94.As expected, Trump also tapped Federal Reserve board member Jerome Powell on Thursday to replace Janet Yellen as Fed Chair when her term ends in February.In other news, Canadian softwood lumber producers learned Thursday they will be hammered only slightly less forcefully as the U.S. government reduced export duties for most Canadian producers after ongoing political talks failed to reach a deal.“There’s a lot out there to digest today,” said Allan Small, a senior investment adviser at Holliswealth. “The markets, I think are taking it in stride, but they’re pretty much flat for the day.”In currency movements, the loonie was trading at an average price of 77.99 cents US, up 0.38 of a U.S. cent.“Today the Canadian dollar is rising on the back of U.S. dollar weakness rather than Canadian strength,” said Small. “The U.S. dollar is not doing a whole lot… That’s because of tax reform.”In commodities news, the December crude contract added 24 cents to US$54.54 per barrel and the December natural gas contract advanced four cents to US$2.94 per mmBTU.The December gold contract nudged up 80 cents to $1,278.10 an ounce and the December copper contract was unchanged at US$3.14 a pound.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.last_img read more

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Art installations give New Town a fresh look

first_imgKolkata: In a bid to give the approach road to Sector V from Chingrighata, Nabadiganta Industrial Township Authority (NDITA) has put up art installations to give the area an aesthetic look.Sector V is the electronic hub of Bengal with thousands of IT professionals visiting the area every day. The distance from Chingrighata to Sector V is a long stretch and the art installations have attracted all those who travel by their own vehicles and those who are pedestrians. More such installations will be put up in future. The art installation has been designed by a student of the Government Art College. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaNDITA has chalked out elaborate schemes to beautify and develop Sector V. Pocket parks which are very popular in the Western countries have been set up where IT professionals can come during recess, spend some time and go back to their office to get rid of the stress and tiredness. Some of the roads in Sector V have been widened and a well-knit traffic management system is in the offing. There will be graded paths for cyclists and also for the pedestrians with proper singe. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayRecently, the NDITA officials met their counterparts in the IT companies over fire-fighting measures. The firms will not be allowed to construct mezzanine floors and fire audits will be conducted periodically. In addition to NDITA, the New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) and Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) have implemented several schemes to beautify the vast areas between VIP Road and Eastern Metropolitan Bypass near Chingrighata. The open pillars of Airport-Garia Metro construction have been painted in some areas and columns with climber plants have been installed. New Town is coming up as a clean and green city and various measures have been taken in that direction. Plantation of trees on a large scale has been taken up. HIDCO has set up nurseries to raise plants. Over the years, New Town has come up as an educational, healthcare and cultural hub and shortly it will become a major IT hub in Bengal. Eco Park, the biggest urban park in the country, is a star attraction. The miniature seven wonders of the world is a crowd-puller. The introduction of air-conditioned e-buses for the first time in the state is also a major step towards making it a greener city.last_img read more

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Do not do business with Israeli settlements urges UK govt

first_imgLONDON– The UK government advises UK companies of the risks involved in doing business with Israeli settlements.The guidance published by UK trade and investment, a government body that works with British businesses in international markets, says there are “clear risks related to economic and financial activities in the settlements, and we do not encourage or offer support to such activity”.It warns companies of  “potential reputational implications of getting involved in economic and financial activities in settlements, as well as possible abuses of the rights of individuals”. The UK government advises companies thinking about financial or economical involvement in settlements to seek, “appropriate legal advice”.In the warning the UK position on settlements is laid out, “The West Bank, including East Jerusalem, Gaza and the Golan Heights are territories which have been occupied by Israel since 1967. Settlements are illegal under international law, constitute an obstacle to peace and threaten to make a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict impossible.”The advice goes on and says if companies do business with Israeli settlements then the UK government “does not encourage or offer support to such activity”.Doing business with Israeli settlements, including tourism, contain ‘legal and economic risks”, according to the UK government.   These risks stem from the fact that Israeli settlements are “built on occupied land and are not recognised as a legitimate part of Israel’s territory. This may result in disputed titles to the land, water, mineral or other natural resources which might be the subject of purchase or investment”.The short advice also acknowledges concerns of consumers not wishing to buy products from Israeli settlements and it was way the UK government introduced voluntary guidelines to enable products from Israeli settlements to be clearly labeled.Pro-Palestinian groups have capitalised on the advice spreading it on the internet.  However the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement said that the advice did not go far enough.  Although they welcomed the guidance, BDS they said they wanted “more practical measures to bring about British compliance with its obligations under international law.”last_img read more

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Ohio State womens basketball notches first win against Cincinnati

After a tough loss against then-No. 7 Notre Dame in the Carrier Classic, the No. 20 Ohio State women’s basketball team came out firing and blazed past Cincinnati in their home opener at the Schottenstein Center. Wednesday night’s 87-49 victory gave the Buckeyes their first win of the year and Cincinnati’s coach Jamelle Elliott said OSU’s loss to Notre Dame might have served as some extra motivation. “They had a chip on their shoulder,” Elliot said, “and you could tell tonight.” The Buckeyes shot 77.3 percent from the floor in the first half and had a 42-21 lead going into halftime. Senior guard Tayler Hill led the charge with 21 points, while redshirt senior guard Amber Stokes and sophomore guard Raven Ferguson each scored 16 apiece. The Buckeyes defense stymied the Bearcats all game long and held them to 29.7 percent shooting from the field overall. “Our defense against Notre Dame was good and tonight’s defense was very good,” said OSU coach Jim Foster. “I think we’re solid defensively at the guard position.” Stokes said not only was their defense efficient tonight, but they had a strong overall game right from the tip off. “It felt better than the Notre Dame game from the beginning,” Stokes said. “The defense was good and everyone was getting their shots, so that makes for a fun game.” This year, the Buckeyes seem to be quick and precise, as they exploited the Bearcats’ defense with hard, dribble penetrations that set up wide open three-point shots, or with pick-and-rolls where players seemed to snipe in accurate passes. “We are such a faster team this year,” Ferguson said. “With Amber and Tayler on the court, you need to be moving and keep the ball moving at all times.” Hill was happy the way her team was able to score Wednesday, but said they still have a lot of work to do in order to perfect their offensive scheme. “According to the score, I think tonight went really well,” Hill said. “We rushed on the ball a little too much in the beginning, but that is something we can fix at practice.” Coming into this year, many people wondered who would step up to take some of the scoring burden off of Hill, especially after losing their dynamic point guard in Samantha Prahalis, who was drafted No. 6 overall to the Phoenix Mercury in the 2012 WNBA Draft. Stokes and Ferguson might be the front-runners to fill the void. Stokes, however, said the strength of their team is unity. “I thought my game was good, but it could have been better,” Stokes said. “We held Cincinnati back and our defense was solid. Everyone was helping each other out and we had one another’s back, and we kept a good rotation. I am proud of the way we played.” Hill also noted how unique the team’s chemistry is, echoing Stokes comments about everyone having each other’s backs. “The team chemistry has been the best since I have been here,” Hill said. “We all want to see one another play well and are very supportive of one another. We are very close and I think that shows on the court because we trust each other very much.” Foster said he is excited about the group of players he has this season, not just because of their versatility and athleticism on the court. “From day one I’ve liked this group,” Foster said. “They’re unselfish and can be a lot of things this season.” The Buckeyes will return home to face Winthrop at St. John Arena on Saturday at 2 p.m. read more

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Ohio State mens basketball looks to build on 2game winning streak with

Junior guard Sam Thompson takes a shot during a game against Penn State Jan. 29 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 71-70.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorBig Ten basketball — especially this season — can mess with any team’s confidence because of the conference’s competitiveness.The Ohio State Buckeyes are no exception to difficulties and frustrations the conference can provide, having won their first two Big Ten contests before dropping five out of six.Now, OSU (18-5, 5-5) has won back-to-back road games against top 20 opponents — a 59-58 win against then-No. 14 Wisconsin Feb. 1 followed by a 76-69 victory against No. 17 Iowa Tuesday — and the feelings around the team have been a bit on the lighter side.“The mood is way better. I mean in the gym, we go to the weight room … the mood is better,” junior forward LaQuinton Ross said Friday. “In the locker room, everybody’s laughing, where like a week ago, you come in there and it’s sad in there. You can almost put on some gloomy music in there, it’s been real bad in there for us.”The two wins against ranked opponents on the road, though, has gotten things back to where they should be, Ross said.“I think winning — winning cures all,” Ross said. “We was down, we was at our lowest point this season when we lost those couple games, but I think right now, it’s looking good for us.”While the team’s confidence might be on the upswing, its coach doesn’t want the team to head into a Saturday matchup with Purdue (14-9, 4-6) with the attitude that just because the Buckeyes are returning home, a win is guaranteed.“The fact that you’ve won two games on the road and you’re coming home, I know in this league means absolutely nothing if you’re not ready to play at the level you need to play at,” coach Thad Matta said Friday. “There’s no rhyme or reason with why teams are winning right now. It’s just, ‘Hey, whoever plays best for that 40 minutes.’”OSU was able to hold off the Boilermakers, 78-69, in West Lafayette, Ind., Dec. 31, but had its hands full with sophomore center A.J. Hammons, who scored 18 points and snatched 16 rebounds. Hammons also blocked five shots, doing his best to clog up the lane.OSU junior center Amir Williams will likely shoulder the bulk of the responsibility of containing the 7-footer, but taking him out of the game is a team effort, Ross said.“He clogs up the lane. So we’re going to have to find ways to spread him out, get him out of there,” Ross, who scored a game-high 25 points in the win against Purdue on New Year’s Eve, said. “He’s a real big dude. So we gotta work on getting him off the block, and we also gotta give Amir help down there.”A big reason for the Buckeyes’ recent success could be the change in their starting lineup, as junior guard Shannon Scott has been replaced with junior forward Sam Thompson. Scott has come off the bench to average 10 points in the Buckeyes last two games, seeming to be more aggressive than before and give OSU another option offensively.“I think I got my edge back a little bit. I know coming off the bench gotta bring a spark to the team, so I feel like now that’s my role,” Scott said Friday. “And if I’m able to do that by being aggressive, I gotta keep doing that every game.”The Buckeyes have been able to finish off the two close victories on the road by making big plays down the stretch as well as hitting their free throws. That late game confidence for the Buckeyes was missing during their tough run of losses, Matta said.“We’ve been right there in every game that we haven’t won and shots haven’t fell for us in the timely fashion that we needed them to,” Matta said. “I’ve always told our guys and I’m telling them now in late game situations: Be as confident as you possibly can. Take and make a great shot. We’re perfectly fine with it.”Tipoff between the Boilermakers and Buckeyes is set for 6 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

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Mens Volleyball Ohio State eliminated in MIVA tournament with defeat to No

Redshirt sophomore Jake Hanes smacks the ground out of frustration after sending the ball out-of-bounds during Ohio State’s loss to George Mason on Jan. 18 at St. John Arena in Columbus. Credit: Ethan Clewell | Senior ReporterIn a fitting end to an odd season, the Ohio State men’s volleyball team could not continue its recent five-set magic, falling in four sets to No. 10 Loyola Chicago in the opening match of the conference tournament, 15-25, 25-20, 14-25 and 22-25. The loss eliminates the Buckeyes (10-19, 5-10 MIVA) from the Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association tournament and any chance at a bid for the NCAA tournament. The Ramblers (20-7, 12-2 MIVA) move on to face No. 14 Purdue Fort Wayne in the semifinals Wednesday. Heading into the fourth set, it seemed Ohio State might find its late-set heroics again and come out with a victory. Sophomore opposite hitter Jake Hanes crushed a kill to bring the Buckeyes and the Ramblers’ even at 21 late in the fourth set, but three straight points, including a block and a kill by senior middle blocker Paul Narup and an ace by senior outside hitter Collin Mahan propelled Loyola Chicago to a 25-22 fourth set victory. Mahan led the Ramblers with 14 kills, three aces and 11 digs. Junior middle blocker Kyle Piekarski led the team defensively with six total blocks, adding an ace and nine kills. In familiar fashion, Ohio State struggled out of the gate in the first set. After jumping out to an early 4-3 lead, the Ramblers ran away with the first set, scoring 11 of the next 17 points. Hanes contributed a kill and two aces in hopes of cutting into the lead, but Loyola Chicago responded with five straight points of its own, including kills by Piekarski, Mahan and senior outside hitter Will Tischler, setting the Ramblers up with a 22-13 set lead. The teams traded the final four points, giving Loyola Chicago a 25-15 first-set victory. Three of the Ramblers’ eight aces came in the first set and their stellar efficiency, hitting at a .652 clip, helped stifle any hopes of an Ohio State comeback. But the Buckeyes would not go silently. Right on cue, Ohio State came alive in the second set. A five-point run, including a kill and an ace by Hanes and a kill by freshman outside hitter Sean Ryan turned a 6-4 deficit into an 8-6 Ohio State lead. The Buckeyes continued to add to their lead, courtesy of kills by Hanes and multiple errors by Loyola Chicago, but kills by Piekarski and Narup brought the Buckeyes’ lead to one, 16-15. Ohio State answered with a four-point run featuring back-to-back aces by Hanes, reestablishing a five-point cushion which the Buckeyes would carry to the end of the set, winning 25-20, before falling in the next two sets. Ohio State finished the 2019 campaign with a 10-19 record, finishing 5-10 in the Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. read more

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Royal Bahamas Police Force Update for October 17th 2017

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 17, 2017 – Nassau –POLICE NAB SUSPECT IN LATEST MURDER, SEVERAL OTHERS BEING SOUGHT Police are pleased to report that a male suspect is now in custody in connection with the country’s latest murder, meanwhile police are seeking the whereabouts of several other suspects wanted in connection with this and several other murders that occurred in the area over the past months.The latest murder occurred shortly after 6:00pm on Monday 16th October 2017.   A man standing in front of a home at Ida Street, when two men in a Honda vehicle shot him before speeding off.   The victim was taken to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.Police immediately launched an island-wide manhunt for the suspects that led to the arrest of one of the suspects.   The other suspect along with several other suspects is being sought in connection with this and several other murders in the area that occurred over the past months.Police have just today issued several wanted posters for the capture of some of these dangerous suspects. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img POLICE URGE PUBLIC TO SETTLE CONFLICTS AMICABLYIn light of the recent incidents in which individuals have lost their lives because of unresolved conflicts and disagreements, Police are urging members of the public in particular our young men to find amicable ways to settle their conflicts.Police also are advising members of the public that there are various avenues by which persons can resolve disputes without resorting to violence, such as, visits with their pastors, private counseling or talking to a friend.Finally, police is appealing to the public to report disputes to the Police 919 or 911 emergency numbers or their local Police Stations so that action can be taken to prevent repeat of lost of lives through violence.POLICE ARE APPEALING TO THE PUBLIC TO SHARE INFORMATION ON ANY ILLEGAL/SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITIES IN THEIR COMMUNITIES, NO MATTER HOW SMALL OR INSIGNIFICANT (THE TIP) MAY SEEM, MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE URGED TO ANONYMOUSLY CONTACT THE POLICE AT 919 OR CRIME STOPPERS AT 328-TIPS (8477) (NEW PROVIDENCE) OR 1-242-300-8477 (FAMILY ISLANDS)CRIME PREVENTION TIP OF THE WEEK – If a crime occurs – report it!Everyone should consider it his/her responsibility to report crime. Many criminals target favorite areas and have predictable methods of operation. When you report all the facts about a crime, it helps the police assign officers in the places where crimes are occurring or where they are most likely to occur. If you don’t report crime, this allows the criminal to continue to operate without interference.In many cases, it is the information provided by victims and witnesses that leads to the arrest of a criminal. So tell the police as much as you can; no fact is too trivial.  The police need the eyes and ears of all citizens.Please visit the Royal Bahamas Police Force Website at www.royalbahamaspolice.org or facebook page at www.facebook.com/rbpforce or follow Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade on Twitter, for Latest News, Daily Crime Reports and additional Crime Prevention Tips.last_img read more

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Oil Tax Credit Payment Proposal Offered By Walker Adminstration

first_imgThe State plans on offering a 10% discount rate in fiscal year 2019. The rate will lowered to 6% discount rate in exchange for an override royalty interest in the well. After the State backpedaled on paying the tax credits, Caelus Energy delayed drilling of Smith Bay.  The field is perhaps one of the largest finds in recent history on the North Slope – holding up to 2.4 billion barrels of crude. Tax credits have been credited with once dead Cook Inlet production rising up 80% since 2010, and the robust activity of smaller independent producers and explorers like Hilcorp, Caelus Energy, Repsol and Armstrong. It is hoped that the payments will create more confidence in the State for independent producers, which will equate to greater investment. To fund payment of these outstanding credits, the state will issue bonds with the discount covering the cost of borrowing. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The small independents who depended on re-imbursement from the State for oil and gas exploration may be getting a check in 2019, under Governor Walker’s proposed Alaska Economic Recovery Plan. The Legislature ended what some called an over-generous cash credit program with the passage of HB111. As part of the Alaska Economic Recovery Plan, the Walker Administration proposes to pay off the $900M remainder of outstanding future-obligations to independent oil and gas exploration companies at a lower rate. Story as aired:Audio PlayerDorene-on-oil-tax-credit-payment-proposal.mp3VmDorene-on-oil-tax-credit-payment-proposal.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more

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