10 months agoMan Utd chief Woodward moves for Juventus attacker Douglas Costa

first_imgMan Utd chief Woodward moves for Juventus attacker Douglas Costaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United chief Ed Woodward is launching a bid for Juventus attacker Douglas Costa.The Sun says Woodward lined up Juventus star Costa before axing Jose Mourinho.It is claimed Mourinho learnt of the plans to sign the Brazilian shortly before he was sacked.Costa has slipped down the pecking order at Juve following the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer, despite turning his loan into a permanent deal in the same transfer window.Mourinho had clashed with Woodward and the United board over the failure to land transfer targets. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


Unemployment rate sees decrease in May for Northeast BC

first_imgIn May 2018, the unemployment rate was 7.9 percent with an estimated 38,500 people working.Overall for B.C., unemployment remained low in May 2019 at a rate of 4.3 percent; the lowest unemployment rate in Canada for the past 22 months in a row.Bruce Ralston, Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology, says the B.C. economy is expected to grow, with some forecasters expecting the Province to continue to outpace the rest of Canada when it comes to employment.“The economy is expected to keep growing – to the benefit of British Columbians. Private sector forecasters project that growth in our province will continue to outpace the rest of Canada.” FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Provincial unemployment numbers for the month of May have been released.The unemployment rate in Northeast B.C. saw a decrease last month of 0.7 percent, down to 8.3 percent when compared to April’s rate of 9.0 percent.The estimated number of people working in Northeast B.C. for May is up 200 to 37,700 when compared to April’s numbers of 37,500.last_img read more


Rollout of new simplified GST return forms deferred

first_imgNew Delhi: The pilot project envisaged for rolling out simplified monthly GST return forms from April 1 has been deferred and the new forms would be made available once they the notified and the software is ready. The GST Council had in July last year decided that the simplified GST return forms — Sahaj and Sugam — would be rolled out on a pilot basis from April 1, 2019, while mandatory filing across the country would kick in from July. In July last year, the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) had come out with the draft GST returns forms and sought comments from stakeholders. Under the new return filing format, taxpayers who have no purchases, no output tax liability and no input tax credit in any quarter of the financial year would have to file one ‘Nil’ return for the entire quarter. Facility for filing quarterly return shall also be available by an SMS. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe new return filing format would replace the current requirement of filing final sales return GSTR-1; but as per the plan, summary sales return GSTR-3B would continue for some time. “The pilot project of new return filing has been deferred. New date would be decided. The forms would be notified first; following which, the pilot would be launched. Systems are being developed for the new forms,” an official said. Small taxpayers, with turnover of up to Rs 5 crore in the last financial year, can file quarterly return with monthly payment of taxes on self-declaration basis. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe return form ‘Sahaj’ is for businesses which make supplies to only consumers (B2C). It includes details of outward supplies and inward supplies attracting reverse charge as well as summary of inward supplies for claiming input tax credit (ITC). Also, such B2C businesses will have to show harmonised system nomenclature (HSN)-wise summary of supplies and interest and late fee liability details along with payment of tax and verification. HSN is a code number to specify a particular product. Besides, businesses making supplies to both businesses (B2B) and consumers (B2C) have to file returns form ‘Sugam’. It includes summary of supplies made and tax liability, summary of inward supplies for claiming ITC, along with details of interest due and tax payment. When goods and services tax (GST) was rolled out from July 1, 2017, a three-stage monthly return filing system was set up — GSTR-1 (sales return), GSTR-2 (purchase return) and GSTR-3 (final returns based on GSTR-1 and 2 matching). However, with businesses facing trouble, the GST Council decided in November 2017 to keep filing of GSTR-2 and 3 in abeyance. It also introduced a simpler GSTR-3B to facilitate easier return filing and tax payment.last_img read more


PMO steps in as Jet suspends overseas flights

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and the Civil Aviation Secretary called for an urgent meeting on Jet Airways with Nripendra Mishra, principal secretary to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday, according to sources. Government officials had expressed concern about the loss of jobs at the airline and on the prospect of higher airfares if Jet Airways collapses.The move comes after Union Minister Suresh Prabhu on Friday directed Civil Aviation Secretary Pradeep Singh Kharola to review issues concerning Jet Airways, which has been operating with less than 10 planes. “Directed Secretary MoCA to review issues related to Jet Airways. Asked him to take necessary steps to minimise passenger inconvenience and ensure their safety,” Prabhu tweeted this morning. The airline on Friday also announced the suspension of its international flights till Monday.last_img read more


Several fall ill at Modis rally in Buniadpur

first_imgBALURGHAT: There was complete pandemonium as around 100 people fell ill and several got hurt at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally in South Dinajpur’s Buniadpur on Saturday. Modi had come in Buniadpur to address a public rally for party candidate Sukanta Majumdar.A stampede-like situation broke out when a section of supporters tried to barge into the inner ring of the rally and the barricades were almost broken. Several women and children fell ill due to the afternoon heat. However, local BJP leaders and workers were seen inactive regarding the issue. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”There was total chaos in the rally. Around 100 people including women and children fell ill due to the heat. They were lying in the field without any medical assistance,” said an irate local resident. According to a source, there was a lot of initial enthusiasm in the area to see a Prime Minister for the first time during poll campaign, since Independence. There were several people standing outside the venue but it was alleged that no BJP leader was seen actively managing the crowd. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe state government had, however, deployed sufficient policemen to tackle any untoward situation. A police officer said there was huge traffic congestion after the rally. Heavy vehicles including buses and lorries, along with cars and autos were seen standing for about two hours on both sides of National Highway 512. “The situation was the worst today. Policemen faced a tough time in managing the situation. Several were found missing following the pandemonium,” a police officer said. The saffron party has likely targeted the Balurghat seat, speculating defeat in other parts of the country.last_img read more


Cursed Superstition could be cause for Jackets downfall

This is the sad tale of how I single-handedly ruined the Columbus Blue Jackets’ season.Superstition is rampant in the world of sports. Since the dawn of competition, men have invented games and then subsequently subjected themselves to unusual rituals and practices in an attempt to metaphysically improve their performances.The ancient Phoenicians would look to the skies and implore the divine beings in the sun to bless their game of stones. The Greeks who invented the Olympics would lather one another in oil in the exact same way each time they competed in the javelin throw or discus. Gladiators in imperial Rome would salute the Emperor in the hope that his favor would help them to survive the day.And lest you think that superstitious beliefs are limited to ignorant heathens of days long since past, some aspects of our culture remain steeped in irrational superstitions. Why else do people continue to cross the street rather than walk under a ladder, knock on wood or act all wonky on Friday the 13th?Many of today’s most famous athletes have their own quirky, idiosyncratic tendencies.Former Red Sox and Yankees slugger, Wade Boggs, refused to eat anything other than chicken on game days. Pitcher Mark “The Bird” Fidrych used to converse with the baseball in his hand as he prepared to face hitters. NBA superstar Michael Jordan used to wear the powder-blue gym shorts of his alma mater, the University of North Carolina, under his Chicago Bulls uniform for every game.Legend also has it that retired Seattle Supersonic star Shawn Kemp would father an illegitimate child before every road game in hopes of a triple double.These superstitious beliefs aren’t limited to random individuals, either. Nearly every sport worthy of the name has its own set of rituals.Most baseball fans are aware of the fact that it is an absolute no-no to talk to a pitcher who is in the middle of a possible no-hitter. This is the same sport whose athletes refuse to touch the baselines when running on and off the field and attempt to take home the most unattractive girl in the bar when their batting averages dip below the Mendoza line. This is a practice known as “slump busting.”Golfers must start their rounds with an odd number of clubs. Bowlers carry more lucky charms than the leprechaun of breakfast cereal fame. And of course, everyone knows that a fisherman is destined for a bad day if he passes a barefoot woman on the way to the lake.For hockey players, it’s all about the logo.Like the sacred sign that hangs in the hallway outside the locker room of Jesus’ favorite football team, Notre Dame, the logo in NHL dressing rooms is sacrosanct. This was a fact pointed out to me by the Lantern writer who was covering the Columbus Blue Jackets at the time.Because he was unable to cover that night’s game, I drew the job. After covering the basics that I would need to get into Nationwide Arena, he looked at me solemnly and asked whether or not I knew about the logo’s lore. When I responded in the negative, he proceeded to explain the ultimate taboo that is treading on a hockey team’s logo.I made a small mental note but didn’t give it much thought. The hockey game passed by in a flash that night. I was nervous as hell as I waited in the hallway outside the dressing room. Columbus was coming off its first-ever playoff appearance and had compiled a 5-1 record in the early goings of the season. There was joy in the air and the Jackets were the toast of the town.That was all to change.After finishing up a particularly rousing interview with fourth-line left-winger Derek Dorsett, I turned and headed toward captain Rick Nash’s locker. In my haste, I oafishly walked across the Blue Jackets logo woven into the dressing room carpet. I was quickly intercepted by an angry locker room attendant.“Stay off the logo, please,” he said tersely.His prim demeanor lulled me into a false sense of security as I thought I had avoided an embarrassing situation.I caught a hint of movement in my peripheral vision somewhere to my left. I turned to find its source. I was quickly horrified at the realization that it was the movement of a suddenly angry Raffi Torres advancing toward me, his lip curled into a snarl. The fact that he, like most hockey players, does not possess a full mouth of teeth only added to his frightening visage.Eyes cast downward, muttering an apology, I quickly fled to the farthest corner of the dressing room. Heart pounding, I came to the realization that my first sports writing assignment in the locker room of a major sports team had nearly ended in my pummeling at the hands of one of the local players. My budding career was over before it began, for surely no journalist could overcome the public humiliation that would accompany a very public beatdown.At the very least, I would have been resigned to an eternity of covering the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League.The rest is history. The Jackets went on an extended losing streak, fired their head coach and have posted a 26-30-11 record on the season. I’ve often wondered if there was something I could have done to reverse the jinx, like don goalie gear and let them fire shots at me.For now, I’m resigned to the fact that I’m the guy who ruined a franchise’s season. Me and Steve Bartman. read more


Swimming Transition on Ohio State coaching staff met with positive early results

Ohio State women’s coach Bill Dorenkott will now become the coach of both swimming and diving teams. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsA drastic change in the coaching staff of Ohio State has done little to affect the team’s performance thus far.The Ohio State women’s (1-0) and men’s (1-0) swimming teams finished their first meets competing under the same coaching staff for the first time in program history last Friday with dominant wins against Kenyon women’s (0-2) and men’s (0-2) teams. The Buckeyes won gold in every event, and seemed to thrive under their new coaching staff.The transition came following coach Bill Wadley’s retirement after 26 years at the helm of the men’s swim team. Coach Bill Dorenkott, who had previously coached the women’s team for nine years, is now the head coach for both teams.Dorenkott believes the transition will be beneficial in the long run.“I’m certainly biased, but I feel really good about the staff we put together and I feel like the staff is doing a very nice job of meeting our athletes’ needs,” Dorenkott said.The change to having both teams swim as a single unit has also been smoother than initially thought, Dorenkott said. The coach said the men’s team has welcomed the change, and views it as an opportunity to grow as a team.“I think change runs contrary to human nature. Most people gravitate toward things they know already,” Dorenkott said. “The fact the men have fully embraced the change because I had worked with the women for nine years is really pretty remarkable.”Senior Jack Barone believes the combination of teams has the potential to bring about new possibilities.“I think the coaches put a lot of focus on individualizing everything, kind of seeing what each swimmer needs,” Barone said. “Something we were all really excited about was getting a little more specialized training-wise and just in general.”Sophomore Molly Kowal found the transition to training with the men’s team challenging at first, but said it has ultimately helped the women.Kowal added that the union of men’s and women’s teams under Dorenkott has built a bond between the two teams, as the personal connections have provided overwhelming support during competition.“They definitely push the girls more in practice, because obviously the guys are going to be the better swimmers,” Kowal said. “So, they’re just pushing the girls to try harder and to try to keep up with them, which is helpful.”Although Dorenkott has added the men’s team to his list of responsibilities, he has not changed his coaching philosophy that he takes to leading his players during the week in practice since he was just coach of the women’s team. His weekly routine focuses on the preparation needed for competition.While Dorenkott believes the outcomes of each meet cannot be predetermined, he said the week of practices leading up to the competition can provide a glimpse of what’s to come.“When you talk about winning, you can’t control that,” Dorenkott said. “So, we can only prepare, control the effort we put into it. So, game day coaching, there’s not a lot of adjustments to be made in swimming. It’s kind of just managing the actual game day process, whether that’s warming up, warming down, giving a little bit of feedback.”The changes to the team’s operation have been positively received thus far, but Dorenkott said there is still work to be done. He said the team’s attention to detail will need to improve in order to compete later in the season. Dorenkott cited a relay disqualification in last week’s meet against Kenyon, in which a swimmer left the block before the previous swimmer touched the wall, as an example of where the team could clean its technique.The Buckeyes will hope to begin cleaning up the small details of their swims against Denison and Akron at 6 p.m. Friday at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The men will compete against Denison, while the women will swim against Denison and Akron.“Everything’s a lead-up or a build-up to [the postseason in] February and March,” Dorenkott said. “A good book has 10 unique chapters, it’s not the same chapter again and again and again. So, we want to be early-November good against Denison and Akron and we want to be late-November good when the [Ohio State Invitational] comes along. Hopefully, we’re cleaning up the things we need to clean up based on feedback we’re getting from meets.” read more


Rafa Benitezs tactics surprised Maurizio Sarri

first_imgMaurizio Sarri has admitted that he was surprised by Rafa Benitez’s negative tactics in Chelsea’s 2-1 victory at Newcastle on Sunday.Chelsea continued their winning run with a 2-1 victory at St James’ Park, but it was the way that Rafa Benitez set up his Newcastle team that baffled Maurizio Sarri.“I was surprised at Rafa,” he told Sky Sports.“In Italy, I have never seen him play with five defenders so I was really surprised.“The match was very difficult, they were so low and compact, it was impossible to have spaces.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“We got better in the second half but it was a very difficult game.“I think we showed improvement because the match was difficult it was not easy to play well.”He also spoke of Eden Hazard’s man-of-the-match performance.“Eden has played very well,” Sarri added. “Maybe it was better if he played for 75 or 80 minutes, but (Mateo) Kovacic asked for the sub so it was impossible [to take him off].”last_img read more


Rafa Benitez Aleksandar Mitrovic has no point to prove

first_imgNewcastle Manager Rafa Benitez says Aleksandar Mitrovic should not feel the need to prove himself when he returns to Newcastle with Fulham on Saturday.The forward spent two seasons at Newcastle before joining Fulham on loan in January and finalizing the deal in the summer.Answering questions on whether the forward will be looking to make a statement, Benitez told Skysports:“No I don’t think so.”“I think he is doing well. He is playing well, scoring goals for them. He is working very hard, so I think he will be happy at the moment.”“Obviously he will like to score as many goals as he can but I don’t think he has to prove anything because he is doing well.”Thibaut Courtois, Real MadridReport: Courtois’s agent arrested in money laundering case George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Real Madrid’s Thibaut Courtois agent has been arrested as part of a money-laundering investigation.The ugly word corruption is again staining the world of football. In…Mitrovic has scored seven goals from 17 appearances this season for Fulham, who sit bottom of the league with only two wins and nine points from 17 games.“He is a good player, we knew that before, and I wish him all the best after this game,” said Benitez.“I think he will give everything on the pitch because that is his style of play, and hopefully we can keep him quiet.”“My main priority is to be sure the team is in a good position in the table. I am not talking about every single player.”“You have to concentrate on what you have. I am happy with our strikers, they are doing well, but especially I am happy with our position in the table at the moment.”last_img read more


Valverde Hopefully Coutinhos brace will give him confidence

first_imgBarcelona manager Ernesto Valverde is hoping that Philippe Coutinho will receive a boost in confidence following his brace against Sevilla in their Copa del Rey quarter-final win.After losing the first leg 2-0 at Sevilla last week, Barcelona were ruthless in the return leg at Camp Nou with Coutinho’s double helping them to a 6-1 victory.Ivan Rakitic, Sergi Roberto, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi were the other scorers on the night as Barcelona sealed their semi-final spot in the Copa del Rey with a 6-3 aggregate win over Sevilla.But, for Valverde, a big factor to take from the game was Coutinho’s brace at Camp Nou after the Brazilian playmaker’s form had been put into question following a lacklustre campaign so far.Blaugrana captain Messi even selflessly gave up a chance to score an early penalty for the team by instead allowing Coutinho to slot it home instead.“Leo has given it to him to take and he has taken a great responsibility and made it 1-0,” said Valverde, according to Fox Sports.“I hope the success gives him more confidence.”Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…Speaking after the game, Coutinho thanked Messi for allowing him to take a confidence-boosting penalty.“The penalty has come naturally,” said Coutinho. “Leo’s gesture shows how great it is.“Thanks to Leo, for letting me kick the penalty, that’s good for the confidence of the group.“We knew that to overcome, we had to be involved from the beginning.”Although the most pleasing factor for Valverde was the way Barcelona responded by rising to the challenge when it was necessary after losing the first leg of their quarter-final tie to Sevilla 2-0.“The best thing is that we have security and we confirm that we are a team that when we have to take a step forward, we do it,” he said.Next up for Barcelona is another home game against Valencia on Saturday in La Liga.last_img read more


Bapus words

first_imgA theatrical depiction of the real life events between the Mahatma and an ordinary man, Tarkeshwar Pandey, Samagam Foundation presented Gandhi tum zinda ho a play at Surtal, Taalkatora Gardens on 3 November. The play was conceived designed and directed by Raj Upadhyay. It was a mega production by way of sound, light and special effects on stage. More than 40 actors participated in this mega production. The play aspires to give impetus to the Mahatma’s ideology. A ripple effect of calm and tolerance spread through the despair and gave people hope. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The  main aim is to understand and incorporate the values of one of the greatest social thinkers and reformists, Gandhi, the Mahatma, in turbulent times such as today. The audience gave standing ovation at the end of the play and appreciated the level of production and also the acting talents of the lead actors.  Also present at the play were Prakash Javadekar, Vijay Goel, Abha Dalmia, Raj Upadhyay, Veena Chaddha, Rashmi Malik among others.last_img read more


TMC takes over Birbhum ZP seat as Oppn fails to make a

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress has bagged the Birbhum Zilla Parishad seat unopposed. Monday was the last day of filing nomination. There are 48,751 seats in Gram Panchayat, followed by 9,240 seats and 825 seats in Panchayat Samity and Zilla Parishad, respectively.A party fielding candidates in all the seats would require 58,816 workers. In the 42 member Zilla Parishad, Trinamool has fielded 41 candidates, while BJP has fielded one candidate. Neither Congress nor Left Front could field any candidate in Zilla Parishad. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIn the three-tier Panchayat system, the organisation of the party matters in fielding Zilla Parishad and Panchayat Samity candidates. From 1978, when the first Panchayat election was held in Bengal till 2003, it had been seen that the Left Front used to bag 85 percent of the Zilla Parishad seats and 75 percent of the Panchayat Samity seats on an average. But in Gram Panchayat, it used to get 50 percent of the seats. In Zilla Parishad and Panchayat Samity, Left Front candidates did better because of the organisational strength of the party. In 2008, Trinamool Congress got the Zilla Parishads of South 24-Parganas and East Midnapore and had created a major dent in the Left Front vote bank. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedSubsequently, it got 13 seats in the Lok Sabha election which was held in 2009 and won the Kolkata Municipal Corporation election in 2010. Because of sheer organisational strength, Trinamool had ousted Left Front in the 2011 Assembly election, by winning 211 out of 294 seats.Over the years, Trinamool Congress has improved its organisational strength with efficiency and precision.Anubrata Mondal, Trinamool president of Birbhum district, said BJP does not have any organisation in the district and has tried to create trouble by bringing in “outsiders” from the neighbouring states. “But once the administration sealed the border, BJP could not bring them and could file only one candidate in ZP,” said Mondal.He said the organisational strength of the party in Birbhum is very strong and added: “the party will get the ZP in all the districts, as Mamata Banerjee has carried out massive development in rural areas. This is for the first time when Panchayat election will be held on development, compared to the Left regime, when elections were held on false promises.”last_img read more