We’ll have live scoring updates, news and analysis from the Raiders’ preseason opener against the Los Angeles Rams at the Coliseum on Saturday at 5 p.m. History buffs take note as this will be the final preseason game for the Raiders at the Coliseum as they begin their farewell season in Oakland before moving to Las Vegas next season.Neither the Raiders nor the Rams are expected to play many of their starters very much, if at all. In other words, get ready to see the battle between …
A day before the meeting of newly elected MLAs of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said the Shiv Sena was not promised the top post for two-and-a-half years when the alliance was formalised before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.Highlighting the party’s stand amid the ongoing tussle with its alliance partner over power sharing, Mr. Fadnavis on Tuesday said he will be the Chief Minister for the next five years and that the BJP Legislature Party would elect its new leader on Wednesday.“There should be no doubt in anybody’s mind that it will be a BJP-led government for the next five years,” he told reporters at his official residence ‘Varsha’.After the election results on October 24, the Shiv Sena has been pushing for a rotational Chief Minister with Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray last week reminding the BJP of the 50:50 formula “agreed upon” between himself, BJP president Amit Shah and Mr. Fadnavis ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.Commenting on this, Mr. Fadnavis said, “I have confirmed with Amit Shah and he told me that the BJP has not given any assurance for the Chief Minister’s post for two-and-a-half years (each for the BJP and Sena).”Deputy CM’s postAsked about the 50:50 formula and the talk of giving the post of Deputy Chief Minister to the Sena, he said that an “appropriate decision” will soon be taken.Mr. Shah will not take part in Wednesday’s meeting of the legislature party for undisclosed reasons. He is likely to visit Mumbai on November 1 or 2.The meeting will be attended by Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and BJP vice-president Avinash Rai Khanna. It is likely to pass a resolution giving all rights to Mr. Shah to elect the leader of the legislature party.With deadlock between BJP and the Sena continues, both parties on Tuesday made contradicting claims about the first official meeting between the two that did not happen. While Mr Fadnavis said that no such meeting was planned, Sena Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut said that it was cancelled over the directions of his party chief Uddhav Thackeray.”The meeting was planned between two leaders from both the parties each. But since Chief Minister said that there was no such 50:50 formula, the meeting was left with no agenda and therefore it was cancelled,” said Mr Raut, adding that Mr Thackeray must have taken the decision with bitter state-of-mind. The Sena leader added that a video clip of Mr Fadnavis talking about 50:50 formula is available. “The issue is not about getting upset over it, but the issue is whether 50:50 formula will be implemented,” said Mr Raut, editor of Sena mouthpiece Saamna. Earlier, Mr Fadnavis had expressed his displeasure over the editorials in Saamna, which have been targeting the BJP in the aftermath of the election results, stating that its role was to derail the talks between the two parties. “Will the paper take a hard stand on Congress-NCP?” he asked. “We will form the government together. Reasonable demands on merit will be considered when we sit to talk government formation. There is no plan B. Plan A is successful,” he said, adding that the BJP-led alliance will provide a “stable and efficient” government for the next five years. Mr Raut had also said that Sena has a right over the CM post and party will take it. When questioned about a few Sena leaders’ statements regarding Shiv Sena exploring other options, Mr Fadnavis also said that both parties had no other alternative but to ally with each other. Both parties won fewer seats as compared to 2014, with the BJP winning 105 seats and Sena winning 56. Mr Fadnavis said he was satisfied with the mandate but conceded that it was lower than expected. “We expected to be in the first merit, but got first class first. Since 1990, no political party has got a good strike rate like the BJP in 2019,” he said.Adding to the drama is a number of Independents who are openly siding with either the BJP or the Sena. Mira Road-Bhayander MLA Geeta Jain, Badnera’s Ravi Rana, Chandrapur’s Kishor Jorgewar and Uran’s Mahesh Baldi have extended support to the BJP. On the other hand, two MLAs from Vidarbha, Bachhu Kadu of Achalpur and Rajkumar Patel of Melghat, as well as Ashish Jaiswal and Shankarrao Gadakh of Nevasa have said they are with the Sena. Interestingly, the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) have also indicated that they may support the Sena from the outside in case the party decides to take the lead and form the government. Maharashtra Congress chief Balasaheb Thorat has said that the party will speak to the central leadership about extending support if the Sena gives a proposal for the same.
Seven residents were nominated for the Youth Award which is given to an individual under the age of 19 who has made a positive contribution to the community on a volunteer basis. Mustafa Rashid won the award last year. This years nominees are:• Emma Lavigne• Jaycee Bird• Trinity Douglas• Mohammed Faisal• Desirae Wiebe• Landon Tolsma• Hunter FaminowFour residents were nominated for the Mayor’s Citizen of the Year Award. The award recognizes an individual that has achieved positive notoriety outside our community for their actions, is recognized as leaders or role models by their peers, or has won international, national, or provincial titles or awards for their efforts. Cindy Dettling won the award last year. This years nominees are:• Steven Cooper• Alan Yu• Adam Reaburn• Ella Fraser Sue PopeskuBonnie AndersonJoan PattersonCatherine RuddellIrene Gut23 residents are nominated for the Recreation Award, which recognizes an individual or a group for their volunteer efforts in the promotion, organization, support, and/or motivation of sports, recreation, and leisure pursuits including healthy and active living. Bo Hedges won the award last year. The nominees this year are:• Connor Bull• Shannon Garbe• Rebecca Pruden• Mike Hamre• Neil Evans• Crystal Cup• Paul van Nostrand• Justin Donally @ Five Star MMA• Chantelle Yates• FSJ Disc Golf Sports Club• Clint Warkentin• Marissa Jordan• Jenna Hildebrand• Gail Weber• North Peace Cricket Foundation• Paul Kalas• Lee Hartman• Broyden Bennett• Sterling Middleton• Darren Snider• Lori Coulter• Dan Turner• Annika HedicanSix residents were nominated for the Literacy Award. The award recognizes special contributions of an individual or group that has made an outstanding contribution towards promoting in areas including literacy, language, multiculturalism and community issues in Fort St. John. Morgan Churchill won the award last year. The nominees this year are:• Irene Gut• Kim Boettcher• Mona Khanbabaei• Matt Preprost• Karen Sutherland• Teachers of Dr. KearneyThe largest number of nominees went to the Humanitarian Award bringing in 28 nominees. The Humanitarian Award recognizes an individual or a group of volunteers whose actions, commitment, volunteer leadership, service and community spirit have made a difference in the lives of those in the community. Faisal Rashid won the award last year. This year the nominees are:• Trevor Bolin• North Peace Pride Society• Amanda Trotter• Alan Yu• Tina Neufeld• MCC Thrift Shop• Allyson Sperling• Natalie Braun• Women’s Resource Society• Russell Eggleston• Brenda Baumeister• 100 Women Who Care• North Peace Sr. Housing Society• Steve Brousson• Jen Pimm• On our Way Home• Esther Haab• Fillanthropy Movement• Edwina Nearhood• Elizabeth Calder• Tami Peters• Gord Sandhu• Laurie Cardinal• Brian Baldry• Troy Henderson• Bob Corbett• Bonnie Isenberg• Roxanne Chmelyk FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The 11th annual Fort St. John Community Awards Gala will take place tomorrow night at the Lido Theatre.There are 83 Fort St. John residents nominated for the six awards. Thursday night’s gala will feature live entertainment from Adam Winn, as well as special guest speakers Doug Peterson and the Crystal Cup Organizing Committee.The Cultural Award is given to an individual or a group for their volunteer efforts in historical, visual, performing, or literary arts. It was won by Russel Eggleston last year. The award received five nominees this year: The Gala is set to kick off at 7:00 p.m. Thursday.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Swanson Lumber Road is closed in both directions at the CN rail cross after a derailment.Overnight Thursday one rail car left the tracks and crews from CN are currently assessing how to remove the train.The rail car that left the tracks is on the Swanson Lumber Road and particularly in the ditch.There is no estimate on when the road will be open.
Islamabad: Pakistan’s seriousness to act against proscribed terror outfits and its efforts to curb money laundering and terror financing were questioned by members of a regional affiliate of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) at a meeting held in China, according to a media report. A 10-member delegation, led by Finance Secretary Mohammad Younas Dagha, attended the two-day meeting of the Asia-Pacific Group (APG) of the Paris-based FATF in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou where it defended Pakistan’s efforts against money laundering and terror financing. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportAccording to a Dawn report, some participants, particularly those from India, raised very tough questions about Pakistan’s seriousness to act against proscribed organisations and effectiveness of internal controls. On May 3, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said India will ask the FATF to put Pakistan on a blacklist of countries that fail to meet international standards in stopping financial crime. The APG will submit to the FATF its analysis of the compliance report submitted by Pakistan at the meeting, which concluded yesterday, and the progress made since the group’s on-site inspection in Islamabad and Karachi in March, the report said. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsThe APG report will become the basis for the FATF to decide whether to exclude Pakistan from its grey list or not. The delegation briefed the meeting about Pakistan’s updated actions against currency smuggling, proscribed organisations and tightening of financial and corporate sector systems and operational effectiveness, the report said. Giving examples of the measures taken by it, Pakistan cited arrests of key operatives of some proscribed outfits, putting more such groups and their affiliates in the list of banned outfits, blocking their accounts and financial flows and taking control of their assets. In March, bowing down to international pressure, Pakistan launched a major crackdown on Jaish-e-Mohammad, Jamat-ud-Dawa, Falah-i-Insaniyat Foundation and other banned outfits and took over the control of their assets throughout the country. The Pakistan delegation said the country was very close to accomplish the milestones set under the FATF action plan well before the September deadline. It also said the government recently revised its national risk assessment of the corporate sector, strengthened customs procedures on borders and inland movement of funds and assets. Besides, internal control of the banking and non-banking financial institutions, insurance companies and stock exchanges has been strengthened to curb the possibility of money laundering and terror financing. The delegation cited the creation of a specialised directorate of Cross-Border Currency Movement (CBCM) in Islamabad to maintain a database of currency seizures. The APG had earlier flashed contradictory situations and poor coordination among stakeholders, including law enforcement agencies, in fighting money laundering and terror financing in Pakistan. Last month, it expressed serious reservations over insufficient physical actions on ground against proscribed organisa tions to block flow of funds and activities.
Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy both lost their opening-round matches in eight-man, match play field in the World Golf Finals in Turkey.The hope was that they would breeze through the field and meet in the ultimate head-to-head encounter for the $1.3 million first-place money. They will meet, but it will be on Wednesday with a lot less money at stake.Didn’t happen. Matt Kuchar easily handled McIlroy by six shots, while Woods fell to South African Charl Schwartzel by one shot at the Sultan course in Antalya.In the other group of the medal match-play format, a sort of continuation of the European dominance in the Ryder Cup took place. Lee Westwood beat American beat Webb Simpson by one shot and Justin Rose handled Hunter Mahan by four strokes.McIlroy and Woods – ranked No. 1 and No. 2 – face each other Wednesday in the last of their three group matches, but both could already be eliminated by then. The top two in each group will advance to the semifinals.In Wednesday’s morning matches, McIlroy will face Schwartzel and Woods will play Kuchar.Woods and Schwartzel were all-square going to the 18th when the American went into a greenside bunker and finished with a bogey.“It came right down to the wire, but I can’t believe how far that second shot flew into the back bunker and that was the match,” Woods said. “It means now that I have to play ‘Kooch’ and try and win that match before facing Rory in the afternoon.”McIlroy unraveled against Kuchar with a triple bogey at the 15th hole and double bogeys at 16 and 17.”I hit a drive into the trees on 15 and lost a bit of confidence,” McIlroy said. ”I need to win both of my matches tomorrow if I am to advance. I just struggled for a bit of motivation out there, so I need to go out and concentrate on both of my matches tomorrow.”Kuchar, after taking a bogey at the first, birdied the next two holes and was never behind.”I just thought I had to play mistake-free, and hopefully Rory wouldn’t get too hot,” the American said. ”There we are all-square with four to go, he hits it right and makes triple bogey, and I go three up with three to go and I think both of us lost a little interest at that point.”The event allows players to wear shorts, and Westwood, Schwartzel, Mahan and Kuchar chose to do so. All but Mahan won their matches. Westwood wore a red shirt and white shorts in tribute to his favorite soccer club, Nottingham Forest.Kuchar said he was happy to wear shorts again. He spent the week after the Ryder Cup loss to the European with his family in Greece.”Being able to come to an event like this that is a little more relaxed is just great to be able to throw shorts on,” he said.
Before the 2018 World Cup kicked off last week at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, much had been written about why Russia was so bad at soccer. A convincing 5-0 opening match win over Saudi Arabia — Russia’s first win at the tournament since 2002 also matched its largest margin of victory at a World Cup — surely helped to allay some of those criticisms. But there was still no looking past the fact that the host nation ranked 70th in the FIFA world rankings and was looked at by bookmakers as a relative long shot to win the whole thing.Flash-forward a week, and Russia has already advanced to the knockout round thanks to another convincing win, this time 3-1 over Egypt. Forwards Denis Cheryshev and Artem Dzyuba are playing the best soccer of their lives. Russia’s eight goals are the most scored by a host nation through two games since the beginning of the modern World Cup in 1986,1With group play and a 16-team knockout tournament; 24 total teams participated from 1986 to 1994, then 32 from 1998 onward. and before that, only Italy managed to score as many when it did so in the 1934 World Cup (seven of which came against the United States). The Russians have buttressed all that goal scoring with downright stingy defensive play — they haven’t conceded a single shot on goal in open play.2The only shot they’ve allowed is a Mohamed Salah penalty, which was converted.It’s hard to deny the Russians’ early offensive onslaught or their potency on the defensive side of the ball. But they still face one big question: Are they actually this good?A huge factor here is quality of opponent: Russia hasn’t exactly played against a top side yet. Egypt was the sixth worst team in the field entering the tournament, according to FiveThirtyEight’s Soccer Power Index, and Saudi Arabia was the worst. Between them, the Egyptians and the Saudis have put just six shots on target through four games and have managed to score just once.Russia’s shot conversion rate is also instructive. So far, Russia has had 10 shots on goal, scoring on an astounding eight of them.3Including an own goal. So they’ve been clinical when they’ve directed shots on target. But they’ve taken just 25 shots in two games (there are 14 teams taking more shots per 90 minutes than the Russians),4 Through the first two games of Day 9. while creating a just above average number of scoring chances per 90 minutes. This all makes it difficult to imagine a scenario in which the Russians remain on this blistering goal-scoring pace. They’ve roundly outperformed their 12th-best expected goals rate of 1.42 per 90 minutes — and they’re likely to regress.Russia also hasn’t possessed much of the ball, retaining it just 44 percent of the time. (Only 10 teams have worse possession percentages.) And when they have possessed the ball, the Russians have been sloppy: They’ve successfully completed just 71 percent of their passes — only two teams are worse. Iran18.104.22.168.50.7-0.3 Panama6.51.90.00.00.7-0.7 Uruguay22.214.171.124.91.5-0.6 S. Arabia6.50.90.00.00.4-0.4 ShotsGoals Australia8.42.3126.96.36.199-0.2 Belgium13.95.620.02.81.5+1.3 Peru12.43.70.00.00.9-0.9 Switzerland5.41.8188.8.131.52+0.0 Tunisia5.50.9184.108.40.206+0.1 Sweden220.127.116.11.91.9-1.0 Spain18.104.22.168.91.8+0.1 Colombia7.42.822.214.171.124+0.2 Senegal7.41.825.01.81.1+0.8 Brazil19.45.97.01.42.1-0.8 Portugal8.82.3126.96.36.199+0.8 Egypt188.8.131.52.50.9-0.4 Mexico184.108.40.206.01.3-0.3 Poland10.13.79.10.90.9+0.1 Croatia12.13.3220.127.116.11+0.8 Serbia9.02.710.00.90.8+0.1 S. Korea4.60.00.00.00.5-0.5 Denmark18.104.22.168.90.8+0.1 Teamper 90 MIN.ON GOAL per 90 MIN.Shoot%per 90 MIN.Exp. per 90 MIN.Difference Argentina22.214.171.124.51.4-1.0 *Through the second game of Day 9.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group France126.96.36.199.41.4+0.0 Russia is overachievingHow teams have fared in the World Cup so far* by offensive metrics including shots, shots on goal, shooting percentage (goals/shots) and expected goals Costa Rica5.81.40.00.00.5-0.5 England16.56.4188.8.131.52-0.9 Morocco12.83.20.00.00.9-0.9 Iceland184.108.40.206.51.1-0.6 Japan13.04.6220.127.116.11-0.3 Russia11.74.732.0%3.71.4+2.3 Germany24.68.50.00.01.5-1.5 Nigeria18.104.22.168.90.9+0.1 Russia still hasn’t played Uruguay, the most difficult opponent in a historically lousy group. Unlike Egypt and Saudi Arabia, La Celeste have been playing positive soccer: Uruguay has managed seven shots on goal, and it (along with Morocco) has taken the fifth most shots among teams that have played two games. Limiting the chances of a Uruguayan side that boasts two of the world’s deadliest hitmen, in Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani, might prove more difficult than stopping a Saudi side void of a world-class forward and an Egyptian side reliant on a hobbled Mohamed Salah.To this point, Russia’s goalie, Igor Akinfeev, has touched the ball in open play just seven times. And he’s had to make only one play on 27 crosses faced. These stats, coupled with the fact that the only shot he’s faced came from the penalty spot, suggest that his defenders have made life very difficult for opposing attackers. That’s the upside.Monday’s match with Uruguay won’t decide whether Russia gets to play more soccer this summer. It will decide which team Russia faces next — very likely either Portugal or Spain. But in some sense, that also doesn’t matter much — either opponent would represent a major upgrade in class. Ceding possession to teams with less than positive attacks hasn’t hurt Russia, but don’t expect the same to be true when faced with Suarez and Cavani, Diego Costa or Cristiano Ronaldo.Check out our latest World Cup predictions.
Upon the conclusion of Monday night’s NCAA men’s basketball championship game – and as an aside, thank you, Louisville, for beating Michigan – many of my fellow Buckeyes immediately flipped their internal switches to the next sport on the docket – football. In Columbus, it seems we only have three seasons: football, March Madness and spring football, and despite Ohio State men’s basketball coach Thad Matta’s best efforts, the March Madness season is usually grouped together with winter football conditioning anyway. Such is life at a university that doubles as a football powerhouse. Be honest. I know what you were doing last night. You were sitting there, watching “One Shining Moment” put a nice little bow on the basketball season while you planned your road trip to Cincinnati for this weekend’s spring football game at Paul Brown Stadium. But stop. Stop it right now. Put Urban Meyer on the backburner for – gasp – two weeks. That’s it. I understand football is awesome. I love football. I love football more than my unborn future children, who will undoubtedly be twins and will undoubtedly be named Scarlett and Grayson. I’m not telling you to forget about football. I’m not telling you to bail on the Spring Game. But I am asking you, the OSU student who is probably wearing some article of OSU-branded clothing right now as you read this, to expand your taste palette a tad. Show that Buckeye loyalty exists outside the gates of Ohio Stadium and the Schottenstein Center. Challenge yourself to use these last two weeks of school and go watch a so-called “minor” sport here at OSU. Some of you, myself included, only have two more weeks left on this campus as a student. Use it wisely. Go see student-athletes who work just as hard as our football and basketball players but who receive a fraction of the glory and recognition. Take a few hours and watch senior attacker Logan Schuss and the No. 13 men’s lacrosse team in action at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Come see the No. 5 ranked men’s tennis team, led by coach Ty Tucker, play a home match. Odds are you’ll see them win, because they haven’t lost at home in a decade. Yes, a decade. Take a trip to Buckeye Field and watch sophomore pitcher Alex DiDomenico dominate some hapless batter for the softball team. Come to Bill Davis Stadium and see redshirt senior pitcher Brad Goldberg do the same for the baseball team. Support the men’s and women’s golf and track teams. Show up for women’s tennis and rowing. Men’s volleyball, too. They’re all Buckeyes. They all deserve attention. You consider yourself a big Buckeye fan, right? Prove it. OSU doesn’t just play football and basketball. Come watch some of your fellow students do what they love. Come support some athletes who compete every bit as hard as junior quarterback Braxton Miller and junior guard Aaron Craft. There are 36 different varsity teams on this campus, and they all call themselves Buckeyes. Let them know this university’s fandom runs deeper than football and basketball. They deserve it.
Gareth Southgate is ready for talks with the FA over a new deal after guiding the Three Lions to the World Cup semi-finals.Southgate and the FA agreed on a contract worth about £2.5 million a year, plus bonuses, to succeed Sam Allardyce in 2016. His current contract will run out in 2020 but has a built-in break option after the World Cup.A source close to the FA said: ‘Gareth is set to sign a new contract and both sides want to get a deal agreed quickly.’The option would have allowed the FA to replace Southgate on the cheap if he had failed to deliver on their expectations. But, after leading England to the nation’s best World Cup since Italia 90, Southgate is in a strong position, and the FA are keen to extend his deal.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.It could be worth up to £5m a year, including bonuses, to Southgate and ensure he will lead the country through the 2020 European Championship and the Qatar World Cup in 2022. The FA are also set to thrash out a settlement to release them from a £6m image rights contract.England players’ commercial work has been organized for the last decade by 1966 Entertainment, an outside agency whose contract runs until 2030.Following the World Cup in Russia, the FA want to work directly with England players rather than having to go through a third party for all sponsorship matters.A source close to the FA said: ‘It is in the interests of all parties to agree to a deal, so we need to come to a figure which compensates 1966 for loss of revenues.’