High Tide

first_imgBefore he fell ill in February this year, Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar had ensured the economy and tourism sectors were in order. Against tremendous pressure by activists, he had tried to keep the iron ore mines operational before the Supreme Court banned mining. He steered the state’s entertainment sector,Before he fell ill in February this year, Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar had ensured the economy and tourism sectors were in order. Against tremendous pressure by activists, he had tried to keep the iron ore mines operational before the Supreme Court banned mining. He steered the state’s entertainment sector clear by promoting casinos in spite of staunch opposition over gambling being a social evil.Parrikar’s firm stand paid off. The state registered an annual economic growth rate of 8.8 per cent last year. And it grew with the help of strong performances in three sectors, tourism, mining and pharmaceuticals. With a growth of 15.6 per cent, Goa’s Gross State Dom­estic Product (GSDP) was Rs 51,692 crore in 2016-17. It increased to Rs 70,257 crore in 2017-18.While mining added revenues of Rs 1,000 crore, the five offshore and 14 onshore casinos contributed Rs 150 crore to the state exchequer. That gambling brought in the tourists as well as domestic players was evident at Casino Royale, a liner docked in the Mandovi river in Panaji. Both decks of the casino ship were chock a block with gambling enthusiasts.Foreign investors have invested $970 million in the state since April 2000. Merchandise exports from the state reached $2.1 billion in 2017-18. The state government has made a provision of Rs 981 crore to turn capital Panaji into a smart city’ with focus on entertainment, hospitality and public transport.Goa’s basic infrastructure too, especially the roads, is in good shape. A 100 per cent electrified state with an installed power generation capacity of 549.41 mega watt, it has ample power. Transmission lines, though, are weak and the cause for power cuts in various parts. This has affected industrial production too. Power minister Nilesh Cabral says the state is looking at a public-private-partnership project to replace the lines. The scenario will improve in six months, he says.advertisementWhen it set up a plant to generate electricity from garbage at Saligao in 2016, the Goa government was looking at two-fold benefits reduce the amount of trash piling up and becoming self-reliant in power. The plant became operational in January 2017 and produces 4,000 units of electricity every day, processing nearly 125 tonnes of garbage from the northern coastal towns. Naturally, it’s come as a big relief to the coastal panchayats struggling with tourist-generated garbage.The garbage disposal system run by the Panaji city corporation too has yielded results. Segregating the dry, wet, organic and inorganic waste by colour coding each has helped in disposal. It has also encouraged housing societies to instal plants to convert solid waste to fertiliser.The government is also focusing on improving services in rural areas. The revenue department’s Gramin Mitra’ scheme is now delivering doorstep services to residents. These include issuance of key documents like property papers, residential, income and birth certificates. The project has been an e-governance success, says state revenue minister Rohan Khaunte.The new out-patient department at the well-equipped Goa Medical College has helped the poor get free medical treatment on time. Health minister Vishwajeet Rane says the state has decided to charge non-Goan patients as we can no longer afford free treatment for outsiders.The state passed the Town and Country Planning Amendment Bill which will benefit owners of 7,630 hectares of land as it paves the way for individual change of land use. The bill will help a large number of land owners seek re-classification of their lands for construction on them.The government, though, is still to unlock the 22 lakh square metre of land held up in the Special Economic Zone. A decade ago, the state had acquired 34 lakh square metre of land for its SEZ, which never took off. The land has been lying vacant since then. Parrikar had restarted the process last year to reacquire 22 lakh square metre of the land and hand it over to the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC). But the IDC has to shell out Rs 256 crore for the reacquisition. If the land in Verna, Sancoale and Keri is made available, more industrial units could be set up, leading to job creation, says Sandip Bhandare, chairman of the Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industries. Goa’s tourism sector witnessed a new high in 2017 when it recorded a rise of 22.98 per cent in arrivals. A record 7,785,693 tourists landed in the state last year. A major reason for the success story is the improved infrastructure in the hospitality sector.New-age initiatives like water sports, dolphin sightings and water rafting have found many takers. The Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) has even tied up with a top adventure sports video company which does personalised videos for tourists of their rafting experience. We have grown not only in numbers but also in terms of infrastructure, initiatives of all kinds, strengthened safety measures while also providing a clean environment, says tourism minister Manohar Ajgaonkar.advertisementApart from adventure sports, Goa has been offering tours for bird watchers of late. The state hosts 458 bird species and has seven bird sanctuaries. Apart from all this, the state’s compliant app’ is now a hit among tourists. Tourists can file complaints against errant tour or taxi operators, even check status of complaints through the app.Goa has also signed agreements with several European and Latin American countries to promote its tourism there. By next year, the promotions should deliver results.last_img read more

OSU is Averaging 40 Points a Game … and it’s a Disappointment?

first_img“I think that we need to give the offensive staff and Coach Yurcich some credit,” said Mike Gundy on Monday. “It’s not easy to game plan and to be as diverse as we are at times. You guys follow football. You know that, if you do too much, then you’re not any good at anything.”I … sort of agree with the first half of Mike & Mike in this instance? Mike Yurcich has been roasted during his time in Stillwater, but that was probably always going to happen to the OC in charge when Gundy transitioned from the air raid to, uh, not the air raid. It just so happened that it was Yurcich.What if I told you OSU was one of seven Power 5 conference teams averaging 40 points a game? What if I told you OSU ranks 18th in the country in points per drive.[1. This takes out the garbage time drives against teams like UTSA and Kansas, too.] Not elite, but certainly good enough to matter when you have the defense it has.The crazy part is that of the six Power 5 teams ahead of OSU in points scored per game, OSU has four of them (!) still left on its schedule.Baylor: 61.1 PPGTCU: 50.1Texas Tech: 46.6OU: 43.3OSU: 40.3November gonna be any fun or nah?So now the question stands — is OSU’s offense good enough to win the Big 12 when its defense clearly is? The most prognosticative statistic over the last near decade in determining a Big 12 champ has been turnover margin.Baylor is out in front there, followed closely by Texas and Oklahoma State. Texas ain’t winning the Big 12. Is it going to come down to that November 21 game between the Bears and Pokes in Stillwater?I sure hope so. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Cardiff City vs Man Utd: Pogba starts in Solskjaer’s debut

first_imgManchester United will begin their life post-Jose Mourinho when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer returns to Cardiff City on Saturday in the Premier League.The Red Devils legend took charge as interim manager following the Portuguese boss’s dismissal from his managerial post at Old Trafford, and Solskjaer’s first game in charge will be against the side that he briefly managed during an ill-fated spell in 2014.The visitors travel to Wales sixth in the table, 11 points off of a top-four spot and having registered just one win in their last five matches, while the Bluebirds sit in 16th in the table. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Game Cardiff City vs Manchester United Date Saturday, December 22 Time 5:30pm GMT / 12:30pm ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial).New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream NBC fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on BT Sport 1 and live-streamed on BT Sport Live. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport 1 BT Sport Live Squads & Team News Position Cardiff City players Goalkeepers Etheridge, Smithies, Murphy Defenders Peltier, Bennett, Morrison, Manga, Connolly, Cunningham, Bamba Midfielders Arter, Ralls, Murphy, Gunnarsson, Damour, Camarasa, Harris, Hoilett Forwards Ward, Paterson, Reid, Madine Cardiff City XI: Etheridge, Manga, Morrison, Bamba, Cunningham, Gunnarsson, Arter, Camarasa, Hoilett, Murphy, Paterson. Position Manchester United players Goalkeepers De Gea, Grant, Romero Defenders Smalling, Jones, Dalot, Shaw, Bailly, Young, Valencia, Darmian Midfielders Pogba, Mata, Matic, McTominay, Herrera, Lingard, Pereira, Fred, Fellaini, Gomes, Hamilton Forwards Rashford, Martial, Chong, Bohui Man Utd XI: De Gea; Young, Jones, Lindelof, Shaw; Matic, Herrera; Lingard, Pogba, Martial; Rashford.Betting & Match Odds Cardiff are priced at odds of 5/1 to win, according to bet 365, while a draw is available at 3/1. A win for the Red Devils is priced at 11/20.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more.Match Preview Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Cardiff City 2013-14Last weekend’s 3-1 loss to Liverpool in the Premier League was the final nail in the coffin for Mourinho, as they dismissed the Portuguese just 48 hours after the defeat.The former Chelsea boss endured a miserable first half of the season with the club, having lost five matches in 17 Premier League games and already conceding as many goals by December as they did during the whole of last season.The defeat at Anfield ensured United are marooned in sixth place with Mourinho admitting that top-four – let alone challenging for the title – was going to be difficult.Solskjaer’s first game in charge as caretaker manager will be against Cardiff, whom he briefly managed in 2014 but could not save from relegation.The Norwegian’s appointment has been welcomed by many Red Devils fans following the toxic and turbulent reign of Mourinho, though he has been given the massive responsibility of trying to challenge for a Champions League spot for next season as well as lifting the spirits of the dressing room.All eyes will be on whether or not the Solskjaer will decide to slot Pogba into the starting XI straightaway, after the France international fell out of favour under Mourinho.He has, meanwhile, claimed that he will not be afraid to replicate Sir Alex Ferguson’s infamous “hairdryer” treatment with the players, and told reporters that he would not hesitate to “lay down the law”.Solskjaer said: “We’ve spoken about what we expect, what standards we have on and off the pitch. You prepare for every game, I trust the lads to know what they’re doing to help the team. Everything we do is to help the team.”He’s [Pogba] a World Cup winner, Paul’s a terrific lad. When I had him as a kid as well, he was always the happy-go-lucky lad and he’s not changed personality-wise.”He’s a better player, and of course he’s one I want to get the best out of. You have so many quality players that I want to try to get the best out of and he’s no different to anybody else.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Benitez calls for perspective after Fulham draw

first_imgRafael Benitez was disappointed with aspects of Newcastle United’s performance in the 0-0 home Premier League draw with Fulham, but questioned whether his side should have been rated as big favourites.Newcastle failed to register a shot on target for a game they were widely tipped to win against Claudio Ranieri’s bottom-of-the-table visitors, who kept their first clean sheet of the season.Benitez felt it was a “tense” atmosphere with his players expected to triumph, but was keen to point out Fulham’s quality as well as the fact his team are collecting consistent points, 15 having been earned from their last nine matches. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “Sometimes it can be tense at home, when they say you have to win the game, but Fulham spent a lot of money in the summer,” he said to BBC Sport.”They are bottom but have a good team. They are organised, they had five at the back and were dangerous on the counter-attack.”It’s disappointing because we were expected to get the three points, but now we’ve taken four points from two games. It’s not ideal but we are getting points.”Newcastle extended their advantage over the bottom three to five points despite the poor display, Aleksandar Mitrovic coming closest to scoring by forcing a dramatic last-ditch block from Jamaal Lascelles with two minutes left.Benitez added: “During the game I was not happy with some situations and decisions. The worst thing is that, in a game we could win, where we were pushing and had control, we could have lost it in the last counter-attack.”It’s good that we didn’t lose but the negative is that we gave Fulham those situations to score and were a bit lucky in the end.”FULL-TIME: Newcastle United 0 Fulham 0It finishes goalless at St. James’ Park on a frustrating afternoon for the Magpies. Reaction to follow at https://t.co/6wuhjKS0XX. #NUFC pic.twitter.com/bwifnaSW6u— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) December 22, 2018Ranieri, meanwhile, hailed a key step as Fulham finally kept one of their opponents out after switching to a back five.”It is very important for us,” he said. “First half maybe we created more play and had possession well, but they had a very big chance.”Second half we lost control and they were dangerous, but we had four or five chances on the counter-attack, so at the end I’m happy because every point we achieve is good.”It’s the first time I’ve tried to play with three centre-backs and the players responded well. They were very solid against a physical team.”Alfie Mawson, one of the three centre-backs, was glad to get a clean sheet in the bag.”It’s a relief,” he said. “We were very resilient, especially in the second half. “We’ve been working hard defensively all week and now we can build on that. Hopefully it’s the start of something good. We haven’t been good enough but since the gaffer’s come on we’ve been improving.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Ribery double breaks Bayern record

first_imgFranck Ribery became the oldest Bayern Munich player to score more than one goal in a Bundesliga game after he netted twice in a 3-0 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt.Aged 35 years and 259 days, the former France international slotted in Bayern’s opener midway through the first half before adding a second with a scuffed finish late on.Saturday’s performance could have been even more memorable for Ribery, had Robert Lewandowski not failed to control the veteran’s pass at the culmination of a superb run. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Bayern’s win was capped off in style in the 89th minute with Rafinha’s fortuitous effort making it 3-0, which also brought up a record for coach Niko Kovac.2 – @FranckRibery is the oldest player of @FCBayernEN (35 years, 259 days) to score more than one goal in a Bundesliga game. Grandseigneur. #SGEFCB pic.twitter.com/g2zyFpL2O7— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) December 22, 2018The Bundesliga champions have now won their last five league fixtures, and it is the first time Kovac – in his either his playing or managerial career – has claimed five successive wins in Germany’s top division.This recent spell of good form has also served to remove some of the pressure off the coach’s back, following reports that his job might be on the line following a disastrous start to Bayern’s Bundesliga defence.Die Roten lost three of their first 11 league outings, including a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Borussia Dortmund that helped BVB set a commanding lead at the summit.The victory means Bayern end 2018 six points behind leaders Dortmund, and three above third-place Borussia Monchengladbach.last_img read more

Ronaldo is irreplaceable but others must step up – Courtois

first_imgReal Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has admitted that former star Cristiano Ronaldo is “irreplaceable” at the club, but challenged his team-mates to pick up the baton in the wake of the Portuguese’s exit.The 33-year-old left Madrid for Juventus in July following a long and illustrious career with Los Blancos, with his departure coinciding with the exit of manager Zinedine Zidane.While the Champions League holders subsequently struggled to cope, with former Spain boss Julen Lopetegui fired following only a few months at the helm as the Frenchman’s replacement, they have since stabilised since Santiago Solari took the helm. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The former academy coach secured his first trophy this weekend with a 4-1 win over Al Ain in the Club World Cup final on Saturday, to ensure silverware for another season.Speaking to reporters, goalkeeper Courtois, who joined ahead of the campaign from Premier League giants Chelsea, stated that he believes it is up to the other key forwards to carry the goalscoring burden going forward.Karim Benzema has managed 11 so far this season, with Welshman Gareth Bale overcoming a rough patch to sit one behind that tally with 10.“Cristiano Ronaldo is irreplaceable, you cannot forget what he did,” Courtois said.“But he is not here anymore, so it’s time for other players, like Bale did in the semi-finals [of the Club World Cup], to score the goals he [Ronaldo] used to score.“If we are able to do so, it’ll be fine.”Madrid’s victory over Al Ain assured them a third successive Club World Cup title in a row and means that the trophy will return to Spain for the fifth time in a row.Los Blancos previously defeated Japan’s Kashima Antlers in 2016 and Brazil’s Gremio in 2017, following their respective Champions League triumphs.They also claimed the crown in 2014, against Argentina’s San Lorenzo, while rivals Barcelona prevailed victoriously in 2015 against River Plate.Solari’s side sit fourth in La Liga, eight points behind the Catalan club, though they do have a game in hand.They do not play again until 2019 though, when they make the trip to Villarreal on January 3.last_img read more

Sissoko: I knew I could succeed at Tottenham

first_imgTottenham’s Moussa Sissoko has claimed he never considered leaving the club, despite struggling to make an impact during his first two seasons.Sissoko joined Tottenham on deadline day in August 2016, having been on the verge of a move to Everton before Spurs secured his signing from Newcastle United for a reported £30 million ($38m).The midfielder initially failed to cement a place in Mauricio Pochettino’s side and was often criticised by Tottenham’s fans following the big-money move, but he has become a first-team regular this term. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Sissoko has revealed that, despite his struggles, he never considered pushing for a move away from Tottenham.”The best thing I have done is to be strong mentally.” he told the Guardian. “I never give up. In life, you never have to go with your head down. You have to look forward, try to improve, keep fighting and one day things will change.”I never wanted to leave Spurs. I knew that I could have success here.”I don’t know if the criticism was unfair. Football is like that. It’s why I wasn’t upset by it. I was upset because I wasn’t doing what I wanted to be doing. “I had to keep working and I believe I can do better than what I am doing now.”This one is for our fansLet’s go to the semi finals ! #COYS #MS17 #CarabaoCup pic.twitter.com/f1JfMj1ehb— Moussa Sissoko (@MoussaSissoko) December 19, 2018Sissoko signed for Tottenham on the back of an impressive string of performances in France’s run to the final of Euro 2016, but the 29-year-old missed out on Didier Deschamps’ squad for Les Bleus’ triumphant World Cup 2018 campaign.”I won’t lie and say it wasn’t painful not to be part of the squad,” Sissoko said. “So it was extra motivation to perform and show I could be in the squad. I played a lot of games with them and then not to be in the World Cup – it was painful.”But it’s like that. I’m not regretting. It’s gone. You have to accept the manager has made his choice, and I was very happy when they won.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Schmeichel eyeing Man Utd job

first_imgManchester United great Peter Schmeichel is considering putting himself forward for the proposed director of football role at the Premier League club.Following Jose Mourinho’s sacking, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tenure as caretaker United manager got off to a fine start on Saturday, as the Red Devils thrashed Cardiff City 5-1.But Mourinho’s dismissal has also reportedly seen United restart their search for a director of football, a role the Portuguese coach was said to have opposed. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Schmeichel, who enjoyed eight years at the club until 1999, believes the successful candidate must have a clear idea of United’s identity, and suggested he could submit an application despite having very little football involvement since retiring in 2003. “I’m actually thinking about putting my name in there,” Schmeichel told BBC Radio 5 Live .”I really want to get involved in football again at some point. I know I’m getting older, but my life has just turned out a different way after I retired from football.”What’s really important is to get the United culture and identity back.What a difference a smile make Well done Ole and Team, the United spirit was back in the performance today @ManUtd #CARMUN — Peter Schmeichel (@Pschmeichel1) December 22, 2018 “I would like to see [the job go to] someone who has played there, and can bring some of that Alex Ferguson mentality back in the whole of the football club.”I’m considering if I have the qualities, and if I come up to an answer to that question, then I will put my name in the hat.”I’ll have a good think about this over Christmas and make a decision about it.”Schmeichel spent eight seasons at United, winning five league titles, three FA Cups, the League Cup and the Champions League during his spell at the club. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Kane & Son shine as Spurs hit Everton for six

first_imgTottenham produced a devastating display of attacking football as Son Heung-min and Harry Kane inspired the 6-2 hammering of Everton in a Premier League Christmas cracker, moving Spurs to within two points of Manchester City.The past week had been dominated by speculation linking Mauricio Pochettino with the Manchester United manager’s job, and Spurs’ attack-minded showing at Goodison Park showed exactly why the Argentinian is a front-runner.A thrilling first half started positively for Everton and they went ahead through former Arsenal man Theo Walcott, but they gifted Son an equaliser, and Dele Alli and Kane made things worse before the break. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Fine goals from Christian Eriksen and Gylfi Sigurdsson came early in the second half as the entertainment value continued to grow, but Son and Kane got their second goals in the final 30 minutes to emphatically finish the Toffees off.Walcott put Everton ahead 21 minutes in, rounding off a well-worked move by slamming home Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s cut-back.But they soon shot themselves in the foot, as Kurt Zouma and Jordan Pickford collided when trying to deal with Kane’s long pass and Son converted into an empty net.Alli netted in the 35th minute to move Spurs in front, drilling a fierce strike in from just inside the area after Pickford parried a Son strike.And Kane opened a two-goal lead just before the break, knocking into an open goal when Kieran Trippier’s free-kick came back off the post.Spurs continued to look rampant at the start of the second period – Eriksen finding the bottom-right corner with a gorgeous 20-yard volley.But Everton swiftly hit back through Sigurdsson, whose solo run ended with a smart finish from the edge of the box.The hosts’ chances were effectively ended in the 61st minute, however – Son sweeping through Pickford’s legs when released by Erik Lamela.Kane rounded things off late on, turning in Son’s cross to complete the crushing of Everton and give the visitors their first points of the season from a losing position. Technique: #COYS pic.twitter.com/AReN1M9Dxt— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 23, 2018What does it mean? Spurs hot on City’s heelsSpurs have hardly been mentioned at all with respect to the title race this term, but not only does Sunday’s result see them close to within just two points of City, it highlighted just how ruthless they can be in attack. If Kane – who has now scored in a brace in each of his last four appearances against Everton – and Son carry on like this, Liverpool might just have another team to keep an eye on.Son shines brightEveryone in Spurs’ attack and midfield impressed at Goodison, but Son was particularly effective, with his movement and ability on the ball constantly troubling Everton’s defence. On top of that, he got two goals and an assist in an all-round excellent showing.A day to forget for PickfordEngland’s goalkeeper will want to move on quickly from this showing, as he played a pivotal role in Spurs’ equaliser, parrying the ball straight to Alli for their second and was bailed out by the offside flag when he clattered into his international team-mate with an ugly challenge just before half-time.Key Opta Facts- Tottenham have won nine of their 11 Premier League away games this season – only in three completed seasons in the competition have they won more (10 in 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2017-18).- This was the third time Everton conceded six goals in a Premier League home game, with all of those coming against London clubs (1-6 vs Arsenal in August 2009, 3-6 vs Chelsea in August 2014).- This was the fourth time Tottenham have scored six or more goals in a Premier League away game, with three of those coming in the last three seasons, and twice against a side managed by Marco Silva.- Under Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham have won more games (18) and more points (70) from losing positions than any other side in the Premier League.- Tottenham’s Harry Kane has scored in nine different Premier League games this season – no player has scored in more (level with Mohamed Salah).What’s next?Everton’s Boxing Day outing sees them travel to struggling Burnley, while Spurs host a Bournemouth side boosted by Saturday’s 2-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion. read morelast_img read more

Silva makes Premier League history

first_imgMarco Silva admitted it was a “really bad afternoon” for Everton as he became the first Premier League manager to concede six goals in a home match with three different clubs.Although the Toffees took the lead through Theo Walcott in the 21st minute, Spurs soon turned things around and ultimately ran out comprehensive winners, securing a 6-2 victory on Sunday.Son Heung-min and Harry Kane were the stars of the show with two goals each, with the result highlighting an alarming trend in Silva’s Premier League career. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Spurs had previously inflicted a 7-1 home defeat on Silva’s Hull City in May 2017, and his Watford side then lost 6-0 at home to Manchester City four months later. The Portuguese accepted there were few positives to take from his latest humiliation.”Really bad afternoon for us, really bad result for us, for our fans,” he said. “We have to realise why and we will realise for sure.”We started well the match, it started really balanced. We know how they are strong in counter-attack and it started like we planned it and we scored early.”After we made the first mistake during the match when they equalised, the game changed completely.”We lost many things in our behaviour and our organisation and in this level we cannot do that.”At half-time we changed something in our tactical behaviour. I told them we cannot concede any more because we will score again and first two minutes of second half we conceded again.”Every time they went forward it was easy for them. Our organisation in our defensive moment, we don’t put enough aggressiveness in the match.”Despite signing centre-backs Yerry Mina and Kurt Zouma in the summer, Everton have struggled defensively all season and are now without a clean sheet in their last five Premier League matches.The result left the Toffees in 11th place on 24 points as they prepare to face Burnley, Brighton and Leicester City over the busy festive period.  Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Arthur: I’m praying Neymar comes to Barcelona

first_imgBarcelona midfielder Arthur has said he is praying that Neymar will return to the Camp Nou. The Brazilian star made a world-record €222 million transfer from Barcelona to PSG in the summer of 2017, and helped his side to a domestic treble in his first season at the club. However, there have been persistent rumours that the 26-year-old is unhappy in France and could be in line for a quick exit.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Real Madrid are reportedly tracking Neymar’s situation, and a sensational return to Barca has also been mooted. And Neymar’s international team-mate, who himself made a €40 million move from Gremio in the summer, is hoping to one day see him return to the Camp Nou. “I personally am praying for him to come because he is a superstar, it is indisputable,” Arthur told Mundo Deportivo.”I think that the more great players the team has, the better.”The 22-year-old has also revealed that, more than just praying, he is also doing work behind the scenes to convince Neymar that he should move back to Catalonia. “Personally, I’m doing a lot of work to get him back, but he has his life, he knows what he’s doing and I do not know how deep those negotiations are, if there are options for him to come or not.”But he is a personal friend and a professional that I admire a lot and would be very happy if he could come back here.”Neymar has been in sensational form again with PSG in 2018-19, scoring 16 goals in 18 total appearances for the club so far this season.last_img read more

Ohio State Football Star Hints At NFL Draft Decision

first_imgA closeup of an Ohio State football helmet on the field.NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: An Ohio State Buckeye helmet is seen on the sidelines prior to the start of the game during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Today was the final home game of the season for Ohio State, meaning it was the last game ever at Ohio Stadium for the Buckeyes’ seniors and NFL Draft entrants.Ohio State star defensive lineman Dre’Mont Jones appears to be in that group.Jones, a redshirt junior, has one season of eligibility remaining, but he appears to be set on leaving early for the NFL Draft.The Buckeyes’ star referred to today’s game as his last one at Ohio Stadium.Ohio State’s Dre’Mont Jones wasn’t one of the 12 seniors honored today, but he did refer to the 62-39 win over Michigan as “my last game in The Shoe.” pic.twitter.com/ET8fijyd3i— 105.7 The Zone (@1057TheZone) November 24, 2018Eleven Warriors’ Dan Hope had more on what Jones said:“It’s so much emotions behind this win, because given what people were saying about us, it’s hard to really explain in words how I feel. It’s my last game in the Shoe, and I got 4 Gold Pants now,” Jones told reporters.Dre’Mont Jones, an NFL-eligible redshirt junior, on what today’s game means to him: “It’s so much emotions behind this win, because given what people were saying about us, it’s hard to really explain in words how I feel. It’s my last game in the Shoe, and I got 4 Gold Pants now.”— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) November 25, 2018Ohio State has at least two games remaining on the season. The Buckeyes will take on Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship Game next Saturday. Ohio State will then either head to the College Football Playoff or to a bowl game.Stay tuned.last_img read more

Finance Minister Reassures

first_imgFinance and Planning Minister, Dr. the Hon Peter Phillips, is reassuring the country of the World and Inter-American Development Banks’ commitment of “substantial” resources to finance Jamaica’s economic reform programme.The institutions’ provision of grant and loan support was contingent on the administration securing an Extended Fund Facility (EFF) agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which was achieved on May 1.On that date, the IMF Executive Board approved the US$932.3 million four-year EFF.Responding to questions raised regarding reported “skepticism” about the government’s ability to implement the programme, during a media briefing at the Ministry’s National Heroes Circle offices in Kingston, on May 21, Dr. Phillips said that it is “not a surprise” that the global community is observing, with keen interest, the “seriousness of purpose and resolve” in the programme’s implementation.This, he pointed out, is based on the fact that the programme is challenging, noting however, that “we have demonstrated, as a country, the commitment to the programme and the reform effort.”“I think it is also worth pointing (out) that whatever the apprehensions that may exist in various sectors of the global financial community, including the development banks, that both the Inter-American Development Bank and the World Bank committed, with the approval of their Boards, substantial resources to the Jamaican programme,” he added.Against this background, Dr. Phillips said it is incumbent on the nation to “fulfill our obligations” as a precursor to being able to secure, “not only from those institutions, but from the private markets and other institutions (and) other partners, a long term commitment to Jamaica’s economic transformation.”Head of the IMF Mission Team, which piloted negotiations for the EFF, Jan Kees Martijn, who was at the media briefing, also gave the assurance that the collaboration among the government, IMF, World Bank and IDB is “very good,” adding that this is “critical” for the economic programme’s implementation.“Both the World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank are offering very important support to the programme’s implementation, both in terms of financing (and) in terms of technical assistance advice. I think that a partnership is in place and that is what is critical for this programme to become a success,” Mr. Martijn said.The IMF Mission Team Head was in Jamaica over the past week, along with other members of the delegation, for discussions with the government on the progress of the economic reform programme’s implementation.CONTACT: DOUGLAS McINTOSHlast_img read more

PROMAR Orders Two PSVs from Damen

first_img此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 My location Print  Close zoom PROMAR has ordered two Platform Supply Vessels from Damen Shipyards Group and this ambitious Swiss company is looking to further expand the offshore fleet under its management in the next five years. The first Damen PSV 3300 will be delivered in February 2015 and the second, in August of the same year.Commenting on why the company chose a Damen vessel, Olivier Meynis de Paulin, Chartering Supervisor says: “The PSV 3300 is at the forefront of technology in terms of equipment, being modern and reliable. These ships are built in line with North Sea standards.”PROMAR expects to employ the two vessels in the West African market. “West Africa is well-known to us. We have been chartering in this region since 2002 when we were established.“Bringing the standards of the PSV 3300 to African countries will certainly be a valuable competitive edge. In addition, the design and the level of comfort proposed by these vessels are definitely an important advantage.”He continues: “Damen is a prominent player in the shipbuilding industry with a reputation for delivering high quality, reliable, cost-effective vessels. This reputation was endorsed by our project managers, which naturally led to this partnership. The high standards and the dedicated commercial approach of Damen have been extremely satisfying.” PROMARPROMAR established its headquarters in Switzerland in 2002. Currently it has a fleet of Multi-Purpose Supply Vessels and Fast Crew Boats under management, which serve the global offshore marine industry.The company covers all ship management competencies and has a presence in Africa, Europe and the Middle East, providing top quality services to meet the highest standards of oil majors and subcontractors. Marine safety and safe working practises are always vitally important to the company, stresses Mr Meynis de Paulin. Its first representative office was opened in Congo in 2010, followed by Gabon and Angola.Mr Meynis de Paulin outlines the company’s ambitions, adding: “We are aiming to enlarge our fleet in the coming five years, bearing in mind that PROMAR’s first priority is to offer its charterers high quality vessels. Our tailor-made, commercial approach will enable us to expand in a way where we can respond to real market demand.”“The PROMAR PSV 3300 is being tailored to meet or even exceed our charterers’ expectations,” he stresses.Several specifications are being added such as Fire-Fighting Ship 1, ROV preparations, oil spill detection radar and a tank heating system. Andrea Trevisan, Damen Sales Manager Sales Area North, West and South Europe, says: “We are delighted to welcome PROMAR as a valued new Damen customer, it is really exciting that a Swiss manager will be the first company to take this innovative vessel into the West African oil and gas market. This is a truly remarkable and courageous approach by PROMAR management, which we are very enthusiastic to support. It has been a real pleasure and constructive experience working on this project. We envisage that this will be the beginning of a long-term business cooperation, where quality is a strong focus for both companies.“In addition to several innovative, technical features the PSV 3300 design ensures reliability and good seakeeping behaviour, which reduces downtime – crucial in the offshore market. Crews and engineers from the oil majors want to work on such a vessel, they know it is safe, with a high level of comfort,” he emphasises. Promar, January 31, 2014last_img read more

Help for Nova Scotians to Stop Smoking

first_imgNova Scotians will breathe easier as government continues to support community-based and in-hospital smoking cessation programs across the province. In this year’s budget, the province invested an additional $400,000 to an existing $1.3 million commitment bringing the total to $1.7 million. This is part of the $2.4-million investment into the renewed provincial tobacco control strategy. “There are many people whose health has been impacted by smoking and this investment will help them quit,” said Health and Wellness Minister David Wilson. “Our province has had great success over the past number of years in decreasing the smoking rate and this investment will further that success.” Since 2001, Nova Scotia’s smoking rates have dropped from 30 per cent to 18 per cent. Smoking rates for youth, once the highest in Canada, are now at an all-time low of 12 per cent. As part of the 2011 renewed tobacco control strategy, smoking cessation was identified as one step in moving toward a tobacco-free Nova Scotia. The strategy will also: aim to reduce the smoking rate among 20-24 year olds to 20 per cent by 2015-16 focus on the behaviour of the tobacco industry in Nova Scotia by looking at sales to minors, compliance rates and tobacco advertising aim to reduce the number of teens (15 to 19) smoking from 15 per cent to 10 per cent explore legislation to help smoking reduction efforts expand the range of effective, comprehensive treatment options for tobacco users by complementing community-based counselling programslast_img read more

Tory leader issues new statement on attacks including mention of Muslims

first_imgOTTAWA — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has issued a revised statement on the terrorist attacks in New Zealand after being criticized for not mentioning that the attack was against Muslims at mosques during their Friday prayers.The National Council of Canadian Muslims says in a statement that after the attacks in Christchurch and the Quebec City mosque shooting that killed six people during prayers in 2017, Muslims feel vulnerable and unsafe and that it is “essential” that political leaders call the attacks for what they are: Islamophobic terrorism.The statement does not mention Scheer by name but he is the only Canadian political leader whose public response to the attacks did not mention either Muslims or mosques.Former Conservative Maxime Bernier, now the leader of the People’s Party of Canada, hasn’t posted anything about the attacks at all.In tweets and a Facebook post late Thursday evening, Scheer condemned an attack on freedom and “peaceful worshippers” but did not make note of the fact the worshippers were Muslims.At mid-afternoon Friday Scheer’s new statement issued by email and posted to Facebook added mention of the fact two mosques were the targets and condemned a “cowardly and hateful attack on the Muslim community.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

TekSavvy complains about data omitted from annual CRTC report on industry trends

OTTAWA — TekSavvy Solutions Inc. has lodged a complaint with the CRTC, saying that critical statistical information compiled by the federal telecommunications regulator was omitted from last year’s edition of an annual industry report.The Ontario-based independent internet provider (ISP) says that the CRTC’s omission of the information makes it more difficult for companies like TekSavvy as they compete with industry giants, particularly Bell Canada.A spokeswoman for the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission says it’s reviewing TekSavvy’s complaint.TekSavvy says the 2018 Communications Monitoring Report issued Dec. 20 didn’t follow the CRTC’s usual practices for reporting things like consumer appetite for faster Internet, capital spending by independent ISPs and their market share. TekSavvy and its peers have been trying for years to get the CRTC to make it easier for wholesale internet resellers like them to offer higher-speed internet service to their customers, who are also potential customers of the big players.Andy Kaplan-Myrth, TekSavvy’s vice-president for regulatory affairs, says industry data normally available in December would have helped independent ISPs make their case at CRTC hearings in December and January.Previous CRTC decisions have effectively allowed Bell Canada and other major phone companies to limit their wholesale customers like TekSavvy from offering residential services above 50,000 megabits per second.  Companies in this story: (TSX:BCE)The Canadian Press read more

Minister Shaw Urges Local Entities to Get JANAAC Stamp of Approval

Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, is encouraging more Jamaican entities to get certified through the Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC) in order to lift their standards and elevate their position in the global marketplace. The Minister was speaking at JANAAC Chief Executive Officer’s (CEO) Breakfast at the Terra Nova Hotel in St. Andrew on Friday (June 7). Story Highlights Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, is encouraging more Jamaican entities to get certified through the Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC) in order to lift their standards and elevate their position in the global marketplace.The Minister was speaking at JANAAC Chief Executive Officer’s (CEO) Breakfast at the Terra Nova Hotel in St. Andrew on Friday (June 7).He praised the entity for its ongoing work in providing conformity assessment bodies (CABs) with internationally recognised accreditation services and training.These include public and private sector laboratories (testing, medical and calibration); inspection bodies such as the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) and the Food Storage and Prevention of Infestation Division; and certification bodies such as the National Certification Body of Jamaica.Minister Shaw noted that JANAAC has the enviable position of being the only such internationally recognised accreditation body in the English-speaking Caribbean.In her remarks, Chief Executive Officer, Sharonmae Shirley, said that the number of bodies accredited by JANAAC has grown from eight to 33 over the last five years and continues to climb.Mrs. Shirley said the agency also serves clients in the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Guyana, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.JANAAC provides technical training for personnel working within CABs and facilitates the sharing of technical information with stakeholders.The agency is a signatory to the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation’s (ILAC) Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) for the International Organization for Standardization-International/Electro-technical Commission (ISO/IEC) 17025 testing laboratories scope.“As a pillar in the national [and regional] quality infrastructure, we are proud to support our exporters and manufacturers, while ensuring consumer safety [through] assessment procedures [that] meet the rigours of the globally-accepted conformity assessment standards,” Mrs. Shirley said.The breakfast function was held to mark World Accreditation Day on June 9 under the theme: ‘Accreditation; Adding Value to Supply Chains.’During the event, accreditation certificates for ISO/IEC 17025 were presented to the Veterinary Services Division’s (VSD) Diagnostic Laboratory, and the Food Storage and Prevention of Infestation Division, which fall under the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries. He praised the entity for its ongoing work in providing conformity assessment bodies (CABs) with internationally recognised accreditation services and training. read more

Protecting Borders Critical to Addressing Crime – Dr Chang

“We have to control transnational crime, and if we get that right… it will be [one of] the most effective steps in getting criminals under control in Jamaica. The Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA), Jamaica Customs, the Coast Guard and the police [must work] together to ensure that we can protect our borders and disrupt the transnational criminal activity,” the Minister argued. “Keeping our borders safe is critical to ensuring that we [continue to] have a growing visitor industry as well as a growing economy,” he added. Story Highlights Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, says that protecting the country’s borders is critical in curtailing crime. Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, says that protecting the country’s borders is critical in curtailing crime.“We have to control transnational crime, and if we get that right… it will be [one of] the most effective steps in getting criminals under control in Jamaica. The Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA), Jamaica Customs, the Coast Guard and the police [must work] together to ensure that we can protect our borders and disrupt the transnational criminal activity,” the Minister argued.“Keeping our borders safe is critical to ensuring that we [continue to] have a growing visitor industry as well as a growing economy,” he added.Dr. Chang was addressing PICA’s general staff meeting, which was held at the HEART College of Technology and Innovation in Montego Bay, St. James, on Friday (June 14).He hailed the agency’s work, noting that it is playing a key role in the country’s national security, by preventing the entry of unsavory individuals into the island.“The public interface [with the agency] is getting a passport and stamping immigration forms and sending them through. [However], the organisation is far more complex, far more involved and, in fact, plays a critical role in [the nation’s] security, which, often times, is not recognised by the wider society,” he noted.“Let me commend you on the work you are doing. I know you are working hard, and where there may be weaknesses, I know you are working to overcome them,” he said.Dr. Chang said that the Ministry is open to suggestions from PICA on policy changes that can improve its effectiveness.“What I would like to see is not only your efforts being rewarded, but [for you to] become the best immigration and citizenship organisation in the Western Hemisphere, because you have the ability. You have the capacity and you have the personnel, and I commend you,” he added.PICA’s general meeting was attended by scores of immigration officers from across the island. The session included group activities as well as presentations on the entity’s operational and corporate plans. read more

NLA and JDF Sign MOU for Hydrographic Surveys of Jamaicas Seabed

Story Highlights The National Land Agency (NLA) and Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will facilitate hydrographic surveys of the seabed in the country’s territorial waters. The National Land Agency (NLA) and Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will facilitate hydrographic surveys of the seabed in the country’s territorial waters.This exercise will be conducted using a vessel from the JDF Coast Guard’s fleet.The agreement will be executed under the auspices of the National Hydrographic Committee (NHC), which is chaired by Director General of the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ), Rear Admiral Peter Brady.Under the MOU, the JDF is providing a vessel for the mounting of hydrographic survey equipment, provided by the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) through the Commonwealth Marine Economics Programme, to facilitate the underwater surveys by the NLA.Speaking in an interview with JIS News, Acting Senior Director of Surveys at the NLA, Major Patrick Aiken, who indicated that the agency conducts surveys of land above and under water, said the outcome of the exercise being embarked on can be used for numerous activities such as in determining accuracy during a dredging exercise.“We can use it for the purpose of getting the elevation of the seabed so that dredging can be done to allow deep-hull ships to enter the harbour without being stuck in mud or silt. After the dredging is completed, we would again survey the ocean floor to see that we have achieved the desired depth,” he further outlined.The NHC which is the government-appointed committee dealing with hydrography and maritime spatial data, is tasked with coordinating the discharge of Jamaica’s responsibility under the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention.It places particular focus on the regulation that requires a member State to facilitate hydrographic services and ensure that nautical charts are kept up to date in order to ensure safe navigation.Rear Admiral Brady told JIS News that the survey process had already begun. “In the last two years, Jamaica embarked on the updating of the hydrographic charts in key maritime developmental areas to better facilitate coastal navigation marine infrastructural works and other marine activities, through assistance from the UK Government” he said.Rear Admiral Brady noted that while shipping around Jamaica has increased over the years, with larger vessels, increased water levels and greater depths, the country’s nautical charts are over 40 years old, adding that current data is needed for efficiency.“Having modern surveys will make Jamaica more attractive and will make ship navigators confident to enter Jamaican waters, and at the same time provide key information for potential investors in commodities such as marine oil and gas,” he added.The NHC is a Committee of the National Council on Ocean and Coastal Zone Management (NCOCZM), a Cabinet subcommittee that is Chaired by Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon Kamina Johnson Smith.Its membership comprises representatives of the Port Authority of Jamaica; National Land Agency; NCOCZM; University of the West Indies Marine Lab; JDF Coast Guard; the Fisheries Division; University of Technology, Jamaica; Caribbean Maritime University and the Maritime Authority of Jamaica.The UKHO has been in Jamaica for the past three weeks conducting hydrography training. This will develop Jamaica’s capability to conduct its own hydrographic surveying. This exercise will be conducted using a vessel from the JDF Coast Guard’s fleet. The agreement will be executed under the auspices of the National Hydrographic Committee (NHC), which is chaired by Director General of the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ), Rear Admiral Peter Brady. read more