Man Utd boss Solskjaer: What I can teach Rashfordby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has no doubts about the potential of Marcus Rashford.Solskjaer wants to teach the England striker how to become a fox in the box after he struggled for goals under predecessor Jose Mourinho. He said: “I think Marcus has got his own motivation to become the best player he can be.“He has got far more than I did in terms of his physical attributes, his pace, his strength and striking the ball from outside the box. But maybe I can give him a little bit of the nous I had inside the box. I'm talking about the little moves you make to get free, that little bit of calmness in front of goal."Marcus is only 21. He's still learning. The most important thing I can see is to just settle him down in front of goal.“I've seen him rush a few finishes. He thinks 'I've got to get a shot off early' when sometimes you just need to pass it past the keeper. I always say that the goal never moves. So I am really looking forward to working with him." About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Chelsea tracking PSV prospect Mohamed Ihattarenby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea are tracking PSV Eindhoven prospect Mohamed Ihattaren.The 17 year-old has been a revelation for PSV Eindhoven this season, scoring one goal and producing three assists in seven appearances in the Eredivisie.Calciomercato.com says the teen is attracting interest from Chelsea.Ihattaren is tied to PSV until 2022.Chelsea, dependent on appeal, cannot buy new players until next summer. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
CHETWYND, B.C. — A grass fire erupted near the CN Rail yard in Chetwynd on Sunday.Chetwynd Fire Chief Leo Sabulsky said that the fire was reported at around 11:30 yesterday morning and grew to 15 hectares in size before crews managed to contain the blaze around four hours later. He said that a helicopter was dispatched by BC Wildfire Service and bucketed water to the site and a cat was used to build a fire guard.According to Sabulsky, the fire is now contained and the BC Wildfire Service’s Northern Fire Attack Teams will continue to monitor the scene over the next three days as a complete mop-up is necessary. The fire has caused the District of Chetwynd to close the Crown and Centurion Trails, and residents are asked to stay clear of the burn area. Sabulsky added that the cause of the fire is suspicious and all residents are asked to be extra diligent and note any hikers or persons using the trails.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – On the early morning of June 16, Fort St. John RCMP received a report of a robbery that occurred on the north side of 100 Avenue and 102 Street.According to RCMP, at around 3:00 a.m., a mountain bike rider was on their way to work when the cyclist was accosted by four male suspects.Police say the suspects ranged in height from 5’4″ to 5’10” and were all wearing black hoodies with white and blue bandanas covering the bottom of their faces. It is said that one of the suspects punched the victim in the face causing the rider to fall off their bike. The suspects then took the red mountain bike and left eastbound on 100 Avenue.The Fort St John RCMP Police Dog Services unit attended the scene but was not able to locate the suspects.The RCMP believe this is an isolated incident and are asking anyone who has information about this incident to contact them at 250-787-8100 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
“We can do better,” said Whidden, “I will be the first one to tell you before my injury when I was an able-bodied person I didn’t look at the fact there was no ramp at the hot springs, I had a different perspective at the time. Now that has changed and now as a person in a wheelchair this is how I perceive things and now does my family and people close to me and they see it. Unless it has affected your life it does not bother most people.”Whidden wants to bring light to inclusion in a positive and responsible way, by creating conversation and inspiring people to make small changes around your life to create inclusion for all people that live in communities.To view and sign the petition; CLICK HERE Whidden admits it was not until his injury that his perspective changed regarding access to the therapeutic benefits of Liard as he shares that he does not have safe access to the springs. Whidden goes on to share wheelchair users have sore tight muscles due to sitting in their chairs all day, up to 10 – 12 hours and the benefits of the natural mineral springs cannot be utilized if you cannot get to them.Lack of inclusion to Liard gave birth to creating a petition to see that access for all people to the hot springs would be a reality. As stairs are a means of entry for abled bodied persons, a ramp enables inclusivity for all people. In 2015 an upgrade to the springs never included access for all persons by way of a ramp.Perspective and inclusion became the highlights of conversation as Whidden described how his perspective changed from being an able-bodied person to a person that relies on a wheelchair and how inclusion can be based on opportunity through access.Being fully apart of the experience and being able to engage and create memories are some of the benefits to inclusion, being unable to move independently can happen from injury and affect anyone. To be sat on the sidelines and not be able to participate with the family such as getting into the water on a family vacation is disappointing and isolating.Whidden’s goal is for Liard to be universally assessable so all people can get in and out of the water easily and safely. He shares he is not interested in taking no for an answer and that it is not an option as he is passionate about this.The petition that is posted online has received over 2,000 signatures, Whidden also intends on making hard copies of the petition to place at campgrounds in the area. He understands this is an isolated area yet it is also a Provincial Park where people with disabilities are given free access. FORT NELSON, B.C. – Local Tanner Whidden wants inclusion for all people at Liard Hot Springs and has created a petition to create safe access for all.Whidden became wheelchair bound in July 2017 after two 10 hour surgeries to remove tumours off of his spinal cord and following up with 28 rounds of radiation.Born and raised in Fort Nelson, Whidden spent many summers on the Alaska Hwy with his father who worked on road construction and therefore spent a lot of time at Liard Hot Springs.
Seoul: South Korea said Thursday it is considering dispatching a special envoy to North Korea as part of its efforts to get stalled nuclear talks back on track. Negotiations over North Korea's nuclear program have remained stalemated since a summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Vietnam last month ended without agreement. South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who facilitated US-North Korean talks last year, is to travel to Washington next week to discuss the nuclear diplomacy with Trump. Moon's national security adviser, Chung Eui-yong, told lawmakers on Thursday that his government is also considering sending a special envoy to North Korea. He didn't elaborate. In March 2018, Moon sent a delegation led by Chung to Pyongyang, North Korea's capital. Chung's delegation met Kim and quoted him as saying he was willing to deal away his advancing nuclear arsenal. Moon met Kim three times later in 2018. Kim's first summit with Trump in Singapore last May ended with a vaguely worded commitment to denuclearization that lacked any roadmap or timing.
New Delhi: The Income Tax department has notified I-T return forms for individuals and companies for the assessment year 2019-20. While there has been no change in ITR-1 or Sahaj, which is to be filled by the salaried class, some sections in ITR 2, 3, 5, 6 and 7 have been rationalised. Individuals, firms and companies have to file returns for the income earned in 2018-19 during the course of current fiscal. ITR-1 is filed by individuals having a total income of up to Rs 50 lakh, having income from salaries, one house property, other sources (like interest), and agricultural income up to Rs 5,000. ITR-2 is filed by Individuals and HUFs not having income from profits and gains of business or profession, while ITR-3 is filed by individuals and HUFs having income from profits and gains of business or profession. Also Read - Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalITR-4 or Sugam is meant for individuals, HUFs and firms (other than LLP) having a total income of up to Rs 50 lakh and having presumptive income from business and profession. Those filing ITR-3 and ITR-6 (companies) will have to disclose information regarding turnover / gross receipts reported for Goods and Services Tax included now in ITR-3 and ITR- 6 also. Last year, it was applicable only for those assessees filing ITR-4. The last date of filing Income Tax Return (ITR) is July 31 for those who are not required to get their accounts audited.
Chennai: The Madras High Court on Tuesday held that Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi "cannot interfere" in the day-to-day affairs of the elected government of the Union Territory, a decision hailed by Chief Minister V Narayanasamy who termed it as "victory" of democracy.Allowing a petition by K Laksminarayanan, a Congress MLA, Justice R Mahadevan set aside the two communications issued in January and June 2017 by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs "elevating" the power of the administrator. Also Read - 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghReferring to the Supreme Court judgement on the tussle between Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Lt Governor Anil Baijal, the judge said restrictions imposed on the Government of Delhi are not applicable to the Government of Puducherry. "The apex court has clearly held that there is a distinction between the National Capital Territory of Delhi and Puducherry", the judge said. Though Puducherry was not a state, the Legislative Assembly would have the same powers as that of a state, he said. Also Read - Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul's visit abroadHailing the judgement, Congress leader and Chief Minister Narayanasamy, who has been at loggerheads with Bedi over various issues, said the court order was "historic and demonstrates the victory of democracy." In her reaction, Bedi said, "We are examining the judgement." The judge in his order said, "The Administrator cannot interfere in the day-to -ay affairs of the government. The decision taken by the Council of Ministers and the Chief Minister is binding on the Secretaries and other officials." The petitioner Lakshminarayanan is an elected member of the Puducherry assembly from the Raj Bhavan constituency. He submitted that there were political differences between the elected Government of Puducherry and the Centre. "She (Bedi) conducts review meetings with the officials directly, by-passing the elected government, carries out inspections and issues on-the-spot orders and thereby runs a parallel and diametrically opposite government within the government," he claimed. The petitioner also alleged that the Administrator was interfering in the day-to-day administration of the territorial government, its policies and programmes. The judge observed that the court had already discussed the role of secretaries. They normally act only as a medium of communication, utmost to render their opinion at circumstances and have no power or authority to override the decisions of the Council. "Though they may report to the Administrator nominated by the President, still they cannot shed their duty to the decision of the Council of Ministers taken as per the procedure laid down in the Government of Union Territories Act and the Rules of Business of the Government of Pondicherry, 1963. "...they cannot jump the gun and run a parallel Government under the directions of the Administrator," the judge said. The court said elected representatives of the government play a major role in decision making, or else, there would be no purpose in having an elected government, who are the true representatives of the people. "...the elected government functioning through the Council of Ministers cannot be defeated by the act of the Administrator, who is also functioning under the provisions of the Constitution, by way of interfering in the day to day affairs of the Government...," it said. Alluding to the allegations over use of social media by the Administrator (Bedi) to summon officials, the Judge said, "The Government officials cannot use their personal media to address the grievances of the public. "A public redressal forum in the form of official e-mails, telephone numbers are to be circulated and used, if already not put into use." "The Administrator has no exclusive authority to run the administration in derogation of the Constitutional Principles and the Parliamentary Laws governing the issue," he added. Responding to the court order, Narayanasamy said: "The High Court has in its order pointed out unequivocally that Kiran Bedi does not have independent powers and she must work in tandem with the elected government in administrative and service matters, financial aspect of governance." "We are examining the judgment, after which we shall take a view," Bedi said in a Whatsapp message to media. She said the Model Code of Conduct in the context of the parliamentary polls was still in force and "files which require Lt Governor's approval such as service matters, promotions, appointments, disciplinary matters and financial sanctions for grant in aid are being received and being examined." "They are being cleared on merits of each case," she added.
GAMES3 POINT PERC.2 POINT PERC.GAME SCORERECORDWIN PERC. Source: basketball-reference.com There can be no diminishing the accomplishments of LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, who came back from a 3-1 series deficit to end the Golden State Warriors’ reign as NBA champions. King James deserves every accolade he receives — and I’m sure he’ll have words for the doubters who didn’t think this was possible. Like me.I’ve been bullish on the Warriors for a while now. Early in the season, I wrote about Stephen Curry’s ability to handle virtually any shooting burden before I even knew that he was a legitimate threat from 30 feet. My operating theory was that Curry should take more and more and more 3-pointers. In the final game of the season, he had 14 attempts (yay!) but made only four (oops).Teams with recent championship experience tend to be money in the playoffs, and this Warriors squad seemed not to be affected much by the strength of their opponents — both of which should have made the team bigger favorites than even our models suggested. So when the winningest team in NBA history needed to win only two of five (and then one of three) games against a team it had beaten all four times they played this season — by an average of 22 points — I felt pretty good about my position. I was wrong.The Warriors ended up losing as many games in the playoffs as they did in the regular season, finishing with a particularly un-GOATish 7-7 stretch against Oklahoma City and Cleveland. Although a 14-game break-even stretch doesn’t sound horrible, it would be highly improbable for a team that won 90 percent of its games, as the Warriors had with Curry playing. Of course, the Thunder and Cavaliers were stronger than the Warriors’ typical opponents (the Warriors did go 5-0 against them during the regular season, and remember they crushed strong opponents as easily as weak ones throughout the season), though this is partly offset by the Warriors’ home-court advantage.A result like that 7-7 raises questions: Have the Warriors been solved? Is Curry unable to carry an offense single-handedly after all, or was his run of bad form because of something else, like a lingering injury? From an empirical standpoint, this bizarre end to the season doesn’t tell us as much as we would like, but it does hold a few insights.Although Curry’s performance in the playoffs clearly regressed from his in the regular season, why that happened is unclear. There are, however, reasons to believe it was more than simply a run of bad shooting luck, but not something as dim as the Golden State model succumbing to playoff basketball. Since his first injury, in Game 1 against the Houston Rockets, Curry hasn’t really been Curry. He’s struggled to turn the corner on defenders on his way to the rim, and he’s had a troubling turnover rate, which may have happened (in part) because he found himself with unfamiliar passing lanes after being unable to create his usual space. Curry’s dropoff was also evident in his shooting weeks ago, and it hasn’t improved. Since his return, Curry has been worse in virtually every significant metric — even compared to his pre-injury performance against the same opponents: Game Score is an imperfect metric for combining box score stats, but in this case, it gets the job done. Pre-injury, Curry performed better against his playoff opponents this season than he did against a typical team.1“Pre-injury, playoff opponents” includes regular-season games against the Rockets, Blazers, Thunder and Cavaliers and Game 1 of the Warriors’ playoff series against the Rockets. “Post-injury” includes Game 4 against the Rockets and beyond. Moreover, he performed similarly against all four squads.Looking at the bottom line: The Warriors went 10-7 with Curry playing after his first injury. Again, although that doesn’t look dramatic, the likelihood of it happening by chance alone can be quite slim: For a team that wins 90 percent of games, the chances of losing seven of 17 are around 1 in 10,000. At 80 percent, they’re around 1 in 100, and at 70 percent, they’re around 1 in 10.2Based on a binomial calculation assuming that the Warriors were as good as their record, that their odds of winning were the same in each game, and that each game’s outcome is independent of the others. Note that these would not be great assumptions for making a precise calculation but are fine for a first cut, particularly with a Warriors team that for most of the season — did I mention? — didn’t seem to care much who they were playing.Also, when the Warriors lost three games to the Thunder (before going on to win the series), it seemed unremarkable — in part because it was in line with the tendency of teams that are good at winning also being good at winning playoff series. But now that the Warriors have lost four games to the Cavs, those results corroborate each other, suggesting that the Warriors weren’t just running badly, but that there was something systematically awry.3By Game 7 of the Finals, sportsbooks appeared to have this pegged, with most putting Golden State around -180, which would be absurdly low under normal circumstances.A 1-in-10 phenomenon is well within the range of stuff that happens in sports every day, and even 1-in-10,000 phenomena still happen. But the question isn’t whether the Warriors’ dreary finish was unlikely, but, given its unlikeliness, what is the most likely explanation. Did the Warriors just get unlucky? Are they — gasp — anti-clutch? Did two teams suddenly figure them out? Or was Curry’s injury a bigger factor than he let on?As usual, when something crazy happens, there can be many causes. A few Warriors may have performed poorly in the clutch. Teams may have “figured them out” to some degree. And they may have gotten a little unlucky. But those are the sorts of things that all teams have had to deal with historically, and teams as good as the Warriors haven’t broken overnight. More importantly, for the Warriors to pin this on fortune alone would require luck so profoundly bad that they’d be dodging falling pianos. That’s good news for Warriors’ fans. It means that, should they be able to heal what’s ailing them — such as a lingering injury to the league MVP — winning more championships still depends on fairly predictable outcomes rather than cruel turns of chance.At the very least, revolutionaries have good reasons to be hopeful that next season will continue where this season seemed destined to go rather than where it ended up. Pre-injury, non-playoff opponents44.8%56.5%24.361-789.7% Post-injury Steph played worse, won less Pre-injury, playoff opponents49.656.625.811-191.7 Post-injury39.348.517.110-758.8 VIDEO: The greatness of LeBron James
The big hittersDustin Johnson (odds to win: 12-to-1): Johnson entered Augusta last season having won three consecutive tournaments. He was among the favorites to win. Then he fell down a flight of stairs.This could be the year he exorcises those what-could-have-been demons.The 33-year-old is tied for the PGA Tour lead in par-4 scoring average and leads the tour in par-5 scoring average. He’s also No. 1 in total strokes gained, a metric that measures each shot a player takes based on how much it reduces his expected score on a given hole, relative to the field average. And Johnson’s putting has been sensational; he ranks in the top 15 in strokes gained with the putter. With an ostentatious ability to drive the ball — he leads the tour in strokes gained off the tee — Johnson owns five of the tour’s 50 longest drives this season, providing ample opportunities for attendees to crow “mashed potatoes.”1Please don’t.Johnson has owned the longest holes at the Augusta National Golf Club, with a career mark of 46 under par on par-5s, according to ESPN Stats & Info. To compete this weekend, though, he’ll need to improve on par-4s, on which he’s a career 44 over par.Bubba Watson (odds to win: 16-to-1): The two-time Masters champion enters this weekend as arguably the player on tour in the best form.After going more than 40 events without a win, he has won twice in the past two months — at the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play and the Genesis Open. The same guy who was contemplating retirement last season during a rapid weight loss is now vying to become the ninth player to win the Masters at least three times.The 39-year-old’s unorthodox style feels tailor-made for rounds under the Georgia pines. The course allows him to attempt 45-yard hook shots with a pitching wedge, for example, and to uncork his 316.2-yard drives. And because he annihilates his tee shots, Watson has over his career played the par-5s at the Masters 65 under par, according to ESPN Stats & Info.The short game has traditionally held Watson back, but he has moved from outside the top 140 in strokes gained on shots approaching the green and with the putter last season to inside the top 80 in both this season.Rory McIlroy (odds to win: 12-to-1): With a roaring final-round 64, McIlroy won the Arnold Palmer Invitational last month, his first victory since the fall of 2016. Then came shots of vodka with the media.A win this weekend would complete the career Grand Slam for the 28-year-old. Since 2014, only Jordan Spieth has led more rounds in major tournaments than McIlroy has — and no player save for McIlroy can claim four top-10 finishes at Augusta over the past five years.After an injury-riddled 2016-17 campaign, McIlroy has surged up the leaderboard in a number of metrics, ranking in the top 25 in total strokes gained, strokes gained off the tee and strokes gained with the putter. His drives are averaging a blistering 314.1 yards, a top-five mark on tour.To win, McIlroy will have to improve on holes 10, 11 and 12, where he’s a combined 26 over par since the final round in 2011, according to ESPN Stats & Info.The kidsJon Rahm (odds to win: 20-to-1): It can be easy to forget that Rahm is 23 years old — and not only because he has the face of a 35-year-old accountant. “Rahmbo” has been so good so fast that he’s the highest-ranked player to not have a major championship to his name, according to ESPN Stats & Info.Rahm’s putting has improved mightily: He’s jumped from No. 49 in strokes gained with the putter and No. 66 in putts per round last season to No. 32 and No. 13, respectively, this season.He cranks the ball 306.7 yards off the tee, which makes him No. 23 on tour. But he ranks much higher in strokes gained off the tee — second — because whether he’s blasting his driver or using another club, he’s effective in maximizing his first shots, covering 67.5 percent of hole yardage with his tee shots. Club selection is paramount at Augusta, particularly off the tee — will Rahm’s skills there and his improved putting help him notch a win?Jordan Spieth (odds to win: 10-to-1): Last weekend’s final-round 66 at the Houston Open gave Spieth’s supporters a reason to be optimistic about Augusta, where Spieth’s track record ranges from the sublime to the five-alarm tire fire.In the aggregate, though, Spieth has been dominant at the Masters: In his four starts, he hasn’t finished lower than 11th; three times, he ranked in the top 10. In 2015, he became the fifth-ever wire-to-wire winner and tied the all-time lowest winning score (270, -18). Since 2015, Spieth has been 20 shots or better than any other player at majors, according to ESPN Stats & Info.But Spieth has fallen off a cliff with his putter. In each of the past three seasons, he ranked 42nd or better in strokes gained with the putter. In 2018, he’s No. 185. But that hasn’t stopped him from attacking the longer holes on tour; he ranks in the top 20 in par-4 and par-5 scoring average. With a win, Spieth would be just the third player to claim four majors before his 25th birthday (the other two are Woods and Young Tom Morris). He turns 25 in July.Justin Thomas (odds to win: 10-to-1): Had he turned in a stronger performance last month, Thomas could have entered this weekend as the top player in the world. Should he win this weekend, few would question his place atop the global leaderboard.The 24-year-old has won an astonishing seven times since the start of the 2016 season, more than any player on tour. But the occasionally profane Kentucky native has struggled in his two previous appearances at Augusta, where he’s never shot in the 60s or finished in the top 20.However, Thomas comes into the tournament with much more momentum this time around. He has jumped from a No. 45 ranking a season ago to No. 5 this season in percentage of yardage covered by tee shots, largely because his drives are averaging 312.5 yards, the longest average distance he’s posted since he turned pro.The Europeans (and one Canadian)Paul Casey (odds to win: 20-to-1): The 40-year-old is one of the the least-discussed veterans in this year’s field, and though he has repeatedly demonstrated his poise at majors, he’s never quite managed a win.Casey has finished in the top 10 at each of the last three Masters, and he has logged top-10 marks at every major at least once in his career.This season, only Sergio Garcia, Johnson and Casey rank in the top five in both strokes gained tee to green and total strokes gained. The Englishman has also notched a win stateside this year at the Valspar Championship, though it’s possible his victory was overshadowed when a certain someone on a comeback tour finished tied for second.Alex Noren (odds to win: 40-to-1): The Swede hasn’t finished outside the top 36 all season, racking up three top-10 finishes. In search of his first major victory, Noren has come to the right place. Eight of the last 11 Masters winners had never won a major before taking home the green jacket, according to ESPN Stats & Info.Noren cut his teeth on the European Tour, where he won five times between July 2016 and May 2017. He enters this weekend ranked in the top 20 in total strokes gained and in strokes gained with the putter, on approach, and from tee to green.Justin Rose (odds to win: 12-to-1): Rose has been a perennial contender at Augusta, and this could be the year he finally breaks through and wins a green jacket. He has finished in the top 10 in the tournament each of the last three years, twice coming in second, and over the last three Masters combined, he has the best score relative to par of anyone on the tour. Rose has ended up in the top 25 in 10 of his 12 starts at the Masters, which is an absurd success rate. Among players with at least five starts at the tournament, only Tiger Woods and Ben Hogan have made the top 25 more consistently.Adam Hadwin (odds to win: 150-to-1): A Canadian made the list! Hadwin has finished among the top 20 in every tournament he’s played in since early February. If he can withstand inconsistencies off the tee (he ranks No. 129 in strokes gained off the tee) and on the green (No. 131 in strokes gained with the putter), his approach game can do most of the work (No. 22 in strokes gained on shots approaching the green, No. 7 in strokes gained around the green). This year also marks the 15th anniversary of Mike Weir’s improbable victory at Augusta to become the first Canadian man to win a major. Hadwin has finished in the top 10 three times so far this season, and like Weir, he’s deft with the short game. It’s Masters week, which means that it’s time to cancel your weekend plans, turn the dulcet tones of Jim Nantz’s voice up as loud as your television and neighbors will allow, and watch — in its piano-saturated glory — golf’s most popular event.The 82nd installment of the Masters will be the smallest field since the mid-1990s, and it will be the most competitive in at least the past decade. There are 10 players with shorter than 20-to-1 odds to win the tournament (two more are at 20-to-1 exactly), according to the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook as of Tuesday. That’s the most of any Masters since at least 2008, according to ESPN Stats & Information Group.Tiger Woods, a golfer you might have heard of, is in that group, as is another familiar name: Phil Mickelson. But they aren’t the only players worth paying attention to. Below, I’ve highlighted the other marquee players you should look out for, as well as the under-the-radar players who could find themselves in a green jacket by Sunday night.