Red Bluff >> Chico High girls basketball coach Gina Snider said she wasn’t pleased with the team at halftime. She was beyond ecstatic post-game. But as she said, all the credit goes to the players. Down most of the night, Chico finally grabbed a lead early in overtime and hung on for a 59-57 win on the road over Red Bluff in the Eastern Athletic League opener for both teams Friday night. Elyana Croninger scored a game-high 21 points, including several huge baskets in the fourth …
An IPS officer in Uttar Pradesh has been suspended weeks after he gave an interview to an English website on how he had been sidelined after he had booked Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, then the Gorakhpur MP, under the National Security Act in 2002.UP Police spokesperson R.K. Gautam confirmed that 1992-cadre IPS officer Jasvir Singh, who was last posted as ADG Rules and Manual, was placed under suspension. However, Mr. Gautam did not reveal the reason for suspension. As per the UP Police website, Mr. Singh was suspended on February 14. “ADG under suspension,” it read under his current post section. Mr. Singh was the SP of Maharajganj district in Purvanchal in 2002, when he booked Mr. Adityanath under the stringent NSA. In a story published in Huffington Post on January 30, Mr. Singh is quoted as saying that he had refused to withdraw his case for preventive detention against the then sitting MP despite pressure from politicians of the Bharatiya Janata Party, who were in power at the Centre at the time, and the Bahujan Samaj Party, which formed the State government. Two days later, he was transferred to the Food Cell of the UP Police, said the article.While narrating his ordeal over the years, the article says that under the Yogi Adityanath government which came to power in 2017, Mr. Singh had become “a pariah of the IPS.” Mr. Singh says he paid a price for trying to hold politicians and ministers to account, as per the article, in which he also questions the encounter killings under the Yogi government.Mr. Singh is quoted as saying: “They want loyalty to political persons. This is totally unconstitutional. If we don’t resist, things won’t change. Resisting is the most rewarding thing especially when there is a big allurement.”The story also says that for the 26 years of his service, Mr. Singh held posts entailing actual police work only for six years. “Detested by his superiors, shunned by his colleagues, he has been written off as a troublemaker,” said the article.
Man Utd legend Neville: Board must find transfer specialistby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Gary Neville believes the club will take time to build a world-class transfer department for next season.Jose Mourinho was replaced last week by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has become caretaker manager until the end of the season. But Neville thinks the club’s recruitment, led by chief executive Ed Woodward, needs to be fixed.”Ole’s job in the next six months is to be head coach, head scout, head of recruitment and making sure he feeds back really good information into the recruitment department of what the club needs,” he told Sky Sports’ Gary Neville Podcast.”My concern over the last three to four years is who has been signing the players.”That needs cleaning up and I am certain the club in the next six months will appoint the right people who are best in class to run that side of things.”Manchester United have to start getting it right otherwise they will struggle, but it was a good start yesterday.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 16: A member of the Oklahoma Sooners spirit squad waves a flag after a touchdown against the Iowa State Cyclones November 16, 2013 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated Iowa State 48-10. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)It’s been a solid November for Oklahoma, which, after a Big 12 title, now finds itself very likely to be part of this year’s College Football Playoff. Monday, it got even better.Bennett Powers, a JUCO offensive lineman who plays for Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kansas, has committed to play for the Sooners. According to 247Sports, Powers is 6-foot-5, 315 pounds and had other offers from Texas Tech, TCU and Kansas State.I am honored to announce that I have committed to the University of Oklahoma. Boomer Soooner! #OUDNA pic.twitter.com/NC6SEdo1fh— Bennett Powers (@BenThrDunThat) November 30, 2015You can see Powers’ mid-season highlight reel over at Hudl.Oklahoma currently has the 39th-best class for 2016, according to 247Sports. We imagine that with the team’s success this year, that’ll rise in the coming months.
Lucknow: The Yogi Adityanath government has recommended a CBI probe into the road accident in which the Unnao rape survivor and her lawyer have been critically injured and two female relatives killed. The other major revelation is the truck involved in the accident belongs to a Samajwadi Party leader. The Akhilesh Yadav-led party, incidentally, was the first to demand the Central Bureau of Investigation probe. Principal Secretary (Home) Arvind Kumar said around midnight on Monday a formal request for the probe by the premiere agency was sent to the Centre. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “The government has decided to refer the investigation of case crime number 305/2019 u/s 302/307/506/120 B IPC PS Gurbuxganj Distt Rae Bareli to the CBI. A formal request has been sent to Government of India in this regard,” he stated. Earlier on Monday, Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police O.P. Singh said the state government was ready for a CBI probe into the accident, if a request was made. “The truck was over-speeding and it was raining also. Prima facie, it appears to be an accident, but a detailed unbiased probe is on in the matter. The state government is ready to recommend a CBI probe into the Sunday’s mishap in Rae Bareli if the victim’s mother or a relative makes any request in this regard,” Singh had said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday In the major revelation on Tuesday, sources said that the truck that smashed the car of the Unnao rape survivor belonged to a Samajwadi Party leader. On Sunday, the Unnao rape survivor’s car was hit by a truck in a road accident in which her aunts were killed and her lawyer and she are in critical condition. BJP MLA Kuldeep Sengar is accused of raping the girl and he has been in jail ever since an FIR was filed against him. Informing about a new link, sources said that the truck in the accident belonged to SP leader Nandu Pal. Pal is an SP leader from Fatehpur district unit and his wife Ramashree Pal was elected as Asothar Block Pramukh on an SP ticket. His three brothers Devendra Pal, Munna Pal and Dilip Pal own 27 trucks. Mahesh Singh, uncle of the rape survivor, has alleged in his complaint that the security personnel allotted to the rape survivor were passing on information about the family’s whereabouts to the accused BJP MLA. Meanwhile, the cremation of the two female relatives killed in Sunday’s car crash is scheduled to take place in Unnao amidst tight security on Tuesday.
OTTAWA – The Trudeau government is on track to run deficits nearly $8 billion deeper than expected over the next two years, the federal budget watchdog said Monday in a new report.The parliamentary budget officer estimated the Liberals will post a $22.1-billion shortfall this fiscal year, which would be $4 billion more than the projection of $18.1 billion in the federal government’s February budget.For 2019-20, Jean-Denis Frechette’s team predicted a $21.4-billion deficit, $3.9 billion higher than the government’s forecast of $17.5 billion.“We believe that the deficit is going to rise somewhat above what the government was assuming in the budget,” Mostafa Askari, the deputy parliamentary budget officer, said in an interview.The report’s release comes two months after the Liberal government introduced a budget that predicted deficits across the planning horizon, until 2022-23, with no timetable to return to balance. During the 2015 campaign, the Liberals had vowed to keep annual deficits at no more than $10 billion and to balance the books by 2019.Finance Minister Bill Morneau has argued the shortfalls will help Canada make investments to raise long-term economic growth.Any hope of returning to the black any time soon is remote, the budget office said Monday. It predicted there’s approximately a five per cent chance the federal budget will be balanced or will show a surplus in 2020-21.The blows to the federal bottom line will come from several sources, the independent budget office said.“Our higher deficit forecast largely reflects our higher projections for public debt charges, direct program expenses and children’s benefits,” the PBO wrote in its report.The analysis predicted the government will spend a total of $19.5 billion more than it had forecasted in the budget to service the federal debt between 2017-18 and 2022-23. Askari noted the discrepancy between the estimates is mostly due to the fact the PBO used a higher projected interest rate for its calculation than the budget predicted.The government’s fiscal position is also expected to take a hit — a total of about $1 billion over the next five years — from a higher-than-anticipated cost for its budget commitment to expand benefits for the working poor, through its Canada Workers Benefit. The details were included in a separate report also released Monday by Frechette’s office.The federal budget projected the Canada Workers Benefit, a rebranded version of a program introduced by the Harper government, would have a fiscal impact of about $831 million between 2018-19 and 2022-23. The PBO believes otherwise, saying it will come in at $1.84 billion over that period.Most of the extra cost, the PBO said, will come from the government’s effort to make more people eligible for the benefit and to allow the Canada Revenue Agency to automatically enrol those who qualify. That tweak alone is expected to add 300,000 more workers.The PBO also predicted the federal government’s forthcoming carbon price tax would lower the country’s real gross domestic product by 0.5 per cent, or $10 billion, in 2022.The carbon price is set to rise from $10 per tonne per year until it reaches $50 per tonne in 2022.“Implementation of the federal government’s carbon pricing levy will generate a headwind for the Canadian economy over the medium term,” Frechette’s report said.To make its assumption, the budget office based its estimate on an analysis by the Ecofiscal Commission.“The carbon levy will generate significant revenues over the medium term,” the PBO said. “As has been noted by the Ecofiscal Commission, the impact on the economy will depend on how those revenues are used.”Among Monday’s projections, the PBO also predicted that over the next five years, Canada would generate about $70 million less in revenue from cannabis taxation than the federal government is expecting.Conservative finance critic Pierre Poilievre called the PBO’s findings “damaging” for the government, citing the impact of larger deficits, higher debt payments and a carbon tax that he says will erase at least $10 billion per year from the national economy by 2022.“In other words, we will be spending — under this government’s plan — more for nothing,” Poilievre said in Ottawa.“More debt interest, higher taxes and smaller GDP. That is the Liberal plan. It is a failed plan and we need a change.”A spokeswoman for Morneau disagreed, saying that since the Liberals came to office, the economy has created more than 600,000 jobs and the unemployment rate has been near its lowest level in about 40 years. On the PBO reports, Chloe Luciani-Girouard said in an email that findings can vary because they’re sometimes based on different methodologies.Morneau told reporters Monday that while he respects the work of the PBO, the financial expectations remain the same as those laid out in the budget.“We’re in a very positive situation economically, with more Canadians working, with a strong level of growth, and we’ll continue to have an approach to fiscal conservatism that shows a declining debt-to-GDP over time,” said Morneau.He defended the government’s carbon-pricing plan as the right approach to ensuring Canada has both a good economy and a healthy environment over the long term.— Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter
The winner of the contest will be announced on Monday, March 19th at 11:00 a.m. local time on CBC Radio One’s q. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. — Dawson Creek-based Scarlet Sway was announced yesterday as one of the Top 10 finalists in the CBC Music 2018 Searchlight contest.The group, which has performed at Northern GrooveFest, CanolaFest, and GrizFest in addition to a number of other local music venues, made the Top 10 after placing in the top five for number of votes out of the Top 100 that were announced last week. Searchlight is an annual competition by CBC Music to discover up-and-coming musicians from across the country, with the winner partaking in a residency at the National Music Centre in Calgary, as well as getting to perform at JUNOFest 2019.Scarlet Sway is joined in the Top 10 by two other bands from B.C.: Vancouver-based The Kwerks who also placed in the top five for votes, and Victoria-based Fallbrigade which was chosen among the other five on the list by CBC Music producers. The contest’s panel of judges, which includes Universal Music Canada V.P. Kristen Burke and Juno Awards President and CEO Allan Reid, will now decide which of the Top 10 artists will be the ultimate winner of Searchlight 2018.
Los Angeles: Actor-singer Mandy Moore’s This Is Us has been renewed for three more seasons. NBC recently announced that the network has renewed its hit drama series ‘This Is Us’. The renewal will take the show through its sixth season, aiming to wrap up in 2022, reports people.com. The show’s creator Dan Fogelman tweeted: “Three years ago, we were live tweeting the premiere of our TV show, hoping someone, anyone might watch.” Fogelman, who shared a photograph of stars Milo Ventimiglia, Sterling K Brown, Chrissy Metz, Chris Sullivan, Susan Kelechi Watson and Justin Hartley, added: “Today our friends at NBC picked up ‘This Is Us’ for three more seasons, bringing us to six.” Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger”In a television landscape with nearly 500 original scripted series, there are very few, if any, that have the critical and cultural impact of ‘This Is Us’ and we couldn’t be more proud to bring fans three more seasons of a show that so well represents the NBC brand,” said Lisa Katz and Tracey Pakosta, Presidents of Scripted Programming for NBC Entertainment. News of the renewal is also a bittersweet reminder that the hit series will most likely end at season six.
Friday’s games mark the start of the quarterfinals and feature a UEFA vs. UEFA matchup in the morning followed by a CONMEBOL vs. CONMEBOL game in the afternoon. In the first match of the day, Germany has a 52.5 percent chance of defeating France and advancing to the semifinals, according to FiveThirtyEight’s World Cup predictions. In the second, however, Brazil is heavily favored to defeat Colombia (72 percent to 28 percent) and play the winner of Germany vs. France in the semifinal next week.France vs. Germany: 12 p.m. EDTBrazil vs. Colombia: 4 p.m. EDTIN BRIEFSee our World Cup predictions for the latest probabilities.IN DEPTHAll eight teams still in the tournament won their respective groups, so there are no true underdogs left. But if we go back to the beginning, Brazil and Germany both had very good chances of reaching this stage of the knockout rounds (80 percent and 68 percent) compared to Colombia and France (46 percent and 45 percent).France and Germany are old foes, having faced each other 25 times since 1930 (prior to 1990, Germany competed as West Germany). In those games France has been victorious 11 times compared to Germany’s eight. However, almost all of these games were friendlies. The last time these two teams met competitively was in the 1986 World Cup semifinals, and Germany edged France 2-0. ESPN’s Soccer Power Index rates France vs. Germany as the most evenly matched of all the quarterfinal games.Brazil vs. Colombia, on the other hand, is supposed to be anything but even. Strangely, these teams have also met 25 times, and Colombia has managed to win only twice. A Seleção have slaughtered Los Cafeteros on more than one occasion, 9-0 in 1959 and 6-2 in 1969, but this is a different Colombia team. Their last meeting with Brazil, a friendly in the U.S. in 2012, ended in a 1-1 draw.Brazil trumps Colombia in overall and offensive SPI ratings (90.6 and 3.1 to 89.4 and 2.6) but Colombia’s defense is slightly better, with an SPI rating of 0.4 average goals allowed to Brazil’s 0.5 (lower defensive scores are better). Brazil’s defense has something to worry about in James Rodriguez, this World Cup’s breakout star for Colombia, who has tallied five goals — the most of any player so far — including this beautiful chest-to-volley on the turn against Uruguay:But Brazil’s Neymar (and Argentina’s Lionel Messi and Germany’s Thomas Muller) are only one goal behind Rodriguez, so if Brazil clinches a win in this clash of the golden boys, Rodriguez may be out of the race for this year’s golden boot.OFF THE PITCHFrance and Germany are neighbors, and each has international power and its own distinct culture — berets and baguettes vs. lederhosen and bratwurst. So given the ease of travel between the countries, it’s not surprising that there’s a lot of cross-tourism. According to the French Ministry of Handicrafts, Trade and Tourism, there were about 6.3 million overnight stays in France from German tourists in 2012. Conversely, the German National Tourist Board reported that there were roughly 3.1 million, or half as many, overnight stays in Germany from French tourists in the same year. When adjusted for each country’s total population at the time, this means that about 8 percent of Germany’s 80.4 million people stayed overnight in France at least once in 2012, while about 5 percent of France’s 65.7 million people stayed overnight in Germany. They may not be the best of friends, but it looks like the old enemies have at least upgraded to a friendly rivalry — at least as far as tourism goes. — Hayley MunguiaFURTHER READINGWith the U.S. Out, Which World Cup Team Will Americans Root For?Tim Howard Lost, But He Just Had the Best Match of the World CupA Chart For Predicting Penalty-Shootout Odds in Real TimeCORRECTION (July 4, 10:57 a.m.): An earlier version of this post had the incorrect year of the last competitive meeting between France and Germany. While the two teams did face off in 1982, they also met in the 1986 World Cup semifinals.
OSU freshman Emily Clark (20) during a game against Penn State on April 6 at Buckeye Field. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorThe Ohio State-Michigan rivalry continued this weekend, but this time, the Wolverines came out on top. The OSU softball team (25-11-1, 9-4-1) suffered its first sweep of the year at the hands No. 2 Michigan (33-4, 11-2), with three lopsided games in Ann Arbor, Michigan.OSU junior Shelby Hursh pitched 11 innings with 10 strikeouts over the three games, taking her record to 13-5. For the Wolverines, junior Megan Betsa dominated in the circle with two complete games and 25 strikeouts.At the plate, freshman Emily Clark continued her confident approach, hitting .500, and senior Cammi Prantl hit .333 with a double in the final game, which brought her within three of tying the program’s all-time record.Game 1The Buckeyes opened their tough weekend with an equally tough loss, an 8-0 shutout in six innings.Clark went 2-for-2 and redshirt senior shortstop Maddy McIntyre went 2-for-3. The pair were the only batters to record hits, as OSU struggled against Michigan junior Megan Betsa, who struck out 13.McIntyre started the game with a single through the left side and a stolen base, but the Buckeyes left her stranded. In the bottom of the first, Michigan earned two bases after Hursh hit two batters, but she recorded two strikeouts to keep the game even.The game remained this way until the bottom of the fourth, when the Wolverines grabbed a one-run lead after junior Abby Ramirez singled to left field to bring in junior outfielder Kelly Christner, who had reached first base on a throwing error. Despite loading the bases on Clark’s single and two walks in the next inning, OSU could not tie the game.Michigan stretched its lead to four on sophomore Aidan Falk’s three-run shot to center field in the bottom of the fifth and pushed the margin to 5-0 on a deep triple by senior Kelsey Susalla in the following inning. The Wolverines continued to dominate at the plate with leadoff hits from sophomore Tera Blanco and junior Lindsay Montemarano and a walkoff single by Falk to end the game after six innings.Game 2In Saturday’s matchup, the Buckeyes were able to score their first run of the weekend, but once again were overwhelmed by the home team in a 5-1 loss.OSU left six runners stranded throughout the game, and Michigan took control of the fifth inning to score three runs with two outs. However, for the first time this season, no Buckeye struck out at the plate, which is somewhat of silver lining amid a tough three-game sweep. Both redshirt junior Alex Bayne and sophomore Taylor White went 2-for-3 with pairs of singles, and sophomore Becca Gavin earned an RBI on a single through the left side. OSU junior Lena Springer and sophomore Shelby McCombs managed to strike out only one batter and gave up seven hits.Like Friday’s game, Michigan scored first on a solo home run by Christner in the bottom of the second. The Wolverines took their lead to two on Susalla’s outfield single to bring in Romero.The Buckeyes briefly responded on Gavin’s hit but could not stop Michigan’s bats from adding three more runs to the scoreboard. Freshman Faith Canfield, on her second homer of the year, senior Sierra Lawrence and senior slugger Sierra Romero recorded big hits to maintain the Wolverines’ hold on the game.The final three innings were unsuccessful for both dugouts, especially for OSU, as its last nine batters of the game went down in order.Game 3Michigan, once again, scored first on a throwing error from behind the plate by Gavin. In the bottom of the third inning, a sacrifice fly to right field by Blanco brought in Lawrence to make the game a 2-0 battle.While OSU got runners aboard, it could not send them around the bases to score. Through the first three innings, the Buckeyes left four stranded with only one hit. White brought the Wolverines’ lead to one with a leadoff inside-the-park home run in the fourth inning, but Gavin, junior Anna Kirk and Leonard went down in order to stifle the rally.The Buckeyes took their first lead of the weekend on Prantl’s double up the middle to bring in freshman Bri Betschel and Bayne in the fifth inning. This lead did not last long, though, after Michigan’s Blanco sent a booming three-run homer over the center-field fence.Heading into the final two innings behind two runs, OSU could not jumpstart a late rally, handing Michigan a 3-0 weekend and another notch in the rivalry history.Up nextOSU is scheduled to take on the Ohio Bobcats in another midweek, intrastate doubleheader Tuesday before returning home for a series with Purdue from Friday to Sunday. The first game against the Bobcats is set to begin at 4:30 p.m. in Athens, Ohio.