CAG to audit health schemes, says Vij

first_imgHaryana Health Minister Anil Vij on Monday said the government has recommended a special audit by the Comptroller and Auditor General in all districts of the State after the Opposition alleged irregularities in health schemes. He said the State government has distributed ₹87.60 crore under the Mukhyamantri Muft Ilaaj Yojana and the National Health Mission from 2014 to 2017, of which only ₹40.89 crore was spent.‘Strict action’“If any irregularity is found, strict action would be initiated against the officials concerned. Apart from this, all civil surgeons have been directed to purchase online products available on GeM portal of the Central government,” he said.‘Charge misleading’Mr. Vij said the allegations levelled by Indian National Lok Dal MP Dushyant Chautala regarding irregularities in the purchase of medicine were baseless and misleading. He said from 2014 to 2017, ₹75 crore were distributed under the MukhyamantriMuft Ilaaj Yojana, of which ₹33.03 crore were spent. Similarly, ₹12.60 crore were distributed under the National Health Mission during this period, of which ₹7.86 crore were spent, he added.Minimum bidPresenting documents of the tender pertaining to purchase undertaken in Rohtak, he said a committee had been constituted for this purpose and the tender was allotted to the bid with minimum value.Mr. Vij added that the civil surgeon, Fatehabad, had purchased 2,000 triple layer sterilised mask through e-tendering, which costs ₹4.90 per mask, but the 1,000 mask mentioned by the INLD leader were common mask which costs about 95 paise per mask.last_img read more

The best this month

first_imgA quick roundup of what’s hot around the globe this month. Choose fromthe hottest events, shows and happenings in the world of music, art,cinema, literature, sport, fashion, wine and food.IndiaAPR 01 to 15Capture the scenic and striking spring season at the Tulip Festival, held each year in Srinagar. This time of year beautifully captures the mood of the fete. The arresting sight of vivid and vibrant tulips mesmerise the spectators, daily cultural programs including folk songs enthrall the audiences, and traditional artefact and Kashmiri cuisine stalls keep the visitors happy and engaged.IrelandAPR 02 to 05Experience what it feels like to float in air at the Trim Hot Air Balloon Fiesta which is being held at Porch Field close to Trim Castle. A variety of uniquely shaped hot air balloons such as a giant chick and bunny will be in the air. Evening times are for special shows. The fiesta also has events such as egg hunts, duck racing, face-painting, so take part in it with your family and enjoy as much as you can.USAAPR 03Don’t miss the opportunity to revisit your childhood at the Annual Easter Egg Hunt which has blossomed into one of the most beautiful events. Sniff out clues to find the eggs hidden around Fort Myers Beach in Florida and make merry. Guests are in for a treat as the Easter Bunny pays a visit! Return back home with a brightly decorated Easter basket.USAAPR 10If you are in Washington this summer then make sure you see the wonderful Daffodil Festival Floral Street Parade as it returns with the theme of Carousel of Spring. In its 78th year, the highlights of the show are magnificent floats decorated with flowers and marching bands moving across the cities of Tacoma, Puyallup, Sumner and Orting. Don’t miss out on all-day-long fun activities.advertisementFranceAPR 11Let your sporting spirits soar up and high at the annual Paris Marathon beginning at the Champs Elysees and concluding at the Avenue Foch. The marathon has more than 35,000 runners and an equally higher number of people cheering up for the participants. A pasta party is held for runners before the race. Visit the fair for all kinds of sportswear on sale and demonstrations of sports equipment.IndiaAPR 13Celebrated with the advent of the spring season, Baisakhi dates back to the 17th century when Guru Gobind Singh founded the Khalsa. Sikhs around the country visit gurdwaras and pay their reverence, and later gather the spiritual processions. Evenings are meant for fun as people take part in bhangra and gidda dances. Some even celebrate the day with ritualistic bathing, feasting and worshipping.SingaporeAPR 15 to 24Singapore shines with stars as artists and actors from across the globe gather for Singapore International Film Festival. Highlighting the best cinema from Asia, Europe, North America, Latin America and the Middle East, the gala event culminates in the silver screen ceremony, awarding the best films and filmmakers. Fiction, documentary, animation, features and short films are showcased.UKAPR 19 to 21The London Book Fair is clearly an event for book worms. It attracts publishers, booksellers, technicians, writers and students from across the world. You can attend educational programmes and seminars which will give a great insight into the publishing firms, chat with authors and get your books autographed or be one of the first to know about new titles from overseas.AustriaAPR 21 to 22Be at Ischgl in Austria for the rather unique and enthralling Gastronomy World Ski Championship where you can watch bartenders, waiters, chefs, hoteliers and restaurateurs ski down the slopes. For the first time this year the participants will also have the chance to compete in teams. But the best part about the championship is Idalp show stage where chefs demonstrate their skills.BelgiumAPR 23 to 26Established as a leading European platform for contemporary art since 1982, artbrussels, featuring international artists has turned into a potpourri of creative medleys! A dynamic fusion of ideas, foreign talent get ample chance to present themselves to Belgian collectors, and local artists get to introduce themselves to global clients. The fair has 125 galleries and work by artists from over 20 countries.South Africa APR 24TO27Don’t miss the South African Cheese Festival, where you can feast on a varied assortment of cheese on offer! A picturesque farm Bien Donne–between Paarl and Franschhoek—hosts this festival. Savour new tastes or look out for that perfect cheese combo with other delicacies—wine, nuts and olives, to name a few! Taste scrumptious meals prepared by celebrated South African chefs.IndiaAPR 24Gear up to enjoy Thrissur Pooram in Kerala, one of the biggest temple festivals in the state. An explosion of fireworks welcomes the first rays of the sun, hinting at the commencement of revelry as the orchestra strikes up and elephants emerge from the temples. Adorned with exquisite jewels and brightly-coloured silk, they carry statues of deities around Thrissur.advertisementlast_img read more

James Harden’s 48 as Rockets beat Lakers in OT

first_img‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “A little bit? It takes a lot of burden off me,” Harden said. “He’s so offensively gifted and talented being able to shoot the basketball, being able to get to the rim, being able to make plays for others. You get a guy like that on the floor with you it makes it easier for not only myself but for everybody.”Brandon Ingram missed a 3 for Los Angeles before Harden hit 1 of 2 free throws to make it 132-130 with less than a minute left. Ingram tied it with a basket, and Harden again made 1 of 2 free throws to make it 133-132.Los Angeles missed a 3 before Gordon also made just 1 of 2 free throws to leave Houston up by two with 12.6 seconds left. Kyle Kuzma lost the ball and it went out of bounds to give Houston the ball back. Gordon added four free throws after that to secure the victory.It was the second straight overtime game for both teams after Houston lost to Brooklyn on Wednesday night and Los Angeles beat Oklahoma City on Thursday night.Kuzma had 32 points for Los Angeles and Ingram added 21 in a game where coach Luke Walton was ejected in the third quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Already without LeBron James and Rajon Rondo, the Lakers have another injury concern after Lonzo Ball sprained his left ankle in the third quarter. Walton said his X-rays were negative but that he’d have an MRI and “we’ll see where we are after that.”Four straight points by the Lakers stretched the lead to nine in the fourth quarter, but Harden and Gordon made consecutive 3-pointers cut it to 112-109 with about two minutes remaining.Los Angeles made four free throws to make it 116-109 about a minute later, but Harden made two 3-pointers around a basket by Ivica Zubac to get Houston within three with about 30 seconds left.Lance Stephenson missed a 3-pointer and Harden made two free throws to cut the lead to 118-117 with 5.7 seconds left.Zubac made two more free throws before Gordon’s off-balance 3-pointer with 2 seconds left sent it to OT.“I saw Kentavious Caldwell-Pope running out to me and I thought he was going to fly right by me, but he stood right there,” Gordon said. “So I had to try to shoot it with confidence and I’m glad it went in.”The Lakers built a huge lead early and were up 64-46 at halftime, with Kuzma scoring 24 points.They were ahead by 17 with about eight minutes left in the third quarter after scoring five straight points capped by a basket from Kuzma before Houston scored the next 15 points to cut it to 74-72 three minutes later. James Ennis had five points in that stretch and P.J. Tucker capped it with a 3-pointer.Ball was injured just before Houston’s run began. He remained on the court for a couple of minutes talking with trainer’s before he was helped to his feet where he hopped on his right foot for a few steps before being carried off the court and to the locker room by Stephenson and Michael Beasley.Walton was ejected a couple of minutes after that when he got two technical fouls after yelling at officials during a timeout. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants MOST READ Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Ingram pointed to losing Ball as when things started to get away from the Lakers.“Right when Lonzo went out,” he said. “That’s exactly when it went away. We lost momentum a little bit.”TIP-INSLakers: James was out for the 13th straight game with a strained left groin and did not make the trip. … Stephenson finished with 16 points.Rockets: Harden also had eight rebounds, six assists and four steals. … Ennis returned after missing Wednesday’s game after cutting his left leg in a fall at his house. … Chris Paul missed his 14th game in a row with a strained left hamstring … Clint Capela had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb and is expected to be out 4-6 weeks.THEY SAID ITD’Antoni on Houston’s comeback: “Words don’t do it. That was just our guys showing a lot of heart.”UP NEXTLakers: Host Golden State on Monday night.Rockets: Visit Philadelphia on Monday night. Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) drives to the basket as Los Angeles Lakers center Ivica Zubac, left, and guard Lonzo Ball defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)HOUSTON — James Harden was the star for the Houston Rockets as usual on Saturday night, but he and the team got a big boost from Eric Gordon in his second game back after recovering from a bruised knee.Harden scored 48 points, Gordon added 30 and the Rockets overcame a 21-point deficit to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 138-134 in overtime.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img LATEST STORIES The Rockets trailed for most of the night and were down by 18 in the second-half. Gordon sent it to overtime with a 3-pointer, and made four free throws in the last seconds of the extra period.“He’s playing unbelievable,” coach Mike D’Antoni said of Gordon.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsComing off 57- and 58-point games, Harden had his 19th straight game with at least 30 and he’s had 40 in 10 of the last 13. He was 14 of 30 from the field, going 8 of 19 on 3-pointers, and hit 12 of 15 free throws.Harden was asked if Gordon being back after missing eight games before his return on Wednesday night eased the burden on him a little bit. Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ‘I beat him’: Adrien Broner insists he controlled fight vs Manny Pacquiao Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Spain vs Netherlands: FIFA World Cup 2014, Group B- As it happened!

first_imgRobin van Persie, Arjen Robben and Stefan De Vrij scored the goals for NetherlandsWelcome to the coverage of the FIFA World Cup 2014, Group B clash between Spain and Netherlands from Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil. Netherlands tore Spain apart in a dominant second half performance to thrash the defending World Cup champion 5-1 on Friday and gain a measure of revenge for its 2010 World Cup final loss to Vicente Del Bosque’s team. Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben both scored twice and defender Stefan de Vrij grabbed his first international goal in a humiliating defeat for a Spain team that has won its last three major tournaments.Spain tumbled to its second consecutive loss in the opening match of a World Cup and its heaviest defeat in the game’s showcase tournament since capitulating 6-1 to Brazil in 1950.Last year Spain were beaten 0-3 by Brazil in the Confederations Cup final, which could be a sign the reign of Spain is over.Spain coach Vincente del Bosque selected a total of 16 players from the 2010 squad. With an average age of 28 years and 91 days, the Spanish squad is one of the oldest at the World Cup.On the other hand, Netherlands’ squad is one of the youngest of the tournament, with an average age of 26 years and 170 days. Only seven players were already present four years ago: Nigel de Jong, Wesley Sneijder, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Dirk Kuyt, Robin van Persie, Arjen Robben and reserve keeper Michel Vorm.After the early exit at Euro 2012, Netherlands new coach Louis van Gaal decided to inject young blood in their old and tiring squad by selecting many players of the Dutch Eredivisie. But, his biggest – yet to be proven greatest – contribution to the national team came with the implementation of a new tactical formation of 3-5-2 which suits their star players Robben, van Persie and Sneijder best.advertisementThe new formation provided Netherlands more defensive security and the front three more or less will have a free role.Playing XI(from):Spain: Casillas, Cesar Azpilicueta, Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos, Jordi Alba, David Silva, Sergio Busquets, Hernandez Xavi, Xabi Alonso, Andres Iniesta, Diego COSTANetherlands: Jasper Cillessen, Stefan De Vrij, Bruno Martins Indi, Daryl Janmaat, Jonathan De Guzman, Ron Vlaar, Wesley Sneijder, Daley Blind, Nigel De Jong, Robin Van Persie, Arjen Robbenlast_img read more

Mets Cuddyer Plans to Petire

first_imgNEW YORK  — New York Mets outfielder Michael Cuddyer is ready to retire after playing 15 seasons in the major leagues.A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that Cuddyer is planning to call it a career. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Friday night because there hadn’t been an official announcement.ESPN first reported Cuddyer’s plans.Cuddyer turns 37 in March. He would leave with one season left on a two-year, $21 million contract that he signed with the Mets as a free agent.Cuddyer hit .259 with 10 home runs and 41 RBIs during an injury-interrupted year with the Mets. He made his first World Series appearance this fall, striking out in all three of his at-bats.The two-time All-Star won the 2013 NL batting championship by hitting .331 for Colorado. Cuddyer is a lifetime .277 hitter with Minnesota, the Rockies and Mets, with 197 home runs and 794 RBIs.He is a longtime pal of Mets captain David Wright, and their friendship was a major reason why Cuddyer came to New York.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Infineon launches TLE985x embedded power series for automotive applications

first_img Continue Reading Previous Express Logic: GUIX certified to SIL 4, ASIL D, and medical class C for safety-critical IoT systemsNext Beckhoff Automation takes over ADL Embedded Solutions At this year’s embedded world, Infineon Technologies is launching a new family of Embedded Power ICs. The TLE985x series provides highly integrated, AEC Q-100 qualified H-bridge driver motor control solutions for 2-phase DC and single-phase brushless DC motors. It will support automotive customers in replacing relays in low-end motor control applications such as sunroof and window lift.By switching from relays to MOSFETs, the higher level of integration reduces system costs. Additional advantages are that the PWM control and the integrated current sense amplifier, which is calibrated, allow the motor currents to be adapted and thus the mechanics and motor to be optimized towards the application requirements. The circuit board and the motor become smaller. At the same time, the noise behavior improves.TLE985x devices integrate an ARM Cortex-M0 processor and peripherals for motor control, power supply and communication. Two integrated measurement units (ADCs) for monitoring temperature, battery voltage and four monitoring inputs help to save pins. These inputs can be operated directly with battery voltage, which saves costs on additional components such as external voltage dividers or shutdown transistors. Furthermore, the chips are equipped with two full duplex serial interfaces (UART) with LIN support.A new feature in the TLE985x family is its adaptive MOSFET driver. The control algorithm is able to compensate MOSFET parameter spread in the system by automatically adjusting the gate current according to required switching times. This allows an optimization of the system concerning EME (electro-magnetic emissions, slow slew rates) as well as power dissipation (short dead times) simultaneously.The product family includes five devices with different flash sizes (48 – 96KB) and temperature ranges (Tj up to 175°C). In addition, different numbers of half-bridge drivers for uni- or bidirectional DC motor applications are offered. All TLE985x products are based on the same hardware and software platform as Infineon’s other Embedded Power products (TLE984x, TLE986x and TLE987x), thus enabling design synergies and allowing customers to reuse parts of the software. The devices come in a leadless VQFN package with a footprint of 7×7 mm.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

Some arguments OSU fans are making are quite ridiculous

first_imgPhoto Attribution: USATSIPhoto Attribution: USATSII feel like I failed you a little bit.When this whole mess started last Tuesday I told myself I was going to stay objective and be above the fray and blah blah blah blah.Then there was this seemingly-instantaneous tidal wave of hate — that, I admit, I attributed to — towards Thayer Evans that (somehow) ended with an effigy of him at the game last Saturday where you could pay to “stab” his likeness[1. Where are we at in society??] which is the most horrendous thing I’ve seen come out of all this (Artrell Woods Facebook page included!)I want to point out a few of the fallacies Oklahoma State fans (again, including me!) have been falling back on and try to cut to the heart of the matter…1. Thayer Evans’ distaste for OSU — and the mountain of evidence that he does, in fact, have a distaste for OSU lives in his column archive on — means this story is false — This is the most ridiculous of all the arguments I’ve seen. Dude’s a hata therefore [allegation] must be false. It might play into why the investigation started to begin with — again, might — but it has zero to do with what happened.Stop using this as your go-to argument. It’s silly and doesn’t warrant merit from anyone with a single bit of logic in their brain.2. The use of the term “Chokie State” means that somebody has an axe to grind — As The Lost Ogle pointed out, none other than OSU alum Brett McMurphy used the exact same term in a column for CBS a few years ago and I’m pretty sure you can search for an OSU fan high and low who won’t find fault with him right now.I think it’s kind of a silly term in general but just because you harp on a team’s failure to close doesn’t mean you hate said team. Go search @gottliebshow and “Texas A&M” on Twitter if you don’t believe me.There’s a difference, to me, though in using the term in a column about a school and going up to Brandon Weeden after an OSU win and saying “when’s OSU going to choke, when are they going to pull a Poke Choke?” One is professional, if not a tad sophomoric, the other is nowhere near professional.I have plenty of friends — diehards, even — who have used the term before and that, on its own, doesn’t mean they hate the Cowboys.3. Thayer Evans looks slimy therefore what he reported must be false — Stop. Something is true or false only if it is proven to be true or false. As much as you (we) want to hate Thayer, let’s not stoop to the illogic of Sports Illustrated in trying to debunk what he reported.4. [former player] is reneging on his original statement therefore what he originally said must be false — Have you guys never followed sports? If what somebody originally said gets even the slightest negative reaction from the public, he/she will backpedal faster than mid-90s Deion. Still want to hear those Aso Pogi tapes though.5. The dudes who talk are drug users and very sweaty on camera therefore what they said must not be true — I do question what your motive is when it’s clear you can’t pay the A/C bill (William Bell!) but that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re lying about what actually happened.6. Sports Illustrated didn’t post right at 9 AM ET therefore what they wrote is false –– Really?7. I like Mike Gundy and he wins a lot of games therefore none of this stuff is happening — This is just fanboy stuff. Have you forgotten about Penn State? I’m not comparing Oklahoma State’s program to what happened in Happy Valley but these are flawed people running large-scale organizations that have thousands of moving parts. Don’t be foolish about this.8. Because [large amount] of star players are saying this is false, it must be false — Again, silliness. What about all the ones we haven’t heard from? What about Adarius Bowman and Justin Blackmon and Kendall Hunter and Keith Toston. Josh Fields himself said the allegations weren’t necessarily false just because he didn’t see stuff happen. We need to start admitting the same.I’m sure there are more — dozens more, probably — but we don’t have time and these were the only ones I could dig up for now. Let’s stop dabbling in non-sequitors like these and start making more intelligent arguments (trust me, SI has provided plenty of low-hanging fruit).The real takeaway from this series is that OSU won’t be punished by the NCAA unless the NCAA can somehow uncover the physical evidence Sports Illustrated failed to uncover. At this point, I’m not sure which organization is more incompetent, so…who knows?The other takeaway is that there are real problems with college football and OSU is not immune to those. It is seemingly not an exceptional case (from what this series showed me) but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be a better place for student-athletes — for as long as they’re still student-athletes and not actually semi-pro athletes, anyway.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

What are the fastest debut goals ever scored in football?

first_imgThe Knowledge Styrmann (@christianholum)@TheKnowledge_GU Raufoss’ Christer Johansen managed to get promoted with 4 different teams in 2018: Tromsø 2, Raufoss, Raufoss 2 and Raufoss U19. Is this a record?October 29, 2018 • For thousands more questions and answers look through our archive.Can you help?“On 24 October, Norwich substitute Lewis Thompson came on as sub against Aston Villa and was then subbed off 15 seconds later after injuring his arm,” writes Matt Davies. “Is this the quickest ever substitute of a substitute?” Topics Share on WhatsApp Speedy substitute doubles“Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang entered the pitch in the 61st minute against Leicester,” tweets Emerytus. “He had two goals on his account by the 66th. Has any sub taken less time to score a brace?”Over to Jon Keen: “I can’t beat it, but I can just about equal it – in January 2013 in Reading’s match away at Newcastle, Adam Le Fondre came off the bench in the 71st minute, and by the 76th minute had scored twice to win the match for the Royals. Then, just 11 days later, he came off the bench at home to Chelsea and scored a three-minute brace to secure a 2-2 draw – however in that second instance it did take him 21 minutes to open his account.”Darren Jalland has a prime example of when a record supersedes an equally remarkable feat within it, as Bournemouth’s James Hayter proved against Wrexham on February 24, 2004 with two of his three goals inside 45 seconds. “Hayter came on as an 84th-minute sub with his side already 3-0 up. He proceeded to score with his first two touches, both in the 86th minute. Then, for good measure, he rounded off the Football League’s fastest ever hat-trick in the 88th minute – 140 seconds for the whole thing. Sadly, Hayter’s parents left the match just before he entered the fray in order to catch the last ferry back home to the Isle of Wight, so missed their son’s moment of glory.” Share on Twitter Share via Email Share on Messenger James Hayter’s 140 second hat-trick for Bournemouth. “What is the fastest debut goal ever scored?” wonders Carl Worswick.Step forward former Plymouth striker Jamie Mackie who, having signing from rivals and then-non league Exeter City, endeared himself to the Pilgrims’ faithful on 12 February 2008 by scoring 11 seconds after coming off the bench in his debut against Brighton; Mackie ended up with a brace in that game. Also bagging a double is reader David Williams, who identified Maheta Molango’s fast start for the Seagulls, finding the target 12 seconds into his bow for the club against Reading in August 2004. “Sadly that was as good as it got for Maheta in a Brighton shirt, but he’s doing OK now as a lawyer.” Paul Jenkins (@fourfoot)Has any team ever been relegated despite scoring in every league game?October 30, 2018 Reuse this content Share on Facebook Twitter “Has there ever been an occasion when a match official has donned a hat to help block out the sun?” wonders James A Crane.• Email your questions and answers to or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU. Share on Pinterest Pinterest Scott Sumner (@sasumner)Blackburn Rovers have not had a goalkeeper sent off since Tim Flowers in 1995. Is this a record or are such long spans fairly common?October 30, 2018 Twitter features Which football teams have royal connections to their names or grounds? Read more Jürgen Klopp likes his players to have a bit of pace to their game and new arrival Milos Jojic got in his manager’s good books at Borussia Dortmund in February 2014, scoring with his first touch just 17 seconds after being sent on against Eintracht Frankfurt, for an all-time Bundesliga record. Julian Unkel adds: “He also scored in his debut for the Serbian national team, but it took him four whole minutes to do so.” Doubling Jojic’s mark is Tony Cottee, who for a brief time was England’s most expensive footballer having arrived at Everton from West Ham for £2.2m in August 1988. Cottee quickly replied to any “what a waste of money” chants with a strike after 34 seconds against Newcastle at Goodison Park, before going on to claim a hat-trick.Fellow reader James Andrew nominates the great journeyman Lloyd Owusu who, in September 2002, achieved the boyhood dreams of at least one half of Sheffield: “[He] scored within 60 seconds of his debut for Wednesday, coming on as sub and scoring the first goal against United in a 2-0 win. Instant cult status achieved, followed by a slow decline into mediocrity.” Barry Robson buried a free-kick for Celtic against Aberdeen in February 2008, 63 seconds after coming off the bench for his first appearance. “Not a bad way to start your career with a club,” as Craig Wilson recalls. Keeping it a little more current, Paul Bromley has flagged Elliot Romain, who earlier this month claimed his first goal for Maidstone United two minutes into his debut as a substitute as they beat Leyton Orient 2-0 in FA Cup qualifying.Michael Ricketts may well feel aggrieved not to be mentioned a little higher up, but unfortunately we’ve been unable to find a proper record of the timing of his goal for Walsall against Brighton (them again) in May 1996 as the 17-year-old scored with his first touch. Football Pinterest Alex G (@alexiterick)Following what happened to Lopetegui, which manager holds the record for having been sacked the most times in a year?October 30, 2018 Tim Postins (@TimePositions)One for @TheKnowledge_GU During today’s 9-0 win in Division One of the Toolstation Western League, Cheddar FC hit their 19th goal in a row to be scored by a player with the first name Adam. That’s got to be a record, right? @CheddarFC1892 @TSWesternLeagueOctober 27, 2018 Facebook Meanwhile, Mark Jameson recalls a Berlin City Cup tie between Union Berlin and CFC Hertha 06 on 6 March 2007. “Daniel Teixeira (still the best ever striker in the red of Union, 67 goals in 78 games officially) dusted off his boots at half-time and, aged 39, scored in the 47th, 49th and 51st minute for a six-minute hat trick.”That negative feeling“Has any team, in any professional league, finished a season with negative points?” enquires Doug Zanger.Rob Lawshaw has taken a deep dive and plucked this gem out for us. “Maccabi Umm al-Fahm in the Israeli Second Division in 2013-14 finished on -4, having been deducted five points after managing one draw all season. Following relegation into the Third Division, they again only obtained one draw but also had a one point deduction to finish on 0 points, giving a total over two seasons of P60, W0, D2, L58, F26 A257, GD-231, PTS-4.”Knowledge archive“Did the great and the good of football officialdom (OK, Sepp Blatter) actually ever play the game professionally?” asked Andy Burrows in 2007.Not professionally, but football’s former biggest cheese did play as a striker at an amateur level for a number of years in Switzerland. Indeed, according to Fifa’s official website, Blatter’s career spanned a whopping 23 years from 1948 (this is presumably including youth football as he would have been 12 at that time) to 1971 – most, if not all of which was spent with his hometown side FC Visp.“I scored a lot of goals,” boasted Blatter to interviewers from CNN as they filmed a television documentary about him in 2006. “That’s not a false modesty – it’s really true, especially at the youth level.” We’d be inclined not to believe him about this, or the story about splitting a pair of boots (“I took the left, he took the right”) with a friend for his first ever game, but since he did own up to diving (“I was not a perfect player, I have to say, being a striker”) and having a go at referees during his playing days in the same interview, we’re prepared to give him the benefit of the doubt. The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Share on LinkedIn Any excuse. 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2014 Be Active Super League Series

first_imgCongratulations to the winners of the Touch Football Western Australia 2014 Be Active Super League Series grand finals, played on Sunday at Kingsway Regional Sports Centre, Madeley. Mixed OpenTompkins Park 7 defeated Perth Brothers 5MVP – Jason Lim (Tompkins Park) and Naomi Kara (Perth Brothers)Women’s OpenFremantle Districts 6 defeated Perth Brothers 5MVP – Jenaya Quan (Fremantle)Men’s OpenSouthern Districts 9 defeated ECU 7MVP – Alex Tuvik (Southern Districts)To view photos from the Super League Series, please visit the Touch Football WA Facebook page – Related LinksSuper League Serieslast_img read more

Emery: Pepe transfer not closed

first_imgArsenal coach Unai Emery says the proposed deal for Lille forward Nicolas Pepe has not yet been sealed, describing it as ‘not closed’.Lille president Gerard Lopez told RMC Sport on Wednesday that Pepe’s move to Arsenal for £72.8 million (€80m/$88m) would soon be completed.That fee would break Arsenal’s transfer record but Emery is cautious over the Ivory Coast international’s future, although he suggested Pepe may not be the last new arrival. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “He played here in Angers a few years ago, and then in Lille. He has progressed as a player,” Emery told reporters after a pre-season friendly against the Ligue 1 side. “We have different options. This one at the moment is not closed, but he is one we are following.”Emery’s side beat Angers 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw at the Stade Raymond-Kopa, with young winger Reiss Nelson staking his claim for first-team minutes by getting himself on the scoresheet.It was an experimental squad named by Emery, but Arsenal are now without a win in their past three pre-season friendlies ahead of facing Barcelona in the Joan Gamper Trophy on Sunday.”We are going to play the first match away against Newcastle, and tonight was a similar performance against that sort of opposition Angers, and also they were giving everything in their performance against us for their supporters,” Emery added.”There were two very different halves. The first half they started harder than us and they scored. We didn’t control the game like we wanted. In the second half we became better to control the game, with the ball and having more chances to score.”I think from the second half we deserved a better result. But the most important thing today was to work well physically and with different players. Also today the young players took some minutes, knowing we needed a performance against a difficult team here away.”Arsenal face a tricky start to the new season, with the opening-day trip to Newcastle followed by a home fixture with Burnley.They then play Liverpool and arch-rivals Tottenham, before rounding off their first five games with a short journey across London to Watford.last_img read more

Milaha Mwani Qatar to Jointly Operate Hamad Port

first_imgzoom Marine transport and logistics conglomerate Qatar Navigation (Milaha) and Qatar Ports Management Company (Mwani Qatar) have signed an agreement to establish a new company QTerminals to manage Hamad Port.Under the agreement, Mwani Qatar will hold 51 percent of the new company, while Milaha will hold the remaining 49 percent. QTerminals will manage operations at Hamad Port as an independent company with its own board of directors, executives and staff, the parties said.“This strategic partnership reaps the benefits of several years of strong collaboration and ties between Mwani Qatar and Milaha, which have brought about this common plan for managing Hamad Port, one of the country’s vital megaprojects and which will serve as Qatar’s gateway to world trade,” Minister of Transport and Communications Jassim Saif Ahmed Al Sulaiti, Chairman of Mwani Qatar, said.He added that the agreement “further encourages the private sector to be part of strategic partnerships in developmental projects.”Earlier in November, Mwani Qatar started preparations to transfer all container terminal operations from the Port of Doha to the new Port of Hamad.Namely, Hamad port is expected to commence vessel operations, discharging and loading activities from December 1, 2016, according to German shipping major Hapag-Lloyd.As a significant addition to Qatar’s maritime infrastructure, Hamad Port is expected to reach a handling capacity of 7 million containers per year after completion. Hamad Port will include a customs inspection area, a port Control Tower at a height of 110 meters, a ship inspection platform and multiple maritime facilities, and other utilities.last_img read more

53 unregistered motorbikes seized in Gangarampur raids

first_imgBALURGHAT: After receiving complaints, a team of officials from Regional Transport Office of South Dinajpur-led by Regional Transport Officer (RTO), Sandip Saha raided two motorbike showrooms in Gangarampur and seized 53 unregistered motorbikes on Thursday.According to the officials, the owners of those two showrooms have been involved in illegal trading of motorbikes without Trade Certificate of Registration (TCR). “We have conducted raids in the two showrooms after receiving specific complaints that the owners of the showrooms have been involved in trading without TCR. No dealers can be entertained in selling two-wheeler without TCR. We have seized the motorbikes and directed them for proper explanation behind the illegal task,” Saha said while talking to Millennium Post. According to him, as per government norms a motorbike dealer can receive TCR from RTO in terms of Rs 200 per bike for selling. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”One TCR is used for one bike only. During raids, we have noticed that they have no TCR at all and it’s an offence. A rigorous departmental action will be taken against the accused,” he said. It may be mentioned that registration is mandatory of every new bike. It is a unique identity of the motorbike. Registration charges are cost to get the bike registered. Saha said all motorised road vehicles are tagged with a registration or licence number in the country while the licence plate number is issued by the concerned district-level Regional Transport Office of respective states. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayNotably, Mamata Banerjee-led Bengal government has stressed on TCR so that no dealer is involved in illegal trading while selling either two-wheeler or four-wheeler. “We can only identify the motorised vehicle on the basis of TCR after it comes from manufacturer. The government will also loss the revenue if the dealer is involved in trading without TCR. We cannot tolerate the nuisance anymore. Similar raid will conduct in future also,” Saha said.last_img read more

LacMegantic jurors at an impasse on Day 6 of deliberations

first_imgSHERBROOKE, Que. – The jurors at the Lac-Megantic trial have told the judge they are at an impasse in their deliberations.Quebec Superior Court Justice Gaetan Dumas read a letter from the jurors this afternoon in which they asked him what would happen if they couldn’t reach unanimity.Dumas and the lawyers are now discussing what he should tell the jury, which began deliberating last Thursday.Tom Harding, Richard Labrie and Jean Demaitre were charged with criminal negligence causing the 2013 tragedy that killed 47 people when a runaway train carrying crude oil derailed and exploded.All three can be found guilty of criminal negligence causing the death of 47 people, while jurors have the option of convicting Harding on one of two other charges: dangerous operation of railway equipment or dangerous operation of railway equipment causing death.Harding was the train’s engineer, Labrie the traffic controller and Demaitre the manager of train operations.last_img read more

Payday loans a growing part of Ontarios personal insolvencies study finds

first_imgTORONTO – A study by a Toronto-based firm says the rate of insolvent borrowers using payday loans in Ontario has grown for the sixth consecutive year.Insolvency trustee firm Hoyes Michalos & Associates says 31 per cent of insolvent borrowers used the loans in 2017, up from 27 per cent the year before.The study suggests payday loans are a growing factor in personal insolvencies in Ontario, with struggling debtors are taking out fewer but larger loans despite recent changes to lower borrowing rates.As of Jan. 1, 2017, the provincial government reduced the maximum amount lenders can charge for a payday loan to $18 for every $100 borrowed, down from $21 for each $100. Earlier this year, the rate was further reduced to $15.Hoyes Michalos & Associates says they looked at 3,500 insolvency cases and found the average number of payday loans outstanding at the time of insolvency declined to 3.2 in 2017, but the average payday loan size was $1,095, an increase of 12.4 per cent from the year before.In total, insolvent borrowers owed an average of $3,464 from all their payday loans, the study says, or $1.34 for every dollar of their monthly take-home pay.“Insolvent borrowers are now 2.6 times more likely to have at least one payday loan outstanding when they file a bankruptcy or consumer proposal than in 2011,” said Ted Michalos, co-founder of Hoyes Michalos & Associates. “This is a cycle that is just not sustainable.”Although the average monthly income for a payday loan borrower is $2,589, the study also found that payday loans are more likely to be used by debtors with a monthly income of more than $4,000 than they are to be used by those with an income between $1,001 and $2,000.last_img read more

Now, Krishnanagar’s famous Sarpuria and Sarbhaja to be sold at New Town’s Misti Hub

first_imgKolkata: The sweet-loving Bengalis in the state have reasons to rejoice. Two of their favourite and famous sweets — Sarpuria and Sarbhaja from Nadia’s Krishnanagar — now have a permanent address at New Town’s Misti Hub.”Misti Hub in New Town that had started its journey in July last year has been a favourite destination for sweet lovers and all the 12 shops in the hub have been doing brisk business since their inception. We had earlier introduced Mihidana, Sitabhog of East Burdwan and Lyangcha of Shaktigarh in the hub. Now, Sarpuria and Sarbhaja of Krishnanagar from a very noted brand in the district have found its place,” a senior official of West Bengal Housing & Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) said. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe Misti Hub is special as renowned sweetmakers of Kolkata are sharing the same roof with ethnic sweets from the districts of Bengal being sold there. There are 11 branded shops in the hub in the likes of KC Das, Bancharam, Gupta Brothers, Balaram Mullick and Radharaman Mullick, Ganguram, Nalin Chandra Das, Mithai, Hindusthan Sweets etc. The hub near Eco Park is the brainchild of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and the airport-bound passengers hardly miss an opportunity to buy special delicacies from there before taking their flights. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThere are proper signs on Biswa Bangla Sarani to facilitate the airport-bound buyers as well. The shop-owners dish out a variety of sweets from time-to-time to cater to the demand of the customers. The sweets are manufactured and packaged maintaining healthy quality. The Rasogolla Divas that was celebrated with great enthusiasm at Misti Hub on November 14 last year to mark the first anniversary of International GI (Geographical Indication) tag of the sweet of Bengal was a huge draw.last_img read more

Tense situation between police and BBS in Kurunegala

The BBS and its supporters objected to any attempt to arrest Gnanasara Thero. A tense situation arose in Kurunegala last night between the Police and the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS).The BBS claimed the Police had blocked access to an area when Muslims live and attempted to arrest the General Secretary of the BBS Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero when the BBS arrived in the area. The monk then got into a heated exchange with the Police asking if the orders to block the path of the BBS and arrest him came from “Ranil p***aya” and some Muslim Parliamentarians. The BBS said the Police had wanted to arrest Gnanasara Thero to obtain a statement from him over a complaint.Gnanasara Thero said he will appear before the Police tomorrow and demanded that he be allowed to gu ahead with his schedule in Kurunegala. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Annan pledges UN help and support to Iraqi people

Video of Kofi Annan’s message In a videotaped message, the Secretary-General said he regretted that, despite the best efforts of the international community and the UN, war has come to Iraq for the third time in a quarter of a century. He also stressed that the peoples of the world had made clear that they wanted their leaders to solve their problems within the UN framework.“Perhaps if we had persevered a little longer, Iraq could yet have been disarmed peacefully, or – if not – the world could have taken action to solve this problem by a collective decision, endowing it with greater legitimacy, and therefore commanding wider support, than is the case now,” he said.“But let us not dwell on the divisions of the past. Let us confront the realities of the present, however harsh, and look for ways to forge stronger unity in the future.”The Secretary-General said his thoughts today were with the Iraqi people, who face yet another ordeal. “I hope that all parties will scrupulously observe the requirements of international humanitarian law, and will do everything in their power to shield the civilian population from the grim consequences of war. The United Nations, for its part, will do whatever it can to bring them assistance and support,” he said.“Let us hope the future will be much brighter for the Iraqi people than the recent past, and that they will soon have the chance to rebuild their country in peace and freedom, under the rule of law,” he added.Looking sombre, Mr. Annan concluded: “Over the past weeks, the peoples of the world have shown what great importance they attach to the legitimacy conveyed by the authority of the United Nations. They have made clear that, in confronting uncertainty and danger, they want to see power harnessed to legitimacy. They want their leaders to come together, in the United Nations, to tackle the problems shared by all humanity.“I will do my utmost to ensure that the United Nations rises to this challenge.” read more

Selfless and heroic Australian nurse Kirsty Boden died while running to help

first_imgDame Eileen Sills, Chief Nurse at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, said: “As the Chief Nurse of Guy’s and St Thomas’ I cannot put into words how sad I am that we have lost one of our own. An Australian nurse who had been working in London, Kirsty Boden, 28, has been found dead.Her family said in a statement: “Kirsty was loved and adored by her family, friends and boyfriend. She was the most outgoing, kind and generous person who loved to help people. Helping people was what she loved to do in her job as a nurse and in her daily life.“As she ran towards danger, in an effort to help people on the bridge, Kirsty sadly lost her life. We are so proud of Kirsty’s brave actions which demonstrate how selfless, caring and heroic she was, not only on that night, but throughout all of her life. Kirsty – we love you and we will miss you dearly.“We will not be making any further comments on this tragedy and ask everyone, especially the media, to give us the privacy we need to grieve away from the public eye.”Ms Boden, from the town of Loxton in the state of South Australia, was believed to have assisted a victim during the attack but was not heard from since Saturday night.She worked at Guy’s Hospital as a  staff nurse in Theatres Recovery. Kirsty BodenCredit:Facebook Kirsty Boden Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.center_img 9 patients from the attack were treated at the hospital where she formerly worked. Of these, 5 have been discharged and 4 are still in their care. “Kirsty was an outstanding nurse and a hugely valued member of the staff team in Theatres Recovery, described by her colleagues as ‘one in a million’ who always went the extra mile for the patients in her care.“Our thoughts at this time are with her family, her loved ones and our staff who have lost a dear friend and colleague.“Following the Westminster Bridge terror attack on 22 March, this is the second time in less than three months when our hospitals, patients, visitors and staff have been in the middle of hugely traumatic events.“Our priority at this difficult time is not only to provide care of the highest quality to our patients but also to look after our staff. We would ask the media to respect the right of staff to focus on putting patients first at this time.”Amanda Pritchard, Chief Executive of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, said: “As with the Westminster Bridge incident, our staff responded with courage and tremendous professionalism following the horrific events of Saturday night. We are extremely proud of them.” A keen traveller, she ran a blog in which she called The Time Poor Traveller. In one poignant post, she had written: “I am not a nomad, vagabond or wanderer.”I have no plans to quit my job and travel the world taking selfies and instagramming my dinner. ‘I’m just your average dreamer, with a full time job and a constant longing to go where I haven’t been. “I have big travel dreams but I am realistic. I recognise that I might not go everywhere but I should definitely go everywhere I can, and so should you!”At risk of sounding cliche, life is short and we should all use the time we have wisely.”It is not clear whether she was last seen at London Bridge or Borough Market.She is known to have been living in the UK for some time after moving from Loxton, South Australia.Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said four Australians were believed to be caught up in the attack.Two of these have been found recovering from serious injuries, while a 21-year-old woman still remains unaccounted for.South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill said it was a matter for Commonwealth authorities to confirm the identity of the second Australian of concern but said the state government was “putting in place all the appropriate measures to provide support for the families that are associated with this particular notification”.last_img read more

Secondhalf property tax payments due Nov 1

first_imgSecond-half property taxes are due Monday, Nov. 1, said Clark County Treasurer Doug Lasher.Lasher said if property owners have not received a 2010 second-half tax statement or lost it, they can visit or call 360-397-2252.Lasher said 155,000 second-half property statements were mailed last month. Property statements include property tax levy amounts, lighting assessments and clean water fees. Taxpayers whose taxes and assessments are not paid through a mortgage company are responsible for paying their second-half property taxes by the Nov. 1 deadline to avoid interest and penalties. Payments may be made online or by phone but are subject to processing fees that are paid to a vendor. Payments may be mailed to Clark County Treasurer, P.O. Box 9808, Vancouver, WA 98666-8808. Payments must be postmarked by Nov. 1.Taxpayers are encouraged to use the return envelopes provided with their statements.last_img read more

Working in Clark County Todd Shade CTran coach operator

first_imgWhen he was a youngster, Todd Shade rode the bus around Portland with his grandmother. He told her someday he would be driving the bus. He kept his promise and this year his peers awarded him the title C-Tran Operator of the Year. “I enjoy what I do,” Shade said. “I like the interaction with the riders and other people at C-Tran.” Name: Todd Shade.Job/employer: C-Tran coach operator. How I got into this job: When I was young I would ride buses all over Portland with my grandmother. It was such a pleasure to travel by bus. I told my grandmother I was going to drive a bus someday.I attended a business college to study for accounting but soon realized that it wasn’t for me. I began working for a General Motors auto dealership. I stayed for about 17 years, and when I saw the business changing, it was an opportunity to move on to something else.I was familiar with C-Tran since I rode the bus often and I knew the routes. I put in an application and was hired in March 2004 as a part-time driver. At that time, it took about four years to become a full-time driver. My routes: We have a bid process every quarter, based on seniority, to pick our route. Monday through Wednesday, 5:30 to 9:15 a.m., I drive the early morning commute to Portland, and in the afternoon, 2:30 to 6:15 p.m., I am on the Mill Plain Boulevard route. Saturdays, I am on the Northeast Highway 99 route and Sundays I drive the St. Johns and Fruit Valley route.last_img read more

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