First Edition of Touchline

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10 months agoVitesse coach Slutsky reveals Musonda ‘bitter setback’

first_imgVitesse coach Slutsky reveals Musonda ‘bitter setback’by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveVitesse coach Leonid Slutsky has virtually wrote off the season of Chelsea midfielder Charly Musonda.On-loan at the Eredivisie outfit, Musonda has been missing since September with a knee injury – and Slutsky admits his recovery hasn’t gone to plan.”It does not look good,” he said.”Musonda will now be fit again at the earliest in February. But beware: then he has to be trained again to become a match fit. Then we talk about the end of March. “And then everything has to go as expected.”For all of us this is a bitter setback.” TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: LSU Student On Jeopardy Can’t Answer Questions About Derrick Henry, Steve Spurrier

first_imgJeopardy question asks what university Derrick Henry plays for.Twitter/@KenzieThirkillWhen college football is a category on Jeopardy, it almost never goes well. In the past, we’ve had a former LSU lineman say that Syracuse was in the Ivy League, contestants failed miserably on a question about the Big Ten, they’ve avoided a question about the sport’s stadium nicknames like the plague, and perhaps worst of all, one man thought Auburn is  called the “Crimson Tide.”College students from LSU, Northeastern, and Wright State competed on the show tonight, and you’d think someone at an SEC powerhouse would fare better when asked about the sport. You’d be very, very wrong. When asked questions about former Florida and South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier and Alabama Heisman winner Derrick Henry, LSU student Kevin didn’t even try to give an answer. I. JUST. CAN’T. pic.twitter.com/Z8LBfGOQu9— Mackenzie Thirkill (@KenzieThirkill) February 3, 2016SEC fans on Twitter are ROASTING him, as you’d expect.the LSU senior on college jeopardy who couldn’t get a spurrier quote or where derrick henry went to college shouldn’t be allowed to graduate— arflora (@arflora) February 2, 2016An RA from LSU is on college Jeopardy! and failed to get “where did Derrick Henry play” and “who is the Head Ball Coach” and I’m mad.— Robby Kalland (@RKalland) February 3, 2016Kid on jeopardy enrolled at LSU and doesn’t know who Derrick Henry, 2015 Heisman trophy winning running back, played for.. Study less.— Luke Longfield (@Lukers17) February 3, 2016Ain’t NO WAY IN HELL the kid from LSU in College Jeopardy didn’t know Derek Henry went to Bama. He just didn’t want to say it— Ken Carman (@KenCarman) February 3, 2016Man the peeps on college @Jeopardy stink. Dude from LSU had no idea who Derrick Henry is. Really? What the hay?— Ben Spalding (@DangerSpalding) February 3, 2016An LSU student on Jeopardy doesn’t know who Steve Spurrier and Derrick Henry are? God this is mortifying. https://t.co/lewNR8x7su— David Helman (@HelmanDC) February 3, 2016Maybe mix in a trip to Death Valley sometime, Kevin. You’ll probably enjoy it.last_img read more

Up to 50 students could corroborate abuse allegations against Furlong says alleged

first_imgAPTN National NewsWhen accusations of abuse surfaced a few weeks ago John Furlong was quick to defend his reputation.The former president of the Vancouver Olympics came out swinging, denying any wrongdoing and threatening to sue a reporter that first broke the story.However, former students who were taught by Furlong in Burns Lake, B.C., stand by their allegations.APTN National News reporter Rob Smith travelled to Burns Lake and talked with two people say there’s no doubt, Furlong abused them.They say more former students may come forward.last_img read more

Vigils held for Sagkeengs Serena McKay on the weekend

first_imgBrittany Hobson APTN National NewsTwo vigils were held to remember Serena Mckay.The 19-year old was murdered on the Sagkeeng First Nation in Manitoba. Her body was discovered April 24.Two teenage girls have been charged with her [email protected]last_img

Key California farm district rejects governors tunnels plan

first_imgFRESNO, Calif. – A group of powerful California farmers pulled their support Tuesday from a pair of massive, $16 billion tunnels that would have re-engineered the state’s water system in a decisive move that dealt a major blow to the project pushed by Gov. Jerry Brown.The board of Westlands Water District, the nation’s largest supplier of irrigation water to farms, voted to withdraw its participation from the project after more than an hour of tense discussions and comments from farmers who overwhelmingly concluded it was too expensive.After the vote, John Laird, secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency, said the aging water infrastructure must be modernized.“Failing to act puts future water supply reliability at risk,” he said in a statement. “This vote, while disappointing, in no way signals the end” of the project known as WaterFix.Tuesday’s vote leaves the project’s future in peril, potentially heightening a longstanding feud between typically dry Southern and Northern California, where much of the state’s water originates.Before the 7-1 vote in Fresno, Westlands general manager Thomas Birmingham had urged board members to support the tunnels on the condition that federal officials spread the cost more broadly to make it affordable for the district.“This thing dies,” Birmingham told the board about the decision. “The project will be over.”The vote was the first among several large water districts that have already spent more than $200 million on planning for the tunnels but have not committed to shouldering their share of the hefty construction costs.Water is a fought-over resource in California, which leads the nation in agricultural production, growing nearly half of its fruits, nuts and vegetables.Water for irrigation now flows through a complex system of reservoirs and canals managed by state and federal officials that was built decades ago.The tunnels project calls for building two 35-mile-long (56-kilometre-long) tunnels east of San Francisco to deliver water from the Sacramento River mostly to farms and cities hundreds of miles away in central and Southern California.Backers say the tunnels will stabilize delta flows, bolster endangered fish and ensure a reliable water supply. Critics say the project will be used to drain Northern California dry and further harm native fish.William Bourdeau, executive vice-president at Harris Farms and a Westlands board member, said the economics of the project didn’t pencil out and it came with no guarantee it would produce consistent water supplies years from now.“We would be obligating hundreds of family farms,” Bourdeau said outside the meeting. “That doesn’t make economic sense.”Rather than putting the responsibility on the districts that stand to benefit from the tunnels, Bourdeau said the federal government needs to play a leading role as it did decades ago when it built the current complex of dams and canals.The powerful Westlands agency provides irrigation water to 1,000 square miles (2,590 square kilometres) in the San Joaquin Valley, some of the nation’s richest farmland.Officials in other districts were watching the Westlands vote as they prepare to make their decisions on the project that has been on the drawing board for more than a decade.Opponents representing delta farmers, who long battled against the tunnels, considered the Westlands vote a good day for California. They’d prefer seeing money spent on capturing Californian’s storm runoff and replacing leaky toilets as ways to ease the demand for delta water.“The sooner we can get Gov. Brown to put an end to pushing California WaterFix, the sooner we can get to solutions for California water,” said Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director for Restore the Delta.The vote came a day after The Associated Press reported state plans to put dozens more water agencies and millions of families and farmers on the hook for funding the tunnels.The approach pivots from longstanding state and federal assurances that only water districts that seek to participate would pay, instead shifting responsibility to a broader sweep of districts.Brown is pressing to secure the project before he leaves office next year. Calls and emails to the governor’s press office seeking comment Tuesday were not immediately returned.Westlands farmers had considered delaying their vote in hopes of securing a better deal from federal officials, but Birmingham told them the terms wouldn’t likely change.“There’s just too many unknowns,” said farmer and board member, Larry Enos.“The only guarantee is once we do it, we have to pay the bonds. I can’t get comfortable with it today.”last_img read more

China criticizes SP credit rating cut as wrong decision

first_imgBEIJING, China – China’s Finance Ministry on Friday criticized the cut in the Standard & Poor’s rating agency’s credit rating on Chinese government borrowing as a “wrong decision” and said it ignores the country’s economic strength.S&P announced the change Thursday, citing rising debt it said increased financial risk. The move added to warnings China’s debt burden might drag on economic growth or threaten the financial system. It followed a similar downgrade by Moody’s Investors Service in May.The timing is awkward for the ruling Communist Party, which wants to project an image of stability ahead of a twice-a-decade congress next month at which President Xi Jinping is due to be named to a second five-year term as leader.S&P followed its China downgrade a day later by cutting its credit rating for Hong Kong, citing risks posed by their close ties. The agency said Friday it was reducing its long-term rating on Hong Kong by one notch, to AA+ from AAA, reflecting potential spillover risks.It said Hong Kong has a good economic outlook, sizable fiscal reserves and credible monetary policy, but that China’s downgrade is “exerting a negative impact” on Hong Kong because of “strong institutional and political ties” between them.The Finance Ministry complained S&P ignored China’s stable economic growth and reform efforts. It noted official data showed the economy grew by 6.9 per cent in the first half of 2017 over a year earlier and government revenue rose by nearly 10 per cent.“The Standard & Poor’s downgrade of China’s sovereign credit rating is a wrong decision,” the ministry said on its website. “This misreading neglects China’s good fundamentals and development potential.”Total Chinese nongovernment debt rose last year to the equivalent of 257 per cent of annual economic output, according to the Bank for International Settlements. That is unusually high for a developing country and up from 143 per cent in 2008.Communist leaders have cited reducing financial risk as a priority this year. They have launched initiatives to reduce debts owed by state companies, including by allowing banks to accept stock as repayment on loans. But private sector analysts say they are moving too slowly.S&P lowered its rating on China’s sovereign debt by one notch from AA- to A+, still among its highest ratings.“A prolonged period of strong credit growth has increased China’s economic and financial risks,” said S&P in a statement. That has supported economic growth but “also diminished financial stability to some extent.”The downgrade could raise Beijing’s borrowing costs slightly but is more significant for its impact on investor sentiment.“The new rating is still squarely investment grade — there is no real concern about the possibility of default,” said Mark Williams of Capital Economics in a report.“However, credit continues to expand at a faster pace than output, which points to significant ongoing misallocation of resources,” said Williams. “State sector reforms have continued to disappoint and so the hidden risks on bank balance sheets have continued to build.”Chinese economic growth fell from 14.2 per cent in 2007 to 6.7 per cent last year, though that still was among the world’s strongest.The government is trying to make the economy more productive by giving market forces a bigger role. It is trying to shrink bloated industries such as steel and cement in which supply exceeds demand, which has depressed prices and led to financial losses.Beijing is trying to steer the economy to slower, more sustainable growth based on domestic consumption instead of investment and exports. But growth has dipped faster than planners wanted, raising the risk of politically dangerous job losses. Beijing has responded by flooding the economy with credit.Official efforts to rein in debt “could stabilize the trend of financial risk,” S&P said. “However, we foresee that credit growth in the next two to three years will remain at levels that will increase financial risks gradually.”last_img read more

PRRD host a special meeting with the Government regarding Southern Mountain Caribou

first_imgUPDATE: There has been a change of address for the special meeting. The new location is;Regional District Office Boardroom, 1981 Alaska Avenue, Dawson Creek, BCDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – A special meeting of the Board will be held with Government regarding the Southern Mountain Caribou, Central Group. The purpose of the meeting is to receive a delegation from Deputy Minister Dave Nikolejsin, Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, and Deputy Minister Mark Zacharias, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy.The public is welcome to attend to hear the presentation from the Province.The meeting takes place 10:00 am Thursday, January 17, 2019, in the Co-op Mercer Hall at the Encana Events Centre located at #1-300 Highway 2, Dawson Creek BCThe agenda is available online at www.prrd.bc.ca and a video recording of the meeting will be posted within two business days after the meeting.last_img read more

A starstudded award night

first_imgThe theatre fraternity and audiences came together in the national capital for red-carpet award night of 14th Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META) Festival. Promoted by Mahindra Group as part of its cultural outreach programmes, the week-long extravaganza came to an end as the past year’s best plays from across the country were awarded the coveted META at Kamani Auditorium.The META is India’s most comprehensive theatre awards and much revered in the theatre fraternity, recognising both on-stage and off-stage talent across 14 award categories, including the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. The jury for the 14th edition of META comprised of actor and screenwriter Akash Khurana, founder and former Executive Director of India Foundation for the Arts Anmol Vellani, Ila Arun, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Managing trustee of Nrityagram Lynne Fernandez, Former editor of The Hindu Mukund Padmanabhan, internationally-renowned dance historian, scholar, author and critic Sunil Kothari, and present Director of the India Habitat Centre in New Delhi Sunit Tandon. TAAM, Manipur’s Hindi Adaptation Andha Yug won the 2019 META for Best Play along with Prakash Mangaldin Singh winning for Best Stage Design and Sajida Saji for Best Costume. Rukmini Sircar shared the Best Actor in a Lead Role (Female) award with Anjana Balaji. Her Co-actor Dharanidharan U won the META for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Male) for his role as ‘Aaya’, Janani’s maid, the one who helped her elope, bringing Chandâla, Impure a total of two wins at META 2019. Malayalam production Chillara Samaram from Little Earth School Of Theatre Kerala also won two awards including Best Ensemble and Best Choreography. The META for Best Actor in a Lead Role (Male) was awarded to Shrungha BV for his portrayal of ‘Abhay’, in the drama Kola. Whereas Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Female) was bagged by Mallika Lokhande. One of India’s most progressive playwrights, Mahesh Elkunchwar has conferred the META Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to Indian theatre. In a message to META, he said, “I am very happy to receive this prestigious award. META has been consistently honouring good theatre. It is a nice feeling to receive an award from people who genuinely love theatre.” This year’s edition of the festival saw a record-breaking 414 entries sent in for various categories. These were viewed by an eminent selection committee, comprising well-known theatre practitioners. Hosted by renowned award-winning actor, director, and producer and one of the pioneer RJs of India, Mantra, the META Awards Night saw the presence of several stalwarts and influencers. Performances by The Revisit Project with their groovy music and exciting fusion in raag jog taal and teen-tal by The Project Ganganis, further enlivened proceedings. After the successful debut of [email protected] last year, the Festival also featured a series of Workshops and Panel Discussions during the non-performing hours of the festival. These panel discussions, curated in partnership with the Drama School Mumbai (DSM), were extremely well received and featured META-nominated stalwarts in conversation with theatre students, practitioners, and enthusiasts.last_img read more

Nehru original sinner favoured China for UNSC seat says Jaitley

first_imgNew Delhi: Hitting back at the Congress, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday said first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru was the “original sinner” who favoured China over India for permanent membership into the United Nation Security Council.This comes within hours of Congress president Rahul Gandhi terming Prime Minister Narendra Modi as “weak” and “scared” of Chinese President Xi Jinping after Beijing blocked a UN resolution to designate JeM chief Masood Azhar a global terrorist. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!”The original mistake, both on Kashmir and China, was committed by the same person,” said Jaitley while quoting a letter written by Nehru to Chief Ministers on August 2, 1955. Jaitley, who heads the publicity committee of the BJP for the ensuing general elections, has quoted a part of the letter. “Pt. Nehru’s infamous letter to Chief Ministers’ dated August 2, 1955, states ‘Informally, suggestions have been made by the United States that China should be taken into the United Nations but not in the Security Council, & that India should take her place in the Security Council. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed”..We cannot, of course, accept this as it means falling out with China and it would be very unfair for a great country like China not to be in the Security Council,” he said in a series of tweets. Taking a jibe at Rahul Gandhi, Jaitley asked, “Will the Congress President tell us who the original sinner was?” India’s bid to designate the chief of Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed as a global terrorist suffered a setback with China putting a technical hold on a proposal to ban him following the Pulwama terror attack. The proposal to designate Azhar under the 1267 Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the UNSC was moved by France, the UK and the US on February 27, days after a suicide bomber of the JeM killed 44 CRPF soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama, leading to a flare-up in tensions between India and Pakistan.last_img read more