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a month agoWoodward: Solskjaer and Man Utd share philosophy

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Woodward: Solskjaer and Man Utd share philosophyby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward says manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has the board’s full support.As the United chief announced record annual revenues of £621.7million today, he insisted the club are on the right track.Woodward stated: “We remain focused on our plan of rebuilding the team and continuing to strengthen our youth system, in line with the philosophy of the club and the manager.”This is reflected in the recent addition of three exciting first team players, key player contract extensions and the talent we have coming through our academy.”Everyone at Manchester United is committed to delivering on our primary objective of winning trophies.” last_img read more

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Quebec finance minister announces personal income tax cuts

first_imgQUEBEC – Quebec’s finance minister announced personal income tax cuts and increased funds for health and education on Tuesday and immediately denied the moves had anything to do with next year’s provincial election.“We are announcing today further tax reductions because we started doing that already last year,” said Carlos Leitao. “This year we’re adding another $1 billion. And if we do it now, it’s because we can do it now.”The government says a family of two adults and two children that earns $88,000 a year will see a tax reduction of $1,200, which includes the abolition of a health fee as well as the introduction of money earmarked for school supplies.A single person who earns $44,000 will save an estimated $500.Asked specifically whether the tax cuts will help the Liberals win next October’s election, Leitao replied, “Eleven months in politics is a lifetime. Who knows what’s going to happen in the next 11 months.”“These tax cuts are intended to give the population some breathing space,” he said. “It is something we said we’d do.“Since Quebecers have the highest tax burden in Canada, and we can lighten their burden, then yes, (we’re doing it).”Opinion polls suggest the Liberals are locked in a tight battle with the right-leaning Coalition for Quebec’s Future, with the Parti Quebecois trailing in third place.Leitao has probably not stopped handing out the goodies. He will table the 2018-19 budget next March or April and will no doubt sprinkle a few others to woo voters.The measures announced Tuesday include $100 for families for each child so they can purchase school supplies, although the government will have no direct control over how the money is actually spent.It will be retroactive to this year and parents will receive a first cheque in January.Leitao also said the government will invest an additional $630 million in the health sector over the next six years and $212 million in education over the same period.Another measure will see the province invest $2.6 billion over six years in a bid to lift 100,000 people out of poverty.Details of the ambitious plan are expected to be made public by the end of the year.PQ finance critic Nicolas Marceau reacted to Leitao’s measures by stating that Premier Philippe Couillard “is taking Quebecers for idiots.”“He’s insulting their intelligence,” Marceau said.“Today we’re seeing the beginning of the Liberals’ election campaign — a campaign that is not financed by Liberal party funds but rather by Quebecers’ money. It is being financed by the major cuts we’ve suffered over the last three years.”last_img read more

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Could Tesla price cuts mean demand is slowing

first_imgDETROIT — Tesla made about 9,300 more vehicles than it delivered last year, raising concerns among industry analysts that inventory is growing as demand for the company’s electric cars may be starting to wane.If demand falls, they say, the company will enter a new phase of its business. Like other automakers, Tesla will have to either cut production or reduce prices to raise sales. A drop in demand could also curtail the company’s earnings and jeopardize CEO Elon Musk’s promise to post sustained quarterly profits.On Wednesday, Tesla did cut prices, knocking $2,000 of each of its three models. The company said the cuts will help customers deal with the loss of a $7,500 federal tax credit, which was reduced to $3,750 this month for Tesla buyers and will gradually go to zero by the end of 2018.“They have for a long time had more demand than supply,” Gartner analyst Michael Ramsey said. “It’s becoming apparent that that dynamic is changing.”Tesla reported that it produced 254,530 cars and SUVs last year and delivered 245,240.The company’s deliveries for the full year matched Wall Street estimates, but its figures for the fourth quarter didn’t reach expectations. Tesla said it delivered 90,700 vehicles from October through December. Analysts polled by data provider FactSet expected 92,000.Jeff Schuster, a senior vice-president at the forecasting firm LMC Automotive, said demand for Tesla’s lower-priced Model 3 has been artificially high for the past six months as the company overcame production problems at its Fremont, California, factory.“You’ve had these inflated months because of delayed deliveries,” Schuster said. “We’re probably getting to that point where we’re getting to equilibrium and consumers aren’t necessarily waiting for vehicles.”Last year, Tesla reported that about 420,000 buyers had put down $1,000 deposits to join the Model 3 waiting list.LMC predicts that Tesla U.S. sales will rise in 2019 because it’s the first full year on the market for the Model 3. It anticipates sales to then fall by about 10,000 in 2020.Losing the tax credit will hit those who have been holding out for the $35,000 version of the Model 3, Schuster said. At present, Tesla is selling only versions that cost more than $45,000. Under federal law, buyers get the full tax credit until a manufacturer reaches 200,000 in sales since the start of 2010. Tesla hit 200,000 in July but the full credit continued for vehicles delivered by Dec. 31. It was cut in half on Jan. 1 and will go away by the end of the year.“You’ve had your early adopters, those early followers have already come in” to buy, Schuster said. “Now you’re trying to appeal to the mainstream market. I think that will have an impact on overall demand.”At the same time, inventory appears to be swelling. The company parked hundreds of cars at lots and Tesla stores all over the country at the end of last year, which could indicate excess stock. Tesla wouldn’t give inventory numbers but said it has lower stocks than its two biggest competitors, BMW and Mercedes.The Associated Press found one lot on the north side of Chicago where Tesla was storing dozens of vehicles in late December, and Mark Spiegel, a hedge fund manager who bets against Tesla stock, said other lots were full across the country.Tesla said it sometimes stores vehicles on lots as they’re being shipped to company dealerships across the nation. The lot in Chicago has fewer cars on it today, the company said. “Our inventory levels remain the smallest in the automotive industry,” the company said Wednesday.Tesla also says Model 3 sales should grow worldwide as it expands distribution and begins to offer leases. Deliveries in Europe and China will start in February, and a right-hand-drive version is coming later in the year, the company said.In addition, inventory dropped in the fourth quarter as Tesla “delivered a few thousand vehicles more than produced.”Tesla said it had about 3,000 vehicles in transit to customers at year’s end. But even with that number, Schuster said production still exceeded deliveries, which doesn’t fit Tesla’s business model of building cars when they are ordered by customers. Still, even at 9,300, Tesla’s inventory is smaller than other automakers that have to stock dealerships, Schuster said.Tom Krisher, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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India mauls Poland 100 in Azlan Shah Cup

first_imgIpoh (Malaysia): With their final berth already sealed, India toyed with Poland and thrashed them 10-0 in their final group stage game of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup here on Friday. With four wins and a draw, India lead the six-team league table with 13 points and a goal difference of +18. India will face South Korea in the final on Saturday. It was a one-sided battle from start to finish with India demonstrating their attacking prowess to the fullest. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhIndia were two goals to the good inside the first seven minutes. Vivek Prasad scored the first goal while Sumit converted Mandeep Singh’s pass to make it 2-0. The Indians were all over Poland as the 21st ranked team in the world failed to stave off their opponent’s repeated forays inside the circle. In the 18th minute, Varun Kumar’s flick saied into the net to make it 3-0 while Surender Kumar added the fourth a minute later. It was one way traffic all the way as Varun doubled his tally with Simranjeet also getting on the scoresheet in the 29th minute. At the end of the first period, Indians had raced to a 6-0 lead. The script was no different in the second, as India continued to dominate. Nilakanta scored India’s seventh goal after Sumit set him up inside the circle. Mandeep then struck back-to-back goals in the 50th and 51st minute while and Amit Rohidas found the back of the net in the 55th minute to round off a massive 10-0 victory.last_img read more

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Opposition scared indulging in scaremongering Modi

first_imgBhagalpur (Bihar): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday launched a scathing attack on the Congress-led opposition, asserting that the “mahamilavati gang” is scared that if he comes to power again, their “shops” of corruption and dynasty politics will shut down. Addressing an election rally here, Modi also said the opposition wants to strip the armed forces of their special powers, while the NDA government strives to give full liberty to jawans to deal with terrorists and Naxals. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “The mahamilavati gang is actually afraid of something else though it may have other pretensions while scaremongering. They fear that if Modi comes to power again, their shops of corruption, dynasty politics and venal defence deals will shut down,” he said. The prime minister said his government has been making efforts to bolster the quota system introduced by Baba Saheb Ambedkar. “They are saying that if Modi comes to power again, elections would be done away with. All constitutional bodies will be under threat. And reservations will be done away with. “The fact remains, this ‘chowkidar’ of yours has been making all efforts to strengthen the quota system introduced by Baba Saheb Ambedkar,” Modi said. Bihar will witness a seven-phase polling for its 40 Lok Sabha seats.last_img read more

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HC grants time to ED to file response on maintainability of Robert

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Thursday granted more time to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to file an affidavit regarding the maintainability of Robert Vadra’s plea seeking quashing of a money laundering case in which he was questioned by the probe agency.A bench of Justices Hima Kohli and Vinod Goel directed the ED to file the response within a week and listed the matter for further hearing on July 18. The court asked Vadra and his close aide Manoj Arora to file their rejoinder to the ED’s affidavit in two weeks thereafter. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghCentral government standing counsel Amit Mahajan, appearing for the ED, said the short affidavit was almost ready and they require some more time to file it. The court had earlier on March 25 asked the probe agency to file its response in the form of an affidavit regarding the maintainability of two separate but similar petitions by Vadra and Arora within two weeks. The ED had opposed Vadra’s plea, saying it was not maintainable as he “wilfully suppressed” material facts from the court. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadIt had contended that the plea of Vadra, brother-in-law of Congress president Rahul Gandhi, was an abuse of process of law. When he feared that “law will catch him, he challenged the PMLA provisions”, it had added. The ED case relates to allegations of money laundering in the purchase of a London-based property at 12, Bryanston Square, worth 1.9 million pounds. The property is allegedly owned by Vadra. Vadra has also sought that various provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 2002, be declared unconstitutional. Vadra has sought in his plea that Sections 3, 17, 19, 24, 44 and 50 of the PMLA be declared ultra vires or unconstitutional.last_img read more

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Will not tolerate muscle flexing in state Mamata

first_imgBhatpara/Palta/Rajarhat: Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi not to tell lies about Bengal’s development and do a bit of homework before addressing election rallies.Without naming Arjun Singh, BJP nominee for the Barrackpore Lok Sabha seat, Banerjee issued a stern warning and said she would not tolerate any kind of muscle flexing in the area. She addressed a mammoth rally at Bhatpara on Thursday afternoon. Later, she addressed two other meetings at Palta and Rajarhat respectively. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaBanerjee also added that in the past eight years, massive development has taken place in Bengal. Through various schemes, people from all walks of life have benefitted. Over 60 lakh girl students are getting the benefits of “Kanyashree” and around one crore students studying in state-run and aided schools are getting cycles free of cost under the “Sabuj Sathi” project. Around 8 crore people are getting rice at Rs 2 a kilogram under the “Khadya Sathi” scheme. The newly introduced “Swasthya Sathi” project will benefit around 8 crore people and the card will be issued in the name of the senior most woman member of the family as a part of women empowerment. “During Dr BC Roy’s time, development projects had been carried out but after that everything got stalled in Bengal. The Trinamool-led government has carried out massive development in infrastructure,” she said. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”But there are people who come to Bengal just to defame the state. Modi comes here and spreads lies. He said the government does not allow Durga Puja or Saraswati Puja. More than one lakh Durga Pujas and more than a crore Saraswati Puja are organised in Bengal. He should do a little bit of homework before telling such blatant lies.” Criticising the Prime Minister, she said: “He is so shameless that he does horse trading and says 40 TMC MLAs are in touch with him. Not a single MLA will join him,” she said and alleged: “BJP had banned high-value notes to fill up its own coffers.”last_img read more

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Massachusetts Public Schools grant Muslim student a day off on Eid

first_imgFez- On a cold winter day of Cleveland- Ohio, an American friend who happened to be driving me to Westside Market within the city glimpsed a catchy billboard. Since I was not the one behind the steering wheel, I glued sight on the big capital letters forming the statement: AMERICA IS A CHRISTIAN country. I still remember neither concurred  with what that board said. My friend is Jew and I am a Muslim. This was few years ago.Today, the Revere public schools in Massachusets approved our (my friend’s and mine) standpoint from the content of that Billboard. The Revere Public schools took a leading initiation to grant the students a Holy day on Eid  Al Adha (a Muslim celebrated- day of Sacrifice), which falls this year on the 15th of October. The school board (administrators and school committee) reached a unanimous decision to modify the holy days calendar for this Academic year. Good Friday (April 18th, 2014) will not be the only religious day off for students. The Jewish Rosh Hashanah (September 5th, 6th) and the Muslim Eid Al Adha (one day off) will make the total religious days off grow to four.The Decision was reached based on the conspicuous growing number of the Muslim community in the school district. Last year, a major problem of absenteeism among Muslim students happened on Eid Al Adha when kids preferred to spend the day with their families to celebrate the Holy Day.Last year, it was Cambridge Public Schools and this year it is Revere Public Schools that recognize the religious holidays of the multi-cultural community. The experience is expected to get cloned in many other school districts and with this recognition the Muslim community is amply satisfied.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

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Casablanca Among 10 Most Disappointing Destinations in the World

first_imgCasablanca- Travel website Smarter Travel has recently published a list of 10 places it considers as the “most disappointing” destinations in the world. Casablanca has made it to the list.Casablanca, Morocco’s economic capital is a “soulless” city, according to Smarter Travel. According to the website, Casablanca is only a transitory station, unlike other places in the Northern African kingdom, and is thus one of the “10 most disappointing” destinations in the world. “Many international flights to Morocco arrive in Casablanca, but many visitors wish that their flight had kept right on going. This very commercial city is mostly office buildings and has been called “soulless” by many tourists. Transit here, but keep on going to the rest of Morocco if you want a more authentic experience,” says the survey. In addition to Casablanca, the top teen “most disappointing destinations in the world” includes Gibraltar (UK), the Niagara Falls in New York, Temple Bar in Dublin, California’s Hollywood, Nassau, in Bahamas, Liberty Island in New York, Frankfurt in Germany, Florida’s famous Walt Disney World, and Las Vegas. The survey, however, doesn’t says what are the criteria it used to arrive to such a conclusion or whether it based its ranking on the opinions expressed by travelers.In another survey published by American Magazine WeatherWise, Morocco’s largest city ranked 3rd best weather place in the world.  Referring to weather condition in Casablanca, the survey says: “Strongly moderated by cold currents of the Atlantic Ocean, the weather of the northwestern coast of Morocco experiences little seasonal variability and extremely mild temperatures year round. According to World Meteorological Organization data for Casablanca, which lies in the heart of this region, January experiences an average daily high of 63°F and a mean nighttime low of 45°F.”© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

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Someday Well Appreciate Alabama And Clemsons Historic Dominance

Florida-Nebraska1995-973 33 matchups tied2 MatchupSpanYears Boston Celtics-New York Knicks1951-555 Time spans considered are 1903-2018 for MLB, 1933-2018 for the NFL and 1947-2018 for the NBA/ABA.Source: Sports-Reference.com Kansas City Royals-New York Yankees1976-783 LSU-USC2005-073 Alabama-Oklahoma1973-764 Boston Celtics-Philadelphia 76ers1965-695 MatchupSpanYears Florida State-Miami1987-926 Nebraska-Oklahoma1971-744 Baltimore/Washington Bullets-New York Knicks1969-746 There’s perhaps nothing more alluring in sports than the notion of unpredictability, that what you’re witnessing isn’t scripted, that anything could happen. George Mason. Leicester City. Buster Douglas. These narratives are the reason we keep coming back year after year.Recently, though, it seems like the improbable has taken a back seat to the foreseeable — at least in a few major American sports.On Monday at 8 p.m. Eastern, the Alabama Crimson Tide and Clemson Tigers will clash in the College Football Playoff final. It will mark the fourth consecutive season the two will have met in either the finals or semifinals. On the hardwood, the Cleveland Cavaliers have battled the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals in four consecutive seasons.1That streak, however, will … not continue. And on the ice, the Washington Capitals have skated into the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round of three consecutive Stanley Cup Playoffs.But though it might seem like it happens all the time, it’s actually pretty rare for the same teams to square off in the postseason year after year.For example, the MLB playoffs date back to the late 19th century and feature only three instances of teams meeting three seasons in a row.2The Anaheim Angels and Boston Red Sox played each season from 2007 to 2009, the Kansas City Royals and New York Yankees played each season from 1976 to 1978, and the New York Yankees and New York Giants played each season from 1921 to 1923. The NFL playoffs have seen a single instance of teams meeting exactly four years in a row3The San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers played each season from 1995 to 1998. and a single instance of teams meeting five years in a row.4The Oakland Raiders and Pittsburgh Steelers played each season from 1972 to 1976. In the WNBA, the Minnesota Lynx and Phoenix Mercury played in four consecutive playoffs from 2013 to 2016. In the men’s NCAA basketball tournament, there have been eight instances of teams meeting in three consecutive tournaments.5Seattle and Oregon State played each season from 1962 to 1964, Utah State and Arizona State played each season from 1962 to 1964, UCLA and San Francisco played each season from 1963 to 1965, UCLA and New Mexico State played each season from 1968 to 1970, UCLA and Long Beach State played each season from 1970 to 1972, Providence and Pennsylvania played each season from 1972 to 1974, and Utah and Kentucky played each season from 1996 to 1998. And in the women’s NCAA basketball tourney, Notre Dame and UConn faced off in the Final Four, in either the semifinals or finals, an incredible five consecutive times from 2011 to 2015. Fort Wayne Pistons-Rochester Royals1950-545 NBA/ABA NFL MatchupSpanYears Oakland Raiders-Pittsburgh Steelers1972-765 Anaheim Angels-Boston Red Sox2007-093 10 matchups tied3 Consecutive postseason meetings really are few and far between. And in college football, where turnover among top-tier programs is unavoidable and injuries are prevalent, it’s striking that the same two contenders are about to produce a tetralogy. After bruising, monthslong schedules, we’re left with orange and crimson once again.Even though the teams are familiar, there’s still plenty to be excited about in Monday’s title game. Don’t let the betting line fool you; this year’s installment promises to be the best matchup yet between the two schools. In college football, the playoff is so new that it’s harder to look at consecutive matchups in a historical context. But we can guess at which teams might have faced off in a playoff by looking at the teams that ended each season since World War II in the top four of Elo ratings. Programs that missed out on playoff rematchesPairs of college football teams with the longest streaks of finishing a season in the top four in Elo ratings, 1946-2013 Playoff rematches are rare in the big three pro sportsLongest streaks of the same teams meeting in consecutive postseasons for MLB, NBA/ABA and NFL Source: ESPN MLB Boston Celtics-Syracuse Nationals1953-575 Alabama-Oklahoma1978-803 Nebraska-Penn State1994-963 New York Yankees-New York Giants1921-233 7 matchups tied4 Possible matchupSpanYears Green Bay Packers-San Francisco 49ers1995-984 The ESPN Stats & Information Group has tracked total efficiency back to 2005. This year’s Alabama squad ranks first (96.9) of all Football Bowl Subdivision teams in that time frame, and Clemson ranks 15th (91.6). Each enters the game racking up more than 525 yards and 44 points per contest, so it will no doubt be the best offensive matchup we’ve seen in the playoff between the two programs. Compared with each previous meeting, this will be the worst Alabama defense Clemson has faced and the best Tigers’ defense the Tide has played — though the two teams are separated by only about 4 points of defensive efficiency.Alabama’s program has never been known as a high scorer, but it now features the most efficient offense of any team in the past 14 years. But the Tide will stare down a defensive line that is months away from playing in the NFL,6With the notable exception of Dexter Lawrence, who remains suspended over a banned substance found in a drug test. which is likely why the Tigers tout the nation’s third most-efficient defense since 2005.Quarterbacks under Alabama head coach Nick Saban are often more game manager than gunslinger and generally operate in a system that skews conservative. Not this year. No team averages more yards per passing attempt than Alabama’s 11.34. Tua Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts have each posted Total Quarterback Ratings that would rank in the top five among quarterbacks with at least 100 action plays in a season since 2004.7The first season for which we have data for that stat. In total, Alabama QBs have contributed 247.09 expected points on passes this year, 105.8 more than any previous season under Saban and the fourth-most by any team in a season since 2004, the first year for which data is available. The passing attack has accounted for 50 touchdown passes8To just six interceptions. and a team Total Quarterback Rating of 94.1, the best marks produced by an SEC offense over at least the past decade.The offense of Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney features an elite rushing attack, and quarterback Trevor Lawrence could become the first freshman QB to lead a team to a national championship since Oklahoma’s Jamelle Holieway in 1985. Where the team is most improved, however, is in its ability to dominate the line of scrimmage on the defensive end. “They wanted to be the best ever,” Swinney said of his defensive line, which leads the nation in sacks (52), quarterback contacts9Which measures the total number of times opposing quarterbacks were hit by a team’s defense. (312) and pressure rate10Which is the percentage of dropbacks in which the opposing quarterback was sacked, was under duress or was hit by a team’s defense. (43.7 percent). Under defensive coordinator Brent Venables, the unit averages 7.96 expected points added per contest on run defense, the fifth-best mark since the statistic was first tracked in 2004.The trophy case at both schools is getting full: Alabama is looking for its third title in the past four years, while Clemson is looking for its second in the past three. But don’t think these two programs are approaching the game as just the humdrum, foregone conclusion of their seasons. The matchup may have become predictable to us as viewers, but the teams are as eager as ever to face off for college football’s ultimate prize.“It is Clemson,” Alabama tight end Irv Smith Jr. said. “So it is a little more personal.”Neil Paine contributed research.Check out our latest college football predictions. read more

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