SAN FRANCISCO — Madison Bumgarner has worn the San Francisco Giants uniform for the last 10 seasons, but his days of donning the orange and black could soon be coming to an end.Fewer than 24 hours after Bumgarner, 29, dominated the best team in the National League, the Giants’ window to trade one of their franchise pillars is open for the first time.The Giants are out of contention, the summer trade market is beginning to take shape and with pitchers Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel signing …
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd hero O’Shea says Solskjaer the right man in chargeby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United defender John O’Shea says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the right man in charge.United have lost two of their opening six Premier League matches and are now preparing for the visit of Arsenal on Monday. “The club has spoken recently about sticking behind Ole and having a plan in place,” O’Shea told Sky Sports.”It’s going to take time but Ole and the staff will know that they are going to need to get results along the way. They cannot let performances drop too low. They have to maintain standards.”Everyone at the club has to look in the mirror and ask whether they are doing the best for the players and the coaching staff.”It’s a work in progress. The success is not there on the pitch at the moment so people are naturally looking more at the off-the-field issues. The people in power must want the best for the club and it will hurt them looking across the city at what other teams close by are doing.”They need to have trust in the people they have put in place. It can turn around quite quickly if you get things right in the transfer windows.”
Twitter/@georgetownhoyasGeorgetown looked to the Hoya fan base for a new basketball court design, and 150 submissions later, they have chosen a winner. Submitted by former Georgetown swimming & diving team member Kevin Rieffel, here is the court that the Hoyas will be playing on at the Verizon Center this season.Here is the winner of the @GeorgetownHoops Court Design Contest! Design by @KRieffel! Release: http://t.co/YYCmsIKfx6 pic.twitter.com/1B4PRu53hw— Georgetown Hoyas (@georgetownhoyas) June 9, 2015 The design isn’t overly adventurous, but most notably features a kente cloth pattern in the lanes, similar to the design used on Georgetown’s jerseys during the Allen Iverson era in the 1990s. Some of the runners-up were a bit more bold.Hoyas Court Design Contest: ‘Most Washington DC Pride’ Winners: Trey Lord and Perry Cao. #HoyasCourt pic.twitter.com/OVLgS88RzW— Georgetown Hoyas (@georgetownhoyas) June 9, 2015Hoyas Court Design Contest: ‘Best Hand-Drawn’ Winner: Jake Foote #HoyasCourt pic.twitter.com/pRM4npTrWv— Georgetown Hoyas (@georgetownhoyas) June 9, 2015Hoyas Court Design Contest: ‘Best use of Georgetown’s Campus’ Winners: Erin Rudy, Norma Perez, Seth Berger #HoyaSaxa pic.twitter.com/RDQseLvwhI— Georgetown Hoyas (@georgetownhoyas) June 9, 2015Hoyas Court Design Contest: ‘Best Pop Culture Reference’ Winner: Scott Greenwood. #HoyasCourt pic.twitter.com/oRxalYGgPY— Georgetown Hoyas (@georgetownhoyas) June 9, 2015Hoyas Court Design Contest: ‘Most Likely to Scare Opposing Players’ Winner: Leo Ariemma #HoyasCourt pic.twitter.com/WJfmmUzXxk— Georgetown Hoyas (@georgetownhoyas) June 9, 2015Hoyas Court Design Contest: ‘Best in Representing @GeorgetownHoops History’ Winners: Anthony Calabro & Leo Ariemma. pic.twitter.com/fGGoFI5Br4— Georgetown Hoyas (@georgetownhoyas) June 9, 2015Hoyas Court Design Contest: ‘Most out-of-the-box design’ Winners: Jimmy Donofrio and Dan Kane. #HoyasCourt pic.twitter.com/p5tfst16DJ— Georgetown Hoyas (@georgetownhoyas) June 9, 201Hoyas Court Design Contest: Runner-Up Selections: Alexis Dever, Derek Howard, Brian McCrodden. #HoyasCourt pic.twitter.com/jkfIMaCiJ1— Georgetown Hoyas (@georgetownhoyas) June 9, 2015 What do you think of the new floor, Hoya fans?
OTTAWA — The federal government is planning to spend at least $827 million on three used icebreakers for the Canadian Coast Guard — 30 per cent more than advertised.In August, the government cited the cost for the three icebreakers as $610 million when it announced its plan to buy them from Quebec-based Davie Shipyard without a competition.Officials say the additional $217 million, which is revealed in new budget documents, will cover tariffs, brokerage fees, engineering work and other costs to get the vessels up and running.The icebreakers, billed as a stopgap but which officials have admitted will be used for up to 20 years, are only the latest vessels that will cost the government more than expected.The Defence Department revealed last week that Ottawa will pay $800 million to build a sixth Arctic patrol vessel at Irving Shipyards in Halifax, which is twice as much as each of the other five vessels cost.Officials are also reviewing the costs of several other shipbuilding projects in Halifax and Vancouver, including new science vessels for the coast guard.The Canadian Press
TORONTO – Canada’s main stock index continued trading lower Wednesday amid slumping commodities prices, while U.S. markets also receded further into the red.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 34.65 points to 15,878.48, with the base metals and energy sectors leading decliners.It’s the sixth negative session in a row for the commodity-heavy TSX after hitting a record high last week.“When you look at the TSX, it’s just a continuation of the weakness we’ve seen over the past week,” said Macan Nia, senior investment strategist at Manulife Investments.“The weakness has been driven mainly by the sell-off in the commodity complex from oil, to base metals to really gold as well.”On Wednesday, the December crude contract retreated 37 cents to US$55.33 per barrel and the December natural gas contract was down two cents to US$3.08 per mmBTU.The December gold contract fell US$5.20 to US$1,277.70 an ounce and the December copper contract gave back two cents at US$3.08 a pound.Nia linked depressed commodities prices to a host of factors, particularly a slowing Chinese economy that has performed weaker than the markets have expected. “And as goes the Chinese economy so follows the commodity complex, and so follows the TSX,” he said.A report from the International Energy Agency pointing to strong production growth in the years ahead, particularly in the U.S., has also weighed on oil prices this week.“Despite the equilibrium between demand and supply coming closer over the past couple of months, there are more signs that we’ll get more supply coming on and that will tilt the balance to more supply than we need,” Nia said.On the Canadian corporate front, shares of Home Capital Group Inc. (TSX:HCG) were up 3.34 per cent to $14.85 at the closing of markets after the struggling mortgage lender reported third-quarter net income of $30 million, about half of what it earned in the year-ago period before it was hit with allegations it misled investors.Obsidian Energy Ltd. (TSX:OBE) also got a boost, with its stock up 6.08 per cent to $1.57, after the oil and gas company said it had reached a US$8.5-million settlement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission over fraud-related charges filed earlier this year.Meanwhile, Loblaw Companies Ltd. (TSX:L) saw a meagre increase in its shares after the grocery and pharmacy giant announced plans to close 22 unprofitable stores by the end of the first quarter in 2018.South of the border, U.S. stock indices were also negative on Wednesday as investors watched a batch of economic data, while keeping an eye on Washington as lawmakers began to push a tax cut bill through Congress.The U.S. Labor Department said that consumer prices edged up 0.1 per cent last month, the smallest gain in three months. The Commerce Department said retail sales rose 0.2 per cent in October. And a closely watched report by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York showed manufacturing expanded at a slower pace this month in New York, but remained at a healthy level.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average tumbled 138.19 points to 23,271.28. The S&P 500 index gave back 14.25 points to 2,564.62 and the Nasdaq composite index dropped 31.66 points to 6,706.21.“In the U.S. the markets are just taking a breather. We’ve had a very good return profile in 2017 and we haven’t had volatility this year,” noted Nia.“I think that if we do not see a pullback from the peak of greater than five per cent by the end of the year, this will be only the second year in 30 years that we haven’t had at least one five per cent pullback.”In currency markets, the Canadian dollar was trading at 78.29 cents US, down 0.25 of a U.S. cent.– With files from The Associated Press.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.
The three-member task force, led by Peter Dhillon, chair, with Arvind Gupta and Lenore Newman as members, will assess and provide strategic advice on opportunities to apply agri-technologies, expand the emerging agritech industry, and increase access to fresh and healthy food.The Task Force will speak with stakeholder groups and provide a final report to the ministers of Agriculture and Jobs, Trade and Technology by December 31, 2019.Public comments and engagement can be made online by visiting the Province’s website. SURREY, B.C. – The Province of British Columbia has set up a Food Security Task Force to find new ways to use technology and innovation to strengthen B.C.’s agriculture sector.According to Minister of Agriculture, Lana Popham, the Task Force will look at new ways to help farmers expand production and develop thriving businesses.“By helping farmers put more B.C. farmland into production, our government is supporting the province’s agricultural industry and strengthening food security for all British Columbians. We are always looking for new ideas as we continue to help farmers produce more, grow new crops and develop thriving businesses. I know the task force will identify further innovations to support the sector and I’m looking forward to receiving their recommendations.”
Aurangabad: The popularity of the ‘Modi jacket’, a rage during the 2014 elections, is on the wane, with orders of the apparel recording a drastic fall, garments traders in Aurangabad district of Maharashtra said Tuesday. The ‘Modi jacket’ is a half-sleeve coat often worn by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. A local trader said there was a time when around 35 such jackets used to be sold from his outlet per day. Now the number is down to one per week, he added. Another city businessman Gurvinder Singh said factors like the GST, demonetisation and drought-like situation in the state have impacted the sale of these jackets, like all other apparels. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!Many traders in Gulmandi, Tilak Path, Aurangpura, Sarafa, Osmapura and Cidco areas here echo similar views. Cloth merchant Rajedra Bhawsar, who used to keep a stock of these jackets along with other readymade ethnic wear, says since since the last one year not more than 10 pieces were sold from his outlet. “I now face a problem as the unsold stock is more and I invested a big amount, but there is no profit,” he said. Local tailor Dilip Lokhande, popular as Haroon Master, says with summer just around the corner, people are now showing more interest in khadi, linen and cotton shirts.
New York: Special Counsel Robert Mueller who investigated Russian interference in US President Donald Trump’s 2016 election has concluded that there was no collusion between him or his campaign and Moscow, according to a summary of the report released by Attorney General William Barr. While the probe found that Moscow had meddled in the 2016 election, the “investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities”, Barr said in the summary he said to Congress on Sunday afternoon. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US Trump declared that it was a complete exoneration and said the probe was an “illegal take down that failed”. On another key matter, if Trump had tried to obstruct justice by interfering with investigations into Russian interference, Barr’s summary of Mueller’s report was less certain. He said that in this regard Mueller’s “report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.” He added that he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein found the evidence “not sufficient to establish that the President committed an obstruction-of-justice offence”. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls “While this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him”, Barr’s summary said. The summary of the report was unlikely to quell the controversy over Russia’s interference and Trump campaign’s role that has divided the nation. The White House and Trump’ supporters exulted that it was an exoneration of the president, whose legitimacy was attacked for two years, but his opponents were questioning if the wording was ambiguous. “The findings of the Department of Justice are a total and complete exoneration of the President of the US”, his Spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. However, the Democrat head of the House Judiciary Committee, Jerrold Nadler, asserted that there were “very concerning discrepancies” and “Mueller did not exonerate the President”. He added that he would be calling Barr to testify before the Congressional panel. The Democrats demanded the entire report be published and threatened to use Congressional powers to acquire the full report and supporting documents. Legally, the Special Counsel’s report is submitted to the attorney general who has the power to withhold it or release only parts of it. Trump has also supported its release. Before deciding its release Barr will have to determine if there are any matters of national security that has to be blacked out. Mueller’s investigation conducted away from public view interviewed more than 500 witnesses, executed 500 search warrants and issued 2,800 subpoenas (demands of appearance of production of documents) over 22 months. Five important members of the Trump team, including campaign Chairman Paul Manafort, his personal lawyer Michael Cohen and former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, have been convicted as a result of the Mueller probe on various charges, some of lying during investigations and some like tax and financial fraud unrelated to the Russian link. The Mueller investigation was definite that there was Russian interference in the election, but in an insidious and indirect manner. Barr said that Mueller found two main Russian efforts to influence the election. “The first involved attempts by a Russian organisation, the Internet Research Agency (IRA), to conduct disinformation and social media operations in the US designed to sow social discord”, his summary said. The other was Russian government hacking of the computers and emails of the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party presidential candidate, and disseminating the information through WikiLeaks and other sources. Barr noted that Mueller brought criminal charges against several Russian citizens and entities in connection with these activities.
Vijayawada-Kalyanadurg (AP): Congress President Rahul Gandhi Sunday targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi for ‘not fulfiling’ the promises to Andhra Pradesh and YSR Congress chief Y S Jaganmohan Reddy on alleged corruption, even as he flayed Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu over ‘mismanagement’ of the state. At the same time, Rahul repeated his promise of according Special Category Status and building a strong AP the moment the Congress came to power at the Centre. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Special category status was the central point of his campaign rallies in the two places even as he touched upon other national issues like the proposed Nyay scheme, attacks on dalits and minorities, making doing business easy for youngsters, economic frauds, farm loan waiver and education reforms. You know the mismanagement that has taken place in AP. You know the state is struggling, the Congress president said, addressing his first election campaign meeting in Vijayawada in the morning. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K He also spoke about the ‘corruption’ of Jagan Reddy, without elaborating. At the campaign rally at Kalyanadurg in Anantapur district late in the evening, Rahul spoke about the travails of farmers in the state, particularly in this parched district, and said 600 farmers had committed suicide in the last two years. Cultivable land reduced by half in Anantapuramu district, he pointed out, but avoided directly mentioning the Telugu Desam Party government. On the special category status (SCS) issue, however, the Congress chief found fault with the TDP as well for ‘failing to exert pressure’ on the Centre. Five years have gone-by and the current Prime Minister did not fulfil the promises made by the people of the country. And it is sad that neither of the two parties in AP had put pressure on the PM to take this decision. TDP was in alliance with Narendra Modi and they should have put pressure on him and forced him to give SCS, Rahul remarked. And I understand that Jaganmohan Reddy has a lot of cases on him. I understand that the Prime Minister can put a lot of pressure on Reddy. But this is not the question of an individual. This is the question of the future of people of AP, he added. He observed that SCS was important for the future of AP and that was what people of India owed to the state. There should be no confusion that the moment the Congress comes to power in 2019, one of the first decisions we will take will be giving SCS to AP. Because we are absolutely convinced that AP needs SCS, the Congress chief said. Criticizing the Prime Minister for ‘failing to honour’ the promises made to AP (post-bifurcation), Gandhi recalled that Modi himself promised SCS and also said the state needed a world-class capital. Truth is neither did he give SCS, Central University, Kadapa steel plant or the Polavaram project. What has been promised by PM has to be delivered. We will give it to you, he promised. The Congress president also assured to positively look into the demand for granting Scheduled Caste status to the Vaddera community and Scheduled Tribe status to the Valmiki community. He promised to take up categorization of the SCs in an amicable manner.
Kolkata: About 80,000 state candidates, who are supposed to take the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) on May 5, are confused over the timings of entering the examination centres, as they claim, their admit cards doesn’t provide clear instructions.The National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test is an examination for admission of students into medical and dental colleges at graduate and post-graduate levels. Students are not aware at what time they should turn up at the centres on the day of examination. The confusion was created as the admit cards of the aspirants mentioned that the reporting time is at 12 pm and the students can enter maximum by 1.30 pm. The gate of the centres will be closed at 1.30 pm and the examination will be conducted from 2 pm to 5 pm. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaMany aspirants said it was not clear whether a candidate will be allowed to enter the examination centre if he/she arrives after 12.30 pm. Many candidates who come from distant places don’t know if they can reach the centre 10-15 minutes prior to 1.30 pm. Candidates, who live in close to the centres, prefer to reach half-an-hour before the examination as there are no adequate sitting arrangements at the centres. At each examination centre, around 500 to 2,000 candidates are accommodated depending on the size of the centre. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayA candidate said if majority of students enter the centre half-an-hour before the examination, how will the centre authorities handle such a huge number of students at that time as they have to individually search each candidate. The timings of the examination have been rescheduled this year. Since the introduction of the NEET, the examinations would start at 10 am and end at 1 pm. Students will be not allowed to enter the examination centres with anything made from metal such as rings, earrings, nose-pins, chains, necklaces, pendants, badges and brooches. Sikh students do not know if they would be allowed in the centres with their kada and kirpan. In the NEET prospectus, it is mentioned that in case there is any error in the translated version of question-paper in Bengali, the National Testing Agency would not take the responsibility. Earlier, Bengal candidates had to face difficulties in this regard. Dr A K Maity, an expert in the field of medical education, who has written to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in this regard, said: “NTA should take the responsibility if there is any mistake in the question papers in Bengali. Many meritorious students from Bengal had to face problems in previous years only because they had opted Bengali as the medium of examination. The responsibility of conducting the medical entrance examination should be entrusted upon the state government.”