About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko: Leicester defeat painfulby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko admits defeat to Leicester City was a blow.Sissoko has urged Tottenham to accept and move on quickly from their “painful” 2-1 defeat to Leicester.”There is a lot of frustration, but we need to accept it, even if it is painful because we have another game on Tuesday,” Sissoko said to Spurs TV.”Even if it is a cup game, we have to be focused on that game (now).”We need to work hard and analyse what went wrong (at Leicester) and move on.”We don’t have time to think too much because we have to recover as soon as possible and be ready for Tuesday if we want to have a good game and win.”There is a lot of frustration, but we need to move on.”
WASHINGTON – Republicans powered a $4 trillion budget through the House on Thursday by a razor-thin margin, a close vote underscoring the difficulties that lie ahead in delivering President Donald Trump’s promise to cut taxes.For now, Republicans sidestepped divisions within the party by voting 216-212 to permit them to begin work on a $1.5 trillion tax cut without fear of blocking tactics by Democrats. The legislative landscape is strewn with land mines, however, as GOP tax-writers pick winners and losers among interest groups, business sectors and rank-and-file voters.The tax bill is the top item on the GOP agenda and would be Trump’s first big win in Congress. Republicans hope it would provide a much-needed jolt for the party’s political fortunes in advance of next year’s midterm elections. Republicans view passage of the upcoming tax measure as a once-in-a-generation opportunity, and its importance has only grown since the party’s debacle on health care.The goal is a full rewrite of the inefficient, loophole-laden tax code in hopes of lower rates for corporations and other businesses and a burst of economic growth. But evidence is growing that some of their hoped-for bold steps — such as eliminating the deduction for state and local taxes — will be replaced by half-measures dictated by politics and a narrow margin for error.GOP leaders scrambled in recent days to overcome resistance from House conservatives unhappy about deficits and debt, as well as opposition by lawmakers from high-tax states upset about plans to eliminate the state and local tax deduction. That could mean higher taxes for many middle-class earners, and top Republicans like Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin promise a compromise that won’t be as costly to middle-class taxpayers.Joining all Democrats in opposing the measure were 20 Republicans, a mix of spending hawks and centrists. More than half come from New York and New Jersey and vehemently reject any effort to roll back the state and local tax deduction.“This isn’t over,” said Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-N.J., who opposed the budget after voting for it earlier this month. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said concerns by lawmakers such as MacArthur about the deduction would be addressed in coming days, and it was the topic of a post-vote meeting that included top GOP leaders.“We stood firm … to let them know we’re not kidding,” said Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y., as he exited the session.The Senate passed the budget measure last week and the House endorsed it without changes, a step designed to allow Republicans to move quickly to the tax measure in hopes of passing it into law this year. House and Senate leaders want to pass companion measures before Thanksgiving with a final compromise coming before year’s end.Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, said immediately after the vote that he’ll release the tax measure on Nov. 1 and that a panel vote is expected the week of Nov. 6.That timetable is ambitious as numerous details, including ways to raise revenues to help finance cuts to individual and corporate tax rates, remain unresolved. The tax plan’s popularity is not a given with voters, however, and fissures among Republicans could to slow the measure.A battle over tax-free contributions to retirement accounts has also broken open, and Republican tax-writers have yet to lock down dozens of crucial details on tax rates and preferences. Republicans may also drop efforts to fully repeal taxes on multimillion-dollar estates, even though the idea is a longstanding feature of the party’s tax agenda.“I’m confident that there will be a tax bill. I’m confident that it will be an improvement over current policy. How good it is yet to be determined,” said former Sen. Phil Gramm, R-Texas, a veteran of Reagan-era tax battles and an architect of a 2001 tax cut. “You always dream of wiping things off the books and making dramatic changes, but it’s very hard to do.”The underlying budget measure abandons the Republican Party’s promise to rein in deficits in favour of Trump’s boast of “massive tax cuts.” The measure drops proposed cuts to mandatory programs such as food stamps, though conservatives promise to take on spending cuts later.“I still feel strongly about addressing unsustainable mandatory spending,” said Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., who chairs the House Budget Committee. “I think we will tackle this important issue in the future. We don’t have a choice.”Democrats united against the plan, arguing its tax cuts will pad the bank accounts of the wealthy and the balance sheets of corporations, while delivering modest relief — or none at all — to middle-income taxpayers.“These tax cuts will not create an economic boom, but will instead lead to a higher concentration of wealth among the rich, while dramatically increasing deficits and debt,” said Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky.House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., urged Democrats immediately after the vote to “be fully mobilized to expose the ruinous consequences of Republicans’ plans to raise taxes on the middle class, especially as Republicans try to race their bill through the House before the American people can see the damage it will cause in their lives.”The budget plan calls for $5 trillion in spending cuts over the decade, including cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and the Obama-era health care law, though Republicans have no plans to actually impose those cuts with follow-up legislation. Some Democrats criticized the measure for ruthless spending cuts; others took the opposite approach, failing it for tackling the deficit.
TORONTO – DesRosiers Automotive Consultants says sales of new light vehicles in Canada fell in May compared to the same month last year, the third month in a row to post a year-over-year decline.A total of 215,407 vehicles were sold, down 0.7 per cent from the May 2017 total of 216,861, but well ahead of 191,900 in April.It says Canada’s year-to-date total of 836,522 new vehicles sold is still almost 1,000 units above the previous year thanks to an abnormally strong January.However, the consulting group based in Richmond Hill, Ont., says the gap won’t last if the pattern of market declines continue into the summer months.DesRosiers reports Ford’s 33,341 units edged out General Motors at 32,831 units in May for the volume lead.GM, however, is ahead of Ford by almost 3,000 units on a year-to-date basis, with 127,299 units sold so far in 2018.Sales of light trucks were up four per cent in May at 147,337 while passenger car sales dropped 9.4 per cent to 75,172.
Kolkata: Passengers of Kolkata Metro had to face tremendous harassment twice on Thursday morning and afternoon. In the morning, Metro services were disrupted after a technical glitch caused sparks in the third rail. Later in the afternoon, Metro services were suspended due to maintenance work.According to sources, on Thursday morning at around 8:30 am, a Metro rake started moving from Noapara towards Kavi Subhas. Just before entering the Dum Dum station, a spark occurred on the third rail. Immediately after the spark, smoke was seen coming out. Passengers travelling from Noapara got panic stricken, with similar recent incidents still fresh on their minds. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersWasting no time, Metro authorities disconnected power supply to the third rail and evacuated the passengers through the driver’s cabin. The engineers were called in urgently. Meanwhile, office-goers came to Dum Dum and other Metro stations to find the services being unavailable. After almost an hour and a half of work, Metro services were resumed. During the disruption, truncated services were on between Kavi Subhas and Girish Park. However, it was not the end of harassment for the passengers as Metro authorities decided to again suspend service between Dum Dum and Girish Park for maintenance work from 1:16 pm. As there was no prior information, commuters faced immense trouble. Normal services were resumed from 2:16 pm.
Make no mistake: The Cubs have good hitters overall. They produced baseball’s seventh-best Weighted Runs Created Plus this past season,3Among non-pitchers. and its 16th-most runs scored per game. And against all pitches (fastball or no), the Cubs tended to whiff less than average — 22.8 percent, against an MLB average of 23.3 percent.But velocity is the Cubs’ kryptonite. On top of their tendency to whiff against the hardest fastballs, Chicago also made a lot of weak contact, reflected by pop-ups and a low batting average. Even when the Cubs could bring the bat to the ball, they failed to do much with it.Maybe, too, the Cubs’ tendency toward whiffs was exacerbated by the low temperatures in New York. ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick showed that high velocity is especially effective in the postseason, due in part to the effect of October’s low temperatures. When you combine the Mets’ powerful arms with the pressure of the playoffs and 40-degree fall temperatures, perhaps we should have expected the Cubs to struggle with contact.(As for the Cubs’ pitching woes: Those have been much more unexpected, and much harder to explain.)The outlook for the Cubs is now grim, as only one team in MLB history has come back from a 3-0 deficit. Then again, that one team (the 2004 Boston Red Sox) was also battling a curse with the help of a front office run by Theo Epstein. We’ll have to see if Epstein’s team can pull off the same trick twice, but it’s safe to say that the overwhelming velocity of New York’s pitchers has put the odds firmly against it. Chicago’s worst fear has come to pass: The New York Mets lead the Cubs three games to none in the National League Championship Series. Scoring only five runs in three games, Chicago’s usually powerful bats have been held in check, and a series sweep may be imminent. What happened to a Cubs team that looked like the pennant favorite after winning the National League wild-card game?One oft–repeated explanation of New York’s dominance is that Chicago’s hitters struggle against quality fastballs. According to this theory, that weakness is magnified against a Mets rotation headlined by three of the hardest-throwing pitchers in baseball: Noah Syndergaard (average fastball velocity: 97.7 mph), Matt Harvey (96.5) and Jacob deGrom (95.8). When New York dials up the heat, Cub bats wilt.Here at FiveThirtyEight, there’s nothing we love more than taking down faulty narratives. But this theory does seem to be borne out by the data. While the average MLB hitter whiffs at 96 mph fastballs 22.8 percent of the time,1Using data from PitchInfo from the 2015 regular season. the average Cubs hitter swings and misses 25.7 percent of the time against the same pitch type and velocity.2To get these numbers and generate the following chart, I modeled whiffs with a binomial logistic regression that incorporated count and fastball velocity.
Green BayRashan GaryDE1211.2+0.8 PittsburghDevin BushLB1015.5-5.5 WashingtonDwayne HaskinsQB158.8+6.2 TennesseeJeffery SimmonsDT1929.5-10.5 With the first round of the NFL draft complete, it appears that the wisdom of the crowds wasn’t particularly wise. The first three picks went relatively as expected, but the draft went off script with the Oakland Raiders’ pick at No. 4 overall: defensive end Clelin Ferrell of Clemson — a player who mock drafters believed would go somewhere in the middle of the first round. The Raiders’ pick was the first of many that defied expectations and left amateur GMs scratching their heads.In the case of the New York Giants, some fans were banging their heads against the wall and collapsing in tears. New York, which passed on many quarterbacks a year ago to take running back Saquon Barkley, took Duke QB Daniel Jones at No. 6. Jones averaged a 20.4 pick in mock drafts taken in the last 30 days before the draft but came off the board an eyebrow-raising 14.4 picks earlier. The Giants seemed to be trying to get ahead of a quarterback run that didn’t exist: Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins lasted until Washington took him at No. 15 (6.2 picks later than expected), and no subsequent QBs were taken on Thursday night.But the New York football Giants, armed with three picks in the first round alone, weren’t finished reaching. Using the 17th overall pick they acquired when they dealt Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns, the Giants selected DT Dexter Lawrence of Clemson, 10.5 picks earlier than expected. The Giants were able to capture some surplus value with their third and final pick of the first round, however: Georgia CB Deandre Baker lasted 3.2 picks longer than expected and should help fill the void in the Giants secondary that was left when Eli Apple was traded to New Orleans last October for picks in the fourth and seventh rounds. Tampa BayDevin WhiteLB57.0-2.0 The NFL draft has been full of surprisesThe first round of the 2019 NFL draft by each player’s pick and his average draft position (ADP) in mock drafts since March 26, 2019 New EnglandN’Keal HarryWR3229.3+2.7 WashingtonMontez SweatDE2610.6+15.4 MiamiChristian WilkinsDT1319.0-6.0 BaltimoreMarquise BrownWR2525.4-0.4 Green BayDarnell SavageS2154.7-33.7 N.Y. GiantsDexter LawrenceDT1727.5-10.5 CincinnatiJonah WilliamsOT1113.3-2.3 The selections of Lawrence and Ferrell were part of a larger trend: NFL GMs appear to have been particularly enamored with Clemson players. Three Tiger defensive standouts from the national championship team were selected in the first round, and they went 10.5 slots earlier on average than mock drafts predicted.A dominant theme of the night, as expected, was NFL teams trying to find the next star pass rusher. But it was a pass rusher who had the biggest slide down the board among the first-round selections. Washington appears to have gotten a substantial value when it selected Mississippi State DE Montez Sweat 26th overall. In a draft class stacked with edge rushing talent, Sweat came off the board 15.4 picks later than expected.1Sweat was diagnosed with a heart condition earlier this year, which may have caused his stock to drop, but it was reported Thursday that the diagnosis could have been wrong.When we look at all 32 first-round picks, the correlation between what mock drafters expected and what actually occurred was about the same in 2019 as it was in 2018. In 2019, the average draft position in mock drafts explained 48 percent of variance, down slightly from 49 percent of variance explained in 2018. This year’s first round skewed toward reaches, with six teams trading up on draft day to get their guys. Overall, players came off the board six picks earlier than expected; last year, that difference was five spots.As a result, Day 2 of the draft should be one in which savvy teams can find more value than they may have initially anticipated. That could even drive more pick swapping, as teams look to swoop in and grab coveted players like mock draft darling D.K. Metcalf on the cheap. PhiladelphiaAndre DillardOT2217.6+4.4 CarolinaBrian BurnsLB1616.0+0.0 Sources: NFL, Ben Robinson HoustonTytus HowardOT2360.7-37.7 San FranciscoNick BosaDE22.1-0.1 OaklandJosh JacobsRB2427.2-3.2 N.Y. JetsQuinnen WilliamsDT33.7-0.7 DenverNoah FantTE2022.9-2.9 DetroitTJ HockensonTE813.0-5.0 AtlantaKaleb McGaryOT3143.3-12.3 teamplayerPositionpickADPdiff JacksonvilleJosh AllenLB73.7+3.3 BuffaloEd OliverDT99.3-0.3 L.A. ChargersJerry TilleryDT2831.6-3.6 MinnesotaGarrett BradburyC1825.7-7.7 N.Y. GiantsDaniel JonesQB620.4-14.4 SeattleL.J. CollierDE2962.9-33.9 OaklandJohnathan AbramS2733.6-6.6 OaklandClelin FerrellDE419.0-15.0 N.Y. GiantsDeandre BakerCB3026.8+3.2 AtlantaChris LindstromG1429.3-15.3 ArizonaKyler MurrayQB11.8-0.8 From ABC News:
Sophomore linebacker Joshua Perry (37) and junior linebacker Ryan Shazier (2) watch Iowa senior linebacker C.J. Fiedorowicz (86) catch a touchdown during a game Oct. 19 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 34-24.Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorThe No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes (7-0, 4-0) might sit atop the Big Ten eight weeks into the season, but the team enters its primetime matchup with Penn State (4-2, 1-1) with a wide array of questions — particularly on the defensive side of the ball.As OSU prepares to go for its 20th consecutive win, coach Urban Meyer was less than pleased with how the Buckeye defense handled adversity in Saturday’s win over Iowa, even though it did so without one of its best players on the field.“The adjustments need to be made quicker when they give us something we have not seen (on defense),” Meyer said in a Monday press conference. “The first three drives (of the game) were very alarming. I don’t think our defensive line played very well.”Iowa scored each of its first three drives and dominated time of possession in the first half, holding the ball for more than 18 minutes. The Hawkeyes drove 80, 67, and 69 yards, respectively, coupling a power rushing attack with play-action passes to a multitude of tight ends on their way to a 17-10 halftime lead.“Call it what it was. (Iowa) beat the shit out of us,” defensive line coach Mike Vrabel said. “We didn’t do a good job of playing physical with our hands, getting off blocks, shedding off blocks, walking away from blocks. When you do this against a good offensive line, they’re going to continue to push you and move the pile.”Meyer said he was very disappointed in the lack of production from the unit during those drives, mainly because he felt like no one stepped up as a leader when OSU struggled to stop the Hawkeyes.“What happened was you have some good emotion in that stadium and you (give up a) 13-play drive and you let the air out of the stadium and the emotion, and that’s where (injured senior safety) Christian Bryant, our great leadership, overcomes a little adversity and we didn’t have that,” Meyer said. “That’s got to come from our coaches and players … Can it be fixed? Absolutely.”Bryant broke his ankle in OSU’s 31-24 win over Wisconsin Sept. 28.OSU gave up 375 yards of total offense in the Iowa game, but only seven points in the second half, on its way to the 34-24 victory. Junior defensive lineman Michael Bennett said the difference in the latter half of the game wasn’t about adjustments, but effort.“We came out in the second half with a chip on our shoulder like we need (to), but we can’t start a game like that again,” Bennett said. “I don’t know what the deal was, but especially on the D-line … we were doing something different than we usually do.”The defensive performance during the first three drives of Saturday’s game was something Bennett said he’s never seen out of them before.“I don’t think we’ve ever been manhandled like that … allowed ourselves to be manhandled like that,” Bennett said. “That’s disappointing to me personally because I feel like I let that happen in the first half with the whole D-line.”Beyond the defensive line, the Buckeye secondary was also depleted after redshirt-junior cornerback Bradley Roby was ejected from the game for targeting late in the first quarter. It was the first time an OSU player has been disqualified for targeting, a rule that was added to the rulebook prior the 2013 season.“I think the NCAA and everybody is going to want to re-look at that rule,” Meyer said. “Ohio State is very concerned about player safety. We have gone to the Nth degree with adjusting practice … However, (Roby’s ejection) was a game changer. To take one of our better players out of the game, that impacted that game.”Junior cornerback Doran Grant said the rule change is something that all players have to get used to.“We just gotta be aware of the new rule. It was frustrating, Roby getting ejected from the game,” Grant said. “It’s just different for the defense now, you gotta be smarter in the way you hit.”Vrabel offered a simpler answer when he asked about the call.“Obviously, you better stay away from the head,” Vrabel said. “Anything that looks close, that’s what they’re told to call.”Roby and the rest of the defense figure to have their hands full with freshman Nittany Lion quarterback Christian Hackenberg Saturday, who is ranked 17th in the country with 278.7 passing yards per game. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. at Ohio Stadium.
According to Tim Ream, Fulham’s female football ambassador, the sport will continue getting better for women ahead of the Australia meetingEngland Women’s football squad will play against Australia at Craven Cottage on October 9th.And for Fulham footballer, Tim Ream appointed the team’s female football ambassador, the sport will continue growing in England.“From the time that I’ve been in England since 2012, the women’s game has grown hugely – there weren’t that many games being televised but now it’s so different,” he said according to the team’s official website.“You look at the FA WSL and the national team and everything they’ve done up to now, it’s impressive and it’s definitely still improving.”Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“Qualifying for the World Cup is the biggest thing and they’ve been able to do that with a very impressive manager in Phil Neville, who obviously did really well in his club career,” he added.“That translates to the women’s team and they are progressing well, they’ve made it to the World Cup, which was the big battle and now they’re seeing where they can go from there.”“Phil and I never crossed over in our playing careers but he’s a big name in the game, he’s had a really good playing career and that natural next step is to try the coaching side,” he continued.“He’s done a really good job solidifying his position and getting the women to play a certain way, but everything is a process and that’s one that he’s going through currently.”“There’s now a better and stronger pathway for which players can aspire to be on and that can only help grow the game, improve the quality and produce a better project – Phil is helping in that,” he concluded.
The German club will play against Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League, and they know the Citizens are favorites.On Wednesday, German Bundesliga club Schalke is set to play against English Premier League side Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League.The game will be played at Veltins-Arena, but still, the Germans are considered the underdogs in the game.Schalke is currently in the 14th position of the Bundesliga table, with only 23 points after six wins, five draws and eleven defeats.Meanwhile, Manchester City is on the first position of the Premier League with 65 points after 21 wins, two draws, and four losses.“We are facing one of the best teams in the whole of Europe”, said Schalke’s Matija Nastasic to the club’s web portal.“City basically don’t have any weaknesses. They score lots of goals, are technically amazing, press effectively and have great players in every position.”“We won’t let ourselves be beaten for kick-off. Obviously, it’s not going to be easy and we know we will go into the game as the underdogs,” he explained.“Despite that, we still have a chance. With our fans behind us, we will give everything we’ve got.”Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“For me, they have continually improved. The football they play is sometimes incredible. There’s barely a team that is as good as them,” he continued.“Their squad has changed just like ours has, but there are a number of backroom staff who are still at the club.”“I hope we will have some time to meet up before the game though. At the moment the only important thing is the 90 minutes, which I am fully focused on!” the Serb concluded.Before joining Schalke in 2015, Matija Nastasic played for three years with Manchester City in the EPL.The former Fiorentina, Teleoptik and Partizan player has enjoyed his best football with the Bundesliga team.Prep for the @ChampionsLeague is underway ✨#s04 #S04MCI #UCL pic.twitter.com/UvMhBcBMMX— FC Schalke 04 (@s04_en) February 18, 2019
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, September 19, 2017 – Providenciales – It is ten days since Hurricane Irma devastated parts of the Turks and Caicos Islands. We thank God that no lives were lost but we are all too conscious of the damage done to people’s homes – not least to the homes of the most disadvantaged members of our communities – as well as to core infrastructure.Since Irma’s passage across the islands we have been wholly engaged on the provision of help to those most in need and upon the process of gradual recovery from Irma’s worst effects, especially in our family Islands. To this end the TCIG has been and remains totally dedicated through all relevant agencies led by DDME but including government ministries and also non-governmental bodies and organisations, not least the commercial sector to direct help and assistance where most needed.But assistance and recovery from such a disaster cannot be achieved by TCI alone, resilient as the people of these Islands are and as they have proved once again. We have therefore welcomed the very considerable level of advice and direct help provided by the UK, Canada, Cayman Islands, Bermuda and other governments and by regional and other international bodies and organisations. Such assistance is ongoing, but we wish here to highlight the following contributions – which in the case of military forces are not about boots and policing but about vital aid to local communities which is being warmly welcomed – to assist immediately and directly the recovery of the most challenged parts of these Islands:– UK military have been helping to clear debris and repair buildings in order to restore services. For example they have cleared out several Government buildings including the Treasury to allow reconstruction to commence.– In South Caicos, the UK military have made repairs to the clinic, decontaminated water storage tanks and have cleaned up primary and high schools anticipating their reopening.– The UK military are working closely with the Bermudan military, who have sent 30 of their rank to assist in Grand Turk, and the Canadian military who have a frigate ship based off South Caicos from which they to are assisting the local community, not least with provision of water.– The UK’s Department for International Development has delivered 400 shelter kits and 655 litres of bottled water to South Caicos.– Yesterday in Provo, UK Aid delivered 276 shelter kits which include two 7×5 tarpaulin sheets and 24m of rope each, these are vital for repairing roofs.– UK Aid will shortly be delivering a health kit to South Caicos which contains enough vaccines for 10,000 people for three months.We remain grateful for the additional show of support from the UK Government evidenced by the visit of Lord Ahmad, Minister of State at the FCO with responsibility for the UK Overseas Territories. We are equally grateful for the visits of regional leaders and the visit of the Chairman of Caricom, Prime Minister of Grenada, Hon Dr Keith Mitchell who led a high level Caribbean delegation in a show of regional support.Hurricane MariaOur responsibility for disaster management does not of course end with Irma and we must state clearly now that the recently formed Hurricane Maria may also pose a threat to the TCI later this week. Once again we must make ourselves ready as a community and as individuals to face down that new Hurricane should it, as currently seems highly possible, threaten and risk further damage to these Islands and people.We in government will again prepare shelters and take other measures; but this must involve us all as individuals and families and we encourage you now to prepare as best you are able to take steps to ensure adequate water and food provision both during as well as after the possible passage of Maria which is forecast currently to be possible on Thursday and Friday of this week.Press Statement: TCIG Related Items: