WWE women division’s star Charlotte Flair hopes to fight the champion Asuka, Billie Kay and Peyton Royce very soon, she said in a conversation with the Metro.Charlotte has recently made a shift from Monday Night Raw to SmackDown Live in the Superstar Shake-Up post WrestleMania 33.The Queen, in the most recent episode of Smackdown Live, challenged Naomi for the women’s championship but couldn’t win the game due to interference.Still to face a few stars in her WWE career, Charlotte said, “There’s three girls that I really hope come up soon. Obviously the champion Asuka, but personally I know Billie Kay and Peyton Royce really well and I think they’re ready and would make a great addition.”WWE has recently made an announcement that they will be holding a women’s tournament later in the year.
Oxford boss Robinson delighted with Cup rout of West Hamby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveOxford United boss Karl Robinson was delighted with their 4-0 Carabao Cup rout of West Ham.During his tenure as MK Dons boss, the 39-year-old knocked out Blackpool and Norwich when they were in the Premier League before recording a famous 4-0 win over Manchester United in the third round five years ago.Robinson also triumphed over QPR – when they were in the top flight – in the FA Cup, but played down his cup exploits.”I just like winning football matches, no matter who you play against. I think one thing my teams always do is show tremendous respect for the opposition, but we never change our style,” Oxford’s manager said.”We almost in a stupid way match them at their own game and sometimes it doesn’t work.”I’ve been battered 6-0 in this competition by Southampton. I’ve also been beaten 5-1 by Chelsea in the FA Cup, so there have been a few hidings, but these are the ones you remember for the rest of your life.”Before the game I said I think I have some Premier League youngsters in my team and if you look at our age, we were younger than West Ham.”We don’t only have an older group of players who want to run around, but we have a young team with tremendous growth thanks to the academy and the players we have brought in so I can’t ask for any more from my players.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Pogba calls Man Utd crisis meetingby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United star Paul Pogba reportedly called a team meeting during training last week.He urged his team-mates to “stick together” amid their miserable start to the season.United have made an indifferent start to the campaign with only two wins from their opening six Premier League fixtures ahead of the visit of Arsenal to Old Trafford on Monday.In fact, the Red Devils have won only five of the 17 matches played since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was given the managerial job on a full-time basis in March.An Old Trafford source told The Sun: “Paul got all the players together and has been speaking to them about sticking together.“He has been in good spirits of late and is still pulling for Ole. He initiated a sort of rallying call to the boys. He knows he has a lot of responsibility and trying to inspire the younger guys around him.“The backroom staff are impressed and been appreciated while he has been out injured.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Arkansas’ football program is honoring its graduates with a special patch.The Razorbacks who have already graduated will be wearing an “SEC Graduate” patch on their uniform this fall.Here’s the patch, via Arkansas’ official website.Arkansas AD Jeff Long said this about the patch:“Our mission is to develop student-athletes to their fullest potential through intercollegiate athletics, including empowering them to attain the ultimate goal of graduation,” he told the school’s website. “More and more, our student-athletes are achieving that goal even before their athletic eligibility has expired. In recognition of this extraordinary achievement, we have developed a patch to be worn on their respective jerseys by all those student-athletes who have earned their college degree. It is a great reminder that these talented young men and women have already achieved something truly special that will impact them the rest of their lives.”Arkansas has eight players who will be wearing the patch. The Razorbacks open their 2016 season on Sept. 3 against Louisiana Tech.
CALGARY – Investment firm AltaCorp Capital Inc. says its founder and CEO, Calgary oil and gas financier George Gosbee, died suddenly on Sunday.Gosbee was a former governor of the National Hockey League and, in 2013, led a group to purchase the Arizona Coyotes and restructure the team. Current team owner Andrew Barroway tweeted he was “deeply saddened” by the news.Gosbee, 48, founded AltaCorp Capital in 2010 and struck a deal to partner it with ATB Financial, an Alberta government-owned lender.In 2000, he helped found Tristone Capital Global Inc., an energy investment firm which he and his partners sold in 2009 to Australia’s Macquarie Group for about $130 million.Gosbee served as vice-chairman of Alberta Investment Management Co., which manages $90 billion in provincial government pension funds, for eight years.AltaCorp says president Paul Sarachman will assume the role of CEO.
TORONTO – Further signs of U.S. economic growth and budget concessions in Italy drove global markets higher as crude prices returned to a near four-year high.U.S. private payroll data released Wednesday showed potential for a strong upcoming jobs report while the ISM non-manufacturing index for September beat expectations, said Anish Chopra, managing director with Portfolio Management Corp.The index, which measures economic activity, registered 61.6 per cent for the highest level since the index was created in 2008.Market concern was alleviated when Italy gave signs that if would cut its budget deficit and tackle its debt in the coming years.The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 54.82 points to 16,072.05, after hitting a high of 16,082.26 on 223.2 million shares traded.The increase was led by a nearly five per cent gain in the health-care sector, which includes some of the biggest names in the marijuana business, and the important energy sector, which was up 1.9 per cent.“There’s been a strong move in the price of oil over the last number of weeks and months and that continues today,” Chopra said in an interview. “The price of natural gas has been up the last number of days and you can see that in the performance of the energy sector.”The November crude contract was up $1.18 at US$76.41 per barrel, hitting its highest level since November 2014. The November natural gas contract was up 6.4 cents at US$3.23 per mmBTU.Chopra said energy prices rose on the back of stronger demand because of a growing U.S. economy and supply issues related to impending U.S. sanctions on Iran that will constrain oil supplies.Meanwhile, gold and utilities were lower because interest rates are creeping up, uncertainty in Canada is lessening following the announcement of a new NAFTA deal and Canadian government bond yields are climbing.“As yields rise you tend to see utility prices fall in sympathy with government bond yields rising,” he said.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average reached another new high, gaining 54.45 points to close at 26,828.39. The S&P 500 index rose 2.08 points to 2,925.51, while the Nasdaq composite was up 25.54 points at 8,025.08.The Canadian dollar traded at an average of 77.93 cents US compared with an average of 78.02 cents US on Tuesday.The December gold contract was down US$4.10 at US$1,202.90 an ounce and the December copper contract was up 2.75 cents at US$2.83 a pound.
“A rise in tensions puts Canadian bids to win major healthcare projects, education projects, transportation projects, on an increasingly shaky footing,” said Allam, a former Canadian diplomat and head of Allam Advisory Group.“What you’re seeing is that Riyadh’s hard line against Ottawa is going to result in substantial harm to the Canadian economy in general.”He said the recall of 12,000 to 15,000 Saudi students from Canada, and accompanying relatives, is going to remove as much as $2 billion in annual investment in the Canadian economy.The cancelling of flights between the two countries means Canada loses an important link not only with Saudi Arabia but with numerous Saudi allies such as the United Arab Emirates, which was quick to declare its support for the measures against Canada, he said. CALGARY, A.B. – Canada can easily replace the oil it imports from Saudi Arabia should relations with the Middle Eastern kingdom deteriorate to the point that trade in crude is halted, says an energy economist.But this week’s trade tension escalation means Canada will be on the sidelines as the Saudis try to diversify their economy away from its dependence on oil and gas, said Omar Allam, a Canadian consultant who specializes in advice on doing business in Saudi Arabia.Eastern Canadian refineries import about 75,000 to 80,000 barrels per day of Saudi Arabian crude, said Judith Dwarkin, chief economist with RS Energy Group in Calgary, on Tuesday. According to the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service, Canada exported $1.45 billion worth of products to Saudi Arabia in 2017, with about half in the category of vehicles and equipment at $760 million.The federal office says Canada imported $2.6 billion worth of goods from Saudi Arabia, with $2.5 billion of that in mineral production.A handful of Canadian companies operate in Saudi Arabia and could potentially be affected by the ongoing trade battle.Precision Drilling Corp. of Calgary has about 900 employees working between Kuwait, where it has five active rigs, and Saudi Arabia, where three of its four rigs in the country are currently active, the company confirmed, without offering further comment.SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. says on its website it has had a 24-year relationship with Saudi Aramco, the national Saudi Arabian oil company, providing general engineering services for its oil and gas facilities.Armoured tanks and personnel carriers have been Canada’s biggest recent export to the kingdom. A London, Ont.-based firm called General Dynamics Land Systems signed a $15-billion deal with Saudi Arabia in 2014 to export its light-armoured vehicles to the kingdom.By Dan HealingTHE CANADIAN PRESS That’s less than 10 per cent of total imports and amounts to a “drop in the bucket” compared with the United States, she said, which accounts for two-thirds of imports and could easily cover Saudi’s share thanks to growing domestic production.It is also dwarfed by the 3.5 million barrels per day of Canadian oil that Canada exports mainly to the U.S.“The Saudis, if they choose to supply less to Canada, will divert those barrels, possibly to China, and U.S. barrels that would have gone to China, but are uncompetitive under Chinese tariffs, come to Canada,” Dwarkin said.“Basically, the cupboard gets rearranged.”Saudi Arabia declared a freeze on new trade with Canada and recalled thousands of students attending Canadian universities following a tweet last week from Global Affairs Canada that expressed concerns about the arrest of activists in the kingdom.The Saudi foreign ministry has also ordered Canada’s ambassador, Dennis Horak, to leave the country.
DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – On Thursday, January 10, 2019, Brandon MacDonald, 32-years-old, and Robert Clarke, 34-years-old, pleaded guilty to charges in Supreme Court in Dawson Creek in relation to a 2016 investigation.MacDonald, a resident of Chetwynd entered a guilty plea to the following charges:Attempt Murder with a firearm (Section 239(1) (a.1) CCC)Kidnapping (Section 279(1)(1) CCC)Uttering Threats (Section 264.1(1) CCC)MacDonald was sentenced to just under 8 years with a lifetime firearm prohibition. Clarke, a resident of P.E.I. entered a guilty plea to Aggravated Assault (Sec 268(2) CCC) and was sentenced to 1.5 years in jail with a lifetime firearm prohibition.Clarke was arrested on February 23, 2017, in Nova Scotia.
New Delhi: The suspense over the announcement of dates for Lok Sabha elections came to an end on Sunday as Chief Election Commissioner unveiled the poll dates. As per Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora, the election would be held in seven phases starting from April 11 and ending on May 19 followed by counting of votes on May 23 for all the 543 Lok Sabha seats.Following the repeated demands of opposition parties, the Election Commission will use Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPATs) in all polling stations along with EVMs. As many as 17.4 lakh VVPAT machines will be deployed for the Lok Sabha and simultaneous assembly elections, Arora said, adding that in new SOPs issued, vehicles installed with GPS trackers and mobile-based tracking system for transportation of reserve EVMs and VVPATs will be used. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day”There will be very stringent security norms for storage, handling of VVPATs. After incidents, fresh SOPS have been issued for last mile transportation, including monitoring by GPS, including reserve too,” the CEC said. In a first, the Election Commission has decided to introduce candidates’ photos on the voting machines, in addition to the party name and symbol. “This would eliminate confusion in the minds of voters,” Arora said. However, the Election Commission that ‘failed’ to conduct bypoll for Anantnag parliamentary seat is still not in ‘position’ to hold assembly election in Jammu & Kashmir along with the Lok Sabha poll schedule. There are six parliamentary seats in J&K and elections for all six Lok Sabha seats will be held in 5-phases. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents on Reliance penaltyAccording to the CEC, assembly polls in Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal, Odisha and Sikkim will also be held simultaneously. While announcing the election dates, Arora said, “The model code of conduct would come into immediate effect from Sunday. This time, 10 lakh polling stations would be set as against about nine lakh in 2014 and nearly 90 crore voters would be eligible to vote for 543 Lok Sabha constituencies across the country.” “The first phase will be held on April 11, second on April 18, third on April 23, fourth on April 29, fifth on May 6, sixth on May 12 and seventh phase on May 19. The counting of votes will be on May 23,” Arora said, adding that in the first phase, 91 constituencies will go for polls, 97 constituencies in the second phase, 115 constituencies in third phase, 71 in fourth phase, 51 in fifth phase, 59 in sixth and 59 in the seventh phase. Polling for Lok Sabha seats in the states of Bihar (40), Uttar Pradesh (80) and West Bengal (42) will conclude in seven phases, while there will be single phase polling in 22 states/UTs and the states of Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Odisha will witness four-phase elections. In reply to a question on monitoring contents/political advertisements on social media such as Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, the CEC said, “We would set up control rooms to monitor the contents. There is a case pending in Bombay High Court over the issue. The observation of the HC in the case would bring more clarity. We have also asked candidates to submit their social media details.” Replying to a question on the provision of making arrangements to deposit mobile phones at the polling stations, the CEC said, “There is work in progress and a decision in this regard would be taken very soon.” The assembly elections in Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Andhra Pradesh will be held on April 11, while assembly poll in Odisha will be held in four phases starting from April 11.
The people of West Bengal are witnessing a chain of events hitherto unknown to the state. First, never have people in the state witnessed a prime minister attending more than a dozen election rallies to gain support for her/his own candidates. Second, people in the past have also never seen their leaders harp on religion more diligently than on development; that too with a clear view towards inciting one community against another. Third, neither have citizens of the state seen national leaders of important stature fabricate lies specifically targeting festivals and pitching them against progress. People have also never witnessed such blatant muscle-flexing by politicians to win an election; finally, never have the discerning people of Bengal experienced the heat of a political party that relies entirely on manipulating and spreading canards on social media to gain electoral victory. Narendra Modi and Amit Shah have addressed more than a dozen election rallies in West Bengal and in every meeting, they have criticised Mamata Banerjee for supposedly preventing Durga Puja, Saraswati Puja and Ram Navami celebrations in the state. Even Banerjee’s strongest critics living in Bengal are shocked to hear this chosen electoral pitch from prominent national leaders. Exhausted of the deliberate and calculated lies being spread by the ruling party, Trinamool Congress supremo and chief minister Mamata Banerjee urged Modi to brush his homework before addressing political meetings. Accountability to one’s people is clearly a thing of the past. In truth, since assuming charge in 2011, the TMC government has emphasised sufficiently upon popularising Durga Puja, to make this essentially Bengali festival an international event. In fact, the Sangeet Natak Akademi has nominated the inclusion of Durga Puja in UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) for 2020. What is even more, clubs are provided Rs 10,000 to organise Durga Puja and a grand carnival is organised on Red Road prior to immersion. More than one lakh Durga Pujas are held all over the state and it is the most important festival in Bengal with people from across religions and communities playing an active role. In many Durga Puja associations, the president and secretary are Muslims. The poison of communal hate that hasn’t yet crippled Bengal appears to be BJP’s chosen weapon. And, for Saraswati Puja celebrations, more than a crore are held across the state. Bengal can perhaps teach the rest of the country how being religious mustn’t necessarily complement being divisive. The lotus party is fully aware of the extent of Durga Puja celebrations as the income tax department had sent notices to several clubs demanding disclosure of account details post last year’s puja. Banerjee had strongly opposed and both Modi and Shah alleged that she was shielding the puja organisers. But while addressing election rallies, both have deliberately lied that pujas aren’t held in Kolkata to confuse people and spew more hate. Organising grand Ram Navami processions has never been a custom in traditional Bengali culture. The state government had imposed restrictions on carrying maces and swords at religious processions. The ‘Jai Sri Ram’ call, popularised by karsevaks during the pitiful demolition of Babri Masjid on December 6, 1992, had only been a chant for temple walls, never a public slogan. In Bengal, along with the slogan, BJP demanded that its sympathisers be allowed to carry weapons and sketched their walking route specifically through areas dominated by minority communities. Had the state government allowed such rallies to parade through Bengal’s streets, communal tension would’ve surely escalated to riots. However, the government never imposed restrictions on any rally without weapons. This election has been a celebration of lies and BJP’s campaign in Bengal has been no different. Across its campaigns, BJP has rued over the lack of development in Bengal. But, most will agree, what Banerjee has accomplished in eight years can be matched by very few statespersons of today’s time. Her projects have touched all corners of Bengal’s rural belt – under Khadya Sathi, more than 8 crore people have been given rice at Rs 2 per kg, Kanyashree has earned United Nation’s recognition, having assisted more than 60 lakh girl students in pursuing higher education. Further, under Sabuj Sathi, which has also earned global recognition, more than one crore students in state-run and aided schools are being provided bicycles for free. With people bearing direct witness to development in the state, particularly in the construction of roads and infrastructure, the lie-coated speeches of Modi and Shah have failed to create any mentionable impact. Despite its strength, it is indeed surprising that the ruling party has to resort to lies rather than its positive promotion to earn people’s trust. For instance, a sensitive event that took place in Bangladesh was circulated as an event in Basirhat in North 24 Parganas. BJP leaders were euphoric after the party secured 17 per cent vote in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. But in the 2016 Assembly election, polling dropped to 10 per cent and BJP remained satisfied with three MLAs. Dilip Ghosh, party’s state president from Kharagpur Town, Manoj Tigga from Madarihat and Swadhir Kumar Sarkar from Malda South. BJP’s poll percentage in 2016 dropped from 21.12 to 8.84 in Nadia, from 21.43 to 6.60 in North 24 Parganas, from 27.27 to 14.85 in Kolkata, from 18.10 to 9.25 in Hooghly, from 17.62 to 8.96 in Bankura, and from 20.35 to 12.03 in Burdwan. However, BJP leaders never invested enough to strengthen their organisational power; instead, they opted for glittering lies. BJP had organised a nationwide campaign where, by sending an SMS, one could become a primary member of the party. Siddharth Nath Singh, national BJP leader who once looked after Bengal, said that new members would be given training and invited to a brainstorming session. But none of this happened. In Bengal, BJP never made any sincere attempt to train workers at the booth level. Every political party needs around 3,85,000 workers to man the 77,000 odd booths in Bengal. In every booth, political parties have to deploy five workers, including two polling agents, two election agents and one worker who acts as the reliever. Moreover, those who are appointed as polling agents and election agents are expected to know each voter. Leaders of both CPI-M and Congress had said that their party would not be able to field workers in 50-55 per cent booths. However, BJP leaders have asserted that people’s support is with them. But it is not easy. Babul Supriyo was furious that his party could not deploy polling agents in Barabani, where elections were held on April 29. Anupam Hazra, BJP’s candidate from Jadavpur, was found to criticise his party workers for not pursuing the election campaign seriously. Mamata Banerjee has said that BJP will not get more than 150-160 seats and, in Bengal, her party will bag all 42 seats. On January 19, 2019, Banerjee had organised a grand show rally of United India which was attended by leaders of 21 political parties. From the podium, Banerjee raised the slogan in Bengali: “Du hazar unish, BJP finish” (Come 2019 and BJP will be ousted). Across rallies, she has urged voters to cast their choice in favour of secularism and thereby, Trinamool nominees. Banerjee is believed to be a person whose political predictions have rarely gone wrong. But the country will have to wait till May 23 to know if her predictions were well-thought or simply a reflex of the terrible election heat.