Former Gujarat Chief Minister Shankarsinh Vaghela set to join NCP

first_imgFormer Gujarat Chief Minister Shankarsinh Vaghela is set to join the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), the state unit of the Sharad Pawar-led party said on Thursday. The 78-year-old Kshatriya strongman had left the Congress before the 2017 Gujarat assembly elections. He had then helped the BJP in the Rajya Sabha polls. “Former Chief Minister of Gujarat Shankarsinh Vaghela will join NCP in presence of party president Sharad Pawar and senior leader Praful Patel,” Gujarat NCP president Jayant Patel alias Boski said. “Vaghela ji is a dynamic leader who knows the pulse of state and the country. I welcome his entry into the NCP and it will give a boost to the party in the state,” he said. The former Union Minister is likely to join the NCP on January 29, the party sources said. However, Mr. Vaghela has so far neither confirmed nor denied that he will join the NCP. Mr. Vaghela’s entry into the NCP can lead to a three-way fight on a few Lok Sabha seats in Gujarat if the Congress fails to enter into a pre-poll alliance with Mr. Pawar’s party. The State has 26 Lok Sabha seats and all of them were won by the BJP in the 2014 general elections.Mr. Vaghela had left the Congress before the 2017 state assembly polls, after he and a few MLAs supporting him voted against Congress candidate for the Rajya Sabha, Ahmed Patel and backed BJP nominee Balwantsinh Rajput.Mr. Vaghela, however, did not join the ruling BJP and put up independent candidates in the state assembly elections held in December 2017. All his candidates had lost polls. Recently, Mr. Vaghela had toured various places, including Delhi, and declared that he will fight for removal of the BJP-led government at the Centre in 2019. In 2017, the Congress and the NCP had fought assembly elections separately. The NCP was able to win just one seat in the 182-member assembly. If in 2019, both the parties fail to reach a seat- sharing agreement, then it will be a three-way fight on some Lok Sabha seats where Vaghela and his supporters will contest as NCP candidates, the party sources said.Mr. Vaghela is a prominent OBC leader, who started his political career with the BJP. After the BJP came to power in 1995 in Gujarat and chose to make Keshubhai Patel Cheif Minister instead of him, Mr. Vaghela engineered a split in the saffron outfit and became the Chief Minister in 1996 with outside support of the Congress. Later, he joined the Congress and served as Textile Minister in the Manmohan Singh government. While in the Congress, he also served as its State unit president and Leader of Opposition in the Gujarat assembly.last_img read more

Stern calls for NBA changes of marijuana rules

first_imgMOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Paranaque cemetery bust: Marijuana seized from minor PLAY LIST 02:11Paranaque cemetery bust: Marijuana seized from minor00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Nets overcome James’ triple-double, beat Cavaliers Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 In this Oct. 23, 2013, file photo, NBA Commissioner David Stern smiles during a news conference after an NBA board of governors meeting in New York. The recently retired Stern was elected Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and will be enshrined with the class of 2014. APNEW YORK — Former NBA Commissioner David Stern believes medicinal marijuana use should be allowed, but the league says it won’t allow players to use it for recreational use.Stern was interviewed by ex-NBA player Al Harrington for the website Uninterrupted’s documentary “Concept of Cannabis.” Stern said he thought there was “universal agreement that marijuana for medical purposes should be completely legal.”ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments Adam Silver, who replaced Stern as commissioner in 2014, has said he is interested in studying more about the safety of medicinal marijuana. But Stern, who spent 30 years as commissioner, seemed ready to go a step further in his interview.“I think we have to change the Collective Bargaining Agreement and let you do what is legal in your state,” he said. “If marijuana is now in the process of being legalized, I think you should be allowed to do what’s legal in your state.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMarijuana is listed as a prohibited substance on the league’s anti-drug program, and players can be fined or suspended for multiple positive tests.“While Commissioner Silver has said that we are interested in better understanding the safety and efficacy of medical marijuana, our position remains unchanged regarding the use by current NBA players of marijuana for recreational purposes,” NBA spokesman Mike Bass said.last_img read more

Ind vs WI 2nd Test: Laxman, Raina rescue India on Day 1

first_imgVVS Laxman and Suresh Raina rescued India from an early slump but the visitors were still bowled out for 201 by West Indies in their first innings on the opening day of the second Test here. Score | PhotosIn reply, West Indies were 30 for three at stumps, trailing India by 171 runs at the Kensington Oval here on Tuesday.Ramnaresh Sarwan was batting on 10, while night watchman Devendra Bishoo had just joined him at the crease before the end of day’s proceeding here.Earlier, India were left struggling at 38 for four, courtesy pacer Ravi Rampaul’s three-wicket haul in the pre-lunch session but Laxman and Raina added 117 runs for the fifth wicket to bring the visitors back into the game.Laxman dropped the anchor initially and along with Raina started dominating the bowlers in the afternoon session but West Indies bounced back after tea with Fidel Edwards and Devendra Bishoo taking three wickets each.If Rampaul (3 for 38) was incisive in the first session, Edwards (3 for 56) and Bishoo (3 for 46) were lethal in the final session as India lost their final five wickets for just 34 runs.India did manage to get colour back on their cheeks with three strikes of their own — openers Adrian Barath (3) and Lendl Simmons (2) departed with only five runs on board and left-hander Darren Bravo (9) left with just a delivery remaining for the day’s play.All three Indian seamers — Ishant Sharma, Praveen Kumar and Abhimanyu Mithun — picked up a wicket each as West Indies ended the day on 30 for 3.advertisementNothing went right for India as the visitors, for the third straight time in the series, made a score of 200 or thereabout which conveyed as much about the frailty of India’s batting as it did about the potency of the home attack.Opener Abhinav Mukund (1) was out to a rising delivery from Rampaul in the second over of the morning which the opener could only lob into the hands of the gully fielder.It followed a run-barren session for the visitors and only thing happening was the fall of wickets.The first Test hero Rahul Dravid (5) was surprised by a Darren Sammy delivery which rose from a length and hard as the batsman tried, it still took the top of his blade to go to second slip.Opener Murali Vijay (11) tried hard to take roots in the middle but his tendency to waft his bat on the legside cost him his wicket. His bat followed a legside delivery of Rampaul and edged a catch to wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh.It was Rampaul’s first over of his second spell and he made it a twin strike when an unsure Virat Kohli (0) could only send a ball off the edge of his bat to slips. Rampaul had an awesome figure of 8-5-4-3 in the pre-lunch session.So slow and painful was India’s progress that the opening session yielded only 44 runs and as many as four wickets were lost.India looked a transformed side in the post-lunch session as they added an unfinished 103 runs for the fifth wicket.Both batsmen hit half centuries and looked good for many more as they put the host attack to sword with brilliant counter-attacking batting.But West Indies were fortunate to get a breakthrough in the final session when umpire Asad Rauf ruled Raina out at forward short leg off leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo after the ball had ricocheted off the batsman’s pads.A distraught Raina yelled out in anguish and then dropped his bat before dejectedly walking back to the pavilion. Raina batted for 137 minutes and hit seven fours from 105 balls for his 53 runs.Raina’s departure gave the hosts the breakthrough they had so desperately wanted and the Indian innings subsided quickly from then on.Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni failed for the third time in the series when he holed Edwards out to mid-on fielder.Harbhajan Singh (5) awkwardly defended at an Edwards bouncer and presented forward short leg with a chance.The biggest blow to India was delivered by Bishoo who drew Laxman to punch one which rose and spun sharper than the batsman had bargained for.Laxman’s gutsy innings of 85 took him 253 minutes and he hit 12 fours from the 146 balls he faced.The tail subsided without any fight and presented West Indies with their best day of the series so far.However, India pulled things back during the West Indies, taking three host wickets cheaply.Barath fell to a catch in the slips off impressive Ishant Sharma, while his partner Praveen Kumar got the other opener Lendl Simmons to a catch to wicketkeeper. Mithun then got into the act and dismissed Bravo in his second over.advertisement- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Ohio State Is A Huge Favorite In Its Redemption Game vs. Virginia Tech In Week 1

first_imgVirginia Tech fans cheer on the Hokies.The lone loss in Ohio State’s 2014 national championship season came in Week 2 against Virginia Tech. The Buckeyes fell to the Hokies, 35-21. Redemption is expected on Sept. 7. Ohio State will open its national championship-defending season in Blacksburg, Va., against Virginia Tech on Labor Day. A blowout victory is predicted for Urban Meyer’s squad. The sportsbook 5Dimes released its initial odds for Week 1 and Ohio State is a huge favorite. Ohio State #Buckeyes will open the season favored by 19-points over the Virginia Tech Hokies. #OSU #OhioSt #OhioState (via 5Dimes)— Johnny Detroit (@Johnny_Detroit) February 12, 2015Ohio State and Virginia Tech’s kickoff time has yet to be released, but with the game occurring on Labor Day, a night game at Lane Stadium is probable.last_img read more

Jim Harbaugh Blasts Nick Saban In Twitter Response To Satellite Camp Rant

first_imgJim Harbaugh argues with a referee.ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 25: Jim Harbaugh head coach of the Michigan Wolverines talks with the referee first half against the Ohio State Buckeyes on November 25, 2017 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)It happened, everyone. Jim Harbaugh is taking direct shots at Nick Saban on Twitter. This afternoon, Saban went on a lengthy rant against satellite camps, which Harbaugh has been the loudest proponent of over the last two seasons. Saban mentioned Harbaugh directly during his screed, though he was fairly diplomatic when bringing up the Michigan head coach. From AL.com:“I’m not blaming Jim Harbaugh, I’m not saying anything about him,” Saban said. “I’m just saying it’s bad for college football. Jim Harbaugh can do whatever he wants to do. I’m not saying anything bad about him if he thinks that’s what’s best. There needs to be somebody that looks out for what’s best for the game, not what’s best for the Big 10 or what’s best for the SEC, or what’s best for Jim Harbaugh, but what’s best for the game of college football — the integrity of the game, the coaches, the players and the people that play it. That’s bigger than all of this.Apparently, that doesn’t matter to Harbaugh, who put an unnamed Saban on blast moments ago.“Amazing” to me- Alabama broke NCAA rules & now their HC is lecturing us on the possibility of rules being broken at camps. Truly “amazing.”— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) June 1, 2016Jim Harbaugh won’t stop until he’s taken shots at every single rival coach in the college football world.last_img read more

Deal in principle reached to restore rail service to northern Manitoba Feds

first_imgWINNIPEG – An agreement in principle has been reached to restore the only land link, along with hope for a solid economic future, to the town of Churchill in northern Manitoba.The federal government and a consortium of northern communities said Wednesday night they had reached a deal to transfer ownership of the area’s rail line and port from Denver-based Omnitrax.“The rail line is one of the foundational pieces of transportation infrastructure for the northern portion of the province,” Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr said in a written statement.“The announcement today is a signal that negotiations are moving forward and a made-in-Canada solution is imminent.”The rail line was severely damaged by flooding a year ago and Omnitrax said it could not afford the tens of millions of dollars to fix it.Without rail service, goods and tourists have had to be flown in to Churchill at much higher prices and the port has been virtually idle.The town of 900 people, known for its polar bear tourist season, has suffered economically and residents feared some of their neighbours would have no choice but to leave to find jobs elsewhere.Churchill Mayor Mike Spence said the agreement to transfer ownership of the rail line and port on the shore of Hudson Bay is historic.He said the community is looking to the future.“Climate change is here. We are going to take advantage of that opportunity,” Spence said. “The federal government has made it known that reviewing Arctic policy — Churchill will play an important role in that.”The town shared the news with residents in a community update posted on Facebook.“The residents and businesses of Churchill have shown tremendous patience and resiliency during this very difficult time during the loss of rail service and reduced port operations,” reads the message.“The Town is pleased the federal government has recognized the importance and value of the port and rail line which are truly strategic assets of Canada.”Omnitrax had said the rail line was no longer viable and suggested it be run as utility, with government support likely needed.Merv Tweed, president of Omnitrax Canada, said it is very pleased to see an agreement in place that will ensure the long-term operations of the rail line.“We believe this is the best outcome for all stakeholders and look forward to working with Fairfax Financial and Grand Chief Dumas to facilitate a smooth transition of ownership,” he said in an email.Christian Sinclair, co-chairman of One North – a consortium of northern communities – said details of the agreement still have to be finalized.“By next week, those details will go out and will be shared with the public,” Sinclair said.“But the fact that we’re at this point is great for us because it allows us to still salvage a season (at the port) this year.”Also part of the agreement are Fairfax Financial Holdings and AGT Food and Ingredients Inc.AGT is a Regina-based supplier of value-added pulses and staple foods, and could replace some of the business at the Port of Churchill that was lost when the Canadian Wheat Board, the port’s biggest customer at the time, ended its monopoly on western grain and barley in 2012.“Over the last six months we have been working diligently with our many partners to come together, develop a business plan and satisfy the principles for successful new ownership,” Fairfax president Paul Rivett said in a written statement.“The federal government acknowledges the value and importance of our inclusive group and is supportive of our efforts to acquire the assets.”The rail line was owned by the federal government until 1997, when it sold it to Omnitrax. The federal government has faced calls in the last year to buy it back.— With file from Kelly Geraldine Malonelast_img read more

Judge cites casting couchs history OKs Weinstein suit

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – A New York judge has ruled that an aspiring actress can sue Harvey Weinstein for violating sex trafficking laws because the proverbial casting couch, in which women are asked to trade sex for Hollywood opportunities, could be considered a “commercial sex act.”U.S. District Judge Robert W. Sweet said the lawsuit filed by Kadian Noble last fall was fairly brought under sex trafficking laws Congress passed that had an “expansive” definition of what could be considered a commercial sex act. His ruling, dated Monday, was filed publicly Tuesday.He rejected arguments by Weinstein’s lawyers that nothing of value was exchanged between Noble and Weinstein in 2014 when they watched her demo reel in a Cannes, France, hotel room before Weinstein allegedly molested her and forced her into a bathroom to watch him masturbate.Weinstein denies wrongdoing. His lawyer, Phyllis Kupferstein, said she planned to ask for an immediate appeal if the judge will allow it.“It doesn’t resemble at all what we consider sex trafficking,” Kupferstein said. “We don’t read the statute and the case law the same way he does.”The lawsuit’s claims, she said, were “light years away” from what the sex trafficking law was intended to outlaw, such as when predators are “going after underage girls on the promise of a green card and locking them up in a basement and making them have sex with people.”In ruling, Sweet wrote: “For an aspiring actress, meeting a world-renowned film producer carries value, in and of itself. The opportunity, moreover, for the actress to sit down with that producer in a private meeting to review her film reel and discuss a promised film role carries value that is career-making and life-changing.“The contention, therefore, that Noble was given nothing of value — that the expectation of a film role, of a modeling meeting, of ‘his people’ being ‘in touch with her’ had no value — does not reflect modern reality,” the judge continued.He included a footnote at the word “reality,” citing sources that explain that the concept of the casting couch — in which aspiring actors and actresses are promised valuable professional opportunities in exchange for sexual favours — “has been in the American lexicon for nearly a century.”Weinstein claimed through his lawyers that letting the lawsuit proceed to trial means sex trafficking laws now cover all sexual activity between adults when one person holds power and influence over the other.Sweet said that even if the prospect of a film role, a modeling meeting or a continued professional relationship with Weinstein were not enough to constitute “things of value” necessary under the sex trafficking statute, then her “reasonable expectation of receiving those things in the future, based on Harvey’s repeated representations that she would, is sufficient.”Sweet also dismissed Weinstein’s brother from the lawsuit.last_img read more

Fort St. John Firefighters extinguish burning child’s wagon

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Firefighters were called to a brush fire that turned out to be a child’s wagon set on fire.Monday, September 30th, 2019 at 11:34 pm the Fort St. John attended a call and extinguished a child’s wagon that was set on fire on 93rd Street. The image was posted to a local FB group, showing the Fire Department on the scene with the wagon extinguished.To view the post; CLICK HERElast_img

IPL Opener: CSK veterans ready to slog out against RCB

first_imgChennai: They made ‘Dad’s Army’ sound cool last year and defending champions Chennai Super Kings’ battle-hardened veterans are ready to prove that age is just a number when they take on Virat Kohli’s perennial underachievers Royal Challengers Bangalore in Saturday’s opening IPL encounter. For Virat Kohli, it couldn’t be a bigger statement if his young side could start off with a bang at Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s ‘spritual home’, a task which will be easier said than done. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh CSK’s core team is the oldest in the tournament — 37-year-olds Dhoni and Shane Watson, 35-year-old Dwayne Bravo, 34-year-old Faf du Plessis, 33-year-olds Ambati Rayudu and Kedar Jadhav, soon-to-be 32 Suresh Raina, . Then they have two spinners with truckloads of experience — 39-year-old Imran Tahir and 38-year-old Harbhajan Singh, who have ability to change the complexion of a game with one-off over. Even the two out-of-favour India players, leg-spinner Karn Sharma (31) and seamer Mohit Sharma (30) are on the wrong side of 30’s. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later However when it comes to match awareness, the CSK players are second to none. The most consistent franchise of the Indian Premier League, who have always been in the top four, are a formidable side at home with a slow turner and a vocal crowd complementing the quality. While CSK is a three-time champion, the Bengaluru franchise is probably the biggest underachiever despite boasting of some of the best names in its squad. The outcome of Saturday’s game will depend on which team bowls better and holds its nerve as both side have players who can turn a match on its head in a jiffy. CSK’s Ambati Rayudu and Ravindra Jadeja will be keen to step up their performances and seal a spot in the Indian World Cup squad. While RCB paceman Umesh Yadav will also look to shine in the IPL and make a case for selection in the England-bound playing XI. A lot has been said about the workload, especially that of the bowlers, which needs to be monitored. CSK head coach Stephen Fleming said on Wednesday that it was up to the players and as professionals, they would be aware of the requirements. CSK enjoy an impressive record against RCB, having won 15 matches and lost seven with one no-result. The hosts haven’t lost to its rival since 2014. While the home team has a well-balanced squad with most of the bases covered, RCB is facing concerns over the availability of some foreign players at certain stages of the tournament. Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal will again be the key man for RCB as he has been over the past seasons and will need the rest of the bowling attack to step up. Kohli has always led from the front and his exploits in the IPL are well documented, the RCB skipper will begin yet another campaign aware that his form could prove vital in the success of his side in the gruelling tournament. Squads(from) Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni (captain & WK), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Murali Vijay, Kedar Jadhav, Sam Billings, Ravindra Jadeja, Dhruv Shorey, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Rituraj Gaikwad, Dwayne Bravo, Karn Sharma, Imran Tahir, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Santner, Shardul Thakur, Mohit Sharma, K M Asif, David Willey, Deepak Chahar, N Jagadeesan (wk). Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (captain), AB de Villiers, Parthiv Patel (WK), Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Shivam Dube, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Washington Sundar, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj, Heinrich Klaasen (WK), Moeen Ali, Colin de Grandhomme, Pawan Negi, Tim Southee, Akshdeep Nath, Milind Kumar, Devdutt Padikkal, Gurkeerat Singh, Prayas Ray Barman, Kulwant Kejroliya, Navdeep Saini, Himmat Singh. Match starts at 8 pm.last_img read more

Vegas Is The Best Expansion Team In NHL History

Right wing James Neal — who leads the Knights in scoring this season — recorded 40 goals in the 2011-12 season and has scored at least 50 points four times in his career. Winger Reilly Smith brings more scoring touch (he notched 25 goals with the Florida Panthers in 2015-16) and respectable possession metrics to the table. And while winger David Perron’s career scoring pace of 48 points per 82 games doesn’t qualify him as an elite scorer, it still makes him a nice addition — through seven games, he’s tallied the third most points for the Knights. Vegas even managed to nab a three-time Stanley Cup-winning goaltender in Marc-Andre Fleury.4Fleury was a starter for only one of those three cups, but he played in at least 35 regular season games in the seasons the Penguins won those cups.But despite scoring some key pieces in the expansion draft, the Knights are still an expansion team. The average expansion team since ’92 collected just 57 points in its first NHL season — which is to say that the average expansion team hasn’t been very good.5For reference, only four teams in the past four NHL seasons have notched fewer than 57 points: the 2016-17 Colorado Avalanche, which is among the worst hockey teams in the history of the NHL; the 2013-14 and 2014-15 Sabers; and the 2014-15 Arizona Coyotes. And before the season began, some writers predicted that the Knights might even be very bad. (The regular kind of bad or, worse, the historically kind of bad.) Still, there’s hope for the Knights — they may just have to wait a few years.Five of the other nine expansion teams improved enough early on to qualify for the playoffs by their fourth season, and only three teams — the Atlanta Thrashers (who are now the second incarnation of the Winnipeg Jets), the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Nashville Predators — took at least six seasons to earn their first playoff berth. However, none of them became .500 teams by the end of their fifth season, and only a handful have become postseason mainstays. 1992-93Lightning+186.3+121.9-11.8+296.4 1993-94Panthers+130.7+162.1+155.1+447.9 1992-93Senators+217+76.8+18.9+312.7 2000-01Blue Jackets+295+73.5+31.7+400.2 1998-99Predators+254.9+18+2.9+275.8 One of those mainstays is the San Jose Sharks. Their first-season roster was middle-of-the-pack as far as expansion teams go, and while they struggled mightily early,6The Sharks won just 11 games during their second season. they’ve been by far the most successful expansion team of the past three decades in terms of playoff appearances: In their 25 seasons, they’ve made the postseason 19 times. But then there’s the case of the Thrashers/Jets, whose first-year roster matched San Jose’s in terms of previous season GVT but who, after 17 seasons, still haven’t managed to win a playoff game. An expansion team’s previous career GVT isn’t a guarantor of immediate success, but of the nine expansion franchises that came into the NHL between 1991 and 2001, only the Florida Panthers — whose previous career GVT is second only to the Knights — took less than a decade to get to the Stanley Cup Finals, making it in just their third season.7Despite a glut of playoff appearances, it took the Sharks 24 seasons to make their first Stanley Cup Finals. And three of the nine expansion franchises are still without a finals appearance to their credit.The Panthers, like the Knights, were able to snag an established goal scorer (Scott Mellanby) and goalie (John Vanbiesbrouck) in the expansion draft, so they had some crucial puzzle pieces in place from the jump. They also drafted well early on — they snatched Rob Niedermayer in their inaugural draft and Ed Jovanovski the following year — and that mix of fresh talent and solid veterans came together in a magical, rubber rat-infested run to Eastern Conference preeminence. We’re not sure how Vegas will draft, but if they’re able to score the right players, they may find themselves in a similar position as those early Panthers teams.But the sun has rarely shone in Sunrise since that early success — in the 20 seasons subsequent, the Panthers have made the playoffs only four times. For the Panthers, previous career GVT correlated with early success, but it meant little in the way of long-term franchise well-being.Truth is, expansion franchises since 1991 haven’t had a whole lot of success in terms of championships won. Only two — the Lightning and the Ducks — have lifted Lord Stanley’s mug, and neither did so within their first decade of existence.The Knights are off to a historically great start, but history also suggests they’re still probably looking at a spring void of playoff hockey. And if it’s a Stanley Cup they’re after, the Knights shouldn’t hold their collective breath. But who knows: maybe the Knights, with their historically good expansion roster, will shock the NHL. Source: Hockey-Reference.com, HockeyAbstract Three weeks into the NHL season, there’s little that makes sense in the standings. The Montreal Canadiens and the New York Rangers — Eastern Conference stalwarts in recent years — have combined for three wins.1One of which came when New York beat Montreal. Meanwhile, several of the league’s recent doormats — like the Philadelphia Flyers and the New Jersey Devils — are looking surprisingly dangerous. But perhaps the biggest oddity of all is this: The Vegas Golden Knights are playing some good hockey.Of course, it’s early and the Knights are up against some tough narratives: The quixotic practice of desert hockey hasn’t exactly worked out for the NHL to this point (looking at you, Phoenix), and no expansion team from the past 26 years has made the playoffs in its first season. But no expansion team from the past 26 years — or in the history of the NHL, for that matter — has gotten off to this good of a start, either.The Knights’ six wins in seven tries are remarkable considering how their expansion brethren have fared. Among the other nine expansion teams that began play since 1991, only three — the 1992-93 Tampa Bay Lightning, the 1993-94 Florida Panthers and the 1993-94 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim — managed to win more than one of their first seven games. And then there’s the case of the putrid 1992-93 Ottawa Senators, who didn’t win their second game until their 23rd try.What’s more, there’s reason to believe the Knights aren’t hovering around the top of the Western Conference standings by accident. The team’s roster — like all expansion teams — is largely a Frankenstein’s monster of the rest of the league’s broken parts. But the Knights cobbled together a decent group of players! (As far as expansion teams go, and as far as teams in the 2017-18 NHL go, too.) According to goals versus threshold (GVT) statistics,2GVT was developed by Tom Awad of Hockey Prospectus and is similar to baseball’s VORP in that it seeks to determine a player’s value in goals above what a replacement player would contribute. the Knights entered the NHL with one of the best expansion rosters of the past three decades.3We looked at expansion teams dating back to the league’s seventh expansion, which happened in 1991-92 and saw the addition of the San Jose Sharks. Average+201.4+78.6+36.6+316.7 PREV. CAREER GVT 2000-01Wild+95.8+50.9+10.8+157.5 Vegas has some of the best expansion talent everGoals versus threshold (GVT) in previous careers for expansion teams’ top 12 forwards, top six defensemen and top two goalies, since 1991 1993-94Mighty Ducks+51.1+70.5-2.3+119.3 1991-92Sharks+280.8+9.4-6.5+283.7 1999-00Thrashers+225+90.4+30.5+345.9 2017-18Golden Knights+277.7+112.8+136.9+527.4 YEARTEAMFDGTOT read more

Van Dijk scores first Premier League goal for Liverpool with a

first_imgVirgil van Dijk scored his first Premier League goal for Liverpool to see the Reds beat Wolverhampton 2-0 with another goal from Mohamed Salah.Liverpool’s Van Dijk admitted to playing through a cold on Friday’s head-to-head with the Wolves, but that didn’t stop him from scoring his first ever goal for the club. The defender spoke to Sky Sports and revealed that the game was difficult, calling the Wolves “Dangerous.”“It was a tough day for me as I had a bit of a cold and wasn’t 100 percent,” he told Sky Sports, according to FourFourTwo.“These nights are very important for us. We won here and that is a big step for us. The win was very important.“Wolves are very good, which they have shown all season. We lost the ball too easily a couple of times in the first half and they did well.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“Credit to them but we won the game and that’s always the most important thing.“Teams are getting dangerous but it’s how we react. There were a couple of moments where Wolves were dangerous, but we dealt with them well.“All my [defensive] partners are very good and it is a joy to play with all of them. I’m enjoying every minute of it and have been all season.“We’ve got Joe and Joel out for now, but Dejan [Lovren] is doing fantastically and has been since I came here anyway.”last_img read more

Williams would welcome Llorente back to Athletic Bilbao

first_imgAthletic Bilbao forward Iñaki Williams says all good players are welcome following Fernando Llorente’s comments that he would like to return to his old clubThe Spanish striker has only had 47 minutes of competitive action this season without making a single start at Tottenham.Llorente will be out of contract at the end of the season and will very likely be heading out of North London with former club Bilbao a potential destination.The World Cup winner spent eight years at the San Mames, where he scored 111 goals in 327 games, before leaving for Juventus in 2013.And Bilbao’s Williams welcomes the idea of Llorente returning to the club.“All good players are welcome to join the team,” Williams told AS.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“Right now, though, we are focused on winning the match [against Deportivo Alaves] on Monday.”Llorente confessed his desire to return to Bilbao this week.“I would like to go back to Athletic. My priority is to feel important in the team,” said Llorente.“If I have the opportunity and can talk to them, for me, yes, I would like to go back.“Leaving in the winter market does not depend on me, Athletic would have to talk to Tottenham and Levy.”last_img read more

Guardiola hails incredible Phil Foden

first_imgManchester City manager Pep Guardiola has lauded youngster Phil Foden after he scored his first goal for the club in their 7-0 win against Rotherham.18-year old Phil Foden was among the goals when City ran riot at the Etihad on Sunday with a 7-0 emphatic victory against Championship side Rotherham.Speaking after the game, City manager Pep Guardiola spoke highly of the teenager and why he picks him in games.“Today he was there and his movement was incredible,” Guardiola told the club’s website.“Of course the pass from Gundogan (for Foden’s goal) was incredible but these kind of balls are so difficult to defend.Premier LeaguePremier 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…“The 90 mins for his experience and self-confidence, but of course he must improve.“He lost three or four balls but that’s normal, he is 18-years-old! He will learn in the future and play better!“If he plays it’s because we believe he can play, not because he’s a City fan or a nice guy – we believe he can play!”last_img read more

House Finance Committee Seek Change To PFD Formula Amid Special Session

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The House Finance Committee brought forward a bill seeking changes to the dividend formula going forward. The bill comes a week into the special session. The major items on the call are; the size of permanent fund dividend, crime legislation, and the budget. Knopp: “The PFD is on the call, but this comes with a catch. Representative Wilson is suggesting we pay out a $3,000 dividend, but as you know it comes with the caveat that we have to write another bill to restructure the formula. That would mean that the governor would have to add that to the call, so I think it’s a long shot.” The current dividend calculation hasn’t been followed the last three years amid an ongoing budget deficit, and dividend payouts have been reduced. Governor Mike Dunleavy has called for a full dividend and said that voters should have a say on any changes to the dividend program. HB 1005 was introduced by Representative Tammie Wilson. Representative Gary Knopp, member of the House Finance Committee: “It is simply an idea that Representative Wilson rolled out to try and find a compromise with the Senate so we can get wrapped up and get out of here.” last_img read more

Wilmington Yard Sale Listings October 2021

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is information on a yard sale happening in Wilmington this weekend:When: Saturday, October 20, 10am-2pm (may start at 9am if not raining)Where: 34 Shady Lane Drive, WilmingtonDetails: Multi-Family Yard Sale. Clothes, shoes, games, toys, household items, kitchen items, outdoor folding chairs, DVDs, DVD holders, Halloween decorations, Christmas decorations and much more. [Source: Wilmington Community Board Page]Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Yard Sale Listings (July 13-14)In “Community”Wilmington Yard Sale Listings (July 27-28)In “Community”Wilmington Yard Sale Listings (August 24-25)In “Community”last_img read more

ShangChi and the Legend of the Ten Rings confirmed at ComicCon for

first_img Share your voice The Marvel Cinematic Universe is about to get a new superstar. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is joining the MCU’s Phase 4 slate of films, as revealed Saturday at the Marvel Studios San Diego Comic-Con 2019 panel.Newcomer Simu Liu is set to star as Shang-Chi, and will be the first Asian lead in a Marvel movie to date. Awkwafina, who we seen most recently in The Farewell will also star alongside Tony Leung. Destin Daniel Cretton is set to direct. TV and Movies Shang-Chi will be the third film for Marvel’s fourth phase, coming right after Eternals, and will see Shang-Chi facing off against the Ten Rings organisation introduced in Iron Man.  3:04 Post a comment 0 Comic-Con Tags Marvel’s Phase 4 plan explained Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings coming 2021 and Tony Leung will be playing THE REAL MANDARIN! PLUS @awkwafina IS STARRING 💥❤️ #MarvelSDCC #SDCC2019— cait petrakovitz 🦹🏽‍♀️➡️#SDCC (@misscp) July 21, 2019 Now playing: Watch this: Marvel The Avengerslast_img read more