9 months agoWest Brom move for Liverpool winger Ben Woodburn

first_imgWest Brom move for Liverpool winger Ben Woodburnby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Brom are moving for Liverpool winger Ben Woodburn.The 19-year-old is the subject of interest from three Championship sides.Albion asked if they could take him as soon as they discovered freescoring Harvey Barnes was being recalled by Leicester City.But they aren’t alone with a host of other clubs keen for the teenager to sign with Wigan also said to be in the race. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Florida State President John Thrasher Releases Statement On FSU’s Decision To Dismiss QB De’Andre Johnson

first_imgFSU President releases statement n support of Jimbo Fisher's decision to dismiss De'Andre Johnson from the football team.FSU President Releases StatementFlorida State president John Thrasher has released a statement on the decision to dismiss Seminoles’ quarterback De’Andre Johnson after a video surfaced of the four-star freshman punching a woman in a Tallahassee bar last month. Thrasher says “there is no question in my mind” that Jimbo Fisher made the correct decision to dismiss Johnson. Here’s the full statement. Statement from #FSU president John Thrasher on decision to dismiss De’Andre Johnson. pic.twitter.com/L82ic7yaSD— Tom D’Angelo (@tomdangelo44) July 7, 2015Johnson, a true freshman, was ranked one of the top-15 quarterbacks in the 2015 class.last_img read more

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US home sales tumbled 36 per cent in December

first_imgWASHINGTON – U.S. home sales slid 3.6 per cent in December, as rising prices and a declining number of available properties stifled purchases.The National Association of Realtors said Wednesday that sales of existing homes fell last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.57 million units. Despite the monthly setback, sales totalled 5.51 million in 2017. That was the highest level since 2006, yet it marked a slight 1.1 per cent gain from 2016 as the months’ supply of properties on the market fell to the lowest level ever recorded by the Realtors.The strengthening U.S. economy helped to lift home sales last year, but homeowners are choosing not to list their properties despite the rising prices and relatively low mortgage rates. The lack of homes for sale speaks to the lingering aftershocks from the 2007 housing crisis. After a wave of mortgage defaults and foreclosures, investors bought many properties and turned them into rentals. Meanwhile, homeowners are choosing to build equity rather than upgrade to another house.David Berson, chief economist at Nationwide Insurance, said sales should increase modestly in 2018, but they’ll be “held back by a lack of inventory.”Just 1.48 million homes were listed for sale at the end of December, a 10.3 per cent drop over the past year. There were just 3.2 months’ supply of homes on the market, the lowest level since the Realtors began tracking the figure in 1999.Home values are climbing faster than wages because of the dearth of available properties. The median home sales price increased 5.8 per cent from a year ago to $246,800 in December, a pace more than double gains in average hourly earnings.Sales in December fell in the Northeast, Midwest, South and West.The shortage of homes for sale appears to be setting up a surge in remodeling.Homeowners are expected to spend nearly $340 billion this year on improvements and repairs, a 7.5 per cent increase from 2017, according to a recent analysis by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University.This would be the steepest increase in renovation activity in more than a decade.Because buyers have limited choices, they’re increasingly willing to pay above the asking price.Roughly 24 per cent of homes last year sold for more than their advertised price, with buyers of those properties on average paying $7,000 above asking, according to the real estate firm Zillow. Those figures have crept upward since 2012.The problem is at its worst in the most expensive markets. Nearly half of homes around San Jose, California — the epicenter of U.S. software companies — sold for above asking with the average premium of $62,000.last_img read more

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Nitro FMX World Tour returns to Dawson Creek this January

first_imgAll fans will receive free Pit Passes with advance ticket purchases until November 30, 2018. Pit Passes will allow fans to come on to the floor and Party in the Pits and meet all the stars of the Nitro FMX WORLD TOUR. Pit Party is from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm. This allows fans the chance to meet the riders and take the opportunity to take pictures and receive autographs. Tickets will be available for purchase on Friday, October 19 at 10:00 AM PST.  Group packages are available for groups of 9 or more people.  Please call 250-782-7443 for group options.Tickets are priced at $39.00, $29.00 for adults and $15.00 for children ages 12 and under plus applicable fees.  Tickets may be purchased online at www.tigerboxofficeplus.ca by phone at 1-877-339-8499, and in person at the Tiger Box Office Plus location at the Encana Events Centre or at Systems Sound Source Ticket Outlet in Fort St. John. BC. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Nitro FMX World Tour will take place on Saturday, January 19th, 2019 at 6:00 pm at the Encana Event Centre Dawson Creek B.C. The NITRO FMX World Tour is an extreme action sports competition that was formed to tour the USA, Canada, Mexico and select European countries.Pro riders will participate in an intense competition, throwing out some of the most death-defying tricks ever seen. Superman Seat Grabs, Cliff Hangers, Kiss of Death, Back Flips and Super Back Flips combinations are just some of the tricks that will be used to fight for the “NITRO FMX World Tour” Championship Title. BACKFLIPS & SUPER BACKFLIPS are guaranteed at the “NITRO FMX World Tour” giving a full throttle explosive display. Watch as high flying FMX PRO’S compete to be on top. They’ll defy gravity and rock the Encana Events Centre on Saturday, January 19th, 2019 through death-defying stunts and HARD-CORE BACKFLIPS.last_img read more

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NASAs historic allwomen spacewalk scrapped due to lack of fitting spacesuits

first_imgWashington DC: NASA’s plan to conduct the first all-female spacewalk this month had to be scrapped after the crew aboard the International Space Station encountered an unexpected setback — the lack of well-fitting spacesuits, the US space agency said. NASA astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch were scheduled to conduct the historic spacewalk on March 29 to install powerful lithium-ion batteries for one pair of the station’s solar arrays. Since the space station was assembled in 1998, 214 spacewalks have taken place, all of which had at least one male astronaut. However, after McClain conducted her first spacewalk on March 22, she realised that a medium-size hard upper torso — essentially the shirt of the spacesuit — fits her best. Since only one medium-size torso can be made ready by March 29, Koch will wear it, the US space agency said in a statement. McClain now is tentatively scheduled to perform her next spacewalk on Monday, April 8 with Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques. These will be the 215th and 216th spacewalks in the history of International Space Station assembly and maintenance. During the first spacewalk of the series, on March 22, McClain became the 13th woman to perform a spacewalk. Koch will become the 14th on March 29. No difference exists in a male’s or female’s suit, but female astronaut usually require a smaller size. The shuttle spacesuit was designed to be made of many interchangeable parts, to accommodate the large number of astronauts with widely varying body sizes. These parts (upper and lower torsos, arms, etc.) are made in different sizes. The body measurements of each shuttle astronaut are taken and recorded. Then the measurements are plotted against the size ranges available for each spacesuit component, according to NASA. The suit components are then assembled. Training suits are usually assembled nine months prior to flight, and flight suits are usually assembled four months prior to flight. We do our best to anticipate the spacesuit sizes that each astronaut will need, based on the spacesuit size they wore in training on the ground, and in some cases astronauts train in multiple sizes, said Brandi Dean, spokeswoman of the Johnson Space Center in Houston.last_img read more

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Service providers can opt for GST composition scheme by April 30

first_imgNew Delhi: The tax department has given service providers with turnover of up to Rs 50 lakh time till April 30 to opt for the composition scheme and pay 6 per cent GST. The option to pay Goods and Services Tax (GST) at reduced rate of 6 per cent would be effective from the beginning of the financial year or from the date of obtaining new registration during the financial year. Service providers opting for the composition scheme can charge a lower tax rate of 6 per cent from customers, as against the higher rates of 12 and 18 per cent for most services under GST. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalIn a circular, the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) said suppliers who want to opt for composition scheme would have to file Form GST CMP-02 by selecting ‘Any other supplier eligible for composition levy’ latest by April 30, 2019. Businesses which apply for new registration may avail the said benefit in Form GST REG-01 at the time of filing application for registration. AMRG & Associates Partner Rajat Mohan said “numerous service providers tried to file this intimation opting composition scheme recently but were denied due to a legal embargo. Now with this clarification, GSTN would start accepting the intimations soon”. The GST Council, headed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and comprising state ministers, in its meeting on January 10 had permitted service providers and those dealing in both goods and services with a turnover of up to Rs 50 lakh to opt for composition scheme with effect from April 1. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe GST composition scheme was so far available to traders and manufacturers of goods with an annual turnover of up to Rs 1 crore. This threshold too has increased to Rs 1.5 crore from April 1. Under the scheme, traders and manufacturers are required to pay only 1 per cent GST on goods which otherwise attract a higher levy of either 5, 12 or 18 per cent. Such dealers are also not permitted to charge GST from the purchaser. Of the 1.20 crore businesses registered under GST, about 20 lakh have so far opted for the composition scheme.last_img read more

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Commentary Covering mens tennis shows hope in otherwise scandalridden sports world

Stop what you are doing. Turn on ESPN. What do you see? A slew of NCAA sanctions, fake girlfriends, falsification of academic records and abusive coaches chucking basketballs at players’ heads floods the screen. It is enough to make even the most extreme college sports fan sit down and do some soul-searching about the future of their fandom. Admittedly, I myself fell victim to this epidemic. A lifelong college sports die-hard, I had to actively avoid watching collegiate sports through the lens of a bitter skeptic – just waiting for the next story to break that sends the program, the player or the coach toppling. The sanctity of college sports for me was dying, and dying fast. Fortunately, the road back to the former glory of my fandom began this semester, although it started off with Ohio State redshirt junior Peter Kobelt almost hospitalizing me with a 130 mph tennis serve. When I was assigned to write for the OSU men’s tennis team for The Lantern at the start of Spring Semester, I fought mixed feelings. I was excited to be steering clear of football and basketball, hopefully sparing myself from the possibility of uncovering anything that would crush the remaining Buckeye fan in me, but I was nervous to be covering a sport that I knew as much about as my seventh grade gym class had taught me. My first day on the job consisted of getting lost on the way to a building I’d never heard of and arrived 20 minutes late. Flustered, I entered practice, and was greeted by Kobelt’s serve grazing my right arm. This game was already much more intense than I had expected. My first interview that day with coach Ty Tucker was ill-prepared and probably full of questions that a seventh grade student in gym class would ask about the game of tennis. I wonder why. Honestly, it’s nothing short of a miracle that the team entrusted me to report on their season after that day. More than three months later, the tennis team is in the tail end of its regular season. As a sports reporter, I have grown immensely during that time. I now can say with confidence that I can accurately comprehend the scoreboard at a tennis match. But I’ve also learned a few other things. The players on the OSU men’s tennis team love what they do, and they do it well: Tucker has coached the Buckeyes to seven consecutive Big Ten regular season titles, six more Big Ten tournament crowns and a decade-long home win streak (which, by the way, is the longest home win streak in NCAA sports), and has barely made a peep about it. If I were not badgering him with questions all semester long, I am pretty sure he would not talk about it at all. The humility he emulates trickles down to his players. These guys are here to play tennis, and it shows. The players love each other, too: It took me a while to realize, but the tennis team is comprised of the most random assortment of players ever. There are four international players on the 11-man roster. To the naked, untrained eye, you would think the men had known each other their entire lives, and not just during their time at OSU. Their chemistry off the court is equally, if not more obvious and impressive, than when they are on the court. The players use their game to capture what’s special about collegiate sports: This is my favorite part. On Friday, when the team captured its 164th straight home victory and officially went 10 years without a home loss, the celebration that followed was what many would consider uneventful. There was no confetti falling from the ceiling or camera flashbulbs firing, but what there was were a group a college kids running around, laughing and throwing arms around each other while their head coach smirked at them off to the side. Several fans cheered in the bleachers, but they were mostly parents of players. The energy in the room, though, was contagious – even palpable. The players were ecstatic, and they didn’t need a fat paycheck or swarm of media attention to evoke it. Maybe it’s just me, but that’s what a college sports team should be at its core. It’s what I now believe many teams at many schools across the country must look like. It just took a lesser-publicized sport, men’s tennis, to remind me of that. Consider my faith in college athletics restored. read more

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Football JT Barrett named Big Ten Player of the Week

Redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) runs the ball in the second quarter against Nebraska in Memorial Stadium on Oct. 14. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorFollowing his seven-touchdown performance in No. 6 Ohio State’s win against Nebraska, quarterback J.T. Barrett was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week Monday morning.Barrett has been named conference player of the week on eight occasions, the third-most ever. If he wins it again, he will tie former Wisconsin running back Ron Dayne and former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson for the most career times being honored with the award.The redshirt senior completed 27-of-33 for 325 yards and five touchdowns, adding 48 rushing yards and two touchdowns on the ground in the Buckeyes’ 56-14 victory. He tied the school record — which he set in last year’s game against Bowling Green — for most touchdowns accounted for in a single game with seven scores.Barrett picked up his 32nd career win Saturday which gave him sole possession of the second-most victories by a Buckeye quarterback.Barrett and Ohio State do not play this weekend, but return to action against No. 2 Penn State at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 28 at Ohio Stadium. read more

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Book believes that Manchester City are the best

first_imgTony Book was a part of a very successful Manchester City team back in 1970 but he believes that the current squad can achieve even more and win many collective and individual trophies.The Manchester City legend believes that the team has got “the best squad and the best manager in Europe” at the moment and it is just a question of time when they are going to win the Champions League.Book spoke about the qualities of the current team as he said, according to Goal:norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“The one thing my team achieved that this current team must have is a success in Europe and I think it’s only a matter of time before Pep delivers another European trophy.”“It’s going to be a tough two games against Liverpool, but I think City will go through because I look at the strength of both teams and I have absolutely no doubt that Pep has the best squad.”“In fact, I’d go as far as to say that City now have the best squad and the best manager in Europe. I think that they have even more quality in depth than both Barcelona and Real Madrid. I feel that City can go anywhere and win.”last_img read more

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