Rangers could sell Taarabt to German club – report

first_imgWolfsburg are set to make a bid for QPR’s Adel Taarabt, according to The Sun on Sunday.Taarabt, who is about to enter the final year of his contract, has been linked with a move to the German club for some time.And it is claimed that Rangers could be willing to sell the Moroccan.Related West London Sport stories:Hughes insists Taarabt will not leave QPRQPR star in line for bumper contract offer Boss Hughes keen to cement Taarabt’s future at QPRMeanwhile, the Daily Star on Sunday claim QPR manager Mark Hughes is looking to sign Paul Konchesky from Leicester in a £1m deal.The Sunday Express, who also suggest Hughes wants Konchesky, report that Joey Barton will be given a final chance by Rangers to mend his ways.The club are tipped to issue Barton with a public warning and move to curtail his outbursts on Twitter. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

With some major exceptions, new deal has old NAFTA feel

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Ty Higgins, Ohio Ag NetRight before a deadline set by President Trump, the U.S. and Canada came to an agreement on the framework for an updated North American Free Trade Agreement, called the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). It’s a shot in the arm for American agriculture, which has been struggling as trade disputes with U.S. trading partners dragged on.“It’s the first step in really getting us from this summer of disruption in global trade and getting us back to a fall of business resumption and that will bring stability in North American markets,” said Daniel Ujczo, International Trade and Customs Lawyer with Dickinson-Wright in Columbus. “I think over the next 60 days we will start to see steel and aluminum tariffs lifted which will end the retaliation in Mexico. That will be good news for the agriculture community, who will not have to worry so much about losing those customers not only in Mexico, but throughout the Americas.”While it’s good news, he says there’s still significant work to do, including getting the agreement through Congress. He says timing forced the U.S. and Canada to come to an agreement.“The clock was critical here,” Ujczo said. “At the end of the day that clock was being driven by the fact that we are seeing a transition of power in Mexico with a new President taking office on Dec. 1. He made is real clear that he did not want to reopen a deal with the United States and so the whole goal is to get this new deal signed before he took office.”Ujczo says the economies of all three countries are very intertwined with each other because of the original NAFTA deal. That meant coming away with no updated agreement would have made things much more difficult.“Trade would continue in North America, even if there was no framework, but it would continue in a very haphazard way,” Ujczo said. “There would always be the threat of tariffs, threats of the whims of whoever might be in the White House, Mexico City or Ottawa and there could have been drastic consequences if we might not have reached a deal. I think it might have even been problematic if we only went forward with a deal with Mexico. That became clear this past week. Congress, as important as they saw the idea of locking down a deal with Mexico, is that they wanted to make sure Canada was part of it.”Canada and the U.S. both made significant concessions to come to an agreement. Canada is ending its Class 7 milk system and allowing U.S. dairy farmers more access to the Canadian market. Overall, Ujczo says it looks like an improved deal for the United States.“Half of the old NAFTA looks like it’s getting a fresh coat of paint, looking like a modernized trade deal and the other half of this agreement is getting some new fixtures and upgrades,” Ujczo said. “We are going to see some things with technology and customs and border issues that will make it easier for companies and even farmers that ship good across the border. That is an upgrade. But we also saw the President knock down some walls with dairy being at the top of the list with Canada, which made some significant concessions on dairy going farther than they were willing to go in other past trade deals like the Trans Pacific Partnership.”The new United States, Mexico, Canada Agreement is now on its way to each respective government for approval. For the U.S., that isn’t expected to happen until after the November elections.last_img read more

The Hustler’s Playbook: You Weren’t Born to Be Ordinary

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now You weren’t born to be ordinary. You were just infected by other people’s beliefs about what it’s okay to settle for.Your DNA is different. Your experiences are different. Your thoughts, wants, and desires are different. In many ways, we are all more alike than different, but the things that make you different are massive and magnificent. What makes you special is different than what makes someone else special, and what makes you special makes you extraordinary. But only if you believe and behave in accordance with this truth.Pure PotentialYou are pure potential. If you knew what you are really capable of, you would struggle to believe it. In fact, most of the reason you still have so much potential left to develop is that you don’t yet recognize that you have it. You don’t know what your superpowers are or why you were given your gifts (including the gifts that you don’t recognize as such when you receive them).Ordinary is something you are taught. You may have been infected with the idea that you are not to make waves, not to stand out, and not to draw attention to yourself. The people around you likely shared a set of common goals and beliefs like: go to school, get an education, get a good job, and work towards retirement. Even the people who love you will want to keep you safe, perhaps even telling you that using your gift is too dangerous, that you may get hurt.Pleased, Never SatisfiedYou weren’t put here to survive. You were put here to do something and to flourish. You’re here to reach your full potential and to make a difference.If you aren’t growing, then you are wasting your potential. It’s okay to be pleased with your results, but it isn’t okay to be satisfied. No matter how well you are doing, you have more potential in front of you than the potential you’ve developed in the past.If you stop striving to be more, do more, have more, and contribute more, then you are settling for something less than what you are truly capable of.last_img read more

The Graduates – Oscar Sanft

first_imgIn the third edition of The Graduates, austouch.com.au caught up with former Queensland Secondary Schools Touch (QSST) player, Oscar Sanft, who is playing for the Brisbane City Cobras at the 2010 X-Blades National Youth Championships. Australian 18’s Boys squad member Oscar Sanft is back in the Brisbane City Cobras team after playing for QSST in the past, and he is very excited to be back. He is now hoping to guide the Cobras to the finals in his last year of the championships.  “I think I’ve played for Queensland for the past five years so to be back in the Cobras is overwhelming, especially for my last year, it feels good,” Sanft said. “I’m confident that we’ll be up the top, we’ve got a lot of kids with real potential and it’s going to be a long week as well. I’m very confident that we will do well and hopefully get to the finals.”The Cobras team has a mixture of youth and experience and Sanft is hoping to pass on some of his knowledge to the younger members of the team.“We are trying to develop them to become Open’s players but the senior boys are doing well, looking after the young guys. But it’s not like there is a difference, we are a good team so you can’t really see the difference in the developing players and the senior players.”Sanft and his Cobras team had the chance to play his former side on Friday morning, and in the lead up to the game he said he was looking forward to the challenge. “I’ve been thinking about that game ever since I saw the draw. As much as I love Queensland, as soon as I step out of it I have to give them so much pressure and aggression. I’m looking forward to it,” Sanft said. As well as being his last National Youth Championships, it is also Sanft and his fellow Australian Youth Squad player’s last chance to impress in the lead up to the 2011 Youth Trans Tasman Series to be played in Canberra. Sanft was part of the 20’s Mixed team at the 2009 Youth Trans Tasman and is hoping to be included in the team again this time. “That’s always on your mind. I try to keep humble about it, not trying to think that just because I’ve been there before it’s going to happen again so I’ve just got to knuckle down.”last_img read more

18 days agoJuventus striker Paulo Dybala: We said lot of wrong things during transfer window

first_imgJuventus striker Paulo Dybala: We said lot of wrong things during transfer windowby Carlos Volcano18 days agoSend to a friendShare the lovePaulo Dybala is adamant he’s happy he’s stayed with Juventus.The striker started and scored for Juve in yesterday’s 2-1 win over Inter Milan.And Dybala stated at the final whistle: “A kind of revenge for me? During the summer, everyone knew what I wanted. I’m happy to be here. “We said a lot of wrong things during the transfer window, but I stayed here, that’s what I wanted.”And today I played one of my best games.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Blood donations double in wake of Humboldt tragedy

first_imgCanadian Blood Services says its Saskatoon Blood Donation Clinic has been over capacity since Saturday, as donations have doubled in the wake of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash that killed 15.Calgary received 117 units of blood on Saturday, while normally our city would see 90 units donated.Spokesperson for the Canadian Blood Services Jhoanna Del Rosario said it’s times like these the organization and the community has to step up.“We are losing more during the response efforts in Saskatchewan so we want to make sure that we have enough supply of blood and blood parts, for those that are affected in the collision,” she said.She said a lot of blood is needed for one person who is severely injured.“You will need about 50 units, that’s about 50 donors needed to save one patient in a car accident,” she said.Anyone interested in donating blood can download the Canadian Blood Services app, or head to any blood donation clinic to sign up.last_img read more

Police Assistance Needed in Missing Persons Investigation

first_imgPRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – Prince George RCMP continue to investigate the disappearance of Robert Poulin.On December 28, 2018, at approximately 9 p.m., the Prince George RCMP and the Prince George Fire Rescue Service responded to a report of a residential fire at 4416 Greenwood Street.  While responding to this fire, Police located a 2004 Black Ford F150 pickup truck. This truck was determined to be related to the residence.  The owner of the residence and the truck, Robert (Bob) Poulin, has not yet been located and Police consider his disappearance suspicious.The Police are interested in speaking with anyone who may have information about Poulin’s truck on the days leading up to December 28, 2018.  They are seeking the public’s assistance in locating any witnesses or vehicle dash camera footage that was obtained on the following dates: December 27, 2018 from 5:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. between Chetwynd, B.C. and Fort St. John, B.C. During this time the police know that the truck had a white canopy on the back as shown in the photo below.December 28, 2018 from 12:00 a.m. (midnight) to 9:00 p.m. between Fort St. John, B.C. and Prince George, B.C. During this time the vehicle no longer had the canopy attached as shown below.If you have any information, please contact Cpl. Meghan Driscoll of the Prince George RCMP at 250-561-3300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).Photo of missing man Robert Poulin. Source RCMPVideo Surveillance of Poulin’s truck. Source RCMPPoulin’s Truck. Source RCMPlast_img read more

Supreme Court to rule on whether energy companies can abandon old wells

first_imgThe Action Surface Rights Association has intervened in the case because it believes rights of landowners have been overlooked in the case. UPDATE – The Supreme Court has ruled companies can’t abandon old wells.  Click here for the details.OTTAWA, O.N. – The Supreme Court of Canada is set to rule today on whether energy companies can walk away from unprofitable wells on agricultural land without having to clean up behind them.A 2016 ruling in the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench allowed a bankrupt energy company to sever its connection with unprofitable and unreclaimed wells when their assets were sold off to creditors. The Alberta Court of Appeal upheld the ruling.Since the case came to court, an estimated 1,800 wells representing more than $100 million in liabilities have been abandoned.Alberta’s provincial energy regulator ordered the trustee for Redwater Energy Corporation to comply with end-of-life requirements to render the abandoned properties environmentally safe.The company’s trustee did not comply, and filed its own counterclaim that included a constitutional challenge to the regulator’s action.The energy regulator and the Orphan Well Association, an industry-funded group that cleans up wells that have been left unreclaimed, have appealed the ruling to the high court.A group with the support of thousands of farmers also wants to see the high court reverse the decision.last_img read more

The Stats Say Washington Should Have Signed Colin Kaepernick And Its Still

Career expected points added per rush for Colin Kaepernick and Mark Sanchez, 2009-18 7Russell Wilson3390.3210.513 Meanwhile, Kaepernick adds roughly equal value to his team whether he runs or passes the football, making him a legitimate dual threat. It was this ability that took the San Francisco 49ers within 5 yards of winning the 2012-13 Super Bowl. What’s more, the league has become more open to the air raid concepts Kaepernick ran at the University of Nevada, as evidenced by the ascendancy of Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes, who played in an air raid system at Texas Tech. There are legitimate reasons to believe that Kaepernick could still fit in the league.Kaepernick’s path to snaps in Washington is blocked by current quarterback Johnson, who has just 193 total career pass attempts to his name and, like Sanchez, is a year older than Kaepernick. When we look at his career efficiency numbers compared with Kaepernick’s, we can see why Johnson hasn’t been allowed much opportunity to throw. Plays with Johnson under center have resulted in negative value for his teams. 27Matthew Stafford4640.1700.482 46Chase Daniel76-0.0960.47 29Kirk Cousins5250.1460.51 The contest wasn’t a contest at all. Kaepernick is superior to Sanchez over his career by a large margin and across a wide spectrum of metrics. Kaepernick’s career yards per pass attempt is higher than Sanchez’s by more than half a yard. His career EPA per play is on the order of 40 times better than Sanchez, despite their yards after catch EPA per play being relatively close.Kaepernick has been far from perfect. His career yards per attempt is no better than league average, and his career completion percentage is low at 59.8 percent. His greatest flaws as a passer show themselves at the intermediate depths, where his completion percentage is well below average. Whether this is because he struggles to make reads or because his decision making on slower developing routes is poor is an open question. What is clear is that neither Kaepernick nor Sanchez is particularly accurate across most depths of target. Kaepernick, however, has also affected game outcomes with his legs. He is not exactly young anymore, though, at 31 years old; we might expect a decline in rushing effectiveness that typically accompanies NFL QBs as they age. Still, Kaepernick’s legs are fresh, and Sanchez has never shown the ability to add value on the ground. 49Derek Anderson70-0.3250.429 Kaepernick has easily outperformed SanchezAttempts, yards per attempt, expected points added per play, success rate and yards after catch EPA per play for Kaepernick and Sanchez, 2009-18 Show more rowsSource: Elias Sports Bureau PasserAttemptsYards/ AttemptEPA/PlaySuccess RateYAC EPA/Play 1Patrick Mahomes4830.4410.561 Kaepernick has outperformed Johnson, tooAttempts, yards per attempt, expected points added per play, success rate and yards after catch EPA per play for Kaepernick and Johnson, 20tk-18 11Carson Wentz4000.2810.535 After starting quarterback Alex Smith broke his leg in Week 11, the Washington Redskins rode their journeyman backup, Colt McCoy, to two losses and a 7-3 deficit against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 13 before he also broke his leg. Struck with misfortune at the most important position in professional sports, Washington trotted out Mark Sanchez, a player signed off the street to back up McCoy.This obviously didn’t work out well. Sanchez had not played an NFL game since 2015, and he went on to record the worst expected points added (EPA) per play (-0.627) of any NFL QB in 2018 with at least 20 pass attempts. This includes Nathan Peterman. Sanchez was promptly benched in a blowout 40-16 loss to the Giants in Week 14. His replacement: Josh Johnson, a 32-year-old journeyman who has played for 12 different NFL teams and who reportedly had to play Madden to learn the names of his new teammates.Hindsight is 20-20, but it’s worth asking if this skid could have been avoided — or at least somewhat mitigated — had Washington signed free agent Colin Kaepernick instead of Sanchez. It’s even worth wondering if they still should sign him. A playoff berth for the Redskins is highly unlikely, but they are still not mathematically eliminated. Could signing Kaepernick help the team win out, finish 9-7, and give them a shot at the postseason?Let’s look at this as a purely football decision and put aside any public relations baggage that would come with signing Kaepernick. Let’s also assume that Kaepernick is in decent enough shape to put on a jersey right now and play at the levels we have seen from him in the past. (For what it’s worth, he has said that he’s remained in game shape.)I looked at standard measures of quarterback performance like yards per attempt along with more advanced stats like EPA per play and success rate, which measures how often a player keeps his team “on schedule” or on track for a first down. The first question — “Should Washington have signed Sanchez or Kaepernick?” — is straightforward to answer.Using data from Ron Yurko’s EPA model, I analyzed both of the QBs over their careers to see which one has been better at creating expected value per pass. I also broke out the contribution of yards after the catch to help with the comparison. Yards after catch is probably best thought of as the product of scheme and wide receiver skill, but passes that are on time and on target from a QB surely help as well. 35Cody Kessler970.1190.491 Sanchez-0.05 So what about moving forward? Could Kaepernick help Washington win? Our best predictors of future performance at the QB position are career efficiency measures like yards per attempt and EPA per play — far more useful than looking only at Kaepernick’s most recent season.The table below shows every player who has attempted at least 20 passes this season, sorted by total expected points added per play. Total EPA includes both passing and rushing production, and gives a full picture of a player’s offensive contribution. Kaepernick’s career numbers would put him 26th among quarterbacks this season, ahead of Matthew Stafford and Kirk Cousins — who are being paid a combined $50.5 million. 31Joe Flacco3770.1320.454 48Josh McCown109-0.2190.383 17Dak Prescott4180.2300.492 PasserAttemptsYARDS/ ATTEMPTEPA/PLAYSUCCESS RATEYAC EPA/PLAY 42Tyrod Taylor84-0.0010.354 32Baker Mayfield3790.1240.479 41Nick Foles800.0240.398 PlayerPass AttemptsTotal EPA/PLAYSuccess Rate 38Brock Osweiler1780.1010.44 10Ben Roethlisberger5480.2830.517 51Mark Sanchez35-0.6270.361 Most starting quarterbacks with NFL experience did indeed create value per play above what we might expect from Kaepernick, but Kaepernick’s worst season is still better than 26 percent of the quarterbacks who have attempted a pass in the NFL in 2018. Kaepernick may be a fringe starting NFL talent, but he is likely better than many of the quarterbacks who have seen playing time this season, including even Alex Smith.It’s probable that Kaepernick could start for Washington and produce enough with his arm and his legs to salvage their playoff hopes. There remains the opportunity for Washington to sign him and find out for certain. Instead he continues to languish in free agency.Check out our latest NFL predictions.CORRECTION (Dec. 15, 2018, 11:45 a.m.): A previous headline on this story misspelled Colin Kaepernick’s name. Colin Kaepernick1,9417.2+0.170.45+0.67 Colin Kaepernick1,9417.2+0.170.45+0.67 20Marcus Mariota3000.2130.51 14Aaron Rodgers4940.2550.49 12Ryan Fitzpatrick2480.2750.523 2Drew Brees4160.4320.589 37Case Keenum4520.1060.449 18Jeff Driskel1010.2140.46 Kaepernick+0.21 15Mitch Trubisky3520.2480.522 6Jared Goff4600.3280.517 30Colt McCoy520.1340.492 33C.J. Beathard1710.1220.463 21Andrew Luck5330.2050.52 Mark Sanchez2,4036.6+0.000.45+0.60 3Matt Barkley250.4310.44 13Deshaun Watson3970.2620.526 28Nick Mullens1700.1570.478 8Jameis Winston2700.2910.542 19Eli Manning4610.2130.462 Data includes two-point conversions but does not include kneel downs. 5Matt Ryan5050.3290.547 23Lamar Jackson1010.1910.519 16Jimmy Garoppolo900.2310.52 Josh Johnson1936.1-0.040.46+0.60 36Alex Smith3270.1130.457 47Sam Bradford81-0.1560.329 24Derek Carr4520.1760.511 39Josh Allen2280.0790.435 40Blake Bortles3700.0400.463 EPA/Rush Data includes two-point conversions but does not include kneel downs.Source: Elias Sports Bureau 43Blaine Gabbert61-0.0150.453 Kaepernick would be in the middle of the pack this yearEvery quarterback with a minimum of 20 pass attempts this season in the NFL, compared with the career numbers of Colin Kaepernick 22Cam Newton4440.2010.521 25Andy Dalton3620.1750.508 4Philip Rivers4140.4240.541 45Josh Rosen314-0.0870.425 9Tom Brady4760.2900.526 50Nathan Peterman82-0.5890.315 26Colin Kaepernick1,9410.1710.464 34Ryan Tannehill1960.1200.479 44Sam Darnold314-0.0600.427 read more

Ohio State mens lacrosse putting undefeated mark to the test against Penn

Coming off a dominating 18-8 win against first-year program Marquette, the No. 13 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team takes its unbeaten streak into Happy Valley on Saturday at 1 p.m. to take on the No. 8 Penn State Nittany Lions. At 3-0, the Buckeyes hope to keep up the success that they have found early in the year. Freshman attacker Carter Brown and sophomore midfielder Jesse King recorded a combined 13 points against the Golden Eagles and sparked OSU’s offense which had been stagnant the week before against Jacksonville in a 9-6 win. For his four goals and three assists, Brown was named the Eastern College Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week. The freshman, though, saw the improvement of the team as a whole, not just his individual statistics. “Our offense was clicking in the second quarter especially,” Brown said. “We were just making the easy play and I just got some easy goals.” King, too, said he felt the team improved on offense after a tough week of practice. “Honestly, this week we worked out a lot on working the ball on the outside,” King said. “Our chemistry is coming together, and this week it just clicked.” But the Buckeyes will likely have a tougher challenge this week against Penn State in State College, Pa. The Nittany Lions have already defeated No. 10 Denver on the year and took No. 2 Notre Dame to overtime in their only loss of the season. Last year, Penn State handed OSU its second loss of the season in a 5-2 victory March 3 at Ohio Stadium. In spite of a schedule featuring five games against top-11 opponents in March, some members of the team are staying positive. OSU coach Nick Myers sees how far his players have come so far this year, but understands there are improvements to be made. “We’ve got a lot of work to continue to do,” Myers said. “It’s February … We’re not the team that we wanted to be yet, but we’re taking steps in the right direction.” The game could also be a potential precursor for what is to come, with reports swirling that a Big Ten conference for lacrosse could be on the horizon. “There’s been some positive conversation,” Myers said about the potential new conference. “This Penn State-Ohio State rivalry has been special for years now. I think that will only get more traction if the Big Ten conference continues to move in the right direction.” King, who was a part of the team that lost to Penn State in Columbus last year, is excited to get another shot at the Nittany Lions. “I’m excited, they’re going to be a great game,” King said. “It’s always fun playing against Penn State.” read more