About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Guardiola: Man City a better team than last seasonby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola is adamant they’re a better team than last season.Champions City are involved in a tight title race with Liverpool this season, but Guardiola thinks his side have improved from a year ago. “In little details we are better than last season, which is normal because we have more time together,” he told Sky Sports.Asked how City have improved, Guardiola added: “Our process, our build-ups, our high pressing we can use different movements, we have more alternatives to defend into attack and we are more solid when we defend deeper.”Guardiola also revealed what impressed him most about his side’s title-winning season.”It was our consistency,” he added. Of course we dropped points, that happens, but after that we were always there, which was the most remarkable thing and what I give the most importance.”Winning cups or the Champions League that’s six or seven games where you have to be good, but in the Premier League it can be every three days, which is why it’s the title I like the most.”
Southampton boss Hasenhuttl lauds Longby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl was full of praise for Shane Long.The veteran attacker ended his goal drought, which stretches from April, to help the Saints beat Leicester.The result puts them in 16th, a point away from the drop zone. And Hasenhuttl credited the tireless display from Long for his side’s win.He said to reporters after the game: “If you try to improve your game during the week in every session on the pitch then you can earn something on the weekend.”He showed that he can be a very important part in this team because he was very hard to stop, he saved a lot of balls, was always working in the net and against the ball as long as possible.”When he was finished then I take him off and can only congratulate him for a fantastic game.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Domestic violence prevention and intervention organization, Jenesse Center and its long time ambassador Halle Berry are proud to honor Laphonza Butler, President of SEIU Local 2015 at the Imagine cocktail party fundraiser to be held Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 6:30pm – 10pm, at the Wilshire Country Club at 301 N Rossmore Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90004.Laphonza Butler is the President of SEIU Local 2015 – a union uniting the voices of more than 370,000 nursing home and home-care workers throughout California. SEIU Local 2015 is the largest union in California and the largest long-term care local in the country, achieving historic victories – including the passage of the nation’s first $15 statewide minimum wage to improve the lives of over 6 million Californians, for which Butler’s leadership was honored by President Obama.Previously, Butler served for seven years as President of SEIU United Long Term Care Workers (ULTCW), and also as SEIU’s Property Services Division Director in which she was responsible for the strategic direction of the more than 250,000 janitors, security officers, window cleaners, and food service workers across the country.Jenesse CEO Karen Earl said, “When Laphonza Butler became President of SEIU, one of her first events was the Jenesse Silver Rose gala. She came to me after the event and said she wanted to get involved. And involved she has been. She invited Jenesse staff to speak to the SEIU executive board to ensure her members knew that Jenesse was a resource for the thousands of workers who may experience domestic violence, sexual assault and trauma in their homes and in the work place. She champions for laborers, everyday women who are working to make a living for themselves and their families on all quality of life issues, including workplace assault, harassment and rape. Laphonza, has been a consistent resource and advocate for workers who are #metoo survivors in places where they would otherwise never be heard.”“Jenesse Center has been providing over 40 years of life-saving services to some of Los Angeles most vulnerable and marginalized individuals. As the President of one of the largest women’s organizations in the nation – representing 370,000 long-term care workers – I am proud to partner with an organization that works to break the generational cycle of violence and provide survivors with the life-skills needed to live the healthy & full lives that they deserve.”The goal of Imagine is to elevate the conversation around the topic of violence towards women, girls and men and advocate the human right of peace in everyone’s homes, workplaces and relationships.Leaders from business, non profit, media, entertainment and government sectors are invited to attend. The event will shine a light on organizations and individuals who have moved the mission forward to raise funds and bring awareness to the issue, provide funding and relief to survivors and use their voice to stop the cycle of domestic violence.Jenesse Ambassador Halle Berry said, “One in four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. This is why for 17 years, I have worked with Jenesse first hand to bring awareness to this life-or-death cause. I am proud of the achievements we have made to heal women, girls and families ravaged by violent homes and relationships.”To learn more about Imagine or Jenesse, visit www.jenesse.org or call 323-299-9496.
TORONTO – The premier of Ontario lashed out at the children of Tim Hortons’ billionaire co-founders on Thursday for reducing the benefits of their employees in response to the latest minimum wage increase, calling it a “clear act of bullying.”Kathleen Wynne said if Ron Joyce Jr., whose father co-founded the coffee shop chain, was opposed to the Liberal government’s decision to raise the minimum wage, he should have picked a fight with her, not the workers.“I’d be happy if this man were making a statement about the government or about the policy,” she said. “What I think is really unfair, and where I think the bullying comes in, is that he’s taking this out on his employees. He’s behaving in a way that I think is so unfair to his employees, people who are trying to make ends meet.”In a letter sent late last month, Joyce Jr. and his wife, Jeri Horton-Joyce — daughter of the company’s other co-founder, Tim Horton, told employees at two Tim Hortons restaurants they own in Cobourg, Ont., that as of Jan. 1, they would no longer be entitled to paid breaks, and would have to pay at least half of the cost of their dental and health benefits.The couple said the measures were aimed at helping their company — Ron Joyce Jr. Enterprises Ltd. — offset the $2.40 hourly rate jump.Wynne, who faces a tough bid for re-election this spring, has staked her political future on policies like the minimum wage plan.“When I read the reports about Ron Joyce, Jr., who is a man whose family founded Tim Hortons, the chain was sold for billions of dollars, and when I read how he was treating his employees, it just felt to me like this was a pretty clear act of bullying,” she said.Wynne has talked for months about themes of fairness and opportunity in Ontario’s growing economy with the caveat that some workers are being left behind. The premier has said her minimum wage plan, which saw the rate jump from $11.60 an hour to $14 an hour this week, is about helping low income earners. It will increase another dollar to $15 on Jan. 1, 2019.The plan has angered many in the business community, who say they don’t object to the increase itself but the speed with which it is being implemented.While the changes announced by Joyce Jr. are not a violation of Ontario’s Employment Standards Act, Wynne said she wants him to reverse the decision.“I hope that he understands this is really not a decent thing to be doing in a place as wealthy as Ontario,” she said. “I hope he recognizes that his employees need to be treated decently.”In their letter to employees, Joyce Jr. and his wife complained about “lack of assistance and financial help” from Tim Hortons’ head office and the government.“We apologize for these changes,” the letter, widely circulated on social media, read. “Once the costs of the future are better known we may bring back some or all of the benefits we have had to remove.”The Great White North Franchisee Association, a group created last year to give voice to the concerns of some Tim Hortons franchisees, said in a statement Thursday evening that the Joyce family are “hard-working small business owners who are striving to keep their business viable and keep all of their employees employed.”The association said Wynne and her government have shown no understanding of small business in Ontario.The $2.40 an hour increase in the minimum wage is only part of the increase in costs felt by small business owners, the group said.Increases in other employment-related costs — such as pension, employment insurance, and vacation pay contributions — make the total increase to the employer $3.35 an hour, it claimed.“For one full-time employee at a Tim Hortons location, this would amount to approximately $6,968.26 per annum in increased costs to the owner,” it said.“What the Joyce family have implemented in their two Cobourg stores has been legally done to help them cope with the added business pressures the impact of Bill 148 has placed upon their establishments.”
CALGARY – Pipeline operator Enbridge Inc. reports better-than-expected second-quarter earnings of $1.07 billion, as it worked to sell a number of non-core assets to help eliminate debt.The Calgary-based company’s profit amounted to 63 cents per share and compared with $919 million, or 56 cents per share in the second quarter of 2017. Both quarters included the impact of a number of unusual items.Adjusted earnings came in at 65 cents per share, up from 41 cents in the year-earlier period and beating analysts expectations for 53 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.During the quarter, the company announced agreements to sell $7.5 billion worth of non-core assets, significantly above its original $3 billion target.Enbridge said in May it would gain nearly $3.2 billion by selling renewable power facilities and natural gas gathering and processing assets in the United States.It also received positive news on its Line 3 replacement project, with a Minnesota regulator approving its plan.The company says it is on track to achieve its 2018 guidance and expects about $7 billion worth of new projects to be introduced over the course of 2018, the majority of which will come on line in the second half of the year.
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said the BJP will win the Lok Sabha elections with full majority, and with more votes and seats than in 2014. “BJP will win with full majority and with more votes and seats than we won earlier. Even our alliance partners will get greater number of seats and our vote share will increase in different states The country has decided to elect a strong government with full majority. The country has decided to elect BJP again,” he said in an interview with Times Now news channel. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Modi referred to an old brainstorming meeting of the Congress and said unlike the opposition party which had said they do not need allies, the BJP is not arrogant. Answering a question on Jammu and Kashmir, he said there can only be hitting touch for terrorists. “We will have to make a clear demarcation that healing touch is for the citizens and hitting touch for the terrorists.” Replying to a query on the Citizenship bill, he said “some hyper-secular people” give communal colour to every issue. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday He said Congress had promised National Citizenship Register (NRC) but did not fulfil the promise for 30 years. “There should be a debate over NRC. Can any country in the world be a ‘dharamshala’? Is there any country in the world which doesn’t have a register of citizens,” he asked. Answering a question on Rafale deal, he said for the Congress, “defence deals have been an ATM”. He said the CAG had rejected “lies” of the opposition and these had also been rejected by the Supreme Court rejected it. “But keeping elections in mind, they are dragging the matter.” Answering a query on jobs, Modi said record loans have been taken under Mudra scheme to boost employment and self-employment and infrastructure was being developed at fast speed “Is it happening without jobs,” he asked. Modi said more than 80 per cent of informal economy and informal employment exists. Only 15-16 per cent is formal for which new mechanism is needed to arrive at employment data. He also rejected allegations of political vendetta by the opposition. “The biggest fact is that the money that was recovered in Madhya Pradesh was meant for the care and nutrition of children, which was for poor pregnant women. They are eating off those funds. The country must debate on why even today the Congress dares to commit such sins as soon as they come to power. It’s barely been a few months since they came to power in Madhya Pradesh. And to stifle debates on these issues, they keep crying foul over the raids,” the Prime Minister said. He said that the government has brought the corrupt to the door of jails and will work to get them inside if he comes to power again. Attacking Congress, he said many of its leaders were facing cases. “Congress, which has ruled for four generations, could they have ever fathomed that today their leaders would be out on bail. The man who used to be their finance minister, every second day he goes to the court to get a date,” he said. Modi said the government had succeeded in bringing back several offenders .
Of the five teams who leaned on their bullpen most in the series since 2000, three went on to lose, and the Dodgers’ fate is still undecided. Only the 2002 Anaheim Angels came back, and they faced an opponent (in the San Francisco Giants) who employed their relievers even more frequently.That’s not to say that reliever usage is a death sentence. Oftentimes, it simply reflects poor starting pitching: Each of the teams who used their starters less than the Dodgers saw them give up more than a dozen runs. This underscores how unusual Roberts’s reliever usage has been because his starters, comparatively, have been quite good. Aside from Darvish’s clunker last night, the Dodgers had two of the best starts for their length in World Series history, from Clayton Kershaw and Rich Hill. If Roberts had allowed them to go deeper into games when they were dealing, the bullpen might be fresh now.Roberts didn’t help matters when he used his bullpen aggressively Friday night, attempting to keep Houston within striking distance. In total, the Dodgers manager called on five different relievers to end the game, and only one — Kenta Maeda — went longer than 2 innings. Combined with the workload from the previous two games, key relievers have been pitching almost as much as the starters. So far, Maeda has pitched 4 innings this series, and Brandon Morrow, the crucial bridge to closer Kenley Jansen, has pitched 2 2/3 innings as well. Jansen himself has pitched 3 full innings.But as ESPN’s Sam Miller pointed out, if the Dodgers had managed to come back, Roberts’s tactics would have been hailed as strategically brilliant. Like many other postseason managerial moves, the aggressive reliever usage is easy to criticize in hindsight but much harder to argue with in the moment. It might have been a good bet that failed to pay out, but the strategy still leaves the Dodgers depleted of bullpen arms at the time when they need them most. In contrast, Houston manager A.J. Hinch relied on only two pitchers to carry the Astros to victory: starter Lance McCullers and starter-turned-reliever Brad Peacock. Despite running into some high-leverage jams, they managed to hold a powerful Dodgers lineup to only three runs. Like Roberts’ decision, keeping McCullers in the game in the third inning with the bases loaded was a gamble. But Hinch’s call managed to pay off when Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager hit into an uncharacteristic double play.The Astros’ win leaves them with a 67 percent chance of taking the World Series. That’s far higher than our opening prediction, but it comes almost entirely from the two victories they’ve edged out over the Dodgers. The remaining games are all coin-flip affairs, so the importance of that extra win in an evenly divided series can’t be overstated. That it came down to two managerial decisions that might have gone either way speaks to how balanced this matchup is. Had one or two pitches gone differently, the Dodgers might be in a commanding position right now, instead of fighting to tie the Series. LA is taxing its bullpenTeams with the fewest innings pitched by starters in the first three games of the World Series, 2000-17 Angels200212.713 Source: Baseball-Reference.com Rockies200711.314 TEAMYEARINNINGSRUNS ALLOWED Dodgers201712.76 Cardinals200411.315 Giants200211.016 A poor start from Yu Darvish hurt the Dodgers early on Friday, and they never mounted a comeback. With the Astros now riding a 2-1 lead and two games left in Houston, the Dodgers are in trouble. In addition to their deficit, a pattern of heavy reliever usage might leave them understaffed in the remaining World Series games.Darvish didn’t have his best stuff Friday night. Despite impressive fastball velocity, his slider was unusually flat. Houston pounced on the normally dominant ace in the second inning, gaining a four-run lead. From then on, the Dodgers attempted to build a handful of unsuccessful rallies but only managed to score three runs.Darvish’s bad outing adds to two other shorter-than-necessary starts for Los Angeles and might leave the bullpen tired in the next two pivotal games in Houston. Even if the relievers were fine Friday, the pattern of short starts is a poor omen for the Dodgers.
On the same day the NFL promoted breast cancer awareness, college teams from Ohio finished a softball tournament with the same purpose.The 19-team tournament at Fred Beekman Park ended with only two undefeated teams. The Buckeyes were one of them. The softball team won its first three games in dominating fashion: 11-1 against Dayton, 7-1 against Ohio and 10-1 against Kent State. Victories over Dayton and Kent State were ended by the mercy rule at the end of the fifth inning.OSU’s defense won its fourth game 5-2 against Bowling Green, and allowed just two runs from a home run in the third inning. The offense did not get started until the bottom of the fourth when freshman Julia Peccina hit a triple down the left field line to score freshman Brittany Mills. Peccina then scored a run on a single by senior Rebecca Schultz. One more run was added later in the fourth on a single by sophomore Katie Simonton to cap the three run inning. The Buckeyes took the lead back for good, and went on to win 5-2.“We’re pleased with the weekend … after only two weeks of practice,” said coach Linda Kalafatis. “We looked more comfortable and showed maturity. We took a great step in the right direction. This tournament gives us game experience to grow as a team.”Offensive numbers for the Buckeyes were impressive throughout the tournament. The team had a collective batting average of .390 with 13 extra base hits including six home runs. Senior Sam Marder led the team offensively with a .450 batting average, nine RBI and two home runs. The pitching staff had a 1.88 ERA while allowing only 20 hits. Senior Megan Miller and freshman Melanie Nichols carried the brunt of the load for the Buckeyes on the mound, combining for 19 strikeouts and walking only three batters.“Fall is all about getting freshmen ready and comfortable,” Kalafatis said.Freshman contribution was not only present on the mound with Melanie Nichols, but at the plate and on the field with Peccina and Megan Coletta. Peccina appeared in three games, starting two of them, and went 4-8 with two runs scored and three RBI. Coletta had a big weekend, going 4-10, including a home run and a double, with five RBI, She started all four games. Coletta also made a spectacular double play as the third baseman in the bottom of the fifth inning against Ohio. She dove to catch a low line drive down the third base line then threw to first base to double off the runner heading to second base.“The freshmen will contribute this season,” Kalafatis said.The money raised from the volunteer-run tournament benefits the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research at the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute.Chris Spielman spoke at this year’s Ohio Collegiate Charity Classic to inform the participating women about the tournament, the Stefanie Spielman Fund and the precautions needed to deal with breast cancer, urging them all to be educated and know about their body. “While you’re playing softball, you might be savings someone’s life. … I promise you will make a difference,” Spielman said to the players. “What you give will grow, what you keep you lose.”Kalafatis was grateful for the overwhelming support from the crowd. “We had a good crowd and we are thankful for their support of this important event,” she said.
Liverpool are about to play their final Premier League game against Brighton and Hove Albion today at home and then, they will have almost two weeks to prepare for the Champions League final game.Jürgen Klopp believes that this can be the decisive factor for his team that the squad will be given a short break to recharge the batteries and be fully ready and fit for the most crucial game of the whole season.The German coach spoke about this opportunity as he said, according to Team Talk:Report: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“The players will not be relaxed really, there will be hopefully moments when the boys can relax which is what they deserve and what they need. Rest is a great thing. For us it is good.”“We will do training, but it’s not a camp. It’s not like we will go there and train twice a day or three times a day. No.”“It’s to recharge the batteries. Then when we come home we have another week to prepare the game. We will prepare the game there [on the trip] as well. We have time together and stuff like that.”