TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL: Real Madrid complete deal for Man City whizkid Diazby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrahim Diaz has joined Real Madrid from Manchester City to Real Madrid, in a deal worth £15.5m, and could rise to £22m with add-ons.Real confirmed the signing on Monday, several hours after Diaz had completed a medical.”I have arrived at a club that I dreamed of playing for as a child,” an emotional Diaz said. “I could not have received a better Christmas present than wearing the Real Madrid jersey.”When I decided that it was time to leave Manchester City, I only put three options on the table.”The first, to play for Real Madrid; the second, to play for Real Madrid; the third, to play for Real Madrid.”I never wanted to go anywhere else, it is impossible to go to a better club. I promise to give 100 per cent from the first day and to pay back the faith you have put in me.”The 19-year-old signing a six-and-a-half-year deal, which includes a clause that Manchester City will receive 15 per cent of any future transfer fee, which will rise to 40 per cent if the buying club is Manchester United.
OTTAWA — The federal government will release a fall economic update later today that will seek to close the loop on some of its outstanding mandate commitments, leaving the door open for the Liberals to use next year’s budget as their 2019 election platform.The document will also include Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s long-awaited plan to help Canada compete for investment dollars, which many warn has become increasingly difficult following major tax and regulatory changes in the United States.Morneau has faced pressure to lower Canada’s corporate rate — but the government has signalled it will focus on targeted measures to accelerate investment rather than across-the-board tax cuts.A government official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, says Ottawa’s competitiveness blueprint will be fiscally responsible and designed to entice companies to choose Canada over the U.S. when it comes to investments.The official says the fall statement will also show that Canada’s annual projections for the federal deficit and the debt burden will continue to slide downward on trajectories similar to those outlined in the 2018 budget.The Liberals have faced regular criticism from the Opposition Conservatives for abandoning their 2015 vow to run only modest annual shortfalls of no more than $10 billion and to eliminate the deficit by 2019.Morneau’s budget last February predicted an $18.1-billion shortfall for this fiscal year — a number expected to gradually shrink to $12.3 billion in 2022-23, including annual $3-billion cushions to offset risks.The Liberals have no timetable to eliminate the deficits even though the economy is running close to full strength, which has raised concerns among some economists.The Canadian Press
San Francisco: Tech titan Google agreed to pay its former India-born top executive Amit Singhal a whopping $45 million as an exit package when he resigned from the company in 2016 after being accused of sexual harassment, according to a media report. The previously undisclosed amount was in the separation agreement for Singhal, a senior vice president who ran Google’s search operations until early 2016. The amount was revealed on Monday in a shareholder lawsuit accusing the board of directors of Alphabet, the parent company of Google, of shirking their responsibilities by agreeing to pay executives accused of misconduct instead of firing them for cause, the New York Times reported. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepThe lawsuit was part of the fallout over how Google has handled sexual harassment cases, it said. The lawsuit was filed in January in California Superior Court with redactions in the passages referring to board discussions. An amended version was filed on Monday without the redactions. According to the amended suit, Google agreed to pay Singhal $15 million a year for two years and between $5 million and $15 million in the third year as long as he was not employed by a competitor. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsHe agreed to take a job at Uber about a year after his departure, then resigned from the ride-hailing company a few weeks later when the sexual harassment claim at Google became public, the report said. Frank Bottini, an attorney for the shareholders, said the board-approved payments were an “abdication of responsibility”. A Google spokeswoman said Monday that the company had “made many changes to our workplace and taken an increasingly hard line on inappropriate conduct by people in positions of authority”. “There are serious consequences for anyone who behaves inappropriately at Google,” she said. Singhal left Google after an employee said he had groped her at an off-site event. Google investigated the allegation and found that Singhal had been inebriated. The company also concluded that the employee’s account was credible. At the time, Singhal said he wanted to spend more time with his family and focus on his philanthropy, the report said. Singhal did not respond to a request for comment, it said. Born in Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh, Singhal received a Bachelor of Engineering degree in computer science from IIT Roorkee. He received an MS degree from University of Minnesota Duluth and was head of Google’s core search team for 15 years.
Guwahati: A journalist of a news TV channel was attacked with knives and seriously injured in an attack in a restaurant Ganeshguri locality here, police said Friday. Chakrapani Parashar, a journalist of satellite news channel News18/AssamNE, was stabbed by some workers of a restaurant adjacent to his office when he was on duty on Thursday night, police said. Police have detained four accused in connection with the attack. Parashar sustained serious injuries in various parts of his body and was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he is stated to be out of danger, the police said. Trouble began on Thursday afternoon when Parashar went with his unit to cover a fight between the main accused, who runs a restaurant in the same building as the news channel and some youths while playing Holi, News18 Assam/NE Deputy Manager (Operations) Aparup Barua said. “Though the news was not telecast, the restaurant owner started an argument with Parashar for covering the incident. In the evening when about five to six of our journalists, including Parashar, went to the restaurant to settle the matter amicably, the accused took out a dagger and stabbed him repeatedly,” Barua said. The accused has a criminal record and was arrested earlier too, he said. Various political parties – national and regional and journalists organisations have condemned the attack on Parashar. The Electronic Media Forum Assam (EMFA) has expressed concern over the attack and demanded stringent actions against the culprits. It also urged the state government to ensure security to media persons by enacting a special protection law at the earliest. In a statement here on Friday, EMFA claimed that increasing instances of physical assaults are being reported from various parts of the country and the Centre should take the matter seriously. It also appealed to all media persons across the country to be united over the issue.
Kolkata: Dental patients, who need implants, will now get free of cost treatment at Dr R Ahmed Dental College and Hospital as a new dental implant clinic has started functioning on the hospital campus.Doctors from the department of Prosthodontia, department of oral and maxillofacial surgery and the department of Periodontia will treat the patients at the new dental clinic at the hospital. Since March 2, when the clinic was officially inaugurated, senior doctors from all the three departments conducted dental implant surgeries on 12 patients. Artificial teeth would be implanted replacing those which have been damaged owing to various causes. There may be a single implant or multiple implants as determined by the expert doctors of the hospital. Dr Tirthankar Debnath, assistant professor, department of Periodontia and Public Health dentistry said the whole process of dental implant might take about four months and the process would be conducted in various phases. According to Dr Debnath, there are two aspects of dental implant — mechanical and biological. A titanium base would be implanted as a root on jawbone and an artificial teeth made of ceramic would be fitted on the titanium base. “The teeth would be implanted a couple of months after the titanium base is fitted on the patients’ jaw so that the base becomes a permanent part of the jaw through Osseointegration. It is a process that allows dental implants to become a permanent part of the jaw. I t maintains the structural and functional connection between living bone and the surface of a load-bearing artificial implant. When the titanium base is cemented with the jaw, it is desirable to implant the metal ceramic teeth,” Dr Debnath said. Using dental implant the patients will be able to use the teeth almost like an original one. The patients can make the use implanted teeth up to 95 per cent naturally, an expert said. According to sources, a patient would have to pay anything between Rs 20,000 and Rs 50,000 for a single implant at private establishments depending on the quality of the implants. While Dr R Ahmed Dental College and Hospital is conducting the surgeries free of cost. The Mamata Banerjee government has carried out major infrastructure reforms in the state-run hospitals where the patients are availing best treatment free of cost. Dr Raju Biswas, a member of Dental council of India, said: “We are thankful to the Chief Minister for her support and motivation towards the newly inaugurated implant clinic at the hospital. In an era of scientific advancement, implants are essentials for all the patients undergoing dental extraction.”
Rankings are among all 32 NFL teams.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group Granted, the bulk of that defensive improvement came in a single game, against Seattle on Sunday. By holding the Seahawks’ passing offense to 24.9 EPA below its usual per-game output — including a staggering five interceptions of Russell Wilson — Green Bay had the fourth-best defensive outing against the pass by any team this season. It’s still an open question, however, whether that game was more of a fluke or a sign that this defense is finally coming around. Three of Wilson’s five picks were tipped, so Green Bay enjoyed some good fortune Sunday. And although the Packer D was improving in the two games leading up to its outburst versus Seattle, that meant playing “slightly below average” instead of “historically atrocious.”Even if Rodgers is healthy enough, and even if the defense has straightened out its issues, this late-season push may simply be coming too late to salvage Green Bay’s playoff hopes. Our Elo simulations currently give the Packers a 30 percent chance of making the postseason, most of which comes from their hope of winning the NFC North (and not the wild card, for which Green Bay would need to leapfrog three teams instead of two). According to The New York Times’ playoff simulator, the Packers probably need to beat both the Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions in the season’s final two weeks in order to make the playoffs — and even then, the postseason wouldn’t necessarily be assured.If it doesn’t happen, Packer fans will find themselves looking back at Sunday’s rout of Seattle and wondering where that version of their team was all year — and why it couldn’t have emerged sooner.CORRECTION: (Dec. 12, 4:00 p.m.): A previous version of this article misstated Julius Peppers’ condition. Although Peppers is listed on the Packers’ injury report for Week 15 (http://www.packers.com/team/injury-report.html), the team said his presence on the list was “not injury related.”Check out our latest NFL predictions. 2016, weeks 1-114-612th7th29th4th31st Going into Week 12, the Green Bay Packers were in deep, deep trouble. They’d lost four games in a row, and five of their previous six — the first time either type of skid had happened to the franchise since late in the 2008 season. According to FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings (our pet metric for determining each team’s quality), Green Bay was the ninth-worst team in the NFL, and it had a mere 6 percent probability of making the playoffs.Since then, however, it’s hard to find any team running hotter than the Packers. Green Bay has won three straight — by an average margin of 17 points per game — and they’ve risen to 10th-best in Elo after a stunning 38-10 rout of the Seattle Seahawks on national TV Sunday afternoon. Over the past month of action, no team has improved its Elo rating as much as the Packers have. The only question now is whether this late charge will be enough to save Green Bay’s season.Through 11 weeks, the 2016 Packers were looking like a team with an average passing attack and a terrible defense and special teams — no recipe for success in today’s NFL. In fact, Green Bay had been pretty mediocre in most phases of the game for a couple seasons at that point, despite the presence of future Hall of Fame QB Aaron Rodgers under center. Rodgers had one of the top two dozen or so passing seasons ever in 2014, but he’d slumped in 2015 without many of his usual receiving weapons, and he merely had a good — not great — start to 2016.And the Packers desperately needed Rodgers to be great in 2016, because with an injury to Pro Bowl linebacker Clay Matthews (among others), the team’s defense had slipped badly from its form of the previous few years. After giving up 42 points to Washington in Week 11, Green Bay had the NFL’s sixth-worst defense by expected points added,1Even after adjusting for the strength of opposing offenses faced. and it ranked fourth-worst against the pass in particular. The 34.2 total EPA below average (i.e., they allowed the equivalent of 34.2 more points through the air than the average defense would have) Green Bay’s pass D yielded against the Titans and Redskins in Weeks 10 and 11 represented the worst back-to-back performances against the pass by any team in the 2016 season.The Packers had thrived with a poor defense in the past — they went 15-1 in 2011 despite having the league’s 13th-worst defense by EPA — but that was back when Rodgers was carrying the team with historic passing numbers. Without those, there was little reason to think a Green Bay turnaround was imminent.But over the last three weeks, the Packers have rediscovered what made them perennial Super Bowl contenders. In spite of a nagging calf injury, Rodgers still has the NFL’s best Total QBR since Week 12, producing a league-best 12.6 EPA above average per game over that span. (It’s the team’s best three-game passing stretch since late in 2014.) And perhaps even more importantly, Green Bay’s defense has played far better over the past few games than it did all year long. With 6.2 EPA above average per game since Week 12, the team is having its best three-game defensive showing since the end of the 2015 season. 2016, weeks 12-143-01st30th4th26th9th 201510-618th11th8th27th12th How Green Bay turned it around SEASONRECORDPASS OFFRUSH OFFPASS DEFRUSH DEFS/T EPA PER-GAME RANKING 201412-42nd11th13th9th31st
Following a 56-17 shellacking of Rutgers on Saturday, the Ohio State football team is looking ahead to its next challenge, a night game in State College, Pa., against Penn State.The Buckeyes (5-1, 2-0) are set to play just their second true road game of the season against the Nittany Lions (4-2, 1-2). OSU coach Urban Meyer met with the media Monday to discuss the upcoming game and recap the Rutgers win.Meyer made a point to thank the OSU fans for continuing to come out in big numbers. Ohio Stadium ranks first in the country in average attendance thus far in 2014.Meyer said he was pleased with the fast start the Buckeyes got out to as they scored on their opening drive for the fourth straight game.He said senior wide receiver Evan Spencer, redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall, senior tight end Jeff Heuerman, redshirt-sophomore offensive lineman Pat Elflein and junior offensive linemen Taylor Decker and Jacoby Boren graded out as offensive champions.Meyer emphasized the play of Spencer. Added he is one of the MVPs of the team right now.Sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott was named offensive player of the game by Meyer.Despite winning Big Ten Offensive Player and Freshman of the Week, Meyer said redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett could have played better in the game against Rutgers. Barrett did not grade out as a weekly champion.Meyer named senior defensive lineman Michael Bennett, sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa, redshirt-sophomore safety Tyvis Powell, junior linebacker Joshua Perry and senior cornerback Doran Grant as defensive champions.Meyer said Grant played his best game as a Buckeye against Rutgers.Meyer said the Penn State defense stands out to him. The Nittany Lions rank first in the country in rush defense.Meyer said he has “a lot of respect for their big quarterback,” sophomore Christian Hackenberg. Hackenberg leads the Big Ten in passing yards per game.Meyer said playing at Penn State in 2012 was one of the top-five atmospheres he has played in. Added he feels much more comfortable now sending Barrett in as a starter than he would have a few weeks ago.Injury reportMeyer said Boren rolled his ankle against Rutgers, but should be ready to go against Penn State.Meyer said he does not know the status of junior linebacker Devan Bogard who sustained an injury on special teams Saturday. Bogard has missed extended time with knee injuries in the past.Defensive line coach and former Penn State assistant Larry Johnson Sr. said the status of redshirt-senior defensive lineman Rashad Frazier is still unknown for Saturday.Wide receivers coach Zach Smith said he believes sophomore H-back Dontre Wilson will be able to play against Penn State after sitting out most of the second half against Rutgers.The Buckeyes are scheduled to take on the Nittany Lions Saturday at 8 p.m.
Fekir who was on the verge of sealing a deal to Liverpool from Lyon for £53m last weekend had the deal thrashed over over concerns about his medical.However, there are indications that the Anfield bosses could revive their interest to sign him if the France international becomes available at a cheaper price. But former Liverpool winger John Barnes believes supporters should not be concerned if Klopp abandons his interest.“If they feel that there is a medical issue then they shouldn’t [sign him],” Barnes, speaking on behalf of Bonus Code Bets, told DailyStar.“Liverpool have to do what they think is right and Jurgen Klopp has to make those decisions.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…“Obviously, we trust Jurgen Klopp and the choices he makes so if Jurgen Klopp decides not to sign him then we shouldn’t say no.“If he decides to sign him with his slight injury but it’s not an injury that’s going to stop him playing and we feel it’s worth it then I’ll back him.”One of the main priorities on Liverpool’s transfer agenda this summer is a new goalkeeper following Loris Karius’ two catastrophic errors in the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid. A mistake that pressed home the anxiety among fans and pundits that a new man was needed between the sticks.
Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has defended his decision to substitute off Carles Alena in favor of Lionel Messi during the club’s 3–1 win over Leganes.Alena impressed in middle of the park before being withdrawn for Messi shortly after Martin Braithwaite drew Leganes level at 1-1.The Barcelona supporters reacted negatively to the 21-year-old’s withdrawal, but Valverde made the change for a specific reason.Speaking in his post-match news conference, Valverde said, according to FourFourTwo:Match Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“Alena played a great match, but we thought it was a good idea to make changes at 1-1.”“[Ivan] Rakitic and Messi are used to playing together and we have opted for a turn, but that does not mean it [Alena’s performance] was not good.”“The other day the full game, Alena did not play and today he did. We have to give everyone games because they are all important.”
Mayor Pierce defended his veto throughout the evening citing the districts ability to utilize its own reserve fund balance. Pierce: “You want me to fully fund and then you want to protect your fund balance. What if we need some fund balance too?” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A number of Kenai Peninsula residents testified at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Tuesday urging the assembly to override Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce’s decision to veto $2.4 million of supplemental education funding. Pierce announced his intent to veto the additional funding in education ahead of Tuesday night’s meeting. That money had been approved by the assembly at its April 16 meeting. “It’s so disheartening and so frustrating to read that people aren’t valuing that, and it cuts me to my core.” “Just for the record, I want to say that I’m opposed to the mayor’s veto and I find it unconcinable that he would even consider this.” “Cutting funding to education just doesn’t make sense. In the long run you’re going to pay for it one way or another. Either through law enforcement, prisons, people committing crimes because they don’t have enough money. All because they didn’t get the education they deserve, that’s guaranteed under our country’s rights.” The assembly refrained from taking any action at their meeting on Tuesday, but that doesn’t mean that they won’t. The assembly would need to take action by their next meeting on May 21 in order to override the veto.