Auburn’s defensive backfield is getting some experience reinforcement, courtesy of the MAC. Marshall Taylor, a standout cornerback from Miami (OH), graduates this spring, and will be eligible to play right away for the Tigers in 2016. Taylor confirmed the commitment to Auburn to AL.com earlier this week:“I’m excited. Auburn’s been to two national championships in the last five years, not a lot of programs can say that… I just believe in what Coach (Gus) Mazlahn and the whole staff has going on. They have a really good team and I’m just trying to come in and be another piece to the puzzle.”Louisville held a slight edge for Taylor prior to his visit to Auburn. He has canceled his planned official visits to Michigan State and Florida.“I’m done,” he said. “I’m a Tiger. I’m done.” The Miami Student has more on Taylor’s career with the RedHawks.The 6-foot-2, 199-pound corner was a standout during his freshman year at Miami. He led all freshmen with 40 tackles and started five of the 11 games in which he played.He redshirted the next year, but started all 12 games of the 2014 season alongside current Green Bay Packers cornerback Quinten Rollins. He totaled 30 tackles, one interception and nine pass breakups.Last season, he played in 11 games, starting 10. He totaled 39 tackles and two interceptions, including a pick-six against Akron University. He had a collegiate career-high nine tackles against University of Wisconsin early in the season.Taylor’s Twitter account is private, but he’s already changed his profile picture and bio to reflect his new football home.Taylor is a Georgia native. He’ll have a chance to play in his home state for the first time as a college athlete on November 12, when the Tigers travel to face UGA.[AL.com]
Six hundred and fifty high-school students across the island are to benefit from a $100-million Hospitality and Tourism Management Programme (HTMP) this year, which will see them gaining internationally recognised certification in the industry. It will provide participants with broad-based learning on the tasks, knowledge and skills required to build a career within the hospitality and tourism industry. A joint initiative between the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, and the Ministry of Tourism, the programme is being facilitated under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Six hundred and fifty high-school students across the island are to benefit from a $100-million Hospitality and Tourism Management Programme (HTMP) this year, which will see them gaining internationally recognised certification in the industry.To be rolled out in 30 high schools in mid-September, the intense two-year programme will be offered to students in grades 11, 12 and 13, free of cost.It will provide participants with broad-based learning on the tasks, knowledge and skills required to build a career within the hospitality and tourism industry.A joint initiative between the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, and the Ministry of Tourism, the programme is being facilitated under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).The MOU was signed by portfolio Minister in the Education Ministry, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, and Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, during a ceremony at Jamaica House on Wednesday (July 11).Minister Reid said he endorsed the initiative, noting that it is timely and consistent with the Ministry’s overall plans for the education and training sector.He said it is specifically aligned with the Ministry’s ‘K-13’ strategy, which seeks to ensure that the education system reaches students from conception to age 18.Senator Reid further noted that the programme is also important in preparing students to be adequately trained for the nuances of the industry.In his remarks, Minister Bartlett said the programme will result in a fully trained, highly efficient workforce that can provide the best experience for visitors.“There is nothing that makes a destination more appealing than (high levels of service). We seek to build the capacity of our human resources, because tourism is all about people and building people for creative exposure,” he said.The HTMP is offered by the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI), as part of its suite of programmes aimed at high-school students. It was developed by industry experts and members of the American Hotel and Lodging Association as the official industry-recognised curriculum to prepare students for roles in hotels and the hotel industry at large and beyond.The 30 teachers who will be delivering the programme content for the courses will be specially trained to do so. They will participate in the AHLEI’s Certified Hospitality Instructor (CHI) training programme in August. This will also involve participation of teachers from 15 colleges.Graduates of this programme will gain an Associate Degree in Customer Service; AHLEI Certification; National Vocational Qualification of Jamaica (NVQ-J) level 4 Certification; and Customer Service Industry Association recognition.The programme will also include internships, facility tours and the completion of academic and practical tasks in class and online. Story Highlights
TORONTO — Ontario Premier Doug Ford says the closure of the General Motors plant in Oshawa, Ont., is “done” and there’s nothing the government can do to change the automaker’s plan.Ford says he asked GM in a phone call on Sunday whether there was anything the province could do to keep the plant open, and was told it could not.He says instead, the province will immediately bolster unemployment insurance and retraining measures to help the nearly 3,000 workers who will lose their jobs.The Oshawa plant is one of five in North America that the automaker plans to shut down as it restructures to cut costs and focus more on autonomous and electric vehicles.The union representing the Oshawa auto workers says it will put up what it calls “the fight of our lives” to keep the plant open and save thousands of jobs.Ford says the province will extend employment insurance coverage from 45 weeks to 50 weeks to all regions affected by the Oshawa plant closure.The Canadian Press
NEW DELHI: Delhi AAP convenor Gopal Rai on Monday held a meeting with the volunteers, MLA and the MP candidate of Lok Sabha Balbir Singh Jakhar from West Delhi to plan the Lok Sabha campaign strategy. The party leaders from all the assembly constituencies which come under West Delhi were present in the meeting. The West Delhi is the only seat for the AAP where the AAP could not start much of ground-level campaign as the earlier Lok Sabha prabhari resigned for health issues. “The party will strengthen the ground level work and the candidate has a strong base in the are which will be helpful for us. The party has noted all the major issues from the area and we will start working on the issues,” said a leader.The AAP on Sunday declared its last candidate in Delhi for the Lok Sabha polls, with a senior leader saying the announcement was made seeing the Congress’s “irresponsible and indecisive” attitude towards an alliance. Balbir Singh Jakhar will be the Aam Aadmi Party’s candidate for the West Delhi parliamentary seat.
New Delhi: Indian shuttlers expectedly dominated the qualifying round at the India Open with eight singles and 10 doubles pairs from the country securing berths in the main draw here on Tuesday. As many as 13 shuttlers were from India out of 16 in the men’s singles qualifiers, where Rahul Yadav Chittaboina, Siddharath Thakur, Kartik Jindal and Kartikey Gulshan Kumar made it to the main draw. World No. 257 Jindal hardly broke a sweat in dismissing the 365th Pavel Kotsarenko in the first round. He was then made to work hard by the spirited Sarath Dunna, who had knocked out Yehezkiel Fritz Mainaky, 21-9, 17-21, 21-16 in his opening round. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhDunna showed the same resolve against Jindal before going down 12-21, 23-21, 19-21 in a tight contest that lasted 53 minutes. “I feel delighted qualifying for the main draw but need to recover from today’s play for tomorrow’s match against Khosit Phetpradab from Thailand,” the 20-year-old Jindal said. Chittaboina recorded a 21-14, 21-15 victory over Anant Shivam Jindal to qualify for the main draw. Thakur was equally impressive in his 21-6, 21-13 win over Gurpartap Singh Dhaliwal and was joined by Kartikey Gulshan Kumar. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterIn women’s singles, Ritika Thaker, Prashi Joshi, Riya Mookerjee, and Vaidehi Choudhari progressed out of the eight qualifiers, which featured six Indians. While Thaker will face eighth seed Mia Blichfeldt, Joshi and Choudhari have tough opponents in the form of third seed He Bingjiao and seventh seed Han Yue respectively. Pranaav Jerry Chopra, one-half of India’s mixed doubles pair of N Sikki Reddy, had an easy outing alongside Shivam Sharma in the men’s doubles qualifying round where all eight pairs were Indians. The duo needed just 19 minutes to prevail over Vikas Chauhan and Sandeep Choudhary 21-10, 21-5. In women’s doubles, Megha Morchana Bora and Manali Sinha staved off a stiff resistance from Anamika Kashyap and Sanghamitra Saikia to register a 24-22, 21-13 win. In mixed doubles, Aparna Balan and Mohamed Muanis went down to the experienced Hong Kong pair of Tang Chun Man and NG Tsz Yau. On Wednesday, 2017 champion PV Sindhu will start her campaign against compatriot Mugdha Agrey, while 2015 winner Kidambi Srikanth meets the tricky Wong Wing Ki Vincent in the opening round and fifth seed Sameer Verma has Rasmus Gemke of Denmark as his first round opponent. Key results: Rahul Yadav Chittaboina (IND) bt Anant Shivam Jindal (IND) 21-14, 21-15; Siddharath Thakur (IND) bt Gurpratap Singh Dhaliwal (IND) 21-6, 21-13; Kartik Jindal (IND) bt Sarath Dunna (IND) 21-12, 21-23, 21-19; Pranaav Jerry Chopra (IND)/Shivam Sharma (IND) bt Vikas Chauhan (IND)/Sandeep Chaudhary (IND) 21-10, 21-5; Megha Morchana Bora (IND) /Manali Sinha (IND) bt Anamika Kashyap (IND)/Sanghamitra Saikia (IND) 24-22, 21-13.
New Delhi: Auto majors Maruti Suzuki India, Hyundai and Mahindra & Mahindra reported single digit sales growth in the financial year ended March 31, as slowdown hit passenger vehicles demand for almost nine months of the year. Honda Cars India and Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) also reported single digit growth during the last fiscal.The country’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) despite selling a total of 18,62,449 units in 2018-19, its highest ever sales in a year, posted a growth of only 4.7 per cent from 17,79,574 units in 2017-18. The company missed its own revised forecast of 8 per cent for the fiscal. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalIn December last year, MSI had cut its sales projection for 2018-19 to 8 per cent from an earlier projection of a double-digit growth. However, in FY2018-19 the company posted its highest ever sales in the domestic market with 17,53,700 units, up 6.1 per cent from 16,53,500 units in 2017-18. Hyundai Motor India reported 2.5 per cent increase in total sales at 7,07,348 units in 2018-19 as compared with 6,90,184 units in 2017-18. The company’s domestic sales rose by 1.7 per cent to 5,45,243 units as compared with 5,36,241 units in 2017-18. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”We closed the financial year 2018-19 on a positive note with a growth of 1.7 per cent and highest ever domestic volume meeting and exceeding our customer aspirations,” Hyundai Motor India National Sales Head Vikas Jain said. Utility vehicles major Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) reported 2 per cent increase in passenger vehicle sales to 2,54,701 units as compared with 2,49,505 units in 2017-18. Overall, the company closed the last fiscal with robust double digit growth of 11 per cent, despite strong headwinds faced by Indian automotive industry this year, M&M President Rajan Wadhera said. “This growth has been supported by our three new product launches which have been well received in the market,” he added. Honda Cars India posted sales of 1,83,787 units in 2018-19, up 8 per cent as compared with 1,70,026 units in 2017-18. “Strong sales efforts from the dealers and company during the prevailing tough market scenario resulted in this growth rate, which is ahead of the industry,” HCIL Senior VP and Director-Sales and Marketing Rajesh Goel said. One of the growth drivers for the company was the all new Amaze, he added. HCIL said it also exported a total of 4,794 units during 2018-19. Similarly, Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) reported 7 per cent increase in domestic sales at 1,50,525 units for 2018-19 from 1,40,645 units in 2017-18. “Innova Crysta and Fortuner have been maintaining the growth trajectory and continue to be leaders in the segment,” TKM Deputy Managing Director N Raja said. In the two wheeler segment, the country’s largest two wheeler maker Hero MotoCorp reported sales of 78,20,745 units during the fiscal ended March 31, 2019. It had sold 75,87,130 units in 2017-18. Suzuki Motorcycle India Pvt Ltd said it sold 7,47,506 units in the financial year ended March 31, its highest ever yearly sales in India, posting a growth of more than 30 per cent over 5,74,711 units in the previous fiscal.
Kolkata: Campaign in four Assembly constituencies where by-election will be held on May 19, came to an end on Friday afternoon. By-election in Nowda and Kandi Assembly seats will be held on May 20.The seats at Bhatpara, Islampur, Darjeeling and Habibpur (ST) seats fell vacant as the MLAs who had been elected from these seats in 2016 are contesting in the Lok Sabha polls. Bhatpara Assembly seat under Barrackpore Lok Sabha seat has drawn maximum attention where Madan Mitra of Trinamool Congress is contesting against Pawan Singh of BJP. The seat fell vacant after Arjun Singh, former Trinamool Congress MLA left the party and to contest on BJP ticket in the Lok Sabha poll. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaMitra won the by-election from Bishnupur (West) seat in 2009. In 2011, when Mamata Banerjee came to power, he was elected from Kamarhati and became the Transport minister in Banerjee’s Cabinet. He got involved in multi-crore Sarada scam and resigned. He lost the Assembly election in 2016. Mitra is confident about his victory. Binay Tamang is contesting as a Gorkha Jana Murti Morcha from Darjeeling Assembly seat. The seat fell vacant after Amar Singh Rai went on to contest as a Trinamool candidate in the Lok Sabha election. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAbdul Karim Chowdhury of Trinamool is contesting in the by election from Islampur seat that falls under Raigunj Lok Sabha seat. MLA Kanaia Lal Agarwal is contesting in the Lok Sabha from Raigung seat. Amal Kishku of Trinamool is contesting from Habibpur (ST) seat. The by-election in Nowda and Kandi Assembly seats will be held on May 20. The MLA from Nowda in Murshidabad district, Abu Taher Khan is contesting in Lok Sabha seat. Apurba Sarkar who was the MLA from Kandi is contesting against his mentor Adhir Chowdhury in Berhampur seat.
New Delhi: In a brave effort, the Police Control Room (PCR) unit of Delhi Police rescued two persons trapped in burning car near Dilshad Garden.According to police, the staff of PCR MPV of Shahdara Zone on the intervening night of May 18-19, the PCR MPV staff consisting of I/C ASI Rishi Kumar, gunman ASI Naresh Kumar and driver constable Surender received a call that two persons are entrapped in a burning car. “Two persons were trapped in the burning car and struggling to come out. Without wasting time, the MPV staff immediately broke the window glass of the car and pulled out both persons trapped inside the car,” said DCP PCR. Saving accident victim On the intervening night of May 18-19, the PCR MPV staff consisting of HC Rakesh women constables Billa, Raveena and constable Ghanshyam noticed that two persons were coming from Shadipur flyover and going towards Moti Nagar, riding on a motorcycle. In the meantime, one Hyundai Creta Car (white colour) came from behind at high speed, driven rashly and negligently by the driver and hit the motorcycle near front gate No. 1 Moment Mall. The MPV staff alerted the other MPVs by flashing a QST regarding the offending vehicle. They also rushed to the aid of both the injured identified as Vishal and Prakash and admitted them to Acharya Bhikshu Hospital. They also caught an offending vehicle. Saved snatching victim On the intervening night of May 18/19 SI. Shyam Lal and ASI Gajender Singh were performing their duty on PCR MPV. They noticed that one scooty borne assailant and a girl were scuffling. The accused was trying to snatch the mobile from thegirl and she was struggling to foil his attempt. The PCR Staff apprehend the scooty borne accused, identified as Sahil and save the victim. PCR caught robber: On the intervening night of May 18/19 the PCR MPV staff received a PCR call of robbery at C-Block in Mansoravar Garden. The PCR staff noticed that public persons were chasing three boys. On seeing the PCR van, the boys changed their direction and started running in another direction. The PCR staff succeeded to apprehend one of the suspects identified as Vikas.
Before the World Cup began, FiveThirtyEight’s projections, which are based on ESPN’s Soccer Power Index (SPI), were higher for teams from South America and lower for teams from Europe than other ratings systems’.So far, that’s looked like a reasonably sharp assessment. And if we extend the analysis from continents to hemispheres — with teams from North America and South America in one group, and those from Europe, Africa and Asia in the other — it looks like we may even have underestimated teams from the Americas.First, let’s look at the results by continental confederation. The table below evaluates each confederation’s results so far and compares them with the FiveThirtyEight/SPI forecast before the tournament. It includes results through Friday afternoon’s game between Costa Rica and Italy, and excludes games (such as the France-Switzerland match that I’m watching now) between teams from the same confederation.Before the tournament, our projections expected South American teams to have compiled 5.7 wins, 2.0 losses and 2.3 draws through this point in the World Cup. In fact, their record is 7-2-1. Not a huge difference, but the South American teams have more than held up their side of the bargain.Teams from Europe, by contrast, are 5-6-2 in games played against other confederations, compared with an expected record of 5.1 wins, 4.6 losses and 3.3 draws. Pretty close, although a pinch worse than expected.It’s teams from North America’s CONCACAF federation, instead, that have produced the largest discrepancy. They’re 4-1-1 so far, much better than their meager expected record of 1.4 wins, 3.1 losses and 1.5 draws. Meanwhile, teams from Asia and Africa, although not expected to be much good, are struggling with a combined record of just 1-8-4 so far.A still more striking result comes when you combine the continents into hemispheres (counting Europe along with Asia and Africa in one hemisphere and the Americas in another). In inter-hemisphere matches so far, the Americas have 10 wins against just two losses. The rest of the world has the opposite record: 2-10-0.What accounts for the differences? The least sexy explanation might be luck: We’re not talking about all that large a sample of matches. We’ll have to see whether the pattern holds through the rest of the tournament.But travel distance could also play a role. The FiveThirtyEight match projections include a very modest adjustment for east-to-west travel distance (north-to-south distance seems to matter much less, perhaps because it doesn’t produce as much jet lag). The adjustment is calibrated based on the results of highly competitive soccer matches since 2006. However, there’s evidence that the home-continent advantage had been higher in the past. No European team has ever won a World Cup played in the Americas.It’s also possible that the effect has something to do with the stadium atmosphere. Teams such as Chile and Colombia have received raucous support in their matches so far; in the game I attended at Estádio do Maracana in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday, perhaps 90 percent of the crowd was pulling for the Chileans. Because partisan crowds seem to affect officiating decisions in soccer, that could mean these teams are getting a bit more slack from the officials. Chile, for example, spent much of the second half of its win against Spain lying on the pitch with exaggerated injuries but received no sanction for time-wasting.A final theory might be that teams from the Americas are fresher. The major European leagues just completed play in mid-May after beginning their season last August. Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, for example, played in 51 matches for Real Madrid since the start of last summer, including the Champions League final a few weeks ago. The best teams from the Americas, like Brazil and Argentina, also have plenty of stars in the major European leagues. But others, such as Costa Rica and Mexico, are less reliant on such players. That could serve to mitigate the talent advantage that the European teams might have and reward the countries with disciplined and tactical team play.
Diogo Dalot’s expected transfer to Manchester United is set to progress this week with the full-back expected to undergo his medical, reports Sky SportsThe 19-year-old has been identified by Jose Mourinho as a potential long-term replacement for captain Antonio Valencia.It is understood that United have agreed on an undisclosed fee with FC Porto for Dalot, who has a release clause of €20m in his current contract.The Portugal Under-21 international has mainly been utilised by head coach Sérgio Conceição as a left-back for Porto since making his debut back in October.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…The 19-year-old also featured for the Primeira Liga champions in their goalless draw against Liverpool in the return leg of their last-16 tie in the Champions League in March, which they lost 5-0 on aggregate.Dalot is a product for Porto’s youth academy and won the U17 European championship with Portugal in 2016.Meanwhile, Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred is expected to complete a £50m transfer soon after having his medical on Monday.