Earlier this week, five-star outside linebacker recruit Lyndell Wilson, who 247 Sports has ranked as the top player in the state of Alabama, announced his top seven teams on Twitter. USC was among the programs, and it looks like the Trojans are trying to take full advantage.Saturday, Lyndell tweeted out a photo of a dozen business cards he claims he was given by USC. The cards read that Wilson is the President and CEO of his own company, Lyndell Mack Wilson Inc. It’s a recruiting tactic we haven’t yet seen before.Wilson deleted the tweet shortly after posting it. We’re not sure if that means it’s potentially some sort of NCAA violation, or if he just didn’t want his address circulating the Internet. Ironically, under NCAA rules, Wilson can’t start a company and profit off of his likeness until he leaves school. Still, this is pretty cool.
JAS has decided that there needs to be a rejuvenated praedial larceny prevention programme Story Highlights JAS to lobby for agricultural wardens to be appointed to assist the police Praedial larceny costs the agricultural sector $5 billion to $6 billion annually The Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) will be lobbying for agricultural wardens to be appointed to assist the police in fighting the scourge of praedial larceny.JAS President, Senator Norman Grant, informed that this was one of the recommendations of the entity’s board of management to tackle this pervasive issue, which costs the agricultural sector $5 billion to $6 billion annually.“We think that there needs to be a special squad that needs to be identified, whose role and responsibility, in addition to the general policing responsibility, is to execute in a very decisive way, the whole issue of preventing this crime, because it is stopping the sector from growing,” Senator Grant said.He was speaking at a ceremony on Wednesday, September 4, to officially present the winners of the competitions for the 2013 Denbigh Agricultural Industrial and Food Show, at the JAS head office in Kingston.Senator Grant informed that the board of the JAS has decided that there needs to be a rejuvenated praedial larceny prevention programme.“To that extent, we are going to be reviewing the distribution of the receipt books….What we need to do, is to look at how we can enforce the law and the JAS will be seeing how we can review a strategy to get our receipt books out there,” he said.Mr. Grant further noted that the JAS is hoping to stage a praedial larceny prevention summit to “discuss this issue and to see how we can really identify the enemy and really get him out, so we can produce more of the food that we need to consume in Jamaica”.The concept of the “farmerhood watch” is yet another initiative that the JAS is looking at in its bid to tackle the issue of praedial larceny and to deal with who Mr. Grant claims are “farm terrorists”.“We are advancing the theory that every JAS branch should become a “farmerhood watch”. We launched one in Springhill, Portland about three months ago, there is one in Rock River Clarendon, and we think that we certainly need to do different things to outsmart the praedial thieves,” Senator Grant said.In the meantime, the winners of the competitions for the Denbigh Agricultural Food Show include: National Woman Champion Farmer, and past member of the JAS board, Maria Azan; JAS Sir Arthur Farquharson Young Champion Farmer, Nicholas Powell; JAS Sir Arthur Farquharson Champion Farmer, and National Greenhouse Champion Farmer, Lester Murray; and National Farm Queen, Nordia Lewin.In addition, the Rudolph Burke Trophy and the Percival Broderick Snr Trophy went to Clarendon. The Senator Norman Grant Commercial Exhibitor Trophy was awarded to Jonathon Swire of Delta Supply Co. Ltd, while the Champion Cattle Farmer is Dr. Karl Wellington of YS Farms.The 2013 Denbigh Industrial, Agricultural and Food Show was held from August 4 to August 7 under the theme: ‘Eat What You Grow…Grow What You Eat’.
New Delhi: As the 2019 fiscal nears its end, the Finance Ministry’s fiscal managers say the revised deficit target of 3.4 per cent is under control even as the government is braving to bear shortfalls in both direct and indirect taxes by lowering ‘non essential’ expenditures. Sources in the Ministry said that any shortfall in revenues is being met by cutting non-essential expenditure, suggesting that despite the forthcoming elections, the government will not slip on its fiscal commitment. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalFor the fiscal, the disinvestment proceeds exceeded the target at Rs 85,000 crore with successful completion of IPOs, share buybacks, offer for sale as well as ETFs. The final tax figures, both direct and indirect, are yet to come. “The fiscal deficit target of 3.4 per cent of GDP will be met… Any additional outgo on account of subsidies, be it food, oil or fertiliser and extra payout, will be met through budgetary resources and there may be some pushover to the next fiscal but these are not major,” the sources said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe yields on the benchmark 10-year bond is still tracking at 7.4 per cent, indicating the market also sees fiscal control. The sources added that the Finance Ministry had asked the financial advisors of various ministries to stick to their budgeted expenditures estimates and not seek any additional allocation. Subsequently, North Block had advised a cut in non-essential non-plan expenditure for all ministries and departments. The government may just meet the revised fiscal deficit target set at 3.4 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP) for the current financial year (FY2018-19), they said. “There may be a shortfall of about Rs 40,000 crore in indirect tax collections, mainly on account of GST, while direct tax collection may also fall short by around Rs 70,000 crore,” a source said. The government’s mop-up target for direct tax collection during the current fiscal as per the revised estimate is pegged at Rs 12 lakh crore. On the other hand, the indirect tax collection target for the current fiscal was revised to Rs 11.47 lakh crore from Rs 13.71 lakh crore budgeted initially. “Fiscal deficit target would be met as a shortfall in indirect tax collection would be compensated by lower government expenditure,” said Finance Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg, who is also the Secretary of Department of Economic Affairs. The budgeted fiscal deficit target was 3.3 per cent of GDP at the beginning of 2018-19 and was later revised to 3.4 per cent of GDP while preparing the interim budget, mainly because of an expectation of higher payout on basis of the direct income scheme for farmers. The fiscal deficit at the end of January stood at Rs 7.7 lakh crore, or 121 per cent of the revised estimate of Rs 6.3 lakh crore as total expenditure overshot revenue receipts, according to from the comptroller general of accounts. In the H2 of current fiscal, the government had cut borrowings by Rs 70,000 crore.
New Delhi: The Congress on Monday released the list of candidates on six out of the seven parliamentary constituencies in Delhi for the May 12 Lok Sabha polls, signalling a non pre-poll alliance with the national capital’s ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). The three-time former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit will contest from the North East Delhi seat, while former Delhi Congress Chief Ajay Maken will contest from New Delhi, said a letter by Mukul Wasnik, General Secretary of the All India Congress Committee (AICC). Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder Dikshit will be facing the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Delhi chief Manoj Tiwari and the AAP’s Dilip Pandey. Senior Congress leaders and also former presidents of the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) J.P. Agarwal (Chandni Chowk) and Arvinder Singh Lovely (East Delhi) are also in the list. Rajesh Lilothia, former MLA and the Working President of DPCC will be the party’s face from North West Delhi, while Mahabal Mishra will contest from the West Delhi seat. The party however, is yet to finalise a candidate for the South Delhi seat. For weeks, alliance talks between the AAP and the Congress were on, although the former had listed out its candidates for all the seven seats last month. The two parties wanted to join hands in order to defeat the BJP, who won all the seven seats in Delhi in 2014 elections.
Balurghat: The department of District Land and Land Reforms of South Dinajpur organised a blood donation camp at Balurghat collectorate office on Thursday.A source said this was for the first time a state-run department extended helping hands to end the crisis at the blood banks of the district hospital. About 107 participants, including ADM (development) Ranjan Kumar Jha, ADM (Zilla Parishad) Kajal Kanti Saha, sub-divisional magistrate Isha Mukherjee along with all officials from Block Land and Land Reforms department took part in the programme. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaInaugurating the event, District Magistrate Dr Deepap Priya P said the concerned department wanted to deliver a message to spread awareness about blood donation. “This is a significant step because the blood banks in the district were dry as clubs and NGOs have recently not organised such programmes because of the elections. The step will encourage others to donate blood,” she said. District Land and Land Reforms officer Pranab Kumar Ghosh said: “Blood donation is a noble gesture. We thought of conducting a blood donation camp in Balurghat to meet the shortage of blood in hospitals and blood banks.” The blood units were sealed and dispatched and the volunteers and hospital staff cleaned up the venue after the campaign ended. Chief medical officer of health (South Dinajpur) Dr Sukumar Dey was present during the programme. District information and cultural officer Shantanu Chakraborty said government officers actively took part in the programme.
A homegrown WAR rate of 43 percent is well below the long-term average of 63 percent for world champs, but that number is propped up by teams that won their titles before MLB’s modern era of free agency and mass player movement. Since free agency began in 1976, the average champion got about 50 percent of its WAR from homegrown players. In comparison with the highly imported nature of the 2004 Red Sox roster, the 2016 Cubs had a pretty normal mix of developed and acquired talent.Finally, the quality of the 2016 Cubs’ position players set them apart from the 2004 Red Sox, particularly on defense. Both teams received immense contributions from their respective pitching staffs; Boston ranked 14th among champions in pitching WAR,4Per 162 games. while Chicago ranked 27th. But the Cubs’ lineup also generated the 16th-most WAR by a championship team, while the Red Sox got only the 77th-most WAR of any champion from its lineup. Some of Chicago’s impressive young position-player talent flowed from a promise Epstein made at his introductory news conference in 2011. There, Epstein declared his intention to build “a foundation of sustained success” rooted in player development, echoing a similar sentiment from early in his tenure with Boston. “We’re going to turn the Red Sox into a scouting and player development machine,” he said in 2002. Although the returns didn’t come in quickly enough for the veteran Red Sox of 2004 — only 12 percent of the team’s WAR was generated by players who began their careers in Boston, the third-lowest rate for a champ ever — Epstein’s machine did eventually produce younger, more homegrown champions in 2007 and 2013. Epstein left Boston in 2011, but his fingerprints were all over the roster that brought Boston its ’13 title. And in 2016, 43 percent of the Cubs’ WAR was generated by players who made their MLB debuts in a Chicago uniform, many of whom Epstein drafted himself. When Theo Epstein left the Boston Red Sox to become president of baseball operations for the Chicago Cubs in the fall of 2011, he told reporters he was “ready for the next big challenge.” And what a challenge it was: The Cubs were coming off of a 71-win season, without much help on the way. Famously, the team’s last pennant had come 66 years prior, and it hadn’t won a World Series in 103 years.Epstein, of course, was well acquainted with the anguish of a supposedly cursed fan base. In 2004, as general manager of the Red Sox, he’d been the architect of Boston’s first world championship in 86 years. The parallels to Chicago’s plight were obvious. But the prospect of a second Epstein miracle seemed too much to realistically expect. The 2004 Red Sox had needed one of the greatest comebacks in professional sports history to end the team’s drought — surely such lightning couldn’t strike twice, could it?It could, and did. On Wednesday night, Epstein’s Cubs did what previously had been reserved for the realm of fantasy, bringing a World Series to Chicago’s North Side for the first time in 108 years. So, having pulled off the feat twice now, how do Epstein’s two curse-breaking teams stack up?First things first: The 2016 Cubs were probably better than the 2004 Red Sox. Although the Cubs had a penchant for doing things the hard way during the playoffs, they also had one of the best couple-dozen regular seasons in MLB history. By wins above replacement (WAR),1All mentions of WAR in this story will refer to an average between the competing versions offered at Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs.com. Chicago was the seventh-best World Series winner ever; Boston ranked 41st out of the 112 all-time winners. The Cubs also just edged out the Sox, according to FiveThirtyEight’s Elo team ratings,2Using the more complete version that’s adjusted for the quality of a team’s starting rotation. ranking 29th among World Series winners versus Boston’s 32nd-place finish. (To be fair, by another measure of Elo the 2016 Cubs ranked as the 70th-best team ever, slightly behind the 64th-ranked 2004 Red Sox.)But more interesting than straight rankings is the contrast in how each team was built. The 2004 Red Sox were a veteran team, the fourth-oldest World Series winner in history.3Using an average for the team’s regular-season roster that weights according to how much each player contributed to the team’s overall record as determined by WAR. They had old hitters — 22nd-oldest among historical champs, as weighted by each player’s regular-season plate appearances — and positively ancient pitchers — No. 1 all time, in fact, weighted by regular-season innings pitched. Epstein was handed a team full of vets when he took over as Boston’s general manager after the 2002 season, and he doubled down further by adding the likes of Curt Schilling (age 37 in 2004), Keith Foulke (31), Kevin Millar (32), Bill Mueller (33) and Mike Timlin (38) via trades or free agency.Epstein’s Cubs, on the other hand, were pretty average as far as the age of championship rosters go: They ranked 52nd-youngest out of the World Series’s 112 winners. But they also had an interesting split between the average ages of their lineup and their pitching staff. In keeping with the tradition of the 2004 Red Sox, Epstein once again assembled a pretty old group of pitchers in Chicago — eighth-oldest among all champs (though a full year-and-a-half younger than Boston’s grizzled staff in ‘04). Chicago’s position players, however, ranked 11th-youngest in championship history. The mix between fresh-faced kids such as Kris Bryant (age 24) and Anthony Rizzo (26) on the hitting side and aging pitchers such as Jon Lester (32), Jake Arrieta (30) and John Lackey (37) built the foundation for one of the most interestingly constructed rosters of any champion. Much of that difference came down to defense: Those Red Sox ranked sixth-to-last in baseball by defensive runs saved in 2004, instead typifying the classic mashing-over-fielding profile carried by many of that era’s sabermetric darlings. The defensive-minded Cubs, by contrast, illustrated the evolution of today’s data-driven teams, ranking first in baseball (by a wide margin) in DRS this season.Those kinds of distinctions particularly help put Epstein’s accomplishment in perspective. As one of the first wave of young, Ivy League-educated, statistically savvy general managers, Epstein was able to reverse Boston’s curse by building what was effectively the prototypical early-sabermetric ballclub: patience and power at the plate, and power pitching on the mound. If the ball was ever put in play, you took your chances with the most adequate defense you could cobble together while still propping up your on-base percentage and slugging average. The 2004 Red Sox were one of the first teams to win with that formula, but Epstein’s 2016 champion Cubs show how much the winning equation has changed as sabermetrics has matured. Now, the value of dynamic free-swingers like Javier Baez has been rediscovered, as has the importance of defense. The secret to breaking Chicago’s curse was very different than the one that broke Boston’s hex 12 years earlier.And if Epstein ever molds another champion elsewhere, it’s a good bet that team will look different than either the ‘04 Sox or the ‘16 Cubs. Another good bet: It will probably set another prototype for subsequent teams to follow, whether they’re trying to end a championship drought or not.
For defender Ayman Ben Mohamed, the only way to redeem themselves after losing 3-0 against Al Ain in the Quarterfinals is to beat Guadalajara tomorrowTunisian club Espérance Sportif de Tunis had a disastrous first match at the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.They failed against local Emirati side Al Ain FC 3-0 and now will play for fifth place against Mexican squad Chivas de Guadalajara.“It’s a game for fifth place, we were disappointed with the last match. But this is a good game, especially for the fans,” said defender Ayman Ben Mohamed.“[Against Al Ain] it was a very difficult defeat, we expected a lot better from ourselves.”“We didn’t have a good performance overall. It was difficult to concede an early goal, and Al Ain was the better team for the game,” he added visibly perturbed by the defeat.Report: Chaos of the African Champions League final George Patchias – August 1, 2019 Teams walking off in the game, VAR breaking down and the Court of Arbitration for Sport asked to decide the result.In a report from…But Mohamed knows that a win in the FIFA Club World Cup is very important, it doesn’t matter if is only for fifth place.“We felt really disappointed, especially for the fans. To make the fans happy. Hopefully the next game we can do better.”#CWC18: For Ayman Ben Mohamed, defender of @ESTuniscom, the only way to make fans happy would be to win fifth place against @Chivas tomorrow in the @ClubWorldCups. pic.twitter.com/zyiHDHOsZw— Ronaldo.com (@ronaldocomint) December 17, 2018
Alessandro Florenzi admits Roma’s main objective for the rest of the season is to secure Champions League qualification.Roma enjoyed last season’s Champions League campaign after reaching the semi-finals and Florenzi revealed the club wants to go one better this season.“We finished 2018 with the right impression,” the right-back disclosed via Football Italia.“Now we need more continuity and positive results. We know we can and must do better. We must try to find ourselves as a group, even if the group has always been the base from where we’ve picked up again.“The group can save you from any situation, so continuing to win altogether must be our objective, also because games aren’t won alone.“The Coppa Italia could be a very important objective for Roma. We mustn’t take dreams out of our minds.Chris Smalling open to a permanent AS Roma deal Andrew Smyth – September 6, 2019 Chris Smalling can “definitely see a longer-term future” for himself at AS Roma should things work out on his loan spell from Manchester United.“Even if we know Serie A is impossible, we have another objective, which is the Champions League.“I’m not saying it’s a utopia, but it would really be a dream to retrace what we did last season and improve on it, even if it won’t be easy.“I don’t think we lack malice. Sometimes we haven’t been clinical enough. I’m not just talking about the strikers but rather everyone, myself included.“We’re lacking a bit in this regard, similar to how we’re lacking in desire to not concede goals.“I’m not just talking about the defenders but rather the whole team. These are things that we had last season and we have to find them again.”
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists injury-prone Adam Lallana still has a role to play for the Anfield side despite his fitness issues.The England international has suffered injury woes at Anfield as he only made 3 starts in all competitions last season and same number this season.Amid speculation of a possible exit, Manager Jurgen Klopp has now come out to dismiss such adding that the player still has a role to play for his side.“It’s brilliant to have him around as he can cool games down, he can be creative between the lines, he still has speed and all these things,” he said, via the Liverpool Echo as obtained by FourFourTwo.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“It’s not cool to lose him in a session, we didn’t have many training injuries this season. He stretched to get the ball and it happened. Nothing else to say about it.“Could he be in a better place mentally? Yes, if he was playing and had scored 20 goals in the last 10 games.“But everything is fine. Adam knows that we need him.”
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu confirmed that he has no doubt that Ernesto Valverde will remain at the club beyond this seasonThe 54-year-old coach enjoyed an impressive first campaign in charge of Barcelona last season with La Liga and Copa del Rey titles coming his way in record-breaking fashion.And Valverde looks set to emulate those feats this term as well with Barcelona leading La Liga at the halfway stage from Atletico Madrid by six points.But, in a recent interview, Valverde cast doubt over his long-term future at Camp Nou by suggesting he could leave at the end of this season.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).“We don’t have any doubts here that Valverde will be the Barcelona coach next season,” Bartomeu told Sport.“We will speak with him, of course, in time. That’s what we agreed. He’s a coach we have a lot of confidence in.“He’s doing a great job. He’s an intelligent person, he knows Barcelona’s system of play and he manages the games in a way which we like.”Barcelona will be back in action for Thursday’s second leg in their last-16 Copa del Rey tie with Levante where they hope to overturn a 2-1 deficit.