10 months agoREVEALED: Woodward sacked Mourinho over threats of four Man Utd players

first_imgREVEALED: Woodward sacked Mourinho over threats of four Man Utd playersby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United management were facing a players’ revolt before sacking Jose Mourinho, it has been claimed.The Mirror says up to four members of the squad threatened executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward they would turn in transfer requests if Mourinho was still in charge during next month’s winter window.It’s understood that Woodward decided to act as he was genuinely concerned about some of the Old Trafford giants’ leading names trying to force their way out of the club.Mourinho was axed on Tuesday morning less than 48 hours after a 3-1 defeat at Liverpool that left United a staggering 19 points adrift of their bitter rivals, who top the Premier League table.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has replaced Mourinho on an interim basis until the end of the season. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more



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Here’s An Adorable Photo Of Sam Ponder’s Daughter Teaching Lee Corso How To Use An IPad

first_imgLee Corso seen with Sam Ponder's daughter.scout ponder teaches lee corsoWith college football just around the corner, it looks like ESPN’s College GameDay cast and crew are starting to meet up to get ready for the 2016 campaign. Sam Ponder, one of the show’s co-hosts, posted an absolutely adorable photo from the group’s meet-up today.Yep, that’s analyst Lee Corso with Scout Ponder – Sam’s two-year-old daughter. Scout is teaching the 80-year-old Corso how to use an iPad. Enjoy:last_img



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EOW books Amrapali builders its officials in fraud case

first_imgNew Delhi: The Economic and Offences Wing (EOW) of Delhi Police has registered a case against Amrapali and it’s officials for cheating.Additional Commissioner of Police (EOW) Suvashis Choudhary said that a case was registered on the complaint of Anurag Sahay. “The promoters of Amrapali Group had launched its project identified as “Crystal Homes” in Silicon City Sector 76, Noida in the year 2013 for 2, 3 and 4 BHK,” police said. Police further added that the complainant alleged that several promises were made at the time of booking. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderIt was claimed that the project is a part of Amrapali Silicon City will be equipped with all modern amenities and facilities. The completion of the project was fixed for 48 months from the signing of the agreement. Police further added that upon this impression the complainant had booked a flat after completing all the requisite formalities including the execution of Builder buyer agreement. But the company failed to fulfil their commitment and till date, only structural construction has not been completed. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsTo extract money from the buyer, the accused directors/persons of the company hatched a conspiracy and collected the amount through Mission Completion scheme and subvention scheme . Based on pre-registration enquiry and contents of the complaint, prima facie an offence under sections 409/ 406/420/120 IPC is made out. Man held for fraud A 56-year-old man was arrested for fraud by EOW. Police identified the accused Pawan Kumar Verma. Addl CP Suvashis Choudhary said he was arrested for the allegations of inducing the general public to give money in the name of loan to be returned at the exorbitant rate of interest against postdated cheques as security. He was running a jewellery shop at Vasant Kunj.last_img read more



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Norwegian technology employs artificial magma to stifle Alberta gas well leaks

first_imgCALGARY – New technologies employing brute force as well as artificial volcanic action are being developed to better seal thousands of inactive oil and gas wells in Canada that are leaking methane, a greenhouse gas with an outsized impact on global warming.The technology is advancing as federal and provincial governments embrace new goals to cut fugitive methane gas emissions that the industry concedes are difficult to measure, much less control.A Norwegian company is working in B.C. and Alberta with a technology that creates a pool of volcano-inspired “artificial magma” underground to plug wells by melting and fusing the steel pipe with surrounding rock.Michael Skjold said he came up with the idea to use thermite — a metal-chemical powder that burns at around 3,000 C — to seal oil and gas wells about eight years ago. It has advanced from backyard testing to a full-scale commercial test program to plug oil and gas wells.“The reaction lasts for maybe two or three minutes and then it acts like magma that’s erupting from a volcano. A small man-made volcano. Very controllable,” said the innovation and business development manager for Interwell Norway AS during an interview in Calgary.“Actually, we’ve used the volcano as inspiration because … we are creating something very similar to igneous rock and basalt formations.”Thermite has been used for decades in exothermic bonding, a welding technique used to join railway track segments together by melting the steel ends. It’s considered safe to handle and store because it requires a substantial amount of electrical energy for ignition.The Interwell technology was targeted at Norway’s offshore oil and gas industry but Skjold said Alberta’s inventory of nearly half a million wells, compared with Norway’s cumulative total of about 5,000 wells, convinced the company to focus on Canada instead.The leaking well problem is also better known in Alberta than in Norway because it is more visible, he said, pointing out it’s hard to tell whether wells hundreds of metres deep in the cold and stormy North Sea might be leaking small amounts of natural gas.Interwell has tested its technology on four Alberta wells and one in B.C. for producers Shell Canada, Imperial Oil and Canlin Energy in the past 18 months and plans to test eight to 10 more this year. Skjold said the testing has been successful so far, but the next tests will be performed on “problem wells,” where standard plugs have failed.Most wells in Alberta that no longer produce profitable volumes are plugged with a cast-iron-and-rubber plug inside the steel casing and sealed by pouring cement on top, said Will Butler, lead, regulatory efficiency, for the Alberta Energy Regulator’s oil and gas operations group.If a leak develops outside the casing, the standard fix is called “perf and squeeze,” where the casing is perforated from within and cement squeezed through the holes to make a better seal with the surrounding rock.He said perf and squeeze is successful on the first attempt about half of the time, but often needs to be repeated, which adds to the cost.Skjold said the Interwell technology is probably too expensive to compete on simple well plugs, but can likely be cost-competitive with perf and squeeze and similar methods.The problem with cement is that it tends to shrink and pull away from the metal casing over time — wells that are sealed today may still leak in the future, said Dale Kunz, president of Winterhawk Well Abandonment Ltd.The private Calgary company is developing a tool that can be lowered into a well and then expanded with enough force to make the steel casing bulge outwards to create a tighter seal with the surrounding rock.He said natural gas can leak from oil wells, too, because producers often drill through gas-bearing rock to reach deeper oil-bearing formations. The shallower gas formations are normally sealed off with cement while the oil is produced but that cement seal can also deteriorate over time.Between 80,000 and 100,000 of Alberta’s wells are inactive — in other words, no longer producing but not yet permanently abandoned and reclaimed — said Butler.He said 10 to 12 per cent are probably leaking at least some natural gas.“We know there are many, many hundreds if not thousands of wells that the industry doesn’t realize are leaking,” he said.“They’ve been abandoned previously in the past, maybe decades ago, but not to the standards of today and they may be leaking again … Industry is of the mindset this is no longer their issue. But it is.”Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.last_img read more



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Aurora Cannabis to spin off US holdings to publicly traded Australis Capital

first_imgEDMONTON – Aurora Cannabis Inc. is planning to spin off its Australis Capital subsidiary as a separate entity that would focus primarily on investing in the U.S. cannabis and real estate sectors.The spin-off will be achieved by distributing shares and warrants of the new company — to be listed on the Canadian Security Exchange.“The fragmented U.S. cannabis market has many innovative and successful operators that struggle to access growth capital,” said Aurora CEO Terry Booth in a statement. “This creates exciting and attractively priced opportunities for the well-connected and knowledgeable team at Australis to capitalize on… While regulatory requirements vary greatly from state to state, Australis are well prepared to navigate this landscape.”Recreational and medicinal pot is legal in several U.S. states but remains an illegal Schedule 1 drug under federal law, resulting in a hazy legal environment that has complicated things for Canadian companies looking to expand their footprint south of the border.Last fall, Canada’s biggest exchange operator TMX Group said that federal law takes precedence over state laws, and Canadian marijuana companies with exposure to the U.S. market could face delisting. Prior to this clarification, many pot companies had largely focused on markets outside of the U.S. or listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange, which is less risk-averse.Since then, some Canadian pot companies have shifted to exchanges other than the Toronto Stock Exchange or reduced their U.S. exposure.Licensed producer Aphria Inc. had aggressively pursued a U.S. expansion strategy, but earlier this year it was looking to reduce its direct investments in the U.S. The Leamington, Ont.-based company’s recent moves include a deal announced in February to sell part of its stake in U.S.-focused marijuana company Liberty Health Sciences, which is listed on the CSE.Meanwhile, in January, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded an Obama-era memo that suggested that the federal government would not intervene in states where marijuana is legal, though U.S. President Donald Trump later gave Colorado senator assurances that the recission would not impact its legal pot industry. Still, other American politicians are warming up to cannabis, with New York governor Andrew Cuomo creating a task force to consider whether or not to propose legalizing marijuana for recreational use.Australis is applying to list its shares and warrants on the CSE, Aurora said Wednesday.“Recent changes in U.S. federal positioning with respect to cannabis have positively impacted the perception of risk to invest in U.S. cannabis assets,” the Edmonton-based company said in a statement. “This has further incentivized capital market participants to seek opportunities to fund U.S. based operations.”Aurora shareholders who reside in Canada will receive the shares at no cost to them while non-resident shareholders of Aurora will receive cash, net of withholding taxes, instead of equity in Australis.Australis intends to issue 75 million shares at 20 cents each through a private placement for gross proceeds of $15 million.Australis also receives $500,000 from Aurora, as advance payment for warrants to buy Australis stock for up to 10 years.Companies in this story: (TSX:ACB, TSX:APH)last_img read more



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Initial public offerings scheduled to debut next week

first_imgNEW YORK — The following is a list of initial public offerings planned for the coming week. Sources include IPO ETF manager Renaissance Capital, and SEC filings.Week of Dec. 17.Uranium Trading Corp – El Segundo, Calif., 4.5 million shares, priced $10-$12, managed by B. Riley FBR. Proposed NYSE American: UTC. Business: Newly-formed vehicle investing in the civil uranium market.The Associated Presslast_img



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Traders will teach BJP a lesson in upcoming polls: J P Aggarwal

first_imgFour-time MP in Lok Sabha and one-time in Rajya Sabha, Jai Prakash Aggarwal has again been fielded by the Congress from Chandani Chowk Parliamenatry Seat. Aggarwal thrice represented Chandni Chowk in 1984, 1989 and 1996 while he represented North-east Trans-Yamuna parliamentary Constituency in 2009. In an exclusive interview with Roushan Ali, Aggarwal said that traders will teach BJP and its sitting MP a lesson in the upcoming Lok Sabha poll. Excerpts: Do you feel any Modi wave or under-current wave in Walled City areas? There is not any sort of wave in our constituency, rather anti-incumbency is in very high-level due to three big challenges such as demonetisation, GST and commercial sealing. Traders will teach BJP sitting MP HarshVardhan a lesson in this seat as he did not help the traders. Do you consider now a triangular contest in your seat? Not at all, both the BJP and the AAP candidates are far behind me in political race, because Chandni Chowk is hub of business, where demonetisation had already hit the en masse traders hard with the shortage of money. The sealing of thousands of shops in Delhi has made the lives of thousands families of traders miserable. But when the issue of sealing surfaced in 2006, Congress led UPA government had brought 170 amendments to the master plan, built 2,700 roads, and 22 areas were declared industrial hubs which generated massive employment. Do you feel nationalism could be big poll theme this election? Present Modi government is complete failure as their promises made just before 2014 elections such as jobs, 100 smart cities, start-up and stand-up India scheme and infrastructural development. India is passing through a major crisis such as jobs, farmers’ distress and intolerance in society. People think that AAP candidate Pankaj Gupta may damage Congress’ vote banks. Is it so? I don’t feel so, because AAP candidate Gupta is completely a fresher and unknown face in this constituency. Both BJP at Centre and AAP in the national have been involved in cat fights but they never really thought about the welfare of the business class and people. Chandni Chowk seat has huge Muslim voters but the Congress doest not have any MLA. The Congress does not believe in communal polarisation and BJP could also not get in polarisation on the basis of communal line. Congress does not have any MLA while AAP has nine MLAs and Muslim face as minister. There is a talk that AAP candidate Pankaj Gupta may get extra edge. What you think? It is hardly a matter because the parliamentary election is always different from Assembly polls. AAP is still not considered a serious player.last_img read more



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More Saints Bounty Drama Player Admits To Lying About

Ex-Saint Anthony HargroveThe New Orleans Saints bounty program drama just will not end. It is a reality show gone bad (like most of them). In the latest episode, a report was released Tuesday that said one of the suspended players, Anthony Hargrove, now with Green Bay, said he was told to deny knowledge of such a system when interviewed by NFL investigators in 2010.Hargrove, according to the sworn statement acquired by the Associated Press, claimed the alleged order came from assistant coaches Joe Vitt and Gregg Williams. Williams has been suspended indefinitely for his role as the ring leader of the pay-for-injury program and Vitt is the interim head coach because Sean Payton was docked for the upcoming season as part of the NFL’s punishment. Meanwhile, Vitt will be benched for half half of the season.Mary Jo White, a former US Attorney hired by the NFL to review the investigation said that Hargrove’s statement “acknowledges the nature of the program and his participation in it, and, which is really the thrust of the declaration, that he was told to lie about it, and he did when he was asked about it in 2010 by the NFL investigators.”Vitt issued a vehement denial of Hargrove’s statement, saying, “At no time did I ever tell Anthony Hargrove to lie or deny the existence (of the alleged bounty program),” he told the The Times-Picayune newspaper. “He can say whatever he wants to say. It just didn’t happen.”Hargrove, now with the Green Bay Packers, was one of four members of the 2010 Saints suspended last in relation to the bounty investigation, and is slated to miss the first half of the regular season in 2012. In the NFL’s initial statement regarding the suspensions the league said “actively obstructed the league’s 2010 investigation into the program by being untruthful to investigators.”The statement has become a point of contention between the NFL Players Association and the NFL in the aftermath of the investigation, as the players begin their appeals process. The NFLPA maintains the position that while Hargrove states that he was told to lie, he has not admitted to lying to investigators. For the players, admitting to obstructing the NFL’s investigation would mean certain death for any chance at an appeal. read more



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Can The US Women Keep Up Their European Conquest

After the U.S. women’s national team ousted Spain, four days before perhaps the most anticipated match in the history of the Women’s World Cup, Megan Rapinoe told reporters that she hoped the upcoming quarterfinal against host France would be a “total s—show circus” of a spectacle. It would become one because Rapinoe made it one.Even before a 2-1 U.S. win Friday against France, the outspoken, expressive sparkplug of a midfielder had taken over this World Cup with her dominant play and her candid comments. She ensured that the U.S. outlasted its biggest threat in a game that lived up to the billing, complete with early fireworks, officiating controversy and late drama. Entering this tournament, the storyline was that the rest of the world — especially European powers — had made up ground against the U.S. since the Americans won in 2015. So far, that has played out, entering the U.S. semifinal Tuesday against England.The past two World Cup finals featured the U.S. and Japan, both of which knocked out European teams in the semifinals in 2011 and 2015. But this year, Italy, Sweden and Norway pulled upsets of China, Canada and Australia, respectively. The Netherlands beat Japan, France took down Brazil, and suddenly Europe produced a record seven of the eight quarterfinalists in this tournament. Not since 1995 had the continent managed even five of the final eight.England won’t make it easy on the U.S. The Three Lionesses are undefeated in this World Cup, with group-stage victories against Scotland, Japan and Argentina and 3-0 shutouts of Cameroon in the round of 16 and Norway in the quarterfinals. They, like many of the European squads, are fielding their strongest team of any Women’s World Cup at this tournament, according to ESPN’s Soccer Power Index. They failed to qualify for three of the first four World Cups but have reached at least the quarterfinals four straight times, the semifinals twice.A goals-per-game average of 2.2 puts England at second in this World Cup behind the U.S., and Phil Neville’s squad has conceded the fewest goals in the tournament (one). England ranks second in expected goals per 90 minutes with 2.46, in large part because it completes passes at a tournament-best clip of 80.9 percent.Still, FiveThirtyEight’s model gives the Americans a 67 percent chance of beating England and a 48 percent chance of repeating as champions. Their advantage comes from skilled talents like Rapinoe, whose finishing ability gave the U.S. an edge in an otherwise evenly matched game Friday.Europe’s improvements were never clearer than in Friday’s showdown. In fact, FiveThirtyEight contributor Michael Caley’s expected goal map after the game indicated that France had an advantage, with 1.3 expected goals to 1.0 for the Americans. The French peppered the U.S. with 20 shot attempts, but in the end, just five ended up on target. The Americans, meanwhile, placed eight of their 10 attempts on goal (and could have pulled ahead 3-0 if not for a close offside call against Crystal Dunn). They even lost the possession battle1France had 60 percent possession to 40 percent for the U.S. for the first time since a friendly against Spain in January, a span of 14 matches. But they are the defending champions for a reason, and they are moving on.The Americans have long embraced an attack-minded style of play built by the firepower on their front line. Youth development programs and college squads have stocked the national team with goal scorers, and the U.S. leads the World Cup in not just goals but chances (15.2) and expected goals (3.31) per 90 minutes. Rapinoe and Morgan are two of the four co-leaders for the Golden Boot award. After the U.S. lost in penalty kicks against Sweden in the 2016 Olympic quarterfinals, coach Jill Ellis doubled down on aggressiveness, switching to a 4-3-3 to move the team’s best finishers into scoring position. That leaves Rapinoe, Morgan and Tobin Heath up top, with 2015 star Carli Lloyd still available off the bench.The interest in offensive pressure trickles down the roster. On Ellis’s top lineup, both outside backs — Dunn and Kelley O’Hara — are former forwards and winners of college soccer’s player of the year award. Dunn plays mostly midfield outside of the national team, and O’Hara was as a forward at Stanford. Ellis called Dunn “the most versatile player I’ve ever coached,” which indicates the coach’s strategy: Find the best, most versatile players, and then put them in the right positions.Dunn, for instance, said she did not have much preparation at a new position before the World Cup. “I really got a phone call just saying, ‘Hey, you know, tomorrow’s game, I’d want you to step in and be an outside back. I’m trusting that you can do that and I know that you can,’” she told Forbes in May. “And you know, that’s all really that I needed.”Since then, she has become one of the team’s breakout players, proving critical Friday as she quelled the French attack and possessed the ball in the final minutes. “I try not to overthink,” Dunn told reporters after the group-stage finale against Sweden. “I just think of myself as a footballer. I’m just playing and trying to impact the game from a different angle of the field.” Ellis receives plenty of questions about deploying players out of position, but the result, so far, has been a terrifying arsenal of two center backs and eight players who are threats to score or create at any moment.Europe will keep coming for the U.S., as Spain showed in the round of 16. The Spaniards are young, improving and skilled with the ball. They played in just their second World Cup this year, and yet they advanced to the knockout stage and tested the U.S. before losing, 2-1. The Americans’ next test was even trickier, though the sharper team prevailed. “That is the most intense match I have ever been a part of,” Ellis told reporters afterward, and it certainly won’t be the last. read more



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Model Talk New Predictions For A Brave New NBA World

More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed FiveThirtyEight Since the NBA never stops, we’re proud to announce that our projection model for the 2019-2020 season has formally launched! Nate Silver joins to discuss how the model is assessing the NBA, which new metrics are still in development and what our model suggests about the upcoming season.The British Open begins on Thursday, with Northern Ireland’s own Rory McIlroy heading into the tournament as the favorite. We’ll break down his chances of success in this final installment of the PGA season.Our Rabbit Hole this week dives into the dramatic tiebreakers that decided the winners of both the 2019 Cricket World Cup and Wimbledon men’s final. Sticky wickets, indeed!What we’re looking at this week:Our 2019-2020 NBA model is up!Narratives to keep an eye on heading into the British Open.The unprecedented ending to the Cricket World Cup, explained. Embed Code read more



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