The Sun and Daily Mirror both pick up on comments by Anton Ferdinand, who was part of the West Ham team that avoided the drop by winning at Manchester United in 2007.Ferdinand’s QPR side are massive underdogs ahead of their Easter Sunday trip to Old Trafford, but the defender believes that they too can cause an upset.He said: “One of the highlights of my career was going there with West Ham and beating them to stay in the Premier League.“It was fantastic. We defended for our lives – not many people keep a clean sheet there, let alone win the game. Results like that show it can be done.“When it comes to a relegation battle, it is not about form, it’s about mentality. As long as we keep it tight at the back, there’s no reason why we can’t unlock their defence at the other end.”Click here for the Man Utd v QPR quiz – can you score more than 7/10?Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
17 June 2014 South Africa will face England for the IRB Junior World Championship title at Eden Park in Auckland on Friday after a tough 32-25 win over the hosts, New Zealand, in the semi-finals on Sunday. The English thrashed Ireland 42-15 in their semi-final. The Junior Springboks’ victory was their second over New Zealand in the tournament, and, as had been the case in their first clash, they had to come from behind to defeat the Baby Blacks. Dawie Theron’s charges had dominated the first showdown up front and it became clear from the start that the Kiwis were intent on moving the big South African pack around the field to avoid a forward-dominated battle. It worked for a while.Opening try New Zealand went ahead early with a try to hooker Hame Faiva, although there was more than a hint of a forward pass when he received the ball. South African skipper Handre Pollard, however, brought his team back into the contest by intercepting a pass and racing through to score next to the uprights. After a controversial yellow card was handed to Baby Bok centre Andre Esterhuizen, the New Zealanders extended their lead and went into the break 15-10 ahead. South Africa’s forwards, though, began to take charge in the second half and with that control came three more tries as the Junior Springboks ran in four tries to three to clinch the win and a place in the final. With the scores level at 25-25, the victory was clinched just two minutes from time when hooker Corniel Els was driven over the Kiwis’ tryline from a lineout. Pollard, who became the all-time leading points’ scorer in the Junior World Cup history, added an excellent conversion from wide on the left to put the seal on a hard-fought win.‘Like a proper test match’ “It was like a proper test match out there,” South Africa’s coach Dawie Theron said after the game. “It was full of tension, drama and excitement and I’m immensely proud of the boys. “We kept our composure and I knew we were always in the game despite going behind at halftime and twice again in the second half. He added: “Credit must go the players. They showed huge fighting spirit and great composure to close out the game like that. Their composure can be attributed to what we do in training. During our sessions we keep the intensity high and always put them under pressure, because that is what you have to do to win games such as these.‘Handre Pollard was outstanding’ Theron also praised Pollard, saying: “Handre Pollard was outstanding with his leadership and he led by example with his play. His intercept try in the first half was no fluke. That was the result of pressure.” IRB Junior Player of the Year The South Africa skipper, who first played in the IRB Junior World Championships as a schoolboy, was on Tuesday named as one of the four finalists for the IRB Junior Player of the Year, along with England’s Nathan Earle, Ireland’s Garry Ringrose and Tevita Li of New Zealand. The public may vote on the shortlist on IRB Junior World Championships on Facebook. The results of the public poll will be considered, along with the original votes, when finalising the winner. “We started too slow, but that was due to the pressure from them,” Pollard said of his team’s victory over New Zealand. “We clawed our way back after they made all the play for most of the first half, and at five points behind at halftime I knew we could do it if we could manage to do a bit more with the ball.”
In a fresh salvo at the Trinamool Congress government in West Bengal, Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar has said there is a “policy paralysis” in the State’s higher education system, and that he is not consulted in the affairs of universities despite being the chancellor.Mr. Dhankhar also said that a “black hole” exists in the West Bengal’s higher education Ministry in terms of communication with him. The Governor said he was “pained” at not being consulted over the recent appointment of the vice-chancellor of Sanskrit College and University in the city.“In the ministry of higher education, there is a black hole in terms of communication with the chancellor. There is a policy paralysis and I am worried about it. I am doing everything under the sun to see that the education scenario in the universities improves,” Mr. Dhankhar told PTI in an interview.Mr. Dhankhar has been at loggerheads with the State government on a number of issues since assuming charge in July.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants are bringing back Steve Spagnuolo as defensive coordinator.Spagnuolo was hired Jan. 15, returning to the team he helped win the 2007 NFL championship. New York also hired Tim Walton as secondary/cornerbacks coach.The 55-year-old Spagnuolo, a 34-year coaching veteran who had a failed stint as head coach of the Rams, was a defensive assistant in Baltimore the past two seasons. He replaces Perry Fewell on coach Tom Coughlin’s staff.“This is both new and familiar at the same time,” Spagnuolo said. “I was hoping to take the next step, God willing, and be a coordinator again. I’m ecstatic that it’s with Tom Coughlin. Tom is the highest character guy I know.“The feeling I have is one of excitement. We’re going to work our butts off, and hopefully we will do great things together.”They did before.Hired by the Giants on Jan. 22, 2007 after eight years with the Philadelphia Eagles, Spagnuolo’s first unit at the Meadowlands led the NFL with 53 sacks. The Giants went on the road to win three playoff games, then stunned the unbeaten Patriots in the Super Bowl, allowing an average of 16.3 points per game in that postseason.“That really was a special time,” Spagnuolo said.In 2008, the Giants’ defense allowed 294 points, 57 fewer than the previous season. That helped Spagnuolo get the head coaching job in St. Louis, where he went 10-28.In 2012, he joined the Saints as defensive coordinator, but that was the year of the bounty scandal, with coach Sean Payton suspended.After that season, Spagnuolo went to the Ravens. Now he is back with the Giants.“Steve has so much enthusiasm in front of the room,” Coughlin said. “His defense has changed since he was last here. He worked in Baltimore with John Harbaugh and Dean Pees, and they are outstanding defensive coaches. He has studied defenses. Steve visited colleges and talked to college coaches, including Urban Meyer to learn how to defend the spread offenses that have become so popular.”Walton, 43, will replace Peter Giunta. Walton was the Rams’ defensive coordinator in 2013. He is entering his 20th season in coaching.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Amid protests by the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP), left parties and the Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi blew the poll bugle in Andhra Pradesh on Sunday.The political temperature soared in the state which is scheduled to go for elections along with the Lok Sabha polls this year. Addressing a rally in Guntur, PM Modi launched a blistering attack on Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu who was until last year, was an important ally of the BJP-led NDA government.Referring to Naidu’s previous comment on him being senior in politics, PM Modi said: “Yes, you are senior but in changing your political partners. You are senior in leaving one group and joining the other.”The PM claimed that in the past 55 months, his government has established at least 10 central institutes likes IIT, IIM and AIIMS in the state, and also provided adequate funds which the Naidu government has misused.”He [Naidu] says I am bad on wealth creation. Yes, I am as I don’t create wealth for myself like you wanted to create in Amravati and Polavaram projects. He is against me as I stopped him doing irregularities as a Chowkidar of this country,” said PM Modi.The PM also took a dig at the TDP chief’s minister son Nara Lokesh saying that Chandrababu Naidu instead of making Andhra Pradesh a ‘Sunrise State’ busy insuring his ‘Son’ rise.Taking exception to the prime minister addressing him as father of Lokesh, Naidu launched a counter-offensive by dragging PM Modi’s wife into the row. Naidu said “I am being personal because you [Modi] attacked me personally. The PM brought triple talaq but he can’t answer questions on those subjects in his personal life.”advertisementResponding to PM Modi targeting his son Nara Lokesh, Naidu said: “I am proud of being Lokesh dad, Devansh’s grandfather and Bhuvaneswari’s husband and always promote family values, whereas Modi has no family and is unable to appreciate those aspects.”The chief minister also continued his outburst at the prime minister, accusing him of ruining the country and all the systems.Naidu, who had earlier welcomed demonetisation when it was announced on November 8, 2016, now called it a mad Tughlaq act.They scrapped Rs 1000 currency note but brought in Rs 2000 note. How will corruption end, he asked.The TDP had quit the NDA in March last year protesting against the injustice done to the state post-bifurcation.NAIDU PROTEST TODAYNaidu will stage a protest against the Centre in Delhi on Monday. The chief minister, along with ministers, MLAs, MLCs and TDP MPs, will stage Deeksha at the Andhra Pradesh Bhavan in the national capital seeking special category status to the state and fulfilment of state bifurcation assurances.The TDP chief will observe fast from 8 am today and submit a memorandum to the President on February 12.Several leaders of different political parties including the Congress, AAP chief and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, NCP president Sharad Pawar and former J&K chief minister Farooq Abdullah are likely to attend the protest and express their solidarity with Naidu.As PM Modi failed to mention about the long pending demand of Andhra People on according special category status to AP and fulfilment of state bifurcation assurances during his visit to Guntur today, people expressed their ire against the Modi government.Thousands of people thronged the main roads of Vijayawada and Guntur from the airport and staged protests sporting black dresses and empty black pots. People were also seen waving placards of Modi go back.READ | Modi a mistake, go back Modi: Posters, hashtags go viral ahead of PM’s Andhra visitALSO READ | Chandrababu Naidu to spend Rs 60 lakh on hotels for TDP supporters during Delhi protestWATCH | Modi’s Mission South: Can BJP breach the southern frontier?
Leicester defender Ben Chilwell: Why I rejected Liverpool at 17by Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City defender Ben Chilwell admits turning down Liverpool as a teenager.And the England international insists he has no regrets.”I was 17 at the time. My agent looked at it all by talking to Liverpool and Leicester about the situation,” Chilwell told Sky Sports.”At that time I was breaking through the U21 team at Leicester, so I was just focused on getting in there and moving on to the first team here.”I certainly have no regrets. Looking back at how the past four, five years have gone with eight starts for England, I am very pleased.”Leicester was the right place for me at the time and the older players have helped me a lot. The staff has kept me to the ground, so I certainly have no regrets.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
(THE CANADIAN PRESS) CALGARY, A.B. – Imperial Oil Ltd. says it will go ahead with its $2.6-billion Aspen oilsands project.Construction will begin this year, with the project expected to start up in 2022.The Aspen project, located about 45 kilometres northeast of Fort McMurray, Alta., is expected to produce about 75,000 barrels of bitumen per day. It will use new oilsands recovery technology designed to lower the intensity of greenhouse gas emissions and water use.Imperial says the technology is estimated to reduce the intensity and water use by up to 25 percent, compared with traditional steam-assisted technology.“We do not take investment decisions lightly, particularly in these challenging times,” Rich Kruger, Imperial chairman, president and chief executive, said in a statement.“This is the right technology at the right time to make a competitive investment. We have made the decision to proceed now because we believe this advanced technology will further the evolution of Imperial’s oilsands business.”Imperial noted the project has the potential for the further development of up to another 75,000 barrels per day of production, depending on a number of factors, including project performance and overall business and market conditions.The Aspen project is expected to create about 700 jobs during peak construction and more than 200 jobs during operations.
New Delhi: In 104 days, the National Capital has witnessed more than 1,400 heinous cases including rape, murder, dacoity. The Delhi Police said that they have solved as many as 1,212 cases during the period.Police sources told Millennium Post that in the recent crime review meeting, the Delhi Police Commissioner reviewed the overall situation of cases in 15 districts. The police data till April 14 revealed that around 286 heinous cases were not solved. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles”As many as 167 heinous cases were reported in North East Delhi. The district solved 139 cases,” said police sources. The Outer Delhi witnessed 142 cases in which 106 were cracked whereas 133 heinous crime reported from South Delhi. The district solved 120 cases. As many as 117 heinous cases took place in Shahdara district whereas 82 cases were worked out. In North West Delhi, 114 cases reported whereas 94 were solved. The South East Delhi witnessed 113 crime, the district cracked 89 cases. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarSources further claimed that in newly-formed Outer North district, around 108 cases took places. As many as 87 cases were solved. In Dwarka, 100 heinous crimes took place whereas 81 were solved. In West Delhi, 98 heinous cases reported in which 86 per cent of cases solved. As many as 99 cases reported from East Delhi. The district solved 79 cases. In South West Delhi, as many as 72 cases reported and 61 were solved. In Central Delhi~ 66 heinous cases, North Delhi~60 and New Delhi~15 cases were reported. “The Central Delhi solved 58 cases, North district cracked 50 and New Delhi worked out 12 cases,” sources further added. According to Delhi Police, the critical criminogenic factors in Delhi area socioeconomic disparities and high influx of migrant population, proximity in the location of colonies of the affluent and the underprivileged, urban anonymity encouraging deviant behaviour, loosening of social structures and family control. Demographic complexities, impulsive anger and rage, extended hinterland in the NCR region and porous borders offering easy means of ingress/escape to criminal elements from across the borders. Police further added that to curb crime picket, checking and patrolling with strategic deployment decided by senior formations with the element of surprise and after careful selection of crime-prone hot-spots. Ensuring higher visibility of police on the streets is another factor to curb crime in the city. According to police, the social churning is quite evident in the crime scenes of the capital. The Delhi Police has been closely monitoring the ever-changing modus operandi being adopted by criminals and adapting itself to meet these new challenges head-on.
While death could be a pain-free event, people are most worried about loved ones being in pain or frightened in the final hours or minutes of life, says a poll that suggests most people know nothing about dying. One third of the public opted not to answer questions about end of life, suggesting that topic remains taboo for some, said the survey. About 60 per cent of the people feel they know little or nothing about the final hours of life, showed the survey of around 1,000 British adults. “It is striking that six in 10 people feel they know very little or nothing about what happens to a person at the end of life, despite half of people having been with someone when they died,” said Robert Lechler, President of the Academy of Medical Sciences in Britain. “Not knowing what may happen to a loved one as they die can exacerbate fears at the hardest times of our life. It may also mean that people struggle to think clearly about how best to fulfil the wishes of a dying family member or friend, let alone know what to ask doctors and nurses,” Lechler said. One third of the public opted not to answer questions about end of life, suggesting that the topic remains taboo for some, said the survey released recently. The poll also revealed that those who know at least a little about what happens at the end of life are as likely to get their information about what happens at the end of life from documentaries as they are from medical professionals. Interestingly, information from films, dramas and soaps (16 per cent) also falls in the top five sources of information.
One of the most interesting statistical nuggets I ran into while researching a piece about NHL goalies was the improvement in leaguewide goaltending over the past 30 years. It hasn’t just been a small improvement — the league’s save-percentage leaders during the 1980s and early 1990s put up statistics that would rate below-average in recent seasons.Here’s the league’s average save percentage since the 1983-84 season, when the NHL began tracking shots against:Save percentage rapidly increased during the so-called dead-puck era of the 1990s and early 2000s. It’s no coincidence that over that period, the NHL’s rate of scoring also dropped sharply. A lot of fans blame strategies such as the neutral-zone trap and left-wing lock for triggering the dead-puck era, but more of the blame belongs to better goalies.As for why goalies are so much better now, well, that’s a subject of much debate in hockey circles. One of the most popular explanations is that the sheer size of goaltending equipment has exploded since the 1980s. That’s hard to argue when you look at how pads have grown over time. But since pad size first became a talking point in the mid-to-late 1990s, the league has gone to some lengths (no pun intended) to police the dimensions of puck-stopping technology — and it’s had scarcely any effect on save percentages.Instead, I think a bigger reason save percentages improved so sharply in the 1990s was a dramatic change in the goaltending techniques being employed.During the 1980s, the prevailing style was still the so-called stand-up method, in which a goalie largely remains upright on his skates while making saves, using his stick and skates to stop low shots. In the middle of the decade, though, goaltending phenom Patrick Roy made his NHL debut. Emboldened by recent advances in arm and chest protectors, Roy used a different technique — the “butterfly” — wherein the goaltender drops to his knees to make saves, effectively sealing off most shooting targets along the bottom third of the net.Using the butterfly, Roy was sensational — he backstopped the Montreal Canadiens to the Stanley Cup as a 20-year-old in 1986 — and it wasn’t long before the butterfly style spread throughout the league. The effect was profound. Stand-up goalies who were the mainstays of the mid-1980s were almost completely phased out of the game within a decade, replaced by a younger generation who used the butterfly or at least a hybrid technique featuring butterfly elements.In retrospect, this seems like an obvious tactic — it’s a goaltending truism that the majority of goals are scored on shots at or near ice level — but older equipment made dropping low a dangerous proposition. Once falling to the ice became safer, goalies no longer had to rely purely on reflexes, instead being able to stop a greater percentage of low shots on technique alone. It’s no surprise that save percentages skyrocketed when one of the most common subsets of shots suddenly became much tougher.One final note: Watch the Wayne Gretzky highlight reel below and pay particular attention to the goalies in the early portion of the video, when the Great One was with the Edmonton Oilers.Compared with today’s game, you can really see the difference in goaltending technique (notice how many of the goalies tried to stop Gretzky’s shots without dropping to the ice). Modern goalies are more athletic and mobile, and, yes, their pads are plainly bigger. But they’re also using a style much more grounded in the probabilities of where pucks are shot.