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September 21, 2020

Lukaku future up to Chelsea – agent

first_imgRomelu Lukaku’s agent believes it is too soon to tell if the striker has a future at Chelsea. Lukaku’s agent Christope Henrotay told the Evening Standard: “For the moment, Romelu belongs to Chelsea. “He has two years left on his contract. It’s going to depend on Chelsea. “After that, we’ll see together what the best options are if Chelsea decide to let him go. “That they want to bring in a big-name striker has been well-documented. “But Chelsea need lots of great strikers. And if there are too many, they’ll choose to allow Romelu to leave. “But if they think there aren’t enough forwards, perhaps Romelu will say, ‘I’m interested in prolonging the adventure’. “But it’s still too soon.” Press Associationcenter_img Lukaku, who is 21 next week, moved to Stamford Bridge from Anderlecht in August 2011 in a reported £20million deal and has spent the last two seasons on loan – at West Brom and Everton, where he has scored 17 goals this term. It emerged earlier this season that Lukaku had asked to leave Stamford Bridge permanently, resulting in Jose Mourinho compromising and sending Lukaku to Goodison Park, where he could end up on a permanent basis, depending on the wishes of Chelsea. last_img read more

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September 17, 2020

Numbers can tell the story of USC football

first_imgThree forced turnoversThough the Trojan defense has vastly improved, USC still isn’t forcing turnovers like it used to.From 2001 to 2005 (Carroll’s first five years as USC’s coach), the Trojan defense averaged 38 turnovers per season, including a phenomenal 43 during the 2003 national championship season.Over the last five seasons (2006-2010), however, USC has forced only 25.4 turnovers per year.The 2011 Trojans have caused only three turnovers through three games: Torin Harris’ game-saving interception against Minnesota, T.J. McDonald’s first-quarter fumble recovery against Utah and backup linebacker Will Andrew’s fumble recovery in the fourth quarter against Syracuse.Only 17 Football Bowl Subdivision teams have forced fewer turnovers this season. “Sellin’ the Sizzle” runs Wednesdays. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or email Jonathan at [email protected] 33Robert Woods has garnered national attention for his early-season exploits, and for good reason: his 33 receptions lead the nation and are the most ever for a USC receiver over three games.It’s what Woods has been doing away from the ball, however, that has really drawn praise from coach Lane Kiffin.Following his 17-catch, 177-yard, three-touchdown game in the opener against Minnesota, Woods has faced a constant stream of double teams against Utah and Syracuse.“Robert’s still playing really well even though his numbers aren’t the same as they were in the opener,” Kiffin said following Saturday’s win over Syracuse. “That’s where you see [tight end] Randall Telfer run wide open down the middle of the field because Robert’s out there and there goes the safety over the top to Robert and that leaves Randall open.” 16 points per gameFollowing a subpar 2010 campaign in which the Trojans gave up 26.7 points per game, their highest mark since 2000, USC coaches knew the defense needed to tighten up considerably.Defensive mastermind Monte Kiffin tweaked his Tampa-2 scheme in the offseason to allow his players to read and react quicker to opposing offenses, rather than having to take the time to think through complex scenarios while the ball is in play.The results so far have been substantial, with USC giving up 16 points per game, more than 10 points per game fewer than last season.The revamped defense will face its toughest test yet Saturday night in the Arizona desert. Arizona State comes into the game averaging 457 yards of offense per contest, ranked 25th in the country. A number is worth a thousand words.Not any old, run-of-the-mill digit, mind you: It has to be a telling number, an insightful statistic that gets to the heart of the matter.As evidenced in the new movie Moneyball, statistics are an integral part of the modern sports landscape and, when properly studied and applied, can improve a team’s chances of winning on the field.Though not to the same extent as baseball, football is also a numbers game.The sample size is still very small, but three games into the 2011 season some numbers tell a very interesting story about USC football. One in Colley MatrixUSC fans, like those of any other school, have done their fair share of complaining in the past about BCS computer rankings.With the Trojans ineligible for the postseason again this year, USC isn’t included in the weekly BCS rankings that combine six computer ranking systems with the Coaches’ Poll and the Harris Interactive Poll.That doesn’t stop the computers from ranking the Trojans, however, and USC is the No. 1 team in the country this week, according to the Colley Matrix. Jeff Sagarin’s respected computer rankings have USC at No. 2 behind Alabama.So, despite close-call victories over Minnesota and Utah, and a No. 23 ranking in the Associated Press poll, two systems reliant solely on numbers have pronounced USC the best college football team in the nation.No one said statistics don’t have their limit. 69,322USC’s average attendance in its first three home games of the season is the lowest it has been since 57,744 fans showed up per week to the Coliseum in 2001.Back then, Pete Carroll was in his first season as the Trojans’ head coach and quarterback Carson Palmer was a year away from winning USC’s fifth Heisman Trophy.Granted, Minnesota, Utah and Syracuse aren’t exactly marquee opponents.Traditional rivals Arizona, Stanford, Washington and UCLA are still left on the home schedule and the final average attendance number is expected to climb into the low to mid 70,000s.Attendance, however, has fallen in each of the last four seasons, from a record high of 91,480 in 2006 to 79,907 last year.Despite no NFL team in Los Angeles, the Lakers looking like they will be locked out for some time and the Dodgers out of playoff contention since June, USC still hasn’t been able to fill the Coliseum during one of the most barren sporting times in recent memory for the majority of Angelenos.last_img read more

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August 31, 2020

Better to create bridges than build walls

first_imgLast Saturday, Nov. 18, former Jamaican Prime Minister Percival James Patterson addressed a large audience of Jamaicans and friends at the Lasco Chin Foundation Inaugural Benefit at the Miramar Cultural Center, In  praising Jamaican businessman Lascelles Chin’s for his l initiative in creating the Foundation, and thanking the Diaspora for its outreach to Jamaica, Patterson said, “It is better to create bridges than build walls.” Successful Jamaican country boyIn his address the former prime minister focused on the need for assistance to develop Jamaica through its youth,  hailing Chin as a Jamaican “country boy who has prospered and determined to give back, to empower vulnerable youth in our island home.”Indicating that 45 percent of Jamaica’s population is comprised of young people 24 years-old and under, Patterson said “We need to recognise children and youth as active agents of future growth and development. Not  just as passive recipients of assistance. This is necessary, to break the vicious cycle of generational poverty while preventing the spread of social dysfunction in families and communities, societal disorder, crime and violent behaviour.”Wealth in human resources Patterson said he has long held the view that the real wealth of Jamaica lies in its human resources.  “Our people are our most valuable asset. Our youth are our future who we cherish and equip as the main source of our growth and prosperity…..(but in) Jamaica, there is mounting concern as to how we treat our children.”He referred to Chin ad himself growing up in poverty in Jamaica; in Manchester and Hanover respectively. Although the communities had poor children who didn’t go to school regularly, and walking barefoot “they were never brutalized, murdered and sexually abused as today.”  Too many youth are victims of crime“Too many of our youth have now become victims and vulnerable to crime, drug addiction, social conditions where they live; and to exploitation by the negative propensity for bleaching.“We have to insist on positive social values and the attitudes which will build a healthy and educated population, caring for its environment in a just, secure and equitable society.”The former PM urged Jamaicans at home and abroad to change this mindset and encourage hard work, honesty, persistence, enterprise, gratitude, peace, unity, self-respect, among the youth. “We have to promote the entrepreneurial mind,” he said..In this context Patterson again hailed Chin and for  creating the Lasco Chin Foundation.Hails Lasco Chin Foundation initiative “Such initiatives are so vital,” Patterson said. “That the Lasco Chin Foundation has made the mission of implementing sustainable social and economic intervention for youth in Jamaica, its central objective is both timely and commendable.  It is seeking to help us attain the primary objectives of any society: producing vibrant, productive people whose education, training and socialisation prepare them to be responsible citizens; capable of good wholesome human interactions and who add value to national economic output. I commend the Foundation’s Founder and Chairman for the vision and courage to embark on this critical initiative that is vital to the very survival of our Jamaican youth and indeed our nation itself.”Appeal to Jamaican DiasporaPatterson encouraged the Diaspora to support this project of incalculable value. “By supporting this vital initiative, we are supporting the progress and development of  our people and our entire country.” He said Jamaica needs the Diaspora continuing support in building the “human Stock” through skill training to transform the youth into trained professionals. “Especially among members of the Diaspora, strategic partnership/collaboration is essential for long-term success.”Praising the Diaspora for making “a sterling contribution” to the advancement of Jamaica, Paterson said “It is better to create bridges than to build walls.”Along with guest of honor, Lascells chin, other guests at the gala including Jamaican Consul General Oliver Mair, and Mayor of Miramar Wayne Messam. The master of ceremonies was Leo Gillings.last_img read more

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August 14, 2020

Wellington Police notes: Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013

first_imgWellington Police notes for Wednesday, December 11, 2013,•12:53 p.m. Officers took report of found property, in the 1100 block of N. A.•7:01 p.m. Officers investigated suspicious activity in the 400 block of N. Woodlawn.•9:20 p.m. Ryan E. Sipes, 20, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with operating a motor vehicle with suspended drivers license and defective turn signal lamp.last_img

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September 17, 2019

East County Chamber announces endorsement of Proposition 6 repealing the gas tax

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics Tags: Decision 2018 FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, October 23, 2018 East County Chamber announces endorsement of Proposition 6; repealing the gas tax KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce Tuesday announced its support for Proposition 6, which would repeal California’s gas tax, among a suite of endorsements for local races and state propositions.Proposition 6 would repeal the state’s 12-cent tax on unleaded fuel — which rises to 19.5 cents per gallon in 2020 — and 20-cent tax on diesel fuel. State officials say the assessments raise about $5 billion per year to fund repairs and improvements to transportation infrastructure. Former San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio is the chairman of the Yes on 6 campaign.“The Chamber’s vision is to provide leadership to improve business competitiveness, and these local East County candidates strongly fulfill our criteria,” said chamber CEO Eric Lund.The chamber took “yes” positions on propositions 5, 6 and 11 while urging voters to reject Proposition 10, which would repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, allowing local governments to enforce rent control on any kind of rental housing. Proposition 5 would allow homebuyers older than 55 to transfer property tax assessments to a new home and Proposition 11 would allow emergency services to mandate that ambulance workers remain on-call during their meal and rest breaks.“We are supporting state propositions that would cut taxes and reduce red tape on small businesses,” Lund said. “Meanwhile, we are opposing a state proposition that would restrict personal freedoms and increase costs for taxpayers.”In addition to the group’s support of the gas tax repeal effort, the chamber endorsed nine candidates for local government seats: El Cajon mayoral candidate Bill Wells, Lemon Grove City Council candidate Jerry Jones, El Cajon City Council candidate Gary Kendrick, Santee City Council candidates Ronn Hall, Laura Koval and Rob McNelis, La Mesa City Council candidates Guy McWhirter and Bill Baber,and Helix Water District Board of Directors candidate Dan McMillan. All except Koval are incumbents.The 650-member organization represents businesses in eastern San Diego County, including the cities of El Cajon, La Mesa, Lemon Grove and Santee. Posted: October 23, 2018last_img read more

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September 14, 2019

Elle Publisher Rebrands Corporate Name Logo

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August 31, 2019

A day of students and the scribe

first_imgThe occasion was graced by the presence of Hindi fiction author, Prem Pal Sharma and Manas Ranjan Mahapatra, editor at the National Book Trust of India, who was instrumental in the publication of the translations of Cheng’s book. Cheng was accompanied R Sangitha and Kusha Grover, students, in an enrapturing rendition of Water in all three languages. Following was an exciting and energetic interaction ever witnessed by the young learners of Ahlcon. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The author spoke to the students about his passion and motivation for writing. Cheng shared, ‘I started reading as soon as I could hold a book and began my writing career by writing on the walls at the age of three’. He is influenced by the utopian world of Narnia created by C.S. Lewis, his favourite author.When asked his opinion about the moral lessons he wishes to teach the children, Cheng said ‘I doesn’t start writing with a didactic in mind. Instead, I simply write what occurs to me at the time.’ In conversation with the Principal Ashok Pandey, Cheng lamented one possible reason for the children, shunning books and reading is that their parents don’t read themselves. The bookWater conveys the message to value this resource and endeavour to save it.last_img read more

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Fashion wear created by Liluah home inmates hits the ramp

first_imgOn Wednesday, Kolkata witnessed the unveiling of a unique brand, Bongali. It is a handmade clothes and accessories line made by the inmates of the Liluah home for deserted and destitute children under the guidance of the internationally acclaimed fashion designer, Bibi Russel.The logo of Bongali has been conceptualized and created by the Chief Minister of Bengal, Mamata Banerjee. It is a joint initiative of the Department of Women and Child Development and Social Welfare and the West Bengal Commission for Protection of Child Rights. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfInterestingly, several looms in the Liluah home were lying idle till Bibi Russel started the project in April 2017. The MOS(IC) of the Department of Women and Child Development and Social Welfare, Shashi Panja and WCPCR invited Russel to revive and use the looms. She has been training the inmates for a year and this is expected to help them in their future lives too. A variety of textile products and accessories has been fashioned by the inmates and the girls walked on the ramp in front of an august gathering on Wednesday evening. Says MLA of Liluah Vaishali Dalmia, “It gave them a sense of purpose and variety. Life can be monotonous in any home. All of them said that they were happy to have made something of aesthetic and commercial value”. A unique programme, the evening saw eminent guests like Tollywood hero Prosenjit Chatterjee and Indrani Halder. Dalmia and Panja were also present on the occasion.last_img read more

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