About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say AC Milan chief Maldini: Derby against Inter Milan always a thrillby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan chief Paolo Maldini says the derby against Inter Milan is “always a thrill”.The Derby della Madonnina is on Saturday night and finds the Rossoneri as underdogs.”It’s always a great thrill, but I must say that, thank God, the importance of this derby isn’t greater than the importance of winning something this season,” Maldini told Milan TV.“In other cities, the derby is even more important because the two teams involved have never reached higher objectives than a single match.“I’ve played in a lot of them, I think more than 50, and they were all a bit different. I didn’t play the first ones at 100 percent because the tension, at 16, 17 or 18, is rather difficult to manage.“They were more difficult than those I played at 35, 36 years old. In all these derbies, there were various emotions, but perhaps the most exciting of all were the Champions League ones: to win a semi-final played over six days, qualify for the Final and then win the cup…“They were probably the most intense ones. The difference between playing in one and experiencing it as a director is huge.“You don’t play the game. Therefore, you don’t prepare to play it but rather to watch it.“In terms of stress, watching the game has much more of an effect than playing it. At least by playing it, you can vent your instincts, fears and concerns.”
The Canadian PressVANCOUVER _ A B.C. Supreme Court judge says the Crown should consider laying criminal contempt of court charges against Green party Leader Elizabeth May and dozens of other demonstrators alleged to have violated a pipeline court injunction.May, New Democrat MP Kennedy Stewart, and others arrested last month are currently charged with civil contempt of court over allegations that they protested within five metres of two Trans Mountain sites in Burnaby, B.C.But Justice Kenneth Affleck said the case should not be left to Trans Mountain to pursue as a private litigant and the matter should be taken over by B.C.’s attorney general.“There is no doubt in my mind that the conduct that is alleged here amounts to criminal contempt of court,” he said Monday.“They are matters of public importance, they ought not to be left in the hands of a private litigant.”May was arrested with several others on March 23 when she joined protesters to rally against the expansion of the pipeline.The B.C. Prosecution Service’s civil disobedience policy manual says whether contempt is a civil or criminal matter is determined by “the character and nature of the conduct.”A dispute of civil contempt would remain between the parties involved, while criminal contempt involves the public interest in administering justice, says a copy of the manual posted to the B.C. government website.“A criminal contempt often involves a mass disobedience of a court order which tends to bring the administration of justice into disrepute or scorn,” it says.Trevor Shaw, a lawyer for the B.C. Prosecution Service, told the judge it would carefully consider a referral of the case from the court and report back “on what we see as the next steps that are viable and appropriate.”Civil and criminal contempt charges have “substantial overlap,” Shaw said.“The contempt, when it’s criminal in nature, is typically reserved for cases where there has been a failure for an effective civil enforcement, there has been particularly egregious conduct, repeat offenders or sentences where there have been violence or damaged property,” he said.Maureen Killoran, counsel for Trans Mountain, said it’s the responsibility of the court, not the company, to move forward on prosecuting the 150 people arrested at the site since the injunction was granted.“The injunction order from the perspective of Trans Mountain is meaningless. It is a circus on site, and the court must take steps to protect the rule of law,” she said.Affleck said the trials, which should be expedited, aren’t determining the merit of the pipeline expansion project that faces fierce opposition in B.C.“This trial is not about the whether the work being done by Trans Mountain or Kinder Morgan is lawful or environmentally wise, none of that,” he said. “The only issue is, has there been public defiance of the order?”May’s lawyer, Andi MacKay, said the court’s direction to have the charges proceed as criminal rather than civil were clear, and while defendants intend to co-operate, they need more time.She said only 15 of the 25 people in court on Monday had actually been served, and many people still needed time to find a lawyer.“Individuals who are alleged to be in contempt of the court order are entitled to the time to retain counsel, to instruct counsel, to consider their options, to receive disclosure and to have proper notice,” MacKay said in court.The judge released the group on a promise to appear in court next week.May declined comment on the proceedings.
LONDON — British Prime Minister Theresa May is warning lawmakers they could take Britain into “uncharted waters” and trigger a general election if they reject her Brexit deal in a crucial parliamentary vote this week.May is fighting to save her unpopular Brexit plan and her job ahead of a showdown in Parliament planned for Tuesday, when lawmakers are widely expected to reject the Brexit divorce deal she struck with the European Union. Her Downing Street office insisted that the vote will go ahead amid speculation the government may be forced to delay it.In an interview with the Mail on Sunday, May said rejecting her deal would “mean grave uncertainty for the nation with a very real risk of no Brexit or leaving the European Union with no deal.”The Associated Press
Kolkata: In a significant stride towards clean and green New Town , West Bengal Housing & Infrastructure Development Authority (HIDCO) is coming up with a pilot project with an advanced mechanism of dust removing air pollution.The project, which will be implemented after the Lok Sabha elections, will have a 8 ft high 3-cube stationary tower that will take away fine dust from air by the cubes. Senior officials of HIDCO on Monday held a meeting with representatives from a noted German company with proven expertise in this sphere. Pradeep Randhawa, vice president and managing director of the company, was present in the meeting. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”The special filters, Internet of Things (IoT) devices and rain sensors make this a state of the art technology,” said an official. The filter technology known as Fine Dust Eater comes with a number of solutions. The newly developed filter cube is designed for use at urban hotspots. It filters fine dust and nitrogen dioxide out of the air, thus reducing the risk to human health. As per plans, the technology will be installed near the Bus Stand Island adjacent to Cafe Ekante food kiosk, where already a uniquely designed Wi Fi Tower-cum-seating area is also installed. It may be mentioned that New Town Kolkata Development Authority ( NKDA) has introduced the system of segregating garbage at source from March 1. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe residents are disposing garbage in two separate bins meant for dry waste and wet waste. The wet waste is being collected regularly and NKDA has proposed to start composting with wet waste. The body has already set up a plant and the compost is being used as manure for production of organic vegetables. NKDA will be planting more trees this year during the monsoon. A list of dust absorbing plants as suggested by experts has been submitted to the state Forest department for its final nod. NKDA is also removing smoke belching hot mix plants in a few places in New Town and is undertaking massive awareness on clean and green New Town. Waste water which is being used for roadside plants and state-of-the-art vehicles for cleaning roads are among a few steps initiated for a clean and green New Town.
NEW DELHI: As the electoral process proceeds post elections, the Aam Aadmi Party’s South Delhi Unit has deployed a vigilance team of over 20 volunteers who will be taking shifts to monitor the strong rooms at Jijabai Industrial Training Institute for Women, August Kranti Marg, Siri Fort.The counting centre will count votes for Mehrauli, Chattarpur, Devli, Ambedkar Nagar, Sangam Vihar, Kalkaji, Tuglakabad, Bijwasan, Palam and Badarpur assembly segments. For any elections, the counting process is a very sacred, sensitive and important part of the process. In our endeavour to act as custodians of democracy and to ensure free and fair elections, the AAP has deployed highly skilled volunteers and charged them with vigilance duty outside Jijabai School. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesThey will be closely monitoring the security issues related to storage of EVMs during the counting process. They will be closely watching the CCTV footage of the strong room to ensure no malpractices takes place within the inner perimeter of the school. They will be making periodic inspections to verify the strong room security and will continue to stay on sight until counting is done. Raghav Chadha, AAP South Delhi Lok Sabha candidate said, “I congratulate the EC on the successful completion of polling in Delhi and look forward to a favourable result on the 23rd of May, 2019. In keeping with the spirit of democracy, a vigilance team of AAP volunteers has been deployed to ensure that other political parties are not able to engage in electoral malpractices. They have been especially trained to identify any signs of deviation from said process.”
Check out FiveThirtyEight’s Women’s World Cup predictions.“Dancing Swedes Shock USA” is how FIFA described the last World Cup result between the U.S. and Sweden in 2011. FIFA, the U.S. and the rest of the world were understandably shocked — the U.S. had never lost a group-stage game at the World Cup before. Four years and one head coach swap later, the teams meet again tonight in their second Group D games. Can Sweden shock the world again?According to FiveThirtyEight’s forecast, the chances that Sweden beats the U.S. aren’t great. The USWNT has a 58 percent chance of winning and a 22 percent chance of drawing — pregame odds not dissimilar to the team’s first game against Australia. The U.S. won its World Cup opener 3-1, but the final score doesn’t reflect its early struggle to settle the ball and connect in the final third, two things that will be important against a better Swedish team, and for the rest of the tournament (solo runs by Megan Rapinoe will take the U.S. only so far).On the other side of Group D, Sweden was also favored to win its opening match — 59 percent to Nigeria’s 20 percent — but the Swedes were outpaced and out-hustled by the Super Falcons. In that game, Sweden was shocked, drawing 3-3. Sweden coasted on an early lead, but looked flat in the second half as Asisat Oshoala came flying down the flanks and Ngozi Okobi threaded balls between the seams. Nigeria scored three times in the second half against a shaky Swedish defense. Sweden is still likely to advance from Group D (67 percent), but its mediocre result against Nigeria means it’s far from safe.Tonight’s match is huge for both teams, with Sweden looking to solidify a spot in the knockout rounds and the U.S. women looking for redemption after the last World Cup and against their former coach (who hasn’t hesitated to say how she feels about her former players). There’s a lot at stake in this game, so we’ve made another in-game cheat sheet — a guide to when U.S. fans should start to worry and when it’s safe to relax. (You can read more about the in-game win probability model we made for women’s soccer.)If the game is tied, the USWNT’s chances of defeat hold steady around 20 percent for most of the match. Like we said before, loss probability is largely fixed, so the U.S. is trading win probability for draw probability the longer the game remains tied. If the U.S. hasn’t taken the lead by about 55 minutes, a U.S. win and a draw become about equally likely, and after that a draw becomes the most likely outcome.In the event that the U.S. trails Sweden by one goal, the stress should start to kick in around 73 minutes. With that score, the probability of a U.S. loss is just slightly greater than that of a draw for most of the first half. But at about 73 minutes, the loss probability shoots up above 60 percent. If the Americans are still down by a goal then, they might need another hail-Abby.
Monday and Tuesday mark the end of group play in the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifiers, with the top two teams from each group advancing to the knockout rounds this weekend — all vying for three spots (possibly four) at next summer’s World Cup. After the first two games, we calculated the expected wins and advancement chances for each team in the tournament, but the standings have changed since last week’s opening matches.After a slow start against Trinidad and Tobago, a more organized U.S. team routed Guatemala 5-0 in its second game, with four of its five goals coming late in the second half. The addition of Tobin Heath up top in the 4-3-3 formation proved lucrative, with Heath tallying two goals — including this sweet little flick into the back of the net:Even though the U.S.’s chances of winning the tournament nominally decreased, from 95.5 percent to 95.1 percent, the No.1-ranked FIFA team in the world is still heavily, heavily favored to win. The U.S. is also a heavy favorite against Haiti on Monday night. Haiti, meanwhile, has only an 8 percent chance of making it to the knockout rounds after losing to a 10-player Trinidad team on Friday.The more interesting matchup on Monday night is Trinidad vs. Guatemala. Trinidad, the tournament’s underfunded Cinderella, currently has an 84 percent chance of advancing to the knockout rounds. If Trinidad wins or ties against Guatemala and Haiti loses to the U.S., the Trinidadians will likely face Costa Rica in the semifinals (where even a loss would leave fourth-place Trinidad with a shot at attending its first World Cup).Below are the updated expected group points and win probabilities for every CONCACAF tournament team:Costa Rica’s upset over Mexico last week moves it to the top of Group B, despite Mexico still having a greater chance of winning the tournament — 3.1 percent compared to Costa Rica’s 1.2 percent. This is a function of the FIFA ratings (which we’re using to calculate the expected wins and advancement probabilities, and which have not been updated to reflect Costa Rica’s recent performances). FIFA currently ranks Mexico at No. 25 and Costa Rica at No. 40. Both Costa Rica and Mexico are locks for the knockout round, but Mexico’s higher rating and record against the U.S. (they’ve beaten the U.S. once and tied them once, while Costa Rica has never won against the Americans) are part of why the Mexican team has a marginally better chance of upsetting the U.S. and winning the tournament.Costa Rica will face last-place Martinique and Mexico will play against Jamaica on Tuesday in the final Group B matches. As the tournament currently stands, the most likely knockout scenarios are the U.S. vs. Mexico in one semifinal and Costa Rica vs. Trinidad in the other. The semifinal matches will be played on Friday and the championship on Sunday, and we’ll update the advancement table again before those games.CORRECTION (Oct. 24, 4:37 p.m.): A previous version of this post included a table with an incorrect column header. The table lists the chances of placing third, not reaching the third-place game.
The Ohio State football team wears throwback jerseys for their game against Nebraska on Nov. 5. The Buckeyes won 62-3. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorThe Ohio State Buckeyes (11-1, 8-1) were selected to the College Football Playoff as the No. 3 seed. OSU is the first team in the history of the playoff to make the final four without winning a conference championship. The Buckeyes will take on No. 2 Clemson in the semifinal on Dec. 31 in Phoenix in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl.Alabama is ranked No. 1 and will play No. 4 Washington on Dec. 31 in the other semifinal. The winner of each semifinal will meet on Jan. 9, 2017 in Tampa for the national championship game.This is the Scarlet and Gray’s second appearance in the three years that the College Football Playoff has been implemented. In 2014, OSU was the No. 4 seed when it beat No. 1 Alabama in New Orleans, then No. 2 Oregon in Dallas to claim the 2014 National Championship.OSU had the most top 10 wins of any of the four semifinalists, with three.The semifinal game is a rematch of the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl where Clemson beat OSU, 40-35.
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has downplayed their Premier League title chances following the club’s 2-0 win over BournemouthThe Blues maintained their 100% record for the new season after overcoming Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge on Saturday with a 2-0 win.And Sarri, who predicted in August it would take the squad three or four months to snap into gear following his summer appointment, is pleased with the progress of the players.Although the Italian still intends to take it one game at a time.“I am happy with the result and I am happy with the performance. It was a very difficult game,” said Sarri, according to Evening Standard.“They are very organised defensively, and defended very well. The first half, the situation was difficult.“Maybe we needed to move the ball at another speed, and maybe more movements without the ball.“But in this kind of match, usually you can win in the last 20-25 minutes. So I was always confident. At the moment I’m very happy with my players. They improved very well during the week and in matches.“I’m really very happy to have 12 points from four matches, but I always think we can do more.Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“We can improve. Especially in the performance, of course. We can improve. I think that, now, for us it’s better to think about the next match.”Three more points in the bag! That’s four wins on the bounce! ?#CHEBOU pic.twitter.com/7QfIykVSb2— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) September 1, 2018Chelsea finished in fifth-place last season under former coach Antonio Conte and 30 points behind winners Manchester City.“The gap at the beginning was 30 points. I think it’s very difficult to recover this gap in only one season,” continued Sarri.“I’m very happy with the four matches, but I think only, starting from now, about the next match. Not until the end of the season.”Sarri has become only the sixth Premier League manager to win his first four games in charge.The other five are Jose Mourinho, Guus Hiddink, Carlo Ancelotti, Pep Guardiola and Craig Shakespeare.
Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp has reportedly turned down a very lucrative offer from Amazon to continue the ‘All or Nothing’ documentary series.Just over a month ago when Amazon started to market the ‘All or Nothing’ documentary series about Manchester City, the idea got enough traction for the company to also approach Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool FC to continue with the series. The company owned by magnate Jeff Bezos hit yet another ‘home run’ with this idea of going inside of the biggest sports teams in the world and document their path to success, Manchester City became the first European football club that has ever agreed to this and the result was a complete success. The documentary series consisted of eight episodes which captured the whole season where the Citizens made history by getting 100 Premier League points for the first time in history, Amazon cameras were placed in the dressing rooms, the conference room, they followed the players during an injury recovery process and the result was a very intimate take on what the life of a professional football club in Europe is like. It was obviously Pep Guardiola the one who agreed to this deal, but now that Amazon saw a chance to turn this into a long-lasting series, Jürgen Klopp turned them down.Watch all the moments you didn’t see during our #UCL thriller with #PSG with our special edition of ‘Inside Anfield’.? Enjoy for free ?https://t.co/kZwMbtjtVN— Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 20, 2018According to the Daily Mail, the German manager didn’t agree to this deal because he doesn’t feel like having cameras following the squad at all times will help with the team’s concentration. We can’t forget that Liverpool is the only top-five Premier League club that hasn’t actually won the Premier League, ever. Given that this season does look very promising for the Reds, Jürgen Klopp’s negative response to Amazon does make a lot of sense because he wants his players completely focused on reaching all the targets this season. Although it may be a shame that we might miss history in the making if Liverpool does end up winning the trophy by the end of the season for the first time in history, it would be even more of a shame if the Reds didn’t win anything because of the distraction that can bring having an external eye constantly looking at them. Klopp as he put it before, is a man who loves his clubs to be as rock and roll as he wants and having cameras on their face all the time might mess with their moments of zen throughout the season. But Amazon won’t give up until they get what they want from Liverpool, because Jürgen Klopp’s side is one of Europe’s most exciting squads from the last five years and they are worth [email protected] football at Anfield ?#LIVSOU pic.twitter.com/ZuGtop49zNPremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…— Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 22, 2018Amazon’s next victim.The company won’t give up on Jürgen Klopp until he says yes, whether it’s this season or the next one. But until that happens, the Amazon Prime team is already looking into their next target to continue with the ‘All or Nothing’ series that has brought them so much success amongst subscribers and their next victim might be in the German Bundesliga. It is rumored that the American company has already made contact with German giants Bayern München for a possible next chapter, but nothing has been confirmed despite having received a positive response from the club’s representatives. Bayern is arguably one of the European clubs with the richest history, landing their contract would really be a massive achievement for Amazon because they would now have a huge opportunity to tell the story of one of Europe’s most successful clubs through their platform. The mere thought is picturing the stories all the club’s legends have to tell are just mouthwatering and thought-provoking, let’s cross out fingers for this to happen and also for Jürgen Klopp to agree on a future project once his club has won the Premier League.WHAT A FINISH!! ??Firmino’s late, late #UCL winner against #PSG… pic.twitter.com/DID9xhMXAA— Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 21, 2018Which is the club you would like to see featured in an ‘All or Nothing’ documentary series for Amazon? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.