Arsenal boss Emery: We’re yet to find a playing identityby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery admits they’re yet to find a playing identity.The Gunners head to St Mary’s on Sunday to face Southampton for the first match of four in the space of 10 days.”I think it’s a very big match like every match in the Premier League,” Emery said. “Southampton have some very good players and a new coach who has good experience and good performances in Germany.”On Sunday I think they are going to push against us a lot. We need to prepare very well for the match with a very big personality because we want to be consistent.”Every challenge is to continue doing that and Sunday is a big challenge and a big match, and also we are looking forward to continuing our improvement and good moment knowing that it’s difficult. “Every match gives us a struggle in terms of work and continuing in our way. Against Southampton on Sunday, it’s about preparing for a different match. We need to create a stronger identity and our personality is getting better in each game. We are playing games our way.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
PSG launching €100M offer for Napoli midfielder Allanby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG are preparing a massive offer for Napoli midfielder Allan.Il Mattino says PSG see Allan as a readymade replacement for wantaway midfielder Adrien Rabiot.And they’re ready to offer a massive €90m to convince Napoli to sell – with a further €10m due if they win the Champions League.PSG would also hand Allan a contract worth €8m-a-year.For the moment, Napoli have insisted Allan won’t leave in January, though the size of the offer could force a rethink. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Photo courtesy of Lainie Knox Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement The TV Junkies: Can you share some about your background with us? Did you always want to work behind the camera?Lainie Knox: Yes, I think I always wanted to be behind the camera, I just didn’t really know how to go about it. When I was in university I did a double major in communication studies and environmental studies, and I really really wanted to make nature/travel/human rights documentaries. David Suzuki was my hero and I wanted to work on shows like that quite badly. I went to school in Montreal, which was quite economically depressed at the time, and I wasn’t a francophone so I never really imagined myself staying there. I always knew that I would move to Toronto. The industry was busy and the economy was booming. It felt like the place to be. So I moved right after school and did anything I could in the industry. None of it was any actual production and it was actually very challenging to get any experience on set at the time. I just did admin/PA work until I got a job on a TV show as a 2nd assistant editor, logging footage for a kids’ wildlife show.There I got to see how “it” all worked. While doing the job I was hired to do, I made it clear to the producer that I was very interested in camera. The crew came back to Canada and I was hired as the PA, driver, gear humper, slater etc. I worked 18-20 hour days all summer and was happy as a clam doing it. After a season or two with that show, I took The CSC Camera Assistant course — the only course back in the day — and sponged up all the info, met some great people I still know and work with, and learned a lot. I started 2nd assisting for someone I met there on shorts, music videos, low budget shows and then my focus puller went into the union so he was sending me his non-union work to focus pull, so I upgraded myself and taught myself how to do it, quickly. [laughs]Later, I joined the union as a 1st and did about a film a year, but I mainly lived in commercials and music videos. The DPs I worked with were just in that world, which I am grateful for because I think being in those realms can be more creative in many ways. Music videos are/were especially more free and creative. There’s less at stake. All that time I was always working on my own projects and trying to DP/operate more. Then I got a call to operate from a DP I had focus pulled for numerous times. He knew I was driven to operate and he is the one who offered me my first show, Season 1 of Killjoys. Now I shoot 2nd unit on the show for him and I get to play and learn and it’s a lot of fun. Many people are drawn to working in television because of its collaborative nature. Working on a show really can make you feel like a part of one giant family, and since you often have to spend a lot of time and work very long hours with that family, it’s important to like them. That importance of finding good collaborators is a lesson that camera operator Lainie Knox has learned time and again throughout her career.Knox has worked her way up from a PA on set to operating the “A” camera on shows like CBC’s Workin’ Moms. In addition to the comedy series, Knox also just wrapped shooting Season 2 of ANNE and will soon return to Killjoys, where she served as “B” camera operator last season.Knox also recently with The TV Junkies as part of our Women Behind Canadian TV series to further discuss her career. She recalled for us how she has found herself at times as the only female technician on set, but has been lucky to surround herself with supportive colleagues, regardless of gender. She also talked about working on shows with female showrunners and how she thinks more women are getting into tech roles. Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook
WASHINGTON – The House on Thursday passed a $4.1 trillion budget plan that promises deep cuts to social programs while paving the way for Republicans to rewrite the tax code later this year.The 2018 House GOP budget reprises a controversial plan to turn Medicare into a voucher-like program for future retirees as well as the party’s efforts to repeal the “Obamacare” health law. Republicans controlling Congress have no plans to actually implement those cuts while they pursue their tax overhaul.That’s especially so in the Senate, where the Budget Committee on Thursday gave party-line approval to a companion plan.Instead, the nonbinding budget’s chief purpose is to set the stage for a tax overhaul plan that is the party’s top political priority as well as a longtime policy dream of key leaders like Speaker Paul Ryan.The White House issued a statement saying the House plan is a key step toward “Making America Great Again.”The House measure, passed by a near party-line vote of 219-206, calls for more than $5 trillion in spending cuts over the coming decade, promising to slash Medicaid by about $1 trillion over the next 10 years, cutting other health care costs, and forcing huge cuts to domestic programs funded in future years by Congress.“It’s a budget that will help grow our economy, and it’s a budget that will help rein in our debt,” said Ryan, R-Wis. “It reforms Medicaid. It strengthens Medicare.”But Republicans are not actually planning to impose any of those cuts with follow-up legislation that would be required under Washington’s Byzantine budget rules. Instead, those GOP proposals for spending cuts are limited to nonbinding promises, and even a token 10-year, $200 billion spending cut package demanded by tea party House Republicans appears likely to be scrapped in upcoming talks with the Senate.Instead, the motivating force behind the budget measures is the Republicans’ party-defining drive to cut corporate and individual tax rates and rid the tax code of loopholes. They promise this tax “reform” measure will put the economy in overdrive, driving economic growth to the 3 per cent range, and adding a surge of new tax revenues.“In order to pay for these huge tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires, this Republican budget makes savage cuts to the life and death programs that mean so much to ordinary Americans,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.Passing the measure in the House and Senate would provide key procedural help for the tax measure because it sets the stage for follow-on legislation that can’t be filibustered by Senate Democrats. Republicans used the same so-called reconciliation procedure in their failed attempt to kill “Obamacare,” including its tax surcharges on wealthy people.“Through reconciliation, our budget specifically paves the way for pro-growth tax reform that will reduce taxes for middle-class Americans and free up American businesses to grow and hire,” said Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., who chairs the House Budget Committee.Eighteen Republicans opposed the measure, including several from high-tax states like New York and New Jersey who are concerned that the upcoming tax effort would repeal the deductions for state and local taxes.Democrats blasted the sweeping spending cuts proposed by Republicans — more than $5 trillion over 10 years in the House plan and somewhat less in the Senate GOP measure — as an assault on middle-class families and the poor.“Is it a statement of our values to take a half-trillion dollars out of Medicare to give a tax cut to the wealthiest people in our country?” said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.The Senate Budget Committee’s companion plan approved Thursday differs in key details — but would still result in a deficit of $424 billion in 2027, according to the Congressional Budget Office.The House measure assumes the upcoming tax bill won’t add to the deficit; the Senate version, however, would permit the measure to add $1.5 trillion to the $20 trillion-plus national debt over the coming 10 years. The final version is likely to stick closely to the Senate measure in key respects. A final House-Senate agreement won’t come until November, Black said, but she anticipated conflict over the Senate plans.“That is certainly going to be a very lively discussion,” Black said of House-Senate talks. “Our members are concerned about (budget) balance and they’re also concerned about the debt and deficits.”The real-world trajectory of Washington, however, is for higher deficits as Republicans focus on tax cuts, a huge hike in the defence budget, and a growing disaster aid tally that is about to hit $45 billion.“The train’s left the station, and if you’re a budget hawk, you were left at the station,” said Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C.___This story has been corrected to change the amount in the first paragraph to $4.1 trillion, not billion.
MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s new government has detailed plans to build an oil refinery in the home state of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and to renovate six others as the oil-producing country attempts to lower its dependence on imported fuel.Energy Minister Rocio Nahle said Sunday that Mexico will import 80 per cent of its gasoline needs this year because existing refineries work on average at 38 per cent of capacity due to a lack of maintenance and investment. She says the national oil company Pemex should be able to meet 70 per cent of Mexico’s gasoline needs.Lopez Obrador has said his government will spend an additional 75 billion pesos ($3.65 billion) next year on Pemex, which has seen its crude extraction plummet to levels not seen in years.The Associated Press
Jammu: An Army soldier was killed when Pakistan violated the ceasefire by heavily shelling forward areas and posts along the Line of Control with mortar bombs in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district Thursday, officials said. Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire in Keri belt of Sunderbani sector this morning, they said. One soldier was was killed in Pakistani firing, they added. Pakistani troops have violated the ceasefire over 110 times along the LoC since January.
New Delhi: Stealing a march over the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Congress on Tuesday released its poll manifesto for the ongoing Lok Sabha elections. Through its poll manifesto, the Congress has made an attempt to woo every section of society by promising ‘something’ for all.In its manifesto, the Congress has promised to give Rs 72,000 each to five crore poor families under the ‘Nyay’ scheme, create employment opportunities, including filling up 22 lakh government vacancies, better education & health, re-examination of Rafael deal, amendment in the Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA), changes in the Press Council of India Act and fixing a single moderate GST rate, passage of contentious Women Reservation Bill in its first sitting, etc. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsFor farmers, the Congress has promised to put them on the path from ‘Karz Maafi’ (loan waiver), to ‘Karz Mukti’ (freedom from loans) and bringing a separate budget for farmers. The 55-page document titled ‘Hum Nibhayenge’ (We will deliver) focused on addressing the issues of joblessness, farm distress, the safety of women and boosting the rural economy, with stress on building a narrative on ‘real issues’ faced by people. The manifesto was released by party president Rahul Gandhi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and senior leader P Chidambaram among others. Speaking on the occasion, the Congress president said that the party would allocate 6 per cent of GDP to education, strengthen government hospitals and give high-quality healthcare access to poor if voted to power. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThe party also promised to remove the law on sedition from the statute if voted to power. The party promised to enact the Right to Healthcare Act and guarantee every citizen free diagnostics, out-patient care, free medicines and hospitalisation, through a network of public hospitals and enlisted private hospitals. Congress pledged to make jobs its top priority for the youth of the country, saying it will ensure 34 lakh jobs in the public sector by filling all 4 lakh central government vacancies before March 2020, persuading the state governments to fill 20 lakh vacancies and creating an estimated 10 lakh new Seva Mitra positions in every gram panchayat and urban local bodies. The party said it will also provide a fillip to the private sector by incentivising businesses for jobs creation and employing more women. On GST tax, Congress said that it will radically simplify the GST regime with a single moderate rate of tax, zero-rating of exports, and exemption for essential goods and services. See inside
New Delhi: With the polls in Delhi approaching and just a few days remaining for the candidates to campaign, Congress’ Chandni Chowk candidate JP Agarwal on Saturday intensified his efforts to reach voters in his constituency.While greeting voters on morning walks in parks across Pashchim Vihar and Shakoor Basti, Agarwal said that the Narendra Modi government’s days are numbered. He said that the results, which are due on May 23 will confirm this once and for all for everyone to see. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesWith several residents receiving the four time MP heartwarmingly, Agarwal said if he wins the upcoming election, he will make sure that he is available for his electorate and listens to their problems. Talking to people Mr Agarwal said, “You should come out in good numbers to exercise your franchise and vote this government out of power. Every vote counts and therefore every single vote is necessary to teach the BJP a lesson. The public has made up its mind to vote the ‘jumlebaz’ and misleading government out of power.” Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarAgarwal is going up against sitting MP and Cabinet Minister Harsh Vardhan of the BJP and Pankaj Gupta of AAP. While Vardhan seems to be the strongest opponent for a heavyweight like Agarwal, it remains to be seen which way the people of Chandni Chowk will go. Agarwal’s campaign has been focused on reaching out to voters in the forms of padyatras, two of which were held on Saturday in Gandhi Market and Lal Kuan. He met voters and urged people to vote for him and his party to form the government at Centre. Agarwal thanked his supporters and party workers and said that their support gives him hope for the nation. During his Padyatras he said, “Looking at the people’s attachment for the Congress party during my Padyatra, I am convinced that Congress-led government is going to be formed after May 23. I am very happy to see the positive response of people of all sections towards our public outreach campaigns.”
The Ohio State men’s hockey team (2-4-0) stays on the road to compete against the No. 11 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (3-3-0) in a two game series Friday and Saturday. The Irish are the defending CCHA regular season and tournament champions.After losing the first game of a two-game series against Lake Superior State last weekend by a score of 3-2, OSU had to find a way to rally back in the second contest.The Buckeyes were trailing 2-0 in the first period, but tied the game after goals by Matt Bartkowski and Sergio Somma. After Lake Superior State put another puck in the net, Peter Boyd and Patrick Schafer responded with goals of their own to give the Buckeyes their second victory of the season.The Buckeyes hope to ride Saturday’s 4-3 comeback victory over Lake Superior State into South Bend, Ind. The Irish, however, have been one of the most dominant teams in college hockey in the past three seasons. Since 2006, they have posted 90-29-10 overall record and a nation-best .742 winning percentage. Notre Dame won the CCHA regular season titles in the 2006-07 and 2008-09 seasons. The team also competed in the 2008 national title game, but fell to Boston College.The team has gotten off to a disappointing start compared to last season as the Irish are currently sitting at a .500 winning percentage. Notre Dame’s most notable win this season was a 3-0 victory at Boston University, its only away game of the premature season.Notre Dame had to replace six seniors who were vital parts of its team last season, but brought back a crop of athletes to fill in the holes left by the graduating senior class.Junior defenseman Ian Cole was a first team All-American last season and senior right wing Erick Condra was a second team All-American. Senior left wing Ryan Thang will wear the captain stitching for the 2009-2010 season. Thang is tied for first all-time with 13 game-winning goals.Jeff Jackson is in his fifth season on the bench as the Irish’s coach. During his Irish career, he has compiled a 103-48-14 record. Jackson was the 2006-07 Coach of the Year, leading Notre Dame to the first Frozen Four appearance in school history.OSU split the series versus Notre Dame last season, winning, 4-1, and losing, 4-3, in overtime at the Schottenstein Center. It does not look as if Buckeyes coach John Markell has selected a true starting goalie for his team yet. Cal Heeter and Dustin Carlson each started one of the games in the past series versus Lake Superior State. Heeter has been in goal when the Buckeyes have won both of their contests, but Markell still has not made the decision if there will be one starting goalie this season.The coach has insisted that for his team to be successful he does not need just one starting goalie, just someone to fill in the spot between the posts and help his team win.The Buckeyes will play the Irish at 7:35 p.m. Friday and at 5:05 p.m. Saturday at Joyce Center Rink.
Redshirt freshman right-hander Adam Niemeyer (43) delivers a pitch against Louisville on April 14. OSU won, 2-0.Credit: Ryan Cooper / Sports EditorAdam Niemeyer was making the second appearance of his collegiate career last season when he knew something was wrong.“I threw a curveball and I just knew it wasn’t good when I threw that pitch. I tried to throw again in another game, but it just kept getting worse and worse, so I got an MRI and found out that I had to have surgery,” the Ohio State redshirt freshman right-hander said.The procedure that Niemeyer had to undergo was ulnar collateral reconstruction surgery, commonly known as Tommy John surgery. It is an operation where a damaged ligament in the medial elbow is replaced with a tendon from elsewhere in the body, and it is becoming almost commonplace for pitchers.Last season, more than 25 major league pitchers required the operation. This year, over 10 have already gone under the knife.For Niemeyer, the elbow problems began during his junior year of high school. After a summer to rest it, however, he felt no discomfort — that is until a game at Oregon on March 7, 2014, when the pain returned.He made one more appearance six days later against Siena after the fateful one in Oregon. In that outing, he gave up four unearned runs. After that night, he was shut down before undergoing the procedure on April 9, 2014.“It was pretty disappointing, just because I was coming off my best outing of the year, really felt like I was contributing to the team, and then hearing that news was just really devastating,” Niemeyer said.Jason Good, the athletic trainer for the OSU baseball team, was tasked with bringing Niemeyer back to full strength.“It’s a pretty long process, as you can imagine,” Good said. “Prior to the ‘80s, you were done, but now we’ve kind of developed a rehab progression where we start off with just range of motion, just moving the joints to get them going, to strengthening the shoulder, elbow, wrist flexors, and now really we’re starting to get even further, to where we’re working from the ground up, and almost rebuilding an athlete.”Good said the timetable to return is set at 12 months from the date of surgery, with a couple of months on either side depending on the success of the rehab.For Niemeyer, it was on the quicker side, as he made his return to the diamond with a scoreless inning against Pittsburgh on Feb. 15 — just over 10 months after the surgery.“I could tell he was down a little bit, because I knew he wanted to be out there with us, especially after a good outing against Oregon, and then he finds out he can’t pitch the rest of the year,” sophomore outfielder Ronnie Dawson, who was roommates with Niemeyer last year, said. “But he handled it really well. He wanted to get the surgery right away, start the rehab and now he’s back here.”Niemeyer said the support of fellow Tommy John recipients — junior infielder Jacob Bosiokovic and sophomore right-hander Yianni Pavlopoulos — a select group they call “The Zipper Club,” helped him cope with his rehab and recovery.But more than anything, it was the Minster, Ohio, product’s hunger to return to the mound and help his team toward its goal of making the NCAA tournament that drove him.“It’s good to go out there and contribute to the team, help the team win,” Niemeyer said. “That was the hardest part last year, just watching from the sidelines, not really being able to go out there and help the guys.”After six appearances out of the bullpen to start the season, OSU coach Greg Beals handed Niemeyer the ball for his first collegiate start — a start that just so happened to come against a team that was ranked No. 4 in the nation at the time in Louisville on April 14.Niemeyer responded masterfully, tossing five shutout innings and only allowing two hits to guide OSU’s 2-0 upset victory.He then made another start a week later, a 6-3 victory over Morehead State, before returning to the bullpen to toss three scoreless innings of relief against Illinois last weekend.Good said he was not surprised to see the right-hander come back with a vengeance based on his work to get back following the surgery.“Adam’s doing really well. He was a good foundation,” Good said. “He’s kind of the model of, ‘All right, if you have somebody who’s going to get hurt, this is the foundation that you want to work with,’ because he has a good structure, he works hard and he’s driven to want to be back.”While Good said that it usually takes about two years for a pitcher to feel like they did before the surgery, Niemeyer, just over a year removed from the operation, said he feels he is already at that point.“I think I am (100 percent). I feel pretty good,” Niemeyer said. “I still have things I have to work on. I think my control is what I have to focus on to get that back to where it was, but arm-wise, I feel pretty good.”Niemeyer and the Buckeyes are set to close out their home schedule with a three-game series against Maryland from May 8-10. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m., 3:05 p.m. and 1:05 p.m. for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, respectively.