Could the World Cup Champion Beat the Best Club Team in the

Update (July 13, 5:46 p.m.): Germany won the World Cup on Sunday, defeating Argentina 1-0 in extra time.In basketball, it’s a safe bet that the United States men’s national team would defeat even the best NBA teams more often than not. Likewise, it’s hard to imagine any single NHL squad being favored against the Canadian national hockey team, if there were ever an occasion for them to face off. Yet it’s pretty conventional wisdom in soccer circles that the best teams in the Champions League, the world’s top club-level competition, are better than those in the World Cup, soccer’s premier international tournament. That’s because thanks to the economics of soccer, it’s possible for clubs to assemble all-star teams even in the absence of All-Star Games.Intuitively, it’s not hard to see why. Unlike basketball and hockey, where global talent is concentrated in a relatively small number of countries, soccer is a sport played at a high level across a much wider and more diverse set of locales. Talent is then naturally more diluted at the international level. The most important club soccer leagues also lack North American-style salary caps, so the richest club teams are (checkbooks willing) free to accumulate a far greater amount of talent than any national team can.I went to the spreadsheets to settle this debate, and, based on my calculations, the conventional wisdom is indeed wise — to a certain extent. The top club teams in the world as a group are superior to the national teams in this year’s World Cup field. But even so, teams that are the cream of the international crop are not as far behind their club-level cousins as managers like Alex Ferguson and Arsène Wenger would have you believe.One way we can test this is to use the individual plus/minus player ratings that underlie ESPN’s Soccer Power Index (SPI) rankings. We’ve been over the gory details of those ratings before, but here are the basics: In addition to using head-to-head results from international matches, SPI also attempts to measure the talent level of every team based on the skill of its component players. To that end, each player is assigned a per-minute effect rating determined both by his individual statistics and by how his team performs with him in the lineup (compared to its performance without him). ESPN’s Stats & Info team computes this for both national and club teams, provided the player’s club is in one of the “Big Five” European leagues1Those of Spain, England, Italy, Germany and France. or appeared in the Champions League.These numbers give us a player’s approximated influence on his team’s rate of scoring and preventing goals. For instance, Lionel Messi, the impossibly good attacker for Barcelona (on the club side) and Argentina (in this World Cup), is estimated to add 0.62 more goals per 90 minutes than an average player on offense, and save 0.03 more goals per 90 minutes than the average player on defense, for a net value of 0.65 goals per 90 minutes. (Nobody tops Messi among players with any kind of playing time over the past two seasons, although Messi’s longtime rival Cristiano Ronaldo is a close second at 0.63.)If we aggregate these ratings for an entire roster, weighting by the number of minutes each player was on the pitch,2The minutes data I used for club teams was from the 2013-14 season; for national teams it was from the 2014 World Cup, through the semifinal round. we can derive an SPI-like number to describe the amount of talent on any team, whether it plays for club or country.3A team’s overall SPI is determined by a combination of its projected goals scored (offensive SPI) and its projected goals allowed (defensive SPI) against a theoretical average international opponent. And according to these numbers,4SPI player ratings are up to date through the World Cup quarterfinals. the three best club teams in the world — Real Madrid, FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich — are a cut above the best national teams. But, in turn, the four most talented national teams — Brazil,5Remember, this rating includes Neymar and Thiago Silva both playing more than 80 percent of their available minutes. Argentina, Germany and Spain — are solidly better than the next tier of club teams, a group that includes Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain and the Champions League runners-up, Atletico Madrid.According to these numbers, Messi’s club team (Barcelona) would win 56 percent of its matches against his national team (Argentina) if they somehow played in a knockout setting at a neutral location (this model obviously assumes a dramatic development in cloning technology). But Argentina would be expected to win 56 percent of its matches against Manchester City or Atletico Madrid under similar circumstances. The top national teams would be favored (or at least evenly matched) against all but the world’s very best club teams.Perhaps this shouldn’t be overly surprising. I combined Transfermarkt values for every player on this year’s World Cup rosters6Thanks to the research of my Grantland colleague Bill Barnwell. with Transfermarkt’s list of the 100 most valuable club teams in the world and found a similar pattern. A handful of club teams dominate the list of most valuable teams,7There’s one big divergence here from the SPI list: According to Transfermarkt’s player values, the Spanish national team roster is better than any in the world. but after that it’s a relatively equal smattering of club and national teams rounding out the top 20.8The dollar amounts in the table below were converted from British pounds, at $1.70 per GBP. The top-tier national teams at least appear capable of standing toe to toe in talent against most of the leading clubs in the world.9Occasional FiveThirtyEight contributor Roger Pielke, Jr., noticed a version of this phenomenon back before the 2010 World Cup. But aside from that top tier, national teams just can’t keep up with their counterparts on the club side. According to both the SPI talent ratings and the Transfermarkt valuations, there are about 10 or so national sides capable of contending with the top 10 club teams in the world. After that, the supply of strong national squads quickly starts to dry up. Based on the SPI estimates, the 15th-best national team in the world (Ivory Coast) would have just a 40 percent chance of beating the 15th-best club team (Benfica of Portugal’s Primeira Liga), and only a 21 percent probability of beating Real Madrid. According to SPI’s player ratings, 33 of the 50 most talented teams in the world are club teams.In that sense, pundits are right when they contend that the quality of play in a circuit like the Champions League is higher than that of the World Cup. Certainly it’s hard to argue that the worst teams in the World Cup’s group stage would be able to consistently compete with their counterparts in the Champions League group stage. But in its later rounds, the World Cup contains teams — like the German and Argentine squads that will face off in Sunday’s final — whose rosters rival almost any in the sphere of big-time club soccer. read more

Germany Flamed Out In Spectacular Historic Fashion

The loss had a major ripple effect on the rest of the World Cup. With Germany — which we rated as the team most likely to make the Round of 16 going into the tournament (oops!) — on the sidelines, Brazil added 3.5 percentage points to its odds of winning the World Cup. That’s the most of any team — Brazil might have faced the Germans in the next round had they advanced — but England and Belgium were the next-biggest gainers (other than Sweden, which punched its ticket to the knockouts by beating Mexico) because of their own potential proximity to Germany in the bracket.Now there’s one fewer powerhouse for the top teams to contend with — and one more defending champion to toss onto the pile of recent disappointments.Jay Boice contributed research. Expected Goals UnderdogFavoriteWinner’s Pregame Probabilities 6/18/2014SpainChile2.00-2.0 Biggest upsets of the 2018 World CupFor match winners, according to pregame Soccer Power Index odds Say goodbye to another defending World Cup champion: Germany, the team that won it all four years ago, is officially out of the 2018 tournament. Despite ultimately only needing a win over South Korea — the fourth-worst team in the field, according to our pre-tournament soccer power index ratings — to advance to the knockout round, the Germans were upended 2-0 on Wednesday in what was easily the biggest upset of the World Cup thus far. (Going into the match, our model only gave South Korea a 5 percent probability of winning.) Source: ESPN Stats & Info Source: ESPN Stats & Info 6/18/2006CroatiaJapan2.00-2.0 The World Cup’s most disappointing games since 1966Biggest single-match gaps between actual and expected goals, 1966-2018 6/17/2014BrazilMexico1.80-1.8 Jun. 27South Korea2Germany05%14%81% 6/14/1978PolandArgentina2.10-2.1 Jun. 25Saudi Arabia2Egypt1232849 Perhaps more surprising than the fact that another defending champ fell was just how Germany managed to let its chance slip away. It peppered South Korean goalkeeper Jo Hyeon-Woo with scoring attempts, out-shooting the Koreans 26-11 and holding possession for 70 percent of the match. According to ESPN’s expected goals model, we would predict that a team with Germany’s opportunities would net 2.9 goals — instead, it scored zero.It was the sixth-most expected goals that any team has had during this World Cup; the five teams above Germany averaged 3.6 actual goals per game. But Germany was unable to break through when even one goal potentially would have been enough to propel it to the next phase of the tournament. (South Korea’s late goals were essentially the product of Germany playing an all-out offensive strategy, knowing it needed to win outright because of Sweden’s lead over Mexico in the other group game happening at the same time.) According to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group, Germany’s 2.9-goal shortfall was the worst in any World Cup match since 1966: DateTeamOpponentExpectedActualDiff. Jun. 22Nigeria2Iceland0343036 6/25/2014FranceEcuador1.80-1.8 7/1/2014SwitzerlandArgentina2.10-2.1 7/19/1966ItalyNorth Korea1.90-1.9 6/27/2018GermanySouth Korea2.90-2.9 6/30/2014GermanyAlgeria4.52-2.5 6/19/1974NetherlandsSweden2.00-2.0 DateTeamScoreTeamScoreWinDrawLose read more

Football No 3 Ohio State has chance to improve defense against Minnesota

Ohio State redshirt sophomore linebacker Tuf Borland (32) takes down Indiana quarterback Peyton Ramsey (12) in the second quarter of the game against Indiana on Oct. 6. Ohio State won 49-26. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorFollowing a 49-26 victory against Indiana, Ohio State has areas in its game to focus on moving forward.After allowing 300 yards to sophomore quarterback Peyton Ramsey, including multiple throws down the field with little pressure on the defensive front, the defense has things to work on coming into a matchup against Minnesota.Fortunately for Ohio State, the Golden Gophers’ offense offers an opportunity for the Buckeyes defense to work on these troubling areas.Minnesota heads to Ohio Stadium with a 3-2 record and a two-game losing streak to Big Ten opponents — a 42-13 beatdown from Maryland and a 48-31 home loss to Iowa.Minnesota comes in ranked in the bottom 50 in every major offensive category in the NCAA, including the 50th-lowest points per game, 31st-lowest passing yards per game, 35th-worst rushing yards per game, 17th-worst total yards per game and tied for the 21st-most turnovers.Freshman quarterback Zack Annexstad runs the Golden Gopher offense, completing 52 percent of his passes for 924 pass yds, eight touchdowns and five interceptions.“Obviously he’s a good player,” sophomore linebacker Tuf Borland said. “It’ll be a good test for us.”Three wide receivers — junior Tyler Johnson, freshman Rashod Bateman and redshirt freshman Chris Autman-Bell — have accounted for 90 percent of the receptions for the Golden Gophers this season.Johnson leads the team with 28 catches for 402 yards and six touchdowns. The touchdowns are tied for No. 10 in the nation. Bateman has the only other three receiving touchdowns of the trio, and has 27 receptions for 257 yards. Autman-Bell is up to 14 catches for 220 yards.In the run game, freshman and redshirt freshman running backs Bryce Williams and Mohamed Ibrahim take most of the carries, combining for 569 yards and one touchdown. The majority of the the rushing touchdowns go to redshirt sophomore wide receiver Seth Green, who has five touchdowns on 28 carries despite averaging only 3.3 yards per rush.“They run hard, you know they’re physical backs,” Borland said. “That goes for their whole offense, they’re gonna line up, they’re gonna run at you, and they’re going to see how tough you are.”The real strength for Minnesota is in its defense, where the Golden Gophers allows 324.2 yards per game, No. 21 in the NCAA. Their 23.4 points allowed per game is tied for No. 41.Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said their defense is “outstanding,” while also calling them a “top-20 defense.”Minnesota’s defense is solid on both fronts, ranking in the top 40 in both passing and rushing yards allowed in the NCAA.Junior linebacker Carter Coughlin is the standout for the Golden Gophers, totaling 15 tackles, with 6.5 tackles for loss, including five sacks.“They’re not a big pressure team, but they’ve got a great pass rusher,” Meyer said. “[Coughlin]: Excellent player.”PredictionMinnesota’s defense has an opportunity to prove how talented it really is, and with Ohio State’s running game struggling as of late, it can look there for some big stops early on.Annexstad has three major targets to look for through the air to exploit a pass defense that has faltered in its past few games.But Ohio State is simply the better team on both sides of the ball.Redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins has been unstoppable through six games, with his biggest “slip up” coming in a 270-yard, three-touchdown effort on the road against No. 8 Penn State.The Golden Gophers might have a strong pass defense, but they have not faced a quarterback like Haskins. On the opposite side, redshirt junior defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones and sophomore defensive end Chase Young should exploit this Minnesota offense, and Annexstad doesn’t have an arm strong enough to pick on these defensive backs who have struggles as of late.Expect Ohio State to win, and to win big, against an outmatched Minnesota team.Wyatt Crosher: 52-13 Ohio StateColin Gay: 56-14 Ohio State Edward Sutelan: 49-17 Ohio State read more

Report Simon Mignolet wanted by Napoli

first_imgLiverpool and Belgium goalkeeper Simon Mignolet is wanted by Napoli this summer according to his agent.With the signing of Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson, Simon Mignolet has found his first-team chances drop even further. He could be open to a move elsewhere.According to the Express, Napoli are keen signing the former Sunderland goalkeeper.Simon Mignolet’s agent has confirmed Napoli’s interest but stated that they haven’t made their move for the player yet.He told Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli: “We will wait over the next few days to see if they will present an offer.”“Considering that the market will close in a few days, I imagine that we will have to do it soon if we want to make a deal everyone will agree to.“The interest is not new. Napoli like Mignolet.”Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“They have previously enquired about his availability in other transfer windows.”“This will not be the last word on a move to them.”ESPN pundit Steve Nicol has said that Mignolet would be “perfect” for Barcelona.“If he wants, or is happy at 30 years of age, to kind of just be known now as a No 2, then this is perfect,” Nicol said.“It’s perfect for him, and it’s perfect for Barcelona as well.“I think there’s a chance that something like this might happen. It might not be Barcelona, but I think he goes.”last_img read more

Burnleys manager wants more fire from team

first_imgThe team hasn’t had a good Premier League start, with one tie and one defeat in the firs two matchs of the 2018-2019 seasonBurnley has not had the greatest start. The team has tied one match and lost the second one this season.But for their manager Sean Dyche, there is a lot of room to improve.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“We’ve got to have more fire to go and score a goal because we got in some top-class positions and dominated large parts of the play,” he told The Sports Mole.“Of course people want to score a goal but it’s (about) sprinting into the box, the intention that nothing is going to get in the way, that willingness and demand to arrive early and to read the play better.”“That moment…that little killer moment is what we’re still trying to find as a group,” he added.last_img read more

Favre praises Dortmund duo after victory

first_imgBorussia Dortmund manager Lucien Favre and sporting director Michael Zorc have heaped praises on Jadon Sancho and Paco Alcacer after the two players inspired the German side to a 3-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt.Abdou Diallo gave Favre’s men the lead when he scored his first Bundesliga goal in the 36th minute but Frankfurt leveled through Sebastian Haller in the 68th minute after he pounced on a mistake by Dortmund’s Marcel Schmelzer.Former Frankfurt player Marius Wolf restored the Bundesliga giants’ lead in the 72nd minute after good combination play with Jadon Sancho, before Alcacer sealed all three points with a debut goal in the 88th minute.Zorc spoke to reporters after the game, saying, as quoted by ESPN: “Jadon Sancho hit the ground running after coming on.”Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“We know that his strength is to take on opponents one-on-one. If he assists a goal, that’s always good. Axel Witsel gained control of the game right after coming on as well,” Zorc said. “And of course, I’m happy for Paco [Alcacer] for scoring his first goal in his first game with a great left-footed strike. You can see that he understands football well and that he links up well with the team. You saw that also in how he instigated our second goal [by teeing up Sancho].”Favre also said during his postgame news conference: “The substitutes made the difference in the end. Jadon Sancho, Axel Witsel and Paco Alcacer added new impulses. The 2-1 was a well-crafted goal and after retaking the lead, the team was playing very well.”Meanwhile, Favre is not sure if Alcacer will play a part in Dortmund’s UEFA Champions League opener against Basel.He said: “Paco is here for 10 days. He played in a friendly for only 65 minutes during the international break because he hasn’t played a lot of games in the past two years,” Favre said. “He’s lacking match rhythm. Sadly, he felt a pain in his muscles after the game. Though we aren’t sure yet what it is.”last_img read more

Strengthening AgriTourism Link To Reduce Food Import Bill

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp 10 IMMIGRATION KIOSKS INSTALLED AT SANGSTER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT Related Items:agri-tourism, food import bill, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, reduce, Tourism Linkages Hub Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, July 3 (JIS): Tourism and Entertainment Minister, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, says the strengthening of linkages between tourism and agriculture has the potential to boost both sectors and reduce the country’s food import bill.He said a demand study conducted by the Tourism Linkages Hub, housed in the Ministry, indicates that tourism can potentially generate the “greatest benefits” for farmers and the suppliers of local produce.Dr. McNeill was addressing tourism and agriculture interests at the first in a series of Tourism Linkages Hub stakeholders’ consultations held recently at the Golf View Hotel in Mandeville, Manchester.Noting that the tourism industry is “doing quite well,” welcoming some 3.5 million stopover and cruise ship visitors over the past two years, he said the sector has also attracted “significant levels of investments” with an additional 5,500 hotel rooms earmarked for development over the next three years.Dr. McNeill said the Government is looking to translate the success of the sector to other segments of the society, including the agricultural sector. He argued that by producing food and selling it to the hotels, attractions, and guest houses, the money stays in Jamaica and reduces imports. “That’s what we want to do…that’s how we are going to grow the economy of Jamaica, and that’s how we are going to enrich Jamaicans,” the Minister said.Dr. McNeill said that for the linkage to work, all stakeholders must collaborate to determine the produce needed, and how these will the supplied in terms of volume, quality, cost, and timelines.“I have said to the hub that we are going to put the systems in place. They have done the demand study; I have gone through it… (but) more work needs to be done; we are going to have to drill down even more into this area (agriculture),” Dr. McNeill said.“The opportunities are there; it’s up to us to really push and do it,” he added.In his remarks, Agriculture, Labour and Social Security Minister, Hon. Derrick Kellier, said the agro-tourism linkage is an idea “whose time has come.”He commended Dr. McNeill on his vision to establish the linkages hub, and the focus on increasing the supply of local produce to the tourism market. “Dr. McNeill and his team truly understand that cuisine is, indeed, a major component of the tourism and hospitality industry, and that market, therefore, is an attractive and lucrative one for the agricultural sector,” he noted.Mr. Kellier said a close examination of Jamaica’s high food import bill shows that a large proportion of the products brought in goes to the tourism sector.“We believe, however, that Jamaican produce and our renowned cuisine must be a part of the menu provided in our hotels and resorts. We, therefore, welcome every strategy that will enable us to increase our supply to a market that has come right into our front room,” he stated.Mr. Kellier added that: “Jamaica can only prosper on a sustainable basis when we develop and maintain linkages to ensure that every industry and economic activity allows as many people as possible, to prosper.”Over 50 representatives of public and private sector institutions and interests attended the meeting. Recommended for you Tourism Minister Welcomes Spanish Hotel Chain Melia Jamaica Secures Additional Airline Seats Out Of Europelast_img read more

Redington Leads Iditarod First Musher To Reach Nikolai

first_imgRedington started the race with 16 dogs and reached the checkpoint with 13. Sixty-seven teams began the race Sunday. The trail winds over frozen lakes and rivers, through mountain passes and over trails once used for delivery of mail and supplies to mining communities. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Ryan Redington of Wasilla, pulled into the village of Nikolai  just after 8 a.m. this morning in the 1,000-mile  Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.center_img Reigning champion Mitch Seavey, of the Kenai Peninsula, was listed in third place, and Nicolas Petit swept into second place at the Nikolai checkpoint.last_img read more

Wilmington Resident Wins 100000 A Year For Life Prize

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Alicia Hurley, of Wilmington, is the second grand prize winner in the Massachusetts State Lottery’s “$100,000 a Year for Life” instant game.Hurley chose the annuity option on her prize and received the first of twenty payments of $100,000 (less tax withholdings). She plans on saving her winnings for her retirement.She purchased her winning ticket from Landmark News located in the TD Garden, 100 Legends Way in Boston. The retailer will receive a $20,000 bonus for its sale of the ticket.There are four $100,000 a Year for Life grand prizes remaining in this $5 instant game.Alicia Hurley(NOTE: The above press release is from the Massachusetts State Lottery.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedMassachusetts Lottery Eyeing Wilmington As Location For New Regional OfficeIn “Business”Wilmington Trust Claims $10,000 A Week For Life Lottery PrizeIn “Community”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Friday, June 14, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Trump accuses Obama of tapping his phone

first_imgDonald TrumpUS president Donald Trump on Saturday accused Barack Obama of “tapping” his phone during last year’s White House campaign, without providing evidence of the explosive charge, in his most virulent attack yet on his predecessor.“I’d bet a good lawyer could make a great case out of the fact that President Obama was tapping my phones in October, just prior to Election!” Trump wrote on Twitter.“How low has President Obama gone to tapp (sic) my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!” he wrote in another tweet, referring to the political scandal that toppled president Richard Nixon in 1974.Top Obama advisor Ben Rhodes issued a searing response on Twitter.“No President can order a wiretap. Those restrictions were put in place to protect citizens from people like you,” Rhodes wrote.A spokesman for Obama did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.Trump leveled the charges in a flurry of tweets shortly after dawn, as his administration remains mired in controversy over communications between Russian officials and some of his senior aides, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions.Trump and Obama frequently traded barbs on the campaign trail, and the Republican real estate magnate was a driving force behind the so-called “birther” movement that questioned whether Obama was born on US soil and eligible to be president.The two men initially adopted a cordial tone as Trump took office, though the president has stepped up accusations against Obama in recent weeks, blaming his predecessor for being behind damaging leaks to journalists.‘Witch hunt’ -Since US intelligence took the unprecedented step of publicly accusing Russia of trying to swing the November election in Trump’s favor, questions have swirled about whether some in Trump’s campaign colluded with Moscow.A slew of associates, including Sessions and already fired national security advisor Michael Flynn met Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak before Trump took office.The businessman-turned-politician, who has accused his political foes of conducting “a total witch hunt,” on Saturday directed his Twitter tirade at his Democratic predecessor.“Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found,” Trump wrote a day after departing Washington for a weekend getaway at his Mar-a-Lago Florida resort for the fourth time in five weeks.The president compared the alleged action to Senator Joe McCarthy’s campaign in the 1950s to root out alleged Communists and sympathizers, which was marked by improper investigative techniques.“Is it legal for a sitting President to be ‘wire tapping’ a race for president prior to an election? Turned down by court earlier. A NEW LOW!” Trump said, again providing no proof of Obama’s efforts to seek a court order to spy on the then-candidate.Leaks -Trump delivered a well-received address to Congress late Wednesday, but the White House was plunged back into turmoil the following morning after it confirmed a news report that Sessions failed to disclose two meetings with ambassador Kislyak during last year’s election campaign.Trump has repeatedly denied having any personal ties to the Kremlin, and his aides have denied or downplayed contacts with Russian officials.But the accusations have continued amid almost daily leaks revealing new details about connections between Moscow and senior Trump officials.One such revelation in the Washington Post about a meeting between Sessions and Kislyak prompted the Republican former US senator to recuse himself from any investigations into the presidential election campaign.Sessions had told a Senate committee under oath that he “did not have communications with the Russians,” but reporters found that he had actually met the Russian ambassador twice in the months before taking up his post as attorney general, the top US law enforcement officer.Trump has expressed his displeasure over the charges and the leaks that led to them. On Friday he lashed out in tweets directed at the top Democrats in the Republican-led Congress, Senator Chuck Schumer and Representative Nancy Pelosi.last_img read more

Line Up and Line Dance for Lupus

first_imgIn recognition of May Lupus Awareness Month, Marva’s Grand Hands of Love, Inc. will host “A Line Dance for Lupus Party” to raise funds to fight lupus and to help amplify the voice of the lupus community, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., May 18, at Diamondz Events Hall, 9980 Liberty Road in Randallstown, Md. Local radio personality and line dance instructor Randy Dennis will teach supporters new line dance moves and call out traditional line dances. “Not only will supporters benefit a wonderful cause, but they also benefit themselves because line dancing is a healthy and fun way to get in some exercise,” said Marva Williams, event organizer. Proceeds support the Lupus Foundation of America (LFA) DC-Maryland-Virginia Chapter. A LFA representative will be present to accept the donation. LFA estimates that at least 1.5 million Americans have the autoimmune disease. “I recently lost a 27 year old cousin to complications from lupus and my best friend has it. I’m determined to help the women, men and children living with lupus,” Williams said. Catering will be provided by Chef Mookie Hicks. Tanya’s Bling Tees has created a custom lupus awareness t-shirt for the event. Informational materials will be available. Tickets are $30 in advance. For more information, contact Marva Williams at 410-599-9159.last_img read more

HC upholds Mamatas Rs 10000 cash grant for Puja organisers

first_imgKolkata: Disposing of the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) against the state government’s grant to Durga Puja organisers, the Calcutta High Court on Wednesday decided not to interfere into the matter as the legislature is the right forum to take decision on the government’s expenditure.With the Court’s direction in this connection, there is no restriction anymore for the state government in giving the grant of Rs 10,000 to each of the Puja organisers. Around 28,000 Puja organisers in the state will be receiving the grant. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe Division Bench of acting Chief Justice Debasish Kar Gupta and Justice Sampa Sarkar has, however, mentioned that the Court can interfere later.It may be mentioned that it was October 5 when the High Court put a stay on the state government’s decision to give the grant to the Durga Puja organisers.Refusal of the High Court to interfere into the matter related to the state government’s grant to Durga Puja organisers and disposal of the PIL, the interim stay on the same gets vacated, allowing the state government to initiate the task of distributing cheques among the Puja organisers. Steps have been taken for the distribution through local police stations. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedSources said that steps have been taken on an immediate basis after the High Court’s decision in this connection, so that the grant can be utilised for traffic safety campaigns during the Puja.It may be recalled that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had announced that Rs 10,000 will be given to each of the Durga Puja organizers, while addressing a programme at Netaji Indoor Stadium. Accordingly, the Puja organisers had also planned to campaign in a big way for creating awareness on traffic safety. Now with the Court’s order, the Puja organisers can carry on with their plans for the same.Firhad Hakim, the state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister, said: “It is not a matter of winning or losing a court case. I thank the Calcutta High Court as the aim of a section of people to restrict the growth of Bengal has not been fulfilled.”last_img read more