Pro Football Focus Releases Preseason Top 25 For 2016 College Football Season

first_imgPro Football Focus logo.pffAnother day, another college football top 25 released. This time – it’s by the knowledgeable team over at Pro Football Focus, one of the most respected analytical football sites on the web. It won’t surprise you to hear that they’re going with Alabama, the reigning national champion, as the No. 1 team heading into 2016. Alabama is followed by another College Football Playoff participant from last year – Oklahoma. LSU, Clemson and Michigan round out the top five. Stanford is the highest-ranked Pac-12 team, at No. 7. Here’s the entire top 10. You can check out all 25 ranked programs over at PFF.1. Alabama 2. Oklahoma 3. LSU 4. Clemson 5. Michigan 6. Florida State 7. Stanford 8. Ohio State 9. Tennessee 10. Ole MissAll in all, there are six SEC teams, six Pac-12 teams, three Big Ten teams, three ACC teams, four Big 12 teams, one independent and two non-power five teams. College football fans – do they have it right?[Pro Football Focus]last_img read more

New premier soon in Saskatchewan Alberta trade meeting delayed

first_imgEDMONTON – Next week’s meeting between Saskatchewan and Alberta to discuss trade issues is on hold.An Alberta government spokesman says Saskatchewan has asked for an extension given that the governing party is picking a new leader this weekend to replace Premier Brad Wall.The meeting was to take place on Wednesday, but the two sides hadn’t settled on a place.They had agreed to meet in Lloydminster, on the provincial boundary, but Wall’s government later asked that it be moved to Medicine Hat in southern Alberta, which is closer to Regina.The meeting grew out of a dispute between the two provinces in December when Saskatchewan banned vehicles with Alberta licence plates at its job sites.Saskatchewan said it was in response to similar rules at Alberta sites, but never provided any proof, and earlier this week it dropped the ban.Jean Marc-Prevost, spokesman for Alberta’s Economic Development Department, said Saskatchewan wants the meeting held sometime after a new Saskatchewan Party leader is chosen and a new cabinet is in place.“We’ve asked them to set a date as soon as possible – and to honour the invitation from the Lloydminster Heavy Construction Association who offered to host us,” said Prevost.“We want to improve our trade corridors and harmonize regulations with our neighbours, so products from our provinces get to market faster.”last_img read more

Taylor opens new wastewater lift station

first_img“We appreciate the joint effort between the Province and the Government of Canada to help rebuild our critical infrastructure,” said Taylor Mayor Rob Fraser. “To receive approximately a million dollars for our rural community is a tremendous support for our sewer infrastructure. This funding will help the future needs of our community, and I want to thank the Province and the federal government for this significant contribution.” The lift station has a pumping capacity of around 22 litres per minute. The station, which has been operational since February, pumps an average of 320 cubic metres of wastewater per day. The project is the third of four phases of the District’s sewer upgrades.“The Government of Canada is very proud to have contributed to the construction of this new lift station for the District of Taylor,” said Infrastructure and Communities Minister Amarjeet Sohi. “We are committed to investing in infrastructure that helps build cleaner, stronger and more sustainable communities. This project is an impressive example of a system that will better serve residents while supporting future growth and protecting the environment for years to come.” “The safe movement and treatment of wastewater is not something people always want to talk about, but it is essential for the health and wellbeing of communities,” said Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Selina Robinson. Thanks to this partnership between all levels of government, people in Taylor have a new, efficient lift station that will improve the way they treat wastewater in their community for years to come.” TAYLOR, B.C. – The District of Taylor held a ribbon-cutting ceremony this afternoon for a new $1.2 million wastewater lift station facility.Lift Station 3 was funded by contributions from both the federal and provincial governments, as well as from the District itself. Taylor contributed just over $400,000 towards the facility’s cost. The Province pitched in $386,100, while the feds’ contribution was $585,000. Taylor’s new lift station. Photo by Chris Newtonlast_img read more

NIRF ranks: CU, JU among top ten varsities in India

first_imgKolkata: The Calcutta University (CU) and Jadavpur University (JU) have made it to the list of the top ten universities across the country in the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) ranking that was launched by the Ministry of Human Resource Development on Monday.CU has bagged the fifth spot while JU featured in the sixth spot. In the overall ranking of institutions across the country CU has bagged the 12th spot while JU has come 13th. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaCU Vice-Chancellor Sonali Chakravarti Banerjee is elated with the performance of the university that had jumped to the fifth spot from 14 last year. “It is a result of our teamwork and our constant effort in upgradation of our academics and research. “We have already started developing the infrastructure of having an integrated system linking all our campus,” Banerjee said. A senior university official said that they have been able to compile several research works undertaken in various campuses of the varsity under a single umbrella which contributed to the jump in ranking of the university. ” Our aim is to figure at the top spot and for this we are taking new decisions to raise the academic and research standard of the varsity,” Banerjee added. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayJU had ranked fifth among the universities in 2017 and slipped to sixth in 2018. It remained in the sixth spot this year too. Jadavpur University Vice-Chancellor Suranjan Das said it is great news for Bengal with two of its universities figuring in top 10. “I feel very happy because I was also associated with CU for many years,” Das said. Academicians, however, feel that several instances of student movements in JU in has contributed to its remaining in the same spot. In fact, in the span of one month in February-March students’ movement had led to the gherao of senior officials of the university at least four times. “NIRF rankings give an academic recognition to a university and help the institution to have an edge in getting foreign funds,” a senior JU professor said. Two colleges in Bengal have also figured in the top ten colleges across the country. Ramkrishna Mission Vivekananda Centenary College in Rahara, North 24 Parganas has bagged the eighth spot while St. Xavier’s College in Kolkata has ranked 10th. IIT Kharagpur has bagged the 5th position in the overall ranking of institutions and has come 4th in the list of engineering institutes. Indian Institute of Management in Kolkata has bagged the third position in the category of management institutes.last_img read more

Football Ohio State a shooin for playoff spot in next College Football

OSU redshirt junior tight end Marcus Baugh (85) carries the ball during the first half of the Buckeyes 62-3 win against Maryland on Nov. 12. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorCOLLEGE PARK, Md. — In 2014, Ohio State was blessed with the No. 4 spot in the College Football Playoff poll. They received scrutiny and were bashed by opposing fans, but ultimately climbed college football’s highest summit to win it all. And now, it could happen again.On Saturday night, No. 2 Clemson lost to Pittsburgh on a last second field goal. After a season of close games and nail-biting finished, it seems coach Dabo Swinney’s luck finally ran out. And for the Buckeyes, that is a blessing.Following Saturday’s 62-3 win over Maryland, redshirt junior defensive end Tyquan Lewis overheard a reporter talking about the loss. Unaware of what had transpired at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, South Carolina during his post-game interviews, he could hardly contain his excitement.“Clemson lost?!” he said.With the Buckeyes perched at No. 5, and Clemson losing to an unranked opponent, OSU will be in prime position once again with the season winding down. The Buckeyes need two more wins to solidify their spot in the playoff.Junior H-back Curtis Samuel said now is the time to go for it, and keep themselves in the top-tier of college football.“It’s just that time of year that you’re getting closer to the playoffs and closer to championship games and we know we got to step it up and come out here every day and get right on them and put up numbers,” he said.The numbers OSU has put up the past two weeks have been eye-popping. 124 total points, 1,171 total yards, and just 380 yards and six points allowed.Prepare yourself for a wild ride. read more

Skriniar says Inter needs to be looking for the win

first_imgThe Nerazzurri and Juventus will play against each other in the next Italian Lega Serie A fixtureInternazionale Milan and Juventus are set to play each other in the next Italian Lega Serie A fixture.And for Milan Skriniar, is important that the Nerazzurri only think about the victory and nothing else.“We need to go there to look to get the three points, after trying to do so against Roma,” he was quoted on the team’s official website.“They’re strong but we have a competitive squad too. Cristiano Ronaldo? It’s tough to mark him but we’re focused on their whole team.”Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.He also talked about meeting legendary former Inter defender Walter Samuel.“We spoke a bit and it was a nice meeting,” he said.“I hope and dream of having a career like his.”“It’s nice to hear about rumors about big clubs but Inter are a big club. The fans can be calm because I’m happy to be here,” he concluded.last_img read more

Yaya Toure leaves Olympiakos after just 3 months

first_imgOlympiakos have announced that Yaya Toure has left the club after just three monthsThe Ivorian midfielder ended his eight-year association with Manchester City in the summer and chose to rejoin Olympiakos in September.Toure had previously spent the 2005/05 campaign with the Greek club, but his second spell failed to live up to expectations with just four appearances to his name – two of which came as a substitute.Now the former Barcelona star’s contract with Olympiakos has been terminated by mutual agreement.Official: Yaya Toure joins Chinese club Qingdao Huanghai Andrew Smyth – July 4, 2019 Manchester City legend Yaya Toure has returned to football with Chinese second-tier side Qingdao Huanghai following a seven-month spell on the sidelines.“Olympiakos and Yaya Toure would like to announce to the fans that they have mutually agreed to end their cooperation,” read a statement on the club website.“Yaya is leaving as a friend and the doors at Olympiakos will always be open for him. Our paths will surely cross again.”Toure managed 79 goals and 50 assists in 316 appearances for City in an eight-year spell.He won three Premier League titles, three EFL Cups and an FA Cup after a successful three years at Barcelona.last_img read more

Arrest Made In Car BreakIn Police Have Man In Custody

first_img Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force’s mission to combat abusive images of children online Update: Women robbed while exercising (21 year old Arrested) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Police get wanted man; Magistrate Court back open Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 06 Sept 2015 – One man is behind bars in connection to a string of car break-ins that have plagued the island of Providenciales for the past two weeks.No word on if or when police will lay formal charges against the man as they investigate more than a dozen cases of car break -ins from the Bight, Grace Bay, Five Cays and Kew Town.The alleged nabber or nabbers have managed to vandalize vehicles, making off with small amounts of cash and electronics.Police remind residents to keep their vehicles locked and remove valuables from plain sight. Related Items:car break-in, policelast_img read more

3 more killed in 3 more gunfights

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationThree people were killed in separate incidents of what law enforcement called gunfights in Barishal, Feni and Mymensingh districts early Sunday.In Barishal, an unidentified member of a ‘robber gang’ was killed in a reported gunfight with a team of detectives in Bottola Bazar area of Dakshin Char Aicha village in sadar upazila, reports UNB.Being informed that a gang of robbers was taking preparation for committing robbery in the area, a team of detectives conducted a drive there around 3:00am, said Kaunia police station officer-in-charge Nurul Islam.When the team reached the spot, the gang members opened fire on them, prompting them to retaliate, triggering a gunfight, police said.At one stage, the robber gang fled the scene. Later, the law enforcement recovered the body from the spot.Police also recovered a pipe gun, two sharp weapons and eight rounds of bullets from the spot, the OC added.Sub-inspector Rafiq and two constables Rafiq and Hafiz were injured during the ‘gunfight’, he said.In Feni, a suspected drug and arms trader was killed in a reported gunfight with police in Pathan Nagar of Chhagalnaiya upazila early Sunday.The deceased is Alamgir Hossain Bhuiyan, son of late Abdus Salam Bhuiyan of Paschim Pathan Gor area.Alamgir was accused in nine cases including that of drugs and arms trading filed with Chhagalnaiya police station, said officer-in-charge of the police station M Morshed.Acting on tip off that Alamgir was staying in an abandoned house in the village, a team of police raided the area around 1:00am.Sensing the presence of police, the drug traders opened fire on law enforcers, prompting them to retaliate, that triggered the gunfight.After the gunfight, police found the bullet hit body of Alamgir there. He was rushed to Feni Sadar Hospital where doctors declared him dead.Police recovered one pistol, three cartridges, 1000 pieces of Yaba tablets and 100 bottles of Phensedyl from the house.In Mymensingh, a suspected drug trader was killed in an alleged gunfight with police in Gonshar intersection area of the town around 2:30am.The deceased is Rajiul Hasan Biplob, 45, son of a certain late Billal Hossain, and was accused in several cases.District detective branch of police officer-in-charge Ashikur Rahman said that being tipped off a team of detectives conducted a raid in the area.Sensing the presence of the law enforcement, the criminals opened fire on them, prompting police to retaliate, triggering the gunfight that left Biplob bullet hit.He was rushed to Mymensingh Medical College Hospital where physicians declared him dead.The law enforcement’s versions of the events were, however, not verified independently as no versions of the incidents were available immediately either from any witnesses or from any members of the victims’ families.On Saturday, four people were killed in alleged gunfights in Jashore and Mymensingh.Earlier, three people were killed in gunfights with RAB members in Chattogram and Chapainawabganj districts on Thursday night and Friday.last_img read more

Hurricane Dorian Expected To Hit Florida Coast

first_img https://ondemand.npr.org/anon.npr-mp3/npr/me/2019/08/20190829_me_dorian_hits_usv… by NPR News Bill Chappell 8.29.19 11:47am Updated at 11:01 a.m. ETHurricane Dorian is predicted to hit Florida and the northern Bahamas this weekend as an extremely dangerous Category 4 storm, bringing intense rains and sustained winds of 130 mph, the National Hurricane Center says.With favorable conditions and very warm waters ahead, Dorian is expected to have a fearsome growth spurt in the next 48 hours. As the NHC says, “all of the intensity models forecast Dorian to begin strengthening again soon, and rapid intensification could occur.”Dorian has now left the Caribbean Sea and is over the open Atlantic Ocean, about 220 miles north-northwest of San Juan, Puerto Rico. It has 85 mph winds and is moving northwest at 13 mph, the National Hurricane Center says in its 11 a.m. ET update.”There is an increasing likelihood of life-threatening storm surge along portions of the Florida east coast” on Labor Day weekend, the National Hurricane Center says.Dorian is expected to make landfall as a major hurricane early Monday. But the storm surge, heavy rains and strong winds will start arriving hours earlier — and many parts of Florida could feel the storm’s effects, says NHC Director Ken Graham.”Please don’t think this is just coastal,” Graham says in a video update Thursday morning. “This is over the whole state.”Dorian also is expected to maintain its hurricane status as it moves inland — a process Graham said would be slow and dangerous and could produce “high impacts” through persistent wind and rain.On the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, a Category 4 storm (with winds from 130-156 mph) can cause catastrophic damage, including damage to well-built frame homes. “Most trees will be snapped or uprooted and power poles downed,” the NHC says in its guide to the wind scale. “Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last weeks to possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.”Pointing to an “M” on the forecast map that denotes Dorian’s approach as a major hurricane and then to an “H” near the center of Florida, Graham added, “The distance here is about 24 hours.”Dorian is poised to be the most powerful hurricane to strike Florida’s east coast in decades. Last year, Hurricane Michael became the first Category 5 hurricane to hit the contiguous United States since Andrew in 1992. But Michael made landfall on the Gulf side of Florida, at Mexico Beach. In 2017, Hurricane Irma made landfall as a Category 4 storm in the Florida Keys, before hitting the state a second time on its Gulf Coast.Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has declared a state of emergency for 26 counties in the current path of the hurricane, citing forecasters’ dire predictions of high winds and the chance for a damaging storm surge and flooding.Citing data from a NOAA P-3 aircraft, the NHC says in its 11 a.m. ET update that “there is now a double eyewall structure,” with a small inner eye that’s only 5 nautical miles in diameter inside a larger 25-nautical mile outer eyewall. The agency adds that the concentric structure is likely preventing the hurricane from developing stronger winds, despite a decrease in its central pressure to 986 mb. NHC meteorologists say they expect Dorian to expand as it gains power. As of 11 a.m. ET Thursday, it was projecting hurricane-force winds up to 15 miles from its center, with tropical-storm-force winds extending up to 90 miles.On Wednesday, Dorian drenched parts of Puerto Rico, St. Thomas and other islands. The storm became a hurricane as it approached those land masses, with sustained winds of 75 to 80 mph. Despite raising alarms in a string of Caribbean islands, there have been no reports that Dorian caused extensive damage — a relief for areas that are still working to recover from the ravages of Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Irma in 2017.”Thankfully, there were no reports of major damage here,” NPR’s Adrián Florido reports from San Juan. He adds that in the U.S. Virgin Islands, “there were widespread power outages” in both St. Thomas and St. Croix, along with some flooding. In Puerto Rico, the newspaper El Nuevo Día says that compared with Maria and Irma, Dorian served as “a great drill” to put the government’s response system to a test.Now it’s Florida’s turn to prepare, as a major hurricane heads toward its central east coast. The first tropical-storm-force winds could hit the state as early as Saturday night, although the most likely prediction calls for them to arrive on Sunday, the NHC says.Both DeSantis and Florida’s Sen. Rick Scott said that they spoke to President Trump on Wednesday night and that he had assured them the federal government is ready to help Florida. Pete Gaynor, acting administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, says the National Response Coordination Center is now at Level 1, its highest level, because of the storm. Listing FEMA’s priorities in a tweet, Gaynor says it will help in “re-establishing communications & power after the storm & coordinating federal resources to support local government needs.”Warning against taking the forecast’s five-day cone too literally — and assuming landfall will occur precisely where the current path hits the coast — the NHC’s Graham said, “Two-thirds of the time, based on our average error over the last five years, you could see the center of this system anywhere inside this cone.”That means that everyone from southern Georgia all the way down to the Florida Keys “really has to pay attention to this system,” Graham said.For much of the next 48 hours, Dorian will likely be on a fairly northwestern track. It’s then predicted to make a left turn to the west-northwest. But the timing and angle of that shift remains uncertain, meaning any landfall predictions are very likely to change. Forecast models are predicting a number of potential paths into Florida’s coast, ranging from near the Georgia border to South Florida. The current projection is based on a consensus of those predictions.”We don’t want anybody focusing on exactly where the center would come ashore,” says NHC spokesman Dennis Feltgen, “because hurricanes, as we know, are not a dot on a map. Their impacts are over a wide area.”With the storm at sea, no coastal watches or warnings are currently in effect for Dorian. But forecasters say it could skim the northwestern Bahamas on its way to the U.S. mainland. The Bahamas Department of Meteorology is monitoring the hurricane, but it says that because the storm’s track has stayed to the east, the island chain might suffer only a glancing blow from Dorian.While Dorian caused some flooding and isolated damage in the Caribbean, there are now sighs of relief, as leaders give thanks and schools and businesses prepare to open.In the British Virgin Islands, the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport on Beef Island reopened early Thursday.Giving a summary of the hurricane’s effects late Wednesday night, BVI Premier Andrew Fahie said, “Thanks be to God that we have had no reports of loss of lives, serious injuries, major property damage, crimes or problems in relation to businesses being compromised. “Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR. Hurricane Dorian Expected To Hit Florida Coast With 130 MPH… last_img read more