Ohio State-VT TrailerWe have to wait a couple extra days for the most anticipated game of Week 1 to kick off. Ohio State, the unanimous No. 1 team in college football, is set to face Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., on Monday night. The Buckeyes and the Hokies played in 2014, with OSU losing its only game of its national championship season. Urban Meyer’s squad will be out for revenge in Lane Stadium. ESPN has released an epic trailer for the contest. WATCH: ESPN Ohio State vs Virginia Tech Game Promo! #GoBucks #BeatVT pic.twitter.com/qGzquXM6O0— The Buckeye Nut (@TheBuckeyeNut) September 1, 2015We can’t wait for this one. The game is set to kick off at 8 p.m. E.T. on ESPN.
New Delhi: The CBI on Thursday arrested a Home Ministry official in Delhi for offering a bribe of Rs 2 crore to a senior agency official in exchange for settling an investigation, officials here said.They said that Dheeraj Kumar Singh, Section Officer (IPS-IV) of the Police-I Division in the Ministry of Home Affairs was arrested from the Capital city in a trap while trying to pay an amount of Rs 16 lakh in cash, alleged to be the first installment of the entire amount. The Central Bureau of Investigation also arrested Dinesh Chand Gupta, a private person in the case, who was with the MHA official when the bribe was being paid. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’According to officials, the CBI was probing a Preliminary Enquiry against a private Indian company, involving some public officials when Singh had approached a DIG-ranked CBI official with an offer of Rs 2 crore to “settle” the probe. The DIG-ranked officer immediately took the matter to his seniors and became the complainant in the case, which led to the agency setting up an elaborate trap for the ministry official and his co-accused. Officials said that after the arrest was made, agency sleuths also conducted searches at Singh’s residential premises, from where several incriminating documents were recovered, which are being scrutinised by investigators. Both Singh and Gupta were produced in a designated court here on Thursday. The CBI had issued a statement, later in the day, saying, “The CBI also advises the public not to attempt to settle any investigation matters with the CBI by using influence and also not to be allured by services of middlemen who may offer to settle cases with the agency.”
WASHINGTON – Republicans muscled the largest tax overhaul in 30 years through the Senate early Saturday, taking a big step toward giving President Donald Trump his first major legislative triumph after months of false starts and frustration on other fronts.“Just what the country needs to get growing again,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said in an interview after a final burst of negotiation closed in on a nearly $1.5 trillion package that impacts the breadth of American society.He shrugged off polls finding scant public enthusiasm for the measure, saying the legislation would prove its worth. “Big bills are rarely popular,” he said. “You remember how unpopular ‘Obamacare’ was when it passed?”Trump on Saturday tweeted his thanks to Senate and House Republicans as they now begin trying to reconcile differences in legislation passed by both chambers, a behind-closed-doors process that is expected to move swiftly. Trump is aiming to sign the tax package into law before Christmas. “Biggest Tax Bill and Tax Cuts in history just passed in the Senate,” he tweeted inaccurately. The overhaul is significant but far from the largest.Presiding over the Senate, Vice-President Mike Pence announced the 51-49 vote to applause from Republicans. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., was the only lawmaker to cross party lines, joining the Democrats in opposition. The measure focuses its tax reductions on businesses and higher-earning individuals, gives more modest breaks to others and offers the boldest rewrite of the nation’s tax system since 1986.Republicans said the package would benefit people of all incomes and ignite the economy. Even an official projection of a $1 trillion, 10-year flood of deeper budget deficits couldn’t dissuade GOP senators from rallying behind the bill.“Obviously I’m kind of a dinosaur on the fiscal issues,” said Corker, who battled to keep the bill from worsening the government’s accumulated $20 trillion in IOUs.The Republican-led House approved a similar bill last month in what has been a stunningly quick trip through Congress for complex legislation. Democrats derided the hastily written, scribbles-in -the-margin crafting of the bill in the final hours Friday night.After spending the year’s first nine months futilely trying to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care law, GOP leaders were determined to move the measure rapidly before opposition Democrats and lobbying groups could blow it up. The party views passage as crucial to retaining its House and Senate majorities in next year’s elections.Democrats dismissed the bill as a gift to its wealthy and business backers at the expense of lower-earning people. They played up the fact that the bill would permanently reduce corporate tax rates, from 35 per cent to 20 per cent, while offering only temporary tax cuts to individuals, lasting until 2026.Congress’ nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation has said the bill’s reductions for many families would be modest and by 2027, families earning under $75,000 would on average face higher, not lower, taxes.The bill is “removed from the reality of what the American people need,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. He criticized Republicans for releasing a revised, 479-page bill that no one could absorb shortly before the final vote, saying, “The Senate is descending to a new low of chicanery.”“You really don’t read this kind of legislation,” Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., told home-state reporters, saying senators focus on the major provisions as opposed to the “mind numbing” comparisons to current law.Democrats took to the Senate floor and social media to mock one page that included changes scrawled in barely legible handwriting. Later, they won enough GOP support to kill a provision by Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., that would have bestowed a tax break on conservative Hillsdale College in Michigan.The bill hit rough waters after the Joint Taxation panel concluded it would worsen federal shortfalls by $1 trillion over a decade, even when factoring in economic growth that lower taxes would stimulate. Trump administration officials and many Republicans have insisted the bill would pay for itself by stimulating the economy. But the sour projections stiffened resistance from some deficit-averse Republicans.But after bargaining that stretched into Friday, GOP leaders nailed down the support they needed in a chamber they control, 52-48. Facing unyielding Democratic opposition, Republicans could lose no more than two GOP senators and prevail with a tie-breaking vote from Vice-President Mike Pence, but ended up not needing it.Late changes introduced by GOP leaders included helping millions of companies whose owners pay individual, not corporate, taxes on their profits by allowing deductions of 23 per cent, up from 17.4 per cent. That helped win over Wisconsin’s Johnson and Steve Daines of Montana.People would be allowed to deduct up to $10,000 in property taxes, a demand of Sen. Susan Collins of Maine. That matched a House provision to keep some GOP votes from high-tax states like New York, New Jersey and California.The changes added nearly $300 billion to the tax bill’s costs. To pay for that, leaders decided not to erase the alternative minimum tax. Instead, they reduced the number of high-earners who must pay it. They also increased a one-time tax on profits U.S.-based corporations are holding overseas and they would require firms to keep paying the business version of the alternative minimum tax.Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. — who like Corker had been a holdout and has sharply attacked Trump’s capabilities as president — voted for the bill. He said he’d received commitments from party leaders and the administration “to work with me” to restore protections, dismantled by Trump, for young immigrants who arrived in the U.S. illegally as children. That seemed short of a pledge to actually revive the safeguards.The Senate bill would drop the highest personal income tax rate from 39.6 per cent to 38.5 per cent. The estate tax levied on a few thousand of the nation’s largest inheritances would be narrowed to affect even fewer.Deductions for state and local income taxes, moving expenses and other items would vanish, the standard deduction — used by most Americans — would nearly double to $12,000 for individuals and $24,000 for couples, and the per-child tax credit would grow.The bill would abolish the “Obamacare” requirement that most people buy health coverage or face tax penalties. Industry experts say that would weaken the law by easing pressure on healthier people to buy coverage, and the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has said the move would push premiums higher and leave 13 million additional people uninsured.Drilling would be allowed in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Another provision, knocked out because it violated Senate budget rules, would have explicitly let parents buy tax-advantaged 529 college savings accounts for fetuses, a step they can already take but which anti-abortion forces wanted inscribed into law. There were also breaks for the wine, beer and spirits industries, Alaska Natives and aircraft management firms.___Associated Press writers Andrew Taylor and Richard Lardner in Washington and Scott Bauer Milwaukee contributed to this report.
See the full warning below.Warnings2:32 PM PST Friday 01 February 2019Extreme Cold Warning in effect for:B.C. North Peace RiverA period of very cold wind chills is expected.With arctic air now settled over the Peace region, strong northerly winds will continue tonight to produce wind chill values below minus 40. Windy conditions are expected to last through Saturday night.Extreme cold puts everyone at risk.Risks are greater for young children, older adults, people with chronic illnesses, people working or exercising outdoors, and those without proper shelter. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – An extreme cold warning has been issued for the North Peace.Environment Canada says a period of very cold wind chills is expected through Saturday night. The wind chill will produce temperatures below minus 40.The forecast calls for temperatures to drop to minus 38 overnight Friday and to minus 43 overnight Saturday before the current storm moves out of the B.C. Peace. Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to [email protected] or tweet reports using #BCStorm.
Kolkata: A Trinamool worker was beaten and hacked to death at Rajapur in Uluberia here on Saturday night. The deceased has been identified as Gobinda Pramanik (35). It has been alleged that the accused persons were known BJP supporters and local residents. The Election Commission (EC) has already sought a report on the incident from the District Magistrate.According to sources, Pramanik, an auto rickshaw driver by profession, was an active Trinamool worker. On Saturday around 8:30 pm, he was returning home after parking his auto rickshaw at at Kamalachak in Rajapur. While he was walking towards his home, some miscreants allegedly blocked his way and started beating him. They stabbed him multiple times and didn’t stop attacking even when he fell on the ground. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaHearing Gobinda screaming, a few local residents ran to help him. As people came forward to help Pramanik, the miscreants fled the scene leaving him in a pool of blood. Pramanik was rushed to Uluberia Sub-Divisional Hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead. Rajapur police station was immediately informed. Local Trinamool leaders went to the hospital and Pramanik ‘s home. The Trinamool alleged that the BJP is trying to create unrest situation in the area before the Lok Sabha election. Pramanik ‘s wife Saraswati also alleged that some BJP supporters has killed her husband as he used to be an active Trinamool worker. She also named some people , who had earlier attacked Pramanik. Though local residents and Pramanik family are pointing their fingers at the BJP workers, local BJP leaders denied the allegation. A case has been registered against a few BJP supporters at the Rajapur police station. Till Sunday night, no one has been arrested in this case.
Udaipur: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said his government had taken strong action against terrorism and that the Congress does not understand the importance of the issue because of its “narrow mindset”.”Modi is taking action against terrorism. Modi is hitting them in their homes,” the prime minister said, in an election rally here. He said national security is “very much” the issue of Lok Sabha elections, but the Congress, due to its “narrow mindset”, does not understand this. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”Congress and its ‘mahamilavati’ (wordplay on mahagathbandhan) say Modi should not talk about national security and terrorism in elections. Someone else may get deceived but not Modi,” he said. It is okay if issues like national security are not highlighted in local elections, but in Lok Sabha polls it is very much an important issue, Modi said. “They (opposition) have narrow mindset. Even after 60 years, they do not understand what the issues of the country are. They are roaming around the country with five-six abusive words,” Modi said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KTargeting Congress leaders for asking for evidences of surgical strikes, Modi said the ‘saboot gang’ has put the country down, but people have now given the Opposition ‘saboot’ (evidence) in the initial phases of polling in the country. “Will you be trusting ‘sapoot’ (soldiers) or those who demand ‘saboot’,” he asked. The prime minister targeted the previous UPA government, saying that it pressured the banks to give loans to “its millionaire friends, but our government gave loans to the poor, tribals and youths under the MUDRA scheme”. “Now, if someone has fled abroad, either he will have to return or he will be extradited just like Michel ‘mama’ of Naamdaars. If any rich does not return money taken as loans from bank, then he will not be able to sleep comfortably,” he said, referring to British-national Christian Michel, alleged middleman in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper case who was arrested after his extradition from Dubai. He said the NDA government has showed that running an honest government in the country is possible. Modi said the foundation which will be laid in the next five years will decide the future of the 21st century. “The upcoming polls are very important for those who are going to vote for the first time. Those who are born in the 21st century will nurture dreams and realise them in this century. A strong foundation will be laid in the next five years,” Modi said. The prime minister said Congress knows very well how to spread lies and do manipulations. In the rally, Modi highlighted the achievements of his government and sought vote for the BJP.
Noida: Two contractual labourers died after drowning in water while pursuing a pipeline laying work at a sewer in Salarpur area of Noida on late Thursday night.Following the incident, the Noida authority has terminated a junior engineer for dereliction of duty and filed an FIR against the labour contractor for negligence. The incident occurred around 9 pm when the two deceased workers, identified as Aslam (39) and Hamid (20), were putting up a sewer line under the Dadri Surajpur Chhalera (DSC) road. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesAs per reports, the workers were working in a 12 feet deep ditch when the adjacent drain leaked and they were drowned. Both of them got stuck between the pipe and wall while the mud collapsed over them with the water flow and both of them got buried underneath. Cops said that they reached the spot around 10 pm and a crane was arranged to begin with the rescue operation. “Police teams began the rescue operation around 10 pm but were unable to trace the victims. We immediately called the NDRF team who reached the spot around midnight and a much intensified rescue operation was again started around 3 am. Both the bodies were recovered on early Friday morning around 6:30 am and 7 am respectively,” said Prashant Kapil, Station House officer of sector 39 police station. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarMeanwhile a few other labourers working at the site said that none of the labourers were provided with the safety kit and other equipments which are necessary to be given to the workers before they enter any such sewerage. Also, they alleged that the contractor started the work late in evening and continued till night. Rajesh Kumar Singh, Officer on Special Duty (OSD), Noida authority told Millennium Post that the authority has terminated junior engineer Pawan Kumar for dereliction of duty while the authority has also registered an FIR against the contractor Hariom Singh who violated the norm by engaging workers at night. “It’s very unfortunate for such a incident to happen and we will ensure strict actions against those responsible for this. The JE has been dismissed while a police complaint has been made against the contractor,” said Singh. The officer further said that the matter of compensation to the family of deceased is also under consideration. Earlier in 2017 also, three sanitation workers died of suffocation while cleaning a sewer line at BDS market in sector 110, Noida. The lack of safety measures and negligence from the contractor was also highlighted in the incident. However, the Noida authority announced a compensation of Rs 10 lakhs each for the family of deceased persons.
Because of Ohio State’s convincing defeat of Indiana on Saturday, coupled with Alabama’s loss at South Carolina, the Buckeyes head to Wisconsin this weekend with the No. 1 ranking in the nation. Despite the hype the top ranking creates, OSU coach Jim Tressel said Tuesday that Wisconsin is going to come prepared. “They were going to be ready if we were 15th,” Tressel said. “I don’t know that that will change their readiness. What’s most critical is our readiness and our preparation and how we handle the adversity.” Although Tressel said the ranking won’t change things in Wisconsin, senior defensive end Cameron Heyward said the ranking could present a more difficult challenge. “We always just want to be No. 2, then we just go under the radar,” Heyward said. “No one expects No. 2 to do everything, but when you’re at No. 1, everyone is looking for you to fall … We look forward to just proving them wrong.” Injury report After adding another dimension to the Buckeye offense with his strong play to open the season, tight end Jake Stoneburner has missed the last two games after spraining an ankle against Eastern Michigan. However, Tressel said there is a chance the junior could return to the lineup Saturday. “He was back doing individual drills on Sunday night,” Tressel said. “I’m told that he is probable, but that was said cautiously.” Offensive lineman J.B. Shugarts missed part of the Indiana game with lingering foot problems. Tressel said it is something Shugarts will deal with all year but said he expects Shugarts to be ready to go this weekend. Pryor continues to impress Even with his legs being a non-factor against Indiana, Terrelle Pryor continued to prove he is developing into a precision passer. Setting a personal best through the air with 334 yards and 24 completions, Pryor earned both Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week and team Player of the Week honors. And after another week to rest his quadriceps strain, Pryor is ready to run, Tressel said. “We feel going into every game that we need the two-way threat because sometimes the best decision that a quarterback makes is to tuck it and take off,” Tressel said. “It just so happens when he tucks it and takes off, it could be 60 (yards). So that’s huge to us, having that ability.” Battle in the trenches Wisconsin typically possesses one of the premiere offensive lines in the country. Tressel said that this week, winning the battle in the trenches is of utmost importance. “Every game is won there,” Tressel said. “The trenches are where it will be. Run game certainly, pass protection, for sure, both sides. That’s where the game is won and lost.” Heyward echoed his coach’s sentiments and said going up against Wisconsin’s offensive line will be no easy task. “I think Miami (Fla.) was a great offensive line as well, and there’s a couple teams that have a couple good players on the offensive line, but I think this is the most complete,” Heyward said. “They run so hard and finish blocks very well. They’re some trees and they get so much push, it’s going to be critical for us to keep up the line of scrimmage on our side.” Physical game With both Dan Herron and Dane Sanzenbacher suffering concussions during their last trip to Camp Randall, the Buckeyes are well-aware of the level of physicality to expect. “It’s a physical game,” Tressel said of OSU–Wisconsin meetings. “That’s the way Wisconsin plays and that’s why they’re good … They’ve got good intention to smack you.” Going for BCS No. 1 The Buckeyes might be ranked No. 1 in the polls, but projected BCS rankings have OSU at No. 5. Heyward said the team isn’t concerned. “I think every week is a chance,” he said. “We have so many opponents left on our schedule. No matter what the ranking is, it’s not even an upset or anything, it’s just Big Ten football. We know every opponent is going to give us their best shot, and every week we have to prove to everybody that we deserve that ranking.”
Belgium defender Vincent Kompany has insisted that his side are not losing any sleep ahead of their quarter-final clash with Brazil, despite their superior individual qualitiesThe five-time world champions will face Belgium at the Kazan Arena on Friday on the back of a comfortable 2-0 win over Mexico on Monday that saw a welcome return to form from Neymar after he scored the opening goal and later assisted Roberto Firmino for their second of the game.But while Brazil had comfortably progressed, it took a stunning late comeback against Japan for Belgium to progress themselves after going two goals down unexpectedly.While the Red Devils recovered in the final 30 minutes of the encounter to score a dramatic late winner through Nacer Chadli, any poor start against Brazil will very likely be unredeemable this time around.But even so, Kompany is fully embracing the challenge of taking on the “best team” on Friday.“Individually, Brazil are the strongest team in this World Cup,” said the 32-year-old, according to SportsKeeda.“That is a compliment but it doesn’t affect our chances against them. None of us are going to sleep at night thinking we have already lost to Brazil.Neymar can win the Ballon d’Or, says Ander Herrera Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 An “excited” Ander Herrera believes new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is a contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe.“Defensively they are solid, they win all their defensive duels and in attack, they are not scared to take people on one on one. They always have a key to unlock any situation.“We are going to look them in the eye. But if we make this a match of individuals, then we’ll lose.“If it becomes a match of individual performances we’ve got no chance. If we play as a team, if we fight for each other, we can do it and that’s what matters to me.”The Manchester City captain is confident in head coach Roberto Martinez’s possession-based style for Belgium that has seen them use a 3-4-3 formation to better utilise their attacking prowess.“We have developed an attractive style of football, we have scored a lot of goals and showed our good side,” said Kompany.“We’re constantly improving. We just have to step up to another level against Brazil. At least I hope we can.”