ESPN.Alabama is the favorite to win it all this season, according to nearly every sportsbook out there. Nick Saban disagrees with the oddsmakers. Who does the five-time national champion head coach think should be favored to win the national championship? The team his program defeated in last season’s College Football Playoff title game: Clemson. “How can they not pick Clemson?” Saban said during his appearance at ESPN today. “Deshaun Watson is most dominant player in college football since Cam Newton.”Bama 5/1 fav to win nat’l title. Nick Saban: “How can they not pick Clemson? Deshaun Watson is most dominant player in CFB since Cam Newton”— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) July 19, 2016Coach Saban starting the morning off in Bristol on @SportsCenter #RollTide pic.twitter.com/taAVky2Ohs— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) July 19, 2016This is just Saban trying to lessen the expectations for his team, but Clemson’s path to the national championship game is clearer than Alabama’s. The Crimson Tide are probably a more-talented team, but their quarterback situation is unclear and the schedule is pretty brutal. The Tigers, meanwhile, have a Heisman Trophy contender behind center and a more manageable schedule. Who are you betting on to win it all this year?
CALGARY (660NEWS) — Calgary’s economic plan has received another update to deal with a changing economy and continued challenges lingering from the recession.Titled “Calgary in the New Economy”, the plan is an update on the previous strategy unveiled in 2014. It focuses on four key areas: talent, innovation, place and business environment.Calgary Economic Development is stressing an importance on modernization and keeping young people in the city.“We have an incredible opportunity as a city,” said Executive Chair Steve Allan. “We have this livable city, we have incredible talent, a young, well-educated workforce, and office space. So those are great things to build on.”During the press conference revealing the plan, speakers talked about how the economy is still getting better in Calgary, although some challenges remain. There is still concern over energy and getting a better price for our products. Also, on the topic of office space, vacancy remains very high and unemployment remains a concern.“Over the last few months, it feels like we’ve stagnated in terms of jobs in particular,” said Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi.Nenshi added the plan emphasizes different ways to attract young people downtown and fill up some of that space.“So bringing more people downtown and investing in areas that lead to direct job creation are two major priorities.”But there is lots of positivity about the road ahead. If all goes to plan, technology will get more of a focus in Calgary as a way to bridge the gap between different industries.“Innovation crosses all of our sectors, and we’ve got a lot of innovation going on in agriculture, in energy, in transportation, in logistics and in health sciences. A lot of stuff happening here,” said Allan.Ideally, the city can continue to pull out of the recession and take steps towards a more youthful and modernized world.“We have a real opportunity to ensure that young people are deeply engaged in the work that we do. So it starts with making sure that in elementary and junior high and high school, kids are learning about entrepreneurship and innovation — which is happening now. But it also makes sure that people see real opportunities not just to get a great job here, but to start a business here,” added Nenshi.“You have to embrace change,” said Allan. “I’m an old guy, but I love change. I’ve lived in a world of change so I love it. Like every day it’s exciting when you find something and I don’t begin to understand it at all.”While most of the initiatives in the plan will take five years or longer to implement, there are several with immediate targets including: create Canada’s largest talent accelerator, establish Calgary as a magnet for students, develop the Calgary innovation corridor and launch initiatives to generate business development.
NEW YORK — Small business issues often win bipartisan support on Capitol Hill, but given the divisions in the incoming 116th Congress, advocates for companies have low expectations.Even after lawmakers deal with the partial government shutdown, a Democratic House, a Republican Senate and ongoing investigations of the Trump White House and campaign are expected to be obstacles to much small business-related work getting done.“I think 2019 is going to be a quiet year with maybe small reforms on tax things, maybe some trade legislation getting through,” said Karen Kerrigan, president of the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council.Company owners may see more movement in their states, said John Arensmeyer, CEO of Small Business Majority, who called governors “more aggressive than anyone” on helping small business.A look at issues that small business advocates expect to be on government agendas in 2019:HEALTH CARELawmakers were expected to introduce health care bills even before the federal court ruling last month that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional. Since that ruling, which is expected to be appealed and could reach the Supreme Court, House Democrats have said they plan to intervene in the defence of the law.Democrats expect to introduce bills to limit the use of low-cost short-term health plans that have limited coverage and bolster the ACA’s coverage of people with pre-existing conditions. Republican opposition to Democratic efforts is likely, although many GOP lawmakers voiced support for pre-existing condition coverage during their election campaigns.Small business groups want Congress to pass legislation limiting increases in health care costs — but they’re not optimistic.“To do that would be controversial,” said Todd McCracken, president of the National Small Business Association.Legislation expanding the availability of association health plans, or AHPs, stalled in the 115th Congress, and could be reintroduced. These plans allow individuals like sole proprietors to band together and buy insurance. They’re illegal under the ACA but the Trump administration last year issued rules making it possible for some owners to join AHPs. However, some states have laws making it difficult or impossible for their residents to join the plans, and more states might enact their own legislation.Changes in health care law are most likely to come from the states, Arensmeyer said.TAXESLegislation to simplify tax code provisions that affect small businesses languished in the last Congress and is expected to be reintroduced. Among other things, the Small Business Owners’ Tax Simplification Act would make due dates for estimated tax payments the last date of calendar year quarters. It would also make it easier for owners to deduct their own health care premiums.“They’re common sense reforms that are supported by both sides of the aisle,” Kerrigan says.Some business groups will seek further tax code simplification because of the administrative burden taxes place on owners. But hopes aren’t high.“Any material simplification is probably not going to happen with the divided Congress,” said Keith Hall, president of the National Association for the Self-Employed.TRADECongress is expected to consider the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement early in 2019. The trade deal, intended to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement, is opposed by Democrats who want stronger protections for U.S. workers from low-wage Mexican competition.Many U.S. small manufacturers export to Mexico and Canada and want the deal ratified.“It’s bad for business, particularly for small businesses, if the agreement just went away,” McCracken said.EMPLOYMENT ISSUESThe Labor Department is expected to issue its new regulations on overtime — which employees must be given overtime, and which are exempt. The Trump administration is rewriting rules written under the Obama administration and then blocked by a federal judge; those rules would have doubled the pay threshold at which workers would be exempt from overtime, to $47,476 from $23,660. An estimated 4.2 million people would have been able to begin earning OT under the rules.Kerrigan expects the rules to be issued early in the year, and predicted the threshold would be a compromise between the Obama administration version and no increase.INFRASTRUCTURELegislation to repair the nation’s roadways and bridges is expected in the new Congress although the Trump administration $1.5 billion proposal announced last February foundered. McCracken says the parties remain too far apart for a bill to pass — unless the economy provides some motivation for a compromise.“Infrastructure is one of those things that can generate a lot of activity and bolster the economy,” he says. Many companies that do the actual repairing of roads and bridges are small businesses like general contractors.INTERNET PRIVACYLaws aimed at protecting consumers’ privacy and personal information are expected to be pursued in state legislatures, and possibly in Congress, after California’s passage last year of its Consumer Privacy Protection Act. The law, which takes effect Jan. 1, 2020, requires businesses to disclose how they use personal information and gives consumers more control over how that information is used.The prospect of businesses having to comply with 50 different laws has some members of Congress in favour of creating a national standard. “That’s where you may see some bipartisanship,” Kerrigan said. But McCracken said it’s unlikely such a bill would pass both houses.PAID LEAVELegislation is expected in more states providing for paid sick leave and family leave for employees. Twelve states and 20 cities and counties have sick leave laws, which allow employees to accrue paid time off for their illnesses or a family member’s. Paid family leave, including time off to care for ill relatives, is the law only in California, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island; those states have employee and/or employer-funded insurance pools to partially replace workers’ wages.Democrats in the House may also introduce family leave legislation, but it likely wouldn’t survive the Senate, McCracken said.___For more small business news, insights and inspiration, sign up for our free weekly newsletter here: http://discover.ap.org/ssb_____Follow Joyce Rosenberg at www.twitter.com/JoyceMRosenberg . Her work can be found here: https://apnews.com/search/joyce%20rosenbergJoyce M. Rosenberg, The Associated Press
“No one should have to make the difficult decision between their family’s health and putting food on the table. We know that for many working households, needed prescriptions were going unfilled too often because Fair PharmaCare deductibles were too high. The changes we have made will provide thousands of families with the relief they need.”Previously, a household earning a net annual income between $15,000 and $30,000 would have to pay between $300 and $600 in deductibles before Fair PharmaCare would start to provide coverage assistance.Ministry of Health data has shown a link between low-income levels, deductibles and decreased drug spending, indicating that families will forgo filling prescriptions because of the cost, opting for other essentials, such as housing and groceries.Families earning under $45,000 in net annual income are also benefiting from this investment. Deductibles and co-payments have been lowered for households earning between $30,000 and $45,000 net, annually. Fair PharmaCare co-payments have also been eliminated for seniors born before 1940 earning a household net annual income up to $14,000, and for the lowest income households, those earning up to $13,750.Previously, anyone registered with Fair PharmaCare, even people with the lowest incomes, would have to pay out-of-pocket before receiving 100 percent coverage.The Government says by eliminating the family maximum for the lowest-earning families and reducing it for those earning less than a net annual income of $45,000 – families will save more on prescriptions throughout the year. VANCOUVER, B.C. – The B.C. Government is helping families get the prescription drugs they need as part of the Fair PharmaCare investment.The Government is investing $105 million in reducing or eliminating deductibles and co-payments for lower-income households.Minister of Health, Adrian Dix, says that no family should have to make the decision between buying food or family health. For more information on Fair Pharmacare, you can visit the Pharmacare website.
Kolkata: As political parties gear up for Lok Sabha polls in West Bengal, data released by the central government has shown that CPI(M) lawmaker Mohammed Salim has secured the top spot in terms of utilisation of MPLADS funds in the state, followed by TMC MPs. Besides Salim, the other five MPs who have performed well in terms of the MPLADS fund utilisation were all first-time MPs, involved in social service or the entertainment industry before becoming parliamentarians in 2014. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) enables MPs to recommend developmental work in their constituencies with an emphasis on creating durable community assets based on locally felt needs. West Bengal with 42 Lok Sabha seats had utilised around 93.42 per of the released MPLADS funds. Around Rs 803.39 crore was used in the last five years and Rs 124.47 crore still lies unused in the MPLADS from the state. Projects worth over Rs 1000 crore were recommended by MPs cutting across party lines and the amount sanctioned was Rs 902.44 crore. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja According to the data, Salim, a CPI(M) MP from Raiganj Lok Sabha seat had ensured 115.14 per cent utilisation of the released funds. The amount available with interest in MPLADS was Rs 20.98 crore. In the 16th Lok Sabha from 2014-2019, Salim had recommended around Rs 28.88 crore for developmental work of which Rs 21.51 crore was sanctioned by the Centre. Around Rs 20.05 crore was spent from the sanctioned amount. Salim alleged that the district administration had been “lethargic” in releasing the utilisation certificates thereby “blocking” the way for the release of funds for the subsequent year. Under MPLADS, the role of an MP is limited only up to recommendation of developmental works. Thereafter it is the responsibility of the district administration to sanction, execute and complete the works recommended by the MP within the stipulated time period. The second in the list of utilising the fund was first time TMC MP Mamata Bala Thakur, from Bongaon Lok Sabha constituency. The amount available with interest in MPLADS was around Rs 26.03 crore. Thakur had recommended around Rs 27.72 crore of which Rs 25.58 crore was sanctioned by the Centre. Of the sanctioned sum, around Rs 25.34 crore was spent and the percentage of utilisation of funds was 110.60 percent. Bengali actress and first time TMC MP Sandhya Roy from Medinipur Lok Sabha constituency ranked third. The amount available with interest in MPLADS was around Rs 26.92 crores and Roy had recommended around Rs 27.89 crore for developmental work of which the entire amount was sanctioned. Around Rs 26.50 crore was spent and the percentage of utilization was 104.40 percent. Bengali actor and first time TMC MP Deepak Adhikari, commonly know as Dev, from Ghatal Lok Sabha constituency ranked fourth. The amount available with interest in MPLADS was around Rs 18.91 crore and Adhikari had recommended around Rs 25.84 crore of which the entire amount was sanctioned. Around Rs 18.29 crore was spent and the percentage of utilisation is 102.51 percent. The fifth in the list was TMC MP Aparupa Poddar, another first time MP from Arambag Lok Sabha constituency. The amount available with interest in MPLAD was around Rs 28.55 crore and Poddar had recommended around Rs 35.88 crore of which Rs 28.25 crore was sanctioned. Around Rs 26.06 crore was spent and the percentage of utilization of released funds stood at 102.24 per cent. In the case of senior TMC leader and first time MP, Abhishek Banerjee, who also happens to be the nephew of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the percentage of utilisation of the released funds stand at 94.04 per cent. The amount available with interest in MPLADS was around Rs 26.87 crore. The MP had recommended projects around Rs 26.92 crore of which Rs 23.94 crores was sanctioned. Around Rs 21.56 crore was spent for various projects. The two BJP MPs from Bengal- Darjeeling MP S S Ahluwalia and Asansol MP Babul Supriyo – had recorded utilisation of released MPLADS funds at around 56.30 per cent and 72.68 per cent respectively. Ahluwalia alleged that he had submitted around 312 recommendations to the district administration for various developmental projects but 228 recommendations were yet to be processed. The amount available with interest in the MPLADS of Ahluwalia was around Rs 10.29 crore. Ahluwalia had recommended projects worth Rs 25.22 crores of which Rs 8.81 crore was sanctioned. Around Rs 5.83 crore was spent and the percentage of utilization of released funds was 56.30 per cent.
Gurugram: The district administration has completed the voter’s list in Gurugram. According to, the Deputy Commissioner Amit Khatri one lakh voters will be added.Providing the data on the increase in the number of voters, the officials of district administration highlighted that in 2017 there 1033801 voters which in 2018 and 2019 increased to 1064351 and 1082870. There are a total of 21 lakh voters who will be casting their vote Among the major areas Pataudi has a total of 206569 voters, Badhahpur has 346769, Gurugram is at 319563 and Sohna is at 209969. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe district administration also not shied away from in mentioning the sex ratio figures and was transparent in the parity among the voters in terms of gender. At 912 to 1000 males, Gurugram city was the leader in terms of having the best sex ratio among the voters. There are 167094 men and 152469 women who are eligible to vote. At 872, Sohna region proved to be laggard. As compared to 112160 men there are only 97809 women voters. In the other two areas, Pataudi has 108765 men and 97894 women voters and Badshahpur has 182435 men and 164334 women voters. These two regions had sex ratio figure of 901 females to 1000 males. Combining all the regions the sex ratio has been registered this time has not crossed 900 and was pegged at 899 females to 1000 males. In 2011, the sex ratio figures were registered at 853 women to 1000 males. To improve the sex ratio figures the pink booths will be introduced for the first time.
NEW DELHI: In Delhi the poll day witnessed higher voter turnout at the Muslim dominated areas. In this list Ballimaran legislative constituency witnessed the highest voter turnout of more than 68 per cent and this area of Chandni Chowk constituency is also a Muslim dominated area.In the Chandni Chowk constituency areas like Chandni Chowk, Matia Mahal also witnessed high voter turnout and these are the places which are Muslim dominated. Matia Mahal witnessed 66.94 per cent turnout of voters whereas Chandni Chowk had the voter turnout around 60 per cent. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesOn the other hand in the North East Delhi, Muslim majority areas like Seemapuri witnessed 67 per cent voter turnout, followed by Mustafabad with 65 per cent turnout. Silampur also witnessed 65 per cent voter turnout. In East Delhi, Trilokpuri which is also Muslim and caste minority dominated area witnessed nearly 65 per cent voter turnout which is the highest among the other areas of East Delhi. However, Okhla legislative assembly which is one of the most Muslim dominated areas in Delhi witnessed the lowest voter turnout and it was nearly 54 per cent. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarAccording to reports Muslim voters largely seemed to be favouring the Congress in Delhi. The AAP had tried hard to forge a poll alliance with the Congress, driven by the fear that the anti-BJP votes might shift to that party. Of the 1.36 crore voters across seven Lok Sabha seats in the national capital, 13 percent are Muslims. In constituencies such as Chandni Chowk, Muslim voters comprise 20 per cent of the total electorate. A large section of the community had shifted their allegiance from the Congress to Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), a move that helped the fledgling outfit trounce the Congress and BJP to emerge victorious in 67 of the 70 seats in the 2015 assembly election.
Members of OSU womens volleyball team celebrate after a play during a game against Florida State on September 6 at St. John’s Arena. Credit: Ashley Roudebush / For The LanternThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team is looking to capture its second tournament win in a row this weekend as it heads to Brooklyn, New York, for the Blackbird Invitational.OSU (5-1) is set to take on host Long Island University Brooklyn (0-4) on Friday at 7 p.m. to kick off the tournament. The No. 15 Buckeyes are then scheduled to take on two currently undefeated teams on Saturday, playing Syracuse (5-0) at 10 a.m. and No. 13 Arizona (6-0) at 5 p.m.The Buckeyes are riding a five-match winning streak and are coming off a tournament win on their home floor at St. John Arena, defeating then-No. 14 Florida State twice and Northern Illinois once.Coach Geoff Carlston was happy with the way his team stayed steady and worked together, and said he hopes it carries over to this weekend.“I thought we really played well as a unit this weekend,” he said. “Everyone impacted our team and our wins. In that sense, I think we feel really good about the culture we’ve created.”Carlston said his team has confidence after sweeping the Sports Imports D.C. Koehl Classic tournament, but his players are trying to remain grounded as they prepare for conference play.“We really try to stay so in the moment because you’re going to have big wins and big losses in the Big Ten,” he said. “Then the next day, you have to be playing another top 25 team.”Sophomore outside hitter Luisa Schirmer echoed the sentiments of her coach when she described the team as confident but focused as it heads into another important set of games.“Two undefeated teams are coming into the tournament, so we’re going to have to play our best again,” Schirmer said. “We can’t let our confidence overcloud how hard we’re going to have to work.”Keys to victoryHeading into the Blackbird Invitational, senior outside hitter Katie Mitchell said the key will be the intensity of the back-row defenders.“I thought our back-row defenders did a great job of scrapping,” she said. “I mean, they picked up everything that you could possibly throw at them.”In the D.C. Koehl Classic, junior libero Valeria León had 58 digs en route to a second straight all-tournament performance, while sophomore defensive specialist Kalisha Goree added 24.Mitchell also said the presence of the team’s middle blockers was huge for the OSU offense last weekend and she hoped they continue their high level of play.“Having the middles as a constant presence makes the other teams worry about them a little bit more than they usually do, and that opens up our offense,” she said.Sandbothe earns more honorsOne of the middle blockers to whom Mitchell was referring is junior Taylor Sandbothe, who was named a Big Ten co-player of the week alongside sophomore middle blocker Haleigh Washington of Penn State.“She played at another level this weekend and that’s what I talked to her about,” Carlston said. “And it wasn’t just the game, it was her persona, her personality, how she played the game.”Sandbothe was also named the D.C. Koehl Classic tournament MVP after picking up 42 kills on a .521 attack percentage, along with 16 blocks and three aces.What’s next?OSU will wrap up its nonconference schedule by playing in the Golden Grizzlies Invitational in Rochester, Michigan, on Sept. 18 and 19.
Michel Vorm is ready to stand in for Hugo Lloris when Tottenham Hotspur kick off their Premier League campaign at Newcastle United.The former Swansea goalie is set to be called upon by manager Mauricio Pochettino, as he has suggested, in a bid to rest a number of his World Cup stars at St James’ Park on Saturday lunchtime.And a relaxed Vorm, 34, says he will treat the build-up to the match like any other at a club where, in training sessions, it does not matter who is the first choice.Nine of Spurs’ internationals returned for training on Monday, including World Cup winner Lloris. And it’s clear they will not be fit for the first two Premier League matches.That is fine with Vorm, who has made 43 appearances for the club since signing from Swansea City in 2014.Virgil 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.“I need to make sure like always I’m ready,’ he said. ‘I always have a spell of games. I just try and be at a certain level and if I get the chance to show I’m still here.”Being a first-choice goalkeeper is difficult enough, but Vorm agreed that it is an art to be able to step in after long periods without match action.“I think so,’ he said. ‘In general, to be a goalkeeper, it’s mentally very tough. You can see it in World Cup final or Champions League final; there’s a certain pressure. As back-up of Hugo, when you’re called on at a club like this everyone expects everything to be good. It’s not easy. I think sometimes people underestimate how difficult it can be.”Vorm believes coaching sessions put on by trusted Pochettino lieutenant Toni Jiminez ensure each of the club’s goalkeepers are ready to perform.“The way we work is very intense and demanding,’ he said. ‘I think I’m a good professional. I make sure I give everything in training, and Toni treats everyone the same. It’s not like “who was playing.” We push each other and train at a very high level.”
For the Juventus manager, the Italian Lega Serie A has what it takes to fight racism but “there’s fear to make decisions.”Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri believes there’s an easy way to combat racism in the Italian Lega Serie A.But according to him, there is a fear of making decisions stopping this fight.“This isn’t anything new, many have spoken about it just to fill their mouths,” Allegri said to Sport 360.“It’s very, very easy, it’s not a matter of splitting an atom in four. There are devices in the stadiums to identify who isn’t respecting the rules.”Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“If I’m not mistaken, the person who threw a banana at Aubameyang can’t go into stadiums anymore. In Italy, we have a problem: there’s fear to make decisions,” he added.“We are all scared of taking important decisions because these are very unpopular. You get him and you give him a lifetime ban.”“And then the second point [on making an on-pitch response]; say there is a penalty and racist abuse starts, what are we supposed to do?” he commented.“This thing amuses me because I have heard many pundits saying this and that. In Italy, we are world champions in these cases. Instead of hushing and acting, we all make big speeches when it’s better to hush.”