The Assam Police on Sunday said Qamar-uz-Zaman, an alleged member of Hizbul Mujahideen arrested in Kanpur last week, had come home in the State for buying arms and recruiting people for the outfit.Director-General of Police Kuladhar Saikia said three of Qamar’s associates detained since September 14 had revealed the Hizbul Mujahideen’s plans for tapping “radicalised” youth in certain pockets of Assam. The three are Omar Farooq, Shahnawaz Alam and Saidul Alam.“From Farooq, our men got to know that Qamar-uz-Zaman visited Assam in August for recruitment of new cadres,” Mr. Saikia said.Omar is said to have told the police that he had worked for Qamar for the money offered. Qamar’s trip, the police said, was also to purchase arms.
The Bahamas will significantly expand its marine protected area (MPA) system from 3% to more than 10% of its waters by the end of this year. They have also committed to expanding the system to 22% by 2020 and plan to use MPAs as a catalyst for the development of a “blue economy.” Chile is putting forward a new national policy to prevent and deter against illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing. It’s been a good few days for marine conservationists.On Monday, the island nation of Kiribati announced that it will soon end commercial fishing in the Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA), a biologically-rich, California-sized swath of the Central Pacific.Yesterday, President Barack Obama announced that he will take steps to expand the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument in the south-central Pacific. The protected area now covers 225,000 square kilometers, but White House officials suggest it could expand to cover some 1.8 million square kilometers, making it the largest reserve on the planet. 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The 500,000-square-kilometer sanctuary will be equivalent to the size of Texas. Norway is allocating $1 billion to climate change mitigation and adaptation abroad, including substantial contributions to the Green Climate Fund; $150 million to promote sustainable fisheries abroad; and $1 million for studies on pollution involving plastic trash. The Cook Islands will expand its noncommercial fishing zone from 19 kilometers around each island to 80 kilometers and has pledged to include its northern islands in a marine park.Obama’s plan to expand the Pacific Islands reserve was greeted with relief. “Many of us in the marine community have been anxiously awaiting something from this administration that takes ocean conservation to a new level, and I think we’re seeing it right now,” Guggenheim says.The move “follows on 15 years of presidential attention on the oceans, starting with President [Bill] Clinton in 1998 with the National Oceans Conference,” notes Jason Patlis, president and CEO of the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation in Silver Spring, Maryland. “We saw it with President [George W.] Bush, and now we’re seeing it with President Obama, and it’s really great news to have this kind of leadership from the U.S. on behalf of the ocean.”The Obama administration’s move in the Pacific remote islands aims to build on protections first established in 2009 by President George W. Bush, who created the reserve under the 1906 Antiquities Act, which gives the president the authority to restrict the use of territory owned by the federal government. While the Bush administration gave protection to the 50 nautical miles surrounding the seven U.S. islands in the area, the Obama administration is moving to extend protections out 200 nautical miles from shore, to the edge of the U.S. exclusive economic zone. The action would increase the size of monument 10-fold.“The rationale for expanding these monuments from 50 to 200 nautical miles from the shoreline is not simply that big is better,” said Joshua Reichert, executive vice president of the Pew Charitable Trusts’ global environment program, in a statement. “Looked at as a whole, the expanded area is considered to harbor some of the most biologically diverse populations of marine life and intact ocean habitat in the world.” Pew has been a major force behind the creation of the Pacific reserves, working first with the Bush administration and now Obama to create and expand them.The reserve is home to a rich array of wildlife, including large predatory fishes such as commercially valuable tuna, swordfish, and marlin; five species of sea turtles; 22 species of protected marine mammals; and several million seabirds of 19 species. The reefs surrounding two of the islands—Kingman and Palmyra—are believed to contain the greatest known biomass of fish, and representation of apex predators, of any studied coral reef system on earth, according to Pew. (Palmyra is also home to a prominent marine biology research station operated by a coalition of foundations, museums, and universities.)The region is also home to countless species that scientists have yet to discover and describe. With the expansion of the monument, an estimated 241 seamounts—submerged mountain peaks—are expected to be under protection. Each one typically harbors many new species that are new to science.The reserve expansion wasn’t the only marine-related move the Obama administration announced in recent days. The White House also announced a plan to combat black market fishing by requiring that all seafood in the United States be sustainable and traceable. The initiative, which will include stepped-up labeling and inspection efforts, is aimed at ending illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing, which is estimated to account for 20% of the value of world catches. Economists estimate the black market in fish produces between $10 billion and $23.5 billion in economic losses.The administration has also announced that is reopening to the public the process for proposing new U.S. marine sanctuaries. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which oversees the U.S. sanctuary program, blocked public nominations in 1995, saying it didn’t have the resources to keep up. (Members of Congress and others could still nominate places they’d like to see protected.)In statement released yesterday, the White House also highlighted other initiatives, including a new white paper on the impacts of ocean acidification and a National Strategic Plan for Federal Aquaculture Research to provide a framework for coordination and collaboration across agencies.
The Solidarity & Social Justice Committee of the Teaching Support Staff Union has issued a statement of solidarity with human rights activist Dr. G.N. Saibaba who is 90% physically handicapped and is at the Nagpur central prison’s, anda cell (solitary confinement) since March 2017.In a statement released here on Saturday, the committee said, “he was first arrested on May 9, 2014 on charges of having so-called Maoist links and was briefly freed before being recaptured and given a life sentence. Wheel-chair bound Dr. Saibaba has a severe disability and is not receiving proper treatment or care in prison.”Further, it said, “recently, a panel of experts with the UN Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights wrote to the Indian government urging authorities to immediately release Saibaba, citing his ‘seriously deteriorating’ health condition: ‘Dr. Saibaba’s health problems require immediate and sustained medical attention and are reaching a point of being life-threatening’.”The committee pointed out that “Dr. Saibaba is facing unjust punishment for being a tireless defender of the rights of ‘untouchables’ and indigenous peoples in India, specifically those in the mineral-rich areas of the country’s central region. Those close to him believe his harsh punishment is being used as a warning to social justice activists to suppress any dissent against the Indian state. He has worked with activists and movements to resist national and multinational corporations who extract resources from the region at the cost of the environment and displacement of indigenous communities.”The committee appealed to the Indian judicial system to guarantee that Dr. Saibaba, and all human rights defenders in the country, “are able to conduct their legitimate work without fear of threats or exposure to any act of intimidation or reprisals.”It also called on the Canadian government to urgently intervene in his aid on humanitarian and compassionate grounds; in 2017 roughly 1,000 Canadians signed a petition in favour of his freedom.
The main Opposition parties here have protested against the decision of the Tripura government to hike the fees charged for treatment in the State’s government hospitals. The Congress party and the Communist Party of India-Marxist termed the decision “anti-people” and demanded the return of “free treatment” in government-run medical facilities.The Leader of the Opposition and former chief minister Manik Sarkar on Sunday urged Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb to cancel the notification issued by the Health Department, which had raised fees and deemed chargeable hitherto free treatments.“This [increase] would severely impact common people who are compelled to take treatment at government hospitals,” Mr. Sarkar commented in a letter addressed to the CM.The Congress also slammed the State government for the introduction of “private hospital-type fee structure” in government hospitals. Senior party leaders Subal Bhowmik and Pijush Biswas in a news conference warned of an agitation to compel the government to withdraw its decision.Services — from registration to treatment to food — in government hospitals have been made chargeable for all patients, with some concessions provided to Below Poverty Line certificate holders. Over a hundred pathological tests are to be conducted on payment only.Senior health officials, however, argued that the decision to introduce a fee pattern in hospitals was taken with the intention to improve standards in services and lab tests. They also talked about how modernisation of health facilities had been stalled due to a funds crunch.
MOST READ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Stevenson stops Fonfara in 2nd round Max Holloway, top, of the United States, fights Jose Aldo, of Brazil, during their UFC featherweight mixed martial arts bout in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. APRIO DE JANEIRO — Max Holloway claimed the undisputed UFC featherweight title on Sunday (Manila time), stopping long-reigning champion Jose Aldo in the third round of an impressive upset victory.Holloway (18-3) won the belt in Aldo’s native Brazil with a dynamite finish. The interim 145-pound champion floored Aldo with a big right hand, getting on top and raining down punishment until referee John McCarthy stopped the bout with 47 seconds left in the round.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Holloway clawed his way to this stage with a lengthy unbeaten run since his loss to McGregor in August 2013, capped by his stoppage win over Anthony Pettis for the interim belt last December.Aldo’s hand speed and overall quickness were confounding early on for Holloway, whose normally crisp striking struggled to match Aldo’s movement. After Aldo controlled the first round, Holloway found his rhythm in a tight second, matching Aldo’s famed work rate and aggression.Holloway then decked Aldo with a ferocious right in the third, sending the champion to the ground and allowing Holloway to get into mount.Holloway rained down punches on Aldo and nearly landed a rear naked choke during the prolonged scramble. Holloway was relentless, and Aldo couldn’t figure out a way to escape before getting finished.Aldo was the strong favorite at Jeunesse Arena in his adopted hometown. He was fighting in Rio for the fourth time in his last eight bouts.ADVERTISEMENT The Hawaii-born Holloway earned his 11th consecutive UFC victory and claimed the title held by Aldo for most of the past six years. Aldo lost the belt to Conor McGregor in December 2015, but regained it last year.Aldo (26-3) is the most accomplished featherweight in mixed martial arts history, but he has lost two of his last three bouts after winning 18 consecutive fights from 2006-15.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutTop Brazilian strawweight contender Claudia Gadelha recorded an impressive first-round stoppage of Poland’s Karolina Kowalkiewicz, and Vitor Belfort also won a debatable unanimous decision over Nate Marquardt, thrilling the Brazilian fans of the 40-year-old former UFC champion from Rio.But in the main event, Aldo couldn’t capitalize on his home-crowd advantage after the opening round against Holloway, who didn’t waste his first shot at the undisputed title.
Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The 76ers, though, would’ve liked it to come against a full contingent.“I was disappointed, too,” said Simmons, whose point total was a season high.The Raptors led by as many as seven in the opening half and were within range entering the break trailing 65-59. But the 76ers took advantage of Toronto’s many missing players in the second half, methodically pulling away.“A little too much for us tonight,” Nurse said. “We just didn’t have enough.”Philadelphia led by as many as 25 points in the fourth quarter.CHRISTMAS PRESENTThe 76ers next play on Christmas night on Boston, something Embiid and Simmons are eagerly anticipating.“I love playing against those guys,” Embiid said. “I like their physicality. I like their toughness. It’s fun. We’re going to have a blast.”Said Simmons: “I think it’s going to be an amazing experience.”CHRISTMAS COAL Embiid scored 23 of his points in the opening 24 minutes.“They really had nothing to stop him in the first half,” Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said.Leonard was held out of the lineup to rest on the second game of a back-to-back after scoring a season-high 37 points in the Raptors’ 126-110 home win over Cleveland on Friday night. Toronto coach Nick Nurse said prior to Saturday’s contest that Leonard may be available for the second game of a back-to-back going forward.Ibaka missed his third straight contest with a sore right knee, while Valanciunas is sidelined for at least three more weeks after having thumb surgery. Lowry and Danny Green returned after missing time with injuries. Lowry sat out the last four contests with a sore left thigh and Green watched Friday’s win with a sore left knee.It was Philadelphia’s third victory in the last 23 games against the Raptors.ADVERTISEMENT Paul George has 43 and 14 as Thunder hold off Jazz In spite of being one of the premier teams in the league, Toronto isn’t one of the 10 clubs being featured on Christmas, something Nurse admitted was disappointing.“I think it’s a marquee day to play,” he said. “I think our team would’ve liked to play.”FULTZ UPDATEThe 76ers are unsure if Markelle Fultz will play again this season.The 20-year-old Fultz was diagnosed this month with thoracic outlet syndrome and is doing physical therapy in Los Angeles. General manager Elton Brand said prior to Saturday’s game against Toronto that he has no timetable for Fultz’s return to basketball activities.Brand said it was “to be determined” if Fultz will play again this season.“I can’t say right now,” Brand said.The GM expects to update Fultz’s situation in “a few weeks.”Fultz was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 draft, but his career has been sidetracked by injuries and ineffectiveness.TIP-INS JJ Redick added 22 points for the 76ers, who pulled within 2½ games of first-place Toronto in the Atlantic Division.Pascal Siakam scored 26 points and Kyle Lowry added 20 for the Raptors, who slipped to 25-10. Toronto played without two-time defensive player of the year Kawhi Leonard, as well as Serge Ibaka and Jonas Valanciunas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefAnd it’s the absences that had Embiid downplaying the victory.“It was a good win, but to me it doesn’t mean anything,” he said. MOST READ View comments Raptors: The Raptors won both previous meetings between the teams this season, 129-112 on Oct. 30, and 113-102 on Dec. 5. Both of those games were in Toronto, where the Raptors have won 13 in a row over Philadelphia. . Leonard has never lost in 12 career meetings with Philadelphia.76ers: Former Eagles receiver Freddie Mitchell rang the ceremonial Liberty Bell in the pregame. . The teams will play once more in the regular season, on Feb. 5 in Philadelphia. … Embiid, Simmons and Jimmy Butler all received technical fouls.UP NEXTRaptors: At Miami on Wednesday.76ers: Start five-game road trip at Boston on Tuesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons goes up for a dunk during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)PHILADELPHIA — Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers weren’t too excited after their latest win.Embiid had 27 points and 11 rebounds, Ben Simmons added 26 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists and Philadelphia routed the short-handed Toronto Raptors 126-101 on Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? 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The decision was taken on the basis of intelligence information that Dhoni has no threatThe security cover to Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been downgraded to Y from Z category by Jharkhand government, the state’s top police officer said on Monday.The decision to reduce the security category of Dhoni was taken at a recent review meeting on security-related matters being provided to important personalities, Director General of Police Rajeev Kumar said here.He said the decision was taken on the basis of intelligence information that the cricketer has no threat.The DGP said Dhoni used to get nine police personnel as per Z category security and following downgrading of security to Y category he would be provided with seven police personnel.But there should not be any concern for his security as whenever he returns home it would be more than the Z category, Kumar said.He said Dhoni was given Z security some months ago following intelligence report of some threat but now there was no such threat so the review committee decided to downgrade his security to Y category.Dhoni’s residence is situated at Harmu in Ranchi. Whenever he is in town, he goes to Deori temple, about 50 km from the state capital, with some pockets of the route being Naxal-hit.He also loves riding motor-cycle alone when in town.
Top seed Novak Djokovic overcame a strong challenge from Belgium’s David Goffin to reach the Miami Open final with a 7-6(5), 6-4 victory on Friday as he continued his pursuit of a fifth title in six years on Key Biscayne.The Serbian world number one shrugged off a slow start in tough on-court conditions before hitting his stride, and sealed the win with a powerful first serve that forced a wayward Goffin return to end an encounter that lasted just over two hours.Australian Open champion Djokovic improved his stellar record for the year to 27-1 and will next face Japan’s Kei Nishikori, who ousted Australian Nick Kyrgios 6-3, 7-5 in the second semi-final.The 28-year-old Djokovic, a five-times champion in Miami, is bidding to match Andre Agassi’s record of six titles at the event and earn a record 28th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown.”It was windy, it was humid, it was warm,” Djokovic told reporters. “It was like everything was thrown out there.”And to overcome those obstacles and conditions was something that I’m proud of. I managed to stay tough in the right moments.”Djokovic, whose only defeat this year came in February when he retired against Spain’s Feliciano Lopez in Dubai due to an eye infection, applauded Goffin’s performance.”He plays very clean,” Djokovic said. “Also, I think he improved his serve. I had difficulty reading it. Physically, it was a great battle with lots of exchanges from the baseline.”With Goffin initially playing much steadier from the baseline in the Miami heat, Djokovic came under intense early pressure and saved three break points in the opening game before holding serve.advertisementDjokovic and Goffin traded service breaks in the seventh and eighth games before battling to a tie-break which the Serb clinched 7-5 after his opponent, reaching high for a lob, hit a backhand volley into the net.The second set went with serve until the seventh game when 15th seed Goffin hit a forehand long before netting a backhand to be broken and trail 3-4.Djokovic then comfortably served out to book his place in Sunday’s final at Crandon Park where he will seek to add another Miami crown to his titles from 2007, 2011, 2012, 2014 and last year.Goffin, 25, who reached his first Masters 1000 semi-final in Indian Wells two weeks ago, is projected to climb to a career-high 13th in the world rankings on Monday.Nishikori made his first Miami final by taking out brash young Australian Kyrgios in some style.”It’s a great feeling to be in my first final in Miami and it was very good playing today so I’m very happy,” said the sixth seeded Japanese.”In the second set I got a little bit tight after I broke his service game and I tried to be focussed on what I had to do on my service game and the last couple of points I tried to be aggressive.”While happy to get through he was under no illusions of what lay ahead on Sunday, when he will be looking to break a five-match losing streak against the Serbian world number one.”Its going to be tough for sure,” he admitted. “Hes been playing well and we just played in Australia and I lost in three sets so I will have to do something better.”I hope can play another good match.”
Ahmedabad, May 10 (PTI) A day after senior Congress leader Arjun Modhwadia claimed that police took bribe to “settle the matter” after busting a liquor party which was also attended by his son, the crime branch today summoned him to provide “proofs” to substantiate his allegations.Crime branch, which was handed over the probe yesterday, also summoned 25 youths, including Modhwadias son Parth, who were arrested at the party here for allegedly consuming liquor.An FIR was also lodged against a woman sub-inspector of police who had conducted the raid on Sunday after Modhwadia accused her of taking money.Manufacture and sale of liquor is prohibited in Gujarat.Modhwadia, the former state Congress chief, has been called to provide proofs on the charges of corruption he had levelled yesterday against Chandrakala Jadeja, attached to Satellite police station, said Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) J K Bhatt.During a press conference yesterday, Modhwadia claimed that Jadeja took a bribe of Rs 4 lakh to “settle the matter” after conducting raid at an apartment in Satellite area.”The raid was conducted by the woman PSI and two constables of Satellite Police Station with an intention to extract money. The PSI asked for Rs 11 lakh and then settled for Rs 4 lakh. I have an audio clip, in which, she can be heard saying that she accepted Rs 4 lakh,” Modhwadia had alleged.He had also circulated an audio clip, in which, Jadeja is purportedly heard admitting that she has taken Rs 4 lakh from the family members of the accused for not arresting the women present at the party and expediting the bail process of 25 male accused.advertisementBhatt said an FIR was lodged against Jadeja and three others, including those who allegedly gave the bribe and two mediators.”After the matter came to the attention of police inspector of Satellite (police station) M U Mashi, he has lodged an FIR with crime branch against Jadeja and 3 others under various sections of Prevention of Corruption Act. We will conduct thorough investigation into this matter,” said Bhatt.The officer said Modhwadia has been summoned to give his statement in this regard.”We have also asked him to submit any other audio clip or any other material to help us in our investigation,” the JCP said.He said all the 25 accused will be questioned at the crime branch headquarters. (More) PTI PJT PD NSK IKA RDS
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Karl-Anthony Towns had 25 points and a season-high 21 rebounds, and the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Brooklyn Nets 120-113 on Monday after finally trading Jimmy Butler.The Nets lost leading scorer Caris LeVert to what appeared to be a severe right leg injury late in the first half.Jeff Teague returned from a six-game absence to score 24 points for Minnesota, which snapped a five-game losing streak.The Timberwolves officially dealt Butler to the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday, along with big man Justin Patton. The Wolves received Robert Covington, Dario Saric, Jerryd Bayless and a 2022 second-round pick in the trade.LeVert’s gruesome injury brought the entire crowd at Target Center to a silence. LeVert spent several minutes on the court being attended by medical personnel. Timberwolves players huddled in prayer while Nets players surrounded their injured teammate before he was wheeled off the court.D’Angelo Russell made a career-high nine 3-pointers and scored 31 points for the Nets, who shot a season-worst 39.6 percent from the field.Brooklyn Nets’ Ed Davis (17) guards Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns (32) during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game on Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves won 120-113. (AP Photo/Hannah Foslien)PELICANS 126, RAPTORS 110TORONTO (AP) — Anthony Davis had 25 points and a season-high 20 rebounds, E’Twaun Moore scored a season-high 30 points and New Orleans snapped Toronto’s six-game winning streak.Jrue Holiday had 29 points and matched a season high with 14 assists, and Julius Randle added 17 points and 12 rebounds as New Orleans won its third straight following a six-game losing streak.The Pelicans outscored the Raptors 72-42 in the paint and snapped a six-game losing streak against Toronto.Pascal Siakam scored 22 points, Kawhi Leonard had 20 and Serge Ibaka had 19 points and 14 rebounds as the Raptors lost for the first time in eight home games this season. Toronto entered with an NBA-best 12-1 record.CLIPPERS 121, WARRIORS 116, OTLOS ANGELES (AP) — Lou Williams scored 10 of his 25 points in overtime after the Clippers blew a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter, and Los Angeles hung to beat Golden State at home for the first time in nearly four years.Williams rallied after missing shots in the closing minutes of regulation, when the Warriors ran off 11 straight points to force overtime tied at 106-all.Montrezl Harrell added 23 points off the bench and rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 18.The Clippers snapped a seven-game skid against the Warriors at Staples Center, where they last won on Dec. 25, 2014.Kevin Durant had 33 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for the Warriors before fouling out with 3:46 left in the extra session. Klay Thompson added 31 points, but was just 5 of 16 on 3-pointers on a night without injured fellow Splash Brother Stephen Curry.76ERS 124, HEAT 114MIAMI (AP) — Joel Embiid scored 35 points and grabbed 18 rebounds, and Philadelphia added to Miami’s early-season struggles.The win came hours after the 76ers finalized a trade with Minnesota to land four-time All-Star Jimmy Butler, who was in Philadelphia and not with the club in Miami. Butler will be introduced at the 76ers’ facility in Camden, New Jersey, on Tuesday, before he flies to Orlando and makes his debut with Philly on Wednesday night against the Magic.JJ Redick scored 25 points, Furkan Korkmaz scored 16 and Ben Simmons and Mike Muscala each had 13 for Philadelphia.Goran Dragic scored 22 points for Miami, which got 17 from Josh Richardson and 14 from Wayne Ellington. The Heat have dropped three straight, all of them at home.JAZZ 96, GRIZZLIES 88MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Joe Ingles scored 19 points, Rudy Gobert added 15 points and 16 rebounds and Utah won its third straight.The Jazz broke open a close game in the final six minutes with a 14-5 run. Gobert had eight points in the stretch as Utah built its lead to 11 points in the late stages.Derrick Favors and Donovan Mitchell finished with 12 points apiece for Utah.Mike Conley led Memphis with 24 points, while Marc Gasol added 16. Jaren Jackson Jr. and MarShon Brooks finished with 10 points each, and Jackson had 11 rebounds.The loss was the first at home for Memphis this season.THUNDER 118, SUNS 101OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Paul George matched his season high with 32 points and went 6 of 10 from 3-point range, Dennis Schroder added 20 points and nine assists, and Oklahoma City beat Phoenix.The Thunder have won eight of their last nine games after a 0-4 start while the Suns have lost four straight and 11 of their last 12. Two of those losses have come in Oklahoma City.Oklahoma City scored 22 straight points in the first quarter, holding the Suns scoreless for nearly seven minutes, to take a 24-5 lead. The Thunder never trailed again and led by as many as 28 points in the second quarter before settling for a 64-40 halftime lead.T.J. Warren led the Suns with 21 points while Devin Booker had 19 points and six assists.KINGS 104, SPURS 99SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Iman Shumpert made a tiebreaking jumper with 4:05 remaining, De’Aaron Fox and Nemanja Bjelica followed with 3-pointers and Sacramento pulled away to end a 14-game losing streak to San Antonio.Fox finished with 19 points and seven assists. Willie Cauley-Stein had 13 points and 13 rebounds, and Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 22 points for the Kings.Sacramento led the entire third quarter but didn’t shake San Antonio until late in the fourth.LaMarcus Aldridge had 14 points and 18 rebounds. DeMar DeRozan scored 23 points with eight assists, and Rudy Gay added 14 points and nine rebounds in his return to the Spurs lineup.WIZARDS 117, MAGIC 109WASHINGTON (AP) — John Wall had 25 points and 10 assists, Bradley Beal added 21 points and Washington won consecutive games for the first time this season, beating Orlando.Jeff Green added 18 points off the bench on 6-of-7 shooting for Washington, which lost at Orlando on Friday night to fall to 2-9 before winning at Miami.The Wizards made 24 free throws on 33 attempts, 22 more than the Magic earned, and out-rebounded the visitors 41-34.Terrence Ross scored 21 points off the bench to lead Orlando, which saw a two-game winning streak snapped.MAVERICKS 103, BULLS 98CHICAGO (AP) — Harrison Barnes scored a season-high 23 points and Dallas overcame a sluggish performance by prized rookie Luka Doncic to beat Chicago.Doncic, the leading scorers among NBA rookies, shot 3 for 12 and finished with 11 points as Dallas won for the third time in four games after a six-game skid. J.J. Barea added 14 points, five rebounds and five assists.Zach LaVine led Chicago with 26 points. Jabari Parker scored all but two of his 16 points in the second half.TweetPinShare0 Shares
One of the things that came out of the reader survey earlier this year was that you guys wanted to see more polls on the site. I completely agree. One of my favorite parts of the Dan Patrick Show — which is pretty much the only radio show I listen to not on NPR — is their daily “let’s not take ourselves too seriously” poll.I’ve said a lot of things are going to start becoming a more recurring part of this site over the years — some have and some haven’t, hopefully this is one of the former and not the latter.With that, today’s poll…There was a post on Sports on Earth last week about how good Gundy has been over the course of his career. It said the following near the end, though:Still, there have always been things that have worked against his reputation and prevented him from jumping from, say, top-25 coach range to the sport’s elite tier. I was wondering what OSU fans thought about that (vote below).(You can see the results by scrolling over the donut)[poll id=”14″]Photo Attribution: USATSIIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
MLS Portland Timbers vs Los Angeles FC: TV channel, live stream, team news & match preview Goal Last updated 1 year ago 14:45 5/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Kirby Lee MLS Portland Timbers v Los Angeles Portland Timbers Los Angeles Giovanni Savarese’s side looks to extend its winning streak to five games against a team that’s putting together a strong expansion season Two of the Western Conference’s top sides meet at Providence Park in an afternoon showdown on Saturday.The Portland Timbers surge into the game on the back of a four-match win streak, including last weekend’s late 1-0 victory over their biggest rival Seattle. Meanwhile, visiting Los Angeles FC has put together the best 10-game start for an expansion team in MLS history. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Bob Bradley’s men have a 6-2-2 record and haven’t lost in six games, but will face a big challenge when they visit a Portland side that has won all three of its home games so far in 2018. Game Portland Timbers vs Los Angeles FC Date Saturday, May 19 Time 3 p.m. ET Stream (US only) fuboTV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch Watch Portland vs LAFC live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser.Squads & Team News Position Portland players Goalkeepers Attinella, Gleeson, McIntosh Defenders Andriuskevicius, Cascante, Farfan, Jadama, Mabiala, Miller, Olum, Powell, Ridgewell, Tuiloma, Valentin Midfielders Arboleda, Asprilla, Blanco, Chara, Barmby, Flores, Guzman, Paredes, Valeri, Williamson Forwards Adi, Armenteros, Ebobisse, Langsdorf, Polo David Guzman has been out since early March with a knee injury and is nearing a return, but likely won’t play a part on Saturday. Center back Bill Tuiloma and left back Vytas are both also listed as questionable. Potential starting XI: Attinella; Powell, Mabiala, Ridgewell, Valentin; Paredes, Chara, Polo; Valeri, Blanco; Adi Position LAFC players Goalkeepers Lopez, Lyon, Miller Defenders Beitashour, Blackmon, Ciman, Zimmerman, Gaber, Harvey, Jakovic, Moutinho Midfielders Atuesta, Feilhaber, Horta, Kaye, Kovar, Mallace, Murphy, Nguyen Forwards Blessing, Brewer, Vela, Rossi, Urena, Diomande Forward Marco Urena is still out after undergoing facial surgery. Bradley’s side is otherwise healthy and suspension-free. Potential starting XI: Miller; Beitashour, Ciman, Zimmerman, Harvey; Atuesta, Feilhaber; Blessing, Vela, Gaber; RossiBetting & Match OddsPortland is the favorite to win, with even odds on a win according to dabblebet, while a LAFC away victory is priced at 12/5 and the draw is available at 5/2.Click here to see all of dabblebet’s offers for MLS, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more.Game PreviewAfter a five-game winless streak to start his time as Portland manager, Giovanni Savarese now has his team hitting a run of good form. Savarese’s side has won four straight games to move up to fifth in the Western Conference standings, with Sebastian Blanco’s late strike giving the Timbers a 1-0 win over Seattle last week. Blanco has been key this season with five goals, but its been the Timbers defense that has led the way in recent games. Savarese’s side has now put together a scoreless streak of 279 minutes, but that run will be put to the test on Saturday against LAFC. Bob Bradley’s men are coming off an entertaining 2-2 draw against New York City FC last weekend, a result that further established LAFC as one of the league’s top teams despite its expansion status. Only three MLS teams have more goals than LAFC in 2018 and only four have a better goal differential. Portland will still feel confident heading into Saturday’s game, as the Timbers have yet to drop points at home in 2018.But LAFC has already demonstrated its comfort away from home, having won four matches during its six-game road trip to begin the season.
President of the South Australian Touch Association Mr Darren Ball and the Treasurer Mr Jarrod Millhouse signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Touch Football Australia on Wednesday 11 April 2007 that will guide the concerned parties in managing the liquid funds of the organisation after dissolution. The purpose of the MOU is to form a committee made up of members from the SA community (via the State Council) and the TFA in order to manage the liquid assets left after the dissolution of SATA. The expenditure of these assets is controlled by rules within the MOU and centres on the SATA Strategic Plan and the ongoing TFA Strategic Plan. The document has been drafted over the past 6 months by Darren Ball, Gavin Macdonald and the TFA Legal Consultant Miss Mel Mallam in consultation with the entire Executive and other independent parties. This document is a landmark in the process and shows the benefits and relationships that the unification model can present. The signing of the MOU now allows the South Australian Touch Association to physically begin the steps towards dissolution which will consist of a few key events.The most important of these events are the two Special General Meetings that will be required. Touch Football South Australia will be sending information to all Affiliate Presidents with details of what is required. Outside of this TFA, TFA SA Office Staff, the Executive and the newly formed State Executive Council will be working behind the scenes to ensure that every possible contingency is checked and carried out on time.
Below is a look at every non-conference game the Nebraska Huskers have on their schedule.Here is the schedule, per FBSchedules:2019: Aug. 31: vs. South Alabama Sept. 7: at Colorado Sept. 14: vs. Northern Illinois2020: Sept. 12: vs. Central Michigan Sept. 19: vs. South Dakota State Sept. 26: vs. Cincinnati2021: Sept. 4: vs. Northern Illinois Sept. 11: vs. Buffalo Sept. 18: at Oklahoma2022: Sept. 3: vs. North Dakota Sept. 10: vs. Georgia Southern Sept. 17: vs. Oklahoma2023: Sept.9: at Colorado Sept. 16: vs. Northern Illinois2024: Aug. 31: vs. South Dakota State Sept. 7: vs. Colorado2025: Sept. 6: vs. Akron Sept. 13: at Cincinnati 2026: Sept. 12: vs. Tennessee Sept.19: vs. North Dakota 2027: Sept. 11: at Tennessee2028: Sept. 9: vs. South Dakota State Sept. 16: vs. Arizona2029: Sept. 15: at Oklahoma2030: Sept. 14: vs. Oklahoma2031: Sept. 7: at Arizona LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 08: The Nebraska Cornhuskers flag after a touchdown against the Colorado Buffaloes at Memorial Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Things are really looking up for the Nebraska Cornhuskers under head coach Scott Frost. Despite their 4-8 season last year they’ve been recruiting well and have some solid building blocks for the future.Speaking of the Huskers’ future, their schedule offers plenty of opportunities to make some serious noise in the years ahead. The schedule consists of six West Division opponents, a rotating schedule of three East Division opponents, and three non-conference opponents.Their 2019 East Division opponents will be Ohio State, Indiana, and Maryland. In 2020, they’ll get Ohio State again, along with Rutgers, and Penn State.While the Big Ten is always a tough schedule, the non-conference schedule isn’t overly daunting.
Rampur: Samajwadi Party MP Azam Khan’s luxury resort ‘Humsafar’ in Rampur was now facing trouble following allegations of land grabbing. The district administration of Rampur, according to sources, was preparing to demolish the boundary wall of the resort “in a day or two”. The Uttar Pradesh Irrigation Department had served a notice to Khan, alleging that the luxury resort was built on land owned by the state government. Allegations of irregularities have also been raised by the district administration regarding the encroachment of government land in the resort. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ On July 29, Khan was declared land mafia following a series of cases registered against him in connection with the grabbing of government and agricultural land owned by poor farmers. The Enforcement Department (ED) is also inquiring into alleged money laundering charges related to donations from abroad in the account of Khan’s private university — the Mohammad Ali Jauhar University. The ED has sought a list of cases registered against the MP from Rampur police. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Rampur Superintendent of Police (SP) Ajay Pal Sharma has said that the police have sought the revenue records, payment receipts and land agreements with different parties from whom the land, worth several hundred crores, was purchased. “We need to investigate the sale deeds and verify authentic documents to ascertain the actual seller. We also want to assess the accounts through which the payments were made. The parties which received the payments have to be authenticated,” he said.
The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) raised more than $2 million at the annual Fall Gala this past Saturday in Greenwich, Conn.Bonnie Hunt, Karen Andrews, Kathy Giusti, Prof. Elie Wiesel, Marion Wiesel, Elisha Wiesel, Lynn Bartner-Wiesel & Walter CaponeCredit/Copyright: Steve LadnerOver 800 supporters and philanthropists, multiple myeloma patients, and celebrity guests came together to celebrate the MMRF’s commitment to cancer patients at one the country’s largest cancer research benefits and the highlight of the social calendar.Oscar- and Grammy-Award winning singer and songwriter John Legend performed a special set of songs, including well-known favorites “Ordinary People” and “All of Me”, for guests at the Hyatt Regency. The Mistress of Ceremonies for the evening was Bonnie Hunt, Actress, Director, Producer and Writer and MMRF Honorary Board of Directors.Two remarkable patients were recognized for their willingness to share their personal cancer journeys in order to raise awareness and help others living with cancer. Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel and the Wiesel family were honored with the MMRF Courage and Commitment Award. Mr. Wiesel is a holocaust survivor, renowned author and the President of The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity. He was joined in receiving these honors by his wife, Marion Wiesel and his son, Elisha Wiesel.MMRF Founder and Executive Chairman, Kathy Giusti thanked the Wiesel family for stepping forward to share Professor Wiesel’s battle with multiple myeloma, a rare and currently incurable blood cancer. Reflecting on the family’s enormous kindness and genuine caring for others, Giusti said, “Working with Elie Wiesel and his family has been one of the greatest gifts of my life. To have a window into the personal lives of such greatness has been humbling. I’m thrilled to share that Elie has made amazing progress as a result of the many treatment options available to him and his health is strong.”Karen E. Andrews, MMRF Co-Founder and a current member of the MMRF Board of Directors, was also honored with the MMRF Spirit of Hope Award. Ms. Andrews co-founded the MMRF in 1998 with Giusti, her twin sister and a myeloma patient. Ms. Andrews has been a steadfast champion of accelerating cancer research and has helped the MMRF to become one of the leading research foundations in the nation, if not the world. A Greenwich, Conn. resident, Ms. Andrews also serves as the Senior Vice President and General Counsel for the March of Dimes.Giusti was proud to recognize her sister as, “an accomplished attorney and co-founder of the MMRF, a tireless board member and a courageous survivor who shared her own journey with breast cancer in an effort to assist others.”Presenting sponsors include: Takeda Oncology and Janssen Oncology. Funds raised through this premier event will benefit the groundbreaking cancer research models of the MMRF, which are aimed at accelerating the development of new treatments to extend the lives of myeloma patients and find a cure for multiple myeloma, the second most prevalent blood cancer.“We are extremely grateful for the support and partnership of so many courageous patients, their families and industry leaders. Their support and continuous collaboration will enable us to continue to build game-changing models in tissue banking, genomics, clinical trials and open access data sharing, driving leading-edge research and ground-breaking new treatments until we overcome this disease,” said Walter Capone, President and CEO of the MMRF.Additionally, the MMRF partnered with Charity Buzz Auctions to garner additional awareness and funds for cancer research. Exclusive and premier auction packages include VIP tickets to The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, a private audition with Monte Lipman, the founder and CEO of Republic Records, several luxury vacations in the Caribbean and Napa Valley, and two footballs autographed by complete AFC and NFC teams. Bidding will remain open until 3 p.m. EDT on November 5. For a full list and descriptions of auction items, please visit: www.charitybuzz.com/mmrf.The MMRF is proud to work with some of the world’s most respected research and medical industry partners. Together they have fueled studies, initiated trials, developed treatments and introduced new medicines that are having a lasting impact and saving lives across many cancers.For more information about the MMRF Annual Fall Gala, click here or call 888-584-5463.
New Delhi: Soon after joining Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday, actor-turned-politician Jaya Prada surprisingly managed a ticket from Uttar Pradesh’s Rampur constituency to take on her bitter rival and SP nominee Azam Khan. The former Samajwadi Party MP is a close associate of Rajya Sabha member Amar Singh, who was expelled from the regional party and has since come close to Hindutva fountainhead Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).She started her political journey with the Telugu Desam Party and was its Rajya Sabha MP before joining the SP. Later, the Samajwadi Party leader helped Jaya Prada win the 2004 election in Rampur, pulling off quite a feat in a Congress stronghold. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsBJP’s Nepal Singh had won from there in 2014. Due to health reasons, he was not in contention for the ticket this time. Muslims constitutes over 50 per cent of the total voters and the highest concentration of Muslims is in this seat. Meanwhile, Shameena Begum, the whistleblower of triple talaq met Union Minister Rajnath Singh last week in the national capital and asked for a ticket from Rampur. However, resentful Shameena expressed her disgrace and claimed to be ‘betrayed’ by the saffron party. The BJP on Tuesday announced its 10th candidate list of 39 candidates, where the mother-son duo of Maneka Gandhi and Varun Gandhi will swap seats. Union Minister Maneka Gandhi, who holds Pilibhit, will shift to her original constituency of Sultanpur. Sultanpur’s lawmaker Varun Gandhi, 38, will contest from Pilibhit.
WASHINGTON — The United States has officially indicated its desire to renegotiate the 1993 North American Free Trade Agreement, triggering a 90-day consultation window before formal talks begin.The clock was set ticking today in a letter from U.S. Trade Rep. Robert Lighthizer. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says he is putting Congress and trading partners on notice that “free and fair” trade is the new standard in the U.S.“With this letter, we intend to notify not just Congress, but all our trading partners, that free and fair trade is the new standard for U.S. trade deals,” the statement read.Why Trump’s KXL approval shows more love for Canada than suggested in tough NAFTA posturingU.S. protectionism concerns Canadian business leaders, but they are less worried about economy than a year agoJim Carr says U.S.-Canadian officials on ‘same page’ on energy, as Trump plans ‘massive’ NAFTA shakeupRoss says the U.S. manufacturing industry has been decimated by NAFTA, a deal the White House considers deeply unfair.“Since the signing of NAFTA, we have seen our manufacturing industry decimated, factories shuttered, and countless workers left jobless. President Trump is going to change that,” he says.“I look forward working with the president, Ambassador Lighthizer, and our counterparts from Mexico and Canada to find a solution that is both fair and beneficial for all parties.”Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland welcomed what was a widely anticipated development, promising to consult with Canadians on the best way forward.She reiterated the government’s key message on NAFTA — that it is in fact a good deal for all parties, including the U.S., where nine million American jobs are dependent on it.“NAFTA’s track record is one of economic growth and middle-class job creation, both here in Canada and throughout North America,” Freeland said in a statement. “We will continue to consult closely with the provinces and territories, industry, unions, civil society, think tanks, academics, indigenous peoples, women, youth and the general public.”During the presidential campaign, Trump called NAFTA “a disaster.” Last month, White House aides indicated he was ready to pull out of the agreement, but within hours, the president reversed course, saying he’d seek a better deal first.Lighthizer says the U.S. is going to give renegotiation “a good strong shot,” saying the 23-year-old agreement needs to better protect American factory workers and to reflect new technologies.
“Of course, there was, as you know, a period of what I call self-imposed isolation by the Rajapaksa administration, not only from the U.S. but with many other countries who were very close to us earlier. We again opened up to the world after January 15, 2015, and I must say that within the last 20 months, Sri Lanka and the U.S. have been able to take their relationship to new levels of excellence,” he said. “In fact, within this period itself, we had the Secretary of State John Kerry coming to Sri Lanka — the first to do so in nearly 40 odd years. We had Samantha Power, the UN Permanent Representative, who is a very, very strong friend of Sri Lanka in the international forum, we have had Nisha Biswal, Tom Malinowski and other senior officials of the State Department who have been in and out many times.”“Now I suppose it doesn’t matter, I must reveal something which many people don’t know so far. Last May , even President Obama was ready to come to Sri Lanka which would have been the first ever official visit by an American President. But unfortunately, the dates suggested happened to be Vesak Day [Buddha Purnima day, when Sri Lanka observes grand celebrations for a week] and Vesak week. Such an important visit could not take place during that week, so we missed that amazing opportunity.” He said that Sri Lanka has had very good, cordial relations with the US ever since Sri Lanka got Independence in 1948. US President Barack Obama was ready to visit Sri Lanka in May but the visit was put off as it was Vesak, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera told The Hindu newspaper.Samaraweera also said that Obama developed a very close relationship with President Maithripala Sirisena. Samaraweera said he hopes Sri Lanka can build the relationship with the US even further under the Trump administration. (Colombo Gazette)
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Economist says B.C. budget numbers OK, but natural gas projections too high by Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 18, 2013 9:16 pm MDT VICTORIA – Finance Minister Mike de Jong says hiring a former Bank of Montreal chief economist to fact check British Columbia’s budget forced him to revise his bottom line downwards, but Tuesday’s budget still achieves its balanced target.Government-hired economist Tim O’Neill recommended dropping the budget’s natural gas estimates by $70 million.De Jong would not confirm how much he ended up cutting from the budget following O’Neill’s report, but he was not disputing the $70 million after rejigging natural gas projections.“It wasn’t merely an exercise in rubber-stamp validation,” he said. “When I became aware of the concern he enunciated, we had to move quickly because it has a material impact on the budget and some of the decisions we were making.”O’Neill’s 22-page report, released a day before de Jong tables the Liberal government’s pre-election budget, called for additional prudence for natural-gas revenue projections for this year’s budget and for the following two years.“My suggestion was that they reduce the revenue price forecast for natural gas, and as a consequence that would end up lowering the projected revenues from that area,” O’Neill said at a press conference.The report said B.C.’s natural gas revenue projections have been overstated in five of the last eight years, and O’Neill suggested extra caution is needed when factoring those revenues, especially since natural gas prices are at record lows.“Given the persistent over estimation of natural gas revenues in recent years and the material negative impact on total revenue expectations, it would be wise for the budget to incorporate price forecasts closer to the lower bound of the private sector forecast range than is contemplated in the projections that were reviewed,” said the report.O’Neill’s report recommended the budget base its natural-gas revenue projections on a price that ranges between $1.80 and $1.90 a gigajoule.O’Neill’s report said if the government based its natural-gas revenue projections on a price at $1.85, that would lower the Finance Ministry’s budget estimate numbers between $60 million and $70 million.A government source said last week the Finance Ministry had revised its budget numbers after receiving O’Neill’s report. The source would not say how deeply it cut into its original revenue projections.Last September, de Jong said declining natural gas revenues had blown a hole in the government’s budget plans.He said the three-year revenue forecast for natural gas revenue was $1.9 billion, but price drops cut that estimate by $1.1 billion. De Jong said the price for natural gas was $6.33 a gigajoule in 2008, but dropped to $2.15 this year.Materials provided by the Finance Ministry during de Jong’s quarterly update last September stated that every 50-cent change in the price of natural gas equals revenue changes of plus or minus $72 million to $110 million.O’Neill’s report said overestimating natural gas revenues can have impacts on the budget bottom lines in the hundreds of millions of dollars, which caused him to call on the Finance Ministry to dial down its estimates for the projected returns of the volatile commodity.“Natural gas revenues have been over projected in five of the last eight years and the average size of these negative variances is substantial,” said the report. “That is a key reason for my suggesting that the forecast for natural gas revenues be shaded down further in the upcoming budget.”The report came just a week after the Liberal government’s throne speech predicted B.C. could reap at least $100 billion in revenues generated by exports of liquefied natural gas over the next 30 years.As for the general budget projections, O’Neill’s report found everything pretty much in order.“I have concluded that there are no glaring problems or inadequacies that need to be addressed,” the report states.But Opposition New Democrat finance critic Bruce Ralston said the report did not examine government expenditures and does not answer the key question on whether or not the budget is balanced.The B.C. election is set for May 14.