F1: Indian Grand Prix set to return in 2016, says Bernie Ecclestone

first_imgThe Indian Grand Prix was dropped from the 2014 calendar after three successful seasons.The Indian Grand Prix is expected to return in 2016 as a “fruitful” meeting between Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone and race promoters has prepared the ground for the comeback of the high-profile event.The meeting was held on the sidelines of the inaugural Russian Grand Prix in Sochi, last month.The Indian Grand Prix was dropped from the 2014 calendar after three successful seasons, owing to tax and bureaucratic hurdles, leaving fans and experts to wonder whether the elite global event will comeback at all. The race has already been ruled out for 2015.The issues surrounding the Grand Prix remain but Ecclestone-led Formula One Management (FOM) and race promoters Jaypee Sports International (JPSI), headed by Sameer Gaur, first want to honour the five-year contract and then work on securing the long-term future of the event.”We (Sameer and I) had a good meeting in Russia. I was assured that the tax and other related problems will be sorted out in due course and then we are good to go back. It is too late for 2015 now, so we are working on 2016,” Ecclestone told PTI from his London office.Gaur, on his part, said, “Formula One remains very important for us. Unfortunately, because of the circumstances we could not do the race this year but I see the situation improving soon. The important thing is that we and FOM are on the same page. 2015 looks tough as the calendar is more or less final, so we should look at 2016 as the year for the race.”advertisementOnly time will tell how Ecclestone accommodates India on the ever crowded calendar. 2014 will see 20 races with the return of Mexico round and the number could go up to 22 in 2016 with India and Azerbaijan waiting to host the F1 caravan.last_img read more

25 days agoDavid Luiz hails ‘great’ Arsenal performance in Man Utd draw

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say David Luiz hails ‘great’ Arsenal performance in Man Utd drawby Freddie Taylor25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveDavid Luiz believes Arsenal were “great” in Monday’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s second-half goal canceled out the opener from Scott McTominay, condemning United to their worst start to a season in 30 years.And Luiz was pleased with the Gunners’ resilience away from home.”We’re happy with the performance. You have to analyse each team performance and I think we did great,” Luiz told Sky Sports.”Even when we went 1-0 down we showed maturity – especially the youngsters who deserve the credit. They’re so young but know how to play football and live with the pressure, they’re more mature than before.”It was interesting game for the supporters but we did well and so did the other team.” last_img read more

CN Rail on hiring spree after being surprised by laidoff workers passing

first_imgMONTREAL – Canadian National Railways is on a hiring spree particularly in Western Canada, several years after a slowdown in demand prompted layoffs.The country’s largest railway says it hopes to add more than 600 conductors and crew members in the coming months after fewer laid-off workers than expected chose to return following a lengthy idle period.CN Rail (TSX:CNR) has seen its train speeds drop as it hasn’t had sufficient number of crews to handle the increased demand prompted by a stronger North American economy.“Operating crews have proven to be our biggest challenge,” chief operating officer Mike Cory said during a conference call about third-quarter results after markets closed.He said fluidity of trains and resulting operating profits are impossible without the appropriate staffing. Hirings are strongest in Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia.“What we’re doing now is really catching up in some areas where we got a little surprised by the return rate from people laid off,” he told analysts.The Montreal-based company said it has ramped up hiring and training. It expects to have 250 people qualified in the fourth quarter and another 400 in the first quarter of 2018.The railway had on average 23,183 employees at the end of the quarter, including 16,346 in Canada and 7,082 in the United States. About 73 per cent are unionized in Canada and 79 per cent in the U.S.CN Rail said in early 2016 that its workforce decreased by nine per cent or 2,300 in 2015, with about 1,150 employees laid off at year’s end.The railway had said that a natural attrition rate of close to eight per cent annually would give it flexibility to hire or not depending on market conditions.It said Tuesday it remains on track to see its profits grow as demand has continued to increase after six quarters of decrease.Net income slipped one per cent to $958 million or $1.27 per diluted share in the third quarter, compared to $972 million or $1.25 per share a year earlier.CN Rail (TSX:CNR) said its adjusted profits excluding one-time items reached $989 million or $1.31 per share during the three months ended Sept. 30. That compares to $1.25 per share a year ago and $1.32 forecast by analysts, according to RBC Capital Markets.Revenues rose seven per cent to $3.2 billion. They were driven by a 31 per cent increase for metals and minerals. Coal was up 23 per cent, intermodal up 12 per cent, automotive rose four per cent and other revenues were up two per cent. Revenues were down two per cent for forest products, grain and by one per cent for fertilizers, while petroleum and chemicals revenues remained essentially flat.CN Rail reaffirmed its outlook to earn $4.95 to $5.10 per adjusted diluted share for the year, up from $4.59 per share in 2016.“Due to the good results announced by other North American rail operators, the market will likely be slightly disappointed by this result,” said Daniel Sherman of Edward Jones.The railway continued to expand shipment volumes and was hiring to expand future service.“The company looks on track for more growth ahead,” he added.Revenue ton-miles, or RTMs, increased by 10 per cent and carloadings by 11 per cent.The operating ratio, which measures the efficiency of the railway, rose 1.4 points to 54.7 per cent.CN Rail president and chief executive Luc Jobin said the company continued to see increased demand across key business segments, such as frac sand, intermodal, coal and Canadian grain.The railway said it will spend an extra $100 million in infrastructure and equipment spending this year to reach $2.7 billion.“Our outlook remains positive for the remainder of the year,” Jobin told analysts.“We’re bullish on the North American economy, where the environment remains very supportive and the prospects for export commodity is also positive — although as we’ve seen in the last couple of years that can be a bit volatile at times.”last_img read more

Obamaera rule leads to 150M in student loan forgiveness

first_imgThe U.S. Education Department said it will forgive $150 million in federal student loans as part of a 2016 rule that Secretary Betsy DeVos previously tried to block.Department officials began notifying 15,000 students on Friday that their loans will automatically be erased because they attended colleges that closed while they were still in school or shortly after they finished. About half of them attended campuses under the for-profit Corinthian Colleges chain, which collapsed in 2015 amid widespread accusations of fraud.The students are eligible for loan relief under an Obama-era rule that was intended to make it easier for defrauded students to get their loans cleared. Part of the rule granted automatic loan forgiveness to students who attended colleges that closed more than three years in the past and who never attended another school afterward.DeVos delayed the rule in 2017 following a legal challenge from a California association of for-profit colleges, and she later moved to scrap the rule entirely and proposed her own replacement, which would have eliminated automatic loan discharges and raised the bar to prove fraud by schools.But a federal judge ruled in September that her delay was unlawful, siding with Democratic attorneys general from more than a dozen states who sued over the postponement. A month later, the same judge dismissed another challenge by the California association, effectively clearing the way for the rule to take effect.DeVos has continued to oppose the rule, calling it “bad policy,” and says she still plans to write new rules that will protect borrowers and taxpayers. Still, the Obama-era law could remain in effect until at least July 2020, when any new policy written by DeVos could take effect.The automatic discharges were hailed as a victory by groups that represent borrowers, but they said it’s just the first step in the rule’s implementation. Several drew attention to more than 100,000 other students who say they were swindled by their schools but are still waiting on the Education Department to decide their applications for loan relief.James Kvaal, president of the Institute for College Access and Success, said the initial round of discharges was “welcome news” for the borrowers it will help.“But these 15,000 borrowers are a small fraction of those eligible for loan discharges because their schools closed or committed illegal acts. It’s long past time for the Department of Education to meet its legal obligations to students,” Kvaal said.Sen. Patty Murray, the top Democrat on the Senate committee that oversees education, said she was “pleased” that the department has started implementing the rule.“This is a good first step, but it’s not good enough — and I call on Secretary DeVos to abandon her attempts to rewrite the borrower defence rule to let for-profit colleges off the hook, and instead fully implement the current rule and provide relief to more than 100,000 borrowers who were cheated out of their education and savings,” Murray said.The 2016 rule was created to improve the loan forgiveness process following the closure of Corinthian Colleges, which left thousands of students stuck with loans and little to show for them. It was part of the Obama administration’s broader effort to root out schools that misled students and to police the sector through new regulation.But DeVos said the rules made it too easy for students to shirk their debt, and left taxpayers on the hook.Separately, she has successfully delayed another 2016 rule intended to weed out for-profit college programs that left students unable to pay off their loans, and she recently reversed the Obama administration’s decision to cut ties with an accrediting agency that supervises dozens of for-profit college chains but has been accused of lax oversight.Of the $150 million in automatic loan relief, $80 million will go to former students of Corinthian Colleges, which included the Everest, Heald and WyoTech college chains. The department did not identify other schools tied to the relief.Along with Corinthian, several other major for-profit chains have fallen in recent years. Others that followed include ITT Technical Institute and, most recently, the Education Corporation of America, which announced its closure Dec. 5.Although the Education Department says it will automatically wipe loans for students whose colleges closed more than three years ago, it noted that students can separately apply for relief from more recent closures. That includes the roughly 15,000 students who recently attended Education Corporation of America chains, including Brightwood College and Virginia College.___Follow Collin Binkley on Twitter at https://twitter.com/cbinkleyCollin Binkley, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Sixers Andrew Bynum To Undergo Knee Procedure

Andrew Bynum, the new Philadelphia 76ers center, made it through the 2011-12 season without injury. It was important for him because he needed the shed the developing image of a potential-filled but injury-prone big man.Not only did he avoid injury, but Bynum flourished, making the all-star team and becoming an important piece to the Los Angles Lakers’ success. Now a Sixer after being a part of the blockbuster trade that brought Dwight Howard to the Lakers, Bynum is taking steps to assure his knees hold up next season. (It’s also important to note that he will be a free agent after the season, and a healthy and productive year could land him an astronomical contract in Philadelphia or somewhere else.)While playing with Kobe Bryant, Bynum, 24, heard the superstar guard espouse the virtues of a radical, non-surgical treatment he had on his knee that wrought tremendous results. And according to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Bynun will travel to Germany to have the same thing done on his knee. The procedure is called Orthokine/Regenokine and it is a derivation of platelet-rich plasma therapy that Bryant, Grant Hill and baseball’s Alex Rodriguez all tried with great results.Bynum has been plagued by knee injuries throughout his career, but supposedly is not suffering from any knee injuries at the moment. But Bryant spoke so adamantly about it — and Bynum saw first-hand the buoyancy in Bryant’s gait after the treatment that he was impressed. So Bynum is looking at the procedure as a preventative measure and an opportunity to get his knees to feel better and stronger..He played in 60 out of a possible 66 games during last season’s lockout-shortened campaign. The 7-footer averaged 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds in 35.2 minutes per game, all career highs. His agent as indicated he will test the free-agent market next year. And it would be a lot more lucrative to do so coming off an injury-free season. read more

Leeds sign Harrison

first_imgLeeds United have completed the signing of Manchester City winger Jack Harrison on loan.Leeds have signed the England U-21 international from Man City on a season-long loan move.The 21-year-old winger joined Manchester City from sister club New York City FC in January 2018 before being shipped out on loan to Sky Bet Championship side Middlesbrough.Harrison could make his debut for Leeds United this weekend when they come up against Stoke City on Sunday in the Championship.Solskjaer reveals he plans to build his team around Pogba Manuel R. Medina – July 17, 2019 The Manchester United manager wants to end the speculation that the Frenchman is leaving the Red Devils.“I’m looking forward to meeting my new teammates and working with Marcelo Bielsa,” Harrison told BBC Radio, Leeds.“I wanted to go out on loan with Pep Guardiola, to work with him and impress him. He told he was pleased with my progress but wanted me to go out on loan because I need to be playing at this young age.”“Marcelo has a great reputation, his ideas and those of Manchester City are very similar.”“I’m very glad to be here and I can’t wait to get started.”last_img read more

Paul Pogba promised La Liga move by agent

first_imgPaul Pogba has supposedly been promised a lucrative move from Manchester United to an unnamed club in La Liga by his agent, the controversial Mino RaiolaThe French midfielder has recently been linked with a move to Barcelona for next summer, amid his ongoing problems with United coach Jose Mourinho.The pair have had a fractious relationship over the past year but resolved to put Pogba’s future aside until the end of the season.But, unknown to Mourinho, it’s emerged that there may have been an ulterior motive towards Pogba’s softening stance.MEN claims that his agent, Raiola, made Pogba a promise that he would help secure him a move to La Liga after three seasons at United.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.This promise was allegedly made before Pogba completed a then-world record £89m transfer from Juventus to United in 2016.And, now that Pogba is in his third year at Old Trafford, all that remains to be seen is if Raiola will come good on his promise.Real Madrid had also been linked with Pogba in the past and were apparently interested in signing him before he rejoined United.Pogba has provided 17 goals and 18 assists in 99 appearances for United across two separate spells.The World Cup winner has a contract at Old Trafford until June 2021.last_img read more

Ince Mourinho isnt the only one responsible for United downfall

first_imgThe Red Devils are currently in 6th place of the Premier League, 19 points away from league leaders Liverpool.Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Ince said Jose Mourinho is not the only one to blame for Manchester United’s recent shortcomings. Ince, 51, said the current executive vice-chairman of Manchester United Ed Woodward, 47, is also responsible.“Mourinho is the one who fronts it because he is the football manager but Ed Woodward is the one in the stands,” Ince told Goal.“He is not a football man, he is a businessman. The club is the richest in the world from a business point of view, we understand that. But when Mourinho says at the start of the season that we need two center-halves and he can’t get them, then someone has got to take the can. It can’t always be Mourinho.“I presume Mourinho would have had a list saying that these are the six or seven players that I want to play for Man United to compete against the other boys.“They didn’t get them. When they didn’t get them and the results don’t go well, as much as you point at Mourinho, you have to also point at Ed Woodward because he didn’t get the players he wanted. Klopp got the players he wanted.“Why is [Virgil] Van Dijk going to Liverpool and not Man United? If you ask me now which Man United player would get into the Liverpool team? Only the goalkeeper. That’s where we are now. At the moment he is the only one who would get into the Liverpool team.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“When you look at some of the players that the other clubs have got, why didn’t United get those players? Fred doesn’t even play. Sanchez doesn’t want to be here and wanted to go to City first. Pogba doesn’t play. Players who were bought for £80m-£50m don’t even play. You are right in questioning the recruitment because recruitment is the most important thing in football.”LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 16: Paul Pogba of Manchester United looks on when warming up prior to the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United at Anfield on December 16, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)Asked why Manchester United’s signings keep failing, Ince said they lack mental strength.“I think the players he is bringing in can’t deal with the pressure to put on a Man United shirt and you are seeing it in the performances. [Anthony] Martial is a prime example,” he added.“For me, he is the most talented player in United’s squad but he can’t deal with the pressure, week-in, week out. When you are playing for Man United, you have to do it every week. You can’t be four out of 10. You have to be seven or eight out of 10 every week. That’s in games and in training.“It has changed and you feel because these players have come in, can they deal with all this and with the rivals winning week in, week out. You’ve got to look at whether they have the desire and toughness to deal with that pressure. Not all of them, but a lot of them haven’t.“Look at Kevin De Bruyne, he has every attribute you want in a player. His work-rate, talent, decision making. Nine times out of 10, he makes the right decision, you don’t see that for any outfield player at United. Not one. I don’t see it. I don’t see anyone and the proof is in the pudding.”last_img read more

Delph says City looking to bounce back against Leicester City

first_imgManchester City midfielder Fabian Delph says the club are looking to bounce back from their defeat to Crystal Palace when they face Leicester City.Pep Guardiola’s men suffered a shock 3-2 home loss to Palace on Saturday and will be looking to return winning ways when they travel to the King Power Stadium to face Leicester on Boxing Day.The loss to Palace now leaves with Manchester City four-point behind Liverpool at the top of the table after this round of fixtures that marks the season’s halfway point.England midfielder Delph said, according to Daily Mail: “It is important not to dwell on the past and to live in the present. That game is finished now, it’s about the next game. It’s about getting the three points on the board.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.The Premier League champions will hoping Fernandinho will be fit to return after missing the Palace clash with a thigh problem.David Silva remains absent due to injury but Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez all returned last weekend and Delph accepts City are hardly down to the bare bones.The England international, who has again been used as a left-back this season in the absence of Benjamin Mendy, said: “It always helps when you have a fully-fit squad. People pushing each other for places is healthy.”“But we have more than enough in the squad to win any match, whether someone is injured or not. Everyone understands their role”last_img read more

Why Music Theory Doesnt Suck

first_imgNews You might be surprised how many rock pros believe music theory should be rescued from its bad reputationPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Dec 5, 2018 – 5:55 pm The idea that studying music theory should be required to be considered a good musician is offensive to some. But intellectual approaches to music can’t be better than the guidance of your own ears, right? While Charlie Puth’s description of George Michael throwing jazz chords into an arrangement might seem too clean-cut for some people’s tastes, there are famous rockers out there — who know how to get both sonically nasty and enjoy what music theory has to offer — that are making a case for why you should at least consider giving it a try.One GRAMMY-winning ambassador for serious music study is Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers. You might not think of him as an educator, but he founded the Silverlake Conservatory Of Music in Los Angeles in 2001. You might not picture him playing student, but in 2008, while the band was on hiatus, Flea signed himself up for theory, composition and jazz trumpet studies at USC.”My whole musical life has been an educational process and I’m just furthering my education and filling in the blanks,” Flea told Musicradar at the time. “There’s stuff that I want to know that I don’t know.” He explained how his ear and intuition had inspired him but that there was still room to grow in understanding how different notes fit together and how musical tension and resolution are created. Why Music Theory Doesn’t Suck why-music-theory-doesnt-suck Twitter Email center_img Why Music Theory Doesn’t Suck Facebook Whether seen as too academic, too focused on the past or on classical music, music theory has been seen as a study that is boring and may harm creativity or knowledge of music itself. As music critic, Greg Sandow, states in his blog: “If music theory is only classical music, then we don’t learn the things that give other kinds of music depth and value. And so we’re encouraged (implicitly, but strongly) to undervalue them.”A recent essay by Trey Xavier published on Metalsucks.net, who also offers an online course, made the pitch for why you should look past music theory’s reputation and why heavy metal musicians need to learn music theory. Besides better learning the power behind power chords, Xavier points to an array of leaders like Metallica’s Cliff Burton and Randy Rhoads whose work might motivate people to give some theory-study a fresh look. “I’ll start your journey by saying this: music theory is just names for sounds,” he said. “That’s it.” He also compares it to a painter learning the names of colors and being able to combine and use color more dramatically.Another unexpected educator is Dream Theater’s Jordan Rudess, who started the Jordan Rudess Online Conservatory, where he also answers questions and gives advice. Rudess was a child prodigy, and that early facility helped give him a head start and confidence. But music theory is not just for whiz kids.Xavier makes the point that there is now so much information online about music theory, for free, that anyone can jump right in. Whether fundamental or advanced, the names and numbers are there to help you appreciate the sounds and ways they work together. Why not get past the unfair reputation music theory was branded with and give your ears a fresh chance to tell you how they feel about it?5 Ways To Bring Music Into Your Child’s LifeRead morelast_img read more