YouTube/amskowr1It has been a few weeks since Michigan’s devastating loss to rival Michigan State, so some Michigan fans are coming to terms with things now. It took a while, but maybe the craziest reaction to the loss has hit the internet, via Reddit. With the game appearing to be in hand, an excited Michigan fan (who is stripped down to his underwear, for whatever reason) pops a bottle of champagne. Unfortunately, we now know that he was just a bit premature with the celebration. After Michigan State’s fateful touchdown on the final play, he and his friends absolutely freak out. He also slips and falls on the spilled champagne. The video is quite ‘not safe for work’ for language.A Redditor claiming to be the fan in the yellow shirt answers some questions in the thread about the video.We can’t really hold the reaction against them. That game was insane. Remember though, everyone, keep the cork in the bottle until the clock hits zero.[Reddit]
A man arrested in the U.S. in connection with the murder of his ex-girlfriend in southern Ontario contacted her repeatedly before her death despite a court order that prohibited him from communicating with her, court documents allege.Newly unsealed U.S. court documents allege Ager Hasan “had difficulty accepting” the end of his year-long relationship with 22-year-old Melinda Vasilije and continued to reach out to her by text message and social media.The documents, which were filed in May as part of an application for Hasan’s arrest and made public last week, offer new insight into what police believe happened in the hours, days and weeks leading up to Vasilije’s death. The allegations have not been proven in court.In early April, Hasan, who is from Hamilton, allegedly broke into Vasilije’s Kitchener, Ont., home in an attempt to contact her, attacking her roommate and the roommate’s brother in the process, the documents say.He was charged with break and enter and two counts of assault and released on bail, with the conditions that he stay out of Waterloo Region and refrain from communicating with Vasilije directly or indirectly, the documents show. He was also barred from owning any weapons.Vasilije’s cellphone, however, shows Hasan was continually reaching out, though she did not report it to police, the documents allege.Later that month, the pair arranged to meet up to discuss their breakup, according to the documents. Vasilije “was nervous about Hasan coming to the residence” and asked a friend to come over as well as her roommate, they say.But the two other women left to go to a nightclub with Vasilije’s sister before Hasan arrived, the documents say. When they returned around 12:30 a.m., they heard Vasilije in her bedroom with someone.Around 1:45 a.m., the roommate and friend decided to go to Burger King and texted Vasilije to ask if she wanted any food, the documents say. She declined, saying that “he” was just about to leave.The two women got back an hour later and found Vasilije “lying on the floor of the residence, covered in blood with a knife lying nearby,” and multiple stab wounds to her neck and chest, the documents say.Hasan, meanwhile, was gone, the documents say. Records at the border show he crossed the Peace Bridge into the U.S. just before 6 a.m., according to the documents. Police later issued a Canada-wide arrest warrant for him.A person believed to be Hasan posted a long document on Reddit a few days later that contained alleged details about the incident and claimed he was acting in self-defence, the documents say.“He posted multiple photos of Hasan and Vasilije as well as excerpts of a text conversation between them on the night of the murder,” they say. “The text conversation was consistent with messages recovered from Vasilije’s phone.”Hasan was arrested by the United States Secret Service earlier this month while they were conducting a traffic stop in San Antonio, Texas, as part of a counterfeit currency investigation.Police are now working to get Hasan extradited back to Canada to face charges including one count of second-degree murder.
MONTREAL – 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.”
TORONTO – The Canadian dollar surged to its highest level in more than three months after the country’s jobless rate hit a four-decade low, as the Toronto stock index fell.The loonie closed at an average trading value of 80.63 cents US, up 0.73 of a U.S. cent on Friday — its highest level since Sept. 26.The currency’s move higher came in the wake of a report by Statistics Canada that the economy created 78,600 net new jobs in December and the unemployment rate fell to its lowest point in more than 40 years.On Bay Street, the S&P/TSX composite index was down 63.50 points to 16,349.44 after setting record closes in the last two trading sessions.“Today seems to be one of these days where the reflationary, more pro-cyclical sectors are sort of taking a pause after a strong run into the end of the year and the start of the year — namely energy and materials,” said Patrick Blais, a managing director and senior portfolio manager at Manulife Investments.South of the border it was another record finish on Wall Street, as technology companies rose sharply.The Dow Jones industrial average climbed 220.74 points to 25,295.87. The S&P 500 index added 19.16 points to 2,743.15 and the Nasdaq composite index advanced 58.65 points to 7,136.56.U.S. stocks rose for the fourth day in a row Friday to start 2018 with their longest new-year winning streak in eight years.Less promising, however, were U.S. Labor Department figures which showed that American employers added 148,000 jobs in December — a solid gain but a bit less than experts expected.On the Canadian corporate front, shares of Telus Corp. (TSX:T) were down 15 cents, or 0.32 per cent, to $47.13 at the close of markets. The communication services company is buying the western operations of AlarmForce Industries from Bell Canada.Telus will pay about $66.5 million to acquire about 39,000 customer accounts in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan — representing nearly 40 per cent of the total AlarmForce customer base in Canada.In commodities news, the February crude contract was down 57 cents to US$61.44 per barrel and the February natural gas contract fell nine cents to US$2.80 per mmBTU.The February gold contract gained 70 cents at US$1,322.30 an ounce and the March copper contract was down three cents to US$3.23 a pound.– With a file from The Associated Press.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.
Marrakesh: Actor Idris Elba, 46, exchanged wedding vows with longtime girlfriend Sabrina Dhowre, 29, in a three-day ceremony in Morocco. In images captured by British Vogue, the couple, who got engaged last year, looked smitten as they wed at the Ksar Char Bagh hotel in Marrakesh recently, reports dailymail.co.uk. Dhowre opted for two exquisite dresses by Vera Wang for her big day – a bardot style gown for the ceremony and a pearl embroidered number for the reception – while Elba, 46, looked dapper in a bespoke suit by Ozwald Boateng. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold SchwarzeneggerAn image from the fashion magazine shows Dhowre looking ravishing in her form-fitting A-line white gown, while her make-up is executed by Charlotte Tilbury and her hair by Luana Babbi. In another, Elba cuts an incredibly dapper figure in his slick suit as he is seen gazing adoringly at Dhowre. Another photograph shows the pair just after they exchanged their vows, as they passionately embrace while the former beauty queen flashes her dazzling ring. “Congratulations to newlyweds Idris Elba and Sabrina Dhowre who exchanged vows in Morocco on April 26 2019. Celebrations were spread over three days in Marrakesh,” the caption read. With a ‘colours of the Souk’ themed dinner on Thursday night, and their extravagant nuptials on Friday, the three-day celebrations will culminate with an all-white party at a hotel.
New York: An Indian-American man has been indicted on charges of perpetrating an investment fraud scheme in which he allegedly told investors that their money would be used to fund research and develop prototype spacecraft and space-related propulsion systems but instead used it for personal expenses. Ramesh Kris Nathan, 37, a US national whose last known address is in Chennai, India, was indicted on charges related to the alleged investment fraud scheme, announced United States Attorney David Anderson and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge John Bennett. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportNathan is charged with six counts of wire fraud, two counts of money laundering and one count of aggravated identity theft. He was arrested last week in Los Angeles. In an indictment filed in January this year and unsealed last week, a federal grand jury charged Nathan with fraudulently obtaining investors for a company with no legitimate underlying business activities by promising their money would be used to fund research and develop prototype spacecraft, space-related propulsion systems, and related technologies. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsAccording to the indictment, between June 2016 and August 2017, Nathan created a Nevada corporation called Relativity Research Fund, which had no legitimate underlying business activities. Instead, he allegedly used the corporation to induce potential investors to provide funds for non-existent business enterprises. Further, Nathan allegedly opened and maintained a bank account using the name and personal identification of an investor who did not authorise Nathan to do so. The indictment further describes how Nathan induced potential investors to provide funds by making false and misleading statements on Relativity’s website and in emails to potential investors. He held out the company as being involved in the development of numerous technology-related enterprises including advanced robotics, space travel technology and combustion-free propulsion systems. Nathan also represented that the company had a USD 10 million capital investment, seven worldwide offices, employed over 15,000 people, generated gross revenue of $36.87 billion in the fourth quarter of 2016, and earned a profit of USD 29.8 billion in the fourth quarter of 2016. In addition, Nathan represented that Relativity completed all of the requirements for listing its shares on the Nasdaq Private Market, and that investors would be able to trade their Relativity shares on that market. However, according to the indictment, none of these facts was true. Further, Nathan allegedly either spent the investor funds on his own personal expenses or transferred investor funds to his overseas bank account, his mother, or his then-girlfriend. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a maximum USD 250,000 fine on each count of wire fraud as well as 10 years in prison and a USD 250,000 maximum fine for each count of money laundering.
Edna Kiplagat of Kenya, who is also the defending champion, won the first gold medal of the world championships at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Saturday, with an impressive late kick in the final meters of the women’s marathon.Kiplagat managed to acquire a substantial lead ahead of second-place winner Italy’s Valeria Straneo. Kiplagat won in 2 hours, 25 minutes, 44 seconds. Kayoko Fukushi of Japan was third.As the rest of the marathoners made their way through the course, few fans were present along the way to cheer them during a sweltering afternoon, with temperatures hovering around 86 degrees.With the near-empty stands, Saturday’s highlights will be left to Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt as he begins his campaign for three gold medals. Bolt is likely to be the obvious winner in the 100- and 200-meters as teammate Yohan Black is out injured and American star Tyson Gay has been suspended after testing positive for banned substances.
So much for the idea of the Rockets standing firm and running things back for the 2019-20 season.Houston, after initially being described in reports as a longshot in Russell Westbrook trade talks, landed the Oklahoma City star Thursday night, edging out other suitors like the Miami Heat and Detroit Pistons. The move is undoubtedly a huge one: Westbrook joins the Rockets, while the rebuilding Thunder will take back an aging Chris Paul and pocket first-round picks in 2024 and 2026, along with two future pick swaps. If you’re counting, OKC has now picked up a total of eight first-round picks since this year’s draft alone.Many will likely struggle to understand this deal for Houston. But let’s not make this more complicated than it is: Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has always prioritized star talent over just about everything else. And Westbrook has that, even if he might make for a questionable fit.The first question that comes to mind: Is it really worth it to hand the rock to a ball-dominant player who is so much less efficient than James Harden is? Especially when that player occupies the same point-guard position, and can’t shoot the ball nearly as well as Paul, the man he’s replacing? The wide gap in defensive IQ between Paul and Westbrook is also worth pointing out, even if Westbrook’s athleticism is substantially greater than Paul’s ever was. (Maybe there’s a hope that Westbrook and Harden, longtime friends from their time in OKC, will play off each other well because of that prior experience together? Also: It’s hard to believe that the Thunder drafted three MVPs in a row, and now all three are on other rosters.)In Paul, the Rockets had a pretty steady secondary playmaker who could both play alongside Harden — even when they clashed — and maintain continuity with the same 1-on-1 playing style when the former MVP went to the bench for a breather. Houston mostly lived, and sometimes died, with that strategy — one that would have been tougher to deploy as Paul continued to slow down. One indication that Paul was beginning to lose a step: The cerebral point guard averaged 1.05 points per direct isolation play1Meaning a 1-on-1 play that results in a shot, a turnover or a foul. Among players with 250 such plays in each season. in 2016-17 and an NBA-high 1.15 points in 2017-18, according to data from Second Spectrum. But during the 2018-19 season, Paul saw his 1-on-1 numbers fall dramatically, down to 0.88 points per direct isolation.2Interestingly, Westbrook averaged 0.88 points per direct iso last season, too.But even with Paul slowing down, there are two areas where he still outplays Westbrook: He makes far fewer mistakes (Paul has a 4-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio for his career, while Westbrook owns a 2-to-1 ratio), and he is vastly superior from the floor, having hit almost 38 percent from deep the past 10 seasons while Westbrook stands at just 31 percent over that span. That difference in shooting ability is a key distinction, given that the Rockets have been more reliant on the 3-point shot than any other NBA club in recent years.There are ways in which a move like this could pay off for Morey and the Rockets, though. Westbrook will turn 31 soon, and his relative durability the past few years is an obvious plus compared to Paul’s, who is 34 years old. (Paul’s contract expires a year sooner, but both deals carried roughly a $40 million annual price tag either way.) Westbrook will never be the shooter that Paul is, but Houston is banking on the fact that he’ll be just as good for the offense — if not better — because of his ability to create.There will be some other areas of concern, too. Harden and Westbrook rank No. 1 and No. 2 in the NBA in turnovers3Another stat Westbrook and Harden rank No. 1 and No. 2 in: single-season usage rate. Westbrook’s 2016-17 MVP season marked the highest usage rate the league has ever seen, at 41.7 percent. Harden’s 40.5 percent mark this past season ranks as the second-highest usage rate of all time. the past three years, with more than 1,100 giveaways each in that window. And Westbrook has a tendency to call his own number at times when he’s ice cold — particularly in the playoffs, even when he has a capable superstar teammate to help shoulder some of the burden.Still, in our story on Westbrook earlier this week, we mentioned that the OKC star ranked near the top of the NBA in drives per game and shot a career-best 65 percent at the rim, all while throwing an NBA-high 802 passes that led to 3-point attempts. Between the Rockets’ ample spacing and their perimeter scoring threats — two things the Thunder lacked — Houston may benefit from Westbrook’s explosive athleticism on offense.Even if Westbrook continues to be highly productive — if not triple-double-a-night productive — there are still so many questions we’ll be curious about. Will his contributions on both ends outweigh the steadiness the Rockets generally got from the older Paul? (Especially when our early projections pegged Houston as the best team in the West still.) Will Houston become an even more predictable two-headed monster than before? And what if this still isn’t enough to put the Rockets over the top?We know Morey’s gambling tendencies by now, and he’s content to get these answers later and change things down the line if need be. For now, though, the Rockets have another star alongside Harden, and if nothing else, it figures to make the team very interesting — probably even more than before.
Mohamed Salah is leading the race for the Golden boot by five goals but Harry Kane believes that he will be able to chase him and win this individual award once again as he did the previous season.Mohamed Salah has been impressive this season and he is very likely to become the top-scorer of the whole league but Harry Kane is determined to chase him and he believes in himself.The England international spoke about this race against Salah as he said, according to Football London:Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“Salah’s done fantastic, he’s a great great player. Yeah, it’s competition. I had the same last year.”“For me, I’ve got to focus on my own game and my own team, and we’ll see what happens come to the end of the season.”“He’s obviously got a bit of a head start now, and we’ll see what happens. I can’t control what he does, so I’ve just got to make sure I prepare well for games and just be ready.”