Sean Payton: Obvious missed call cost Saints a Super Bowl berth

first_imgGrace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton reacts to a call during the second half of the NFL football NFC championship game against the Los Angeles Rams, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)NEW ORLEANS — Sean Payton was glassy-eyed, calm and shrugged his shoulders at times, seemingly resigned to New Orleans’ bitter fate — as unfair as he thought it was.And the Saints coach said NFL executives he spoke with by phone after a 26-23 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Rams agreed with him that officials on the field missed two obvious penalties on one late, game-turning play that might have prevented the Saints from advancing to the Super Bowl.ADVERTISEMENT “Certainly I’m not going to complain about the way it was officiated, but I thought it was a competitive play,” McVay said. “I thought they let the guys compete within the framework of the rules and that’s part of what NFL football is about.”Had a flag been thrown, the Saints would have run the clock down to the final seconds before setting up a short field goal try clinch the franchise’s second NFC title, Payton said. Instead, the Saints had to try the kick with more than 1:40 left — enough time for the Rams to drive for a tying field goal. The game then went to overtime, when an interception by Rams safety John Johnson III set up Greg Zuerline’s 57-yard game-winning field goal.“We’ll probably never get over it,” Payton added.Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who at age 40 is running out of chances to get to a Super Bowl, said it was “tough to swallow” the non-call.“Plenty of times throughout the season, there’s calls that go against you, go for you,” Brees said. “But obviously in a situation like that where it seemed like everybody in the world saw it, it’s tough.”Both Payton and Brees suggested that the way the call tarnished the result of a conference title game could stimulate discussion about widening replays to look at reviewing certain penalties committed at certain points of the game, as has happened in the NBA.“There’s just too much at stake,” Payton said. “And listen, it’s a hard job for those guys. It’s happening fast. But I don’t know if there was ever a more obvious pass interference.“We all want to get it right, right? We’ve got plenty of technology to speed things up,” Payton added. “Look, I’m on the competition committee. So, hopefully that provides a voice. I hope no other team has to lose a game the way we lost that one today, though. We were in position. … We’d be on our knee for three plays and — it’s disappointing.”Brees said he expects the NFL’s replay rules to “constantly evolve as they try to make this game batter and try to make sure that it is as fair as possible.”“There’s a lot happening out there and it happens very, very fast,” Brees said. “Obviously, if they were replaying pass interference or if somebody got hit early before the ball got there, then I’m sure that would have been reviewed today — and it would been found that that was P.I. MOST READ LATEST STORIES Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Dwayne Wade Day: Marquette gets in on the ‘Last Dance’ US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I bounced up looking for a flag and didn’t see one, so I was kind of shocked about that,” Lewis said. “I saw what everybody else saw.“You all feel like it was obvious? There it is. Everybody knows it was obvious,” Lewis added. “I don’t know what else to say about it.”Even Robey-Coleman seemed surprised.“Came to the sideline, looked at the football gods and was like, ‘Thank you,’” Robey-Coleman said. “I got away with one tonight.”Rams coach Sean McVay, now headed to his first Super Bowl at age 32, was less inclined to scrutinize the call publicly.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “It’s easy to sit here and criticize. I’m sure that because of this, as a result of this, I’m sure there will be a lot of talk about potentially reviewing penalties,” Brees added. “Just like all the reviews that go up in the booth inside of two minutes. Maybe that’s something that will happen in regards to certain penalties as well that are game-changing penalties, which obviously that was today.” Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Officials could have called pass interference and helmet-to-helmet contact on Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman as he flattened Saints receiver Tommylee Lewis on an incomplete pass inside the Rams 10-yard line with 1:45 left in a tie game. The play occurred in close range of two officials along the sideline who never pulled out their flags.NFL senior vice president of officiating Al Riveron “couldn’t believe” no penalty call was called on the play, Payton said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“It’s tough to get over it,” Payton said. “My problem with it is, I just don’t know, if we were playing pickup football in the backyard … it was as obvious a call — and how two guys can look at that and arrive at their decision? It happened though.”As anger-infused, full-throated boos rained down relentlessly from the Superdome stands, replays on the stadium’s expansive video screens clearly showed Robey-Coleman’s high hit occurring before Drew Brees’ pass toward the right sideline arrived at the spot where Lewis might have tried to make a play on the ball if he weren’t being knocked to the turn. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town View commentslast_img read more

Report: Bayern 3 Leverkusen 1

first_imgArjen Robben scored a stunner as Bayern Munich came from behind to claim a 3-1 victory over Bundesliga strugglers Bayer Leverkusen, who were reduced to 10 men late on.Wendell’s fifth-minute penalty put Leverkusen ahead at the Allianz Arena, with referee Tobias Welz having ordered the spot-kick to be retaken after Kevin Volland had missed his initial effort.Bayern quickly equalised through Corentin Tolisso, however, and the hosts took the lead when Robben sensationally volleyed home in the 19th minute. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! James Rodriguez wrapped up the three points a minute from time to maintain Bayern’s winning start, after any hopes of a Leverkusen comeback bad been ended by a red card for substitute Karim Bellarabi.140 – @ArjenRobben scored his 140th goal for @FCBayernEN in all competitions, which makes him the 7th best goal scorer for Bayern equalling Giovane #Elber. Machine. #FCBB04— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) September 15, 2018Controversy reigned early on when Leverkusen were awarded a penalty after Thiago Alcantara handled, but Manuel Neuer pulled off a superb double stop to deny Volland from the spot-kick and resulting rebound.Those saves would count for nothing, though, as the referee insisted that the penalty be retaken due to encroachment and Wendell made no mistake with his attempt.Leverkusen’s lead was short-lived, however, Tolisso restoring parity in the ninth minute as he bundled his way through and steered a clever finish high into the right corner.Bayern soon had the lead, with Robben latching on to a poor clearance before unleashing a wicked volley that dipped in over Lukas Hradecky, although Bayern were dealt a blow when Tolisso was forced off with a knee injury.Leverkusen were toyed with for much of the second half and Bellarabi, only just on as a substitute, let his frustration get the better of him when he lunged in on Rafinha with 10 minutes remaining and rightly saw red.And Bayern made their numerical advantage count, James heading in from Thiago’s cross to add further gloss to a comfortable victory, before having another effort ruled out for offside. What it means: Bayern roll on under KovacIt has been a perfect start for Niko Kovac, whose Bayern side have easily overcome every challenge thrown their way so far. Leverkusen, meanwhile, are rooted to the foot of the table without a point.Pat on the back: Evergreen Robben imperiousWhile Leverkusen star Julian Brandt failed to shine, Robben reigned supreme down the same flank, capping his performance off with another memorable goal – his 97th in the Bundesliga and 140th for Bayern in all competitions.Boot up the backside: Volland’s goal drought continuesVolland scored 14 Bundesliga goals last term, but is still in search of his first this season. The striker’s penalty was poor, and to make matters worse he failed to beat Neuer from point-blank range on the rebound.Key Opta stats150 – Manuel Neuer has won his 150th Bundesliga Game, the fastest player in @FCBayernEN history to do so. Winner. #FCBB04— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) September 15, 2018- Bayern have won each of their five games in all competitions under Niko Kovac. Carlo Ancelotti started with 8 wins in a row.- Arjen Robben scored his 140th goal in all competitions for Bayern, the only foreign player with more goals for Bayern is Robert Lewandowski (157 goals). Robben had twice as many shots in the game as opponent Leverkusen (6-3).- Lewandowski made his 200th appearance in all competitions for Bayern, but fired only one shot which was blocked.- For the first time in their Bundesliga history, Leverkusen lost the opening three games.What’s next?Both sides get their respective Champions League and Europa League campaigns up and running next time out. Bayern travel to Benfica, while Leverkusen face Ludogorets. read morelast_img read more

Waqar Younis was a ‘total failure’ as head coach: Kamran Akmal

first_imgPakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal has lashed out at former head coach Waqar Younis for causing a lot of damage to the country’s cricket and failing to guide the national side to success during his two separate stints as the head coach.In an interview to a TV channel, Kamran revealed that Waqar’s enthusiasm to ‘experiment’ with the players and sidelining important players had put the Pakistan team lagging behind by two to three years.”With due respect, Waqar was a failure as coach and he caused lot of damage to Pakistan cricket. In his enthusiasm to experiment and sideline established players, he put the national team back by two to three years,”the Dawn quoted Kamran as saying.It should be noted that this is the first time that a current Pakistan player has openly criticised Waqar for being an abject failure in his two separate tenures as head coach in 2010-2011 and 2014- 2016.The wicketkeeper-batsman, who appeared in 53 Tests and 157 ODIs for Pakistan, said that Waqar certainly had issues with some players and that he also had no plans to take the national side forward.”I don’t know the reasons but Waqar certainly had issues with some players. He had no plans on how to take Pakistan forward. An example was when he went to the 2015 World Cup and asked Younis Khan to open the innings and then sidelined Sarfraz Ahmed until late in the tournament,” Kamran said.Although Kamran admitted that Waqar was a great player, he insisted that the fast bowling great was a ‘total failure’ as a coach.advertisement”I can remember Umar Akmal scored a hundred in an Asia Cup match and in the next game he was batting behind Shahid Afridi and others. Waqar no doubt was a great player for Pakistan but as a coach he was a total failure,” he said.Waqar, who was forced to step down after the national side fared poorly in the last World Twenty20 in India in 2016, had criticized Kamran on various occasions besides also questioning his selection in the team.The 35-year-old was recalled to the team for the tour to West Indies earlier this year and Waqar had questioned what was the need of keeping two wicket-keepers in the side.”I have played under different coaches including Bob Woolmer and I can say they used to plan and they used to create a rapport with the players. Waqar insisted on training hard all the time and not having the players also focus on their skills and cricket development was damaging to the team. The best part is that Waqar as coach himself kept two keepers in the side,” Kamran said.last_img read more

Hoop Star Spanoulis Cites Threats

first_imgATHENS – A Greek prosecutor is investigating a complaint Panathinaikos basketball club owner Dimitris Giannakopoulos threatened Olympiacos captain Vassilis Spanoulis.Spanoulis had riled the crowd during his team’s 77-66 victory over Panathinaikos, intensifying the rivalry between Greece’s mortal basketball enemies whose fans hate each other.Spanoulis is due to be called to give evidence this week and will be asked whether he wants to file charges against Giannakopoulos, who is alleged to have threatened the Greece international, as well as his family.The game between the two sides had to be temporarily suspended after Panathinaikos fans spilled onto the court when Spanoulis celebrated after scoring, taunting the Greens crowd which went wild.Giannakopoulos issued a statement saying he acted out of character and that he spoke to Spanoulis to explain what he said and meant.The enmity between the teams and fans runs deep and there have been a number of violent incidents and rowdy games invaded by fans pouring onto the court.Olympiacos played without American forward James Gist, who tested positive for marijuana use and Panathinaikos’ defeat led to the firing of coach Dusko Ivanovic after only ten months. Greek coaches are routinely and rapidly fired unless they deliver quick, dramatic results.Panathinaikos will likely also face a home ban ahead of the playoffs because fans charged onto the court, a common occurrence in games between the teams.Panathinaikos was fined 150,000 euros last month after the fiery Giannakopoulos accused officials of showing bias towards Barcelona in a Euroleague game.Panathinaikos has been bounced from European play while Olympiacos is playing on.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

France Defense Excels in 1-0 Victory over Peru in Group C

first_imgYEKATERINBURG, Russia (AP) — With all its attacking talent, France proved it also has class in defense.Other coaches might envy Didier Deschamps, who has a forward line bursting with skill, speed and goals. But Peru coach Ricardo Gareca looked at the other end Thursday after his team lost 1-0.“I think France did some outstanding work of defense,” said Gareca, whose team was eliminated while the French advanced to the knockout stage.“Credit needs to be given to France, it’s not that Peru fell short,” Gareca said. “Unlike their other games, France had very strong tactical discipline to neutralize Peru. Something that wasn’t visible in their other matches.”After Peru lost its opening game to Denmark 1-0, it needed a least a point against France to stay in contention following a 36-year absence from the tournament. With striker Paolo Guerrero back in the starting lineup, Peru’s players used any and every opportunity to put France under pressure.It didn’t work.France’s Blaise Matuidi celebrates at the end of the group C match between France and Peru at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. France won 1-0. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)Deschamps made two tactical changes for the game, using Olivier Giroud and Blaise Matuidi in the starting line-up. The result upfront was visible. France was more fluid than in the 2-1 victory over Australia and the cooperation between midfielders Paul Pogba and Ngolo Kante with the attackers resulted in a number of scoring opportunities.But when Peru was on a desperate attack, they all were ready to help at the back.It was not just defenders Benjamin Pavard, Raphael Varane, Samuel Umtiti and Lucas Hernandez who were solid for the second straight game.“It doesn’t come only from the French defense,” Deschamps said. “The attacking players did what they had to do. They made an effort for the team to be compact, to work together. It was very important to have very solid defense.”France neutralized Guerrero to a single chance in the first half. But goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, who made his 100th international appearance, saved his low shot from close range.In the second half, France kept Peru at a distance, allowing mostly only long range attempts on goal.Even such an offensive ace as Kylian Mbappe, who scored the winning goal in the first half, came to help.“If the team needs it, you need to sacrifice yourself,” Mbappe said. “Today, sometimes we didn’t need to be up the field … this is what I did.”—By KAREL JANICEK , Associated PressFrance’s Paul Pogba, second right comforts Peru’s Anderson Santamaria at the end of the group C match between France and Peru at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)France’s Blaise Matuidi jubilates at the end of the group C match between France and Peru at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)France’s Blaise Matuidi jubilates at the end of the group C match between France and Peru at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Xiaomi kills the Redmi Note 5, to focus more on Redmi 6 Pro

first_imgXiaomi’s Redmi Note series devices have always been the talk of the town for smartphone buyers, with thousands of people looking to grab a share of the handset within a few days of its launch. The Redmi Note 3 and Redmi Note 4 were extremely successful products, bringing Xiaomi to the forefront of the smartphone industry. Starting 2018, Xiaomi changed its strategy and brought two devices under the Redmi Note branding – the Note 5 and Note 5 Pro.While the Note 5 Pro has gone on to become one of the bestsellers in its segment, the standard Note 5 couldn’t enjoy a similar success and eventually started challenging some of Xiaomi’s other offerings in the portfolio. As a result, Xiaomi has taken the decision to axe the Redmi Note 5 from their lineup.The Redmi Note 5 has been selling alongside the Note 5 Pro for a while. The base version of the standard Note 5 with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage retailed for Rs 9,999 while the variant with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage sold around Rs 11,999. This was a no-bother for the handset until Xiaomi launched the Redmi Y2 in the same price bracket and later added the Redmi 6 Pro to that collection. The Redmi 6 Pro is essence is an improved version of the Redmi Note 5 with better dual rear camera setup and an edge-to-edge display with a notch.Since consumers were essentially getting the newer model for a similar price, the Redmi Note 5 had veered away from popularity in recent times. Hence, it made sense for the company to pull the plug on the handset, eventually focusing on the Redmi 6 Pro and the Redmi Y2 in that segment or now.advertisementThe Redmi 6 Pro uses the same Snapdragon 625 chipset as the Redmi Note 5 and is kept alive by a similar 4000mAh battery. The Redmi Pro sports a 5.8-inch full HD+ display with an aspect ratio of 19:9 – thank to the notch on top. It is presently running on MIUI 10 based on Android 8.1 Oreo and is awaiting an update to Android Pie as of now. The Redmi 6 Pro is available in two variants – one with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage costing Rs 10,999 and another with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage priced at Rs 12,999.ALSO READ | Apple will replace your old iPhone battery for Rs 2,000 until December 31last_img read more

Granja Comary – at home with Brazil

first_imgBolivia v Brazil Granja Comary – at home with Brazil Raisa Simplicio 20:08 10/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy The CBF's Granja Comary training centre Bolivia v Brazil Brazil v Chile Brazil Bolivia Chile WC Qualification South America This week the Selecao have once again adopted Teresopolis, and Raisa Simplicio found out how the city has taken the national team to its heart Situated some 75km away from the hustle and bustle of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s Granja Coamary training complex in Teresopolis is something of an oasis for the national team.And this week it was home to coach Tite for the first time as he prepared his squad for World Cup qualifiers with Bolivia and Chile. The Selecao departed for Bolivia today, where tonight they move on to La Paz before returning to Sao Paulo for Tuesday’s clash with la Roja.READ MORE: Casemiro to captain Brazil | Brazil to meet Japan on BGT | Arthur: Brazil’s new plan BThe logistics of this final competitive international break prior to World Cup 2018 haven’t been ideal, but familiarising themselves with what will be their home ahead of a trip to Russia next year has been vital for the much-travelled Selecao. Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. “It is a place they can call home, it will be where they will begin their preparations in earnest for the World Cup and it’s been important for the technical committee to get to know it better,” Eduardo Mansur of O Globo told Brasil Global Tour.Granja Comary 18072016“For example, being there allows them to use equipment like drones, resources that aren’t available to you in other countries. The tiny details are important. There is a solid structure in place here, with spectacular playing fields, so Granja provides a level of comfort and luxury the Selecao are rarely afforded.”Brazil’s affinity with Teresopolis began long ago, with the national team using it to prepare for World Cups since the 1970s. “You have to keep the national training centre in use, as there has been a lot of investment made here. The first time they trained here was for the 1978 World Cup and there was no Granja Comary then, they trained at the Comary club here and then in 1987 they started to use Granja,” recalled Paulo Vinicius Coelho of Fox Sports.Torcedores Granja ComaryThe entire city is transformed whenever the national team arrive here at Granja. Young people huddle around the doors of the centre, desperate to capture a glimpse of their idols and hoping for the chance to pose for photos and collect autographs. “I live here in Teresopolis and I’m a huge fan of the Selecao,” said local Lucas Garcia. “I always come here but only once have managed to get in, before the Olympics, when I asked someone for help and she gave me a lift. I took a picture with Marquinhos and Gabigol and even talked to Neymar.”Granja Comary 21032016Brazil’s presence here also boosts the local economy, with restaurant owner Leco underlining the importance of the increased media presence to his business.”It has certainly increased, especially for the journalists and the tourists that flock here to see the Selecao. We have been here since 1994 and, since then, we have become accustomed to it all and love to welcome so many people here, some have even become close friends,” he said.”For the bakery, the local hotels, the market, our daily routines are transformed. We expect the team here next year ahead of the World Cup which will again be a boost for us.”Treino Brasil 04102017Ahead of 2014, a new hotel was erected specifically to deal with the demand of the media tracking the Selecao and some local dwellings have already adopted special schemes and are even providing special services, like car hires, for the travelling media.Granja also welcomes the women’s team, who use the complex as their base as well, and the city has embraced its role as a home away from home for the Brazilian national team.last_img read more

Sport on TV this week: the highlights for UK viewers

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This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Vallecano head to Barça. Photograph: Alejandro García/EPA Since you’re here… Twitter Chievo v Milan – Serie A, 7.30pm (Premier Sports 1)New Zealand v Bangladesh – second Test, 9.55pm (Sky Sports Cricket)SundaySouth Africa v Sri Lanka – third ODI, 8am (Sky Sports Cricket)Bologna v Cagliari – Serie A, 11.30am (Premier Sports 1)Liverpool v Burnley – Premier League, 12pm (BT Sport 1 or BT Sport 4K UHD)Birmingham City v Aston Villa – Championship, 12pm (Sky Sports Football or Main Event)Internazionale v Spal – Serie A, 2pm (FreeSports)Chelsea v Wolves – Premier League, 2.05pm (Sky Sports Premier League or Main Event or Ultra HD)Hoffenheim v Nürnberg – Bundesliga, 2.30pm (BT Sport 1)Ireland v France – Six Nations (3pm, ITV 1)Girona v Valencia – La Liga, 3.15pm (Premier Sports 1)Rennes v Caen – Ligue 1, 4pm (BT Sport 3)Arsenal v Manchester United – Premier League, 4.30pm (Sky Sports Premier League or Main Event or Ultra HD)Hannover v Bayer Leverkusen – Bundesliga, 5pm (BT Sport 1)Sassuolo v Napoli – Serie A, 5pm (Premier Sports 2)Sevilla v Real Sociedad – La Liga, 5.30pm (Premier Sports 1)Players’ Championship Snooker – 6.45pm (ITV 4)Fiorentina v Lazio – Serie A, 7.30pm (FreeSports)Real Valladolid v Real Madrid – La Liga, 7.45pm (Premier Sports 1)Marseille v Nice – Ligue 1, 8pm (BT Sport 1)New Zealand v Bangladesh – second Test, 9.55pm (Sky Sports Cricket) Sport (All times GMT)MondayPartick Thistle v Hearts – Scottish Cup quarter-final, 7.05pm (BBC Scotland)Sheffield Wednesday v Sheffield United – Championship, 7.45pm (Sky Sports Football or Main Event)Severn Stars v Saracens Mavericks – Netball Superleague, 6.45pm (Sky Sports Action, Mix)Leganés v Levante – La Liga, 8pm (Eleven Sports 1 or Premier Sports 1)TuesdayNetherlands v Germany – Men’s FIH Hockey Pro League , 5.45pm (BT Sport 1)West Indies v England – International T20 cricket, 6pm (Sky Sports Main Event)Derby County v Wigan Athletic – Championship, 7.45pm (Sky Sports Red Button)Borussia Dortmund v Tottenham Hotspur – Champions League last 16, second leg, 8pm (BT Sport 2 or 4K UHD)Real Madrid v Ajax – Champions League last 16, second leg, 8pm (BT Sport 3)Japan Women v England Women – SheBelieves Cup, 10pm (BBC Four) Pinterest New Zealand and Bangladesh meet at the Basin Reserve. Photograph: Michael Bradley/AFP/Getty Images Facebook Facebook features Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Share on Twittercenter_img Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Twitter Share on LinkedIn WednesdayChina v Germany – Women’s FIH Hockey Pro League, 7am (BT Sport 1)South Africa v Sri Lanka – second ODI, 11am (Sky Sports Main Event)WTA Tennis – Indian Wells, 7pm (BT Sport 1)PSG v Man Utd – Champions League last 16, second leg, 8pm (BT Sport 2 or 4K UHD)Porto v Roma – Champions League last 16, second leg, 8pm (BT Sport 3)ThursdayQatar Masters Tennis – 7.30am (Sky Sports Main Event)Rennes v Arsenal – Europa League last 16, first leg, 5.55pm (BT Sport 3)Premier League Darts – Aberdeen, 7pm (Sky Sports Main Event)Warrington Wolves v Castleford Tigers – Super League, 7.45pm (Sky Sports Arena)Chelsea v Dynamo Kyiv – Europa League last 16, first leg, 8pm (BT Sport 2 or 4K UHD)Valencia v FC Krasnodar – Europa League last 16, first leg, 8pm (BT Sport 3)Napoli v RB Salzburg – Europa League last 16, first leg, 8pm (BT Sport ESPN)New Zealand v Bangladesh – second Test, 9.55pm (Sky Sports Cricket) Support The Guardian Topics Pinterest Share via Email Facebook England take on Japan in Tampa. Photograph: Lynne Cameron for The FA/Rex/Shutterstock Twitter FridayNew Zealand v USA – Women’s FIH Hockey Pro League, 5am (BT Sport 3)New Zealand v Spain – Men’s FIH Hockey Pro League, 7am (BT Sport 3)Anthony Yarde v Travis Reeves – boxing, 7.30pm (BT Sport 1)Werder Bremen v Schalke – Bundesliga, 7.30pm (BT Sport Extra 4)Juventus v Udinese – Serie A, 7.30pm (Premier Sports 1)Hibernian v Rangers – Scottish Premiership, 7.45pm (BT Sport 2 or Sport Extra 1)Norwich City v Swansea City – Championship, 7.45pm (Sky Sports Football or Main EventNew Zealand v Bangladesh – second Test, 9.55pm (Sky Sports Cricket)SaturdayCrystal Palace v Brighton – Premier League, 12.30pm (Sky Sports Premier League or Main Event or Ultra HD)Scotland v Wales – Six Nations, 2.15pm (BBC 1)England v Italy – Six Nations, 4.45pm (ITV 1)Manchester City v Watford – Premier League, 5.30pm (BT Sport 1 or 4K UHD)Mainz v Borussia Mönchengladbach – Bundesliga, 5.30pm (BT Sport 3)Barcelona v Rayo Vallecano – La Liga, 5.30pm (Premier Sports 1) Reuse this contentlast_img read more

10 months agoWatford boss Gracia: Doucoure? The owners must decide

first_imgWatford boss Gracia: Doucoure? The owners must decideby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford boss Javi Gracia retains hope of keeping hold of Abdoulaye Doucoure.The French midfielder is being linked with PSG as a replacement for wantaway playmaker Adrien Rabiot.Gracia told Sky Sports: “Last season, every week we talked about Liverpool or Everton, all the clubs that were interested in him. We can still talk about it. For me, Doucouré is a great player, a very important player for us. “I do not know what will happen. It does not surprise me that other clubs want to sign him because he is a very good player.”He added: “It’s important for the club and the owner to know how important he is to us. But after that, they will choose what is best for the club. Sometimes, some players, like last season with Richarlison, decide themselves. It could happen again. We do not want him to leave, but it’s football.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Hardik Pandya brings in crucial balance to Team India: Shikhar Dhawan

first_img Press Trust of India MelbourneJanuary 17, 2019UPDATED: January 17, 2019 14:36 IST Hardik Pandya, who is not part of the Australia ODI series, may miss the upcoming limited-over series in New Zealand (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSHardik Pandya has been suspended pending an inquiry over inappropriate comments on Koffee With KaranHardik, who watched the second ODI from home, may miss the upcoming limited-over series against New ZealandTamil Nadu all-rounder Vijay Shankar has replaced Hardik Pandya in the squads for Australia and New Zealand seriesIndian opener Shikhar Dhawan Thursday said suspended fast-bowling all-rounder Hardik Pandya is “crucial” for the team’s balance but rejected suggestions that the side was struggling for a fifth bowler in the ongoing ODI series against Australia.India take on Australia in the series-deciding third and final one-dayer here on Friday. There are bound to be changes to the team composition in the light of Khaleel Ahmed and Mohammed Siraj failing to impress in the first two matches.Dhawan came out in support of the two young pacers, but added that the presence of an all-rounder in the side is imperative for balance. India are missing Pandya owing to the provisional suspension imposed on him for sexist comments on a TV show, condemned as “inappropriate” by skipper Virat Kohli.”The balance that Hardik (Pandya) creates when he’s in the team is very crucial for our team,” Dhawan acknowledged in the pre-match press conference here Thursday.”Even when Kedar (Jadhav) plays, the overs of off-spin he bowls are very beneficial for us…I would say he is our golden arm, and he always takes wickets when he comes on. So often, he’s broken a big partnership. An all-rounder in Tests and limited-overs’ cricket is equally important,” he added.Siraj and Khaleel will get mature: DhawanTalking about Ahmed and Siraj, Dhawan said the youngsters will mature and get better with time.”It’s not a worry (about the bowling). They just came in. They are young blokes. We will back them. That’s how they’re going to learn when they play against a good side,” he said.advertisement”If they go for runs, that’s where they have to lift themselves up and think more about their game and strategies. That’s how they’ll become more mature players. It’s good that they are getting chances over here,” he added.Dhawan said the team is looking to make history by winning the first ever bilateral ODI series on Australian soil, following up on the 2-1 Test series’ win here. He felt the batting line-up, including veteran Mahendra Singh Dhoni, finding form only bodes well for their preparations ahead of the 2019 ODI World Cup.”Winning the series will mean a lot to us. Winning both Tests and if we win tomorrow, it is going to be a big achievement for us. We are going to value it and cherish it,” he said.”It was good to see a good team performance in the last game, especially how Dhoni performed well in both the games. We are very happy that Dhoni is getting his touch back. Because a player of his stature, gives so much of confidence to the batsmen at the other end,” he added.He also lauded the role played by Dinesh Karthik during the successful chase in the second ODI in Adelaide.”The good thing is we have got all fit players and very mature players, very experienced. That makes us a very strong batting unit. And of course we have been performing very well and consistently over the past few years,” he said.The left-hander is one of the three batsmen, along with Dhoni and Ambati Rayudu, to have not played active cricket while the Australia-India Test series was on.Dhawan said he felt in good rhythm on account of the T20I series and chose to take the break to work on fitness and his skills.”I had 5-6 weeks off and I was training hard. It was good because, looking forward to the World Cup, it was a good break for me. Now I’m happy to be back in the side, playing matches and raring to go.”I think my rhythm is there, the way I was hitting the ball. It is very important to take a break and feel fresh, which we Indian cricketers don’t get much of, so we’re not used to it,” he said.India have a set and firing opening combination along with a perennially in-form Virat Kohli at number three. In comparison, Australian skipper Aaron Finch is struggling for runs, and his partnership with Alex Carey at the top hasn’t really clicked.Dhawan said he bats in auto mode with Rohit Sharma, since they understand each other so well.”Batting with Rohit, it’s normal, comfortable and we both know what to do and what not to. Not much discussion is needed. We play on automatic mode and keep having fun with each other. There is a sense of calmness and peace,” he said.The opener said the Indian team has done its homework on Finch to be able to get him out for cheap all summer.advertisement”…we are hitting the right areas against him. We are not giving him singles or boundary options too easily. Once you create that pressure on a batsman, especially in limited-overs, he’s going to do something extra and take more risk to rotate the strike or score runs…,” he said.Talking about Friday’s match, Dhawan said the Australian team is missing the likes of Steve Smith and David Warner, while the experience of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami is giving the Indian team an advantage at the start of their innings.”Australia have a good all-round side, they have a well-balanced side. Of course, the presence of Smith and Warner is missing in this side. They are legends of their country and big players in the cricket world,” he said.”At the same time, Bhuvi (Kumar) is very experienced as well as Shami. That’s why in the first 10 overs, we have been dominating the game. We would like to do it the same way. So we will be on our guard,” he signed off.Also Read | Sourav Ganguly on Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul: They made a mistake because they are humanAlso Read | Hardik Pandya has stopped going out of his house, avoiding calls after Koffee with KaranAlso Read | BCCI CEO Rahul Johri speaks to Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul after Koffee With Karan rowAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPTI Tags :Follow Hardik PandyaFollow Shikhar DhawanFollow India vs AustraliaFollow Koffee With KaranFollow BCCIFollow KL RahulFollow Khaleel Ahmed Hardik Pandya brings in crucial balance to Team India: Shikhar DhawanIndia vs Australia: India have been without all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who has been suspended pending an inquiry by the Board of Control for Cricket in India over his controversial comments on Koffee With Karan.advertisementlast_img read more

Traffic Advisory Hants County

first_imgHANTS COUNTY: Highway 101 There will be a 20 minute closure of Highway 101 at 7 p.m., today, Aug. 12, between Exit 4 and Exit 5 near St. Croix to allow for blasting needed for road construction. Please obey traffic control people in the area. Drivers should expect delays or use alternate routes. Local Area Office: 902-798-6885 Fax: 902-798-6747 -30-last_img

No person excluded from NRC to be detained till all legal remedies

first_imgNew Delhi: The Centre on Monday said no person excluded from the final NRC list will be detained till he or she exhausts all legal remedies. In a statement, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) also said the Assam government has made necessary arrangements to provide legal aid to the needy amongst those excluded from the final National Register of Citizens (NRC) through the district legal services authorities. “Persons left out of final NRC not to be detained under any circumstance till they exhaust all remedies available under law,” the statement said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details It added that such persons will continue to enjoy all rights as earlier, like any other citizen, e.g. right to employment, education and property, etc. The MHA said adequate judicial process is available for the people left out to appeal to the Foreigners’ Tribunals (FTs) within 120 days from August 31, when the final NRC was published. To facilitate the appeals, 200 new FTs will be functional from Monday, in addition to 100 already existing, it said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday According to the final NRC released on Saturday, out of the total 3.3 crore applicants, 3.11 crore figured in the list and names of about 19 lakh residents were excluded. Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal had said last week the exclusion of someone’s name from the final NRC does not amount to the person automatically becoming a foreigner as such a decision can be taken only by a foreigners’ tribunal after following proper legal process. “No one should be worried. No one should panic. Government is here to take care of everyone. Even those who will be excluded from the final list will get enough opportunity to prove their Indian citizenship,” he had said.last_img read more

Attention shoppers Naked man takes run down aisles of Saskatchewan food store

first_imgPRINCE ALBERT, Sask. — The Crown wants a year in jail for a man convicted of running naked through a grocery store and into a meat cooler in northern Saskatchewan.The prosecution also wants Calvin John Jobb to pay the Prince Albert Superstore almost $200 to cover food that had to be thrown out after his jog down the aisles.Jobb, who is 51, pleaded guilty to charges, including indecent exposure and mischief, related to his actions in early March.The defence wants a six-month term for Jobb and says he was hallucinating, scared and very hot after taking what he thought was marijuana.Court heard during sentencing arguments on Monday that Jobb swung a broom stick, yelled at customers, damaged cash registers, threw meat and jumped into a meat cooler.He is to be sentenced May 22.An eight-year employee described Jobb as “acting like a wild animal” and yelling “just shoot me” when police tried to arrest him.Prosecutor Gail Douglas said it took four officers to get Jobb out of the store and, at one point, he grabbed one of the officer’s Tasers.Legal-aid lawyer Robert Rooney said his client was “in pretty rough shape” on the day in question.“He knew he was consuming something. He didn’t know exactly what it was and he found that terrifying.”Rooney said Jobb has been seeking help to get and stay sober. He said the “public shaming” on social media has been difficult for Jobb.“I’m sure just the Facebook aspects of this case would deter someone from doing this,” Rooney said.“He is hoping to get on with his life.”(paNOW)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Duke of Cambridge And Prince Harry Take Part In DIY SOS The

first_imgThe Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry joined the BBC’s DIY SOS team in Manchester as they helped turn a street scattered with derelict houses into liveable homes for ex-service personnel.Prince William takes part in DIY SOS The Big Build: Veteran’s SpecialCredit/Copyright: DukeAndDuchessOfCambridge.orgOver the past few weeks The Big Build: Veteran’s Special have been renovating eight buildings, streetscaped an entire street and rejuvenating the façade of 62 houses to create the basis of a new mixed community for service personnel making the transition to civilian life, as well as for long-standing residents.The re-development has also created a support centre on the street, run by Walking with the Wounded and the Royal British Legion to assist ex-servicemen and women with retraining and on-site support for those who have been injured – mentally or physically – while in the Armed Forces.Prince Harry takes part in DIY SOS The Big Build: Veteran’s SpecialCredit/Copyright: and women who have made great personal sacrifices for our country deserve healthy, dignified, and successful post-military lives. Yet ex-service personnel account for a large percentage of the homeless in Britain. At the same time, there are currently over half a million empty properties in England. For this project, 26 houses out of the 64 on two streets have been gifted to Haig Housing, which runs housing schemes specifically for veterans.As the memory of conflicts fade and public focus beings to move elsewhere both The Duke and Prince Harry will continue to draw attention to the ongoing challenges facing service personnel making the transition to civilian life. That can include offering support with accommodation, employment or health issues.During the visit, The Princes joined the DIY SOS team of builders and hundreds of volunteers to help with the final stages of the build. They worked alongside other ex-servicemen and women, who are also taking part in the renovation work as they develop their skills and re-train into a new trade.The Duke and Prince Harry also met the street’s existing residents and members of all the organisations who have contributed to BBC’s DIY SOS team’s most ambitious project to date.The DIY SOS Big Build: Veteran’s special will be aired on BBC One at 9pm on 14th and 21st October 2015.Source:DukeAndDuchessOfCambridge.orglast_img read more

Regulator schedules hearings for BC LNG natural gas pipeline challenge

first_imgCompanies mentioned in this article: (TSX:TRP) The Canadian Press CALGARY — The National Energy Board is scheduling hearings over the next three months to consider a jurisdictional challenge of the approval of a pipeline needed to supply natural gas to the recently sanctioned $40-billion LNG Canada project.The hearings are to determine only if approvals given by the British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission for the Coastal GasLink Pipeline are sufficient — if not, the NEB says the proponent will have to make a formal NEB application and undergo another separate process to win federal approval.The NEB actions are in response to a challenge by B.C. resident Mike Sawyer who argues that because TransCanada Corp. will operate the proposed pipeline and the connected Nova Gas Transmission Ltd. system together, they form a single pipeline which crosses the Alberta-B.C. boundary and therefore must be regulated by the federal government.The NEB says on its website it will accept additional written evidence from the builder late this month, take written evidence from interveners in January and gather information requests and responses from parties in January and February before holding final oral arguments in March.The 670-kilometre, 48-inch diameter natural gas pipeline would bring natural gas from prolific wells in northeastern B.C. to the proposed liquefied natural gas export facility near Kitimat on the West Coast.LNG Canada announced in October its partners — Royal Dutch Shell, Mitsubishi Corp., Petronas, PetroChina Co. and Korean Gas Corp. — had made a final investment decision to proceed with the project after delaying it in 2016 due to poor global prices for LNG.TransCanada’s contract to build the $6.2-billion pipeline was conditional on partner project approval.last_img read more

Ban Kimoon alters plans for UN presence in Chad Central African Republic

In his latest report to the Security Council on the situation in Chad and the CAR, which have both been beset by widespread population displacement because of clashes between rebels and Government forces, Mr. Ban recommends several major adjustments to his earlier plan – submitted in February – for a possible UN peacekeeping force.After the Chadian Government raised concerns about a UN military presence, Mr. Ban now proposes an EU force, which he said has already been accepted in principle by President Idriss Déby. This force, which would be responsible for protecting civilians and ensuring humanitarian assistance can be provided, would operate for 12 months from deployment, with follow-on arrangements to be determined later.There would now be no direct involvement of the multi-dimensional international presence in the border area, Mr. Ban adds in the report.While Chadian police and gendarmes will continue to maintain law and order in the camps for refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), they would be screened, trained, monitored and mentored by the UN police component and given direct logistical support from the UN.A multi-dimensional UN presence of civilian staff, focusing on the areas of civil affairs, human rights, the rule of law and mission support, would also be established, and the headquarters will be in N’Djamena, the Chadian capital.The UN, the EU and the Chadian authorities would have to coordinate their work very closely, starting from the mission planning stages, if this revised model for a UN presence is to be successful, the Secretary-General stresses.He says the deployment of a UN-mandated multi-dimensional international presence in Chad and the CAR “could have a significant positive impact on the security situation there,” adding that a lasting solution to the region’s crises – including the violence and suffering engulfing Sudan’s Darfur region – is only possible through political agreements.The proposed mission, which would be coordinated by a UN-appointed head of mission and Secretary-General’s Special Representative, would operate in Chad’s Ennedi Est department and the Wadi Fira, Ouaddai and Salamat regions and in the Vakaga prefecture and the north-eastern part of Haute-Kotto prefecture in the CAR.Mr. Ban, who made his proposals based on an assessment mission to the region, says the humanitarian situation in eastern Chad and north-eastern CAR “has shown no signs of improving” since February, with more than 400,000 refugees and IDPs as a result of the fighting and an estimated 700,000 others in host communities also affected. 16 August 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has unveiled revised plans for a United Nations presence in the troubled east of Chad and northeast of the Central African Republic (CAR), proposing that the European Union (EU) field a military force and the UN focus on training police and civilian areas such as human rights and the rule of law. read more

UN system prepares for landfall of Hurricane Tomas on Haiti

According to reports, meteorological experts have classified Tomas a Category 1 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is stressing that even with existing pre-positioned humanitarian supplies, the potential magnitude of the hurricane’s impact urgently called for additional emergency supplies and equipment. Tarpaulins and tents in stock only cover 60 per cent of the estimated 500,000 people who could be affected by Tomas. Some minor-scale relocations have taken place – on Thursday, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) moved more than 2,000 people from the exposed Corail camp in Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, to a nearby disused hospital. A further 4,000 internally displaced persons stayed at the camp to protect their few possessions. Peacekeepers from the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) have also assisted local authorities in the country’s south with the transportation of people to provisional shelters; they are also assisting the Haitian Government and relief partners with contingency plans – on top of helping with the ongoing response to the devastating January earthquake.Of particular concern, according to OCHA and others, is the impact of the hurricane on Haiti’s recent cholera epidemic. The humanitarian agency says the inadequate sanitary conditions in many parts of the country combined with a huge amount of rain or flooding generated by the hurricane could aggravate the outbreak.The UN World Health Organization (WHO) says there are 6,742 cholera cases – including 442 deaths – in Haiti, with confirmed cases reported in the departments of Artibonite, Centre, Nord, Nord-Ouest, and Ouest. WHO has sent to Port-au-Prince emergency health kits for treating up to 10,000 people suffering from water-borne diseases for three months. Other emergency kits, with the capacity to treat between 10,000 to 20,000 people for three months, were sent to other areas. The IOM is continuing its efforts to ensure that whatever early gains were made in containing the cholera outbreak were not reversed by Tomas, with a focus on ensuring that displaced people in camps are provided with hygiene messages as well as strengthening monitoring and case response mechanisms. The UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, along with its partners and community mobilizers, has also been sharing health- and sanitation-related information and distributing oral rehydration salts and water purification tablets. Based on its previous experience with Haiti’s storms in 2008, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) has had preparative measures in place in the country for some time now. Its essential staff is on standby for a rapid response and food distribution could start in a matter of hours after the hurricane passes.The Programme has pre-positioned emergency food supplies in 32 centres around the country, with enough food to feed 1.1 million people for six weeks, and it has set up an alternate transport system for the hurricane season, including a barge service which connected all the major ports so that humanitarian aid could be transported around the country if the roads became impassable. For the health system’s response to the cholera outbreak, WFP has provided more than 40,000 ready to eat meals to hospitals for staff, patients and care-givers so that they have clean food that did not require water for its preparation.OCHA also warned of the potential impact of Hurricane Tomas on the countryside. Haiti had a serious deforestation problem, and with the rains and winds approaching, there is nothing to hold back the water and the mud, and this could have dramatic consequences for the population, especially those near the coast and those in temporary shelters in the capital. 5 November 2010While calling on the international community to provide urgently needed aid, various programmes and agencies of the United Nations system in Haiti are busily gearing up for the expected landfall of Hurricane Tomas on Haitian shores sometime today or this weekend. read more

Antitakeover proposal in Quebec could spur similar moves across Canada supporter

MONTREAL — Quebec could become the first province to arm companies with a veto power over foreign takeovers, under a proposal with potential domino-effect implications for other parts of the country.Two political parties have now promised that if they win the Sept. 4 election they would allow a company’s board of directors to repel a foreign acquisition if it’s deemed to be against the interest of workers or the greater community.The latest such pledge from the Charest Liberals, whose promise Monday resembles an earlier one from the Parti Quebecois, prompted one analyst to predict copycat moves elsewhere in Canada.The PQ, which leads in the polls, last week promised to amend the Quebec Corporation Act to also give corporate boards broader powers.[np-related]At a news conference Monday, Premier Jean Charest and Finance Minister Raymond Bachand said such rules would simply follow the lead of dozens of U.S. states with similar takeover restrictions.The governing party also said that if it’s re-elected it would create a $1-billion fund to help Quebec companies buy properties outside the province, with a special focus on the mining sector and in emerging powerhouses like Brazil, Russia, India and China.All three major parties in the province have proposed, to varying degrees, policies to thwart foreign takeovers in Quebec — a timely subject here given the attempted acquisition of the Rona hardware chain by the U.S. giant Lowe’s.The anti-takeover proposal would make it a little harder for such acquisitions to proceed in Quebec, said Michel Nadeau, executive director of the Institute for Governance of Private and Public Organizations. He said it would likely prompt other provinces to amend their own laws.The Supreme Court of Canada ruled a few years ago in Bell Canada’s fight with its bondholders that boards should consider the interests of all stakeholders, not just shareholders, he noted.“Unfortunately, the provinces have not changed their legislation. Quebec will do it the first if the Liberals or the PQ are elected, but I’m sure that Ontario and other provinces will do the same as 27 U.S. states,” he said in an interview.In the interim, he said the law might prompt foreign buyers to look at non-Quebec targets that have less flexibility to reject proposals.Nadeau said his group proposed the change to the Liberal government 18 months ago when it reviewed amendments to the corporation act.“We are extremely happy that at least two out of the three parties are really eager to do this,” he said.“They are opening their eyes because the electoral campaign and the Rona bid is on the table — but it’s a North American trend.”Nadeau pointed out that Iowa law helped Casey’s General Stores successfully thwart Alimentation Couche-Tard’s hostile bid two years ago.But Monday’s promise worried other observers.Investment guru Stephen Jarislowsky says some key businesses, such as Potash Corp., Inco and Alcan, might need government protection from hostile takeovers to preserve Canadian head offices. But he opposes the proposed change for all companies.“To put that total power in a board of directors I don’t think is correct,” he said.Ultimately, he said the board shouldn’t be able to stymie the will of shareholders. He said the board should be given six to nine months to investigate the bid before any action can be taken.“Unless there is a particular reason, which existed in the Potash case, to stay in Canada as far as head office is concerned, I don’t think you should have a rule where a board of directors can just say no.”The Canadian government rejected the takeover of Potash by Australia’s BHP Billiton in 2010 after the Saskatchewan government joined Potash’s board in urging the Harper Conservatives to nix the US$38.6-billion deal.The Quebec election has seen all three major parties propose measures inspired by economic nationalism.Other Quebec parties propose creating multibillion-dollar funds within the Caisse de depot pension-fund manager to buy up shares in companies threatened with foreign takeovers.The PQ, which is leading in the polls, would direct the Caisse to devote $10-billion, from its $160-billion in overall assets, to such a fund. read more