After Newton’s comments, he proceeded to answer Rodrigue’s question.Carolina spokesman Steven Drummond said in a statement to The Associated Press that Newton had a conversation with Rodrigue after the news conference ended and expressed regret for his remarks.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRodrigue released a statement through the Charlotte Observer via email saying that Newton did not apologize when they spoke after the news conference.She said she “was dismayed by his response, which not only belittled me but countless other women before me and beside me who work in similar jobs. I sought Mr. Newton out as he left the locker room a few minutes later. He did not apologize for his comments.” Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Drummond said the Panthers “strive as a department to make the environment for media comfortable for everyone covering the team.”NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said Wednesday night in a statement that Newton’s comments “are just plain wrong and disrespectful to the exceptional female reporters and all journalists who cover our league. They do not reflect the thinking of the league.”Mike Persinger, the executive sports editor of the Charlotte Observer, said Newton’s comments were “unfortunate and out of line.”“The question Jourdan asked during the news conference was a good one, like countless other questions about football strategy and nuance she has asked in the course of doing her job,” Persinger said.Rodrigue joined the Charlotte Observer as a Panthers beat reporter last year.ADVERTISEMENT NBA G League to use 4 refs, expands playoffs to 12 teams Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers celebrates during the game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on October 1, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFPCHARLOTTE, North Carolina — Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has “expressed regret” for his response to a female reporter’s question at a news conference on Wednesday, a team spokesman said.When Charlotte Observer reporter Jourdan Rodrigue asked Newton about wide receiver Devin Funchess’ route running, the former league MVP smiled and said, “it’s funny to hear a female talk about routes. It’s funny.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES View comments Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games She said on on Twitter: “I don’t think it’s ‘funny’ to be a female and talk about routes. I think it’s my job.”The Panthers (3-1) visit the Detroit Lions (3-1) on Sunday. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC
Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Americans rally after shaky starts in women’s Olympics short program Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. AFP official booed out of forum Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netYoung guns Kiefer Ravena and Kevin Alas will be playing bigger roles for Gilas Pilipinas in the absence of Jayson Castro against Australia on Thursday.Castro was excluded from the Philippines’ final lineup against the Aussies due to an ankle injury he sustained against Barangay Ginebra and Phoenix in the PBA Philippine Cup.ADVERTISEMENT “And you all know Kiefer accounted himself very well in the first window. It’s hard not having our top point guard, but this is an opportunity for Kiefer to step in and also for Kevin to get a lot more minutes than he usually gets.”Castro has always been national team’s top local performer for the longest time and his and loss is a major blow to Gilas, which faces a tall order in toppling the current 10th best team in the world, as per the Fiba ranking.But regardless of how invaluable Castro is to the team, Reyes believes Gilas can fill the void by committee.“Like we always say, there’s not one guy that can fill the big shoes of Jayson, but every other guy collectively can do so. so that’s the approach we’re going to take in tomorrow’s ball game.”ADVERTISEMENT READ: Injured Castro out for Gilas vs AussiesThe same goes for playmaker Jio Jalalon, who also didn’t make the roster due to an injury, leaving the point guard duties to Ravena and Alas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNational team coach Chot Reyes has faith in the two, who have been solid for their mother ballclub NLEX in the PBA.“They’ve been playing very well, both of them have been playing very well in the PBA,” said Reyes, who went live on Facebook for the announcement of the final lineup on Wednesday. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises
Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany steers his car during a Formula One pre-season testing session at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, outside Barcelona, Spain, Monday, Feb.18, 2019. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)MONTMELO, Spain — For Sebastian Vettel, the opening day of the Formula One preseason couldn’t have gone any better.Vettel, the runner-up to the title last season, clocked the fastest time, was the busiest driver with 169 laps and, most importantly, felt right at home behind the wheel of his new Ferrari.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Alfa Romeo, previously known as Sauber, unveiled its new burgundy-and-white car in the pit lane before testing began. Kimi Raikkonen, who joined the team from Ferrari, had the fifth-best time but also went off the track twice without damaging his car.The main focus of these tests is for teams to adapt to rule changes for their cars’ front wing design. The goal is to make racing more exciting by facilitating overtaking. The new regulations should reduce the turbulence hitting trailing cars, which has slowed them down and made passing more difficult.Red Bull boss Chris Horner said that the new rules mean “there is a blank canvas this year.”Testing will continue through Thursday and then again from Feb. 26-March 1 at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit, home to the Spanish Grand Prix in May.The season-opening Australian GP is on March 17.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We couldn’t have hoped for a better day,” Vettel said after setting a session-best lap time of 1 minute, 18.161 seconds. “It was unbelievable. The car was working very well. We had no issues slowing us down.“It is obviously very early and this will be meaningless in a couple of weeks, but for now, a huge compliment to everyone at the factory. What they put on the track today was very close to perfection.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesVettel has the daunting goal of ending Mercedes’ five-year dominance of F1.Defending champion Lewis Hamilton shared time behind the wheel for Mercedes with Valtteri Bottas and ended up with the ninth-fastest time, but it is more very likely that Mercedes was not aiming to top the leaderboard. Mercedes boss Toto Wolff acknowledged that Ferrari looked quick, but downplayed the importance of lap times in the preseason.“That is not what tests are about,” Wolff said. “It’s about going through all the parts and looking at all the data.”Carlos Sainz put in the second-quickest lap in his first ride with McLaren, followed by Haas’ Romain Grosjean and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo, who joined the team from Red Bull, and Nico Hulkenberg put in the slowest times of the day, finishing more than 2.8 seconds slower than Vettel.Williams, which finished last in the team standings last year, missed the first day of testing and is likely to miss Tuesday’s session as well.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Video recaps of all NBA games coming to Facebook Watch SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte 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 LATEST STORIES Urgent reply from Philippine football chief
A few hours after the serene Roger Federer collected the 100th ATP title of his career in Dubai, Nick Kyrgios was preparing for his Mexican Open final against Alexander Zverev — on a jet ski.The Four Tops once sung about Going Loco Down in Acapulco and that disco classic is a fitting soundtrack for another remarkable week in the turbulent career of Kyrgios.Arriving coach-less and ranked 72 in the world, the 23-year-old Australian blazed through the draw, taking out Rafa Nadal, Stan Wawrinka and John Isner in three-set epics before outclassing Zverev 6-3 6-4 to claim his fifth career title.En route he rowed with umpires and fans, played shots others cannot even dream of and angered 17-times Grand Slam champion Nadal.Defying. The. Doubters.: @TennisTV pic.twitter.com/HmHLKAFqhPATP Tour (@ATP_Tour) February 28, 2019Zverev, two years younger but already with twice Kyrgios’s title haul, is the man likely to fill the void when Federer, Nadal and Novak Djokovic end their careers.Others like charismatic Greek 20-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas, American Frances Tiafoe and any number of Russian tyros are all tipped for big things.But when it comes to really shaking up men’s tennis, Kyrgios is peerless.So ‘professional’ has the sport become, such a high bar set in terms of skill, fitness and sportsmanship by the greatest trio of champions the game has witnessed, that a genuine maverick who gears up for a final by roaring around in the Pacific surf should have no chance.But Kyrgios, described by none other than American former world number one John McEnroe as the greatest talent he has seen in the last 10 years, is doing his best to disprove that theory.advertisementHOW, @NickKyrgios?!the #AMT2019 live on @TennisTV pic.twitter.com/vZScIAr516ATP Tour (@ATP_Tour) February 28, 2019The ambassadorial Federer and Nadal, with 37 Grand Slam titles between them, are revered by fans, media and fellow pros alike, as is Djokovic, even if the Serb is not hero-worshipped to quite the same degree.Kyrgios, on the other hand, has scant regard for popularity contests and likes nothing more than thumbing his nose at tennis convention, whether with his eclectic shot-making or relaxed attitude to the sport’s etiquette.As was illustrated once again in Mexico, he is not afraid to ruffle feathers, whoever they belong to.’LACKING RESPECT’Near the end of his superb second-round win over the enormously popular Nadal, Kyrgios had the temerity to dink in an underarm serve, trying to catch the Spaniard off guard.Nadal later raised a furrowed eyebrow, accused Kyrgios of “lacking respect for the public, the opponent and toward himself”, adding “there is a reason” why the mercurial Australian is struggling to sustain his form.Kyrgios has at various times in his colourful career been accused of tanking matches and shunning practice. He has accumulated numerous fines for petulance and been banned for vulgar comments about another player’s girlfriend.He shrugged off Nadal’s comments, basically saying he could not care less what the Spaniard thought.In his next round against Stan Wawrinka, a player with whom he has history, he was booed by the Mexican crowd when he walked on and again when he fell and bloodied his hand — prompting a barrage of expletives.Even Stan had to give that one aTune in to Wawrinka v. Kyrgios now on @TennisTV https://t.co/TAyBS4i76U #AMT2019 pic.twitter.com/POCA2Cx8p3ATP Tour (@ATP_Tour) March 1, 2019Afterwards he said “getting stink” from the crowd fired him up — a trait former tennis wild things McEnroe, Jimmy Connors and Ilie Nastase shared.While Kyrgios’s behaviour polarises opinion — he puts bums on seats, whether to cheer or jeer him. Tournament promoters welcome his name in the draw.Some may view his cheeky “underarm serve” against Nadal as breaking what Wimbledon runner-up Kevin Anderson says is “an unwritten rule”. Others might suggest a player not prepared to bow at the feet of tennis royalty should be applauded.One of them, perhaps surprisingly, is Federer himself.”Yeah, underarm is definitely a tactic, I believe,” the Swiss stylist said.”Especially when guys are hugging the fence in the back. From that standpoint, shouldn’t be ashamed if you try it. Just look silly if you miss.”After driving Zverev a little loco on Saturday, Kyrgios was adorned with a huge sombrero, then said he might need to “be more professional” to rise back up the rankings.For the sake of entertainment, hopefully he can achieve that in his own inimitable style.advertisementAlso Read | Nick Kyrgios beats Alexander Zverev to win Acapulco InternationalAlso Read | Nick Kyrgios shrugs off Rafael Nadal criticism after Acapulco encounter
Justin Phillips now trails Pitt and South Alabama combined by 7 points over the last two games. pic.twitter.com/EL4iZVbAMf— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 16, 2017Phillips also had four solo tackles and a pass breakup on Saturday.6. Mason Rudolph has played two gamesRudolph did not play the 4th quarter against Tulsa or USA, and he came out halfway through the third against Pitt. So he’s averaging ~505 yards and 5 TD per four quarters thus far this year. That seems good.Mason Rudolph has played 8.5 quarters this season (no 4th in first 2, out mid-3rd here).Stats: 68-94 (72.3%), 1,135 yards, 11 TD, 1 INT— Mark Cooper (@mark_cooperjr) September 16, 2017We should also note that he set a new school record of 216 attempts without an interception before throwing one in the third quarter today. Additionally, I went back and looked at his last 23 games since throwing three picks at WVU his sophomore year (remember that mess?) He’s tossed 51 TDs and thrown just 7 INT since that game.Rudolph has always been really good at avoiding sacks and making good check-downs, but he seems to have improved on his accuracy this season. Sure, there are still some misfires, but that 72 percent number is a Weeden-like figure through three games. Also, this is a big boy throw (and catch).Greg McElroy: “You don’t see that every day. Not on Saturdays at least.” pic.twitter.com/YYe4ccKFe9— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 16, 20177. OSU Ran the Same PlayIt felt like Mike Yurcich kept calling in the same play, turning his mic off, and loling by himself in the press box. Pitt was so concerned about eliminating James Washington from OSU’s plan that it completely forgot about Jalen McCleskey. So Yurcich called the McCleskey Post (a subsidiary of the Washington Post) and Rudolph hit it over and over again. Easy money.8. No Need for 70I saw some folks on Twitter calling for OSU to hang 70 or 80 today, which they probably could have. My question: Why? What is the purpose? The only subjective outside opinion that matters is the College Football Playoff committee’s, and if they’re breaking down OSU games in late November then they’ll be vigilant enough to see that Rudolph had his arm around Rob Glass for most of the second half here. No, the mark of a great team is seeing how early it can get its starters to the bench. Conserve knees and prolong seasons.That’s the difference between this year’s squad and the last two. In 2015 and 2016, Oklahoma State was a really good football team led by a really good quarterback. In 2017, it has become clear that this is one of the best teams in school history led by a potential Heisman trophy-winning QB. I pointed this out after Game 1, and a lot of folks crushed us. “It’s just Tulsa” they cried. I hope it’s obvious now: This team is elite.9. Two concernsAfter three games, I have two medium-sized to big concerns. The first is how much pressure Rudolph has seen. This has been an issue his entire career, and I don’t think it’s because he holds on to the ball too long. Rudolph getting thumped by Big 12 linebackers is bad for many, many reasons, and OSU QBs were hurried 11 times on Saturday against the Panthers. That led to Rudolph’s best Houdini impression yet, but I’d rather see him be able to celebrate in peace rather than with a mouthful of NFL turf.The second issue that I saw on Saturday was that if you have physical receivers you can sometimes overwhelm OSU’s corners. OSU has speed out wide on defense, but I’m not sure it has power. Pitt hit them out wide, and the corners seemed like they just couldn’t hang. There is a physicality you see in the best defenses in the country (i.e. Florida State and Ohio State) that is lacking from OSU’s secondary at times. Maybe it won’t matter, but it’s at least something to keep an eye on.We’re obviously picking nits when we complain about anything from the first three games, but these are going to be a few of the Pokes’ pressure points come October and November.10. Big 12 Ready?The season is 25 percent over. I think that’s the number that always hits me the hardest every season. Wait, we just started this whole thing. It’s pretty clear that OU and Oklahoma State are on a collision course for November 4 (and maybe again in December), but the road to that game is a long one.It’s evident that this OSU team is special, and it has become abundantly clear why Gundy and Co. were swagging so hard this summer and into the fall. Teams like this, seasons like this, don’t come around all that often (especially in these parts), and it’s been a hell of a show so far.OSU is as good as it has ever been on offense (and maybe better) and sufficient on defense that as long as they protect the ball, they’ll compete against anyone in the country. Variables in college football can change entire organizational trajectories — injuries, scheduling, weather etc. — but this team has the same look through three games as it had after the first drive against Tulsa. The look. Of a conference contender and CFB Playoff frontrunner.Think about last year’s team. It went 11-2* and was one of the better teams in the country at the end of the year. Now think about its non-conference start. Big win, catastrophic loss and narrow win against similar teams as this year. Then it ripped off eight of its next 10 to set up all the hype and all the hyperbole. This year’s non-con slate has been a complete evisceration. Three monstrous wins to set up a the momentum for a momentous 9-game conference sprint. The warm-up is over, the appetites have been whetted and the country is watching with eyebrows raised at what could be from Mike Gundy and Co over the next three months.Three down, nine to go.Bring on the Big 12.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! For the second week in a row, the 10 Thoughts are brought to you by 1907 Meat Co. Unfortunately the 1907 Meat Co. does not specialize in hosting websites and we are sorry that our site was down for a bit after the game. They do make some tasty food, though, and you should check them out. ?BOX SCOREOklahoma State torched Pittsburgh 59-21 on Saturday at Heinz Field in its most impressive showing of the season thus far. The Pokes scored on their first seven possessions, and Mason Rudolph was dialing up his Murphy’s order halfway through the third quarter when the starters were removed.It was a record-setting day for the senior QB as he threw for 497 yards and 5 TDs on just 32 attempts. His 423 first-half yards broke his own school record (set against Pitt last year) of 372. So if you’re scoring at home, that’s 1,037 passing yards (or 1/3 of Bobby Reid’s career) for Rudolph against Pittsburgh in 6.5 quarters of play over the last two years.Despite some gaffes late, the OSU defense also played really well against a Pitt team without an identity at quarterback. They racked up two sacks, two interceptions, three TFLs and six QB hurries en route to the victory. The Panthers were pretty clearly overwhelmed throughout the day, and had fewer answers for the Pokes than Jermaine Gresham taking the ACT.“That’s about the worst day you can have at the office,” said Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi. “As I said to Coach Gundy after the game, ‘you certainly have a top-10 team.’ That’s a good football team. That’s a top-five football team for sure.”Things got so bad that at the start of the second half Pitt students were offered a “free beverage” for staying until the end of the game. Pitt football, ladies and gentlemen!Pitt football, everybody! pic.twitter.com/wpYDdctFOB— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 16, 2017On to the 10 Thoughts.1. Pennsylvania ContextLast week, Pitt played No. 4 Penn State in Happy Valley. The Nittany Lions, which were a top 25 offense in 2016 and were expected to be better in 2017, put up 312 yards and 33 points in 60 minutes of play. The game was never close, but PSU didn’t exactly look like 2013 Florida State.This week, Oklahoma State needed just 19 minutes to surpass Penn State’s numbers from last week. They put up 516 yards and 49 points by halftime, and the second period was (literally) a snooze-fest.Here’s the second half recap of this #okstate-Pitt game. pic.twitter.com/uuaZZnqUIn— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 16, 2017I don’t like to play the transitive property game, but this one seems like a pretty straightforward comparison. It doesn’t mean Oklahoma State is better than Penn State, but I feel comfortable saying that Oklahoma State’s offense is quite a bit better than Penn State’s.2. Four 100-yard ReceiversRudolph did not complete a single pass to either of his two most explosive receivers until the score was already 21-0 in the second quarter. James Washington, because he was not targeted. Tyron Johnson, because he did not make the trip to Pittsburgh. Still, four (!) OSU receivers ended the day with 100+ yards, which has only happened twice in college football in the last two decades.With Rudolph wearing down a Pitt defense that was already one of the nation’s worst in yards per play allowed, I think you may have been able to touch 200+ with three or four guys if the starters would have stayed in the entire game.Oklahoma St is 1st FBS team with four 100-yard receivers in a game since Texas Tech in 2005 vs Kansas St (Watch: https://t.co/i38RAqWLev). pic.twitter.com/cbAYUD2QAk— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 16, 2017Oklahoma State’s 572 passing yards fell just short of its all-time record as a team (574 against Tulsa in 2010) and for the third straight game, OSU saw someone different star at wide receiver. Jalen McCleskey had seven catches for 162 yards and three TDs (more on him in a minute). The wealth is abundant, and Rudolph a kingmaker. Bag years for all.3. Justice Hill is Unfathomably ShiftyI saw the words “better Joe Randle” in my texts during the game. I’m not willing to go there quite yet, but it’s pretty clear that Justice is a superstar. The USA game appears to have been a one-off, too, as he went for 91 yards on just 11 carries and tossed in a pair of touchdowns against Pitt. Heisman contender Saquon Barkley averaged 4.3 YPC last week vs. the Panthers, and Hill doubled that this week.This move in particular was reminiscent of the first half against Tulsa. Watch the first defender whiff.My knees, they’re weak.? pic.twitter.com/3UPcUVFG2k— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 16, 20174. Some Love for the DefenseYou could make the case that the Oklahoma State defense has been more impressive than the Oklahoma State offense through three games. There, I said it. It feels good. I feel free.OSU has given up 38 points so far this season on defense (along with two special teams gaffes that turned into TDs for 52 points total), and most of that damage has been done with the twos in. I know Tulsa, USA and Pitt are not exactly a murderer’s row of points per drive specialists, but they’ve proven, I think, in 12 quarters that they’re good enough (with this all-time offense) to win a Big 12 title and possibly more.It started up front again on Saturday as The Blizzard moved like no big man should ever move and put Max Browne on his butt.Oh baby, a big man ain’t supposed to move like that. pic.twitter.com/lpOPnuQgcZ— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 16, 2017Pitt’s drives went like this:PuntPuntDownsPuntTDPuntTDPuntINTINTPuntTD (Sinor whiff)Missed FGThat’s pretty good against any Power 5 school.5. Justin Phillips … AgainI would like to take this time to announce that Justin Phillips has been defeated by USA and Pitt (combined) 28-14. He put up a good fight and hung tough until the very end. No. 19 was valiant even in defeat.
Manchester City Man City Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Stoke City Goal Last updated 2 years ago 17:00 10/14/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Manchester City Premier League Guardiola Raheem Sterling Yaya Touré İ. Gündoğan Kevin De Bruyne Leroy Sané Sergio Agüero Manchester City v Stoke City Stoke City Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon Manchester City will look to maintain their lead at the top of the Premier League table as they host Stoke City.Victory over Chelsea ahead of the international break solidifed their place as title favourites, and the two-week hiatus from domestic action has allowed some of their star names to further recover from injury.City 6/1 to beat Stoke 3-0 with dabblebet Article continues below 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. Stoke, meanwhile, have endured an inconsistent campaign thus far and sit in midtable ahead of SaturdayMAN CITY INJURIES Sergio Aguero has returned to training after suffering a broken rib in a car accident ahead of the Chelsea match and may come into contention.Benjamin Mendy will definitely miss out after undergoing knee ligament surgery, but Fabian Delph may have shaken off the knock that saw him withdraw from the latest England squad.Vincent Kompany could also return to the matchday squad having been out for over a month with a calf injury, though he did not feature for Belgium in either of their recent World Cup qualifiers.Ilkay Gundogan could also come into contention for a start having come off the bench in the closing stages of the win over Chelsea.MAN CITY SUSPENSIONS Neither side has any suspensions to worry about heading into the match.MAN CITY POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UP With a crucial Champions League match against Napoli coming up on Tuesday, Guardiola could make a number of changes for the visit of the Potters.Aguero may not be risked from the start given his injury, meaning Gabriel Jesus will lead the line on his own having scored twice for Brazil in midweek.His international team-mate Fernandinho could be rested with Gundogan having returned to fitness while Bernardo Silva could earn a rare league start should Guardiola choose to rest one of his attacking midfielders.Fabian Delph will likely deputise for Benjamin Mendy at left-back, though Danilo could then replace him in Europe in midweek.STOKE CITY TEAM NEWS Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross continues to miss out with a back injury that has kept him on the sidelines since the end of August.Fellow defenders Bruno Martins Indi and Geoff Cameron are also fitness doubts, with the latter not set to return to the club from international duty with the USA until Friday.Joe Allen, meanwhile, had to be replaced in the first half of Wales’s defeat to Republic of Ireland with concussion and may be forced to sit out on Saturday.OPTA MATCH FACTS Manchester City have kept a shutout in eight of their nine Premier League home matches against Stoke (W7 D1 L1) – only against Aston Villa (9) have they kept more clean sheets on home soil. Stoke City have either kept a clean sheet (3) or conceded exactly four goals (3) in each of their last six Premier League games against Manchester City (W2 D1 L3). Manchester City have won their last two home games in the Premier League each by a 5-0 scoreline – the only other Premier League side to record three consecutive home wins each by a five or more goal margin were Chelsea in 2010 under Carlo Ancelotti. Stoke have lost 15 of their last 16 away top-flight matches (D1) against teams who’ve started that day in top spot – their last away win against a side top of the league came in April 1972 against Manchester City under Tony Waddington. Only one goalkeeper has conceded fewer goals in his first seven Premier League starts than Ederson (2) – Petr Cech, who conceded once. TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME The match is not being televised in the UK, with extended highlights to be shown on Match of the Day, which airs on BBC One at 22:20 BST on Saturday. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
DONE DEAL: Leicester sign Italian striker Lorenzo after successful trialby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City have signed Davide Lorenzo on a short term deal.He was on trial at the club and impressed the coaching staff.Now the 24-year-old has a chance to show what he can do for the rest of the season.Per Italian reports, he had met Leicester’s owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha in a restaurant when he was working at a waiter some months ago. Vichai offered him a trial and the rest is history…He has previous stints at Juventus, Cosmos and the New York Red Bulls.”I am happy to have achieved this goal, I have pursued it for so long,” Lorenzo said to TMW.”I know that the contract was a consequence of the actions I have done inside and, above all, outside the field.”I refer to all the things I have experienced in the last years, during which I learned so much from my mistakes, now I just have to continue like this, training hard every day to get more emotions like that.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Premier Rodney MacDonald is congratulating Nova Scotia MP Peter MacKay on his appointment as Minister of Atlantic Gateway. The new position was made official Thursday, Oct. 30, when Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced his new cabinet in Ottawa. “This is great news for the Atlantic region and, in particular, for Nova Scotia,” Premier MacDonald said. “Peter MacKay has been a champion for us and no doubt his presence in this role will be a benefit to the province.” Premier MacDonald wrote to Prime Minister Harper earlier this month encouraging him to consider adding a Minister for Atlantic Gateway to his cabinet. “The Atlantic Gateway is a vital piece of national strategy in reaching out to Europe,” said Premier MacDonald. “I look forward to working with Minister MacKay in his new role.” Atlantic Gateway projects include: a multi-transportation corridor to Halifax’s Ocean terminal, a Gateway Logistics Park adjacent to Burnside Industrial Park, the Burnside Connector, twinning Highway 104 from Antigonish to Port Hawkesbury, a new refrigerated terminal at Halifax Stanfield International Airport and dredging of Sydney Harbour.
The Department of Labour and Workforce Development’s Kentville offices for adult education, apprenticeship and workplace education have moved from the NSCC Kingstec Campus to: 10 Webster St.Suite 202PO Box 578Kentville, Nova Scotia B4N 3X7Phone: 902-679-6203 Office hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. -30-
Library professionals from New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland are gathering to celebrate achievements and share ways to advance life-long learning. Acadia University in Wolfville is hosting the Atlantic Provinces Library Association annual conference from today, May 22 to Friday, May 25. The theme for this year’s conference is Discovering Hidden Treasures. Speakers and delegates will share stories and best practices with sessions on technology, advocacy, people, spaces and library collections. There will also be author readings and panels. “This conference is an excellent opportunity to celebrate the professional library community while sharing and collaborating on new and innovative ways for our four provinces to work together towards advancing life-long learning in the Atlantic region,” said David Wilson, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage. Bill Greenlaw, executive director of the department’s archives, museums and libraries division, is today’s keynote speaker. He will present on the developments of the department’s new division that includes the Nova Scotia provincial libraries, museums and archives. “I look forward to showcasing the great work our libraries are doing around collaboration and innovation and being able to discuss the importance of libraries and archives with the regional delegates,” said Mr. Greenlaw. “The association is poised to shed light on the many ways libraries serve real people with real needs,” said Atlantic Provinces Library Association president Jocelyne Thompson. “So much of the excitement around the conference involves sharing our knowledge and bringing ideas that will enable us to better serve our users back in our own communities.” Atlantic Provinces Library Association is one of the oldest library organizations in North America. Its mandate is to promote library and information service, serve regional library interests and co-operate with other library associations and organizations. For a schedule of conference events and information on the association, visit www.APLA.ca .
SASKATOON – An American comedy duo is apologizing for a joke they made at a tribute concert for the Humboldt Broncos hockey team that was described as racist and inappropriate by some concertgoers.Bruce Williams and Terry Ree, who refer to themselves as “The Indian and the White Guy,” emceed the concert in Saskatoon on Friday.At one point, Williams sang a song to Ree which included the line “shake it for the Indian with STDs.”Some members of the audience took to social media to express their outrage, with several saying they left the venue.Williams and Ree posted on Facebook late Saturday apologizing to anyone who was offended by their routine.They said they failed to consider the emotional nature of the event, which was billed as a tribute to remember the 16 people who died in the April 6 bus crash.“Williams and Ree sincerely apologize to all offended by their humour at the recent show in Saskatoon,” the duo wrote.“The Great Province of Saskatchewan has been under a tremendous amount of strain and heartache, and we failed to take into account situational awareness and its toll on the citizens who live therein. Peace and love to all.”Claire Aistine, who attended the concert with her daughters and son-in-law, said it was more than just one line in a single song that was offensive. She said the show began with beautiful tributes, but then got uncomfortable quickly when Williams and Ree came out.Aistine, whose children are Dene through their father, said they were all taken aback when the duo introduced themselves as “The Indian and The White Guy.”“This continues. Like the derogatory statements that I heard — using the word ‘squaw,’ and statements like ‘Indians don’t work,’ ‘dirty Indians’ was another term that was used — very stereotypical connections with the casino and things like that,” Aistine said.“My girls and I looked at each other and said, ‘Whoa!’”Premier Scott Moe addressed the crowd at one point during the concert, but it wasn’t clear if he was present when the emcees were performing.An email to Moe’s spokesman about whether the premier heard any of the comments Ree and Williams made was not returned on Sunday.A spokesman for Country Thunder Music Festival, which booked the evening’s musical acts, said in an email that it had not received any complaints but was aware of some Facebook posts and the apology by Williams and Ree.“Williams and Ree are veteran comedians who are approaching their 50th year in show business. I guess it’s true that not everyone is going to appreciate every joke, and I’m sorry if anyone has been offended in any way during what was a spectacular evening,” Gerry Krochak said in the email.Williams and Ree have been on the bill as hosts for Country Thunder, and Craven Country Jamboree as it was known prior to 2016, every July for over a decade.Their website describes them as a comedy team out of the Dakotas, noting, “The message they bring is one of love and harmony, with an underlying note of deceit and debauchery.”Aistine said she and her family didn’t walk out of the show because one of her daughters really wanted to see Dallas Smith. She said it appeared Williams and Ree toned down their performance towards the very end of the show, and she suspected they may have received a warning.She said a few people around them laughed at the jokes, but not everyone.“There was a lady and her husband sitting beside me. I had no idea if she was First Nations or not. But towards the end of it she was crying and she said to me, ‘I am so embarrassed that the rest of the world is going to think that this is Saskatchewan and this is how we speak in Saskatchewan,’” Aistine said.— By Rob Drinkwater in Edmonton
Todd Lamirande APTN National NewsFinance Minister Bill Morneau told the House of Commons Tuesday that he will deliver the federal budget March 22.Last year, Morneau and the Liberals put up $8.4 billion over five years towards mostly First Nation on reserve programs.According to the AFN, that much should be expected this year.And the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami say last year’s budget was just a firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information or to purchase tickets text/call 778-256-9720.Poster of the event. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The local Canadian Brewhouse is teaming up with Outlaw Aboriginal Youth hockey team for a Pub night this weekend.The event will feature door prizes, silent auction and a 50/50 draw. Tickets are $10 a piece and include a free drink and entry fee. Members of the team will be in their jersey’s selling tickets at locations around the city including Enerplex and Totem Mall on Saturday.The event takes place on Saturday from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Rabat – The inhabitants of informal housing in Ain Sebaa and Sidi Moumen slums claim that police demolished their housing and expelled them by force without any notice. Several inhabitants, who say they are living in the streets after being expelled from their houses, said they would drop their Moroccan nationality and go into political exile. They argued that police and auxiliary forces in Casablanca showed up to demolish the informal housing without notice and prevented them from getting their clothes and belongings.The demolitions occured last week. The final demolition came at dawn on Saturday, September 22. Inhabitants were surprised by the demolition, claiming that they did not receive any notice. As shown on viral videos on social media platforms, inhabitants clashed with authorities and refused to leave their homes.Read also: How Sustainable is Morocco’s Cities Without Slums Program?Speaking to Le Site Info, one inhabitant stated, “Children are prevented from accessing school, as they are residents in slums.”“When the authorities showed up at 4 p.m., we thought that we are in Palestine receiving strikes from Israel,” declared another resident.Residents said that they have nowhere to go. They said it is impossible to rent in Casablanca, especially because of their low income and the high price of rent.
Saskatchewan, Manitoba premiers talk trade dispute; brewery says it will suffer WINNIPEG – Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger and Saskatchewan’s Brad Wall have discussed a growing dispute stemming from a western trade deal that does not include Manitoba.Selinger says he and Wall agree that a priority is a renewed national trade deal that will lower barriers to businesses across the country.Wall says he is hopeful a new national deal scheduled for next spring will address Manitoba’s concerns if the province agrees to open up its boundaries.Manitoba businesses have been facing new hurdles to doing business with the other western provinces under an agreement called the New West Partnership.Saskatchewan has said some Crown corporation contracts will only be open to businesses in Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia — the provinces that signed on to the partnership.The Alberta government has changed its liquor pricing so that craft beer from the partnership provinces is much less expensive than beer from elsewhere.One Winnipeg beer-maker, Farmery Estate Brewery, says it’s being hurt by the provision.Co-owner Chris Warwaruk says the change means an eight-pack of Farmery cans in Alberta will cost about $4.50 more than similar beer from the other western provinces.“We either have to eat some of the cost and make less (profit) per case … or, if we stay at that price level, we’re going to definitely see a decrease in sales,” he said.“It’s definitely a big disappointment to be left out of this partnership. And if you ask any Manitoban, Saskatchewan or Albertan, we all consider ourselves a part of the West.”— With files from Jennifer Graham in Regina by Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 3, 2015 11:51 am MDT Last Updated Nov 3, 2015 at 12:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
OTTAWA — Senators owner Eugene Melnyk is suing his business partner in a development deal that was meant to bring a new NHL arena to Ottawa’s downtown.Capital Sports Management Inc., a group controlled by Melnyk, said in a release Friday that it has started legal proceedings against John Ruddy, the chair of Trinity Development Group Inc., “seeking damages arising out of a failed joint venture between Trinity and CSMI.”The statement alleges the two companies were not able to finalize a master development agreement for the LeBreton Flats area of Ottawa, a couple of blocks southwest of Parliament Hill.CSMI says its statement of claim “alleges a number of breaches, all arising out of a conflict of interest, that directly resulted in the failure of the partnership.”The statement of claim was filed a day after the National Capital Commission, the Crown corporation which is responsible for the land at LeBreton Flats, said the Senators-backed RendezVous LeBreton Group advised the NCC on Nov. 8 that they had not been able to resolve internal partnership issues.The NCC picked RendezVous for a development deal at LeBreton Flats that included a new NHL arena for the Senators as well as housing developments.The Senators currently play at the Canadian Tire Centre in Kanata, about 22 kilometres west of Ottawa’s downtown.The Canadian Press
Wimbledon00.00.0 Leicester City10.20.1 CHANCES OF … TEAMACTUALEXPECTED UNDERPLAYOFF SYSTEMEXPECTED UNDERXG SIMULATIONS Manchester United137.5-5.5 West Ham United00.00.0 Newcastle00.9+0.9 SEEDTEAMMAKING SEMISMAKING FINALWINNING FINAL Tottenham Hotspur00.6+0.6 Queens Park Rangers00.00.0 Aston Villa00.4+0.4 Southampton00.1+0.1 The final weekend of the English Premier League is upon us and the league has scheduled all 10 matches simultaneously on Sunday in order to maximize excitement. The problem is that there’s not much excitement left — and there hasn’t been for awhile. Chelsea has been the runaway favorite to win the title for a few months now, and the team officially clinched a week ago. This isn’t uncommon. Even Leicester City’s shocking run to a league title last year, one of the most exciting outcomes in league history, was clinched two weeks before the end of the season. And in the 2014-15 season Chelsea clinched the title a full three weeks before their final match. Awarding the EPL trophy to the team atop the table at season’s end eliminates most of the debate about England’s best team, but it also can eliminate fun.It doesn’t have to be this way. Imagine for a moment that after this weekend’s mostly meaningless matches,1 we were headed for the inaugural round of Premier League playoffs to decide the league champion. What would happen if more than a century of English soccer tradition was thrown out in favor of a shamelessly Americanized format?As an experiment, I set up a mock six-team playoff for the Premier League and forecasted the results using our SPI ratings. There are a variety of playoff formats that could be used, but six teams feels right; it’s a small enough number that teams would have to compete to get in, but big enough that it would widen the pool of potential champions. Also, to reward teams that do well during the regular season, the top two teams in the table would be awarded byes. The next four teams would be seeded and would play one other team in a home-and-home aggregate, similar to the Champions League. From there the semifinals would follow the same format. Also similar to the Champions League, the final would be played as a single match at a neutral site such as Wembley.If you applied that playoff set-up to this season’s standings, the playoffs would give us two more Manchester Derbies in the first-round and would pit Liverpool against Arsenal. Chelsea and Tottenham would be waiting to play the winners.Chelsea would still be favored to win the playoffs — their first round bye and top seed helps quite a bit — but every team would have a reasonable shot at the title. Here’s how it would look: Ipswich Town00.00.0 Arsenal01.11.4 TEAMACTUALEXPECTED UNDER PLAYOFF SYSTEMCHANGE Liverpool00.40.6 Nottingham Forest00.1+0.1 Chelsea54.4-0.6 Bolton00.00.0 Arsenal34.8+1.8 6Manchester United36146 Leeds United00.6+0.6 Impact of playoff system on league titles, 1992-93 through 2016-17 TITLES Assumes the order of the top six teams will not change during the final weekend of matches. This playoff structure has six teams, with the top two seeds receiving byes. Tottenham Hotspur00.50.3 Newcastle00.00.0 Expected titles under playoff system vs. xG simulations, 2010-11 through 2016-17 Southampton00.10.1 1Chelsea✓70%38% NUMBER OF TITLES 4Liverpool58198 5Arsenal42114 Chelsea21.51.3 Includes all teams that would have qualified for the playoffs since 1992-93. This playoff structure has six teams, with the top two seeds receiving byes.Sources: ESPN, James Curley 2Tottenham Hotspur✓5226 Manchester City22.1+0.1 3Manchester City64%3418 Everton00.2+0.2 Liverpool02.6+2.6 Norwich City00.00.0 Manchester City22.02.6 Mock 2016-17 Premier League playoff forecast Blackburn10.5-0.5 Leicester City10.2-0.8 Everton00.10.0 Chelsea’s chances of winning the league would drop from 100 percent to 38 percent, and the five other teams that have been eliminated from the title race would still have hope.I also set up playoff forecasts to see how our system might have affected the number of titles won by each Premier League club since 1992-93. Liverpool and Arsenal would likely have benefitted the most, while Manchester United likely would have won fewer than their league-leading 13 titles in that time span. Includes all teams that would have qualified for the playoffs since 2010-11.This playoff structure has six teams, with the top two seeds receiving byes.Sources: ESPN, Opta Manchester United21.20.7 Playoffs, of course, inject luck into a championship but there are indications that a team still needs a significant amount of luck to win the league outright.You can see how luck infiltrates league titles by looking at teams’ goal tallies. Goals scored and conceded will get a team to the top of the standings but they aren’t necessarily the best indicator of a team’s underlying talent, nor are they the most predictive of future performance. Expected goals, a metric we use in our SPI ratings, are a better gauge of each team’s quality of play. We can also use expected goals to approximate how likely each team was to win the league based on the shots it took over the course of the entire season.2These expected goal simulations indicate that Manchester City have been unlucky not to win the title this year; if we rerun the season thousands of times, they win the league 61 percent of the time given the shots they took and conceded. Last year’s Leicester City team was fortunate to win the league according to these simulations; they only had a 9 percent chance of winning the league based on their expected goal numbers.Finally, if we look at the projected number of titles won over the past seven seasons3 based on these expected goal simulations, the number of titles each team is projected to have won is quite similar to the number of titles we expect them to have won if the league had playoffs. In other words, this implies that there may be just as much luck involved in winning the league outright as there would be in a playoff system. Players have incredibly busy schedules already with some juggling league and cup play, the Champions League and their international team responsibilities, so any playoff system probably shouldn’t add more matches to their already packed schedules. Perhaps the size of the league could be reduced by a team or two, or some regular season matchups could be a single match on neutral ground rather than home-and-away to allow for the extra playoff matches.I don’t know if playoffs are the right thing for the Premier League. I do know that I haven’t watched many matches during the second half of the season, but I’d watch these playoffs.Check out our latest soccer predictions.
Mr Hussein, pictured, refused to take Croucher home after he became angry Credit:Central News Croucher insisted he only slapped the driver but the magistrates found he had kicked him in the head.Ms Blandford told Croucher: “The CCTV evidence was compelling. We saw the slap, and the security guards saying call the police.“We saw the urgency in which they ran over shouting no need to kick him in the head.“Your behaviour was unacceptable, we find that you did kick Mr Hussein a number of times while he was on the floor, and one of those kicks was to the head.”She added: “This is a very serious offence, only a custodial sentence can be justified.”Croucher, from Hornsey, north London, admitted assault by beating but denied kicking Mr Hussein.The businessman was jailed for 20 weeks, ordered to pay £620 costs, a £115 victim surcharge and £500 in compensation.A spokesperson for Raffles said: “Mr Croucher was refused entry to the club on the evening in question; Mr Croucher is not a member of the club, nor was he being accompanied by a member.”Furthermore Mr Croucher was heavily intoxicated when he approached the club and became aggressive and abusive towards our staff upon refusal. The club takes the upholding of the key licensing objectives very seriously and would like to praise the members of our security staff involved for their swift and decisive action.”Their actions prevented what could have amounted to a far more serious injury to a member of the public just trying to do his job and to Mr Croucher’s arrest and subsequent conviction.”Technology also played a key role as the body cameras worn and operated by our security staff incorporate audio recording, which coupled with our CCTV provided the club with necessary means to assist the police in full and to a satisfactory end.” But Ms Blandford found his behaviour was “unacceptable” and sentenced him to 20 weeks, adding: “You’ll just have to get used to his life being different.”The court heard Croucher, who is the director of a management consultancy, had been to Raffles with his partner, Briggitte Kudor.He attacked Mr Hussein when he refused to drive the couple home over concerns Croucher was angry. Speaking in court, the driver said: “I refused because I got scared because the gentlemen suddenly got angry, something happened between them and he harshly slammed the door.“I got out to open the door and then the gentlemen took the keys from through the window. He slapped me. I was begging for my keys and he suddenly pushed me on the pavement.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. This will destroy my life… my company would dieRobert Croucher Croucher then attacked Mr Hussein, kicking his body and head. The driver later had to go to hospital and was prescribed antibiotics for the pain.Magistrates were shown footage of the incident recorded by a member of staff at Raffles, where Croucher is seen slapping Mr Hussein, insulting members of staff and then throwing the driver’s keys down the street.Kristoff Kwiecien, one of the doormen who restrained Croucher, told magistrates he had held the company director down as the kicking was “too much”.He said: “Mr Croucher put him on the floor and kicked him in the head. It was three to five times.The first kick was loud, like a clap.”Mr Kwiecien told magistrates Croucher had a conversation with the doormen before the incident and had threatened to have them fired.“He was very rude,” he said. “He said he had built four flats in Mayfair, and I could lose my job tomorrow.” A company director who attacked an Uber driver following a night out at a private members club cried as he was jailed and told: “Get used to life being different.”Robert Croucher kicked driver Mohammad Hussein’s head as he lay on the floor after he refused to take the 35-year-old home following a night at Raffles, in Chelsea, west London.During a hearing at Hammersmith Magistrates Court, Croucher begged magistrate Sandra Blandford to spare him a jail sentence, claiming: “This will destroy my life, I am the director of a company and everyone would lose their jobs. We have 1,000 clients, we have staff all around the country, and it would die.”
Engro Powergen Thar Ltd (EPTL) says it has successfully tested and energised its first 330 MW unit of the combined 660 MW coal-fired power plant in the Thar Coalfield of Sindh, Pakistan, hooking the plant up to the national grid.Engro Powergen Thar was formed in 2014 to set up a 660 MW power project in the Thar Block II. The company is a joint venture between Engro Powergen Ltd (with 50.1% ownership), China Machinery Engineering Corp (CMEC – the EPC contractor for the project), Habib Bank Ltd and Liberty Mills Ltd. The project is one of the early projects of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.The 660 MW power plant will use circulating fluidised bed technology to burn coal. Once commercial, the plant will send 660 MW of electricity through a 282-km long 500 kV Double Circuit Quad-Bundle transmission line from the EPTL plant to Matiari in Sindh province. The power plant – although the first in Pakistan running on Thar coal – complies with all local environmental laws and has voluntarily adopted various international compliance standards, according to EPTL.The company said: “The synchronisation of the first unit of the power plant is a considerable achievement given that the project has been constructed in a record time of under three years – as per schedule and projected costs, a feat in itself given the complexity of the project.”The EPTL power plant will use 3.8 Mt/y of coal supplied by Sindh Engro Coal Mining Co’s open-pit mine, with both projects set to achieve commercial operation in June, it added.Together both the mining and power projects, managed by Engro Energy, will be able to bring average foreign exchange savings of up to $1.6 billion/y, according to EPTL.The President of Engro Corp, Ghias Khan, said: “The first sync of the power plant on Thar coal is truly a momentous occasion for entire Pakistan. Engro’s commitment to the Thar coal project goes back almost a decade when we entered into a public private partnership in 2009.“The synchronisation of the first unit of the 660 MW power plant is both testament to Engro’s capacity to engineer excellence and deliver on this project of national importance which will ensure the energy security of the county.”