Advertisement 21crnsNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs3ms59rWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E5j( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) onWould you ever consider trying this?😱k6Can your students do this? 🌚1lxRoller skating! Powered by Firework This gameweek has certainly been one of the most exciting gameweeks of this new season. We have already witnessed few upsets at the beginning of the season. Here is the round up of the results of all the matches in Premier League, La Liga and Serie A.Advertisement English Premier League :Advertisement Aston Villa 2-0 EvertonNorwich City 2-3 ChelseaAdvertisement Brighton and Hove Albion 0-2 SouthamptonManchester United 1-2 Crystal PalaceSheffield United 1-2 Leicester CityWatford 1-3 West Ham UnitedLiverpool 3-1 ArsenalBournemouth 1-3 Manchester CityTottenham 0-1 Newcastle UnitedWolves 1-1 Burnley La Liga :Granada 0-1 SevillaLevante 2-1 VillarrealOsasuna 0-0 EibarReal Madrid 1-1 Real ValladolidGetafe 1-1 Athletic BilbaoCelta Vigo 1-0 ValenciaDeportivo Alaves 0-0 EspanyolRCD Mallorca 0-1 Real SociedadLeganes 0-1 Atletico MardridBarcelona 5-2 Real Betis Serie A :Parma 0-1 JuventusFiorentina 3-4 NapoliUdinese 1-0 MilanCagliari 0-1 BresciaHellas Verona 1-1 BolognaSPAL 2-3 AtalantaRoma 3-3 GenoaSampdoria 0-3 LazioTorino 2-1 SassuoloInter 4-0 LeeceSo, we can observe that Serie A matches have a great number of goals in the first gameweek which is very unusual. On the other hand, in the Premier League there was a big upset as Crystal Palace had beaten Manchester United on Saturday with a margin of 2-1. In the Premier League most of teams are stuck at 4 points after 3 matches. We can expect that the top four race is going to be lit in this season also.Liverpool best Crystal Palace in hard fought extra time drama Advertisement
By John BurtonLITTLE SILVER– On Nov. 3 borough voters will get a chance to say if they want to have their own neighborhood watering hole for the very first time. Voters are being asked to cast their ballots for a binding referendum when they go to the polls on Election Day to allow the borough to have what by most accounts has never had: a restaurant with a bar.The referendum, if approved by voters, would allow for one retail consumption liquor license in the borough.The governing body has been contemplating the matter for about a year, after a borough resident had approached them about considering issuing the license.That resident, Westwood Road’s Matt Kelly, is interested in opening what he described last November as a family style restaurant and bar. Kelly, who runs a construction contracting business, had said at that point, it was his intention to build something akin to Rumson’s Molly Maguire’s.Kelly, who has been active in the borough’s recreation committee, said he envisions some place that families and friends can continue their socializing following sports and other community events.Kelly continues to be interested in accomplishing this, taking it upon himself to collect the needed petition signatures to secure the referendum initiative, according to Mayor Robert C. Neff, Jr.Neff said the council conducted a special public meeting in recent months because, “I thought it was an important issue that could span generations here,” said Neff.The response from the public was “A number of people were for it. They thought it would add character to the town,” Neff observed. And while there wasn’t much in the way of opposition, “a fair number of residents said we really should have a referendum,” Neff added.Fortuitously enough, given Little Silver had a topic decades ago, research by the borough attorney discovered it would have to be handled with a referendum to issue a consumption license, according to the mayor. In 1981 the same referendum was roundly defeated, by a 2-to1 margin, Neff said research showed. At that time the former Farmhouse restaurant had sought the license, which was rejected by voters, borough attorney Meghan Bennett Clark had said previously.But should voters support it this time, the council has been researching and working on drafting an ordinance that would layout the restrictions and requirements – such as operating hours, whether to permit live music, the development zone where it would be permitted, and the like – for whoever would eventually gets the liquor license, “to make sure it’s done properly,” said Neff, “something rational and reasonable.”Any liquor license would ultimately be available through a public auction and require background checks on the perspective owners.According to the state Division of Alcohol Beverage Control, municipalities currently are limited to issuing one license per 3,000 residents. Given Little Silver now has a little less than 6,000, one license would be its limit at this point, Neff explained.Little Silver has one package goods license held by Little Silver Bottle Shop, 497 Prospect Ave. Another is held by A&P supermarket, 507 Prospect Ave., which is permitted to sell unrefrigerated beer and wine.To the best of anyone’s knowledge Little Silver has never permitted a consumption license. “I’m not sure I’ve ever gotten a real good reason for that, except for that’s the way it’s always been,” Neff acknowledged, “and fair enough.”“I’m not real sure what the opposition has been,” he continued. “I do understand the concerns out there,” which he assured would be addressed in the eventual ordinance should it get that far.And should voters again reject the proposal “It’s no longer an issue,” Neff noted.
Johannesburg, Monday 4 March 2016 – In view of the upcoming World Economic Forum on Africa 2016 in May in Kigali, Brand South Africa, in collaboration with World Economic Forum, invite you to a special workshop on competitiveness in South Africa and SADC.In a bid to address factors affecting the region’s growth prospects – the workshop will bring together leaders from the business sector, policymakers and development experts to discuss the best way forward for keeping the region on this path and integrating the countries’ markets and with a goal of identifying key policy challenges and defining prioritiesAdditionally the workshop will cover findings of the Global Competitiveness Report 2015-2016 and the Africa Competitiveness Report 2015 published by the World Economic Forum, The African Development Bank, the World Bank and the OECD. It will bring essential points together for the preparation of a 10-point action plan to be presented at the World Economic Forum on Africa in Kigali 11-13 May.Date: 7 April 2016Time: 08h00 – 12h30Venue: GIBS 26 Melville Road, Illovo, JohannesburgRSVPs: Please confirm your attendance by April 6 2016 with Tsabeng Nthite on [email protected] the conversation on @Brand_SA #CompetitiveSA
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio’s senators voted to confirm the long-awaited George “Sonny” Perdue as the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).Both Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) supported Perdue, President Trump’s nominee for the second-to-last open cabinet position. Brown also voted to advance the nomination of Perdue out of the Agriculture Committee in March. During his confirmation process, Perdue told Brown he would visit Ohio if confirmed.“One in seven jobs in Ohio depends on agriculture, and it’s critical that Governor Perdue follow through on his commitment to visit Ohio and learn about how he can support Ohio farmers,” said Brown. “I look forward to working with him across the spectrum of USDA programs – from strengthening the farm safety net, to funding conservation programs that keep Lake Erie clean, and battling the opioid epidemic.”The confirmation was met with appreciation from U.S. agriculture amid growing concerns that the vital industry appears to be a low priority for the Trump Administration.“Farm Bureau heartily congratulates Secretary Sonny Perdue on his new role leading our nation’s Agriculture Department. We are eager for agriculture to finally have a seat in the president’s cabinet, and we know Secretary Perdue is just as eager to get to work for farmers, consumers and rural America,” said Zippy Duvall, president of the American Farm bureau Federation. “Secretary Perdue is a long-time friend to me and farmers across Georgia, and soon to the millions of men and women across our country who feed and clothe our nation. He is a real-world farmer himself and knows the business inside out. He understands the impact farm labor shortages, trade agreements and regulations have on a farmer’s bottom line and ability to stay in business from one season to the next. There’s important work ahead for the secretary, and he’ll need to address these challenges against the backdrop of the biggest drop in farm prices and income we’ve seen in decades. But just like America’s farmers and ranchers, I know Secretary Perdue isn’t afraid of a hard day’s work. We are confident he is the right man for the job at hand.”In addition on Tuesday President Trump, while seated beside the newly confirmed secretary on his right and a National FFA Officer on the left, held a roundtable discussion with farmers and signed an executive order aimed specifically at agriculture. The move was viewed by some as a way to show favor to rural America — a demographic that has felt left out after the lengthy time it took to confirm the leader of the USDA.Called the “Promoting Agriculture and Rural Prosperity in America” Executive Order, the piece looks to deregulate cumbersome areas of agricultural law while at the same time establishing an interagency task force chaired by the ag secretary. Here’s more background (provided by USDA) on the 31st Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture sworn in on April 25.Sonny Perdue came by his knowledge of agriculture the old fashioned way: he was born into a farming family in Bonaire, Georgia. From childhood, and through his life in business and elected office, Perdue has experienced the industry from every possible perspective.Perdue’s policies as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture will be guided by four principles which will inform his decisions. First, he will maximize the ability of the men and women of America’s agriculture and agribusiness sector to create jobs, to produce and sell the foods and fiber that feed and clothe the world, and to reap the earned reward of their labor. It should be the aim of the American government to remove every obstacle and give farmers, ranchers, and producers every opportunity to prosper.Second, he will prioritize customer service every day for American taxpayers and consumers. They will expect, and have every right to demand, that their government conduct the people’s business efficiently, effectively, and with the utmost integrity.Third, as Americans expect a safe and secure food supply, USDA will continue to serve in the critical role of ensuring the food we put on the table to feed our families meets the strict safety standards we’ve established. Food security is a key component of national security, because hunger and peace do not long coexist.And fourth, Perdue will always remember that America’s agricultural bounty comes directly from the land. And today, those land resources sustain more than 320 million Americans and countless millions more around the globe. Perdue’s father’s words still ring true: We’re all stewards of the land, owned or rented, and our responsibility is to leave it better than we found it.Additionally, Perdue recognizes that American agriculture needs a strong advocate to promote its interests to international markets. The United States is blessed to be able to produce more than its citizens can consume, which implies that we should sell the bounty around the world. The relationship between the USDA and its trade representatives, as well as with the U.S. Trade Representative and Department of Commerce, will be vital. The work of promoting American agricultural products to other countries will begin with those relationships and will benefit us domestically, just as it will fulfill the moral imperative of helping to feed the world. Perdue has pledged to be an unapologetic advocate for American agriculture.Under Secretary Perdue, the USDA will always be facts-based and data-driven, with a decision-making mindset that is customer-focused. He will seek solutions to problems and not lament that the agency might be faced with difficult challenges.As a youngster growing up on a dairy and diversified row crop farm in rural Georgia, Perdue never fully realized that the blessings of purposeful, meaningful work would serve him as well as they have in life. When he was a young boy feeding the calves and plowing the fields, he was an integral part of the workforce on his father’s farm. As the son of a mother who was an English teacher for 42 years, he benefitted from her teachings as well — not just by instilling in him the beliefs he still holds dear, but also by lending him an appreciation and respect for language and proper grammar. But more than anything in his life, it was the family farm which shaped Sonny Perdue. He has lived and breathed the exhilaration of a great crop and the despair and devastation of a drought. He learned by experience what his father told him as a child, “If you take care of the land, the land will take care of you.”The work ethic cemented in him by his farming roots has remained with Sonny Perdue throughout his life. As a younger man, he served his country in the U.S. Air Force, rising to the rank of Captain. After earning a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia, he put that training to use in private practice in North Carolina. As a member of the Georgia State Senate for eleven years, he eventually ascended to the position of President Pro Tempore as elected by his senate colleagues. As a two-term governor of Georgia, he was credited with transforming a budget deficit into a surplus, dramatically increasing the student performance in public schools, and fostering an economic environment that allowed employers to flourish and manufacturers and agricultural producers to achieve record levels of exports. He followed these accomplishments with a successful career in agribusiness, where he focused on commodities and transportation in enterprises that have spanned the southeastern United States. These experiences have proven invaluable in his current role as principal advocate for American agriculture and all that it serves.Perdue is a strong believer in good government, in that it should operate efficiently and serve the needs of its customers: the people of the United States. As a state senator, he was recognized as a leading authority on issues including energy and utilities, agriculture, transportation, emerging technologies and economic development, and for his ability to grasp the nuances of complex problems. As governor, he reformed state budget priorities, helped Georgians create more than 200,000 new jobs, and promoted his home state around the world to attract new businesses. In 2009, the Reason Foundation’s Innovators in Action magazine recognized Perdue as a leader who “aggressively pursued new strategies to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of government and deliver better value at less cost to taxpayers.” In addition, he was named “Public Official of the Year” in October 2010 by Governing Magazine. To this day, his thoughts are never very far from the wishes of the citizens — the true owners of the government.Perdue’s views on agriculture have always been shaped by his first-hand knowledge of all of its aspects, both as a farmer and as an agribusinessman. He appreciates the daily concerns and needs of American farmers, while also understanding the intricacies of global commodities markets. He is acknowledged as a national leader in agriculture, having served as a board member for the National Grain & Feed Association, and as President of both the Georgia Feed and Grain Association and the Southeastern Feed and Grain Association. Perdue has long-standing, close relationships with the leadership of the American Farm Bureau and has been recognized by the Georgia 4-H and FFA programs, among others, for his leadership in agriculture.As the product of Georgia, a state where agriculture is the leading economic driver, Perdue recognizes that agriculture is an issue and industry which cuts across political party boundaries. He recognizes that the size, scope, and diversity of America’s agricultural sector requires reaching across the aisle so that partisanship doesn’t get in the way of good solutions for American farmers, ranchers, and consumers.Perdue has been married to Mary Ruff Perdue for 44 years and has four adult children and fourteen grandchildren. He and his wife have served as foster parents for eight children awaiting adoption. Perdue remains a licensed airplane and helicopter pilot and avid outdoor sportsman.The following is the full text of President Trump’s executive order as provided by the White House:By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to ensure the informed exercise of regulatory authority that affects agriculture and rural communities, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1. Policy. A reliable, safe, and affordable food, fiber, and forestry supply is critical to America’s national security, stability, and prosperity. It is in the national interest to promote American agriculture and protect the rural communities where food, fiber, forestry, and many of our renewable fuels are cultivated. It is further in the national interest to ensure that regulatory burdens do not unnecessarily encumber agricultural production, harm rural communities, constrain economic growth, hamper job creation, or increase the cost of food for Americans and our customers around the world.Sec. 2. Establishment of the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity. There is hereby established the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity (Task Force). The Department of Agriculture shall provide administrative support and funding for the Task Force to the extent permitted by law and within existing appropriations.Sec. 3. Membership. (a) The Secretary of Agriculture shall serve as Chair of the Task Force, which shall also include:(i) the Secretary of the Treasury;(ii) the Secretary of Defense;(iii) the Attorney General;(iv) the Secretary of the Interior;(v) the Secretary of Commerce;(vi) the Secretary of Labor;(vii) the Secretary of Health and Human Services;(viii) the Secretary of Transportation;(ix) the Secretary of Energy;(x) the Secretary of Education;(xi) the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency;(xii) the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission;(xiii) the Director of the Office of Management and Budget;(xiv) the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy;(xv) the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy;(xvi) the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers;(xvii) the Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy;(xviii) the Assistant to the President for Economic Policy;(xix) the Administrator of the Small Business Administration;(xx) the United States Trade Representative;(xxi) the Director of the National Science Foundation; and(xxii) the heads of such other executive departments, agencies, and offices as the President or the Secretary of Agriculture may, from time to time, designate.(b) A member of the Task Force may designate a senior level official who is a full-time officer or employee of the member’s department, agency, or office to perform the member’s functions on the Task Force.Sec. 4. Purpose and Functions of the Task Force. (a) The Task Force shall identify legislative, regulatory, and policy changes to promote in rural America agriculture, economic development, job growth, infrastructure improvements, technological innovation, energy security, and quality of life, including changes that:(i) remove barriers to economic prosperity and quality of life in rural America;(ii) advance the adoption of innovations and technology for agricultural production and long-term, sustainable rural development;(iii) strengthen and expand educational opportunities for students in rural communities, particularly in agricultural education, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics;(iv) empower the State, local, and tribal agencies that implement rural economic development, agricultural, and environmental programs to tailor those programs to relevant regional circumstances;(v) respect the unique circumstances of small businesses that serve rural communities and the unique business structures and regional diversity of farms and ranches;(vi) require executive departments and agencies to rely upon the best available science when reviewing or approving crop protection tools;(vii) ensure access to a reliable workforce and increase employment opportunities in agriculture-related and rural-focused businesses;(viii) promote the preservation of family farms and other agribusiness operations as they are passed from one generation to the next, including changes to the estate tax and the tax valuation of family or cooperatively held businesses;(ix) ensure that water users’ private property rights are not encumbered when they attempt to secure permits to operate on public lands;(x) improve food safety and ensure that regulations and policies implementing Federal food safety laws are based on science and account for the unique circumstances of farms and ranches;(xi) encourage the production, export, and use of domestically produced agricultural products;(xii) further the Nation’s energy security by advancing traditional and renewable energy production in the rural landscape; and(xiii) address hurdles associated with access to resources on public lands for the rural communities that rely on cattle grazing, timber harvests, mining, recreation, and other multiple uses.(b) The Task Force shall, in coordination with the Deputy Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs, provide State, local, and tribal officials — and farmers, ranchers, foresters, and other rural stakeholders — with an opportunity to suggest to the Task Force legislative, regulatory, and policy changes.(c) The Task Force shall coordinate its efforts with other reviews of regulations or policy, including those conducted pursuant to Executive Order 13771 of January 30, 2017 (Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs), Executive Order 13778 of February 28, 2017 (Restoring the Rule of Law, Federalism, and Economic Growth by Reviewing the “Waters of the United States” Rule), and Executive Order 13783 of March 28, 2017 (Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth).Sec. 5. Report. Within 180 days of the date of this order, the Secretary of Agriculture, in coordination with the other members of the Task Force, shall submit a report to the President, through the Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and the Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy, recommending the legislative, regulatory, or policy changes identified pursuant to section 4 of this order that the Task Force considers appropriate. The Secretary of Agriculture shall provide a copy of the final report to each member of the Task Force.Sec. 6. Revocation. Executive Order 13575 of June 9, 2011 (Establishment of the White House Rural Council), is hereby revoked.Sec. 7. General Provisions. (a) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:(i) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or(ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.(b) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.(c) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.
The Australian Boy’s and Girl’s 18’s and 20’s sides will take to the field against New Zealand at Viking Park, Tuggeranong from Friday, 21 January to Sunday, 23 January 2011. After winning the last Youth Trans Tasman Series in 2009, Australia is looking to defend its title, while New Zealand is determined to reverse the result and tie it up at one series a piece. The games will be held at Viking Park at the following times:Friday5.00pm – 18’s Girls6.05pm – 18’s Boys7.10pm – 20’s Girls8.15pm – 20’s Boys Saturday2.00pm – 18’s Girls2.55pm – 18’s Boys3.50pm – 20’s Girls4.45pm – 20’s BoysSunday9.00am – 18’s Girls10.05am – 18’s Boys11.10am – 20’s Girls12.15pm – 20’s BoysTo keep up to date with all of the latest news and information from the event, please visit the following website:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?assoc=6460&pID=14 You can also follow the Australian teams’ progress on Touch Football Australia’s Facebook page throughout the week. To become a fan of Touch Football Australia, please click on the following link: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 Related Filesyouth_tt_flyer-pdf
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle keen on Rennes fullback Faitout Maouassaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United are continuing to work the French market.The Daily Mail says Newcastle have asked about taking Faitout Maouassa on loan from Rennes.The 20-year-old left-back is currently on loan at Nimes and is expected to be called up to the France U21 squad for the European Championships this summer.Newcastle have also discussed a move for Marseille forward Clinton N’Jie but face competition from Crystal Palace. The 25-year-old former Tottenham man who is available on loan with option for a permanent deal.
Two German shipping companies that owned and operated the general cargo ship Nils B pleaded guilty to an environmental crime in US federal court, admitting that they knowingly failed to keep records related to the discharge of sludge into the ocean.W. Bockstiegel Reederei GmBH & CO. KG and W. Bockstiegel GmBH & Co. Reederei KG MS NILS B pleaded guilty to one felony violation of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships for failing to accurately maintain an oil record book for the 1998-built ship.Namely, the firms failed to disclose that oil contaminated water had been discharged into the ocean from the vessel without the use of pollution prevention equipment.On August 5, 2014, personnel from the United States Coast Guard boarded the vessel after its entry into the Port of San Diego, California. Once onboard, the Coast Guard discovered that the crew had failed to keep an oil record book for a significant period of time, modifications had been made to piping coming from the oil water separator, and oil was discovered in discharge piping that should not have been present.The defendants, in pleading guilty, admitted that the oil record book on board the vessel did not disclose any discharges of sludge between the time that the overboard discharge valve had been cleaned and its entry into the Port of San Diego in August.According to the plea documents, the company and the United States agree to recommend that the Court impose a total criminal penalty of USD 750,000, of which USD 250,000 will be a community service payment.Sentencing is scheduled for November 3, 2016.
PARIS — The concessions made by France’s prime minister in a bid to stop the huge and violent anti-government demonstrations that have been rocking France over the past three weeks, seem to have so far failed to convince protesters, with trade unions and farmers now threatening to join the fray.A day after Edouard Philippe announced a suspension of planned fuel tax hikes that kicked off protests, the “yellow vest” protest movement showed no sign of slowing down on Wednesday. Students opposed to a university application system remained mobilized, trucking unions called for a rolling strike and France’s largest farm union threatened to launch protests next week.A joint statement from the CGT and FO trucking unions protesting a cut to overtime rates called for action from Sunday night.The Associated Press
NEW DELHI: Police on Saturday lodged a formal complaint against Gautam Gambhir, BJP’s East Delhi Lok Sabha seat candidate, for allegedly holding a public meeting in Jangpura without prior permission from authorities, officials said.The complaint was lodged after East Delhi Returning Officer K Mahesh asked police to take action against the cricketer-turned politician for allegedly violating rules. “We have initiated action against Gautam Gambhir under sections 28/110 of the Delhi Police Act,” Chinmoy Biswal, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Southeast), said. Also Read – CM urges Delhiites to help accident victimsPolice have registered a “kalandra”, which is a formal complaint lodged by police in a non-cognisable offence under the act which gives special power to the force, another officer said. Gambhir did not seek prior permission to hold a public meeting in Janpura on April 25, officials said. However, Delhi BJP spokesperson Harish Khurana claimed that permission was taken for Gambhir’s event and it continued somewhat longer than the scheduled duration. Also Read – Kejriwal seeks Transport Dept’s views on odd-even exemptionThe party’s legal department will take appropriate steps in the matter, Khurana said. The Bhartiya Janta Party has pitted Gambhir against AAP’s Atishi and senior Congress leader Arvinder Singh Lovely from the East Delhi Lok Sabha constituency. Gambhir is making his electoral debut from the seat and has been under attack from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) over allegations that he had double entries in voters list. Reacting to the developments, AAP’s Atishi tweeted, “”First, Discrepancies in nomination papers. Then, Criminal offence of having 2 voter IDs. Now, FIR for illegal rally (sic),” My question to Gautam Gambhir: When you don’t know the rules, why play the game? (sic) she said on Twitter. Gambhir landed in a controversy after AAP leader Atishi on Friday filed a complaint against the former cricketer and BJP candidate Gautam Gambhir for allegedly enrolling as a voter in more than one constituency in violation of the Representation of the People Act (RPA). In a petition filed on Thursday, Atishi has alleged that Gautam Gambhir had provided false information in his nomination papers. Atishi claimed that Gautam Gambhir is a registered voter in Delhi’s Karol Bagh as well as Rajinder Nagar, both of which fall under the Central Delhi parliamentary seat. The court will hear the case on May 1. Gautam Gambhir – a supporter of the BJP government’s policies – was welcomed in the party by senior leader Arun Jaitley last month. The former cricketer is one of the richest candidates in Delhi, with an annual income of over Rs 12 crore. A veteran of 58 Tests and 147 one-day internationals, Gautam Gambhir was a key member of the Indian teams that won the T20 World Cup in 2007 and the One-Day International World Cup in 2011. A vocal ambassador of the party on Twitter, his social media posts with strong comments on contemporary politics and incidents had inspired talk about his diving into politics.
Related: The Lab Back in October, when Draymond Green of the Warriors was asked to assess the Rockets’ offseason efforts to narrow the gap between Houston and Golden State, Green didn’t mince words.“They want [a matchup with us] to be a shootout, which is fine,” he said. “But we’re gonna play some defense. Yeah, we score pretty well. But we’re a damn good defensive team, too.” Green, last season’s defensive player of the year, was clearly implying that the same couldn’t be said for Houston, which ranked in the lower half of the league defensively the past two seasons.Green also seized upon a remark from Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni about neither team being able to stop the other. “I don’t know how serious they take defense with that comment,” he said.But a quarter of the way through the season, that question is no longer up for debate: Houston’s defense is elite, and it could finally make the Rockets balanced enough to challenge Golden State. With an immense focus on the Houston offense — specifically, its addition of nine-time All-Star Chris Paul and its continuing 3-point shot crusade — the team’s vast improvement on defense has flown beneath the radar. Entering Thursday’s game with the red-hot Utah Jazz, Houston’s defense is surrendering just 100.9 points per 100 possessions, fifth-best in the league. That defensive rating is slightly better than the Warriors’ and represents a night-and-day difference from last season, when the Rockets ranked just 18th, allowing 106.4 points per 100 possessions.A handful of things explain why the club’s defense has performed so well after a pair of lackluster defensive seasons. Among them: The Rockets have gotten much better at protecting the rim and other high-value spots on the court that once troubled them; the team’s weakest defenders are performing better (or getting luckier?) than they did in the past; and Houston has used its own scoring ability to pay dividends on the other end.Of course many of these improvements, if not all of them, stem from the same thing: the club’s getting solid, versatile defenders during the offseason. Paul’s track record on that end is well chronicled — he’s a perennial leader in steals. But because he was replacing fellow all-defensive first-team member Patrick Beverley, other pickups have had even greater opportunities to take the unit to new heights.Wing players PJ Tucker and Luc Mbah a Moute have been game changers for this defense, giving the Rockets — who already had one of the league’s very best perimeter defenders in an overburdened Trevor Ariza — the ability to switch assignments on the fly when teams set screens against them. They communicate well and don’t get lost backdoor (an area the Rockets struggled mightily with last season). And because both players are tall and strong enough to defend three different positions, Houston can use extremely quick smallball lineups with them, Paul and MVP candidate James Harden, who for years was criticized for his inattentive defense.To get a sense of how just valuable Tucker and Mbah a Moute have been as primary and help defenders, consider this: The Rockets are allowing just 94.1 points per 100 possessions with that duo on the floor this season, third-best in the NBA among two-man lineups that have shared at least 300 minutes together thus far. (Only Boston’s Terry Rozier and Marcus Smart and OKC’s Paul George and Andre Roberson have been better.) At times, Houston almost looks as though it’s playing a zone — with each defender responsible for a man and a half — because of how synchronized the defense is with Tucker and Mbah a Moute. Watch here, as the Nets struggle to get anywhere near the lane because of how every ballhandler sees two Rockets ready to make a play on the ball.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/almostzone.mp400:0000:0000:26Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Even when only one of them is in the game, reigning Sixth Man of the Year Eric Gordon, who has been fantastic this season on both ends, is another option aside from Ariza. And because of the trust that Tucker and Mbah a Moute have helped establish, Clint Capela and Nene, the team’s bigs, have felt comfortable wandering farther out on the perimeter to meet opposing ballhandlers. That was often a big mistake last season, when the Rockets ranked dead last in rim protection and allowed opponents to shoot 67 percent from inside the restricted area. (This season, Houston has leaped into the top half of the league on that defensive metric.)With smarter, more switchable defenders on the floor, the Rockets have also taken away many of the corner 3-point opportunities that were there for opponents in years past. And so far this season, Houston ranks among the NBA’s top 10 in limiting those attempts. That’s a big shift from last year, when the Rockets were among the 10 worst teams at stifling 3-point attempts from the corner, and the year before, when Houston’s opponents took a greater share of their 3-point attempts from the corner than any other team’s.Perhaps the biggest shift that has taken place this season: Out of nowhere, Houston has become the NBA’s best defensive-rebounding club, nabbing 81.4 percent of opponent’s misses. Limiting second chances is key for the Rockets, who ranked 21st last year and were last in 2015-16, Dwight Howard’s final season with the team.None of this is to say that the Rockets aren’t capable of backsliding on defense. One area they haven’t gotten better in, transition defense, is something an uptempo team like the Warriors could exploit. (We illustrated last season that Harden — despite his ridiculous passing ability — often gets back on defense slowly after a turnover or what he perceives to be a missed call.) And even though the Rockets have had no issues getting stops in half-court situations, there are indications that they’ve been the beneficiaries of good fortune at times. Only three teams (Cleveland, Orlando and New York) are surrendering higher-quality shots than Houston, according to data from Second Spectrum.Some of those looks have stemmed from opponents getting wide-eyed when they see an opportunity to go 1-on-1 against Harden or the slow-footed Ryan Anderson,1Anderson does look far better defensively than he has in years past, in part because of some weight he dropped during the offseason. who has been isolated more than anyone this season outside of the Lakers’ Julius Randle. Both players have held their own — especially Harden, who’s allowing one of the lowest scoring rates among guards2Who defend at least one isolation play per game and have played in at least 15 games. on those plays, according to data from Synergy Sports Technology. But it’s unclear whether that would hold up for an entire season (Anderson’s case is worth watching, because teams are challenging him 2.5 times a game).If anything, though, there’s reason to suspect that the Rockets could get even better on defense before the season concludes. Much has been made of the Harden-Paul duo, which has yet to fully jell because of Paul’s early-season injury. But if those two figure out how to play off each other and make an already impeccable offense even better, it will pay enormous dividends on the other side of the ball.Houston is sloppy with the ball and bad in transition defense, but they lead the NBA in defensive efficiency after a made basket this season, allowing just 95 points per 100 possessions, according to Inpredictable.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/fullgameposs.mp400:0000:0000:23Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.So, when it’s Rockets vs. Warriors, we aren’t going to see a 1990s-style Eastern Conference slugfest, in which the first team to 90 points wins, break out anytime soon. These teams shoot too well for that to happen. But it’s time to stop wondering whether Houston has the defensive horses to be mentioned in the same sentence with Golden State — this Rockets team is different. This Might Be James Harden’s Year