Liga MX Pumas atop Liga MX but staying humble after two victories Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon Last updated 1 year ago 08:49 1/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Ronaldo Schemidt Liga MX Pumas Pumas v Atlas Atlas After finishing dead last in the Apertura, Pumas are atop the league after two weeks, but new manager David Patino knows there’s still plenty to do The Liga MX leader after Jornada 2 is a surprising but familiar face. Pumas’ 3-1 win over Atlas on Sunday afternoon means coach David Patino’s men are one of just two teams to take all six points out of the first possible six. The other, Leon, has scored fewer goals and sits second. Far less important than being the superlider after two weeks is how Patino has Pumas fans dreaming again.The former Pumas forward has rejuvenated the current crop of Pumas’ forwards, with Nicolas Castillo already up to four goals in two games and Matias Alustiza adding one today as a reward for his strong work alongside the Chilean.The two wins were different. Pumas needed an aggressive comeback at the Estadio Hidalgo to top Pachuca after falling behind 2-0 early last week. It was obvious Sunday that they weren’t going to make the same mistake. Jesus Gallardo found Castillo in the sixth minute with a gorgeous pass from his left foot. Castillo brought down the ball and beat Cristopher Toselli to give the home side the early lead. Editors’ Picks 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. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player #NoTeLoPierdasG⚽⚽⚽L de Nicolás Castillo@PumasMX 1-0 @atlasfc #Jornada2 #Clausura2018 #LIGABancomerMX⚽ #SienteTuLiga ⚽ #AbrazadosPorElFutbol pic.twitter.com/4yVdEKp0r2— LIGA Bancomer MX (@LIGABancomerMX) January 14, 2018It again was Castillo creating issues for the opposing defense on Pumas’ second goal. The 24-year-old pressured Atlas right back Juan Vigon into a poor pass for Leiton Jimenez. The Atlas center back coughed up possession and Castillo pounced, setting up Alustiza and sending Pumas into the halftime break with a two-goal lead.Castillo confirmed the victory by winning and converting a penalty just after the hour mark as the Estadio Universitario was able to celebrate a victory for the first time since Oct. 17, 2017. Pumas didn’t let go of the momentum with even Ravel Morrison’s beautiful goal from a free kick failing to dampen their enthusiasm.#NoTeLoPierdasG⚽⚽⚽L de Ravel Morrison@PumasMX 3-1 @atlasfc #Jornada2 #Clausura2018 #LIGABancomerMX⚽ #SienteTuLiga ⚽ #AbrazadosPorElFutbol pic.twitter.com/ld61n9ZZdn— LIGA Bancomer MX (@LIGABancomerMX) January 14, 2018After all, this once-great team – the runner-up as recently as the 2015 Apertura – finished dead last in Liga MX in the recently concluded Apertura. Patino took over as the interim coach after Paco Palencia was fired, but sticking with the former Pumas player seemed like a move of convenience more than brilliance after Patino ran off a few draws but also struggled to get victories. The early results in this tournament say otherwise – that while Palencia wasn’t a young Mexican manager who has what it takes to lead Pumas into a successful new era, the 50-year-old Patino is.The attack is thriving with Castillo getting a boost from Alustiza playing behind him and with Marcelo Diaz and David Cabrera in the midfield looking to get the ball forward after winning it. At the back, Alejandro Arribas looks like an improvement at center back next to Luis Quintana, though the Spaniard had to leave Sunday’s game with an injury.It’s the first time since the 2011 Apertura that Pumas have won their first two matches, but Patino isn’t getting ahead of himself.”I’m really happy with the two matches, but this is just getting started. We’re not going to (celebrate prematurely) or change our style,” Patino said after Sunday’s win. “Humility above everything and work. That’s it.”Staying humble is at the center of Patino’s model, but Pumas’ fans will have extra swagger around Mexico City and beyond this week. Their team is in first place, and they’re dreaming of big things once again.
That aforementioned new sports division, consisting, as of now, of the TEAMS conference and SportsTravel, will live within Northstar’s Meetings Group, which also includes Meetings & Conventions and Successful Meetings, among other properties. Both Association News and Meetings Quest will also apparently fall into the Meetings Group’s portfolio, albeit not as part of the sports division. Secaucus, NJ-based Northstar Travel Group has acquired the assets of L.A.-based Schneider Publishing, including a trio of annual events and a pair of related media brands, the company announced today. Presented by SportsTravel and held annually since 1998, TEAMS attracts over 1,000 executives and event managers from the sports-event and hospitality industries, according to Northstar, while Meetings Quest — presented by Association News — is the longest-running trade show series for meeting planners in the U.S. Schneider first purchased Meetings Quest and integrated it with its existing Association News brand in 2013. “Finding the right strategic partner with the necessary capabilities over a range of areas — event management, digital media, and database marketing, to name a few — was important to me to scale the business,” said president and CEO Timothy Schneider, who will join Northstar as chairman of a new sports division. “Working with Tom [Kemp], David [Blansfield] and the Northstar team, we’ll be leveraging Northstar’s strengths to enhance and expand our offerings in service of our customers.” Also included in Northstar’s purchase is the Shamrock Shootout Golf Classic, an annual tournament started in 1987 by Meetings Quest founder Jimmy Dunn and previously held in Washington, D.C. each March, but relocated to Las Vegas for the fall of 2017. Included in the sale are SportsTravel and Association News magazines, as well as their respective live-event counterparts: the TEAMS Conference & Expo and Meetings Quest. It’s the third major acquisition for Northstar Travel Group since the company was itself acquired by Wasserstein Partners last June, following a pair of data-focused tech investments by SaaS subsidiary Inntopia.
The House on Tuesday approved an amendment to the fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill that would provide additional impact aid funds to a school district serving military families based at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., that is slated to loss eligibility for about half of its current funding under the federal program intended to help school districts with large concentrations of military students.The Mascoutah School District, which receives about $8 million annually through the program, was recently informed by the Department of Education that it was losing eligibility for heavily impacted aid, which meant a projected loss of about $4 million annually, reported the Belleville News-Democrat.Illinois Rep. Mike Bost (R) sponsored the amendment, which would provide enhanced payment for students that live in privatized military housing within the school district boundaries. The additional funding wasn’t slated to start until next year, but if it is enacted into law, it will begin this year, according to the story.“When I learned that Mascoutah would no longer be eligible for this critical federal funding, I committed to securing a short-term fix until we can find a long-term solution. In addition, I am going to seek answers regarding why the school district wasn’t informed earlier so it could make adjustments to protect this funding,” Bost said in a written statement.On Wednesday, the House passed the underlying measure, which will have to be reconciled with the Senate version. Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk (R) is preparing a companion amendment. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
Supporters of Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station remain concerned about the potential for a proposed wind farm located 25 miles from the western New York base to interfere with flight training despite the reassurances of a former DOD official working for the developer.David Belote, who had been the first director of the Pentagon’s Siting Clearinghouse, told base supporters that defense officials believe the project on the shores of Lake Ontario would not interfere with military testing or training activities in the area. That conclusion followed an informal analysis by the clearinghouse.“They showed us some stuff that indicated they’re doing their due diligence. I don’t think they had anything definitive,” said John Cooper Sr., president of the Niagara Military Affairs Council.Belote said the project would not affect the installation’s C-130 operations or drone operations slated to come to the air reserve station soon.Installation advocates remain skeptical, however, reported the Lockport Union-Sun & Journal. DOD will not conduct a formal review of the project until Charlottesville, Va.-based Apex Clean Energy reveals the exact height and location of the turbines. Somerset Supervisor Dan Engert worries the DOD review doesn’t consider the same factors the department takes into account when it prepares its BRAC recommendations.“Neither an informal or the required formal review would ever answer the most pressing question facing Niagara County and our region, which is whether Lighthouse Wind would impact the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station encroachment score in future BRAC proceedings,” said Engert, who recently met with Belote.“The stakes are awfully high,” he said. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
SpiceJet’s stock soared over 4 percent Friday after industry data showed that the budget carrier had recorded the highest load factor among Indian carriers in January.SpiceJet shares were trading Rs 68.60 at 2.15 p.m. on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), up 4.8 percent compared to the previous closing price of Rs 65.70.Ajay Singh-led SpiceJet recorded the highest passenger load factor of 92.1 percent in January, followed by GoAir and IndiGo, at 84.9 percent and 84.7 percent, respectively, according to data released Thursday by the Civil Aviation Ministry. Passenger load factor is a measure of capacity utilisation by an airline.SpiceJet posted a net profit of Rs 238.40 crore in the Oct-Dec quarter, as against a loss of Rs 275 crore in the corresponding quarter a year earlier. The carrier plans to buy airplanes worth Rs 75,000 crore either from Boeing Co or Airbus Group, but wants the delivery of the aircraft to be on time.Overall, domestic air passenger traffic increased 22.58 percent to 76.55 lakh passengers in the month, compared to the 62.45 lakh registered in January 2015.IndiGo, owned by InterGlobe Aviation, remained the largest carrier in the domestic air traffic market in January, followed by Jet Airways and state-owned Air India. IndiGo’s share stood at 35.6 percent, followed by Jet Airways and Air India with 18.7 percent and 16 percent, respectively.InterGlobe Aviation’s stock price was down 0.3 percent to trade at Rs 846, while Jet Airways shares rose 2.5 percent to trade at Rs 556.Jet Airways shares surged following the reports of stake sale in the airline to Eithad Airways. A report by the Financial Express said Eithad Airways has finalised a deal with Naresh Goyal-promoted Jet Airways to raise its stake in the airline by 25 percent to 49 percent.
Prothom Alo IllustrationThe throat-slit bodies of a woman and her minor granddaughter were recovered from their house at Paschim Mulghar village in Rajbari’s Sadar upazila on Friday, reports UNB.The deceased were Shahida Begum, 50, wife of Shahjahan Mia of the village and her granddaughter Lamia, 5.Quoting family members, police superintendent of the district Asma Siddiqa Mili said family spotted the bodies of Shahida and Lamia in the morning and informed police.Later, police recovered the bodies.However, the details behind the murder could not be known immediately, said the police official adding that they are investigating the incident.
BALTIMORE (AP) — Public defenders in Baltimore say charges against a client have been dropped because police body-camera video “appears to depict multiple officers working together to manufacture evidence.”This case involves seven officers, two of whom have been referred to the police department’s internal affairs division.Baltimore Police Officer (AP Image)Media outlets say the public defender’s office won’t release the video because it shows a co-defendant whom it doesn’t represent.Meanwhile, State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby dismissed charges in 34 cases relying on the testimony of three other officers after the Office of the Public Defender released a different video they say shows an officer planting drugs. That officer is suspended and two others are on administrative duty.Separately, seven other Baltimore officers on a gun crimes task force are accused of faking reports and false detentions.