Alabama is certainly looking for revenge after last season’s blowout loss. Fortunately for college football fans, the current betting odds would anticipate a close contest.The Golden Nugget in Las Vegas has Clemson as a 2-point favorite over Alabama.From ESPN gambling writer David Purdum, on how far that sportsbook has those two programs ahead of the rest of the FBS:Aaron Kessler, senior oddsmaker at Golden Nugget, told ESPN that he’d have Alabama and Clemson favored by at least seven points against any other team in the nation. Georgia is third in Kessler’s power ratings.“They’re definitely the best two teams out there,” Kessler said of Alabama and Clemson. “It’s just tough trying to figure out how much better they are than the rest of the field.”With Tua Tagovailoa and Trevor Lawrence back to lead their respective teams, it’d be tough to see anyone dethrone either program.Senior oddsmaker Aaron Kessler told ESPN that Alabama and Clemson would see a much bigger spread if they don’t face each other.[ESPN] SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Patrick Phibbs #58 of the Clemson Tigers snaps the ball against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)We’re only three months away from watching college football, and it shouldn’t shock many people that Alabama and Clemson are considered the early favorites to meet in the national championship.Betting odds for games on next season’s schedules are starting to emerge this week. This makes senses considering that a bunch of kickoff times for major programs were released on Thursday.It turns out that a few sportsbooks are also placing an early line on a potential rematch between Alabama and Clemson. Another showdown between these powerhouses would mark the fifth-straight year they’d meet in the College Football Playoff.In the event that the Crimson Tide face the Tigers this upcoming season, the edge is currently with the defending champions.
New Delhi: The Centre has given states and Union Territories time till June 30, 2020 to roll out the ‘one nation, one ration card’ system, under which beneficiaries can buy subsidised foodgrains from ration shops in any part of the country. Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said that already 10 states Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharasthra, Rajasthan, Telangana and Tripura — are providing portability of Public Distribution System (PDS) entitlements. Also Read – Balakot strikes show major shift in govt’s handling of terror attacks: IAF chief”By next June 30, 2020, the ‘one nation, one ration card’ should be implemented without fail in the entire country. We have written letters to the state government to fast track the implementation of this system,” Paswan told reporters. The new mechanism will ensure no poor is deprived of PDS entitlement if that person shifts from one place to another. The system will also help remove fake ration card holders, he added. Paswan further said that there are 11 states, including Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Odisha and Madhya Pradesh, which can easily implement PDS portability within their state as Point of Sale (PoS) machines have been installed in all ration shops. This is one of the 100-days agenda of the Modi 2.0 government, he added. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps, 20 launch pads along LoCSince November 2016, the Government is implementing the National Food Security Act, under which foodgrains are supplied every month at highly subsidised rates of Rs 1-3 per kg to over 80 crore people in the country. Elaborating about the new system, Paswan said beneficiaries are required to show their Aadhaar card to buy foodgrains from any ration shop in the country. Only ration card will suffice if beneficiaries want to get their PDS entitlement only from a particular registered ration shop. So far, Aadhaar cards of about 89 per cent of beneficaries have been linked with the system, while 77 per cent of ration shops have installed PoS machines, he said. As many as 22 states have 100 per cent PoS coverage and there is no problem in implementing the new system. Delhi had rolled out portability of PDS entitlement a year back but later stopped, Paswan added. Asked whether a beneficiary who moves to another state where PDS foodgrain is given for free is entitled for the same, a senior Food Ministry official said, “In such cases, the beneficiary will get the entitlement as per the rates fixed by the Centre, that is Rs 1-3 per kg.”
by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 18, 2012 2:00 pm MDT TORONTO – The Canadian holiday shopping season is looking decidedly more American this year as retailers schedule a rush of Black Friday events in hopes that consumers will shop at home, rather than head south of the border.Whether its extended hours at some of the country’s busiest malls or door crasher events and heavy markdowns, most big name retailers have hopped on the Black Friday bandwagon with the fanfare once reserved for the Boxing Day holiday.Black Friday is timed to the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday, and has become a tradition for many families who gather for dinner, then wake up early the next morning to take advantage of deep discounts.The day serves to kick off the holiday shopping season — the time when retailers turn a profit, or go “into the black” — and is widely considered the busiest shopping day of the year.It may just be a random November day for Canadians, but shoppers north of the border are increasingly buying into Black Friday, and the Monday after, which has come to be known as Cyber Monday because it’s when online retailers tend to hold their sales.A CIBC (TSX:CM) poll conducted by Harris/Decima being released Monday suggests nearly one-in- ten of the 1,000 Canadian survey respondents plans on making a purchase during the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales period — suggesting that millions of Canadians will be shopping for holiday deals this weekend.Many Canadian retailers have jumped on the trend as a new way to angle a promotion, says Mark Satov, founder of management consulting firm Satov Consultants Inc.“Some retailers are feeling there’s a lot of dead time between Halloween and Christmas,” he said.“If you’re advertising a general event, you’re creating the impression that everything is on sale, and when consumers get there, everything doesn’t have to be on sale, but they’re there anyway, so they’re going to buy.”Promotional campaigns will be splashed across store windows and in flyers across the country this week, with retailers from Gap Inc. to PetSmart hopping aboard the trend to offer extended hours and sales.Other retailers appear to share that enthusiasm, including The Bay, which angled a mid-November sale as “Black Friday arrives early” — even though it was nearly a week and a half before U.S. Thanksgiving. Some retailers will stretch out Black Friday nearly as long, such as The Body Shop which is promoting sales that last for a week.But Canada’s version of Black Friday won’t be everything it’s hyped to be, some suggest.“It’s a myth,” says retail consultant Jim Danahy of CustomerLAB, which works with companies in all categories including drug, department, food and specialty retailers.“Stores are not bringing merchandise in any sooner than they were before. They are not changing their promotional calendars. It is simply the super-imposition of a term that exists in the United States here.”In some ways, drumming up enthusiasm for Black Friday is a move of desperation for Canadian retailers who are dealing with consumers who expect a lot more from their local stores than they did five years ago.The high value of the loonie and the availability of many U.S. deals online have encouraged Canadians to spend their money at American retailers.A survey released last week by Visa Canada found that about 44 per cent of respondents to a poll said they were planning to take advantage of discounts offered online by American retailers on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The response marked a 10 per cent increase over a year ago, according to the survey conducted by Ipsos Reid.At one time, the event was on the radar of only the most avid Canadian shoppers, who would head stateside to capture the best deals, sometimes carpooling with friends or taking one of the many charter buses that head south for day trips. But when the loonie soared above parity in 2007, a growing number of Canadians began to take advantage of the cheaper price tags offered by American stores.Since then, Black Friday has grown to be a part of Canadian shopping culture, and cross-border shopping could prove particularly competitive this year after the federal government relaxed the rules in June.Cross-border shoppers who stay overnight in the United States are now allowed to bring back up to $200 worth of merchandise duty-free, rather than just $50 before the new rules were put in place.For people who travel between two and seven days, the limit has doubled to $800 from $400 while the limit for visits of more than a week increases to $800 from $750.Whether the rule changes will encourage more Canadians to shop stateside remains to be seen, but retailers aren’t taking any chances. This year, both Best Buy Canada and Future Shop join the list of companies that will champion their own Black Friday sales.“A lot of Canadians who might’ve planned to go to the States to shop, maybe they’ll come here instead,” said spokeswoman Danielle Jang.“We want to give Canadians a reason to shop with us.” Let the holiday shopping begin! Black Friday is on its way to Canadian stores AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email