With a day to go before Britons head to the polls to vote in their third general election in under four years, the question the ruling Conservatives are asking themselves is, will Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s gamble to hold an early ballot pay off? Will he be able to accomplish what his Downing Street predecessor, Theresa May, failed to do in 2017 with her snap election and secure a large parliamentary majority? Johnson hopes to achieve what she failed to do — to persuade traditional working-class voters who favor Brexit in the north of England to ditch their lifetime habit of voting Labor. If successful, it would amount to a seismic reshaping of British politics. Opinion polls suggest the Conservatives may pull off a big win Thursday and secure a sufficient majority for Johnson to end the long-running Brexit mess by taking Britain out of the European Union by the end of January. In the final days of the campaign, Johnson has focused on Labor’s … [Read more...] about Will Boris Johnson’s Early Election Gamble Pay Off?
Trade deficit at record high
Here are this year's playoff runner-ups that have the best chance of making it to next year's Super Bowl by Sean Wagner-McGough @seanjwagner Jan 25, 2018 at 6:00 am ET • 11 min read Over the past two-and-half weeks, the NFL playoff field has been trimmed from 12 teams to two. Only the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles remain. The two teams will meet in Super Bowl LII in a week-and-a-half to wrap up what's been another thrilling season. But just because the season hasn't ended yet doesn't mean we can't already look ahead to the 2018 season.Ten playoff teams have seen their seasons end in heartbreak. The Chiefs blew an 18-point lead to the Titans at home. The Bills couldn't score a touchdown against the Jaguars. The Panthers watched Devin Funchess misplay a potential game-winning touchdown. The Rams went one-and-done after a dominant regular season. The Falcons drew up the worst fourth-down play-call at the 2-yard line when a … [Read more...] about Ranking the 10 playoff losers’ chances of journeying to Super Bowl LIII in 2019
Below is the complete speech delivered by Finance Minister Piyush Goyal on February 1, 2019."Madam Speaker,I rise to present the Interim Budget for the year 2019-20. I am deeply conscious of the absence of Shri Arun Jaitley today. I am sure the House joins me in wishing Shri Jaitley speedy recovery, good health and a long life in the service of the nation.Close Madam Speaker, the people of India gave a strong mandate to our Government. Under the visionary leadership of Hon'ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, we have given the most decisive, stable and clean Government and have undertaken transformational structural reforms. We have reversed the policy paralysis engulfing the nation and have restored the image of the country. The major achievement of this Government was that we strived our utmost to change the mind-set and ignited the self-confidence of the nation. related news Need feel-good factor to revive consumption: Exide Life CIO Shyamsunder Bhat … [Read more...] about Full text of Finance Minister Piyush Goyal’s 2019 Budget speech
By Kartik Goyal and Anto Antony Kamal Mahajan is going contrarian again on Indian bonds. His last call, a big short, helped Bank of Baroda turn a profit when others were caught up in the worst rout in two decades. This time, he’s advancing the case that the Reserve Bank of India will add to its three interest-rate cuts, prolonging a bond rally as Prime Minister Narendra Modi keeps inflation in check. While the consensus forecast is for the 10-year yield to rise toward 7.35 per cent by year end, he expects it to drop to 6.5 per cent. “We are sensing a tectonic shift in policymaking in the sense that the government is planning income distribution and economic growth through lower interest rates,” the head of treasury at India’s second-biggest state bank said in an interview. “With growth remaining decent and inflation low, the 10-year yields are heading lower slowly and we don’t see a reversal in yields.” Underlying Mahajan’s call, … [Read more...] about Contrarian Indian bond trader changes sides as call pays off
As we approach the end of the 2010s -- I feel obligated to write "twenty-tens" for pronunciation clarity -- there's a lot of looking back to do across the NBA landscape. Naming an All-Decade team, for instance. We should all be able to agree that LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry are locks. Kawhi Leonard, James Harden, Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook have legit cases for the final two spots. Educated debate is a worthy endeavor. As is the debate I'm about to frame: The 10 biggest shots of the last decade. It's a tough list to crack. Considering stakes, stage and circumstance, you could argue the two biggest shots in NBA history came in the last decade. In fact, I will make that argument. You can decide for yourself, and surely not everyone will agree with me. But this is my list. The 10 biggest shots of the decade. Note: In Game 2 of the 2011 NBA Finals, Dirk Nowitzki beat Chris Bosh off the dribble and converted a layup with just over three seconds to play. It … [Read more...] about 10 biggest NBA shots of the decade: Ray Allen or Kyrie Irving at No. 1? LeBron James, Damian Lillard show up twice