TOUCH FOOTBALL VICTORIA AWARDED $40,000 GRANT

first_imgTouch Football Australia’s Victorian Branch has been awarded the Supporting Grassroots Sport Grant, worth $40,000 over two years from the Victorian State Government.The grant will benefit the development of Touch Football in Victorian regional areas. $1.5 million has been allocated by the Victorian Government from the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Budget for regional and rural sport. TFA Victoria will use the funds from its grant to employ a part-time regional Game Development Officer to manage a specific area. The new position will be responsible for the development of Touch Football in the region through schools, current affiliates, establishing new affiliates, encouraging the development of referees and coaches, and maintaining facilities. TFAVictoria State Branch Manager David Brady said two regions are currently being considered. “Both have good potential for growth for two years. We’re just finalising partnership arrangements,” Mr. Brady said.Game Development Officer Carly Goodrich played a pivotal role in securing the grant.Ms. Goodrich believes that the grant will be of great benefit to Touch Football throughout regional Victoria and outer-metropolitan Melbourne. “It will be a big support because at the moment we’ve got a lot of volunteers doing work in that location. The volunteers will now be able to access resources from the State Branch office to assist them,” she said. The new TFA Victoria Regional Game Development Officer will be based in the specified area and employed locally, which will support the community. The level of service to the developing regions of the State is sure to be improved by the location of the GDO in the rural locality.“If our staff live in metropolitan Melbourne, it is difficult to get to a country affiliate so we might go out there only three or four times a year. But if we’ve got someone centred there in that area for the whole time then we would expect to get a lot of growth participant wise,” Goodrich said. The opportunity for the promotion of Touch Football to country areas is one of the key reasons that the grant was awarded.Sport and Recreation Victoria Project Officer Tom Forsell said the more regional participation, the better. “Currently Touch Football is predominantly Melbourne-based but having someone that can go and deliver sessions in the country, whether it’s school-based stuff or club-school links, will really improve the ability of the organisation to start getting more country kids playing. All the projects that we fund are looking at increasing the participation rate and giving people more of a choice,” Forsell said.TFA Victoria has been extremely proactive in seeking funding in numerous areas, and Branch Manager David Brady is confident that two more key project grants will be awarded soon.“With the extra funding from the State Government, and with several other grants in the pipeline, we will be in a position to access extra staffing support from the parent body. What we’re trying to do is to pool our resources in the right direction. We have experienced quite a substantial growth, as evidenced by our Schools Championships, and the number of affiliates that come on board. We’ve had two new affiliates in the last financial year, which is fantastic. We have had a lot of new enquiries about the sport and the game so we are on our way to establishing our niche in the Victorian sporting landscape for the future,” Brady said.The first grant Touch Victoria is awaiting notification on is a Participation In Community Sport and Active Recreation (PICSAR), State and Regional grant, funded by VicHealth.  VicHealth’s charter is to ‘build opportunities for people to be informed, learn new skills, have greater access to activities that promote good health, and share healthier environments’.The sport of Touch Football seems a perfect fit for this criteria.The second grant is part of the Victorian Government’s Future Directions Project, which is also funded through the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Budget. These two grants would help TFA Victoria fund Touch Football in the other identified regional area as well as continue the expansion of the sport in metropolitan Melbourne. Nick Mooney, TFA Victoria Operations Manager is in the process of formalising the strategic and development plans to drive the game forward amongst juniors and in new affiliates in Victoria. The grants are a sign of the increasing recognition of Touch Football as a sport of choice for Victorians.Australian football is still the dominant code in Australia’s south east corner, with 300,000 Victorians currently playing the game, however Touch Football is promoted as a complement to the game, rather than a competition. Touch Football is predominantly a summer sport in Victoria and affiliates are establishing strong links with Australian football clubs. “We find that it’s a good cross-training sport for a lot of football players to keep fit in summer,” David Brady said. With the increased support from the Government and continued partnerships with other sports, Touch Football in Victoria is going from strength to strength.last_img read more

Benedict Cumberbatch Stands Up To Cancer In The UK

first_imgBenedict Cumberbatch, Michelle Dockery, Tom Hardy, Gillian Anderson, Idris Elba, Eddie Redmayne, Anna Friel, Sheridan Smith and Steve Coogan have come together in an exclusive short film and set of photographs shot by renowned English photographer and film director Greg Williams to support Stand Up To Cancer which launches today (Monday 8 September).Video: Act Now. Save Lives. Stand Up To CancerDemonstrating the need for urgency in the fight against cancer, the short film (57secs) features each A- list star running towards the camera in a defiant stance. Cut with portraits of cancer patients who are also supporting the Stand Up To Cancer campaign, the film is bold, brave and moving and shows unity and collective defiance in the face of this devastating disease. The set of photographs accompanying the film also demonstrate the urgent message that we need to act now to accelerate new cancer treatments to UK patients and save more lives.Greg Williams said: “It’s been an honour to be involved in the Stand Up To Cancer campaign. I lost my mum to cancer, something I feel strongly that no one should ever have to experience. By making this film and collection of images, I’ve been able to help to bring Stand Up To Cancer’s vital work to the fore and help build momentum in the fight against cancer.”Idris Elba said: “Stand Up To Cancer is a brilliant campaign that will turn the tables on cancer, accelerate new treatments and ultimately save more lives. I know from personal experiences the devastating effect that cancer can have on people’s lives. My own father passed away from lung cancer in September 2013. It affected the whole family, turned our lives upside down and is truly something that we absolutely need to stop in the future. What we need to do this is funding, and that’s why it’s so important for people to do what they can to support Stand Up To Cancer and help beat cancer sooner.”Benedict Cumberbatch said: “I’m standing up to cancer because some of the real life heroes amongst us, scientists and researchers, need funding so they can continue their life saving work. Cures are within our grasp and we can’t slow down in our fight against this terrible disease. We can be the generation that really makes a difference, who wouldn’t want to be part of that?”Michelle Dockery said: “I’m very proud to be supporting Stand Up To Cancer and hope it will help raise the vital funds needed to get treatment to patients faster.”Gillian Anderson said: “The reason I’m supporting Stand Up To Cancer is that I truly believe that we can make a difference and beat this terrible disease. We all have the power to help change statistics and save lives, we just need to unite together, take control and make a stand. Survival rates have improved tremendously but we still need to do more. We need to let cancer know that it’s now payback time and we will do whatever is in our power to beat it.”Sheridan Smith said: “Cancer sadly affects so many of us which is why I’m supporting this amazing campaign to help raise funds for vital research. I really hope that by joining together as a united group to fight cancer one day, no-one’s family member or friend will have to lose their life to cancer.”Stand Up To Cancer is a joint national fundraising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4 raising funds to accelerate new cancer treatments to patients and save more lives. People can join the frontline against cancer this autumn through fundraising, buying Stand Up To Cancer merchandise, and tuning into the live TV show on Channel 4 on Friday 17th October.last_img read more

Catalan leaders plan legal challenge to Spains takeover

first_imgMADRID – Catalonia’s political leaders plan to bring a legal challenge to prevent the Spanish government from removing them from office and taking over running the region to stop its push for independence, a regional spokesman said Tuesday.Appeals will be lodged in Spain’s constitutional and Supreme courts against Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s decision to sack Catalonia’s government and curtail the regional parliament’s powers, regional government spokesman Jordi Turull said.If the regional government is not successful in Spanish courts, it will pursue the case in international courts, Turull said.Spain’s Senate is expected to approve Rajoy’s plans on Friday, triggering previously untapped constitutional powers to act against Catalan leaders accused of violating the law by holding a secession referendum and preparing to declare independence.“We are going to respond in a very solid way,” Turull said at the end of the regional government’s weekly cabinet meeting. “We will exhaust all internal ways in order to turn to the international justice if needed.”Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont has a last chance this week to defend his case before Senate members, and some speculate he may do so Thursday or Friday — when he could cross paths with Rajoy.But Puigdemont could pull a surprise by instead attending a meeting at the regional parliament in Barcelona Thursday, where he could declare independence.There’s also speculation that Puigdemont may alternatively call an early regional election and avoid central government intervention.Calling such an election would indicate that Catalonia was willing to return to the fold and act under Spanish laws, rather than flout them by declaring independence.Justice Minister Rafael Catala said Tuesday that Puigdemont must state he is willing to abide by Spanish laws and also clarify if he declared independence in an ambiguous speech he gave Oct. 10. The speech followed a banned referendum that the Catalan leader said gave him a mandate to secede.More details about the effect the political crisis is having on Catalonia emerged Tuesday when Caixabank, Spain’s third-largest bank, reported it suffered a “moderate” but temporary run on deposits due to the crisis over the region’s independence bid.The bank transferred its headquarters from Catalonia to the Valencia region on Oct. 6.Presenting the company’s earnings for the first time in the city of Valencia, CEO Gonzalo Gortazar declined to give details on the value of the withdrawn deposits, but said the losses had “been reversed” and the bank continued to grow.Gortazar said the headquarters relocation was definitive. Local media reports quoted him as saying the bank does not currently plan to move any jobs out of Catalonia.A second bank, Sabadell, and more than a thousand other companies have moved their official bases out of Catalonia to ensure they could continue operating under European Union laws if Catalonia breaks away from Spain.____Parra contributed from Barcelona, Spain. Associated Press writer Barry Hatton in Lisbon, Portugal contributed to this report.last_img read more

BC Naturals Resource Forum in Prince George

first_imgPRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – 16th Annual Natural Resource Forum is set to take place January 22nd to the 24th, 2019.The 2019 Program will focus on innovation and collaboration in the resources sector. The event will host moderators, panellists and keynote speakers that are covering a range of topics such as;Innovation and TechnologyUnlocking Potential Within Indigenous CommunitiesMining: Excellence in InnovationsCharting Forestry’s FutureThe Future of Energy – Canada’s OpportunityTransformative Influences in the Resource Sectorand more!The Tradeshow Forum will also include a diverse range of speakers offering informed perspectives on innovation in BC’s resource sector. This is an opportunity to connect with; natural resource delegates interested in developing resource projects; resource companies active in northern BC; consultants; engineering firms; equipment suppliers and service companies; First Nations and communities; government representatives; and labour, trade, and safety professionals. The event includes an opening Banquet on Tuesday evening, the Resource Ministers Breakfast on Wednesday, two Keynote Luncheon, networking breaks and receptions, high-profile speakers and a 72-booth tradeshow.For more information on the forum CLICK HERElast_img read more

16 FIRs registered so far against AAP BJP Congress Delhi CEO

first_imgNEW DELHI: Three political parties — the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party — have been booked for defacement of public property in various areas of the national capital, Delhi Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Ranbir Singh said on Monday. “Total 16 First Information Reports (FIRs) have been registered under Defacement of Public Property Act which is also a violation of model code of conduct. Nine FIRs were lodged against the AAP, six against the BJP and one against the Congress,” Singh said, adding that the matters are related to the West, North and New Delhi districts.”The Delhi Election Commission in its special drive, between March 10 and 24, booked total 28,113 people under the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) and the Delhi Police Act. A total of 169 illegal guns and 2,198 cartridges have been seized and 51 FIRs were registered for violation of Model Code of Conduct,” Singh said. “Our 210 flying squad and ground teams are removing posters, banners and other outdoor advertisement material in entire Delhi. Around 2 lakh banners, posters and hoardings were removed,” Delhi’s CEO said. Praveer Ranjan, State Nodel Officer of Election said: “Delhi Police on Sunday booked around 50-60 persons for violating the Model Code of Conduct for displaying the signage boards of a political party in Connaught Place area outside a Metro station.” Speaking about a group of people who were displaying a board written ‘Chowkidaar’ on it at IGI-airport, Singh said that he will look into the matter and will take action as per the law. Singh also requested people to get themselves enrolled in the voters’ list as the last date for applying for Voter ID cards whether offline or online — April 12 — is approaching. He also appealed to youth to reschedule their outstation trips according to the election schedule. “Currently we have over 2 lakh people under the age group of 18-19 in Delhi. People who have planned any outstation trip are requested to cancel or reschedule it after or before polling date — May 12,” CEO of Delhi said. “Currently we have 1,40,25,415 voters registered in Delhi,” he added. He said 425 FIRs have been registered so far under the Excise Act and 424 persons have been registered for violation of the Excise Act. Over 1.68 lakh quarters of illicit liquor has also been seized, he added.last_img read more

Gogi gang member held with two weapons planned to kill rival gang

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Police on Sunday said officers from Alipur police station arrested a known associate of the Gogi Gang in Delhi with two weapons, thus preventing him from killing two rival gang members to avenge his cousin’smurder. Police identified the accused as one Deepak (28), whose cousin Arun of the Gogi Gang was allegedly murdered by rival gang members last year. Deepak was a close associate of Jitender aka Gogi, leader of the Gogi Gang operating in the Delhi NCT region. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDuring interrogations, police said Deepak was conspiring to avenge his cousin’s murder and also planned to murder one other Sunil with the guns seized at the time of arrest. The accused was caught with one 9mm pistol with five live cartridges, one country-made pistol with one live cartridge, and one Pulsar motorcycle, reported stolen at the Ranjeet Nagar police station. Deepak’s arrest came through as a result of secret information developed by officers of Alipur police station and they promptly apprehended the suspect, according to a statement issued by the police. A case under relevant sections of the IPC has been registered at the concerned police station and further investigations into the matter are continuing.last_img read more

Man held for selling arms during polls

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Police on Wednesday said that they have arrested a person, who tried to sell arms during election time in order to get good money, was arrested from Dwarka. Police identified the accused as Vishal (22).He was arrested near the park, in Dwarka South. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Dwarka) Anto Alphonse said that Vishal fell in the bad company at an early age, he started taking liquor and smoked costly cigarettes. As he did not get enough money for his addictions and to spend on his girlfriend, he started looking for alternative income and discussed various options with his friends. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles”He developed the idea of selling the firearms in election seasons. He purchased two pistols and two live rounds in Rs. 20,000/- from a boy and also got one imitating pistol and started looking for prospective buyers. He was looking for a buyer for the illegal firearms but was nabbed,” police said. The arrest was made by the team of Special Staff Dwarka led by Inspector Naveen Kumar. Three held in robbery case Three accused who committed robbery in police uniform were nabbed from Swaroop Nagar, police said on Wednesday. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarPolice identified the accused as Sombir (24), Gaurav (18) and Pawan (23). Keeping in view of forthcoming General Election, patrolling and pickets have been enhanced in Outer-North District Roko-Toko scheme is being implemented. In the evening of April 30, the accused were nabbed. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Outer North) Gaurav Sharma said that on April 10, they had committed a robbery of Rs. 1.5 Lakh.last_img read more

Where Are All The Obvious NCAA Upsets

In filling out the men’s NCAA Tournament bracket this year, you might have noticed that fewer obvious upsets are popping up than in previous seasons. According to the FiveThirtyEight March Madness model, only one game in the first round — No. 9 Oklahoma vs. No. 8 Ole Miss in the South region — features the worse-seeded team as an outright favorite (at 53 percent), compared with three such upset picks last season, two in 2017 and a whopping six in 2016. At the same time, truly promising Cinderellas are more difficult to identify in this year’s bracket as well, with the most probable double-digit seeds to make the Final Four being major-conference members Florida (No. 10 in the West region) and Ohio State (No. 11 in the Midwest). Did the committee get things weirdly right this year? And for bracket-pickers, is that even a good thing?Certainly the seeds this year more closely follow what the statistics would recommend. The Spearman rank correlation coefficient between a team’s overall seed (according to the selection committee’s list) and its place in our Elo rankings is 0.941 this season, higher than in the 2018 (0.926), 2017 (0.912) and 2016 (0.893) tournaments. One reason for the lack of instant upset picks is that the committee appears to have done a better job seeding this year — even if Tom Izzo and Michigan State fans might feel differently.Moreover, this year’s top seeds are generally stronger than in recent seasons — at least outside the No. 1s. According to Elo, each seed number from No. 2 through No. 7 contains a significantly stronger team this year than it did in the previous tournaments this decade: Relative to the field, this year’s No. 1 seeds are basically the same level of strength as usual. But a much stronger crop of teams on the next six seed lines naturally makes it harder to find good upset picks, particularly in the early rounds.One very interesting component of that, however, is that it hasn’t been caused by seeding more power-conference schools in the top half of each region’s seeds. If anything, the opposite is true: Headlined by tiny Wofford as the No. 7 seed in the Midwest and Buffalo as the No. 6 in the West, small-conference schools were acknowledged by the committee as much as ever. Since 2010, there hasn’t been a season where more teams outside of major conferences1Defined as we’ve done before — teams from conferences with fewer than 100 all-time NCAA tournament appearances. got top-seven seeds in the tournament than in 2019. (Plus, the Ohio Valley managed to get two teams into the tournament — Belmont and Murray State.) At the same time, major-conference schools are getting an abnormal number of bad seeds: Using the same definition as above, 11 different major-conference teams have double-digit seeds this season, tying 2012 for the most in any tournament since 2010.All of this paints a picture of college basketball’s changing landscape, with better mid-major schools getting more credit for their accomplishments, leading to a better bracket overall. The only hitch in this development might just be for fans of interesting tournament-pool picks. Nonchalky brackets are inherently more fun than ones in which the better-seeded teams are constantly picked to win, and choosing against chalk requires finding inefficiencies in the committee’s original seeds. Better seed choices cut down on those possibilities, making “fun” brackets more risky and chalky ones more likely to win pools. So in some ways, we as bracket-pickers should want a return to the era of worse seedings, to make upsets easier to spot (or at least more tempting to pick).Maybe the selection committee’s better seeds were a one-off this year. Its new “NET” rankings have come under heavy fire, even as the NCAA has tried to modernize and replace the old ratings percentage index (RPI) as its chief statistical guideline for ranking teams. But maybe the improved seedings are a sign of an improved selection process, whatever the reason behind it. (For instance, the committee also appeared to reward regular-season performance over conference tournaments in several cases, which would tend to favor teams that have proved themselves better over a larger sample of games.) Either way, this year’s bracket has made it tougher to pick upsets — and whether that’s a good or bad thing depends on your perspective as a fan.Check out our latest March Madness predictions. read more

The US Is Twice As Likely To Win The World Cup As

“Time heals all wounds” is kind of a nonsense saying when it comes to sports. If it were true, rivalries wouldn’t exist and 35-year-olds on the brink of retirement wouldn’t hang on for one last World Cup. More than half the likely starters on the U.S. and Japanese national teams in the Women’s World Cup final this Sunday were there for the agony and ecstacy — depending which team you were on — of the 2011 final game, when Japan defeated the U.S. on penalty kicks. Japan now has a chance to repeat history, and join Germany and the U.S. as the only countries to win two World Cup titles. The U.S. is looking to break its 16-year World Cup drought and secure its place in history as the greatest World Cup dynasty of all time (in either the women’s or men’s game).This championship game might not be the greatest of all time, but it’s one with a lot of still-fresh wounds, so here’s a look at how it’s shaping up.Things are more even than they seemBack in 2011, some betting lines put Japan’s chances of beating the U.S. around 28 percent, not so far from where they are this time around. Coming off a huge semifinal win over Germany, FiveThirtyEight’s model says the Americans should win 67 percent of the time, but the two teams’ performances in this World Cup have been pretty similar. Both teams have created the same number of chances (59) and scored the same number of goals (nine), despite having traveled very different paths to the final.It’s likely that goals won’t come easily for either side. The U.S. hasn’t been scored on since its opening game, and Japan has conceded only three goals in six games (one of which was an egregious keeper error). It may very well come down to who can capitalize on the few good opportunities the defense allows, and which team doesn’t miss early chances like the U.S. did in the 2011 final.A battle of two very different stylesJapan is arguably the most technical team in the world; it has had the highest pass completion percentage of any team at the World Cup (80 percent compared to the Americans’ 74 percent) and its players have touched the ball and attempted almost 1.5 times as many passes as the U.S. players. Japan plays a quick, one-and-two-touch style of soccer that is different from the styles of most teams the U.S. has faced so far. The closest comparison is probably Colombia — and the U.S. struggled a bit to win the ball back in the midfield in that game.Where the U.S. will excel against Japan is with its physicality and speed; by pressuring the defense and surprising Japan by playing the ball in behind. This is how the first U.S. goal came at the 2011 World Cup: The midfield collapsed to win the ball back, Megan Rapinoe played a long ball in behind, and Alex Morgan outran her defender and scored with just two touches. In the semifinal game against England this year, Japan struggled when the Lionesses pressured and stepped to win the ball back, and the U.S. must do the same thing if it hopes to break down Japan’s tremendous organization. The Americans are undoubtedly faster and stronger than Japan, but they’ll also need to be able to win the ball from a team that hardly loses it.Slow and steady wins the race (at least for one team)Both teams’ chances of winning didn’t change significantly throughout the tournament aside from a bump after the semifinal games; the U.S. hovered around 30 percent and Japan around 10 percent for the majority of the World Cup. Neither team looked stellar during the group stage — eyes were on Germany, France and even Brazil’s early dominance — but these are the two teams that have made it to the World Cup final.“These are two talented teams with a lot of history and rivalry, and I think it will be a classic matchup,” U.S. coach Jill Ellis said about Sunday’s final. The score in head-to-head matchups is one to one right now — one World cup victory for Japan to one Olympic gold medal for the U.S. — but everyone knows a World Cup trophy tastes sweeter than gold. read more

Dunns dismissal becomes more clear after new details arise

Then-redshirt-sophomore running back Bri’onte Dunn (25) carries the ball during the 2014 OSU Spring Game on at Ohio Stadium.Credit: Lantern file photoThe dismissal of Bri’onte Dunn from the Ohio State football team has become much more clear, as today new details arose about an alleged altercation between Dunn and a woman who is thought to be his girlfriend.Dunn, 23, was dismissed from Urban Meyer’s team on Monday for a “violation of team rules” according to the coach of the Buckeyes. First reported by 10TV, a 911 call placed by the woman early Sunday morning outlined a series of events that ended with a protection order against Dunn and his dismissal from the team. The dialer claimed Dunn had struck her, then began to choke her when she returned some time later.“He hit me the first time at 4:40. I left,” the caller told police. “Then I was just calling my friend and see if I could sleep somewhere and nobody answered. So I made a circle back around and came back here and he was still here. So I came upstairs and I said, ‘You need to leave before I call the cops.’ He saw that I had my phone out cause I was going to try to record it because this isn’t the first time that this has happened and that’s when he started going crazy.”There have been no criminal charges filed against Dunn other than the protection order.Dunn was entering his final year of eligibility with the Scarlet and Gray after graduating at the end of the 2016 Spring Semester. read more

Weekly football picks Week 6

Quinn Pitcock Dallas Lauderdale Last week: 3-1 Overall: 12-5 Picks: Ohio State, Michigan State, Florida James Laurinaitis Last week: 3-1 Overall: 12-5 Picks: Ohio State, Michigan State, Florida Last week: 3-1 Overall: 9-8 Picks: Ohio State, Michigan State, Florida Zack Meisel Last week: 3-1 Overall: 12-5 Picks: Ohio State, Michigan, Florida Little changed standings-wise last week, as all five participants in the Weekly Picks Challenge correctly predicted three out of the four games. This week, the only game featuring different predictions is Michigan State-Michigan. Justin Zwick remains atop the leaderboard with a 14-3 overall record. A three-way tie for second place has James Laurinaitis, Dallas Lauderdale and defending champion Quinn Pitcock at 12-5.  THIS WEEK’S GAMES Indiana @ No. 2 Ohio State No. 17 Michigan State @ No. 18 Michigan No. 14 LSU @ No. 12 Florida Last week: 3-1 Overall: 12-5 Picks: Ohio State, Michigan, Florida Justin Zwick read more

Penn State awaits Ohio State mens hockey in final regular season series

Junior forward Ryan Dzingel lines up for a shot against Michigan State. The teams tied, 1-1, Jan. 11 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Kelly Roderick / For The LanternPostseason hockey is almost here, but before the Ohio State men’s hockey team (15-12-5, 5-8-5) can start packing its bags for the Big Ten tournament, it must travel to Penn State (6-24-2, 2-15-1) for the first time in program history.With two games remaining in the regular season, OSU’s first round matchup in the conference tournament is all but set. The Buckeyes are currently in fourth place, and can’t leapfrog Michigan into third, nor can they fall lower than fifth. Michigan State sits two points behind OSU, and is also locked into fourth or fifth place.In the Big Ten tournament, one of the two quarterfinal contests is between the No. 4 and No. 5 seeds, which means the Buckeyes and Spartans are slated to face each other Thursday in St. Paul, Minn., with their respective seeds yet to be determined.The Buckeyes will again be without senior Alex Szczechura this weekend. The forward missed both games against Minnesota last weekend after sustaining an injury against Michigan on March 2.Despite its tournament opener already being set, OSU coach Steve Rohlik said the weekend’s games against the Nittany Lions are still important to his team.“We obviously know who we’re playing in the Big Ten tournament, (now) the thing that we’ve got to do is get better this weekend,” Rohlik said. “We’ve got to play the best hockey we can Friday and Saturday and try to get as many points as possible.”Things haven’t been easy for PSU in its second season as a Division I program. It enters this weekend having lost five straight, and has only won two conference games all year. But Rohlik called the poor record “deceiving,” especially considering the team still has had some notable results at home — including a 4-0 win against Michigan.The Buckeyes swept the Nittany Lions in Columbus earlier in the season, but senior defenseman Curtis Gedig said getting results on PSU’s home ice won’t be easy.“They’ve always hung in there with teams, so it’s not like we can take them lightly,” Gedig said. “They’re a hard-working team that won’t give up no matter what the score is, so it’ll be a good test for us going into the playoffs because it’ll feel like playoff hockey.”Freshman forward Nick Schilkey, who scored the clinching shootout goal against Minnesota Saturday, reiterated that this PSU team was going to give OSU all it could handle.“We know that we have to play hard and play our game,” Schilkey said. “We can’t look past them at all because if we do there’s a great chance that they’ll get the best of us, so we’ve got to stick to our game plan.”The Buckeyes and Nittany Lions are scheduled to face off at 7 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday. read more

Sergio Aguero is a major doubt for Liverpools clash

first_imgManchester City striker Sergio Aguero is facing a race in time to recover for Manchester City’s top of the table’s clash against Liverpool.The Argentina international grabbed his seventh goal of the season in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Brighton before leaving for Gabriel Jesus.However, Guardiola disclosed Aguero has been nursing the injury he initially suffered against Newcastle at the start of the month.“Sergio is struggling a bit with some problems in his foot,” says Guardiola to Evening Standard. Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“He is not 100 percent. He has not recovered from what happened against Newcastle, and we spoke about playing 60 minutes, and we were lucky he scored at the right moment.”The Spanish manager further explained that Aguero is a major doubt for City’s upcoming fixtures including next Sunday’s Premier League showdown with Liverpool.“It is a problem, but he needs time. Now we have two games left before the international break, and hopefully, he can do those two and then make a final recovery.“But he is not in his best condition right now physically because of the problem in his foot.”last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates with Floyd Mayweather

first_imgJuventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo and his teammates celebrated their Italian Super Cup success with Floyd Mayweather.Ronaldo scored the only goal of the game as the Bianconeri beat AC Milan 1-0 after the match was controversially staged at Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.The former Real Madrid star scored 15 minutes after half-time, heading home Miralem Pjanic’s dinked cross to give the Juventus their first trophy of the season.It was also Max Allegri’s’ first success in the competition since 2015, having lost the two previous last Italian Super Cup games.The Juventus players were congratulated in the dressing room by boxing superstar Mayweather.Speaking post-game, Ronaldo said, according to Mirror Football :“It was a very difficult match, it’s very warm and hard to play in these conditions.”Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“We played well, created a lot of chances and obviously I am happy to have scored the winning goal.”“It was my intention to start 2019 with a trophy, I have my first title with Juve and I am very happy.”“But it is only the start, we will take it one step at a time. We’ve got this trophy, now we must keep working hard to achieve the next one.”But despite the near certainty of winning this season’s title, Ronaldo insists he and his teammates have no intention of getting complacent.“Serie A is always Juve’s main objective,” he added.“We are top of the table, but it’s a very long tournament.”“It’s going to be tough, so we need to keep working.”last_img read more

Missouri man body trapped in Middle Caicos waters

first_img Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMiddle Caicos, TCI, February 10, 2017 -Tragically, the man who somehow ended up dead on Middle Caicos was up to broadcast time still on the rocky shore near the water.   Thirty two year old John McGurk of St. Louis, Missouri is still on rocks because rescuers from Police and the Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies could not get to him yesterday even with the assistance of the US Coast Guard.In the media update earlier, Press Officer Kevin Clarke said:  “Significant advances were made to recover the body yesterday, but were unsuccessful due to a combination of the location and the tide.”Mudgin Harbour is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful sites in the Turks and Caicos, but it is also one of the waterways less frequented due to the battering surf conditions, rocky mounds and deep waters.   Blue Horizon Resort is where McGurk was staying and after he had not been seen since Monday, the resort reported him as missing on Wednesday night.   On Thursday morning, the Resort again reported to Police, but this time it was to say the man was seen near the shoreline, apparently lifeless in the water.   It is said the American checked in alone.#MagneticMediaNews Related Items:#magneticmedianews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

TCIs Jennings makes IAAF 400m semi finals in Kenya

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#ColbyJenningsJamaicaCollege, #IAAFWorldYouthGames, #magneticmedianews, #NairobiKenyaGames, #runColbyrun, #TCIrepresentedatIAAFYouthGames Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNairobi, Kenya – July 14, 2017 – Happening today, let’s keep young Colby Jennings in good thoughts as he represents the Turks and Caicos in Nairobi, Kenya at the IAAF World Youth Games.Jennings is in strong medal contention at these games in the 400m.Colby Jennings is currently attending Jamaica College and travelled to the Games without any TCI chaperone, but yesterday ran almost a new personal record to place second in his heat.Young Jennings moves on today to the semi finals.  Jamaica College is giving Jennings props for his performance and so are we.last_img read more

Binny Bansal sells Flipkart stake worth Rs 531 crore to Walmart

first_imgReutersBinny Bansal has sold 5,39,912 equity shares amounting to Rs 531 crore to FIT Holdings SARL, a Luxembourg entity of Walmart. Bansal is monetising his shares to invest in start-ups. With the latest deal he is left with only 3.52 percent of Flipkart shares, down from 3.85 percent during the Walmart takeover. He had sold about 11,22,433 shares to Walmart for about $159 million in 2018. Walmart is the owns 77 percent in Flipkart.As per the Walmart contract, Bansal is slowly cutting his stake in Flipkart even as he turns into a prolific investor in the startup ecosystem. He invested in start-up Acko, an online insurance startup, by writing a cheque of $25 million. He also supported artificial ventures like Spotdraft, invested in health-tech company NIRAMAI and in learning platforms like Crio. NOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty ImagesIn May 2018, Walmart had bought Flipkart for about $16 billion for an initial stake purchase of 77 percent. Binny Bansal stepped down from his chairman’s post after he was investigated on an allegation of personal misconduct. He holds a board seat in Flipkart and is a co-founder of xto10x Technologies.Sachin Bansal, the other co-founder of Flipkart, had sold all his shares to Walmart for $800 million to $1 billion.last_img read more

Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2 This how much Parth Erica Karan and others

first_imgKasautii Zindagii Kay 2instagramThe makers of Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2 have been successfully managing to keep the viewers hooked to their screens with dramatic twists and turns in the storyline. With such popularity, no wonder the cast has to put in extra effort and work round-the-clock. For this, they are paid a massive amount too.But ever wondered how much the actors charge to play the characters convincingly? Rumour has it that the actors, including Parth Samthaan, Erica Fernandes, Karan Singh Grover and others, charge a hefty fee and some are jaw-dropping. Take a look:Pooja Banerjee, who plays the role of Anurag’s sister Nivedita Basu, reportedly charges a big amount of about Rs 65,000 per episode.Parth Samthaan, who plays the male lead role of Anurag Basu, apparently takes home a massive sum of Rs 1 lakh per episode. His chemistry with lead actress Erica Fernandes is loved by millions. Pooja Banerjeeinstagram Parth SamthaaninstagramErica Fernandes, who essays the role of Prerna, has risen to stardom with Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2. She is the heart and soul of the show and is rumoured to be paid a whopping amount of Rs 1.2 lakh per episode.  Kasautii Zindagiii Kay 2 actress Erica FernandesinstagramKaran Singh Grover entered the show quite late but his role of Mr Bajaj and his chemistry with Prerna has grabbed a lot of limelight within a short span of time. Karan apparently demanded Rs 3 lakhs per episode, TellyChakkar reported. Besides this, he wanted to work for only 12 hours a day and 25 days in a month. Rumour has it that Ekta Kapoor was keen on bringing Karan on board and hence agreed to all his demands.  Karan Singh GroverTwitterHina Khan, who played the role of Komolika, is one of the big names of telly town. The actress reportedly charged a huge amount of approximately Rs 2 lakh till the time she was part of Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2. Hina had to quit the show due to her prior film commitments. Hina Khaninstagramlast_img read more

BNP candidates struggle with cases of harassment

first_img.A number of leaders of significant opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) have entered the electoral race for the 11th national polls, with over hundred cases against them, most of which are ‘fictitious’.BNP leaders claimed that these cases were aimed to harass political opponents. Police declared the accused in criminal cases would be arrested. Several candidates have already been arrested.Despite a large number of cases, the party leaders are prepared to contest the election. However, their arrests would make the situation worse, commented a number of BNP leaders.The nominations of several others including the party’s chairperson Khaleda Zia were rejected due to be convictions. The Prothom Alo correspondent learned from the declarations submitted by 60 BNP candidates from Dhaka, Khulna, Rajshahi, Chattogram, Rangpur and Sylhet.Three candidates face 200 cases each and two others face more than a hundred each. Another four candidates face over 50 cases each.Most of the cases have been filed for sabotage, obstruction of government work, attacks on police and so on under the special powers act, anti-terrorism act and explosive act as well as various sections of the penal code. Several senior leaders have been accused in the case filed by the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC). There are also allegations of murder, money laundering and murder.There are 46 cases of explosions, vandalising, sabotage, violence and arson against the party’s secretary general Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. Among the cases, 16 are under trial while the court suspended 20 of them.Jubo Dal’s president Saiful Alam Nirob tops in the list of candidates having the highest number of cases. Saiful Alam is contesting for national election in Dhaka-12 constituency.There are 267 cased filed against him since 2010 in various police station including Shahbagh, Tejgaon, Ramna, Mirpur, Shahjahanpur and so on under different acts.Although the proceedings of some cases have been postponed, most cases are under trial or investigation.“All the cases are political. I believe, AL has special affection for me. That’s why there are so many cases in my name. No worries, I will hold ground,” the Jubo Dal leader said.“I know about 267 cases so far. There are a few others I don’t know about,” Saiful added.Dhaka metropolitan DB police claimed that Saiful Alam is the person behind violence, burning cars and cocktail bomb blasts in Dhaka. He provided funds and explosives to the miscreants, himself remaining behind the scenes, according to DB police.However, BNP said that the police filed those cases against Saiful as the Jubo Dal president.Saiful became the accused for anything that happened anywhere in Dhaka. He was accused in many cases during the blockade called by BNP in 2013 and 2014.There are 221 cases against Nabi Ullah, a BNP candidate in Dhaka-5.Jubo Dal general secretary Sultan Salahuddin Tuku is in jail. There are 212 cases filed against him in several police stations. He is a candidate for Tangail-2.Also, there are 164 cases against Jubo Dal organising secretary and 138 cases against Dhaka Mohanagar (North) Jubo Dal president.Jubo Dal former general secretary Habibur Rashid, also candidate in Dhaka-9, is accused in 80 cases in different police station.BNP standing committee member Mirza Abbas is accused in 42 cases so far. He is a candidate in Dhaka-8.Mirza Abbas was accused in three cases last on 14 November in connection with the clashes during the selling of nomination papers at the BNP office in Naya Paltan of the capital.BNP candidate in Chattogram-9 Shahadat Hossain, also president of Chattogram metropolitan BNP, is accused in 40 cases.Two candidates in Rajshahi-1 and Rajshahi-5 have 19 and 18 cases respectively against their names.last_img read more

UPDATE HISD Wont Reconsider Charter School Contract Mayor Turner Supports Decision

first_img X My focus is on the students. @HoustonISD must focus on the kids and low- performing schools. I am committing myself to work closely with the district and come up with the best model to improve student performance. You can’t have a dynamic city without a dynamic school district. pic.twitter.com/toBYPCWccM— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) April 25, 2018 No city resources would be used in partnering with @HoustonISD. I envision myself taking a leadership role and working in collaboration with the business community to support students and improve low-performing schools.— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) April 25, 2018Earlier on Wednesday, Houston school police have decided to drop charges against two women who were arrested at a tense board meeting on Tuesday night over a controversial charter school contract.The original charges involved criminal trespassing and resisting arrest.In a statement, HISD said that they’ve agreed with the decision from Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg to retract the charges.“No further action is needed and the two detainees are being released now,” the statement said.The arrests came amid a tense meeting that turned into a protest and ended with no decision on the future of 10 struggling Houston schools. Tensions erupted when Board President Rhonda Skillern-Jones asked police to remove the audience after one speaker went over her time limit and people protested.  ———————The HISD board met Tuesday night to consider a plan to temporarily surrender control of the schools to a charter group called Energized for STEM. Dozens of people spoke against the proposal, raising concerns from financial dealings, academic issues and what it means for the primarily black communities affected.“The fact that the board president cleared the room when there was some disruption — but it wasn’t at a level that we’ve seen at other times — is an indication of a larger problem of lack of transparency. And I would even say a lack of courageous leadership,” said Jasmine Jenkins, who directs Houstonians for Great Public Schools, which advocates for effective school boards and leadership.Jenkins added that she believes confidence in the HISD board has eroded over several months because of several issues, including the situation with struggling schools, budget difficulties and changes with district leadership.“I don’t know that the board has time to rebuild that trust,” Jenkins said.The board is facing a tight deadline to decide what to do next.If it wants to partner with an outside group to try and avoid closing schools or a state board of managers, it has to submit plans to the Texas Education Agency by April 30.Another option is to close and reopen these schools. Some want the board to do none of those things and sue the Texas Education Agency instead.____Laura IsenseeBoard President Rhonda Skillern-Jones talked with an activist at the HISD meeting after dozens of people were ejected from the building.————————What started as a heated workshop to consider handing 10 Houston schools over to a charter network turned into a skirmish and protest Tuesday night. It led to the detention of at least two women and ended without a vote on the future of the schools.When the last public speaker went over the 1-minute time limit, people protested and Board President Rhonda Skillern-Jones ordered the room cleared. The protest turned physical and police removed people from the room. 00:00 /01:07 Sharecenter_img Houston Public Media confirmed Wednesday with multiple people involved in the protest that in total three women were detained by police, with two of them arrested–one put in handcuffs and the other dragged on the floor. HISD has not detailed what the specific charges are. Eventually, the board reconvened only to adjourn the meeting without deciding if it will surrender control of its 10 most struggling schools to the charter group, Energized for STEM.Another woman being dragged away from HISD’s board meeting pic.twitter.com/62NF43pDah— Shelby Webb (@shelbywebb) April 25, 2018“It sends the message that the community’s voice does not matter,” said Jenny Espeseth, an HISD parent and advocate and one of the women who was detained, but not arrested. In a statement, HISD cited board policy that audience members cannot be disruptive or abusive during board meetings and said that one of their police officers sustained minor injuries.“While the district appreciates and shares the passion the community has for the students and schools and welcomes public input, audience members are expected to be respectful and observe decorum so that their views may be heard and appreciated,” HISD’s spokesman Tracy Clemons said in a statement.“During Tuesday night’s workshop, after continuous disruption and multiple outbursts from members of the audience, and after several verbal requests from the Board President to adhere to the rules, attendees were instructed to clear the room and called for a recess.”Laura IsenseeAbout 100 people were removed from the HISD auditorium. Many remained outside the doors, chanting for the release of one of the women detained.Trustees later reconvened just after 11 p.m. Many protesters refused to return because they didn’t want to make the meeting seem legitimate and would have been required to sit in an overflow room — not the board auditorium.The HISD board of trustees eventually voted to adjourn 8-1, with Trustee Elizabeth Santos casting the sole no vote. “I teach my students to stand up against unjust laws and things that might hinder making progress. And I’m an activist, I’ve witnessed things before, but to feel like you were in a real live textbook was pretty intense,” Santos said after the meeting.Earlier during the public hearing, trustees heard from dozens of students, parents, teachers and advocates. All of them opposed giving Energized for STEM control of 10 schools that have failed to meet state standards for four years or more. Some cited financial concerns about the charter group. Others opposed the deal as privatizing public education. And several speakers, including members of the black community, said that the deal sold out schools that enroll mostly black students.“Have a backbone and stand up to this,” said Travis McGee, a parent and activist from Sunnyside, a neighborhood that might lose two public schools under the deal.With the board not taking a vote, it’s not clear what HISD’s next steps for its 10 most struggling schools. If they don’t meet state standards this year, they could trigger sanctions under the law known as HB 1842, including closure or a board of managers for the whole district. The partnership route with a charter school or another group could buy time for the schools to meet standards and avoid those sanctions, under the law SB 1882.If the district still wants to secure a partner, it has to meet the state’s April 30 deadline  — less than a week away.In order to call another meeting on the issue, the district is supposed to provide at least 72 hours notice.It is not clear what the HISD board will do next. In a text message, Board President Skillern-Jones told News 88.7 that no decision has been made. In a Facebook post, she said that she asked police to clear the room after several outbursts.“I hoped we could calm the tension and return for an orderly meeting. Unfortunately the situation escalated and subsequently caused many unintended consequences,” Skillern-Jones wrote. “I’m saddened at this outcome as it was not at all what I wanted. I take responsibility for calling this recess and am regretful it only created more discord. The one positive result from the chaos is that we did postpone a hasty decision, gained some additional perspective and broadened our considerations.”Other trustees expressed sadness as well. Trustee Anne Sung wrote on social media that she has “no words yet. I’m just heartbroken” for what happened.Sung said that even before the chaos, she did not have enough information to vote on the charter partnership with Energized for STEM and wanted answers to the “very reasonable list of questions that any partner should at a minimum answer.”“ What is at stake here is no less than our children and the future of whole communities,” Sung said. Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Laura Isensee/Houston Public MediaParent and activist Travis McGee addressed a crowd of people at the HISD meeting while the board was in closed session and before a scuffle erupted with police officers.The Houston school district has decided not to reconsider the charter school contract meant to avoid state sanctions.“We are not bringing another partnership proposal to the Board, nor will there be another meeting to consider partnerships for the 10 schools,” said Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan on Wednesday. “Instead, we will continue to reinforce our commitment to helping students, staff, and families of our Achieve 180 schools continue the hard work they’ve done this year to transform their campuses and increase student achievement.”Lathan said that current staff will remain in place unless budget cuts force layoffs across HISD. She added that HISD will supplement resources and supports at these campuses to try and help them meet standards.The board’s decision followed advice earlier Wednesday from Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner. He encouraged them to “stand down” and try and get a waiver from state officials instead.The move puts even more pressure on the 10 under-performing schools to try and meet standards this year. If they don’t, they could be shuttered, closed and then reopened as new schools or the whole board of trustees could be replaced.————————————Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said  that he supports Houston Independent School District (HISD) standing down on trying to figure out a partnership deal for 10 struggling  schools ahead of the state’s deadline.“Not to submit a proposal, not to submit a plan based on this April 30th deadline. Focus on the kids. Focus on trying to improve these schools as best you can between now and the academic year,” Turner told reporters at City Hall Wednesday. Instead, Turner said that HISD should ask state officials — again — for a one-year waiver on sanctions because of Hurricane Harvey.I endorse @HoustonISD not submitting a partnership plan to the state by the April 30 deadline. In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, and the need to find solutions, we do not need to add additional stress to students. The state should stand down and grant HISD a one-year waiver. pic.twitter.com/INfnIeqKKA— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) April 25, 2018last_img read more