Bangladesh fined for slow over-rate in first one-dayer vs NZ

first_imgBangladesh were on Monday fined for maintaining a slow over-rate during their 77-run loss to New Zealand in the first One-day International (ODI) match here.Match referee Chris Broad imposed the fine after Mashrafe Mortaza’s side was ruled to be one over short of its target when time allowances were taken into consideration.”In accordance with Article 2.5.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to minor over-rate offences, players are fined 10 per cent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time, with the captain fined double that amount,” an International Cricket Council (ICC) statement read.”As such, Mashrafe has been fined 20 per cent of his match fee, while his players have received 10 per cent fines. Mashrafe pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the proposed sanction, so there was no need for a formal hearing.”The charge was laid by on-field umpires Wayne Knights and Chettihody Shamshuddin, third umpire Paul Reiffel and fourth official Chris Brown.last_img read more

Kerala HC posts plea on stadium shops for hearing tomorrow

first_imgKochi, Sep 15 (PTI) The Kerala High Court today posted for further hearing tomorrow a plea by business establishments challenging a notice issued by GCDA directing that the units inside the Kochi Jawaharlal Nehru International stadium complex be closed for a specific period for smooth conduct of the FIFA U-17 World Cup football tournament in October.The petition sought adequate compensation in case their establishments are shut.When the matter came up, Justice K Vinod Chandran posted it for tomorrow for further consideration.In its petition, the business establishments said the closure of the units will cause heavy financial liabilities to them.If the Greater Cochin Development Authority (GCDA) is bent on implementing the direction, they should be adequately compensated, the petition said.The GCDA, which owns the stadium, submitted that it was in fact only a temporary suspension of the right of the tenants to use the premises. “This is done only with a view to enable the smooth conduct of the international sports event. The government and the GCDA is legally bound to ensure that the vacant possession of the premises is given to the FIFA for enabling the smooth conduct of the international championship,” GCDA said in a written statement filed before the court.It said any delay in the physical handing over of possession to FIFA may imperil the actual conduct of the event itself. It also argued that the terms of the agreement with the petitioners clearly enable such an action.The GCDA said more than 50,000 people are likely to assemble in the stadium to watch the football matches.advertisement”It is the responsibility of the district administration to ensure the safety and the security of its spectators, officials and players from various countries participating in the international event.””Functioning of shops/offices within the Jawaharlal Nehru International (JNI) stadium complex can cause hindrances to safety and the security arrangements to be facilitated,” the GCDA statement said.It also said several hazardous materials are handled and stored in shops/offices within the stadium complex where matches are scheduled to be held during October.”It is submitted that decision to close down the shop rooms are issued in larger public interest and the difficulties faced by the petitioners cannot outweigh the larger public interest,” it said.The local organising committee of the FIFA U-17 tournament said this was a matter between GCDA and the individuals concerned, but expressed hope that a suitable resolution for both parties could be arrived at.”We have a contract with GCDA regulating the use of the JNI stadium for the FIFA U-17 World Cup tournament and we have been given assurances by the Kerala state government that all contractual commitments and obligations will be respected,” it said in a statement here. PTI COR TGB BN KUNlast_img read more

Nepal spinner Sandeep Lamichhane drafted into ICC World XI squad

first_imgNepal wrist-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane was on Wednesday added to the ICC World XI squad for the May 31 T20I against the West Indies.The match will be played at Lord’s and all the proceeds will be used to redevelop the stadia in the Caribbean which were damaged due to hurricanes last year.Lamichhane, 17, will join a star-studded line-up, which also comprises Eoin Morgan (captain), Shahid Afridi, Tamim Iqbal, Dinesh Karthik, Rashid Khan, Mitchell McClenaghan, Shoaib Malik, Hardik Pandya, Thisara Perera and Luke Ronchi against the ICC World Twenty20 champion side, which includes the likes of Samuel Badree, Carlos Brathwaite, Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Marlon Samuels and Andre Russell.Lamichhane was spotted by then Nepal coach Pubudu Dassanayake in 2014 and first represented Nepal in the ICC Under19 Cricket World Cup 2016 in which he took 16 wickets.In the historic MCC versus Nepal match at Lord’s in July 2016, Lamichhane had figures of one for 25 as the visitors successfully defended 217/8, bowling out the hosts for 176 in 47.2 overs.Lamichhane claimed 17 wickets in six ICC World Cricket League Division Two matches in Namibia earlier this year in February and then followed up with 13 wickets in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier in March to help Nepal finish eighth and with it earn ODI status until 2022.Success continued to follow for Lamichhane when he became the first Nepal player to be picked in the IPL 2018 auction when he was signed up by Delhi Daredevils.He justified his selection when he returned figures of one for 25 on his debut against the Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore.advertisementReacting to the news of his inclusion in the ICC World XI, Lamichhane said: “I am privileged to have been chosen to be part of the ICC World XI against the Windies. It is an honour for the entire country and passionate followers of Nepal cricket, as well as an indicator that we are making our mark on the international game.””Training, sharing the dressing room and playing with some of the trend-setters who we saw on television while growing up is something I look forward to. This is an opportunity for me to learn and improve, and I am committed to cashing in on this.”What can I say about Lord’s, it’s the Home of Cricket, it’s a complete history of cricket and a dream venue for any cricketer. To play there in 2016 was a memorable occasion, which I look forward to reliving later this month.”I hope I will continue to get opportunities in future which, in turn, will help me improve my skills as well as my country to strengthen its position on the world cricket map,” he added.Meanwhile, Bangladesh star Shakib Al Hasan has withdrawn from the match due to personal reasons and his replacement will be announced soon.(With IANS inputs)last_img read more

Peter Holm

first_imgPeter is a player at the Redlands Club and has provided valuable contributions as a Manager of the junior representative side and Redlands elite crusher team. He has a vision for touch football and has assisted in the development of many players and officials. Peter is an exceptional role model and ambassador for the touch football community. Peter is always willing to go above and beyond, being the first to put his hand up to help others.last_img

Scott Frost Updates Status Of RB Maurice Washington

first_imgNebraska football coach Scott Frost ahead of his team's game against Troy.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 15: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers watches the team warm up before the game against the Troy Trojans at Memorial Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Nebraska running back Maurice Washington has been dealing with a legal issue this offseason. Washington is facing felony and misdemeanor “revenge porn” charges stemming from “his possession and distribution of a video of his former girlfriend being sexually assaulted by two other people in 2016.”Washington is accused of obtaining and preserving a video of the assault and then sending it to his former girlfriend in March 2018. Nebraska was first made aware of the situation involving Washington back in mid-September.He faces one felony count of “possessing a video or photograph of a person under 18 who is engaging in or simulating sexual conduct” and a misdemeanor count of “distributing that video without consent, leading to the person suffering emotional distress.”Today, Nebraska head coach Scott Frost issued an update on Washington’s status. He will be a “limited participant” in spring practice. Spring practice began for the Huskers on Monday. It will conclude with the program’s annual spring game on April 13.“He’s going to be a part of what we’re doing out there. He just won’t be doing as much as he might be doing,” Frost said about Washington on Tuesday, according to the AP. “He has a lot of other things to worry about right now.”Washington played in 11 of 12 games as a true freshman. He was the Huskers’ third-leading rusher, tallying 455 yards and three touchdowns on 77 carries and adding another 221 yards and a touchdown receiving.Washington was a four-star recruit out of Cedar Hill (Tex.) Trinity Christian School.last_img read more

Lets Right the Future Wellness Campaign Launched

first_imgHelping children live active and healthier lives is the goal of an Atlantic wellness social marketing campaign launched today, Sept. 14, by the Council of Atlantic Premiers in Saint John, N.B. The premiers kicked off the Let’s Right the Future campaign by highlighting the English and French TV ads and the campaign website, The objective is to inspire an Atlantic wellness movement and to make wellness everyone’s concern. On the website, Atlantic Canadian families, community leaders, and groups are encouraged to make a “right the future” wellness pledge that will be displayed on a map, showing the location of participants. The website also provides healthy eating and physical activity tips, links to programs, information and resources on the four provincial government websites. “This campaign will help inspire our community leaders, volunteers, governments, businesses, and others to get involved and make a commitment to a healthier lifestyle for children and youth,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. “I am very proud of Nova Scotia’s health and wellness programs and I look forward to working with our Atlantic partners to promote the benefits of healthy, active lifestyle in communities across Atlantic Canada.” “Healthy eating and physical activity are essential to a healthy lifestyle for all Atlantic Canadians,” said New Brunswick Premier Shawn Graham. “Today’s launch of the Let’s Right the Future campaign builds on the many successful health and wellness initiatives in New Brunswick. This Atlantic wellness campaign exemplifies the traditional Atlantic Canadian values of families and communities, and highlights the integral role we all can play in making healthy eating and physical activity a part of our children’s daily routine.” Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Danny Williams said collaboration is key. “As premiers, it is essential that we continue to work together to raise awareness regarding the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle,” said Premier Williams. “Newfoundland and Labrador has made great strides in the promotion of health and wellness since we launched our Provincial Wellness Plan: Achieving Health and Wellness in 2006. Continued investment, awareness, and collaboration, hallmarks of the Let’s Right the Future campaign will result in a healthier future for our children.” “With the launch of Let’s Right the Future, we have an important opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our children and youth,” said Premier Robert Ghiz. “Prince Edward Island is committed to raising public awareness regarding the health and wellness benefits of increased physical activity and nutritious food choices. This exciting, regional campaign reinforces this message and will inspire Atlantic Canadians to eat healthier and see the many opportunities for active living and healthy food choices. I encourage all citizens of Prince Edward Island to eat healthier and live active healthy lives.” The Let’s Right the Future Atlantic wellness campaign complements existing provincial health and wellness programs, including: Live well, be well. New Brunswick’s Wellness Strategy: 2009-2013; Achieving Health and Wellness and Active, Healthy Newfoundland and Labrador, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Provincial Wellness Plan and Recreation and Sport Strategy; Food and Nutrition Policy for Nova Scotia Public Schools and Active Kids Healthy Kids Strategy; and Prince Edward Island’s Healthy Living Strategy. The campaign also reflects the commitment Atlantic premiers made to enhanced regional collaboration to promote healthy lifestyles, with the Resolution Concerning Atlantic Collaboration on Health and Wellness at the Meeting of Atlantic Cabinets in January 2008. The Council of Atlantic Premiers also sponsored a regional forum on wellness, hosted by Prince Edward Island, for provincial health and wellness ministers, health promotion organizations, and community leaders in November 2008. The forum provided valuable information and guided the design of the Let’s Right the Future campaign. The Council of Atlantic Premiers was formed by a memorandum of understanding between the four Atlantic provinces in May 2000, and is committed to identifying and pursuing opportunities for joint action among the region’s provincial governments. This commitment builds on a strong foundation of regional unity and intergovernmental co-operation spanning more than three decades.last_img read more

West Bengal govt fixes midday meal menu

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal government has sent a circular to all district administrations for a fixed menu for midday meals in state-run schools, an official said on Saturday. The move for the fixed menu comes days after a school in Hooghly district was found offering only boiled rice and salt to the students. The School Education department in the circular sent to all district administrations told them to strictly maintain the menu and also gave a chart which specified on which date which type of food will be served, the official said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja Fish or egg should be served in the midday meal twice in a week. Soyabean and vegetables should be served on the other days, the circular said. It said rice, dal, potato and vegetable curry would be served on Monday, rice, dal, egg or fish curry on Tuesday, rice, dal, mixed vegetable on Wednesday. It said rice, fish or egg curry, vegetables will be served on Thursday, rice dal, potato curry on Friday and rice dal, soyabean and potato curry on Saturday. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway All officials, in-charge of midday meals have been asked to instruct all local level officers, Education Supervisors to visit schools from August 24 to August 31 to monitor the midday meal is provided in a proper manner to the students. After the school in Hooghly district was found serving only boiled rice and salt in a school in Hooghly district, Education minister Partha Chatterjee had said that the state government will do everything to ensure children get the proper kind of midday meal and there will be “zero tolerance” to any attempt to deprive children of their prescribed midday meal menu.last_img read more

Club Factory claims to be third largest shopping application replacing Snapdeal

first_imgNew Delhi: Club Factory, the leading e commerce platform, has surpassed Snapdeal to become the third largest shopping app (in terms of MAU) in India since June 2019 after retaining first rank in Google Play Shopping App category, according to data analytics platform App Annie. The strategy to focus on local SMEs has been a big growth driver for Club Factory’s recent success and has further strengthened its position to become the leading marketplace for local sellers in India and offer best price to the users. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalAccording to Vincent Lou, Founder and CEO, Club Factory, “After witnessing a rapid growth and success in India, we are now looking forward to an era of FAC (Flipkart, Amazon, Club Factory) to be the future of India e-commerce market. Our goal is to facilitate a fair marketplace where both the sellers and buyers are benefitted. We are further empowering local SME’s in India with our zero commission strategy and are also making significant investment in the ecosystem to meet higher consumer demands. Our new warehouse in Mumbai is opened recently to meet the increased user demands for faster product delivery.”last_img read more

Leonardo DiCaprio Honored At World Economic Forum

first_imgLeonardo DiCaprio was honored at the Crystal Awards as part of the World Economic Forum in Davos this week, and used the opportunity to tell the gathered world and business leaders that future generations will blame them for climate change.“We simply cannot afford to allow the corporate greed of the coal, oil and gas industries to determine the future of humanity,” he said in his speech. “Those entities with a financial interest in preserving this destructive system have denied, and even covered up the evidence of our changing climate.“Enough is enough. You know better. The world knows better. History will place the blame for this devastation squarely at their feet.“Our planet cannot be saved unless we leave fossil fuels in the ground where they belong. Twenty years ago, we described this problem as an addiction. Today, we possess the means to end this reliance.”DiCaprio also announced that the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation will make another $15 million of grants to environmental causes around the world, adding to the $15 million granted last year.“Last month in Paris, world leaders reached an historic agreement that provides a concrete framework to reduce carbon emissions,” he said. “This was an important first step, but we are a long way off from claiming victory in this fight for our future – for the survival of our planet.”Also honored at the Crystal Awards were Yao Chen for her work with refugee awareness, and for his work with the foundation.Copyright ©2016Look to the Starslast_img read more

UK car sales fall again amid ongoing political instability

LONDON — The lobby group for Britain’s automotive industry says the country’s new car market slid back further in May as consumer and business confidence continued to be affected by what it terms “underlying economic and political instability.”The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said Wednesday that car sales fell by 4.6% during the month to 183,724 units.Samuel Tombs, chief U.K. economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, said the continued weakness of car sales in May, “after a dreadful April, partly reflects the decision by many consumers to complete purchases before the original March deadline for Brexit.”Britain was originally due to leave the European Union on March 29 but it has been granted an extension to the end of October after Parliament failed to pass a Brexit withdrawal agreement.The Associated Press read more

Wife and child of terror ring leader among the rescued

In all, 15 people were killed in the Kalmunai incident.The military rescued a woman and a child from the house. At least two explosions had taken place in the house before the Police and military were confronted by armed gunmen on Friday in the area. The wife and child of terror ring leader Mohommad Zaharan Hashim is among the people rescued during a military operation in Kalmunai on Friday night.It was reported that Abdul Cader Fathima Sadia and 4-year-old Mohomed Zahran Rusaina had been rescued by the military from a house in Kalmunai. A gun battle later saw two suspected militants being killed. It has now been revealed that the woman and child are Zaharan Hashim’s wife and child. read more

Albertas bottom line finishes strong in last fiscal year but future cloudy

by Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 28, 2012 4:36 pm MDT EDMONTON – Figures released Thursday show Alberta came close to balancing its budget last year, but Finance Minister Doug Horner said it isn’t smooth sailing for the province given the volatility of the oil market and the global economy.“We’ve got some rocky water to go in the next 12 to 18 months,” Horner said after filing the final results for the 2011-12 budget year.“Those are some of the things we’re going to be watching for as we move forward, given the European (debt crisis) and other issues around the globe.”The province has been running multibillion-dollar deficits since the global economic meltdown in 2008.The 2011-12 budget was expected to run a $3.4-billion deficit. But that figure ended up being sharply reduced to $23 million, Horner said.The change was due in large part to strong oil prices, along with higher fees and leases for private companies to drill for resources on Crown land.The province originally estimated oil would average US$89 a barrel for the fiscal year that ended March 31. Instead, it came in at US$97 a barrel.The province also took in $3.3 billion for the Crown leases — more than double what was expected.Despite the much-smaller deficit, the province will still draw $3-billion from its rainy day Sustainability Fund for cash adjustments.Horner said the budget did its job, given the province also had to meet the demands of 60,000 newcomers in 2011.“We continue to build the schools, hospitals and roads needed for a growing province.”The relative good times of 2011 have so far been dampened in 2012.The province has banked on oil prices of US$99 a barrel in the current fiscal year — and even that would still mean an $886-million deficit. Oil, however, has been sliding and is now hovering in the US$80 a barrel rangeHorner said he’s not panicking over the lower price. The government has many strengths, including the country’s lowest unemployment rate, five per cent GDP growth and $7.5 billion in the Sustainability Fund, he suggested.“There are bright spots that are out there that we need to balance (the bad news) with,” said Horner. “That’s why nobody should be jumping out of windows today based on $80 (a barrel) oil, because three months from now it could be back to $105.”NDP Leader Brian Mason said Premier Alison Redford’s government is, once again, more lucky than good.“I think the government has horseshoes in their pants,” said Mason.“In my view we continue to be too dependent on non-renewable resource revenue for program expenditures.”Mason said the government said should increase taxes on wealthier Albertans and increase royalty rates on oil producers to build up provincial savings.“We should be building more for the future.”The Liberals have also called for tax increases for higher income earners.The government has said it has no plans to boost its taxes, which are the lowest in Canada.The Opposition Wildrose party and the Canadian Taxpayers Federation say the problem is not taxes, but spending. Operational expenses are set to top a record $41 billion this year for a population under four million.Scott Hennig of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation said a government that can’t balance the books with oil at $97 a barrel lacks the will to make hard decisions.Taxpayers need look no further than the government’s recent decision to boost the pay for top bureaucrats, he said.“This is obviously a different place than where I work,” said Hennig. “Where I work, if we’re running deficits, people wouldn’t be getting raises, that’s for darn sure.”Wildrose finance critic Rob Anderson said earlier this week that the Tory government’s “reckless financial mismanagement has Alberta staring at a combination of tax hikes, debt-financing and deep cuts.”The final revenue figure for 2011-12 came in at $39.2 billion with expenses of $39.3 billion.Costs ended up $300 million higher than predicted because money was spent to battle wildfires and to help Slave Lake residents, who saw a third of their town torched by an out-of-control forest fire.Bitumen royalties were $4.5 billion, almost 10 per cent higher than expected. Crude oil royalties reached $2.3 billion, almost 20 per cent higher than predicted at budget time.Personal and corporate income taxes were $11.9 billion, about three per cent under the forecast.Among departmental spending, health care continued to lead the way at $14.8 billion, which equated to 38 per cent of total government outlay.The Heritage Savings Trust Fund stood at $16.1 billion at fiscal year-end after generating almost $800 million in investment income. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Alberta’s bottom line finishes strong in last fiscal year, but future cloudy read more

Canadian Oil Sands profits fall sharply to 87 million in third quarter

by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 30, 2014 3:41 pm MDT Canadian Oil Sands profits fall sharply to $87 million in third quarter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – Canadian Oil Sands Ltd. (TSX:COS) said Thursday a project to replace equipment at its Mildred Lake mine is near completion as it reported a sharp drop in quarterly profits on foreign exchange losses and lower sales.The Calgary-based company, which owns a 37 per cent stake in the massive Syncrude Canada Ltd. oilsands mining operation north of Fort McMurray, Alta., said the $3.9-billion Mildred Lake mine train replacement project is 99 complete.It’s on time and under budget, said CEO Ryan Kubik.“This signals that Syncrude’s major capital projects are winding down and the associated financing risk is coming out of the business,” he said in a release.“After many years of engineering and construction, we are looking forward to the successful integration of the new Mildred Lake train asset and its industry-leading technology into Syncrude’s operation.”Canadian Oil Sands said net income was $87 million, or 18 cents per share in the quarter ended Sept. 30.During the same period a year earlier, Canadian Oil Sands brought in net income of $246 million, or 51 cents per share.Cash flow from operations dropped to $302 million, or 62 cents per share, versus $340 million, or 70 cents per share, a year earlier due to lower pricing and higher expenses.The average selling price of synthetic crude oil produced at Syncrude was $102.58 a barrel, down from $112.55 in the third quarter of 2013.The top end of the forecasted production range for Syncrude has been reduced by two million barrels to between 95 and 100 million barrels. read more

Team effort leads to successful Fall Preview Day

They walked around. They asked questions. They collected information.And in the end, nearly 4,300 prospective students and family members got an up-close and personal look at what makes Brock University stand out from the competition.“Getting potential students and their families onto our campus is a critical step,” said Jamie Mandigo, Vice-Provost, Enrolment Management and International. “They not only get to experience the programs and talk to faculty members, but they also get hands-on experience like going into labs.”Among the record-matching crowd that attended Fall Preview Day Sunday, Nov. 5 was Burlington’s Joline Attalla and her mother Silvia Kander.Making their third trip to a university campus in Ontario, Attalla said the size of the Brock campus was appealing to her.“I like how it’s a smaller university,” said Attalla, who is looking to take biomedical sciences. “I’m looking for something where I can have more student-teacher interaction. I like being in small classes where I don’t have to feel shy to ask questions.”Her mother, Silvia Kander, liked what she saw, saying Fall Preview Day “was well organized. It seems like a good university.”That’s a good sign, added Attalla.“It shows you that if it’s well organized today, it’s going to be well-organized for your future here,” she said.Pulling off Fall Preview Day is always a herculean effort requiring an army of hundreds of faculty, staff and student volunteers.“Our students are our best ambassadors. They’ve lived the programs, they represent our best and brightest and we want them to share their experiences,” said Mandigo. “Our staff and faculty are giving up time with their families and they’re out here in record numbers as well. That really shows the type of staff and faculty we have that are committed to sharing and welcoming our community as well.”Beth Natale, Director, Recruitment and Retention, said the types of questions she was hearing made her realize the University’s “Experience” campaign was reaching far and wide.“That experience message is making its way out into the marketplace,” she said. “They have a chance to incorporate the experiential education with their degree and coupling that is really important to people.”Natale said Fall Preview Day, along with Open House earlier this year, was extended by an hour to allow more time for those visiting the University.“We want to make sure there’s enough time for them to get to everything they want to do in a day,” she said. “They want to see as much as they possibly can, so stretching it out by an hour was important. It gives our guests more time to do what they want to do while they’re here and really taste what Brock has to offer.”Some of the highlights from Fall Preview Day:20 presentations were given, spanning academic programs/Faculties and special interests such as Residences, Student Finances and Study Abroad opportunities.Four international school groups were welcomed by International Market Development.On-the-spot admissions assessments were provided for transfer students at Brock Central.Experiences in specialized facilities and labs were offered in areas such as Computer Science, the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, Kinesiology, Biological Sciences and Goodman’s Big Data Interactive Lab.Guests were introduced to many successful Brock grads through a new Alumni Alley feature.Residence tours were offered throughout the day.17 Hot Spots throughout campus were staffed with student ambassadors ready to share their Brock experiences.Discounts were offered for Brock gear at the Campus Store and refreshments at Guernsey Market.Multiple food tastings were offered by Dining Services.Custodial Services, Parking Services and Facilities Management ensured guests were efficiently welcomed to a spotless and beautiful campus.Marketing and Communications and Printing Services staff provided a strong media push and high-impact event programs and signage throughout campus.Guest Wi-Fi was offered through ITS.Athletics demonstrations were given by Brock Sports.Many other departments and services such as Career Exploration and the Brock University Students’ Association were on hand to answer questions. read more

Inconsistent Tiger Woods Still Favorite At British Open

Tiger Woods has not won a major in four years, has been schizophrenic this season and still is an 8-1 Las Vegas favorite to win the British Open that begins Thursday at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.For Woods, the expectations are not what matters. It’s about how he plays, and this course is a not easy. There are 205 bunkers , making position off the tee critical. It also has the Open’s most exclusive list of winners — all nine are either in the Hall of Fame or were ranked No.1 in the world at some time.“This is one of the more difficult ones that we play,” Woods said of the nine courses used in the Open Championship rotation. “It’s more confined, but I think that as far as shot making, it tests us. It tests us a lot, because we have to shape the golf ball both ways.“It’s not like playing Troon (in Scotland) where you have right-to-left (shots) going out and left-to-right coming home. Here you have a lot of different angles. And it tests your ability to hit shots and hit them the proper distances, more so than most links courses.”Woods said he would not be able to employ that same strategy that helped him to his last Open victory, at Royal Liverpool in 2006. There, Woods hit just one driver off the tee, keeping his ball in play on the fast-running course, positioning himself away from the numerous pot bunkers.At the rate his going, with a four-year drought of majors, Woods will try any tactics to get back on top. After winning three times this year but also looking scattered in others, Woods, who has 14 majors, said he has no anxiety about not winning another major.“No, no. I just try and put myself there,” Woods said Tuesday morning after his third practice round at Royal Lytham & St. Annes. “I think that if I continue putting myself there enough times, then I’ll win major championships.”Even tour pros are not sure what Woods will show up this week.“If Tiger’s instincts are his new swing now and he has ownership of his new swing, then his instincts are going to be an advantage,” ESPN’s Paul Azinger said. “If his instincts are to revert back, he’ll be all over the place.”Said Curtis Strange, ESPN analyst: “If he’s playing well, he’s better than everybody else in the field,” said ESPN analyst Curtis Strange, twice a U.S. Open champion. “If he’s not, he’s average. It just depends on which Tiger shows up. And we of late have seen two different Tigers.” read more

The Netherlands Is In A World Of Trouble And Argentina Might Be

For soccer fans around the world, Tuesday may be an emotional day. This could be the last time that Robben, who is 33 years old, appears in an orange shirt on the field. And for Messi, arguably one of the greatest players ever, the 2018 World Cup is his last great opportunity to fill the one glaring hole on his stellar résumé as he will be in his mid-30s the next time the tournament comes around. It would be a shame if that chance ended before it even started. 5Peru177462625+125 The top four teams automatically qualify for the 2018 World Cup; the fifth-ranked team must win a playoff against a team from another region to make the tournament.Source: FIFA 201018231.3–✓ 1974492.3–✓ YEARGAMES PLAYEDGOALS SCOREDGOALS SCORED/GAMEQUALIFIED 199816231.4–✓ TEAMGPWONTIEDLOSTGOALS FORGOALS AGAINSTGOAL DIFF.POINTS 10Venezuela1716101835-179 7Paraguay177371924-524 In 2014, Argentina and the Netherlands — two of the world’s most established soccer powerhouses — met in the semifinals of the World Cup. After 120 scoreless minutes, Argentina prevailed in an agonizing penalty shootout. It’s very unlikely, though, that the Dutch will be able to exact revenge on Argentina during next year’s World Cup in Russia. That’s because the Netherlands most likely won’t be there — and Argentina may not be either.The Netherlands is on the brink of soccer disaster: To make the 2018 tournament, the Dutch must beat Sweden by 7 goals in their final qualifying game, at home on Tuesday. If they don’t, it will be the fourth time that the Netherlands has failed to qualify for the World Cup since 1982, or the last 10 tournaments.More than 6,000 miles away in South America, an even bigger crisis is brewing for Argentina, which has won the World Cup twice and made it to the final in 2014. If Argentina were to fail to qualify for 2018, it would be the first time that the team has missed the tournament in 48 years. But the Argentines have more ways to get in than the Dutch do (although they’re still in deep trouble). Depending on what happens elsewhere, a loss to Ecuador on Tuesday could mean elimination — but, likewise, a win doesn’t guarantee that Lionel Messi’s men will earn a berth in Russia either.Things are so bad that the Argentine Ministry of Health has issued instructions on how to avoid a heart attack during Tuesday’s game. 8Ecuador176292526-120 1966492.3–✓ 19584102.5–✓ *Argentina has one game left to play in its 2018 qualifying campaign.Source: FIFA 3Chile178272624+226 19866122.0–✓ 6Argentina176741615+125 2018*17160.9– 201416352.2–✓ 1Brazil1711513811+2738 200618291.6–✓ 200218422.3–✓ In defense of both the Dutch and the Argentines, each has had a brutally tough path to Russia, unlike some other countries (cough, America). According to the Soccer Power Index rankings of all teams on Sept. 4, 2016 — the day that the first round of European qualifiers were played — the Netherlands’ Group A was the third-toughest of the nine European qualifying groups, with an average SPI ranking of 57. And Argentina — ranked No. 1 in the world in SPI on Oct. 8, 2015, the day of the first round of South American qualifying games — faced an even gloomier schedule. The sole South American group had an average SPI ranking of 19, including five teams rated in the top 10 in the world.Why both teams have been this bad is baffling. OK, the Netherlands hasn’t had the star-studded lineup that made the World Cup final in 2010, but the Dutch have still had stalwarts Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder, among others, at their regular disposal. For Argentina, a lack of talent is also not an excuse. In its 0-0 tie with Peru on Thursday, Argentina’s squad included 10 players who are on teams playing in the Champions League this year — and this doesn’t even include Manchester City star striker Sergio Aguero, who missed the game because of injury. No, for the Argentines, they simply haven’t scored enough — which is unusual for a country where you seemingly can’t throw a rock without hitting a world-class striker. Through 17 qualifying games, Argentina has scored just 16 goals, and in seven of those matches, the team didn’t score at all. That’s the lowest goals per game in their qualifying history since, well, ever.1For years not listed in the table below, qualifying was not yet needed, Argentina withdrew or did not enter, or Argentina qualified automatically through either hosting the World Cup that year or winning the previous World Cup. Deep breaths, ArgentinaSouth American standings in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers 9Bolivia1742111434-2014 2Uruguay178452818+1028 1970441.0– Argentina’s attacking firepower has dried upThe number of goals scored per game in each of Argentina’s World Cup qualifying campaigns 19622115.5–✓ 4Colombia177552018+226 1994671.2–✓ For countries with as rich a soccer history as the Netherlands and Argentina, not qualifying is unthinkable. For the Dutch, however, they’re used to struggling to make the World Cup on the heels of a good showing. They failed to make the 1982 tournament after finishing as the runner-up in 1978, and in 2002, they didn’t qualify after making the semifinals in 1998.The Oranje have been in turmoil since Louis van Gaal left for Manchester United after leading the team to third place in 2014. They failed to qualify for the 2016 European Championship in France with Guus Hiddink and then Danny Blind in charge — the first time they failed to make Europe’s national team tournament in 32 years — and are on their third manager in as many years, with Dick Advocaat at the helm. In context, the KNVB’s current crisis may be the worst in its illustrious history. In August, the Dutch dropped to 36th in the world, their lowest spot in the rankings since FIFA started them in 1992. The team’s 3-1 win over Bulgaria in September nudged it back up to 29th. Among Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain — the seven teams that have made a World Cup final since 1994 — none has been ranked as low as 29th since 1994. Although FIFA’s world rankings are flawed, this is just one measure of how far the Netherlands have fallen relative to the other top nations in the world. read more

JeanLuc Le Gall extends contract with Selestat until 2015

← Previous Story EHF EURO 2014: Onesta choose “Experts” for Norway Next Story → Your opinion EHF CL TOP16: Kiel to overrun Medvedi – Metalurg slight favorite against Minsk Jean-Luc Le Gall and Selestat have agreed an extention of the contract with the coach. He joined the club in 2008, and with the successful work done in the past few seasons, have made the Selestians pleased and offered him extension until 2015, which was accepted by the coach. The contract is to end June 2015.  This comes at time when the club recently also agreed prolongation of contract with players like Fulop, Podsiadlo, Petrenko, Freppel and François-Mari. read more

Reaction Munster show plenty of fight but cant stop Leinster charging through

first_imgTHERE WAS A lot of talk before Saturday evening’s Aviva Stadium clash about the players that would not be lining out for Leinster and Munster but a few of the players that took to the pitch made sure they were far from everyone’s thoughts.Richardt Strauss, Fergus McFadden and Andrew Conway were fantastic for the home side as Leinster hurt Rob Penney’s side out on the wings and straight up the middle.Peter O’Mahony and Mike Sherry were two of Munster’s best performers with the Number 8 showing a lot of class and determination in a losing cause.What will concern Penney is the fact that his side missed so many first up tackles that saw fledgling Leinster attacks mushroom into damaging try-scoring sequences.Strauss did fantastically to touch the ball down when facing skywards with only minutes on the clock but he should have been chopped down in the build-up to Ian Madigan’s try.Ronan O’Gara grappled with Madigan’s ankles but couldn’t prevent the try. He will be more disappointed with allowing Fergus McFadden to feign a pass then crash up the middle on 54 minutes.Munster were on the back foot after that and within 60 seconds Brian O’Driscoll was crashing over for his side’s third try of the evening.Coughing up momentumSpeaking to after the match, Penney lamented the missed tackles but was most upset by the mistakes his side made in promising positions, particularly late in the second half during the red surge.He declared that the referee should have called for the TMO after Casey Laulala had dived over for a try that, had it been given, would have made it a one-score game.Penney and Leinster coach Joe Schmidt greeted each other with warm smiles and a firm handshake amid the post-match interviews beneath the Aviva stands but the former Canterbury coach was not around to hear Schmidt confess that he had not seen the Laulala incident.That would have certainly drawn a rueful grin from the imposing but engaging Penney.Schmidt’s main concern, apart from the frequent concession of needless penalties in the first half, was further injuries to his top performers.Kevin McLaughlin, he revealed, had a hyper-extended elbow while O’Driscoll had an ankle-knock, Conway had a blow to the head and Isa Nacewa a haematoma borne out of an airborne collision with Conor Murray.Schmidt, as winning coaches are wont to do, took a big positive from the performance of replacement flanker Jordi Murphy. He highlighted a tackle by Murphy late in the game that saw Donnacha Ryan spill the ball due to the massive impact.If Leinster’s young guns can continue to step up when it counts, they should be in good shape once the fitness Gods deign to smile on them again.In Pictures: Leinster beat Munster at the Aviva StadiumAs it happened: Leinster v Munster, RaboDirect PRO12last_img read more

The 5 at 5 Friday

first_img 7,731 Views Feb 23rd 2018, 4:51 PM Image: Shutterstock Short URL No Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, brings you the five biggest stories of the day.1. #BELFAST TRIAL: Irish rugby international Paddy Jackson told police he was “shocked and horrified” by allegations he had raped a woman, a court heard today.2. #WINTERY WEEK: Met Éireann has issued a warning ahead of “exceptionally cold” weather next week.3. #GUN CONTROL: US President Donald Trump said that an armed deputy who remained outside during last week’s school shooting in Florida as either froze or was a “coward”.4. #ANGLO TAPES: David Drumm referred to the financial regulator as “that fucking shower of clowns down in Dame Street”, his trial has heard.5. #CANCER: Actor and presenter Stephen Fry is recovering from prostate cancer surgery.Comments have been closed for legal reasons. The 5 at 5: Friday Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock… By Gráinne Ní Aodha Image: Shutterstock Friday 23 Feb 2018, 4:50 PM Share Tweet Email last_img read more

Imagine what we could do Irelands new generation of MMA fighters

first_img 17,735 Views BARBARIC.DISTURBING.VILE.‘Legalised GBH for for Neanderthal Morons.’These are all labels that have been placed on mixed martial arts (MMA), a sport that has been rapidly gaining popularity in this country in recent years.Another take?We can’t have people just coming out of nowhere, getting into a cage and bating the head off one another – that’s not how it works… I don’t think people understand that until they come here and see it and see how much people love it.These are not the words of a seasoned fighter like the two-title-winning Irish champion Conor McGregor, they came from 17-year-old Tallaght boy Kian Tate who takes MMA classes and trains at Straight Blast Gym’s newest facility in his neighbourhood.He was one of 46 teenagers at a class taught by former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighter Paddy Holohan.Speaking to at his gym this week, he insists that the safety of his fighters is the number one priority.“Even as a fighter against another fighter, it’s never really your idea to hurt the guy,” he says.“Now maybe to sell the fight or whatever [you act like that], but at the end of it you have this certain bond with your partner, your opponent, that you’ll never get from something else.”At his Monday afternoon class, with what he refers to as his “chimps” (children aged 7 to 9), he makes all of the children sit down on the mat so he can emphasise his point.“Make sure your partner’s going to be alright and that nobody gets hurt, that’s the most important thing,” he tells them. Source: Nicky Ryan/TheJournal.ieCriticism of the sport was particularly strong after the death of Portuguese fighter Joao Carvalho in April last year. He was critically injured at an MMA event in Dublin. Writing in The Guardian in the aftermath of Carcalho’s death, CEO of the UK brain injury non-profit Headway Peter McCabe said:When the objective is to render opponents senseless by kicking and punching them in the head, it is no surprise when someone is seriously hurt and sustains fatal neurological damage.For the young people who train weekly at SBG Tallaght, comments like these are a cause of frustration.“People from the outside think it’s so dangerous. It’s kind of annoying where we’re coming from. We understand all the regulations and if it’s not sanctioned it is going to be dangerous,” Tate says.He has been training in MMA for less than a year but his face lights up when he talks about it.“I love every part of it, I can’t get enough. I train with the adults as well, I’m down here every day except Fridays. You learn so much.”“People talk about it being really rough, but when you train in it you know it isn’t,” adds 15-year-old Jamie McCarthy who is also in the class.He makes reference to a recent Premier League match during which Hull City midfielder Ryan Mason fractured his skull in a clash with a Chelsea defender: “He got injured but they’re not trying to put a ban on football.” Subscribe for more videos By Michelle Hennessy Source: Share89 Tweet Email Jan 29th 2017, 9:30 PM center_img Sunday 29 Jan 2017, 9:30 PM 46 Comments Source: Nicky Ryan/TheJournal.ieFifteen-year-old Emma Yeats was looking for a new hobby that would challenge her when she heard about SBG Tallaght. She said before she started classes, no one in her family even thought about MMA.“I was the one to introduce it to my house and my mam doesn’t like it at all, and neither does my dad. They’re still really supportive – my mam came to my first Jujitsu fight – so it’s not like they don’t approve, I think they’d just prefer I was doing something like football,” she said.‘It can be easy to misinterpret it’Holohan believes MMA is an easy target and describes many of the comments about it as “ill-informed”. Source: Nicky Ryan/“If you don’t know what’s going on, you don’t understand the levels of respect that go on and the grassroots of it coming all the way up, it can be easy to misinterpret it,” he explains.Not to attack the sport of boxing, I know a good bit about boxing, but if you look at Bernard Dunne, he fought for his world title and he was basically knocked out and then stood back up. I read his book and I remember reading about that moment and he was saying he didn’t really know what was going on so he got back up off the canvass and then he’s going back in to fight. In MMA, if you came close to anything like that and the ref is qualified and seeing that, the fight is over – stopped straight away.The Irish Mixed Martial Arts Association (IMMAA), headed up by McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh, has been meeting with Sport Ireland in recent months to lobby for proper regulation of the sport.The body was established in March last year and although it has no legal powers, Kavanagh told that “the vast majority” of active MMA clubs are now a part of the association.“As a group, we’ve done things like we have an insurance policy that all clubs can avail of that’s specifically for MMA. We are also going through the process so we can do garda vetting for coaches of juniors and vulnerable adults,” he continued.The problem now, he said, is that without recognition of the sport and the official regulations that would follow, “anybody can run an MMA event on a Saturday night and the could run it to whatever standard they see fit”.‘I feel much calmer’ At amateur level, out of the spotlight and without promoters or pay-per-view figures, the young people who train in MMA speak openly about the positive changes they have seen in themselves since they started.Kian Tate laughs as he recalls his “hothead” tendencies before he became involved in mixed martial arts. “I used to always get myself into little scraps, and I started watching UFC when I was about 12 and loved it. Since I started this I feel much calmer, it’s a good way to release stress or whatever.I was never proper fighting with my ma and da, but there were silly things we’d argue about and it’s not like that really anymore. I still have focus on school and all but I think about this all the time, I just love it.“Before, your ma would threaten to take your Playstation off you if you were acting up, now they’re threatening not to let you go training,” 15-year-old Jamie McCarthy jokes. Source: Nicky Ryan/“The amount of kids here that have come in shy and literally this has changed their well-being, I think. A lot of teachers, the parent-teacher meetings have just gone and they came back and said: ‘Whatever you’re doing, keep doing it’,” Holohan says.If you look at society today, kids communicate through headphones and computer games and texts and stuff like that. It’s very rare that you will see a group of kids actually just in a group without a ball, without any other accessories, just kinda playing and contacting with each other, you know?“We do a lot to do with self-respect and honour and bravery and a lot of words are thrown around loosely these days so I make sure the kids understand what these words mean and when you do things that go against you, what you lose,” he adds. Source: Julio Cortez/PAThat process is beginning at a young age for Holohan’s ‘chimps’.Cian Warren is just nine years old and in conversation after his class, he speaks about having dreams for his future and wanting to achieve them.What does he like about Conor McGregor? That the Irish fighter “never gives up”.The kids all look up to McGregor, he is their idol (“an inspiration”, according to 17-year-old Tate).And it’s not just the fame, the suits, the lifestyle.“We all know that with money comes hard work,” 16-year-old Sarah Carney begins.“He wouldn’t have got where he was without working hard, you don’t just wake up one day great at it.”McGregor, who spent years out of the spotlight training while he collected the dole, has influenced and inspired them, according to 15-year-old McCarthy: “Look at the ages the others before us were when they started. We’re still young, so we’re years ahead. Imagine what we could do.”Video by Nicky Ryan ‘Imagine what we could do’: Ireland’s new generation of MMA fighters spent some time this week with young people who are learning MMA in one of the country’s newest gyms. Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more