X BLADES NATIONAL 18 YEARS AND UNDER CHAMPIONSHIPS DAY 1 PREVIEW

first_imgDay 1 of the 2007 X Blades National 18 Years and Under Championships will commence Wednesday 19 September from 10.00am at the BCU International Stadium Coffs Harbour with all teams looking forward to opening their account at the showcase Junior event of the year.There are several marquee clashes tomorrow in both the Boys and Girls divisions across the 3 respective pools on the Main field that looks in immaculate condition.In Field One action in the Girls 18s Division, 2006 Grand Finalists New South Wales Combined High Schools (NSWCHS) the top seeds in Pool B, kick off the program against a well-credentialed Mets team at 10.00am.Later in the day defending Girls champions Queensland Secondary Schools Touch (QSST) and the top seeds in Pool A, feature on the “TV Field” against Sunshine Coast at 1.20pm.The 2.10pm clash on Field 1 will be a crackerjack contest between the two top seeds in Pool C of the Girls division, South Queensland Sharks and the Southern Suns.In the Boys Competition, Top seeds in Pool C QSST will look to get their 2007 campaign off to a flyer against the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).In Boys Pool A action, defending champions Mets with no less than 10 Australian Youth squad members in their line up, will face up to New South Wales Combined Catholic Colleges (NSWCCC) at 3.50pm on the main stadium.2006 Grand Finalists NSWCHS will look to get their 2007 title bid off to a winning start when they confront a well-heeled Sunshine Cast team in the last scheduled fixture game of the day at 4.40pm.There will be 36 games on four fields in nine timeslots tomorrow with the action sure to be fast and furious.Touch Football Australia will keep you updated with all the news, views, and information from the tournament throughout each day on the TFA Home page.For further information and comprehensive results visit the X Blades National 18 Years and Under Website at: http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?assoc=742&pID=14 The Schedule of Games – Day 1 Wednesday 19 September 200710.00amGirls’ Pool A R1      QSST v EaglesGirls’ Pool B R1      NSWCHS v MetsGirls’ Pool B R1      NT v NSWCISGirls’ Pool C R1      Sharks v Scorpions10.50amGirls’ Pool A R1      CQ v NSWCCCGirls’ Pool A R1      TouchWest v Sunshine CoastGirls’ Pool B R1       Rebels v CobrasGirls’ Pool C R1       Tasmania v Hornets 11.40amBoys’ Pool A R1      Mets v SharksBoys’ Pool C R1      Tasmania v HornetsBoys’ Pool C R1      QSST v ACTGirls’ Pool C R1       ACT v Suns12.30pmBoys’ Pool A R1      NSWCIS v CobrasBoys’ Pool A R1      SA v NSWCCCBoys’ Pool B R1      NSWCHS v EaglesBoys’ Pool C R1      NT v Suns1.20pmBoys’ Pool B R1      Scorpions v CQBoys’ Pool B R1      Rebels v Sunshine CoastGirls’ Pool A R2      QSST v Sunshine CoastGirls’ Pool B R2       Mets v NT2.10pmGirls’ Pool A R2      Eagles v CQ Girls’ Pool A R2      NSWCCC v TouchWestGirls’ Pool B R2      NSWCHS v CobrasGirls’ Pool C R2      Sharks v Suns3.00pmGirls’ Pool B R2       NSWCIS v RebelsGirls’ Pool C R2       Hornets v ACTGirls’ Pool C R2       Scorpions v TasmaniaBoys’ Pool C R2      QSST v TouchWest3.50pmBoys’ Pool A R2      Mets v NSWCCCBoys’ Pool A R2      Cobras v SA Boys’ Pool A R2      Sharks v NSWCISBoys’ Pool C R2      Suns v Tasmania4.40pmBoys’ Pool B R2      NSWCHS v Sunshine CoastBoys’ Pool B R2      CQ v RebelsBoys’ Pool B R2      Eagles v ScorpionsBoys’ Pool C R2      Hornets v ACTlast_img read more

10 months ago​Everton post record revenues for second consecutive year

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Everton post record revenues for second consecutive yearby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton are in a very healthy financial position.The club has posted record revenues for the second year in a row.With total revenues of £189 million for the year, it is a ten percent bump on the figure from last year.The major increases came from sponsorships and commercial revenue, which are up 45 percent.Chief Executive Officer Denise Barrett-Baxendale said in a statement: “For the second consecutive year the club has generated record revenue.”Gate receipts, sponsorship and other commercial income increased significantly by 45 per cent and the continued and quite magnificent support of our fans meant that season tickets reached the cap with more than 10,000 on a waiting list.”This commercial growth demonstrates our progress and we have a vision for the club that is shared on and off the pitch by our majority shareholder, chairman, our board of directors, the Everton leadership team, our director of football and manager.”Chairman Bill Kenwright added: “With Farhad continuing his outstanding commitment, Marcel and Marco driving our first team forward, Unsie continuing to develop some of the best young talent, Denise thrusting our operations ever onward and a fanbase that continues to inspire our ambition, we look forward to the next 12 months with purpose and anticipation.” last_img read more

10 months agoReal Madrid striker Benzema unimpressed by L’Equipe

first_imgReal Madrid striker Benzema unimpressed by L’Equipeby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid striker Karim Benzema is unimpressed by L’Equipe ignoring his work in 2018.The striker failed to make the top 15 strikers list, which featured fellow Frenchman Antoine Griezmann and former Real Madrid teammate Cristiano Ronaldo, yet Benzema took the news relatively well as he made a joke out of the situation.”L’Equipe, my friends, can I be the 16th?” he wrote on Instagram.Benzema on the paper’s 2018 best strikers shortlist: “L’Equipe, my friends, can I be the 16th?Should’ve just let it go ma man pic.twitter.com/wlaZL4aOiT— (@Ultra_Suristic) January 4, 2019 About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoQuique Sanchez Flores insists Watford have plenty to play for

first_imgQuique Sanchez Flores insists Watford have plenty to play forby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNew Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores insists there’s plenty to play for this season.Sanchez Flores thinks the decision to bring him back in place of Gracia demonstrates the club’s ambition and shows why they can achieve “something special”. “I never see Watford at the bottom,” he said.”Three years ago, we were never there. The last three years, it was impossible to think about that, but football’s very hard right now. It’s very equal, very even and everything is pure competition, so everything is possible.”We need to go out of this position as soon as possible.”The ambition is the same. This is a club that is very clear about the way they want to grow and so I realise of course they have changed a lot of things, the training ground, the players, the squad.”But [what they want] is exactly the same what they wanted from me three years ago.”Now it’s a little bit different because they’re established in the Premier League, they want to keep going in the same category, so the pressure is the same, but the squad and the objective of the club they are different.”I’m confident we can work together and we can do something special.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Jamaica Signs Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Agreement

first_imgJamaica is now a signatory to the Agreement establishing the Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, CCREEE.Prime Minister Andrew Holness signed the agreement this morning (July 6) ahead of the start of the final day of discussions at the 38th Regular meeting of the Heads of Government of CARICOM in Grand Anse Grenada.The CCREEE is designed to address the implementation deficit in CARICOM’s sustainable energy sector and to support or coordinate the execution of the regional renewable energy and energy efficient projects.The Centre will be headquartered in Barbados.With the introduction of renewable energy solutions, Jamaicans can expect to see micro-economic decisions manifest in the macro-economy.The Government of Jamaica is actively seeking to attract renewable energy solutions in order to diversify the energy sector.last_img read more

St Patricks Day Family Dinner and Dance

first_imgThere will be a Photo Booth and a DJ for the dance and other prizes to be won.Free tickets can be picked up at;-Party Town in Fort St John-The Taylor Hub in TaylorTo view the FB Event Page; CLICK HERETo view the Phoenix Volunteer Club FB Page; CLICK HERE TAYLOR, B.C. – The Phoenix Volunteer Club is hosting their 2nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day, Free Family Dinner and Dance to say thank you and give back to the community.Friday, March 8th from 5 pm – 9 pm at the Taylor Community Hall, there will be prizes for best dressed in St. Patrick’s themed outfit.Hot dogs and hamburgers will be served for dinner, with pop, water and coffee to drink.last_img read more

Severe Thunderstorm Watch issued for BC Peace and Pine Pass

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for the B.C. Peace and Pine Pass.The watch says that conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that could produce strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain.  The forecast says Fort St. John could receive 10 to 15 mm or rain.See the full warning below. 10:59 AM PDT Friday 28 June 2019Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for:B.C. North Peace RiverB.C. South Peace RiverConditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain.Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!Severe thunderstorm watches are issued when atmospheric conditions are favourable for the development of thunderstorms that could produce one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.10:59 AM PDT Friday 28 June 2019Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for: Highway 97 – Pine PassConditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain.Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!Severe thunderstorm watches are issued when atmospheric conditions are favourable for the development of thunderstorms that could produce one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall.Weather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions.center_img Road conditions are available at www.drivebc.ca.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.last_img read more

Modi using govt machinery to intimidate opposition: Mamata

first_imgJalpaiguri/Falakata (WB): Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Sunday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of using government machinery and institutions to intimidate the opposition, questioning the removal of Andhra Pradesh chief secretary by the Election Commission. She wondered why PM Modi is not removing his own cabinet secretary or the Union home secretary, if he was so “fond of making last-minute changes”. “Why is the Centre intervening in state matters? Why was Andhra Pradesh chief secretary removed?” Banerjee, who has accused the Election Commission (EC) of working at the behest of the BJP, asked, addressing an election rally. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “Why don’t you (Modi) remove your own cabinet secretary?” the CM said, claiming that she has worked with several prime ministers, but has never seen anyone as “vindictive” like Modi. The EC on Friday removed Andhra Pradesh Chief Secretary Anil Chandra Punetha from the post and appointed senior-most IAS officer L V Subrahmanyam in his place. “You have raided the family of Kamal Nath, Karnataka chief minister has been raided, Andhra Pradesh chief minister has also been raided,” she said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Banerjee accused the BJP-led Central government of using the income tax department and the CBI for raids and getting the institutions to do their bidding. Reacting to the poll panel’s move of removing four IPS officers in West Bengal, including Kolkata and Bidhanagar police commissioners, the West Bengal chief minister Saturday wrote a letter, protesting its decision. The letter said the removals were “unfortunate, highly arbitrary, motivated and biased” and taken at the behest of the BJP, and urged the poll panel to review its decision. Retorting to PM’s claim that the TMC chief was scared of him, Banerjee said it was actually Modi who was afraid of her, and not the other way round. “The more you try to intimidate me, the more will I roar,” she said, addressing two back-to-back rallies, a couple of hours after Modi’s speech at Cooch Behar. “Didi is not a person to be afraid of anything or anybody,” the feisty TMC supremo, who almost single-handedly brought down the CPI(M)-led Left Front in West Bengal, ending its 34-year rule, asserted. Without naming former political associate Mukul Roy, whom she addressed as a “traitor” for quitting her party to join the BJP, she accused Modi of sharing the dias at his public meeting in Cooch Behar with a person (Roy) accused in the Saradha and Narada cases. “You (Modi) have said in Cooch Behar that you will seek answers for Saradha-Narada scams… It’s your leader (Roy) who is accused in these and not the Trinamool,” she said. “Saradha scam happened during the CPI(M) rule, but you have made accusations against us (TMC) in 2014, 2016 and now again. Have you (Modi) been able to clean the Ganga at Varanasi, that you are looking at Bengal?” Banerjee asked, suggesting that BJP should try to save its citadel in Delhi. Asserting that she is not perturbed at the removal of officers in the state, she said those who are afraid of losing elections indulge in such acts. “The more they change our officers, the more we will win,” she said. Terming Modi as a “nakal chowkidar” (fake watchman), she said “chowkidar jhuta jai, chowkidar lootera hai (watchman is liar, he is a thief)”. On the Pulwama attack, the chief minister said the BJP is trying to politicise their martyrdom. She also dared the saffron party to implement the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in West Bengal, asserting it will never be allowed in the state. Claiming that North Bengal was neglected before the TMC came to power, she said the BJP comes like a cuckoo bird in the spring only during the elections. “We are there with the people 365 days a year,” Banerjee said, adding she visits North Bengal every month. Accusing the BJP of engineering unrest in Darjeeling, where violent protests had jeopardised normal life, she said that those who created a rift between the people of the hills and the plains are now candidates of the saffron party. The chief minister said that before her party was voted to power in the state, 400 hundred people used to get killed in the Maoist-affected ‘Jangalmahal’ every year. “When peace prevails in the state, Modi and the BJP are trying to ignite unrest again. Where was Modi when Jangalmahal and Darjeeling were burning?” Banerjee asked, reiterating her recent jab – “Expiry Babu” – at him. Banerjee said that the PM has not given anything to Bengal. “Even the change of the state’s name has not been sanctioned by the Centre.” “We have given rice to the poor people of the state for Rs two per kg, while the Modi government’s actions caused job loss of two crore people in the country,” she alleged. She also accused the PM of allowing people who looted people’s money to flee the country. Banerjee said that the BJP government at the Centre had promised reopening of closed tea gardens in North Bengal, but has failed to do so, while she got a tea garden with 1,200 workers to start functioning again on Sunday.last_img read more

The Dream of the 90s is Alive in New York And Montreal

The Dream of the 90s is Alive in New York And Montreal

Two of hockey’s Original Six are alive and well in the Eastern Conference finals, which began Saturday with the New York Rangers’ 7-2 rout of the Montreal Canadiens in Game 1.1The Chicago Blackhawks, another Original Six team, are also leading the Western Conference finals 1-0. The series is an interesting case study in the rebuilding of once-great clubs. No matter which of the two historic franchises prevails, the victor will have made it to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since it won hockey’s ultimate prize roughly two decades ago.2The Rangers haven’t been back to the Final since winning the Cup in 1994; the Canadiens haven’t been back since winning it in 1993. Their long road back saw 19 different head coaches between them,3A tally that includes Alain Vigneault, who has coached both teams. payrolls both desiccated and bloated, and years of mediocrity that flouted expectations. But their twin decades in the wilderness taught them the value of drafting well and committing to smart spending.North of the border, Les Habitants play the central role in Canada’s ongoing, agonizing Stanley Cup drought. The Canadiens are unaccustomed to going this long without a championship, and that’s putting it mildly. Over the course of the 77 postseasons between 1916 and 1993, Montreal hoisted the Cup once every 3.2 seasons on average. They won 24 titles; to this day, no other NHL team has won more than 13.4The Toronto Maple Leafs own that second-place distinction, despite not having won any Cups themselves since 1967.The 1992-93 Canadiens won the franchise’s first Stanley Cup since 1985-86.5At the time, Montreal fans would have considered that seven-year gap — and the seven-season void before that —  an alarming dry spell. That championship team was good — and lucky. According to estimates of score-close Fenwick percentage (a team-possession stat), the 1992-93 Canadiens were the NHL’s eighth-best team at controlling possession, and they finished sixth in save percentage thanks to Patrick Roy, one of the rare goalies who could truly be said to possess consistently elite puck-stopping skills. Their luck often came in overtime, when the Canadiens won the majority of their playoff games; they went an incredible 10-1 in overtime during the 1993 postseason,6Setting the record for most overtime wins in a single playoff year. including victories in Games 2, 3 and 4 of the Stanley Cup Final. (Historically, there’s essentially no correlation between how a team does from one overtime playoff game to the next, so Montreal’s overtime record undoubtedly meant the Canadiens were the beneficiary of good fortune during their ‘93 Cup run.)The 1992-93 Canadiens were the fifth-youngest Cup-winners since the dawn of the Original Six era in 1943.7As weighted by the Modified Point Shares of each player on the roster. Modified Point Shares is an offshoot of Hockey-Reference’s Point Shares re-scaled to give forwards 60 percent of the league’s total value, defensemen 30 percent and goalies 10 percent, per research I conducted for analytics guru Tom Tango last summer. Despite carrying over much of the same core of players into subsequent seasons, Montreal declined sharply, soon missing the playoffs for the first time in a quarter-century. Habs GM Serge Savard wasn’t able to wheel and deal his way to a new championship-caliber group,8To the contrary — he dealt away Roy in one of the most one-sided trades in NHL history. and aside from the 1987 and 1993 drafts9The latter of which yielded Saku Koivu. the team did not restock well. According to a measurement of picking efficiency similar to one I used to evaluate NFL teams’ performances in the draft,10Using Modified Point Shares. the Canadiens were the league’s fourth-worst drafting team from 1988 to 1995.11And its fifth-worst over the larger 1988-2001 period.Making matters worse, the Canadiens were facing a weak national currency at a time before the salary cap. Because Montreal had to offer more money than U.S. teams did in order to get the same amount of talent, they found themselves at a competitive disadvantage. The Habs fell out of the league’s top 10 in payroll spending for the 1994-95 season,12According to Rodney Fort’s archived NHL payroll data, which spans the 1989-90 through 2011-12 seasons (save for missing data on the 1996-97 and 1997-98 seasons). dropping to 16th out of 26 teams that season and 17th in each of the next two years. Unable to compete financially (they’d been a top-five payroll team as recently as five years earlier) and having strung together a series of mostly poor drafts, the Canadiens fired Savard in 199513Although they didn’t do much better under Rejean Houle, either. and spent the next decade mired in mediocrity.Meanwhile in Manhattan, the Rangers were suffering much the same fate. Their 1993-94 Stanley Cup championship team had broken the Curse of 1940 and given Rangers fans their long-awaited redemption. The team was an incredible collection of talent, posting the fourth-best record and fifth-best estimated Fenwick close of any pre-2008 Cup winner,14Going back to the 1987-88 season, the first year of Hockey-Reference’s game log data. but also had the fifth-oldest roster in the league15Weighted by the Modified Point Shares of each player on the roster. and was the 23rd-oldest Cup winner since 1943.Instead of seeking out younger players, New York GM Neil Smith put the league’s oldest squad on the ice over the next three seasons (even recruiting a 36-year-old Wayne Gretzky to join a 36-year-old Mark Messier in the summer of 1996). While the Canadiens were struggling to contend with the NHL’s new financial realities, the Rangers had no such issues; their $44 million payroll in 1997-98 was the highest in NHL history at the time. But they were also committed to an old, overpaid roster that wasn’t producing — and, like Montreal, New York had compounded matters by drafting poorly over the previous decade.16The Rangers were the league’s third-worst drafting team from 1992 to 1999.A number of key players on the Rangers’ 1993-94 championship squad had been acquired in the draft during the late 1980s and early 1990s, including Brian Leetch, Mike Richter, Sergei Zubov, Alexei Kovalev, Sergei Nemchinov and Tony Amonte. But the subsequent batch of Rangers drafts produced first-round busts like Jeff Brown (No. 22 overall in 1996), Stefan Cherneski (No. 19 in 1997) and Pavel Brendl and Jamie Lundmark (No. 4 and No. 9, respectively, in 1999).The lack of decent prospects made it difficult for New York to avoid extending its aging stars’ contracts or overpaying for veterans on the free-agent market. From 1997-98 to 2003-04, the Rangers never fell outside the NHL’s top four teams in payroll dollars spent, yet never had a season with a winning record. Smith was fired after a disappointing 1999-2000 campaign that saw New York finish 12 points out of the playoffs, but his successor, Glen Sather, didn’t fare better, missing the postseason himself in each of the next four seasons.Both the Canadiens and Rangers were afterthoughts in the 2000s. But both teams began to turn their fortunes around after a lockout wiped out the entire 2004-05 schedule and radically shifted the game’s economic landscape.Under the league’s new salary-cap system (and with the loonie gaining strength), Montreal steadily began to spend more on payroll, cracking the top 10 once more in 2006-07, and the top five in 2008-09. And while the Rangers initially spent huge sums of money on their players,17They led the league in payroll during the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons. Sather began reducing the team’s payroll in 2010 — dropping out of the top five for the first time in at least 20 years, followed by a 14th-place payroll ranking in 2011-12 and a 19th-place ranking this year.The Rangers’ sudden, unprecedented reduction in payroll coincided with a newfound commitment to youth. After ranking among the league’s oldest teams each season going back to the early 1990s, New York transitioned to become one of the youngest squads in 2008-09, jettisoning aging stars like Jaromir Jagr, Brendan Shanahan and Martin Straka. This year, the Rangers’ only major contributors over 3018According to Modified Point Shares. are Henrik Lundqvist, 31, and Brad Richards, 33. And the team’s recent draft classes have supplied the Rangers with a host of talented youngsters such as Derek Stepan, Michael Del Zotto, Chris Kreider and Carl Hagelin. (Undrafted free-agent gems like Mats Zuccarello help, too.)In a similar vein, one of the biggest ingredients of Montreal’s turnaround has been a successful series of drafts by general managers Andre Savard, Bob Gainey and Pierre Gauthier, beginning in 200219Hey, Chris Higgins was a solid No. 14 pick. and cresting with strong hauls in 2004, 2005 and 2007. Under their stewardship, the team made a number of shrewd selections, like P.K. Subban at No. 43, Max Pacioretty at No. 22, Brendan Gallagher at No. 147 and Carey Price at No. 5. (Other 2013-14 Habs key players procured via the draft include Andrei Markov — a relic of the Houle era — and Tomas Plekanec.) All those players’ careers have exceeded what could reasonably have been expected from their draft positions.Those picks may have been plain old luck — the year-to-year correlation for teams’ per-pick draft efficiency is very nearly zero, suggesting drafting skill is largely random in hockey, just as it is in football. Regardless, Montreal and New York still brought themselves back into relevance.None of this guarantees a Stanley Cup this year. The winner of the Eastern Conference finals will face either the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks, or the Los Angeles Kings, who are the best possession team in hockey. Neither the Canadiens nor the Rangers has looked especially dominant in the playoffs thus far, aside from the Rangers’ pasting of the Canadiens in Game 1. Both teams needed Game 7s to squeak past their opponents in the conference semifinals, and the Rangers needed that many to top the Philadelphia Flyers in the first round, too. During the regular season, the Canadiens were not a strong possession team, still a major leading indicator of future team success.Despite all of those caveats, it’s notable that one of these two teams is guaranteed a place in the final. Each lost its way during the previous decade, but by successfully rebuilding through the draft and not throwing good money after bad, they’ve provided a road map for once-proud franchises to get back on the path to the Stanley Cup. read more

Meyer wont recruit Penn State players others disagree

CHICAGO – Ohio State coach Urban Meyer took exception to coaches being allowed to recruit current Penn State football players, but would not rule out signing a player that initiated contact with him. Other Big Ten coaches do not share the same view. “I have a problem with that,” Meyer said of coaches actively recruiting PSU players. “But as a player, a young man has a right to play wherever he wants to play. We have to keep that in mind.” As part of the sanctions levied against Penn State for the child-sex abuse scandal involving former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky and former coach Joe Paterno, the NCAA said current PSU players are allowed to transfer to any school without penalty – even if that school is within the Big Ten. Some schools have taken a more active approach than others. Illinois had eight assistant coaches at “two establishments” in State College, Pa., Wednesday and “called individuals” to meet, Illinois coach Tim Beckman said. “We only talked to individuals that would be willing to meet with us,” Beckman said. “We did not go after them. They had the opportunity to come to us if they wanted to.” Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany met with coaches early Thursday and said he advised them to let the athletic directors handle the communication between a school and a potential transfer candidate from PSU. Delany said there was nothing illegal about Illinois sending coaches to State College, but did not necessarily endorse it. “I would hope they would take (the Thursday meeting) into consideration,” Delany said. Purdue coach Danny Hope also expressed interest in pursuing Penn State’s players. “The NCAA has established the rules and the guidelines and obviously because they’re strong from an ethics standpoint, and as long as we’re compliant, we’re going to exercise every opportunity we can to enhance our own football team,” Hope said. The Nittany Lions are faced with a four-year bowl ban and a reduction of 40 scholarships over four years. The school was also fined $60 million. Wednesday, many members of the Nittany Lions team made a joint statement and announced their intentions to stay at the school despite the sanctions. Multiple reports have said PSU junior running back Silas Redd met with USC coach Lane Kiffin about possibly transferring, but no announcement has been made. First-year Nittany Lions coach Bill O’Brien said no player has told him of his intentions to transfer and that he is not concerned about other schools recruiting his players. “I have no idea what other schools were on campus, nor do I care,” O’Brien said. “(Other schools) can do what they want as long as they tell our compliance office that they’re contacting these kids, and it is what it is.” Delany said that the Big Ten university presidents unanimously voted to allow PSU players to transfer within the Big Ten, but most coaches seem to taking a hands-off approach. Michigan’s Brady Hoke, Wisconsin’s Bret Bielema, Nebraska’s Bo Pelini and Minnesota’s Jerry Kill all had expressed views similar to Meyer and said they would not recruit PSU football players. “I made the decision as head coach that we would not reach out to any Penn State players,” Bielema said. “I think one of the things that I’ve loved about being in this conference is a genuine respect for everybody in our league that you are a Big Ten brother. “I have a group of 105 players that are reporting on Aug. 5 that I want to understand and believe that I think they can help us win another championship. And to bring someone in at this point so close to the season, I just wasn’t comfortable with it.” read more

Allardyce wants Jordan Pickford as Englands no 1

Allardyce wants Jordan Pickford as Englands no 1

first_imgEventhough Everton is not having the greatest season Sam Allardyce believes Jordan Pickford should be England no. 1 in RussiaSam Allardyce har picked. And the one is Jordan Pickford.The Everton keeper played against Holland in a friendly and the Everton boss wants his guy to be the England no. 1 when Three Lions play in the World Cup:Allardyce tells Arsenal to stop ‘messing around’ & pay for Zaha Andrew Smyth – July 25, 2019 Sam Allardyce has told Arsenal to “messing around” and pay up the £80m Crystal Palace are asking for Wilfried Zaha.““He’s given Gareth a lot to think about with his performance the other night and his performances for us. People go on about him conceding a lot of goals for Everton but that is not the statistic you look at. You look at the saves he makes. He’s been far too busy on too many occasions for us but we have managed to reduce that during my time here from over two goals per game to 1.2 per game. He’s there when needed, he’s always been there when needed. All players make mistakes but his are few and far between, ” he said according to The Guardian.Pickford has to compete with Joe Hart, Nick Pope and Jack Butland.last_img read more

La Liga confirms free to air deal with Facebook in India

La Liga confirms free to air deal with Facebook in India

first_imgSpain’s top flight soccer division La Liga has penned down a major deal with Facebook which will allow viewers in the Indian sub-continent to watch every game over the next three seasons for freeThe Spanish football governing body confirmed all 380 league matches for the new season, which begins on Friday, would be available to viewers in India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.“We are really happy to be on a free to air service in such an important territory as the Indian sub-continent,” Alfredo Bermejo, La Liga’s head of digital strategy, told Reuters ahead of the announcement.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“One of our goals for the last two years has been to offer content to the widest audience possible, so partnering with free platforms like Facebook, which has 270 million users in India, is key to us.”Facebook and La Liga declined to give financial details of the deal which sees the social network giant unseat Sony Pictures Network as the rights holder in the region.last_img read more

Ozil welcome back at Germany anytime says Werner

Ozil welcome back at Germany anytime says Werner

first_imgTimo Werner would gladly welcome back Mesut Ozil to Germany if he was to decide to cancel his international retirementThe Arsenal playmaker stunned the football world last month by announcing his retirement from representing Germany at international level following all the “racism and disrespect” he has received following the national side’s disastrous World Cup campaign.German Football Association (DFB) president Reinhard Grindel has since confessed that he has made mistakes over Ozil, especially in regards to the handling over the controversy of the 29-year-old’s photo with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.“I think many in the team would be happy if Mesut Ozil said, ‘I’ll do it again’,” said Werner, according to SportsKeeda.The 22-year-old aspires to reach the level of the likes of France’s World Cup star Antoine Griezmann and Chelsea winger Eden Hazard one day.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…But to do that a move away from RB Leipzig may be necessary.“You can only do that if you are in a Champions League final or at least a semi-final,” added Werner.“In Leipzig, we are not quite ready to achieve that.”The Germany international has a contract at Leipzig until 2020.last_img read more

Pires insists Celtic is a good club for young players

Pires insists Celtic is a good club for young players

first_imgFormer Arsenal star Robert Pires insists Celtic Football Club is still a good club for young players to develop as their players.French youngsters, Olivier Ntcham and £9million striker Odsonne Edouard have followed the path taken by new Olympique Lyon striker Moussa Dembele.Dembele’s £20m exit from Celtic may have been shrouded in acrimony, Pires points to it as evidence that Parkhead can be a profitable place for youngsters to develop.“For these guys it’s a good opportunity to play for Celtic because they can play in the Europa League and fight for the title with Rangers,” Pires said, according to Daily Mail.“It is an opportunity to play with a great club such as Celtic, everyone in Europe knows them. Then, for the future, if you play very well you can join the Premier League, La Liga or Serie A.”Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“Dembele played very well when he was at Celtic. But, for any French player, an opportunity to sign for Lyon is very tempting because they are a very good club in France.”“I think he can help Lyon. He is fast, has very good skills and can score goals. He looks like he will be very important to that team.”“But when a player changes the country, they always need to adapt to this new life. Some fans and media tell you that playing football is the same everywhere. It’s not.”“When you change country it is totally different. In Scotland it might be more physical than France, so you need that period to adapt. But I think he has started well at Lyon, showing why they spent that money.”last_img read more

Sancho discusses speculation over his future

Sancho discusses speculation over his future

first_imgBorussia Dortmund youngster Jadon Sancho has discussed speculation over his future after rumors of a potential sale to Paris Saint-Germain surfaced in the press.The 18-year-old says he owes the Germans too much to consider leaving.The former Manchester City trainee has been linked with a move away from the Dortmund but has distanced himself from a switch to France or anywhere else for that matter.Speaking to Bild, as quoted by Mirror Football, the England international has five goals and eight assists already this season, says his only focus is on the title race in Germany.He said: “I’m not wasting any thoughts on a change, I owe a lot to BVB and I have a lot in mind with this team. I’m happy here and did not sign for so long for anything.”“By giving everything and giving our fans full throttle, we know how strong the Bavarians are but we also know that can beat them if we have a good day, especially at home.”Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“We have respect for them but also a lot of self-confidence and we all stick together.”Meanwhile, England manager Gareth Southgate has again called Sancho up and could feature against Croatia and the USA.“Jadon has tremendous belief in himself,” said the Three Lions boss. “He’s physically ready. I think with some of these younger players, going abroad isn’t such a big deal these days.”“The world is a small place. They know they can fly home in a couple of hours. So they kind of just go for it. Youngsters view it all a bit differently.”last_img read more

AMMC Living History Awards Ceremony Planned

AMMC Living History Awards Ceremony Planned

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 7, 2017 – Nassau – The Antiquities, Monuments & Museums Corporation (AMMC) will host a Living History Awards ceremony in early December at Baha Mar to recognize Bahamian talent and create greater awareness of the role, significance and contributions of the AMMC.   Executive Chairman Reece Chipman made the announcement on Thursday at the AMMC offices on Shirley Street.The public will nominate persons for awards in these categories: Research and Education, Architecture and Historical Restoration, Oral History and Genealogy, Youth Entrepreneurship and Vendor Award, Historic Districts and Townships, Journalism and Talk Shows, Artistry and Craftsmanship, Technology and Social Media, Historic Churches and Faith Centers, Archaeological and Paleontological Research, Junkanoo Heritage, Cinematography and Photography, and Festivals and Events, among others.Funds raised from the AMMC Living History Awards will be used to facilitate the preservation and restoration of important historic resources throughout The Bahamas.   Corporate Bahamas is being invited to partner with the AMMC on this event through several different sponsorship packages.More information about the awards gala can be found on the AMMC website, www.ammcbahamas.com, or by calling 242-397-6800 or email ammcawards@ammcbahamas.comBy: Sydnei Isaacs (BIS)Photo caption:  Executive Chairman of AMMC Reece Chipman, right, addresses a press conference on Thursday to announce a Living History Awards ceremony for December.    Pictured at AMMC from left: Graphic Artist Reuno Pratt, AMMC Assistant Director Dr. Michael Pateman, and AMMC Director Dr. Keith Tinker.    Also present were AMMC Board Member Dr. Gail Saunders, Event Manager Kinara Lloyd, and AMMC Secretary to the Corporation Kim Burrows.  (BIS Photo)last_img read more

Decline in US Oil Rig Count is Overdone Drilling May Resume

first_imgCrude oil prices continue to trade at their highest levels in four months supported by continued decline in US rig count for the past 20 weeks, however, analysts remain wary of resumption in US oil production as the prices rise.A data from oil services firm Baker Hughes showed that the number of idle US rigs raised by 31 last week, reaching its highest levels since 2010.”Nonetheless, based on its past relationship with oil prices, the fall in the rig count already looks overdone. Indeed, the recent rebound in oil prices means that the pressure to remove rigs should ease,” said Capital Economics in a note.However, the US commercial crude oil inventories increased for the 15th straight week to a record 489 million barrels despite the sharp fall in drilling operations.”The US oil rig count has more than halved since the beginning of the year, though without having any significant impact on the volume of oil production. This is due partly to considerable efficiency gains and partly to the delay with which exploration is reflected in productivity,” said Commerzbank Corporates & Markets in a note.Earlier in April, the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) in its monthly report said that US shale production is set to decline slightly by 45,000 barrels per day (bpd) in May.Many analysts warn that investors should not be misled by the current rally in oil prices, as higher prices will attract the US oil drillers to resume production.”While deferred well completions have provided near-term relief to the supply glut, they also risk exacerbating the duration of the hangover as producers are likely to bring barrels to market as prices recover,” Justin Bouchard, analyst at Desjardins Capital Markets, told Financial Post .Current rally in crude oil prices is surprising many analysts as underlying fundamentals remain weak. The prices of Brent crude continue their recovery to trade above $65 per barrel, up $19 from its January low of $46 per barrel.”We are confident that the latest price rise will not prove sustainable and that we will already see a price correction in the near future,” said Commerzbank.last_img read more

Hush it up

Hush it up

first_imgIf not censor board but Ramesh Sippy, the director had his way, the 1975 classic Sholay would have had a climax where no police officer comes to the rescue of the dacoit Gabbar; where Thakur could take his revenge on his own. But that was not to be. So, Sholay took a different trail in history up till early 90’s when the director’s cut came out, revealing two different climax scenes. Whatever the reasons: emergency, or the state’s and censors’ belief that a violent climax would instigate people to take up law in their hands; several other films in cinemas history took to a path those were not set out for. Violence in Indian cinema and profanities used in it, dominated the day at the 100 years celebration of Indian Cinema at Siri fort Auditorium, on Friday. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’An eminent group of panelists including renowned directors, Vishal Bhardwaj and Ramesh Sippy graced the occasion with their presence. They took to a discourse on On Screen violence and the Culture of Cuss Words. Setting the tone for the discussion, K.Hariharan, the director of LV Prasad Film and TV academy in Chennai, presided over a workshop on the said subject in the morning session and showcased the uncut scenes of a number of Indian movies.The interaction was simmering with the audiences’ outrage. Complaints kept pouring out at the directors’, from right left and centre for the use of violence and expletives in cinema. What started off as an accusatory affair, took a turn in between, with takes from censor board executives and directors’ on issues that make violence imperative in cinema. Pankaja Thakur, the Chief Executive Officer of Central Board of Film Certification, questioned Vishal on introducing MCBC, the expletives in Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixOmkara. To this Vishal nonchalantly answered that he only mainstreamed those words. He made the Bollywood heroes use them, but theatre artists at NSD do it all the time. And nobody is to blame because he comes from a Delhi where a father calls out his son saying, ‘Oye Kaminey! Come here.’ Viewers need to understand the meanings associated with words and not take them on face value. Vishal who confesses that the movie Bandit Queen is his bible, went onto share an anecdote. During the release of Kaminey, the censor board asked him, ‘What kind of title was Kaminey?’. Smiling profusely he said, thankfully to his rescue, Gulzar wrote the title track ‘Meri aarzoo kaminey, Meri dost bhi Kaminey’ for the film, explaining the subtext associated with the word. Ramesh Sippy chipped in saying, in an age where a telephone company sells its chip with a tagline ‘Har ek dost kamina hota he’, and all of us lap it up; it’s too much to indict filmakers with the charge. Hariharan gave another spin to the tale, he asked the audience if they had read a poem – ‘Baba black sheep have you ay wool’. And ofcourse all of us by heart the rhyme as children. But not all of us know that it has racist subtext. Perhaps, cinema has come of age and now demands better understanding. The discussion swayed to this juncture where directors pointed that audience also need to understand the aesthetics of craft and not hold on to certain words. For now, filmmakers want better comprehension of their art, believing that they have due share of responsibility in reflecting the contemporary state of society.last_img read more

Combating deadly dengue Remain vigilant throughout the year says KMC message

Combating deadly dengue Remain vigilant throughout the year says KMC message

first_imgKolkata: To prevent dengue, remain vigilant and alert from January to December. This is the slogan given by the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) before the mega rally scheduled to be held in Kolkata on February 2.The civic authorities have successful brought down the number of dengue cases to one third because of round-the-clock vigil and sustained campaign. There will be altogether 145 rallies in Kolkata on February 2. Of these, 144 rallies will be held in the wards while the central rally will be organised at the KMC headquarters on S N Banerjee Road. To make them a grand success, Atin Ghosh, Deputy Mayor in charge of the Health department, along with senior officials sat down with the representatives of 14 NGOs who have been requested to send their representatives in the rallies. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedMayor Firhad Hakim will lead the central rally which will be taken out at 10 am. The participants will carry placards, festoons to create awareness against the vector-borne disease. The rally will march through Lenin Sarani, Wellington Square, S N Banerjee Road and will end at the KMC headquarters. People from all walks of life including the MLAs and celebrities will be invited to join the rally. The World Health Organization (WHO)’s slogan to combat dengue is “Dengue prevention is everybody’s concern,” said a senior civic official. He said the KMC teams comprising senior officials of the health, building and Solid Waste Management (SWM) departments visit state and Centre-run offices, hospitals and employees quarters. They also visit private housing complexes and inspect the overhead tanks, underground reservoirs and garbage removal systems. The official said people will be requested to visit the dengue centres where blood samples are tested free and medicines given to the patients. There are around 16 dengue detection centres in the city.last_img read more

How oiling makes a Difference to your hair

How oiling makes a Difference to your hair

first_imgFrom time immemorial, massaging the scalp with oil has proved to be immensely beneficial to the health of ones hair. Each oil brings it’s own set of properties and essential benefits and there is no particular preference that one should look at while choosing oils. Experts suggest few benefits of oiling and how one can make the process worth applying. Take a look:In summer, hair tends to get very frizzy, dry and lifeless due to exposure to direct sunlight. Excessive heat also damages the hair extensively. While castor oil is known to be extremely soothing to the scalp, it is advisable to include ingredients such as Brahmi and camphor to the oil while massaging the scalp to reap benefits from their cooling properties. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfHair becomes extremely brittle due to prolonged exposure to heat, sweat and chlorine due to time spent in the swimming pool. To prevent this damage, it’s advisable to use a combination of essential oils such as coconut oil, gingelly oil and castor oil along with aloe vera and white hibiscus leaves. The oils act as a sealant and seal the cuticles rendering one’s hair shiny and soft.The key benefit of the oils is the fatty acids present in them which replace the lost lipids in one’s hair. Lipid loss is a major factor in causing split ends. The key to healthy hair is the right way of using the oils. Unless the hair is extremely dense, it is advisable to use a few drops in your palm, rub them together and rake them through your hair. If the hair is coarser, you can increase the quantity slightly. There are differing reports on the duration for keeping the oil on the hair. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveOiling your hair in summer creates a shield to protect your hair from Sun damage. Sun damage can result in over drying and dullness in hair texture. Oiling strengthens hair from the roots, making it stronger and avoids breakage. This works all year long.Coconut oil is very comfortable in summer since its lightweight. It nourishes your scalp and cleanses dirt and dead cells on the scalp easily on shampooing after oiling.Almond oil is also a good hair cleanser and keeps hair healthy and facilitates hair growth as it is rich in Vitamin E. Olive oil is also a great hair oil for summer because of its property of deep penetration. It seeps into the scalp and provides needed nourishment to hair & scalp from within.Coconut oil protects your hair against the Sun’s UV rays and avoids excessive dryness and burns.Sweat and excessive oil secretion during summers can lead to oily dandruff in summers leading to dry brittle hair that also breaks easily. Almond oil has Vitamin E and also works again scalp infections caused due to excessive sweating. It is excellent for treating dandruff.last_img read more