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first_imgMumbai, Apr 14 (PTI) The ongoing thrust on the shipping sector will not help lenders with a revival in the asset quality, but can be of benefit over a longer period, State Bank of India chief Arundhati Bhattacharya today said.”Asset quality issues are issues of the past. They are legacy issues. Whether they will turnaround immediately, I dont really think so, not in the shipping sector at least,” she told reporters on the sidelines of the maiden Maritime Summit here.The head of the countrys largest bank, however, welcomed the ongoing efforts to provide fillip to the sector, saying from a longer-term horizon, things will be better for lenders.”There are projects being thought of, which will ameliorate some of the interest that we are seeing and definitely, going forward, we believe things will be better.”It can be said that the shipping sector, especially the shipbuilding yards, has been a pain point for banks with loans of thousands of crores either restructured or classified as bad debts. Some shipbuilders in the private sector have gone belly up and been taken over by banks.Earlier, speaking at a CEOs roundtable, she said even though the government has given the infrastructure status to shipbuilding, the RBI is yet to come out with its views.Refinance under the 5/25 scheme is also not possible for shipbuilders as they do not have a “positive number” when one subtracts the operating profit from the interest outstanding, Bhattacharya said.”How do we ensure these units, which are otherwise good but stressed, are revived” she asked the Shipping Ministry officials and warned that if they are not turned around, the shipbuilding capacity will come down drastically.advertisement”There is a crying need to look into these issues and to see how best these units can be rebuilt so as to come out of the stress.”Union Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari acknowledged that all the 27 shipbuilding yards are under stress and added the government is looking at ways to revive the sector.On the Vijay Mallya-Kingfisher saga, Bhattacharya refused to comment, saying the matter is pending with the Supreme Court. She also did not comment on reports about the Mallya-promoted Kingfisher Airlines willing to pay up to Rs 6,000 crore out of the Rs 9000-crore dues of banks, saying the matter is sub-judice. PTI AA PSK BEN RSY MKJ RYSlast_img read more

first_imgAt 43, Leander Paes still puts in eight to ten hours every day at training. The veteran still travels 30 weeks a year and is able to give his best at Grand Slams.RECORD SEVENTH APPEARANCE AT THE GAMES The Olympic silver-medallist is hopeful of setting a world record by becoming the only tennis player to play seven Olympic Games and do his country proud.  With his chances of getting a wild card entry with Mahesh Bhupathi dashed, Paes is hoping Rohan Bopanna, who has already booked his berth after being the top ranked doubles player in the country, to team up with him in the men’s doubles category at Rio.’CAN COME BACK WITH AN OLYMPIC MEDAL’Paes is itching to board the flight to Rio with the Indian contingent and repeat his Atlanta heroics. “I’m not sure how many athletes can reach seven Olympics. I definitely know that this will probably be my last. And god willing, I can come back with another medal and a new world record.”That would be the pinnacle of my life’s journey – to emulate my parents ironing those No. 5 and No. 10 jerseys till today is something very special,” he told TOI. ‘THE PATH WON’T BE SMOOTH’After winning three Grand Slams in 2015, Paes expects himself to be an automatic choice for RIo. However, he concedes that the road to Rio won’t be smooth and that it might be more turbulent than the lead-up to London 2012.”You definitely want to see a smooth path but I think both you and me know it won’t be smooth,” Paes said .advertisement”You win three Grand Slams leading into an Olympic year in any other country, and you will be put directly into that event to give yourself the best chance. If it is not me, I’ll sit at home in Mumbai and chill with you guys,” he added.Bopanna, on whom Paes’ men’s doubles berth largely depends, refused to play with him at the London Olympics. Paes was forced to partner an inexperienced Vishnu Vardhan.NOT LEAVING ANYTHING TO CHANCEPaes, who is currently ranked 50 wants to improve his rankings and now is gearing up for the French Open. He is doing all that he can to get his berth and didn’t even relent to play two Challengers, second-rung tournaments in the ATP hierarchy.The 43-year-old calls the next three months the most important in his career. “It is probably going to be one of the most important three months of my career. For me playing for the country and playing for the flag is the most important thing I’ve ever done.”To stand on that Atlanta podium with the Indian shirt on and the medal around my neck is by far the greatest thing I’ve ever done in my tennis career,” he said.FEDERER-HINGIS, BRYAN BROTHERS and WILLIAMS SISTERSPaes, who has also been vocal about pairing up with Sania Mirza in the mixed doubles category at Rio, said it was one of the toughest categories. Paes shed light on the country’s possible opponents in the category and said it would be a himalayan task for the Indian duo to emerge successful.”Let’s look at mixed doubles, your competition is who? Federer and Hingis. My mixed doubles partner with probably the greatest tennis player of all time. Is that the only Swiss team? No, there’s (Stan) Wawrinka and (Belinda) Bencic also.”Let alone them, there are two sisters from a different country. Serena plays with one of the Bryan twins, Venus will play with the other Bryan twin. So my point is, it’s not about positioning yourself, there’s a responsibility to the flag and that shirt you wear. There’s a responsibility to the people,” he said.TENNIS SEEING A SUSHIL-NARSINGH TUSSLE? Paes refused to draw parallels between the drama that unfolded ahead of London 2012 and the ongoing Sushil-Narsingh tussle. He said he believed the best in the business should be given the go-ahead.”I truly believe the best person for the job to win a medal needs to go. Everyone says ‘mere ko bhi jane ka’. But when you come back from the Olympics on 11th of August, when you are getting on that flight in Rio, what have you got in your hand, a bottle of water or a medal?,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli achieved yet another landmark in his glittering one-day international career.He became the second batsman-ever to score a hundred on his 200th ODI in the opening match against New Zealand at the Wankhede. He is also the leading run-getter after 200 ODIs ahead of AB De Villiers (8,621) and Sourav Ganguly (7,747).AB de Villiers was the first to score a hundred on his 200th ODI. This is Kohli’s 31st ODI hundred.ODI No.200 Century No. 31  #Virat200 pic.twitter.com/C1ZmBEKyzD- BCCI (@BCCI) October 22, 2017In the process he has now overtaken former Australia captain Ricky Ponting, who has 30 ODI hundreds to his name. Kohli is now second in the list of most hundreds scored in the 50-over format, just behind Sachin Tendulkar, who leads the pack with 49 tons.Kohli walked in after India lost Shikhar Dhawan early in the innings for 9 with the score at 16/1 from 3.2 overs. He settled in with Rohit Sharma but soon the latter fell and so did Kedar Jadhav, who walked in after the fall of Rohit’s wicket.With India in a spot of bother at 71/3 from 15.2 overs, it was up to the captain to carry the innings forward.The 28-year-old took charge with the incoming Dinesh Karthik and steadied the ship before slowly upping the tempo and that was when he was given a lease of life as Mitchell Santner dropped him on 29 off the bowling of Colin de Grandhomme in the 19th over.  He took full advantage of that and chipped away with the runs here and there before completing his fifty off 62 balls with a fine on-drive off Colin Munro in the 24th over. However, he was dealt with another blow as a set Karthik fell for 37 in the 29th over while trying to pull a Tim Southee delivery — ending their 73-run stand for the fourth wicket.advertisementIn came Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Kohli started playing more freely and getting more runs as the senior pro slowly settled into his stride.He finally completed his ton in the 45th over with single off the bowling of Tim Southee.What a player ???Virat Kohli hits the 31st ODI century of his career as India push on in Mumbai. #INDvNZLive ?? https://t.co/WRaOLHPaSG pic.twitter.com/VvVmaKcaNH- ICC (@ICC) October 22, 2017Kohli’s 125-ball innings of 121 was studded with nine fours and two sixes.Kohli’s form has been scintillating this season and he is only carrying that forward. He is the leading run-getter in the calendar year in ODIs. He has scored 1312 runs from 24 matches, hitting five centuries and eight fifties at an average of 82.00.last_img read more

first_imgRussia’s world number 12 Svetlana Kuznetsova will miss next month’s Australian Open as she recovers from wrist surgery, organisers confirmed on Friday.The 32-year-old former French and U.S. Open champion was already rated doubtful and was missing from the official entry list when it was published on Friday along with China’s world number 94 Zheng Saisai, who has a right knee problem.Reigning champion Serena Williams was included in the field for the first grand slam of the year but remains a doubt for the event after giving birth to a daughter in September.Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Kei Nishikori and Stan Wawrinka, all of whom ended last season early due to injuries, are expected to return to Australia next month.”We have been in regular contact with Andy Murray, Kei Nishikori and Stan Wawrinka, who are all set for the Aussie summer,” tournament director Craig Tiley said in a statement.”They will all have lower rankings meaning there’s a real chance we’ll finally see a breakthrough from one of the rising stars like Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem or David Goffin.”The Australian Open follows the world rankings for seedings so world number ones Rafa Nadal and Simona Halep will top the men’s and women’s singles draws for the Jan. 15 to 28 event at Melbourne Park.last_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK — Luis Severino created quite a stir for the New York Yankees after making his major league debut last August, pitching so well that some people wanted him to start the AL wild-card game.He’s looked a little different early this season.Severino struggled once again and the Yankees lost their third in row, 7-1 April 15 to Robinson Cano and the Seattle Mariners.“I think I have to hit the glove more and take my breaking pitches to the ground. That’s it,” Severino said. So far, he’s been hitting too many bats.Severino (0-2) gave up four runs and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings. The 22-year-old righty was tagged for a career-worst 10 hits by Detroit last week.Severino was the youngest pitcher to start in the majors last year at 21 and went 5-3 with a 2.89 ERA.“I think it’s too quick to say that’s growing pains. It’s two starts. It’s not like he’s been pounded, so I think it’s way too quick to overanalyze everything,” Manager Joe Girardi said.The slumping Cano got two more hits to celebrate his special connection to Jackie Robinson Day.Cano’s father, a former major league pitcher, named his son for the Brooklyn Dodgers great. Cano improved to 14 for 38 (.368) on April 15, the day all major leaguers honor the late Hall of Famer by wearing his No. 42. Cano also once hit a three-run homer for the Yankees when they paid tribute a day later.Cano was 1-for-19 when he hit an early RBI single. He began the season on a home run binge, but had cooled off.Chris Iannetta homered, singled twice and drove in three runs. The Mariners opened a nine-game trip by boosting their road record to 3-1. They are 1-5 at Safeco Field.Nathan Karns (1-1) and the Mariners’ bullpen kept wriggling out of jams.Former Yankees pitcher Vidal Nuno retired Mark Teixeira on a grounder with the bases loaded to end the sixth, protecting a 4-1 lead.Franklin Gutierrez had a sacrifice fly as a pinch hitter against ex-Mariners pitcher Tyler Olson and added an RBI double.Brett Gardner homered in the New York first. That was all the Yankees managed to score as they began a nine-game home stand.(BEN WALKER, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgLEVERKUSEN, Germany (AP) — French forwards Antoine Griezmann and Kevin Gameiro tore Bayer Leverkusen’s defense apart to put the Champions League quarterfinals within reach for Atletico Madrid with a 4-2 away victory on Tuesday.Gameiro created one goal for Griezmann and scored another, with Saul Niguez setting the Spanish side on its way, before substitute Fernando Torres completed the scoring in the Round of 16 match.“We came back well and always believed in ourselves, but you have to admit that Atletico simply did well,” said Karim Bellarabi, who pulled one back for Leverkusen.Manchester City defeated Monaco 5-3 in the night’s other first leg game.Leverkusen was under pressure early on, with Benjamin Henrichs – who was booked and will miss the second leg in Madrid – forced to clear for a corner. Griezmann was then denied by goalkeeper Bernd Leno, seconds before Wendell was relieved to see an attempted clearance come off the crossbar.The goal duly came in the 17th minute, when Niguez skipped over Kevin Kampl’s weak challenge on the right, ducked inside and unleashed a brilliant dipping shot over Leno and under the bar.Griezmann made it 2-0 on a counterattack eight minutes later. Aleksandar Dragovic botched an attempt to kick the ball and Gameiro needed no further invitation to race onto it, drawing two defenders including the hapless Dragovic toward him, before pulling it back for the unmarked Griezmann to score off the crossbar.Atletico was ruthlessly taking advantage of the space the German side was leaving in defense.“It was an outstanding game from us,” Atletico coach Diego Simeone said. “The first half was as good as perfect, intelligent and clever.”Leno was forced to save from Griezmann after another well-worked counter involving Gameiro, who was justifying Simeone’s decision to give him the nod over Torres following his quick-fire hat trick at the weekend. Gameiro was still clearly high on confidence after three goals in four minutes, 47 seconds against Sporting Gijon on Saturday, La Liga’s second-quickest recorded hat trick.Bellarabi scored just after the break, before Gameiro – who had earlier hit the post – restored Atletico’s two-goal lead with a penalty awarded after he was pulled back on the edge of the area by Dragovic before the hour mark. Dragovic was reacting in desperation after the French forward played the ball through his legs.An own goal from Atletico’s Stefan Savic, who deflected in the rebound when Miguel Angel Moya cut out Julian Brandt’s cross, gave Leverkusen renewed hope in the 68th minute. But substitute Torres struck with four minutes remaining for Atletico to take a huge advantage back to Spain for the second leg on March 15.“We invited Atletico to score in the first half,” Leverkusen captain Omer Toprak said. “We wanted to play better in the second – we did play better – but unfortunately it’s not a good result.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgThe Croatia game game is do-or-die battle for Iceland and their coach Heimir Hallgrimsson is confident that they can accomplish the task to reach the knockout in their debut World Cup.Having drawn 1-1 with Argentina in their opener, Iceland got a rude awakening from their World Cup fairytale as Ahmed Musa scored twice for Nigeria and Gylfi Sigurdsson missed a penalty in the African team’s 2-0 win.The Iceland coach said his side got their tactics right, stopping Nigeria from managing a shot on target in the first half, only to concede two goals after the interval.FIFA World Cup 2018: Full Coverage”What changed the game was the goal they scored in the second half. We had to go further forward and take more risks, and they are very good, very quick going forward, and they scored two goals like that,” Hallgrimsson told reporters.Nigeria, Iceland and Argentina can qualify from Group D, but the latter two sides need to win to have any chance of making the knockout stage, with Iceland facing Croatia in their final group game.”We’ve played Croatia four times in four years, we’ve often said we’re like a married couple – we’re trying to get divorced, but we always meet up again,” the Iceland coach told a news conference.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEThe Croatians ended Iceland’s 2014 World Cup dream by beating them in a two-legged playoff, and the relationship between the sides on the field has often been tempestuous.”We know the scenario when we play Croatia – it’s going to be really tough games,” Hallgrimsson said.advertisement”Normally it’s steel to steel, not a lot of chances, always a lot of yellow cards. In three games out of four, we’ve had a red card,” he added.World Cup 2018: Iceland lose to Nigeria, Argentina dreams aliveThe teams met in the qualifying campaign for Russia, with each winning at home as Iceland topped the group, but Croatia’s 3-0 hammering of Argentina marked them out as one of the teams to watch in Russia.The Croatians, who top the group on six points with Nigeria second on three and Iceland and Argentina on one apiece, may take the opportunity to rest players on Tuesday, but Hallgrimsson is taking nothing for granted.”We were ahead of them in our group and we’ve already beaten them once in Iceland, so we at least have that confidence with us when we play them,” he said.Meanwhile, Nigeria just need a win against Argentina to go through and Musa is well aware of what’s at stake.”I think scoring against Argentina isnt that difficult for me. We know the importance of the game: Its do or die, we have to win,” said Musa.Niger’s Gernot Rohr expressed his delighted after his boys secured the vital win to keep their campaign alive.”What I like in my young team is humility, solidarity and fighting spirit. I thought before this World we were here to learn. I think this team will be ready in 2022 and this World Cup is coming early, but we have a good chance to win against Argentina,” Rohr said.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

first_imgMilan, Oct 19 (AFP) Engulfed in turmoil, Cristiano Ronaldo will look to pick up where he left off on the pitch as Juventus host Genoa in Serie A on Saturday before next week’s trip to his former club Manchester United in the Champions League.Ronaldo shrugged off explosive rape allegations to score for the champions in their last Serie A game against Udinese before the international break on October 6 to keep Juventus’s 100 percent record after eight games.The allegations made by 34-year-old American Kathryn Mayorga, that Ronaldo raped her in a Las Vegas hotel in 2009, threaten to engulf the Portuguese superstar in a lengthy legal battle.Ronaldo, 33, issued a statement to “firmly deny the accusations” but was left out of Portugal’s squad for this month’s 3-1 friendly win over Scotland, and 3-2 Nations League victory against Poland.Juventus have stood behind their star signing and he will look to help the reigning champions maintain their six-point lead on second-placed Napoli, ahead of next week’s visit to Old Trafford where he became a star.”Goals, pains, tears and the case in the USA — the first 100 days at Juventus,” wrote Gazzetta dello Sport.”With Juventus it’s a honeymoon,” the newspaper added of the former Real Madrid player’s three months in Turin, “but the Mayorga case…” It was business as usual at training for Ronaldo who posted a photo of himself listening to coach Massimiliano Allegri’s instructions on social media Thursday with the ‘thumb up’ emoji.Their rivals are Genoa, in 11th, but with Europe’s top scorer this season in Polish striker Krzysztof Piatek.advertisementThe 23-year-old Pole has scored nine goals in seven games for Genoa, who have a match in hand, compared to Ronaldo’s four.The young player, who arrived from Cracovia for four million euros ($4.6 million) in the summer, was relishing coming up against the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.”Cristiano Ronaldo is the best player in the world right now and in my view the greatest there has ever been,” said Piatek.”I’d like to give my jersey to Ronaldo and maybe get his.” Genoa also switched coaches during the break with Ivan Juric replacing Davide Ballardini.”Genoa have changed coach and they will want to make a good impression here in Turin,” said Juventus full-back Mattia De Sciglio.”Against the Rossoblu (Genoa) it’s always a tough game, and after the international break it’s even harder to start again.” Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli visit Udinese ahead of their trip Wednesday to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.Inter Milan, third, two points adrift of Napoli, face city rivals AC Milan in the first derby of the season in the San Siro, before travelling to Barcelona three days later.”It’s the game the city most looks forward to,” said Inter captain Mauro Icardi. “The goal for Inter remains to reduce the gap with Juventus and Napoli.” Roma host SPAL looking to stretch their run to four league wins in a row before welcoming CSKAMoscow in the Stadio Olimpico, as city rivals Lazio, in fourth, travel to Parma.Meanwhile, ex-Italy boss Gian Piero Ventura returns to coaching bidding to guide tailenders Chievo to their first win of the season.It will be Ventura’s first match since being sacked last November after Italy failed to reach the World Cup finals.”I’m experiencing this new beginning with the enthusiasm of a child,” said Ventura, 70, who replaced Lorenzo D’Anna. AFP BSBSlast_img read more

first_imgShare on Pinterest Pinterest “I like to live peacefully and enjoy life, not just in soccer,” says Josef Martinez reflecting on his time since moving to the United States. You’d be forgiven for being slightly taken aback by that statement, considering the fury with which the Atlanta United striker has played on the way to an MLS record 31 goals this season. And while Martinez brushed off questions about the record during the regular season, he’s more candid as he prepares for Atlanta’s opening game in the MLS playoffs this weekend.“It was the dream since the first day,” says the Venezuelan. “The coaching staff knew the players we had and we made it a shared goal to break [the record].”A huge part of Martinez’s feat was his partnership with Paraguayan playmaker Miguel Almiron, who led the team with 14 assists in the regular season. Their bond extends beyond the pitch as well. “Miguelito and I are best friends on and off the the pitch,” says Martinez. “We both know how we play, he knows the balls I want and where we want to get to on the pitch.” Their relationship was one of the main reasons Atlanta were the highest scoring team in MLS this season, with 70 goals in 34 games. Share on Twitter Facebook Share on WhatsApp features Read more Read more Atlanta remain one of the favorites to take the MLS Cup, but they will need to find their feet fast. That includes Martinez, whose penalty against Toronto FC broke his five-game scoring drought. Martinez, for his part, says he is more relaxed since breaking the 30-goal mark, and the fact that Atlanta kept on winning during his scoring drought shows they’re more than a one-man team. “Though [the ball] better go in during the playoffs, if not we’ll be in a bad place” he says, laughing.It is only when he is asked if any team’s defense intimidates him going into the playoffs that Martinez’s feistiness emerges. “Any defender? No. I rather talk about my guys. Whoever is up, let them come. I’m not worried about them.” Still, for now, Martinez is focused on the looming MLS playoffs. Atlanta missed their chance for their first piece of silverware when they were pipped by New York Red Bulls for the Supporters’ Shield, awarded to the team with the best record during the regular season. Atlanta United MLS Venezuela Share via Email Topics US sports MLS playoff predictions: will Rooney lead DC United to glory? Instead Martinez has focused recently on trying to make the biggest impact he can on the pitch for his countrymen. And while baseball may be the national sport of Venezuela, Martinez hopes he can inspire the nation as a soccer player too. “The first sport there has always been baseball, but when the Vinotinto play, even the baseball games are halted because of the excitement,” he says. “We have the being responsibility to give [fans] the gift that they deserve.”For Martinez, who has nine goals in 44 appearances for Venezuela, the joy of playing for his nation hasn’t faded. And he wants to help Venezuela, the only Conmebol team to have never reached the World Cup, qualify for the tournament.“I feel [like] part of the mission of getting us to the World Cup since the first day I put on the jersey,” he says. “It’s a boy’s dream. Every Venezuelan wants to live that moment, to see your team in the World Cup, so every player who wears the jersey has that responsibility.” Share on Facebook Share on Messenger ‘A-T-L!’: the soccer team outselling the NFL Share on LinkedIn Twitter The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Martinez was apprehensive about signing for an expansion club when Atlanta joined the league in 2017, but the vision of manager Tata Martino convinced him United was the right choice. “I really liked the coach’s plan when they called me,” he says. “They gave me some time to think about it because I was coming from Serie A. I didn’t know a lot about MLS.”That plan has made Martinez a focal point of a high-flying attack with wingers often making deep runs upfield. The 5ft 7in Martinez has also shown an impressive knack for finding himself on the end of crosses. “When Tito [Villalba] plays from the wings, and Julian [Gressel] … it’s enough to know that it’s at their feet for me to know where it’s going. We have that feeling.”Martino announced last month that he will leave Atlanta at the end of the season, while Almiron has been linked to a move to Arsenal. But Martinez seems to be comfortable in Atlanta, for the time being at least. “When this seasons ends we’ll see what happens, but I live day to day and what I want and desire the most is to give the club the trophies it deserves,” he says.Despite Martinez’s passion on the pitch, he cuts a laidback figure while talking to the Guardian. He puts that down, in part, to the difference between the press in the US and Italy, where he previously played for Torino. “The journalists are nicer [here] and luckily we [soccer players] are not LeBron James to be followed around,” he says.While the pressures of playing in MLS may not be equivalent to Italy, he still feels a responsibility to be a role model. “Not just for the Venezuelans [but] all Latinos … You represent yourself, your team and a city and luckily a country, so you have to do it as best you can,” he says. “I have the responsibility to have people think the best of our countries, especially given what’s going on there.”The food shortage and collapsing economy that have led to the largest refugee crisis in the Western hemisphere weigh heavily on Martinez. He has been vocal in his opposition to Venezuela’s strongman leader, Nicolás Maduro. In a now deleted Instagram post, Martinez posted a picture of Maduro with the word “assassin” written in red. Now, however, Martinez strikes a more measured tone. “Of course, I suffer because my family still lives there but I can’t come out and say what I think because I don’t live there,” he says. “But I’m not God to help everyone, I wish I could. But yeah, it’s the reality that we have to live with in this horrible moment. ” Reuse this contentlast_img read more

first_imgThe Touch Football Australia Queensland branch and University Sport are working together to run the Northern University Games Touch Championships to be held at Quad Park Kawana from 3rd to 6th July 2006. REFEREES ARE REQUIRED for this event and they will be paid at a rate of $20 per single and $10 per Dual.If you are interested in refereeing at this event, please contact Glen Richardson at glen@austouch.com.au to register your interest.This is a great event and heaps of fun and a good chance to earn a few dollars along the way.All referees will also be given a social pass to attend the night time functions – if that interests you?Any assistance will be appreciated! Register your interest now.For Further information check out the Unisport website : Northern University Games Websitelast_img read more

first_imgHigh quality action was expected for Day 1 of the 2007 National Touch League Senior tournament and the opening morning has not disappointed.In the Mens 40s, Sydney Scorpions got off to a flying start in defence of their 2006 title, defeating cross town rivals Mets 11-2.Last year’s Mens 50s winners Qld Country Rustlers were not so lucky going down to Cobras 5-2.Sharks Mens 35s showed why they are the team to beat with a convincing 9-0 win over Southern Suns.In the Womens 30s division, strong performances from Suns, Cyclones and Rustlers suggest competition will be fierce over the next few days.For all the results and tables for all divisons go to the TFA SPORTINGPULSE WEBSITE8.30am            Men’s 40s:                   Scorpions (11) def Mets (2)Men’s 40s:                   Rustlers (6) drew Sharks (6)Men’s 50s:                   Cobras (5) def Rustlers (2)Men’s 45s:                   Sharks (5) def Rustlers (3)Men’s 45s:                   Suns (6) def Hornets (0)9.20amMen’s 40s:                   Suns (12) def Eagles (4)Men’s 40s:                   Barbarians (5) def Hornets (2)Men’s 45s:                   Eagles (4) def Scorpions (3)Men’s 50s:                   Suns (6) def Scorpions (4)Women’s 30s:              Eagles (2) drew Scorpions (2)Men’s 50s:                   Mets (7) def ACT (2)10.10amWomen’s 30s:              Suns v HornetsWomen’s 30s:              Cyclones (4) def Sharks (2)Women’s 30s:              Rustlers (8) def ACT (3)Men’s 50s:                   Hornets (3) def Sharks (0)Men’s 40s:                   Warriors (3) def Cyclones (1)Men’s 50s:                   Cyclones (3) drew Eagles (3)11.00amMen’s 35s:                   Sharks (9) def Suns (0)Men’s 30s:                   Suns (13) def Barbarians (2)Men’s 30s:                  Rustlers (8) def Cyclones (3)Women’s 40s:              Scorpions (6) def Cyclones (3)Women’s 40s:              Cobras (4) def Hornets (2)11.50amMen’s 35s:                   Cobras v MetsMen’s 30s:                   Hornets v CobrasMen’s 45s:                   Eagles v ACTMen’s 45s:                   Scorpions v SharksWomen’s 40s:              Sharks v Suns12.40pmMen’s 40’s:                  Hornets v CyclonesMen’s 40’s:                  Scorpions v WarriorsMen’s 40s:                   Sharks v Barbarians Men’s 40s:                   Suns v RustlersMen’s 45s:                   Suns v Rustlers1.30pmWomen’s 40s:              Scorpions v CobrasWomen’s 30s:              Suns v ACTWomen’s 30s:              Scorpions v HornetsWomen’s 30s:              Rustlers v CyclonesMen’s 40s:                   Mets v Eagles2.20pmWomen’s 40s:              Cyclones v SunsWomen’s 30s:              Eagles v SharksMen’s 35s:                   Sharks v Mets Men’s 35s:                   Suns v ScorpionsWomen’s 40s:              Hornets v Sharks3.10pmMen’s 50s:                   Hornets v MetsMen’s 50s:                   Scorpions v SharksMen’s 50s:                   Rustlers v EaglesMen’s 50s:                   Cobras v SunsMen’s 50s:                   ACT v Cyclones4.00pmMen’s 40s:                   Sharks v EaglesMen’s 40s:                   Suns v MetsMen’s 40s:                   Scorpions v CyclonesMen’s 40s:                   Warriors v BarbariansMen’s 40s:                   Hornets v Rustlers4.50pmMen’s 35s:                   Scorpions v CobrasMen’s 35s:                   Mets v SunsMen’s 30s:                   Suns v HornetsMen’s 30s:                   Warriors v BarbariansMen’s 30s:                   Cobras v Rustlerslast_img read more

first_imgMumbai: Actor Ranveer Singh has launched the second song of his music label IncInk. “Paathshala”, the song raises pertinent questions about the education system of India. IncInk, the joint venture between Singh and Navzar Eranee, has hand-picked rap/hip-hop artistes Kaam Bhaari (Kunal Pandagale), SlowCheetah (Chaitanya Sharma) and Spitfire for launch. “Paathshala” marks the debut of Spitfire (real name Nitin Mishra), who is seen singing and acting in the video. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography The song is his own life-story and how he found the strength to break through stereotypes and discover his real identity. Mishra sings about education and learning and about setting himself free. “This song got my attention because it is actually about how the birth of Spitfire, the performer, saved Nitin Mishra. Our society has stratified rigid methods of education, learning and consider these the ultimate benchmark of a person’s abilities. We disagree,” Ranveer said in a statement. Eranee added: “Being yourself is considered an act of revolution in today’s culture. Art and expression free us from the conditions of our lives.”last_img read more

first_imgInvestigators should be able to provide some answers about three homicides in northern British Columbia even though two suspects in the case are believed to be dead, says a former RCMP assistant commissioner.The manhunt for Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, from Port Alberni, B.C., ended Wednesday when two bodies were found in dense brush in northern Manitoba.Mounties have said it could be difficult to determine a motive if the suspects can’t be interviewed.Peter German, who retired from the RCMP in 2012, said it will be hard, but there is already some key evidence available that speaks to motive.“At least one of the individuals seemed to be highly influenced by violent video games,” he said. “His father has spoken publicly about what he believed would happen — death, suicide, going out in a blaze of glory.“That all goes to motive.”McLeod and Schmegelsky were facing a second-degree murder charge in the death of Leonard Dyck, a university lecturer from Vancouver who was found dead along a highway pullout south of Dease Lake, B.C., on July 19.They were also named as suspects in the shooting deaths of American tourist Chynna Deese and her Australian boyfriend, Lucas Fowler. Their bodies were found four days earlier along a highway near Liard Hot Springs, B.C.Police initially treated McLeod and Schmegelsky as missing persons when their charred vehicle was found not far from Dyck’s body. The pair had told family and friends they were leaving home to find work.But investigators later deemed them to be suspects and details surfaced about their use of video games. One account showed Schmegelsky was a frequent player of a shooting game called “Russia Battlegrounds,” and both young men’s Facebook pages were connected to an account with a modified Soviet flag as its icon.RCMP also said they were investigating a photograph of Nazi paraphernalia sent to another user by Schmegelsky, who was also pictured in military fatigues brandishing an airsoft rifle and wearing a gas mask.During the manhunt, Alan Schmegelsky told The Canadian Press his son had a troubled upbringing and the father said he expected the young men wanted “to go out in a blaze of glory.”German said investigators will look at the suspects’ social media accounts, any written documents and communication with family and friends.“It’s surprising in this day and age with social media what you can find.”The tougher problem, he said, will be determining why the suspects did what they did in the sequence they did.It may also be difficult to determine why they ended up in Gillam, he said.“Did they have some sort of a plan that flowed from a video game that they end up in northern Manitoba? What was the next step for them?”The autopsies, which are being done in Winnipeg, could provide some answers about when and how they died.German said the manhunt in Manitoba will be complete once those results are available.“They will be providing support to the communities … and collecting whatever evidence may remain and forwarding that back to British Columbia,” he explained. “Then it goes back to the original investigators in British Columbia to conclude their files. They’ll have a lot of work ahead of them.“At the end of the day, they will I’m sure provide some sort of a briefing to the public and certainly to the families to inform them of what has taken place.”Colette Derworiz, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_img(Clayton Tootoosis. Facebook photo)By Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsA 22-year-old Cree man says he is planning to burn the Canadian flag on Canada Day to symbolize a “cleansing” of Indigenous lands.Clayton Tootoosis, from the Onion Lake Cree Nation in Saskatchewan, said he plans to torch the Maple Leaf on the community’s sports grounds which is the site of the planned July 1 celebrations.“The burning of the flag symbolizes the cleansing of our land, the removal of the Canadian image to stop the confusion that the Canadian government has imposed on us,” he said.Tootoosis, who has contemplated running for chief of his community, said the protest is not aimed at individuals Canadians.“It’s not the people of Canada, it is just what Canada is trying to do,” said Tootoosis. “They are trying to make us forget our culture and our heritage.”Tootoosis said the government’s recent decision to rename the Indian Affairs department as Aboriginal Affairs shows Ottawa hasn’t stopped trying to erase the identities of First Nations people.“The word Aboriginal they are trying to impose on us is meant to put us all together in one box,” said Tootoosis. “We are all different; we have our own distinct culture.”He believes assimilation is even being pushed at the school-level on reserves.“Today’s First Nations schools are modern day Indian residential schools. They use the same assimilation, colonization policies as in the beginning of the Indian residential schools,” he said. “The policy is to kill the Indian in the child. We don’t decide what’s taught in our schools. That is why our children grow up confused, believing they are Canadian when in fact we are a nation within a nation, sovereign and self-governing.”Tootoosis said there is little open support in the community for his plans to set fire to the flag, but he believes fear keeps people from backing his act.“I asked some people and they said they wouldn’t, that they would be afraid of what the consequences would be,” he said.Tootoosis, however, is part of a small, but growing movement among some Indigenous youth in the province who have begun to challenge the established political leadership in their communities.Tootoosis said First Nations communities are in a “state of crisis” and the existing political leadership is failing the people.Tootoosis is connected to a group youth in the Poundmaker Cree Nation who recently challenged their band leadership and posted the results on YouTube. Tootoosis’ cousin Colby Tootoosis filmed the event that saw band leaders walk out on weeping youth.“In other communities, the youth are starting to be more vocal for change,” he said. “Here, people are afraid of it. I encounter a lot of resistance because of what I talk about and the ideas I have that scares them and they are not really willing to look at it.”jbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

first_imgBUENOS AIRES, Argentina — The U.S.-China trade war, the Saudi crown prince’s first trip abroad since the brutal killing of a newspaper columnist and the Ukraine crisis will grab the world’s attention at this week’s G-20 summit.None of those issues is on the agenda at the two-day meeting that was meant to focus on development, infrastructure and food security. But the gathering of leaders from the world’s top industrialized and emerging nations will be eclipsed by discussions and controversy on the sidelines.“The G-20 summit features high drama on the turbulent global stage, with U.S. President Donald Trump, China’s Xi Jinping and Russia’s Vladimir Putin playing leading roles,” said Michael Shifter, head of the Inter-American Dialogue, a Washington-based think-tank .Here’s a look at the main issues during the two-day meeting that begins Friday:___U.S.-CHINA TRADE WARThe global economy is at stake when Trump and Xi meet at a high-stakes dinner in Buenos Aires on Saturday. Can they reach a truce on a dispute that has rattled markets? Trump promises to impose new tariffs on imports from China if they don’t. Most analysts doubt they will reach any overarching deal this weekend that would settle the conflict for good. But if the two sides agree to a cease-fire, it could buy time for more substantive talks.“Whether they shake hands and announce some kind of agreement, or whether they don’t, we don’t think that anything substantial is going to happen in the broader U.S.-China trade conflict,” Willis Sparks, director of global macro politics at Eurasia Group.“It involves a lot more complex issues that are not going to be resolved over the course of a single dinner.”___PRINCE OR PARIAH?Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is at the summit in the wake of the gruesome slaying of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi and allegations that he ordered the killing inside the country’s consulate in Turkey’s capital last month. Trump has given the prince a pass while citing exaggerated claims of Saudi military contracts and investments in the U.S., and Putin has not criticized Saudi Arabia or the prince either. But European and other leaders are likely to try to avoid a photo-op that could cause backlash at home by appearing to legitimize the man who U.S. intelligence agencies concluded ordered the killing.Human Rights Watch has accused the crown prince of war crimes in Yemen and responsibility for Kashoggi’s killing, and Argentine legal authorities are considering a request to prosecute bin Salman for alleged crimes against humanity.“A cloud of suspicion will loom over him as he tries to rebuild his shattered reputation at the G-20, and world leaders would do well to think twice before posing for pictures next to someone who may come under investigation for war crimes and torture,” Human Rights Watch said.___UKRAINETrump cancelled a meeting with Putin at the summit, citing Russia’s recent seizure of Ukrainian naval vessels and crews. Russia has said Ukraine didn’t have permission to pass between Russia’s mainland and the Crimean Peninsula, while Ukraine insists its vessels abided by maritime laws. Analysts say the question will be how much pressure will Trump and the EU put on Putin over the issue.___TOUGH TIMES FOR U.S.-EUROPE RELATIONSEurope is on weak footing at this year’s G-20. France fears Trump will block or eclipse any progress at the summit, and President Emmanuel Macron’s main task will be making sure Europe’s voice is heard and doesn’t get diluted by internal divisions.Trump recently lit into Macron over his suggestion that Europe build up its militaries because the continent can no longer depend on the U.S. Trump also criticized him over French tariffs on U.S. wine and even Macron’s approval ratings.Trump also said British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit agreement “sounds like a great deal for the EU” that would make it more difficult for the U.K. to strike a trade deal with the U.S. The British pound fell in the wake of his comments, which were countered by May.“The Europeans know that they need to get along for the greater good of the trade relations. But the relations between Trump and the European leaders that he’s going to see in Buenos Aires are really bad,” Sparks said. “The word that comes along to me when it comes to the relation between these leaders is: Icy.”___NAFTAMexico and Canada recently reached agreement with the Trump administration on a revamped version of the North American Free Trade Agreement, and the deal is expected to be signed during the G-20 summit, though it won’t take effect until approved by the countries’ legislatures.“Maybe the one bright spot (at the summit) is the signing of the new NAFTA,” said Shannon O’Neil, an expert on global trade at the Council on Foreign Relations.The renegotiations, however, left a bad taste among the partners, Shifter said.While the three leaders are supposed to be at the signing ceremony, Sparks said the possibility remains that it could be left to less senior officials because Canada and Mexico are not happy Trump did not lift tariffs on steel and aluminum.“What was supposed to be an event that would mark a turning point,” Sparks said, “is looking like lower down on the bill.___LOW EXPECTATIONSEven the host country of the summit has lowered expectations.Pedro Villagra Delgado, Argentina’s lead organizer for the G-20, acknowledged last week that it might not be possible to reach a consensus on a final statement.Patricio Navia, a political science professor at New York University, said there are “way too many ongoing conflicts” and potential sources of instability at a summit that will likely be “an echo chamber for the lack of co-ordination and co-operation” seen at other forums.“It is unlikely that the G20 meeting will provide any guidance as to what will happen next,” Navia said. “In fact, the meeting will probably end up generating even more instability, precisely because there will be many confusing signals coming out of the meeting.”___Associated Press writers Angela Charlton and Peter Orsi contributed to this report.___Luis Andres Henao on Twitter: https://twitter.com/LuisAndresHenaoLuis Andres Henao, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Miami – A recent study by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) entitled “The 2015 Revision of World Population Prospects” has produced estimations of the world’s population by 2050. Among the results, the Moroccan population was also reviewed. According to the UN DESA study, the population in Morocco in 2015 is 34.4 million. The prospected figure by 2050 will be 43.7 million. That is an increase of 29%. In other countries of the Maghreb region the highest population growth will be in Mauritania corresponding to 142%. Mauritania’s population will increase from to 4.1 million as of 2015, to 8 million in 2050. Algeria will witness the second highest population growth in the Maghreb region with an estimated 51% growth. Algeria’s population will reach 56.5 million in 2050 up from 39.7 as of 2015. Libya ranks 3rd with a growth of 36%. There are 6.3 million Libyans today and there will be 8.4 million in 2050, according to UN DESA. Morocco is 4th ahead of Tunisia, which will only increase in an estimated 20%, from 11.3 million as of 2015 to 13.5 million Tunisians in 2050. The study has projected the world population to reach 10 billion by 2050. Interestingly, India will become the number one demographic power in the world, outnumbering China. The strongest population growth rates will be in Niger with over 452%. On the other hand, Europe is expected to depopulate and Africa will amount to 25% of the global population. An interactive map of the study’s results may be found at Le Monde.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

By Sarah GoodmanRabat – Once again, the US President Donald Trump placed himself at odds with United States’ news outlets, this time disputing his alleged use of the slur “shithole countries” to describe developing nations during an Oval Office meeting on Thursday.High-ranking United States Senator Richard “Dick” Durbin, a Democrat from Illinois, claims that the president used the insult “repeatedly” to refer to developing nations; Donald Trump patently denies making any such remark. While discussing immigration behind closed doors, Trump allegedly maligned African nations as “shithole[s]” and openly questioned why the US allows immigration from the continent, Haiti, and El Salvador without courting more immigrants from nations like Norway.The White House issued a statement on Thursday which did not dispute the allegation.However, early on Friday Trump took to Twitter to deny saying “anything derogatory,” placing his account of events at odds with those published by National Public Radio, the Washington Post, the New York Times, Politico, and the Wall Street Journal, all quoting witnesses or sources briefed on the meeting shortly afterward.  “The language used by me…was tough, but this was not the language used,” retorted the US President.The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used. What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made – a big setback for DACA!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2018A number of foreign governments and dignitaries have joined a growing chorus, expressing their displeasure at the president’s alleged comments. The African Union said it was “frankly alarmed” and the UN human rights spokesman Rupert Colville said the comments, “I’m sorry but there is no other word for this but racist.”The meeting in question took place to discuss the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, allowing undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children to seek temporary protection, which Trump proposes to scrap entirely. Senators Durbin and Arizona Republican Jeff Flake have drafted a bill to reform the existing program, a plan now eclipsed by a new spat between the press and the president. read more

Companies in this story: (TSX:CFF, TSX:CFP)Dan Healing, The Canadian Press Rachelle Dumoulin admits her second layoff in 12 years from a northern B.C. sawmill has soured her on the boom-and-bust industry.The 39-year-old lost her job in the remote community of Mackenzie, about 180 kilometres north of Prince George, B.C., when three local sawmills were closed in 2007-08 due to a slowdown in the U.S. housing market.She used the down time to go back to university in Ontario, but returned to Mackenzie with her husband in 2010 when the mills reopened and got a job as a labourer. They bought a house and had two children, now seven and two years old, and she started a part-time photography business.In July, owner Canfor Corp. announced the mill where she worked as a weigh-scale operator would close again. Because it’s an “indefinite curtailment,” Dumoulin said, there was no severance paid.Meanwhile, her husband, a contract log truck driver, lost his job delivering to the nearby Conifex Timber Inc. sawmill during a five-week curtailment blamed on high log costs and difficult market conditions.The good news is the Conifex shutdown ended, she said.“There’s that saying, ‘You do me wrong once, shame on you; do me wrong twice, shame on me,’” Dumoulin said in an interview.“I’m not letting that happen a third time. I need to get out of this industry.”This year’s series of mill closures and production curtailments in British Columbia have affected more than 5,900 workers at 25 mills in 22 communities, according to provincial estimates.Observers say the frustrating part is that little can be done to fix the problem.Destruction caused by wildfires and a severe mountain pine beetle infestation — both linked to global warming — have created acute shortages of wood fibre in B.C. that will take decades to replace.Meanwhile, a slowdown in U.S. housing markets means prices are depressed but the province says stumpage fees for Crown timber — adjusted quarterly — can’t be reduced arbitrarily for fear of weakening Canada’s legal fight against softwood lumber duties imposed by the U.S.Marty Gibbons, president of the United Steelworkers union local in Kamloops, B.C., estimates more than 400 of his members have lost jobs thanks to the closures of sawmills in Clearwater and Clinton, B.C.But the longtime forestry worker says there’s no comparison with previous industry slowdowns in 2008 and 2015.“This isn’t a slowdown, this is a capacity reduction,” he said. “These are not temporary layoffs, this is a correction in the industry … we just don’t have enough timber to supply the mills.”Analysts expect the industry will see a lot more bad news before there’s much good news.Researchers at FEA Canada estimate there will be 53 to 55 sawmills left in the B.C. interior by 2028, down from about 95 mills in 2007, in a report based mainly on provincial timber supply estimates.“It takes 80 years to grow a tree. So, looking out 50-60 years, it looks pretty good,” said Russ Taylor, managing director of FEA Canada.“But in the interim it’s going to stay relatively flat, for the next two or three, maybe four decades.”The lack of wood fibre is expected to spill over into closures in the oriented strandboard panel sector, where two mills were closed this year, and will eventually hit the pulp and paper industry as well, said Kevin Mason, managing director of ERA Forest Products Research.Closures through the end of the year are expected to cumulatively remove about two billion board feet per year of capacity, from recent annual output of between 10 billion and 11 billion board feet, he said.“These are difficult transitions and not a day goes by that I am not thinking about the workers and communities who are being affected by these closures and curtailments,” said B.C. Forests Minister Doug Donaldson in an emailed statement.He said he is working to ensure support systems are in place for forestry workers, including job fairs, skills training and career counselling, support for families and economic diversification strategies.He offered a similar message in Mackenzie in mid-August, speaking at a rally organized by a new organization founded by three local women called Mackenzie Matters.Kim Guthrie, a 57-year-old notary public who chairs the group, said she fears for the future of the community she and her husband moved to about 30 years ago.“We don’t want to leave. We want to stay here,” she said.“This is our home and where our friends are. We know everybody. It’s a really tight, close-knit community.” read more

Two years after the worst locust infestation to hit North and West Africa in 15 years, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today warned the region to raise its level of alert against a possible new invasion of the crop-devouring insects.Important desert locust infestations have recently been detected in northwest Mauritania, raising concerns of an upsurge of swarms there and in Algeria, Mali, Morocco and Senegal as well as other countries if favourable weather and ecological conditions continue, the agency said. “Locust adults are now present in areas of recent rainfall about 150 kilometres northeast of Nouakchott (the Mauritanian capital) where they are concentrating in green vegetation,” FAO added, noting that it cost affected countries, the international community and the agency itself more than $400 million to fight the 2004 infestation.“The eggs are expected to hatch in about 10 days. Surveys are currently in progress in summer breeding areas in southern and central Mauritania, northern Niger and in the southern parts of Morocco and Algeria,” it said.FAO is arranging for a helicopter that should arrive in Mauritania next week to survey larger areas once the eggs hatch. Ground teams started control operations last week and have so far treated more than 200 hectares. A military spray aircraft is also on standby. Morocco has also launched survey operations in adjacent areas in the Sahara region where so far only isolated locusts have been reported by the military. In 2004, the locust upsurge heavily damaged agriculture in several parts of West Africa, with numerous swarms invading the Sahelian countries adjacent to the Sahara from northwest Africa, devastating crops, fruit trees and vegetation. But by the summer of 2005, the infestation ended thanks to control operations and weather unfavourable to the insects.FAO’s Assistant Director-General for Agriculture Alexander Müller said the current situation is an opportunity to field test environmentally friendly alternatives to conventional pesticides, such as the use of a natural fungus called Metarhizium anisopliae, which causes locusts to stop feeding, killing them in one to three weeks.FAO expects that the current level of resources in Mauritania such as pesticides, equipment and staff will be sufficient to address the current situation, but whether external assistance will be needed depends on how the situation develops during the next two months. read more