High 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 Rustlers
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal boss Emery expects emotion, passion for Spurs Cup clashby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery expects more emotion tonight for their Carabao Cup quarterfinal clash with Tottenham.Emery saw plenty of passion in his first encounter with Tottenham on December 2, a game that swung this way and that before it was settled by Arsenal’s stirring second-half performance.“I think showing emotion is very important,” said Unai. “I think football is emotion. And in a derby, maybe this emotion is greater.“When you win it’s amazing, when you lose it’s horrible. But respect is very important. We can show this emotion with respect when we are playing, but also when they scored against us, they can show their emotion with their supporters. But with respect. “We need to show this emotion when we are playing, when we are winning, because I think football needs this passion.“I say to [the players] that, in every match, we need to respect the opposition. Against Southampton, against Tottenham, against Manchester United, against Huddersfield, it’s the same. This respect is by playing with a big motivation and a lot of excitement to win against them. “We must respect this emotion in every moment. But the emotion is not bad. I think showing our emotion, the players, the fans and me, is good. But every time we must respect them.”
DURHAM, NC – FEBRUARY 7: A general view of the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Duke University Blue Devils tip off at center court to begin their game on February 7, 2007 at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, North Carolina. North Carolina won 79-73.(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)Former Duke star J.J. Redick is back in Durham this week, and worked out at the team’s facility yesterday. He’s back out there today, and shooting like he used to do for the Blue Devils, according to the Duke basketball Twitter account. All-time Duke scoring leader @JJRedick shooting 92% unofficially in this workout. The guy can’t miss. #DukeFam pic.twitter.com/qH5Bg6imDZ— Duke Basketball (@dukeblueplanet) September 15, 2015Crazy to think that Redick is entering his 10th NBA season. Time flies.
CALGARY – The gatekeepers of Canada’s rich agriculture exports are spending hundreds of millions of dollars to upgrade export terminals as they prepare the country to become an ever-growing bread basket to the world.Canadian grain shipments have been steadily rising and hit a record high in the last crop year. And Canadian companies are making long-term bets on the growth of crop exports.Statistics for the 2016-2017 crop year shows Canada continues to improve on the massive logistical hurdle of moving prairie grains to global markets.“It was the best year we’ve ever had in terms of total movement and total amount of grain that was exported,” said Mark Hemmes, president of Quorum Corp., which monitors grain shipping for the federal government.The numbers show Canada’s rail network moved 50.7 million tonnes of grain from Western Canada for a five per cent bump from the year before, with about 39.7 million of that getting shipped to the ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, and Thunder Bay.To put it into perspective, the amount of grain hauled on trains last season would be the equivalent weight of carrying 430 CN Towers, which lined up end to end would stretch from about Montreal to Quebec City.Farming techniques and climate change are set to make Canada even more productive, says Karl Gerrand, chief executive of grain handler G3 Canada.“Farmers are getting better at growing grain. They’re using drone technology, they’re using GPS technology, genetics continues to improve, we’re growing more grain out of less land.”The company, which bought a majority stake in the Canadian Wheat Board’s assets after it lost its monopoly in 2012, is in the midst of spending more than half a billion dollars on a modern grain shipping terminal in Vancouver, the first built from scratch at the port since the late 1960s.Gerrand said climate change will also increase international demand for Canadian agriculture, which has already seen a big jump in shipments to Asia.“From a Canadian perspective, we’re positioned fairly well to manage what appears to be coming at us like a freight train,” said Gerrand.“What you’re going to find over time, and research would indicate, is that geographical areas like Canada, the northern climes, will become more efficient at growing grains, at the expense, unfortunately, of the more southern climes.”G3’s terminal will be a dominant player, with capacity to ship about eight million tonnes a year, but all the major grain handlers have been making investments.Winnipeg-based grain handlers Parrish and Heimbecker Ltd. and Paterson GlobalFoods have a West Coast terminal in the works that will be able to ship about four million tonnes of grains a year.The export terminal, to be built on the Fraser River in Surrey, B.C.’s port lands, is still going through regulatory review with a potential construction start next year.And further north, Ray-Mont Logistics International officially opened its new grain terminal in Prince Rupert at the end of August, which can ship about a million tonnes a year.The recent investments come on top of work wrapped up last year, including Viterra Inc.’s tripling the capacity of its Vancouver terminal to six million tonnes a year, and Richardson International doubling the capacity of its terminal, also to about six million tonnes.The transportation system has in recent years strained under the increased load — including a disastrous 2013 shipping year — leading to major investments in smoother operations and better co-ordination.Gerrand said G3’s Vancouver terminal is designed to improve the efficiency of the system, allowing two 134-car trains to unload simultaneously while still hooked up to the locomotive and in motion, which he said will reduce cycle times from farmers fields to the port by more than 40 per cent.“Everyone in the industry is concerned about congestion at all of our ports, including Vancouver. We’re bringing the solution,” he said.Hemmes of shipping monitor Quorum Corp. said the capacity and efficiency investments are needed, since farmers have been improving grain production by about 2.5 to three per cent a year for the past five years, with more growth on the way.He said the latest efforts, however, are part of a long-term push to improve grain transportation, with travel times cut in half since he started monitoring the system in the early 2000s.“It used to be 70, sometimes as much as 80 days to get from the farm to the time it got on a vessel at the port. That’s down into the low 40s now. So the system has become far more efficient.”
Major North American indices fell after the Federal Reserve said it will raise interest rates this year more times than initially expected.The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index fell 23.16 points to 16,265.82.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average shed 119.53 points to 25,201.20. The S&P 500 index retreated by 11.22 points to 2,775.63 and the Nasdaq composite index lost 8.09 points to 7,695.70.The fall came after the Federal Reserve issued a statement saying it was raising its benchmark interest rate 25 basis points to two per cent — the second rate hike this year.The Fed also announced it would raise rates another two times this year, bringing the 2018 total to four when many investors expected three.“There’s going to be a lot more pressure on the Canadians right now if we’re seeing four rate hikes from the States to do at least one … if not two this year,” said Michael Currie, vice-president and advisor at TD Wealth.The Bank of Canada is expected to raise rates in July, said Currie, but now the likelihood that it will do so again before the end of 2018 has gone up. The Bank of Canada will have three more interest rate announcements after July 11.Foreign investors look for the best rates in stable countries for their money, he said, and often choose between Canada and the U.S.People moving their money out of Canada into the States, he said, pushes down the loonie.“The best way to defend the dollar is to keep raising rates.”The Canadian dollar averaged 76.99 cents US, up 0.09 of a US cent.The July crude contract gained 28 cents to US$66.64 per barrel and the July natural gas contract advanced about two cents to US$2.96 per mmBTU.The August gold contract rose US$1.90 to US$1,301.30 an ounce and the July copper contract moved up about a penny to US$3.25 a pound.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.
New Delhi: Hospitality firm OYO will invest Rs 1,400 crore in India and Nepal markets in 2019 as part of efforts to increase infrastructure, strengthen technology and internal capability, it said Tuesday. The company also announced the launch of a new brand, Collection O hotels, to its existing portfolio of the budget- to mid-segment hotel chain brands. “Rs 1,400 crore will go in capex, technology and leadership,” OYO India and South Asia CEO Aditya Ghosh told reporters here. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepThe idea is to further deepen and widen presence across India while focusing on aggressive capacity building to bring the choice of an OYO hotel to every corner of the country, he added. The company is currently present in over 259 cities in India with over 8,700 buildings (hotels and homes) and more than 173,000 rooms. “As we expand our presence in the market, consistency of quality is key. As a customer first company, we are heavily invested in ensuring customer responsiveness,” he added. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsOYO also launched an in-app SoS button for emergency assistance with options to contact the OYO safety response team as well as local law enforcement authorities. When asked whether the Rs 1,400 crore investment for India and Nepal will come from the $1 billion funds raised by the company, Ghosh replied in the affirmative. Commenting on the plans of the company going forward, OYO Founder and Group CEO Ritesh Agarwal said: “With a strong balance sheet, today we can go to more places than ever, introduce new categories, invest in our assets, while maintaining our high-quality standards, without raising any further capital.” The company is also narrowing its losses as a percentage of realised value (OYO Hotels’ sales run rate) year-on-year from 44.5 percent in 2016-17 to 20.3 percent in 2017-18 and 10 per cent in 2018-19, he added. OYO is currently present in more than 500 cities across 10 countries – India, China, Malaysia, Nepal, the UK, UAE, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Philippines, and more recently Japan.
New Delhi: Global Alliance for Mass Entrepreneurship (GAME) and Facebook Tuesday said they have collaborated to help small entrepreneurs in India build their businesses using digital platforms to aggregate demand, market products and acquire customers. The objective of this partnership is to ramp up job creation and to further empower entrepreneurs, in line with Facebook’s commitment to train 5 million people with digital and entrepreneurial skills by 2021, a statement said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal “GAME and Facebook will kick-start their engagement with a project empowering local communities of rural entrepreneurs – using digital and physical modes, a landscape review and identification of solutions for women entrepreneurs and a grand prize challenge for innovative models that spur new business creation,” it added. Phase I will be rolled out this year covering 10 states including Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Jammu and Kashmir and Maharashtra among others. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost “Imagine the power of a platform that can bring together communities of artisan clusters, agri-entrepreneurs or homepreneurs in the thousands to learn, collaborate and succeed – the possibilities are boundless,” GAME founder and former Chairman of Microsoft India, Ravi Venkatesan said. GAME — a consortium of public and private organisations — was formed last year and aims to facilitate creation of 10 million new entrepreneurs and 50 million jobs by 2030, with a special focus on opportunities for women. The statement pointed out that women currently comprise 23 per cent of internet users and six per cent of mass entrepreneurs in India. The partnership aims to significantly improve women’s participation in the workforce through entrepreneurship by increasing internet usage and leveraging its potential to connect and empower, it added. “We believe that when you give women and youth the skills and technology to improve their lives, we can equip them to unlock economic and social value for themselves and their communities,” Facebook India, South and Central Asia Public Policy Director Ankhi Das said.
Royce White, the Houston Rockets’ first-round draft pick, is away from the team and says the club has been ”inconsistent” in its agreement to help him cope with his anxiety disorder.The 6-foot-8 White, the 16th overall pick in the 2012 draft, made a deal with the team to travel by bus to some games this season, so he could confront his fear of flying and obsessive compulsive disorder over the long term. He flew with the team to its season opener in Detroit, then traveled by bus to games at Atlanta and Memphis.He was not with the team for Monday’s home game against Miami and also missed Tuesday’s practice.”In hindsight, perhaps it was not a good idea to be open and honest about my anxiety disorder – due to the current situations at hand that involve the nature of actions from the Houston Rockets,” White said in a statement released by his publicist Tuesday night. ”As a rookie, I want to settle into a team and make progress; but since preseason, the Rockets have been inconsistent with their agreement to proactively create a healthy and successful relationship.”Houston general manager Daryl Morey also released a statement on Tuesday night, saying White ”is not available right now. We are committed to his long term success and we will continue to support him now and going forward.”White’s off-the-court issues were never a secret, but the Rockets felt as though he was worth the risks. In one spectacular season at Iowa State, he became the only Division I player to lead his team in scoring (13.4 points per game), rebounds (9.3 per game), assists (five per game), steals (1.2 per game) and blocks (0.9 per game) and led the Cyclones to their first NCAA tournament appearance in seven years.He missed the first week of training camp, though, to meet with the Rockets about creating an arrangement that he felt would help him balance his anxiety disorder with the demands of the NBA schedule. White said on his Twitter account Tuesday that he is ”most defiantly not AWOL” and that the team is aware of the reason for his current absence.”Any other response is inaccurate,” he said in his statement. ”This is important to me, it is a health issue. I must advocate for my rights, it is a player-commodity league – the failure to meet my requests for support will end with me being unhealthy and that is not a consequence that I am willing to accept to play any sport.”The Rockets play New Orleans on Wednesday night at the Toyota Center. Coach Kevin McHale has also been away from the team since taking a leave of absence on Saturday to return home to Minnesota and deal with a family matter.http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=espn:8460068
FIFA has said that it has “taken note” of its former president Sepp Blatter’s attendance at a World Cup game despite being banned from football.The 82-year-old Blatter, was in Russia to watch Portugal’s 1-0 Group B victory over Morocco on Wednesday on the invitation of Russian president Vladimir Putin.The Swiss’ 17-year spell in charge of world football’s governing body ended amid a corruption scandal in 2015 and FIFA banned Blatter for eight years, which was later reduced to six years on appeal.“FIFA has taken note of Mr Blatter’s visit to Russia,” a FIFA spokesperson told BBC Sport.Fan dies after setting herself on fire protesting Iran’s ban on women spectators Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 A young woman from Iran set, only publicly known as The Blue Girl for the color of her favorite club Esteghlal, has died from her injuries after protesting Iran’s ban on female fans.“We have no further comment at the present stage.”In September 2015, Swiss authorities announced that Blatter was under investigation over a £1.3m “disloyal payment” to Michel Platini, the ex-boss of European football’s governing body Uefa, in 2011.However, the both men denied any the allegation
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe insists that Jermain Defoe’s loan move to Rangers hasn’t been completedAfter just four substitute appearances in the Premier League this season, Defoe looks set to leave Bournemouth for a reported 18-month loan deal.The 36-year-old will link up with former England team-mate Steven Gerrard, who now coaches Rangers in the Scottish Premiership (SPL).But Howe is adamant nothing has been confirmed as the transfer will only go ahead if it’s in Defoe’s best interests.“No deal has been finalised,” said Howe, according to the Express.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“So until that moment happens, it would be foolish of me to comment, so let’s wait and see what happens in the next few days.“Any deal which does get agreed will be in the player’s best interest and what the player wants to pursue.“From our side, I have said from day one, I love working with Jermain. The relationship we have had, how professional he has been and for the group of players. As I say, no deal has been finalised, so let’s see what happens.”Defoe has previously played for West Ham, Tottenham, Portsmouth and Sunderland in the Premier League and is the seventh highest scorer in the competition with 162 goals in 496 games.