first_imgOdisha Chief Minister and Biju Janata Dal president Naveen Patnaik attacked the BJP-led Central government at a series of election campaign meetings in Bolangir and Kandhamal parliamentary constituencies on Thursday.Mr. Patnaik first addressed a public meeting at Biramaharajpur under the Bolangir parliamentary constituency. From there he reached the Kandhamal parliamentary constituency to address public meetings at Purunakatak, Kantamal, Daringbadi and Phiringia.At all public meetings, he alleged that the Centre was conspiring to stop the Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme of the State government that has already benefited 40 lakh peasants. The Chief Minister promised that on the first day of his next government, two instalments of the scheme worth ₹10,000 will be disbursed to farmers who have not benefited so far.Mr. Patnaik criticised the Central government for failing to keep its promise of doubling the minimum support price of paddy. He asked why the Centre had stopped financing the State’s KBK Yojana and scholarship funds for Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe students. At meetings in Kandhamal district, he lamented that even after the State government had provided land and support, railway tracks have not reached the area.Pradhan’s counterAddressing public meetings at Khallikote and Kavisuryanagar under the Aska parliamentary constituency, BJP leader and Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan hit out at Mr. Patnaik for saying the BJD will play a crucial role in government formation at the Centre if there was a fractured mandate. Mr. Pradhan asked why the Odisha CM wants a weak government at the Centre that cannot give a fitting reply to terrorists and enemies. He alleged that while Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants a strong government at the Centre, leaders such as Mr. Patnaik and those of the ‘Mahagathbandhan’ wanted a weak government for their own gains.last_img read more

first_imgIndia’s financial regulator has reached a deal with the former owners of the Gold Coast Sheraton Mirage hotel to get its hands on tens of millions of dollars that were allegedly the proceeds of one of the world’s biggest Ponzi schemes.But the proposed deal, revealed in the Federal Court in Brisbane on Tuesday, freezes out 37,000 Indians seeking their own justice in the Australian courts after being ripped off in illegal land investment schemes in India allegedly run by the Pearls group and associated companies.Read it at SMH Related Itemslast_img read more

first_imgSerena and Venus Williams will both be heading home early after losing to little-known opponents at the French OpenInstead of playing each other this week at the French Open, Serena and Venus Williams will both be heading home early.The American sisters both lost in the second round on Wednesday, each being outplayed by little-known opponents at Roland Garros.Serena, the defending French Open champion and a 17-time major winner, lost to Garbine Muguruza of Spain 6-2, 6-2. It is her earliest exit at a major tournament since falling in the first round at Roland Garros two years ago – and her most-lopsided loss ever at a Grand Slam.A short time earlier, older sister Venus was eliminated by Anna Schmiedlova of Slovakia 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.The Williams siblings would have met in the third round had they both won.”It was one of those days. You can’t be on every day, and, gosh, I hate to be off during a Grand Slam,” the top-seeded Serena said. “It happens, you know. It’s not the end of the world. It is what it is.”The sisters have lost on the same day at a major tournament twice before, with the last coming in the fourth round at Wimbledon in 2011. The other time was at the French Open in 2008 in the third round.With Li Na also eliminated, it is the first time in the Open era that the top two seeded women have lost before the third round at any Grand Slam tournament.advertisementSerena struggled from the start against the 20-year-old Muguruza and finished the match with only eight winners and 29 unforced errors.”Just nothing really worked,” Serena said. “I don’t know anything that actually worked.”Muguruza was playing at the French Open for only the second time in her career. She lost in the second round last year, but reached the fourth round at the Australian Open in January.Venus’ loss was the eighth time in her last nine major tournaments that she has failed to win more than one match.The seven-time Grand Slam champion won the first set and was up an early break in the second. But the 19-year-old Schmiedlova responded by taking eight of nine games and won 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.”I felt like this was a match that I was most likely going to win. I’m sure, I don’t know how Serena felt, but I’m sure she feels like that every time she goes on the court,” Venus said. “So I think our expectation was to play in the next round.”Since reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon in 2011, Venus has been eliminated in the first or second round at every Grand Slam tournament she has played except the 2013 Australian Open, where she reached the third round.At 33 years old, Venus is far from her best. But she has been having a solid season in 2014, winning a hard-court title in Dubai and reaching the final in Auckland.Against Schmiedlova, the 29th-seeded Venus ended up with 47 unforced errors. Schmiedlova had only 20.Venus won the last of her seven major titles at Wimbledon in 2008. She has never won the French Open, but lost to Serena in the 2002 final in their only meeting at Roland Garros.No. 12 Flavia Pennetta of Italy also lost, while No. 8 Angelique Kerber of Germany and No. 18 Eugenie Bouchard of Canada won.Also Wednesday, 2012 French Open champion Maria Sharapova was scheduled to play.In the men’s tournament, both Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic made it through to the third round.Federer beat Argentine qualifier Diego Sebastian Schwartzman 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 Wednesday, while the second-seeded Djokovic defeated Jeremy Chardy of France 6-1, 6-4, 6-2.Djokovic needs to win the French Open to complete a career Grand Slam.No. 8 Milos Raonic of Canada, No. 6 Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic, No. 18 Ernets Gulbis of Latvia, No. 25 Marin Cilic of Croatia, No. 27 Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain, No. 29 Gilles Simon of France and No. 31 Dmitry Tursunov of Russia also advanced to the third round.No. 15 Mikhail Youzhny of Russia and No. 20 Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine lost.One match that carried over from the first round ended quickly Wednesday with Steve Johnson of the United States advancing. The American saved two match points on Tuesday in the third set before completing a 4-6, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (3), 6-3, 6-3 win over Laurent Lokoli of France.The match had been suspended because of darkness on Tuesday night with Johnson leading 3-1 in the fifth.last_img read more

first_imgJames watched from the Lakers’ bench in street clothes. The four-time NBA MVP has resumed shooting, but coach Luke Walton still isn’t guessing how long he will be out.Kyle Kuzma also sat out the second half for the Lakers with a bruised lower back. The starting forward had just four points in the first half.Westbrook recorded his 115th career triple-double despite his horrific shooting, which included a 1-of-7 showing on 3-pointers. Westbrook still has 11 triple-doubles this season and eight in his last 15 games.George also struggled with his outside shooting, going 2 of 11 from beyond the arc, but otherwise carved up the Lakers’ perimeter defense despite picking up his third foul in the first quarter and heading to the bench amid a chorus of delighted boos. When he returned in the second quarter, George immediately went to work with 13 points in nine minutes.George and the Thunder appeared to draw motivation from the booing. George got a technical foul for slapping the backboard after slamming an alley-oop from Westbrook, who mimicked Lakers guard Lance Stephenson’s air guitar celebration moments later when George drew a foul from Stephenson while hitting a jumper.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Oklahoma City Thunder’s Paul George reacts after making a basket during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Thunder won 107-100. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES — Paul George scored 37 points while getting booed whenever he touched the ball by Lakers fans still angry he didn’t choose their team in free agency, leading the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 107-100 victory over Los Angeles on Wednesday night.Russell Westbrook had 14 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists despite 3-for-20 shooting, but his fellow Southern California native was the center of attention in the Thunder’s only visit to the Lakers this season.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola?center_img LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The Lakers fell into another fourth-quarter scoring drought, going more than six minutes without a field goal while the Thunder made an 11-0 run.TIP-INSThunder: Spanish guard Alex Abrines missed his fifth consecutive game for personal reasons. … The Thunder host the Lakers on Jan. 17.Lakers: Rajon Rondo also missed his fourth straight game and watched from the bench. The veteran point guard won’t be back from hand surgery for a month. … Michael Beasley missed his 13th consecutive game for personal reasons. His mother died last month.UP NEXTThunder: At Trail Blazers on Friday.Lakers: Host Knicks on Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next George scored nine points in the fourth quarter while the Thunder rallied from a five-point deficit and easily held on for their seventh win in 10 games.Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 18 of his 25 points in the first half for the Lakers, who dropped to 1-3 during LeBron James’ absence with a groin injury. Los Angeles has lost six of nine overall after its offense managed just six field goals in the fourth quarter, along with the Lakers’ usual awful free-throw shooting.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionThe boos started early for George, whose perceived crime is his decision to re-sign quickly with Oklahoma City when he became a free agent last summer. George didn’t even deign to meet with the Lakers about a return to his home state after years of hopeful speculation by Lakers fans and Magic Johnson, who wanted to team James with George.Some Lakers fans chanted “We don’t need you!” at George in the fourth quarter while he sewed up the Thunder’s win. BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jimmy Alapag joins San Miguel coaching staff View commentslast_img read more

first_imgThey were two small Argentina players with the same enormous challenge — to meet the expectations of a soccer-mad country.Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi have both proved themselves to be skilful giants on the world soccer stage despite their diminutive frames of 1.65 and 1.70 metres respectively. (Maradona should encourage Messi to come out of retirement, says Bhutia)But, while Maradona reached the heights by lifting the World Cup, Messi’s only major international honour has been Olympic gold at the 2008 Beijing Games, even though at club level he has won four Champions Leagues with Spanish greats Barcelona.Argentina’s failure to beat Chile in the final of the Copa America Centenario in the United States, a fourth lost final with the national team for Messi, proved too much for the little magician and he chose to quit international football on Sunday. (Messi retirement could hurt his legacy)”The pressure (Messi) got from fans and media was and is very big. ‘Messi must continue with the Maradona legacy’ is the message,” sports medicine specialist Norberto Debbag said.”The fans expect him to be leader and football star at the same time but it appears he’s not prepared for the social pressure the national team demands,” he told the Argentine website (Shock retirement leaves Messi-Ronaldo debate unsettled)Maradona, who had so much natural skill that he would often juggle the ball during the team’s warm-up with his bootlaces still undone, was always going to be a hard act to follow in an Argentina shirt.advertisementHe had to be pulled out of a cesspit he fell into as a two-year-old, fought tooth-and-nail for everything he achieved and, with his immense footballing talent, led Argentina to their second World Cup triumph in 1986 in Mexico.It was rarely easy, though.POOR RESULTSArgentina arrived in Mexico after disappointing results in warm-up games and even the country’s president was trying to get coach Carlos Bilardo replaced for fear of a poor tournament but a them-and-us attitude helped steer Maradona’s team through.Argentina fans have always wanted Messi to replace him as the team’s leader on such crusades, creating unbearable pressure with each failure to end a trophy drought dating back to 1993. (Did Maradona trigger Messi’s shock retirement?)The street-wise urchin approach that served Maradona so well does not work for Messi.Taking into account the Confederations Cup, Argentina have lost seven major finals since 1995, three of them to arch-rivals Brazil, and four since Messi’s debut in 2005, including the 2014 World Cup final defeat by Germany.The man closest to the force of personality brought to the team by Maradona and former defender Oscar Ruggeri, who captained Argentina to their 13th and 14th Copa America titles in 1991 and 1993, is Javier Mascherano.But he has suffered even more than Messi with defeats in five finals from 2004.Coach Gerardo Martino brought in former Argentine rugby union international Federico Todeschini in March to help his team with their motivation.Argentina went on a run of eight straight wins, including a tournament group stage victory over Chile without an injured Messi. But for the final, they evidently needed something extra.Harmony appeared to reign in the squad, Messi came back into the team after recovering and scored a record 55th goal for his country against the United States in the semi-final.But he also had a troubled start to the build-up to the final, openly criticising the Argentine FA (AFA) over disrupted travel plans from Houston to East Rutherford in New Jersey.He then decided to stay quiet over his team’s complaints about a lack of proper support from the AFA until after the final, telling reporters: “I’ll tell you afterwards.”However, Argentina’s defeat on penalties for the second time in a year to Chile has overtaken Messi’s concerns for now.last_img read more

first_imgEngland opener Alastair opener broke down while announcing his retirement to his teammates and it was only after a joke from Moeen Ali that the English dressing room went back to being normal.After spending more than a decade in international cricket, Cook announced his retirement on Monday saying “there is nothing left in the tank” but on Wednesday, he cleared the air that burn-out was not the reason for him saying goodbye to his playing career.Cook also revealed that he had told England skipper Joe Root about his plans of retiring ahead of the Southampton Test even though he informed the rest of his teammates after their 60-run win over India.England have already won the five-match series against India after taking an unassailable 3-1 lead with their win at Southampton.READ – Alastair Cook to retire from international cricket after 5th Test vs India”I was a couple of beers in and I needed to be, otherwise I’d have cried more than I actually did,” Cook told reporters on Wednesday ahead of the final Test at The Oval.”I told Rooty before the game and then told Trevor during the game””At the end of the game I said, ‘It might be good news , it might be sad for some, it might be happy for others but it’s time and I have done my bit. I will play one more game’.”There was a little bit of silence, then Mo (Moeen Ali) said something, everybody laughed and it was forgotten about.”advertisementCook has endured a poor run of form with the bat in nine Tests this year in which he has averaged 18.62 runs compared with a career average of 44.88.Also read – Thanks for all the memories: Vaughan, Laxman pay tribute to Alastair CookEven in the ongoing series against India, Cook has been struggling for runs having scored just 109 runs so far in four matches at an average of 15.57 with a highest score of just 29.Asked if he had considered requesting a sabbatical to reassess his game, Cook said: “It did cross my mind briefly, as the decision became clear in my mind.”But if you are looking over the last two or three years, I haven’t played a huge amounts of games, and I’ve never felt that getting on another plane has been the struggle.Also read – Alastair Cook thanks Graham Gooch, Barmy Army after announcing retirement”It’s hard to put it into words, but over the last six months there have been signs in my mind that this (retirement) was going to happen.”Friday’s Test against India will mark the end of Cook’s 12-year international career, during which he has become the nation’s highest run-scorer in Tests with 12,254 in 160 outings.”I can look back and say, I became the best I could become, that actually means quite a lot to me.”I have never been the most talented cricketer, I don’t pretend I was, but I definitely think I got everything out of my ability.”Everyone was talking as if I’d died. It’s nice when you hear so many nice words said about you. The last couple of days I have been back at home but I had a look last night.”Even though England have wrapped up the series, Cook is determined to play well in his last Test for England and wants to enjoy one last victory.Also read – When Cook didn’t spray champagne so Moeen could celebrate English win”It would be fantastic (to bow out on a high), but it would be great for England to win most importantly — 4-1 sounds better than 3-2. If I can play a good innings, that would be fantastic.”Hopefully this week can go well, score some runs and then I can go.”(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more


first_imgIpswich Town 0 Norwich City 1: Maddison gives Canaries more derby glory Chris Myson 20:53 10/22/17 Maddison - Cropped Getty Images Norwich City are now unbeaten in nine derby matches against Ipswich Town after James Maddison’s strike proved decisive on Sunday. In-form James Maddison scored the only goal as Norwich City won 1-0 away to rivals Ipswich Town in the Championship.The breakthrough arrived after 59 minutes, as Marco Stiepermann played in a pass to Maddison, who was allowed too much time to line up an excellent finish into the bottom-right corner from the edge of the area, his third goal in four league games.Ipswich had come close earlier when Jonas Knudsen fired a stunning effort against the post after dispossessing Norwich captain Ivo Pinto in the penalty area. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Norwich have now won four straight away matches and surge up to sixth in the table, while Ipswich have lost six of their last eight in a miserable run, having initially made an impressive start to the campaign.Mick McCarthy’s men have failed to win in nine league meetings with their rivals, in a fixture dubbed the ‘Old Farm’ derby.last_img read more

first_img 13 Hennessey 7 Son (s 67′) “He is a centre-back and I was a centre-back and I am very pleased for him,” Pochettino said of Foyth, his fellow Argentinian. “You get involved in these circumstances [the penalties] but the confidence in him is massive and his quality and his ability can be very important for this team. For him to score his goal and feel like a Premier League player is a massive, massive feeling. Now he goes to join the national team.”The goal arrived in the 66th minute and it came from a corner. For both sides, competing in the midst of continual, torrential rain, set pieces had seemed the most likely route to goal. Palace had had opportunities of their own, with James Tomkins heading wide when unmarked just minutes before.But when Harry Kane met Érik Lamela’s delivery on the penalty spot he made a far better connection. The ball was flying towards goal only to take a deflection off Luka Milivojevic, but Foyth read its trajectory before anyone else, and headed it into the roof of the net.It was not just the goal that marked out Foyth’s performance. His play throughout was characterised by a calm all the more remarkable given the baptism of fire he experienced at Molineux last week. Yes, he passed the ball out for a corner after a goal-kick in the first half but he literally laughed it off. A more common sight was the Argentinian reading Palace’s passing quicker than their own forwards, nipping in to rob possession, and, more often than not, doing something useful with the ball from there.He was joined at the forefront of the Spurs ranks by Moussa Sissoko, another unlikely star of late. Sissoko used his physicality to great effect in a defensive capacity, and did the same with his pace going forward. It was his counterattack that should have led to Spurs scoring a second in injury time, only for Son Heung-min to delay his shot for too long and squander the opportunity. 31 Guaita 23 Eriksen Spurs lost Kieran Trippier to a groin injury early in the match. While Pochettino believes the injury is not serious, it seems likely to rule the full-back out of England duty over the next 10 days. When he was replaced Trippier became the ninth Spurs player to succumb to injury since taking part in the World Cup this summer. The statistic is striking and suggests that Pochettino has perhaps had to rely too much on his established stars at the beginning of this season.This situation is perhaps beginning to change, however. The starting XI was without several regulars including Christian Eriksen, Eric Dier and Jan Vertonghen, but it had a cohesion about it and in the end Spurs deserved the three points.For Palace this was a seventh league match without a win and they are still yet to score at home from open play. It was also another match lost without Wilfried Zaha: the 12th in succession. Palace’s leading scorer (with three goals) failed to recover from a hamstring strain sustained against Chelsea last week. You could almost hear the dejected sighs around the ground as the news filtered through before kick-off.Palace did not play like a team disheartened, however. They were just as committed to the cause as their opponents, just as tactically disciplined. As well as the Tomkins chance they had another great opportunity, this one falling to the substitute Alexander Sørloth in the 90th minute. A deflection left the ball at the Norwegian’s feet, unmarked 15 yards out. He powered a shot towards the near post only for Hugo Lloris to pull off the save of the game just when his team needed it most.“The mood in the dressing room is pretty much the same one you can read on my face,” said Roy Hodgson. “It’s very hard when a team does so many good things in terms of discipline, tactical work and effort, but ends up losing by a goal to nil.“We can talk all you like about the performance, but we could also just quote the same words I said against Arsenal and Chelsea because it’s exactly the same situation. In each of the three performances the team have done extremely well.“But that won’t stop anyone from countering to say: you didn’t win a game, you didn’t score a goal and because Wilf Zaha didn’t play you lost.” (s 24′) 29 Wan Bissaka Read more 27 Lucas Moura Share on WhatsApp Last week Juan Foyth had a league debut to forget, coming away responsible for not one but two penalties at Wolves. This week the 20-year-old was the man of the match, and scored his first career goal against Crystal Palace to take Spurs to within two points of the Premier League summit. That’s what you call a learning curve.Foyth was a fitting figurehead for this victory, which was Spurs’ season to date in microcosm. Mauricio Pochettino’s side grafted away against opposition set up to stop them playing and eventually found a way to win. There may not have been much in the way of sparkling football, but their determination throughout was vivid. Share via Email Topics Corners The Observer match reports 15 Dier 2 Ward 3 van Aanholt Spurs 42 Puncheon TOT62CRY38% Leicester and Burnley hit impasse on afternoon of deep poignancy Share on Twitter 24 Aurier Share on Pinterest 7 Meyer 12 Sakho 11 Lamela Possession 2 Trippier 9 Sorloth (s 60′) Share on Facebook Read more Share on Messenger Match stats (s 70′) 4 Alderweireld Goal attempts 34 Kelly 62 38 6 C Palace Off target 9 Spurs 5 C Palace On target 2 Spurs 8 Kouyate 10 6 33 Davies 17 Sissoko Fouls 10 Kane 12 Wanyama C Palace 15 Schlupp 5 Tomkins 18 McArthur Substitutes 18 Llorente (s 83′) Premier League 11 8 22 Gazzaniga Substitutes 14 Ayew 1 Lloris (s 71′) 4 Milivojevic 10 Townsend Share on LinkedIn Lineups 8 Winks Tottenham Hotspur TOT CRY Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur: Premier League – as it happened 21 Foyth 44 Riedewald 20 Alli Crystal Palace Reuse this contentlast_img read more

first_imgTouch Football Australia is the governing body for the sport in this country, and is the only Touch Football organisation in Australia recognised by the Australian Sports Commission (ASC). Touch Football is a minimal contact sport that actively encourages physical fitness, team building, communication skills, hand-eye coordination, decision making skills and promotes mutual participation by both boys and girls. There is currently over 500,000 Australian school children who enjoy and participate in various forms of Touch Football. This participation rate ranks Touch Football as one of the highest participation sports for school aged children in Australia. Touch Football Australia’s National Sport Operations Manager, Marianne Maguire, says that there are many benefits of playing Touch Football in an affiliated competition. “There are over 310 affiliated local competitions in Australia and over 25,000 teams competing within those affiliates. They are competitions that provide a quick fitness fix,” Maguire said. Children who participate in junior affiliated competitions are presented with a greater opportunity to develop their skills, understanding of the game and potential for representation. As a member of an affiliated association, junior participants have access to qualified coaches, they participate in games with qualified referees and they are also eligible to participate in regional, state and national tournaments. Another benefit is the link with the ASC and the accreditation of referees, coaches and other technical areas through ASC accredited programs. One of the considerable benefits of being an affiliated association of Touch Football Australia is the insurance and legal reassurance of being an incorporated body. Touch Football South Australia Sport Development Coordinator, Bri Wyatt, says that there are many benefits of juniors playing in affiliated Touch competitions. “The main benefits are being active, so that’s one of our biggest focuses with our kids is making sure they are active and being involved. So the opportunity to run around, especially in a mixed sport as well, both boys and girls, having that interaction are then benefits,” Wyatt said. Other benefits of Touch Football for junior players include that it is easy to learn, it is a cheap sport to play, there is minimal equipment needed and it isn’t a time consuming sport. Carmel Good, mother of current Australian Men’s Open representative, Nick, says she would definitely recommend Touch Football to parents looking for a sport for their children to play. “I chose getting him involved in Touch because they were all playing rugby league and it was a good off-season sport, that’s how we got involved.”“I can’t tell you the benefits that Touch Football has given to our family, it’s been tremendous. For kids, it’s the fitness side of it and the friendships (are some of the benefits),” she said. To find out where to play Touch Football in your area, please click on the map of Australia on the right hand side of the Touch Football Australia homepage at Play for life…join a sporting club is the Australian Sport Commission’s Community Sport Division’s national campaign. It is aimed at encouraging parents to support their children to join a sporting club. You can use the club finder ( to help connect you with sporting clubs in your area. Simply select your state and the sport you are interested in and then click Search. Links to relevant websites will appear on your screen.last_img read more

first_imgWhen Nikita Parris stepped up against Scotland to take the penalty that would become England’s first goal of the 2019 Women’s World Cup, there was one woman back at home who knew exactly how she was feeling.Gillian Coultard’s 51st-minute penalty against Canada in Helsingborg, Sweden, on 6th June 1995 was England’s first goal ever in an official FIFA Women’s World Cup. The midfielder followed that up with a late header to secure a 3-2 win and all three points.“People say a player ‘rose like a salmon’, but the size of our kit, it was like a parachute!” she recalls – because in 1995 there was no such thing as a women’s fit kit. Instead, the England squad had shirts intended for men, and for a woman standing at just over five feet in her football boots, they were outrageously oversized. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “It was a big occasion for us, playing the first game. I was the first one to score – and to score two, to have that accolade as well in a World Cup, it’s treasured.”Coultard was a senior player during that tournament, at the age of 31, and had previously captained the side in Debbie Bamford’s absence, taking the armband again after her retirement. She was the first woman to reach 100 caps for England, which in those days was some achievement, considering the tiny number of international matches they had, all of which meant time taken off from work, often unpaid.“I was quite fortunate – I did get time off, and with pay,” she says. “But quite a lot of the girls had to take holiday, or they lost pay, or they lost their jobs.“We didn’t really have anything compared to what they’ve got now. We were playing World Cup games every two days. Now they play every four or five days. Everything has totally changed. But you have to have a starting point somewhere, and it’s got better each time.”That first tournament for England also meant a lot of miles clocked up as they made it out of the four-team group and then faced Germany in the first knockout round. The FA arranged the hotels for the squad, and the players were reimbursed for their journeys to and from Heathrow, the start and finish point of their travel.England 1997That is not to say any of it was direct – there were connecting flights, boat journeys, and even an overnight sleeper train before one match. Other squads benefited from more investment and a more established set-up – Coultard recalls that the Germany team went everywhere by plane.It is worth noting that this World Cup was less than 12 months before the FA hosted the 1996 men’s Euros in England, with the country enthralled by the exploits of Terry Venables’ side. Coultard and her team-mates, meanwhile, were knocked out of the tournament by Germany, beaten 3-0 on a Tuesday evening, and headed straight back home to their day jobs. Nonetheless, she thinks fondly of the whole experience.“It’s really funny to see the old photographs flying around,” she says. “You think, ‘Oh my God, where did you get that from?’ It’s a nice memory and one that a lot of us will treasure for a long, long time – we were the first to represent England in a World Cup.”The 55-year-old spent most of her domestic career across four decades with the legendary Doncaster Belles, but she does not talk about it much these days; recently some new colleagues found out about her achievements after she shared some video clips on social media.“I’ve had some right ribbing about that!” she laughs. “They didn’t realise what I’d done. It’s all out in the open now. It’s nice to reminisce, and it’s nice to see how things have progressed.”And even though she is one of the most significant England centurions, she has not yet seen her name displayed on the honour board at St George’s Park in person, though she was very pleased to be listed between Peter Shilton and David Beckham.“Over my career, we played about four or five [international] games a season,” she says. “To achieve that amount of caps over that number of years… You look now at the girls who are playing between ten and fifteen a season. It’s a vast amount [of matches] now, but to be the first one with the hundred is always special.”Nikita Parris England 2019Coultard has of course been watching the current crop of England stars in action in France, and remains cautiously optimistic about their chances this year.“I don’t think we’ve played particularly well,” she muses. “We struggled a bit against Scotland, but in any football match you’re not going to dominate for 90 minutes. I thought we were all right in the last game [against Argentina], I didn’t think we were fantastic, but it’s the points that matter. We’ve now got to go against Japan, the last one, and win the group. Getting out of the group is the first thing you need to do – everything else takes care of itself in the next stage.”And although England were knocked out of the last World Cup by Wednesday’s opponents, Coultard does not think it will be preying on the mind of any Lionesses.“When you get to a World Cup, past games that you’ve played against countries go out of the window, for me,” she says. “It’s just one of those things. They know what they’ve got to do. It’s all to play for.”last_img read more

first_imgzoom Miami-based cruise line giant Royal Caribbean Cruises took delivery of its 24th ship, Ovation of the Seas, from the German shipbuilder Meyer Werft on April 8.Ovation of the Seas is the third Quantum-class vessel, after Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas, built at Meyer Werft.The ship will now sail to Southampton, U.K., where it will offer a series of short getaways before it sets sail on a 52-night Global Odyssey culminating in the arrival to its homeport in Tianjin, China.The cruise vessel, which was constructed in 18 months, is scheduled to begin its first homeport sailing season in China from Tianjin in June 2016.Ovation spans 18 decks, encompasses 168,666 gross registered tons, carries 4,180 guests at double occupancy and features 2,091 staterooms.With the delivery of the new vessel, the Royal Caribbean Cruises owns three Quantum-class ships, while two more are under construction at Meyer Werft.“It’s wonderful to welcome Ovation of the Seas to the Royal Caribbean family of ships,” said Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. Image Courtesy: Royal Caribbean Cruiseslast_img read more

3 August 2007The United Nations agency entrusted with aiding Palestinian refugees today condemned an Israeli army incursion into one of its schools in southern Gaza, which left property damaged. “This is a violation of our property and we expect the IDF to halt any operation that places in danger our staff and which damages our installations,” UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) Director in Gaza John Ging said, using the acronym of the Israeli Defence Forces.Local residents said Israeli soldiers and two tanks entered the compound of the Al Shouka Elementary Coeducational School and arrested two of the guards. The main gate of the school was damaged during the operation. Israeli soldiers then rounded up some 50 other people, bringing about 15 of them to the school, where they were held for several hours before being moved elsewhere. read more

MONTREAL — Quebec’s main pension fund manager earned a return of 4.5% on its portfolio in the first six months of 2013 as it said the global economy showed signs of greater “normalcy.”The Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec’s net assets increased to $185.9-billion at the end of June, up from $176.2-billion at the end of 2012.The Caisse’s performance for the first six months of the year compared with a gain of 3.5% in the same period a year ago and 3.7% in the first half of 2011.Chief executive Michael Sabia says the global economy is showing signs of returning to greater “normalcy” as the United States enters a more solid growth phase and the Chinese economy slows to a more sustainable long-term pace.The Caisse manages investments primarily for public and private pension and insurance plans in Quebec.Over four years, the Caisse reported an average annual return of 10.5%. read more

first_img A TEENAGER DIED in hospital last night due to injuries sustained in a car crash on Friday night.The 18-year-old woman was seriously injured when the car she was a passenger in collided with a truck. She was taken to Limerick University Hospital where her injuries were described as critical, but she has since passed away.The 19-year-old male driver of the car was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was removed to University Hospital Limerick. The driver of the truck was uninjured.The two vehicle collision happened on the N21 at Wards Cross on the Limerick side of Abbeyfeale at around 7.40pm.Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to contact Newcastle West Garda Station on 069 20650, the garda confidential telephone line 1800 666 111 or any garda station.Read: One teenager killed and another critical after Limerick crash involving truck By Gráinne Ní Aodha Sunday 26 Mar 2017, 4:47 PM 4 Comments Image: Google Maps Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Mar 26th 2017, 4:47 PM Share13 Tweet Email Image: Google Maps 18-year-old woman dies after Limerick collision Friday evening The 19-year-old male driver of the car was pronounced dead at the scene. Short URL 18,387 Views last_img read more

first_imgCyclone : Phet provoque l’évacuation de 60.000 PakistanaisPakistan – Classé catégorie 4 sur l’échelle de Saffir-Simpson, le cyclone Phet s’approche dangereusement d’Oman et de la côte sud du Pakistan. 60.000 Pakistanais ont déjà été évacués par mesure de précaution. Formé dans la mer d’Oman, Phet “a presque atteint les côtes d’Oman et pourrait virer en direction du Pakistan sur les côtes des provinces du Sind et du Baloutchistan dans les prochaines 24 à 36 heures”, explique Naeem Shah, responsable du département de météorologie pakistanais sur le site de Europe 1.  Les météorologues s’attendent à des vents de 240 km/h, avec des pointes à 280 km/h en rafales. Sur la côte, les vagues pourraient atteindre 8 mètres et d’importants dégâts sont d’ores et déjà à prévoir.  Le 3 juin 2010 à 13:22 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_img South Korea’s foreigner-only casinos see revenues grow in August RGB expecting strong 2019 despite second quarter revenue, profit decline Load More RelatedPosts Jeju gaming decline sees Landing International fall into loss in 1H19 The relocation of Landing Casino from its former home at Hyatt Regency Jeju Hotel to the company’s Jeju Shinhwa World integrated resort in February drove Landing International Development Limited to a 360% increase in consolidated revenue for the first six months of 2018 to HK$1.75 billion.The significant jump included HK$1.41 billion in gaming revenue and HK$347.4 million in non-gaming revenue, with profit attributable to owners of the company up from HK$48.6 million in 1H17 to HK$280.6 million this year. Segment profit from the gaming business was HK$754.8 million – an increase of almost 8,500% on its HK$8.9 million profit in the same period in 2017. Landing Casino, which moved to its new home on 25 February 2018, is around seven times larger than its previous location at 5,500 square meters and boasts 155 gaming tables and 147 EGMs.Landing said it also enjoyed strong growth across its non-gaming segments, particularly MICE, with Landing Convention Centre hosting several high-profile regional and national events, the company stated in its earnings release.“Jeju Shinhwa World regularly attracted many local and foreign visitors to Shinhwa Theme Park, Shinhwa World Hotels and Resorts, YG Republique, GD Café and MICE facilities in Landing Convention Centre and generated segment revenue of approximately HK$163.9 million which was mainly generated from its hotels, MICE events, food and beverage services, theme park tickets and merchandise sales as well as leases of retail spaces in the resort,” Landing said.The company is also set to hold a groundbreaking ceremony next week for its planned US$1.5 billion Philippines IR, NayonLanding, after being granted a provisional gaming license by PAGCOR in July.“Following the successful opening of Jeju Shinwa World, this investment is an ideal opportunity for the group to strategically expand its footprint into Southeast Asia, hence taking a major step towards the company’s aspiration to be a leading premium integrated resort operator in the region,” Landing added.“According to the Department of Tourism of the Republic of the Philippines, Korea and China are currently the two largest sources of tourism to the country. We expect that NayonLanding, when open, will be able to leverage the growing brand equity in Jeju Shinhwa World to attract more Koreans and tourists in the region.”last_img read more

first_img“Satire is part of what we do,” New Yorker editor David Remnick said in a statement. “And it is meant to bring things out into the open, to hold up a mirror to the absurd. And that’s the spirit of this cover.”The Obama camp wasn’t so sure.”The New Yorker may think, as one of their staff explained to us, that their cover is a satirical lampoon of the caricature Senator Obama’s right-wing critics have tried to create,” a spokesperson for Senator Obama said in a statement. “But most readers will see it as tasteless and offensive. And we agree.” A spokesman for Senator John McCain said they “completely agree.”In 2006, Remnick interviewed Obama at the American Magazine Conference in Phoenix, while Obama was contemplating a run for the White House. Obama told Remnick he wasn’t sure he wanted to put his family through the scrutiny of a presidential race. “My wife would be leading the bandwagon for me to be running for president … if I was married to someone else.”SEE RELATED VIDEO: Remnick talks about Obama in MayBut judging from the swift, fierce reaction among bloggers, it appears the New Yorker’s liberal-leaning politics may not shield it from criticism this time. “I believe the magazine’s staff when they say the illustration is meant ironically, as a parody … But it’s still fairly incendiary,” Jake Tapper, who covers the campaign trail for ABC News, wrote on his blog. “I wonder what the reaction would be were it the Weekly Standard or the National Review putting such an illustration on their covers.” RELATED POST: Does David Remnick Have to Explain the Obama Joke? The New Yorker is facing a firestorm of criticism over a caricature of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama and his wife.The cover of its July 21 “Politics of Fear” issue—hitting newsstands Monday—depicts the Illinois senator in radical Islamic clothing giving a so-called “fist-bump” to Michelle Obama, who is shown with a machine gun strapped across her shoulder. In the background, an American flag burns in a fireplace underneath a framed picture of Osama bin Laden. The cover was illustrated by Barry Blitt, who “satirizes the use of scare tactics and misinformation in the Presidential election to derail Barack Obama’s campaign,” according to a New Yorker press release. last_img read more

first_imgBlack tar heroin is one form of the narcotic that’s reached rural Alaska. Photo courtesy Alaska Department of Public Safety.Federal officials say in 2014 they intercepted nearly ten times as much heroin coming into Alaska than in 2013. The growing use of the drug is impacting urban and rural areas. This is the first in a series of three stories about the impacts of heroin in Bethel and how the community is fighting it. It begins with one woman’s struggle to get clean in Bethel.Listen now:Don’t be fooled by Tracy Faulkner’s 5’4” frame. The small brunette with thick hair and the nickname malaggai, which means “fur hat” in Yup’ik, is a former wrestling champion.She competed against boys in high school, going all the way to state and national competition. But in her off time she hid a dark secret.“When I wasn’t training I would go and use — steal my parents’ booze, you know, find weed. It eventually progressed to taking pills,” said Faulkner.Tracy Faulkner. Photo by Dean Swope/KYUKThat started when she was 12. One semester into college drugs started taking a priority over schoolwork. She dropped out and returned to Bethel where she tried school again, but her drug use intervened. She started a food truck business, but couldn’t maintain that either. That’s when Faulkner’s need for escape escalated.“I got addicted to Tramadol – started taking that, eventually it wasn’t doing the trick for me anymore – I wanted that same high which I first got in the beginning. Then went to Oxycontin, and then went to using heroin,” said Faulkner.Faulkner smoked it. Others inject. She couldn’t hold a job and was stealing to support her habit. Each high, or ‘nifty’ as they’re called, cost $100 here.There are no treatment programs specifically for heroin addiction in Bethel. Treatment centers in Anchorage have waiting lists. Rick Robb is Bethel’s Mayor and also runs residential facilities for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation.  “It seems like a few years ago it would be non-existent to rare, but now we’re seeing full-blown heroin and we’re seeing it more and more. So the numbers are definitely increasing,” said Robb.YKHC’s behavioral health division offers outpatient and inpatient treatment for those struggling to get off drugs and alcohol. But there are only 16 beds at the local center and they’re not equipped to handle heroin withdrawal. Sometimes, Robb says, people endure the painful process in the hospital emergency room or at home.“People can come in if they have a problem, and we’re gonna do the best we can with the resources we have to get people the help they need. I think we have to. There’s some emphasis on us. We have to improve our programing specifically for heroin and we have to learn more about it,” said Robb.Faulkner says she distinctly remembers the day this winter when she gazed out the window at a friend’s house and realized she wanted to make a change.“I remember looking out on the river and just seeing everybody living life and I was stuck in this dark place,” said Faulkner.But with no detox facility in Bethel, Faulkner realized it would have to be cold turkey. She reached out to an uncle for help. He cared for her as she went through withdrawal.“You get sick to your bones, I mean you want to crawl out of your skin. You lay in bed all day. You have the shakes, the sweats, you know. You’re puking, out the other end, you know it’s bad to where I couldn’t get out of bed,” said Faulkner.After detox at home, she was ready to check herself into the local treatment program run by YKHC. But it wasn’t an easy process. YKHC told her it could take weeks to get an assessment necessary to access treatment. Instead of waiting she got the assessment at a local primary care clinic and was able to check in to in-patient treatment through YKHC within a few days. Robb, with YKHC, says he knows they need to do a better job of getting patients quickly into treatment. Now Faulkner is done with her treatment program. She says she gains strength from her ancestors and from her young son, who she says deserves to grow up in a healthy environment.“It’s our younger generation that’s going to be most affected by this. I mean, our heritage, our culture is gonna be lost. For me, looking at my own child, I don’t want him to grow up in this kind of community. I want him to grow up in the community that I was raised in. Where we showed love for each other, where we cared for each other, where we stood as one,” said Faulkner.Faulkner says she knows she’s in a unique position to help unite people in the region around the issue, and now that she’s clean that will be her focus.Officials seized nearly 10 times as much heroin in 2014 compared to 2013. Graphic by Ben Matheson / KYUK.This is part 1 of a 3-part KYUK series. Click here for part 2 and part 3.last_img read more