Girls to shine in backyard

first_imgBy BEN HARRISThe 2014 National Youth Championships is hours away but for two Queensland girls, it can’t come quick enough.Queensland Secondary Schools Touch (QSST) players Mia Johnstone and Emma Sykes will don the maroon jersey for this week’s event at the Sunshine Coast Stadium.But more importantly, they will be playing in front of their family and friends.Johnstone and Sykes are Sunshine Coast girls – Johnstone is from Twin Waters and Sykes from Sippy Down.Playing in a big tournament in their own backyard is something the pair of 16-year-olds are looking forward to.“It is pretty exciting because it is a really good ground and a massive stadium. Plenty of supporters, so it is going to be very exciting,” Sykes said.This is Sykes’ debut at the National Youth Championships while Johnstone previously played for Sunshine Coast Pineapples. “The experience will be awesome. Playing at a high level with a lot of girls I’ve grown up playing with, so that will be awesome. Every game will be challenging,” Johnstone said.Having played in every girls division final since 1996 – winning 14 of the 18 finals including the past two years – there is a lot of expectation on QSST to maintain their incredible record.“Playing for Queensland you have that expectation in the past about winning,” Johnstone said.“You have to withhold that but I think you need to just get out there and have fun; make the most of it.”New South Wales Combined High Schools have been QSST’s biggest threat each year, and 2014 will be no different.“It is going to be really hard because, even from the under 15s, it was pretty tough competition. It is always hard playing New South Wales and other states,” Sykes said.Sunshine Coast councillor Peter Cox said he would be coming out and watching the National Youth Championships.“I came here last year and the competition was really tight and a great spectacle,” Councillor Cox said.“Anyone out there who hasn’t got anything to do in the next couple of days they should come down here because they will see some quality football.”Councillor Cox said the Sunshine Coast would benefit from the National Youth Championships, as well as the State of Origin series (played on Friday and Saturday).“It’s a pretty special time for us and the Sunshine Coast. The players, officials, spectators and families all coming along gives our local economy a great boost, and it is great to show off our great facilities,” Councillor Cox said.There are plenty of ways to keep up-to-date with all of the latest results, news and information from the 2014 National Youth Championships (NYC). The Touch Football Australia and NYC websites will be updated regularly throughout the event with all of the latest information and can be found by clicking on the links below: www.nyc.mytouchfooty.com www.touchfootball.com.au All of Touch Football Australia’s social media pages will be regularly updated throughout the NYC event, so be sure to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ us by clicking on the links below. Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #nationalyouthchamps) Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia (be sure to use the hashtag #nationalyouthchamps) The TFA YouTube channel will also have highlights and game live streamed throughout the event. Please click on the link below to be taken to the channel, and be sure to become a subscriber to the channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksNational Youth Champslast_img read more

a month agoInter Milan striker Lukaku: We need to do more for Conte

first_imgInter Milan striker Lukaku: We need to do more for Conteby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku admits they had to fight for their draw with Champions League opponents Slavia Prague.Inter needed a late goal from Nicolo Barella to earn the point.”The first half was very hard for us because Slavia played at such a high tempo and pressed us,” Lukaku said.“In the last 20 minutes we created lots of chances to score, but it wasn’t the perfect game today because we didn’t win.“We have to work hard to improve this season. As a team, we have to work hard every day to do what the Coach wants because we have the ability to do really well, but we need to work hard every day.”On the Derby della Madonnina on Saturday, he added: “We’re a great team and anyone who comes up against Inter knows it will be difficult for them.“We’ll be very well prepared for the game, for sure.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Canadian actor Colin Mochrie sent a tweet and landed a guest spot

first_imgColin Mocherie, centre, guest stars as hotel detective Ronald Fellows on the Oct. 9 episode of Murdoch Mysteries. Here, he poses on set with Jonny Harris (Constable Crabtree) and Yannick Bisson (Detective Murdoch) between scenes. (CHRISTOS KALOHORIDIS / SHAFTESBURY) Advertisement Twitter Advertisement The episode will also feature historical figure Alexander Graham Bell (John Tench), whose help Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) enlists in solving a murder.It airs Monday at 8 p.m. on CBC.by Debra Yeo – Toronto Star Colin Mochrie is no longer the only Canadian actor not to do a guest spot on Murdoch Mysteries TV Series.That claim was a joke the well known actor and comedian made in a tweet last season and now CBC has given him his shot.In Monday’s episode of the popular period detective series, Mochrie (Whose Line Is It Anyway) will play the house detective at a Toronto hotel hosting a fundraising dinner honouring Helen Keller (Amanda Richer).center_img Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Casino mogul Steve Wynn resigns amid sex misconduct claims

first_imgLAS VEGAS, Nev. – Facing investigations by gambling regulators and allegations of sexual misconduct, billionaire casino mogul Steve Wynn has stepped down as chairman and CEO of the resorts bearing his names.The Las Vegas-based Wynn Resorts in a statement said Wynn’s resignation Tuesday was effective immediately. It came less than two weeks after the Wall Street Journal reported that a number of women said Wynn harassed or assaulted them and that one case led to a $7.5 million settlement.“In the last couple of weeks, I have found myself the focus of an avalanche of negative publicity,” Wynn said in a written statement. “As I have reflected upon the environment this has created — one in which a rush to judgment takes precedence over everything else, including the facts — I have reached the conclusion I cannot continue to be effective in my current roles.”Wynn has vehemently denied the report’s allegations, which he attributes to a campaign led by his ex-wife. An attorney for Elaine Wynn has denied that she instigated the news report.Wynn now faces investigations by gambling regulators in Nevada and Massachusetts, where the company is building a roughly $2.4 billion casino just outside Boston. The company earlier said a committee of independent directors would investigate the allegations that surfaced Jan. 26.Shares of Wynn Resorts’ China arm, Wynn Macau Ltd., were suspended from trading on the Hong Kong stock exchange on Wednesday in Asia. Gambling regulators in Macau, the world’s biggest casino market, said they were officially notified about the resignation.Macau’s Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau also said in a statement that its director, Paulo Martins Chan, and the city’s financial and economic secretary, Lionel Leong, met last week with Wynn Macau Executive Director Linda Chen to request a detailed explanation of the allegations and demand Wynn notify it of any “result, progress or important information” from the investigation within an unspecified time frame.The company, which said previously it would co-operate with the regulator’s requests, operates two casino-resorts in the Chinese enclave that generate about two-thirds of its total revenues.A wave of sexual misconduct claims against prominent figures in entertainment, media and politics gained momentum last fall in the aftermath of articles detailing movie producer Harvey Weinstein’s decades of alleged rape and harassment. But Wynn is the first CEO and founder of a major publicly held company to come under scrutiny since the Weinstein allegations surfaced.Wynn is a titan in Sin City and played a major role in the revitalization of the Las Vegas Strip in the 1990s. He built the Bellagio, Treasure Island and Mirage before he sold his Mirage Resorts company in 2000. Two years later, he founded Wynn Resorts, which now operates two luxurious casino-resorts in the city and is in the process of building a lake and hotel development called Paradise Park on the site of a former golf course.Wynn’s two Macau casinos include the older Wynn Macau near the former Portuguese colony’s historic old town, and the Wynn Palace, which in 2016 became the latest opulent resort to open in the new district of Cotai, joining lavish developments by rivals including Las Vegas Sands.In announcing Wynn’s resignation, the company’s board of directors made clear it had done so “reluctantly.”“It is with a collective heavy heart, that the board of directors of Wynn Resorts today accepted the resignation of our founder, CEO and friend Steve Wynn,” said Boone Wayson, who was named non-executive chairman of the board. Matt Maddox, the company’s president since 2013, was named CEO effective immediately.Details of Wynn’s separation agreement were not immediately disclosed.Wynn resigned as finance chairman of the Republican National Committee a day after the allegations were published.Since 2013, Wynn has contributed nearly $2.4 million to GOP candidates and party organizations around the country, including Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval and 2017 special election winners. Some Republicans in Congress, including Nevada’s Dean Heller, have already announced they are donating contributions they received from Wynn to charity.___Associated Press business writer Kelvin Chan in Hong Kong contributed to this report.___Follow Regina Garcia Cano on Twitter at https://twitter.com/reginagarciakNOlast_img read more

Government of BC gives response to hydraulic fracturing report

first_imgSince March, the Government has implemented a number of changes that address the panel’s recommendations.Those recommendations include:installing new hydrometric monitoring stations in collaboration with First Nations communities;installing new groundwater observation wells near Fort Nelson;completing mapping of more than 55 aquifers;implementing an outreach and education initiative for land and dam owners in the northeast region; andmapping zones that are likely to experience greater ground motion from seismic events is underway.According to the Government, as part of the short-term action plan, the working group will review and clarify regulatory processes and procedures, and identify areas for improvements in data-management tools, systems, integration and public accessibility.The group will also recommend long-term research directions and priorities for the Government that address knowledge gaps identified by the scientific panel.The working group will engage with all British Columbians and will provide a status update in December 2019.The full Scientific Review can be found on the Government’s website. VICTORIA, B.C. – The Government of B.C. has issued a response to the independent scientific panel’s Scientific Review of Hydraulic Fracturing report.After releasing the report in March, the Government says they have established a cross-government working group to develop short-term and long-term action plans for implementing the panel’s 97 recommendations.The working group includes staff from the B.C. Oil and Gas Commision and from three provincial ministries, which includes the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, and Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development.last_img read more

AAP to burn BJPs 2014 manifesto on March 13

first_imgNEW DELHI: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is planning to burn the 2014 manifesto of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on March 13 for failing to honour the promises mentioned in it. BJP’s 2014 manifesto had the promise of granting a full statehood to Delhi. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal alleged that both the BJP and the Congress had promised of statehood for Delhi but never acted on it.Arvind Kejriwal claimed that if Delhi is granted full statehood, the government can create lakhs of government jobs. “We are saying to the people of Delhi that you have tested the Congress and BJP. Give us seven MPs this time and we will get full statehood for Delhi,” Kejriwal said in February. In February, CM Kejriwal also planned to go on an indefinite hunger strike to put pressure on the Centre to grant full statehood to Delhi. However, he postponed the strike in the wake of of the tensions between India and Pakistan over the airstrike conducted by the IAF. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsMeanwhile, Rai said Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo Arvind Kejriwal will hold a meeting with all state unit chiefs of the party and MLAs to discuss the strategy for the parliamentary polls later in the day. “The party is not in talks with the Congress for an alliance in Delhi and it will contest all the seats on its own,” the AAP’s Delhi unit convenor said. “Chief Minister Kejriwal would be holding a meeting this evening at his residence to discuss the strategy for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls,” he added. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDelhi Congress chief Sheila Dikshit announced last week the party will not form an alliance with the AAP in the national capital and contest the Lok Sabha polls alone. Meanwhile, AAP volunteers and its frontal organisations took out a march to the Congress office here, demanding the party to clear its stand on full statehood for Delhi. They were stopped midway by police as the march violated the model code of conduct. Rai said they had taken permission from the police for the march but were unable to get the Election Commission’s nod and had been trying for it since morning. The ruling AAP launched its mega campaign for Lok Sabha polls, with full statehood as its central theme, staging a protest near BJP headq uarters here over the issue on Sunday.last_img read more

JU admission English Comparative Lit depts decide to admit students only on

first_imgKolkata: The English and Comparative Literature departments of Jadavpur University (JU) have disapproved the recommendations of the expert committee and have decided to admit students in the undergraduate level only on the basis of marks scored in entrance test.The two-member admission committee formed by JU had recommended admission with 50 percent weightage on admission test and another 50 percent on the marks scored in higher secondary or equivalent examination. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”Bengali, International Relations, Philosophy and History departments are in favour of equal weightage. This was decided at the meeting of the admission committee for humanities on Thursday,” said Subhasish Biswas, chairperson of the committee. The English and Comparative Literature departments have been conducting admission tests for decades and after the problem with admission process, they had to revert back to the 50:50 formula in 2018. “Now, they have decided to admit students only on the basis of marks in the admission test. The decision of the meeting will be placed before the executive committee (EC), whose meeting is scheduled for next week,” a member of the admission committee said. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayIt may be mentioned that EC is the highest decision making body in the varsity. In 2018, that there were allegations of improper evaluation of answer scripts of History and the varsity had to conduct re-evaluation with external academicians. It was found that there was a significant variation of marks secured by the candidates in the first and second evaluation. There were as many as 15 changes in the revised selection list for History. A total number of 15 candidates, who were on the waiting list after the earlier evaluation, made it to the selection list after re-evaluation. A total of 344 scripts were re-evaluated. The merit list for admission was prepared on the basis of the 50:50 system. The varsity had then formed a two-member panel to come up with recommendations for admission. The panel had presented the same to Vice-Chancellor Suranjan Das in February. It may be mentioned that state Education minister Partha Chatterjee has said that all the departments at JU should follow a standardised admission process. It should be either on the basis of marks or on the basis of admission test.last_img read more

Arjun Singh resigns from post of MLA

first_imgKolkata: Former Trinamool Congress legislator Arjun Singh who has recently joined BJP, resigned from his post of MLA on Friday. Singh tendered his resignation before the Speaker of the state legislative assembly Biman Banerjee.Singh is contesting the Lok Sabha elections from the Barrackpore seat on BJP’s ticket. He has been pitted against Trinamool Congress MP Dinesh Trivedi and the poll will be held on May 6. Singh has already been removed from his post of the chairman of Bhatpara Municipality on April 8, after a no-confidence motion was passed against him through secret ballot, where he lost 21-11.last_img

Vote percentage drops 5 missing names proincumbency to blame

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi on Sunday witnessed a sharp drop of 5 per cent vote than the 2014 Lok Sabha poll. In 2014, the total voter turnout was nearly 65 per cent which became 60 per cent in 2019.Sources in political parties listed issues like heat, smearing campaigns, voter list deletion, non-alliance and pro-incumbency for this turnout. While BJP sources focused on the pro-incumbency factor the AAP observed that voter list deletion played the major role. Meanwhile, the common people took a dig into the smearing campaign and non-alliance. “The AAP and Congress alliance were much needed in Delhi. It did not happen and there is no point to cast vote as BJP will anyway. I also did not like the kind of blame game all the political parties did. The politicians in Delhi have stoop down so low that I lost my faith from the electoral scene,” said Rishav Mehta who was supposed to vote from the New Delhi constituency but did not. The ruling Aam Aadmi Party has been alleging that lakhs of names of voters have been deleted, even as poll body rejected its allegations. Taking to Twitter, Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot said, “Voters unable to find their votes at polling booths. It is true that on large scale votes have been deleted. All these are resident of Jai Vihar-I, Najafgarh.” He asked what the ECI had to say about this and sought to know who was responsible for the voters’ constitutional right to be taken away like this. “Vote deleted this time. All are regularly voting in the past.” Delhi Home Minister Satyendra Jain tweeted with images of voter identity cards of people whose names were not in the list. Over 1.43 crore people in Delhi are eligible to vote in this election which will decide the fate of 164 candidates, of which 18 are women. There are 43 independent candidates. While 2,54,723 voters are in the age group of 18 and 19, there are 40,532 electorates with a disability who would be provided pick up and drop facility. Delhiites on Sunday voted to decide the fate of at least 164 candidates, who are fighting for the seven Lok Sabha seats in the capital. In 2014, the BJP won all the seven seats and is looking to repeat the feat. The three main parties –BJP, Congress and AAP –have fielded their state party chiefs from a single constituency. BJP’s Manoj Tiwari, DPCC chief Sheila Dikshit and AAP’s Delhi chief Dilip Pandey are all locking horns in north-east Delhi constituency that is reeling under the key issues of bad roads, overflowing drains and garbage disposal.last_img read more

Balanced attack leads Ohio State mens basketball to 7666 victory over Michigan

OSU Sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate (1) dribbles the basketball during a game against the Michigan Wolverines on Feb. 16 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won 76-66. Photo Credit: William Kosileski | Lantern Photographer Just about any coach appreciates the service of a star player, one who can strike fear in the opponent and take over a game at any given moment. It’s something that can be a huge asset in winning basketball games, especially against a conference rival.However, as the Ohio State men’s basketball team proved Tuesday night at the Schottenstein Center against Michigan, the one-man wrecking machine is not the only means to that end.Despite its leading scorers only putting up 13 points, OSU (17-10, 9-5) used double-digit scoring performances from five players to take care of Michigan (19-8, 9-5) 76-66 in the Big Ten matchup.“This was a great team win,” OSU coach Thad Matta said. “Guys made big plays when we needed them down the stretch. Some of the best teams I’ve had had like five guys averaging close to double figures.”Junior forward Marc Loving had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds while sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate added 13 points of his own, as OSU shot 54 percent to Michigan’s 39 to grab just its second win this season against a team ranked in the top 50 of the RPI.“I thought Marc was really dialed in,” Matta said. “The biggest thing I liked tonight was the way he got rebounds. He was out of his area, getting boards.”In the first 12 minutes of the game, seven different OSU players scored, with only freshman point guard A.J. Harris and redshirt sophomore shooting guard Kam Williams connecting more than once. While the team knew it would need someone to pick up more of the scoring load at some point, it could not argue with the results, as it took a 21-16 lead into the under-eight-minute timeout.“We wanted to come out and prove to ourselves that we could play well from the beginning,” Loving said. “We got out to a great start, and it’s always a sense of pride beating the team up north.”The miniature takeover finally arrived for the Buckeyes in the waning minutes of the first half, in the form of Tate.The sophomore scored three inside shots in the final two minutes of the half, including an and-1 bucket with 14 seconds left to help OSU grab a 36-28 lead at the half.In addition to Tate’s nine points, OSU received a significant contribution from its bench, where it led Michigan in points 14-5 in the first half. That was led by Harris’ and Williams’ six points each.OSU shot 50 percent in the opening 20 minutes, including buckets from eight of the 10 players to see the court, while Michigan was held to 33 percent. The Wolverines were led by junior guard Zak Irvin’s six points and four rebounds. He shot just 1-of-6 in the opening 20 minutes, though.Sometimes when one team shoots very hot in one half and the other can’t buy a bucket, the extended rest from halftime and the change in hoops to defend, turns that trend around completely.That was not the case as the teams geared up for the second half on Tuesday.The first-half percentages held the same in the early minutes, with OSU making three of its first six shots and Michigan making two of six. That enabled the Buckeyes to take a 10-point lead and forced the Wolverines into a quick timeout.A 7-0 run by the Wolverines to cut OSU’s lead to seven points briefly quieted the Schottenstein Center crowd of 17,088, but a 3-pointer on the other end by Loving followed by a Michigan travel quickly reset the tone of the game in the home team’s favor.“My teammates and coaches encouraged me to keep shooting,” Loving said. “They have a lot of confidence in me, so I feel like I should have a lot of confidence in myself.”And that is how the second half continued to go, with Michigan simply unable to sustain the offense needed to stick around, while OSU received solid contributions across the board.“Our mindset was totally different, our togetherness, and it showed,” Tate said. “We stayed with it, we actually grew up today, we showed we can keep a lead.”Redshirt sophomore center Trevor Thompson was the star of the second half for the Buckeyes, scoring 10 second-half points, including a pair of alley-oop finishes. Much like the first half, he was one of seven Buckeyes to score. “I think it’s difficult to guard us because we have that team that can — any given night, a guy can give you 20,” Tate said. “So I think it’s hard for another team to guard us. Nights like this, I think everybody’s happy.”Junior forward Mark Donnal ended up being Michigan’s top scorer, finishing with 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting.A major deficiency that the Scarlet and Gray cleaned up on Tuesday was free-throw shooting. Coming into the game shooting just 65.7 percent from the line as a team, OSU was 16-of-23 (73.9 percent) against the Wolverines.Senior guard Caris LeVert, one of the top players for the Wolverines, was unable to play on Tuesday with a leg injury. He indicated he would be good to go the day before the game after returning from the injury in the game prior, but the game-time decision by Michigan coach John Beilein was to hold him out.At halftime, former OSU guard Evan Turner had a video package played on the jumbotron before his No. 21 was unveiled in the Schottenstein Center rafters. Turner, with tears gathering in his eyes, addressed the crowd with a speech. He gave credit to several of his OSU teammates and coaches, as well as his family, for getting him where he did.“I really do appreciate every nice thing my teammates did for me and the Ohio State University did for me, it really doesn’t go unnoticed,” Turner said.The 2009-10 national player of the year sat courtside with current Boston Celtics teammate and fellow OSU alumnus Jared Sullinger. Other players who played with Turner at OSU, including Greg Oden, Dallas Lauderdale and Mark Titus attended the game, while William Buford, Jon Diebler and Matta prepared video statements.The Buckeyes’ next contest is set to come on the road in Lincoln, Nebraska, on Saturday to duel with the Cornhuskers. Tipoff against Nebraska is scheduled for 7 p.m. read more