Police register case against Army unit, Major for Shopian firing

first_imgThe police have registered a case against a Major and his Army unit involved in the firing on protesters in Shopian’s Ganowpora village on Saturday afternoon that left two youths dead. The Kashmir Valley remained tense on Sunday over the incident.The FIR mentioned the Army’s 10 Garhwal unit and identified the Major as Aditya. The case was registered under Sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder) and 336 (endangering life).The Army said it fired in self-defence when the protesters resorted to “intense pelting of stones, attempted to lynch an injured Junior Commissioned Officer and set Army vehicles on fire”.Mehbooba Mufti speaks to Defence MinisterChief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who ordered a magisterial inquiry and sought a report within 20 days, spoke to Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday evening.The State government spokesman said Ms Sitharaman assured the Chief Minister “that a detailed report will be prepared of the incident.” She also told Ms. Mufti that “field formations will be asked to set up mechanisms so that such incidents do not recur in the future”.ShutdownKashmir remained tense, with separatists’ organising a shutdown against the killings and the authorities imposing restrictions in parts of the Valley.District Magistrate, Srinagar, Syed Abid Rasheed Shah, has ordered restrictions under Section 144 “in territorial jurisdictions of Srinagar’s Khanyar, Rainawari, Nowhatta, Safakadal and M.R. Gunj police stations”. He said the restrictions have been imposed as a precautionary measure to avoid any untoward incident.Train, Internet services suspendedTrain and Iinternet services were suspended in south Kashmir for the day. All shops and business centres remained closed in the Valley.Separatists leaders, including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik, had called for a Valley-wide shutdown over the killings.In Shopian, the victims were buried in Balpora and Ganowpora villages. Hundreds of mourners offered funeral prayers. There were reports of minor clashes after the funerals.Army action justified: BJP MLATerming the Army action “justified”, BJP MLA Ravinder Raina dismissed the possibility of a magisterial enquiry. “The Army enjoys impunity under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act. It has its own court. The police FIRs don’t work [against Army]” he said.last_img read more

Burial saves buried alive newborn in Uttar Pradesh

first_imgIn a bizarre twist of fate, a trader here in Uttar Pradesh found a newborn girl in an earthen pot, which was buried almost three feet below the ground, while he had gone to inter his daughter, who died minutes after being born prematurely. Hitesh Kumar Sirohi, the trader, rescued the girl and fed her milk using cotton. The girl is currently admitted to a private hospital. According to SP Abhinandan Singh, Sirohi’s wife Vaishali is a sub-inspector posted in Bareilly. “She was admitted to a hospital after she complained of labour pain on Wednesday. On Thursday, she gave birth to a premature infant, who died within a few minutes,” Mr. Singh said on Sunday.Earthen potMr. Sirohi had gone to bury his daughter on Thursday evening, the officer said, adding, “As the pit was being dug, at a depth of three feet, the spade hit an earthen pot, which was pulled out. There was a baby girl lying in it.” The girl was alive and breathing heavily, the SP said, adding that she was rushed to the district hospital.last_img read more

Lions slay Archers

first_imgMOST READ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide View comments “We were down in the last few minutes but everybody stepped up. It’s really the trust and confidence of the players and our system that propelled us to win this game.”Fernandez reserved the biggest praise for Bolick, who minced no words in expressing his desire to beat La Salle every time, after he led the Lions to victory over the Archers in the elimination round.“He really wanted to prove himself in the first half,” said Fernandez, referring to his point guard who also had eight rebounds and six assists.“And I told him you cannot win alone. I told Robert, if you want to beat La Salle, you have to play within the team.”Jayvee Mocon added 13 points and Clint Doliguez came away with eight points for San Beda, which finished with an 11-0 card.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games What ‘missteps’? Bolick reminded the Archers again of what they’ve lost as he nailed a triple with 8.5 seconds remaining to lift the Lions to a 75-72 triumph that completed a sweet sweep on Sunday night of the Filoil Flying V Premier Cup.The victory before a big Sunday crowd gave the Red Lions their second title in the preseason tournament at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe superb performance against the reigning champions of the UAAP augurs well for the upcoming season for the Lions who open their NCAA title defense against the San Sebastian Stags on July 8 at Mall of Asia Arena.“We won the Filoil, and hopefully we can win the NCAA,” said San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez, whose squad rallied from six points down in the final minute to complete a stunning comeback. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickencenter_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage It’s no secret how much joy San Beda guard Robert Bolick gets from playing against—and beating—his former team De La Salle.Although he has gone on to win an NCAA title with the Red Lions, the memory of his two seasons riding the Green Archers before they allowed him to walk away from Taft lingers for the do-it-all guard.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Alcantara, Otico rule overseas 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more

LS ethics panel to probe bribery charges against TMC MPs

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 16 (PTI) The bribery charges against Trinamool Congress members would be probed by the Lok Sabhas Committee on Ethics, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan announced today, asserting that the “very serious” allegations impacted the “very credibility of Parliament”. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan made the announcement soon after the Question Hour, a day after BJP, Congress and CPI(M) came together in Parliament to attack the TMC members allegedly shown accepting bribe in a sting and demanded an inquiry. “Certain acts of alleged unethical conduct on the part of some members of the House have been reported in the press and the matter was also raised by some members in the House yesterday. “These allegations are very serious in nature and seek to impact upon the very credibility of parliamentarians and Parliament as an institution and therefore need to be examined,” Mahajan observed as she asked the L K Advani-headed 15-member committee for “examination, investigation and report”. The Speakers decision is reminiscent of a similar probe by a parliamentary committee in the Lok Sabha and the Ethics Committee probe in the Rajya Sabha in 2005 in the wake of the cash-for-query scam, which had led to the termination of membership of 11 MPs — 10 members from Lok Sabha and one from Rajya Sabha. Somnath Chatterjee was the then Speaker. In the purported sting telecast a few days back, five TMC members from Lok Sabha — Saugata Roy, Sultan Ahmad, Suvendu Adhikari, Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar and Prasoon Banerjee, and Mukul Roy from the Rajya Sabha, were allegedly shown accepting money from fictitious officials of a firm. Members, including those from the TMC, heard in pin-drop silence as Mahajan made the announcement. “Keeping in view the extreme gravity of the matter, I have in exercise of my powers under the provisions of Rule 233B of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Lok Sabha decided to refer the matter to the Committee on Ethics for examination, investigate and report,” she said. (More) PTI KR SPG ARCadvertisementlast_img read more

Euro 2016: Cristiano Ronaldo poses biggest threat yet to Polish rearguard

first_imgPoland have an impressive defensive record at Euro 2016 but standing in their way to a semi-final spot is arguably one of sport’s greatest-ever athletes, Cristiano Ronaldo.The monstrous Polish centre back pairing of Michal Pazdan and Kamil Glik face their toughest challenge yet when they come up against Portugal in the last-eight clash in Marseille today, though their previous matches have not provided much by way of preparation for facing the Real Madrid star.Describing 29-year-old Ronaldo as the “perfect athlete”, U.S. lifestyle magazine Men’s Health says he hits speeds of more than 32 kph, jumps nearly a metre in the air off one leg, runs an average of 16 km per match and hits more winners in the last 20 minutes than anyone else. (Portugal’s Gomes, Guerreiro may miss Poland game)He is the only player to have scored a goal in four Euros going back to 2004 and, while he struggled to find his feet early in this year’s tournament, there are signs that he is back to his sublime best.He scored twice in Portugal’s last group match against Hungary — an audacious back heel and a towering header — and has had a hand in two of his country’s other three goals, most importantly the shot that set up Ricardo Quaresma to score the easiest of extra-time winners in their last-16 win over Croatia.For their part, Poland are good shotstoppers.They have conceded just three goals all year and only one in the Euros, an outrageous bicycle kick by Switzerland’s Xherdan Shaqiri in their round-of-16 tie which they eventually won on penalties. Only Germany still have a clean sheet in Euro 2016.advertisementPoland’s matches in France so far will have done little to prepare them for the pace, power and superhuman heading ability that Ronaldo possesses, however.Their top-ranked opponents to date, Germany, fielded the diminutive Mario Goetze in their group-stage stalemate and the ‘false nine’ presented little trouble in the box, constantly dropping back into midfield to pick up the ball.Other group matches against Northern Ireland, who did not get a decent effort on target, and Ukraine, who departed after failing to score in any of their games, were fairly straightforward.The late Shaqiri wonder goal in their last outing did unsettle the Poles, with Switzerland gaining the upper hand in extra time. But the rearguard held firm, forcing the tie to penalties.That defence will have to be immaculate again if Poland are to have a chance of progressing because they have offered little up front.They have scored two goals fewer than any other team in the last eight with hitman Robert Lewandowski, the leading scorer in Euro 2016 qualifying with 13 goals, mustering just two attempts on target so far, both in the last match.    The captain’s opening penalty in the shootout, which left the goalkeeper stranded as it flew into the top right corner, could be the confidence boost he needs.It is the scintillating left winger Kamil Grosicki who presents the biggest danger for Portugal’s ageing but experienced defence led by 33-year-old Pepe.For Polish coach Adam Nawalka, the Ronaldo factor presents a tactical conundrum. Is he prepared to press high in search of a goal, knowing that a wrong step could unleash the Portuguese counter-attack, or does he sit back and risk becoming just a spectator to another Ronaldo masterclass?Whoever wins on Thursday will play either Wales or Belgium next, seen as the easier route to the final with hosts France, world champions Germany, Italy and surprise quarter-finalists Iceland on the other side of the draw.last_img read more

Unprecedented Tokyo Olympic demand drives Paralympic sales

first_imgLatest auto creations on display at Tokyo Motor Show PLAY LIST 00:54Latest auto creations on display at Tokyo Motor Show00:50Trending Articles01:15Tokyo Olympics main stadium to be completed on time–officials02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? However, Tokyo spokesman Masa Takaya would not say how many Paralympic tickets were requested in the first lottery phase.Tokyo organizers have repeatedly declined to divulge the level of demand in Japan for Olympic tickets, and now Paralympic tickets.Olympic demand in Japan is believed to exceed supply by at least 10 times — probably more. This has left many residents disappointed, without tickets, and wondering why.Japanese applying for Olympic tickets have complained in interviews and on social media about not getting tickets despite $25 billion being spent to organize the games . All but $5.6 billion of that is taxpayer money.Takaya said the reason for not disclosing ticket demand was to protect “future sales strategy.”ADVERTISEMENT Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Becoming his own man This jewelry designer is also an architect DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers However, London in the same phase sold 1 million tickets and wound up with record sales reported at 2.7 million.Tokyo has several more sales phases to go, although organizers estimate only 2.3 million tickets will be available. That number could grow, pushed by demand from millions of fans in Japan who can’t get Olympic tickets.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceCraig Spence, the spokesman for the international Paralympic Committee, sounded optimistic that Tokyo’s sales could surpass London.“The demand for tickets has absolutely blown London out of the water,” Spence said. Suns center Deandre Ayton suspended for 25 games by NBA FILE – In this June 11, 2019, file photo, a man walks past the logos of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo. Unprecedented demand for Tokyo Olympic tickets is driving interest in the Paralympics, although Tokyo may struggle to surpassed London’s 2012 record. Tokyo organizers said on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019 they have sold 600,000 Paralympic tickets in the first of several lotteries, and are touting records set for the number of people who participated. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)TOKYO — Unprecedented demand for Tokyo Olympic tickets is driving interest in the Paralympics, although Tokyo may struggle to surpass London’s 2012 record.Tokyo organizers said last week they have sold 600,000 Paralympic tickets in the first of several lotteries, and are touting records set for the number of people who participated.ADVERTISEMENT The difference between 70% and 80% amounts to 780,000 tickets, which gives organizers flexibility in how they distribute tickets.The rest of the tickets are sold outside Japan through Authorized Ticket Resellers — the Olympic agents contracted to sell tickets outside Japan — or go to sponsors, national Olympic committees, sports federations, and dignitaries.Organizers are planning another lottery this fall for Japan residents but have declined to say how many tickets will be available.Victor Matheson, a sports economist at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, said the massive demand suggested tickets should have been priced higher.“If they have way more demand than supply, then someone hasn’t done a very good job of pricing tickets,” Matheson said. “If you have 10 times more people wanting tickets at the current price … you should have charged a higher price.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES MOST READ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Tokyo organizers have sold a record of just over $3 billion in local sponsorship , almost three times more than any other Olympics.Demand in Tokyo is driven by the sprawling metropolitan area of 35 million, and is in sharp contrast to the Olympics three years ago in Rio. Spence said only 50,000 Paralympic tickets had been sold in Brazil five weeks before the event, which was saved by a last-minute government bailout.Jonathan Jensen, who studies sports marketing at the University of North Carolina, said local organizers needed to reserve a large pool of tickets to meet sponsor requests, but must avoid being seen to be reducing the tickets available to the Japanese general public. “When you have so many sponsors, you have very large guarantees to deliver tickets to them as part of their sponsorship packages,” Jensen said in an email. “In addition, being vague about availability and timing allows them to wait as long as possible to ensure they don’t unload tickets they might need for sponsors later. Once they’re gone, they’re gone.”Michael Payne, the former IOC marketing director, said unprecedented demand had complicated life for Tokyo organizers.“It’s complex with many moving parts,” Payne said in an email. “There are 30-plus sports as opposed to one, all happening at the same time and historic levels of demand.”Alibaba, the Chinese online e-commerce company, was appointed earlier this year by the International Olympic Committee to handle ticketing beginning with the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.Ticketing has been difficult at every Olympics. Three years ago in Rio de Janeiro, IOC member Patrick Hickey was arrested for allegedly trying to scalp tickets.The IOC said Alibaba would run ticketing services and manage data over “several games” but did not specify how many, or how the data would be managed or secured.On the Olympic side, Tokyo has sold 3.57 million tickets to Japan residents though two lotteries. The Japanese general public is slated to get between 70-80% of the estimated 7.8 million tickets that are listed as available. View commentslast_img read more

Former BCCI official MV Sridhar dies after cardiac arrest

first_imgFormer Hyderabad captain MV Sridhar, who recently resigned as BCCI’s general manager of cricket operations, passed away in Hyderabad on Monday morning. He was 51.Sridhar suffered a massive stroke at his home, and was declared dead upon arrival at the hospital. He is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter.Besides serving as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) General Manager from 2013, Sridhar had been involved in administration in various capacities for a number of years.Sridhar played 97 first-class matches for Hyderabad, where he scored 6,701 runs, with 21 centuries and 27 half-centuries from 1988-89 to 1999-00. He also played in 35 List A matches, and scored 930 runs at 29.06, with five half-centuries and a highest of 78 not out.He has the distinction of the third-highest individual score in the history of the Ranji Trophy, hitting 366 against Andhra in January 1994. That innings was part of a Hyderabad total of 944/6 declared, still the highest in Ranji history.Only B.B. Nimbalkar, who hit 443 not out for Maharashtra against Kathiawar in 1948-49 and Sanjay Manjrekar, who made 377 for Bombay against Hyderabad in 1990-91, have had higher individual scores than Sridhar in the competition.Expressing grief at his demise, BCCI acting treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry said: “Rest in peace Dr. Sridhar my friend. Gone too early. Tremendous service to cricket both as a player and an administrator.”Noted commentator Harsha Bhogle tweeted: “Doc Sridhar was someone you could call anytime. I did. Courteous and firm. And a fine batsman. ‘Let’s do it our Hyderabadi way’ he would say.”advertisementSridhar had been the tournament director when India hosted the World T20 in 2016, besides winning elections to the post of the secretary of the Hyderabad Cricket Association in July 2012.last_img read more

Jack Sock on the brink of Tour finals with win in Paris Masters

first_imgJack Sock ended local favourite Julien Benneteau’s run at the Paris Masters with a 7-5 6-2 victory to reach the final and move to the brink of an ATP Finals spot on Saturday.The American 16th seed, who started the week in 24th place in the race to the season-ending tournament in London, needs to win the title against Filip Krajinovic to take part in the Nov. 12-19 event after the Serbian qualifier beat another American, John Isner 6-4 6-7(2) 7-6(5).Sock is looking to snatch the last remaining spot for the eight-man tournament at the O2, which is currently held by Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta.”I feel more seized than the pressure. If the pressure would have kicked in, a lot of it would have been today as well playing in front of the French crowd, playing a French player,” Sock told a news conference.”But I was able to go out today and play my game, swing big, kind of like I always do, and play some good tennis and get through.”And tomorrow is just a good opportunity for me to go out and try to compartmentalize all the things that would come with winning tomorrow and just go out and play my tennis again.”Sock broke decisively for 6-5 in the opening set when he benefited from a net cord.Benneteau, who benefited from a wildcard entry, was broken twice in the second set, each time serving a double fault on break point as Sock cantered to victory.advertisementEarlier, Krajinovic ended ninth seed Isner’s hopes of reaching the ATP Finals.The world number 77 was 3-0 down in the deciding-set tiebreak but he kept his composure to prevail on the first match point.Isner would have booked his place in the London field if he had won the title here.The American had his right leg massaged twice by the trainer but it did not prevent him from firing down 31 aces, although it was a perfect service return that gave Krajinovic his first match point, which he converted after 2-1/2 hours.Krajinovic, who benefited from world number one Rafa Nadal’s withdrawal in the quarter-finals, held serve throughout and relied on his quick backhand to unsettle Isner.Krajinovic made only four unforced errors in the opening set, saving three break points, and broke on his only opportunity to take a 3-2 lead with a fine service return and closed it out when Isner buried a forehand in the net.Isner breezed through the second-set tiebreak and he seemed on his way to winning another tiebreaker in the third set when he opened up a 3-0 lead.Krajinovic had other ideas as he won seven of the nine following points to reach his first ATP final, triggering wild celebrations in his camp.last_img read more

Bridge years?

first_imgThis week, India will send some 20 athletes to the Asian Games who have already celebrated their 60th birthdays, including 79-year-old Rita Choksi.Theyre not coaches or administrators. Theyre players from the newly included sport of bridge, in which India is sending a 24-member contingent. Theyll be living in the Games,This week, India will send some 20 athletes to the Asian Games who have already celebrated their 60th birthdays, including 79-year-old Rita Choksi.Theyre not coaches or administrators. Theyre players from the newly included sport of bridge, in which India is sending a 24-member contingent. Theyll be living in the Games Village and participating in three bridge eventsthe Open Teams, the Mixed teams, the Open Pairs and the Mixed Pairs.Bridge is played by four players, squaring off in two partnerships, entitled North-South and East-West. A team consists of a minimum of four players, more often six, with one partnership benched in every session. A mixed team contains at least two players of each gender. In casual bridge, two partnerships compete against each other in best-of-three rubbers. But in tournament bridge the same pre-dealt hands are distributed to many players. By comparing results, it can be judged who performed the best while holding the same cards.In a team match, one team occupies the North-South position at one table and it occupies the East-West position at the other table and the same hands are played out. That way, the luck is evened out and both teams get a crack at playing with exactly the same cards.Most of the bridge players going to Jakarta already have experience in multiple international tournaments. But as Kiran Nadar, whos representing India in the Mixed Teams and Mixed Pairs, with her partner, B. Satyanarayana, says, Theres a difference between simply playing a bridge tournament and playing in an Asiad where youre part of a much larger national contingent. It will be an entirely new experience for me, living in the Games Village and interacting with sportspeople from other disciplines. And, of course, any medals will have a special flavour.advertisementChoksi, whos surely the oldest person to ever represent India at an Asiad, will be playing the Mixed Pairs with Lucknows A.K. Sinha, with whom shes partnered only once, in the last selection trials. Ive always kept myself busy and fit, what with acting (shes well-known on the Delhi theatre circuit) and yoga, says Choksi, whos also a veteran international player. I also make it a point to get in two-three hours of bridge every day, quite often playing online.The Bridge Federation of India held stringent selection trials and camps to select the team. It also made careful enquiries to make sure none of the medications taken by the uncles and aunties would disqualify them from competition. Now its up to them to flex their mental muscles and add to the medal tally.last_img read more

TOUCH FOOTBALL REACHING AUDIENCE OF MILLIONS!

first_imgThe profile of touch football in Australia is continuing to grow, with the latest media watch statistics showing touch football news has reached around 9 million people in the first three months of this year. Australian Touch Association CEO, Bill Ker says the statistics are both exciting and also interesting for the development and promotion of touch football in the media arena. “The Australian Touch Association has embarked on a twelve month media watch campaign to obtain an understanding of the extent of mentions the sport has in the media nationally,” says Mr Ker. “”The media for the past three months has been extensive with a wide reach nationally.” “It was also determined to extend the boundaries of the watch to cover New Zealand as well, because this will enable the ATA to not only quantify the media coverage in Australia but compare it with coverage from the other largest international member of the Federation of International Touch,” explains Mr Ker. The month of March saw touch football receive 138 mentions in the print, radio, television or online media. This was double the number of mentions for the months of January and February. In terms of audience numbers, it is estimated that these 138 stories reached almost 3.2 million people. This result, combined with the results recorded for January and February, shows touch football news has reached around 6.4 million people this year alone through the forms of print, radio or television. Mr Ker says the internet is another big winner in terms of coverage, with the ATA website recording a record number of hits in recent months. “Especially pleasing for the ATA is the homepage hits of over 3.5 million since November last year. The month of March produced 40,000 hits short of 1 million, which is a direct reflection of the interest the NTL generates. The ATA has studied the usage patterns of the homepage and is aiming the direction of the homepage information towards servicing those usage trends,” Mr Ker highlights. Since the beginning of the year almost 2.6 million hits have been recorded by the ATA, while at the peak of the NTL competition over 65,000 hits were recorded in just one day. It also needs to be mentioned that these statistics on internet usage relate purely to the ATA website and do not include statistics on the other international, state and local websites, who have also noticed an improvement in their website hits. Therefore these statistics can be said to be just the tip of the iceberg! By far the biggest improver in media coverage of touch was the number of television news stories. The month of March saw 20 touch football news stories produced, being primarily in state and regional news broadcasts. This number is also almost double the total number for January and February combined. In terms of audience numbers, the television coverage is estimated to have reached just over 500,000 for January and February, and over 800,000 for the month of March. The print media, which includes local, regional, state and national newspapers, reached the largest audience, with 83 stories published and an estimated number of almost 2.2 million readers. Wagga Wagga, Yass and several Western Australian media outlets are doing especially well, receiving regular coverage of their local and regional events in print and on radio and television. The Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast are other areas becoming more regular in the coverage touch football receives there. Coffs Harbour and the NTL’s were also successful, with the tournament being reported on the daily regional television news bulletins, as well as securing print and radio stories. With regional media outlets always searching for news stories, especially those of local interest, it is important for the ATA and all state and local organisations to continue to look for opportunities for touch football development through the media. “All in all the ATA is very pleased with the results of the media watch and the homepage usage and looks forward with confidence to a wider awareness of this great sport in the forthcoming months,” says Mr Ker. Rachel Moyle, 0422233165last_img read more

PV Sindhu hopes to end title wait in Thailand Open

first_img Press Trust of India BangkokJuly 29, 2019UPDATED: July 29, 2019 13:34 IST PV Sindhu crashed out of the Japan Open after quarter-final defeat to Yamaguchi. (BWF Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSindhu would be desperate to break her seven-month-long title jinxSindhu will open her women’s singles campaign against unseeded Chinese Han YueSindhu might face her first real test in the quarterfinals with a possible clash against sixth seed Ratchanok IntanonThe successive losses to Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi have been disappointing but Indian ace P V Sindhu will have to put it all behind when she renews her chase for a maiden title this year in the Thailand Open badminton tournament, starting here on Tuesday.The last two weeks have been an emotional roller-coaster ride for Sindhu as after finishing second-best at the Indonesia Open, she was shown the door in the quarterfinals of the Japan Open last week.On both occasions, familiar foe Yamaguchi turned out to be Sindhu’s nemesis. The Indian would be desperate to break her seven-month-long title jinx.Seeded fourth, Sindhu will open her women’s singles campaign against unseeded Chinese Han Yue, whom she easily overcame in the first round of Japan Open.If all goes well, Sindhu might face her first real test in the quarterfinals with a possible clash against sixth seed Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand.The other Indian in the fray, Saina Nehwal has been seeded seventh here, but she has been hampered by several injuries of late.Saina was forced to withdraw from both the Indonesia and Japan Open on medical grounds as she is focussing on getting into shape for next month’s World Championships. She has been pitted against a qualifier in the opening round.In men’s singles, Shubhankar Dey has got a tough opening round against top seed Kento Momota of Japan, while B Sai Pranneeth, who lost in the semifinals last week, is up against Thailand’s Kantaphon Wangcharoen.If both the Indians manage to get past the first hurdle, they will face each other next.advertisementFifth seed Kidambi Srikanth will take on a qualifier, while H S Prannoy will be up against Wong Wing Ki Vincent of Hong Kong in the opening round.Sameer Verma, seeded eighth, will face Lee Zii Jia of Malaysia while Parupalli Kashyap will take on France’s Brice Leverdez.Sourabh Verma and Ajay Jayaram will have to go through the qualifiers.While Sourabh will play top seed Shesar Hiren Rhustavito of Indonesia in the first qualifying round, Jayaram will face Chinese Zhou Ze Qi.In men’s doubles, two Indian pairs feature but only one among them will progress to the next round.The combinations of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty and Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy will face each other in the opening round.The lone Indian pair in women’s doubles — Ashwini Ponappa and N Sikki Reddy — will be up against the Chinese duo of Li Wen Mei and Zheng Yu in the opening round.In mixed doubles, Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy are drawn against the Japanese combination of Kohei Gondo and Ayane Kurihara while the pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ponnappa have a tough task at hand as they are pitted against fifth seed Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying of Malaysia.Also Read | Japan Open 2019: PV Sindhu’s campaign ends with quarter-final loss to Akane YamaguchiAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow PV SindhuFollow Thailand Open PV Sindhu hopes to end title wait in Thailand OpenOlympic silver-medallist P V Sindhu had crashed out of the Japan Open after a second successive defeat to Akane Yamaguchi.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Pilot dies in helicopter crash in BC artist Bill Henderson narrowly missed

first_imgCAMPBELL RIVER, Canada — A pilot of a commercial helicopter has died after a crash that struck a respected Indigenous carver’s studio and narrowly missed the artist on Vancouver Island.RCMP Const. Maury Tyre said the pilot was the only person on board when the chopper crashed Tuesday in Campbell River, B.C. The victim’s identity is not being released for privacy reasons.“Our deepest sympathies go out to the family of the victim and to the helicopter company as well, knowing that typically they’re a very tight-knight community,” he said.“It’s very sad when an accident like this happens.”Tyre said the cause is unknown, but WorkSafe BC, the Transportation Safety Board, and the provincial coroners service are investigating.Keshia Malone, the great-niece of artist Bill Henderson, said he was in his carving shed and happened to get up from the chair where he normally works when the helicopter crashed into the structure.The chopper struck the top corner of the shed right above the chair and the propeller blade went through the roof, she said.“Had he not gotten up out of his chair, it probably would have been a lot worse,” Malone said.Henderson, in his late 60s, is a member of the Wei Wai Kum First Nation and his masks, bowls, paddles and other carvings are collected around the world.Malone said he was doing all right but is feeling shaken up and emotional, and doesn’t want to speak with media.His nephews were outside the shed working on a totem pole close to where the crash happened but also escaped unscathed, said Malone.“I was in my house across the street and all I heard was this huge, loud bang, kind of like a vehicle had hit a building but it was a lot louder than that,” she said.“The next thing you hear is somebody yelling, ‘Call 911! Call 911!’ The next thing you know is the smoke and you smell the jet fuel. Everything happened all at once.”There was significant damage to part of the carving shed and Malone wasn’t sure whether any art was damaged.She said her family’s thoughts were with the pilot.“Our condolences go out to his family,” she said.The crash happened in the Tyee Spit area, which is home to several aviation companies. Police said the commercial helicopter was locally owned but did not release the company name.The Transportation Safety Board said the accident involved a Bell 206 helicopter and it is deploying a team of investigators to the site. WorkSafe BC said it already has a safety officer at the scene.British Columbia Emergency Health Services said it received an emergency call just after 11 a.m. about a helicopter crash in the Vancouver Island community.The agency dispatched several crews, but its resources were scaled back once they arrived and only one paramedic crew remained as a precaution. It said no one was taken to hospital.The coroners service confirmed it’s been notified of one fatality and is investigating.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 24, 2019.— By Laura Kane in VancouverThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

SHAW FESTIVAL WILL REVERT TO OLD WAYS AND OLD PLAYS IN 2019

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: The Shaw Festival will look like its old self again next season.On Friday, the Niagara-on-the-Lake repertory theatre’s artistic director, Tim Carroll, announced a playbill for 2019 that will mostly comprise works by Bernard Shaw and his contemporaries – from the Irish playwright’s own five-hour epic Man and Superman; to a new translation of Edmond Rostand’s 1897 verse romance Cyrano de Bergerac; to a rarely produced 1926 play by Mae West called Sex (set in Montreal’s red-light district).“For the last couple of years, when our core loyalists have been saying to me, ‘But what about X, Y and Z,’ I have been saying, ‘Don’t worry, these plays haven’t gone away,’” said Mr. Carroll, whose current season is heavy on contemporary plays. “This is the season where I can prove it.” Advertisement Man and Superman, a heady comedy considered one of Shaw’s masterpieces, will be staged at the Festival Theatre by director Kimberley Rampersad in its entirety (including the oft-cut Don Juan in Hell dream sequence). The run, however, will be only 17 performances, which will also feature “farm-to-table menus from Niagara’s finest chefs, paired with regional wines” between acts. Advertisementcenter_img Facebook Tim Carroll, artistic director for the Shaw Festival, is photographed at the theatre located in Niagara-on-the-Lake, on April 17, 2018. | FRED LUM/THE GLOBE AND MAIL Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Construction firm accuses province of botching build of Grande Prairie hospital

first_imgEDMONTON – The construction firm fighting with the Alberta government over the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital says the province has crippled the project with slapdash planning, poor budgeting and bad faith negotiations.In a statement, Graham Construction said Alberta Infrastructure has been ordering so many design changes that completed work has had to be torn down.“Until the scope changes stop, and sufficient budget is provided, no construction manager can properly establish a final cost or properly plan and complete the project,” said Graham.The company sent the statement in response to a demand issued Monday by Infrastructure Minister Sandra Jansen on the $763-million hospital.Jansen said the Calgary-based firm is on track to miss the completion deadline at the end of this year, and has asked the province for an extra $120 million with no justifiable reason.She has given Graham until Aug. 22 to deliver a plan to get the project back on schedule or see its $510-million contract cancelled.But Graham, in its statement, said it had previously warned the province that the hospital couldn’t be done under the current budget given the design changes.It said that since December 2016 the project has experienced more than 600 change orders and more than 400 design clarifications. There were 63 design changes and 34 new scope clarifications in June 2018 alone, it said.“Many changes required demolition of completed work to accommodate the new scope, affecting project cost and schedule,” said Graham.Graham said it has been trying to work with Jansen’s office in recent months only to see meetings cancelled and not rescheduled.It said Jansen’s claim of a request for an extra $120 million is false.Graham said it had warned the project could be up to $85 million short and, at the request of Jansen’s office, put in a recent estimate to complete the project that included a $35-million contingency fund — two figures that would equal the $120-million ask.Jansen disputed Graham Construction’s allegations and called the tone of the news release “unfortunate.”She said the province and Graham renegotiated the hospital deal in December 2016, and last month’s $120 million ask was a trigger for the dispute.“On July 24, we received a request in writing for an additional $120 million over and above the existing $510-million agreement without any documentation explaining the request,” Jansen told reporters on a conference call Thursday.“That is really part of the reason that we issued the notice of default on Monday.”Jansen didn’t take issue with the number of changes, but said such amendments are not unusual for a large project and none would have affected the bottom line or the timeline.She dismissed the accusation her office is avoiding meetings, saying they continue to conference regularly at multiple levels.She said she still hoped to get a workable plan from Graham by her Aug. 22 deadline.The shell and roof of the hospital have been completed, along with insulation and windows. Construction on the inside is 70 per cent done.last_img read more

Pakistan Air Force chief Sohail Aman in Sri Lanka

Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman will also hold discussions on matters of professional interests with his Sri Lankan counterpart, Air Marshal G.P Bulattsinghala. The Pakistan High Commission in Sri Lanka said that the visit of Pakistan’s Air Chief underscores the historic ties and friendly cooperation between the two countries. The visit will provide both sides an opportunity to review ongoing cooperation and collaboration, and to discuss ways and means to enhance continued cooperation between the two countries. Chief of Air Staff of Pakistan Air Force Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman arrived in Sri Lanka today on a two day official visit on the invitation of the Commander of the Sri Lanka Air Force Air Marshal G.P Bulattsinghala.During his stay, Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman will call on President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickrasinghe and meet the top military leadership of the country including Secretary Defence and the Services Chiefs. Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman joined Pakistan Air Force and graduated from PAF Academy in 1980. After completing Fighter and Operational Conversion Courses, he flew various types of fighter aircraft on PAF inventory including F-16s. As a distinguished fighter pilot and Combat Commander, he also evaluated fifth generation fighters like Gripen and Eurofighter Typhoon. He has commanded a Fighter Squadron, Combat Commanders’ School, a Fighter Base and Central Air Command of the Pakistan Air Force. The Air Chief having vast experience of flying has a grand total of over 3000 fighter hrs to his credit.In staff appointments at Air Headquarters, the Air Chief Marshal has served as Director Plans, Director Operations, Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Operations), Air Officer Commanding Central Air Command, Deputy Chief of the Air Staff (Training), and Deputy Chief of the Air Staff (Operations). He is a graduate of PAF Air War College and Royal College of Defence Studies, UK. He also has Master’s degree in International Relations from Kings College, London. The Air Chief also has the unique honour of representing Pakistan at Harvard Kennedy School, USA on National and International Security Course. In recognition of his meritorious and exceptionally dedicated services, he has been decorated with Nishan-i-Imtiaz (Military), Hilal-i-Imtiaz (Military), Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Military) and Tamgha-i-Imtiaz (Military). (Colombo Gazette) read more

Police standoff at Barton and MacNab

(Updated)No word from police tonight on a standoff that shut down a section of Barton Street for more than four hours, this evening. The area bounded by James and MacNab running from Murray to Mulberry Street was sealed off as police focussed their attention, on a home at the corner of Barton and MacNab.They say they will not have a release of information this evening, until at least midnight and so far we have not been able to confirm any of the information that we were able to gather at the scene.This all started around 3:30 this afternoon on Barton Street, between James and MacNab.Police were notified about a robbery, on the street and when the CHCH cameraman arrived, one of the victims shouted that he’d been robbed of $12,000 at gunpoint.Police then hustled the man, and his companion into a patrol car, and removed them from the scene.One is described as being in his 40’s, and walking with a cane. The other was a younger man, possibly in his 20’s.Police then sealed off the area and began a lengthy vigil, centered on a home at the corner of Barton and MacNab.At various times, we saw people both in a front window of the house, and on a porch at the side of the home. One of them shouted to police that he was calling the owner of the property.Around five o’clock, we saw those same residents exiting the house, under the direction of police.As the sun went down, residents of the area were told to stay in their homes, and at least one officer near Murray Street was seen securing a rifle, in the trunk of his car.Just after 7pm, members of the police tactical unit, appeared in the area, and an armoured vehicle was stationed outside the home.Spotlights were used to light the exterior, and half an hour later, police used a loud-hailer to call to any remaining occupants inside the house, ordering them to come to the door with nothing in their hands.When they received no response, members of the Emergency Response Unit opened the door and went in. After several minutes they came out again, without a suspect, and soon after, left the scene.Since that time,CHCH has contacted police to find out why they entered the house and what they may have been looking for.We also wanted to confirm, that the two men who called police to the scene in the first place had actually been robbed at gunpoint.But no information on this incident is forthcoming from police and we don’t know whether an armed suspect may still be at large, in the area of MacNab and Barton Streets. read more

Goodman school looking to appoint interim dean

The Goodman School of Business is seeking to appoint an internal candidate to the position of Interim Dean until June 30, 2017, commencing immediately.The Dean’s Office provides academic and administrative oversight of the Goodman School of Business, in promoting its undergraduate and graduate programs domestically and internationally. The Dean’s Office leads efforts that enable the Goodman School of Business and the University to achieve their strategic mandate.The successful candidate will ensure sustainable growth and competitiveness of the programs within the Goodman School of Business and enhance partnerships inside and outside the University. Providing transformational and visionary leadership, the Interim Dean charts the future direction, developing a clear, distinct and achievable long-term plan.Candidates that will be considered will have:• Outstanding scholarly credentials• A track record of being an accomplished academic and dynamic leader• Demonstrated ability to lead strong academic and administrative teams• Demonstrated experience with strategic planning, change management and organizational development• Proven experience promoting and supporting research, fostering academic innovation, managing resources and advancing multiple initiatives• Open and collegial management style with strong communication and interpersonal skills• A creative approach to problem solving•  A strong commitment to academic excellence in research and teaching• Sound judgment, proven ability to be flexible and adaptable• Dedication to the student experience and success• Strong degree of integrity/ethics• Reporting to the Provost and serving as a member of the University’s Senior Administrative Council (SAC), the Interim Dean will be responsible for:• Advising on academic matters, strategic developments, research and funding initiatives• Working with other stakeholders in completing renovations and construction of the Goodman School of Business Building• Participating in University-wide initiatives and fostering strong rapport with various Faculties and departments•  Ensuring the overall financial health of the Faculty•  Liaising with other Faculties and departments, institutions, academic bodies, alumni and community members, developing rapport and partnerships• Promoting and supporting research, and fostering academic innovation• Recruiting, managing and developing administrative staff, and overseeing the recruitment and development of faculty and staffPlease forward nominations (which must be accepted by the candidate) and applications for the position to Patricia Mosca (pmosca@brocku.ca) in Human Resources by 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13. Submissions should include a brief summary of the candidate’s interest in the position and his/her administrative experience. read more

North Carolina brings back Mack Brown as football coach

Mack Brown is North Carolina’s new football coach in a second stint with the Tar Heels.The school officially announced the move in a news release Tuesday morning. Financial and contract terms were not immediately available, though the school has scheduled a news conference for later Tuesday with Brown, athletic director Bubba Cunningham and Chancellor Carol Folt.Brown replaces Larry Fedora, who was fired Sunday after seven seasons.The 67-year-old Brown coached the Tar Heels from 1988-97, with his last two teams finishing in the top 10 nationally. He went on to spend 16 seasons at Texas, where he won the national championship for 2005.Brown left Texas in 2013 and has been working in broadcasting in recent years.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and http://www.twitter.com/AP_Top25 ___ Follow Aaron Beard on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/aaronbeardapAaron Beard, The Associated Press read more

Call of Duty Elite goes free for Black Ops II

first_imgAlthough it managed to convince more than 2 million people to pay $50 a year on top of the $60 they already pay to get the latest Call of Duty games, Activision has decided to stop charging a premium fee for gamers who want access to the latest and greatest online Call of Duty content. The decision goes into effect with the launch of the latest title, Black Ops II, on November 13.Call of Duty Elite was a seemingly genius idea, and it follows in the same footsteps of everyone else in the industry trying to ask the same question: now that games are sophisticated enough for players to be engaged with them for months or even years before they get stale, what is the best way to keep collecting money from these players after the initial purchase?In previous generations, it was a pretty simple formula. Consumers would buy a game, beat it, then go to the store to buy another game. This generation is different because of online connectivity. Microsoft charges a fee to play Xbox 360 games online and Sony charges a fee to those who want premium services for their online gaming. However, the people who make the games don’t get the same luxury.Until now, the dominant plan has been for developers to create new pieces of content that gamers can buy to add to the experience. Once they’re hooked, they’ll end up paying a lot more than the $60 they shelled out at the store. For Activision, though, the thought was that there are so many Call of Duty players, it could also tack on a monthly fee to those who were the most ardent fans. In fact, it turned out there were about 2.3 million who were just that ardent.Call of Duty Elite gave dedicated servers and early access to new downloadable content to those who subscribed. However, it was somewhat plagued with confusion and there was a bit of backlash from non-Elite players who felt it was unfair to treat them as second-class citizens.So Black Ops II will mark the end of Call of Duty Elite, or, at least, paying for Elite because Activision is keeping the moniker but now touting it as a free service. The company will revert to the old strategy of just charging for DLC and other extras. In addition, users will be able to pay for a “season pass” of DLC, guaranteeing that they get all the extra content for a discounted upfront price of $50.Black Ops II could potentially break sales records when it launches next month — sales records, incidentally, that were set by its predecessors in the Call of Duty franchise.last_img read more

System Shock 2 now available on Good Old Games coming to Steam

first_imgWhile you’re waiting for BioShock Infinite to be released next month, you might as well catch up on your Shock-based history, and play System Shock 2. Even though the game is largely touted as a fantastic, popular gaming experience, it has always been oddly difficult to find due to rights and trademark issues. Once you do find it, it was then oddly difficult to get running on a modern machine. Now, instead of using one of the most amusing torrents on the internet — titled “Everything I Use to Play System Shock 1 and 2 on Win 7 64-bit” — to get SS2 up and running, you can simply spend $9.99 on Good Old Games.If you missed out on what laid the groundwork for the BioShock series, you can finally see where your favorite unsettling underwater adventure came from, and even why some might say BioShock sort of shoehorned some pseudo-RPG systems (the item gathering and the upgrades, to name a couple) into the game.The game is 363MB, and thanks to Night Dive Studios, it will happily run on Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8, no longer needing workarounds to get the thing loading. Even better, Night Dive says that all of your favorite mods can be applied to the new version, and the studio put hard work into tweaking the game to make sure it is as stable as possible.Along with the purchase, you’ll get the soundtrack as well as a developer interview and artwork. Night Dive Studios also announced that the game will be coming to Steam, so if you don’t want to deal with yet another digital games distribution service, you can simply wait until SS2 hits Valve’s platform, though there is no solid date announced as of yet. If you can’t wait, it’s only $9.99 and less than half a gig. Get going.last_img read more