Hurriyat leader targets Army chief

first_imgHurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Tuesday described the recent statements of the Chief of the Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat, on Kashmir as an “illustration of a criminal and fascist mentality”.“The statements only exposed the Army’s intentions. It testifies our claim that security forces are given a free licence to carry out genocide in Jammu and Kashmir with impunity,” said 86-year-old Mr. Geelani, who remains under house arrest.Gen. Rawat had backed Major Leetul Gogoi’s decision to tie a civilian to a jeep, saying a “dirty war has to be fought with innovative ways. For seven decades, we have time and again raised our voice and expressed our concern about the sinister plans of the Indian leadership in Kashmir. However, no serious steps were taken by international community,” said Mr. Geelani.The Jamaat-e-Islami expressed concern over the “threatening and intimidating” statements of General Rawat.last_img

Parrikar vows to make Goa a scientific hub

first_imgGoa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Thursday said that the State government was working on making Goa a scientific hub in India.After inaugurating the Nobel Prize lecture series in the city on Thursday, Mr. Parrikar said, “Our government seeks to reinforce Goa’s status as India’s scientific hub. The focus will be on significantly strengthening scientific education and promoting scientific temperament in the State.”Mr. Parrikar announced an annual innovation science contest where high school and college students in the State would be invited to propose breakthrough research ideas. He said, “We seek to develop the capacity of our human capital, the most precious resource into a knowledge powerhouse that fuels our nation’s growth and addresses our most critical development issues through innovation. Our government will support innovations for a period of one year.”Earlier, Mr. Parikkar inaugurated the 2nd edition of Nobel Prize Series India 2018 with the theme, Science Impact Lives, and the Nobel Science Exhibition and the India Science Exhibition: Ideas Changes the World.The event is organised by the Department of Biotechnology of the Ministry of Science and Technology in collaboration with Nobel Media AB Sweden, the Nobel Museum and the Goa government.Secretary of Department of Bio-Technology K. Vijayaraghvan, Nobel Media CEO Dr. Mathias Fyrenius, Director of the Nobel Museum Dr. Olov Amelin, Consul General of Sweden for Mumbai Ulrika Sundberg, and Nobel laureates Christiane Nusslein-Volhard, Serge Haroche, Richard J. Roberts, Tomas Lindahl were present.‘Be curious, ask questions’Prof. Volhard said that science is meant to improve humankind’s progress and encourage basic research. She said, “Basic research is not directly aimed at discovery but to understand complications.” Prof. Volhard said that she was currently working on fish and their patterns and colours. She urged students to be curious, ask questions and discover things to help humankind.The Nobel series is the beginning of a five-day programme across Goa, Mumbai, and Delhi to stimulate engagement in science and literature. The Nobel laureates will deliver lectures and take part in roundtable discussions and meetings with experts and students. A conference for students will take place in Goa and a national session will be hosted by President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.The exhibition will be open to the public from Friday and continue till February 25. It is a unique opportunity to learn about the life of Alfred Nobel, view actual objects belonging to Nobel laureates and see how Nobel Prize-winning discoveries will affect the future.On Friday, the Nobel laureates will attend Nobel Dialogues, an interaction with students and teachers from schools, colleges and Kala Academy. On Saturday, they will have dialogues with scientists from the National Institute of Oceanography at Dona Paula.last_img read more

Monkeys Can Do Math

first_imgIt looks like a standardized test question: Is the sum of two numbers on the left or the single number on the right larger? Rhesus macaques that have been trained to associate numerical values with symbols can get the answer right, even if they haven’t passed a math class. The finding doesn’t just reveal a hidden talent of the animals—it also helps show how the mammalian brain encodes the values of numbers.Previous research has shown that chimpanzees can add single-digit numbers. But scientists haven’t explained exactly how, in the human or the monkey brain, numbers are being represented or this addition is being carried out. Now, a new study helps begin to answer those questions.Neurobiologist Margaret Livingstone of Harvard Medical School in Boston and her colleagues had already taught three rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta) in the lab to associate the Arabic numbers 0 through 9 and 15 select letters with the values zero through 25. When given the choice between two symbols, monkeys reliably chose the larger to get a correspondingly larger number of droplets of water, apple juice, or orange soda as a reward. To test whether the monkeys could add these values, the researchers began giving them a choice between a sum and a single symbol rather than two single symbols. Within 4 months, the monkeys had learned how the task worked and were able to effectively add two symbols and compare the sum to a third, single symbol.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)To ensure that the monkeys hadn’t simply memorized every possible combination of symbols and associated a value with the combination—this wouldn’t be true addition—Livingstone’s team next taught the animals an entirely new set of symbols—Tetris-like blocks rather than letters and numbers. With the new symbols, the monkeys were again able to add—this time calculating the value of combinations they’d never seen before and confirming the ability to do basic addition, the team reports online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.But when Livingstone and colleagues started analyzing the data in more detail—they had the results of hundreds of tests per day for months on end—they realized that the monkeys weren’t 100% accurate. They tended to underestimate a sum compared with a single symbol when the two were close in value—sometimes choosing, for example, a 13 over the sum of eight and six. The underestimation was systematic—when adding two numbers, the monkeys always paid attention to the larger of the two, and then added only a fraction of the smaller number to it. The monkeys’ systematic errors argue against one theory of how the mammalian brain processes numbers. “What they’re doing is paying more attention to the big number than the little one,” Livingstone explains. But the altered values weren’t tied intrinsically to the symbols. If eight was the larger of two numbers in a sum, then its full value was considered, but if it was being added to a larger number, its value was diminished. One prevailing theory on number representation—dubbed logarithmic encoding—had proposed that the brain always underestimates the value of larger numbers in a systematic and unchangeable way. In such a case, the value of eight wouldn’t vary based on the situation as Livingstone observed.“They’ve shown that it’s very unlikely that there’s some kind of logarithmic encoding of numbers,” says psychologist David Burr of the University of Florence in Italy, who was not involved in the new work. Further research on how humans and monkeys estimate the value of numbers, and how this plays a role in the brain’s ability to add two values, could shed light on dyscalculia—a human learning disability specific to mathematics. Children with dyscalculia often have trouble not only adding numbers, but quickly guessing how many objects are in a group. Together with the new results on rhesus macaques, this suggests that estimating values is key to the ability to add.“Being able to estimate obviously has survival value; you want to be able to glance up and see how many lions are about to attack you,” Burr says. “The remaining goal is developing a model to explain how that happens in the brain.”last_img read more

Don’t Bar Old Folks From Clinical Trials, Researchers Argue

first_imgAn opinion column in today’s issue of The New York Times tackles a long-standing tension in the clinical trial world: the reluctance to include older subjects, even though they’re most of the population taking medications. Trials routinely bar senior citizens from their ranks, in part because researchers and drug regulators worry that the older you are, the more likely you are to have complicated health conditions that make testing new drugs more challenging. The opinion piece cites a paper published in The Journal of the American Medical Association back in 2007, which found that nearly 40% of trials in big-name journals between 1994 and 2006 excluded people over 65.It’s time for the system to change, the authors say. “Older Americans are our patients, too. We can’t leave them out,” write physician Donna Zulman and psychologist Keith Humphreys, who work at Stanford University School of Medicine in California and the Veterans Affairs health care system. Extrapolating results from young individuals to older ones is dicey, because biology shifts with age. Furthermore, “advanced age is not a reliable proxy for poor health,” Zulman and Humphreys argue. Researchers can still exclude trial volunteers if they have certain health conditions—but “not on their age alone.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

SPORT-OPEN 2 LAST

first_imgDjokovic has a 23-2 career stranglehold on Berdych who Djokovic has a 23-2 career stranglehold on Berdych who will be playing in his third Roland Garros quarter-final. It will be the top seeds 28th consecutive Grand Slam quarter-final and 36th in all. Djokovic also crossed the $100 million prize money barrier on Wednesday. He started the tournament with $99,673,404 and the 294,000 euros ($328,303) he earned by beating Bautista Agut took him past the landmark figure. Djokovic, seeking a first French Open title to complete a career Grand Slam, was 4-1 ahead of Bautista Agut in the third set Tuesday when play was halted. But the Serb quickly wrapped up the next two games Wednesday and despite falling a break down to trail 2-4 in the fourth, he stormed back to claim victory on a second match point. “With my coaching team, we had some tough talks on Tuesday night,” said Djokovic, who had struggled in the heavy conditions when he had uncharacteristically dropped serve five times. “But I came back with more intensity even though it was a tough mental and physical battle.” Austrias Dominic Thiem advanced to his maiden Grand Slam quarter-final with a 6-2, 6-7 (2/7), 6-1, 6-4 win over Spains Marcel Granollers. Granollers had made the last 16 without hitting a ball when nine-time champion Rafael Nadal withdrew with a wrist injury last week. Rain halted play at one set apiece on Tuesday, but 13th seed Thiem quickly found his groove on Wednesday to race through the third set before nailing down a place in the last eight. The 22-year-old will next meet Belgian 12th seed David Goffin who saw off Latvias Ernests Gulbis 4-6, 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 in another match held over from Tuesday. “We practise a lot together and hes also a very nice guy,” said Thiem, who trails Goffin 4-2 including a loss at the Australian Open this year. Goffin is only the second Belgian man to reach the last eight in Paris. AFP KHS KHSadvertisementlast_img read more

China asks US to play constructive role in SCS dispute

first_imgFrom K J M VarmaHangzhou, Sep 3 (PTI) Chinese President Xi Jinping today asked the US to “play a constructive role” in maintaining peace and stability in the disputed South China Sea, asserting that Beijing will “unswervingly” safeguard its sovereignty over the area.Xi made the remarks during a meeting with US President Barack Obama here on the eve of the key summit of G20 nations, where the leaders of the worlds 20 strong economies will meet.Xi said China will continue to “unswervingly safeguard” its territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests in the South China Sea (SCS).”In the meantime, China will stick to peaceful settlement of disputes through consultation and negotiation with parties directly concerned, and safeguard peace and stability in the South China Sea along with ASEAN member states,” Xi was quoted as saying by state-run Xinhua news agency.After several hours of talks, the White House said the leaders had a “candid exchange” over the arbitration case between China and the Philippines.Obama also told Xi that the US would keep monitoring Chinas commitments on cybersecurity, the White House said.In the meeting, Xi also said that China is willing to work with the US to ensure bilateral ties stay on the right track.He urged the two countries to follow the principles of non-conflict, non-confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation, deepen mutual trust and collaboration, and manage and control their differences in a constructive manner, in order to push forward continuous, sound and stable development of bilateral ties.advertisementNoting that the city of Hangzhou holds historic significance to Sino-US relations, Xi spoke highly of his previous meetings with Obama since 2013, which “produced important consensus.”The US has voiced concern over Beijings growing assertiveness in key waterways in the region.The US has urged China to accept an international arbitration panels ruling that sided with the Philippines in a dispute over claims in the SCS.Beijing claims almost all of the South China Sea despite partial counter-claims from the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Taiwan. PTI KJV PMSlast_img read more

Mexican player banned for six months for match-fixing

first_imgMexican tennis player Daniel Garza has been suspended for six months and fined $5,000 after being found guilty of match-fixing, the Tennis Integrity Unit said on Tuesday.The 31-year-old, ranked 1,065th in singles, had attempted to influence the outcome of a match at an ITF Futures tournament at Calabasas, California, in March 2015, the sport’s corruption watchdog said.The case, based on a TIU investigation, was heard in Miami last month.Garza, who achieved a career-high ranking of 294 in 2012, was banned with immediate effect, the TIU said in a statement.World tennis was rocked in January by allegations that the game’s authorities had failed to deal with widespread match-fixing in the sport.The authorities rejected media reports that 16 players who have been ranked in the top 50 had been repeatedly flagged to the TIU over suspicions they had thrown matches in the past decade.A number of corruption-related cases have since come to light.Three Italian players were banned by their national tennis federation in July for their roles in attempting to fix matches.The sanctions came days after the European Sports Security Association said that tennis accounted for the majority of suspicious betting activity it had flagged, with 34 incidents in the second quarter of 2016.last_img read more

CBI books SAI Deputy Director in graft case after sting op

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 12 (PTI) The deputy director of Sports Authority of India (SAI) has been booked by the CBI for allegedly receiving a bribe of Rs one lakh from a news reporter in a sting operation, in return for providing imported weapons and facilities at a shooting range.The case has been registered on a complaint from the chief vigilance officer of SAI that a reporter of a Hindi news channel had carried out a sting operation aired on July 17, 2016.Shiv Dutt Bakshi, who was then administrator of the Karni Singh Shooting Range, was allegedly seen accepting the bribe and a liquor bottle from the reporter in lieu of providing shooting facilities at the range and procuring imported weapons illegally for him at low rates by flouting and manipulating rules, the FIR alleged.The SAI vigilance officer had collected the tapes from the channel purportedly showing that Bakshi was prepared to provide the reporter with a Walther rifle and allow its usage even though the journalist did not have an arms licence.”The transcription of the DVD clearly shows the conversation of the reporter and Bakshi (who) accepted liquor in a form of quid pro quo to help the reporter in getting the gun in an illegal manner,” the complaint alleged. PTI ABS KUNlast_img read more

Wes Lunt Sets Record

first_imgIn his second game back from a broken foot (and after throwing for 300+ yards in one half last week), Wes Lunt set a new Illinois state record for passing yards in a game with 590.Here’s a great line by Todd Engle of the State Journal-Register:From the outset, Friday night’s game between Rochester and Springfield high schools was destined to be a shootout. And Rochester is well equipped for a shootout.Clearly they were as Lunt, who will battle with J.W. Walsh and Clint Chelf as Weeden’s successor next year, also threw 4 TDs and ran for one while leading Rochester to a 49-35 victory over Springfield.His defense gave up 517 yards, including 428 on the ground, so at least he won’t be surprised when he gets to Stillwater. I kid, I kid, the defense is GREAT pretty good this year.Lunt broke the state passing record by 1 yard and his family record (held by older brother Wil, who plays at Western Illinois) by 16 yards.That’s awesome,” Lunt said with a smile. “I’m going to go see (Wil today).The crazy thing is that Lunt wasn’t even the most impressive player on the field yesterday. His receiver, Zach Grant (a Ball State recruit) had 20 catches for 345 yards and 2 TDs. One Twitter follower suggested we try to recruit him too.Rochester is 5-1 overall, but 2-0 since Lunt returned to man the ship. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Schools’ Investment Paying Dividends

first_imgThe 2016 Harvey Norman Schools Cup Results can be viewed hereRelated LinksSchools’ Investment Paying Dividends The inaugural and national Harvey Norman Schools Cup heralded a great success; on and off the field, in and out of the schoolyard.By @JulianTFA“They might have to move those large prize cheques, before the schools’ presentations come out,” came the innocent remark with a casual index finger aimed at the large format cheques in question, leaning in against the presentation dais.That it came from a parent watching intently on to the presentation ceremony about to get underway this past weekend in the bowels of the Sunshine Coast Stadium presentation area, was nothing too remarkable. Given this was a joint national TFA youth, seniors and schools event, it was probably a fair comment.Just an innocuous statement that the schools’ awards ceremony was about to commence and perhaps, as she casually observed, that the event staff might just have innocently missed something in their preparations.Meanwhile, the winning and runners-up schools from the inaugural Harvey Norman Schools Cup from Brisbane were being corralled and marshalled adjacent to the dais, in readiness to accept their trophies and medallions.Each with beaming smiles and mud and grit adorning their proud school playing uniforms, straight from their grand final encounters and much to their own parents’ delight, no doubt. Their success on the field, rather than the state of their outfits that is.Each of the players trying to push towards the back, such is the exuberance and then sudden bashfulness of youth when the spotlight emerges and, god forbid, a question being asked of them in public!With the large crowd assembled, schools teams roll-called and the official speeches underway, you know the look you observe on someone’s face when the jaw and, excuse the pun in this example, penny drops?“Are those cheques for the schools”?!With said parent and her husband looking at each other and away twice in such a way that they just answered their own question, and then to see the smiles emerge on both, was both a metaphor and a moment to reflect on just how far the idea and concept of a national schools Touch Football event had come.Indeed, those prize cheques (and trophies/medallions) had just the desired effect on these two; along with their children playing at their feet and the near-100 people bearing witness to the culmination of the inaugural Harvey Norman inspired and partnered event. Now, while it is acknowledged that we are not talking Australian Open Tennis prize cheques here, for those schools invested in the sport of touch football and competing here at the first running of the event, the $7,000 prize allocation adorning the oversized cardboard currency was….well, gold.As one school principal also in the crowd dryly observed: “the size of those prizes exceeds anything we possibly get though a (schools) submission.”In addition to the prestige of being crowned national champions, the winners in each division received a $3,500 Harvey Norman prize voucher for their school.A worthy investment clearly and worth every penny according to Harvey Norman’s national promotions and sponsorship manager, Stephanie Crockford.“It’s a really exciting opportunity to sponsor with TFA this successful inaugural event,” she said in readiness of her conferring of awards with TFA CEO, Colm Maguire.“To have so many schools to be so excited and to sign-up in this first year is amazing and we really look forward to seeing the growth.“And the footprint is enormous; there is just so much opportunity for growth within the sport and particularly through schools.”Touch Football Australia (TFA) working closely with major partner Harvey Norman went back to school literally in 2015, with the establishment of the school series and cup finale; engaging closely with schools and principals to be part of the national concept.The alignment of individual state all schools’ events under the one school series and banner is also crucial element of TFA’s strategic focus and investment in junior participation growth for the current strategic cycle. Notwithstanding, working closely too with partner states and their strong affiliation to respective education systems and schools’ networks.   The new three-day round robin Touch Football tournament involved the top performing school teams from the Harvey Norman School Series events over the preceding 12-month period, with teams invited by Touch Football Australia to participate in the Harvey Norman School’s Cup.This alignment would not have been possible, according to Maguire, without the support of Major Partner, Harvey Norman. Who, through their investment in significant prizes and the sport more broadly, have provided the incentive for schools across the country to participate in not only Touch Football but something bigger.“Looking back, the Harvey Norman National School’s Cup and the great feeling among the players, parents was incredible and we already can’t wait to go again next year,” he said.“The fact that the sponsorship and support through Harvey Norman has allowed us to utilise it as a mechanism to engage effectively with schools, which in some of the states across Australia has already resulted in growth of around 75% in terms of participation numbers, is immense,” he added.“Certainly when we start to put in place our ambassador and field officer programs over the next 12 months, we look forward to growing in this space as well.“It goes without saying we thank Harvey Norman for their valued investment in this space and indeed across the sport.”The Schools Cup event also provided a great opportunity for players and coaches to participate in development activities with Australian coaches and representatives also in attendance.While the winning schools of Brisbane State High School in the girls and Cavendish Road State High School also of Brisbane in the boys, will no doubt be pleased the cheque is in the mail, their investment in their Touch Football and coaching programs, along with all other competing schools, is paying off. Handsomely.last_img read more

10 months agoEx-Man City chief Cook making new move for Newcastle

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-Man City chief Cook making new move for Newcastleby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester City chief executive Garry Cook is involved in another consortium seeking to buyout Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley.The Mirror says Cook is now fronting a bid to buy the Tyneside giants, with Ashley looking to bank £300million from the sale.Cook was the Manchester City chief executive who sold Sheikh Mansour a Premier League back in the summer of 2009.Mansour had also registered an interest in buying Newcastle from Ashley.But the Arab prince was sold on the idea presented to him in a Power Point presentation made by Cook. last_img

Madrid Open: Federer advances to quarter-final after 1200th career win

first_img Associated Press MadridMay 9, 2019UPDATED: May 9, 2019 23:46 IST Roger Federer reached the quarter-final of Madrid Open after edging past Gael Monfils in three sets (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRoger Federer defeated Gael Monfils 6-0, 4-6, 7-6 (3) in the pre-quarterfinalsFederer became only the 2nd player in Open Era to win 1200 career matchesFederer will face 5th seed Dominic Thiem in the quarter-finalRoger Federer had to save two match points before reaching the quarterfinals of the Madrid Open with a 6-0, 4-6, 7-6 (3) win over a gritty Gael Monfils on Thursday.In only his second match on clay since 2016, Federer rallied from three games down late in the third set and then dominated the deciding tiebreaker to outlast Monfils in a match of more than two hours at the Magic Box center court.It was the 1,200th career win for Federer, allowing him to join Jimmy Connors as the only players to have reached the milestone in the Open Era.The fourth-seeded Federer had eased past Richard Gasquet in his first match in Madrid and looked set for another comfortable win after routing Monfils in less than 20 minutes in the opening set. But the Swiss lost five straight games to fall behind the 18th-ranked Frenchman who was seeking his second title of the season.Yet ANOTHER milestone for @rogerfederer…Electric atmosphere on Manolo Santana as Federer wins his 1200th match pic.twitter.com/YymcjcBuI7Tennis TV (@TennisTV) May 9, 2019Federer recovered by breaking Monfils at 2-4 in the third set, and then saved the two match points in a long game when trailing 5-6. The 20-time Grand Slam champion was back in control in the tiebreaker, winning six of the first seven points.Federer will next face fifth-seeded Dominic Thiem, who defeated Fabio Fognini 6-4, 7-5.Federer skipped the clay swing the last two years to remain fit for the rest of the season. The Madrid Open is his first clay tournament as he prepares to return to the French Open after a three-year absence. He has already won two hard-court titles this season, in Dubai and Miami, and is seeking his third Madrid trophy, and first since 2012.advertisementDjokovic reaches quarter-final after beating Jeremy ChardyEarlier, top-ranked Novak Djokovic reached the final eight by beating Jeremy Chardy 6-1, 7-6 (2). It was his 13th consecutive win over Chardy, all in straight sets.Djokovic will next face Marin Cilic, who came from behind to beat Laslo Djere 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.Djokovic is seeking his second title of the season, and third in Madrid. He began the year by winning the Australian Open.Also Read | I’m in a really good place right now: Naomi Osaka on reaching Madrid Open quartersAlso 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Novak DjokovicFollow Roger FedererFollow Madrid OpenFollow Dominic ThiemFollow Gael Monfils Madrid Open: Federer advances to quarter-final after 1200th career winRoger Federer, playing only his 2nd match on clay since 2016, saved match points and defeated Gael Monfils to reach the Madrid Open Masters 1000 quarter-finals on Thursday.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Ashes 2019: Mitchell Starc could have reined in on Ben Stokes, feels Ricky Ponting

first_img Indo-Asian News Service ManchesterAugust 28, 2019UPDATED: August 28, 2019 12:54 IST Former Australia player Ricky Ponting (Cricket Australia/Twitter)Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting feels left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc could have had an impact if he bowled against Ben Stokes during England’s improbable win in the third Ashes Test at Headingley.Stokes played an epic unbeaten knock of 135, which helped England snatch victory from the jaws of defeat in Leeds.England started the fourth day looking to prevent Australia from retaining the Ashes. They got to 286/9, still needing 73 runs for an improbable victory in their chase of 359.But World Cup hero Stokes joined hands with No. 11 batsman Jack Leach and did the unthinkable by smashing eight sixes to all corners of the ground and helped the Three Lions level the fire-match series.Starc is yet to play in the ongoing Ashes as Australia have rotated with their quicks.”I must admit, as the game was sort of slipping away the other day the only image I had in my head was Starc bowling Stokes at The Oval in that World Cup with a yorker right at the base of off-stump,” Ponting was quoted as saying by www.cricket.com.au.”And even someone like (No.11) Jack Leach, I’m not sure he would have been that keen on facing Mitchell Starc at 150kph with the ball reversing back onto his toes either.”The likes of Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and James Pattinson failed to get rid of Leach who batted on with Stokes who went berserk and hit eight sixes in his innings along with 11 fours to take England over the line.advertisement”Cummins won’t be coming out of the side. I think if they look at making a change I think it will have to be Pattinson (who was rested for Lord’s) again,” he said.”Hazlewood, with the exception of his spell with the second new ball in the second innings, I’m not sure I’ve seen him bowl better than that. That was outstanding from him.”Patto (Pattinson), as the game went on I thought he got better. When it looked like he had his rhythm I thought he was really good.”But I think they’ll see how (Starc) goes in Derby. If he doesn’t bowl the house down there I think they’ll be reluctant to make change.”In the fourth Test starting September 4, Australia will welcome back their key batsman Steve Smith who could not take part in third match in Leeds after being ruled out because of delayed concussion.Ponting said it could be a toss up between opener Marcus Harris and Usman Khawaja as he backed Marnus Labuschagne, who has more than impressed with the bat since replacing Smith, to bat at No.3.The former Australian skipper feels the three-day tour match in Derby will clear the air a bit on who would play at the Old Trafford.Also Read | Ashes 2019: James Anderson steps up recovery from injury ahead of fourth TestAlso 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 byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow AshesFollow Ashes 2019Follow Eng vs AUSFollow Jack LeachFollow Ricky Ponting Ashes 2019: Mitchell Starc could have reined in on Ben Stokes, feels Ricky Ponting”I must admit, as the game was sort of slipping away the other day the only image I had in my head was Starc bowling Stokes at The Oval in that World Cup with a yorker right at the base of off-stump,” said Ricky Ponting.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Province Forecasting Lower Surplus By Yearend

first_imgThe province is forecasting a slim budget surplus for 2006-2007, as higher expenses for government pensions and labour settlements in the health care sector put pressure on the budget. The province’s second budget forecast update this year shows $3.3 million remaining in the unallocated surplus — the amount available to cover spending and revenue pressures for the rest of the year. The total surplus of $64.7 million — $8.88 million down from the $73.5 million budgeted — includes $57.4 million legislated for debt reduction, and a $4-million debt-reduction contingency. “The province continues to perform well overall,” said Finance Minister Michael Baker. “However, with a razor thin surplus, we will be taking a very prudent approach to managing our budget risks in the last quarter of the year. We must keep our expenses in line.” Total revenues are forecast to rise slightly, to $6.928 billion, including net income from government business enterprises of $340.3 million. Total expenses will go up $11.8 million to $6.917 billion, as higher program and pension expenses are offset by savings in debt servicing costs. Net program spending is forecast to increase by $21.3 million over the original budget, primarily because of an additional $23.7 million to cover the recent contract settlement with acute-care health-care workers. Costs related to government pension plans are also expected to rise, with a negative variance in the pension valuation adjustment of $35.8 million. The higher expenses are offset by a $45.3-million decrease in net debt servicing costs, to $830.9 million. The Department of Finance has revised its calculation for sinking fund interest earnings, and taken advantage of favourable market conditions for the refinancing of government debt. Net revenues, excluding government business enterprises, were down $900,000, with a number of significant changes in revenue categories. Nova Scotia’s own-source revenues are forecast to drop $12.5 million, with federal revenues $11.6 million higher than budget. Provincial and federal income tax revenues are forecast to be higher, offset by lower revenues for petroleum royalties and tobacco taxes. Mr. Baker said higher pension expenses are a significant risk for the last quarter, when new benefit and premium estimates are expected. Nova Scotia may also be hurt by income tax changes potentially coming forward in the federal spring budget. Details have not yet been announced. Nova Scotia’s real Gross Domestic Product for 2006 is forecast to be 2 per cent, down from 2.5 per cent in the budget. This is because of slowing economic growth in Canada and the United States. Mr. Baker said government departments will be asked to defer, or eliminate, non-essential spending to ensure that the province ends the year with the surplus required by the Provincial Finance Act.last_img read more

Nick jiju is very generous Parineeti

first_imgMumbai: Actress Parineeti Chopra feels American pop-singer Nick Jonas, her brother-in-law, was well prepared for his Indian wedding ceremony with her sister, actress Priyanka Chopra. Parineeti says she got lots of money “in dollars and rupees” as well as diamond rings in the ‘joota chupai’ ceremony. Priyanka and Nick got married in India in December last year. The couple had three-day wedding festivities at Jodhpur’s royal Umaid Bhawan Palace, where they exchanged wedding vows as per both Christian and Hindu rituals in two separate ceremonies. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography ‘Joota chupai’ is a tradition wherein the sister-in-law hides the shoes of the groom and then asks for money or gift in return. Parineeti opened up about the wedding when she appeared on “BFFs with Vogue – Season 3” along with Sania Mirza. The show is aired on Colors Infinity, read a statement. During the signature BFFs game round �Say It Or Strip It’, Parineeti revealed how much she got for hiding Nick’s shoes for the ‘joota chupai’. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot “I got a lot of money, I got dollars and rupees, in lakhs and we also got diamond rings. We also got bags, we got a lot of stuff. He was very generous,” Parineeti said. “He was actually more prepared than all of us. So I thought I was the smart one and I was going to go and do this ‘rasam’ (ceremony) and take only cash from him. They were more than ready because when the time came, he literally just signalled to someone and all of us cousins looked at the back, and there was this guy with a giant tray full of diamond rings and all of us got diamond rings and the bridesmaids got a lot of gifts. “So I am proud to show off that Nick jiju is very generous,” she added. When host and actress Neha Dhupia asked Parineeti about some ‘bridezilla’ moments from the wedding, she said: “We honestly thought of it before the wedding happened but actually not at all. “She (Priyanka) was just so happy and in fact she was so excited like she was that bride who, when the baraat came she wanted to get ready early so that she can run and see the baraat in a filmy style. She was really happy. So no, bridezilla moment, not at all.” During the �Platter Of Punishment’ game round, Neha asked Parineeti to choose between Nick as a singer or a brother-in-law, she picked him as a brother-in-law. “Nick Jonas, the brother-in-law. He is the best, I love him,” the actress said. Opening up about the Priyanka’s bachelorette party in Amsterdam, the actress said: “I just want to say Sophie (Turner) has all the videos and she has still not sent them to me and I am glad because if somebody looks at my phone…” Then Neha intervened and said: “Basically what happens in Amsterdam stays in Amsterdam.” Parineeti concurred, and said: “I think we did Amsterdam the way Amsterdam should have been done. I am just going to leave it at it.”last_img read more

OIL signs contract for 12 oil blocks Vedanta 10 ONGC 8

first_imgNew Delhi: State-owned ONGC and Oil India Ltd alongside private sector Vedanta Ltd on Tuesday walked away with almost all of the oil blocks auctioned in the latest licensing round as part of the government’s effort to raise domestic production. The winners of Open Acreage Licensing Policy (OALP) Round II and III, which closed earlier this year, signed exploration and production contracts with the government at a function here on Tuesday.Speaking on the occasion, Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said that more production of oil and gas is a priority of the Modi-2.0 government as it looks to meet its rising energy demand of fast growing economy. “There is possibility of $1 billion in OALP-II and III,” he said. Oil India Ltd signed up for the 12 out of 32 oil and gas exploration blocks it won in the twin rounds that ran parallelly because OALP-II was delayed. Vedanta Ltd walked away with 10 and Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) got eight blocks. Reliance Industries and its British partner BP Plc signed a contract for the sole KG basin gas they had bid, while Indian Oil Corp (IOC) too got one block. Reliance-BP combine outbid ONGC in one Krishna Godavari basin block in the Bay of Bengal. This is an area that ONGC had previously relinquished and is said to hold natural gas prospects. According to the DGH, OIL won six out of the 14 blocks on offer in OALP-II while Vedanta walked away with five. ONGC, Reliance-BP and IOC won one block each. Speaking on the development, Vedanta Resources Ltd Executive Chairman Anil Agarwal said, “We congratulate the Government for the successful completion of three rounds of auctions under OALP. The progressive vision of this Government has been key to developing the hydrocarbons industry in India, and we appreciate the faith they have reposed in us. With the sizable and diversified portfolio of the blocks, Cairn will step up its efforts to produce 50 per cent of India’s domestic crude oil. We believe in the hydrocarbons potential of India and this is a huge enabler to lead the nation towards energy security.” OIL CMD Utpal Bora informed that the strategy of the company is to consolidate its position as the leading operator in the North-East and carry out exploration in Category II & III basins in line with the Government of India’s vision to intensify exploration in Indian sedimentary basins and increase domestic oil and gas production. In OALP-III, ONGC won seven blocks while OIL got six and Vedanta the remaining five. Bidding for 14 blocks on offer in the OALP round-II and another18 oil and gas blocks as well as five coal-bed methane (CBM) blocks on offer in OALP-III closed on May 15. No bid was received for any of the CBM blocks. Reliance-BP had made their first bid in eight years when they sought an area that previously was held by ONGC, sources said. When the government in July 2017 allowed companies to carve out blocks of their choice with a view to bringing about 2.8 million sq km of unexplored area in the country under exploration, Reliance-BP sought the KG area containing the discoveries.last_img read more

Shahid teases rebellious avatar in Kabir Singh

first_imgMumbai: He drinks, he smokes, he swears. Shahid Kapoor on Monday teased his “rebel with a cause” avatar in “Kabir Singh”, a Bollywood remake of Telugu film “Arjun Reddy”. “Kabir Singh” is written and directed by Sandeep Vanga. It is a remake of his own directorial Telugu film “Arjun Reddy”. “I’m not a rebel without a cause. This is me. Kabir Singh,” Shahid tweeted with a link to the power-packed teaser. Directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga, who directed the original movie, “Kabir Singh” is produced by Bhushan Kumar, Murad Khetani, Krishan Kumar and Ashwin Varde. It is releasing on June 21. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka Shahid aces the rugged, rough and aggressive look as a doctor with anger management issues. He packs a punch when he swears in Hindi, adds water to a whiskey bottle directly from a tank and raises his middle finger. The “Udta Punjab” actor is also seen snorting drugs in the teaser. Actress Kiara Advani appears only at the end of the teaser, when Shahid plants a kiss on her cheek, and says, “Kisi ne nahi dekha (Nobody saw it).”last_img read more

Shoppers find deals at Sears Canada liquidation sales underwhelming

TORONTO — Sears Canada began its liquidation sales at its remaining stores across the country Thursday, but many shoppers found the deals to be underwhelming.While signs suggested discounts of 20 to 50 per cent off — with a note that exceptions apply — relatively few items at a Toronto store appeared to be offered at half off. Some big ticket items such as snowblowers and treadmills were only 10 per cent off.“For a close-out deal, I would have thought the sale would be a bit higher. And maybe it will be, as closing time approaches. And maybe by that time everything will be gone!” said 86-year-old Madeline Cameron, who said she had been shopping at Sears for 60 or 70 years.After looking at the dozens of shoppers braving long, slow check-out lines she decided to leave without buying anything.“I can’t stand in lineups for a long time … I might come early tomorrow morning. I’d say the lineups are maybe half an hour, an hour long.”A joint-venture group — which includes Hilco Global, Gordon Brothers Canada, Tiger Capital Group and Great American Group — is running the liquidation sales at 74 remaining department stores and eight Home stores, a step towards Sears Canada closing its doors for good after 65 years in business.Sears Canada gift cards will be honoured throughout the sale, but the company stopped honouring extended warranties as of Wednesday.“It’s rather sad. Sears could always be counted on to be a good competitor, and certainly I think the Kenmore brand is very reliable, and has been a staple in the Canadian market. It’s going to be a loss,” said shopper Karen Ottmann.At the Toronto Fairview Mall location, the appliance department was among the busiest, with many shoppers picking up vaccuums, microwaves, blenders and other kitchen equipment.Some shoppers, like stay-at-home mom Elana Iordan, were happy to get a head start on Christmas shopping. But many, Iordan included, expressed regret about the company’s imminent closure.“We always came at Christmas. It was affordable,” Iordan said, noting there aren’t any similar stores in locations convenient for her. “We don’t have anything around us anymore.”Another shopper, Joan Challis, said she was angry at the way the closure has been handled by the company’s management.“It’s nasty, what happened here … I’m not happy about it. Neighbours of mine have extended warranties on appliances, so that’s going to hurt them,” she said.“The employees and the public, they’re all going to lose out. But head office, management, they’re not going to lose out, I don’t think. I think they’ll end out coming out fairly clean.”Liquidation sales at 49 Sears Hometown stores were expected to start Thursday, or sometime soon, but discounts there will vary, according to Sears Canada spokesman Joel Shaffer.Some items are also listed for clearance on the Sears Canada website, including a four-piece outdoor furniture set discounted from $499.99 to $299.95. However, not everything online has been marked down just yet.The sales are expected to last between 10 to 14 weeks. Sears Canada timed its liquidation sales to take advantage of the busy holiday shopping season to maximize the value it could attain for the inventory.The retailer has been in creditor protection since June, but was unable to find a buyer which would allow it to keep operating.Sears Canada received court approval to proceed with its liquidation sales last week. A group led by its executive chairman Brandon Stranzl had been in weeks-long discussions with Sears Canada to purchase the retailer and continue to operate it. However, no deal was reached.Stranzl resigned from Sears Canada’s board of directors on Monday. read more