The Time to Nail National Titles is Nigh!

first_imgWhen the first game taps off on Wednesday, 12 March 2014 at 8.00am, it will be the first of 473 played at the C.ex Coffs International Stadium over four days of national competition. Not only are national championships up for grabs but many Australian players will be looking beyond their team’s conquests to impress the Touch Football Australia High Performance Program at the same venue that will host the 2015 FIT Touch World Cup in 12 months time.As you see with the release of the draft draw, it will not only be Australians looking for success at Coffs Harbour, with a record seven international teams attending the event from both Japan and Papua New Guinea. This event is added preparation for the Touch World Cup with both nations active at international events over the past few years. Japan attended the 2013 New Zealand Nationals and 2012 New South Wales State Cup. Papua New Guinea returns to the NTL after attending the 2013 event as well as the 2013 Queensland State Championships. Although 2014 will be the largest international attendance at the NTL, it will pale in comparison to the next year’s global event, of which 125 teams have expressed interest in attending.Although the 2015 Touch World Cup is just around the corner, there are several Touch Football events to look forward to in between. Success at the 2014 NTL can be the springboard to further success in the bi-annual interstate rivalry of State of Origin as well as international success at the Trans Tasman and Touch World Cup lead-up events.The showcase divisions will again be the Men’s and Women’s Elite Eight. New South Wales have swept all four divisions previously claiming all titles contested in 2011 and 2013 and produced seven out of eight Grand Finalists. The six Queensland teams will be looking to break this drought and record and claim their first piece of silverware in the elite divisions. After two solid campaigns, the Alliance will be looking to consolidate and break into the top four. In a competition where there are no easy games, all elite teams will need to be at their best to take home the crown.In the 11 other divisions, there are so many tales to tell. Can the Sydney Rebels win the Mixed Open division four years in a row? Which of the 18 teams in the T League divisions will survive and salute in the 10th game? Can the Scorpions claim the Men’s 30’s, Women’s 40’s, Men’s 45’s and Senior Mixed divisions again and reclaim the Golden Boot trophy? Can ACT ‘capitalise’ on their inaugural titles in 2013 in the Women’s 35’s and Men’s 50’s divisions? Can the South Queensland Sharks continue their dynasty in the Men’s 40’s divisions? With Sunshine Coast not returning, who will claim the Men’s 55’s division?  It will be week of intrigue as the best-of-the best in Touch Football go head-to-head. With valuable competition points and touchdowns on offer at 2014 NTL it’s also a game of other numbers, to keep in mind:·         Games – 473·         Teams – 117·         Fields – 17·         Divisions – 13·         Entities – 28·         Timeslots – 48·         Minutes of Touch Football – 18,920To view the draft draw, please visit the NTL website – You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2013 X-Blades National Touch League in the following ways: Websites Social Media Facebook – Twitter – (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2014) Instagram – YouTube – Related Links2014 NTLlast_img read more

ESPN Releases Its New “Bottom 10” After Week 4

first_imgQuarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. #4 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers leads the team on the field before the game.LINCOLN, NE – NOVEMBER 12: Quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. #4 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers leads the team on the field before the game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Memorial Stadium on November 12, 2016 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Every week, ESPN updates its “Bottom 10” rankings. It is quite likely that we’ve never seen one of these lists look quite like it does this week.Of the 10 entries in this collection of sadness, eight of them are Power 5 teams and one is an entire division from a major conference. It has been a rough first month for many Power 5 programs.Nebraska, which is off to an 0-3 start, holds down the top spot this week. Right behind them is another 0-3 team, UCLA.Both programs made splashy coaching hires this offseason, but it might take some time before Scott Frost and Chip Kelly get things going at their new schools.Here is the full ESPN “Bottom 10” after Week 4:NebraskaUCLAArkansasRutgers#GoACC CoastalTennesseePurdueOregon StateFlorida StateUTEPOf course, some of these teams are bound to get off of this list soon. The rankings change each week.However, some are destined for long stays in the “Bottom 10” and long seasons in general.last_img read more

Would have been dropped a long time ago in my previous team: Shane Watson

first_img Press Trust of India ChennaiApril 24, 2019UPDATED: April 24, 2019 14:32 IST Shane Watson scored his 17th IPL fifty to roar back to form (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSShane Watson scored 96 runs from 53 balls to help CSK beat SRHWatson had failed to score a single fifty in the 1st 10 gamesWatson said he would have been dropped by now if it would not have been any of his previous teamsShane Watson couldn’t thank Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Stephen Fleming enough after ending his prolonged slump in form, saying he would have been “dropped a long time ago” in his previous franchise.He had gone without a fifty in his first 10 innings of the ongoing Indian Premier League before striking 96 off 53 balls on Tuesday night to guide Chennai Super Kings to a win over Sunrisers Hyderabad.”I can’t thank Stephen Fleming and MS Dhoni enough for their belief in me. Just about every other team I’ve been in… for me to miss out on not scoring runs for long as I had throughout the tournament, if I had been in a previous team I would have been dropped a long time ago,” Watson said.Thanks to Watson’s knock, CSK chased down a target of 176 with six wickets to spare.”… So, for Stephen Fleming and MS Dhoni in particular to keep the faith in me and knowing that I had a really good innings in me it was great,” the 37-year old Watson told reporters.”For me personally, knowing that I had come off from the PSL and coming into this I was flying high and then things didn’t go my way. I lost a bit of rhythm in my batting.”So, for them to keep faith in me I really appreciate it. In the end, you need a bit of luck going your way as well. Bhuvi worked me over in the first couple of overs in particular and you need those little bits of luck,” he added.advertisementThe strongly built batsman who hammered leg-spinner Rashid Khan for quite a few runs, said the Afghan is one of the best in this format.The Australian was effusive in his praise of compatriot and SRH opener David Warner, who has been in tremendous form this IPL.”I really don’t sort of remember for the last four-five years a tournament where Warner hasn’t scored a hell lot of runs. He’s a world-class player.”It’s very sad the events that happened which made him miss 12 months of international cricket but Australia are going to be very lucky to have him coming back into the team because he’s a match-winner and a world-class batsman,” Watson added.SRH all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan praised Watson’s batting which took the game away from his team.”Well the first plan was to get him out because we know how dangerous he is. Once he takes his time in the crease for five-six overs, it gets very difficult to get him out.”And the power that he’s got, he can easily clear boundaries. Even his miss-hits go for six. We knew the danger he can produce against us. So the plan was to get him out but we couldn’t do that. And once he was set, he just took the bowlers on.”The Bangladesh cricketer said Watson struggled in the initial overs but the team knew once he settled he could make up for that with his big hits.”I think he was struggling a bit in the first four-five overs when the ball was moving a bit but we always knew that unless he gets out it will get very difficult because once he gets settled, he can make up for those balls (he takes to settle down) easily by hitting four-five sixes.Also Read | Way Shane Watson batted we couldn’t really do much: Bhuvneshwar Kumar after CSK beat SRHAlso Read | IPL 2019: I was due, says Shane Watson after classy 96 vs Sunrisers HyderabadFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 Tags :Follow Shane WatsonFollow IPL 2019Follow CSKFollow Chennai Super KingsFollow MS DhoniFollow Stephen Fleming Would have been dropped a long time ago in my previous team: Shane WatsonShane Watson, after failing with the bat in the first 10 matches of IPL 2019, scored 96 runs from 53 balls to lead Chennai Super Kings to a 6-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad.advertisementlast_img read more

Ship Finance Adds First 19200 TEU Boxship

first_imgzoom Bermuda-based ship owner Ship Finance International Limited has taken delivery of MSC Anna, the first of two 19,200 TEU container vessels ordered from South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI). The ultra large container vessel (ULCV) is chartered out to Swiss-based Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) for a period of 15 years. Lease financing has been secured for the full term of the charter, according to Ship Finance.The second vessel is expected to be delivered in February 2017. The newbuilding is also scheduled to start working for MSC, according to data provided by VesselsValue.Furthermore, Ship Finance has appointed Gary S. Vogel to the board of directors to fill a vacancy on the board.The firm said that Vogel has a long career in the dry bulk shipping market and is currently Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Eagle Bulk Shipping, a US-listed owner and operator of geared dry bulk vessels. Previously, Vogel served as CEO of Clipper Group in Denmark.Ship Finance owns a fleet of more than 70 vessels comprising tankers, bulkers, container vessels and offshore assets.last_img read more

Nouveau tomodensitomètre à lhôpital régional de Yarmouth

first_imgDes milliers de patients dans la région de Yarmouth auront bientôt accès à de meilleurs soins grâce à l’achat d’un nouveau tomodensitomètre, financé en partie par le gouvernement provincial. Graham Steele, ministre du Développement économique et rural et du Tourisme, au nom de David Wilson, ministre de la Santé et du Mieux-être, a annoncé aujourd’hui 24 juin que le gouvernement provincial versera plus d’un million de dollars pour contribuer aux coûts d’un nouveau tomodensitomètre plus rapide. « L’hôpital régional de Yarmouth a un service d’urgence occupé, et il a besoin d’un tomodensitomètre sur lequel le personnel et les patients peuvent compter », a dit M. Steele. « Un nouveau tomodensitomètre permettra d’obtenir des résultats de qualité supérieure plus rapidement. Ainsi, le personnel des soins de santé pourra se concentrer davantage sur le plus important, c’est-à-dire les patients. » Le tomodensitomètre est l’outil principal d’imagerie médicale que l’hôpital utilise pour les patients atteints du cancer et ceux qui ont subi un accident cérébral vasculaire ou un trauma. Le service d’urgence en dépend. Le tomodensitomètre actuel est âgé de plus de 10 ans, alors que les fabricants suggèrent généralement une durabilité de sept ans pour ce genre d’appareil. Le tomodensitomètre coûtera environ 1,4 million de dollars, et le gouvernement provincial versera 75 pour 100 des coûts. La régie South West Health sera responsable d’assurer le reste des coûts. « La capacité d’obtenir des résultats plus rapides et plus précis signifie une réduction du temps d’attente et une expérience plus confortable pour le patient, a dit le Dr Joel Surette, chef du service de radiologie. Le fait d’avoir accès à l’équipement diagnostique de pointe est également un incitatif intéressant pour le recrutement de médecins et d’autres professionnels de la santé. » Il est prévu que le nouveau tomodensitomètre sera prêt à être utilisé à l’automne. L’année dernière, le personnel de soins de santé de l’hôpital régional de Yarmouth a utilisé le tomodensitomètre sur plus de 7 500 patients. L’hôpital offre des services à environ 60 000 personnes dans les comtés de Yarmouth, de Digby et de Shelburne.last_img read more

Oil price slips as US crude gasoline stockpiles grow natural gas down

by The Associated Press Posted Jan 9, 2013 3:59 pm MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – The price of oil barely budged Wednesday, while natural gas plunged to the lowest level since late September.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude slipped five cents to end at US$93.10 a barrel in New York trading. After rising on the year’s first trading day following the resolution of a budget standoff in Washington, oil has been holding around US$93.That hasn’t been the case with natural gas. The fuel has dropped seven per cent since the start of the year as forecasts point to warmer than expected weather in parts of the United States. About half of U.S. households use natural gas for heat.Natural gas futures closed down 10.5 cents, or 3.3 per cent, to finish at US$3.11 per 1,000 cubic feet. The price had been at or above US$3.20 since Sept. 26.For oil, a report of rising U.S. crude supplies offset a forecast for higher aluminum demand this year from Alcoa.The Energy Information Agency said that U.S. crude supplies grew by 1.3 million barrels last week, while gasoline stocks increased by 7.4 million barrels, or 3.3 per cent. The gasoline supply was significantly above analysts’ expectations.Oil supplies are about eight per cent higher than a year ago and oil production in the U.S. — at seven million barrels a day — is at levels not seen since the 1990s.Late Tuesday, Alcoa predicted that aluminum demand would rise seven per cent this year, slightly better than the six per cent increase in 2012. That indicates the company expects a pickup in economic activity, which in turn could boost demand for oil.Brent crude, used to price international varieties of oil, dropped 18 cents to end at US$111.76 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.In other energy futures trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange, wholesale gasoline fell two cents to finish at US$2.78 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres) and heating oil rose one cent to end at US$3.07 a gallon.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS.UN), (TSX:CVE) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Oil price slips as US crude, gasoline stockpiles grow; natural gas down sharply read more

New Facebook privacy tweaks include a popup warning about public postings

New Facebook privacy tweaks include a pop-up warning about public postings AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Facebook admits it’s had its fair share of fumbles and stumbles when it comes to privacy.So the social media giant, which has 19 million regular users in Canada and 1.23 billion globally, is rolling out a few tweaks to help users better understand how to control who sees their posts.And it’s taking the unusual step of intervening when it suspects users could be posting publicly without realizing it.“We understand that in the past some people have felt that privacy on Facebook has changed too frequently or that we haven’t communicated as well as we could about privacy,” says Mike Nowak, a product manager on the company’s privacy team.For users who regularly share their content widely without any privacy restrictions, Facebook plans to periodically prompt them — with what it hopes is a disarmingly cute cartoon dinosaur — to ensure they realize their posts are viewable by anyone and everyone.“We just want to make sure that this is a thing they want to be doing and if not, then give them an opportunity to proactively change their audience,” says Nowak, noting Facebook is wary of the dino being compared to Microsoft’s much-maligned Clippy. The animated paper clip was designed to pop-up in Office and offer users help, but was seen as more of an annoyance.“This is a little bit of a different tactic from what we’ve used in the past …. so interrupting people is something we don’t take lightly. But in this case we felt that it’s important enough for people to be sharing with people they want to be sharing with — for people to be in the right privacy state for them — that we felt it was worth it to have this kind of more-interrupted experience once in a while.”Another change that iPhone users may have already noticed is a subtly redesigned interface for selecting a post’s audience before a user sends it. It’s currently in test mode on Google Android devices and a similar desktop tweak is set to trickle out soon.“Sometimes there’s this feeling that when you share things on Facebook they can end up being shared more widely than you expected,” Nowak says.“We tried to make it clearer who you’re sharing with at the point that you go to share.”Facebook also plans to add more privacy controls to users’ cover photos on their profiles. While the current cover photo will remain publicly visible to everyone, users will be able to control who can see photos that were previously used as cover images.“This was something that came up a lot in the feedback we got from people,” says Nowak. by Michael Oliveira, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 10, 2014 6:05 am MDT read more

Beyond cat videos YouTube will offer its own payTV service

by Tali Arbel, The Associated Press Posted Feb 28, 2017 3:43 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 28, 2017 at 6:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Beyond cat videos: YouTube will offer its own pay-TV service NEW YORK, N.Y. – Fed up with paying for cable the traditional way? You may soon be able to subscribe to it over the internet with … YouTube.The Google-owned site, known for cat videos and do-it-yourself makeup tutorials, is the latest company to offer a version of cable that looks and feels more like Netflix. Dish, Sony and AT&T already have internet cable alternatives , and Hulu has one coming soon.None of these have yet been huge hits. YouTube is hoping its expertise in recommendations and search makes it stand out.Dubbed YouTube TV, the new service will cost $35 a month for access to about 40 channels when it launches in the next few months, similar to rivals. But it will be initially limited to a few cities where it has deals with broadcasters. And so far, Google doesn’t appear to have deals for popular channels such as HBO, AMC and TBS.THE ONLINE PROPOSITIONThere are roughly three million fewer traditional TV households in the U.S. then there were four years ago, a decline of about 3 per cent. Online alternatives such as Dish’s Sling TV, AT&T’s DirecTV Now and Sony’s PlayStation Vue had about 1.5 million customers combined in 2016.But companies like YouTube believe a substantial number of people could be persuaded to pay for TV online. Many of these potential customers are younger people who have never had cable and watch shows and movies primarily through online services such as Netflix.But these online cable alternatives have drawbacks of their own. They may not offer substantial savings compared with cable, and offer incomplete channel lineups and inconsistent video quality.YOUTUBE’S OFFERINGYouTube’s service will cost $35 a month, similar to the cheapest deals from AT&T’s DirecTV Now and Sony’s PlayStation Vue, but more expensive than Dish’s Sling TV. It comes with unlimited storage in a cloud DVR; only Vue also offers a DVR to all customers. It will allow three people to watch on different devices at the same time.The new service underscores how far YouTube has evolved since its early days as a repository for pirated shows and movies. Over the past several years, YouTube has beefed up anti-piracy controls and allowed television producers and networks to share in ad revenue. Those companies are now willing to partner with YouTube on this new endeavour.But YouTube still faces challenges making this work. In addition to the no-shows in its channel lineup, it will launch only in cities where it can offer live feeds of the major broadcasters, which tend to be larger metropolitan areas. (YouTube says it will work on expanding to other markets, although that will require cutting deals with the owners of network affiliate stations in those cities.) It will work on a TV only via Google’s Chromecast streaming gadget.WHAT’S THE PROBLEM?In general, internet TV services are an incomplete substitute for cable.Many popular programs aren’t available because digital rights are a hodgepodge. You can’t watch most NFL games on phones using these services — Verizon has those exclusive rights. DirecTV Now and Sling don’t carry CBS, and live feeds for ABC, CBS and NBC are available only in some big cities, as most network stations are owned by third parties.Although many cable subscribers say they don’t need packages of 500 channels, they don’t agree on which channels they actually want. These online services offer cheaper packages with fewer channels, but they are bound to be missing someone’s favourites. As with cable, the cost mounts the more channels you add.Cable companies also offer discounts when you buy internet and TV services together, which can be cheaper than getting them separately. Prices for the online services start at $20 for Sling’s cheapest bundle to $70 and up for the biggest packages from Vue and DirecTV Now.Beyond that, these online services also have had quality issues with video freezing or not working at all. And to watch on a TV, you need an extra gadget like an Apple TV, a PlayStation game console, a Roku box or, now, a Chromecast — and not every service works with every gadget. Chief Business Officer Robert Kuncl, with a graphic showing the many networks that will be carried, speaks during the introduction of YouTube TV at YouTube Space LA in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. People fed up with paying for cable the traditional way will soon be able to subscribe to it from YouTube. The Google-owned site known for cat videos and do-it-yourself makeup tutorials is the latest company to offer a version of cable that looks and feels more like Netflix. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon) read more

String quartet returning to the MusicNoon stage

The final faculty and guest recital of the Music@Noon season will feature the Walker String Quartet.The group will take to the Recital Hall stage in the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in downtown St. Catharines on Tuesday, March 5.The Department of Music’s quartet in residence works with local students in high school string programs to share their love for music while promoting Brock’s Music program.The quartet will play Brahms’s String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 51, No. 2, one of the milestones of the romantic string quartet repertoire.Formed in 2016, the Walker String Quartet is now comprised of violinists Vera Alekseeva and Anna Hughes, violist Faith Lau and cellist Gordon Cleland.Music@Noon is a free one-hour recital series that occurs most Tuesdays at noon during the academic year. The Department of Music invites all staff, faculty, students and those from the community to attend.For more information on upcoming performances, visit the Department of Music’s website. read more

Saturdays best

STARS—Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama, matched a school record with five touchdown passes and ran for a score to lead the No. 1 Crimson Tide to a 52-21 victory over rival Auburn.—Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State, threw five touchdown passes and the No. 10 Buckeyes continued their mastery over No. 4 Michigan with a record-setting 62-39 victory to reach the Big Ten championship game.—Jake Fromm, Georgia, threw a career-best four TD passes, helping the No. 5 Bulldogs romp into the Southeastern Conference championship game with a 45-21 rout of Georgia Tech.—Cade Carney, Wake Forest, rushed for a career-high 223 yards and the Demon Deacons closed out their regular season with a 59-7 win over Duke.—K.J. Costello, Stanford, threw for 344 yards and career-high five TDs leading the Cardinal to a 49-42 victory over UCLA.—Travis Homer, Miami, rushed for 168 yards and a long TD as the Hurricanes closed their regular season by knocking off No. 24 Pittsburgh 24-3.—Reggie Gallaspy II, North Carolina State, scored his school-record-tying fifth TD on a 1-yard run in overtime in a 34-28 win over North Carolina.___BIG GAME BUCKEYESAfter a most unusual regular season for Ohio State, it was business as usual against Michigan.Dwayne Haskins threw five touchdown passes, freshman Chris Olave had a breakout performance and No. 10 Ohio State continued its mastery over No. 4 Michigan with a record-setting 62-39 victory that sends the Buckeyes to the Big Ten championship game.The Wolverines were two victories away from their first conference championship since 2004 and a trip to the College Football Playoff, facing an Ohio State team that has looked discombobulated on defence and one-dimensional on offence much of the season. Looking to snap a six-game losing streak against the Buckeyes and get coach Jim Harbaugh his first victory in four tries in the rivalry known simply as The Game, the Wolverines wilted.In the 115th meeting between two of college football’s most storied schools, Ohio State scored the most points ever in regulation against Michigan.And now, despite all the dysfunction at Ohio State this season — both on and off the field — the Buckeyes will face No. 20 Northwestern next week in Indianapolis with a chance to repeat as Big Ten champs and maybe even squeeze into the playoff.___TUA’S TOUCHDOWNSTua Tagovailoa came out of halftime firing touchdown strikes down the field, and the result was another runaway Alabama victory.Tagovailoa threw five touchdown passes, ran for a score and could scarcely miss in the second half to lead the top-ranked Crimson Tide to a 52-21 victory over rival Auburn.Tagovailoa and the Crimson Tide took over with an explosive third quarter, when the Heisman Trophy contender threw three long touchdown passes. He’s the first Alabama player to have a hand in six TDs in a game and matched the school record with the five scoring passes.Now, ‘Bama heads to the SEC championship game against No. 5 Georgia with a guaranteed playoff spot on the line.___NUMBERS4_All-time defensive futility marks by major NCAA program set by UConn this season: most yards (7,409), yards per game (617.4), points (605) and points per game (50.41).7_Games with at least 100 yards receiver by Purdue’s Rondale Moore, matching the school record.20_Rushing TDs by Montana State’s Troy Andersen, a school record.36_Straight years Florida State played in a bowl game before falling short this season.____More AP college football: and Associated Press read more

Broncos primed for lateseason run after beating Steelers

DENVER — Von Miller channeled Bill Belichick after the Denver Broncos’ stirring 24-17 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.He finished all six of his answers in his poker-faced postgame news conference by saying, it’s “on to Cincinnati.”The surging Broncos (5-6) visit the sliding Bengals (5-6), who have lost five of six, next weekend in what looks like quite a respite from the difficult schedule they’ve faced so far.Entering Week 12, the Broncos had played the league’s toughest schedule with their opponents combining for a 66-46-1 record for a lofty .588 winning percentage.After hanging tough against the league’s heavyweights, losing by a combined 12 points to the Chiefs (twice), Rams and Texans, the Broncos have snapped back-to-back six-game winning streaks by the Chargers and Steelers.On Sunday, they handed the Steelers (7-3-1) their first loss since September and just their second in the last 18 regular-season road games when nose tackle Shelby Harris picked off Ben Roethlisberger’s 2-yard pass to Antonio Brown in the end zone with just over a minute remaining .“It was a great team win,” Miller mono-toned. “On to Cincinnati.”The Steelers were the third consecutive opponent to bring a winning streak of at least five games into their matchup with Denver, and although Roethlisberger threw for 462 yards, the Broncos had four takeaways.Will Parks saved a touchdown by punching the ball out of the end zone as tight end Xavier Grimble was about to score on a 24-yard catch-and-run. Chris Harris Jr. intercepted a pass intended for Antonio Brown. Bradley Roby and Darian Stewart, burned on JuJu Smith-Schuster’s 97-yard TD catch, teamed up to get the ball from running back James Connor.And Shelby Harris capped the night with his first career interception 48 hours after missing practice to attend the birth of his daughter.“We had a great win today, great team win,” Miller said, staring straight ahead, seemingly emotionless. “Shelby had an incredible day. But it’s on to Cincinnati.”The 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers were the last team to face the sort of three-game test the Broncos just did, wrapping up an 0-14 season with losses to the Raiders, Steelers and Patriots by an average of 40-10.And the Broncos are the first team since the 2005 Steelers to snap consecutive win streaks of at least six games in back-to-back weekends.The Broncos nearly swept their three red-hot opponents“We should have,” safety Darian Stewart said. “We should have.”Brandon McManus missed a 51-yard field goal as time expired against the Texans, allowing Houston to escape 19-17 before bouncing back last week to beat the Chargers on a field goal as time expired.Chris Harris Jr. said the Broncos are flame-tested and ready to make a push against a schedule that lightens up considerably.Their next four opponents — Cincinnati, San Francisco, Cleveland and Oakland — are a combined 13-30-1 before a finale against the 8-3 Chargers, whom they beat last week.“We like where we are,” Stewart said. “We’ve played the best of the best all year. We’ve got the hardest schedule in the league and these guys keep fighting. We’re built for it. This defence is built to stop anybody in this league.“You saw the game last week with L.A. and K.C., all those points put up,” Stewart said of the 104-point explosion by teams that averaged just 26 points against Denver. “This defence is steady and we’re going to fight.”Miller tied a career high by extending his sack streak to six straight games.“We played great defence,” Miller said. “We played great offence. Great team win.“It’s on to Cincinnati.”___Follow Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: AP NFL: and Stapleton, The Associated Press read more

Eyewitness…Concerns …by IMF about oil money

The IMF, like most international agencies, work with governments, and as such, have to be diplomatic in their pronouncements. So when they warned the Government not to rush into spending the oil money when it starts flowing in 2020, they couldn’t come out and bluntly say it’s because they’ve concluded most of it would be “siphoned off” into the pockets of friends, families and contributors of the Government! So they instead said the “management systems” need to be improved!!Now, this “management system” to deal with pilfering from the public purse was introduced since the beginning of the new millennium. It’s called the Public Sector Investment Programme (PSIP), and was in place when the PNC and its soulmate, the AFC, accused the PPP of “siphoning off billions and billions”. So, after three years in office – and innumerable audits — the Government hasn’t closed any loopholes there might’ve been, that allowed the said pilferings??Well, clearly, the IMF doesn’t think so…and from the amount of chicanery going on at all levels, the people also KNOW so. A billion here (D’Urban Park Stadium) and a billion there (pharma contracts) and pretty soon you’re talking about real money!!And the two circumstances – the drained treasury and the coming money spigot – aren’t unrelated. The latter has caused the former. The Government types are so excited about the oil money – and more to the point, what they’ll do once they get their grubby little paws on it – they’ve let the present economy go completely to the dogs. We’re sliding fast into what everybody and their uncle warned about once oil was struck – Dutch Disease. But don’t tell that to the Government. It’s all about getting a (big) piece of that oil money.Now, on the spending, several Government big ones are talking about plunking the money into “infrastructure”, but we’re getting mixed signals on this. The Finance Minister’s talking about PPP – naaah, not their political nemesis, but Public/Private Partnerships — for mega infrastructural projects, but others are pushing the oil money. After what the Government’s doing on the first PPP Guyana tried – the BBCI — they’re whistling in the dark if they think anyone will partner with them!! So we’re back to the oil money.Now, everyone with the least experience with oil has pushed the idea of a Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) to receive the windfall funds and invest them wisely, then using the returns for development. But the Government will never go for this. Why? They won’t be able to get their sticky fingers on the money!!…about the Case of the Vanishing Haitians and CubansBack in the day – after Columbus and his cohorts had “discovered” the West Indies — within half a century, the native Tainos and Kalingas (Arawaks and Caribs) had disappeared. And that, of course, is why most of us were brought in to fill the (labour) deficit. But it seems like history’s repeating itself in our dear old Guyana – in which the only significant population of “Indigenous Peoples” survived, but with a twist.Here, it’s been discovered that since the Government took office, thousands of Cubans and Haitians have entered Guyana and suddenly DISAPPEARED!! What’s going on? No one seems to have an answer — especially the Minister of Immigration, who seems to disappear every time questions are asked on the subject! Is there a Black Hole somewhere in Guyana that’s drawing the folks into our country and sucking them into an alternate universe?Or is it payback time for the original genocide?Surely, it can’t be related to padding the electoral rolls?!…addressedYour Eyewitness may’ve earned a reputation for being a cynic on governmental operations. But never let it be said he refused to give credit where – and when – credit’s due.The just-opened up West Coast Highway is of First World standard!! Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Pilfering…September 19, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Starting 2018…January 3, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Ignoring…August 14, 2017In “EYEWITNESS” read more

8 things that genuinely seemed like they would change our lives

first_img1. LaserdiscsFlickr/zzellersWait – a giant, fragile disc that can hold pictures and video?2. Handheld TVsA television that can… move? 5. Watch with TV remote Nintendo ZapperFlickr/candescentSo wait. I can shoot? At the TV screen? With this gun? And it knows where I’m shooting?7. Mobile phones with keyboardsWikimedia CommonsYour EMAIL. In your HAND.8. TeasmadeAn alarm clock that also makes you tea?But wait – did any of these actually change your life much?11 mums who don’t deserve a Mother’s Day present>The 13 absolute best shop names in Ireland> 3. a world where ANY drink can be fizzy. Where you would never be forced to drink an uncarbonated beverage ever again.4. PagerFlickr/gurmsOn the move. On the go. On the street. ALWAYS CONNECTED.last_img read more

Norwegian mass killer Breivik loses case against his solitary confinement

first_img Image: AP Photo/Frank Augstein Short URL Mar 1st 2017, 8:29 PM 13,478 Views Image: AP Photo/Frank Augstein Wednesday 1 Mar 2017, 8:29 PM 29 Comments Share10 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Norwegian mass killer Breivik loses case against his solitary confinement The appeals court noted that Breivik was still trying to spread his extreme rightwing ideology. NORWEGIAN MASS MURDERER Anders Behring Breivik has not been treated “inhumanely” by being held in isolation in prison, an Oslo appeals court ruled today, overturning a lower court judgement.“Breivik is not, and has not, been subjected to torture or inhuman or degrading treatment,” the court said in a statement.In a 55-page ruling, three judges found that Breivik’s five-and-a-half year isolation was justified by the danger he poses to society and the violence to which he himself may be subjected in prison.The 38-year-old right wing extremist, who killed 77 people in 2011, will file an appeal against the verdict to Norway’s Supreme Court, his lawyer Oystein Storrvik announced immediately after the ruling was published.In July 2011 Breivik, disguised as a police officer, gunned down 69 people, most of them teenagers, at a Labour Party youth camp on the island of Utoya, shortly after killing eight people in a bombing outside a government building in Oslo.VictimsBreivik said he killed his victims because they valued multiculturalism.Convicted of the bloodiest crimes in Norway since World War II, he was sentenced in August 2012 to 21 years in prison, which can be extended indefinitely.In April 2016, an Oslo district court stunned survivors and families of the victims when it found the Norwegian state guilty of treating him “inhumanely” and in “degrading” fashion in prison, in breach of Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights.The lower court judge had noted in particular Breivik’s lengthy isolation regime. He has been held apart from other inmates since his arrest on the day of the attacks, and his lawyers argued that has been detrimental to his mental health.The Norwegian state appealed against that ruling. In a January hearing held in the Skien prison where the neo-Nazi is incarcerated, the state argued it was compensating for the strict regime by providing him with three well-equipped cells, as well as extra interaction with guards and a prison visitor, among others.Today, the appeals court found in favour of state on all counts, also upholding the lower court’s ruling that Breivik’s right to privacy, as guaranteed by Article 8 of the Convention, had not been violated. He had argued the strict controls on his correspondence with the outside world breached his rights.The appeals court noted that Breivik was still trying to spread his extreme rightwing ideology.© – AFP 2017Read: ‘I am not guilty’ – Women who face death penalty over Kim Jong-Nam murder appear in court> By AFPlast_img read more

International Literacy Day How the World Soy Foundation Helps Encourage Learning Growth

first_imgDid you know on Monday, Sept. 8, the world celebrated International Literacy Day? The day’s objective is to encourage the importance of literacy to communities around the world, and remind individuals of its status—60.7 million children are out-of-school and many more attend irregularly or drop out (UNESCO UIS.Stat). Of the children that can attend school, 66 million primary-age kids attend hungry every day.In many of the rural communities the World Soy Foundation (WSF) works, the daily routine is not as simple as getting up and heading to school for class. Many families are facing the challenge of basic survival each day as they live in extremely impoverished situations. A small community called La Javilla, Tepecoyo in El Salvador—infamous for having the highest malnutrition rate in the country—depends on every member of the family unit, including children, to help harvest the corn, beans and coffee. When harvest begins, adults and children must stop their usual routine and work in the fields all day. Additionally, many children do not attend school past sixth grade because their parents cannot afford the expenses.A SoyCow operation at a WSF-partner school in Guatemala, where the recent WSF project called “The Youth We Feed Can Lead” took place, provides fresh soymilk for breakfast to 120 young girls who attend classes there. Teachers at the school told the WSF that they see firsthand how the soy nutrition contributes to the girls’ ability to comprehend their schoolwork when they receive the soymilk before class, particularly more difficult subjects like math.Through many WSF projects and activities, schoolchildren are receiving soymilk, or a meal including soy, each day. Not only does this improve regular attendance, but parents have an incentive to send their child to school rather than being kept at home. In this way, the WSF is increasing the opportunities for education for children living in poverty and giving those children the chance to achieve their full mental and physical potential!You can be a part of the celebration of International Literacy Day by supporting the WSF efforts to reduce malnutrition through the power of soy. No child can be expected to grow, thrive and learn to their fullest potential when they are hungry, so give the gift of protein today! You can make a donation by visiting or sending your check to: World Soy Foundation; 12125 Woodcrest Executive Drive, Suite 100; St. Louis, MO 63141.To learn more, check us out on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or by visiting our website.last_img read more

Jobs housing loom large in 2011

first_imgIn the headlines in 2011Saying that high unemployment and a housing market in the doldrums overshadowed the good news stories of 2011 is kind of like saying the elephant in the room made it awfully hard to notice the mouse.When people are worried about job security or can’t find work at all, owe more on their homes than they can sell them for, and don’t know when these problems are going to be fixed, it can be hard for them to celebrate a few new jobs here and the promise of other jobs there in the future.Yet 2011 did have a few bright spots, and there’s promise of more to come. PeaceHealth’s merger with Southwest Washington Medical Center started with a name change for the local hospital, but as the chain moves its headquarters to Vancouver there are hundreds of jobs on the horizon. Port of Vancouver investments in rail and wooing of new tenants will take time to pay off, but could ultimately create 1,000 new jobs.Future job creation is of small comfort for those who need help now. These incremental developments, along with other top stories of 2011, are like a mouse overshadowed by an elephant. But one of these days, the mouse could learn to roar.Brother, can you spare a job?On the surface, Clark County’s jobs situation seemed to improve over the course of 2011. The year ended with 11 percent unemployment, a big improvement over January’s 13.2 percent jobless rate. Dig deeper, however, and the data’s not so pretty. At the same time as businesses picked up hiring, cash-strapped state and local government groups were delivering pink slips. And about 3,000 Clark County residents left the labor force, including many long-term unemployed residents of the county who gave up the search for work.last_img read more

EXCLUSIVE Carlsberg UK to launch car salary sacrifice scheme

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: Carlsberg UK is to launch a car salary sacrifice scheme for its 1,600 employees in spring 2016.The organisation is introducing the new scheme, provided by Car Salary Exchange, to broaden its employee benefits offering.The salary sacrifice arrangement will sit alongside Carlsberg UK’s existing company car offering. It will be available to all staff, including the approximately 300 employees who are members of the existing company car plan.The new scheme will also provide environmental advantages, enabling employees to opt for lower-CO2 emission cars and helping the organisation to reduce its carbon footprint.Nick Court, compensation and benefits manager at Carlsberg UK, said: “It’s a great scheme for employees as well as from a corporate social responsibility point of view.”The brewing firm will work with Car Salary Exchange to communicate the new scheme to staff through a variety of channels, such as road shows, face-to-face briefings, and email drops. It will also raise awareness via its network of communication champions across its 13 UK sites.last_img read more

As countermeasure India hikes import duty on 29 US products

first_imgA general view of the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) is pictured in Mumbai, India, July 31, 2015. Mumbai’s commercial seaport handles over half the container traffic through India’s major ports.Reuters fileIn a retaliatory move against the recent US import duty hikes, India on Thursday raised customs duty on 29 products, including on iron and steel products imported from the US.A Finance Ministry notification said the duty hike would come into effect immediately for 28 products, while for the marine product artemia the increased duty would be effective from August 4.In March, US President Donald Trump slapped import tariffs of 25 per cent on steel and 10 per cent on aluminium, unfolding the prospect of an all-out global trade war. China retaliated in April imposing tariffs as high as 25 per cent on 128 American products.India has sought an exemption from the US tariffs along the lines the US has allowed to the European Union, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico and South Korea.In Thursday’s hike by India, duty on flat rolled products on iron has been raised to 27.50 per cent from 15 per cent earlier, while certain flat rolled products on stainless steel will now attract 22.50 per cent duty as against 15 per cent earlier.Import duty on chickpeas, Bengal gram (chana) and masur dal has been increased to 70 per cent, from 30 per cent earlier, while that on lentils has been raised to 40 per cent from 30 per cent.Shelled almonds from the US will now attract import duty at Rs 120 per kg, as compared to Rs 100 earlier. Almonds in shell will now be levied import duty at Rs 42 per kg as against Rs 35 earlier.Shelled walnut will now attract customs duty at the rate of 120 per cent, as against 30 per cent earlier.Apples will attract import duty of 75 per cent as compared to 50 per cent earlier.Import duty on American phosphoric acid has been raised to 20 per cent, from 10 per cent each earlier, while the duty on diagnostic reagents has also been doubled to 20 per cent.Customs duty on artemia, a type of shrimp, has been hiked to 30 per cent with effect from August 4.For automobiles and earth moving equipment, SIM sockets and other metallic mechanical items for use in manufacture of mobile phones, the duty has been hiked to 25 per cent, from 15 per cent previously.During his official visit to Washington last week, Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu said that India and the US had agreed to hold official talks soon to address the trade and economic irritants between both nations.This decision was taken during a series of meetings Prabhu had with US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in Washington during the Indian Minister’s visit from June 10 to 12.Prabhu told reporters in Washington that India would send an official team to work out the details and start comprehensive negotiations on all issues concerning the bilateral trade and economic relationship.last_img read more

Facebook faces 163 billion fine over data breach that exposed 50 million

first_imgFlickr CommonsEmbroiled in another massive data breach, Facebook may face $1.63 billion in fine from the European Union (EU) privacy watchdog, the media reported.According to a report in The Wall Street Journal on Sunday, Ireland’s Data Protection Commission which is Facebook’s lead privacy regulator in Europe, has asked Facebook to submit more details in the incident where data of over 50 million users were hacked via “Access Tokens” or digital keys.The “privacy watchdog could fine Facebook as much as $1.63 billion for the data breach”, the report added.”We are concerned at the fact that this breach was discovered on Tuesday (last week) and affects many millions of user accounts but Facebook is unable to clarify the nature of the breach and the risk for users at this point,” the regulator was quoted as saying.A Facebook spokeswoman said the social media giant will respond to questions from the EU watchdog.In the biggest-ever security breach after Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook on Friday admitted hackers broke into nearly 50 million users’ accounts by stealing their “access tokens” or digital keys.This allowed them to steal Facebook access tokens which they could then use to take over people’s accounts.Access tokens are the equivalent of digital keys that keep people logged in to Facebook so they do not need to re-enter their password every time they use the app.Senator Mark R. Warner has also called for a full probe into the incident.Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and co-chair of the Senate Cybersecurity Caucus, Warner said it was high time the Congress stepped up and took action to protect privacy and security of social media users.Facebook also said it was taking a precautionary step to reset access tokens for another 40 million accounts that have been subject to a “View As” look-up in 2017.As a result, around 90 million people will now have to log back into Facebook, or any of their apps that use Facebook login.Reacting to the new data breach, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said: “While I’m glad we found this, fixed the vulnerability, and secured the accounts that may be at risk, the reality is we need to continue developing new tools to prevent this from happening in the first place.”Zuckerberg and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg have already faced hearings at US Congress over Cambridge Analytica data breach that affected 87 million users.last_img read more

US wants to see changes to Digital Security Act

first_imgMarcia BernicatThe United States has encouraged the government of Bangladesh to consider changes to the recently passed Digital Security Act (DSA), reports UNB.The US thinks the changes in the law would bring it into conformity with the Bangladesh constitution and with Bangladesh’s international commitments on human, civil and political rights.”The United States shares the concerns of the international community that the recently passed Digital Security Act (DSA) could be used to suppress and criminalise free speech, all to the detriment of Bangladesh’s democracy, development and prosperity,” said US ambassador in Dhaka Marcia Bernicat in a statement on Sunday.She said they welcome information minister Hasanul Haq Inu’s offer to meet with media representatives to discuss their concerns about the DSA.last_img read more