Nadal loses, hopes over for 4 Slams in a row

first_imgSpain’s Rafael Nadal (right) reacts as he talks with compatriot David Ferrer at the net after his quarterfinal loss to Ferrer at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia on Wednesday.Rafael Nadal’s bid to win four straight Grand Slam tournaments is over.An injury-affected Nadal lost for the second straight year in the Australian Open quarterfinals, going down 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 Wednesday to fellow Spaniard David Ferrer.Nadal, who appeared to have tears in his eyes during a changeover while trailing 3-0 in the third set, took a medical timeout for an apparent leg injury after three games and was clearly out of sorts, failing to chase down balls that he would ordinarily return easily.”This is a difficult day for me,” Nadal said, adding that he preferred to not talk about the nature of the injury.”Today I can’t do more than what I did, he played at a very high level.”When pressed about the injury, Nadal added: “I don’t have to tell you what I felt on the court, but it is obvious I did not feel at my best. I had a problem with the match at the very beginning, and after that, the match was almost over.”It was the second year in a row he lost in the quarterfinals here due to injury – in 2010 he retired against Andy Murray due to a right knee ailment that kept him off the tour for two months, again on the Australia Day national holiday.advertisement”This is one big victory for me, but it’s not like a victory really,” seventh-seeded Ferrer said on court after the match.”He was playing with injury … and I had luck. But I played my game.”Nadal, who didn’t bother chasing the winner on match point, won last year’s French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open and was trying to add the Australian title so he could hold all four major trophies at once. That hasn’t been achieved since Rod Laver won four in a row in 1969.Nadal didn’t want to elaborate on his injury, saying he didn’t want to use injuries as an excuse when he lost matches.”In general, I had a virus. When you have a virus, your body goes down and you have more risk of everything,” he said of a sickness he picked up in Doha at the start of the year and carried into the tournament. “That’s probably what happened. That’s the simple thing.”The fireworks that would have lit up the tennis world had Nadal won his fourth in a row came Wednesday night during the match – Australia Day celebrations forced a 10-minute interruption while the sky outside Rod Laver was lit up by a pyrotechnics show.As the fireworks exploded, Nadal changed his shirt and briefly left the stadium. He came back a couple of minutes later and took off his right shoe and rubbed his toes and sock.After losing the second set, the usually fidgety Nadal slumped in his chair at the changeover, completely still with his head bent.The crowd cheered almost exclusively for Nadal – “Come on, Rafa,” – they roared, while often applauding Ferrer’s errors.All, eventually, for nothing.Nadal picked up a virus two weeks ago. He sweated profusely in several of his matches, but appeared to be over his problems, saying after his fourth-round win over Marin Cilic that he was “perfect physically.”Murray won’t have to get past Nadal this year, but he will have to beat Ferrer and either defending champion Roger Federer or 2008 champion Novak Djokovic to claim his first major title.He advanced earlier Wednesday with a 7-5, 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-3 win over unseeded Alexandr Dolgopolov, after Kim Clijsters and Vera Zvonareva advanced to the women’s semifinals.Clijsters, the growing favorite in the women’s draw, advanced to a semifinal against No. 2 Zvonareva, whom she beat in the final at the U.S. Open last September. It will be the 10th tour meeting for the pair, with Clijsters holding a 6-3 advantage.Clijsters had some nervous moments in her 6-3, 7-6 (4) win over No. 12 Agnieszka Radwanska. None were as bad as when some air force planes flew in formation overhead as part of celebrations for the Australia Day holiday. Cannons went off earlier when Zvonareva started the Australia Day proceedings with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Petra Kvitova.Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki plays Li Na of China in another semifinal Thursday, before Federer and third-seeded Djokovic meet in a night semifinal.Dolgopolov had already beaten 2008 runner-up Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and French Open finalist Robin Soderling and has the kind of unorthodox game that can unsettle higher-ranked players.advertisementApart from the second set, when 2010 finalist Murray didn’t lose a point on serve until he had triple set point, momentum swung frequently.Dolgopolov had 77 unforced errors, mainly because he was trying to push Murray to the extremes. In the first set, it took Murray more than 10 minutes and four set points to finally win the 12th game.Murray spent a lot of time talking – maybe swearing – to himself.”I was trying to get myself pumped up,” Murray said. “It was very slow, cool conditions out on the court. You need to make sure you’re moving your feet a lot when you’re out there. You need to urge yourself to play a solid, stable match, not make too many mistakes.”Clijsters is the only Grand Slam winner into the women’s semis, although she’s still seeking her first major title outside of America.”I hope the experience can help me a little bit,” Clijsters said. “But there are some tough players out there, we have Nos. 1, 2, 3 still in and Li Na has been playing really well. So it is going to be really tough.Zvonareva has lost the last two Grand Slam finals, to Clijsters in New York and Serena Williams at Wimbledon.Clijsters was up a set and a break before Radwanska rallied, winning three straight games to lead 5-4 with a chance to serve for the second set.Zvonareva wore a black ribbon on her hat in honor of the 35 victims of the suicide bombing at a Moscow airport this week. Her quarterfinal also featured a couple distractions.Zvonareva and Kvitova were surprised when cannons went off in a nearby park. And Zvonareva asked that the match be stopped for a few minutes while a woman in her sight line was given medical attention in the stands, but chair umpire Mariana Alves told them to continue.”I didn’t know they were going to start this noise during our match, it was a difficult moment,” said Zvonareva, who led the final set 3-0 before the disruptions but saw Kvitova level it at 4-4. “You’re here to play tennis … I was trying to keep my concentration.”At the end of the day, a reflective Nadal pondered his loss in the quarterfinals again. He had two months off before rejoining the tour, preparing him for what became his best year to date.”Last year I had a fantastic year,” he said. “I think it is almost impossible to repeat that. I still hope to have a lot of really good moments.”last_img read more

Rafael Nadal opens bid for 12th French Open title against qualifier

first_imgCayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Read Next Rafael Nadal of Spain showers with sparkling wine as he celebrates winning against Novak Djokovic of Serbia at the end of their final match at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Sunday, May 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)PARIS — Rafael Nadal will start his campaign for a record-extending 12th title at the French Open against a qualifier. And if he makes it to the second round of the clay-court Grand Slam, another qualifier will be waiting.The defending champion was handed what looked like quite an easy draw Thursday at Roland Garros stadium, where the Spanish player attended the ceremony and said he was happy with his form.ADVERTISEMENT Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Warriors star Kevin Durant won’t return in time for Game 1 of NBA Finals MOST READ Osaka will be up against a tough opponent if she gets past Schmiedlova, facing the winner of a first-round match pitting 2017 champion Jelena Ostapenko and former top-ranked player Victoria Azarenka.Nadal, who last year became the first male player to win 11 titles at the same Grand Slam tournament, could meet his old foe Roger Federer in the semifinals. Federer, in his first French Open match since 2015, will face Lorenzo Sonego of Italy and could face Stefanos Tsitsipas in a potential quarterfinal matchup.Federer is back on clay after skipping that part o the season for the past two years. He reached the quarterfinals in Madrid and Rome, where he withdrew because of a right leg injury.Top-ranked Novak Djokovic will begin his run against Hubert Hurkacz. The Serb has been enjoying a good run of form during the clay season, winning the title in Madrid before losing to Nadal in Rome.Organizers announced before the draw that Tomas Berdych and Milos Raonic had withdrawn from the tournament, which starts on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Nadal won his first title of the season last week at the Italian Open, where he looked close to his best after some uncharacteristic struggles on clay.“It was an important title for me,” Nadal said. “I played very well throughout the tournament, I’m very happy to find myself in this situation.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsIn the women’s draw, Simona Halep will open the defense of her title against Ajla Tomljanovic. Top-ranked Naomi Osaka, who seeks a third consecutive major championship, will be up against Anna Karolína Schmiedlová.Coming to Paris with only one clay-court match since last year’s French Open, 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams was drawn into the top half of the draw with Osaka and Halep. She will take on Vitalia Diatchenko in the first round. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport View comments ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparclast_img read more

Football: Midfield Maestro announces retirement after bowing out of the World Cup

first_imgAdvertisementAndres Iniesta, who scored the only goal in the final of the 2010 World Cup has hung up his boots. After more than 130 appearances in 12 years and 3 major titles, he decided it after bowing out of the World Cup to Russia.Iniesta after scoring the goal in the final of the World Cup 2010Iniesta was benched for the Round of 16 fixture by Spanish boss, Fernando Hierro and in his place, Marco Asensio was played. He came on as a substitute in the 67th minute and successfully converted his penalty in the 4-3 loss to Russia.“It is a reality that is my last match with the national team,”  he said.“Sometimes the endings are not as one dreams,” added the former Barcelona player. “It is the saddest day of my career.”A dejected Iniesta last nightIniesta ended his Barca career in May when he moved to play in Vissel Kobe, a club in Japan.Read Also:-FIFA World Cup 2018: Stats of the Day – Day 18Football: Indian football team denied clearance for Asian Games in Indonesia Advertisementlast_img read more

Dodgers Beat Harvey, Mets, 4-3

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Zack Greinke insists he just lives in the present, so don’t ask him to consider his career-best scoreless streak of 27 2/3 innings or a possible start for the National League in the All-Star Game.“I don’t really think about it,” he said after scattering four hits over seven scoreless innings in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 4-3 win over the New York Mets on July 4.Greinke lowered his major-league best ERA to 1.48 in winning his second straight start. His longest previous scoreless streak was 24 innings from April 8-24, 2009, and it’s the longest scoreless run by a Dodger since Clayton Kershaw’s 41-inning streak last season.“It’s been pretty good,” Greinke said about his first half of the season. “Mainly just trying to stay one pitch at a time. I’ve had some good breaks with guys on base this year.”Greinke outdueled the Mets’ Matt Harvey, who dropped his second straight start and didn’t complete at least six innings for the second time this season.Greinke (7-2) struck out four and didn’t walk anyone. He had a two-out single in the fourth inning, too.“He’s doing what he always does,” Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said. “He knows exactly where he wants to go with every guy. Zack has got the weapons and he does his homework.”J.P. Howell got the final out for his first save since June 12, 2011. “I felt pretty confident, especially when J.P. came in,” Greinke said. “Seems the tougher situation the better he does.”Harvey (7-6) gave up seven hits and three runs in five innings and had a bloody nose. He struck out four and tied a career high with five walks while getting in bases-loaded jams in the second, third and fifth innings. His ERA ballooned to 3.11.“I just had a tough time finding a rhythm,” Harvey said. “After the first inning I was pretty amped up and felt good. Then all of a sudden everything got out of whack and I couldn’t find the strike zone, so it was a battle.”The Mets closed to 4-2 with two outs in the eighth on Lucas Duda’s RBI double and Wilmer Flores’ RBI single after three Dodger relievers gave up a combined four hits. Pedro Baez, who allowed Flores’ hit, gave up a sacrifice fly to Juan Lagares in the ninth that made it 4-3.The Dodgers extended their lead to 3-0 with two runs in the fifth. Adrian Gonzalez’s 15th homer and second in as many games landed in the pavilion in right field with one out before Alberto Callaspo’s RBI single drove in Yasmani Grandal, who singled.Jimmy Rollins’ RBI groundout to first base put Los Angeles ahead 1-0 in the second, when Harvey walked two. He walked two more batters in the third, when the Dodgers failed to score after loading the bases.Greinke retired 11 of 12 batters in his final stretch, with the only exception being Lagares who reached on a strikeout wild pitch.(BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

League of opportunities

first_imgSport and struggle go hand-in-hand in India, and the story of every game starts with the lack of opportunities. The apologue revolves around players hassling through the restricted facilities and exposure, and eventually earning their well-deserved place in the hall of fame.Many of the recreational sport turned into genuine medal winners and athletes in abundance rose from the dearth to become household names.Similar hopes have sprouted in volleyball. The sport is yet to enjoy its iconic moment and the Indian team is still far from making its mark globally. Yet, the league is being considered a blessing in disguise.Soon as the Pro Volleyball League was announced slated to begin in February, 2019 the Indian players came out expressing that the tournament is their escapade from the financial constraints and lack of amenities the sport has suffered over the years.”To be honest, the sport is suffering at the moment,” said Jirom Vinith Charles, a veteran of two Asian Games (2014 & 2018).”There are no facilities as such, proper courts to practice or big ticket tournaments let alone speak about the financial aspect. Volleyball as a sport is very popular in the south and majority of the international players hail from Kerala or Tamil Nadu. But there is no proper infrastructure. The players are struggling to make ends meet. For some of us who have jobs, it’s relatively easier but the rest are suffering. I think this Pro Volleyball League will be a solution to everything,” he told Mail Today.advertisementWhile the norms of the league are yet to be rolled out, the tournament still promises money, television exposure and international-level status something Indian players have long desired. The tournament is supported by the international volleyball federation, FIVB, which paves way for foreign superstars to be part of the cash-rich entity.”I think it will be a good opportunity for our players to rub shoulders with the foreign players. We don’t have such foreign exposure tours, so the fact that we can learn nuances of how players in the other countries perform and train comes as a blessing. Besides, getting a chance to play in the league will motivate our players to perform and within 2-3 years, this league will transform the players in the country,” said Jirom, who enjoys a superstar status in the volleyball circle.Agreeing to Jirom is Deepesh Kumar Sinha a blocker in the national team. Deepesh hails from Raipur, Chattisgarh and has had his share of struggles and constraints with the sport. He was a crucial part of the Indian team that finished 12th in the Jakarta Asian Games earlier this year.With the Pro Volleyball League, Deepesh said, the players will have a platform to showcase their skills and the level of competition will bring improvement.”We have brilliant players, capable of performing well in international tournaments. We have been doing a good work over the past few years but only handful of people took notice. With the arrival of this league, we will get the media exposure, the chance of showing what we are capable of,” the 25-year-old Mail Today.It’s still early to predict the popularity and onset of the league but if one takes cue from the Pro Kabaddi League, an immensely popular tournament among the Indian audience, there is hope on the horizon for these Indian stars.last_img read more

Talking Touch – April

first_imgTo view the stories, please click on the following linksPhysical Trans-Tasman matches to continue in MudgeeTony Trad is under no illusions his Australian men’s team faces a stern test against the kiwis at Mudgee in 10 days. The best two touch football teams in the world will square off at Glen Willow in three matches as part of the Trans-Tasman Test Series.http://www.mudgeeguardian.com.au/news/local/sport/other/physical-transtasman-matches-to-continue-in-mudgee/2521765.aspx Touch TrainingThe Australian touch-football squads held a training camp at Kingsway playing fields in St Marys at the weekendhttp://www.stmarysstar.com.au/news/local/sport/general/touch-training/2508863.aspx Debutant Has A Touch Of Class It will be touch and go for two locals when they represent Australia at Mudgee this weekend. Daniel Barton from Greystanes and Wentworthville resident Nicole McHugh will don the green and gold during the Trans Tasman touch football tournament against New Zealand. http://www.parramattasun.com.au/news/local/sport/general/debutant-has-touch-of-class/2534657.aspx Senior Role For Young Emilee She might still be in her teens but Emilee Cherry will take on a leadership role in the Australian women’s team at this week’s trans-Tasman touch tournament in country New South Wales. The 19-year-old national touch and rugby sevens representative has been named vice-captain of the Australian women’s team for the three-match series against New Zealand in Mudgee, which starts today and also features open men’s and open mixed teams. http://www.thechronicle.com.au/story/2012/04/26/senior-role-for-young-emilee-cherry-touch/ Best In The World In Mudgee Australia and New Zealand were side by side in the battlefields at Gallipoli on April 25, 1915. Fast forward 97 years and the two nations will go head-to-head on a different kind of battlefield – Mudgee’s Glen Willow. http://www.mudgeeguardian.com.au/news/local/sport/other/best-in-the-world-in-mudgee/2533076.aspx This Is Our Backyard Australian men’s touch player Dylan Hennessey says Australia can continue their dominance over New Zealand at this week’s Trans-Tasman series. The two best touch football nations in the world will play against each other over three days at Mudgee’s Glen Willow. http://www.mudgeeguardian.com.au/news/local/sport/other/this-is-our-backyard/2532913.aspx Kiwis Are In Mudgee To Win New Zealand men’s coach Peter McIntyre has fired an Anzac Day warning to the three Australian opens teams for this week’s Trans-Tasman Touch series in Mudgee – “We’re coming to win.” The kiwis arrived in Mudgee yesterday following a weekend training camp fine tuning their skills for the three-match Test series. http://www.mudgeeguardian.com.au/news/local/sport/other/kiwis-are-in-mudgee-to-win/2532909.aspx?storypage=0 Twins Will Have Kiwis Seeing Double Tomorrow night will be family night for the Etheridge household. Twin sisters Nikki and Gemma will play together for the first time in the Australian mixed opens side. http://www.mudgeeguardian.com.au/news/local/sport/other/twins-will-have-kiwis-seeing-double/2532904.aspx An Honour To Lead Team: Graham Representing your country is one thing, captaining them is completely different. New Zealand’s Mita Graham will lead the men’s side into battle for the first time of his touch football career when they play Australia tomorrow night (Thursday) at 8.40pm in Mudgee. http://www.mudgeeguardian.com.au/news/local/sport/other/an-honour-to-lead-team-graham/2533072.aspx Australia Name Teams For Mudgee Clash Expect to see quick, skillful and thrilling touch football when the two best teams in the world renew their rivalry at Mudgee in a fortnight’s time. Australia and New Zealand will go head-to-head in the Trans-Tasman Test Series to be played over three days at Glen Willow from April 26. http://www.mudgeeguardian.com.au/news/local/sport/other/australia-name-teams-for-mudgee-clash/2519921.aspx Lovett loves a challengeHe has been a success at the youth level but Michael Lovett will be stepping into unfamiliar territory at Mudgee next week.http://www.mudgeeguardian.com.au/news/local/sport/other/lovett-loves-a-challenge/2528079.aspx Get into sport, touch players tell studentsSt Matthew’s students were treated to a visit from the men in green and gold last Friday when two touch football players from the Australian Trans- Tasman Test Series team addressed the school assembly.http://www.mudgeeguardian.com.au/news/local/news/general/get-into-sport-touch-players-tell-students/2538257.aspxMudgee impresses Trans-Tasman visitorsAlthough New Zealand’s Touch Blacks returned home with no trophies after the Trans-Tasman Series held in Mudgee on the weekend, players left with favourable impressions of Mudgee – and promises to return.http://www.mudgeeguardian.com.au/news/local/news/general/mudgee-impresses-transtasman-visitors/2538240.aspx The next players in line to help Australian women’s teamTwo 17-year-olds will make their opens debut for Australia as the women’s touch football side goes through a transitional phase ahead of the 2015 World Cup.http://www.mudgeeguardian.com.au/news/local/sport/other/the-next-players-in-line-to-help-australian-womens-team/2524988.aspx Trio keen to run all over New Zealand, againSutherland Shire touch footballers Matt Tope, Steve Roberts and Stuart Brierty have been selected for the Australian touch team to play New Zealand in the Trans Tasman Series.http://www.theleader.com.au/news/local/sport/general/trio-keen-to-run-all-over-new-zealand-again/2535625.aspx Australian team member Kelly Woods from Ipswich ready to take on New Zealand in touch football clashRenewing her decade-long trans-Tasman rivalry against New Zealand in the Mudgee touch football clash this weekend, Kelly Woods said the path to lofty heights of representing Australia began on the grass at North Ipswich.http://www.couriermail.com.au/questnews/ipswich/australian-team-member-kelly-woods-from-ipswich-ready-to-take-on-new-zealand-in-touch-football-clash/story-fn8oe3ey-1226336924151 Young High regional royalty again!Young High School has once again been crowned regional winners at the NSW Touch Association Jerrabomberra Touch Carnival. Two teams from the school attended the day and all players exhibited exceptional skill and sportsmanship. Both teams made it into the finals which was a sensational effort for the school.http://www.youngwitness.com.au/news/local/sport/athletics/young-high-regional-royalty-again/2538860.aspx Touch Me If You Can Ben Moylan has been making more than a tap — he’s been making a big impact at the touch football caper. http://www.blacktownsun.com.au/news/local/sport/general/ben-moylan-touch-me-if-you-can/2531331.aspx Touch Trio In National Squads Three Toowoomba players have earned selection in Australian touch football teams for this month’s trans-Tasman series against New Zealand in New South Wales. World Cup winner Emilee Cherry has kept her place in the women’s open squad while Nikki and Gemma Etheridge have gained places in the mixed open squad. http://www.thechronicle.com.au/story/2012/04/11/toowoomba-touch-emilee-cherry-nikki-gemma-etheridg/ St Kilda Sports Star To Line Up For Australia A star turn by Leah Percy at last month’s National Touch Championships has been rewarded. Percy, a midfielder, was named the player of the series after leading Victoria to a third-place finish, the best Victoria has had. http://port-phillip-leader.whereilive.com.au/sport/story/st-kilda-sports-star-to-line-up-for-australia/ Mudgee, Dunedoo Students In Representative Teams Mudgee and Dunedoo high school students have been chosen in the Western Region’s Combined High Schools touch football teams to contest the NSWCHS later this term.http://www.mudgeeguardian.com.au/news/local/sport/other/mudgee-dunedoo-students-in-representative-team/2537828.aspx Australia Storm Home To Claim  Series In MudgeeAustralia made it a trifecta of wins in the third Test of the 2012 Trans-Tasman Touch Football Series at Mudgee, which resulted in the green and golds claiming all three open divisions.Australia were simply too good for New Zealand on the final day with the mixed winning 10-8, the women’s 7-3 and the men’s 11-3.http://www.mudgeeguardian.com.au/news/local/sport/other/australia-storm-home-to-claim-series-in-mudgee/2537824.aspxGong Reps Expecting Tight Tests With Kiwis Illawarra Mercury, 12/04/2012 Wollongong will have its strong touch football connections on show later this month when four representatives compete against New Zealand. Terry Deegan (men’s), Michael Chapman (mixed) and Jess McCall and Bianca Mounsey (women’s) will be part of Australia’s three-pronged series against the Kiwis in Mudgee. Chapman and Mounsey are among 16 debutants. “I’ve played a couple of times but it’s all been juniors – this is my first open squad,” Chapman said. “I’m pretty happy with being selected. It’s a big achievement and it’s obviously the next step in my touch career. “I’ve always been counting on being in the Australian side in the next few years but I didn’t think it would come so soon. “Hopefully this paves the way for the next few campaigns as well.” The three-Test series will be the first since the 2011 World Cup finals, when Australia narrowly won each division. Australia also took a clean sweep in the 2009 and 2010 Trans Tasman Series. McCall said Australia needed to adapt quickly to the influx of debutants. “In the women’s, there’s only seven of us left from the World Cup team last year due to injuries, pregnancies or retirements. There’s nine new players,” she said. “It’s a fresh start for us, and because the team only got picked recently and the competition’s less than 20 days away, getting to know how one another play is probably the biggest challenge. “New Zealand are always strong, no matter where or when we play them. “They’re always a tough opposition but hopefully we will get away with the win.” The series will be held at Mudgee’s Glen Willow Regional Sporting Complex from April 26 to April 28. Sisters To Pose Double Trouble The Toowoomba Chronicle, 20/04/2012 Nikki and Gemma Etheridge have come a long way since playing touch football as kids in the backyard. The 25-year-old twin sisters have reached the elite level of their sport, representing Australia in the 2012 Trans-Tasman Series. Nikki and Gemma will be part of the open mixed team for the three-game series against New Zealand starting in Mudgee on Thursday. The Etheridges have both represented Australia in the under-18s but this is the first time they’ve had the chance to play together at open level. “It’s very competitive in our household,” Gemma said. “If one of us makes the team and the other one doesn’t, it’s a bit disheartening. We were jumping around in the lounge room (when we heard we’d both made it).” For Gemma, it is an honour that has been a long time coming. She has been named in the Australian squad twice before, only to miss out with a horror run of injuries. “It’s exciting for me after being so close for so many times,” Gemma said. “I’ve been in the squad before but then I did my knee and had a knee reconstruction. “Then I got back in the squad and broke my leg. It’s a good ending to some hard years really.” Nikki, on the other hand, has been a regular member of the Australian squad since the Trans-Tasman Series began in 2009. The Aussies have had the wood on the Kiwis, winning both series and last year’s World Cup, and Nikki admitted the pressure was on to keep their winning streak alive. “It’s always a good grudge match,” she said. “I played in the last two Trans Tasmans (and) it’s a very physical game. They don’t mind putting the shoulders in.” Australia will field a new-look open mixed side with nine players, including Gemma, set to make their green and gold debuts. They will have just two training camps before the series starts and Nikki admitted that even her combination with her sister might take some time to gel. “It’s a short preparation. We haven’t really been together as a team yet,” Nikki said. “We play a lot of women’s rather than mixed so it’s a whole new concept we have to get used to as well. We’ll at least be able to play at the same time on the field.” Despite the pressures of representing their country, the twins said they planned to make the most of the experience. “It’s exciting to play for Australia,” Nikki said. “To stand and sing the national anthem and watch the haka – it’s not something that you get to see all the time.” Touch FootballCentral Western Daily, 21/04/2012TOUCH FOOTBALL: If the New Zealand mixed open touch football side does well at next week’s 2012 Trans Tasman Series, they can thank Tori Moore for their preparation.The Orange touch footballer will play with the NSW mixed open side when they take on their New Zealand counterparts in a trial match tomorrow.Moore has been given the chance to play the trial game after being selected in the NSW mixed open squad following the National Touch League in March.”It would be great if we beat them,” Moore said.The Trans Tasman Series is being played at Mudgee’s Glen Willow Sporting Complex from April 26 to 28.Australia and New Zealand will clash in the men’s, women’s and mixed open divisions over the three days.The Australian and New Zealand players will march in the ANZAC Day parade on Wednesday.Australian Touch Footy Rep Just one country player has made it into the Australian Mixed Touch Football team ahead of a three-test match series starting later this month. And, you guessed it, she comes from the Mid North Coast. http://au.prime7.yahoo.com/n1/news/a/-/national/13416486/australian-touch-footy-rep-video/ They Are Often The Most Disliked People… Dubbo Daily Liberal, 25/04/2012 They are often the most disliked people on a sporting field but referees are a necessity. And if you are good at the job, the art of whistleblowing can be quite rewarding. Just ask Mick Medlin, who will referee at his second Trans-Tasman touch football championships at Mudgee this weekend. In his younger days Medlin plied his trade as a player but now he is more comfortable with whistle in hand. Refereeing has taken him to all parts of the world and he admits he has reached a much higher level than he would have as a player. “I’ve done two World Cups in South Africa and New Zealand, this is my second Trans-Tasman series and I’ve reffed at 14-straight national championships,” he said. “I used to play but I got a couple of bad injuries and when you get the level 6 as a referee they encourage you not to play. But I love the game and without the refs it wouldn’t happen so I’m still playing my part and being involved.” The Trans-Tasman series consists of three games per day this Thursday, Friday and Saturday – one in each of the men’s, women’s and mixed divisions. Medlin will referee the mixed match on Thursday but hopes that by the end of the tournament he will have done well enough to officiate in a mens match. “There’s not many spots available at these events and they have a New Zealand ref coming over as well so that meant one less spot was available,” he said. “There will be a panel there that assesses the referees’ performances and hopefully by the end of it I am up to doing a mens match.” Medlin, spends his working hours as a station officer with the local fire brigade, only moved to Dubbo last year with his wife Corrine and their young family and he hopes having an official of his experience will help the local touch association. Arguably the fastest-growing sport in Dubbo, touch football is becoming increasingly popular and as a result more officials are always needed. “I’m hoping that I can help build the referee ranks here in Dubbo and get some of the locals up to the higher levels,” Medlin said. “Robbie McKechnie achieved his level four not long ago and hopefully we can get more people to that stage and even further.” Straight after Anzac Day the Trans-TasmanDubbo Daily Liberal, 25/04/2012STRAIGHT after Anzac Day the Trans-Tasman Touch Football Series will be played over three days at the Glen Willow Sporting Complex at Mudgee. Australia will play New Zealand in divisions for men, women and mixed open over Thursday, Friday and Saturday in a best of three series in each division. The rivalry between the two nations is as fierce as ever since the reintroduction of the Trans-Tasman Series in 2009. Australia is the current title holders in the Youth, Open and Masters divisions, having claimed these titles over the past two years. Australia is still on a high from its 2011 World Cup performance, which was played in Scotland, winning all three Open titles against the Kiwis and is hopeful of defending its Trans-Tasman title, while New Zealand is determined to reverse the result and cause an upset for the Australian teams in their own backyard. Players will also march in the Anzac Day parade in Mudgee today, prior to the event. It is symbolic that they will meet on the Anzac weekend, an occasion very special to both proud nations. Touch Football Australia chief executive officer Colm Maguire is looking forward to the series in Mudgee, saying that the facilities at the complex are first class. “I am sure that this multi-sport facility will appeal to many sports and I am sure Mudgee is going to see many large sporting events wanting to use Glen Willow. “We are thrilled to be one of the first sports to confirm our commitment to such a facility and believe this signals a strong return on investment for the vision of the Council,” Maguire said. “The time that they have put into bringing this facility into fruition has been outstanding, so just to be here and see what we’ll be playing on and what it will look like, undoubtedly it’s one of the best facilities in New South Wales, if not Australia.”Planning A Touch Up Sunshine Coast Daily 25/04/2012 TOUCH FOOTBALL: It would be hard to criticise veteran Australian representative Peta Rogerson for being cocky going into this week’s trans-Tasman series against New Zealand. In the history of matches between the two countries, the Kiwis have won only once. So if the script goes according to plan for Rogerson this week, the Aussies will again obliterate NZ and the 30-year-old will have done enough to show selectors that her legs are still fresh enough to see off younger challengers. Speaking in Sydney yesterday, the Nambour product said this Australian line-up did not want to be the one that lost a second match to the Kiwis. “Obviously, it (Australia’s winning streak) does add considerable pressure on to the team,” Rogerson said. “Our coach Peter Bell, who is based on the Sunshine Coast, has explained to us that we’re a new team and we’ve got to make our own history.” The series starts tomorrow and concludes on Saturday. If you see a story from your local media organisations about Touch Football and would like to see it on the Touch Football Australia website, please email media@austouch.com.au.last_img read more

9 days agoNew York Red Bulls winger Josh Sims hopes for Southampton future

first_imgTagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say New York Red Bulls winger Josh Sims hopes for Southampton futureby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton loanee Josh Sims still wants a future at St Mary’s.Sims is hoping his loan spell in America with the New York Red Bulls won’t see him forgotten at Saints. He told the Daily Echo: “On paper, it seems a bit of a weird one but there was thought behind it,” revealed the academy lad.“With Ralph (Hasenhuttl), the manager at Southampton, being from a Red Bull team, the way he sort of sets up the team with tactics at Southampton is similar to this.“Southampton are very good. They watch all the games, they ask me how I’m getting on during the week. I’m not just sort of out of sight, out of mind. “That’s a big thing as well because I’m still a Southampton player so I don’t want to be forgotten about. I don’t feel forgotten about.” last_img read more

‘I quit Man Utd straight after the treble and Sir Alex kept wanting me back’

first_imgWhat would you give Sir Alex Ferguson barely 24 hours on from winning the treble with Manchester United thanks to that glorious Ole Gunnar Solskjaer clincher in the Champions League final? There is one man who handed the legendary manager a letter of resignation.“I went in on the Friday after getting back from Barcelona on the Thursday, and we were signing Mark Bosnich so I went in early to do Bozza’s medical and I pulled the gaffer aside.“I told him ‘Gaffer, you’d better read this letter’. So he started to read it and he was like ‘You want to leave? Your contract might be up at the end of the month but you know you’ll get another one!’” Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? But Dave Fevre’s mind was made up. Having been United’s senior physiotherapist for five years he had agreed to join Brian Kidd at recently-relegated Blackburn Rovers once the 1998-99 campaign was over and he wasn’t about to go back on his word.“Kiddo had asked ‘What are you doing at the end of the season?’ I’d told him I was staying at United but he said there was a job coming up there,” Fevre tells Goal . “I wasn’t sure because Blackburn were struggling, but I lived there and my two youngest kids had just been diagnosed type-one diabetic so my priority was to the kids.“I said to Kiddo ‘If United win the treble, I’ll come’ because everything was done at United, Carrington was ready to open in the October so I’d done all my work there and I felt as though I’d ticked that box.”Sir Alex wasn’t one to accept a loss without a fight though.“I told him I needed to be nearer home and that Carrington was also going to be a nightmare to travel to for me. So he offered to relocate my whole family, but we had good schools already for the kids with teachers who understood diabetes. He offered to employ a district nurse, he offered to keep me on part-time, but none of it worked for me and none of it worked for Man United.“He told me to think about it, but I’d been thinking about it for weeks! I went off and did Bozza’s medical and came back and he asked me if I’d reconsidered. When I said no he just shook my hand and there was a look that suggested he knew all the thought I’d put into it.”Sir Alex Ferguson Dave Fevre Manchester UnitedDave FevreFerguson still didn’t give up there though. When Kidd was sacked the following October after Blackburn’s poor start to the next season, the legendary manager saw his chance to pounce.“Within an hour of Kiddo getting sacked, the gaffer phoned me. He said ‘Your job’s still here, you know!’ I told him ‘You know me, I’m a loyal person, I’ve signed a three-year contract and I will stay for the three years, whatever.’“Later that season I went to see United play Arsenal, and the gaffer pulled me aside. He knew Blackburn weren’t going to make the play-offs and said again ‘Your job’s still here, you know!’ But I told him ‘Gaffer, it’s a great honour you’ve offered me but I am going to stay for the three years.’ My dad had always brought me up to respect contracts.”You can understand Ferguson wanting to get Fevre back on board. Upon arriving at the club in 1994 the former Wigan and Great Britain rugby league physio had revolutionised the whole department at United’s training base.“I remember going round the training ground at The Cliff and the gaffer saying ‘What do you think of the training ground?’ I said ‘Can I be brutally honest? It’s not for me!’“He said they’d just spent £15,000 on five pieces of kit, but I looked at them and there was a leg extension machine, a pec deck and a couple of other things. But I said ‘Mark Hughes doesn’t play football like that; he doesn’t pull people towards him, he pushes them away, and all those machines there are pulling things towards you. They only do one thing.’“So I told him I wanted to revamp it and he asked how much I’d need. I told him a couple of grand would do it, so I went in and put in boxing gloves, pads and various other things. It was stuff we’d used in rugby league for years.”Bulent Korkmaz Mark Hughes Galatasaray Manhester United UCL 1994Dave Fevre Sir Alex Ferguson Manchester UnitedAnd as United prepared for their move to their state-of-the-art Carrington facility in 1999, it was Fevre on whom Ferguson lent for much of the planning work. One of its features would be a medical department still considered an industry leader. Not that Fevre got to see the finished product…“The gaffer let me do it all. I’d travelled up to Aberdeen to see their water facilities, I went to different places to see pitch surfaces and side departments, and then they opened it in the October after I’d left!“I got a phone call asking if I was coming for the opening and I said no. It would have been like having a Porsche on my drive and not having the keys to drive it, why would I come and look at something that I’d enjoyed putting together but would never be working there?”Fevre beams whenever he speaks about Ferguson, and clearly loves the way he worked. The manager always took his word when it came to making a judgement on a player’s fitness and he was never once subjected to Fergie’s famed ‘hairdryer’ treatment.“Anything you brought to the table, it was not a problem. The gaffer was brilliant that way. Even when I left he was brilliant. If you worked hard for him he was very respectful, he was top drawer.“I never had any run-ins with him, we never had any issues with players. People would ask if it was hard when I had to make a decision on a player, but I never had any manager put pressure on me, they left it to me.“I never got the hairdryer. I did see it! I was lucky that people like Norman Davies, the late kit man, and Kiddo looked after you.“I remember us losing 3-2 at Ipswich one day, they’d had three shots all game and we’d had 22. As soon as I walked in Kiddo grabbed me and said ‘Get in the loo here’ and I knew it was going to go off. It was great having someone like Kiddo there who would help you through all that.”Chris Kiwomya Andrei Kanchelskis Ipswich Town Manchester UnitedDave Fevre Sir Alex Ferguson Manchester UnitedAfter five years under Ferguson at United, Fevre would go on to spend 17 years under 16 different managers at Ewood Park in what was a turbulent time in the club’s history.These days he does freelance work, including lectures on physiotherapy and sports medicine. He has also finally got to see the Carrington training ground to which he dedicated so much.“I never went until six months ago when I was working for the FA teaching on a trauma course. Wow, what a place! It’s great to see where it is.”Does he have any regrets about quitting within hours of the treble? Far from it, insists Fevre.“People say to me now ‘I can’t believe you left United’ but the best thing I ever did was leave United because I learnt from 16 other managers on top of Fergie, whereas if I’d stayed at United I would probably have learnt from him and Moyesie.“But working with 16 who all had strengths and negatives, I learnt how to deal with different managers in different ways. You learn some good things and some bad things, but it’s building that big picture of how you see yourself and how to get on with them as coaches. I wouldn’t swap it.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Notre Dame Officially Hires Lance Taylor As RB Coach

first_imgHead coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish leaves the field after a game against the Temple Owls.SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 02: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish leaves the field after a game against the Temple Owls at Notre Dame Stadium on September 2, 2017 in South Bend, Indiana. The Irish won 49-16. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Notre Dame has filled the opening on its football staff. Lance Taylor is officially joining Brian Kelly’s staff to coach running backs.The Fighting Irish were reportedly set to hire Taylor a few weeks ago. It took a while to finalize things, but the school officially announced the hire today.He most recently coached wide receivers for the Carolina Panthers, but has done most of his work at the college level.Most notably, he coached Christian McCaffrey as running backs coach at Stanford. He joined that staff in 2014, before leaving for the Panthers job in 2017. He was relieved of his duties in Carolina earlier this year.Stanford has produced a number of impressive backs in recent years, and Kelly would undoubtedly like to bring some of that dynamic backfield play to South Bend.Lance Taylor spoke about his excitement for the new job in Notre Dame’s release about him today.From UND.com:“I’ve been blessed to work at some incredible places in my career, but Notre Dame is truly special,” said Taylor. “I’m honored and humbled to represent this incredible University as its running backs coach. I’d like to thank both Brian Kelly and Jack Swarbrick for this opportunity. I’m excited to get on campus, meet our players and get to work.”Brian Kelly specifically cited his Stanford and NFL experience in addressing Taylor joining the staff.“I was primarily looking for two things,” said Dick Corbett Head Football Coach Brian Kelly. “The candidate had to have the right skill set. He needs to be a great teacher and communicator. He also needs to fit Notre Dame, culturally, and Lance, most certainly, possesses all of those qualities. He recruited at an extremely high level during his time at Stanford, and he worked with the very best in the NFL. His ability to bring both of those experiences together makes him a perfect fit on our staff.”Taylor was a walk-on running back at Alabama, eventually earning a scholarship under Mike Shula. He also worked as a graduate assistant under Nick Saban from 2007-08, before taking a job at Appalachian State the following year.Taylor replaced Autry Denson, who left South Bend to become the head coach at FCS program Charleston Southern.[UND.com]last_img read more

Lincoln Riley Reacts To Nick Saban Scheduling Proposal

first_img Lincoln Riley also has much more recent experience at the lower level of the sport. He was the offensive coordinator at ECU just six seasons ago.That time with the Pirates, during which his offenses helped score victories over P5 teams like North Carolina, NC State, and Virginia Tech, Lincoln Riley said he learned the value of those games for the smaller athletic departments, and what potential upsets mean for the sport.Via 247Sports:“Well, there’s a lot to it,” Riley said Monday afternoon at his weekly press conference. “It’s not as simple as that because we don’t all play the same amount of conference games. We don’t all have the top two teams in the league playing a conference championship. So I don’t know that I totally agree. I’ve said before I’ve been at the East Carolina’s, you know, where that’s such a huge game for your athletic department, your city, your fan base, your players. You get to play at places that without that you wouldn’t be able to and have a chance to beat teams like that. And then even a game like the other night, for us, if we play well, the reward of being able to play so many players, especially with this four-game rule, getting a chance to look at guys.[…]“Oh, I think everybody in sports, not just for that game, but everybody loves an underdog win,” Riley said. “And, I mean, it brings back memories of being at like East Carolina and winning some of the games we did there. Some of the most memorable games I’ll ever have were winning against teams that we had no business winning against, and I think we got five of them when we were there. And so those are special, so really cool for Georgia State and other teams that get a chance to go do that, Appalachian State obviously several years ago. There’s been many, but it’s a cool thing.Ultimately, the Sabans and Rileys of the world are going to push for whatever is best for Alabama and Oklahoma, and maybe that is a consolidation of scheduling in the sport. That would be a major blow to the pocket books of the Group of Five and FCS programs out there, as well.[247Sports] Dabo Swinney, Nick Saban, Lincoln Riley and Brian Kelly with the College Football Playoff trophy.ATLANTA, GA – December 6: Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban, Oklahoma Head Coach Lincoln Riley, Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney and Notre Dame Head Coach Brian Kelly pose with the National Championship Trophy at the College Football Playoff Semifinal Head Coaches News Conference on December 6, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)In true Nick Saban fashion, the legendary Alabama head coach wasn’t fully satisfied with his team’s 62-10 win over New Mexico State. After the game, he took out some frustrations on the student section, as he tends to do, complaining about those who left the blowout early. He also re-shared some scheduling ideas he’s promoted before, and those ideas are starting to be asked to others, including Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley.In Saban’s ideal world, the Crimson Tide wouldn’t have to mix it up with the New Mexico State Aggies of the world. He’d like to see Power Five teams mandated to schedule 12 Power Five games, and as many as 10 conference games per year.The SEC currently plays eight conference games, and teams have at least one Power Five non-conference opponent per year. This year, Alabama’s was Duke, while the relatively unexciting trio of NMSU, Southern Miss, and Western Carolina round out things.Oklahoma’s schedule looks quite a bit different. The Big 12 touts a true round robin nine-game schedule, thanks to its lack of divisions, and OU filled the rest of the schedule with Houston—a Group of Five program that brings a bit more excitement than most—South Dakota, and a game against a big-name UCLA squad that was probably expected to be much better than it is when things were scheduled.last_img read more

Stop Burning Westmoreland Cane Fields – Mayor Moore

first_imgMONTEGO BAY – Mayor of Savanna-La-Mar, Bertel Moore, is appealing to persons setting illicit fires to cane fields across the parish to desist, as they are harming the industry. “It is high time for citizens of the parish, who are engaged in these unlawful activities year after year, to understand the serious and irreparable damage to the sugar industry and to the livelihood of small farmers,” he stated at a recent meeting of the Westmoreland Parish Council. Over the last few years, a number of cane fields in the parish have been burnt by arsonists. The fires have had a devastating effect, especially on small farmers, as often, the fields are not ready to be reaped. A total of 57 cane fires were reported during the month of December 2012 alone, and since January, the fire service has been responding to cane fires every day. “Sometimes, the fields are set on fire when they are far from ready to be reaped and this poses a problem because the amount of sugar that is produced from these immature canes is not adequate,” Mayor Moore stated. He said that all citizens should accept responsibility for protecting the industry, which is a significant employer of labour. “I would like all citizens and farmers across the parish to understand that if our industry does not produce the amount of sugar to satisfy the market, then other countries will take our place.  This would then put us at the bottom of the ladder and we would eventually lose the market.   “As we make efforts to create more employment for our people, let’s unite and protect the sugar industry as we want to move forward and not backward.  Let’s keep our sugar cane industry on top,” Mayor Moore urged.last_img read more

RCMP member launches appeal to avoid new hearing over alleged harassment

first_imgOTTAWA – An RCMP member who was fined for disgraceful conduct in the workplace has launched a fresh court challenge to prevent further disciplinary actions against him.Marco Calandrini is asking the Federal Court of Appeal to overturn a recent decision that opens the door to a conduct hearing for alleged sexual assault and harassment, which could lead to his dismissal.The court action comes as the national police force grapples with new accusations of lewd and sexist social media posts by RCMP members.The Mounties have been wrestling for years with problems of bullying, harassment and other inappropriate behaviour in the police force.Calandrini, a civilian member of the force, was fined five days’ pay in early 2015 following an investigation into complaints of nudity at the explosives training unit of the RCMP-administered police college in Ottawa.Meantime, a male co-worker brought allegations of sexual assault and harassment against Calandrini, saying he had touched his buttocks, inner thigh area while making suggestive remarks on three occasions between Aug. 31, 2012, and Oct. 29, 2013.The RCMP notified the Ottawa police, but the local force did not lay criminal charges.However, an internal RCMP probe substantiated the allegations in October 2015 and a penalty of 15 days’ pay was levied against Calandrini, who apparently accepted responsibility and expressed a desire to resolve the matter promptly.The RCMP Act says that a conduct hearing — a more serious disciplinary step — may not be initiated against a member for an alleged contravention of the Code of Conduct more than one year after the alleged infraction becomes known.But the RCMP invoked a time extension clause in the law and Calandrini was told in May 2016 that a conduct hearing would be in the public interest.Calandrini unsuccessfully challenged the validity of the time extension in the Federal Court, which ruled last month the delay on the part of the RCMP “was not excessive.”On Thursday, Calandrini’s counsel filed a notice of appeal, alleging the judge made errors of law.When news of the controversy at the police college broke in early 2016, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale expressed outrage to Bob Paulson, commissioner of the RCMP at the time.Paulson, who retired last year, spent much of his tenure as top Mountie implementing measures aimed at making the police force more respectful and responsive.Fresh concerns emerged Friday as the CBC reported a new Facebook group supposedly created by, and limited to, male RCMP officers contains sexually suggestive material that has angered female colleagues.One post viewed by the broadcaster showed a painting of a fictional frontier scene of an RCMP officer with a burlesque dancer performing what appears to be oral sex on him.When concerns about disrespectful content believed to be written by an RCMP employee are brought forward, “they are and will be investigated and addressed,” said Cpl. Annie Delisle, an RCMP spokeswoman.“The RCMP has initiated Code of Conduct investigations in the past based on inappropriate comments in third-party applications or on social networking sites and we will continue to do so when these situations arise.”Public trust is essential for the RCMP to effectively fulfil its mandate, she added. “As a result, RCMP employees are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that meets the rightfully high expectations of Canadians.”Scott Bardsley, a spokesman for Goodale, said some of the behaviour that has been reported on the Facebook site “clearly cannot be a part of the modern, respectful workplace Canadians expect in the RCMP.”“Our government is committed to taking whatever action is necessary to help all women and men feel safe and respected at work.”Goodale has been clear with RCMP leadership that the expects comprehensive, transparent investigations, serious disciplinary measures, support for victims and concrete action to end toxic behaviour, he added.Earlier this week, RCMP said it would undertake a Code of Conduct investigation into a private Facebook group posting by someone believed to be an officer who reportedly said a young Indigenous man deserved to die.An Aboriginal Peoples Television Network report said a Mountie on the Prairies posted the message, which said the shooting of 22-year-old Colten Boushie on a Saskatchewan farm should never have been about race.Boushie died two years ago when he and four others drove onto Gerald Stanley’s farm near Biggar, Sask.— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitterlast_img read more

After 40 years CAP still pushes on

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Congress of Aboriginal Peoples held an anniversary this weekend in Ottawa.CAP is celebrating 40 years of serving off-reserve status and Metis people.The organization discussed housing, the economy and changes to the Indian Act.APTN National News reporter Annette Francis has this story.last_img

Experts report on Constitution in Parliament tomorrow

The experts report on constitution proposals will be presented to Parliament tomorrow, Minister Mano Ganesan said.He insisted that the report to be submitted to Parliament is not the draft Constitution. “Experts report on constitutional proposals and NOT draft constitution will be submitted to constitutional assembly,” he tweeted.He said that the report will be submitted to Parliament by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. (Colombo Gazette)

Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the

by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 2, 2015 8:00 am MDT Last Updated Aug 2, 2015 at 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week TORONTO – Five things to watch for in Canadian business this week:Dairy: Canadian dairy giant Saputo holds its annual meeting in Laval, Que., on Tuesday, followed by a first-quarter earnings conference call later in the day. The company has taken a hit from the decline in global cheese prices, and said in June that it will likely have to ride out the storm until the end of the year.Gold: Barrick Gold is out with its second-quarter results on Wednesday. The struggling mining company, burdened with debt and plummeting gold prices, just signed a deal to sell a 50 per cent stake in a copper mine in Chile for more than $1 billion.Sleep: Also on Wednesday, Sleep Country Canada Holdings Inc. releases its second-quarter results. The country’s largest mattress retailer returned to the public markets last month after seven years in private hands, but its IPO price of $17 a share drew something of a yawn from investors.Election: The sputtering state of the Canadian economy — and who’s best positioned to jump-start it — is likely to be a key topic of discussion when the four federal party leaders hold their first debate on Thursday.Jobs: The monthly jobs figures for July are released on Friday, a key indicator of the state of the Canadian economy. On Wednesday, the federal agency is also out with the international merchandise trade figures for June. read more

The Goodman School of Mines at Laurentian Sudbury

first_imgNed Goodman, CEO of Dundee Corp, and The Goodman Family Foundation – JODAMADA, announced last week a historic gift to Laurentian University’s new School of Mines in Canada. In recognition of the Goodman family’s generosity, Laurentian University President Dominic Giroux announced that the university will name the school in the Goodman family’s honour. “Greater Sudbury has the best orebody and the largest concentration of expertise in mining supply, products and services in the world. We want to be associated with Laurentian University because it’s undoubtedly the go-to university for mineral exploration and mining in Canada. When I heard about Laurentian’s plans for a new innovative School of Mines, I knew I wanted to be a part of it. We will be encouraging our friends in industry to also support this great effort,” said Goodman after a recent visit to Sudbury. Ned Goodman’s business and investment experience spans more than 40 years as a geologist, securities analyst, portfolio manager and senior executive, and he has an established reputation as one of Canada’s most successful investment counselors. He was the driving force of the Dundee group of financial companies, which grew under his family’s leadership from a $300-million base to a $50-billion mutual fund entity. Goodman’s work in the mining sector helped bring investment and jobs to many remote northern Canadian communities. By providing financing to many junior companies and helping to build successful, growing companies, he helped thousands of other Canadians prosper. He described his family’s gift as a vote of confidence in the future of mining.The combination of an aging workforce, competition for skilled workers, and declining enrolment in mining-oriented academic programs in most other Canadian universities is of great concern to the mining industry. These deficiencies will likely cause accelerated cost increases, delay of new projects and squeeze profit margins. Many industry leaders have reported a critical need for graduates whose technical competencies are supported by skills in commercial, cultural and environmental aspects of mining. A global search for the Founding Executive Director of The Goodman School of Mines is in its final stages. The position will work towards: Enhancing the skills of future professionals in mineral exploration and mining, in areas such as occupational health and safety, Indigenous relations, mining management and financeDriving the creation of executive programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, in modular, short-course or distance education formats, and other delivery mechanisms as opportunities may ariseFormalising new provincial, national and international alliances with other post-secondary institutions, including an International Network of Schools of Mines with Laurentian serving as a major hubDoubling enrolment in mining related programs by 2020Improving the university experience for students in Earth Sciences and Engineering.The Goodman School of Mines is a cross-faculty initiative, reporting directly to the Vice-President, Academic and Provost, which will be supported by a Global Advisory Council and a C$20 million endowment funded by donations from industry and by philanthropic gifts, a majority of which has now been raised. In addition, Laurentian University will be investing C$5 million in the Goodman School by 2023.The Goodman Family Foundation has placed a proviso that any financial commitment, present or future, remains confidential. The gift will be used exclusively by The Goodman School of Mines. “It will support the development of new mining-related courses and programs, improvements to the learning environment and opportunities both inside and outside the classroom, student recruitment, career and placement services, and guest speakers, and other specific use of funds to be mutually agreed upon,” explained Dominic Giroux. “Moreover, the Goodman family gift will ensure that we can attract the best and brightest students from around the world through scholarships, and promote our mining-related programs internationally.”Goodman’s eldest son, Jonathan Goodman, PEng., CFA, MBA, a graduate of the Colorado School of Mines and a JODAMADA participant and director, will serve as an Adjunct Professor at Laurentian.Ned Goodman was also attracted to Laurentian because he is a resident of Barrie. “I want to do everything possible to help secure Laurentian University’s new downtown Barrie campus, including attracting private gifts towards this important effort. Barrie absolutely needs it, and Laurentian has so much to offer.”  Laurentian has already pledged C$14 million towards its new downtown Barrie campus, a commitment which is being matched by the City.Laurentian University’s Next 50 Campaign, chaired by Terry MacGibbon, founder of FNX Mining, has now largely exceeded its original goal of C$50 million, having raised C$63.3 million so far with six months still to go before the end of the campaign.last_img read more

Western Star fleet upfitted by Curry Supply for Guyana gold mine

first_imgCurry Supply Company, a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of commercial service vehicles, has up-fitted 15 Western Star trucks for a gold mining operation in Guyana, South America. Guyana lies in the northeast region of South America with access to the Atlantic Ocean to the north and more eastern parts of the country. Venezuela lies to the west, Suriname to the southeast and Brazil to the south. Guyana has a tropical climate, which is very tough on heavy duty vehicles and other mining equipment.“Sierra Freightliner approached us with the challenge,” says Rick Romney, Western Regional Manager for Curry Supply Company. “The operation required heavy duty trucks properly up-fitted to meet the rigours of the humid tropical environment. In addition, the trucks needed to be shipped to Guyana, so access to a port was required. Our long-standing relationship and ability to install and service from our Houston location assisted with becoming the preferred up-fitting partner.”The order included six – 6×6 straight flatbeds designed to haul 20 ft long ISO containers weighing 30 t, five – 6×6, 7,000-gallon (approx. 26,000 litres) fuel tankers, and four – 6×6 dump trucks with Curry Supply Ox dump bodies.“We really appreciated the swift and thorough support that Curry Supply provided throughout the entire process,” said Sierra Freightliner’s Sales Manager, Jim Pescitelli.The fuel and flatbed trucks will play a crucial role in keeping the mine up and running by transport diesel fuel and supplies to the mine site, which sits a great distance from the port. In addition, the gold mining operation will need to keep the roads well-maintained to keep the supplies flowing smoothly.“Guyana has a tropical climate and there is generally a good amount of rainfall throughout the year. The roads are not paved and consist of dirt and mud,” says Romney. “This required Curry to upfit four- 6×6 heavy off-road trucks with Ox dump bodies. These trucks are perfectly suited for maintaining the roads in this environment.”Curry’s Houston, Texas facility executed the upfit order. “A key benefit of Curry Supply is our export capabilities. Our manufacturing facility in Texas is about 6 miles from the port. We can easily upfit and then export our products around the world from this location,” states Jason Ritchey, President/Owner, Curry Supply.last_img read more

Smith insists Villa are making progress

first_imgNewly appointed Aston Villa manager Dean Smith insists the club is making progress on the pitch despite losing their last two games in the Sky Bet Championship.Smith was appointed to replace former Villa boss Steve Bruce who was sacked after a bad spell of games for the club.Despite winning his first game in charge, a 1-0 victory the former Brentford manager has seen his team lose two on the bounce after their 2-1 defeat at the hands of Norwich City was followed by another narrow 1-0 loss to Queens Park Rangers on Friday night.The Villans have won just one of their lasts seven games across all competitions but Smith insists he has seen positive signs in his three matches in charge.Aston Villa explains why they spent so much money on players Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Aston Villa’s chief executive, the team needed to spend £144.5 million on 12 players in order to stay competitive.“In the short time we’ve worked together there’s a good structure about us, we just haven’t put the finishing touch to it,” he said, according to Sports Mole.“We played well and didn’t deserve to come away with nothing from this game.”“We created chances and gave away a poor goal. I think if we score at any time during the game tonight we go on and win it.”“We dominated the game for long periods and created big chances we didn’t take. QPR were very fortunate.”last_img read more

Selver Forbes chime in on NHIP Finances

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 1, 2016 – Independent Candidate O’Brien Forbes said calling for resignations in the aftermath of the NHIP financial situation is premature and political posturing.The All Island Candidate, who is running as an independent said even an attempt to fix things now would only seem reactionary and like a political gimmick; for Forbes the best move is and I quote, “a thorough audit of the NHIP books be carried for the benefit of the people. NHIP plays a vital role in the lives of our residents and it must remain an institution that is free of the dark shadows of corruption, political chicanery and maladministration.”Clarence Selver; a former Health Minister for the TCI and candidate for the all island race is also chiming in, he thanks Tamera Robinson, the NHIB Interim CEO, for her courage in delivering on the information to Cabinet.Selver called the PNP Government spin doctors in their comments in defense of themselves as the financial reality of a $6 million dollar deficit was last week exposed; Selver said he believes the intention was for the PNP Administration was to raise taxes on the people to pay for the mounting medical bills at the health plan.“This PNP government is saying that NHIP is experiencing financial problems because of increase demand for healthcare.  How come the managers, and the Minister of Health, and the Minister of Finance did not bother to look at the reports years ago, and identify the problems and address them, or did they take a policy position that it does not matter what is happening at NHIP, they would just continue to find the money by taxing the people.”Clarence Selver in a statement to Magnetic Media said there is no excuse for the unhealthy state of affairs and that there should be a breakdown on who is making the demands on health care and he chastised the Health Minister, Rufus Ewing for keeping the financial audit report of the Hospitals away from the House of Assembly and by extension away from the people of these islands.last_img read more