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An Historic Day for Touch Football!

first_imgTuesday, August 13, 2013The National Rugby League (NRL) and Touch Football Australia have today launched an historic sporting partnership representing the biggest boost to participation and game development in the history of either sport. The two sports will work together as part of a strategic alliance to create the largest sporting community in the country which will reflect the wider support that exists for Rugby League and the game’s commitment to ensuring there is a ‘place on the field’ for everyone.The new agreement will bring more than 1.03 million participants together playing in competitions under a joint NRL-TFA banner. This is in addition to the 844,000 girls and boys who currently take part in NRL Development programs each year.The alliance delivers significant benefits for both sports: a unique and complete pathway for park players and elite athletes that includes contact and non-contact sports – designed so players never leave the game or the field at any point in time during the calendar year or period of their playing life; enhanced inclusiveness, retention, and access to greater, more diverse playing opportunities for all Australians; a better alignment and consolidation of people, resources and competitions across the country – working together on Touch Football and Rugby League under a joint NRL-TFA banner; curtain raisers for the elite Touch Football athletes to showcase their skills and speed on the world stage at State of Origin and Test matches and selected NRL/representative fixtures; a more effective, year-round calendar of events and utilisation of sporting fields’ and amenities under the NRL banner.At the heart of the strategic alliance is a reuniting of two kindred spirits – after over 40 years apart and now formally coming together as one sporting community. Establishing, arguably and compellingly, Australia’s largest sporting community – bringing together well over 1 million participants across the country involved in competitions.According to the CEO of Touch Football Australia, Mr Colm Maguire, the strategic alliance between Touch Football Australia and the NRL is a definitive ‘game changer’ for Touch Football (and Rugby League) and a watershed moment in the history and evolution of both sports.“Touch Football in Australia was born out of Rugby League and the opportunity to create Australia’s largest sporting community aligned with the NRL is as compelling as it is ambitious and fortuitous,” Maguire announced in Sydney today in conjunction with NRL Chief Executive, Mr David Smith. “And, there is a real opportunity to grow the profile of touch both as a recreational game and an elite sport,” he said.“Not only will our partnership with the NRL provide greater potential to expand the participation base and extend the reach and profile of Touch Football, it will also ensure the sport will benefit significantly from the NRL scale, brand and market and distribution presence,” Mr Maguire added.“Both parties will share in the potential synergies of alignment: particularly in terms of combined approach and effort, revenue growth opportunities, cost saving efficiencies including shared services, scale benefits and consolidated national resources. Another key feature of the partnership will be the creation of a dual track continuous pathway; from grassroots to elite for both contact and non-contact forms of the game,” he added.“The corollary to this is the NRL will position Touch Football as its primary recreational game providing greater options for players, catering for all shapes, sizes and skill levels: expanding significantly their age demographics from ages 5 to 70-plus years old and increasing their female participation base, product offerings and mutually beneficial commercial leveraging opportunities,” Mr Maguire added.“Significantly, the partnership enables Touch Football to realise its vision articulated in its strategic plan, to become Australia’s leading community sport through strategic partnerships,” Mr Maguire said.The alignment of Touch Football under the joint NRL-TFA umbrella and operations will be in effect an alignment of like minds, resources, people and approaches. Touch Football Australia Chair, Mr Michael Rush, added that while this has been a very carefully considered process over an extended period of time, the development of the partnership and the announcement at this junction is at the right time for both sports and tremendously exciting.“I can assure all stakeholders connected to our sport that the TFA Board of Management and executive have undertaken a very thorough and demanding assessment and consideration of what this partnership means for our future. We have been diligent and professional while speculating on the exciting outcomes that can be achieved within a collaborative proposition,” Mr Rush said.“It is our firm view that this strategic alliance is in the very best interests of the sport and our membership. What has truly been encouraging is the fact that our new partner has an identical view.“We are very fortunate to be in the position we are in today; our sport and our large and diverse membership naturally hold significant appeal to the NRL. And this is clearly both a validation and in large part a direct result of all the commitment, hard work and perseverance of volunteers, staff, players, officials and supporters everywhere that have made the sport what it is today,” he added. “I can assure all of our members and stakeholders that it is a very exciting time to be involved in the sport. It is a credit to all of our sport’s stakeholders that have built the sport and made this partnership possible. “The partnership also ensures we are best equipped now and in the future to meet the resourcing, positioning and pathway challenges impacting the crowded Australian sporting market,” he added.Mr Maguire added that from a whole-of sport perspective, the continued support of the Australian Sports Commission is pivotal to ensuring that the participation base of both sports expands and provides consolidation support for future growth.“The outcomes of the announcement will further support the participation targets funded by the Australian Government through the Australian Sports Commission. TFA is grateful for the ongoing contribution by the ASC ($570k in 2013-14) into the sport of Touch Football, particularly within the participation environment,” he said.Today’s official signing of the Memorandum of Understanding commits each party to finalise the terms of the partnership which will include discussions with the Australian Sports Commission.According to NRL’s Chief Executive, Mr David Smith, it is a time for great enthusiasm, excitement and optimism for the sport as the NRL enters into this significant growth stage in the game’s history.“The new agreement with Touch Football Australia is a key strategic step in growing opportunities for Rugby League,” Mr Smith, said today.“Not only will it see more than one million people play in unified competitions, it brings together people from every state and territory, from almost every age group and every demographic.“We have been very clear about our ambition to extend the profile and reach of Rugby League and working with Touch Football Australia will also enable us to pursue new commercial and marketing opportunities that we can leverage with new partners.”CONTACT:Julian Buckmaster – GM, Marketing, Communications and Partnerships, TFAP: 0438 777 993; E: julian.buckmaster@touchfootball.com.auFollow us through the week on Facebook (www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus) as well as YouTube (www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus); or keep up-to-date with all the news, event action and results by visiting us at the Touch Football Australia website – www.austouch.com.au.Related News:An Open Letter from TFA CEO; NRL-TFA Strategic AllianceMedia Releaselast_img read more

The Patriots Defense Needs 30 Minutes To Figure Out How To Beat

Mariota was sacked eight times on 45 dropbacks over the course of the game. His QBR over the final three quarters was a miserable 19.7, while the Titans offense netted just 3.53 yards per play.In the AFC Championship Game, the Jacksonville Jaguars got off to an even stronger start. With a mix of power running and downfield throwing, they jumped out to a 14-3 second-quarter lead. Quarterback Blake Bortles was devastating on play-action passes in the first half, going 8-for-8 for 114 yards and a perfect 158.3 passer rating on throws with run fakes.After halftime, the Patriots took it away. New England did this, to some extent, by doing the opposite of what they did to Tennessee: sending extra defenders, stuffing the power run and forcing Bortles to make quick decisions.Here’s an example in the third quarter, where the Jaguars were facing 2nd-and-10. At that down and distance, either a run or a pass would make sense. So the play-action pass could be an effective option, as it had been throughout the first half: While the NFL universe has been breathlessly gushing over the New England Patriots offense for nearly two decades, the Pats defense is usually described with an old chestnut of coachspeak: “Bend but don’t break.” For years, Patriot defenses have allowed heaps of yards but denied points by tightening in the red zone,1The Patriots finished in the bottom third of the NFL in yardage defense five of the last eight seasons yet ranked in the top 10 in scoring defense seven times. and this season’s iteration is no different. But on a game-by-game level, this Patriots defense has taken on a new quality: They bend early, then straighten themselves out at halftime.There’s a huge difference between the Pats defense that takes the field at the beginning of the game and the one that walks off the field (usually) victorious. Including both playoff games, the Patriots’ first-half averages of 5.85 yards per play (30th) and 10.06 points allowed (11th) dropped to 5.43 yards per play (22nd) and 8.28 points allowed (2nd) in the second half. This suggests that even if Nick Foles and the Eagles move the ball early and put up points on Sunday, there’s reason to believe Bill Belichick and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia will draw up a way to stop them before Justin Timberlake is finished bringing sexy back. Just what kind of midgame adjustments are the Patriots making? Let’s examine the last two games.Against the Tennessee Titans in the divisional round, New England seemed to come in with a concrete game plan: Counter Tennessee’s running-back-and-tight-end heavy offense by stacking the box with defenders and playing tight man coverage. They also used a spy on quarterback Marcus Mariota to contain his running ability.Per ESPN’s Sports & Information Group, the Patriots had at least eight defenders in the box on five of 16 first-quarter Tennessee snaps. But the Titans pass-catchers were able to get open quick enough to give Mariota options. Backpedaling Pats linebackers failed to get enough depth to cover intermediate seam and out routes. Mariota posted a 99.3 first-quarter Raw Quarterback Rating, and the Titans averaged 6.75 yards per play.After the Titans found the end zone on their second drive, the Patriots stacked eight in the box on only two snaps out of the remaining 45. With more defenders dropping into coverage, the pass rush was significantly more effective. Watch on this key third-quarter 3rd-and-7, arguably the Titans’ last best chance to get into the game, as Mariota has no place to throw or run: The Patriots decide to risk the Jaguars pass-catchers getting open deep and here press both wideouts with their outside corners. Two linebackers drop into coverage, and behind them is a single-high safety.Everyone else blitzes, including slot corner Malcolm Butler. Bortles play-fakes to the fullback, then sets up to pass. But tight end Marcedes Lewis fails to recognize the blitz from Butler until it’s too late. Tailback Leonard Fournette, intending to pick up Butler, realizes too late that Lewis let defensive end Trey Flowers through. Soon Bortles is swamped and sacked.The Jaguars called six other play-action passes in the second half, per ESPN Sports & Info, and Bortles completed just three of them. His second-half passer rating was 69.1, and his QBR was 42.7. The Jags offense averaged 4.34 yards per play in the second half, down from 6.81 in the first. They added just two field goals to their first-half scoring, turning a 14-3 lead to a 24-20 loss.So what will the Patriots try to take away from the Philadelphia Eagles?The easy answer would be “whatever the Eagles manage to do well.” In their upset of the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship Game, the Eagles did practically everything well — but above all, quarterback Nick Foles stayed calm in the face of pressure and attacked the Vikings secondary deep.If the Patriots try to attack Foles the way they attacked Bortles in the second half, it might go badly. Instead, Belichick and Patricia will likely drop into safe zones and wait for the Eagles to reveal their plan — perhaps using red-hot receiver Alshon Jeffery to attack a Patriots secondary that finished 26th against No. 1 wideouts in Football Outsiders’ Defense-adjusted Value Over Average.2Football Outsiders says the DVOA metric “measures a team’s efficiency by comparing success on every single play to a league average based on situation and opponent.” Whatever Eagles head coach Doug Pederson’s plan is, he’d better have a Plan B.Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

Football Ryan Day adds Matt Barnes as special teams coordinator

Ohio State head coach Ryan Day speaks during the Ohio State offensive availability at the Residence Inn LA Live on Dec. 29. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorAfter adding two former Michigan assistants, Greg Mattison and Al Washington, to his coaching staff, head coach Ryan Day hired another Big Ten assistant Thursday. Ohio State announced that former Maryland linebackers coach and special teams coordinator Matt Barnes would join the Buckeyes as their special teams coordinator and assistant secondary coach next season.“Matt is young coach who has really done a great job at Maryland,” Day said in a statement. “He’s an energy guy who has considerable knowledge of the Big Ten Conference plus experience coaching in the Southeastern Conference. He’s going to work well with our staff and I’m pleased to have him on board.”Last season, Barnes helped lead a Terrapins linebacker room that excelled in terms of tackling, housing Tre Watson, the Big Ten’s leader in tackles, who was named as a first-team All-Big Ten as well as a second-team All-American member by the Football Writers Association of America. Barnes was a defensive and special teams graduate assistant at Florida under former Gators head coach Will Muschamp from 2012-14. In 2013, the Gators held the second-best kickoff coverage and the third-best punt returns in the country. In 2015, Barnes spent a season at Michigan as a defensive analyst. The Wolverines had the No. 4 total defense in the NCAA that year.He was named as the Special Teams Coordinator of the Year by footballscoop.com in 2012. Barnes is one of three new coaches that have joined Day’s coaching staff with Washington, Mattison and newly-hired co-defensive coordinator Jeff Hafley. read more

Deschamps has prepared France for Cavani

first_imgFrance boss Didier Deschamps insists that he has prepared his side for facing Edinson Cavani ahead of their quarter-final clash with Uruguay, regardless of whether he plays or notThe Paris Saint-Germain forward was the hero for Uruguay in their previous knockout round against Portugal, where his stunning goals proved to be the difference in the 2-1 win over the European champions.However, Cavani’s heroics came at a price and he was seen limping off the pitch towards the end of the game with a calf injury with some assistance from Cristiano Ronaldo.Since then, Cavani had missed three consecutive training sessions with the Uruguay squad as of Wednesday and did some minor work on Thursday.Although he still appears to be a likely doubt for their last-eight match against France.But Deschamps is not taking that for granted.Kylian Mbappe, Paris Saint-GermainKylian Mbappe could return to PSG training next week Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Paris Saint-Germain confirmed that Kylian Mbappe could make a return to training to next week as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury.“I am preparing my team for Cavani. Whether he plays or not, we will know tomorrow. If he doesn’t play, (Oscar) Tabarez has other options. I have prepared my team keeping different options in mind,” said the French coach, according to Hindustan Times.The 49-year-old feels that France must put their thrilling 4-3 win over Argentina behind with Uruguay set to be an entirely different challenge altogether.“This Uruguayan side has a different profile from Argentina. We have to be very patient. They are extremely well organised in defence,” he said.“If they need 10 players to defend, they will do that. When they don’t have ball possession, they know what to do; everybody defends, even the striker defends.”But Deschamps knows there is more to Uruguay than their defence, he added: “They can counter-attack very quickly. We must also bear in mind that this is a team that knows how to take advantages of set-pieces.”Uruguay and France will face off at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium today at 16:00 (GMT +2).last_img read more

Why Isco hasnt been featured under Solari revealed by Ceballos

first_imgReal Madrid attacking midfielder Isco is yet to feature under new club boss Santiago Solari because he is overweight, according to Dani Ceballos.Isco had appendicitis surgery but rushed back into the starting lineup by former Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui, in the team’s 5-1 El Clasico thumping away to Barcelona, which proved the final game of the former FC Porto manager’s tenure.But Solari, who was recently appointed full-time manager, is yet to select Isco since taking over, with the former Real Madrid Castilla manager leading the first team to four straight wins during his time as interim coach.Ceballos explained the ongoing fitness issues currently affecting Isco after his operation.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“He is a player who came from a major injury and went through surgery,” Ceballos told El Chiringuito.“With Julen, he played two consecutive games and with Solari, he said he saw him a bit out of shape, but he is training 100 per cent.“He knows the importance of managing a dressing room and has the philosophy of Madrid’s values.”last_img read more

Israel manager has called for a real fight against Scotland

first_imgAccording to Andreas Herzog, both teams need a win to get promoted to the UEFA Nations League B and a chance for a playoff spot for the 2020 EuroIsrael and Scotland are tied on first-place in the UEFA Nations League C Group 1 with six points.But thanks to the tiebreaker rule, Israel only needs a tie with the Scotts to get promoted to League B.On the other hand, only a win gives Scotland a chance for a playoff spot for the 2020 Euro Championship.“First we have to go out and give the Scottish team a real battle,” said Israel manager Andreas Herzog according to Sky Sports.ScotlandScotland needs a hero: Billy Dodds Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 According to former striker, Billy Dodds his country needs a hero to inspire future generations as the team’s hope to qualify to the EURO 2020 is small.“That is what’s key at Hampden Park.”“If we are not aggressive and cannot match the energy then it will be a tough game for us. We all know it is a great chance for us,” he added.“We are in first place in the group and we want to keep that position. We have to be ready for a lot of different circumstances and we have had a good preparation so far.”“From the beginning, we expect Scotland to put a lot of pressure on us and that’s why we need to be confident, calm and smart in possession,” he explained.“If we are able to create chances it will be a different thinking from the Scottish team and then it is an open game.”last_img read more

Ozil says hes positive he can return soon

first_imgThe German footballer is currently injured and missed the Christmas and New Year’s matches due to a knee injury.German footballer Mesut Ozil has a knee injury and has missed a couple of Arsenal’s matches.And he went into Instagram to vent his frustration about missing the team’s recent games.“Positive start into 2019 for us!” he wrote as reported by The Standard.“Congrats Gunners! Nevertheless, it was hard for me to not being on the pitch due to my injury today.”Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“I definitely want to help the team as soon as possible again,” he added.“Wishing all of you a happy, healthy and satisfying 2019! #YaGunnersYa #M1Ö”.Positive start into 2019 for us!❤ Congrats Gunners!⚽👏🏼 Nevertheless it was hard for me to not being on the pitch due to my injury today. I definitely want to help the team as soon as possible again. Wishing all of you a happy, healthy and satisfying 2019! 💪🏼💥 #YaGunnersYa #M1Ö— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) January 1, 2019last_img read more

Consumer Advertising Pages Decline Again Falling 266 Percent in Q3

first_imgConsumer ad pages fell for the ninth out of 10 quarters since the Publishers InformationBureau began reporting on a quarterly basis in mid-2007, according to the group’slatest figures, released late Friday.During the third quarter 2009, pages fell 26.6 percent compared to the same period last year. Estimated ad revenues for the third quarter closed at $4.53 billion, down 18.6 percent.Ad pages increased 0.1 percent increase during the final three months of 2007, according to PIB. Through the first nine months of 2009, ad pages dropped 27.2 percent compared to the same period in 2008. Estimated ad revenue, meanwhile, decreased 20.3 percent to $13.66 billion.Of the 12 advertising categories tracked by PIB, Food & Food Products saw an increase in ad pages—3.9 percent compared to the same period last year. Automotive (-46.1 percent) and Financial, Insurance and Real Estate (-43.1) continued to see the biggest ad page losses.“Those gains [in Food and Food Products] suggest that marketers are adjusting their approach to economic conditions, for example, by trying to appeal to consumers who are choosing to dine and entertain at home,” Magazine Publishers of America executive vice president and CMO Ellen Oppenheim said in a statement.Fiften magazines during the third quarter reported ad page declines of 50 percent or greater. U.S. News & World Report—the former newsweekly that went to biweekly then to monthly circulation—saw the steepest declines, falling 91.2 percent to 27 ad pages, compared to 305.93 during the same period last year. Sport Fishing saw ad pages fall 73.6 percent and Sound & Vision’s pages fell 61.1 percent during the period.National Geographic Kids was the biggest gainer during the period, with pages increasing 76.3 percent. Rounding out the top three were AMI’s Country Weekly (42.5 percent) and Family Circle (31.5). Other notable gainers include Saturday Evening Post (22.8 percent), Scholastic Parent & Child (16.8), OK! (13.5), The Week (12.8) and Life & Style (8.4).Through the third quarter, U.S. News & World Report saw pages decline 75.6 percent. A number of boating magazines also had a difficult first nine months, including Power Cruising (-85.3 percent), Boating Life (-63.1), Power & Motoryacht (-56) and Boating (-50.6).In October, Condé Nast shuttered four magazines which all saw significant losses through the first three quarters: Cookie (-18.2 percent), Elegant Bride (-39.2), Modern Bride (-24.2) and long-running Gourmet (-44.4).The biggest gainers through the first nine months included Country Weekly (18 percent), OK! (15.5) and Family Circle (15.4).last_img read more

128 Consumer Mags Up in Ad Pages For 2010

first_imgOverall, ad pages across 12 market categories tracked by Publishers PIB were down less than a percent for full year 2010 and posted a 3.5 percent gain in the fourth quarter of the year (ad pages also grew in three out of four quarters in 2010). Six out of the 12 market categories tracked posted gains. Magazine publishers may have been the second biggest beneficiaries from the automotive industry bailout, with ad pages in automotive magazines jumping 16.9 percent. General Motors Corp. led all automotive advertising in magazines, spending $385.4 million in 2010, up 56 percent from 2009, according to PIB. Toiletries and Cosmetics had the second biggest gain in pages, up 11.6 percent, followed by Financial, Insurance and Real Estate with a 9.3 percent gain. Direct Response Companies posted the biggest loss, down 9.3 percent in pages. Meanwhile, the magazine industry posted a 3.1 percent gain in ad spending for the year (PIB typically calculates revenue using full rate card and not accounting for discounts). While overall ad pages were down slightly, 128 consumer magazines tracked by Publishers Information Bureau posted ad page gains in 2010, compared to just 22 in 2009. Food Network Magazine went from “most notable launch in 2009” to the biggest ad page gainer in 2010, according to Publishers Information Bureau, which said the magazine was up 78 percent to 796.5 pages. Other big winners include Destination Weddings & Honeymoons (+63.6 percent), Martha Stewart Weddings (+ 56 percent), and Boy’s Life (+42.8 percent). People Style Watch, the big winner in the first half of the year (+ 59 percent) finished 2010 with ad pages up 49.5 percent. Of the six Rodale magazines tracked by PIB, Women’s Health was the only one with a drop in ad pages for 2010 (-3.6 percent). However, the publisher says all six titles are up for their January/February 2011 issues, with Women’s Health leading the way (+30.6 percent). last_img read more

German government to subsidize EV battery development for VW BMW report says

first_img 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV review: A plug-in SUV that lacks appeal Post a comment Share your voice 2019 Mercedes-Benz S560e: Luxury cruising with an electric edge Enlarge ImageMost German companies source their Li-ion batteries from Asia, but the German government hopes to change that. Volkswagen Back in 2018, the German government announced that it would be subsidizing the local production of lithium-ion batteries in an effort to keep up with production from countries in Asia. Upwards of 30 companies have applied for the subsidy including BMW and battery manufacturer Varta. Now though, Volkswagen has opted to join the crowd according to a report published Monday by Reuters.”Volkswagen group wants to take part in Economy Minister Altmaier’s initiative support the industrial production of mobile and static batteries,” said Volkswagen representatives, in a statement.Part of the reason that Germany is late to the lithium-ion party is that high labor costs drove up the price of development significantly. This prohibitively high cost actually forced Daimler’s battery-producing subsidiary Li-Tec to shut its doors back in 2015.In addition to this subsidy for Li-ion batteries, the German government has set aside the equivalent of $1.2 billion to help fund the domestic development of solid-state battery tech as a way to offset a potential loss of jobs as internal combustion engines become less desirable. The German program is part of a larger European Union initiative to decrease battery cell dependence on Asia, with the end goal being that the EU and its members hold a 30 percent market share of global lithium-ion battery cell production. 2020 Harley-Davidson LiveWire first ride: Harley’s electric future is bright More From Roadshow 35 Photoscenter_img Car Industry Electric Cars Auto Tech Get to work with the VW I.D. Buzz Cargo Volkswagen BMW 0 Tags BMW Volkswagenlast_img read more

SAIL to shell out Rs 6000 crore as capital expenditure this fiscal

first_imgSteel Authority of India Limited (SAIL), which is the largest integrated iron and steel producer in the country, will shell out Rs. 6,000 crore in the current financial year. The amount will be spent on modernisation and expansion plans, as well as towards research and development (R&D).The public sector entity had forked out about Rs. 4,483 crore as capital expenditure last year.The money invested will be utilised towards energy-saving methods, pollution control, development of mines and to enrich product mix, Press Trust of India reports.”SAIL will spend around Rs. 6,000 crore as capex this financial year. This includes the expansion programme as well as R&D,” a source was quoted as saying by the PTI.The New Delhi-based company is currently in the process of improving its hot metal production capacity from to 23.46 million tonnes per annum (MTPA), which was previously 13.82 MTPA. It also made an investment of Rs. 61,870 crore, which will be completed by the end of the present financial year.The steel-maker will also spend Rs. 10,200 crore towards mine development in Odisha and Jharkhand.Steel Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, during a Steel and Mines Ministry meeting, had asked domestic companies to accept the external realities of the steel sector.”In the long term, industry has to accept external realities and learn to compete and emerge stronger in spite of them (challenges). Time is of essence and all plans and actions by the companies must be well-planned and executed,” Tomar was quoted by PTI as telling the companies.[1 lakh = 100,000 | 1 crore = 10 million | 100 crore = 1 billion]last_img read more

First aid flight in weeks lands in rebelheld Yemen

first_imgTechnicians unload doses of vaccines from a plane after it landed in the rebel-held Yemeni capital Sanaa. Photo: AFPA UN plane carrying desperately needed vaccines landed in the rebel-held Yemeni capital Sanaa on Saturday after a three-week Saudi-led aid blockade that had sparked warnings thousands could die.Three other aircraft—two carrying UN aid workers and one carrying International Committee of the Red Cross staff—also landed at the airport, which was repaired earlier this week after a Saudi-led air strike knocked out its controls, an AFP correspondent reported.The UN humanitarian affairs office had said on Friday that it had been given clearance by the Saudi-led coalition that has been fighting the rebels since 2015 to resume flights into Sanaa.But it added that desperately needed shipments of food and medicines to the rebel-held Red Sea port of Hodeida remained blocked.A official from the rebel-run civil aviation authority confirmed that the flights had landed.But he warned that Saturday’s aid delivery was not enough and demanded access to Sanaa airport for all flights in order to “save the lives of the sick”, the rebel-run Saba news agency reported.The UN children’s fund UNICEF said the flight was carrying more than 15 tonnes, or 1.9 million doses, of vaccine for diphtheria, tetanus and other preventable diseases.The World Health Organization said earlier this week that diphtheria was spreading as children went unvaccinated and doctors in Hodeida reported three deaths.More than 2,000 people have died of cholera in Yemen this year, adding to the 8,600 who have died in the conflict between the Saudi-backed government and the rebels since 2015.The aid blockade, put in place after the rebels fired a missile which was intercepted over Riyadh airport, has tightened the stranglehold on Hodeida, the conduit for UN supervised deliveries of food and medicine to rebel-held territory.The UN humanitarian office said that a ship loaded with wheat and another with equipment to treat Yemen’s cholera epidemic are ready to head to Hodeida as soon as the Saudi-led coalition gives the go-ahead.The coalition had said it would lift its blockade of the port from Thursday but it remains in place.The United Nations has warned that unless the blockade is lifted, Yemen will face “the largest famine the world has seen for decades”.Yemen is highly dependent on imported wheat for its basic needs and aid groups have warned that humanitarian deliveries cover only a small portion of the need.Seven million Yemenis are completely dependent on relief supplies for their survival, according to the UN.last_img read more

Saudi Canada row ramps up as Saudia suspends flights

first_imgIn this file handout photo taken on 15 April 2018 and released by the Saudi Royal Palace Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman Al-Saud attends the 29th Arab League Summit in Dhahran. AFPSaudi Arabia and Canada on Monday showed no signs of backing down in an escalating row over human rights, after Riyadh abruptly cut ties over Ottawa’s vigorous calls for the release of activists jailed in the kingdom.The Saudi government expelled Canada’s ambassador, giving him 24 hours to leave the country, and recalled its own envoy to Ottawa, while freezing all new trade over what it slammed as “interference” in its internal affairs.Ottawa did not give any ground over the shock expulsion of the envoy, Dennis Horak, with Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland saying Canada would continue to defend human rights around the world.The rupture, which underscores a newly aggressive foreign policy led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, comes after Canada denounced a new crackdown on women and human rights campaigners in the kingdom.“The kingdom announces that it is recalling its ambassador to Canada for consultation. We consider the Canadian ambassador to the kingdom persona non grata and order him to leave within the next 24 hours,” the Saudi foreign ministry tweeted early Monday.The ministry also announced “the freezing of all new trade and investment transactions with Canada while retaining its right to take further action”.Later Monday, the row appeared to escalate as Riyadh said it will relocate thousands of Saudi students studying in Canada to other countries, and state airline Saudia announced it was suspending flights to and from Toronto.A pro-government Saudi Twitter account provoked outrage when it posted-and then deleted-a 9/11-style digitally altered image showing a plane flying towards the Toronto skyline.The account later apologised and the image was reposted with the plane removed, but screenshots of the original tweet spread quickly. Saudi Arabia’s media ministry said it was investigating the incident.Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Saudi Arabia “will deal with any interference decisively”, dismissing Canada’s position as “built on misleading information”, in a statement carried by state media.Last week, Canada said it was “gravely concerned” over the new wave of arrests of rights campaigners, including award-winning gender rights activist Samar Badawi, and called on Riyadh to “immediately release them.”Canada doubled down on Monday.“Canada will always stand up for human rights, in Canada and around the world, and women’s rights are human rights,” Freeland told an audience in Vancouver.‘Unprecedented crackdown’Samar was arrested along with fellow campaigner Nassima al-Sadah last week, the latest victims of what Human Rights Watch called an “unprecedented government crackdown on the women’s rights movement”.Samar’s brother, blogger Raif Badawi, was arrested in 2012 and sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in jail for “insulting Islam” in a case that sparked an international outcry.The latest arrests come weeks after more than a dozen women’s rights campaigners were detained and accused of undermining national security and collaborating with enemies of the state. Some have since been released.Prince Mohammed, heir to the region’s most powerful throne, has introduced a string of reforms such as lifting a decades-long ban on women drivers in a bid to overhaul the kingdom’s austere image.But the 32-year-old has simultaneously pursued a combative foreign policy-including leading a blockade of neighbouring Qatar and a bombing campaign against Iran-backed Huthi rebels in Yemen-while cracking down on dissent at home.The United Arab Emirates, a strong regional ally, supported the Saudi response to Canada, with a senior government official calling Ottawa’s behavior “unacceptable.”Defence contract in peril?In April, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed his “serious concern” over the continued jailing of Raif Badawi to Saudi King Salman.Badawi’s wife Ensaf Haidar has been granted asylum by Canada, where she is raising their three children.“It is now time for other governments to join Canada in increasing the pressure on Saudi Arabia to release all prisoners of conscience immediately and unconditionally,” said Samah Hadid, Amnesty International’s Middle East campaigns director.But Riyadh’s singling out of Canada is aimed at strongly discouraging other critical Western governments from speaking out, observers say.“Canada is easier to cut ties with than the rest,” Bessma Momani, a professor at Canada’s University of Waterloo, told AFP.“There isn’t a strong bilateral trade relationship and poking the Trudeau government likely resonates with Saudi’s hawkish regional allies. At jeopardy are the… thousands of Saudi students in Canada.”Bilateral trade amounts to CAN $3-4 billion (US $2.3-3.1 billion) a year, according to Thomas Juneau, an assistant professor at the University of Ottawa.But the damage could be more significant if a $15 billion deal agreed in 2014 for Canada to sell Riyadh light armoured vehicles is scrapped, as thousands of jobs in Canada could be lost, Juneau said.When asked about the contract, Freeland said the government “looks forward” to hearing from Riyadh about the future of the deal.last_img read more

Houston Matters Exclusive Rep Kevin Brady on Healthcare and Taxes

first_img Listen Houston area Republican Congressman Kevin Brady serves as the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, which means there’s plenty we can talk with him about concerning the Republican healthcare plan and the tax cuts he’s pursuing. On this edition of Houston Matters, Craig Cohen sits down with the congressman to discuss those issues and to talk about civility and bi-partisanship on Capital Hill in the weeks following the shooting at a GOP baseball practice in June. Plus Brady updates us on the status of his colleague (and roommate when he’s in Washington) Rep. Steve Scalise, who was shot during the attack.Also this hour: we discuss cyber security concerns when it comes to our election process, Dr. Lori Teller answers your pet care questions, and we discuss recent Houston sports news.Houston Matters offers a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. 00:00 /49:44 flickr Xcenter_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharelast_img read more

It is a Plane It is a Car No It is a

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Terrafugia, Inc is in the development stage of creating an air craft that can be driven on the open road. The Road n´ Air craft is called Transition. It is a light sport aircraft that will take to the skies and then return to airport, fold up its wings and drive home. Terrafugia, Inc located in Woburn, Massachusetts is the brain child of MIT graduates of the school of Aeronautic and Astronautics. Terrafugia translated from Latin means “escape from land.” The official specification provided by Terrafugia of the craft are as follows. It is a two seat, side- by -side light sports aircraft. It has a G-Tow of 1320 pounds with a useful load capacity of 550 pounds. It has a 20 gallon fuel capacity and a 100 hp Rotax 912 S (four stroke) engine. It has a wingspan of 27.5 feet, length of 18.75 feet and height of 6.75 feet. The on the road width is 6.5 feet. The Transition is designed for short hops with a range of 460 miles or less. It utilizes Super-unleaded gasoline as a source of fuel. It has a take off distance over 50 foot obstacles of 1700 feet. The craft Vs is 51 mph and Vr is 80mph. The Transition and its team of designers, mechanics and owners made a special appearance in July, 2007 at the prestigious AirVenture Show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. During the exhibit, Transition wing was cycled through a complete fold and extend process over 500 times without a hitch. The demonstration is equivalent to almost five years of usage. The designers have left nothing overlooked in the design for strength and endurance. The wings have two blue bumper strips near the tip of the wings to prevent door dings when Transition is in its road mode. There are dual electromagnetic locks that when engaged for the road mode, provide a tight hold on the wing close to the fuselage. The Terrafugia team is leaving no detail unnoticed. The prototype is currently a work in progress, with an anticipated completion date of late 2008. Terrafugia, Inc plans to make its first delivery of the Transcend in 2009. The anticipated selling price of Transcend is $148,000. Currently, the company is taking pre-release orders requiring a five per cent deposit that will be held in trust and fully reimbursable until a purchase agreement is executed. Citation: It is a Plane, It is a Car: No, It is a Transition Road n’ Air Craft (2007, October 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-10-plane-car-transition-road-air.html Terrafugia Transition Road n’ Air Craft Call it car, call it aircraft, but Transition is in the wings Terrafugia, Inc. has a prototype air and road craft called the Transition. It has made appearances at the Oshkosh, Wisconsin AirVenture Show in July, 2007. The Transition road n´air craft can take to the skies, land, fold up its wings and drive home. The anticipated completion date is late 2008. last_img read more

Shades of Buddha

first_imgCafe and Art Gallery is presenting a solo painting exhibition, The Buddha by M Lokseswara Rao IFS whose work has been inspired by eight important symbols of Buddhism such as conch, lotus, unending knot, dharma chakra among others. The exhibition will be held at Studio 55, Café and Art Gallery, 55, Sunder Nagar in the Capital on December 27 to January 5.Ever since M Lokeswara Rao was a little child he had this different inclination towards drawing and sketching. He always had a different way to look into things with an altered perspective with a different perceptive ability. Imagination has no barrier. It is stronger than anything known to man, faster than the speed of light, deeper than the ocean of thoughts. It is the seed for the basic intellect of creativity and innovation.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Rao belongs to 1983 batch of Indian Forest Service(IFS) working as Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and Head of the Forest Force, Nagaland. Never before has the need been greater for all of us to remember that the immortal message Lord Buddha, the greatest and noblest of the sons of India gave to us, and to you and to the all the world. He is also practicing this ancient art Tanjore paintings for the past several years and contemporary art and digital paintings.last_img read more

Business travel booming in WA

first_imgBusiness tourism lead inbound visitor numbers in Western Australia in the December quarter last year, achieving a 42 percent increase in MICE travellers to 33,000 compared to the same period in 2009. According to Minister for Tourism Martin Ferguson, business travel is an important part of Western Australia’s tourism industry, with their highest average spending of up to AU$1284 on food, drink and accommodation. Data from the International Visitor Survey found that in total WA welcomed up to 212,000 people in the December quarter last year, up four percent on the quarter the year before. Mr Ferguson said the state has seen exceptional growth from Asian countries such as China the market, which increased its visitation numbers into WA by 109 percent in 2010 compared to the year before. “The extra airline capacity announced this week allows both Australian and Chinese airlines to make even more flights into and out of Perth with an incentive to stopover at regional airports such as Broome,” Mr Ferguson added. “WA also maintains a strong national share of the Malaysian (23 per cent), Singapore (25 per cent) and UK (18 per cent) markets.” Minister Assisting on Tourism Senator Nick Sherry said tourism is the state’s largest services export industry and achieved up to AU$34 billion for Australia and WA. “These figures show WA’s impressive resources boom is also generating positive results for other sectors of the economy,” Senator Sherry said. “Promoting this industry is a priority for the Australia Government and that’s why we are investing in the National Long Term Tourism Strategy. “It focuses on growing skills and investment, side by side with the global marketing work being undertaken by Tourism Australia to encourage more visitors from around the world.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

Fed Rate Looking Forward

first_img Greg McBride, BankRate CFATo most, the Fed rate hike yesterday came as no surprise. What we have to look for now is what to expect moving forward, according to BankRate.com VP and CFA Greg McBride. MReport had the opportunity to speak with McBride on Wednesday shortly before the Federal Reserve announced the rate increase.McBride pointed to several things that should be considered moving forward. “I think what’s going to be interesting and really what everybody focuses on is going to be the Fed’s outlook going forward. What are their economic projections? What are their interest rate projections? Do they have a bias for more aggressive action as the year unfolds?” said McBride. “They come into the year saying three rate hikes. Markets were back kind of skeptical of that. Is the Fed still sticking to the script of gradual? Three rate hikes? Or does it get more aggressive than that?”Adjustable-rate mortgages and home equity lines of credit are the most likely products to be affected by the rate increase, according to McBride.“Home equity lines of credit are going to feel it the quickest along with credit cards. Home equity lines of credit are pegged to the prime rate so it’s a direct path through any time the Fed hikes rates by a quarter point your home equity line of credit’s going to go up by a quarter point, said McBride.“Now, on the adjustable rate mortgages the nuance here is people that are facing a reset on their adjustable loan at some point this year or next year, they’re the most susceptible to these rate hikes and to cumulative effect of these rate hikes. In the past several years that those adjustable rates were resetting lower, McBride continued. “Starting last year you got a little bit of a taste of rates actually moving up and because many of those adjustable only change once per year a payment change can be real doozy. If the Fed has raised rates two or three times in that 12 month period since your last adjustment, your payment could go up in a significant way. It’s not one and done, right? You’re a sitting duck for this to happen again 12 months down the road.”Consumers can expect their adjustable-rate mortgage monthly payments to increase $150 year over year, McBride stated. “If you have $400,000 on your adjustable rate mortgage with 20 years left and your rate goes up three quarters of a percentage point in each of the next two years, you’re looking at your payments going up $150 per year. Each year going up $150 per month.”Fixed-mortgage rates, however, “have already seen a huge run up since the fourth quarter of last year, and going forward short term rates are likely to rise more than longer term rates.”Though the Fed had hinted at three total rate hikes this year, McBride told MReport that he only has the Fed raising rates twice. “If they do in fact do three rate hikes this year,” said McBride, “then that would put that Fed funds rate between 1.25 percent and 1.5 percent at year end.” in Daily Dose, Government, News March 20, 2017 502 Views Fed Rate: Looking Forwardcenter_img Bankrate Fed rate 2017-03-20 Staff Writer Sharelast_img read more

The European Commission has confirmed its approval

first_imgThe European Commission has confirmed its approval of Liberty Global’s acquisition of Dutch cable operator Ziggo in the Netherlands.The EC’s move follows annulment of its earlier approval of the 2014 acquisition by the EU General Court last year.The EC originally approved the merger of UPC Netherlands and Ziggo subject to the condition that it divest its Film1 channel to a third party to assuage concerns that the merger reduced competition in the market for the wholesale of premium pay TV films channels. Film1 was subsequently purchased by Sony.The General Court annulled the merger following a complaint by KPN, on the grounds that the EC’s original assessment did ot fully state the reasons of its conclusion that the merger would not lead to vertical anti-competitive effects on the potential market for premium pay TV sports channels as well as film channels.The court’s ruling hinged on the grounds that he EC had failed to provide an analysis to back up its assertion that the merger did not raise competition concerns in the market for premium sports channels. Among other things, it said that the EC’s defence that Liberty did not have market power in premium sports because Sport1 had an effective competitor in the shape of Fox Sports was not backed up by a market analysis.The EC’s reassessment confirmed that there were no concerns about this market, this time with evidence to support the decision.Ziggo was subsequently folded into Liberty Global’s VodafoneZiggo joint venture with Vodafone to provide converged services in the Dutch market.The EC’s new assessment confirmed concerns that the merger would have increased Liberty Global’s negotiating power relative to channel broadcasters and could hinder the delivery of OTT TV services.Liberty Global offered a series of commitments to meet the Commission’s concerns similar to those offered in 2014. These include an agreement to terminate clauses in channel carriage agreements that limit broadcasters’ ability to offer their channels and content over the internet, and not to include such clauses in future channel carriage agreements for eight years.Liberty will also maintain adequate interconnection capacity through at least three uncongested routes into its Internet network in the Netherlands, helping to ensure sufficient capacity for competing OTT services, also for eight years.Finally, the operator agreed not to re-acquire the Film1 channel, to ensure that this divestment is a structural change to the market.last_img read more

To have Rebecca Testi coming to the Fashion Fest

first_img“To have Rebecca Testi coming to the Fashion Fest is a great endorsement of our event and a huge attraction for those coming along.”Tracy Gillespie from Bejewelled At Soul has secured Rebecca for the festival, are also delighted to have the exclusive jewellery brand on board.She said: “This is fantastic news for the local fashion industry and we are delighted that Rebecca herself is coming along to the event. “The Rebecca brand is absolutely huge, in addition to their own brand they also produce high quality lines for designer brands such as Gucci & Louis Vuitton. “So you can understand our excitement when Rebecca Testi herself decided she would love to come visit our store! “Not only does Rebecca Testi head the marketing department for the company she is a big deal in the world of Italian social media.“Earlier this year we had the pleasure of visiting Rebecca head office, this is a massive company but has a strong family business ethos, keeping it local, quality produce and high fashion. “Rebecca mentioned she would love to come visit us in the North West but never did we think it would happen. “Less than a month later she had the flights booked! “Rebecca has attended exclusive events all over the world but Rebecca and her team are so excited to attend The Fashion Fest in Derry and we as a company are only too delighted to have someone of such prestige visiting us here in the beautiful North West.”She added that following the fashion fest event, Bejeweled At Soul will be hosting a customer event from 3-6pm which is invite only and customers interested in coming along to meet Rebecca can express an interest by contacting 028 71 886341 or https://m.facebook.com/bejeweledatsoulTickets for Fashion Fest taking place at the Guildhall on 13 October at 8pm are selling fast. Priced at £15, the tickets include complimentary refreshments on arrival and a fab goody bag. The event will be jointly co-hosted by Stephen Clements (QRadio) and Dylan Llewellyn of Derry Girls fame and will showcase the best of emerging and established designers including an exclusive finale featuring London designer Kate Halfpenny.For more info visit www.derrystrabane.com/fashionfest #fashionfestderryItalian jewellery ace “Rebecca” to attend Derry Fashion Fest was last modified: October 6th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: THE organisers of Derry’s Fashion Fest received a major coup this week with news that a VIP from one of the biggest internationally renowned jewellery brands will attend this year’s event later this month.Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Business team, who organise the annual Fashion Fest event that is scheduled to take place on Saturday 13 October, are delighted that Rebecca Testi, the marketing executive of Italian international brand, Rebecca, will be part of this year’s festivalRebecca jewellery is renowned worldwide for its high end, trend setting fashion jewellery and news that the company owner is travelling to Derry to be part of the festival is expected to create a real buzz among local fashionistas. Rebecca Testi’s visit to Derry coincides with the launch of the new Rebecca department that is being launched at Bejeweled At Soul at an exclusive blogger brunch scheduled for Sunday 14th October.Welcoming the announcement, Danielle McNally from Derry City and Strabane District Council said having a brand of the calibre of Rebecca attending the Fashion Fest is hugely significant and a real coup for the event.She said: “Rebecca is a really well known and highly prestigious jewellery brand that has taken every market by storm since its inception. It was established by designer, Alessandro Testi who named it after his daughter “Rebecca”. “The range is 100% created in Italy, with a mix of traditional craftsmanship and modern technology in their head office in Florence, in the heart of Tuscany and remains a true family business to this day. ShareTweet Derry and Strabane CouncilDerry Fashion FestGuildhallItalian jewellery ace “Rebecca” to attend Derry Fashion FestRebecca jewelleryRebecca Testilast_img read more