National Youth Squad camp a success

first_imgAustralia’s best young talent united in Sydney over the weekend to train together for the first time as the Australian National Youth Squads. Australia’s 18’s and 20’s Boys and Girls squads trained tirelessly over the weekend, impressing in their first foray as National Youth Squad members for the 2015 Youth Trans Tasman Series campaign, which will be held in January next year. It wasn’t all smooth sailing – Friday’s Sydney Airport Terminal Two closure threw a spanner in the works, with some player’s flights pushed back until late Friday night and early Saturday morning, before Saturday afternoon’s wild weather changed plans for teams – but the teams were still incredibly eager to make the most of their time together. Touch Football Australia’s High Performance Manager, Wayne Grant, said the weekend was a big success and looks forward to the rest of the Youth Trans Tasman Series campaign. “It was a great camp held in some trying conditions but the way the players and coaches approached the weekend has me delighted the Youth Trans Tasman preparation has started off on the right track,” Grant said. “We have some tremendously talented youth in our game with some amazing skill levels that continue to improve year after year.”To view photos from the weekend, be sure to visit the TFA social media pages:Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyausInstagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia Related LinksAussie camp a successlast_img read more

10 months agoNewcastle boss Benitez: We’ll do what we can to keep Rondon

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle boss Benitez: We’ll do what we can to keep Rondonby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Rafa Benitez will do what he can to have Salomon Rondon become a permanent signing.On-loan West Brom striker Rondon has netted four goals in six games including a winner here that shot Newcastle to six points clear of the bottom three, with Fulham to play next week.”I am happy with him, but still he can improve,” he said.”I don’t want to give too much credit to him, and I mean by that that I don’t want to take too much credit from the others.”He is doing a great job for the team, but we have to support him a little bit more.”If he has more support, if he has more crosses and passes into him, then he will score more goals because he can do it.”Anyone can do it if you give them more assists, but I think with Salomon, if the team puts the ball in the right position then he will also be on the end of the crosses, or at the end of the passes.”Asked if Newcastle could net him permanently from West Brom, Benitez said: “It will be fine. Hopefully he can start scoring a lot of goals, and then you can ask me this in a few weeks and hopefully it can be positive then, too.”He has not surprised me. He knows he can improve – so he will work hard. His strength maybe is to hold the ball.” last_img read more

9 months agoNewcastle boss Benitez confident of keeping Woodman

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle boss Benitez confident of keeping Woodmanby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Rafa Benitez is confident of keeping Freddie Woodman.Benitez has insisted England U20 World Cup winning Woodman has a “great future” – despite the youngster being in limbo over a contract wrangle.Newcastle won’t release him on loan and lose control of the players development – but he needs more senior games to improve.The Blackburn clash will be his 38th senior appearance, third for Newcastle, after loan spells at Crawley, Kilmarnock and the Dons.Benitez says he has time to fulfil his potential. He said: “We talk about keepers and they have more time to develop.“In this case we have a very good young keeper. He is focused and he is training well. Any game will be an experience for him and I think he has a great future.” last_img read more

Roger Goodell Is Getting Blasted For His Comment On Laremy Tunsil

first_imgLaremy Tunsil and Goodell smile holding his draft jersey.Laremy Tunsil.Former Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil’s draft experience was unraveling by the second Thursday night as both his Twitter and Instagram accounts were being hacked, sharing posts detrimental to his draft stock. No matter how you feel about the things posted to his social media accounts, one thing was clear: somebody was out to get him. But when NFL commissioner Roger Goodell sat down with ESPN’s Mike and Mike Friday morning to discuss, he seemed to think the chaos was just part of the draft experience, telling Greeny and Golic: “I think it’s all part of what makes the draft so exciting.”Roger Goodell to @MikeAndMike on Tunsil situation: “I think it’s all part of what makes the draft so exciting.” https://t.co/W1S1NwgfcU— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) April 29, 2016While it clearly wasn’t meant to be a malicious statement, it probably wasn’t the best way to describe it either, and he’s getting blasted for it on Twitter. Oh, @nflcommish. It’s a good thing the owners don’t pay you for your public-speaking skills. https://t.co/SM9RuwhMaC— Jim Trotter (@JimTrotter_NFL) April 29, 2016 I’m pretty sure Roger Goodell is universally hated— Joseph Kennedy (@bigjoebadger) April 29, 2016 How can people respect this rat @nflcommish https://t.co/tvlPtAh0EG— Mike Sheerin (@Mike_Sheerin) April 29, 2016 Wonder why players and fans don’t trust @nflcommish to be judge and arbiter of “integrity”…https://t.co/eBODeJJvO6— Nick Dorich (@NickyDPharmD) April 29, 2016 @nflcommish I felt bad that u were booed all day yesterday …until I heard ur comments on what makes this draft so exciting. Keep booing!— Jason Trawick (@jasontrawick) April 29, 2016 Does @nflcommish realize how stupid he sounds? Nice job throwing @KingTunsil78 under the bus! Only thing deflated in the @nfl is #Goodell— Russ Weakland (@MrSandwich96) April 29, 2016 Roger Goodell has less than zero class. https://t.co/8A3A5vj0hm— John Archibald (@ResSports) April 29, 2016 @nflcommish thinks it’s “entertainment” to see a kid slandered and lose millions of dollars. I scream conspiracy.— TheBron James (@Phaulkner) April 29, 2016 @rogergoodell thinks a kid getting railroaded is #exciting. Never got a thank you for gift he gave to the Starks for their #redwedding #nfl— Ron Cardashenstein (@RonCar69) April 29, 2016Tunsil was picked up by the Dolphins and will begin his NFL career as a first round pick, but he’ll never forget draft night – for all the wrong reasons.last_img read more

Bab elMandeb Saw 62 Mn bd of Crude Oil Shipments in 2018

first_imgzoomIllustration; Source: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Around 6.2 million barrels per day (b/d) of crude oil, condensate, and refined petroleum products flowed through the Bab el-Mandeb Strait in 2018, according to data provided by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).The volume increased from 5.1 million b/d that went through the strategic route for oil and natural gas shipments toward Europe, the United States, and Asia in 2014.Total petroleum flows through the Bab el-Mandeb accounted for about 9 percent of total seaborne-traded crude oil and refined petroleum products in 2017. Some 3.6 million b/d moved north toward Europe, while 2.6 million b/d was shipped mainly to Asian markets.Additionally, EIA noted that the total LNG flows through the Bab el-Mandeb stood at 1.3 billion cubic feet per day in 2018.Before 2015, volumes of LNG passing through the strait matched those passing through the Suez Canal because the Red Sea did not have any LNG infrastructure. In 2015, both Jordan and Egypt began importing small volumes of LNG into Red Sea ports, and these countries’ imports of LNG peaked in 2016 at 1.4 billion cubic feet per day, 80% of which was delivered through the waterway.More recently, as new natural gas fields in Egypt have come online, the need for Egypt to import LNG has decreased. Like flows to Egypt, total northbound flows of LNG via the Bab el-Mandeb have also decreased since 2016 as northbound flows to other destinations have remained fairly constant.The Bab el-Mandeb Strait is a sea route chokepoint between the Horn of Africa and the Middle East, connecting the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden and Arabian Sea.Most exports of petroleum and natural gas from the Persian Gulf that transit the Suez Canal or the SUMED Pipeline pass through both the Bab el-Mandeb and the Strait of Hormuz.last_img read more

Premier announces childcare savings coming into effect next month

first_imgCOQUITLAM, B.C. — B.C. Premier John Horgan announced today that parents with children enrolled in licensed childcare will start seeing savings of up to $350 a month next month.The child care fee reduction is available to families with children up to kindergarten age, who go to licensed child care and whose providers opt in. To date, providers have applied for fee reductions for more than 18,000 children, and more providers are opting in to savings for families every day. The fee reduction will result in savings of:$350 per month for each child in group infant and toddler care.$200 per month for each child in family infant and toddler care.$100 per month for each child in group care for children aged three years to kindergarten.$60 per month for each child in family care for children aged three years to kindergarten.“Parents in every corner of B.C. will start seeing their child care bills go down next month,” said Premier Horgan. “These fee reductions will offer families relief, and help people, particularly women, return to work. No one should be forced to choose between child care and other family needs.” In order to maximize the number of families receiving benefits next month, the government has extended the deadline for child care providers to opt in to April’s fee reduction until April 20th. After that date, providers can sign up for savings for future months at any time.However, not all childcare providers will be able to drop their fees starting next week. Adam Reaburn, owner of the Wiggle and Giggles Daycare in Fort St. John as well as Energeticcity.ca and 100.1 Moose FM, said that fees at his daycare will not be reduced April 1st. Reaburn explained that his Daycare has applied for the Childcare Fee Reduction Program, but the B.C. Government has not confirmed if the daycare has been approved to participate. He added and he doesn’t expect to hear anything before Easter, but that if Wiggles and Giggles is approved, the fee reduction would be applied to future bills.“Parents have been left to struggle with rising child care costs for too long,” said Minister of Children and Family Development Katrine Conroy. “The child care fee reduction is the first step toward bringing down sky-high child care costs so that families can get ahead.”The child care fee reduction will help providers to keep their program competitive with other programs in their community. Those who choose to participate will receive an increase of 10 percent on top of their individual base funding to support operational expenses.last_img read more

Defective statehood vexed PRC

first_imgArunachal Pradesh, the land of the rising sun in India, goes to polls for both the 60 assembly seats and the 2 Lok Sabha seats on April 11, the first day of the long-drawn ensuing general elections in India. And beyond right concerns about the fast deteriorating road and bridge infrastructure, poor public health, education and supplies, etc., the dominant issues impacting public opinion in this round seems to be the protest against what many say as “defective statehood which needs amendment, and permanent residence certificate (PRC) to outsiders which need to be quashed.” Also Read – A special kind of bondThe People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA), which has been demanding for a constitutional amendment of the Arunachal Statehood Act of 1986, has appealed to the people of the state to consider the task of correcting and amending the ‘defective’ Act as their prime agenda. They want the Act amended, which will give Arunachal a status at par with Nagaland and Mizoram. And this is catching up with others joining the fray, including Janata Dal Secular led by Jarjum Ette, a parliamentary candidate from West Arunachal, and other leaders of National People’s Party, etc. Also Read – Insider threat managementIt may be recalled that the former parliamentarians from the state, PK Thungon and Wangpa Lowang had tried their best to amend the defects in the Arunachal Statehood Bill when the bill was being tabled in Parliament in 1986. “The governor has been equipped with more powers to deal with law and order in whatever manner he thinks fit. The people have been denied the constitutional right of defence in respect of land, culture and social and religious practices…Therefore, it is much more appropriate that the people should be protected more than to equip the governor with more powers,” PK Thungon was quoted as pleading in the Parliament. Emphasising the need to bring an end to the dependency syndrome, secretary general of PPA, Kaling Jerang noted recently that the necessary constitutional amendment of the Act can give Arunachalis back their “lost pride and self-respect”. Many political and intellectual voices, including that of woman activist Jarjum Ette (JDS) believes that Arunachal, in spite being one of the most resourceful states in the country, has been reduced to the status of dependency, and to such an extent that often, with the change of the government in the Centre, the entire state cabinet changes political colours, as was seen recently in the case of Congress ministers and MLAs (except the then CM Nabam Tuki) becoming a BJP cabinet overnight. This dependency syndrome has to be done away with by amending the ‘defective’ Statehood Act, which will give the people back their ownership rights in every sense-culture, customary and traditional tribal rights over their land, forests, rivers and untapped mineral resources. Even Gegong Apang, the longest-serving chief minister of the state who joined BJP in 2014 ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, had submitted a letter to Modi on this matter. He said all central leaders during their visit to the state had been approached but the Centre did not budge. Even the state Assembly passed a resolution in this regard twice in 1994 and in 2013. Apang, who was the first chief minister of the state, claimed he and other state leaders were not consulted on the Arunachal Pradesh Statehood Act of 1986. The then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi had assured Arunachal leaders that the Constitution would be amended for rectification of the act but nothing has been done so far. The Act under Schedule VI of the Constitution of India has made Arunachalees merely land protectors as the central government owns the minerals below the surface of state soil. Hence, activists today believe that its amendment to bring the state under Schedule six of the Constitution of India alone would protect the traditional rights and liberty of indigenous patriotic people of this sensitive North-eastern border state of India. Arunachal gets limited royalty from the central government for any minerals extracted because of Delhi’s apathy, unlike Nagaland, Meghalaya and Mizoram which own their mineral resources being under Schedule V. If the records of former Oil India CMD Chudamani Ratnam are any indication that carbon deposits are trapped in coal cells (over 25,000 million tons of carbon deposits, including 1400 million tons in of which Arunachal) in Arunachal and part of Assam, then if tapped could meet country’s requirements for next 100 years, which was admitted by the then Union Petroleum Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar here in 2005. The state coffer would enrich if these deposits are exploited to make Arunachal one of the richest states of India. At the core of the concerns on statehood, there are two aspects. One is revenue for the state from its resources and limiting gubernatorial powers. Second, there is also the concern of identity. Experts feel an urgent need to strengthen and codify tribal customs and traditions for the future generations not to face identity crisis under the impact of modernisation. Tribal communities in various other parts of India, as in Chattisgarh or Odisha, are facing various cultural onslaughts in their lives apart from battling for their rights of jal, jangal and jameen (water, forest produce and land). It must be noted here that the Arunachal state assembly had unanimously passed a resolution directing the state government to move the Centre for a constitutional amendment with provision for special protection for the state. The assembly had also resolved to urge the Centre to expeditiously amend Article 371H of the Constitution to bring Arunachal Pradesh at par with the provisions of Article 371A(1) with a view to provide special constitutional protection to the people of the state in respect of religious and social practices, customary laws and rights of ownership and transfer of land and its resources. However, recently, the Arunachal Pradesh Land Management Minister Nabam Rebia of BJP told the assembly that the Arunachal Pradesh Statehood Act, 1986, being a central act, its amendment is not under the purview of the state government. To conclude, whether Congress or BJP, both central governments have done a lip service without ever actually bringing this bill on the floor of Parliament in the last 30 years for any amendment. The other vexed issue is that of the PRC. Protests broke out in Arunachal capital Itanagar on February 21-23, after a State government-appointed committee recommended PRC for six non-Arunachal Pradesh Scheduled Tribe residents of Namsai and Changlang districts. Three people were killed in the clashes. Giving in to public pressure, Arunachal Pradesh government froze its decision on the controversial permanent residence certificate (PRC) that triggered widespread violence for three days, leading to the torching of the Deputy Chief Minister’s house. Confirming that three people died in the violence, which saw widespread arson and the torching of the residence of Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, central MOS Home, Kiren Rijiju, also sitting MP of Western Arunachal, had faulted his party’s state government for not being able to communicate the situation to the citizens. Though BJP state president Tapir Gao, himself a Parliamentary candidate from East Arunachal, believes that the issue will not have any impact on the poll prospects of the party but on ground there is widespread resentment and social media noise on this aborted attempt for PRC and the shelved Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) which calls for citizenship to immigrants by religion and was withdrawn in Rajya Sabha recently after massive protests in the North East. Such optimism is, however, not shared by former BJP state general secretary Jarpum Gamlin, who is an assembly candidate this time. With these two major talking-points, Arunachal Pradesh assembly and Lok Sabha polls this year may throw some surprises and the state may actually veer towards a multi-party state polity rather than be confined within the binary of Congress-BJP so far. (The author is a media academic and has a spent a considerable number of years in Arunachal Pradesh. Views are personal)last_img read more

Heena Bajrang nominated for Khel Ratna Ronak for Dronacharya

first_imgNew Delhi: The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) has recommended the names of Heena Sidhu and Ankur Mittal for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award. Asian Games bronze medallist Heena, in 2013, became the first Indian pistol shooter to win a gold medal in an ISSF World Cup finals when she won the 10m Air Pistol event. The 29-year-old has also won a silver medal in the women’s 10m Air Pistol event, and a gold medal in the women’s 25m Air Pistol event. In 2014, she was conferred with the prestigious Arjuna Award. Ankur, on the other hand, had won a gold medal in Double Trap event at 2018 ISSF World Shooting Championships at Changwon, South Korea. He also won a silver medal at the 2017 World Championships. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuIn the 2018 Commonwealth Games held in Gold Coast, he won a bronze medal in the Double Trap Shooting (Men) event. Last year, he was conferred with the Arjuna Award. Earlier, shooters Abhinav Bindra, Anjali Bhagwat, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Manavjit Singh Sandhu, Vijay Kumar, Gagan Narang, Ronjan Sodhi and Jitu Rai had been conferred with the prestigious Khel Ratna Award. The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) on Monday recommended recently-crowned Asian Champion Bajrang Punia and last year’s Asian Games gold-medallist Vinesh Phogat for the country’s highest sporting honour — the Rajeev Khel Ratna award. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersBajrang and Vinesh’s names were sent by WFI owing to their remarkable performances in the last couple of years. “They (Bajrang and Vinesh) have been recommended for Khel Ratna by the WFI after both of them submitted their applications,” a WFI official confirmed. Besides, the NRAI has also recommended the names of Anjum Moudgil, Shahzar Rizvi and Om Prakash Mitharwal for the Arjuna Award while Jaspal Rana and Ronak Pandit have been recommended for the Dronacharya Award.last_img read more

Morocco launches virtual consultation with Moroccans living abroad

first_imgEl Jadida, Morocco – The Moroccan Commission on National Dialogue & New Constitutional Prerogatives launches Program of “Virtual Consultation”.The Moroccan Commission on National Dialogue & New Constitutional Prerogatives for Civil Society Organizations of Moroccans Residing Abroad has launched a one-of-a-kind initiative that aims at encouraging dialogue among Moroccan citizens living abroad by engaging them in various lawmaking processes and constitutional reforms.Morocco is entering a new era of “participatory rule of law,” reflecting a great leap forward in legislating and lawmaking by engaging stakeholders via the Internet in the drafting and implementation processes for new laws. Moroccan citizens can participate virtually by filling out a questionnaire on-line that can be found on [www.hiwarmadani2013.ma.] The questionnaire is then e-mailed to [hiwarmadanimre@mcrpsc.gov.ma.]All the findings gathered from the questionnaires will be reported to the National Commission to identify significant issues that need to be given high priority.Participants have a wide range of choices by which they can actively participate in the development of Morocco’s laws and policies. For instance, citizens can send draft legislation, submit petitions, and participate in the evaluation of public policies.Morocco counts on the growing number of Moroccans residing abroad to take part in the active implementation of Moroccan laws.Edited by Elisabeth Myers© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more