Calling All Referees!

first_imgWe are calling for referees to attend and officiate at the annual KidsXpress Touch of Colour charity corporate Touch Football event, held in conjunction with the National Rugby League (NRL) and the KidsXpress for Life Foundation. KidsXpress for life Foundation looks at helping young children who have been traumatised, abused and neglected. KidsXpress utilises “expression therapy” to help kids share their thoughts, ideas and imagination through song, dance, art and drama….and sport. This event raises significant funds and awareness in support of this great cause and initiative and is a great day out for all stakeholders. Come and take part in this opportunity which will feature former NRL stars playing in various corporate teams; providing an amazing opportunity to engage with former stars, new friends and officiate on Allianz Stadium; all the while and contributing to raising valuable funds for the KidsXpress for Life Foundation. Where: Allianz Stadium, Moore Park When: Friday, 18 November 2016 Time: 1.00pm – 4.00pm Format: 20 teams, four pools of five teams, Round Robin games. Four fields, 10 minute games, 30 second half time (change direction), one and a half minutes break between games. Top two from each pool progress to Quarter Finals. Former NRL stars in attendance: Roy Asotasi Danny Buderus Shane Elford Jamie Feeney Joe Galuvao Dene Halatau Nathan Hindmarsh Peter Jorgensen Jason King Anthony Minichiello Adam Peek Josh Perry Frank Puletua Tony Puletua Anthony QuinnLuke RicketsonAndrew Ryan Willie Talau Nigel Vagana Trent Waterhouse Rhys Wesser Paul Whatuira To confirm your availability or for further information please contact Zoe Zinetti [email protected] or 02 6212 2809 by Monday, 14 November 2016.Related LinksCalling all referees!last_img read more

Police suspect gang link in Saskatoon murder

first_imgAPTN National NewsA 22 year-old First Nations man is the victim of Saskatoon’s first homicide.As APTN National News reporter Delaney Windigo found out, people in the largely Aboriginal core-area of the city are saying they don’t feel safe.last_img

Mikmaqled antifracking camp served with notice of injunction from Houstonbased energy firm

first_imgAPTN National News ELSIPOGTOG FIRST NATION, NB–A Houston-based energy company has again filed for an injunction against Mi’kmaq-led demonstrators who have been opposing its exploration work north of Elsipogtog First Nation.The notice of injunction was served on the demonstrators Thursday at the latest incarnation of their anti-fracking camp just off Hwy 11, about 46 kilometres north of Elsipogtog.The legal move comes a day after the RCMP told Mi’kmaq District Chief Jason Augustine SWN Resources Canada had “tentatively” agreed to meet with demonstrators along with a provincial official.The injunction request was filed Wednesday with the New Brunswick Court of Queen’s Bench in Fredericton and names five people, along with the standard “John Doe and Jane Doe.”Arguments on the injunction are set for 9:30 a.m. in Fredericton Friday.“(SWN’s) right to work and carry out business upon lands in New Brunswick and pursuant to its license and permits is being unlawfully obstructed and interfered with,” says the injunction filing.SWN filed for a similar injunction in early October against a previous anti-fracking camp along Route 134 in Rexton, NB., which was blocking the company’s vehicles in a compound owned by JD Irving Ltd.RCMP tactical units raided the camp on Oct. 17 in an operation that triggered a day-long conflict with Elsipogtog residents and led to the torching of several RCMP vehicles. The RCMP arrested 40 people and seized three rifles, ammunition and crude homemade explosive devices.The RCMP has said it conducted the raid on public safety grounds. The raid also freed SWN’s vehicles form the compound.Provincial Premier David Alward has thrown the full weight of his government behind seeing SWN finish its exploration work. Alward has called the battle between the Mi’kmaq-led coalition and SWN as a “beachhead” that could determine the fate of upcoming energy projects slated for the cash-strapped province. TransCanada is hoping to link its proposed Canada East pipeline, which would transport Alberta bitumen, to Irving Oil’s refining and shipping infrastructure in Saint John, NB.More to comelast_img read more

India Iran to step up cooperation on Afghanistan

first_imgNEW DELHI – India and Iran said Saturday that they would step up co-operation in combatting extremism, terrorism and drug trafficking in Afghanistan in an effort to restore peace and stability to the war-wracked country.Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the two countries would also make efforts to improve energy security and regional connectivity to reach landlocked Afghanistan and Central Asia by developing Iran’s Chabahar Port and road and rail routes.“We both will work for restoring peace, stability, prosperity and a pluralistic system in Afghanistan,” Modi said after holding talks with Rouhani in New Delhi on the final day of Rouhani’s three-day visit.Rouhani said Iran and India “are prepared for joint ventures in gas and petroleum sectors.” He sought India’s investment in these areas, as well as in the industrial and mining sectors.He said Afghanistan must be “a vivacious and secure country,” adding that Iran and India would also co-operate in dealing with the situations in Iraq, Syria and Yemen. Iran is a key stakeholder in the future of those nations.Rouhani’s visit to India came at a time when President Donald Trump has threatened to scuttle an international deal reached with Iran in 2015 over its nuclear program that ended economic sanctions imposed on the country.The uncertainty puts India in a difficult position with its growing ties with the United States.Rouhani referred to Trump’s threat on the nuclear deal, and said that “politics without adhering to one’s commitment and promises cannot resolve the conflicts and problems of the current world.”He also accused the United States of intervening in the internal affairs of countries in the Middle East.“Why did they (U.S.) invade Iraq? Why are they in Syria now? Why have they occupied a part of Syria now?” Rouhani asked while giving a speech at the Observer Research Foundation, an Indian think-tank.“We know that selling arms is a very profitable business,” he said. “We are aware that the factories that produce arms need customers.”India and Iran signed agreements Saturday for avoidance of double taxation and implementing an extradition treaty signed in 2008. Another agreement envisaged the pooling of technical, scientific and human resources between the two countries.India will also help Iran in running a multipurpose container terminal at the Chabahar Port for 18 months as part of a lease agreement. India is helping Iran develop Chabahar Port on the Gulf of Oman for trade with Afghanistan and Central Asia, bypassing Pakistan, which has refused to provide New Delhi access through a land route.India committed up to $500 million for the development of Chabahar along with associated roads and rail lines.last_img read more

Uber set to give its market value a lift in stock market

first_imgSan Francisco: Uber’s next stop is the stock market, where it hopes to pick up more investors willing to bet on a ride-hailing market brimming with potential and conspicuously lacking in profits. The world’s largest ride-hailing service reached a major milestone Thursday when Uber priced its long-awaited initial public offering at $45 price per share to set the stage for its stock to begin trading Friday morning. The IPO came in at the lower end of Uber’s targeted price range of $44 to $50 per share. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraThe caution may have been driven by escalating doubts about the ability of ride-hailing services to make money since Uber’s main rival, Lyft, went public six weeks ago. Even at the tamped-down price, Uber now has a market value of 82 billion five times more than Lyft’s. No matter how Uber’s stock swings Friday, the IPO has to be considered a triumph for the company most closely associated with an industry that has changed the way millions of people get around. That while also transforming the way millions of more people earn a living in the gig economy. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysThe IPO raised another $8.1 billion for Uber as it tries to fend off Lyft in the U.S. and help cover the cost of giving rides to passengers at unprofitable prices. The San Francisco company already has lost about 9 billion since its inception and acknowledges it could still be years before it turns a profit. That sobering reality is one reason that Uber fell well short of reaching the $120 billion market value that many observers believed its IPO might attain. Another factor working against Uber is the cold shoulder investors have been giving Lyft’s stock after an initial run-up. Lyft’s shares closed Thursday 23 per cent below its April IPO price of $72. Uber “clearly learned from its ‘little brother’ Lyft, and the experience it has gone through,” Wedbush Securities analysts Ygal Arounian and Daniel Ives wrote late Thursday. The jitters about an intensifying U.S. trade war with China also have roiled the stock market this week. Despite all that, Uber’s IPO is the biggest since Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group debuted with a value of $167.6 billion in 2014. “For the market to give you the value, you’ve either got to have a lot of profits or potential for huge growth,” said Sam Abuelsamid, principal analyst at Navigant Research. Uber boasts growth galore. Its revenue last year surged 42% to 11.3 billion while its cars completed 5.2 billion trips around the world either giving rides to 91 million passengers or delivering food.last_img read more

Football Three takeaways from No 10 Ohio States 266 win over No

The Ohio State team celebrates after defensive lineman Dre’mont Jones recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the game against Michigan State on Nov. 10. Ohio State won 26-6. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorTraveling to East Lansing, Michigan, facing a team that has given it trouble in the past, No. 10 Ohio State got through its November game against No. 18 Michigan State, defeating the Spartans 26-6 on Saturday.Here are three things Ohio State can take from this game into its next matchup against Maryland on Nov. 17. Defensive line steps up After the Buckeyes’ win against Michigan State, junior defensive end Jonathon Cooper said every game against the Spartans, no matter the rank of the teams involved, is two things: tough and physical. The Spartans came in with a reputation to uphold, carrying the No. 1 rush defense in the country. But the Ohio State rush defense showed what it could do. The Buckeyes allowed 54 yards on 18 carries, with opposing backs averaging three yards per carry. But the majority of those rushing yards came on one single play. Michigan State redshirt freshman quarterback Rocky Lombardi recorded one 47-yard rush in the third quarter. Other than that, the Buckeye defensive front was stifling, allowing seven yards on 17 carries, including one yard for sophomore running back and leading rusher Connor Heyward. Ohio State also provided a consistent pressure in the backfield, getting both to Lombardi and redshirt junior quarterback Brian Lewerke in the backfield. Despite only recording two tackles for loss and no sacks, the Ohio State defensive line recorded six quarterback hits, including three by sophomore defensive end Chase Young. These quarterback rushes led to rushed throws by both quarterbacks, creating turnovers, including an interception by redshirt freshman safety Shaun Wade. Haskins continues to struggle Playing in the middle of mid-20s weather with consistent wind, redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins feels like he did relatively well, other than a deep threat to redshirt senior wide receiver Terry McLaurin.“The deep ball I had to Terry, I let that one go,” Haskins said. “I probably should have taken a little bit off of that one, but otherwise than that, I was pretty accurate all day.” Haskins was accurate in terms of a normal quarterback. However, with the numbers he has put up this season, it still was a bit of a down game for the redshirt sophomore. Completing 68.3 percent of his passes this season, Haskins completed 61.5 percent of his throws on Saturday, the third-lowest percentage in a game for him this season. He also recorded the fewest passing yards in a single game this season, throwing for 227 yards, with his longest going for 25 yards. Haskins’ only touchdown pass against Michigan State was on a 1-yard shovel pass to redshirt senior wide receiver Parris Campbell for the first score of the game. Yes, Haskins missed redshirt senior wide receiver Johnnie Dixon twice because of drops, but the quarterback did not show that same electricity he has brought to games in the past. People can blame the weather, can blame the play-calling with the focus on the running game, especially after finding success with it last week against Nebraska. However, despite what Haskins said postgame, his stats show another down game for the quarterback. Ohio State secondary continues familiar narrative This might sound familiar. One Michigan State wide receiver, sophomore Cody White, brought in eight of his 14 targets for a season high 115 yards, the second highest total of his career. White led the team in targets, recording five more than the second-most. The Spartans focused on one receiver, in a similar way to what Purdue did with freshman Rondale Moore or Nebraska did split between senior Stanley Morgan Jr. and sophomore JD Spielman. The Ohio State secondary did find success against both Lewerke and Lombardi, allowing 37.5 percent of their passes to be complete, with the help of a consistently rushing defensive line. The secondary broke up seven passes as a team on Saturday. Junior linebacker Malik Harrison and sophomore cornerback Jeffrey Okudah, who returned from injury on Saturday, recorded two. Redshirt junior cornerback Damon Arnette also recorded one on a nice one-on-one coverage play in the first quarter. But the narrative continues. An opposing quarterback finds a favorite receiver to target against Ohio State with the Buckeyes’ secondary having trouble stopping him. read more

Payet ready for final

first_imgMarseille’s Dimitri Payet is certain that he will be ready to play for the side in their Europa League final against Atletico Madrid, despite having suffered recent injury troublesThe French midfielder was left out of the side in their 3-3  draw against Guingamp last Friday due to having sustained a muscle problem.While Payet had acknowledged that he will have to caustious in regards to his recovery, the 31-year-old is now confident that the worse is over and that he will be able to start as Marseille bid to end their 25-year wait for glory in Europe.“I’m much better. I think I will be fit,” said Payet, according to SportsKeeda.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…The Olympians will be going up against a side that will be participating in their fourth European final in the past eight years, but Payet insists that Marseille have a plan to beat the Spanish giants in Lyon.“They have the experience but we’ve studied our opponents and we’ll know how to take them on,” he said.“We might not be able to play beautiful football throughout but the main thing is to score one more goal than them.”last_img read more