With Elite Eight representatives returning to their respective NTL entities for the 2012 event, the Open divisions have been strengthened while the 20’s divisions return after their absence in 2011. In the Men’s Open division, the Sydney Scorpions sit on top of the ladder, with three wins from their three games on day one, followed by the Brisbane City Cobras with two wins and one loss. The Sydney Mets sit in third following their two wins on the first day, while the Sydney Rebels sit in fourth place after day one. The Sunshine Coast Pineapples and Central Queensland Bulls are both undefeated after day one, with two wins and a bye each, with South Queensland and North Queensland close behind, in seventh and eighth places respectively. The Sydney Mets and Brisbane City Cobras are both undefeated after day one in the Women’s Open division, with three wins each. The South West Queensland Swans have two wins and one draw to their name and sit in third place following the first day’s place, followed by the Sunshine Coast Pineapples and South Australia with two wins and a loss each. The Hunter Western Hornets, Victoria and South Queensland Swans round out the top eight teams after day one, with one win, one loss and one draw each. Three teams in the Mixed Open division are undefeated after day one of the event, the Brisbane City Cobras, South Queensland Sharks and the Sydney Rebels, all three from three after the first day. The North Queensland Cyclones are in fourth place on the ladder with two wins and one loss, while the Southern Suns and the ACT Pirates sit just outside the top four on percentages. The South Queensland Sharks have made a strong start to the Men’s 20’s division, with two wins on day one, as have the Southern Suns, with both teams undefeated after day one. The Central Queensland Bulls and the Sydney Scorpions are in third and fourth places respectively, with one win and one loss after day one. The Southern Suns and Brisbane City Cobras sit on top of the Women’s 20’s division after the first day, with one win each and a bye on day one. The Sydney Scorpions sit in third place on the ladder with a win and a loss, followed by the Sydney Rebels and the Northern Eagles with one win and one draw each after day one. Stay tuned to the website for a summary on the senior divisions at the National Touch League. To view all the results from the event, please click on the link below:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=14-907-0-0-0&a=COMPS
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Juan Mata calm over Man Utd contract plansby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Juan Mata is calm over his immediate future.The Spain international will be out of contract in the summer, having been at Old Trafford since January 2014.”I’ve been in England for a while, but it’s true that at times you miss home, your family, your friends,” he told AS.”But I don’t know if I’ll return to Spain in the near future. “I’m calm, I’m at the fantastic club that is Manchester United, one of the biggest in the world.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
New Delhi: Trinamool Congress MP Satabdi Roy will appear before ED officials in Kolkata in the week after the current Lok Sabha session ends, for questioning in the Rs 15,000 crore Rose Valley chit fund case.The Enforcement Directorate had earlier this month summoned Roy and suspended party leader Kunal Ghosh along with six others in connection with the case. Speaking to the Millennium Post, a source in the know said that Roy is to be questioned about Rs 50 lakh in her bank account, which was allegedly transferred by the Rose Valley Group. He added that the money in Roy’s bank account was transferred directly from the chit fund company’s accounts and that the TMC MP has not yet been able to satisfactorily explain what the funds were for. The financial probe agency will now confront her again with the same entry of Rs 50 lakh in her accounts, purportedly from the Rose Valley Group.
Best Buddies International, a nonprofit dedicated to creating opportunities for friendship, employment and leadership training for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, is pleased to announce that author, journalist and activist Maria Shriver and Lieutenant Governor of California Gavin Newsom will return as Honorary Co-Chairs of the 10th Anniversary Best Buddies Challenge: Hearst Castle.More than 1,500 people are expected to participate in the Challenge – a charity walk, run and ride to benefit Best Buddies International – on September 7.“What I love about Best Buddies is that it’s based on a simple principle — that each and every one of us needs a friend, needs a job and needs a community, and that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities should be given the opportunity to find all three,” said Maria Shriver. “I am so very proud to, once again, be the Honorary Co-Chair of the Best Buddies Challenge: Hearst Castle. I look forward to joining Team Maria members and the other event participants as we celebrate 10 years of riding together to advance the Best Buddies mission.”The event will kick-off with the Best Buddies Golf Challenge at the legendary Tehama Golf Club in Carmel on Friday, September 6. During the Golf Challenge, Best Buddies participants will tee-off alongside celebrities, professional athletes, and special guests. The day will conclude with an evening VIP reception hosted by Maria Shriver, which will also take place at Tehama Golf Club.On Saturday, September 7, hundreds of cyclists will take to the starting line at Quail Lodge Golf Club for the 100-mile ride down the majestic Pacific Coast Highway from Carmel to San Simeon. The Challenge, which is open to people of all ages and abilities and is designed to showcase the Best Buddies mission in action, also features alternative 62, 30 and 15-mile cycling routes, as well as the Carl Lewis Challenge, a 5K run/walk led by the Olympic gold-medalist himself.Several other celebrities, professional athletes and special guests are also expected to participate in the Challenge, including: actors Rob Lowe and Verne Troyer; actresses Maureen McCormick, Cheryl Hines, Kelly Hu, and Lauren Potter; “American Idol” Alumni Diana Degarmo and Ace Young; comedian Bill Engvall; and famed pilot of the “Miracle on the Hudson,” Captain Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger, III, all of whom will be encouraged to team-up with Best Buddies participants and compete in “Friendship Races” on tandem bicycles.The Challenge will be capped off by a barbeque, awards ceremony and concert by Don Felder, formerly of the Eagles, at Hearst Ranch.Audi of America will once again return as the Official Vehicle sponsor of the event. Additional Challenge sponsors include: The Hearst Corporation; Tupperware; Chevron; Pepsi; E. & J. Gallo Winery; Avid; Arco; Zenith Watches; Carnival Cruise Lines; FIJI Water, Official Water of Best Buddies; Natixis Global Asset Management; Pacific Gas & Electric; 20th Century Fox; Electus; Classic Party Rentals; Pilot Freight Services; Niche Media, Premiere Magazine Sponsor of Best Buddies; KPIX; San Francisco Chronicle; Getty Images, Official Photography Sponsor of Best Buddies; and Silicon Valley Bank.Additionally, Best Buddies is receiving the support of the Honorary Ambassador Committee, whose members are helping to promote not only the event, but also inclusion for individuals with disabilities. Committee members include: California Assembly Member Tom Ammiano; California Assembly Member Connie Conway; California State Senator Mark DeSaulnier; California State Senator Ted Gaines; Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson; San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee; and California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.Source:PR Newswire
Professor Stephen Hawking highlighted the pioneering work of his father, Frank Hawking, at a moving event to mark one billion treatments for neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) hosted by UK non-government organisation (NGO) Sightsavers in Cambridge, UK (12 December).Professor Hawking was presented with a sculpture of the genetic structure of DiethylcarbamazineProfessor Hawking said: “Collaboration between partners across the world over the last five years has accelerated us closer to the elimination of NTDs than ever before.”NTDs are a group of infections that affect one in five people globally. They are most prevalent in developing countries causing severe and lifelong impairment. Frank Hawking was one of the first to research and develop a treatment for an NTD known as lymphatic filariasis (LF), which is still widely used today.Professor Hawking said: “Throughout his career [my father] made some important discoveries. He believed in humanity and our ability to find solutions to the most pressing problems he witnessed.”Hawking also talked of the care he received from his parents after being diagnosed with early onset motor neurone disease.He said: “After I arrived in Cambridge in 1962 it became clear something was not quite right with me. I couldn’t get up after having a fall ice skating. I spent weeks in hospital and had many tests. They never told me what was wrong, but I guessed enough to know it was something pretty bad. In fact, the doctor who diagnosed me washed his hands of me and I never saw him again. He felt there was nothing that could be done. To this day, I remain grateful that I was able to turn to my father for medical advice and support.”In a video address to the event hosted by UK NGO Sightsavers, US President Jimmy Carter said: “Sightsavers has been a valuable partner with The Carter Center in the fight against trachoma and river blindness in Africa.“No single organisation can hope to eliminate neglected tropical diseases on its own. The effort requires cooperation among a diverse team of players, taking advantage of the strengths each member of the team brings with it.”
APTN National NewsA young First Nation man recently accepted a prestigious award.It”s called Canada’s top 20 under 20.As APTN National News reporter Tiar Wilson tells us, it came about because of the life he chose to live.
VANCOUVER – A strong economy is allowing Canadian officials to push for a better deal in negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement, Finance Minister Bill Morneau said Tuesday.Talks on the deal are “critically important” but Canada will remain firm in getting the best possible agreement, he told the Business Council of British Columbia.“Are there challenges? Yes. Do we need to be prepared to deal with them? Yes. We think that having our economy in the best possible position is the place from which we can do that, make decisions in a measured way, considering all the facts at hand,” he said.The government’s latest budget included measures to expand trade around the world, particularly in Asia, and the financial plan is fiscally responsible, which means Canada can hold out for a better deal on NAFTA, Morneau said.“We are going to continue to put forth why we don’t agree with some ideas that were put forth on the table by the United States. We’ve been pretty firm in that approach. We think that Canadians support us, that getting to a better deal is the way we should address this.”Ottawa is taking a similar approach to possible U.S. plans for tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, arguing Canada should be exempt from them, Morneau said, adding the tariff issue shouldn’t be linked to the free trade deal, as President Donald Trump suggested Monday.“From our perspective, the way to deal with a partner, to deal with our neighbour, is to be constructive,” Morneau said later after an event at the University of British Columbia. “We’re going to continue to be strong allies of the United States, we’re going to continue to be neighbours. And we’re taking that as our frame to negotiate for better outcomes.”Conservative MP Erin O’Toole couldn’t be reached for comment but in a statement he said he found Mourneau’s comments on tariffs and NAFTA “troubling.”“To suggest a failure of NAFTA or a trade war would not have a major impact on Canada is naive,” he said. “It’s deeply concerning that (Prime Minister Justin) Trudeau unveiled a federal budget that doesn’t contain a contingency plan if NAFTA is terminated, or promote policies that make Canada a more attractive place to invest and do business.”Mourneau said challenges to the economy come from within Canada as well, including the ongoing battle over the future of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion between the Edmonton area and Metro Vancouver.“I’ll acknowledge that the current challenge between B.C. and Alberta is one of those frustrating things that happen in a democracy, but we need to deal with it,” he said.The skirmish began when B.C. proposed limits on shipments of diluted bitumen, a move that Alberta said would effectively kill the $7.4-billion project. Alberta retaliated by banning imports of B.C. wine, but called off the boycott when Premier John Horgan announced B.C. would ask the courts to decide whether it has the authority to bring in the restrictions.Morneau said the battle is unlikely to sway foreign businesses looking to invest in Canada.“As international investors look to Canada, I think they see positives. Democracy is a positive, which sometimes presents some messy aspects. That’s positive,” he said.He said the federal government is overhauling the approval process for similar projects. The changes are aimed at giving potential interveners an opportunity to voice their views as early as possible and implementing timelines that will give businesses certainty.“What we can say is that the previous process wasn’t working,” Morneau said.(Companies in this story: TSX:KML)
CALGARY – Royal Dutch Shell’s name is being removed from a tiny 65-year-old employee credit union as its visibility in the Alberta oil and gas industry continues to shrink in the wake of the sale of most of its oilsands assets last year.The rebranding of the Shell Employees’ Credit Union as Spark the Energy Credit Union (a name chosen in part because the initials stay the same) was celebrated Thursday at its only branch on the main floor of Shell Canada’s downtown Calgary headquarters.It follows a vote in June in which individual members who own the credit union voted 96 per cent in favour of moving to a brand that would allow growth by being more inclusive of a broader Alberta energy worker market.The name change is directly linked to the oilsands sale because that event resulted in thousands of Shell employee members switching to work for the buyer, Canadian Natural Resources Ltd., said credit union president and chairman Adam Battistessa, who is also the government relations manager for Shell in Calgary.“It was a wakeup call. When Shell divested its AOSP oilsands assets to CNRL, a lot of our members became CNRL employees,” he said, adding Shell has backed the growth initiative and name change.“I think Spark is really symbolic, you know, to enable energy, you need a spark to get it going.”He said the credit union has about 6,000 members but only about 1,000 work for Shell. The rest include retirees, family members, friends and former Shell workers.In the $12.7-billion deal with Canadian Natural and Marathon Oil in 2017, Shell sold all but 10 per cent of its interest in the Athabasca Oil Sands Project mine in northern Alberta but retained ownership of its Edmonton-area Scotford refinery (which has a small on-site credit union office) and chemicals plants.The complex agreement resulted in 3,100 employees from Shell and Marathon Oil going to Canadian Natural.Earlier this month, Shell announced with its partners final approval to build the $40-billion LNG Canada liquefied natural gas export terminal at Kitimat, B.C., reflecting the Anglo-Dutch parent company’s strategic shift toward natural gas over oilsands.Spark has considered and will continue to consider amalgamating with a larger credit union as many others have in the recent past, Battistessa said.There are about 525 credit union and caisses populaires across Canada, with combined assets of $406 billion, serving 10.3 million members, according to the Canadian Credit Union Association.The number of credit unions has declined by about 38 per cent in the past 10 years, it said.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Companies mentioned in this article: (TSX:CNQ)