‘Harbour View need to beat top teams’

first_imgCoach Ludlow Bernard said Harbour View must start earning wins against the big clubs in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) in order to challenge, for the title this season.The east Kingston-based club, currently in fifth place on 33 points, just two below fourth-place Humble Lion, slammed sixth place UWI FC 5-0 on Monday night at the Compound. In their previous encounter, they blanked Cavalier 3-0, also at home, but Bernard is not totally satisfied.”I’m satisfied that the goals are coming from more than one player. We need to maintain that sort of performance,” Bernard said at the weekly press conference at Red Stripe yesterday. “The opposition we played against in the last two games were, however, not top teams. We need to maintain our dominance and do it against teams above us,” he told The Gleaner. “I wasn’t surprised that we scored five against UWI, as in the previous fixture against them we created many chances and the game ended 2-2,” Bernard reasoned.Harbour View will next play against 10th-place Tivoli Gardens on Sunday at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex starting at 3 p.m. and Bernard hopes his team will continue scoring goals and win the game. “Well, for us, the aim is to get into the last four. It is a motivator for the team, and although Tivoli are down at the moment, we know that every team has high hopes,” Bernard stated.last_img read more

2016 Harvey Norman All Stars Team Announcement

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is pleased to announce the TFA All Stars and TFA indigenous All Stars sides to take part in the 2016 Harvey Norman All Stars event to be held at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday, 13 February 2016. Two games of Touch Football will be played as part of the All Stars event, with the latter of the two to take place just prior to the kick-off of the NRL Indigenous All Stars taking on the World All Stars. TFA Chief Executive Officer, Colm Maguire said that the organisation is extremely excited to be again involved in the All Stars concept. “The All Stars is a significant event to recognise and celebrate Indigenous Australians and the diversity within our culture, and our sport, with representatives from across the country to take on one another on the field, as well as come together off it, to aid in the delivery of community and educational outcomes,” Maguire said.“The brand of Touch Football is going from strength to strength, and with our partnerships with the NRL and Harvey Norman, a strong foundation is being set to help the sport achieve great things in our next strategic cycle and beyond.”Phil Gyemore will again take the reins as coach of the TFA Indigenous All Stars Team, with Michael Lovett to again lead the TFA All Stars. Both coaches have had a huge year, being central to victorious World Cup campaigns, Phil as an assistant coach for the Women’s Open and Michael as coach of the Mixed Open side.TFA High Performance Manager, Wayne Grant, spoke of the important role the coaches have played as members of the High Performance program, as well as the 2015 All Stars event. “Both Phil and Mick are fantastic coaches who have an ability to bring their groups together, which is especially important, as many of the athletes have not played together before.”“Both thrive on the competitive nature of the game, and I’m sure will put all niceties aside when the teams take the field.”“We’re really excited about the two playing groups for this year’s event, and are positive that they will represent the sport extremely well, but also put on a great show for all of those watching in the stands and at home,” Grant added. The participants in the two teams have taken different journeys to the All Stars event, the TFA All Stars team is a mixture of those voted on by the public, as well as through selection and CEO picks. An Expression of Interest process was undertaken for the TFA Indigenous All Stars, with players nominating themselves for consideration, and then selected through consultation with the coaches, and the TFA High Performance team. Touch Football Australia would like to congratulate the athletes selected for their respective sides, and look forward to seeing them take the field on Saturday, 13 February 2016.  TFA All StarsJayden BenbowStuart Brierty Hannah Dyball Dylan HennesseyKylie HilderSamantha Hopkin Leah Percy Rob McCarthyPeter Norman Steve RobertsSamantha RodgersKai Simbolon Emma Sykes Louise WinchesterCoach – Micheal LovettTFA Indigenous All StarsScott BundyKristian Congoo Justin CostelloKasey DragisicCody Green Jemma Mi MiKobe Nona Lachlan Pierce Jarrad RotumahTahlulah Tillett Trent ToumaTamika UptonCarly WalshMarikki WategoCoach – Phil Gyemore Stay tuned to the TFA website and social media channels in the lead up to the 2016 Harvey Norman All Stars event for all of the latest news and information. Related Links2016 All Starslast_img read more

10 months ago​Newcastle dealt blow as Muto wins Japan call-up

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Newcastle dealt blow as Muto wins Japan call-upby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United are disappointed in the news that Yoshinori Muto will be going to the Asia Cup.He has been called up to the Japan squad for the tournament that will take place in January.He was not in the original squad, but has been added in by boss Hajime Moriyasu.It will result in Muto missing around four Premier League games, along with some FA Cup clashes.While he has only been on the bench in recent games, it still means that Newcastle will be short on options in attacking positions.And it could lead to manager Rafa Benitez attempting to find a short term backup in the January window.Another who will be absent is Ki Sung Yueng, who will be with South Korea for the Asia Cup. last_img read more

10 months agoArsenal midfielder Ramsey in Bosman talks with Juventus

first_imgArsenal midfielder Ramsey in Bosman talks with Juventusby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey is in Bosman talks with Juventus.The Gunners withdrew the offer of a new deal for Ramsey earlier in the season after months of negotiations – with the player’s deal to expire in June.Calciomercato.com says Inter and AC Milan have recently been linked with the Wales star, but it now looks likely that Italian champions Juve will pip their rivals who have been dissuaded by the player’s high wage demands.Ramsey is thought to want £9million a year from any prospective deal, and Juve will consider sanctioning the move as it will be offset by the fact that no transfer fee will be involved.Ramsey was voted Arsenal’s player of the season last term by Arsenal fans – the second time he was won the award during his ten-year stay. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Mamata Opposition biggies question staggered LS polls in Bengal UP and Bihar

first_imgNew Delhi: A day after the announcement of 7-phase poll dates for Lok Sabha elections, the Opposition parties questioned the Election Commission’s decision to spread Lok Sabha polls in the states of West Bengal, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh over seven phases and alleged that voting has been staggered with a view to enabling extensive electioneering by the ruling NDA’s start campaigner – Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Monday suggested that the long-drawn Lok Sabha election process was part of the BJP’s “gameplan to disturb” her state. Banerjee, also the state’s ruling Trinamool Congress chief, said the list of candidates of her party will be released on Tuesday. Notably, all the three states – Bihar, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh—will witness 7-phase polling. In UP, 41 out of 80 seats (more than 50 per cent) have been squeezed into the last three stages of the election schedule, while the remaining 39 have been spread over four phases before the fasting month for Muslims start. Of them 14 will go to polls on the first day of Ramadan on May 6, another 14 on May 12 and the voting for the remaining 13 seats will be held on May 19. In West Bengal, where the BJP has been trying to gain a foothold to compensate for the possible losses in north India, polling for 42 Lok Sabha seats will be held in seven phases with 24 of them being scheduled for the last three phases (May 6, May 12 and May 19). Similarly, Bihar will see 21 out of a total of 40 seats going for polls in the last three phases during Ramadan. “It is strange that the number of phases over which voting will be held in Bihar is the same as that of the neighbouring Uttar Pradesh where the number of seats is twice as many and in West Bengal too, which has only 42 seats, polling will be held in seven phases,” RJD leader Shivanand Tiwary said.last_img read more

Rahman creates India anthem for Endgame

first_imgMumbai: Music maestro A R Rahman has teamed up with Marvel India to create an all-new anthem for Avengers: Endgame in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. The track, to be released on April 1, is a treat for Indian fans of the Avengers franchise, which is massively popular in the country. “Being surrounded by Marvel fans in my own family, there was too much pressure to come with something really satisfying and apt for ‘Avengers: Endgame’. I hope Marvel aficionados and music lovers enjoy the track,” Rahman said in a statement. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”Avengers: Endgame is not just a movie, it’s an emotional journey for fans everywhere in India. An original composition by Oscar winner A R Rahman was the perfect way to celebrate the love for Marvel among fans in the country. This is our small way of thanking the fans here for their extraordinary support,” said Bikram Duggal, Head – Studios, Marvel India. The film is produced by Kevin Feige and directed by Anthony and Joe Russo.last_img read more

Make it womenfriendly

first_imgIn a significant decision, the Bombay High Court has clarified the law on abortion in India. It is legal. Every woman has a fundamental right to her sexual and reproductive autonomy and choose whether to retain her pregnancy or not. But this is not an absolute right, and is subject to certain exceptions in law, as prescribed in The Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971 (MTP Act) which seeks to provide for the termination of certain pregnancies by registered medical practitioners. Section 3 of the Act provides that a registered medical practitioner can terminate a pregnancy up to 12 weeks, or two registered medical practitioners can terminate a pregnancy up to 20 weeks if they are of the opinion that continued pregnancy would involve a risk to the pregnant woman’s life or cause grave injury to her physical or mental health, or there exists a substantial risk to the child’s health. The MTP Act further allows termination of pregnancy beyond twenty weeks, if the doctor opines that such termination is immediately necessary to save the woman’s life. However, doctors are highly reluctant to conduct abortions beyond 20 weeks without court approval. In most cases, women seeking abortion after 20 weeks have to approach the High Courts or the Supreme Court, who then set up a medical board consisting of a panel of doctors to decide whether abortion could be allowed or not. In Ms. Z v. State of Bihar (2018), a woman was raped in a shelter home, and her request for abortion in 17 weeks was not allowed by the hospital. When she approached the High Court, she was again denied, which was overturned by the Supreme Court. However, she was already 26 weeks’ pregnant by the time her matter was heard in the Apex Court, and she was not allowed to abort. The Supreme Court held that “the duty cast on the authorities under the Medical Termination Pregnancy Act, 1971 is not dutifully performed, and the failure has ultimately given rise to a catastrophe, a prolonged torment”. In the present case, referring to various High Courts and Supreme Court decisions, the Bombay High Court gave certain interim directions for the implementation of the MTP Act. The High Court categorically held that a registered medical practitioner is entitled to terminate a pregnancy beyond 20 weeks if she is of the opinion that such termination is necessary to save the life of a pregnant woman. But if she opines that there is no immediate danger to the life of pregnant woman, then she is not entitled to terminate the pregnancy beyond 20 weeks without court’s approval, even if such pregnancy may cause grave physical or mental harm or there is a substantial risk to the child. In the latter case, the pregnant woman has to approach the High Court directly to seek permission for termination of pregnancy beyond 20 weeks. The Court further directed the State to set up medical boards in each district in order to examine pregnant women and assess the feasibility of termination of pregnancy beyond 20 weeks. It is argued that though the High Court attempted to clear the confusion regarding termination of pregnancy beyond 20 weeks, by doing so, it has made the law on abortion more difficult for women in India. As noted before, the issue of termination of pregnancy exceeding 20 weeks is a vexed one plaguing the courts for the last many years. The High Court’s distinction between cases with an immediate risk to woman’s life, and those where the same risk is not there, but there’s a substantial risk to her physical/mental health or to the child is a flawed one. The High Court failed to take note that while there may not be an immediate risk to her life, to force her to approach the Courts which would then take their own time to set up a medical board to assess pregnancy would cause irreparable damage to her physical/mental health, especially if there is a delay in adjudicating the matter, like what happened in Ms. Z v. State of Bihar. In many cases, by the time the Supreme Court or the High Courts allowed the termination of pregnancy, several weeks had passed, thereby making it impossible to conduct the termination, and forcing women to bear unwanted pregnancy. It is an irony that a law like MTP that primarily pertains to women’s bodies has not been enacted from women’s rights perspective, but to exempt medical doctors from penalty vis-à-vis offences in the IPC regarding causing miscarriage and causing fetal death. Despite referring to women’s rights to privacy, dignity and autonomy enshrined in Article 21 of the Constitution, the Bombay High Court failed to make the women’s reproductive autonomy central to the interpretation of the MTP Act. If a pregnant woman seeks to terminate her pregnancy beyond 20 weeks, then her physical/mental health should be of main concern, even if there is no immediate risk to her life. To compel her to get involved in complex bureaucratic procedures of court approval, which includes examination by a medical board, is an affront to her sexual and reproductive autonomy. It is hoped that this rigidity of interpretation is relaxed in the future, and a truly progressive regime on abortion is ushered in this country soon. (The author is an Attorney. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Rahul Gandhi explains what it means to be a good brother

first_imgNew Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi and his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who are on the campaign trail for the Lok Sabha polls, met each other at the Kanpur airport in Uttar Pradesh and shared a few light-hearted moments.Posting a video of their meeting on Facebook, Rahul Gandhi wrote: “Was nice meeting Priyanka at Kanpur Airport! We’re headed to different meetings in UP.” “Let me tell you what it means be a good brother. What it means is that I am doing these massive long flights and I am going in a little helicopter squeezed up. And she is doing short flights and going in a big helicopter,” he says in the video, with Priyanka Gandhi laughing and saying “that is not true”. But, I love her, the Congress chief added. The two also posed for photographs with pilots and the airport ground staff. While Rahul Gandhi was in Raebareli and Amethi on Saturday, Congress general secretary in-charge Uttar Pradesh (East) Priyanka Gandhi was in Unnao and Barabanki.last_img read more

Abhishek shoots gold in 1st WC final secures Olympic quota

first_imgBeijing: Leading the final from beginning to end, Abhishek Verma secured India’s fifth Olympic quota place in shooting, winning the 10m air pistol gold medal at the ISSF World Cup here Saturday. Shooting in his maiden International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup final, the lawyer-turned-shooter led the field throughout the men’s 10m air pistol event to clinch the top spot with a total score of 242.7. Russia’s Artem Chernousov took silver with a total of 240.4 points in the eight-man final. Korea’s Seungwoo Han finished with a bronze after shooting 220.0 in the final. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuSon of a siting judge, Verma showcased his class in what was only his first ISSF World Cup final. The Indians have sealed five quota places for the Tokyo Olympics so far with young Saurabh Chaudhary clinching one in 10m air pistol event at the ISSF World Cup in New Delhi earlier this year. With this, India have clinched both their quotas in this event. Incidentally, Verma made his World Cup debut in New Delhi but failed to qualify for the final at home. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersIn the Chinese capital on Saturday, Verma shot a total of 585 points to qualify for the final at the fourth spot. He was the only Indian who progressed to the final with Shahzar Rizvi and Arjun Singh Cheema finishing 32nd and 54th respectively. Verma, who had won a bronze medal in the 10m air pistol event during his India debut at the Asian Games, does not have much international exposure, making the feat even more creditable. This was his fourth big final in less than nine months and a third international medal in his very first year. He was on the job from the word go, evident from a score of 97 in his first qualifying series. He shot a 100 in the fourth and finished with 98 and 97 for a qualification round score of 585, his best in a short international career. The total placed him in a comfortable fourth place in the 97-strong field. Park Daehun of Korea topped the field with a 586. The final eight comprised names such as former Olympic champion Pang Wei of China, world championship silver medallist and world number two Artem Chernusov of Russia as well as experienced campaigners and multiple ISSF medallists like Oleh Omelchuk of Ukraine and Yusuf Dikec of Turkey among others. Verma, however, remained unfazed and pulled off a comfortable victory in the end. In the day’s other events, Manu Bhaker was the best-placed Indian shooter after the precision stage of the women’s 25m pistol qualifications round. She shot 291 to be four points behind the leader in 14th spot while Asian Games champion Rahi Sarnobat’s effort of 288 put her in 29th place. Chinki Yadav shot 284 to lie in 57th spot. All three Indians in the women’s 50m rifle 3 positions (3P) event also comfortably sailed through their elimination round and will shoot the qualifying round on Sunday, which is also the concluding day of competitions. On Friday, Rajasthan’s 17-year-old teenager Divyansh Singh Panwar on Friday secured India’s fourth Olympic quota place by winning silver in 10m air rifle event. This is India’s fifth 2020 Tokyo Olympic quota after Anjum Moudgil and Apurvi Chandela (10m air rifle women), Saurabh Choudhary (10m Air Pistol men) and Divyansh had secured berths in the earlier World Cups and last year’s World Saurabh Chaudhary was fielded in the MQS category earlier in the day to boost the chances of another Olympic quota place for India.last_img read more

Walkon receiver hopes to remain involved in sports after OSU career

Ricky Crawford, from Lewis Center, Ohio, followed his dream and joined the Ohio State football team as a walk-on wide receiver during spring drills in 2008. “To come to Ohio State has been my dream since I can remember,” Crawford said. “I never wanted to go to a different school.” Despite only being on scout team, Crawford worked hard helping OSU prepare for upcoming opponents. In his first two seasons at OSU, Crawford received the scout team workhorse award five times. It should also be noted that Crawford has never missed a practice. Going into his senior year in 2010, Crawford changed his position to tight end adding a little bulk to his 6-foot-3-inch, 215-pound frame. “I had to work hard to gain the weight,” Crawford said. “I’m helping with being a receiver/tight end, just going out there doing whatever I can do to help the team.” Crawford’s hard work, dedication and willingness to help the team have finally paid off. He was awarded a scholarship this season and has earned playing time in five games. “It’s a little different. I really haven’t noticed it too much other than the fact that I can stay after practice and eat,” Crawford said. After the season is over, Crawford said he wants to work out for the OSU pro day. However, if professional football falls through for Crawford, he has a backup plan. “I want to go back to school and get a degree in education and maybe coach high school football,” Crawford said. “I just know I want to stay close to sports.” read more