Talking Touch – March

first_imgTo view the stories, please click on the following links:Early Blitz Sets Up VictoryThe result of Friday night’s A grade women’s touch football grand final was in the bag after just five minutes. Minor premierships and red-hot favourites Boxsell’s Young Guns raced to a 3-0 lead over Central Summertimes and, while the Summertime girls were far more competitive for the remainder of the match, Boxsell’s secured back-to-back premierships with a comprehensive 4-1 victory.http://www.cootamundraherald.com.au/news/local/sport/other/early-blitz-sets-up-victory/2095527.aspx Elite Eight FinalsThe New South Wales Mets have dominated the Elite Eight, fielding a team in both the women’s and men’s finals. But a clash with the Scorpions ended a dream run for the men.http://portmacquarie.iprime.com.au/index.php/news/prime-news/elite-8-finals-video New South Wales Dominates Touch TitlesNew South Wales dominated the Elite Eight Series at this year’s National Touch League championships played at Port Macquarie.The New South Wales Scorpions defeated New South Wales Mets seven to six, while the New South Wales’ women’s team also had a win.http://www.nbntv.com.au/index.php/2011/03/14/nsw-dominates-touch-titles/Scorpions Win Elite Eight ThrillerIn a thrilling encounter at Port Macquarie’s Regional Sports Stadium on Saturday, the NSW Scorpions defeated the NSW Mets by one touchdown in the Elite Eight men’s decider. http://www.portnews.com.au/news/local/sport/general/scorpions-win-elite-eight-thriller/2101815.aspx?storypage=0 Mets Capture Inaugural Women’s Touch Crown The New South Wales Mets captured the inaugural Elite Eight women’s touch title at the Regional Sports Stadium on Saturday, defeating the NSW Country Mavericks 9-4.http://www.portnews.com.au/news/local/sport/general/mets-capture-inaugural-womens-touch-crown/2101816.aspx Cobras Strike Twice In NTLThe Brisbane City Cobras struck twice to claim the men’s and women’s open crowns at the 2011 X-Blades National Touch League at Port Macquarie’s Regional Sports Stadium on Saturday.http://www.portnews.com.au/news/local/sport/general/cobras-strike-twice-in-ntl/2101817.aspx Photo GalleryTo view a gallery of photos captured by Port News, please click on the following link:http://www.portnews.com.au/multimedia/21197/national-touch-league-2011.aspx Shuker Adds To Eights PrideRockhampton’s greatest ever touch footballer will be unleashed when the inaugural Elite Eights begin at Port Macquarie today.http://www.themorningbulletin.com.au/story/2011/03/09/shuker-adds-to-eights-pride-elite-touch-gavin-/Sprinter Touched By Footy BugWHEN Happy Valley’s Abbey Freer took part in a “come and try” touch football session in 2004 she never thought it would lead to the sport’s biggest national stage.http://hills-and-valley-messenger.whereilive.com.au/news/story/sprinter-touched-by-footy-bug/ Simone Smith Steps Up On Elite StagePort Macquarie’s Simone Smith is ready to shine on home turf. The Australian representative will line up for the NSW Country Mavericks in this week’s inaugural Elite Eight tournament at the Regional Sports Stadiumhttp://www.portnews.com.au/news/local/sport/general/simone-smith-steps-up-on-elite-stage/2097219.aspx A Touch Of ClassEastern Courier (Adelaide)Seven South Australian Touch Footballers will be aiming to further their national team aspirations at the National Touch League at Port Macquarie, NSW, starting this week. The annual championships, from March 9-12, are the sport’s most prestigious national event and feature more than 120 teams from around the country. For the first time the titles will feature composite men’s and women’s sides – dubbed the Alliance – featuring the best players from SA, Northern Territory, Victoria and Western Australia. The “best of the rest” side will compete against teams from specialist touch football states NSW and Queensland. Happy Valley’s Abbey Freer and Golden Grove’s Kelly Rowe were selected for the Alliance in the Elite 8s – the top, eight-team division – while five South Australians, including Tusmore’s Georgia Brown and Urrbrae’s Melanie Johnson, made the men’s and women’s division one Alliance sides. SA’s Alliance co-ordinator Mark Jones said the top composite side, coached by national women’s youth coach Peter Bell, aimed to win the championships. “The elite team has got a lot of experience and good players in it so they should be very competitive I would think,” he said. “They want to try and win it. . . but it’s all a bit unknown because it’s the first year they’ve run this (Alliance) concept.” Jones said the division one Alliance teams were development sides from which the next crop of Elite 8 players would come. He said the championships would help to increase awareness of the sport in SA. Touch Footy SA will also send mixed open, men’s 30s and women’s 35s state representative sides to the championships.Port Hosts Touch Footy TitlesThe best Touch Football talent in the country will be on show this week at Port Macquarie.13 hotly contested divisions will be played during the four day National Touch League titles.http://www.nbntv.com.au/index.php/2011/03/07/port-hosts-touch-footy-titles/ Elite Eight New ConceptThe 2011 X-Blades National Touch League (NTL), which kicks off at Port Macquarie’s Regional Sports Stadium on Wednesday, will introduce an exciting new concept this year.http://www.portnews.com.au/news/local/sport/general/elite-eight-new-concept/2094963.aspx Alliance Selects Frizzell For National Touch Football ChampionshipsLa Trobe University Bendigo student Natalie Frizzell will represent ‘The Alliance’ at this week’s 2011 X-Blades national touch football championships. Frizzell, originally from Shepparton, was named as a shadow player in The Alliance’s Elite Eight squad, who will take on teams from New South Wales and Queensland.http://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/news/local/sport/general/alliance-selects-frizzell-for-national-touch-football-championships/2096162.aspx Territory Teams At National Touch LeagueThe Territory’s best Touch Footballers are taking on the rest of Australia this week at the National Touch League at Port Macquarie on New South Wales’ mid-north coast.http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2011/03/07/216541_ntsport.html Taree Players Dominate The Northern EaglesNorthern Daily LeaderTaree players dominate the Northern Eagles over 55 men’s side to play in the National Touch League starting next Wednesday in Port Macquarie. Mark Rutledge is coaching the squad while fellow Taree players Ted O’Neill, Gary Newman, Bruce Hood, Ian Northam and Rex MacKellar are also involved as is Robert Loadsman from Forster. “I think we’ll go pretty well,” Rutledge said. “We’ve been getting close to the full complement at training each week.”Taree’s Graham Goodwin is a member of the Eagles over 50s side with Linley Jones, Ashleigh Green, Sabrina Green and Sarah O’Connor in the open women. Mitch Bourke, Justin Doherty and Jake Putan will play in the open men.Grand Finals TonightYet another well supported and successful touch football season will come to a close tonight when 10 teams take the field all in the hope of being named premiers in their five respective grades. Unfortunately only one team can claim the premier title therefore some very close games are expected and the chances of some games going into extra time and a drop off are high if the past three weeks games are any indication. http://www.hardenexpress.com.au/news/local/sport/other/grand-finals-tonight/2112809.aspx Mixed Touch Comp UnderwayThe Parkes Touch Football Mixed competition is underway with players reminded that fees are due to be paid. http://www.parkeschampionpost.com.au/news/local/sport/little-athletics/mixed-touch-comp-underway/2108954.aspx?storypage=0 Muswellbrook Juniors To Play For HornetsAfter returning from an intense training camp held at Bathurst, four Muswellbrook junior touch football players have been selected to represent the Hunter region in the Hornets team.http://www.muswellbrookchronicle.com.au/news/local/sport/other/muswellbrook-juniors-to-play-for-hornets/2106813.aspx Mixed Side Zooms Back Into ContentionOne team has only lost one match all year while the other has bounced back from a winless streak dating back to Christmas. But none of that will count when the mixed division one touch football grand final between WHK and Royal Zoom is played tonight.http://www.centralwesterndaily.com.au/news/local/sport/general/mixed-side-zooms-back-into-contention/2113508.aspx Touch Season Draws MoreTouch football is continuing to grow in popularity in Forbes, with 50 teams participating in the 2010/11 competition recently. The season came to a close on Friday, March 18, with grand finals of the adults divisions played at Botanical Gardens. Junior divisions were finalised earlier in the week.http://www.forbesadvocate.com.au/news/local/sport/general/touch-season-draws-more/2117322.aspxWorld Cup Glory Beckons Touch GunNambour Touch Football dynamo Peta Rogerson will be directing traffic from the middle of the field when she represents Australia in June.The 29-year-old has been assigned an organisational and leadership role as a middle-position player at the upcoming world cup in Scotland.http://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/story/2011/03/31/world-cup-glory-beckons-touch-gun-football/ A Strong Mudgee Contingent For HornetsMudgee’s finest Touch Football players recently returned from the prestigious National Touch League at Port Macquarie, where they competed for the Hunter-Western Hornets representative side. The event was held over four days from March 9 to March 12 and attracts the best players from around the country each year.http://www.mudgeeguardian.com.au/news/local/sport/harness-racing/a-strong-mudgee-contingent-for-hornets/2108961.aspx National Selection For Cup RookieToowoomba Touch Football star Emilee Cherry can’t describe the elation at being named in Australia’s open women’s squad for the World Cup in June.Just 18 years of age Cherry is the baby of the 16-woman squad heading to the World Cup in Edinburgh, Scotland.http://www.thechronicle.com.au/story/2011/03/31/national-selection-a-dream-for-cup-rookie/ Withers Named In National SquadDan Withers is on top of the world, well almost.The Rockhampton touch football player was named on Tuesday in the final Australian open men’s squad for the 2011 World Cup in Scotland in June. http://www.themorningbulletin.com.au/story/2011/03/25/withers-dan-touch-football-rockhampton/ Spacie Making WavesGympie Touch prodigy Sarah Spacie has been named in the Australian mixed open team for the 2011 World Cup.The World Cup will be held in Edinburgh, Scotland, between June 22-26, attracting teams from more than 20 countries.http://www.gympietimes.com.au/story/2011/03/25/spacie-making-waves-gympie-touch-world-cup/ Quirk To Play In Touch World CupDaily Advertiser 31/03/2011Wagga Touch star Alicia Quirk has landed a dream trip to Scotland to play in the touch World Cup in June. Quirk was yesterday confirmed in the Australian open women’s team to play at the tournament in Edinburgh. The only Riverina player selected in the three national teams named for the World Cup carnival from June 22 to June 26, Quirk will be out to help the Australian women’s team retain its unblemished record at the event. The women’s team has not lost a game at any World Cup tournament since its inception in 1988. Quirk’s team is defending champion after having retained the title in South Africa in 2007. Currently studying at university in Albury, Quirk was chosen in the team following the Elite Eight series at Port Macquarie early this month.Rain Doesn’t Dampen Grand FinalsFollowing a day of mixed weather the 2010/2011 Harden Touch Football grand finals were held on Thursday night with premiers decided in five grades. The first games of the night saw the E and D grade games with Touchfield taking out the E grade premiership. http://www.hardenexpress.com.au/news/local/sport/other/rain-doesnt-dampen-grand-finals/2119831.aspx?storypage=0 Jagged Edge Wins Summer Touch Grand Final Jagged Edge Hair Design defeated Lewis Quality Meats to claim the Wauchope Summer Touch A grade grand final at Landrigan Park on Friday night. The tense decider went down to a drop off which eventually saw both sides reduced to just three players each.http://www.wauchopegazette.com.au/news/local/sport/other/jagged-edge-wins-summer-touch-grand-final/2105390.aspx Green Machine On FireThere is not a ninja in sight and few of these girls would know how to wield a nunchaku. But swap the martial arts weapon for a Touch Football and it’s a completely different story.After going down to In2design Cougars in a drop-off for last season’s Emerald A-Grade touch grand final, the Nunchuckers are already firming their position as the new favourites in 2011.http://www.cqnews.com.au/story/2011/03/30/green-machine-on-fire-emerald/ If you have seen a Touch Football story in your area that you would like to see on the website, please email it to [email protected]last_img read more

9 months agoSouthampton boss Hasenhuttl: I want January signings

first_imgSouthampton boss Hasenhuttl: I want January signingsby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl says the club are looking to sign players this month.Saints have already let Steven Davis and Manolo Gabbiadini leave, but Hasenhuttl has revealed he wants more activity before the end of January.”The squad is still a little bit too big for me,” Hasenhuttl said. “Sometimes there are 24 players and that makes it not possible to play 11 v 11 because there are three or four guys left out there.”We took a few young players into the squad, which I thought was necessary, because it helps us create a new hierarchy and bring in a few young, hungry players in.”It always helps to put a challenge on the older ones – it’s a good mix.”Our eyes are open and the transfer market at the moment is a little bit quiet. There were five or so players changing in the Premier League in January.”We will look for one in this transfer market for sure when and what position you will see and we will tell you.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

13 days agoWatford midfielder Chalobah seeks to help crocked Crichlow

first_imgWatford midfielder Chalobah seeks to help crocked Crichlowby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah is helping one of the club’s injured Under-23 players by offering him accommodation and transport.Kane Crichlow, who joined Watford from AFC Wimbledon on a two-year contract in the summer, suffered a broken ankle in first-team training last month after going in for a tackle with defender Daryl Janmaat.The London Evening Standard says Chalobah is aware that Crichlow is far from his home in Bermuda so has invited him to stay with him in Hertfordshire, while the midfielder has also been providing the youngster with lifts to training.Chalobah is also able to offer support when it comes to recovering from long-term injuries after damaging his knee cap two years ago. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Kaillie Humphries preparing to compete for US sues Bobsleigh Canada

first_imgTake Our PollThe duo carried Canada’s flag in the closing ceremony of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Humphries and Phylicia George claimed bronze in 2018.Humphries dominated international women’s bobsled, winning four overall World Cup titles in a span of six seasons.She also became the first woman to drive an all-female crew against men in a four-man World Cup bobsled race in 2016. Humphries has lobbied for women to get their own four-person races at the Olympic Games.But she did not race for Canada last season after lodging her harassment complaint with BCS in August, 2018.Humphries filed her lawsuit against BCS on Wednesday in Alberta court.In her statement of claim, Humphries says she signed her athlete agreement with BCS for the 2018-19 season and paid her team membership fee, but wasn’t nominated to the team and lost her Sport Canada funding as a result.“It’s been over a year since I made my claim,” Humphries said in the email.“I have given BCS time for the process, and I offered many solutions to return to sport in a safe environment while the investigation takes its course.“My national team athlete funding was removed after I filed my claim. There were punitive damages taken against me for filing the claim, and now I feel they are trying to end my career.”Her former Canadian teammate — 2010 Olympic skeleton champion Jon Montgomery — expressed support for Humphries on social media.“Um-This ain’t right! What can Canada do? I got nothin- but I got mad RESPECT for this woman and I’ve had dealings with Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton… She needs help and sliding for the USA is not an option for Canada. But if this plays out the way it’s going, I don’t blame her,” Montgomery said in a Twitter post.Humphries will marry American bobsledder Travis Armbruster on Saturday, which would allow her to represent the U.S. in competition if she is released by Canada, according to The Associated Press.Under international rules, Humphries required the release by Sept. 30 to be able to compete for the U.S. this season, though an appeal is possible.“We look forward to working with Kaillie once she gets her release from Bobsleigh Canada,” USA Bobsled and Skeleton said in a statement Friday to The AP.“Kaillie is a tremendous competitor and has had the respect and admiration of USABS athletes and staff for many years.”— With files from The Associated Press. CALGARY — Kaillie Humphries says Canada’s governing body of bobsled has left her no other option than to compete for another country.The two-time Olympic champion is suing Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton in an effort to obtain her release and race for the United States.“I didn’t choose to leave,” Humphries told The Canadian Press in an email Friday. “I’m being pushed out because I filed a harassment complaint.“They stripped me of funding, support and forced me into this decision.”The 34-year-old Calgarian filed a harassment complaint with BCS last year.In accordance with its harassment policy, the organization brought in an independent third-party to review the complaint and that review is still ongoing.Um-This ain’t right!What can Canada do? I got nothin- but I got mad RESPECT for this woman and I’ve had dealings with Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton… She needs help and sliding for the USA is not an option for Canada. But if this plays out the way it’s going, I don’t blame her! https://t.co/XPYQgbypd7— Jon Montgomery (@jonmonty) September 13, 2019Humphries revealed the nature of her complaint Friday saying she was “repeatedly and horribly verbally and mentally abused by the head coach of Bobsleigh Canada.”“I have repeatedly told Bobsleigh Canada, who has done nothing to stop him, protect me, or get a timely resolve so I can be back competing.“I was forced back to working with him multiple times, which resulted in major mental health issues over this past year.”Todd Hays, formerly coach of the U.S. women’s bobsled team from 2011 to 2014, has been Canada’s head coach since 2017.BCS’s response was to refer to a statement issued Thursday night.“Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton abides by its harassment and discrimination policy that has been in place since 2006,” BCS said.“The Alberta litigation matter by Ms. Humphries, the plaintiff, which names Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton as the defendant, is the subject of an open court process.“As for the investigation of Ms. Humphries’ discrimination and harassment complaint made under the policy, we can’t provide any comments since this investigation is strictly private and confidential as provided in the policy. We look forward to the findings of the complaint review.”Humphries piloted Canada to Olympic gold in 2010 and 2014 with brakewoman Heather Moyse, making them the first to repeat as Olympic women’s bobsled champions. Will you still cheer for Kaillie Humphries if she competes for Team USA?Yes, she is still a Canadian legendNo, I will cheer for Team CanadaVoteView Resultslast_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,638.45, up 130.28 points)B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Up 15 cents, or 4.09 per cent, to $3.82 on 6.8 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Up six cents, or 1.53 per cent, to $3.98 on 5.6 million shares.Trican Well Service Ltd. (TSX:TCW). Oil and gas. Down three cents, or 0.95 per cent, to $3.12 on 4.2 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down 20 cents, or 1.86 per cent, to $10.57 on 4.1 million shares.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Oil and gas. Up 32 cents, or 3.44 per cent, to $9.63 on 3.8 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financial Services. Down 12 cents, or 0.49 per cent, to $24.38 on 3.5 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Enerplus Corp. (TSX:ERF). Energy. Up $1.17, or 8.78 per cent, to $14.49 on 1.9 million shares. The Calgary-based company plans to continue to pour money into its North Dakota light oil play this year after crediting it with a fourth-quarter profit of $15 million that handily beat analyst expectations. Enerplus will invest 90 per cent of its 2018 capital budget of between $535 million and $585 million in the United States, most in North Dakota Bakken light oil wells, where production is expected to grow by 30 per cent.Royal Bank of Canada (TSX:RY). Bank. Up 40 cents, or 0.39 per cent, to $102.56 on 2.4 million shares. A $178 million writedown stemming from U.S. tax changes weighed on the The Toronto-based bank’s first-quarter profits, but the lender also saw early benefits for its business south of the border from the tax reforms it expects will have a longer-term positive impact. Royal delivered better-than-expected first-quarter profits — $3 billion, relatively unchanged from a year ago — and increased its quarterly payment to common shareholders by three cents to 94 cents per share.Toronto-Dominion Bank (TSX:TD). Bank. Up 76 cents, or 1.04 per cent, to $73.97 on 2.6 million shares. TD says it is taking a pause on allowing customers to use its credit cards to buy cryptocurrency. The big bank says it made the decision to conduct a review and assessment of the evolving market.last_img read more

Atlantic City casino win up in 2018 but newbies hurt others

first_imgATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Two reopened casinos and half a year of sports betting helped push Atlantic City’s casino revenue up 7.5 per cent in 2018 to nearly $2.86 million, state gambling regulators said Monday.But the news was bad for most of the casinos that existed before the Hard Rock and Ocean Resort casinos opened in June. Of those seven casinos, six won less in 2018 than they had in 2017, the latest of several recent indications that concerns about whether Atlantic City was re-expanding its market to an unsustainable size were valid.Sports betting saw the casinos and two racetracks take in $1.24 billion since the first wagers were taken in June. For the less than six months that sports betting was legal last year, it generated just over $94 million in revenue for casinos and tracks. The state got $10.4 million in sports betting taxes.Ocean Resort is the former Revel, which closed in 2014; Hard Rock is the former Trump Taj Mahal, which closed two years later. Both reopened the same day last year, June 27.After a brutal stretch that saw five casinos shut down between 2014 and 2016, Atlantic City had been doing reasonably well as a slimmed-down market with less competition and a boost from internet gambling. Increased competition from casinos in neighbouring states including Pennsylvania and New York cannibalized Atlantic City’s casino revenue, helping lead to the shut downs.When plans were announced for Hard Rock and Ocean Resort to open, elation about the restored jobs, tax revenue and additional weekend hotel rooms was tempered by concern that Atlantic City might be making the same mistake twice in having more casinos than the market can support.James Plousis, chairman of the New Jersey Casino Control Commission, noted that 2018 was the third straight year that Atlantic City’s gambling revenue increased. But he did note the impact on the older casinos from the arrival of the two newcomers.“While the city had a good year, market adjustments from competition occurred and will continue into 2019,” he said in a news release. “The continuing strength of internet gaming plus a growing sports wagering market will provide the industry with tools to compete.”Of Atlantic City’s seven casinos that operated before the two new additions last year, only the Golden Nugget showed a revenue increase for the year. It was up 13.7 per cent to $327.8 million.Even the Borgata, Atlantic City’s perennial market leader, saw its casino revenue decline in 2018. It was down 4 per cent to $771.1 million.Tropicana was down 2.5 per cent to nearly $381 million, but it remained the city’s No. 2 casino in terms of gambling revenue.Resorts was down 3.3 per cent to $184.2 million; Harrah’s was down 8.4 per cent to almost $333 million; Bally’s was down 9.1 per cent to nearly $192 million, and Caesars was down 13.5 per cent to $281.3 million.Hard Rock won $166.7 million from late June through the end of the year, while Ocean Resort won $101.1 million during that same period.Ocean Resort changed hands last week, with an as-yet unannounced company assuming a majority ownership stake in it in return for making a $70 million investment to help keep it running. The ownership change was widely seen as another indication that the market was not ready for the kind of expansion it underwent last summer.Internet gambling took in nearly $300 million last year, an increase of 21.6 per cent over 2017 and one of the true bright spots for New Jersey’s gambling market. Of the two internet-only gambling entities in the state, Resorts Digital was up 76.3 per cent to $75.7 million, and Caesars Interactive-NJ was up 5.9 per cent to $45.5 million. The Golden Nugget won $104 million online last year, about twice what its nearest competitor, the Borgata, did.___Follow Wayne Parry at http://twitter.com/WayneParryACWayne Parry, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Curious Critters at Charlie Lake with the Charlie Lake Conservation Society

first_imgCHARLE LAKE, B.C. – The Charlie Lake Conservation Society (CLCS) is hosting Discover Curious Critters at Charlie Lake this Sunday, July 14th, 2019 at the Beatton Provincial Park.Join the CLCS and Student Rangers from 9 am to 3 pm at the park to dip net at the beach, do crafts and view displays. The Charlie Lake Conservation Society said “this event will encourage kids and their families to explore some of the creatures in and around Charlie Lake. We will be doing some netting and looking at the fish, plants and other critters. There will be displays and crafts.”last_img read more

Vote for soul of India Rahul tells voters

first_imgNew Delhi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday urged voters to vote for the soul of India and its future while slamming the Modi government for lying to the people in the past five years. He also denounced the Modi government over demonetization and Goods and Services Tax and also accused it of spreading distrust and hate. “No 2 crore jobs. No 15 lakhs in bank accounts. No acche din. Instead: No jobs. Demonetization, farmers in pain. Gabbar Singh Tax, Suit Boot Sarkar. Rafale. Lies… Distrust. Violence. Hate. Fear. You vote today for the soul of India. For her future,” he said. Polling is on for 91 seats in the first phase of parliamentary elections across 18 states and two union territories. Votes are also being cast for Assembly polls in Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Odisha.last_img read more

ExMLA not Parrikars son gets BJP Panaji bypoll ticket

first_imgPanaji: The BJP on Sunday announced the candidature of former MLA Siddharth Kunkolienkar for the Panaji Assembly bypoll scheduled for May 19.The bypoll was necessitated following the death of sitting MLA and former chief minister Manohar Parrikar on March 17. While there was speculation that Parrikar’s elder son Utpal would be given a ticket, a statement on the BJP’s website about Kunkolienkar’s candidature put an end to it. The BJP’s Central Election Committee secretary Jagat Prakash Nadda announced the candidature of Kunkolienkar on Sunday afternoon. Incidentally, Kunkolienkar had won the seat in the 2017 Assembly polls before vacating it on May 10 that year to allow Parrikar to contest and enter the 40-member Goa Legislative Assembly. Parrikar, who was then Union defence minister, was brought back to helm the state government after the BJP fell short of a simple majority and had to ally with other parties like Goa Forward Party and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, as well as Independents.last_img read more

Xherdan Shaqiri hails Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp

first_imgLiverpool’s winger Xherdan Shaqiri is in awe of his new boss Jurgen Klopp who he regards as both “an excellent coach” and “a very nice character.”Shaqiri, 26 has admitted that Klopp has a good man management skill which helps to motivate the team to perform even better.The pacy winger suggested that the former Borussia Dortmund manager was a big influence in him joining Liverpool.Shaqiri told the official Liverpool FC magazine: “He’s a very good coach, but for me, the character he has is also important.“He has a very nice character, you can joke with him, but of course, you have to be focused on the pitch and give everythingRoberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“You can see the relationship he has with the players all the time, he’s very friendly in speaking with them, and that was important for me in coming here and working with him.“I knew him from Germany when I was at Bayern, and he was the manager of Dortmund.“He wanted me to come to Liverpool, and I wanted to work with him, so I am very happy to reunite with him.”Shaqiri is yet to start for the Reds in the Premier League even though he has featured from the bench on a couple of occasions.However, he is expected to start for the Reds in the coming days considering their hectic schedule.last_img read more