first_imgThe Hornsby Lions have won through to the NSWTA Vawdon Cup Men’s Premier League Grand Final after a thrilling win over the Penrith Panthers on Friday, 17 October 2008.An outstanding attacking game from Hornsby’s Willie Bishop set the scene for their progression to the Grand Final from third place. Close to the line, Bishop was unstoppable and slid over multiple times for touchdowns. The general of Hornsby’s attack was Dylan Hennessey who has present claims to be the leading male player in the country. Hennessey again had a great game backing up a week after disposing of a star studded Wests line-up including an in form Jason Stanton.Minor Premiers, the Penrith Panthers would be disappointed about consecutive losses but the future bodes well for future Vawdon Cup and their assault at State Cup. Ben Moylan was outstanding in both attack and defence for Penrith and was well supported by Nicholas Good.In the Mixed, the Central Coast ran riot over a depleted Roosters outfit. Nash Beeby and Harry Berryman were solid for the Coasties while Billy McMahon and a very tired Manu Wakely tried hard for Easts.In the Women’s Premier League, Canterbury defeated Easts to set-up and mouth watering repeat of the 2007 Grand Final against the Wests Magpies.The Grand Finals of the 2008 NSWTA Vawdon Cup will occur at Tempe on Friday, 24 October 2008 with fixtures as follows:Men’s Premier League: Canterbury Bulldogs v Hornsby Lions @ 9:30pm (Field One)Women’s Premier League: Wests Magpies v Canterbury Bulldogs @ 7:50pm (Field One)Mixed Premier League: Wests Magpies v Central Coast Dolphins @ 8:40pm (Field One)Men’s Division One: Wests Magpies v Penrith Panthers @ 7:00pm (Field One)Women’s Division One: Easts Roosters v Cronulla Sharks @ 8:40pm (Field Two)Mixed Division One: Liverpool Lightning v Cronulla Sharks @ 7:00pm (Field Three)Men’s Division Two: Varsity v Liverpool Lightning @ 7:00pm (Field Two)Women’s Division Two: Parramatta Eels v Penrith Panthers 1 @ 8:40pm (Field Four)Men’s Seniors: Wests Magpies v Penrith Panthers @ 8:40pm (Field Three)Men’s Masters: Penrith Panthers 1 v Manly Sea Eagles @ 7:00pm (Field Four)For further information, visit the NSWTA Vawdon Cup website –  http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?assoc=714&pID=14%20last_img read more

first_imgThe college football season is just over one month away, and while neither the AP Poll nor the Coaches’ Poll has been released, we do have one major indicator to take a look at – ESPN’s ‘Football Power Index.’ The Worldwide Leader has put together a formula that does its best to predict a team’s performance based on a number of factors, including strength of schedule. Here’s a quick definition of the measure:The Football Power Index (FPI) is a measure of team strength that is meant to be the best predictor of a team’s performance going forward for the rest of the season. FPI represents how many points above or below average a team is. Projected results are based on 10,000 simulations of the rest of the season using FPI, results to date, and the remaining schedule. Ratings and projections update daily.It won’t surprise anyone to see that Ohio State, which won last year’s College Football Playoff, is on top. The Buckeyes are followed by Alabama, Baylor, TCU and LSU. Georgia, Oregon, Texas A&M, Ole Miss and Arkansas round out the top ten. Here are the top 20, per ESPN. ESPN FPI RankingsESPNOddly enough, even though Alabama is ranked second, the Crimson Tide is predicted to win just 8.7 games – most likely because of its top-ranked strength of schedule. If you’re wondering, the team with the easiest schedule in the top 20 is Baylor. You can check out the entire Football Power Index here.last_img read more

first_img Paris, November 7, 2013 – The Minister of Youth and Culture the Hon. Lisa Hanna, MP has told global leaders attending the 37th session of the UNESCO General Conference in Paris that there needs to be new thinking and action on the subject of youth development.In her intervention at the Leaders’ Forum on Wednesday, November 6, Minister Hanna said there needed to be a “re-calibration of international youth development initiatives as the approaches taken in the past were no longer effective or relevant.”The Leaders’ Forum is a policy dialogue involving Heads of State and/or Government as well as representatives of Member States at ministerial level discussing issues of strategic, global and interdisciplinary interest.Minister Hanna said: “The debate that we have at this level does not connect with youth on the ground, many of whom have had their own discussions on what they see as relevant and how they expect their leaders to satisfy their needs.“The fact that it took radio 38 years to reach an audience of 15 million and today YouTube takes less than a year to reach an audience of 1 billion gives them the opportunity to change the world in real time perhaps at the same time. We see them as the real catalysts of change.“Bob Marley did it and today if I ask all of you here regardless of language or country you will all know the words to One Love. That’s the culture of Jamaica at work.  It’s powerful.“If we miss the opportunity to make the connection with our youth we would have squandered our responsibilities as leaders.”Minister Hanna cited the case of Jamaica where the Ministry of Youth and Culture was now re-evaluating and re-calibrating its youth development initiatives under the ‘Reset di ting’ campaign which was developed based on a Qualitative Survey on the Situation of Youth in the island.  She said, like Jamaica, global youth development initiatives needed a “reset”.“In Jamaica we just completed significant in-depth consultations with our young people and even though, for instance, we have satisfied the MDG to have 100 per cent access to education it was clear that our youth still feel a sense of resignation to their purpose to productively participate in the country.Therefore, UNESCO must see its role as being relevant to this group, our youth, who will inherit the world in the next five, ten, or fifteen years.”“We must use best practices from each other.  Jamaica did it will Reggae music which helped with the development of progressive legislation for the poor and dispossessed; maternity leave with pay; equal pay for equal work; refusing to trade with South Africa even before our own independence.  And we can now see the success Brazil is having in science and innovation.“We must know that our youth have already passed us.  So let us lower the altitude and get on the ground with them. Let’s listen, re-calibrate, reset and have the courage to do things differently.”‘Reset di ting: the courage to do things differently’ has been selected as the theme for Youth Month which is being observed during November.‘Reset di ting’ is a yearlong campaign of the Ministry of Youth and Culture aimed at inspiring and motivating young people not to accept the status quo as unchangeable.  Under the campaign, the Ministry will be leading work across sectors to develop and implement policies and programmes that are relevant and responsive to the needs of youth. Story Highlights UNESCO must see its role as being relevant to this group, our youth, who will inherit the world. The Leaders’ Forum is a policy dialogue involving Heads of State and/or Government. Minister Hanna said there needed to be a “recalibration of international youth development initiatives’.last_img read more

first_imgRIYADH, Saudi Arabia – A defiant message delivered by Saudi Arabia’s crown prince to investors gathered in Riyadh may not be enough to repair the damage inflicted to his global standing as he faces continued international pressure over the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.Participants of the high-profile investment forum Thursday were taking stock of the outcome of his first public remarks on the killing, in which the crown prince appeared unwavering and fiery, calling it a “heinous” and “painful” act before warning anyone against trying to “manipulate” the crisis.Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist who was critical of the crown prince, was killed Oct. 2 when he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul by Saudi agents, including reportedly a member of the crown prince’s entourage on trips abroad. The killing has marred Prince Mohammed’s standing, with critics suspecting he ordered the high-profile operation or at least knew about it.On Thursday, Saudi Arabia said initial Turkish investigations revealed the killing was “premeditated.” The acknowledgement comes after varying Saudi accounts of the incident, including initially saying that Khashoggi had walked out of their consulate alive.Global outcry over the writer’s disappearance saw more than 100 participants, including numerous CEOs of major U.S. corporations and Western officials, cancel their participation in the three-day investment forum, which concluded on Thursday.Last year, the forum debuted with the crown prince wowing an international crowd of global business titans with his vision of reforming and modernizing Saudi Arabia both socially and economically. The kingdom is seeking trillions of dollars in new investment to create millions of jobs for young Saudis entering the workforce.David Hamod, president and CEO of the National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce, was among the thousands inside the ornate hall Wednesday evening when Prince Mohammed gave his remarks. He said the showing by the 33-year-old heir to the throne “was electrifying” and “lit up the hall.”“I believe it gave the Saudis a great deal of confidence, hearing what the crown prince had to say,” Hamod said. “Having said that I think a lot of U.S. companies are still on pause. They’re on a wait-and-see mode.”Rather than cancel their participation altogether, some companies sent mid-level executives to keep lines of communication and business open with Saudi Arabia.Several participants in attendance from the U.S. declined to speak with the AP at the forum, reflecting a general nervousness among the Americans in attendance.Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, which Prince Mohammed oversees, was the organizer of the event. Some of the Public Investment Fund’s biggest partners — including the CEOs of U.S. private equity fund Blackstone and Japan’s technology giant Softbank — were among those who backed out of the forum, even as PIF has invested billions of dollars in both.As he walked through the marbled reception area of the Ritz-Carlton where the event was held, the head of the PIF, Yasir Al-Rumayyan, declined on Thursday to answer questions from an AP reporter about whether he saw this year’s forum as a success.As Western companies pulled back, the summit drew support from Prince Mohammed’s allies across the region. Jordan’s king, Dubai’s ruler, Pakistan’s prime minister and Bahrain’s crown prince were among the heads of state who attended. Lebanon’s premier, whose party is backed by Saudi Arabia, was also in attendance..Russian and Asian investors were also present. The forum saw some $55 billion in investments signed, mostly in Saudi Arabia’s lucrative energy market. However, the crown prince is looking for investments that shift the kingdom’s economy away from its reliance on oil.Hamod said it was regrettable that numerous U.S. companies did not have a seat at the table at this year’s summit.“But I certainly understand why. They have stakeholders. They have institutional shareholders to which they’re held accountable, so we’ll have to wait and see whether their position in the aftermath of yesterday’s speech changes,” he said.___Associated Press writer Malak Harb contributed from Riyadh.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The country’s largest car maker Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) cut production by over 8 per cent in February on account of subdued demand. The auto major produced a total of 1,48,959 units, including Super Carry LCV, across its factories last month, down 8.3 per cent from 1,62,524 units produced in the year-ago period, the company said in a regulatory filing. The production of passenger vehicles, including Alto, Swift, Dzire and Vitara Brezza, declined by 8.4 per cent to 1,47,550 units as compared with 1,61,116 units in February 2018. However, the production of vans — Eeco, Omni — was up by 22.1 per cent to 16,898 units last month as compared with 13,827 units in February 2018. Production of Super Carry LCV was up by just one unit last month. When contacted, MSI declined to comment on the reasons for taking this production cut. In January, MSI had reported a total production of 1,83,064 units, up 15.6 per cent from 1,58,396 units produced in January 2018. Production of passenger vehicles rose 14.3 per cent to 1,78,459 units in January as compared with 1,56,168 units in the year-ago period. In February, MSI had reported a dip of 0.9 per cent in domestic sales at 1,39,100 units as compared with 1,37,900 units in the year ago period. In January, however, it had reported an increase of 1.1 per cent in its domestic sales at 1,42,150 units as compared with 1,40,600 units in January 2018. Hit by lower offtake by end customers, passenger vehicles (PV) retail sales declined by 8.25 per cent to 2,15,276 units in February as compared with the same period last year, automobile dealers’ body FADA said last week. The company’s installed manufacturing capacity from its two plants in Gurgaon and Manesar stands at 15.5 lakh units per annum. Besides, Suzuki-owned Hansalpur (Gujarat) plant also has an installed capacity of 2.5 lakh units from the first line. The second production line has been commissioned at the plant, but is yet to reach its peak capacity of 2.5 lakh units per annum. The third production line at the Gujarat plant would give an additional capacity of 2.5 lakh units per annum to the company.last_img read more

first_imgNEW DELHI: Crime Branch of Delhi police has busted a racket involved in threatening and extorting money from the Schools, institutions and individuals by impersonating as authorized representatives of Microsoft Corporation. Three accused persons Abhinav Jain, Ishan Garg and Deepak, all residents of Delhi have been arrested.A representative of Microsoft complained to Delhi police that some known and unknown persons in Delhi are misrepresenting and impersonating themselves as authorized agents of Microsoft to various schools and are extorting money on false pretext and threats, thereby, invariably damaging goodwill and reputation of Microsoft Corporation. The complainant had also provided one such incident of a Public School in Timarpur, Delhi, where the alleged persons had tried to extort money from the School authority by impersonating as authorised representative of Microsoft Corporation after which a case under appropriate sections of law was registered at Crime Branch. Also Read – Meeting: Issues related to handling of Airport Entry Passes discussed”A raid was conducted in Sector-8, Rohini, Delhi, where the accused persons were found operating. During sustained interrogation, the accused persons admitted their involvement in the offence and admitted that they used to forge the letters of Microsoft Corporation and send the same to various schools and institution in order to threat and extort money from them and make them to purchase software from them,”said DCP Crime Dr. Ram Gopal Naik. During sustained interrogation, the accused persons had disclosed that they had license for selling the software of Microsoft Corporation and is an authorised education partner. Due to less sale, he was not having much profit. To increase his profit, they started forging the letter of Microsoft Corporation and sent the same to school threatening them and extorting money from them and at last to purchase software in bulk from them. School and institution due to fear of huge penalty would purchase the software from them. Many a times, he also sold the fake or pirated software to the schools, which they used to procure from his associates in Nehru Place. Many a times, they also visited the school premises impersonating as authorised representative of Microsoft Corporation for checking the software of institution.last_img read more

3-point share38.1%36.3% This year’s Huskies lag behind the 2015-16 champ teamBased on 23 selected offense and defense statistics comparing the 2015-16 and 2018-19 University of Connecticut women’s basketball team Season Assist-to-turnover ratio3131555 And here are the categories in which Stewart comes out on top: Collier (2018-19)Stewart (2015-16) Possessions per 40 minutes70.970.8 Opponent average win percentage59.5%56.2% Offensive rebounds per game3.22.2 Assist-to-turnover ratio1.802.45 Defensive rebounding rate72.6%69.9% 2015-162018-19Is 2018-19 better? Assist rate21.5%22.7% Source: university of connecticut Opponent 3-point share29.9%28.3%✓ Opponent 3-point share4632517 Opponent 3-point rate30.2%32.2% Free throw share4153267 Total rebounding rate57.9%54.6% Source: Her Hoop Stats Free throw share80.0%73.5% Total rebounds per game10.78.7 Turnovers per game1342675 2018-19 UConn forward Napheesa Collier vs. 2015-16 forward Breanna Stewart in 17 statistics where Stewart leads Collier Turnovers per game2.01.6 3-point share28.0%42.6% Points per game88.183.4 Blocks per game1.53.4 Source: her hoop stats Turnover rate11.0%10.0% Usage rate27.0%26.8% This year’s UConn team ranks the best of the seven Huskies teams in just one category (fewest turnovers per game). It also trails the pack in several categories, most of which are on the defensive end. The 2018-19 Huskies generate the fewest steals and opponent turnovers of any UConn champion since 2009, allow the most points and the best shooting percentage, and give up the most rebounds. They are also shooting the worst percentage from the field, but they are still scoring more points per game than three of the previous six UConn champions.If you take the average in each statistical category, this year’s UConn team also ranks below average in all but two categories: turnovers per game and assist-to-turnover ratio. All together, these comparisons suggest there is some truth to the idea that this year’s UConn team isn’t as much of a juggernaut as it has been for most of the past 10 years.Where does that leave this year’s Huskies?Don’t panic, Huskies fans. None of this means the 2018-19 team cannot take home another championship. In fact, FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions give UConn a 70 percent chance of making its 12th straight Final Four and a 16 percent chance of winning the championship. The latter is the third-best odds of any team left in the tournament. And UConn may have an ace up its sleeve in the form of senior Napheesa Collier. The 6-foot-1 forward was inexplicably left off the list of four finalists for the 2019 Naismith Player of the Year Award, but many of her numbers actually compare favorably to what three-time Naismith Player of the Year Breanna Stewart did in her senior year in 2015-16. Here are the stats in which Collier tops Stewart: Offensive rebounding rate11.6%9.4% Opponent points per scoring attempt0.790.82 Record6th1st5th1st7th1st1st Effective field goal share63.4%62.8% Collier (2018-19)Stewart (2015-16) Fouls per game1.61.4 Points per game21.119.4 Free throw rate15.9%16.0% Rebounds per game6723414 Season ranking Field goal share7215634 Last weekend, the UConn women’s basketball team punched its ticket to a 26th straight Sweet 16 with an 82-74 win over Buffalo. It was business as usual except for one small detail: the Huskies are a No. 2 seed, making this the first year since 2006 that the Huskies are not a No. 1 seed. The selection committee’s decision was controversial, but UConn Coach Geno Auriemma shrugged it off, saying, “We’re not going to practice differently because we’re a 2 instead of a 1.”Auriemma surely hopes his team doesn’t play any differently, either, as the Huskies have advanced to the Final Four in each of the past 11 seasons. In that span, they have won six national championships.But seeding aside, are this year’s Huskies any different? After all, this team only lost two games and none in the American Athletic Conference. Are UConn fans right to be upset about the No. 2 seed, or is the seed a real reflection of the fact that this year’s Huskies aren’t quite as elite as their title-winning predecessors?2018-19 UConn versus 2015-16 UConnUConn most recently won an NCAA title in 2015-16, led by the dominant trio of Breanna Stewart, Moriah Jefferson and Morgan Tuck. That team went 38-0 and won by almost 40 points per game, including a 31-point victory over Syracuse in the national championship game. According to Her Hoop Stats, UConn led the nation in most traditional and advanced statistics, including points per game, points allowed per game, field goal percentage, points per scoring attempt, assists per game and block rate.As an exercise, I selected 23 statistical categories from Her Hoop Stats on which to compare the 2015-16 and the 2018-19 teams. These included statistics on offense and defense—and on shooting, rebounding, assists, steals, blocks and fouls — in an attempt to represent the full range of each team’s abilities. Eight of the statistics happened to be categories in which UConn led the nation in 2015-16. This year’s UConn team leads the nation in just one of these statistics — foul rate — and bettered the 2015-16 team’s numbers in only three. This year’s team holds opponents to a lower shooting percentage on three-pointers, records assists on a higher percentage of its baskets, and has a slightly lower turnover rate than the 2015-16 team. Field goals attempted per game13.912.8 Steals per game7134256 Opp. turnovers per game7146235 Blocks per game7321456 Opponent effective field goal share38.0%38.8% 2018-192015-162014-152013-142012-132009-102008-09 Steal rate2.6%3.5% Steals per game1.51.8 Effective field goal percentage59.0%55.8% Turnover rate14.2%14.1% This year’s Huskies aren’t quite at previous levelsHow the six recent UConn championship teams and the 2018-19 rank in selected statistics Offensive rebounding rate39.8%35.6% Block rate16.1%10.5% 3-point share6215374 Foul rate15.6%16.9% Total rebounding rate17.3%17.0% Opp. rebounds per game7126425 Field goals made per game8.67.4 Defensive rebounds per game7.56.6 Collier is averaging 21.1 points, 10.7 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.5 blocks per game for the Huskies. She ranks in the top 10 percent of players nationally in usage rate (27.0 percent), meaning that more than one in four Huskies possessions while she’s on the court ends with her shooting the ball or turning it over. (She registers an assist on another 21.5 percent of UConn possessions while she’s on the court.) Despite such a heavy workload, she is among the most efficient players in the nation, ranking 19th in field goal percentage (61.9%) and 22nd in points per scoring attempt (1.30).In March, anything can happen. Sometimes a player puts a team on his or her back and carries it to a championship. Basketball fans in Storrs know something about this: Kemba Walker did it for the UConn men in 2011 and Shabazz Napier followed suit three years later. In other years, the best team does win, as shown by UConn’s four undefeated seasons from 2008-09 to 2015-16. In other years, it’s a little of both — such as in 2002-03, a dominant season for the Huskies that Auriemma famously summarized as, “We have Diana [Taurasi] and you don’t.” This year, whether the title goes to an excellent team or to a transcendent individual talent, the UConn women have a good chance of taking home the trophy. The Huskies may not be quite as intimidating as they once were, but the 2-seed is still among the nation’s best. And, of course, they have Napheesa, and other teams don’t. Opponent turnover rate25.3%19.1% Assists per game3.64.0 Points per scoring attempt1.231.17 Points per game4216573 Opp. field goal share7523416 Assists per game5132467 2018-19 UConn forward Napheesa Collier vs. 2015-16 forward Breanna Stewart in 11 statistics where Collier leads Stewart Block rate4.7%11.9% 3-point rate28.5%30.5%✓ Steal rate16.6%11.8% 3-point rate8.8%19.9% Opponent points per game48.355.3 Minutes per game32.529.1 Defensive rebounding rate21.9%23.3% Opp. points per game7342516 Assist rate63.2%64.0%✓ Free throw share71.3%83.6% However, the 2015-16 team set an incredibly high bar; comparing any team to that team feels akin to saying, “These UCLA Bruins are OK, but they’ve got nothing on John Wooden’s 1972 squad.” Not only did the 2015-16 UConn team go undefeated, but it didn’t win a single game all season by fewer than 10 points. Seniors Stewart, Jefferson and Tuck became the first three picks in the 2016 WNBA draft — the only time three players from the same school have ever been the top three picks in the WNBA or NBA draft.2018-19 UConn versus UConn title teams since 2009Her Hoop Stats only offers advanced statistics on teams from the 2015-16 season to the present, but UConn makes plenty of traditional stats available in its women’s basketball archives. Here is how this year’s UConn team compares to the six most recent UConn champions in 16 categories: Points per scoring attempt1.301.32 Source: Her Hoop Stats Foul rate2.7%2.6% Assist-to-turnover ratio1.821.70 read more

first_imgThe former Spain and Barcelona star appeared on Three Kings Day dressed as one of the kings with his face covered in black.A tweetstorm happened on Three Kings Day after Andres Iniesta published a photo on his Twitter account.Former Spain and Barcelona star published a photo where he was dressed as one of the kings, with his face covered in black paint.“Andres Iniesta’s family received the visit of the Three Magic Kings at his house and decided to photograph themselves to share this image with his fans on the player’s social networks,” an agency representing the player told Sports Illustrated.“With this post, Andres Iniesta wanted to show the world the children’s illusion in this magical and special day.”Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta credits father for his career Andrew Smyth – August 30, 2019 Andres Iniesta revealed the influence his father has been on his incredible career, which has seen him everything in football for Barcelona and Spain.“The presence of the Three Kings belongs to the culture of our country, rooted for many years with which we want to celebrate the most magical day of the year with our children and is a tradition that the Iniesta Ortiz family repeats every year,” the agency added.“At no time, Andres Iniesta wanted to bother anyone with that photograph, which is the image of the illusion in Spain and apologizes to those people who may have been offended.”👑👑👑💫💫💫 pic.twitter.com/RhCXAj1AqB— Andrés Iniesta (@andresiniesta8) January 6, 2019last_img read more