World body moves Champions Trophy to New Zealand

first_imgDelivering a snub to India, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) on Tuesday granted hosting rights of the 2011 Champions Trophy to New Zealand just hours before talks with the sports ministry.FIH president Leandro Negre met sports minister Ajay Maken to discuss the various objections regarding the internal working mechanisms agreed to by Hockey India and Indian Hockey Federation.But the announcement that the elite event will be held in Auckland ensured that the talks started on the wrong foot.”We made our displeasure known to the FIH top brass. We told them that there was a lot of potential for growth in Indian hockey and the country provides a lion’s share of FIH’s revenue,” Maken said.There were speculations that with the releasing of $500,000 due to the FIH, the event could be prevented from moving out.But despite the withdrawal of hosting rights, the minister said the money will be released.”The issue was not discussed. If there are some commitments towards the world body, we will honour them. There will be no delay in clearance from the Reserve Bank of India.”If we withhold the money, it does not send the right message. We don’t want to teach anyone a lesson. After all, India may be hosting more tournaments in the future,” the minister said.Maken added that the FIH and the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), who cried foul over the agreement between the two hockey federations, will now be kept in the loop while working out a resolution to the administrative impasse.advertisement”Both FIH and IOA have to be roped in for any solution in the future. We have to follow the law of the land and, at the same time, work out a solution acceptable to all parties concerned,” he said.The moving out of the Champions Trophy also puts in doubt the Olympic qualifiers to be held in India in February.”FIH has made it clear that it wants a unified body that runs the sport in the country. I am confident that we would find a resolution before February,” FIH chief operating officer Kelly Fairweather said.last_img read more

NSW Mets Win Elite Eight Women’s Title

first_imgThe Mets got out to a strong lead, and were able to maintain their momentum to take the game over the young Mavericks team by five touchdowns at Port Macquarie’s Regional Sports Stadium. The game started off at a frenetic pace, with both team moving the ball well and making plenty of metres in attack.  It took until the sixth minute for either team to get on the scoreboard, with a diving touchdown to the Mets’ Stacey Lapham  giving her team a 1-0 lead.Impressive ball movement from the Mets at the midway mark of the first half saw the side create an overlap, with Claire Winchester giving her side a handy 2-0 advantage. The Mavericks were quick to hit back, with captain Kylie Hilder leading by example in the next set of six, diving over the line to get her side back within one touchdown. Some great teamwork by the experienced duo of Louise Winchester and Kristy Judd resulted in another Mets touchdown  to Judd with six minutes remaining in the first half, and when Nola Campbell squeezed through a gap to score, the Mets took a 4-1 lead with just minutes of the first half remaining. But the Mets weren’t done for the half yet, scoring another two touchdowns, one to Kristin Boss in the seventeenth minute and one to Pepita Macalister-Knight two minutes later, to take an impressive 6-1 lead to the half-time break. The Mets picked up where they left on in the early exchanges of the second half, with Elin Mortimer diving over in the corner, and Nicole McHugh also scoring to take their side’s lead out to 8-1.The Mavericks got back on the scoreboard in the ninth minute of the second half, through Nicole Beck, to get back within six touchdowns of the Mets. Two more quick touchdowns to the Mavericks, through Beck and Jess McCall, got the side back into the game at eight touchdowns to four. The Mets hit back through a Mortimer touchdown in the late stages of the game to take a comprehensive win, 9-4. Mets captain Louise Winchester was rewarded for her strong game, being named the Player of the Final. The Queensland Pride’s Peta Rogerson was named the Karen Smith medallist, the medal for the Player of the Series. Stay tuned to the website and TFA’s Youtube page for all of the highlights from finals day at the 2011 X-Blades National Touch League.last_img read more

Diana Shipping Inks Charter Deals for Dry Bulk Trio

first_imgzoom Athens-based dry bulk shipowner Diana Shipping has entered into time charter contracts for three of its vessels, the New York, the Norfolk and the Nirefs.The company’s 2010-built Capesize dry bulk vessel New York started working for Singapore’s Koch Shipping on April 23, 2017.Employed under a gross charter rate of USD 14,450 per day, the 177,773 dwt vessel was hired for a period of six months up to December 29, 2017.The second contract was signed with Singapore-based Trafigura Maritime Logistics for the 164,218 dwt Capesize Norfolk. Under the deal, which commenced on April 26, 2017, Trafigura is hired the 2002-built ship for a gross charter rate of USD 12,000 per day, for a period of six to eight months.Diana Shipping also signed a time charter contract with Jaldhi Overseas, Singapore, for its Panamax dry bulk vessel Nirefs.Under the gross charter rate of USD 9,400 per day, the 75,311 dwt Panamax will start working on May 4, 2017. The ship was hired for a period of thirteen to a maximum os sixteen months.Diana Shipping said that the employments of the three vessels are expected to generate some USD 8.03 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charters.last_img read more

Commentary Will the real Lance Armstrong please stand up

LieStrong. That’s how you summarize the disappointment of something being too good to be true. That’s what you call a “cocktail, so to speak, [of] EPO … transfusions and testosterone” that allows you to win the hardest race in the world. That’s what you call “one big lie, that [was] repeated a lot of times.” And for now it seems, that’s what a once-special message of empowerment and inspiration has been reduced to amid the surging news of Lance Armstrong’s confession to using performance-enhancing drugs. On Monday, it was revealed that Armstrong finally admitted, in some capacity, to doping during an interview with Oprah Winfrey — it aired for the first time Thursday at 9 p.m. on the Oprah Winfrey Network. The confession was not the first stick in the spokes for Armstrong – he has been the subject of various doping allegations for more than a decade. In October, his seven consecutive Tour de France titles were vacated due to the allegations and he was banned from competition for life. In recent sports history, the prevalence of steroid-use has become basic sports knowledge. We’ve seen it many times – from the forfeiture of Marion Jones’ five Olympic medals to the discussion of whether to add an asterisk on Barry Bonds’ home run record. We’ve heard the “I was just trying to keep up” or “Everyone was doing it” excuses repeatedly, and many times we’ve sympathized and forgiven these transgressors. But for some reason, this time is different. This time I’m offended. We’re talking about an incredible story. This was a guy who, only 25 years old, was diagnosed with aggressive cancer that had spread extensively – including to his lungs and brain. Against all odds, he beat it. After starting an immensely popular foundation that supports cancer survivors, he did the impossible again by winning the Tour de France so many consecutive times that he needed two hands to show us. He was the good guy. The one you wanted to root for. You didn’t have to know a thing about cycling to love Armstrong and everything he stood for. The wristbands were cool too. So it stings to know with certainty that he cheated. But it doesn’t end there. As details continued to surface, we learned that Armstrong channeled the same intense desire to survive cancer into keeping his cheating hidden at all costs. We learned that he’s not the good guy we thought he was. It was all just a shameless case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The indications of various investigations and reports are disturbing. They assert that for years he viciously attacked and destroyed the reputations of friends and former-teammates who spoke out against him. He sued those with the courage to accuse him for libel and took their money when he won – knowing they had told the truth. He made suspicious monetary contributions to cycling regulation organizations, presumably to conceal his doping. As a captain, he led his team in a ruse that has been described by he U.S. Anti-Doping Agency as “the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen.” It’s playing out like a “Law and Order” episode, and it’s pretty clear that he’s the bad guy at the end. It was expected that his admission of guilt Thursday night would be limited, so as to minimize the legal repercussions of aggressively lying for over a decade. When asked by Oprah, “Did you ever take banned substances to enhance your cycling performances?” His answer was simple. “Yes.” So he did confess, but there were conflicting cues throughout; as if he had more disdain for getting caught than actually doing it. As the interview rolled on, it was the words Armstrong wouldn’t say – a truly sincere “I’m sorry” with the details to support it – that spoke louder than anything else. The tangential mentions of feeling justified and unfairly accused were other indications that he still hasn’t come to terms. We needed him to show true remorse, maybe not to the extent that guilty children do when they rub one leg behind the other and avoid eye contact, but close. Something meaningful. Anything. Instead, we watched Armstrong, with pursed lips, talk about a “flawed man” and a “bully” as if he were speaking about a bad-egg son. The personal ownership and responsibility were lacking – just as it has been for years. The interview was a pedal in the right direction, but there needed to be more. Maybe we’ll see that in the second part of the interview that airs Friday on the Oprah Winfrey Network. There’s no doubt in my mind that Armstrong is a phenomenal athlete. Perhaps he was the greatest cyclist of all time and the most dominant we’ve ever seen an athlete be in their sport. But we’ll never know because he cheated. It’s that simple. But it doesn’t seem that even Armstrong, a self-described “fierce competitor,” believes that he was the best. “Do you think it’s humanly possible to win the Tour de France, without doping, seven times in a row?” asked Oprah. “Not in my opinion,” he responded. So maybe we shouldn’t believe it either. Armstrong has a long race to redemption, and whether he finishes is something that remains to be seen. Until then, in my mind, there’s an important modification that needs to be made because it wasn’t a miracle – much less one that happened seven times: LiveStrong*. read more

Football Dwayne Haskins finishes season with decision on future uncertain

The most passing yards in Big Ten history.The most total touchdowns in Big Ten history.The sixth quarterback in NCAA history to throw for 50 touchdowns.Ohio State redshirt sophomore Dwayne Haskins finished his first season as starting quarterback with each of these accomplishments in his resume, leading the Buckeyes to a 13-1 record as Big Ten champions and winners of the Rose Bowl.But immediately following the game, Haskins, who has a decision to make regarding his future, said his key motivation for returning would be to not finish tied for fourth in pass touchdowns, but first, aiming for the 58 scores Colt Brennan threw for Hawaii during the 2006 season.“It was a blur, but I wanted the Colt Brennan touchdowns,” Haskins said. “The Colt Brennan touchdowns, that’s a motivator.”Haskins ends his historic season under center with no clear answer about his future. He can return to Ohio State, lead the first season with head coach Ryan Day at the helm and go for the Brennan record he so desperately wants. Or the redshirt sophomore could go to the NFL, where he will be one of the clear top options at the quarterback position, and likely will be selected near the top of the first round.For now, Haskins isn’t feeling the pressure of picking one or another. Right now, it’s a coin flip in his mind.“50-50,” he said.In what has a supposed 50 percent chance of being his final game, Haskins threw for 251 yards and three touchdowns, all of which came in the first half, helping to give the Buckeyes a 28-3 lead after three quarters.Haskins made NFL-caliber throws up and down the field against what many consider to be an NFL-caliber defense, proving the capabilities the quarterback has after just one season as a collegiate starter.But it is not just about talent for Haskins. It is not just about if he can make the jump.It’s about things outside of football, making the redshirt sophomore question if he wants to make a move to the NFL.“The school, the teammates, the coaches, the friends, girlfriend’s here … I gotta finish my degree in a couple semesters,” Haskins said. “A lot of positives.”Further factoring into Haskins’ decision is what will be happening with the position once he does leave the program.Ohio State has been linked to freshman quarterback Justin Fields, who announced he would be transferring from Georgia. Haskins said he has talked to Fields and that he is waiting to see what Haskins ultimately ends up doing.But already at Ohio State, redshirt freshman quarterback Tate Martell has proclaimed himself as the starter if Haskins heads to the NFL.For Fields to transfer, it would take a commitment from Haskins that he is leaving, potentially speeding up the urgency for the redshirt sophomore.Even with Fields, his teammates and fans all waiting to hear the decision, Haskins isn’t rushing his decision. The only date on his calendar is Jan. 15, the final day he is allowed to declare for the draft.“The 15th, so we’ll see,” Haskins said. “My teammates want me to come back every day, so I’m used to teammates telling me to come back.”For weeks, Haskins said he will start to think about his decision after he is finished with the Rose Bowl.Now, the Rose Bowl is finished, and Haskins has two weeks to make up his mind.Will the quarterback who broke nearly every passing record in program history return for another run under a new head coach? Or will the quarterback who already proved everything he needed to for the NFL become one of the highest draft prospects at his position, the highest for Ohio State since Art Schlichter was drafted by the Baltimore Colts No. 4 overall in 1982?At this point in time, Haskins is 50/50, and he has two weeks to decide which of his dreams is more important for him in 2019.“It’s hard, it’s my dream to play in the NFL, it was my dream to play at Ohio State,” Haskins said. “One day I’ll look back on it and see how much the season it was and how great it was, but right now it’s day by day, so I got a lot of decisions to make in the near future.” read more

Its a difficult group Valencia coach

first_imgSpanish manager Marcelino Garcia Toral believe the UEFA Champions League group for Valencia is difficult but not impossibleSpanish La Liga side Valencia has been drawn into one of the most difficult groups of the 2018-2019 UEFA Champions League.The Spanish team will have to play against Italy’s Juventus, England’s Manchester United and Switzerland’s Young Boys.But Valencia coach Marcelino Garcia Toral believes that while the group is difficult, it is not impossible to qualify to the next round.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“It’s a difficult group and we knew that being in the third pot would expose us to risks, but there’s nothing impossible in life and that includes this group,” Marcelino told the official Valencia radio station as quoted by Football Italia.“It’s an attractive group, exciting for us and the fans. We’ll try to go through to the next phase and after six games we’ll see where we are.”“Our hope and ambition are to keep going. I’m certain Juventus and Manchester United will consider Valencia to be a minefield and it’ll be very motivating for us against these opponents,” he added.last_img read more

Jamaicans warned about thirdhandsmoke

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKingston, Jamaica, December 2, 2016 – Jamaicans are being warned about the dangers of third-hand smoke, which is an emerging concern in public health regarding tobacco use.  Third-hand smoke is defined as residual tobacco smoke contamination that remains after the cigarette has been extinguished.In an interview with JIS News, Senior Medical Officer (SMO) at the National Chest Hospital, Dr. Terry Baker, said that third-hand smoke presents risks that were not previously identified in medical research.  “Information about third-hand smoke is relatively new and many people are unaware of it,” she noted.According to Dr. Baker, third-hand smoke is the tobacco residue that is left behind in rooms, hair and vehicles and on drapery, curtains, bedding, clothing and other surfaces. “This is residue from cigarettes, cigars and any tobacco product, and the concern is that this residue mixes with normal indoor substances and pollutants, and forms very toxic chemicals,” she explained.“It is now not just a matter of inhaling these chemicals, but the chemicals having been deposited on surfaces stick around for a very long time. You can enter a room or a house that has been vacant for a very long time and you can tell that people who smoke used to live in there, because smoke seemingly has permeated every corner and crevice of the room,” Dr. Baker said.  She added that the residue that has been deposited becomes very sticky, which is the nature of nicotine.Dr. Baker, who is also a pulmonologist and internist, said it is dangerous for children to embrace parents and caregivers who smoke, as they can also inadvertently ingest the chemical.Children will be touching contaminated furniture and putting their hands in their mouths, or crawl on the floor with these substances that cannot be easily seen, she noted.“Third-hand smoke is quite toxic, and studies have shown that while a lot is still not known, it is linked to early onset of asthma, particularly in children. This is because of the carcinogenic substances that are formed by the reaction of the tobacco residue with other indoor pollutants that stick around for months. The potential is now there for toxins that can cause cancer to be ingested or inhaled,” she warned.The SMO said even if windows are opened, that will not get rid of third-hand smoke, as the residue and toxins that are formed are not airborne, but actually adhere to surfaces. This is believed to last up to six months.Dr. Baker points out that much work is left to be done.  “We have seen many studies on first-hand and second-hand smoke, but research on third-hand smoke lags behind. So far, at least 11 potential carcinogens have been identified in third-hand smoke in one study,” she noted. Related Items:last_img read more

Frenkie De Jong Manchester City joins race to sign Ajax player

first_imgManchester City have become favorites in the race to sign Frenkie De Jong from Ajax Amsterdam.The Premier League champions are believed to be closing in on a £61 million deal for the Netherlands international, who has impressed in the Eredivisie in recent seasons.It is understood that the 21-year-old, who has been capped four times by his country, is viewed by City boss Pep Guardiola as the ideal successor to Fernandinho, with the Brazilian turning 34 in May.Guardiola tried and failed to find a replacement for the former Shakhtar man during the summer transfer window, with both Jorginho and Fred opting to sign for Chelsea and Manchester United respectively instead of a move to the Etihad Stadium.However, City are in line to get their man this time, with both Tottenham Hotspur and Barcelona reportedly resigned to defeat in the hunt for De Jong’s services.norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…Earlier in the season De Jong’s representatives led by agent, Ali Dursun, refused to be drawn on speculation regarding the players future at Ajax.When asked if his client was joining Manchester City, Dursun, said according to Mirror Football:“I can neither confirm or deny this.”“You should ask Marc Overmars [Ajax’s sporting director].”“I send all clubs that contact me over to him.”last_img read more

DFG Implements Additional Closures To Commercial Fisheries

first_imgThe closure of the Upper Subdistrict set gillnet fishery and the Central District drift gillnet fisheryis being implemented to reduce the harvest of Kenai River sockeye salmon. Brian Marston DF&G: “The current Kenai River sockeye salmon cumulative passage estimate of 453,000 fish is approximately 50% of the minimum inriver (sonar) goal of 900,000 fish. Based on this passage estimate, even late run-timing models project that the minimum inriver goal is not likely to be achieved without a significant reduction in the harvest of this stock.” The DF&G announced the closure to all commercial salmon fishing with set gillnets in the entire Upper Subdistrict from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., today. In addition they’ve also closed drift gillnetting in the Central District of Upper Cook Inlet from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., today. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Department of Fish and Game has announced the closure for all commercial fishing in the Upper Cook Inlet for today.last_img read more