AUSTRALIAN WORLD CUP PLAYER DIARY ENTRY # 3

first_imgRelated Filesa_page_from_the_diary_-entry_3-doc Australia’s battle to defend their champion nation status at the 2007 World Cup continues in earnest at the Daniel Craven Stadium in Stelenbosch. Australian Men’s Open Player Ben Robinson, National Women’s Open Vice Captain Melissa Pitfield, and Australian Open Mixed lynchpin Matt Tope give readers a fly on the wall account of all the latest news and views from deep inside the Aussie Team bunker in South Africa.Open the attachment to read the latest installment in the World Cup journey from the three Australian Open representatives.last_img

a month agoMan Utd midfielder Pereira desperate to repay Solskjaer support

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd midfielder Pereira desperate to repay Solskjaer supportby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira accepts the team is falling short of standards. The Belgium-born Brazil ­international has been at Old Trafford long enough to know Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is in the midst of a crisis ahead of the game with Arsenal tomorrow. Pereira said: “The manager has shown a lot of faith in the young players – and I am very proud being one of them.“I want to carry on repaying that faith and hopefully nail down a spot in the team. ­ Manchester United is the ­biggest club in world. If we get a scoreline like we did at West Ham, the reaction to it is big – but that is normal.“People will talk about it and will always talk about this club. But we are Man United players and we have to deal with that pressure.“We have to pick ourselves up. We beat Rochdale and I am sure we will do the same against ­Arsenal.” last_img read more

Uber hack latest example of why vigilance required to keep your wallet

first_imgOTTAWA – When Doug Hoyes had his credit card information stolen, fraudsters used it to pay for three taxi rides in Toronto.He wasn’t in that city, but discovered the charges while routinely checking his card transactions online and notified his bank, which cancelled the card.Hoyes, a licensed insolvency trustee, says the incident illustrates the importance for individuals to keep a watchful eye on their statements in a world where financial information can be stolen in a myriad of ways.“I realize that the bank will probably cover you anyways, so you’re not going to lose any money, but do you really want to wait until they’ve used up your credit limit and you’re trying to put gas in your car and you can’t because you’re over your limit?”Earlier this week, ride-hailing company Uber came clean about a year-old hack that compromised the data of 57 million Uber riders. The information stolen included names, email addresses and mobile phone numbers. The number of Canadians affected was not immediately known.News of the security breach comes just two months after Equifax Inc. said some 145 million consumers —including roughly 8,000 Canadians — had personal data, and in some cases credit card details, stolen by hackers in a massive data breach earlier this year.The thefts were the latest in what has become a regular occurrence of hackers breaking into systems and stealing customer information.While individual pieces of information like the email addresses and mobile phone numbers that were taken in the Uber theft may seem innocuous on their own, when thieves combine it with other information that may be available elsewhere, it can spell trouble.But even if you weren’t affected by the Uber or Equifax data breaches —or any others so far — you need to be vigilant because hacks are going to happen, he added.“If you weren’t impacted by this one, you probably will be impacted by the next one.”If your information is hacked, you need to change your passwords and your PINs to something that is not easily guessed, advises Lynne Santerre, a spokeswoman for the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada.Santerre added that if you’ve been compromised you should also contact the major credit bureaus and ask for a fraud alert to be placed on your file.“That tells lenders to contact you before approving any application for credit in your name,” she said.“So if anyone is trying to take out credit in your name, you’ll get a phone call and you’ll be able to confirm whether that application was yours.”Hoyes noted that much of the job of securing your information online isn’t up to you, but rather the companies storing it. But, he added, there are still things you can do such as reviewing credit card transactions and cancelling any credit you don’t need.Both Hoyes and Santerre recommend regularly checking your credit report with the two major agencies in Canada — Equifax and TransUnion.Checking your credit report can tip you off if your information was stolen because you will see if there are any accounts you don’t know about that may have been opened fraudulently.Hoyes also advised against giving out your social insurance number unless required because the more information that is out there, the more at risk you become.If your card issuer offers you an alert service that sends you a message when your card is used, it can be a great way to keep an eye on charges. But, Hoyes added, it’s not enough to rely on the fraud protection systems at your bank.“You’ve got to be in charge,” he said. “You’ve got to take responsibility here and be looking at these things on a regular basis.”last_img read more

Boeing under scrutiny

first_imgWith back-to-back crashes in six months’ time involving Boeing 737 Max 8, respective aviation authorities of the world are grounding fleets of the aircraft, USA being the latest to join the group. Initiating the process, however, were the Asian regulators – China and Indonesia – ordering the local carriers to ground their Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft. Singapore even shut its airspace to all variants of the B-737 Max, imposing a temporary suspension against operations by both local and foreign carriers. Australia and the European Union were soon to follow. The move comes after an Ethiopian airline’s Boeing 737 Max crashed, killing 157 people, including four Indians. The disaster bore similarities to the doomed Lion Air 737 Max that crashed in October last year, killing a total of 189 passengers, when it took off from Jakarta and shortly went down into the Java Sea. Two fatal crashes in less than six months have raised questions over the safety and security of the aircraft all across the globe. Countries who have banned the aircraft are India, South Korea, Australia, China, France, Germany, Malaysia, Oman, Singapore, United Kingdom, Canada and the USA. President Donald Trump announced the grounding of the aircraft, after (according to reports) ‘US officials found themselves nearly alone in allowing the planes to remain in the air’. Soon after the grounding in China, South Korea began a special inspection of the aircraft, while in Europe; regulators said they’re in contact with their US counterparts as well as Boeing. While the groundings in China and elsewhere are important, most nations typically wait to act until the US and Europe issue findings on aviation matters. But this time, it was the Asian regulators who called the shots and led the others to a consensus to uphold the safety of all passengers and shed the senseless ‘abundance of caution’ tag. Reports suggest that at the heart of the 737 Max 8 crash row is a new Boeing-engineered device called MCAS – Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System. Preliminary investigations into both accidents suggest erroneous inputs from MCAS may have contributed to flight crews losing control of the pitch attitude of their jets, as they plunged into unrecoverable high-speed dives. In the recent past, pilots have complained of inadequate training on automation-assisted flying systems, unfamiliarity with the controls, anxiety that prompted them to engage auto¬pilot earlier than normal, and at least two instances where the plane pitched downward or manoeuvred against pilots’ inputs. Hence, with similarities of fear exceeding a certain threshold in the minds of those who fly very often with the Boeing, there is an urgent need to measure and review the safety regulations and answer all probable questions concerning the aircraft before it takes off into the sky once again. Till then, safe flying!last_img read more

SC asks GJM leaders to approach Calcutta HC for anticipatory bail

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday gave liberty to Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leaders Bimal Gurung and Roshan Giri, against whom several cases are lodged in West Bengal, to approach the Calcutta High Court for anticipatory bail to enable them to participate in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.The apex court said its interim order of December 12 last year, in which it had said that no coercive action be taken till next date of hearing, will continue to operate until further orders. “We request the high court not to go into the issue of maintainability by relegating to the different sessions courts in whose jurisdiction the FIRs (against them) are lodged,” a bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”If such applications for anticipatory bail are filed within four days from today, it is expected that the high court shall take them up expeditiously and dispose them in accordance with law without delay including grant of ad-interim orders to its satisfaction,” said the bench, also comprising Justices M M Shantanagoudar and Navin Sinha. The court passed the order on interim prayer of Gurung and Giri who were seeking protection to enable them to approach the appropriate court for seeking anticipatory bail. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KSenior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for them, had argued in the apex court that numerous FIRs have been lodged against Gurung and Giri and they both were “effectively being prevented from participating in the forthcoming general elections”. They argued that the state government has “political vendetta” against them. Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for West Bengal, has opposed their plea seeking protection saying FIRs lodged against them were of serious nature. In its order, the bench said: “Having heard the parties, the prayer for interim relief, in the peculiar facts and circumstances of the case, is disposed of with liberty to approach the high court for grant of anticipatory bail in accordance with law.”last_img read more

Jaypee Infra home buyers pitch for NBCC have no faith in private

first_imgNoida: Distressed homebuyers of debt-ridden Jaypee Infratech Thursday demanded that state-owned NBCC’s bid to acquire the realty firm should be reconsidered as they do not have any faith in private companies. Representatives of nine homebuyers’ associations of Jaypee Infratech’s housing projects in Noida, Uttar Pradesh, said that Jaypee group promoters are interfering in the insolvency proceedings to regain control over the troubled realty firm. They also cast aspersion on court-appointed Interim Resolution Professional (IRP), alleging that it was taking the side of the Jaypee group. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraAggrieved buyers, who have booked flats in Jaypee Infratech projects, also complained that voting process is not being carried out in a fair manner. Financial creditors and homebuyers of the Jaypee group realty firm are currently voting on the bid of Suraksha Realty, the lone player left in the race to acquire the company and complete over 20,000 flats. The government Wednesday cleared NBCC’s revised offer to acquire Jaypee Infratech under the insolvency process. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysHours after getting the government approval for its revised offer to acquire troubled realty firm Jaypee Infratech, NBCC Ltd asked the court-appointed resolution professional to reconsider its bid and asserted it is prepared to take all necessary steps to protect its interest. Lenders had rejected the bid of NBCC terming it conditional and without the necessary approval from the government. The voting process started on Tuesday (April 30) and would conclude on May 3. “Our demand is that an emergency meeting of the committee of creditors (CoC) be called immediately. NBCC being a government agency should be given a chance in the voting process because homebuyers now don’t have any faith in private players,” said Ashish Rustagi, President of 9 Association that represents around 5,000 customers. The would prevent Jaypee Infratech from going into liquidation, he told reporters. Umesh Rastogi, 62, who had bought a 3BHK flat in Krescent Home, said given a choice between a state-run company like NBCC or private player like Suraksha, anybody would want to have the former take over the project. “There is no credibility left with the Jaypee group. Now they say they want to complete the project but there is no point believing them. The only hope now is if NBCC gets to participate in the voting,” he said. Shambhu Sharma, who had invested in a Jaypee project in 2011, said, “NBCC is a navaratna PSU and we don’t have any trust left in private builders. We wanted to vote for NBCC, their bid was acceptable to us. But then government clearances took time, and it did not have CoC approval so it got disqualified. They wanted a few more days but IRP declined. Now only Suraksha is left.” “Now we want an emergency CoC meeting and both companies should get to voting,” he said, while alleging that “the IRP is clearly against homebuyers, it is only favouring Manoj Gaur.” The association also raised concerns over the voting site being unsecured. “Since the inclusion of the homebuyers in the CoC of Jaypee Infratech, the journey has been marred with the hiccups and road blocks. Anything which the homebuyers have wished for or had floated the idea about, could never see the light of the day, they have been made to run from pillar to post, just to make their voice count,” said Ashish Rustogi. In 2017, the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) admitted the application by an IDBI Bank-led consortium seeking resolution of Jaypee Infratech. The realty firm has an outstanding debt of nearly Rs 9,800 crore.last_img read more

No 4 Ohio State mens basketball downs Walsh in exhibition game 8371

The Ohio State basketball team is expected to blow out non-Division I teams, but In the Buckeyes’ Tuesday exhibition game meeting with Walsh, OSU was only 12 points better than the NCAA Division II foe. In their first competitive action since falling in the 2012 NCAA Tournament’s Final Four round, the Buckeyes, ranked No. 4 in the Associated Press preseason top 25 poll, continued prep work for the 2012-13 season with a 83-71 exhibition game win against the Cavaliers Tuesday at the Schottenstein Center. OSU returns three starters – junior forward Deshaun Thomas and junior guards Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr. – from the 2011-12 team that finished with a 31-8 overall record on its way to a national semifinal appearance. That trio combined for 36 points in the game with Thomas leading the way with 25 points on 9-of-17 shooting. Craft said Walsh deserved credit for forcing a close result. “They came in and weren’t backing down. We’ve got a lot of things to learn, a long way to go,” Craft said. “The best thing about it is it’s still October.” OSU will compete in one additional closed-door exhibition game before opening the 2012-13 season at the Carrier Classic on the deck of the USS Yorktown against Marquette Nov. 9, in Charleston, S.C. The score was hardly of consequence in the game, though Walsh might have raised some eyebrows after leading OSU for most of the first half and then keeping the final score close as well. The first half was a period of experimentation for OSU coach Thad Matta. The Buckeyes used nine different combinations of players in the opening 20 minutes, and every scholarship player except junior guard Alex Rogers saw time. Perhaps due to the closer-than-expected outcome, Rogers never made it into the game, nor did walk-on sophomore forward Jake Lorbach. In what might have been a glimpse into the team’s future, Matta went with a towering starting lineup, choosing Thomas, Smith Jr., Craft, 6-foot-8 sophomore forward LaQuinton Ross, and 6-foot-11 sophomore center Amir Williams for the start. Thomas said part of the challenge against Walsh was adjusting to the personnel changes. “Coach (Matta), he said he was going to try different guys. That was going to be a test,” Thomas said. “It worked though. A couple players were off to the side by themselves and, you know, that’s what coach is trying to see. He just wants us to stand in a circle and, you know, (There were) a couple guys out of that circle today, but it was a test. Like Craft said, it’s October. We’re going to be a better basketball team.” Matta said the lineup changes may have stunted the Buckeyes’ abilities in the game and he expected that. “I knew going in I was going to start a different starting lineup,” Matta said. “(We were) throwing a lot of different guys in there, which I was OK with. I was OK that we didn’t play as well as we probably wanted to play.” Despite trailing in the early stages of the contest, OSU took the lead for good at the 2:10 mark in the period when Thomas spun to the rack and laid the ball in as he was fouled. The score and the free throw to follow put the Buckeyes up, 29-27. OSU scrambled on the final possession of the half before Craft heaved a last-second 3-pointer to send the Buckeyes into break with a 39-30 lead. Despite the lead, OSU was out-rebounded in the half, 20-13. The Cavaliers didn’t go away quietly in the second half. Walsh senior forward Kenny Kornowski kept his NCAA Division II team in contention with 12 points in the game on 6-of-15 shooting from the floor. Walsh sophomore forward Jeff Copeland also aided in keeping the Cavaliers competitive as he scored 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting for the visitors. OSU was visibly frustrated in the second half – players clapped in frustration after missed baskets. The team’s anticipated fast-tempo offense was more than Walsh could cope with, though. During OSU’s Oct. 11 media day, players and coaches spoke of the fast-tempo offense and they backed up that talk in the second half against the Cavaliers. The fast-paced offense gave the Buckeyes the points they needed to hold off a Walsh rally. OSU rotated the same 10 players in and out of the game, and closed out the win by the 12-point margin. “It’s frustrating any time you’re losing in a game,” Craft said. “It’s something that you need to experience and you can’t really teach how to play through that, so, facing adversity and facing when things kind of aren’t going your way, that’s something we’re going to have to deal with throughout the year. It’s already hit us. We already have a little taste.” read more

Despite Ohio States success against the run USC believes Ronald Jones is

Ohio State junior defensive end Sam Hubbard speaks to the media on Dec. 27 prior to the 2017 Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorDALLAS — Every team with a stud running back that faced Ohio State’s run defense believed it had the key to breaking through a stingy front that has allowed just 108.8 yards per game, eighth-best in the nation. But the Buckeyes stuffed nearly every high-level back they played against. Penn State’s Heisman Trophy contender Saquon Barkley managed just 2.1 yards per carry on 21 rushes, while Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor had 15 carries for 41 yards. Like all other challengers that have come before, USC believes it has a running back — junior Ronald Jones — who can break through.And while Jones sits in the shadow of potential No. 1 NFL draft pick quarterback Sam Darnold, he might be the key to a USC victory in the Cotton Bowl Friday.“They’ve done a good job against some really good running backs,” Trojans offensive coordinator Tee Martin said Wednesday. “But Ronald, I think, is different than some guys they’ve seen.”Jones sits at No. 5 in the record book for most rushing yards in USC history with 3,555 yards. This season, he has racked up 1,486 yards on 242 carries and became the first player in the program since Lendale White (2004 and 2005) to rush for at least 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons. Through 12 games, he has 18 touchdowns on the ground and has added 14 catches for 187 yards, with a touchdown.“I don’t know if, number one, I haven’t coached one like him,” Martin said. “I don’t know if in my career I’ll have another one like him.”Ohio State sophomore linebacker Malik Harrison (39), Damon Arnette (3) and Damon Webb (7) take down Penn State’s Saquon Barkley in the third quarter in the game against Penn State on Oct. 28. Ohio State won 39-38. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe challenge Jones presents to Ohio State in Friday’s Cotton Bowl differs from its prior matchups against top running backs. His combination of speed and acceleration with unexpected power from a 6-foot, 200-pound frame differs from the unexpected speed of Taylor and Barkley, both of whom weigh at least 15 pounds more than Jones.While Taylor and Barkley look physical and surprise defenses with their speed, Jones’ speed is well documented, where his physicality and power can shock the opposition.“He kind of takes a, what you call a raised step right before he gets hit and really delivers a blow, as opposed to a guy just continuing to run,” Schiano said. “That is something that I don’t know if it’s coached or not. You don’t see a lot of guys that are able to do that. I think that’s kind of a gift. And if you make a mistake, the one thing, he’s gone.”Redshirt junior defensive end Sam Hubbard said he believes Barkley and Taylor are “typical Big Ten-great running backs,” but Jones is smaller and much faster than them. Regardless, he said, the defensive gameplan does not change. “Everything’s the same,” Hubbard said. “You’ve got to be fundamentally sound, stay in your gaps and build a wall.”That wall has held strong nearly every game, though a few players — such as Iowa’s Akrum Wadley, who rushed for 118 yards on 20 carries — have broken through. Even Barkley managed a 36-yard rush in his 41-yard performance against the Buckeyes.The Trojans hope Jones can break through that wall, but are prepared to sub in backup running backs. Martin said all four tailbacks — Jones, Stephen Carr, Vavae Malepeai and Aca’Cedric Ware — are healthy for the first time this season.“We can go big, we can go small,” Martin said. “We can go fast or faster with the four backs that we have.”But the Buckeyes feel confident that they can counter the Trojans’ stable of running backs with their dominant defensive line rotation.“If they’re going to keep cycling running backs in and running the ball, their offensive line is going to get worn down,” Hubbard said. “I feel like we have that advantage in at least the rotation if they try and go up-tempo just because we’re so deep at the defensive line.”Though the Trojans plan to rotate running backs, Jones will be the key to kick-starting a run game that became more important late in the year.During the final stretch of the season, Jones became USC’s featured offensive weapon. After having more than 20 carries just once through the Trojans’ first nine games of the year, he had 25-plus carries in each of the final four games, tallying at least 122 yards in each contest. Ohio State quarterbacks coach Ryan Day told the defense Jones would be one of the top-two running backs the Buckeyes face this season, along with Barkley, sophomore defensive end Nick Bosa said. But the ever-confident, second-team All-American is not worried.“[Jones] was a track guy, so he’s really fast and he’s a pretty big dude,” Bosa said. “So we just have to bottle him up. “We’ve done pretty well with that this year so it’ll be just like the same.” read more

Gareth Bales decision key to Pochettinos future

first_imgReal Madrid forward Gareth Bale could help determine the future of Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino.The European champions have been tracking Pochettino for the best part of two years and are prepared to match United’s offer for the former Southampton boss. United are believed to be in the race for Pochettino after sacking Jose Mourinho last week. That means that Los Blancos must dig deep in the summer to stand any chance of winning the battle for the former Espanyol boss.Spurs are reportedly looking at least £45m in compensation and Pochettino is expected to get a massive pay rise at Old Trafford. Spurs have first option to buy back Bale on the cheap which could help the Spanish giants secure the services of Pochettino.Certainly, the idea of the Wales international returning to the club he left nearly half-a-decade ago would be a tempting one for Spurs chairman Daniel Levy.Re-signing the former PFA player of the year, even at a reduced price would be a statement of intent for the North London club for the upcoming season.Kieran trippier, Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham HotspursTrippier and Pochettino try to clear up a war of words George Patchias – September 13, 2019 The apparent war of words between Kieran Trippier and Mauricio Pochettino is thought to be nothing more than a misunderstanding.Trippier was sold by Tottenham…At least, that’s the believe for former Tottenham Hotspur defender Terry Fenwick.He said, according to Daily Star:“The squad is fantastic already but I’m hoping Daniel and Mauricio get their heads together and bring in one or two world-class players.“If they don’t spend I think he will leave.”last_img read more