Remember that old reality series called “Extreme Makeover”? Well, Tuesday night’s episode of “Hard Knocks: Training Camp With the Oakland Raiders” had sort of that feel to it.There seemed to be an overtly aggressive effort by NFL Films — and perhaps the Raiders themselves — to make over the image of controversial wide receiver Antonio Brown. After weeks of frustration (and annoyance) surrounding AB’s frostbitten feet, his helmet woes and camp absences that had people wondering if he might be …
For the past two years there have been two teams who have dominated at the National Youth Championships (NYC) – NSW Combined High Schools (NSWCHS) and Queensland School Sport Touch (QSST).The pair have been unstoppable in their respective divisions since 2010.NSWCHS have won the girls championship and QSST have taken out the boys equivalent for the last two years.It is an impressive record that could continue when the NYC’s get underway in Port Macquarie tomorrow (Wednesday, September 19).Although their rivals will be gunning for them this week, the pressure of a three-peat is not a concern for NSWCHS coach Brooke Playford.“I would love to win a third title but I wouldn’t say it is added pressure,” Playford said.“We have been there before but we are not worried about that at this stage. We are focussing on reaching the semi-finals first.”NSWCHS have the player roster to win a third straight title.Last year’s Player of the Series Ashleigh Quinlan will lead the team and she will be well-supported by Ashlee Jaegar, Breannan Singman and Tanisha Stanton.However, NSWCHS will be without Emma Crear and Danielle Davis who both picked up injuries forcing them out of the championships.NSWCHS get their campaign underway against Touch New Zealand under 15s at 9am tomorrow.It will be a new-look QSST aiming for a third men’s crown.Ashley Taylor is the only player from last year’s champion team backing up.QSST coach Jason Boyd said having a whole new side won’t be a problem.“Overall the boys have combined well and they will be up for the challenge,” Boyd said.“We definitely can win again. They have plenty of skill and determination.”Once again perennial finalists NSW Combined Catholic Colleges will be a threat in the boys competition as will Central Queensland Bulls and NSWCHS.QSST take on Touch New Zealand under 15s in their first match at 10.40am tomorrow.Related LinksSearching for a three-peat
We’re a little more than a day away from the 2015 Final Four. At 6:09 p.m. E.T. Saturday, Duke and Michigan State are set to tip off at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. Following that contest, at roughly 8:49 p.m. E.T., Kentucky and Wisconsin will play. Here’s the official game ball for the Final Four. It features the national championship trophy. Official game ball. Trophy embossed. pic.twitter.com/jJt9v0hq2i— Duke Basketball (@dukeblueplanet) April 3, 2015Which team will be throwing that ball into the air late Monday evening?The Final Four games will be televised on TBS.
ST LOUIS, MO – MARCH 18: Head coach Tom Izzo of the Michigan State Spartans reacts in the second half against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Scottrade Center on March 18, 2016 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Michigan State is playing its first game without player of the year candidate Denzel Valentine, and things could be going better. The Spartans lead Oakland 80-78, but the game has been a struggle. Tom Izzo has had an interesting night as well. He has loudly disagreed with a few calls, and at one point, actually had to be pulled away from one referee.Tom Izzo is about to loose his mind after Bryn Forbes got fouled then called for a technical. What did he do? Fist pump?— Mike Wilson (@MikeWilson247) December 23, 2015Tom Izzo restrained from the official. Oakland tech shots to tie here…— Joe Rexrode (@joerexrode) December 23, 2015Izzo for President! #POTUS #SpartanNation pic.twitter.com/RICr6tAax5— Dana (@DanaMonstah) December 23, 2015IZZO MAD pic.twitter.com/lxvJ5vDfNA— Drew Hallett (@DrewCHallett) December 23, 2015There is less than a minute left in the game, which is live on ESPNU. We may have a great finish on our hands, involving the nation’s No. 1 team.
Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Karl Samuda, has instructed that the Monymusk Sugar Factory remains open until cane farmers crops have been reaped.Addressing the official opening of the Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show in May Pen, Clarendon, on August 5, Mr. Samuda noted that the move was necessary to protect the interest of the farmers.“My job, as I understand it, is to do everything in my power to make our people better off…not to shut them off from their livelihood and let them suffer out there…that is not my philosophy,” he said.Additionally, Mr. Samuda informed that he is pursuing negotiations “at the highest level” with Pan Caribbean Sugar Company and its Chinese parent company, COMPLANT, which operates Monymusk.This, he said, is being done with a view to ensuring that the corporations uphold certain investment commitments to the Clarendon-based sugar factory.The Government has been involved in the operations of Monymusk after the Chinese indicated that they were unable to keep the factory open for the 2017-2018 crop year.The Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister said that sugar cane factories possess enormous opportunities for the training of young engineers and he “will stand in defence of those (and other) people”.Meanwhile, turning to other industries like marijuana, Mr. Samuda urged stakeholders not to get impatient with Government in its pace for take-off of the industry.“We have so far taken our time to do what we can properly. It is a sensitive industry and it is one that requires a level of maturity and understanding. We cannot make a mistake,” he said.Mr. Samuda informed that the Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) has so far received 230 applications of varying types, related to transporting, retailing and cultivation.He noted that of that figure, 47 have been processed for conditional licences. Conditional approval means that the CLA would have conducted a satisfactory background check and the applicant is now required to implement the necessary measures to get the actual licence to enter the industry.Chairman of the Denbigh Show Committee, Norman Grant, for his part informed that the three-day show is expected to net one billion dollars for the economy.Mr. Grant, who is also the President of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), also informed that a programme will be started, which will ensure that the showgrounds are used daily for the entire year.The JAS President noted that plans to open up the property for Jamaicans to exercise and to keep fit have received endorsement from the Ministry of Health.The Denbigh Development Company is also to be listed on the Jamaica Stock Exchange in a bid to raise capital. The JAS President noted that plans to open up the property for Jamaicans to exercise and to keep fit have received endorsement from the Ministry of Health. Story Highlights Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Karl Samuda has instructed that the Monymusk Sugar Factory remains open until cane farmers crops have been reaped. The Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister said that sugar cane factories possess enormous opportunities for the training of young engineers and he “will stand in defence of those (and other) people”.
In May 1999, twenty-five-year-old tall, slim and soft-spoken Flying Officer Gunjan Saxena, posted at Udhampur with 132 Forward Area Control (FAC) Flight, gets orders to move to Srinagar. The daughter of an Army officer, Gunjan is looking for action and happy to go to Srinagar. Before leaving she calls up her parents, Lt Col. (retd) A.K. Saxena and Mrs Saxena, who are settled at Lucknow, and tells them that she is being sent out of Udhampur on deployment and might not be able to call them for some time. Being an Army officer himself, Lt Col. Saxena is not unnecessarily perturbed by his daughter’s adventures. He wishes her well and puts the phone down. Also Read – Torpedoing BengalAt that time, the intrusions in Kargil have just started coming to light and no one has any inkling about the magnitude of the operation. When Gunjan moves to Srinagar she too believes India is facing a small incursion by the mujahedeen. Four helicopters are positioned at Srinagar Air Field during May. Gunjan, who has been flying Cheetahs for a while, is one of the ten pilots based there. Initially, she causes quite a few raised eyebrows at the pilot briefings since she is the only female in a largely male bastion, but the officers soon get used to seeing her around and start treating her with casual bonhomie. Later, when the conflict escalates and the assignments are considered dangerous, she is asked by her detachment commander if she has any problems operating in the area. She says she doesn’t and continues to fly, refusing the option to move out of Srinagar and the danger zone. Also Read – Educational model of coexistenceAround that time, her parents realize that she is flying over the battleground and her life could be at risk, but being a hard-core Army family, they do not interfere with her course of duty. In the initial phase, the small but sturdy Cheetah helicopters that have an established record in high-altitude flying are sent on surveillance sorties. Gunjan is amongst the pilots who fly into the valley covering the Kargil–Tololing–Batalik area, surveying it from the air and reporting any activity they spot. Often they fly over mountainous terrain where Indian and Pakistani soldiers are firing at each other. Around this time, casualties start being reported. The helicopters now start ferrying wounded soldiers from the heights where a gruesome war is raging. Gunjan too does her share of medical evacuations, often landing close to 13,000 feet on makeshift helipads, hastily cleared by soldiers at war. Landing on the helipads, she waits for the injured soldiers to be carried into her chopper. Then, signalling a thumbs up to the battle-weary soldiers watching her machine—only a few of whom notice her gender—she quickly pulls the throttle and lifts off, manoeuvring the Cheetah towards Srinagar and safety. The pilots have to be very careful since they cannot risk their helicopters being shot down.The Cheetah is adept at high altitude flying but it has no defences against the enemy. Pilots routinely carry assault rifles and pistols to face the eventuality of enemy encounter in case of a crash or capture. Since Kargil is under intermittent enemy shelling through the war months, once, when Gunjan is preparing to take off from the Kargil airfield, an enemy missile misses her helicopter and crashes behind it. Undeterred, she takes off and continues with her duties.The Cheetahs carry out reconnaissance of enemy territory, bringing information about suspected enemy location for the artillery gunners and fighter pilots, besides dropping food, medicines and other supplies for troops battling the enemy in high-altitude terrain, and landing at great personal risk to pick up injured and dead comrades. They are a lifeline for the infantry soldiers who are risking their lives for their country. Gunjan operates in the area spanning Kargil–Tololing–Batalik. She conducts around ten sorties over a period of twenty days after which the IAF withdraws its small helicopters, launching full-scale offensive support for the fighting troops, and she comes back to Udhampur. She has attained the glory of being the only woman involved in the Kargil War. An Army Background Gunjan came from an Army family and always wanted to join the forces. After completing her graduation from Hansraj College, Delhi, she cleared the SSB entrance exam and joined the IAF in 1994. She has been quoted as saying, ‘One of our main roles (in the war) was casualty evacuation. I think it is the ultimate feeling that you can experience as a helicopter pilot. It is a very satisfying feeling when you save a life because that’s what you are there for.’ Aviation Corp’s Role Besides IAF helicopters, two squadrons of the Army Aviation Corps participated in the Kargil War, clocking a mind-boggling 2500 missions and 2700 flying hours. The shrill whine of the single-engine Cheetah and the characteristic deep whirring of its rotors brought a sigh of relief to hundreds of soldiers deployed in the war. The Cheetah mostly operated at heights touching 18,000 feet, which forms its upper flying limit. Not only did the daredevil pilots of the Army Aviation Corps initially lift troops and carry material to points close to where the bloodiest battles were fought, they dropped essential supplies to the fighting troops and evacuated over 900 casualties during the war, carrying injured soldiers to field hospitals and martyrs closer to their grieving families. They did this with fearless disregard to enemy small-arms and artillery fire, landing and taking off from makeshift helipads. There are innumerable instances of pilots risking their own lives to save those of fellow soldiers. The Army Aviation Corps was awarded two Vir Chakras, one Yudha Seva Medal, three Sena Medals (Gallantry) and one Sena Medal (Distinguished) for its exception role in the Kargil War. (Excerpted with permission from Kargil; written by Rachna Bisht Rawat; published by Penguin. The excerpt here is a part of the chapter titled ‘Kargil’s Lone Woman Warrior’.)
VANCOUVER, B.C. – Outrage over the federal government’s announcement about buying the Trans Mountain pipeline to ensure it gets built could fuel unprecedented protests, says a prominent environmentalist who was at the forefront of British Columbia’s so-called War in the Woods in the 1990s.Tzeporah Berman said the fight against the pipeline expansion is even bigger than those over logging in Clayoquot Sound.Canadians are angry the government is shelling out $4.5 billion to purchase the Trans Mountain pipeline rather than investing in clean energy after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s climate-change promises during the 2015 election and his later commitment to the Paris climate accord, she said. “The protesters and the opposition, and the civil disobedience is probably going to increase,” Khelsilem said.“Our mandate from our people is to continue to defend our rights as a people and to protect our territory, not just for us but for future generations. We’re going to continue to stand with our allies that support our Indigenous rights and change the story of Canada, that Canada is no longer a country that disregards Indigenous rights.”(THE CANADIAN PRESS) “My experience is that people are motivated by betrayal, they’re motivated by a lack of fairness, they’re motivated by a sense of shared common purpose and outrage. In this case we have all of that,” said Berman, who was cleared of aiding and abetting protesters at the Clayoquot blockade and is now an adjunct professor of environmental studies at York University in Toronto.Berman said the Liberal government “made a very big mistake” by backing Kinder Morgan’s project and alienating voters to create “a perfect storm” that would prompt people to take action.“I think a lot of us who knocked on doors for the Trudeau government really believed them when they said they were going to bring evidence-based analysis and science and democratic process back to pipeline reviews.”Berman is a director of Stand.earth, one of the groups that organized an anti-pipeline protest in Vancouver on Tuesday after Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced the government’s plans for the pipeline between Edmonton and Burnaby, B.C. Another protest is planned in Victoria on Thursday.“My expectation is that the outrage is going to grow and we’re not just going it see it here in British Columbia but we’re going to see it nationally and internationally,” she said, adding social media makes it possible for activists to connect in ways that didn’t exist at the height of anti-logging protests in 1993.Chopper 9 hovered over a rally was organized by First Nations and environmentalists opposed to the Kinder Morgan project. Extended: https://t.co/puolrDQOQU pic.twitter.com/eG77JC8N3l— CTV Vancouver (@CTVVancouver) May 30, 2018 “We didn’t have email, we didn’t have cell phones. It was a remote location that took most people five to seven hours to get through. This is a pipeline project that runs through urban centres,” she said of Trans Mountain.Khelsilem, a Squamish Nation council member who goes by his first name, said the federal government’s decision to pursue completion of the pipeline expansion threatens Indigenous communities if there was a spill of bitumen from increased tanker traffic in B.C. waters.“Trudeau had promised during the election that he would create a new environmental process that would protect Indigenous rights and that the Kinder Morgan project would be included and sent back to be done through the new process, and on both those counts he’s failed completely,” he said.Along with multiple legal challenges involving the pipeline, the Squamish Nation and five other First Nations are involved in a Federal Court of Appeal case that targets Ottawa’s approval of the project.
Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, says the last two seasons have been the worst for wildfires and that these grants should reduce the risk of wildfires.“The last two summers have shown the need for better preparation in advance of wildfire season. To help keep people and communities as safe as possible, it’s more important than ever that we invest in programs that reduce the risk.”The Union of B.C. Municipalities administers this program and processes grant applications.The application deadline for the next intake is October 18, 2019.For more information on the Community Resiliency Investment program, you can visit the Province’s website. PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – The Government of British Columbia has allocated another $574,840 in Community Resiliency Investment program grants for the Prince George Fire Centre.According to the Government, the grants will be given to eight local governments and First Nations communities in the Prince George Fire Centre to help support wildfire risk reduction projects.These grants are in addition to the more than $6 million in funding provided to 85 municipalities, regional districts and First Nations throughout B.C. in May.
Peshawar: Three security personnel were killed in an IED blast at a check post in Pakistan’s restive northwestern tribal region bordering Afghanistan, police said. The explosives, which were planted close to the check post in Sheva tehsil of North Waziristan District, went off when the levies personnel reported for duty, eye witnesses said. One person was injured in the incident that happened on Saturday. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief minister K P K Mehmud Khan strongly condemned the blast, saying that the resolve of the government against terrorism can not be suppressed through such acts of cowardice.
Mumbai: Vistara Tuesday said Vinod Kannan will take over as its chief strategy officer from June as the full service carrier prepares to fly overseas. Currently, Sanjiv Kapoor is both chief commercial officer as well as chief strategy officer at Vistara, a joint venture between Tatas and Singapore Airlines. “As Vistara accelerates its growth and prepares to take the next leap in its journey of becoming a global brand, certain changes have been introduced in the leadership structure. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework “Strategy and Commercial are cornerstones of any airline’s business, and these two areas will be bolstered to ensure focus on key priorities,” an airline spokesperson told PTI. Kannan from within the Singapore Airlines group will be joining Vistara next month as chief strategy officer, while Kapoor will remain chief commercial officer, the spokesperson said. The domestic carrier is preparing to start overseas flights and has also placed orders for a significant number of planes. Vistara, which has 22 aircraft on its fleet, operates around 140 flights every day. The airline commenced commercial operations on January 9, 2015.