BH Tennis Player Aldin Setkic progressed 34 Positions

first_imgBosnian-Herzegovinian tennis player Aldin Šetkic occupies 194th place on the new ATP rank list. Compared to last week’s list, Setkic has advanced 34 positions and has come close to the record career placement, namely on 191th position.The best Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) tennis player Damir Dzhumhur has fallen back three positions and occupies 96th place, while Mirza Bašić is 165th world player, which is for two positions better than seven days ago.There is no change at the top of the list and the first is British Andy Murray, in front of the Serb Novak Djokovic and Swiss Stano Wawrinka.ATP list:(1) Andy Murray (GB) 10.3702. (2) Novak Djokovic (Srb) 7.4453. (3) Stan Wawrinka (Switz) 5.4454. (4) Rafael Nadal (Spain) 5.3755. (5) Roger Federer (SWE) 5.0356. (6) Miloš Raonić (Can) 4.3607. (7) Dominic Thiem (Aut) 4.1458. (8) Marin Čilić (Cro.) 3.7659. (9) Kei Nishikori (Japan) 3.56010. (17) Alexander Zverev (Him) 3.150 … 96. Damir Džumhur (BiH) 565165. (167) Mirza Bašić (BiH) 345194. (228) Aldin Šetkić (BiH) 275359. (348) Tomislav Brkić (BiH) 129700. (700) Nerman Fatic (BiH)(Source: klix)last_img read more

Referees Impress At State Events

first_imgSouth Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania and New South Wales have all had their state events in recent months, with plenty of achievements in the refereeing arm of the sport occurring.  Members of the National Referees Panel (NRP) have also been in attendance at the events, with Touch Football Australia’s Director of Referees, Greg West attending the South Australia, Western Australia and New South Wales state events, Ian Matthew attending both the Tasmania and New South Wales State Cups, while Henry Dos Santos and Ken Golden were also on hand at the Western Australia State Championships.West is proud of all of the refereeing achievements at these events, saying that they were all successful. “I think that the refereeing standard has been outstanding. The NRP have been very busy,” West said. The South Australia State Cup was the first of the state events for the second half of 2010, with the event being the first of its kind in South Australia in five years.Indy Garner was named the MVP referee for the event, while South Australia’s Director of Referees, Damien Carlson, was named the Volunteer of the Year at Touch Football South Australia’s awards night held during the State Cup. The Western Australia ‘Be Active’ State Championships were next, held between Friday, 19 November 2010 until Sunday, 21 November 2010. James McMahon was named the Referee of the Tournament, as well as being named the number one referee at the tournament. David Leslie was named the Most Improved Referee.Being upgraded to a Level 4 Referee is the highest honour you can receive at a state based event, and the following people were upgraded to this level:Brendon WilsonKate Steinitz (Senior)Matt Thomas (Senior)One more referee, Jennifer Roe from the Northern Territory, also travelled to the event to be assessed for her Level 4 badge, and was successful. The following referees were appointed to the grand finals at the WA State Championships:Men’s Open – James McMahon, Richard McIllroy, Chris MurrayWomen’s Open – Justin Parsons, Annabelle Connolly, Phil GalvinMixed Open – Lee Broadbridge, Jeremy Sorenson, Shaun BirminghamMen’s 30’s – Paul Richardson, John Bedford, Ben MortonMen’s 40’s – Matt Thomas, Steve Williams, Stuart EvansWomen’s 27’s – Andrew Scotford, Brendan Williams, John CorserWomen’s 35’s – Ben Grainger, Damien Capp, Pam TauTasmania’s State Cup was held on the last Saturday in November, with two referees receiving upgrades. Southern Touch’s Matt Phillips received a Level 4 upgrade, as did Devonport Touch Association’s Jo Mason.National Referee Panel member, Ian Matthew, and National Referee Squad member, Luke McKenzie, were also in attendance to help out at the event. The New South Wales State Cup saw over 200 teams compete in the event at Port Macquarie, with plenty of referees also taking part in the event.Nine referees were upgraded to Level 4 badges at the event:Ali Amin (Western Suburbs)Brett Bevan (Doyalson)Rob Bowen (Canterbury)Danny Gock (Northern Suburbs)Paul Khoudair (Western Suburbs)James Ling (Wallsend)Phil Rainger (Narrabri)Daryl Shaw (Penrith)Jordyn Tomba (Doyalson)Of special mention is Phil Rainger, who became the first state graded referee from his association, Narrabri Touch Association. The following referees received finals appointments following strong performances throughout the event:Men’s Open – Adam Foley, Gavin West, David BaggioWomen’s Open – Mick Medlin, Anthony Smith, Sandra ClarkMixed Open – Luke McKenzie, Kim Skelly, Bill SladeMen’s 30’s – Bernie O’Donohue, Andrew Smith, Simon JacksonMen’s Open B – (Aaron McRoberts), John Frost, Greg Myers, Mark LeonardMen’s 20’s – Matt Seldon, Chris Dennison-Smith, Gavin KingMen’s 35’s – Daniel Scully, Josh Vernon, Adam O’KeeffeMen’s 40’s – Dave Brown, John Frost, Mark SinclairMen’s 45’s – Victor Naumovski, Mick McGrath, Mark FentonMixed Open B – Victor Baptista, Tony Calabria, Rina JansonWomen’s Open A Reserve – Karren Strachan, Luke Heckendorf, Blake DawesSenior Mixed – (Phi Lowe), Mark Sinclair, (Jillian McRoberts), Daniel Scully, Nic AltinWomen’s 20’s – Karen Davies, Mark Camilleri, Paul TesorieroWomen’s 30’s – Sally Melzer, Craig Hughes, Darian FurnerMen’s 50’s – Peter Millington, (Larry Kent), Greg Eggins, John MitchellWomen’s 40’s – John Salisbury, Garry Foster, Nicole TeoWomen’ Open B – Trent Richards, Blake Richards, Bryce SaintyThe following referees were also acknowledged for their achievements at the event:Leading referee – Adam FoleyLeading Women’s referee – Sandra ClarkLeading Senior referees – Bill Slade, Karren StrachanLeading Level 5 referee – Josh VernonLeading Level 4 referee – Luke Heckendorflast_img read more

Ontario court rules lawsuit can proceed against HudBay

first_imgAPTN National NewsAn Ontario judge has ruled a group from Guatemala can proceed with their lawsuit against a Canadian mining company.Their lawsuit is against HudBay Minerals that operates a mine in Guatemala.The group has held several protests in Toronto claiming beatings, rape and murder have taken place at the mine.It’s a precedent setting case as other Canadian companies could potentially be held liable for incidents that happen abroad.last_img

Walmart launches 1hour grocery delivery in GTA with Instacart partnership

first_imgMISSISSAUGA, Ont. – Walmart Canada says it is starting to roll out one-hour grocery delivery today for customers in parts of the Greater Toronto Area.The discount grocer says it’s partnered with Instacart, a California-based company, to provide the service.Shoppers use the Instacart website or app to place their order, which is then picked out and delivered by Instacart employees.The one-hour delivery offering will expand to Winnipeg on Sept. 27, and possibly to other markets later.Walmart Canada already offers next-day delivery, as well as the option to order online and pick up in-store, in parts of the GTA.Many Canadian grocers have recently started to grow their e-commerce offerings as they face increased pressure after tech titan Amazon acquired Whole Foods Market.Loblaw Companies Ltd. also partnered with Instacart to offer home delivery and plans to “blanket the country” with online grocery services this year.Sobeys Inc., on the other hand, signed a partnership deal with British company Ocado Group to build a customer fulfillment centre that will store food and automate the food selection process. Its service will launch in the GTA in about two years.Companies in this story: (TSX:L)last_img read more

British Columbia is just defending its interests on pipeline Horgan

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – B.C. Premier John Horgan defended his government’s position on the Trans Mountain pipeline Wednesday, hours after Finance Minister Bill Morneau said the federal government is willing to protect Kinder Morgan’s investors.Horgan said he is protecting the interests of British Columbia by joining two legal cases that are already underway over the project and asking the B.C. Court of Appeal whether the province has the right to protect its environment through a permitting system for hazardous substances that are transported inside its borders.“I’m doing what I said I would do, I’m defending the interests of British Columbia,” he said after speaking to the B.C. Tech Summit. “I’m not causing any risks.”Horgan said the province asked the federal government to take part in the reference case to the Appeal Court, but it declined so his government went ahead on its own to determine its position under the Constitution.“These are not overly provocative statements in my opinion, those are the normal course of events working with the rule of law, not allowing Mr. Morneau to determine constitutionality, but the courts.”Kinder Morgan has ceased all non-essential spending on the $7.4-billion pipeline project that would twin the existing pipeline between Burnaby, B.C., and Edmonton. The company wants assurances it can proceed without delays by May 31.Morneau said Ottawa is willing to “provide indemnity” to Kinder Morgan investors to ensure the controversial project is able to proceed.Asked about how Morneau’s statement might impact the future of the pipeline, Horgan replied: “I’m not a seer. I don’t know what the future holds. Mr. Morneau will do what he wants to do.” Horgan later issued a statement replying to Morneau: “The federal finance minister is trying to use our government as an excuse, as the federal government puts taxpayer money on the line to backstop risks to private investors, while completely ignoring the risks to B.C.”B.C. Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson said Horgan’s approach on the pipeline is now placing taxpayers’ money at risk through the federal commitment.“Instead of the private sector paying to build this pipeline, taxpayers will now be responsible for cleaning up Horgan’s mess,” he said in a news release.“Oil will continue to be shipped by rail through our communities despite the dangers, and tankers will continue to operate off our coasts carrying oil to Washington refineries. While Horgan risks the economic future of B.C. to hold on to power, our province may face the consequences of losing out on opportunity and prosperity.”center_img (THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

OGC introduces regulations to reduce methane in BC Oil and Gas industry

first_imgThe Province wants to reduce methane emissions by 45 percent by 2025. The Federal Government has a similar reduction target of 40 to 45 percent.Maximilian Kniewasser, director of the B.C. clean economy program at the Pembina Institute, said the regulations do not live up to the B.C. climate plan. “While B.C.’s draft methane regulations are a step in the right direction, they represent a missed opportunity to ensure the oil and gas sector does its fair share — at low cost — to help achieve B.C.’s climate targets by curbing methane pollution. By leaving cost-effective emissions reductions on the table, the proposed methane regulations do not live up to the spirit of B.C.’s ambitious new climate plan, CleanBC.Several environmental groups have said methane pollution is a problem in the Oil and Gas Industry in B.C. Their studies suggested in 2018 that 47 percent of active oil and gas wells in the study area were found to emit methane-rich plumes.The information released by the OGC on Wednesday said the changes include enhancements to requirements for leak detection and repair, designed to ensure leaks are detected and repaired quickly. Additionally, the industry will be required to increase data management and reporting requirements to ensure transparent reporting of industry actions are under development.For more information on the changes announced by the OGC, click here. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The B.C. Oil and Gas Commission has introduced new regulations for methane.The new regulations will come into effect on January 1, 2020. The Oil and Gas Commission says the new regulations will reduce methane emissions by 10.9 megatonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent over a 10-year period. The OGC says that is equivalent to removing 390,000 cars off the road each year.The regulations will focus on the primary sources of methane emissions that include pneumatic devices, equipment leaks, compressor seals, glycol dehydrators, storage tanks and surface casing vents.last_img read more

For 94 large A/Cs, banks take Rs 1 lakh crore haircut!

first_imgMumbai: Banks have taken a huge 57 percent haircut in the 94 large accounts worth Rs 1.75 lakh crore which were resolved in FY19, recovering just Rs 75,000 crore or only 43 percent of the admitted claims, finds a report. The numbers assume importance as the bankruptcy law enters the third year this month.As of March, there were 1,143 cases pending at various bankruptcy tribunals, and 32 percent of them are pending for over 270 days. The average resolution timeline for these 94 cases resolved was 324 days as against the stipulated timeline of 270 days. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework”Only 94 stressed with a total claim of Rs 1,75,000 crore by financial creditors were resolved in FY19 with a recovery of Rs 75,000 crore or 43 percent of the admitted claims under the insolvency process approved by the various national company law tribunals (NCLTs),” say a joint study by Crisil and industry lobby Assocham released Friday. The report said had these 94 companies been liquidated, the recovery would have been just 22 percent which is significantly lower than the recovery rate through normal resolution process. The report further said there are a few big-ticket accounts for which resolution has not been finalised for over 400 days as IBC framework is still a work in progress. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygenAccording to the study, some of the key issues that need to be addressed for successful implementation of IBC are adherence to timelines, adequate judicial infrastructure, creditor classification and prioritising, among others. To maximise value and stakeholders’ interest, the IBC framework for liquidation under a going concern basis needs to be explored further and should be followed in true spirit, the report said. The report, however, termed the recovery rate of 43 per cent “respectable”. “With a respectable recovery rate of 43 per cent, resolution for 94 stressed assets has been reached for Rs 75,000 crore as on March 31, 2019 out of Rs 1,75,000 crore total claim of financial creditors admitted under the Corporate Insolvency Resolution Process (CIRP) approved by the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT),” said that report titled, ‘Strengthening the code’.last_img read more

Remembering Tagore on his 158th birth anniversary

first_imgKolkata: The 158th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore was observed with great enthusiasm.Tagore was born on May 9, 1861 at Jorasanko and was the youngest son of Debendranath Tagore. State Information and Cultural Affairs department organised a function on Cathedral Road outside Rabindra Sadan. Noted Rabindrasangeet exponents paid homage to Tagore through their songs. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was present at the function. A function was held at Jorasanko Thakurbari in the morning. Noted Rabindrasangeet exponents and elocutionists paid their respect to Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaTagore. The statue of Tagore was garlanded by Sabyasachi Basu Roy Chaudhuri, the vice chancellor of Rabindra Bharati University. Later, he inaugurated an art gallery that has been named after Abanindranath Tagore. A total of 32 paintings including one by Tagore and the remaining by all well-known artists who were Tagore’s contemporaries were put up at the gallery. A function was held at Oriental Seminary, a school where Tagore had been enrolled as a student for some time. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayMinister of state for Women and Child Development and Social Welfare Shashi Panja garlanded the half-bust statue of Tagore at the school. Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) organised a function titled “He Antartara” at Rabindra Tirtha where well known Rabindrasangeet singers including Ashis Bhattacharya, Enakshi Chattopadhyay, Dipak Rudra, Anindya Narayan Chattopadhyay, Chandrabali Rudra Dutta among others took part in the programme. Noted elocutionists Pranati Thakur, Bijoylakshmi Barman, Sovanshundar Basu recited poems wrote by Tagore. HIDCO will organise programs in all the Saturdays and Sundays except May 18 and 19 at Rabindra Tirtha in the evening. A programme was held at Jadavpur Laughing Club where singers Surajit, Agnibha Bhattacharya, Monomoy Bhattacharya took part along with elocutionist Satinath Mukhopadhyay. Nabanalanda High School organised a programme on Southern Avenue opposite the new school premises. Rammohan Mission School also organised a programme to pay tribute to Tagore. Programmes were held all over Bengal and thousands of artists, dancers, elocutionists took part in these programmes. Metro Railway observed the 158th birth anniversary of Kavi Guru Rabindra Nath Tagore in a solemn manner at Metro Rail Bhavan. P C Sharma, general manager, Metro Railway paid homage to Gurudev by garlanding his photograph on behalf of staff and officers of Metro Railway. Metro staff and officers paid homage to Kavi Guru by singing his songs and reciting poems. All officers and staff were present in this programme.last_img read more

The Spartans Shift Up Updated College Football Playoff Predictions Week 12

Alabama 10-121359%66% ▲ 2122% Florida 10-18101932%17% ▼ 5a3% Clemson 11-014660%69% ▲ 2116% Michigan 9-21213157%6% ▲ 21<1% LSU 7-31538120%<1% ▲ 21<1% Utah 8-31337260%<1% ▲ 21<1% Northwestern 9-22021550%<1% ▲ 21<1% RankingProbability of … USC 7-424261033%<1% ▲ 21<1% Iowa 11-05122937%29% ▲ 6a3% Stanford 9-21111952%11% ▲ 212% Oklahoma 10-175163%55% ▲ 1022% North Carolina 10-11781640%11% ▲ 212% Navy 9-116163826%<1% ▲ 21<1% College Football Playoff (CFP) rankings as of Nov. 17. Playoff probability changes are since Nov. 18; only changes greater than 5 percentage points are shown. Florida State 9-21419130%<1% ▲ 21<1% Notre Dame 10-1478—a31% ▲ 216% TeamCFPEloFPIConf. TitlePlayoffNat. Title Baylor 9-1109216%19% ▲ 217% Oklahoma St. 10-16141420%9% ▼ 162% Wisconsin 8-32531280%<1% ▲ 21<1% Memphis 8-32152490%<1% ▲ 21<1% Houston 10-119284431%<1% ▲ 21<1% Michigan St. 10-1921747%44% ▲ 336% (But first, a reminder: Our predictions are probabilistic for a reason. There’s a lot we don’t know! With only one year of data to work off, it’s not clear how the playoff committee weighs winning a conference championship against not playing in one, or how it judges a one-loss team in a strong conference versus an undefeated squad from a weak one. We’ll learn a lot more on Dec. 6 when the committee makes its picks.)Clemson and Alabama cruised on Saturday and retain pole position to make the playoff at 69 percent and 66 percent, respectively. Oklahoma sweated out a thrilling TCU comeback and remains the best bet from the Big 12 to make the playoff: The Sooners’ odds have risen to 55 percent. If they can win at Oklahoma State next Saturday, the Sooners make the playoff in 85 percent of our simulations.After that, it’s a pair of Big Ten teams — and things get hairy. Our model now gives Michigan State the inside track to be the fourth team in the playoff (with a 44 percent likelihood). Right behind the Spartans are the Buckeyes, at 33 percent. Luckily for Michigan State, it has a clear path to the playoff: Beat Penn State next week (the Spartans are 80 percent favorites) to wrap up the Big Ten East and then win over Iowa in the conference title game. Should Michigan State win out, our model gives them a 92 percent shot to make the playoff.Ohio State is not out yet, however. The Buckeyes’ path is just much less clear. They first need to beat Michigan at The Big House next week — no easy task, as the Buckeyes are only 58 percent favorites. Then they need the Spartans to lose. In a scenario in which Michigan State does slip up and a one-loss Ohio State team wins out — including over Iowa — the Buckeyes make the playoff in 96 percent of those simulations.But that is not the Buckeyes’ only way to the playoff. Should they win out and be excluded from the Big Ten championship game, they still make the playoff 54 percent of the time. As I explained last week, Ohio State as a one-loss defending national champion presents an impressive résumé for the committee to consider, even if the Buckeyes are prevented from vying for their conference title. It’s possible that two Big Ten teams make the playoff.Other takeaways from our model: Notre Dame, even if it wins out, is not assured a playoff spot. Three teams ranked behind it by the committee — Iowa, Michigan State and Oklahoma — have a good chance to leapfrog the Irish if they win out. Still, if the Irish beat Stanford next week to finish their regular season, their chances jump noticeably, to 69 percent.Baylor notched an impressive win over undefeated Oklahoma State on Saturday, but it didn’t help its playoff chances much. Currently, the Bears’ chances are 19 percent. Florida, on the other hand, had an overtime scare against Florida Atlantic, but despite a Gator victory, the model revised Florida’s playoff odds down to 17 percent. Oregon 8-3236240%<1% ▲ 21<1% TCU 9-2181850%<1% ▼ 5a<1% Mississippi 8-3221779%<1% ▲ 21<1% Ohio State 10-133410%33% ▼ 299% Michigan State kicked a field goal on the last play of its game on Saturday to topple the undefeated Ohio State Buckeyes — and made the College Football Playoff picture more complicated. You may have some unanswered questions: What does the upset of the Buckeyes mean for the eventual Big Ten champ’s chances? Does it help or hurt Notre Dame’s playoff position? And what about the Big 12? Fear not! FiveThirtyEight’s college football model has some (probabilistic) answers. Here are our updated projections following Saturday’s games (these numbers will change again on Tuesday night after the new committee rankings are released): read more

Ramos hints that instability caused Spains early World Cup exit

first_imgSpain captain Sergio Ramos believes that the untimely sacking of Julen Lopetegui played a major role in their early World Cup exitThe Real Madrid defender wrote a long post on Instagram explaining how the sacking of his new club coach had a negative effect on the squad in their pre-tournament preparations.Lopetegui was infamously fired by the president of the REFEF, Luis Rubiales, after it was announced that he would be replacing Zinedine Zidane at Real for the upcoming season.The 51-year-old was quickly replaced by sporting director Fernando Hierro for the tournament, but Ramos felt that the damage had already been done at that point.“When we hadn’t even played our first game in the tournament, something happened that we did not expect,” he wrote.“I won’t talk about those acts or decisions but instability is never a good companion.“Even so, we maintained our cohesion and the strength and energy of a group of colleagues and friends but we have gone from more to less.“Although many think we could have done more, we didn’t know how to do more because we left every last drop of sweat on the pitch, our last bit of energy and bravery. Without a doubt, we always tried until the end.”But Ramos remains “proud” to be the leader of Spain and says that they will accept any critical comments thrown at them.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“We accept any comments and criticism but let’s not forget how difficult winning is because everyone loses, except one team,” he added.“Only the side who are able to recover, persist and insist until exhaustion has the opportunity for glory and to raise the title.“It is precisely the great difficulty of doing it that elevates these victories and turns them into landmarks, into legend.“Unfortunately, most times you don’t win but the loser is the one who is beaten before they lose, who lowers his arms in the storm and who turns his back in the face of difficulty.“We could have done better and we should have done better but I’m not ashamed. I’m proud to be captain of this great team.”Spain were eliminated from the World Cup on Sunday after losing in a penalty shoot-out to Russia in the first knockout round.last_img read more

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