ESPN signs Sunny, Bobby Deol to endorse Premier Hockey League

first_imgSunny with Bobby DeolThe closest Sunny and Bobby Deol have got to playing hockey is using the stick to crack skulls on screen.Still, considering the woeful awareness about the sport in India, that’s a lot.Or so thinks sports channel ESPN which signed the Deol brothers to endorse the Premier Hockey,Sunny with Bobby DeolThe closest Sunny and Bobby Deol have got to playing hockey is using the stick to crack skulls on screen.Still, considering the woeful awareness about the sport in India, that’s a lot.Or so thinks sports channel ESPN which signed the Deol brothers to endorse the Premier Hockey League that kicked off in Hyderabad on January 13. Besides shooting promos, the actors will be seen playing out their sons-of-the-soil role to push the game.”Hockey is India’s sport,” says Bobby when asked why they weren’t pushing cricket.Er, hockey is a colonial legacy too.last_img read more

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Sakshi Dhoni’s little angel’s name is Ziva

first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni’s wife Sakshi on Monday revealed the name of her baby girl on Twitter.  She tweeted, ” Welcome to the world beautiful Ziva! Mumma and Daddy adore you! Thanks for all of the well wishes!Another tweet said that Ziva means ”radiance, brilliance, light, God, brightness.”Welcome to the world beautiful Ziva! Mumma and Daddy adore you! Thanks for all of the well wishes! #BabyZiva Sakshi Singh Dhoni (@SaakshiSRawat) February 9, 2015 Sakshi gave birth to Ziva in Gurgaon’s Fortis Hospital on Friday, February 6, 2015. Sakshi was expecting the baby in March but the deliver took place one month earlier. Reports say that baby weighs around 3.7 kgs.With only a week ahead of World Cup, this certainly comes as an exciting news for the couple and fans across the world.The couple got married on July 4, 2010.last_img read more

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OILSEEDS-PRICES (BCM20)

first_imgMumbai, Oct 26 (PTI) Oilseeds: Bold (in Rs.Per100kgs)Mumbai, Oct 26 (PTI) Oilseeds: Bold (in Rs.Per100kgs) Groundnut Kernel 4450 Groundnut Bold 60/70 5600 Javas 60/70: 7400 Javas 70/80: 7200 Javas 80/90: 7000 Kardi 2900 Sesame (Whitish) 98/2/1: 6750 Sesame 95/5/1: 6500 Sesameseed crushing 48/2/4 5600 Sunflowerseed 3850 Nigerseed 9500 and Castorseed Bombay 4100.Oils & Seeds: (In Rs. Per 10kgs) Groundnutoil 890 Kardi Expeller 875 Sesame Expeller N/T Sunflower Expeller 670 Refied 750 Cottonseeds Refined 626 Palmolein Refined 483 Soybean Refined 615 Soybean Crude N/T Rapeseed Refined 1000 Rapeseed Expeller 970 Copra White 1070 Ricebran 4-7% FFA N/T Ricebran N/T Linseeds Oil 825 Castoroil Comm 850 FSG 860 Kandla 821 Mowra N/T Neem 970 Karanji 625.Deoil Cakes: (Rates in Rs.per mt) Groundnut Extraction 45% 29,500 Kardi Extraction 12,000 Sesame Extraction N.Q. Cottonseed Extraction N.Q, Undec Cottonseed Exp 23,000 Rice Bran Extraction N/Q Sunflower Extraction 21,300 Rapeseed Extraction N/Q Soyameal 48% 36,200 and Castor Extraction 6050. ———Oilcakes:- Groundnut Expeller Oilcake Rd(per met. tonne)(50%): 31,000/- Kardi Expeller Oilcake Rd(per2 metric tonnes) : UNQTD. Groundnut Extraction (per metric tonne) : UNQTD. ———- PTI JBH MR BASlast_img read more

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Sourav Ganguly outlines his plans for Indian cricket as he takes over as BCCI…

first_imgImage Courtesy: AFPAdvertisementSourav Ganguly, India’s previous cricket chief is often praised by Cricket’s epicureans as the main pillar behind the Men in Blue’s bravery, ingenuity and conviction on the field. Now, assuming control of a scuffled and shaken BCCI, the Prince of Calcutta opens up to Indian sports journalist Boria Majumdar, speaking about his future stratagem.Image Courtesy: AFP“First-class cricket is what makes Indian cricket what it is. Talent needs to be honed.”- the 47 year old veteran mentioned that is his prime concern.“We need the strongest first-class cricket structure to have a team that dominates world cricket over the years. And that’s what I’ll aim for with the support of my team.”The former left handed batsman, who captained India to the 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup final in Johannesburg, has to now command the sport off the field as well. However, Ganguly showed optimism on it as well.“The task is not easy. But it is also an opportunity.” he said.“There is no reason why we can’t be a team like the West Indies under Clive Lloyd or Australia under Steve Waugh. That’s the benchmark. As administrators, that is what we will want the team to do, and will help them in every possible way to get there.” the 84 times ODI capped player expressed his positivity on improving Kohli and the boys’s performance as a team and individually.Sourav Ganguly is set to take over BCCI on and from 23rd October 2019, just a day before the squad selection for the 3 match T20 series against Bangladesh starting on 3rd November.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Tracking Environmental Impact Assessment Rollbacks

first_img Zimbabwe X X Nepal Phillippines 6 Dominican Republic X X X X X X Sri Lanka X X X X X X X Uganda Canada 7 Chile 4center_img X Colombia Nigeria China 2.9 (requested) X Peru Costa Rica X X India 4 Paraguay Mexico 54 Hungary 7 X U.S. 787 X Venezuela Financial stimulus plans could pose a threat to Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) around the world.The severe effects of economic recession have precipitated the need for governments to act quickly in structuring recovery plans to limit negative impacts. In several countries, the need for immediate action has led to proposed rollbacks or reductions of EIAs.In Canada, for example, some EIA procedures have been suspended for two years in order to expedite stimulus spending. The proposed waiving of existing public participation and consultation mechanisms is significant in that it undermines efforts to integrate environmental initiatives into stimulus packages and limits transparency measures to influence and track how bailout money is spent.EIAs were developed in the U.S. as an “action-forcing mechanism” to assess and mitigate the environmental and human impacts of government funded projects. Now adopted by over 100 countries worldwide, EIAs are considered an important tool for the inclusion of environmental decision-making and public participation in infrastructure development projects.Recent U.S. experience stands in contrast with that of Canada. Following the passing of the second U.S. stimulus bill in February, Senator Barbara Boxer (D–CA) successfully halted Senator John Barrasso’s (R-WY) efforts to suspend the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The Boxer amendment was passed and served to strengthen NEPA procedures and protect EIA procedures.At the G-20 summit in London last April, global economic leaders pledged $1.1 trillion to address the global financial crisis. This infusion of capital into the International Monetary Fund (IMF) came at critical time when the financial institution is preparing to revise lending conditions in order to enhance transactional transparency.EIAs vary widely in scope and depth from country to country, and the new lending terms of IMF stimulus loans have great power to strengthen or diminish existing procedures. Preliminary findings from The Access Initiative partners in nearly 20 countries, suggest that there is a need to champion EIAs as a mechanism to increase public participation and improve transparency (see Table).In countries like Hungary, India, and Sri Lanka, recent attempts to rollback EIAs have resulted in the removal of public participation requirements in environmental decision-making. Additional campaigns in Mexico and Nigeria could result in similar rollbacks.As international fiscal stimulus measures take form, the IMF and other international financial institutions ideally should adopt lending conditions that strengthen public participation and external consultation in environmental decision-making. Meanwhile, it is increasingly important to monitor and report on simultaneous actions to rollback back EIAs, so that proposed green stimulus initiatives are realized in the structuring as well as the implementation of fiscal stimulus plans.NOTE: The table below presents the results of an informal survey by members of The Access Initiative Network. WRI serves as the secretariat of the Access Initiative.Country Fiscal Stimulus (B$US) IMF Loan EA rolled back Proposed rollback of EA and/or public participation in active legislation or regulation No reported rollbacks EA safeguarded as part of stimulus Argentina 13 X Indonesia 5last_img read more

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2011 ACT Super League Results

first_imgIn the Men’s division, the Riteway Northern Phoenix came from behind to defeated the Woden Eagles, 7-6. In the Women’s division, nothing separated Canberra City and the Tuggeranong Vikings at full-time in the final, with the game going into a drop-off. The Bears were able to score with four players, taking the title 6-5. In the Under 16’s Mixed division, Canberra City came from behind to defeat the Northern Phoenix 9-8 in the final seconds of the game. To read the full match reports, please visit the Touch Football ACT website:www.acttouch.com.auHighlights from the finals have also been uploaded to the Touch Football Australia YouTube Channel, which can be found by clicking on the following link:www.youtube.com/touchfootballauslast_img read more

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Jamaica and Chile to Deepen Cooperation in Several Areas

first_img The leaders agreed to greater cooperation on investment and in particular enhancing the Memorandum of Understanding signed between Jamaica and Chile during an official visit by Prime Minister Holness in August 2017. With Jamaica expanding its cooperation with several Spanish speaking nations, Prime Minister Holness noted particular interest in language training. In this regard both leaders pledged youth exchanges to build knowledge of each other. Story Highlights Prime Minister Andrew Holness and President of the Republic of Chile, His Excellency Sebastian Pinera held bilateral talks this morning (April 14) in Lima Peru. Jamaica and the Republic of Chile are close to signing an air services agreement.Prime Minister Andrew Holness and President of the Republic of Chile, His Excellency Sebastian Pinera held bilateral talks this morning (April 14) in Lima Peru.The leaders spoke of the need for ease of travel between the two countries and agreed to follow up on the discussions to ensure the agreement is formalised. An air services agreement would also boost tourism between both countries.The two leaders who are attending the Summit of the Americas also pledged to deepen cooperation in several key areas of mutual interest.The leaders agreed to greater cooperation on investment and in particular enhancing the Memorandum of Understanding signed between Jamaica and Chile during an official visit by Prime Minister Holness in August 2017.Prime Minister Holness and President Pinera also discussed exchanges in sports and culture.With Jamaica expanding its cooperation with several Spanish speaking nations, Prime Minister Holness noted particular interest in language training. In this regard both leaders pledged youth exchanges to build knowledge of each other.last_img read more

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Canada advances to knockout stage of Womens World Cup

first_imgGRENOBLE, Fra. – Canada keeps chugging away at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.The Canadian team secured its place in the knockout round of the tournament after earning a 2-0 win over New Zealand at the Stade des Alpes in Grenoble on Saturday.Jessie Fleming and Nichelle Prince provided the goals for Canada, who has won two games to start a World Cup for the first time in team history. Prince also tallied an assist on Fleming’s opening goal.Canada sits tied with the Netherlands (both on six points) for first place in Group E, although the Dutch hold the tiebreaker because they’ve scored more goals. The Dutch beat Cameroon 3-1 in Valenciennes earlier in the day to also move on to the next round. Canada’s final group-stage game is June 20 against the Netherlands in Reims, a match that will decide who wins the group.The Canadians have suffered just one loss in their last 16 games, and remain unbeaten in 2019 – seven wins in 10 matches, with just one goal against.RELATED: Canada beats Cameroon in Women’s World Cup openerWins against Cameroon and New Zealand are fine, but tougher challenges are ahead for Canada, namely the Netherlands, who are the reigning European champions. After the Canadians struggled to break down two ultra-defensive sides, it’ll be interesting to see if they can open things up a bit more in the attacking end against the Dutch. One also suspects the Netherlands will ask far tougher questions of a Canadian defence that has yet to a concede a goal at this World Cup.Canada is fifth in the current FIFA world rankings, 14 spots ahead of New Zealand. Nicknamed the Football Ferns, New Zealand was coming off a stoppage-time loss to the Netherlands, and has yet to record a single World Cup victory. Its record in five tournament appearances now stands at 0-11-3.Coach Kenneth Heiner-Moller made one lineup change, with Jayde Riviere replacing fullback Allysha Chapman in earning her World Cup debut. Riviere, an 18-year-old native of Markham, Ont., was making only her seventh appearance and second start for Canada. With Riviere coming in, Ashley Lawrence shifted from the right over to the left side of defence.After about 10 minutes, Heiner-Moller switched from a 4-3-3 to a 3-5-2 formation, dropping veteran midfielder Sophie Schmidt into defence, and pushing Riviere and Lawrence further up the field.RELATED: Christine Sinclair (probably) won’t play forever. So appreciate her now.The Canadians dictated the pace of the game in the first half, enjoying 72 per cent possession and forcing New Zealand to chase shadows. The Reds outshot the Ferns 11-1 through the opening 45 minutes, but managed just two shots on target. Their best scoring chance came off a corner kick when captain Christine Sinclair’s header hit the crossbar, and Kadeisha Buchanan’s headed rebound attempt was cleared off the goal-line.Canada finally opened up New Zealand’s resolute defence shortly after the re-start. Prince latched on to a ball played over the top by Janine Beckie, scampered down the left side and then pulled the ball back into the middle of the box for Fleming. The Canadian midfielder showed great composure in hitting her short first time to send the ball into the far corner. It was her ninth goal in 68 appearances for her country.The Reds nearly doubled their advantage moments later when Sinclair side-footed her shot over the crossbar after receiving a great pullback pass from Beckie. Prince forced a fabulous one-handed save from New Zealand goalkeeper Erin Nayler when she connected on flicked header off a pinpoint cross into the box from Sinclair.Prince wouldn’t be denied, though. Late in the game Lawrence played a cross to the back post for Sinclair, but the Canadian captain’s header hit the post. Nichelle was in the right place at the right time to toe-poke home the rebound and put the final result beyond doubt. It was her 11th goal in 53 international games.RELATED: Why Christine Sinclair has unfinished businessSinclair remains on 181 goals for Canada, just three away from tying retired U.S. star Abby Wambach as the all-time leading scorer in the history of international women’s soccer.NOTES: Canada has suffered just one loss to New Zealand in 12 meetings (7-1-4), the lone defeat coming 32 years ago. These teams played to a 0-0 draw in Edmonton during the group stage of the 2015 World Cup…. Central defender Shelina Zadorsky earned her 50th start for Canada on Saturday… Scottish manager Tom Sermanni is in charge of New Zealand, having previously served as an assistant coach for Canada at the last World Cup.–from Sportsnet’s John Molinarolast_img read more

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