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first_imgThe Netherlands was knocked out of the World Twenty20 after the game against Oman was abandoned due to rain without a ball being bowled on Friday.The Netherlands has only one point from two games, having lost to group favorite Bangladesh by eight runs. Its last match is against Ireland on Sunday. (Confirmed! Pakistan teams cleared to fly out for India, likely to arrive tonight) Oman, which had pulled off a surprise two-wicket win over Ireland in its first match, has three points with a game against Bangladesh to go.Group favorite Bangladesh and Ireland were due to play later in the day at the same venue.The group winner advances to the Super 10s stage and joins Group 2 consisting of India, Pakistan, Australia and New Zealand.last_img read more

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first_imgIndia’s Mr Dependable, Cheteshwar Pujara is enjoying the form of his life in Test cricket. Pujara notched up his 13th hundred in the ongoing second Test against Sri Lanka at Colombo.Pujara has been India’s most consistent batsman alongside captain Virat Kohli since the team’s tour of the West Indies, scoring 1316 runs from 13 matches in the 2016-17 home season.The right-handed batsman has carried his sensational form from the previous season the new season, hitting back-to-back Test hundreds in the ongoing three-match series in Sri Lanka, which India lead 1-0.After a highly successful home season, the No.3 batsman spent his time playing first-class cricket in England, where India tour next year. Pujara represented Nottinghamshire in four matches and enjoyed a good run hitting a century and a half-century in five innings.In India’s previous tour of England in 2014, Pujara endured a torrid time with the bat, managing only one fifty in 10 innings. He aggregated 222 runs at 22.20 with the highest score of 55. India tour England again in July 2018 for a full-fledged series, including five Tests.In 2015, Pujara joined Yorkshire for a short stint to address the flaws that repeatedly troubled him in on England pitches in 2014.His poor run with the bat continued even in Australia which resulted in his axe from the fourth Test Down Under before he was overlooked for drawn Test in Bangladesh in 2015.He also sat out of the first two Tests against Sri Lanka that year before making a strong comeback with 145 not out which led to India’s historic Test series win in Sri Lanka.advertisementHowever, the Saurashtra batsman again hit the lean patch managing just one fifty in four-match home series against South Africa. But that was not the end of a series of low scores. This continued even in the West Indies and he was dropped once again from the final match of the series.Pujara worked hard before regaining his lost touch and his dream run in Test cricket started and runs continued to flow from his bat. Even the great Sourav Ganguly praised Pujara and said his form will be important when India start overseas tours in coming months.”Terrific player. It’s a remarkable turnaround since the West Indies tour. Doesn’t get picked in ODIs, doesn’t play IPL but he comes and gets runs in Test cricket. His hunger is amazing and it’s great to see him getting all these runs,” Ganguly told India Today.”Wish him many more and hopefully he continues the run-scoring spree. India will start to go away and Pujara’s form at No. 3 will be important,” Ganguly added.India are also scheduled to tour South Africa in a four-Test series early 2018.Pujara had an impressive tour when India tour South Africa last, in 2013-14. He struck a hundred and a fifty to aggregate 311 runs from seven innings at 44.42.last_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 15 (PTI) Under-fire president N Ramachandran will have to take a call on his candidature by November 29 — the last date of filing nominations for the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) elections on December 14.The association set into motion the process of election of its new office bearers for a four-year term with the formal notification of its polls during its Annual General Body Meeting here. The notification was issued yesterday by Secretary General Rajeev Mehta after a fierce tussle for power between a faction led by him and the other by incumbent president Ramachandran, who had wanted to hold the elective AGM in Chennai but had to eat a humble pie.Ramachandran had to accept the decision of a big majority of the Executive Council, which decided on Novemeber 7 (in New Delhi) and November 9 (in Chennai) to shift the AGM and the elections to the national capital.”Election of the office bearers and the Executive Council of the IOA for a term of four years starting from the date of declaration of the result of the elections by the Returning Officer,” Mehta was quoted in the notification. “This is in continuation of the meeting notice dated October 23, 2017 issued for the AGM of the IOA to be held on 14th December, 2017. The Emergent Executive Council and the Executive Council meetings of the IOA held on November 7th and 9th respectively had decided to shift the venue of the AGM to Delhi,” Mehta further stated.Elections will be held for one post each of the president, secretary-general, treasurer and senior vice president, eight vice presidents, six joint secretaries, 10 other Executive Council members and one representative for the Athlete Commission.advertisementThe elections will be held through secret ballot and will be declared on the same day.The elctoral college will comprise of three representatives — with a value of one vote each — of each of the National Sports Federations, two representatives — with a value of one vote each — of each of the state Olympic associations, one representative — with a value of one vote each — of each of the Union TerritoryOlympic Associations, member (s) of the International Olympic Committee in India with a value of one vote each and two representatives of the Athletes Commission with a value of one vote each.The voting units have been asked to send to the IOA the names of their representatives 20 days before the AGM. S K Mendiratta, advisor to the Election Commission of India has been appointed as the Returning Officer for the elections. The Election Commission comprises of retired justices RS Sodhi (chairman), MR Calla and SM Sapra.They will be assisted for former IOA Secretary General Randhir Singh who is also an honorary member of the IOC and current vice president G S Mander.An observer each from the IOC, Olympic Council of Asia and the government is likely to be present during the elections. The electoral college will be published by the RO on November 26 and the last date of submission of nomination of candidates will be on November 29.Scrutiny of the nominations will be held on December 4 and candidates can withdraw their names till December 7. The final list of contestants will be notified on December 8. Ramachandran, now 69, has said that he will take a call whether to contest for the post of president very soon. Under the Sports Code which the IOA has said will follow in the elections, the age cap for the office bearers (but not for other members of the executive council) is 70.Ramachandran had taken over as president in the elections held in February 2014 which saw India coming out of a 14-month suspension imposed by the IOC for electing charge-framed persons as office bearers. PTI PDS KHS KHSlast_img read more

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first_imgArsenal Arsenal vs West Ham: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Ryan Kelly 16:33 12/19/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mesut Ozil Arsenal Newcastle Getty Images Arsenal League Cup Arsenal v West Ham United West Ham United Premier League Attentions shift to the Carabao Cup this week as the two Premier League sides meet at Emirates Stadium for this quarter-final clash Two London clubs go head-to-head on Tuesday as the Carabao Cup moves into the quarter-final phase with Arsenal’s home clash against West Ham United.Arsene Wenger’s men have found the going hard in the Premier League recently, dropping out of Champions League qualification. And they will have to face a rejuvenated Hammers side, slowly recovering after a disastrous start to the season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Game Arsenal vs West Ham United Date Tuesday, December 19 Time 19:45 GMT / 14:45 ET TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM James Collins, West HamThe Carabao Cup clash will not be available live for UK viewers, as no channel is carrying the broadcast.In the United States (US) , ESPN 3 will be screenin all the action live, while subscribers will also be able to watch online via the Watch ESPN stream. US TV channel Online stream ESPN 3 Watch ESPN SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Arsenal players Goalkeepers Cech, Ospina, Macey Defenders Mertesacker, Holding, Mustafi, Koscielny, Chambers, Monreal, Debuchy, Bellerin, Kolasinac, Maitland-Niles Midfielders Nelson, Wilshere, Willock, Xhaka, Elneny, Ozil Forwards Iwobi, Sanchez, Welbeck, Lacazette, Giroud, Nketiah, Akpom, Walcott Theo Walcott has missed Arsenal’s last two outings, but could return for the quarter final after recovering from a groin injury.Shkodran Mustafi is also on the mend but will not be risked on Tuesday, while Wenger will also have to do without Aaron Ramsey who has been ruled out with a hamstring problem.Potential Arsenal starting XI: Ospina; Debuchy, Mertesacker, Holding, Maitland-Niles; Coquelin, Elneny; Nelson, Iwobi, Welbeck; Giroud. Position West Ham players Goalkeepers Hart, Adrian Defenders Masuaku, Zabaleta, Collins, Reid, Creswell, Ogbonna Midfielders Noble, Lanzini, Obiang, Arnautovic, Antonio, Kouyate, Rice Forwards Carroll, Ayew, Sakho, Chicharito With the Hammers still battling against relegation, David Moyes may well opt to rest several first-teamers at the outset of a busy festive season.Javier Hernandez is one of the players who could benefit from rotation, especially if Manuel Lanzini sees a two-match ban for diving upheld, while Mark Noble is likely to miss out through injury.Joe Hart is also set to start after losing his place to Adrian in recent weeks.Potential West Ham starting XI:  Hart; Zabaleta, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Arnautovic, Lanzini, Obiang, Masuaku; Carroll, Chicharito.BETTING & MATCH ODDS Laurent Koscielny ArsenalArsenal are 8/15 favourites according to dabblebet , with West Ham priced at 5/1 to win. A draw between the sides after 90 minutes at the Emirates is considered a 10/3 bet.Click here to see dabblebet’s markets for the game, including goalscorer odds, correct score predictions and more. GAME PREVIEW Angelo Ogbonna Alvaro Morata West Ham Chelsea Premier LeagueThe Carabao Cup is decidedly not a priority for either of Tuesday’s opponents. Arsenal are scrapping to avoid missing out on the Champions League for a second successive season and West Ham to stay in the Premier League itself, meaning the competition comes as somewhat of a distraction for both Wenger and David Moyes. Nevertheless, the Gunners must keep focused against a newly rejuvenated West Ham, unbeaten in their last three Premier League outings as Moyes has steadied the ship. Arsenal, meanwhile, have stumbled in recent weeks, winning just one of their last four league outings to slip down the table and out of the top four. Another failure to reach the Champions League would be disastrous at the Emirates, making Friday’s clash against Liverpool vital to their hopes. A strong performance against the Hammers would give Wenger’s men a boost, even if the Carabao Cup itself is treated with some apathy by players and fans alike.last_img read more

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first_imgShare on LinkedIn Jan Oblak fails to keep Cristiano Ronaldo’s header from crossing the goal line. Photograph: Claudio Villa/Getty Images “It was always going to be a special night – and it was, not only for the goals, but for the team,” Ronaldo told Juve’s website. “This is the mentality of champions, this is the journey to follow. We enjoyed a magical night.”Late goals from José Giménez and Diego Godín had earned Atletico a 2-0 first-leg advantage but Ronaldo produced trademark headers in either half and converted the penalty to clinch a deserved aggregate win.“Atlético were a difficult team but we were strong too,” added Ronaldo, who has scored 124 goals in 160 Champions League appearances.João Cancelo, who provided the cross for Ronaldo’s second header in the 49th minute, praised his Portugal teammate. “Ronaldo? He’s fantastic,” he said. “Now we will think about the league, we want to win against Genoa [on Sunday]. This victory was important for the team. We worked well and we deserved this success.” 9 Kalinic Goal attempts Share on Facebook 19 Bonucci Leonardo Bonucci saluted the home fans in Turin and also quickly switched focus to the Serie A game at Genoa. Massimiliano Allegri’s side, unbeaten in their domestic league this season, are 18 points clear at the top. Share on Pinterest 13 Oblak 1 Szczesny (s 57′) Juventus are the fourth team to overturn a first-leg defeat in this season’s knockout stages, joining Porto, Ajax [pictured] and Manchester United.With Liverpool v Bayern and Lyon v Barcelona poised at 0-0 before the second legs on Wednesday, it means only Man City and Spurs will progress to the quarter-finals after a first-leg win.Last season, only one team (Roma) came back from first-leg defeat but four did in 2016-17: Monaco, Dortmund, Barcelona and Leicester. Was this helpful? 10 Correa 41 Nicolussi Caviglia Thank you for your feedback. “It’s a great night for the Juventus family and we responded on the field,” defender Bonucci added. “In the first leg we were missing something but today we gave everything and the Allianz Stadium was our 12th man in an incredible night”Atlético ended the first leg in rousing fashion but they offered little threat in the return and Diego Simeone was magnanimous in defeat. “They were better than us,” the manager said. “We didn’t have many chances apart from Alvaro Morata’s header. Juventus played very well. We have to congratulate them.” 17 Mandzukic 38 62 (s 67′) Share via Email Corners Fouls 33 Bernardeschi 3 Chiellini Topics 22 Perin Facebook 7 Griezmann Lineups 4 Arias 5 0 Atlético Pinterest Juventus 37 Spinazzola Juventus 30 Bentancur 1 Adan match reports AMD JUV Juventus 3-0 Atlético Madrid (agg: 3-2): Champions League last 16, second leg – as it happened 14 Matuidi Champions League 4 Caceres 10 Dybala Substitutes Hide (s 80′) 11 Lemar 7 Juventus Off target 3 Atlético 5 Juventus On target 2 Atlético 24 Rugani Photograph: Etsuo Hara/Getty Images Europe 23 Can Twitter 2 Godin Down … but not outJuventus v Atlético – 1st leg 0-2 (A), 2nd leg 3-0 (H)Man Utd v PSG – 0-2 (H), 3-1 (A), won on away goalsPorto v Roma – 1-2 (A), 2nd leg 3-1 (H) aetAjax v Real Madrid – 1-2 (H), 2nd leg 4-1 (H) Possession 14 Rodri 20 Joao Cancelo 18 Kean 6 Koke 12 16 (s 77′) Substitutes 20 Juanfran Cristiano Ronaldo called it a “magical night” after his hat-trick helped Juventus overturn a two-goal deficit in their Champions League last-16 tie against Atlético Madrid.Ronaldo, signed from Real Madrid for £88.3m (€100m) last summer and aiming to lift the European Cup for the fourth season in succession, inspired the fightback with two towering headers and a late penalty which sealed a 3-2 win after they lost the first leg 2-0 in Madrid. 24 Gimenez Show 15 Savic Quick guide Juve add to Champions League comebacks Read more 35 Montero 5 Pjanic 23 Vitolo 22 Morata 30 Carro Atlético Madrid European club football Share on Twitter Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball)DeterminationGeniusGritPassionTalentCristiano Ronaldo is the biggest of big-game players 👏Staggering sheer force of will to score a hat-trick against this Atletico side. pic.twitter.com/DRs7Z65TZ3March 12, 2019 Match stats 8 Saul 7 Ronaldo AMD38JUV62% Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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first_imgThe 2007 New South Wales Touch Association Vawdon Cup Finals series began in earnest on Friday 5 October with an intriguing schedule of matches that saw some of the biggest names in the game bring their “A” game centerfield at the Bankstown venue.In Men’s Premier League action, Minor Premiers the Canterbury Bulldogs wrapped up a coveted grand final appearance with a 10-8 victory over Wests Magpies in the 7.50pm First Semi-Final on Friday night.The fans enjoyed attacking artistry on a rarefied plane from two of the best in the business as the Dogs and the Magpies served up a veritable feast of touchdowns in a highly competitive contest.Tap plays got a descent workout in both camps as 18 touchdowns were tallied in what looked very much like a chasers war on conservative touch.The Dogs bounced out of the barriers best, putting the bite on the ‘Pies to race to a 3-0 lead early.Wests, being the quality team they are, hit back with two touchdowns of their own to make the score 3-2 to the Doggies.The two great rivals then traded touchdowns before going to the break with Canterbury in the driver’s seat 4-3.2007 Australian Open Mixed speedster Steve Roberts was at his elusive best for the Dogs, along with 2007 Australian World Cup kings the mercurial Joel Willoughby, and top dog Garry “GS 7” Sonda, who despite battling a debilitating back injury, showed his undeniable class with several pinpoint long balls bankrolling money plays for the rampant Dogs outfit.West’s were battling hard to fire their own shots in attack with Jason Yee and Jason “The Postman” Stanton delivering some outstanding passages of play to keep the Magpies well in contention.The two star-studded line-ups picked up from where they left off after oranges with some breathtaking attack punctuating a see-sawing contest that the Dogs continued to control at crucial times.The Dogs got away early in the second stanza, but the Wests boys kept pushing the envelope, and at one stage had pegged back a substantial deficit to be down by a solitary touchdown in the latter stages of the second half.Despite the Magpies brave comeback, Canterbury went on with the job in a highly entertaining second half that produced 11 touchdowns and a health check for the scoreboard attendants who became quite dizzy trying to keep up with the non-stop action on the scoreboard.The Dogs, courtesy of a five star performance from Joel Willoughby who had a hand in five touchdowns, Matty Bird who chimed in with a double, and Deadly Dan Munroe who snaffled an opportunistic length of the field intercept, marched into their second successive Vawdon Cup Grand Final with a free wheeling second half performance to cap a 10-8 victory.Daniel Walsh was also impressive for the Dogs, whilst the experienced Jason Hunt weighed in with a steady defensive effort to repel the Magpies dangerous attacking forays.Garry Sonda threw a few heat seeking cut outs in the second half just to ensure the Wests wingers had recurring nightmares about pinpoint long bombs being directed in their vicinity.Sonda fittingly bagged a touchdown in the shadows of full time to secure the 10-8 victory and the Grand Final berth for his beloved Doggies.For Wests, Jason Stanton produced his usual array of big game artillery, setting up four tries with short plays working in tandem with Australian Men’s Open team mates Daniel Rushworth who bagged a double, and comeback king, Anthony Ziade. Young gun Michael Singh also impressed for the wholehearted Wests outfit.Wests will now turn their attention to Friday night’s Elimination final blockbuster with the Hornsby Lions this Friday night at Tempe.Canterbury will have vivid memories of last year’s heartbreaking Grand Final loss to Penrith, and after cooling their heels for a few days and watching Wests and Hornsby slug it out in the Elimination final this Friday night, will be keen to formulate their plan for redemption in the Vawdon Cup decider Friday week 17 October 2007.In the Second Semi-Final at 9.30pm at Bankstown, the seedings held firm, with the third placed Hornsby Lions prevailing 4-3 in a desperate battle with 2006 Vawdon Cup Premiers, the Penrith Panthers.The Young Lions outfit, led by the “Zip Zip” man Dylan Hennessey, and the dynamic Kennedy twins John and Maurice, swept into this Fridays elimination final with a scrapping victory over the committed Panthers.The Panthers, who had been in white-hot form in recent weeks, began the game impressively with driving attack and unrelenting defence to dictate terms from the opening whistle.The talented Hornsby combination however showed great composure to weather the early storm with Jonathan Palau scoring the first touchdown against the run of play to grab a 1-0 lead.Penrith danger man Scott “Jack” Buckley nailed an opportunity shortly afterwards to level the contest at 1-1.Buckley’s score put the Hornsby boys on notice that the Panthers were not going to hand back the Premiership belt without one almighty fight.Hornsby then hit back with the ever-present Maurice Kennedy chiming in with a touchdown for the fleet footed Lions to take a 2-1 lead into halftime.Penrith steeled themselves in the break for a battle to the death in the second stanza, but were staring down the barrel shortly after oranges, when the Lions went up 3-1 with a touchdown to the consistent Michael Abood.Showing their Premiership winning qualities, the Panthers refused to concede any ground, and dug deeper than Lleyton Hewitt in a Davis Cup decider, to produce back-to-back touchdowns and lock the contest up at 3-3.With the battle evenly poised, that man Dylan Hennessey stepped up to the plate to produce the play that mattered, as only he can.Hennessey conjured a withering burst from acting half 30 metres out before dishing to partner in crime Maurice Kennedy who gave winger Palau a free ticket to overlap city that he gleefully traded in for the decisive touchdown to give the Young Lions a 4-3 lead and a shot of making the Vawdon Cup Grand Final in their maiden year in the prestigious competition.Penrith tried valiantly, with the likes of Dean and Adam Springfield, young gun Benny Moylan, and veteran Chris Benfield leaving it all out on the field to try and bridge the gap, but it was to no avail, with the Lions holding on to breath life back into their 2007 Vawdon Cup premiership aspirations.The Penrith lads embarked on ‘Silly Saturday” to drown their sorrows, but will regroup shortly to prepare for the 2007 NSWTA State Cup in December in a bid to send their departing coach Dave Collins out on a winning note.Hornsby have more immediate fish to fry, with Friday night’s big clash with a menacing Wests Magpies outfit the only thing standing between the Lions and a crack at a Bulldogs combination that they have troubled in season 2007.In the Women’s Premier League, the undefeated Canterbury Bulldogs advanced to the 2007 Vawdon Cup Grand Final with a hard fought 4-2 victory over defending Premiers Easts Roosters in the 7.00pm clash at Bankstown last Friday night.The highly anticipated clash between the big guns of Women’s Touch did not disappoint, with some of the best female players in the game today bringing their best form to the table when it was needed most.The game was end to end with committed driving, expansive attack, resolute defence, and some spirited exchanges headlining the keynote contest.Canterbury began confidently and had the lion’s share of possession, asserting themselves with several repeat sets before the class and guile of Australian Women’s Open star turn Louise ‘Squeeze” Winchester shone through.Winchester stalked the East’s middle before finding a chink in the armour to use her superior footwork for a 1-0 lead to the Dogs.Easts were stung into action, and after gaining a better proportion of possession, replied in the minutes before half time with a touchdown of their own.The Roosters scored off a set play through Nadina Teskera that would have pleased their long time mentor Jason Hunt with its precision. At 1-1 at oranges, the game was evenly poised, and punters were getting splinters from sitting on the fence in the prediction stakes, with no one prepared to part with their hard earned on a likely winner.The first 10 minutes of the second half saw the Roosters hit the front for the first time in the game, with some ‘old school’ combination between four-time Australian Women’s Open World Cup champion Kristy Judd, and big game specialist, Giselle Martin.In phase, Martin dug into her bag on tricks to produce a long ball of the highest quality to break the Dogs defence open for Kate Baseley to dot down and take the tri-colours out to a 2-1 lead.Indefatigueable Bulldog Kelly Woods then produced a touchdown from a sweeping movement (that was almost as good as her head snap on the fly) to tie the ball game up at 2-2.The scene was now set for an exciting battle to the end between two great teams who, through their differing styles, exceptional skill levels, and passion for the challenge have significantly altered the way women’s touch has been perceived in the modern game. Canterbury was probing better than Glenn Mc Grath just short of a good length, and with less than 10 minutes remaining, Michelle Winchester nabbed a crucial touchdown to take the Minor Premiers out to a 3-2 advantage.Several borderline decisions could have swung the contest in either direction, but with 7 minutes remaining, East’s had the same player dismissed for a second period of time in the match meaning an automatic remainder of the game dismissal to leave the Roosters one player down.The Roosters hung on gamely in the six on five situation, before that girl Louise Winchester stepped into the phone booth (permanently situated next to the Dogs sub box) to don the red cape and ‘go go’ boots with two minutes left on the clock.Winchester conjured the critical play, searing through the Roosters middle to cement the decision in the Doggies favour 4-2.“Squeeze” was in devastating form for Canterbury, and ultimately provided the difference between the two sides, whilst Michelle Winchester, and Kelly Woods chimed in to bankroll the Dogs victory. East’s mercurial wonder twins Kristy and Amanda Judd enjoyed the opportunity to rekindle their combination after Amanda’s long absence through injury, and along with Nadina Teskera, and Giselle Martin, were Easts best in a spirited performance that will hold them in good stead for Friday night’s season defining Elimination final with an inform Wests Magpies combination who will be looking to repeat their 2006 State Cup upset over the Roosters.In the Second Semi-final, Western Suburbs had an emphatic 6-1 victory over first time semi-finalists, the Wollongong Devils in the 8.40pm timeslot at Bankstown on Friday night. The Magpies got away to the best possible start when the impressive Nicole Mc Hugh engineered Wests first touchdown in the early exchanges for a 1-0 lead.The Young Divas hit back in fine style when Nicole “Captain Serro” Beck found nothing but space and opportunity out wide to gift-wrap a touchdown and ensure plenty of love was coming the way of winger Kirsten Whittaker who dotted down to square the ledger at 1-1.The game was a tight affair for the next ten minutes with the youthful Wollongong girls doing well to repel the rampaging Magpies, and stay awake – considering it was way past the bedtime for most of the young divas.Wests then delivered a couple of bedtime stories that would give the Young Divas a few nightmares over the next few days.Australian Women’s Open gun Stacey Lapham split the Wollongong defence from acting half before finding Holly Shorter in support for a 2-1 lead approaching half time.Fellow Australian Women’s Open World Cup gun Bo De la Cruz also scythed through the Wollongong defence from acting half, to link with Tara Mohi and give the Magpies breathing space at 3-1 up at the interval.The Devils, despite playing in their first year in the competition, and in their first finals series, did not go quietly into the night, playing bravely in the second half against a clicking Wests machine that was relentless in their approach for the duration.The gifted De la Cruz was at the heart of all that was good for the Magpies and she engineered two-second half touchdowns, along with Nola Campbell who constructed the final touchdown in the 6-1 victory.Wests were also well served by Nicole Mc Hugh and Dianne Doan in attack, and Jess Lumby and the Mohi sisters Tina and Tara, who were brick walls in defence.Wollongong played with plenty of enthusiasm and courage and can be well pleased with their maiden season effort in the Premier League division of the Vawdon Cup.The young Divas have the potential to make a real impression on this competition in the not too distant future.Nicole Beck, Amy ‘Tank Girl’ Regal, and Jess Mc Call were amongst the best for the Young Divas who now have a tough decision to make to either travel up from the ‘Gong to watch the Elimination Final Friday, or stay home and watch the reply of the new series of Entourage… tough call…Elimination finals will be played across all Ten Vawdon Cup divisions on Friday 12 October 2007 at the Tempe venue.The Women’s Premier League Elimination final, featuring 2006 Premiers Easts Roosters and 2006 State Cup Finalists Western Suburbs Magpies will be a crackerjack contest with both teams capable of pushing through to claim the hot date with Canterbury for Friday week’s Vawdon Cup Grand Final.Amanda and Kristy Judd, Melissa Pitfield, and Nadina Teskera will spearhead the Roosters bid for an unprecedented thirteenth Grand Final appearance for the most successful team in Vawdon Cup history.Stacey Lapham, Bo De la Cruz, Nicky Albery, Nola Campbell, and Nicole Mc Hugh are just as important to Wests chances of winning their way through to the decider, and will play crucial roles Friday.Both clubs are extremely passionate and have several big match players lining up on both sides of the halfway line so the 7.50pm clash should provide an intriguing prelude to the 2007 Grand Final.The Men’s Premier League will be played at 9.30pm at Tempe with an absorbing contest assured.Dave Roberts comes back into the Hornsby fold, but the suspension of key playmaker Maurice Kennedy will be a huge blow to the Lions chances of snaring a Grand Final appearance.Wests will look to their holy trinity of Australian Men’s Open World Cup kings Jason Stanton, Daniel Rushworth, and Anthony Ziade to framework their bid for their first appearance in the big one since 2005.This week’s “Go to Girl” for the Player of the Round in the first week of finals in the Women’s Premier League goes to Canterbury Bulldogs attacking genius Louise Winchester. The male cast of “There’s something about Mary” could not have done a better job of stalking than Squeeze did on the Roosters middle in Friday night’s semi-final. Middle players the competition over swear they can hear the theme music from ‘Jaws’ cranking up every time the Doggies skipper makes her way to acting half… “Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the middle…” This week’s “Blackest Cat” for the Player of the Round in the first week of finals in the Men’s Premier League goes to Joel Willoughby who produced an outstanding performance in creating 5 touchdowns in the Doggies 10-8 victory over the Magpies.“Will of the Wisp” Willoughby was in rare form weaving his magic all over the field in a tireless performance, there is some suggestion that Joel took his playing shoes off, held them up, and waved them to the crowd at full time to celebrate his “five for”…  That’s it for the first week of finals, more drama than a year’s worth of “Lost” episodes.Get down to Tempe this week from 7.00pm onwards for the second week of the finals series for the live eviction to top them all…It’s championship round time now folks, so when in doubt throw the double cut out flick between the legs… guaranteed to get you out of a difficult situation in this week’s elimination finals, or if not, it’ll help book you a comfy seat on the hill for Friday week’s Grand Final extravaganza… Either way, this week there’ll be no room for the faint of heart, and no second chances, which means we are going to be spoiled by quality efforts from some of the very best players in the game.When things get tough, remember the prophetic words from Midnight Oil,“I’d rather die on my feet, than live on my knees,” … No regrets!Thanks to all players and coaches for your contribution to this week’s wrap and best of luck to those teams still in the hunt for Vawdon Cup glory in 2007.last_img read more

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first_imgDede Westbrook threw a great stiff arm on a defender.Twitter/bradyvardemanDede Westbrook is an elite receiver equipped with an elite stiff arm.Dede Westbrook has been stellar this season with six games with at least 100 yards receiving for the Sooners. He’s made exceptional catches and shown his foot speed all year, and against West Virginia he’s shown us he has quite the stiff arm move as well.Here’s said stiff arm via Brady Vardeman of Sports Day DFW:”Dede Westbrook does not lose foot races.” #Sooners pic.twitter.com/jrFHjrmyzS— Brady Vardeman (@BradyVardeman) November 20, 2016It’s just a simple screen play to Westbrook but then it develops into a one-on-one play between him and linebacker Justin Arndt. Arndt by the way weighs 215 pounds and Westbrook is listed at 175 pounds.Arndt seems to have a pretty good hold on the wideout, but Westbrook displays his strength with one of the best stiff arms you will see.Oklahoma is up on West Virginia 21-0 late in the first quarter on ABC.last_img read more

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first_imgzoom U.S. carrier TOTE Maritime on October 16 took delivery of the world’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered container ship, the 3,100 TEU Isla Bella, built by the San Diego-based General Dynamics NASSCO and delivered nearly two months ahead of schedule. As part of a two-ship contract signed in December 2012 with TOTE, the 764-foot long Marlin Class container ships will be the largest dry cargo ships powered by LNG.“Successfully building and delivering the world’s first LNG-powered container ship here in the United States for coastwise service demonstrates that commercial shipbuilders, and owners and operators, are leading the world in the introduction of cutting-edge, green technology in support of the Jones Act,” said Kevin Graney, vice president and general manager of General Dynamics NASSCO.TOTE, NASSCO, the American Bureau of Shipping, and the U.S. Coast Guard worked hand-in-hand from the beginning of the project to the delivery of the Isla Bella. This included collaboration during the design approval, construction and commissioning the ship to safely and effectively operate on natural gas.The Isla Bella’s sister ship, the Perla del Caribe, was launched in San Diego back in August.The Jones Act-qualified boxships will operate between Jacksonville, Florida, and San Juan, Puerto Rico.last_img read more

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first_imgMumbai: Kiara Advani is on cloud nine following the golden box office run of Kabir Singh and the actor has credited her director Sandeep Reddy Vanga co-star Shahid Kapoor for their passion and conviction towards the film. In a lengthy Instagram post, Kiara thanked the team and the audience for believing in Kabir and Preeti’s love story. “A year ago I stepped into the shoes of Preeti, shy, demure, and basically the complete opposite of me. But I also saw her strength, conviction, her love and her passion and couldn’t help but feel for the love story that you all rooted for with me,” she wrote alongside a poster of the movie. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaThe actor feels lucky to have got the opportunity to work with Shahid, who she said was her confidant and friend on the sets. “Kabir, aka @shahidkapoor my co-star… who completed and made this story so real and believable. Already missing your craziness mama, couldn’t have been luckier to work together on this special film.” Even though helmer Sandeep has received a lot of flak for his projection of romance in the movie, Kiara said he made the film “unapologetically”. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna”… His passion for films, his craziness and honesty gave us the opportunity to play characters that were flawed, imperfect and so real that you can’t stop yourself from feeling for them,” she added. The actor also thanked the producers, the director of photography, singers, music composers and her personal team for contributing to the project. The film has been in the headlines since its release with many calling it “misogynistic” and “toxic”. Kabir Singh has minted over Rs 270 crore in its five-week-long run in the cinemas.last_img read more

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first_imgWETASKIWIN, Alta. – Volunteers with an animal sanctuary south of Edmonton are celebrating the safe return of a blind goat named Daisy who they believed had been abducted from their property earlier this week.The Farm Animal Rescue and Rehoming Movement near Wetaskiwin had offered a $10,000 no-questions-asked reward for the return of the animal.On Wednesday night, they posted the news on their Facebook page saying she had been found and is “unharmed as best we can tell.”The group’s founder, Melissa Foley, said Daisy had been quickly reunited with her best buddy, a blind sheep named Merlin who had been distressed since the seven-month-old goat vanished.Daisy ended up at the sanctuary after her eyes and tongue were eaten by crows shortly after she was born.She disappeared Sunday night from the rescue group’s property about 10 minutes outside of town and since then members of the group had been searching the rural area, knocking on doors, and pleading online for help finding her.“We were in touch with an animal communicator — somebody who was saying she could talk with Daisy, or whatever — so we were following up on that,” Foley explained Wednesday night.“She said (Daisy) was a few kilometres down the road from us in a field. So while we were doing that our neighbour called us and said she found Daisy just 500 metres from where we actually were looking.”Foley has no idea what actually happened, but suspects “it was probably just a couple of punks thinking that it was just going to be a really funny thing to do, maybe not realizing at the time that they were taking an animal like Daisy with very special needs.”She believes her efforts at reaching out to students at the local schools, telling them about Daisy, had an impact.Foley said Daisy seems just fine: “Whoever had her was taking care of her.”Less than an hour after Daisy’s return, the group had received more than 500 messages of congratulations on their Facebook page. Foley said she’s not surprised at the huge outpouring of support her group has received online and in person.“Anytime we’ve ever needed our community for anything, they’ve been there.”last_img read more

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first_imgDaylight saving time begins this weekend, with most Canadians setting their clocks ahead early Sunday.As always, officials are using the moment to remind us it is a good time to replace the batteries in our smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms.Aside from battery maintenance, here are five things every homeowner should know about these life-saving devices:1. Smoke and CO alarms don’t last forever.The average smoke alarm should be replaced every 10 years. CO alarms can last between seven and 10 years, according to Kidde Canada, a subsidiary of the world’s largest manufacturer of fire safety products.Over time, internal sensors lose sensitively due to air contaminants and dust buildup.“There’s very low awareness about this,” says Kidde spokeswoman Sharon Cooksey.Every alarm should have its date of manufacture displayed on the back. But if it doesn’t, take a close look at the colour of its plastic cover. If it’s tan, brown or grey, chances are the device is due for replacement, Cooksey says.For those seeking a low-maintenance replacement, some manufacturers offer alarms with sealed, 10-year batteries. They are more expensive than regular alarms, but the cost of replacement batteries is typically covered over the life of the product.These long-term alarms typically emit an end-of-life chirp sequence when they are ready for replacement.2. Carbon monoxide poisoning can fool you.In the initial stages, the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning can mimic those of influenza. Headaches, nausea, dizziness and fatigue are all signs of CO poisoning — and the flu.Without a properly functioning CO alarm, making the right call could be difficult.Among the main sources of carbon monoxide are malfunctioning, non-electric heating and cooking devices — and portable generators brought indoors during power outages.“When people think they’re sick, they want to sleep it off,” says Cooksey. “But you can’t sleep off carbon monoxide poisoning.”3. Not all smoke detectors are created equal.There are two basic types of smoke detector: photoelectric and ionization. Both are good at detecting fires.However, photoelectric devices are particularly adept at detecting slow-burning, smouldering fires, while the ionization models are quicker at detecting fast-flaming fires, like cooking fires.That’s why it’s better to have a photoelectric alarm in or near the kitchen, because it is less likely to go off every time you make toast.4. Smoke and CO alarms are getting smarter.Like virtually every home appliance, newer smoke and CO alarms offer tech-savvy consumers some nifty options.Some manufacturers offer alarms that are interconnected, which means that once one alarm sounds, the others in the home automatically do too.This can be particularly useful if there are detectors in the basement, where they might not be heard when everyone is asleep upstairs.There are also combination smoke/CO alarms and advanced units that can send emergency texts or emails through a WiFi setup.5. Carbon monoxide alarms have their place.Carbon monoxide detectors should be installed on each level of your home in areas where there is good air circulation. A corner along the ceiling is a bad option.Homes with non-electric furnaces should have a CO detector in the basement. And if there’s only one detector for the bedroom area, it should be placed in a central location where everyone can hear it.last_img read more

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“We need everyone’s help to fight human trafficking,” Mr. Eliasson told the 13th Alliance Against Trafficking in Persons High-level Event, hosted by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).“Nobody can do everything, but everybody can do something,” he said. “Some of us can provide legal advice. Some can spark action by Governments. Some can contribute funds. All can be part of our global movement to stop this terrible human rights abuse.”Entitled “Stolen Lives, Stolen Money: The Price of Modern-Day Slavery,” the event in Vienna aims to shed light on a range of financial, social and legal factors surrounding the ongoing debate on globalization, migration, inequality and trafficking.“The fight against human trafficking is a battle for justice, equality and dignity. It is a battle for human rights and for human decency,” Mr. Eliasson told participants. “We are dealing with a dangerous industry that generates more than $30 billion in profits each year. This compromised money is then poured back into further trafficking and other criminal activity,” he said. “The profits are earned at an inexcusable price: namely stolen and destroyed lives.”Mr. Eliasson stressed that human trafficking demands a coordinated response at every level, as well as action on all fronts – criminal justice, victim assistance and protection, human rights, migration policy and labour market regulation. It also requires strengthening legislative and other measures to discourage the demand that feeds exploitation and leads to human trafficking.“Given the enormous black market revenues, we must also focus on how to target the flow of illicit funds,” he added. “This means that countries must strengthen their commitment and means to tackle organized transnational crime.“When there is a suspicious movement of funds, reporting entities must be encouraged to share that information. Investigators must have the training, authority and resources to confiscate and seize criminal assets. Financial Intelligence Units and prosecutors must be able to pursue the criminals without fear of retaliation,” said Mr. Eliasson. “Strong financial investigations are crucial. Criminal networks go to great lengths to distance themselves from every aspect of the crime except one: their profits.”While every country is affected, the Deputy Secretary-General noted that most of the victims come from weak and fragile nations. “When families are insecure, they are vulnerable to the false promises of traffickers.“In vulnerable countries, human trafficking forms part of a nexus of criminality along with illicit drugs, arms trafficking and other crimes. This blocks development, violates human rights and undermines the rule of law.”As part of his official visit to Vienna, Mr. Eliasson will also participate in the launch of the World Drug Report 2013, produced by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). In addition, he will address the opening of the conference to mark the 20th anniversary of the World Conference on Human Rights, as well as hold bilateral meetings with senior Government officials. read more

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But the Government has placed a major obstacle in her way by failing to back a move that would have meant first born daughters inheriting their parents’ titles. That means that if in the coming weeks Meghan Markle gives birth to a daughter the title of Earl of Dumbarton, bestowed on Prince Harry when they married, will not be passed on to their first child. As a self-proclaimed feminist the Duchess of Sussex would no doubt wish her children to enjoy the same benefits and opportunities as each other, regardless of gender. Under Britain’s unique hereditary laws the first born daughters of the nobility do not enjoy the same right as their first born sons to inherit their titles, which in some cases… read more

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Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedOil MOU with T&T to be made public, says President after concerns raisedSeptember 13, 2018In “Business”Oil MoU between Guyana, T&T inkedSeptember 19, 2018In “Business”‘Don’t be locked on to just oil’ – former TT PM urges GuyanaNovember 9, 2018In “latest news” T&T’s former PM and current Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-BissessarWith the incumbent Administration of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) set to put thousands of its workers on the breadline as their state owned oil refinery, Petrotrin, will soon be closed, former Primer Minister (PM) and current Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar believes a partnership with Guyana to refine our oil, once production starts in 2020, could be beneficial for both parties.Persad-Bissessar has said she hopes good sense will prevail with Dr Keith Rowley, the current Prime Minister of T&T.“I understand Guyana has found another well and they are producing. Can we not group in some way, and find a way to work together as a Caricom (sister state), where we can help them refine their oil?” she asked.Persad-Bissessar has said that even if Guyana moves to build its own refinery in the future, the Petrotrin facility can still be used in the initial years of oil production in the South American country, where production is set to begin by 2020.“Of course they will build their own refinery; but we have one, and many (of) the units in the refinery at Petrotrin are new, so a lot of money has been invested on the refinery side, and now they are shutting it down. It is total nonsense!” she was quoted by the Trinidad Newsday newspaper as saying.It was only recently reported that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on energy cooperation between Guyana and Trinidad is expected to be signed in the coming weeks.Sections of the media reported that Trinidad and Tobago’s Energy Minister, Franklin Khan, confirmed this. While he did not go into details of the agreement, he said that would be disclosed after the signing.Khan said T&T is willing to provide assistance to the Guyana Government as the country prepares for first oil.Since 2016, discussions commenced between Guyana and Trinidad on an MoU under which T&T would provide various forms of support to the oil and gas sector in Guyana.Initiated during a visit here in 2016 by a Trinidad and Tobago delegation led by then Energy Minister Nicole Olivierre, the MoU was expected to be signed at the end of that year, but that did not happen.At the time, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman had said the pact would see Guyana receiving support in a range of areas, including advanced technical training for local personnel in the industry.Unconfirmed reports suggest that TT is seeking to get the Guyana Government to take a stake in the Petrotrin refinery, and in this way acquire a strategic asset.The proposal is to ensure that Guyana gets its share of oil from ExxonMobil closer to home, and in this way employment would be provided to people of both countries.Earlier this week, Petrotrin’s board confirmed plans to close the company’s refinery in October in a move which will cause the loss of 1,700 permanent jobs. read more

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Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSon murdered by father after trying to protect mom from assaultSeptember 8, 2018In “Crime”Man stabbed by father died from perforation to lungsSeptember 10, 2018In “Crime”Miner remanded for possession of marijuanaNovember 25, 2015In “Crime” Accused: Mohan SookdeoThe 44-year-old Foulis, East Coast Demerara man who allegedly stabbed his son to death on Saturday last was on Tuesday morning remanded to prison when he appeared at the Cove and John Magistrate’s Court.Mohan Sookdeo of Foulis, East Coast Demerara (ECD) was not allowed to plead to the indictable charge when he appeared before Magistrate Wanda Fortune.The accused is being represented by attorney Haymant Ramdhani.Dead: Satesh ‘Kevin ‘SookdeoINews had reported that on the day in question, 21-year-old Satesh Kevin Sookdeo of Lot 217 Fifth Street, Foulis, ECD, was reportedly stabbed to death by his father during an argument.It is alleged that at about 20:35h, the 44-year-old suspect and his wife had an argument during which he grabbed her by the neck and began choking her.Upon seeing this, the now dead young man and another sibling intervened, but this allegedly angered the father, who subsequently broke a louvre pane and stabbed his son to his chest.Neighbours rushed to the family’s aid after hearing screams but by then the younger Sookdeo had already succumbed to the injuries.The Police were contacted and the suspect was arrested. read more

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first_imgTHE HEAD of the Referendum Commission set up to offer independent information on the forthcoming Children’s Rights Referendum has written to the country’s broadcasters asking them to devote more time to the commission’s information bulletins.Justice Mary Finlay Geoghegan’s request comes amid fears that the level of public debate on next month’s vote is lower than it would ordinarily be.RTÉ News, reporting the request, said the national broadcaster had already agreeing to the request.The Referendum Commission, first established in 1998, creates impartial informational bulletins in advance of each referendum – replacing the previous ‘Vote Yes’ and ‘Vote No’ party political broadcasts – which are then carried by the main broadcasters for the information of voters.The commission has also this morning published its independent information guide to the referendum, which is to be circulated to every home in the state in the coming ten days.The 12-page guide – available here in PDF format – lists the precise wording which the referendum proposes to include in the constitution, and excerpts of other parts of the constitution which would be read in conjunction with the proposed new Article 42A.“It is your Constitution and you have the power to decide whether or not to change it,” Finlay Geoghegan writes in her introduction.“This guide does not argue for a yes or no vote but we do strongly encourage you to vote.”Copies of the guide are also available in large text format, on CD and in Braille through the National Council for the Blind in Ireland. The Irish Deaf Society and DeafHear.ie are to publish online versions in Irish Sign Language. An Irish language version can be downloaded here.Read: TV3 first to announce televised debate on children’s referendumMore: RTÉ to stay 50-50 for referendum debates – but news coverage ‘cannot be prejudged’last_img read more

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first_imgSony is readying the launch of the PSP’s succesor, the NGP. The forthcoming device will feature expandable storage. The cards will come in two sizes 2GB and 4GB. Each card will have a set amount of space for games, along with patches that likely will be released in the future. In the future, Sony will offer larger capacity cards. The cards, Sony explained, will help take stress off the device’s internal memory. This new upgrade will also allow users to switch games to other devices with ease. It looks like Sony is really getting serious about taking on Apple and Google. It’s about time. Will Microsoft join in soon? Xbox portable, anyone?last_img read more

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Politicians couldn’t, the diaspora community is trying, and Germany, well who knows what happened to them, but if one man can save Greece from financial ruin then it’s Greek Australian Vangelis Dimas to the rescue. Dubbed Greece’s very own Indiana Jones, Dimas has vowed to save Greece from bankruptcy by finding Ali Pasha’s hidden treasurers – rumoured to be worth 200 million euros – and using that to pay off Greece’s 300 billion euro debt. Lucky for Greece, Dimas is better at digging than math. 66-year-old Dimas is financing an excavation in Vassiliki, Trikala, southern Greece, to dig up the pasha’s hidden treasure. He believes that Ali Pasha’s hidden treasures were buried in the village named after his Greek-born wife. This isn’t the first attempt to find the notorious pasha’s stash. Treasurer hunts in the northwest of Ioannina, where Ali Pasha ruled the Ottoman Empire from before his death, have proved fruitless in the past. Dimas has received the necessary licences to do this excavation and has full permission from the Vassiliki Mayor, who says the state-approved operation is proceeding slowly but would likely continue for another couple of weeks. The Greek state is entitled to 50 per cent of the finds, with the municipality taking a percentage. But all round good samaritan and saviour of Greece, Dimas has promised to give his share to the Bank of Greece. If he is successful you can’t help but think that it could possibly be an Albanian’s money used to saved Greece. Stick that in you argile and smoke it!last_img read more

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first_imgA period of political uncertainty is bound to have a negative impact on economic activity but cannot be ruled out if the outcome of the elections for the European Parliament yesterday is seen by markets to create the conditions for snap general elections in early July or in the fall. <+sa_keim>The signs of the “traditional” slowdown before important elections are already evident in the public sector and may spread elsewhere as important decisions are put off. Snap elections or not, the last thing Greece needs now is a protracted period of inaction on economic matters.When we were writing this article we did not know yesterday’s European Parliament and local elections outcome. Various recent opinion polls showed the leftist SYRIZA party was leading conservative New Democracy by a margin of 1 to 4.3 percentage points with a relatively large chunk of undecided voters heading into Sunday. According to analysts with access to polling data from different companies, little has changed since last week. This means the result of the first round of local elections, largely favoring the two ruling coalition parties except for the Attica region, had not had a noticeable impact on people’s vote preferences for the European Union ballot.The analysis continued to give SYRIZA a clear lead over the conservatives while the far-rightist Golden Dawn party was firmly in third place, doing better than projected in the press. In addition, it indicated the conservatives had failed to pass the message to the general public that the country faced the prospect of snap elections if the outcome was not good for them. In general, analysts and high-profile politicians from New Democracy and the center-left PASOK party think a sizable SYRIZA win by more than four points combined with a poor showing by the Olive Tree (Elia) alliance, meaning less than 6 percent of the vote, could force early elections.The same PASOK officials claimed the coalition government would not be able to go on if Elia got less than 6 percent regardless of how the conservatives do, but many others question whether this will be the case if New Democracy holds on. If indeed Greece goes into early general elections, these could be held as soon as July 6, some say. However, others disagree, citing the tourism period, and suggest they will take place in September or October. In the latter case, the current president of the Republic may resign earlier than the end of his term next spring so the election of his successor by the Parliament takes place close to the national ballot, they say.The political landscape looks like a potential minefield at this point and developments there could provide either a booster or a setback to the country’s efforts to exit the six-year recession in 2014 and reduce its dependence on official loans. High-ranking officials in the public sector admit in off-the-record conversations the signs of a slowdown have been evident everywhere since early April. This is in line with the Greek tradition of putting off important decisions and projects till after important elections.The situation is complicated by the power sharing agreed between New Democracy, PASOK and the moderate Democratic Left (DIMAR) party in the summer of 2012 after the three-party coalition government was formed. It is noted DIMAR quit the government last summer but most of its appointees in key public sector posts remain in place, the officials say.In many cases, the appointees ask for approval from their party bosses before voting on certain issues, including minor ones sometimes, slowing down the decision making. Since early April, they have been less willing to take decisions and this has led to delays, affecting investment projects and public procurements. All public sector deals budgeted above 15 million euros should have the approval of a committee made up by representatives of all parties in Parliament. But Golden Dawn and the Communist Party (KKE) do not take part in the committees and are therefore replaced by judges, according to the officials. These delays could result in Greece’s failure to absorb EU funds.Bankers and others in the private sector have also noticed that some reforms have slowed down. “The most worrisome aspect of the campaign for the local elections and the European Parliament is that many decisions on economic matters have been put on hold. If this goes on for a while, it will have a negative impact on the economy,” a senior official at a private bank said. He, like others, thinks snap elections will do the economy more harm than good. The government and the troika forecast real GDP growth of 0.6 percent this year, supported by a 1.1 percent year-on-year contraction in the first quarter. But all warn the economy remains fragile and a protracted period of political uncertainty could tip the balance.The outcome of the elections for the European Parliament, much more than the local elections, will determine whether Greece will go into snap elections or not. Given the fragile state of the economy, political instability is the least desirable option. The inertia and inaction evident in the public sector should not become the economic norm regardless of political developments, although that is admittedly easier said than done.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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first_imgYAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — The rapid growth of central Washington wildfires prompted more evacuation notices Wednesday as two fire complexes burned closer to each other.Officials urged residents around the Mission Ridge ski area southwest of Wenatchee to leave their homes because of the rapid growth of the Table Mountain Fire Complex.There have been reports of the Table Mountain fires throwing 8-inch chunks of burning bark 6 to 7 miles into the Mission Ridge area, Mick Mueller, fire spokesman for the nearby Wenatchee Complex fires, told The Wenatchee World.Residents of 150 to 200 homes were told to leave Wednesday evening, the newspaper reported.Jan Bullock passed her kitten Rosebella to a friend for safekeeping Wednesday night at a roadblock. Bullock told The World that she and her husband have lived near Squilchuck State Park for 15 years and never before been threatened by fire. They planned to spend the night with relatives.Thick smoke from the fires kept some residents indoors, forced schools to relocate weekend sporting events and temporarily closed part of a major highway.last_img read more

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