Gujarat SAI campus to get centre for para athletes, says Kiren Rijiju

first_imgThe Sports Authority of India campus in Gandhinagar will get a global standard high performance training centre for para athletes with focus on athletics, power-lifting, badminton and swimming, Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju said on Saturday. Facilities for regular athletes will also be improved by way of infrastructure and training facilities, Mr. Rijiju told reporters in Gandhinagar. “We saw many para athletes at SAI centre. For high performance training, we are going to open a centre at SAI Gandhinagar with a special focus on para athletes. The centre will focus on performance enhancement of para athletes in four disciplines – athletics, power-lifting, swimming and badminton,” Mr. Rijiju said. “Facilities of regular athletes (at the SAI centre) will be improved by way of infrastructure and training facilities. We have also sanctioned two hostels, each with a capacity of 300. We will lay foundation stone for a hostel in a month and half. Another hostel will also come up soon,” Mr. Rijiju said after visiting the SAI campus. The Union Minister said India’s potential in world sports is “much higher than the number of medals we win”, adding that a lot needed to be done at policy, administrative and ground levels to enhance the potential. He said the Central government is working on ensuring that more players qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the country gets more medals. “India’s position in world sports and where we have reached in international sports competition is known. But I believe India’s potential is much higher than the number of medals we win. Much needs to change at policy, administrative and ground levels to teach, train and take forward the potential,” he said. “We have before us a subject as to how many players can qualify and how many medals we can win in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. We are working on it professionally, through review meetings and all else that need to be done,” he said. Mr. Rijiju also said the government has decided to provide opportunities to maximum number of players in international competitions so that they get exposure. He said effort was on to identify talent at a young age and nurture them. Mr. Rijiju is also scheduled to watch the Indian football team take on Korea DPR in an Inter-continental Cup match being held at Transtadia in Ahmedabad. He said he will inspect the stadium and see if this can be replicated in other parts of the country.last_img read more

Patriots-Seahawks Even Odds Pick

first_imgLAS VEGAS — The Super Bowl looks like a tossup in this gambling city, where more than $100 million will likely be riding on the game by kickoff.A flurry of early money on the New England Patriots moved the game to pick ’em at most major Las Vegas books after the Seattle Seahawks opened by as much as 2.5-point favorites.Oddsmakers say they don’t expect the line to fluctuate much over the next few weeks, with heavy betting anticipated on both sides.“You’re not going to see this one bounce around like you did last year,” said Jimmy Vaccaro of the South Point sports book.“Last year the whole world was in love with Denver early and there was a crush at the (betting) window. But this game is going to stay right around Seattle a 1-point favorite or pick ’em the entire way.”Some books opened Seattle a favorite while Tom Brady and the Patriots were still piling on points in the rain late in the third quarter of a blowout win over the Indianapolis Colts. The line quickly got knocked down, though, as money came in on New England, including a $10,000 bet at the South Point.“All smart guys looking to take a position early,” Vaccaro said of the early money. “The line really went down quick.”At the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook, the opening line favoring the Seahawks by 2.5 points moved quickly even before the Patriots-Colts game was over. Shortly after the game was over, the line was already at pick ’em.“Everyone remembers what they saw last,” oddsmaker Jeff Sherman said.The movement wasn’t quite as dramatic as it was last year, when the Seahawks were also favored by 2.5 points at most books in the opening lines only to see the betting public go so heavily on the Broncos that Denver was favored by 2.5 points at game time.Seattle ended up winning the game 43-8 and bookmakers had a big day, winning nearly $20 million on record legal betting of $119.4 million.The over/under for the game ranged from between 49 and 49.5 points at most books. Like point spread wagers, bettors can lay $110 to win $100 on whether the total number of points will exceed or be less than that number.This has been a banner football betting season so far for sports books in Nevada, the only place where full legalized betting is allowed in the country.Records have been set every month, and Sherman said he believes this year’s Super Bowl will set another betting record because the line is narrow and the teams are popular.“I definitely think it can be a record,” he said. “You have the defending Super Bowl champs who are as public a team as anyone. And New England is the same thing, they’ve been there for years.”For Sherman, setting the lines in the games may have been the easiest part. He and his fellow oddsmakers at the Westgate plan to spend Jan. 20-21 putting together more than 300 so-called “prop” bets on everything from which team will win the coin flip to whether one of New England’s offensive linemen will score a touchdown.Wynn Sports Book Director Johnny Avello said he plans to offer a wide variety of props, too, which could help drive a betting record.“I don’t see any reason why it can’t be broken,” Avello said. “The only thing that would slow it down is that people are tired of the Seahawks and I don’t think that will be the case.”(TIM DAHLBERG, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Ohio State Is A Huge Favorite In Its Redemption Game vs. Virginia Tech In Week 1

first_imgVirginia Tech fans cheer on the Hokies.The lone loss in Ohio State’s 2014 national championship season came in Week 2 against Virginia Tech. The Buckeyes fell to the Hokies, 35-21. Redemption is expected on Sept. 7. Ohio State will open its national championship-defending season in Blacksburg, Va., against Virginia Tech on Labor Day. A blowout victory is predicted for Urban Meyer’s squad. The sportsbook 5Dimes released its initial odds for Week 1 and Ohio State is a huge favorite. Ohio State #Buckeyes will open the season favored by 19-points over the Virginia Tech Hokies. #OSU #OhioSt #OhioState (via 5Dimes)— Johnny Detroit (@Johnny_Detroit) February 12, 2015Ohio State and Virginia Tech’s kickoff time has yet to be released, but with the game occurring on Labor Day, a night game at Lane Stadium is probable.last_img read more

Jim Harbaugh Blasts Nick Saban In Twitter Response To Satellite Camp Rant

first_imgJim Harbaugh argues with a referee.ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 25: Jim Harbaugh head coach of the Michigan Wolverines talks with the referee first half against the Ohio State Buckeyes on November 25, 2017 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)It happened, everyone. Jim Harbaugh is taking direct shots at Nick Saban on Twitter. This afternoon, Saban went on a lengthy rant against satellite camps, which Harbaugh has been the loudest proponent of over the last two seasons. Saban mentioned Harbaugh directly during his screed, though he was fairly diplomatic when bringing up the Michigan head coach. From AL.com:“I’m not blaming Jim Harbaugh, I’m not saying anything about him,” Saban said. “I’m just saying it’s bad for college football. Jim Harbaugh can do whatever he wants to do. I’m not saying anything bad about him if he thinks that’s what’s best. There needs to be somebody that looks out for what’s best for the game, not what’s best for the Big 10 or what’s best for the SEC, or what’s best for Jim Harbaugh, but what’s best for the game of college football — the integrity of the game, the coaches, the players and the people that play it. That’s bigger than all of this.Apparently, that doesn’t matter to Harbaugh, who put an unnamed Saban on blast moments ago.“Amazing” to me- Alabama broke NCAA rules & now their HC is lecturing us on the possibility of rules being broken at camps. Truly “amazing.”— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) June 1, 2016Jim Harbaugh won’t stop until he’s taken shots at every single rival coach in the college football world.last_img read more

Jason Momoa Features On Cover Of Water Sustainability Publication

first_imgMediaplanet has announced the multiplatform distribution of “Water & Sustainability,” encouraging readers to take initiative in their homes, local communities and support technological advancements working to solve our international issue with water and sustainability.Innovations in technology have pushed the industry towards the greatest advancements of our time: but we still have work to be done.The print component of “Water & Sustainability” is distributed within this Wednesday’s edition of USA Today in New York, Washington D.C., Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, Las Vegas and Los Angeles with a circulation of approximately 250,000 copies and an estimated readership of 750,000. The digital component is distributed nationally through a vast social media strategy and across a network of top news sites and partner outlets. To explore the digital version of the campaign, click here.Jason Momoa, warrior on and off screen, shines on the front cover of the print publication. Through an in-depth and exclusive interview, he urges readers to become involved in their own local water projects. Atlanta rap native Michael Render aka “Killer Mike” drills deep into his passion for Atlanta’s 300 million dollar quarry endeavor. “It’s been the highlight of my year,” explains Render, an Atlanta native and philanthropist. “I strut with a different step, knowing there’s a drill named for me.”This campaign was made possible with the support of Viqua, charity:water, Pentair, Jason Momoa, 3M, Speakman, the U.S. Water Alliance and many more.last_img read more

Deal in principle reached to restore rail service to northern Manitoba Feds

first_imgWINNIPEG – An agreement in principle has been reached to restore the only land link, along with hope for a solid economic future, to the town of Churchill in northern Manitoba.The federal government and a consortium of northern communities said Wednesday night they had reached a deal to transfer ownership of the area’s rail line and port from Denver-based Omnitrax.“The rail line is one of the foundational pieces of transportation infrastructure for the northern portion of the province,” Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr said in a written statement.“The announcement today is a signal that negotiations are moving forward and a made-in-Canada solution is imminent.”The rail line was severely damaged by flooding a year ago and Omnitrax said it could not afford the tens of millions of dollars to fix it.Without rail service, goods and tourists have had to be flown in to Churchill at much higher prices and the port has been virtually idle.The town of 900 people, known for its polar bear tourist season, has suffered economically and residents feared some of their neighbours would have no choice but to leave to find jobs elsewhere.Churchill Mayor Mike Spence said the agreement to transfer ownership of the rail line and port on the shore of Hudson Bay is historic.He said the community is looking to the future.“Climate change is here. We are going to take advantage of that opportunity,” Spence said. “The federal government has made it known that reviewing Arctic policy — Churchill will play an important role in that.”The town shared the news with residents in a community update posted on Facebook.“The residents and businesses of Churchill have shown tremendous patience and resiliency during this very difficult time during the loss of rail service and reduced port operations,” reads the message.“The Town is pleased the federal government has recognized the importance and value of the port and rail line which are truly strategic assets of Canada.”Omnitrax had said the rail line was no longer viable and suggested it be run as utility, with government support likely needed.Merv Tweed, president of Omnitrax Canada, said it is very pleased to see an agreement in place that will ensure the long-term operations of the rail line.“We believe this is the best outcome for all stakeholders and look forward to working with Fairfax Financial and Grand Chief Dumas to facilitate a smooth transition of ownership,” he said in an email.Christian Sinclair, co-chairman of One North – a consortium of northern communities – said details of the agreement still have to be finalized.“By next week, those details will go out and will be shared with the public,” Sinclair said.“But the fact that we’re at this point is great for us because it allows us to still salvage a season (at the port) this year.”Also part of the agreement are Fairfax Financial Holdings and AGT Food and Ingredients Inc.AGT is a Regina-based supplier of value-added pulses and staple foods, and could replace some of the business at the Port of Churchill that was lost when the Canadian Wheat Board, the port’s biggest customer at the time, ended its monopoly on western grain and barley in 2012.“Over the last six months we have been working diligently with our many partners to come together, develop a business plan and satisfy the principles for successful new ownership,” Fairfax president Paul Rivett said in a written statement.“The federal government acknowledges the value and importance of our inclusive group and is supportive of our efforts to acquire the assets.”The rail line was owned by the federal government until 1997, when it sold it to Omnitrax. The federal government has faced calls in the last year to buy it back.— With file from Kelly Geraldine Malonelast_img read more

Syncrude outage expected to ease pipeline congestion boost heavy oil prices

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – A production shutdown at Syncrude Canada’s oilsands mine and upgrader complex in northern Alberta is expected to free up pipeline space out of Western Canada and strengthen prices for Canadian heavy oil.The company has said production of upgraded bitumen could remain offline at its works north of Fort McMurray through July. The stoppage was caused by a power outage last week.The interruption should help alleviate pipeline congestion in Western Canada that has increased the difference in price for Western Canadian Select bitumen blend oil versus New York-traded West Texas Intermediate crude oil, said Canadian analysts with Tudor Pickering Holt & Co. in a research report. The differential spiked at about US$30 per barrel in February, fell to the high teens in April and May as oilsands projects went through maintenance shutdowns, but rose again in the past few weeks as output again filled pipelines. It closed at US$25.50 last Friday.The differential will likely revert back to US$13 to $15 per barrel in July, Barclays analysts predicted in a report.Syncrude has the capacity to produce 350,000 barrels per day but Barclays estimated it has averaged only 245,000 bpd so far this year because of planned and unplanned downtime. It lowered its estimate of third-quarter production from 305,000 bpd to between 200,000 and 215,000 bpd, adding it expects Syncrude to post significantly higher costs per barrel.The analysts say the news is negative for Suncor Energy Inc., which owns about 59 percent of Syncrude, and Imperial Oil Ltd., with a 25 percent stake.On June 7, Suncor said in a news release it was ready for “strong production” this year after completing maintenance at facilities including Syncrude.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

Fort St. John Firefighters extinguish burning child’s wagon

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Firefighters were called to a brush fire that turned out to be a child’s wagon set on fire.Monday, September 30th, 2019 at 11:34 pm the Fort St. John attended a call and extinguished a child’s wagon that was set on fire on 93rd Street. The image was posted to a local FB group, showing the Fire Department on the scene with the wagon extinguished.To view the post; CLICK HERElast_img

The job paradox

first_imgA paradox is a situation when a mathematician proves a thing true which is otherwise untrue. The latest CII report on net job creation in the MSME sector probably falls in this category of paradox as against all gloom over joblessness in the country. The report was a surprise because only a few weeks ago NSSO’s leaked survey said the unemployment rate was worst in 45 years. The chairman of PM’s Economic Advisory Council had said, “We will have a new round of the NSS which will… show …substantial employment and substantiated job creation”. Now CII has come up with a survey that proves his claim. Everything seems to have a pattern in this election season. The CII report claimed that MSME sector in India has shown a 13.9 per cent net increase in jobs in the last four years, ie a 3.3 per cent growth per year. It was the result of surveying 1.05 lakh selected MSME firms based in 350 industrial centres across 28 states of the country. CII research scholars, let us assume they are bonafide, seem to have forgotten to verify the survey results they landed at with other tools available. A little common sense will convince that the level of growth in job creation should have been reflected in the growth pattern of everything of or related to MSMEs, such as investment, credits, production, electricity consumption, deployment of machineries, and the status of their being operational or closure etc on the one hand, and savings, consumption, and well-being of the employees on the other on the other. Since MSME is the second largest sector in providing employment in the country giving employment to about 12 crore people, such level of net job creation should have not been gone unnoticed by common people as well as experts. One cannot understand as to why there is no explanation on the fact that out of about 63.4 million registered units few millions remained non-starter, and another few millions shut down. As per a report published by SIDBI in association with TransUnion Cibil only 51 million MSME units were operational at the end of the period under consideration. Shutting down or closure of about 12.4 million units does not reflect the growth. Every document, the government’s and the institutions’ mentioned the adverse impact of demonetisation and implementation of GST, from which the MSMEs are now recovering, albeit slowly. Even RBI mentioned the dual economic disruption for the corresponding period in connection with the credit off-take by MSMEs which remained very poor along with overall NPA rate for the sector hovering around 8 to 11 per cent. One of the SIDBI-Cibil report mentioned that default rate among the MSME borrowers taking multiple loans for a period of 60 days have increased from 2.5 per cent to 4 per cent during September 2015 to September 2018. Even Industry people claim that MSMEs are in crisis and therefore, they are not able to earn even enough to pay their debt. Had there been growth in jobs, it would have been translated into earning of the MSMEs with less number of defaulters. One cannot also ignore the fact that the growth of MSME GVA has been sharply declining since 2012-13 when it was 15.27 per cent. The latest data available with the Central Statistics Office (CSO) shows that the growth rate declined to 7.62 per cent at the end of March 2016 per cent of the GDP. When we consider it in the backdrop of the widening of the domain of this sector across sectors of the economy producing a diverse range of products and services the relative growth of each individual sector, it is clear that all of them are declining. The trend aggravated more sharply after demonetisation and introduction of GST. In the backdrop of the recent controversy over ‘jobs’ and ‘joblessness’ in India, the CII survey itself has become a suspect. First, because the report lauds certain Union Government’s programmes such as a beneficiary does. Secondly, the pragmatics of language reveals that its language is not that much neutral as a research work or survey requires. Thirdly, it has its limitation too obvious, because the data on which the report is compiled is provided by the government’s Labour Bureaus. Fourthly, it has a very small fresh empirical data set that cannot be treated as conclusive and quality of sampling and analysing data is questionable. The sample is from the operating MSMEs while the job losses in about 12.4 million shutdown or closed units are not taken into consideration while calculating the net job creation. Moreover, the claim contradicts all available data provided by the government and other national and international institutions. In the fag-end of January this year, the leaked NSSO’s report said that joblessness in India touched 6.1 per cent, the worst since 1972-73, in July 2017-June 2018. The government was not ready to publish this report though it was scheduled to be released in December last year. Two of the senior members had to resign in protest. NITI Aayog clarified that the report was being processed, but not contradicted or approved the content. Aayog merely called it a draft report and promised to share it by March, which is yet to happen. NITI Aayog CEO, however, had accepted lack of good quality jobs and the crisis of the large informal and MSME sector. The Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy, a leading independent think-tank, said the country lost as many as 11 million jobs last year. Though the Govt of India claimed that MSMEs have created 11.10 crore jobs during 2014-18, we find discrepancies in the data. How such level of job creation is possible when even skilled persons are not getting jobs? For example, MSME technology centres skilled 6.42 lakh people but provided only 91.6 thousand jobs in four years. Under ATI, 2.07 lakh people were trained but only 43.7 thousand got wage employment, and 21.7 thousand could be self-employed. A recent RBI report said that the core problem of MSMEs of lack of access to formal finance remains which means the sector is still suffering from financial crisis. How can they have contributed to job creation up to such an extent while struggling for their own survival? Most probably the CII survey has landed at wrong conclusion. There is no reason to believe it to be true and all other directly or indirectly contradicting official and non-official reports false.(The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

At Wimbledon Ryan Harrison Suffers Again From His Bad Luck of the Draw

To make the most of their abilities, young tennis players need training, coaching and good health. Then there’s another factor, also important and beyond their control: the luck of the draw.The careers of young Americans Ryan Harrison and Christina McHale show what a difference luck can make. When Harrison has been lucky in Grand Slam tournaments, he has been very good. But he’s usually been unlucky, drawing one of the tournament’s top players in the first round and losing. The latest Harrison conqueror was Grigor Dimitrov, the No. 13 player in the world, who straight-setted Harrison out of Wimbledon on opening day Monday in London. Harrison’s frequent early exits from Grand Slams have contributed to his fall out of the top 100.McHale, meanwhile, has been much more fortunate. She opens her Wimbledon campaign Tuesday against the 97th-ranked player in the world, Chanelle Scheepers. In the 17 Grand Slam tournaments where McHale could have faced a seeded player in the first round, she has done so just three times — and never had an opponent in the top 20.Along with the intended intrigue and variety, the random draw at tennis tournaments creates inequity. For the 128-player Grand Slam singles draws, this is, roughly, how the draw works: The best 25 percent of players are given seeds, and each of the 32 seeded players is slotted in a four-player pod in which the other three players are unseeded (kind of like our Burrito Bracket). In the first round, the seeded player plays one of the unseeded players in the same pod, and the other two unseeded players play each other. Drawing players randomly into these pods, rather than seeding all 128 of them, helps keep things interesting, creating tough sections of the draw and openings elsewhere.Every unseeded player has a one-third chance of drawing a seeded opponent in the first round, which is, generally, an unlucky draw. That’s not always the case: Sometimes the seeded opponent isn’t as tough as rankings suggest, because of weakness on the tournament’s surface or a recent injury. Drawing a weak seed near the bottom of the top 32 players can open up a player’s draw, since the next opponent wouldn’t be seeded.All else equal, though, if you’re unseeded, you don’t want to match up against a seeded player in the first round. Yet Harrison seems to be drawn inexorably toward seeded opponents by some as yet undiscovered magnetic field. In the 16 majors he’s entered as an unseeded player, he’s drawn seeded opponents nine times. By chance alone, he could have expected just five such tough matches. More than 98 percent of players with 16 opportunities to draw a seed in the first round should do so eight times or fewer, according to the binomial distribution. Harrison is in the unlucky 1 percent.Not so with McHale. About 13 percent of players who have played 17 majors as an unseeded entry, as she has, could expect to get three or fewer seeded opponents. She has also never drawn a top 10 opponent in the first round, something just 15 percent of players in her shoes could say.Against unseeded first-round opponents at majors, Harrison is a dominant force: He’s 5-2, including wins in his past five matches. Against seeded opponents, he’s 1-7; Harrison’s loss to Dimitrov Monday was his seventh straight against seeded opponents. All those first-round losses have contributed to Harrison’s drop in the rankings to 150 from 43 two years ago.Luck of the draw matters for non-Americans, too. I studied 18 young men and women at Wimbledon who have entered at least five majors without a seed. Together they have won half of first-round matches against unseeded opponents, but fewer than one-third of matches against seeded players.As hard as Harrison’s had it, he’s been blessed to avoid the fate of David Goffin. The 23-year-old Belgian has entered nine majors unseeded. Seven times he has drawn a seed in the first round, including four top 10 seeds. Of 1,000 players with his Grand Slam history, 999 could expect to have drawn fewer seeded first-round opponents, and fewer top 10 seeds.Goffin hasn’t won a Grand Slam match in two years, and his ranking fate has resembled Harrison’s: He’s dropped from No. 42 in the world to No. 105. His latest rough draw came against defending champion Andy Murray, the No. 3 seed at Wimbeldon. Murray dispatched Goffin in straight sets on Monday. read more