Matthew was named the New South Wales Sports Federation Volunteer of the Year, while Croft received a Distinguished Long Service award for his involvement in Touch Football. It’s been a big couple of months for Matthew, who was also recognised for his outstanding contribution to the sport of Touch Football at the New South Wales Sports Volunteer Awards in December last year, while he also received Life Membership from Touch Football Australia. Matthew won the Volunteer of the Year award over Surf Life Saving’s Gary Cain and Hockey’s Richard Willis, saying he was ‘gobsmacked’ to take out the award. “I’m surprised but really happy because I think it’s really good for our sport, Touch Football had four nominations so to get two people up is just sensational.”Matthew told the night’s Master of Ceremonies, Stephanie Brantz, that the most enjoyable part of his involvement in Touch Football is the people he gets to work with. “It’s helping the people come through, it’s being involved in the sport,” he said. Croft has also been recognised on numerous occasions in recent years for his work with Parramatta Touch Association, becoming a Life Member of New South Wales Touch Association (NSWTA) in 2010 and receiving the Rod Wise Medal for Volunteer of the Year at the 2011 NSWTA Blues Dinner. Croft was one of 17 people to be recognised with a Distinguished Long Service award for 30 years of service and says that it was ‘very special’ to be one of the recipients of this award. “I keep on saying, I’m not in Touch to get the awards. I love coaching, I love picking up all the rubbish and being a happy-go-lucky guy,” Croft said. “I feel humble, sometimes I even feel embarrassed…I am in it because I love the sport, doing all the coaching and that kind of thing. I’m now coaching the daughters of the mothers I coached years ago, that’s scary. It’s been a lot of good fun.”Croft says that he’s had many highlights during his involvement in Touch Football in many aspects of the game, including coaching and administering the sport. “Winning five out of six tournaments with all of the young girls from Parramatta, that was one of them, starting off down at South Sydney when it was barefoot, I enjoyed all that, plus being a part of New South Wales Touch Association, that’s the main thing.”Australian Men’s Open coach, Tony Trad and Australian referee, Adam Foley, were also nominated for awards in their respective areas. Trad was nominated for Coach of the Year, with the award being won by Swimming’s Brant Best, coach of James Magnussen. Foley was nominated for the Official of the Year award, which was won by Netball umpire, Sharon Kelly, who won the award for the second year in a row. Touch Football Australia would like to congratulate the four Touch Football volunteers who were nominated, as well as Matthew and Croft on their awards.
The second largest provision of $17 billion is earmarked for partial redemption of Treasury Bills issued by the Administration, pursuant to the Treasury Bills Act, for short-term financing to meet temporary cash needs arising from fluctuations in revenue flows. The Government has allocated $88.84 billion in the 2018/19 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives, for debt repayment this year.Of this sum, the lion’s share of $58.6 billion will go towards repaying Jamaican dollar benchmark investment notes issued under the Jamaica Debt Exchange/National Debt Exchange (JDX/NDX) initiatives.The second largest provision of $17 billion is earmarked for partial redemption of Treasury Bills issued by the Administration, pursuant to the Treasury Bills Act, for short-term financing to meet temporary cash needs arising from fluctuations in revenue flows.Another $11.33 billion has been set aside for contingency payments in relation to a) a liability management exercise that was executed, for which $10 billion is earmarked; and b) loans for principal payments that may arise out of the invocation of government guarantees on internal debt, for which $1.33 billion has been set aside.A total of $111.4 million has been allocated for the repayment of promissory notes issued and loans raised from parastatal bodies.These include reimbursement of taxes withheld on loan payments due to the National Insurance Fund (NIF) and other investments, payment to the National Housing Trust regarding Stadium Gardens and Jamaica Defence Force housing, and payment to the Development Bank of Jamaica and the PetroCaribe Development Fund for debt assumed on behalf of the Sugar Company of Jamaica (SCJ).A sum of $1.84 billion has been set aside for the repayment of loans raised from commercial banks to finance SCJ loans assumed by the Government.Meanwhile, $250,000 will go towards the repayment of salary bonds in relation to outstanding public-sector salary claims. The Government has allocated $88.84 billion in the 2018/19 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives, for debt repayment this year. Another $11.33 billion has been set aside for contingency payments in relation to a) a liability management exercise that was executed, for which $10 billion is earmarked; and b) loans for principal payments that may arise out of the invocation of government guarantees on internal debt, for which $1.33 billion has been set aside. Story Highlights
Ford’s revamped Edge SUV will be assembled in a plant in southern Ontario, a move a union official said signals jobs will be secure in the region as the automaker invests in new technology.Ford Motor Company of Canada said it has redesigned its Edge SUV for global export, with preparations already underway for production in Oakville, Ont. Ford plans to export the vehicle, which features an array of smart technology, to 100 countries in 2019.However, company spokeswoman Lauren More said the company has no plans to hire more workers or change its operating pattern at the plant.The move comes a year after Ford pledged $1.2 billion over four years to retool its Canadian plants, and create a research and engineering centre in Ottawa.It was part of a contract deal negotiated in November 2016 between Ford and Unifor that had the automaker invest $700 million for its assembly plants in Windsor, Ont., and Oakville.Unifor president Jerry Dias called the announcement “a good sign,” adding that the union is pleased the company is using skilled workers in Canada for the updated model.“There hasn’t been any softening of the market as it relates to the Edge and this is just about keeping it at the forefront of people’s preferences,” Dias said in an interview Thursday.“Ford is really looking to emphasize and to push their sales offshore, which makes us proud that they are using our Oakville facility as their centrepiece to do that.”The union represents about 5,000 workers at the facility, which also builds the Ford Flex, Lincoln MKX and Lincoln MKT.Ford first expanded production of the Edge in Canada three years ago, announcing then that the vehicle would be exported for the first time to western Europe.Dias said despite talks of the U.S. pulling out the North American Free Trade Agreement, there isn’t concern of the company’s commitment to keeping auto jobs in Canada.“NAFTA is definitely falling apart, there is no doubt about that,” he said, adding that the problem with NAFTA in the U.S. is low labour wages in Mexico.“Auto jobs are not leaving the United States and coming to Canada, jobs are leaving the U.S. and going to Mexico, and they completely understand that,” he said.
CALGARY – A major merger could be in the works in Canada’s oil patch.Husky Energy Inc. is making a hostile bid to acquire MEG Energy Corp. in a transaction valued at $6.4 billion.In a statement issued Sunday afternoon, Husky says the proposed merger “will create a stronger Canadian energy company.”The new, Calgary-based operation would have the capacity to produce more than 400,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.The proposal has been unanimously approved by Husky’s board of directors, and will be open for acceptance by MEG shareholders until Jan. 16.Husky says MEG’s board refuses to discuss the deal, which led to the takeover bid.“Husky is confident the proposed transaction is in the best interests of Husky and MEG shareholders, employees and stakeholders,” Husky CEO Rob Peabody said in a statement.“However, to date, the MEG Board of Directors has refused to engage in a discussion on the merits of a transaction, giving us no option but to bring this offer directly to MEG shareholders.”Husky says the combined company “will have an improved opportunity to accelerate new projects in Canada compared to two separate entities.”It says it expects the deal to close in the first quarter of 2019, subject to regulator approval.
Kolkata: A report submitted to the Election Commission by the District Magistrate of North 24-Parganas in connection with the detention of Rujira Banerjee, wife of Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee at Kolkata Airport, says that there is no mention of any gold in the seizure list by the Customs.The report has validated Abhishek Banerjee’s claim who had categorically stated during a press conference on Sunday that his wife had not been carrying any gold when she was intercepted by Customs officials inside Kolkata Airport on the night of March 15. He had also challenged the Customs officials to produce CCTV footages, if they had any, to prove that his wife was carrying gold. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaFollowing the incident, the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) in the state sought a report on the entire incident from the District Magistrate of North 24-Parganas Antara Acharya, who is also the District Election Officer (DEO). After being instructed by the commission, the DEO on Tuesday submitted the report to the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) on Tuesday, which apparently validates Banerjee’s claim. The incident had triggered a political slugfest in the state ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. Banerjee had expressed strong objection after many news portals and some national news channels reported the incident without verifying the authenticity of the allegations. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe commission had also received several complaints in this regard from various political parties. Banerjee’s lawyer had filed a complaint with the CEO’s office against BJP’s MP from Asansol Babul Supriyo, for making false statements regarding the issue, on his Twitter handle. The fake news related to the incident was also mentioned in the complaint by his lawyer. A senior official of the CEO’s office has confirmed that the report has been received. After going through the report, the CEO’s office will finally send it to the Election Commission of India (ECI) in Delhi. The CEO’s office will act according to the instructions of the ECI in this regard. It has been learnt that the DEO has submitted the report on the basis of inputs provided by Bidhannagar Police. The CEO’s office has no jurisdiction to intervene in the Customs related matter and hence it is up to the ECI to take up the matter with the Central agencies if it feels so. “We have received a factual report from the DEO of North 24-Parganas on the matter. We are looking into it,” a senior election official from the CEO’s office said.
Kolkata: AB de Villiers was disappointed not to make it to Friday’s game against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) which the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) won by 10 runs at the Eden Gardens in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL), said skipper Virat Kohli on Friday. Kohli scored a brilliant 58-ball 100, his first in IPL 2019, to help his team post 213/4 which the visitors eventually succeeded to defend. It was for the first time in this IPL that de Villiers was not a part of the playing XI. De Villiers, who has been in sublime form while scoring 307 runs, was not 100 per cent fit before the start of the game and Kohli decided to rest him. Thus, the onus was on Kohli to bat through the innings in the absence of their senior batsman. “It was important to bat along when AB is not here, as a senior player. AB was disappointed for not making it for the game tonight and I told him that I’ll give him a hug if we win tonight,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation. Apart from Kohli, Moeen Ali bludgeoned a 28-ball 66 (4×5, 6×6), as the pair added 90 runs for the third wicket off just 43 balls. Marcus Stoinis (17* off 8) also provided a late flourish towards the end as RCB amassed 143 runs in the last 10 overs. “They both showed composure and that’s what you expect from your teammates. Our communication during the second time-out was to get 170-175. We didn’t think we could get 200-plus. It was difficult to put the length balls away,” said Kohli. “Moeen changed the game completely and that allowed me to play my game. Moeen said I am going to go now and I asked him to go for it. He targeted the small boundaries and changed the game in those few overs,” he said while praising Ali. Chasing a stiff 214 for victory, Nitish Rana (79 off 45 not out; 9×4, 4×6) and Andre Russell (65 off 25 balls; 2×4; 9×6) stitched together a 118-run partnership off 48 balls to take the match till the last over. Both of them almost got KKR over the line but Ali managed to defend 24 in the final over. “There’s no point in panicking in these types of situations, you got to leave it to the bowlers to decide what he wants to do. There were few good decisions taken by (Marcus) Stoinis and then Moeen in the end. I think the way Stoinis bowled those two-three dot balls, it was very crucial,” Kohli said of Stoinis’ penultimate over. Kohli also praised Proteas pacer Dale Steyn, who was playing his first match of the season. Steyn removed Chris Lynn and Shubman Gill to leave the hosts reeling at 33 for three in five overs. “Having Dale (Steyn) with his kind of experience gave bowlers like (Navdeep) Saini confidence. Steyn getting those crucial overs was important for us. I think picking wickets in the powerplay is crucial as it sets the tone for the rest of the innings,” he said. RCB, with four points from nine games, are currently placed at the bottom of the table. They will take on Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Sunday at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.
Gururgam: A shopkeeper was shot at by two unidentified men after he asked for money for giving them cigarettes.The victims who are said to be critical has been admitted in the hospital for treatment. Meanwhile, the assailants who attacked him have not been identified as of now. The entire incident occurred on Monday night when two people who were on the bike asked for a cigarette from a shop owner. They however became angry when the owner asked for money and after an alteration, they shot him and then fled away from the scene. “We have registered the case under the following sections and begun the search to nab the culprits. There were two people who were involved in the act. We are hoping that the shopkeeper who was injured in the act recovers soon so that he can help us in identifying the culprits,” said a senior police official from Sohan Police. “We are trying to retrieve the CCTV images around the area to see what may have been the real reason of the murder. As per our investigation, there were three masked men who came in the bike surrounded the victim and then shot him dead by firing multiple rounds of bullets,” he added. This is not for the first time when traders have been targetted or even murdered in the outskirts of the city. A sharp rise in the number of attacks on the traders in the outskirts of Gurugram by dreaded gangsters has resulted in the business community protesting on the worsening law and order time and again. The traders have been demanding that is a need for more police vigilance in the outskirts of the city like Sohna, Pataudi and Badshahpur where the rates of crime against the traders are rising rapidly.
Darjeeling: A Division Bench of the Jalpaiguri Circuit Bench of Calcutta High Court ruled on Wednesday that both the Binay Tamang and Bimal Gurung factions of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha can field candidates for the Darjeeling Assembly by-elections. However, they will have to be fielded as Independent candidates.Incidentally, the Gorkha Janukti Morcha had undergone a split in 2017, with both Bimal Gurung and Binay Tamang claiming stake. Later Anit Thapa, the general secretary of GJM, had filed a writ petition at the single bench of Justice Debangshu Basak in Calcutta High Court. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaJustice Basak had ordered the Election Commission of India to decide whose claim was right. “The EC has filed an appeal in the Division Bench of Justice Sanjib banerjee and Justice Shuvra Ghosh, stating that the EC does not have the infrastructure to adjudicate on the matter of registered non-recognised parties that number around 2,500 in India,” stated Saikat Chatterjee, Special Public Prosecutor. Joy Saha, the counsel appearing for Anit Thapa, argued that as per Section 29(A) of the Representation of People’s Act, all registered parties have to hand in names of office bearers and constitution to the EC hence. As the EC has access to such information, it is but apt that they should adjudicate. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”The appeal was admitted. Though the bench did not give the final order , it ruled that both the Binay Tamang and Bimal Gurung factions can use the name of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha during campaign trail, however the names of the factions have to be specified,” stated Chatterjee. The bench further ruled that candidates fielded by the factions will have to be fielded as Independent candidates. “Symbols used by the GJM in previous elections cannot be used by both the sides and they will have to use the symbols accorded by the EC. As nominations for the by-election will have to filed by April 29 and polling is on May 19, the bench did not give the final order but has given a solution to the impasse for the time being. After the election, the matter will be heard again,” added the Special PP.
The nation’s top-ranked Akron Zips men’s soccer team looks to extend its 11-game shutout streak Wednesday when it visits No. 23 Ohio State for a match in which the Buckeyes are the underdogs. “We got nothing to lose and everything to gain by getting a good result in this game,” OSU coach John Bluem said. “The pressure is all on their team.” The Buckeyes (5-2-1) are hoping to parlay last Wednesday’s scoreless tie with No. 8 Louisville and Saturday’s 1-0 win at Michigan into momentum heading into tonight’s game and the upcoming Big Ten schedule. “It’s a chance to play the No. 1 team in the country and measure yourself against them,” Bluem said. “At the end of the year, if you want to be a Big Ten Champion or an NCAA Tournament participant, this is what you’re going to face,” Bluem said. Despite their shutout streak, the Zips’ defense doesn’t match up with their offense, defender Matt Gold said. “Someone always told me that the best defense is offense and that sums it up pretty well,” he said. “They are all very technical, talented and smart players.” Bluem said that in order to end Akron’s shutout streak, OSU must concede space defensively while using more defenders with the hope of being able to capitalize on counter attacks. Gold said Akron normally controls the ball for 70 percent of the game, which means opposing teams rarely get opportunities to score. “We just have to exploit their weaknesses,” midfielder Sam Scales said. “If they make a mistake we really have to take advantage of it, especially in the back, we got to counter and finish our chances.” The recent play of goalkeeper Matt Lampson might afford OSU’s defense to play more aggressively. Monday, Lampson received the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week accolades for his shutout efforts against Louisville and Michigan. He had 11 saves in Ann Arbor, Mich. “He was at his very best against Michigan,” Bluem said. “He had a great performance and he’s going to need to have a similar performance for us to be successful against Akron.” Kickoff against Akron is Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
OSU coach Urban Meyer is interviewed during media day on Dec. 29. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorOhio State coach Urban Meyer announced that freshman linebacker Baron Browning underwent shoulder surgery and will miss a couple months, which included the rest of spring practice. He said Browning should be back to 100 percent by June, which would make him ready for fall camp.Tuesday was Meyer’s first time speaking to the media in three weeks. Here are three takeaways from the press conference.InjuriesIncluding Browning’s shoulder, the Buckeyes are currently dealing with three other injuries and an academic issue.Meyer said redshirt sophomore defensive tackle DaVon Hamilton broke his foot a couple practices ago and will be “full speed soon.” Sophomore running back Antonio Williams and sophomore defensive end Jonathon Cooper are both sidelined with hamstring injuries. Cooper was seen jogging on the sideline with redshirt senior tight end Marcus Baugh who underwent offseason shoulder surgery. Williams was not seen at practice.Redshirt freshman tight end Kierre Hawkins is “taking care of some academic stuff,” Meyer said.Cooper and Hamilton were in the second-string rotation on the defensive line in spring practice. Hamilton played in all 13 games and had 2.5 tackles for loss, while Cooper played in six.Running back depth chartIt appears freshman running back J.K. Dobbins has taken advantage of Williams’ injury and has made the most of his decision to enrol early at OSU. Meyer said Dobbins is the No. 2 running back right now, behind starter redshirt sophomore Mike Weber. Meyer added that Dobbins and sophomore Demario McCall are battling for the second spot on the depth chart at running back.Dobbins — listed at 5-foot-10, 208 pound — joined a youthful running back group, with every player having three years of eligibility left. But it seems that it hasn’t taken long for the Texas native to impress his position coach Tony Alford, Meyer and the rest of the offensive staff.Meyer even said that Weber is being pushed quite a bit by Dobbins.“The best thing that can happen is competition and we didn’t have much last year at that position.”Wide receivers making stridesLast season, the wide receiver position was perhaps the most underwhelming position on the field for the Buckeyes. Already this spring, Meyer has seen great improvements, saying he’s somewhat impressed with the development of the group.“I put Parris (Campbell) No. 1,” he said. “I put K.J. (Hill) and Terry McLaurin either (No.) 2 slash (No.) 3. I put Ben Victor — he’s as talented as any I have ever coached — and then Austin Mack. Johnnie Dixon is having a good spring. Brendon White is actually making good plays for us. And Eric Glover-Williams, we just got to get everything in order. He’s real skinny. We just got to develop him because he’s got talent.”Campbell and Hill were primarily working out of the slot, playing as the inside receiver, in the hour time frame the media was allowed to watch at Tuesday’s practice. Meyer said that the plan for now is to play Campbell as the H-back, filling in for the departed Curtis Samuel.Other notes:Meyer called the 10 early enrollees “maybe the best group that we’ve had come in.”Junior college transfer cornerback Kendall Sheffield had his black stripe removed. He was practicing against the first-string receivers in 7-on-7 drills on Tuesday.Redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Matt Burrell has been practicing with the first team. Redshirt junior Demetrius Knox is also practicing with first team.Justin Hilliard went back to practicing with the linebackers after undergoing shoulder surgery in late September.