Scorpions sting Mets to win first women’s open title

first_imgWomen’s open:NSW Scorpions 7 def NSW Mets 6.It has been described the best game of the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League.NSW Scorpions ended NSW Mets’ domination in the women’s division by claiming the Elite Eight title in a thriller.A touchdown to Yasmin Meakes with 15 seconds left on the clock gave the Scorpions a 7-6 victory.Three touchdowns were scored in the final minute as the two combatants threw everything but the kitchen sink at each other.The win maintained the Scorpions’ perfect record at the 2014 tournament.It also gave them their first NTL women’s open title.Scorpions’ captain Elesha Dougal said it was an incredible achievement for her team.“People said at the start [of the tournament], ‘errr, I don’t know how they will go’ but we have just proved them all wrong,” Dougal said.“I am so proud of the girls. It was the hardest game we’ve played in and I knew it would be; so credit to our team and credit to Mets. They pushed us.“We believed in ourselves so a full credit to the girls and the coaching staff.”In a match that was tit-for-tat until the final whistle, the Mets opened the scoring first through Botille Veitte-Walsh.Both teams attacked each other’s scoreline but could not get the touchdown.A bit of Kylie Hilder magic put Laura Peattie over for a touchdown to level the scores.The Scorpions hit the lead through Yasmin Meakes but it was cancelled out by Claire Moran’s touchdown in the corner.In the final two minutes, Mets scored twice and Scorpions once, which made the score 4-3 in favour of the two-time champions.Shortly after the break another Hilder pass put Sarah Peattie over the line and levelled the scores again.Scorpions hit the lead when Lizzy Hewitt found the scoreline and immediately after, Mets were disallowed a touchdown due to a forward pass.But it soon did not matter as Kristin Boss scored to level the scores.The final minute had the crowd on the edge of their seats.Scorpions thought they had won it when Rachelle Davis buried her way over the line to score.But Mets’ captain Claire Tandek scored immediately and a drop-off was highly likely.The Scorpions had one last shot and they made it count when Meakes scored the decisive touchdown in the corner with 15 seconds to go.The referees conferred on the field and they were happy for the touchdown to count.Touchdowns: Scorpions 7 (Yasmin Meakes 3, Sarah Peattie, Laura Peattie, Lizzy Hewitt, Rachelle Davis); Mets 6 (Botille Veitte-Walsh 2, Claire Moran, Kirstie Jenkins, Sarah Peattie, Kristin Boss).Player of the final was Danielle Davis (Scorpions) and the player of the series was Tamika Upton (Queensland Country Outlaws).Women’s open final timeline:3rd minute Mets 1-0 Scorpions – Botille Veitte-Walsh touchdown.9th minute 1-all – Laura Peattie touchdown.13th minute Scorpions 2-1 – Yasmin Meakes touchdown.14th minute 2-all – Claire Moran touchdown.18th minute Mets 3-2 – Botille Veitte-Walsh touchdown.19th minute 3-all – Yasmin Meakes touchdown.19th minute Mets 4-3 – Kirstie Jenkins touchdown.Half-time – Mets 4-3.23rd minute 4-all – Sarah Peattie touchdown.32nd minute Scorpions 5-4 – Lizzy Hewitt touchdown.36th minute 5-all – Kristin Boss touchdown.39th minute Scorpions 6-5 – Rachelle Davis touchdown.40th minute 6-all – Claire Tandek touchdown.40th minute Scorpions 7-6 – Yasmin Meakes touchdown.You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League in the following ways:Websiteswww.ntl.mytouchfooty.comwww.austouch.com.auSocial MediaFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2014)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksWomen’s open final By BEN HARRISlast_img read more

Bourbon Shedding 41 NonSmart Ships

first_imgzoom French offshore vessel contractor Bourbon Corporation announced that it will sell 41 supply vessels from the 65 traditional vessel fleet owned by Bourbon Marine & Logistics as they cannot be connected within the group’s smart shipping program.The program will connect the Bourbon Marine & Logistics’ fleet of 132 supply vessels, known as the “smart fleet”.The move will see some EUR 75 million (USD 92 million) being invested over three years, the final objective being to cut vessel operating costs.As the vessels will be sold at the current market price, the company expects the planned disposal of vessels to result in an impairment loss of about EUR 170 million (USD 209.3 million) in the 2017 financial statements.The smart shipping project is part of Bourbon Corporation’s action plan dubbed #BOURBONINMOTION.“As the market cycle has bottomed out, Bourbon must focus more than ever on operational excellence, fleet utilization rates, cost reduction program and free cash flow preservation. However, we need to go even further, because market overcapacity is driving prices down sustainably and we believe that tomorrow will look very different from yesterday. The crisis has highlighted the need to change our model and this is what the #BOURBONINMOTION plan is all about,” Gaël Bodénès, Bourbon’s Chief Executive Officer, said.The action plan also includes reorganization of the corporation’s structure into three affiliates: Bourbon Marine & Logistics, Bourbon Subsea Services and Bourbon Mobility.These three entities will be able to implement their own strategies and will have their own management teams whose CEO will report to a Board of Directors.Bourbon said that the 2017 financial statements are currently being finalized and have not been audited yet. That being said, the company expects that due to the challenging market conditions it will report a consolidated net loss for 2017 of around EUR 600 million, compared to a net loss of EUR 279.6 million in 2016.With a positive free cash flow 2017 expected over EUR 100 million, showing a strong growth over the previous year (EUR 64.7 million in 2016), BOURBON expects to benefit from the forecast recovery of the OSV sector.last_img read more

Ethiopia accepts peace deal with longtime rival Eritrea

first_imgADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – Ethiopia has announced it will fully accept the terms of a peace agreement with neighbouring Eritrea in a major step toward calming deadly tensions with its decades-long rival, as dramatic reforms under a new prime minister continue.The development Tuesday night came as the ruling party also announced that the East African nation, one of Africa’s fastest-growing economies, will open up parts of state-owned enterprises in sectors such as energy, aviation and telecoms to private investment and others, such as railways and hotels, to full privatization.The news came just hours after Ethiopia lifted a state of emergency in what had been the biggest reform yet under new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who has promised change after more than two years of deadly anti-government protests demanding greater freedoms in Africa’s second most populous country.But it is the prospect of peace with reclusive Eritrea that comes as the latest, and largest, surprise.The peace agreement signed in 2000 ended a two-year border war that claimed the lives of tens of thousands of people, but a no-peace-no-war situation continued, with the two countries skirmishing from time to time. Ethiopia had refused to accept the deal’s handing of key locations, including Badme, to Eritrea and continues to control that town.Ethiopia’s ruling party now accepts that agreement without conditions and calls on Eritrea’s government to do the same, the state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate reported.“The suffering on both sides is unspeakable because the peace process is deadlocked. This must change for the sake of our common good,” the chief of staff for the prime minister’s office, Fitsum Arega, said on Twitter.Eritrean officials in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, could not immediately be reached for comment and Eritrea’s information ministry had posted nothing on the development.Tiny Eritrea is one of the world’s most closed-off nations, ruled by President Isaias Afwerki since gaining independence from Ethiopia in 1993 after years of rebel warfare. Eritrea has become a major source of migrants fleeing toward Europe, Israel and African nations in recent years as human rights groups criticize its harsh military conscription laws.When the 42-year-old Abiy was installed as Ethiopia’s prime minister in April his inaugural speech mentioned the need for reconciliation with bitter rival Eritrea, raising hopes of peace.“We are fully committed to reconcile with our Eritrean brothers and sisters and extend an invitation to the Eritrean government to start dialogue and establish rapport,” he said in his address to Parliament.Since Abiy took power his government has released several thousand prisoners and tensions in restive areas have dramatically declined. Foreign-based opposition parties have been invited to return home in an effort to create a national consensus in the country of nearly 110 million people.But Ethiopia’s economy had suffered as companies, including foreign ones, found themselves targeted in the anti-government protests. Tuesday’s announcement on easing state-owned monopolies is “an effort to boost and modernize,” the chief of staff said.___Follow Africa news at https://twitter.com/AP_Africalast_img read more

Kleenex to rebrand mansize tissues after gender complaints

first_imgLONDON – Kleenex will re-brand its “Mansize” tissues after consumers complained the name was sexist — touching off a social media conversation about what’s in a name.The company behind Kleenex, Kimberly-Clark, said Thursday that the product, which is sold only in the U.K., will now be called “Kleenex Extra Large.” Packages for the tissues describe them as “confidently strong” and “comfortingly soft.”Kimberly-Clark told Britain’s Daily Telegraph that it in “no way suggests” that being both soft and strong was “an exclusively masculine trait, nor do we believe that the Mansize branding suggests or endorses gender inequality.”“We are always grateful to customers who take time to tell us how our products can be improved, and we carefully consider all suggestions,” the company said in a statement.The tissues, which had been on shelves for 60 years, were launched at a time when large cotton handkerchiefs were still very popular and the brand offered “a unique disposable alternative,” the company said. It remains one of their most popular products, with over 3.4 million people buying the tissues every year.Kimberly-Clark is not the first company to run into a branding issue forced by changing social views.Among the more memorable casualties was stationery maker BiC, which ran into disparaging comments when trying to market pink and purple pens “for her.” Amazon was flooded by reviews poking fun at the strategy and the notion that it was “designed to fit comfortably in a woman’s hand.”In another example, the British grocery chain Waitrose on Thursday said it will be changing the name of its Gentleman’s Smoked Chicken Caesar Roll because of complaints the name was sexist.The roll, which is part of celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal’s range, contains anchovy mayonnaise, similar to a classic product called Gentleman’s Relish created in the 19th century. Amy Lame, who was appointed by London Mayor Sadiq Khan as the capital’s first Night Czar in 2016, posted an image of the product on Twitter with a smirking emoticon.“I never knew sandwiches were gender specific,” she said. “I’m female but thankfully Waitrose let me purchase this anyway.”The post touched off some spirited replies, with some noting that Pink Lady apples, Lady Grey tea and lady fingers could be subjected to name changes. Waitrose, for its part, said it was changing the name of the sandwich.“It’s never our intention to cause offence — we’re not dictating who should eat this sandwich,” the company said in a statement. “We hope anyone who tries it will love the distinctive flavours.”last_img read more

Pro and college football games dominate the TV ratings

first_imgLOS ANGELES, Calif. – While political battles raged, viewers overwhelmingly cast their TV votes for football.Eight of the 10 most popular telecasts last week were NFL and college games or related programs, according to Nielsen ratings released Tuesday.NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” Green Bay-New England contest was the top-rated NFL game of the season on any channel, the network said. More than 23 million viewers saw the England Patriots’ 31-17 victory over the Packers.CBS was the No. 1 network among all viewers last week, powered by the Alabama-LSU game and the Crimson Tide’s 29-0 victory over the Tigers. The prime-time match-up drew 11.5 million viewers.A pair of top 10 series, “The Big Bang Theory” and “NCIS,” also helped boost CBS, which ranks as the most-watched network for the season so far and the leader for the last 10 consecutive seasons.But NBC is only about 230,000 viewers behind, the closest the peacock network has been to CBS at this point since 2001. It went on to win the 2001-02 season with series including “Friends” and “ER” and the Winter Olympics.CBS earned last week’s top spot with a prime-time average of 8.02 million viewers. NBC had 7.83 million viewers, ABC had 4.28 million, Fox had 5.52 million, Univision had 1.37 million, Telemundo had 1.23 million, ION Television had 1.17 million and the CW had 990,000.ESPN was the week’s most popular cable network, averaging 2.54 million viewers in prime time. Fox News Channel had 2.47 million viewers, MSNBC had 1.85 million, Hallmark had 1.81 million and USA had 1.19 million.ABC’s “World News Tonight” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 8.28 million viewers. NBC’s “Nightly News” had 8.06 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 6.06 million.For the week of Oct. 29-Nov. 4, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: “NFL Sunday Night Football: Green Bay at New England,” NBC, 23.68 million; “NFL Sunday Post Game,” Fox, 17.8 million; “Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kickoff,” NBC, 17.4 million; “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 12.65 million; “NCIS,” CBS, 12.3 million; “The OT,” Fox, 12.1 million; “Football Night in America,” NBC, 11.7 million; “Home Depot Prime College Football: Alabama at LSU,” CBS, 11.5 million; “Fox Thursday Night Football: Oakland at San Francisco,” Fox, 11.1 million; “NFL Regular Season: New England at Buffalo,” ESPN, 11.07 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.___Lynn Elber can be reached at [email protected] and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/lynnelber.last_img read more

Sunny morning in Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: It was a bright and breezy morning in the national capital on Monday with the minimum temperature recorded a notch below the season’s average at 17.6 degrees Celsius. The maximum temperature for the day was likely to hover around 34 degrees Celsius. “The city may witness strong surface wind during the day,” an Indian Meteorological Department official said. At 8.30 a.m. the humidity was recorded at 58 per cent. On Sunday, the maximum temperature was recorded a notch above the season’s average at 34.3 degrees Celsius and the minimum was two notches above at 19 degrees.last_img read more

Cipla launches Niveoli inhaler in India

first_imgNew Delhi: Drug major Cipla Friday announced the launch of its proprietary respiratory inhalation therapy product ‘Niveoli’ in India. Niveoli is used in respiratory inhalation therapy that addresses an unmet need associated with obstructive airway diseases (OAD) such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), Cipla said in a BSE filing. Cipla said Niveoli, extra-fine particle beclomethasone-formoterol combination hydrofluoroalkane (HFA) inhaler for adults, targets drug delivery to the small airways. “We see our market leadership as well as the range and depth of our R&D and manufacturing capabilities in this therapy as a privilege and a responsibility to do more for patients,” Cipla Head – India business Nikhil Chopra said. Shares of Cipla were trading 0.40 per cent higher at Rs 546.55 apiece on BSE.last_img read more

Sudan braces for million strong protest march

first_imgKhartoum: Huge crowds are expected to join a “million-strong” protest march Thursday in Sudan to turn up the heat on the ruling military council after three of its members resigned following talks on handing over power. The rally outside the army headquarters comes after the military rulers and protest leaders agreed to set up a joint committee, to chart the way forward two weeks since the ouster of veteran president Omar al-Bashir. “We expect huge crowds to come to the protest site, including people from outside of Khartoum,” activist Ahmed Najdi told AFP. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USDemonstrator Ayman Ali Mohamed was among those preparing to march in the capital. “We fear that the military council might steal our revolution, so we have to participate until the transfer to civilian rule is accomplished,” he said. “We are standing our ground no matter what.” The planned march follows a late-night meeting between the military council and leaders of the umbrella group heading the protest movement. “We have an agreement on most demands presented in the document of the Alliance for Freedom and Change,” Lieutenant General Shamseddine Kabbashi, spokesman of the military council, told reporters afterwards. He did not elaborate on the key demand of handing power to a civilian government, but said there “were no big disputes”. The Sudanese Professionals Association, which spearheaded months of protests against Bashir, described the meeting as a step towards “confidence-building”. “Both sides agreed on the importance of joint cooperation to steer the country toward peace and stability,” the SPA said Thursday.last_img read more

Football Scouting Rutgers Scarlet Knights

BreakdownRutgers is on the rise as a team, improving in multiple positions statistically from last season and earning its way to a .500 record thus far.But it will take more than just a little improvement to knock off an OSU team that is outscoring opponents by more than 44 points, and averages 3.7 takeaways a game.OSU has too strong of an offense and too stout of a defense for Rutgers to potentially upset the Buckeyes. With Big Ten play opening this Saturday, the Scarlet and Gray should have no problem emerging with an unblemished record. OffenseThe offense of Rutgers benefitted from the dynamic play ability of Grant, who currently leads the team in both rushing touchdowns and receiving yards. But the Scarlet Knights will need to look elsewhere for offensive production this week.Leaning heavily on a potent running attack led by junior running back Robert Martin, Rutgers has averaged 4.7 yards per carry. Overall, the team has totaled 881 rushing yards, a mere 38 yards behind OSU’s rushing attack.In terms of passing, senior quarterback Chris Laviano has struggled to provide consistency. Completing just 52.5 percent of his passes, the team has struggled to put the ball in the hands of its receivers, resulting in a passing offense that ranks 110th in completion percentage.Senior wide receiver Andre Patton has recorded three of Laviano’s five touchdown passes this season, He averages 13.5 yards per reception. Sophomore wide receiver Jawuan Harris is second on the team with 183 yards, trailing only Grant.The offensive line has struggled to keep pressure away from Laviano. On average, he has been sacked 2.3 times per game. With the play of OSU’s defensive lineman so far, it could be a long day for the senior. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights make their entrance before an NCAA football game against the Iowa Hawkeyes on Sept. 24 at High Point Solutions Stadium. Credit: Courtesy of TNSIt’s been more than a week since the Ohio State football team took the field against an opponent. With rain expected this Saturday, Buckeye fans will most likely need to don their ponchos and rainboots to watch OSU open Big Ten play against Rutgers.Led by former OSU defensive coordinator Chris Ash, the Scarlet Knights have earned their way to a 2-2 record so far, with wins over Howard University and New Mexico. Last week, Rutgers fell to Iowa 14-7 in a defensive battle that saw each team netting more than 350 total yards a piece, but failing to frequently find the endzone.While Rutgers is in good hands with Ash at the helm, the Buckeyes appear to have the upper hand in this matchup, both statistically speaking and in terms of skill.Two top performers for the Scarlet Knights — wide receiver Janarion Grant and defensive tackle Darius Hamilton — were lost to injury last week. OSU coach Urban Meyer gave his sentiment to the team and the injured players.“Any time a young guy gets hurt you just wish them the best, and they’re both really good players,” Meyer said. DefenseRutgers has struggled to slow opposing offenses this season. Surrendering 399 yards per game, the Scarlet Knights have not produced similar numbers with Ash at the helm as OSU did during his tenure in Columbus.Although the team has not shown a stout defense this year, Meyer said the schemes Rutgers runs are Ash’s through and through, and look nearly identical to the Buckeyes approach.“Yes, it’s our defense,” Meyer said.Redshirt sophomore Kiy Hester currently leads the team in total tackles, followed by sophomore linebacker Deontre Roberts. Last season, Rutgers ranked nearly last in pass yards allowed. After ranking 118th nationally in that category, the Scarlet Knights have underwent a complete overhaul of the position.Opposing offenses have been limited 206.7 yards per game against Rutgers. Even with the improvements of the secondary, the team’s defense has been gashed so far this year against the run.OSU has leaned heavily on its rushing attack this season, while the Scarlet Knights have struggled to keep opponents under 200 yards per game on the ground. read more

Arsenal need to keep momentum – Wilshere

first_imgArsenal’s Jack Wilshere believes that it is necessary that they maintain their “momentum” ahead of the first leg of their Europa League clash against CSKA MoscowAfter a terrible run of form at the beginning of 2018, which saw the Gunners suffer a four consecutive defeats, things have begun to turn around at the Emirates with Arsenal having now enjoyed a four game winning run in all competitions.While they had a below par performance against the struggling Stoke City last Saturday, Arsene Wenger’s side still came out with a convincing 3-0 victory and Wilshere believes this recent run of strong results can put them in good shape for the remainder of the campaign.“It’s a big game. We needed that 90 minutes out of the way. We needed to get the three points, move on and keep the momentum going.” said the 26 year-old, according to the London Evening Standard.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“We’ve won a few in a row and wanted to keep that going. Now we’ve got a big one on Thursday and we’re ready for that.”“Sometimes it’s like that after an international break, it takes 45 minutes to blow the cobwebs off.“I think in the second half we tried to up it and as the game went on, they got tired, we upped it and our attacking play was too much for them.”The England international has appeared in nine of Arsenal’s 10 matches in the Europa League this season and is expected to feature against CSKA.last_img read more