What would you say are the strengths of your team? I’d say our strengths are the combination of young players and experienced players, as well as having coaches who are current players and extremely knowledgeable. It has allowed us to share ideas and experiences and I think this really makes us strong. Who do you expect to be your toughest opponents? Every team is going to be our toughest competitor. Every game and every team poses a different threat and so I think that this, as well as the nature of the Elite Eight series, makes it impossible to say which team will be our toughest competitor. What would it mean to you to win the Elite Eight series? It would be so awesome to win the Elite Eight series and it would be a credit to all of the hard work the girls and our coaches have done in the lead-up to the series. Also to say that we have won the first Elite Eight series would be incredible! To overcome all of the talent that will be on display would be a great achievement.Stay tuned to the website for the upcoming editions of In The Spotlight, which will feature every team in the Elite Eight series. To keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information in the lead up to and during the 2011 X-Blades National Touch League, go to www.ntl.mytouchfooty.com and don’t forget to become a fan of Touch Football Australia on Facebook by clicking on the following link:http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 How is your team’s preparation going in the lead up to the event? The Scorps girls have been training really well and we’ve had a lot of fun. Tash (coach – Tony El Takchi) is teaching us a lot and keeping us all together so it will be interesting to see how we go in a proper game. In the eleventh edition of In The Spotlight, the New South Wales Scorpions’ Sarah Peattie speaks about her team’s preparation in the lead up to the Elite Eight. How does it feel to be a part of the 2011 Elite Eight series? It feels so great to be a part of a new tournament and concept for elite Touch. It is going to be really competitive and a real challenge for every team.
Prodl admits Watford desperate for points boostby Freddie Taylor18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford defender Sebastian Prodl admits the club needs points soon or they risk relegation.The Hornets have two points from eight games heading into the international break.Prodl said: “We need to step forward, we need to get positive results in and we can’t waste any more time.”We want to maintain our status as a Premier League club and the sooner we face reality, the better it is to get out and the easier it will become to get out [of the relegation zone]. We face another tough opponent away next (Tottenham) — that’s the Premier League. It doesn’t matter if it is Sheffield or Tottenham, we need points.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Companies in this story: (TSX:RY, TSX:TD, TSX:BMO)Armina Ligaya, The Canadian Press TORONTO — Royal Bank of Canada has rolled out its robo-adviser platform across the country as demand grows for lower-cost, digital investing options.After launching RBC InvestEase late last year on a trial basis, the Toronto-based lender has now officially opened up the service to new and existing customers across Canada.The platform was developed in response to the “growing middle” segment of clients who want investment advice but do it all online, said Rebecca Peacock, senior director of strategy for RBC InvestEase.“With all of these digital channels invading our lives, more and more people want to do their investing online,” she said. “Up until a few years ago, the only option to do everything online is to do it yourself. And not everyone is comfortable doing that.”The national rollout comes as competition in the robo-adviser space between both incumbent banks and fintechs heats up.Toronto-Dominion Bank recently partnered with U.S. firm Hydrogen to launch its own “robo-guidance” product, and the Bank of Montreal was the first of its peers to launch its digital investing platform, dubbed SmartFolio, in 2016.Meanwhile, robo-adviser Wealthsimple now has roughly 100,000 clients in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K., and manages more than $2.5 billion in assets.Prior to the national launch, RBC’s InvestEase was limited on a pilot basis to residents in Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan.Customers who use the digitally automated investment adviser will pay 0.5 per cent per year in management fees on investment balances, on top of any management expense ratios (MER) embedded in particular funds.The required minimum balance is $1,000, and RBC says it is waiving its management fee until next October for new clients who sign on within a certain timeframe.
After creating a niche in the film industry with her versatility, passion, and love for acting, Isha Koppikar is now working to leave her impression on the web space. The actor says she is always in search of good content and that’s all that matters to her. “My focus has always been ‘good content’. I want to do roles that are substantial, roles that one can reckon with. I want to play characters that will allow me to experiment and grow as an actor. The idea is, whatever you do, make sure you choose good content. When you work on a good project, you experience a high. I want to be in that high all the time,” says Koppikar. Also Read – The Puja carnivalOn how star power doesn’t really matter in the web business, Isha says, “In web, we care more about good actors who can justify the role. Content is the sole king here. This is because unlike movies, numbers are not an aspect to be concerned of.” The actress is currently working for ALT Balaji’s upcoming web series Fixers. She will be seen playing the character of Sub-Inspector Jayanti Javdekar, a typical Marathi woman who lives in a modest house with her young son and husband. Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this NavratraFixer tells the thrilling story of a tainted ATS officer from Delhi who is drawn into the murky underbelly of Mumbai movie mafia and industrialists and becomes a fixer. Exuding immeasurable power and strength, Jayanti is the one who Malik relies on for any information or arrangements. Besides, Hindi cinema and web space, the actress has proven her acting potential in Kannada, Telugu and Tamil movies including ‘O Nanna Nalle’, ‘Jodi, Surya Vamsha’, ‘Prematho Raa’ to name a few. Being a part of this industry for more than two decades now, she has seen how the audience and their demands have evolved over the years. Isha feels, today, the audience is much smarter and it is difficult to cater to their demands and match to the level of their expectations. “This new generation has got immense exposure because of technology, as a result of which their thought process is changed. They are glued to information and are constantly looking for something meaningful. This is one of the reasons why reality-based web shows and movies are doing well,” says Koppikar who wishes to play a character like a warrior queen Wonder Woman in her career. However, in the real world, she is indeed a wonder-woman balancing a hundred things on her plate. She is not just an actor, but a wife, mother, an entrepreneur, a politician and a lot more. Sharing her mantra of managing everything so well, Isha says, “We all have to balance for better. It is all about how much you value your time as well as the time of others who are important to you. Also, it is important how you utilise that time. Like, I have a 4-year-old daughter. I can be with her all day but if I am not participating in her day-to-day activities, how am I adding value to her life as a mother,” “I believe, we all have time… we make time for what is important,” she concludes.
CAIRO- Egypt’s presidency hailed on Thursday the “high turnout” in a constitutional referendum, billed by the military-installed government as an endorsement of the overthrow of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July.The president’s spokesman “remarked, on the high turnout in the referendum, that it was a beautiful day for Egypt and democracy,” a statement said.Official results for two days of voting that ended Wednesday have not yet been announced.
British oil company BP Plc will reportedly be cutting several hundred jobs to scale back on mounting costs and cope with plunging oil prices.BP is expected to make the announcement on Wednesday. The cuts will probably affect employees working at its London, Aberdeen and Sunbury offices. Most of the cuts are expected in the communications, procurement and legal departments.Sources told The Guardian that employees working at the company’s headquarters at St. James Square and offices at Sunbury in Berkshire would all be affected. The exploration base at Aberdeen is also expected to see major layoffs.More than 15,000 employees work in BP’s UK offices but with crude oil prices falling 40 percent since June, the company is taking major strategic decisions to manage rising costs related to the Deepwater Horizon Spill and plummeting oil prices.BP doesn’t need the back-office jobs now because it has 50 percent lesser offshore fields, lesser pipelines and 30 percent fewer wells after it sold $40 billion worth of assets to compensate for the oil spill accident in the Gulf of Mexico.”The fall in oil prices has added to the importance of making the organisation more efficient and the right size for the smaller portfolio we now have,” a BP spokesman told the BBC.BP could also freeze some projects and fire some middle managers in its attempts to shore up finances.”What you’ll see with this simplification plan is that headcounts are starting to come down across all of our activities in upstream, downstream and in the corporate centres — essentially the layers above operations,” Brian Givalry, the finance director of BP told The Sun Times.Also, with most of the back-end jobs being outsourced to India and other regions, BP’s U.K. headcount will probably dwindle in the coming months. The global headcount at BP is 84,000 including the U.K. workforce. The oil market is currently in a frenzy with prices falling sharply in the past few months. Brent Crude is trading at $68 per barrel and experts say that it could slide further down in the coming few months.”Without OPEC intervention, markets risk becoming unbalanced, with peak oversupply likely in the second quarter of 2015,” Morgan Stanley wrote in a report, according to Reuters.”With OPEC on the sidelines, oil prices face their greatest threat since 2009, but we expect a volatile 2015 rather than a one-way trade,” Morgan Stanley added.Barclays said that the oil market is faltering and needs to find a balance, which won’t be possible if demand for oil does not improve.
It has not been an entirely auspicious start to Pakistan’s World Cup campaign as they lost their first warmup match against Afghanistan. However, the side is a strong one and has a plethora of match-winners up their sleeves and the presence of Babar Azam is certainly a huge boost for Sarfaraz Ahmed.Former Australian captain Michael Clarke is mighty impressed with Babar Azam and said that a lot will depend on the young man if Pakistan is to make it to the semi-finals.Azam was the star in the warmup clash Virat KohliHannah Peters/Getty ImagesBabar Azam was the star against Afghanistan when he scored 112 off 108 balls but did not find any support from the rest of the Pakistan batting order as Afghanistan restricted them to 262 in 47.5 overs. Clarke even compared Azam with Indian captain Virat Kohli for the impact he has had on Pakistan’s batting.”Babar Azam is real class no doubt about that. For me, he’s the Virat Kohli of Pakistan’s line-up. If Pakistan wants to qualify for the semi-finals or final, a lot will depend on his young shoulders,” Clarke said during commentary.It has been a young career so far, but Azam has made a sparkling start. He is the fastest batsman to reach 1,000 T20I runs, a feat he reached in only 26 innings and overtook Kohli in the process. Steele/Getty Images”We have some serious batsmen in our team but he has the ability to be as good as anyone in the world,” Pakistan coach, Mickey Arthur said, about the right-handed batsman. “If he’s getting us a 100, we’re comfortable we have the batsmen around him to get 300-320.”Over the last two years, his strike rate is around 80 and he knows he needs to increase that, as do some of the other batsmen and we’ve spoken about that,” he further added.Pakistan comes into this World Cup with their past performances being below par. They were beaten by South Africa, Australia and England. They found some form in England, but were blown away by the hosts and now need to shore up their stocks smartly in this tournament.Azam is confident he can switch gears if the situation demands more aggression.”If I can be number one in the world without power hitting, then I don’t need power hitting,” he said.”But when I need to, I utilise it well. My individual role is to take the innings as deep as I can and perform in a way that benefits the team most,” Azam further added.
Gunfight IllustrationTwo people were killed in what the law enforcement called gunfights in Meherpur and Cox’s Bazar districts early Saturday.The person killed in the Cox’s Bazar was an drug trader while the person killed in Meherpur was a rape accused, claimed the police.In Cox’s Bazar, Dudu Mia, 38, son of a certain late Sultan Ahmed from Nazirpara in Teknaf upazila was killed in a “gunfight” in Mundal Dail area of Marine Drive in Teknaf around 12:30am, Teknaf police station officer-in-charge Pradip Kumar Das told Prothom Alo.He said Dudu Mia was a listed yaba trader. He was accused in nine lawsuits filed with Dhaka, Cox’s Bazar and Teknaf police stations, Pradip Kumar Das added.The OC said acting on tip off police arrested Dudu Mia from Nazirpara area around 9:30pm on Friday and grilled him.Later police went to recover arms and yaba pills in Mundal Dail area. Sensing presence of the law enforcement, his cohorts opened fire on the police, prompting them to shoot back triggering the gunfight, he said.Dudu Mia “came in the line of fire and sustained bullet injuries”. He was taken to Teknaf upazila health complex where a physician of the emergency section declared him dead.Assistant sub-inspectors Sanjib Dutta and Nizam Uddin and constable Mohammad Ibrahim also sustained injuries in the gunfight, Pradip added.Teknaf upazila health complex physician Shahidul Alam said to Prothom Alo, “Dudu Mia died before being brought to the hospital. He bore three marks of bullet injuries. Three policemen are being treated.”Policemen recovered five local firearms, 13 rounds of bullet and 4,000 yaba pills from the spot, OC Pradip said.In Meherpur, a rape accused was killed in a reported gunfight with police at Garadob village in Gangni upazila.The deceased is Yakub Ali Kajal, 23, son of a certain Jalal Uddin Habu, a resident of the village, reports UNB.Sajedul Islam, inspector (investigation) of Gangni police station, said Kajal was the prime accused in a case filed over the gang rape of a schoolgirl in the village on 20 December 2018.“Since then, he remained absconding and took shelter at his relative’s house in Dhola village. He used to disturb a housewife there.”“As the woman did not respond to his illicit proposal, he threw acid on her on Thursday. She is now undergoing treatment at Gangni hospital.”Police arrested Kajal from the village when he confessed to his involvement in the rape and acid attack incidents, said Sajedul Islam.He also informed police that several young men of Garadob village are involved in criminal activities and they had arms.Following his information, a team of police conducted a drive at the village to recover arms.Sensing the presence of police members, some miscreants opened fire on them, forcing them to fire back, triggering the gunfight that left Kajal dead, he said.Four policemen were also injured during the exchange of gunfire.The law enforcement began anti-drugs drive across the country on 4 May 2018. Since then, 98 people, including 19 Rohingyas, were killed in alleged gunfights with RAB, police and BGB members.According to the human rights organisation, Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK), at least 421 people were killed in alleged gunfights, crossfire or shootouts with the law enforcement agencies in 2018.In January and February of 2019, the number of such killings was at least 50, the rights body said on its website.
Kolkata: Nabadiganta Industrial Township Authority (NDITA) will henceforth not allow construction of mezzanine floors in Salt Lake Sector V to prevent fire in institutional buildings.A workshop to prevent fire in offices was held in the auditorium of Unnayan Bhavan on Friday. Sujit Basu, minister of state for Fire and Emergency Services, Director General of Fire Services Jag Mohan and Debashis Sen, chairman of NDITA, were present at the workshop. Representatives of various offices in Sector V also attended the workshop. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe Fire and Emergency Services department will provide six more motorcycles fitted with firefighting equipment to NDITA, taking the total strength of the fleet to 10. The motorcycle fleet will tackle fire in buildings situated on narrow roads. NDITA discussed the key issues that have come up in the fire audit it had conducted on buildings. It was found that many IT offices in Sector V had constructed mezzanine floors to expand the offices. These floors pose a serious hazard and hence NDITA has decided not to allow construction of mezzanine floors in institutional buildings anymore. It was also found that the computer servers in IT offices run 24×7 and only one AC is kept in the server rooms, which is not enough. The AC machine becomes hot, leading to electrical short circuits which cause fire. NDITA has urged the representatives of the IT firms to keep two ACs in the server rooms from now.
The Mobile Video Alliance (MVA), an organisation set up set up last year to tackle issues like video quality over mobile networks, has officially launched today with support from UK industry body the Digital TV Group (DTG).UK culture minister Ed Vaizey launched the MVA at the DTG summit in London at what the alliance’s backers said was “a critical time for both the broadcast and mobile industries.”The MVA was established last year by interconnection and data centre firm Equinix and mobile operator EE to tackle technical issues such as the evolution of caching and adaptive bitrates and value chain fragmentation.It also comes at a time of rising mobile data traffic and increasing demand for video content from consumers, thanks to next generation WiFi and 4G mobile data networks.With the formal launch of the MVA, Equinix said it will make its recently launched solution validation centre available to MVA members to test new standards and configurations.“This makes us a vital interconnection platform for mobile video delivery and we are committed to encouraging and enabling the mobile video ecosystem,” said Michael Winterson, vice president of sales and marketing, Equinix EMEA.
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