In the eighteenth edition of In The Spotlight, Australian Women’s Open captain, Louise Winchester, speaks about how she got involved in Touch Football and what it means to her to be representing Australia at the 2011 World Cup. Name: Louise WinchesterNickname: Weezo or SqueezeAge: 30Affiliate: CanterburyOccupation: PDHPE TeacherPosition: LinkDebut for Australia: 2001Career highlights so far: My debut for Australia, playing with my sister Bear (Claire) for the first time, being captain for the first time at the Trans Tasman in 2010, playing with my Bulldogs teammates.How you got involved in Touch Football: My dad. Playing with my dad and sisters at Canterbury as well as playing with my cousins (Stevie Roberts) at the front of their house.Favourite player: My sister Claire “Bear”.What does it mean to you to be representing Australia at the 2011 World Cup: I could not be prouder to represent my country; it means the absolute world to me. Biggest influence on your Touch Football career: My dad.Favourite sporting moment: Bulldogs winning the premiership in 2004.What do you know about Scotland: That it’s a beautiful country and that William Wallace came from there.Any superstitions: Yes but don’t want to reveal because I’m superstitious. But I do say my prayers.Funniest Australian teammate: Dobbo (Ashleigh Dobbins)Favourite quote: “Hard training, easy combat; easy training, hard combat.”Any travel plans for after World Cup: Lucky enough to travel Scotland, Scandinavia, Croatia, Sicily and Malta.Stay tuned to the website for the upcoming editions of In The Spotlight, which will feature every Open’s player travelling to the World Cup. With only 36 days to go until the 2011 Federation of International Touch World Cup, be sure to be regularly visiting the Touch Football Australia website to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information.Don’t forget to become a fan of Touch Football Australia on Facebook and Twitter in the lead up to the 2011 World Cup to find out all you need to know about Australia’s World Cup campaign:http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus
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Leicester boss Rodgers: Chilwell has ‘scary’ potentialby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrendan Rodgers says Leicester City left-back Ben Chilwell has ‘scary’ potential.The England international, 22, has been scouted by Manchester City and Manchester United in recent times.As one of the first names on his team-sheet, Foxes boss Rodgers has been wowed by Chilwell’s room for growth.”The beauty with Ben is the more I work with him, the more I realise how much he is going to improve,” said Rodgers.”It is scary really. He has only really broken through in the last couple of years and yet when I talk to him he is learning and wanting to learn all the time, so he has still got levels to come up.”It’s frightening because he is up there with the best at this level. He is young and he is only going to get better. Like James [Maddison], they are hungry to improve and that is important.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Udoka AzubuikeUdoka Azubuike, a four-star center in the 2016 class, has committed to Kansas. The 6-foot-11, 265-pound Nigeria native is ranked the No. 3 player at his position and the No. 28 player in the class by 247 Sports’ Composite Rankings. He announced his commitment on ESPNU, picking the Jayhawks over North Carolina and Florida State, among other programs. Five-star Udoka Azubuike announces for Kansas.— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) January 28, 2016With Azubuike’s commitment, Kansas now has two commitments in the 2016 class.
APTN National NewsThe RCMP’s M Division is asking the Yukon public to give them a report card.APTN National News reporter Shirley McLean reports that the police is not getting a passing grade.
Parties have sent signals their platforms will include vows in these areas and business leaders from Canada’s urban centres hope to start the conversation at the outset of the campaign, which begins Wednesday.“The permeation of technology in nearly every aspect of our lives mandates the need for new legislation that creates a predictable and level playing field for businesses while ensuring that Canadian interests are protected,” the Canadian Global Cities Council, which is made up of chambers of commerce from the country’s eight largest cities, said in its pre-election release.The document also noted new “serious concerns around privacy and personal control of data.”Jan De Silva, CEO of the Toronto Region Board of Trade, said the council has been actively discussing the need for these policies with political parties.“I would say there’s heightened awareness on the part of all parties in terms of what’s next with the economy,” De Silva said in an interview. “From my travels, this is a top-of-mind issue in many markets around the world.”The council will also release additional recommendations Wednesday to press parties in several other areas such as diversifying trade, helping smaller companies get government business and conducting a comprehensive review of the tax system. Among its recommendations on the digital economy, the council is stressing a need for the next federal government to improve business access to data and research held by Statistics Canada and to take steps to make it easier for companies to capture the value of IP.It’s also calling for a national data strategy to guide companies on data portability, privacy, security and commercialization.After taking office, the Liberal government said it would work toward a national data strategy. Last spring, it released principles under a “digital charter” that critics say lacked firm policies, regulations or standards. Political parties, for the most part, have yet to say very much about these issues. Last week, however, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said, if elected, he would set regulatory standards for the ethical use of artificial intelligence and to protect the privacy of consumers and their data. OTTAWA — Chambers of commerce from Canada’s biggest cities will release a campaign wish list Wednesday urging political parties to commit to establishing national data-governance standards, making government research more available for businesses and fully harnessing the value of intellectual property.These issues are likely to draw more attention from politicians than in the past. Experts, however, have doubts any party will go far enough to prepare Canada to compete in the new economy and to fully protect the privacy of its citizens.Four years ago, issues related to data governance, intellectual property and digital privacy received few, if any, mentions in party plans. Since then, there’s been a surge in awareness about the opportunities tied to the fast-growing innovation economy as well as in public concerns about the risks. Since the 2015 election, the “surveillance economy” has become a bigger public concern for a number of reasons, says Dan Breznitz, co-director of the Innovation Policy Lab at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy.For instance, he said more and more of people’s lives are now managed through their smart phones, which has made the issues very personal. He also said there are deepening worries about technological disruption of the labour force and how the inappropriate use of social-media data can alter electoral outcomes.The Liberals, he said, came to power with a realization that the innovation economy was important and they talked about it. Business leaders and public intellectuals fuelled the public debate.Politicians, however, are reluctant to make major changes because innovation policies are longer-term, complex, sometimes hard to explain and attract limited media attention, he said.“On one side, those issues are much more prominent, and business leaders and people … start to realize that those things — data and IP and innovation — will determine whether we can continue to be a prosperous society,” he said.“On the other, there’s still a very … confused understanding of what innovation is all about and, therefore, what should be the IP and data policies involved.”Dan Ciuriak, an innovation-policy expert, said he doesn’t expect serious debate about the data-driven economy during the campaign. He noted the issues cannot be addressed through “sound-bite messaging,” nor will they swing many votes.He recommended Canada adapt its regulations and policies on such an important issue in a manner “free of ideology.”“The federal civil service is really only starting to grapple with the issues,” Ciuriak, a former deputy chief economist of Canada’s foreign-affairs department who now runs a consultancy, wrote in an email.“Change is happening at a speed that is overwhelming the ability to learn about governance from experience.”Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press
NEW DELHI: The AAP is neither open nor closed for any alliance with Congress but as the Congress is yet to reach any concrete decision over the alliance the AAP decided to announce all the candidates without any delay, asserted AAP Delhi Convenor Gopal Rai. He also said the party waited for long but could not afford to lose more time owing to “Congress’ state of confusion” over an electoral alliance in the city.Sources said the AAP was in talks with the Congress over seat-sharing but both the parties wanted to contest from the same seats due to which they could not reach a consensus. Moreover, Delhi Congress chief Sheila Dikshit has not been in favour of an alliance with the AAP but many leaders and workers in the Delhi Congress were in favour of the alliance. Delhi Congress president Sheila Dikshit appeared to be isolated over the issue of alliance with AAP for Lok Sabha polls, as AICC in-charge PC Chacko on Friday claimed that “many” in the party were in favour of such up tie-up. He, however, said that a final call on the issue of alliance with Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Delhi will be taken by the Congress president Rahul Gandhi. In 2013, AAP received less votes than the BJP but briefly formed a government in a post-poll coalition with the Congress. In 2014, AAP improved to 33 per cent but the BJP jumped to 47 per cent and swept all 7 Lok Sabha seats. In 2015, AAP shot up to 54 per cent to sweep 67 of the 70 Assembly seats. In the 2017 Assembly elections, AAP remained at 24 per cent and won 20 seats to emerge principal Opposition against the Congress (38%, 77 seats) while SAD-BJP slipped to 29 per cent and 18 seats.
New Delhi: The NITI Aayog will organise the FinTech Conclave 2019 on financial technologies in the national capital on Monday, according to an official announcement here. A NITI Aayog statement on Sunday said that the conclave, to be inaugurated by Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Shaktikanta Das, will be attended by senior government and RBI officials, as well as more than 300 representatives from the leading financial institutions “The objective is to shape India’s continued ascendancy in fintech, build the narrative for future strategy and policy efforts, and to deliberate steps for comprehensive financial inclusion,” it said. “The Conclave will be featuring representatives from across the financial space – central ministries, regulators, bankers, startups, service providers and entrepreneurs. “The conclave will host more than 300 representatives from the leading financial institutions, including HDFC Bank, IndusInd, ICICI Bank, SBI Card, Tata Capital and fintechs like BankBazaar, PhonePe, Capital Float, Zerodha, PayTM, MobiKwik and PayU,” it added. Leading venture capital investors, state governments, micro, small and medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and industry experts will also be present. The statement also said the valedictory session of the conclave will have presentations consolidating sector-specific findings of the various panels on themes such as “digital onboarding of customers and merchants for financial inclusion, building financial products for millennial India and emerging areas of fintech.” Citing industry research that $1 trillion, or 60 per cent, of retail and SME credit will be digitally disbursed by 2029, it said that India is one of the fastest growing fintech markets globally. The Indian fintech ecosystem is the third largest in the globe, attracting nearly $6 billion in investments since 2014, the statement added.
Kolkata: Outgoing BJP MP from Asansol Babul Supriyo, who is contesting from the same constituency, triggered controversy yet again on Sunday morning as he was accused of playing the theme song of his party, which has already been banned by the Election Commission.The theme song had been sung by Supriyo himself. The commission had, however, issued a ban on the song immediately after it found the lyrics to be derogatory in nature. The commission had instructed the state BJP leaders to change the lyrics and the language of the song, as it had attacked Trinamool Congress and its supremo Mamata Banerjee in a subtle way. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) had clearly stated that the song could not be played under any circumstances by Supriyo or any other BJP leader, during the election campaigns. The CEO’s office had also told BJP that they would only consider lifting the ban after the party submits a revised version of the song, with changed lyrics and language. The commission had asked the BJP leaders to remove some lines from Supriyo’s song, as it had been identified as ‘derogatory in nature’. The election officials made their stand clear that they would give a go-ahead to the party only if they find the song devoid of any subtle attack on any other political party. Supriyo had also not obtained any prior permission from the Election Commission to sing the theme song for his party. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayIn sharp contrast and blatant disregard for the directive of the CEO’s office, BJP leaders and activists were seen playing the song on loudspeakers fitted in their vehicles, on their way to the rally at Brigade parade ground which was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently. Supriyo had taken out a rally in Asansol on Sunday morning, when the controversial theme song was played in a speaker fitted on a tableau. The commission is currently looking into the matter. They are also keeping a tab on the media cell. However, Supriyo told the media that he did not receive any letter from the commission regarding the ban. He said what he had received from the commission was a letter asking for a revision in the lyric of the song. The legal cell of BJP is looking into the matter, Supriyo told the media in Asansol.
Mumbai: Benchmark Sensex zoomed over 1,422 points and the NSE Nifty surged 421 points after most exit polls showed that the Narendra Modi-led NDA is returning to power with a thumping majority in the Lok Sabha elections. The 30-share index ended 1,421.90 points, or 3.75 per cent, higher at 39,352.67. During the day, the gauge hit a high of 39,412.56 and a low of 38,570.04. In a similar movement, the broader NSE Nifty soared 421.10 points, or 3.69 per cent, to 11,828.25. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework A majority of exit polls Sunday forecast another term for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with some of them projecting that the BJP-led NDA will get more than 300 seats to comfortably cross the majority mark of 272 in the Lok Sabha. The results of the seven-phase polls will be announced on May 23. Analysts believe the Modi’s BJP retaining power will ensure a continuation in reform measures initiated during the NDA’s first term. Top gainers in the Sensex pack include SBI, IndusInd Bank, Tata Motors, L&T, Yes Bank, HDFC, M&M, Maruti, ONGC, RIL, ICICI Bank and Axis Bank, rising up to 8.64 per cent. Also Read – Afghan Taliban frees 3 Indian hostages in exchange for 11 top militant leaders: Reports On the other hand, Bajaj Auto and Infosys ended in the red. The broader BSE midcap and smallcap indices ended in line with benchmarks, rallying up to 3.57 per cent. “The domestic equity markets witnessed unprecedented and remarkable surge, across all sectors and segments, after the exit polls indicated a higher probability for the current dispensation to come back to power with a clear majority,” said Joseph Thomas, Head Research- Emkay Wealth Management. “What would help the markets sustain the momentum is factors that are fundamentally important, like decisive policy initiatives from the new government, faster land and labour reforms, and also the unfinished task of quick consolidation and re-organisation of the banking system,” he added. Meanwhile, market regulator Sebi and stock exchanges have beefed up their surveillance mechanism to check any manipulative activities in the market this week in view of the high-octane election related events lined up. The Indian rupee also appreciated by 64 paise to 69.59 against the US dollar during the day. Brent crude, the global benchmark, was trading at 72.61 per barrel, higher by 1.40 per cent. Globally, bourses in Asia ended on a mixed note, while those in Europe were trading in the red in their respective early deals.
YEARPLAYERR1R2R3R4WEEKENDTOTAL Spieth isn’t the first golfer to experience an unceremonious meltdown on Sunday at a major championship; YouTube is littered with the bones of players snatching ignominy from the jaws of victory. That doesn’t make it any less jarring to see a player as good as Spieth, leading by 5 midway through the Masters’ final round, fresh off of one of the greatest seasons at the majors in modern history last year, fall apart in such spectacular fashion. And that he was beaten by Danny Willett, who had just one career top-10 finish at a major before this week, made Spieth’s defeat all the more stunning.In measuring Spieth’s performance in majors last year, I used “major shares,” a statistic that estimates how many majors a player would have been expected to win given his scoring relative to the field average in past majors. Fractional “shares” of wins accumulate over time for good players; the number is nailed right around zero for the also-rans. Going into the Masters, Spieth had 1.48 career major shares,1A few notes, since I tweaked the methodology a bit since last season: Instead of using z-scores, I’m now basing major shares on a player’s strokes above the field average in a tournament. (Research by Daniel Myers shows that converting those to z-scores needlessly adds statistical noise to a player’s rating.) I also listed two versions of major shares last season — one that adjusts for other performances in the field, one that does not — and I’ve averaged those together here. the 10th-most of any active player; Willett, on the other hand, had 0.01 major shares. That difference, 1.47 major shares, was the 17th-biggest disparity in résumés between a major’s third-round leader and the player who eventually overtook him since 1958.2Out of the 139 instances in that span where the leader after three rounds didn’t go on to win the major. In other words, there have been less likely candidates to come from behind, but not many. 1987MastersBen Crenshaw1.84Larry Mize0.021.81 1965Jack Nicklaus+4.1+2.9+9.1+4.6+13.7+20.7 1967Gay Brewer+0.6+5.1+1.7+7.2+8.9+14.6 2016MastersJordan Spieth1.48Danny Willett0.011.47 1971MastersJack Nicklaus7.29Charles Coody0.097.20 1990Nick Faldo+1.1+0.9+6.6+4.2+10.8+12.8 1973Tommy Aaron+6.0-0.5+0.2+6.1+6.3+11.8 1993PGAGreg Norman2.92Paul Azinger0.482.43 The quality (or lack thereof) with which Spieth hit the ball at the 12th hole was shocking, but Willett’s weekend charge was also pretty historic. It took a combination of the two to generate a Green Jacket ceremony this awkward: 2006U.S.Phil Mickelson3.45Geoff Ogilvy0.033.43 1984BritishTom Watson5.33Seve Ballesteros2.053.28 Biggest major upsets since 1958 1996Nick Faldo+2.1+4.8+0.8+6.7+7.5+14.3 LEADER THROUGH 3 RDSEVENTUAL WINNER 1986Jack Nicklaus-0.6+1.3+2.0+7.0+9.0+9.7 Best weekend performances at Augusta, 1958-2016 1990MastersRaymond Floyd2.66Nick Faldo1.051.61 1987U.S.Tom Watson5.48Scott Simpson0.045.44 1994Jose Maria Olazabal-0.8+5.0+5.4+4.9+10.3+14.5 2013U.S.Phil Mickelson4.58Justin Rose0.244.34 Few sports offer as much potential for dramatic, heartbreaking collapse as golf. Jordan Spieth learned as much on Sunday: 1989MastersBen Crenshaw2.09Nick Faldo0.851.24 2010Phil Mickelson+3.9+1.5+5.6+4.9+10.5+16.0 SourceS: ESPN, Yahoo 2008BritishGreg Norman3.45P. Harrington0.343.12 1977BritishJack Nicklaus12.50Tom Watson0.8511.65 YEARPLAYERR1R2R3R4WEEKENDTOTAL 2016Danny Willett+2.3-0.3+3.7+5.7+9.4+11.5 2005Tiger Woods-1.2+6.2+7.2+2.2+9.4+14.4 Considering Spieth’s immense potential, the difference between the two golfers would likely have been even higher if Willett had pulled this upset later in Spieth’s career. Spieth is no Tiger Woods, but before Sunday, he’d developed a reputation for steadiness, particularly in majors. After he birdied the ninth hole on Sunday to go up 5 strokes, a third major — and second Green Jacket — in the span of 12 months seemed imminent. (Ken Pomeroy — who maintains a golf win probability feed on Twitter in addition to his indispensable college basketball stats site — gave Spieth a 92 percent chance of winning at that point.) Then, a pair of bogeys to give a few strokes back. Then, quadruple-bogey.But epic collapses such as Spieth’s are often accompanied by incredible comebacks. And for all the water-cooler chatter about Spieth’s disastrous final trip through Augusta’s back nine, Willett also had to play tremendous golf over the weekend, particularly on Sunday. In the final 36 holes of the tournament, Willett outplayed the field average by 9.4 strokes, the ninth-best weekend enjoyed by any Masters winner since 1958. And 5.7 of those strokes were gained against the field in Round 4 alone, representing the eighth-best final round performance by a winner since ’58. STROKES GAINED AGAINST FIELD 1985Bernhard Langer+1.2-1.3+6.0+4.8+10.8+10.6 Best Sundays at Augusta, 1958-2016 YEARMAJORPLAYERMAJOR SHARESPLAYERMAJOR SHARESDIFF 1983U.S.Tom Watson4.44Larry Nelson0.703.73 2016Danny Willett+2.3-0.3+3.7+5.7+9.4+11.5 1997Tiger Woods+3.7+5.8+7.2+4.2+11.5+21.0 1986PGAGreg Norman1.60Bob Tway0.021.58 STROKES GAINED AGAINST FIELD 1978Gary Player+1.2-0.4+3.1+8.2+11.3+12.1 1985MastersRaymond Floyd2.22Bernhard Langer0.251.97 2012U.S.Jim Furyk1.25Webb Simpson0.001.25 1978PGATom Watson1.78John Mahaffey0.531.25 1995U.S.Greg Norman3.23Corey Pavin0.242.99 1978Gary Player+1.2-0.4+3.1+8.2+11.3+12.1 2009BritishTom Watson5.98Stewart Cink0.375.61 2011Charl Schwartzel+2.0-0.5+4.1+5.7+9.8+11.3 1959Art Wall+0.8-1.6+1.8+7.4+9.2+8.4 2011Charl Schwartzel+2.0-0.5+4.1+5.7+9.8+11.3 1995Ben Crenshaw+0.7+3.5+2.3+5.3+7.7+11.9 2009PGATiger Woods10.85Y.E. Yang0.0010.85 1989Nick Faldo+5.3+1.3-2.9+6.7+3.8+10.3