first_imgAfter experiencing some teething issues with the new shop, TFA are excited to announce that all problems have been ironed out and already customers are visiting the shop and purchasing DVD’s, technical resources, referees uniforms and more.Make sure you jump online by clicking ‘TFA Merchandise’ on the left hand side of the page to visit the shop.AusTouch Resource and ESUS shoes highlight the shop:Touch Football Australia is excited to announce the much anticipated AusTouch Leader Resource Kit and ESUS Touch Football Shoes are available via the TFA Online Shop.The resource kit has been professionally produced and includes a DVD with 42 fun activities for kids, as well as a CD containing session plans, examples, templates, adjustable documents, flyers, logos and heaps more information.In addition each kit contains two summary booklets, compact in size (perfect for your pocket) and both are packed full of info you can use in every training session.This resource is a great opportunity for anyone involved with juniors on a coaching level to improve their knowledge and skills and is also ideal for teachers and schools who are either involved with Touch, or wanting to become involved. TFA Member Services Officer Chris Tarlinton has already previewed the resource and was impressed by the quality of the production.“The DVD and CD will both prove to be very useful resources for not only AusTouch leaders but for parents, junior coaches and also school teachers. I know that I’ll be making use of some of the session plans, drills and ideas in my own coaching sessions as well,” he said.A sample of the kit will be sent to each State office and it will be available for purchase in the coming weeks, alongside of the 2006 NTL Fox package, which is also making it’s way to the office.If you have any questions on the resource please contact Marianne Maguire on [email protected] In addition TFA is excited that new sponsor ESUS are also headlining the new online shop, with their range of Touch shoes available for purchase.For more information on the shoes, check out either the stories on the TFA news page or the shop itself.To visit the shop, simply click on ‘TFA MERCHANDISE’ on the left hand side of the page.last_img read more

Kentucky Basketball Fans Voted Most Annoying College Sports Fan Base In The Country

first_imgKentucky Fans Most Annoying 2Kentucky Fans Most Annoying 2Congratulations, Big Blue Nation. According to our readers, you are the most annoying fan base in college sports. Kentucky basketball supporters were voted slightly more annoying than Alabama football fans, 52%-48%, in our championship game this week. Kentucky was our overall No. 1 seed in the tournament, so technically, chalk won out.Here’s the entire bracket, which is now complete. The Final Four included one basketball fan base (Kentucky) and three football fan bases (Notre Dame, Alabama, Florida State). Perhaps the meltdown after UK’s loss to Wisconsin in the Final Four last Saturday contributed to BBN taking the crown.TitleGameYou can check out the voting for the Opening Round here, the Round of 32 here, the Sweet 16 here, the Elite Eight here and the Final Four here.Thanks to everyone who voted throughout the process. Go celebrate, #BBN.last_img read more

North American stock markets move lower in latemorning trading Loonie down

first_imgCompanies in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X) The Canadian Press TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index fell in late-morning trading, weighed down by losses in the materials sector, while U.S. markets moved lower.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 16.26 points at 14,922.92.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 120.17 points at 23,875.78. The S&P 500 index was down 13.61 points at 2,582.65, while the Nasdaq composite was down 53.01 points at 6,918.47.The Canadian dollar traded for 75.38 cents US compared with an average of 75.42 cents US on Friday.The February crude contract was down 18 cents at US$51.41 per barrel and the February natural gas contract was up 37.7 cents at US$3.48 per mmBTU.The February gold contract was up US$1.10 at US$1,290.60 an ounce and the March copper contract was down 3.40 cents at US$2.63 a pound.last_img read more

Provincial government to make housing investments on First Nations reserves

first_imgCurrently, the government says that more than 4,600 subsidized housing units are specifically designated for Indigenous peoples in B.C. More than 700 Indigenous housing units are in development or under construction throughout the province. In addition to funding under the new Indigenous Housing Fund, the Province says that Indigenous organizations and First Nations will be able to access provincial support under the new housing funds announced as part of the 30-point housing plan in this year’s budget PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – Premier John Horgan announced today that B.C. will become the first province in Canada to invest provincial housing funds on First Nations reserves.Through the new Building BC: Indigenous Housing Fund, the B.C. government says it will invest $550 million over the next 10 years to build 1,750 new units of social housing for projects both on- and off-reserve. BC Housing will send out a request for proposals to identify prospective partners, including Indigenous non-profit housing providers, First Nations, Métis Nation British Columbia, and non-profit and for-profit developers, wanting to partner with Indigenous housing providers and First Nations.“Everyone in British Columbia deserves a good home, including people who live on-reserve,” said Premier Horgan. “That’s why we’re opening the door to all Indigenous communities to join us as we make housing better and more affordable for people in every part of the province.”last_img read more

MPs to vote on Brexit options

first_imgLondon: British MPs will on Wednesday hold votes on various Brexit options even as Prime Minister Theresa May comes under pressure to announce a departure plan to get support for her unpopular divorce deal. Three years after a referendum in which Britain voted to leave the European Union, the country is gripped by painful uncertainty over how — or even whether — it should put an end to its 46-year membership. May’s deal negotiated with Brussels has already been voted down overwhelmingly by parliament twice but the government is widely expected to present it for a third time on Thursday to ensure an orderly Brexit. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USEU leaders said Britain could leave the EU on May 22 if the deal is adopted this week, or face a potential no-deal Brexit as early as April 12. In a bid to find Brexit alternatives, lawmakers took the unprecedented step on Monday of seizing control of Wednesday’s parliamentary business. MPs will hold a series of “indicative votes” — indicating their preferences on a piece of paper — for different Brexit outcomes, although May is not legally-bound to follow their instructions. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe proposals put forward so include a customs union with the EU, remaining in the single market, holding a second referendum or stopping Brexit by revoking Article 50 — the formal notification for departure. The alternatives that will actually be voted on will be selected by speaker John Bercow on Wednesday and voting will take place at around 1900 GMT with the results expected at around 2100 GMT. Time has been set aside next Monday to try and whittle down the most popular options to a final plan. Parliament’s unprecedented power-grab was spearheaded by arch-EU MPs, who want to either reverse Brexit or preserve much closer economic ties with the remaining 27 states. Three members of May’s government quit in order to vote for the move, further piling pressure on their leader. However, she received a boost on Tuesday when influential Brexiteer Jacob Rees Mogg suggested he could back her deal in order to make sure the whole process was not stopped. Prominent Brexit supporter Boris Johnson has already indicated that he could back the deal, but only if May agrees to go, raising suggestions that she could announce plans for her departure at a meeting with Conservative MPs at 1700 GMT on Wednesday. “If the Prime Minister announces a timetable of departure, I think that’s going to swing a lot of people behind her deal, we could get it over the line,” said Conservative MP Nigel Evans. But the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), the hardline Northern Irish power brokers who prop up the government, have poured cold water on the deal. The group’s Brexit spokesman Sammy Wilson said the party would rather see a one-year Brexit delay. “Even if we are forced into a one-year extension, we at least would have a say on the things which affect us during that time and would have the right to unilaterally decide to leave at the end of that one-year,” he wrote in the Daily Telegraph. “We won’t let the PM or the Remainer horde in parliament bully us into backing a toxic Brexit,” he said. Britain was originally due to exit from the EU on March 29, and MPs will vote on Wednesday to formalise the extension into law. It has already been written into international law and is expected to pass easily, with May’s office saying that “there would be uncertainty for citizens and businesses” if MPs were to reject it. A group of Brexit-supporting MPs however has said that holding the vote after the delay had already entered international law “created serious legal doubts about the legal situation surrounding the extension”.last_img read more

AFSPA withdrawn partially from AP

first_imgNew Delhi: After 32 years, the controversial Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, which gives sweeping powers to security forces, was partially removed from three of nine districts of Arunachal Pradesh but would remain in force in the areas bordering Myanmar, officials said here.The state, which was formed on February 20, 1987, had inherited the controversial AFSPA enacted by Parliament in 1958 and applied to the entire State of Assam and the Union Territory of Manipur. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’After Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Nagaland came into being, the Act was appropriately adapted to apply to these states as well. The Justice B P Jeevan Reddy committee had recommended scrapping of the AFSPA from the state. Under the Act, the security forces can arrest anyone or carry out searches in any premises. The Ministry of Home Affairs said in a notification that the four police station areas in Arunachal Pradesh, which were declared “disturbed areas” under the AFSPA, are no longer under the purview of the special law from Sunday. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe police station areas from where the AFSPA has been withdrawn are Balemu and Bhalukpong police stations in West Kameng district, Seijosa police station in East Kameng district and Balijan police station in Papumpare district. However, according to the notification, the AFSPA will continue to be enforced in Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts and areas under the jurisdiction of Namsai and Mahadevpur police stations in Namsai district, Roing in Lower Dibang Valley district and Sunpura in Lohit district for six more months till September 30. A Home Ministry official said the “disturbed area” tag was withdrawn from the four police station areas due to the improvement of law and order situation there and it will continue in other areas in view of continuing activities of banned insurgent groups of the Northeast. The notification said the Union Home Ministry took the decision exercising its powers conferred under section 3 of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958. A review of the law and order situation in Arunachal Pradesh’s six districts was undertaken before the March 31 deadline for the validity of the “disturbed area” designation under the AFSPA. In March last year, the AFSPA was removed completely from Meghalaya following improvement in security situation. The AFSPA is imposed in areas where armed forces are required to operate in aid to civil authorities. For the AFSPA to become valid, an area, however, needs to be declared disturbed either by the Central or the state government under the section 3 of the 1958 Act.last_img read more

Irdai asks insurers to share status of claims with policy holders from

first_imgNew Delhi: Insurance companies will have to inform about claim settlement status to policyholders at various stages of processing from July, Irdai said Wednesday. Insurers need to adopt a clear and transparent communication policy to protect the interest of policyholders, it said in a circular. When it comes to claims, there is a need to make available a tracking mechanism for policyholders so as to enable them to know the status of their claims, it added. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”In order to ensure fair and transparent claim settlement procedures, all insurers shall notify about the status of the claim at various stages of its processing. “In case of health insurance, where third party administrators (TPAs) are engaged for rendering claims services, it is the responsibility of insurers to ensure that status of claim shall be notified to the claimant at every stage of claim,” the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (Irdai) said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostClear and transparent communication play a vital role in servicing of insurance policies and in ensuring that the benefits of insurance policies flow to the beneficiaries in a timely manner, it added. Irdai also asked insurers — life, health and general — to send all communication about issuance and servicing of policies through letter, e-mail, SMS or any other electronic form approved by it. “In case of health insurance, where TPAs are engaged for rendering health services, insurers shall ensure that all related communications such as issuance of ID card are sent either by the TPA or shall be carried out by insurers on their own,” the circular said. The companies will also have to send brief messages to customers to enhance awareness apart from sending necessary caution messages like not falling prey to spurious calls/offers. Insurers may use simple, easy to read and understand language. And wherever feasible, the communication should be in regional or local language of the place of residence of the claimants, besides English/Hindi, the authority said. “This shall be implemented by insurers with effect from July 1, 2019,” Irdai said. 11. Commerce ministry asks health ministry to frame law to ban manufacture, sale of e-cigarettes (336) New Delhi, Apr 10 (PTI) The commerce ministry has asked its health counterpart to frame law banning manufacture and sale of e-cigarettes in the country as in the absence of a domestic legislation, it would not be possible to put a blanket ban on its imports, sources said. The health ministry had asked the commerce ministry to issue a notification banning import of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS), including e-cigarettes and flavoured hookah. “Without banning domestic sale and manufacturing of ENDS through a law, it will be an infringement of global trade norms to put an import ban,” one of the sources said. In August last year, the health ministry had issued an advisory to all states and Union Territories (UTs) to stop the manufacture, sale and import of ENDS after the Delhi High Court took strong exception to the Centre for delay in coming up with appropriate measures to tackle the “new emerging threat” of e-cigarettes in the country. In March, the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization also directed all drug controllers in states and UTs not to allow the manufacture, sale, import and advertisement of ENDS, including e-cigarettes and flavoured hookah, in their jurisdictions.last_img read more

NDA will be short regional parties will have big say in government

first_imgKolkata: Predicting that the BJP-led NDA would fall short of the majority mark of 272 seats in the ongoing Lok Sabha polls, Trinamool Congress has said regional parties will have a “big say” in the formation of next government but remained evasive on the issue of Prime Ministership. Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Derek O’Brien, while expressing confidence that his party would have the third largest tally, also predicted that the NDA would break after the elections and “many” non-BJP parties would work together to form a government at the Centre. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is “trying to create an impression that he is ahead” which is nothing but a defensive tactic being projected as an “offensive” one, O’Brien, TMC’s Parliamentary Party leader in the Rajya Sabha, told IANS here. “The reality is that NDA is not even close to 272 (the majority mark). This is all actually defensive tactics but he (Modi) is trying to pretend that he is being on the offensive,” he said. TMC and the BJP are locked in a direct fight for the 42 Lok Sabha seats of West Bengal, with the saffron party giving a big push to its campaigning to ensure it bags a substantial number of seats here at the cost of ruling party of the state. The Prime Minister and BJP President Amit Shah have addressed several rallies in West Bengal over the last few weeks in a bid to raise the party’s poll prospects in the state where polling has already been held in 18 seats in four phases. Speaking about the likely poll-poll scenario, O’Brien insisted that the BJP will not be able to lead the NDA to form a government in New Delhi. “There are many parties which do not want to be (with them), especially the smaller and north east parties, which always stay with those forming the government,” the 58-year-old famous quizmaster-cum-author-cum-ad man said. “The NDA will break up after the results and maybe, all the north east parties will go,” he predicted and asked, “Why can’t these parties work with us?” In such a backdrop, all parties, which are not with the NDA, would work together, he added. “All I am telling you now is that the regional parties will have a big say (in forming an anti-BJP government),” he asserted. Asked whether the Congress would be part of the alternate coalition, the TMC leader said, “Our position is very clear. We work with all to defeat the BJP”. He went on to add, “The Congress and the CPI-M are working to defeat the Trinamool in Bengal. There is a Bengal match to be played and there is another match in Delhi and we understand there is difference between the two.” On whether his party would extend support to Rahul Gandhi for the Prime Ministership if the Congress does well, O’Brien said, “Such questions are to be answered after May 23… If the Congress gets 272 seats (in the 543-seat Lok Sabha), they will choose whoever they want as PM.” Asked to respond to Modi and Shah regularly ridiculing TMC chief Mamata Banerjee over her purported ambition to become the Prime Minister by contesting so few seats, O’Brien said, “We are100 per cent certain that we will continue to be the third largest party after the ongoing polls. We acknowledge two parties (BJP and Congress) may have bigger numbers than us.” Attacking the Prime Minister, he said, “I am not surprised at Modi’s remarks, as he does not believe in the Constitution of India that says 272 MPs will elect the leader. ” He went on to add, “He has to go. All of us are very clear that he will have to go.” Lambasting the Modi government, the TMC leader said it was destroying all institutions. “Parliament’s principal job is to legislate and scrutinise bills. 70 per cent of bills were scrutinised in India before the BJP came to power. But under Modi, only about 20 per cent of bills get scrutinized,” the Rajya Sabha member said. O’Brien did not agree that the contours of the Mahagathbandhan (grand alliance) envisaged at the January 19 Brigade Parade ground rally had failed to crystalise. “Everything is fine and Mahagatbandhan is absolutely in place. The BJP wants to pretend that it is not in place,” he said. O’Brien, who had worked for years as a creative head of an advertisement agency, quoted legendary advertisement guru David Ogilvy to punch a hole in the BJP campaign. “Ogilvy said if you have a good product, it may sell with bad advertising. The BJP sold a bad product with good advertising in 2014… They have sold all the dreams in 2014. Had they delivered even half of what they promised, they would have got three-fourth majority. But they have been an all-round failure,” he said.last_img read more