National drive: Jehan Daruvala to take the wheel for Red Bull in Formula 2!

first_imgAdvertisement h9cNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs8uWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E52gq( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) i5tpWould you ever consider trying this?😱7fcxCan your students do this? 🌚4ngRoller skating! Powered by Firework One of India’s most promising young drivers Jehan Daruvala, was roped in by the Red Bull Racing junior program on Friday; an exciting deal for the Indian racing scene. The energy drink giants are renowned for their junior program as it has produced some of the best drivers in the last decade. Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo, Alex Albon and their current spearhead Max Verstappen, all came through the ranks of the junior team. Advertisement The 21-year-old Daruvala, hopes to participate in the prestigious Formula 1 as the third Indian, behind Narain Karthikeyan and Karun Chandhok.Advertisement “Red bull approached me at the end of last year and it is a big honour to be associated with them. Yes, there is added pressure but I have come to a stage where I don’t let it get the better of me,” he said.Last season the Mumbaikar finished third in the Formula 3 Championship and was a contender for the title along with teammates Marcus Armstong and Robert Shwartzman, who took the podium by a comfortable margin.Advertisement The Indian will however, return to Carlin in his first season in Formula 2 after finishing 10th in the Formula 3 Championship.“They are a good team in Formula 2 and I am looking forward to the challenge. I obviously need to perform but at this stage, I want to take things as they come,” he said.“It’s great to be working with some of the same people again on the engineering side (at Carlin) as I make the step up to F2. It’s a new challenge for me and there will be things to learn.”The young driver’s dream began in 2015 when he topped the podiums in his maiden season in Formula Renault. He then became the first Indian to win an official Grand Prix, after winning the 2017 New Zealand GP.Moving to F3 European Championship in 2017 Daruvala won eight races in the competition and will be hone the red and blue colour for the very first time next month in the Bahrain International Circuit. Bahrain will host the first race of the 2020-21 season from March 20-22. You may also like:Indian National Anthem is played for the first time in Formula 310 year old Table Tennis prodigy Hansini to represent India in Sweden  Advertisementlast_img read more

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Injury to LVR player forces stoppage of Bomber-Wildcats contest

first_imgWatson, who had been recently cleared to return to playing basketball, had not played a game since the same injury happened back in March during the BC High School AAA Boy’s Championships in Langley.Watson, comforted by Bomber coaching staff, remained on the court for almost an hour waiting for Emergency Health Services before being taken to hospital.Coaches from the teams have rescheduled the game to be played at a later date.LVR, which lost two players to ankle injuries during the first round of action Friday, opened the tournament by edging Stanley Humphries Rockers.The Bombers fought off a late charge by the Rockers to edge the Sunflower City squad on hot shooting by Eamon Studer and Brock and Dyllan Dixon.LVR then lost a heartbreaker to Selkirk Storm of Kimberley in overtime.Mount Sentinel opened with a win before losing Saturday to Prince Charles Comets of Creston.The Storm rallied from a large second-half deficit to edge Prince Charles in the Championship Contest to capture top prize in the tournament. The L.V. Rogers Bombers and Mount Sentinel Wildcats settled for the unthinkable draw and a tie for third spot at the Cats High School Boy’s Basketball Tournament Saturday in South Slocan.The game was called with 1:07 remaining in the first quarter when the contest was halted due to an injured LVR player.The score was 15-13 in favour of the Bombers at the time of the injury to Bomber power forward Vinnie Watson, who dislocated his knee cap after losing his balance and tumbling to the floor.Watson, who did not start, had just come into the contest and keyed the Bombers early lead.last_img read more

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$90bn boost to Africa’s economy

first_imgAFDB seeks to develop Africa’s infrastructure.(Image: Nasa ) MEDIA CONTACTS • Antoinette BatumubwiraAfrican Development Bank+216 71 10 39 00+216 71 35 19 33batumubwira@afdb.orgRELATED ARTICLES• Eassy to go live soon• Improved maize for Africa• Funding hope for Zim economy?• Light for Africa Bongani NkosiThe capital base of the African Development Bank (AFDB) is set to increase by 200%, giving the institution more capacity to meet the needs of countries on the continent, particularly low-income ones.The bank announced the plan by its funders to increase its capital base to US$90-billion on 24 April, following the 11th meeting of the Group Board of Governors Consultative Committee in Washington DC on 23 April – on the sidelines of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund spring meetings.A final decision on the increase is expected to be announced at the bank’s annual meeting in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, which runs from 27 to 28 May. AFDB’s funders, which will finance the increase, include the 53 African nations and 24 other countries around the world.AFDB said the “substantial increase” will allow it to maintain a higher level of lending to African governments and the private sector. The increase comes against the backdrop of “overwhelming demand in all countries” for funding, it said.The waning global economic recession, which did not spare the continent, almost exhausted the bank’s funds. “In response to the financial crisis, the bank had front-loaded its commitments, put in place new instruments to facilitate trade, and restructured its portfolio,” the AFDB said in a statement.As a result of high funding demand, the bank had used its available resources more quickly than previously expected, it said.Softening impact on Africa“We acted decisively to limit the impact of the financial crisis and recession on Africa, said Donald Kaberuka, AFDB’s president. “Our response significantly helped Africa weather the storm of the crisis, but the massive increase in demand for financing has brought us close to our lending limits.”One of the more sizeable bailouts by the Tunis-based AFDB was made to Botswana in June 2009. The $1.5-billion budget support loan was intended to aid that Southern African country’s 2009/10 deficit, which was caused by the country’s GDP contraction after the price of diamonds and other commodities plummeted.AFDB has, however, predicted that Africa’s economy will grow steadily in 2010. In a recent report it projected growth of more than 4% and a combined GDP of about $1.5-trillion for this period.The economy of the Democratic Republic of Congo is expected to show the highest growth rate of about 11.8%, the bank said.Uganda received an AFDB loan worth $136.6-million on 12 April to go towards road upgrades and job creation projects in the East African country. Other recent beneficiaries are Burkina Faso, which was granted a loan of $38-million, and Togo, which received $36-million.‘Increase is historical’AFDB has described the 200% increase as historical. “I am delighted by this decision. This is a historic moment for us, and a signal of strong confidence in the bank,” Kaberuka noted.“With this capital increase we will be better able to meet the needs of African countries, including low-income countries, and help them return to the previous high rates of growth,” he added.AFDB’s boost weighs in slightly more than the $86-billion capital base increase from the World Bank, which was also announced after the meeting in Washington DC.The World Bank is also expected to assist Africa’s developing countries through lending schemes, such as the recently approved a $3.75-billion loan to Eskom, South Africa’s power utility.Hopefully, the loan will lead to a more sustainable supply of electricity here and help finance the coal-fired Medupi power station, being built in Limpopo, as well as the country’s first large wind- and concentrated solar-powered plants.last_img read more

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SEQTL Preliminary Finals

first_imgCountry Club United Southern Storm Alyce HulbertEmily EdwardsJessica ShawKirsten WhittayLana CurryLauren McdonaldLucy ClarkMarrikki WategoRenee MurphyRoxanne WinderRoxette MuraShani WellsSophie BurseTamara AppoTeena McilveenTheresa AndersonToni Eltherington Ben WieczorekDaniel FeldmanJarod TumpLucas FeldmanLuke ParkerMatthew GreentreeMichael BaartzSean HooperSebe ReyShannon SankeyTom EylesTom Quinlivan Uni Rebels For further information, please visit the Brisbane Metro Touch Association website – www.bmta.com.au Uni Rebels Blackest Catscenter_img In the Preliminary Final of the X-Blades Men’s Open, Country Club United will face off against Uni Rebels. Country Club United narrowly lost to Southern Storm 9 – 8 in the Major Semi-Final. While Uni Rebels defeated Dodgers 6 – 5 in the Minor Semi-Final.The winner will meet the Southern Storm in the Grand Final. In the Preliminary Final of the X-Blades Women’s Open, Blackest Cats will face off against Uni Rebels. Uni Rebels narrowly lost to Caboolture / Redcliffe Colts 5 – 4 in the Major Semi-Final. While Uni Rebels defeated Southern Storm 4 – 2 in the Minor Semi-Final.The winner will meet the Caboolture / Redcliffe Colts in the Grand Final. Team lists of finalists are below: Ash FarrowBen MccullenBen RobinsonBrent MaddersChris FarrowChris LothDrumayne Daybern-MuirGian GuerraGraeme ClancyJustin MitchellKeith MacdonaldRemus GentlesRyan PollockTerry Thompson Chris KavneyClint WithersCraig McheronDamien MoarDaniel WithersDean ThomasGavin ShukerGreg DohertyHamish JonesJames WallaceJason PowellJustin RobsonKris McmurdyKurt ByrantMichael DevonshireMitch KingOscar SanftPhilip GyemoreTim Baartz Caboolture / Redcliffe Colts Aimee GilbertAmy HopeAmy TurnerAnita KerriganCatherine TipeneCoral EastonEva WilliamsHayley McanellyHelena BlairKendall Te RangiKristal GouldKylie HahipeneLavina GouldRachel StephensonTai-Anne Te MuunaTara MakoToni TupuhiYvette Teika Aleisha KuhnCasey ClarkElinna BreinlEmily ReedGemma EtheridgeHayley RogersonKate BarkerLauren PotterMary McleanMary SteeleNikki EtheridgePeta RogersonRebecca ClarksonRebecca LapraitSavannah PrattenShannon Cahilllast_img read more

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Our Watch: Touch Football Australia (TFA) to partner with the NRL to eliminate violence against women and children in Australian society

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) will be partnering with the National Rugby League (NRL) to eliminate violence against women and children in Australian society as part of the national Our Watch program. The NRL was one of four National Sporting Organisations to receive grants of $250,000 each under the Our Watch Sports Engagement program, funded through the Australian Government’s Sports Grant Bank. The program provides $1 million in grant funding to National Sporting Organisations to deliver programs and promotions towards the prevention of violence against women and children. TFA CEO, Colm Maguire said the organisation is looking forward to working in collaboration through its partnership with the NRL to deliver programs and educational activities as well as build capacity and expertise to prevent violence against women and their children. “The sport of Touch Football provides a unique environment where both genders can participate in sport on the same playing field at the same time,” he said. “This provides an environment that exposes and promotes equality as well as fair, inclusive and respectful behaviours and attitudes both on and off the playing field.“The work we propose to conduct through the grant funding with the NRL will assist our respective sporting codes to more effectively embed gender equality and respectful relationships into and across our networks and communities.”“The NRL could not be clearer on this matter…there is no place for domestic violence in our games or society,” NRL Head of Community, Adam Check said. “The partnership between the NRL and Touch Football Australia will ensure that we can continue to raise awareness of the need to stop violence against women and support educational programs to drive behavioural change.”  TFA has appointed Australian Men’s Open coach, Tony Trad as Touch Football’s Ambassador for the program. “Tony’s experience working across the sport across at all levels and genders and the respect and profile that he holds in the Touch Football community will be invaluable in delivering messages in this very important area,” Maguire said. More information on the work of Our Watch and the Sports Engagement Program can be found on www.ourwatch.org.au. Victims of domestic and family violence and / or sexual assault, as well as their family and friends can contact 1800RESPECT 1800 737 732 or visit www.1800respect.org.au.Related LinksOur Watchlast_img read more

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Canadian Forces change search and rescue protocol following Labrador teens death

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA-The Canadian Forces have changed the way they respond to search and rescue calls following the death of a Labrador teen earlier this year.Defence Minister Peter MacKay said during question period Thursday that the Canadian Forces would implement a “call-back protocol” the next time they receive a request for help. Under the new protocol, military personnel would call back provincial search and rescue officials on their need for search and rescue aircraft.“This ongoing dialogue will continue until the file is closed,” said MacKay.Burton Winters, 14, was found 19 kilometres from the place where his snowmobile became stuck on the frozen sea ice near his home of Makkovik, on the north coast of Labrador.Winters was reported missing on Jan. 29, but his body wasn’t found until four days later. It took two days for military search and rescue helicopters, based in Gander, Nfld., to join the search.Winters’ death triggered a large public outcry across Newfoundland and Labrador. Many called for establishing a search and rescue team in Labrador.last_img read more

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Lawmaker withdraws antiporn bill citing dubious origins

first_imgPROVIDENCE, R.I. – A proposal that would have required a filter for online pornography that could be lifted with a $20 fee was withdrawn Tuesday by a lawmaker who cited its “dubious origins.”Sen. Frank Ciccone said he pulled the bill after The Associated Press reported Monday that the legislation had been pushed around the country by a man with a history of outlandish lawsuits including one trying to marry his computer as a statement against gay marriage.The measure, pushed in statehouses across the country by a group led by Chris Sevier, has been described as the Elizabeth Smart Law after the teenager kidnapped from her Utah home in 2002.Ciccone, a Democrat who represents Providence, said he made the decision after the AP reported that Smart, now a child safety advocate, had sent a cease-and-desist letter to backers of the bill and “was in no way involved with this legislation.” He said he felt misled by the group pushing the bill.“But not only me. I assume there’s quite a few other people,” he said, adding he assumes lawmakers in other states also will pull their bills. “A lot of us had misinformation.”The legislation had drawn criticism from groups including the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, an anti-pornography advocacy group. The centre demanded last year that Sevier stop claiming it supported his work.The Electronic Frontier Foundation, which opposes the idea, has tracked about two dozen similar bills in 18 state legislatures, none of which has passed.Sevier and supporters say the bill would protect children and others by making pornography and sites that allow human trafficking more difficult to access.Sevier said he chose Smart’s name because she has spoken about the negative effects of pornography, including that pornography during her captivity “made my living hell worse.”After being told by the AP that Smart’s lawyer was sending a cease-and-desist letter, Sevier said the name Elizabeth Smart Law was an “offhand name” given to the legislation by lawmakers. The bill also was promoted as the Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation Prevention Act.“Obviously, we’re not trying to hurt Elizabeth Smart, for God’s sake,” Sevier said. “We don’t really care what it’s called. We just want it to pass. And we’re going to see to it that it passes, and the law is on our side.”Smart’s new book, “When There’s Hope: Healing, Moving Forward, and Never Giving Up,” which addresses her nine-month abduction ordeal and stories of others who have survived adversity, was released Tuesday.A federal judge in Utah on March 16 threw out a lawsuit from Sevier that targeted gay marriage by arguing he should be able to marry his laptop. Similar lawsuits in Texas, Tennessee, South Carolina and Kentucky have been dismissed.Sevier was sentenced to probation after being found guilty in 2014 of harassment threats against country singer John Rich. Sevier previously told the AP he didn’t do anything wrong and the case came after lawsuits between the men.The bills differ in some details but generally include requiring internet service providers, or those who sell internet-capable devices, to install filters that screen out obscene material or sites that facilitate prostitution. The blocking can be lifted with a $20 payment. Republicans and Democrats have sponsored it.The Electronic Frontier Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union say the idea is unconstitutional, including because it would install onto everyone’s computer a censorship filter that would screen out lawful content.Before withdrawing the measure, Ciccone had said he sponsored it because children “have easy access to materials that no child should be viewing, such as pornography and other highly offensive or disturbing material.”A Rhode Island Senate spokesman, Greg Pare, had called it “a national bill” modeled after one in New Jersey, where similar legislation has not been voted on.Pare cited the HumanTraffickingPreventionAct.com website that Sevier is behind, which says at the top the act is “referred to as the Elizabeth Smart Law.” A spokesman for Smart said she has nothing to do with it and there was “no authorization to use her name.”Sevier has said he met with Smart’s father and “he knows about it.”Smart’s spokesman said her father met with a group pushing the idea but suggested she send the letter.last_img read more

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Toronto stock market down amid lower oil prices US markets fall

first_imgTORONTO — Canada’s main stock index stepped lower in late-morning trading as the energy sector lost ground amid lower oil and natural gas prices.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 66.85 points at 14,683.50.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 307.61 points at 24,289.77. The S&P 500 index was down 24.95 points at 2,625.59, while the Nasdaq composite was down 58.31 points at 7,012.02.The Canadian dollar traded for 74.76 cents US compared with an average of 74.86 cents US on Thursday.The January crude contract was down 99 cents at US$51.59 per barrel and the January natural gas contract was down 24.2 cents at US$3.88 per mmBTU.The February gold contract was down US$7.60 at US$1,239.80 an ounce and the March copper contract was down 1.35 cents at US$2.75 a pound. The Canadian Press Index and currency in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X)last_img read more

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DEO launches 12 documentaries to encourage voters

first_imgKolkata: The District Election officer (DEO), North Kolkata, on Monday launched Ek Dojon Goppo, a collection of 12 audio-visual documentaries which will be displayed at various parts of the North Kolkata Parliamentary constituency including multiple Metro railway stations, in order to encourage the people to cast their votes.The move has been undertaken as the Election Commission has observed a low turnout of voters during the last Lok Sabha Election in 2014 and the Assembly elections in 2016. Apart from the audio-visual documentaries, the office of the DEO North also released a jingle titled Amar Gorber Kolkata, Amar Nirbhoy Vote, which will be played in Metro stations and on social media, to enthuse interest among the voters. The documentaries have a duration ranging between 35 seconds and 1.18 minutes. They will be played in Metro stations from Tuesday. The videos will also be uploaded on various social media platforms. “We have requested the Metro Railway authorities to play our documentaries and they have agreed to do so. We are also uploading them on social media to reach out to the maximum number of people. Apart from the documentaries, we are also staging street dramas in various Assembly constituencies, encouraging the voters to take part in the electoral franchise,” said Dibyendu Sarkar, DEO North Kolkata. Sarkar also said that during the Lok Sabha elections in 2014, the voter turnout in North Kolkata remained at 66.65 percent, which was a little lower than the average turnout in Bengal. The Chowringhee Assembly segment recorded the lowest turnout of 57.73 percent during the last Lok Sabha. It was the lowest turnout of voters in any Assembly constituency in the state in 2014. Similarly, during the Assembly elections in 2016, North Kolkata recorded an average voting percentage of 64.27, which was again lower than the average turnout in the state. According to Sarkar, the reason of low turnout in North Kolkata is apparently the migration of voters. Many persons who stay here for work and are the voters of North Kolkata, often go to their native places during the elections. The audio-visual documentaries capture various traditional aspects of the lives of the people in North Kolkata. One of the stories captures the mood of a rickshaw-puller, while the other depicts heritage trams. Videos have been made on various themes like Jorasanko Thakur Bari, Old Kolkata Adda, College Street, wrestling and others. Through all the documentaries, an appeal has been made to the voters to exercise their franchise.last_img read more

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92 largecap equity funds underperformed in 2018

first_imgNew Delhi: Most of the large-cap equity funds and government bond funds underperformed their benchmark indices over the one-year period ending December 2018, says a report. According to S&P Indices Versus Active (SPIVA) India scorecard, 92 per cent of the large-cap equity funds, 25.6 per cent of mid, small-cap equity funds and 81.6 per cent of government bond funds underperformed their respective indices over the one-year period ending December 2018. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe large-cap equity funds are compared to S&P BSE 100 index, while mid, small-cap equity funds to S&P BSE 400 mid, and small-cap index respectively. “The large-cap equity funds witnessed a low survivorship rate (66.7 per cent) over the 10-year period and a low style consistency (42 per cent) over the one-year period ending December 2018,” S&P Dow Jones Indices Associate Director, Global Research & Design Akash Jain said. Over the 10-year period, the return spread for actively managed large-cap equity funds, between the first and the third quartile break points of the fund performance, stood at 3.4 per cent, pointing to a relatively large spread in fund returns. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostIn line with the historically volatile nature of the mid, small-cap segment of the Indian equity market, the return spread for actively managed mid, small-cap equity funds was even higher at 5.3 per cent over the same period, the report said. The asset-weighted return for large-cap equity funds was 72 bps higher than the equal-weighted return over the 10-year period. During the same period, the asset-weighted return of Indian equity mid, small-cap funds was 91 bps higher than their benchmark, the S&P BSE 400 mid small-cap index. “Over three-year period, 88.1 per cent of ELSS Funds have underperformed their respective benchmarks and the return spread between the first and third quartile break points of the fund performance was 3.7 per cent over the 10-year period,” it said. The SPIVA India Scorecard reports on the performance of actively managed Indian mutual funds compared to their respective benchmark indices over one, three and five-year investment horizons.last_img read more

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