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  • Local Sporting Champions Grant Program

    first_imgApplications are now open for grants to help young athletes, coaches and officials attend sporting championships.The Local Sporting Champions program was recently expanded to provide more young Australians opportunities to receive funding to attend sporting events. New championships which young athletes, coaches or officials can now apply for funding to help attend include international competitions as well as state school championships. The grants are available under the Local Sporting Champions program, an Australian Government initiative aimed at helping sportspeople aged 12–18 to attend recognised sporting championships. Successful applicants will receive a one-off individual grant of $500 or team grant of $3000 to help fund the cost of travel, accommodation, uniforms or equipment when competing, coaching, umpiring or refereeing. With the inclusion of these competitions, the Local Sporting Champions program will recognise some of Australia’s most talented young athletes and provide them with financial assistance to participate in sport and represent their country at an international level. Criteria for funding To be eligible for a Local Sporting Champions grant, individuals aged 12–18 years (inclusive) must be competing in an Australian Sports Commission-recognised national sporting organisation (NSO) state or national sporting championships, a national or state school sport championships or be a member of an official Australian team endorsed by an ASC-recognised NSO or School Sport Australia travelling to an international competition. Please note that eligible sportspeople can only receive one Local Sporting Champions grant per year. Candidates can complete the Local Sporting Champions application form online before their championship event. More information on eligibility for a grant is available at www.ausport.gov.au/champions. Applications are open all year. Round 2 of the 2012–13 Local Sporting Champions grant allocation closes on Wednesday, 31 October 2012. Related LinksLocal Sporting Championslast_img read more

  • 10 months agoSchalke ending loan of Chelsea fullback Baba

    first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Schalke ending loan of Chelsea fullback Bababy Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSchalke are ending the loan of Chelsea fullback Abdul Rahman Baba.The Ghana international has struggled to overcome a knee injury suffered in January 2017.And Sky Deutschland says Schalke have decided to end the loan and send Baba back to Chelsea.The defender has spent part of this season already in London for treatment in the final stage of his injury recovery. last_img read more

  • a month agoRoma striker Dzeko delighted for Mkhitaryan after goalscoring debut

    first_imgRoma striker Dzeko delighted for Mkhitaryan after goalscoring debutby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveRoma striker Edin Dzeko was delighted for Henrikh Mkhitaryan in their 4-2 defeat of Sassuolo.On-loan Arsenal midfielder Mkhitaryan scored on his debut.Dzeko said, “He is a top level player. “I told him, you scored twice against Bosnia for Armenia, now you need to get a goal here too! And he did. When he gets settled in, he’ll do even better.”Dzeko was also on the scoresheet for the win. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

  • ONE CEO Teething Problems Cost Us USD 400 Mn

    first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: K Line The newly launched carrier Ocean Network Express (ONE) expects its teething problems to have a USD 400 million impact to the company’s bottom line for the fiscal year of 2018.The teething problems, which mostly relate to booking reception and documentation operations, have had a major impact on the company’s business performance since launching in April 2018 as a joint venture between K Line, MOL and NYK Line.Namely, for the first half of the fiscal year 2018, covering the period from April to September 2018, ONE booked a loss of USD 311 million, much wider than USD 38 million previously forecast.For the full fiscal year, the company anticipates to book a loss of USD 600 million, a major downgrade from the expected profit of USD 110 million.Speaking at an investors meeting in Tokyo on November 28, ONE’s CEO Jeremy Nixon, said that the root cause of the teething problems were unexpected regulatory delays that tightened the time window for the company to ready for launching.“Back in July 2017, we were hoping to receive regulatory clearance which would then allow us  to be able to plan all the offices, set up all tax implications for 120 countries, get our IT data systems up and running etc. We would have been able to select our staff and bring them over from the legacy companies, making us largely ready so when we went live with the bookings from February 2018 we could be safe on the operation in April 2018,” he said.However, the regulatory framework was pushed considerably with the final clearance secured at the end of October, leaving ONE with only four months to prepare the organization to go live with bookings.One of the key issues during the transition period were inadequate human resources and delays in uploading the required data.“Because of the tighter regulatory window we didn’t have as many resources as we needed initially to be able to set up all our IT systems and get everything working perfectly. We didn’t have an IT problem, we had a resource issue and data load-up issue,” Nixon pointed out.The issue was fixed as the company entered into the second quarter of its business operation.Nixon added that the teething problems were behind the company and that opportunities lost due to the said issues in the first half of the year would be recovered by fiscal year 2019.Looking into 2019, the company expects an overall benign market with supply and demand growing at around 4 pct respectively. Furthermore, newbuilding deliveries are anticipated to be quite low further tightening the demand and supply balance.ONE is in the process of renewing contracts with its customers for the fiscal year 2019 and is working on introducing a floating fuel recovery surcharge.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

  • DPR ready for Centre for Innovation and Societal Applications Centre for Public

    first_imgKolkata: In a sincere effort to make cutting edge research on science and technology directly to benefit society and the masses, Calcutta University has decided to come up with a Centre for Innovation and Societal Applications (CenSISA). The University will also come up with a Centre for Public Humanities (CPH) to encourage research-related activities on humanities which are innovative, transparent and accessible to the public.”We have already prepared a Detailed Project Report (DPR) on the activities to be taken up in these two centres. We are getting Rs 50 crore under the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) which will be utilised for setting up these Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Pujacentres,” said Sonali Chakravarti Banerjee, Vice-Chancellor of Calcutta University.According to a senior official of Calcutta University, the CenSISA Centre is aimed at addressing a number of areas that includes development of hardware and software tools for supporting health and education, green technology for pollution control, renewable energy, smart grids, energy harvesting, energy storage, effect of technological development on human health, food security and water resource management, disaster prediction and management and mathematical and statistical modeling. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”The universities usually use RUSA funds for individual research projects taken up by professors or research scholars. But we have arrived at a consensus to set up two permanent centres which will be an asset for the future generation,” the official added. According to the DPR prepared by the University, the objective of the centre for supporting health and education will concentrate on developing technical tools that will support rural health practitioners who provide vital support to the community at the primary level. It will also focus on the development of a standalone system that will provide health diagnosis, monitoring and support at remote and rural areas. The Green Technology Centre will lay emphasis on chemical and biological sensor development for the detection and monitoring of pollutants. “We need to have continuous upgrading of the systems that control earth, water and air pollution for sustainable development,” an official said. The Centre for Renewable Energy, Smart Grid, will make a comprehensive effort to address the looming problem of the consumption of fossil fuels with depletion of global reserves of oil and coal. In the sphere of Food Security, the university will do research in the areas of sustainable management of food waste and the monitoring and contamination control of water bodies. Water harvesting and developing novel methods of water purification will also be another focus area. The two centres have already received the approval of the RUSA director and Rs 15 crore has already been released. The convergence of a number of departments in science, bio science and technology will be involved in the research activities of CenSISA. “The domain of digital humanities, disaster studies, the study of new technology will bring close collaboration between the two centres,” Banerjee maintained.last_img read more

  • Most actively traded companies on the TSX

    first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,454.92, up 65.32 points):Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Down two cents, or 0.84 per cent, to $2.37 on 13.9 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Up 30 cents, or 2.19 per cent, to $13.99 on 6.9 million shares.Pengrowth Energy Corp. (TSX:PGF). Oil and gas. Up seven cents, or 6.60 per cent, to $1.13 on 6.2 million shares.Hydro One Ltd. Instalment Receipts (TSX:H.IR). Utilities. Down 10 cents, or 0.26 per cent, to $38.00 on 5.6 million shares.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Oil and gas. Up one cents, or 0.08 per cent, to $12.45 on 4.7 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financial Services. Up 15 cents, or 0.61 per cent, to $24.59 on 4.5 million shares. The Toronto Transit Commission is suing Manulife for alleged negligence in connection with a benefits fraud scheme that first came to light three years ago. The TTC says it is seeking up to $5 million in reimbursement and damages. To date, 170 TTC employees have been dismissed or have resigned or retired to avoid dismissal, and 10 former employees are facing criminal charges for their part in the alleged fraud.Companies reporting major news:Eldorado Gold Corp. (TSX:ELD). Miner. Unchanged at $2.75 on 2.8 million shares. The Vancouver-based gold miner is temporarily postponing its decision to suspend work at its operations in northern Greece as it begins talks with the Greek government. It has been embroiled in a fight with the Greek government over its gold mining operations in the country. Eldorado accused the government of delaying key permits and licenses and threatened last week to suspend investment. Since then, the government has issued several permits and approved a key technical study for the closure of an old mine.National Bank of Canada (TSX:NA). Bank. Up 56 cents, or 0.97 per cent, to $58.37 on 1.8 million shares. The Montreal-based bank says a website error may have exposed the personal information of nearly 400 of its customers, including their names, birthdates, phone number and email address. National Bank says in a statement the problem related to an electronic form on its website and did not expose clients’ banking information, social insurance numbers or addresses.last_img read more

  • Most actors have crocodile skin Soha Ali Khan

    first_imgNew Delhi: She has been in the industry for almost 15 years and comes from a family full of popular names including Sharmila Tagore, Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan. Actress Soha Ali Khan says showbiz is not meant for thin-skinned people. She feels most actors have a “crocodile skin”. Soha made her acting debut with “Dil Maange More” in 2004. She was later seen in films like “Rang De Basanti”, “Khoya Khoya Chand”, “Tum Mile” and “Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster Returns” among others. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka Asked if the acting profession comes with insecurities, Soha told IANS over an email: “People come with insecurities and the profession will exacerbate them if you are an insecure person. If you are made of thin skin, this is not the place for you or you will toughen up very fast.” “Most actors have crocodile skin and most people on social media, I think have crocodile skin. Because if you post something on social media and actually read the comments, some people will just be destroyed, but then you get used to it and like most human beings do, you adapt,” added the actress, who was here earlier this month for her association with BBLUNT. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna Soha feels being content is important. “You tend to realise that you can’t make everyone happy and the most important person you need to make happy is yourself,” she said. Stardom comes with an expiry date, has that thought ever crossed Soha’s mind? “No, life comes with an expiry date and stardom cannot be taken seriously because honestly when you go, you are not going to take your awards with you or your money with you. I mean people say that you leave behind something but I have seen enough famous people being forgotten and not being taken seriously,” said the 40-year-old actress. Soha, who is married to actor Kunal Kemmu, asserted that a lot should not be given away for glory. “People have short memories and they want to know the current favourite flavour of the month and that’s what life is now. So, I would say don’t sacrifice too much for stardom, it’s important to be happy in life. “If stardom makes you happy, great, but if it makes you unhappy then maybe you need to re-look at things,” said the mother of one. With over a decade dedicated to Hindi filmdom, Soha has not had an easy ride. She says there have been ups and downs but she has “grown as a person and as an actor”. “I have always wanted more opportunities. I feel like I have not been tapped fully as an actor but most greedy actors feel that way. I love my job; I have always enjoyed my career to be a part of my life and my entire life. I have always craved a balanced life… Being self-employed and being an actor gives you the flexibility to do something like that,” said Soha.last_img read more

  • WhatsApp reaches Nokia 8110 first in India

    first_imgNew Delhi: ‘Nokia 8110’ now supports messaging app WhatsApp and the update has reached the Indian market first, HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, announced on Tuesday. The slider banana feature phone has intuitive tactile mechanics with slide to answer and end calls as well as a helicopter-style spin on its axis. “We’re so happy that our fans in India will get WhatsApp on ‘Nokia 8110’ first anywhere in the world,” said Ajey Mehta, Vice President and Country Head – India, HMD Global. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year Running the web-based mobile operating system (OS) KaiOS, the 4G feature phone supports VoLTE calling and comes equipped with pre-loaded Google apps like Assistant, Maps, Search and other apps like Facebook, Outlook and Gmail. Priced at Rs 4,999, the feature phone is available offline as well as on Amazon.in, Flipkart.in and Nokia’s official website in traditional black and banana yellow colour variants. The feature phone was first announced in February 2018 at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) held in Barcelona.last_img read more

  • Malda student tops in state city shines in CBSE 2019 results

    first_imgKolkata: Sumaita Laisa of Usha Martin School in Shimuldhabi under Gajole police station area in Malda has topped from the state in the CBSE Class X examination, the results of which were declared on Monday. Laisa scored 99.4 percent marks, bagging 497 out of 500.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee congratulated the students of the state. “Congratulations to all students who excelled and those who passed the CBSE exams. Good wishes to your parents and good luck for all your future endeavours,” she tweeted. “I had expected 95 to 96 percent marks but 99.4 percent came as a surprise for me. I want to be a doctor so I will take up Biology in my higher studies,” Laisa said. The schools in Kolkata affiliated to the CBSE board also fared well, with South Point High School emerging at the top with Suchana Haldar scoring 496 out of 500. However, Saumodip Das of Khalsa Model High School in Dunlop scored the same marks as Suchana. “I want to study Chemistry in my higher education. The support from my parents and my school has contributed to my success. I was confident of scoring high marks but 99.2 percent has come as a surprise,” Saumodip said. His father Amarnath Das, who works in an MNC, said that he studied six to seven hours daily and would never keep any school assignment pending. “He has been topping the school right from nursery,” Das added. Suchana wants to become a doctor like his father. “The credit goes to my parents who devoted calculative time despite their busy schedule. I had a single private tutor,” she said. Her father D K Halder, who is an ENT specialist at Panihati State General Hospital, said: “I have twins studying in South Point. My son Saswata also got 95 percent marks. He has also taken Bio-Science in higher secondary level like my daughter. They both are very good in table tennis and have represented their school team in other states and have bagged prizes.” A total of 725 students appeared from South Point High School, out of which 223 scored 95 percent and above. Rounak Roy and Sreyashi Holme Choudhury have both scored 495 out of 500. Abhirup Mistry of Birla Bharati School at Santoshpur located in the southern fringes of the city scored 495 out of 500. Interestingly, Abhirup did not have a single private tutor. “Our teachers have been so cooperative. I cleared doubts if any from them only,” Abhirup said. DPS Ruby Park also performed very well with four of the students bagging more than 98 percent marks. Lokesh Somani of Birla High School emerged as the topper in the school with 98.4 percent, in which 53 got more than 90 percent marks out of 163 students.last_img read more