Buick relishing Curragh for Hobbs

first_img Press Association William Buick is expecting the Curragh to suit Jack Hobbs when he runs in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby on June 27. The jockey had to settle for second in the Investec Derby at Epsom on Saturday, having partnered winner Golden Horn in the Dante at York. With Godolphin now having a majority share in Jack Hobbs, Buick was on the York runner-up at the weekend, and was extremely proud of his effort in defeat to his John Gosden-trained stablemate, ridden by Frankie Dettori. center_img Buick said: “I did think that I had won, but it wasn’t for very long. They are two very good horses and on the day the winner was spectacular. If you look at Jack Hobbs, he will improve and that’s what it is all about in my opinion. “I knew he (Golden Horn) was behind us when I hit the front because I was the key horse for him. The only way I was going to beat him was to get the first run on him, which we did, but we were just beaten by a better horse in what I thought was a very clean and good Derby. “I don’t like finishing second in a race like that, but I am pleased for both John and Frankie. “I thought the race was smooth and the best two horses were at the forefront. We had it to do and the Dante form suggested that, but it was a proper race run at a good pace. “I always thought I had ridden the Derby winner when I won the Dante. There was a doubt about his stamina, but I thought he would stay. That was the only horse that could do that to us, I didn’t even have to look out of the corner of my eye. “The Irish Derby would be the next step. I know he was hanging down the camber yesterday, but I think he is a well-balanced horse. You see it all the time, horses hanging on the camber, so I don’t think it is any disadvantage as he quickened on the track. “The Curragh is a much kinder track and more galloping and much flatter. If the horse is in good form then it is the obvious next step.” last_img read more

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Tottenham coach Pochettino confident Wimmer can cover Vertonghen loss

first_img Austria defender Wimmer has been tipped to come of top-flight age in Vertonghen’s expected two-month absence due to knee-ligament damage. The 23-year-old should start Saturday’s FA Cup fourth-round trip to Colchester – and then Pochettino wants him to jump at the chance for an extended first-team run. “If something happens in the future and you have the last five games of the Premier League, in this moment you need help from the player who has not played too much. “If they deserve to play you need to give them the possibility to play. “Maybe the injury will be two months for Jan (Vertonghen). You never know about injuries and how the knee reacts and the process. “Sometimes it is early or late, all bodies are different. “But in my mind it is two months.” Wimmer made his Premier League debut in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Crystal Palace, replacing Vertonghen in the closing stages. The former Cologne defender joined Spurs in the summer, but is now being tipped to cement his future with the club. “He is very calm, he has a very good left foot, he’s very strong, and a very good person,” said Pochettino. “He has a lot of good attributes. “He is very young, and now he has more possibility to play. “He is like Vertonghen – but younger!” England manager Roy Hodgson is thought to have told Andros Townsend to leave Tottenham for regular first-team football to boost his chances of making the Euro 2016 squad. Townsend joined Newcastle for £12million this week, with Pochettino insisting it would have been “normal” for Hodgson to tell the pacy midfielder to chase regular first-team football. “I’m not surprised,” said Pochettino, of Hodgson’s apparent advice to Townsend. “It doesn’t surprise me because if you’re manager of the national team you try to tell your players and give them good advice. “If it happened then I think it’s normal, his point of view. “And you must always respect his point of view. “I think Andros is a very good player. “But sometimes it’s about dynamics because last season he played a lot, but this season he was injured from the beginning, another player took his place and it was difficult for him to come back into the team. “It’s all about confidence and it was difficult for him to take his place again. “I think he believed it was better to move.” Press Association Kevin Wimmer could be ready for a Premier League title fight at the end of deputising for Jan Vertonghen, according to Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino. Pochettino believes holding off from bolstering his defensive resources in January will allow Wimmer crucial experience that could pay off handsomely if Spurs are chasing top honours come the end of the season. “This is a good example of when we rotate and give the possibilities to other players,” said Pochettino. “You never know when something wrong can happen and we are sure Kevin (Wimmer) can do well. “He has had the possibility to play in different games, not as much as maybe he expects. But he has been good. “He has shown the quality and his team-mates trust him. “It is important because you never know when a problem will arrive and maybe the player who does not play too much will be a key player to achieve big things.” Confirming centre-back Vertonghen is likely to miss two months with his knee problem, Pochettino explained why he could hold off from trying to bring in defensive reinforcements before the close of the transfer window. “I understand you ask me why we rotate but the squad is important,” said Pochettino. last_img read more

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NRL Touch Football Partners with Indomie Noodles

first_imgNRL Touch Football is pleased to announce a new partnership with Indomie Instant Noodles.Instant noodles have always been a convenient way to refuel on carbohydrates, but they’ve come a long way since their basic beginnings, and Indomie is famous for its five different flavour sachets so you can add a little or a lot of favour, depending on your own tastes.Indomie is expanding in Australia, and they were interested in NRL Touch Football for being an Australian-born game and Australia’s largest social sport, with 680,000 participants.NRL Touch Football CEO Steve Mitchell says partnering with Indomie makes sense because touch footballers tend to lead busy lives, and instant noodles make for a convenient meal that you can cook within a couple of minutes when you don’t have time for anything else.“A large proportion of our participants are students, and the instant noodle category particularly appeals to students, who tend to look for convenience and affordability,” said Mitchell.Indomie Regional Manager William Ho is delighted to be aligned with a growing sport that has such a large national footprint.“Indomie are very pleased with the opportunity to partner up with NRL Touch Football, which allows us to connect our brand with one of the largest grassroots sports in the country. This is our first time to sponsor the sport and we truly appreciate the overwhelming support from the members and participants!”For more information on Indomie Instant Noodles please visit http://www.indomie.com.au/To play Touch Football this summer find your nearest club at https://playnrl.com/last_img read more

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a month agoREVEALED: Tension between Barcelona teammates Messi and Griezmann

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say REVEALED: Tension between Barcelona teammates Messi and Griezmannby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLionel Messi is yet to fully embrace the arrival of new Barcelona teammate Antoine Griezmann.AS says there’s some tension between the pair, with Griezmann sensing Messi isn’t fully supportive of his signing. Indeed, Messi went public last week with his disappointment that Neymar couldn’t be re-signed from PSG.Tuesday’s disappointing 0-0 draw at Champions League opponents Borussia Dortmund was Messi’s first appearance of the season.Inside the club, meanwhile, there is confidence the frostiness between the pair will ease once they start winning games together. last_img

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Photo: Louisville Fan Makes The “L” Signal In The Middle Of A Huge Kentucky Crowd At A Bar

first_imgLouisville fan throws up the L while standing with Kentucky fans.Nashville, Tenn., is currently serving as a second home for thousands of Kentucky fans who have descended upon the city to watch the Wildcats in the SEC Tournament. Bridgestone Arena is full of blue-and-white clad Kentucky supporters. Many of the bars and restaurants surrounding the arena are packed with Wildcats’ fans, too. There’s at least one Louisville fan in the area, though. This Kentucky rival threw up an “L” signal while ESPN’s cameras showcased a bar full of Wildcats’ fans. @CardChronicle I guess a little turnabout is fair play. pic.twitter.com/Gb3MLGlamx— Christopher S. Jones (@ThrowinUpLs) March 15, 2015Well done, Louisville fan. Perhaps we’ll get Kentucky-Louisville Part Two in the NCAA Tournament.last_img

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Soulpepper Theatre icon Albert Schultz accused of sexual misconduct by four actresses

first_img Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Actresses Kristin Booth and Trish Fagan, shown in Ms. Fagan’s Toronto home, are two of the four women suing Soulpepper Theatre Company and its artistic director, Albert Schultz. (GALIT RODAN/THE GLOBE AND MAIL) Four actresses have launched civil suits against the Soulpepper Theatre Company, Toronto’s largest not-for-profit theatre company, and its artistic director, Albert Schultz, alleging he sexually harassed and assaulted them, on stage and off, in incidents that span two decades.Patricia Fagan, Kristin Booth, Diana Bentley and Hannah Miller are plaintiffs in separate suits that seek damages totalling $4.25-million from the theatre company and $3.6-million from Mr. Schultz – who is described as a “serial sexual predator” in their statements of claim.Mr. Schultz, who founded Soulpepper along with 11 other artists in 1998, is one of the most prominent artistic directors in the country – an Order of Canada recipient who has starred in Canadian TV series from Street Legal to Alias Grace and whose knack for fundraising helped grow his theatre company from its initial two-production summer season into a year-round “national civic theatre.”center_img Advertisement The actor and director wields enormous influence at Soulpepper, not only in his role as artistic director but also as head of the Soulpepper Academy; general director of the Young Centre for the Performing Arts, the building that houses the company and George Brown Theatre School; and executive producer of the CBC-TV comedy series Kim’s Convenience, a spinoff of a popular Soulpepper play. Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

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Financial advisers say withdrawing from an RESP to pay for school needs

first_imgOTTAWA – Investing in a registered education savings plan may have started when your aspiring scholar was still in diapers and university or college seemed a distant future.But when the time comes to start withdrawing money from RESP accounts to pay for tuition, books and other costs of a post-secondary education, financial advisers say you need a plan for that too.Nicole Ewing, a vice-president of tax and estate planning at TD Wealth, says sooner is better than later to meet with your adviser to start developing that plan.“Depending on how the funds have been invested, there might be some time required to convert those investments to cash,” she says.The money in an RESP account is controlled by the person who set up the account, not the student. To start withdrawing the cash, the student needs to provide proof of enrolment in a post-secondary program or institution.By saving for post-secondary education using an RESP account, parents can benefit from matching contribution grants from Ottawa as well as other programs to help low-income families and provincial programs.When the time comes to withdraw the money, payments from an RESP account come in two different ways — the refund of contributions and the educational assistance payments (EAP) which include investment gains as well as other amounts such as the grant money from the federal government, Canada learning bond amounts and money from various provincial programs.Ewing says the decision about which pot of money a withdrawal comes from is made when the cash is taken from the account, but she suggests taking out the investment gains and grant money first.“You want to use up your educational assistance payments first because if there’s any left in the pool and your child is no longer going to school and won’t be going to school those are going to need to be repaid back to the government,” she said.The maximum EAP withdrawal is $5,000 for the first 13 consecutive weeks of full-time studies. Once a student has finished that period, there is no limit. If you need more than $5,000 in the first 13 weeks, additional amounts can be taken as part of the refund of contributions. The government may on a case-by-case basis also approve a higher EAP amount if cost of tuition plus related expenses for a particular program is substantially higher than average.Part-time students are limited to up to $2,500 in EAP withdrawals for a 13-week period.The refund of contributions are not taxed, but the educational assistance payments are taxed as income in the hands of the student.Depending on a student’s income and their tuition and education tax credits, they may not have to pay any tax on the money. However, Ewing says if your student is lucky enough to have well-paying job or other income, you’ll need to watch how much you take from the taxable portion in a given year or you might face a tax bill.D’Arcy McDonald, senior vice-president, retail deposits, day-to-day banking and advisory deposit services at Scotiabank, says it is also important to have the right investment mix when it comes time to start withdrawing the money.McDonald, who has two daughters aged 14 and 12, says as they get closer to starting university he plans to adjust the investment mix in the RESP to reduce the risk, just in case markets make a big move lower.“If you were fully exposed to the market and you saw half of your investments disappear overnight and you didn’t have time to rebuild them in advance of having to withdraw from them, that’s painful,” he said.Once your student starts university he suggests keeping about half the money in an easily accessible form such as a high-interest saving account and the other half in something like a 18-month or two-year GIC which offers a little more interest, but is also secure to be sure it will be there to pay for school a couple of years from now.Ewing says it is important the students understand what they money is intended for so there’s no misunderstanding.“It is to be used for their education, and budgeting is an important side of that,” she said.last_img read more

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HIDCO to run air conditioners using solar power at Nazrul Tirtha

first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal Housing and Infrastructure Development Corporation (Hidco) will soon run air conditioning machines on solar power in a portion of Nazrul Tirtha.Some of the ACs installed in the west wing of the second and third floor of the auditorium will be run using solar energy. The solar installation will be put up by Kawasaki Rikuso Transportation Co (KRT) that has recently been instrumental in setting up a solar-powered temperature-controlled warehouse at Tapasi Malik Krishak Bazaar in Singur. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaOn January 21, state Information Technology and Electronics minister Amit Mitra had inaugurated the facility. “We have already handed over the autoCAD drawings of the floor areas. Information on the existing central AC modules, their times of operation, roof space and balcony space available for installing the solar panels were discussed so create the designs,” a senior official of Hidco said. Keiichi Higuchi, president of Kawasaki Rikuso Transportation Co, and other officials inspected of a portion of Nazrul Tirtha and then recently held a meeting with senior Hidco officials. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”Maintenance-free conventional batteries with periodic recycling would be provided. The idea is to move huge AC power requirement in the city space to renewable energy sources so as to move towards a greener earth. A project report would be prepared within a month,” the official said. It may be mentioned that Hidco chairman Debashis Sen had paid a visit to the warehouse in Singur developed by KRT in February and was impressed with its infrastructure. There are two rooms for keeping fruits and vegetables fresh and the temperature inside the two rooms hover around 19 degree Celsius, with wall-mounted digital thermometers registering the temperature. No electric power from the grid is being used. Interestingly, the facilities put up at the warehouse also include a magnetic rat-trap to ensure that rodents do not feast on the fruits and vegetables stored in the warehouse, where they remain fresh for six to seven days. The KRT facility at Singur is funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency. If the proposed solar model at Nazrul Tirtha works well the state Information Technology and Electronics department may use this model to run the air-conditioning system of some community halls and offices maintained by the state government in New Town.last_img read more

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Why UABs Football Team Couldnt Even Last 20 Years

The University of Alabama at Birmingham knew its football team was going to have to battle for survival from the start. In 1996, its first year of Division I-A ball, the team’s slogan was unusually defensive: “We’re here to stay,” the omnipresent banners and billboards around Birmingham read. Less than 20 years later, the team is gone.On Tuesday UAB President Ray Watts announced he was shuttering the football team, citing a study from an outside consulting group that determined the program would need to dramatically increase its operating budget in order to remain competitive. “We have considered many options to fill this financial gap, including through philanthropic support; but our informed analysis of current and past support and interest concluded that the gap is simply too wide,” Watts wrote.UAB faced two major problems, one of which was specific to its circumstances, and one of which is staring down all universities that have recently tried their hand at big-time football.The University of Alabama never wanted UAB to be a competitor, making life difficult for UAB even before a team arrived. Even though the two institutions share a board of trustees and a medical school, Alabama has been leery of UAB’s foray into major sports since Gene Bartow left his job as UCLA’s head coach to found UAB’s basketball team in 1978. Citing a range of grievances over recruiting and fan support, Alabama has refused to engage UAB on the court or on the gridiron. The Tide have faced the Blazers only once, in basketball, when they were pitted against each other in the National Invitation Tournament. UAB didn’t help matters by winning 58-56.In 1989, Bartow, UAB’s athletic director, started to put together a football team. Alabama’s athletic department was not happy. Its head coach, Bill Curry, was particularly adamant: “Not only would we not play them, we don’t understand why they are talking about bringing another football team into the University of Alabama system,” he said at the time. “I’m the only [football] coach in the University of Alabama system. We don’t need another football team at one of our other campuses.” In 1991, Bartow sent a letter to the NCAA accusing former and current Alabama coaches — including Bear Bryant — of recruiting violations.The system’s board of trustees has tended to represent Alabama’s interests over UAB’s, perhaps because the large majority of them are alumni of the Capstone. (Trustee Paul Bryant, Jr., for example, is the son of the legendary coach.) They’ve blocked UAB’s attempts to move out of the cavernous and decaying Legion Field and into a new stadium, and they nixed a deal for UAB to hire Jimbo Fisher, who would go on to win a national championship with Florida State.But even if the Blazers hadn’t been undercut by their own trustees, they still would have had a tremendous hill to climb, one that’s getting steeper every year as the gap between the haves and the have-nots of football continues to grow. UAB was in the vanguard of a recent trend of universities starting football programs from scratch with the plan to get to Division I as soon as possible, and reap the PR and financial benefits that come with a major football program. Nine other universities that are in or are about to join the Football Bowl Subdivision have started football programs since UAB did, and they share several commonalities.All of them are based in the South, and all of them felt they had a chance to succeed because of the prestige of the game and the fertile recruiting grounds in the region. But they’ve found it incredibly expensive to field a competitive FBS program. They all have losing records against fellow FBS schools, and they all receive substantial subsidies in order to keep their athletic departments afloat. They’ve had trouble attracting supporters, perhaps because most football fans in the region are already loyal to other teams. And as the Big 5 power conferences start to crank up the financial pressure — both with lavish spending on facilities and upcoming allowances for players — it’s possible that some of these programs could join UAB on the sidelines.Only one of the new teams looks like it’s making the leap to sustainability. South Florida not only has the highest attendance and lowest subsidy percentage of the bunch, it’s also the only school that’s made it out of the C-USA and Sun Belt Conference dregs and into the relative comfort of the American Athletic Conference. (That said, the team has regressed recently, winning only six games in the last two years.)The rest of the teams look a lot like UAB with slightly better attendance. They bring in far less than the average FBS athletic department, and all their athletic departments receive at least 60 percent of their revenues in subsidies — meaning that a combination of student fees, institutional support and state funding are used to cover the majority of their expenses.In his letter to UAB faculty about the shutdown, Watts specifically cited the huge subsidy as a reason the football team had to go, along with an unwillingness to shell out even more cash for upgraded facilities. If that’s actually the case, and cold numbers rather than system-wide infighting cost UAB its team, then there are plenty of other programs facing similar deficits.Watts claims the UAB athletic budget will stay the same even after the football program folds, meaning that more resources can be put toward other sports, including the basketball team, which has recently fallen on hard times after years of winning seasons. Perhaps UAB can look to the success of Virginia Commonwealth University, its former Sun Belt Conference foe, which eschewed the lure of football to focus on basketball. The Rams now play in the hoops-centered Atlantic-10 and regularly make deep runs in the NCAA tournament.Making the Blazers’ basketball team into a powerhouse won’t be a simple task. But it will certainly be easier than the existential struggle its football team just lost.CORRECTION (9:30 a.m., Dec. 8): An earlier version of this article misstated the year that Gene Barlow started UAB’s football program; it was 1989, not 1991. read more

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