Congratulations to the following players who received Player of the Final honours at the 2016 National Touch League. Elite Eight Menâ€™s Player of the Final â€“ Lachlan Pierce (QLD Cowboys)Elite Eight Menâ€™s Player of the Series â€“ Lachlan Pierce (QLD Cowboys)Elite Eight Womenâ€™s Player of the Final â€“ Kimberley Sue See (QLD Broncos)Elite Eight Womenâ€™s Player of the Series â€“ Kimberley Sue See (QLD Broncos)Mixed Open â€“ Oscar Sanft and Natasha Adams (Brisbane City Cobras)Menâ€™s T League – Marcus Holme (South QLD Sharks)Womenâ€™s T League â€“ Eliza West (Victoria)Womenâ€™s 27â€™s â€“ Katie Shaw (South QLD Sharks)Menâ€™s 30â€™s â€“ Ryan Pollock (South QLD Sharks)Womenâ€™s 35â€™s â€“ Nicole Mitchell (Hunter Western Hornets)Menâ€™s 40â€™s â€“ Dean Wilbow (Hunter Western Hornets)Womenâ€™s 40â€™s â€“ Anita Hagarty (NQ Cyclones) Menâ€™s 45â€™s â€“ Bruce McDonald (South QLD Sharks)Menâ€™s 55â€™s â€“ Shane Beale (NQ Cyclones)Menâ€™s 50â€™s â€“ Jeffrey Carrick (South QLD Sharks)Senior Mixed â€“ James Harrington and Hayley McAnelly (South QLD Sharks)Related LinksNTL Player of Finals
Twitter/Playoff Twitter/PlayoffTuesday night, the College Football Playoff committee unveiled its third set of rankings, which features no changes from 1-5, but a major shakeup after. Clemson, Alabama, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Iowa held serve, but a number of teams, including Oklahoma, made major moves.At this point, while there is still a great deal of football to be played, a few things are obvious. There are seven teams that are in complete control of their own destiny. What does that really mean? If these seven teams win out, they’re locks for the College Football Playoff – no question. These squads are either undefeated or are involved in virtual play-in games that will knock out other contenders.The two teams with the best playoff odds that don’t control their own destiny? That’d be Oklahoma, which, given its loss to Texas, would need a little help to get in with an 11-1 record, and Notre Dame, which won’t have the luxury of claiming a conference championship, should it also finish with an 11-1 mark. Oddly enough, there are many who believe that the last playoff spot could come down to the Sooners and the Irish.Here are the seven teams that control their own destiny.7 Teams: Clemson >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8
Incheon (Korea): World champion P V Sindhu will seek to quickly get over the disappointment of an early exit in the China Open when she resumes her quest for a BWF World Tour title this season at the Korea Open Super 500 tournament beginning here on Tuesday. After the high of winning the World Championships, Olympic silver medallist Sindhu was knocked out of the China Open Super 1000 event by Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong in the second round last week. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju The 26-year-old Indian, who had won the Korea Open title in 2017, will have to sort out the little things that had led to her early ouster in China and turn her focus on the USD 400,000 tournament in Incheon, where she will face USA’s Beiwen Zhang in a tricky opener. Sindhu had defeated Zhang en route her World Championships gold at Basel and she will look to produce her best again against the Chinese-born shuttler, who had defeated her twice last year at India Open and Denmark Open. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters A win in the first round may hand Sindhu a chance to avenge her loss in China as she is likely to face Chochuwong again. Besides the World Championships final, Sindhu has reached the summit clash of only one BWF World Tour Final this year — the Indonesia Open Super 1000 — but the title eluded her. London Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal, who had claimed the Indonesia Masters early in the season, hasn’t looked her usual self this year. Saina, who has been bothered by pancreatitis and few injuries, lost in the first round of Malaysia Open, New Zealand Open, Sudirman Cup and China Open. The eighth seeded Saina will hope to turn around her indifferent form when she opens her campaign against Korean Kim Ga Eun. The 29-year-old from Hyderabad has a 2-0 head-to-head record against Kim and another win over the Korean is likely to pit her against Indonesia’s Gregoria Mariska Tunjung. B Sai Praneeth, who had ended India’s 36 year old wait for a medal at the World Championships, will also look to continue his impressive run after a quarterfinal finish in China Open last week. However, Praneeth will face a dangerous opponent in fifth seed Anders Antonsen of Denmark, who had returned with a silver from the World Championship last month. Former Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap, who has looked impressive this season, will take on a qualifier in his opening round. Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, who had broken into world’s top 10 after winning the Thailand Open last month, will face fourth seeded Japanese pair of Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda in the men’s doubles opening round. Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy will take on a qualifying pair.
Beijing: At least 36 people have been killed and as many injured in a road accident in east China’s Jiangsu Province, local authorities said on Sunday. The accident occurred at around 7 am on Saturday, when a packed coach with 69 passengers collided with a truck carrying three people on an expressway, according to the rescue team. An initial investigation showed that the accident was caused by a flat tyre in the coach, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report Further investigation is underway, it said. Road accidents are common in China, where traffic regulations are often flouted or go unenforced. A majority of the accidents occur due to violations of traffic laws. China’s frequently overcrowded long-distance buses are particularly prone to fatalities. There were more than 180,000 traffic accidents and 58,000 deaths in 2015, according to the authorities. Traffic law violations comprised almost 90 per cent of those road accidents where people died or were injured, with the total number of such infractions reaching an astonishing 442 million. At least 36 people were killed and 13 injured when a packed bus slammed into a wall at the mouth of an expressway tunnel in northern China two years ago.
Bijnore: A TikTok user has emerged as the prime suspect in three shocking murders that have taken place over the past five days in Uttar Pradesh’s Bijnore district. Thirty-year-old Ashwini Kumar is a drug addict, who uses the alias of Johnny Dada and uploads TikTok videos of himself posing as a ‘villain’. He also posts violent Facebook messages like ‘I will destroy everything’, ‘Devil is ready now’ and ‘See my havoc’. However, he has no criminal record and was known to be a harmless man, until he shot a local BJP leader’s 25-year-old son and his nephew, 26, following a dispute on September 27 in Barhapur area in Bijnore. After the cold-blooded murders, he fled the busy market waving a pistol. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad Three days later, Ashwini barged into the house of 27-year-old Nitika Sharma firing indiscriminately at her and fled from there. Nikita was a local girl, who used to work with a hotel in Dubai and had come home for her wedding in Bijnor. She was to marry a sub-inspector posted with CISF in Chennai on December 2. However, she died a day after she was shot. According to Nitika’s family, Ashwini had made advances at her in 2002, when he used to frequent her uncle’s place in Daulatabad and was spurned by her. She later got a job in Dubai and settled there. The episode was forgotten, or so they thought. Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka Gandhi “It is likely that Ashwini was upset with the news of her wedding and wanted to settle scores,” a police official said. However, police are yet to establish motive in the other two murders he committed four days earlier. Ashwini, a graduate, comes from a humble background in Barhapur town of Bijnore. His father was a clerk in a sugarcane cooperative society in Dhampur tehsil and his elder brother works in a private company in Dehradun. According to the family, Ashwini also used to work with a private firm in Delhi, but abruptly gave it up. His family believes that his drug addiction affected his mental health. Meanwhile, additional security forces have been deployed in Bijnore and a reward of Rs 25,000 has been announced for anyone providing any information about his whereabouts. Bijnore Superintendent of Police Sanjeev Tyagi said, “We have formed eight teams and a combing operation is underway to trace him. Posters announcing the bounty and carrying his pictures and personal details of Ashwini have also been put up at various locations. Locals are being requested to alert the police about his whereabouts.”
Mumbai: One coach of a Mumbai local train derailed on Wednesday morning after one of its wheels came loose. Railway officials said while no injuries were reported, services on the line had to be suspended.According to officials, the wheel of a Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus-Bandra local came off between Mahim and King’s Circle stations around 11:30 am. As a result, services on the stretch had to be suspended. Trains, however, were running normally on the CSMT-Panvel leg of the line. According to officials, a Senior Administrative Grade (SAG) level enquiry has been constituted by the GM of Western Railway to look into the incident. (With inputs from Indian Express)
New Delhi: A Delhi court has issued a production warrant against a close aide of corporate lobbyist Deepak Talwar in a money-laundering case related to negotiations allegedly favouring foreign private airlines and causing loss to state-owned Air India.Special Judge Anuradha Shukla Bhardwaj has directed the Tihar jail authorities to produce Yasmin Kapoor, a close aide of Talwar, before the court on October 3. Kapoor is currently in judicial custody in another case lodged by the CBI. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadThe court, which had last month cancelled the anticipatory bail granted to Kapoor earlier in the money-laundering case, passed the order on an application moved by ED’s special public prosecutor Nitesh Rana. Rana submitted that Kapoor was misusing the bail granted by the court. Kapoor was granted anticipatory bail by the court on March 22, while Talwar is in judicial custody. There were reasons to believe that the tainted money, received from the foreign airlines, was used for the acquisition of Kapoor’s residential property in New Delhi, ED’s lawyer A R Aditya said. Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka GandhiThe Enforcement Directorate (ED) claimed that several companies, in which Kapoor was a shareholder along with Talwar, received the proceeds of the crime, adding that the agency’s probe in this regard was ongoing. Kapoor had sought anticipatory bail, claiming that the ED had threatened her to take names and also to convince Talwar to give names of government officials or political functionaries, failing which she would be arrested. Talwar was deported from the UAE in connection with the money-laundering case. The ED had earlier said it needed to interrogate Talwar to get the names of the Ministry of Civil Aviation, National Aviation Company of India Ltd and Air India officials, who had favoured the foreign airlines, including Qatar Airways, Emirates and Air Arabia. The agency had claimed that entities directly or indirectly controlled by the accused received exorbitant amounts from Qatar Airways, Emirates and Air Arabia and submitted a chart of a total of USD 60.54 million allegedly received by firms directly or indirectly owned by Talwar between April 23, 2008 and February 6, 2009. Talwar’s alleged role in some aviation deals during the previous Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) regime at the Centre is under the scanner as well. Talwar has been booked by the ED and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in criminal cases of corruption, while the Income-Tax department has charged him with tax evasion. Kapoor is currently in custody in a case of alleged violation of foreign exchange rules by his NGO, Advantage India. The case relates to alleged misappropriation of Rs 90 crore received by Advantage India through foreign funding.
NEW DELHI: In the last one week, the price of urad dal has increased by Rs 450-Rs 850 per quintal in the major markets of the country. Along with urad, the prices of moong, masoor and chickpeas (chana) dal have also gone up. Experts opine that pulses will be more expensive because the urad crop has suffered in Madhya Pradesh due to the incessant rain. At the same time, sowing of pulses has also been estimated to be less in this kharif season than last year. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarRajni, a resident of Delhi’s Mandawali area, said that after the spike in vegetable prices, she used to manage with potatoes and lentils as the prices were low, but now pulses have also become expensive. Earlier, chickpeas (chana) was available at Rs 55-Rs 60 per kg, but now it has gone up to Rs 65-Rs 70 per kg while chickpea lentils (chana dal) is at Rs 90 per kg. The price of FAQs in the National Capital Region of Delhi was up by Rs 450 to Rs 5,400 per quintal from the previous week. The price of FAQ Urad in Chennai was Rs 5,650, UQ of SQ Variety was Rs 6,775 per quintal. In Chennai, the prices of FAQ and SQ have increased by Rs 600 and Rs 525 per quintal respectively in the last one week. The price of FAQ Urad in Kolkata rose by Rs 850 to Rs 6,200 per quintal in the last one week. Also Read – Union min Hardeep Singh Puri, Delhi L-G lay foundation stones for various projects in DwarkaThe price of moong has also increased by Rs 100-Rs 200 in various cities during the last one week. The price of Rajasthan Line Moong was Rs 6,100 per quintal in Delhi on Tuesday. In Delhi, the price of moong has increased by Rs 200 per quintal in the last one week. At the same time, the price of gram has increased by Rs 25-Rs 100 per quintal in major mandis of the country in the last one week. In Ganj Basoda, Madhya Pradesh, the price of desi gram increased by Rs 100 to Rs 4,100 on Tuesday. The price of Lemon Tur in Delhi was Rs 5,300 a quintal and there has been no significant change in the price in the last one week. During the crop year 2018-19 (July-June), the total production of all pulses was estimated to be 234.8 lakh tonnes, while traders indicated that the total consumption of pulses in the country was around 240 lakh tonnes. Not only this, in the current crop year 2019-20, the production of Kharif pulses could be 82.3 lakh tonnes in 2019 as compared to 92.2 lakh tonnes in 2018. President of the All-India Dal Mill Association, Suresh Agarwal said that the government agency National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Ltd (NAFED) has a full stock of red gram and Bengal gram and also the new crops of red gram will arrive in November-December.
Hyderabad: Buses of state-owned Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) went off the roads across the state as employees began an indefinite strike from Friday midnight to press for their demands. Hundreds of passengers were stranded at bus stations across the state and people travelling to their destinations for Dasara and Bathukamma festivals faced severe inconvenience as over 10,000 buses remained confined to the bus depots. Authorities were running skeletal services by using 2,100 hired buses and deploying temporary drivers and other workers. Buses of some schools were also pressed into service. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad The Joint Action Committee of TSRTC employee unions claimed that all 50,000 employees are participating in the strike. JAC leaders said they were not afraid of the government threats to dismiss striking employees from service. The government has declared the strike illegal and warned that those not returning to duties by 6 p.m. on Saturday will be dismissed from service. Officials said Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) will be invoked to deal with the strike. They claim that TSRTC management had the power to dismiss the striking employees from service. Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka Gandhi Taking a tough stand, the government late Friday night warned that only those reporting to duty by 6 p.m. on Saturday will be treated as TSRTC employees. The government said that the rest will never be taken back into the organisation. Those who don’t report by 6 p.m. Saturday will be deemed to have given up jobs on their own, said an official statement after Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao held a review meeting with Transport Minister and top officials. Rao, who held the meeting soon after his return from New Delhi, took serious note of the decision of the JAC to go on strike. The government also dissolved the three-member committee of IAS officials constituted to look into the demands of the employees and declared that there will be no more talks with the union leaders. After talks with the panel failed, JAC leaders decided to go on strike to press for their demands, the chief being merger of TSRTC with the government. The government took strong exception to the JAC calling for strike at a time when it hoped that the income during Dasara and Bathukamma festivals will be of some help to the TSRTC, which is neck-deep in losses.
Ulan-Ude (Russia): Former champion L Sarita Devi (60kg) was on Sunday knocked out of the World Women’s Boxing Championships after being upstaged by Russia’s Natalia Shadrina on a disappointing day for India here. The fourth seed, who got a first-round bye, frittered away a strong start to bow out with a 0-5 loss. There was more disappointment for the country when in the last bout of the day, debutant Nandini (81kg) proved to be no match for Germany’s Irina-Nicoletta Schonberger and was out-punched 0-5. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuSarita, a gold-medallist in the 2006 New Delhi edition of the showpiece, was chasing her maiden world medal in over a decade. The Manipuri, who is also a multiple-time Asian champion, was in control in the opening three minutes, logging more punches against a seemingly withdrawn opponent. However, Shadrina fought back in the next two rounds and surprised Sarita to get the judges’ nod. Sarita is also in the running to become a member of the International Boxing Association’s first ever athletes commission, which will be formalised at the ongoing event. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersNandini, on the other hand, was jittery from the word go and struggled to keep pace with a technically superior Schonberger. The nerves showed all through and Nandini also ended up being warned in the second round for hitting her rival on the back of the head despite repeated cautions. She also sustained a cut on her face during the bout. Saweety Boora (75kg) and Jamuna Boro (54kg) are the two Indians to have advanced to the pre-quarters so far after winning their opening bouts.