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Bolt looking forward to London’s ‘special atmosphere’

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first_imgLONDON (CMC):Sprint superstar Usain Bolt has confirmed his participation in the London Anniversary Games in July, one of his last outings before he competes at the Rio Olympics in August.The event is set for the Olympic Stadium, which Bolt set alight at the London 2012 Games when he stormed to victories in both the 100 and 200 metres, to repeat as Olympic sprint champion.Bolt will compete in the 100 metres, the marquee event on the opening day of the two-day showpiece on July 22.”The London Anniversary Games will be one of my last races before the Olympic Games in Rio,” the reigning Olympic and World sprint champion said.”It will be good to return to the Olympic Stadium on the Friday night and get more of the special atmosphere that the fans always produce.”I always get great support in the UK, and I expect the stadium to be packed. See you in July.”The 29-year-old Bolt is seeking to become the first sprinter to win both the 100 and 200 metres at three consecutive Olympiads, following on from his success in Beijing eight years ago and at London 2012.While he is yet to confirm retirement, the Jamaican is also widely expected to call time on his career following the Games.British Athletics chief, Niels de Vos, said Bolt’s presence would be a huge delight for fans.”Usain Bolt is a global sporting icon, and this will be one of the last opportunities for families to attend the Anniversary Games and see him compete. I’m sure the British fans will create a special atmosphere under the floodlights in this amazing venue,” he said.”The London Anniversary Games is one of the very best sporting events in Britain and in particular the Friday night will be an incredible exhibition of some of the world’s best athletes, made even more special this year due to its proximity to the Olympic Games.”Last year, Bolt won the 100m at the meet in a time of 9.87 seconds.last_img read more

Barcelona supporter reduced to tears after touching video chat with Suarez

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first_imgMateo, a young cancer patient was given the surprise of a lifetime at the Fundación Pérez Scremini in Uruguay, a foundation dedicated to curing childhood cancer.Believing he had a consultation over Skype with a special doctor, the youngster was reduced to tears when Luis Suarez popped up on screen.The Barcelona player had some words of encouragement for his fan.last_img

Redknapp looking to emulate former Everton boss

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first_imgHarry Redknapp is hoping to emulate his friend Joe Royle by saving his side from the drop this season.QPR are still awaiting their first league win of the campaign and after two draws under new manager Redknapp are in danger of being cut adrift at the bottom of the table.Royle, who led Manchester City to the top flight, kept Everton up in dramatic circumstances on the final day of the 1994/95 season and it may take a similar escape act for Rangers to survive.“Joe Royle sent me a text about doing a miracle – like turning water into wine,” Redknapp revealed.“I speak to Joe sometimes. I have had loads of messages from people. Have people said I am mad? Loads of people.“They ask, ‘What are you doing, Harry – are you on drugs?’ But we will give it a go. That is all we can do.”YTo4OntzOjk6IndpZGdldF9pZCI7czoyMDoid3lzaWphLW5sLTEzNTI0NjE4NjkiO3M6NToibGlzdHMiO2E6MTp7aTowO3M6MToiMyI7fXM6MTA6Imxpc3RzX25hbWUiO2E6MTp7aTozO3M6MjI6Ildlc3QgTG9uZG9uIFNwb3J0IGxpc3QiO31zOjEyOiJhdXRvcmVnaXN0ZXIiO3M6MTc6Im5vdF9hdXRvX3JlZ2lzdGVyIjtzOjEyOiJsYWJlbHN3aXRoaW4iO3M6MTM6ImxhYmVsc193aXRoaW4iO3M6Njoic3VibWl0IjtzOjMzOiJTdWJzY3JpYmUgdG8gb3VyIGRhaWx5IG5ld3NsZXR0ZXIiO3M6Nzoic3VjY2VzcyI7czoyODM6IlRoYW5rIHlvdSEgUGxlYXNlIGNoZWNrIHlvdXIgaW5ib3ggaW4gb3JkZXIgdG8gY29uZmlybSB5b3VyIHN1YnNjcmlwdGlvbi4gSWYgeW91IGRvbid0IHNlZSBhbiBlLW1haWwgZnJvbSB1cywgY2hlY2sgeW91ciBzcGFtIGZvbGRlci4gSWYgeW91IHN0aWxsIGhhdmVuJ3QgcmVjZWl2ZWQgYSBjb25maXJtYXRpb24gbWVzc2FnZSwgcGxlYXNlIGUtbWFpbCBmZWVkYmFja0B3ZXN0bG9uZG9uc3BvcnQuY29tIGFuZCB0ZWxsIHVzIHlvdSB3aXNoIHRvIHN1YnNjcmliZSB0byBvdXIgbmV3c2xldHRlci4iO3M6MTI6ImN1c3RvbWZpZWxkcyI7YToxOntzOjU6ImVtYWlsIjthOjE6e3M6NToibGFiZWwiO3M6NToiRW1haWwiO319fQ== Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

SIXTY SECONDS IN TOUCH

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first_imgThe Touch West Be Active North West Championships are coming up soon in Broome (check out the story on the front page if you’re interested), so I thought I would encourage you all to have a look at Broome Touch Association’s website and check out how Touch operates in their region. BROOME TOUCH ASSOCIATION It might be State of Origin time in the NRL but the Touch Footy State of Origin is also heating up, with competition now under 3 months away! Touch Football Queensland staff are working heard to ensure the event will be huge come early August. TFA has signed on a new Personal Assistant to the CEO, with Jodie Taylor set to take up the position next week. She will also be handling all of the National Travel for TFA employees and technical personnel. We look forward to having you in the office Jodie! Remember, if you have any news for this weekly column, please email it to media@austouch.com.au Touch Football Queensland are calling for expressions of interest to host the Queensland Junior State Cup in 2007. For more info check out QLD JUNIOR STATE CUP INFO and then contact Gary Madders by Friday June 9 to register your affiliate’s interest. In other NSW news Hunter Sports High School won their inaugural All School State title at the Year 9/10 All Schools Final held in Wollongong recently. They claimed victory in the Girls competition with an exciting 2-1 victory in overtime, against Gosford High School. The Boys competition was won by Patrician Brothers Blacktown, also with an overtime victory 5-4, against Hunter Sports High. Welcome to the latest edition of Sixty Seconds in Touch, an edition full of the latest Touch Footy news and info from around Australia… If you’re heading to the 2006 NSW Country Championships make sure you check out the draw at www.nswtouch.com.au as there have been several changes to the original draft.center_img Penrith Touch Association are holding a level 1, 2 and 3 referees course at their club house on June 17, check out the NSW Touch website for all of the details. The latest edition of Touch-e-Talk, TFA’s online newsletter, will be released at the end of next week. The June edition is going to be packed full of info on Touch Australia-wide, with some great stories and profiles in the middle of being written. World Cup fever is reaching new heights for soccer fans, but don’t be forgetting that the Touch Football World Cup is not that far away either. Being held in Stellenbosch, near Cape Town in South Africa, from January 17-20, the senior squads for the event are set to be named soon. Make sure you keep an eye on the TFA website for all of the news. In the TFA NRL tipping competition, Kiwi Mongrel has grabbed the lead, leaving us to ask the question… might there be a little bit of Trans Tasman rivalry in the NRL tipping competition? While welcoming a new employee, we are also saying goodbye to Jeff Dowsing from Touch Football Victoria. After several years with the association (including preparing and distributing 41 editions of their monthly newsletter TouchLines) he is moving on to Bowls Victoria in a marketing and development role. All the best Jeff, we wish you luck and thank you for all of your hard work. The competition is heating up in the TFA tipping competition, with ‘jjj’ still holding sway in the AFL competition, although ‘Tiger’ is hot on his heels. And in case you’re wondering, word on the street is that ‘Tiger’ is a TFA office member…the question is simply…which one???last_img read more

Stars To Attend Mercy For Animals Annual Hidden Heroes Gala

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first_imgMercy For Animals’ Annual Hidden Heroes Gala – a celebration of their brave undercover investigators and their incredible supporters – will take place September 10.Held at the magnificent Vibiana in Downtown Los Angeles on September 10, 2016, this black tie event will aim to move and inspire. The night will include a celebrity-studded awards show, delicious dinner, silent auction, and much more.Expected to attend are: Joaquin Phoenix, Shannen Doherty, Emily Deschanel, Tony Kanal, Moby, Russell Simmons, Jennifer Tilly, Kat Von D, Mya, John Salley, Alexandra Paul, Mark Pontius, Marco Antonio Regil, Daisy Fuentes, Jane Velez-Mitchell, Alison Eastwood, Daniella Monet, Michelle Forbes, Evanna Lynch, Lesley Nicol, Holly Marie Combs, Victoria Summer, Kerri Kasem, Coral Smith, Jon Ecker and more.WHEN: Saturday, September 10thWHERE: Vibiana, Downtown Los Angeles 214 S. Main StreetLos Angeles, 90012For more info, click here.last_img read more

SCTV reunion tickets go on sale Monday

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first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement SCTV, or Second City Television, ran from 1976 to 1984 and helped launch the careers of many famed international comic legends, including the late John Candy and Harold Ramis.It was the place where hosers Bob and Doug McKenzie got their start, Candy’s smooth talker Johnny LaRue starred in Hollywood movie spoofs and Short’s character Ed Grimley was refined before appearing on Saturday Night Live.Alexander also noted that Robin Duke, who became a regular cast member in 1980 before leaving for SNL a year later, would be present in the audience at the Elgin event.He said while she won’t participate in the panel, she’ll be included in other parts of the Scorsese production, which will continue filming into the summer.By DAVID FRIEND – The Canadian Press — With files from Toronto Star Staff LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Last week, it was announced that SCTV cast members Joe Flaherty, Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, Catherine O’Hara, Dave Thomas and Martin Short would gather in front of a live audience to reminisce about making the influential show.The conversation will be moderated by Jimmy Kimmel and take place on May 13 at 3 p.m. Fans of sketch comedy series SCTV will have an opportunity next week to grab seats at the upcoming Toronto reunion.Organizers at Second City say tickets for the event held at the city’s Elgin Theatre will go on sale through Ticketmaster on Monday at 10 a.m ET.SCTV producer Andrew Alexander also confirmed that Rick Moranis — who has kept a very low profile in recent years, with few exceptions, his last acting credit on imdb.com coming in 2007 — is finalizing negotiations to join the panel conversation, which will be filmed for an upcoming Netflix project directed by Martin Scorsese. Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Facebook This undated image released by Netflix shows director Martin Scorsese, center, with the cast of the Canadian sketch comedy show SCTV” from left, Andrea Martin, Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Dave Thomas, Martin Short and Joe Flaherty. (HO / THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

A look at Brexit as UK prime minister cancels the big vote

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first_imgLONDON — British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday postponed a parliamentary vote on the Brexit deal between her government and the European Union.Brexit explained:HOW DID WE GET HERE?Voters across the United Kingdom backed leaving the EU by a vote of 51.9 per cent to 48.1 per cent in a referendum that was held on June 23, 2016. Voter turnout was 72.2 per cent, the highest for any U.K. election since 1992.On March 29, 2017, Prime Minister Theresa May formally notified the EU of the U.K.’s intention to leave, starting the two-year negotiating period spelled out in the bloc’s rules. This means that U.K. is due to leave the EU on March 29, 2019.May and EU leaders have negotiated a withdrawal agreement that spells out the terms of the U.K.’s departure. The deal also outlines the future relationship between the two sides, although the details are subject to further negotiations.WHAT IS HAPPENING THIS WEEK?The House of Commons, the elected branch of Parliament, was scheduled to vote on the deal Tuesday, but the prime minister delayed the vote in the face of widespread opposition.May insists the deal “delivers for the British people,” but after three days of debate, it was clear that she didn’t have the votes needed for passage.Much of the anger is focused on provisions designed to prevent the re-implementation of physical border controls between Northern Ireland, which is part of the U.K., and the Republic of Ireland, a member of the EU. Under the so-called backstop, the U.K. would remain part of the EU customs union if the two sides couldn’t agree on another way to avoid a “hard border.”Lawmakers from all sides of the political spectrum criticized the backstop because the U.K. couldn’t leave the arrangement without the EU’s consent, giving European negotiators leverage to demand future concessions. The backstop would also treat Northern Ireland differently from the rest of the U.K., drawing the ire of politicians who zealously guard Northern Ireland’s continued union with Britain.WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?A delay will force the weakened government to try to renegotiate its departure or face two equally unpalatable choices: a “no-deal” Brexit that could bring havoc to the economy or call a second referendum, which could undermine faith in the country’s democratic institutions and lead to mass protests. Whichever option she chooses, analysts say May’s government is weakened — perhaps fatally.WHAT ARE MAY’S OPTIONS?The prime minister may ask EU leaders to accept changes to the deal when they meet Dec. 13-14 in hopes of winning support in Parliament. EU leaders insist the 585-page withdrawal agreement can’t be renegotiated, but the declaration on future relations is shorter and subject to future negotiations so amendments may be possible.But there is no agreement about what a better deal would look like.Many “Brexiteers” seek a clean break with the bloc and want to change the Irish backstop. Pro-EU lawmakers want a softer divorce — the so-called Norway option — that would keep Britain inside the EU’s single market for goods and services. The EU might be open to this idea, but it would mean accepting the continued free movement of EU citizens into the U.K., a red line for many Brexit supporters.IS MAY’S JOB IN JEOPARDY?Though she insists she has no plans to resign, May’s hold on power has been weakened by her inability to bridge differences within her Cabinet and finalize a deal on the biggest issue facing the U.K. since World War II.Pro-Brexit rebels in her Conservative Party can trigger a vote of no-confidence in May’s leadership if they win the backing of 48 members of Parliament. If May lost the vote, the party would hold an election to choose a new party leader— a process that would take several weeks.May would remain prime minister in the meantime, but without much authority as the clock ticks down to March 29, the day Britain officially is due to leave the EU.IS THERE AN ELECTION ON THE CARDS?The opposition Labour Party has threatened to call for a vote of no-confidence in the government, which could trigger a general election. But winning such a vote would require the support of some Conservatives, who may be unwilling to trigger an election that could well see them ousted from power.If May’s government lost a confidence vote, it would have two weeks to overturn the result with a new vote by lawmakers. If that failed, there would be an election, a process that takes five to six weeks.Whatever new government emerges would have little time to solve the Brexit conundrum before March 29.COULD THE U.K. CHANGE ITS MIND?Yes. The European Court of Justice ruled Monday that the U.K. can change its mind and remain in the EU without the agreement of the other 27 member nations.This provides encouragement to supporters of a so-called People’s Vote, who are seeking a second referendum now that the costs and benefits of Brexit are better understood.___See the AP’s Brexit coverage at: https://www.apnews.com/BrexitDanica Kirka And Jill Lawless, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Trudeau to launch Liberal election campaign in Vancouver just like in 2015

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first_imgSpeaking to reporters earlier today outside Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Trudeau said starting the Liberal campaign in B.C. felt right in 2015 and feels right again in 2019.He says his decision to launch from Vancouver four years ago instead of Ottawa was criticized by some as a terrible mistake — but that his party eventually showed that campaigns happen across the country.Trudeau also capped off his 2015 campaign with a rally in North Vancouver, an area where his mother grew up and that his grandfather, James Sinclair, represented for 18 years as a Liberal MP.The Canadian Press VANCOUVER — Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is kicking off his election campaign in his second home of British Columbia, just like he did in 2015.Four years ago, Trudeau was on a plane headed for Vancouver when then-prime minister Stephen Harper asked the Governor General to dissolve Parliament.Trudeau will headline another West Coast campaign launch this evening in the riding of Vancouver Kingsway, a seat held by the New Democrats for over a decade.last_img read more

Three naval warships to be first responders to Fani

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first_imgNew Delhi: Three Indian navy’s warships — Sahyadri, Ranvir and Kadmatt — with relief material and medical teams are tracking extremely severe cyclone Fani and will be the first responder and start rescue work as soon the storm hits the coast in Odisha. The ship sailed south of the cyclone to be able to start rescue operations even as other naval vessels remain on standby at Vishakhapattanam. Naval divers teams have also moved to Odisha from Vishakhapattanam. The cyclone is expected to cross Odisha coast between Gopalpur and Chandbali around Puri during forenoon on Friday.last_img

Morocco recalls envoy from Algeria over WSahara criticism

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first_imgRABAT – Morocco on Wednesday recalled its ambassador to Algeria over President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s “aggressive” and “deliberately provocative” comments about the Western Sahara, the foreign ministry said.The diplomatic spat follows the latest barbed exchange between the North African neighbours whose decades-old rivalry centres on the disputed territory, annexed by Morocco in 1975 in a move never recognised by the international community.The foreign ministry in Rabat said the decision to recall the ambassador followed “a growing number of provocative and hostile acts by Algeria towards the kingdom,” notably regarding “regional differences over the Moroccan Sahara.” It highlighted a speech by Boutelifka at a meeting in Abuja on Monday in which the Algerian president said an international mechanism to monitor human rights in Western Sahara was needed “more than ever.”In his speech, Bouteflika referred to “massive and systematic human rights violations that take place inside the occupied territories to suppress the peaceful struggle” of the Sahrawi people for freedom of expression and association.The Moroccan foreign ministry criticised “the deliberately provocative content and the inherently aggressive terms of this message coming, furthermore, from the highest authority in the country.”Morocco’s move comes as a report is due to be presented to the UN Security Council by special envoy Christopher Ross, who visited the region this month in a new bid to push for a peaceful resolution to the frozen conflict.Rabat has proposed broad autonomy for the phosphate-rich territory under its sovereignty.But this is rejected by the pro-independence Polisario Front, who are based in the western Algerian city of Tindouf and fought Moroccan troops for a decade and half until the United Nations negotiated a ceasefire in 1991.After Bouteflika’s speech on Monday, Morocco’s official MAP news agency accused Algiers of seeking to further “its hegemonic designs in the region”.It also charged that Algeria was trying “to distract attention from the serious rights abuses which take place daily on its territory.”At the weekend, Morocco’s nationalist Istiqlal party, which withdrew from the coalition government earlier this year, called on the authorities “to recover territory in the southeast that Algeria took by force and which notably includes Tindouf”.Algeria’s Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra hit back on Tuesday, saying Bouteflika’s comments were simply “a reminder of Algeria’s well-known position.”He criticised as “totally unacceptable and irresponsible” the statement by a leader of a Moroccan political party, and urged Rabat to show restraint.The Algerian president’s call for a mechanism to protect Sahrawi rights follows a US proposal in April, angrily rejected by Morocco and later dropped, to task the UN peacekeeping force in the Western Sahara with a human rights monitoring mandate.In the ambassador’s absence, the Moroccan embassy in Algiers will continue to function but under the authority of the charge d’affaires, the foreign ministry said.last_img read more