In the fourth edition of In The Spotlight, Australian Mixed Open player, Sarah Spacie, speaks about what it means to her to play at the 2011 World Cup and the biggest influences on her Touch Football career. Name: Sarah SpacieNickname: SezAge: 24Affiliate: Brisbane CityOccupation: Primary PE TeacherPosition: Wing/ LinkDebut for Australia: 2009 Trans Tasman in WollongongCareer highlights so far: Winning NTL 2007, Winning Trans Tasman 2009/2010 How you got involved in Touch Football: My primary school PE Teacher – Sherene Moy Favourite player: Louise WinchesterWhat does it mean to you to be representing Australia at the 2011 World Cup: Representing your country is a massive honour. Standing with your team mates singing the National Anthem is an amazing feeling, one that brings me to tears every time and one that will never get old. There really isn’t anything better than representing your country with your mates.Biggest influence on your Touch Football career: Besides numerous coaches, Wayne Grant, Swain Rovelli and Bernie Morrison, my biggest influence would have to be my parents. Without the love and support of my parents I would never have reached this level. Favourite sporting moment: Steven Bradbury winning gold at the Winter Olympics 2002, Cathy Freeman winning gold at 2000 Olympics.What do you know about Scotland: Very little – it rains nearly every second day.Any superstitions: When wearing Australian socks, Australia has to be on the outside and TFA on the insideFunniest Australian teammate: Tash (Mixed Assistant coach – Tony El Takchi)Favourite quote: Be the change you want to see in the world – GandhiAny travel plans for after World Cup: Dublin, Athens and Greek Islands, Rome, Florence and Venice.Stay tuned to the website for the upcoming editions of In The Spotlight, which will feature every Open’s player travelling to the World Cup. With only 50 days to go until the 2011 Federation of International Touch World Cup, be sure to be regularly visiting the Touch Football Australia website to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information. Don’t forget to become a fan of Touch Football Australia on Facebook and Twitter in the lead up to the 2011 World Cup to find out all you need to know about Australia’s World Cup campaign:http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus
Blackpool captain Spearing: The day I felt let down by Liverpoolby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBlackpool captain Jay Spearing has recalled being let down by former club Liverpool.After making his Liverpool debut in 2008 in the Champions League, Spearing was loaned to Bolton for the 2012-13 season.He made a permanent move at the end of that loan spell but by 2016 the club were fighting a Championship relegation battle.Under terms of the deal with Liverpool, one more appearance for Bolton would trigger a £100,000 payment to the Reds. Talks were held between the two parties but Liverpool refused to defer the terms.”Neil Lennon [the then Bolton manager] said on the training ground, ‘You can’t play tomorrow,'” Spearing said in an interview with The Times.”I was like, ‘What have I done?’ He said the chairman had rung and there was a clause.”I’m not saying I would have been the saviour but there were still 13 games and it was difficult to watch.”I didn’t ring anybody [at Liverpool]. I was just a little bit gutted they didn’t help me out.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TORONTO – Clothing retailer Roots Corp. will open two new stores in the Washington, D.C., area in August as part of its U.S. and international expansion plans.“We believe the U.S. represents a minimum 100-store market opportunity for us,” said CEO Jim Gabel in a statement announcing the more than 270-square-metre (or more than 3,000-square-foot) shops.One store will be in Washington’s Georgetown neighbourhood, while the other location will be in Pentagon City, a mall in Arlington, Va.The company announced in March it would also open two locations in the Greater Boston, Mass. area this summer.The four stores are part of the company’s target to open 10 to 14 new locations in America by the end of next year.Roots operated 119 stores as of February 3, according to its most recent quarterly earnings report, with three in the U.S. and the remainder in Canada.The company is also planning to open 10 more locations in Canada by the end of its 2019 financial year, hoping to add up to 25 new shops in Taiwan and China, as well as build a presence in Singapore and Malaysia in the same time frame. It had 110 partner-operated stores in Taiwan and 32 in China as of February 3.The company has been in the midst of a multi-year transformation project that started during its 2016 financial year. The culmination of the plan should see it achieve $410 million in annual sales during its 2019 financial year, which ends in early 2020.Part of the plan included the 45-year old retailer, known for its lounge wear and leather goods, listing shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange.The October initial public offering was considered unsuccessful at the time. The initial stock price of $12 per share was $2 to $4 below the original proposed range and the stock closed at $10 on the first day of trading.Its shares seldom traded above the $12 set for the IPO until its latest quarterly earnings were released April 18. The company’s sales and adjusted earnings topped analysts’ expectations following a busy holiday shopping season.Roots shares were trading at $13.15 at midday on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Companies in this story: (TSX:ROOT)
VANCOUVER – Teck Resources Ltd. says its adjusted profit attributable to shareholders rose to $653 million in the second quarter, ahead of analyst estimates.The adjusted earnings amounted to $1.12 per share on a diluted basis, up from $580 million or 99 cents per share in last year’s second quarter.Analysts had estimated $1.07 per share of adjusted earnings, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Revenue was also above estimates at $3.02 billion, up from $2.8 billion. as Teck benefitted from higher prices for steelmaking coal, copper and zinc.Before adjustments, Teck’s net income attributable to shareholders was $634 million or $1.10 per share, up from $2.83 billion or $1 per share.Despite the strong prices for its principle products through most of the quarter ended June 30, Teck warned that commodity prices had weakened significantly in the following weeks due to market uncertainty.Companies in this story: (TSX:TECK)
Tim Hortons will seek to shut down an apparent knock-off restaurant in India that uses a name and branding very similar to the coffee-and-doughnut chain.Tim Hottens, located in Yamunanagar, India, is two letters away from the coffee chain in its name.Its logo and branding appear to mimic the Canadian chain’s as well. The font and colour of the name in its logo is nearly identical. Tim Hottens also uses the phrases “always fresh” and “cafe & bake shop,” as well as the red-hued striped background in its logo.Tim Hottens did not immediately respond to requests for comment.“While we believe that imitation is often the sincerest form of flattery, we do have very high standards when it comes to our brand, the quality of our products and the service we provide our guests,” said Jane Almeida, a spokeswoman for Restaurant Brands International, the parent company of Tim Hortons, in an email.“Therefore, we will be taking steps to protect our brand and trademarks, including closing down this imitation restaurant.”She declined to answer whether RBI was aware of the cafe’s existence before the Canadian Press asked about it.It’s unclear how long Tim Hottens has been open. The store’s first post on its Facebook page, a profile picture of the logo, dates May 8, 2016. Its first Facebook review appeared two days later.Inside, it appears markedly different from a Canadian Tim Hortons location. Photos show a dark interior that resembles more of a bar or nightclub than a coffee shop.While it serves coffee, the menu is more expansive and includes alcoholic drinks, like mojitos, and burgers. Wait staff serve the diners.Reviewers on Facebook call the food “delicious” and the coffee “best… I ever had,” leaving it an average score of 4.6 stars.Almeida declined to answer whether the company frequently deals with such imitation cases, but this isn’t the first time a knock-off Tim Hortons cafe has cropped up.In 2015, a Canadian posted a photo of a Tim House cafe under construction in South Korea. The logo also had a striking similarity to that of Tim Hortons.Later that year, another Canadian posted a photo of Tim Mortons brand coffee bags being sold at a market in South Korea. At the time, Tim Hortons released a statement saying it will take the steps necessary to protect its trademark.Other Canadian companies have fought to defend their likeness from copycats as well.In 2012, luxury winter jacket maker Canada Goose Holdings Inc. won a counterfeit case in Sweden after five Swedes sold thousands of counterfeit Canada Goose jackets and other luxury products for several years.More recently, Lululemon Athletica Canada Inc. started a legal fight in the U.S. against an alleged connected group of unidentified defendants it says created hundreds of online stores selling counterfeit Lululemon goods.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:QSR)
CALGARY – A hodge-podge of public transportation services are already starting to fill the gap as Greyhound Canada moves steadily towards its midnight Halloween disappearance from most of Western Canada.The venerable national motor coach operator is being replaced by a mix of provincial government-subsidized services, Indigenous-owned bus lines, locally owned startups, flexible fleets of shuttle buses and a scattering of formal and informal ride-sharing services.And passengers aren’t waiting for the last Greyhound next Wednesday to check out new options — according to Stuart Kendrick, senior vice-president of Greyhound Canada, ticket sales have already fallen off to the point that some route frequencies are being reduced.“Demand is quite low as we run into this last week or 10 days,” he said in a recent interview.“You’ve got single-digit riderships on the schedule that we have left throughout Western Canada, so that’s probably about a 50 or 60 or 70 per cent decline based on what corridor you look at.”The company plans to stop selling tickets on long-distance routes a few days before the buses stop running to help ensure passengers aren’t left stranded and holding the unused half of a two-way ticket, Kendrick said.The loss of Greyhound spells opportunity for Regina-based Rider Express, a company that began operating a handful of 15-passenger minibuses on inner-provincial routes shortly after government-owned Saskatchewan Transportation Company shut down its bus services in the spring of 2017.Rider has acquired five full-sized 50-seat buses and plans to begin passenger service on a Vancouver-Calgary-Winnipeg route on the Trans-Canada Highway this week, followed in November by a Highway 16 route linking Edmonton and Saskatoon, said manager Shauna Hardy. Both routes will directly replace Greyhound routes.The interest from Saskatchewan residents has been “overwhelming,” she said, adding the company is being asked to take on more routes but has so far declined.Late last May, Calgary-based Pacific Western Transportation was hired by the province of British Columbia to operate its BC Bus North service after Greyhound cancelled service to communities including Prince Rupert and Dawson Creek.Greyhound’s announcement in July that it would exit almost all of Western Canada convinced the company to offer its own inter-city services in B.C. for the first time, said John Stepovy, director of business development. He added the company is also expanding its Alberta offerings.He said he thinks his company can provide the hub in a hub-and-spoke business model as Greyhound closes — it’s already in discussions with operators of small-scale shuttle bus and transit operators about establishing connections with his firm’s routes.“Overall, long-term, where the needs are, where there’s demand, we would anticipate voids will be filled but it could take a little bit of time for those things to shake out once the landscape changes,” Stepovy said.“Discount airlines coming in will probably take on some of that longer-haul (Greyhound demand),” he said. “For bus travel, That one-to-five/six-hour travel time is kind of in the sweet spot.”He added “disruptors” — new travel options such as Poparides, an app that matches passengers with drivers who happen to be going to the same destinations — are also expected to fill the gap.Indigenous-owned charter service Kelsey Bus Lines is being renamed Mahihkan Bus Lines and has announced plans to offer daily passenger routes from Thompson and Flin Flon in northern Manitoba to Winnipeg, as well as freight service.In Alberta, the provincial government has launched pilot programs at a cost of $2.8 million to help five rural municipalities start inter-city bus services. One, centred on Camrose, about 100 kilometres south of Edmonton, has already started and the others are expected to begin over the next three months.The fragmented inter-city transportation model that is emerging can be a positive change, said Barry Prentice, professor of transportation economics at the University of Manitoba’s Asper School of Business.Greyhound likely failed in Western Canada in part because its costs were too high and it lacked the flexibility to respond to changing markets because it carried freight as well as passengers, he said.“As long as they were in the market, it was hard for anyone else to come in. Now that they’re gone, it creates an opportunity,” he said.Most new services are planning to pick up and drop off passengers at hotels, gas stations or tourist information centres. Prentice said that means they won’t be burdened with the costly terminal network Greyhound had to maintain.Kendrick said shutting down all routes from northern Ontario to the West Coast involves a “significant cost’ to Greyhound Canada.He said it’s expected to take several months to sublet its leased real estate and sell its few owned facilities, which include maintenance shops in centres such as Edmonton, Red Deer, Prince Rupert, Prince George and Winnipeg.The company is laying off about 420 employees. It will move 70 or 80 of its 110 western buses to its ongoing operations in Eastern Canada and sell or scrap the rest.A Seattle-Vancouver route operated by Greyhound U.S. will continue to use a Vancouver terminal leased by the Canadian arm. Kendrick said the company plans to ask other bus companies to come in as tenants to fill unused capacity there.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.
SAN FRANCISCO — A U.S. judge will hear arguments Friday over California’s attempt to block new rules by the Trump administration that would allow more employers to opt out of providing no-cost birth control to women.Judge Haywood Gilliam previously blocked an interim version of those rules — a decision that was upheld in December by an appeals court. But the case is before him again after the administration finalized the measures in November, prompting a renewed legal challenge by California and other states.Gilliam was not expected to rule immediately at the end of hearing.At issue is a requirement under President Barack Obama’s health care law that birth control services be covered at no additional cost. Obama officials included exemptions for religious organizations.The new rules set to go into effect on Monday would allow more categories of employers, including publicly traded companies, to back out of the requirement by claiming religious objections. They would also allow small businesses and other employers to object on moral grounds.The rules “protect a narrow class of sincere religious and moral objectors from being forced to facilitate practices that conflict with their beliefs,” the U.S. Department of Justice said in court documents.The states argue that millions of women could lose free birth control services, forcing them to seek contraceptive care through state-run programs and leading to unintended pregnancies.Attorneys for California and the other states said in court documents the new rules were very similar to the interim measures. One difference is a suggestion in the new rules that women can seek contraceptive coverage through federal family planning clinics for low-income people, according to the states.The states say that would be an inadequate replacement for the contraceptive coverage many women currently have.Sudhin Thanawala, The Associated Press
WATSON LAKE, Y.T. – At least three homes in the community of Lower Post along the Alaska Highway have been consumed by the Lutz Creek Fire, which has merged with the nearby Blue River Fire and ballooned to 106,000 hectares.The BC Wildfire Service says that there are currently 41 firefighters, four helicopters, and three pieces of heavy equipment battling the blaze, along with three Type 1 fire engines that are assisting structural protection crews.An evacuation order was issued for the community last Tuesday, and at this point it’s not known when the order will be lifted. The CBC is reporting that three homes in Lower Post have been consumed by the Lutz Creek Fire, and that Northwest Fire Centre deputy manager Tony Falcao said Wednesday evening that the situation around Lower Post is “not good,” adding that there are several things to consider before the evacuation order is lifted.The Alaska Highway has reopened to traffic in both directions between Watson Lake, where Lower Post residents have been evacuated, and Coal River.Heavy smoke is being reported along the highway, and motorists are being advised to turn their lights on in the area.With files from CBC News: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/watson-lake-lower-post-evacuees-1.4795624
New York: Former India opener and chairman of selectors Krishnamachari Srikkanth loves the fact that current captain Virat Kohli never shies away from taking responsibility, which is a hallmark of a good leader. Srikkanth, a key member of the 1983 World cup winning team, who was also the head of selection committee during the 2011 triumph feels that Kohli’s aggression complemented by Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s calm will again bring back the World Cup. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh “We have a fantastic leader in Virat Kohli, who leads by example. A good thing about him is he takes up responsibility. So King Kohli will do it (again) along with the cool cucumber Dhoni,” Srikkanth told PTI during an interaction. Srikkanth seemed pretty happy with the composition of the 15-member squad for the World cup, which he believes has all the ingredients to emerge victors. “It’s a superb combination of exuberance, passion, calmness together. The Indian team should not put any pressure on itself and play with a sense of self-belief.” Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later Srikkanth, who was also a chairman of selectors for the 2011 World Cup winning squad said all great Indian cricketers is defined by one characteristic trait. “If you talk about self-belief, one thinks of Kapil Dev, for passion, it is Sachin Tendulkar, talk about exuberance and aggression, think of Virat Kohli and talk about calmness and determination, one thinks of M S Dhoni.” The former Indian captain was present at an event arranged by ICC Cricket for Good in collaboration with UNICEF called #OneDay4Children. The initiative will use the influence and reach of the cricket World Cup to help children learn, play and be healthy. The money raised will support UNICEF’s work for children in cricket playing nations across the world. #OneDay4Children ambassador Nasser Hussain and England all-rounder Chris Woakes launched the tournament-wide campaign last week. There will be activities for children throughout all 48 matches of the world cup, peaking with a day of celebration during the England vs India game on June 30 at Edgbaston. “Cricket is a great unifying factor and it gives you a lot of lessons. You develop your personality, life skills, learn about stress management, leadership, communication and team work,” said Srikkanth. “Sports itself is an education. You can’t be just a bookworm nowadays. Children have to play sports and be healthy. Sports is an important part of school curricula because if you want to shine in life as a human being, you need to be good in sports. Cricket teaches you all these things,” he added. “Our most ambitious charity project to date and we know that cricket’s one billion fans will come together to help build a better world for every child,” ICC Chief Executive, David Richardson, said in a statement. “It is a shared belief that cricket has an incredible power to raise vital funds and inspire and empower millions of children,” Executive Director Unicef UK, Mike Penrose said.
Following the stunning 6-1 win over Panama, Jesse Lingard said he doesn’t see a single reason why wouldn’t England be able to win the World Cup.The Three Lions secured their place in the last 16 phase of the tournament as they thrashed Panama. Lingard, who scored the most beautiful one of the goals, praised the team spirit and voiced his opinion that anything is possible right now.“It is an amazing feeling, even better that we won,” Lingard told Sportsmole. “We are top of the table and can go into the Belgium game with confidence.”Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“It is great to be around the lads, there is a great team spirit at the moment.”“Of course, with the squad we have got and the confidence flowing I don’t see why not! But we will take it game by game,” Lingard said when specifically asked if he thinks England could go all the way to the top.