first_imgAfter packing jumpers, jackets, beanies and woolen underwear, the Aussie sides were greeted with sunshine all around on day 2 of the All Nations Championships. The action was certainly aplenty on day two as the `Touch Blacks’ (New Zealand’s Mens, Womens and Mixed Open sides) met the Australian Open sides for the first time. Despite Australia grabbing both the Mens and Womens matches, you could have said both nations broke even. While New Zealand were too good for our Mixed side 6-4, the defense of the Kiwi Womens side was unable to cope with the ability of the Aussie Women to score…when you have players the caliber of Sharyn Williams, Louise Winchester and the Judd sisters (amongst many), there certainly aren’t many sides that could cope, with the Aussie girls taking the match 7-2. The New Zealand Mens grabbed an early 3-1 before the Aussie Men worked themselves back into the match to tie it up at 6-6. A score right on the siren gave the Australian Men a 7-6 round match win, but by no means was it easy. Their opposition were no doubt regretting letting the Aussies back into the match but will still feel as though they have the measure of the Australian side…it certainly promises interest come finals time! In the senior divisions the Mens 30’s gave their best performance yet to defeat New Zealand 7-4 and had the bye in the afternoon to rest up for the final two days. The Womens 30’s defeated the Australian Womens 35’s 3-0 and the Cook Islands 35’s 5-0. Their only opposition, New Zealand 30’s, are looking strong however, and their match today will certainly be interesting. The Mixed 30’s had an easy 12-1 win over Samoa and a hard fought 6-4 win over New Zealand Maori, who are proving strong across most divisions and may challenge the Australian and New Zealand sides come finals. The Mens 35’s had an easier day today, 9-0 over Samoa and 10-0 over Niue, while the Womens 35’s started with their 3-0 loss to the Aussie 30’s before thumping New Zealand 35’s 8-2. In the Mens 40’s the Australian side had a long day with three matches, all wins however, 6-3 over New Zealand Academy, 15-1 over Singapore and 7-2 over Cook Islands. Finally, in the Mens 45’s Australia continued their winning run, 4-0 over New Zealand Academy and 9-1 over Niue. Day three will see more New Zealand v Australia round matches, as teams jostle for semi finals positions. Keep an eye on our website for all of the All Nations scores and results, we’re uploading them as soon as they hit our hands from across the Tasman. By Rachel Grant,

Disturbing video shows wheelchairbound Aboriginal man lying on floor of G20 police

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe 2010 G20 Summit in Toronto turned into a weekend of violence and mass arrests.But in spite of a massive media presence not everything has been seen.APTN has obtained video of something that never made the evening news.In fact, it took over three years for filmmakers Rebecca Garrett and Doug Johnson Hatlem to obtain video of a First Nations man inside the makeshift police cells.It’s that footage that makes up part of their new documentary highlighting police violence in Toronto. The trailer can been see at’s Annette Francis has the story.last_img read more

Indigenous designers getting ready for the biggest day of year across the

first_imgBrittany HobsonAPTN National NewsFor some Indigenous designers, there is no bigger day than Aboriginal Day.That’s when APTN will broadcast concerts and events from coast to coast to coast – and designers get to dress the hosts with their latest fashions.“We talk a lot about honour and it’s really the only word I can say. I feel honoured to do this. To be a part of this celebration and to be recognized,” said designer Andreanne Dandeneau .Here is a link to everything going on June 21 – Aboriginal Day Live bhobson@aptn.calast_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 (15,317.13, down 200.27points).Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down 51 cents, or 3.88 per cent, to $12.62 on 25.7 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Health care. Down 36 cents, or 1.79 per cent, to $19.70 on 18.1 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Industrials. Down 13 cents, or 3.29 per cent, to $3.82 on 17 million shares.iShares S&P/TSX 60 Index ETF. (TSX:XIU). Financials. Down 34 cents, or 1.47 per cent, to $22.84 on 11.3 million shares.RNC Minerals. (TSX:RNX). Metals. Down three cents, or 4.05 per cent, to 71 cents on 10.7 million shares.Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX). Gold. Up $1.43, or 9.53 per cent, to $16.44 on 9.9 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Discount Car & Truck Rentals Ltd. The car rental company is paying a $700,000 penalty after reaching an agreement with the Competition Bureau over misleading advertising about its prices. Following an investigation, the federal agency found that Discount advertised rental prices that were unattainable due to mandatory fees that were added during the purchasing process. Discount is the fourth vehicle rental company to conclude agreements to address so-call drip pricing, which has resulted in a total of almost $6 million in penalties.Shopify Inc. (TSX:SHOP). Down $3.27 or 1.9 per cent to $166.72. The company opened its first brick-and-mortar space for the public Thursday. The Los Angeles location will showcase a small selection of merchandise that will only be available for purchase online. The Ottawa-based firm will use the spot to focus on building a community and helping entrepreneurs grow their businesses.Foodora and 7-Eleven have partnered to offer delivery of the convenience store chain’s products in four major Canadian cities. Berlin-based Foodora says starting today customers in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton can order everything from Slurpees to condoms to medicine through its app and have them delivered. Milk, bread, fresh fruit and orange juice will also be on offer alongside treats like pizza, taquitos, chips, chocolate and ice cream.last_img read more

Wichita States Strength of Schedule Isnt the Problem

1981Oregon State19.84.0Round of 32 1998Princeton11.3-4.8Round of 32 2008Memphis23.14.0Final 1996Texas Tech14.40.8Sweet Sixteen 1980DePaul14.34.2Round of 32 2012Syracuse21.37.2Elite Eight 1988Temple18.22.1Elite Eight 2004Stanford17.64.4Round of 32 1991UNLV31.62.7Final Four 2014Wichita State16.71.6TBD 2005Illinois24.47.4Final 1986Bradley9.51.9Round of 32 1984North Carolina24.58.4Sweet Sixteen 2012Murray State8.3-3.5Round of 32 1996Massachusetts20.68.1Final Four 2012Kentucky24.56.9Champion 1996Kentucky31.49.2Champion 1982DePaul15.22.5Round of 32 Wichita State — with 34 wins and zero losses heading into the men’s NCAA basketball tournament — is six wins from becoming the first undefeated champion since Indiana in 1976. But apparently perfect isn’t good enough. Critics have pointed to the team’s soft schedule and argued that the next six wins will be much harder to come by than the first 34, even though the selection committee awarded the Shockers the No. 1 seed in the Midwest region.This critique of Wichita State’s achievements is unfair. The Shockers’ real problem isn’t whom they played, it’s how much they won by. The team didn’t dominate its opponents enough to make up for the weakness of its schedule relative to those of big-conference rivals.The evidence against Wichita State’s credentials goes like this: It played two-thirds of its games against fellow Missouri Valley Conference teams; the conference is the 11th strongest in Division I, according to The Shockers’ schedule was the 129th toughest in the nation, and the weakest among the top 32 teams in Ken Pomeroy’s rankings.Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall reasonably responded, after winning No. 34: “We’re not flawless. Our record is flawless.”Indeed, no team is flawless, but Wichita State approached that impossible standard more closely than most do. Its schedule strength was inherently limited by its conference, yet it holds up well compared to other teams with records nearly as spotless.I looked at every Division I team since 1980 that entered its conference tournaments with either one or zero losses — 25 teams in all. I used Sports Reference’s Simple Rating System (SRS) to estimate each team’s strength at the end of the season, as well as the site’s strength of schedule (SOS) ratings to analyze each team’s schedule. I then subtracted from those figures each team’s performance in the NCAA tournament to get its pre-tournament ratings. The Shockers’ accomplishment looks impressive even after considering schedule strength. Six of the 25 teams had weaker schedules than Wichita State’s, but just one managed to match its undefeated feat: UNLV in 1990-91. And the Runnin’ Rebels’ schedule was just barely tougher than Wichita State’s this year, by a slender margin of 1.1 points per game.This rosy take on Wichita State doesn’t make its task any easier in the tournament. Just eight of those 25 teams reached the Final Four, and only two won the title: Kentucky in 1996 and again two years ago. Moreover, all eight Final Four teams entered the tournament with an SRS above 20; Wichita State’s is 16.7. The Shockers outscored their opponents by 15 points per game — good but not impressive enough against its schedule to look like a championship contender. Their projected Sweet Sixteen opponent, Louisville, has an SRS of 25.3 and outscored opponents on its relatively tough schedule by 21 points per game.This isn’t to say the Shockers can’t win it all. They can. But if you’re looking for a reason to doubt them, their margin of victory is a better cause than their schedule. 1987UNLV23.15.3Final Four YearTeamSRSSOSFinished 1999Duke35.19.7Final 1990La Salle13.1-2.2Round of 32 1981DePaul15.92.6Round of 32 2006George Washington9.6-1.4Round of 32 1980Alcorn State11.0-6.3Round of 32 1997Kansas27.68.0Sweet Sixteen 2004St. Joseph’s20.23.9Elite Eight read more

Neymar confident he will be 100 for World Cup

first_imgWhile admitting that he has still not yet fully recovered from his foot injury, Neymar is remaining optimistic over his recovery and is certain that he will back at “100%” for Brazil’s opening gameThe Paris Saint-Germain forward has been struggling with the foot injury since a game against local rivals Marseille on February 25.After doing his rehabilitation in Brazil, Neymar returned to PSG for their final matches of the season but was unable to recover sufficiently to take part and gain some much needed minutes on the pitch.However, the 26-year-old is confident he will be fully recovered for Brazil’s World Cup opener against Switzerland on June 17.“Physically I am well, my foot is fine. I am adapting to a few things. I still feel some discomfort, but it is not something that will trouble me,” said Neymar, according to Independent.On how he is now, Neymar stated: “Not 100 percent yet. But that comes with time. It is normal that I have this fear of making complete movements. Let’s take it easy, there are still many days until the (World Cup) opener and I will be 100 percent then.”The Brazilian is hopeful that he will be able to take part in their first friendly against Croatia at Liverpool on Sunday.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“I am ready to play, there is nothing that can stop me,” he said.“What I feel today is this fear because I am coming back now.”Neymar was forced out of Brazil’s previous World Cup with a vertebral fracture and had to watch as his teammates succumb to a humiliating 7-1 defeat to eventual champions Germany at their home ground.“I hope that dream is not interrupted once more and that it is consolidated with a title for us,” added Neymar.Despite PSG’s best attempts, speculation surrounding Neymar’s future remains strong.“My focus is Brazil, people are saying nonsense and that is not worth answering,” said Neymar, when asked.last_img read more

Official Mousa Dembele leaves Spurs for Guangzhou RF

first_imgTottenham have confirmed that they’ve agreed to sell Mousa Dembele to Chinese club Guangzhou R&FThe Belgium international has only made seven starts in 10 Premier League appearances this season for Spurs due to the strong competition and his own fitness problems.Dembele has been sidelined since injuring his ankle against Wolves at the beginning of November and was expected to leave Spurs this month due to being out contract this summer.Now London-based club have decided to cash in on Dembele before it’s too late with Chinese Super League side Guangzhou being his preferred destination, despite interest from Beijing Sinobo.“I’ve always had a good experience here,” Dembele told SpursTV.“I go away with an unbelievable feeling and with a certain love for the club. The club is part of my family now.”Christian Eriksen, Tottenham, SpursPochettino: ‘Happy’ Christian Eriksen ready for Spurs action Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Mauricio Pochettino insists Christian Eriksen is “happy” and in the right frame of mind for Tottenham despite his failed summer exit.Dembele managed 10 goals and 12 assists in 249 appearances for Spurs in all competitions after joining from Fulham in 2012.”The Club is part of my family now.”🗣️ We caught up with @mousadembele for a nostalgic look back at his six-and-a-half year career at Spurs. 💙— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 17, 2019last_img read more

Dunleavy Requests Federal Assistance For Earthquake Relief

first_imgThe declaration would authorize a full suite of federal assistance for the State of Alaska as a result of the major earthquake that occurred on November 30, 2018. Governor Dunleavy: “The November 30th earthquake caused significant damage – shuttered schools, destroyed homes, displaced hundreds of Alaskans – and we have determined that effective recovery efforts are beyond the capabilities of the State and affected local governments. In an effort to ensure Alaskans have every opportunity to recover, we have formally requested a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration under the federal Stafford Act, which opens the door to an assortment of federal assistance programs to get Alaska back up on its feet faster.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Governor Mike Dunleavy in a press conference yesterday made the announcement that he is requesting a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration. During the conference Governor Dunleavy said it’s unclear whether the federal government’s partial shutdown will affect how soon the state gets a response to the request.center_img Initial damage assessments and costs for needs such as temporary housing were around $100 million, according to figures provided by the state. The Presidential Major Disaster Declaration request can be found here.last_img read more