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Sponsors sought for the 2019 Broward & Beyond Business Conference

first_imgBROWARD COUNTY, FL – Looking for increased exposure for your business? Want to target your marketing to the business community? The Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development (OESBD) has the perfect opportunity for you. All business owners are invited to consider sponsoring the 2019 Broward & Beyond Business Conference. Scheduled for Friday, May 3rd at the Signature Grand in Davie, Florida, the fourth annual conference is expected to draw over 650 entrepreneurs, business owners, professionals and subject matter experts across multiple industries. Sponsorships are available now, visit the online sponsorship portal to join us as a #BizBeyond2019 sponsor today.An investment in conference sponsorship will help boost brand awareness and position sponsors as leaders in our market. Various sponsorship benefits for your business may include live  acknowledgement at the conference, recognition in media promotions, e-blasts and social media posts and opportunity to introduce the keynote speaker. Budget-friendly exhibitor spaces start at $500 – availability limited to 45.  Sponsorship levels are: SignatureLuncheonBreakfast and BreakBiz BabbleTrack (Startup, Growth, International Trade, Human Services / Nonprofit, and Creative / Cultural)ExhibitorMarketing / Media / Community PartnerDoor Prize / Attendee Bag / Keynote Speaker GiftTo secure a sponsorship or get more details, contact Maribel Feliciano, OESBD Assistant Director, at 954-357-6400.For more information on the 2019 Broward & Beyond Business Conference, contact the Office of Economic and Small Business Development by phone at 954-357-6400, email at [email protected], or visitBroward.org/BizBeyond. Registration for the 2019 Broward & Beyond Business Conference is free and open to the public.last_img read more

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Paddy Power appoints Nigel Farage as face of Trump recruitment

first_img Paddy Power politics has announced Nigel Farage as the face of its recruitment drive to fill the vacant ‘Head of Trump Betting’ vacancy.The bookmaker revealed the move in a witty blog posted on 1 April, which led many to believe it was merely an April Fools joke. Confusion reigned supreme but Paddy Power have since confirmed that it’s deadly serious about the move.The blog jests: “After a disastrous year of political cock-ups – two words for you: Brexit and Trump – we are determined not to make the same mistakes again in 2017, and have turned to a political heavyweight to guide us.”It continues: “We’ve decided to recruit Nigel Farage, who correctly predicted the results of both the EU Referendum and the US Presidential Election, to revitalise the traders’ approach to political betting.”It also quotes Farage as saying: “So Paddy Power lost $4.5 million (£3.6 million) on Trump’s election last year – another example of EU-based idiocy. Clearly, they need help – and independence from the anti-Trump narrative that has dogged their thinking recently.”The operator services over 100 markets dedicated to Donald Trump’s reign in its dedicated ‘Trump Hub’ which was launched in February. The role is still published on its corporate site and on its LinkedIn, with applicants required to have the following competencies…Technical Competencies: Excellent betting knowledgeAptitude at Excel and wrestling techniques a distinct advantageAwareness of national security situation in Sweden beneficialBetter understanding of global politics than Donald Trump. Which won’t exclude many.Education, Qualifications & Experience:Being multi-lingual is a distinct advantage – particularly if you specialise in decoding TrumpismsIdeal candidate would have a good knowledge of which one’s Melania and which one’s Ivanka Submit StumbleUpon Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Bakhshi and Shaddick launch ‘Art of the Possible’ podcast tracking US 2020 developments August 10, 2020 Related Articles Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 Share Sharelast_img read more

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2020 Fantasy Baseball Mock Draft Simulator: Practice your draft strategy with the help of expert rankings, ADPs

first_imgYou wait all year for your fantasy baseball draft, and when it finally starts, all you do is tell your leaguemates to hurry up because it’s taking too long. Now imagine doing a practice draft with a bunch of randos where the results don’t really matter? You’d be lucky to make it until Round 4. Fortunately, Fantasy Pros’ Mock Draft Simulator can help you practice your draft strategy against expert rankings in minutes. The Fantasy Pros Mock Draft Simulator is fully customizable to your league’s settings. You just set the draft type (snake, auction, or custom), number of teams, roster positions, player eligibility, and scoring rules. You can even set your draft position if you want to know what it’s like starting your draft with the No. 1 pick, No 12 pick, or any pick in between.  2020 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfielder | Starter | Each teamFrom there, you can either simulate an entire draft almost instantly or make your own picks, which takes a few minutes longer. Depending on the rankings setting you use (consensus, CBS, Yahoo, ESPN, etc.), the Fantasy Pros Mock Draft Simulator will simulate picks for the other teams in your mock. Fortunately, it doesn’t always default to the highest-ranked player, which gives the draft a more realistic feel. You might try to wait a round to grab your favorite sleeper only to see him get snatched up a few picks in front of you — something everyone has had happen to them at least once in their real drafts. 2020 Fantasy Baseball Rankings:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Starter | Reliever | Top 300Fantasy Baseball Mock Draft: Practice your draft strategyCLICK HERE TO TRY THE FANTASY PROS MOCK DRAFT SIMULATOR! Perhaps the best thing about Fantasy Pros Mock Draft Simulator is how quickly and easily you can practice different strategies. What would your team look like if you waited until the 10th round to draft your first pitcher (or outfielder)? How about if you drafted a bunch of starters early? What if you prioritized steals and grabbed three speedsters in the first six rounds? You can even live the impossible dream and ignore closers entirely, just to see how stacked the rest of your team would be.DOMINATE YOUR DRAFT: Ultimate 2020 Fantasy Baseball Cheat SheetObviously, the Fantasy Pros Mock Draft Simulator can’t replicate every nuance and preference of the owners in your draft, but you can still get a general idea of how a draft will go based on different strategies or targets. And you can do so quickly and efficiently — two words that are rarely associated with fantasy baseball.last_img read more

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Talented youngsters win South West Skills final

first_img Rookie 8 yrs & under Drew Mackinnon Tour 15 to 17 yrs Lily James Scott Parker Rookie 9 to 11 yrs Tour 12 to 14 yrs Daniel Voysey James Drury Rookie 8 yrs & under The Kendleshire Golf Club, in Gloucestershire, hosted 23 boys and girls for the England Golf South West Regional Skills Final, supported by FootJoy. The youngsters (pictured) qualified for the event after competing in two National Skills Challenge events at their home clubs earlier in the year. The boy and girl winners from each age group will now attend the Skills Challenge National Final on Saturday 6th September, at the National Golf Centre in Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire. They are: Rookie 8 years & under Jack Dart – Churston Golf Club, Devon Grace Bowen – Gaudet Luce Golf Club, Worcestershire Rookie 9 to 11 years Sam Trott – Weymouth Golf Club, Dorset Rebecca Whitehouse – Gaudet Luce Golf Club, Worcestershire Tour 12 to 14 years Mark Rankin – Weymouth Golf Club, Dorset Lexi Dart – Churston Golf Club Ltd, Devon Tour 15 to 17 years James Drury – Gaudet Luce Golf Club, Worcestershire Jessica Francis – Churston Golf Club, Devon Russell Lawes, FootJoy Marketing Manager, commented: “Everyone at FootJoy would like to congratulate those players who have managed to progress through to the National Skills final and wish them every success. “We have once again been delighted to support all players who have entered the skills challenge at the varying regional events and wish all players every success with the development of their golf game. “There is a perfect synergy between the National Skills Challenge and FJ’s The Mark of a Player mantra, by teaching the next generation of golfers the key fundamentals which will enhance their enjoyment and understanding of the game of golf.” The England Golf National Skills Challenge, supported by FootJoy, has over 850 golf clubs and 6,500 juniors registered to take part.   The Skills Challenge aims to make practice fun for young golfers and consists of 10 activities, which clubs run for their junior players. These support skill development and also provide encouragement to practice.  Golf clubs which run Skills Challenge events within two specific dates input their players’ scores onto an online leaderboard, which identifies the juniors who qualify for the regional finals. The Regional Final at The Kendleshire Golf Club turned out to be a real challenge, using the superb practice area, putting green and driving range facilities.  For further details on The Kendleshire Golf Club and their facilities visit www.thekendleshire.com. FootJoy, the #1 Shoe and Glove in Golf, supports England Golf’s National Skills Challenge and kindly supplies products and prizes to all players who qualify for the Regional and National Finals. For more information on the National Skills Challenge click here. Please find below a list of all participating players from the South West Regional Skills Final. Rookie 9 to 11 yrs Rookie 8 yrs & under Grace Bowen Lottie Tooley Tour 12 to 14 yrs Rookie 9 to 11 yrs Rookie 9 to 11 yrs Churston Golf Club Yelverton Golf Club Rookie 8 yrs & under Tour 15 to 17 yrs Jack Dart Sam Keyte Tour 15 to 17 yrs Brickhampton Court Golf Complex Bea Stone Tour 12 to 14 yrs Royal North Devon Golf Club Mark Rankin Weymouth Golf Club Rookie 8 yrs & under Rookie 8 yrs & under Churston Golf Club Constance Brooks Age Category Katy Matthews Shannon Parfittcenter_img Rebecca Whitehouse Gaudet Luce Golf Club Wharton Park Golf Club Karrie Spencer Golf Club Gaudet Luce Golf Club Rookie 9 to 11 yrs Tour 12 to 14 yrs East Devon Golf Club Southampton Golf Club Tour 12 to 14 yrs Weymouth Golf Club Jessica Francis Churston Golf Club George Furneaux Tour 15 to 17 yrs 20 Aug 2014 Talented youngsters win South West Skills final Churston Golf Club Sam Trott Tour 12 to 14 yrs Weymouth Golf Club Sean Dimmick Rookie 9 to 11 yrs Name Gaudet Luce Golf Club Royal North Devon Golf Club Lexi Dart Churston Golf Club Brandon Skidmore Wharton Park Golf Club Weymouth Golf Club Emily Morey East Devon Golf Club Tour 15 to 17 yrs Gaudet Luce Golf Club Churston Golf Clublast_img read more

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Lewis runs for 129 in 1st start, Pitt wins 38-3

first_imgIMPRESSIVE START—Freshman running back Dion Lewis rushed for 129 yards and two touchdowns and caught a pass for another touchdown in the Pitt’s 38-3 win over Youngstown State. One of Pitt’s unanswered questions going into the season was whether it could quickly replace running back LeSean McCoy, who left for the NFL after rushing for 2,816 yards and scoring 35 touchdowns in two seasons. Only former Heisman Trophy winner Tony Dorsett was as productive at Pitt during his freshman and sophomore seasons.For at least one game, Lewis—a freshman who was playing prep school football in New Jersey a year ago—was a more than adequate replacement. He scored on a 16-yard run on his fifth college carry, then set up his own 1-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter with gains of 28 and 25 yards on successive carries against a Penguins defense overmatched by Pitt’s size and speed.Later in the quarter, Lewis scored on a 3-yard swing pass from Stull. Lewis sat out most of the second half, carrying five times for minus-3 yards after having 15 carries for 132 yards at halftime.Stull, who slumped badly during the second half of last season after getting a concussion against Rutgers, was booed on his first incompletion and had only 44 yards passing at halftime but finished 11 of 16 for 123 yards and an interception.Tino Sunseri, a redshirt freshman who pushed Stull for the starting job during preseason camp, found Jonathan Baldwin on a 42-yard completion immediately after replacing Stull in the third quarter and later hooked up with Aundre Wright on a 6-yard scoring pass play. Sunseri was 5 of 8 for 80 yards as the Panthers outgained the Penguins 390-159.Youngstown State generated little offense except for Stephen Blose’s 48-yard field goal in the second quarter. Brandon Summers was 11 of 22 for 113 yards and two interceptions while Donald Jones, who had five TD catches in his final four games last season, was held to four catches for 34 yards.The game was only the second between schools located about 60 miles apart. The Panthers beat the Penguins 41-0 in a 2005 opener. PITTSBURGH (AP)—Dion Lewis scored three touchdowns by halftime while running for 129 yards in his first college start, and Pittsburgh showed off a balanced offense while cruising to a season-opening 38-3 victory over Youngstown State on Saturday. Pitt made certain there was no repeat of last season’s 27-17 opening day loss to Bowling Green that ranks among the biggest upsets in school history, taking a 21-3 lead at halftime. Not that the opponent was as good—Youngstown State lost eight of its first 10 while going 4-8 last season and hasn’t scored a touchdown in its last five games against Football Bowl Subdivision opponents.last_img read more

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Jasprit Bumrah loses top spot in ODI bowler rankings after poor NZ showing

first_imgAdvertisement gycNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs94uWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E9dzkq6t( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 8p3Would you ever consider trying this?😱dulCan your students do this? 🌚dyd7dRoller skating! Powered by Firework Following India’s dismal performance in the recently concluded ODI series against New Zealand, strike bowler Jasprit Bumrah lost his top spot in the latest ICC ODI Bowling Rankings. The Mumbai Indians pacer dropped 45 rating points –  slipping down to the 2nd position, after the Men in Blues were whitewashed by the Kiwis in the 3-match ODI series. Meanwhile, Trent Boult claimed Bumrah’s place despite not participating in the ODIs against India with a hand injury.Advertisement Picture Credit: Cric TodayVirat Kohli’s Team India failed to take advantage with the new ball against New Zealand as Bumrah completed the series wicketless; the first time in his entire career. In these three games, he bowled 30 overs for 167 runs with 1 maiden and lost his crown to Boult.Virat Kohli, on the other hand, still remains the No. 1 batsman in ODIs with 869 points, but the gap between him and 2nd placed Rohit Sharma (who missed the series with a calf injury) is getting smaller, as Kohli too struggled in the recent fixtures.Advertisement The Indian skipper finished the series with 75 runs in 3 games; failing to deliver during the absence India’s other premier batsmen, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan in the 3-match ODI series in New Zealand.Babar Azam, the Pakistani star batsman retained his position (3rd) on the recently updated list with 829 points, while Ross Taylor, after his heroics in the series was promoted one spot upward and stands on fourth with 828 points.As for the Indians the only positive to take out of this disappointing series loss are Ravindra Jadeja and Yuzvendra Chahal’s ranking upgradation. Jadeja moved 3 spots upward and now stands at No. 7 in the all-rounder’s rankings while leggie Chahal also climbed 3 places higher to the 13th spot after his fine performances in the Kiwi series – finishing as the top the wicket-taker with 6 wickets to his name despite playing the last 2 matches.But the most notable promotion in the updated rankings came through the form of Afghanistan’s Mohammad Nabi. The all-rounder overtook Ben Stokes, England’s World Cup final hero and is now the No.1 ODI all-rounder according to ICC. You may also like:Virat Kohli gives the reason as to why India were trashed by NZ in ODI seriesVirat Kohli breaks 5 year old horrible batting record against New Zealand Advertisementlast_img read more

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Airport sets new standards: Zuma

first_img10 May 2010King Shaka International Airport sets new benchmarks for global infrastructure development while bearing testimony to South Africa’s ability to deliver on large-scale projects, President Jacob Zuma said at the opening of the country’s new airport at La Mercy, north of Durban this weekend.“Not only was the construction of the project completed in the record time of three years, it also involved the relocation of both the cargo and passenger businesses, from the old airport to these new facilities, in one overnight operational switch,” Zuma said.“This smooth, seamless transition must surely bear testimony once again to the skills and capability we have as a country.”Critical diversion facilityIn less than 32 days, the world will converge on South Africa and the country will experience its largest wave of aviation traffic in its history when the 2010 Fifa World Cup kicks off.“We welcome the fact that the airport is going to be a critical diversion facility for OR Tambo International, should this be necessary.“We are also thrilled by the fact that we are able to present the World Cup in South Africa that is going through a huge building and reconstruction phase. Our infrastructure investment programme is doing wonders for the country economically and socially,” he said.Encouraging new investmentThe new airport will be able to process 7.5-million passengers per annum, while alleviating the pressure on the Durban-Johannesburg road route by facilitating more than 50 000 tons of manufactured goods produced in the region directly from the local airport.Zuma also called on provincial and local government to encourage new investments in tourism. These tourism packages, he said, should be competitively priced and attractive for foreign visitors, adding that the World Cup offered the country the best opportunity to welcome foreign visitors and ensure they came back again to enjoy what the country has to offer.“There has never been any doubt in my mind that this airport was the missing piece of the puzzle to enable growth and development in this region and for our country.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Finding strength through breast cancer

first_imgMandy Winter, single mother of two and breast cancer survivor. To date, PinkDrive has educated 39 226 women, provided 30 467 clinical breast examinations and done 4 203 free mammograms.(Images: Mandy Winter)MEDIA CONTACTS • Mandy Winter +27 11 699 1881Cadine PillayThe PinkDrive is an ongoing initiative dedicated to breast cancer, which powers mobile mammography and education units for women across South Africa, while promoting awareness. Through its mobile services, single mother of two, Mandy Winter, discovered she had breast cancer three years ago in October – the designated month for breast cancer awareness.Winter (43) was diagnosed with breast cancer after an assessment in the PinkDrive mammography truck at the end of October 2009. After several consultation visits, she was then given a choice by her surgeon to have either a lumpectomy and chemotherapy or a mastectomy.Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women. According to the South African National Cancer Registry, one in 29 South African women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. The statistics on breast cancer in South Africa are a growing concern, but this can be addressed through more education and access to facilities.Taking immediate actionWinter said she had a very good diagnosis of stage one breast cancer and was told that she was lucky the cancer was detected early, as the lump was small.“Working with the disease and with a bit of inside information, I chose to have a double mastectomy as I did not want to take the chance of it coming back in my other breast,” Winter says.Winter decided to have immediate reconstruction, which involved having tissue expanders implanted at the same time as the mastectomy. “I was told by my oncologist that I did not really need the chemo but they were doing it as a precautionary measure.”Winter finished her chemotherapy in March 2010 and her results were clear. Thereafter she was put on the oestrogen blocker Tamoxifen, as the cancer was oestrogen receptive.Reliving the nightmareSadly, because of incorrect chemotherapy, says Winter, the cancer was back in less than a year. “My diagnosis was two to three years to live if I redid the chemo.”This was in April 2011.  The thought of going through chemotherapy for a second time was devastating to Winter and the oncologist she was assigned to was callous and unsympathetic, she says.Winter went for a second opinion and the prognosis was much the same, but delivered with compassion and a positive outlook. “The second oncologist never gave me a death sentence, as was the case with the first oncologist, and was willing to try everything,” she says.Winter did not limit her resources to modern medication and treatments, but she also tried a different approach, that of a lifestyle change.“I decided to try everything that was available to me which included living a life of fun and laughter, and faith in God, which is the only thing that can get you through such devastating circumstances,” she firmly states.Realising your strength“You never know how strong you are, until being strong is the only choice you have,” says Winter, describing her journey with breast cancer.“Cancer has taught me to appreciate all the things in life that we so often take for granted. Being positive and smiling and laughing through one’s circumstances is the only way – the mind is the most powerful tool we have.“Dealing with cancer for me was 95% mental and 5% physical,” she says.Winter went on to have six sessions of chemotherapy, finishing them at the end of October 2011 – just in time for that year’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and exactly two years after first being diagnosed through PinkDrive.“I have just had my PET [positron emission tomography] scan and I am cancer free,” she says proudly.Like many cancer survivors, Winter has now dedicated her life to the cause that saved her life, and works with PinkDrive as the manager for its Shop 4 Cancer cause. Many of the items in the shop are handmade by Winter herself, who previously ran her own successful jewellery and craft shop.The Shop 4 Cancer raises funds for the PinkDrive mobile breast check units through sales of its items.A moving causeThere is a colossal need for early detection, which is why PinkDrive keeps its trucks on the road constantly. To date, PinkDrive has educated 39 226 women, provided 30 467 clinical breast examinations and done 4 203 free mammograms.The PinkDrive mobile unit offers affordable mammography services to women in the corporate sector, and also provides free scanning and breast cancer education to women in disadvantaged communities via the local clinics or hospitals without oncology facilities.The PinkDrive trucks currently have two mobile breast units, an education unit working in some 80 community health centres in Gauteng, and a mammography unit, which operates at three community health centres in the Cape Town area, under the Tygerberg Hospital jurisdiction. PinkDrive also collaborates with other cancer NGOs to increase the overall reach for cancer education and awareness.The PinkDrive corporate wellness days provide employers with the resources to address risks proactively by developing a healthcare and corporate wellness strategy for their staff, that includes educational and personalised breast health screenings.last_img read more

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Workers’ union seeks ‘sensitive’ officers

first_imgThe Bandhkaam Kamgar Sena, a city-based outfit working with labourers at construction sites, has written to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday demanding recruitment of more ‘sensitive’ labour officers to preclude tragedies like the Kondhwa wall collapse that resulted in the death of 15 workers and their kin, including women and children.The letter, also addressed to the Labour Minister, has strongly condemned the apathy and corruption in the labour office in Pune.“We urge the State government to ensure that after this tragedy, the Labour Welfare Board wakes up and register construction labourers so that they can avail of the benefits of the 28 welfare schemes announced by the State government… We hope in the near future that the labourer, who has done so much to change the face of Pune district, can at least dream of travelling by an airplane instead of his corpse being transported for last rites by the same conveyance,” reads the letter by Jayant Shinde, founder, Bandhkaam Kamgar Sena.In the letter, Mr. Shinde pointed out that in June 2013, a committee had been formed under the Deputy Labour Commissioner comprising a police officer, a labour officer and two staff inspectors.This panel was tasked with inspecting construction sites especially during the monsoon season so as to prevent tragedies like this.‘No action taken’ “But after a month, no action was taken by this committee which has long faded into oblivion. So, we have every reason to fear that despite the bureaucratic buzz following the Kondhwa tragedy, nothing will ultimately change and that any fresh policy directives drafted would only be confined to paper,” he said, speaking to The Hindu.Accusing the Labour Welfare Board of being in cahoots with builders, Mr. Shinde alleged that the office, ostensibly set up for the welfare of labourers, had no proper records of the number of labourer deaths or casualties at construction sites.Mr. Shinde said that in February this year he had written to the Labour Commissioner in Pune detailing instances of rampant corruption in the labour office.“We discovered instances of labour officials stamping blank registration forms and siphoning off government money intended for labourers. But no action was forthcoming on our letter. Again, when we sought information under the Right to Information (RTI) Act in March this year regarding labour fatalities in the past year, we were informed of deaths of only 40 labourers which is in stark contrast to our information of 80 deaths at construction sites and elsewhere,” Mr. Shinde said.He said that of these 40 ‘officially recorded’ fatalities, the labour office could furnish details of only half the casualties.As per rules, the builder or contractor has to pay the labour office ₹85 per worker as one-time registration fees which holds good for five years.“Very often, it is found that labour agents demand high sums for registration and end up not registering him at all. Aware of the corrupt practices of the authorities, the builder does not care about registering his workforce as he is aware that they will migrate soon after their work with him is done. This way, the labourer ends up an ‘orphan’, with no financial protection at all in the event of a mishap,” Mr. Shinde said. ‘Suspend ward engineer’Meanwhile, the Sambhaji Brigade has held authorities of the Pune Municipal Corporation responsible for the Kondhwa wall collapse.It accused PMC officials of corruption and demanded that a case of culpable homicide be lodged against city engineer Prashant Waghmare and the civic body authorities in Kondhwa.“We demand that Mr. Waghmare and the ward engineer and other civic authorities be held responsible for the Kondhwa incident and be immediately suspended. The PMC always gets into its ‘cover-up’ mode whenever such accidents occur and is prompt to pass the blame onto the builder,” said Santosh Shinde, Pune district president of the Brigade.He said nearly 60% of all new constructions coming up in Pune district were ‘illegal’, and alleged that corrupt civic body officials gave permission to builders without even visiting the site.An experts’ committee comprising Pune civic body officials and a team from the College of Engineering Pune (CoEP) have conducted a preliminary investigation of the mishap site. The committee has indicated that there were significant flaws in the construction of the retaining wall which crashed on to the labourers’ hutments in the wee hours of Saturday.last_img read more

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Allied performance sees the Alliance make their mark

first_img@Eden_RichardsThe Alliance have been the big movers on day two of the National Touch League, putting together a perfect day in the Women’s Elite Eight competition.One-touchdown wins against the New South Wales Country Mavericks and the New South Wales Mets sees them sitting pretty in the competition’s top three ahead of a huge third day of competition.It sets up a pivotal match-up with the top of the table Queensland Broncos on Friday morning, with the winner set to put themselves in prime position ahead of the finals.The highly fancied Broncos suffered their first loss of the competition on Thursday, outplayed by the New South Wales Scorpions who at that stage were unbeaten.But all this good work came undone in Round 5 of the tournament, with the Queensland Cowboys pulling off a huge upset to win 7-5 over the Scorpions.It’s now a hugely open tournament, with no unbeaten teams in the female side of the Elite Eight competition.The Broncos will still fancy their chances of going back-to-back, but the Scorpions have proved that the team from Queensland can be beaten.It means the Broncos, the Scorpions and the Alliance all sit on 16 competition points, with the Queensland Titans and Cowboys just trailing in 4th and 5th position respectively.Both the Titans and the Cowboys sit on 12 competition points and it looks as if this battle for 4th will be one of the main storylines on day three.Neither side can afford to give an inch if they are to sneak into the finals and make their mark in the knockout stage of the competition.  Unfortunately it looks like the Mets’ competition is all but over.Sitting in 6th, they are the hard luck story of the tournament after a disastrous day of play.It was a nightmare day two for the team from New South Wales, with a one-touchdown loss and a costly draw ruining any chances of a finals appearance in 2017.To make things worse, the Mets draw came against the winless New South Wales Rebels.The Rebels sit in 7th and will be playing for pride on day three after a poor showing on the first two days of competition.The Mets will know they should have beaten the Rebels and if they had been victorious they would still be in finals contention – what could have been.It leaves the Mavericks on the bottom of the table – still winless after five matches.The Cowboys’ touchdown machine Mary McLean leads the tournament with a personal tally of 13, but Bronco Katee Maller (10) and Scorpion Yasmin Meakes (10) closely follow her.Round 6 of matches will begin at 9:00AM on Friday morning at C.ex Coffs International Stadium. Related LinksElite 8 Women Day 2last_img read more

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