SYDNEY, Australia (CMC) – There was little joy for West Indies star Stafanie Taylor or her Sydney Thunder side as they slumped to their second loss in three outings in the Women’s Big Bash here yesterday.Playing at Blacktown International Sportspark, Thunder were restricted to a meagre 115 for eight off their 20 overs and Brisbane Heat – without Taylor’s injured Windies teammate Deandra Dottin – cruised to their target with seven balls remaining, to pull off a comfortable nine-wicket victory.Despite the loss, the reigning champions remained second in the standings on nine points, just one point adrift of leaders and city rivals, Sydney Sixers.Heat, meanwhile, moved into fifth spot on eight points, in a tightly bunched top six separated by a mere two points.Opting to bat first, Thunder struggled from the outset and only captain Alex Blackwell with 43 from 49 balls displayed any real enterprise.Taylor, without a half-century in the tournament, struck two fours in nine before becoming the first wicket to fall in the third over.Blackwell helped put on 32 for the fourth wicket with Nicola Carey (16) to leave Thunder on 80 for three in the 15th over but five wickets tumbled for 31 runs at the end as their challenge fizzled.In reply, opener Beth Mooney struck an unbeaten 75 from 66 deliveries to energise the Heat run chase.She put on 63 for the first wicket with Kirby Short (13) and a further 54 in an unbroken second-wicket partnership with Jess Jonassen (20 not out).
Today is your last chance to sign up for the Sydney 2009 World Masters Games, with registrations for the world’s largest multi-sport event closing at 5.00pm tonight.“We’re ringing the bell for the final lap of the Games registration marathon,” Games Chair Margy Osmond said. “You may have left your run late but there’s still time to grasp the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity the Games provide all sport-crazy adults.“The Games represent an unprecedented chance for everyday people, regardless of their ability in their selected sport, to have the extraordinary experience of taking part in an Olympic-style event in the city responsible for the best-ever Olympics.“To enter the Games people only need to meet the minimum age requirement for their chosen sport, which is as low as 25 years for swimming and diving and no higher than 35 for any of the 28 popular sports on the competition program.“It doesn’t matter how good you are. All that matters is your desire to celebrate being fit, fun and forever young this October with the many thousands of local, national and international sportspeople who’ve signed up for the Games already.”The standard Games competitor registration fee is $220 and includes entry into a sports competition, public transport for two weeks and the opportunity to take part in the largest athletes’ parade ever during the Opening Ceremony at ANZ Stadium.“Not everyone gets to go to the Olympics but everyone aged 25 plus can put up their hands for the next best thing, this year’s Games in Sydney,” Ms Osmond said.“Don’t let the Games begin without you! Register before it’s too late and be part of what’ll be the next unforgettable international sports event in Sydney.”Games registrations are open at www.2009worldmasters.com.Related Filesdeadline-pdf
Barcelona fullback Jordi Alba admits new contract frustrationby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona fullback Jordi Alba has again expressed frustration over a lack of progress regarding new contract talks.He has a contract until the summer of 2020, but would like to move forward with talks on a new deal.”It doesn’t just depend on me, as it also depends on the club,” he said after victory over Celta Vigo.”When I signed for Barcelona it wasn’t for money.”I came here for the feeling and because it is my home.”In the end, it’s not enough to say that I’m a great player, as actions also matter.”A deadline? When the contract ends.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Helton LetterClay Helton has taken over as interim coach at USC for the second time in his tenure, and he should provide the program with some much-needed stability. After assuming the head coaching duties, Helton produced a letter for the entire USC family, which USC shared on its official athletics Twitter account last night. Upon taking over as interim head coach, Clay Helton wrote a letter to YOU, the #TrojanFamily. #FightOn pic.twitter.com/dA6M7xCev8— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) October 14, 2015Classy move. Helton and his players will get their first chance to “Fight On” this Saturday when they take on their nationally ranked arch-rival Notre Dame at 7:30 PM EST in South Bend. The game will be televised on NBC.
CALGARY – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says a decision by the City of Burnaby, B.C., to take its fight over the Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion to the Supreme Court is showboating.Notley said the city doesn’t have any hope of stopping the pipeline expansion in the courts.“If I were a taxpayer in Burnaby, regardless of my position on the pipeline, I would be very irritated to see my mayor throwing good money after bad in terms of a legal fight which I’m sure every single lawyer who has given him advice has told him they don’t have any hope of succeeding in,” she said in Calgary Wednesday.“He’s going to showboat all he wants and people will judge them accordingly.”Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan said Tuesday the city will ask the country’s highest court for leave to appeal a lower court ruling last week.The Federal Court of Appeal dismissed a bid by Burnaby and the B.C. government to challenge a National Energy Board decision that cleared the way for Kinder Morgan Canada to bypass local bylaws during pipeline construction.The expansion project would triple the amount of diluted bitumen from Alberta to Burnaby’s port for shipment overseas.The federal government approved the pipeline expansion in 2016, but the project faces significant opposition in B.C. Thousands of people have rallied in protest and the provincial government has raised concerns about the pipeline’s possible environmental and economic impact.There are still a number of other legal decisions pending on the pipeline, including a review by the Federal Court of Appeal of the decision by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet to approve the project and a review by B.C.’s highest court of the decision by the former provincial government to approve the pipeline.Premier John Horgan is also seeking a legal ruling on whether his province can restrict increased amounts of oil from coming into B.C. while his government reviews oil-spill safety measures.Notley said “willy-nilly” legal challenges — like Burnaby’s leave to appeal to the Supreme Court — will not deter investors.“I think the idea is that you hope to make investors uncertain but, at a certain point, investors have good lawyers too and they understand when they’re real legal challenges and when they are showpieces.”(Companies in this story: TSX:KML)
LOS ANGELES — CBS says it has sold Television City, its Los Angeles headquarters and production facility, to a real estate developer for $750 million.Shows on Television City sound stages include “The Late Late Show with James Corden” and “The Price is Right.” They will continue to be based there for at least five more years.CBS said Monday that the buyer is Hackman Capital Partners and that it will have the right to use the Television City name in connection with its future operations on the property.The media giant says the sale will increase its “financial flexibility.”CBS purchased the property in 1950 when it expanded operations from New York to the West Coast.Shows produced there include “All In The Family,” ”Three’s Company,” and “America’s Got Talent.”The Associated Press
CALGARY, A.B. – Suncor Energy Inc. says Steve Williams will retire as chief executive after the company’s annual meeting next May.Williams, 62, joined Suncor in 2002 and took the helm of Canada’s largest energy producer by market capitalization from longtime CEO Rick George when he retired in 2012.Williams has been one of the more outspoken CEOs in the oilpatch, insisting recently the company will approve no new major expansion projects until Canada’s export pipeline access problem is resolved. He has also led the way in support for environmental initiatives and was one of four energy company leaders to stand alongside Alberta Premier Rachel Notley in 2015 when she unveiled the province’s sweeping climate plan, which included a growing carbontax.The company says Mark Little, 56, will trade in his chief operating officer title to become president effective immediately and will assume the CEO’s role in May.Little joined Suncor in 2008 and has served in several leadership roles in the company’s oilsands and international and offshore operations.
Canadian Natural says a curtailment program announced by the Alberta government last weekend designed to remove 325,000 barrels per day of oil from the province’s over-taxed pipelines has already resulted in stronger forward crude prices in January.It says it will monitor those prices and the progress of the stalled Keystone XL and Trans Mountain expansion export pipelines with the option to increase its spending by about $700 million next year if signals warrant.The company says production in 2019 is targeted to be between 1.03 million and 1.12 million barrels of oil equivalent per day, with a product mix of about 76 percent oil and natural gas liquids and 24 percent dry natural gas. CALGARY, A.B. – Oilsands producer Canadian Natural Resources is setting its 2019 capital budget at $1-billion less than its “normalized” range but says it will ramp up spending if heavily discounted oil prices in Western Canada rebound.The Calgary-based company says it is targeting a 2019 base capital program of $3.7 billion, about 20 percent below its preferred range of $4.7 billion to $5.0 billion.The program includes about $3.1 billion needed to maintain production and $600 million to be spent on long-term growth projects.
Dubai: India opener Smriti Mandhana broke into the top three of the ICC Womens Twenty20 International batting rankings, released on Sunday. Mandhana was India’s highest scorer, with 72 runs in three matches, in what was a dismal series for the home team as they suffered a 3-0 sweep by England in Guwahati. Mandhana took the place of West Indies all-rounder Deandra Dottin who moved up a spot to second place displacing Mandhana’s India team-mate Jemimah Rodrigues. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherRodrigues totalled just 15 runs in the three-match series and took a tumble to sixth position. New Zealand’s Suzie Bates continued to hold the top spot, with 765 points, extending the gap between her and second-placed Dottin to 38 points. The rest of the top-five remained unchanged, with Australia captain Meg Lanning retaining the fourth position with 695 points, followed by Stafanie Taylor with just one point less. India captain Harmanpreet Kaur who missed the England series with ankle injury went down two spots to No.9, allowing New Zealand all-rounder Sophie Devine to climb to No. 7, followed by Australia wicket-keeper Beth Mooney. Mooney’s team-mate Alyssa Healy retained her position to round off the top ten. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenMeanwhile, England wicket-keeper Sarah Taylor fell six places to No. 24, as did her team-mate Jenny Gunn who slipped to No. 61. Lauren Winfield, however, moved up eight places to No. 45. India’s Deepti Sharma moved up five places to the 71st position. But the biggest mover was England’s Sophia Dunkley, who barged into the top 100 by moving 16 places to 86th position. India’s Pooja Vastrakar went out of the top 100, tumbling 11 places to 103. There were significant changes among bowlers too. While Megan Schutt and Poonam Yadav the top two in the bowlers’ charts, Ellyse Perry, the Australia all-rounder, moved up one spot to No. 3, followed by New Zealand’s Leigh Kasperek, who was fourth after jumping two places. The biggest mover, however, was Radha Yadav. She moved up five positions and is now No. 5 in the bowlers rankings, level with South Africa’s Shabnim Ismail. However, that meant Anya Shrubsole slid two places to No. 7. Her team-mate Sophie Ecclestone also took a massive tumble, falling seven places to No. 10. Deepti Sharma was another to have a poor time of it against England, and she fell ten places to No. 24 after the latest update. However, Katherine Brunt rose 12 places and is now No. 35. The all-rounders charts were largely unchanged — Dottin still leads the charts, and Bangladesh’s Salma Khatun rounds off the top ten. However, Hayley Matthews has displaced Natalie Sciver at No. 6.
Binge drinking in adolescence, even if discontinued, may increase the risk for anxiety later in life, according to a study led by an Indian origin scientist. “Binge drinking early in life modifies the brain and changes connectivity in the brain, especially in the amygdala, which is involved in emotional regulation and anxiety, in ways we don’t totally understand yet,” said a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago in the US, and lead author of the study. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”But what we do know is that epigenetic changes are lasting, and increase susceptibility to psychological issues later in life, even if drinking that took place early in life is stopped,” he said in a statement. “Epigenetics” refers to chemical changes to DNA, RNA, or specific proteins associated with chromosomes that change the activity of genes without changing the genes themselves, according to the study published in the journal Biological Psychiatry. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardEpigenetic alterations are required for the normal development of the brain, but they can also be modified in response to environmental or even social factors, such as alcohol and stress. These kinds of epigenetic alterations have been linked to changes in behaviour and disease, researchers said. Adolescent rats were exposed to ethanol (a type of alcohol) for two days on and two days off or to the same protocol using saline for 14 days. All rats underwent an assessment for anxiety. The researchers exposed adolescent rats to a regimen designed to mimic binge drinking. Those rats exhibited anxious behaviour later in life, even if the binge drinking regimen stopped in late adolescence and the rats were allowed to mature to adulthood without any further exposure to alcohol. Rats with less Arc also had about 40 per cent fewer neuronal connections in the amygdala compared with rats that were not exposed to alcohol.