All the championships on offer are heading to the sunshine state after an emphatic final day performance by Queensland teams at the 2017 Defence Nationals in Brisbane.In the Men’s Open division, ACT/Country qualified for the big dance with a thrilling one touchdown victory over North Queensland in the Semi Final. The win set up a showdown with South Queensland A, the front runners all tournament and seeking an impressive sixth consecutive championship in a row nonetheless.If there were any thoughts that this game would be a walkover, they were quickly squashed with both teams scoring five touchdowns a piece in an enthralling try for try first half.In the second half the South Queensland boys got a small break thanks largely to Liam Ross’s third score for the match – a feat that would earn him the Player of the Final and eventually get his side to hold on to claim a 9-7 victory – their sixth consecutive Men’s Open championship.In the Plate Final Northern Territory A faced Sydney Metro, with the men from the territory edging out Sydney Metro 6-4 to claim the Plate Final.Men’s Open Grand Final Results: Championship: South Queensland A defeated ACT/Country (9-7)Plate Final: Northern Territory A defeated Sydney Metro (6 -4)Player of the Final: #4 Liam Ross (South Queensland A)Player of the Series: #23 Stephen Holmes (ACT/Country)In the Men’s 30s final it was an all-South Queensland affair with the undefeated South Queensland A team up against their B team teammates. The match was closer than many predicted thanks to a gutsy effort by South Queensland B, however South Queensland A showed their class led by Daniel Judas (Player of the Final) to eventually run out winners 8-5 and maintain their undefeated status.Men’s 30s Grand Final Results:Championship: South Queensland A defeated South Queensland B (8-5)Player of the Final: #5 Daniel Judas (South Queensland A)Player of the Series: #13 Matthew McKeon (South Queensland A)After success in both Men’s divisions South Queensland were looking to complete the trifecta in the Women’s Open division, however they were met by a formidable North Queensland outfit who had been mighty impressive all tournament in the Final.Despite a fighting performance by the southern girls, North Queensland proved far too strong in the final running away with the game in the second half to record a comfortable 8-2 victory.Sheree O’Grady was outstanding all tournament receiving both the Player of the Final and Series awards to go with her championship medallion.The win ensured a decisive victory for Queensland teams at this years nationals.Women’s Open Grand Final Results: North Queensland defeated South Queensland (8-2)Player of the Final: #1 Sheree O’Grady (North Queensland)Player of the Series: #1 Sheree O’Grady (North Queensland)Whilst South Queensland narrowly missed out on a clean sweep of all divisions they were duly recognized as the Champion CB for 2017. Northern Territory received the Most Improved CB.CB Awards Champion CB: South Queensland Defense Touch AssociationMost Improved CB: Northern Territory Defense Touch AssociationFinally, congratulations to following individuals who made the 2017 Defence Nationals Merit Teams in recognition of their outstanding performances throughout the tournament.2017 Defence Nationals Merit Teams Fran Hanson (Team Leader)Annette Coleman (Team Leader) Fran Hanson (Team Leader)Annette Coleman (Team Leader) Women’s Open Merit TeamSheree O’Grady (North Queensland)Amanda Thomas (North Queensland)Brooke Moselen (North Queensland)Courtney Kerr (North Queensland)Tanielle Larkin (North Queensland)Nicola Emsley (North Queensland)Nikki Hall (South Queensland)Sarah Patterson (South Queensland)Rebecca Ringma (South Queensland)Pauline Glassie (South Queensland)Melinda Mckeon (South Queensland)Sallyanne Reiners (South Queensland)Isobel Ponte (Sydney Metro)Mary Yakuac (Sydney Metro) Men’s Open Merit TeamStephen Holmes (ACT / Country)Matthew Bowker (ACT / Country)Owen Winkley (ACT / Country)Neil Wakeling (ACT / Country)Jonte Heirdsfield (ACT / Country)Gilbert Patterson (Sydney Metro)S Collinson (North Queensland)David Krause (North Queensland)B Kingston (North Queensland)Joshua Woo (South Queensland A)Jaruis Nolan (South Queensland A)Liam Ross (South Queensland A)Steven Johnson (South Queensland A)Sam Davidson (Northern Territory A)
Arsenal boss Emery lauds ‘humble’ Gabriel Martinelliby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal manager Unai Emery was full of praise for Gabriel Martinelli after his performance against Nottingham Forest.The youngster was one of several fringe players who got a chance in the Carabao Cup game, which Arsenal won 5-0.And Martinelli was singled out for praise by Emery in his post-match comments to the club’s official website.Emery said: “Martinelli is a very young player. But he came here and we were waiting and watching him, how he could improve with us and really, really in the pre-season he played very well. “He was working in each training with a big spirit and with a big performance and I spoke with him to have some passion for when he gets his opportunity to play, to do like he was doing in the training and the matches in the pre-season. Tonight he did that. “Really, he deserved it because he is very humble, a humble player and he fights, he is hungry to have that opportunity to help us and really it was perfect, his work tonight.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Though women make up 50% of moviegoers, they represent only 17% of creators in Hollywood, outnumbered by men in most roles within film and TV production, from writing and cinematography to production and editing jobs.To address the gender imbalance and bring more diversity to the screen, AT&T, Hello Sunshine, and Fresh Films have joined forces to create the AT&T Hello Sunshine Filmmaker Lab, an unforgettable opportunity for young women to immerse themselves in a professional film production and learn from industry experts, including Reese Witherspoon.“Everyone at Hello Sunshine is ecstatic about this program where we can share our resources with young female storytellers and filmmakers,” says Witherspoon, “Hopefully, it will provide young women with the tools to tell their own stories , and ultimately, start a chain reaction that leads to continued access and opportunity for them in our industry.”“AT&T is excited to collaborate with Hello Sunshine and Fresh Films to support the next generation of female filmmakers,” said Charlene Lake, senior vice president, corporate social responsibility, AT&T. “It is critical that we develop a pipeline of talent who will create content that captures diverse perspectives and stories. We’re looking forward to working with the exceptional young women selected for this program and supporting their journey as storytellers.”Through the AT&T Hello Sunshine Filmmaker Lab, which will be held in Los Angeles July 30-Aug. 6, teen girls will learn the ins-and-outs of storytelling and production as they rotate through all key filmmaking positions – from camera and editing to sound and costume – while being mentored by professionals from Fresh Films, AT&T and Hello Sunshine. Hello Sunshine was launched in November 2016 by Reese Witherspoon in partnership with The Chernin Group and AT&T under Otter Media’s growing portfolio.Girls 13-18 with a passion for storytelling and creating videos can apply online at www.att.com/filmmakerlab now through June 10 to become one of 20 teen girls selected for the experience.The program is free and open to teen girls of any experience level. And like in all Fresh Films programs, teen girls in the AT&T Hello Sunshine Filmmaker Lab program will gain career skills and practical experience on a real project. This hands-on, on-set experience will grow the teen’s problem solving, communication, collaboration and tech skills.Fresh Films’ past summer programs for teens have produced feature film “The Stream” featuring Mario Lopez and Rainn Wilson as well as Emmy-nominated kids’ TV show “Detectives Club.”“Fresh Films was a great program to work with. I thought the skills they were offering to teach were so priceless,” said Maya Brown, a Fresh Films alum who participated in the summer program sponsored by AT&T in 2017. “AT&T did a great job by sponsoring this program through influencing young minds to invest their time in something productive and magical.”Future employers of these female movie makers can take note: according to research compiled by Women and Hollywood, the inclusion of more female perspectives at all levels within the film industry results in more diverse and interesting storytelling.Additionally, female directors consistently employ more diverse production teams and casts, and films with diverse cast enjoy the highest median global box office. In short, bringing voices of women to the industry means making better and higher grossing movies.
TORONTO – The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce anticipates it will issue half as many new mortgages in the latter part of the year as it did in the same period of 2017 amid cooling in the real estate market.The bank has noticed a slowdown in the housing market in the last few months, likely due to changes to mortgage underwriting guidelines, Christina Kramer, CIBC’s group head of personal and small business banking for Canada, said Wednesday. Those changes include a new stress test for buyers who don’t need mortgage insurance, which has made it harder for some would-be homebuyers to qualify.“When we take a look at the second half, we continue to see that there will be origination decline, probably in around 50 per cent range relative to the same period last year,” Kramer told analysts on a call discussing CIBC’s results for its second quarter, ended April 30.CIBC, the first of Canada’s Big Six banks to report second-quarter results, announced a double-digit profit bump Wednesday, handily beating market expectations despite slowing growth in mortgage lending.Concern has been mounting over the impact of a cooling real estate market on mortgage loans at Canada’s biggest banks, as national housing sales activity reach lows not seen in several years.In April, home sales dropped to a seven-year low for the month that typically kicks off the busy spring real estate season. The Canadian Real Estate Association largely blamed a new stress test for uninsured mortgages that came info effect on Jan. 1. The new stress test requires would-be homebuyers with more than a 20 per cent down payment to prove they can service their mortgage if interest rates rise.CIBC’s said its quarterly profit attributable to common shareholders was $1.29 billion, up from $1.04 billion a year ago on strong results both at home and south of the border after some U.S. acquisitions last year.On an adjusted basis, it earned $1.32 billion, or $2.95 per diluted share for the quarter, up from $1.06 billion, or $2.64 a year earlier. Analysts had expected a profit of $2.81 per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.CIBC’s spot mortgage balance for the second quarter was $203 billion, up 6.8 per cent from a year ago, but flat compared with the first quarter. By comparison, in the second quarter of 2017, CIBC’s spot mortgage balance was up 12.4 per cent from the previous year and up 2.2 per cent from the previous quarter.In the latest quarter, the bank booked $7 billion in uninsured residential mortgage originations, down from $11 billion a year ago.“We’ve actually seen a very soft start with the spring market,” Kramer told analysts. “We don’t know whether that’s a bit of a pause in the market or consumers changing behaviour or waiting to see what happens.”The slowdown in mortgage originations at CIBC was welcomed by analysts, which had been concerned about how quickly the bank’s mortgage book was growing compared to its peers.“CIBC’s domestic residential mortgage growth was essentially flat, potentially relieving a relative overhang on the stock as investors have become increasingly concerned with CM’s relative exposure,” Barclays analyst John Aiken said in a research note.Real estate secured lending accounted for 49 per cent of total net loans across the Big Six Canadian banks during the fiscal first quarter of 2018, according to a recent CIBC World Markets report. CIBC had the highest exposure among its peers, at 62.8 per cent.Kramer said CIBC has become less reliant on real estate lending for revenues.“A year ago, two-thirds of our revenue would be directly related to our mortgage performance and our mortgage business. And today that’s about one-quarter.”In other banking operations, CIBC’s U.S. commercial banking and wealth management arm saw net income in the second quarter jump by 431 per cent year-over-year to $138 million, helped by its acquisition of Chicago-based PrivateBancorp, which closed in June 2017.The lender’s domestic commercial banking and wealth management arm earned $310 million for the quarter, marking a nine per cent increase from the same period a year ago. However, its capital markets arm saw a seven per cent decrease in net income to $249 million compared with one year ago.Despite headwinds in the Canadian real estate market, CIBC’s chief executive Victor Dodig said the bank expects to continue generating strong earnings growth in excess of its five per cent target going forward, if macroeconomic environment conditions remain benign or relatively positive.However, Shannon Stemm, an analyst with Edward Jones based in St. Louis., said while it appears CIBC’s diversification is paying off, questions remain about how it will compensate for lower mortgage revenues.“It could be difficult for them to continue to offset such a big chunk of what’s been driving growth, over the next couple of years.”Companies in this story: (TSX:CM)
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Shortly thereafter, at 7:20 am, the Fort St John RCMP received a report of a stolen backhoe. The backhoe was located just over an hour later at the corner of 87th Ave and 74th St.Fort St John RCMP obtained surveillance video which provided the following photo of the suspect pickup truck. All three thefts are believed to be related.The vehicle is described as:early 2000’s white Ford F-150single cab long boxblack front bumper and grillorange sticker of a skull wearing a helmet on the back window on the right sideThe male driver is described as:approximately 45 years oldmedium to light brown hairbeardwearing a t-shirt and blue jeans with a hi-vis vest.“The description and photo of this truck show it has some unique features”, said Cst Chad Neustaeter. “The RCMP hope the public will recognize the truck and assist with locating the truck and driver.”The Fort St John RCMP continue to investigate and are asking anyone who has information about this incident or can assist in locating this vehicle, please contact the Fort St John RCMP at 250-787-8100. Should you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online at www.crimestoppersnebc.ca. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The RCMP suspect three thefts are related to a white Ford pickup.The RCMP received a report of a stolen flat deck trailer that had been found abandoned near 87th Ave and 72nd Street on June 11, 2019, at approximately 5:30 am.That same morning, at just after 6 am, the Fort St John RCMP received a report of a man attempting to steal a flat deck utility trailer from a parking lot in the area of 92nd Ave and 100th St. The man was approached but then ran to his vehicle and drove away at a high rate of speed.
Kolkata: Police recovered the body of a woman and rescued her one-and-a-half-month-old baby, who was found beside her, from a room at a lodge at Dankuni in Hooghly on Wednesday night.According to a source, on Wednesday, around 1:30 pm, a couple along with a baby arrived at the lodge located near the Delhi Road and hired a room. They posed themselves as husband and wife. Around 4:30 pm, some lodge staff heard the baby crying. As the baby didn’t stop crying, one of them went to the room. He found that the door of room was open. When he entered the room he saw the woman identified as Pinki Ghosh (25) was lying unconsciously and the baby was crying on the bed. Dankuni police station was immediately informed. Later, the police rushed Ghosh to a local hospital where doctors declared her brought dead. It is suspected that Ghosh died of strangulation. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaWhile scrutinising the documents provided by Ghosh and the unknown youth at the time of check-in, the police came to know about her identity and address. Police sources informed that they came to know that Ghosh was resident of Bhattanagar at Liluah in Howrah from her Aadhar card. Accordingly, the Liluah police station was informed and Ghosh family was informed by officers of Liluah police station. After her family members lodged a complaint, police officers initiated a murder case against the unknown youth. Police officers checked the CCTV camera footage of the lodge where the youth was seen moving out of the lodge during the evening. Cops are also checking the documents provided by him to verify if they are original or not. Till Thursday night, the suspected youth could not be traced.
Kolkata: The people of Bandwan in Purulia demanded exemplary punishment of those involved in the murder of a teenage girl whose decomposed body was recovered from the forest recently. A march was held on Saturday afternoon to condemn the killing of 17-year-old Manika Mahato, a student of Dr Amarnath Jha Higher Secondary School. She was studying in Class XII and had scored over 95% marks in Madhyamik Examination. The residents demanded that the CID should probe the incident and also sought the resignation of the Officer-in-Charge of Bandwan police station within seven days. Manika went missing on May 3. Her family members faced many hardships before they could lodge a complaint. Her decomposed body was recovered on May 10. The police are yet to recover her school bag and purse. Locals alleged that initially, the police had refused to take complaint and finally accepted it after prolonged persuasion. They also alleged that Manika might have been tortured before being murdered. They further alleged that a section of the media has been trying to hide the criminals and the owner of the vehicle that had been used.