first_imgAfter blockbuster Dabangg Sonakshi Sinha is all set to make a comback in Rowdy Rathore along with Akshay Kumar.Bollywood’s original Khiladi Akshay Kumar returns to what he is best at- action. He will be seen packing some hardcore kicks and punches in Prabhu Deva directed Rowdy Rathore when it releases Friday.Made with a budget of approximately Rs.40 crore, the film is a remake of Telugu film Vikramarkudu. It is co-produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Ronnie Screwvala. The film will be released in 2,300 screens in India and around 400 screens overseas.The film revolves around Shiva (Akshay), who is a small-time conman. He is head-over-heels in love with Priya (Sonakshi Sinha), a pretty girl whom he met at a wedding he wasn’t invited to. The picture perfect world of Shiva turns upside down with the entry of six-year-old girl Neha, who believes he is her father.Shiva also becomes the victim of a series of life threatening attacks by a gang of deadly criminals, who seem to know something he doesn’t. In the quest to save his life and love, Shiva stumbles upon a deadly secret, something which takes him to a small town in Bihar.That town is ruled by a ruthless MLA and the mafia he controls. The inhabitants of the small town find a saviour in Shiva.Akshay is said to have learned combat karate for his role in the film. He is seen sporting a rugged look in the film. The movie bosses had launched an online hunt for Akshay’s look for Rowdy Rathore.The cast and crew of the film had a tough time shooting in Karnataka’s temple town of Hampi. The shoot was disrupted after activists alleged that the makers didn’t use the minimum number of local dancers that they had promised.Sonakshi’s red sari act in the song Chhammak challo chail chabeeli has compelled people to draw comparisons with Kareena Kapoor’s Chhammak chhallo in RA.One. However, the actress brushes it off as mere co-incidence and insists the two songs should not be compared.Filmmakers have been coming up with innovative ways of promoting a film or launching the music and Rowdy Rathore too tried a new trick. The film’s music was launched in a chawl in Mumbai.This will be Sonakshi’s second release after blockbuster Dabangg.After this, Akshay and Sonakshi will appear together in Joker and strike a hattrick with Once Upon A Time Again.Two of the film’s songs have a slew of Southern and Hindi film actors making a special appearance. While Chinta ta chita has Tamil star Vijay, Kareena Kapoor, Rajesh Hamal and Prabhu Deva himself, Aa re pritam pyaare has Maryam Zakaria, Shakti Mohan, Mumaith Khan and Amit Kumar.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgGrand Final action in the 2007 Senior National Touch League has been fast and furious in sweltering conditions at the BCU Coffs Harbour International Stadium.In the Women’s 40s division Sharkies carried their momentum from a stunning semi-final upset over three time champions Scorpions all the way to NTL glory when they defeated the Tropical North Queensland Cyclones 7-4 in an entertaining grand final on Field one.Sharkies went to the break 2-1 up and the game looked evenly poised at oranges.From the restart former Australian Women’s Open representative Julie Styles scythed through for Cyclones to balance the ledger at 2-2.The two teams traded touchdowns and at 3-3  the game ebbed and flowed with each team searching for the vital chink in the opposition’s armour.Cyclones edged in front 4-3, and looked to be getting on top.Val Harrington evened the game up 4-4 and the championship minutes begun.Sharkies Lisa Miller broke the Cyclones back with back to back touchdowns, engineered by Terri Kronk.Virginia Ingham then sealed the deal for Sharkies with a late touchdown for a 7-4 triumph.Scorers: Sharks 7 – Miller (2), Kronk (1), Pearce (1), Jones (1), Harrington (1) Ingham (1)Cyclones 4 – Desbois (1), Styles (1), Stringini (1), Alison (1)Player of the Final: Heather Desbois (Cyclones)Player of the Series: Terri Kronk (Sharks)The Men’s 50s Grand final resulted in a 3-1 victory to Brisbane Cobras over first time finalists and hometown heroes Northern Eagles.Peter Hawes, Arthur Higgs, and Rob Mc Carthy took the Brisbane boys out to a commanding 3-0 lead before Terry Cohen scored for the Eagles midway through the second half to put the undefeated Cobras on notice that the locals would not go quietly, and at 3-1 the door was slightly ajar.Cobras stiffened their defence again and stood firm to complete a 3-1 victory and claim their first title in this division in NTL history.Scorers:Cobras 3 – Higgs (1), Hawes (1), Mc Carthy (1)Northern Eagles -1 – Cohen (1)Player of the Final: Peter Hawes (Cobras)Player of the Series: Kev Hickey (Cobras)The Men’s 45s title went to local favourites the Northern Eagles with a dour 1-0 victory over Southern Suns.Ian Saunders scored early for the Northern Eagles and the game was end to end as both teams created many opportunities that could not be converted.The Eagles hung on and celebrated their first victory in this division since their hat trick of titles in 1998, 1999, and 2000.Scorers:Northern Eagles – Saunders (1)Southern Suns – (0)The Richard Hamilton Memorial Medal for Player of the Final: Steve Hancock (Eagles)Player of the Series: John Clune (Southern Suns)In the Men’s 40s division the crowd was treated to a feast of flowing football with the star studded Scorpions outfit firing all the early salvos, at one point skipping out to a 5 – 1 lead against a rattled Southern Suns.Led by the Cheung brothers David and Jeff, Brett Gillard, and Australian Men’s 40 Years World Cup Captain Tim Kitchingham, the Scorps boys were looking the goods for their third title on the trot.Dave Elliott and Gary Lawless dragged the Suns back into the contest, but the Suns had given the experienced Scorps combination just too much of a start and despite fighting back to breath respectability back into the scoreline, went down 8-5 as the full time siren sounded.Scorers:Scorpions 8 – Collins (2), Keyes (1), Cheung J (1), Gillard (1), Mc Donald (1), Duguid (1), Stephens (1),Suns 5 –  Elliott (2), Lawless (1), Hearnden (1), Mc Dermott (1)Player of the Final: David Cheung (Scorpions)Player of the Series: Andy Yiangou (Mets)In the Men’s 35s South Queensland Sharks defeated a gallant Scorpions 6-5.The star studded Sharks line up with seven former Australian Open representatives have dominated proceedings all week and were expected to go on with the job today against a Scorpions team that were performing solidly, rather than spectacularly.Dave Roberts had the footy on a string and came out breathing fire for the Scorps. He was the architect of the Scorps attack, playing a hand in all of his team’s touchdowns.Scorps shocked the defending champions getting out to a 5-3 lead until mid way through the second half when the Sharkies got one back to trail by one.The mercurial Dave ‘Rager’ Raper, directing traffic better than Tom Croyden at peak hour in Mount Thomas, then produced a long ball from heaven to put the Sharkies back on level terms at 5-5.With time ticking away, and so many big name champions on the field, something had to give.Two minutes from time, it was appropriate that the biggest name of them all stepped up to the plate to produce the match winner.Scorps were hot on attack, when TFA Hall of Fame member and former Australian Men’s Open Captain Scott “Wommie” Notley instinctively snaffled an intercept off his own line and galloped 70 metres to clinch the title for the Sharks.Scorps had one last throw of the dice through Dave Roberts, but Dave Raper tidied up to send the Shark Tank into raptures with their back to back titles in the Men’s 35s division.Scorers:South Queensland Sharks – 6 – Notley (2), Daniels (1), Hope (1), Willett (1), Cashman (1)Scorpions -5- Martin (2), Leonard (1), Browne (1), Beale (1)Player of the Final : Ian Daniels (Sharks)Player of the Series: Shane Rigby (Sharks)The Women’s 30s Final was an absolute thriller with the Hunter Western Hornets getting home in a drop-off 6-5 over a gallant Rustlers team.Rustlers got out to an early 2-0 lead before Hunter Western Hornets pegged one back just before half time.The game ebbed and flowed and was up for grabs with Hunter Western Hornets getting back to 2-2 before the two sides traded two more touchdowns before regular time expired.Scores were locked at 4-4 at full time.Hornets had first use of the footy and scored through Kellie Johnson after a short side switch play.The Rustlers girls refused to go quietly into the afternoon and Tracey Upton crafted a touchdown for Wendy Evans to keep the drop off and Rustlers title hopes alive.In the ensuing set, Hunter Western Hornet’s Annette Zeman hit a gap through the middle to score her second touchdown for the game and wrap up the region’s first title in this division since 2003.Scorers:Hunter Western Hornets – 6 – Johnson (2), Hampton (2), Zeman (2)Rustlers – 5 – Kelly (2), Evans (2), Keating (1)Player of the Final : Kellie Johnson (Hornets)Player of the Series: Debbie Potts (Hornets)The Men’s 30s Final was a sensationational display of power touch from the Southern Suns who destroyed the Defence Force Warriors 12 -2 in an exceptional display of  controlled rucking and expansive ball play.Australian Open Men’s star Matt Curran led the way, but was well supported by Chris ‘Tarlo’ Tarlinton who bagged a hat trick of touchdowns along with Charles Nye.World Cup representatives Dean Taylor and Ben Smith also stood up to play dominant roles for the Suns.The Suns boys had raced to a 5-0 lead by oranges and went right on with the job in the second stanza.The Suns boys dedicated their victory to Rod Wise, the Suns hard working and dedicated Tour Leader for many years who has announced his retirement from the role.Scorers:Southern Suns – 12 – Tarlinton (3), Nye (3), Curran (1), Carter (1), Giason (1), Smith (1), Monterosso (1), Oyston (1)Defence Force Warriors – 2 – Petrovic (1), Softley (1)Player of the Final: Dean Taylor (Southern Suns)Player of the Series: Matt Curran (Southern Suns)For the results and tables for all divisons go to the TFA SPORTINGPULSE WEBSITElast_img read more

first_imgThe NSWTA State Conference aims to improve the delivery of Touch Football with a specific focus on our Affiliates and volunteers. Presentations are made throughout the weekend aimed to assist and enhance the ability of affiliates to provide a better product for our members. The Conference offers a tremendous opportunity to learn what other Touch Associations are doing as well the networking with members from across the State including Regional and State Officials.Delegates arriving on Friday, 25 July 2008 will be VIP Guests at the Vawdon Cup. On Saturday, 26 July 2008 a Blues Dinner will be held of which former Australian cricketer and commentator Kerry O’Keeffe. The Blues Dinner will recognise NSWTA best Affiliates, Regions, Administrators, Players, Juniors, Volunteers, Referees, Coaches and Selectors. The 2008 NSWTA Blues Awards winners and Hall of Fame inductees will also be recognised on the night.The nominees are:Affiliate of the YearSix regional winners and one State winner. SunsWagga TAKiama Juniors TA (Stingrays)Albion Park TA RebelsEast’s TAUNSW TABankstown Juniors TA MetsPenrith TALower Blue Mountains TABlacktown TA ScorpionsManly TARyde Eastwood TANorth’s TA HornetsPeninsula TAParkes TAWallsend TA EaglesGlen Innes TATamworth TAInverell Juniors TA Administrator of the Year John Ryan East’s TAJulie Andrews Wallsend TAElijah Van Der Kwast UNSW TALinda Bruce Glen Innes TA Region of the Year SunsHornetsMets Rod Wise Medal- Volunteer of the Year Kellie Johnston Wallsend TAChris Dolahenty Wagga TAGary Brickell Wollongong TA Coach of the Year Andrew Hawkins Wallsend TAPeter Forrester Canterbury TAMick McDonald Wests TAAnnette Mounsey Wollongong TA Selector of the Year Craig May Taren Point TABob Monkley Yass TAMel McMah Easts TATim Kitchingham Penrith TANatilee Sargeant State PanelMale Player of the Year Joel Willoughby Canterbury TAGary Sonda Canterbury TAJason Stanton Wests TASteve Roberts Canterbury TA Female Player of the Year Kristy Judd Easts TAClare Winchester Canterbury TANola Campbell Wests TALouise Winchester Canterbury TA Junior Male Player of the Year Ben Moylan Penrith TAMichael Singh Wests TANick Good Penrith TA Junior Female Player of the Year Nicky Albury Wests TAAmy Regal Wollongong TAStephanie Halpin Tamworth TA For all information regarding the NSWTA State Conference and Blues Dinner please visit www.nswtouch.com.au to stay up to date with developments.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The National Housing Bank’s direction to housing finance companies to desist from providing loans under subvention scheme will lead to increase in interest cost for homebuyers and aggravate the liquidity crunch faced by real estate developers, according to two apex bodies of the realty industry. Worried over frauds by builders, the National Housing Bank (NHB) has asked housing finance companies (HFCs) to “desist” from offering loans under interest subvention scheme wherein real estate developers pay pre-EMIs (equated monthly instalments) on behalf of homebuyers for a certain period. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe direction has been issued by the NHB in view of several complaints of frauds allegedly committed by certain builders using subvention schemes. When contacted, CREDAI President Satish Magar said, “It should not have been done. This will increase the interest cost for homebuyers as builders were paying EMIs on behalf of customers for certain period. There was not much harm from this scheme”. He, however, ruled out any negative impact on housing sales and liquidity situation of developers. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostBut, NAREDCO President Niranjan Hiranandani is of the view that this move will further affect the project funding. “In the aspect where it seeks to control frauds, it is obviously welcome, although the side effect will be further drying up of project funds,” he said. The real estate industry is “desperately” looking for the government support to come out form the liquidity crunch, Hiranandani said. He stressed the need for alternative funding sources for the developers. Anarock Chairman Anuj Puri said, “This will definitely put even more strain on many developers’ already precarious liquidity situation.” In order to attract more buyers for their projects and also raise funds for their construction, Puri said many real estate developers had resorted to offering various subvention schemes. “In these schemes, the developer basically took it on himself to repay the home loan amount on behalf of the buyer for a certain agreed period. In some cases, buyers were also taken for a ride if they didn’t read the terms and conditions carefully,” he added. Gulam Zia, executive director (valuation & advisory, retail & hospitality) of Knight Frank India, said the transaction volumes may come down in metro cities in the absence of the subvention scheme. “Subvention schemes are offered by reputed and A-grade developers on whom financial lenders had enough confidence. About 10-12 per cent of home loan market in top-8 cities were subvention schemes,” Zia said, adding that it was one of the most important schemes used by developers to induce purchase by homebuyers for under-construction properties. Ozone Group CEO Srinivasan Gopalan said, “This is good in the long run for developers. However, we do not appreciate any abrupt change overnight. This throws the entire planning out of gear.” He added that the subvention scheme had a lot of advantages to the customer as well as the financial risk on construction delays was wholly on the developer. Bengaluru-based Salarpuria Sattva group Managing Director Bijay Agarwal said buyers who were attracted to properties merely based on lucrative schemes would be discouraged. “In the long term, this maybe a good initiative from the government. It may bring stability among homebuyers and stop speculation,” he added.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate on Friday said it has attached assets worth over Rs 3 crore in Delhi, Punjab and Goa in connection with a money laundering probe linked to an online drug trafficking case. The federal probe agency has issued a provisional order, under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), for attachment of immovable and movable assets of people identified as Amit Kohli, Diwakar Gupta and others here and the two other states. The total value of the attached properties is Rs 3.14 crore, it said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The Enforcement Directorate filed a criminal case against the accused on the basis of a complaint filed by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act. “The accused persons were involved in illegal online export of prescription drugs and psychotropic substances after taking online orders from US-based clients and the orders were being delivered through the post office,” the ED said in a statement. It said several properties and bank accounts belonging to the accused, their relatives and a firm, Ad Buildwell Pvt Ltd, have been identified. “The accused have acquired ten immovable properties in Delhi, Goa and Punjab and also deposited money in their bank accounts disproportionate to their legal income during the period 2003-2008.last_img read more

first_imgVirtual and augmented reality startups have raised US$2.5 billion (€2.09 billion) so far this year, equaling the record for AR/VR investment in a single 12 month period more than a month before the end of 2017.This is according to Digi-Capital’s Augmented / Virtual Reality Report and Deals Database, which claims that, by sector, a third of all investments went into AR/VR tech with just under a quarter going towards smart glasses, primarily due to the company Magic Leap.“Games took more than US$1 of every US$10 raised, with AR/VR navigation, photo/video, peripherals, entertainment and social startups also raising significant amounts,” according to the report.“The remainder of investment was spread more broadly across startups in AR/VR advertising, art/design, business, eCommerce, education, enterprise/B2B, lifestyle, location-based, medical, music, news, solutions/services, sports, travel/transport, utilities and VR headset sectors.”Digi-Capital said that companies in the AR/VR space have already raised US$1bn in the fourth quarter of this year – only the second time the billion dollar figure has been reached in a single quarter.This is thanks to secretive AR firm Magic Leap raising US$502 million in in Series D equity funding last month, and Pokemon Go studio Niantic’s new raise of US$200 million.last_img read more