Super Trans Tasman A Family Affair

first_imgNot many opportunities arise in sport where families can represent Australia at the same time, but the creation of the 2013 Super Trans Tasman Series will see several families in the Australian contingent get to share the honour together. One of the families sharing the experience are the Gillards, with Brett representing Australia in the Men’s 50’s side and son Josh wearing the green and gold for the first time from Tuesday in the 20’s Boys team. The Gillards are just one of many family combinations that are in the Australian contingent for the Super Trans Tasman, which include twins Amy and Holly Smith, marriages including Dylan and Emily Hennessey and Erin and Dean Taylor and sisters Sarah and Laura Peattie, just to name a few. We caught up with the Gillards in the lead up to the 2013 Super Trans Tasman Series about sharing the experience together and how much it means to wear the green and gold jersey. Congratulations to both of you for making your respective Australian teams, how much are you looking forward to the Super Trans Tasman Series?Brett: Enormously, it’s always a great opportunity when you play for Australia and it’s extra special to have Josh there, I’m filled with a lot of pride to watch him play, that’ll be really special. Josh: I’m stoked, it’s a pretty big honour to represent your country and like Dad said it’s pretty special that I get to be over there with him. Was it ever a thought that maybe one day you could represent Australia at the same time?Brett: I had always hoped that we may end up somewhere like that, only a couple of years ago we were both playing in the same Premier League side, so that was nice to reach that level. I sort of figured that it wasn’t going to happen at a New South Wales level, we both played State of Origin this year and to back it up with this is really good and quite exciting.What have you told Josh about playing at an Australian level?Brett: Not that much, he only needs to focus on his own game and he knows that, he certainly knows enough to perform at that level. He’s had so many years under his belt of Premier League now, he’ll find it, not easy, but he’ll cope with it quite well. It won’t be the daunting prospect of such a large leap for him. Other than that, he’s only got to focus on his own game and getting that right and I think he’s pretty much there. Josh, what can you tell us about the 20’s Boys team?Josh: We’ve got a really good attacking side, we’ve just got to make sure our defence is good, we’re going to score plenty of touchdowns. It looks like the team has a lot of fun together and gets along very well?Josh: It’s good fun, the coaches are legends, they are good fun to be around. There’s plenty of banter. Brett: They’ve got an enormous boost having Sam Brisby back in the team. That gives them a lot of experience. He played a World Cup in 2011, so he’ll bring a lot to the team. Brett, can you please tell us a bit about your Men’s 50’s side?Brett: We’ve got a plethora of experience, players with enormous ability, three Hall of Famers, Tim Kitchingham, Dave Cheung and Garry Lawless. We’ve got Mick McCall as our assistant coach and Bruce Ager (as coach), he’s quite experienced at this level now. We’ve got a lot of blokes with a lot of experience, there’s only three debutants and the three of them are very strong players. We should do very well. How good is it that you can continue to still play at this level and have similar teams each time?Brett: It’s very good, it’s great to still be able to play around with mates at this level. It shows the benefit of Touch, where Josh and I are still able to play the game and at this level, it is the family game. It is underappreciated for that. How nice is it that you can actually be there to cheer each other on in New Zealand?Brett: It makes it very special, I hope that Josh relishes the moment and enjoys every bit of it but knows he’s got that level of support there with him. It really makes it special, and the reverse for me, it’s nice to know that he’s sitting in the stands watching. Josh, how much has your Dad helped you over the years?Josh: An unbelievable amount, he’s put in plenty hours on and off the Touch field, he would have spent at least three years with me and all of our younger friends developing us, making us better players. And just the one-on-one stuff with me, we spend two or three days a week at least over at the park practicing individual skills.And it must be nice to see a lot of the younger Manly players coming through and representing Australia in those age groups?Brett: That started with Josh’s age group, with Sam Brisby and Simon Lang, that was the group that started the development, Daniel Chiddy was a part of that too. To recognise there was a need there and that’s when we got serious about it and really started to develop those guys and we’ve kicked it on since there and that’s been the bonus for Manly, a lot of that development has gone on and developed into Scorpions.  There are plenty of ways that you can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and results from the 2013 Super Trans Tasman Series, which is taking place in Auckland from Tuesday, 5 February until Sunday, 10 February 2013. Touch Football Australia will be reporting live during the games on its social media pages, which can be found by clicking on the links below:Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the #transtasman2013 hashtag)Instagram – Search for ‘Touch Football Australia’The www.austouch.com.au and www.transtasman.mytouchfooty.com websites will have all of the latest news, information, stories and match reports uploaded to the sites. Highlights from the series will also be uploaded to the Touch Football Australia YouTube channel throughout the event – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus. Be sure to also send in your message of support to the Australian teams in the lead up to the series, which will then be posted on the www.austouch.com.au website in the lead up to and during the series. You can do this through any of our social media sites or send an email to media@austouch.com.au with your message.Related LinksSTT A Family Affairlast_img read more

Stevie Wonder wows crowd on smart piano at tech show

first_imgLAS VEGAS, Nev. – Trying to distinguish your product among the thousands at the CES gadget show is no easy feat, so it helps when music legend Stevie Wonder pays an unexpected visit.Especially when your product is a “smart” piano designed to teach people how to play.Piano teacher Gabie Perry was demonstrating the internet-connected device, made by a California startup, when someone told her that Wonder asked to try it. She thought it was a joke.Wonder spent about 15 minutes playing tunes as a crowd gathered at The One Music Group’s CES booth in Las Vegas. Wonder says he likes to visit the conference to “see new things” and meet people. He’s among several celebrity musicians attending, including rapper Iggy Azalea and Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry.CES runs through Friday.last_img read more

Fintech TransferWise to launch borderless debit card in Canada in 2019

first_imgTORONTO – European financial technology company TransferWise is planning a Canadian launch next year for its borderless debit card, which allows users to hold balances in multiple currencies and spend it at home and abroad with lower foreign exchange fees than traditional banks.TransferWise CEO and co-founder Kristo Kaarmann says the card, which was launched in the U.K. and the Eurozone two weeks ago, is useful for frequent business travellers, snowbirds and expats who spend lots of time outside of Canada but domestically as well.“When people go out of the country, they are inevitably spending money,” Kaarmann said in an interview. “They’re booking hotels, they’re booking flights, often in other currencies, and that’s where banks scoop the hidden fees.”Kaarmann said there would be no transaction fees for people making purchases on the borderless debit card in the currency a balance is held in. If money held in the borderless account must be converted into another currency before using the card, a conversion fee of between 0.6 per cent and one per cent applies, which Kaarmann notes is less than the banks charge.The U.K.-based fintech launched its borderless account in Canada in August last year, and Kaarmann said it is working to offer the accompanying debit card here in 2019.There is no limit on the balance that can be held in the borderless account, he says. Customers’ money is held in segregated accounts at banks insured by the Canada Deposit Insurance Corp., according to a TransferWise spokeswoman.Kaarmann spoke about its borderless card as it launches its batch payments function in Canada, which allows businesses to make up to 1,000 global payments at once in various currencies with a lower foreign-currency conversion charge of between 0.6 per cent and 1 per cent.TransferWise has been beefing up the functionality offered to Canadians since its launch in April 2016. Since then, roughly $2.2 billion has been moved in and out of the country via TransferWise’s platform. Canada is among its top 10 largest markets and is now the sixth-fastest growing market in terms of transfers.Canada’s big banks are investing heavily in technology as customers increasingly do their banking in the digital realm. They are also facing increased competition from non-traditional providers of payment services. For example, Apple and Google have introduced mobile wallets that allow users to make retail payments.Meanwhile, last month, TransferWise became the first non-bank payment services provider to hold a settlement account in the Bank of England’s Real Time Gross Settlement system, meaning it can now settle payments directly rather than going through a retail bank.As Canada moves to modernize its payment system, TransferWise is pushing for a similar direct settlement account in Canada as well as policies regarding the disclosure of fees, including exchange rates.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version of this story reported that TransferWise is working to launch a debit MasterCard in Canada.last_img read more

Canadian rental company bans marijuana in its buildings

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) – A major Canadian landlord has decided it plans on snuffing out cannabis use in its rental properties once pot becomes legal.Boardwalk has 22,000 properties across Alberta, 5,500 units in Calgary alone.It will be prohibited in their units – even once marijuana is legal in Canada on October 17th. Boardwalk Director of Community Development David McIlveen says they made this decision with the safety of others in mind.“Our buildings like most multi-family residential buildings were not designed for cultivation that requires a lot of hydration and moisture. Moisture buildup can lead to mold and has in the past.”McIlveen says the fact that it’s a drug and there are children around also presents challenges.“Smoke escaping and the fact that it is a drug and there are children around.”In terms of enforcement, he says they will ask tenants to stop, they’d provide a series of warnings and if that doesn’t work, they can evict.“We’re going to respond to the neighbour concerns, the same way we would with an excessive noise complaint or something like that.”Medicinal marijuana users will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.last_img read more

Official US to lift Cyprus arms embargo in security boost

first_imgNICOSIA, Cyprus — Cyprus’ foreign minister says he’s optimistic that the U.S. will soon start lifting a decades-old arms embargo because Washington acknowledges the island nation’s contribution to bolstering stability and security in the east Mediterranean.Foreign Minister Nicos Christodoulides told The Associated Press on Friday that Washington sees the “added value” of allowing Cyprus to acquire military equipment that would help enhance its capabilities to boost regional security.Christodoulides said he has conveyed to his Russian counterpart that stronger ties with Washington shouldn’t be interpreted as “prejudicial” to Cyprus’ relations with any other country. He said Cyprus’ foreign policy doesn’t engage in a “zero-sum game.”Christodoulides said the U.S. and some European Union countries are keen to join energy-based partnerships that Cyprus has established with neighbouring countries including Egypt, Jordan and Israel.The Associated Presslast_img read more

42 million spent on drilling license near Halfway River First Nation at

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – B.C.’s coffers will be getting just over $42 million from a drilling license that was auction off in the provincial petroleum and natural gas land rights sale this week.Landsolutions GP Ltd. paid $42,052,202.00 for a 1,847-hectare drilling license in the provincial auction, which was held on Wednesday, June 13th. The parcel, which overlaps the Halfway River First Nation and the proposed Tsaa Nuna Conservancy on the other side of the Halfway River from the First Nation, went for a whopping $22,767.84 per hectare.Scott Land & Lease Ltd. purchased two of the other three parcels that were up for auction in the sale for a combined $22,952.16. The last parcel of land to fetch such a high cost was a 5,542-hectare drilling license bought by Scott Land & Lease Ltd. Last July. That license brought in over $77 million, though the cost per hectare was lower, at just under $14,000/hectare.June’s sale saw by far the most amount of money spent by companies on acquiring land rights this year. In May companies spent just $1.3 million, though that number is higher than the lowest tally of the year in April when companies spent just over $200,000.So far this year, the Province has generated $59.4 million from land rights sales, which is higher than the $33.4 million that was spent in all of 2015 and 2016 combined.last_img read more

Sujit Bose sets deadline to bring Bagri safety guidelines into effect

first_imgKolkata: The Minister of State (MoS) Fire with independent charge Sujit Bose on Wednesday visited the Bagri Market and reportedly assured the shopkeepers that Fire department would extend all cooperation to reopen the market shortly.He said some safety guidelines need to be followed by the market authorities and if the traders follows the Fire department suggestions they would shortly get the clearance to reopen their shops. According to sources, shop owners and members of Bagri Market Central Kolkata Traders’ Welfare Association had earlier requested the fire department to provide necessary clearance to reopen the shops in the market as the businessmen were facing huge losses. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaBose had asked the traders’ welfare association to submit an undertaking to the Fire department that the 11 points, which the department had suggested earlier will be followed accordingly. On Wednesday, Bose along with other fire officials went the Bagri Market to check its present situation. After inspecting the market premises, Bose asked the shop owners and traders’ welfare association authorities to implement those 11 points suggested by the department. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayInstallation of an underground reservoir with capacity of 50,000 litres, installation of smoke detectors-sprinklers, conversion of manual pumps to automatic, demolition of illegal part of the market and changing of diesel run transformer to dry transformer were some of the suggestions made by Sujit Bose during his visit to the market on Wednesday. Bose told the shop owners that if the association follows the Fire department guidelines then they would get the clearance within a week of submission of the undertaking. He provided seven days to the traders’ welfare association to submit the undertaking. A massive fire had broken out at the Bagri market a few months ago. About, 30 fire tenders were pressed into service. Ashutosh Singh, president of Bagri Market Central Kolkata Traders’ Welfare Association, said: “Businesspersons are happy with the suggestions made by Bose and his department as it is ray of hope for them. Singh said out of 11 points, four points have been taken care of and the problems have been sorted. He assured that the remaining seven points will be looked into soon and the orders from the Fire department will be followed accordingly. “We are grateful to the minister as responded positively to our demands. The suggestions made by him will definitely help us. The rectification process is on. We are doing it step-by-step. We have been granted seven days to submit the undertaking. Bose said after the submission of the undertaking, clearance will be given within seven days,” said Singh.last_img read more

How Much Did The NCAA Selection Committee Screw Your Team Over

In the long, drawn-out days between Selection Sunday and the beginning of the round of 64, college basketball fans have two pastimes: filling out their brackets and complaining about the NCAA Tournament selection committee’s decisions.This year was especially ripe for the latter, with grievances coming in from all corners of the college basketball universe. (Hint: When even the No. 1 overall seed — in this case, Kansas — has room for complaint, the committee might not have done its best work.) But how much does this stuff really matter? Can small changes to the committee’s decisions make a big difference to a team’s odds of going deep in the tourney?To figure this out, we used the same method that drives our March Madness predictions and randomized the bracket around the committee’s S-curve rankings — the actual 1-68 ranking of teams the committee uses to guide the seedings and overall placement of teams in the bracket. Because the committee doesn’t adhere strictly to the S-curve within each “seed line” — it has the leeway to place teams according to factors (like geography) that go beyond balancing each region’s strength — we can judge how much the committee’s decisions at the margins affected each team’s chances of advancing to various rounds. And because we’re keeping teams in the same S-curve slots as the committee’s, we can examine these differences without delving into alternate universe-type scenarios in which the crusty old voters valued the teams differently.Here are the teams whose odds to get to the Sweet 16 and Final Four were helped and hurt the most. As far as the championship is concerned, these tweaks don’t matter much; most teams’ odds of winning it all were affected by less than a percentage point. But in terms of advancing to prestige benchmarks like the Sweet 16 and Final Four, the draw can have a relatively large effect. By being in a favorable region, for instance, Oklahoma’s Final Four odds were boosted by 12.1 percentage points, while Villanova was dinged by 4.4 points because it was dropped into the same region with Kansas.And that’s just looking at the committee’s deviations from its own S-curve. What if the crusty old voters did value the teams (slightly) differently? In another simulation, we randomized the S-curve itself, giving a team the potential to move up or drop down into the top or bottom half of the next “seed line.” For instance, a No. 3 seed could have moved up into one of the bottom two slots on the S-curve for No. 2 seeds or just as easily dropped into one of the top two slots for No. 4 seeds. For each of those random draws, we simulated the bracket and then tracked how much each team’s odds changed in their most and least favorable draws.Here are the results when we model the S-curve this way: By Neil Paine and Jay Boice More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Our sports podcast Hot Takedown previews March Madness. For top teams, the difference between its 20th- and 80th-percentile draw was 10 to 15 percentage points of Final Four probability, all due to the whims of its position on the S-curve.Certainly, there are more factors determining how far a team goes in the NCAA Tournament than simply its starting point in the bracket. But in a wide-open field in which every edge counts, even small shifts in probability can add up.Check out FiveThirtyEight’s 2016 March Madness Predictions. Embed Code read more

Aaron Rodgers Cant Be Stopped By A Pass Rush Anymore

2011Mike Vick29.146.42.43.71.3 2011Tim Tebow37.1%17.22.94.92.0 2013Russell Wilson36.739.02.73.91.2 12016Jameis Winston34.9%80.7 2012Nick Foles26.210.12.54.01.5 2015Aaron Rodgers32.434.72.54.01.5 2016Aaron Rodgers29.471.82.64.01.4 2012Ben Roethlisberger24.744.92.54.01.5 72016Dak Prescott29.958.4 82015Tyrod Taylor31.757.9 92014Carson Palmer27.452.8 102013Ryan Fitzpatrick23.952.5 RANKSEASONPLAYERPRESSURE %QBR SEASONPLAYERPRESSURE %QBRIN POCKETBEFORE PASSSCRAMBLING SECONDS Rodgers’s performance through the regular season and two postseason games this year has been exceptional. His 71.8 QBR when pressured this season is the fourth-highest since 2009, and he’s shown no signs of slowing down. On Sunday, Rodgers was pressured on 18 of 51 dropbacks, and while he was sacked three times and gave up an interception, he went 7 for 14 for 149 yards, including the 36 that brought the Packers into field goal position. His unadjusted QBR actually went up on these plays, from 79.4 on plays where he wasn’t pressured to 89.7 on plays where he was.We only have QB pressure data going back to 2009, so that table isn’t exactly a complete survey of the situation. But six of the best eight individual seasons of QBs performing under pressure have come in the last two years.A few possible explanations for that: First, random noise is always a possibility. Second, something in the collection or interpretation of the pressure numbers may have changed over the years. (I asked around at Stats & Info about this, and the folks there said nothing changed under the hood, but they did note that the stat doesn’t differentiate between duress that comes at the beginning of a play, before a QB escapes to relative safety, and duress that comes just as a QB throws.)One more caveat: Different shops have different ways of defining “pressure,” so numbers can shift slightly from site to site, but the unifying thread among all the methods is that the QB has to be affected by the rush. So some plays that simply require the QB to step up in the pocket to avoid the rush may be left out of the overall tally. That would seemingly underrepresent mainstays of passing-leader charts such as Drew Brees or Tom Brady, who excel at beating the blitz by throwing the ball before pressure can arrive.So if the Geriatric All-Pro wing isn’t cracking the pass rush, it should be obvious who is — the guys who can move. Here’s a table showing QBs since 2011 who created the most time outside the pocket. I took the average time to throw and subtracted time in the pocket, leaving us with those magical few seconds when a player such as Rodgers or Russell Wilson or Colin Kaepernick is rolling around the edge looking for a target: 2012Colin Kaepernick25.134.92.54.11.6 2013Terrelle Pryor37.211.72.64.41.8 2012Robert Griffin III25.511.92.74.21.5 2012Russell Wilson31.932.72.84.41.6 2012Aaron Rodgers23.415.52.64.21.6 32013Josh McCown27.673.8 2014Colin Kaepernick31.524.42.44.01.6 2015Russell Wilson36.126.52.44.01.5 22015Jay Cutler30.975.0 2013Colin Kaepernick27.217.62.64.01.3 2013Aaron Rodgers25.019.42.54.01.5 Source: ESPN Stats & Info Group 2011Ben Roethlisberger25.439.32.63.81.2 Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group QBs under pressure, regular season and playoffs 2011-16 2011Aaron Rodgers22.221.72.74.01.4 42016Aaron Rodgers28.871.8 There are two types of quarterbacks who consistently create significant amounts of time between when they break the pocket and when they throw the ball: the bootleg and read-option acolytes and the guys who are (and must be) good at running for their lives. Along with a slightly younger version of Ben Roethlisberger and an always-battered Russell Wilson, Rodgers is one of the few QBs on that list who combine out-of-pocket moves with excellence at the more traditional in-pocket throws.But Rodgers has always been able to buy time once the pocket breaks down, and it’s only recently that he’s turned those moments of brilliance into sustained performance.Since the start of the 2014 season, Rodgers has thrown for 28 touchdowns and just five interceptions while under pressure. The league average over that span is 3.2 touchdowns per season to 3.2 interceptions. For the season, Rodgers’s QBR when he was pressured was 71.8, which would have put him ninth in the league on all plays, not just pressured ones.So the big question then: What did Rodgers change?Rodgers’s pressure numbers look very similar to his old ones on depth of pass, time to pass, and many other stats. The only difference by the numbers is that he appears to be completing more of the same passes he’s been throwing for years.A critical part of this improvement seems to be that Rodgers is even more comfortable getting out on the edge early in his progressions. Here’s a play against the Vikings in Week 7 of 2011, Rodgers’s first MVP season:He looks a like a traditional quarterback, going through his progressions until the pocket finally folds, and he busts out and finds an open man.And now here he is this season:In part out of necessity, Rodgers no longer bounces around the pocket, or slides around blockers while keeping his feet set. These days, he often makes one or two reads and books it to the outside, where he essentially sets up a secondary pocket. It’s almost a bizarro version of the simplified offense many young mobile QBs run, in which they make one read and then bolt if their man isn’t open.Who knows if Rodgers will keep this up. Maybe this is unsustainable. Maybe the magic outside the pocket really is just fortuitous but still random chance converging in one season. But Rodgers has had enough success this season that if he keeps on doing what he’s doing, it’ll be hard to argue it’s just luck, no matter how unlikely it might seem.Check out our latest NFL playoff predictions. 2016Tyrod Taylor35.551.12.63.91.3 2011Joe Flacco22.817.12.53.81.3 62009Peyton Manning15.761.2 2011Kevin Kolb33.62.42.43.91.5 52015Ryan Fitzpatrick22.571.5 2014Russell Wilson39.233.72.54.01.5 A certain number of things that happen during a football game come down to skill, and a certain number to luck, and it’s important to be able to tell one from the other. Aaron Rodgers dropping deep in the pocket on a free play and rifling a 34-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Richard Rodgers, under-throwing him but threading it precisely between linebacker Sean Lee’s outstretched arm and his earhole against the Cowboys last weekend? That takes some baseline NFL skills, but mostly it’s a bad pass getting a lucky break. But Aaron Rodgers slipping the pocket, rolling left, pausing, waiting for his receivers to come back across the field, and hitting Jared Cook for a 36-yard catch that was inbounds by a toenail and set up the game-winning field goal? Now that’s a little bit of luck and a whole lot of skill.Aaron Rodgers is unusually good when pressure comes his way. One of the bedrock principles of defense in the NFL is that pressuring the quarterback works. It worked on Tom Brady and the 18-0 Patriots in 2008, and God knows it worked on Cam Newton and the Panthers in Super Bowl 50. Get to the quarterback, the thinking goes, and you’re in good shape, failing a stroke of luck or the spectacular. But these days there’s a group of quarterbacks, Rodgers included, who are defying that conventional wisdom.Since 2009, the league average QBR1I’m using the “raw” version of QBR for this post, since Total QBR isn’t calculated at the split-level. The raw version is just the Total QBR number before it’s adjusted for strength of opponent. on plays with QB pressure is just 18.5, according to ESPN Stats & Information — just barely better than the worst quarterbacking season of the century, Jimmy Clausen’s catastrophe in 2010, which came in at 14.5 QBR. This season, QB performance has seen a modest bump to 29.3 — better, but still not very good. The notable difference, however, is now there are a few quarterbacks who are finding ways to thrive.Here’s a chart showing the quarterbacks since 2009 who performed best on plays flagged as QB pressures: read more

Does It Matter That The Sixers Best Players Have No Playoff Experience

The Philadelphia 76ers are going to make the playoffs — not that their best players know what that feels like. Teams with their level of inexperience don’t usually push past the first round. Can the Sixers break the mold?

Young baseball squad fights through early losses remains determined to win

First-year Ohio State baseball coach Greg Beals insists that the Buckeyes (1-2) not set specific goals as they progress through this season, though he will demand a “fighting mentality.”“We’re too young and too inexperienced to have these expectations of, ‘We should win all our games,’ or, ‘We should do this, this and that,’” Beals said. “We need to go out and establish ourselves as a baseball team before we start setting up what our goals are.”Beals has emphasized an approach that he says will help build a great team.“We have expectations about going through the process (of improving) the quality of our at-bat, the quality of our pitches,” Beals said.Redshirt senior right fielder Brian DeLucia has already bought into his new coach’s thinking.“For right now, our expectations aren’t very extensive in terms of where we want to be at the end of the season,” DeLucia said. “We’re gonna take it game by game.”With 19 underclassmen on its 33-player roster, OSU is a young team. DeLucia said the team’s youth is part of the reason for tempering predictions about wins and losses.“We’ve got a lot of young guys on this team,” DeLucia said. “We’ve got a lot of learning experiences, a lot of obstacles to overcome.”DeLucia also said his only personal expectation for the season was that he and his teammates would “fight like dogs.” Having already played their first three games, Beals’ players have proven to be resilient.While competing in the Big Ten/Big East Challenge in Florida on Friday and Saturday, OSU dropped its first two games, losing, 11-5, and, 2-0, to Cincinnati and No. 20 Louisville, respectively. The Buckeyes then eked out an 8-7 win on Saturday against No. 23 St. John’s in a game that lasted 11 innings.Beals pointed to Sunday’s win, his first as OSU’s coach, as evidence of the Buckeyes’ unwavering effort on the field.“It’s gonna take all of us, and a great example of that was the Sunday win,” Beals said. “We had to go deep into our bullpen. It took a lot of guys, and we ended up laying down a bunt to win a ball game.” In Beals’ eyes, the path to success is very simple.“Anyway, anyhow, anybody,” Beals said, “we gotta get that mentality to just fight and claw to get every success we can.”There is no set number of wins that the team is striving for, but redshirt junior right-handed pitcher Paul Geuy said the outlook is positive.“Expectations are quite high,” Geuy said. “It’s going to be a good year, definitely.” read more

Commentary Women still fighting for equality in sports

On June 23, 1972, the United States government passed an education amendment that included Title IX. Within the amendment was a statement that clearly summarizes the purpose of Title IX and what it stands for: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” Almost 40 years after the amendment was signed into law, women are still fighting for equal consideration in sports against their male counterparts. It is not always at the collegiate or professional levels either, where most of the media attention is focused. More often than not, it is in high schools where isolated incidents continue to take place. Last week, Our Lady of Sorrows Academy’s baseball team in Phoenix forfeited the state championship game it was scheduled to play against Mesa Preparatory Academy in Mesa, Ariz. because Mesa had a girl named Paige Sultzbach starting at second base. Our Lady of Sorrows is a member of a separatist branch of the Catholic Church and said that playing against a team with a girl would violate the school’s mission to teach boys and girls separately. I’m not here to start a religious debate, question the beliefs of any religion, or say what is the right or wrong thing to believe. My question is simply this: What’s the big deal? Sultzbach is obviously a good enough player to be a starter for a varsity team, where she is the only female member, that reached the state championship game. She even sat out two previous contests against Our Lady of Sorrows this season out of respect for the views of the school. As a passionate person, she was not about to sit out the state championship game though, and who could blame her? As a member of a team and a fierce competitor, there should be no reason a person, male or female, should be asked to sit out after they have worked all year to reach the biggest game of the season. Many people who have played a high school sport know that it is almost every player’s dream to play for a state championship in his or her respective sport. It is something I dreamed about many times growing up, but like many people, I was never fortunate enough to have the opportunity to live that dream. Sultzbach and her teammates had that opportunity, but it was taken away from them because she is a girl. I admire Sultzbach’s decision to play even though she knew it would cause her team to win a state championship by forfeit which she said was absolutely not the way she wanted it to be. Most people want to feel like it was earned because it means more that way. Sultzbach clearly earned the right to play baseball for her school and to play for a state championship, but Our Lady of Sorrows denied her that chance. And the fight for equality continues for another day. read more

Ohio State volleyball falls to Michigan State for first loss of the

Senior outside hitter Kaitlyn Leary (11) spikes the ball during a match against Michigan Sept. 27 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-1.Credit: Mark Batke / Lantern photographerThe No. 13 Ohio State women’s volleyball team started its season by winning 13 straight matches, including a four set victory over then-No. 10 Michigan. The team’s winning streak came to a halt when the Buckeyes fell to No. 15 Michigan State in three straight sets.The Buckeyes (13-1) struggled early against the Spartans on Sunday, but still had a chance in each set. OSU jumped out to an 18-14 lead in the match’s opening set, but MSU fought back to take get the win, 27-25.Throughout the match, OSU struggled with passing, due partially to dominant serving from its opponent. The Spartans finished the day with eight service aces, as well as 14 errors. These problems and Michigan State’s strong serving led to OSU dropping the next two sets, 25-23 and 25-22.Senior outside hitter Kaitlyn Leary finished with 10 kills in the losing effort and said her and her teammates must use this match to grow as they move forward in Big Ten play.“We just didn’t come out strong, and we’re gonna use this, work on what we need to do this week to be ready for Indiana and Purdue next week,” Leary said.OSU coach Geoff Carlston was also impressed with the Spartans’ serving game.“We just didn’t pass very well, but in Michigan State’s defense that’s the toughest serving team I’ve ever seen,” he said.Carlston said the match exhibited poor play from some typical stars, while some others were able to step up.“We rely a lot on Kaitlyn Leary and she struggled today,” Carlston said. “I thought our freshmen really stepped up and played well.”Leary had an uncharacteristic seven errors on top of her 10 kills while freshman right side hitter Taylor Sandbothe led the team with 12 kills while committing just one error. Sanbothe’s classmate, outside hitter Kylie Randall, added 11 kills of her own to go along with two errors.Following the first set, Carlston made a change at the libero position, as senior Julianne Mandolfo donned the scarlet jersey instead of senior Davionna DiSalvatore.“Davionna got aced three times in one set (against MSU), that’s something that can’t happen,” Carlston said. “That’s the luxury we have. They’re both really, really good and so if one is struggling, we can put the other one in and vice versa.”Carlston also shuffled his lineup late in the match, throwing sophomore outside hitter Katie Mitchell onto the court in the third set in hopes of extending the match.“What we had been doing the past two sets hadn’t been working,” Mitchell said.Mitchell said the team’s cohesion will have to improve this week in practice.“We kind of fell apart a little bit,” she said. “We need to bounce back as a group.”Freshman outside hitter Chloe Reinig and senior outside hitter Lauren Wicinski led the way for the Spartans with 12 kills each.Even with a loss to the Spartans, the players were able to take some positives away from its win against Michigan on Friday night, especially the great play of Sandbothe and Randall, Leary said. She said she was proud to see them step up.“They both really stepped up as freshmen and we needed that, especially with me starting off a little slow, they definitely brought that and that’s what helped us win this game tonight,” Leary said Friday.Sandbothe said there were a lot of emotions for her coming into the first Michigan clash of her college career.“There’s a lot of people here, so I was a little nervous, but excited,” she said after the win against the Wolverines. “This is the biggest crowd I’ve ever played in front of.”The official attendance for the match against Michigan was about 4,500.Even though the Buckeyes came out victorious, the team struggled at times. OSU led the second set 22-16 before eventually losing 27-25.Randall said the team made some mistakes at the service line that contributed to the loss.“In the second game, we missed four to five in a row so I think we could definitely work on that,” she said.Carlston added that the personnel OSU had on the court in the set it lost did not leave them with a very good chance to win.“We got stuck in a rotation that we weren’t playing very well in and they were playing very well in, and that’s the game,” he said.Leary led the match with 22 kills while Sandbothe recorded 12 kills and eight blocks and Randall finished 11 kills and four blocks.OSU is set to travel to Indiana this weekend for its first road matches of the Big Ten season. The Buckeyes are scheduled to play Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind., at 7 p.m. Friday and Indiana in Bloomington, Ind., at the same time Saturday. read more

Review Belgium – England

first_imgThomas Meunier and Eden Hazard scored in a deserved 2-0 victory for Belgium which earned its first ever World Cup medal.Here are the teams for #BELENG! #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/Wv14Z5zrXW— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) July 14, 2018Thomas Meunier, the man who missed the semi-final against France, scored in the 4th minute to give Belgium an early 1-0 lead. Danny Rose did not cover Meunier, allowing him to get at the end of a Nacer Chadli cross just a few meters away from goal. The game was nowhere near as closed as the first group stage encounter between the two. Despite good defensive positioning, both teams were finding space to create opportunities. De Bruyne had a shot blocked by Pickford, Lukaku failed to control a ball inside the box, while Loftus-Cheek and Maguire had a header each. Harry Kane was forgotten by Belgium’s defenders in the 24th minute, but he slipped in the last moment and fired his shot wide.James Rodriguez, Real MadridZidane hails ‘quality’ James Rodriguez after Real Madrid’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane reserved special praise for James Rodriguez after his starring role in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Levante.In the 35th minute, Aiderweireld had an overhead shot go over the bar following a corner kick. Soon after that, The Red Devils had a counter attack which slowed down once Chadli grabbed his hamstring. He couldn’t continue and was replaced by (somewhat surprisingly) Thomas Vermaelen. England had the initiative for around 15 minutes in the middle of the first half, but then Belgium regained control and had several attempts at goal blocked before Sandro Ricci blew the half-time whistle.Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford strengthened England’s attack at half-time, entering the pitch in place of Danny Rose and Raheem Sterling. In the 55th minute, De Druyne saw a free zone and sent a through ball to Lukaku, who would’ve had a one-on-one with Pickford if he had managed to receive the pass. However, for the second time in the match, he didn’t. The center forward wasn’t fully invested in the contest. Roberto Martinez saw that and replaced him with Dries Mertens in the 60th minute.In the 70th minute, Eric Dier and Jess Lingard played a great one-two pass which freed up Dier, who chipped the ball over Courtois. When everyone thought it was 1-1, Toby Aiderweireld came flying in and cleared the ball off the goal line. It was by far the best chance of the game for The Three Lions, who began increasing the pressure. In the 78th minute, Moussa Dembele came in for Youri Tielemans. Two minutes later, we saw the best counter attack of the entire championship which included two backheel passes and ended with Jordan Pickford making a one-handed save on Thomas Meunier’s volley. If he would’ve scored, it would’ve been the goal of the tournament.Eden Hazard finally got a goal from open play in the 82nd minute. Kevin De Bruyne pushed the ball between four defenders and gave it to Hazard, who avoided being in an offside position and was quicker than Phil Jones. It was routine afterwards, as he beat Pickford at the near post to make it 2-0 Belgium. Dele Alli substituted Ruben Loftus-Cheek following the goal. The Belgians calmly brought the game to a close, winning their first bronze medal in football history.last_img read more

Napoli closes the door on Cavani return

first_imgNapoli have ruled out the return of Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani this summer, according to club president Aurelio De Laurentiis.The PSG forward is a popular figure with Napoli supporters following a successful three-year spell. He eventually joined French giants Paris-Saint Germain in a big-money deal, where he has won four Ligue 1 titles and currently the club’s all-time top scorer.But with rumors rife over a potential reunion during the transfer window, Aurelio De Laurentiis has brushed aside the suggestions in an interview with Italian radio.“Cavani? I haven’t signed him and won’t sign him,” he told Radio Kiss Kiss (via Football Italia).‘There were no phone calls with his representatives. Newspapers have to sell copies; they’re going into crisis and without these headlines, they can’t survive.’Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.Another player linked to the Naples side this transfer window is Chilean midfielder, Arturo Vidal. But De Laurentiis insisted that the Serie A side are focused on purchasing younger players during the close season.“He said: Vidal to Napoli? False. He’s someone I followed many years ago, but now I’m looking for younger players who are usable in the long run.“Today, three great players in our squad return, Milik, Zielinski, and Koulibaly. We already have top players at home.”Carlo Ancelotti was brought in to spearhead their challenge for the Serie A title, with former coach Maurizio Sarri now in charge at Chelsea.last_img read more

Valverde is still unsure if he will remain in Barcelona

first_imgBarcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has everybody in the club uncertain because he still hasn’t given any hints about a contract extension.Being the Barcelona manager is always a really stressful job for anyone who decides to take it, especially during this era in which the club is going through a successful period and Ernesto Valverde is the latest to suffer the consequences of this job. Ever since Pep Guardiola started as the manager back in 2008, the position has been filled by some very interesting managers who have left for various circumstances and abruptly ended their relationship with the club. Pep himself gave everybody a heads up and he left as the most revered manager in the club’s history, after him, followed the late ‘Tito’ Vilanova who sadly lost his battle with cancer. That loss was a huge blow for the whole club because the Catalan manager was the ideal coach to keep the style alive, but the club had to bring in a new manager and they called Gerardo Martino who only lasted a season and didn’t win a single trophy. The Argentine manager had to part ways with the club due to an alarming lack of results, patience in clubs like Barcelona is not a luxury these institutions can afford and they quickly started looking for a new manager.CALLING ALL FANS! Who can sum up today’s win with a GIF? Any takers?#BarçaPSV?? pic.twitter.com/zchSDhgmaw— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) September 18, 2018Luis Enrique’s abrupt exit.The board of directors in the Catalan club found a suitable replacement quickly in Luis Enrique, a former Barcelona player who had already managed Celta de Vigo with acceptable results for a club of its stature. This was a man who knew the Barcelona philosophy very well, but brought a fresh approach on the attack and was fortunate enough to have one of the best attacking trios in history formed by Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, and Neymar. His spell was also short because of the temperamental personality that he had, problems with several players quickly began to emerge and his time in the club had an expiration date. But Luis Enrique’s time in his beloved club, brought the second treble in its history and he broke many records during his time. But even if the club wanted him to stay as the manager, Luis Enrique made up his mind and left once he had already won all the trophies he could with the Blaugrana. This is how once again, the Catalan club wasn’t able to keep a manager and started looking for another suitable replacement. They also found it in Ernesto Valverde, who is still the manager today and also won trophies during his first year at the club. When he arrived, the new boss agreed on a two-year contract because he knew that managers never last in this club.? Geraint Thomas, winner of the 2018 Tour de France, in the President Suñol suite with President Bartomeu during #BarçaPSV pic.twitter.com/dskz5ioGNQDavid Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) September 19, 2018After winning a historic La Liga and Copa del Rey for the Catalan club, Valverde’s problems came from the board of directors rather than the players. Actually, the boss has an excellent relationship with every member of the squad but the board didn’t like him getting eliminated in last year’s Champions League against AS Roma. Right after the shocking defeat, club President Josep Maria Bartomeu came out to criticize Valverde for the result and the manager didn’t appreciate him throwing all his technical staff under the bus like that. Now that the same people who came after him last season are trying to get him to sign a new contract, Valverde is right to leave them in suspense because he feels they were disloyal towards him in the most difficult moment for the club. But this behavior from the club’s president is not new, he has repeatedly committed mistakes that the Barcelona supporters don’t appreciate and they later accept only because the club keeps winning trophies with him as the chairman. But the fans might not accept this confrontation with Valverde, the manager who has done things right in the last season and the man who has Barcelona as the top title contenders in Europe right now. Ernesto’s contract ends next summer, there hasn’t been any movement in regards to an extension and people are starting to get nervous.? Hear what the boss and players had to say after #BarçaPSV?? #ForçaBarça? https://t.co/prPMF380an— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) September 18, 2018How far do you think Valverde will wait until he gives news about a contract extension with FC Barcelona? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Refugee explains how football saved him from war

first_img20-year-old Gerald Mballe played at the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 after fleeing Cameroon.War-torn Cameroon is sadly not the best place to live right now.Many have flown the African country, trying to look for a better place to live.And for 20-year-old Gerald Mballe, football was the best chance to get rescued and to continue playing what he loves the most.“I encountered so many difficulties when I arrived in Italy,” the 20-year-old told FIFA.com“Everything was just so new for me. They spoke a different language. There was still discrimination. I felt different. I felt barriers everywhere.”Quiz: How deep is your knowledge about Samuel Eto’o? Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 9, 2019 It’s time for you to tell us everything you know about Samuel Eto’o. We will ask you 10 questions about the Cameroon legend. Enjoy!  “Football played a big part in helping me integrate me into society. Football is a universal language. You don’t need to speak the same language to play together. I would play in the parks and then Luigi [Petrillo], my mentor, invited to help coach a team of people with intellectual disabilities,” he added.“I received such a warm reception from them. I felt people accept me without looking at my skin color, my eyes. It was so real, so pure. I regained self-confidence, self-identity. I felt part of a group. I felt that people were listening to me.”“Because I’m not a professional coach, I used my own soccer skills to teach people. And I tried to give them responsibility and encourage them, telling them, ‘You can do it’. I told them that if we’re passing each other the ball, then we’re a team, and as a team, we can do anything,” he explained.“When I heard I was going to the Special Olympics World Games, I was extremely happy, so excited. I had previously been denied the chance to go to a tournament in the USA because I had been a refugee and couldn’t get a visa.”“I must say a big thanks to the Special Olympics because they made the impossible, possible. They’re fighting for inclusion, for integration. They said, ‘If someone wants to integrate themselves into society, why does there have to be so many difficulties for him to get a visa?’ And they made it possible,” he concluded.last_img read more

Elections Supervisor on Voter Registration process

first_img Related Items:dudley lewis, voter registration Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 09 Nov 2015 – Lots of voter registration talk now as time winds down to take part in one of the most important constitutional opportunities for the citizenry of any country; the right to vote. Dudley Lewis, the Elections Supervisor said although the Electors Register will not be published until next year March, it is November 30, 2015 – just 15 business days away that sees the new register officially closed. Lewis clarified that “Eligible voters on the present Register of Electors do not need to re-apply to be included in the new one, they will be automatically included unless they notify the Elections Office that they have changed their name or place of residence, or no longer meet eligibility criteria.” One dis-qualifier is if one has been living outside of the country for the past year or two. General Elections are due to happen in 2016, as next year will mark four years since the Rufus Ewing led administration was elected at the polls. Those who are bonafide Turks and Caicos Islanders, but who will not be 18 years old before November 30 may still have a chance to make the register said Lewis: “anyone who attains the age of 18 and anyone who has been granted status as a Turks and Caicos Islander after November 30 who applies will be added to the register provided it is not less than 30 days before the date of the poll.”Getting registered, explained Lewis first involves filling out a voter registration form which is available at the relevant government offices on all islands in the TCI. 2015/2016 Electors list increases by less than 500 Amendments will mean less time at polls, next TCI General Election TCI Preliminary 2016/17 Electors List to be Publish Friday January 29, 2016 Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Bahamas and Jamaica bristle following negative US Advisories

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 17, 2018 – Nassau – The two number one English speaking destinations in the Caribbean have been put on blast by America when it comes to safety and security and satisfaction and now both countries are in damage control mode.   The Bahamas at its popular Fish Fry at Arawak Cay has seen vendors apologize for any negative experiences and mirroring a message by the Bahamas Government to improve service as security is enhanced, especially for Tourists.In Jamaica, the Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett has launched a campaign.   Minister Bartlett says the $3b in earnings and a record setting 2017 with 4.3 million guests landing on their shores is not to be trifled with.   Bartlett on Saturday in Montego Bay at a food handlers workshop said Jamaica must curb the reports of visitor harassment so as not to see a reversal in the gains made.Visitor satisfaction in Jamaica was put at 60% despite the harassment issues noted in a US Advisory.  the Bahamas also got that advisory, but it was more severe saying Fish Fry’s reputation for a down home experience was sullied by reports of crime.#MagneticMediaNews#BahamasgetsnegaiveUSadvisories#JamaicagetsnegativeUSadvisories#BahamasandJamaicadamagecontrol Related Items:#BahamasandJamaicadamagecontrol, #BahamasgetsnegaiveUSadvisories, #JamaicagetsnegativeUSadvisories, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

United Launches Luxe Print Mag for Travelers

first_imgThe strategy is to draw high-end brands into the in-flight magazine category, says Simon Leslie, Ink’s co-founder. “We’ve spent a long time improving Hemispheres, but there’s been a need to target more of the premium brands,” he says. “A lot of the luxury brands have shied off of in-flight magazines, there’s a perception that in-flight is not as premium as it should be.”Leslie convinced United that there was an appetite with marketers for a luxury in-flight title and the first issue will hit in November.Each issue will be “roughly” 100 pages, ranging between 25 and 35 ad pages. Ink handles all of the editorial, production and sales. Hemispheres editor-in-chief Jordan Heller will also oversee Rhapsody.Leslie notes that in-flight magazines have a distinct advantage over other magazines, with their ability to avoid distribution headaches. “We’re right there in front of [travelers’] knees,” he says. “There’s the moment when they switch off the technology and they’ve got some me-time. Time on the plane is time that no one else can get a hold of them. Marketers are desperate for ROI and this works. And obviously, some of the flights are seven or eight hours long.” United Airlines has partnered with travel media and marketing agency Ink to publish a new luxury lifestyle magazine called Rhapsody, which will be available to first- and business-class travelers.Ink already produces Hemispheres for United, which all travelers get to read, but Rhapsody is aimed at a more affluent audience—those who sit at the front of the plane. The monthly magazine will have a 100,000-copy distribution, placed in seatbacks in first and business classes and will be available in 50 club lounges in 38 airports. last_img read more