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first_imgFawkner Park winter competition cancelled due to council ground closure. TFA-Victoria is working on a new competition, stay tuned for details.  Play: #2Selection of Junior State Teams confirmedFollowing the largest participant tournaments in the history of school touch in the State, the South Australian Junior State Teams have been announced. South Australian Under-12, 15, and 18 Years squads were selected. The 12s and 15s will compete at the School Sport Australia National Championships in Melbourne from 22 – 26 October while the 18s team will compete in the National 18 Years tournament in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, 17 – 20 September, 2007. The official player rosters will be announced in the coming fortnight. All of the coaches are looking forward to successful campaigns and helping add to the development of the sport at a junior level in South Australia.Touch Football South Australia web-site: www.touchsa.com.auWESTERN AUSTRALIA (WA) Play: # 3Position open to host 2008 Western Australia State ChampionshipsTouchWest is advertising for affiliates and parties who wish to express an interest in hosting the 2008 State Championships. The tournament is due to take place from Thursday February 28 until Sunday March 2, 2008.The Championships will be a three-day tournament with about 45 teams and 850 players and officials. The host will be required to provide six fields, warm-up space, referee facilities, and areas for tournament control, meeting, results, presentation, medical, etc. Lighting would also be beneficial. For a full list of requirements and other information contact Matt Bamford, WA Manager, Touch Football Australia. TouchWest will be accepting tenders until Friday July 13, 2007. Other events: On the June 17, 2007, a workshop was held for Western Australian affiliates regarding Sportzware Central, Sporting Pulse, and Competition Management.Touch West web-site: www.touchwest.com.auNORTHERN TERRITORY (NT)Play: #4Darwin Touch Grand FinalsDarwin Touch Competition had its grand finals last week, June 18 – 22, 2007. Monday night’s Men’s 35s final produced a grandstand finish. Humpty Doo won in a drop off, upsetting minor premier Bundy Bears.  On Thursday, Mixed finals night, favourites Dream Team defeated Bundy Bears 8-6 in the Mixed Division 1 final. Jaguars won Mixed Division 2; Mad Dogs won Mixed Division 3; Cowboys won Mixed Division 4; and Nightcliff Turtles won Mixed Division 5. On Friday night the Bulls upset the minor premier scorpions 7-6 in a cracking Women’s Division 1 final. Rachel Willis was named Player of the Final. In the Women’s Division 2 the Giddy Ups claimed the premiership, whilst Frillies won the Division 3 title and The Gumby’s took home the division four title. In the Men’s Division 1, Bulls triumphed in another exciting game against Dream Team, running out 7-6 winners. David Riddle was named Player of the Final. Dogs won Men’s Division 2, while Elias Enterprises won Division 3.Other events:Alice Springs and Katherine both held grand finals. Check the Northern Territory Touch website for more details in the coming days. The Touch Football Northern Territory web-site: www.touchnt.com.au Play: #5AUSTRALIAN CAPTIAL TERRITORY (ACT) Courses planned for the upcoming monthsACT Touch will be conducting courses in three technical disciplines for interested parties throughout July and August, 2007.LEVEL ONE REFEREES COURSE                                                               The Level One course perfect for anyone interested in learning more about refereeing, getting fit, earning some money, or for a new challenge. It is also perfect for any players who want to feel a little more confident when it is their turn for duty.The course will be held at the ACT Touch Offices, Makin Place in Deakin on 3rd and 10th July 2007 and will commence each night at 6pm and finish between 8.30 and 9pm. LEVEL ONE SELECTORS COURSE                                                             The Level-One Selectors Course will be held over two evenings. Theoretical aspects will be covered on July 12 with a practical session held on July 18, 2007, at Premier League. The Course will be delivered by ACT Head Selector, Sandra Hughes. LEVEL TWO COACHING COURSE                                                          The Level Two Coaching Course will be conducted on the weekend of August 10 – 12, 2007. If you are interested in taking the next step in your coaching career, this is the course for you. The theory workbooks that are required for the course will be handed out well in advance of the course delivery to enable participants to prepare prior to the course. If you are interested in completing your Level Two accreditation, please register with ACT Touch ASAP to organize course materials to be sent out.If you are interested in finding out more or putting your name down to attend any of the courses please contact Chris Tarlinton at the ACT Touch office on 6212 2880 or chris.tarlinton@acttouch.com.au Other events:  ACT Touch hosts Touch Football tournament as part of NAIDOC Week, July 8 – 15, 2007.The ACT Touch Association web-site: www.acttouch.com.auPlay # 6TASMANIA (TAS)Tasmanian representative trials in JulyTouch Football Tasmania already has its Under-18 teams in place and will begin the search for its remaining junior representative teams over the next couple of weekends.Trials for teams are as follows:Sunday July 1, 2007 – Wentworth Park, Hobart andSunday July 8, 2007 – Prospect Park, LauncestonUnder-12 Boys and Girls – 10.00amUnder-15 Boys and Girls – 11.00amOpen Men’s, Women’s and Mixed – 12.30pmTasmania is looking forward to the School Sport Australia National Championships being held in Melbourne from 22 – 26 October, 2007, and hopes that it is well supported by the growing number of junior players across the state.Other events:Tasmanian Open teams will participate at the Queensland State Championship in Toowoomba in October. It’s the first time in many years that a representative Mixed team has been available to players from the island state. Touch Football Tasmania is hoping that this creates some more interest amongst their elite group.That’s it for this week’s edition of A Set of Six.Be sure to check out all the latest news in Touch Football this week by going to each State’s web-site for further information. TFA-Victoria is advertising for a business and competitions coordinator. Applications close Friday July 6, 2007 Touch Football Australia brings you this rapid fire “Set of Six” news ‘plays’ from around the Country. TFA’s Media Scholarship Holder Henry Holland and TFA’s National Media Coordinator Karley Banks will bring you up to date every week with a selection of six ‘plays’ on the latest news, views, and events nationally.Welcome to Touch Football Australia’s A Set of Six – volume 8. VICTORIA                                                                                Play: #1 KooGa signs on as official uniform supplier to Victorian State TeamsKooGa will be the official supplier for the team uniforms for all Victorian State Teams until 2010.                                                                                                                                                                          The Victorian teams will first appear in their new KooGa uniforms at the Queensland Junior State Cup from July 5, 2007.Other events: The Touch Football Victoria web-site:www.victouch.com.auSOUTH AUSTRALIA (SA)last_img read more

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first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is proud to be supporting Headspace Day today in support of National Mental Health Week.This national day of awareness is about ensuring every young person in Australia has access to youth friendly, mental health services no matter where they live.  Led by headspace, the campaign is dedicated to improving the wellbeing of young Australians.Every year, a quarter of all young people in Australia will experience mental health issues. Yet even amongst those with severe mental health problems, only 50% receive professional help. Headspace offers a youth-friendly service that minimises the barriers young people experience when seeking access to professional help.Headspace has centres across Australia, in addition to numerous online resources. The purpose of Headspace Day is to increase awareness of the services and resources available to you people.To support headspace day, TFA will be sharing personal mental health tips on place cards, these will then be shared through our social media channels.The aim of this initiative is to help generate and share ideas so that young people can see the many different ways to maintain a healthy headspace.TFA encourages everyone to join with us in supporting this campaign and contributing to the conversation by filling out your own place card.“We whole hearted support HEADSPACE Day and the fantastic work that HEADSPACE does helping those suffering with mental health issues, especially youth. Within our sport we have 387,000 youth participants nationally, thankfully Headspace are there to support any who may be experiencing mental health issues.” Steve Mitchell, Touch Football Australia CEOPlace cards can be downloaded  here, with suggestion’s to fill out your place card located hereTo find out more about headspace, click hereJoin us in the conversation to assist removing mental health barriers:  @headspace_ausTouch Football Facebook: @TouchfootballaustraliaTouch Football Twitter: @touchfootyausTouch Football Instagram: @touchfootballaustraliaHashtag: #headspacedayIf you need someone to talk to contact headspace on 1800 650 890last_img read more

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first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Crystal Palace striker Ayew delighted to be off mark for Wolves winby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace striker Jordan Ayew was delighted to get his first goal for the club in victory over Wolves.The result was capped by a late penalty from Luka Milivojevic in a 2-0 win.Ayew said, “It’s a big win and good for our confidence after losing at home, it was important for us to bounce back and improve our league position so congratulations to all the lads.“I’m pleased for myself, my family, for our fans and my fans in Ghana and I would like to thank the coach for giving me the opportunity. I was waiting for this moment and now it has come at the start of the New Year means new things, positives and three points so it’s good.”The striker produced a fine touch to control Patrick van Aanholt’s shot on goal before making no mistake to beat Wolves ‘keeper Rui Patrício to break the deadlock. “It is important to be opportunist, making things happen and scoring goals, this is what I try and do and luckily today I was successful. I thank God and will just keep on working hard.” last_img read more

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first_img Upgraded station in Freeport, Montego Bay, constructed at a cost of just under $5 million Story Highlights Mayor of Montego Bay, Councilor Glendon Harris, called for good maintenance of the facility Fire fighters in St. James now have an upgraded station in Freeport, Montego Bay, constructed at a cost of just under $5 million.Speaking at a dedication ceremony on August 28, Deputy Superintendent of the Jamaica Fire Brigade, Andrew Russell, said members of the service gave their time and skills during the construction of the station, and ensured value for money.“Skilled firefighters from St. Elizabeth and St. James contributed valuable time and effort and installed the roof canopy, ceiling bed, kitchen cupboard and all other concrete and painting works,” he said.“As a cost saving initiative, firefighters with the requisite competencies were identified by the Project Manager and their skills utilized on the project. With their intervention and endowment from stakeholders, the project cost $4.7 million, about $1 million less than what was budgeted,” the Deputy Superintendent told the audience.Funding and material support for the facility came from the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, the Jamaica Fire Brigade, Premix Jamaica, ZIM Integrated Shipping Services, and Quality Dealers.The work included construction of over 1,000 square feet of living space, bathroom facilities, and other sections.Meanwhile, Mayor of Montego Bay, Councilor Glendon Harris, called for good maintenance of the facility and for all to have pride in the upkeep of the City of Montego Bay.“All of our officers will have to play their part in the maintenance of this facility. It is the duty of all of us to ensure that everything in this facility is at its best. Let us all take pride in the city, let us all take pride in this parish,” he said.For her part, Member of Parliament for West Central St. James, Mrs. Sharon Ffolkes-Abrahams, said all should be done to make firefighters comfortable, because they endanger themselves to save lives and property.“It is very important that we take care of our firemen and fire women. We are in the city of Montego Bay, and we have to protect its residents, and we have to protect the tourism industry. We also have here in Freeport, a very important industry, the information and communication technology industry. We have the important business of protecting the residents and our industries from destructive fires,” she said. The work included construction of over 1,000 square feet of living space, bathroom facilities, and other sectionslast_img read more

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first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Ford Motor Co. has bought an electric scooter sharing company, expanding its presence in alternative modes of transportation.The century-old automobile company announced its acquisition of Spin, a San Francisco-based dockless scooter sharing company, on Wednesday.Spin operates in 13 cities and campuses and allows riders to borrow a scooter for $1 and an additional 15 cents per minute.Ford says the number of mobility options available to people has risen dramatically in recent years, and in some situations people use multiple forms of transportation during a single trip.Ride-sharing giants Uber and Lyft also have been investing in scooter-sharing companies.Ford also owns bike sharing system Ford Go Bike in the San Francisco Bay Area.Financial terms of the Spin acquisition were not disclosed.last_img read more

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first_imgTORONTO — Canadians have started receiving emails from Marriott International, informing them of a recent breach of customers’ personal data held by their Starwood hotel properties.The U.S.-based hotel giant, which is also behind brands including W Hotels, St. Regis, Sheraton and Westin, says in the email that the breach may have impacted up to 500 million guests.The company says the contact information, passport numbers, arrival and departure information, reservation dates, and credit card information of up to 327 million guests may also be entangled in the incident.Marriott says unauthorized access to such data has been occurring since 2014, but was only recently discovered.Marriott says it has been sending emails with these details to guests since Nov. 30, when the breach was revealed.The company did not respond to a request for comment regarding how many Canadians have, or are expected to, receive the emails. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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first_imgLondon: British Prime Minister Theresa May is facing intense pressure from within her own Cabinet on Sunday to step down over her handling of the Brexit process. According to numerous UK media reports, disgruntled ministers and MPs are plotting to give her an ultimatum to resign as the price for backing her controversial withdrawal agreement in a third Parliament vote next week, a move which could even see her forced out to make way for a caretaker Prime Minister in the form of her deputy David Lidington. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USDowning Street has dismissed reports of any such plot, with Lidington, Britain’s Minister for the Cabinet Office, stressing he is “100 per cent behind the Prime Minister”. “This is not about the Prime Minister changing Prime Ministers wouldn’t help, changing the party of government wouldn’t help,” said UK Chancellor Philip Hammond, calling on MPs to unite behind May. Asked about calls for a second referendum after nearly a million people marched through the streets of London on Saturday to demand a so-called People’s Vote , he agreed that another referendum over Britain’s membership of the European Union (EU) should be considered. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”It is a coherent proposition and deserves to be considered, along with the other proposals,” the senior Cabinet minister said. The latest leadership row within the Conservative Party comes ahead of a week where May is expected to lose further control over the Brexit process as a cross-party group of MPs press for alternatives to her divorce deal to be debated in the House of Commons on Wednesday. May had secured a short delay to the March 29 Brexit deadline from the EU, with the requirement to come up with a credible plan for Britain’s exit from the 28-member economic bloc by April 12 or crash out without any deal in place. If May’s deal is voted through by MPs in a third Commons vote by next week, the EU has agreed to extend the Brexit deadline further until May 22 to finalise the exit strategy. If not, Britain would be heading for a chaotic no-deal Brexit on April 12. The British PM spent the weekend at her countryside retreat at Chequers trying to finalise her next steps ahead of an expected Cabinet meeting on Monday, when ministers may threaten resignations over her Brexit strategy. There is a growing expectation among MPs that Downing Street will try to delay holding the next meaningful vote on her twice-defeated withdrawal agreement over the controversial Irish backstop clause because of concerns that May would have to resign if she lost it for a third time. The vote had been expected early next week if House of Commons Speaker John Bercow allows the motion to be tabled without any substantial changes.last_img read more

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first_imgRabat  –  Head of government, Abdelilah Benkirane headed on Thursday for France, where he will represent King Mohammed VI in the Elysee Summit on peace and security in Africa, slated for December 6- 7 in Paris.   Forty African Heads of State and Government are expected to attend the Summit which will focus on three main themes, including peace and security, economic partnership and development and climate change.   The summit will also be an opportunity to exchange experiences and mobilize African efforts in the field of environmental protection and climate change.    The Moroccan delegation to the summit also includes Foreign Minister, Salaheddine Mezouar.last_img

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Update (May 16, 9:20 p.m.): After the NBA draft lottery Tuesday night, the Knicks are now slated to pick eighth; they would have gotten the seventh pick if draft order were decided by record alone.When the NBA holds its annual draft lottery tonight, the New York Knicks will have a 5.3 percent chance of winning the top pick in next month’s draft and an 18.3 percent chance of landing in the top three. Their fans will be keeping their fingers crossed for a little good news — for once.Since trading franchise icon Patrick Ewing before the 2000-01 season, the Knicks have won one playoff series and amassed the league’s third-worst regular-season record.1Through the 2016-17 season. Coming into this season, the Knicks had the 4th-worst regular-season record since 2000-01. Fans of dreadful teams can usually cling to the likelihood of high draft picks and the hope for the future they bring. But the Knicks have managed to bungle that too.I compared teams’ regular-season performance2In terms of average regular-season rank at season’s end, which is the primary basis for determining draft order. For the first four seasons of my analysis, the NBA had 29 teams. I adjusted those ranks to 30-team equivalents. I adjusted for ties too; if two teams were tied for the 5th-best record, for example, I assigned both a rank of 5.5. These adjustments help normalize rankings. to their average position in the drafts following each of the 16 seasons from 2000-01 through 2015-16.3Based on which team officially made each selection on draft night. Team averages include drafts in which they had no first-round picks, either because of trades or violations. I captured franchise history according to official records, so the Hornets’ 2000-01 and 2001-02 seasons belong to Charlotte, not New Orleans. I assigned the 2002 draft to New Orleans. As a result, Charlotte has 14 seasons and 14 drafts from the 2000-01 season through the 2016 draft, while New Orleans has 14 seasons and 15 drafts. All other teams have 16 seasons and 16 drafts. In general, good teams should have bad picks and bad teams should have good picks. That’s how the system’s designed, after all. If your team stinks, at least you have a shot at the best players in the draft.As one of the worst teams in the NBA since 2000-01,4In terms of average rank at the end of the regular season, the Knicks were worst in the NBA from 2000-01 through 2016-17 and 3rd-worst from 2000-01 through 2015-16. (As noted, ranks are adjusted for ties and number of teams.) the Knicks should have had one of the best average draft positions. Instead, New York’s front office fumbled its way to the 6th-worst average in the league, combining on-court ineptitude with draft-night hopelessness. Let that sink in for a moment. Over the past 16 years, the only teams with worse average draft position than the Knicks were the Spurs, Mavericks, Heat, Lakers and Pacers. These are all successful teams that generally picked late because they were good at basketball. Not surprisingly, the Knicks own the largest average discrepancy between where they should have picked in the draft and where they actually picked.Bad lottery luck has played a part. Since winning the Ewing sweepstakes in 1985, the Knicks haven’t moved up a single draft spot via the lottery — that is, when they’ve been one of the teams in the lottery, the drawing hasn’t led to them picking any earlier than they would have if draft order were determined by record alone. They fell four spots in 1986, three in 1987,5This knocked New York out of the top three, which, under the terms of a previous trade agreement, enabled Seattle to swap first-rounders with the Knicks and draft Scottie Pippen. one in 2008 and two in 2015. The only other time a pick that would have belonged to the Knicks landed among the top three in the lottery, New York had given Chicago the rights to that spot under the terms of the Eddy Curry trade. (The Bulls selected LaMarcus Aldridge second overall in 2006.)And that’s really the bigger problem. Most of the damage the Knicks have suffered was self-inflicted. In the 16 drafts since the infamous Ewing-to-Seattle deal in 2000, the team has worsened its own position eight times by either trading away the rights to its top pick or allowing another team to swap first-round spots.6This includes drafts in which the Knicks still picked in the first round but the terms of a deal caused them to pick later than they would have otherwise. Houston had the option to swap 2011 first-round picks with the Knicks via the Tracy McGrady deal but did not do so, so that is not included. In five cases, the pick New York gave up became a lottery spot, including the pick the Bulls used to draft Aldridge in 2006. And even when the Knicks hang onto their first-round pick until draft night, they can still manage to lose it: In 2002, they drafted Nenê with a lottery pick, then traded him away that same night for Antonio McDyess, who delivered the Knicks 0.6 win shares over 18 games before being packaged for Stephon Marbury.7Nenê, meanwhile, has produced 69.3 regular-season win shares over 15 seasons.The Nenê trade isn’t the exception, either. For the most part, all this wheeling and dealing has left New York no better off than they were when they started. *All trades involved multiple players.**The Knicks gave Denver the right to swap 2016 first-round picks in the Anthony trade. They traded away the pick entirely in the Bargnani trade.Source: Basketball-reference.com 20109Stephon Marbury28 20062Eddy Curry9 When the Knicks actually make picks, they tend to draft pretty well. They’ve made 12 first-round selections since 2001, and many of them, including Nenê and Kristaps Porzingis, have turned out to be pretty good or even great picks. But the Knicks traded a lot of those guys away and got relatively little in return.Holding onto picks before the draft is one step out of this downward spiral for the Knicks. Holding onto them after will be another. In the meantime, a little bit of luck with the pingpong balls at tonight’s lottery won’t hurt.Check out our latest NBA predictions. The Knicks have stunk at trading first-round draft picks since 2001 200416Stephon Marbury28 YEARORIGINAL PICKKEY PLAYER*PLAYER WIN SHARES WITH KNICKSPLAYER STILL WITH KNICKS? 201412Carmelo Anthony44✓ 20027Antonio McDyess1 200118Glen Rice6 20079Eddy Curry9 20167Andrea Bargnani**2 201216Tracy McGrady0 PICK TRADED FOR … read more

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first_imgSenegal boss Aliou Cisse is expecting bright things from his side in the future after their 1-0 defeat to Colombia saw them being knocked out of the World CupThe Lions of Teranga got off to a good start in the match at the Samara Arena but failed to find the back of the net from their two shots on target as Colombia improved in the second-half with Barcelona defender Yerry Mina heading in the winning goal from a corner.Senegal spent the final 20 minutes pushing desperately for an equaliser but they were unable to find a way past Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina with José Pékerman’s side escaping with a 1-0 win and top spot in Group H.Despite finishing level with second place Japan on both points and goal difference, Senegal were made to pay a high price for Cheikh N’Doye’s and Youssouf Sabaly’s injury-time bookings in their 2-2 draw with the Blue Samurai in their last match with the Japanese going through due to having had less yellow cards.But Cisse remains optimistic for the future of his side.Sadio Mane, Liverpool‘I am really happy’ Sadio Mane is loving life at Liverpool Andrew Smyth – September 10, 2019 Sadio Mane poured cold water on doubts surrounding his Liverpool future by opening up on just how “really happy” he is at the club.“I feel we could have scored in the first half and I think we controlled the match quite well,” said the 42-year-old, as stated on BT Sport.“I’m just disappointed for my team, for this generation and for these players who fight every single day for our country.“I will continue to encourage them and to be with them because I think we can expect many more good things from them in the future.”Senegal’s elimination means that no African team has progressed from the initial group stage of the competition for the first time since 1982.last_img read more

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