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first_imgHere is the latest news from around the states…Northern TerritoryThe NT Titles will be held from Friday, 30 April until Sunday, 2 May 2010 in Darwin. Over 20 teams will compete in the tournament, with teams coming from Gove, Alice Springs, Katherine, Borroloola, Ramingining as well as local teams from Darwin. Four divisions will be contested, with Men’s Open, Women’s Open, Under 18 Mixed and Women’s 35’s battling it out for their respective titles. Games will commence on Friday night, with finals to be played on Sunday afternoon. The Under 18 Mixed and Women’s Over 35 finals will be played at 4.00pm, followed by the Women’s Open final at 5.00pm, and the Men’s Open final at 6.00pm. For more information, please visit the NT Titles website:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=14-920-0-112627-0&sID=10358 QueenslandThe 2010 Queensland State Cup will also be held on Saturday, 1 May and Sunday, 2 May. The State Cup will be held at the fields at Bundaberg Touch Association, University Drive, Bundaberg.Teams from across the state will contest the event, with the following divisions to be played: Mixed, Women’s Open, Men’s Open, Men’s 30’s and Men’s 40’s. The games will start at 9.00am on Saturday, with the final round of the day to commence at 4.20pm. Games will start at 8.30am on Sunday, with the final round games commencing at 9.50am before finals begin. The first draft of the State Cup draw is on the Queensland State Cup website. The final draw will be released at the Managers Meeting on Saturday, 1 May. For more information, please visit the Queensland State Cup and Queensland Touch websites:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=14-7206-0-0-0&sID=157480www.qldtouch.com.au South AustraliaIt’s been a busy couple of weeks for Touch Football South Australia, with teams competing in the SA Masters Games and the annual Touch Wine event. Touch Football made a successful return to the SA Masters Games, with seven teams competing at the two day event at Port Pirie. Touch was one of the largest sports represented at the games, and the good news is that Touch Football has been included in the bill for the 2011 SA Masters Games, which will be held in Naracoorte in April 2011. Touch Wine was held on the ANZAC Day public holiday, with approximately 1500 people attending the annual charity event. 38 winery teams entered the event, while round three of the CMI Toyota State League was also played. In round three of the Men’s division, the Eastern Stingrays were big winners over the Central Scorpions, winning 15-2, while the Defence Eagles defeated the Northern Vipers, 4-3. The South West Wolves had the bye. The Stingrays sit on top of the ladder in the Men’s division, followed by the Wolves, Eagles, Scorpions and Vipers.Round four will be played on Sunday, 2 May and will see the Eagles take on the Scorpions and the Vipers versus the Wolves. The Stingrays have the bye. In the Women’s division, the Eastern Stingrays were three touchdown winners over the South West Wolves, 5-2, while the Northern Vipers and the Central Scorpions played out a 3-all draw. The Scorpions sit on top of the ladder in the Women’s division, followed by the Vipers, Stingrays and Wolves. Round four will see the Vipers take on the Stingrays, while the Scorpions will play the Wolves. The traditional celebrity match was also played at Touch Wine, and was one of the highlights of the day. Bruce McAvaney was the commentator of the game, and the following athletes participated:Hannah Davis (Olympic Kayaker)Rachael Sporn (Olympic Basketball player)Rick Olarenshaw, Peter Caven and Kym Koster (AFL)Demelza McCloud (Australian Netballer)Brett Maher (Australian Basketball player)For more information, please visit the Touch Football South Australia website:www.touchsa.com.auWestern AustraliaSunset Touch has moved venues, with competition taking place on Monday nights at Associates RUFC (Allen Park) Swanbourne. There are limited places available, and nominations close on Monday, 17 May. For more information, including where to play Touch this winter, please visit the Touch West website:www.touchwest.comNew South WalesThe New South Wales Touch Football Referees Awards night will be held on Saturday, 1 May at the Bankstown Sports Club. The Awards night is the gala night of the Refereeing calendar, with the ‘Ian Matthew Medal’ announced. For more information, please visit the NSW Touch website.The Sydney Scorpions have been named the 2010 Regional Permit Champions at the New South Wales Under 14 and 16 Regional Championships. The Scorpions played in all four finals, winning two and were narrowly defeating in the Under 14 Boy’s and Girl’s finals. 14 Boys – Hunter Western Hornets 5 defeated Sydney Scorpions 414 Girls – Hunter Western Hornets 3 defeated Sydney Scorpions 216 Boys – Sydney Scorpions 4 defeated Northern Eagles 316 Girls – Sydney Scorpions 5 defeated Hunter Western Hornets 1The following Referees were rewarded for their efforts following the tournament:Referee of the tournament – Adam O’KeeffeLeading Women’s Referee – Fiona SaundersLeading Senior Referee – Nick AltinLeading Level 5 Referee – Adam O’KeeffeLeading Level 4 – Luke HeckendorfThe New South Wales State Merit teams were also announced following the tournament. Go to the New South Wales Touch Football website to view the teams.www.nswtouch.com.auACTACT Touch has a list of players looking to play Touch on all nights of competition. Please contact ACT Touch if you would like to be sent the list of players. The final two of the Winter domestic competitions started this week, with the Tuesday and Thursday night competitions at Deakin beginning. The countdown is on until the beginning of the ACT Premier League, which will commence on Wednesday, 12 May 2010. For more information, please visit the ACT Touch website:www.acttouch.com.auVictoriaTouch Football Victoria will be holding trials for the Under 15 and Under 18 state representative squads on Sunday, 16 May 2010 at the Albert Park Touch fields. The Under 18 trials will be held from 9.00am to 11.00am, while the Under 15 trials will be held from 11.00am to 1.00pm. The trials are held to help identify potential state representatives to compete at upcoming tournaments. The 18’s teams will be competing at the National Youth Championships in Caloundra in September, while the Under 15 teams will compete in the School Sport Australia Championships which will be held in Canberra in October. For more information, please visit the Touch Football Victoria website.Albert Park and Elwood Park’s team registrations for the upcoming Winter competitions have been extended by one week. Registrations will close on Sunday, 10 May. The competitions will now start on the week commencing, Monday, 10 May. There will be a compulsory delegates meeting on Thursday, 6 May to get information and to ask questions. Please visit the Touch Football Victoria website for more information:www.victouch.com.auTasmaniaLaunceston Touch Association’s social mixed competition will commence on Sunday, 2 May 2010. Rounds one and two will be played on Sunday, with rounds three and four to be played on Sunday, 16 May. For more information, please visit the Touch Football Tasmania website:www.tastouch.com.auHave you become a fan of Touch Football Australia on Facebook? Search for Touch Football Australia and become a fan today!last_img read more

10 months agoMourinho only felt Man Utd at their best when…

first_imgMourinho only felt Man Utd at their best when…by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho felt he only saw his players at their best mentally when they went a goal down.The Manchester Evening News says Mourinho felt he learnt more about his players when they went a goal behind, and that they would only start performing to their full potential once this happened.After beating Swansea, the Portuguese even explained how going behind worked well for United, despite it piling pressure on him.He said: “The only thing I want to see, but I don’t want to see if it happens, is the team losing and see the way we emotionally react to it because it’s also another stage to be losing and try to change a result.”Because, at the moment, everything is going in our favour but it’s not always motorway. You always find difficult roads and road works and you have to be ready.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Five-Star Cornerback Iman Marshall Dons Charles Woodson’s No.2 While On Visit To Michigan Monday

first_imgThe Michigan Wolverines Cheerleaders support their team against the Brigham Young Cougars at Michigan Stadium.ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 26: The Michigan Wolverines Cheerleaders support their team against the Brigham Young Cougars at Michigan Stadium on September 26, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines defeated the Cougars 31-0. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)Consensus five-star cornerback recruit Iman Marshall of Long Beach (Calif.) Poly made a visit to Michigan on Monday, and while on campus, he got to don a no. 2 Wolverine jersey. Prospects wearing jerseys with their numbers on them is standard recruiting visit procedure, but no. 2 also happens to be the number of former Michigan star cornerback and 1997 Heisman Trophy winner, Charles Woodson.Marshall celebrated the honor by taking time to pose with a mural of Woodson celebrating the Wolverines’ 1997 Rose Bowl win over Washington State. ichigan pic.twitter.com/wXlwejyW6b— Biggie (@iman_marshall8) January 19, 2015New Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh and his staff have already made some noise on the recruiting trail since taking over in Ann Arbor this month, but landing a player of Marshall’s caliber would be a home-run coup. The no. 3 overall player in the country according to Rivals, Marshall has offers from essentially every major program. He already made an official visit to Florida State, and has trips to LSU and Oregon scheduled before signing day.last_img read more

North European Ports to Make Cruise Industry Greener

first_imgzoom Ten North European ports have joined forced to find solutions to make the growing cruise industry greener through a three-year project.The project, which will focus on finding a practical and commercial way to supply cruise ships with green energy, was launched as the cruise ship market is predicted to grow 3.3 percent by 2030, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).Led by the Hamburg Port Authority, EU Interreg project includes Hamburg Cruise Center, Rostock Port, Freeport of Riga Authority, Klaipeda State Seaport Authority, Maritime Institute in Gdansk, and the ports of Bergen, Tallin, Helsinki and Esbjerg.With a budget of EUR 2.9 million, the project has the aim of examining how the ports can help cruise ship operators become greener and more sustainable.“The rapid growth of the cruise industry makes it interesting for the ports, but the industry’s growth poses certain challenges as well, particularly in relation to neighbouring areas. All ports face these same challenges, so the idea is to collaborate on finding solutions. In an ideal world, cruise ships should meet the same standards and rules in every port,” Ingo Fehrs, Senior Adviser Port Strategy of the Hamburg Port Authority, said.A detailed account of ways the ports can help enhance sustainability in the cruise shipping sector is set to be presented at the project’s closing conference in 2019, Fehrs said, adding that the project would look at areas where more regulation is needed.Shortly after the ten ports met at the opening conference in Hamburg on October 27, 2016, the environmental committee of the UN’s International Maritime Organisation (IMO) set the implementation date for the new global sulphur emission regulations to 2020.The new regulations impose stricter requirements on the shipping industry and lower the cap on sulphur content of marine fuels from 3.5 percent to 0.5 percent.last_img read more

Pacific trade pact leaders due to meet on new deal

first_imgDANANG, Vietnam – Leaders of the countries participating in a Pacific Rim trade pact abandoned by President Donald Trump have agreed to meet and are expected to endorse a basic agreement on moving ahead without the U.S.Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said Friday that he was “reasonably confident” the 11 countries remaining in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which include Malaysia, would have a basic agreement.They are trying to find a way forward without the U.S., the biggest economy and before Trump took office one of its most assertive supporters. Trump has said he prefers country-to-country deals and is seeking to renegotiate several major trade agreements to, as he says, “put America First.”Najib’s comments to a business conference on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum followed conflicting reports that a basic agreement had been reached in the wee hours Friday.Najib said officials met until 3 a.m. Friday trying to bridge their differences and produce a statement for the leaders of their countries to endorse.“I am quite sanguine we will get a deal but of course it has to go through a process of ratification and some side matters have to be worked out, but at least we have managed to salvage some kind of free trade agreement, which is important for the future of APEC,” Najib said.Vietnamese officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment.The negotiations are being held in Danang, Vietnam, alongside meetings of the 21-member APEC’s annual summit, where Trump’s markedly different stance from past U.S. leaders was being felt even before his arrival Friday in the coastal resort city.While most APEC members say they remain committed to their multi-country approach in weaving their economies ever closer together, many acknowledge that open trade is a mixed bag: Not everyone benefits equally.The U.S. pushback on “free trade,” evidenced in Trump’s “America First” policy, has raised eyebrows in the region after decades of U.S. pressure on opening markets.While APEC operates by consensus and customarily issues nonbinding statements, TPP commitments would eventually be ratified and enforced by its members.But even talks this week on a declaration to cap this week’s APEC summit had to be extended for an extra half-day as ministers haggled over wording. It’s unclear what the exact sticking points were, but officials have alluded to differences over the unequal impact more open trade has had on workers and concerns over automation in manufacturing that could leave many millions in a wide array of industries with no work to do.Vietnamese Trade Minister Tran Tuan Anh said a “new trend of protectionism” was afoot, but the group eventually managed to bridge their differences.As a developing country with a fast-growing export sector, Vietnam has a strong interest in open trade and access for its exports to consumers in the West. The summit is an occasion for its leaders to showcase the progress its economy has made thanks largely to foreign investment and trade. Danang, Vietnam’s third largest city, is in the midst of a construction boom as dozens of resorts and smaller hotels pop up along its scenic coastline.But even though its economy grew at a brisk 6.2 per cent pace last year, Vietnam’s GDP per capita is still one of the lowest among APEC members at less than $2,200. Many of its 95 million people remain poor and vulnerable to natural disasters such as storms that lashed the coast near Danang just days before the APEC meetings.APEC’s members are Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, the U.S. and Vietnam.last_img read more

Fort St John firefighters appreciative of help from residents in clearing snow

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — While Fort St. John residents aren’t responsible for clearing snow from around fire hydrants – that’s the job of City staff – firefighters say that after last week’s record snowfall they’re appreciative when residents with hydrants in their yards help out in any way.Fort St. John Fire Chief Fred Burrows confirmed that unlike clearing sidewalks in front of their houses, residents with fire hydrants in their yards are not responsible for clearing snow from around fire hydrants. He said that the fire department doesn’t want residents to hurting themselves trying to get the hydrants clear, especially those that have had large amounts of snow dumped on them.“The City does have staff and machines,” said Burrows. “Particularly the ones that are near a combination business/apartment in residential areas where maybe somebody’s piled snow from a lot on top of a hydrant, they’re going out with machines to move that and find those.”Burrows added however, that uncovering all the hydrants that may be buried by piles of snow will take some time, and that the fire department greatly appreciates any help they can get in keeping the hydrants clear in case they’re needed in an emergency.“There’s nothing that says residents have to go dig out hydrants. We just ask people, if its in your yard or close by and you have the capacity to move a bit of snow, it’s in their best interest to try and keep it clean.”last_img read more

Snowfall warning issued for the Pine Pass

first_imgCHETWYND, B.C. – A snowfall warning has been issued for the Pine Pass.Environment Canada says a frontal system could bring with it 10 to 20 cm of snow.  Snow will begin this Sunday evening and continue through Monday. Snow is expected to ease Monday night.For updates on road conditions, visit www.drivebc.ca.  See the full weather warning below. Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. https://shiftintowinter.ca/ reminds drivers to know before you go. Adjust to winter driving behaviour and use winter tires and chains.Road conditions are available at www.drivebc.ca. Issued at 2019-03-10 11:28 UTC by Environment Canada:Snowfall warning issued for:Highway 97 – Pine Pass, B.C. (080030)Current details:Snowfall with total amounts of 10 to 20 cm is expected.A frontal system crossing BC will bring heavy snow to the McGregor and Williston regions, including Highway 97 – Pine Pass.Snow will begin this evening and continue through Monday. Snow is expected to ease Monday night.Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow.Weather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions.last_img read more

Data usage in India to grow at 73 CAGR by 2022 Study

first_imgNew Delhi: India’s data consumption is expected to grow at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of about 72.6 per cent to 10,96,58,793 million MB by 2022, according to a study. “With lower than ever data tariffs and increasing number of smartphone penetration in the country, which is around 40 per cent as of 2017, it is safe to assume that the Video on Demand (VoD) market will be a significant beneficiary of these developments. Internet consumption is clearly on the rise in India,” according to the Assocham-PwC study. Data consumption in India will grow from the level of 71,67,103 million MB in 2017 to 10,96,58,793 million MB (megabytes) in 2022, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of about 72.6 per cent, it said. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepWhile the average Indian used to spend more on voice services than on mobile data services until 2013, the majority of an average mobile bill is now spent on data. The average monthly spend on voice services in 2013 was Rs 214 compared to Rs 173 spent on data. In 2016, the spend on voice fell to Rs 124, while data spend rose to Rs 225, according to the report. Video streaming constitutes roughly 65 75 per cent of the traffic, as per the Nokia Mobile Broadband Index 2018. While internet penetration is increasing in India, with mobile internet penetration set to reach 56.7 per cent in 2022 from a mere 30.2 per cent in 2017, connectivity and consistency in speed issues need to be addressed, said the study titled ‘Video on Demand: Entertainment reimagined’. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsIt further said that in a country where approximately 65-70 per cent of the population resides in rural areas, no service meant for the masses can afford to ignore this market. Internet connectivity and speed issues are significant in rural areas as against urban areas. It is important for OTT (over-the-top) players to cater to the rural market if they wish to stay relevant. Thus, apps like YouTube, which support low Internet connectivity, will be able to penetrate faster into rural areas, according to the study. The report also noted that there has been a value shift to platforms. “Social media and technology platforms, instead of content creators and packagers, have emerged as the primary beneficiaries of the increase in user time and spending,” it added. Another major aspect in the journey of OTT players will be the ability to personalise experiences. Emerging technologies would help companies create unique experiences that add value to the services provided to users.last_img read more

Ohio State womens soccer earns NCAA tournament berth hosts Dayton

OSU junior forward Nichelle Prince (7) dribbles the ball during a game agaisnt Minnesota on Sept. 17 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU lost 1-2. Credit: Sam HarrisThe Ohio State women’s soccer team’s season added at least one more game to its season Monday night after the Buckeyes were selected to compete in the NCAA Tournament.OSU finished the regular season with a 10-6-3 (4-4-3 Big Ten) record, and will host the Dayton Flyers in the first round at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, with a 6 p.m. scheduled kick-off.  The Flyers come to Columbus with a 9-9-3 regular season record, also having captured the Atlantic 10 Tournament championship.This tournament bid marks the 11th time the Buckeyes will compete in the NCAA Tournament, and is the seventh in the last eight seasons. OSU joins seven other Big Ten teams in this year’s tournament, including Minnesota, Penn State, Rutgers, Wisconsin, Northwestern, Michigan and Nebraska. With their last matchup being on Oct. 26 versus Penn State, the Buckeyes will have had a total of three weeks’ rest before Saturday’s game.  Dayton presents a tough lineup for OSU, as junior forward Alexis Kiehl is tied for the NCAA lead in total goals scored this season with 20. The winner will move on to the next round, facing either Northern Kentucky or West Virginia, who OSU played in the regular season. read more

Boston Red Sox select Ohio State pitcher Travis Lakins in 6th round

Sophomore right-handed pitcher Travis Lakins (1) delivers a pitch against Illinois on May 2, 2015. OSU lost, 6-5.Credit: Elliot Gilfix / For The LanternThe Ohio State baseball team may have narrowly missed out on postseason play this season, but it finally had some reason to celebrate during the second day of the 2015 MLB draft.Right-handed pitcher Travis Lakins became the highest OSU player drafted since fellow righty Alex Wimmers went 21st overall in 2010. The Boston Red Sox selected Lakins in the sixth round — 171st overall — on Tuesday afternoon.Lakins, a hard-throwing product of Franklin, Ohio, is coming off a sophomore season in which he went 4-4 with a 3.75 ERA in 15 starts. He struck out a team-high 84 in 96.0 innings pitched.Lakins’ final start of the season was arguably his strongest, as he neutralized Iowa’s lineup to the tune of six hits and one run allowed over eight innings in the opening game of the Big Ten tournament. However, a blown save in the ninth following Lakins’ departure gave the Hawkeyes the 3-2 victory.In the righty’s freshman campaign, he was used primarily out of the bullpen, where he made 23 of his 25 appearances. In 55.0 innings of work, he fanned 55 batters and compiled a 2.45 ERA, the second best on the team.He later made headlines after his freshman season when he threw a perfect game on June 20, 2014 while pitching for the Chillicothe Paints in summer ball. He struck out 14 in the perfect game against the West Virginia Miners, which was the first in the history of the Prospect League.Should Lakins choose to sign with Boston, the slot value for the 171st pick is $287,500, according to Baseball America. He was previously set to play for the Orleans Firebirds of the Cape Cod League this summer alongside outfielder Ronnie Dawson.The 2015 draft marked the fourth consecutive year at least one OSU player was drafted, following John Kuchno in 2012, Jon Pellant, Brett McKinney and Brad Goldberg in 2013 and Greg Greve last season.The MLB draft is scheduled to conclude with the 11th through 40th rounds on Wednesday. read more