Planning for the 2008 X-Blades National Touch League (NTL) has already begun in earnest. The showcase event on the National calendar will comprise new and exciting formats that will see the Open and Senior competitions overlapping for the first time in the history of the flagship tournament.Touch Football Australia (TFA) will be leading the way with innovation in all areas to enhance the NTL experience for all participants in every aspect of endeavour.Part of this commitment to excellence is the promotion and branding of the tournament.The NTL held in Coffs Harbour annually in March has always been about the Touch Football community uniting in the spirit of competition to test themselves against the best from around the nation on the field, then enjoy the opportunities for camaraderie and friendship off the field.With this concept firmly in mind, the 2008 X-Blades NTL will be themed “The Best of Enemies”.To whet your appetite for some fantastic showcase clashes for the 2008 tournament Touch Football Australia National Media Coordinator Karley Banks will deliver a series of “Best of Enemies” stories that capture the spirit, history, and atmosphere that is the National Touch League…Today we look at the Women’s Open rivalry between The Sydney Mets and the South Queensland Sharks through the eyes of two of the biggest names in the Women’s game, four time World Cup champions Australian Women’s Open Captain Sharyn Williams (Sharks) and Australian Women’s Open Vice-Captain Amanda Judd (Mets).Please click onto the below attachment to read the full story. Related Filesbest_of_enemies_-_vol_1_-_wo-pdf
The following players have been selected to represent Australia in the Women’s Open team at the 2019 Touch World Cup.The 2019 Touch World Cup will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 28th April – 4th May 2019.WOMEN’S OPEN TEAMMadison CroweDanielle DavisHannah DyballEmily HennesseySamantha HopkinAshleigh KearneyHayley MaddickJessica McCallFaith NathanLaura PeattieAsh QuinlanSamantha RodgersCatherine SargentKim Sue SeeTamika UptonMarikki WategoCoach: Swain RovelliAsst Coach: Michael MoussaAsst Coach: Craig MorrowManager: Kim SolmanPhotography: Glen Eaton
Southampton midfielder Ward-Prowse baffled by ref call: He admitted contactby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse says he left baffled by the ref’s decision to wave away a penalty claim in defeat to Manchester City.With the scores level and half time approaching, Ward-Prowse was denied a penalty when he was nudged by City left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko in the box, before cruelly deflecting Raheem Sterling’s low cross past Alex McCarthy just moments later.“I was disappointed not to get it,” he said of the spot-kick. “It was a good ball from Jack (Stephens) and I knew that if I took my first touch across him I could get into the box.“When there was contact and it’s impeding my chances of scoring, I had to go down. “The referee says there was contact but didn’t give the penalty, which didn’t make any sense. He’d have to book me for simulation, which he didn’t, so no decision was made.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Waffle House The Waffle Wager is coming to the Palmetto State.For the third year in a row, Waffle House is putting a friendly “Waffle Wager” on a college football game of its choice. Last year, it was Auburn-Georgia, while in 2013 it was Alabama-Texas A&M. This year, the match-up is Clemson-South Carolina, and either Clemson, S.C. or Columbia S.C. will receive free Waffle House based on the result of the game. From Business Wire: “You can throw out the records when the Tigers and Gamecocks take the field, and when you add in the Waffle Wager, it becomes an even bigger event!” said Walt Ehmer, Waffle House President and CEO. “Good luck to both schools, and like the old saying goes, ‘To the victor goes the waffles, coffee and hashbrowns.’”Fans of the winning team will get the free Waffle House goodness at either a restaurant in Clemson, S.C., or Columbia, S.C. If Clemson wins the game, Royal Cup and C.H. Guenther will provide hashbrowns, waffles and coffee for the fans and if South Carolina wins, Basic American Foods will be stuck with the tab. The “payout” date, time and winning Waffle House location will be announced after the game.In addition to the free hashbrowns, waffles and coffee, the winning university’s general scholarship fund will receive $10,000 to help further the education of its students.Obviously, the Tigers are heavy favorites over the Gamecocks this year. But when free Waffle House is involved, anything can happen. [ Dr. Saturday ]
zoom COSCO Shipping International (Singapore) has received an approval from its shareholders for the sale of equity interest in its shipyard assets, proposed in May 2017.The company said that it organized an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) to seek shareholders’ approval for the proposed disposal. The resolutions relating to the equity disposal were put to the meeting and duly passed on poll vote.Under the proposed sale, COSCO Shipping International would dispose of a 51% equity interest in COSCO Shipyard Group, a 50% equity interest in COSCO (Nantong) Shipyard and a 39.1% equity interest in COSCO (Dalian) Shipyard.The shipyard assets would be sold for a price of CNY 1.46 billion (USD 211.5 million) to COSCO Shipping Heavy Industry.The company opted for the move in an effort to centralize operations and management by exiting from a loss-making business.COSCO Shipping International intends to use the sale proceeds to fund future projects, which may include mergers and acquisitions, and for working capital requirements of the Group.
VICTORIA – British Columbia’s privacy commissioner says a chicken-catching company was not authorized to use video surveillance on staff in response to an animal cruelty investigation.Elite Services in Chilliwack said in June it would require one supervisor and two staff members to wear cameras on their vests after an animal advocacy group released an undercover video that allegedly showed workers hitting, kicking and throwing chickens.Drew McArthur, the province’s acting information and privacy commissioner, says he launched an investigation following media coverage of the case over concerns the video surveillance was being used as a “quick fix” and could violate privacy rights.The investigation found that Elite Services implemented the video surveillance to prevent employee misconduct and restore the company’s reputation.“But video surveillance should only be used as a last resort, not as a substitute for ineffective recruitment and training protocols,” McArthur says in the report released Wednesday.He says the company did not consider the privacy risks involved in collecting the video, and the employees who were under surveillance were not the same workers who were allegedly responsible for the original misconduct.Elite Services said in June that six staff members were fired as a result of the undercover video, including two who were let go before the footage was released.The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but McArthur’s report says it stopped video recording its employees once it was aware of the privacy commissioner’s investigation. McArthur’s report recommends the company stop using the video cameras.McArthur says his office found the company was collecting personal information from individuals without consent, including from farmers, truckers and contractors.The investigation found the collection and use of the personal information was not reasonable.“Too often, organizations like this one turn to surveillance believing it will fix their crisis or problem. Organizations need to understand the privacy risks associated with surveillance and take all reasonable efforts to avoid them,” the report says.McArthur’s report makes seven recommendations, including that the company destroy all existing surveillance video and develop formal procedures to make sure personal information is protected in the future.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — It may not come as a surprise some that live in the Energetic City, but the last seven months saw the most amount of precipitation that has ever recorded in Fort St. John during that timeframe.According to Environment Canada meteorologist Cindy Yu, the North Peace Airport weather station recorded a total of 403.8 millimetres of equivalent precipitation, making it the wettest fall/winter on record. The next-wettest September – March period in Fort St. John occurred 60 years ago. From September 1957 to March 1958, the airport weather station recorded 382.6 millimetres of precipitation. The fall and winter of 2014/15 ranks 6th in overall precipitation with 309 mm.Yu said that while the past seven months did see a record amount of precipitation, temperatures were fairly close to average, with several alternating stretches of warm and cold snaps. She explained that the higher than average number of snowy and rainy days means that the increased cloud cover reduces the potential for wild temperature swings. Fort St. John experienced its wettest and second-snowiest fall in 2017, though precipitation amounts during the three months of winter were close to normal. Environment Canada considers ‘fall’ as the entire months of September – November inclusive, with ‘winter’ comprising the months of December – February. March 2018 was also the wettest on record, with the North Peace Airport seeing nearly four times the average amount of precipitation.When it comes to the rest of the spring months, Yu said that the arctic airmass currently over the Peace Region is forecast to linger for the rest of this week before the airmass starts to move further east. She added that once that occurs, temperatures should return to near-seasonal with daytime highs back above the freezing mark.
Swan said that the proportion of teenagers getting their driver’s licenses is higher in Northeast B.C. than on the coast, and that they’re getting their licenses earlier. He added that after 17 years of giving his presentation, more and more youth are getting the message about the dangers of impaired and distracted driving. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Students at North Peace Secondary School got to hear and see some of the horrific consequences of impaired and distracted driving during a presentation on Thursday by one of ICBC’s road safety speakers, though last week’s tragedy in Saskatchewan meant that message was toned down somewhat.Ted Swan is now in his 30th year working as a paramedic in B.C., and has been giving presentations to senior high school students across the province for 17 years. Before speaking at NPSS, Swan spoke to students in Chetwynd, Tumbler Ridge, Dawson Creek, and Fort Nelson, before wrapping up in Hudson’s Hope on Thursday afternoon. Thursday’s presentation on road safety began with a moment of silence to honour the victims of last Friday’s crash that claimed the lives of 16 members of the Humboldt Broncos Junior hockey team. Swan then began educating the students who had packed the gym’s bleachers about what to expect if they’re involved in a collision. Swan described some of the injuries a vehicle’s occupants would sustain in a crash, and the subsequent medical procedures they’d undergo in hospital. One moment that got a reaction of the male members of the crowd in particular came during Swan’s illustration of the size of a uretic catheter.Paramedic and ICBC road safety speaker Ted Swan holds up a catheter during a presentation at NPSS on Thursday. Photo by Chris NewtonAccording to ICBC statistics, between April and June every year there are about 410 crashes in Northern B.C. involving people between the ages of 16 and 21, resulting in an average of 80 injuries. Statistics show that speeding, distracted driving, and impaired driving are the three leading causes of car crashes on B.C. roads.Swan explained after that he did tweak his presentation after last week’s bus crash.Paramedic Ted Swan joins students and faculty at North Peace Secondary School in a group photo after Swan’s presentation on Jersey Day. Photo by Chris Newton.“I did pull some punches, I did not give them the full presentation due to that. The energy here was very sombre, and rightly so. I know what it’s like as a first responder to go to a multi-casualty incident.”
New Delhi: A 45-year-old man was apprehended at a Delhi Metro station for allegedly carrying a country-made pistol in his bag along with four live rounds, officials said on Tuesday.CISF personnel apprehended Munim Alisa Azad, a resident of Nangla, Distt- Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, at the Saket Metro station at 8:50 pm , “who observed a suspicious person lying along-with a bag in front of lift near gate no 2 (unpaid area) of Saket metro station,” official said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderOver suspicion, a search was carried out of the said person and his belonging. On checking, a country-made pistol and four live rounds were recovered from his bag. The man was handed over to the local police by the CISF personnel for further investigation, official added. “He was trying to hide his bag. Over suspicion, a search was carried out of the said person and his belongings. On checking, a country made pistol (Desi Katta) and four (04) live rounds were recovered from his bag. The matter was informed to the Senior Officers of CISF and Station Controller. Delhi Metro Rail Police (DMRP) was also informed. Carrying arms and ammunition in the Delhi Metro is banned by law.
Philadelphia – Last Sunday, Coca-Cola debuted its “America the Beautiful” commercial during the Super Bowl, taking heavy criticism in some circles for perceived defamation of a patriotic American song. The ad features bilingual American women singing the quasi-national anthem in seven languages, including English, Spanish and Senegalese, and triggered outrage and heated debate across the country – exactly as Coke intended.Some conservatives deemed the ad divisive and un-American, while most commentators took the opportunity to indulge in self-righteous grandstandingon the virtues of multiculturalism. The debate is as old as the United States, which has no official language, precisely because the country has been deeply diverse since its founding. Despite the revisionist efforts of xenophobic pundits, our history is rife with examples of linguistic pluralism, from the bilingual California state constitution to the numerous native U.S. dialects, including Louisiana Creole and Pennsylvania Dutch, and home to thousands of religious denominations (Islam, by the way, is the fourth most-practiced after Christianity, Judaism and Buddhism). In this light, the passionate defenses of diversity put forth by most commentators do more to increase their own self-worth and give legitimacy to the ravings of misguided partisans than present a truly revolutionary take on the issue. Recently, marketing strategies by Coca-Cola and other well-established corporations have preyed upon this very tendency.Cheerios presented a similarly “edgy” commercial in 2013, featuring an interracial family. The company ran a follow-up ad with the same family in response to critics, and a 30-second spot was featured in Super Bowl ads last Sunday as well. Recalling, too, JCPenney’s gay-friendly advertising, with controversy over a Father’s Day ad featuring gay parents, it is significant that older companies with broad customer bases are opting for a risky, progressive approach (not always with success – the CEO of JCPenney was fired after a 25% decrease in sales stemming from the ads).The Millennial generation, currently aged roughly 13-29, is the most ethnically diverse and progressive generation in history, and advertisers are taking note. Companies with more traditional reputations are using daring political statements to present a fresh face to younger consumers, backed by the huge revenue required to risk negative sales results. Coca-Cola’s choice to reveal their commercial during the most-watched television event in U.S. history was a move calculated to maximize the reaction that executives knew would result from an ad featuring a classic patriotic anthem sung in Spanish and other languages by immigrants, including a woman in hijab, at the height of political debate on immigration reform.Like other corporations before it, Coca-Cola has recognized the opportunity to wring more money from this controversy by expanding the original ad, running a 90-second version during the opening ceremonies of the Olympics on Friday. Americans (and commentators worldwide) should stop taking the bait. Attempts by Coke and other companies to capitalize on progressive trends belies their actual roles in decidedly anti-progressive activities, from Coca-Cola’s alleged involvement in union organizer assassinations in Colombia to its discrimination against African-American employees.A Super Bowl ad for home soda maker Soda Stream was allegedly banned by the network for a derisive comment directed at Pepsi and Coke, both sponsors of the sporting event – a troubling sign of the totalitarian-esque power of two of the world’s largest beverage producers. Coincidentally, Soda Stream is implicated in damning enterprises as well, operating factories in the occupied West Bank in violation of international law.Rather than get caught up in endless online debate with social conservatives on the merits of diversity, further enriching Coca-Cola’s advertising revenue, commentators would do well to focus on actual threats to democracy and multiculturalism worldwide. We are more concerned with pressing 1 for English than seeing beyond the polished presentations of multinational corporations, who wield actual power to influence global trends, either for human advancement or profit margins. Disingenuous advertising aside, their actions show that they will continue to choose profit until consumers demand otherwise.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed