A SET OF SIX – VOLUME TWENTY-SEVEN

first_imgQUEENSLAND (QLD)Play # 6 North Queensland Junior Championships a successThe North Queensland Junior Touch Championships were played at Townsville’s Queens Park on the weekend.Over 80 teams from all over the North Queensland Region participated in age categories from 10 –16 Years in Boys and Girls divisions.Teams travelled from all over North Queensland including Inisfail, Gordonvale, Bowen, Atherton, Mackay and Cairns, as well as a strong presence from local Townsville clubs Frogs, Brothers, and Sharks.Fellow Townsville clubs Rum Runners, Redskins and Jots Tigers also nominated several teams in the highly popular tournament that has become a key junior development event in the North.The highlight of the tournament was a thrilling drop-off in the 16 Years Girls division that saw local hopes Rum Runners outlast the well drilled Kirwin High School combination.RESULTS OF FINALSDIVISION: GIRLS 10 Years: Gordonvale 5 Defeated Innisfail 3 Player of the Final:  Lauren Senni – GordonvaleDIVISION: BOYS 10 Years: Frogs Black 8 Defeated Sharks Blue 5 Player of the Final:  Elliot Dale – Frogs BlackDIVISION: GIRLS 12 Years: Redskins 3 Defeated Innisfail 1 Player of the Final Maddison Cappler – RedskinsDIVISION: BOYS 12 Years: Sharks Black 7 Defeated Bowen 1 Player of the Final: Klane Stone – Sharks BlackDIVISION: GIRLS 14 Years: Cairns 4 Defeated Bowen 0 Player of the Final: Connie Finlay – Cairns  DIVISION: BOYS 14 Years: Bowen 6 Defeated Brothers 4 Player of the Final:  Karmen Power – BowenDIVISION: GIRLS 16 Years: DROP OFF: Rum Runners 6 Defeated Kirwan High 5Player of the Final:Sarah Monaghan – KirwanDIVISION:   BOYS 16 Years: Frogs Green 4 Defeated Brothers 2 Player of the Final: Craig O’Connor – Frogs Green  MOST PROMISING REFEREE: Kieran RyanOther Events: The Queensland Primary School AllSchools will be played this weekend 10-11 November at the Redlands Touchfields.The Queensland Touch website: www.qldtouch.com.auThat’s it for this weeks edition of  “A Set of Six”.Please check each State website to keep up to date with all the news, views, and information from around the nation. Other Events: The Victorian Trans Tasman series will be held on Sunday 16th December at Elwood Park from 9am. Both Victorian Australian and New Zealand origin squads have been selected, and both feature some of Victoria’s best players representing different affiliates around Victoria. This week the VT League Road Show moves to Hawthorn at HA Smith Reserve, which is next to the hallowed turf of the Kooyong Tennis Club, the former home of the Australian Open. The games begin at 3pm on Saturday. The new Freeway Twilight affiliate kicked off their inaugural season on Friday 2nd November, at Freeway Reserve in Mulgrave. Seventeen mixed teams are taking part in what should be an exciting first season for all involved, and some brilliant touch was played on the opening night.The Victorian Touch website: www.victouch.com.au Men: Casey Cougars 9 d Bayside Vipers 4; University Blues 8 d Melbourne City Lions 5 Touch Football Australia brings you the latest edition of “A Set of Six” with this week’s rapid-fire news ‘plays’ from around the Country. TFA’s National Media Coordinator Karley Banks brings 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 Twenty Seven.SOUTH AUSTRALIA (SA)Play: # 1South Australian Summer competitions to commenceSummer competitions in South Australia are commencing this week with 7 metropolitan affiliates and 6 country affiliates eagerly anticipating the season’s tap off.Touch Football South Australia are also working with the establishment of two new affiliates, Victor Harbour and Adelaide ShoresOther events: Last weekend saw the results of a four-month Elite Programs process with three South Australian teams competing in the 2007 Canberra Cup.The process started in July with a number of Australian players and coaches attending the Mitchell Cup High Performance Development weekend. The Women’s, Mixed and Men’s teams have been in squad training mode since and gained valuable experience by playing against high quality teams on the weekend at the Canberra Cup.The Women’s Team made the semi-finals, and whilst the Mixed and Men’s teams struggled a little on the scoreboard, the experience gained will hold all players in good stead for their National Touch League preparations in 2008.The Touch Football South Australia website: www.touchsa.com.auAUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY (ACT)Play: # 2Canberra Cup action fast and furiousThe third Annual Canberra Cup contested over the weekend of 2-4 November 2007 was an overwhelming success with local and interstate players and referees converging on the Deakin fields.Fans were treated to some high quality performances in the premier Men’s and Women’s Open division Grand Finals.The Woden Eagles claimed the Open double by defeating the Tuggeranong Vikings in the Men’s, and the Canberra City in the Women’s division.Mexicans won the Social division of the tournament.ACT Touch would like to thank all teams and referees who traveled for the tournament, especially those from South AustraliaThe tournament was a great chance for ACT based players to play alongside and against some of Australia’s finest touch players and there are plans to expand the tournament next year.Other Events: The ACT Super League competition is in full swing and finals for this competition will be played on Saturday 1 December 2007, followed by the ACTTA presentation evening. Junior Touch continues to grow in the ACT with 135 teams commencing in the Summer junior competitions this week.The Australian Capital Territory website: www.acttouch.com.auNORTHERN TERRITORY (NT)Play # 3 Darwin AusTouch Program going from strength to strengthAn Austouch clinic being held at the Darwin touch fields is into its second week and has been a great success with 25 enthusiastic participant tearing up the touch fields.Each week the kids are put through their paces with a range of drills and they are improving each session. Game play begins this week and with three weeks to go until the AusTouch program is completed, the children are eagerly anticipating the chance to put their skill development into practice.In other news, The Darwin Women’s Division One competition had an unexpected visitor on Monday night, with Australian Women’s Open World Cup hero Bo De la Cruz making an appearance for bottom of the ladder Divas. Bo’s skill and experience guided the Divas to their first win of the season. The “Young Divas” defeated Crocs 6-5 in an impressive performance that would have given the young guns a lot of encouragement for the rest of the season.In other games Scorpions accounted for All About Us 5-3 and Palmerston Bulls had the bye.In the Men’s Division One competition, the unbeaten Dream Team easily accounted for an undermanned Palmerston Bulls to the tune of 7-1.Bundy Bears continued on their winning way with a solid 8-3 win over Incredibles.Crocs put on a clinic in their 15-2 pasting of Honkers.Other Events: NT Touch would like to congratulate their 12 and 15 Years Boys and Girls teams who returned from the School Sport Australia Touch Championships held in Victoria last week.The Boys and Girls 15 Years teams won their respective Plate Finals, whilst the 12 Years Boys and Girls finished a creditable fourth in their divisions.The Northern Territory website: www.touchnt.com.auWESTERN AUSTRALIA (WA)Play # 4WA Super League off to a flyerThe first two rounds of the WA Super League kicked off with a bang at Rosalie on Sunday the 4th of November 2007. It was a hot November day, with the thermometer reaching 30 and more action on the fields than the nearby Red Bull Air Race. Southern and Brothers threw down the gauntlet to the other affiliates in both Men’s and Women’s Open divisions, being undefeated after two rounds.Last year’s champions in the Women’s division, Northern had a mixed day with a draw and a loss, not the start they were would have hoped for in defending their crown.Tompkins Park was impressive in the Women’s section, putting in a spirited effort to draw with Northern. In the Men’s Open competition, Southern scored a hard fought 8-6 victory over a highly competitive Fremantle combination. In the refereeing ranks, John “JB” Bedford put on a fine performance on his birthday, while another Level 6, Karen Woods, flew down from Karratha to be involved in the festivities. ResultsPerth Brothers 9 defeated Fremantle 2 Northern 4 drew with Tompkins Park 4Southern 13 defeated Rosalie 1Perth Brothers 8 defeated Northern 2Southern 6 defeated Fremantle 4Tompkins Park 6 defeated Rosalie 1  Men’s Per Perth Brothers 13 defeated Fremantle 2Southern 15 defeated Rosalie 2Perth Brothers 12 defeated Northern 6Southern Stars 8 defeated Fremantle 6Next Saturday Round 3 will be hosted by the Perth Brothers club at Rosher Park. Brothers are well known for their hospitality and atmosphere. They will no doubt put on a show on and off the field. The highlight should be the clashes between top of the table teams in both divisions, Brothers and Southern. Other Events: Joondalup Touch Association will commence their Mixed competition this Wednesday evening with 16 teams doing battle. Nathan Purdy and Coralie Wong who have done a wonderful job in developing the relatively new affiliate will administer the competition. Joondalup also launches their AusTouch program this week with a new brigade of budding Joondalup juniors ready to swell the playing ranks.The Western Australian Touch Association website: www.touchwest.comVICTORIA (VIC)Play # 5 VT League Grand Final Spectacular LoomingThe Inaugural VT League Grand Final date and venue has been confirmed for Andersons Reserve on Williamtown Road in Port Melbourne on Saturday 1st December 2007.  The finals series starts from 2.30pm with the Women’s Semi Finals, followed by the Men’s Semi Finals at 3.30pm.The Women’s Grand Final is at 5.15pm, followed by the Men’s Grand Final at 6.15pm.  Touch Football Victoria will be hosting their first state council AGM on 1st December 2007 at the VT League grand final venue. After the AGM there will be a state development forum, followed by all the action of the VT League finals series.Results of Round 5 of the VT League played at Monash University: Women: Bayside Vipers 5 d Casey Cougars 4 (after extra time); Melbourne City Lions 7 d University Blues 4last_img read more

Sports Illustrated Names 2 CFB Coaches To Watch In 2019

first_imgohio state's new head coach ryan dayCOLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 08: Acting head coach Ryan Day of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on before the game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Ohio Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)The 2018 college football season has not quite ended yet, but there’s already plenty to look forward to in the 2019 season.Sports Illustrated did a breakdown of the 2019 season and pointed to two coaches who were likely to change the college football landscape.The first name to note was Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley. Heading into his third year at the helm, Riley has already led the Sooners to back-to-back Big 12 titles and College Football Playoff appearances.Oklahoma’s coach is, at the end of 2018, both two years and two Heisman winners deep into his tenure as the Sooner’s headman. (Oh, he also has two playoff berths on his resume in that span.) Riley may be the most fascinating coach in the game, both in terms of what he’s achieved in Norman behind Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray and due to questions, which should increase, about if and when he’ll jump to the next level. Just imagine if Murray decides to hold off or give up baseball and instead quarterback in the NFL. Imagine if his career starts going the way Mayfield’s has this fall—that is to say, well. Riley’s system prepares his players for the next level, and he’s proven he can have wild success with two quarterbacks who possess hugely different skill sets. His offenses at Oklahoma have been as productive as they are efficient, the Air Raid scheme that forms the basis of his philosophy has gained traction in the NFL in recent years. Riley’s name will continue to be linked to open pro jobs, and it’ll be fascinating to see how long he stays at Oklahoma (two more decades seems as likely as two more years), as well as what he can do with quarterbacks to come.The other head coach of note is Ohio State head coach Ryan Day. Following Urban Meyer’s retirement after the upcoming Rose Bowl, Day will take over as the full-time head coach.Day is about to embark on a journey at Ohio State that will look similar to Riley’s at Oklahoma. Once the Buckeyes finish the Rose Bowl, Urban Meyer will retire, and his 39-year-old offensive coordinator will take over. Like Riley, Day has spent a few seasons with the team he’s about to inherit, but he’s not entrenched in its history and system—which means he isn’t necessarily tied to its faults. Day will inherit a talented roster (one that’ll be significantly easier to win with should quarterback Dwayne Haskins stick around) with defensive issues that need to be remedied, and he has all the pieces to keep on winning. But he’s also not Meyer, who’s the third-winningest coach in the history of the game; bemoan his unconscionable proclivity toward looking the other way off the field all you want, but this is a coach who can define a program. Ohio State will face and adjustment under Day, and next fall, he’ll be the most fascinating new coach to watch, under one of the sport’s brightest spotlights. How he shapes Ohio State in this new era will have a bigger ripple effect in the Big Ten and among college football’s power structure of contenders—and if he succeeds the way Riley has early, that model of promoting a young hotshot coordinator might catch on even more than it has.Regardless of whether they can lead their teams to even better records than 2018, the teams to beat are still Alabama and Georgia.last_img read more

Hi-Pro Launches New Products to Boost Agricultural Sector

first_img Four new products have been launched by Hi-Pro to improve crop and livestock production as well as to boost farmers’ profitability.They are: a larvicide spray called Ectoline; TryClan 50 SP insecticide; a plant nutrient and foliar fertiliser called HerbaGreen; and LongRange, which is designed to control parasites in livestock.Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Karl Samuda, congratulated Hi-Pro, a member of the Jamaica Broilers Group of Companies, for its foresight in the development of the products.“I’ve watched this company grow and there is great admiration for the leadership offered by Robert Levy. Hi-Pro is always looking out for the well-being of the farming community by bringing out new products and …always seeking to improve on existing products,” he said.Mr. Samuda was addressing the launch at the Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show in May Pen, Clarendon, on Saturday (Aug. 5).Operations Manager at Hi-Pro Farm Supplies, Tricia Jackson, noted that the items will reduce the cost of production to farmers and to make farming more profitable.Transport and Mining Minister and Member of Parliament for Central Clarendon, Hon. Mike Henry, also welcomed the new products.The 65th staging of the Denbigh show is being held from August 5 to 7 under the theme: ‘Grow What We Eat…Eat What We Grow’. Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Karl Samuda, congratulated Hi-Pro, a member of the Jamaica Broilers Group of Companies, for its foresight in the development of the products. Story Highlights They are: a larvicide spray called Ectoline; TryClan 50 SP insecticide; a plant nutrient and foliar fertiliser called HerbaGreen; and LongRange, which is designed to control parasites in livestock. Four new products have been launched by Hi-Pro to improve crop and livestock production as well as to boost farmers’ profitability.last_img read more

Apple registers 2 more iPad models this year

first_imgSan Francisco: Apple is likely to expand its iPad line-up as it has registered two tablet models, A2200 and A2232 with the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) to launch later this year. The company has already registered five new model numbers — A2197, A2228, A2068, A2198 and A2230 with the EEC earlier this year. According to the EEC filings, all seven iPads could ship with iPadOS 13, indicating that they are likely to be released this autumn, Apple Insider reported on Sunday. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year The Cupertino-based company has released at least one new model of the iPad Pro each year since its launch in 2015, including the third-generation line released in October 2018. According to a recent report, the iPhone maker is working on a new 5G-enabled iPad with a foldable display and could launch it in 2020. The rumour comes from London-based global information provider IHS Markit’s analyst Jeff Lin, who has claimed that Apple was quietly working on such a device. The product would feature MacBook sized screens. Currently, none of the present Apple devices support 5G connectivity.last_img read more

Making History Womens box lacrosse makes North American Indigenous Games debut

first_imgHAGERSVILLE, Ont. – It was like any other game at Iroquois Lacrosse Arena. Family and friends dotted the orange and purple stands. Fans pounded drums and whooped with every crosscheck or goal. Impatient spectators shouted “shoot the damn thing!” if a player held on to the ball for too long.But history was made as Ontario beat British Columbia 8-7 on Monday morning in the first-ever women’s box lacrosse game at the North American Indigenous Games, a youth multi-sport event.“I felt really proud, it felt really awesome to be part of it,” said Ontario forward Shawnah Albert after the game. “The opening ceremony gave me chills.”Added her teammate Shkuhnodin Shognosh-Myers: “We felt really connected with our people. It made us feel like home.”The game between traditional lacrosse powerhouses Ontario and B.C., as well as a game played between Saskatchewan and Eastern Door and the North at the same time at nearby Gaylord Powless Arena, marks a turning point in the sport.Created by the Haudenosaunee people — commonly called the Iroquois — before Europeans arrived in North America, lacrosse has been adopted by First Nations across the continent as something of a national sport. The Haudenosaunee consider lacrosse to be sacred and refer to it as “the Creator’s game” or “the medicine game” and they believe it has physical and spiritual healing powers.Iroquois Lacrosse Arena and Gaylord Powless Arena are in the territory of the Six Nations of the Grand River, the largest First Nations reserve in Canada, and the only one in North America that has all six Haudenosaunee nations living together. As such, the territory is considered by many to be the home of lacrosse.“Lacrosse, to us, is life,” said B.C. head coach Savanna Smith. “To be in the birthplace of lacrosse is just unbelievable. No words can explain it. Some of the girls were over the moon when they heard that they’d get to play at Iroquois Arena.”Traditionally a training exercise for warriors, some First Nations reserves still don’t allow women to play the indoor version of lacrosse, although the tamer outdoor version of the sport has been open to women for decades.“With more girls playing field lacrosse, it helped open things up for box lacrosse,” said Ontario head coach Pat Pembleton. “To me, it’s the Creator’s game, it’s the game of medicine and it’s important because women are leaders in our community.“For me, it’s special and it’s even more special to be with these girls and see the sweat they’ve put in.”Although all the players were under 19, the magnitude of the game wasn’t lost on them. After the game both teams met at the centre of the floor to shake hands and congratulate each other, with some players asking their parents and coaches if they could exchange gifts.“When I’m playing it’s just another game, have fun, do your best,” said B.C.’s Naomi Plant, who had never played in a box lacrosse game until Monday. “But before and after the game I feel like ‘wow, you’re actually doing this, the first time in NAIG history.’”Marcia Trudeau-Bomberry, the CEO of the Games, addressed the crowd at Iroquois Lacrosse Arena before the opening faceoff between Ontario and B.C., and local youth did a traditional dance and sang. The opening ceremony inspired both teams and drove home for them that it was more than just a game.“When (Trudeau-Bomberry) spoke during the introductions it gave me goosebumps feeling how emotional she was, how connected and proud she was of having this first girls lacrosse game at NAIG,” said Albert.“We’re all just super excited to be part of history,” said Sophie Scobie, who was quick to add that B.C. scored the first-ever goal in women’s box lacrosse at NAIG. “That’s amazing, we’re all celebrating. We’re all just really proud and happy to be representing our communities.”___Follow @jchidleyhill on Twitterlast_img read more

Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Attend Conservation Awards

first_imgThe Duke of Cambridge joked about spending his first night away from baby son Prince George as he attended a glittering black-tie awards ceremony championing wildlife conservationists last week.The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at the Tusk Conservation Awards in LondonCredit/Copyright: DukeAndDuchessOfCambridge.orgThe Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were guests of honour at the inaugural Tusk Trust awards, held at the Royal Society in central London, which recognised the work of tireless campaigners in the field of conservation.But The Duke joked that he might be seen checking his mobile phone to make sure all was well back home with his son.The Duchess dazzled in a silver sequinned Jenny Packham dress and told Gabon President Ali Bongo Ondimba, who asked who Prince George took after: “Like most babies, he’s got a mix of both of us.”Their Royal Highnesses’ evening out came after The Duke announced that he will be expanding his work in the field of conservation and will be President of United for Wildlife. The collaboration between The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry with seven of the world’s leading conservation organisations includes WWF UK, Conservation International, Fauna & Flora International, The International Union for Conservation of Nature, The Nature Conservancy, the Wildlife Conservation Society and The Zoological Society of London.The Duke is Royal Patron of the UK-based African wildlife conservation charity Tusk Trust, which staged last week’s awards ceremony.In a speech to guests, The Duke started by saying: “As you might have gathered, Catherine and I have recently become proud parents – of a baby who has a voice to match any lion’s roar.“This is actually our first evening out without him, so please excuse us if you see us nervously casting cheeky glances at our mobile phones to check all is well back home.“Like any new parents, our thoughts inevitably turn to the world that our child will inherit. It is unfathomable to imagine a world in which children who have been born in the past couple of months may grow up in a world in which rhinoceros have ceased to exist in the wild.”He added: “The possibility of extinction is bad enough for one of our children growing up here in the West, who will never experience the magic of seeing a rhino on a new television documentary; or even for my own little George, who Catherine and I very much hope to introduce to east Africa – a place we know and love – in the fullness of time.“But for a child growing up in Africa and whose birthright and economic inheritance these creatures are, it is nothing more than immoral that he or she may never experience what his parents and grandparents knew and treasured.”Charlie Mayhew, Co-Founder and Chief Executive of Tusk Trust, said The Duke’s announcement today about his decision to increase his involvement with conservation was “significant” in terms of the support it would generate for the cause. He said the birth of Prince George had changed The Duke: “Like all new parents you tend to take stock and look at the world in a slightly different new light, and say ‘What are we leaving our children – what’s the legacy?’“The announcement today demonstrates his commitment to conservation.” BBC presenter Kate Silverton hosted the evening and The Duke presented the awards.The Tusk Conservation Award for Conservation in Africa, which recognises an emerging individual, went to Tom Lalampaa, a conservationist working in the Northern Rangelands Trust in Kenya.Alasdair Harris, who helped to create the Blue Ventures Conservation area which protects part of the coastline of Madagascar, was highly commended in this category. The Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa, a lifetime achievement honour, was given to Clive Stockil for his work in Zimbabwe over 40 years. He has helped to create the biggest private reserve in his country, which is now home to one of the biggest rhino populations in Africa.Source:dukeandduchessofcambridge.orglast_img read more

Coastal First Nations walk away from Northern Gateway review process

Coastal First Nations are leaving the Northern Gateway review process, saying they’ve run out of funds and patience.Executive director Art Sterritt has informed the panel that the group representing nine aboriginal bands from along the B.C. coast and Haida Gwaii has spent more than three times the amount of funding allotted by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency four years ago.Sterritt says the approximately $280,000 they had cannot compare to the $250-million Enbridge is spending on a team of lawyers.Sterritt says Coastal First Nations are also dismayed at the process itself, and the fact that the federal government has now changed the laws so that the decision on whether the pipeline can go ahead is no longer up to the panel, but the Conservative government.He told the panel answers are not forthcoming, and the review has simply become “gamesmanship.”Panel chairwoman Sheila Leggett encouraged Coastal First Nations to continue to monitor the hearings, and invited them to resume participation in the future, if possible. read more

Durant Oklahoma City Thunder Dominate Bryants Lakers

Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant is still trying to work himself back into the flow three games into his comeback from injury. Playing against Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder Friday night proved that both Bryant and the Lakers have a long way to go.Durant scored 31 points, eight rebounds and five assists and Russell Westbrook had 19 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds as the Thunder steamrolled the Lakers 122-97.Serge Ibaka added 19 points and 10 rebounds and Reggie Jackson also helped with 19 for Oklahoma City.  The team has improved to five straight games and also won 13 of its past 14 games.The Thunder are unbeaten in 11 home games this season.“We have a pretty good team,” Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks said. “That’s been the case for a while now. One of the things that I tell the guys, every season has its own identity.“We started the season knowing that we wanted to … just continue to build trust in each other and just focus on each other and not worry about anything else, but trying to make your teammates look good. It’s early, but we’ve done a great job with that.” read more

Football Haskins throws with veteran receiver trio one last time

Former Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins throws at Ohio State Pro Day on March 20. Credit: Cori Wade | For The LanternDwayne Haskins said he has always had a natural throwing ability. He said he has an eye to see open receivers, find them on routes and put the ball in the proper spots, over the defensive back, for easy catches. The only thing he had to adjust over time was the speed of the players to whom he was throwing. “I was throwing to lacrosse kids in high school, so now I am throwing to 4.2, 4.3 [40-yard-dash-time] receivers and they are moving,” Haskins said. In the comfort of the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, Haskins had an opportunity to throw to those 4.3 receivers one last time, reminding those in attendance what the Heisman finalist did with Terry McLaurin, Johnnie Dixon and Parris Campbell this past season and providing a preview of what each could bring to the next level. Haskins has always seen the ability of each of his three redshirt senior receivers, complimenting their speed, catch radius and jumping ability. And after the trio accounted for 47.7 percent of Ohio State’s total receiving yards on the season, Haskins continued to show that off, consistently hitting McLaurin and Dixon starting with 10-yard slant routes to 30-yard post routes to 40-yard streaks into the endzone. Campbell missed the majority of the workout after slipping on a cut. This is something Ohio State head coach Ryan Day has gotten used to: watching who many consider to be a top 10 pick throwing to three receivers whose draft stock has steadily increased since their final game with the Buckeyes. “Dwayne threw the way Dwayne throws. Our receivers caught the way they caught and you just saw Terry McLaurin and Johnnie, and those guys work hard to catch the ball and run really fast,” Day said. “That’s what practice looked like, that’s what routes on air look like and that’s what it looked like today.” It’s a relationship that was not defined immediately. McLaurin, Dixon and Campbell already had developed a rapport with J.T. Barrett, a dual-threat quarterback who utilized his legs in a way Haskins likely never will. But Haskins only had one requirement for the receivers he threw to: Run every route like it’s a live game, using the speed receivers would use to get open in game action in practice. With this mentality, Haskins’ relationship with the trio bloomed. “They got more confidence in me as the season went on, as camp went on that I would be able to put it anywhere on the field, and we had a great time this year,” Haskins said. To Campbell, that level of comfort created a platform for Haskins to not only be successful but to lead. “Some people it comes natural to. Some people, they have to work at it. He’s a guy that works at it,” Campbell said at the Rose Bowl. “He’s been an unbelievable teammate, unbelievable leader and a great quarterback for us.”Day, a former NFL quarterbacks coach, might have been looking at Haskins, Campbell, Dixon and McLaurin like a scout as they gave their best reps in front of representatives from all 32 teams after the months spent preparing for the draft. In his first season as the Ohio State head coach, Day was instead looking at lost production, a quarterback and three receivers he won’t be able to utilize next season. But what Haskins and the receivers did in the passing game will be something the head coach can use to build the program’s future.  “For recruits to see the way he’s been developed and the way our pass game is developing, not just at quarterback, but also at receiver,” Day said. “Just to see that stuff go on the field this year, the way we threw the ball  — second in the nation in throwing the football — we are proud of that.” Day said he was proud of the way all three receivers put work into the program, saying he was one of many commending Dixon, McLaurin and Campbell on their collegiate career. It was the last official workout for all four, but the quarterback did what he always did with his receivers. That was not Haskins’ focus, saying it will probably hit him later. But he said it was a lot of fun, creating one of the best passing offenses in the span of one season. For one final time, the quarterback huddled up with his receivers. He said it was their last chance to define their future in an Ohio State uniform.“As we prayed before we went out there, we said it was the last opportunity,” Haskins said. “Just make the most of it and it was a great feeling to be able to go out there today and spin the rock for the last time.” Going out onto the practice field at the WHAC just like the many times the four had before, that’s exactly what they did. read more

The Prince William effect East Anglian Air Ambulance donations trebled after Duke

first_imgThe charity appealed to local businesses to provide equipment to furnish it, such as fridges and 55-inch televisions, but the financial records show it also spent £300,000 kitting out the base. The furnishings include a PlayStation, a fridge and cappuccino machine.The two-storey base, where the Duke and his colleagues relax between missions, also has LED lighting and sound proofing to reduce noise levels from the airport.While the latest financial records show the corporate donations have increased since the Duke joined the charity, public donations from collecting tins have dropped.The charity has received six per cent less money in its collecting boxes since 2015. The Duke of Cambridge checks his helicopter Credit:Stefan Rousseau/PA The Duke and his colleagues carried out 2,046 missions from June 2015 to July 2016, according to the EAAA’s annual report that has just been published.During this time, they helped 1,377 patients across Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Bedfordshire, Essex and Hertfordshire. The records also reveal that the charity spent £1.5 million on new offices at Cambridge Airport for the Duke and his colleagues last year.They unveiled six months after the Duke started working for the charity and opened by the Queen in July 2016. Donations from businesses to the East Anglian Air Ambulance trebled in a year after the Duke of Cambridge started working for the charity as a pilot.Accounts show that corporate donations have risen from £55,101 in 2015 to £163,082 in 2016 thanks to what is being described as the Prince William effect.The increase shows that more companies have wanted to become involved with the charity since the Duke began working at its Cambridge base in July 2015. The Duke of Cambridge started work with the East Anglian Air Ambulance in July 2015 and is on a roster of day and night shifts which last nine and a half hours.He flies an EC145 T2 aircraft and in common with all other East Anglian Air Ambulance pilots, he is formally employed by Bond Air Services and draws a salary which he donates to charity.It has been reported that he is due to leave the EAAA this summer. The Prince William effect has been credited with a surge in business donations to the East Anglian Air Ambulancecenter_img The Duke of Cambridge checks his helicopter  The Prince William effect has been credited with a surge in business donations to the East Anglian Air AmbulanceCredit:Stefan Rousseau/PA Show more Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

This crowdsourcing project wants to animate Irish peoples memories

first_imgSource: GatheringHistory/YouTubeAN ONLINE CROWDSOURCING project wants to animate stories and memories of Irish people all across the country and share them with the world.Following on from the recording of a number of interviews with Irish people living abroad who returned home for The Gathering, the project wants to preserve these stories forever on screen.‘Gathering Heritage’ said the stories are “from people who had lived varied and interesting lives” and they are a valuable piece of Irish heritage.“We want to share those with the world, ” commented project co-ordinator Jacon McGee. “Our animations will be voiced not by actors but by the people themselves who came forward to offer their stories. Some will make you laugh, others might make you cry – but they are all genuine Irish stories told from the heart.”Director John Moore, RTÉ’s Tom Savage and musician Jim Corr are among those who have already been interviewed for the project.The campaign needs to raise €11,500 and is running until the end of August.Read: You might help crowdfund an album – but what about some scientific research?>Read: How parents are trying to raise €2 million on the internet to build a school in Clare>last_img read more

Helen Woodward Animal Center celebrates the 6th annual Remember Me Thursday

first_imgHelen Woodward Animal Center celebrates the 6th annual Remember Me Thursday September 27, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings Posted: September 27, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsThursday morning, KUSI’s Allie Wagner spent the day in Rancho Santa Fe at Helen Woodward Animal Center as they host their annual “Remember Me Thursday” event to raise awareness of shelter pets. Updated: 11:06 AM #remembermethursday @HWAC #adoptdontshop #sandiego #puppies #kittys #adopt @KUSINews pic.twitter.com/HGf6mrXDbW— Allie Wagner (@alliewagnertv) September 27, 2018 Mike McKinnon III, KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News, Trending Tags: Helen Wood, hwac FacebookTwitter Mike McKinnon III, KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – September 27, 2018, is Remember Me Thursday.Jessica Gercke was in studio to tell us how this special day is bringing animal-lovers together worldwide and at Helen Woodward Animal Center.last_img read more

Fitch Ratings declares stable outlook for MGM on improved portfolio MGM Cotai

first_img APE completes new installation of Konami’s “Fortune Cup” at MGM Cotai Pansy Ho becomes first Macau casino boss to speak out for Hong Kong government on protests Osaka Governor planning to start operator recruitment process this year RelatedPosts Load More Ratings agency Fitch has declared a “Stable” outlook for MGM Resorts and its subsidiary MGM China – pointing to improved geographic diversification including benefits to be gained from the opening of MGM Cotai as positives for the company.Fitch Ratings revealed MGM’s updated long-term Issuer Default Ratings (IDRs) on Friday Macau-time, affirming MGM’s senior secured credit facility’s rating at BBB-/RR1, MGM’s senior unsecured notes rating at BB/RR3 and MGM China’s senior secured credit facility’s rating at BBB-/RR1. In particular, Fitch pointed to strong conditions in Macau, where the launch of MGM Cotai in February promises greater market share. The agency adds that it expects the upcoming concession renewals to be “a pragmatic process as the government values stability in the marketplace.”“Fitch forecasts 14% growth in Macau gross gaming revenues for 2018, which reflects the continued health of VIP and premium mass segments, albeit with some deceleration from 2017,” it said.“MGM will gain market share following the opening of its first Cotai property, which Fitch forecasts will generate nearly US$350 million in incremental EBITDA. Fitch’s positive view on Macau is supported by an expanding middle class in China and infrastructure development in and around Macau.”Fitch also highlighted MGM’s favorable asset mix, stating, “Since 2016, MGM has improved its overall geographic diversification and expanded its ‘M Life Rewards’ program. This has been achieved through acquisitions, like Atlantic City’s Borgata (2016) and New York’s Empire City Casino (est. 2019 closing), and new developments.“Fitch has a positive view on MGM’s developments, which include MGM National Harbor (opened December 2016), MGM Cotai (opened February 2018) and MGM Springfield (est. September 2018). Fitch generally expects good return on investment for these developments.”The ratings agency said it had not factored any new developments into its assessment, including the company’s pursuit of a Japan IR license.last_img read more

US government raises salary threshold for overtime pay

first_imgThe US government has extended the salary threshold for overtime pay eligibility.The change forms part of a new overtime rule, which has been finalised by the US Department of Labor.This raises the overtime salary threshold from $455 a week (£312) to $913 a week (£625). This is equivalent to $47,476 a year (£32,512). This means that any employee who earns less than this amount will be eligible for overtime pay if they work over 40 hours a week.The new rule will come into effect on 1 December 2016, and the salary threshold will be automatically updated every three years.The rule aims to boost wages for US employees, extend overtime protections for salaried workers, and modernise overtime regulation.President Barack Obama (pictured) said: “Forty years ago, more than 60% of workers were eligible for overtime based on their salaries. But today, that number is down to 7%.“We’re more than doubling the overtime salary threshold. And what this means is, most salaried workers who earn less than about $47,500 a year will qualify for overtime. Or, their employers can choose to give them a raise so that they earn more than $47,500. Or, if employers don’t want to raise wages, they can let them go home after 40 hours and see their families or train for new jobs. Any way you slice it, it’s a win for working families.”last_img read more

Lessons Learned in Times of Crisis

first_img The drink-my-pee challenge — in exchange for voluntary urine and blood tests in an attempt to prove his sobriety — ingratiated me into his inner circle and ultimately led to the HIV bombshell. What we uncovered was a story of extraordinary corruption, violence, lies, intimidation, death threats, and millions of dollars paid out in hush money — and the biggest cover-up in the history of American entertainment. A story that reveals the heart of darkness beneath Hollywood’s whited sepulcher.  If you run a google search for “quotes about failure,” you come up with a really robust list of results. It’s almost a cliché. But even in clichés, there’s always a kernel of truth. In that spirit, Folio: asked a variety of magazine industry professionals to tell us about their own professional “failures” and what they learned from them. What we got was extraordinary. The first-person accounts shared here run the gamut. They’re wise, they’re funny, they’re illuminating, and sometimes they’re flat-out crazy. Read on! Sheen passed that drug test.  Prev1 of 7NextUse your ← → (arrow) keys to browse Those were the furious words of Charlie Sheen, television’s highest-paid star, in a phone call to me in 2011. I had called directly to tell him Warner Bros. was abandoning shooting of “Two and a Half Men,” based on credible allegations that he was abusing drugs again, and he was about to be fired. He was at a boiling point. My “best” mistake was that I agreed to drink his urine.  Prev1 of 7NextUse your ← → (arrow) keys to browse With that agreement, I had no idea of the storm that was about to be unleashed. Four years later, RadarOnline.com and The National Enquirer broke a story that stunned the world: Sheen was HIV positive. Not only that — he had known for four years. His wild lifestyle had exposed countless girlfriends, models, porn stars, and prostitutes to unspeakable risk. In the meantime, no journalist in the history of entertainment news and journalism had been allowed such intimate access to a superstar, nor in such spectacular circumstances.  Dylan Howard VP & Chief Content Officer / American Media Inc. Fortuitously, though, I never drank the urine. Had I not agreed to do it, however, the truth might never have been known. Entertainment journalism can get a bad rap, but in this case, the right to privacy of one individual was far outweighed by the risk to those who did not know about his HIV status. We refused to be cowed — in spite of personal death threats and ongoing abuse. We have a right to free speech and our readers have a right to know. Celebrities need to know we will fight for the right to report stories of such incredible importance. “Fly down here and test my pee. When it’s clean? Then what? If you sign an agreement to DRINK it … we are on!” last_img read more

Myanmar repatriates 5 out of 700000 Rohingyas

first_imgA Rohingya refugee looks at the full moon with a child in tow at Balukhali refugee camp near Cox’s Bazar. Reuters file photoMyanmar on Saturday repatriated the first Rohingya family from nearly 700,000 refugees who have fled to Bangladesh, after months of fraught talks with Dhaka and amid the United Nations’ warnings that the country is not ready for their return.Fleeing Rohingya refugees have reported killings, rape and arson on a large scale. The United States and the United Nations have described the Myanmar military operation as ethnic cleansing.Myanmar has denied nearly all allegations, saying it waged a legitimate counter-insurgency operation. The army has said its crackdown was provoked by the attacks of Rohingya militants on more than two dozen police posts and an army base last August.Myanmar and Bangladesh agreed in January to complete a voluntary repatriation of the refugees in two years. Myanmar set up two reception centers and what it says is a temporary camp near the border in Rakhine to receive the first arrivals.“Five members of a Muslim family…came to the Taungpyoletwea reception center in Rakhine state this morning,” the Myanmar government said in a statement late on Saturday.The family members were scrutinized by immigration and health ministry officials and the social welfare, relief and resettlement ministry provided them with “materials such as rice, mosquito netting, blankets, t-shirt, longyis (Burmese sarong) and kitchen utensils,” said the government in the statement.It added that the family members who “are in line with the rules” were issued the National Verification Cards (NVCs) upon entering Myanmar.NVCs are part of the government’s ongoing effort to register Rohingya that falls short of offering them citizenship. The card has been widely rejected by Rohingya community leaders, who say they treat life-long residents like new immigrants.Most Burmese consider the Rohingya as unwanted immigrants from Bangladesh, and the army refers to them as “Bengalis”.Last week, the most senior U.N. official to visit Myanmar this year, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Ursula Mueller, said the conditions in Myanmar were not conducive to the return of the refugees.She cited a continued lack of access to health services, concerns among the Rohingya about protection and continued displacements. She also described conditions in camps for internally-displaced people from previous bouts of violence as “deplorable”.Several boats with Rohingya from parts of the violence-torn Rakhine state have left Myanmar in recent months. The latest confirmed departure took place on Thursday.last_img read more

59 IEDs recovered from Latehar jungles

first_imgBased on leads provided by a Maoist, security forces on Friday recovered 59 improvised explosive devices concealed in the jungles in Naxal-affected Latehar district, police said.The recovery was made after a Maoist Mithilesh Yadav, who was arrested from Gumla district recently, provided the police the leads, Superintendent of Police (Operation) Manish Bharti said.Bharti told newsmen that the security personnel, including 214 battalion of CRPF, Kobra, district armed Police, launched a massive search in the Kumandih jungle of Mudhar and Ranidah. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIn the course of the search operation, the security personnel stumbled upon 59 IEDs concealed in the jungles of Kumandih under Manika police station limits.The bomb disposal squad of Jharkhand Jaguar battalion defused the bombs on the spot, he said. Meanwhile, security personnel on Friday arrested a Maoist with arms and ammunition from Derawan village under Chandwa police station during the anti-Naxal operation. Superintendent of Police Anup Birtheray said Puran was an active member of Rabindra Ganju-led squad.last_img read more

Obama Castro call for end to Cuba embargo at UN

first_imgRelated posts:As talks with US begin, Cubans anticipate changes in their lives Cuba’s Christmas surprise for Caracas Why Midwestern farmers want to break the Cuba embargo US food producers see bonanza in Cuba, but steep barriers remain United Nations — U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban leader Raúl Castro both called for an end to the U.S. embargo on Havana at the United Nations Monday, on the eve of their scheduled meeting in New York.During his wide-ranging speech, Obama said he was confident that the U.S. Congress would “inevitably lift an embargo that should not be in place anymore,” drawing applause from the 193-nation U.N. General Assembly.The embargo, which has been in place since 1960, remains a bone of contention in the United States as the Republican-held Congress balks at the administration’s move to end the blockade.Obama acknowledged that Washington’s Cuba policy had “failed to improve the lives of the Cuban people” but stressed that human rights remained a concern in relations with Havana.Castro, who succeeded his brother Fidel in 2006, made his first address to the U.N. General Assembly only several hours after Obama took the podium.“Now a long and complex process begins towards the normalization of relations, but this will only be achieved with the end of the economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba,” he said.The White House announced on Sunday that Obama would hold talks with Castro on Tuesday on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly.It will be their second meeting, after a first historic encounter in Panama in April.At a U.N. development summit on Saturday, Castro called the U.S. embargo the “main obstacle” to his country’s economic development.The General Assembly is set to discuss a new draft resolution condemning the U.S. embargo against Cuba at a session next month.The assembly has voted each year since 1982 to approve a resolution calling on the United States to lift the embargo.See more Cuba coverage from The Tico Times Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Broaden your wine and food knowledge with SeaDream

first_imgBroaden your wine and food knowledge with SeaDreamWine buffs can now broaden their knowledge of wine in general, as well as learn about the best in wine-and-food pairing, while enjoying holidaying aboard the world’s highest-rated boutique passenger vessels, SeaDream I and SeaDream II.With current bourgeoning interest in wine-and-food appreciation, several select sailings in the Mediterranean between now and October and a further eight in 2016 will allow guests to meet with eminent winemakers who will be aboard, enjoy free tastings of the makers’ wines, participate in specially-created wine-and-food dinners, and visit some of Europe’s most prestigious, smaller and historic wineries.SeaDream Yacht Club’s owner and CEO, Atle Brynestad has appointed one of Scandinavia’s most-respected sommeliers and chefs, Elisabeth Donheim as Director of Wine to develop these new optional programs. Her impressive hospitality pedigree includes manager of Norway’s Vårsøg Hotel, chef at London’s legendary three Michelin star restaurant Fat Duck, sous chef at Norway’s Hotel Britannia, and most recently hotel manager at the Hotel Angvik known for delivering one of the most innovative culinary experiences in NorwayThis year’s remaining Mediterranean Wine Voyages and eight in 2016 will all include the option of participating in a Winemaker’s Dinner that will be created by each yacht’s Head Chef to match the wines of the winemaker or winery owner who is aboard at the time. There will also be complimentary onboard Wine Tastings for all guests, optional visits to wineries at select ports for those who wish, and the optional onboard Winemaker Dinner; costs will apply for these optional winery visits and Winemaker’s Dinners.SeaDream’s guests on all sailings enjoy premium label drinks from the open bars, select premium wines with lunch and dinner, use of power and sail water-sports where locally permitted, a fitness centre, mountain bikes for shore explorations, a golf simulator, gratuities and all port charges and taxes and included in prices.Source = SeaDreamlast_img read more

Dusit International receives Gold Certification by EarthCheck

first_imgDusit International has become the first hotel group in Thailand to receive multiple properties awarded Gold Certification by EarthCheck. Nine Dusit International properties have reduced their greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 34%, cut energy and water consumption by almost 20% and reduced waste production by more than two million litres.While congratulating Dusit International on their long term commitment to sustainability, Stewart Moore, CEO and Founder of EarthCheck, said, “Dusit International has worked with EarthCheck since 2009 to implement a sustainability management system which aligns to the group’s corporate social responsibility approach, and we are very pleased to be awarding Gold Certification to these nine properties.”Suphajee Suthumpun, Group Chief Executive Officer, Dusit International, said that as a leading hotel group, Dusit International is committed to providing exceptional experiences for guests while playing an active part in conserving the environment. “Dusit International believes responsible tourism requires more than operating a building in a sustainable way. We encourage everyone, from staff to guests, to understand and embrace our approach to sustainability,” Suthumpun said.last_img read more