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Referees Trends of the Game Breakfast


first_imgTouch Football Australia’s (TFA) Director of Referees, Greg West, hosted the event, teaching the crowd some new things about the referee discipline. The breakfast covered topics including teamwork, score line positions and outcomes, as well as rules and interpretations. Federation of International Touch (FIT) World Cup referees, David Baggio and Luke McKenzie, spoke to the referees on different occasions at the breakfast, using video examples from  2011 Youth Trans Tasman and Elite Eight Series games. A question and answer session was also held at the end of the breakfast, with Baggio and McKenzie being asked about how they got into refereeing, how long it took to progress through the levels of refereeing. They were also asked what training they take part in and what advice they have for referees from rural areas. Both McKenzie and Baggio spoke about how important it is to use opportunities like the National Youth Championships to make contacts, not only with the referee panel members, but with referees from around the country. Both also spoke of the friendships they’ve made throughout the years whilst refereeing at events.last_img read more


Celebrities Attend UNICEF UK Halloween Ball


first_imgLong-standing UNICEF UK Ambassador Jemima Khan joined guests Suki Waterhouse, Tinie Tempah, Hugh Grant, Guy Ritchie, Naughty Boy and Emeli Sande at Unicef UK’s star–studded Halloween Ball on Thursday, raising vital funds to help protect Syria’s children from danger.The event raised an incredible £750,000, made possible by generous donations from guests and the UK Government matching all public donations on the night pound for pound.High-profile personalities from the worlds of entertainment, fashion and business turned out at London’s iconic venue, One Mayfair, to support Unicef’s work to help the millions of children in Syria and the surrounding regions that are in danger from disease, malnutrition and violence.Canadian rock legend Bryan Adams opened the evening’s entertainment with his classic hit Run to You, followed by a surprise duet of When You’re Gone with British model and actress Suki Waterhouse. Tinie Tempah closed the show with an electrifying set including Pass Out and Written in the Stars. Guests made their way down The Rabbit Hole to an after party in the venue’s Crypt and a set by DJ Seth Troxler until the early hours of the morning.Unicef UK Ambassador and host of the Halloween Ball, Jemima Khan said, “The number of Syrian children in danger is spiralling out of control. For more than three years, children have borne the brunt of indiscriminate violence. I recently visited Jordan with Unicef to meet Syrian children and families who have fled the conflict. Unicef is working day and night to reach these children with life-saving food, water, medicine, education and support to help them deal with the trauma they have faced. Their work is desperately underfunded. Tonight at the Halloween Ball we hope to raise a huge amount to help give Syrian children their childhood back.”The money raised at the Halloween Ball will help Unicef, the world’s leading children’s organisation, provide children in Syria and refugee children in five neighbouring countries – Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt – with vital aid and support, as part of the largest humanitarian operation in history. The £750,000 raised will be added to the £4.4 million already raised for Syrian children by Unicef UK in 2014 and the emergency appeal will continue until the end of January.Over the next three months the UK Government will match pound for pound all public donations made to Unicef’s work for the children of Syria.International Development Secretary, Justine Greening said, “Nearly four years of fighting have taken a grim toll on the people of Syria and its neighbours. Inevitably, vulnerable children pay the highest price. That is why, for the second year in a row, we will match pound for pound all public donations to Unicef UK’s valuable winter appeal for the children of Syria, helping the generosity of the British public go twice as far. This means children caught up in this conflict receive urgent lifesaving help along with the education and support they need to build a better future for themselves and their country.”Unicef UK Executive Director, David Bull said: “Millions of children in Syria and the surrounding region are in danger. They face losing their homes, their families, even their lives. Unicef is one of the few organisations working inside Syria as well as delivering humanitarian aid across the region. We are so grateful for the overwhelming support and generosity that our guests have shown this evening and to the UK Government for matching pound for pound all donations made tonight and for the next three months. We rely entirely on voluntary donations so the money raised is vital to enable Unicef to continue our life-saving work for Syrian children.”You can help keep Syria’s children safe too. To find out more about Unicef’s work to protect children in danger or to donate, please visit unicef.org.uk/Syria.last_img read more


Where are the drones Amazons customers are still waiting


first_imgJeff Bezos boldly predicted five years ago that drones would be carrying Amazon packages to people’s doorsteps by now.Amazon customers are still waiting. And it’s unclear when, if ever, this particular order by the company’s founder and CEO will arrive.Bezos made billions of dollars by transforming the retail sector. But overcoming the regulatory hurdles and safety issues posed by drones appears to be a challenge even for the world’s wealthiest man. The result is a blown deadline on his claim to CBS’ “60 Minutes” in December 2013 that drones would be making deliveries within five years.David Koenig And Joseph Pisani, The Associated Presslast_img


Peace Crossing Society introduced to Council


first_imgThe Society wants to engage its members and the surrounding community with the historical information or pieces of the area. The society’s short-term goal is to seek the District’s help with getting the Society fully functional. While in the long-term it’s looking at building/or moving into a larger space such as a museum or larger storage area as well as seeking out grants that can be beneficial.“We are going to look for a logo with a contest in the Taylor Times in March or April,” added Pohlmann. “We would like Taylor Council members to judge and select the Society’s logo based on the submissions received. The winner will be given a membership for the Society.”In the meantime, the NPHS will be seeking a name and members. TAYLOR, B.C. – Taylor Council was introduced to the Peace Crossing Historical Society at Monday’s meeting.The Society’s desire is to preserve and collect the history of Taylor and surrounding area’s in partnership with local historical centres.“We are excited to work with Taylor district council and the surrounding are centres,” added Pohlmann. “To further the understanding and knowledge of the history of the area, Council and pictures on the wall. Our objective is to collect stories, story forms, memories and DVD’s.”last_img read more


Environment Canada Issues Cold Weather Alert for tonight and into Friday


first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Environment Canada says a period of very cold wind chills is expected tonight and into Friday.A brisk north wind combined with overnight temperatures near -28C will create extreme wind chill values near -40 overnight and Friday morning.Wind chill values will moderate to the mid -30s Friday afternoon. Watch for cold-related symptoms: shortness of breath, chest pain, muscle pain and weakness, numbness and colour change in fingers and toes.Remember to dress warmly. Dress in layers that you can remove if you get too warm. The outer layer should be wind resistant.Remember to cover up. Frostbite can develop within minutes on exposed skin, especially with the wind chill.last_img


Japan announces Rs 22 lakh for Kolkata museum


first_imgKolkata: The Japanese government on Monday announced a donation of some Rs 22 lakh ($31,800) to the Rabindra Bharati Museum here in a bid to strengthen historical and cultural ties with India. To refurbish the Japan Gallery of the museum, a MoU will be signed between the Consul General of Japan in Kolkata, Masayuki Taga, and the Vice Chancellor of Rabindra Bharati University, Sabyasachi Basu Ray Chaudhury, on Wednesday. The renovated and refurbished Japan Gallery in the Jorasanko Thakurbari campus of the University will go a long way to commemorate Rabindranath Tagore’s contribution in the Japan-India relations, the statement issued by the University said. Tagore, Asia’s first Nobel Prize recipient, visited Japan in 1916, 1924 and 1929, renewing relations between the countries as India’s leading cultural ambassador.last_img read more


Egypt parliament polls in February or March ministry


first_imgCAIRO- Egypt is to hold parliamentary elections in February or March, two months after the country votes on a new constitution, a foreign ministry official said on Friday.The official said the schedule, in line with a timetable set out by the country’s interim president, was on track.Preparations for presidential elections will start within two months after the end of the legislative vote, he told AFP. The roadmap for elections was adopted by the interim government shortly after the military overthrew president Mohamed Morsi in July and suspended the constitution.“The target date for the referendum is before the end of December, and parliamentary elections two months later. It would be in February or the beginning of March,” the diplomat said.The parliamentary vote may take place over weeks or even two months, depending on whether the upper house will remain in the amended constitution.A 50-member panel amending the charter has moved to cancel the toothless senate, but the decision is not final.last_img read more


Urban Meyer Buckeye offensive line one of the best in the country


Redshirt-senior left tackle Jack Mewhort blocks a defender during a game against Penn State at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 63-14.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorJunior quarterback Braxton Miller and senior running back Carlos Hyde were the offensive stars for Ohio State (8-0, 4-0) once again in the Buckeyes’ 63-14 win against Penn State (4-3, 1-2). However, five players who, on paper, appear to have made less of a dent in the win, also played a crucial role in OSU’s 686-yard offensive performance against the Nittany Lions. So well, in fact, that even a former Buckeye was impressed.Miller (252 passing yards, 68 rushing yards) and Hyde (147 rushing yards) accounted for 467 yards, or 68.1 percent, of OSU’s total offense in the victory.But in order to achieve that success, they needed effective blocking from the offensive line.The starting five offensive linemen — redshirt-senior left tackle Jack Mewhort, senior left guard Andrew Norwell, redshirt-senior center Corey Linsley, redshirt-senior right guard Marcus Hall and sophomore right tackle Taylor Decker — were praised by their coaches and teammates following Saturday’s win.“I see an offensive line that’s one of the best in the country,” coach Urban Meyer said during a post-game press conference. “I’ll take my offensive line anywhere. Those guys are playing very well.”That offensive line led an effort that amassed 32 first downs, averaged 8.9 yard gains per offensive play and converted seven of 10 third downs.“Offensive line did a hell of a job,” Miller said of the unit’s performance Saturday.Miller said the offensive line was “aggressive throughout the week of practice,” and offensive line coach Ed Warinner said the way OSU’s offensive linemen have practiced has led to their success this season.“When you practice the same way — high level — your fundamentals get better, your technique, your understanding and just the whole cohesiveness up front,” Warinner said.Through its first eight games, the OSU offense ranks eighth in the Football Bowl Subdivision in total offense with an average of 517.3 yards per game and fifth nationally with a average 47.3 points scored per game.That offensive success has been a team effort, Warinner said.“(The offense) has the ability to horizontally stretch the field in the run game, and we do it in the pass game, and then vertically stretch you and so we’re putting defenses in a bind,” Warinner said. “They don’t know exactly where to try to load their defense. When you have good players at a lot of positions playing at a high level, which we do right now at receiver, quarterback, running back, O-line, tight end … we can be explosive. We are an explosive outfit right now.”The OSU rushing offense ranks ninth nationally with an average of 295.6 rushing yards per game. Miller said the offensive line’s ability to block on the perimeter has played a key role in OSU’s success running the ball, much like Hall did on a Miller scramble early in the game where he leveled a Penn State defender.“Getting guys the ball on the outside frees up the inside,” Miller said.Warinner said OSU’s success as a rushing offense has been a “credit to a lot of people.”“Running the football is important to us as a program, as a team,” Warinner said. “So that makes it important to the running backs, the O-line and all perimeter guys as well. And then we have the ability to run the ball outside as well as inside and we’re throwing the ball well so we’re just keeping people off-balance.”Norwell said the offensive linemen have “great chemistry” with one another.“We’re all on the same page,” Norwell said. “Coach Meyer knows how many reps we need to get in practice, and we just went hard every play.”One reason for that chemistry might be the experience the offensive linemen have with playing with one another. Mewhort and Norwell are both third-year starters on the offensive line. Hall came into the season with 18 career starts, while Linsley is also a second-year starter.Warinner said he thinks the experience of the offensive line has helped that unit play as well as they have this season.“That it’s helped us a lot, because we can lean on those guys when we need to and they can be productive when they need to,” Warinner said.Warinner said Decker, the only new starter on the offensive line, has fit in well.“His talent level is really high,” Warinner said. “Experience and confidence were the two things he lacked. Now that he’s played eight games and played well these last three or four games, his confidence level is high along with talent level.”Mewhort, Norwell, Linsley, Hall and Decker have each started all eight games for the Buckeyes this season, but with the result of Saturday’s game well in hand by the middle of the third quarter, OSU was able to get playing time for many of its backups, including the offensive line. Warinner said there were 11 offensive linemen in total who received playing time for the OSU offense Saturday.Current OSU coaches and players are not the only Buckeyes impressed by the play of OSU’s offensive line this season. Orlando Pace, who played left tackle at OSU from 1994-96 and was honored on the field during Saturday’s game for being selected to the College Football Hall of Fame, said the OSU offensive line plays “really well together as a unit.”“Those guys, they do a great job in protecting Braxton, and they run the ball well,” Pace said at halftime Saturday.Pace said he expects Mewhort to follow in his footsteps from being an OSU left tackle to playing in the NFL, in which Pace played for 13 seasons.“You’re definitely going to see him play on Sundays,” Pace said. “He moves well, footwork and hand placement and all those things, I think he’ll be fine.”OSU will be looking for another impressive effort from its offensive line when it plays Purdue (1-6, 0-3) Saturday at noon in West Lafayette, Ind. read more


Griezmann believes Mbappe can be a killer forward


first_imgThe Atletico Madrid player believes his fellow French teammate can score at least 50-goals per season just like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel MessiKylian Mbappe wowed the world during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.There, he scored four goals and also became the first teenager to score in a World Cup final since Brazil’s Pele did it in 1958.And for his fellow countrymen Antoine Griezmann, Mbappe has all he needs to become one of the best attackers in the world.“As he will be less glued to the line and more in position to score, with the experience he has, he can score 50 goals per season,” Griezmann said as quoted by Sport 360.Revealed: Florentino Perez’s plan to sign Kylian Mbappe Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 12, 2019 According to a report from ‘El Chiringuito’, Florentino Perez revealed his plans to sign Kylian Mbappe from PSG next season.We all knew this was…Mbappe started his professional career with Monaco B, where he scored 4 goals in 12 matches.He then moved to the senior squad, scoring 16 goals in 41 occasions.But his numbers have risen, he was loaned to Paris Saint-Germain on 2017 and scored in 13 occasions in 27 appearances.And after being transferred to PSG in 2018, he has scored four goals in just three games.last_img read more


Marco Silva is happy at Everton but wants more


first_imgThe English Premier League manager wants his team to get out of the 11th position and start climbing in the 2018-2019 seasonEverton Football Club is currently sitting in the 11th position with 12 points.The club has been able to beat three English Premier League rivals while drawing with other three and losing twice.And its manager Marco Silva believes his team can do more, although he also admitted being enjoying time at the club.“Am I enjoying it? Of course. I am really happy. Believe me!” he told The Liverpool Echo.Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“Normally I can adapt fast and easy to the position wherever I am. But I am really happy, here. I know what I want, I know what the club wants but I don’t like to lose my focus if we win 3-0 or if the result wasn’t the best.”“It’s not easy to see big differences between the two. It’s my way and the players know that as well,” he added.“Inside Finch Farm, I am a little bit different with them. In some moments they can see a little bit more from the coach.”“I am happier with them sometimes, but I am really enjoying it here at the club,” he concluded.last_img read more