Trends of the Game Breakfast


first_imgAfter the success of the inaugural Trends of the Game breakfast in 2007, this initiative will be in full swing again this year. The Trends initiative provides valuable information regarding skills and tactics currently in the game from Australia and the World’s leading Coaches. This information is useful for Coaches, Players, Referees and even spectators of the sport, from the park right through to elite level.   Join Australian Men’s Open Coach Tony Trad, Women’s Open Coach Kerry Norman, and Mixed Open Coach Bernie Morrison and National Referee’s Director Lou Tompkins, as they discuss the latest trends across the game. Attendees will be able to have their questions answered by presenters in an open forum environment.  A continental breakfast of cereal, fruit, yoghurt & juice will be provided to all participantsDate: Thursday 18th SeptemberVenue: Coffs Harbour Ex-Services Club Cnr Pacific Hwy & Vernon Street Coffs HarbourTime: 7.30 – 9am (first games commence at 10am on this day)Cost: $5RSVP: [email protected] by Friday 12th SeptemberThe 2008 Trends of the Game DVD will also be launched at this event. With the theme of ‘Back to Basics’, these coaches have discussed areas of the game including defensive body positioning,  creating space, performing the switch and the referee two-by-two-by-two system. This is supported by vision and breakdown of these techniques. The Trends of the Game 2008 DVD will be available at the breakfast for attendees for the reduced price of $10. Following the event it will be available at the TFA Online Shop at www.austouch.com.au for $15 plus postage.last_img read more

Vine: Oklahoma State’s Le’Bryan Nash Dropped A Sick No-Look Assist Against OU


first_imgOklahoma State's mascot looks into the camera.OKLAHOMA CITY – MARCH 13: The Oklahoma State Cowboys mascot during the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship Semifinals at the Ford Center March 13, 2009 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)The basketball version of the Bedlam rivalry is taking place tonight in Stillwater, and No. 24 Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are involved in a tight contest midway through the second half. Both teams need a victory not only for bragging rights but to keep on track for an NCAA berth. It’s been a quiet night so far for Oklahoma State’s star forward Le’Bryan Nash, but the 6-foot-7 senior does have one major highlight. It came early in the second half, in the form of a gorgeous no-look pass to teammate Michael Cobbins for a dunk.Flashy and effective. This is an entertaining game right now between two bitter rivals.[ H/T: @pistolsguy ]last_img read more

Toronto stock index closes down after selloff US markets up


first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index closed lower Tuesday amid reports of a major selloff from an unknown international dealer, even as U.S. markets rose.“From about 10:30 this morning a big sell program came in internationally at one of the dealers,” said Dominique Barker, Portfolio Manager, CIBC Asset Management.“We don’t know which one, but the market has sold off, and the Canadian dollar also sold off from about that time. So that’s impacting the Canadian market versus the rest of the world.”The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index closed down 133.94 points at 16,286.30 in a broad-based decline following a selloff that hit most of the TSX-60 names. The index hit an intraday high of 16,494.09.The S&P/TSX capped materials index declined the most, down 1.45 per cent, while the healthcare sector was the only index see gains with a 0.08 per cent rise. Volume for the Toronto Stock Exchange as a whole came in at 338.23 million.Barker said lower volumes on the TSX may have made the selloff have an outsized impact.“This is summer volume time as well, so you tend to have a little bit less volume, so something like that could have a larger impact on the day.”The dip in the TSX comes in the midst of what has generally been quite a positive earnings season, said Barker.“Earnings reporting has exceeded expectations generally, the economy is very strong.”The source of the selloff is unclear, but it comes after Saudi Arabia has responded forcefully through economic and political means to criticism from Canada’s Global Affairs Ministry about the arrest and detention of two female bloggers and activists in the kingdom.Saudi Arabia has declared a freeze on new trade with Canada and recalled thousands of students attending Canadian universities following the tweet last week from Global Affairs Canada.The Saudi foreign ministry has also ordered Canada’s ambassador, Dennis Horak, to leave the country. Saudia Airlines has also announced it will suspend flights to and from Canada starting Aug. 13.SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., which has a major presence in Saudi Arabia, closed down $1.97 or 3.48 per cent at $54.56. The company issued a statement saying it greatly values its contributions to the Kingdom Saudi Arabia over the past five decades, declining further comment.The Canadian dollar also took a sharp drop in the later half of the day to average 76.79 cents US Tuesday, down 0.23 of a US cent.The strength of the U.S. dollar also played a role on the shift in the currency, said Barker.Stock performance in Toronto was in contrast to New York, where the Dow Jones industrial average closed up 126.73 points at 25,628.91, the S&P 500 index ended up 8.05 at 2,858.45 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 23.99 points at 7,883.66.The September crude contract closed up 39 cents at US$68.33 per barrel and the September natural gas contract was up four cents at US$2.90 per mmBTU.The December gold contract closed up 60 cents at US$1,218.30 an ounce and the September copper contract ended down two cents at $2.75 a pound.last_img read more

Near Irish border the Brexit drama is followed with alarm


first_imgDUNDALK, Ireland — Families and business owners near the Irish border that separates the United Kingdom from the rest of the EU are watching in apprehension as political chaos in London threatens to torpedo a Brexit deal that aims to avoid a return of customs checks and possible sectarian violence to the region.The border between Britain’s Northern Ireland the European Union’s Republic of Ireland is currently unpoliced and invisible thanks to an EU rule that allows people and goods to travel freely. The main difficulty in the Brexit talks has been how to not disturb that liberty, which has helped to ensure peace since 1998.The big fear in this region is that Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit plan, which aims to safeguard an open border, will fall apart and Britain will leave the EU with no deal on future relations. Overnight, that could bring back customs checks and police watch-points.“I’d be horrified, absolutely horrified if there was some sort of border,” said Jim Deary, who lives in the town of Dundalk in the Republic of Ireland and, at the age of 95, can recall in detail the violence that plagued the region.Just across the invisible border, which is now physically represented by nothing more than a placid river, the sentiment is much the same.“If this falls, Britain is facing, and Northern Ireland is facing, absolute chaos,” says Conor Patterson, the CEO of an agency that promotes economic growth in Northern Irish border regions of Newry and Mourne. “This is not a theoretical risk, these are real risks.”In Northern Ireland, Catholic and Protestant communities remain divided decades after 30 years of conflict claimed around 3,700 lives. The peace agreement signed in 1998 provides people with the freedom to identify as Irish or British, or both. Having a border could rekindle identity politics and, potentially, violence.May’s deal involves a common customs arrangement for the U.K. and the EU, eliminating the need for border checks, with some provisions that are specific to Northern Ireland. Pro-Brexiteers say that would leave the U.K. too close to the EU, taking its rules for years, and some are trying to get rid of May — as well as her deal, which is due to be voted on in Parliament.Economically, this region has a lot to lose from a return of tariffs and customs checks.In the days of hard borders, trade between the north and south was a fraction of what it is today. It took truck drivers hours to get cleared and across the other side.On average, commercial vehicles cross the border 13,000 times each day. Some go back and forth several times in a single day. So do ships carrying goods to and from the U.K. and the Republic of Ireland. An estimated 30,000 people cross the border every day.The dividing line stretches for 500 kilometres (312 miles) and is dotted with over 250 official road crossings, more than on Europe’s entire eastern flank.For entrepreneurs who founded and grew their businesses here, taking advantage of the highway connecting Dublin to Belfast, the return of border checks is unthinkable.Paddy Hughes has a company selling horse supplements and his factory is smack on the border, on the north side. If you walk out left from his gate you’re on the south side.He has already felt an impact from Brexit, with sales down 35 per cent as buyers in the U.K., where the pound has fallen sharply since the 2016 Brexit vote, worry about the future.“People are unsure how to spend their money, whether to spend their money, where their next money is coming from, how much their money is going to be worth, how much things are going to cost in the future, whether they will have a job,” he says.Some vestiges of the old borders are visible outside Newry, where weeds grow tall around an abandoned customs clearance post where goods used to be checked. Graffiti now covers the metal gates of the inspection booths.Looking back into the past, Deary recalls when as a child he would go swimming at a spot across the border and had to face border guards.“It was difficult. Cars were searched and you were asked for identity,” he says. “Since the borders (are open) it is terrific.”Renata Brito, The Associated Presslast_img read more

European privacy search engines aim to challenge Google


first_imgLONDON — In the battle for online privacy, U.S. search giant Google is a Goliath facing a handful of European Davids.The backlash over Big Tech’s collection of personal data offers new hope to a number of little-known search engines that promise to protect user privacy.Sites like Britain’s Mojeek , France’s Qwant , Unbubble in Germany and Swisscows say they don’t track user data, filter results or show “behavioural” ads.These sites are growing amid the rollout of new European privacy regulations, numerous corporate data scandals and even comments by high-profile tech executives such as Apple CEO Tim Cook, which have combined to raise public awareness about the mountains of personal information that companies stealthily collect and sell to advertisers.Widespread suspicion in Europe about Google’s stranglehold on internet searches has also helped make the continent a spawning ground for secure search sites. Europe is particularly sensitive to privacy issues because spying by the Nazi-era Gestapo and the secret services in the Soviet Union is still within living memory.“For us, it’s all about citizens and citizens have the right to privacy,” said Eric Leandri, chairman of Paris-based Qwant. He said that view contrasts with the mindset across the Atlantic, where internet users are seen as consumers whose rights are dictated by the terms of their agreements with tech companies.Traffic numbers show interest is rising. Qwant handled nearly 10 billion queries in 2017, more than triple the previous year. On a monthly basis, it’s getting 80 million visits while requests are growing 20 per cent. Leandri says the site now accounts for 6 per cent of search engine market share in France, its biggest market.Qwant is even getting official support. Last month the French army and parliament both said they would drop Google and use Qwant as their default search engine, as part of efforts to reclaim European “digital sovereignty.”The site doesn’t use tracking cookies or profile users, allowing it to give two different users the exact same result. It has built its own index of 20 billion pages covering French, German and Italian. It plans to expand the index to about two dozen other languages, for which it currently relies on results from Microsoft’s Bing.Mojeek, based in Brighton, England, operates on similar principles and has so far cataloged 2 billion webpages. The company says it gets 200,000 unique visitors a month and search queries have quintupled over the past year.Germany’s Unbubble is a “meta-search” engine, sending encrypted queries to more than 30 other search engines and hiding its users’ locations. It promises neutral search results rather than ones filtered by an algorithm catering to personal biases.To be sure, Google’s in no danger of toppling. The company based in Mountain View, California, accounts for three-quarters or more of global market share, depending on whom you ask, and rules the mobile market with its Android operating system.Some privacy search operators say an equally big motivation behind these startups is to avoid “filter bubbles,” in which internet content is pre-selected for users by the likes of Google and Facebook based on previous searches and other data.“The main idea is to provide neutral information and allow people to depend less on machine learning-based filters,” said Unbubble founder Tobias Sasse. “If you are using Google today, perhaps you’ll notice that there is always the same mainstream information,” preventing people from seeing the “great diversity” online, he said.Netherlands-based Startpage anonymizes Google search results, stripping out ads and tracking. Another British startup, Oscobo , does anonymous searches for U.K. users, with results licensed from Yahoo/Bing. Outside Europe, there’s also U.S. site DuckDuckGo .Some of these sites rely financially on donations, others from “affiliate advertising” — links from Amazon, eBay or other shopping sites that pay a commission but don’t target or track users. That’s different from Google’s behavioural, or targeted, ads that come up based on your search history, which many find creepy and invasive.Mojeek has private investors. Founder Marc Smith, who began in 2004 with two servers in his bedroom, is “very much anti-advertising,” said Finn Brownbill, Mojeek’s head of marketing. “It’s a necessary evil and we’ll look for whatever route we can to avoid it.”In Switzerland, a country whose banking sector became a byword for secrecy, Swisscows has grown rapidly, handling 20 million search queries a month, up from 14 million a year ago, said founder Andreas Wiebe.Even so, Wiebe said there was plenty of skepticism when he started the site. “In 2014, I had people talking to me (saying) ‘you’re crazy’,” and that the project would be dead within a year. Instead, National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden’s revelations of U.S. government surveillance the following year gave it a kickstart.Swisscows has built its own German-language web index. For other languages, it uses Bing but queries and results are run through a firewall that strips out personal identifiers such as IP addresses.Along with a conventional list of results, Swisscows also has a nifty grid of keyword tiles to narrow down search results by context.The site’s servers are buried in former military bunkers deep inside the Swiss Alps. Funding comes from donations and Wiebe’s software company Hulbee. He plans next year to launch a secure messaging app, Teleguard, with a paid business version he hopes will help fund the site.___Follow Kelvin Chan at twitter.com/chanmanKelvin Chan, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Child labour: Proper coordination sought among stakeholders


first_imgNew Delhi: In a meeting of the Steering Committee on child labour, proper coordination among the stakeholders was sought for curbing the menace. Sources told Millennium Post that a meeting held in March was chaired by Divisional Commissioner where members from different government departments, Delhi Police, State Bhawans, NGOs were present.In the start of the meeting, the chair expressed his displeasure on account of non-attendance by some members/departments and the level of participation from some departments. The Divisional Commissioner said that officers of appropriate seniority who are well conversant with the subject of the concerned departments should attend the meeting. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderSources further added that the chairperson reiterated that in order to have proper and effective coordination for the purpose of surveillance child labour rescue operations, there should be proper coordination between District Labour Department and District Magistrate of Revenue Department. “After discussion, it was agreed that any information pertaining to child labour may be reported by district labour inspector to concerned SDM on a weekly basis,” sources said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsSources said, “If no cases of child labour have been detected in a week, they should submit nil report in this regard, for which they shall be held accountable. Deputy Labour Commissioners will compile the reports and brief the District Magistrates on a fortnightly basis.” In the meeting, the representative from Delhi Police was asked to furnish the data in respect number of FIRs registered and the number of charge sheets filed. In the meeting, the representative from a government department informed in the meeting that the majority of rescued child labour are repatriated to the native states from where they are further sent to nearest children home to that state and thereafter are restored to their parents. It was agreed that such data should be shared by CWC with local DM of the concerned state in order to ensure proper rehabilitation amount reached to the family of child labour.last_img read more

Ohio State aims to fix free throw struggles in NCAA Tournament


Senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. (32) takes a free throw during a game against Michigan March 15 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Michigan won, 72-69.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe whistle blows, the official bounces the ball and every eye in the arena is focused on a single player. Standing at the free throw line with the game on the line, even the simplest things can go wrong.Players spend years perfecting the technique of the shot, just to be placed under the spotlight and wither.In the Ohio State men’s basketball team’s contest against Michigan Saturday in the Big Ten Tournament semifinal, the pressure finally caught up to the Buckeyes.“We knew it was going to bite us in the butt sooner or later, and unfortunately it happened today,” junior guard Shannon Scott said after the loss.On the season, OSU (25-9, 12-9) shot 68.9 percent from the free throw line, 210th out of 351 teams in Division I.But in Big Ten Tournament wins against Purdue and Nebraska, the Buckeyes’ struggles at the line weren’t enough to lose them the games.OSU went a combined 12-14 from the charity stripe in the final two minutes of play against the Boilermakers and Cornhuskers, despite shooting less than 65 percent in each of the games.Against the Wolverines though, the problems at the free throw line were exposed. Senior guard Aaron Craft missed two free throws with 2:27 remaining that would have put OSU in the lead, and junior forward LaQuinton Ross missed one of two with 44 seconds remaining.One more point could have led to a less desperate situation for OSU, which would have only needed two points to tie instead of having to rely on a 3-pointer that slipped out of Craft’s hands right before the buzzer.Senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. said free throws are starting to become worrisome for OSU, but that the team managed to stay in the game was impressive.“Free throws are obviously big and this is where you see how big they can become,” Smith Jr. said. “All-in-all, even with us missing free throws down the stretch, we still had a chance to win the game. We were one rebound away, they miss a free throw and get the ball back, that’s a dagger. In the end, that takes the momentum away from our team and it just turns everything in their favor. But we start making those free throws and we have a chance to ice the game and we wouldn’t even be in this situation.”Craft said he wasn’t happy with his own performance down the stretch.“I’m disappointed in myself, obviously,” Craft said. “Came down the stretch and didn’t make some free throws, missed a couple shots that our team needed us to make.”Less than a week before, against Michigan State in Columbus, OSU struggled at the line again late, only hitting two of its eight attempts at the line in the final two minutes. But like the first two rounds of the Big Ten Tournament, OSU managed to squeak by with a win despite shooting poorly at the line.Smith Jr. said the free throw shooting has turned into a consistent problem late in games, but if OSU can fix the problem, it will become a dangerous squad.“We’re not making free throws down the stretch,” Smith Jr. said. “Those are things that we can correct and once we get (those) corrected, I’d be afraid of us. We’re definitely going to be a better team because of it. We take that with the type of fight this team has, and the effort we’re going to dig ourselves out of holes, I think that’ll be something good for us.”The No. 6-seeded Buckeyes are scheduled to take on the Dayton Flyers (23-10, 10-6) Thursday in Buffalo, N.Y. in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Tipoff is set for 12:15 p.m. read more

Suso wants to finish fourth


first_imgAC Milan is about to enter the most crucial part of the season as they are fighting for the fourth place in the Serie A and will play in the Coppa Italia final against Juventus.Suso admitted that he would prefer finishing fourth and coming back to the Champions League and not winning against Juventus in the domestic cup final match – but of course, he wants to achieve both.The Spaniard spoke about his goals for the remaining part of the season as he said, according to Football Italia:Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“Getting to the Champions League is our ambition this season. We also have a Coppa Italia Final coming up against Juventus and that too is very important, because winning a trophy is very special.”“I think we are on the right track and have a good chance of making it into fourth place.”“I’d prefer for us to get fourth place. We need the perfect game against Juve, so we’ll give it our all and want to win.”last_img read more

Michael Owen praises Liverpools defensive improvements


first_imgFormer Liverpool striker Michael Owen hailed the progress his old side have made in their backline over the past five yearsThe Reds will be top of the Premier League on Christmas Day for the first time since the 2013/14 campaign.Back then, under now-Celtic coach Brendan Rodgers, Liverpool nearly claimed their first English league title since 1990 – only to end up finishing two points behind winners Manchester City.But this season Liverpool are yet to lose a single one of their 18 games with just seven goals conceded in the process.And Owen is now backing Jurgen Klopp’s side to go one better this time around due to their improvements in defence.“They’ve got a better defence,” said Owen on the Premier League website.“You can look at [Daniel] Sturridge, [Raheem] Sterling and Suarez, and say, ‘Who’s the best?’ Those three, or [Sadio] Mane, [Mohamed] Salah and [Roberto] Firmino, and you can debate it all night long.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“But the facts of the matter are, their defence now, they don’t ever look like conceding.“Brilliant goalkeeper, brilliant back four, protection in front of that back four. They’re looking ominous.”Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville also agrees that Klopp’s team is better than the one coached by Rodgers five years ago.“They’re a better team than the Brendan Rodgers team,” said the six-time Premier League winner.“I know they had [Luis] Suarez, they had Steven Gerrard, but I think they’re a better team [now].“They’ve got a better squad, they’re playing better football, they’re in control, it’s worrying for us Man Utd fans that’s for sure.”Liverpool defeated Wolves 2-0 on Friday night.last_img read more