An Historic Day for Touch Football!

first_imgThe National Rugby League (NRL) and Touch Football Australia have today launched an historic sporting partnership representing the biggest boost to participation and game development in the history of either sport. The two sports will work together as part of a strategic alliance to create the largest sporting community in the country which will reflect the wider support that exists for Rugby League and the game’s commitment to ensuring there is a ‘place on the field’ for everyone.The new agreement will bring more than 1.03 million participants together playing in competitions under a joint NRL-TFA banner. This is in addition to the 844,000 girls and boys who currently take part in NRL Development programs each year. The alliance delivers significant benefits for both sports: a unique and complete pathway for park players and elite athletes that includes contact and non-contact sports – designed so players never leave the game or the field at any point in time during the calendar year or period of their playing life; enhanced inclusiveness, retention, and access to greater, more diverse playing opportunities for all Australians; a better alignment and consolidation of people, resources and competitions across the country – working together on Touch Football and Rugby League under a joint NRL-TFA banner; curtain raisers for the elite Touch Football athletes to showcase their skills and speed on the world stage at State of Origin and Test matches and selected NRL/representative fixtures; a more effective, year-round calendar of events and utilisation of sporting fields’ and amenities under the NRL banner. At the heart of the strategic alliance is a reuniting of two kindred spirits – after over 40 years apart and now formally coming together as one sporting community. Establishing, arguably and compellingly, Australia’s largest sporting community – bringing together well over 1 million participants across the country involved in competitions. According to the CEO of Touch Football Australia, Mr Colm Maguire, the strategic alliance between Touch Football Australia and the NRL is a definitive ‘game changer’ for Touch Football (and Rugby League) and a watershed moment in the history and evolution of both sports. “Touch Football in Australia was born out of Rugby League and the opportunity to create Australia’s largest sporting community aligned with the NRL is as compelling as it is ambitious and fortuitous,” Maguire announced in Sydney today in conjunction with NRL Chief Executive, Mr David Smith. “And, there is a real opportunity to grow the profile of touch both as a recreational game and an elite sport,” he said. “Not only will our partnership with the NRL provide greater potential to expand the participation base and extend the reach and profile of Touch Football, it will also ensure the sport will benefit significantly from the NRL scale, brand and market and distribution presence,” Mr Maguire added. “Both parties will share in the potential synergies of alignment: particularly in terms of combined approach and effort, revenue growth opportunities, cost saving efficiencies including shared services, scale benefits and consolidated national resources. Another key feature of the partnership will be the creation of a dual track continuous pathway; from grassroots to elite for both contact and non-contact forms of the game,” he added. “The corollary to this is the NRL will position Touch Football as its primary recreational game providing greater options for players, catering for all shapes, sizes and skill levels: expanding significantly their age demographics from ages 5 to 70-plus years old and increasing their female participation base, product offerings and mutually beneficial commercial leveraging opportunities,” Mr Maguire added. “Significantly, the partnership enables Touch Football to realise its vision articulated in its strategic plan, to become Australia’s leading community sport through strategic partnerships,” Mr Maguire said. The alignment of Touch Football under the joint NRL-TFA umbrella and operations will be in effect an alignment of like minds, resources, people and approaches. Touch Football Australia Chair, Mr Michael Rush, added that while this has been a very carefully considered process over an extended period of time, the development of the partnership and the announcement at this junction is at the right time for both sports and tremendously exciting. “I can assure all stakeholders connected to our sport that the TFA Board of Management and executive have undertaken a very thorough and demanding assessment and consideration of what this partnership means for our future. We have been diligent and professional while speculating on the exciting outcomes that can be achieved within a collaborative proposition,” Mr Rush said. “It is our firm view that this strategic alliance is in the very best interests of the sport and our membership. What has truly been encouraging is the fact that our new partner has an identical view. “We are very fortunate to be in the position we are in today; our sport and our large and diverse membership naturally hold significant appeal to the NRL. And this is clearly both a validation and in large part a direct result of all the commitment, hard work and perseverance of volunteers, staff, players, officials and supporters everywhere that have made the sport what it is today,” he added. “I can assure all of our members and stakeholders that it is a very exciting time to be involved in the sport. It is a credit to all of our sport’s stakeholders that have built the sport and made this partnership possible. “The partnership also ensures we are best equipped now and in the future to meet the resourcing, positioning and pathway challenges impacting the crowded Australian sporting market,” he added. Mr Maguire added that from a whole-of sport perspective, the continued support of the Australian Sports Commission is pivotal to ensuring that the participation base of both sports expands and provides consolidation support for future growth. “The outcomes of the announcement will further support the participation targets funded by the Australian Government through the Australian Sports Commission. TFA is grateful for the ongoing contribution by the ASC ($570k in 2013-14) into the sport of Touch Football, particularly within the participation environment,” he said. Today’s official signing of the Memorandum of Understanding commits each party to finalise the terms of the partnership which will include discussions with the Australian Sports Commission. According to NRL’s Chief Executive, Mr David Smith, it is a time for great enthusiasm, excitement and optimism for the sport as the NRL enters into this significant growth stage in the game’s history. “The new agreement with Touch Football Australia is a key strategic step in growing opportunities for Rugby League,” Mr Smith, said today. “Not only will it see more than one million people play in unified competitions, it brings together people from every state and territory, from almost every age group and every demographic. “We have been very clear about our ambition to extend the profile and reach of Rugby League and working with Touch Football Australia will also enable us to pursue new commercial and marketing opportunities that we can leverage with new partners.” CONTACT: Julian Buckmaster – GM, Marketing, Communications and Partnerships, TFAP: 0438 777 993; E: Follow us through the week on Facebook ( and Twitter ( as well as YouTube (; or keep up-to-date with all the news, event action and results by visiting us at the Touch Football Australia website – Related Filesmedia_release-pdfRelated LinksAustralia’s Largest Sporting Communitylast_img read more

India vs South Africa, 1st Test: Golden chance for Rohit, Saha and Ashwin to prove a point

first_img Akshay Ramesh VishakhapatnamOctober 1, 2019UPDATED: October 1, 2019 21:52 IST Lots at stake for Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha and Ravichandran Ashwin as India take on South Africa. (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTS Rohit Sharma has now got a golden opportunity to begin new innings in Tests as an openerIt is time for comeback R Ashwin and Wriddhiman Saha to return to the playing XIAshwin will be keen on proving a point and expect him to do well in what has been his favourite hunting groundRohit Sharma is a limited-overs great. Ever since he was promoted to open the innings in the shorter formats in 2013, Rohit Sharma has gone on to rewrite record books. His exploits in limited-overs cricket are as impactful as Virat Kohli’s.However, in whites, Rohit Sharma has struggled. More often than not, his technique (or the lack of it) against the red ball has been exposed, especially in overseas conditions. His average at home is a staggering 85.44 when compared to 26.32 on the road.Despite numbers favouring him at home, Rohit Sharma was never able to cement a spot in the Test set-up. For all his greatness in white-ball cricket, his inability to deal with the longest format of the game has been an enigma.At 32, Rohit Sharma has now got a golden opportunity to begin new innings in Tests, this time as an opener.While teams around the world are struggling to get their opening combinations right, India have placed their bet on Rohit Sharma. In fact, they have gambled on arguably their best white-ball batsman of this decade.Rohit Sharma last opened in a first-class match in 2012-13 against Punjab in a Ranji Trophy match. 7 years later, Rohit was out for a duck in the dress rehearsal for his Test opener role-in the Board President’s XI vs South Africa match last month.It is safe to say, it’s a do-or-die opportunity for Rohit Sharma to revive his Test career. The middle-order slots are full with Hanuma Vihari rising up the latter and Ajinkya Rahane finding form. With youngsters, including Prithvi Shaw, Shubman Gill, waiting in the wings, Rohit has to deliver and deliver quickly.advertisementCaptain Virat Kohli’s words on the eve of the 1st Test though should have come as some kind of a confidence booster for Rohit Sharma. The skipper said Rohit will get enough time to settle into his role and that he wants him to follow his natural instincts.It is easier said than done but India’s gamble might work. Rohit Sharma has been in a brilliant space of mind in limited-overs cricket over the last few years. The record-setting tally of 5 hundred at the 2019 World Cup speaks volumes of Rohit’s uncluttered mind at the moment. Will it bring him success in Tests? Only time will tell.Meanwhile, it is also time for comeback R Ashwin and Wriddhiman Saha to return to the playing XI. While Saha had been out with multiple injuries since the away Tests in South Africa in 2018, Ashwin had been bogged down by injury concerns on important overseas tours.Ashwin entered an important phase in his career where he had to become the matchwinner that he was at home on the road as well. He started India’s tour of England on a high, picking up 7 wickets in the Birmingham Test. However, when he was needed the most-in the 4th Test in Southampton with India trailing 1-2 — Ashwin’s body let him and the team down.Limited-overs omission did play in his mind but he focussed on getting his red ball skill right with some fine performances in the county championships earlier this year. Ashwin had to wait longer to return to the senior national team, having spent his time in West Indies warming the benches.Ashwin will be keen on proving a point and expect him to do well in what has been his favourite hunting ground over the years.On the other hand, Saha, at 34, has been trusted to get the job done behind the wickets for another time after a career-threatening injury and its mismanagement over the last 18 months.Saha’s return coincides with under-fire Rishabh Pant’s poor returns across the formats but it is the ever-reliable glovework that has got him the nod.Captain Virat Kohli certainly is a fan of Saha’s glovework. “Saha was always someone who we would back as a pure keeper in Test cricket. He’s done well under pressure situations for us. It was all about finding the right opportunity and the moment to bring him back in,” Virat Kohli said on the eve of the 1st Test.Also Read | Spin twins R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja reunite as India look to dominate South Africa in TestsAlso Read | Virat Kohli’s India are the team to beat as World Test Championship resumesAlso Read | If Rohit Sharma can do in Tests what he did in ODIs, it will be great for India: Virat KohliAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Rohit SharmaFollow Virat KohliFollow Wriddhiman SahaFollow Ravichandran Ashwin India vs South Africa, 1st Test: Golden chance for Rohit, Saha and Ashwin to prove a pointIndia vs South Africa, 1st Test: As limited-overs phenomenon, Rohit Sharma starts life as a Test opener and Ravichandran Ashwin and Wriddhiman Saha are also making a comeback to the playing XI.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Briefcase: Legal Assistance for Small Businesses (One Month for Free for Manual Readers!)

first_imgYou are a freelance writer, a manager of a small company, or perhaps aspire to someday create that design firm you’ve always dreamed of. Either way, chances are you don’t have your LLC or S Corp properly established, and some of you probably don’t even know what that means. Amiright? And those who do understand, lawyers, are expensive, and they know it.The old attorney model is broken, and that’s why Briefcase was founded by Joshua Pearce, Gabe McCoy and Nat Pierce.They founded the company in early 2015, providing Legal Essentials for Entrepreneurs. At its core, Briefcase is a service with three primary goals: Providing direct access to business attorneys for guidance, offering high quality documents, and all for a flat fee at the lowest possible price. Josh, Gabe, and Nat recognized that too many entrepreneurs and start-ups lack basic legal essentials due to high fees and lawyer rates, so they are frequently unrepresented and underserved by the legal profession. They get it, lawyers are expensive; that’s why they created Briefcase.We sat down with them to hear more.Tell us how Briefcase started.We are a small group of lawyers from Virginia who just think the entire process could be easier, faster, and more affordable for everyone trying to make a dent in this world. Like you, we just wanted to get our business started – and fast. We work with startups and entrepreneurs who are always working, always creating, and just need help getting their ideas off the ground.As attorneys that serve businesses on a daily basis we have heard the complaints from entrepreneurs about dealing with law firms. For most businesses, direct access to a competent lawyer is perceived as too expensive. In founding Briefcase, we wanted to match legal complexity and cost. “Essential” legal protection can actually be affordable and understandable for all businesses. We created this platform for that purpose.What kind of help?Things like setting up a corporation, getting legal documents and contracts or simply answering tough legal questions… all on a very small, sometimes inexistent budget.Briefcase gives you the legal help you need, when you need it. All for less than your phone bill a month. Yeah, that’s constant access to all the legal documents your business needs, a place to store them, and full-time access to our Briefcase team of business attorneys, for less than your phone bill (around $50 a month!).How is your business different from your competitors?Legal services generally do not focus only on the entrepreneurs, start-ups, and small businesses. Large firms typically screen clients by their ability to pay or target only the potential winners who can pay the high legal fees later on. Other services are mostly self help based and can’t offer guidance tailored to specific situations a business might be facing without referring them to an attorney with a license to practice law. Entrepreneurs and small business are trapped in a cycle of trying to avoid legal fees by “Googling” their problem, or going to a law firm and having repeated bad experiences. Briefcase stops this cycle by providing an affordable lifeline to Briefcase attorneys that only specialize in business and transactional law issues, and understand the challenges these businesses face everyday.Gents, if you want to start your own beard oil business or make custom bikes in the back of your old shop – go for it – don’t be bullied by other lawyers, let Briefcase be your go to spot to make sure your ideas and your work are protected!To entice you even more, Briefcase is offering one free month of service to all Manual readers! Simply enter the code: THEMANUAL and make some business magic. 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States Editors’ Recommendations The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers How to Enjoy Your Campfires Responsibly Stay Free on This Private Swedish Island to Work on Your Magnum Opus 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts last_img read more

Senator Drilling plan carveout for Florida may be illegal

first_imgWASHINGTON – The Trump administration may have violated federal law by exempting Florida from a national plan to expand offshore drilling, a Democratic senator charged Thursday.Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington state said Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s decision to give Florida a last-minute exemption while ignoring at least 10 other states that made similar requests may violate requirements of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, which governs drilling in U.S. coastal waters.Zinke’s action is especially outrageous because Florida — unlike California, Washington and other states — did not expressly oppose the drilling proposal in written comments submitted to the Interior Department, Cantwell said.While Florida Gov. Rick Scott voiced opposition soon after the plan’s Jan. 4 release, a letter submitted by the state Department of Environmental Protection last year did not oppose the drilling plan or ask for Florida to be exempted. Instead, the letter warned about the effects of oil and gas activities on the environment and urged that “long-term protection of Florida’s sensitive coastal and marine resources should be of paramount concern” in developing a drilling plan.By contrast, the governors of California, Oregon and Washington told Interior they “strongly oppose any new leasing” off their coasts and asked to be removed from the plan.By exempting Florida but not other states, Zinke showed he is “more concerned with politics than proper process when it comes to making key decisions that affect our coastal communities,” said Cantwell, the top Democrat on the Senate Energy Committee.Carl Tobias, a law professor at the University of Richmond, called Zinke’s action troubling. Singling out one state for exemption “may well violate federal law” that requires formal notice and comment period before taking regulatory action, he said.An Interior spokeswoman declined to comment Thursday. But White House press secretary Sarah Sanders denied the administration gave special treatment to Scott, a Republican and ally of President Donald Trump who is considered a likely Senate candidate later this year.“I’m not aware of any political favour that that (Florida exemption) would have been part of, so, no,” Sanders said.In announcing the exemption for Florida on Tuesday, Zinke called Scott “a straightforward leader that can be trusted.”Zinke added that he supports Scott’s position that “Florida is unique and its coasts are heavily reliant on tourism as an economic driver. As a result of discussion with Governor Scott and his leadership, I am removing Florida from consideration for any new oil and gas platforms.”Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., said Zinke’s action “violates the legal standard of arbitrary and capricious agency action.”Like Florida, California and other coastal states “rely on our beautiful coasts for tourism and our economy,” Lieu said, adding that he believes courts will strike down the drilling plan.The American Petroleum Institute, the top oil and gas lobbying group, also questioned Zinke’s action — but from the other direction. The group called the Florida withdrawal “premature” and said restricting access to the Eastern Gulf of Mexico in particular “puts hundreds of thousands of jobs at risk across the country and along the Gulf Coast.”API spokesman Reid Porter said the Trump administration “should follow the established process” for developing an offshore drilling program, including public comment. “It is important that Interior complies with all the legal procedures and requirements for putting together” a drilling program on the Outer Continental Shelf, Porter said.Questions about the legality of the Zinke’s decision came as bipartisan opposition to the drilling plan mounted. Several governors, including leaders of Washington state, Delaware, Rhode Island and Maryland, asked for their states to be withdrawn from the plan and requested meetings with Zinke.A spokeswoman for Zinke said he spoke with South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster on Thursday and expects to speak Friday with North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper and California Gov. Jerry Brown.Democrats from coastal states accuse Zinke and Trump of punishing states with Democratic leaders while rewarding Republicans.Zinke announced plans last week to greatly expand offshore oil drilling from the Atlantic to the Arctic and Pacific oceans, including more than a dozen states where drilling is now blocked. The five-year plan would open 90 per cent of the nation’s offshore reserves to development by private companies.Industry groups praised the announcement, while environmental groups denounced the plan, saying it would harm America’s oceans, coastal economies, public health and marine life.last_img read more

Small and mediumsized businesses to up investment spend 3 this year BDC

first_imgMONTREAL – A new report by the Business Development Bank of Canada says small and mid-sized businesses in Canada are expected to increase their investments by three per cent this year to $140.5 billion.BDC says the increase is due largely to a surge in business acquisition plans.It says business owners expect to increase their spending on acquiring other businesses this year to $18.9 billion, up from $10.6 billion in 2017.Sustaining growth was the top-cited reason for investing, followed by boosting the value of the business and keeping pace with the competition, the report says.The technology sector saw the highest growth in investment intentions, followed by the services sector. Plans for the manufacturing were flat and a decline was expected in the construction and resources sector.BDC’s annual study of investment intentions is based on a survey conducted last August and September that included 4,019 business owners.last_img read more

ChandigarhDibrugarh Express trains engine catches fire 2 killed

first_imgGuwahati/Jalpaiguri: Two passengers of the Chandigarh-Dibrugarh Express died on Friday after they jumped out of the moving train between the Chaterhat and Nijbari section in West Bengal when they saw smoke emanating from the locomotive’s engine, said Railway sources.The guard of a passing goods train saw smoke and flame coming out of the rear engine of the express train in the afternoon and reported it to its driver, sources said. As panic spread among the passengers, two of them jumped out and died of injuries, officials said. Fire brigade personnel rushed to the spot and extinguished the flames, sources said, adding another engine was attached to the train, which then proceeded to Chaterhat. Prima facie it is appears the fuel tank of the rear engine had fallen off, got dragged along the track and caught fire, sources said. The main line on the route under Barsoi-New Jalpaiguri section of North East Frontier Railway was blocked due to the incident. A probe into the incident is being conducted by the Railway authorities.last_img read more

Musk unveils SpaceX rocket designed to get to Mars and back

BOCA CHICA VILLAGE, Texas — Elon Musk has unveiled a SpaceX spacecraft designed to carry a crew and cargo to the moon, Mars or anywhere else in the solar system and land back on Earth perpendicularly.In a livestreamed speech from SpaceX’s launch facility near the southern tip of Texas, Musk said Saturday that the space venture’s Starship is expected to take off for the first time in about one or two months and reach 65,000 feet before landing back on Earth.He says it’s essential for the viability of space travel to be able to re-use spacecraft and that it’s important to take steps to extend consciousness beyond our planet.A crowd watched as Musk spoke from a stage in front of the large spacecraft, which has a reflective, metal exterior.Musk says Saturday marked the eleventh anniversary of a SpaceX rocket reaching orbit for the first time.The Associated Press read more

SMMT Open Forum to focus on the future of driverless vehicles

SMMT’s upcoming Open Forum will give UK automotive suppliers a valuable insight into the development and future of autonomous vehicles.The event will take place on Tuesday 4 November at Cranmore Park, Solihull, bringing together 300 delegates from across the automotive sector. The day will feature a range of presentations regarding opportunities for industry investment, Automotive Council issues and the industry outlook for the future.Speakers for the Open Forum are set to include Hugh Dickerson, Head of Automotive at Google, Lawrence Davies, Deputy CEO of the Automotive Investment Organisation and James Thompson, Purchasing Manager for Powertrain at Ford Motor Company.November’s Open Forum will also be the first to feature a number of specialised workshops on key issues, in particular access to finance, with the opportunity to register your interest nearer the event.To register for the event, click here. Attendance is free for all SMMT members, and just £50 (+VAT) for non-members.There are still exhibition spaces available too at £250 (+VAT) for SMMT members and £500 (+VAT) for non-members. To book a stand just fill in and return the booking form. SMMT is also looking for a sponsor for this event.For more information, contact Nikki Huggett at Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Penalty kicks spark doom Ohio State mens soccer

Senior defender Kyle Culbertson (3) attempts a penalty kick during a game against Indiana on Oct. 12 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU lost, 2-1, as Culbertson made one penalty kick, but missed another in the game’s closing minutes.Credit: Ed Momot / For The LanternFacing a top-10 opponent, the Ohio State men’s soccer team’s goalscoring on Sunday afternoon lived by a penalty kick — and ultimately died with a penalty kick.The Buckeyes (4-5-3, 2-2-0) played a tight game throughout the 90 minutes against the No. 10 Indiana Hoosiers (8-1-3, 2-1-1), but were ultimately unable to match the play of their opponent, falling at home, 2-1.A penalty kick by junior defender Kyle Culbertson — his second try of the day following a successful one — was knocked away with just over a minute remaining to seal the Indiana victory.“I’m heartbroken for the guys right now, because although there were stretches of the game where we made some bad mistakes and hurt ourselves, we played well enough to win the game and I think deserved to win the game,” OSU coach John Bluem said.The Hoosiers broke a 1-1 tie in the 78th minute with a goal by freshman forward/midfielder Jay McIntosh. Heavy pressure in front of the net allowed McIntosh to take a pass and knock it into the far-right post, where it ricocheted into the net.McIntosh’s goal — the first of his collegiate career — came less than 50 seconds after the Buckeyes had tied the game.An Indiana defender attempted to clear out the ball in front of his goalkeeper, but did so with his hand, granting the Buckeyes a penalty kick. The kick was taken by Culbertson, who rolled a shot to the left side of the net while Indiana sophomore goalkeeper Colin Webb dove to the right.The goal was Culbertson’s second of the season, and seemed to turn around the momentum of the game until McIntosh’s strike seconds later.“Their quality combined with the amount of effort we put in during the first 25 or 30 minutes, maybe we got a little bit tired,” junior midfielder Zach Mason said. “But I think it’s just something where we had moments, and they had moments, and unfortunately they took better advantage of their moments.”With just more than a minute remaining, it was déjà vu for the Buckeyes and Hoosiers, as another handball gave the Buckeyes another penalty kick — which was again taken by Culbertson.However, there was no such luck on Culbertson’s second try, as Webb again dove right, only this time directly to where Culbertson shot the ball. The sophomore knocked it away, sealing the win for the Hoosiers.“That’s very hard to make two penalty kicks in one game,” Bluem said. “But we felt confident that he could do it, so we went with him, and I wouldn’t change the decision. I felt it was the right decision then and unfortunately their goalkeeper came up with a big play.”Indiana opened the scoring early in the second half, when heavy traffic in front of the net allowed the ball to bounce out to junior forward Femi Hollinger-Janzen, who deposited the shot into the empty net.“We defended poorly, on both goals against us today,” Bluem said. “That’s all I’ll say about that, we just defended poorly.”The Buckeyes controlled the ball throughout the majority of the first half. However, their aggressiveness did not lead to any scoring, as three goal-scoring opportunities — two shots by sophomore forward Danny Jensen wide of the net and a rocket off the foot of senior midfielder Max Moller knocked away by a diving Webb — all went for naught.“I think that we had the opportunity to score, myself included, and we didn’t put them away” Jensen said. “At the end of the day, you have to put those chances away to win the game against a top-10 team in the nation.”OSU is set to have five days off before traveling to Madison, Wisc., to take on the Wisconsin Badgers on Saturday. That match is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. read more

Football Ryan Day talks depth and recruiting on National Signing Day

Ohio State head coach Ryan Day stepped up to the podium on National Signing Day without much doubt as to what his class would look like. He began the day with 15 players who had signed their letters of intent in the 2019 class, including five-star defensive end Zach Harrison, five-star center Harry Miller and five-star wide receiver Garrett Wilson, bringing the roster total to 83. He added two more linemen:  four-star offensive guard Enokk Vimahi and three-star offensive guard Dawand Jones, making the roster at a full 85 players. After the Vimahi signing, Ohio State was ranked as having the No. 13 class in the country and the No. 3 class in the Big Ten. But to Day, after taking over the head coaching job from Urban Meyer, establishing relationships with the current recruiting class and planning ahead for the future, this 2019 class represented much more than that ranking entailed. “When you look at what we’ve done as a culture since August, with the coaching change, we’ve only had two guys leave the program,” Day said. “When you keep the retention like, it shows about the culture in the coaching change, but also it isn’t about signing 27 guys because you’re retaining guys. Guys want to stay in the program. That’s the strength of our team right now.” Even with the retention, Ohio State did lose depth at quarterback. Redshirt freshman Tate Martell transferred to the University of Miami, and is attempting to gain eligibility with the Hurricanes for the 2019 season.Day said he was disappointed to see Martell leave and wishes him nothing but the best moving forward.“First off, it’s hard to recruit a highly recruited guy, then recruit guys behind them,” Day said. “If they leave, after their third year in the program, it gets really hard. That’s the constant struggle of right now with college football and the quarterback situation. It’s very sensitive.” With former Georgia freshman Justin Fields coming in to replace Martell, it leaves Ohio State with only three scholarship quarterbacks: Fields, freshman Matthew Baldwin and junior Chris Chugunov. Day said he still wants a room with four quarterbacks, the roster would is full. “You have to adjust with what you have,” Day said. “You take it year by year, do the best you can to put the best product on the field, go from there.” Regarding Fields’ eligibility, Day said he is hoping to hear a ruling in the next few weeks, but is “holding his breath” and is unsure at what the ruling would be. According to the head coach, the ruling would determine how many reps Baldwin would get at quarterback in the spring. No matter if it’s Fields or Baldwin behind center at the start of the 2019 season, Day said the youth at quarterback is “a big challenge.”The head coach said he is approaching the 2019 season similarly to what he believes Clemson did last season when it started Trevor Lawrence, a true freshman at quarterback. This is something recruits want: to play immediately when they start college. However, it is not something that usually happens at Ohio State, something that Day is aware of and does not hide from recruits. “Guys want to play right now,” Day said. “The best way to combat that is to be honest in the recruiting process. To tell someone they’re going to come in and play right away is not right. I think you have to be honest with them, tell them it’s a competition. There’s no expectation problems when they get here.” But with one signing day under his belt, his first as the head coach, the future is here for Ryan Day, shown through the recruiting class he has helped shape in his first month on the job.Story updated at 6:43 p.m. after Dawand Jones commits to Ohio State. read more

Duchess of Sussexs royal masterclass as she joins Queen for first engagements

Three plaques, eight posies, one royal train later, and a unmistakably significant gift from the Queen herself, and the Duchess of Sussex had passed her masterclass in the day-to-day life of the Royal family with flying colours.   The two women appeared to get on famously, all smiles in front of the camera as the Duchess waited to take her cue from the Queen in… The Queen offered the Duchess the wisdom of her lifetime of experience in an “away day” to Chester, the first time the former actress has made a public visit without her husband.   As introductions into The Firm go, it was quite the welcome.   As if to underline her support, she also gave the newlywed a pair of pearl earrings as a gift. 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. read more

Bartlomiej Jaszka in Berlin until 2017

← Previous Story Metalurg wants Darko Stanic to stay! Next Story → WCh 2011 in Brasil: Home Team wins over France! Fuchse Berlin and Polish playmaker, Bartlomiej Jaszka (28), prolonged current contract until 2017. Polish National Team player came to Berlin in 2007  in the team, who raised with him and coach, Dagur Sigurdsson. Jaszka became one of the leader and symbol of the Fuchse Berlin, for the first time in the EHF Champions League this season.With Poland, Jaszka is waiting for the EHF EURO 2012 in Serbia, their last chance to qualify for the Olympic Games qualification tournament. Bartlomiej Jaszka

Pictures The people who chose to revisit the ghost world they fled

first_img 26 Comments Share Tweet Email2 IN MARCH 2011, the biggest nuclear disaster since Chernobyl occurred in the Tōhoku region of Japan. The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster was caused by an earthquake and then a resulting tsunami. The devastating string of evens caused thousands of deaths. Three major hydrogen explosions occurred on site over the course of three days.While the nuclear disaster itself killed no one, according to the World Health Organisation, officials imposed a restricted zone around the site. Over 100,000 people were forced to evacuate their homes in the Fukushima Daiichi area.Photographers Carlos Ayesta and Guillaume Bression were on the ground in the days after the disaster, documenting the horrific events, but their more recent, five-year long project is a breathtaking series of staged photographs of locals returning to the “no-go” zone.Their series, called “Retracing Our Steps“, brought locals back to their abandoned homes and local businesses, acting as normal as possible given the tragic circumstances. Below, see their striking work.For this series, Bression and Ayesta wanted to answer the question: “What do the former residents think about going back to their ghost towns?” Source: Carlos Ayesta & Guillaume Bression“From the beginning we wanted to do something in between documentary and staged photography,” Bression told Business Insider. Source: Carlos Ayesta & Guillaume BressionHaving been on the ground during the time of the events, they understood the delicate nature of this particular work. Source: Carlos Ayesta & Guillaume Bression“Trying to do an artistic project on such a sensitive crisis was really difficult but we wanted to show the area surrounding the plant in an other way than what we did when we were covering the crisis for news coverage,” Bression said. Source: Carlos Ayesta & Guillaume Bression“We shot all the pictures of this project in the evacuated area surrounding the Fukushima plant — in the cities of Futaba, Okuma, Namie, Iitate, Tomioka, Naraha, Odaka, Kawauchi, and Katsurao,” he said. Source: Carlos Ayesta & Guillaume BressionSubjects were asked to act as normal as possible within the space. Source: Carlos Ayesta & Guillaume Bression“The idea behind these photographs was to combine the banal and the unusual,” Bression said. Source: Carlos Ayesta & Guillaume BressionWhile beginning the project, Ayesta and Bression realized that photographing with artificial lights highlighted the desolation. Source: Carlos Ayesta & Guillaume BressionPreparation for this series took time. Source: Carlos Ayesta & Guillaume Bression“We went together on the fields in the no-go zone surrounding the Fukushima plant maybe three months (in advance before shoots). Each time the preparation was really long. In order to find the right place, and convince the inhabitant to go back there with us was quite difficult,” Bression said. Source: Carlos Ayesta & Guillaume Bression For this series, the two wanted to show what the “inhabitant has to face when they are coming to the place were they used to live,” Bression said. Source: Carlos Ayesta & Guillaume Bression“For different reasons, the Japanese government is putting a lot of effort to convince people to go back there. But most of the area has been closed for almost five years now and as long as the time goes by, it is more and more difficult for them to come back,” he said. Source: Carlos Ayesta & Guillaume Bression“That’s why we asked former residents or inhabitants from the Fukushima region, and in some cases, the actual owners of certain properties, to join us inside the no-go zone and open the doors to these ordinary, but now unfriendly, places,” he said. Source: Carlos Ayesta & Guillaume BressionIn terms of the radiation exposure, Ayesta and Bression were not worried. Source: Carlos Ayesta & Guillaume Bression“If you live there, it can be a problem — but for photographers going there for only a few weeks, the accumulated dose of radioactivity is not an issue,” Bression said. Source: Carlos Ayesta & Guillaume BressionThe two strive to stay neutral on the radiation debate. “We don’t want to say if we are pro or anti-nuke. We just want to illustrate the consequence of this kind of accident, and what you can see when you are going there is that for those families it is huge,” Bression said. Source: Carlos Ayesta & Guillaume BressionTheir work also aims to remind viewers not just of the nuclear disaster, but the tsunami and earthquake that also ripped apart the area. Source: Carlos Ayesta & Guillaume BressionBression reflects on the emotions his subjects might be feeling: “What happened to the area is really sad. It is really difficult to imagine what you can feel when you are forced to evacuate from your home without knowing when you will be able to come back.” Source: Carlos Ayesta & Guillaume Bression- Sarah JacobsRead: Author behind heartbreaking Modern Love essay dies aged 51Read: ‘Broken character’ … ‘repugnant falsehood’: Netherlands-Turkey diplomatic crisis deepens Hong Kong’s leading pro-democracy activist is urging US lawmakers to stop exporting tear gas made in Pennsylvania to Hong Kong police Australian intelligence reportedly concluded that China was responsible for a major hack on Australia’s parliament in the lead up to its most recent elections Global oil prices soar amid fears Saudi attack won’t be the last one Pictures: The people who chose to revisit the ghost world they fled in the wake of Japan’s 2011 nuclear disaster Over 100,000 people were forced to evacuate their homes in the Fukushima Daiichi area in the wake of the March 2011 disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plant. Sunday 19 Mar 2017, 9:30 AMcenter_img 20,977 Views A woman poses inside a laundromat destroyed by the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster Source: Carlos Ayesta & Guillaume Bression By Business Insider Trump says US is ‘locked and loaded’ in response to attack on Saudi oil supply Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Mar 19th 2017, 9:30 AM last_img read more

Rare Albino Gray Whale Filmed Off Coast of Mexico

first_imgStay on target “I never thought I could have the chance to see this albino gray whale,” Gonzalez wrote on Facebook. “Thank you beautiful huge creature!”The whale in Gonzalez’s video has received some comparisons to Moby Dick, the great white whale that was described by novelist Herman Melville in the famous book Moby Dick. Moby Dick, a giant sperm whale that liked to eat sailer limbs, is nothing like this docile creature: The gray whale captured by Gonzalez was most likely hanging out in the water due to mating season.The whale’s interesting color is likely due to genetics. According to John Francis, vice president for conservation, exploration, and research at National Geographic, white animals can occur in nature and this rare condition comes from genetic mutations. True albinos can’t produce any pigment, which causes their white coloration and pink eyes that show blood vessels normally concealed by eye colors. Since albinism is a recessive trait, both parents have to pass it onto their offspring, so it’s likely that this whale had albino genes from his mom and dad.Gonzalez isn’t the first person to notice these types of whales in the area: In February 2016, the Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) announced that a rare sighting, which was thought to be an albino gray whale, was recorded off the coast of Baja California, Mexico. The whale, which was seen a few years earlier, came back again with her young calf, who wasn’t white.More on Mammoths, Neanderthals May Have Shared Genetic Traits Mummified Mice and Falcons Found in Newly Discovered Egyptian TombRhino Poacher Reportedly Killed by Elephant, Then Eaten by Lions A whale-watching guide recently encountered a rare, albino gray whale off the coast of Mexico.Manuel Gonzalez, a tour guide and scuba instructor, spotted the whale on a water excursion in March, Live Science reported. The whale, which had a pale white hue, was reportedly breaching off the coast near Baja California, Mexico. Gonzalez posted a video of the white whale encounter on Facebook, which has received more than 34,000 views so far.center_img Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ last_img read more

2017 ASA DuPont Young Leaders Hone Communication Management Skills at First Phase

first_imgThe 33rd class of American Soybean Association (ASA) DuPont Young Leaders recently began their leadership journey at DuPont Pioneer headquarters in Johnston, Iowa.The Johnston training session was the first phase of a program designed to identify new and aspiring leaders and provide them with opportunities to enhance their skills and network with other growers. Representatives from 23 states and Canada participated in the training.“The Young Leaders program provides training in key areas, including communication and leadership, while growing their peer network. This strengthens our industry and allows us to work collaboratively in our local, state and national organizations,” said ASA Chairman Richard Wilkins (DE). “The Young Leaders program continues to have an enormous impact on not only the soybean industry but all of agriculture. The class of 2017 is exceptional; they are engaged, talented and passionate about agriculture. We are grateful to DuPont Pioneer and DuPont Crop Protection for making this program possible.”The 2017 Class of Young Leaders are: Cade Grace, AL; Layne and Ryane Miles, AR; Brock Willard, IL; Jonathan and Derika Lynam-Spaetti, IN; Alex Brownlee, IA; Casey Schlichting, IA; Brandon and Blair Geiger, KS; Brett Neibling, KS; Kyle Bugg, KY; Mike and Lindsey Gaspard, LA; Angela and June Provost, LA; Andrew Crawford, MI; Matt and Jessica Swoish, MI; Trevore Brekken, MN; Chad and Monica McCollough, MO; Blake Hokamp, NE; Leslie Hamilton and Dan Stein, NY; Greg Manning and Jessica Harris, NC; Kasey Bitz, ND; Trish Levering, OH; Jean Lam, OK; Jeff and Janie Harrison, Canada; Justin and Jessica Rivers, SC.; Nick and Shelly Lorang, SD.; Rob Holman, TN; Doug Singleteary, TN; Grayson Kirby and Cindy Dykes, VA; Wes and Amanda Marshall, VA; and Tony and Katie Mellenthin, WI.“It was a privilege to meet this year’s enthusiastic class of DuPont Young Leaders, who will take on the challenges and opportunities that face American agriculture,” said Steve Reno, vice president, regional business director – U.S. & Canada. “We look forward to watching them develop their leadership skills throughout the program.”last_img read more

Woman seeking showbiz talent of a certain age for vaudeville revival

first_imgBARBERTON — You’re only as old as you act.Harriet Walker, 69, has an itch to prove it. So she’s hanging a shingle outside the Barberton Grange.Wanted: Showbiz talent of a certain age.“I’m looking for people who can juggle, who can yodel, who can dance, who can do ventriloquism,” she said. “Can you play Dixieland jazz or bluegrass? Can you play the banjo?”If you said yes to any of these — or you’ve got some other stage-worthy skill that generates smiles — and you’re “50 and better,” you’re what Walker’s after. Talent of nearly any sort is welcome. Walker emphasized to this reporter that a dog jumping through a hoop would be great.“I am looking for anyone who has talent that I can put together in a 90-minute show,” she said.She wants to demonstrate that there’s as much seasoned talent in Clark County as there is in Portland, home of the Northwest Senior Theater, an auditions-only company that stages two Broadway-style shows per year. Walker has been a member of NST for years — and wants to imitate it up here.“I’m trying to start an organization patterned after NST — up and running, working well, profitable financially,” she said.And, contributing something to the health and happiness of seniors itching to perform, as well as those who just want to applaud, she said.“There are so many seniors out there that have talents that are not being utilized,” she added. “I want to get them off their couches and away from the television set and putting on our own show. Senior theater is in my blood.”last_img read more

Amazon Updates Alexa With Newscaster Voice

first_imgYou can also test NTTS by requesting Alexa share the Wikipedia entry for any subject or topic. Stay on target Alexa Lets You Donate School Supplies to Students in NeedAmazon Alexa Provides NHS Medical Advice in the UK “The ability to teach Alexa to adapt her speaking style based on the context of the customer’s request opens the possibility to deliver new and delightful experiences that were previously unthinkable,” according to Andrew Breen, senior manager with the TTS Research team at Amazon.“We’re thrilled that our customers will get to listen to news and Wikipedia information from Alexa in this new way,” he said in a statement.More on Alias Smart Home ‘Parasite’ Is the Anti-AlexaThis Smart Toilet Adds Alexa to Your Bathroom RoutineAmazon Devices Top Another Record Holiday Shopping Season I listen to Alexa’s dulcet tones every morning as she reads the day’s headlines while I brew a cup of tea.She’s no Diane Sawyer, but she does the trick.It’s just too bad I no longer live in the US, where Amazon is rolling out a “newscaster” voice for when Alexa broadcasts news or recites Wikipedia entries.AdChoices广告She’s still no Diane Sawyer. But her new speaking style is more attuned to someone you’d see on TV or hear on the radio. And she no longer lulls listeners to sleep between tales of international woe.The trick, according to Amazon, is a new neural text-to-speech (NTTS) technology that delivers “a more natural-sounding voice.” Using direct waveform modeling, scientists apply deep learning to produce speech signal.As a result, Alexa has better intonation and emphasizes the right words in a sentence. Depending on your request, she can even adapt her speaking style.“Just the way humans vary their way of speaking based on the situation, our new TTS technology enables Alexa to deliver the day’s news by adapting a different speaking style as compared to how she would sound when, for example, providing information from Wikipedia,” an Amazon blog post said.Now, when customers in the US ask, “Alexa, what’s the latest,” the smart assistant will change her speaking style to mimic how a professional newscaster delivers the news.last_img read more

Young federal Cancun officer barely 3 months on the job found shot

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — A federal police officer who was shot to death Friday night in a residential region of Cancun was barely three months on the job.The federal officer has been identified as 27-year-old Hugo Rafael Peña. Police say that Rafael Peña was serving with the anti-drug division of Cancun when he was shot. He had apparently just moved to the area and had been on the job for less than three months.Police say they had lost communication with their young comrade at nightfall and discovered his body, bound at hands and feet, at 11: 15 p.m. that night. They reported finding nearly a dozen 9 mm caliber shells at the scene.Rafael Peña is one of several Cancun police officers shot in the line of duty already this year.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Do you know what kind of stone this is

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite A farmer brought a strange-looking stone to the Ladysmith Gazette offices in the hopes that someone can help him identify it.The 7.4 gram stone was found on farmland in Weenen three years ago.The farmer describes the stone as being different compared to other stones, as it is very odd-looking and heavy.Having weighed the stone, he has kept it safe over the years.He is now appealing to the public to take a look at the photo and see if they know what kind of stone it is.Do you know? If so, kindly comment and let us know. Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img

Drug meeting spotlight on Perus cocaine problem

first_imgSo far, though, the corrupting influence of drug money has badly weakened Peru’s law enforcement agencies and judiciary, consistently frustrating money-laundering and drug prosecutions, says the counter-narcotics chief in the attorney general’s office, Sonia Medina.“There is a paralysis at the moment” she said last week, with honest, committed judges and prosecutors scant.There is no shortage, meanwhile, of cocaine, which Peru supplies to neighbors including Brazil, the world’s No. 2 consumer after the United States, as well as a growing European market.Under the previous administration of President Alan Garcia, eradication of Peru’s coca crop, the raw material of cocaine, did not keep pace with new plantings.In October, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration intelligence chief Rodney Benson said Peru surpassed Colombia in 2010 “in potential pure cocaine production” and was at about 325 metric tons a year compared to 270 metric tons from Colombia.From 2006 to 2010, the area under coca cultivation in Peru jumped 35 percent to 236 square miles (61,200 hectares), the U.N. says. That’s s double the size of the crop in Bolivia, the No. 3 cocaine-producing nation. Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy The vital role family plays in society Associated PressLIMA, Peru (AP) – Peru’s struggle with a resurgent cocaine trade is in the spotlight as it hosts nearly 60 nations in conference on illicit drugs beginning Monday.The Andean country’s cocaine production likely now exceeds Colombia’s, making it the world’s No. 1 source of the illicit drug, the United States and United Nations say.President Ollanta Humala said when he took office a year ago that he’d make the drug war a priority, and his government announced an ambitious antinarcotics plan in March. Comments   Share   Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Colombia’s coca crop encompasses nearly twice as much area as Peru’s by U.S. measure but gets thinned regularly by herbicides sprayed by planes flown by U.S. contractors. Peru’s coca fields, by contrast, yield more because their mature plants are mostly untouched by eradication. And unlike in Colombia, the only eradication done in Peru is by hand.The U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime’s representative for Peru, Flavio Mirella, told The Associated Press this year that “drug trafficking is in full growth” in the country and “could get out of hand.”Peru aims to counter that by reducing the area under coca cultivation by 30 percent by 2016. Peru’s drug czar, Carmen Masias, told the AP when the plan was released that there are no “liberated zones” in the country exempt from eradication.Yet areas that produce some of Peru’s best-quality coca remain untouched by eradicators. Many are protected by armed gangs, including those in the Monzon region of the Upper Huallaga Valley of central Peru, experts say.About 55 percent of Peru’s coca crop is in the Ene and Apurimac Valley to the south, where the presence of leftist Shining Path rebels is so strong that the government hasn’t yet dared try to eradicate. The rebels have killed more than 70 government troops in the region since 2008. Sponsored Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Top Stories The United States has firmly backed the Humala government’s counterdrug efforts and shares Peru’s opposition to drug decriminalization, which is not on the official agenda for this week’s conference.That omission has upset drug production and transit nations promoting a debate on legalization, arguing that they are paying too heavy a price trying to fight traffickers.“We’ve had 40 years of the fight against drugs and that’s time enough to evaluate whether a strategy is successful or not,” said Guatemala’s ambassador to Peru, Gabriel Aguilera.“In those 40 years neither demand nor supply has been substantially reduced. Nor has the violence diminished.”Proponents of legalization were heartened when Uruguay announced plans last week to legalize and sell marijuana and use the revenues to strengthen the fight harder drugs.___Associated Press writer Franklin Briceno contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more