7 Nov
2019

Championships Not Just a Players Domain

first_imgThe NQ Championships has always been a pillar on the Touch calendar for players across North Queensland, but the appeal that it has for referees is something else altogether.Always regarded as the “must attend” for the North’s referees, 2013’s event was no different with 44 referees making the pilgrimage to Townsville for two days of the best Touch Football in North Queensland.Such is the appeal of the event to referees, the NQ contingent of officials was joined by three referees from “the South”; Sunshine Coast’s Greg Kidd, Danielle Nunn and Hayden Smith.For Nunn and Smith the NQ Champs has become somewhat of a regular trip, having attended the event for the last two years but, for Kidd, this year’s event was a brand new experience.“For me it’s a total eye-opener, something that I’ve never had the chance to do before. I’ve been to plenty of tournaments over the years, but I haven’t enjoyed one like I have this weekend.”The three aren’t the first to make the trek north to participate in the event, the event has regularly included referees from outside the region and it’s something that NQ Touch Executive Officer, Billy Grant, is very proud of.“We have a quality event up here and it’s no surprise that referees from outside the region want to come up. They know that they are looked after when they come up and they always leave wanting to come back next year.”Adding to the appeal for referees is the fact that it is one of the only non-state events in the country to be endorsed as a “Level Four upgradeable” event, enabling referees to be considered for upgrade to Level Four; another feat that Grant is proud of.“We were endorsed by TFA for the first time in 2010 and since then we’ve had the chance to upgrade several of our referees to Level Four. We’ve even been able to upgrade some referees from down south too.”This year, Nunn joined the upgrades list, receiving her Level Four badge alongside NQ Referees Chris Benstead, Andrew Watkins (Townsville Castle Hill) and Linda Miller (Mackay).The North Queensland Touch Association would like to congratulate the following referees who were upgraded over the weekend.Level ThreeKarl Raffe – Townsville Castle HillNoel Lang – MackayDarryl Lyon – Charters TowersRegan Cheetham – MackayBob Pentacost – Cairns PiratesLevel FourChris Benstead – Townsville Castle HillAndrew Watkins – Townsville Castle HillLinda Miller – MackayDanielle Nunn – Sunshine CoastThank you to Kerrod Hall from North Queensland Touch for providing the content.Related LinksNot Just a Player Domainlast_img read more

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28 Oct
2019

a month agoKaranka on Mourinho: Zidane has earned some Real Madrid credit

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Karanka on Mourinho: Zidane has earned some Real Madrid creditby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAitor Karanka says Real Madrid should stand by coach Zinedine Zidane.The Frenchman is under huge pressure after a poor start to the season and this week’s 3-0 humbling at Champions League opponents PSG.But Karanka, a former Real defender and also assistant coach to Jose Mourinho, told AS: “Football goes very fast. When Zidane won the Champions League things were not going so well in the Liga and in the end there are always criticisms. And more in Madrid. “It is clear that this team has won a lot and has been reinforced. Now he’s having a bad time with injuries, but he’s a coach with three Champions Leagues and great players. He will be in the fight.”On Mourinho, he added: “He is waiting. This is new to him.”Asked if Mourinho could return, Karanka added: “We are in September and there is a world ahead. Zidane has won three European Cups and some credit must be given.” last_img read more

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23 Oct
2019

CSP Starts Building Container Terminal at Khalifa Port

first_imgzoom China-based Cosco Shipping Ports (CSP) and port developer and operator Abu Dhabi Ports held a ground-breaking ceremony for the CSP Abu Dhabi Container Terminal at Khalifa Port on November 5.The terminal is located along the ‘Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road’ and the shipping hub of West Asia region.The parties informed that the construction and development of the terminal is expected to last some 18 months, while the operations are scheduled to start in the first quarter of 2019.In September 2016, Abu Dhabi Ports awarded a 35-year concession to Cosco Shipping Ports under which the company is to build and operate the container terminal at Khalifa Port.With an annual designed capacity of about 2.5 million TEU and backed by the large shipping fleets of Cosco Shipping, CSP Abu Dhabi Terminal “will be well placed to be a shipping hub for major international shipping companies in the Upper Gulf Region.”Image Courtesy: Cosco Shipping PortsDuring the event, the parties also signed a new agreement for the development of the largest container freight station (CFS) in the region, according to Abu Dhabi Ports.“The partnership between Abu Dhabi Ports and COSCO SHIPPING Ports to develop the region’s largest container freight station will add a new dimension to UAE/China trade relations and is fully aligned with Abu Dhabi’s Vision 2030 to drive growth, attract investment, support economic diversification and create sustainable jobs,” Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of State and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Ports, said.“The signing of the agreement on CSP Abu Dhabi CFS project will further strengthen the services of the terminal and enhance the trade cooperation between the two countries,” Xu Lirong, Chairman of Cosco Shipping, said.last_img read more

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17 Oct
2019

CP NewsAlert Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir win second Olympic ice dance

first_imgGANGNEUNG, South Korea – Canadian figure skating stars Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir have won their second Olympic ice dancing title.In what was likely their final competitive performance, Virtue and Moir captured a gold medal at the Pyeongchang Games after scoring 122.40 points in Tuesday’s free skate for a world-best combined score of 206.07.Fans at the Gangneung Ice Arena roared during Virtue and Moir’s steamy skate to music from “Moulin Rouge” and they were all smiles as they took what will likely be the final bows of their illustrious career.France’s Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron were second with a combined score of 205.28.American siblings Alex and Maia Shibutani finished third with a combined score of 192.59.Virtue and Moir also won gold at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.They settled for silver at the Sochi Games four years ago.Virtue and Moir have said they will retire after Pyeongchang.The duo also helped Canada to a gold medal in the team event last week.last_img read more

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14 Oct
2019

Shoal Lake 40 inching closer to Freedom Road completion

first_imgAshley BrandsonAPTN NewsIt’s been over a year since construction started on an all-season road into a First Nation in Ontario.With an end date in sight – community members are looking forward to their newfound freedom.Ashley Brandson brings us this update.abrandson@aptn.calast_img

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13 Oct
2019

The Latest WH says informal talks for Turkey S Korea

first_imgBUENOS AIRES, Argentina — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the G-20 summit (all times local):2:45 p.m.White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says President Donald Trump will speak informally with the leaders of Turkey and South Korea at the Group of 20 summit in Argentina rather than in formal meetings.Trump will talk informally with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (REH’-jehp TY’-ihp UR’-doh-wahn) and South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the G-20 summit.Sanders spoke to reporters travelling with the president on Air Force One. She did not say why the meetings have been downgraded.Shortly after leaving the White House for the summit, Trump tweeted that he had cancelled his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, citing Russia’s seizure of Ukrainian vessels.Sanders says Trump made the decision to cancel while aboard Air Force One and after speaking with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (pahm-PAY’-oh) and White House national security adviser John Bolton.___2 p.m.President Donald Trump says he’s cancelled a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, citing Russia’s seizure of Ukrainian vessels.Trump tweeted his decision Thursday after departing Washington for a world leader summit in Argentina, where he and Putin were to meet.Trump says “based on the fact that the ships and sailors have not been returned to Ukraine from Russia, I have decided it would be best for all parties concerned to cancel my previously scheduled meeting in Argentina with President Vladimir Putin. I look forward to a meaningful Summit again as soon as this situation is resolved!”Russia recently seized three Ukrainian vessels and crews. Russia said Ukraine didn’t have permission to pass between Russia’s mainland and the Crimean Peninsula. Ukraine insisted its vessels abided by maritime laws.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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28 Sep
2019

Ohio State womens basketball blown out ousted from Sweet 16 by Tennessee

OSU senior guard Ameryst Alston (14) dribbles the ball during a game against Wagner on Nov. 22 at St. John Arena. Credit: Elizabeth Tzagournis | Lantern PhotographerThe last time the Tennessee and Ohio State women’s basketball teams met before Friday was in the 2011 NCAA Sweet 16 round. Fast forward five years to Friday night, and the two had a rematch in that very same rebound.The No. 7 seed Lady Vols were not the favorite coming into the matchup with the Buckeyes in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, but they disregarded the predictions from analysts and dominated the third-seeded Buckeyes 78-62.Tennessee came out of the gates strong and played with efficiency, taking quality shots from all areas of the court. Redshirt sophomore guard Diamond DeShields left the game for a stint with an injury, but would later return to contribute an all-around performance to the Lady Vols’ success.Tennessee took control of the contest in the first half by breaking the press with ease and using its height in the paint to its advantage.Tennessee’s post play was led by redshirt sophomore center Mercedes Russell who went a perfect 6-of-6 from the field, taking over the OSU forwards. The Springfield, Oregon, native showed poise on the block with her effortless post moves and displayed her clean shooting form, putting the ball through the nylon throughout the evening.Along with Russell’s success, senior forward Bashaara Graves also didn’t miss a shot in the first half, shooting 5-of-5.OSU, on the other hand, was far from perfect, struggling to get an offensive flow in the first 20 minutes of play. Only shooting 25 percent as a team in the first quarter, the Buckeyes had to find a solution to their offense if they wanted to keep it close going into the locker room.Missing their lead defender, senior guard Cait Craft, to a season-ending hand injury, the Buckeyes didn’t have a player to turn to shut down the Volunteers scorers.Senior guard Ameryst Alston, who has been struggling to perform because of a wrist injury suffered in the Big Ten tournament, did not want her senior year to end earlier than it had to be, ignoring the wrist pain and completing some of the acrobatic shots that she regularly converted before the injury.Sophomore guard Kelsey Mitchell took matters into her own hands for the rest of the first half, knocking down a slew of 3-pointers and finishing the half with 11 points.Even though OSU trailed after the first half of play, the Buckeyes did not show the urgency that they needed to catch up to the Lady Vols. OSU ignored the offensive strategy that it typically followed throughout the year and lacked energy on defense, putting the Scarlet and Gray in even more of a hole as the second half of play got underway.Tennessee’s offensive movement continued to be pristine and showed shades of coach Pat Summitt’s rosters back in the day. The Buckeyes simply had no answer for Tennessee and were unable to enforce their high-velocity pace that has been their go-to all season long.Russell would go on to score a game high 25 points and grab 14 rebounds, while Graves finished with 14 points and nine boards.Despite her injury, DeShields ended her night with 10 points and dished out seven assists, while grabbing five rebounds as well.On the Scarlet and Gray side, Alston led the Buckeyes with 21 points, ending her collegiate career on a strong note. Mitchell would follow her with 20 points, though she shot just 5-of-15 from the field.With the loss, the Buckeyes will board the plane back home to Columbus to begin their offseason, while the Lady Vols are set to continue to the Elite Eight to take on Syracuse and compete for a chance to make it to the Final Four. read more

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18 Sep
2019

Media Real Valladolid hope to sign Vinicius Junior

first_imgReal Valladolid are reportedly hopeful that Ronaldo Nazario will bring Vinicius Junior with him, should he complete his €30m takeoverThe Brazil legend is understood to be in talks with the La Liga outfit over a €30m takeover.Ronaldo is expected to acquire over half the shares at Valladolid within the next few days and will allegedly become the club’s new president.AS reports that sources at Valladolid have indicated that they are hopeful that Ronaldo’s takeover will see Real Madrid’s young winger Vinicius arrive at the northern Spanish city alongside him.The 18-year-old had only joined Los Blancos this summer for €45m, but has found opportunities for competitive action hard to come by under manager Julen Lopetegui.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Vinicius’ woes continued at the weekend when he was selected to instead play for Real’s B team, Castilla, in the Spanish third division.But Valladolid feels that Vinicius needs regular action in La Liga rather than making appearances for the B team and training alongside the first team.Ronaldo, who was present at Vinicius’ unveiling as a Real player earlier this summer, has close ties to his young compatriot and Valladolid hope that their incoming president uses them to lure him to the club.Apparently, Sergio’s side have already enquired several times.But Real president Florentino Pérez has rebuffed them on each occasion.last_img read more

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14 Sep
2019

MPA Chairman John Griffin We Have the Best Brands in Media

first_imgThe magazine industry’s State of the Union-like address took place today as MPA chairman and National Geographic Group president John Griffin spoke to an audience of about 100 at the MPA’s Breakfast with a Leader, held at the University Club in New York City.According to Griffin, the greatest challenges magazine publishers face today are a time crunch, Internet growth, buyer confusion (advertisers calling for more accountability), circulation pressures (price deflation, verified circ), and the green movement. “We know there’s this tremendous change and we can’t predict anything,” he told the crowd. “We have to rely on the power of what we have. We have the best brands in media.” The new chairman outlined five opportunities for magazine publishers—to increase the industry’s ad market share; increase online reach and revenue; create a stable, timely, credible audience accumulation measurement; promote buying and sampling of magazines; and think green.Another Call for New MetricsLike his predecessor Jack Kliger, the CEO of Hachette Filipacchi who was appointed MPA chairman in October 2005, Griffin is reiterating the need for new, more substantive audience metrics in order to compete with other media, so magazine advertisers can make a cross-platform buy and be able to say, ‘I know my ad worked in this magazine at this time,’ in as short amount of time as possible. However, Griffin said, “We’ll never produce overnights. People don’t consume magazines this way, but we can be a lot faster than we are.” He said the MPA has been working with research firm McKinsey & Company to figure out “what this would look like and how fast we can get,” but the biggest challenge is the methodology.Griffin agrees that the process of change has been slow but said magazine publishers have to be confident, talk to advertisers and push to make this happen. But, he said, magazine publishers won’t be the ones to make it happen—they just need to be prepared to have this information available. “People need to be able to buy us the way we want them to buy us,” he said. According to Griffin, the MPA has conducted 20 interviews with influential “senior people” in the ad business about how they would react to such new metrics.Dysfunctional Family?Griffin highlighted another of Kliger’s professed priorities—getting magazine companies to work together—when an audience member asked if any progress had been made in that area, commenting that the industry “has always been a sort of dysfunctional family.” Griffin said it’s still hard to get people to work together—at National Geographic, he said, “we have had some talks, but not much to show for them”—but said that Kliger’s push for publishers to “sell the industry not against each other” has had an impact on people’s perspectives.Print vs. OnlineThough he said it’s not time to “flee the Golden Goose” of print, Griffin said more magazine business will be electronic. “We need to create seamless communication between print and online,” he said, “and let the marketplace tell us where to go.” When asked if this means “we need to rethink who we are.” Griffin agreed it was an issue, pointing out that the Periodical Publishers Association in the U.K. is thinking of changing its name and that the MPA is not currently considering a change but may have to. When asked if there is opportunity in selling online content, Griffin was not optimistic. “To be charging for information? We would love to, but I’m not sure if we will be able to compete that way,” he said. However, he said, various parts of what we do can be paid—at National Geographic, archives and photo contests are two such opportunities.The Power of MagazinesGriffin spent a good part of the hour-long speech on the power of magazines and their brands. For an example, he pointed to the New Yorker Festival—strong with advertisers for its brand power and credibility with speakers and the audience.He called for publishers to present the brand power of magazines versus other media to advertisers—including the greater ability to create community, attract a high quality paid audience, leverage the reader-editorial relationship, and sell on trust and environment. “Are we going to be the flame or the moth?” he asked as a general question to the industry. “What is it that you are, and how are you going to translate that into success? How are we going to be effective in a time of change?”last_img read more

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14 Sep
2019

Report Apple Devices Dominate Market Share for Business Professionals

first_imgCorporate customers overwhelmingly prefer Apple devices to any other mobile or tablet technology, new data from enterprise mobility management firm Good Technology shows. When analyzing the mobile devices activated by corporate customers in the final quarter of 2012, the results showed Apple as the “clear winner among enterprise users, claiming the top five spots for device activations, and more than 90 percent of all tablet activations.”According to the results, the iPhone 5 was the most popular device in Q4, representing about 32 percent of all activations for the quarter—making it the leading device for enterprise activations of any iOS, Android or Windows Phone model. As the chart below shows, Android devices lag considerably when compared to Apple products. Windows device activations represented only 0.5 percent of activations in Q4 2012. Other findings in the study include:iOS tablets continue to hold market dominance, accounting for 21.1 percent of activations—Android tablets came in at 1.5 percent of total activations. Android tablets are gaining some momentum. Between Q1 and the end of Q4 2012, Android tablet activations jumped from 2.7 percent to nearly 7 percent of total activations. Good attributes this spike in part to the rise of hybrid phone-tablet devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note.center_img The financial services industry led enterprise mobile device activations—averaging 35 percent of all activations in Q4 2012. Business and professional services represented the second highest percentage at 19.4 percent, with wholesale and retail services coming in third at just 5.6 percent. The iOS platform garnered nearly 77 percent of total device activations in Q4 2012, up from about 71 percent for the same period in 2011. Android’s share actually decreased overall from Q4 2011 to Q4 2012, dropping from 29 percent in 2011 to 22.7 percent in 2012.Stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, follow us on Facebook & Twitter!last_img read more

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1 Sep
2019

SINGALONG MESSIAH

first_imgNew this year, on December 15th, Anthony Blake Clark will lead the audience and Chamber Chorus in Handel’s complete oratorio. Enjoy this surround-sound experience even if you don’t sing along! Bring your own musical score or purchase one at the concert. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. To reserve tickets or for more information, please contact Baltimore Choral Arts at 410-523-7070 or visit www.BaltimoreChoralArts.orglast_img

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31 Aug
2019

Dont forget fitness on holidays

first_imgHealth is wealth, and that doesn’t change even when you’re on a holiday. Experts suggest eating healthy and being conscious of one’s body. About one hour of exercise a day can help you stay in shape even while you have fun.Delhi-based fitness expert and trainer Santosh Sharma shares a few tips to stay fit during a holiday: Avoid visiting a restaurant empty stomach. In such cases people end up eating much more. If you’re starving, eat a piece of fruit or have a glass of juice or water in the hotel itself. Later, while having lunch, fill your plate with lightly dressed salads, fish, seafood and lean meats. Fish and meats are high in proteins and iron. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Don’t eat unhealthy snacks or junk food while travelling. Otherwise, you will end up gaining extra kilos. Pack healthy items like fruits, juices and low-fat yoghurts. Don’t overeat. Order a nice salad as a starter and then either share the main course with your partner or go for selected delicacies. Also, eat slowly and chew the food properly. If there’s a mini bar in your hotel room, then lock it and hide the key. Look for healthier alternatives like local fresh fruits or salads. If you are abroad, then try out some local fruits which you don’t get here. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixA glass of wine or a bottle of beer with dinner is fine, but avoid too many drinks after the dinner as it may result in weight gain.Keep a bottle of water and some fruits in your bag so you don’t get tempted when you friends or family ask if you want any ice cream. Take out time and exercise for at least an hour daily even when you are out on a holiday. Nowadays hotels and resorts do have gymnasiums. You don’t need to get up early morning to exercise. Do it when you feel like.last_img read more

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31 Aug
2019

No Summer without mango

first_imgIf it is not mango, then it is not summer. Anyone and everyone in the country drool when it comes to mangoes. Even Katrina Kaif does. From Sindoori, Dussheri, Safeda to the country’s priced possession Alfonso, we love it all. Let’s say  Jaypee Vasant Continental just got it right this summer. They’ve come up with this scrumptious mango filled menu for all the mango lovers. ‘Go Mangolicious’ is a one month event organised by the group to tickle your taste buds. Wondering what could be made out of a simple and succulent mango? Here you go. Italian Mango Cheese Cake, Fresh  Mango  Tarte Tatin, Aam Ki Rasbhari, Mango Kulfi Mango Split, Mango   Brulee, Mango  Meringue  Tart and  Mango Jubilee. Yes, they all await you.last_img

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