Representatives from five States and Territory’s came to TFA to discuss State competitions. Wednesday saw Peggy Sanders from the Northern Territory, Phoebe Burgoyne-Scutts from the ACT, Lewis Tuck from Victoria, Mitch Collins from WA and Renee Bryant from SA come to TFA in Canberra to discuss competition development.The aim of the meeting was to create best practice guidelines for State Competitions. It was of benefit to streamline competitions, for other development opportunities.There was also a visit from BMTA’s Matt Hall. BMTA is Australia’s best-run affiliate, and Matt was there for competition analysis. This meeting will help all State-based competitions, and ultimately affiliates.
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Everton post record revenues for second consecutive yearby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton are in a very healthy financial position.The club has posted record revenues for the second year in a row.With total revenues of £189 million for the year, it is a ten percent bump on the figure from last year.The major increases came from sponsorships and commercial revenue, which are up 45 percent.Chief Executive Officer Denise Barrett-Baxendale said in a statement: “For the second consecutive year the club has generated record revenue.”Gate receipts, sponsorship and other commercial income increased significantly by 45 per cent and the continued and quite magnificent support of our fans meant that season tickets reached the cap with more than 10,000 on a waiting list.”This commercial growth demonstrates our progress and we have a vision for the club that is shared on and off the pitch by our majority shareholder, chairman, our board of directors, the Everton leadership team, our director of football and manager.”Chairman Bill Kenwright added: “With Farhad continuing his outstanding commitment, Marcel and Marco driving our first team forward, Unsie continuing to develop some of the best young talent, Denise thrusting our operations ever onward and a fanbase that continues to inspire our ambition, we look forward to the next 12 months with purpose and anticipation.”
Quique Sanchez Flores insists Watford have plenty to play forby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNew Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores insists there’s plenty to play for this season.Sanchez Flores thinks the decision to bring him back in place of Gracia demonstrates the club’s ambition and shows why they can achieve “something special”. “I never see Watford at the bottom,” he said.”Three years ago, we were never there. The last three years, it was impossible to think about that, but football’s very hard right now. It’s very equal, very even and everything is pure competition, so everything is possible.”We need to go out of this position as soon as possible.”The ambition is the same. This is a club that is very clear about the way they want to grow and so I realise of course they have changed a lot of things, the training ground, the players, the squad.”But [what they want] is exactly the same what they wanted from me three years ago.”Now it’s a little bit different because they’re established in the Premier League, they want to keep going in the same category, so the pressure is the same, but the squad and the objective of the club they are different.”I’m confident we can work together and we can do something special.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Twitter/@BigTenNetworkThe first episode of Big Ten Network’s Hard Knocks-style documentary series about Ohio State football, Scarlet & Gray Days, premiered tonight, and it promises to be an incredibly fun look inside the defending national champions as we head towards the season. The episode highlighted a few players, including quarterback Cardale Jones, QB-turned-receiver and h-back Braxton Miller, and linebacker Josh Perry. Here are our five favorite moments from the pilot episode.1.) Josh Perry describes his Ronda Rousey-based beef with Cardale Jones:Cardale may have the shirt, but Perry has the photo. We expect this to be a recurring storyline.2.) Braxton Miller gets burgers and hot dogs, while Cardale Jones gets the first class meal:Lesson learned: even former Big Ten Players of the Year have to eat the worse meal if they oversleep before a workout.3.) Big brothers are chosen for Ohio State freshmen:Very cool, and funny look inside the process.4.) Cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs trash talks h-back Jalin Marshall:Every year when HBO does Hard Knocks, one of the assistant coaches is a breakout star. For Scarlet & Gray Days, it looks like Coombs will be that guy.5.) Urban Meyer coaches up Braxton Miller at wide receiver:Is there a more intriguing skill position player in the country right now?Overall, very fun first episode from Big Ten Network. This will certainly help us get through these long last few weeks before football officially begins.
In the locker room before her match to get into the U.S. Open semifinals, Serena Williams cried. Her friend, Andy Roddick, had lost to Juan Martin del Potro, signaling the end to Roddick’s outstanding tennis career.Williams showed amazing recuperative powers, gathering her emotions and then going out and disposing of Ana Ivanovic in just 58 minutes at Arthur Ashe Stadium.Williams insisted steadying her emotions was a chore, despite how she played.“It wasn’t easy, to be honest,” Williams said. “I love Andy so much, he is such a good friend. I’ve known him since I was eight years old.”How ready to play did Williams seem? She blasted three aces in the first game en route to her easy win. As is the case when she is on her game, Williams’ serve was dominant.She had 12 aces and 25 of her 46 serves were not returned. In the second game of the second set, Ivanovic got her racket on Williams’ serve only once. Ivanovic had two break points in the seventh game of the first set, but Williams closed it with an ace.And so, Williams will play Sara Errani of Italy in the semifinals. Errani made it to the semis in an emotional way, too, having to beat her best friend and doubles partner, Roberta Vinci, 6-2, 6-4.After switching to a longer, heavier racket this season, Errani has earned four of her six career tournament wins and risen to No. 10 in the world. She lost the French Open final to Maria Sharapova. Errani also will rise to No. 1 in the doubles rankings and Vinci will be No. 2.“Quarterfinal with your best friend, of course, is difficult,” Errani said. “We know each other very well. We played together many times. So was also strange to see her on the other side of the net.”Errani has faced Williams three times – and lost three times. But they have not met since 2009.“She’s such a fighter,” Williams said. “She’s strong and quick.”
Australian central midfielder Josip Skoko believes Australia have shown they are last-16 contenders and they are worthy to have more than a point from their opening two World Cup games.The Socceroos played out a 1-1 draw with Denmark after opening their Group C campaign with an unfortunate 2-1 loss to France.“They did really well. They set up tactically very well, they were quite close to each other, tight, didn’t give the Danes too many chances,” he told Omnisport via FourFourTwo.“And just when I thought they weren’t going to take it to the Danes, they did, and maybe the goal helped in that.An Aussie is living the “European dream” Manuel R. Medina – June 19, 2019 Defender George Timotheou is playing with Schalke in the German Bundesliga after he couldn’t appear even once in the Australian League.“I don’t really like when the Aussies sit back too much and just play tactically, I like them to come out and really have a crack and they did that when they needed to. They came out, they attacked and they created a lot of chances, which full credit to them, they really should’ve got the result, should’ve got the three points.“They outplayed them in the end and deserved more. I really like the fact that they looked confident, it wasn’t a nervous performance, it was a solid, controlled performance and one that says Australia is on the stage should be there and it’s a proper, proper contender to get through to the next round.”Skoko made 51 appearances for the Socceroos throughout his career.
Argentina are in need of a new manager, after the departure of Jorge Sampaoli, and Carlos Tevez has named the man he would like to see in charge of the former World ChampionsArgentine Football Association (AFA) confirmed that they had parted ways with Sampaoli following the national side’s disappointing World Cup campaign that had seen them barely manage to scrape through the group stages of the competition before falling to eventual champions France in the Round of 16 with a 4-3 defeat.While much of the attention has been on the uncertain future of their all-time record goalscorer Lionel Messi, there is still the matter of appointing a new head coach – which could have a decisive impact on the Barcelona star’s final decision.The AFA released a statement on Twitter on Wednesday confirming that the decision process for a new coach will not be decided until July 31.#Comunicado Tras la salida de Jorge Sampaoli, la AFA informa que al día de la fecha no se ha iniciado ningún tipo de gestión ni se ha dialogado con ningún entrenador. El próximo 31 de julio, en reunión de Comité Ejecutivo, la dirigencia evaluará los pasos a seguir. pic.twitter.com/qo492V2BWv— AFA (@afa) July 18, 2018Top 5 best players from the international break weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 After a fresh international break just came to an end, we need to talk about the Top 5 best players during this whole weekend.We…But Tevez already knows who he wants in charge at Argentina and has named Columbia boss Jose Pekerman as the man for the job.The 68-year-old previously guided Argentina to the quarter-finals of the 2006 World Cup and Tevez believes that he is the best candidate for the position.He told ESPN: “I think that the closest we were of winning a World Cup was with Jose [Pekerman],”“When I felt closest to winning the World Cup was with Jose. If we had beaten Germany [in the 2006 quarter-finals], we knew we were going to be champions and we lost on penalties.“Jose’s era has taught me a lot from when I was a kid, I am very grateful to him, to Hugo Tocalli, to professor [Gerardo] Salorio to [Eduardo Julio] Ortasun… because today I am what I am because they put a grain of sand in what I was. I will always be grateful to them because they taught me a lot.“They taught me to be a professional at 14 years old and today I continue at 34. It is essential to start as a child. From my personal experience, I think Jose is the man who can do it [be Argentina coach] quietly because he knows what is being talked about.”Former Peru manager Ricardo Gareca has also been linked with the vacant post.
Spain’s top flight soccer division La Liga has penned down a major deal with Facebook which will allow viewers in the Indian sub-continent to watch every game over the next three seasons for freeThe Spanish football governing body confirmed all 380 league matches for the new season, which begins on Friday, would be available to viewers in India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.“We are really happy to be on a free to air service in such an important territory as the Indian sub-continent,” Alfredo Bermejo, La Liga’s head of digital strategy, told Reuters ahead of the announcement.Zidane 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.“One of our goals for the last two years has been to offer content to the widest audience possible, so partnering with free platforms like Facebook, which has 270 million users in India, is key to us.”Facebook and La Liga declined to give financial details of the deal which sees the social network giant unseat Sony Pictures Network as the rights holder in the region.
Cosmopolitan will soon be removed from checkout lines at Walmart stores across the country, according to an announcement Tuesday by the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, a non-profit which says it fought for the change out of a desire to protect children from “the sexually explicit material that Cosmopolitan embodies and perpetuates.”“Cosmo sends the same messages about female sexuality as Playboy,” said NCOSE executive director Dawn Hawkins in a statement, arguing that the magazine reduces women to their ability to sexually satisfy men, entices children by featuring former Disney stars on its covers and then describing “risky sexual acts” within its pages.In a statement provided to Folio:, Walmart spokeswoman Megan Kring confirmed that it was pulling the magazine from store checkouts, but would still offer Cosmo to customers, presumably on the specified magazine shelves. The retailer claims it was “primarily a business decision,” but also seemed to imply that the NCOSE campaign’s concerns—that Cosmo “fuels pornified culture”—legitimately factored into the decision.“As with all products in our store, we continue to evaluate our assortment and make changes,” said Kring. “Walmart will continue to offer Cosmopolitan to customers that wish to purchase the magazine, but it will no longer be located in the checkout aisles. While this was primarily a business decision, the concerns raised were heard.”Reps for Cosmo have not responded to a request for comment.Founded in 1962 and formerly known as Morality in Media, Inc., NCOSE has worked for years to convince retailers to remove or cover up Cosmo, and was most recently joined in that effort by Victoria Hearst, a pastor and granddaughter of company founder William Randolph Hearst, who purchased the magazine in 1905 and whose descendants still own it. The two claim to have scored earlier victories against Cosmo at retailers like RiteAid and Food Lion, and the magazine regularly appears on NCOSE’s annual “Dirty Dozen” list, alongside others like HBO, Snapchat, “Fifty Shades of Gray,” and even textbook publisher EBSCO—whose research products the organization says allows students to access “sexually graphic articles.”As it stands now, the news presents more of an image crisis for Cosmo than a business one, as the removal is unlikely to have significant impact on the magazine’s broader circulation. Retail sales made up just 6.3 percent of the 18.3 million copies the magazine sold in the 2nd half of 2017, according to data from the Alliance for Audited Media, with Walmart displays accounting for just a slice of that 6.3 percent. The vast majority of the magazine’s copies are mailed directly to subscribers.But as the magazine stakes its digital future on being perceived as a source of inspiration and empowerment for young women growing up in a changing world, it has to be mindful of accusations—even misguided ones—that it’s guilty of propagating “#MeToo culture.”This post was updated on Tuesday, March 27 at 4:56 pm to include Walmart’s statement.
Air Mobility Command bases are holding open houses for area students in an effort to improve the quality of local schools and bolster recruiting. Last week, MacDill AFB hosted 1,300 students from eight schools in the Tampa, Fla., area. The command wants to have “flying classrooms” or other educational events at every wing this year, and make it easier for local students to apply for on-base internships, reported Air Force Magazine. The events are intended to demonstrate the Air Force’s interest in supporting public schools, said spokesman Col. Chris Karns. “Rather than relying on accepting the status quo, this is a way to be a better partner to the schools, a way to hopefully bring about positive change, and to start dialogue on an issue that is of importance to military families,” Karns said.Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Adam Shanks Dan Cohen AUTHOR
Twitter Facebook Rapper Pouya On His Experience With Anxiety | Mental Health Awareness Month NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 10, 2018 – 5:01 pm Rapper Pouya Talks Living With Anxiety News The Miami-based artist candidly talks about how living with anxiety has impacted his life Renée FabianGRAMMYs May 10, 2018 – 5:05 pm The career of a rapper is rife with high-stress situations, from the pressure to perform in the studio and onstage for fans, in addition to the late nights, early mornings and time on the road. For Miami-based rapper Pouya, living with anxiety has proved to make his career choice a little more complicated. Email Pouya Raps On Living With Anxiety rapper-pouya-his-experience-anxiety-mental-health-awareness-month The Recording Academy caught up with Pouya, who sat down with host/songwriter Charlie Travers in his hometown Miami and opened up about how his life has been impacted by anxiety, which started when he was still a teenager.”One day in school I was not feeling good, so I went home and then the next day I was starting to feel these feelings that I didn’t enjoy,” says Pouya. “I started to get a racing heart, sweaty palms, this and that, my mind started racing too fast, I started thinking I was going to die, started having panic attacks. I didn’t know what this was for almost six, seven months until I went to therapy. … They’re like, ‘Oh, you have anxiety, you have an anxiety disorder.'” I don’t remember what it was like to not have anxiety— kevin (@Pouyalilpou) May 9, 2018Pouya certainly isn’t alone. A 2016 Help Musicians UK study found that an astounding 71 percent of the musicians they surveyed experienced panic attacks or high levels of anxiety. And artists from Adele to Miley Cyrus, LeAnn Rimes and Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz have all revealed a struggle with anxiety.At the time he was diagnosed, Pouya didn’t know what anxiety was. He only knew that it something was keeping him from his favorite activities such as skateboarding — he later picked it back up when he realized the exercise helps calm the anxiety. Though Pouya still feels nervous at times — before performing, for example — he’s learned to cope better in social situations.”It’s still something that I deal with to this day, but I’ve learned to cope with it a little bit better,” Pouya says. “Sometimes I have really bad weeks, really bad months and sometimes I have really good months.”Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more
Narendra Modi and Rajinikanth.PR HandoutRajinikanth has made a u-turn on his political stand ás he has extended his support to the BJP in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. The Tamil superstar has predicted that the saffron party will register a thumping win in the polls and Narendra Modi would be the Prime Minister of India once again.Explaining the stand behind changing his stand and endoring Narendra Modi, Rajinikanth said, “I thought of staying away from politics as I could not give necessary attention to build my party. I had this belief that it could be a cakewalk for Modi at the centre. But looking at the way opposition parties are vying for his blood, I feel the need to put my weight behind an honest man who is toiling hard to put a great picture of country in the world map,” the Tamil superstar said.Is he supporting him out of fear that Modi might fail to become the PM again? “No, I am cent percent sure that the BJP will secure 300+ seats on its own. The reason why I am endorsing him is because there are lots of lies that are being spread about him. I believe a lie told 100 times might seem like the truth to the people. Hence, I decided to support him,” he said.”I am among the millions of Narendra Modi fans who want him to be the Prime Minister again. I may not be very comfortable with BJP’s ideology and endorse everything that do, but surely I back him for the India’s political post. His policies might have failed to yeild desired results and some could be called failures, yet nobody can question his sincerity and courage to take bold steps,” Rajinikanth claims.Interestingly, Rajinikanth seems to be not happy with the AIADMK and his liking has shifted towards the DMK leadership. “At present, I feel MK Stalin is the best leader among the lot in Tamil Nadu. I see a future for him in the state politics.” It has to be noted that the Dravidian party is having alliance with the Congress in the forthcoming Lok Sabha election and has been critical about Modi’s policies.However, Rajinikanth is prepping up for the Tamil Nadu assembly election in 2021. “By then, we would be in a position to contest in all the constituencies in the state. The BJP’s position in the state is negligible and there is a vaccum in politics after the demise of two stalwarts like J Jayalalithaa and M Karunanidhi.Rajini’s desire to foray into politics got new lease of life after J Jayalalithaa’s death. Months after she passed away, Rajini indicated that he was ready for the politics. To everybody’s surprise, he released a press release recently stating that his party Rajini Makkal Mandram was not endorsing any party and requested his party men not to identify with other parties.Did you believe this news?Happy April Fools’ Day. This story means no harm and is only meant to be a good-natured April Fools’ prank. We hope you had a laugh and here’s wishing you a wonderful day.
Kolkata: The long awaited Hindu Hostel is finally ready for occupancy. A special secretary of the Education department visited the hostel on Monday morning and the necessary certificates that include occupancy, gas connection and fire, were issued.Earlier, state Education minister Partha Chatterjee had told the Assembly on Thursday that steps had been taken to open the hostel on Monday. It may be mentioned that due to agitation of the students protesting against the inordinate delay in handing over the hostel, the convocation was held at Nandan and not in the Presidency University premises. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeProfessor Anuradha Lohia, vice-chancellor of Presidency University, thanked all agencies engaged in the renovation of the century-old hostel. The boarders were temporarily put up at a hostel in Rajarhat. Partha Ranjan Das was the architect and renovation work had started three years ago. Eden Hindu Hostel was constructed in 1886 and was meant for the students of Presidency College, who came to the city from the districts. The building was built with the funds raised by Ashley Eden and the architect was W B Gwyther, while Rai Khetter Chundra Banerjee was the contractor. Now, the hostel has been thrown open to Muslim students as well. There are six blocks in the building. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe building, which had not been repaired for ages, has now been given a thoroughly new look. The old ovens have been replaced by gas ovens. The roof of the hostel, which had been badly damaged, has been repaired as well. The hostel plays an important role in Bengal’s history. The alumni includes India’s first President Rajendra Prasad, Meghnad Saha, Sukhamoy Chakraborty and Rathin Sengupta. Many meritorious students who hailed from erstwhile East Bengal, came to study at Presidency College and used to stay at the hostel. It was here that Subhas Chandra Bose, a former student of Presidency College, had picked up a quarrel with Professor Otten and was expelled from the institution.
Paying a tribute to the courage and bravery of policemen, Adwaita Gadanayak, Director-General, NGMA, designed ‘National Police Memorial’, which was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 21, 2018. The memorial has been constructed in granite stone.Gadanayak, a sculptor and one of the most famous students of Balbir Singh Katt, designed the memorial as a memoir which makes it possible to keep past events alive in the common memory through physical representation in a public area. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfTalking about the sculptor, Gadanayak said, “I was trying to recreate the idea of selfless service which policemen on duty often are known for. My design is a tribute to the courage and the sense of bravery that is there within the policemen who died in the line of duty. I think the lives of policemen are precious, this is what I wanted to show.” The memorial takes cues from stone-building heritage and is modelled on a cenotaph– tall upright stones erected in ancient history. The policemen who visited the memorial were seeing saluting and bowing their heads in prayer and reverence. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”This is what I wanted,” said Gadanayak watching the two police officers at the memorial. “I wanted that human response of anyone coming and bowing in front of a monumental memoir.” The main structure of the memorial is a vertical 30 feet tall granite pillar that is a permanent mark – a signal of a sacred space, for an officer who is always in the line of duty. The single block of granite both polished and unpolished presents the ebony black granite as a reflection of karmic symbolism. “The one who serves is a karma yogi, truth to action is his karma and it is the fruit of this selfless action that leads him to the eternal river of life,” he added. The 20 feet of granite over which running water can be seen provides an element of continuity. “Granite as a stone is in itself a witness to human civilisation,” says Gadanayak, adding, “The language of defence of protection is as old as history and the story of dharma in the life of a policeman is clear in the names of the officers on the granite column.” There is also a small burning lamp. “The burning lamp that accompanies the elements exemplifies the living story of service,” states Gadanayak. “It symbolises ceaseless union with the spirit. Man is mortal but his actions of bravery and courage in the hour of service are immortal. The entire construction and design philosophy has been taken from the Rigveda,” he concludes.
Liberty Global reported a net loss of US$12 million (€9.09 million) in its second quarter and a drop in operating income, though received a customer boost thanks to its recent acquisition of Virgin Media. Liberty said it had a 41% or 13.7 million year-on-year increase in revenue generating units (RGUs), largely driven by the acquisition of Virgin Media in June 2013 and by 1.3 million organic subscriber additions during the last twelve months.Commenting on the results, Liberty Global president and CEO Mike Fries said: “The highlight of our second quarter was the successful acquisition of Virgin Media. This transaction marks an important milestone in our efforts to consolidate what remains a very fragmented European cable market. Virgin Media significantly enhances both the scale of our business and our levered equity growth strategy.”At the end of June Liberty provided 24.5 million unique customers with 47.5 million services. These consisted of 21.9 million video, 13.9 million broadband internet and 11.8 million telephony subscriptions. Some 13.5 million customers, or 55% of its customer base, subscribed to more than one product.On an organic basis, Liberty said it added 191,000 RGUs in Q2, mainly driven by subscriber growth in Germany, where it added 129,000. In the “highly competitive” Dutch market, however, it lost 7,000 RGUs.Liberty said that it’s next-generation web-connected TV service, Horizon TV, now has more than 270,000 subscribers in the Dutch and Swiss markets as of the end of July.“We will continue to grow our Horizon TV reach with roll-outs planned for Ireland and Germany in the coming weeks. In addition, we finished the second quarter with 1.7 million TiVo subscribers in the UK,” Liberty said.The firm’s US$12 million the loss compared to a net profit of US$702 million for the same period last year when its results were boosted by a US$924 million gain on the disposition of its interest in Australian telco Austar.Operating income was US$445 million in the quarter, down 7% year-on-year, though Liberty said that the impacts of the Virgin Media deal “more than offset operating cash flow during the three-month period.” Consolidated revenue was up by US$637 million year-on-year to US$3.16 billion.
CBS in the US has launched a 24-hour streaming sports news network offering news, highlights and analysis.The free service is a collaboration between CBS Sports and CBS Interactive and uses the combined resources of CBS Sports, CBSSports.com, 247Sports, SportsLine, CBS Sports Fantasy and MaxPreps to deliver live news, game previews, post-game analysis, highlights and statistical breakdowns.“CBS Sports HQ is another key step in the evolution of the CBS Corporation,” said Leslie Moonves, chairman and CEO, CBS Corporation.“From CBS All Access to Showtime OTT to CBSN, we are creating best-in-class direct-to-consumer streaming platforms that are positioning us to be leaders in the future of premium content distribution.”Jim Lanzone, CEO, CBS Interactive and chief digital officer, CBS Corporation, said: “CBS Sports HQ is for fans who want more coverage of the game. Sports fans can now get the news and highlights they want in a true, round-the-clock sportscast on any device, where and when they want.”At launch, CBS Sports HQ is available on CBSSports.com; the CBS Sports app for connected TV devices including Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Roku; the CBS Sports mobile app for iOS and Android; CBSN; and the CBS All Access subscription service.CBS Sports HQ replicates the model CBS News and CBS Interactive used to launch 24/7 streaming news service CBSN, which went live in November 2014.