Take the National Officiating Survey

first_imgThe Australian Sports Commission (ASC) wants to learn more about the Australian officiating environment and is conducting research to hear about your experiences in officiating so that they can better tailor support for officiating in sport across Australia. Your participation will help to provide a snapshot of the officiating environment across different sports in Australia â€” it is the first of its kind in Australia.  The data collected will assist the ASC in developing support and resources as well as supporting sporting organisations in the development of best practice models for officiating pathways and development opportunities. As thanks for your participation, ASC will enter you into a draw to win two Gold Class Cinema tickets (5 chances to win). To enter, at the close of the survey you will be prompted for contact information.The survey will take around 20 minutes. No identifiable information (name, contact details) will be linked to your responses so you can be assured of your anonymity. Even if you provide contact details (optional but required for the prize draw) we will remove any contact information from reporting. This survey has been developed by the ASC in conjunction with Essence Communications.To complete the survey click on this link or copy this URL address (below) into your browser (you can do the survey on your phone or computer).   https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ASCOFFICIATINGAlso, please help us to share this survey with anyone you know who is involved in officiating. If you have any questions about the authenticity of the survey please email Ashley Synnott at Ashley.Synnott@ausport.gov.au. For any technical queries about the survey please contact Benita at benita@essencecomms.com.au.The survey will be open till Friday, 14 October 2016.Related LinksTake the National Officiating Surveylast_img read more

Vale Ron Hanson

first_imgIt with great sadness that the NSWTA advises of the passing of one of the games originals, both a pioneer and a stalwart of our game, Ron Hanson.Ron has been fighting Parkinson’s disease for the past number of years and today, he succumbs to the disease but is now in comfortably resting in peace.Ron was an original, a pioneer of the game who began playing in the very first Touch Football competition at Pioneer Park in 1968 with his beloved Bronte mates. He was coming off his days as a leading 1st Grade footballer for the Eastern Suburbs Roosters wanting to continue with playing a game similar and Touch Football provided the perfect avenue. He was good at it too. He was named as the first NSW Captain when the team he lead played Queensland at Erskineville Oval on 4th of August 1973 and defeated the old enemy 15-1. Three years later in 1976 he was named the first Australian Captain of the team that successfully toured New Zealand. From all reports Ron was an inspirational captain on the field and the life of the party off it.Ron however was not content with just playing, he was involved in every aspect of the game. He coached at high levels, was a selector from park football through to national level, became an administrator of the sport and even refereed a few games here and there. Although if you talk to those who played with Ronnie, they will tell you he refereed most games in which he played.Whilst playing was his passion, he left an indelible mark on the sport through his time as an administrator and selector. As an Administrator he was Regional Director for the old Region 4 going back as far as 1994 and also took a stint at the helm of the Northern Eagles after the amalgamation of the three northern regions. As a selector he selected club, regional, state and national teams. He didn’t just restrict himself to one region either, he made himself available to all. He would often assist other regions around the state where he could and also helped out at the Defence Force nationals for many years as well.Touch Football Australia CEO, Colm Maguire, expressed his admiration, gratitude and condolences for Ron and his family. â€œRon has an incredible legacy in our sport which will not be forgotten.  It is not just what he did on the field as a leader but as a volunteer, Coach and Administrator that will also be remembered.  Ron and indeed his family have touched so many lives including mine personally.”Our deepest condolences and love are with Fran, Samantha and Brad. We are truly blessed to have spent time with Ron and we will be there to support all of you through this time.”His legacy is not only left as a member of our sporting community based on his achievements but will endure through the friendships and lives he has been deeply engaged in. We will all miss you Ron,” Maguire said. In 2004 the NSWTA recognised Ron’s immense contribution to the game at many levels with the awarding of Life Membership to the NSWTA. In 2010 Touch Football Australia bestowed on Ron, a medal named in his honour. Each member of an Australian contingent to be honoured as the parties Flag Bearer is awarded and announced as the Ron Hanson Medallist, again a testament to his standing in the game and the character of the man. For those who have received that medal, we are sure they will be just a little bit prouder today.Our thoughts are with his wife of 44 years, Fran and his children Samantha and Brad as well as his grandchildren and extended family members.He is a gentleman who will be missed but certainly not forgotten by the Touch Footballing family across Australia.Credit: NSW Hornets Touch Association  Related LinksVale Ron Hansonlast_img read more

10 months agoPremier League trio eyeing Ipswich whiz Andre Dozzell

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Premier League trio eyeing Ipswich whiz Andre Dozzellby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveIpswich ace Andre Dozzell is back on the radar of Premier League clubs.The Mirror says Bournemouth, Brighton and Crystal Palace are all tracking fit-again Dozzell.The 19-year-old midfielder – valued at £5 million by the Tractor Boys – is back in action after suffering a cruciate ligament injury on the opening day of last season that ruled him out for more than a year.Dozzell was a member of the England side that won the Under-17 and Under- 19 European titles in 2016 and 2017 respectively.Ipswich, rock-bottom of the Championship and 10 points from safety, may be tempted to cash in to help fund new signings in their desperate bid to beat the drop. last_img read more

Charlie Strong Says Texas Is “Trying” To Work Something Out With Texas A&M

first_imgCharlie Strong dons a cowboy hat.Twitter/@ThisIsMachadoTexas and Texas A&M haven’t met on the gridiron since 2011, but it certainly seems like Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong is open to the idea of resuming the series. Friday, according to OrangeBlood’s Anwar Richardson, Strong, at the Touchdown Club of Houston, said that Texas is “trying” to work something out with its old rival. Richardson is also reporting, however, that Texas itself says no specifics have been discussed. So perhaps Strong got a little ahead of himself.Texas coach Charlie Strong was asked when the Longhorns would play Texas A&M again. Said there is something being worked out— Anwar Richardson (@AnwarRichardson) June 10, 2016Texas coach Charlie Strong says something is being worked out to play Texas A&M again pic.twitter.com/RZVHNpGGs7— Anwar Richardson (@AnwarRichardson) June 10, 2016A UT spokesperson said no specifics have been discussed about Texas playing Texas A&M again when asked about Charlie Strong’s comment— Anwar Richardson (@AnwarRichardson) June 10, 2016Texas vs. Texas A&M used to be an annual affair – until the Aggies left the Big 12 for the SEC. It’s certainly one of the rivalries that college football fans miss the most.last_img read more

Local Government Ministry to Procure 100 Garbage Collection Units

first_imgStory Highlights The Governor-General said three “key regulations” governing solid waste disposal will be brought before the Parliament later this year. During the new legislative year, the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development will give priority attention to procuring 100 garbage-collection units for the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA).“This will significantly broaden the capacity of the agency, and tremendously improve responsiveness,” said Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, as he delivered the Throne Speech in Parliament, today (February 14).The Governor-General said three “key regulations” governing solid waste disposal will be brought before the Parliament later this year.These include:• The National Solid Waste Management Authority (Disposal of Solid Waste Facilities) Regulations, which seek to regulate the kinds of material that may be disposed of at a disposal site, and the “manner in which such disposal is done”.• The National Solid Waste Management (Public Cleansing) Regulations, which will outline the full schedule of penalties for all breaches of the Act, and• The National Solid Waste Management Authority (Disposal of Hazardous Waste), (Electronic and Electrical) Regulations and Order, which will provide for the disposal of hazardous waste, to include electronic and electrical items.He said that the Jamaica Fire Brigade, another agency under the Ministry, will acquire eight pumpers in the 2019/2020 financial year, and 20 life rafts for flooding and swift water rescue. “This equipment will strengthen the Brigade’s ability to respond to emergencies,” the Governor-General said.The Governor-General said work continues on the Human Services Bill, which will come before the House this year to replace the Poor Relief Act, abolish the Board of Supervision, transfer the functions of the Board to the Ministry, and “modernise the structures through which human services are provided”Regulations to the Local Governance Act and the Local Government (Financing and Financial Management) Act, to give operational meaning and clarity to the new standards of governance, and the new regime concerning the financing of Local Government are also expected to be concluded and taken before the Parliament this year for consideration, according to the Governor-General. During the new legislative year, the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development will give priority attention to procuring 100 garbage-collection units for the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA). “This will significantly broaden the capacity of the agency, and tremendously improve responsiveness,” said Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, as he delivered the Throne Speech in Parliament, today (February 14).last_img read more

Police Case of 2 men missing in BC since May 16 considered

first_imgUCLUELET, B.C. – Police on Vancouver Island say the disappearance of two men who were last seen on May 16 is now considered suspicious and the case has been handed over to the Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit.RCMP have said 37-year-old Daniel Archibald and 43-year-old Ryan Daley were last seen leaving the Ucluelet harbour by land on May 16 after docking a sailboat there three days earlier and were reported missing after they failed to contact family and friends.Ucluelet RCMP said late Wednesday that they have pursued a number of methods to find the men, including an aerial search, and are now asking for the public’s help to locate them.Archibald and Daley were seen carrying large duffel bags at the time of their disappearance and Daley was also wearing a yellow and green backpack.Friends who launched a Facebook page said it’s believed the two men were heading to a residence in Jordan River, B.C., and likely planned to hitchhike the nearly 300 kilometre route.Ucluelet dockmaster Kevin Cortes, who was the last person to see them on May 16, said they had paid for one month of moorage for a new boat they had purchased in Panama.Cortes said Archibald and Daley were healthy but tired after a long trip, adding there was nothing unusual about them during the three days they spent in Ucluelet.Both men are described as 5-foot-9. Archibald is of average build with strawberry blonde, short hair, and Daley has short, dark hair and hazel eyes.“We ask anyone who has any information as to Daniel and Ryan’s whereabouts or anyone who may have seen them or talked to them between May 13 to 16 to call police immediately,” said Cpl. Madonna Saunderson in a release.“We are continuing our investigation into Daniel and Ryan’s disappearance and have no evidence to suggest that this case is linked to any other missing person investigation at this time.”last_img read more

Attempt to break into Democratic Party voter data thwarted

first_imgCHICAGO – An attempt to break into the Democratic National Committee’s massive voter database has been thwarted, a party official said Wednesday, two years after Russian operatives sent the party into disarray by hacking into its computers and facilitating the release of tens of thousands of emails amid the presidential election.A web security firm using artificial intelligence uncovered the attempt. The DNC was notified Tuesday, it said. Hackers had created a fake login page to gather usernames and passwords in an effort to gain access to the Democratic Party’s voter file, a party official said. The file contains information on tens of millions of voters. The attempt was quickly thwarted by suspending the attacker’s account, and no information was compromised, the official said. The FBI was notified.The official wasn’t authorized to speak about sensitive security information and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.Government and tech officials say it’s too early to know who was behind the attempt. The FBI declined to comment to the AP.The attempt comes as Democrats gather for their summer meeting. The party’s cybersecurity has been an issue since the 2016 presidential election, when Russian hackers compromised DNC servers and publicly revealed internal communications that exploited divisions between Bernie Sanders’ and Hillary Clinton’s campaigns as the two candidates vied for the Democratic presidential nomination. Hackers also accessed the email accounts of Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta, and systematically released the contents throughout the fall campaign.It also comes a day after Microsoft announced it had uncovered similarly fraudulent websites created by Kremlin agents that spoofed two conservative outfits that are foes of Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, presumably to trick unwitting visitors into surrendering credentials.Bob Lord, the DNC’s chief security officer, said the attempt showed how serious the cyberthreat is and why it’s critical that state and federal officials work together on security.“This attempt is further proof that there are constant threats as we head into midterm elections and we must remain vigilant in order to prevent future attacks,” Lord said in a statement.He said President Donald Trump isn’t doing enough to protect American democracy. Previously, Trump mocked the DNC’s cybersecurity and cast doubt on U.S. intelligence officials’ findings that Russia was involved.At a previously scheduled election security briefing Wednesday, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said the quick response to the attempted DNC hack showed that the system was working “and that different entities understand who to reach out to,” she said.“Any attack on a political party or a campaign is important for us all to take seriously,” she said, emphasizing the government was doing all it could to help protect election systems ahead of the midterm elections. At stake is control of Congress, which could potentially switch from Republican to Democrat.Amid the news, a Senate committee abruptly postponed a Wednesday vote on legislation to help states prevent against election hacking, frustrating Democrats and at least one Republican on the panel.The vote was put off by the Senate Rules and Administration Committee after a bipartisan group of lawmakers spent months negotiating the legislation. The bill would aim to protect state election infrastructure by requiring that all states use backup paper ballots and conduct audits after elections, among other measures. It would also require DHS to immediately notify states if the federal government is aware that a state election system has been breached.A Senate Republican aide said the vote was postponed because secretaries of state had complained about certain provisions, including the type of audits the bill would require. The aide said additional Republican support would be necessary to move the legislation out of committee. The aide was not authorized to speak about the committee’s reasoning and spoke on condition of anonymity.Republican Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma, one of the bill’s sponsors, said after the vote’s postponement: “Congressional inaction is unacceptable.”The bill “will help states take necessary steps to further prepare our election infrastructure for the possibility of interference from not just Russia, but other possible adversaries like Iran or North Korea or a hacktivist group,” Lankford said.The DNC committee attempt wasn’t mentioned at a Senate hearing on election security Wednesday, according to senators who were present.States have been scrambling to secure their election systems since it was revealed that Russian hackers targeted election systems in at least 21 states in 2016, though the number is likely greater. There has been no indication any vote tallies were changed. Nielsen said at the briefing that states should have auditing systems in part as a safeguard so the public knows the vote tallies can be trusted.In Tuesday’s incident, a scanning tool deployed by the San Francisco security company Lookout detected a masquerading website designed to harvest the passwords of users of the login page of NGP VAN, a technology provider used by the Democrats and other liberal-leaning political organizations, said Mike Murray, the company’s vice-president of security intelligence. He said he contacted the DNC.The tool, which leverages artificial intelligence, has been in development for a year and wasn’t tasked to scan any sites in particular but instead to identify phishing sites based on typical attributes, Murray said.“This is the beauty of AI: It finds things that humans don’t know to look for,” he said.He said the tool notified Lookout before the impostor page had even been populated with content. “As soon as we realized how fast it was developing, I decided to reach out to contacts that I know at the DNC.” Murray also contacted the website hosting company, Digital Ocean.Ross Rustici, senior director for intelligence services at Cybereason in Boston, said a voter database is a juicy target for anyone trying to exacerbate political divisions in the U.S. or gain insight on political opponents.“The data housed in these types of databases would be incredibly useful both for domestic opposition research as well as for foreign intelligence and counterintelligence purposes,” he said.___Long reported from Washington. Associated Press writers Mary Clare Jalonick in Washington, Frank Bajak in Boston and Mike Balsamo in Los Angeles contributed to this report.last_img read more

The Backup QB Who Gets Paid A Lot To Never Play

Quarterback Chase Daniel is guaranteed to make at least $7 million over the next two years playing football for the Chicago Bears. But Daniel is unlike most of the NFL signal callers who lock in that type of money: There’s a very good chance he won’t actually be playing football.Teams usually deal with the backup quarterback position in one of two ways: Invest in young talent to push the incumbent starter to a higher level of play — and potentially usurp the starter down the road — or hire a veteran with a dad bod to effectively be another coach with a clipboard, providing mentorship and game-management advice. Daniel is certainly the latter. And yet, after a season in which a backup quarterback hoisted the Lombardi Trophy and another brought his team to the NFC Championship Game, the position is unquestionably important.It also might be the best gig in the NFL. The backup QB is the player who sees the least amount of time on the field — and has an infinitesimal chance of injury — while still cashing a hefty paycheck. In nine seasons as a professional, Daniel has started two games and attempted 78 passes. To put that in perspective, Steelers’ QB Ben Roethlisberger attempted 66 passes in a single game last season.But what the 31-year-old Daniel lacks in experience, he makes up for in income. Perhaps no player in the history of the sport has monetized the position of backup quarterback to the degree the Missouri graduate has. This offseason, Chicago signed Daniel to back up its franchise quarterback of the future, Mitch Trubisky. If Daniel plays a significant amount this year, something has gone very wrong for the Bears. But the team still rewarded him with a two-year, $10 million deal with $7 million guaranteed. Only 18 quarterbacks currently have a higher percentage of guaranteed money, and that list is largely made up of marquee players, like Matt Ryan and Kirk Cousins, and novice quarterbacks who were taken early in the NFL draft — players whose contracts are locked in by the rookie wage scale.1Daniel trails just 35 quarterbacks in terms of total guaranteed money.Daniel has generated $24.3 million over his career. That equates to $311,594 per pass thrown or $261,337 per yard ran. Daniel is No. 72 on the all-time earnings list among quarterbacks. Should he receive all $10 million of his deal, his career earnings would stretch to $34.3 million; only 51 quarterbacks have ever netted that much over a career.2Clearly, resources have changed. The 2018 NFL salary cap reached $177.2 million, a 412 percent increase from the $34.6 million it was set at in 1994, the year the cap was introduced. Contracts signed even five years ago hardly compare with the ones signed this offseason. There’s a reason that Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly earned less total money than Joey Harrington.Consider that, among the top 100 quarterbacks all time in career earnings, the average gunslinger started 93 games, threw for 21,817 yards and amassed 134 touchdowns through the air. Daniel’s figures scarcely compare. In his first four seasons carrying a clipboard in New Orleans, Daniel attempted just nine passes. Then came two productive seasons in Kansas City in 2013 and 2014 in which he started a game each. But over the past three seasons, Daniel has heaved precisely three passes. By comparison, Johnny Hekker has attempted three times as many passes over that stretch. Johnny Hekker, by the way, is a punter.All this isn’t to say that Daniel can’t sling the ball around. When he was a Heisman Trophy finalist at the University of Missouri, Daniel threw for at least 400 yards four separate times. But since he made it to the NFL, he has as many interceptions as he does touchdowns.3One of each.We can use Approximate Value4Pro-Football-Reference.com’s method of approximating a player’s value in any given season. to evaluate a player’s on-field impact more comprehensively. Offensive standouts like Aaron Rodgers, Todd Gurley II and Antonio Brown might produce a single-season AV of 15. League-average offensive players might produce a single-season AV of around 5. Daniel has produced a career AV of 2. The last time Daniel brought measurable on-field value to his team was 2014, when he played for the Chiefs. In fact, the only quarterback since the 1970 merger who accumulated less approximate value over the first eight years in which he accumulated any statistics was Doug Pederson, now the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.5Daniel played for Pederson in 2016. In the same time frame, only 24 players across all positions accumulated less approximate value than Daniel over their first eight years in the league.To get a better understanding of suitable player compensation, we can divide a player’s career earnings by his AV to roughly distill how much the player was paid to perform. Daniel has earned $12,152,158.50 per AV point. No other active player ranked in the top 250 in career earnings has netted more than $3.4 million per AV point, with the average player on the list earning less than $900,000 per AV point.A sizeable portion of this has to do with opportunity. Daniel has barely seen the field in the past three seasons, appearing in only four total games. It’s no wonder he hasn’t been getting the reps, though. Upon entering the league, Daniel served as a backup to Drew Brees from 2009 to 2012, Alex Smith from 2013 to 2015, Carson Wentz in 2016 and Brees again last season. Playing second fiddle (or, in some cases, third) to an all-time great, an above-average talent and a recent MVP candidate is nothing to sneer at. And given that understanding, it’s perhaps unsurprising that Daniel has thrown fewer passes over his first eight NFL seasons than any quarterback in league history.The average NFL career is short — about 3.3 years. That’s what happens when you play a sport where each play feels like a car crash. Quarterbacks fare longer, with an average career span of 4.4 years. Daniel has more than doubled that. It can’t hurt that he’s only been sacked seven times in his career; no quarterback has been dropped less over his first full eight seasons. For comparison, at this point in his career, Steve Young had already been tackled behind the line of scrimmage 146 times. As Daniel told The Athletic, “I don’t have any mileage on my body.”Despite hardly playing, Daniel is a success story in many respects. Only 21 undrafted quarterbacks since the 1970 merger saw in-game action in at least nine seasons. Daniel will likely be the 22nd. And while his career has been a far cry from the Warren Moons and Tony Romos of the world, he at least has a Super Bowl ring.Right now, even Daniel’s own teammates don’t always recognize him (for real). One injury could change that and thrust Daniel into a role of utmost importance. This would be the opportunity that has eluded him his entire career — even if his bank account suggests otherwise. read more

OSU wrestling team strives for another strong finish to season

After starting the season 11-1, the No. 3 ranked Ohio State wrestling team is looking to avoid a midseason slump and finish the season strong.  The Buckeyes were in a similar position the past two years and ended each season by finishing second in the nation. Coach Tom Ryan believes this team is capable of a similar finish.“Finishing second the past two years has resulted in a very positive environment,” said Ryan, the reigning National Coach of the Year. “There is a strong sense of pride among the team members.”The addition of talented freshmen along with the return of some key upperclassmen has the team’s outlook looking bright, senior captain Reece Humphrey said.“We’ve improved at every single weight class [since last year],” said Humphrey, who is the No. 1 ranked wrestler at 141 pounds. “Younger guys have filled into their potential, that’s what it’ll take to win nationals.”Despite its young guns, the team’s heart and soul is its senior class, more specifically Humphrey, the national runner-up at 133 pounds last season. The two other senior captains, Mike Pucillo and Lance Palmer, are both three-time All-Americans.“Reece Humphrey has been wrestling well up at 141 [pounds] … Lance Palmer has been wrestling very well also,” Ryan said. “There are not too many surprises in the sport; the people that work hard consistently do well. It boils down to the right habits, those with great habits do well.”Ryan has gotten in the habit of watching his seniors have remarkable success, which he claims comes as no accident.“Our senior class is leading us,” Ryan said. “This is a team with five seniors who have worked very hard to bring the program to the level it is currently at.”Ryan believes the other team members feed off the triumphs of his accomplished seniors.“Success breeds success,” Ryan said. “Wrestling is a sport that requires a tremendous amount of energy and a strong mentality. It is very helpful when athletes at a very high level are training alongside each other; it gives them a great frame of reference to where they stand in the sport.”Humphrey believes the Buckeyes may finally have what it takes to bring home a national title after coming up short two years in a row.“We have the individuals to win the title,” Humphrey said. “If a couple of the younger guys turn it up at nationals, we’ll have a good shot.Ryan thinks the team’s achievements over the past few seasons have landed them a vast amount of faith in themselves.“This is a team that believes they can win an NCAA team title,” Ryan said. “The previous two runner-up finishes have strengthened this team’s confidence.” read more

OSU womens volleyball takes home NIU Invitiational title

Daniel Chi / For The LanternThen-senior outside hitter Mari Hole blocks the ball during a match against Northwestern Nov. 7, 2012, at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-1.The No. 23 Ohio State women’s volleyball team took home the NIU Invitational championship with a 3-0 victory against Liberty Friday and a pair of 3-2 wins against Green Bay and Northern Illinois Sunday.Junior setter Taylor Sherwin, who dished out a total of 158 assists during the tournament, led the Buckeyes to the wins over Liberty and Green Bay before capping the weekend off with a victory against host Northern Illinois, which marked win No. 300 for Coach Geoff Carlston.Carlston said he was happy to see his team keep their composure in high stress situations, especially in the tournament finale.“We played almost perfect volleyball in the fifth set, with three freshmen on the floor at the same time.” Carlston said.The Buckeye coach said all of the freshmen contributed during the tournament, but he was particularly impressed with the play of outside hitter Kylie Randall, who made her collegiate debut against Northern Illinois.“She’s (going to) be an incredible player,” Carlston said. “Her first eight swings in college were kills, eight swings, eight kills, no errors.”Randall said in an email she could feel the intensity of the situation but found her comfort level with help from Sherwin.“I settled in when Taylor Sherwin looked at me and said be ready (to) go,” Randall said. “Then I knew it was time to make an impact.”Randall finished the finale second on the team with 18 kills and senior outside hitter Kaitlyn Leary led the team with a career-high 26 kills.Sherwin said via email that she did not realize she had put out an MVP caliber performance until after the tournament wrapped up, but she wanted to give credit to Randall and the other attackers.“That’s what matters most to me,” she said. “For me to be able to put them in the best situations.”While Sherwin and company put on an impressive display, Carlston said he recognizes that there is room for improvement.“We put in a new offensive system about a week ago,” Carlston said. “We just (have to) keep building on that.”Leary experienced some problems in the new offense, picking up 16 errors against Green Bay.“I wasn’t making good shot selections and adjustments throughout that whole game,” Leary said in an email. “But it motivated me to redeem myself in the next game.”She certainly stepped up in the finale against Northern Illinois, adding 22 digs to her career-high kill total.“I was very happy to see 22 digs on the stat sheet,” Leary said. “It shows the improvement in an area I needed and have been working on.”Beyond Leary’s performance, senior libero Davionna DiSalvatore said the team’s defense was strong throughout the tournament.“Everyone did a really great job taking care of the tips, rolls and back row attacks,” DiSalvatore said in an email.While the team performed well in both facets of the game, they still found time to honor their coach’s milestone, even though Carlston said he was not aware that it had been his 300th win.He said the players had noisemakers waiting in the locker room after the match.OSU returns to Columbus for an exhibition match against the Polish National Team at St. John Arena at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday. read more

Griezmann discusses Atletico stay

first_imgAntoine Griezmann has said that his decision to stay with Atletico Madrid has been justified after their SuperCup triumph over Real Madrid.The Frenchman insists the win over rivals Real Madrid on Wednesday evening has justified his decision to turn down a move to Barcelona. Griezmann was reportedly a target of the Catalan club but opted to remain with the Los Colcheneros.The forward was instrumental in France’s World Cup glory scoring three times whilst also winning the Bronze Ball award (third best player of the tournament) as Les Bleus picked up their second World Cup trophy in their history.Griezmann struggles to have any form of positive impact on the game on Wednesday night, as he was taken off after 57 minutes due to his fitness levels.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…Goals from Diego Costa (2), Saul and Koke secured the SuperCup trophy for Diego Simeone’s side.The Argentine manager is now the most successful coach in the history of Atletico Madrid with seven major honors and Griezmann’s faith in the former player has been rewarded.“I stayed because there was a good project,” Griezmann said to Movistar, according to Goal.“I have confidence in this club, in Cholo [Simeone]… Today I saw that I was not wrong.”last_img read more

Kovac Lionel Messi is the best player in the world

first_imgBayern Munich boss Niko Kovac believes that Lionel Messi remains the world’s best player, despite being omitted from the recent UEFA and FIFA awardsThe Argentine superstar was at his brilliant best on Tuesday night by netting a hat-trick as Barcelona secured a comfortable 4-0 win over Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League.Messi was recently left out of the three-man shortlist for both FIFA’s The Best award and the UEFA Player of the Year.But Kovac still believes that the 31-year-old sets the bar for everyone else.“For me, Lionel Messi is the best,” he told Goal.“It used to be that way, and it will continue to be so in the future.”Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.The Croatian also rates fellow five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo highly.“Ronaldo is also a world-class player. His style impresses me. This is not innate, but trained. You have a lot of players with natural talent, but you have to develop your own talent,” said Kovac.“That’s what Ronaldo did in a fantastic way. Mohamed Salah and Luka Modric were also great last year.“The further back you play, the less you get into the limelight. But individual class ultimately decides the games.”Kovac will take charge of his first Champions League game for Bayern later this evening against Benfica.last_img read more

Zika virus getting stern reaction from country leaders

first_img CDC supports CARPHA in Zika PR Campaign materials to region Recommended for you Turks and Caicos Premier says nation ‘elated’ over removal from Zika list; praises CARPHA and CARICOM No Zika reports for TCI Related Items:barack obama, brazil, center for disease control, ZIka Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 29 Jan 2016 – Here are most of the countries with recorded cases of the Zika virus according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the mosquito borne illness which is causing tourists to cancel vacations to the region, some airlines to offer refunds to those travellers and which caused US President, Barack Obama to call an emergency meeting. Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Martin, Suriname, United States of America, U.S. Virgin Islands, Venezuela, Somoa and Cape Verde. Brazil has reported some 4,000 cases and 200,000 troops going house to house to combat Zika ahead of the Olympic Games and Mr. Obama has sanctioned research on the spread of the virus which can cause harm to unborn babies; namely brain damage and an abnormally small head. In its effort to proactively cope with the fall out Zika is causing, the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association on Thursday held a webinar for its 32 members with presentations by CEO, Frank Comito; Hugh Riley, Secretary General of the CTC and the Caribbean Public Health Agency. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

FIFPro and UEFA condemn racist abuse towards Koulibaly

first_imgThe Napoli footballer was racially abused on Wednesday during the match between his club and Internazionale MilanNapoli’s footballer Kalidou Koulibaly was racially abused during the match between his side and FC Internazionale Milan.Inter Milan has been sanctioned with two games to be played behind closed doors, and a partial closure for the Nerazzurri’s third match.And FIFPro and UEFA have jointly condemned the racist abuse.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“Both organizations applaud the prompt actions taken by Italy’s football authorities, who sanctioned FC Internazionale with the next two matches to be played behind closed doors and, additionally, with a partial closure for FC Internazionale’s third home match,” read a statement published on FIFPro’s official website.“However, FIFPro and UEFA are very concerned by this unacceptable racist incident and by what appears on the surface to be a failure to respect the widely-recognized three-step anti-racism protocol.”“Koulibaly, a French-Senegalese defender, was subject to racist chanting and, despite announcements made by the stadium speaker, the chants did not stop,” the release continued.“Moreover, it seems that Napoli’s coaching staff had already informed the referee several times of racist chants.”last_img read more

9000 reward offered for information on Midway District homicide suspect

first_img March 16, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Authorities announced a $9,000 reward Friday for information leading to the arrest of a man suspected of gunning down a romantic rival last month outside a Point Loma Heights workout center.Ernesto Castellanos Martinez, 41, allegedly killed 27-year-old Alexander Mazin of San Diego in a parking lot behind 24 Hour Fitness, 3675 Midway Drive, shortly before 11 a.m. Feb. 25, according to police.Police soon identified Martinez as the suspected assailant and determined that he might have fled to an apartment in the 3000 block of Upas Street in North Park.About an hour after the shooting, officers surrounded the residence and tried in vain to contact Martinez. Following a roughly six-hour standoff, a SWAT team forced entry to the apartment, discovering that the suspect was not there.The victim’s parents told reporters their son had been going out a woman that Martinez previously had dated, and that the suspect had assaulted her several weeks prior to Mazin’s slaying.Family and friends of the victim have added $8,000 to a $1,000 reward in the case previously posted by San Diego County Crime Stoppers. Anyone who might be able to help investigators track down the suspect was asked to call the nonprofit agency at (888) 580-8477. Tipsters may remain anonymous. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter $9,000 reward offered for information on Midway District homicide suspect KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Posted: March 16, 2018last_img read more

Police investigating suspicious death outside Chula Vista storage facility

first_img John Soderman Posted: April 11, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsCHULA VISTA (KUSI) — A man was found dead under suspicious circumstances Wednesday inside an SUV that plowed through the front gate of a South Bay public storage business and crashed to a halt against a building, officials said.Witnesses reported seeing the vehicle heading north on Industrial Boulevard in Chula Vista at low speed shortly after noon with the unidentified driver slumped over the steering wheel, according to police.Reaching a “T” intersection alongside the northbound lanes of Interstate 5, the tan SUV struck the closed front gate of L Street Self Storage, pushing it open, Lt. Eric Thunberg said. The vehicle then continued on, rolling over the grounds of the business until it struck a structure.Officers arrived to the find the sole occupant of the SUV dead, with suspicious injuries visible on his body, Thunberg said. The only obvious damage to the vehicle appeared to have occurred when it struck the building, he said.Homicide detectives and personnel with the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office were called in to investigate the death, which was believed to likely have resulted either from a fatal assault or a suicide, the lieutenant said. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter April 11, 2018 John Soderman, Police investigating suspicious death outside Chula Vista storage facilitylast_img read more

Northbound Lane Of The Seward Highway Closed Due To Small Landslide

first_imgTraffic is currently backed up for a few miles due to the slide. Additional updates will be posted as they are made available. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Anchorage police and the Department of Transportation are responding to a landslide on the Seward Highway near Indian at Mile 105. According to APD dispatchers, the Mile 105 slide was first reported just after 7 p.m. and was blocking the highway’s northbound lane. Officers are at the scene and awaiting other personal.center_img According to reports traffic is being alternated in the southbound lane.last_img read more

More Tablet Owners Prefer Yearly Magazine Subscriptions

first_img“This is an avenue for increased dollars in revenue for magazines,” Grey said.Additionally, respondents find the price of digital magazines to be fairly reasonable—about 49 percent said they “agree somewhat” that pricing of digital magazines is fair.When it comes to bundling, 34 percent of respondents “somewhat agree” that they are only interested in a digital subscription if it comes with a free print subscription. The second highest group of respondents—30 percent—“somewhat disagree” when asked if they are only interested in a digital subscription if it comes with a free print subscription. Many respondents (44 percent) say they “somewhat agree” that the automatic downloading of their magazine subscriptions is convenient. About 36 percent “strongly agree.”When it comes to loading times, 59 percent say they “somewhat agree” that the time it takes to download a magazine app is reasonable, with 27 percent saying they “strongly agree.”The all-you-can-eat magazine model of Next Issue Media, said Grey, could become more popular, at least based on this data: 27 percent of respondents “strongly agree” when asked if they like having the ability to pay a flat subscription fee for a large library of magazines. About 46 percent “somewhat agree.”When rating five digital newsstands, respondents thought most highly of Apple, with 90.8 percent saying the Apple Newsstand is excellent or good. When it comes to a browsing experience for new titles, Apple tied with Barnes & Noble’s Nook at 81 percent.More information on digital magazine reader preferences will be released this January by the MPA. NEW YORK—At MPA Digital’s Social Media Summit Thursday, Ethan Grey, vice president of digital with the association, revealed results from its latest study slated to be released in January.The data, which was conducted with Gfk MRI and surveyed 796 adults aged 18-plus who owned a tablet, shows that in general, tablet owners prefer to buy yearly subscriptions to digital magazines. About 56 percent of respondents prefer to purchase a one-year subscription, 31 percent prefer to buy monthly subscriptions, 11 percent normally buy half-year subscriptions and just 2 percent prefer multi-year subscriptions.When asked about the type of digital magazine content they prefer, more than half—55 percent—say they read current and back issues. The remaining 45 percent prefer to only read the most current issues. last_img read more

Wednesday Weather In The Houston Area

first_img Share This article will be updated as new information is available. Accuweather said at 6:30 a.m. the storm was moving towards Galveston Island and the Louisianan border.  A strong storm system has impacted southeastern portions of Houston with heavy rain and lightning.Current storm warnings and watches have expired and have not been renewed. However, the Areal Flood Warning for the area surrounding Addicks Reservoir, in west Houston does remain in effect.  This storm uprooted trees, downed power lines and roof damage in parts of Texas and Oklahoma. If you see any trees or heavy debris in the streets, please call Houston 311 or fill out a request at houston311.org. Centerpoint is reporting 115,689 residents have no power as of 7:20 a.m.Willis ISD and Livingston ISD have cancelled school today due to weather.Visit Houston TranStar for updates on traffic and high water on roadways.NWSlast_img read more

Cardinals Win Silver and Set American Record at World Championships

first_imgStory Links The University of Louisville Cardinals made a splash that included a podium appearance and an American record on the opening day of the FINA World Championships in Gwangzu, Korea.  In the women’s 400M Freestyle Relay, Team USA with Mallory Comerford and Kelsi Worrell Dahlia,  won a silver medal with a time of in 3:31.02. Comerford put up 52.98 lead-off split, touching just behind Australia. Team USA teammate Abbey Weitzeil put up a 52.66 on the second leg to take the lead, passing Sweden’s Michelle Coleman (53.88) and Australia’s Brianna Throssell (53.34). Kelsi Dahlia split 53.46 for the Americans, handing off to Simone Manuel who produced a 51.92 to pull ahead of Canadian anchor Maggie MacNeil (53.18) for silver. In the 50m Fly, UofL redshirt freshman Haridi Sameh took the lead in heat 7 in a time of 23.54 to rank 15th to qualified for semi-finals, then finished 16th in the semi-finals with a time of 23.68.center_img In the 100M-fly, Kelsi Dahlia won her first heat to qualify for semi-finals,  In the semi-finals, Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom put up an initial split of  26.12, finishing in 56.29. Canadian Maggie MacNeil finished with a 56.52, while Kelsi Dahlia touched third to finish in  57.06, good for 7th overall. In the 400 M free, Louisville’s distance specialist Marcelo Acosta of El Salvador finished 7th in his heat  in a time of 3:55.06 to touched 7th in heat 3 for a final ranking of 31st. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more