NRL-TFA Partnership CEO Letter/Communities Together flyer

first_imgRelated Filescommunities_together_nrl-tfa_strategic_alliance-pdftfa_nrl_partnership_ceo_letter_130913-pdfRelated LinksNRL-TFA Partnership As you are aware, Touch Football Australia (TFA) and the National Rugby League (NRL) have formed a strategic alliance with the intention to create the largest sporting community in Australia. See below the NRL-TFA Partnership CEO Letter and Communities Together flyer. The purpose of these documents is to help forge closer links between both Rugby League and Touch Football communities and specifically, assist in facilitating introductions to stakeholders of respective sports at the local affiliate/club level.This approach is ultimately designed to boost recruitment and participation at the local level and ensure greater clarity around the purpose, direction and opportunities the partnership affords both sports.To view the documents, please click on the following attachments. last_img read more

23 days agoArsenal keeper Martinez leaving out dream after Argentina call-up

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal keeper Martinez leaving out dream after Argentina call-upby Freddie Taylor23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEmiliano Martinez says it is a dream come true to earn a call-up to the Argentina national team.The goalkeeper has been competing with Bernd Leno for the number one jersey this season.He will now take part in Argentina’s games with Colombia and Ecuador.”It’s a dream come true,” Martinez said. “As a young kid, I always wanted to play for the national team. We’ve got two big games to play now, preparing for the Copa America next year.”I’m more than ready to play for the national team now. I’m getting more minutes so my confidence is really high right now. I’m delighted with the call-up.”Since I signed for this club, my goal was always to be the No 1. I’ve been here for almost 10 years and I came as a young boy, now I’m a grown man.”I’ve been on some good loans and bad loans, but at the end of the day my work ethic and commitment has always been focused on being the No 1 for Arsenal and Argentina. That’s the dream. I said to my dad that I’m going to do it and I won’t stop until I’m No 1 for Argentina.”If you want to be No 1 at Arsenal, you have to believe in yourself no matter what. I believe in my talent and I believe in my work. I have been lucky to have really good goalkeeper coaches. Gerry Peyton really helped me, and Sal and Javi have taken me to another level to be honest. I’m grateful but my goals are much higher than that.” last_img read more

US agrees to pay tea party groups in suits over IRS scrutiny

first_imgWASHINGTON – The Trump administration has agreed to what a lawyer described as a “very substantial” payout to hundreds of tea party groups to settle a class-action lawsuit over the extra, often burdensome IRS scrutiny they received when applying for tax-exempt status during the 2012 election.The settlement would end a chapter in a political scandal that dogged the Obama administration and continues to irk Republicans. In settling the case, the Trump administration is agreeing to government payments to groups that share its political beliefs. The conservative, anti-establishment tea party movement was something of a precursor to Donald Trump’s populist, America-first presidential campaign.Announced Thursday, the settlement still needs a judge’s approval.Eddie Greim, a lawyer representing more than 400 groups in a class-action suit, described the financial settlement as generous but would not elaborate because details remained sealed Thursday. The Justice Department made no reference to a payout in its announcement.The department said it is settling a second lawsuit with an apology from the IRS for the intensive scrutiny of the groups, which argued their constitutional rights were violated when they were singled out based on their political views.Republicans were outraged in 2013 when the IRS admitted the targeting, in part by zeroing in on groups with words such as “tea party” or “patriot” in their names. Many had their applications delayed for months and years. Some were asked improper questions about their donors and even their religious practices, an inspector general’s report found.The Obama Justice Department announced in 2015 that no one at the IRS would be prosecuted. It said investigators found mismanagement but no evidence that the tax agency had targeted a political group based on its viewpoints or obstructed justice.Republicans were disappointed again when the Trump Justice Department, under Attorney General Jeff Sessions, said it would not reopen its case against Lois Lerner, who had led the IRS office that processes applications for tax exempt status.Still, Sessions condemned the misconduct in a statement announcing the settlements.“There is no excuse for this conduct,” Sessions said. “Hundreds of organizations were affected by these actions, and they deserve an apology from the IRS.The groups that sued were “very pleased” with the settlement outcome, Greim said.“It’s a great day for the First Amendment and the promise of a fair and impartial government,” he said in a statement. “But this day was too long in coming.”Much of the agency’s leadership, including Lerner, resigned or retired over the scandal. One of the proposed agreements calls senior management “delinquent” in providing control and direction over the process. It faults Lerner for failing to tell upper-level management of the long delays in processing applications from tea party and other conservative groups.“These cases against the IRS shouldn’t have happened in the first place,” Sessions said during a speech at the Heritage Foundation. “They never would have been necessary if government had acted properly.”__Associated Press writer Dan Sewell in Cincinnati contributed to this report.last_img read more

RCMP investigate theft of a white Chevrolet Cavalier

first_imgWhen the owner returned a short time later, the vehicle was gone.The vehicle is described as:white4 doors2003 Chevrolet CavalierCst Chad Neustaeter, of the Fort St. John RCMP, says it is always a good idea to lock your car in order to deter theft.“Locking your vehicle, whether it is running or not, is always a deterrent for thieves who are looking for easy targets, such as the vehicle itself or the items inside.”RCMP say no other reports were received for additional vehicles from that area at that time.The Fort St John RCMP wish to remind drivers to take all measures to secure your vehicle.  A fine can be issued under the B.C. Motor Vehicle Act for Unsecured Motor Vehicle with a penalty of $81. The Fort St John RCMP continue to investigate and ask anyone who may have information in this matter to contact the Fort St John RCMP at 250-787-8100 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. UPDATE; Tuesday, March 12, 2019 – Frontline Dawson Creek RCMP members located the 2003 White Chevrolet Cavalier On March 6, 2019, that was stolen on March 2 in Fort St John, BC. The car was held for examination by the Fort St John Forensic Identification Services Unit.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St John RCMP received a report of a stolen 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier from the Totem Mall parking lot at approximately 8:30 p.m. on March 2.The Fort St John RCMP believe this was a theft of opportunity as the vehicle was left unlocked with keys inside while it was warming up.last_img read more

Premier Horgan releases statement after legislative assembly passes Income Tax Amendment Act

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – Premier John Horgan has released a statement after the legislative assembly passed the Income Tax Amendment Act.The Income Tax Amendment Act sets out the final pieces of the Province’s fiscal framework for liquefied natural gas projects in B.C.According to Horgan, the Act will secure the largest private-sector investment in Canadian history. Horgan says his government has set four stringent conditions for LNG in B.C. that will fit under the CleanBC plan.“Our government set four stringent conditions for LNG in B.C.: a fair return for our natural resources, jobs and training opportunities for British Columbians, partnerships with First Nations, and the project must fit within our CleanBC plan.”According to the Government, the LNG Canada project will create jobs and opportunity for Kitimat, the Haisla Nation and people in the North, and is expected to generate $23 billion in government revenues to support public services for all British Columbians.Horgan also says reconciliation with First Nations is vital to the project’s success.“The benefits of LNG Canada’s investment will require government’s full commitment for many years. A continued focus on reconciliation with First Nations, particularly those on whose territory the project will be built, is vital to success.”last_img read more

Crashcrushed Boeing rolls out safety feature previously sold as option

first_imgNew York: Boeing’s 737 MAX aircraft will be outfitted with a warning light for malfunctions in the anti-stall system suspected in October’s fatal crash in Indonesia, an industry source said, standardising a feature previously sold as an optional extra. The development comes as the manufacturer struggles to cope with the fallout from both the Indonesia crash and another in Ethiopia this month, which have cast a spotlight on the safety certification process and shaken confidence in a plane that is crucial to its future plans. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalKnown as a “disagree light,” this safety feature will become standard and is among the modifications the company will present to US authorities and clients in the coming days, the source told AFP on Thursday on condition of anonymity. Neither the Lion Air aircraft which crashed in Indonesia, nor the Ethiopian Airlines jet, had the feature, the source said. More than 300 people perished in the two cases. American Airlines, which operates 24 737 MAX 8, had bought the option, anticipating potential malfunctions, a source close to the matter told AFP. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostSo too had Southwest Airlines, the plane’s biggest customer, which also bought an additional “Primary Flight Display” option, according to a spokesperson. Modifications are in the final stages but Boeing wants to be certain this meets the expectations of regulators and customers, the industry source said. Neither Boeing nor the Federal Aviation Agency offered comment when contacted. But an industry expert, Scott Hamilton from Leeham Company, said the system should have already been included. “Instrument disagree warnings should be standard and they are important for pilots to know when instruments disagree with each other,” he said.last_img read more

Nonfilers of GST returns for 2 months to be barred from generating

first_imgNew Delhi: Non-filers of GST returns for two straight months will be barred from generating e-way bills for transporting goods effective June 21, the finance ministry said. Businesses under GST composition scheme, however, will be barred from generating e-way bill if they fail to file tax returns for two consecutive filing periods, which is six months. The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) has notified June 21, 2019, as the day from which any “consignor, consignee, transporter, e-commerce operator or courier agency” would be barred from generating electronic way or e-way bill for failure to file tax returns for the stipulated time period as mentioned in the GST rules. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details As per rules, a composition scheme taxpayer who has not furnished the returns for two consecutive tax periods and a regular taxpayer who has not filed returns for a consecutive period of two months would be restricted from generating e-way bill. In the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime, businesses have to file monthly tax returns by the 20th day of the subsequent month. However, businesses opting for composition scheme have to file quarterly returns by the 18th day of the subsequent month following the end of a quarter. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN) has put in place the IT system so that businesses which have not filed tax returns for the stipulated period would be barred from generating e-way bills. The move, officials believe, would help check GST evasion. During April-December, there were 3,626 cases of GST evasion/violations, involving Rs 15,278 crore. Touted as an anti-evasion measure, e-way bill system was rolled out on April 1, 2018, for moving goods worth over Rs 50,000 from one state to another. The same for intra or within the state movement was rolled out in a phased manner from April 15. Transporters of goods worth over Rs 50,000 would be required to present e-way bill during transit to a GST inspector, if asked. With almost two years into GST implementation, the government is now focussing on anti-evasion measures to shore up revenue and increase compliance. AMRG & Associates Partner Rajat Mohan said with this suppliers, transporters and e-commerce operators would be forced not to sell or transport goods to non-filers. “E-commerce, logistics, FMCG companies, and businesses working on the franchise model, would have to immediately develop and implement an automated workflow whereby defaulting business partners are moved out from the supply chain on real-time basis,” Mohan said.last_img read more

WTA Championships Williams and Sharapova Showdown

Serena Williams is not the type to show mercy to weakened opponents and Saturday proved no exception as the American demolished Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska to reach the final of the WTA Championships.Williams roared through her round robin group, winning all three matches, and proved unstoppable again in a 6-2 6-1 victory that set up a final against Maria Sharapova.Sharapova beat Victoria Azarenka, who will finish the year as No.1 in the rankings, with similar ease 6-4 6-2.Williams has yet to drop a set in the showpiece tournament while Sharapova has only conceded one set.World number three Williams, the outstanding player on the tour during the second half of the year in which she won Wimbledon, the Olympics and the U.S. Open, rattled off 39 winners against the leg-weary Radwanska.Radwanska, who took three hours and 29 minutes to beat Sara Errani on Friday, just about stayed with Williams until 2-2 in the first set but her resistance quickly crumbled against the 15-times grand slam champion.“Those last two matches really killed me, especially that I didn’t have the day off,” Radwanska, who was beaten in a tight three-setter by Sharapova in the group, said.“I really needed that. And especially that surface. It’s very sticky, so three and a half hours is a lot. I’m really tired today and I really wanted to run, but my legs didn’t.”Sharapova went into her match with Azarenka having lost four of their five meetings this year, including losing to her in three finals, but looked much fresher on Saturday inside the Sinan Erdem arena.Azarenka, who had sealed the year-end number one ranking by advancing to the semi-finals, lacked her normal power and foot speed and was no match for Sharapova who broke the Belarussian’s serve twice in the first set with some vicious returns.Read the rest of this story on reuters.com read more

Big Ten presents balance challenge for Buckeyes

The Big Ten may be slipping in national prominence for football, but men’s basketball is on the rise.The dominance of the Big Ten in men’s basketball began in the 2005 NCAA tournament. Big Ten teams occupied five spots in the NCAA tournament, three of which made it to the Elite Eight: Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan State. Of those squads, Michigan State and Illinois reached the Final Four, and Illinois made it to the National Championship game.Since 2005, the Big Ten has had at least four teams in the NCAA tournament every year and has made three appearances in the National Championship, including Ohio State’s appearance in 2007 and Michigan State’s in 2009. Seven teams from the Big Ten made the 2009 NCAA tournament; only the Big East earned as many spots.The results for the Big Ten were respectable with only Minnesota, Ohio State and Illinois losing in the first round. Michigan and Wisconsin lost in the second round, Purdue lost in the Sweet 16 and Michigan State lost to North Carolina in the National Championship game.The Big Ten has been well represented in the NIT as well, winning three of the last six, including OSU’s win in 2008 and Penn State’s victory in 2009.To begin this season, five teams from the Big Ten are ranked; only the Big East has more teams in the Top 25 with six. No. 2 Michigan StateThe Spartans are the highest ranked team from the Big Ten, but have also lost the most in the offseason.The biggest loss came with the departure of senior center Goran Suton. Suton averaged 10.1 points and 8.2 rebounds per game and was an offensive catalyst in last year’s National Championship run.The Spartans also lost senior starting guard Travis Walton, who averaged 5.1 points, 2.2 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.5 steals per game. Walton was a reliable point guard, averaging only 1.4 turnovers a game.The problem for the Spartans this year might not be who they lost to graduation as much as who they could lose to injury. Senior forward Raymar Morgan and junior guard Chris Allen have already missed parts of the preseason due to injury.Sophomore forward Delvon Roe and junior guard Durrell Summers were unable to finish the Spartans’ preseason game last Sunday with injuries. However, MSU has one of the deepest benches in the country and should be fine once the regular season starts, as all of the current injuries are not major.MSU has its first real test of the season Dec. 1 as it travels to Chapel Hill, N.C., to take on the defending National Champion North Carolina Tar Heels, currently ranked No. 6 in the nation.No. 7 PurdueOther than MSU, the Purdue Boilermakers were the only team from the Big Ten to make it to the Sweet 16 in last season’s NCAA tournament.Purdue suffered no major losses to its roster last offseason and is hoping to make a deep run into the NCAA tournament. Pollsters agree that they have the potential for that deep run and ranked Purdue No. 7 nationally in the preseason.Purdue has already had a taste of the injury bug as freshman center Sandi Marcius fractured his right foot and will miss four to six weeks. Marcius was expected to receive a lot of minutes as a backup to junior forwards Robbie Hummel and JaJuan Johnson.Hummel had a lingering back injury last year and is expected to lead the Boilermakers to a very productive season. After being named to the preseason All-Conference team last year, Hummel managed to average 12.5 points and seven rebounds per game, despite his injuries.Purdue’s first test comes Jan. 1 against No. 8 West Virginia.No. 15 MichiganMichigan seems to have finally re-emerged as a powerhouse team in the conference after being disciplined by the NCAA in 2003. The NCAA took away one scholarship per year and banned Michigan from postseason appearances from 2004-2008.Michigan’s first NCAA tournament appearance in 11 years ended in the second round against Oklahoma.The Wolverines did not lose any key players in the offseason. They return senior forward DeShawn Sims and junior guard Manny Harris, a preseason pick for the Naismith Award, given to the best collegiate basketball player in the country. Together, they combined for 32.3 points and 13.6 rebounds per game last season.Michigan welcomes seven freshmen to the team this year, a large amount for any program in one year. Michigan plays No. 1 Kansas in Lawrence, Kan., on Dec. 19. No. 16 Ohio StateAfter a disappointing loss against Siena in the first round of last year’s NCAA tournament, Ohio State looks to get back to the NCAA tournament and have a better showing.The only player not on Ohio State’s roster from last season is center B.J. Mullens. Mullens entered the NBA draft and took his 8.8 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game with him. Mullens was not thought to be a major loss until senior center Dallas Lauderdale broke a bone in his right hand. Lauderdale is expected to return in another two to three weeks.Lauderdale will be replaced by fifth-year senior center Kyle Madsen and sophomore Zisis Sarikopoulos. Madsen only averaged 7.7 minutes per game last year.The heart of the OSU squad lies in the hands of guard Evan Turner and forward David Lighty. Lighty returns this year after playing only seven games last season due to a broken bone in his left foot.Turner led the team in points with 17.3 per game, rebounds with 7.1 per game and assists with four per game.Ohio State will be tested early in the season with a matchup against defending champion North Carolina, currently ranked No. 6 in the nation.No. 23 IllinoisIllinois lost four players in the offseason who accounted for 83.1 minutes played per game, including two starters.Three key players not returning are guards Chester Frazier, Trent Meacham and Calvin Brock. Together, the three averaged a combined 21.2 points, 10.5 rebounds, 8.9 assists and three steals per game.These losses may seem hard to overcome, but Illinois does return three of its four leading scorers and two of its three leading rebounders.Also, Illinois welcomes five freshmen to its squad, including three highly touted guards to help replace its backcourt. The Illini are a wild-card team who depend on the play of freshmen to dictate the success of their season.The only ranked out-of-conference opponent Illinois plays is at No. 24 Clemson on Dec. 2 during the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.No. 25 MinnesotaMinnesota lost no major players from a year ago, but made an addition with junior-college transfer Trevor Mbakwe.Gopher nation hopes Mbakwe can be the inside presence the team seemed to lack last season, but a legal snag will keep him from playing for the time being. Minnesota athletic director Joel Maturi said last Monday that until Mbakwe’s felony battery case is resolved, he will not be allowed to play.The decision will hurt Minnesota, but not drastically. The team is deep, with nine players returning that each averaged 11 or more minutes per game last season. Only two players last season averaged 25 or more minutes per game.One advantage Minnesota has, that no other Big Ten team has, is that they do not play any ranked non-conference games. This gives Minnesota the best chance for the best overall record in the conference.However, the NCAA Tournament selection committee could be reluctant to give Minnesota an at-large bid because of its weak out-of-conference schedule.The first indicator of whether the Big Ten is a real competitor or not will take place during the ACC/Big Ten Challenge Nov. 30 through Dec. 2. The Big Ten has never won the Challenge. read more

Ohio State volleyball players Steven Kehoe John Klanac setting up to go

A star player in college football, basketball or baseball usually has a good shot at being drafted or given a tryout on a team in the U.S. If all else fails and that player still wants to play badly enough, he or she can always go overseas. But if that person is a volleyball player, as Ohio State fifth-year seniors Steven Kehoe and John Klanac know, going overseas is the only option. It is not necessarily a question of talent. Kehoe, a setter, was named the NCAA Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player after leading the Buckeyes to a national championship with 51 assists in the semifinal against Penn State and 65 assists in the championship against California-Santa Barbara. Meanwhile, Klanac, an outside hitter, led the team with 16 kills in the semifinal and finished second in team kills for the season, with 372. The problem is, there are no professional indoor volleyball leagues in the U.S. Klanac said there have been attempts to create leagues but they have always fallen through because of a lack of money. The Association of Volleyball Professionals is a major beach volleyball league that holds most of its events in the U.S. It is in unsure standing, however. After filing for bankruptcy and holding no events for nine months, it restarted last month. Kehoe said making a move to beach volleyball would be unlikely for him considering its current state and that he prefers the indoor game. Klanac said it is a possibility for him, but that beach volleyball is a different game. “A lot of people think it’s just volleyball, but it’s really a whole different game and the strategies are completely different than you would have in indoor volleyball,” Klanac said. “Right now I’m just going to concentrate on indoor volleyball, six on six.” There are many professional indoor leagues in Europe and other countries. OSU coach Pete Hanson said there are strong leagues in Russia, Italy and Brazil. Klanac said he has heard France and Italy support good levels of volleyball. Because of this, top American college volleyball players on both the men’s and women’s sides are faced with a difficult decision: continue playing the sport they love far away from family and friends, or give up playing to stay home. But the decision is only half the battle. “I could be one year and done, or I could not even get signed. There is the potential for that to happen, even though I don’t think it will,” Kehoe said. “It’s really going to be kind of a play-it-by-ear, and that’s the beauty of it, that it is exciting.” Getting signed could be the longest and hardest part for both players, and there are different ways to go through the process. Klanac said he is putting film and highlights together to send to teams and he will also be looking to hire an agent. “They’ll kind of shop me around just like an agent would for a guy in the NBA or NFL and try to find me the best place for the right amount of money,” Klanac said. Kehoe said he is putting together a résumé and gathering video highlights, but he would rather not sign with an agent until the agent has gotten him a job. That is part of the advice he received from his sister, Bryn Kehoe, who just finished her second season playing professionally in Switzerland. She played last season in Switzerland’s A-League on a team called Neuchatel. Bryn played at Stanford from 2004–07 and won a national championship her freshman year. She said one of the hardest things about getting a contract overseas is having contacts and that if a player has the contacts he might not need an agent. “I’ve been talking with Steven about that and to be careful about what kind of agent he signs with,” Bryn said. “I don’t want him to sign a binding agreement if somebody can’t provide him with a good contract.” There is no typical contract for professional volleyball players. “It’s such a wide range. There’s some leagues that just don’t have a lot of money. You can get maybe a few thousand dollars to I’ve heard some of the U.S. Olympic guys making a couple million dollars in Russia,” Klanac said. “So it just really depends on where you go and how financially structured the league is and the team.” One of the standards for European leagues is that most seasons last eight months, something both Klanac and Steven said they will take advantage of by coming back to the U.S. during the offseason. Steven said he would like to come back to the U.S. whenever he gets a break. “In marketing for a contract, one of the things is that I want to be able to come home for Christmas,” Steven said. “It’s little things like that to make a contract good, not just necessarily the money.” Based on how many contracts work for professional volleyball in Europe, Steven might be able to find one that suits his desires. Bryn said that, as a professional player, there are no bills to pay. “Everything is taken care of,” Bryn said. “You’re usually provided with an apartment. Some players are provided with a car, transportation to and from the country. Sometimes you have meals at restaurants that are provided, so whatever is in your contract that you make is really just yours.” But that does not mean the adjustment to the professional game, especially in a new country, comes easily. “The mindset of a professional is very different. Part of it is being a professional but part of it is also the European mentality is much different than a collegiate or university team mentality,” Bryn said. “Especially with my first season, it was difficult because I didn’t understand that, as one of the professionals on my team, if the team didn’t succeed it was automatically my fault.” Hanson said one of the main challenges for American players is adjusting and getting through that first year. “Typically those places don’t know a lot about you as a player, and so you have to kind of go make a name for yourself and prove yourself,” Hanson said. “But once you kind of have opened that door a little bit, the word seems to get out that these kids coming from America are pretty good volleyball players.” After a player gets through that first year, there is no telling how long he will play. Bryn said she might play a couple of seasons more, or only one more, as she has other goals she is excited to accomplish outside volleyball, including obtaining a master’s degree, most likely in sports science. She said her plan is to see if there is a university coaching job open for volleyball so she can get her education paid for at the same time. She said OSU was “absolutely” an option. Klanac was on the other end of the spectrum. He said he sees himself playing as long as his body allows. He graduated with a degree in history and said going for a master’s in education is a possibility after he is done playing to teach history and possibly coach. Steven was a little less certain. “It’s really tough to say, because I don’t know how much I’m going to enjoy it and it’s going to be a completely new experience,” he said. “So I’m definitely taking it year by year.” Steven graduated with a degree in business and said he turned down job offers for the opportunity to play professional volleyball. “When I do come back I’ve made sure that, although I turned down these job offers, I’ve kept in good standing with the companies,” Steven said. “The opportunity to work in a big company in the U.S. is something that will be there for a while.” Regardless of how long they want to play, both are confident in the other’s abilities to play well at the professional level. “I think it’s something that John has had his mind set on and he’s going all in with it too,” Steven said. “This is his dream just as much as mine, and I know that he wants it and I know he’s going to get it done.” Klanac said it would be “pretty cool” if he, Steven and Bryn got to play in the same country. Bryn said it has been her and Steven’s dream, and Steven said it would be incredible. “The one thing I’ve definitely heard consistently from people who have played overseas is you want to have another American with you, or at least another foreigner,” Steven said. “So having people around like that to just share the experience with makes it a lot more worthwhile.” No matter what happens for the two, or where they end up, both said their love of the game and an opportunity to play it for a living far outweighed the negatives. “You hear all throughout high school and college you want to find a job that you love because you don’t want to dread going in to work,” Steven said. “Well, I can tell you every day I wake up and think, ‘Hey, I’m going to go play volleyball today.’ That’s a good day.” read more

Confidence level renewed for Ohio State womens volleyball after 2 wins

It’s been a season of streaks for the Ohio State women’s volleyball team: the Buckeyes won 13 straight to kick off the season, then lost eight in a row. Now OSU has won two straight and is hoping to build on its current streak.OSU got back to its winning ways Friday in impressive fashion. The Buckeyes swept Indiana at St. John Arena, marking their first three-set victory of Big Ten play. The next night, OSU notched another victory, topping No. 14 Purdue, 3-1.“Our confidence level has been renewed and supported, but I’m not going to sit here and say it’s high,” sophomore outside hitter Katie Mitchell said after beating the Boilermakers Saturday. “We know we still have a lot to work on.”Regardless of work left to do, freshman middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe said the pair of wins can be a difference-maker for her team going forward.“It feels like we’re right where we want to be honestly,” she said. “I think that this is going to be the turning point for us — this is just a lot of motivation for us going forward.”Mitchell, who sparked the Buckeyes with 10 kills off the bench against Purdue, said her team was ready from the outset.“Firing from all cylinders, ready to go,” she said. “Everyone’s on top, not only the front row, but the back row — everyone’s working together.”Coach Geoff Carlston praised Mitchell’s play: “It was huge, it was absolutely huge.”Mitchell’s career high in kills was good for fourth on the team, as senior outside hitter Kaitlyn Leary led the Buckeyes with 18 kills while Sandbothe and freshman outside hitter Kylie Randall each added 12.Junior setter Taylor Sherwin tallied 48 assists and a service ace against the Boilermakers, despite dealing with an illness the night before against Indiana. Against the Hoosiers, she recorded 30 assists and a service ace.“Taylor Sherwin is sick as a dog, we didn’t even think she was going to play today,” Carlston said after the sweep of the Hoosiers. “If we would’ve played another set, I don’t think she could’ve played.”In the streak-breaking victory against Indiana, Leary tallied 19 kills while Sandbothe chipped in with 14.“(Sandbothe) played really aggressive tonight,” Carlston said. “She’s got a toughness and a swag about her, and I thought she played excellent and showed that.”That aggressiveness paid off as the freshman picked up a kill to close out the sweep for her team’s first win in more than a month.“It’s huge to get that last kill, and it just feels so good and it feels so right for us right now,” Sandbothe said.Leary said the wins were about the team, and not about any individual’s success.“It was just a great team win,” she said. “Our passes were on and our defense was on. (Sherwin) did a great job of finding all of us hitters.”With the sweet taste of victory in their mouths, the Buckeyes will have some time to rest before their next match. OSU is scheduled to travel to Minneapolis, Minn., for a match against No. 11 Minnesota, Friday, before traveling to Madison, Wis., for a faceoff with No. 14 Wisconsin Sunday. read more

Basile doesnt like Marcelo Bielsas popularity

first_imgWith the most recent job that Marcelo Bielsa has at Leeds United in English football’s Championship, compatriot Alfio Basile thrashed him for his popularity.We can’t say that we don’t agree with the Argentine former manager Alfio ‘Coco’ Basile, who recently spoke to newspaper La Nacion and harshly criticized Marcelo Bielsa’s inclination towards marketing around his reputation in the sport. Since he started his career as a professional manager, we always wondered why everybody always regarded Marcelo as some kind of genius when he has never really won any major trophies at the highest level of competition. Every time the manager does take a big squad that has many world-class stars in it, something happens that usually ends up with him resigning or getting sacked and yet everybody who talks about him almost attributes the cure of cancer to his name. Someone from his own country finally came out and criticized the manager, who is currently coaching English club Leeds United on the Championship. It was Alfio ‘Coco’ Basile who talking to newspaper La Nacion, went after Bielsa for being so “marketing inclined”.Basile: “Bielsa es lo más marketinero que he visto en mi vida” https://t.co/4ptV7GRil7 pic.twitter.com/YpptC7xffF— LA NACION (@LANACION) August 23, 2018“I don’t want to talk about Bielsa because he is the most marketing-oriented person I’ve ever seen. It’s probably not his fault because he does look like a nice guy, but I still can’t explain how they agree to televise his Championship matches. Who paid that when he managed Lille for example? I just can’t believe it. Plus, he never wants to coach a top-tier club that is pressured to win titles. Who else has had his second division matches televised before? They wouldn’t even do that with Mourinho! I just can’t explain it. I actually spoke to him once in Atocha, the Madrid train station. I went to see the Argentina national team that played in Sevilla once, and he was managing the squad. He saw me and invited me to sit down for a coffee. I remember him asking me how the qualifiers were. After that, I never saw him again. His kind are weird guys, you don’t see them anywhere,” said Basile to La Nacion.? | Upon arriving at the ground, the players take time out to meet and sign autographs for our fantastic travelling support #AllLeeds pic.twitter.com/vfV9pba3jZ— Leeds United (@LUFC) August 21, 2018Bielsa’s real appeal.But studying a bit more about this character and trying to understand him, we do have to say that this is a man who studies football every hour of every day and never gets tired of it. Plus his tactical ideas when seen during a football match are very interesting, he does have offensive inclinations that are very entertaining to watch. Pep Guardiola himself has declared that he is a devoted Bielsa fan, every time he has time to speak about the Argentine only praise comes out of his mouth. But we still fail to understand why he still isn’t able to control his personality, because Bielsa has always had trouble or arguments with important people from every single squad he manages. There have been many reports from the players of Marcelo Bielsa treating them like garbage, the incidents with the Chilean national team players and the Athletic Club roster are well-documented.Diego Simeone goes after Real Madrid’s lack of style again Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – August 5, 2019 During a long interview for La Nacion, Diego Simeone came after Real Madrid’s lack of school and praised other clubs above them.We’ve all known…40’ Shackleton got to the byline, played a great ball across the goal and Kemar Roofe tapped home1-1 | #SWALEEpic.twitter.com/IXahkxic75— Leeds United (@LUFC) August 21, 2018Bielsa’s current form in Leeds United.Then there is the proof of his football philosophy, Marcelo Bielsa has played fantastic football at Leeds United since he first arrived in the Championship and currently has the squad in second place playing offensive football that is just as entertaining as Josep Guardiola’s Manchester City. It’s pretty easy for any marketing team of any club in the world to market a squad that plays football like that, Marcelo Bielsa is the perfect example of a man who executes his ideas just the way he wants to and there is a huge reason why a lot of people regard him in such high esteem. We still don’t know if Bielsa will be able to take Leeds United back to the Premier League, it would certainly be a great achievement in the Argentinean manager’s career and we would obviously love to watch him play against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in the next season of the top division of English football. We get why ‘Coco’ may be salty about this, but after a thorough analysis and consideration, we don’t agree with him anymore.El Leeds United de Marcelo Bielsa suma 3 victorias en 3 partidos. Así saca el balón jugado su equipo en Inglaterra. pic.twitter.com/ywlMWtyqaW— Fonsi Loaiza (@FonsiLoaiza) August 14, 2018What do you think Bielsa has that makes him such a special football manager? 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Arnautovic discusses mental pressure on footballers

first_imgWest Ham United forward Marko Arnautovic insists footballers are under far more pressure than many fans realise.The former Inter Milan striker came under fire from Stoke City fans after moving to West Ham last year.He was then vilified by the Hammers’ fans for a poor first half after the season before coming good to help save them from relegation.The Austria international has maintained that form this season with his five Premier League goals making him joint-third in the scoring charts. But he admitted to the scrutiny taking its toll.He said, according to Mirror:“It’s easy, from the outside to hammer people, hammer the players and say, ‘He didn’t do this well, he didn’t do that well.’”declan rice, england, West ham UnitedReport: England’s Rice gets death threats George Patchias – September 9, 2019 England International Declan Rice has received death threats.Rice a one time Ireland International, switched allegiances only this year. The West Ham United man played for…“But when you know the life of a footballer, you’ll cry, believe me! We don’t talk about money, you cry.”“Sometimes because there is so much pressure on you, you have to deal with this because a lot of players go, ‘I’m okay, no worries’ – it’s not right, “ but in the game, it’s affecting you.”Meanwhile, Arnautovic has revealed he would have become a businessman instead of a player if his dad had his way.The 29-year-old, who has since confounded his father’s expectations, also admits he can understand when supporters take their frustrations out on the West Ham team.Arnautovic explained: “There were a few occasions when my father told me that I have to go to this company to work, maybe to take a test to see if they’ll take me.“I got to the test and sat there and didn’t write anything, because I didn’t want to work there. I wanted to play football and wanted to make this my job.”last_img read more

Bahamas Crisis Centre on Marital Rape

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Dr. Sandra Dean-Patterson (Director)Release: Crisis Centre Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 27, 2017 – Nassau – Every individual in the Bahamas, men women and children have the right to live a life free from violence and be protected under the law.  In today’s Bahamas, married women living with their husbands do experience this protection when that husband beats or psychologically abuses them.  We understand and accept the notion that beating or abusing a married woman is wrong but somehow, we close our eyes or refuse to accept that they can be sexually assaulted by their husbands.  In the same way that a husband beats or murders his wife, he can also rape her.At the Crisis Centre we hear stories of women forced to have sex with their husbands despite their obstetrician’s advice to abstain following the birth of a baby, women getting HIV or STI’s from abusive husbands who have other women and force sex on them.  From many of those victims we hear the shame and humiliation they feel following sexual assault by their husbands and their sense of powerlessness.  These are but some of the examples where marital rape occurs.  It is a devastating and traumatizing experience for women to find out that our law does not protect them from this behavior.  Statements which misinform citizens about their right to safety or protection normalize violence and perpetuate rape myths and belief systems that husbands have the right to make choices for their wife’s bodies without their consent.  This is abhorrent and unacceptable.  The tendency has been to believe that stranger rape is the only real rape, but we know sexual assault occurs within dating, common law and marital relationships.  Marital rape occurs in a relationship where domestic violence is part of a pattern of behavior that women live with for years.To hear that the law does not prohibit husbands from forcing wives to have sex and to hear a debate in the country that speaks to the privacy of marital rape discourages victims even more and makes them question their country’s consideration for them and their right to be safe in their homes.  Marital rape is real, and we must name it as behavior that is inconsistent with human rights and healthy relationships within marriage.  It is our hope that the government will take this opportunity to develop a comprehensive domestic and sexual violence act which looks at all issues where persons are not protected under the law.center_img Related Items:last_img read more

Kante says Chelsea can be optimistic about todays match

first_imgChelsea will play against Manchester City in the English Premier League, in one of those games that will define the season.Chelsea and Manchester City will meet tonight in English Premier League action.And for Blues midfielder N’Golo Kante, his team can be optimistic about playing against the Citizens.“It was an important game for us when we played them in December,” he recalled about the 2-0 win over City last year, as he spoke to the team’s official website.“This will be another game, it will be difficult, but of course the last game gave us confidence that it is possible to win and I hope we’ll get a good result there.”“It’s been a little bit difficult away from home in 2019, but we will try to get the result we want because we need to start to have many wins to keep the top four spot,” he added.“I think we are a little bit far from the title race, but we will try to give our best until the season has finished.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“The most important thing is to finish the season in the top four. If we do very well and we are able to fight for the title, why not, but the most important thing is to get into the top four,” he commented.“I think if we have a review of the first six or seven months of the season, we have had a little bit of inconsistency when we lost some games to put us in the position we are in now, but we need to work hard, keep going and go on a good run. We are still in four competitions and we can reach our goals.”“I think I played some good and not so good games, but the most important thing is to play as a team, to complement our team-mates, to be organized and work together,” he continued.“I think in training we prepare the game in the best way and we need to reproduce that in the games.”I have chosen to join @chelseafc in 2016 as it has always been my priority. I want to thank the Management of the Club, the President and my agent for making this agreement possible. I am grateful to my teammates and to our amazing fans as the adventure continues. Common’ Chelsea pic.twitter.com/5hieULDX1L— N’Golo Kanté (@nglkante) November 23, 2018last_img read more

KPBSD Teachers Still Without A Contract

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Teachers and staff with the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District are still negotiating their contracts for this school year and frustrations are rising. Much of the remaining negotiations still revolve around healthcare. Currently, the district offers employees two plans. Staff can choose either a high-deductible plan, of which the district pays 90 percent of employee premiums, or the traditional plan, of which the district pays 85 percent of premiums, according to documents provided by KPBSD. Jesse Bjorkman Kenai Peninsula Education Association Bargaining Spokesman: “Kenai educators last heard from KPBSD leadership at the bargaining table in October. At this meeting KPBSD leadership made it clear that it is willing deficit spend to fund consultants and administrative programs rather than paying for the obligations to students and staff that it already has. Kenai educators are urging the district leadership team to rethink their priorities and come to the bargaining table with real solutions instead of more accusations and obfuscations of the truth.” Both the Kenai Peninsula Education Association and the Kenai Peninsula Educational Support Association have been in negotiations with the district since February of 2018 prior to their contracts expiring on July 1. Until an agreement can be made both associations will operate under the old contracts. Without a renewed contract staff will not know what they will end up making for the year. Bjorkman: “What KPBSD educators do in their classrooms everyday is nothing short of incredible. However, morale is at an all time low. We’ve never had a situation like this in my ten years here where so many educators are talking about going on strike, leaving our district or leaving the profession all together.” Later this month, negotiations will move into arbitration.last_img read more

Second Arrest Made In Sterling Burglary

first_imgOn Sunday, Troopers contacted Travis Brazington, age 28, of Sterling, in relation to the burglary. Baldwin was arrested and remanded to Wildwood Pretrial Facility on charges of Burglary 1, Attempted Theft 2, Possession of Burglary Tools, Criminal Mischief 4, and Violation of Conditions of Release. The original incident took place on March 3. Troopers responded to a suspicious vehicle parked at a Sterling residence. Mason Eugene Baldwin, age 42 of Soldotna, was contacted and found to be engaged in an active burglary at the residence. He was arrested and remanded to Wildwood Pretrial Facility on charges of Burglary 1, Attempted Theft 2, Possession of Burglary Tools, Misuse of Plates, and Criminal Mischief 5. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska State Troopers have arrested a second individual in connection with a burglary at a residence in Sterling on March 3.last_img read more

Kenai Medicenter Searched In Medicaid Fraud Investigation

first_imgAdditional details will be posted as they are made available. Members of the Kenai community, particularly members of the local medical community, who may have information related to this matter should contact Investigator Christie Loughton at 907-269-6279. A search warrant was issued by Anchorage District Court Judge David Wallace last Thursday in conjunction with the State of Alaska’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. The Office of Special Prosecutions could not comment on the specifics of the search, but according to the release the focus of the investigation is “questioned billing practices” by the MediCenter. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The MediCenter office in Kenai was searched on Thursday by a joint state and federal investigative team, according to a statement from Chief Assistant Attorney General Jack McKenna from the Office of Special Prosecutions.last_img read more