ALL FEMALE GRAND FINAL

first_imgFor the first time in it’s 30 year history, the NSWTA State Cup will have an all female event with the appointment of 3 Female Referee’s to officiate the Women’s Open A Grand Final.While the results and score lines have shown that the women’s game has advanced in skill and speed since last years tournament, the selection of an all female team to officiate a Grand Final is proof that the same is happening in the middle and on the sidelines with the female referees.The three are Karen Strachan, Sharon Foster and Sam Clark and with the Two Grand Final teams yet to be confirmed it should be a fantastic event and a first for the NSWTA State Cup.NSWTA Referees Director Ian Matthew explained that “Each of the 3 Referees had made significant progress individually throughout the tournament and their appointment to the Grand Final was a result of this. They have all Refereed Men’s A and Men’s 30’s over the last Two days and their performance in these games and throughout the tournament saw them selected to the Grand Final”. For full details including quarter and semi finals as well as the Grand Final results of the 30th NSWTA State Cup please click on the following link State Cup Website.last_img read more

7 days agoEl Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid postponed

first_imgEl Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid postponedby Carlos Volcano7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveThis month’s El Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid has been postponed because of fears of civil unrest.The match was scheduled for 26 October but there have been days of protest in Barcelona after nine Catalan separatist leaders were jailed on Monday.Both Barcelona and Real Madrid disagreed with calls to switch the game to Madrid.The clubs must agree a new date by Monday.La Liga made the postponement request because of “exceptional circumstances beyond our control” as more protests are expected in Barcelona on the day of the match.Protests have continued into a fifth day in Spain’s Catalonia region with protesters clashing with riot police. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Amazons NYC home in opportunity zone for Trump tax break

first_imgNEW YORK — Much of the New York City neighbourhood selected by Amazon for one of its new headquarters is in a federal “opportunity zone,” a designation created by President Donald Trump’s tax overhaul. The designation offers developers potentially millions of dollars in capital gains tax breaks to invest in high-poverty, low-income areas.Critics question whether Long Island City in Queens needs such breaks. Median income around Amazon’s planned campus is $130,000, poverty is half the city average and new buildings were going up long before the tax overhaul.Under the new tax law, officials in each state designated 8,700 such zones across the country that have high poverty and unemployment, and are in need of development.The site of Amazon’s other new headquarters in Crystal City, Virginia, was not in an opportunity zone.Bernard Condon And Stephen Braun, The Associated Presslast_img read more

German economy slowed in 2018 amid signs of global downturn

first_imgFRANKFURT — Germany’s economic growth eased to 1.5 per cent last year amid signs of a slowdown in Europe and the wider global economy.The growth figure announced Thursday by the government statistics agency was down from 2.2 per cent in 2017.German output fell in the third quarter by 0.2 per cent, but the dip was attributed to temporary factors such as bottlenecks registering cars under new emissions testing rules.Worsening economic data had raised fears that Germany may have turned in a subpar performance in the fourth quarter, for which figures will be reported Feb. 14. The statistics agency said there were “signs of a slight recovery” in the fourth quarter compared with the third.It was still the ninth straight year of annual economic growth in Germany.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Northwestel reporting major network outage for landline customers in Northern BC

first_imgAt this time, there is no service for customers and an estimated time for when service will be restored is unknown.In the case of a fire emergency, affected customers in the Fort Nelson area are being asked to call 250-775-0796 or 250-321-0924.For police emergencies, affected customers are asked to call the Fort St. John RCMP detachment at 250-787-8100.For more information on this landline service outage, you can visit Northwestel’s website. UPDATE as of 1:20 p.m. – We have been advised that normal telephone service has been resumed.FORT NELSON, B.C. – As of Monday morning, August 12, phone service provider Northwestel is reporting of a temporary major network outage that is impacting landline service in Northern B.C. and Whitehorse.According to a post on the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality Facebook page, the company is working hard to locate and remedy the issue.last_img read more

Australia political leaders use Chinese app to chase votes

first_imgCanberra: Australia’s prime minister and his political rival said on Wednesday they were not tailoring their political messages to suit Chinese censors as the politicians increasingly use Chinese social media to woo Chinese-speaking voters. Prime Minister Scott Morrison and opposition leader Bill Shorten each have accounts with China’s largest social media platform, WeChat, which they use to target the Chinese diaspora ahead of federal elections on May 18. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USCritics argue that the Australian political leaders risk being kicked off the platform if they don’t comply with Chinese censorship rules. Morrison said his account has not been subjected to Chinese censorship used on social media. “We haven’t experienced any such censorship,” Morrison told reporters. Bill Shorten, who leads the center-left Labor Party, was similarly unconcerned by the type of censorship that the Chinese Communist Party routinely exercises on Chinese social media. “I’m not fussed at all,” Shorten told reporters. “I do not feel censored by the Chinese government.” WeChat was launched by Chinese giant Tencent in 2011 and the app, known in China as Weixin, has become essential for daily life in China. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsMorrison’s account was registered in January under the name of a Chinese citizen in Fujian province, and Shorten’s account was registered to a Chinese citizen in Shandong province, Australian Broadcasting Corp reported. Morrison said his conservative Liberal Party was trying to transfer his account to Australia. “The way you set up a WeChat account, because of where it’s run, is you have to work through these overseas structures and we’ve been in the process now over the last week or so of seeking to repatriate how that’s done,” Morrison said. Shorten said he left his Labor Party to set up his account. The party said it was set up in early 2017 by an Australian resident who is employed by the party. It is jointly operated by Shorten’s office and the party. “Labor has never experienced any censorship of our communications on any social media platforms,” a party statement said. “We do not tolerate any outside interference that seeks to undermine our free and fair society.” Fergus Hanson, head of the International Cyber Policy Center at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, said politicians’ use of Chinese social media in the Australian political debate created the possibility of censorship and self-censorship on subjects sensitive to China. “It’s pretty outrageous that you’re in a situation where an Australian politician in a full-blown democracy is being censored in what they can say by the Chinese government trying to speak to other Australians within Australia,” Hanson said. “It’s absolutely preposterous.” Hanson’s own research estimated that there were 1.5 million active WeChat users in Australia including Chinese-speaking Australians, tourists and international students. Australia has a population of 25 million.last_img read more

NFL week 8 guide to fantasy football

Play ‘Em Ryan Fitzpatrick: Is there a hotter quarterback in the NFL than Fitzpatrick? Since taking over as the Bills quarterback, the Harvard grad has thrown for 969 yards with eleven touchdowns and four interceptions. Fitzpatrick should have no trouble against Kansas City, which has allowed eight touchdowns to opposing quarterbacks. Fitzpatrick is a great sleeper and worth a waiver claim against the Chiefs. Carson Palmer: Palmer erupted last week against Atlanta with 412 yards and three touchdowns. Look for Palmer to air it out against a Dolphins defense that has allowed back-to-back 300-yard passing games. Ryan Torain: Despite two fumbles, Torain turned in a solid performance last week against Chicago with 125 rushing yards. With Clinton Portis likely out, Torain will continue to get the majority of the carries against a Detroit run defense that allows 139 rushing yards per game. Thomas Jones and Jamaal Charles: Jones continues to be a factor and is a must-start against Buffalo. Last week against Jacksonville, Jones and Charles combined for 196 yards with two touchdowns. Quarterback Matt Cassel seems to have found the passing game, allowing Jones and Charles to run wild. Pierre Garcon: Garcon’s role will increase with Austin Collie recovering from hand surgery and Dallas Clark out for the year with a wrist injury. Defenses will continue to focus on Reggie Wayne, which will free up Garcon. Last week, Garcon had 103 yards and a touchdown. Coming off a bye, expect the Colts to take advantage of the worst passing defense in the NFL. Kenny Britt: Another receiver having a breakout year (seven touchdowns) is Britt. Britt torched the Eagles last week, 225 yards with three touchdowns. Britt has a tough task this week against the Chargers’ top-ranked pass defense, but at this point Britt is considered a starter. He has recorded a touchdown in five straight games. Bench ‘Em Matt Hasselbeck: Don’t be fooled by the chemistry between Hasselbeck and receiver Mike Williams. Seattle’s last two games were against Chicago and Arizona respectively. This week, Hasselbeck faces an improved Raiders defense that allowed Kyle Orton to complete 12 passes last week. The Raiders rank fifth in the league with 192 passing yards allowed per game. Ryan Mathews: One of the biggest disappointments this season has been Mathews. He has yet to eclipse 100 rushing yards and is losing carries to Mike Tolbert and Darren Sproles. This week, Mathews faces a Titans run defense that ranks 10th in the league. Mathews may breakout soon, but not this week. Michael Bush: Bush continues to be productive, but the problem is Darren McFadden. McFadden continues to shine and that leaves Bush playing the backup role. Last week, Bush had 52 yards and a touchdown. Expect Bush to struggle against a Seattle defense that allows 70 yards per game on the ground. Fred Jackson: Due to Fitzpatrick’s performances, Jackson has looked like an afterthought in Buffalo. Jackson carried 23 times for 73 yards against Baltimore last week. The Bills will be tested against a stellar Kansas City run defense. Consider Jackson a flex option in deeper leagues. Wes Welker: The Patriots passing game is not the same without Randy Moss, and Welker is struggling without him too. Last week, Welker had four catches for 25 yards. Defenses will continue to locate Welker and force Deion Branch or Brandon Tate to step up. Welker is considered a No. 3 Fantasy option from here on out. read more

Column JT Barretts best might not be enough versus Penn State

Senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) throws to sophomore wide receiver Binjimen Victor (9) during the Ohio State game against Maryland on Oct. 7 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes beat Maryland 62-14. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterGames against Virginia Tech, Michigan State, Penn State, Clemson and Oklahoma are quarterback J.T. Barrett’s only blemishes on a historic career at Ohio State. But all of that won’t matter Saturday against the No. 2 Nittany Lions.This game largely defines Barrett’s career. A win and Ohio State remains in the playoff picture; a loss puts the Buckeyes out of the race.Barrett is arguably playing better than he ever has in an Ohio State uniform heading into possibly the biggest game of his career. However, even if Barrett performs at his best, that still might not be enough for a victory against Penn State, which would be the first loss in his career he has played well enough to win.When looking back at Barrett’s complex, yet fruitful, five-year journey at Ohio State his play in losses sticks out like a sore thumb. Inaccuracy and a stationary offense, coupled with a poor offensive line and lack of skill at wide receiver, catalyzed the distrust in the offense and the call for changes at the quarterback position and the coaching staff. In his losses, he simply has never been good enough to win the game.Here are Barrett’s passing numbers in losses:Virginia Tech in 2014 – 9-for-29, 219 yards, one touchdown, three interceptionsMichigan State in 2015 – 9-for-16, 46 yards, one touchdownPenn State in 2016 – 28-for-43, 245 yards, one touchdownClemson in 2016 – 19-for-33, 127 yards, two interceptionsOklahoma in 2017 – 19-of-35, 183 yards, one interceptionThose statistics speak for themselves, but Barrett can win big games. His best game of his career is arguably at Michigan State in 2014, which is a game that draws a lot of similarities to Saturday’s showdown against Penn State. Michigan State was the reigning Big Ten champion with playmakers at the quarterback, running back and wide receiver positions. Barrett threw for 300 yards and scored five total touchdowns on the biggest stage he had played to date. He won in 2016 at No. 8 Wisconsin, home against No. 3 Michigan and he can win Saturday. However, the defense is the outlier that can decide the game.Penn State’s offense is cooking just as Ohio State’s offense is at the moment. Coming into Columbus off a 42-13 beatdown of then-No. 19 Michigan is a loud statement proclaiming the Nittany Lions as the team to beat in the conference, which will only be validated with a win against the Buckeyes. Even if Barrett plays the best game of his career, is the defense good enough to stop the Nittany Lions?It’s difficult to ask any defense to slow down Penn State running back Saquon Barkley; just ask head coach Urban Meyer.“He’s the best all-purpose guy we’ve probably faced in probably, maybe my career,” he said.Even if that defense manages to slow Barkley, there’s quarterback Trace McSorley, tight end Mike Gesicki and wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton to contain. For an Ohio State defense that has surrendered 33 passing plays of 15-plus yards and 10 plays of 25-plus yards, that task is almost asking the unthinkable.Especially when considering Penn State had 11 plays of 15-plus yards and six plays of 25-plus yards against a Michigan defense that is ranked near the top of nearly every defensive metric.“Sometimes when you play an offense like this, you feel like you don’t have enough players to do it,” defensive coordinator Greg Schiano said. “That’s definitely the challenge.”Barrett will certainly have his work cut out for him as well. He will face a Penn State defense that ranks first in opponents’ scoring, ninth in total defense and has several future NFL players on its roster. Yet, as mentioned before, Barrett is at the top of his game right now and can give Ohio State the performance it needs to knock off the Nittany Lions.But will Barrett receive the needed help?When Barrett wasn’t great in games last season, the defense saved him and the offense. This time around, he must be great. He must make as many crucial plays as possible. Even then, it might not be enough to keep Penn State from appearing a second time on Barrett’s list of losses. read more

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard calls for more discipline

first_imgRangers Football Club manager Steven Gerrard has called on his players to reduce their number of cautions after their 10-man win over St. Mirren.Rangers had a player sent off in their opening game against draw Aberdeen away from home, after striker Alfredo Morelos was sent off for a flick on defender Scott McKenna.The player’s dismissal was overturned and the decision reaped benefits as he opened the scoring for the Gers on Sunday against St. Mirren before defender Conor Goldson gave Rangers a comfortable 2-0 lead.Steven Gerrard saw his team reduced to ten men on the half-hour mark when Ross McCrorie was shown a straight red card.Gerrard who was pretty vocal about the sending off of Morelos in their first game decided against making any for the offense committed by McCrorie on Sunday.“I’m very happy with the result and performance in the circumstances. Again, we’ve got down to 10 men.” Gerrard said, according to Evening Times.Steven Gerrard, Michael OwenOwen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“I thought that was the correct decision. The referee got that one right.“The response from my team, every single one of them rolled their sleeves up and did what they had to do.“It was completely different to last week when we felt hard done by, said our piece and got justice in terms of the decision being overturned.“I thought the officials were really, really good today. They got the decision spot on and we’ve got no complaints.“I’ve spoken to the team and praised them for the result and clean sheet. But I’ve also spoken about discipline and composure out there.“It’s difficult enough with 11 men. We are picking up too many red and yellow cards for my liking. But we’ll learn, grow and keep going.”last_img read more

Giroud sympathises with Gary Cahill

first_imgThe Chelsea defender has been reported to want a move out of the club in January, after not playing in many of the team’s matches this seasonDefender Gary Cahill has been with Chelsea since 2012. From then on, he has appeared in 190 matches for his team, scoring 13 goals.But this season he has only appeared once for Chelsea, and that was to replace injured Antonio Rudiger on Sunday.And former Arsenal footballer Olivier Giroud understands Cahill’s unhappiness.“We have a lot of good players who can play in the starting XI. The problem is we have four or five center-backs and the coach made his choice,” Giroud told ESPN.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“Gary is not in a good position because it is quite tough for him, he doesn’t play so much. I understand that he wants to play more. At one stage I was the same and I didn’t like that. As players, we are happy when we are on the pitch.”“I think his heart is still in Chelsea and hopefully we will keep him because we need him,” he added.“He needs to be happy, that is the main thing, but I hope he stays because he is important for us.“He is a very good player. He’s been at Chelsea for six years, he is one of the faces of Chelsea and one of our captains. We need him,” he concluded.last_img read more