Position Vacant – National Communications Coordinator

first_imgTouch Football Australia is seeking applicants for the postion of National Communications Coordinator in Canberra. For a full position description please download the attached document. Applicants should send a two page letter of introduction addressing the selection criteria and CV to CEO Colm Maguire [email protected]   Applications for the position will close on Wednesday the 30th of April with the anticipated starting time of May 2008.Related Filescommunication_coordinator-pdflast_img read more

a day agoIFK chief explains sale options for Wolves, Watford target Alhassan Yusuf

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say IFK chief explains sale options for Wolves, Watford target Alhassan Yusufby Paul Vegasa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveIFK Gothenburg whizkid Alhassan Yusuf is facing frustration over hopes of a move to England.Wolves and Watford are keen on the midfielder, along with Anderlecht.However, IFK chief Pontus Farnerud admits a lack of qualifications for a UK work permit are likely to work against him.He told GT: “When it comes to sales, we must make sure that it is as good as possible for all parties. Then there is a regulatory framework to take into account and when it comes to a Premier League club, work permits are difficult. Then you have to look at what is best for the player together with the buying club.”Wolves could yet buy Yusuf and send him back to IFK on-loan.Farnerud added: “These are the solutions that exist and there is no secret behind it, but I would like to point out that we are not there now.” last_img read more

Brent Venables Stars In Funny Video About Construction Of Clemson’s New Football Facility

first_imgNo college football program does social media better than Clemson, and they’ve had a lot of fun with the ongoing construction of the Tigers’ new football practice facility, even though it isn’t expected to be complete until 2017. A few weeks ago, Dabo Swinney checked in on the progress Undercover Boss style. Now, defensive coordinator Brent Venables had his turn, starring in a very funny clip where he coaches up some of the guys working on the project.Coach Venables is ready to use the new Football Ops Facility……maybe a little too ready. #Clemsonhttps://t.co/n9Fo1BjYFx— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) May 31, 2016We wouldn’t want to be a player at the opposite end of the stare at the 30 second mark.venables starevenables stare 1last_img read more

Review 73yearold Rod Stewart lands his time machine in Edmonton

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Any number of moments at Rod Stewart’s Friday night concert could poke out from beneath the leopard print as a favourite. One example, the Royally-knighted singer comically slapping his plastic stool as if resentful, at 73, that he needed to sit down now and then.Or perhaps one might focus on four and a half business-glam costume changes where Stewart ended up in a ratty flattened cowboy hat for the finale.Maybe for some it was the singer’s impressively-long kicks of 20 soccer balls into the Rogers Place layer cake, which was followed by dropping balloons both great and small, floating by like luminous, colourful hippos the Boomer crowd punched ecstatically to the tune of one of the best disco songs ever, live. Twitter And of course, there was that familiar music: hits within whirlpools of AM radio hits going back to the Faces, Muddy Waters and a long-ago street-busking folksinger trying to find his voice around the edges of Sam Cooke. Tonight was certainly going to be a guaranteed trip on the time machine, but of what sort? How much schlock?For essentially my entire life I had a laser-focused memory of a couple photos my dad took of Stewart at the Coliseum back in April 1979, the helmet-haired singer in a shimmering silk pyjama pantsuit — the first moment I ever seriously considered somebody world famous whose work I knew and liked might come to town. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

BC to have only one store selling cannabis on first day of

first_imgVANCOUVER – On the morning of Oct. 17, British Columbians shouldn’t expect to wake up and see marijuana stores opening their doors.At least that’s the message from the province’s minister of public safety and solicitor general, Mike Farnworth.In a news release issued Sunday, Farnworth said the government’s first and only BC Cannabis Store will open in Kamloops and more retail locations are “anticipated” in the following months, with over 100 paid applications in various stages of entry.The government is also hoping to launch an online sales platform to ensure British Columbians can purchase non-medical cannabis regardless of where they live, he said.He says the province’s new Community Safety Unit will target illegal retail operations, and seize the product and records without a warrant. A fine will also be imposed based on the value of the product seized.Farnworth says penalties will also be imposed on those who sell cannabis to children or minors.Bootlegging or selling cannabis to minors, will continue to be a criminal offence punishable by up to 14 years in jail, in addition to provincial penalties of up to $50,000, jail time of up to six months or both, he said.Police are receiving specialized training and tools to tackle drug-impaired driving, he said.Graduated Licensing Program drivers won’t be allowed to have any marijuana in their system, and neither drivers nor passengers will be allowed to use cannabis in a vehicle.Farnworth said that this is just the beginning and the government will take stock of what happens on B.C.’s roads after legalization.“The legalization of non-medical cannabis is a historic shift in public policy,” he said. “It’s a considerable learning curve and, without a doubt, all levels of government will need to refine their policies and regulations in the years ahead.”last_img read more

River Forecast Centre says snowpacks still high across BC

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. — Officials with the B.C. River Forecast Centre say that though the Peace Region is seeing lower than normal levels, snowpacks across the province – including those near Fort Nelson – are extremely high.David Campbell with the River Forecast Centre said that on average, the provincial snowpack levels averaged 169 percent of normal on May 1st, an increase of around 30 percent since April 1st. The snowpack level is currently at 84 percent in the Peace River watershed, though the snowpack in the Liard watershed is 144 percent of normal.Campbell said that much of the snow in the mid-elevation levels has been melting for the past 10 days, with the warm weather expected to increase melting at higher levels. He explained that the rain forecast to fall across much of the Southern Interior later this week luckily won’t be heading to the Peace Region, meaning the region won’t see as much potential flooding compared to areas in the Okanagan and the Cariboo. Campbell however did not rule out the potential for more intense runoff action in the Peace, saying that the flooding experienced in the South Peace two years ago largely occurred because of a combination of melting snowpacks and heavy rain.last_img read more

Preparations for High on Ice almost complete for Friday

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With the High on Ice Winter Festival only three days away, preparations for this year’s Festival are almost complete.Marissa Jordan, Recreation Programmer for the City of Fort St. John, says set up is going great as crews have been working in Centennial Park for the past week, setting up for the Festival.“It’s great. We’ve had crews in there, they’ve started about five days ago. So our carvers carved the big (ice blocks), we call them the commission pieces; they carve them in advance so that they are ready for viewing.” The Pembina High on Ice Winter Festival Opening Ceremonies is taking place this Friday, February 15, at 4:00 p.m. in Centennial Park.The Festival runs from February 15 to the 18 in various locations across Fort St. John, with Centennial Park being the central meeting area. For more information and an event schedule, you can visit the City’s website. Jordan is reminding residents to stay out of Centennial Park as crews continue to set up for the Festival.“We’re just asking for the public to stay out of the space and let them work, and everything will be open to the public on Friday at 4:00 p.m. So the site is coming along, there’s just machinery, power tools, and extension cords and stuff sitting out, so we’re just saying it’s safer for the public to stay away and let these guys focus on what they’re doing. It’s all coming along very well, we haven’t had any hiccups, and they’re just out working away to have everything ready for Friday.”As for mitigating for cold temperatures, Jordan says they will be leaving the cancellation decision up to the individuals that run the events.“We have a lot of volunteer groups that assist. So we leave it into the hands of the individuals that run the events. If temperatures become dangerous, to the point where you’re standing outside for six hours, we don’t, obviously, want our volunteers being subject to that.”Jordan also says that if the temperatures were to get extremely cold,  the event will not be cancelled as there will be warming tents set up in Centennial Park.“A lot of our events in Centennial Park, for say, are in our tent. So we have heated tent space, and that’s where we host a lot of stuff so it doesn’t get cancelled and there is still a little bit of that outdoor element.”last_img read more

The Raptors Are One Win Away From Ending The Warriors Dynasty

The Raptors Are One Win Away From Ending The Warriors Dynasty

After a stunning, thrilling, come-from-behind 105-92 win in what may have been the last-ever game at the famed Oracle Arena,1Which erupted into thunderous “Let’s go Raptors!” chants late in the fourth quarter, by the way. the Toronto Raptors are one win away from capturing the first NBA title in franchise history. By definition, their opponents, the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors, are one loss away from elimination.Given the intense, yearlong speculation surrounding the free agency future of multiple Warriors stars — and the accompanying speculation that important longtime contributors like Shaun Livingston and Andre Iguodala could retire at the end of the year — this might also mean that the Warriors’ dynasty is one loss away from coming to a close.Golden State is one of just nine teams since the ABA-NBA merger to win the title in at least two consecutive years. Among that group, the Warriors are one of just five teams to win three titles in four or fewer years.2Counting the two Chicago Bulls’ runs in the 1990s as separate dynasties. With this era of dominance potentially ending as soon as Monday, it feels like a good time to check in on how the previous NBA dynasties and mini-dynasties ended.All but one of those teams saw its run come to an end with a loss against an opponent that either played in or won the NBA Finals that year.The mid-to-late 1980s Lakers were swept by the Bad Boys Detroit Pistons in the 1989 finals. Two years later, the Pistons were swept out of the playoffs by the eventual three-peat champion Chicago Bulls, who saw their own title run end with a second-round loss to the eventual Eastern Conference champion New York Knicks in 1994 after Michael Jordan retired to go play baseball. The Houston Rockets won both titles during Jordan’s absence, then lost to the eventual Western Conference champion Seattle SuperSonics in 1996. Those Sonics were the first victim of the Bulls’ second three-peat, which ended when Jordan retired again after the 1998 season. The early 2000s Lakers were dethroned by the eventual champion San Antonio Spurs in 2003. The late 2000s Lakers were knocked off by the eventual champion Dallas Mavericks in 2011.But the best parallel to this current series came in 2014 when the LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh-led Miami Heat were blown off the floor by the San Antonio Spurs. The 2014 finals marked the Heat’s fourth consecutive trip to the championship round — this is Golden State’s fifth consecutive trip — and the series played out in a manner that should sound eerily similar: San Antonio took Game 1 handily, then lost a close Game 2 at home. The Spurs then waxed the Heat in consecutive games on the road to take a 3-1 lead, before ultimately closing the series out at home.That’s exactly how the current finals series has played out, which is fitting because the 2014 finals MVP was Kawhi Leonard, who now leads this Toronto team. It was Leonard who led the Raptors on Friday to the monster third quarter that ultimately gave them control of Game 4 for good. Leonard scored 17 points in the quarter, shooting 5 of 8 from the field, 2 of 2 from three and 5 of 5 from the line.3Kawhi finished with 36 points and 12 rebounds, making this his 14th 30-point outing of the postseason. That ties him with Kobe Bryant and LeBron James for the most in the past decade. And after he had to single-handedly keep Toronto in the game while his teammates were busy shooting a combined 0 of 12 from beyond the arc before halftime, Leonard finally got a little help from his friends as the other Raptors hit 3 of 5 triples — and clamped down defensively — during the third period.Toronto’s 37 third-quarter points came on only 23 possessions, making it the most efficient quarter either team has had all series. The outburst also highlighted the issue that has defined this finals: Golden State’s defense has simply not been good enough. The Raptors’ first-half offensive rating was a scant 85.7 — but that was largely due to players missing the same kind of open looks they had been making earlier in the series. The shots started falling again after the break, and the Raptors lit up the Warriors to the tune of 140.0 points per 100 possessions.It’s not all that difficult to find reasons for the Raptors’ scoring success: The Warriors are incredibly banged up. (And this year’s defense was not quite as good as it was in previous years to begin with.) Kevin Durant has not played a second in the series. Klay Thompson was clearly hobbled by his balky hamstring throughout this game. Kevon Looney — somehow playing through a fractured collarbone — looked like he could barely move. DeMarcus Cousins is still not 100 percent after tearing his quadricep earlier in the postseason. Livingston is slowing down. Quinn Cook is a subpar defender. Alfonzo McKinnie can only occasionally be trusted. Jonas Jerebko and Jordan Bell seemingly cannot be trusted at all. And Stephen Curry is not the world’s best defender when he’s carrying his usual offensive burden. His shot-creation workload has necessarily limited him even more than usual on defense, and he has compounded those limits by taking silly and often unnecessary risks away from the ball.Toronto’s offensive rating for the series now stands at 115.1, per NBA.com, better than any mark the Cavaliers posted against the Warriors during their four consecutive finals clashes. This is also not the only series this postseason in which Golden State’s defense has struggled.4The Warriors had a defensive rating of 111.5 during their first-round series against the Clippers and a 112.1 defensive rating during their second-round series against the Rockets. Their defensive rating for the postseason overall is no longer even in the top 10 among the 16 teams that made the tournament. That is a major departure from their previous four trips to this round, when they ranked first, seventh, second and first among playoff teams in defensive rating.This Warriors team has overcome a whole lot during its time together. They have even overcome a 3-1 lead against an elite team. But no team in Golden State’s current position — down 3-1 and having lost both games at home — has ever come back to win a playoff series played under the current 2-2-1-1-1 format. That’s a lot of bad history to be working against.It would be one thing if the Warriors were playing things close and just coming up short, but that’s not really been the case. The Raptors have won the scoring battle in 13 of the 16 quarters played in this series. What the Warriors appear to need right now is a miracle comeback. With doubts about Durant’s ability to return to the floor — and with the Warriors having already lost a game during this series where Steph went supernova — it’s difficult to fathom that miracle materializing.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

The NFLs Week 1 Games Have Never Been So Close

The NFLs Week 1 Games Have Never Been So Close

But this year’s Week 1 results aren’t just close by Week 1 standards. The Broncos (over the Panthers), Bengals (Jets), Raiders (Saints) and Giants (Cowboys) all won by just 1 point: That’s the first time that four games in one week have been decided by a single point in 34 years.Since 1993, only one week has been as close on average as the 5.1-point margin tallied so far on opening weekend — Week 5 of the 2001 season. Since 1993, the standard deviation of from the previously mentioned 11.6-point average margin of victory was 2.3 points. That makes this season’s Week 1 a true outlier: At 5.1 points (pending tonight’s games), it is 2.3 standard deviations from average. The graph below shows the average margin in each week of the regular season since 1993: Of course, if you insist on having something to overreact to, your best bet for a hot take this morning is to look at the performance of the two NFC heavyweights, Seattle and Arizona. The Seahawks were favored by 10 points but needed a late touchdown to beat the Dolphins, 12-10. And Arizona, favored by 9 points against a New England squad without both Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski, missed a last-minute field goal and fell, 23-21. But given that Seattle and Arizona both rank in the top five in wins over the last three years, both teams have earned the benefit of the doubt after one mediocre performance. When a game takes an unexpected turn in Week 13 of an NFL season, it can easily be recognized for what it is: an outlier. But when a favorite is upset in Week 1, it’s harder to say whether the game is an aberration or a sign of how the rest of the season will unfold. Observers have such a tendency to overreact to the results in Week 1 that Football Outsiders has coined it National Jump to Conclusions Week.But this year, in a special Week 1 twist, there’s very little to overreact to, at least at a macro level. As usual, some games unfolded in fascinating ways — the Chargers blew a huge lead to the Chiefs, the Lions blew a huge lead but then still beat the Colts, the Raiders won on a 2-point conversion — but Week 1 should generate surprisingly few hot takes. In fact, the most notable result in Week 1 was how close the games were.Philadelphia beat Cleveland, arguably the worst team in the NFL, by 19 points. That otherwise tame result is notable for one reason: Of the 14 games played so far, this was the only game decided by double digits. That’s already tied for the single-week record, with two games (Washington/Pittsburgh and San Francisco/Los Angeles) still to play this evening.The NFL introduced free agency for the 1993 season, another in a long line of efforts by the league to create parity. From 1993 to 2015, the average margin of victory in Week 1 was 11.6 points; this year, pending the results of tonight’s games, the average margin of victory is a microscopic 5.1 points. read more

Mens gymnastics Buckeyes put together best performance of the season against Michigan

Ohio State sophomore Tristan Burke performs on floor against Michigan at St. John Arena on Feb. 4. Credit: Daneyliz Rodriguez | Lantern reporterThe Ohio State men’s gymnastics team was victorious at Saturday’s co-ed dual home meet against Michigan at St. John Arena with a final score of 422.200 against Michigan’s 404.950.After the first rotation on the floor, the Buckeyes already had an advantage over the Wolverines with a score of 68.100, while the Wolverines earned a 67.150.The Buckeyes proved triumphant on the pummel horse, as well, after receiving a score of 72.250 against Michigan’s 66.000. Redshirt junior Jake Dastrup received the highest pommel horse score on the team (14.90), the third best in the nation.On the still rings and vault, the Buckeyes received the best overall score of 69.300 and 71.450 respectively, extending their lead over Michigan following the fourth rotation with a running score of 281.100.Similarly, on the parallel and high bars, the Buckeyes received the highest scores of 71.900 and 69.200.Redshirt juniors Sean Melton and Dastrup received first place on floor with a score of 14.4 and on the parallel bars with a score of 14.7. Sophomore Tristan Burke placed first on the still rings with a score of 14.150. Redshirt senior captain Jake Martin was awarded first place on the horizontal bars with a score of 14.85.The team’s victory was followed by a ceremony dedicated to the senior athletes. For the seniors, this meet was their last at St. John Arena.“It’s pretty emotional because it’s been a difficult run-through in my college career, so to come out here and be able to do this was amazing,” Martin said. “I mean a year ago, I tore my achilles … a lot of people doubted if I’d be able to even do six events, so to come out here and do six events is the greatest memory I will have at Ohio State.”OSU coach Rustam Sharipov was more than pleased with his team’s performance which yielded a season-high team score.“Some of the scores were high and the guys, they worked for that,” Sharipov said. “The seniors did a good job and it’s always nice to finish your last meet at St. John Arena on a good note with Michigan coming and the rivalry and senior night, so I think it’s good. We had a lot of stakes … I’m proud of the guys for stepping up. Overall I’m happy with their performance because every weekend we keep improving little by little, so I’m happy.”Up next, the Buckeyes will face Penn State in a co-ed dual meet at State College, Pennsylvania, on Feb. 11. read more