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Sport Development Webinar Series – Webinar Two

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first_imgThe Australian Sports Commission (ASC) is hosting the second in their series of free online webinars on Thursday, 30 May with ‘Inclusion in Sport – the Similarities, the Differences’ being the topic of discussion.The seminars are aimed at educating those working within the sporting industry and are run by a compilation of highly experienced professionals from within the sporting industry.The second webinar will explore the similarities and differences of inclusion between different population groups.The webinars are open to everyone, however spots are limited, and registration is required to be a part of the event.All registered attendees will have the chance to ask questions and access all webinar material following the webinar.To complete the registration process and book your spot in the webinar, or view the other upcoming webinars in the series, visit http://iwebinar.com.au/our_webinars/.Related LinksWebinar Twolast_img read more

Men’s 50’s World Cup Diary

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first_imgAustralian Men’s 50’s players, Len Ryan and Mark Hearnden, have told www.touchfootball.com.au about their World Cup tour so far. Len Ryan:A very rewarding experience yesterday visiting a couple of community aged care centres, very proud of my teammates showing lots of care, affection and attention towards our senior citizens.Our congratulations and appreciation goes out to TFA for a fantastic and well organised night where Matt Shirvington MC’d brilliantly and showed a lot of passion toward our sport.Big congratulations to a couple of teammates, a great reward for your contributions. Dean McManus being awarded the Ron Hanson Medal for the Flag Bearing duties and Greg Young inducted into the Hall Of Fame.Also another milestone with our Coach Mick McCall representing with his three daughters, Carlie, Melissa and Jess across the Women’s Open and 27’s Division.Mark Hearnden This morning’s visit to two nursing homes in Coffs Harbour was an experience that I will remember fondly for years to come. It makes me very proud of this sport to see it mature to such a stage that it considers such activities to be ‘business as usual’ to give back to the local community.It was wonderful to spend a couple of hours with the residents of these homes and to share morning tea. There were plenty of cuddles, hugs and even some dancing. Congratulations to TFA and to my fellow team mates.Keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the Australian teams at the 2015 Touch World Cup:Website – www.touchfootball.com.auFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (#TWC2015)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia Related Links2015 World Cuplast_img read more

Australian Youth and Masters Head Coach Expressions of Interest

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first_imgOver the next four years from 2016-2020 Touch Football Australia (TFA) will have numerous representative teams competing in various international events. The cycle will culminate in the 2019 Federation of International (FIT) Touch World Cup being hosted in Malaysia. Leading up to 2019 Australia will compete on the international stage annually. The full list of international events appears below: 2016 Auckland, NZ Open Trans Tasman2017 Australia Open, Youth & Masters Trans Tasman2018 New Zealand Open Trans Tasman2019 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia FIT Touch World Cup & Youth Trans Tasman Expression of Interest To support the High Performance Program TFA is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from suitably qualified, currently accredited and active elite level coaches to fill the following Youth & Masters coaching positions. Youth ProgramBoys 17’s Head CoachGirls 17’s Head CoachBoys 19’s Head CoachGirls 19’s Head CoachMixed 17’s Head CoachMixed 19’s Head Coach Masters ProgramMen’s 30’s Head CoachMen’s 35’s Head CoachMen’s 40’s Head CoachMen’s 50’s Head CoachWomen’s 30’s Head CoachSenior Mixed Head Coach For more information on the application process, please click on the attached memo below. Related Filestfa_youth___masters_coach_eoi_promotion-pdfRelated LinksHead Coach EOIlast_img read more

10 months agoSolskjaer: Man Utd players don’t need to be best friends

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first_imgSolskjaer: Man Utd players don’t need to be best friendsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists his players do not need to be best friends.He is putting his squad through their paces in Dubai during United’s mid-season warm weather training camp.Solskjaer revealed there have been some friendly arguments after practice games but said he wants to see even more niggle.“You don’t have to be best friends,” said Solskjaer. “The team spirit is great. We had one or two fights, but that’s just the demand, the standards you set.“If the session ends with a little bit of a quarrel I don’t mind that, because it means they’re winners, they want to improve.“If you settle for losing in training, you’ll lose when a game when it really matters.“It’s a long, hard season. You’ve got to deal with the wins, defeats, setbacks and players not playing.“They all want to play, but they all want the best for their mates and everyone understands it’s a team game.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Tesla CEO drops latest bombshell with 72B buyout proposal

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first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – Tesla CEO Elon Musk is gearing up to lead a buyout of the electric car maker in a stunning move that would end the maverick company’s eight-year history trading on the stock market.In his typically unorthodox fashion, the eccentric Musk dropped his bombshell on his Twitter account, which he has used as a platform for pranks, vitriol and now for a proposal to pull off one of the biggest buyouts in U.S. history.Musk got the ball rolling Tuesday after the stock market had already been open more than three hours with a tweet announcing he had secured funding to buy all of Tesla’s stock at $420 per share with no further details.At that price, the buyout would cost nearly $72 billion, based on Tesla’s outstanding stock as of July 27, but it’s unlikely the deal would cost that much because Musk owns a roughly 20 per cent stake in the Palo Alto, California, company. He also said he intends to give Tesla’s existing shareholders the option of retaining a stake in the company through a special fund, if they want.“Am considering taking Tesla private at $420. Funding secured,” Musk wrote in his first tweet, following up with “good morning” and a smiley emoji. He later tweeted that the only uncertainty about completing the deal is whether he can gain shareholder approval.The first tweet came hours after the Financial Times reported that Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund had built a significant stake in Tesla Inc., but it was unclear if that was the funding Musk was referring to. The Financial Times, citing unnamed people with direct knowledge of the matter said Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund had built a stake of between 3 and 5 per cent of Telsa’s shares.Musk’s announcement was initially met with widespread skepticism, with many people connecting the proposed price to 420 being a common slang term for marijuana.Musk also previously used his Twitter account to joke that Tesla was going bankrupt in an April Fool’s Day tweet and his stability was called into question last month after he called a British diver who helped rescue children from a Thailand cave a pedophile. That baseless tweet was quickly deleted and Musk apologized to the diver.The confusion caused by Musk’s Tuesday announcement via Twitter also prompted regulators of the Nasdaq stock market to temporarily suspend trading in Tesla’s stock. Although it’s unusual for a CEO to make such a major announcement over social media, it does not appear to be improper.“It’s very unusual for any CEO other than Elon Musk. This is not how you do it and it makes you wonder how seriously to take it,” said Erik Gordon, a business and law professor at the University of Michigan.Musk probably wasn’t violating any regulations by simply announcing that he was considering taking the company private, Gordon said, but his assertion that the funding already has been locked up could “expose him to at least potential legal risk” if it turns out that the financing is on shaky footing.Musk later brought some clarity to the situation in an email to Tesla employees that was also posted on Tesla’s blog. Trading in Tesla’s stock resumed shortly after the letter’s release, and the stock climbed 11 per cent to close at $379.57. Musk’s offer is 9 per cent higher than Tesla’s peak closing price of $385 reached nearly a year ago.By taking Tesla private, Musk believes that the company will be able to sharpen its long-term focus of revolutionizing an automobile industry dominated by fuel-combustion vehicles without having to cater to investors’ fixation on how the business is faring from one quarter to the next.Making money has proven elusive for Tesla while it has been investing in electric car technology and ramping up production of its vehicles, including a sedan with a starting price of $35,000 to appeal to a broader audience.The company has only posted a quarterly profit twice in its history and has never made money during an entire calendar year, something that Musk has been trying to change by cutting costs, including recent mass layoffs that trimmed Tesla’s workforce by 9 per cent. Tesla lost another $717.5 million in its most recent quarter.Musk “has been running Tesla like a private company with publicly traded stock anyway so this deal makes some sense,” Gartner analyst Mike Ramsey said.Tesla completed an initial public offering of stock in 2010, largely because Wall Street provided a convenient vehicle to raise billions of dollars to finance its expansion. By going private, Tesla will lose that convenient source of financing, something that could cause massive headaches if the company continues to burn through cash as much as it has in recent years, Ramsey said.Despite its challenges, Tesla has remained a favourite among many investors, partly because of their faith in Musk, who made his initial fortune as a co-founder of PayPal and also is the CEO of a trail-blazing aerospace company, SpaceX, that’s already private.But another substantial segment of investors are convinced Tesla is doomed to fail and are betting on the company’s eventual demise by becoming “short sellers” of its stock. Short sellers borrow shares from other investors and then immediately sell them on the premise that they will be able to buy them back at a lower price later to replace they stock they borrowed.Musk has long raged against short sellers and mentioned his desire to be rid of them as one of his reasons for taking Tesla private.“Being public means that there are large numbers of people who have the incentive to attack the company,” he wrote.If Musk decides against going private, Gordon said his credibility could take another hit, though one he could weather.“If he doesn’t go forward with it, it will end up be another Elon Musk big mouth faux pas,” Gordon said. “He will live to see another day. People will shake their heads and say, ‘that’s Elon.’”____Alexandra Olson reported from New York.last_img read more

NASA wants Canadian boots on the moon as first step in deep

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first_imgOTTAWA — The head of the U.S. space agency says he wants to see Canadian astronauts walking on the moon before long, as part of a first step toward exploration of the farther reaches of space.Jim Bridenstine, the administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, says he wants Canada’s decades-long space partnership with the U.S. to continue as it embarks on the creation of its new Lunar Gateway.The U.S. is seeking broad international support for the next-generation space station it is planning to send into orbit around the moon starting in 2021.Bridenstine says he wants Canada to contribute its expertise in artificial intelligence and robotics, and that could include a next-generation Canadarm on the Lunar Gateway and more Canadian technology inside.He says the U.S. return to the moon is a stepping stone to a much more ambitious goal: deep-space exploration that could include reaching Mars in the next two decades.Bridenstine is in Ottawa for a large gathering of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada, where speculation is running high about Canada’s possible participation in the U.S. space program.Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains, a vocal booster of Canada’s AI hubs in Ontario and Quebec, is also scheduled to speak, along with one of Canada’s former astronauts, Marc Garneau, the current federal transport minister.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

More rallies held to support pipelines speaker says convoy coming to Ottawa

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first_imgNumerous rallies and truck convoys have been held across Alberta and Saskatchewan in recent weeks to protest against federal actions that critics say will make building pipelines more difficult. Those include Bill C-69 to revamp the National Energy Board and Bill C-48, which would ban oil tanker traffic on British Columbia’s northern coast.A convoy in Medicine Hat, Alta., last weekend attracted 650 vehicles, according to police, and groups are planning one in February that will travel from Western Canada to Ottawa.“Today, I say to Ottawa, can you hear us yet?” Miller asked the crowd during Saturday’s rally.“Don’t worry, you’ll see us in February when we convoy to Ottawa!”A truck convoy was also held Saturday in Lloydminster, which straddles the Alberta-Saskatchewan boundary.Earlier this month the federal government announced it would spend $1.6 billion to help energy companies struggling due to plunging oil prices. The page stresses that the event is not connected to the so-called yellow vest campaign, which also advocates for pipelines but is associated with opposition to Canada signing the United Nations migration pact.“To be clear, we take issue with bad policies put forward by Justin Trudeau’s government, but we do not favour any political party. This movement is about supporting our families,” the Facebook post states. But Jason Nixon, who represents Rocky Mountain House in the provincial legislature, said what Alberta really wants is pipelines.“Trudeau, we don’t want your money. We want you to get out of the way,” Nixon said to the crowd in Rocky Mountain House.The groups Rally 4 Resources and Canada Action say in a Facebook event post that the convoy to Ottawa is intended to end Feb. 20 on Parliament Hill. The post says letters voicing support for the industry, as well as individual and family photos, will be delivered to the Senate.center_img ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE, A.B. – Speakers at another pro-pipeline rally in Alberta continued their attacks on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Saturday, saying if leaders in Ottawa don’t hear their message now, they will when a planned convoy arrives there in 2019.Chad Miller with the group Oilfield Dads told the crowd gathered in Rocky Mountain House that the province is suffering its “worst recession turned depression” in a generation due to weakened oil prices, exacerbated by a lack of pipeline capacity.“Even those that put away for the rainy days and then some have had to use their savings, and more, to try to weather this never-ending hard times scenario,” Miller said.last_img read more

Say no to cheese omelettes for healthier heart

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first_imgDo you savour cheese omelettes? If so, think again as consuming more eggs and dietary cholesterol may up the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and death from any cause, researchers have warned. The study suggests that egg yolks are one of the richest sources of dietary cholesterol among all commonly consumed foods. One large egg has 186 milligrams of dietary cholesterol in the yolk. “The take-home message is really about cholesterol, which happens to be high in eggs and specifically yolks,” said co-author Norrina Allen, Associate Professor at the Northwestern University. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”As part of a healthy diet, people need to consume lower amounts of cholesterol. People who consume less cholesterol have a lower risk of heart disease,” Allen added. For the study, which will be published in the journal JAMA, the team involved 29,615 adults from six prospective cohort studies for up to 31 years of follow up. They found eating 300 mg of dietary cholesterol per day was associated with 17 per cent higher risk of incident cardiovascular disease and 18 per cent higher risk of all-cause deaths. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardThe cholesterol was the driving factor independent of saturated fat consumption and other dietary fat, the team said. Eating three to four eggs per week was associated with 6 per cent higher risk of CVD and 8 per cent higher risk of any cause of death, they added. The researchers say that eating less than 300 milligrams of dietary cholesterol per day was the guideline recommendation before 2015. However, the most recent dietary guidelines omitted a daily limit for dietary cholesterol. The guidelines also include weekly egg consumption as part of a healthy diet. An adult in the US gets an average of 300 milligrams per day of cholesterol and eats about three or four eggs per week. Other animal products such as red meat, processed meat and high-fat dairy products (butter or whipped cream) also have high cholesterol content, said lead author Wenze Zhong from the varsity.last_img read more

Reviving folk music and culture in Bengal

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first_imgRamakrishna Mission Institute of Culture is going to present a unique programme on Loksangeete Mahajani Pad at the Vivekananda Hall of the Institute on March 30. The programme will be presented by Tapan Roy, an outstanding scholar of Lok sangeet or folk sangeet besides well-known theatre personality Bibhas Chakraborty.Folk music and culture have played an important role in Bengal’s varied and diverse cultural world. In undivided India, East Bengal was very rich in folk culture and music and there were great lyricists who had composed the songs in the local language. The folk songs spoke about communal harmony. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainIt was Lalan Fakir who became the leader of folk music and culture owing to his great work. Along with him, there were a host of great lyricists and composers like Gagan Harkara, Fikir Chand, Radharaman, Hasan Rajashah, Panju Shah, Durbin Shah, and Bijoy Sarkar among others. Over the past three decades, Tapan Roy has been carrying out intense research on folk music and culture and has held workshops and took part in programmes to make people aware of Bengal’s rich culture and heritage. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardRoy has directed music in dramas like ‘Lala Fakir’ by Iswar Chakraborty, ‘In the land of Chinopatra’ by Saibal Mitra and some teleserials. He has also composed music for group theatres like ‘Bahoorupi’, ‘Theatre Workshop’, ‘Samakalin Sanskriti’ among others. It may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has taken an initiative to bring back folk culture and music in Bengal. Over 2 lakh folk artists are getting month stipend and are taking part in regular programmes organised by various departments of state government. Folk artists are regularly visiting foreign countries where Bengal folk music is becoming increasingly popular.last_img read more

Illuminated Bagjola canal adds to nightlife charm in New Town

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first_imgKolkata: Dazzling colourful lights on the bridge over the Bagjola canal in New Town is a sight to behold.The bridge is situated close to the Biswa Banga Convention Centre and Zone The Park. In addition to the decoration with lights, the bridge the Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) has come up with illuminated fountains on the canal. The Bagjola Canal was used to offload garbage and rubbish till the canal was given a facelift. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaDuring one of her trips to the New Town city to hold an administrative review meeting Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee asked HIDCO chairman Debashis Sen if setting up of a floating vegetable market was possible on the canal. Following which the canal, which was full of hyacinth, was cleaned and steps were taken to beautify its banks. As the canal is situated close to the Biswa Bangla Convention Centre, which a venue for various cultural programmes, the Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation authorities thought that areas surrounding the canal should be developed to give it a new look. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThis apart, those who stay at Zone The Park often go out in the evening to take a stroll on the banks of the canal. Not only the banks of the canal, the beauty of New Town at night has attained a new height all together. US citizen Shiv Kumar Ganguly, who had been demanding a good park in the city for a long time, said: “My view on Kolkata changed ever since I visited New Town. Some friends took me to Eco Park, which can compete with any urban park in Europe or United States. Footfall in no park in the United States has crossed 10 million in five years. The Eco Park is so clean and maintained so well.” Many people from Kolkata and its neighhood visit New Town to see the lights at night. The specially-designed lights at the seven wonders are a real spectacle. The miniature Pyramid, Taj Mahal or the Great Wall of China look beautiful and close to real at night when the lights are on. It may be mentioned that HIDCO has taken several steps to conserve power as a part of clean and green city drive in New Town.last_img read more