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FIFA independent audit committee president quits following Council rule change

first_img1 Domenico Scala FIFA has been hit by fresh turmoil after Domenico Scala quit as president of the organisation’s audit and compliance committee over fears that new powers handed to the ruling Council could “impede” future corruption investigations.The FIFA Congress in Mexico City voted on Friday to hand the Council, which replaces the executive committee, the power to appoint and dismiss members of the independent judicial committees until the next Congress in Kuala Lumpur in 2017.That includes the two chambers of the ethics committee which have respectively investigated and suspended a number of officials in the past year, including former president Sepp Blatter.A package of reforms voted on at the extraordinary Congress in Zurich on February 26 included a motion to ensure that in future the judicial committees would be completely independent of the Council in order for them to investigate and punish wrongdoing without fear or favour.However, Friday’s decision appears to compromise the committees’ ability to fulfil their duties independently, at least until next year, and it has now led to Swiss-Italian businessman Scala tendering his resignation.Scala said in a statement: “On the occasion of its meeting on Friday, the FIFA Congress has delegated the election, or the dismissal respectively, of the members of the independent supervisory bodies – such as the ethics committee, the appeal committee, the audit and compliance committee and the governance committee – to the exclusive competence of the FIFA Council.“With this decision, it will henceforth be possible for the Council to impede investigations against single members at any time, by dismissing the responsible Committee members or by keeping them acquiescent through the threat of a dismissal. Thereby, those bodies are factually deprived of their independence and are in danger of becoming auxiliary agents of those whom they should actually supervise.“I am consternated about this decision, because it undermines a central pillar of the good governance of FIFA and it destroys a substantial achievement of the reforms. For this reason, I herewith declare my immediate resignation as president of the audit and compliance committee of FIFA.”FIFA’s new president Gianni Infantino said in his Congress speech on Friday that FIFA’s corruption crisis was over.“FIFA is back on track,” he told delegates.“So I can officially inform you here, the crisis is over.”Infantino also announced the appointment of Senegalese diplomat Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura as the organisation’s first female secretary general.last_img read more

The ‘Scouse Torres’ aiming to heap further misery on Man United

first_img MONEY ADVICE Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won BEST OF Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade silverware RANKED impact REVEALED Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Manchester United v Derby County is live on talkSPORT at 20:00 (UK time) on Tuesday 25 September here.Harry Wilson is gunning for Man United and for the Liverpool fan, winning at Old Trafford would be right up there.On loan at Derby from Anfield, the highly-rated midfielder scored his first goal for the club in the 3-1 win against Brentford and now attention has shifted to his parent club’s north west rivals.“Every Liverpool fan, every Liverpool player wants to go to Old Trafford and win every time we go there,” he said.“But we know they’re a good team so we’ll have to be on the top of our game.” Signed from Atletico Madrid for £20m in 2007, Torres went on to score 81 times in 142 games for the club and won the European Championship and World Cup with Spain in that time before leaving for Chelsea in 2011. At Stamford Bridge he won the FA Cup, Champions League and Europa League.Manchester United v Derby County is live on talkSPORT at 20:00 on Tuesday 25 September here. Most popular football news Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury On the left, a picture of Fernando Torres.And on the right, we have Harry Wilson.That is all. 😬 pic.twitter.com/ipR5WRNYaL— Fields Of Anfield Road (@FOARsite) July 9, 2018“To be fair I’ve had that quite a lot on social media,” the 21-year-old said.“I don’t see it personally but I think a lot of fans do.“I’d be delighted if I could achieve half of what he’s done, with his goal-scoring record and the trophies he’s won as well.” 1 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade no dice huge blow Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Torres scored 81 goals for Liverpool in 142 games What a win today!! Great performance from the team🐏 also happy to get off the mark⚽️🙌🏼 @dcfcofficial thanks to the fans for the support👏🏼👏🏼 pic.twitter.com/ouRKr5gl7E— harry wilson (@harrywilson_) September 22, 2018Wilson signed a new long term contract with Liverpool in the summer before going on loan to further his development and, after putting pen to paper, Anfield boss Jurgen Klopp said: “Harry’s development in the last few years is really exceptional so of course we had to keep the boy!“Now we see what we do with that, but it’s really good that his long-term future is, for sure, at Liverpool.“He’s a finisher, which is the most difficult thing to learn, he has the nose for a goal if you want.”On the subject of finishers, Wilson was recently asked about being known as the ‘Scouse Torres’ in reference to his resemblance to the former Liverpool striker, Fernando. REVEALED Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red cardlast_img read more

Busway changes our lives

first_imgSome San Fernando Valley residents who climbed aboard the Metro Orange Line last week and left their cars at home or in Park and Ride lots revealed an urban-savvy side that doesn’t fit the image of commuters in America’s most famous suburban enclave. Residents from perfectly middle-class, two-car-garage households started stepping onto buses, opening up their newspapers and heading out to jobs, theaters and friends’ neighborhoods as if it were no big deal for them to take public transit in Los Angeles. A Tarzana accountant and his wife attended a concert at the Disney Hall. A West Hills attorney rode to the courthouse. A Granada Hills woman took the bus to her job in the jewelry district. A grandma parked her minivan at home and took a group of friends to a show downtown. “I personally don’t love driving,” said Stacie Renee Halpern, a criminal defense attorney with offices in Tarzana, who rode the busway to the Van Nuys Courthouse during the Orange Line’s opening week. “When I’m in New York or any other large city that has a good transit system, I like taking the Metro. I wish L.A. had that, and I wish the Valley was part of it. The Orange Line’s a start. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “How many conversations did you see people having on the Orange Line instead of screaming at people in their cars?” Who knew that, amid the Valley’s sprawl of minimalls, ranch homes and freeway interchanges, lived so many middle-class commuters openly accepting urbanization? “That underscores, I think, some of the cultural changes taking place in the San Fernando Valley,” said Tom Hogen-Esch, who has studied the Valley as an assistant professor of political science at California State University, Northridge. “The Valley was developed in the 1930s, ’40s, through the ’70s, as a suburban escape from all things urban, and what you’ve had in really just the last 15 years or so is this process of urbanization going on, … this sometimes-painful transformation from quintessential suburbia.” He adds that for Angelenos in general, “public transit is kind of a new thing. … It’s part of that learning curve, … the middle-class overcoming the stigma of public transit that has long (existed) in L.A.” It’s no secret that buses in Los Angeles are used primarily by those who come from the ranks of the poor and working-class minorities; many of them can’t afford their own wheels. And the Orange Line carries plenty of house cleaners, restaurant workers and young people who don’t have cars or come from families in which two or more drivers share one vehicle. They are simply taking the busway instead of street buses. But also traveling east during morning rush hour is the downtown crowd – the middle-class professionals who transfer to the subway for the second leg of their journey. Some had already used the subway, but now they take the Orange Line instead of driving to the station. Other middle-class riders are total “newbies,” giving transit a try. But urban scholar Joel Kotkin says it shouldn’t come as a shock that Valley residents are acting like city dwellers since the Valley in essence is a city. Signs of urban life among the Valley’s nearly 1.8 million residents are easily found as pedestrians shop on Ventura Boulevard or pick over produce at the farmers markets, noted Kotkin, an Irvine Fellow at the New America Foundation. But the fact that a few middle-class residents brave the bus to go to work or, a couple nights a year, to the theater is no sure sign of newfound urban-life acceptance – or a wholesale repudiation of the car culture. The subway, Kotkin reminds, carries only a fraction of its projected ridership more than a decade after it opened. “They go through an early honeymoon period where everyone takes it,” Kotkin said about shiny-new commuter lines. “Try it in three months. When the Red Line started, there were all sorts of people in ties and jackets.” He thinks Orange Line supporters should see the busway for what it is – a cheap alternative to rail for transit-dependent people – and not fantasize that the Valley is a new center of world-class urbanity. “We’re not talking about sashaying on the Champs-Elysses,” he said. “If people want to get all enthused about it, that’s great. … Cafes and dancing seals at every stop? That’s not what you’re going to get.” Still, the evening ride to NoHo two Friday nights ago carried 63-year-old Walter Tuthill, a certified public accountant from Tarzana, and his wife, who climbed aboard at the Reseda Station and rode the Orange Line to the subway for a concert at the Disney Concert Hall. “The 101 is atrocious,” said Tuthill. In fact, he and his wife ended their 24-year subscription to the Ahmanson Theatre last year because they could no longer bear the commute down the Ventura Freeway. “We gave up what I thought were ideal seats because we were sick of the traffic,” he said. “It just wasn’t worth the headache to get down there.” Now they’re reconsidering season tickets. But whether middle-class riders stay on board remains to be seen. Truthfully, Tuthill and Halpern aren’t total transit newcomers. He used to ride Metrolink occasionally when he worked downtown, and she sometimes takes the subway to the downtown courts. But the addition of the Orange Line begins to build a network for them that both say would be enhanced if there were more bus-only lanes across the Valley. Kotkin doubts middle-class riders will trade their cars for buses in great numbers in the long run. But he still thinks the Orange Line should be extended to crisscross the Valley and go out to Thousand Oaks – since busways are so much cheaper than rail lines. The Orange Line’s original plans included similar north-south busways near Canoga Avenue and Van Nuys Boulevard. “We are a dispersed urban region and what we need are transit alternatives for that part of the population that needs it,” he said. “For the occasional person who, on the lark, takes it, that’s great. You don’t build the system for them. You build it for the person who depends on it.” Lisa Mascaro, (818) 713-3761 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! 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Top 5 Web Trends of 2009: Structured Data

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Other big companies are also heading in this direction – in particular, Yahoo was an early leader.Example 3: Wolfram Alpha Ever since Wolfram|Alpha‘s much hyped launch in May, we’ve been tracking this innovative product closely. It’s a self-described “computational knowledge engine” and while it’s not quite the Google killer some predicted, it has many potential uses. Wolfram|Alpha has a search engine-like interface, allowing you to type natural language statements into it. But the main part of the product is the computations you can do on data. The product is premised on using and computing data. If Web 2.0 was about creating data (a.k.a. user generated content), then the next generation of the Web is all about using that data.ConclusionWe can see from the above three examples that structured data is rapidly becoming a feature of today’s Web. Companies like Thomson Reuters and Google are enabling data to be structured, and new types of products (like Wolfram|Alpha) will make use of structured data in ways we perhaps can’t imagine right now.ReadWriteWeb’s Top 5 Web Trends of 2009:Structured DataThe Real-Time WebPersonalizationMobile Web & Augmented RealityInternet of Things Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Example 1: OpenCalais Our first example product, OpenCalais, is probably the best current example of Linked Data (which is a type of structured data endorsed by W3C). Thomson Reuters, the international business and financial news giant, launched an API called OpenCalais in Feb ’08. In a nutshell, OpenCalais turns unstructured HTML into semantically marked up data. It orders data into groups such as ‘people,’ ‘places,’ ‘companies’ and more. This way, third party applications and sites can build interesting new things from that data – one of the defining principles of Linked Data. For a full explanation of Linked Data, read Alexander Korth’s technical introduction The Web of Data: Creating Machine-Accessible Information from April 2009. I also explained the background and benefits of Linked Data in a May ’09 post entitled Linked Data is Blooming: Why You Should Care. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Example 2: Google Rich Snippets In May this year, Google added structured data to its core search, in the form of a feature called ‘Rich snippets.’ Essentially this feature extracts and shows useful information from web pages, by way of structured data open standards such as microformats and RDFa. On launch in May, Google invited publishers to mark up their HTML. While it will take a while for this markup to become widespread, the fact that a huge company like Google implemented it shows the increasing importance of structured data on the Web. richard macmanus This week ReadWriteWeb will run a series of posts detailing what we think are the five biggest, most cutting-edge Web trends to come out of 2009. We’ll be posting one trend analysis per day. Then at the end of the week we’ll publish a major update to our standard presentation about web technology trends. The first major Web trend we’re looking at is Structured Data. In prior presentations, this has sometimes been referred to under the umbrella term of ‘Semantic Web’. However the way 2009 has panned out so far, it’s become clear that this trend is much more than the Semantic Web. In this post, we’ll analyze the developments in Structured Data this year and provide you with 3 product examples: OpenCalais, Google, Wolfram Alpha.Editor’s note: This story is part of a series we call Redux, where we’ll re-publish some of our best posts of 2009. As we look back at the year – and ahead to what next year holds – we think these are the stories that deserve a second glance. It’s not just a best-of list, it’s also a collection of posts that examine the fundamental issues that continue to shape the Web. We hope you enjoy reading them again and we look forward to bringing you more Web products and trends analysis in 2010. Happy holidays from Team ReadWriteWeb!Web of Data, Not DocumentsTim Berners-Lee said in February this year that we’re now in a Web of Data, rather than a Web of Documents. The organization that Berners-Lee heads, the W3C, has heavily promoted two key initiatives that are helping to build this Web of Data: the Semantic Web and more recently Linked Data. However over the past few years, we’ve seen that there are many other ways to structure data and enable others to build off it. The best current example is surely Twitter, whose API has historically been responsible for around 90% of Twitter’s activity – via third party apps.The basic principle of the Web of Data is still the same as what Alex Iskold articulated on ReadWriteWeb back in March 2007: “unstructured information will give way to structured information – paving the road to more intelligent computing.” Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Features#NYT#Structured Data#Trends#web last_img read more

Historic Ceres-Negros run ends

first_imgA 0-4 loss away in Dushanbe three weeks ago meant the Busmen fell 1-5 on aggregate and sent Istiklol to the inter-zone finals where it will face either Bengaluru of India or 4.25 of North Korea.Super Herrera gave Ceres a glimmer of hope with a header off a corner in the 34th minute. But Dimitri Barkov pulled a goal back for the visitors just before the break, leaving the Busmen with a deficit too difficult to rise from.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCeres-Negros faces next a compressed domestic schedule that could see the Busmen play an average of two matches a week in the Philippines Football League.The Busmen’s run to the AFC Cup Asean zone crown has seen them postpone several matches in the PFL. LATEST STORIES Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s weddingcenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Pradera Verde crowds favorites for Pal Ladies crown Having played just 12 of the 28 matches so far with three months remaining in the season, the Busmen have plenty of catching up to do in the domestic league, which is expected to be finished in the third week of December. View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BACOLOD CITY—Ceres-Negros’ historic AFC Cup run came to an end Tuesday night at the hands of a big, strong and organized side from Central Asia.Facing a deficit that even the strongest teams can’t overcome, the Busmen were knocked out of the competition after a 1-1 draw with Istiklol of Tajikistan in the second leg of the inter zone semifinals at Panaad Stadium here.ADVERTISEMENT E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad last_img read more

Giannis Antetokounmpo goes 17/17 at free throw line, powers Bucks past Wizards

first_imgLuka Doncic scores 35 as Mavericks top Cavaliers Wizards point guard Tomas Satoransky brought the home crowd to life early with an emphatic driving dunk over Lopez. That gave Washington a 4-0 lead and prompted Budenholzer to call a timeout with only 45 seconds played.“We gave up a dunk in transition,” Budenholzer said. “We gave up a layup in transition. We turned it over twice. It was not a good 45 seconds.”Satoransky converted the three-point play following the timeout. But the Bucks responded with a 20-6 run to take the lead for good.TIP-INS:Bucks: Have six winning streaks of three games or more this season. … Budenholzer hopes Bledsoe’s absence won’t be a long one. “We’ll see today and tomorrow. We play again on Monday. I think it’s the right thing for Eric.”Wizards: Porter started despite entering the night as a game-time decision with a sprained toe. … Coach Scott Brooks received a technical foul between the first and second quarters.UP NEXTBucks: At Brooklyn on Monday night.Wizards: Host Atlanta on Monday night. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants “We came here off a big win last time where we had beaten Houston and sometimes the schedule catches up to you,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “And Washington played great the last time we were here. But for us to win Thursday night and to follow it up with a win tonight Saturday is a good sign.”Milwaukee had a 17-2 run late in the second quarter, led by 23 at halftime and 32 early in third quarter. Antetokounmpo scored seven of the last 10 points in big second-quarter run, including a thunderous slam over Jeff Green that led to a three-point play.Bradley Beal scored 24 points for Washington, Green added 20, and Otto Porter Jr. 18. The Wizards are 9-7 since losing All-Star point guard John Wall for the season because of a heel injury, and remain 10th in the East. Should they find their way into eighth, they could face the Bucks in the first round of the playoffs.“There was a message that they were sending,” Beal said. “And we play them again next week. So that’s got to be how I take it. They sent a message for next week.”WAKE-UP SLAMADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics PLAY LIST 02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Antetokounmpo scored 37 points, making all of his season-high 17 free throws in a perfect night at the line for Milwaukee, and had 10 rebounds to help the NBA-leading Bucks rout the Washington Wizards 131-115 on Saturday night.Coming off a big victory at Toronto on Thursday night, the Bucks have won three straight, nine of 10 and 20 of 24.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesBrook Lopez added 21 points, and Khris Middleton had 20 for Milwaukee. Starting point guard Eric Bledsoe sat out to rest a sore left Achilles.The Bucks were 24 of 24 from the free-throw line, hit 17 of their 39 attempts from beyond the arc, and played well enough to limit everyone other than Antetokounmpo to fewer than 30 minutes during the third stop of a four-game trip. They also avenged a 13-106 loss in Washington on Jan. 11, one of three games Antetokounmpo has missed this season. LATEST STORIES PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) dunks against Washington Wizards forward Jeff Green, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, in Washington. Green was called for a foul on the play. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)WASHINGTON — Giannis Antetokounmpo and the NBA-leading Milwaukee Bucks are all smiles — until game time.“As a team, I feel like we think about the game less,” Antetokounmpo said. “We just smile. We just have fun. And we know when the game starts at 7:30 or 7 o’clock, we’re going to do whatever it takes to win. We don’t try to overthink things.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Ateneo soars back to UAAP volleyball finals, stops FEU in its tracks

first_imgDA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles View comments This will be Ateneo’s seventh finals appearance in eight years, only failing advance to the championship of Season 80 after losing to—as fate had it—FEU in the Final Four.READ: Season on the line, FEU shows no quit vs favored Ateneo in Final 4FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I’m just an instrument, the most important thing today is the heart of my players,” said Ateneo head coach Oliver Almadro of the victory. “From the no.1 player down to the no.14, they really worked hard, pushed each other up.”The Lady Eagles will face University of Santo Tomas in the best-of-three finals showdown starting on Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue “We’re not finished yet, we will trust in the Lord, but we will work harder,” added Almadro.READ: Finals-bound Sisi Rondina, UST far from doneAfter taking care of a difficult third set, the Lady Eagles proceeded to dominate FEU in the fourth going on a blistering 9-1 start.FEU tried to mount a comeback with Jerrili Malabanan cutting the deficit to five, 15-10, with a strong kill from the middle but that was  the last push the Lady Tamaraws could conjure.Kat Tolentino floored FEU libero Buding Duremdes with a massive down-the-line kill for Ateneo’s 21-11 lead before the Lady Eagles got to the 24-12 match point with a well-placed kill from Ponggay Gaston.ADVERTISEMENT Heather Guino-o salvaged a couple more points for FEU, 24-14, before Tolentino finished things off.Tolentino led all scorers with 19 points for Ateneo while getting ample support from Maddie Madayag and Ponggay Gaston who had 12 points apiece.Malabanan led FEU’s offense with 18 points while Guino-o and Jeanette Villareal had 12 and 11 points, respectively. Ateneo Lady Eagles return to UAAP Finals. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Ateneo set up a return flight to the finals after ending Far Eastern University’s campaign with a 25-20, 21-25, 25-23, 25-14 win in the rubber match of UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Center.The Lady Eagles lost their twice-to-beat incentive as the no. 1 seed after Lady Tamaraws’ 10-25, 23-25, 22-25, 12-25, 15-8 win last Saturday, but recovered at the perfect time to regain their place in the title round.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nuggets’ Michael Malone coaches Game 5 with heavy heart after school shooting Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power gridlast_img read more

Zimbabwe axe captain and coach ahead of India series

first_imgZimbabwe have axed their coach Dav Whatmore and captain Hamilton Masakadza just days before the arrival of India for a five-match limited-overs tour.Zimbabwe Cricket cited the team’s poor performance at this year’s World Twenty20 tournament where they failed to make it out of the preliminary stage. (Also read: Sanjay Bangar named India coach for Zimbabwe tour) Former Australia Test batsman Whatmore, who coached the country of his birth Sri Lanka to the World Cup title in 1996, was handed a four-year contract in April last year.NTINI NAMED INTERIM COACHHe will be replaced on an interim basis by former South Africa fast bowler Makhaya Ntini.”Head coach Davenell Whatmore has had his contract terminated with immediate effect. Bowling coach Makhaya Ntini has taken over in an acting capacity until the appointment of a substantive head coach,” Zimbabwe Cricket said on Tuesday.”The board has also relieved Zimbabwe top-order batsman Hamilton Masakadza of the captaincy for all three formats of the game. His deputy, Graeme Cremer, will act in the interim.” Zimbabwe have also signed former South Africa all-rounder Lance Klusener as a batting coach for two years.Zimbabwe play India in three one-day internationals in Harare starting on June 11, as well as two Twenty20 games.last_img read more

Talking Touch – October

first_imgThere were plenty of stories about Touch Football in the media throughout the month of October, from articles about youth and masters players being selected for Australian teams as well as summer seasons starting across the country. To view some of the stories, please click on the links below. Five picked for Kiwi seriesTOUCH FOOTBALL: A five-strong Rockhampton contingent will represent Australia in the 2013 Super Trans-Tasman Series against New Zealand in Auckland, next year.http://www.themorningbulletin.com.au/news/five-picked-for-kiwi-series/1578217/ Seven In National Touch Football Call-UpTownsville Touch player Cohan Guerra expects pulling on the green and gold jersey of Australia to be the highlight of his playing career.http://www.townsvillebulletin.com.au/article/2012/10/26/368674_sport.html Nick will have a cheer squadWhether he’s featuring on the rugby league field or playing in a touch football team, Gympie schoolboy Nick Ellems has talent when it comes to footy.http://www.gympietimes.com.au/news/nickwillhave-cheer-squad/1595834/ JSS: Greystanes’ Marley Simbolon dedicated to touch football and rugby leagueMarley Simbolon has a life full of football, splitting his time between touch football and rugby league.http://parramatta-advertiser.whereilive.com.au/sport/story/jss-greystanes-marley-simbolon-dedicated-to-touch-football-and-rugby-league/Footy skills run in the family for Greystanes’ Kai SimbolonFooty skills run in the family for the Simbolons, with Kai the second member of the family to be nominated for a NewsLocal Junior Sports Star award this year.http://parramatta-advertiser.whereilive.com.au/sport/story/jss-footy-skills-run-in-the-family-for-greystanes-kai-simbolon/  Debut A Knockout For Wagga Touch THE Wagga Touch Knockout will return bigger and better in 2013 following the inaugural event, says competition convener Darren Reynoldson.http://www.dailyadvertiser.com.au/story/410791/debut-a-knockout-for-wagga-touch/ Absolum has family touchIt is not unusual to spot the surname Absolum among the list of Australian touch football representatives.http://www.dailyadvertiser.com.au/story/387188/absolum-has-family-touch/ Touch Footballers On Way To City For EventMore than 1000 touch football players from across New South Wales will converge on Maitland this weekend for the Hunter Western Hornets regional championships.http://www.maitlandmercury.com.au/story/421858/touch-footballers-on-way-to-city-for-event/ Fab Four Named As Maitland Touch Hall of Fame’s Inaugural MembersFormer Australian representatives Dean McManus, Gai Taylor, Judith Tynan and Tony Howard have been named the inaugural inductees into the Maitland Touch Association hall of fame.http://www.maitlandmercury.com.au/story/384417/fab-four-named-as-maitland-touch-hall-of-fames-inaugural-members/?cs=172 Coolah Touch Carnival To Celebrate 20 YearsCoolah Touch Football will be holding its 20th annual Coolah Veterans Touch Football Carnival at Bowen Oval on the weekend of November 3 and 4.http://www.mudgeeguardian.com.au/story/417856/coolah-touch-carnival-to-celebrate-20-years/ Couple Among 12,000 Masters CompetitorsCarolyn and Rob Brown first got in touch 21 years ago on the football field.Romance soon blossomed between the pair of avid touch footy players and they have been together ever since.http://www.goldcoast.com.au/article/2012/10/30/440785_gold-coast-pan-pacific-masters-games.html Concord Touch Having A Ball For 20 YearsA touch football competition that focuses on the social aspect of sport is celebrating its 20th season.http://inner-west-courier.whereilive.com.au/sport/story/concord-touch-having-a-ball-for-20-years/ Teams Get Ready for a Touch Up as Spring Comp BeginsIT’S time for touch football players in the Gladstone region to get a spring in their step and nominate a team for an upcoming tournament.http://www.gladstoneobserver.com.au/news/teams-get-ready-touch-up-as-spring-cup-begins/1601341/ Players Sticking With TouchWhen it comes to team sports many kids try, quit and move on to something different all too often.That’s why it is so refreshing for Mackay Junior touch co-ordinator Dean Cheetham to see young athletes sticking it out and showing true dedication to their teams.http://www.dailymercury.com.au/news/players-sticking-with-touch/1567556/ Twisters In Fine Touch For Brisbane CompToowoomba Twisters capped a successful debut season in the Brisbane division one touch competition with an 11-1 victory over First Contact on Friday.http://www.thechronicle.com.au/news/twisters-fine-touch-brisbane-comp/1573830/Youthful Swans ready for state title challengeSouth West Queensland Swans open women’s captain Lauren Potter believes the team’s youth won’t count against it at the Queensland Touch Championships.http://www.thechronicle.com.au/news/youthful-swans-ready-state-title-challenge/1588340/ U12 makes clean sweep in NQ meet Daily Mercury, 23/10/2012TOUCH FOOTBALL: Mackay’s under-12 touch football representative side is the best in North Queensland across their age group after claiming a tense 3-2 win against Townsville. Mackay’s Aiden Beard gained the player of the carnival award. Caleb Sinn was player of the final.The win completed a perfect carnival for the side, winning nine games from nine. Their opponents during the carnival included sides from Bowen, Cairns and Townsville.Team representative Dean Cheetham said he was “stoked” with how the young side performed.“I couldn’t be happier with the side,” he said.“I’ve had the same side now for three years and they just know each other’s games and have those set combinations.“I’m really proud of them.”Mackay sent nine teams to Townsville for the North Queensland Championships.Nuff Said put on a huge winCentral Western Daily, 22/10/2012The City of Orange Touch Association’s second round of senior matches delivered some huge scores.Four sides were able to put on 10 tries or more in their games which gave each of them wins.In mixed division three, Mixed Minions piled on 12 tries in their 12-2 win over Lachlan Reid.In the same division, Tropic Thunder recorded a 10-3 victory over Rhythm Personal training.Nuff Said were able to put on the most points in the round as they downed The Super Variety Buckets With Pepsi 13-2 in their men’s division four game.Don’t Touch My Pass were outstanding in attack and defence as they downed Untouchables 12-nil in their women’s division three game.Two teams went close to scoring double figures.Mix It Up recorded a 9-6 win over The Gleeson Homies in their mixed division 7 game.In women’s division three, Pocket Rockets downed OCS Crusaders 9-1.Two games in mixed division five were high-scoring and tight.Expendables played out an 8-all draw with That’s My Skillset, while Pretty In Pink and Duntry Verandahs finished their match at 7-all.Butter Fingers bounced back from an opening round loss to down Orange Anglican Grammer 5-nil in their women’s division four clash.The third round of games will be played this week with the mixed competition on Tuesday and the men’s and women’s games on Thursday.Second national call-up for StantonNewcastle Herald, 16/10/2012Macquarie Hills netballer Tanisha Stanton has added a second sport to her national representative resume after she was picked in the Australian under-18 touch football team last Friday.The 16 year old will be joined by her Wallsend Touch clubmates Yasmin Meakes, Caitlin Moran and Brea Singman in the 14-girl Australian squad for the three-game Super Trans Tasman Series against New Zealand in Auckland next February.It will be the first time the foursome has represented Australia in touch.In April Stanton was named in the national under-17 netball squad and has trained at the Australian Institute of Sport.”We were stoked because it’s a heaps big opportunity as we don’t live in Sydney,” Stanton said.”We don’t have the opportunity like all the girls down there to get the top coaching, so it was great to have four people from up here in the team.”Stanton and Moran both play left link, Meakes is a winger and Singman patrols the middle of the field.Stanton, Moran and Singman forced their way into the side through their performances in the NSW Combined High Schools side.Meakes, who has left school, joined the trio at the national training camp through the year at Narrabeen to press for her selection.The City of Orange Touch Association’sCentral Western Daily, 11/10/2012TOUCH FOOTBALL: The City of Orange Touch Association’s men’s and women’s open season begins tonight at Orange Ex-Services Country Club Oval.The action will begin at 5.50pm with bumper numbers predicted to light up the 2012-13 season.The women’s division one competition has jumped from four teams to six, with Royal Highlands, Royalettes, Zoom Zoom, Eat My Dust, Vivid and Nixons in the running this year. There is a total of four divisions in this year’s women’s draw.On the men’s side of the program seven sides will contest the 2012-13 open division one competition. Eight divisions will be contesting the men’s draw.Touch footyCentral Western Daily, 08/10/2012The City of Orange Touch Association senior competitions have reached their capacity.Almost 150 teams will play in the senior competition with the season starting this week.COTA president Kevin French said the committee was ready for a bumper season.”We’ve got a good set up this season. We’re very happy,” French said.”We have more numbers in the mixed comp. I think it’s more families.”In fact, the senior competitions are so popular, they can’t fit any more teams in.”We’re full to the eyeballs,” French said.”We’ve had to turn teams away. We didn’t want to have games starting at 10pm.”There are 64 teams entered in the mixed competition while 52 sides will line up in the eight men’s divisions and a further 29 in the four women’s grades.With so many people wanting to play touch football, the committee must be doing something right, but French said they are always trying to improve things.Right now, they’re working on getting information out sooner.”We’re looking to get the draws out for the first five weeks and then the draw for the rest of the season,” French explained.”We have a lot of information going up on our Facebook page and our website.”We’re trying to get our duty refs organised early so they can have a few weeks’ notice. That will take a lot of work but we’re working on that.”The junior competitions have already started on Wednesday afternoons and will this week play their third round.Plus representative trials are also underway for those looking to add to their commitments.The COTA mixed competitions will start tonight and the men’s and women’s open divisions start on Thursday.Games are played at the Orange Ex-Services’ Country Club from 5.50pm on both days.The family touch Chinchilla News, 04/10/2012Having represented Queensland in her beloved game of touch football a total of seven times, Brenda Rackemann never thought she would do so alongside her own daughter.That’s why the 2012 open women’s State of Origin series, held in conjunction with the National Youth Championships for the first time this year, was a sentimental one. Her daughter, 16-year-old Georgina Rackemann, was part of the school age Queensland girls team, so mother and daughter both donned the maroon uniforms at the recent carnival held in Port Macquarie. Georgia’s team were named national champions after going through the competition undefeated, which consisted of 18 state, territory, club and school teams, however, Queensland was less successful in the State of Origin and went down 3-0 to New South Wales.A Year 10 boarder at Fairholme College in Toowoomba, Georgia said she was humbled to represent her state and come away with a victory.“I’ve been playing since I was nine-years-old; it was a real honour to be selected to play in Port Macquarie.“I love touch football simply because it’s a competitive team sport and I’ve made lots of friends.”Brenda agreed, saying that she has made lifetime friends whom she met when she started playing the sport at the age of 19.“One of my best friends is from Dalby and she has a daughter who plays with and is mates with Georgia.”She said travelling for training, selection trials, competitions and games could be difficult and while she was approaching the end of her playing career she enjoyed coaching and mentoring young girls in the sport.Related LinksTalking Touchlast_img read more

Tsakos Columbia Chooses Electronic Payments for Crew

first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Pxhere Seafarers employed on Tsakos-owned vessels operated under its management arrangement with Columbia Shipmanagement will now be paid electronically as opposed to by ‘Cash-by-Master’.Under an agreement, signed with global maritime payments provider ShipMoney, the crewmembers will have complete control and access to their wages while onboard ship, including the timing and currency of remittances sent home.The contract with the Greece-based ship management company will see ShipMoney’s products being rolled out to its fleet of 90 vessels consisting of tanker, container and dry cargo ships, following a successful trial.“By introducing ShipMoney, we’ve been able to streamline the onboard crew payment process across the fleet by enhancing the safety in money transfer, reducing costs, saving time and providing a new benefit to our valued crewmembers and their families,” Harry Katsipoulakis, CFO of Tsakos Columbia Shipmanagement, said.“One of the important benefits to the deal relates to foreign exchange, which is often a hidden cost for crew. The majority of today’s crew are contracted and paid in US dollars and most employers remit individual US dollar wire payments to individual seafarer bank accounts. If the seafarer’s home bank account is not denominated in dollars, then the receiving bank has complete control over the conversion from US dollars to the currency of the crew member’s account,” Stuart Ostrow, President of ShipMoney, said.last_img read more