Everything you need to know about All Stars!

first_imgIt’s officially All Stars time and we couldn’t be more excited! The TFA All Stars will meet the TFA Indigenous All Stars in a three game series on Friday, 12 February and Saturday, 13 February 2016, with the latter two games to be played as curtain raisers to the NRL game at Suncorp Stadium.We’ve compiled everything you need to know here: Game Times (All times are AEST)Friday, 12 February – 3.45pm (Carina Leagues Club)Saturday, 13 February – 2.20pm (Suncorp Stadium)Saturday, 13 February – 5.55pm (Suncorp Stadium)Stay tuned to the TFA YouTube channel for highlights and the TFA social media pages for updates during the games. Team Lists There have been a couple of changes to the teams since they were announced in December. You can view the updated team lists below: TFA All StarsJayden BenbowHannah Dyball Dylan HennesseyTim GlazebrookKylie HilderSamantha Hopkin Leah Percy Rob McCarthyPeter Norman Steve RobertsSamantha RodgersKelly RoweKai Simbolon Emma Sykes Coach – Micheal LovettTFA Indigenous All StarsScott BundyKristian Congoo Justin CostelloCody Green Jemma Mi MiKobe Nona Paige ParkerLachlan Pierce Jarrad RotumahTahlulah Tillett Trent ToumaTamika UptonCarly WalshMarikki WategoCoach – Phil Gyemore RefereesMatt LaveryLuke McKenzieDenise WeierKeep in Touch! Keep up-to-date with all of the latest news, information and results from the 2016 All Stars:Website – www.touchfootball.com.auFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyausInstagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus Related Links2016 All Starslast_img read more

10 months agoYouseff Msakni in England for talks with Premier League trio

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Youseff Msakni in England for talks with Premier League trioby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTunisia forward Youseff Msakni is attracting Premier League interest.Msakni, who currently plays for Al Duhail in Qatar, has been in England this week trying to finalise a move ahead of the January market.Talks have been held with Watford, Cardiff City and Brighton.The three clubs are reported to be considering an initial six-month loan for the 28-year-old, with a view to a permanent deal, after the striker missed the World Cup in Russia with a knee ligament injury.Msakni scored 23 goals and provided 14 assists in 20 league games last season. last_img

2018 New Year Message from Leader of the Opposition, Dr. Peter Phillips

first_img Good governance, requires those in government to see themselves as stewards and guardians of public resources, which are to be spent for the public good rather than private benefit. As we confront the challenges of 2018, may God bless you all and may God bless Jamaica Land we love. Let me wish all of you a happy, safe and productive New Year. Story Highlights Let me wish all of you a happy, safe and productive New Year.As we usher in 2018, let us thank the Almighty for his many blessings that have sustained this past year.Even as we endured floods and the stresses of climate change, we were nevertheless spared the widespread devastation of the hurricanes which affected others in the region.Unfortunately, much of the difficulties we experienced during the past year were the result of failures of government policy.With the run-away murder rate that the country has experienced this past year, we extend our heartfelt sympathies to the many families that have suffered the loss of loved ones.Economic growth rates remain below expectations and the incomes of many workers, especially those in the public sector, have stagnated.I think I speak for the majority of well-thinking Jamaicans in expressing hope that the wage negotiations between the government and the public sector workers, including the Police, Teachers, and Health Workers, will be speedily concluded on the basis of mutual respect and realism.It is important that the government recognizes the tremendous sacrifices that have been made by these workers on behalf of the country in the recent past as the Economic Reform Programme got underway to put the country on sound footing.Surmounting these and other challenges will require a full-fledged and comprehensive mobilisation of the nation’s will. In turn, such a revitalisation of the nation’s spirit can only take place, if it is accompanied by a recommitment to high standards of governance.There must be no place for corruption or cronyism which as the Contractor General has suggested has become a feature of recent governmental operations. This is evident in the now infamous $600 Million Bushing Programme and also raises its head in the used car scandal the results of which have also hindered the efforts of the Police.Good governance, requires those in government to see themselves as stewards and guardians of public resources, which are to be spent for the public good rather than private benefit.Government officials must see themselves as subject to laws, rather than as breakers of the law whether in search of electoral or other partisan advantage. Good governance requires, too, that Jamaica protects its reputation internationally in the United Nations and elsewhere as a country that stands by its long-held principle as a defender of the causes of peace, self-determination and the rule of international law.Only by supporting these principles can small countries like ours be assured of our independence and our survival, in a world where some believe that “might is right”.Yet, for all this and despite all the challenges that we face the arrival of a New Year should give us hope. Our hope is in the resilience, tenacity, courage and good sense of the Jamaican people. Our hope rests on Jamaica’s long history and the great heritage of our forefathers and mothers who have overcome the challenges of centuries of history against great odds.As Opposition Leader, I pledge vigilance, moral courage and a willingness to have dialogue, and collaborate on initiatives that serve the national interest. My Shadow Cabinet and I will continue to play our part in holding the government accountable as we advocate for a better Jamaica that works for all, and not just a few.Now is the time for all of us in our families, in our churches, in our classrooms, and at our work places and on the corner to do what we can to bring an end to the scourge of violence and bloodshed that has spread across the country. Let each of us counsel peace, instead of war. Let us all make our contribution to the demand for higher standards of transparency and integrity in governance.The foundation of any country is its people, and their values and the courage and resilience that they apply in the face of the challenges of life. Let us resolve that in the course of this year we shall all redouble our efforts to build a Jamaica of peace and social justice, and which offers hope and opportunity and a real chance in life for all Jamaicans.As we confront the challenges of 2018, may God bless you all and may God bless Jamaica Land we love.last_img read more

Ex-employee appears before SC’s in-house inquiry panel

first_imgNew Delhi: A former apex court employee, who levelled allegations of sexual harassment against Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, appeared on Friday before the in-house inquiry panel which is dealing with her complaint.The three-member panel, headed by Justice S A Bobde, conducted its first in-chamber sitting during which the woman and the secretary general of the apex court appeared before it, an official source said. The source said the secretary general was present before the panel, also comprising two women judges — Indu Malhotra and Indira Banerjee — with all documents and materials. During the hearing, only the woman was present and the secretary general was not privy to the proceedings, the source said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The advocate who had accompanied the woman to the apex court was also not part of the proceedings, the source said, adding that next date of the hearing would be fixed by the panel shortly. On April 23, Justice Bobde had said that the in-house procedure did not contemplate representation of advocates on behalf of parties as it was not a formal judicial proceedings. “This is going to be an in-house procedure which does not contemplate representation of advocate on behalf of parties. It is not a formal judicial proceeding,” he said. He had clarified that there was no time frame to complete the inquiry and the future course of action will depend on “what comes out of the inquiry” which will be “confidential”. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KJustice Indu Malhotra was on Thursday appointed a new member of the committee after Justice N V Ramana recused himself. The development followed the complainant’s letter to the panel on Wednesday, expressing reservation over the inclusion of Justice Ramana on the ground that he is a close friend of the CJI and a regular visitor to his house. In the letter, she had also raised question over the presence of only one woman apex court judge — Indira Banerjee — in the panel set up to examine her allegations against the CJI. According to her, it was not in accordance with the Vishaka Guidelines. Justice Ramana, while recusing himself, had termed as “baseless and unfounded” the “aspersions” cast by the woman on him. He said he recused only to “avoid any suspicion that this institution will not conduct itself in keeping with the highest standards of judicial propriety and wisdom”. The woman’s allegations against the CJI were brought into the public domain by some news web portals on April 20. She had worked at Justice Gogoi’s home office in Delhi and the allegations were carried by the news portals based on her affidavit which was sent to 22 judges of the top court. In her affidavit, the woman described two incidents of alleged harassment, days after Justice Gogoi was appointed CJI last October and her subsequent persecution. The woman alleged she was removed from service after she rebuffed his “sexual advances”. She claimed her husband and brother-in-law, both of whom were head constables, were suspended for a 2012 criminal case that had been mutually resolved.last_img read more

NBA Power Ratings And Playoff Odds The Thunder And Suns Are In

Welcome to another edition of FiveThirtyEight’s NBA Power Ratings. Teams are ranked according to a projection of their strength over the coming week using Real Plus-Minus (RPM) player ratings provided by Jeremias Engelmann and Steve Ilardi. For a more detailed explanation of the process behind these numbers, see our first rankings post.Some stray thoughts on the rankings:The Oklahoma City Thunder are in a bit of a precarious position. After losing two of their three games over the past week, they occupy the 10th slot in the Western Conference standings. And despite the talent on hand, our simulations give them just a 53.5 percent probability of making the playoffs, down 19.1 percentage points from a week ago. It’s no coincidence that over the same span, the Phoenix Suns won two of three to move four games clear of Oklahoma City. The Suns’ playoff chances rose by 10.5 points to 50.1 percent.Sandwiched between Phoenix and Oklahoma City in the West standings is New Orleans, but the Pelicans check in with just an 18.1 percent probability of making the playoffs. Why? They have neither the Suns’ advantage in the standings nor the talent edge of the Thunder. That said, New Orleans is improving on both counts, winning two of three over the past week. The Pelicans’ projected rating is 1.1 points per 100 possessions higher in this week’s power ratings, thanks to progress on offense.Why did the San Antonio Spurs drop a two slots and lose a league-high 1.9 points per 100 possessions from their rating? Blame Tony Parker (mostly). Parker is struggling to find his form after a hamstring injury earlier in the season, and he has one of the league’s worst RPM ratings this season (which only got worse after a rough performance in the Spurs’ 20-point home loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday). The playing-time projections for our ratings see Parker logging more minutes this week, so the numbers view him as personally responsible for nearly half of the Spurs’ projected decline.The biggest raw gainers are the Minnesota Timberwolves, who upped their expected rating for the week to -7.0 from -10.6 a week ago, an improvement of 3.6 points per 100 possessions. A little of that is the remarkably rapid development of our buddy Andrew Wiggins, but it’s much more due to the return of Ricky Rubio. Plus-minus style statistics have always thought more highly of Rubio than the public at large, and here he carries the 26th-highest individual per-possession rating of any player in our data set. It’s doubly beneficial for Minnesota because Rubio’s return cuts into the minutes of Zach LaVine, who has been arguably the worst player in the NBA this season. (I’m at least allowed to say that, right?)As bad as my hometown Philadelphia 76ers have been this season, something jumps out about their coterie of ratings at the bottom of the table: Their defense is above average! The decidedly poor offensive RPM numbers of Nerlens Noel (-5.0), Luc Mbah a Moute (-3.6), Henry Sims (-3.5), K.J. McDaniels (-3.4) and even Michael Carter-Williams (-2.5) hides a collection of pretty decent defenders. For instance, Noel’s defensive RPM (+2.2) is roughly equivalent to that of DeAndre Jordan, who finished third in last year’s voting for defensive player of the year. Of course, the Sixers are still awful, and that means their offense must be especially bad to offset an above-average defense. Sure enough, they’re tracking for the worst offense (in terms of offensive rating relative to league average) in the history of major professional basketball. read more

University groups advocate for Ohio State against ESPN suit

Several university groups came to the aid of Ohio State on Wednesday in its case against ESPN Inc., in an ongoing dispute over public records. The Association of Public Land-Grant Universities, the Association of American Universities and the American Council on Education, all provided briefs to the supreme court in defense of OSU. The files in question involve several aspects of the NCAA’s investigation of the university, which led to the forced-resignation of former head coach Jim Tressel. In the suit, ESPN said OSU wrongfully cited the Family and Educational Rights and Privacy Act as a reason for withholding various documents. The university groups argued that OSU did nothing wrong. “Ohio State University has properly and necessarily protected confidential student information in compliance with the mandatory provisions of FERPA,” the statement said. In addition to complying with FERPA regulations, both OSU and the university groups argued that OSU acted legally in their response to several open records requests. OSU, in its response, wrote that “Ohio State University has not only met its Public Records Act obligations here, it has exceeded them.” OSU said it has provided every record, as required by law, and even created new records to fulfill some of ESPN’s requests. John Greiner, an attorney for ESPN, sent a letter to OSU on Sept. 16. “With respect to the FERPA defense, we simply disagree, and I believe we will need to have the Supreme Court sort this out,” Greiner wrote. ESPN stated in the lawsuit that producers at the sporting news network had made public records requests for all emails sent or received by President E. Gordon Gee, athletic director Gene Smith, compliance officer Doug Archie and Tressel, that included the keyword “Sarniak.” Ted Sarniak is a businessman in Jeanette, Pa., closely associated with former OSU quarterback Terrelle Pryor. It was widely noted that Sarniak was a mentor to Pryor during both his time at OSU and in his recruitment process. OSU’s media relations department cited FERPA as the reason for not initially supplying the records to ESPN. On Aug. 12, a month after the lawsuit was filed, OSU supplied a heavily redacted file of emails and compliance forms to ESPN and other members of the media. Also included in the university’s response to ESPN was a letter containing an explanation of the release of the records, and the university’s interpretation of the misunderstanding. “Consistent with our long working relationship and many telephone conversations, we viewed the process of responding to several of those requests as ongoing,” the letter stated. “The university was unaware that ESPN thought otherwise.” The university said through its letter that the withholding of records was not a malicious effort to block the records from ESPN, but a miscommunication of the clarity of the public record requests. In July, Jim Lynch, spokesman for the university, told The Lantern that normally they do not comment on pending litigation, but due to the circumstances they released a statement. “The university believes that it has adhered to all applicable state and federal laws,” Lynch said in the email. “The university has been inundated with public records requests stemming from its ongoing NCAA investigation and the university. These include voluminous requests from ESPN, which in turn has received a voluminous amount of information.” In an email to The Lantern in July, Lynch said the department actively works with media organizations to help fulfill requests. “While the university often receives media requests that are overly broad, given Ohio’s public record laws, we generally try to work with reporters to help them find the information they are seeking,” Lynch said in the July email. “Working within the boundaries of the applicable laws.” An attorney for ESPN has declined comment on several occasions saying “ESPN does not comment on pending litigation.” read more

Ohio State softball set for weekend rivalry series with No 5 Michigan

Junior outfielder Taylor Watkins (23) advances on the base path during a game against Michigan State March 22 at Buckeye Field. OSU won, 11-7.Credit: Kim Dailey / Lantern photographerIn a rivalry game, anything can happen. Heading into a weekend series against Michigan in Ann Arbor — currently ranked fifth in the country — the Ohio State softball team is playing its best ball of the year.The last time OSU (17-15, 5-1) played the Wolverines (26-6, 6-0) was in the 2013 Big Ten Tournament, when then-top-seeded Michigan won 3-2 after a two-run rally by the Buckeyes in the seventh inning came up short.Now, winners of eight of their last 11 games — including a sweep of Michigan State and two out of three games against Indiana — the Buckeyes have to stay aggressive on offense and avoid giving up big innings defensively to win this weekend, coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly said.“The team is playing with confidence right now regardless of the opponent, so I’m trying not to bring huge focus to the opponent, but to continue to feel good about what we are doing,” Schoenly said. “But do we want to beat Michigan specifically? Absolutely. Any true Buckeye does.”Junior right-fielder Caitlin Conrad said the team is progressing really well and that winning against the Wolverines would be a “huge deal” for the team.“The last couple years it has been rough playing them, but we are more than capable of beating them,” Conrad said. “The stands were full and loud the whole time (last year at Michigan), I don’t expect anything less than that this year.”Junior pitcher Olivia O’Reilly has emerged as OSU’s ace with a 6-2 overall record, 2.70 ERA and 51 strikeouts. O’Reilly has stepped up and given the team stability on the mound, Schoenly said.“She has grown so much in the last two months and has really come into her own out there,” Schoenly said. “Her success can be attributed to her ability to move the ball and keep the hitters guessing. She brings a fighter mentality to the defense.”O’Reilly grew up in Sylvania, Ohio, just a few miles from the Michigan border, and said playing for OSU is a dream come true after being a Buckeye fan her entire life. She knows how heated the rivalry can get though, and she said she lives in a “house divided” with her mother being a Michigan fan.“Playing against Michigan is like no other atmosphere I have ever experienced,” O’Reilly said. “There’s just something different in the air during rivalry week, and it’s such a battle every time we play.”Since starting the Big Ten schedule, the team’s offense has exploded, O’Reilly said. She hopes the Buckeyes can keep that up so they can stay competitive this weekend.“More than anything else, the Michigan series is about pride, and winning would definitely boost our team to a higher level,” O’Reilly said. “They have a good team and we fully expect to compete this weekend.”Heading into her last three-game series against Michigan, senior first-baseman Evelyn Carrillo has started 188 of 189 career games and has recorded 136 RBI.“Evelyn has taken her game to a new level and dominated thus far in the Big Ten,” Schoenly said. “This is exactly what you hope to see from your senior leader.”First pitch in Ann Arbor is set for 6 p.m. Friday. read more

Mens Basketball Ohio State braces for change of expectations following Michigan State

Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann calls out to the Buckeyes in the second half in the game against Michigan State on Jan. 7 in Value City Arena. Ohio State won 80-64. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorPreseason expectations for Ohio State’s men’s basketball team were about as low as they’ve ever been for the program. The Buckeyes missed not only the NCAA Tournament, but the NIT last season. Even with the change at head coach from Thad Matta to Chris Holtmann and the addition of three new recruits, Ohio State was not counted on as a contender in the Big Ten.That narrative is gone.After Ohio State beat No. 1 Michigan State 80-64 Sunday, the questions turned to the postseason. Will Ohio State contend in the Big Ten tournament? Not only will it make the tournament, but what seed will it be when it gets there?But Holtmann said after the game he will not look further ahead than Thursday. There will be no talk of postseason play in the locker room. Ohio State beat high-caliber opponents in recent seasons before and struggled shortly thereafter. It beat Michigan State at home last season and lost eight of its next 14 games to end the year.“We could go in the tank here the next couple weeks. We certainly don’t want this moment to define us,” Holtmann said Sunday. “And we don’t want it to be the pinnacle of the season, as good as it is.”The grounds for pessimistic preseason predictions were warranted. Ohio State finished last season with a 17-15 record (7-11 in the Big Ten), its worst record since a 14-16 showing during the 2003-04 campaign — the year before Matta was hired. There was no reason to believe Ohio State would be a Big Ten title contender.“I think you only have to open a college basketball preseason magazine and read where we’re picked: 12, 13, 14, 11. It’s all over, but it’s near the bottom,” Holtmann told The Lantern Oct. 25.“We’re not discarding this year as kind of a throw-away year in any way. We are pouring ourselves into this team and this year, and hope that it will pay dividends.”This team is not last season’s Ohio State squad. At this point last season, the Buckeyes had an 11-7 record, were 1-4 in the Big Ten and had embarrassing losses to Florida Atlantic and Illinois. This recent win for Ohio State is not necessarily a fluke. Though it did not win games against its previous three ranked opponents, it had not been upset by a heavy underdog and it was already 3-0 in the conference with wins against Michigan and Wisconsin. Just as Matta turned that 2003-04 team around into a 20-12 record the next season in his first season of coaching, Holtmann is at the forefront of an unscheduled turnaround for the Buckeyes. “I’m surprised. Coaches get surprised. I got surprised,” Holtmann said Sunday, referring to the speed of the turnaround his team appears to be taking.Ohio State received the 29th-most points in the most recent Associated Press poll and is listed as the 33rd-best team in the nation by Ken Pomeroy, who projects the team will finish the year with a 22-9 record and 13-5 Big Ten record. Bates-Diop is now appearing to be a favorite for Big Ten Player of the Year and is in Pomeroy’s list of the top 10 best players in the nation. The Buckeyes have only beat one team considered to be in the upper echelon of college basketball, and they are still not going to be viewed as a national title contender. But winning the conference is no longer out of the question, and neither is making the NCAA Tournament. The script might not be entirely flipped on this Buckeye team, but no one is going to sleep on them anymore. Other teams will take notice, starting with Maryland at 7 p.m. Thursday.Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo said the Buckeyes need to be prepared. Speaking as someone at the helm of one of the top teams in the nation, he knows what comes with the low number next to his team’s name.“This is what’s going to happen every night. It’ll happen to Ohio State. When you’re 15-2, 14-3, you know, 15-3, [the Buckeyes will] get ranked, and deservingly should be,” Izzo said Sunday. “You got to handle things a little differently because you’re going to get somebody else’s best shot.” read more

Thomas Tuchel is a huge Carlo Ancelotti fan

first_imgAhead of PSG’s match against Napoli on Wednesday, German manager Thomas Tuchel explained why he is such a big Carlo Ancelotti fan.There is no doubt that Carlo Ancelotti is one of the greatest managers in football history, which is why it must be very exciting for a coach like Thomas Tuchel to face the Italian manager on Wednesday when both sides play at Parc des Princes.The Napoli boss will go back to his former club, whereas the current French giants’ manager is going to face one of his idols and he couldn’t be more excited to do so.“At first I admired him as a player, I saw him on TV, he was in a big club and you could feel even through the TV that he was special,” Tuchel told a media conference via Four Four Two. “Then as a coach at AC Milan, his game was fluid. Watching Carlo Ancelotti’s teams was an inspiration to me.”Tuchel also revealed which players are possibly going to miss the match due to injuries: “Thiago Silva did not train this morning [Tuesday], we have another one [session] tomorrow but it will be a test,” he added.“[Verratti] trained today and that’s important because he had a muscular discomfort against Amiens. He trained without problems. It’s a special match for him because I think and I see that he loves Ancelotti.”PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.About the inclusion of the attacking quartet that PSG has, Tuchel added: “In this competition, the effort must come from everyone.”“We have an amazing team and players too. We are in a big club, a big city but we do not have a big experience in the Champions League. We are not used to reaching the last four and that’s why it’s so hard to improve in the Champions League.”“The four players are very important to us but we have to play as a team.”📈⚽ Pre-game stats ahead of #PSGNAP ⚡🔴🔵 #ICICESTPARIS pic.twitter.com/KyESH8jbzf— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) October 23, 2018last_img read more

Tevez speaks out against Conmebol

first_imgThe Argentinean Boca Juniors star is not happy the Copa Libertadores Final is taking place in Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu stadiumRiver Plate and Boca Juniors will play in the Copa Libertadores Final on Sunday at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.This decision was taken by Conmebol after the match in Buenos Aires had to be suspended for an attack on Boca’s bus.“It’s a CONMEBOL thing. This is a Copa Libertadores game and they did not consider neither the fans nor the players,” Tevez told Live Soccer TV.River Plate v Boca Juniors - Copa CONMEBOL Libertadores 2018Match Preview: River Plate vs Boca Juniors Boro Tanchev – September 1, 2019 It is time for one of the most intense derby games in the world, as River Plate and Boca Juniors go head-to-head tonight at 22:00 (CET).“As a friend told me, CONMEBOL has three nutjobs behind a desk who have no idea on how things should be handled.”“I apologize to the fans, this had nothing to do with us,” he added.“I’m not happy having to play at the Bernabeu, it’s not a good thing for us players to be removed from our environment to play a game such as this one.”“They took away from us the chance to celebrate in our bitter rivals’ ground, and they did the same to River fans, in case they were able to beat us,” he concluded.last_img read more