Six things we are looking forward to at the 2016 National Touch League

first_imgIt’s officially National Touch League week and we can’t wait for all of the action to commence on Wednesday! We thought we’d compile a list of what we’re looking forward to most at the event. 1.     The return to the home of Touch Football, Coffs Harbour!The last time we were here was last year’s World Cup in May, so we are excited to be back at C.ex Coffs International Stadium for this year’s event. 2.     The return of elite level competition It feels like a long time between National Touch League events, so we can’t wait to see the best of the best take to the field in Coffs Harbour this week, including the Elite Eight series. 3.     The new-look Queensland Elite Eight teamsThe Queensland Elite Eight teams recently announced that they have aligned with the Queensland NRL Clubs, the Broncos (formerly Chiefs), Cowboys (formerly Outlaws) and Titans (formerly Stingrays). We look forward to seeing them take the field this week in their new look colours on Wednesday! 4.     Touch Football on TV!Last week we announced that Power Productions will be live streaming our grand finals on Saturday and they will appear on Fox Sports 1 in early April. Read more here and stay tuned for the links for Saturday’s finals. 5.     Hopefully lots of sunshine! We all know that Touch Football events and rain go hand in hand, but we are hoping that this time we can break the tradition with four beautiful days of Coffs Harbour sunshine. Our fingers are crossed! 6.     Plenty of live Touch FootballFor the first time, every single game on field one at the 2016 National Touch League will be live streamed to the TFA YouTube channel, so if you can’t make it to Coffs Harbour for the event, you won’t miss out. You can see all the links here. What are you looking forward to most? Let us know on your social media pages. Keep up-to-date with all of the latest news, information and results from the 2016 National Touch League:Website – www.touchfootball.com.au and www.ntl.mytouchfooty.comFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (#NTL2016)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia (#NTL2016)YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated Links2016 NTLlast_img read more

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A class apart

first_imgIndian billionaires are far outpacing the country’s industrial and economic growth numbers. Notably, the number of individuals in the Barclays Hurun India Rich List, 2018, having a minimum wealth of Rs 1,000 crore, grew by 100 per cent since 2016 to a record level of 831. India’s private wealth creation rate is, ironically, now all-time high despite rupee depreciation, rising crude oil prices and fall in industrial investment. The number of unicorns — any tech startup company that reaches a $1-billion dollar market value as determined by private or public investment — have crossed 20 for the first time. Interestingly, the pharmaceutical sector accounted for most of the wealthy entrepreneurs in the country’s fast-growing list of rich individuals, followed by the software and services sectors. The average wealth of these super-rich Indians in the Barclays list is around Rs 5,900 crore. Also Read – A special kind of bondAmong the Indian states, Gujarat has set the most impressive trend of generating wealthy entrepreneurs. Traditionally, Maharashtra tops the list, headed by Mumbai-based Mukesh Ambani. But, now Gujarat is fast catching up. As of last year, there were 58 billionaires In Gujarat. Gautam Adani tops the Gujarat billionaires’ list, followed by Cadila Healthcare’s Pankaj Patel. While Adani’s wealth is estimated at Rs 71,200 crore, Pankaj Patel has Rs 32,100 crore. IIT-Kanpur graduate Bhadresh Shah’ s wealth is over Rs 9,700 crore. With a capital of only Rs 100,000, the metallurgical engineer set up a small foundry that made pressure dye castings and succeeded in losing all his money in the first year. Bhadresh Shah of AIA Engineering is now one of the country’s richest entrepreneurs. Ahmedabad is home to 84 per cent of Gujarat’s 58 billionaires. Karsanbhai Patel is the fourth richest in the state with a wealth of Rs 9,600 crore. Two brothers of Torrent Pharmaceuticals — Samir and Sudhir Mehta — are next, each having Rs 8,300 crore. Of the total Gujarat billionaires, 49 are based in Ahmedabad, five in Rajkot, three in Surat and one in Vadodara. Also Read – Insider threat managementUnfortunately, the massive expansion of Indian billionaires in the last four or five years has not added much to the country’s overall wealth and employment. While the GDP, aided largely by imports, has grown by an average of only around 6.8 per cent, the industrial growth hovered around four per cent. India’s Industrial production rose only 0.1 per cent on a year-on-year basis in February 2019, following an increase of 1.4 per cent YoY in the previous month. India’s Industrial production index growth data reached an all-time high of 20.0 per cent in Nov 2006 and a record low of -7.2 per cent in Feb 2009. The Index covers mining, manufacturing and electricity sectors. The 150 per cent plus billionaires’ growth in the last four years had a little positive impact on India’s key economic indicators. It did not lead to noticeable fresh industrial investments, higher production, profitability, larger employment, better banking performance and lower international trade gap. Sadly, the country’s economic and industrial growth in the last five years has almost been jobless. The unemployment rate is rising in stark contrast to the growth of India’s wealthiest. According to data compiled by the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy, the unemployment rate rose to 7.2 per cent in February 2019, the worst in 28 months. The labour force is down 25.7 million since September 2016 and the number of employed persons has declined by 18.3 million in the same period. While the unemployment rate has shot up from 5.9 per cent in February 2018 to 7.1 per cent in January 2019, the labour participation rate — the proportion of the working age population, comprising those over 15 years of age, that is either employed or unemployed but actively looking for a job — has been ironically falling. Also, in contrast, bankruptcies are growing. And, so are the non-performing assets of India’s public sector-led banking system. The likes of individually rich Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi, Vijay Mallya, Anil Ambani and, now, Naresh Goyal have been contributing to the bank NPAs. As of March 31, 2018, provisional estimates suggest that the total volume of gross NPAs in the economy was Rs 10.35 lakh crore. About 85 per cent of these NPAs is from public sector banks. For instance, NPAs in the State Bank of India alone are worth Rs 2.23 lakh crore. In the last few years, gross NPAs of banks (as a percentage of total loans) has increased from 2.3 per cent of total loans in 2008 to 9.3 per cent in 2017. This indicates that an increasing proportion of a bank’s assets have ceased to generate income for the bank, lowering the bank’s profitability and its ability to grant further credit. Escalating NPAs require a bank to make higher provisions for losses in their books. The country would have strongly stood by its fast-growing billionaires’ brigade and rejoiced their achievement if their ever-growing private wealth also helped the creation of national wealth, bolstered the banking sector and created large employment and income. Indian billionaires would have probably felt more ‘at home’ in their home country than spending a fortune to ‘buy’ residential status in other countries such as the UAE, the USA, the UK, Cyprus, Thailand, Malaysia and Australia. The quantum of money sent through the liberalised remittance scheme alone to buy property abroad increased 59 times from $1.9 million in 2005-06 to $111.9 million in 2016-17. Many of them have become rich NRIs, living mostly on large business income from India, and receive red carpet welcome in the country on the NRI Day, observed once in two years on January 9 to mark their contribution to India’s development. Ironically, the day is marked in the memory of Mahatma Gandhi, once an NRI in South Africa, who returned to India on January 9, 1915, to lead the country’s freedom movement and never to return. (The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

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UNC head football coach Everett Withers joins Ohio State football staff

Everett Withers, the current interim head coach of the University of North Carolina football team, was hired Wednesday to join new Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer’s staff. Withers will be the assistant head coach, as well as co-defensive coordinator under Meyer, according to a press release. Withers will split defensive coordinator duties with current OSU head coach Luke Fickell. However, Meyer previously said Fickell will call plays for the unit. In his fourth season at UNC and his first as its head coach, Withers led the team to a 7-5 overall record and an appearance in the Dec. 26 Independence Bowl against Missouri. Withers will stay with the Tar Heels to coach its bowl game. A UNC football team spokesman declined to comment to The Lantern regarding Withers’ departure from the university. OSU did not immediately make Withers’ contract details available. Withers is currently in his 24th season as football coach of both NFL and college teams. Withers began his coaching career as defensive coordinator at Austin Peay in 1988 and would eventually hold other collegiate coaching position at Tulane (1991), Southern Mississippi (1992-93), Louisville (1995-97), Texas (1998-2000) and Minnesota (2007) before becoming UNC’s defensive coordinator and secondary coach in 2008. Withers has also served as defensive backs coach for the NFL’s Tennesee Titans from 2001-2006 and oversaw defensive quality control for the New Orleans Saints in 1994. The Independence Bowl Dec. 26 is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. kickoff while Fickell will coach OSU in Jacksonville, Fla., Jan. 2 when the Buckeyes play Florida in the Gator Bowl. read more

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Commentary Scarlet and Gray Sports Radio reflects on Ohio State footballs season

As members of the student-run Scarlet and Gray Sports Radio, we have been given a tremendous opportunity. Sports broadcasting is a rather exclusive field, and when we graduate from Ohio State, it’s highly unlikely we’ll ever get another chance to broadcast another Ohio State sporting event. It’s even more unlikely that we’ll ever get a chance to broadcast a Buckeyes football game ever again. That’s why this particular weekend is going to be a special one for all of us on the football crew for Scarlet and Gray Sports Radio. The football game against Michigan is always the most important sporting event in Columbus every year, but this weekend it’s about more than just bragging rights. This Saturday marks the end of a long (but not long enough) journey for this OSU football team, as players look to finish off an undefeated regular season against that hated school up north. As Woody Hayes once said with tears in his eyes, “It’s Michigan! It’s Michigan!” There shouldn’t need to be any reason other than that, for this to be the most important game of our lives. This year you can throw in the chance OSU has to be one of just two undefeated programs (depending on what Notre Dame does) and a potential Associated Press national championship. This is easily the most important regular season game we’ve had the privilege to broadcast, and as always with these rivalry games, there is a lot at stake. Not many people get the opportunity to even attend a game this important, let alone broadcast it out to the world. In our time covering this team, we’ve been able to follow them through the highs and lows of the last couple seasons. We were present for Devin Smith’s unbelievable game-winning catch against Wisconsin last year, we were there as the defense nearly collapsed in the final minutes against Indiana, and we were there as backup quarterback Kenny Guiton led the team down the field in the final seconds to force overtime, and ultimately win, against Purdue. It’s been an awesome journey, and this Saturday is sure to be a thrilling climax. As much as we love following the team in this capacity, it can be a humbling job sometimes. Since we broadcast online at our website OhioStateSports.net, we get listeners from all over the world. After the Nebraska game this year, we were lucky enough to receive a couple emails from active military members who listened from the Middle East. It was truly awesome to see. For the three seniors who will be on the call for the game, this is it for football. The one sport we all dream to broadcast and take a little more to heart. We worked hard, competing with other very capable and dedicated broadcasters just to get a chance to call a football game. But as many football fans know, this isn’t just a football game, it’s The Game. It’s up to every listener to decide how good a job we do when we put on the headsets every Saturday, but we do know it’s been nothing but a blast broadcasting OSU football this season, just as it is every season. It’s sure to be an exhilarating atmosphere Saturday in the Horseshoe, and we can’t wait to be there for all the excitement. No matter what happens, we will be able to say that we were the only OSU students that broadcast the Buckeyes’ shot at an undefeated season. That is pretty darn cool. read more

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Rooney reveals some exEngland players are jealous of the current stars

first_imgFormer England captain Wayne Rooney claims some of his ex-teammates are jealous of the success of the current crop of playersRooney, England’s 53-goal record scorer, who never got past a major quarterfinal during his international career recently admitted he wants only the best for the current players after saying goodbye after the friendly against the US.“I know there are some ex-players who I’ve spoken to who can’t come to terms with England doing well,” Rooney told several national newspapers before Sunday’s Nations League showdown with Croatia and reported by ESPN.“That is wrong. I’m not like that. I’m a fan now. I want England to do well. I’m proud to have played for England so many times and I always have been.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“I’ve had my time. I’m happy with what I’ve contributed to the national team and I look forward now to the next few years and watching this team progress.“I’ve enjoyed being around Gareth [Southgate], the players, the coaching staff and seeing how it’s all developing.“I wouldn’t say I’ve got regret [over my England career]. The main thing is that I can look back and say to myself I gave everything. It didn’t always work. It didn’t always pay off. But I have given everything when playing for England and I’ve tried to make us successful.“Sometimes everything just isn’t enough. But no, I’ve got no regrets. I’ve had my time and it didn’t quite work out in terms of trophies. I’m happy with my international career and I’ll always look back and be proud of what I achieved for England.”last_img read more

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Rudiger HudsonOdoi has asked me about Germany

first_imgGerman defender Antonio Rudiger revealed that his Chelsea team-mate Callum Hudson-Odoi has asked him about his homeland, amid interest from Bayern MunichAfter struggling to earn regular opportunities this season at Chelsea, Hudson-Odoi is understood to be keen on seeking a move away from Stamford Bridge this month.Now Bayern, who have reportedly had four bids turned down by Chelsea for Hudson-Odoi, confirmed their “great interest” in the 18-year-old on Wednesday.And Rudiger has admitted a move to the Bundesliga is definitely on the teenage winger’s mind.“He asked me about Germany. It was a general question from him,” said Rudiger, according to Sports Mole.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“He is still young, I can advise him, but at the end of the day he decides about his future“You can see it from both sides. He can develop here but he can develop in Germany as well — and don’t forget Bayern Munich are also a big club.“For his future, I wish him all the best but I just wish he stays with us.”Despite his lack of opportunities, Hudson-Odoi has started in Chelsea’s last two games in the FA Cup and Carabao Cup.last_img read more

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Dive into the Ferrari SF90 Stradales hybrid powertrain in new official video

first_imgThe video starts by reiterating the car’s all-electric range, good for about 16 miles and only running through the front wheels. Regenerative braking allows the battery to scoop up a little more charge under deceleration. There’s a Hybrid mode that prioritizes maximum efficiency, with a little help from the V8 mounted midship when demand necessitates.If proper performance is what you’re after — it’s a Ferrari, of course — there’s a Sport mode for that. In this mode, the V8 stays alive at all times, with a priority on keeping the battery charged.  At the top is Qualify mode, which points every piece of the puzzle toward scaring the living daylights out of the passenger, and perhaps even the driver.Whereas Ferrari’s last hybrid, the LaFerrari, was a limited-run hypercar meant for a select few lucky individuals, the SF90 Stradale is a proper production Ferrari, so more well-heeled buyers will be able to slip behind the wheel and get a taste of where Ferrari is headed over the next decade. Ferrari’s SF90 Stradale shows the shape of the modern hypercar 8 Photos Ferrari Share your voice More From Roadshow 2020 Audi R8 first drive: Improving an already fantastic supercar Post a comment 2019 Maserati Levante GTS: Heart of gold 1:36 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class first drive: If it ain’t broke… Ferrari 0 Tags Enlarge ImageIf every Ferrari video in the future could cop this aesthetic, that’d be just swell. Screenshot of YouTube The Ferrari SF90 Stradale plug-in hybrid is Ferrari’s first big step toward electrification, and it shouldn’t rankle too many cankles because it also happens to be the fastest Ferrari production car to date. Of course, achieving such a feat means an impressive amount of engineering, which is why Ferrari put together a video giving us more details about how it works.Ferrari this week released a series of videos to its YouTube page, taking looks at various parts of the SF90’s creation. One of the more interesting videos covers the powertrain, which combines the 4.0-liter V8 from the 488 GTB with three electric motors to produce a net 986 horsepower. Ferrari’s new SF90 Stradale is a 986-horsepower hybrid… Now playing: Watch this: Exotic Cars Hybrids Performance Cars Coupeslast_img read more

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Samsung to Launch Foldable Phone in 2019

first_imgSamsung used its developer conference in San Francisco Wednesday to officially announce that it will launch a foldable smartphone some time in 2019. The phone is using the company’s own new Infinity Flex display, which allows it to be folded and unfolded repeatedly without wear and tear.“When it’s open, it’s a tablet, offering a big-screen experience,” said Samsung vice president of mobile marketing Justin Denison. “When it’s closed, it’s a phone that fits neatly inside your pocket.”Denison showed off a phone featuring the new display technology on stage, which featured a 7.3-inch display when unfolded. However, the device itself was camouflaged to hide key design aspects. The company also didn’t offer any branding  or price point for the new phone, and Denison didn’t want to commit to a firm launch date, instead just saying that the company would begin mass production “in the coming months.” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety center_img That was notably less detailed than a titbit revealed by a Google executive at a separate event Wednesday morning.“We’re already working closely with Samsung on a new device they plan to launch early next year, which you’ll hear about later today,” said Google vice president of engineering Dave Burke at the Google event Wednesday.Burke used the event to announce Google’s support for Android devices with foldable screens, saying that multiple device manufacturers were working on the new form factor.“Just when you thought you’d seen everything in phones, we’re about to see a whole new form factor idea from Android device-makers. Foldables. They take advantage of new flexible display technology – the screen can literally bend and fold,” Burke said. “You can think of the device as both a phone and a tablet. When folded, it looks like phone, fitting in your pocket or purse.”last_img read more

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Android mug shots have no lock and key

first_img Citation: Android mug shots have no lock and key (2012, March 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-03-android-shots-key.html Apple’s OS was the first platform to get nailed for photo insecurity. The loophole is tied to the permission that apps seek to use location data, when access can be gained to the entire photo library.Now The New York Times reports that because of a security loophole, Android apps can gain access to the photo libraries of users without permission and can copy the photographs to a remote server—with no impedance. According to experts, as long as an app has the right to go to the Internet, the user’s photos can be copied to a remote server, with no notice to the user.It is not clear whether any apps that are available for Android devices are actually doing this. What was confirmed by experts is that an app can read pictures without having to get any special permission. As part of the NYT report, an Android developer put together a test application of a timer. When the app started and the timer was set, the app went into the photo library, retrieved the most recent image and was able to post it on a public photo-sharing site. While the picture-scoffing app was only a test, the point was made that Google could do more to maintain people’s confidence in Android as a safe mobile platform for their smartphones.In response, Google confirmed that it’s an issue, and is looking into the situation.Interestingly, Lookout, a mobile security company, late last year prepared a report listing the firm’s 2012 mobile threat predictions, In 2012, they said that they expected to see the mobile malware business turn profitable. “What took 15 years on the PC platform has only taken the mobile ecosystem two years.”They talked about vulnerabilities in smartphones, saying that “due to the difficulty of updating software and patching vulnerabilities on mobile phones, malware writers will continue to exploit iOS and Android OS at a pace greater than vulnerabilities can be resolved.” © 2011 PhysOrg.com This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (PhysOrg.com) — If Google loyalists will persist that this Internet Goliath can do no evil, they at least need to admit, based on new evidence this week, that Google can do a lot of mindless harm. A security door in Android smartphones is left open that can enable Android apps to nab your photos without your permission. In fact this has been an unsettling week in smartphone revelations. People have been informed that whether their smartphone of choice is from Apple with iOS or another vendor’s phone with Android, they can never be certain who out there in cyberspace is able to view all their photos.center_img Android Trojan dubbed ‘Geinimi’ found in legitimate applications Explore further More information: www.mylookout.com/news-mobile- … -threat-predictions/bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/01/android-photoslast_img read more

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Rocky Mountaineer extends Stay Play through end of Wave Season

first_img Share Rocky Mountaineer extends Stay & Play through end of Wave Season Tuesday, March 20, 2018 Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img VANCOUVER — Rocky Mountaineer is giving agents and their clients extra days to book the Stay & Play promotion, with offers worth up to $500 in added value, per couple, on vacation packages, including those combined with an Alaska cruise.The extension to March 29 keeps the promotion available through the end of Wave Season.“Our luxury rail and cruise packages enable guests to combine two incredible journeys into one amazing vacation, so they can experience the very best by rail and by sea,” says Rocky Mountaineer’s VP, Guest Experience, Deb Paulsen.Available on qualifying 2018 package bookings of eight days or more, clients who book the Stay & Play offer can apply their added value to additional hotel nights, sightseeing tours, Alaska cruises and more.One eligible vacation package is the 11-night First Passage to the West Classic with Cruise, with two days onboard Rocky Mountaineer combined with a seven-day Alaska cruise and a sightseeing tour in Vancouver.More news:  Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaThe Stay & Play offer runs until March 29 and must be requested at the time of booking. The offer has no cash value and other restrictions may apply. Tags: Promotions, Rail, Rocky Mountaineer Travelweek Group last_img read more

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