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first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device. Join us for live news and analysis Sunday at 5:30 p.m. as the Warriors may still be stinging from a bitter loss Friday as they return home to face the Charlotte Hornets.The Warriors (51-24) felt as though they were victims of some bad calls by the referees in the final minute of their 131-130 loss in Minnesota on Friday night. The NBA, however, ruled there was nothing wrong with the two controversial last-second …last_img read more

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Pushing the science envelope

first_imgRay Maota Martin Sweet, Primestars MD; Adele La Grange, head of sponsorships and CSI at 8ta; and, Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, at the launch of the 2012 revision programme. Amith Maharaj, senior managing executive at 8ta, said that Maths and Science education is the foundation for many of the jobs needed to develop the country’s infrastructure and therefore our economy’s growth.(Images: Ray Maota) MEDIA CONTACTS • Karen Bekker  Primestars  + 27 11 562 6353 / +27 82 058 8957 RELATED ARTICLES • Education at the movies • Grooming future leaders: priceless • Young people: own your destiny! • All aboard the Youth ExpressZanele Khumalo (18) of Meadowlands in Soweto is to start studying medicine in Cuba in 2013, thanks to the help and support of the EduC8 maths and science revision programme. Khumalo completed her grade 12 at Letsibogo Girls High School.She spent her weekends at the township’s trendy Maponya Mall, not to hang out with her peers, but as part of the one-year-old programme that aims to boost the performance of science and maths pupils at disadvantaged schools across the country.The vision of Educ8EduC8 was started in July 2011 and has the backing of corporate partners like mobile operator 8ta; BHP Billiton; Primestars and Samsung. The national Department of Education is also involved, and at the launch of this year’s campaign in Sandton on 12 July, basic education minister Angie Motshekga urged more corporates to join in the efforts to encourage better results in the two subjects.“Poor maths and science results stunt our growth in medical and engineering fields,” she said. “Without the help of civil society the poor African child would be in trouble as government can only do so much.”She added that despite her department’s challenges, it is still committed to providing the quality of education promised to a democratic South Africa.Improved results in grade 12 maths and science are central to the objectives of EduC8. The two subjects were singled out as the top priority of a departmental initiative titled Action plan 2014: towards the realisation of schooling 2025, which aims to grow the number of pupils who pass them in grade 12.How it worksMotshekga’s department publishes an annual list of under-achieving public schools, and it is from this list that the participating schools of the EduC8 programme are chosen each year.Each revision session is filmed at a Ster-Kinekor movie theatre and simultaneously broadcast to a network of 15 other theatres across the country, and this year will run every Sunday from 22 July to 23 September 2012.Pupils will interact with subject experts who will be available at each session to assist with questions and answers.This year, EduC8 will reach three additional areas – Witbank in Mpumalanga; Richards Bay in KwaZulu-Natal; and Kuruman in the Northern Cape – as part of its commitment to being as widely accessible as possible, and giving equal opportunities to all disadvantaged pupils.Pupils who are unable to attend sessions because of distance will be able to access information shared at these sessions online http://edusynergy.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&.An incentive for participating pupils is a bursary package that will be given to five qualifying recipients, courtesy of the Sasol Inzalo Foundation (SaIF) and Studietrust. The main criteria for selection are academic potential and financial need.Each EduC8 workbook made available to participants during the programme contains a SaIF Bursary Programme application form. The closing date for 2013 applications is 30 September 2012.Samsung CSI head Ntutule Tshenye said his company is committed to developing young skilled leaders in Africa.“One of our goals is to develop at least 10 000 electronic engineers across Africa by 2015, and a strong maths and science foundation is critical for this,” he said.Martin Sweet, MD of Primestars, said: “Past interaction with pupils at these sessions has indicated that they find this learning environment very stimulating and as a result, concentration and message retention are improved.”A shortage of professionalsAccording to the Global Competitiveness Report for 2011 and 2012, South Africa currently ranks at 138 out of 142 countries in terms of academic performance in maths and science.It is not surprising that the country has an acute shortage of professionals in maths and science-related fields such as actuarial science, engineering, medicine, and accounting.By helping pupils perform better in these subjects, initiatives like EduC8 give them a better chance of gaining admission to tertiary institutions, and improve the numbers who enrol in the subjects.“We all acknowledge that maths and science education is the foundation for many of the jobs needed to develop the country’s infrastructure and therefore our economy’s growth,” said Amith Maharaj, senior managing executive at 8ta.“Increasingly these subjects are a critical component of getting ahead and 8ta is proud to be part of this an initiative which sees government and the private sector working closely towards a common goal.”“The best way of developing the country is to start at grassroots level with skills development and education,” said BHP Billiton chairman Dr Xolani Mkhwanazi.If Khumalo’s near future is anything to go by, EduC8 is on the right track.“The programme helped me obtain the marks that I needed to be able to qualify for a scholarship and realise my dream of becoming a medical doctor,” she said.According to Sweet, seven of the programme’s past participants are enrolled in the first year of a variety of engineering courses at universities across the country.“It is therefore not surprising that participating schools from last year have again requested to be included this year.”last_img read more

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September results show strong third quarter for red meat exports

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest September was another solid month for U.S. red meat exports, with pork, beef and lamb totals well above year-ago levels, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF).September beef export volume was 101,224 metric tons (mt) — down slightly from August, but 27% above last September. Third-quarter volume was 307,383 mt, the largest since the fourth quarter of 2014. For January through September, export volume was 8% above last year’s pace at 848,930 mt. September export value was up 17% from a year ago to $533.3 million. For the first three quarters of 2016, export value was $4.54 billion, down 5% from a year ago.Beef exports accounted for 13.5% of total beef production in September and 10% for muscle cuts only. January-September ratios were also 13.5% and 10%, up slightly from a year ago. Export value per head of fed slaughter averaged $256.98 in September, the first year-over-year increase (up 10%) of 2016. Through September, export value averaged $253 per head, down 10% from last year.September pork export volume was 183,936 mt — also down slightly from August but up 7% from a year ago. For January through September, export volume was 5% above last year’s pace at 1.66 million mt. September export value was up 8% from a year ago to $491 million, while January-September export value was $4.27 billion, up 1% from the same period last year.Exports accounted for 24% of total pork production in September and 20% for muscle cuts only. January-September ratios were 25% and 21%, up slightly from last year, mainly reflecting growth in variety meat exports to China/Hong Kong. Export value per head slaughtered averaged $48.29 in September, up 3% year-over-year. January-September export value was down slightly, averaging $49.24.“Red meat exports continued to build positive momentum in September, and it couldn’t come at a better time,” said Philip Seng, USMEF president and CEO. “We have large supplies of pork and beef hitting the market and moving these higher volumes is certainly a challenge. But this is also presenting expanded opportunities in the international markets, as we are able to introduce new cuts and value-added products, and recapture market share from our key competitors.”Seng noted that while the upward trend in export volume is encouraging, it is also critical that exports contribute to carcass value and deliver returns for the entire supply chain. For example, per-unit values for pork exports have trended higher since June, and chilled beef exports to Asia are performing exceptionally well this year.September beef exports reach new milestones in Japan, KoreaSeptember beef exports were led by tremendous year-over-year growth in Japan (22,882 mt, up 49% year-over-year) and South Korea (14,840 mt, up 75%). Export value in these markets also surged, up 32% in Japan ($132.1 million) and 83% in Korea ($86.6 million). Japan’s imports of U.S. chilled beef surpassed chilled imports from Australia for the first time ever in September, and based on preliminary October data Korea’s total beef imports from the U.S. also topped Australian beef. For January through September, U.S. beef exports to Japan were up 20% in volume to 193,457 mt and increased 11% in value to $1.12 billion. Exports to Korea were up 33% in volume (122,695 mt) and reached $715.5 million in value — up 17% from a year ago and on pace to exceed the 2014 full-year record of $847.4 million.Other January-September highlights for U.S. beef exports include: Strong September results pushed exports to Taiwan 12% ahead of last year’s pace in volume (30,064 mt) and up 2% in value ($245.6 million). The U.S. holds two-thirds of the chilled beef market in Taiwan, the highest share of any Asian market.Despite a persistently weak peso, beef exports to Mexico were up 8% from a year ago to 174,667 mt, including a 10% increase in muscle cuts (90,724 mt). Export value to Mexico has trended lower this year, down 9% for total exports ($732.5 million) and 10% for muscle cuts ($538 million).While January-September exports to Hong Kong were lower in both volume (74,945 mt, down 5%) and value ($452.5 million, down 20%), September was the second consecutive month of solid year-over-year growth. September exports totaled 9,715 mt (up 19%) valued at ($59.5 million, up 17%).Fueled by strong growth in Indonesia and Vietnam, exports to the ASEAN region increased 18% to 17,797 mt, though value fell 5% to $97.4 million. Exports to Indonesia are well-positioned for a strong finish in 2016 following the recent easing of import restrictions in an effort to address the tight beef supply situation. Strong momentum continues for pork exports to MexicoAfter a somewhat slow first half of the year, pork exports to Mexico moved higher in August and continued to climb in September — posting the second-largest monthly volume on record (66,567 mt, up 14% from a year ago). September value to Mexico was $131.4 million, up 25% from a year ago and the highest since December 2014. For January through September, exports to Mexico pulled within 4% of last year’s record pace in volume (510,737 mt) and moved 1% higher in value ($939.7 million). USMEF’s efforts to bolster pork demand in Mexico continue to pay dividends, as per capita pork consumption has increased nearly 20% since 2011 and now exceeds 40 pounds per year.Another positive factor for pork exports to Mexico has been the slowdown in shipments to China/Hong Kong, where the product mix tends to be similar. While still well above last year, September exports to China/Hong Kong (36,184 mt, up 26%) were down significantly from the May peak of 58,000 mt, reflecting a rebound in China’s domestic pork production. For January through September, exports to China/Hong Kong were up 70% from a year ago in volume (406,422 mt) and 57% higher in value ($787.3 million).Other January-September highlights for U.S. pork exports include: While pork exports to Japan were below last year’s pace in both volume (289,594 mt, down 8%) and value ($1.16 billion, down 5%), higher-value chilled exports remain on a record pace — climbing 10% from a year ago to 164,087 mt. During periods of large U.S. production, chilled exports to Japan provide an especially important outlet for loins and butts.A rebound in Korea’s pork production led to a slow start for U.S. exports in 2016, but exports to Korea are poised for a strong finish as September results moved higher year-over-year for the second consecutive month. Compared to last year’s large totals, January-September exports to Korea were down 27% in volume (94,774 mt) and 33% in value ($252.1 million).Exports to Colombia have slowed in 2016 (24,851 mt, down 22%, valued at $56 million, down 30%) due to a spike in domestic pork production and other headwinds, including the weak Colombian peso. But exports to Colombia rebounded in September, climbing 35% in volume (3,456 mt) and 29% in value ($8.2 million).Pork exports to Central America cooled in September but remain well above last year’s pace in 2016, totaling 46,426 mt (up 16%) valued at $110 million (up 11%). Exports were higher year-over-year in mainstay markets Honduras and Guatemala and more than doubled to Nicaragua, as every Central American market except Belize is currently a top 20 volume destination for U.S. pork. Lamb exports improve in SeptemberSeptember exports of U.S. lamb totaled 740 mt, up 19% from last year’s low volume, while export value was $1.68 million — up 26% from a year ago and matching the highest monthly value of 2016. Exports to leading market Mexico edged higher in September and it was also a strong month for exports to the Bahamas, Canada and the Philippines. For January through September, lamb exports were 3% below last year’s pace in volume (6,520 mt) and down 7% in value ($13.4 million).last_img read more

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4 Best Practices for Tech Firms Managing a Contingent Workforce

first_imgContingent workers have long played a vital role in the success of tech companies, but reports of poor treatment of contract workers have recently been highlighted in the news. Here are the four best practices for tech firms managing a contingent workforce.In February, Bloomberg News reported that contract workers for Apple faced some less-than-ideal working conditions. Workers hired for contracts that lasted 12-15 months said they felt like they were often under threat of termination, in addition to other complaints.Google has come under fire from its contract workers, as many of them have complained about being excluded from important meetings. Following these disclosures were the recent walkouts and the April 2018 shooting at the headquarters at YouTube — a subsidiary of Google. Those exclusions occurred even though those contractors outnumber “regular” Google employees.Contingent Workforce ManagementLooking at these issues with two tech giants shows that the industry’s contingent workforce strategies need some work. With the continued need for skilled contingent labor in the tech industry, workers can be selective in their job choices.Now is the time for firms to look more closely at their contingent workforce management guidelines.If you’re ready to reshape or make a few improvements in your company’s relationship with contract workers, here are four contingent workforce management best practices you can implement:1. Dress their desks for success.Research confirms the importance of suitable working environments in our ability to effectively do our jobs. The state of an employee’s workspace can dramatically impact his or her productivity, emotional state, and perception of co-workers.Most managers are aware that the office environment and working spaces have vital importance for well being when it comes to their regular employees. Many companies forget this fact when in contact with their contingent workforce. If you want all of your workers to be productive and feel at home, don’t let their desks or other workspaces seem like an afterthought.Make gig-workers, freelancer (your contingent workers) feel like they’re a part of your team. Provide an organized work area that’s stocked with the tools they need. Perhaps throw in some supplies with the company’s logo. Contingency workers want free logo t-shirts too. Show these workers their importance by setting them up for success.2. Help with quick connections.You’ve likely experienced the anxiety of meeting everyone during the first week at a new job. A manager or HR member probably eased that anxiety by introducing you to your new team so you’d feel comfortable.Imagine if you didn’t have that help. You don’t want contingent workers feeling like they don’t belong. Failure to establish supportive relationships can slow the process of contingent workers getting to work quickly and ramping up productivity right away.Make those connections for your contingent workers. Have someone in their department or HR introduce them to their team members. If you have remote workers, use video conferencing to help them get to know the team. You probably already have onboarding protocols for your employees that could easily be applied to contract labor. The more quickly you help them connect, the more ready they will be to contribute to the company.3. Invite them to meetings.It might seem inefficient to include your contract workers in office meetings. You may feel that inclusion in the meetings takes them away from the job you hired them to do. But consider the value of meetings for the rest of your team and the contingent worker.In meetings, contingent workers can see how their projects and contributions connect to those of the rest of the team. They learn how their work ties into the project they’re working on, and they get a chance to provide input. Being included as part of the regular office interactions in meetings fosters understanding and cohesiveness across the entire organization.4. Increase their involvement.The same logic applies beyond in-house meetings. Consider opportunities to include your temp hires in networking events, charitable causes, and conferences.These events can prove to be mutually beneficial for the contractor and your company. At a local networking event, we brought along a short-term hire to provide some sales support. Because this person was looking for full-time work in HR, the worker was happy to go along and network.And it paid off for both of us. That contingent worker connected us to a prospect that is now worth $1 million in revenue, and the worker landed a full-time job. To top it off, the company this person works for might be using our services in the future.So start including your contract workers in meetings, lunches, and other outings. You might be pleasantly surprised by the results.Gig workers are vital to the success of many companies.Though your freelancers, gig-workers and contingency workers account for only 16% of the workers in these companies — there are firmly established policies for managing these workers. Let these workers interact with your team and on your Slack — or similar channels. Remember their birthdays and holidays, just as you do with your regular team members.Conclusion:A little planning for these contingent workers can go a long way. By helping them feel welcome and incorporating them into the team, you can improve their well-being and help them assimilate more quickly. Providing for the mental well-being of these workers helps them be more productive and contribute to your organization more quickly. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Follow the Puck Tags:#contingent workforce#contingent workforce management#contingent workforce strategies#freelancer#Gig Economy Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Kara Hertzog is Chief Operating Officer of Innovative Employee Solutions (IES), a leading nationwide provider of contingent workforce solutions, specializing in Payrolling and Independent Contractor Compliance services. Founded in 1974 in San Diego, IES has grown into one of the city’s largest women-owned businesses and has been named one of the city’s “Best Places to Work” for more than 10 years in a row. How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Kara HertzogChief Operating Officer of Innovative Employee Solutions (IES)last_img read more

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Inquirer top 7 UAAP 81 women’s volleyball players: Week 8

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting In the overall Best Scorers’ table, Madayag is the highest-scoring middle blocker with 134 points.6. Heather Guino-oWeeks on list: 2Last week: N/AHeather Guino-o. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe Lady Tamaraws went 1-1 this week but Heather Guino-o still deserves some praise.FEU has been undermanned since rookie star Lycha Ebon went down with an injury in Week 6 and Guino-o dutifully stepped up her game in the Lady Tamaraws’ two games this week.Guino-o had a meager seven-point production in FEU’s first game this week against Ateneo but upped the ante on Saturday, putting up a career-high 22 points in the Lady Tamaraws’ 25-21, 19-25, 25-23, 25-22 win over UP.7. Marian Buitre (University of the Philippines, opposite hitter)Weeks on list: 1Last week: N/AMarian Buitre. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUP needed someone to step up from its ranks when star hitter Isa Molde suffered an ankle injury on March 31.Fortunately for the Lady Maroons, veteran Marian Buitre was there.Buitre languished at UP’s bench for much of the season but she kept herself ready and in her first start she put up a career performance of 19 points in the Lady Maroons’ close 25-23, 20-25, 25-23, 24-26, 15-11 win against UE.She, however, slowed down in UP’s next game which was a 25-21, 19-25, 25-23, 25-22 loss to Ateneo, where she scored nine points. LATEST STORIES PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:42PH 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 Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess 4. Eya Laure (University of Santo Tomas, outside spiker)Weeks on list: 6Last week: No.5Eya Laure. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe Golden Tigresses, like the Lady Spikers, played just one game this week and it was a quick one.UST trumped UE in straight sets, 25-20, 25-20, 25-16, in a game that didn’t need any huge offensive outbursts from star Cherry Rondina—although she’s still the league’s top scorer with 197 total points.Leading the way for the Golden Tigresses was rookie star Eya Laure who’s on track to keep the Rookie of the Year prize.Laure finished with 14 points to maintain her spot as the second-best scorer in the league with 189 points.5. Maddie Madayag (Ateneo de Manila University, middle blocker)Weeks on list: 3Last week: N/AMaddie Madayag. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt’s not just Kat Tolentino who has been the stabilizing factor for the Lady Eagles during this long winning streak.Enter middle blocker Maddie Madayag.The Lady Eagles’ main force in the middle is looking more impenetrable as the season goes on and she averaged 9.5 points during Ateneo’s perfect run this week.Madayag is also the league’s leading blocker with a total of 38 kill blocks and an average of 0.9 per set. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Every week, INQUIRER Sports will be ranking the seven best performers in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament. The author will base the rankings on the players’ team standings, statistics, and the intangibles that don’t appear on the stat sheets.ADVERTISEMENT Tolentino averaged 12 points this week while maintaining her place in the top five of the Best Scorers list with a total of 166 points for the No. 4 spot.2. Diana Carlos (University of the Philippines, outside spiker)Weeks on list: 3Last week: N/ADiana Carlos. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDiana Carlos makes a return on this list, not much because of UP’s collective week but through her sheer scoring prowess.The Lady Maroons split their games this week but Carlos was nonetheless stellar for the no.5 team in the tournament.Carlos averaged 19 points this week and that was the most by anyone in Week 8.UP’s captain also ended the week as the No. 3 scorer with a total of 169 points.3. Jolina Dela Cruz (De La Salle University, opposite hitter)Weeks on list: 3Last week: N/AJolina dela Cruz. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDe La Salle had just one game this week but that lone match helped the Lady Spikers solidify their hold of the second spot in the standings and one person responsible for that outcome was rookie Jolina Dela Cruz.Dela Cruz was solid for the defending champions with 13 points while also helping on the defensive end with 10 excellent digs.La Salle’s rookie is also the third-highest scoring opposite in the league, 13th overall, with 115 points behind Kat Tolentino and Adamson’s Eli Soyud. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MANILA, Philippines—The Final Four spots are down to three.Ateneo officially clinched its place in the big dance leaving defending champion De La Salle, University of Santo Tomas, Far Eastern University, and University of the Philippines fighting for the remaining spots in the semifinals.FEATURED 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, logisticsThe Lady Spikers are in second after Week 8 with an 8-3 record, two games behind the Lady Eagles, while the Golden Tigresses and the Lady Tamaraws are squeezed in the third spot with 7-4 records.The Lady Maroons have the toughest bind out of all the remaining Final Four contenders with their 6-5 record putting them at the fifth spot. Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew DeMarcus Cousins to get his first playoff chance at last SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles National University was officially eliminated from the race after falling to a 3-8 record while University of the East, 2-9, and Adamson University, 1-10, languish at the bottom of the ladder.With the team scenarios out of the way, here are the seven best players that made Week 8 must-watch television.1. Kat Tolentino (Ateneo de Manila University, opposite hitter)Weeks on list: 5Last week: No.2Kat Tolentino. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo’s maddening rush has resulted to 10 straight wins with its lone loss of the tournament against La Salle in the opening weekend, and one focal point of that streak is the steady play of Kat Tolentino.Tolentino has been the Lady Eagles’ best scorer throughout the tournament and she has been the team’s constant throughout their winning run.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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NRL TFA Volunteer Medals – December Recipients

first_imgCongratulations to all our deserving volunteers!The TFA Volunteer Medal is an initiative created to recognise those within our sport who provide ongoing support, and demonstrate a positive example as a member of their local Touch Football community.Affiliates across the country can nominate deserving applicants through an online survey providing an opportunity to recognise the ongoing support that drives the sport and makes a significant difference to our participants experience.To nominate your volunteer, click here. To read the criteria and nomination process, click here. NRL Touch Football Australia (NRL TFA) congratulates the following members who are the deserving recipients of the NRL TFA Volunteer Medal for December. Karen TombaManager, Mum, Supervisor, Coordinator, Therapist, Negotiator and Role Model – these are just some of the professions carried out by an extremely loved individual and tireless volunteer, Karen Tomba (Kaz). Officially, Kaz carries the role of ‘Regional Referee Manager’ for the Hunter Western Hornets Touch Football Association. Her efforts as an unpaid volunteer never go unseen, especially when coordinating referees at some of the largest touch football events in NSW. Kaz manages a tournament of over 160 volunteer referees, providing guidance and direction to the many young and new referees.  Like many volunteers, Karen rarely gets the thanks she deserves which is why she has been nominated for this award by the Regional Director of Referees and the Regional Referee Coaching Panel. The entire Hornets Regional Touch referee community congratulates you on your nomination!Aila PeraAila has been instrumental in setting up two affiliates this year. She has been on board with the Raptors from the day they became affiliated. No job has been too big, or too small for Aila – from writing out terms and conditions to creating marketing flyers. Aila has also taken on the role of Touch Coordinator at another affiliate to ensure their success, all the while studying and working. Aila works tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that two separate communities are exposed to touch footy and playing this great game. Aila’s enthusiasm and attitude is a breath of fresh air and her skill set is invaluable to the Raptors. Aila’s passion and commitment to touch football is outstanding. She is not afraid to give anything a go!Brad MitchellBrad has been president of the Hill Hornets Touch since 2010 where he has successfully grown the club’s participation from 7 teams to over 160 teams over 7 years. Brad began at the Hawkesbury Hawkes where he was president for 10 years before moving to the Hills Hornets region where he established one of the fastest growing touch football clubs in the country. He continues to be a positive example within the Touch Football community, by ensuring the club participates in events including Relay for Life and Clean Up Australia Day. Brad is a referee, coach, selector and elite level player who has received numerous awards over the years for his continued involvement and tremendous service to our sport.Cherrie PierceCherrie officially holds the title of club Treasurer for the Sharks Touch Club, however also fulfils the roles of Secretary, Referee Coordinator and Registrar. In addition, she is also a junior coach, senior player, referee and junior and senior delegate for Townsville Touch. Cherrie is well-known and widely respected by all in the Townsville touch community. She approaches all tasks with a “can-do” attitude and does whatever needs to be done behind the scenes to ensure others can enjoy our sport. Cherrie was also instrumental in the organisation of the historical junior tour to New Zealand and is an advocate for junior development in the region. Cherrie has been involved in touch football for just over 2 decades and continues to be a tremendous ambassador for our sport.Peter HolmPeter is a player at the Redlands Club and has provided valuable contributions as a Manager of the junior representative side and Redlands elite crusher team. He has a vision for touch football and has assisted in the development of many players and officials. Peter is an exceptional role model and ambassador for the touch football community. Peter is always willing to go above and beyond, being the first to put his hand up to help others.Sharni DeamerSharni is a volunteer from the Bundaberg Touch Association. Sharni looks after the junior representative teams whilst also running the canteen. She has also recently taken on the responsibility of the senior representative teams as well. On top of this, Sharni is committed to junior touch football participation and frequently delivers flyers to local schools promoting our sport. Sharni is always available to contact for information and makes the experience very enjoyable for both parents and children. Sharni’s passion for the sport is evident in her willingness to help anyone who needs it, never asking for anything in return.Kathy LangKathy is a very active volunteer with the Mudgee Mudcrabs, Hunter Western Hornets, NSW Touch and Touch Football Australia. She is usually the first to arrive and turns the lights out when she leaves. Without Kathy, numerous sports would struggle to run. Kathy volunteers at all levels of touch football, from grassroots to elite. On top of this, Kathy is Secretary of Mugdee Dragons Rugby League Club, on the executive of Group 10, Western Rams, volunteers for Country Rugby League and is on the Mudgee Sports Council. Kathy embodies the Touch Football Australia values and is a well-respected member of the touch football community at all levels.last_img read more

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Walker insisted that his departure helped Trippier

first_imgKyle Walker has spoken many times about his decision to leave Tottenham Hotspur but now, he also insisted that now, he can see how his decision has helped Kieran Trippier to get more playing time.Walker left Tottenham before the start of the season to join Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City and he claimed that this transfer has helped Kieran Trippier to gain more playing time and become a regular member of the England national team squad.The former Spurs full-back spoke about Trippier as he said, according to Standard:“I thought about what I was wanting to do with my career.”Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“Tripps [Kieran Trippier] was a great competitor at Spurs for me, but I wanted to give myself something new.“Going to City was the right step, working with the manager, him passing on some of the experience he’s gained from working with players.”“It’s good for Tripps to get regular football, and it’s good for me and, hopefully, England too.”last_img read more

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FIFA files a complaint against Viagogo over World Cup illegal ticket

first_imgFIFA have filed an unauthorized sale of World Cup tickets complaint against secondary ticketing firm Viagogo.FIFA revealed they have gathered several complaints over the past few months about the “opaque and deceptive business conduct” ticketing firm Viagogo, and took action after consulting with other stakeholders who are dissatisfied by the criminal act.They also warned fans to desist from firms that ask them to buy from them as they haven’t authorized any firm to sale World Cup. They stressed that only the FIFA website should be used as the official and legitimate place to buy World Cup tickets and anyone with a ticket that can be traced to an unauthorised resale site will not be allowed entry to World Cup matches, according to Sky Sports.IranFan dies after setting herself on fire protesting Iran’s ban on women spectators Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 A young woman from Iran set, only publicly known as The Blue Girl for the color of her favorite club Esteghlal, has died from her injuries after protesting Iran’s ban on female fans.“As part of its efforts to protect the fans and prevent unauthorised ticket resales for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, FIFA filed a criminal complaint on 4 June 2018 based on a breach of the law on unfair competition against Viagogo AG with the public prosecutor’s office in Geneva,” world football’s governing body said in a statement.“Over the past months, FIFA has received numerous complaints from individuals, consumer protection bodies and other market players over the opaque and deceptive business conduct of Viagogo AG,” it added.last_img read more

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Pickford reveals Evertons season target

first_imgEverton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has revealed that qualifying for Europe is their target this season under Marco Silva.Everton endured a difficult start to the Premier League season after recruiting Marco Silva and a number of players in the summer and Pickford now believes the team has gelled are is now looking forward to European football next year.“We’ve got a very good base camp, the mood is very good,” Pickford told Sky Sports.“The new players have come in and just bedded in straight away, flying straight away, and we’ve got a lot of competition for players which is beneficial because everyone has to be training hard, and everyone wants that shirt. It gives the gaffer a good headache.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“He’s (Silva) very detailed, so every individual knows what they’re doing in that role. Attacking-wise I think we’ve got much more of a threat; Richarlison has come in, Bernard, Theo (Walcott) is flying, Mola (Ademola Lookman) is flying. So you’ve got a lot of choices here.“For Everton, I would say hopefully return back to Europe,” Pickford said. “I know the fans love it, and it’s a great status to have, and it’s quite tough being in Europe. It’s a stepping stone again from last season.“We’ve still got the FA Cup to play for, and the fans want some silverware, something to smile about. It would be a massive bonus, if not this year for Everton, then in the next few seasons.“Regarding England, we’ve got the opportunity to get some silverware. I know it’s a new competition, but it’s silverware, and we go in with the belief to be able to win that competition.”last_img read more

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