Touch Football Australia Website Refresh and Reboot

first_imgTouch Football Australia today announced the launch of its newly revamped and re-designed website to the membership and wider public. The streamlined site developed in conjunction with technology partners, Sports Technology Group (STG) offers users quick and easy access to essential information on the sport and a number of enhanced and new features. The new website goes live today, Wednesday 5 July 2017 and is located at the same URL address, transitioning from the previous site: https://www.touchfootball.com.au.According to Acting CEO’s Tim Arnold and Garry Foran, the new and improved site provides a welcome change and improvement to the online platform and a new level of service and content delivery to members and the broader touch football community.“It features easier navigation on where to play touch football and find key TFA resources, junior and schools information, publications and services,” Arnold said. “It also features a streamlined video and image gallery, refreshed domestic and international news and events carousel and relevant sport and commercial partner information.“The new website has a clean, uncluttered design, improved functionality and richer, refreshed content; all focused and aligned to TFA’s strategic targets of one million participants and exposures by 2020 and ensuring quality experiences for participants,” Arnold added.“The cleaner lines and look, social images and navigation of the site provides for our members and extended audiences the latest information and content. But as a far better reflection and representation of the sport and in a more structured, user-friendly and mobile ready format.”Foran praised the work of the staff who have led the project, stating “it’s been a whole of TFA team effort – we are excited about the evolution of the site to what it is today, with the various State website upgrades to follow in coming months. This all follows the extensive member and wider user feedback and capturing the latest in online technology and design and contemporary approaches,” he said.TFA’s new website will be updated on a regular basis with news of events, activations, milestones and latest information, all aligned and integrated with TFA communication channels. Come and join the touch football conversation and stay connected with our new social news hub, digital channels and member stories from across the country.The new and improved TFA TV platform is now also bigger and better with the option of switching easily between videos and the photo gallery – submit your own and on the site you go!Log on and visit us now at www.touchfootball.com.au – we hope you enjoy the experience and welcome ongoing feedback. Check out the video as a guide through the new features and sign up to the TFA Newsletter!last_img read more

9 months agoArsenal, Man Utd and Tottenham all tracking Guingamp star Marcus Thuram

first_imgArsenal, Man Utd and Tottenham all tracking Guingamp star Marcus Thuramby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe son of France World Cup winner is being watched by Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham.They’re all on the trail of striker Marcus Thuram – the son of French World Cup winner Lilian, says The Sun.The Guingamp star has hit 10 goals in 17 games this season to catch the eyes of the Premier League trio.Thuram scored the winner as his club shocked holders Paris Saint-Germain, beating them 2-1 in the French League Cup last week.The 21-year-old has won rave reviews this season, despite Brittany-based minnows Guingamp propping up Ligue 1.And the Gunners, Spurs and United all reportedly sent scouts to check on him against Saint-Etienne on Saturday. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Bass Pro Shops pulls Trail of Tears rifle amid complaints

first_imgTULSA, Okla. — Bass Pro Shops pulled a used 1978 Winchester rifle commemorating the Cherokee Trail of Tears from one of its Arkansas store’s shelves and apologized to the tribe after a photo of the gun led to calls to boycott the outdoor gear chain.A customer in Rogers, Arkansas, posted photos of the rifle on Twitter, leading to accusations that Bass Pro was profiting from the tragic forced relocation of the Cherokee Nation that began in 1838. More than 4,000 Cherokee died during the more than 1,000-mile walk to what is now Oklahoma in what is known as the Trail of Tears.The company’s communications director, Jack Wlezien, told The Tulsa World that the rifle was acquired from a trade-in and is not part of the store’s standard stock.“It’s a niche product that came in on a trade,” Wlezien said. “As you can imagine, there are a wide range of firearms traded on a regular basis, and there wasn’t much deep consideration about the individual gun from a merchandising standpoint by our (sales) associate, but now we are taking steps to be sure we’re dealing with it appropriately.”Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. applauded the company’s decision to remove the rifle and “for using the incident as a teaching moment.”“The story of the Trail of Tears is one of survival and the ability to adapt and survive in unimaginable circumstances,” he said. “We hope in today’s environment companies will reach out to Native tribes to better understand our history.”The Tulsa World reported that according to the website winchestercollector.org, a .30-30 or .22-calibre Winchester Model 1894 “Cherokee Carbine” that matches the image of the Bass Pro Shops rifle was one of dozens of Winchester rifles manufactured from 1964 to 2006 that annually commemorated people and historic events, including Bat Masterson, John Wayne and the purchase of Alaska from Russia.___Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.comThe Associated Presslast_img read more

Grocery robots detect spills – with some faroff human help

first_imgEAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A wheeled robot named Marty is rolling into nearly 500 grocery stores to alert employees if it encounters spilled granola, squashed tomatoes or a broken jar of mayonnaise.But there could be a human watching from behind its cartoonish googly eyes.Badger Technologies CEO Tim Rowland says its camera-equipped robots stop after detecting a potential spill. But to make sure, humans working in a control centre in the Philippines review the imagery before triggering a cleanup message over the loudspeaker.Rowland says 25 of the robots are now operating at certain Giant, Martin’s and Stop & Shop stores, with 30 more arriving each week.It’s not the only robot that U.S. shoppers might spot this year. Walmart and Midwestern supermarket chain Schnucks have deployed robots that help monitor inventory.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Over two dozen organizations took registrations at 20th Annual Spring One Stop

first_imgFORT ST JOHN, B.C. – The Totem Mall was the host of the 20th Annual Spring Community One Stop registration event on past Saturday.The event took place between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and was hosted in by both the Mall and the City of Fort St. John.The Spring Community One Stop is an excellent opportunity for residents of the community to learn about what local organizations, community groups and sports clubs had to offer for the upcoming spring/summer season. With an impressive total of 26 organizations in attendance, the upcoming spring/summer season will be a busy one in the community.Activities available at One Stop were not limited to strictly sports but also included many literacy, music and art-based organizations.In addition to the annual Spring One Stop registration, a Fall version will be held in early September.last_img read more

Everyone Wants To Go Home During Extra Innings — Maybe Even The

In the top of the 10th inning in Sunday night’s nationally televised contest between the Astros and Rangers — one that will most likely be remembered as the night a 44-year-old nearly no-hit the defending World Series champs — the visiting Rangers grabbed a 3-1 lead.In the bottom of the frame, the home team’s hopes rested on Jake Marisnick, who, with runners at the corners, two outs, and his team still trailing by a pair of runs, worked a 3-1 count against Jake Diekman. A Marisnick walk would load the bases for the Astros, bringing reigning World Series MVP George Springer to the plate, a hit away from tying or winning the game.On Diekman’s fifth pitch, it appeared that Marisnick had earned a walk. “This is not a strike, this is off the plate,” ESPN broadcaster Jessica Mendoza opined as the networks’ K-Zone showed the pitch a few inches outside. Home plate umpire Adam Hamari disagreed, however, calling the pitch strike two. Marisnick struck out swinging on the following pitch to end the game, and the outfielder slammed his bat in disgust.Umps miss balls and strikes all the time. But the strike two in that Marisnick at-bat is emblematic of a larger pattern of borderline calls, albeit one that umps probably produce unwittingly: In extra innings, umpires will vary ball and strike calls in ways that tend to end the game as quickly as possible.To find this pattern, we looked at pitches thrown in the bottom of extra innings, when the game could quickly end.1Data was grabbed using Bill Petti’s baseballr package, which scrapes pitch location information from Baseballsavant.mlb.com. If the away team scored in the top half of an inning and held a lead, as was the case in Marisnick’s at-bat, an umpire hoping for a faster exit would call more strikes, making it more likely that the home team will be sent down quickly. Alternatively, if the home team got a runner aboard, umps would be more likely to favor them by calling fewer strikes, giving the team more chances to get the runner across the plate and send everyone home.Here’s a chart showing how umps changed their behavior in these situations between 2008 and 2016, a sample of roughly 32,000 pitches. Each square shows the percentage increase or decrease in the likelihood that a pitch is called a strike in that part of the strike zone. The color of each square (green for more balls, pink for more strikes) corresponds with which side umps are favoring, while how darkly shaded the square is reflects the size of the change (in percentage points). The left panel shows the comparative rate of strike calls when, in the bottom of an inning in extras, the batting team is positioned to win — defined as having a runner on base in a tie game — relative to those rates in situations when there’s no runner on base in a tie game. When the home team has a baserunner, umps call more balls, thus setting up more favorable counts for home-team hitters, creating more trouble for the pitcher, and giving the home team more chances to end the game.The right-hand side of the chart shows squares at identical strike zone locations, but shaded according to changes in strike rates when the extra-inning scenario favors the away team. More specifically, any time the away team is trying to hold onto a lead in the bottom half of an inning after the ninth. Here, and as in the pitch to Marisnick, umps call more strikes, giving the batting team fewer chances to extend the game.Altogether, teams that are in a position to win get up to a 27 percentage point increase in the rate of called balls, while teams that look like they’re about to lose see increased strike rates of up to 33 percentage points. Differences are largest in fringe areas of the strike zone, where the opportunity for umpire discretion is the highest: 62 percent of these squares in the left panel are green, while 72 percent of fringe squares on the right panel are pink.2We’re defining the fringe area as squares within one square of the black line marking the edge of the strike zone. In both settings, umps are more likely to use whatever behavior gets the game over with the quickest. That may not necessarily be a bad thing. MLB games are already slow, and extra-innings play often comes late at night, which means smaller crowds and fewer television viewers.MLB did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but the league has made no secret of its interest in shortening games. Even so, umpires may not be consciously deciding who should win. Humans are susceptible to various biases they may not be aware of, and even just a bit of fatigue could unintentionally push umpires in one direction or the other on borderline calls.Moreover, according to sources within the umpire union, umps don’t get paid more when games go to extra innings. In other words, MLB asks them to take on extra work without providing any extra compensation. That’s one more reason they may want the game to end early — their paycheck’s the same regardless. read more

Young Buckeyes fight through early losses remain determined to win

First-year Ohio State baseball coach Greg Beals insists that the Buckeyes (1-2) not set specific goals as they progress through this season, though he will demand a “fighting mentality.” “We’re too young and too inexperienced to have these expectations of, ‘We should win all our games,’ or, ‘We should do this, this and that,’” Beals said Wednesday. “We need to go out and establish ourselves as a baseball team before we start setting up what our goals are.” Beals has emphasized an approach that he says will help build a great team. “We have expectations about going through the process (of improving) the quality of our at-bat, the quality of our pitches,” Beals said. Redshirt senior right fielder Brian DeLucia has already bought into his new coach’s thinking. “For right now, our expectations aren’t very extensive in terms of where we want to be at the end of the season,” DeLucia said Wednesday. “We’re gonna take it game by game.” With 19 underclassmen on its 33-player roster, OSU is a young team. DeLucia said the team’s youth is part of the reason for tempering predictions about wins and losses. “We’ve got a lot of young guys on this team,” DeLucia said. “We’ve got a lot of learning experiences, a lot of obstacles to overcome.” DeLucia also said his only expectation for the season was that he and his teammates would “fight like dogs.” Having already played their first three games, Beals’ players have proven to be resilient. While competing in the Big Ten/Big East Challenge in Florida on Friday and Saturday, OSU dropped its first two games, losing, 11-5, and, 2-0, to Cincinnati and No. 20 Louisville, respectively. The Buckeyes then eked out an 8-7 win on Saturday against No. 23 St. John’s in a game that lasted 11 innings. Beals pointed to Sunday’s win, his first as OSU’s coach, as evidence of the Buckeyes’ unwavering effort on the field. “It’s gonna take all of us, and a great example of that was the Sunday win,” Beals said. “We had to go deep into our bullpen. It took a lot of guys, and we ended up laying down a bunt to win a ball game.” In Beals’ eyes, the path to success is very simple. “Anyway, anyhow, anybody,” Beals said, “we gotta get that mentality to just fight and claw to get every success we can.” There is no set number of wins that the team is striving for, but redshirt junior right-handed pitcher Paul Geuy said the outlook is positive. “Expectations are quite high,” Geuy said Wednesday. “It’s going to be a good year, definitely.” read more

SaberCat clawing his way back Former Buckeye Jamario ONeal is back in

If at first you don’t succeed, dust yourself off and try again. That goes for former Buckeye safety Jamario O’Neal as he continues his career in the Arena Football League with the San Jose SaberCats. A native of Mansfield, Ohio, O’Neal moved to Cleveland and played his final two years of high school at Glenville High School. O’Neal was the first commitment of the Buckeyes’ 2005 recruiting class. His career at Ohio State, however, never panned out. “I didn’t do the little things and stay on the grind that got me to that point,” O’Neal said. “I had a lot going in my life with school and everything, and I just kind of lost my passion for football.” O’Neal was an All-Ohio team selection his junior and senior years of high school. His senior year garnered him a Parade All-America honor before he came to OSU. Four years later, after splitting time at safety and cornerback with the Buckeyes, O’Neal amassed 49 tackles, one forced fumble, one interception and two passes defended. His recruiting class also included Kansas City Chiefs’ safety Donald Washington, New Orleans Saints’ cornerback Malcolm Jenkins and Washington Redskins’ defensive back Anderson Russell in the secondary with him. “Just thinking about all the times I could’ve done extra films, gassers (and) time in the weight room, I had talent but didn’t work hard,” he said. “You had guys like Malcolm and Donald who worked hard and had talent.” After being suspended for the Spring Game and first two games of 2008 for a team violation, O’Neal didn’t make it back into the starting rotation. O’Neal worked out during Pro Day, but no one offered him a contract during the NFL Draft. He spent the next two years out of football, until he got a phone call from his agent in October 2010 regarding the SaberCats and another chance on the field. “I had time to reflect while I was away,” he said. He immediately began to study the team playbook and prepare for the faster pace of the indoor game. “I was out of football for damned near two years,” he said. “Adjusting to the mental aspect was easy. With the physical aspect, that is something that you have to work on everyday.” After missing the first four games of the season with a strained hamstring, O’Neal had an immediate impact with a forced fumble and recovery in his first game against the Tulsa Talons. “Jamario brought real good enthusiasm,” teammate Mervin Brookins said. “He turns it on when he gets on the field.” In week seven, O’Neal had an interception return for a touchdown in a 68-61 win against the Philadelphia Soul. Since then, he’s had 11.5 tackles, nine of which were solo in three games for the 5-3 SaberCats. Having proved his playing abilities to everyone who said he was a bust, O’Neal is confident when talking about his future after football. “After this: big things. I just need to stay focused,” he said. read more

Chelsea to target both Zidane Blanc

first_imgChelsea are preparing to make an informal approach for Zinedine Zidane, although Laurent Blanc is expected to take charge at the club after they pulled out of signing Maurizio SarriThe Blues are expected to release Antonio Conte from his post at Stamford Bridge this summer after a disappointing season which saw Chelsea fail to retain their Premier League and finish outside the top four in the league table.While aware that Zidane will very likely to be in high demand, the London club are prepared to make at least an informal approach for the Frenchman this summer as they seek to reclaim their Premier League crown next season.However, it is Zidane’s former France teammate Laurent Blanc who is now the new favourite to become the new manager at Chelsea after they withdrew their interest in Sarri due to his homophobic views.The former Napoli had in fact been involved in a big public row with former Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini, who now is the new head coach of Italy.“The confrontation on the touchline? You have to ask Sarri about that,” said Mancini, as reported on The Sun.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“He is a racist. People like him do not belong in football.“I stood up to ask about the five minutes being added on and Sarri shouted ‘p***’ and ‘f*****’ at me.“I wouldn’t be proud to be that, if he is what is considered a man.”Due to this, Chelsea have now decided to pursue a deal for Blanc.The 52-year-old was recently in charge of Paris Saint-Germain, where he won three Ligue titles.last_img read more

Jamaica working to reduce human trafficking

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppJamaica, July 3rd 2017 – Kingston – Jamaica is making major strides to curb crime especially human trafficking. According to a report released by the US department of State on June 27th, Jamaica has demonstrated increasing efforts to eliminate human trafficking by securing two convictions, prosecuting nine cases against 13 alleged offenders and investigating 40 potentially new cases.Head of the National Task Force Against Trafficking in Persons (NATFATIP), Carol Palmer, also confirmed that the report noted the country’s increased efforts to raise awareness of the crime, and Jamaica’s new victim protocol for health, labour and child welfare.The U.S report also emphasized the responsibility of other Caribbean Governments to criminalize human trafficking and hold offenders more accountable. Palmer stated  “countries should scale up their actions to enable law enforcement agencies to respond effectively in investigating cases of human trafficking, rescuing victims and helping the prosecutorial services to build effective cases against offenders.”Palmer also urged regional Governments to work collaboratively to develop the capacity of law enforcement and judicial officials to implement more modern investigative and evidence processing techniques.  All in all, human trafficking is a serious crime which affect all Caribbean countries.Story By: Kay-Marie Fletcher#MagneticMediaNews Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Bill Recommended for you Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaica Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclave Related Items:#humantrafficking, #magneticmedianews, jamaicalast_img read more