SIXTY SECONDS IN TOUCH

first_imgAfter the Raiders upset win over the Cowboys in the NRL last weekend, hearts are certainly pumping in the nations capital and the trip to Melbourne to face the Storm on June 18, now has some added spice. TFA Chairman Michael Sparks and Victorian Technical Director, Michael Lovett, have been working with the Melbourne Storm side to organise the scheduling of a 30 minute Touch game at Olympic Park as a curtain raiser to the Storm vs Radiers match. While the details are not all confirmed yet, TFA will be promoting this opportunity to it’s fullest as the event draws near…so keep your eye on the website for more information! The NSW Country Championships saw 101 teams hit Dubbo, with several interstate teams taking part in the round matches before competing against each other in the Interstate Challenge on the final day. Wagga Wagga are undoubtedly the strength of Country NSW claiming the double in both the Mens and Womens Open. Below are all the results from the 2006 NSW Country Championships:Mens Open: Wagga (7) def Wallsend (6)Mens Open Interstate Challenge: ACT (8) def SA (3)Womens Open: Wagga (5) def Newcastle University (4)Womens Open Interstate Challenge ACT (5) def Victoria (2)Mixed Open: Griffith (7) def Newcastle City (3)Mens 18’s: Wallsend (5) def ACT (3)Mens 23’s: Wallsend (5) def Dubbo (3)Womens 18’s: Tamworth (6) def Wagga (3)Womens 23’s: Wollongong (6) def Tamworth (0)Mens 35’s: Victoria (7) def Leeton (3)Womens 35’s: Port Macquarie (2) def Wallsend (0)Senior Mixed: Forster Tuncurry (7) def Dubbo (5)Mens 40’s: Wollongong (5) def Port Macquarie (2)Womens 40’s: Central Coast (2) def Newcastle City (1)Mens 45’s: Wagga (6) def Newcastle City (1)Mens 50’s: Newcastle City (5) def Wollongong (2) The Yass knockout has been set for January 27-28 2007, with over 90 teams expected to attend and fight for $12,000 in prize money. Welcome to the latest edition of Sixty Seconds in Touch, where there is plenty of news in Touch for all. It is certainly a massive week with tournaments, announcements and more big news… TFA’s new partnership with Esus Footwear will be headlining the opening of our online shop, set to begin business this week. The latest from our web group is that we can hope to be up and running this week, with the new Esus shoes and the 2006 NTL Fox Package DVD’s set to be the hottest items for purchase. For all the information on the Esus Touch Football boots check out ESUS TOUCH FOOTBALL BOOTS. Here’s one for all interested referees out there…WA referee John Bedford has been promoting the sport on ‘Have a Go TV’ in WA, check out the link to see his story: http://www.haveagotv.com.au/segment.php?id=84&l=1 The latest edition of Touch-e-Talk, the online newsletter, will be delivered this week, so keep your eye out on the TFA website or subscribe on the homepage to receive it direct to your email. The University of Southern Queensland are sending a mixed side to the Northern Uni Games, with several experienced Australian junior representatives and Queensland Origin players. They’re keen for a sponsor to help them make the trip to the Sunshine Coast and to help them in their quest for Gold or Silver. If your business is keen to support them, please contact Christopher Kavney on 0427 161 590 for more info. NT will also be holding their annual Elite Training Camp from June 29 to July 1 in Darwin. The 2006 NTL Fox Package is now available for purchase! The package (as seen on Fox) contains highlights of the Mixed and Womens Open grand final, as well a majority of the Mens Open final. With commentary from Australian Mens Open coach Tony Trad and also skill packages leading players such as Sharyn Williams and Phil Gyemore, it’s a fantastic production. The DVD is available for purchase for $20 inc GST, (plus $5 postage) and can be ordered by phoning Rachel on (02) 6285 2703 or emailing media@austouch.com.au. Rugby Union have the Wallabies, in League they are the Kangaroos, while the basketballers are the Boomers and the Opals…and I’ve heard of some side called the Socceroos??? But what about our National Touch sides? TFA are after suggestions of either names or a mascot for our National sides heading to the 2007 World Cup in South Africa. Email your suggestions to media@austouch.com.au. We’ll keep you updated on the progress! In news from the Northern Territory the NT Secondary Schools Championships are set to be held in Alice Springs this Wednesday to Friday, with NT teams being selected for the National Secondary School Championships being held in Perth this October. Later this week TFA will be approaching all members who have subscribed to the TFA website email database and asking them to complete an online survey on the 2006 NTL package shown on Fox Sports. The survey is aimed at providing feedback on the package, it’s value and quality. If you would like to take part in the survey you will need to subscribe on the front page of the TFA website today. If you tend to be an affiliate hopper in NSW, that may no longer be you, as the NSWTA Board have introduced a new affiliate representative transfer rule. Check out NSW Touch for all of the info. They are hoping that the first of their measures will help ensure a clean, fair and equitable system for the sport in NSW. Remember, if you have any info for this weekly column, email it to media@austouch.com.aulast_img read more

9 months agoBarcelona exploring prospect of signing Chelsea striker Morata

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Barcelona exploring prospect of signing Chelsea striker Morataby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona are exploring the prospect of signing Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata.Sport says Barcelona are pondering a loan swoop for Morata.The out-of-favour Blues forward has just five goals in 16 Premier League games this term.Barca are undecided over whether to sign a striker in the winter window but Morata is among the names they are considering should they decide to bolster their frontline.The Catalan giants have apparently already enquired about Morata’s situation but are yet to make a formal offer to the Blues.Barcelona have allowed Munir El Haddadi to leave for Sevilla, which could open the door for them to swoop for Morata. last_img read more

Video: South Carolina Fan Darius Rucker Pays Up On Lost Bet, Sings Notre Dame Fight Song To Mike Golic

first_imgDarius Rucker sings the Notre Dame fight song.Darius Rucker Notre DameESPN radio personality Mike Golic, a Notre Dame grad, and country star Darius Rucker, a South Carolina fan, made a bet prior to the women’s Final Four game between their two schools. Notre Dame won, so Rucker lost the bet. He paid up last night. Here he is singing the Fighting Irish fight song to Golic on stage at a concert. Here’s for all you Notre Dame fans… @dariusrucker #FightSong pic.twitter.com/rD7KqUE3CX— kenzz (@mblessingg) June 28, 2015Enjoy it, Notre Dame fans.last_img read more

Potbased medical pet products closer to fruition as research grows

first_imgTORONTO – Canadian pets are a few steps closer to getting their paws on pot-based medical treatments in Canada as more cannabis companies research marijuana’s efficacy for companion animals.Canopy Growth Corp. is the latest medical marijuana company to enter the potentially lucrative pet market with its announcement this week that it will embark on a Health Canada-approved clinical trial to research the use of cannabis-based products to treat animal anxiety.The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association’s Dr. Shane Renwick says there’s been a flurry of cannabis-related pet health research as Canada’s laws on recreational cannabis crystallize ahead of legalization on Oct. 17.The association’s national issues and animal welfare manager expects there to be more clinical trials in the pipeline going forward.“We hope that there will be the research required to allow safe registered products on the market in the not-too-distant future… It will offer alternatives in a lot of cases to medications we’re currently using for a variety of conditions,” Renwick added. “So it’s an exciting potential that we see.”Dr. Renwick said the association’s members have fielded many queries from clients asking about treating their pets ailments, such as pain, with cannabis. However, there is no legal avenue for veterinarians to prescribe pot, unlike for medical physicians, and not enough clinical evidence to support it, he added.The association is hopeful that Health Canada will eventually approve some cannabis-based veterinary health products that its members can prescribe for their pet clients, and each clinical trial approval brings them “one step closer” in the process, he said.Many cannabis companies have been positioning themselves to cash in on the drug’s potential for pets as the country prepares up to for legalization of cannabis for adult use this fall.Canopy on Wednesday announced it got the green light from the Veterinary Drug Directorate of Health Canada for its research into the use of cannabidiol, also known as CBD, enriched oil to treat anxiety in certain animals. The research will be conducted by Canopy Animal Health, a division of Canopy’s affiliated research arm.“The use of natural-occurring cannabinoids as a therapy for companion animals is a logical new forefront of medical discovery… These trial approvals mark a significant milestone on the journey of making cannabis-based drugs accepted and recommended by veterinarians,” said Marc Wayne, managing director, Canopy Health Innovations, in a statement.CannTrust Holdings Inc. in April entered into a letter of intent with Grey Wolf Animal Health Inc. to develop cannabis products to support the well-being of pets. B.C.-based True Leaf Medicine in 2015 established True Leaf Pet Inc. to produce hemp-based products for sale worldwide.True Leaf said that in its 2018 fiscal year, sales of pet products totalled $1.4 million, up 280 per cent from the previous year.It’s tough to quantify the size of the nascent market for cannabis products for pets.In 2017, sales of cannabis products marketed for pets at medical and adult-use cannabis dispensaries was nearly $7 million in California, Colorado, Oregon and Washington, according to BDS Analytics. In Colorado, sales of pet products grew 49 per cent in 2017, versus growth across all product categories at 15 per cent, it said.The pet pot segment growth, however, comes from an initially low base and its hard to gauge demand, said Greg Shoenfeld, vice president of operations for BDS Analytics, based in Colorado. However, in an increasingly competitive cannabis landscape, catering to pets can be a differentiator, he said.“Being able to develop a presence with the pet loving consumer could be a point of strength,” Shoenfeld said.Renwick believes there is a “huge” demand for safe, tested cannabis-based products for pets. The CVMA has been advocating that veterinarians should have the same ability as medical physicians to prescribe them as well.“Our pets are living longer, generally, cancer and other illnesses can produce a good deal of pain and discomfort for animals near the end of their lives,” he said.“And owners today are much more cognizant of wanting to alleviate any suffering that animals might endure.”last_img read more

Fort St John City Council presented with draft capital budget

first_imgOver the next five years, the City has budgeted $256 million for capital projects.Joy says the City has a current debt capacity available of $76 million, with $14 million available for the debt servicing capacity.“What we have available to us is a $76 million that we could go into debt for which we wouldn’t want to do necessarily. The debt servicing capacity, that we have available to us is $14 million if we wanted to go into debenture to pay for something.”In 2019, the capital budget includes four-laning of 100 street up to Northern Lights College for $5.9 million, $5.5 million for renovations at Centennial Park, $2.8 million for the new RCMP building with more money budgeted for that project in 2020 and 2021.  The list of projects in 2019 also includes a fire training centre for $1.5 million and sewage lift station upgrades worth $4 million.Joy says the new RCMP building’s funding will be covered by both the PRA and Municipal debentures if it will be a fully integrated building. He also adds that the lease payments from the RCMP will help cover the debentures.“A big one coming up, obviously, is the RCMP building and if it’s a fully integrated building, with the Provincial side and the Municipal side, will be financed with about 60 percent PRA money and 40 percent will have a debenture issued. The lease payments that we charge to the RCMP will match the debt servicing obligations of the debenture.” FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John presented Council with the draft capital budget for 2019-2023 at a recent Committee of the Whole Meeting.David Joy, General Manager of Corporate Services, presented Council with the draft capital budget.The capital budget covers longterm projects like roads, sidewalks, buildings and machinery.  This budget is not funded by property taxes, but other revenue streams including the Peace River Agreement with the Province. Joy also said that the debenture will still have to go to a referendum by explaining to the public that the Provincial portion will not affect the tax rates.This meeting was the first of many public budget meetings that have been scheduled and served as an introduction to the 2019 Capital Budget. Further direction will be provided at future meetings.The deadline for the budget to be finalized is May 15, 2019, with City staff planning to have it finalized and approved by Council sometime in April.last_img read more

OSU to face off against Michigan outdoors at Progressive Field

The rivalry between Ohio State and Michigan is about to get a little chillier. The OSU men’s hockey team will take on Michigan outdoors in the “Frozen Diamond Faceoff” at Progressive Field, home of the Cleveland Indians, on Jan. 15, 2012, at 5:05 p.m. This will be the first outdoor collegiate hockey game in the state of Ohio. OSU will be the home team in the neutral-site game and it will be played on a regulation-sized rink. Mark Shapiro, president of the Cleveland Indians, said in a Thursday press conference that he expects a full house for the game. Capacity at Progressive Field is 43,441. “We expect the place to be sold out,” he said. “I think recognizing how passionate the fan base is for Ohio State, recognizing that Michigan fans are extremely mobile and there also are a lot in the state of Ohio, and again the rivalry, we think (it) certainly sparks some interest.” Shapiro said the game will be a “unique” event, but they are staying “open and flexible” to hosting future hockey games, he said. This will be second time the OSU men’s hockey team has played outdoors. The Buckeyes previously faced off against Wisconsin in Lambeau Field, the home of the Green Bay Packers, on Feb. 11, 2006. OSU lost 4-2. Michigan has played in three outdoor games, including a game in 2010 at Michigan Stadium versus Michigan State. The game set a world record for attendance at a hockey game with 85,451 fans in attendance, according to the Guiness Book of World Records. Prior to Thursday’s announcement, the official OSU athletics website, ohiostatebuckeyes.com, changed the venue for the game against Michigan scheduled for Jan. 14, 2012, from Value City Arena to “TBA.” The game will be a part of “Indians Snow Days,” the second season-long event running from Nov. 25 through Jan. 16 at Progressive Field, in which fans can ice skate and snow tube at the stadium. A presale for tickets will be made available for students in the coming weeks at ohiostatebuckeyes.com. read more

Beckham names new MLS team Inter Miami

first_imgDavid Beckham has named his Major League Soccer (MLS) team “Inter Miami”The former England captain announced plans for an MLS franchise in Miami back in January.The official name of the football team will be “Club Internacional de Futbol Miami”.The aim of the name is to celebrate “a truly global location that welcomes and embraces all cultures and communities” that references Miami’s international, diverse, inclusive, creative and ambitious spirit”.“This is such a proud day for myself and for the entire team,” said Beckham, according to RTE.“It’s an honour to announce the new name and crest to our fans.“We are taking another important step in establishing our club and today marks an important moment in the history of Club Internacional de Futbol Miami.”Opinion: De Bruyne is the best crosser since Beckham Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 13, 2019 We never thought we would see anything remotely like it, but now we can say that De Bruyne is the best crosser since Beckham.Nobody…The club’s motto is: “Libertas, Unitas, Fortuna”Miami MLS managing owner Jorge Mas said: “Our city and our fans draw their strength from the dreams of a global population that calls Miami home.“It is only fitting that our name pays tribute to the inclusiveness that makes us who we are.”Fellow Miami MLS owner and chairman Marcelo Claure added: “We are extremely excited to offer the team’s identity to Miami and the world.“This team will thrive on the principles of solidarity, passion, innovation, tenacity and inclusivity and embodies all of them in every aspect of our daily work – on and off the field.”Inter Miami are expected to compete in the MLS in 2020.last_img read more

Unai Emery sends out message to Arsenal fans

first_imgArsenal was defeated 2-0 by Tottenham at last Wednesday’s Carabao Cup quarter-final and Gunners manager Unai Emery wants his players to impress with great performance at Emirates Stadium.Gunners defeat on Wednesday is the fourth time Arsenal is being defeated this season but their coach is optimistic that future matches will be impressive and that he still has trust in his players.Speaking the official club website, Emery said:“Each match is very important and when other teams are winning, they are not stopping, they’re improving. We need, after our defeat in Southampton, we need the three points. But I am happy with the players. I think at the Emirates we are continuing strongly and for example, in the last match against Tottenham on Wednesday, the spirit is very good.”Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“The players pushed and the players created the chances, and now we continue working on our efficiency to score. I trust in my players, I trust in our strikers, and tomorrow we need every supporter to help us.”“We are also going to push to give them a good match with energy, by playing well, and also with the three points in victory. We will play with a big respect for Burnley because they are a very good team with very good players.”“They played very well organised and also defensively they are very strong, and they have the personality to play with the long ball, the second action, a lot of crosses and have players with quality to score. This is a big match tomorrow.”last_img read more

Against all odds Topper is back home

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsEL CAJON (KUSI) – An El Cajon man who had given up all hope of finding his dog again has been reunited with his stolen pet.Tom Huffman’s dog, Topper, disappeared from a shopping center in El Cajon, while under a friend’s care last May. Huffman said he suspected another man, a mutual acquaintance stole the dog, and fled with him to Mexico. Huffman said he was resigned to losing the dog forever, when he received an unexpected phone call from someone in Missouri two weeks ago. Topper had been located when a police officer, trying to arrest a homeless woman in Kansas City, Missouri encountered the dog, who tried to nip the officer in the knee. Fortunately, Topper had a microchip which provided the information to locate Huffman in California. From there, a network of volunteers jumped in, to bring Topper home. More than a dozen volunteers took turns, each driving 200 mile segments across six states, taking the dog through MIssouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and finally, Arizona. From Phoenix, the dog was put on a plane to Riverside County, where a final set of drivers brought Topper back to Huffman’s home in El Cajon on Sunday afternoon. Huffman called it “a miracle.” HIs mother, Roderica praised the network of volunteers. “There’s a lot of people with great hearts. The time and the effort it took to coordinate all of this, it boggles my mind,” Huffman said. August 27, 2018 Sasha Foo Posted: August 27, 2018 Sasha Foo, Against all odds, Topper is back home Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Cardinals Impressive Mens Basketball Signing Class Among Nations Finest

first_img LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Six outstanding high school products have each signed a national letter-of-intent to continue their basketball playing careers at the University of Louisville, ranking this Cardinal group among the nation’s top recruiting classes.The list of impressive signees includes Aidan Igiehon, a 6-10, 230-pound forward from Dublin, Ireland and Lawrence Woodmere (N.Y.) Academy; David Johnson, a 6-5, 180-pound guard from Trinity High School in Louisville; Josh Nickelberry, a 6-4, 175-pound guard from Northwood Temple Academy in Fayetteville, N.C.; Quinn Slazinski, a 6-8, 200-pound forward from Houston and Huntington (W. Va.) Prep; Samuell Williamson, a 6-7, 190-pound guard from Rockwall (Texas) High School; and Jae’Lyn Withers, a 6-8, 215-pound forward from Charlotte, N.C. who will play his final season at Cleveland (Ohio) Heights High School. Louisville’s class is ranked as the best in the nation by ESPN.com, third by Rivals.com and fourth by 247sports.com.  All six individuals are ranked highly among the nation’s prospects, including five of the six among ESPN’s top 100.”I’m extremely excited to announce our 2019 fall signings,” said UofL head coach Chris Mack.  “I want to give great credit to my coaching staff for all of their hard work and exhausting efforts to land such a highly talented class. Luke (Murray), Mike (Pegues) and Dino (Gaudio) never slept. Our support staff worked their tails off on recruiting visits to make our recruits and their families feel at home. And home now for six wonderful young men will be the University of Louisville, one of the premier programs in all of college basketball. I’d also like to thank all of the parents of our incoming recruits. You all have raised special young men. Your willingness to entrust us with your son’s collegiate years is a responsibility we take very seriously. We could not be more excited to welcome our newest Cardinals to the University of Louisville.”Aidan IgiehonIgiehon (pronounced i-GAY-hawn) averaged 18.2 points and 15 rebounds as a junior last season in helping Lawrence Woodmere to a 20-5 record and the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS) Class B Championship, earning first team all-state honors.”Aidan was one of the highest regarded big men in America during the summer,” said Mack. “It wasn’t always that way. He came over from Ireland on his own prior to his freshman year and set up shop at Lawrence Woodmere as a nobody. He wasn’t recruited to the States, he wasn’t a known commodity. He’s been raised with discipline and saw his mother’s work ethic up close his entire life. It blazed his path as a player. He’s a gym rat who wants to be special. He’s as athletic as they come, tough and extremely versatile. Like all incoming freshman, he has a learning curve, but his desire to improve will get him there. We will need Aidan to affect the game at the rim on both ends of the floor. Aidan has the ability to move away from the basket on both ends of the floor. He’s not just a metal eater.  He’s willing and able to do anything his coach asks.”Nicknamed the “Irish Hulk,” Igiehon is ranked No. 13 nationally in the ESPN 100, No. 44 by 247Sports.com and is No. 50 by Rivals.com.”This is my fifth season coaching Aidan on our varsity team and each year he has made huge strides,” said Jeff Weiss, Igehon’s high school coach at Lawrence Woodmere. “Aidan is a relentless worker, arriving at school at 6 a.m. most days to work on his game. His strength, athleticism, and work ethic make his future bright. He’s a mature, intelligent young man, and carries a 3.6 GPA. I wish him much success at Louisville and beyond.”Igiehon was a New York State Sportswriters Association second team all-state selection as a sophomore  when he averaged 21.1 points per game, helping Woodmere to a 26-3 record and the NYSAIS Class C Championship.  He was a third team selection his freshman year when he averaged 20 points per game.  He averaged 9.7 points and 6.4 rebounds last summer with his AAU team Team Rio National.  Igiehon was 13-years-old when he arrived in Brooklyn, New York on June 28, 2014 to live with his aunt and uncle.  He had first picked up a basketball when he was 12.  Mack visited Igiehon’s mother in Clondalkin, West Dublin, Ireland during the recruiting process.  His brother Brandon is a junior at SUNY Potsdam, where he plays soccer for the Bears.The only Irish-born player to reach the NBA is Pat Burke, who played with the Orlando Magic (2002-03) and Phoenix Suns (2005-07).  Burke moved from Ireland to the U.S. when he was three-years-old, so Igiehon hopes to be the first Irish born-and-raised person to play in the NBA.Igiehon chose to attend Louisville after also including Oregon, Kentucky and St. John’s among his final choices.David JohnsonJohnson averaged 13.9 points and 5.8 rebounds while shooting 42.9 percent from three-point distance (54-of-126) as a junior last season in helping Trinity to a 30-4 record, the Seventh Region championship and a spot in the Kentucky Sweet 16, earning first team all-state honors.”A lot has been made about David being a hometown kid,” said Mack, “but DJ could be from Alaska and I’d want him on our team. David plays the game to win and plays the game for his teammates. On defense, David has length, quickness and anticipation. Offensively, he’s at his best when he gets the ball in his hands as he’s a high level passer and loves making his teammates better. He’s well-coached coming from Trinity, so the seeds of being a great teammate and hard worker have been sown. DJ will add size and athleticism in our backcourt from day one.”Johnson is ranked No. 47 nationally by 247Sports.com, No. 72 in the ESPN 100, and No. 98 by Rivals.com.”David is a special basketball player that impacts the game all over the floor, said Chris Szabo, Johnson’s coach at Trinity. “He can score from anywhere on the court, while also having tremendous vision to make everyone around him better.  He leads by example with his team attitude and effort. I am so proud of DJ and so happy for his family. He has worked very hard to make this moment possible. Coach Mack and Louisville are getting a player and a person in David who will help them compete for championships. He will also represent the team and the University of Louisville in a first-class manner.”Johnson nearly produced a triple-double in the Shamrocks’ state tournament game against eventual runner-up Scott County when he totaled 14 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.  He connected on 42.9 percent from three-point distance (54-of-126) and 67.6 percent of his free throws (48-of-71) as a junior last season.Johnson was a third-team all-state selection as a sophomore when he averaged 10.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and shot 47.8 percent from the field helping Trinity achieve a 29-4 record.Recent UofL forward Ray Spalding (2015-18), who is in his rookie season with the Dallas Mavericks, was also a product of Trinity High School.Johnson had narrowed his collegiate choices to also include Georgia and Xavier before choosing his hometown Cardinals.Josh NickelberryNickelberry averaged 24.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 5.9 assists as a junior last season in helping Northwood Temple Academy to the quarterfinals of the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 1-A championship, earning first team all-state honors.”Josh was the first high school senior who committed to our coaching staff at the University of Louisville,” said Mack. “His belief in our vision for both him and the program spoke volumes. It energized the fan base, our coaching staff and his future 2019 teammates. As a player, Josh is an extremely athletic combo guard with dead-eye shooting ability. I believe he can be a prolific shooter at the college level. His athleticism and toughness will allow him to defend at a high level for us on the perimeter. Josh is a high energy player who competes with intensity every time he steps on the floor. I can’t wait to coach him.”The first player to verbally commit to the Cardinals in this recruiting class, Nickelberry is ranked No. 81 nationally in the ESPN 100, No. 97 by 247Sports.com and is No. 115 by Rivals.com.  He scored 44 points in an early season game this year, burying five three-pointers.”First of all, Josh is a great young man,” said James Strong, Nickelberry’s high school coach at Northwood Temple.  “He’s a phenomenal talent who can score at three levels and is a hard cover for any defender.  Josh is great with his teammates, plays hard every play, and does all that I ask of him and more.  He’s a great teammate, leader, hard worker and is very unselfish on and off the court.  It’s a pleasure coaching him.  He’s put in a lot of work after practice to improve his ball handling and putting up shots.  He’s very self-motivated, with a true love and passion for the game without being pushed.”Nickelberry began playing organized basketball as an eight-year-old and achieved his first dunk in the eighth grade.  He played his eighth-grade and freshman seasons at Northwood Temple, played his sophomore year at Trinity Christian, and returned to Northwood Temple last year.  He earned NCISAA 1A all-state honors as a sophomore at Trinity Christian when he averaged 18.0 points per game and reached double figures in all but three games in leading his team to the NCISAA 1-A championship game.He participated with Game Elite Gold AAU team in Atlanta, driving five hours one way many weekends to practice and play with the squad.Nickelberry’s father, Gerald, was a linebacker at Northern Illinois (1991-94), ranking sixth in career tackles and his seven career fumble recoveries is an NIU record.  His mother, Jessie, was a track and volleyball athlete and is an Army veteran.Nickelberry had also considered North Carolina, NC State, Michigan, Xavier and UConn before signing with the Cardinals.Quinn SlazinskiSlazinski averaged 11.1 points and 5.2 rebounds last season in helping Huntington Prep to 21-7 record for the 2017-18 season.”Quinn is undervalued,” said Mack. “He’s young for his class and his best days as a basketball player are ahead of him. People are going to wonder in a couple years where Louisville snagged this kid from. At nearly 6-9, Quinn has a guard’s feel for the game, but an old school power forward’s toughness. He’s scared of no one on the court. He plays to win every possession. He’s a classic love him if he’s on my team, hate him if he’s not type of competitor. Cardinal fans are going to love Quinn. Our plan is to redshirt Quinn so that he can catch up in age to his classmates and transition him to our system and the college game next year while preserving his four years of eligibility.”  Slazinski, who scored a single game high of 22 points last season against Tennessee Prep Academy, is ranked No. 209 by 247Sports.com and is No. 48 among power forwards by Rivals.com.  He produced 22 points, nine rebounds and eight assists against Hargrave Military Academy early this season.”Quinn is the ultimate competitor,” said Arkell Bruce, his prep school coach at Huntington Prep.  “When he steps on the floor, he does everything he can to win. I look forward to watching him grow as a player at the next level. Quinn has been a pleasure to coach these past two seasons.”His family moved from Michigan to Houston when he was in the sixth grade.  He was a first team all-district selection as a sophomore at Westbury Christian School in Houston in helping his team win the Texas 5A championship for the 21 time in 26 years, scoring 23 points in the title game.Slazinski averaged 8.4 points and 5.4 rebounds last season for his AAU Virginia-based Boo Williams team.  Slazinski was an accomplished distance runner in high school, posting the 12th best two-mile time in school history at Westbury Christian.  He was also a standout baseball player before focusing on basketball.  His father played football at Grand Valley State.  Slazinski had also received offers from Cal, DePaul, Georgia Tech and Houston among others before selecting UofL for his collegiate career.Samuell WilliamsonWilliamson averaged 23.3 points, 9.7 rebounds as a junior last season in helping Rockwall to a 20-12 record, earning first team Texas Association of Basketball Coaches all-state honors.  He scored 21 points as his team reached the area round.”Sam is primed to be one of the better freshman in college basketball next season,” said Mack.  “He has to get stronger and he has to adapt to the college game like all freshmen, but when he does, he has a chance to be special. As a big wing, Sam has a versatility to his game that makes him difficult to handle. He can post, he uses his size, he can knock it down from three and he has an ability to rebound at his position. Defensively he is smart, tough and a competitor. Sam possesses a hunger to be great. He won’t be outworked. When you’re smart to begin with and you work hard, you begin to separate yourself. Sam is doing that right now.”Williamson is ranked No. 34 nationally by Rivals.com, No. 52 nationally in the ESPN 100 and is No. 45 by 247Sports.com.  He totaled 35 points, 10 rebounds and four assists in an early season game this year against top-ranked Denton Guyer High School.”Sam is a very smart player who has a high ceiling and a work ethic to be able to reach that potential,” said Quincy Williams, Williamson’s high school coach at Rockwall. “I’m extremely proud and blessed to have coached him these past few years.”The Dallas Morning News all-metro selection and district player of the year had 20 points and 11 rebounds in a game that decided the district championship last season.  Rockwall is ranked sixth among 6A schools in the state of Texas entering this season.Williamson averaged 12.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists over 20 games while shooting 45.8 percent from the field while playing with his Drive Nation AAU team.Williamson had narrowed his choices to also include Kansas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Oklahoma before signing with Louisville.Jae’Lyn WithersWithers averaged 20 points, 10.1 rebounds and shot 43 percent from three-point range as a junior last season in helping North Mecklenberg High School in Huntersville, N.C. to a 27-2 record and a conference regular season and tournament championship, earning first team AP all-state honors.  He will play his senior year at Cleveland (Ohio) Heights High School.”Jae’Lyn is oozing with potential,” said Mack.  “At nearly 6-9, he possesses a variety of skill and athleticism. He will get stronger in time and as he does, he will be an impact player on both ends of the floor. On the defensive end, he can sit in a stance and guard ball handlers and shooters. Around the basket, he has timing and length that can’t be taught. He can provide a lot of versatility for our team on the defensive end. On offense, Jae’Lyn can do a lot of things very well, including shooting the ball from distance. Jae’Lyn hasn’t even begun to scratch his potential as a basketball player.”The 2018 Charlotte Observer 4A Metro Player of the Year and I-MECK conference player of the year, Withers is ranked No. 80 nationally by Rivals.com, No. 86 by 247Sports.com and is No. 89 in the ESPN 100.  North Mecklenberg went 24-4 in 2017-18 and reached the NCHSAA 4A sectional final.”Jae is a very versatile and high IQ basketball player who has the ability to score from all parts of the floor,” said Mike Cruz, Withers’ high school coach at Cleveland Heights. “He’s a knockdown shooter from the NBA line and with continued work, has an All-ACC type future in front of him.”Withers averaged 10.6 points and 5.1 rebounds last summer with his AAU squad Team Loaded North Carolina.  His father, Curtis, was a three-time All-Conference USA forward at Charlotte (2002-06), where he is seventh in career scoring (1,750), third in career rebounding (1,042) and second in career double-doubles (46).  One of only three players in school history with over 1,000 rebounds, he has played professional basketball in foreign countries over the last 12 years.Withers chose to attend Louisville after also considering Arizona, Florida, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas A&M and Virginia among others. Print Friendly Version Story Linkslast_img read more

Gandhi belongs to the entire world

first_imgYet another book on Mahatma Gandhi took its course. A graphic novel – Gandhi: my life is my message by Gandhi’s own grandson and celebrated biographer Prof. Rajmohan Gandhi was launched at Gandhi Smriti on Thursday. Rajmohan Gandhi said the book focuses mainly on Mahatma’s experience in South Africa.  ‘I congratulate the writer, Jason Quinn. This book will take Gandhi’s life and message to large numbers of youngsters across the world in an enjoyable format. He has accomplished a difficult task with skill and a fine understanding of Gandhi’s life and message,’ said Rajmohan Gandhi.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’He also said that Gandhi’s message was to help people understand the value of listening. ‘Gandhi taught the people to listen patiently to all one has to say. It was a powerful tool to help people in understanding voices.’ He also stated that Gandhi belonged to the world. ‘Gandhi was confined in India for a very long time. He was a hero for the entire world and belonged to everybody. People from all over the world can relate to Gandhi.’Quinn noted that the book provides a fine perspective of Gandhi, and how he was intimidated by the character of Gandhi. ‘This was one of the most difficult writing assignments I’ve ever worked on. Gandhi is so legendary that you really have to tell his story just right. By the time I finished writing the book, I felt as if I had been in his presence.’ He also added that it took him a lot of time to understand Gandhi’s nature and the span of his finishing the article. ‘I visited the National library and read hundreds of books based on Gandhi. It took me seven-eight months in finishing the entire novel.’Gandhi’s story, told for the first time in an exciting graphic novel format, is sure to attract readers to his timeless message of peace and non-violence.last_img read more

Mamata to visit Darjeeling on Sept 3

first_imgDarjeeling: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will be visiting Darjeeling on September 3. During her visit, she will be laying the foundation stone of the new Greenfield University.She will also hold a high level review meeting with GorkhalandTerritorial Administration (GTA) officials. Tourism will be getting a major facelift in the Hills and new tourism projects will be discussed in the review meeting.”The Chief Minister will be arriving at Darjeeling on September 3. She will lay the foundation stone of Greenfield University on September 5 at a government programme to be held at Darjeeling Chowrasta. On September 4, she will be attending a GTA review meeting,” stated Binay Tamang, chairman, GTA Board of Administrators. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe GTA has also requested her to lay the foundation stone of a Chowrasta Beautification project, but is awaiting confirmation from the Chief Minister’s office.The Chowrasta Beautification project, pegged at Rs 12 crore, will be completed in two phases. It will include restrooms for senior citizens, children’s park and shops. The part of the road below the Mahakal Temple that has been affected by landslide, will also be repaired.Tourism is set to get a major facelift in Darjeeling. “Many private players are interested. We have held preliminary talks with them. ITC and Hyatt have shown interest in opening 5 star hotels in Darjeeling. The company that has taken up the Dhotoreah-Kalej Valley Tea Estate, wants to run the tea garden and also come up with a 5 star hotel in the garden. Similarly, the company running Peshok Tea Estate will also run home-stay facilities in the garden,” stated Tamang. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedNicco Park of Kolkata has shown interest in running similar parks in the existing Science Centre in Kalimpong at Chowrasta and Nightingale Park in Darjeeling, in Kurseong and Mirik.Ice Parks with ice-skating facilities will come up at Rohini Park in Kurseong and Gangamaya Park near Darjeeling. They will also come up with a children’s amusement park at Chowrasta.”The Chief Minister has laid emphasis on tourism. A new tourist lodge will be built in Kurseong jointly by the state and GTA. The GTA is leasing out some of their existing tourist lodges, while refurbishing and running the others,” added Tamang.New fire stations are coming up at Sukhipokhari, Algarah and Gorubathan.last_img read more

To iPad or Not to iPad

first_img This story appears in the August 2010 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. Listen Now 4 min read Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Never mind that 1 million iPads were sold in just 28 days–less than half the time it took to sell the same number of iPhones. Or that RBC Capital Markets estimates that iPads outsell Apple Macs by a 2-1 ratio. But deciding to put your small business on the iPad magical mystery tour is not the no-brainer that pundits want it to be. Clear iPad pluses such as its cool factor, access to thousands of apps and fabulous battery life are marred by its lack of keyboard, small screen size and limited software targeted to small business. Not surprisingly, passionate camps have formed on both sides of the iPad question. Let the tablet smackdown begin.Can’t Live With ItChuck McHugh, president of Industrial Design Innovations, a Dearborn, Mich., automotive shipping and logistics businessThe iPad is the furthest thing from Chuck McHugh’s mind–which is remarkable, considering he has just spent $34,000 installing 10 design-focused computer imaging systems.”Not just the iPad, McHugh says. “Apple was not even part of the conversation.Industrial Design Innovations is a 26-person firm that creates shipping containers for specialty car parts for clients such as Ford, Toyota and Harley Davidson. The company’s aging design tool, called CATIA, was recently upgraded from a legacy UNIX Sun SPARC server. Ford, one of the firm’s biggest clients, dictated that Windows would be the platform.McHugh saw no need to use computers that could handle both Apple and Windows software. Instead, he saved about 70 percent on the cost of Macs by using traditional Dell notebooks and desktops. “We saw significant improvement in speed and overall performance with this system, he says.McHugh recently launched a second company within his firm called RF-IDI, which specializes in remotely tracking car parts. The system lets workers locate misplaced machine parts on factory floors using radio frequency identification tags matched to handheld computers. McHugh said the company considered many hardware and software options and landed on Panasonic Toughbooks, developing its own app out of standard languages like C++.”There would be nothing unique for the iPad to do here, McHugh says. Can’t Live Without ItBJ Farmer, CEO of CITOC, an IT consulting and business services firm in HoustonBJ Farmer is not ashamed of his lust for all things iPad.”I have staked my whole company on it, he says. “I told my development guys that I do not want to have a single application that does not work on an iPad.Farmer’s 18-person firm, which he started in 1995 after a career in accounting, specializes in web-based business process automation. He firmly believes that the iPad is the next bridge for even the smallest and most techno-phobic firms to step out onto the Internet business cloud.Farmer points out that an iPad is stable, rugged and can run all day without a recharge. Entrepreneurs may not be able to create a PowerPoint or Excel file on it, he says, but the unit is the best solution for updating company files. Factor in its wow appeal that closes deals and access to work force automation apps, and the iPad becomes Farmer’s small-business web access tool of choice.He admits the iPad is far from perfect: There is no camera, which limits the use of optical character recognition, and there is no projector output, which cuts into the tablet’s effectiveness as a demonstration tool. But those limitations don’t dampen Farmer’s enthusiasm. His firm is considering giving away iPads to customers to drive sales of its cloud-based products.”I figure once I hand these to a client and they can see what they can do, it will open doors to a whole new level of tools,” he says. July 19, 2010last_img read more

3 Simple Ways to Make Your Web Browser Extra Awesome

first_img Whether your browser of choice is Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer, there are some bells and whistles that can make your web experience a whole lot better and may even simplify your life.Pixlr: This deadringer for Photoshop will help you in all your photo editing needs — from simple tasks like cropping and adding text, to adding masks and utilizing the clone stamp, this may eliminate the need for pricey software. If you have zero photo editing experience, head to YouTube for thousands of tutorials. (Works in all browsers and iPhone).Related: 3 Ways to Get Graphics for Your WebsiteSilencer: This extension will let you “mute” certain words from your Twitter and Facebook feeds. So if you’d like to be shielded from updates about cousin Susie’s wedding, have the newest “Mindy Project” episode ruined or just rather not see anyone’s Instagram posts, this is for you. Silencer only works on twitter.com and facebook.com, so you’ll still see “muted” topics on mobile devices. (Chrome only).Pocket: This is an oldie but a goodie. See something you want to read but just don’t have the time? Pocket works on your desktop and mobile devices and saves article you want to read later. Perfect for subway rides, waiting at the doctor’s office, to killing time in the coffee line. (Available as an extension on all major browsers and as a mobile app).Related: Cybersecurity Basics: Surf the Web Safely With These Browsers April 16, 2014 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more