Touch Football Australia has been provided for the first time the opportunity to nominate an individual for the NRL Community National Volunteer of the Year, to be presented at the NRL Community and Player Education Awards in Sydney on Friday, 2 October 2015, as part of the 2015 NRL Grand Final Week celebrations. Each State and Territory were asked to nominate an individual to be considered for the TFA Volunteer of the Year Award; who will in turn be the Touch Football nominee for the NRL Community National Volunteer of the Year.Each nominee has provided exceptional service to the sport and made a notable and measurable contribution and difference in their respective communities. The nominees all demonstrate the Touch Football Australia values of Leadership, Integrity, Professionalism, Diversity and Excellence.The TFA Board of Management were charged with voting on and awarding for the inaugural time, a standout Touch Football nominee. “Our Board was absolutely overwhelmed by the calibre of nominees from across the country, “Touch Football Australia CEO, Colm Maguire, said. “On behalf of the Touch Football Australia Board of Management, I would like to congratulate Cecilia Eichler, the 2015 Touch Football Australia Volunteer of the Year for 2015.“Cecilia is a fantastic example of the efforts being made in locations across the country, and the lengths that our volunteers go for the success of our sport. On behalf of the TFA Board of Management, TFA Staff and the whole Touch Football community, particularly of Portland, Victoria, congratulations to Cecilia.”“In the inaugural year of this award, we had an incredible group of nominees from all corners of the country; all with their own story and all highly deserving of this accolade.”“Their (nominees) stories are just small examples of the wonderful work undertaken every day by the extraordinary people we have assisting the delivery of our sport.”The nominees for the TFA Volunteer of the Year Award were:» Cary Thompson – National» Ken Golden – National» Danny Goodwin – ACT» Tim Kitchingham – NSW» Tim Pearson – NT» Graeme Clancy – QLD» Damian Carlson – SA» Cecilia Eichler – VIC» Karen Lombardo – WA.“Our sport is blessed with amazing people, making significant contributions across all levels, “We are very excited for this opportunity and the chance to formally thank and reward an individual who is truly committed to our sport, as well as share the stories of so many more”Cecilia will be attending the awards ceremony with TFA representatives and is among a group of five nominees for the NRL Community National Volunteer of the Year award, proudly supported by Holden. The NRL Community and Player Education Awards will be streamed online via nrl.com/communityawards from 7.00pm with results to be published online at the conclusion of the awards presentation.Related Filestfa_volunteer_of_year_nominee_-_cary_thompson-pdftfa_volunteer_of_year_nominee_-_cecilia_eichler-pdftfa_volunteer_of_year_nominee_-_damien_carlson-pdftfa_volunteer_of_year_nominee_-_danny_goodwin-pdftfa_volunteer_of_year_nominee_-_graeme_clancy-pdftfa_volunteer_of_year_nominee_-_karen_lombardo-pdftfa_volunteer_of_year_nominee_-_ken_golden-pdftfa_volunteer_of_year_nominee_-_tim_kitchingham-pdftfa_volunteer_of_year_nominee_-_tim_pearson-pdfRelated LinksNRL Community National Volunteer
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Crystal Palace boss Hodgson frustrated by Cardiff stalemate after 15-year shots highby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson was left frustrated after their 0-0 draw with Cardiff City.Palace peppered the Cardiff goal with 31 shots, their highest number since 2003-04, with Andros Townsend flicking a shot against the crossbar and Luka Milivojevic hitting the post for the hosts.Hodgson said, “I’m pleased about the number of chances we created but I’m not pleased we didn’t convert one of them,” he said.”It’s something we’ve had to deal with for a large part of the season. If we had more fortune in front of goal then we would be nowhere near where we are, we’d have assembled a lot more points.”Football is about scoring goals and taking those semi opportunities, which good goal scorers find a way of scoring.”
TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL: Ipswich sign Huddersfield Town forward Collin Quanerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveIpswich Town have signed Huddersfield Town forward Collin Quaner on loan until the end of the campaign.The 27-year-old German has only featured twice for the Terriers this season, making two appearances from the bench last month.The former Ingolstadt and Union Berlin player moved to the John Smith’s Stadium in January 2017.He becomes Ipswich’s third signing of the January transfer window.
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA – OCTOBER 27: Penn State students cheer their Nittany Lions after staging a “white out” during the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Beaver Stadium October 27, 2007 in University Park, Pennsylvania. Ohio State won 37-17. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)Beaver Stadium was already expected to be rocking when the Michigan Wolverines head to Happy Valley to take on Penn State in late November. Now, the school announced Monday night, it will officially be a “White Out” game for the Nittany Lions. Penn State will host the Wolverines for such an affair for the third time ever – and first since 2013. Via PSU:This will be the third time that Penn State has hosted Michigan in a full stadium White Out game and the fourth time overall. The last time the teams met in a White Out game, Penn State claimed a dramatic 43-40 victory in four overtimes in 2013.The game time for the 2015 Penn State White Out game will be announced at a later date. The Penn State dorms will remain open through 10 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 22, which will allow students to attend the game before heading on Thanksgiving break.Penn State has also introduced new Nike tee shirts to commemorate the occasion. You can’t buy them yet, but you can pre-order them. Penn State, which played in a bowl game last year for the first time since the 2011 season, will be looking to continue rebuilding under head coach James Franklin. A win over Michigan would be a huge step.
By Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsOTTAWA-The U.S. has been keeping regular intelligence on potential security threats in Canada, including the activities of unnamed First Nations groups, according to two cables sent by the U.S. embassy in Ottawa and obtained by APTN National News.The cables, labelled “secret,” were given to APTN by whistleblower website WikiLeaks. They were in a batch of about 800 cables that were not part of this week’s larger release of U.S. State Department cables originating in Canada.They were embargoed until 9 p.m. ET Friday.The cables, sent from the U.S. embassy in Ottawa, and titled, Security Environmental Profile Response For Mission Canada, appear to be part of regular updates on the situation in the country.The U.S. identified the involvement of Aboriginal groups in anti-U.S. demonstrations and as possible terror threats in a Feb. 27, 2009 cable.In a Feb. 16, 2005 cable, Aboriginal groups are only identified as possible terror threats.The copy of the cables obtained by APTN, however, only include a “partial extract of the original cable,” according to the documents.The cables are structured as answers to a list of questions not contained in the documents.Under the subheading “Demonstrations,” the information details the size, type and frequency of demonstrations, highlighting those targeting the U.S. and its domestic and foreign policies.“Human rights groups, small political protest/grass roots organizations and Canadian Aboriginal groups are prone to carrying out demonstrations aimed at the host government and sponsor anti-U.S. demonstrations,” reads the cable from 2009.The same cable then describes the types of issues that have triggered demonstrations and the size.“Peaceful demonstrations and marches occur near the embassy on a frequent basis and involve between 20 to 100 persons. Police support including notification and monitoring is excellent,” said the cable. “Ongoing U.S. Foreign Policy initiatives and military actions as well as U.S domestic issues related to the U.S. Canada border have triggered Anti-American demonstrations(sic).”The cable also noted Toronto and Vancouver see the largest demonstrations.The 2005 cable said there was an increase in demonstrations throughout the country as a result of the Iraq war.The cables also list potential terrorist threats in Canada. Under the heading “Indigenous Terrorism,” the cables outline several subgroups of interest, including Anti-American Terrorist Groups and Other Indigenous Terror Groups.Both cable lists indicate there are no known Anti-American terrorist groups or formally named home-grown terror groups in Canada. The cables, however, include Aboriginal groups under the heading of “Other Indigenous Terror Groups” which also named the so-called Toronto 18, who were arrested in 2006 for planning attacks against Canadian targets.“These ‘homegrown terrorists’ are first generation Canadian citizens, primarily of Pakistani descent, and they were allegedly plotting to attack the CN Tower in Toronto as well as the Parliament building in Ottawa,” the 2009 cable said. “Native Canadian (Aboriginal) groups have on occasion, had confrontations with Canadian police.”The 2005 cable lists only Aboriginal groups under the same heading.“Native Canadian (Aboriginal) Groups have, on occasion, had confrontations with Canadian government security and military personnel,” the cable said.The 2009 cable also notes that the RCMP arrested a “suspected terrorist” believed to be plotting attacks in Austria.The same cable also notes that “almost every known Islamic extremist group has either a presence or sympathizers in Canada.”firstname.lastname@example.orgThe cablesDownload (PDF, Unknown)Download (PDF, Unknown)
TORONTO — The key financial and industrial sectors weighed on Canada’s main stock index in late-morning trading, while the loonie traded higher against the U.S. dollar.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 13.91 points at 15,130.97.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 50.84 points at 25,340.11. The S&P 500 index was down 0.59 of a point at 2,729.61, while the Nasdaq composite was down 37.52 points at 7,221.51.The Canadian dollar traded higher at 76.10 cents US compared with an average of 75.75 cents US on Thursday.The January crude contract was up US$1.19 at US$57.87 per barrel and the December natural gas contract was up 18.6 cents at US$4.22 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was up US$6.50 at US$1,221.50 an ounce and the December copper contract was up 2.15 cents at US$2.77 a pound.The Canadian Press
___Nissan chairman arrested in probe of financial misconductYOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Nissan Motor Co. says its chairman Carlos Ghosn has been arrested and will be dismissed for alleged under-reporting of his income and misuse of company funds. The Japanese automaker’s CEO said Monday that Ghosn was detained after he arrived in Japan earlier in the day. The Yokohama-based company said the violations by Ghosn and another executive were discovered during a monthslong investigation that was instigated by a whistleblower.___US stocks take sharp losses as tech, internet companies dropNEW YORK (AP) — Big technology and internet companies again came under heavy selling pressure, leading to broad losses across the stock market. The Dow Jones Industrial Average briefly fell 500 points, pulled down by steep declines in Boeing and Apple. Amazon led a sharp drop among retailers as investors react to tensions between the US and China at a Pacific Rim conference. Industrial companies also fell. Nissan sank after its chairman was arrested on misconduct charges.___Volatile stock market spooking some older workers, retireesCHICAGO (AP) — Some older workers and retirees are spooked by the ups and downs of the U.S. stock markets. But there’s no indication that the recent volatility has brought about large-scale overhauls in retirement planning. A Bankrate survey says 62 per cent of Americans — and 76 per cent of those 65 and over — don’t believe their financial situation has improved in the two years since President Donald Trump’s election.___UK leader has eye on rebellion as EU braces for Brexit pushLONDON (AP) — The U.K. and the European Union are plowing ahead with trying to have their divorce deal signed, sealed and delivered within days. But the draft Brexit agreement has left British Prime Minister Theresa May fighting0020to keep her job. May waited on Monday to see if rebel lawmakers from her party had the numbers to trigger a no-confidence vote, while British and EU negotiators raced to firm up a final deal before a weekend summit where EU leaders hope to rubber stamp it.___Even small companies may be able to cut Amazon-like dealsNEW YORK (AP) — A company doesn’t need to be as big as Amazon to get a real estate deal. Whether a small business wants to buy or rent, it may have some leverage with landlords or local governments to get breaks on taxes or win grants. It’s especially doable if a company can be a drawing card that helps boost local commerce or has significant job creation plans. The key is often to look for real estate in an area that needs an economic boost, or a depressed neighbourhood that’s on the verge of making a comeback.___Bloomberg donates ‘unprecedented’ $1.8B to Johns HopkinsBALTIMORE (AP) — Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is donating $1.8 billion to his alma mater, Johns Hopkins University. Bloomberg and the Baltimore university said Sunday that the gift is the largest ever to any education institution in the U.S. University President Ronald Daniels says the contribution will allow Hopkins to eliminate the need for student loans in financial aid packages.___Airbnb removes listings in Israeli settlementsJERUSALEM (AP) — Vacation rental company Airbnb says it is removing its listings in Israeli settlements in the West Bank. A statement released on the company’s website Monday said it will take down some 200 listings in Israeli settlements “that are at the core of the dispute between the Israelis and Palestinians.” Most of the international community views the settlements as illegal.___David’s Bridal files for bankruptcy, but your order is safeNEW YORK (AP) — David’s Bridal is filing for bankruptcy protection but there is no danger for customers who have ordered dresses because operations continuing as normal while the wedding and prom retailer restructures. The bankruptcy filing, the private company said Monday, will wipe out more than $400 million in long-term debt.___Brazil’s Petrobras to be led by privatization advocateRIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s president-elect is appointing a pro-market reformer to lead the state oil company Petrobras. Roberto Castello Branco has advocated privatizing the oil giant, a measure also supported by his close ally Paulo Guedes, designated as Brazil’s next finance minister. However, experts say a wholesale privatization is unlikely.___The S&P 500 index fell 45.54 points, or 1.7 per cent, to 2,690.73. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 395.78 points, or 1.6 per cent, to 25,017.44. It was down as much as 512 earlier. The Nasdaq composite skidded 219.40 points, or 3 per cent, to 7,028.48. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks lost 30.99 points, or 2 per cent, to 1,496.54.Benchmark U.S. crude rose 0.5 per cent to $56.76 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, was little changed at $66.79 a barrel in London. Wholesale gasoline added 0.4 per cent to $1.58 a gallon. Heating oil gained 0.6 per cent to $2.09 a gallon. Natural gas surged 10 per cent to $4.70 per 1,000 cubic feet.The Associated Press
OTTAWA — Canada’s interim competition commissioner is urging B.C. to change its liquor policy to allow more competition, spark innovation and lower prices.Matthew Boswell writes in an open letter to B.C.’s Attorney General David Eby that the province’s current policy restricts competition, raises consumer prices and limits access to specialty products.B.C. requires restaurants, bars and hotels to purchase alcohol products at retail prices from government-owned stores.Boswell says he supports recommendations that hospitality providers should be able to buy alcohol products from any licensed source in the province, including private retailers, and they should pay “a proper wholesale price.”Those two recommendations were made in an April 2018 report commissioned by the provincial government as part of its ongoing review of the provincial liquor policy.Boswell, who applauded B.C.’s efforts to review its policy, says those changes would encourage more competition and lead to more choice for consumers and lower prices.The Canadian Press
Islamabad: Nine Pakistani nationals have been killed in the terror attack on two Christchurch mosques in New Zealand, authorities here said on Sunday. At least 50 worshippers were killed on Friday in attacks on the Al Noor Mosque in central Christchurch and the Linwood Mosque in the city’s outer suburb, in what appeared to be the worst attack on Muslims in a western country. Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal said that the number of dead rose to nine after three more persons were confirmed dead by the New Zealand authorities. “A total of 9 Pakistanis were killed in New Zealand terror attack,’ he said. Faisal said on Saturday that six Pakistanis were confirmed as dead while three were still missing. Prime Minister Imran Khan extended support to the families and also announced to award a Pakistani who tried to tackle the attacker but was killed. “Pakistan is proud of Mian Naeem Rashid who was killed trying to tackle the White Supremacist terrorist & his courage will be recognised with a national award,’ he tweeted. Earlier, foreign secretary Tehmina Janjua telephonically spoke to New Zealand’s Tehran-based ambassador who is also accredited to Pakistan ambassador Hamish McMaster. Faisal said that she “conveyed condolences on tragic loss of life in the terrorist attack in Christchurch and requested for facilitation in assisting families of affected Pakistanis.” The 28-year-old gunman, identified Brenton Tarrant, live-streamed footage of himself going room-to-room, victim to victim, shooting the wounded from close range as they struggled to crawl away. The attack has shocked New Zealanders, who are used to seeing around 50 murders a year in the entire country of 4.8 million and pride themselves on living in a secure and welcoming place. Police warned Muslims all over the country not to visit mosques anywhere in New Zealand in the wake of the Christchurch attacks.
For an article on FiveThirtyEight today, Mike Lopez and Noah Davis charted the relationship between spending and win percentage for every baseball season since 1985. They found that the relationship between money and winning in baseball is as strong now as it’s been any time in the free-agency era. Below you’ll see that relationship for each team in the majors. Each season is one dot in the figure, and the colored line is a smoothed curve fit through the points. Essentially, the higher the curve, the more the team’s money was well-spent. The gray line is an aggregation of all the data points across the entire league, and that line shows a pattern: More money generally means more wins.Read more: Don’t Be Fooled By Baseball’s Small-Budget Success Stories »