Jersey Girls one step closer to George Tooke Touch trophy

first_imgThe major and minor semi-finals of the inaugural George Tooke Shield Women’s Touch Football Competition were held last Saturday at Binalong.In the minor semi-final the Bungendore Tigerettes took on the Harden Hawkettes. The first half saw the Tigerettes jump to an early lead with touchdowns to Megan Brown, Cassie Fisher and Kody-Leigh Hirst. The Hawkettes were able to strike back with a touchdown to Kate Menz to reduce the margin to two with Bungendore taking a 3-1 lead into halftime. The second half saw both teams come out firing with quick touchdowns to Tigerettes’ player Georgia Buckley and Hawkettes’ Emma Manwaring. With the game in the balance it was Hawkettes speedster and a player of the future, Emma James who was able to cross for two quick touchdowns to bring the Hawkettes level. In a thrilling last 10 minutes, the Tigerettes were able to take the lead with a touchdown to Courtney Doyle. This was short lived with the Hawkettes striking back with a touchdown to Clare Smith. The game looked like it would go down to a drop off but with only minutes remaining, the Hawkettes were able to get over the score line with Shauny McEvoy scoring a touchdown to see the Hawkettes win 6-5 and progress through to the preliminary final. With this result, the Bungendore Tigerettes, who have played well under the guidance of Matt Pateman, are eliminated from the finals. In the major semi-final the Binalong Jersey Girls took on the Yass Girlpies. The first half started very similar to the previous game with the Jersey Girls jumping out to an early lead with touchdowns to Lisa Smith, Jess Howard and Madaline Brayshaw. The Girlpies were able to get on the scorecard with a late touchdown to Casey Edwards which would see the Jersey Girls take a 3-1 lead into half-time. The second half saw the Jersey Girls turn up the intensity and it wasn’t long before they had jumped away to a convincing lead with a touchdown to Rachel Fisher and two touchdowns to Bronwyn Pollack. The Girlpies were able to withstand pressure from numerous attacks from the Jersey Girls, but unfortunately it was too much with Madaline Brayshaw and Lisa Smith both scoring their second touchdowns. The Girlpies would not give up though and persistence paid off with a touchdown to Sartu Beck and Casey Edwards scoring her second touchdown. It would not be Yass’s day with Bronwyn Pollack crossing the score line late to notch up her third touchdown for the afternoon and sealing a 9-3 victory for the Jersey Girls.Speaking with Madaline Brayshaw after the match she mentioned it was all a bit emotional.“I would never have thought at the beginning of the season that we would be in the GF at the end of the competition. It is great for the girls and the town of Binalong itself.”With these results, Binalong will progress to the grand final and will wait to verse the winner of Yass Girlpies and Harden Hawkettes who will play in the preliminary final on Saturday in Harden at 2:00pm.Related LinksGeorge Tooke Finalslast_img read more

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10 months agoAllardyce responds to Everton boss Silva swipe: It wasn’t personal!

first_imgAllardyce responds to Everton boss Silva swipe: It wasn’t personal!by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Everton boss Sam Allardyce has responded to a swipe from Blues manager Marco Silva.Allardyce urged Silva to sway from his ‘attractive’ style of football after the Toffees suffered defeats to Brighton, Tottenham and Leicester over the festive period, prompting a backlash from his Goodison Park successor in a press conference.“I don’t expect him to listen to me!” Allardyce told talkSPORT.“I was generalising about Everton overall, I wasn’t having a pop at Marco Silva.“I was saying that in the end, look at the previous four managers of Everton, including myself – all of them have been dismissed for one reason or another.“Marco Silva hasn’t yet, but pressure on him will depend on where they are in the league and winning football matches.“The press man who asked the question probably didn’t put it how I said it in that interview.”Allardyce also remarked: “I think you play out from the back when it suits you, and if you doesn’t suit you, you don’t play out from the back.“Everton is the only place where results haven’t given me time to go and do a better job than I did last season.“At the end of the day, it wasn’t my team. I inherited that team.“I was doing the best I could with the tools I had available. Moving on from there, they’ve spent a lot of money again, and where will they end up this season? That’s building expectation by the amount of money they spent.“I think there’s only four players that played when I was there, all the others are new players that were brought in this season.“The players themselves have got to find out about each other as they play every week and maybe that’s why they aren’t getting the results that the Everton fans would expect.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Video: Iowa WR Tevaun Smith Breaks Odell Beckham’s World Record With 41 One-Handed Catches In A Minute

first_imgClose-up view of Iowa footballs.LINCOLN, NE – NOVEMBER 24: General view of footballs used by the Iowa Hawkeyes before the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on November 24, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Your Guinness world record didn’t last very long, Odell Beckham. The New York Giants’ wide receiver set a world record on Thursday, catching 33 of New Orleans Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees’ passes in a minute with one hand on ESPN’s Super Bowl set in Scottsdale, Ariz. Iowa wide receiver Tevaun Smith one-upped the NFL star on Friday, snagging 41 passes using only one hand. .@TevaunSmith goes for @OBJ_3‘s one-handed catch world record and snags 41 in a minute! #GoHawks #Swarm2015 http://t.co/BnLBmRNutP— Hawkeye Football (@HawkeyeFootball) January 30, 2015Smith had two less catches in that one-minute video than he did during the entire 2014 season, during which he caught 43 passes for 596 yards and three touchdowns.last_img read more

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Sherritt to transfer part ownership of Madagascar mine to settled debt woes

first_imgTORONTO – Sherritt International Corp. (TSX:S) says it has reached a deal with the joint owners of a Madagascar mine that will see it transfer more ownership to cut its outstanding debt.The Toronto-based miner says it will shift a 28 per cent interest in the Ambatovy nickel mine joint venture to partners Sumitomo Corp. and Korea Resources Corp. in a deal that will eliminate $1.3 billion in partner loans from its balance sheet.Sherritt will be left with a 12 per cent stake in the mine, but remain operator until at least 2024.The company has struggled to make payments on its debt to the partners, and has been operating under a temporary deferral agreement while unable to make cash payments.Sherritt says the Ambatovy mine is the world’s largest finished nickel operation of its kind, with expected production this year of 36,000- to 39,000-tonnes of finished nickel and 3,300 to 3,600 tonnes of finished cobalt.The company also says it has had a fatality at its Energas S.A. power generation in Cuba due to an apparent electrocution.last_img read more

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AAP kickstarts Jansampark Abhiyaan in South Delhi

first_imgNEW DELHI: Aam Aamdi Party’s South Delhi Lok Sabha Candidate Raghav Chadha along with Kalkaji MLA Avtar Singh kickstarted the Mega Jansampark Abhiyaan in Kalkaji legislative assembly. With this campaign, the AAP seeks to carry out a door to door campaign educating people about how Delhi can attain full statehood and how the people of Delhi would benefit from its full statehood. An individual and personalized appeal for votes and support is also made during the visits. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderRaghav Chadha said, “It gets very hot in the month of May and with summer vacations, many families plan outstation trips but I urge you to exercise your democratic right and duty and cast your vote in the upcoming elections on May 12, 2019. You can leave for your grandmother’s place right after elections.” He said, “With this, we are reaching out to each and every voter in our constituency and engaging with their families and talking about the work done by Delhi government under the leadership of CM Arvind Kejriwal in the past 4 years. We are urging people to to cast their vote for AAP in the upcoming elections.”last_img read more

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One Last Dispatch From The Land Of Chess Kings And Billionaires

Left: Neil deGrasse Tyson, a celebrated astrophysicist, and Fabiano Caruana, the No. 2 ranked chess player in the world, chatted about baseball. Right: Peter Thiel showed up for the decisive tiebreaker round and had a grandmaster at his side to explain the games live. After the match — after the trophy presentation and the cake and the champagne — our photographer and I tracked down the Norwegian contingent at an after-after-party at a steakhouse a couple miles uptown. It was a festive scene. Holiday garland and lights festooned the bannisters and the restaurant was a cozy respite from the cold and rainy November day outside. Carlsen was sitting at a far table in the crowded dining room with about 50 others. He was eating. With a fork. Like a person. It was odd to see him with something other than a chess piece in his hand.I wanted to talk to him. I’d been watching him for hours most days for the past three weeks. But honestly I had no idea what I’d say. Carlsen famously hates interviews. But I was saved. “No questions. Definitely no,” his manager, Espen Agdestein, told us. “He’s very tired. We’re just relaxing.”I’m not Carlsen. But I understood. Left: While waiting for the title ceremony, Magnus Carlsen is finally able to relax with his father by his side. Right: Following his defeat, Karjakin was clearly disappointed while speaking to the Russian media. He confirmed rumors about travelling to New York with a Virgin Mary icon. Left: Magnus Carlsen, 26, at the World Chess Championship’s opening gala at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. Right: Sergey Karjakin, 26, tests the overhead lights in the playing hall. All photographs by Misha Friedman There are other internal chess-world squabbles. Agon Limited, the match’s organizer, filed an application for a restraining order and injunction against a number of popular third-party chess websites, just before the match began. The websites’ alleged transgression? Relaying chess moves live, which Agon saw as a violation. The application was denied by a judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, who wrote that “robust reporting of factual data concerning the contestants’ moves” best served the public interest. Agon’s CEO, Ilya Merenzon, told me that the company would continue to pursue the matter in court, and was also proposing legislation to cement their rights to the games they organize.I discussed the case with Macauley Peterson, the content director for chess24, one of the defendants, on the floor of the venue during one of the early games. He kept glancing away from me at people walking by. He said he was worried about who might be eavesdropping.The tournament’s organizers have declared their own victory, though, bragging that the 20-day biennial championship had drawn some 10,000 spectators to its location in the South Street Seaport. But that’s less than, say, half the average attendance of the worst team in baseball for any one of its 81 home games this year. And the event’s only two main sponsors were PhosAgro, a Russian producer of phosphate-based fertilizer, and EG Capital Advisors, a Russian investment management company. Not exactly Nike and Coca-Cola. Left: A branded vodka bar assured VIPs were sufficiently entertained throughout the tournament. Right: Ekaterina, a Karjakin family friend, flew in from Moscow just for the tiebreaker round. Spectators in the VIP lounge. A production team from Russia created an atmosphere for VIPs more often seen in Moscow than Manhattan. Tickets were expensive, but there were a lot of young fans at every game, especially on weekends. You had to elbow your way through knots of onlookers to get anywhere in the venue’s sprawling VIP wing. Men in suits and expensive shoes crowded around TVs, watching the games and sipping martinis. The room was at a low murmur — equal parts English and Russian with an occasional dash of Norwegian. The clinking of glasses and the ratatat of ice in cocktail shakers punctuated the chess talk.Like a Russian nesting doll, a VVIP section had been set up for Peter Thiel, the Silicon Valley billionaire, and company within the VIP section. It was newly roped off and closely monitored by scary-looking bodyguards. Thiel, a Donald Trump supporter and a strong chess player himself, and Yuri Milner, the Russian billionaire venture capitalist, sat at a board inside. With apologies to Beyoncé, it was $6 billion at a chess table. Accompanying them: Bennett Miller, who directed “Foxcatcher,” about the wrestling-obsessed murderer and multimillionaire heir to the du Pont fortune, and the Icelandic grandmaster Hedinn Steingrimsson, who was giving them a private analysis of the ongoing championship game taking place just a few yards away.A buffet and wine bar had been installed for the guests from Silicon Valley who’d arrived that day, and bored-looking members of their entourages lolled on large couches, poking at iPhones. Word around the venue was that the billionaires had paid $50,000 for these privileges. (The match’s organizer wouldn’t comment on the figure.) Much later in the evening, some other journalists and I raided their buffet, eating what must have been thousands of dollars worth of cold mini tacos.“Are you security?” the writer Brin-Jonathan Butler asked one of the well-dressed, well-built men keeping close watch over the well-heeled chess lesson.“Something like that,” he responded ominously. “I wouldn’t bother them, if you don’t mind.”This World Chess Championship scene was somewhere at the intersection of Bond film, Trump fundraiser and museum gala. Watching an elite chess match in person is at once enjoyable and discomfiting. You follow the players’ actions — their moves, their mannerisms — for long stretches of time. You hang on each one and imbue it with meaning. You become so familiar with their moves that you can rattle them off later from memory: “queen to h6,” say, or “rook to e2.” You try to understand why the players did what they did. The moves can be beautiful or inscrutable or frustrating or disappointing. You try to imagine what you would do if you were in one of their chairs. You try to predict what they will do next. You try and make sense of their postgame explanations. But you aren’t them, and you can never really understand.On Wednesday, the final day of the World Chess Championship, hundreds crowded into the Fulton Market Building in lower Manhattan to watch, trying to understand. Magnus Carlsen, the defending champion, No. 1-rated player in the world and the closest thing the sport has to a rock star, was facing his challenger, Sergey Karjakin of Russia, in a series of speedy tiebreaker games. The 12 lengthy games that had stretched over the previous 19 days — I attended 11 in person — ended tied and the two grandmasters were back in their chairs in a soundproof glass box to break the deadlock. It was the biggest day in chess in many years. Carlsen, the former wunderkind, was clinging to his title and his legacy, while Karjakin and the Russians were hoping for a return to the days of Soviet chess hegemony. On the fourth game of the tiebreaker, and the 16th of the match, Carlsen attacked the Russian’s king, Karjakin resigned and the two shook hands. It was over. Despite the high-powered, moneyed interest, and its prime New York City location, the match was sparsely covered by the American press — as chess is generally — and given little attention outside the core chess world. It’s unlikely to increase the game’s reach or exposure as the organizers may have hoped. That did happen once in the States — in 1972 — but that was because of Bobby Fischer.The troublesome shadow of Fischer stretches over every conversation of chess’s success and future in the U.S. He was the best American player of all time, and its only modern world champion. His legacy is stained by his vocal anti-Semitism, and comments that he was pleased with the terrorism on Sept. 11, among other things. But in his chess prime, he carried the U.S. on his back while sitting at the board, having taught himself the game, largely alone, in a shabby Brooklyn apartment. And he won.While this year’s championship lacked the colorful characters and Cold War narrative of Fischer’s title run — although some journalists tried to revive them — it did have some of the controversy.Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the president of the game’s international governing body, FIDE, was absent from the match, having been sanctioned by the U.S. for business connections with the Assad regime in Syria. Ilyumzhinov is no stranger to controversy. He insists he was abducted by aliens. They were wearing yellow spacesuits and nabbed him from his Moscow apartment in 1997, taking him away to a distant star. He considers chess “a gift from extraterrestrial civilizations.” But despite the controversy and the finances, what’s really missing from chess is a character.The U.S. has three players in the world Top 10, any one of whom could have a shot at challenging Carlsen for the title in two years. They’re undeniably fantastic players. But they seem less like compelling national characters — and less like artists — than Fischer did. They’re technicians, raised in a computer-chess age. Carlsen ended the match and extended his world championship reign with a beautiful move on Wednesday evening — whether he’d admit its beauty or not — sacrificing his queen to entrap Karjakin’s king. But in one of the postgame press conferences, Carlsen said chess was a sport and a science. For art, he said, you’d “have to look elsewhere.” read more

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The Bears Dont Need Blitzes To Destroy Your Quarterback

When Vic Fangio was named defensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears in 2015, he took the helm of a ship that was essentially already at the bottom of the ocean. Not only were the Bears mired in a four-season playoff drought, but Chicago was also coming off consecutive seasons in which it fielded arguably the worst defense in franchise history.“We obviously aren’t a good team,” defensive end Jared Allen succinctly put it in 2014 after the Bears allowed consecutive opponents to pile up 50-plus points, a feat that had no precedent in modern professional football.Now, Chicago is under the direction of head coach Matt Nagy, atop the NFC North and in the midst of a three-game winning streak for the first time since the beginning of the 2013 season. But seemingly all anyone can talk about is Fangio’s defense.In its most recent victory, Chicago dismantled Tampa Bay’s then-league-best offense in a 48-10 bloodletting. Chicago’s front seven had Ryan Fitzpatrick and Jameis Winston, who made his season debut, running toward the nearest airport.Fitzpatrick and Winston haven’t been Chicago’s only victims, though.When it comes to getting at the quarterback, the Bears are off to the third-best start in franchise history. Even though the team had a bye in Week 5, its 18 sacks rank second in the league, one shy of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 19. One-fourth of Chicago’s 16 best single-game sack performances since 2015 came in the first four weeks of this season. At 4.5 sacks per contest so far, Chicago is on pace to tie the NFL single-season sack record of 72, a record the Bears set in 1984.Chicago’s 11.6 percent sack rate1Sack rate is the number of sacks of the opposing quarterback divided by the quarterback’s total dropbacks, including passing attempts and sacks. is 1.5 percentage points ahead of the next-best team. If the Bears can maintain that pace, they would set the the fifth-best mark since 1980, according to Pro-Football-Reference.com. Chicago’s defense is collapsing the pocket better than perhaps any team.But here’s the remarkable thing about the Bears: They are racking up the sacks despite hardly blitzing.The Bears rank last in the league in blitzing, defined as sending five or more pass rushers at a quarterback who’s dropping back to throw, with 5.0 per contest, according to data from ESPN Stats & Information Group. If Chicago maintained its blitz average for the rest of the season, it would be the sixth-lowest rate since 2006, the first year for which data is available. Other teams have used this formula before. Most notably, Jacksonville last season was able to get to the AFC championship game and field one of the best defenses in football while ranking second in sacks and last in blitzes. Chicago’s defense is 7.6 points better than average this season, according to Pro-Football-Reference’s Defensive Simple Rating System. That’s the franchise’s best mark since the 1985 and 1986 campaigns, when the Bears went a combined 29-3 and won a Super Bowl.Blitz-less defenses aren’t always dominant; the 2006 Indianapolis Colts blitzed the least of any team for which data is available and were the fourth-worst defense in the AFC. But Chicago’s defense is dominating, leading the league in Football Outsiders’ Defense-adjusted Value Over Average,2DVOA is a statistic that “measures a team’s efficiency by comparing success on every single play to a league average based on situation and opponent.” while ranking no lower than third in pass and rush defense.This weekend, Chicago travels to Miami to take on a Dolphins outfit missing several offensive linemen, setting the stage for more defensive highlights from the Bears. A franchise long synonymous with hard-nosed defense and strong play from the linebacker corps has re-established its identity under Fangio.Check out our latest NFL predictions. This is in no small part a function of the Bears’ new $141 million linebacker. Khalil Mack, who became the highest paid defensive player in NFL history after the Bears traded for him last month, is tied for fifth in the NFL in sacks (five) and tied for first in forced fumbles (four). In terms of pressure applied, Mack is ahead of the pace he set in 2016 when he was named defensive player of the year. In Week 3 of this season, during the Bears’ 16-14 win over Arizona, the Cardinals went as far as tasking three men with containing Mack. Late in the second quarter, after Mack beat every last one of those Cardinals, his teammate Akiem Hicks swooped in for the sack.Mack is not only a transcendent talent capable of getting to the quarterback on seemingly every snap; his play has also raised the performance of his teammates. Mack, Hicks, Danny Trevathan, Aaron Lynch and Roy Robertson-Harris have accounted for at least 1.5 sacks apiece this season. “Those boys inside can raise so much hell, it’s outrageous,” said hell-raiser Richard Dent, a Hall of Fame defensive end and a member of the vaunted 1985-86 Bears defense, in an interview with The Athletic.Blitzing requires a defensive player to eschew coverage in favor of pressure. Like so many other aspects of football, the blitz is a risk-reward proposition. Get to the quarterback quickly enough, and the play is over — and you may have even created a takeaway. Get to the quarterback a step late, and he will likely find a target in the hole you’ve left.Leaguewide, blitzing is trending down, largely because the game has gotten faster and offensive efficiency continues to skyrocket. It seems that defensive coordinators are content to send fewer pass rushers at the quarterback and instead rely on their secondary in coverage. In four consecutive seasons, the number of blitzes faced by quarterbacks has dropped, according to data from ESPN Stats & Information. Opposing quarterbacks saw a 17 percent decrease from 2013 to 2017 in total five-man blitzes.Long a proponent of blitz-scarce schemes, Fangio oversees an optimal situation in Chicago, where the Bears largely abstain from blitzing — yet they still manage to get to the quarterback.“I think the ideal thing is you’d like to pressure when you want to and not feel like you have to,” Fangio told The Athletic. “If you can get to that point, then you feel pretty good.”Fangio was well ahead of the trend of blitz-less defenses. He has held an NFL defensive coordinator role each season since 2011, when he took that job with the San Francisco 49ers, and over that stretch, his defenses have always been among the league’s most blitz-reluctant outfits. read more

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Womens Basketball No 14 Ohio State hopes to finish home season strong

Ohio State redshirt senior forward Stephanie Mavunga takes a shot during the Buckeyes game against the Boilermakers on Feb 18. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorTied for first place with No. 13 Maryland atop the Big Ten standings, No. 14 Ohio State (22-6, 11-3 Big Ten) will play its final home game of the season against Northwestern (10-18, 3-11 Big Ten) at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Schottenstein Center. The Buckeyes have had recent success against the Wildcats. They hold a three-game winning streak against Northwestern, and have won seven of their eight previous matchups. Wednesday’s matchup will be the lone time the teams play this season, and the first meeting since Ohio State’s 31-point victory in the quarterfinals of last season’s conference tournament.Northwestern began its season winning five of its first six games, but since has gone 5-17 with only three conference victories. The team hit a rough stretch in January and February with it going on an eight-game losing streak, and at one point losing 10 of 11 games.Ohio State’s focus will shift to freshman guard Lindsey Pulliam, who leads Northwestern in scoring with 14.3 points per game. But as a team, Northwestern struggles to score and sits third to last in the Big Ten with 62.4 points per game. Ohio State, by comparison, averages 85 points per game.That doesn’t mean Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff is overlooking the Wildcats.“If you look at them, they’ve played their best games against the best teams on the road,” McGuff said. “They have a lot of talent, they’re just young, they have a hard time closing games, but they are in every game and I suspect this time a year they’re gonna take their best shot they can on the road knowing what we have in front of us.”The Wildcats have three players who score more than 10 points, with the next closest — freshman Jordan Hamilton — coming in at just 7.8 points per game. Abi Scheid, a 6-foot-2 sophomore forward, is second on the team in scoring, with 12.4 per game while junior forward Pallas Kunaiyi-Akpanah averages a double-double, with 11 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. With two games remaining, Ohio State will need help from other teams in order to secure the top seed in the Big Ten Tournament. Maryland, with its 11-3 conference record, holds the first place tiebreaker as a result of the Terrapins’ 99-69 victory against Ohio State earlier this season. In the season’s final stretch, the Buckeyes also will have a shot at securing home games for the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament. They must beat Northwestern in order to remain one of the top-16 teams. Senior guard Asia Doss is not concerned with hosting tournament games, though.“Honestly, I think it’s just one game at a time, at this point we still have a chance to win the Big Ten Conference,” senior guard Asia Doss said. “We’re still trying to finish out the season, at least for me that hasn’t really crossed my mind. I don’t really look at that, I’m just worried about the Big Ten right now.”Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell has a chance to take advantage of Northwestern, which has the third-worst scoring margin in the conference. She is tied for second in the nation with 24.6 points per game and needs 42 points to pass former Baylor forward Brittney Griner for the third-most career points. Mitchell has scored career 3,242 points. read more

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Irish veteran criticizes Declan Rice

first_imgStephen Elliott is one of many who have criticized the 19-year-old for taking a break of the Ireland national team to decide if he wants to play for England insteadAfter Declan Rice was reported thinking about trying to switch from the Ireland national team to England’s squad, many have criticized him.The 19-year-old has played for the Irish senior national team on three occasions, but all of them were friendly matches.And since he was born in Londo, from Irish parents, he is also eligible to play for the England national team.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.And he’s thinking about it.Former Irish international Stephen Elliot has come out to criticize him as reported by Pundit Arena.“It’s an interesting point but I think it’s fair to say that Rice’s future as an Irish player looks to be gone past the point of no return in the eyes of some – no matter what happens from here on out,” he said on a tweet.Rice asked for some time out to think which nation he will represent, as he has yet to appear on an official match for Ireland.last_img read more

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BAHAMAS Minister of Tourism Has Meeting with Executives of Paradise Island Promotion

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, February 25, 2018 – Nassau – Minister of Tourism & Aviation, the Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar (centre) met with members of the Paradise Island Promotion Board at the Ocean Club Boardroom, February 19, 2018.Board Members, pictured from left: John Conway, Interim Chairman (Ocean Club, A Four Season Resort Bahamas}; George Myers, Chairman Emeritus (Bay View Suites, Paradise Island); Audrey Oswell, President & Managing Director, Atlantis Paradise Island; Minister D’Aguilar; William Naughton, Vice-Chairman/Paradise Island (Comfort Suites Paradise Island); Graeme Davis, Vice-Chairman/Cable Beach (Baha Mar Resort); and Fred Lounsberry, Chief Executive Officer.(BIS Photo/Kemuel Stubbs) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

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Carlo Ancelotti confirms Alex Meret fit to play

first_imgAfter declaring his desire to win the Serie A title, Napoli Coach Carlo Ancelotti confirms Alex Meret has recovered and fit enough to feature in their Saturday’s Frosinone match, adding that it “could be his game”.The young shot-stopper joined the Partenopei in the summer, but injured his arm during his very first training session with Ancelotti’s side.The 21-year-old is yet to make his debut and could come Saturday.“We’re a young club with ambitions,” Ancelotti told Tgr Campania via Football Italia.“My group is young and competitive.Sacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…“Frosinone? Chievo was also easy on paper, this will be an important match for us because of the head-to-head match [Juventus-Inter]”“As for Meret, he’s fine now and Frosinone could be his game.”Meret was an important player in the Italian U19 national team which took part in the 2016 UEFA European Under-19 Championship.His team finished as runner-up after losing in the final and he named in the team of the tournament alongside Kylian Mbappé of France.last_img read more

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Church World Service hosts Ration Challenge around World Refugee Day

first_imgEmily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 News Share This! Survey: Most white evangelicals blame journalists for fake news Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email News • Photos of the Week Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,New video captures sexist comments to women ministers — read by male counterparts Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — The Rev. Trina Bose North didn’t have a lot of ingredients to work with for a recent dinner party: lentils, chickpeas, rice, flour, a couple of spices and some sugar.But things turned out all right. She and her guests made garlicky flatbread, lentils on rice and chickpeas fixed two ways.There was even dessert.Her foodie husband borrowed a tip from some vegan friends and combined the sugar with leftover water from the chickpeas to make meringue cookies.The meal might not make it onto Pinterest or the pages of “Martha Stewart Living,” but it was filling, said Bose North, pastor of Crown Heights United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City.Bose North and her friends are among more than 14,000 Americans participating in the Ration Challenge for the first time this year — many, this week around World Refugee Day (June 20).The Rev. Trina Bose North, right, talks with refugee congregants about their experiences at Crown Heights United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City on June 2, 2019. Photo courtesy of Trina Bose NorthThe global challenge — organized in the United States by Church World Service — asks participants to live for a week on the same food rations people receive at refugee camps. The idea is to raise awareness for the challenges refugees face and funds to support them. Participants ask friends and others to sponsor them by donating to the cause.It also is a way to show support for refugees at a time when the U.S. refugee program is struggling. President Trump has set refugee admissions to the country at historic lows, said Mary Elizabeth Margolis, director of communications for the Immigration and Refugee Program at CWS.Many people feel there isn’t much they can do to help, Margolis said. This is one thing they can do.“It’s a way to show support in your communities and to start conversations and also to really make a difference by raising a couple of hundred dollars,” Margolis said. “If we all do that, it can have a huge impact.”The Ration Challenge began in 2014 when co-founders Kaz McGrath and Ben Littlejohn visited a refugee camp on the Thai-Myanmar border through their work for Act for Peace, the international aid agency of the National Council of Churches in Australia. There, McGrath and Littlejohn met with refugees and saw the sparse rations they receive.Sample contents of a Ration Challenge refugee box. Photo courtesy of Ration ChallengeFor a week, they decided to live on the same food to better understand the experience of living in a refugee camp.Since then, more than 40,000 people in Australia and New Zealand have joined Act for Peace’s annual Ration Challenge, raising more than $7 million to support refugees.CWS — one of nine agencies authorized to resettle refugees in the U.S. — was anticipating as many as 8,000 Americans might sign up for the challenge in its first year stateside, according to Margolis. Already, more than 14,000 have signed up from all 50 states, donating more than $264,000 as of Monday (June 17).About $2 million has been raised so far this year by the challenge.So many Americans registered to take part that CWS ran out of ration packs to send participants. The organization posted a list of what’s included in the challenge online so others can do it on their own.The packs for the challenge include the same rations received by a Syrian refugee living in a camp in Jordan: small bags of rice, chickpeas and lentils; a tin of sardines; flour; a can of beans; and a bottle of oil.Participants can earn additional ingredients for their meals by raising money for CWS and sharing about the challenge.The Syrian conflict, which started in March 2011, has led to hundreds of thousands of Syrians fleeing their country. The situation escalated in 2013 and again in 2015. It is estimated that over 1 million Syrian refugees have now fled to Jordan. Photo courtesy of Ration ChallengeThe funds raised by the Ration Challenge will provide food rations, medicine and education for Syrian refugees in Jordan.CWS also is among a number of faith-based organizations advocating on Capitol Hill for specific measures to help refugees.That includes the Grace Act, which would set the minimum number of refugees admitted to the U.S. each year at its historic average of 95,000. Current U.S. law allows the president to set the limit on how many refugees are admitted. Trump has set that number at just 30,000 for the current fiscal year, which ends in October.CWS also supports the No Ban Act, Margolis said, which would repeal and prevent efforts to ban Muslims, refugees and asylum-seekers from entering the country.“There’s a strong sense among the communities where we work that we have a responsibility to do something to respond to that and that protecting families is a fundamental value regardless of where those people come from or what their religious affiliation is,” Margolis said.Melanie Smith, left, and the Rev. Trina Bose North show off their flatbread-making abilities while participating in the Ration Challenge in Oklahoma City. Photo courtesy of Trina Bose NorthAt Crown Heights United Methodist Church, a team of coaches for the Ration Challenge has set up a temporary office and reaches out to participants throughout the week with tips and encouragement.Bose North spoke during a recent service at the church about her experience taking the challenge. Members of several refugee families who attend Crown Heights shared their stories as well.For the pastor, taking the Ration Challenge is one small way she can live out her Christian beliefs.“The call on all of us is to serve the least and the lonely among us, and refugees are some of the world’s neglected and forgotten people. To raise awareness, to provide help for refugees is absolutely what I’m called to do as Christian,” Bose North said.The challenge forced her to think of others’ experiences — so drastically unlike her own — in a way that was different from reading about the refugee crisis or seeing images in the news, she said.“You can read it, and that gets into your head, and you can write a check, and that affects you on a different level, but, man, to really experience it,” she said. “There’s something to be said about the experiential piece of this.” TagsChurch World Service CWS homepage featured Ration Challenge refugees World Refugee Day,You may also likecenter_img As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Catholicism By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Share This! Emily McFarlan Miller Emily McFarlan Miller is a national reporter for RNS based in Chicago. 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first_imgLifetime is launching as a free-to-air channel in Turkey at the end of next month.The A+E Networks female-skewing service will be run locally as a joint venture with MCD Medya. Fox Media will handle ad sales for the new service.A+E said the new net will be programmed with shows from the US and international Lifetime services as well as local programming. The Turkish content line-up will include a daily morning talk show, hosted by well-known local personality Özge Uzun.“The channel’s program schedule draws from a rich library of content and formats that are well-localized to match Turkish viewing habits,” said Oflaz Guvenkaya, president, MCD Medya.She added: “The live morning show aims to be informative, inspiring and interactive for female and male viewers alike. Lifetime will be a pioneer in the Turkish market, filling a gap across the Free TV landscape from the viewers’ perspective and in the industry from the advertisers’ perspective.”A+E said the free-TV move would take it into almost 20 million Turkish TV homes.“Lifetime Turkey represents a key element of our growth strategy to extend A+E Networks’ portfolio across EMEA,” said Dean Possenniskie, managing director, EMEA, A+E Networks.He added: “The channel will collectively give us the ability to reach over 19 million households and deliver to advertisers a high-value, upscale audience with real scale.”Internationally, Lifetime is in 110 territories, and along with History and Crime + Investigation is one of the channel operator’s key nets.last_img read more

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