Looking For A Career That Will Offer The Thrill Of A Lifetime?

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is currently looking for enthusiastic professionals to join our team. There are roles throughout Australia from game development through to event management across the country as outlined below:·       Competitions and Events – Victoria (two positions)·       Sport Operations Coordinators – Australian Capital Territory, Northern Territory, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia (numbers to be confirmed)TFA will look to assess through the period with the opportunity for rolling interview opportunities as candidates are deemed suitable although the final date for applications will close Monday, 10 January 2011.  Candidates will be required to provide a two page letter of introduction addressing the role, the desire to work within the sports industry and any supporting comments against the position description and it must be accompanied by their Curriculum Vitae. Applications for all locations are to be forwarded to careers@austouch.com.au The position descriptions are attached below.Sports Operations PositionsSports Operations Positions (Part-Time)Competitions and Events Positionslast_img read more

Busy Weekend Of Touch Football

first_imgIt will be yet another massive weekend of Touch Football across Australia this weekend, with many events taking place in several parts of the country. From the commencement of the Touch Football South Australia League, the finals of the 2012 Cobras Cup competition, the Touch Football Tasmania State Cup and Junior State Cup, the 2012 Wine Rules event as well as the Touch Football Western Australia High Performance camp, there’s something for everyone!You can find out more information on each of these events below. Touch Football South Australia LeagueThis Friday, 16 November will see the much anticipated Touch Football South Australia (TFSA) League kick off under lights at City Touch with the Men’s, Women’s and Mixed divisions all being contested. It is the first time since 2007 that all three divisions will feature in the one series and will see a mix of youth and experience reflecting on South Australia’s growing representative participation. The TFSA League is the best domestic Touch Football competition in South Australia and sees five regional teams – the Defence team, the Eastern Stingrays, the Central Scorpions, the South West Wolves and the Vipers from the north – all fighting it out to be crowned champions. Round one will see the Eastern Stingrays take on the Central Scorpions and the Northern Vipers go up against the South West Wolves at 6.30pm in the Women’s fixtures. In the Men’s division the Northern Vipers will take on the Eastern Stingrays and the South West Wolves will take on the Central Scorpions. The Mixed division will round out the first week of competition with the Eastern Stingrays battling it out against the Northern Vipers and the Central Scorpions going head to head with the South West Wolves at 8.20pm.The TFSA League will run for three months with the season decider to be held on Friday, 15 February. The majority of games will be held on Friday nights at City Touch, with the exception of two Sunday afternoon double headers. For news, information and results, please visit the TFSA League website at:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=1-701-0-0-0&a=COMPS  2012 Cobras Cup FinalsThis Saturday, 17 November will see the conclusion of the Cobras Cup competition as some of Queensland’s best battle it out to be named Cobras Cup Champion  for 2012. Whites Hill Reserve in Brisbane will play host to the Grand Finals. Stay tuned to the TFA website for the full preview. WA High Performance CampThis weekend will see Touch Football Western Australia host their High Performance camp, with Western Australia’s representative Touch Football players across all age groups in attendance. Players in attendance will be joined by visiting players and coaches over the weekend including Australian Men’s Open representative Stuart Brierty, who grew up in Western Australia. The junior players will attend the first day of the camp and will undergo practical skill and drill work as well as video analysis and educational programs, whilst the senior players will be present on the Sunday of the camp and work through practical and theory based game planning in preparation for next year’s National Touch League. For more information on the event, head to the Touch Football Western Australia website:http://www.touchwest.com/ 2012 Tasmania State Cup and Junior State CupWentworth Park in Hobart will play host to a big weekend of Touch Football in Tasmania this weekend with the 2012 State Cup and Junior State Cup events being held on Saturday, 17 and Sunday, 18 November respectively. The State Cup will feature Men’s and Mixed Open divisions, as well as 18’s Boys and Girls divisions. The Launceston, Hobart and Devonport affiliates will battle it out in the State Cup. The State Cup trophy hasn’t left Southern Touch since 1999, so the other teams will be keen to change this at this year’s event. The Junior State Cup will see Boys and Girls Under 12’s, Under 14’s, Under 16’s and Under 18’s all battling it out to be crowned best in the state, and is open to club and school teams. Touch Football Australia National Referee High Performance Advisor, Ian Matthew and one of Australia’s best referees, David Baggio will again travel to Tasmania for the event and will host a forum on Friday night before helping out Tasmania’s referees through coaching throughout the weekend. Please visit the Touch Football Tasmania website for more information and results from the two events:http://www.tastouch.com.au/ 2012 Wine RulesThis Sunday, 18 November will see Wine Rules back for its third year and it is already proving to be bigger and better than previous years. 2012 will see roughly 30 teams take part in the fun yet competitive Touch Football tournament which will allow participants and spectators to enjoy over 60 showcased wines with live music and entertainment the whole family can enjoy. The aim of the event is to raise funds for the St. Mary’s House of Welcome, who support Melbourne’s homeless and disadvantaged. Wine Rules is the perfect event to play your part for charity whilst enjoying the company of family, friends and some of the regions finest wines and entertainment. If you are new to the sport of Touch Football, the experienced staff from Touch Football Victoria will be offering personalised training sessions throughout the day and people of all experience levels will be competing in the tournament. The event will run from 10.00am to 6.00pm at the Elwood Park fields in Elwood, Victoria. For more information on how you can get involved please visit the Wine Rules website or the Touch Football Victoria websites:www.winerules.com.au www.victouch.com.au Related LinksBig Weekend Of Touch!last_img read more

Richard Branson Backwards Step For Gay Rights In Uganda

first_imgSir Richard Branson has continued to speak out against Uganda’s new anti-gay laws.“Very disappointed that Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has signed into law a bill making penalties for gay people even harsher,” blogged the business leader. “On the contrary, a new study from Northwestern University, Chicago found that homosexuality is a matter of biology, rather than choice. It found two pieces of DNA that are linked to homosexuality, that prove that genes do play a significant role in sexuality and people are born gay. Treating everyone equally and fairly, regardless of sexual orientation or anything else is a basic human right.“We believe in true diversity and treating everyone the way we want to be treated. It is worth repeating Archbishop Tutu’s wonderful words: ‘If I go up to heaven and find a homophobic god, I will tell him I prefer the other place.’“Since I first blogged on this issue I’ve had a lot of people thanking me for speaking out on this and I’m pleased to see more and more people challenging discrimination, from Uganda to Russia. I feel this is something business leaders should speak out on in particular. At Davos recently, The B Team tried to put LGBT rights at the forefront of business leaders’ minds. We called for companies to make human rights a priority, as where society thrives, so does business.“By treating everyone equally and embracing diversity, Uganda will attract more people who want to live and work in the country, from across Africa and all around the world.”Source:virgin.comlast_img read more

Canadians net worth grew nearly 8 last year on higher housing and

TORONTO — Canada’s average household net worth rose nearly 8% in 2013 — making it one of the best years since the recession — mostly because of rising stock and real estate values as well as moderating debt levels.[np_storybar title=”Here’s how to build a millionaire’s portfolio” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2014/08/08/how-to-build-a-millionairess-portfolio/”%5D David Kaufman: Finding a true liquid alternatives portfolio can be as elusive as the Holy Grail, but it is still worth attempting to construct one [/np_storybar]That’s according to data from Environics Analytics, which found that the average net worth per Canadian household last year grew by 7.7% to $442,130.It found that non-mortgage consumer debt was flat compared with 2012 while mortgage debt increased more slowly than the value of real estate or investments.“Overall, 2013 was an excellent year for Canadian balance sheets,” said Environics senior researcher Peter Miron said Monday in a press release.“Many people benefited from the strong stock market. But they also saved more and didn’t take on more debt — preparing (perhaps) for a rainy day.”The report drew on data from 121 financial and investment statistics from a variety of sources, including the Bank of Canada and Statistics Canada.The report also found that disparities in wealth for households in Canada’s three richest cities — Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary — are rapidly vanishing. Average household net worth in each of those cities is now within $29,718, or 4.4%, of each other. In addition, the average household has $533,172 worth of real estate holdings.Alberta, Nova Scotia and Ontario had the highest growth in net worth among the provinces in 2013.In Saskatchewan, household net worth increased by 7.4%, which was below the 7.7% national average. Environics said that consumer debt in the province was up 7.6%, partially offsetting a 9.1% increase in the value of liquid assets such as investments.“A lot of people moved to Saskatchewan to take advantage of the resource-based jobs and they sparked an economic boom,” said Miron. “But now the real estate market is starting to cool off while incomes are staying high. Taking on more debt is a belief in better days to come.”The cities reporting the greatest increase in net worth were Oshawa and Halifax, where household net worth grew by double digits — 11.2% and 10.9%, respectively. Calgary was also part of the group, gaining a 10.6% increase in net worth.From a macro view, Environics said the gains weren’t limited to a few small pockets — the effect was felt across the country.Nationwide, the new data indicates that stock portfolios are growing, savings are on the rise and mortgage debt has ticked up only modestly.Households enjoyed growth in liquid assets due to a robust stock market in Canada and the U.S. and took out more mortgages at the same rate that they’re paying it down.In 2013, the growth in household debt was mostly attributable to mortgage debt growth of 3.3%, as low interest rates kept mortgage debt manageable.Consumer debt from credit cards, loans and lines of credit was unchanged from 2012.Households in Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and British Columbia paid down the most debt whereas the debt-to-disposable income ratio increased in Saskatchewan, Newfoundland and Manitoba. read more

Rajiv Gandhi ruled out asking Lanka to go Federal

“The Tamils’ long standing and legitimate demand for federalism cannot be attained in one go, as they expect. Their history shows it is not possible to take a huge leap to reach the cherished goal. But the goal can be attained by a series of short hops.” “India had failed to honor the commitments it had made when it entered into an Accord with Sri Lanka in 1987. India had no role in the drafting of the 13A, nor did it oversee or monitor its implementation. It remained passive as Lankan governments kept violating the 13A by not devolving power over land and police. North and East were separated in 2006 with no protests from anywhere,” he recalled.Asked to explain India’s stand, Perumal said: “One of the reasons was opposition to the India-Lanka Accord in India itself, with DMK leader Karunanidhi and the Prime Minister-to-be, V.P.Singh, using it to beat Rajiv with in the run up to the 1989 Indian parliamentary elections, which Rajiv lost.” Perumal, who was CM for 14 months between 1988 and 1990, recalled that neither Rajiv nor his successors pressed Colombo to implement the 13A in letter and spirit though it stemmed from the 1987 Indo-Lanka Accord. Asked why the Indian PM shied away from federalism, Perumal said that it was probably because Rajiv had battled a strong pro-autonomy militant movement in Punjab. “The NPC should stop passing resolutions on political issues and work towards securing its rights under 13A and also correct many of the shortcomings in the 13A,” Perumal said. As India’s Prime Minister between 1984 and 1989, Rajiv Gandhi neither asked Sri Lanka to adopt a federal constitution nor did he get involved in the drafting and implementation of the 13th Constitutional Amendment (13A), says A Varatharajaperumal, former Chief Minister of the now defunct North-Eastern Province.“When we met Rajiv in 1986, the Indian PM categorically said that India would not ask Lanka to adopt a federal constitution. But Rajiv was quick to add that the Lankan Tamils were free to put to their government any constitutional proposal they liked,” Perumal told the New Indian Express. With Rajiv’s assassination by the LTTE in 1991, India adopted a “hands off” policy vis-à-vis Lanka, which continues to this day with New Delhi only paying lip service to the Tamil cause.“New Delhi’s focus is now on improving India-Lanka relations. The West too has its agenda. Once that agenda is fulfilled, it will drop the human rights issue. In this scenario, it is better for the Tamils and Sinhalese to talk to each other directly and arrive at a settlement,” Perumal said.Still active as the head of a faction of the Eelam Peoples’ Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF-Varathar), Perumal feels that the Northern Provincial Council (NPC), now dominated by the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), should concentrate on securing its rights under 13A of the constitution. read more

Pakistan to offer more scholarships for Sri Lankan students

He apprised the Minister about prospects of establishing the Taxila Gandhara Civilization Study Centre at the University of Colombo.The High Commissioner also informed the Minister that, with the view to highlight the Gandhara Heritage and cultural links between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, the High Commission of Pakistan will be organizing an international seminar in collaboration with the Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka in March this year. The High Commissioner informed the Minister about the Pakistan-Sri Lanka Higher Education Cooperation Programme under which numerous scholarships will be provided to Sri Lankan students in various fields. During the meeting, bilateral relations and areas of mutual interest and cooperation were discussed. Pakistan is to offer more scholarships for Sri Lankan students, the Pakistan High Commission in Colombo said today.The High Commissioner of Pakistan to Sri Lanka, Major General (Retd.) Dr. Shahid Ahmad Hashmat, called on Minister for City Planning, Water Supply and Higher Education, Rauff Hakeem, at the Ministry premises. Minister for City Planning, Water Supply and Higher Education, Rauff Hakeem lauded the efforts of the High Commission and the Government of Pakistan for providing enormous opportunities to Sri Lankan youth for capacity building. (Colombo Gazette) read more

The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

App Store Official Charts for the week ending August 4, 2019:Top Paid iPhone Apps:1. Minecraft, Mojang2. Heads Up!, Warner Bros.3. Plague Inc., Ndemic Creations4. iSchedule, HotSchedules5. Pocket Build, MoonBear LTD6. Bloons TD 6, Ninja Kiwi7. Facetune, Lightricks Ltd.8. Procreate Pocket, Savage Interactive Pty Ltd.9. Geometry Dash, RobTop Games AB10. True Skate, True AxisTop Free iPhone Apps:1. YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream, Google LLC2. Instagram, Instagram, Inc.3. TikTok – Real Short Videos, musical.ly Inc.4. aquapark.io, Voodoo5. Idle Human, Green Panda Games6. Snapchat, Snap, Inc.7. Gmail – Email by Google, Google LLC8. Messenger, Facebook, Inc.9. Google Mobile App, Google LLC10. Google Maps – Transit & Food, Google LLCTop Paid iPad Apps:1. Minecraft, Mojang2. Procreate, Savage Interactive Pty Ltd3. Notability, Ginger Labs4. GoodNotes 5, Time Base Technology Limited5. Geometry Dash, RobTop Games AB6. Amazing Frog?, FAYJU7. Pocket Build, MoonBear LTD8. Plague Inc., Ndemic Creations9. 60 Seconds! Atomic Adventure, Robot Gentleman sp. z o.o.10. Human: Fall Flat, 505 Games (US), Inc.Top Free iPad Apps:1. aquapark.io, Voodoo2. YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream, Google LLC3. Picker 3D, Rollic Games4. Netflix, Netflix, Inc.5. Fun Race 3D, Good Job Games6. Collect Cubes, Alictus7. Amazon Prime Video, AMZN Mobile LLC8. Roblox, Roblox Corporation9. Train Taxi, SayGames LLC10. Line Color 3D, tastypill__(copyright) 2019 Apple Inc.The Associated Press read more

BC selects SNCLavalin group as preferred bidders on 14 billion transit line

MONTREAL – SNC-Lavalin received renewed signs of confidence in its operations Thursday after being selected as the preferred bidder for a $1.4-billion B.C. transit project and winning a potash feasibility project in New Mexico.A consortium headed by the Montreal-based engineering and construction giant has been tabbed by the B.C. government to design and build the Evergreen Line Rapid Transit project.The project, which will integrate into the existing SkyTrain system, will link the cities of Burnaby, Port Moody and Coquitlam with an 11-kilometre advanced light rapid transit line.SNC-Lavalin’s partners include several businesses, including Graham Building Services, MMM Group Ltd., International Bridge Technologies Inc. and Jacobs Associates Canada Corp.The project includes elevated and at-grade guideways, a two-kilometre bored tunnel, seven stations, power substations, train operating systems, parking facilities, and a vehicle storage and light maintenance facility.It will link directly to the Millennium Line, with connections to the Expo Line, Canada Line, the West Coast Express and regional bus networks.The B.C. government is contributing $583 million and will also oversee construction of the project. The federal government will provide up to $417 million. TransLink will contribute $400 million and operate the line when it is complete.Construction of the Evergreen Line is expected to create 8,000 direct and indirect jobs.Major construction will begin in the late fall once the contract is signed and is slated to open for service in the summer of 2016.SNC-Lavalin has experience building B.C.’s transit network after heading up construction of the Canada Line rapid transit system that links downtown Vancouver with Vancouver International Airport in Richmond. It has a 33.3 per cent equity participation in InTransit BC, which will operate and maintain the Canada Line under a 35-year concession agreement.Spokeswoman Leslie Quinton said SNC is proud to have won this mandate, which is “a natural extension” of its earlier successes in the province.“We are grateful to our client for their confidence and the opportunity to serve them again, and we are committed to delivering to them and their customers a first class transportation experience,” she said in an email.The SNC partnership bid against two other joint ventures — A. EL Partners which includes Bombardier Transportation (TSX:BBD.B) and Genivar (TSX:GNV), and Kiewit/Flatiron Evergreen Line.Earlier Thursday, IC Potash Corp. awarded SNC-Lavalin a contract to develop key sections of a feasibility study for its Ochoa Sulphate of Potash project in New Mexico.No value was provided for the work that is underway and is expected to be completed next August.The feasibility study of ICP’s (TSX:ICP) deposit in the southeastern region of the U.S. state will examine technical requirements.Those include recovery methods, project infrastructure, processing facility and ancillary services to produce specialized fertilizers SOP and sulphate of potash magnesia (SOPM).SNC-Lavalin (TSX:SNC) will also develop the cost estimate and help ICP in the economic analysis of the project.“This award builds on our potash expertise and knowledge, and affirms our position as a leading engineering contractor in the potash fertilizer industry,” said Dave Clarke, SNC-Lavalin’s executive vice-president of global mining and metallurgy.ICP’s chief executive Sidney Himmel said the company is working with SNC-Lavalin because it is an international leader in working with the mining industry, having completed more than 350 major projects worldwide.“Our goals to become the lowest cost producer of SOP and SOPM and to effectively address the underserved global market for these in-demand premium fertilizers were the basis for our decision to award this key contract to SNC-Lavalin,” he said.Maxim Sytchev of AltaCorp Capital said SNC-Lavalin may be facing trying times, but these contracts remind investors that potential clients are looking for SNC’s ability to execute and financial ability to withstand challenges.“SNC checks both marks,” he wrote in a report.“The concession portfolio and the strong balance sheet gives us confidence that SNC-Lavalin is going to be able to overcome the current trough.”The engineering and construction giant’s new CEO Robert Card started on the job this week amid reports that about $22.5 million of the $56 million in questionable payments to undisclosed foreign agents was used to win the Montreal super hospital project.Former CEO Pierre Duhaime stepped down in March amid the controversy over the payments, which breached the company’s code of ethics.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, SNC’s shares closed up 56 cents at $38.25 in Thursday trading. ICP’s shares were up three cents to 85 cents. by News Staff Posted Oct 4, 2012 5:58 pm MDT B.C. selects SNC-Lavalin group as preferred bidders on $1.4 billion transit line AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

CTF says Alberta slips as financially attractive desination for athletes

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Justin Slimm Posted Oct 5, 2015 1:22 pm MDT WikiCommons/Wikipedia CTF says Alberta slips as financially attractive desination for athletes A report from the Canadian Taxpayers Federation says Alberta has dropped from first to the fifth most financially attractive destinations for NHL hockey players, after the provincial tax hike that took effect October first. The new report, co-authored by Americans for Tax Reform, looks at NHL salaries, tax rates and the impacts on team salary caps. The study says Alberta’s 5 per cent jump in tax on high-income earners will see Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall pay an additional $1,097,825 in taxes over the course of his contract. Flames defenceman Dennis Wideman will be tagged an additional $401,080 in taxes on his contract. CTF Alberta Director Paige MacPherson said NHL players are likely to consider tax implications before signing with a new team. “NHL players aren’t all that different from other highly skilled workers who have the ability to move provinces or countries” said MacPherson, “The same concept applies for doctors, engineers and CEOs of major companies. Alberta used to be number one. Not anymore. We want our teams to be the best in the league, and we should demand that of our taxes as well.”The report ranks Dallas, Miami, Tampa Bay and Nashville as the top four most tax-friendly cities with NHL teams. Alberta remains number one among Canadian Provinces. read more

Shell drops first deepwater well off Nova Scotia moves on to second

Shell drops first deepwater well off Nova Scotia, moves on to second attempt by Michael Tutton, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 21, 2016 7:09 am MDT Last Updated Sep 21, 2016 at 11:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Shell logo at a petrol station in London, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016. Shell has abandoned the first of its deepwater exploration wells off Nova Scotia, saying it didn’t find enough oil for commercial production. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Kirsty Wigglesworth HALIFAX – Shell has abandoned the first of its deepwater exploration wells off Nova Scotia, saying it didn’t find enough oil for commercial production.Work on the Cheshire well, about 250 kilometres off Halifax on the Scotian Shelf, was completed last week, the company says.Shell says it is now turning to a second exploration well about 120 kilometres away.“It is important to keep in mind that the Shelburne Basin is an unexplored deepwater basin so the resource potential is uncertain,” said Cameron Yost, a spokesman for the firm, in an email.“That’s why we’re conducting an exploration program: to evaluate the potential of hydrocarbons within the exploration licences and, if hydrocarbons are found, determine whether the volumes are substantial enough to warrant a commercial development.”He said the results are based on the firm’s analysis of the subsurface geology at the location of the well, but he wouldn’t comment on whether there had been any signs of oil or gas.Yost said those results remain “confidential for a period of time.”Grant Wach, a petroleum geologist at Dalhousie University, said it’s too early to be discouraged by the abandoning of one well in the early stages of exploring the deep waters off the Scotian shelf.“It probably took 30 wells to find the (Newfoundland) Grand Banks discovery. One well in a completely unexplored basin, that’s why you’re drilling. You don’t know what’s there,” said the expert in reservoir characterization.However, he said if the second well isn’t commercially viable that will cause some petroleum geologists to “scratch their heads” and possibly reassess exploration plans.“People really believe there’s something here,” he said, adding that Norwegian company Statoil acquired exploration licences about 200 kilometres off Nova Scotia late last year.The company says the second exploration well, Monterey Jack, is southwest of the Cheshire location. A contracted vessel will open the exploration well by the end of September.The Cheshire well was the location where the ship contracted to drill the well dropped two kilometres of pipe and other drilling gear onto the ocean floor on March 5.The incident occurred after the ship unlatched the drilling gear from the wellhead due to heaving seas, and was moving away from the site.There were no injuries or spills, but a report has noted the accident was costly and caused delays in the drilling effort.Shell said it hasn’t yet decided what action to take about the pipe lying on the ocean floor at the site. read more

Guterres censures terrorist attacks in Nigeria pledges UN solidarity

On Monday, his spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric, issued a statement extending the UN chief’s “heartfelt condolences to the Government of Nigeria and to the families of those who have lost their life.”According to news reports, a major attack took place earlier this month at a Nigerian military base in north-eastern Borno state carried out by Islamist extremists eight days ago, in which scores of soldiers were killed. Several other bases were said to have been targeted.The recent increase in violence reportedly stems from a power-struggle between militant factions in the region.President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to end the insurgency across the north-east, which is the stronghold of the Boko Haram militant group, founded nearly a decade ago. National elections are due to be held in February next year. “Those who violate international humanitarian, human rights and refugee law must be held accountable,” Mr. Dujarric said. The UN chief said the Organization “stands in solidarity with the Government of Nigeria in its fight against terrorism and violent extremism.” read more

Three fallen Kentucky firefighters to be honored at national memorial

Jeffrey Crossfield James Donnelly Ray Hollingsworth EMMITSBURG, Md. (WTVQ) – Three Kentucky firefighters who died in the line of duty will be honored next week at a national memorial.The 38th National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service will be held Sunday, October 6 in Emmitsburg, Maryland, and will honor 92 firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2018 and 27 firefighters who died in the line of duty in previous years. – Advertisement – The Kentucky firefighters being honored are 54-year-old Jeffrey Crossfield, who served on the City of Paris Fire Department; 63-year-old James Donnelly, of the Bowling Green Fire Department; and 60-year-old Ray Hollingsworth, who served on the West Knox Volunteer Fire Department. All three died in 2018.Their names, along with those of 116 other fallen firefighters, will be read at the memorial. Their loved ones will receive an American flag that had been flown above the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial and the U.S. Capitol Dome. The firefighters will also be remembered in a special Candlelight Service on Saturday, October 5, where a bronze plaque bearing the names of the fallen will be officially added to the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial. read more

We Came Up With A New Way To Determine Baseballs Top PowerSpeed

1M. Trout919592.9C. Bellinger999596.6 Baseball’s best at combining homers and stealsThe top players in 2018, 2019* and all-time according to Bill James’s Power/Speed Number (PSN) PlayerpowerspeedMean*PlayerpowerspeedMean* Jose Ramirez36.3A. Mondesi30.2Alex Rodriguez199843.9 6T. Hernández948588.9N. Goodrum909089.9 8A. Altherr849287.9J. Báez928487.4 7S. Ohtani978188.1H. Pence918587.8 Who combines the best Statcast power and speed metrics?2018 and 2019 MLB leaders in percentile ranks for both power (by average exit velocity) and speed (by average sprint speed) 3T. Story889892.5R. Acuña889892.3 2R. Acuna889892.5B. Buxton9110095.5 * Harmonic mean of the percentile ranks for exit velocity and sprint speed2019 numbers through April 18Source: Baseball Savant Tim Anderson22.6Javier Baez23.8A. Soriano200240.0 C. Yelich27.3Mookie Betts24.8Jose Canseco198841.0 2018 Leaders2019 Leaders*All-Time Leaders Mookie Betts31.0Ronald Acuna27.4Eric Davis198742.5 4C. Yelich958891.4J. Alfaro939091.4 * Projected full-season Power/Speed Numbers (as of April 18, 2019) according to FanGraphs’ depth chartsSources: Baseball-Reference.com, FanGraphs 2018 Leaders2019 Leaders Javier Baez26.0Jonathan Villar24.0Barry Bonds199040.4 Trea Turner26.4C. Yelich24.0Bobby Bonds197340.9 9Y. Moncada869087.6T. Story789886.9 Baseball has always prized players who can hit the ball a country mile or run like the wind. And when the same player can do both of those things, he becomes the stuff of legends — like when Willie Mays hit 36 home runs and swiped 40 bases in 1956, or when Jose Canseco inaugurated the 40-40 club in 1988.So, who is today’s version of Mays or Canseco — the best mix of both power and speed? There is the traditional way of measuring it, but we can do a better job using MLB’s new Statcast metrics, which track the exact velocity of a ball off a player’s bat and the speed of his body around the basepaths.Bill James originally captured a player’s combination of slugging and running by inventing a statistic called the Power/Speed Number, introduced in his 1980 “Baseball Abstract.” The formula is simply the harmonic mean of home runs and stolen bases: two times home runs times stolen bases, divided by the sum of home runs and stolen bases. “It is so crafted that a player who does well in both home runs and stolen bases will rate high,” James wrote, “and his rating is determined by the balance of the two as well as by the total.”According to this basic accounting system, the best combo of power and speed in any single season belonged to Alex Rodriguez in 1998, when he hit 42 home runs and stole 46 bases — just the third of four 40/40 seasons in MLB history.1The most recent was Alfonso Soriano’s in 2006. The best Power/Speed Number last season belonged to Jose Ramirez of the Cleveland Indians, who hit 39 home runs and stole 34 bases; that season is tied for 31st all-time in James’s metric.For this season, White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson led baseball on April 18 with a 4.8 Power/Speed Number (four homers and six steals) — though that’s not really comparable to full-season numbers because the metric is a mean of two cumulative stats, meaning that it grows as the season goes on.2The career leader in Power/Speed is Barry Bonds with a mark of 613.9 — gargantuan relative to the single-season record of 43.9. A better way to get numbers that resemble full-season stats is to combine actual results from the first few weeks of the season with rest-of-season projected homers and steals from FanGraphs’ depth charts. After we did that, the top projected Power/Speed player of 2019 was Adalberto Mondesi of the blazing-fast Kansas City Royals — he’s on pace for 48 stolen bases and 22 home runs. Trevor Story31.2Mike Trout27.8A. Soriano200643.4 5T. Pham978590.5M. Trout919090.4 PlayerPSNPlayerPSNPlayerYearPSN F. Lindor30.2Trevor Story27.4R. Henderson198642.4 Starling Marte24.9Tim Anderson24.0Eric Davis198640.4 Mondesi certainly is fast — he ranks second in all of baseball (behind Minnesota’s Byron Buxton) in Statcast’s sprint speed metric, which tracks a player’s velocity on running plays in which he is theoretically hustling. His pop is also impressive for a speedster. If Mondesi were to hit his projections, he would be in great company: The 40/40 club’s lesser cousin, in which a player has 20 homers and 40 steals, has been done only 50 times in history and not at all since 2013. But according to Statcast, the average exit velocity of Mondesi’s batted balls is 88.9 miles per hour, which puts him in the bottom half of all qualified hitters.3Minimum 25 batted-ball events.Homers and steals are proxies for power and speed, but they’re imperfect ones. If we use Statcast’s rankings as the basis for a new conception of James’s old Power/Speed Number — measuring power with exit velocity and speed with sprint velocity — it turns out that there are hitters who do an even better job than Mondesi of combining these two facets of the game.I took every player who had at least one batted-ball event and one running event in every 1.8 games through April 184Which worked out to about 10 so far this season and about 90 over a full season. and calculated his percentile rank in each category. Then, like with James’s original metric, I took the harmonic mean of those two values for a combined score that rewards high rankings in both power and speed.Last season’s top power-speed player was — who else? — Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels, who ranked 31st in exit velocity and 17th in sprint speed.Of course, Trout also ranked fifth on our original Power/Speed leaderboard … but where is Ramirez in this updated version? Surprisingly, the Indians’ MVP candidate was only 85th in the new ranking, despite leading MLB in James’s metric. He had a lot more steals and homers than we would have expected from his raw physical tools. As my colleague Travis Sawchik documented last season, Ramirez made up for a lack of pure power with a concerted focus on lifting the ball in the air to his pull side, particularly to right field as a lefty hitter. (Ramirez hits from both sides of the plate.) He was also smart about picking his spots as a base-stealer, ranking seventh in stolen-base percentage with an 85 percent success rate.But this version of the Power/Speed Number is more about measuring the skills that help lead to home runs and steals — rather than the homers and steals themselves — so players like Ramirez are out in favor of those like the Braves’ great young left fielder Ronald Acuña Jr., who consistently hits rockets off the bat and is one of the fastest runners in the sport. Mike Trout29.7Jose Ramirez26.9Barry Bonds199641.0 10M. Chapman987987.2J. Martin898486.2 Acuña was second last year and is third so far in 2019, coming up on the heels of Buxton (who might be the anti-Ramirez — he has one of the league’s highest average exit velocities despite zero home runs this season or last). But neither player ranks No. 1. That honor belongs to Cody Bellinger of the Los Angeles Dodgers.The power part isn’t shocking. Bellinger already has 11 home runs this season, second in the majors behind Christian Yelich. He’s leading the majors in an absurd array of stats, including wins above replacement, batting average, slugging percentage, hits, runs, total bases and on-base plus slugging (OPS). Through April 18, Bellinger ranked sixth in average exit velocity at 95.9 miles per hour.But speed? According to FanGraphs, the 6-foot-4, 210-pound Bellinger was rated by scouts as a “45” in the category back in 2017, with average at 50. And yet, Bellinger was up to 16th in Statcast sprint speed at 29.0 feet per second, tied with Kansas City speed-merchant Billy Hamilton (!). In just the first three weeks of the season, Bellinger already had 27 of what Statcast classifies as “competitive runs,” which contribute to his average, so it’s unlikely that the radar-trackers merely picked up a few aberrant readings. That’s particularly the case since Bellinger also ranked 35th overall in sprint speed last season, with a 28.8 feet-per-second average over 224 competitive runs.Interestingly, the power component might be the more likely area of regression for Bellinger. Although he exploded for 39 home runs in his first 132 major league games in 2017, his power dipped last season, with an average exit velocity that didn’t rank among the top quarter of MLB hitters. He appears to have made adjustments after a classic sophomore-slump campaign, blistering the ball early this season, but Bellinger has the longer track record of having an elite sprint speed than having elite batted-ball metrics.Bellinger is simply surprisingly fast in terms of in-game speed. And that works in concert with his crazy mashing to make him MLB’s best power-speed player in the early part of this season.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

Emerson online machinery monitoring to identify vibration issues on PH mining shovels

first_imgEmerson Process Management has entered into an agreement with P&H Mining Equipment to extend vibration monitoring to P&H mining shovels. Emerson’s onboard monitors will recognise excess vibration in key shovel components and notify operators in real time – enabling users to take corrective action in time to prevent unexpected shutdowns and possible damage to the huge excavators. The agreement covers continuous vibration monitoring of the hoist, crowd, and swing systems on P&H Centurion® controlled shovels. Vibration monitoring will be offered on all new P&H shovels, and all existing Centurion controlled shovels can be retrofitted to include vibration monitors.Emerson has broadened the CSI 6500 system’s monitoring capabilities from rotating equipment to recognise and capture non-repetitive vibration in mining machines. Vibration data captured online by permanently installed sensors and multiple CSI 6500 Machinery HealthTM Monitors will be integrated with the onboard P&H PreVail® Remote Health Monitoring System. The online data will also be continuously fed to Emerson’s AMS Suite predictive maintenance software, which works in concert with the PreVail system to spot potential operating issues.The PreVail system currently monitors key operating parameters such as motor currents, temperatures, and drive information. An onboard historical database enables troubleshooting suspected problems and predicting future performance. Information from shovels operating anywhere in the world is transmitted through P&H’s MinePro network to headquarters in Milwaukee for diagnostic and consultative support as needed.“Emerson and P&H see an impressive opportunity to make users aware of potential problems, and we’re investing together to make that a reality,” said Ron Martin, Vice President/General Manager of Emerson’s Asset Optimization and Lifecycle Care business. “Our technology enables early and accurate detection of anomalies for users whose equipment operates round the clock in harsh, often remote environments.”“Emerson’s AMS Suite and our PreVail monitoring systems fit together very well,” said Bob Hicks, Manager of Product Technology at Joy Global, parent company of P&H Mining. “Both are designed to raise early warnings of potential trouble, but they cover different aspects of shovel operation. Emerson’s patented method of processing vibration data preserves peak amplitudes of stress waves emitted by deteriorating equipment. Our analysts find this information very helpful in trending and evaluating fault development.”last_img read more

New Gold after different funding strategy for CZone block cave at New

first_imgNew Gold has launched an internally-funded strategy for the development of another block cave at its New Afton gold-copper mine in British Columbia, Canada, as it looks to extend production through to 2030.While further details of the strategy are expected later in January, a 2016 feasibility study on the C-Zone implied another 25 Mt of gold and copper ore reserves, equivalent to five years of mine life, could be added through the development of the new block cave.Early last year, the company decided to defer development of the C-Zone in 2018, electing to evaluate opportunities “that have the potential to further optimise the C-Zone project”. Some of the opportunities identified, which were not featured in the feasibility study, included different tailings options (such as dry stack or thickened/amended tailings), as well as mining approaches based on operating experience in the B-Zone (including reassessing the amount of required underground development in the cave as well as optimising draw bell and pillar designs).New Afton is a block cave mining operation able to produce 4 Mt/y of copper-gold ore for processing in a flotation plant. The deposit has been partitioned into three zones. The two nearest the surface cave readily and provide the initial mine production, while the deeper block is expected to require assistance in cave development.An undercut and extraction level has been developed at each block, with ore hauled to ore passes and dropped to a tramming level for transport to the crusher. Ore from the deeper block is hauled by 50-t truck to the crusher level, from where it is conveyed to the mill via a 4.5-km long conveyor system.Since the start of the current underground block cave operation in July 2012, exploration at New Afton has focused on extending the mineral resource below the current B-Zone block cave reserve. This work has resulted in the development of the C-Zone mineral resource, which was stated as 18.3 Mt at 0.8 g/t Au, 2.2 g/t Ag and 0.95% Cu as of December 31, 2017.While investors will await further news of the internally-funded strategy for the C-Zone, the existing mine exceeded guidance in 2018. It produced 18,778 oz of gold in the December quarter for 77,329 oz in 2018, above expectations. Copper output also toppled expectations, with 20.8 MIb (9,435 t) and 85.1 MIb for the quarter and year, respectively.And expectations are for these positive results to continue into 2019.New Gold said in the December quarter results release that it had started an “ore segregation” strategy during the quarter, which has been further enhanced with the recent commissioning of an ore scanner. This is expected to increase overall mill grade, New Gold said.Also, during the quarter, the initial phase of a two-phase mill upgrade to address supergene ore recovery was completed on time and on budget. This included the installation of pressure jigs and a magnetic separator with commissioning currently underway.The second phase of the planned upgrade will be launched during the current quarter, with commissioning scheduled for the September quarter, the company said.last_img read more

Apple wants unlimited iTunes music downloads for users

first_imgAt the moment, if you want to get your iTunes-bought music on to several devices it requires you handle the transfers yourself after that initial download. Apple doesn’t like that, and wants to offer customers the ability to download the music to any and all devices you want to listen to it on after that initial purchase.In order to do that it needs to convince the music publishers what a great idea it is and get them to sign up to such a license. And that’s exactly what’s happening at the moment through talks with Vivendi, Universal, Sony, Warner, and EMI.AdChoices广告While this sounds like a tough sell to an industry that historically prefers DRM and pushes for piracy prosecutions, it’s also an industry that doesn’t much like the growing popularity of streaming services such as Pandora and Spotify. The question is, would they allow unlimited downloads and see it as a way of boosting revenue while diminishing the streaming services’ need to exist?Apple’s desired outcome from these talks is the ability to offer each customer a permanent copy of each song they buy stored in iTunes. That song can then be downloaded as many times as necessary to a device linked to the iTunes account (iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch).Read more at Bloomberg, via Business InsiderMatthew’s OpinionIf Apple didn’t have the majority (70%) of the digital music business through iTunes, then the publishers wouldn’t even be talking about this. But what they don’t like to admit is Apple holds the keys to a growing percentage of their revenue, so they have to listen.It’s a give and take situation, though. Apple does not want to get into a battle with a publisher and see them pull songs off the store. At the same time, publishers don’t want to lose their iTunes revenue stream. So ultimately I think this unlimited downloads feature will happen, but it may come at a higher price for the songs. At least, that’s what I guess the publishers will argue.last_img read more

Using Sugru to slightly improve my digital camera

first_imgIn case you haven’t heard of Sugru, it’s a silicon modeling putty that can be used to repair, customize, enhance, or hack almost anything. The soft clay-like material can be modeled into shapes, it can repair plastic parts, it can add grip or structure to your gear–the main limitation seems to be your need to improve/fix/customize your stuff. All you need to do is work it into shape, slap it on whatever you want to hack, and then give it some time to cure.In the video above I tested out Sugru by adding grips to my slippery old Canon digital camera. The camera is a number of years old but still works well enough, especially with CHDK running on it, so it was a perfect test candidate. What I did was affix one packet of blue Sugru to the front grip, the rear grip, and then a bit to the shutter button. I smoothed it out to make it as even as possible, then I added faux knurling with the edge of the Sugru packet, and let it dry for 24 hour.Here is the result:The Sugru once fully cured, adhered to the camera’s smooth surface extremely well, and it does add a bit of grip to the surface. The difference isn’t huge but this is just one, very basic, use for the material.So on the upside, Sugru is easy to use and has a limitless number of applications. Plus it’s affordable enough that I’m not going to hesitate to use it if I think it can help me enhance something I own. There really aren’t any products like this (aside from gross stuff like Plasti Dip), so that fact that it works and it’s cheap means it a success. There are some downsides, though they aren’t too major. First off the Sugru is a bit messy to deal with and it’ll get some goop all over your hands. It comes off with a good washing though, but the more you smooth it out with your fingers the tougher it is to get off.Another problem is that the packets have expiration dates. I got two big packets (each holding six 5 gram sachets) that expire in August 2011. That’s less than a nine month window to use this stuff. It’ll probably work after that date and I’m guessing I’ll use it all by then, but I’d never have imagined that a silicon putty would expire so quickly.So if you wear gloves (or don’t mind messy hands) and use the Sugru promptly, then there isn’t anything to complain about. The end product isn’t that grippy, but for some applications a harder material will be preferable to a softer one. It works well enough as a camera grip but it’s not soft and rubbery, it’s more like the soft-touch material found on some of today’s laptops, mice, and mobile phones.The change to my camera wasn’t dramatic, but it’s less slippery than it was so I consider the application a success. I’d like to have done a neater job, but I’m guessing my Sugru skills will improve with time. Given the price of Sugru, you really only need to fix one thing or prevent one camera drop to make it a worthwhile purchase.You can buy Sugru or get some great ideas for using it at Sugru.com. The Smart Hacks Pack I tested sells for $9.75.last_img read more

Musical language of Greece entices students

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The key to maintaining ‘Greekness’ may be through more emphasis on Greek culture, in addition to the language, says mother, Maria Rerakis.Rerakis’s two children, Parissa and George are part of a nine student Greek band at Brunswick Secondary College, which celebrated Greek Independence Day through a concert on March 24.The inaugural school Greek night was set up like a Greek tavern and featured a performance, Odyssey by Andeas Litras, and music from the band.Most notably, most of the band members are not of Greek-background, and neither is the music teacher who initiated the event, Wayne Simmons.“Music a big door for making Greek culture accessible to both Greeks and non-Greeks,” says Rerakis.“When people see what the Greek culture has to offer, whether it’s music, history or art, it becomes a means of embracing what Greece is.”“It is a gateway for learning the Greek language, especially for our singers who have had to learn the Greek words of the songs,” adds teacher Wayne Simmons.Rerakis went on to say that her son George developed an interest in the Greek language through his love of Cretan music, despite giving up Greek school years earlier.Simmons, a member of a Greek band himself has previously taught Greek music at Alphington Grammar School, as well as introduced a Greek band at Banksia Secondary College.last_img read more

Election 2017 Unopposed candidates on Tuesdays ballot

first_imgThese candidates ran unopposed on Tuesday’s general election ballot:CITY OF BATTLE GROUNDCouncilor, Position 1: Brian D. Munson. Councilor, Position 4: Adrian E. Cortes. Councilor, Position 5: Mike Dalesandro. Councilor, Position 6: Cherish DesRochers.CITY OF CAMASCouncilor, Ward 2, Position 2: Steven C. Hogan. Councilor, Ward 3, Position 2: Shannon Turk.CITY OF LA CENTERCouncilor, Position 3: T.R. (Randy) Williams.CITY OF RIDGEFIELDCouncilor, Position 1: Ron Onslow. Councilor, Position 4: Don Stose. Councilor, Position 6: John Main.CITY OF WASHOUGALCouncilor, Position 1: Brent Boger. Councilor, Position 3: Paul Greenlee. Councilor, Position 5: Raymond A. Kutch.TOWN OF YACOLTCouncilor, Position 1: Amy Boget. Councilor, Position 2: Tami Bryant. Councilor, Position 3: Malita Moseley. Councilor, Position 4: Herbert Noble.BATTLE GROUND PUBLIC SCHOOLSDistrict 1: Monty Anderson. District 5: Tina Lambert.CAMAS SCHOOL DISTRICTDistrict 1: Casey O’Dell. District 2: Julie Rotz. District 5: Tracey L. Malone.GREEN MOUNTAIN SCHOOL DISTRICTDirector, Position 2: Cameron Tormanen. Director, Position 3: Jeff Strong. Director, Position 5: Joyce Cooper.HOCKINSON SCHOOL DISTRICTDirector, District 2: Kathy Nordberg.LA CENTER SCHOOL DISTRICTDirector, District 2: Todd Jones.Director, District 3: Win Muffett.MOUNT PLEASANT SCHOOL DISTRICTDirector, Position 1: Nancy Kraus. Director, Position 2: Rachelle Louise Harding. Director, Position 5: Kate Stiles.RIDGEFIELD SCHOOL DISTRICTDirector, District 1: Emily Enquist.WASHOUGAL SCHOOL DISTRICTDirector, District 4: Cory D. Chase. Director, District 5: Ron F. Dinius.WOODLAND SCHOOL DISTRICTDirector, District 4: Matthew Donald. Director, District 5: Steven Madsen.EAST COUNTY FIRE & RESCUECommissioner, Position 1: Tom Gianatasio. Commissioner, Position 4: Martha Martin.FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT NO. 3Commissioner, Position 3: Dick Deleissagues.FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT NO. 6Commissioner, Position 1: Brad Lothspeich.FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT NO. 10Commissioner, Position 3: Danny L. Walling.FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT NO. 13Commissioner, Position 3: Louis Ferreira.CEMETERY DISTRICT NO. 1Commissioner, Position 1: William A. Zalpys.CEMETERY DISTRICT NO. 4Commissioner, Position 3: Bob McClellan.CEMETERY DISTRICT NO. 5Commissioner, Position 1: Vivian Mosby. Commissioner, Position 2: Bruce Summers.RIDGEFIELD PORT DISTRICTCommissioner, District 1: R. Bruce Wiseman.WOODLAND SWIMMING POOL AND RECREATION DISTRICTCommissioner, Position 2: Sharyn Crosby. Commissioner, Position 3: Rachael Stuart. Commissioner, Position 4: Bruce Hulett. Commissioner, Position 5: Shannon Tracy.last_img read more