Meet the Coaches – Phil Gyemore

first_imgIn the lead up to the 2016 All Stars weekend, we’ve caught up with both coaches to get their thoughts in the lead up to the event. Join us as we hear from TFA Indigenous All Stars coach, Phil Gyemore about how much he is looking forward to the 2016 event and what it means to take part in the weekend. Having coached as part of TFA’s first involvement in the All Stars event in 2015, what does it mean to you to have this opportunity again?It means that we have opportunity to showcase our great sport on the big stage. The NRL All Stars event showcases Rugby League around the world so it’s great to highlight the sport of Touch Football to a captive audience.  We are proud indigenous people and we are excited to be able to represent all indigenous people in this special event.How do you see Touch Football Australia and the NRL’s partnership, in regards to the opportunities like this it is presenting our athletes?We have seen numerous opportunities due to the NRL and TFA partnership and the All Stars event is a clear example of this. Both sports can share and promote knowledge and experiences that have been successful. I’m sure that we have only touched the surface of how we can both take our sports to the next level.Our players have the chance to share the stage and so many of our players have gone on to become the stars of the NRL.  Players like Benji Marshall, Matt Moylan, Shaun Johnson and Ashley Taylor have honed their skills in our great game.What are you looking forward to most about the 2016 All Stars events?Being able to walk onto Suncorp Stadium will be amazing. We have all seen the Queensland dominance against New South Wales in the Rugby League State of Origin series at Suncorp Stadium. To see first-hand the surface and get a small taste of the atmosphere at one of the world’s best arenas will be something that I’ll never forget.  The Mixed format of the game is a prime example of the inclusive nature of Touch Football, what else makes this form of the game so important to the sport?Mixed Touch Football is unique in the fact that we rely on all players that need to trust one another regardless of whether they are male or female.  No player takes a backwards step and all players are treated equally.The All Stars event is about recognising and showcasing the amazing talent within Touch Football and Rugby League community, including those of Indigenous heritage. As a coach, if you could have any indigenous player in your team who would it be? And why?This is a really good question. If I could choose any indigenous player it would have to be Matt Bowen, the North Queensland Cowboys and Queensland Maroons star.  His amazing turn of speed, footwork and finishing ability would be an amazing asset in any Touch Football team.  2015 was a huge year for the sport, including a victorious World Cup campaign, what has been your highlight?It has been a great year for Touch Football but one of the highlights for me would have been watching Peter Bell going out a true winner in the Women’s Open World Cup Final against New Zealand.  Seeing his face in the latter stages of the game and the joy on his face during the team photo after being presented the World Cup medal was special. We had to establish a game plan that was going to prove effective and the girls executed it perfectly.What is your prediction for the result on Saturday, 13 February? TFA or Indigenous All Stars to take out the title for 2016?The Mick Lovett-coached TFA All Stars will be clear favourites however like last year we won’t be holding anything back.  We will win 8-7. Stay tuned to the TFA website and social media channels in the lead up to the 2016 All Stars event for all of the latest news and information:Website – www.touchfootball.com.auFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyausInstagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia Related LinksMeet The Coacheslast_img read more

10 months agoMourinho blamed for delays over Man Utd technical director hire

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Mourinho blamed for delays over Man Utd technical director hireby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJose Mourinho is being blamed for the delays at Manchester United over their intention to appoint a first ever technical director.The Independent says United have no plans to replace Mourinho at present and remain supportive. However, there is growing frustration at United, with one discussion centring on whether Mourinho wants the club to appoint a director of football and what the remit would be.United want to make the appointment, which would be the first in their history, and accept that it is now a necessary role and they are out of step with their rivals.While Mourinho is not believed to be against the idea there is a belief that it will be hard to make an appointment that he will be satisfied with.It may mean that United have to delay their plans until Mourinho leaves – whether that is next summer, or even before then, or when his deal (which he has the option to extend for another 12 months) – expires in 2020.It is even understood that some candidates to be director of football are unsure as to whether they would want to take over at present. last_img read more

22 days agoAston Villa boss Dean Smith says Wesley will come good

first_imgAston Villa boss Dean Smith says Wesley will come goodby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa boss Dean Smith has backed new striker Wesley to be a success at Villa Park.Wesley had a disappointing performance against Burnley last week.“His performance wasn’t great on Saturday against Burnley and he was the first to admit that to me afterwards as well when I went through his clips with him,” Smith said.“But what I’ve seen in training this week has been a reaction, he’s trained very well this week and he’ll be the first to go out there and try to prove people wrong.“It’s a tough job as a lone striker and he was up against two street-wise centre-backs in James Tarkowksi and Ben Mee, both very strong and street-wise centre-halves who can give a lot of centre forwards problems in this league.“I think that they got the upper hand on [Wesley] early on in the game and he showed his frustrations a little bit during the game, but he’ll learn from that. “He’s a young striker, still only 22 and he’ll get better and better.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Janes Addiction To Headline Rhondas Kiss Annual Concert

first_imgRhonda’s Kiss, an organization that helps cancer patients in need, announced today that legendary rock band Jane’s Addiction will perform at their annual concert event on Friday, Dec. 8 at The Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles.Proceeds from the concert event will benefit the Cedars-Sinai Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute and further the mission of Rhonda’s Kiss, supporting programs to assist cancer patients in need, and helping those who receive a cancer diagnosis make ends meet during treatment. Rhonda’s Kiss is a 501c3. To date, the charity has donated nearly $1 million to hospitals to support cancer programs and patients.“At Cedars-Sinai, it is our mission to treat the cancer patient as a whole, rather than just the disease,” said Amin Mirhadi, MD, radiation oncologist at the Cedars-Sinai Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute. “We are proud to collaborate with the Rhonda’s Kiss foundation to help us achieve that.”“Raising money for cancer is a reminder that every day, people are struggling with the disease and need the support to maintain their dignity and fight,” said Kyle Stefanski, CEO of Rhonda’s Kiss. “We are blessed to have strong support from artists such as Jane’s Addiction, the public, and hospitals like Cedars-Sinai to be able to help more and more people fight this terrible disease.”Great bands break rules, but legends write their own. JANE’S ADDICTION has actually written the rule book for alternative music and culture through a combination of genre-defying classic songs and a cinematic live experience. In 1988, Jane’s Addiction would officially arrive as a pop culture force with their first proper studio album, Nothing’s Shocking. Perry Farrell stands out as one of music’s most forward-thinking and enigmatic frontmen, and his vocals soar with vibrancy, vulnerability and vitality. Guitar god Dave Navarro conjures simultaneously psychedelic and epic riffs. Stephen Perkins’ tribal stomp remains hypnotic and transfixing. The band created a sound that the world had never heard before. It was as riff heavy as it was sensitive. Farrell lyrically chronicled the stranger side of L.A. life, telling personal tales that’d stick with fans just as much as Navarro’s licks did.In 1991, for the Jane’s Addiction “farewell” tour, Farrell concocted Lollapalooza. Jane’s Addiction went on hiatus, but they never truly went away. The world needed Jane’s Addiction in 2003 just as much as it did in 1985, and the band released “Strays,” their first new album in 13 years. The first single “Just Because” was their biggest single to date landing at #1. Jane’s Addiction was once again everywhere with “Superhero” becoming the opening theme song for HBO’s hit show “Entourage” at the same time. The band headlined the re-tooled Lollapalooza festival that summer. 2016 saw the band tour their “Ritual De Lo Habitual” album in its entirety for the 25th anniversary of its release in addition to a special vinyl box set and live recording at Irvine Meadows in California.In 2014, Rhonda Stefanski was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. While she lost her battle, one of the greatest gifts she left was to create Rhonda’s Kiss, an event to raise money to help those in the inner city who receive a cancer diagnosis, but may be unable to make ends meet for treatment and support.Through the Rhonda’s Kiss Los Angeles event and with proceeds benefitting Cedars-Sinai, Rhonda’s Kiss events provide financial support to decrease late-stage cancer diagnosis in urban communities, and primarily for patients in financial need, by using a three-pronged approach: outreach (education, awareness and screening), navigation (medical and home) and patient services (treatment and financial assistance, and emotional support).Funds are distributed by local hospitals in areas where money is raised. For more information or to donate directly, contact: www.rhondaskiss.org.General admission tickets will be available on October 19 here.last_img read more

Walmart to offer free pickup service for apparel general merchandise

first_imgTORONTO – Walmart Canada Corp. is rolling out a free pickup service for online orders at all of its Canadian stores by the end of the week.“All the general merchandise and apparel goods that we used to send by traditional carrier are now going through our trucks going to our stores and now customers can pick up those products for free,” the company’s vice-president of omnichannel and online grocery Daryl Porter at the eTail Canada conference Thursday in Toronto.The discount department store has a wider selection of goods online that is not carried in stores, and the pickup service offers customers the option to have those shipped to the store of their choice, Porter said. The service also allows customers to save on delivery fees by grabbing their orders at the nearest store.“Customers are making so many trips to our stores anyways. It’s about unlocking that value for them,” Porter said.It will be handy for customers who avoid home delivery over concerns about unattended packages left on their doorstep, or for people who want to make sure a gift is not accidentally intercepted by the intended recipient, he added.The new service comes after the company started offering grocery pickup in select markets, beginning with Ottawa in 2015, about a year after Loblaw rolled out a similar program in the Toronto area. Walmart Canada has since expanded it to areas including the Greater Toronto Area, Calgary and Edmonton.The company cancelled the $2.97 charge for customers who order groceries online and pick them up in stores last August after internal studies suggested it prevented some people from using the service.Competition in the online pick up and delivery business is heating up as retailers scramble to compete against e-commerce giant Amazon.Canada’s grocers, especially, have doubled down on expanding their e-commerce offerings in response to Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods Market, including its 13 Canadian locations, last year. The move sparked speculation among industry watchers that the company may be looking to expand its grocery delivery service north of the border.Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, expects 40 per cent growth in online sales this fiscal year, but it remains a distant second to Amazon.The company said Thursday its online sales rose 33 per cent in the first quarter, a strong showing after a disappointing 23 per cent increase in the final quarter of last year. Wall Street punished the company for the end-of-year online performance, sending company shares plunging more than 10 per cent. It was the biggest single-day percentage drop for shares in 30 years.Marc Lore, CEO of Walmart’s U.S. online business, told reporters on a call Thursday it’s seeing 10 per cent to 20 per cent more growth going to its online grocery business.Walmart is reworking its website with a focus on fashion and home furnishings. The new site also makes it easier for shoppers to see what services are available, such as the ability to order groceries online, and pick them up on the way home. It has also teamed up with Lord & Taylor to create a dedicated space on its site, which will be launched in the next few weeks.Amazon.com Inc. has leveraged its Prime membership program into intense loyalty from customers. Amazon recently raised its annual fee for membership to $119, from $99. And after spending $14 billion to acquire Whole Foods last summer, Amazon announced two-hour delivery from the grocery chain for its members.While it fights off rivals at home, Walmart is expanding abroad, concentrating on areas with big growth potential like India and China.— With files from The Associated Presslast_img read more

Warner Shankar lead Sunrisers to competitive 1813 against KKR

first_imgKolkata: Invited to bat, Sunrisers Hyderabad scored a competitive 181 for three against Kings XI Punjab in their IPL clash at Eden Gardens, here Sunday. Comeback-man David Warner struck 85 off 53 balls and shared a 118-run stand for the first wicket with wicket-keeper batsman Jonny Bairstow (39). Vijay Shankar contributed unbeaten 40 in Sunrisers’ total. Brief Scores: Sunrisers Hyderabad: 181 for 3 in 20 overs. (D Warner 85, V Shankar 40 not out, J Bairstow 39; A Russell 2/32, P Chawla 1/23).last_img read more

Akhilesh Yadav Mulayam agents of BJP Bhim Army chief

first_imgNew Delhi: Bhim Army founder Chandrashekhar Azad Wednesday alleged Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and his father Mulayam Singh Yadav were “agents” of the BJP, adding he will not contest from Varanasi if his candidature scuttled the Dalit movement. He made the remarks during a public meeting in Jaipur days after BSP chief Mayawati termed him a “BJP agent” and alleged that he was contesting from Varanasi as part of the saffron party’s conspiracy to divide Dalit votes. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has entered into an alliance with SP in Uttar Pradesh to take on the BJP. “Akhilesh Yadav gave promotion to officers who inflicted atrocities on Dalits. His father says in Parliament that he wants Modi to become prime minister again. They are agents of the BJP, not me,” the Bhim Army chief said. “They call me an agent for questioning them. Yes, I am an agent of B R Ambedkar… If my own people were not in my way, I would have shown you (Akhilesh) that if we can vote you to power, we can pull you down too,” he said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Chandrashekhar also claimed that Mayawati was being “misled” by Satish Chandra Mishra, her general secretary and Brahmin face of the BSP. He added that he won’t contest the election in Varanasi if his candidature “strengthened” Prime Minister Narendra Modi in any way. Varanasi is the parliamentary constituency of Modi. Mayawati had on Sunday tweeted, “BJP tried hard to help Chandrashekhar join the BSP as its mole, but failed in its conspiracy. It is imperative in national interest to dislodge autocratic, despotic anti-Dalit BJP from power. Please ensure no vote goes waste.” The Bhim Party founder had announced at a rally in the national capital last month that he would contest against Modi from Varanasi and welcomed support of all parties, including the Congress, to take on the BJP. He had also sought the support of SP and BSP for his candidature, saying Dalit groups would back their alliance in other seats. The SP-BSP-RLD alliance is yet to declare its candidate against Modi in Varanasi. The Chandrashekhar-led group shot to limelight during the May 2017 clashes between Dalits and upper caste Thakurs in Saharanpur of Uttar Pradesh. Chandrashekhar was arrested after the clashes. Though he was granted bail by the Allahabad High Court, the UP Police arrested him under the stringent National Security Act. He was released in September 2018 after spending 16 months in jail.last_img read more

Oppn unhappy with me over Indias rapid global strides Modi

first_imgTheni(TN): Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a broadside against the Opposition Saturday, saying the DMK, Congress and their ‘mahamilavati’ friends cannot accept strides India has made and therefore were “unhappy” with him. Taking a swipe at the DMK-Congress combine, he said those who were “sworn enemies” have joined hands, despite the national party having “humiliated” its southern ally in the past. “Today India is rapidly making a mark in the world. The Congress, DMK and their mahamilavati friends cannot accept this. That is why they are unhappy with me,” he said at an election rally here. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The Prime Minister has been describing the opposition ‘mahagatbandhan’ (mega alliance) as ‘mahamilavati,’ meaning adulterated. Taking pot shots at DMK President MK Stalin’s proposal naming Congress chief Rahul Gandhi as Prime Ministerial candidate, Modi said there were no takers for this among the opposition “because they are in line to be PM and dream of the post.” “Some days ago, DMK supremo (Stalin) projected the Naamdar (dynast–Gandhi) as PM (candidate) but no one was ready to accept it, not even their mahamilavati friends, because they are in line to be PM and dream of the post,” he said, without naming anyone. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Despite past “bitterness,” the Congress and DMK have joined hands, he said and recalled that the national party had “humiliated” the southern ally earlier, apparently referring to the dismissal of the DMK government in the past. Even during the 2G spectrum allocation scam, centered around then Telecom Minster A Raja of DMK, the Dravidian party’s leaders were criticising the national party, which was leading the ruling UPA, he pointed out. “In an attempt to mislead the people, all the corrupt have ganged up in an attempt to defeat Modi,” he added.last_img read more

India UNSC reform most important yet stagnating process

first_imgUnited Nations: The reform of the UN Security Council has been the most important and yet stagnating processes of the General Assembly, India said calling for action towards early reform of the UN organ that rightfully accords a “central and leading” role to Africa to ensure the Council reflects the world of today and not of 1945. Addressing a high-level plenary meeting to commemorate the International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace here on Wednesday, Sanjay Rana, Director General of the UN Division Government of India, emphasised that multilateralism is in crisis today, at a time when the world needs it the most. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”Like every crisis, this crisis in multilateralism, presents an opportunity for all of us to reinvigorate our efforts. We should redouble our efforts not only in preserving what we have achieved but also in reinventing it as we move forward,” he said. Rana said the “reform of the peace and security pillar of the UN, i.e, the Security Council has perhaps been the most important and yet stagnating processes of the General Assembly”. The international community must take action towards early reform “so that Africa is given a central and leading role in an internationally formed new order especially in a reformed and expanded Security Council and so that the Council reflects the world of today and not of 1945,” he added. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KRana said this is essential to enable nations to effectively deal with the myriad of new challenges and threats facing the world today but also to do justice to the young generation who will inherit the fruits of our action or inaction. He noted that the conversation on multilateralism has not been easy and will continue to be challenging in the future as well but the international community will need to commit itself at every step of this process.last_img read more

LeBron James to be on sideline during Ohio State game against Wisconsin

Lebron James of the Miami Heat gives a thumbs up before a 95-88 win against the San Antonio Spurs in Game 7 of the NBA Finals at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Florida, June 20. Credit: Courtesy of MCTIn arguably its biggest game of the 2013 season to date, the Ohio State football team will hear from a fellow Ohioan and current NBA World Champion before its tilt with Wisconsin Saturday night.An OSU spokesman confirmed that Miami Heat forward LeBron James will be on the Buckeyes’ sideline during the game. The four-time NBA MVP will also address the team before kickoff according to media reports.James, a graduate of Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary, is a longtime fan of OSU, even though he never went to the school. The NBA star even has his own locker inside the newly renovated locker rooms at The Jerome Schottenstein Center.OSU men’s basketball coach Thad Matta showed his own support for the Heat star, when the new facility was released to the media. OSU was the first team to wear Nike’s LeBron line of shoes as well as have their jerseys sponsored by him in 2007.“He’s done a lot of things in his time, but I think from a standpoint we always want to pay our respects to him for what he did for us in ’07 in terms of we were the first LeBron school,” Matta said Sept. 3. “I know he’s very proud of what he does for us.”Matta was not the only person to express his gratitude for arguably the biggest star in sports.“I feel sorry that our fans won’t rally around LeBron because of the way he did his things, because for us, he’s been unbelievable,” OSU athletic director Gene Smith said Sept. 3. “He’s always kept us at the top of his thoughts when he’s doing things.”OSU is scheduled to take on Wisconsin at 8 p.m. Saturday. read more

Mens Hockey Ohio State ties RPI 11 for the second straight game

Ohio State celebrates after junior forward Dakota Joshua’s goal in the second period of the Buckeyes’ 1-1 draw against Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Oct. 13. Credit: Ohio State AthleticsOhio State (1-1-2) and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (0-0-2) fought to another 1-1 tie — the second in as many days — with the Buckeyes once again winning in the shootout after the tie had been decided.RPI jumped on the Buckeyes early with a goal less than a minute into the game, but Ohio State tied the game up at one early in the second period. The battle between the pipes of the two goalies raged on the rest of the night as both teams failed to send a puck behind either netminder until the shootout. The Buckeyes were forced to play comeback hockey early on, but Ohio State junior forward John Wiitala said the team stayed true to their normal game.“I don’t think it changes anything,” Wiitala said.  “I think we always try to stick to our game plan, whether that’s up by five goals or down by five, it’s the same game plan throughout.”The scoring started early for the Engineers with a goal by junior forward Evan Tironese just 56 seconds into the first period. Freshman forward Troy York fed a pass to the back post for an easy tip-in by Tironese that redshirt junior goalie Sean Romeo had no chance at stopping, giving RPI an early 1-0 lead.The Buckeyes couldn’t find the back of the net in the first, then quickly knotted the score at one in the second period on a goal by senior forward Christian Lampasso. Wiitala tipped the puck away from the RPI defender, and senior forward Luke Stork found Lampasso wide open in the slot, giving Lampasso an opportunity to bury the shot past junior goalie Chase Perry.“[Wiitala] just made a great play,” Stork said. “He back checked the puck really well and it just happened to come back on my stick, and I looked up and saw [Lampasso] wide open in the middle, and he put it away.”Much like the previous night’s game, Romeo and Perry faced off in a goalie battle for much of this contest. The first big save came on the Ohio State end, as Romeo stuffed sophomore forward Jacob Hayhurst on a wide open shot in the slot.Not to be outdone, Perry held strong on a tough Wiitala shot with an incredible save with six minutes to go in the third period.  Perry would end the game with 27 saves, Romeo had 22.“[Romeo] got the game puck again tonight, head coach Steve Rohlik said. “At the end of the day you’re always as good as your goaltending, and certainly he was a backbone again tonight.”The game headed into overtime deadlocked at one, with neither team able to create much momentum in the third period. Ohio State led in shots 27-20 going into the extra frame.Stork created a strong chance early in the overtime, but Perry tracked the shot down with a kick save on his right pad. Junior forward Dakota Joshua had an opportunity off a pass from junior forward Brendon Kearney, but the shot went wide.RPI’s greatest chance came on a breakaway by sophomore forward Patrick Polino, but his shot went wide with under a minute to go in the overtime.The game went to a shootout where the Buckeyes won on a goal by sophomore forward Tanner Laczynski. Romeo made all three saves to secure another shootout victory. Shootouts are not counted in the standings for non-conference opponents in collegiate hockey, so the game went down as a 1-1 tie for both teams.Ohio State continued to struggle on the power play, as their 0-for-3 tally in the game moves them to 0-for-20 on the season with a man advantage.“It’s a work in progress right now,” Rohlik said. “We’re going to have to keep tweaking it before we find the right combinations.”The Buckeyes travel to play a pair of road games against University of Massachusetts Amherst.  The games are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday and at 8 p.m Saturday. read more

Baseball No 7 Ohio State survives elimination game with 20 victory against

Ohio State junior infielder Kobie Foppe (2) connects with a pitch in the third inning of the game against Ohio University in April 10. Ohio State won 4-0. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State and Iowa have a recent history in the Big Ten baseball tournament. Iowa beat Ohio State in 2016 to send the Buckeyes to the loser’s bracket. However, Ohio State battled its way back to the Big Ten tournament championship game and beat Iowa to claim the tournament title. This time, the two squared off in an elimination game with their tournament lives on the line. And once again, it was No. 7 Ohio State that came out on top with a 2-0 victory against No. 6 Iowa.Ohio State’s top MLB draft prospect, junior starting pitcher Ryan Feltner, delivered one of his strongest outings of the season, allowing three hits over six shutout innings. He struck out six and walked three.Feltner received all the support he would need in the top of the first inning when senior left fielder Tyler Cowles shot a double into the left-center field gap to score junior shortstop Kobie Foppe from first.Foppe drove in a run of his own in the top of the fifth when he singled to the right side to score redshirt sophomore pinch runner Matt Carpenter from third base. Foppe led all players with three hits in four at-bats. After allowing back-to-back baserunners to reach base to start the seventh inning, Feltner was chased from the game with senior reliever Seth Kinker being called in from the bullpen. He struck out the first batter he faced and then got a ground ball to get the Buckeyes out of the inning. Kinker slammed the door, finishing the game with three shutout innings, XX strikeouts and no walks.Feltner and Kinker combined to hold the Hawkeyes to just four hits. Ohio State finished the game with 10 hits.Ohio State will face the loser of the Michigan-Purdue game, which takes place at 5 p.m. Thursday. The Buckeyes will next play at 3:30 p.m. Friday. read more

Greek reporter arrested in Iran

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The parents of a Greek journalist arrested in Iran appealed for their son’s release. Iranian state-run TV has confirmed the arrest of Jason Athanasiadis, who was reporting for the Washington Times. It is the first known arrest of a journalist who does not hold Iranian citizenship. Athanasiadis’ parents, Polymnia Athanasiadi and Georgios Fowden, issued a statement to news agencies in Athens through a family friend early Thursday. “Jason is a dedicated reporter, photographer and filmmaker who grew up in Greece and regards himself as Greek,” they said, adding that they were “deeply grateful” for the Greek Foreign Ministry’s efforts to secure his release. “Jason has always maintained his integrity as an independent journalist who sells articles, photographs and film to outlets in many parts of the world” they said in their statement. “His work serves no purpose other than the fair and humane coverage of life in the many countries where he has worked.He has a particular love of Iran, and a deep respect for its cultural and religious traditions.” The Greek Foreign Ministry said Tuesday that Athens had complained to Iranian authorities over the arrest of a Greek journalist. A number of journalists have been detained in Iran since the protests began, though there have been conflicting accounts.The Paris-based Reporters Without Borders put the figure at 34. The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists said 13 were in custody.last_img read more

Sir Geoff Hurst slams Cahill and Vardy for quitting England

first_imgEngland former player and World Cup winner, Sir Geoff Hurst has criticised Jamie Vardy and Gary Cahill for their decisions to retire from international duty.Jamie Vardy and Gary Cahill were both in the England squad as they reached the semi-finals at the World Cup this summer.The duo then decided to make themselves unavailable for England in order to concentrate on club football.Even though they could still feature for England in the future, Hurst was angered by their decision. Team Talk reports.“While there’s plenty to be positive about our national side right now, I must admit I was disappointed to see Jamie Vardy and Gary Cahill choose to retire from international duty,” Hurst said.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.“I’m a firm believer that players should play for their country as long as they possibly can.“My team-mates and I would have given our last breath to continue playing for England.“I also don’t like when players say they’ll make themselves available again if there are injuries or suspensions.“In my view, if I was England manager, then I wouldn’t pick those players ever again.”last_img read more

Foden I dont plan on following Sancho Diaz footsteps

first_imgTeenage star Phil Foden insists he sees himself continuing at Manchester City, despite fellow young prospects Jadon Sancho and Brahim Diaz both leavingFoden broke into the first-team at City last season in a Champions League match against Feyenoord at just 17 years old and he’s since gone on to make a further 24 appearances.Manager Pep Guardiola is a big admirer of Foden’s and has already ruled out a loan move for the 18-year-old, despite having never handed him a Premier League start.Nevertheless, Foden has no plans on emulating new Real Madrid signing Diaz and Borussia Dortmund’s Sancho in leaving City for better first-team opportunities.“It shows the strength of the squad we have here, how good the players are – it is difficult to get in, but we all try our best,” said Foden, according to FourFourTwo.“It’s up to them [Diaz and Sancho], really – they have gone their separate ways, and everyone has their own plan in what they want to do, so fair play to them.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Everyone is different, and I see myself playing here. It’s up to them, really.“We’ve got the best set of players and the best staff, so I’m in the right position. I’m learning off them every day, so I couldn’t be in a better place.“I’m sad to see him [Diaz] go, but he wants opportunities, so good luck to him. He will do well, I know it.“I grew up with him and know his qualities, so I know he’ll do well. Maybe one day I’ll face him in the Champions League.”Foden has made 15 appearances for City this season across all competitions with five of them being starts.last_img read more

San Marcos Mayor shares priorities of the city

first_img Posted: February 25, 2019 San Marcos Mayor shares priorities of the city KUSI Newsroom February 25, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones, visited Good Morning San Diego to discuss her priorities for San Marcos.Mayor Jones discussed The City’s Recent achievements including a crime rate drop by 19 percent, above average San Marcos Fire Department response times, maintaining and improving city infrastructure, two new bridges to break ground this fall, a balanced budget of nearly $70 million, and an increase in number of local businesses.Also the recently elected City Council will be participating in a goal-setting workshop in March to define priorities for the next four years.For more information about the San Marcos city government click here. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

No change in personal tax rate What salaried class got from Budget

first_img[Representational image]Creative CommonsIt was expected that Budget 2018 would offer some salve to the salaried class which has always been the favourite target of finance ministers looking to shore up revenues to keep the bloated government machinery running.Union Budget 2018 highlights: FM throws cold water on hopes of individual taxpayersThere were high expectations that the budget would propose to increase the personal tax exemption limits and raise the current basic tax slabs. But Budget 2018 disappointed the salaried class with no changes offered in tax slabs.A person whose total income exceeds the tax exemption limit set by the government has to pay income tax. This has to be paid based on prevailing rates. Currently, people earning up to Rs 2.5 lakh per annum are exempted from income tax. There was speculation that the finance minister will increase the current basic income tax slabs to Rs 3 lakh. But he disappointed by going by the current rates.  Current income tax slabsHere are major announcements related to personal tax from Union Budget 2018:  The government has made many positive changes in personal income tax rates in the past year so no changes will be there in personal tax rates and tax slabs in Budget 2018.For all of the employees, the government would continue to make 12% contribution towards the Employee provident fund account for three years’ time.Women contribution to EPF reduced to 8% for first 3 years without affecting employer’s contribution.Seventy lakh formal jobs have been created this year. Government to contribute 12% of EPF contribution for new employees in all sectors.In a relief for salaried taxpayers, Arun Jaitley announced standard deduction of Rs 40,000 under the heads of transport and medical reimbursement. The facility is extended to pensioners as well.The education cess on personal income tax will be raised to 4 percent from the present 3 percent.”The salaried class was looking forward to either a realignment of tax slabs or significant benefit in the form of standard deduction. Though the standard deduction of Rs 40,000 looks attractive the benefit is significantly diluted since medical reimbursement of Rs 15,000 and transport allowance of 19,200 have been removed. The increase of cess on the tax to 4% from current levels of 3% also eats into the savings”,  Saraswathi Kasturirangan Partner of Deloitte, told International Business Times India.last_img read more

Ahead of Valentines Day Fitbit announces bumper deals for fitness geeks on

first_imgIf you are a fitness geek, then here’s a great bargain you might find hard to ignore. Wearables maker Fitbit has kicked off a sale on Amazon for its five most popular fitness trackers including the Fitbit Charge 2 HR, the FitBit Blaze and also the new Fitbit lonic smartwatch.Though the discounts are not that big on the expensive Fitbit wearable, buyers can avail some great deals on the cheaper ones.So the Fitbit Charge 2 HR, which usually costs around $150, will be available for just $100 on Amazon now. The Fitbit Charge 2 comes with PurePulse continuous with automatic wrist-based heart tracking device which will calculate the calories burned throughout the day. Besides these, It also allows users to see calls, text and other notifications on the OLED display. The device tracks your sleep, all-day activities like steps, distance covered, calories burned, floors climbed and active minutes. Fitbit IconicFitbitThe $200 Fitbit Blaze is available at a discount of $50. The Fitbit Blaze comes with PurePukse continuous and uses multi-sport tracking to show runs, cardio, cross-training, biking and more. Like the FitBit Charge, it also tracks the steps, distance, calories burned, floors climbed and active minutes besides alerting you to calls, text and other notifications from your smartphone.Fitbit Ionic smartwatch is offering a discount of $30 and the $300 Fitbit is now available at $270. The Fitbit Ionic is capable of storing and playing more than 300 songs and also downloads the playlist from Pandora. The Ionic smartwatch comes with a battery life of more than 4 days and like another FitBit, it also comes with features to track runs, swims, rides, workouts, all day activity and sleep. Facebook/FitbitThe Fitbit Alta fitness tracker will cost you only $100 after a discount of $30. The $150 Fitbit Alta HR is also available on Amazon with a discount of $30.The wearables are available in different colors and sizes. The sale might be ending after the Valentine’s Day, but Fitbit hasn’t made any announcement on the sale end.last_img read more

Bitcoin fan Peter Thiel believes cryptocurrency will become online equivalent to gold

first_imgPaypal co-founder Peter Thiel speaks at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 21, 2016.ReutersBillionaire investor Peter Thiel is betting big on bitcoins as the supporter of world’s biggest cryptocurrency believes it has the possibility of becoming gold-like safe haven.The PayPal co-founder Theil compared bitcoin to a digital version of gold and argued that the quest to amass money “is the bubble that never pops.””I would be long bitcoin, and neutral to skeptical of just about everything else at this point with a few possible exceptions,” Thiel said during a conversation Thursday at the Economic Club of New York. “There will be one online equivalent to gold, and the one you’d bet on would be the biggest.”Theil, one of the first investors in Facebook, has backed the idea of bitcoin becoming a store of value instead of a currency used merely for online transactions.”I’m not talking about a new payments system,” Thiel said. “It’s like bars of gold in a vault that never move, and it’s a sort of hedge of sorts against the whole world going falling apart.”His comments could help revive bitcoin prices, which fell below $8,000 on Thursday to as low as $7,682 – its worst level in nearly five weeks.Technical traders suggest bitcoin is facing a “death cross” and any further weakness in the cryptocurrency could wipe out nearly three-fourth of its value from February highs.Theil has purchased $15 million to $20 million worth of cryptocurrencies since mid-2017 through his venture capital firm, Founders Fund, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal.But his optimism did not extend to all digital assets such as Ethereum.”I’m not sure I would encourage people to run out right now and buy these cryptocurrencies,” Thiel said.last_img read more

UPDATE LA School Shooting Was Accidental 12YearOld In Custody

first_imgDamian Dovarganes/APPeople wait for news about the shooting that left two injured at Salvador Castro Middle School in Los Angeles on Thursday. A shooting at a Los Angeles middle school classroom Thursday that left one boy in critical condition, injured four others and had panicked parents in tears was an accident, police said.The shooting was reported just before 9 a.m. and within minutes a 12-year-old girl was taken into custody without incident. Police interviewed her and by evening they announced that they would book her on a charge of negligent discharge of a firearm on school grounds.The determination capped a frantic day at Salvador B. Castro Middle School in downtown Los Angeles and corroborated what some students told reporters after the lockdown was lifted and they were reunited with parents on the school’s athletic field.In a telephone interview with his mother alongside, Jordan Valenzuela, 12, told The Associated Press he was in the classroom next door when he heard a loud bang. He said he talked to the girl just after the shooting and she was sobbing.“She was like, ‘I didn’t mean to. I had the gun in my backpack and I didn’t know it was loaded and my backpack fell and the gun went off,’” he said.Shortly after that he said the girl asked him to hide the weapon.“She said, ‘If I give you the gun will you hide it for me?’” he said. “I said ‘No.’ Then I moved away from her because I was a little bit scared.”Shallin Lopez, a seventh-grader at the school, was in the room at the time of the shooting. She said she never saw a gun.“I just saw something pop,” she said. “It was loud. I didn’t see her shoot.”Police recovered a semi-automatic handgun after the shooting. TV video from helicopters showed a dark-haired girl in a sweatshirt being led from the school in handcuffs as anxious parents and family members gathered on a street corner, many crying and talking on their phones as they waited.Diego Salinas had just dropped off his 12-year-old sister and was stunned when she called minutes later to say there had been a shooting.“There were so many things crossing my mind,” said Salinas, who was still shaking hours later. “I wanted to cry. I wanted to scream. I wanted to run. I wanted do so many things.”Claudia Anzueto, Jordan Valenzuela’s mother, said the boy was crying when he called her from a borrowed cellphone to tell her he was OK.“Not safe, very insecure,” Anzueto said of the school. “I fear for my son’s life. You know what I mean, you really hear about things like this in the news, and just to hear that something like that happened so close to home, it scared the life out of me.”The district has a policy requiring every middle and high school campus to conduct daily random searches by metal-detector wands at different hours of the school day for students in the sixth grade and up.Student Melanie Valencia, 13, said the school did a random security search Thursday, but that she’s never been checked.The most seriously injured victim, a 15-year-old boy shot in the head, was taken to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center and remained in intensive care during the afternoon but was doing well.“This child was extremely lucky,” said Dr. Aaron Strumwasser, a trauma surgeon. “The trajectory of the bullet did not hit any vital structures that were an immediate threat to life.”A 15-year-old girl with a gunshot wound to the wrist was hospitalized in fair condition. An 11-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl were grazed and were treated and released from the hospital. A 30-year-old woman who was treated after the shooting was not hospitalized and the nature of her injury was not immediately known.The school’s campus was placed on lockdown but most classes continued. The school has about 365 students in grades 6-8 and almost all are Hispanic and many are from low-income families.“We will attend to the needs of these students who witnessed this very carefully, with the understanding this is very traumatic,” said Steve Zipperman, chief of the Los Angeles Unified School District police force. “We have our school mental health folks that are here to support the needs of the students.”#Rampart; #LAFD and #LAPD provide update regarding today’s school shooting. pic.twitter.com/1aoltc15F2— Erik Scott (@PIOErikScott) February 1, 2018 Update 5 Patients #Assist; 8:53AM; 1575 W 2ND ST; Westlake; LAFD assisting LAPD with a shooting … https://t.co/2i7jR2fHpl— LAFD (@LAFD) February 1, 2018 #Assist; 8:53AM; 1575 W 2ND ST; https://t.co/1jxzXQLhMj; Westlake; LAFD assisting LAPD … https://t.co/rrcFsdbnpT— LAFD (@LAFD) February 1, 2018 #LIVE Aerials over LA school where 2 students were reportedly shot and a female student suspect is in custody https://t.co/pJRifBCEVv— ABC 7 News – WJLA (@ABC7News) February 1, 2018 #LIVE aerials over LA school where 2 students have reportedly been shot and a female student suspect is in custody. Watch: https://t.co/CUW7QSayal pic.twitter.com/T2EC7UA1le— ABC 7 News – WJLA (@ABC7News) February 1, 2018 Sharelast_img read more