It’s the most wonderful time of the year!Nope, it’s not Christmas (not yet, anyway)… it’s talkSPORT’s Premier League Christmas Jumper awards!So, who is festive and who is not? Click the right arrow, above, to see all 20 top flight teams ranked by their 2017 Christmas jumpers, from worst to best… 9. Brighton and Hove Albion – The blue on Brighton’s jumper is slightly more Christmassy than Burnley’s, so they sit one place ahead. 20. Stoke City – click the right arrow to see the rest of the Christmas jumpers ranked from worst to best – Stoke (the spoilsports) have not released a Christmas jumper this year. The above picture seemed most suitable for such a dour bunch. 19. Newcastle United – Vulgarity of the highest order. 20 7. Manchester City – Penguins are awesome. This penguin might be the most adorable penguin ever. That makes this penguin even more awesome. 20 20 20 17. Watford – Again, it looks like a real lack of effort has gone into this. Christmas jumpers are meant to horrible but exuberant… this is just horrible. 15. Crystal Palace – I’m loving the design, but I suspect there will be some real problems when the penguin actually attempts to kick the football with those skis on. Clearly a lack of thought went into this. 20 20 20 8. Liverpool – Liverpool top the rankings of the teams using the same template, as the red and white mix is perfect for the season to be jolly. 20 14. Manchester United – United have gone traditional with the inclusion of Santa, but they come lower than other teams because of the black background not being overly festive. Plus, just what is that chimney resting on? 10. Burnley – The first of three jumpers all using the same template, Burnley come last because their adherence to club colours means the jumper is not very festive. 3. Huddersfield Town – Yes, I know Terriers are not exactly Christmassy, but have you seen his face? Adorable. 20 11. Bournemouth – ‘Cherry’ Christmas? I mean, come on… ‘Cherry’ Christmas. Aside from that monstrosity, this is actually quite a snazzy jumper. 13. Arsenal – It’s red, it has Santa giving the thumbs up, and it has a three dimensional aspect. It’s got all the things to make it a great Christmas jumper, but is just missing that… pazazz. 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 5. Chelsea – Now this is snazzy. While the lion proves this is a Chelsea jumper, it has so few allusions to football it actually comes across as surprisingly classy. 12. West Ham United – Big marks for the winking reindeer. Low marks for Santa heading into the chimney head-first. Who would do that? 20 2. Tottenham Hotspur – Hehe… just look at that reindeer. How can you not love him? 20 16. Everton – The first of a few penguins we will see in this ranking. Everton’s is the lowest ranked as it appears the penguin was coerced into appearing on the jumper. 4. West Bromwich Albion – A bold move from West Brom to make it look like Santa is a Baggies fan. 6. Leicester City – Get rid of the Leicester badge and you’ve got a jumper so suave it could be worn all through the year. Even with the badge it remains a fine effort. 20 18. Southampton – This looks like the intern was tasked with making a Christmas jumper. Then the intern gave it to his own intern. And he gave it a child. And that child did a very, very bad job. 20 1. Swansea City – They are bottom of the Premier League table, but who cares about that as Swansea have won talkSPORT’s Christmas Jumper award for 2017! That’s the only thing that matters in this world.
Four Tigers score TDs in home winBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — Four different Marshfield players scored touchdowns as the Tigers freshman football team beat Wausau West 27-6 on Thursday at Marshfield High School.Simon Baity had a 30-yard touchdown run, Noah Seehafer and Brad Dickinson had 1-yard TD runs, and Sam Hinson threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Isaac Meverden for Marshfield’s scoring plays. Austin Kuhlka had three extra point kicks.Joey Goettl intercepted two West passes, and Emmett Meissner, Tyler Wein, and A.J. Trierweiler led Marshfield (3-1) in tackles.The Tigers will play Stevens Point at Goerke Field next Thursday at 4:30 p.m.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)
josh catone 1 Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#Facebook#Non-Profits#Trends#web A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Yesterday marked Facebook‘s four year anniversary, or to look at it from the college perspective to which the site owes its success: Facebook graduated. Washington Post assistant editor Rachel Dry, who was a senior at Harvard when Mark Zuckerberg launched thefacebook.com from his college dorm room on February 4, 2004, wrote a commencement address for The New Republic. In it, Dry wonders if Facebook is taking “on the big inequities,” as Bill Gates — like Zuckerberg, a famous Harvard dropout — urged in his commencement speech at the university last year. We wondered the same thing.Last week, we wrote about how Twitter, our Best Web LittleCo of 2007, was quickly morphing into a viable platform for serious discussion. One can see that happening today, as Super Tuesday primary elections take place across the US and people report and debate the results across Twitter. But what about Facebook? It was, afterall, our Best Web BigCo of last year, one that we called a “company that really came of age this year; and […] was the catalyst for some important Web trends.”So we started wondering, could Facebook be a catalyst for something else: social change. Dry mentions the Causes application on Facebook, and groups which “connect thousands of people with common interests in humanitarian efforts.” Dry also talks about Facebook as an organizational tool, writing, “it’s very easy for people to organize races for cures and alert their 547 nearest and dearest to articles on under-covered international tragedies.”Facebook as a Vehicle for Social ChangeIndeed, on Facebook’s graduation day a massive political protest in Colombia demonstrated Facebook’s power to rally people to a cause. Monday afternoon hundreds of thousands of Colombians took to the streets to protest the Marxist rebel group FARC. Estimates on the crowd size ranged from 500,000 to 2 million people, which in and of itself isn’t all that extraordinary — millions of people get together to protest things all the time. What is extraordinary, is that the protest was organized largely online through Facebook.A Facebook event page created by protest organizers attracted over 106,000 confirmed guests with 18,000 maybes. Almost 320,000 people were invited to the event, which demonstrates the ability for Facebook to get the word out to a massive number of people about social and political issues, quickly and effectively.Another example of someone successfully using Facebook to enact change is the “For Every 1,000 that join this group I will donate $1 for Darfur,” which was started by NYU student Marek Grodzicki. The group has 424,000 members — or $424 — and Grodzicki is renewing his pledge for next year. That may not be a lot of money, but it’s almost half a million people who may now be more aware of an issue because a single person was able to reach them simply by announcing an altruistic act on Facebook and letting viral nature of social networking take over.But how common are examples like the FARC protest and the Darfur donation group? It’s really hard to tell, but what we can look at, is the effectiveness of the previously mentioned Causes application to raise money. Just how charitable are Facebook users? It turns out… not very. Or at least, Facebook isn’t prompting people to be charitable — they may give plenty via other channels.The Causes app, which allows anyone to create a cause and link it to a registered non-profit organization in the US or Canada, is one of the most popular on Facebook with 10.8 million registered users. Because Causes interfaces with Network for Good, users can set up donation pages for thousands of charities, making it difficult to figure out how successful the application is as a whole. However, looking at the top five campaigns by users, the results aren’t so promising in terms of money raised:Clearly, these are important issues that a lot of people care about, but the application isn’t doing much to inspire people to donate money to the causes. An average of 1 to 2 cents per user isn’t really anything to write home about.Recently, the Causes app held a contest in which it gave out a $50,000 top prize to the organization that collected the most donations over a six week span. That’s a great idea because even organizations that don’t land the $50,000 prize theoretically see an increase in donations. The Giving Challenge began on December 14th and ended on February 1st, and though the official results won’t be announced until later in the month, unofficial results predict the “Love Without Boundaries Foundation” as the winner of the top prize with 4,564 donors. The participants in the Giving Challenge, who were mostly smaller charities, have much higher per user giving rates than the larger causes — “Love Without Boundaries,” for example, has a per user average over $15.But even while the challenge made the Causes app a successful fundraising tool for a handful of small charities, it also exposed the same sort of apathy (at least when it comes to giving) that the top causes seem to deal with. As part of the competition, Causes gave out a daily $1,000 prize to the charity that had the most donors each day. Except for the final week, when a couple of charities were making a big push for the top prize, the daily winner generally had under 100 donors. That may seem like a lot, but with over 30 million people in the US and Canada over the age of 16, it still feels somewhat underwhelming.However, even if Causes isn’t doing much to raise money, it is potentially doing a lot to raise awareness. When just the top 5 causes reach about 7.5 million people, that’s pretty powerful stuff. Further, each cause is given a group page that has familiar Facebook tools like a wall — the Cancer Research cause, for example, has nearly 8,000 wall posts. Giving 3 million people a platform to discuss something they’re passionate about and raise awareness — whether or not it leads to money donated — points to Facebook’s potential as a powerful social tool.The bad news for Causes is that like other applications on Facebook, it has recently appeared susceptible to app fatigue. It still has a huge installed based, but its active user base has been sliced to about 1/4th of what it was just a few months ago.ConclusionSo is Facebook really a viable platform for social change? I think it can be. But like any new platform, we’re still learning how to use it most successfully. There have been some major successes — like the FARC protest and the participants in the Causes Giving Challenge — but also some less than stellar performances.Facebook still has some growing up to do. But as the user base gets older and more comfortable with the site, and as developers and organizers figure out the best ways to exploit Facebook to precipitate social change, it certainly could become a very important tool in any organizer’s arsenal.What do you think? Can Facebook be a serious platform for eliciting social change? Or will it never be more than a place to play Scrabulous and poke friends? Can it ever work for real fundraising? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
@Eden_RichardsThe Australian Men’s Open side has capped off a perfect day for the Aussies, defeating New Zealand 9-4 in an emphatic team display.The win means Australia went through Day One of the Trans Tasman Series undefeated, with both the Women’s Open team and the Mixed Open side defeating their New Zealand counterparts earlier in the day.The Australian Men put in a full 40-minute performance to finish Friday’s fixtures, never once falling behind New Zealand. Australia opened the scoring in the 3rd minute through Jordan Marshall King who received a cheeky pass from Samuel Brisby after the speedy Aussie cut straight through New Zealand’s defence.New Zealand didn’t take long to reply, with Mitamumrua Graham finding Sean Law with a flat pass to make it 1-1 in the 4th minute.But Australia hit the lead in the 5th minute after a superb passage of play resulted in Peter Norman dummying to score.In what was a tight first eight minutes, New Zealand hit back again, scoring a try in the right corner after an outstanding catch from Tarkyn Loloselo saw him level the scores at 2-2.However, Australia quickly regained the lead when Matt Prowse crossed for a touchdown in the 9th minute.And the Aussies didn’t let the Kiwis respond this time, scoring back-to-back touchdowns courtesy of a huge overlap that saw Brisby cross the line and give Australia a 4-2 lead.That’s how it stayed until the final seconds of the first half, with Prowse crossing for his second touchdown of the match right on the half-time siren.That touchdown gave Australia a 5-2 lead at the break and meant New Zealand would have a lot to do in the second half if they were to salvage anything from this match-up.And the Kiwis responded by starting the second half in great fashion, scoring through Connah Pamatatau to cut the margin to two in the 24th minute.At 5-3 in the 35th minute New Zealand had to be the next team to score and they couldn’t do that, instead letting Marshall King score his second touchdown to extend Australia’s lead to 6-3.The Aussies now had all the momentum and when Dean Springfield scored in the right corner for Australia it became now or never for New Zealand with seven minutes to play and a four-touchdown margin.But it wasn’t to be for the Kiwis, with Scott Buckley scoring in the 37th minute to give Australia an 8-3 lead and all but ice the game.Buckley grabbed another in the last minute of play, putting an exclamation point on a comprehensive performance from Australia.New Zealand managed to score a consolation touchdown with the last play of the day, but the damage had been done by that point, with Australia winning by five touchdowns.The two sides will meet again on Saturday and the Kiwis will be desperate to keep the Series alive.Australia 9 (Marshall King 2, Prowse 2, Buckley 2, Norman, Brisby, Springfield touchdowns) defeated New Zealand 4 (Loloselo, Soutar-Finch, Law, Pamatatau touchdowns)Related LinksMen’s Wrap Day One
Todd Lamirande APTN National NewsThe passing of Indigenous author Richard Wagamese came as a shock to many who knew and respected his work.One of biggest fans is Candy Palmater.She’s well-known to APTN audiences for The Candy Show.Palmater said she became hooked after reading Wagamese’s first novel.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – In less than six months after stepping into the breach created by Greyhound’s departure on October 31, Cold Shot Bus Lines is expanding services to Fort St. John.According to Cold Shot President, Sunny Balwaria, the Company will offer a cross-border route to Dawson Creek and Fort St. John, servicing the Peace Country.“We’ve added several new features for Peace Country customers. We have a new cross-border route to Dawson Creek and Fort St. John via Grande Prairie that will take passengers and freight to those points.” Balwaria also says that Cold Shot will be offering shuttle services to important points of interest, such as airports and hospitals.“In addition, we’ve added a stop for Fort St. John passengers at Grande Prairie’s QueenElizabeth II hospital, as well as a shuttle connection to the Edmonton InternationalAirport that enables airline passengers from Fort St. John to go directly to that airport.”Cold Shot is an Alberta-owned transportation company operating since 2005.For more information, you can visit Coldshot.ca.
Theni(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.
United 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.
Ohio State senior linebacker Storm Klein was arrested Friday night for alleged domestic violence and assault, according to Franklin County Municipal Court Records. Klein pleaded not guilty to both charges at his arraignment Saturday morning and a temporary protection order will keep him away from the complainant, according to ESPN. OSU athletics spokesman Jerry Emig said the athletic department is aware of the situation and confirmed that Klein was arrested. Emig wouldn’t comment on Klein’s status with OSU coach Urban Meyer and the football team. “We are in the process of gathering more information in order to understand all the details,” Emig said in an email to The Lantern. Klein’s lawyer, Columbus attorney Timothy Walsh, did not immediately respond to The Lantern’s Satuday request for comment. According to an NBC4 report, the alleged altercation developed after an argument about the future of a relationship between Klein and the alleged victim. According to the report, the prosecutor at Saturday’s court hearing said Klein “purposefully threw her against the front door causing her head to hit the door” and that “there were noticeable injuries all over the prosecuting witness’ body including to her arms.”
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.