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first_imgVictoria Touch have released their November edition of ‘Touchlines’, their monthly newsletter. It has great stories on the judiciary outcome regarding streakers from the Australia Cup, their results from the School Sport Championships, information and profiles for referees and much more information! TOUCHLINES NOVEMBER 2004last_img

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10 months agoReal Madrid midfielder Modric on Ballon d’Or: Messi and Ronaldo are phenomenal

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid midfielder Modric on Ballon d’Or: Messi and Ronaldo are phenomenalby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid midfielder Luka Modric isn’t getting carried away with his Ballon d’Or triumph.Not since Kaka in 2007 has another individual lifted the Ballon d’Or aside from Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, at least until Modric was given the award, yet he feels as though the duo have marked an era of the sport.”These are two phenomena, they have played a dominant role in the sport for 10 years and that’s because of their quality,” he admitted.”The Ballon d’Or is about a seasonal performance and it relies on the votes of coaches, players, legends, journalists and fans.”If we are going to vote on the quality of players then it’s necessary to immediately divide all the trophies between Messi and Ronaldo whilst they are still playing, abolishing any vote.” last_img read more

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23 days agoTeam of the Week: Leicester dominate; Jorginho fills Chelsea void; Ederson excellent

first_imgTeam of the Week: Leicester dominate; Jorginho fills Chelsea void; Ederson excellentby Eli Rubenstein Sturgess23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveIt was another weekend of drama in the Premier League, with Dean Henderson’s rare blunder gifting Liverpool a 16th consecutive win.Manchester City once again took all 3 points, Leicester destroyed Newcastle to concretise themselves in the top 3 and Manchester United and Arsenal battled it out for a tough draw.We here at tribalfootball look at the top performers from Matchday 7 in the Tribal Football Team Of The Week.GOALKEEPER – EDERSON(Manchester City)The City goalkeeper was back to his best against Everton, proving why he belongs in the star-studded Guardiola line-up.In total the Brazilian made 6 saves, 2 of them terrific reflex stops to deny the imposing Yerry Mina from corners.CENTRE-BACK – VIRGIL VAN DIJK (Liverpool)The world’s best centre-back was again crucial for his side, keeping another clean sheet in the club’s 16th consecutive win.Keeping the ominous home side to just 2 shots on target, Van Dijk was huge in defence winning 11 aerial duels and 8 clearances.The Dutchman was also key to the sides offensive play making 12 (out of 16) accurate long balls.LEFT-BACK – JAN VERTONGHEN (Tottenham Hotspur)With a depleted 10-men-Spurs backed into a corner against an oncoming Southampton side, the Dutchman was instrumental in helping his side cling onto a 2-1 victory.Vertonghen won 4 aerial duels, made 3 interceptions and made 5 clearances in a strong performance.RIGHT-BACK – RICARDO PEREIRA (Leicester City)Twice in two weeks the Portuguese full-back finds himself in the team of the week, proving why he was made Leicester’s player of the season last time out.Bubbly as always bursting down the right flank, Ricardo was a constant threat to the Newcastle defence and was in everything for Leicester completing over 100 passes.However it was his 40 yard blistering run and left-foot long-shot goal that put the Foxes 1-0 up that stole the headlines.DEFENSIVE-MIDFIELD – WILFRED NDIDI (Leicester City)The Nigerian was at his supreme defensive best, making tackles and breaking down Newcastle offensive plays for fun.In total Ndidi made 9 tackles and 5 interceptions, furthering his reputation as the leagues top tackler, as well as scoring Leicester 5th goal with a lovely bit of control in 2nd half injury time.CENTRE-MIDFIELD – LUKA MILOVOJEVIC (Crystal Palace)Crystal Palace’s cool, calm and collected captain was key in the Eagles 2-0 win over Norwich.The Serbian midfielder was defensively solid making 6 tackles, and made his impact on the scoresheet, typically converting from the penalty spot.CENTRE-MIDFIELD – JORGINHO (Chelsea)With the repeat absence of N’Golo Kante, the Italian playmaker took control in the centre of Chelsea’s midfield, pulling the strings in the blues 2-0 win over Brighton.Completing 69 passes at an accuracy of 89.9%, Jorginho made 3 key passes and netted the first goal of the game, dispatching one of his trademark penalties.With his defensive duties on display as well, he made 2 tackles, 4 interceptions and 2 clearances in an all-round top performance.LEFT-MIDFIELD – JOHN MCGINN (Aston Villa)The sprightly Scotsman has been consistently one of the top performers for the Villians in the return to the top flight of English Football. In Villa’s tough 2-2 draw with Burnley, it was again McGinn who provided much needed attacking influence to his side.McGinn registered 4 dribbles and 4 shots on goal in total, and thought he had opened the scoring before his first goal was chalked off by VAR.McGinn however would not leave the match without his name on the scoresheet, smashing home a volley in the 79th minute. It was his third goal for the season.RIGHT-MIDFIELD – MATT DOHERTY (Wolverhampton Wanderers)In a much needed win for Wolves over struggling Watford, it was the unlikely source of stalwart Matt Doherty that produced a best on ground performance.The Irishman scored the first goal of the game, tapping home Neto’s delightful cross. He was also very involved in the second, charging down the wing and crossing the ball onto the head of Gibbs-White, whose shot deflected off Janmaat to make it 2-0.RIGHT-FORWARD- RIYAD MAHREZIt was another scintillating performance from the Algerian showboater, whose talent on the ball once again shone through in City’s 1-3 win over Everton.Mahrez appeared to be involved in all of City’s attacking play, fooling defenders for fun. In total, he had 5 shots on target (from 5 shots) and made 5 key passes all while operating at a pass accuracy of 91.4%Mahrez played the pass to De Bruyne in the first goal, scored a beautiful free kick for City’s 2nd, and it was his trickery that led to the 3rd.LEFT-FORWARD – JOSHUA KINGThe Norwegian is putting together another impressive start for the Cherries, with a man of the match performance in Bournemouth’s exciting 2-2 encounter with West Ham.King scored the first goal of the match, cleverly dispatching the loose end on Rico’s cross, making it 50 goals in English Leagues for the attacker.At the start of the 2nd half, King cleverly used the outside of his foot to play through Wilson who made the score 2-1.MANAGER OF THE WEEK – BRENDAN ROGERS (Leicester City)Brendan Roger’s Leicester side has been highly praised, with many pundits predicting their imminent rise into the top 6 after gutsy performances against some of the League’s top sides.However, their rise to the top has been halted by their inability to consistently beat the Premier League’s lesser teams, unlike that of the top sides.This assumption was thoroughly dismantled as Leicester ruthlessly tore apart the struggling Newcastle side.After a positive start with the scores at 1-0, the foxes stepped it up a level when the Magpies went down to 10 men, putting a further four goals past Dubravka in goals.It’s a performance like this that will get the top 6 teams shaking in their boots.GOAL OF THE WEEK – RICARDO PEREIRA (Leicester City)Is there a better right-back in the Premier League than Ricardo Pereira right now? pic.twitter.com/uDEZLVM3CR— Goal (@goal) September 30, 2019 TagsOpinionTeam of the WeekAbout the authorEli Rubenstein SturgessShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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SLB Secures US$20 Million from Caribbean Development Bank

first_imghe Students’ Loan Bureau (SLB) is to receive loans totalling US$20 million from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), to finance tuition for tertiary level students.Cabinet, at its regular meeting on Monday, February 25, gave approval for Government to guarantee the loans. The Bank is also providing a grant of US$175,000. Making the announcement at Wednesday’s Jamaica House press briefing, Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, explained that the loans “will facilitate the provision of affordable and adequate financing to students from poor and vulnerable households to complete tertiary level programmes in approved institutions in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean.”Senator Falconer noted that applications have increased from 6,000 students with a loan request of $1.8 billion in 2007/08, to more than 16,000 students requesting loans of $14.8 billion in the 2012/13 fiscal year.It is based on this demand, and the Government’s inability to increase the level of support to tertiary institutions, that the SLB has sought to replenish its resources by accessing loan support from the CDB.Last month, Education Minister, Rev the Hon. Ronald Thwaites, indicated that the Government will be increasing provisions to the SLB in the new financial year, as it continues to give priority to education.Meanwhile, the SLB is focusing on collections, among other measures, to increase its funding pool.Executive Director, Monica Brown, recently told JIS News that without collection being at an adequate level, the Bureau would be “very challenged” in delivering its services.In 2011, the agency recovered some $100 million through a two-month amnesty, which waived 100 per cent of all late fees and a percentage of the insurance, and interest amount on loans.The SLB provides funding for some 30 per cent of the island’s tertiary students.last_img read more

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SIDNEY CROSBY PHOTO WITH TRAILER PARK BOYS GOES VIRAL

first_imgAdvertisement At the @Penguins game in Pittsburgh tonight against the @Avalanche and @Mackinnon9 compliments of #SidneyCrosby. Thanks for looking after us Sid!! @trailerparkboys pic.twitter.com/TcNQEViMJQ— Bubbles (@MSmithBubbles) December 5, 2018The 12th season of “Trailer Park Boys,” a mockumentary set in the fictional Sunnyvale Trailer Park in Dartmouth, N.S., aired its 12th season in 2018 on Netflix.Crosby is from Cole Harbour, N.S. The photo features Crosby still sporting a scraggly Movember moustache, Smith wearing Bubbles’ signature Coke-bottle glasses and Roach, whose character Randy is always shirtless, lying on the locker room floor sans top.Look who I found in the @Penguins locker room!! #SidneyCrosby @trailerparkboys #NovaScotia pic.twitter.com/GqaCjAwluR— Bubbles (@MSmithBubbles) December 5, 2018 Advertisement Facebook Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby reacts after his hat trick against the Colorado Avalanche, during the third period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Advertisement A peak Halifax moment occurred in Pittsburgh on Tuesday night when the main cast members of the “Trailer Park Boys” posed in the Penguins’ locker room with Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby.The photo of Crosby sitting on a bench with the show’s stars when viral when actor Mike Smith, who plays the role of Bubbles on the hit cult comedy, posted it on his Twitter account.Smith said in an earlier tweet that he, along with fellow “Trailer Park Boys” stars Robb Wells, John Paul Tremblay and Patrick Roach were at the game. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

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Northern BC murder victims sister accuses fugitives dad of failing to take

first_imgThe sister of murder victim Chynna Deese said on Facebook that Alan Schmegelsky isn’t “cut from the same cloth” as her family and that he doesn’t acknowledge his own hand in his child’s upbringing and demise.The sister of an American tourist says the father of one of the B.C. men named as a suspect in the woman’s death isn’t accepting his share of responsibility for her family’s sorrow.Kennedy Deese, whose sister Chynna Deese was found dead along with her Australian boyfriend Lucas Fowler near a highway in northern British Columbia in mid-July, posted a statement to Facebook on Saturday accusing Alan Schmegelsky of playing the victim. “It hurts a lot. He was my only child. I’ll never get to hug him again. I’ll never get to tease him again. I’ll never get to spend a minute with him again.”“At least I know where he is. His troubles are over.”When reached via Facebook Messenger on Sunday and asked about his response to Deese’s post, Schmegelsky said she could go on “60 Minutes” and that he could arrange it.“I manned up. I have nothing to hide,” he wrote.While police were still hunting for the pair, Schmegelsky sent a 132-page book to reporters about his own life. He described it as a novelization of his son’s troubled life and his numerous encounters with police and courts and said he wanted to highlight how what he called a “broken system” shaped him and Bryer.Kennedy Deese shot back that her own family suffered challenges, but doesn’t “play the victim of a broken system.”“There is no white flag of surrender for my family. We are not defeated by divorce, mental health, violence, poverty and socioeconomic constraints, domestic disputes, alcohol or drugs, social media and bullying, feelings of loneliness, or disparities,” Deese wrote, noting that her sister rose to become the first generation of her immediate family to go to college.“We have the courage to ask for and offer help. We are strong, and stand strong together right now in the face of all of these adversities that have come upon us.”RCMP Assistant Commissioner Kevin Hackett told a news conference Wednesday that determining a motive will be “extremely difficult” if the identities are confirmed through autopsies because investigators can’t interview Schmegelsky or McLeod.He did not commit to providing details of the ongoing investigation. The two men were named as suspects in the deaths of Deese and Fowler, and were charged with second-degree murder in the killing of Leonard Dyck, a university lecturer from Vancouver.Alan Schmegelsky told Australia’s “60 Minutes” TV program late last week that he won’t believe his son is a murderer until he gets facts, saying he knows how the families of the victims feel.“I’m so sorry for what’s happened. Whether it’s my son or whether it’s something else, we don’t know. I have just lost my son. I know exactly how you feel,” Schmegelsky told the program.center_img Deese also said Schmegelsky isn’t “cut from the same cloth” as her family, and that he doesn’t acknowledge his own hand in his child’s upbringing and ultimate demise.“Your sorrow is for yourself. You cannot relate to us, as we had no doings in the cause of your pain when you’ve played a part in the cause of our pain,” Deese wrote.“To the murderers and their family, the appropriate action when mistakes are made is taking responsibility. The proper public response would have been a genuine apology. But we still forgive you and have mercy.”RCMP said Wednesday they believe they’ve found the bodies of Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, of Port Alberni in dense brush in northern Manitoba following a massive manhunt that lasted close to two weeks.Police have said they’re waiting for the results of an autopsy before confirming the identities.last_img read more

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From doctors across borders

first_imgOnce again, India and Pakistan stood at the brink of war over Kashmir, and have only just begun to tone down the posturing and threats. With nuclear weapons uncomfortably close at hand, almost 2 billion people in the region face the risk of nuclear catastrophe. For well over three decades now, multiple simulations and projections have suggested that an India–Pakistan nuclear escalation could lead to millions of deaths in the region, rivaling past great famines. The consequences of a nuclear exchange of any magnitude could affect generations to come. Kashmir has proved to be an especially intractable political predicament for the two countries. As Arundhati Roy wrote in her 2017 novel, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, the confrontation over Kashmir is “a perfect war—a war that can never be won or lost, a war without end”. Also Read – A special kind of bondThe threat of war is a matter of urgent public health concern. Health workers have a duty to speak out and plead for peace. Why would these two populous and proud nations risk disaster by such brinksmanship? The region is one of the poorest in the world with human development ranking for India and Pakistan standing at 130 and 150, respectively, in 2018. An estimated 40 per cent (59 million) of the world’s stunted children and 53 per cent (27 million) of all wasted children live in south Asia, and 34 per cent of the population has no access to sanitation. Investments in health and education remain less than 4 per cent and 3 per cent of respective gross domestic product (GDP) in the region. Yet successive governments and military establishments have escalated military spending—in 2017, it was US$64 billion in India and $11 billion in Pakistan. Also Read – Insider threat managementPerhaps the greatest disappointment is the jingoism and warmongering that have gripped both countries, with some reckless parts of the media baying for blood. We have witnessed almost hysterical calls for retribution after the deplorable suicide bombing in Pulwama, Kashmir, on Feb 14, 2019, that killed 40 Indian soldiers. Perhaps the current escalation of air and ground skirmishes along the military Line of Control (the de facto India–Pakistan border) was inevitable. But civil society representatives and activists have been silenced. Contrarian views, including calls for peace, have been ridiculed and shouted down. With the release by Pakistan of the downed Indian air force pilot on March 1, 2019, temperatures have begun to cool somewhat, yet the situation remains extremely tense. We call upon the governments, political parties, mass media, and civil society in India and Pakistan to step back from the edge of conflict and to exercise constraint. The real causes of conflict in the region—important contributing factors to instability and the rise of extremism—include rampant poverty, inequalities, illiteracy, and lack of investment in human capital. Pakistan has lost more than 60 000 lives in fighting domestic terrorism in its tribal areas and Baluchistan, costing its economy at least $120 billion. Economic losses to the region are massive and simply unsustainable. It has been estimated that an additional terrorist incident per million persons reduces GDP per capita growth by about 1.5 per cent. These resources could have been spent on human development, religious harmony, and the promotion of grassroots democracy. Political leaders in both countries must move away from conflict and pursue diplomacy, dialogue, and the promotion of person to person contact and engagement between civil society representatives and youth. There is no conflict that cannot be resolved at the negotiating table. As the two countries once again stare into an abyss of disaster, we fervently call for peace, pragmatism, and the prevention of further violence. (The authors are: Dr. Arun Mitra, Vice President, Indian Doctors for Peace and Development; Zulfiqar A Bhutta, Center of Excellence in Women and Child Health, The Aga Khan University, Karachi 75500, Pakistan (ZAB); and Dr. Arun Mitra, Zulfiqar A Bhutta and Richard Horton, The Lancet, London, UK (RH). The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

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FIFA to make public the vote for 2023 Womens World Cup

first_imgMiami: FIFA has agreed to make public its vote on the host for the 2023 Women’s World Cup. The organization’s decision-making body is becoming more transparent after concerns were raised last month that the women’s tournament wouldn’t fully follow the new voting process for the men’s World Cup. The United States, Canada and Mexico were chosen last year to host the 2026 World Cup. The votes by the FIFA Congress of all member associations were published. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenPreviously, the decisions were taken in private by the scandal-discredited FIFA executive committee, which was renamed the FIFA Council in 2016. But FIFA announced last month that its 37-person council would still decide on the destination of the 2023 Women’s World Cup, with no mention of votes being publicly declared. Now, FIFA has said following a meeting in Miami that after the council makes its decision in March 2020, the “result of each ballot and related votes of each member” will be “open and made public.” It could be the most hotly contested bidding process for the tournament, which was first staged in 1991. Australia, Colombia, Japan and South Africa have been exploring bids. South Korea submitted a proposal to North Korea to jointly bid. FIFA asked countries interested in bidding to do so by Friday, but it has yet to disclose who made submissions. Bidders have until April 16 to complete their bidding registrations, and bid books must be submitted by October 4.last_img read more

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India look to test attacking prowess vs lowly Poland

first_imgIpoh (Malaysia): Their final berth already sealed, favourites India would look to test their attacking prowess and aim for a big win when they take on lower-ranked Poland in their final league match of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament here on Friday.With three wins and a draw, India are currently leading the six-team league table with 10 points and a goal difference of eight. Just like five-time champions India, Korea too have secured their place in Saturday’s summit clash with 10 points but they have an inferior goal difference — five — than the Indians. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThe last round league matches, thus, have become inconsequential for all the teams but both India and Korea would look to keep their winning momentum intact.Against Poland, ranked 21st in the world, it should be an easy match for world number 5 India. The Indians had a pretty good outing in the tournament so far, barring one match — against Saturday summit clash opponents Korea.India defeated Asian Games gold medallist Japan 2-0 before getting the better of hosts Malaysia 4-2 and Canada 7-3. The only blip for the Manpreet Singh-led side was the 1-1 draw against Korea. Come Friday, the Indians would be eyeing to test their attacking combinations ahead of the big final against Korea. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterMandeep Singh has been a live wire upfront, scoring a hat-trick against Canada but he needs more support from other strikers and that is precisely what the Indian think-tank would be hoping to achieve against Poland.Besides Mandeep, Varun Kumar has been impressive with penalty corner conversions and he would like to continue in the same vein in the remainder of the matches.”We are not going to take it lightly against Poland. We are determined to keep performing to the best of our abilities, and to win our remaining two matches based on good performances,” Mandeep said. “I feel tomorrow’s match against Poland will also give us a chance to prepare well for the final against Korea,” said the 24-year-old striker.After a slow start, the Indians showed progress in every match of the tournament with improved structure and discipline.Poland, on the other hand, are still winless in the tournament and would at least look for a consolation point.But it would be a herculean task to achieve that against a world-class side like India.Poland were hammered 1-5 by Malaysia, 0-4 by Canada and 0-3 by Japan. Korea is the only team which had to fight tooth and nail to get the better of Poland 3-2.With five titles under their belt, India are the second most successful team in the Azlan Shah Cup behind Australia (10 titles). India’s last triumph here came way back in 2010 when they shared the title with Korea after the match was abandoned due to rain.last_img read more

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Is the DH Rule Slowing the Game Down

I checked the data provided to me by ESPN Stats & Info, focusing on 1997 to 2013 (interleague play started in 1997 and 2013 is the last full year in the data set).My first check was the simplest. I divided all games into four categories: games between AL teams, those between NL teams, interleague games hosted by AL teams (which have the DH) and interleague games hosted by NL teams (which don’t). Games between AL teams were, on average, two minutes and 15 seconds longer than games between NL teams.But that gap might be because certain AL teams — notably Boston and New York — are slower than NL teams and not because of different rules. Luckily, interleague and World Series games provide a useful test, because teams typically have played each opponent roughly the same number of times at home and away — albeit not necessarily in the same season. That should control for any effect from particular teams or matchups.So, when the same two teams played each other in an NL park or an AL park, which game was longer?On average, surprisingly, the longer game has been in the NL park — by 15 seconds. That calculation is based on more than 2,000 games each in NL and AL parks — defining interleague to include regular-season and World Series games between an AL team and an NL team.That’s solid evidence that it’s the style of individual teams, rather than the DH rule, causing the discrepancy in length of AL and NL games. And, in fact, if I isolate the 1997-2013 data set to just games without Boston or New York, then AL-only games are faster, on average, by a minute and five seconds relative to NL-only games. (Interleague games without the Red Sox and Yankees continue to be roughly the same length with or without the DH rule — one second longer without the DH.)But maybe that’s unfair — of course AL games will look faster once I’ve removed the league’s two slowest teams. So I tried two more tests.First, I removed the Red Sox and Yankees, but also the two AL teams with the fastest games, on average: the Blue Jays and White Sox. AL-only games without the league’s four biggest outliers averaged two hours, 55 minutes and 5 seconds. All NL-only games averaged two hours, 55 minutes and 2 seconds — just three seconds faster. Meanwhile, interleague games without those four AL teams were 18 seconds faster, on average, in NL parks. So, again, there’s no evidence that the DH lengthens games.Finally, I instead removed the NL’s two teams that played the longest games, to complement my removal of the AL’s two slowest teams. From 1997 to 2013, those two NL teams were the Mets and the Dodgers. Without them, and without the Yankees and Red Sox, the average NL-only game was nine seconds slower than the average AL-only game. And the average interleague game in an NL park took 13 more seconds than the average interleague game hosted by an AL team.So while the DH theory made sense, I’m confident the DH doesn’t lengthen baseball games. When I wrote last week about the slowdown of MLB games in recent years, I noted that the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox were the two slowest teams. Both are in the American League, and maybe that’s part of the explanation. After all, AL games are played with the designated-hitter rule, which means pitchers don’t have to bat. That allows managers to change pitchers without affecting the lineup, which could prompt them to yank more pitchers mid-inning. Since pitching changes lengthen games — by about two minutes each, according to my analysis — games played in AL parks could be longer simply because of the DH rule.Reader Gabriel Haro wondered as much: read more

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