Captain’s Diary – Nathan Jones

first_imgIn the second edition, Australian Men’s Open captain, Nathan Jones, speaks about how it feels to be captain of the side and his memories from the 2007 World Cup in South Africa.  Nathan Jones on:Being named captain of the Australian Men’s Open team:It was a special feeling to be named captain and it’s an achievement I am very proud of. We have a great ‘team’ culture in the current Men’s Open team and I feel extremely privileged and honoured to be able to lead such a talented team at the World Cup.His past Australian captains and what he has learnt from them: I have had two previous captains in the Men’s Open team in Gavin Shuker and Drumayne Dayberg-Muir. Both have different personalities and leadership styles. Drum was a dominant player on the field for our team and would lead in that respect whereas Shukes did a lot of work behind the scenes with tactics and game plans. I have my own ideas on captaincy so there will be differences between us but if I can have the same success as these guys I’ll be happy. His memories of the 2007 World Cup: Aside from visiting New Zealand a couple of times, South Africa was my first real experience overseas. The tour started with a couple of days sightseeing which included a visit to Table Mountain in Cape Town and a bus tour around the Western Cape. One memory that has stayed with me is when we drove past a shanty town on the way back from the bus tour. On one side of the road are rusty tin shacks as far as you can see and the other side are two storey houses surrounded by 10 metre high fences. The difference in living conditions and the poverty experienced by some South Africans was unbelievable. The days sightseeing allowed us to take in some of the culture and gain a greater appreciation for the country before we got down to business. The opening ceremony was a great experience and obviously winning the final but what I remember most is the dressing room before the final. I have never been in a more intense and passionate dressing room before a game. I can’t remember exactly what was said (I’m sure Trady had a very motivational speech) but the feeling and atmosphere was incredible.His individual training in the lead up to the World Cup: After injuring my ankle at the National Touch League, I have been doing some alternative training which has included some pool sessions with Australian Mixed Open captain Ryan Pollock. While Ryan’s freestyle technique has improved his backstroke still resembles an octopus falling out of a tree. Aside from swimming I have been fitting in some cycling, gym and running sessions before and after my long days at work.Stay tuned to the website to hear from Australia’s other captains, with insight into Australia’s preparation in the lead up to the World Cup.   With only 38 days to go until the 2011 Federation of International Touch World Cup, be sure to be regularly visiting the Touch Football Australia website to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information. Don’t forget to become a fan of Touch Football Australia on Facebook and Twitter in the lead up to the 2011 World Cup to find out all you need to know about Australia’s World Cup campaign: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 www.twitter.com/touchfootyauslast_img read more

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9 days agoMata insists Man Utd can change dynamic with Liverpool win

first_imgMata insists Man Utd can change dynamic with Liverpool winby Freddie Taylor9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuan Mata says Manchester United can “change the dynamic” by beating Liverpool on Sunday.Currently sitting in 12th on nine points, the Red Devils will be heavy underdogs when the Premier League leaders arrive at Old Trafford.But Mata says the match can be a watershed moment if United can collect all three points.”On Sunday we have a great chance to change the dynamic and we are all very motivated to take the win,” he wrote in a blog post. “We are United, we are playing at home and we will give everything to be able to take the victory that our fans deserve in such a special game.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Opposition to federal bill C58 ramping up ahead of AFN meeting

first_imgTodd Lamirande APTN News As chiefs from across the country get set to meet in Gatineau, Que. for the annual special chiefs assembly, opposition to changes to C-58, the federal access to information act is gaining momentum.“In my view, Bill C-58 is certainly a gift from the ghost of Christmas past,” said Bob Chamberlin, Vice-president of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs.The main concern about amendments to the access to information laws is that requestors will need an exact date – rather than a time period to get information from the government.“So this government’s pursuit now of having very specific asks be in the requirement leaves it for a greater opportunity for the rejection of the access to information,” Chamberlain. “And by rejecting that access rejects the opportunity for reconciliation and justice to be realized for First Nations people in Canada.”Several leaders joined NDP MP Murray Rankin at the news conference and condemned the proposed legislation.“Despite the profound effect that this bill will have on First Nations ability to get information about claims, disputes and grievances, they were not consulted,” said Rankin.Neskonlith First Nation Chief Judy Wilson said no changes at all would be better.“So if I’m trying to settle a claim they’re going to put up more barriers, bureaucratic barriers that my claim will not be settled,” she said. “I will not get access to that information.“They have put more of a tiered process into limiting that access to information. So that’s why it’s actually worse than the status quo.”Chamberlain said the bill must not go ahead.“Bill C-58 is a regressive piece of legislation that needs to be abandoned,” he said.The bill is going into third reading in the House of Commons before going to the Senate.“We’re going to be putting all our efforts into the Senate level to actually call for withdrawing or killing this bill,” said Wilson.Wilson said she’d introduce a resolution opposing C-58 at the special chiefs assembly.tlamirande@aptn.calast_img read more

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Trans Mountain Hearing

first_imgPresenters including elder Ivy Raine and band administrator and member Allison Adams-Bull described their family ties to other Indigenous communities along the pipeline route to the West Coast and their concern that their traditional hunting, fishing and gathering of medicinal plants could be affected by a pipeline spill.The federal government bought Trans Mountain and its expansion project for $4.5 billion last summer only to have the Federal Court of Appeal strike down its NEB approval, citing inadequate Indigenous consultation and failure to consider impacts on the marine environment.The NEB’s rehearing is designed to address the latter issue. The oral traditional evidence gathering continues this week in Calgary before heading to Victoria from Nov. 26-29 and concluding in Nanaimo, B.C. from Dec. 3-6. CALGARY, A.B. – A rooftop smudging ceremony where herbs were burned and prayers said served as a proxy for swearing in as the oral traditional evidence gathering part of a National Energy Board reconsideration of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project began Tuesday.Lyne Mercier, the vice-chair of the NEB and chairwoman of the three-member panel hearing evidence, welcomed Indigenous presenters from the Louis Bull Tribe about 80 kilometres south of Edmonton as the first to speak as three weeks of hearings started in Calgary.She said the NEB appreciates that the Louis Bull Tribe has a tradition of sharing knowledge from one generation to another through spoken word, noting that two hours had been set aside for presentations but video evidence could also be submitted if time runs short.last_img read more

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Three killed as Cyclone Fani batters Odisha

first_imgBhubaneswar: Three people were killed in separate incidents as cyclone Fani battered the Odisha coast Friday, officials said. A teenager was killed when a tree came crashing down on him at a place within Sakhigopal police station area limits in Puri district. Flying debris from a concrete structure hit a woman in Nayagarh district when she had gone to fetch water, killing her. In Debendranarayanpur village in Kendrapara district, a 65-year-old woman died after suspected heart attack at a cyclone shelter, official information reaching here said. Fani, an extremely severe cyclonic storm lashed the Odisha coast Friday morning, uprooting trees, blowing away thatched huts, and disrupting communication links.last_img

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Football Lattimore Conley gone depth still present at cornerback

OSU coach Urban Meyer looks out to the field before the Spring Game on April 15. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorOn April 27, Ohio State will watch its top cornerbacks from the 2016 season, Marshon Lattimore and Gareon Conley, learn their NFL destinations in the first round of the NFL draft. But the task of replacing those corners was set in motion when the season ended.The team has lost its top pair of corners, but cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs said the position has the most depth he’s seen since his arrival at OSU in 2012.“I’m extremely excited about the totality of the room,” Coombs said Wednesday.He added that he is not sure exactly who will play. Junior Denzel Ward and redshirt sophomores Kendall Sheffield and Damon Arnette are all in the mix, as are sophomore Rodjay Burns and freshmen Shaun Wade, Jeffrey Okudah, Marcus Williamson and Amir Riep.Defensive coordinator Greg Schiano said he is unsure of how the younger corners will perform, and that while the team knows what to expect from of Sheffield, Ward and Arnette, there is an element of mystery with some of the younger players.“There’s so many responses that we don’t know yet, because they haven’t been in that position with us,” Schiano said. “How will they respond when they get beat for a touchdown? How will they respond when they have an issue in class or an off-the-field issue that distracts them? Will they be able to come out here and block it out? Those are all things you learn about newcomers that we have to wait and see.”The perk of having such depth at the position is that there does not always have to be a bonafide set of starters downfield. Last season, though Lattimore and Conley were deemed the starters, Ward frequently rotated in with the pair and, in the end, received nearly the same number of snaps as the two future first-round corners. Arnette, though he participated in fewer snaps compared with the other three, also found himself in on the action for much of the season.The strategy of rotating the corners to keep all of them fresh for nearly the whole game proved successful. But Schiano said there is no guarantee the defense will use that same game plan next time, though he and the rest of the coaching staff would like to try it out.“I could see that happening again this year, but it really depends on the development of our corners and how they do,” Schiano said. “We’re very, very hopeful between our incoming guys, between our guys who were here, that we will be able to have that rotation at the corner spot.”One important piece to the cornerback puzzle will be the development of Sheffield, who was rated as the No. 1 junior college cornerback transfer by ESPN before landing at OSU, and was considered a five-star prospect before enrolling at Alabama and later Blinn Community College.Sheffield was highly sought after by OSU out of high school, Coombs said, and that once Sheffield decided he was going to transfer from community college, the coaching staff knew they were going to push hard to add him to the team.“As soon as I found out that he was becoming available again  — I can’t remember exactly how, if it was internet or whatever – I reached out immediately,” Coombs said. “I began the process of recruiting him at Blinn right away really hard, and thankfully, he chose to become a Buckeye.”The oldest of the newcomers, Sheffield brings in an element of experience that many of the younger cornerbacks lack. As a junior college transfer, he had time playing in game situations, and Schiano said the key for him will just be to get the hang of things the more he participates.Freshmen might be counted on quite a bit in the defensive backfield in 2017 with no one player really standing above the rest of the pack.If those four incoming freshman are going to find success, they will not only need to familiarize themselves with OSU’s defensive style, but also work on making the transition from pure athletes to specialists at their respective positions.“In high school, you can get away with just being a great athlete. You can do it the way you’re coached, or maybe you can do it another way and still get away with it,” Schiano said. “Here, the people they’re going against are so good that if they don’t do it exactly the way they’re instructed, it’s hard to be successful.” read more

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Mens Hockey No 2 Ohio States sevengame win streak snapped with 43

Ohio State senior forward Dakota Joshua (8) takes a shot against Minnesota on Feb. 15. Ohio State lost 4-3. Credit: Nick Hudak | For The LanternThe No. 2 Ohio State men’s hockey team (19-6-4, 12-4-3 Big Ten) saw its seven-game winning streak ended after Minnesota (12-14-4, 9-9-3 Big Ten) pulled out the 4-3 victory.Minnesota was consistently ahead of Ohio State throughout the match: every time Ohio State came within striking distance, the Golden Gophers countered to maintain the lead.The Buckeyes had a rough time going up against Minnesota in the beginning, but eventually found their stride in the third period where almost all of the action of the night took place. Junior forward Ronnie Hein said the team struggled to find momentum after going down early.“We know we’re a great hockey team and we’ve come from behind before,” Hein said. “Even when we were down one we weren’t worried about it. I thought we were actually playing pretty well before they had that first goal and then we shut down after that.”This weekend matchup against Minnesota was particularly special with it being Military Appreciation Weekend. To honor this, the Buckeyes wore jackets honoring United States troops and an induction ceremony for new Air Force members occurred in between the first and second period.“I think it’s pretty obvious,” head coach Steve Rohlik said. “We’re pretty thankful to be able to do what we do because of what they do.”Both teams began to pour on the points during the third period. It began when Minnesota junior defenseman Ryan Zuhlsdorf scored Minnesota’s third point midway through the period. Ohio State responded with a goal of their own only minutes later when junior forward Sam McCormick scored his first goal of the season, making the score 3-2. This was followed by a quick retaliation from Minnesota when sophomore forward Scott Reedy netted the Golden Gophers their fourth goal of the night. With only 3:35 left on the clock, freshman forward Quinn Preston cut the deficit to one when he sent a puck straight into the Golden Gophers’ net, bringing the game to 4-3.The Buckeyes pulled their goalie in the last remaining 30 seconds of the game but were unable to even the score, ending their seven-game win streak.Both teams played more aggressively in the second period than in the first. Midway through the period, Minnesota’s freshman forward Nathan Burke managed to advance its lead to 2-0. With 15.5 seconds left on the clock, Ohio State shortened the Golden Gophers’ lead when senior forward John Wiitala, assisted by junior defenseman Gordi Myer and junior forward Carson Meyer shot a puck straight past their defense, netting the Buckeyes their first point of the game.Ohio State only managed three shots on goal in the second period.The first period was relatively uneventful, with the only major highlight being Minnesota’s senior defenseman Jack Sadek putting the first goal on the scoreboard with 3:16 to go in the period. While Ohio State led in shots 7-5, Minnesota ended the period leading in points 1-0.“Probably playing our worst first two periods of the year,” Rohlik said. “That’s a start. We got our second shot-on-net in the second period right at the end when we scored the goal with 15 seconds to go.”No. 2 Ohio State plays Minnesota for a rematch in the Schottenstein Center at 6 p.m. Saturday. read more

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Peaceful Elections says Christie

first_img 88 Percent voter turnout Bahamas General Elections 2017 Related Items:#BahamasGeneralElections2017, #magneticmedianews, #PMcallsforpeacefulelections Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, April 11, 2017 – Nassau – Prime Minister Perry Christie has called for a peaceful election campaign amidst minor unrest and criticism of his PLP government. Christie made the call during the general election date announcement earlier today. The election has been set for May 10.Christie called on citizens to uphold the history of parliamentary democracy in the Bahamas. “Let us contest the forthcoming elections with all the vigour at our command. Let us do so, however, with respect for the human dignity of our opponents and with respect for the traditions we all hold dear,” said Christie.  However, Christie’s call for peace comes following a week of protest and allegations of government neglect and politically motivated arrests. Last week, approximately 200 people marched to the PM’s office citing government inaction regarding landfill fires and opposition to the proposed Interception of Communications Bill as issues. Also last week, political activist Omar Archer was arrested on what some are calling trumped-up charges. Meanwhile, another political activist, Cay Mills’ bus was set on fire the morning of the announcement at his home. It is not clear whether the fire was related to Mills’ anti-government activism. Mills is an independent candidate for North Abaco.  A recent Tribune 242 editorial called Christie an “emperor” and his government “hostile.”   No mention of these incidences were made by Christie, who said “democratic traditions of free, fair and peaceful elections have made our country the marvel of nations around the world.” Story by: Zahra Gordon#MagneticMediaNews#PMcallsforpeacefulelections#BahamasGeneralElections2017 Fred Mitchell’ s Sour Grapes rant following FNM win. Fred Smith, Q.C : Christmas has come Early to Bahamas, FNM paints Parliament redlast_img read more

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Kyle Walker Boly red card made it easier for City

first_imgDespite the visitors losing 3-0, Manchester City defender Kyle Walker was impressed with their performance and believed the game easier when Willy Boly was sent off.Wolves have built a reputation of producing big results against the Premier League top sides, but Monday night’s trip to the Etihad proved too big a task for them.Nuno’s side went one man down in the 19th minute after having gone behind thanks to Gabriel Jesus’ 10th opener.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.Wolves lost the game 3-0, but Walker thinks the result might have been different if they didn’t go down to ten men.“I haven’t seen the incident, but obviously it’s a bit easier when your opponent goes down to ten men but to be fair to Wolves, they gave it a good go and we were probably fortunate to win by three goals,” Walker told the club’s website.Manchester City are now four points adrift of league leaders Liverpool and will Huddersfield Town on Sunday.last_img read more

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Tyonek Has Landed In Texas

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The endangered Cook Inlet beluga whale calf that was rescued last fall swam into his new home on Friday at Seaworld San Antonio. Tyonek, the now 5 month old calf has been cared for by the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward, since he was rescued at one month old. SeaWorld San Antonio has nine beluga whales, including young male calves. NOAA officials said SeaWorld could accommodate Tyonek’s social and medical needs and contribute to scientific research that will help conservation efforts for wild belugas. Roughly 330 beluga whales live in Alaska’s Cook Inlet, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The population is listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. According to a statement Friday from Orlando-based SeaWorld, Tyonek is the first Cook Inlet beluga calf to be successfully rescued and rehabilitated. Tyonek will remain behind the scenes at the park’s zoological support area for several weeks as he acclimates to his new home. Tyonek could not be released to the wild because he lacks the survival and social skills needed to thrive on his own, NOAA officials said in a statement in February. NOAA’s fisheries service chose SeaWorld San Antonio for Tyonek’s new home because the Texas park was the “location best suited for Tyonek to thrive.”last_img read more

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