Matthew expected to bring life-threatening rainfall to Haiti

I definitely would not want to be living on a island during a hurricane especially a huge one like this, and even worse, a barrier island! October 2, 2016 at 10:20 am Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here Mama Mia Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Would not want to be in New Orleans, La., Galveston, TX, Mississippi and La. coastlines anywhere, and Key West, no way! Merritt Island, Fl. either…….. to name a few of hundreds of places, I would not want to be in a hurricane. The hurricanes seem drawn to Charleston, SC and the Outer Banks of NC, too……….I sat here alone during four hurricanes, I think it was four, back in 2004, when they all came through here. My husband had to work overtime during that period for emergencies calls. Glad he is retired, and I won’t be alone, if another hurricane comes this way, through here. Reply 2 COMMENTS Reply Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 October 2, 2016 at 10:05 am You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Mama Mia TAGSTropical Storm Matthew Previous articleZika – The Top 8 MythsNext articleOn This Day: Thurgood Marshall Sworn-In Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR At 8:00 PM the National Hurricane Center reported that Hurricane Matthew is still a Category 4 hurricane and is now 360 miles southwest of Port au Prince, Haiti.Matthew is drifting toward the northwest near 3 mph and a slow northwestward motion is expected to continue through tonight. A turn toward the north-northwest with an increase in forward speedare expected Sunday, followed by a turn toward the north on Monday. On the forecast track, the center of Matthew will approach Jamaica and southwestern Haiti on Monday.Data from a NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds are near 150 mph with higher gusts. Matthew is a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson HurricaneWind Scale. Some fluctuations in intensity are possible during the next couple of days, but Matthew is expected to remain a powerful hurricane through Monday.Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 205 miles.Hurricane conditions are expected to reach the warning area in Jamaica and Haiti on Monday. Tropical storm conditions are expected to first reach these areas by late Sunday, making outside preparations difficult or dangerous. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion.Hurricane conditions are possible in the hurricane watch areas by Monday night or Tuesday morning, with tropical storm conditions possible by Monday.Matthew is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 15 to 25 inches over southern Haiti, with possible isolated maximum amounts of 40 inches. Matthew is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 10 to 20 inches over eastern Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, and eastern Cuba, with possible isolated maximum amounts of 25 inches. This rainfall will likely produce life-threatening flash floods and mud slides.Matthew is expected to produce additional rain accumulations of 1 to 2 inches over Aruba, Curacao, and Bonaire through Sunday. Matthew is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 2 to 4 inches overnorthern Colombia, northwest Venezuela, and western Jamaica, with possible isolated maximum amounts of 6 inches.The National Hurricane Center will issue the next next complete advisory at 11:00 PM EST. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. read more

GTT’s ‘Pinktober’ brings in $11M for Cancer Organisations

first_imgWith thousands turning out to show their support for the signature “Pinktober” event, which was aimed at increasing awareness of breast cancer and pushing for more action to be taken in the fight against the disease, the initiative has helped to raise $11 million.That amount will be distributed to at least five cancer-fighting organisations.“Pinktober” was held in October and saw more than 5000 persons participating. It was one of the largest turnouts since the launch of the event a few years ago.GTT Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Justin Nedd expressed satisfaction with this year’s figures and encouraged more sponsors and members of the public to take part in the awareness walk.“We need to do better as a country to help raise awareness of this deadly disease, statistics show that in every 10 women, at least four are affected by breast cancer, so our place is to help continue to raise funds so that tests and treatment can continue to be free and accessible,” Nedd explained.Further, the local telecommunications giant’s CEO also thanked the members of the Guyana Cancer Foundation for the vital role they played in helping to promote the month-long activities associated with Breast Cancer Awareness Month.“We do recognise the sacrifices you have made, and we are, therefore, aligning our efforts to make a great impact in this sector. It is very sad that women lose their lives every day in Guyana, because they can’t afford treatment.”Nedd underscored that cancer in Guyana was undertreated – this he added was “unacceptable”.GTT Marketing Manager Davi Sookdeo echoed similar sentiments and also encouraged greater participation from the general public and the Private Sector.Meanwhile, Chief Financial Officer Mark Singh was happy to announce that the event this year raked in far more than last year’s.The company also mentioned its plans to build an Oncology Department where persons suffering from the disease could be treated. It affirmed that come next year, “Pinktober” will be an event to which everyone looked forward.The “Pinktober” breast cancer awareness initiative was first hosted in 2017 and raised almost $1.4 million, which was also donated to cancer-fighting institutes.This year’s signature event – the inaugural Breast Cancer Awareness 5K walk and run and 10K run saw the turnout of more than 2000 participants.last_img read more

More Reasons to Doubt Consensus

first_imgRecent scientific papers cast doubt on the ability of researchers to understand systems as complex as climate.From time to time, we point out papers from within the mainstream journals that deflate some of the certainty about global warming – not that it has something to do with creation or evolution, but because climate shares a familiar trait with Darwinism: strong consensus. If scientists cannot be so certain about something observable today, how can they be so certain about what happened hundreds of millions of years ago?Volcanic ‘geoengineering’ may have caused a climate catastrophe that killed most animal species ( Obviously humans didn’t cause a global catastrophe 443 million years ago, because there weren’t any humans around in the evolutionary picture of the Oligocene. This article reveals some of the uncertainty about volcanic effects on climate. Then it gives reasons to doubt today’s certainty about climate:Because the ancient atmospheres and oceans have long since been altered beyond recognition, scientists have to work from proxies, such as variations in oxygen isotopes in ancient rock, to learn about climates long past. The trouble with most proxies, said [David] Fike [of Washington University in St. Louis], who specializes in interpreting the chemical signatures of biological and geological activity in the rock record, is that most elements in rock participate in so many chemical reactions that a signal can often be interpreted in more than one way.A signal can often be interpreted in more than one way.Much of modern climate modeling also works with proxies. If researchers were not aware of the impact of volcanoes on prehistoric mass extinctions, how certain can they be about volcanic effects today? How certain are they that coal burning is responsible for the warming they blame on humans?The take-home, said Fike, is that the different factors that affect Earth’s climate can interact in unanticipated ways and it is possible that events that might not seem extreme in themselves can put the climate system into a precarious state where additional perturbations have catastrophic consequences.The article warns that geo-engineering (e.g., taking action to mitigate global warming) could lead to unforeseen catastrophes. But a corollary seems reasonable: scientists cannot tease out the effects of human activity from natural causes of climate change. If earth climate is indeed so precarious, non-extreme natural events can interact in unanticipated ways in the present.Weathering of rocks a poor regulator of global temperatures ( This article ends by speculating that planetary warming may get worse than expected. The subtext, though, is more important: an assumption about climate has been shown to be wrong. Weathering of rock, one of the proxies of climate change, “does not depend on Earth’s temperature in the way that geologists had believed.” Researchers cannot assume that weathering provides “a sort of long-term thermostat that protects the Earth from getting too warm or too cold.”“We found that to be able to explain all the data—temperature, CO2, ocean chemistry, everything—the dependence of chemical weathering on temperature has to be a lot weaker than was commonly assumed,” Krissansen-Totton said. “You also need to have something else changing weathering rates that has nothing to do with temperature.”If that is true, several consequences follow: (1) an assumption that informed climate models is wrong; (2) large changes in past climate were due to other causes, that might also be causing current climate trends apart from human activity, and (3) there could be other undiscovered influences on climate that are stronger or weaker than human activity. The effects of these consequences on consensus certainty become obvious.Research in Russia challenges widely held understanding of past climate history ( While these articles deal with reconstruction of prehistoric climate, they bear on current political debates because mistakes about past climate can undermine the confidence scientists have about causes of modern climate change. Watch this admission:Things are heating up in Russia. UNLV Geoscience Ph.D. student Jonathan Baker has found evidence that shows nearly continuous warming from the end of the last Ice Age to the present in the Ural Mountains in central Russia.The research, which was published today in top geoscience journal Nature Geoscience, shows continual warming over the past 11,000 years, contradicting the current belief that northern hemisphere temperatures peaked 6,000 to 8,000 years ago and cooled until the pre-Industrial period.While the conclusions seem to support worries that the climate is warming, they actually undermine the main political message of the global warming consensus. Anthropogenic effects on climate only began in the Industrial Revolution within the past two centuries. If this report is correct, the climate has been warming steadily for 11,000 years, and it wasn’t humans’ fault. Here is another report that is “contradicting the current belief” about climate change.Hiatus-like decades in the absence of equatorial Pacific cooling and accelerated global ocean heat uptake (Geophysical Research Letters). The abstract of this paper is sufficient to cause serious doubts about the ability of the consensus to be cocky about what they think they know:Our finding challenges the view of the equatorial Pacific being the sole pacemaker for generating internal stochastic variability-driven global warming hiatus decades and suggests that past and future surface temperature patterns during hiatus decades may be distinct. In addition, the global ocean heat uptake tends to slow down during hiatus decades implying a fundamentally different global climate feedback factor on decadal timescales than on centennial timescales and calling for caution inferring climate sensitivity from decadal-scale variability.Adding this admission to the previous admissions should convince an unbiased observer that climate science is a vexed enterprise. Climate models depend on far too many assumptions to allow accurate predictions of what fraction of a percent rise will occur in a century. The error bars are too large, the assumptions are dubious, and the difficulties of linking causes and effects are beyond the capabilities of scientists. Taken together, these four reports could reasonably suggest that human activity has nothing to do with climate change.Citizens should take note that these four reports come from within consensus journals. They do not come from “denialist” websites or conspiracy theorists. The same holds with our reports about Darwinism: despite the air of superiority and certainty about evolution emanating from the academic halls of consensus, and despite the political power of their unified voices against their critics, we continue to show ample doubts about that certainty from their own organs of propaganda. We let them shoot their own feet. It seems Darwin’s worst enemies are his own defenders. (Visited 615 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Brand South Africa reiterates the call to fight against the abuse of women and child with a campaign #IAM

first_imgBrand South Africa reiterates the call to fight against the abuse of women and child with a campaign #IAM and continuously aims to encourage all South Africans to play their part towards progressive change, that promotes a free and fair society for all to live in.“This 16 day of activism against women and children abuse has reached unacceptable levels in Gauteng and South Africa as a whole” said, Gauteng Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane at the launch of the annual 16 Days of Activism campaign.The theme #HearMeToo follows from the United Nations Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women Campaign (UNiTE), which calls for global action to increase awareness, galvanise advocacy efforts and share of knowledge and innovations.The objectives of the 16 Days Campaign are to:Encourage all South Africans to be active participants in the fight to eradicate violence against women and children, hence the theme: Count me in.Expand accountability beyond the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security (JCPS) cluster to include all government clusters and provinces.Combine technology, social media, the arts, journalism, religion, culture and customs, business and activism to draw attention to the many ways violence against women and children affects the lives of all people in all communities around the world.Ensure mass mobilisation of all communities to promote collective responsibility in the fight to eradicate violence against women and children.Encourage society to acknowledge that violence against women and children is NOT a government or criminal justice system problem, but a societal problem, and that failure to view it as such results in all efforts failing to eradicate this scourge in our communities.Emphasise the fact that the solution lies with all of us.Brand South Africa reiterates the call to fight against the abuse of women and child with a campaign #IAM. The campaign is aimed to engage men to break the silence against sexual and gender-based violence in the country and drive this to be a reality for all.“We have recently seen men uniting in one voice to break the silence and showing unity in the fight for protecting women and children, for instance the #NOTINMYNAME movement. We commend these men for taking charge. This is why Brand South Africa found it important to support this campaign and charge men with the responsibility of their role in protecting their loved ones, hence the #IAM campaign”, said Brand South Africa’s General Manager for Marketing, Ms Sithembile NtombelaThe campaign calls on men of diverse ethnicity to participate. Filmed in black t-shirts, wearing red lipstick with the words #IAM highlighting their role of protecting women and children.“This campaign does not start nor end during the 16 Days of Activism against gender based violence, it is an everyday reality that we need to face and mobilize community members, men and women to take a stand and report, stop abuse whether it is emotionally, physically or sexually. Let us all have a voice against this social ill and construct a nation that is peaceful and unified” adds Ms Ntombela.Call the Stop Gender-Based Violence helpline (0800 150 150).last_img read more

Improve Your Masks with Hue, Saturation, and Luminance Qualifiers

first_imgHSL Qualifying and KeyingOne of the most common ways to select specific regions of a frame in a video is by using the hue, saturation, and luminance qualifiers. Different programs lay these tools out differently, but the functionality is mostly the same across the platforms. You simply specify in and out ranges for the hue, saturation, and luminance values of the parts of the footage you want to adjust.The best way I’ve found to approach a shot is to determine if the area I want to select stands out due to color, intensity, or brightness. Once I’ve made this determination, I apply similar logic to each of the three sliders in order:What color/color range is the area I want to select?How intense are those colors?How bright or dark is the region?Or you could just use the eyedropper . . . but you learn more doing it manually!Using HSL Qualifiers to Make Better MasksWe’re going to look at example scenarios from four movies. In each, I’ll take you through some methods for changing selected parts of the frame.Image via Ant-Man (Disney).Let’s pretend that after the completion of principal photography for Ant-Man, Baskin Robbins undergoes an extensive rebrand, shifting its brand color from purple to bright red — and they want the movie to reflect this update.Rather than relying on expensive reshoots, our imaginary post-production team must make the change. Luckily, it should be a pretty quick and easy one.AnalysisUsing only the HSL qualifiers, adjusting the purple to another color should be no problem at all.ProcessTo change all of the shot’s purple to red, we’re navigating back to the Lumetri Color panel and into the HSL/Secondary tab. Rather than manual selection, this time we’re using the eyedropper tool to select an area that looks the most representative of the color we want to change in the shot.After a few tweaks to the HSL values, we’ve got a good selection on the purple in the shot.Now we simply push the purple to red. To enhance my results, I am using the three-way color wheels to adjust shadows, mid-tones, and highlights.And just like that, I think we’re done.Let’s take a look at using HSL qualifiers in conjunction with masks.HSL + MaskImage via Buried (Lionsgate).Our next still is from the 2010 film, Buried. I am going to illustrate the process of removing the phone and (hopefully) any trace that it was there in the first place.AnalysisBeyond the phone itself, we are going to have to deal with the strong blue light from the illuminated screen. This could prove a bit tricky since the light from the phone is the key light for this shot.ProcessWhen removing an object from a shot, the first step is usually duplicating the clip you’re working on. This offers you a fair degree of flexibility and saves time when masking objects using only your editing software.After we’ve duplicated this shot, we will create a rectangle mask under the opacity controls and then adjust and rotate it to roughly fit the outline of the phone. We will create four new points between each of the existing ones, and then we’ll adjust the bezier to match the curvature of the phone.Now that our mask is set, we will select the bottom clip and reposition and resize an area of the sand that can replace the hole left by the phone.All that’s left before dealing with the light cast by the phone is to adjust the feather and mask expansion sliders to hide the parts of the sand illuminated by the phone.Inside of the HSL/Secondary tab, I will use the qualifiers to select blue highlights.When we’ve got a good selection, we’re just making some small tweaks to the color balance to find a tone that closely matches the rest of the character’s skin tones.I increased the sharpness on the character’s face to draw the eye away from the patched-out phone.A keen eye can spot the work, but for the average viewer, this should be more than adequate.Qualifying with a Single ChannelImage via Casino Royale (Sony).Let’s take a cinematic hop into the world of James Bond, where we’ve got another product sponsorship!Let’s pretend Sony wanted to distance itself from the Vaio line and wants the logo removed from this shot.AnalysisThe logo is in the middle of a laptop hood that is entirely black — or, at least, would be acceptable visually as entirely black if we needed to make it that way. Thanks to this detail, removing the logo is going to be a breeze.ProcessFirst, we’re duplicating the video before enabling a rectangle mask in the opacity section of the second video’s effect controls. After we’ve aligned the points with the corners of the laptop, we’re headed back to the HSL panel in Lumetri.We’re selecting for the white because it has a more consistent luminance than the black of the laptop lid. For this reason, we are going to disable the hue and saturation qualifiers and select with the luminance qualifier only. After selecting, I am adjusting levels to further crush the shadows and pull the highlights down as low as possible.Once we have a good selection, we simply align the cropped lid with the one bearing the logo. From here, we drop all of the levels, de-saturate, and de-sharpen the selected Vaio logo until it blends with the black lid indistinguishably.To blend the mask into this shot a little more, I’m shrinking the mask expansion and raising the mask feather by the same amount.That’ll do!Masking with HSL and Color MattesImage via The Place Beyond the Pines (Focus Features).Let’s say that the bank in this still from The Place Beyond the Pines refused to sign a location release, so the post team needs to swap the logo out for something cleared for release.AnalysisThis shot is really moody, with strong contrast between the illuminated sign and its surroundings. This separation should help to isolate the sign, but it could present problems as we work to blend the replacement with the rest of the image.ProcessAs usual, we’ve duplicated our video and masked out the sign. I scaled our isolated sign up a bit to help separate it a little more.I’m going to need to create a new sign to replace the one in the shot, so I zoomed the viewer in to 400 percent and measured the sign at 3×2 centimeters. 3×2 aspect ratio — easy!From here, we just create a new color matte, setting its dimensions at 300×200 and giving it a light teal hue before scaling and positioning over the sign.We’ve got a logo that is cleared for use in the film, so we bring the .png into the shot and adjust its position and perspective to match the original sign’s. Once we’re happy with the results, nest the color matte and replacement logo to make final tweaks to blend the new sign into the original shot.For this shot, I changed the opacity blend mode to “Screen” and lowered the opacity to 55 percent.While this is probably passable in its current form, it’s lacking a bit of the authenticity of the original. I think that adding the dark regions from the dead florescent bulbs in the original sign (as well as tweaking the glow of the sign) will really help sell the change.For the fluorescent bulbs, I brought the original cropped sign in for reference before adding two layers of a color matte that I thought matched the sign most closely. After that, I just applied opacity masks to both and arranged them in roughly the same position as the original frame, adjusting the feathering to sell the look.For the glow, I duplicated the same color matte, size, and position before adjusting the feathering until I felt like our fake sign was interacting with the original shot a little bit more.I could probably get this a little closer with a bit more tweaking, but I can safely report back to the post team that this method is going to work.Next time you’ve got a big change to make to your footage in post-production, don’t fear! Combining masks with HSL selections cleverly can save you hours over many of the less efficient alternatives at your disposal.Looking for more post-production tips and tricks? Check out these articles.Quick Tip: How To Create Stills and Pauses In Resolve 15Saving Noisy Footage: The Easy Way and the Hard WayVideo Tutorial: Introducing Premiere’s New Lumetri Curves191 Free Motion Graphics, Sound Effects, Action Elements, and MoreEverything You Need to Know About the Blackmagic RAW Codec In this article, we take a look at the basics of HSL qualifying and keying — and how to incorporate it into your next masking job.Masking is one of the fundamentals of video editing, but masks used in isolation have a lot of drawbacks and limitations. The most efficient way to improve the quality of any mask is by using hue, saturation, and luminance qualifiers.In this article, we’ll cover the basics of HSL qualifying and keying, and we’ll take a look at how to incorporate it into your next masking job.last_img read more

French Open champ Ash Barty up to career-best No. 2 in rankings

first_imgAustralia’s Ashleigh Barty poses with the trophy during a photo call at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Sunday, June 9, 2019. Barty won the French Open tennis tournament women’s final on Saturday June 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)PARIS — French Open champion Ash Barty’s first Grand Slam title allowed her to rise to a career-best No. 2 on Monday, almost three years to the day after she re-entered the WTA rankings following a hiatus from tennis while she played professional cricket.Barty moved up six places and now trails only reigning U.S. Open and Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport View comments ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Harden, Davis among NBA stars set for USA Fiba World Cup camp Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:30PNP officials inspect Cubao bus terminals ahead of Undas03:38Magalong slams ‘selective’ PNP ranks cleansing02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “New ground for me. New experiences, new feelings. A goal of mine this year was to try and crack the top 10. And we were able to do that,” said Barty, a 23-year-old Australian who ended last season at No. 15. “And then it was chipping away, trying to get top five. It’s all happened pretty quickly over the last two weeks. But we’re trying to take it in our stride and obviously we’ll have a couple of quiet days now to relax, to enjoy, to celebrate. And then set new goals.”She never had been past the fourth round at a major tournament until getting to the Australian Open quarterfinals in January. She beat 19-year-old Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic 6-1, 6-3 in Saturday’s final at Roland Garros.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsBarty took about a 1½-year break from tennis after the 2014 U.S. Open, saying she needed time away from the pressures and rigors of life on the tour. She returned to competition in 2016, and on June 8 of that year, she moved back into the rankings at No. 623.Look at her now, so close to No. 1. This was the first time since the 2012 Australian Open that the top four men in the rankings all reached the semifinals at a tournament.Karen Khachanov, a quarterfinalist in Paris, cracked the top 10 for the first time, rising two spots to No. 9, with Fabio Fognini at No. 10.Top U.S. man John Isner, who missed the French Open with a foot injury, dropped out of the top 10 to No. 11.Three-time major champion Stan Wawrinka’s run to his first Grand Slam quarterfinal in two years after knee surgery boosted him nine places to No. 19. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES “That’s kind of the next point, the next goal, the next situation I could see myself in,” Barty said about the idea of trying to overtake Osaka for the top spot. “But being No. 2 in the world’s incredible. It’s something I never dreamed of as a child and obviously we’ll keep chipping away and try our best to get to No. 1.”Runner-up Vondrousova’s run to her first Grand Slam final helped her get from No. 38 to No. 16 on Monday. Semifinalist Amanda Anisimova, a 17-year-old American, also made quite a jump, going from No. 51 to No. 26.The player Anisimova upset in the quarterfinals, defending champion Simona Halep, dropped from No. 3 to No. 8. She used to be ranked No. 1.Another former top-ranked player and past French Open champion, Garbine Muguruza, fell six places to No. 25.The top eight spots in the ATP rankings stayed the same, with French Open champion Rafael Nadal at No. 2, behind Novak Djokovic. Roger Federer is still at No. 3, and Roland Garros runner-up Dominic Thiem is No. 4.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more


first_imgThe ATA have recently announced that Mr Bill Ker will be stepping down from his role as CEO in July 2005. Mr Ker has been CEO of the Australian Touch Association for the past 10 years and has indicated his intentions early, allowing the board time to organise a succession plan for his retirement. “The organisation is planning to implement a new management structure, meaning the timing is ideal for someone with new ideas, passion and energy for the sport of Touch in Australia,” Mr Ker said. “I am proud of how our sport has developed during my time with the ATA and am excited about the future direction and possibilities for the organisation and the sport.” The ATA Board of Directors has appointed Sport Employment Australia (SEA) to identify a new CEO for Australia Touch. Please refer to the CEO position overview attached to this story. AUSTRALIA TOUCH ASSOCIATION CEO POSITION OVERVIEW- DOWNLOAD All enquiries can be directed to Michael Catlow at Sport Employment Australia using the contact details found on the overview.last_img read more

2017 Masters Trans Tasman Nominations

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) and its national representative teams are about to enter the first stage of the 2019 World Cup cycle. As part of the international program, TFA and Touch New Zealand (TNZ) have committed to conducting once again a Masters Trans Tasman Series. This event is scheduled for April 2017 and will be hosted by Australia (specific dates and venue yet to be finalised). The event will be held in conjunction with the Open Trans Tasman Test Series and will be similar to the 2013 Super Trans Tasman series held in New Zealand. TFA will again implement a Masters Training Squad Program, whereby preliminary training squads will be selected. Players will then participate in selection and training camps in the lead up to the international event. Early indications are that divisions will be offered in Senior Mixed, Women 27’s, Men’s 30’s, 35’s, 40’s and 50’s, although there is no guarantee that all these divisions will go ahead.  The attached document outlines the nomination and selection process for the Australian Masters Teams for the period – March 2016 to April 2017.This story first appeared on the website on Thursday, 3 March 2016. Related Files2016-17_masters_nomination_information-pdfRelated LinksMasters Trans Tasmanlast_img read more

a month agoREVEALED: The Liverpool player at heart of potential Carabao Cup expulsion

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say REVEALED: The Liverpool player at heart of potential Carabao Cup expulsionby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool midfielder Pedro Chirivella is the player at the centre of an EFL investigation that could see the Reds kicked out of the Carabao Cup, it has been claimed.The 22-year-old did not have the necessary international clearance to feature in Wednesday’s 2-0 win at MK Dons, in which he came on as a substitute for Naby Keita in the 63rd minute, says the Mirror.The 22-year-old signed for the Reds’ academy from Valencia in 2013, and made his debut for the club in a 1-1 Europa League draw with Bordeaux in September 2015, when Brendan Rodgers was still the Reds’ manager.But Wednesday’s appearance off the bench was his first outing for Liverpool’s first-team since a 3-1 defeat at Swansea in May 2016.Since then he’s been on loan spells to Dutch sides Go Ahead Eagles and Willem II, as well as Extremadura in Spain in January last year.However Chirivella ran into registration problems with the latter, and failed to make an appearance for the Segunda Division side before returning to Liverpool .It is thought that he then needed fresh international clearance to feature for his parent club upon his return, with Liverpool having made an application on his behalf in July.The Reds feel that the failure to register him is an administrative error from the FA, and are confident that they won’t face expulsion from the Carabao Cup. read more