1999 World Cup Reunion


first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is proud to announce a reunion of the World Champion Australian Representatives from the 1999 World Cup. The reunion will be held in conjunction with the upcoming Trans Tasman series to be held from the 24th – 26th April 2009 in Wollongong, NSW. It has been 10 years since the very successful 1999 World Cup campaign which was held in Sydney, and in celebration of a Trans Tasman Series coming to Australia for the first time in 6 years. It is a great opportunity to celebrate the achievements of both the present players and those who have pulled on the green and gold before them.  Since the release of the initial information, there has been expressed interest from other past Australian Representatives from earlier and since campaigns who would also like to be included. TFA extends a warm invitation not only specifically to the 1999 World Cup members, but also any member of past representative teams from any campaign to attend and celebrate the current Australian Contingent.We will provide a special reunion package available for members to book with TFA, which will include the Reunion VIP Cocktail Function during the Saturday Night Test Series including a 2 hour drinks package, commemorative gift and free entry to the Trans Tasman games to be held at WIN Stadium for $50 inc GST.    Reunion attendees are also welcome to attend the ANZAC Ceremony if they wish and can also purchase tickets to attend the Australian Team Function on the Sunday early afternoon as well as the Thursday Trans Tasman Civic Reception dinner.  While hosting the Trans Tasman Series here in Australia, TFA are focused on the Australian aspects of the 1999 World Cup, but are also extending an open invitation to other participants of the event including Federation of International Touch Referees, New Zealand Team Members and participants from any other Nation.  We also extend a warm invitation to the friends/ family and partners of the 1999 World Cup who are also permitted to purchase Reunion Tickets.At this early stage of promotion we have had exciting feedback that both the Women’s Open and Men’s Open teams from the 1999 Campaign will have the majority of their members in attendance.     To arrange the purchase of reunion tickets, and get on the emailing list for more information, like ‘reunion friendly accommodation’, please contact Chrissy Brockway on 02 6212 2800 and chrissy.brockway@austouch.com.au   Related Filesflyer-pdflast_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd boss Solskjaer compares Rashford to Juventus star Ronaldo


first_imgMan Utd boss Solskjaer compares Rashford to Juventus star Ronaldoby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has compared Marcus Rashford to Cristiano Ronaldo due to his swerving free-kicks.Rashford has often cited the Juventus superstar as a player he’s tried to emulate in his career.And after scoring United’s second from a set-piece in last night’s 2-0 win over Newcastle, Solskjaer had high praise for the 21-year-old.Speaking after the game, Solskjaer told BBC Sport: “Marcus Rashford has the Cristiano hit, it swerves everywhere, but I liked his goal today. Calmed himself down, just passed it in. Well done.”He is only 21, you have to remember that.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

9 months agoInter Milan director Ausilio: Palmeiras wanted to sell us Gabriel Jesus


first_imgInter Milan director Ausilio: Palmeiras wanted to sell us Gabriel Jesusby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan sporting director Piero Ausilio admits they came close to signing Manchester City attacker Gabriel Jesus.Ausilio says Palmeiras were willing to sell them the Brazil international.“We were negotiating with Gabriel Jesus for a month,” Ausilio told Sky Sport Italia.“Our offer was also better than Manchester City’s. Palmeiras preferred to sell him to us but the lad, through his agents, let us know that he preferred to play for Guardiola.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

5 days agoBarcelona coach Valverde pleased with De Jong after victory over Eibar


first_imgBarcelona coach Valverde pleased with De Jong after victory over Eibarby Carlos Volcano5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde was happy with Frenkie de Jong’s performance after victory over Eibar.De Jong played a key part in the victory and was applauded off by the home fans when he was substituted.”He’s having a great start to the season,” Valverde said about the midfielder.”We’ve seen that he gives us a lot for the strength that he has, as much in attack as in defence.”This is why the crowd recognised him.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

ESPN Releases New College Football Power Rankings After Week 5


first_imgESPN power rankings for teams ranked 2 through 4 for week 6 of the season.The Coaches Poll received a major shakeup, and the AP promises to do the same after a wild week five, but neither replaced the nation’s top team. ESPN’s College Football Power Rankings, however, did just that. After struggling at Indiana, Ohio State falls a few spots, replaced at the top by Utah, which continues to benefit from its dominant Oregon win. The Big 12 powers Baylor and TCU also look good, after both put up points in bunches on Saturday.Here are the full rankings: Utah New HelmetTwitter/@UtesEquipment1. Utah2. TCU3. Baylor4. Ohio State5. Clemson6. LSU7. Michigan State8. OklahomaT-9. Texas A&MT-9. Florida11. Alabama12. Northwestern13. Florida State14. Notre Dame15. Stanford16. Ole Miss17. MichiganT-18. UCLAT-18. USC20. Georgia21. Oklahoma State22. Iowa23. Cal24. Boise StateT-25. TempleT-25. HoustonHow did ESPN do this week, fans?last_img read more

Cargill Hires Diana Shippings Capesize


first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Athens-based Diana Shipping has entered into a time charter contract with Geneva’s Cargill International for one of its Capesize dry bulk vessels.Under the deal, the company’s 171,810 dwt bulker Salt Lake City would be hired at a gross charter rate of USD 9,750 per day for a period of twenty to twenty-three months.The 2005-built unit is scheduled to commence its charter on March 14, 2019.Diana Shipping expects that the employment would generate around USD 5.85 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charter.Salt Lake City is currently working for Cargill International at a rate of USD 16,250 per day. The current deal was signed for a period of over 10 months, from May 2018 to mid-March 2019.last_img read more

Black Eyed Peas Reunite To Launch Appeal To Stop Shootings And Violence


first_imgAfter a five year hiatus, the Black Eyed Peas have reunited to help communities in crisis via a transformation of their 2003 #1 breakthrough hit “Where’s The Love?” into “#WHERESTHELOVE”.Credited as The Black Eyed Peas Ft. The World, the song and accompanying video campaign calls for calm, asking citizens of the world to stop the hate and violence that has resulted in many lives lost in Baton Rouge, Baltimore, Ferguson, Orlando, St. Paul, Brussels, Paris, Istanbul, and sadly the list goes on.“The World” in The Black Eyed Peas Ft. The World features a wealth of talent joining will.i.am, apl.de.ap, Taboo and Fergie on “#WHERESTHELOVE” including performers Jamie Foxx, Ty Dolla $ign, Mary J. Blige, Diddy, Cassie, Andra Day, The Game, Tori Kelly, V. Boseman, Jessie J, French Montana, Justin Timberlake, DJ Khaled, Usher, Nicole Scherzinger, A$AP Rocky, Jaden Smith and a 40-member children’s choir.The campaign kicks off with the “#WHERESTHELOVE” music video available exclusively on Apple Music at AppleMusic.com/blackeyedpeas, and song available for download exclusively on iTunes at iTunes.com/blackeyedpeas. After the 24 hour iTunes exclusive global premiere period, the song will be going wide to all digital retailers. The Black Eyed Peas, Interscope Records and iTunes will donate all of their respective proceeds from the purchase of the song in the United States to i.am.angel foundation, a non-profit foundation that is transforming lives through education, inspiration and opportunity created by Black Eyed Peas front man will.i.am.In tandem with the launch of the campaign, the i.am.angel Foundation, and foundation education partner and leading geospatial company Esri revealed a Story Map that maps all U.S. neighborhoods and draws attention to those that are struggling due to low spending on education, high unemployment, high poverty and murder rates.Esri assembled maps using data from the Sentencing Project, the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Association of State Budget Officers, the U.S. Census Bureau, and Esri’s Living Atlas of the World. These maps provide context about communities in crisis, including those plagued by police killing unarmed civilians, civilians killing police officers, and civilians killing each other based upon hate and intolerance around race, gender and religious beliefs. Communities such as: Baltimore, Maryland; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Ferguson, Missouri; St. Paul, Minnesota; New York City and Sanford/Orlando, Florida are included. The maps are available for any city, town or rural area in the U.S.“will.i.am, the Black Eyed Peas, and the i.am.angel Foundation are change agents for communities with the work they do focused on youth and advancing STEM education,” said Jack Dangermond, president of Esri.To learn more about the Black Eyed Peas call-to-action campaign and the importance of investing in education to break the cycle of poverty and violence, watch an ATTN: interview with Black Eyed Peas band members will.i.am, apl.de.ap and Taboo.“ATTN: is thrilled to be working with the Black Eyes Peas to highlight pressing social issues that warrant community activism. Together we will continue to share informative and empowering content on ATTN: to further the message of Where’s The Love?,” commented Matthew Segal, ATTN: Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief.The i.am.angel Foundation collaborates with organizations including College Track and FIRST Robotics to offer STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) focused educational programs for K-12 students in underserved communities, including Boyle Heights/East Los Angeles, and Ferguson, Missouri.The Black Eyed Peas wish to thank hundreds of concerned citizens who volunteered their time and talent to perform/appear within the video, write and perform the music, film and edit the music video and behind-the-scenes elements, create the community GIS mapping project, develop social media assets, and provide significant marketing, promotion, legal and non-profit advisory services.See www.wheresthelove.com for the full list of credits, volunteer contributors and officially aligned charities.last_img read more

Idle No Mores thunder heard through walls of Prime Ministers Office


first_img(Prime Minister Stephen Harper meets with AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo and delegation of First Nations leaders. Photo/PMO handout)APTN National NewsWhile Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo sat in the meeting room of the high-security Langevin Block building flanked by Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan and Treasury Board President Tony Clement he could hear the sounds of the Idle No More protest that had shut down the streets outside.Atleo, who attended the meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper Friday despite heated pressure from Manitoba, Ontario and some Saskatchewan chiefs, said the sounds of the protests gave the meeting added weight.“Listening to the power voices of the Idle No More rally that was surrounding the Prime Minister’s Office, it added a sense of strength, that we are in a moment we can’t go back from,” said Atleo. “That our people will stand up for the land, the water, the air.”Atleo led a delegation of about 16 First Nations leaders to meet with the prime minister and several cabinet ministers.During the meeting, thousands of people marched down Ottawa’s Wellington Street which separates Parliament Hill from Langevin Block which houses the Prime Minister’s Office. Rallies also unfolded across the country, from Whitehorse to Halifax, Yellowknife to Winnipeg, from Vancouver to Toronto to Montreal to Fredericton, thousands of people rallied under the banner of Idle No More. Nova Scotia also saw a rail blockade by members of Millbrook First Nation.There were over 200 Idle No More related events around the world, from London, England, to Texas, to New Zealand.A massive round dance also framed the lawn of Parliament Hill at one point and the drums shook the air.“I am blown away, I am filled with pride, I am just standing here trying to take this in,” said Molly Peters, a Mi’kmaq Idle No More organizer from Nova Scotia, who was standing on the steps of Parliament Hill watching the round dance slowly turn on the lawn below.“I came for unity,” said Stacie Landon, from Neyaahiinigmiing First Nation in Ontario. “I am here for my children’s future.”Janice Trudeau, from unceded Wikwemikong First Nation, said she took the streets in Ottawa in solidarity with other Indigenous people.“I came in solidarity with other Anishinabe people to form a united front against Harper,” she saidAnd while the grassroots flooded the streets of Canada with round dances, songs and drums, fissures developed between First Nations chiefs over the meeting with the prime minister.A few hours before the meeting began, chiefs from Ontario and Manitoba stated they would not be participating and warned that they would be initiating economic disruptions on Jan. 16.“We can’t live in poverty anymore while Canadians live this great life,” said Grand Chief Gordon Peters of the Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians. “We’ll stop it the only way we can stop it…Stop the roads, stop the rails, stop the transportation of goods.”Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Grand Chief Derek Nepinak, who marched Friday morning along with about 150 others, including Ontario and Saskatchewan chiefs to the door of the Langevin building, said Manitoba chiefs would be standing with the grassroots.“Across the tables in this room and across the street paper crosses hands and artificial laws are made to control us. We are saying no more,” said Nepinak as he stood at the gates to Parliament Hill and across the street from Langevin.Nepinak and Peters were among a number of chiefs who opposed the meeting. They wanted Governor Genernal David Johnston to appear along with the prime minister and the chiefs wanted it to be held in a larger venue. Many said they also supported Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence who has been on a liquids-only fast since Dec. 11. Spence had said she’d end her protest if the governor general and the prime minister met with First Nations leaders.“It’s important for both of them to be there at the same time with all leaders, not just some,” Spence told reporters early Friday outside her Victoria Island compound where she’s spent most of her days in a teepee.Spence has said she’ll continue to abstain from solid foods.Yet, despite this opposition, Atleo led chiefs from the Yukon, British Columbia, Alberta, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Saskatchewan into the meeting with Harper.The AFN released a list of points they planned to discuss with the prime minister and Duncan, Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq, Clement and senior bureaucrats.Atleo said the meeting lasted from about 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. and it was done with a tone of “respectful dialogue.”Atleo said he felt the chiefs who attended the meeting managed to convince Harper that he needed to personally take charge of the issues between Canada and First Nations.“The ability now to have direct prime ministerial engagement on matters of great concern for our people…including unilateral legislative development…We now have a forum…that we did not have before,” said Atleo, in an interview with APTN National News. “It is incumbent and the responsibility of the prime minister and the Crown to honour and implement the treaty relationship with First Nations. It will require a lot of work.”Atleo acknowledged that many of the chiefs from Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan were against the meeting because they wanted to stand behind Spence.Spence is expected to continue her fast because the prime minister and the governor general did not appear together at the meeting.Atleo said he understands the chiefs’ position, but he has been pushing to meet Spence’s demands which appeared to shift.“On Dec. 31, on New Year’s Eve, we had a national conference call with 50 or 60 chiefs on the line and that if we were to secure a meeting with the prime minister and governor general, that Chief Theresa Spence would end her hunger strike,” said Atleo. “It turns out we all either didn’t understand or there was miscommunication. Twenty-four hours later, I had had chiefs saying we need to go sit with Chief Spence and she said she would continue until there was a meeting with the prime minister and the government general.”On the Conservative government’s side, Duncan said he felt the meeting was “constructive,” but he wouldn’t go into specifics about some of the demands the chiefs had like resource revenue sharing.However, he did say that although it was discussed, Bill C-45 and Bill C-38 would not be repealed as requested by many First Nations across the country.“We’re quite comfortable that we have met our constitutional obligations with those bills and we believe there is every reason to proceed,” said Duncan.The Prime Minister’s Office issued a release saying that Harper had a “good, frank dialogue with First Nations.”The prime minister says both sides did not agree on all matters, but First Nations brought “serious and important proposals to the table.”Harper says he will debrief his cabinet onFriday’s meeting and committed to meeting with National Chief Shawn Atleo in the coming weeks to “review next steps.”The Prime Minister was initially going to attend only at the beginning and end but took part in the entire meeting, which went two hours longer than planned.Serpent River Chief Isadore Day, who opposed Atleo attending the meeting, said many chiefs were “shocked” the meeting occurred.Day said Atleo had no “business” talking about treaties at the meeting.“I’d like to denounce the national chief even discussing treaties when the majority of the treaty communities weren’t even at the table,” said Day.Day warned Atleo earlier in an email earlier in the day Friday that if he went to the meeting he could face a motion of non-confidence from chiefs.“The talk is that a lot of people aren’t happy, obviously, you know people are shocked, folks are saying that the best thing for people to do is take a bit of a step back and go home and do something thinking,” said Day. “How could in one day, the national chief say we are united and that we are all standing behind Chief Spence and in the next day, take this entourage to a meeting. That is not sitting well with the majority of the chiefs in assembly.”Former National Chief Matthew Coon Come who was one of the first to arrive to the Langevin offices told reporters earlier that it would be a lost opportunity if chief didn’t take advantage of the meeting.*Note APTN National News has changed the terminology of Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence’s protest to a liquids-only fastlast_img read more

Real Madrids Santiago Bernabeu upgrade approved


first_imgReal Madrid have been given the green light to proceed with their plans to renovate the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu by 2022The last time Los Blancos’ home ground was renovated came in 2001, when Florentino Perez spent €125m to upgrade the facilities in his first term as club president.This new restructure will cost Real €525 million and work will begin on the project at the start of next year after the financial plans were approved on Sunday’s board meeting.However, there will be expansions made to the 81,044-seater stadium.“Our plan was approved for the stadium in May 2017 and it is definitive which gives us free rein over the construction,’ Perez reporters on Sunday.“We now have to tender the works and approve the financing proposal.“We hope that work can start at the beginning of next year and it is estimated that it will take three-and-a-half years to complete.“The cost was to be 400 million euros (£360m) but the modification of the project to comply with new obligations from the Madrid Court of Justice ruling has led to an increase to 525 (£472m) million euros.”The former Spanish politician is confident that the restructuring will generate further income for Real.Perez said: “Now is the ideal time for it with low-interest rates, it is an opportunity we have to the advantage of because in addition, our debt has become negative.James Rodriguez, Real MadridZidane hails ‘quality’ James Rodriguez after Real Madrid’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane reserved special praise for James Rodriguez after his starring role in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Levante.“Our financial strength allows us flexibility and the annual fee of about 25 million euros is less than four per cent of our revenues from last season.“The new stadium will also bring us in 150 million euros per season.“It will be more modern, more secure.”He added: “There are two objectives: improving comfort and accessibility for our fans and secondly, to obtain more income,“All locations will have new sears, new services, two new towers in Castellana will allow for better exiting, better access and the movement of fans will be more fluid.“Technological advances and audiovisual media will be present throughout the stadium as well as a new screen.“There will be 800 new locations for people with different disabilities and two new club stores, one in Castellana and the other in Padre Damian.”🏟 The new Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.#RealMadrid pic.twitter.com/6qUYfsPPEA— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) September 23, 2018last_img read more

Trump Nominates Abbott Adviser Oldham To The 5th Circuit Court Of Appeals


first_imgJolie McCullough / The Texas TribuneThe John Minor Wisdom United States 5th Court of Appeals building in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Oct. 3, 2017.President Donald Trump has announced his third Texas pick for the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals: Andrew Oldham, who currently serves as general counsel to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott.Oldham was on the short list last year for what is arguably the nation’s most conservative appeals court, when the president had two long-standing Texas vacancies to fill. But Trump ultimately tapped former Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett and former Texas Solicitor General Jim Ho. Both Ho and Willett were confirmed to the bench in December.Oldham, who has been at his post in Abbott’s office for just over a month, previously served as deputy solicitor general for Texas. He moved into the general counsel post in January after Abbott nominated his former top lawyer, Jimmy Blacklock, to take Willett’s place on the state’s highest civil court.Abbott reportedly had unusual and outsized influence on the nomination process for federal judges, which is traditionally a process led by a state’s two U.S. senators. That party infighting seems to have delayed what was expected to be a relatively smooth nominations and confirmation process dominated by Republicans. “This is an excellent choice of a strict construction constitutionalist,” Abbott tweeted Monday afternoon. “I think he’s even better than [U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch].”Oldham will require a positive vote out of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, and then approval from the full Senate. If confirmed, he’ll take the place of Edward Prado, a longtime 5th Circuit judge who Trump named last month as his pick for U.S. Ambassador to Argentina. Sharelast_img read more

Traffic goes haywire after container hits Chingrihata Flyover height guard


first_imgKolkata: Huge traffic congestion occurred on Eastern Metropolitan Bypass (E M Bypass) after a container carrier goods vehicle hit the height guard of Chingrihata Flyover on Thursday afternoon.Almost after 30 minutes, police succeeded to remove the container carrier. But till then, the tail of the congestion reached Tagore Park area on E M Bypass and above Gobinda Khatik Road on Maa Flyover.Locals said around 2:50 pm on Thursday a ten wheeler container carrier goods vehicle tried to avail Chingrihata Flyover. Though there were several signage boards and flexes put up by police saying no heavy vehicle is allowed on the Flyover — height barrier is in place. Despite the signage boards, the driver somehow failed to notice those. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe driver drove towards Chingrihata Flyover. As soon as the container carrier reached the approach road of the Flyover, it hit the height barrier at a good speed. Immediately, the height barrier came down on the vehicle damaging the driver’s cabin badly. The driver of the container carrier, Debashish Gupta, received severe mutiple injuries as a result. Police from Beliaghata Traffic Guard came and started the rescue operation.Sources informed that with the help of locals police managed to recover Gupta and admitted him to a private hospital near Kadapara. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAccording to the police, his condition is very critical. Later almost after half an hour, the container carrier was removed from the accident spot using a heavy crane. The traffic situation remained messed up until it was moved. The Maa Flyover was packed with cars. Within 10 minutes, the traffic congestion reached Gobinda Khatik Road crossing on Maa Flyover. The North bound vehicles on E M Bypass got choked. The tail of the traffic congestion reached Tagore Park area near Ruby crossing. Sources said immediately traffic sergeants of Beliaghata and Tiljala traffic guards were deputed along E M Bypass to control the situation.It took almost two and a half hours to normalise the traffic. The vehicle has been handed over to Pragati Maidan Police Station for necessary action. Police are yet to obtain the details of the owner of the container carrier. He will be called as soon as the investigators get hold of the owner’s address and phone number.last_img read more

The Republics limit is 50 milligrams per 100 mill


first_imgThe Republic’s limit is 50 milligrams per 100 millilitres of blood. In Northern Ireland it is 80mg.But Ms James does not hold him responsible for the accident, describing him as a wonderful partner and adoring father.Speaking after the inquest, she said: “He lived for them and it is clear from what this inquest has heard that in fact he died as he lived, in that he could have saved himself and chose not to.”Describing her anguish, she added: “I firmly believe the slipway should have been closed to the general public or else proper warning signs displayed, as it was an accident waiting to happen.“Hopefully lessons will be learned and the recommendations made following this inquest will be implemented.”The victims were, from left, Mark McGrotty, 12, and Evan McGrotty, 8, Sean McGrotty, 49, Ruth Daniels, 57, and her daughter Jodie Lee Daniels, 14Speaking at the inquest, chief executive of Water Safety Ireland John Leech said a report into future safety at the pier should consider putting “slippery surface” notices up.The inquest jury recommended that Water Safety Ireland takes a lead role in advising and working with interested parties to introduce best international practice for safety on slipways and piers.Meanwhile, plans are being discussed to erect a monument to the victims at the spot where they lost their lives.Councillors are to consider proposals for a permanent tribute at Donegal County Council this week.Sinn Fein’s Jack Murray said: “It is something that should be considered, and will be discussed.“I don’t see any reason why we wouldn’t have something to remember those who tragically lost their lives.”LOUISE JAMES SUING DONEGAL COUNTY COUNCIL OVER TRAGIC DEATH OF FIVE FAMILY MEMBERS was last modified: November 27th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: DONEGAL COUNTY COUNCILdublinhigh courtLouise JamesLOUISE JAMES SUING DONEGAL COUNTY COUNCIL OVER TRAGIC DEATH OF FIVE FAMILY MEMBERSSINN FEIN COUNCILLOR JACK MURRAY The inquest also heard evidence that at least three cars had lost control on the pier, and that on the day of tragedy the slipway was covered in algae, making it as “slippery as ice”.The only survivor was her and her partner’s one-year-old baby Rioghnach-Ann, who was rescued by ex-footballer Davitt Walsh. The hero later received a Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Award for his bravery.According to court records, Ms James filed legal proceedings against Donegal County Council on June 9.It is believed her action centres on claims that the pier, which was covered in algae, was unsafe and should not have been accessible to vehicles.Last week’s inquest heard that Mr McGrotty, the driver of the 4×4, was more than three times the drink-driving limit when he died. Louise James was with her solicitor when he read out a statement last week to the press following the inquest into family tragedy at Buncrana pier in March 2016. (North West Newspix)DERRY mum Louise James who lost five members of her family in the Buncrana pier tragedy has instigated legal action against Donegal County Council.Ms James has issued High Court proceedings following the deaths of her partner Sean McGrotty (49), sons Mark (12) and Evan (8), mother Ruth Daniels (59) and sister Jodie Lee (14).An inquest into the incident, which saw the 4×4 they were in slide off the pier and into Lough Swilly, delivered a verdict of death by misadventure. ShareTweetlast_img read more

Disabled party activists have welcomed the Labour


first_imgDisabled party activists have welcomed the Labour leader’s decision to back their campaign for him to reinstate the post of shadow cabinet minister for mental health.Jeremy Corbyn was forced to scrap the post he created only last year in July because of the departure of MP Luciana Berger and the need to appoint a slimmed-down shadow cabinet, following a spate of other resignations.But members of the Labour Party Campaign for Mental Health called at this week’s annual party conference in Liverpool for him to appoint a replacement to the role, following his re-election as party leader.And they were delighted when Corbyn visited their campaign stand (pictured afterwards) and posed with a placard calling for the position to be renewed.Victoria Desmond, the campaign’s strategic director, said she hoped such an appointment would “feed down everywhere and hopefully to the workplace and hopefully to parliament”.Desmond later told a fringe event organised by Disability Labour – the network of disabled Labour party members – that people with mental health conditions like herself experienced widespread discrimination.She said: “People don’t have protection at work and it’s very hard to fight for protection when you’re being stigmatised.“You shouldn’t feel ashamed to have a mental health condition and that is how it is at the moment.”She said she had not felt able to disclose her impairment to her first boss – a Labour MP – but had felt comfortable doing so with her current employer, another Labour MP.She encouraged disabled people to disclose their impairments once they had secured employment because it provides them with more legal protection, but she said there was still a need for legal reforms to improve protection in the workplace.Issues around mental health were widely debated and discussed at the conference, but mostly focusing on cuts to health services.The party’s National Policy Forum has produced what it calls a “priority issue document” on mental health, which says the party is “firmly committed to making mental health a priority and ensuring that parity of esteem between mental and physical health becomes a reality”.One delegate told the health and care debate at the conference about the disproportionate number of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) people with mental health issues.He said: “We can’t sit back, comrades, and do nothing in the face of a mental health crisis, when the majority of transgendered young people either attempt or commit suicide.”Another delegate stressed the impact of austerity and inequality on mental health and reducing life expectancy.A third delegate thanked Corbyn for his “parity of esteem” pledge, and said she had received her first inpatient treatment earlier this year.She won a standing ovation – including from Corbyn – after she disclosed her own experience of the NHS.She said: “I can’t tell you how invaluable their work was. Without them, I don’t think I would be standing here today before you.“I would like to ask [Tory health secretary] Jeremy Hunt: do you value nurses so little… do you value the lives of people like me so little that you’re willing to put their lives at risk?”Shadow health secretary Diane Abbott told the conference: “Labour in government will put the money behind this.“The delays in accessing timely mental health treatment around the country are unacceptable.“We want an end to shame and an end to the tacit acceptance that the mentally-ill are somehow second-class citizens in our healthcare system.”last_img read more

What You Can Learn From This YouTube Stars Apology Debacle


first_img Nina Zipkin What You Can Learn From This YouTube Star’s Apology Debacle Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Apology –shares 4 min read Image credit: Jason LaVeris | Getty Images Logan Paul said he was sorry — twice — after he seemingly filmed and posted video of the body of a person who had committed suicide. Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture.center_img Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand We may only be a couple of days into 2018, but we already have our first public apology on the books. That dishonor goes to Logan Paul, a 22-year-old YouTube star with more than 15 million subscribers.Paul filmed his visit to Aokigahara, a forest near Mt. Fuji in Japan, which has gained notoriety for being the site of hundreds of suicides. The video Paul posted on Dec. 31 on YouTube was titled, “We found a dead body in the Japanese Suicide Forest…” and it was viewed 6.3 million times in the 24 hours after it went live. Paul has since removed the video from the site.According to New York Magazine, Paul, who included a link to the American Society for Suicide Prevention, introduced the video thusly: “This is not clickbait. This is the most real vlog I’ve ever posted to this channel…I think this definitely marks a moment in YouTube history because I’m pretty sure this has never hopefully happened to anyone on YouTube ever…Now with that said: Buckle the fuck up, because you’re never gonna see a video like this again!”Related: 7 Tips for Entrepreneurs Looking to Build Their Brands on YouTubePaul has a following made up of predominantly young kids and teens and is best known for comedy sketches, pranks and being the older brother of fellow social media star Jake Paul, who has been in the news recently for offenses ranging from racism, bullying and abuse and property damage, the last of which led to his firing from his Disney Channel series.Logan Paul’s most recent raft of tweets is akin to watching a dawning of realization and regret in real time. The first, posted at 7 p.m. on Jan. 1, is an announcement of his latest vlog.new vlogreal life Pokémon Go in JAPAN?? go ay ??— Logan Paul (@LoganPaul) January 2, 2018The second, posted three hours later, is a photo of an apology written in the iPhone notes app that starts with an “I’m sorry,” and an explanation of the intent behind the video, without ever specifically saying that what he did was wrong.The closest he comes to admitting wrongdoing is this: “I am often reminded of how big a reach I truly have & with great power comes great responsibility…for the first time in my life, I’m regretful to say I handled that power incorrectly. It won’t happen again.” The apology includes a profanity, a peace sign emoji and the hashtag for what Paul calls his fanbase —  #Logang4Life.Dear Internet, pic.twitter.com/42OCDBhiWg— Logan Paul (@LoganPaul) January 2, 2018And then there was the final tweet of the trilogy, posted at 11:45 a.m. on Jan. 2, a video message featuring a serious and chagrined Paul front and center.So sorry. pic.twitter.com/JkYXzYsrLX— Logan Paul (@LoganPaul) January 2, 2018“I’ve made a severe and continuous lapse in judgement. And I don’t expect to be forgiven. I’m simply here to apologize,” he says in the video. “There are a lot of things that I should have done differently, and I didn’t. And for that, from the bottom of my heart, I am sorry.”He continues, “For my fans who are defending my actions, please don’t. They do not deserve to be defended. … In the world I live in, I share almost everything I do. The intent is never to be heartless, cruel or malicious. Like I said, I made a huge mistake. I don’t expect to be forgiven. I’m just here to apologize. I’m ashamed of myself. I’m disappointed in myself. And I promise to better. I will be better. Thank you.”So what can you take away from Paul’s experience? First off, it’s always a good practice to have a sounding board outside of your circle to review anything you post online. If do you make a mistake, admit it right away. Don’t hide behind your past successes or what you meant to happen when you took a particular action. Don’t make excuses for your behavior. Make amends until you get it right. And remember that there is a big difference between “I’m sorry you were offended,” and “I’m sorry. I was wrong.” January 2, 2018 Add to Queue Entrepreneur Staff Next Article Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

As the SportsBetting Industry Transforms Entrepreneurs May Find It Hard to Get


first_imgSmall Business Heroes Kristi Dosh Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Next Article 5 min read The legal sports-betting market in the U.S. was worth an estimated $270 million in 2017 — with another $2.5 billion to $3 billion in black market betting, according to research firm Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, LLC. Accordingly, the recent Supreme Court decision in Murray v. NCAA that effectively lifts the federal ban on sports betting, allowing states to make their own laws and regulations, has captured the attention of businesses and entrepreneurs across the nation.Current gambling operators are racing to take advantage of the potential windfall headed their way, but experts say it could be a long time before new ventures can benefit from this decision. That’s because most of the existing state bills already circulating specifically limit the number of companies that can work directly with casinos or race tracks.”This means companies with past experience in the gambling marketplace, ready-to-go infrastructure and strong brand reputations will almost certainly gain selection for these mega-contracts,” says Marc Edelman, a professor of law at Baruch College who consults extensively on sports and gaming law.Related: The History of Online Gambling (Infographic)Edelman notes that none of the state bills proposing to allow and regulate sports gambling propose a true free market solution. That means even startup entrepreneurs with creative business ideas won’t be able to simply enter the marketplace, he says.Until now, only Nevada has allowed betting on individual games, while Delaware, Oregon and Montana have allowed limited betting. The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), enacted in 1992, exempted out those states. Now, however, all states will be allowed to pass their own laws related to sports betting, and there’s also the potential Congress will attempt to enact new legislation that would govern all states equally.As the court case has been working its way through the system the past few years, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia have been preparing for the possibility of enacting new legislation post-PASPA. Sports Illustrated recently tracked the status of legislation in all 50 states, showing many are considering opening the door to sports betting.Eilers & Krejcik Gaming has estimated that as many as 32 states will enact new legislation allowing sports betting within the next five years. It estimates the resulting market would be worth $6.03 billion in annual revenue — $7.1 billion to $15.8 billion if all 50 states allowed regulated sports betting.Related: Entrepreneurs and Gamblers Have Much in CommonYou won’t have to be one of the big gambling operators to take advantage of the new market, however. There are numerous opportunities for data analytics, content creation and more.Tyler Wyatt, an independent handicapping expert who runs Three For The Money, is preparing for hundreds, if not thousands, of new companies to enter his space in the market.”Gambling data and gambling news will initially become a commodity. Companies that can track the movements of both betting lines and the amounts of money wagered will have a product they can offer at a premium.”Currently, Wyatt’s site offers bettors the ability to submit a request about a particular game and receive back a detailed analysis with over 1,500 data sets and a projected outcome of the game. He says it’s not something just anyone can jump into and make a name for themselves immediately.Related: 11 Sports Businesses Using Entrepreneurial Skills to Disrupt the Marketplace”I’ve purchased data that I didn’t have, scoured the internet to find data I was missing, and spent countless sleepless nights to compile the data sets and put together the program that we have at Three For The Money.”While those with deep pockets might be able to simply buy the data, Wyatt says the blue sky in the market is elsewhere.”There will be niche segments of the sports wagering market that can be capitalized. Apps that provide up-to-date player data, betting line movements, trends and more all in one place will be valuable.”If you’re one of those entrepreneurs looking to take advantage of the new opportunities, Edelman warns that you be careful to manage your risks.”There are no shortage of gaming lawyers who will tell you exactly what you want to hear,” he says.Related: Elite Sports Teams Are Much Better at Creating Powerful Cultures Than Startups — Here Are 5 Tips You Can Steal”The best lawyers will push back on ideas and encourage [you] to refine them in such a way that you are able to maintain the core elements of your business plan but at the same time encourage changes to make sure to keep your risk level manageable.”Edelman says you should choose counsel that is mindful of the developments in state law.”The future of your sports-gambling or interactive fantasy sports business will be driven very much by your ability to operate within the framework of state laws, and many of these laws do not yet even exist.”In other words, it’s not only entrepreneurs who will be trying to cash in on the new marketplace, but attorneys and other business advisors as well. As the Sports-Betting Industry Transforms, Entrepreneurs May Find It Hard to Get in on Gambling Profits — but Related Businesses Will Thrive Founder and Publicist, Guide My Brand –shares May 21, 2018 There are opportunities for entrepreneurs as states begin allowing regulated sports betting. Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Add to Queue Image credit: Lars Baron | Getty Images Enroll Now for $5 Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Guest Writerlast_img read more

23andMes Database of Genetic Information Is Going to Make It Lots of


first_img –shares Laura Entis Guest Writer 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Add to Queue January 7, 2015 23andMe’s Database of Genetic Information Is Going to Make It Lots of Money Image credit: 23andMe | YouTube Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Apply Now » For quite some time, tech companies have realized big data means big bucks. (Hello cookies and updated privacy policies.) Facebook is notorious for collecting information on its users, Foursquare sells its users’ data to ad-targeting firms and Twitter allows scientists to mine its data. Indeed, consulting firm McKinsey called it a $300 billion industry back in 2011, a number that has surely grown since.Now, genetic testing startup 23andMe wants in on the data gold mine.Yesterday, the company announced that it is teaming up with the biotech firm Genetech to try and identify new treatments for Parkinson’s disease. The genetics company received a payment of $10 million (with “as much as $50 million” in additional payments down the line) from the biotech firm in exchange for access to its library of genetic data, Forbes reports. What’s more, this is only the first of 10 similar deals with biotech companies, according to the outlet.Related: Google Wants to Build a Model of Perfect Human HealthThis infusion of cash, along with the promise of additional lucrative deals in the future, comes at a pivotal time for 23andMe.Until it ran afoul of the FDA, the company analyzed consumers’ personal genomes in order to provide detailed summaries of their genetic risk for a host of common diseases (done through a spit kit sent by mail). But in 2013 the FDA announced that it was concerned about “the public health consequences of inaccurate results” from these mail-in spit tests and banned them. (It continues to offer a genealogy test, which provides people with information about their ancestry and relatives.)The Genetech partnership — along with the other deals reportedly in the works — is a lifeline for the company, as it continues to try to get back in the FDA’s good graces. Since 2013, 23andMe’s sales has understandably slowed, but it has nonetheless collected the genetic data of more than 800,000 individuals since its founding, out of which approximately 600,000 have signed away their consent for their genetic information to be used for research purposes, according to Forbes.That’s a big, valuable trove of data.While on the surface it may appear alarming that customers’ genetic data is being sold for a profit, it’s a development that appears to always have been part of cofounder Anne Wojcicki’s vision. From the company’s origins in 2006 Wojcicki, the ex-wife of Google co-founder Sergey Brin, spoke of her desire to use the principles of big data to “solve health” by gathering and analyzing the genetic information of a large pool of individuals (collected via mail-in spit tests), in order to extrapolate connections, insights and ultimately, cures. “The rest of your life is optimized because of Big Data,” Wojcicki told New York Magazine back in April. “But it isn’t for health care and that’s fundamentally the most important thing for you.”Related: Google Is Interested in Your Health, But Deterred by RegulationsFor now, the partnership Wojcicki’s company has made with Genetech is fairly contained in scope: The two companies will work together to generate sequencing data for the roughly 3,000 spit samples 23andMe has collected from Parkinson’s patients in an attempt to identify new treatments for the disease.But subsequent deals could be more far-reaching: Consumers who bought 23andMe kits and agreed to donate their genetic information to research automatically consented for 23andMe to sequence their genomes, Forbes reports, and the company says it can share anonymized, pooled information about their self-reported health traits without getting permission first.Wojcicki’s stated mission has always been to collect and analyze as much genetic data as possible in order to save lives. “23andMe helps individuals with debilitating disease participate in research and make advances happen faster,” Wojcicki said in a statement announcing the news. “I am thrilled about this partnership and believe this can help accelerate meaningful discoveries for Parkinson’s patients.”As with many of her ex-husband’s GoogleX projects, Wojcick’s mission raises safety and privacy questions, while simultaneously offering up the possibility of radical, life-saving innovation.Related: In Taking Aim at 23andMe, Regulators Missed the Mark The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Next Article 4 min read Geneticslast_img read more

FTC Fines Two Health Apps That Lack Adequate Evidence to Support Their


first_img Add to Queue February 24, 2015 FTC Fines Two Health Apps That ‘Lack Adequate Evidence to Support Their Claims’ Register Now » You can do so much on your smartphone — text, call, Snapchat, Instagram, CandyCrush, Tinder, Seamless, Uber…the list goes on. Among this blur of activity, an entire fleet of health apps have sprung up that harness the smartphone as a diagnosis tool of sorts. But a smartphone interaction with a doctor isn’t a substitute for in-person professional medical diagnosis and the FTC wants everyone to know it.Yesterday, the FTC cracked down on two smartphone apps — both of which say they can detect early symptoms of melanoma — for failing to make this distinction explicit.The makers of MelApp and Mole Detective, two apps that analyze user photographs of moles, blemishes and worrisome skin areas in order to calculate the corresponding melanoma risk as low, medium or high, were fined by the FTC for deceptively claiming that their apps “accurately analyzed melanoma risk and could assess such risk in early stages,” the agency wrote in a press release. “The marketers lacked adequate evidence to support such claims.”Related: The World’s Newest Lie Detector Could Be a Sensor Implanted in Your MouthThe apps, which were on the market from 2011 to 2012, were downloaded by thousands of people. While health apps have the potential to improve our health, many are relatively untested. That’s worrisome, particularly for apps that claim to provide early diagnosis and medical advice.Consider, for example, the 2013 paper published in the Journal of the American Association, which zeroed in on four melanoma detection apps and found that three of them “incorrectly classified 30 percent or more of melanomas as unconcerning.”With the settlement, the makers of MelApp and Mole Detective will no longer be able to advertise the apps as accurate diagnostic tools until there is enough scientific evidence, “in the form of human clinical testing of the device,” to substantiate the claim. Related: FDA Grants 23andMe Approval to Sell Test for Rare Genetic Condition Health Guest Writer Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Businesscenter_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Laura Entis 2 min read –shares Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Next Article last_img read more

Index Exchange Introduces Adaptive Timeout Incorporating Machine Learning into Header Bidding


first_imgIndex Exchange Introduces Adaptive Timeout, Incorporating Machine Learning into Header Bidding PRNewswireMay 22, 2019, 6:29 pmMay 22, 2019 New Product Makes Publisher Page Speeds Smarter by Adapting to Each User, Creating More Opportunities for Bidders and Revenue for PublishersIndex Exchange, the world’s largest independent ad exchange, introduced Adaptive Timeout, an innovative product that will boost publisher revenue through advanced machine learning, while optimizing page speed. By measuring device and network conditions, the Adaptive Timeout feature leverages an algorithm that determines a custom, intelligent timeout for each individual user on each individual page view. This includes a time landscape, which is the time it takes from a bid request to a bid response for each participating bidder. By adaptively modifying the timeout, the feature ensures the maximum number of bids make it to the publisher, thereby increasing revenue, while improving user experience in each unique condition.Previously, publishers have largely relied on imprecise, fixed-value timeouts for all users, which led to publishers missing opportunities while waiting for bid responses in latency-constrained environments. Static timeouts led to a trade-off, whereby publishers had to sacrifice user experience to wait longer for header bidding, or sacrifice revenue by setting aggressive timeouts. Adaptive Timeout introduces intelligence and machine learning into header bidding, allowing for an adaptive timeout that is tailored to the user’s device and network latency.Marketing Technology News: Amazon Dominates E-Commerce Share, Ebay and Walmart Less of a Focus, Feedvisor Study Finds“Incorporating machine learning into header bidding is a natural evolution of the product line, and adaptive timeout is the first of many innovations we’ll be enhancing with this technology,” said Gabriel DeWitt, Vice President, Product at Index Exchange. “We’re happy we can bring this level of sophistication to our publisher partners, as they’ve been looking to leverage automation instead of internal tech resources to optimize their configurations.”Adaptive Timeout is calculated using the device type, connection speed and an aggregation of the recent history of a particular user’s time landscape. Through the use of an adaptive machine learning algorithm, the outcome is overall improvement to page speed on fast devices with fast connections and more bids from the header reaching the publishers ad server, without any additional development.Marketing Technology News: Vyond Announces End of Beta for Vyond Studio, Enhanced Security Features“Our long-standing partnership with Index Exchange is a testament to the company’s continued commitment to innovation and maximizing publisher revenue,” said Jeremy Hlavacek, Head of Revenue, Watson Advertising. “This latest feature will ensure more bid responses are making it into our ad server, while improving user experience. It’s a huge opportunity for revenue growth.”Marketing Technology News: Kneron Debuts Edge AI Chip, Bringing AI to Devices Everywhere Adaptive Timeoutadvanced machine learningGabriel DeWittIndex ExchangeMarketing TechnologyNews Previous ArticleUsabilla Named a Strong Performer in 2019Next ArticleDigital Audio Can Be An Advertising MVP – If Navigated Correctlylast_img read more

Opioid poisoning rates higher and in a more diverse population study shows


first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 21 2019A cohort study by Stony Brook University researchers of all payer hospital data on Long Island combined with census data indicates that opioid poisoning (OP) levels almost doubled from 2010 to 2016. Additionally, the study revealed that the demographics of patients with OP appears to be shifting and becoming more diverse. The findings are published online in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.Not enough is known about the epidemiology of OP to tailor interventions to help address the growing opioid crisis in the U.S. According the National Center for Health Statistics, New York State is one of five states with the most opioid drug overdoses. The objective of the Stony Brook study is to expand understanding about OP through the use of data analytics to evaluate geographic, temporal, and socioeconomic differences of OP related hospital visits in a region of New York State with high OP rates. Related Stories’Traffic light’ food labels associated with reduction in calories purchased by hospital employeesAMSBIO offers new, best-in-class CAR-T cell range for research and immunotherapyStudy analyzes high capacity of A. baumannii to persist on various surfacesThrough the data analysis, Wang and colleagues found that OP hospital visit rates increased 2.5 to 2.7 fold on Long Island since 2010. OP hospital visit rates decreased for men, whites and self-pay patients but increased for Medicare payers. Communities with high OP rates had lower median home values regardless of location, higher percentages of high school graduates, were younger and more often were white patients.These findings reveal that OP is becoming more diverse by gender, age, economics and location. Historically, on a national level the highest OP rates have been among young adults (18-34) who are white male, urban dwellers, and those with lower income and non-private payers.According to Wang, the research team will engage other researchers to build a nationwide data-driven opioid epidemic research community. He said their method and findings provide a foundation to build a precision public health-based framework for opioid epidemic research through integrative spatial-temporal based analytical methods for population studies. The long-term goal of the research will also be to develop a machine learning-based framework for predicting OP risks of patients using integrative electronic health records to support clinical decisions. Source:Stony Brook University We believe our method and use of data analytics tools to identify regions and patient populations may help to focus on effective interventions. These population identification techniques can also potentially be applied to other communities anywhere in the United States to focus on interventions.”Fusheng Wang, PhD, lead author and Associate Professor in the Departments of Biomedical Informatics in the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University and in Computer Sciencelast_img read more