Searching for a three-peat

first_imgFor the past two years there have been two teams who have dominated at the National Youth Championships (NYC) – NSW Combined High Schools (NSWCHS) and Queensland School Sport Touch (QSST).The pair have been unstoppable in their respective divisions since 2010.NSWCHS have won the girls championship and QSST have taken out the boys equivalent for the last two years.It is an impressive record that could continue when the NYC’s get underway in Port Macquarie tomorrow (Wednesday, September 19).Although their rivals will be gunning for them this week, the pressure of a three-peat is not a concern for NSWCHS coach Brooke Playford.“I would love to win a third title but I wouldn’t say it is added pressure,” Playford said.“We have been there before but we are not worried about that at this stage. We are focussing on reaching the semi-finals first.”NSWCHS have the player roster to win a third straight title.Last year’s Player of the Series Ashleigh Quinlan will lead the team and she will be well-supported by Ashlee Jaegar, Breannan Singman and Tanisha Stanton.However, NSWCHS will be without Emma Crear and Danielle Davis who both picked up injuries forcing them out of the championships.NSWCHS get their campaign underway against Touch New Zealand under 15s at 9am tomorrow.It will be a new-look QSST aiming for a third men’s crown.Ashley Taylor is the only player from last year’s champion team backing up.QSST coach Jason Boyd said having a whole new side won’t be a problem.“Overall the boys have combined well and they will be up for the challenge,” Boyd said.“We definitely can win again. They have plenty of skill and determination.”Once again perennial finalists NSW Combined Catholic Colleges will be a threat in the boys competition as will Central Queensland Bulls and NSWCHS.QSST take on Touch New Zealand under 15s in their first match at 10.40am tomorrow.Related LinksSearching for a three-peatlast_img read more

Video: Tom Izzo Pulled Away From Yelling At Referee While Michigan State Struggles With Oakland

first_imgA closeup of Michigan State Spartans coach Tom Izzo.ST LOUIS, MO – MARCH 18: Head coach Tom Izzo of the Michigan State Spartans reacts in the second half against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Scottrade Center on March 18, 2016 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Michigan State is playing its first game without player of the year candidate Denzel Valentine, and things could be going better. The Spartans lead Oakland 80-78, but the game has been a struggle. Tom Izzo has had an interesting night as well. He has loudly disagreed with a few calls, and at one point, actually had to be pulled away from one referee.Tom Izzo is about to loose his mind after Bryn Forbes got fouled then called for a technical. What did he do? Fist pump?— Mike Wilson (@MikeWilson247) December 23, 2015Tom Izzo restrained from the official. Oakland tech shots to tie here…— Joe Rexrode (@joerexrode) December 23, 2015Izzo for President! #POTUS #SpartanNation— Dana (@DanaMonstah) December 23, 2015IZZO MAD— Drew Hallett (@DrewCHallett) December 23, 2015There is less than a minute left in the game, which is live on ESPNU. We may have a great finish on our hands, involving the nation’s No. 1 team.last_img read more

Wärtsilä Teams Up with MPA and PSA Marine on IntelliTug

first_imgzoomImage by WMN Technology group Wärtsilä has partnered up with the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and PSA Marine on a project to develop a harbor tug with autonomous navigation. Entitled Wärtsilä IntelliTug, this is the first project to be co-created at the Wärtsilä Acceleration Centre opened yesterday in Singapore.As informed, the vessel will be capable of performing a range of routine missions designed to further improve tug safety and efficiencies while reducing operator workload and pressures in one of the world’s most demanding harbor environments.The IntelliTug project will involve a combination of technologies, innovations and capabilities within Wärtsilä’s portfolio to generate a tailored solution for Singapore’s unique situation. It is expected to provide a notable contribution to regional sustainability goals. This will include a new-to-market near-field wideband radar and real-time video analytics, integrated with a light-weight human-centric mission control system to supervise the close quarters and alert users on collision avoidance using adaptive, dynamic route planning capabilities.In 2019, together with MPA and PSA Marine, Wärtsilä will test-bed the IntelliTug concept on an existing tugboat in Singapore’s actual operational port.“We are always scouting for innovative ideas to enhance our Tug Masters’ situational awareness so that they can navigate the busy port waters in Singapore more safely. To achieve this objective, we have teamed up with MPA and Wärtsilä to explore and test-bed new technologies, turning ideas into reality,” Peter Chew, Managing Director of PSA Marine, said.“In contrast to many existing conceptual ideas in the industry, with IntelliTug we are creating a technology that will find a real application in the commercial maritime market. We want to help the industry improve by leveraging the use of automation technologies on ships to boost safety and efficiency, while at the same time augmenting the human’s role within the loop,” Marco Ryan, Chief Digital Officer and Executive Vice President, Wärtsilä Corporation, commented.“This solution will empower Tug Masters by actively assisting the crew in different situations, allowing them to focus on critical tug operations whilst dynamically maintaining safe distances during navigation and preventing potential collisions. It will also give them additional decision-making support and the ability to work with their colleagues ashore via real time data connection,” Ryan added.Wärtsilä Acceleration Centre promotes innovation and collaboration with industry, academia, and local partners to strengthen and develop Singapore’s maritime ecosystem. The opening marks a key milestone following the agreement signed between MPA and Wärtsilä in April 2018 to collaborate in areas of intelligent vessels, connected smart port operations, cyber-physical security, and digital acceleration with start-ups.Wärtsilä will also address cybersecurity challenges in connected maritime operations by launching its Maritime Cyber Centre of Excellence as part of the Singapore Acceleration Centre.last_img read more

I never felt safe on set — Canadian actors on changing the

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: “I’ve always felt like this is a boys club,” says actress Kristin Kreuk about the TV and move industry. (TARA WALTON/TORONTO STAR FILE PHOTO) Facebook Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “I’ve always felt like this is a boys’ club. I’ve never felt safe on set,” says Kreuk. “Sexual harassment is pervasive and insidious and it exists. It’s not always the crazy stuff you hear about. It can be more subtle. But it’s a fact of life.”READ MORE When she was a teen, Kristin Kreuk’s mother sent her to karate school to learn how to defend herself.“The idea was to kick people in case they attacked me,” says the 34-year-old Vancouver-born actress, perhaps best known as Lana Lang on CW’s Smallville, or detective Catherine Chandler in Beauty and the Beast.As a young actress, Kreuk says she wasn’t taught the concept of consent, or how to deal with inappropriate touching, where your attacker may not be wielding a knife. She just figured that sexism in the movie industry was a fact of life. And in her two-decade career, she says she has, until this year, never felt truly safe. Twitterlast_img read more

At the Turn Once snow falls indoor golf offers chance to hone

first_imgOTTAWA – The secret, golfer Ben Hogan famously declared, is in the dirt. But on Dave Druken’s high-tech practice range, there’s not a speck of the stuff.In truth, Golftec’s indoor teaching facilities are more laboratory than lesson tee: sensors and video cameras capture the swing in minute detail, while screens around the room display what’s happening from every conceivable angle.With a flip of the club, a “button box” on the ground lets students — sensor-equipped cables dangling from their shoulders and hips — review their positions frame by frame, all without even abandoning their posture at address.No faded yardage markers. No beat-up tractors gathering range balls in the distance. No divots — no real grass, even. And perhaps most importantly, no snow, not even in the dead of the national capital’s infamous off-season.“It’s a great option here in Ottawa to commit to making changes over the winter,” says Druken, Golftec’s local manager and director of instruction.“You don’t have to worry as much about taking it to the course right away, and that gives you the ability to slow it down and enjoy the journey to better golf.”Welcome to the world many observers see as the future of golf instruction: warm, dry and open for business 12 months a year, with specially trained experts who know how to turn raw numbers into better ball-striking.Winter may be coming, but long-suffering hackers can take heart: hope springs internal.“One of them most gratifying things that I see is, people that are a little bit older really picking up the game and doing very well with it,” said James Suttie, the chief executive of Vancouver-based Golftec Canada.So-called experts often say the future of golf depends on introducing the game to new players. Suttie, who understands a thing or two about how frustrating golf can be, knows better.“It’s not just getting people introduced to the game,” he says. “It’s keeping them in the game.”Canada is fertile ground for Golftec’s data-based approach.On a per-capita basis, some 21 per cent of Canadians have at least a passing interest in golf — second only to New Zealand, and roughly twice that of the United States. And yet when it comes to successful pro players, Canada pales in comparison to smaller places like Sweden and Australia.“We’re golf crazy. The unfortunate thing is we’re not necessarily very good,” Suttie says. “That is one of the things that I think we really could do a lot better at: getting the country better from a golfing standpoint.”After just seven years in Canada, Golftec represents a whopping 19.5 per cent of all the private lessons taught in Canada, he says. That percentage is just under 26 per cent in the U.S., where Golftec has been in operation since 1995.“So we’re very quickly catching up to the penetration that the U.S. has,” Suttie says.“We have a large percentage of very avid golfers, but we’re frankly not as good as the Americans are in golf, which is not a surprise because of the money that’s been spent there teaching.”Golfers themselves aren’t the only ones reaping the benefits. For teaching professionals, high-tech tools can make traditional outdoor range instruction seem like working with a blindfold on.“It’s huge,” says Druken, who like all Golftec instructors underwent a comprehensive training course at the U.S. parent company’s Denver headquarters.Where traditional instruction has often struggled to help students understand the differences between “feel” and “real,” the scientific, numbers-oriented approach all but eliminates the uncertainty that can undermine progress, he preaches.“It’s one thing to have theory about what you think the student should do, but to be able to measure gives you clear direction, and allows the student to buy into the process with trust,” Druken says.“For a novice coach, the training they receive and the tools at their disposal allow them to have direction, even when they may not know how to act from previous experience.”To prove his point, Druken quickly diagnoses a visitor’s long-standing frustrations with swing plane, spotting a shoulder tilt that’s not where it should be. The Golftec system shows a yellow or red number — not good.He activates an electronic tone that will only sound once the shoulder plane is in the green zone. A couple of false starts, then suddenly — beep! — a picture-perfect position at the top of the swing that looks yanked from the pages of Golf Digest.“We’re a numbers-driven society,” says Suttie. “Once you start to understand the numbers, it makes it a lot easier to be able to communicate effectively, so you’re working on the right things.”The indoor element makes a difference, too. Working on a swing change in the middle of the golf season borders on the impossible for all but the most dedicated players, since it often means a difficult period of adjustment at the most inopportune time.Building a new swing in the dead of winter, on the other hand? What else were you planning to do besides shovel the driveway, scrape the ice off the windshield and maybe brave the mall for a relaxing bit of Christmas shopping?“That is a great way of practicing, as opposed to going to the driving range and pounding balls for an hour, which is what I used to do all the time,” says Suttie.“It never got me better.”last_img read more

Grande Prairie RCMP searching for missing woman

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – The Grande Prairie RCMP are asking for the public’s help in locating a woman who hasn’t been seen in nearly two months. 45-year-old Leona Lee Hommy was last seen in Grande Prairie on March 11th. Hommy is described as Caucasian, standing 5’5” tall, weighing 140 lbs., with red hair, and green eyes. She was last seen wearing a hat, coat, and pants, though police do not know the colour of her clothing.There is a concern for Hommy’s well-being, and the RCMP would like to locate and speak with her as soon as possible.  Anyone with information about Hommy or her whereabouts asked to call the Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5700. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1.800.222.8477 (TIPS) or by Internet at Photo by RCMPlast_img read more

Morneau unveils principles for Indigenous ownership in Trans Mountain pipeline

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – Finance Minister Bill Morneau says the government remains committed to putting the Trans Mountain pipeline and its proposed expansion back in private hands as he unveiled four principles for including Indigenous groups in those discussions.But he says timing and details of the sale of the pipeline depends on when it is “de-risked” and therefore can’t be determined until consultations now underway with affected Indigenous groups are completed.The minister says discussions of potential Indigenous ownership could proceed if the communities would have “meaningful economic participation”, if the deal can proceed in the spirit of reconciliation, and if the resulting entity works to the benefit of all Canadians and on a commercial basis. Morneau is in Calgary to promote last week’s federal budget. His next stops are in Vancouver and Edmonton.Chanting and honking horns could be heard from a large gathering of pro-pipeline picketers across the street from the Fairmont Palliser hotel while Morneau spoke to the Economic Club of Canada.In his speech, he said Ottawa realizes that resource-dependent provinces like Alberta have different economic challenges than others and vowed to continue to implement measures that encourage confidence and optimism.“We’ve been very clear that we see the importance of getting our resources to international markets. We’ve also been very clear that the only way these projects can get done is if they’re done in the right way,” he said.“I hope and expect that Albertans will see that we’re comporting ourselves in the way we need to in the face of getting a project done.”last_img read more

Advani BJPs tallest leader Shiv Sena

first_imgMumbai: The Shiv Sena Saturday said L K Advani would remain the “tallest leader” of the BJP irrespective of his poll presence, two days after the party nominated its chief Amit Shah from Gandhinagar, a seat represented by the BJP patriarch. In an editorial in the party mouthpiece “Saamana”, the Sena said Shah contesting in place of Advani is politically translated as the ‘Bhishmacharya’ of Indian politics being “forced” to retire. “Lal Krishna Advani is known as the ‘Bhishmacharya’ of Indian politics, but his name does not feature in the list of BJP’s candidates for Lok Sabha polls, which is not surprising,” the edit said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The Sena said the development underlined that the BJP’s Advani era has come to an end. “Advani has been elected from Gujarat’s Gandhinagar constituency six times. Now, Amit Shah will be contesting from that seat. This simply means Advani has been forced to retire,” the editorial said. Marking a generational shift in the BJP, the party recently announced candidature of Shah, who will be contesting his debut parliamentary election, from Gandhinagar. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Advani, 91, had served as Union home minister and deputy prime minister. He won the Gandhinagar seat six times. After Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the BJP to massive victory in 2014 and Shah was made the party president, Advani was made a member of Margdarshak Mandal (group of mentors). The Sena said, “Advani was one of the founding members of the BJP, who along with former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee steered the rath of the party ahead. “But today, Modi and Shah have taken the place of them (Vajpayee and Advani). An environment has already been created in the party to ensure that seniors do not get any responsibility this time,” it stated. The Sena further said Advani has played a “long innings” in politics and would remain the “tallest leader” of the BJP. The Sena is contesting the next month’s Lok Sabha elections in alliance with the BJP. The Sena said it didn’t believe that a leader retains his top position only if he continues to be in active politics. The Uddhav Thackeray-led party also attacked the Congress which has said the Gandhinagar seat has been snatched from Advani. “The party (Congress) should not talk about insult to elders. The then prime minister P V Narasimha Rao, who had steered the Congress governments in difficult times, was insulted by the party even after his death,” it said. The Sena also referred to the 2013 incident when Rahul Gandhi tore an ordinance (on protecting convicted lawmakers) in the presence of the then prime minister Manmohan Singh. “What happened with Sitaram Kesari (former Congress president who was succeeded by Sonia Gandhi)?….Therefore it does not suit the Congress to talk about respecting elders,” the Sena said. Praising Advani, the Sena said he was responsible for expanding the BJP’s footprint across the country. “Every shining sun has to set. The BJP could reach the top because of Advani’s ‘Rath yatra’ in Ayodhya in 1990s. The BJP is reaping (dividends) because of Advani’s toil,” the Sena said.last_img read more

Being bullied at workplace can change behaviour for worse

first_imgIf you are bullied at the workplace, it may lead to counterproductive behaviour besides harming your health, warn researchers. The study showed that in some cases this is characterised by a lack of problem-solving and high avoidance coping strategies like drinking alcohol when having a problem and experiencing very frequent negative emotions. “Overall, our results show the need to consider not only exposure to and types of bullying but also their associated consequences,” said Roberta Fida, Professor at the University of East Anglia in England. “In particular, the findings highlight that victimisation is associated not only with health problems but also with a greater likelihood of not behaving in line with the expected social and organisational norms,” Fida added. Bullying is one of the major occupational stresses for employees and the effects can compromise their development and health, as well as interfere with the achievement of both personal and professional goals. In the recently published study, the researchers identified different configurations of victims by considering not only exposure to and types of bullying, but also health problems and bad behaviour. The researchers asked more than 1000 Italian employees about their experiences of workplace bullying, counterproductive behaviour and health symptoms. They were also asked about their coping strategies, negative emotions experienced at work and moral disengagement. “The greater the intensity of bullying and the more the exposure to different types of bullying, the higher the likelihood of engaging in counterproductive workplace behaviour,” said study lead author Fida. “In addition, it is essential to also promote behavioural regulation strategies to reduce moral disengagement, as well as negative behaviour, such as drinking more alcohol.”last_img read more