Some of Australia’s best coaches and players will be on hand to share their knowledge and skills with South Australia’s up-and-coming talent this weekend when Touch Football South Australia holds its AusSquad Junior Development weekend. Australian Men’s Open squad member, Stuart Brierty and Australian Women’s Open squad member, Leah Percy will be in attendance at the camp as will Australian 18’s Boys coach, Dave Nolan and Australian Women’s Open assistant coach, Karley Banks. South Australia’s 12’s, 15’s and 18’s Boys and Girls teams will be involved in the weekend, which will be great preparation for their respective national events later in the year – for the 18’s teams, the 2013 X-Blades National Youth Championships in September, and for the 12’s and 15’s, the School Sport Australia National Championships in October in Darwin. For more information about the weekend, please visit Touch Football South Australia’s website – www.touchsa.com.au. Related LinksSA AusSquad Weekend
Grant Hill DukeKentucky is the college basketball program that gets most of the love these days for producing NBA talent, but Duke has been pretty great at it, too. Since Mike Krzyzewski took over the Blue Devils’ program in 1980, he’s had 51 players get selected in the NBA Draft. Thursday night, he’ll add to that number, as Jahlil Okafor, Justise Winslow and Tyus Jones are all projected to get picked in the first round, with Quinn Cook a potential second-round pick. In anticipation of the draft, Duke has released a cool video celebrating all of Coach K’s NBA players.
This week marks the one-year anniversary since the passing of Leonard Nimoy, who lost his battle with COPD.Julie Nimoy with her father Leonard Nimoy His daughter, Julie Nimoy and her husband, David Knight, are determined to continue his “final mission” to raise awareness for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), by producing a new documentary called, “COPD: Highly Illogical: A Special Tribute to Leonard Nimoy”.“The film is going to be an intimate look at my father’s life, legacy, and his final years advocating for greater awareness around COPD,” Julie Nimoy said. “My Dad felt an urgent responsibility to educate people about it, frequently tweeting and speaking about the disease and its causes.” Our goal, as Dad’s was, is to reach the millions of people throughout the world who have the disease but sadly, do not know it.Video: COPD: Highly Illogical – A Special Tribute to Leonard Nimoy – Narrated by John de LancieThe couple launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo last month to raise the additional $150,000 required to produce COPD: Highly Illogical – A Special Tribute to Leonard Nimoy.Julie and David are hopeful they will secure the funding by mid-March so that the film can be released near Star Trek’s 50th anniversary later this summer. The immensely popular series aired its first episode on September 8, 1966.COPD affects over 30 million Americans and is America’s third leading cause of death. Sadly, over a third of these Americans suffer the symptoms of the disease – coughing, wheezing, tightness in the chest and breathlessness – without ever being diagnosed. This, as Spock would say, is “highly illogical,” since early detection and treatment can reduce suffering and extend lives.For more information, to view the documentary film trailer and to link to the Indiegogo funding page, go to www.copdllap.com. For a direct link to the funding page, click here.
WASHINGTON – New NAFTA rules could increase the cost of a car by hundreds or even thousands of dollars, act as a multibillion-dollar tax and ultimately hurt sales as consumers keep their wallets shut, a new study predicts.The study by the Center for Automotive Research attempts to assess the impact of proposals under consideration as the three North American countries huddle in a marathon negotiating session in Washington.Negotiators are refining a plan that would require that every car include more North American parts; use primarily North American steel; and favour production in high-wage jurisdictions, meaning the U.S. and Canada.The study calculates that at least 46 vehicle types currently produced on the continent would fail to meet these new standards, a dramatic increase in the number of products that fail to comply with existing NAFTA rules.The companies making these vehicles always have a choice: comply with the NAFTA rules, or pay the tariff, which is 2.5 per cent for a light vehicle in the United States, 6.1 per cent in Canada.The study offers a broad estimate, with a range of outcomes. It finds that 25 per cent to 87 per cent of vehicles currently sold in the U.S. would fail to meet the standard and would wind up paying a tariff.”Tariffs (would) add at minimum a US$2.1-billion to US$3.8-billion tax on U.S. consumers,” said the study, released Thursday.”The tariffs would add between US$470 and US$2,200 to the cost of these particular vehicles … (and) the result would be an estimated loss of 60,000 to 150,000 annual U.S. light vehicle sales.”The group behind the research is funded by the auto industry, governments, unions and other organizations. The study was commissioned by Trade Leadership Coalition, an industry-funded group.But its findings are consistent with the view of Jeff Rubin, a senior fellow at Canada’s Centre for International Governance Innovation and a former chief economist at CIBC World Markets.He says that under the current NAFTA many groups win: consumers with cheaper cars, car companies with higher profits and Mexican auto workers with higher salaries than Mexicans in other sectors.The losers under the current NAFTA, he says, are auto workers in the U.S. and Canada, where employment has dropped and, Rubin says, the auto sector faces a long-term terminal decline.He’s unsure the new NAFTA rules will change that.He said it’s a no-brainer for companies trying to decide whether to adjust practices to comply with the new rules. He figures compliance with NAFTA might add five per cent to the cost of a vehicle, versus the tariff of 2.5 per cent for light vehicles sold in the U.S.”If I was a shareholder at (auto-parts-maker) Magna, or GM, I know what I would be telling management to do — which is, instead of tripling wage costs (in Mexico), pay the tariff,” Rubin said.”Ultimately GM and Magna are going to do what’s in the best interest of their shareholders. And right now the best interest would be keep the production in Mexico, pay the low wage rate and pay the 2.5 per cent tariff.”As long as the tariff remains low, Rubin added that the new NAFTA will be “a paper tiger.”However, it would be “a totally different ball game,” if the countries raise their tariff, he says, arguing that it would make paying the higher cost of compliance the better alternative and steer production back to the U.S. and Canada.”It would be a total game-changer.”But under the current proposal, with no change to the tariff level, Rubin sees the new NAFTA as producing a 2.5 per cent added tax on cars and no improvement in the lives of Canadian and American workers — a scenario that “isn’t going to bring a single job back to the U.S.”
NEW DELHI: Delhi president Sheila Dikshit welcomed the historic announcement made by Congress president Rahul Gandhi to uplift the living standards of the poorest people in the country through the Minimum Income Guarantee Scheme, which she termed was an “extraordinary step”.Sheila Dikshit expressed her view that Rahul Gandhi made the announcement that under the Minimum Income Guarantee Scheme (Nyuantam Aay Yojna (NYAY)) for 5 crore poorest families of India, i.e 25 crore people, Rs 72,000 per annum would be deposited directly in the bank account of the woman of the family. She said that this scheme will apply both to the Urban and Rural poor families. She said “this is the biggest scheme for the poor by the Congress party” after the highly successful MANREGA. She said that this is probably the world’s first such scheme to ameliorate the woeful condition of the poorest people.
Parents, please take note. Teenagers who experience cyber bullying are more likely to suffer from poor sleep and depression, warns a study. In one of the few studies to explore the connection between cyber victimisation and sleep quality, a research team examined the relationship between online bullying and depression among over 800 adolescents. “Cyber victimisation on the Internet and social media is a unique form of peer victimisation and an emerging mental health concern among teenagers who are digital natives,” said the reearchers. Also Read – The Puja carnivalAt severe levels, depression may lead to disrupted school performance, harmed relationships or even suicide. According to the US Office of Adolescent Health, nearly one third of teenagers have experienced symptoms of depression, which, in addition to changes in sleep pattern, include persistent irritability, anger and social withdrawal. The study was scheduled to be presented at “SLEEP 2019” conference in Texas from June 8-12.
Barcelona are in search of a new backup striker to sign quickly after the departure of Munir El Haddadi.Hristo Stoichkov believes Carlos Vela would be a great addition if Barcelona decides to purchase him.Even though the Mexican striker is currently with LAFC, he has been linked with a loan move to the Barca.“He is a player who knows the Spanish league,” Stoichkov said of the forward on Univision, according to Marca.“He had spectacular games with Real Sociedad.Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“It won’t be hard for him to adapt.“If he goes to Barcelona then he’ll be spectacular from the first match.“I don’t doubt Carlos Vela.“I don’t know if Barcelona will want him for just six months or with a purchase option.”
Updated: 4:56 PM California lawmakers pass bill to erase old pot convictions Posted: August 22, 2018 AP August 22, 2018 SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A bill requiring California prosecutors to erase or reduce tens of thousands of marijuana criminal convictions was approved by the state Legislature on Wednesday and now awaits Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature.When voters passed Proposition 64 in 2016 to allow adult use of marijuana, they also eliminated several pot-related crimes. The proposition also applied retroactively to pot convictions, but provided no mechanism or guidance on how those eligible could erase their convictions or have felonies reduced to misdemeanors.The Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would make that happen.The bill orders the state Department of Justice to identify eligible cases between 1975 and 2016 and send the results to the appropriate prosecutor.The state DOJ estimates that almost 220,000 cases are eligible for erasure or reduction. The DOJ has until July 1, 2019, to compile the list of eligible cases and forward it to the appropriate district attorney’s office.Prosecutors then have until Jul 1, 2020, to decide which cases on the DOJ list they want to challenge.Since passage of Proposition 64, most California district attorneys have said they didn’t have the resources to review their records to identify eligible cases.Non-violent, felony convictions for possession or distribution of less than an ounce of marijuana are eligible for reductions to misdemeanors, though prosecutors can challenge applications based on the person’s criminal history. Felons with serious convictions such as murder, rape and robbery that are considered “strikes” under a California law requiring stiff sentences for repeat offenders.Some eligible people hired attorneys and petitioned courts on their own and prosecutors in San Francisco and San Diego counties reviewed past cases and took action on their own to erase or reduces thousands of cases combined.But the vast majority of eligible people have not applied for relief, many of them not even knowing they qualified. Others saw the process as too expensive and complicated.The bill was introduced by Democratic Assemblyman Rob Bonta, who represents parts of Oakland, California, and passed the lower house earlier this year.It passed the Senate 22-8 with bipartisan support on Wednesday.Democratic state Sen. Scott Wiener of San Francisco, who supported passage, said many with marijuana convictions don’t even know they are eligible.Wiener said the bill “creates a simpler pathway for Californians to turn the page.”Republican State Sen. Joel Anderson, who represents a rural district east of San Diego, said the bill will enable some eligible people regain their gun rights by reducing felonies to misdemeanors. “This bill will take those people off the prohibited list, save us time and money,” Anderson said. AP, Categories: California News, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
Distributor and magazine publisher Source Interlink Wednesday reported an operating loss of $243 million through the first nine months of fiscal 2009, down more than 640 percent from an income of $44.9 million during the same period last year. For the fiscal third quarter, the company reported an operating loss of $6.5 million, down 122 percent from an income of $29.5 million last year.Through the first nine months, Source’s media group reported a loss of $234.5 million, down 1,607 percent from the same period last year. The periodicals fulfillment portion of Source’s distribution group reported a $900,000 net loss, down 103.8 percent. Income in the DVD/CD portion of its business was down 52.8 percent to $29.6 million.Year-to-date, EBITDA was $133.1 million, up from $82.4 million during the same period last year. The company carries $1.4 billion in debt.During a conference call, recently-appointed CEO Greg Mays said Source needs to better streamline its operations—especially back office functions like accounting, IT and general administrative—following the company’s acquisitions over the last several years, including the 2007 acquisition of Primedia’s Enthusiast Media in a stock purchase of approximately $1.2 billion. “While the company might have realized most of the model synergies, in my view the real management and cost structure integration has not occurred,” Mays said. “There’s a real opportunity for us to become much more administratively effective and operationally stronger while lowering costs.” Source saved approximately $11 million by eliminating about 300 full-time and 100 part-time employees, or about 8 percent of the company’s overall workforce, CFO Marc Fierman said during the call. The company expects to realize about $27 million in savings due to the layoffs in fiscal 2010, he said.Other cost cutting initiatives included integrating its distribution and sales operations (for which it incurred $23.9 million in expenses) and consolidated eight magazines into other titles, bringing the number of Source magazines to 69.Mays and Fierman also noted that Source, through its subsidiary distributor Alliance Entertainment, is owed money by Circuit City—reportedly almost $16 million—which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last month.As of market close Wednesday, Source’s stock was trading at $0.1895, up from its 52-week low of $0.13 earlier this month. In August 2007, when Source acquired the Primedia Enthusiast Group, its stock was upwards of $4 per share. A year earlier, it was well above $10 per share.
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Al OrtizHouston Mayor Sylvester Turner says one of the things he wants to see in the study are suggestions about day to day operations in the City.The Houston City Council approved Wednesday spending $565,000 on a study that will help Mayor Sylvester Turner and council members design a long-term financial plan.The Philadelphia-based consulting firm PFM Group will do the study combining the forecast of revenues, expenditures and long-term obligations with two big goals Turner has set for his administration: sustainable future budgets and full funding of city pensions.The study will present recommendations for a timeframe of 10 years.“What the study will seek to do is to find how can we create –whether through cuts, whether through revenue— this balance that doesn’t have us lurching from year to year for a single source… a single solution to the budget but, instead, has that long-range solution to the budget that we’ve been seeking,” explains Kelly Dowe, director of finance for the city.Turner says he also wants to see suggestions about day-to-day operations in the city.“We have 23 departments. The question is: Can we run more efficiently, more prudently? Now: are there duplications, can we streamline? Are we operating with best practices, you know, can we do better?” Turner commented during the press conference held after the council meeting.There is not a final timeline for the PFM Group to turn in the study, but Dowe says the city would like to have at least some initial recommendations by February or March, as they work on the budget for Fiscal Year 2018. 00:00 /01:21 X Share
Reddit is experimenting with a new tipping feature that could give its users a chance to earn some real cash: The self-proclaimed front page of the internet is currently testing tipping on a single Subreddit, with tips benefitting just one lucky user.“Anyone in r/shittymorph can now tip u/shittymorph for the content he posts to this subreddit,” explained a Reddit admin in an announcement post for the test, which was first reported by Cnet. This is an experimental feature available only in this subreddit, and no other community,” he added.A Reddit spokesperson confirmed the test in a statement sent to Variety: “We are always running experiments to test potential features that support and empower our users, and the tipping feature in r/shittymorph is one of them. Only a small percent of experiments get implemented.” The lucky user in question has thus far been tipped $81, according to a badge displayed next to his user name. However, the amount ultimately paid out is likely going to be lower: Reddit’s moderator explained in a comment that the company is taking a small cut from any money donated, and also subtracting fees for payment processing.“Majority of the tip goes to u/shittymorph and a portion goes to Reddit. If you were to tip $100, about $78.5 goes to u/shittymorph, $18.5 to Reddit, and $3 to Stripe,” he said. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 CREDIT: Courtesy of Reddit Reddit isn’t the only site looking to tipping to reward its community for their contributions. Facebook launched tipping for live streamers about a year ago, and YouTube has been experimenting with tip jars for live streamers since last summer.All of this happens as Patreon continues to grow its business. The membership-focused startup announced last month that it had surpassed 3 million paying users, and that it aims to pay out $500 million to creators this year. Coincidentally, Patreon also teamed up with Reddit last October to allow communities to raise funds with memberships.
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Finnish operator DNA has tapped Harmonic to provide it with a complete OTT solution for its DNA TV multiscreen service.Harmonic said its multiscreen processing and delivery solutions allow DNA to deliver live TV channels and VOD content to more than 200,000 subscribers on a wide range of devices.“Harmonic’s multiscreen processing and delivery solutions enable DNA to deliver live TV channels and VOD content to more than 200,000 subscribers on a wide range of devices, with pristine video quality, at a low total cost of ownership,” said DNA’s head of broadband and entertainment services, Pekka Jääskeläinen.
UK free-to-view satellite platform Freesat has launched a new WiFi enabled set-top supplied by core supplier Humax.The Humax HB-1100S smart TV box includes access to the Freetime catch-up and on-demand services including BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All4, Demand 5, Curzon Movies and Netflix. The new box will be available in retail stores as of mid-April.The box also includes access to the Humax TV portal, allowing its users to cast photos and other personal media from network connected devices to the TV.In February, Freesat updated its TV guide genre list, introducing international and faith categories. The new guid features five genre categories: all channels; entertainment; HD; news and sport; movies; music; children; international; faith; shopping; adult; gaming and dating; on-demand; regional; and radio.