Attached is further information in relation to the Touch Football Australia (TFA) Annual General Meeting (AGM).It includes:* Agenda* Previous Minutes* Nominations for DirectorsThe AGM will occur at 11am AEDST on Sunday, 14 December 2008 in Canberra.Related Filesstatement_of_claims_2008_noms-pdfagm_2008_agenda-pdf
Simeone happy with progress of his new-look Atletico Madridby Carlos Volcano25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone is happy with the progress of his new-look team.The Argentine is confident that the young signings such as Renan Lodi and Joao Felix will improve with time.”It is clear that since we renewed for the club we understood the changes that were going to be made,” Simeone told the press.”Hopefully time will allow the youngest players [such as] Lodi and Joao Felix to improve.”With time and matches they will be better.”Patience only respects those who win.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Today is college football’s National Signing Day, which means that two things are happening. One – the nation’s top recruits are deciding where to spend the next four years of their lives. Two – former players are reminiscing about the decisions they made. Former Florida star Brandon Spikes, who now plays for the Buffalo Bills in the NFL, is looking back quite fondly.Spikes took to Twitter Wednesday afternoon to post photos of the title rings he was able to accumulate during his stay in Gainesville. He was part of two BCS title teams. He said that playing for UF was the “best decision” he’s ever made.Best decision I ever made was going to University Of Florida! #kissTheRings #GoGators #GatorNation pic.twitter.com/ivq2rQtc1Q— BrandonSpikes51 (@BrandonSpikes51) February 4, 2015Best decision I ever made was going to University Of Florida! #kissTheRings #GoGators #GatorNation pic.twitter.com/bmerDzrtam— BrandonSpikes51 (@BrandonSpikes51) February 4, 2015Florida’s class is currently ranked No. 46, but new head coach Jim McElwain hasn’t had as much time to recruit as his peers. Tweets from former stars like Spikes certainly don’t hurt the cause.
BISMARCK, N.D. — An American Indian activist named in a federal racketeering lawsuit filed by the Dakota Access oil pipeline developer denies wrongdoing.Krystal Two Bulls of Montana also denies evading service of the lawsuit. Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners says the tactic is preventing it from serving three other people it added as defendants five months ago to its $1 billion lawsuit against environmental groups including Greenpeace.Two Bulls wants a federal judge to dismiss her from the lawsuit she was served with at the Phoenix airport last month.ETP alleges the defendants worked to undermine the $3.8 billion pipeline. And company attorneys say some individual defendants are evading service by moving frequently and using fake names at hotels.Company lawyers want more time to track them down. The judge hasn’t ruled.Blake Nicholson, The Associated Press
Later that evening at about 7:30 pm, a fifth wheel parked near the former China Wok restaurant was destroyed by fire as the tenant of the trailer was changing propane bottles.Firefighters quickly extinguished the fully engulfed trailer fire. There were no injuries, and the fire was contained to its site. CHETWYND, B.C. – The Chetwynd Volunteer Fire Department had a busy Saturday responding to a fire and collision.The Chetwynd Volunteer Fire Department responded to a semi-truck striking a B.C. Hydro pole on the South Access Road near Tim Horton’s at 2:30 pm on Saturday, September 22.The power line was snagged on the truck and was dragged for about 30 meters alongside the road. The fire department kept the scene safe from motorists and pedestrians. BC Hydro attended promptly to repair the downed wires. RCMP are investigating and interviewing the driver.
Mumbai: Over 1,000 pilots of the struggling private carrier Jet Airways have decided to go ahead with their “no flying” call from April 1 following the airline failing to receive funds from the banks Friday, its pilots guild has said. The airline said in a statement that every effort was being made to restore normalcy of operations. The National Aviators Guild (NAG), the body claiming representation of some 1,100 pilots at Jet Airways, had last week announced its decision not to fly from April 1 if their pending salaries were not cleared and clarity on the revival plan not provided by March 31. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsDays after that, the airline’s ownership went into the hands of SBI-led consortium of banks under a debt-recast plan. “A part of the expected interim funding from SBI was supposed to be actioned on March 29. Unfortunately, the fund transfer has not taken place, and there is also no update on salary payment from the management.” “The collective decision of pilots taken at Mumbai and Delhi open house effective 1 April prevails,” NAG president Karan Chopra said in a late evening communication to his members.
Ohio State redshirt junior receiver Michael Thomas (3) shakes off Rutgers redshirt freshman cornerback Isaiah Wharton (11) during OSU’s 49-7 win on Oct. 24.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorIt would be hard for the Ohio State football team to script a better way to begin its lone bye week of the 2015 season.Its first eight weeks of the season had been littered with lackluster outings, despite emerging victorious in every outing.But now, a nearly unblemished performance against Rutgers on Saturday in Piscataway, New Jersey, presides as the backdrop for the Buckeyes as their Week 9 rest gets underway.“It’s definitely what we’ve been waiting for,” junior running back Ezekiel Elliott said following the win. “Coach (Urban) Meyer has been talking about cracking the rock, kind of playing at the potential that we should be playing at.”The Buckeyes, who maintained their No. 1 ranking in the AP Poll and picked up 11 new first-place votes, did not just crack the rock: They broke it to bits.OSU controlled the game from the opening whistle until the clock showed 00:00, blasting the Scarlet Knights 49-7 behind the arm and legs of newly minted starting quarterback J.T. Barrett. The redshirt sophomore threw for 223 yards and three scores while tacking on two more touchdowns and 101 yards on the ground. Elliott added 142 rushing yards and two scores to go along with redshirt junior wide receiver Michael Thomas, who hauled in five passes for 103 yards and a dazzling 55-yard touchdown catch-and-run.The defense dominated, holding Rutgers to just 293 yards, its fewest number of yards gained all season long. The “Silver Bullets” nearly tossed a shutout had it not been for a 10-play, 90-yard touchdown drive with all second-string players on the turf. Even with the garbage time score, the defense looked like the stifling unit it was against Hawaii and Western Michigan.“I think this performance tonight showed not only what our offense is supposed to do but what our whole team is supposed to do,” senior left tackle and captain Taylor Decker said after Saturday’s win. “(I) felt like it was a really complete game.”Stringing together a complete game had eluded OSU up to Saturday’s kickoff. Whether it be the quarterback carousel and a soft run defense or the bevy of turnovers and penalties, something was always missing for the Scarlet and Gray. That trend, however, appears to have been reversed against the Scarlet Knights.The Buckeyes found their guy behind center in Barrett, whose performance led to him being named co-offensive player of the week in the Big Ten, and limited Rutgers to just 104 yards on the ground. The turnovers and penalty woes went by the wayside, too.OSU had just one turnover — an opening-drive fumble from Barrett after he accidentally collided with Thomas as the Buckeyes were nearing the red zone. But “the most impressive thing,” Meyer said, was that OSU was not penalized once during the 60 minutes of action.“That’s definitely a big step for us because if you look at all the games up to here, we had a lot of penalties, a lot of false starts … all that,” Elliott said. “Playing a clean game is great. Those penalties and turnovers kind of hurt our momentum, so when we are able to have our momentum and a roll, it’s a freight train.”Now, the freight train that is the Buckeyes is heading smoothly down the tracks, full of momentum, looking like the team that steamrolled everything in its way during the final games of 2014.“It’s that time of the year where teams either go up or they go down, and we needed to start going up,” redshirt freshman defensive end Sam Hubbard said. “It gives us a great feeling to get our bodies and minds right going into the bye weekend.”With no game on the docket, OSU will take advantage of a light practice schedule to get players back to full strength, as games against Big Ten heavyweights Minnesota, Michigan State and Michigan loom on the horizon. Last season, OSU had two open weeks — the first was on Sept. 20, just three games into the year, while the second was on Oct. 11. But in 2015, the Buckeyes have played in eight straight weeks, which begins to take a toll. “It’s huge,” Decker said of the bye week, noting that starters have played a majority of the reps in most games. “There are some guys dinged up, just some little things here and there. Those just start to add up on you, a bunch of little things.” When the Buckeyes return, closer to full strength, they know the meat of the schedule awaits. But before the more competitive conference clashes begin, OSU will just savor its time off, especially knowing the team turned in its most complete performance of the season. “It will be nice just to get a little rest, get a little time away, just to kind of take a deep breath and then come back locked and loaded ready to go,” Decker said. OSU is scheduled to resume action on Nov. 7 at Ohio Stadium against the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m.
Official reports are out that the NCAA has convened with head men from conferences and university athletic departments to determine whether the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship, otherwise known as the best event in sports, should be expanded.Again.Shame on them.If someone could convince me that expanding the tournament to 68 or even 96 teams wouldn’t dilute the playing field, I’d gladly go along with the concept. But the notion of increasing the field to 96 is pure poppycock.I’d argue the field may already be too large, but the present size of the tournament is perfect for the right amount of upsets. Sure, George Mason’s run to the Final Four in 2006 was mesmerizing, but did the Patriots honestly deserve to win the National Championship?I think not.Furthermore, despite the successes of teams such as George Mason and Gonzaga in years past, statistics show there are a low number of upsets.Since the tournament swelled to 64 teams in 1985, a No. 1 has never lost to a No. 16. A No. 4 beats a No. 13 seed 79 percent of the time. Despite the belief that a No. 12 beats a No. 5 each year, it has only happened in 34 percent of the games.Judging at how big the tournament has become in terms of size of the field and the arenas that host the Final Four, it’s amazing to think about how far the tournament has come.In the tournament’s first year in 1939, the field had eight teams. Forty years later, when Larry Bird and Magic Johnson were dazzling fans, March Madness had grown to 40. By 1985, the tournament had ballooned to 64 teams.Currently, team No. 65 is determined by the “play-in” game or what I like to call the “lose-lose” game, since the winner gets to face the No. 1 overall seed and the loser essentially got invited to the Big Dance only to get turned away at the door.Even adding a few more play-in games is an insult to the teams that win their conference tournament only to find out they’re stuck on the outside looking in on the tournament.The funny thing about tournament expansion is it’s not really about the money. Sure, the NCAA has an 11-year, $6 billion contract with CBS, but the men’s tournament is the only NCAA championship tournament that doesn’t get to keep the profits. Instead, the revenue is divvied up between the participating schools and conferences.Adding more schools means spreading the wealth. Proponents of tournament expansion want the majority of the added slots to go to teams that won their conference’s regular season championship in order to put increased value on the regular season. Thus, the “little guys” would not be seeing much of the revenue and in effect the rich get richer, as the major conferences would swoop in for more bids.Any way you look at it, expanding the tournament causes problems for everyone. Expansion would render the NIT irrelevant and cause students to miss more class time. Schools would have to dish out more money to cover team expenses.And most of all, the quality of the basketball would suffer.
Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo believes his squad can cope without Willy Boly who saw red in their 3-0 defeat at Manchester City on Monday.Boly was sent off in the 19th minute for a reckless challenge on Bernardo Silva at the Etihad on Monday night.The defender has played every minute of Premier League football this season and replacing him for their clash with Leicester on Saturday might prove tricky for Nuno, but he’s confident the team can adapt without him.Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“What I find, when a squad is short of player numbers, they have to have the mentality to cope with those kinds of moments, and we have it,” he told the club’s website.“We are completely comfortable with the decision that we’re going to have to make and are completely confident that it will work out.“It’s versatility, it’s about being versatile. When you know the idea of the team, you are capable to deal with different positions, but there is no such thing of developing a player in various positions, what you have to do is work on where you want your players to compete.”