FINALS FEVER ON THE GOLD COAST

first_imgFINALS FEVER!!! The last day of Round games was the calm before the storm as teams jockeyed for finals berths at the Schools Sport Australia Combined Touch Tournament on the Gold Coast today. After taking the Dream World one day holiday, it was back to work for our Junior Touch stars who plied their trade for a grateful crowd who appreciated the efforts of players, referees, and coaches who continue to produce quality performances under sweltering conditions. The semi-finals jigsaw had final pieces inserted and all is in place for an exciting finals series. The 15 Years Boys semi-final schedule seeds an inform QLD as number one qualifiers. The Maroons will open proceedings tomorrow on field one after rounding off their preliminary games with copycat 12 -1 victories over Western Australia (6th Overall) and their semi-final opponents, Northern Territory. NSW produced a 28 -0 demolition of Tasmania and a 13 – 1 victory over the Territory Boys to set up a semi-final showdown with the ACT who had a 6 -5 Houdini like escape against Victoria and a comfortable 11 – 0 win over the Apple Islanders. Victoria and Tasmania will face off and South Australia will battle with Western Australia, with the respective winners advancing to the plate final. In the 15 Years Girls QLD and NSW `Tom cruised’ into the semi-finals with emphatic wins today. QLD made short work of the ACT 13 -1 then cut loose and rattled up a 23-0 score line over the Northern Territory. The Maroons will confront the ACT in their semi-final after completing a flawless run in the round games, whilst NSW will take on Western Australia in their semi-final after disposing of the Sandgropers 9 – 1 today, and South Australia 15 – 0. Western Australia bounced back from their defeat at the hands of NSW to beat Tasmania 7 -0 and advance to the semis. SA will meet NT and Victoria will clash with Tasmania for spots in the Plate Final. The 12 Years Boys and Girls had only the one round game today, and then played some lightning mixed games. The ten-minute games pitted Mixed combinations from the respective Girls and Boys State teams against each other for some fun and social touch. The kids had a ball and some of the Touch looked pretty good from where I was standing, the girls mixing it up with the best the boys had to offer – with this sort of talent on display the future of all forms of the game, including Mixed, looks pretty bright. In the 12 Years Tournament proper, the top three teams on points at the end of the round games go into Pool `A’ and the bottom three into Pool `B’. There are no grand finals in the 12 Years divisions, whichever team is placed the highest after all games is declared the overall winner. NSW put on a clinic with a professional 28 -0 victory over Tasmania in the 12 Years Boys to cement the top spot in Pool `A’. QLD comfortably defeated fellow Pool `A’ combatant, the ACT 13 – 0. NT, SA, and Tasmania will play each other to determine final rankings for the 2004 tournament. The QLD 12 Years Girls team’s quest for glory remains right on track after completing the preliminary games undefeated with the incredible figure of 87 touchdowns for and 0 against… Harry Potter wrapped in his cloak of invisibility couldn’t sneak past these girls! NSW who swept aside Tasmania 15 -0, will be joined in Pool `A’ by the Northern Territory, 8 -0 victors over South Australia. SA, ACT, and TAS will battle out the ranking games in the Pool `B’ series. So there you have it sports fans, the Finals series is shaping up better than Anthony Mundine to a forty -year-old opponent. The preliminary bouts tomorrow see the super powers NSW and QLD determined to produce the goods to set up a final confrontation in each division that will determine National champions for 2004. “Don’t stop fighting until the fight is done” Kevin Costner’s character Elliot Ness in the movie `The Untouchables’ famously said – the other competing States will be doing just that tomorrow – fighting as hard as possible to produce their best and prove that no one is untouchable. Ranking games, Semi-finals, and Grand finals are on the menu. Games start at 8.30 am, yes I know it’s early, so set the Alarm clock – not the VCR – c’mon we all know there’s no such thing as `live’ broadcasts, anyway, the atmosphere’s always better at the ground. Get down to Owen Park and cheer on our Touch stars of the future, it will be a fantastic day. Written by Karley Banks 29th October 2004.last_img

Jon Voight Supports Team Rubicon At Salute On Sunset Event

first_imgJon Voight joined Team Rubicon for the organization’s Salute on Sunset event in Los Angeles this week.William McNulty, Vice President of Team Rubicon and Jon Voight talking about their work together during Hurricane Sandy at the Team Rubicon Salute on Sunset event in Los AngelesCredit/Copyright: Via Beck MediaTeam Rubicon is a fantastic organization that unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. They’ve been active around the world in places like Haiti and Sudan, as well as on the homefront during Hurricane Sandy.Jon Voight watching the slideshow of his work with Team Rubicon during Hurricane Sandy at the Team Rubicon Salute on Sunset event in Los Angeles.Credit/Copyright: Via Beck MediaJon Voight, who actually served with Team Rubicon on a mission during Hurricane Sandy, was in attendance at the event and seemed reflective during a slideshow of the Team’s work together.last_img read more

US China raise tariffs in new round of trade dispute

first_imgBEIJING, China – The United States and China went ahead with tariff hikes on billions of dollars of each other’s automobiles, factory machinery and other goods Thursday in an escalation of a battle over Beijing’s technology policy that companies worry will chill global economic growth.The increases came as envoys met in Washington for their first high-level talks in two months. They gave no sign of progress toward a settlement of U.S. complaints that Beijing steals technology and its industry development plans violate Chinese free-trade commitments.The 25 per cent duties, previously announced, apply to $16 billion of goods from each side including automobiles and metal scrap from the United States and Chinese-made factory machinery and electronic components.In the first round of tariff hikes, U.S. President Donald Trump imposed 25 per cent duties on $34 billion of Chinese imports on July 6. Beijing responded with similar penalties on the same amount of American goods.The Chinese government criticized Thursday’s U.S. increase as a violation of World Trade Organization rules and said it would file a legal challenge.A foreign ministry spokesman, Lu Kang, declined to give details of the Washington talks.“We hope the U.S. side will get along with us to strive for a good result from the talks with a reasonable and practical attitude,” Lu said.Beijing has rejected U.S. demands to scale back plans for state-led technology development that its trading partners say violate its market-opening commitments. American officials worry they might erode the United States’ industrial leadership.With no settlement in sight, economists warn the conflict could spread and knock up to 0.5 percentage points off global economic growth through 2020.The pressure on Chinese export industries that support millions of jobs adds to challenges for Communist leaders who are trying to shore up slowing economic growth.Factory output, consumer spending and other indicators were weaker than expected in July. Beijing has responded by pumping money into financial markets and announcing plans for higher spending on public works construction.Chinese leaders have promised to help struggling exporters and ordered banks to lend more freely to them. But they have avoided full-scale economic stimulus that would set back efforts to rein in surging debt and nurture self-sustaining growth supported by consumer spending.Forecasters say the impact of U.S. tariffs on China’s economy is small and manageable for now. Credit Suisse said this month that if Trump goes ahead with all threatened U.S. increases, the “worst case” outlook would cut China’s economic growth by 0.2 percentage points this year and 1.3 per cent in 2019.The International Monetary Fund’s growth forecast for China this year is 6.5 per cent, down from last year’s 6.8 per cent and more than double the U.S. forecast of 2.9 per cent.Ahead of the Washington talks, Chinese state TV mocked Trump with a sarcastic video posted on the YouTube and other social media pages of its international arm, China Global Television Network.“You are great,” says a presenter on the nearly three-minute English-language clip, reading a letter that pays a satirical tribute to Trump.“On behalf of doctors, thank you for pointing out the need to wean off American goods like bourbon and bacon,” the presenter says, referring to products on which China imposed retaliatory tariffs.The video appeared to have been removed Thursday from CGTN’s social media accounts.Trump has proposed another possible round of tariff hikes involving 25 per cent increases on an additional $200 billion of Chinese goods. Beijing issued a $60 billion list of American products for retaliation if Washington goes ahead with that.That smaller target list reflects the fact that Beijing is running out of American goods for retaliation due to their lopsided trade balance.China’s imports from the United States last year totalled about $130 billion. That leaves about $20 billion for penalties after tariffs already imposed or planned on a total of $110 billion.Chinese authorities have said they will take “comprehensive measures,” which companies worry could mean targeting operations of American businesses in China for disruption.last_img read more

Salaried workers beware GM cuts are a warning for all

first_imgDETROIT — For generations, the career path for smart kids around Detroit was to get an engineering or business degree and get hired by an automaker or parts supplier. If you worked hard and didn’t screw up, you had a job for life with enough money to raise a family, take vacations and buy a weekend cottage in northern Michigan.Now that once-reliable route to prosperity appears to be vanishing, as evidenced by General Motors’ announcement this week that it plans to shed 8,000 white-collar jobs on top of 6,000 blue-collar ones.It was a humbling warning that in this era of rapid and disruptive technological change, those with a college education are not necessarily insulated from the kind of layoffs factory workers know all too well.The cutbacks reflect a transformation underway in both the auto industry and the broader U.S. economy, with nearly every type of business becoming oriented toward computers, software and automation.“This is a big mega-trend pervading the whole economy,” said Mark Muro, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution who has researched changes being caused by the digital age.Cities that suffered manufacturing job losses decades ago are now grappling with the problem of fewer opportunities for white-collar employees such as managers, lawyers, bankers and accountants. Since 2008, The Associated Press found, roughly a third of major U.S. metro areas have lost a greater percentage of white-collar jobs than blue-collar jobs. It’s a phenomenon seen in such places as Wichita, Kansas, with its downsized aircraft industry, and towns in Wisconsin that have lost auto, industrial machinery or furniture-making jobs.In GM’s case, the jobs that will be shed through buyouts and layoffs are held largely by people who are experts in the internal combustion engine — mechanical engineers and others who spent their careers working on fuel injectors, transmissions, exhaust systems and other components that won’t be needed for the electric cars that eventually will drive themselves. GM, the nation’s largest automaker, says those vehicles are its future.“We’re talking about high-skilled people who have made a substantial investment in their education,” said Marina Whitman, a retired professor of business and public policy at the University of Michigan and a former GM chief economist. “The transitions can be extremely painful for a subset of people.”GM is still hiring white-collar employees, but the new jobs are for those who can write software code, design laser sensors or develop batteries and other devices for future vehicles.Those who are being thrown out of work might have learn new skills if they hope to find new jobs, underscoring what Whitman said is another truism about the new economy: “You’ve got to regard education as a lifetime process. You probably are going to have multiple jobs in your lifetime. You’ve got to stay flexible.”Whitman said mechanical engineers are smart people who could transfer their skills to software or batteries, but they’ll need training, and that takes time and money.“In the past with these kinds of changes, eventually new jobs have been created,” she said. “Will it happen this time, or is the change taking place too fast for everybody to be absorbed? I don’t know.”Although the job cuts took him and co-workers by surprise, Tracy Lucas, 54, a GM engine quality manager, decided to take the buyout and change careers. His children are grown and on their own, and with 33 years in at GM, he will get a pension and health care.The buyout will also give him about eight months of pay, enough time to take his newly earned master’s degree in business administration and look for different work. He said he will be glad to leave some tedious management tasks behind but will miss seeing through a lot of work to reduce engine warranty claims.He is leaving in part, he said, to save a job for younger co-workers. GM got 2,250 white-collar workers to take buyouts, and will have to complete the cutbacks by way of layoffs.“I really hate that we have to go into the whole process of tapping people on the shoulder,” Lucas said. “I don’t think the second wave is going to be pretty at all. It’s going to be brutal.”The white-collar cutbacks — combined with more to come at Ford, which is likewise making the transition from personal ownership of gasoline-burning vehicles to ride-sharing and self-driving electric cars — could hamper the renaissance underway in Detroit, which is emerging from bankruptcy and a long population decline.Many of these automotive industry engineers and managers are pulling down six-figure salaries, and some may have to move out of the Detroit metro area for new jobs.The Brookings Institution’s Muro wonders whether auto companies will bring more electrical engineers and software developers to Michigan or put them in places where such jobs are already clustered, such as San Francisco, Seattle, Boston or near major research universities.“This is how regions change and labour markets change,” Muro said.GM says it will hire in the Detroit area, but its autonomous-vehicle workforce has grown to over 1,000 at offices in San Francisco and Seattle.Nearly all of the 8,000 white-collar cutbacks will be in metropolitan Detroit, largely at GM’s technical centre in Warren, a suburb north of the city. That’s equal to about 4 per cent of the managerial and engineering jobs in the Detroit-Warren area, according to the Labor Department. Managerial salaries in the area average $124,000.Ford, which is just beginning its salaried workforce downsizing, hasn’t said how many will go. But even if it’s half of GM’s total, the white-collar losses around Detroit will approach those during the financial crisis of a decade ago, when the metro areas shed 14,450 managerial and engineering jobs. That was 8.9 per cent of those types of jobs in the metro areas.Layoffs are also likely to spread to auto parts suppliers, which won’t need to design and build as many parts for gas-powered cars.While GM says cutting these positions is necessary to save money to invest in such technology and in self-driving cars, there are possible long-term costs to shedding so many experienced workers in one swoop, especially if the switch to electric vehicles stalls, said Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld, a management professor at Brandeis University. If that were to happen, the cutbacks could leave GM without the vital expertise it needs.Even the most skilled white-collar workers need to spend less and be prepared to change jobs or locations to stay employed, said Rick Knoth, a retired GM industrial engineer who survived a 2008 downsizing by taking an early retirement package after 37 years with the company.Knoth said he is confident most engineers are smart enough to turn their skills into a new career. But all white-collar employees need to be ready for change because it comes fast, he said.“The world isn’t like it used to be, that’s for sure,” he said. “You can’t count on anything.”____Corey Williams contributed to this report from Warren, Michigan. Boak reported from Washington. Follow Tom Krisher on Twitter at https://twitter.com/tkrisher .Tom Krisher And Josh Boak, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Rahul Dravid cant vote in April 18 Lok Sabha polls

first_imgBengaluru: Former cricketer Rahul Dravid, who was part of the Election Commission’s campaign to boost voting, will miss out on voting in the current Lok Sabha polls as he did take steps to get his name included in the voters’ list after a change of residence here.Dravid and his family had moved from their ancestral house in Indiranagar to Ashwathnagar and subsequently names of him and his wife were removed from the Electral Rolls. This was based on Form 7 for deletions submitted by his brother, Karnataka Chief Electoral Officer Sanjiv Kumar said here Monday. “…but after shifting to new residence Rahul Dravid did not take steps to get his name included in the electoral roll although registration officials visited there several times,” Kumar said. The electoral authorities came to know about Dravid’s name not being in the list after finalisation of the electoral rolls.last_img read more

Can William Buford fill Evan Turners shoes

As the final buzzer sounded, cementing a devastating loss to Tennessee in last year’s Sweet Sixteen, the No. 2-seeded Ohio State men’s basketball team somberly walked off the floor at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Mo. The defeat left a bitter taste in the mouths of the Buckeyes. That low moment for the team might have been the motivation guard William Buford needed. The disappointment has driven Buford to fuel his desire to elevate himself to the next level as a basketball player.         Owning such titles as Ohio’s Mr. Basketball in 2008, 2009 Big Ten Freshman of the Year and 2010 Third Team All-Big Ten honoree, Buford’s ability on the court has rarely been questioned. He has always been able to shoot the ball with consistency, averaging double digits in scoring during his OSU career. “I have been scoring all my life, that’s just what I do, basically,” Buford said at media day on Oct. 14. The 2010-11 version of OSU will feature a new-and-improved Buford. Now in his third year, he is a veteran and has been thrust into uncharted waters as a young team looks to its top returning scorer for leadership. Though he was content to play second fiddle during his first two years, Buford has embraced his newfound role as a leader. “When I came back, I just had a different mindset,” Buford said. “Last year, we had a veteran team, so I really didn’t think too much. We had the best player in the country. I was just taking a backseat, basically. But this year, I am just trying to be more vocal and help the young guys.” Buford’s change has not gone unnoticed. It took little time for the 6-foot-5-inch guard’s development to catch his coach’s eye.  “I think with Will, I have seen a side of him in the month that we’ve been together that is very exciting,” coach Thad Matta said. “From a leadership standpoint, from a work ethic standpoint, he is about as focused as I have ever seen him over an extended period of time.” Aiding in Buford’s development was his selection to the USA Select Team this past summer. One of 20 college players picked for the team, Buford spent a week in Las Vegas in late July, honing his skills against some of America’s best. “I think the USA basketball deal that he did this summer was pretty beneficial for him,” Matta said. “He got to see what the best is really like. He’s been coaching the young guys, putting his arm around them, getting them where they need to go and I think that’s been exciting for him.” Along with furthering his own skills, Buford also hopes to share some of what he picked up from his U.S. teammates and NBA counterparts with his OSU teammates. Matta is not the only one to notice Buford’s transformation. The quiet, pull-up shooter from two years ago has evolved into a well-rounded basketball player and one of the Big Ten’s best. “He is more vocal, not just on the offensive end either,” Lighty said. “He is taking a leadership role on the defensive end.” Although he has his sights set on becoming a complete player, Buford has not forgotten what got him to this point. After long practices, the Toledo, Ohio, native stays in the gym perfecting his smooth jumper and continuing to sharpen his offensive prowess. Senior guard Diebler expects big things from his dedicated fellow guard.  “Will is a guy where he has always had the talent, and I think now, just focusing more on the mental aspect of the game is just going to make him unbelievable,” Diebler said. “The guy is so talented, and we have seen glimpses of it, especially last year and with him being Freshman of the Year his freshman year. Will is a guy who I think is going to have a great year.” Buford played down the individual aspect, saying the only number that matters is the number in the win column. “Personal goals: I just want to win,” he said. “Team goals: Do good during the regular season, be the Big Ten Tournament champions again and go farther in the NCAA” Tournament. And as questions of a possible jump to the NBA loom, Buford’s sights still go no further than winning. “I am still looking forward to two more years,” he said. “If I feel I am ready to go after this year, then I will go, but I’m more focused on this year and trying to win games.” read more

Webbys Announce Best Magazine Nominees

first_imgThe Webby Awards—the “Internet’s highest honor” according to the New York Times—today announced its nominees for this year’s best magazine Web site.The five candidates in the running for this international award include Interview, Dwell.com, JPG, T Magazine and TheAtlantic.com. “The Web is now the dominant force reshaping everything from business to popular culture,” said David-Michel Davies, executive director of The Webby Awards. “We are thrilled to now honor the magazine innovators who are taking the medium in exciting new creative directions.” Each Webby Award category receives two distinct awards: the first presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a 650-person judging academy with members including David Bowie, Arianna Huffington and Twitter co-founders Evan Williams and Biz Stone, and the other, The Webby People’s Voice Awards, chosen by public online voting beginning today through April 30. Winners will be announced on May 5 and honored on June 8 in a New York City ceremony. A full list of Webby Award nominees can be found here.last_img read more

Penton Converts Tech Group to AllDigital

first_imgAfter promotional emails were sent to readers informing them that new digital editions were replacing their print counterparts last Friday, Penton officially announced that its Technology Media Group, which publishes Windows IT Pro, DevPro, Power IT Pro and SQL Server Pro, among other brands, will go completely digital starting in May.Peg Miller, the company’s tech group leader, says the only remaining print title will be System iNEWS ProVIP, which is a high-end and high-priced journal. The Technology Media Group is one of about 18 different b-to-b verticals that Penton targets. Miller says the transition was triggered by a combination of signs. Research done with readers and advertisers indicated that interest was shifting to the digital platform and that was translating into an increase in digital edition readership. “Over the last year, we started seeing double-digit gains in our digital edition subscriptions—and those were a very basic edition without our full strategy,” she says. That strategy includes relaunching the digital editions with a richer media experience including audio and video.While Miller declined to provide details on the performance of the print brands. Nevertheless, Miller says the new production workflow is freeing up the content team from what was previously a print-centric approach. “This has liberated our content team from print-centric deadlines to think more about what the customers want,” she says. Miller also declined to offer details on any changes in subscription pricing and advertising rates, but notes that ads are being sold on more long-term schedules rather than the one-offs that made frequent appearances in the print editions. The staffing implications of the change are unclear at the moment and Miller says resources will continue to be looked at as the new digital production workflow is ironed out over the next year. Transitioning to all-digital formats has become a common occurrence for publishers, particularly in the technology vertical. But only a few years ago, that meant online-only. Now, of course, publishers have more platform options available to them. Ziff Davis Enterprise announced its “OmniDigital” strategy last October when it planned to take its brands all-digital, focusing on websites, mobile sites, tablets and digital editions. That plan had barely gotten underway when ZDE was sold to online lead-gen company QuinStreet in early February.last_img read more

Fire kills 10 in Chinese city of Tianjin

first_imgA skyscraper fire in the northern Chinese port city of Tianjin killed 10 and injured five early on Friday, state media reported.The fire broke out around 4 am on the 38th floor of a serviced apartment building near the city centre, the official Xinhua news agency said.Xinhua said the fire had been extinguished and that early indications were that the blaze was caused by interior decorating materials used in a renovation catching fire. State broadcaster CCTV said renovation workers working on site were among the casualties.Fire safety has come under scrutiny in China after a deadly blaze last month killed 19 in the far southern fringe of Beijing, which has led to citywide evictions seen by some people as unfairly targeting the vulnerable underclass.Tianjin party secretary Li Hongzhong said authorities would carry out citywide fire safety inspections in response to Friday’s blaze, the official Tianjin Daily reported.last_img read more