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Touch Football Australia (TFA) is excited to launch our first targeted referee video resource collection â€˜Whatâ€™s Your Call?â€™TFA continue to build video resources available via the website www.dartfish.tv/touchfootballaustralia along with other tools to assist referees, coaches and participants at any level to help develop their Touch Football knowledge. The TFA Strategic Participation High Performance 2011-15 Plans identify the objective to â€˜provide quality experiences for everyone in Touch Footballâ€™. TFA continues to use the dartfish platform to drive the following key outcomes: 3.b â€“ Innovative processes geared at athlete development (junior, senior, elite, female, indigenous)3.c â€“ A highly valued elite product which is positioned at the pinnacle of our pathway3.d â€“ A strong and supportive refereeing structure to support participant needs3.e â€“ A strong and supportive coaching structure to support participant needs4.c â€“ Development of supportive and innovative information technology systems to support the sport at all levels. Whatâ€™s Your Call is a free collection of video scenarios for referees, coaches and participants that will be released publically from Monday, 14 December. It contains a series of videos to develop skills and knowledge of the rules in decision making scenarios. This collection will continue to grow throughout 2016 and beyond. For additional resources information visit the TFA website – www.touchfootball.com.au. Related Fileswhat_s_your_call_resource_launch-pdfRelated LinksWhat’s Your Call?
Van Dijk full of praise for Liverpool teammate Matipby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk singled out his Reds colleague Joel Matip for praise.The Netherlands and Reds centre-back was up for the FIFA Best Player award.Despite losing out to Lionel Messi, Van Dijk was honoured to be among the final three.And he believes that playing next to a player of Matip’s quality certainly helps him show his best qualities.He said to his club’s official website: “We call him Matop because he was that good yesterday!”We need everyone, that’s the message everyone knows in the team. Yesterday he was outstanding, as were all the players. It was a massive win. We do it all together.”In this vote, the country plays a part as well and I’m very proud that things have been going well at Liverpool and in our country things have been going in the right direction too.”We have to all keep it going, that’s the only way forward.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
ESPN ESPNThe opening weekend for this year’s college football season, simply put, is going to be epic. Monday, ESPN/ABC released game times for 10 of the best matchups we’re going to see.South Carolina and Vanderbilt will kick things off on Thursday, September 1 at 8:00 PM ET, oddly enough in an SEC regular season tilt. Georgia Tech and Boston College will play in Dublin Ireland, at 7:30 AM ET on Saturday morning.Here are the rest of the games – including Oklahoma vs. Houston, LSU vs. Wisconsin, USC vs. Alabama, Clemson vs. Auburn, Notre Dame vs. Texas and Ole Miss vs. Florida State.9/1/2016: South Carolina at Vanderbilt on ESPN (8:00 PM ET) 9/3/2016: Georgia Tech vs. Boston College on ESPN2 (7:30 AM ET) 9/3/2016: Oklahoma vs. Houston on ABC (Noon ET) 9/3/2016: Hawaii at Michigan on ESPN (Noon ET) 9/3/2016: LSU vs. Wisconsin on ABC (3:30 PM ET) 9/3/2016: Georgia vs. North Carolina on ESPN (5:30 PM ET) 9/3/2016: USC vs. Alabama on ABC (8:00 PM ET) 9/3/2016: Clemson at Auburn on ESPN (9:00 PM ET) 9/4/2016: Notre Dame vs. Texas on ABC (7:30 PM ET) 9/5/2016: Ole Miss vs. Florida State on ESPN (8:00 PM ET)Which will you be watching?
zoomIllustration; Source: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Monaco-based Navios Maritime Containers has reached a refinancing agreement related to seven of its containerships, according to the company’s latest report.The shipowner entered into a new credit facility on June 26, 2019, to refinance the outstanding credit facilities of the seven units with an outstanding balance of USD 36.7 million.A day later, the company drew USD 48.8 million under the new facility, that is repayable in 20 consecutive quarterly installments. The first four are in the amount of USD 2 million each and the remaining 16 in the amount of USD 1.7 million each, together with a USD 13.5 million balloon payment on the last repayment date.The facility matures in June 2024 and bears interest at LIBOR plus 300 bps, the company said, adding that it has no bank debt maturities until 2022.Navios Containers revealed the development as part of its financial report for the second quarter ended June 30, 2019. During the period the company reported USD 33.7 million in revenue, USD 12.7 million of EBITDA and around USD 450,000 of net income.The revenue increased from USD 31.5 million seen in the same period a year earlier, mainly due to a rise in the number of vessels operating during the three months. However, TCE per day declined from USD 15,308 to USD 12,594 tear-on-year, primarily as a result of the expiration of contracts between the two periods.Net income for the three months was USD 4.1 million lower than in the second quarter of 2018 mainly due to a USD 4 million decrease in EBITDA; USD 2.3 million rise in interest expense and finance cost, net related to the financing of new vessels; and USD 0.6 million increase in amortization of deferred drydock and special survey costs, in each case, relating to the company’s expanded fleet.In late April, Navios Containers took delivery of the 10,000 TEU Navios Constellation, a 2011-built containership. The vessel was acquired at a price of USD 52.5 million and is chartered out at a net rate of USD 26,325 per day until November 2020 and USD 27,300 per day until October 2021.“Given our low breakeven and the 62% increase in charter rates for the Baby Panamax (from the first quarter low of USD 8,100 per day) we are positioned well for the remainder of 2019,” Angeliki Frangou, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said.
BEIJING, 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.
DETROIT — 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 Press
BUCHAREST, Romania — French carmaker Renault has recalled some 13,300 Dacia automobiles in Romania over safety issues with the driver’s air bag inflator.The company said it was recalling the Dacia Logan, Lodgy and Dokker, all manufactured in Romania, citing possible defects in the case of a collision. It said motorists could get the inflators replaced free of charge at Dacia dealers.The announcement was published Tuesday by the National Consumer Protection Authority.The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Renault sold about 655,000 Dacia vehicles in 2017, most of them outside Romania. Logan is the bestselling model in Romania.The Associated Press
VICTORIA, B.C. – The Province of B.C. has handed out $198 million to school districts for the School Enhancement Program. A total of 176 projects from around B.C. will use the funding to make upgrades at local schools.In Peace River North, $1.2 million will be spent on roof upgrades at Bert Bowes Jr. Secondary, Robert Ogilvie Elementary and at Charlie Lake Elementary and three school buses will be replaced, costing $398,417.In Peace River South, $2.35 million will be spent on mechanical upgrades at Ecole Frank Ross Elementary and Dawson Creek Secondary and one school bus will be replaced, costing $127,562. “Students deserve to learn in schools that are well maintained and operating the way they should. That’s why we’ve boosted funding to these programs by more than $20 million over last year,” said Education Minister Rob Fleming. “We are supporting B.C. schools with this funding, so students, teachers and school district staff can focus their energy to where it matters most – in the classroom.”
New Delhi: Ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, the Election Commission (EC) has ordered 26 lakh indelible ink bottles worth Rs 33 crore. The seven-phase election will begin on April 11 and conclude on May 19. In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the poll panel had bought 21.5 lakh phials, 4.5 lakh less than this year.Mysore Paints and Varnish Ltd, a government of Karnataka undertaking, is the only authorised manufacturer of indelible ink for the Election Commission. Mysore Paints and Varnish Ltd Managing Director Chandrashekhar Doddamani said that the company has received an order for 26 lakh phials of 10cc each from the Election Commission. “The expected turnover is approximately Rs 33 crore,” he said. The order, Doddamani said, is higher than the last general elections by 4.5 lakh phials. In this election, nearly 90 crore people are eligible to case their votes for which the Election Commission will set up nearly 10 lakh polling stations across the country. In 1962, the Election Commission, in collaboration with the Law Ministry, National Physical Laboratory and National Research Development Corporation, had made an agreement with Mysore Paints and Varnish Ltd for supply of indelible ink for Lok Sabha and assembly elections. Since then, it has been supplying the ink for elections in India. A bottle of indelible ink contains 10 cubic centimetres (cc). As per modern measurement methods, one cubic centimetre is equivalent to one millilitre. Mysore Paints and Varnish Ltd exports indelible ink to more than 30 countries across the globe. Soon after the note ban, the company was asked to provide indelible ink to banks to mark customers exchanging defunct currency notes to check suspicious deposits. Grappling with unending queues and frayed tempers in banks and to check operation of syndicates after the note ban, the government had introduced the system of marking customers exchanging defunct currency notes with indelible ink.