Saturday will be the biggest day of Touch Football yet at the Sunshine Coast Stadium, with day four of the 2014 National Youth Championships and day two of the 2014 State of Origin Series, and you can watch plenty of it live! Please find below the links for the live stream games on the Touch Football Australia YouTube channel for Saturday.Please note, the link for the Open’s games by production company, Power Productions is below as well, starting from 9.30am and again at 3.00pm. 8.00am – Women’s 20’s game two https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wg2Z1Umxfok 8.55am – Men’s 20’s game two https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Me_y4IdO9k4 2014 State of Origin Series game two – Open’s broadcast (from 9.30am) – http://new.livestream.com/powerproductions/2014stateoforiginseries 12.35pm – NYC 18’s Girls grand finalhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6eegavvfKGM 1.30pm – NYC 18’s Boys grand final https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8MM12z5ofs 2.25pm – State of Origin Men’s 20’s game threehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4zTGaBW8O8 2014 State of Origin Series game three – Open’s broadcast (from 3.00pm) – http://new.livestream.com/powerproductions/2014stateoforiginseries There are plenty of ways to keep up-to-date with all of the latest results, news and information from the 2014 State of Origin.The Touch Football Australia and State of Origin websites will be updated regularly throughout the event with all of the latest information and can be found by clicking on the links below:www.soo.mytouchfooty.comwww.touchfootball.com.auAll of Touch Football Australia’s social media pages will be regularly updated throughout the SOO and NYC events, so be sure to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ us by clicking on the links below.Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #soo2014)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia (be sure to use the hashtag #soo2014)Related LinksNYC/SOO Live Streaming
Cardiff go for Sunderland forward Maja, Everton’s Niasseby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City have jumped into the race for Sunderland forward Josh Maja.The Sun says the Bluebirds want the 19-year-old on a permanent deal either in January or in the summer and confirmed their interest in Oumar Niasse on a potential loan from Everton.Maja, who turns 20 just after Christmas, has scored 13 goals in 25 appearances (in all competitions) for Jack Ross’ Black Cats this season.He could follow fellow Sunderland teammate Joel Asoro, now at Swansea City, in making the switch from Wearside to South Wales. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd midfielder Fred pleased with personal showing in Liverpool drawby Freddie Taylor3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Fred was happy with his performance in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool.The odds were stacked against United before the encounter against an unbeaten Reds outfit.And after almost coming away with the victory, Fred was pleased his own personal contribution, as well the determination shown by his teammates.”Personally, I’m happy how I played in my first ‘clasico’ against Liverpool,” he said. “We’re just all a little frustrated that we didn’t hold on to the lead, but we have to be encouraged.”We played at a very good pace against Liverpool. We needed that, we haven’t started the league well, but we played with heart, we played with force, we attacked quickly, especially in the first half. The second half we continued well but it was more equal.”
The Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica’s (BCJ) recent digital media literacy presentation at Mona High School, St. Andrew, has been hailed as a major success by several students who participated.Representatives of the Commission, led by Executive Director, Cordel Green, delivered wide ranging presentations on several topics during sessions held with Grade 10 and 11 students and their teachers.These included: the impending digital switchover process; cable channel ratings and the children’s code for programming.Two of the students indicating the benefits they derived are Cedric Moodie, whose stage name is ‘Militant’, and Iokoyi Ellis, both budding deejays, who are keen on pursuing careers in the entertainment industry. At the end of the presentations, Cedric, who performed one of his songs for the Executive Director, told JIS that he was appreciative of the information, which has greatly enlightened him.“It was a great presentation because it taught me a lot that I didn’t know about. I want to be a musician, so it has given me more knowledge about the music world,” Cedric said, while contending that every student should be afforded the opportunity to learn more about the digital media landscape, as well as the role of the Commission. Cedric advised that, to date, he has recorded two songs. One, he said, is titled: “Guidance”, which he said currently enjoys a fair amount of airplay on local radio stations and overseas.“I have a song playing on Hitz 92 FM and it is also playing in England and the USA,” he revealed.The Grade 10 student, who comes from a musical family, said he has been singing since age nine, and decided that he wanted to do music compositions when he entered high school, citing this as “my passion, and my heart and soul”.“I do a lot of thinking and writing. For me, I have to put all my thinking into my music. I don’t write just for the sake of writing. I have to think about it first and see what connects and what makes sense,” he reasoned.Iokoyi Ellis, whose stage name is ‘Yokie’, said her father, who is now deceased, was instrumental in her decision to take up singing as a career, noting that he would always sing with her. For that reason, singing became a regular activity for Iokoyi after her father’s passing, when she was eight years old. Noting that she sings every day, Iokoyi intimated: “that’s the first thing that I do; in the bathroom I sing. I would be singing and then take a pen and paper and just start writing. It just comes naturally.”“I took to singing more because I wanted to make my father proud and because I have a good voice,” she proudly declared.Iokoyi currently uses the YouTube social media channel to market her song: “Broken Heart and Soul”, written after her father’s passing. Despite the sad memories the song conjures, Iokoyi is excited about the response the single has been receiving from persons on the social network.“Since January it has gone over 1,000 hits and that is very, very good. I am so thrilled about that and a lot of people know me. It is very very nice,” she said.Iokoyi said, in the future, she wants to study music at university. However, for now she will continue to study hard in order to obtain high grades in Religious Education, Home Management, Mathematics and English, the subjects she plans to sit in the upcoming Caribbean Secondary Examination Council (CSEC) examination.By E. Hartman Reckord, JIS Reporter
VANCOUVER – Aurora Cannabis Inc. says it’s completed its acquisition of CanniMed Therapeutics Inc.The company says in a statement it has acquired all the remaining issued and outstanding shares of CanniMed that it did not already own.It says CanniMed’s shares were delisted from the Toronto Stock Exchange at the close of business Tuesday.Aurora CEO Terry Booth says in a statement that CanniMed will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Aurora and will spearhead initiatives such as scientific research, education and product development.In January, Aurora struck a stock-and-cash deal valued at $1.1 billion to buy CanniMed.The agreement ended a sometimes-terse takeover battle between the two companies.Companies in this story: (TSX:ACB)
Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press TORONTO — Distinctions between credit unions and private banks are fading as online banking, changing regulations, and competition have changed the retail banking landscape, but a few fundamental differences remain for those undecided between the two.Credit unions, a member-owned banking model, once had the advantage on value, while the greater resources of banks offered convenience and scale. However, both sides have recently pushed deeper into the other’s turf, said Tom Drake, founder of financial advice website MapleMoney.“I think the lines are getting blurred quite a bit now. It used to be that credit unions were sort of the one place to get what you can count on being a good deal, but with offers like Tangerine and Simplii Financial and even EQ Bank, it’s getting a little harder to see that difference.”While Scotiabank’s Tangerine and CIBC’s Simplii now offer pared down no-fee chequing and savings accounts pioneered by credit unions, financial co-operatives have countered by expanding their collective no-fee ATM network in 2015 to become the second largest in Canada. Credit unions are also in the early days of eroding one of the remaining differentiators — that they’re provincially-based.Surrey, B.C.-based Coast Capital Savings, which boasts of being Canada’s largest credit union by membership (outside of the Desjardins network of Caisse de depots in Quebec), recently announced it had secured approval to become a national credit union under legislation passed in 2012.The credit union, the second in the country to get approval to go national after New Brunswick-based UNI credit union, has not announced details of its expansion but says it presents a new front of competition in the financial services space.“It’s never been an option at the national level,” said Dave Cunningham, head of public affairs for the credit union.“Right now, because we’re confined to our own province, like every other provincial credit union, if our members move to another province, they have to leave us.”The switch to a national union, while pushing into banks’ turf, would also mean an end to some advantages of being provincially regulated, like not being required to meet more stringent federal mortgage thresholds, and having unlimited deposit coverage in some provinces.So what are the remaining differentiators in retail banking? Credit unions maintain that because they’re owned by their customers, they’re motivated to offer better service and more community investments. “The whole objective is different. They serve their members,” said Martha Durdin, CEO of the Canadian Credit Union AssociationCredit unions have won the Ipsos overall customer service award 13 years in a row, Durdin points out. They also give away a much bigger share of earnings, though it amounts to less because banks are just so much bigger.“Banks give what, one per cent of pre-tax profits? Credit unions give five per cent on average. That’s a huge difference,” said Durdin.The generosity is possible because credit unions aren’t solely focused on profit, she said.“Profit is good in the sense you want enough profit to be stable, and to be able to have enough capital so you can lend to your members, but it’s not an endless drive for increased profits.”Making financial decisions based on values can make sense, but Drake warns not to get too far away from the bottom line.“If it’s important to someone, then sure, a credit union’s a better choice. I wouldn’t necessarily make a big financial decision on it. If the mortgage rate’s a per cent higher, then you should probably be looking somewhere else.”And while credit unions have been tech pioneers in areas such as mobile cheque deposits, banks have more resources to invest in innovation.Technology is a big advantage offered by banks, including investments in artificial intelligence and secure online services, said Marina Mandal, vice president of banking transformation and strategy at the Canadian Bankers Association.“There’s a lot of effort by the banks to be ahead of the curve in how they use technology to provide a seamless and integrated experience.”Drake said that overall credit unions seem generally caught up, but banks still lead on new automated offerings like robo-advisors.“Banks like BMO and RBC have launched them recently too. It could be an example of where they’re behind again. But in general, I feel like they’re caught up.”Drake, who has accounts with Tangerine, Simplii as well as a more conventional accounts with major banks, says the free offerings have made it hard to bother switching, even though credit unions are probably more on your side. “It’s hard to quantify for sure, but just the idea that there’s things like profit share and you are an owner, and they’re not really looking to make a profit, it gives you probably a better chance that they’re in your corner.”
NEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):___9:35 a.m.Stocks in the U.S. and Europe are rising as global markets recover some of their recent losses.Technology companies and retailers rallied Monday. Microsoft added 2 per cent and Amazon rose 2.4 per cent.Oil prices and energy companies jumped. Benchmark U.S. crude rose 2.7 per cent after it closed at its lowest price in more than a year Friday.The S&P 500 index rose 24 points, or 0.9 per cent, to 2,656.The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 231 points, or 1 per cent, to 24,517. The Nasdaq composite climbed 74 points, or 1.1 per cent, to 7,012.In London the FTSE 100 index rose 0.7 per cent, less than other major indexes, after leaders from Britain and the European Union agreed to a deal governing Britain’s departure from the EU.The Associated Press
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – B.C. Transit unveiled two new Vicinity buses that will be coming to the Energetic City Friday afternoon.The 35-foot medium duty buses made by Grande West International Ltd. will better meet the transit needs of the community they serve.“We are pleased that Fort St. John residents will benefit from the newer vehicles,” said Mayor Lori Ackerman. “We look forward to enjoying the updates and improvements to the fleet.” A bus can seat 30 passengers with room for 24 standees along with two mobility aids and are also equipped with two doors for easier access to enter or exit the bus for customers. They will feature closed-circuit cameras for improved customer safety.“The new buses will help us better connect people and communities in Fort St. John,” added BC Transit President and Chief Executive Officer, Manuel Achadinha. “Customers will see and hear a difference with the new buses as they are more effective and efficient.”Each bus will cost roughly $347,000 and will be funded by the province and the City of Fort St. John through the B.C. Transit President and Chief Executive Officer.Over 100 Vicinity buses will be arriving in communities across B.C. over the next two years.For more information about the Fort St. John transit system visit bctransit.com/fort-st-john.
To benefit patients for laparoscopic surgery in four states of rural North-east India (Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, and Nagaland), Leeds Global Health Research Group, UK on Surgical Technologies (GHRG-ST) are collaborating with Kolkata Medical College.As a part of this initiative, seven surgeons from the North-Eastern states undertook their first training – a mix of teaching, simulation, and live demonstration at Kolkata Medical College from March 11-14, 2019. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe Leeds team comprised of surgeons, researchers, and engineers who have expertise in developing new solutions to areas of clinical need and evaluating the benefits and costs in clinical practice. Laparoscopic – or ‘keyhole’ surgery is done through small cuts, rather than large incisions used in open surgery. In this process, patients suffer less pain and make a quicker recovery with fewer complications. The benefits of laparoscopic surgery are well known in high-income countries but have not been evaluated in lower income countries, where the benefit may be even more apparent. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardThe barriers to implementing laparoscopic surgery in rural settings are a lack of resources, in particular, a lack of anaesthetists. One of the solutions is modification of the laparoscopic technique, called Gas Insufflation-Less Laparoscopic Surgery (GILLS). The GILLS technique can be used under simple spinal anaesthesia to perform laparoscopic operations at a lower cost, but with similar benefits for patients. The programme is funded by the UK National Institute for Health Research, the research arm of the UK National Health Service (NHS), with the aim of improving surgical care. Bruce Bucknell, British Deputy High Commissioner, Kolkata, met the Leeds GHRG-ST team in Kolkata. He said: “We are fully supportive of this exciting new initiative, which addresses a real clinical need and will help to raise the availability and standard of surgical care in the rural areas of northeast of India”. Professor Sukumar Maiti, Head of Department, Surgery, Kolkata Medical College said: “Guest surgeons and gynaecologists from different medical colleges in Kolkata had a useful session on the scope and future of safe principle of Laparoscopic Surgery. It was a programme with grand success for the hands-on training of seven surgeons working in the rural areas of northeast of India.” The next phase of the programme will consist of further workshops and a preceptorship programme providing one-to-one support. The aim is for the rural surgeons to become the GILLS trainers of the future, helping to spread laparoscopic surgery across rural areas, reducing costs , and ensuring the long-term sustainability of the programme.
Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo is likely to make an appearance during the July match at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Courtesy of TNSA different kind of football is set to come to Ohio Stadium this summer.An international exhibition match scheduled for July 27 at the ’Shoe between two of Europe’s premier clubs, Spain’s Real Madrid and French club Paris Saint-Germain, was officially announced Tuesday morning. The match, which is a part of the International Champions Cup, a soccer series that has been pairing together the world’s top clubs for summer friendlies since 2013, could bring some of the sport’s biggest names to Columbus, headlined by Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid. “We’re very excited to work with The Ohio State University to bring this match here,” said Kwame Bryan, the vice president of stadium partnerships for Relevant Sports, the New York-based firm that hosts the ICC, at a press conference Tuesday. “We’ve been working for countless months to bring a game here,” he said. Tickets for the match, which is set to be the first international soccer match ever to be played at Ohio Stadium, go on sale to the general public April 5 through Ticketmaster. Exclusive presale tickets are available beginning 10 a.m. on March 29. Fans can sign up for a chance to obtain presale tickets via the ICC’s website, but Bryan told The Lantern the OSU community — students, staff and faculty — will have access to them. Final ticket details are still being ironed out, Bryan said, though he added they will likely start at $35.“We hope there is a price point for everyone,” he said. The match is another extension of the university’s push in recent years to bring events to the ’Shoe beyond football games, OSU Vice President and Athletic Director Gene Smith said.To date, that has primarily meant concerts, but Smith said the soccer match allows the school — and Columbus — to showcase itself to the global audience that the sport has. “We feel very comfortable that that particular day, July 27, we’ll have an opportunity to showcase two of the greatest, most valuable teams in this world right here in the ’Shoe,” he said. Both Columbus Crew SC President Andy Loughnane and OSU men’s soccer coach John Bluem praised the match’s capacity to highlight Columbus’ passion for the world’s most popular sport.Loughnane said it is a “landmark match for the city of Columbus.” It will be the first professional soccer match in the ’Shoe since Sept. 30, 1998, when Crew SC played its final game there before moving to its own stadium for the 1999 season. A mere 10,966 fans were on hand for it. The number of fans anticipated for the July exhibition could dwarf that figure.Although Smith and Bryan were hesitant to make an attendance projection, both said they expect it to be more than 100,000. The stadium’s attendance record is 108,975, which was set on Nov. 21 when the Buckeyes played Michigan State. The largest crowd at a soccer game in America was also an ICC match. In that game, 109,318 fans packed in the University of Michigan’s stadium to watch Manchester United take on Real Madrid on Aug. 2, 2014.Smith laughed after being asked if the university was out to top its archrival. “We don’t look at it that way,” he said. “We’re not competing with anyone. Our focus is to make sure that these professionals — and these are the best of the best — have a quality experience. So we want make sure we have a packed house for them, regardless of where our number falls relative to anyone else in the world.” Real Madrid, according to Forbes, is the most valuable sports franchise in the world. Its roster is littered with elite talent, headlined by Ronaldo and James Rodriguez. The Royal Whites have captured the La Liga title 32 times, while also winning 10 European Cup competitions — the most of any club. PSG has won its league title each of the past three seasons and is currently on pace to take the crown again this year. The club is anchored by Thiago Silva and Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, though the latter is rumored to be exploring transfer options. In addition to the match at Ohio Stadium, there are currently seven other ICC matches set to take place in the United States this summer. But for one day, the soccer world will turn its attention to Ohio’s capital city.“Soccer is the world’s sport … so on July 27, all eyes, literally around the world, will be tuned in to Columbus,” Loughnane said. “No matter what time a day it is in Europe, or elsewhere throughout the world, Columbus will be the focus.”