THURSDAY ISLAND- GREAT PEOPLE, GREAT TOUCH

first_imgRecently Queensland Game Development Officers Karley Banks and Glen Richardson headed to Thursday Island. Both came back in awe of the people, the island and their passion for Touch. Karley has written a fantastic story about their experience, click here to read it: THURSDAY ISLAND- HAVE BOAT, WILL TRAVELlast_img

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a month agoValverde: Granada a test of Barcelona credentials

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Valverde: Granada a test of Barcelona credentialsby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde expects a big test of their credentials at Granada.Barcelona have failed to win either of their opening two LaLiga Santander games on the road, first losing to Athletic Club (1-0) before drawing with Osasuna (2-2).That was followed up by a 0-0 draw at Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League in midweek and Valverde feels that all has to change.”Away from home we are not getting good results, it is costing us,” Valverde said during his press conference.”The [Osasuna] game in Pamplona, which we turned around, we were not able to win. We have to change that dynamic.”These kind of grounds can determine the championship because it is where you cannot slip.” last_img read more

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Rivals Has Added 2 Sixth-Graders To Its Football Recruiting Database

first_imgSixth-grade phenom Daron Bryden gets a Rivals profile.It’s no secret that college football coaches are pursuing recruits at younger and younger ages. But should there be an age that’s considered too young? This week, Rivals.com has added two sixth-grade players to its database. One – Daron Bryden – is a 5-foot-2, 105-pound quarterback. The other – Tyson Thornton – is a 5-foot-11, 170-pound running back. News of their inclusion on the site has been making the rounds.Rivals announces it will now monitor 6th graders for football (H/T @JeffDLowe, @USATODAYsports) pic.twitter.com/BIElTQ1Z7Q— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) February 16, 2015If you’re wondering what film of a sixth-grade football star looks like, well, here you go. Bryden’s father has been campaigning for his son for years.It’ll be interesting to see if either actually winds up playing collegiate football in the end.last_img read more

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Parents Of Texas A&M’s Admon Gilder Left Game Early, Missed His Game-Tying Layup vs. Northern Iowa

first_imgAdmon Gilder shoots a lay up against Northern Iowa.Twitter/@marchmadnessTexas A&M’s epic comeback against Northern Iowa, in which the Aggies made up a 12 point deficit in 44 seconds, is statistically the greatest last-minute comeback in college basketball history. Unfortunately, the parents of Admon Gilder, the Aggie who capped off the comeback with the game-tying layup before the buzzer, weren’t in the arena to see it. The Gilders left the game minutes earlier, assuming that the Aggies were about to lose, to head back to Dallas with work the next morning. Of course, because of it they missed their son being part of basketball history.Admon Gilder says his parents left Northern Iowa game early to get back to Dallas for work. Watched end in car on phone.— Kate Hairopoulos (@khairopoulos) March 23, 2016Yahoo Sports‘ Jeff Eisenberg has more:“They left the game with probably about a minute to go,” the younger Gilder said Wednesday. “They were at the gas station on the way back and someone came out and told them that I’d just hit the game-tying shot.”Paula and Admon Sr. both had to be at work early the next morning in their hometown of Dallas, a roughly four-hour drive from Oklahoma City. They decided they were already too far from the arena to turn around, so they followed overtime and double overtime on their phones instead.Gilder, now an Aggie hero, doesn’t hold it against his parents.“I probably would have left too,” Gilder said.Don’t expect to see the Gilders leaving Thursday’s game in Anaheim against Oklahoma early…unless they think they’re bringing the team a bit of luck.[Yahoo Sports]More: Vote In Our “Most Annoying People In Sports Media” Bracket >>>last_img read more

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Carsons alleged Top Secret access troubling NDP MP

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Conservatives need to come clean on whether Bruce Carson had access to Top Secret information on the Afghanistan war, says NDP MP Paul Dewar.“We need to know what he knew and who he shared the info with,” said Dewar. “Now that we know he was in the inner circle when it came to the Afghan file.”The Toronto Star reported this week that Carson was involved with the Afghanistan file and had access to Top Secret information. Carson only had a lower echelon, Secret-level security clearance.Prime Minister Stephen Harper has faced question over how Carson managed to work in the Prime Minister’s Office when he had five criminal convictions and faced two bankruptcies.Carson is currently facing an RCMP investigation. The PMO asked the RCMP to investigate Carson after a meeting with APTN reporters.APTN was investigating Carson’s involvement with Ottawa-based water company seeking to sell water filtration systems to First Nations communities.The water company had a financial arrangement with Carson’s fiancee, a former escort.last_img read more

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RSS praises Air Force Modi govt for air strike in Pakistan

first_imgGwalior: The RSS Friday lauded the Indian Air Force (IAF) for hitting terror launch pads in Pakistan and also praised the government for taking the decision. A resolution to this effect was passed on day one of the three-day meeting of the Akhil Bhartiya Pratinidhi Sabha, RSS’ highest policy-making body, which began here Friday. “The meeting passed an ‘abhinandan prastav’ lauding the IAF for the air strike and also praised the government for this decision,” RSS joint general secretary Manmohan Vaidya RSS told reporters. “The government has taken the right decision to deal with the anti-national forces and Indians should also remain cautious of such elements,” he said. The meeting also expressed deep sorrow over the Pulwama and other terror attacks that killed armed forces personnel, he said. “India’s sahishnuta (tolerance) should not be treated as its weakness,” Vaidya said. Around 1,400 members of the Pratinidhi Sabha including RSS head, Mohan Bhagwat and Sarkaryavaha Bhaiyaji Joshi are taking part in the meeting, which will also discuss the Sabrimala temple issue, he said. Vaidya said the Kerala government is working against the spirit of Supreme Court ruling on the shrine by playing with the faith of Hindus and forcing entry of women who are not Hindus in the temple. On the Ram temple issue, he said all those associated with the matter are putting their views in the Supreme Court. “We have full faith in the judicial system and hope the all obstacles will be cleared and the temple constructed,” Vaidya said. He said no separate discussion will take place in the meeting on the ensuing Lok Sabha elections, adding the RSS believes that maximum number of people should vote. Participants at the three-day meet will share their ideas and experience on issues like social harmony, environment conservation, saving water, reducing use of plastic and tree plantation, Vaidya said. The number of RSS ‘shakhas’ (branches/units) increased this year, compared to last year, he said. In 2018, there were 58,967 shakhas and the number now is 59,266, he said. As part of the meeting, Sangh workers of 35 bodies associated with the RSS will place their views before Bhagwat, he said. The meeting will also decide next year’s agenda for the organisation, he added.last_img read more

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Pakistan foreign minister cancels Lanka visit amid security concern

first_imgIslamabad: Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi cancelled his upcoming visit to Sri Lanka in the wake of the security situation in the island nation following the Easter Sunday suicide attacks which killed more than 250 people, a media report said Thursday. Qureshi was due in Maldives on May 2 and in Colombo from May 3 till May 5, but the visit was cancelled in light of the security situation in Sri Lanka, the Express Tribune reported, citing diplomatic sources. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportA revised schedule for the minister’s visit would be released later. Nine suicide bombers carried out a series of devastating blasts that tore through three churches and three luxury hotels on the Easter Sunday. The Islamic State group has claimed the attacks, but the government has blamed local Islamist extremist group National Tawheed Jamath (NTJ) for the attacks. Pakistan Foreign Office Spokesperson Muhammad Faisal said last week that Islamabad has offered “every possible” assistance to Sri Lanka in investigations into the terrorist attacks. “Pakistan will provide every possible assistance that Sri Lanka requests. This offer of support has been extended by the president, prime minister and the foreign minister to their counterparts in Sri Lanka,” he said. There were reports that Sri Lanka had sought assistance of the Punjab Forensic Laboratory but Faisal clarified that Pakistan “had not received any formal request from the Sri Lankan authorities”.last_img read more

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The Offer That MLB Players Always Refuse Even When They Shouldnt

Jordan Zimmermann2.8 Howie Kendrick2.4 Dexter Fowler1.7 John Lackey2.6 Zack Greinke4.0 Hisashi Iwakuma3.3 Jeff Samardzija2.7 PLAYERS WHO RECEIVED QUALIFYING OFFERSPROJECTED WAR Ian Kennedy2.1 Brett Anderson2.0 Wei-Yin Chen2.6 Justin Upton3.0 Ian Desmond1.6 The offer also serves another purpose, which is to reward the offering team with a valuable draft pick if the player should sign with another club; conversely, the signing team loses a draft pick. In practical terms, this has the effect of reducing a player’s value to any other team and making it easier for the original team to re-sign its free agent. In most cases, the draft pick is a small consolation prize for losing a superstar. But when it comes to some marginal players, the possible reward of the pick (worth about 1 WAR) is just enough incentive for a team to extend an offer to a player who might not otherwise be projected to achieve 2 WAR.The choice of whether to accept a qualifying offer is harder from the player’s perspective. The qualifying offer is a low-risk, low-reward option compared with what could be a bigger payday on the free-agent market, although there’s greater uncertainty about how much the payout will be. So far, every single player who has received a qualifying offer has refused it (not counting this year’s crop). In the case of the few players who are not likely worth an offer but still receive one, the near-pathological confidence necessary to be a professional athlete may be the factor compelling them to refuse. In some instances, that’s led to decent players remaining unemployed until mid-year the following season. Just ask Stephen Drew about that.As a result of these incentives, qualifying offer season has become somewhat predictable. The math works out so that teams tender offers to almost every remotely deserving free agent. Without fail, those free agents refuse them, only to find their eventual contract value reduced by the draft pick that their new team had to give up. Chris Davis2.4 Yovani Gallardo1.7 It’s qualifying offer season in Major League Baseball, that most anticlimactic time of year when teams offer one-year deals to a handful of players on the brink of free agency. Those “qualifying offers” are artifacts of a system that was introduced in the last collective bargaining agreement to compensate teams that lose free agents. Every qualifying offer is the same: Teams can offer $15.8 million to impending free agents who weren’t traded in the past year for one more year of service. If a player accepts, he takes the money but sacrifices the chance to see what the market thinks he’s worth. How teams and players should go about offering, accepting and denying qualifying offers are interesting questions.From a team’s perspective, the decision to tender a qualifying offer is relatively straightforward. Each offer is essentially a bet that the player will be worth more than the $15.8 million salary. Since each win above replacement (WAR) costs about $7 million to $8 million on the free-agent market, that wager is equivalent to projecting that a player will be worth 2 or more WAR in the coming year.1The math is slightly more complicated than this when you consider that wins are worth different amounts to playoff contenders versus rebuilding teams and can be afforded more easily by big-market outfits than smaller franchises. In some cases (Jason Heyward, Zack Greinke), that’s an easy bet to take, while in others (Colby Rasmus, Ian Desmond), the projection is a little shakier. Alex Gordon3.5 Jason Heyward4.7 Daniel Murphy2.1 Colby Rasmus0.8 Marco Estrada0.8 Matt Wieters2.2 read more

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Kroos certain that Brazil have improved from 2014

first_imgToni Kroos was a part of the Germany national team when they managed to humiliate Brazil in the World Cup semifinals in 2014 as they beat them 7-1 at their own stadium but the midfielder knows that they are a different team now.These two rivals are now about to face in the upcoming friendly game and Toni Kroos knows that it will be a very different match from what he experienced almost four years ago in Brazil.The Real Madrid midfielder spoke about his thoughts ahead of the match, according to This day live:“When I look at the current team in comparison to 2014, they are two grades better.”Neymar, BrazilNeymar can win the Ballon d’Or, says Ander Herrera Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 An “excited” Ander Herrera believes new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is a contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe.“They have really good people, my (Real Madrid) teammate Casemiro is doing well – they have come together well. Brazil is definitely one of the World Cup favourites.”However, Kroos was not entirely happy with his team last match’s display against Spain:“Our pressing didn’t work, then they played cat and mouse with us. We wanted to play better from the back, use our chances, pass well, not lose the ball so fast.”“Our counter-attacking game must be better, we were hit three or four times on the counter, you can’t have that. It’s not all bad, but we have a lot of work and we must come together as a team.”last_img read more

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Emery keen for Nacho Monreal contract talks

first_imgArsenal boss Unai Emery is keen for negotiations to get underway between the club and Nacho Monreal over a new contractThe Spanish full-back is out of contract next summer and has already stated himself that he is “very happy” at Arsenal and wishes to continue.And the feeling is evidently mutual with Emery hoping that an agreement on a new contract is reached soon.“First, I knew Nacho Monreal in Spain when he was playing for Malaga. I knew him,” he told the club website.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“After two months now, I can say I am happy with him. He is 32 years old, physically the performance with us, Nacho is playing at a very good level.“The reason for that, for me, we need to find a new contract with him to stay together with the Arsenal team.”Monreal has managed 10 goals and 13 assists in over 200 appearances across all competitions for Arsenal since arriving from Malaga in 2013.The 32-year-old has been linked with switches to Barcelona and Real Sociedad.last_img read more

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