The Australian youth teams held-off a brave and talented New Zealand to seal all six matches on the final day including the deciding matches in the Boyâ€™s 20â€™s and Girlâ€™s 18â€™s. And with that, a clean sweep of all six of the seriesâ€™ contested and a new level of admiration for team green and gold.By @JulianTFAMountfort Park, Manurewa, New ZealandGame. Matches. Series. The Australian contingentâ€™s performances over the past three days to secure the 2017 Youth Trans- Tasman series and sweep in New Zealand was something to behold and demands to be told. While they may have had some trepidation taking the cue from their senior compatriots in winning all nine matches at the 2016 Opens Trans-Tasman, all players, coaches and mentors in location sure had to dig deep and deliver something very special of their own to overcome an amazingly talented and competitive New Zealand squad across all divisions.With all but two of the series decided on Saturday, some might think that getting the required four divisions out of six might suffice with the overall series and trophy in the bag and reflect on an awesome New Zealand performance who arguably deserved a title or two. Think again. The ruthless and mature, determined approach by the young Aussies to storm through this series victorious was compelling to watch and left the crowd across the ditch, at home and around the world, in awe.At the heart of all this was a crazy little thing called â€˜loveâ€™. And weâ€™re not merely referring here to the mutual admiration style love you might expect across a young touring sporting contingent with kindred spirits in a different country. Nor is it necessarily referring literally to that freak of a talent from the west by the name of Love, the Tyla variety. The same young man that destroyed the Kiwis in the final match, delivering a master class with his teammates in that amazing grandstand finish in the Boyâ€™s 20â€™s decider early Sunday afternoon. The love we speak of is about the young Aussiesâ€™ other loves. The love of the contest. The love of the fight and the pursuit of excellence in this great sport that drives these athletes to sweep through a series unblemished and overcome all obstacles and odds to claim their prize. The love and affection for victory in the face of fire. The love of the big stage. The big moment. The love of the team.It was etched in their eyes and seeping out of the pores of the Aussies who so desperately wanted their teammates in other teams to reign supreme and break-through for their respective wins; for their country, their families, loved ones, their school, work and team mates. Themselves. Each and every division delivered and then finally it came down to one super finale to this event.It is hard to define but it is purely as it is surely in the DNA of every card carrying, vegemite-loving dinky-di Aussie who so cherish our national victories over the best, in the ultimate sporting theatre: a Trans-Tasman sporting test. While we know it works in mysterious ways, who best to turn to explain, than the man they call Love. Tyla Love.â€œIt is just an amazing experience coming back and winning here against the Kiwis (New Zealand his place of birth),â€ the sole Western Australian representative and one of the tournament stars, Tyla Love said post-match. â€œAt one-all in the deciding match today, it was awesome to play and win with our guys; particularly as the Touch Blacks were great, tough and fought really hard, as they always do.â€When asked by the television commentators what was the secret of the success: â€œI had an Up and Go (milk drink) and got down here with the team focused and ready to play and rode off the back of the great work of the guys,â€ he said. â€œTouch is good over there in WA where Iâ€™m from, but itâ€™s a big milestone and goal of mine to play in the green and gold and win and cherish this win with the boys,â€ he said. Itâ€™s fair to say he sure shared the, ahem, love with his stellar support crew with a bunch of strong performances from his Australian 20â€™s brethren. Among them, Jake Grech eight seconds prior to the break and then Justin Cridland to Jacob Marrinan eight seconds after the break, broke the game open and the momentum of the Touch Blacks; taking the wind momentarily out of the Kiwis and into the sails of his teammates drawing ahead by two straight after the break. But then Jayden Sargentâ€™s double kept New Zealand in the hunt. And when Whakataneâ€™s Muir-Tuuta crossed sending a shiver down the spines of the young Aussies, it was a real case of fight or flight with the game and series on the line. No surprises here. The love of the fight won the day. The flight stuff could wait till the next dayâ€™s departures out of Auckland. And as the song goes (New Zealand) did what they did but then Love came to town. Jinking left then right Love fired a great long ball to a juggling, rangy Osborne in the extreme right corner to stretch the lead and seemingly close the Kiwis out of the contest and tellingly, yet another series. Marrinan thought he had another but when Tjaydn Ashby then cleaned up from another bat back out wide, this time from yet another great performer through the series, Osborne.Taylor Haugh and Sargent for New Zealand were immense and when Fiveash crossed and then Australiaâ€™s Kenny dropped a certain chance in reply, it was 7-6 to the green and gold with six to go and the game and series on the line. The love of the contest.Mills, Egan, Simbolon, Cridland and Moore all upped the ante and amped the energy of the team finding supports left and right to test the Kiwiâ€™s edges and resolve and continually surged upfield with everyone in on the act.Clearly in the moment, that man Love again jinked yet again to his favoured right to hit Osborne for his triple, leaving the defenders flat footed and proving ultimately the difference in this crucial final match.When Marrinan went close on the left flank it appeared academic with only a couple left on the clock. Then, you guessed it, Love then sealed it 9-7 with his double and with that and the final siren blaring, the green and gold Tsunami had certainly hit shore. A flood of players from all teams swung onto the field to celebrate the boysâ€™ resounding win and the overall six series to nil margin.The love of the team. The moment.For Touch Football Australia CEO, Colm Maguire among the big ex-pat crowd, he felt enormously pleased and privileged taking a front row seat and something of a preview to future internationals and stars of tomorrow, â€œall accomplished and mature beyond their yearsâ€.â€œI am just so incredibly proud of the entire team; from all players who were outstanding throughout, right through to all coaches, mentors, support crew and families who travelled abroad to witness our stars of the future.â€œFirstly to our great friends at Touch New Zealand they should be so incredibly proud of the event they delivered and the great performances of all their players and teams, along with the awesome coverage of the event by Maori Television which weâ€™re sure received huge traffic through the week.â€œIt is always such a privilege and pleasure to be here and competing against the best with their tremendous hospitality.â€œAnd to our team it is so good to see our â€˜One Teamâ€™ in action and so invested and committed to achieving this success together; notwithstanding our refereesâ€™ contingent who were again first class,â€ he said.â€œI was also so impressed by the composure shown by the players; particularly in the midst of the weather, the tension, the environment away from home. â€œThe depth we now have across all divisions and the class and capability will no doubt hold us in good stead in the next 20 years. And no doubt this is what we will be exposed to for a while ahead, as always â€“ very tight and gripping contests the order of the day as you would expect!â€ Well done again Team Australia, to all involved. Love your work. TEAM AUSTRALIA COACHES AWARDS AND PLAYERS PLAYER:18â€™s Mixed: Players Player â€“ Jack Wright Coaches Player â€“ Liam Grant 20â€™s Mixed: Players Player â€“ Adam RussellCoaches Player â€“ Marley Simbolon18â€™s Girls: Players Player â€“ Aalyah Paki Coaches Player â€“ Brittney Clifford20â€™s Girls: Players Player â€“ Tamika Upton Coaches Player â€“ Maddison Crowe 18â€™s Boys: Players Player â€“ Daejarn AsiCoaches Player â€“ Blake Moore 20â€™s Boys: Players Player â€“ Jackson MillsCoaches Player â€“ Justin CridlandTroy Malcom Award: James Price Roxanne Winder Award: Maddison Crowe Overall Results18 BoysGame One: Australia (4) defeated New Zealand (1)Game Two: Australia (9) defeated New Zealand (8)Game Three: Australia (9) defeated New Zealand (4)18 GirlsGame One: Australia (7) defeated New Zealand (3)Game Two: New Zealand (4) defeated Australia (3)Game Three: Australia (4) defeated New Zealand (3)18 MixedGame One: Australia (7) defeated New Zealand (5)Game Two: Australia (11) defeated New Zealand (8)Game Three: Australia (11) defeated New Zealand (10)20 BoysGame One: New Zealand (9) defeated Australia (7)Game Two: Australia (9) defeated New Zealand (5)Game Three: Australia (9) defeated New Zealand (7)20 GirlsGame One: Australia (8) defeated New Zealand (1)Game Two: Australia (6) defeated New Zealand (2)Game Three: Australia (10) defeated New Zealand (3)20 MixedGame One: Australia (11) defeated New Zealand (7)Game Two: Australia (8) defeated New Zealand (5)Game Three: Australia (10) defeated New Zealand (7)Related LinksSix Love
Bournemouth winger Josh King: I’ll play where neededby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth winger Josh King says he’ll play where needed after last night’s win at Southampton.The Norwegian striker has played on the left wing for Eddie Howe’s men in 3-1 victories over Southampton and Everton during the past two games. Speaking on Sky Sports, King said: “Obviously I’m a centre-forward but I’m a team player.“I grew up at United playing 4-3-3 in the ressies and at Blackburn I played out wide as well.“Coming here, I have had a few seasons up front and a few seasons at number 10.“When the manager asks me to play out wide, I do a job, anything for the team – but it is harder.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Merson tells Stones to leave Man Cityby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal hero Paul Merson believes John Stones should be looking to leave Manchester City.The defender was left out of the starting line-up against Crystal Palace on Saturday.“Rodri and Fernandinho did well at Crystal Palace but you wouldn’t want to play them together at the back for the next 28 games,” Merson said.“If you were John Stones you’d want to be leaving now, wouldn’t you? In my opinion he’s fit to play. If he’s not fit why is he on the bench? It was a strange one for me. It’s one of those Pep Guardiola decisions that was amazing, but it could have gone wrong. It was a big call to leave Stones on the bench.“From my experience, I’d be asking serious questions if I were Stones. It’s like me being a No 10 and a manager putting Tony Adams in my place. I’d be thinking what’s happening here?“A holding midfielder is not a centre-half. This lad is a £50m defender. It’s not like he was always there, and Pep just doesn’t fancy him as a player – a bit like Mesut Ozil and Unai Emery – it’s not like that at all.“I would say that decision is the final proof that Pep just doesn’t trust Stones anymore. It really doesn’t look good for Stones.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
MONTREAL – Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. says it won’t return to growth for another year as it continues efforts to turnaround the business and further lower its massive debt.“We expect reported revenue to grow beginning in 2019 versus 2018, and for growth to accelerate as our new product launches take hold,” chief financial officer Paul Herendeen said Wednesday.The Quebec-based company said it expects revenues to grow four to six per cent annually through 2021 and adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) to grow at five to eight per cent annually.Valeant’s shares took a hit Wednesday, falling $2.74 or 11.54 per cent to $21.01 by the close of markets, after the company issued its 2018 guidance that was below analyst estimates.The company said it expects revenue of US$8.1 billion to US$8.3 billion and full-year adjusted EBITDA in the range of US$3.05 billion to US$3.2 billion.That’s down from US$8.72 billion in revenues and US$3.64 billion in EBITDA posted in 2017.Much of the decrease follows the sale of several companies, continued loss of patent exclusivity on some drugs and currency fluctuations.Chief executive Joseph Papa said he still believes that Valeant is a “turnaround of a lifetime.”“I do think it takes some time and we have to demonstrate the performance and what we’re trying to do right now,” he told analysts.Valeant cut its debt by 15 per cent in one year to US$25.7 billion.Since the first quarter of 2015, it has reduced total debt by more than US$6.7 billion, partially from the sale of non-core assets.With few further large sales of non-core assets available, industry analysts believe Valeant has to take further action to reduce its leverage.Valeant said it recently filed a shelf prospectus that raises the prospect of an equity raise, said Neil Maruoka of Canaccord Genuity.“We believe an equity raise is a strong possibility given the challenges of debt reduction through divestitures and the slow de-levering from operating cash flow and future EBITDA growth,” he said in a report.Reporting in U.S. dollars, Valeant said it earned $513 million or $1.45 per diluted share attributable to shareholders in its latest quarter, compared with a loss of $515 million or $1.47 per share a year ago.The profit was the highest since the fourth quarter of 2014, before its share price collapsed on allegations of improper conduct by former senior executives.“After working to stabilize the company, we’re now well into the second phase of the plan turnaround to where we’re taking steps to drive shareholder value,” Papa said during a conference call.Valeant said it launched more than 100 products last year while reducing the number of manufacturing sites by 23 per cent and discontinued more than 1,900 individual items.The company said it resolved 80 lawsuits and investigations from issues involving former executives. It said insurance policies should cover settlement costs and legal fees.On Wednesday, it announced the payment of $58 million to settle the Solodyn antitrust class action.On an adjusted basis, the company said it earned $347 million or 98 cents per diluted in the quarter. That’s in line with analyst forecasts but is down from $443 million in the fourth quarter of 2016.While it will continue to eye opportunities for more divestitures, Papa said Valeant spins off lots of cash, some of which will be used to further cut debt.Revenue for the three months ended Dec. 31 totalled $2.16 billion down 10 per cent from $2.4 billion a year earlier.Nine percentage points of the lower revenues came from sold assets.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:VRX)
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Peace River North School Board is intending to sue the developer that sold the property on which the new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray School is being built for allegedly not disclosing nearly $200,000 in future capital project costs due to the City of Fort St. John.According to the Notice of Civil Claim filed in B.C. Supreme Court on March 15th, School District 60’s Board of Education is seeking judgement against the defendant, Peace Holdings Inc., for $196,919.50 in undisclosed charges. The notice alleges that the School District was not made aware when it bought a piece of land on the City’s west side from Peace Holdings that it would have to pay $11,583.50 every year until 2033 for a sewer project in the area. The suit is also seeking damages for breach of contract, misrepresentation, interest, and legal fees.The notice states that the School District bought the property on March 31, 2015, for $2,820,000. In the purchase agreement dated six days prior, it was stated that the “Seller has no present or future obligation to construct or provide, or to pay any amount of any person in connection with, off-site roads, services, utilities or similar services in connection with the Property, and there are no local improvement charges or special levies against the Property nor has the Seller received any notice of any such proposed local improvement charges or special levies.” The School Board says that contrary to the Representations and Agreements in the sale contract, the property was subject to a local area service charge that would be levied against the property, subject to an agreement between Peace Holdings and the City. The School Board alleges in its notice that it only found out about the charges in May of 2016, when it received a tax notice from the City for a sewer project near the property.The City’s Communications Coordinator Ryan Harvey explained that a local area service project is a capital project that can be initiated by residents or by Council. “This type of capital project is primarily used to improve roads including any of the following: paving, street lights, gutter, catch basins, sidewalks, and boulevard restoration,” said Harvey. “It may also be used in sewer projects. Local area service projects split the cost between the City and residents directly benefitting from the improvement, with a 20 year payback term.”Peace Holdings Inc. has not yet filed a response to the civil claim. The full Notice of Civil Claim can be read below.
“The Opposition is welcome to filibuster all they want … the legislative session will be primarily around platform promises and we’re not going to bend on that,” Nixon said last week.A filibuster, delaying legislation through endless speeches and other procedural motions, may well be in the cards.Notley is staying on as official Opposition leader and her 24-member caucus has many former cabinet ministers who know their way around debate.Notley has said the NDP recognizes the UCP won a mandate to kill the carbon tax, but the bill on labour issues is another matter. EDMONTON, A.B. – Alberta Premier Jason Kenney’s government heads to the legislature this week to make noise with an ambitious legislative agenda while trying to keep a hush on daily affairs.Kenney has promised what he calls a “spring of renewal” in the first sitting since his United Conservatives beat Rachel Notley’s NDP in the April 16 election.He and his 62 fellow UCP caucus members are to be sworn in as legislature members Tuesday, followed by a throne speech Wednesday and introduction of a bill that would abolish the provincial carbon tax by May 30. “Should it … do something like roll back youth wages and roll back the minimum wage, should it be something that guts overtime for working people, should it be something that goes directly at unions with respect to their free speech, then, yeah, we’ll dig in,” said Notley.Her government raised the minimum wage by one-third to $15 an hour, which some employers say is crippling business. Kenney has proposed reducing the wage to $13 an hour for those 17 and under.Another debate may be a noisy one on keeping quiet in the house.Kenney is expected to move to ban the tradition of legislature members banging on their desks to show their approval.Kenney, a former federal MP and cabinet minister, has said desk-thumping, cross-aisle heckling and shouting are unseemly and undignified.Nixon confirmed change is coming.“I suspect you’ll see a standing order that changes desk-thumping not to be allowed in the house,” he said.Notley said the silence edict is a House of Commons affectation that doesn’t respect the legislature’s traditions or the nature of vigorous debate.“In Alberta, we have pounded on the desks as long as I remember and I see no need to transport Ottawa traditions into our legislature,” she said. The UCP won a majority on a platform to galvanize Alberta’s oil- and gas-based economy with cuts to taxes, rules and regulations.Kenney has appointed a panel to come up with ways to reduce spending in the budget this fall. The Opposition is warning Albertans to brace for big cuts to health and education.The spring of renewal could also be called the season of repeal as Kenney has promised to roll back signature pieces of legislation enacted by the NDP.Besides eliminating the carbon tax on home heating and gasoline bills, he has said the UCP will reduce the minimum wage for youth, change rules for overtime and holiday pay and restore mandatory secret ballots for union certification votes.Corporate income tax is to be cut to eight per cent from 12 per cent by 2022.Government house leader Jason Nixon said the plan is to introduce and pass between 10 and 12 bills in the sitting. It’s to run until the end of June, but could go into July if the NDP decides to delay passage of any bills.
TAYLOR, B.C. – At a District of Taylor Council meeting, on Tuesday, Council took a look at the Open Air Burning Bylaw.The purpose of the Bylaw is to regulate open air burning within the District to ensure it is done in a safe and responsible manner.After reviewing the Bylaw, Council made the decision to send it back to the Protection Committee for further review. When it comes to Class One Campfires, Council felt that the required parameters of six metres between the fire pit and objects, such as buildings and fences, was too great of an area and would automatically ban most residents from having a small fire in their backyard.Council felt that this kind of restriction would best apply to Class Two and Three fires, not for Class One.District Fire Chief, Steve Byford, says the Bylaw is modelled after what other municipalities within B.C. have in place for open air burning.Once reviewed, the Bylaw will go through three readings before being adopted.
NEW DELHI: Two days after the Delhi High Court directed a stay on further sealing at Mayapuri till the next hearing, the Delhi Pollution Control Committee on Wednesday observed that after assessing law and order situation any further sealing will happen. The DPCC also said that they will follow HC and NGT order on the matter. “DPCC is committed to enforcing all directions of NGT and Judicial Courts and taking effective steps for controlling pollution in Delhi,” noted a statement.”The sealing operations were hampered by the outbreak of violence. SDM Delhi Cantt. and DC West Zone (SDMC)/ Nodal Officer STF have informed that further decision on sealing operations may be taken after assessing the law and order situation,” a DPCC press statement noted. It added that five teams for undertaking the sealing operations on were constituted, consisting of officials from Revenue Department, MCD, Delhi Police and DPCC. “DPCC has issued directions to SDMC, DSIIDC, Delhi Police and Divisional Commissioner to take necessary action to remove encroachments and to close illegal dismantling unit immediately so as to comply with directions of NGT,” it noted. It added that In compliance of the directions passed by National Green Tribunal (NGT) DPCC had issued an order constituting Special Task Force (STF) headed by Deputy Commissioner, West Zone of South DMC. “Nodal officer of the survey team was SDM , Delhi Cantt. As per the survey, 85 to 95 % occupiers were found engaged in commercial activity and it was observed that illegal activities were taking place on public land or roads, directly or indirectly in connivance of the occupiers thereby causing health hazard and extreme pollution in the area,” noted the statement. DPCC has issued closure directions and got physically sealed 24 industrial units out of total 47 which were operating without valid consent to operate from DPCC, irrespective of the fact whether they were involved in illegal vehicle scrapping inside or outside their premises. Clashes broke out between locals in Delhi’s Mayapuri and police officials during a drive to seal illegal scrap factories following an NGT order on Sunday.
Just like that, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team’s season is over. After sweeping Notre Dame, 3-0, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday in Lexington, Ky., the No. 14 Buckeyes were dropped at the hands of a No. 14 Kentucky team playing in their own backyard. In the second round of the tournament, the Wildcats (22-10) outlasted OSU, 3-1, Saturday night at Memorial Coliseum in Lexington.. The Buckeyes, who finished the year with a 23-11 mark, killed and aced their way to a 25-18 victory in the contest’s first set, though they didn’t seem able to carry such momentum. In what might have felt like a back-and-forth period, Kentucky pulled off a 26-24 victory in the second match that propelled them past the Buckeyes. “We were under in the second game, but we came back and we got the lead,” said senior outside hitter Mari Hole. “It was just those few plays, they really got some good plays going. We weren’t able to respond right away, and they kind of just took the air out of the balloon at the moment. We kept talking like we really wanted it and we kept working through it, but we weren’t able to respond at the same level as Kentucky did and just kept pushing us.” The second set might have been crucial in terms of controlling pace and tempo. Senior outside hitter Emily Danks said it was a tough loss. “It was rough because we had been rolling through that set, and I think we were feeling pretty good and it was just that moment of let up that they took control of the game – they grabbed it and ran with it,” Danks said. During halftime, the Buckeyes tried to regroup after losing set two, but Danks said it wasn’t enough. “In the locker room, our fellow senior (middle blocker) Mariah (Booth) really got fired up and kind of lit a fire, and I guess it was just a little too late,” Danks said. “It was a little disappointing to see it go down like that, but you have to give it to Kentucky for being so steady and aggressive with everything they did.” OSU coach Geoff Carlston said he knew going into this game that his team would have to defend and react well against Kentucky’s tough serves. It wasn’t the only thing that seemed to give OSU fits, though. “We knew they were a tough serving team. They are a little bit tougher than I thought they were when I watched video last night, but we knew that coming into the game,” Carlston said. “Really they won the serve and pass game. We knew that was No. 1. We had to win that.” Like Danks and Hole, Carlston emphasized the importance of the second set and said it might have been what cost the Buckeyes in the end. “Whoever won (set two) was going to win the match, and they did,” Carlston said. “Especially at the end of the second set, they kept it going in the third and fourth set and we didn’t respond very well.” The opportunities were there for OSU, though. “Our plan was to spread out, but we just didn’t pass the ball,” Carlston said. “We passed very well in the first set and first two sets up until the very end in the second set. We had some chances to win that second set, which obviously makes it a whole different match.” A rematch with No. 1 Penn State, which defeated the Buckeyes on Oct. 17 and Nov. 21, was something OSU was hoping for, along with advancing to the tournament’s Sweet 16 for the third straight year. For Danks, Hole, Booth and senior setter Amanda Peterson, their journey as Buckeyes has ended, but in their time together they might have helped the program get to where it is today. Danks, Booth and Peterson have played in the NCAA Tournament four years in a row. Hole, who transferred to Columbus after playing two years at UCLA, joined the Buckeyes for her junior and senior seasons. This senior group has also led their team to the Sweet 16 twice, and the second round four times. With their conference record at 13-7, they finished fourth in the Big Ten this year, which is OSU’s best finish since 2009.
Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has stated that he rather win the Europa League than suffer another defeat in the Champions League finalThe Argentine’s side will play host to Sporting Lisbon for the first leg of their quarter-final clash in the Europa League with Atletico aiming to win the tournament for a third time.Atletico were previously in the Champions League this season, but were dropped to to the Europa League after being eliminated at the group stages. Though Simeone is untroubled by it and believes that if it represents a greater chance of victory then it is more worthwhile.“It’s normal people have their own opinions and that we’re more motivated or less depending on the rival,” said Simeone, according to SportsKeeda.La Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“But they don’t live football from the inside so they don’t know the rivals as we do. If we had to play against Bayern Munich they would say it’s an impossible game but if it was against Astana they would say it’s easy, but the truth is you have to play every game and we always try to do our best to qualify for the next rounds.“Indeed, we think we’re even [with Sporting] for this qualifying round, Sporting have a great coach, a very capable man, the teams he’s trained always did a good job. And on about what I prefer on my resume, I have to say that I will always choose the wins.“It’s an important achievement to be runner-up in an important competition such as the Champions League but it’s always better to be the champion, that’s obvious.”