The BCU International Stadium will host the 2008 X-Blades National Youth Championships from Wednesday, 17 September 2008 to Saturday, 20 September 2008.Approximately 2,000 players, officials, and spectators will attend the 2008 X-Blades National Youth Championships throughout the event. Coffs Harbour has been the home of National Touch events since 1997 with participants investing millions of dollars into the local Coffs Harbour economy over the years. The event will encompass the School Sport Australia nationals for 18’s Boys and 18’s Girls as well as a 20’s Boys and 20’s Girls division. The division has been combined in order to select final Australian teams in the 18’s Boys, 18’s Girls, 18’s Mixed, 20’s Boys, 20’s Girls, and 20’s Mixed.In all sixty teams will attend the event. The Sydney Mets will be looking to reclaim their 2007 title in the 18’s Boys but will face stiff competition from NSW Combined High Schools (NSWCHS) and Queensland Secondary Schools Touch (QSST). QSST are defending champions in the 18’s Girls with NSWCHS being a major contender.In the 20’s, the Sydney Mets will be favourite in the Boys and Brisbane City Cobras will be tough to beat in the Girls division.Local hopes will rest in the Northern Eagles teams who are playing in all four divisions at the championships. The best chances lie with the Eagles 20’s Girls team, who are seeded fourth. They will look to Australian representative Stephanie Halpin for experience to take them through to the finals. They start their campaign against Victoria on Wednesday at 1.20pm. The 20’s Boys will face tough competition with last year’s grand finalists Southern Suns and 3rd seeds SQBD Sharks in their pool. They take on the Hunter Western Hornets at 10.50am on Wednesday.The 7th seeded 18’s Boys will have a tough challenge, having top seeds Sydney Mets in their pool. Their first match is against Sydney Rebels at 11.40am on the opening day. The 18’s Girls face 3rd seeds Brisbane City Cobras in their first game, on Wednesday at 11.40am.
Really? Man Utd player claims ‘90%’ of squad AGAINST Mourinhoby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveA senior player says Jose Mourinho has lost “90 per cent” of the Manchester United locker room, it has been claimed.The Sun says backroom staff who have fallen out with the Portuguese boss are confident they will outlast him at the club.Mourinho branded Paul Pogba a “virus” infecting the dressing room after United drew 2-2 at Southampton two weeks ago.Yet one star seen as loyal to Mourinho is said to have told pals following the Saints game that 90 per cent of the squad no longer back the manager.And morale is believed to have fallen so far since then there are fears United could get a hiding at Liverpool.One member of staff who had a run-in with the manager is reported as saying: “I’ll be here long after he’s gone.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Erick FowlerIt’s possible that no one will have a better National Signing Day than the Texas Longhorns. Charlie Strong already has several four-star commitments in the fold, and Manor (Tex.) five-star linebacker/defensive end Erick Fowler just flipped his commitment to UT after being pledged to LSU since June 2015. Reporter Victor Diaz is on the scene at Fowler’s announcement ceremony and has video. Manor’s Erick Fowler chooses #UT. Big get for the Longhorns. pic.twitter.com/NghaFU7N7j— Victor Diaz (@VictorOchoDiaz) February 3, 2016Manor is the No. 7 outside linebacker in the 2016 class according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.
TORONTO – The Canadian government’s breach-of-rights settlement with Omar Khadr is far from unprecedented, but its public apology to the former Guantanamo Bay prisoner sets Canada apart from other countries whose citizens were held at the infamous U.S. prison, an international human rights group said Monday.The settlement — sources say Khadr was paid $10.5 million — echoes deals reached years ago by the governments of the United Kingdom and Australia, who also spent millions settling lawsuits.However, Laura Pitter with Human Rights Watch said Canada had gone further than other countries by publicly acknowledging wrongdoing.“It’s really important that Canada took the additional step of publicly apologizing to him,” Pitter said Monday from New York. “Canada’s action here really sets an example.”Britain reportedly paid millions to several of its citizens detained at Guantanamo Bay but offered no apologies. One of the highest profile was Moazzam Begg, who along with seven others, had accused the U.K. and its intelligence agencies of complicity in their abduction, mistreatment and interrogation.In November 2010, the U.K. government announced a settlement with Begg and 15 others, despite insisting British agents had not participated directly in any prisoner abuse. Officially, the settlement was made to avoid publication of sensitive documents related to Britain’s co-operation with the U.S. on the transfer of terror suspects to various secret locations and to Guantanamo.The British deal was reported to be worth 20 million pounds — about $30 million at the time. Then-justice secretary Kenneth Clarke noted it could have cost taxpayers more than double had it gone to court.Announcing the Khadr deal on Friday, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould made a similar observation in light of the government having already spent $5 million defending the litigation.“I hope Canadians take away two things today: First, our rights are not subject to the whims of the government of the day,” Wilson-Raybould said. “Second, there are serious costs when the government violates the rights of its citizens.”In a similar case, suspected terrorist Mamdouh Habib reached a confidential settlement with the Australian government in 2010.Arrested in Pakistan after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States and taken to Egypt, where he was tortured for seven months, Habib was transferred to Guantanamo Bay in May 2002. The Americans released him without charge in January 2005.Habib sued the Canberra government for alleged complicity with the CIA in his transfer and torture. Despite denying the allegations, the government settled. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the “hushed-up” settlement followed evidence an Australian official had watched Habib’s torture at Gitmo.Pitter noted that the United States has never paid compensation to any of its former captives.“The U.S., who is most responsible for the mistreatment of Khadr, has not done anything to provide him redress or redress to any of the scores of men who were unlawfully detained and tortured at Guantanamo and elsewhere since 9/11,” Pitter said.An inquiry in the U.K. found the British government and its intelligence services had indeed been involved in the illegal transfers of detainees, deliberately turned a blind eye to abuses, and had interviewed suspects they knew were being mistreated.“Officers were advised that, faced with apparent breaches of Geneva Convention standards, there was no obligation to intervene,” Sir Peter Gibson stated in his report.In Khadr’s case, a key tenet of his claim was that Canada’s intelligence agencies had travelled to Guantanamo Bay to interview him in 2003, despite knowing he had been mistreated before their arrival to soften him up. The agents had also agreed to American demands to share information obtained from their interrogations with them.The Supreme Court of Canada was unequivocal in 2010 in finding a breach of Khadr’s charter rights, but the former Conservative government under Stephen Harper refused to demand his repatriation as other western countries had done for their citizens.As with Canada’s deal with Khadr, who pleaded guilty in 2010 to five purported war crimes before a widely criticized military commission, the British settlement ignited a political firestorm. Some argued the state was rewarding people who wanted to destroy it. Others maintained it was the right thing to do given the abuses uncovered.“Our reputation as a country that believes in human rights, justice, fairness and the rule of law — indeed, much of what the services exist to protect — risks being tarnished,” then-prime minister David Cameron told parliament in July 2010. “Public confidence is being eroded, with people doubting the ability of our services to protect us and questioning the rules under which they operate.”
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry have released ten films as part of the Heads Together mental health campaign.The films feature people from all walks of life talking, often with the person that they first opened up to, about the life changing conversation that helped them cope with their mental health problems – from anxiety, alcoholism and depression through to loneliness, trauma and bereavement.Video: Freddie + Stephen | Heads Together | #oktosayThe first series of films, published on the Heads Together YouTube page and website, includes: two mums of young children; musician Stephen Manderson (Professor Green) and Cricketer Freddie Flintoff; a journalist and her friend; comedian Ruby Wax and her husband Ed; two paramedics based in Blackpool; model Adwoa Aboah with her mum; a blogger and her mum; and writer Alastair Campbell talking with his partner, Fiona.The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry said: “Since we launched Heads Together last May, we have seen time and time again that shattering stigma on mental health starts with simple conversations.“When you realise that mental health problems affect your friends, neighbours, children and spouses, the walls of judgement and prejudice around these issues begin to fall. And we all know that you cannot resolve a mental health issue by staying silent.”On the release of the films, Their Royal Highnesses said: “We hope these films show people how simple conversations can change the direction of an entire life. Please share them with your friends and families and join us in a national conversation on mental health in the weeks ahead.”Alongside the film series, Heads Together published the most comprehensive survey of how people in Britain talk about their mental health carried out by YouGov. It shows that almost half of us (46%) have talked recently about mental health, with a quarter of us talking about our own mental health.“Attitudes to mental health are at a tipping point,” said The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.Eight out of ten people who have talked about their own mental health found these conversations helpful. The findings show Britain is ‘opening up’ about its mental health but equally highlight some of the challenges that still remain. Men are less likely to talk than women and people aged 18- 24 are almost twice as likely to discuss mental health than those over 65. Also, fewer than one in five people who have had a conversation have talked to their GP and fewer than one in ten spoke either to a supervisor at work or a counsellor.Source:Royal.UK
WASHINGTON — Consumer prices slipped 0.1 per cent last month, pulled down by sharply lower gas prices and cheaper air fares, used cars, and mobile phone plans.The Labor Department said the consumer price index rose just 1.9 per cent in December from a year earlier, the first time it has fallen below 2 per cent since August 2017.Excluding the volatile energy and food categories, core prices rose 0.2 per cent for the third month in a row. They rose 2.2 per cent from a year ago for the second straight month.The figures suggest that the healthy economy is not yet creating widespread inflation pressures. That gives the Federal Reserve more leeway in deciding whether to raise interest rates. Fed Chair Jerome Powell has said the Fed can be “patient” regarding rate hikes this year.Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press
OSU then-sophomore guard Asia Doss (20) defends during a game against Northwestern on Jan. 28 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Lantern file photoOn Nov. 13, 2015, the OSU women’s basketball team opened its 2015-16 season with an 88-80 road loss to the South Carolina Gamecocks. Just over a year later, the Buckeyes will get a chance at revenge.OSU will host the Gamecocks on Monday in a battle between two of college basketball’s best. South Carolina currently sits at No. 4 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll with the Buckeyes close behind at No. 7.“We know we’re going to be in for a real battle,” OSU coach Kevin McGuff said.Tipoff in Columbus will serve as the season opener for the Gamecocks. In its only exhibition match on Nov. 6, South Carolina downed Benedict College by a score of 120-49.A season ago, the Gamecocks went 33-2 with an 11-0 record on the road. The team’s only loss in the regular season came to the eventual-champion UConn Huskies at home, snapping South Carolina’s perfect 22-0 record. The Gamecocks also fell 80-72 to Syracuse in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament to end its season.South Carolina has lost seven players from last year’s team. Guards Khadijah Sessions, Tina Roy and Tiffany Mitchell, and forwards Sarah Imovbioh and Asia Dozier have graduated, and forwards Jatarie White and India Farmer have departed from the program as well.With the losses, South Carolina lost 37.7 points per game on offense, good for 47.9 percent of the team’s scoring a season ago.Despite the roster turnover, the Gamecocks still possess plenty of talent. Two of South Carolina’s top-three scorers from a season ago have returned. Junior forward A’ja Wilson led the team in scoring at 16.1 points per game and senior center Alaina Coates contributed 12.1 points and a team-high 10.3 rebounds per game.Three ESPN top-100 prospects have joined as true freshman. 5-foot-10 point guard Tyasha Harris (No. 28), 5-foot-6 point guard Araion Bradshaw (No. 33) and 6-foot-2 forward Mikiah Harrigan (No. 72) will join 5-foot-8 guard Victoria Patrick to form the Gamecocks’ talented new class.Former Kentucky forward Alexis Jennings, who put up 10 points and 7.1 rebounds per game for the Wildcats in 2015-16, has transferred into the program and will sit out the entirety of the 2016-17 season.“They have an absolutely loaded roster with talent,” McGuff said. “I have great respect for them.”The Buckeyes have no shortage of talent on its roster, either, and this year’s team figures to be in a more favorable position than a year ago.“We’ve got a little more depth,” McGuff said. “We’ve got a little more size and physicality around the basket.”In last season’s matchup between the two teams, the Buckeyes got 36 points from then-sophomore guard Kelsey Mitchell and 23 from then-senior guard Ameryst Alston. The rest of the team combined for just 21 points.The main difference in the contest was the play of the bigs. Wilson led the Gamecocks with 20 points and 14 rebounds and Coates added 17 points and 13 boards. OSU got just eight points out of its forwards and center, but the group did grab 33 rebounds.The Buckeyes will now be able to balance the Gamecocks’ post play with the addition of redshirt junior forward Stephanie Mavunga, who put up 15 points and 14 rebounds in OSU’s season opener against Duquesne.OSU looked like a much better all-around team against Duquesne than they did in its exhibition win over Ashland, but Mavunga knows the team must be even better to compete with South Carolina.“We need to still get better defensively and get better with rebounding,” Mavunga said. “We need to communicate a little bit more, but I think we’re headed towards the right direction.”The matchup itself is something that McGuff believes is a positive for women’s college basketball.“It’s a great opportunity and it’s great for our game,” McGuff said. “There needs to be more games like this in women’s basketball in November just to create some excitement.”Tipoff is set for 6:00 p.m. on Monday at Value City Arena.
The No. 13 Ohio Sate field hockey team looks to finish its season strong against No. 20 Northwestern Saturday.The Buckeyes seek their first Big Ten road win of the season when they travel to Evanston, Ill. The Buckeyes are 0-2 on the road in conference play, having lost to Penn State and Michigan State.The Buckeyes will face a Wildcat team that has struggled through the Big Ten season, posting a record of 1-4. Past meetings between the conference foes have been dominated by the Buckeyes, who have won the last 21 contests. The Buckeyes have shut out the Wildcats in their past three meetings.Saturday’s game will be Senior Day for the Wildcats, who are are led by seniors Courtney Plaster-Strange and Elizabeth Dobbs. The duo is second and third in points, respectively. The Buckeyes need a victory over Northwestern to remain in second place in the Big Ten. A loss would open the door for Indiana to take control of second place in the conference. The Hoosiers travel to Ann Arbor to face Michigan Saturday.The Big Ten standings are critical as the conference tournament starts Nov. 5. in East Lansing on Michigan State’s campus. Michigan State has already secured the top seed in the conference tournament and the first round bye. The Buckeyes will earn either the second or third seed, depending on the results of Saturday’s games.The first round of the tournament is Nov. 5, followed by the semifinals on Nov. 6 and the finals Nov. 8.Last year’s Buckeye squad made a run to the conference championship game before falling to Iowa, 2-1, in overtime.Since that loss, many players, including seniors Lindsay Quintiliani and Natalia Ciminello, said winning the Big Ten is the team’s number one goal. While Michigan State has already clinched the regular season, the tournament championship is still up for grabs.If the Buckeyes achieve their goal and win the Big Ten tournament, they will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. If they fall short, they will look to earn an at-large bid.The NCAA tournament begins Nov. 14, when the Buckeyes will look to achieve another team goal — a trip to the final four.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has announced that defender Dejan Lovren will likely be absent for up to three weeks due to a pelvic problemThe Croatia international has managed the injury for over the past year, which saw him make a total of 43 appearances across all competitions for Liverpool.And, as well as helping the Reds reach the Champions League final and secure a second successive top-four finish, Lovren was a key part of the Croatia squad that reached the World Cup final for the first time in the nation’s history.Due to all of this, Lovren will now need some extra time off in order to properly overcome his long-standing issue.Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“He is not fit. Let me say it like this, last year he already had a few problems with that but he could obviously play – and played really good,” said Klopp on the club website.“Recovery days were always enough then it was not a problem and he was in the next session again. We did not train a lot in the end of the season, of course, because we were more or less constantly playing, but he played constantly.“Now in the World Cup, [playing] three times [for] 120 minutes it got a bit worse, but I am pretty sure it will settle in the next one, two or three weeks. In that time he can probably for sure train already, but not the full programme, so that will then take time.”Even without Lovren though, Liverpool still managed to get their Premier League campaign off to a strong start by thrashing West Ham United 4-0 at Anfield on Sunday.
Liverpool will welcome offers for goalkeeper Loris Karius in the remainder of the European transfer windowThe German’s future at Anfield has been put into major doubt after Liverpool broke the bank to sign Alisson Becker from AS Roma following his high-profile mistakes in last season’s Champions League final.Now the Liverpool Echo reports that Jurgen Klopp is willing to consider any suitable offers for Karius, even though he didn’t initially plan to sell him or fellow shot-stopper Simon Mignolet.Turkish giants Besiktas are believed to be the front-runners for Karius’ signature.Although it will likely only be a season-long loan deal for the 25-year-old with the option of making the move permanent at the end of the season.Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.Karius himself recently admitted that his Liverpool future is in doubt following Alisson’s arrival.He said: “Of course (Alisson signing) that’s not perfect for me, but I cannot say much more about that either.“I do not know that (whether he will leave before the deadline). I cannot say what I’m doing right now, there’s still some time left.”Karius made 33 appearances for Liverpool in all competitions last season.