Recruiting class has room to improve

first_imgIt’s been an intriguing week for USC football recruiting, as five-star quarterback and former Alabama recruit Ricky Town de-committed from the Crimson Tide and gave his verbal commitment to USC. Though there’s plenty of intrigue about Town’s potential at the college level, the high school junior (class of 2015) still isn’t going to put on a Trojan uniform until after next season. The class of 2014 recruiting season, however, is about to be finalized, and precisely a week from now, National Signing Day will set all the new recruits and rosters in stone.Though the vast majority of the Trojans’ 2014 recruits are expected to sign their letters next Wednesday, there are a couple key recruits the Trojans will need to pursue in order to take 2014’s recruiting class from “intriguing” to “outstanding.”The first of these recruits is Gardena, Calif. safety/athlete Adoree’ Jackson: listed at 5-foot-9 and a solid 182 pounds with a 4.44 40 yard dash, Jackson has yet to commit. According to 247sports.com, however, Jackson is a solid favorite to follow in the footsteps of his fellow Junipero Serra High School alumni Marqise Lee, George Farmer and Robert Woods in taking his talents to South Central.Watching film of the 2012 CIF SS Western title game between Junipero Serra and Chaminade, it becomes quickly apparent that Jackson is no ordinary athlete. On one particular kick return, the recruit’s next-level athleticism is on full display. He has the long, fluid strides of a track runner and transitions effortlessly between evading defenders, maintaining his balance and immediately firing on some world-class jets to torch his pursuers.Jackson seems to have an otherworldly grasp of his body’s internal momentum, to the point where he’s spinning and pirouetting naturally not just in a flashy way to avoid defenders, but employing the circular motion with force to twist free from poorly executed shoestring tackles.This type of fluidity of movement makes him best suited at a defensive back position and as a kick returner, though the possibilities offered by his athletic versatility are practically endless. He has fantastic hip flexor and upper body control, and could make for a very long 60 minutes for opposing Pac-12 receivers. Jackson is a consensus five-star athlete, and though he hasn’t set a schedule for his last official visits quite yet, his final three schools (in no particular order) include USC, that one school across town which will remain unnamed and the University of Florida.Another top recruit and five-star athlete the Trojans could haul in is John “JuJu” Smith from Long Beach Poly High School in Long Beach, Calif. According to 247sports’ “Crystal Ball,” Smith is heavily favored to commit to USC. Smith is the 20th ranked player in the nation according to the site and the No. 4 recruit in the state of California.Smith, who was a two-way star in high school, draws comparisons to another Long Beach Poly graduate: Cal alumnus and Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson. But position and high school are where the comparisons end. Whereas the 5-foot-10 DeSean Jackson had game-changing speed and agility that translated well to big-play potential on offense, Smith’s strength and coverage instincts on intermediate routes could land him a spot at free safety.This assessment is not to rule out any possibilities. A review of Smith’s game film against Santa Ana-Mater Dei reveals one of his greatest assets: Smith’s size and wingspan. It would be unsurprising if Smith came to USC and became part of an already deep wide receiving corps. At 6-foot-1, 200 lbs., the Long Beach Poly senior already has professional size and is capable of breaking tackles and tacking on yards after the catch.Adding Adoree’ Jackson and John “Juju” Smith could be two huge flourishes on the USC recruitment haul, and could bump the Trojans into the top 20 of overall rankings for recruiting classes.Though the Trojans could run into depth issues in the trenches with the departure of defensive lineman George Uko and offensive lineman Marcus Martin, junior college transfer Claude Pelon, who enrolled for the spring semester earlier this week, should be part of the solution to that problem.The Trojans have also addressed needs at the offensive line by recruiting two of California’s top three offensive linemen in Toa Lobendahn and Viane Talamaivao. Both are rated as consensus four-star recruits and will provide valuable depth on the Trojans’ thinning offensive line.In many ways, 2014 is shaping up to be a highly successful recruiting class for the USC Trojans -— not only as a way to build depth on the roster, but laying the foundation for future success.So sure, Ricky Town is verbally committed to USC for the recruiting class of 2015 — but the Trojan faithful have plenty to be excited about in the more immediate future. Euno Lee is a senior majoring in English literature. He is also the Managing Editor of the Daily Trojan. His column “Euno What Time it is” runs Wednesdays.UPDATE: in an earlier version of this article it was reported the Trojans would need to replace senior offensive lineman Aundrey Walker. The article has been corrected to refer to Marcus Martin, who will be leaving to the NFL.last_img read more

Premier League: City start title defence at Hammers, United host Chelsea in headline fixture

first_img Tags: ChelseaMan Cityman Unitedpremier leaguetop West Ham vs Man City London Stadium, LondonSaturday, 10-08-2019 @2:30pmReferee: Mike DeanMan City had to wait until the final day of the season to win their 4th consecutive Premier League title last season. They were pushed to the limits by Liverpool, requiring 14 successive victories to seal the title. On Saturday, they begin their title defence away to a West Ham side that has strengthened in the offseason. The Hammers have brought in 7 new players and are expected to better their 10th place finish last season.West Ham’s record signing Sebastien Haller and midfielder Pablo Fornals are expected to make their Premier League debuts on Saturday. Lukasz Fabianski has overcome a groin problem and Jack Wilshere is fit, but Mark Noble misses out with a dead leg.Rodri and Joao Cancelo could start for Manchester City following their big-money summer arrivals. Leroy Sane is sidelined after damaging the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.Manchester City have earned seven successive victories against West Ham in all competitions, including 4-0 in last season’s corresponding league fixture. City have won on all four visits to London Stadium, by an aggregate score of 17-1. West Ham have not kept a clean sheet against Manchester City in 16 competitive fixtures since a 0-0 Premier League draw at Upton Park in November 2012.City are unbeaten in their past 10 opening Premier League fixtures, winning for eight seasons in a row. The reigning champions are vying for a 15th successive Premier League victory. They have only conceded two goals in their past seven away league fixtures, keeping five clean sheets. Sergio Aguero has scored six goals on the opening weekend of the Premier League season. The record is eight, jointly held by Wayne Rooney, Alan Shearer and Frank Lampard. David Silva has scored in in all three of his appearances at the London Stadium and has six goals against West Ham in all competitions, more than versus any other side.AFC Bournemouth vs Sheffield UnitedVitality Stadium, DorsetSaturday, 10-08-2019 @5mReferee: Kevin FriendBournemouth are without injured players David Brooks, Dan Gosling, Lloyd Kelly, Simon Francis, Lewis Cook and Junior Stanislas for Saturday’s season opener. Summer signings Jack Stacey, Philip Billing, Harry Wilson and Arnaut Danjuma could make their debuts.Sheffield United have a fully-fit squad, with defender Jack O’Connell recovered from a recent injury. Lys Mousset, who has joined from Bournemouth, is one of several summer signings in line for their debut.This will be the first meeting since February 2013, when Sheffield United clinched a 1-0 away victory in League One. The clubs are contesting a top-flight encounter for the first time, having previously met in all three Football League divisions. The Cherries’ only win against United in 15 previous league and cup encounters was 1-0 away on the opening day of the 1987-88 season (D4, L10). Sheffield United have won the past eight meetings, and each of their five most recent trips to Bournemouth.Burnley vs SouthamptonTurf Moor, BurnleySaturday, 10-08-2019 @5pmReferee: Graham ScottBurnley’s new recruits Jay Rodriguez and Erik Pieters might be involved, but Danny Drinkwater is unlikely to feature as he has not played for a year. Winger Robbie Brady is out with a rib problem, while midfielder Steven Defour is sidelined by a calf injury.Southampton could give debuts to summer signings Che Adams and Moussa Djenepo. Former Birmingham forward Adams could start alongside Danny Ings, who made his loan from Liverpool a permanent switch over the summer.Southampton have not won on any of their last five visits to Turf Moor (D2, L3). The last two meetings at Burnley have ended 1-1, with each featuring an equaliser in the 90th minute or later. Neither side has scored more than one goal in any of the past five encounters. Only 13 goals have been scored in the eight Premier League meetings, with 12 coming in the second half.Crystal Palace vs EvertonSelhurst Park, LondonSaturday, 10-08-2019 @5pmReferee: Jonathan MossEverton are unbeaten in the past nine league meetings, winning four and drawing five. Palace’s sole home win in 10 previous Premier League games versus Everton was 1-0 in October 1994. The Eagles won 2-1 at Everton in the only other opening-day contest between the clubs in 1997 but went on to be relegated. The two sides drew 0-0 at Selhurst Park at the end of April.Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha has been named in the Eagles’ squad despite him being unhappy about the club denying him a deadline day move. Gary Cahill, Victor Camarasa and James McCarthy could make their debuts but James Tomkins, Mamadou Sakho and Jeffrey Schlupp all remain sidelined.Everton new recruit Fabian Delph misses out with a thigh injury, while veteran Leighton Baines is doubtful. New signings Moise Kean, Alex Iwobi and Jean-Philippe Gbamin could be involved.Watford vs BrightonVicarage Road, LondonSaturday, 10-08-2019 @5pmReferee: Craige PawsonBrighton have not won on any of their last four visits to Watford (D2, L2), scoring just one goal in those games. Watford also hosted Brighton in their first league match last season, winning 2-0 through goals from Roberto Pereyra. The away team has failed to score in all four Premier League matches between Watford and Brighton.Watford’s Gerard Deulofeu has recovered from a muscle problem, while Roberto Pereyra could play a part despite a busy summer at the Copa America. Danny Welbeck has a long-term ankle injury, with Nathaniel Chalobah, Adalberto Penaranda, Domingos Quina and Dimitri Foulquier all also not fit.Brighton could give competitive debuts to Neal Maupay, Adam Webster, Leandro Trossard and Aaron Mooy. Jose Izquierdo, Ezequiel Schelotto and Yves Bissouma are all injured.Tottenham vs Aston VillaTottenham Hotspur Stadium, London Saturday, 10-08-2019 @7:30pmReferee: Chris KavanaghTottenham’s new signings Giovani Lo Celso and Tanguy Ndombele are available, but Ryan Sessegnon will not feature due to a hamstring problem. Spurs are also without Dele Alli, Serge Aurier, Ben Davies, Juan Foyth and Son Heung-min, but Eric Dier and Victor Wanyama are back in full training.Aston Villa’s club-record signing Wesley is one of a host of summer arrivals poised to make their debuts. Head coach Dean Smith is only missing the injured James Chester.Aston Villa’s only victory over Tottenham in their last 17 meetings was 1-0 at White Hart Lane in April 2015 thanks to a Christian Benteke goal. Spurs have won nine of the past 10 encounters, scoring 24 and conceding just three. Their most recent meeting was in the FA Cup third round in 2017, when Tottenham won 2-0 at home.This is the first time since 2010 that Tottenham have played their opening league match of the season at home. They have lost just one of their six home games on the opening weekend of a Premier League season – against Manchester United in 1997-98. Spurs won only two of their final nine fixtures in 2018-19, keeping a solitary clean sheet (D1, L6). Mauricio Pochettino’s side have lost 13 matches in all competitions in 2019, more than any other current Premier League team. Harry Kane has gone six competitive appearances without a goal for club and country since March. It’s his longest barren spell since a nine-match streak between June and September 2016.Leicester City vs WolvesKing Power Stadium, LeicesterSunday, 11-08-2019 @4pmReferee: Andre MarrinerDetails to follow shortlyNewcastle United vs ArsenalSt. James Park, Newcastle Sunday, 11-08-2019 @4pmReferee: Martin AtkinsonDetails to follow shortly  Manchester United vs ChelseaOld Trafford, ManchesterSunday, 11-08-2019 @6:30pmReferee: Anthoney TaylorDetails to follow shortly  Comments last_img read more

Was Darwin Wrong?

first_imgOne would think National Geographic wants to know, judging from the cover of the November 2004 issue: “Was Darwin Wrong?”  A reader might think the magazine editors, in light of the controversy about evolution sweeping the country, thought it would be timely to engage in a scientific debate about Darwin’s 19th-century theory.  The reader might anticipate seeing an article quoting experts from both sides.  Flip ahead to page 3, and a double-page photo of a fancy pigeon again frames the question, “Was Darwin Wrong?”  Now turn the page, and the debate is over.  The answer, in 250-point bold type, screams: NO.  The subtitle, in 72-point bold type, declares, “The evidence for Evolution [capitalized] is overwhelming.”    The remainder is mop-up work: photos of naked mole rats, Galápagos finches, skeletons of giraffes and whales and flightless birds and orang-utans, an orchid and its pollinating moth, a bulldog, salmon fry, a Cambrian fossil, a Venus flytrap, ants in amber, DNA, bacteria, a chest X-ray and 18 pages of text by David Quammen.  After rehashing a bit of Darwin-Wallace history, he highlights evolutionary evidences from biogeography, paleontology, embryology and morphology.  The story in a nutshell: “Evolutionary theory… is… such a dangerously wonderful and far-reaching view of life that some people find it unacceptable, despite the vast body of supporting evidence” (p. 6).    And who would these people be?  Fundamentalist Christians, ultra-orthodox Jews, Islamic creationists, Hare Krishnas and “millions of adult Americans” suffering from “honest confusion and ignorance.”  To this group, 45% of whom think God created mankind sometime within the last 10,000 years, and another 37% who mix God and Darwin, this article appears targeted.  (Only 12% believe “humans evolved from other life-forms without any involvement of a god.”)  To these unenlightened 82%, many who “have never taken a biology course that dealt with evolution nor read a book in which the theory was lucidly explained,” Quammen writes to fill in the gaps in their knowledge and alleviate their fears.  Evolution is not dangerous, he explains.  On the contrary, “Evolution is a both a beautiful concept and an important one, more crucial nowadays to human welfare, to medical science, and to our understanding of the world than ever before” (p. 8).  Perhaps this targeted message is best illustrated on the last page by a picture of a Russian ex-convict who “carries two enduring remnants from his prison time: a Crucifixion tattoo and drug-resistant TB.  He hopes God will help him, but evolution-based science is what guides the truth for an earthly cure.”    The article refers to anti-evolutionists as “Creationist proselytizers and political activists, working hard to interfere with the teaching of evolutionary biology in public schools” (p. 6), for example, an unnamed traveling lecturer “from something called the Origins Research Association,” whose dinosaur-illustrated flyer offered “free pizza following the evening service” at a local Baptist church.  Quammen smirks, “Dinosaurs, biblical truth, and pizza: something for everybody.”  Presumably, evolutionists will take the pizza.    No mention was made of the intelligent design movement, nor any living scientist with a Ph.D. who might whisper “yes” to “Was Darwin wrong?”Update  Jonathan Wells published a critique of the issue for the Discovery Institute, and Terry Mortenson issued another rebuttal on Answers in Genesis.NG has provided a valuable article.  For historians, it will illustrate the desperation of the Darwin Party right before their buddha collapsed.  For logicians, it will provide a classic case study on how to promote a failed theory with logical fallacies, selective evidence, spin doctoring and propaganda.  Thank you, National Geographic, for providing this documentation for future researchers.    This article has it all: fear-mongering, glittering generalities, analogy, straw man, bluffing, sidestepping, card stacking, big lie, half truth, non-sequitur, extrapolation, equivocation, visualization, personification, and everything else in the whole baloney arsenal.  It won’t work any more.  A new generation of discerning students and adults has arisen.  They are no longer intimidated by bluffing and evasion from the Darwin Party propagandists.  Many of them are readers of Creation-Evolution Headlines and follow the debate closely.  It doesn’t work any more to bluff about the “mountainous accumulation of peer-reviewed scientific studies,” because they are mountain climbers: they read the journals.  They know that evolution is only assumed when mentioned, and that the evolutionary storytelling is inversely proportional to the detail in the observations.  (As a result, they never get much of a workout from climbing said mountains.)  They know how to separate observation from interpretation.  This kind of quick lie in passing, for instance, won’t fool today’s informed readers:Can we see evolution in action?  Can it be observed in the wild?  Can it be measured in the laboratory?    The answer is yes.  Peter and Rosemary Grant, two British-born researchers who have spent decades where Charles Darwin spent weeks, have captured a glimpse of evolution with their long-term studies of beak size among Galápagos finches.Sorry, NG, we examined the Grants’ original papers (see 04/26/2002 and 09/03/2004 headlines) and they showed no such thing.  The best they could do was to find a minor variation in beak size among interfertile finches that reversed when the weather changed, and showed no long-term trend; in fact, the Grants admitted that 30 years is far too short to demonstrate any evolutionary trend.  And your own article showed that no clear example of speciation has been observed (p. 30), and that 999 out of 1000 frames in the “film of evolution” are missing links (p. 25).  The only way to get the attention of today’s informed anti-evolutionists is to stop the propaganda tricks, which are ineffective because we filter them out on the front end, and talk real, objective evidence, addressing the best arguments on both sides.  Since you never do this, we assume you can’t.    Every one of the other evidences in the National Geographic piece has been contradicted by other scientists, or is irrelevant because it fails to address the main issue Darwin claimed, that everything is related by common descent.  No example of natural selection creating new functional information by an undirected natural process was presented without merely assuming evolution did it – somehow, left unexplained.  Can you believe that they would still dredge up the old stuff about the horse series, vestigial organs and embryologic recapitulation as evidences for evolution?  Come on, you guys, this is 2004.  At least they didn’t showcase peppered moths and Haeckel’s embryos.    The use of 250-point bold font to shout “No” to the question of whether Darwin was wrong can be interpreted either as (1) a patronizing disdain for the intelligence of the average reader of the magazine, as if they cannot judge the validity of evidence but have to be told the answer (“Evolution is a fact, do you hear?  It’s a fact; are you listening to me?”), or (2) positive self-talk to stave off depression, like a coach’s pep talk to a discouraged team facing formidable odds.  It exudes a flavor of, “Darwin was right, wasn’t he?  Wasn’t he?  We’re losing 82-12 in the polls, but ol’ Charlie boy was right, don’t you think so, Tom?”  “Sure, boss.  Charlie was right.  Don’t let those anti-evolutionist PhDs with all their evidence make you question your faith.  Just ignore them and stick to the playbook: finch beaks prove humans had bacteria ancestors.  Show a picture and maybe they’ll go away and stop bothering us.”    The worst violation in this propaganda piece was a sin of omission: none of the best arguments against Darwinism were addressed or even mentioned, and intelligent design theory was completely ignored.  Poor Mr. Quammen; he probably wrote his piece before neo-Darwinism was falsified last week (see 10/19/2004 headline).  Should we pressure him for an Archaeoraptor-style retraction? (see 09/27/2000 headline).  Why not, if “a trait that’s valuable in a scientist” is “a willingness to admit when he’s wrong”? (p. 31).    Read the critiques of this article by Jonathan Wells and Terry Mortensen.  Knowledgeable and articulate readers may wish to take National Geographic up on its offer: “…join our forum and share your thoughts on “Was Darwin Wrong?” at nationalgeographic.com/magazine/0411.  And never underestimate the power of a succinct, informed, articulate letter to the editor.(Visited 49 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Pacquiao wants Horn rematch in the Philippines

first_imgManny Pacquiao, right, of the Philippines watches Jeff Horn of Australia falls on the mat during their WBO World welterweight title bout in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, July 2, 2017. Pacquiao lost his WBO welterweight world title to Horn in a stunning, unanimous points decision in the Sunday afternoon bout billed as the Battle of Brisbane in front of more than 50,000 people. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)Manny Pacquiao said on Sunday he was still wanted a rematch with Jeff Horn after the Filipino boxing hero  pulled out of their scheduled bout in Australia later his year.Queensland’s premier, whose state government was the financial backer of a November 12 fight, announced on Friday that Pacquiao “cannot return to the ring” due to other commitments. ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Djokovic becomes father of baby girl WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses “It will not push through there in Australia. But we are bringing the fight here in the Philippines,” Pacquiao said on radio station DZBB, adding negotiations were ongoing. “This will be good for our country’s tourism.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPacquiao, 38, had initially called for a rematch after losing his World Boxing Organization welterweight title to the 29-year-old on points Horn in a major upset in Brisbane on July 2.Pacquiao, who has won world titles in an unprecedented eight weight divisions, had demanded a review of the bout but the WBO declared Horn the clear winner after a panel of judges re-scored the fight. center_img Read Next Now in the twilight of a 22-year professional career, Pacquiao has not stopped an opponent in eight years and briefly quit boxing last year to pursue his long-held political ambitions and was elected senator.But he quickly made a successful comeback against Jessie Vargas in November, saying he still felt like a youngster.Pacquiao has defied calls to retire for good, including from his family and celebrated American trainer Freddie Roach.  Pacquiao dismissed funding concerns about hosting the multi-million dollar fight in the Philippines. “We have lots of friends who are supporting us including our tourism (department). The president is giving his all-out support,” Pacquiao said referring to his political ally Rodrigo Duterte.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View commentslast_img read more

2017 Youth Trans Tasman Squad Announcement

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is pleased to announce the Australian Youth Squads that will form the basis of the Youth Teams who will compete in the 2017 Youth Trans Tasman Series in Auckland, New Zealand.The Australian 17’s and 19’s Boys, Girls and Mixed Teams will travel to Auckland in January with hopes of continuing their recent success in the Youth divisions, having won the past four Youth Trans Tasman events following the concept’s reintroduction in 2009. TFA wishes to congratulate the following players who have been named in the Australian Youth Squads for the 2017 Series. 17’S Boys SquadJordan Andrews (QLD)Flynn Angles-Corke (NSW)Daejarn Asi (QLD)Ali Bakhach (QLD) Darnell Bennet (QLD)     Adam Boumelhem (NSW)          Antonio Buncuga (QLD) Lachlan Crow (QLD)       Isaac Crowe (ACT)Joshua Dwyer (NSW)Samuel Edgley (NSW)Connor Edwards (NSW)Liam Elliot (ACT)           Logan Ellis (NSW)         Jayden Fielding-Smith (QLD)Shallin Fuller (NSW)Liam Grant (QLD)Conor Hickey (NSW)Paul Karaitiana (QLD) Baillee List (QLD)Jordan Little (NSW)       Fletcher Lyneham (QLD)Isaac Matos (NSW)Aaron Moore (QLD)Blake Moore (QLD)Isaiah Niumata (NSW)James Price (QLD)Johnny Saley (NSW)      Luc Sciglitano (NSW)Tyrell Scott (NSW)Mathew Smith (NSW)Ben Stevanovic (NSW)Thomson Suters (NSW)Floyd Tighe (NSW)Kyle Turei (QLD)            Jacob Van Zanden (QLD)          Raymond Wehbe (NSW)            Tobias Westacott (NSW) Curtis Wilson (NSW)Jack Wright (QLD) 19’s Girls SquadHinerangi Andreassend (QLD)Rae Barker (QLD)Chloe Cheney (NSW)Tayla Clifford (NSW)Madison Crowe (NSW)Rachelle Davis (NSW)Kirra Dibb (NSW)Brittany Donovan (QLD)Tayla Duguid (NSW)Hannah Dyball (NSW)Logan Flanagan (NSW)Alice Gregory (SA)Pia Hatt (VIC)Mia Johnstone (QLD)Bobbi Law (NSW)Stephanie Maiolo (NSW)Katee Maller (QLD)Kayla Mi Mi (QLD)Rebecca Mi Mi (QLD)Mikayla Newman (QLD)  Stephanie O’Hara (SA)Alice Rathie (QLD)Emily Reid (VIC)Brytten Reynolds (QLD)Shannon Rose (NSW)Mackenzie Sadler (SA)Emma Sykes (QLD)Tahlulah Tillett (QLD)Bailey Toleafoa (NSW)Tamika Upton (QLD)Chloe Watt (QLD)Samantha White (QLD)  Courtney Young (NSW)Related LinksNational Youth Squads 19’s Boys SquadJye Antonelli (NSW)Tjadyn Ashby (NSW)     Dallas Bain (QLD)          Lawrence Bingham (NSW)          Robert Bird (NSW)         Zachary Bouzounis (NSW)         Justin Cridland (QLD)Jesse Curtis (QLD)Mitchell De Rossi (QLD)Nicholas Donghi (VIC)   Chris Ebitar (NSW)Matthew Egan (QLD)     Jake Grech (NSW)Harrison Griffin (QLD)Jacob Harrington (NSW)            Connor Harvey (QLD)Braydon Hegarty (QLD) Jack Hughes (QLD)Malcolm Kenny (QLD)Alexander Lim (SA)Tyla Love (WA) Jacob Marrinan (QLD)Reece McKenzie-O’Brien (QLD)  Jackson Mills (NSW)Hayden Moffat (QLD)    Damon Moore (QLD)     Jayden Murphy-Hinton (NSW)Luke O’Brien (QLD)Luke Osborne (NSW)  Jake Parker (NSW)        Jesse Parker (NSW)      Adam Russell (QLD)Tristan Sailor (NSW)Kai Simbolon (NSW)Marley Simbolon (NSW) Jake Toby (NSW) Regan Walsh (NSW)Alex Western (QLD) 17’s Girls SquadTarryn Aiken (NSW)Cassidy Atkins (NSW)Tatum Bird (NSW)          Shannyn Bissett (NSW)Jessica Bourke (QLD)Amelia Bransden (TAS)  Brittney Brown (QLD)Tiarni Bryce (QLD)         Brittney Clifford (NSW)Taylah Connell (QLD)Jasmine Dillon (NSW)Pihuka Duff (NSW)Amy Dufour (NSW)        Lydia Durkin (QLD)Terri-Anne Egan (QLD)Brooke English (QLD)Rebecca Goulding (QLD)Madison Higgins Ashby (NSW)Rachel Jeffs (NSW)Melia Larkin (QLD)         Sabine Marsters (QLD)  Lucy McDonald (NSW)Leesa Mi Mi (QLD)Faith Nathan (NSW)Kathleen Nicholls (QLD)Bailee Nix (NSW)           Kobe Nona (QLD)Aaliyah Paki (NSW)Rhiannon Podmore (NSW)Jessica Potts (NSW)     Maya Stewart (NSW)Kiara Taylor (QLD)         Marama Thomas (QLD)Rachel Walsh (QLD)Chelsea White (QLD)     Elise Wilson (ACT)         Macey Zielke (QLD)last_img read more

NY Knick Raises Awareness Of Blood Cancer

first_imgNY Knick Tyson Chandler scored one for the fight against blood cancer last night at Bally, the Swiss luxury leather goods house in Manhattan, by getting his cheek swabbed and registering with DKMS Delete Blood Cancer, the world’s largest bone marrow donor center.Tyson Chandler getting his cheek swabbed by DKMS Delete Blood Cancer co-founder Katharina Harf and wife, Kimberly, wearing Bally Lips for Life CollectionThe event served to launch Bally’s Lips for Life Collection, with 15% of proceeds from the collection going to support DKMS’ efforts to register new bone marrow donors and help save the lives of patients with blood cancers.Chandler was joined by his beautiful wife Kimberly, who wore the Lips for Life collection signature leather jacket; supermodel Jessica White; DKMS Delete Blood Cancer co-founder Katharina Harf; supermodels Coco Rocha, Lily Kwong, Elettra Wiedemann and Anja Rubik, and over 500 guests, including families who are being impacted by blood cancer. They celebrated to performances by Charlie Puth and Emily Luther and a set by renowned DJ Mick Boogie.Chandler and the other speakers slammed home an important message: there are many lives to be saved and all it takes is a cheek swab to register as a bone marrow donor.“There are thousands of men, women and children who are bravely fighting blood cancer and need our help,” said Chandler. “It only takes a cheek swab to register as a donor with DKMS Delete Blood Cancer, like I was proud to do tonight.”“Blood cancers will only be deleted through teamwork,” said Katharina Harf, who co-founded DKMS in the U.S. in 2004 in memory of her mother who died from blood cancer. “And I am so honored to be joined tonight by Tyson and Kimberly Chandler, Jessica White, and Bally Creative Directors Michael Herz and Graeme Fidler. I want to thank each of them for making the Lips for Life collection an enormous success. Patients like Shira Klein, who you met tonight, are fighting blood cancer and desperately need matches. This young mother of three inspires us to take action. That is what this event is all about.”In the United States, blood cancer is the second leading cause of all cancer deaths and kills more children than any other disease. Even though many patients might be saved by a bone marrow transplant, six out of 10 patients will never receive one. DKMS has made it its goal to turn the tide, and save more lives.“Katharina and her DKMS team have changed the lives of so many people through what they do; it’s very touching,” said Michael Herz and Graeme Fidler, Bally Creative Directors. “With the Bally Lips for Life capsule collection we wanted to show that the luxury world can have a heart. We’re proud to be involved with DKMS, and based on the event’s success, we anticipate the collection being a hit.”Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Scandalplagued CBS grants 20M to 18 womens rights groups

first_imgNEW YORK — CBS is pledging $20 million in support of 18 organizations dedicated to eliminating sexual harassment in the workplace as the network tries to recover from the scandal that led to the ouster of its top executive, Les Moonves.CBS said Friday that the money will go toward helping the organizations expand their work and “ties into the company’s ongoing commitment to strengthening its own workplace culture.”The money is coming out of Moonves’ $120 million severance package. Whether Moonves will receive the remaining balance of that money hinges on the outcome of an investigation into his conduct.In a joint statement, the 18 organizations praised the donations as a significant step while also calling on CBS to disclose the results of the Moonves investigation.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Cannabis legalization voted Canadian Presss Business Story of the Year

first_imgTORONTO — Canada’s trailblazing move to legalize cannabis for recreational use, which sparked an entirely new industry and had wide-ranging implications for nearly every facet of society, has been voted The Canadian Press Business News Story of the Year.The term “disruption” in business has become so overused that it has become an empty cliche, but it is warranted in the case of pot legalization, said Andrew Meeson, deputy business editor at the Toronto Star.“It’s hard to think of an area in Canada that hasn’t been shaken up: not just commerce (from criminal act to booming startup to takeover target in the blink of an eye), but also policing, health care, justice, politics. Even culture (just ask Tommy Chong),” he said.“If that doesn’t make it the business story of the year, I don’t know what would.”In an annual poll of the country’s newsrooms conducted by The Canadian Press, business editors and reporters across the country chose cannabis legalization in a landslide, with 60 per cent of the votes cast.The terse negotiations between Canada, U.S. and Mexico towards a new North American Free Trade Agreement was a distant second with 30 per cent of votes.Canada’s pipeline conundrum, with the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion now in limbo after a court overturned its regulatory approval in August and a U.S. court throwing out the Keystone XL pipeline’s presidential permit in November, came in third out of eight possible candidates with 10 per cent of the vote.“Pipelines would have won, hands down if it weren’t for the creation of an entirely new industry in Canada,” said David Blair, a business columnist with CBC Radio. “Rarely, if ever, do journalists get to cover the opening of a new market, especially one that is as controversial as cannabis.”The world was watching when the country made history with the first legal sale of non-medicinal pot just after midnight on Oct. 17 in Newfoundland and Labrador, due to its time zone being 30 minutes ahead of the rest of Canada.It marked the beginning of what the New York Times dubbed Canada’s “national experiment,” and the culmination of months, if not years, of preparation by legislators and law enforcement officials at all levels and in each province, territory, and municipality.While Oct. 17 represented an extension from the initial target set for July, and licensed producers ramped up production in the lead-up, long lines of customers were met with widespread product shortages online and in the relatively few bricks-and-mortar stores that were ready on day one.Still, many Canadians were simply elated to be able to buy government-sanctioned pot after nearly 100 years of prohibition.“My new dealer is the prime minister!” said Canadian fiddler and pop star Ashley MacIsaac, who in 2001 had been arrested for possession in Saskatchewan.But cannabis mania had been bubbling for months before legalization, with retail investors rushing to invest in the latest pot company to list its stock. Cannabis company valuations in the lead up to Oct. 17 soared and some of the banks’ online direct investment platforms were bombarded with unprecedented trading volumes.At one point producer Tilray Inc.’s stock on the Nasdaq exchange in September hit a peak of US$300, giving the Nanaimo, B.C.-company a market value higher than established Canadian conglomerates such as Loblaw Companies Ltd. and Rogers Communications Inc.Pot will be cited for years to come as many Canadians’ first experiences with investing, said Pete Evans, senior business writer for CBC News.“Cannabis mania deserves some credit — and maybe blame — for ushering an entire new generation of primarily young people into making their first stock market investments ever,” he said.A flurry of merger and acquisition activity in the sector, even before legalization, fuelled investor interest as well.Aurora Cannabis Inc. was on an acquisition spree this year, buying rival CanniMed Therapeutics for $1.1 billion after a terse takeover battle and later MedReleaf for $3.2 billion.Alcohol giant Constellation Brands in August announced it was upping its investment in pot producer Canopy Growth Corp. — in the largest strategic investment in the pot space to date — to increase its ownership stake to 38 per cent. The Corona beer-producer also received warrants that, if exercised, would up its stake to more than 50 per cent.And earlier this month, Big Tobacco came calling, as the number of countries that legalized cannabis for medical use continues to grow.Marlboro maker Altria Group Inc. said it planned to invest $2.4 billion in pot producer Cronos Group Inc. for 45-per-cent ownership, with an option to increase that stake in the future.The Altria-Cronos deal gave the overall sector a slight lift, but pot stocks have largely come off their highs after legalization as reality set in and concerns mounted about lofty valuations.Canadian marijuana companies have found themselves in the crosshairs of short-sellers, as well.Aphria Inc. earlier this month saw its stock value more than cut in half over three days after two short-sellers targeted the Leamington, Ont.-based cannabis producer with a raft of allegations, including that its recent international acquisitions were “largely worthless.” Aphria has called the allegations “inaccurate and misleading” and is confident in the deal in question, but has appointed an independent committee to review their claims.Meanwhile, recreational pot supply shortages continue to linger. Several cannabis producers in part blamed supply chain issues for contributing to the shortage and have said they are aiming to increase their production, but it will likely take more time fresh product to hit the market.Quebec’s cannabis corporation stores continue to be closed from Monday to Wednesday as a result. And in Ontario, where the only legal way for residents to buy adult-use pot is through the government-run online portal, the provincial government said it will hand out a limited number of retail licenses due to the shortages.The Ontario government initially said it would not cap the number of licenses, but now says it will only be able to issue 25 licenses by April via a lottery system. This deals a blow to a slew of companies who have been putting down deposits to secure prime real estate locations in the country’s most populous province in anticipation of obtaining a license.“Seemingly overnight, activity that always existed on the margins of society has come into the centre,” said Evans.“It’s been fascinating to watch the growing pains that have ensued… It will be interesting to see in the coming months and years how and if the reality lives up to expectations for the industry.” Armina Ligaya, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

NSA Doval’s son gets VIP security cover; 10 BJP candidates in West Bengal get too

first_imgNew Delhi: Shaurya Doval, son of National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, has been accorded a top ‘Z’ category level security in view of potential threats to him, officials said on Tuesday.Similarly, 10 BJP candidates, who are contesting elections from West Bengal, have been accorded security by the Centre for a “limited period”, they said. The officials told PTI that junior Doval has been “brought under the mobile security cover” of a central paramilitary force after a security perception report prepared by central agencies claimed that he faced “threats from people inimical to his father and others”. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghPost this report, the Union home ministry has ordered deployment of CISF commandos to guard Shaurya Doval (43) under the ‘Z’ category of VIP cover and AK-47 wielding commandos will be guarding him everytime he moves in any part of the country. About 15-16 commands have been “detailed” for the security of Shaurya Doval, they said. Shaurya Doval heads the think-tank ‘India Foundation’. NSA Doval enjoys the topmost category of ‘Z+’ provided by the Central Industrial Security Force. Ajit Doval was brought under this security umbrella about four years ago. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadIn a similar move, the government has accorded a “limited period” VIP security cover to a number of BJP candidates contesting the general elections in West Bengal. BJP candidates Aupam Hazra, contesting Lok Sabha polls from Jadavpur and Arjun Singh, who joined the party after deserting the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and is contesting from Barrackpore, have been given a ‘Y+’ cover of central armed paramilitary commandos. Similarly, Minister of State in the Union cabinet and candidate from Durgapur, S S Ahluwalia, Cooch Behar candidate Nishit Pramanik, former IPS officer and Ghatal seat candidate Bharti Ghosh have been accorded the ‘Y+’ cover that entails about 5-6 armed commandos. BJP leader Siddharth Shekhar Das has also been given the security. BJP candidate from North 24 Parganas Shantanu Thakur has been accorded a ‘Y’ category cover while the lowest ‘X’ category cover has been given to Dulal Chandra Bar and Khagen Murmu who switched sides to the BJP from Congress and CPI(M) respectively. A similar ‘X’ category security cover, that entails about 2-3 commandos with escort vehicle, has been accorded to Kabir Shankar Bose. All the political people getting security cover in West Bengal will have the armed commandos with them till the polls get over and the MHA (Ministry of Home Affairs) has directed to withdraw the cover from them by May-June. PTIlast_img read more