Final submissions in Russell hearing due next month

first_imgAFTER five sittings spanning almost a month, presentation of evidence was completed Friday at the hearing convened by the Independent Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel into the allegation that West Indies cricketer Andre Russell violated a whereabouts clause.It is expected that proceedings will be completed on Thursday, November 17, the day on which final submissions are to be heard from each legal team.The stenographer is expected to submit the transcript of the evidence provided throughout the hearing to both sides on or by Monday, October 24.The parties have also agreed that each side’s written submissions are to be filed by 4:00 pm on Monday, November 7…While explaining the challenges of updating his whereabouts, Russell appeared to make an impassioned plea for understanding. He explained that he normally gets help to submit his whereabouts and was not educated at any point on how to do it.He continued that, as a professional cricketer who adheres to JADCO’s system, it was never his intention to “abandon” the process of filing whereabouts.Russell also indicated that he felt that being a part of the international testing pool would negate any instance of him missing JADCO-organised tests…last_img read more

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No. 2 USC set for Pac-12 Championships

first_imgThe USC women’s swim and dive team is set to compete up north in Federal Way, Wash. for the 2014 Pac-12 Championships. The Women of Troy are ranked No. 2 in the nation and are sending a host of top-notch talent to the Pacific Northwest, including senior All-Americans Kasey Carlson, Meghan Hawthorne and Stina Gardell. The tournament, which will take place in the Weyerhauser King County Aquatic Center, kicks off today and runs through March 1.A medley of skills · Senior Meghan Hawthorne has been one of the top medley swimmers in the country for the past three years. The two-time All-American placed eighth at the 2013 NCAA Championships in the 200-yard IM. – William Ehart | Daily TrojanThe Pac-12 Championship is notorious for its stiff competition, and this year’s tournament is no different. In addition to No. 2 USC, the tournament also features national title contenders in No. 1 Stanford, No. 5 California, No. 11 Arizona and No. 16 UCLA in addition to other strong Pac-12 squads.The Trojans, who have yet to win a single team conference title, lost last year’s Pac-12 team championship in heartbreaking fashion.The Cardinal edged out the Women of Troy by 21 points, 1439.5 to 1418.5, which was the slimmest margin of victory in the tournament’s history.As one of the best teams in the nation, the Women of Troy are anchored by versatile top-tier talent. Carlson owns the fastest time in the country for the 100-yard freestyle at 47.22 seconds. Carlson is also the eighth-best swimmer in the 50-yard freestyle event with a time of 21.90 seconds, and fourth in the nation in the 100-yard breastroke, clocking in at 58.61 seconds. Sophomore Kendyl Stewart brings more firepower to the sprint events, including a fourth-ranked time in the 100-yard butterfly at 51.39 seconds.USC’s swimmers are also competitive in intermediate distance events. Stewart is ranked 11th in the nation in the 200-yard backstroke (1:53.10 seconds), and sophomore Jasmine Tosky is third in the nation in the 200-yard butterfly (1:53.84 seconds). The Women of Troy are also skilled in relay events, with all of their freestyle relay and 200-yard medley relay teams being ranked in the top eight teams in the nation.The USC women’s dive team is led by former Duke University signee and USC transfer junior Haley Ishimatsu. Ishimatsu, who was a member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic team in the 10-meter platform event, will look to defend her Pac-12 championship this week in Federal Way. The junior brought home the silver medal in the 10-meter synchronized platform diving event in the 2009 FINA World Aquatics Championships in Rome. In her collegiate career, Ishimatsu made a huge splash in the 2013 NCAA Championships by setting the point record in the platform event with a total score of 396.75.The Women of Troy have been dominant in Pac-12 play this season, going undefeated in team events with the exception of one loss to Stanford in a “battle of the unbeatens” at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center. USC will look to avenge its one loss this week and take home the Pac-12 Championship. The event will be televised on tape delay by the Pac-12 Networks on March 3 at 9 p.m. PST.last_img read more

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Spring Cleaning – Clearing the Clutter to Heal from Loss

first_imgFacebook2Tweet0Pin0 Joan Hitchens, long-time Olympia resident and life coach, helps people move forward from grief.Many people think of spring cleaning as a day to buckle down and do the hard tasks we put off throughout the year – scrub the baseboards, wash the exterior windows, clean out the closets.After the loss of a loved one, there is a tendency to hang on to physical items belonging to the person you lost.  This is a normal response and part of the grieving process.  However, there comes a point when doing some “spring cleaning” on your grief is a necessary step towards healing.Joan Hitchens, founder of Navigating Grief and the Discover-Create-Share Center in Olympia, shares that “the fear of forgetting someone is one of the hardest parts of loss.  We think if we get rid of their ‘things’ that we are losing them all over again.”  But she also shares there is tremendous emotional pull connected with the belongings of someone who is gone.  They hold memories and therefore become entwined in the fear of forgetting that beloved person.“Part of the process of going through and looking at the physical items, a room, furniture or the clothing of someone you loved,” explains Hitchens, “is asking yourself whether it’s a memory you are holding onto or whether it’s the physical ‘stuff’.”Often, it’s the memory that we wish to hold tight in our hearts.  Hitchens suggests taking a photo of the item and writing a story to go along with it, keeping it safe in a scrapbook or memory box. This allows people to get rid of the physical clutter and keep the memory, ultimately helping move towards healing.This is just one idea for dealing with the physical clutter that may be holding up your journey through grief.  Hitchens has a myriad of solutions for clutter, physical and mental, and helps clients find the right one for them.“What’s most important is to learn to make the best of the memories you have and a way to keep them safe – a book, a photo, a story.  It’s an important part of holding the person in your heart forever,” shares Hitchens.Navigating Grief will be hosting a Spring Cleaning after Loss Workshop and Showcase on April 12.  For more information about this event, click here.To learn more about Joan Hitchens, click here.last_img read more

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Hear it from Louis Saha: A United teammate made Cristiano Ronaldo cry!

first_imgImage Courtesy: Getty ImagesAdvertisement 8xgtNBA Finals | Brooklyn VssyfkvvWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E19v2n8( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 848Would you ever consider trying this?😱k5uCan your students do this? 🌚y7bvRoller skating! Powered by Firework Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the biggest names in the world of Football and Sports, started his rise to fandom from Manchester United. The FC Porto youngster was picked up by the legendary Sir Alex in 2003, and he became the 5 times Ballon d’Or winner currently the hitman at Serie A champions Juventus. But did you know the Portuguese superstar once shed his tears at Old Trafford? Club legend Louis Saha reveals.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty ImagesSpeaking to UK football magazine FourFourTwo, the former French international forward looked back at his years as a Red Devil, and his teammate and one of United’s biggest hall of fame- Ruud van Nistelrooy, and the Dutch giant’s occasional fallout with Fergie.“He was always really nice with me; he maybe had a problem with the choice made by the manager, but never with me. He was obsessed about goals, and I respect that.” Saha told in the interview.Advertisement Nistelrooy switched sides in 2006 and joined the Spanish elites Real Madrid, a move thought to have Saha behind it, but he denied the speculations. “I know some people said I maybe pushed him to a move away from the club, but that’s totally bollocks.”Nistelrooy, who is currently managing the PSV Eindhoven Under 19 team, spent two years with Saha at the Theater of Dreams before flying to Santiago Bernabéu.Advertisement “He was such a good player – he just had an issue with the manager – and I was maybe good enough for the manager to replace him, but I could have played with him, too.”However, when asked about Ronaldo, Saha admitted that Nistelrooy once made the young Portuguese talent to break down during drills.“Did Ruud make Ronaldo cry? Yeah, there were stories because I think they ended up in an argument at the moment when Cristiano’s father had passed away, so it wasn’t the right moment. Things like that happen when two players have lots of spirit, but I’m sure Ruud regrets some of his words.” He added. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Transfer gossip: QPR linked with Liverpool midfielder

first_imgQPR are among the Championship clubs interested in Liverpool midfielder Luis Alberto, the Liverpool Echo say.Wolves and Aston Villa are also said to be interested in the 23-year-old, who can play through the middle or on the wing.He has not started a league match for Liverpool since being signed from Sevilla in 2013.He was expected to return to Sevilla this summer but that proposed move appears to have fallen through.Liverpool want £6m for him, the Echo say.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

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Brewery spreads African reach

first_imgConsumption of SABMiller’s range of beershas enjoyed steady growth across Africa.(SABMiller) SABMiller’s large-scale operations such asthis plant in South Africa, will open up infour African countries before the end ofthis year.(Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com.For more images, visit the image library) Khanyi MagubaneSouth Africa-born multinational SABMiller, the world’s second-largest brewery, is to tap into an African market worth over US$3-billion (R30-billion) by opening four new brewing plants in Mozambique, Tanzania, Sudan and Angola.SABMiller will open the new breweries this year to benefit from the various countries’ economical growth, which is estimated at between 4% and 5%.Speaking on the new ventures SABMiller’s head of media relations, Nigel Fairbrass, says the company decided to focus on continuing its expansion into African countries as they were mainly cash economies, and had not run up exposure to credit like many western countries have.The brewery has existing operations in Nigeria, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Mozambique, Angola, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Ghana, Comoros and Mayotte.Fairbrass added that the $3-billion (R30-billion) market is about four times bigger than SABMiller’s current market. The company aims to become a major role player within that market.Beer – a people’s drinkFairbrass says the company has taken on a “radical” view on making beer more affordable on the African continent.SABMiller aims to reduce the price of beer, which at the moment is averaging around R10 ($1), by introducing new, cheaper brands.The brewery will continue its supply of mainstream and premium beers to its international clients.One strategy, which should cut costs significantly, is researching new brewing technologies by bringing together 55 000 barley farmers to form part of the programme by 2011.Another cost cutting option is expanding the production of sorghum-based beer, currently produced on the continent under the brand name, Eagle.Sorghum beer tends to be cheaper as many countries have a lower excise tax for sorghum-based alcoholic beverages.In order to expand this particular strategy, SABMiller is currently working with 6 000 small-scale local farmers in India to develop a quality source of barley.In addition to that they have partnerships with small-scale farmers in Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Tanzania to supply barley and sorghum.A growing brandSABMiller started its Barley Development Programme in 2005, using the Eagle Lager success in Uganda as a blueprint.The main aim of the programme was to establish a long-term reliable source of locally grown quality malt barley.Despite the economic slowdown, SABMiller is positive that the beer industry will continue to grow, even amidst increased food prices.In May 2008, speaking at the brewery giant’s announcement of its annual figures for all its 60 operations, SABMiller group Chief Executive Officer Graham Mackay said, it was a stable industry. “Food prices have skyrocketed since the beginning of the year and most businesses are going to be affected, but we believe demand for beer will still be strong.“Affordability, especially in low income countries, might be compromised to some extent but generally the inflationary environment should be good for our business.”Mackay spoke about the company’s confidence in its 29 African operations, “I believe the green fields [development] will help Africa and we will continue to pump in money towards innovation so that our products are affordable such the introduction of the sorghum based beer, which is cheaper.”Beer volumes for Africa grew on average 12% benefiting from three crucial factors of continued economic growth in all the participating countries, rising disposable incomes and ongoing brand renovation.Although the Botswana market had disappointing figures over the past two years, the figures in 2008 were slightly stronger showing a 15% growth.Mackay says their growth in Botswana can be accredited to a change in strategy. “Key to this result was the successful renovation of St. Louis lager, the market leader, and the introduction of a new 750ml returnable bottle.“The returnable bottle has delivered ahead of expectation in this predominantly one-way pack market, and offers the consumer better value for money.”Tanzania showed a growth of 8%, while Mozambique also enjoyed its fourth consecutive year of growth.In Angola, the growth was not as high as expected, although there were some tangible factors to this, “Angola’s economy continues to grow strongly at approximately 20% annually.“The infrastructure, however, is unable to support the increasing demand for goods and services and our total volumes growth of just below 10% was constrained by both lack of infrastructure and limited capacity,” he said.In South Africa, the loss of the Amstel beer licence affected operations although volumes stayed stable. The weakening rand contributed to difficult trading conditions.Mackay added that the slowed economic in South Africa in the second half of 2007 and the increasing food and fuel costs affected consumer spending. “Revenue grew by 6% on a constant currency basis and price increases were at a level somewhat below inflation for both lager and soft drinks.”Do you have any comments or queries about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at: [email protected]  Useful linksSABMillerPeroni beerCastle lagerMiller Beerlast_img read more

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An ISP Offers A Cloud for India – More Like AOL, Less Like the Open Web

first_imgRelated Posts We are winding down the long holiday weekend here in the United States but on the other side of the world, the news cycle is in full gear.And so the story about a new cloud service in India caught our attention as it demonstrates how the cloud is reaching millions of people who have no access to a computer nor a credit card. It also is illustrative of how the cloud will be more for a global community of mobile users who access a service that is more like AOL than the open Web.Sify Technologies is a a large Indian Internet service provider. It’s so large that it is planning to lay undersea cable between Delhi and Singapore for better connected networks between India and the economically powerful city state.The company is a powerhouse on par with our very largest telecommunications companis in the United States. But its customers do not live in suburban tract houses with desktops and laptops for Mom, stepdad and the kids. The Sifi customer has a mobile phone.They go to cyber cafes to connect to the Internet. They live in rural communities.And so that is why Sifi is launching “Sify mylife,” a suite of cloud-based applications for the millions of people in India who do not own computers nor have Internet access. It’s an interesting play as the service leverages the cloud but in many ways is more akin to the American Online we knew in the mid-1990s. It seems fitting that millions of people would be drawn to a service that give them access to the Internet. Just like AOL did, millions of people can get access to the Sify service. But now the availability is of a different flavor with SaaS type services such as spreadsheet applications and word processing.Sify will offer the service through its network of 1,200 cyber cafes. The cafes are operated as a franchise. They use the company’s broadband connections for Internet access. Sify will also offer a hardware device to other cyber cafes in India that will be equipped with the software. That gives the service additional significance. Again, as we have seen before, hardware is becoming so affordable that to create a branded device makes sense as a way to create a controlled experience in the cloud. We’re in the first generation of cloud-based devices that will serve as ways to conduct commerce all within the network of one provider, not the open Web.According to Computerworld, the cloud service will offer applications that allows people to purchase travel tickets, entertainment and educational services. People may use Sify to pay bills online without using credit cards.. How? Customers will pay cash to the people running the cyber cafe, making it a viable service for the millions of people in India who do not have credit cards or do not feel comfortable with paying online a credit The service is targeted at the large number of people who do not have credit cards or aren’t comfortable making credit card payments online.Computerworld:“About 52 million urban Indians were active internet users in September last year, according to a report released jointly by the internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI), and research firm IMRB International. Active users are defined as those who used the Internet at least once a month. About 37 percent of these users accessed the Internet through cyber cafés, according to the report. The percentage of people who use cyber cafés is expected to be higher in rural areas.” Sify will also team with software developers to launch storage services and applications on the platform.The Sify mylife service is a contrast to how the cloud is being marketed in the United States. Consumer services like Sify became obsolete with the advent of the open Web. But in India, the Internet is not as widely accessed as it is here in the United States. But people still do want to use online services. Sify may very well fill that gap. alex williams A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#cloud#cloud computing#news#saas last_img read more

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TRENDS OF THE GAME COACHING BREAKFAST A SUCCESS

first_imgMore than 120 people turned out for Touch Football Australia’s inaugural ‘Trends of the Game’ breakfast at the Coffs Harbour Ex-Services Club this morning. The breakfast was hosted as part of TFA’s commitment to facilitating innovation in the sport and working towards securing the 2009 Youth World Cup and the 2011 World Cup. Australian Women’s Open coaches Kerry Norman and Dean Russell kicked off proceedings with a presentation analysing areas of the game that Australian players at all levels need to focus on as well as the type of characteristics selectors are looking for in elite squad members.Norman and Russell also presented some video footage to display the strengths of the Australian Women’s Open team and the way they claimed the 2007 World Cup. Australian Men’s Open Coach Tony Trad was next to take the floor, clearly illustrating some of his successful 2007 World Cup team’s tactics. Trad gave a fascinating insight into the processes that have been implemented over the past five years in evolving the sport in this country.  Australian Mixed Open assistant coach Karley Banks gave a presentation outlining the differences between domestic and international Mixed Touch Football as well as outlining some of the changes that need to be made to reverse the Mixed category results of the last World Cup. Australian Mixed Open Captain Tony Eltakchi supplied comic relief as usual, and support for the contention that Mixed is a pivotal genre of the game that needs to be spotlighted in the future to ensure development of the game continues.TFA Director of Coaching Dennis Coffey then made a presentation about technical aspects of player positioning as well as encouraging a uniform model of coaching throughout Australia. TFA National Director of Referees Lou Tompkins concluded the forum with a discussion of current attitudes in referring and requirements of top-level whistleblowers. The gathered throng then participated in question time with the coaches on the panel.Australia’s elite coaches through the National High Performance Program are offering their advice to budding coaches by spending time in the sub boxes of teams who request their input. The Trends of the game breakfast was very informative and well received by the crowd who braved the early morning start to listen to some of the best coaches in the business impart their knowledge to assist coaches to increase their knowledge of Elite level coaching.last_img read more

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2017 NTL Hardwrap ‘A Different League’

first_imgTravel through time to witness the formation of the NTL and results of NTLs past with this special 21st Anniversary edition of the 2017 NTL Hard Wrap. Check out the cover feature ”A Different League’, the NTL honour roll, 21 Gun Salute from some of the event’s shining lights over the years. Also, run your eye through the 2017 Elite Eight Preview and make your own prediction on who will reign supreme in ’17! Download your copy here.Also included in this edition of the Hardwrap is a preview to the ‘Thompson Touch Almanac’, where you can read details on NTL top try scorers, biggest winning streaks, champion permits, leading try scorers from the past 21 years and much more.Download the Opens division, Youth division, and Senior division almanacs here. Related LinksHardwraplast_img read more

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a month agoNaby Keita chose not to travel with Liverpool for win at Sheffield Utd

first_imgNaby Keita chose not to travel with Liverpool for win at Sheffield Utdby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNaby Keita chose not to travel with the Liverpool squad for victory at Sheffield United.The Reds saw out a nail-biting 1-0 win after Gini Wijnaldum’s strike bobbled through the legs of Dean Henderson in the Blades goal.Keita, who starred in Liverpool’s 2-0 win over MK Dons on Wednesday, was not part of the squad which travelled to Yorkshire for the lunchtime kick off.The Liverpool Echo says despite making his comeback from injury midweek, the midfielder elected to stay behind at Melwood to work on his fitness.Before Wednesday, Keita had not featured for Liverpool in five months, and Jurgen Klopp is taking extra precautions in order to ensure the 24-year-old makes a full recovery. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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