Touch SA is looking for a person with the necessary skills and energy to undertake the position of Game Development Officer for Touch SA to be based in Adelaide. This is a full time position and successful applicant will have the responsibility of assisting Touch SA Affiliates and Elite Program, as well as being involved in the continued success and growth of the sport generally.Touch Football Australia (TFA) is the governing body for the sport across the nation. TFA has clarified various roles of program delivery. “Game Development” now incorporates teh overall growth of the sport through:management of Affiliateshigh performance; andjunior infrastructure including AusTouchDevelopment Officers perform the vital role of ensuring that the needs of people playing Touch Football are serviced and satisifed while maintaining strong communication.Applications are to be emailed to Touch SA Mananger Gavin Macdonald at [email protected] by the 6 October 2006.Game DO Position Description
The Touch Football South Australia (TFSA) State Cup will be held this Sunday, 2 December at the TFSA Playing Fields in Adelaide. Teams from City Touch, Mallee and Adelaide University will battle it out in the Mixed division, with games to commence at 10.00am. For more information, please visit the TFSA State Cup website – www.sastatecup.mytouchfooty.com To keep in touch with Touch Football South Australia on State Cup day, please join them on their Facebook and Twitter pages:Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballSA Twitter – www.twitter.com/TouchFootballSA Related Links2012 SA State Cup
Valencia coach Albert Celades on Chelsea clash: Not idealby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveValencia coach Albert Celades insists they’re at a disadvantage facing Champions League opponents Chelsea.Celades only took charge last week after the sacking of Marcelino and oversaw Valencia’s 5-2 defeat to Barcelona for his first game in charge.”It’s not an ideal situation but it is what it is,” said Celades. “The decision is what the players took. There’s a dialogue, every day. There’s communication with them and they are making good efforts and will keep doing so, so I won’t give it any more thought.”The coach added: “I’m not afraid, I’m here to do my job. I’ll take the decisions that I think are convenient. However much they talk about the decisions, I take them, until the day I leave here.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Updated Bracket Round 1 CompleteThe NCAA Tournament has been nothing but spectacular thus far, and we’re only through the first round of action. While Thursday brought a number of upsets – including two 12-seeds knocking off 5-seeds, it had nothing on Friday. For the first time in NCAA Tournament history, a 13-seed, a 14-seed and a 15-seed all won on the same day. And that was before all of the insanity that went down just after midnight.In the second round, we have some incredible matchups. Yale vs. Duke. Kansas vs. UConn. Iowa vs. Villanova. And of course, Kentucky vs. Indiana.Here’s an updated look at the bracket. By the time you’re back at work on Monday, it’ll be trimmed down to the Sweet 16.As a reminder, there are eight contests slated for Saturday. Here they are, in order:(3) Miami vs. (11) Wichita State: 12:10 PM ET(4) Duke vs. (12) Yale: 2:40 PM ET(4) Kentucky vs. (5) Indiana: 5:15 PM ET(4) Iowa State vs. (12) Arkansas Little-Rock: 6:10 PM ET(1) Virginia vs. (9) Butler: 7:10 PM ET(1) Kansas vs. (9) UConn: 7:45 PM ET(3) Utah vs. (11) Gonzaga: 8:40 PM ET(1) North Carolina vs. (9) Providence: 9:40 PM ETLet’s hope round two is as exciting as round one.
A sum of $735.5 million has been allocated to continue the Strategic Public Sector Transformation Project this year.This is outlined in the 2018/19 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.The project, being implemented by the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, is seeking to strengthen public resource management and provide support for select State institutions in facilitating a more enabling environment for private-sector growth.This is being embarked on through the Public Investment Management System, strengthening of the budget-preparation process and results-based budgeting, adaptive public-sector approaches to promote fiscal sustainability, modernisation of the Accountant General’s Department, and fostering industrial and trade through the Bureau of Standards Jamaica. Notable achievements under the project, which commenced in November 2014, include establishment of the Public Investment Management Secretariat (PIMSEC); development of an Enterprise Risk Management Policy, capacity building for public-sector workers involved in budget preparation, certification of 108 public-sector employees in project management, and training for internal auditors.Programmed activities this year include procurement of the Public Investment Management Information System; implementation of a public investment management training programme for civil servants and development of the accompanying curriculum; implementation of the Enterprise Risk Management Policy; preparation of an Asset Management Policy, and Open Government Action Plan; continued rationalisation of budget programmes for select ministries, departments and agencies; and implementation of a National Quality Policy.The project, which is slated to run until January 2020, is funded by the Government, United Kingdom Department for International Development, and World Bank.
Comedienne Jo Brand will be ‘doing herself proud’ during Sport Relief by taking on the BT Sport Relief Challenge: Jo Brand’s Hell of a Walk, a brutal ordeal which will see the 58-year-old attempt to walk an incredible 150 miles in just seven days.The route will see her travel coast-to-coast across the country from Hull to Liverpool. The challenge is sponsored by BT, a long-term supporter of Comic Relief challenges since 2009.The toughest challenge of Jo’s life will see her swap the relative comfort of the stage to endure day after day of tortuous trekking. She faces a relentless schedule, walking from dawn until dark climbing up to 1,530ft as she crosses the Pennines, which also brings high chances of snow and ice.Starting in Hull on Friday 22nd January and finishing in Liverpool on Thursday 28th January, Jo is likely to face swollen and sore feet, blisters and missing toenails. Tackling 60,000 steps and burning around 6,000 calories each day, Jo’s whole body will be aching and the pain of having to repeat this every day will test her to the limit as she exhausts every last ounce of energy to reach Liverpool.Starting out her career as a psychiatric nurse, Jo has spent many years since her rise to fame raising awareness about mental health issues – so it is fitting that during her journey she will highlight the work that Sport Relief does around mental health and issues that impact women and girls across the UK and the world’s poorest communities. Jo will be joined by famous friends and people helped by funded Sport Relief projects along the route to spur her on.Jo said: “When I first started training for this challenge, I didn’t realise I was not the national fitness icon I’d always believed myself to be. My body is a temple …it’s big and it doesn’t move! The realisation is gradually dawning that I have to walk a very, very, very long way, with many days back- to- back using only my poor little legs to carry me – and that’s a gruesome thought. But the hope is that the walk will raise much needed funds for people who really deserve it, which will keep me going.“And, if it doesn’t, I will give Greg (my trainer) full permission to push me off the top of a massive hill. See you at the bottom, folks!”The money raised from Jo’s challenge will be spent to help transform the lives of some of the most disadvantaged people both at home in the UK and across the world’s poorest communities.The BT Sport Relief Challenge: Jo’s Hell of a Walk isn’t the first Sport Relief Challenge BT has sponsored. From John Bishop’s Week of Hell, David Walliams’ epic swims and who could forget Davina McCall’s brave run, cycle and swim across the country, BT have been there all the way. All the ups and downs of Jo’s challenge will be captured for a BBC documentary, to be broadcast in the run up to Sport Relief Weekend, which is taking place from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March.
Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment New York, NY – December 15, 2017 – Nielsen (NYSE:NLSN) and The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) have announced that Nielsen Music will again serve as the exclusive data provider for Canada’s Music Awards – the JUNO Awards. The data provided by Nielsen Music will help CARAS throughout the selection process, from nominations to the JUNO Awards selections.“We’re honoured to again work with CARAS in support of the biggest night in Canadian music,” said Paul Shaver, VP/Head of Nielsen Music Canada.“Providing trusted insights to industry leaders is at the core of Nielsen Music and we once again look forward to celebrating artist achievements at the 2018 JUNO Awards in Vancouver.”“The JUNO Awards are delighted to team up again with Nielsen Music for 2018,” said Allan Reid, President & CEO, CARAS/The JUNO Awards & MusiCounts.“Their trusted data continues to be an essential component in our selection of nominees and award recipients.” Twitter Facebook Advertisement The 47th annual JUNO Awards and JUNO Week 2018 will be hosted in Vancouver from March 19 through March 25, 2018, culminating in The JUNO Awards Broadcast, hosted by Michael Bublé on CBC on Sunday, March 25..About NielsenNielsen Holdings plc (NYSE: NLSN) is a global measurement and data analytics company that provides the most complete and trusted view available of consumers and markets worldwide. Our approach marries proprietary Nielsen data with other data sources to help clients around the world understand what’s happening now, what’s happening next, and how to best act on this knowledge. For more than 90 years Nielsen has provided data and analytics based on scientific rigor and innovation, continually developing new ways to answer the most important questions facing the media, advertising, retail and fast-moving consumer goods industries. An S&P 500 company, Nielsen has operations in over 100 countries, covering more than 90% of the world’s population. For more information, visit www.nielsen.com..About CARASThe Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences/L’académie canadienne des arts et des sciences de l’enregistrement (CARAS) is a not-for-profit organization created to preserve and enhance the Canadian music industry and to contribute toward higher artistic and industry standards. The main focus of CARAS is the exploration and development of ongoing opportunities to showcase and promote Canadian artists and music through vehicles such as The JUNO Awards, MusiCounts, the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and other year-round initiatives. For more information on the 47th Annual JUNO Awards or The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), please visit www.junoawards.ca.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Hey Alexa, what’s my bank account balance?Big banks and financial companies have started to offer banking through virtual assistants — Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri, and Google’s Assistant — in a way that will allow customers to check their balances, pay bills and, in the near future, send money just with their voice. And with the rapid adoption of Zelle, a bank-to-bank transfer system, it soon could be possible to send money to friends or family instantly with voice commands.But the potential to do such sensitive tasks through a smart speaker raises security concerns. Virtual assistants and smart speakers are still relatively new technologies, and potentially susceptible to being exploited by cyber criminals.Regional banking giant U.S. Bank is the first bank to be on all three services — Alexa, Siri and Assistant. The company did a soft launch of its Siri and Assistant services in early March and this month started marketing the option to customers.Other financial companies have set up virtual assistant features. Credit card companies Capital One and American Express both have Alexa skills that allow customers to check their balances and pay bills. There are other smaller banks and credit unions that have set up Google Assistant or Alexa as well.“We want to be there for our customers in any possible way that we can,” said Gareth Gaston, executive vice-president for omnichannel banking at U.S. Bank.For now, U.S. Bank is keeping the features available through bank-by-voice fairly restrictive. Customers will be able to check bank balances, pay U.S. Bank credit cards and mortgages, ask Alexa or Google the due dates on bills, and other basic functions. Money cannot be transferred from a U.S. Bank account using voice yet, Gaston said, but the bank is considering the option.Asking Google, Alexa or Siri for the weather or to tell a joke is one thing, but it’s a whole other issue when these assistants access and share sensitive personal information. These apps will typically announce a person’s available balance over the speaker, which has the potential to create awkward situations at parties.In the case of Google and Alexa, users must create a secure connection between their bank and the assistant through Alexa’s Skills or Google’s Actions. All banks require the use of a four-digit PIN before they will provide balance and bank account info over these speakers, and suggest making those PINs different from the one on a customer’s ATM card.Apple’s Siri is the most restrictive of the three virtual assistants, only showing a user a bank account balance on a screen, and not allowing other features like paying bills. Banks can integrate Siri into their iPhone and iPad apps, but Apple’s HomePod smart speaker that launched earlier this year does not currently accept banking commands. A company spokeswoman declined to say whether that feature was coming.Google Assistant has the capability to do individual voice recognition, providing one additional level of security on that platform, but that is not implemented on U.S. Bank’s Action yet. Security experts say that additional level of security could be foiled, however.“Users’ voices can be recorded, manipulated, and replayed to the assistants,” said Kurt Baumgartner, a security researcher with Kaspersky Lab. “Also, with access to banking accounts and abilities to transfer and pay out money, remote financial fraud may be within the reach of cybercriminal groups soon.”____Ken Sweet covers banks and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for The Associated Press. Follow or message him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/kensweet .
TORONTO – Canada’s main stock market posted its first daily gain in September on Tuesday, joining U.S. markets in a positive day of trading as investors await important news about trade and political decisions on both sides of the border.The 17th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in the United States was basically flat but marked the first TSX gain since Aug. 29, said Catharine Sterritt, portfolio manager for CIBC Asset Management.“It’s as if the market is just holding its breath because we are in front of a lot of news,” she said in an interview.Sterritt pointed to the prospect of important details coming out of Liberal caucus meetings in Saskatoon about the government’s response to the Trans Mountain judicial pipeline decision and the federal response to the U.S. competitive advance from its adoption of accelerated depreciation.Markets are awaiting the conclusion of NAFTA negotiations in the coming weeks as well as China’s response to further potential trade tariffs imposed by the U.S.The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 37.16 points to 16,094.25, after reaching a high or 16,111.65 on 215.6 million shares traded. The market recovered some of the losses over the past seven trading sessions but was still down 1.8 per cent from when it began to lose ground.All sectors except for energy, utilities, gold and base metals rose on the day. It was led by health care even though many cannabis stocks were down.Canadian transportation companies including railways and airlines drove an increase for the industrials sector while the important financial, materials and energy sectors were essentially flat.Recreational products company BRP Inc. was the biggest loser of the day on the TSX after it launched a marketed secondary offering for 8.7 million shares by its largest shareholders and also filed to list its shares on the Nasdaq Global Select Market. It closed down $5.98, or 8.41 per cent, to $65.13.The Canadian dollar was trading at an average of 76.22 cents US compared with an average of 75.97 cents US on Monday.It rose as Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland briefly resumed NAFTA negotiations in Washington.“The overall market is still expecting that we’re going to see a positive resolution, especially on the auto side, but it is concerning this threat of auto tariffs and so people do want to see this resolved,” Sterritt said.The October crude contract was up US$1.71 to US$69.25 per barrel as concern was raised about potential disruptions from hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico. This comes despite expectations that the U.S. administration is putting pressure on OPEC and Russia to keep oil flowing to reduce prices at the pump ahead of key midterm elections, she added.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 113.99 points to 25,971.06. The S&P 500 index was up 10.76 points to 2,887.89, while the Nasdaq composite was up 48.31 points at 7,972.47.The risks overhang a booming core economy in the United States, where demand is growing and there is another industrial revolution happening in technology that could spur further market growth.“It’s very interesting times when we have such strong corporate metrics and so many clouds on the macro horizon,” Sterritt said. “It’s going to be a stock pickers opportunity for sure.”The October natural gas contract was up 2.4 cents at US$2.83 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was up US$2.40 to US$1,202.20 an ounce and the December copper contract was down 0.65 cents at US$2.62 a pound.
OSHAWA – Autoworkers from across Ontario are set to rally in Windsor on Friday across from the General Motors headquarters in Detroit.The 11 a.m. protest against the company’s decision to close a plant in Oshawa coincides with a General Motors investors meeting.Unifor, the union that represents GM autoworkers, is bussing protesters in from cities that include Kitchener, Brampton and London.The rally is the latest in a string of actions opposing the plant’s closure.Earlier in the week, unionized workers at the Oshawa assembly plant staged two work stoppages to protest their employer’s decision to close the facility.The protest came after Unifor president Jerry Dias sat down with GM on Tuesday to talk about proposals the union had made to extend the life of the Ontario plant, but came away empty-handed.Approximately 2,600 workers will lose their jobs when the plant closes at the end of the year.Related content:GM rejects Unifor proposals to keep Oshawa plant open; workers walk off the jobGM workers back to work after 2nd sit-in at Oshawa plantGM working to retrain employees affected by Oshawa plant closure