On the field at NTL it may sound a bit strange to hear an Irish accent controlling the game.But that voice would be Derek Fisher, a referee who has moved to Australia for 12 months. After 4 years of refereeing in Europe, he is now part of the premier competition in Australia, the X-Blades National Touch League.Derek took up refereeing because of the shortage of referees where he was playing in Germany, and it went from there.“I got into back in Germany because somebody had to do it,” Derek said.And four years on he is still doing it, and most importantly, enjoying it.“One of the things I enjoy about refereeing is that you’ve got a chance to shine as an individual and still have the team element there. But certainly with the accreditation system you (Australia) have, you can individual goals as well, that’s one of the things that is really good, and one of the most satisfying things.”Derek arrived in Australia in late November, and was refereeing at his first tournament, the NSW State Cup, within weeks. And he has been busy ever since, refereeing in several tournaments in his short amount of time in Australia. During his time as a referee, he has had the chance to travel around Europe. Even though the competition is small, it is widespread across the continent, resulting in him travelling a lot, especially in the past year.“Last year in April the comp was in Vienna, May was Berlin, in June we had a national training camp in Cologne, then July was Paris for the Euros, September was Cologne again and October was Frankfurt.” He is making the most of his time in Australia, trying to progress through the ranks. “The badging systems are different. You guys [in Australia] have six badges, where in Europe you have only got five…So at the moment I am a European three, which I got at last Euros. I am going for my red badge while I am here.”Derek says that the quality of touch is much higher in Australia, which is understandable due to the fact that touch in Europe is still progressing. “To give you a feel for it, most of the sides that are here today, the Open’s sides, would knock over the [international] teams back home… The gap can only get closer.”And touch players will hear this accent around for the next eight months, as he is staying in Australia until November, before heading back to Europe in time for the 2010 Euro’s.
Tottenham boss Pochettino: I don’t doubt Eriksen commitmentby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino insists he’s happy with the form of Christian Eriksen.The Dane struggled last night for their 2-2 draw with Champions League opponents Olympiakos.But Pochettino insists he has no concerns about the midfielder’s focus.”No I am happy with [Eriksen’s] performance,” said Pochettino. “Maybe yesterday wasn’t his best game, like the team, I think the quality of the performance wasn’t the best from us but I am happy with the commitment of Christian. He ran a lot, was very committed with the team, the effort, but I’m not concerned about him.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Plano (Tex.) West five-star running back Soso Jamabo has his pick of the litter when it comes to playing college football. Jamabo has officially visited UCLA, Texas and Notre Dame, with the Bruins and Longhorns reportedly having the lead for his services, per 247.That didn’t stop Jamabo from having some fun when asked about his finalists. He named two schools, just not the ones people would expect:That’s right, Jamabo claims he’s down to the University of Phoenix and ITT Tech. Not sure if either school can compete with the tradition, weather or gameday atmosphere of UCLA or Texas, but neither program has lost in years and might lead the country in television advertisements. Jamabo even took things a step further on Twitter this afternoon, posting this hilarious edited photo playing up the whole mock situation:I just wanna thank God.. pic.twitter.com/cdnMiGzNQ4— SOMI JaMITCHELL (@Soso_Jamabo1) January 26, 2015If Jamabo’s budding football career doesn’t work out, comedy could be a decent backup plan.
Action On Addiction has announced that it is to welcome its Patron, HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, on a visit to Hope House in London on 19 February 2013.Nick Barton, Chief Executive of Action on Addiction, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming our Patron, the Duchess of Cambridge, to visit our women’s treatment centre, Hope House.“Many women who experience substance dependence also have a history of difficult relationships, domestic violence, or other compulsive disorders. Hope House offers women a safe, secure and comfortable place to recover and receive a holistic treatment programme, offering additional support to help them come to terms with their dependency and other problems.“The Duchess’ support, in throwing a spotlight on addiction and recovery and helping us to break down the stigma associated with this complex condition, is enormously important. We are grateful for her continued involvement with the charity, and her enthusiasm for understanding more about our clients and staff.”Hope House is a safe, secure and comfortable place for women to recover from substance dependence and receive additional support for other compulsive disorders. It is unique amongst the various Action on Addiction recovery centres in that it is just for women, with a programme designed to allow women to overcome their addictions in a secure, tailored environment.The committed and highly qualified staff includes specialists in addiction as well as personality and eating disorders. They work as a diverse team of counsellors and therapists, providing a structured treatment programme for women with complex needs.Susanne Hakimi, Head of Service for Action on Addiction’s Hope House, said: “The issues associated with women who have become dependent on drugs or alcohol can be complex and sensitive – from self- image to physical abuse. Many women feel more comfortable, and are therefore more likely to have a successful recovery, in a women’s only setting which is why a safe space like Hope House is so important.“During her visit, the Duchess will hear first-hand our female clients’ experiences of their addiction and recovery journeys. She will also have the opportunity to experience what a typical day at Hope House is like and find out why a range of treatments, such as art therapy and information on nutrition, are effective in helping women start to re-build their lives. And the staff and clients at Hope House are very much looking forward to meeting her.”Hope House is a beautiful Grade II listed Georgian house, located in a peaceful corner of South West London, close to Clapham Common. Hope House opened in Maida Vale in 1988 and had only 8 beds. It moved to Clapham Common (into the former Thurston House) in 2009. The refurbished house was launched in 2009 by Trinny Woodall, and now treats up to 23 women at one time.
This time, Meenakshi Lekhi, the BJP candidate from New Delhi, is all set to sweep the Lok Sabha polls, at least according to what she said in an exclusive interview with Anup Verma & Abhinay Lakshman of the Millennium Post. Lekhi said some might think she is up against heavyweight candidates, but the only one formidable in New Delhi is none other than her. Excerpts: How has your campaign been so far? What are the issues you are focusing on? Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesIt’s just absolutely fantastic. You can see the affection of people, enthusiasm of our party workers and the response from the general public. The whole thing is worth a watch. Look, issues change with changing times. But, what we are talking about here is the five years of work that the Modi government has accomplished. In addition to this, I am addressing the work that I have achieved in the last five years in my constituency, including how I have dealt with a variety of issues inside and outside of parliament. These are the things we are talking about. Development is definitely the agenda we are setting here, because an urban constituency comprises of an aware electorate. But nationalism and national politics remain as important and we are also talking about policies that our government has framed in this regard. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarWhat are some local issues your campaign will zero in on? The worst issue we are dealing with happens to be the water crisis. And I believe if New Delhi has water crisis, every other constituency will also have water crisis. I cannot deal with this because it is a subject matter that comes under the Delhi government’s jurisdiction. Earlier, as a representative of this area I had got Rs 900 crore sanctioned from the Central budget for the Delhi government to put to use. But the execution and work strategy of how this money is used remains under the purview of Delhi government. Since they never involved me, I don’t know what strategy or what plan do they have for dealing with the water crisis here. They got this budgetary allocation on my demand from the Centre. Further on, how do you plan to work with NDMC and the Delhi government, given that you share jurisdiction with them? Look, conflicts in this regard come and go on a daily basis. But, irrespective of conflicting issues, a lot can be done if intentions are well placed. My point is that I don’t bring politics into developmental aspects or helping people. I don’t believe in that and repeatedly I have made this clear to the Delhi government. I have always maintained that we should work together on dealing with the issues at hand. We will play politics when it comes to elections, but I have not received a positive response from the other side on working towards resolving these issues together. My faith in not politicising developmental issues and bringing basic amenities like water to the people of Delhi does not seem to be reciprocated. What has your crowning achievement been as an MP in the last five years? You see, there have been so many national policies that our government has introduced, launched, and nurtured. But a lot of them haven’t been applied in Delhi. As a legislator, my role has been to try to get these policies applied in New Delhi 100 percent. I have tried my level best to make sure that people of Delhi can reap the benefits of schemes that have been passed by our government. I have tried to bring these benefits to the people and help them, whether it is Mudra, Jandhan, or Ujjwala. As an MP, I’ve spent Rs 32 crore to develop my constituency, whereas the MPLAD fund only allows for Rs 25 crore. I utilised every bit of resource, including the leftover of Rs 7 crore of MPLAD fund from my predecessor. New Delhi is one of the top smart cities in India. What more you are planning for this smart city? There are many things which are possible. We have achieved a target of about 40 per cent smartness, so to speak. I wish I could achieve 100 percent and we’ve done quite a bit towards that end. The whole 100 percent is very much doable if all of the authorities invested in the issue work together and cooperate. But what I want to work on is garbage management and waste disposal. There are various possible ways that I’m looking at for garbage disposable solutions close to the area, in the vicinity of the constituency. This is because it is imperative that we find a solution that considerably reduces the number of garbage trucks we send to the landfills. Other than this, I intervened and got around 10 Sewage Treatment Plants put up. What’s the first thing you promise to do, if you are re-elected? There are still one or two places in New Delhi where open defecation is still a problem. So, I have decided that I’m going to build toilets there immediately. There is a place called Timbre Market in Moti Nagar, where a park is used as a place for open defecation and that particular cluster needs a bit of redoing. In fact, I went to Bhanwar Singh Camp on Monday and there was a place, a part of the ridge that was used for open defecation. I had got that area enclosed and converted into a park and built toilets in the area. Some would say you are going up against formidable opponents in New Delhi. How do you feel about that, given that things are different from what they were in 2014? Yes, I agree that things are different this time around. So, as compared to 2014, I believe our margins will increase. Mr Maken, whom I defeated by a margin of more than two and a half lakh votes, will lose this year by a larger margin. If somebody is formidable in this seat, it happens to be Meenakshi Lekhi and no one else. What are some other challenges you might face in the run-up to the polls? There is no challenge whatsoever that I feel I must be aware of. There is resounding confidence that I have nothing to worry about in these polls. The only thing that worries me is that the campaign is exhausting and as a result of speaking continuously, my throat has taken a toll. So, other than that there is nothing else that worries me.
Ohio State senior guard C.J. Jackson drives to the basket against Cleveland State in St. John Arena on Nov. 23. Ohio State won 89-62. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorOhio State head coach Chris Holtmann knows it can be a painful experience attempting to game plan and execute against Syracuse’s stifling 2-3 zone defense. “It’s like going to the dentist. And not just for cleaning,” Holtmann said. In today’s ever-changing and increasingly unpredictable world, college basketball fans can take solace in one constant: Whether you love it or you detest it, head coach Jim Boeheim and his Syracuse men’s basketball team (3-2) will trot out onto the court in its patented 2-3 zone defense. The main challenge for Holtmann this week: Find areas of vulnerability and put together a game plan that best allows his undefeated (6-0) and No. 16th-ranked Buckeyes to penetrate a suffocating style of play.Projected StartersNo. 16 Ohio State (6-0) G — C.J. Jackson — Senior, 12.7 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.8 apgG — Luther Muhammad — Freshman, 9.5 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.2 apgF — Kyle Young — Sophomore, 6.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 0.8 apgF — Andre Wesson — Junior, 7.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.5 apgF — Kaleb Wesson — Sophomore, 14.7 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.2 apgSyracuse (2-3) G — Tyus Battle – Junior, 17.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.2 apgF — Oshae Brissett – Sophomore, 14.8 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 1.8 apgG — Jalen Carey – Freshman, 9.4 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.0 apgC — Paschal Chukwu – Senior, 5.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 0.0 apgF — Elijah Hughes – Junior, 14.8 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.2 apgOne option to beat the zone is to shoot over the top of it, requiring Ohio State’s main offensive contributors, such as redshirt senior guard Keyshawn Woods to be sharp in their perimeter shooting on Wednesday night. “As guards and shooters on the wings we have to be ready to shoot no matter what game it is, but especially this game though because there’s going to be a lot of opportunities to make 3s,” Woods said.Woods has plenty of experience playing against Syracuse back in his days in the ACC at Wake Forest, where he went up against the Orange on a number of occasions.He made it clear that this is the game where he wants to finally beat Syracuse. “I mean I’m a competitor and I don’t like losing, and I’ve lost to them three times now and only beat them once, and the game we did beat them I got hurt, so in my eyes, I didn’t beat them,” Woods said. “So that’s why I really want this game.”Option two is to pass the ball into the vacated middle of the zone which generally lies between the foul line and the top of the key. Opposing teams have done well in the past to use this area as their base of operations, forcing Syracuse’s center to make a decision: staying where he is positioned around the basket and allowing the offensive player to get a clean shot off, or stepping out to contest the potential shooter and opening up passing lanes and access to the basket behind him. The offensive player in the middle of the zone can also look to make a pass back out to the perimeter if a teammate finds his way open. “It’s really important, as long as we can get the ball in the middle we will be fine,” Woods said. “If we get it in the middle, we’ll break down the zone because that’s when they really get spread out, and if we move and attack gaps, we’ll have the upper hand.”Offensively, Syracuse boasts three scorers who average double figures per contest.Junior guard Tyus Battle leads the way at 17.6 points per game and is the main offensive weapon for the Orange after deciding last spring to forego entry into the NBA Draft and return to the team for another season. “He’s versatile and very aggressive on offense,” Woods said. “He’s going to get his at the end of the day and he can score at all three levels and we know from the scouting report and I know from playing against him in the ACC that he’s their go to guy, and he’s going to try to get his as much as possible, and we’ve got to maintain him.”Battle is backed up by junior forward Elijah Hughes and sophomore forward Oshae Brissett who both average 14.8 points per game. One area of concern that Holtmann stressed was rebounding. He noted his team’s struggles in that department and how that will be a key component of Wednesday night’s matchup. Brissett and Hughes lead the way for the Orange on the boards, with senior center Paschal Chukwu also being a force around the basket at 7 feet 2 inches tall.Chukwu injured his groin in last week’s game against Colgate and his status for Wednesday night’s matchup is up in the air. If Chukwu can’t go, the Buckeyes will likely get a healthy dose a pair of sophomore forwards in Bourama Sidibe and Marek Dolezaj. Sidibe averages five points and five rebounds per game while Dolezaj averages more than three points a game to go with just over two rebounds per game. Ohio State takes on Syracuse at home at 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday.
Urban Meyer and Gene Smith listen as President Drake speaks at a press conference on on Aug. 22, 2018. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorThe College Football Playoff committee announced Friday that Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith has stepped down from his post on the College Football Playoff selection committee after two years. Smith said that his focus is now on first-year Ohio State head coach Ryan Day. “Serving on this committee has been an honor,” Smith said in the release. “Contributing to this great sport is always a privilege, and I will miss the time with my colleagues. It is imperative for me to have 100% focus in helping our new coach with his transition at The Ohio State University this fall.”According to Bill Hancock, the executive director of the College Football Playoff, Smith was an “invaluable member” of the committee given his experience as both a former student-athlete, coach and collegiate administrator. “This is a significant time commitment, and we understand Gene’s need to focus on his primary responsibility on campus,” Hancock said.Iowa athletic director Gary Barta will replace Smith on the committee.
Juventus have announced the signing of starlet Christian Makoun.Makoun was a target of Spanish giants Real Madrid this summer with many expecting him to move to the Bernabeu.But the Los Merengues have been dealt a blow by Juventus who moved swiftly to sign the teenage Venezuelan.Juventus began negotiations with Venezuelan side Zamora last week and have moved quickly to sign the teenage midfield sensation from the grasp of Real Madrid.“Let’s talk about Frederic Makoun Reyes, a Venezuelan midfielder and central defender with a Belgian passport who has joined Juventus from Asociačín Civil Zamora FC.” Juventus said in their official statement, according to Calciomercato. Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.Un nuovo arrivo per la nostra #Primavera: Frederick Makoun Reyes! ➡️ https://t.co/6QJWpbJuL8 #JuventusYouth pic.twitter.com/o4kTseT1jH— JuventusFC Youth (@JuventusFCYouth) July 20, 2018Makoun, 20, has a lot of experience despite his young age, he has played in the Copa Libertadores and the Copa Sudamericana. He also played a huge part in Zamora winning the Venezuelan League last season, making a vast number of appearances for the team.Makoun joins Emre Can, Leandro Spinazzola, Mattia Caldara and Cristiano Ronaldo as the summer additions of the Old Lady so far this summer.
August 10, 2018 FacebookTwitter Posted: August 10, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News KUSI Newsroom Updated: 1:19 PM KUSI Newsroom, Man who threatened Torrey Pines High School sent to jail, treatment SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A former Torrey Pines High School student who posted threats targeting the school on his Instagram account was sentenced Friday to a year in custody, with at least six months to be served at a residential alcohol and mental health treatment facility.Kevin Matlak, 21, pleaded guilty last month to one count of making a criminal threat.Superior Court Judge Polly Shamoon placed Matlak on five years probation and ordered him to stay away from Torrey Pines High and have no contact with three people named in a criminal complaint.Defense attorney Brian Watkins said Matlak didn’t threaten anyone directly, but three former classmates — whom the defendant didn’t know — read his posts on Instagram and felt threatened by them.The classmates of Matlak’s who graduated in 2015 reported the threats to law enforcement on May 30, leading to his arrest.“I hate all of you,” Matlak wrote in one post, according to Deputy District Attorney Matthew Greco.“Get the (expletive) out of San Diego 2K18 before I find u,” the defendant wrote in another post. Matlak also posted a photo of him holding an AR-15 rifle in one hand and giving the middle finder with the other hand, Greco said.RELATED STORY: Former Torrey Pines High School student pleads guilty to making threatsThe principal of Torrey Pines High School wrote a letter to the court, detailing how the threats impacted him and his assistant principals, knowing that the person making the threats had not been arrested and knowing that they could be in harm’s way after they made the decision to keep the school open the next day.Kevin Matlak from 2015
Email Demi Lovato: New Music Coming “Very Soon” demi-lovato-hints-new-music-could-be-coming-very-soon Demi Lovato Hints New Music Could Be Coming “Very Soon” The GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter is ready to move on from 2017’s ‘Tell Me You Love Me’ with new musicRenée FabianGRAMMYs May 29, 2018 – 11:16 am With her powerful duet with Christina Aguilera, “Fall In Line,” still hot off the presses, it seems Demi Lovato has had plenty of inspiration to push forward with new music of her own coming “very, VERY soon. … Could be a matter of weeks actually.”During a round of answering fan questions over the weekend, the GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter was asked about a third single from 2017’s Tell Me You Love Me, her sixth studio album. In response, Lovato tweeted that there would not be a third single and that she is ready to move on to something new. Pretty much… I have so much new music to release very VERY soon!!! https://t.co/EaAaiJ4mjD— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) May 29, 2018Of course, the natural follow-up is whether or not a new single or album could be coming soon. And, in fact, the answer is yes: Lovato hinted that we should expect something new as soon as a few weeks, while also divulging that she has “so much new music to release.” Facebook News Twitter Very VERY soon…. could be a matter of weeks actually https://t.co/vOciaHp5mD— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) May 29, 2018While it’s unclear if that means just new singles or the makings of her seventh studio album, it sounds like we won’t have to wait long to find out what’s in store next. In the meantime, you can still catch Lovato on her worldwide tour with DJ Khaled with dates through Nov. 27.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYsRead more