The Wigan v Chelsea quiz

first_imgChelsea start their Premier League campaign with a match at Wigan on Sunday. Test your knowledge of the recent history between the two clubs by seeing how many of these five questions you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-10] Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

QUEENSLAND BRANCH MOVING OFFICE

first_imgPlease be advised that the Queensland branch of Touch Football Australia is moving office. As of Monday 5 June 2006, their new address and contact details will be:Touch Football QueenslandLevel 3, Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre (QSAC)Kessels RoadNathan Qld 4111Ph. 1300 654 002Fax. 07- 3420 4664Due to relocation requirements of telephones and office equipment/furniture we will not be contactable via landline or fax between Midday Thursday 1st June and 8am Friday 5th June 2006.  All staff will be contactable on their mobiles during this time.  Diversions will be in place from Midday Thursday from the previous QTA telephone numbers, fax numbers and mailing address to the new office.  Our 1800 186824 number has also been cancelled as of 31 May.Email access will be available to most staff during this time.  Please adjust your records accordingly.We appreciate your patience during this time.Staff mobile contact numbers for assistance are:Jeremy Sorensen 0408 880 030Andrew Barr 0422 396 163Brent Chambers 0407 549 909Gary Madders 0418 889 050Kathy Sweeney 0410 421 430Karley Banks 0408 068 742last_img read more

‘Haere Ra’, Mr Ian Milne san

first_imgA fitting tribute to a mighty fine and soon to be retired ANZAC ambassador and mate. By Julian Buckmaster – @JulianTFA“You can’t kill weeds!”As with most international sporting events, the great occasion of international elite competition affords a great opportunity for respective cultures, creeds and flags and foes to converge in a mutually friendly and familiar setting and embrace.This was no more evident than at the official 2016 Trans Tasman welcome ceremony and function held in Auckland overnight. The number of pleasantries and cultural exchanges marked symbolically, and at times beautifully, the great occasion of this year’s series featuring the popular and very progressive inclusion of Japan into the Australasian biennial battle. Of particular highlight and note was the traditional Maori greeting from the local Maori elders and Polynesian strains and beats from the local house band. But in amongst the speeches and brilliant renditions of Hakas, ceremonial greetings’ and, well, some more questionable contemporary cultural renditions, was a truly stirring tribute. A tribute to a man of fine repute and a true stalwart of the sport in New Zealand and abroad.This one will live long in the memory of this fine ambassador and his equally remarkable wife, Soyra. This quiet, retiring type would probably prefer it done any other way than a full-blown presentation in front a large audience, such is his humble and modest nature. That is, to quietly retire in a more subdued and discrete fashion.But to everyone present and to all in the international community that know of the vast contributions of both he and his wife, Soyra, there could be nor more fitting opportunity and occasion. â€œAgain, you don’t in my opinion do this for what you get out of it and to be appreciated in front of your peers and countries – who are like family to us all, is a great honour and privilege” he said.“I was blown away that I received the plaque but inside the box was amazing; a blessed and rather large piece of Maori greenstone mere [traditional Maori weapon].“I will certainly treasure this as I will the memory of reception in front of the marvellous community we have come to know and love.”‘Pounamu’, the Maori word for greenstone derives from New Zealand’s South Island – some of them have a balance in them and a warmth which is the tradition for when they are blessed.  Affectionately known as “Milney” and widely regarded in New Zealand, Australia and across the world for his work as a volunteer at events including Trans-Tasman’s, Touch World Cup’s, some Pacific Nations events, he will, as they, be greatly missed.Both CEOs of Touch Football Australian and Touch New Zealand [Joe Sprangers], were effusive in their praise of the great man and his long reputation and dedication. “On behalf of the Touch Football Australia community this is outstanding recognition of Ian and Soyra, two marvellous supporters and contributors to touch Football across both sides of the Tasman,” Maguire said following Sprangers’ moving tribute and presentation to Ian.“They are such dedicated volunteers and simply amazing people and a joy to work with along with Joe and the Touch New Zealand team.”And, as they also say, behind every great man…and in front and to the side of Ian is as always his lovely and equally regarded wife, Soyra. From the global sport perspective, Bill Ker had it right on the money: “In the 46-member nations that form the federation, volunteers are the backbone of the sport and give their time and skills to each member nation in a willing manner,” he said. “None more so than Ian from New Zealand who after 20 years [NZ for the last 10], assisting NZ in a volunteer capacity with their tournament control has retired leaving a huge void left by Ian and will be temporarily filled by those whom he has up-skilled during his many roles working for New Zealand.But fittingly, the final word goes to Soyra who has been side-by-side with Ian with his long and distinguished volunteer roles.“Just because he is retiring, I’m not!” Soyra emphatically said at the announcement of Ian’s pending retirement.“So, we better find a way for him to be involved as I will still be going.  â€œHaving said that he will always want to be involved in some fashion…you can’t kill weeds!” Nor would you think the weeds would grow under this man’s feet for too long.Related LinksThanks Ian & Soyra!last_img read more

10 months agoChelsea boss Sarri: I won’t argue against our contract policy

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Sarri: I won’t argue against our contract policyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri says there’s little shifting the club’s contract policy for players over 30 years of age.Sarri pledged to respect the stance of Chelsea’s board when it comes to limiting the length of contracts offered to their older players.When asked if he agrees with that blanket policy, he said: “Oh, it depends. It depends on the single situation I think.”It’s a rule and so we have to respect that, I think.”As you know very well the big problem is the duration of the new contracts. Because, as you know, over 30 years the club offers only one year to renew.”And for a player of 31, it’s a big problem to sign a new contract for only one year. So the problem is only this, I think.” last_img read more

20 days agoBVB chief Zorc raps Aubameyang: You’re out of order!

first_imgBVB chief Zorc raps Aubameyang: You’re out of order!by Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBorussia Dortmund sports chief Michael Zorc jumped into the row between CEO Hans Joachim-Watzke and Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.Aubameyang branded Watzke a “clown” and accused BVB of snapping Barcelona’s hand off regarding the money offered for Ousmane Dembele. The former BVB star was responding to Watzke suggesting Aubameyang left the club for money.Zorc said, “I think Auba has been out of order. Aki did not say anything bad. We have always stood behind Auba. That’s why I cannot understand this reaction.”What he means by that, since I really know all the backgrounds, I do not know. We have absolutely nothing to reproach ourselves with.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Pellegrini Arnautovic wont refuse to play for West Ham

first_imgWest Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini doubts Marko Arnautovic will attempt to force through a move to China in a similar manner to that of Dmitri PayetChinese Super League champions Shanghai SIPG have reportedly had their £35m bid for Arnautovic turned down by West Ham.Despite the Austrian forward’s desire for the transfer to East Asia to go ahead, West Ham are unwilling to part with their top scorer.This has caused comparisons to be made between Arnautovic’s current predicament to that of Payet two years ago, who forced a move to Marseille by going on strike.Speaking ahead to this Saturday’s trip to Bournemouth, however, Pellegrini expects Arnautovic to remain professional despite the ongoing uncertainty over his future.“How is his mood? When you have such a high offer everyone wants to leave,” said Pellegrini, according to Sky Sports.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“He has a contract here, we know what will happen about that in the coming days.“Everyone is talking about his future. He knows what is the best option for him. We will see what happens between the clubs.”“I don’t think he will refuse to play.”Amid interest from Valencia, Pellegrini hopes to retain Mexican striker Javier Hernandez despite his struggles to hold on to a regular starting spot under the Chilean this season.“There are so many rumours about players coming and going from West Ham,” said Pellegrini.“Javier is part of the squad, he, unfortunately, has had two long injuries but he will continue to be an important player to us.”last_img read more

TCIG Continues to Recogniza its Heroes During Social Workers Month – March

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 01 Apr 2015 – As the Department of Social Development and Gender Affairs, Ministry of Environment and Home Affairs, continues to recognize Social Work Month 2015, we celebrate the dedicated and committed Social Workers for the roles they have played in the Turks and Caicos Islands in “Paving the way for change”.The question was asked these serving officers “Why social work?” It is amazing to see that the most common factor is the desire to help others and bring about change in the communities they live and serve.These are the Social Workers of the Turks and Caicos Islands:Nicole WintSocial Worker, South CaicosInline images 2I believe it was Confucius who said “If you choose a job you love, you will never have to work a day in your life.” This is one philosophy that had stuck with me throughout my Social Work Career. The one thing I have always known I would like to do with my life is to assist others and intercede on their behalf.I was the youngest one in my class in College. People habitually asked me what I knew about Social Work being so young. Sometimes I would ask myself the same question but after realizing that my zeal to mediate on the behalf of others would not diminish, I knew I had chosen the right path.Having spent the last eight years as a professional Social Worker, I realize more each day that I am fulfilling my purpose. I am a better person due to my profession. I have learned how to be humble and put the needs of others before my own. Frankly, I would not have it any other way.Olivia DayeSenior Social Worker, ProvidencialesInline images 3I entered the Social Work profession out of a genuine desire to improve the lives of others. Making a difference in someone’s life, no matter how small or how great has always been important to me. As a child growing up, my first career choice was to become a medical doctor and as such, I was mentored by one. I observed my mentor giving of herself to the children of a Children’s Home that was located in close proximity to where she had her private practice. She got so involved to the point where she adopted two of the children from the home.My parents also were highly involved in the nurturing of other children and caring for persons in need within our community. The influence of these positive role models in my life inspired me to make a difference in the lives of others. Working with different personalities of varying background on a day-to day basis has proven to be challenging and sometimes overwhelming but no doubt rewarding. For me, my work is not just an interest but a divine calling. I have been in this profession for 13 years and in spite of the challenges encountered, I am still very passionate about improving the lives of others.Jaala KennedySocial Worker, Grand TurkInline images 4I reflect on the theme for Social Work Month 2015 “Pave the way for Change” and my reason for pursuing the profession of Social Work. I realized that today it is somewhat different from what drove me to become a social worker ten years ago.I initially wanted to empower others. Today I have decided to continue striving in this noble profession because it allows me the opportunity to be empowered myself.The clients I have served and encountered as a Social Worker have amazed me by their unexplainable bravery to fight the odds they daily face by choosing to Believe despite their persecutionsDream beyond their current situationsLive in spite of their limitationsI have recently decided to broaden my prospective and adopt the mindset of many I serve and have dared to believe, dream and live. These are the first three steps needed in paving the way for change in this profession and the world in which we live.Tania Allen-LewisSenior Social Worker, Grand TurkInline images 5To say that Social Work was my first area of interest as a Profession would be disingenuous because my desire was to become a Psychologist. Although this desire was not actualized and has not vanished, I strongly believe that it was my destiny to become a part of the Social Work Profession because of the innate qualities that makes me who I amMatthew 22:14 says that “Many are called but few are chosen”. Throughout my eight years of experience as a Social Worker, there is no doubt in my mind that one has to be chosen for such a Profession as this. I have always been of the opinion that if everyone contributes positively in the communities they live and help their fellow men by way of giving of themselves and their support, this world will be a better place.The theme for Social Work Month 2015 “Social Work pave the way for change” not only encompasses what Social Workers have done to bring about change in their communities but also the positive changes brought about within all of us.Tiffany Thomas-BrowneDeputy Director, Grand TurkInline images 6I first became fascinated with the field of Social Work by observing a Social Worker who was practicing and working directly in the field. I was amazed and excited with the way she conducted investigations, interviews, interacted and engaged the client on a child abuse case.I got my foot wet and was introduced to this field as a Clerical Officer/Welfare Assistant in South Caicos in 1999. I grew a keen interest and became inquisitive on how to become a Social Worker. I observed that there were certain skills that one must possess including: compassion, empathy, problem solving, confidentiality, communication and an overall passion and desire to help people help themselves. What’s most fulfilling about my career is being able to connect, engage and get through to clients; seeing clients follow through with services and eventually leave the system; and providing counseling, mentoring and long-standing programs. We will continue to pave the way for change.Are you committed to our cause? If so, join us! Become a Social Worker and begin paving the way for change. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:recognize, social worker, TCIG Recommended for you Editorial: Listen to your Mama TCI Premier Responds To Beaches’ Letter Announcing Closure Seriously, Sixth Form registration begins at Clement Howell High Aug 15last_img read more

Its Time To Fill The Boot Again

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享CES firefighters, together with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, will post up with boots in hand, asking pedestrians, motorists, customers and other passersby to make a donation to MDA for the firefighters’ annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign. Since 1954 when Fill the Boot events began, the International Firefighters Association has raised over $530 million for MDA. In 2018, CES raised over $7,000 during the fundraising event. All proceeds go to benefit muscular dystrophy. CES Deputy Chief Dan Grimes on the day of the event last year: “We’ve got volunteers out here from our fire department, we’ve got our fire department staff, families of our firefighters out here today. All of us out here helping to raise money for muscular dystrophy.” center_img Each year, over the Labor Day weekend Central Emergency Services holds their annual fundraiser at the Fred Meyer parking lot in Soldotna. CES will Fill the Boot the following times:August 30 – 11:00AM-6:00PMAugust 31 – 10:00AM – 4:00PMlast_img read more

5280 Gets Fairey to Design DNC Obama Cover

first_imgSEE ALSO: Brogan’s Blog Post for FOLIO:Denver, Colorado is gearing up for the Democratic Convention later this month, and 5280, the city’s well-regarded regional magazine, scored a bit of coup by landing Shepard Fairey, the renowned street artist, to design its August cover.“I honestly think it’s the best issue we’ve ever done,” Daniel Brogan, 5280’s editor and publisher, wrote in an e-mail to FOLIO:.Fairey, who gained notoriety in the late 1990s for his viral “Obey” designs, featuring an iconic image of Andre the Giant, received similar critical acclaim for a Barack Obama poster he designed earlier this year. “Anytime you put a politician on the cover of a magazine, you’re bound to make people mad. And in a swing state like Colorado, a political cover means you’re probably going to offend a whole bunch of people,” Brogan wrote in his editor’s note. “So when we sat down to choose an image that would kick off this month’s issue of 5280, we spent weeks looking for a way to avoid anything that might be construed as partisan.”But when they settled on an Obama cover, Brogan fired off a blind e-mail to Fairey. “His people got back to me within a few hours,” Brogan wrote. “He was very open to our ideas and didn’t complain a bit about the usual concessions you have to make for things like logos, headlines, and UPC codes.”While Brogan declined to reveal what he paid Fairey for the cover design, he hinted 5280’s wide distribution in Denver led the artist to give the magazine a discounted rate. The magazine has a circulation of 92,000.“Let’s just say that Shepard was very accommodating,” Brogan wrote. “He really understood both the importance of the occasion, and the fact that it’ll be seen by a lot of key people.” In addition to its newsstand presence, 5280 is placed nearly all of the area’s top hotels, so the delegates, media and VIPs attending the convention will see Fairey’s image, Brogan wrote.“People seem pretty surprised that Shepard would do a cover for a local magazine, so it’s been a real coup for us.”Annual revenue for 5280 is approximately $8 million, up from $5 million in 2004.last_img read more

Returning to the Walled Garden

first_imgWith print losses mounting, and online ad revenues not living up to expectations, some publishers are returning to the idea of monetizing editorial content online. In April, Court TV and American Lawyer founder Steve Brill, along with former Wall Street Journal publisher L. Gordon Crovitz and media exec Leo Hindery Jr., created Journalism Online, an ambitious initiative to build an automated system that will allow magazine and newspaper publishers to charge subscription fees for online content.Charging for content online may not be feasible for all publishers but may at least be worth considering. Here’s how three publishers have successfully implemented online paid content models.August Home PublishingPlansNow.comGiving away content for free online has been “a big mistake,” according to August Home Publishing founder Don Peschke. He’s been charging for content online for more than 15 years and says within five years those revenues could make up as much as 50 percent of the company’s total revenue. August Home could become “entirely electronic” if those projections become reality, he says. “This is the electronic, paid delivery of content—editorial delivered via the Web, e-mail and mobile,” Peschke adds. “This isn’t about PDFs or anything that resembles a magazine page. We’re developing new graphic presentation formats that incorporate text, photos, video, animation and audio, and fit wide computer monitors. It’s about being dynamically interactive.”In 1994—after launching Garden Gate, Cuisine at Home and Workbench—Peschke took Woodsmith online with the intention of selling its content.The move online was an important one for August Home since, until this year, only Workbench carried print advertising (and it will stop doing that as of the June 2009 issue). “We signed up members who paid an annual subscription fee to purchase woodworking plans, which were PDFs of articles from Woodsmith,” Peschke says.Two years later, in 1996, August Home began charging a per-download fee. “This was not a membership program, rather a pay-per-download format,” he says. “By 2008, we were selling approximately 100 to 150 plans a day, at a price range of $4.95 to $12.95. Woodworking plans do well because the average price point, which is $9.95, works for typical single-purchase credit card transactions.”Last December, Peschke expanded the model by launching a paid membership component for a site called PlansNow.com, which was divided into three pay levels: “Classic” free membership, “Gold” for $19.95 per year, and “Platinum” for $29.95 per year. “It’s growing ahead of our original projections and we anticipate 10,000 members by the end of the year,” Peschke says.Next, August Home is looking into developing similar paid community models for its cooking and gardening verticals. The communities will either require memberships, micropayments or both, Peschke says.August Home’s Model: Charges per-download fees for work plans, plus paid membership subscriptions ranging from $19.95-$29.95 per year.The Pay-Off: August Home sells 100-150 plans per day. Online revenues are projected to make up 50 percent of the company’s overall revenue within five years. Aviation WeekAviation Week Intelligence NetworkAviation Week has a long history of charging for its content. Launched more than 90 years ago, the print magazine has always had a paid model, today charging more than $100 for an annual subscription. The magazine also has a portfolio of paid newsletters—including Aerospace Daily & Defense Report, Aviation Daily and the Weekly of Business Aviation—with pricing ranging from $649 to $1,785 per year.Aviation Week Intelligence Network, the magazine’s online destination for premium paid content, launched in 2002, initially as a virtual library, after being approached by Boeing. “They said, ‘we get all of your products and it would make our lives easier if you could put all of these in one place,’” says Anne McMahon, Aviation Week’s group director of information marketing services. “Shortly after launching as a virtual library of magazine and newsletter content, we realized that it was something other customers would be interested in as well.”Today, AWIN has more than 2,000 paid accounts—including individuals and enterprise accounts for companies and organizations such as Lockheed Martin, NASA and the U.S. Department of Transportation. It features a multiple-tiered pay plan “allowing subscribers access to as much or as little information as they need,” McMahon says. Single “seat” subscriptions range from $900 to $3,545, while enterprise and group sub prices vary according to the number of users.In terms of content, AWIN provides subscribers access to more than 250,000 articles, details on more than 21,000 companies, contact information for nearly 70,000 industry professionals, 13,000 tables and charts, and specification data on 3,100 products. “We often package newsletter delivery and/or magazines depending upon the customers’ needs,” McMahon says.AWIN usage has grown 20 percent since December, McMahon says. Looking forward, Aviation Week plans to build out each of AWIN’s vertical channels with more data and analytics. “The nature of the business is in developing databases and delivering on the media side some of the connectivity advertisers are looking for. There’s a place there for paid content,” she says. “AWIN represents an asset for professionals who are serious about doing business, and want serious content in one place. I see that increasing.”Aviation Week’s Model: Created a paid premium content site featuring multiple-tired pay plans.The Pay-Off: AWIN has more than 2,000 paid accounts, including individuals and enterprise accounts. Usage is up 20 percent since December.Chemical Businsess MediaChemweek.com, CHE.comAccess Intelligence’s Chemical Business Media switched its Chemical Week and Chemical Engineering Web sites to a paid content model in 2007. Since then, the group has generated 30,000 new customers which helped stop a 30-year revenue slide.“We had a paid content system before, but not a smart one,” says John Rockwell, vice president of marketing and e-media. “While we’re requiring that people register, we also dramatically improved the user experience—in terms of making access to the content as easy as possible—which, we think, balances the perceived trade-off.”Nearly all content at Chemweek.com is accessed only by subscription, with prices ranging from $200 to “several thousand dollars” annually for e-newsletters, white papers and other “high value” services, Rockwell says. Chemical Engineering’s CHE.com features some free areas, accessed only when users register. Roughly 6 percent of those free users convert to paid subscribers.Overall, conversions and renewals at both sites rose 15 percent. Revenue per subscriber increased 14 percent, while unique visitors rose by 225 percent.“If your brand is strong enough as a news analysis source, especially in the b-to-b space, then I say go for it,” says Rockwell. “It’s about making every customer touch count. If you’re not, you’re leaving money on the table. We’ve been lucky in that we’ve been able to turn users into subscribers, and scoop up more market share. In this down economy, I’ll take it.”CBM’s Model: Chemweek.com and CHE.com users pay annual subscription fees ranging from $200 to “several thousand dollars” for access to e-newsletters, white papers and other “high value” services.The Pay-Off: CBM has generated 30,000 new customers which helped stop a 30-year slide in total revenue and revenue per customer.last_img read more