The 20th Annual Yass Valley Knockout Tournament will be held at Walker Park, Yass on 26-27 January, 2008. The hugely popular event will be conducted across Men’s, Women’s, and Mixed categories in A and B divisions with $ 12,000 in prizemoney up for grabs. For full details of the 2008 Yass Valley Knock-out including nominaton form, tournament rules, and accommodation options please open the below attachment.Closing dates for nominations is 11 January, 2008.For further details Contact Rod Wise on 02 62262824 or Phil Jarrett on 02 95589333.Related Files2008_yass_valley_touch_knockout_form-pdf
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James Milner waiting to open Liverpool contract talksby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJames Milner is waiting to open new contract talks with Liverpool.Milner’s contract runs out at the end of the season but he will be free to talk to foreign clubs in 85 days.The Daily Mail says Liverpool have yet to open formal talks about extending his stay at Anfield.Meanwhile, Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers, who signed Milner for the Reds reveale: “It’s really, really interesting because he wanted to come to Liverpool. He had won the Premier League, he had won cups.”His whole ambition was to win the Champions League and he felt he’d have a better opportunity to win it at Liverpool, with how we were working and the (history of the) club. He made the decision. I knew it was going to be a tough one. He was building a house out that way in Manchester.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Five-star defensive tackle Terry Beckner Jr. is an imposing figure, standing 6-foot-4 and weighing 293 pounds. Beckner possesses an impressive physical stature but showed an equally powerful emotional side as he broke down in tears this morning before announcing his decision to sign with Missouri. Beckner hails from East St. Louis, Ill., a city that has been hit hard by poverty and crime. It’s awesome seeing how much this moment meant for Beckner and the family members that surrounded him. Good luck to the young man as he stays local.
OTTAWA – Newly released statistics on opioid-related deaths in Canada through the first three months of the year suggest such fatalities are on the rise compared to each of the last two years.The latest national report tracking deaths linked to the painkilling drugs, released on Tuesday, shows there were 1,036 apparent opioid-related deaths in Canada from January through March 2018.The figure marks an increase of five per cent from the same period in 2017, and a 44 per cent jump from the first three months of 2016.At the end of 2017, there were a total of 3,996 opioid related deaths, compared to 3,005 in 2016 — meaning just over 8,000 deaths have been linked to opioids since the start of 2016, leading Canada’s chief public health officer to warn that the opioid “crisis is not abating.”“We continue to see an unprecedented number of opioid-related overdoses in Canada,” Dr. Theresa Tam said in a joint statement with Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer and Tam’s co-chair of a special advisory committee on the deadly scourge.“The loss of life is tremendous and this national public health crisis continues to devastate the health and lives of many Canadians, their families and their communities.”The majority of the deaths through the first quarter of 2018 were in British Columbia, Ontario and Alberta. Tam and Strang say the data suggest increases in opioid-related deaths in other parts of the country as well.Fentanyl or fentanyl analogues were involved in nearly three-quarters of deaths earlier this year — an increase again from 2017 and 2016 — and victims were most often men. About 94 per cent of all deaths were considered accidental, or unintentional, overdoses, with the largest concentration in the 30- to 39-year-old age group.Provinces and territories have asked the federal Liberals for more help to combat the rising numbers, and Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor said Tuesday the government was willing to do and spend more if that’s what is needed.“There is no silver-bullet solution when it comes to the opioid crisis,” she said.“We have to continue to work together if we want to turn the tide on this crisis and I am committed to making sure that we do all that we can. If there’s more investments that need to be made, we will continue to look at that.”The Public Health Agency of Canada says that overdose deaths have historically involved long-term drug users, but that current statistics reveal a shift toward the drug-related deaths of people who take opioids for the first time, or those living in chronic pain.Tam and Strang are calling for a deeper look at the issues that lead to opioid and problematic substance use “in order to address the opioid crisis.”“We will continue to examine all available evidence to better understand the evolving trends of this crisis and to adjust our response efforts.”
On NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams on Friday night, Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges talked with special correspondent Chelsea Clinton about his work to end childhood hunger in America.You can watch the clip here.Describing Jeff’s work with Share Our Strength: No Kid Hungry in an article on NBC.com, Clinton wrote, “Listening to his commitment and enthusiasm relaying progress on fighting childhood hunger through summer meal programs stretching from Arkansas to Montana was as compelling as any role he’s ever played on screen.”Bridges was interviewed in Las Vegas, Nevada as he visited a library where at-risk children receive free meals when school is out through the federal summer meals program. The following day, he joined Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval to raise awareness of free summer meals to families in need, and the role Governors can play in expanding these programs.Summer is the hungriest time of year for many kids, as school meals disappear. Family food budgets are stretched tight with low-income parents reporting to spend $300 more on food each summer month. The federal summer meals program helps children get the healthy food they need when school is out. These free, healthy meals are available to kids and teens across the country, but only a fraction of those in need have access. Many low-income families don’t even know the summer meals program exists.Since 2010, Bridges served National Spokesperson for the No Kid Hungry campaign and has been a tireless advocate for ending childhood hunger in America.“Jeff serves as a voice for the 16 million voiceless children who struggle with hunger in this country,” said Tom Nelson, President of Share Our Strength. “This summer, he’s traveling the country, working on-camera to raise awareness about summer meals, and behind-the-scenes to build the political will needed to surround children with healthy food every day of the year.”
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Fort St. John and District Chamber of Commerce is going to be hosting a rally in support of the region’s natural resources industry this week, with a post-rally social gathering taking place right after.The Chamber is hosting the rally on Friday, May 4th at the Pomeroy Hotel from 6:30 to 11:00 p.m. Officials with the Northeast B.C. Resource Municipalities Coalition and Resource Works executive director Stewart Muir have been confirmed as the rally’s keynote speakers.Chamber of Commerce executive director Lilia Hansen explained that the Chamber has had the rally planned for some time, with the purpose of showing support for the local resource industry. Hansen explained that the Chamber is turning rally into a full evening out, with a social gathering that includes a food and wine pairing that evening. Hansen explained that the Pomeroy’s head chef is working with the General Manager of Browns Socialhouse on the wine pairing.There will only be 100 tickets given out for the event, with the food and wine pairing happening after the rally beginning at 8:30 p.m. For tickets to the rally, visit Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chambers-resource-rally-social-sponsored-by-north-peace-airport-services-tickets-44288767897?aff=ehomecard
Mauldin added that the community, much like the B.C. Peace Region, also offers photographers a chance to capture other Insta-worthy phenomena, including native wildlife, waterfalls, and the Northern Lights.Indeed, many B.C. residents have also shared their photos of the Peace River Valley on Instagram as well. PEACE RIVER, A.B. – Travel website Expedia has named the Alberta community of Peace River as one of the Top 5 places in Canada to snap a photo worthy of sharing on the social media platform Instagram.Expedia author Karli Mauldin says that the ideal photo can be captured from the Misery Mountain Ski Centre, which is located in the Upper West Peace neighbourhood of Peace River.“It’s a family-friendly and affordable ski area with over 26 runs,” writes Mauldin. “You can get some great Insta-worthy photos of the Peace River Valley during a winter day in between your ski and snowboarding lessons. Don’t forget to take a stroll in Riverfront Park, which is one of the best places to take pictures in town. You’ll even see a statue of the town’s legend, 12 Foot Davis.” Peace River was ranked fifth on the list, behind Smithers, Yellowknife, Thunder Bay, and Sherbrooke, Quebec.Story courtesy Expedia: https://www.expedia.ca/travelblog/instagram-worthy-place-canada/
Lucknow: Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is expected to kick-off her campaign for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls from the political hotbed of eastern Uttar Pradesh, Prayagraj and Varanasi, taking the river route to establish a direct contact with people. The Congress general secretary in-charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh, who was earlier scheduled to arrive at the state capital on Friday, was now expected to launch her campaign on March 18, a senior party leader said here. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC) president Raj Babbar had said Wednesday that Priyanka would be arriving here on Friday but hours later, he had informed that the programme was postponed. According to a letter submitted to the Election Commission (EC), permission has been sought for the Congress leader’s visit from Prayagraj to Varanasi from March 18 to March 20. The letter also informs that Priyanka will use a motorboat, taking the river route to cover the distance of around 100 kms, and programmes to welcome her have been scheduled all along, for which permission was required in accordance with the Model Code of Conduct. According to Congress leaders, the party will attempt to reach out to the people living in the riparian areas that are not easily accessible by road. Priyanka is likely to arrive at the state capital on March 17 and proceed to Prayagraj to launch her campaign the next day. A senior leader said she would launch her campaign from Prayagraj, the birth place of the first PM of independent India and her great-grandfather, Jawaharlal Nehru, from where she would take the river route till Varanasi.
Dakar – Morocco announced extra health screening measures Tuesday at entry points to the country, in particular at Casablanca airport, after the outbreak of the deadly Ebola epidemic in Guinea.“As a precautionary measure,” the health ministry has stepped up “sanitary checks at entry points … especially at Casablanca airport,” a key transportation hub for north and west Africa, the official MAP news agency reported.Travellers from countries with recorded cases of Ebola will undergo medical tests for signs of haemorrhagic fever, the ministry said in a statement carried by MAP. It said no cases have been recorded in Morocco, whose airport in Casablanca has daily links with Conakry, capital of Guinea.Medical aid organisation Doctors Without Borders said Monday that the Ebola outbreak suspected of killing at least 78 people in Guinea since January was an “unprecedented epidemic” that had spread across the west African nation.Guinean health authorities have recorded 122 suspected cases and 78 deaths.The World Health Organisation has said it is not recommending travel or trade restrictions to Guinea, to Liberia, which has also confirmed cases of Ebola, or to Sierra Leone, which has reported suspected cases, based on the information currently available.But Senegal has closed border crossings to Guinea “until further notice”.The tropical virus leads to haemorrhagic fever, causing muscle pain, weakness, vomiting, diarrhoea and, in severe cases, organ failure and unstoppable bleeding.
The NFL draft starts Thursday night, and during the coverage you’ll probably hear about safe and risky picks. In some cases, the risk is specific to the player. Perhaps Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is a risk for his history of alleged off-the-field misconduct, while his counterpart at Oregon, Marcus Mariota, comes with worries that his stock was inflated by the Ducks’ spread offense. But some of the risk is also considered intrinsic to certain positions, while other positions carry a reputation for being particularly low-risk.The trouble, though, is that there’s no way to prove which positions consistently offer good returns on draft investment — at least not with football data in its current state. And in large part, that’s because we can’t really evaluate on player performance as accurately for the so-called non-skill positions.For instance, taking a quarterback (like Winston and Mariota) might seem like a hazardous bet to make early in the draft. But it’s possible that QBs only appear risky relative to other positions because we can more readily measure a quarterback’s performance statistically. In other words, when Ryan Leaf posts a 39.0 quarterback rating as a rookie, he’s easy to identify as a bust, but his linebacking equivalent might be harder to recognize.Here’s another example. You could use Pro-Football-Reference’s Approximate Value (AV) to estimate the odds that a player’s performance1We’re looking at the first five seasons of a player’s career. will live up to the expectations of where he was drafted, and break those numbers down by position:You’d find that the average offensive lineman2Weighted by the expected value of the pick, so that successful high picks are rewarded more — and highly-touted disappointments are more heavily penalized. meets or exceeds the median AV expected of his draft slot about 59 percent of the time — the NFL-wide average across all positions is, by definition, 50 percent — while the average receiver3Lumping together wide receivers and tight ends. provides positive value for his pick slot only 41 percent of the time. And quarterbacks wouldn’t be far behind receivers on the “risky” list, beating expectations at a rate of only 43 percent.But there’s another clear pattern in the AV data: The positions that seem like the riskiest picks are also the ones where we have the most data to differentiate between good and bad performances. Coincidence? Probably not.An offensive lineman’s AV is based solely on his team’s offensive performance, his own playing time and any accolades he receives (like Pro Bowl or All-Pro nods). So, short of being outright benched, there’s very little he could do to distinguish himself negatively under the structure of the study above (or those like it). A skill-position player struggling to meet expectations, on the other hand, can be identified via his inferior yardage, touchdowns, turnovers and the like. (To the extent that those metrics are even good descriptors of player performance.)It’s similar to the phenomenon that causes linemen to boast a far higher Pro Bowl “retention rate” than other offensive positions, particularly quarterbacks. The less information voters have to go on, the more they rely on a player’s priors (and perhaps rightly so). And the same can go for the draft, where certain positions can feel safer simply because we don’t have glaring, easily-quantifiable evidence to the contrary.The answer, of course, is more data. When Chase Stuart conducted a more granular (if anecdotal) look at offensive tackles using ProFootballFocus grades, for instance, he found what seems to be a healthy bust rate even for a position often tagged as one of the most reliable. Then again, PFF grades aren’t universally accepted as gospel, either; besides, they only go back to the 2007 season (as opposed to 1950 for AV).That’s why, for now at least, it may not be possible to truly say whether certain positions are more or less likely to live up to their draft-day expectations. It’s another unanswerable question to throw onto the pile of things about the NFL draft that we just don’t know.