Rugby World Cup: Chieka steps down as Australia coach after exit

first_img 10 months ago Rugby World Cup 2019: Canada players garner praise for rescue efforts 10 months ago Roger Federer takes rugby quiz, picks favourite to win Rugby World Cup 10 months ago Rugby World Cup: England beat Australia 40-16, reach the semifinals SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 20th October, 2019 18:39 IST COMMENT WE RECOMMEND FOLLOW US WATCH US LIVEcenter_img LIVE TV Last Updated: 20th October, 2019 18:39 IST Rugby World Cup: Chieka Steps Down As Australia Coach After Exit Australian rugby coach, Michael Cheika, has quit as the team’s coach after they witnessed a humiliating 40-16 defeat to England in the World Cup quarterfinals 10 months ago Spirits are high as Japan reaches Rugby World Cup quarterfinal Ruchit Rastogi 10 months ago JapanVsScotland Rugby World Cup match continues, despite typhoon alert Australian rugby coach, Michael Cheika, has quit as the team’s coach after they witnessed a humiliating 40-16 defeat to England in the World Cup quarterfinals. Michael’s contract was up at the end of 2019 and he has taken the decision of not renewing his contract after failing to take his team to the semifinals.Chieka’s post-match interviewAs the Australian rugby team failed to make it to the semifinals for the third time since 2007, Cheika was bombarded with questions about his future in a post-match interview. He said that it was really early to talk about what the future had planned for him. Michael said that it was a really bad thing to ask someone just after someone’s world cup dreams were over. He also said that if anyone really cared for someone who was still feeling bad about such a loss then they should ask questions that actually matter. Cheika stated that he very well new about what the media outlets actually wanted but said that they should also think about other people’s feelings as well.Read: Rugby World Cup 2019: Canada Players Garner Praise For Rescue EffortsCheika’s promiseCheika had previously promised that he would quit if his team failed to lift the World Cup trophy. He mentioned in this interview that he wanted some time to take a decision after talking to his wife. He also said that he did not regret his decision at all and added that he still felt an attachment towards the team as not a lot of people are given this chance and it was an honor to coach this team.Read: Rugby World Cup Matches Get Cancelled As Hagibis Approaches JapanA humiliating 40-16 lossIn the events that preceded this, the English team earned a place in the Rugby World Cup semifinals for the first time in 12 years as they beat Australia 40-16 on October 19. England outscored the Australian team by 4 tries to one in order to match up to their win against the same team in 2017. They have now beaten Australia a total of 7 times while being managed by Eddie Jones.Australia has failed to reach the Rugby World Cup semifinals for the third time in 9 World Cups they have been a part of. All three of their ousters from the tournament have come at the hands of England.Read: Spirits Are High As Japan Reaches Rugby World Cup QuarterfinalRead: Boxing Coach: Military Games To Help In Olympic Qualifier Preparation(With inputs from agencies) Written Bylast_img read more

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Brand South Africa reiterates the call to fight against the abuse of women and child with a continuation of the #IAM campaign

first_imgBrand South Africa continuously aims to encourage all South Africans to play their part towards progressive change, that promotes a free and fair society for all, through the #IAM campaign.In the State of the Nation Address, President Ramaphosa, emphasized the importance of a collective responsibility as a nation, as the people of South Africa to work to end the scourge of gender-based violence and femicide.“Government will lead the campaign to include men and boys as active champions in the struggle against gender-based violence. As government we continue to roll-out interventions to address social ills tearing our communities apart”, said President Ramaphosa.Brand South Africa’s General Manager for Marketing, Ms Sithembile Ntombela said, “This epidemic has been reoccurring and refuses to go away. Brand South Africa has committed itself to continue with a  campaign that acts as a reminder that this is not who we are as South Africa. This behaviour does not represent our ethos as a nation built on the values of Ubuntu”.The purpose of the #IAM campaign is to;Encourage all South Africans to be active participants in the fight to eradicate violence against women and children.Expand accountability beyond the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security (JCPS) cluster to include all the citizens of the country.Combine technology, social media, the arts, journalism, religion, culture and customs, business and activism to draw attention to the many ways violence against women and children affects the lives of all people in all communities around the world.Ensure mass mobilisation of all communities to promote collective responsibility in the fight to eradicate violence against women and children.Encourage society to acknowledge that violence against women and children is NOT a government or criminal justice system problem, but a societal problem, and that failure to view it as such results in all efforts failing to eradicate this scourge in our communities.Emphasise the fact that the solution lies with all of us.“We have recently seen men uniting in one voice to break the silence and showing unity in the fight for protecting women and children, for instance, the #NOTINMYNAME movement. We commend these men for taking charge. This is why Brand South Africa found it important to support this campaign and charge men with the responsibility of their role in protecting their loved ones”, adds Ms NtombelaThe campaign calls on men of diverse ethnicity to participate. Filmed with individuals in black t-shirts, wearing red lipstick with the words #IAM highlighting their role of protecting women and children.          “Once again, this campaign did not end with 16 Days of Activism against gender based violence, it is an everyday reality that we need to face and mobilize community members, men and women to take a stand and report, stop abuse whether it is emotional, physical or sexual. Let us all have a voice against this social ill and construct a nation that is peaceful and unified” concludes Ms NtombelaThe #IAM campaign videos will also air on television screens and to participate in discussion follow #IAM and @Brand_SA @PlayYourPartSA on social media platforms.Call the Stop Gender-Based Violence helpline (0800 150 150).last_img read more

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Tax Information for Members of the Military

first_imgBy Dr. Martie GillenThe IRS web site has a wealth of tax information including tax information for members of the military and tax information for members of the U.S. Armed Forces. Some tax laws may provide special benefits for active members of the U.S. Armed Forces including those serving in combat zones.The Armed Forces’ Tax Guide, addresses a wide range of issues that may affect members of the military including gross income; adjustments to income including armed forces reservists and moving expenses; combat zone exclusion; alien status; sale of a home; foreclosures; itemized deductions; tax credits such as the earned income credit and the child tax credit; forgiveness of a decedent’s tax liability; filing returns including same-sex marriage, where to file, when to file, and signing returns, and extension of deadlines; deferral (delay) of payment for income tax; maximum rate of interest; and how to get tax help.The questions and answers on combat zone tax provisions offers guidance on the tax relief provided for U.S. military and support personnel involved in military operations in a combat zone.Check with the legal services assistance office at your military installation to see if they offer free tax assistance. According to the IRS, you can also find free options to prepare and file your return on IRS.gov or in your local community if you qualify.Go to IRS.gov and click on the Filing tab to see your options.Enter “Free File” in the search box to see whether you can use brand-name software to prepare and e-file your federal tax return for free.Enter “VITA” in the search box, download the free IRS2Go app, or call 1-800-906-9887 to find the nearest Volunteer Income Tax Assistance or Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) location for free tax preparation.Enter “TCE” in the search box, download the free IRS2Go app, or call 1-888-227-7669 to find the nearest Tax Counseling for the Elderly location for free tax preparation.Once you have filed your taxes, you can check the status of your refund by going to the IRS Refunds webpage; downloading the free IRS2Go app to your smart phone and use it to check your refund status, or calling the automated refund hotline at 1-800-829-1954.last_img read more

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National Youth Championships day one – boys’ division

first_imgBy BEN HARRISNew South Wales Touch Association Development Team nearly caused a boil-over in the boys’ division when they drew with defending premiers New South Wales Combined High Schools on day one of the National Youth Championships at Sunshine Coast Stadium on Wednesday.In a highly entertaining match, NSWTA Development led 3-2 at half-time and leading again 6-5 with a minute to go.However, NSWCHS managed to grab the equaliser to settle for a draw.The drawn match allowed Central Queensland Bulls to finish on top of the Pool A standings after day one.The Bulls bagged three wins from their three matches; big wins against their fellow Queensland rivals – Brisbane City Cobras and Sunshine Coast Pineapples – and South Australia Heat.NSWCHS and NSWTA Development are second and third respectively on 12 points with Cobras further back on six.It is a lot tighter in Pool B with Queensland Secondary Schools Touch and New South Wales Independent Schools leading the way on 14 points following their undefeated start.Like their counterparts in the girls’ division, QSST ran in touchdowns for fun, averaging 14 touchdowns a game on day one.They have a percentage for and against record of 2100%.NSWCIS are second following their comfortable wins and 2012 boys’ champions New South Wales Combined Catholic Colleges are third and Western Tigers are fourth.It appears those will be the four teams to fight it out for the semi-final spots as the fifth-placed team, Victoria, are eight points further back on two.Day two throws up three huge matches with NSWCHS meeting the Bulls in the morning, later NSWCCC will try to get over NSWCIS, and finally the Bulls go head-to-head with NSWTA Development.There are plenty of ways to keep up-to-date with all of the latest results, news and information from the 2014 National Youth Championships (NYC). The Touch Football Australia and NYC websites will be updated regularly throughout the event with all of the latest information and can be found by clicking on the links below: www.nyc.mytouchfooty.com www.touchfootball.com.au All of Touch Football Australia’s social media pages will be regularly updated throughout the NYC event, so be sure to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ us by clicking on the links below. Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #nationalyouthchamps) Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia (be sure to use the hashtag #nationalyouthchamps) The TFA YouTube channel will also have highlights and game live streamed throughout the event. Please click on the link below to be taken to the channel, and be sure to become a subscriber to the channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksBoys’ NYC day onelast_img read more

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Aussie Women’s Work their Magic

first_img@Eden_RichardsThe Australian Women’s Open side has put on a clinical performance to defeat New Zealand 10-3 at Sunshine Coast Stadium on Friday night.Aussie Tamika Upton stole the show, constantly bamboozling the Kiwi defence to score a hat-trick of touchdowns in an excellent individual effort.Doubles to Danielle Davis and Laura Peattie provided great support for Upton, with a six-touchdown to one second half seeing Australia seal victory.The Aussies led from start to finish and are now 1-0 up in the best of three Trans Tasman Series. After a scoreless first 5 minutes it was Australia who broke the deadlock, with Rachelle Davis latching onto a beautiful ball from sister Danielle Davis to make the score 1-0 in the 6th minute.New Zealand hit back straight away, tying the score at 1-1 courtesy of some fancy footwork from Mahina Paul in the 7th minute.Danielle Davis continued her strong start to the match, dummying and scoring in the 10th minute to give her Australia a 2-1 lead at the halfway point of the first half.The Aussies extended their lead in the 14th minute, with Ashleigh Kearney using her speed to beat two Kiwi defenders in the centre of the park.A wonderful cut-out ball from New Zealander Tara Mohi found Kate Day in the 18th minute and she crossed on the left wing to keep the Kiwis in touch at 3-2.But Australia hit back seconds later, with a slick sequence of team passing putting Upton over to give the side a 4-2 lead.This is how it stayed to finish the first half and Australia made the perfect start to the second stanza, scoring within the first minute of play through Samantha Rodgers.The lead then grew to four touchdowns in the 22nd minute, with Danielle Davis scoring her second to put Australia up 6-2. New Zealand found themselves in real trouble in the 26th minute as Peattie crossed for the first of her two touchdowns to make it 7-2.Upton then stole the show for Australia, making a 60m break to score a great individual touchdown that all but sealed the match for the Aussies halfway through the second half.That 8-2 lead soon became 9-2, with Upton grabbing her third touchdown with seven minutes to play.New Zealand managed a consolation touchdown in the 36th minute courtesy of Cassandra Engler, but the damage had already been done as they trailed 9-3.Australia capped off a big win in the 39th minute, with Peattie scoring her second touchdown to make it 10-3 to the Aussies with just over a minute to play.That’s how the scoreline stayed in what was a dominant display from AustraliaThe Aussies now have all the momentum heading into Day Two as they look to seal the Women’s Open Series with a game to spare.Australia 10 (Upton 3, D. Davis 2, Peattie 2, R. Davis, Kearney, Rodgers touchdowns) defeated New Zealand 3 (Engler, Day, Paul touchdowns)Related LinksWomen’s Work Their Magiclast_img read more

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19 days agoReal Madrid favourites for £100M Van de Beek – after Man Utd snub

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid favourites for £100M Van de Beek – after Man Utd snubby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid are regarded as favourites to land Ajax’s £100million-rated Donny van de Beek – just three months after Manchester United decided against signing the midfielder.United failed to make a move for the 22-year-old Dutch international after his Amsterdam club quoted the Reds a £35million asking price, says the Mirror.And now Real have stepped up their efforts to land Van Beek at the end of the season – and have made it clear that they will not be put off by Ajax’s dramatically inflated valuation.Van Beek, who came thought the famed Ajax academy, was in the team beaten by United in the 2017 Europa League final.He has since developed into one of Europe’s top goalscoring midfielders. last_img read more

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Barrier isnt trapping trash in Pacific Ocean after months

first_imgLOS ANGELES — A floating device deployed three months ago to corral a swirling island of trash between California and Hawaii has not swept up any plastic waste — but the young innovator behind the project said Monday that a fix was in the works.Boyan Slat, 24, who launched the Pacific Ocean cleanup project, said the speed of the solar-powered barrier isn’t allowing it to hold on to the plastic it catches.“Sometimes the system actually moves slightly slower than the plastic, which of course you don’t want because then you have a chance of losing the plastic again,” Slat said in an interview with The Associated Press.A crew of engineers will reach the U-shaped boom Tuesday and will work for the next few weeks to widen its span so that it catches more wind and waves to help it go faster, he said.A ship towed the 2,000-foot-long (600-meter-long) barrier in September from San Francisco to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch — an island of trash twice the size of Texas.The plastic barrier with a tapered 10-foot-deep (3-meter-deep) screen is intended to act like a coastline, trapping some of the 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic that scientists estimate are swirling in the patch while allowing marine life to safely swim beneath it.Slat said he is not deterred by the setback because engineers expected to make tweaks to the system.“What we’re trying to do has never been done before. So, of course we were expecting to still need to fix a few things before it becomes fully operational,” he said of the system created by the Ocean Cleanup, an organization he founded.Fitted with solar-powered lights, cameras, sensors and satellite antennas, the device intends to communicate its position at all times, allowing a support vessel to fish out the collected plastic every few months and transport it to dry land for recycling.Slat said he expects shipping containers filled with fishing nets, plastic bottles, laundry baskets and other plastic trash scooped up by the system to be back on land within a year.“We’ve given ourselves a year after launch to get this thing working,” he said.Among those skeptical of the Ocean Cleanup is George Leonard, chief scientist of the Ocean Conservancy, a non-profit environmental advocacy group. Leonard says that even if plastic trash can be taken out of the ocean, a lot more is pouring in each year.Leonard said a solution must include a multipronged approach, including stopping plastic from reaching the ocean and educating people to reduce consumption of single-use plastic containers and bottles.Slat agreed that preventing more plastic from entering the ocean is part of the solution but said something needs to be done about what’s already there.“This plastic doesn’t go away by itself, and to just let hundreds of thousands of tons of plastic be out there to be fragmented into these small and dangerous microplastics to me seems like an unacceptable scenario,” he said.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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The City seeks Grants to help fund the Festival Plaza

first_imgTo read more about the Festival Plaza CLICK HERE Funding for the CCR program which will cover 73.3 percent of the funding for the Festival Plaza is made up from 33.33 percent of funds received come from the Provincial Government and 40 percent from the Federal Government. The total cost of the Festival Plaza is still being determined at this time yet there was an allocation of funds in 2016 from the Peace River Agreement Signing Bonus in the amount of $1,458,250.The website states ‘Eligible projects will support public infrastructure, defined as a tangible capital asset primarily for public use and benefit’ which will be the case of the Festival Plaza as it is being designed as a public space. The Plaza once built will be host to viable and vibrant entertainment, events, activities and markets.This new space in Centennial Park aligns with the City’s strategic plan to use downtown as a social, vibrant hub. As the plaza will be an addition to the Park, it is desirable for the new space to complement and be cohesive.The goal is to have the construction of the Festival Plaza start in April and completed by September.The CCR Program supports cost-sharing of infrastructure projects in communities across the province and the application deadline is January 23, 2019 (11:59 pm PST).For more information on the Community, Culture, and Recreation Program CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – City Council agreed to apply for a grant to the Community, Culture, and Recreation (CCR) Program to help cost-share the funds required to build the Festival Plaza.The Festival Plaza will be built on the grounds next to 100th street and 96 Avenue and will be a visual entrance to the City of Fort St. John.The CCR program will consider projects that ‘Improve access to and/or increased quality of cultural, recreational and/or community infrastructure for Canadians, including Indigenous peoples and vulnerable populations’ as noted on the Government’s website.last_img read more

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Game of Thrones stars crash Harington’s SNL monologue

first_imgLos Angeles: ‘Game of Thrones’ stars Emilia Clarke and John Bradley crashed Kit Harington’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ monologue and demanded spoilers about the final season from him. ‘Game of Thrones’ star Harington hosted an episode of ‘Saturday Night Live’ on April 6 and had to field questions during his monologue about “who wins ‘Game of Thrones’. Some of those questions came from his own co-stars Clarke and Bradley as well as his real-life wife Rose Leslie, reports variety.com. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaClarke stood up in the audience and asked if he could at least share “a sense of how it ends”. When Harington pointed out that she already knows because she is in the show, she replied: “Well yeah but I forgot. It’s been so damn long since the last season, plus a lot of my scenes are talking to a dragon, which is just a tennis ball on a green pole. I have no idea what’s actually happening.” Bradley then stood up to ask what happened to his character, Samwell Tarly, because “they only let me see two pages of the script and all my character says is, ‘Arhhhh’.” “What did it say in the script before that?” Harington asked. “Dragon opens mouth,” Bradley replied. Season 8 will premiere internationally on April 14.last_img read more

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