Touch Football Australia forges closer ties with Japan Touch Association through historic agreement

first_imgFollowing the successful hosting and securing of the 2015 Touch World Cup mid last year, Touch Football Australia today confirmed an historic partnership with Japan Touch Association (JTA). The agreement (MoU) demonstrates the strong desire and commitment of the world’s leading Touch Football nation to help facilitate growth of the game internationally and build further on the great relationship between both countries. The key elements of the five-year agreement focus on improving Japan’s competitive standard of international competition through coaching support and athlete improvement and participation at events.Touch Football Australia CEO, Colm Maguire was in Japan last week with an Australian touring party of High Performance representatives, signing off on the MoU together with JTA Chairman, Shusaku Kuchimoto, and officials in Tokyo. “We are delighted to be in a position to partner with and form a long-standing agreement with Japan Touch Association and help shore up their future on the international stage,” he said.“The agreement provides a robust pathway for their growth and competitiveness against international teams in future years and enshrines our commitment to support them in their quest for excellence and improvement,” Maguire added.“The overall objective of the MoU is to assist the overall High Performance and development objectives of the JTA by facilitating overall access to TFA resources both human and material: these are inclusive of coaching support which we have thoroughly enjoyed through our current visit and participation in international and domestic events.“To this end, this will see Japanese teams joining the 2016 Trans Tasman Series event in Auckland (April) for the first time and expanding their presence in future years’ instalment of the Trans Tasman and other events.”By extension, Australian Men’s Open captain, Steve Roberts, fresh from his Touch World Cup success and who was also in Japan conducting coaching clinics alongside TFA High Performance Manager, Wayne Grant, has been confirmed as head coach of the Japanese teams, effective from the 2016 Trans Tasman event. Maguire went on to say the agreement is part of the ongoing commitment by both Touch Football Australia and Touch New Zealand to open the doors to the world to participate more often against the two best nations in the world. “Notwithstanding the level of competition but our events are also the best in the world and buoyed by the overwhelmingly positive feedback from the 2015 Touch World Cup and the mounting desire to participate in our events, we will further expand into 2017,” Maguire said. “This will include the facilitation of entry of Japan and other nations around the world to join the 2017 Trans Tasman event in Open and Senior divisions.“Our key partners at Touch New Zealand are equally excited to extend the invitation for Japan to compete and significantly open up their development and exposure opportunities.”  Related Files160125_tfa_and_jta_mou_media_release_v1_0-pdfRelated LinksTFA/JTA Agreementlast_img read more

5-Star Wide Receivers Could Be Following No. 1 QB Tate Martell To Ohio State

first_imgThe No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in the country committed to Ohio State this evening and with his pledge, a five-star wide receiver (or two or three) could be following him to Columbus. Tate Martell, a four-star quarterback in the 2017 class out of Las Vegas, announced his commitment to Ohio State on Twitter. The 5-foot-10, 203-pound prospect out of Bishop Gorman (Nevada) is very close with Tyjon Lindsey, a five-star wide receiver in the same class. They played together at Bishop Gorman before Lindsey moved back to California this winter. Lindsey congratulated Martell on Twitter regarding his commitment. Martell responded, “You are next!” OMM I HAD NO IDEA THIS WAS COMING..CONGRATS TATE MAN NO MATTER WHAT WE’RE ALWAYS BROTHERS, TOGETHER OR NOT. Love u https://t.co/fs6kw8Z08x— Tyjon A. Lindsey ® (@tyjonlindsey) June 13, 2016Thanks bro! You are next! https://t.co/GtChALHEPf— Tate Martell (@TheTateMartell) June 13, 2016There has long been speculation that Martell and Lindsey will end up playing for the same school. Ohio State has now obviously added half of the potential package deal and the Buckeyes are believed to be the favorite to land the other half. Lindsey, a speedy 5-foot-8 wideout out of California, is currently crystal-balled to Ohio State. 247Sports.247Sports.He recently did this at Rivals’ 5-Star Challenge. HOUSE CALL . #RivalsChallenge WR MVP @RivalsCamp pic.twitter.com/g3cStTWmMg— Tyjon A. Lindsey ® (@tyjonlindsey) June 12, 2016Martell will surely be recruiting Lindsey to Columbus, but the Corona, Calif. product won’t be the only five-star wide receiver the quarterback tries to push to the Buckeyes.  Jeremy Birmingham of Eleven Warriors says five-star wide receivers Trevon Grimes and Donovan Peoples-Jones will also be a “priority” for Martell.  Martell (@TheTateMartell) will three five-star WRs his priority: Trevon Grimes, Donovan Peoples-Jones and Tyjon Lindsey.— Jeremy Birmingham (@Birm) June 13, 2016Peoples-Jones (No. 6), Grimes (No. 28) and Lindsey (No. 30) are all ranked in the top 30 of 247Sports’ Composite Rankings for 2017.Ohio State’s 2017 class is the No. 1 class in the country. MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitalelast_img read more

Tony Emerson Reaching totally new audiences was

first_imgTony EmersonReaching “totally new audiences” was one of the top five media and OTT strategies and business models outlined by Microsoft executive Tony Emerson at the OTT TV World Summit in London this morning.Offering a number of case studies for successful OTT deployments, Emerson, who is managing director, worldwide media and cable for Microsoft, said Fuji TV was an example of a non-European company that had reached new, younger audiences by harnessing the power of the cloud.Unlocking new niche markets was Emerson’s second cores strategy, which he said has been exemplified by NGSN, which has bought the US streaming rights to non-top tier international soccer leagues and is offering it to viewers on an over-the top basis.Number three, according to Emerson, was enhancing and growing existing broadcast or linear revenues, as NBCU did by offering streamed coverage of the Sochi Olympics.“Create a better viewing experience” was the fourth strategy, while number five was “create a closer connection to your audience / fans.”Emerson said Real Madrid was a good example of the latter. Microsoft partnered with Real Madrid earlier this year to launch an app for the football club, to help it reach and get more information about the football club’s global fanbase.He said that 95% of Spanish team’s total fanbase turned out to be outside Spain, with Indonesia a particularly large fan market.last_img read more

Google Facebook come down on the side of elephants rhinos tigers

©2018 The Mercury News (San Jose, Calif.) Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. Citation: Google, Facebook come down on the side of elephants, rhinos, tigers (2018, March 12) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-google-facebook-side-elephants-rhinos.html A week after the United States quietly lifted a ban on imports of sport-hunted elephants’ ivory and lion parts from certain African countries, the World Wildlife Fund has announced that Google, Facebook and other major tech firms are joining an effort to halt the illegal trade of wildlife and wildlife parts. Explore further Critics hit US over elephant trophy imports “Advances in technology and connectivity across the world, combined with rising buying power and demand for illegal wildlife products, have increased the ease of exchange from poacher to consumer,” the WWF said in a news release.”As a result, an unregulated online market allows criminals to sell illegally obtained wildlife products across the globe. Purchasing elephant ivory, tiger cubs, and pangolin scales is as easy as click, pay, ship.”The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had in November lifted a ban on importing ivory and other elephant parts from animals killed by trophy hunters in Zambia and Zimbabwe, but President Donald Trump put the move on hold, suggesting such trophy hunting was a “horror show.”But in a March 1 memo, the Fish and Wildlife service said it would evaluate import permits for parts from elephants, lions and bontebok antelopes killed in specific countries “on a case-by-case basis.”However, poaching and the illegal trade of wildlife and animal parts have raised fears that some species, including African elephants, mountain gorillas and white rhinos, could lead to their disappearance within our lifetimes. And much of the trading is now facilitated by the internet, the WWF said.To stop illegal online trading of wild animals and their parts, the WWF will bring together its partners—including a number of large tech companies—to share “lessons learned and best practices,” the organization announced.Founding members of the “Global Coalition to End Wildlife Trafficking Online” include Google, Facebook, Instagram and Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, according to the WWF, which added that 20,000 elephants are killed every year for “ivory trinkets and ornamental objects” and that “three rhinos are killed each day in South Africa alone for their horns for tonics and aphrodisiacs and carved ornamental cups.” This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. read more

Uber wins 1bn investment from Toyota SoftBank fund

first_imgUber wants to be at the forefront of the driverless car revolution Explore further © 2019 AFP The latest cash injection, expected to close in the third quarter this year, came amid fevered anticipation of Uber’s public share offering which is expected to be the largest in the tech sector for years.Toyota has already invested $500 million in Uber as the firm races Google-owned Waymo and a host of other companies, including major automakers, to develop self-driving vehicles.The latest investment, which also involves Japanese parts maker DENSO, will go to Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group in a bid to “accelerate the development and commercialisation of automated ridesharing,” the firms said in a statement.Toyota and DENSO are stumping up $667 million and SoftBank Vision Fund, the investment arm of Japanese tycoon Masayoshi Son’s SoftBank, will pour $333 million into the venture. It is already the top shareholder in Uber, holding 16 percent.The Japanese car firm said it would also contribute “an additional $300 million over the next three years to help cover the costs related to these activities.” Uber chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi said driverless cars would “transform transportation as we know it, making our streets safer and our cities more liveable.”His firm is aiming to go beyond car rides to becoming the “Amazon of transportation” in a future where people share, instead of own, vehicles.If all goes to plan, commuters could ride an e-scooter to a transit station, take a train, then grab an e-bike, share a ride or take an e-scooter at the arriving station to complete a journey—all using an Uber app on a smartphone.Uber is also seeing growing success with an “Eats” service that lets drivers make money delivering meals ordered from restaurants.’Sharing economy’Last week, Uber filed official documents for its much-anticipated public share offering.The filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission said it operates on six continents with some 14 million trips per day and has totalled more than 10 billion rides since it was founded in 2010.The filing contained a “placeholder” amount of $1 billion to be raised but that figure is expected to increase ahead of the initial public offering (IPO) expected in May.The Wall Street Journal said earlier this month that Uber was seeking to raise $10 billion in what would be the largest stock offering of the year.Media reports said the ride-hailing giant was likely to seek a market value of close to $100 billion.Uber is the largest of the “unicorns” or venture-backed firms worth at least $1 billion to list on Wall Street, and is one of the key companies in the “sharing economy” based on offering services to replace ownership of cars, homes and other commodities.Its revenue grew 42 percent last year to $11.2 billion but it continued to lose money from its operations. A net profit was reported for the year from a large asset sale, but operational losses were more than $3 billion.And some analysts have voiced caution over the forthcoming IPO given a relative lacklustre debut for Lyft, the main US rival.Khosrowshahi has promised greater transparency as he seeks to restore confidence in the global ridesharing leader hit by a wave of misconduct scandals.In October, Toyota and SoftBank announced the creation of a joint venture to create “new mobility service” including driverless vehicles for services such as meal deliveries.The new company—called “Monet”, short for “mobility network”—is majority owned by SoftBank.SoftBank started as a software firm but has increasingly been pushing into investments under tycoon Son, one of Japan’s richest men. Japanese car giant Toyota and investment fund SoftBank Vision Fund on Friday unveiled an investment of $1 billion in US company Uber to drive forward the development of driverless ridesharing services.center_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Uber wins $1bn investment from Toyota, SoftBank fund (2019, April 19) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-04-toyota-softbank-fund-denso-invest.html Japan’s Honda, Hino join SoftBank-Toyota mobility venturelast_img read more

Watchmakers sixth boutique opens in PJ

first_img“Nestled in the heart of the city, this complex is one of the most popular shopping destinations in Klang Valley,” she said.At the opening ceremony, Sillard was joined by Bandar Utama City Centre Sdn Bhd director Tan Sri Teo Chiang Kok and TAG Heuer Malaysia retail manager Geetha Rengarajoo for a ribbon-cutting ceremony.The boutique carries an extensive range of novelties, including the new TAG Heuer Carrera Lady and special editions which were on display during the event alongside heritage pieces.The iconic Monaco timepiece, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, was also in the spotlight at the launch.Five limited editions will be successively revealed throughout the year in honour of the anniversary.Paying tribute to contemporary style, these new models are inspired by the different decades from 1969 to 2019. Related News Metro News 19 Apr 2019 Celebrating an iconic timepiece Tags / Keywords: Football 09 Jul 2019 Leicester sign midfielder Tielemans from Monaco “One major factor which drove our decision to open a boutique in 1 Utama is the footfall the complex attracts. Related News Athletics 07 Jul 2019 Athletics: Lyles to race 100m in Monaco, then decide world plans CELEBRATING its sixth and latest boutique in Malaysia is renowned Swiss watchmaker TAG Heuer.The new boutique located on the ground floor of 1 Utama shopping centre, Petaling Jaya is its third in Malaysia to feature the new global design concept. South-East Asia and Australia TAG Heuer managing director Amelia Sillard said the company was always looking out for new locations to open boutiques.“As our brand continues to grow in Malaysia, we hope to share this unique experience with our customers across the country. Central Region , On the watch Sillard (right) showing Teo some of the novelty pieces available at the newly opened TAG Heuer boutique. The new TAG Heuer boutique at 1 Utama shopping centre in Petaling Jaya. {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more