2017 Trans Tasman Award Winners

first_img@Eden_RichardsCongratulations to all of the award winners from the ultra successful 2017 Trans Tasman Series.A players’ player award and coaches’ award were given to a member of each of the Mixed Open, Men’s Open and Women’s Open teams.These awards highlight special individual performances from the past weekend, recognising those who went above and beyond to help deliver Australia a 9-0 clean sweep of the Trans Tasman Series.A dominant team display from all Australian sides meant it was hard to pick just two recipients, but after much deliberation these are the players who were adjudged to be the best and most worthy in their respective divisions.Zara Nicholls took home the players’ player award for the Mixed Open side after scoring four touchdowns in three games for Australia.The coaches’ award went to Michael Singh who was instrumental in his side’s unbeaten run, setting up a number of touchdowns and scoring three of his own.Matt Prowse starred for the Australian Men’s Open team and was rewarded, taking home the players’ player award after scoring four touchdowns over the course of the Trans Tasman Series.One of Australia’s most high profile players Pete Norman won the coaches’ award for a typically brilliant three games.The Australian Women’s Open side was perhaps the most dominant of the weekend and had many great individuals who could have been rewarded.But it was Tamika Upton who was the recipient of the players’ player award, scoring five touchdowns in her side’s three wins.Laura Peattie put together a terrific tournament and was rewarded with the coaches’ award for her efforts, with the Aussie star scoring six touchdowns in a huge individual haul.The last award for Australia to hand out was the Phil Smith Memorial Medal.  Phil was one of the founding members and the first Life Member of Touch Football Australia.This award was first instigated in 2007 to recognise Phil’s vision to elite touch football in Australia.It is voted on by every member of the Australian Touring Party and awarded to the person they think has shown the most passion, enthusiasm, dedication, commitment and Australian spirit during the 2017 Trans Tasman Series.It was award to Australian Mixed Open coach Mick Lovett, a just reward for all his efforts this campaign.Award winnersMixed Open awards: Players’ player: Zara Nicholas Coaches’ award: Michael Singh Men’s Open awards: Players’ player: Matt Prowse Coaches’ award: Pete Norman Women’s Open awards: Players’ player: Tamika Upton Coaches’ award: Laura Peattie Phil Smith Memorial Medal: Mick LovettRelated LinksAward Winnerslast_img read more

11 days ago​West Ham move to consolidate their esports presence

first_imgTagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say ​West Ham move to consolidate their esports presenceby Ian Ferris11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham United have signed a two-year partnership with esports agency Bundled as the club bid to grow their presence in the competitive gaming sector, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.The Premier League team were the first soccer club in the UK to sign a professional gamer after employing Sean ‘Dragoon’ Allen in 2016 to compete in EA Sports’ FIFA tournaments. They also held their own competition for the soccer simulation at their London Stadium home in a collaboration with investment partner Basset & Gold, with the winner taking home UK£10,000 (US$12,600) last November.Now the East London outfit are stepping up their esports efforts with Bundled. The agency provides various services in the industry, from organising gaming events, to creating innovative digital content, coaching and performance management of professional esports players. The company also represents the interests of more than 30 professional FIFA esports players.As part of the agreement, West Ham unveiled two new FIFA players; ‘Yago’ Gabriel Fernandez and ‘Jas’ Singh. Both will join current Hammers player Jamie ‘Jamboo’ Rigden for the 2019/20 FIFA season.Karim Virani, West Ham’s digital and commercial director, said: “The club has always been proactive and one of the pioneers in the esports arena, and this partnership is another step on our journey.”Bundled is a forward-thinking, dynamic company who are passionate about the esports space, and will help us to continue to grow and be one of the leading Premier League clubs going into this FIFA season and beyond.” last_img read more

Video: Michigan Football Releases Cool “The Block M” Hype Video, “Most Recognizable Logo In All Of Sports”

first_imgThe Michigan Wolverines marching band performs before the college football game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium.ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 17: The Michigan Wolverines marching band performs before the college football game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)It’s football time now. They’re very excited about that in Ann Arbor, Mich. Teams are beginning fall camp and we’re now less than a month away from the start of the season, when Michigan takes on Utah on Thursday, Sept. 3. In honor of the season coming up, the Wolverines have released a cool hype video about the Block M logo. “It’s the most recognizable logo in all of sports,” they say. The Block M. Enough said. #GoBlue pic.twitter.com/As8eN4OIKi— Michigan Athletics (@UMichAthletics) August 4, 2015We’re not quite sure if it’s the “most recognizable logo” in the sports world, but it is a pretty sweet logo.last_img read more

Resource shares provide lift to Toronto stock index American counterparts down

first_imgTORONTO – Mining and energy stocks helped move Canada’s largest stock index higher on Friday, as U.S. markets fell into the red a day after making their biggest gain in two months.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 63.20 points to 15,998.57. Taseko Mines Ltd. (TSX:TKO) and Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE) had some of the biggest advances, up more than five per cent and six per cent respectively at the closing of markets.“Toronto is up today largely because the U.S. dollar is down, which has the price of gold and oil higher, which broadly affects the Canadian market,” said Norman Levine, managing director of Portfolio Management Corp.The January crude contract climbed US$1.36 to US$56.71 per barrel while the December gold contract soared US$18.30 to US$1,296.50 an ounce.Canadian oil stocks were somewhat tempered by news that TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone pipeline leaked an estimated 210,000 gallons of oil onto agricultural land in northeastern South Dakota on Thursday, Levine noted.While state officials don’t believe the leak polluted any surface water bodies or drinking water systems, the timing of the incident couldn’t be worse. Thursday’s spill comes four days before Nebraska is set to vote on whether TransCanada can go ahead with its XL pipeline, which would take a more direct route than the existing Keystone pipeline. Shares of the energy company (TSX:TRP) were down 59 cents, or 0.93 per cent, to $62.54.South of the border, U.S. stock indexes were mostly lower on Friday as technology companies, including Microsoft, lagged the market.The Dow Jones industrial average fell 100.12 points to 23,358.24. The S&P 500 index edged down 6.79 points to 2,578.85 and the Nasdaq composite index lost 10.50 points at 6,782.79.“The market has been on a down trend so far this month pretty much, and yesterday was a big rebound day, but you could say it’s just resuming its down trend,” said Levine. “There’s no real fundamental reason other than valuations got ahead of themselves and they’re just trying to normalize here a bit.”In currency markets, the Canadian dollar was trading at 78.23 cents US, down 0.23 of a U.S. cent.Elsewhere in commodities, the December natural gas contract was up four cents to US$3.10 per mmBTU and the December copper contract added two cents at US$3.07 a pound.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.last_img read more

Polls: Police urge people to remain alert

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi Police on Monday met members from RWAs and market associations in order to brief them about anti-terror measures. A police booth was also inaugurated during the programme.According to police, in the meeting Deputy Commissioner of Police (Dwarka) Anto Alphonse made people aware about anti-terror measures in Dwarka sector 12. “The RWAs and associations were told that during the election or any festivals alertness among the people can avert any untoward incident,” police said. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsThe DCP during his speech also gave focus on the police verification of their employees including workers, drivers. “There should be complete details of the person whom vehicles are being sold and maintain hawk-eye vigil on the PGs, guest houses, cafes and inform police about any suspicious activities were other points told during the meeting,” said police officer adding that the answers were given to the questions asked by the RWAs and market associations. The people were also informed about the various initiatives taken by Delhi Police for their safety.last_img read more

Microsoft informs Outlook users of hack

first_imgSan Francisco: Coming to terms with a hacking and data breach case, Microsoft is reaching out to some users informing them of an Outlook.com hack which exposed data sent over emails to hackers who kept accessing their accounts between January 1 to March 28. Founded in 1996, Outlook.com is a web-based suite of webmail, contacts, tasks, and calendaring services developed and offered by Microsoft. In an email being sent to affected users, Microsoft claims that apart from the content of the emails including attachments, the hackers could have possibly viewed account email addresses, folder names and subject lines of the mails sent and received, The Verge reported on Saturday. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year “Our data indicates that account-related information (but not the content of any e-mails) could have been viewed, but Microsoft has no indication why that information was viewed or how it may have been used,” the report quoted the company as saying in its email. The case came into notice when the software giant discovered that credentials of a support agent were compromised for its web mail service which led to unauthorised access into some accounts. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India “We addressed this scheme, which affected a limited subset of consumer accounts, by disabling the compromised credentials and blocking the perpetrators’ access,” the report quoted a Microsoft spokesperson as saying. Even though the software giant ensures that no login details or other personal information were stolen by the hackers, the company is recommending that affected users reset their passwords. “Please be assured that Microsoft takes data protection very seriously and has engaged its internal security and privacy teams in the investigation and resolution of the issue, as well as additional hardening of systems and processes to prevent such recurrence,” the email adds. As of now, it remains undisclosed exactly how many users were affected by the breach. This security incident comes weeks after a former security researcher pled guilty to hacking into Microsoft and Nintendo servers for a number of weeks in January 2017, allowing European hackers to access pre-release versions of Windows.last_img read more