Rain failed to dampen the spirits of the school students, who were divided into groups and coached by Australia, Guernsey, Niue, France and Singapore. The weather didn’t stop the children’s opening ceremony, walking into the venue with their adopted nation’s flag and sign, before doing a march past with the athletes and donning a shirt in their countries’ colours. The children were then put through their paces by their respective country, with the adopted Australians learning plenty of new skills and rules about the game. The Men’s 40’s then gave the teams a demonstration of how to put all of their skills together on the field and they then got to put all their newfound skills into practice, having games against the other countries’ children. And it wasn’t just the kids that were having a blast, with the player’s enjoying the opportunity, as well as giving Australia a few new fans as well!Stay tuned to the TFA YouTube channel for all of the highlights from the Youth Festival. www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid boss Zidane hails goalscorers Vinicius Junior and Rodrygoby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane was delighted with their Brazilians for the 2-0 win over Osasuna.Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo stole the show with their goals and Zidane praised the Brazilian pair.”I”m happy for them,” he explained.”Sometimes we forget that they’re both teenagers and we saw the emotion of scoring at the [Estadio Santiago] Bernabeu.”I liked Rodrygo’s control, and scoring here for Vinicius was very important so he’s very happy.”Madrid were tight and compact defensively, finally keeping a clean sheet, which pleased the coach.”It’s what we’ve been looking for,” Zidane admitted.”I think we’re better and we’ll try to continue this way.”When we don’t have the ball, everyone is worried about recovering it and then with the ball we know the quality we have.”
NEW YORK — The family real estate company once run by Jared Kushner is buying a hotel on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the third hotel it has purchased this year.The Kushner Cos. said Tuesday that it is in contract to buy the 20-story Hotel on Rivington for an undisclosed amount. The company known for residential and office buildings bought two hotels in Long Branch, New Jersey, earlier this year.The company bought more than two-dozen apartment buildings in lower Manhattan when Jared Kushner was CEO. He stepped down from that position last year to become an adviser to his father-in-law, President Donald Trump.The Hotel on Rivington has a cocktail lounge and a three-story penthouse. A room with a king-size bed goes for more than $300 a night.The Associated Press
NEW DELHI: Amid continued uncertainty over its alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday discussed the issue again with senior party leaders from the city.Delhi Congress president and former chief minister Sheila Dikshit, All India Congress Committee General Secretary and in-charge of the party’s national capital unit P C Chacko and some other senior leaders were present at the meeting held in Gandhi’s residence, a source said. The meeting comes days after the Congress decided to go it alone in Delhi and not have any alliances with the ruling AAP. Chacko has been in discussion with AAP leader Sanjay Singh and the two have held several rounds of talks over the issue. These discussions mark a fresh round of talks between the Congress and AAP leaders after renewed efforts by some opposition leaders like Sharad Pawar who urged both the parties forge an alliance in Delhi. According to sources, Delhi Congress leaders told Gandhi about the party’s prospects in Delhi in these Lok Sabha polls and if the party goes for a pre-poll alliance what effects it may have, given that Assembly elections in Delhi are scheduled in 2020. Meanwhile, the “Haath Ke Saath Cycle Yatra” being led by Working President Devender Yadav at the South Delhi Municipal Corporation area entered the seventh day to an enthusiastic welcome by the people. “The election manifesto of the Congress party, which has been well received by the people of India, has ruined the sleep of the BJP leaders as they have nothing left now to counter the aggressive election campaign of the Congress party,” said Yadav. He said that one of the salient features of the Congress manifesto, released by Congress president Rahul Gandhi, is that Rs 72,000 will be deposited in the account of each of the 20 per cent poorest families in the country, which will benefit 5 crore families and 25 crore people in all. “People are happy that the Congress party has thought of the uplift of the poorest segment of the people across the country, which has sent out a very positive message among the people,” Working President Devender Yadav said.
Kolkata: A woman aged about 28 years was found hanging inside her room at a flat in Keshtopur on Friday morning. According to sources, her both hands were tied and the mouth was covered with an adhesive tape.According to locals, on Friday morning, one Vivek Kumar, a resident of flat 304 of AC 166 at Prafulla Kanan (East), saw her wife Khusbu Kumari hanging from ceiling of her room. The door was closed from outside and the key was hanging on the hash bolt of the door. Immediately, Baguiati police station was informed. Police recovered the body and sent it for an autopsy examination.Sources informed that Khusbu was from Jharkhand and was married to Kumar approximately 10 months ago. There was no problem between the couple but there was some problems regarding a loan which Khusbu had taken for some purpose. When police brought down the body, they found that she was hanging from ceiling with a piece of cloth. Her hands were tied in front with another piece of cloth. Cops suspect it to be a case of murder. The police have detained Kumar and questioned him. Also, sleuths are waiting for the autopsy report to determine the exact cause of death. Though Khusbu was found hanged, but no ligature mark on her neck could be seen. But some ligature marks could be seen apparently on the body. News of her death has been conveyed to her family members. Primarily, an Unnatural Death (UD) has been registered at the Baguiati police station. “Probe is on. There are some ifs and buts. We are investigating the case from all possible angles. But, we have to wait till the autopsy report comes. There might be some possibility of foul play,” said a senior police official.
Gurugram: The peril to citizens of Gurugram due to poorly maintained lifts again came to fore after more than 20 people got trapped in a lift for more than 40 minutes in the district mini-secretariat. Some of the people who were trapped were aged in their 60’s.This is not for the first time when the lift became dysfuctional all of a sudden in the government building. It is, however, not also the first case when the residents have been compromised due to poor maintenance of the lifts. Recently a family got trapped in the lift for an hour in a residential society in Sector-107. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderMost of the cash-strapped builders have outsources their work to maintenance agencies to reduce their costs. It has, however, not improved the situation as there are complaints that the builders refused to pay the maintenance agencies which is now compromising on the quality. The tipping point has reached where a facility management company on short notice is exiting from the maintenance of the residential society in New Gururgam The problems of poor maintenance are mostly felt in the hundreds of societies that have come up in Sohna Road and New Gurugram that comprise the sectors of 81-95. There have been instances in the past where a woman had to even undergo surgery as a dysfunctional lift fell down from the eleventh floor. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsMost of the residents have addressed the concerns to the Chief Minister using various platforms. Having unable to find an effective solution, most of the resident bodies have also written to the Prime Minister Office for intervention. There are over 20 societies that have formally registered their complaints against the builder with Department of Town and Country Planning (DTCP). Meanwhile, certain resident bodies have taken the task of maintenance from the builders. The resident bodies, however, claimed that there is no support from the strong builder lobby as they do not forego the heavy maintenance fee that is being obtained from the residents. “There is no denying the fact that most of the builders for granted and not used the huge amounts of money collected from them towards the welfare. There is a need for the government to intervene and top the loot. It is sad that the state government in most of the cases have been found wanting,” said Sudhir Ahuja, one of the city residents.
OSU fullback Ronan Forrestal during a game against Wisconsin on Oct. 24. Credit: Courtesy of GJ HildebrandtFor the second year in a row, the Ohio State men’s club rugby team is preparing to play in the Big Ten Universities Rugby Conference Championships on Saturday.A tight race for the top two spots in the conference came to a close Saturday when the Buckeyes narrowly defeated Michigan 35-31 to solidify their opportunity to play for the conference title.Senior flanker and co-president of the rugby club Jake Berlin said the final minutes of the game against Michigan were a culmination of the squad’s season.“In the final seconds, your position on the field didn’t matter; it was all about grabbing the man next to you and doing whatever you could to crush that seed of doubt and prevent Michigan from crossing that line,” Berlin said. “Everything we worked toward came together in those final seconds.”Last season, the Buckeyes fell short in the championship game against Wisconsin, but this year the team feels stronger and better prepared after instituting a tougher practice schedule and 6 a.m. workouts three days a week.“Last year, I’d say we wanted to have the focus of being out here and being competitive, but it wasn’t there. This year it’s incredible,” sophomore lock and co-president Nathan Grose said. “Doing that stuff just brought everyone together, you show up at 6 a.m. and yeah it sucks, but it sucks with everyone else. We know we’re all getting better.”Berlin said he’s seen the work ethic of the program grow over time.“I can say right now the team is probably closer than it’s ever been in my four years, there’s kind of this old rugby culture that was around before I came in. It was a lot about more fun than actually working hard,” Berlin said. “I think myself and the captains have kind of gotten rid of that and started a culture that’s ‘work hard, play hard.’”Coach Ron Bowers, who played rugby at OSU from 1987-1991, said he is impressed with how the level of collegiate rugby has risen both since his playing days and over the last few years.“There are bigger, faster, stronger athletes,” Bowers said. “In Ohio now, there’s a lot more high school rugby, so they’re coming to us with three or four years of experience already, which makes a huge difference.”Despite the rise of high school rugby, many of those athletes got their starts playing football in high school, including senior 8-man/flanker and captain Santino Cua.“In high school I kind of wanted to play collegiate football and thought rugby would be a good way to hone in my skills. But I fell in love with the sport and chose to play it over collegiate football,” Cua said.While rugby is growing — plans for the first professional league in North America were announced Monday — it remains a relatively unknown sport in the U.S. However, Grose said those who start with it usually stick with it.“In high school, you see guys quit football to play rugby, but nobody ever quit rugby to play another sport,” Grose said. “I decided to try it out here, and I fell in love with it, fell in love with the team and it’s been awesome.”Cua said the team’s camaraderie and passion for the sport and team were the keys against Michigan and will be the keys moving forward.“The win over Michigan only happened because we had 15 guys who refused to let their brothers down. The bond amongst our players proved stronger than Michigan on Saturday,” Cua said. “It is one of those intangible characteristics that define a championship team, which is exactly what we plan to be come Saturday afternoon.”The Buckeyes are set to take on the Indiana Hoosiers for the Big Ten Universities Rugby Conference Championships on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Rockford, Illinois.
Former Ohio State and Baltimore Orioles’ outfielder Matt Angle (38) is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a lead off home run against Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander during the first-inning at Comerica Park in Detroit, on Sept. 24, 2011. Credit: Courtesy of TNSEvery kid playing catch in the backyard with his or her father dreams about the chance to make it to the big leagues.For most, those hopeful thoughts are virtually unattainable.But there are some who make it.Former Ohio State outfielder Matt Angle was able to achieve that goal. He spent three years playing at the school of his dreams, was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles and debuted with the team in 2011, becoming the first OSU outfielder since Nick Swisher to reach the majors.But for Angle, the dream he was living started well before he was drafted.Growing up in a suburban community in Whitehall, Ohio — a small city east of Columbus — Angle had grown up a fan of the Buckeyes. Both his grandfather and his aunt had graduated from OSU, and Angle said he was excited to play at the school he grew up loving.“It was awesome,” Angle said. “I grew up a Buckeye fan. Being able to have your family and friends come watch and still be close to home, it was a great experience.”Angle found a great deal of success at OSU, almost immediately. As a freshman in 2005, he started in 40 games in right field and quickly established himself as a bonafide leadoff hitter for the Buckeyes.On Apr. 27, 2005, in the second game of a doubleheader against Eastern Michigan, Angle was batting leadoff and starting in right field. For the remaining 27 games of the season, and essentially for the rest of his Buckeye career, Angle was found atop the lineup. But despite all the success, it was not until he participated in the Cape Cod League in 2006 that he started to believe a professional career in baseball was ahead of him.“(I) went out there, performed well, and that’s when you’re matched up against some of the best players in the country,” Angle said. Then, on June 7, 2007, the phone call finally came through, alerting Angle that he had been selected with the fifth pick in the seventh round of the draft, 219th overall by the Baltimore Orioles. Angle remembers exactly where he was when he got the life-changing call.“I was actually at my house on campus,” he said. “Just with some roommates and some buddies, and then got together with my family after.”Angle describes the moment as a great and memorable experience.“It’s something that you work hard for, something that you always dream about — the opportunity to play professionally, and it was something I’ll never forget,” he said.After being drafted, it took Angle some time to reach the majors. He debuted in 2007 at Low Class-A and the next three-and-a-half seasons traveled through various levels of the minors before finally landing in Baltimore.For many minor-leaguers, the travel can be an unwanted burden that puts stress on the family life, but Angle and his wife saw it as a great opportunity to see many different parts of the United States.“(My wife) was able to see a lot of cities and a lot of places that she wouldn’t have been able to see,” he said. “Looking back now, I think you appreciate it more — some of the trips, some of the cities, some of the opportunities. Time to spend together that you do while you were playing.”Despite the travel and most of the minor league teams being located closer to the East Coast, Angle kept to his roots and lived in Columbus throughout his playing career.“Columbus was always home,” he said. “Offseasons were always spent in Columbus, and then I would just live in whatever home city I was playing in that year. But Columbus has always been home.”On July 17, 2011, the day finally came when Angle donned an Orioles uniform and took the field at Camden Yards. He was slotted to lead off, a role in which he had grown comfortable. He went 0 for 3, but it was a day he will never forget.Orioles left fielder Matt Angle (38) bumps fists with first base coach Wayne Kirby (23) in the 7th inning after he is walked to first base by Indians’ pitcher Chad Durbin. The Baltimore Orioles defeated the Cleveland Indians, 8-3, at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, on July 17, 2011. Credit: Courtesy of TNS“It’s something you’re always working for,” Angle said. “My wife and my mom and uncle and cousin were able to make the trip over to Baltimore. It was a day game, I can’t remember if it was noon or 1, so it was early. Got in late the night before after getting called up so it was a quick turnaround.”And of all the teams he could have debuted against, of course it was the Ohio-based Cleveland Indians. Though Angle grew up as a Cincinnati Reds fan, it was something special for him to play against a local team.“(I was) not as much an Indians fan, but it was great growing up in Ohio to be able to make your debut against another Ohio team,” Angle said.Unfortunately for Angle, his career in the majors was short-lived. He finished the 2011 season in Baltimore and never saw another major-league at-bat. His final career stat line was .177/.293/.266, with a lone home run and 11 stolen bases.He spent four more seasons in the minors, split between the farm systems of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Miami Marlins and Oakland Athletics.But as the years wore on and it became clearer that he did not have the same skillset he had a few years earlier, Angle decided to hang up his cleats.“At that point, sometimes the game just kind of tells you,” he said. “Ideally, you would’ve loved to still been able to play longer, but sometimes the game just tells you it’s time.”Though his career as a player was over, Angle found a new career with the sport he loved. He knew he still had some unfinished business and a possible future back in Columbus.Angle left OSU a year early, without receiving his degree, so that was one of the first things he wanted to take care of when he moved back to Columbus.“It was something that was always important to me,” he said. “I actually finished my degree my last year of playing. And it was something I’ve always wanted to do. Having a degree from Ohio State means so many different things, whether it’s in the sport world or the business world.”While completing his degree in sport industry at OSU, Angle found that a job was awaiting him on the baseball team. He joined coach Greg Beals’ staff as co-video coordinator. In this position, he sits down with players to review film and helps them go through what might be wrong with their swing and how they can heat up at the plate. “My first year as the — I was more student, I was still graduating at the time — there was a lot more I was able to do on-field,” Angle said. “So you’re able to implement some things there, and now you’re just following through on the video side, suggesting, being able to give a fresh set of eyes watching the game a little bit differently.”Ohio State co-video coordinator Matt Angle in the dugout during the Buckeyes’ 2016 Big Ten tournament championship run. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsFor some of these younger players, a fresh set of eyes can be exactly what they need to help break out of a funk at the plate. Sophomore third baseman Brady Cherry said that the team benefits from having a former player with the experience at the plate.“He knows his stuff, and I think everybody here trusts him with all the knowledge that he has,” Cherry said. The experience Angle brings to the team isn’t only as a bastion of light for players going through a tough time at the plate, but it can also be a great aid to the coaching staff if it can’t seem to get through to the player.“Matt’s a great resource for me too — just in different approaches, how to approach hitters, and how we can go about attacking a week and attacking a practice plan, and helping get our guys as ready to play as possible,” Beals said.For Angle, his time spent helping coach younger players at OSU has been well spent, and he seems to like the work here. Asked what he will be doing after coaching at OSU, Angle said he doesn’t know.“That’s the great question. You know, we’ll see,” Angle said. “I’ve enjoyed the last two-and-a-half, three years that I’ve been a part of the program. Right now, being fully entrenched in the season, not really thinking too far outside of that. If you have any great ideas, I’d be open.”
Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino is keen to end his goal drought when they face Leicester City this weekend in the Premier League.The Brazil international will seek to end a rare goal drought when Liverpool take on Leicester although his manager Jurgen Klopp has no concerns about a drop-off in productivity.The versatile frontman has formed one of the most feared forward lines in European football over the past 12 months with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane. And the 26-year-old, signed for £29 from Hoffenheim three years ago, has been impressive in Liverpool’s 100 percent start to the new Premier League campaign three victories and three clean sheetsYet despite scoring 27 times for last season, Firmino is still looking for his first goal of the new campaign even though Liverpool are the early Premier League pacesetters.The striker has not scored in eight games for Klopp’s side and in the Premier League has one goal in his past 10 appearances, a run that dates back to March.Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.But Firmino’s selfless running and ability to create spaces behind defences has been singled out as one of the reasons Salah looks capable of continuing the prodigious production of last season, when he scored 44 times for Klopp in all competitions.The Liverpool boss says there is no sense of a World Cup hangover for Firmino, whose Brazil side exited the tournament at the quarter-final stage.“He had two weeks pre-season, which is quite short for a player who needs his physical fitness as much as Roberto does but I’m completely happy,” said Klopp, according to AFP.“After two weeks’ preparation and a Brazilian holiday he is much sharper and fitter than I would have expected. It is exactly how it should be in this moment and he can improve, like we all can improve.”
Liverpool’s defender Joe Gomez has been likened to England legends Ashley Cole and John Terry according to Garth CrooksGomez and Virgil van Dijk have formed a formidable duo for Liverpool in the current campaign which has led to the Reds rise to the topThe 21-year-old has earned rave reviews for his composed performances at centre-half, while Gomez has shown his versatility when asked to play at right-back.Liverpool have kept ten clean sheets in the Premier League ahead of any club following their 4-0 win at Bournemouth.However, Gomez picked up a serious injury in Liverpool FC’s 3-1 win at Burnley in the Premier League on Wednesday night.Top 5 Premier League players to watch for next weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Premier League’s Top 5 players to watch this weekend.After…Crooks gave his verdict about the player before Klopp’s men played the Cherries showing how the former Charlton lad has impressed him thus far“Regular readers will know what I think of Joe Gomez so I won’t waste any more column inches on that,” Crooks told BBC Sport and cited by Sports Review.“Suffice to say this: How the England centre-back kept the ball out of Liverpool’s net with Allison beaten during Sunday’s game with Everton, I will never know.“Gomez is starting to display a sixth sense when it comes to the dangers in and around his own penalty area. Defenders such as Ashley Cole and John Terry had it, and so does this lad.”Gomez moved to Liverpool FC in a £4.5m deal from Charlton Athletic in the 2015 summer transfer window under Brendan Rodgers.