QSST win Girls 18’s final at NYC

first_imgTwo touchdowns to captain Emily Reed has helped QSST beat NSWCHS in the 18’s Girls final at the X-Blades National Youth Championships in Coffs Harbour. Reed scored one touch down in each half to lead her team to a 6-2 win at BCU International Stadium.QSST and NSWCHS were worthy of their places in the final, being seeded 1 and 2 respectively in the tournament. Leading into the game, both teams had set the benchmark in attack and defence, with QSST only letting through 8 touchdowns in the carnival and NSWCHS only letting through 10.NSWCHS started the game off strong, with Melissa Peters scoring in her first set of six.QSST retaliated and were on the scorecard within the next set of six, scoring through Reed.The opening exchanges were intense, with plenty of ground being made by both teams. However, there was a lot of dropped ball early and QSST gave away several penalties, giving NSWCHS a great opportunity.Despite having several sets of six close to their line in the early stages of the game, NSWCHS were unable to capitalise and QSST pounced.QSST’s Alika Bedford put her team in front for the first time in the 13th minute, scoring in the corner to give the Queensland girls a 2-1 lead.Kirsty Quince scored for QSST 3 minutes later, on the back of a penalty from the NSW team. NSWCHS fought back quickly to score through Rachel Beck in the next set of six.Desperate defence from NSWCHS player, Jordan McGregor in the 19 minute, stopped the score from blowing out and QSST went to the halftime break leading 3-2.Reed was in again for QSST in the opening set of the second half, scoring her second touchdown. Betty Mareko scored 3 minutes later, blowing the score out to 5-2.After a Latisha Gary intercept in the 5th minute of the second half, NSWCHS’ Eliza Naseby was sin binned after an attempt to chase her down.Although NSWCHS had many opportunities in the second half, they were unable to convert these opportunities into points, despite back to back sets of six and ample time close to their line.QSST’s Latisha Gary intercepted the ball in the closing minutes of the game, to put the game beyond doubt for the Queensland girls, with QSST winning by 4 touchdowns.  Kirsty Quince was named player of the match, and Alicia Quirk was named 18’s Girls player of the championships.last_img read more

Video: Mississippi State May Have The Fastest 60+ Year Old Fan In The Country

first_imgMary, a 60+ year old Mississippi State fan, running the 40 yard dash.Twitter/@HailStateFBMississippi State football hosted a “ladies clinic” today, where Bulldog fans had a chance to go through drills and get coached up by the staff. Based on the many Instagram and Twitter posts we’ve seen, it looks like everyone had a great time. The day’s big winner, however, has to be Mary, the fan who has won the 60+ year old 40 yard dash seven years in a row. Mary doesn’t just edge out the competition either, she crushes everyone.VIDEO: For the seventh straight year, Mary wins the 60+ age group 40-yard dash at the Ladies Clinic #HailState pic.twitter.com/WioGhGCTNp— MSU Football (@HailStateFB) July 18, 2015We’re seriously impressed. Mary can fly.last_img read more

Al Jazeera has struck a global partnership with Go

first_imgAl Jazeera has struck a global partnership with Google in a bid to “cement Al Jazeera’s position as a digital-first broadcaster” and accelerate growth.The news organisation said that the two companies plan to “allocate significant resources into the partnership” and will focus on a number of key areas.These are: to attract and retain audiences; build products for video and mobile; maximise advertising revenues; and train journalists with digital skills.“We are delighted to partner with the Al Jazeera Media Network to bring the best of Google to the company,” said Alfonso De Gaetano, director of global partnerships, emerging markets at Google.“The partnership covers a number of different areas such as monetisation solutions, distribution platforms like DoubleClick, YouTube, Cloud as well as digital tools training.”Abdulla Al Najjar, executive director, global brand and communications at Al Jazeera Media Network, said: “Our commitment to our users has always compelled us to seek out and leverage the best technology platforms in the world and Google’s proven track record of delivering make them the ideal partner for Al Jazeera Media Network.”last_img read more

Apps cost too much Court allows suit adding to Apples woes

first_imgConsumers can pursue a lawsuit complaining that iPhone apps cost too much, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday, adding to Apple’s woes that already include falling iPhone sales and a European investigation. 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: Apps cost too much? Court allows suit adding to Apple’s woes (2019, May 13) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-supreme-court-lawsuit-iphone-apps.html Explore further The lawsuit could have major implications for the tech giant’s handling of the more than 2 million apps in Apple’s App Store, where users get much of the software for their smartphones. While most of those apps are free to download, some impose fees for people to use the software and subscribe to the services.In those cases, Apple charges a commission of 30%, a practice that the lawsuit contends unfairly drives up the price for the apps. Justice Brett Kavanaugh wrote the majority opinion that agreed the antitrust lawsuit can move forward in a lower court.The court’s four liberal justices joined Kavanaugh, one of President Donald Trump’s two high court appointees, to reject a plea from Apple to end the lawsuit at this early stage. The decision did not involve the merits of the suit.Apple argues it’s merely a pipeline between app developers and consumers, and that iPhone users have no claims against Apple under antitrust law and a 1977 Supreme Court decision. Tens of thousands of developers create the software and set the price, Apple says.”We’re confident we will prevail when the facts are presented and that the App Store is not a monopoly by any metric,” Apple said in statement issued in response to Monday’s ruling. The lawsuit could take years to wind to its conclusion.But Kavanaugh stressed in his opinion that Apple’s commissions also may affect consumers, as well as app developers.”The iPhone owners purchase apps directly from the retailer Apple,” he said, describing a relationship sufficient to allow the lawsuit to go forward.Justice Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s other high court pick, wrote a dissent for four conservative justices, saying that the consumers’ complaint against Apple is the kind of case that a 42-year-old decision, in Illinois Brick Co. v. Illinois, was intended to prevent. The court in that case “held that an antitrust plaintiff can’t sue a defendant for overcharging someone else who might (or might not) have passed on all (or some) of the overcharge to him,” Gorsuch wrote. “Yet today the court lets a pass-on case proceed.”The ruling threatens to throw another monkey wrench in Apple’s efforts to increase the revenue generated from its app store at a time that its iPhone sales have plunged into their deepest slump since that revolutionary product hit the market 12 years ago. The effort has been largely successful, helping to transform the Apple services division that includes the app store into the fastest growing part of the company. Apple’s most recent quarter highlight the ongoing transformation as its services division revenue surged 16% percent from the previous year to $11.5 billion while iPhone sales plunged 17% to $31 billion.Meanwhile, Apple is under scrutiny in Europe because of claims of unfair business practices. The Dutch anti-trust agency opened an investigation in April into allegations by companies including the Sweden-based online music service Spotify over commissions and other issues.The Financial Times reported this month that the European Commission planned to begin a formal probe based on a separate complaint from Spotify.Even before Spotify filed its complaint in Europe, Netflix magnified the attention on the issue late last year when it decided to stop accepting new subscribers through Apple’s app store.Now the Supreme Court decision raises the specter of the legal dominoes falling in a way that could require Apple to slash its commissions or even abandon them.The commissions are unlikely to disappear completely because it’s reasonable for apps to pay a fee for distributing their software just as manufacturers pay brick-and-mortar retailers to get the products on store shelves, said Danielle Levitas, executive vice president of market insights for App Annie, a firm that tracks the app market.But even a reduction in the commission rate could deliver a financial blow that would even damage a company as profitable as Apple.If Apple can maintain the current commissions in its app store at its recent rate of growth, it will produce revenue of about $17 billion in 2020, estimates Macquarie Securities analyst Ben Schachter. But if the average commission rate were to fall to 12 percent, the projected revenue from the app store would shrivel to $7.6 billion next year, Schachter predicts.That possibility rattled investors already jittery about how the escalating trade war with China might make it even more difficult for Apple to sell more iPhones. Apple’s stock dropped nearly 6 percent Monday to close at $185.72. With the China tariffs causing even more pressing concerns, Apple’s stock has fallen by about 11% percent in the past week alone to erase $100 billion in shareholder wealth.There has been exponential growth in the availability of apps since Apple created the App Store in 2008 with 500 choices.”‘There’s an app for that’ has become part of the 21st-century American lexicon,” Kavanaugh said.The case is Apple Inc. v Pepper, 17-204. To counter the iPhone sales drop, Apple is trying to make more money from selling services such as its music subscription service, as well as a forthcoming Netflix-like video service while also taking a cut from the subscriptions and other transactions done on apps downloaded on iPhones and iPads. Justices to hear antitrust case over sale of iPhone apps In this March 25, 2019, file photo Peter Stern, Apple Vice President of Services, speaks at the Steve Jobs Theater during an event to announce new products in Cupertino, Calif. Apple users will be able to subscribe to HBO, Showtime and a handful of other channels directly through Apple’s new TV app, bypassing the need to download or launch a separate app. The new capabilities available Monday, May 13, come ahead of Apple’s plan to offer its own original shows, including ones from Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File) © 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. In this May 31, 2018, file photo customers enter the Apple store in New York. The Supreme Court is allowing consumers to pursue an antitrust lawsuit that claims Apple has unfairly monopolized the market for the sale of iPhone apps. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)last_img read more

Factories near residential areas stockpiling ammonia will be relocated

first_imgSUBANG JAYA: Factories that have large stockpiles of ammonia and are located near residential areas will be ordered to relocate, says Selangor Environment, Green Technology and Consumer Affairs committee chairman Hee Loy Sian (pic).He said this was a preventive measure to ensure the public are safe in case of an ammonia leak.This was in reference to an incident on July 5 where a 1.5 tonnes of ammonia was found in factory after a fire broke out at the Pulau Indah industrial area in Klang.”The state government views this incident seriously. We are investigating together with Environment Department (DOE) , Fire and Rescue Department and Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH). “DOE and DOSH are investigating why the factory has such large quantities of ammonia in its premises,” he said after launching the “Say No to Straws” campaign at Main Place Mall on Saturday (July 13) here.He also cited a case in August 2018 where an ammonia gas leak at an ice factory in Shah Alam killed two workers while 18 others were rushed to hospital.”We are finding ways to prevent such incidents from recurring. We will ask all local councils to check how many such factories are operating in their respective areas.”Illegal factories and those located too close to residential areas will be asked to relocate,” he said.When asked about the Sungai Semenyih pollution in June, Hee said the factory connected to incident has been allowed to resume operations”After two weeks, the factory has been allowed to resume operations after installing filters that are certified by the DOE.”Selangor Water Management Authority (Luas) and DOE will monitor the situation and take action against factories that do not follow the guidelines. The court proceedings will take time,” he said, adding that he will be providing more details at the upcoming state assembly meeting at the end of July.Related stories:Sg Semenyih pollution: Water supply resumes to 13% of affected areasFactory gas leak claims two livesShah Alam factory with ammonia leak given three months to move out Metro News 27 Jun 2019 Sg Semenyih pollution: Water supply resumes to 13% of affected areas Metro News 20 Apr 2019 Jenjarom residents want battery factory out of their village Metro News 09 Jul 2019 Stop placing straws on counter, eateries urgedcenter_img Related News Related News {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more

Punjab CMs wife Preneet Kaur faints at cleanup drive

first_imgPunjab CM’s wife Preneet Kaur faints at cleanup driveShe collapsed as she arrived at the event to flag off the Swachhta Shramdan drive to clean up plastic.advertisement Next Indo-Asian News Service ChandigarhJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 14:04 IST Punjab CM Amarinder SinghPatiala MP and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s wife, Preneet Kaur, fainted at a plastic cleanup campaign in her constituency on Saturday, officials said.Kaur, 75, collapsed as she arrived at the event to flag off the Swachhta Shramdan drive to clean up plastic.She got her blood pressure checked and that was fine, a doctor told IANS.She later tweeted by saying that she successfully launched the Swachhta Shramdan drive under the Punjab Pollution Control Board.”Under this initiative, we are making Patiala polythene-free. I urge all of you to join this movement and help us make our surroundings cleaner,” she said.Also read: How Amarinder Singh held his fort against Modi waveALSO WATCH| Watch: PM Modi’s full speech at NDA’s Parliamentary board meetFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byIram Ara Ibrahimlast_img read more