Swimmers Take To The Touch Football Field

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first_imgSwimmers including Stephanie Rice, Nick D’Arcy, Kenrick Monk, Bronte Barratt and Meagen Nay took to the Touch Football field for a bit of fun at Colley Reserve in Glenelg. The following story was published in Friday’s Adelaide Advertiser. Olympic Swimmer Stephanie Rice Proves A Dab Hand At Touch Football Too Stephanie Rice’s talent isn’t just limited to the pool. The glamour girl proved she’s got flair with the ball as well, showing off her skills in a game of touch footy with her teammates at Colley Reserve in Glenelg yesterday.With a record 10 swimmers from the Queensland-based St Peters Western club making the Australian Olympic team, head coach Michael Bohl organised the workout as a bit of fun after a successful week.”The meet is really finished for all our guys, so we thought we’d go down to the park and have a bit of a touch footy game and have some lunch,” Bohl said.The coach, who included a touch footy session every week until December, said the triple Olympic champion had grown into the sport.”Steph Rice, she’s probably the most improved, I reckon. She started out a bit of a gumby but she’s really got a liking for it,” Bohl said.”She is always down there mixing it with the best of them.”The crew were having such a good time, a few swimmers from different squads wandered down to join in.Bohl said some in particular had shown a bit of ability on the park.”Bronte Barratt’s got a lot of speed … and Meagen Nay is very good as well. She’s played a bit of it before and holds her own with the boys,” he said.”Ned McKendry has got a bit of talent, he’s a really fast runner … You’ve got to watch Nick D’Arcy, he gets a bit toey when he plays touch footy.”To view a photo gallery of the game, please click on the link below:http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/gallery/gallery-e6freye9-1226307339188?page=9 The swimmers aren’t the only ones that have been enjoying Touch Football, with former Miss Universe Australia, Rachael Finch, helping her Touch Football team to grand final victory in Sydney recently. “Thank you for all the good luck messages for our game today, we won our grand final 5-3! Tough game. Sore knee. So happy!!!” Finch said on Twitter. To read a story on Finch’s Touch Football team in Sydney Confidential earlier this month, please click on the link below:http://www.pressdisplay.com/pressdisplay/viewer.aspxlast_img read more


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first_imgThe Australian Men’s Open team impressed on day one of the 2016 Trans Tasman Series, with a six touchdown win over New Zealand, 13-7. Both teams started strongly, with Scott Buckley and Reihana Soutar-Finch trading touchdowns in the opening exchanges to lock the game up at 1-all early. Rob Nakhla scored soon after for Australia, before Soutar-Finch hit back for his second touchdown of the game.Australia then went to another level, scoring four touchdowns in five minutes, with touchdowns to Buckley, Matt Prowse, Pete Norman and Lachlan Pierce, to take a 6-2 lead New Zealand hit back soon after through Ngarohi Black, and when Soutar-Finch scored his third touchdown of the half the home side were back within two touchdowns. The Australians went to the half-time break with a two touchdown lead, 6-4. Whatever Australian coach Tony Trad said to the team at half-time must have worked, with his side scoring five of the next six touchdowns to stamp their authority on the game. Captain Nick Good scored in the second minute, before Black scored his second of the match in the next set for the Kiwis.  Nakhla had his second not long after, before Daniel Barton, Ben Moylan and Shaun Francis scored to give Australia a handy 11-6 lead. New Zealand’s Connah Pamatatau was next to score, while Jordan Marshall-King replied one minute later to score his first Men’s Open touchdown against New Zealand. Shanan Tomuri put the Kiwis within five touchdowns, before Buckley continued his strong performance, scoring his hat trick with just minutes remaining. Australia proved too strong on day one with a 13-7 win and will be hopeful of a series win tomorrow when they play at 3.30pm (NZST). The victory gave the Australians three wins on day one following the Mixed and Women’s wins earlier in the day.FINAL SCORE: Australia 13 (Buckley 3, Nakhla 2, Prowse, Norman, Pierce, Good, Barton, Moylan, Francis, Marshall-King) defeated New Zealand 7 (Soutar-Finch 3, Black 2, Pamatatau, Tomuri). Related LinksMen’s Match Reportlast_img read more


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first_imgThe 2015 NCAA Tournament Bracket.It was only a matter of time. After Ohio State lost to Arizona Saturday afternoon, there are officially no perfect brackets left in the world. ESPN’s lone user with a perfect bracket after the second round wound up nailing his first 38 games before dropping a contest. He gave an interview with the Worldwide Leader Saturday afternoon, and revealed that he had no rhyme or reason to the picks he made.11.57 million brackets were entered in ESPN’s Tournament Challenge. After Arizona’s win over Ohio State, ZERO perfect brackets remain.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 21, 2015As we’ve noted before, there is no known person to have ever put together a perfect bracket in March Madness history. The odds, which are something in the neighborhood of 1 in 9 quintillion, suggest that it will never happen in our lifetime either.There’s always next year, right?last_img read more


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first_imgWALLINGFORD, Conn. — It’s 1 o’clock on a Wednesday afternoon in Wallingford, Connecticut, and about 20 children are watching a screen at the front of the room as they take turns navigating challenges and collecting virtual currency to unlock powers, outfits and pets for their characters.The game they’re playing has some similarities to the online battle game “Fortnite.” But the kids aren’t fighting one another — they’re racking up points for participation and good behaviour in their classroom at Dag Hammarskjold Middle School, where their teacher is presenting a home economics lesson with help from Classcraft, a fantasy-themed educational program.“It’s actually a lot of fun,” said 13-year-old Caiden McManus. “The pets — that’s my favourite thing to do. To train the pets, you gain as many gold pieces as possible so you can get the new outfits and stuff.”Peek inside your average classroom these days, and you’re likely to see teachers using apps, websites and software that borrow elements from video games to connect with students living technology-infused lives. By all accounts, they’re fun to use, and studies have found that some can be effective. But there is also skepticism about how often students who use them are better educated, or just better entertained.Dag Hammarskjold consumer sciences teacher Gianna Gurga said she had been looking for a way to get more out of her students. Students have been more motivated and performed better in her classes since she began using Classcraft in spring 2017, she said, and she has signed up a handful of other teachers in the school.“My kids are so addicted to it in the best way possible,” Gurga said.In one session, the classroom filled with suspenseful music as Gurga began rapid-fire questioning. With each correct answer, chosen from multiple choices on the screen, students gained points that could be used for avatar upgrades, privileges like listening to music in class, and a competition against other classrooms. The available characters — warriors, mages and healers — each have different powers and must collaborate to succeed.Points are awarded for class participation as well as good behaviour, but the kids can also be penalized, as was the case for one of Gurga’s seventh-graders who told a classmate to “shut up.”A middle school in New York City, Quest to Learn, was the first public school to fully embrace game-based learning when it opened nearly a decade ago. The Manhattan school, developed by game theorists with the Institute of Play, has been closely followed since by researchers hoping for hard evidence of results from technology-inspired gamification.In the last school year, 43 per cent of Quest to Learn’s students were up to state standards on the state English test, compared to 41 per cent citywide, and 29 per cent of its students met state standards on the state math test, compared to 33 per cent citywide. But advocates say standardized testing alone does not tell the story. Outside studies have shown growth in soft skills such as collaboration, creative thinking and empathy, according to Ross Flatt, director of programs and partnerships for the Institute of Play, a non-profit studio that uses game design principles to develop new learning experiences.To help educators identify programs with promise, the Johns Hopkins University Center for Research and Reform in Education launched a website that rates math and learning programs based on how they meet evidence standards for effectiveness under federal education law. The centre’s director, Robert Slavin, said there are some programs that have shown positive impacts but on average improvements are small.“When people talk about technology transforming everything, it may in the future, but it’s not there yet,” Slavin said.Some question whether the graphics, videos and sounds in so many programs are doing harm by teaching students to pursue the rewards.“Part of life is figuring out how to learn to love things and how to persevere in things even when it’s not extrinsically motivated,” said Christopher Devers, an education researcher at Johns Hopkins who said his review of the evidence suggests that on balance, games-based approaches tend to influence students in negative ways.One of the better known programs, DreamBox, teaches math by offering a series of problems that can grow increasingly challenging as the student enters correct answers. The program, which began as an app for consumers, entered the school market in 2011 and last year had 2.6 million student users. The company charges a fee of $7,500 per school building per year.DreamBox CEO Jessie Woolley-Wilson said the program is intended as an aid for teachers who can’t be expected to personalize learning for two dozen students simultaneously.“Let’s figure out a way to support a way to deliver the best teaching, and allow the learning guardian to get back to art of teaching,” she said. “Technology can deliver that math personalization in a way that can give the learning guardian actionable insights.”In Groton, Connecticut, early users of DreamBox reported anecdotal evidence of improved outcomes and schools are now using it district-wide. In Heather Dalton’s fifth-grade classroom at the Charles Barnum Elementary School, students spent the first half of a recent class working individually on DreamBox with headphones on. Information about their level of mastery of fractions was sent to Dalton’s laptop, but the students were most excited about the short video-game rewards they received between levels and the coins they gathered for upgrades to their avatars.“There’s a lot of learning,” Dalton said, “but it feels like a game to the kids.”Michael Melia, The Associated Presslast_img read more







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first_imgKolkata: The state Health department will undertake drives in all government medical colleges and hospitals to assess the existing fire fighting mechanism.The incident of fire at the iconic MCH building of Calcutta Medical College Hospital (CMCH) on last Wednesday prompted the Health department to look into the fire fighting systems installed in these medical colleges.The Health department will also investigate the fire fighting system in other medical colleges and hospitals that are situated in the districts. In case of CMCH, the Health department has been waiting for the report which will be submitted by the 6-member team constituted following the incident of fire. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that the CMCH authorities had claimed there was adequate fire fighting mechanism in the MCH building that houses various important departments including pharmacy that had caught fire.Rogi Kalyan Samiti Chairman of CMCH, Dr Nirmal Maji, on the day of the incident said this could be an incident of sabotage. Dr Maji further mentioned that renovation works were carried out at the Public Works Department (PWD) a few days ahead of the incident and submitted a report saying there was hardly any possibility of a short circuit. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedTaking a lesson from the CMCH incident, the Health department has decided to assess the fire fighting systems in all the five state-run medical colleges in the city. The PWD engineers will also be asked to check and repair any possibility of short circuits. The steps have been taken to iron out the risks of fire. Thousands of patients visit the city’s medical colleges on a daily basis while many others undergo treatment at these hospitals.It may be mentioned that the electrical engineers of the PWD conduct surveillance in all the medical colleges and hospitals in the city from time to time to ensure that such incidents do not happen. All the other medical colleges and hospitals that are situated in the districts will also be asked to put in place adequate fire fighting mechanism.The district health officials have also been asked to carry out surveillance in all the hospitals under their jurisdiction.Meanwhile, after carrying out a preliminary enquiry forensic experts suspect that a computer inside the pharmacy might had been on.They are investigating if the fire was caused due to the incident.The fire already had an impact on the health services of the hospital as most of the medicines were destroyed in the fire on Wednesday.last_img read more


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