Evolutionists Strategize to Fight Creation

first_img(Visited 83 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The “Faith-based communities” they have in mind are the liberal churches who take the DODO position, like the Clergy Letter Project people who want to have Darwin Day celebrations in their churches.The “parents” they have in mind are leftist ACLU supporters who will scream on cue that they don’t want their kids getting religion in science class at the slightest suggestion of teaching evolution honestly.  Notice that they want parents NOT who support academic freedom, but rather “clear thinking” (that is, pure DODO without confusing counter-arguments) and “academic futures” (the red-herring big lie that allowing debate about Darwinism might compromise their ability to get into college).  The “scientists” they have in mind are the DODO evolutionists who still hold to logical positivism, that dead philosophy of science that claims the “scientific process” has some kind of objective meaning.  The “accuracy” they want is Darwin Party approved DODO talking points.  And as long as they stay DODO, it’s strategic for them to play the part of “parents, community members or people of faith” in the manner of Ken Miller, the DODO Catholic. If evolution were a matter of obvious biological facts, why would it be necessary to list strategies to teach it without exposing it to critical thinking?Nature‘s editorial for May 15, “Science in schools,” took aim at creationists, and the Discovery Institute (not a creationist organization, an intelligent design organization) in particular, on the occasion of Eugenie Scott’s retirement (5/09/13) from the National Center for Science Education or NCSE (not an education organization, but an anti-creationist organization).  Beyond the usual talking points (e.g., evolution is science, creation is religion; Kitzmiller; the bandwagon argument all scientists accept evolution), the editors suggested three things scientists could do to keep up Eugenie’s fight against Darwin skeptics.1. Make evolution appear non-atheist.  The editors applauded Eugenie Scott’s tactical coup in removing the words “impersonal” and “unsupervised” when the US National Association of Biology Teachers described natural selection that way in a statement.  It’s not that Scott believed the converse (that natural selection is supervised or personal); she just didn’t want to make evolution a lightning rod for those who would use such a statement as evidence that Darwinists are atheists.  So she argued that there’s a “false dichotomy” between religious people, some of whom believe evolution, and scientists, some of whom might actually believe in some “higher power.”  Scott (an atheist herself) argued that “science could not address such questions.”2. Build coalitions.  This strategy is vague enough to allow Darwinists to appear conciliatory while insisting their view is uncontested.  They can have their say, as long as they all say the right things:Another strategy is to put together coalitions of people from diverse backgrounds to provide multiple perspectives. Faith-based communities can express concerns about one religious view being favoured over another. Parents can argue for their children’s clear thinking and academic futures. Scientists can talk about the scientific process and why accuracy in schools matters, but should also participate, where applicable, as parents, community members or people of faith.3. Perform outreach.  The third strategy is for scientists to get out and interact with the public more often.  The “articulate” ones who can explain the evolutionary view should be recognized and supported by their institutions; “they should bring the same passion to describing the work that is most likely to engage the public,” perhaps dinosaur evolution.  Surprisingly, the editors pointed to Stephen Jay Gould as a good example of outreach.  Gould, a staunch evolutionist, rankled other evolutionists with his frank admissions that the fossils did not support Darwinian gradualism.  His theory of “punctuated equilibria” showed that there are strong disagreements within the scientific community over neo-Darwinism, as the Discovery Institute likes to point out.The editors made it clear that they are not for dialogue or debate.  They ended, “With support from the NCSE and similar efforts, scientists can further not only science education, but science itself.”Oh, they can sound so noble.  They just want to further science.  They just want to help the children.  Who could possibly be against that?  Readers need well-tuned baloney detectors to see why this is DODO talk (Darwin-only, Darwin-only).  In strategy #2, for instance, we have various types of people in their coalition giving “multiple perspectives” on the only acceptable viewpoint, the DODO viewpoint.center_img “People of faith.”  That phrase should be banned from the English language.  Everybody is a person of faith.  Some have logical faith, and some have absurd faith.  Anyone believing life arose by chance and became Man the Wise by unguided processes belongs in the latter group.  No reasonable person should have the kind of faith to believe the impossible.  Those are People of Fluff.  The worst are the ones that throw tantrums when you question their DODOhood: the People of Froth.Hopefully, here at CEH you are learning how to read Darwinian rhetoric with your critical thinking skills honed.  Their talking points can sound grandiose when they just want to “help” people “understand” why anything less than 100% pure DODO is unacceptable.  They know that letting in honest scientific debate over the evidence for Darwinism would be their undoing.last_img read more

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FFA Camp Muskingum moving forward with a new facility

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A common message students hear while at Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum is one of perseverance and setting goals to reach new heights. This mentality was on display as the camp broke ground for the addition of the new Muskingum Discovery Center on Friday, Sept. 25.The Timken Foundation of Canton, the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District, the Stark Community Foundation, Farm Credit Mid-America and many other donors and special guests including 150 first year FFA members attending the first session of Greenhand camp were in attendance to witness and celebrate the ground breaking of the 9,500-square foot, two-story building.“The Muskingum Discovery Center would not be possible without the generous support we have received from our donors and the support from the community,” said Todd Davis, Camp Director of Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum.The 2015-2016 Ohio FFA State President, Matthew Klopfenstein, spoke on behalf of Ohio FFA members and presented a Discovery Center Project Update at the banquet that took place before the shovels hit the ground.“Camp is more than just a facility,” Klopfenstein said. “Attending camp kick-started my FFA career and has done the same for many others. The addition of the Discovery Center will increase camp’s influence on youth and also in the community.”The estimated cost for the building is $1,650,000 with additional project costs of $850,000 for parking, equipment, road improvements and related project expenses totaling $2.5 million. FFA Camp Muskingum has received statewide support from local FFA chapters, the Camp board, the Ohio FFA Foundation and individual donors.“We are very happy to support this center because it means so much to the area, but more importantly to the State of Ohio,” said Rose Geib, Grant and Operations Coordinator for the Timken Foundation of Canton. “It brings so many students in and does such a fine job with the youth that this is going to make an impact. The foundation likes to support projects where an impact is important.”Additional funding support from local and state legislators, the agriculture industry, farmers, collaborating partners, agricultural and nonprofit agencies, other funders, families and individuals will be needed to reach the end goal.“The hope is the word will get out to individuals who have a relationship with FFA, and more importantly some of those folks who have memories of camp,” Davis said. “We hope they see the vision we have for camp and want to have a part of making it a reality.”The new facility will be able to provide the space needed for large banquets, community events and educational workshops. Features of the building include a large open assembly hall area with a stage, educational displays and an interactive nature center with expanded programming and interactive live animal displays.“Many qualities of the new building will benefit camp,” Davis said. “A wonderful facility for the existing groups that attend camp will be provided, but I think it opens up new opportunities for us to bring in new individuals and groups. We will be able to provide banquet facilities for the community and provide higher educational opportunities for people in the area.”Camp Muskingum has worked closely with the Muskingum County Watershed Conservancy District to approve construction beginning this fall with a goal of opening the building in the late fall of 2016.“All of the preliminary drawings and plans have been approved,” said Donnie Borland, Muskingum County Watershed Conservancy District Deputy Chief of Police Operations. “We work closely with Camp Muskingum with improvements and projects taking place to make sure everything is good to go with the requirements of the Muskingum County Watershed. It is a pretty easy task because they do a great job.”Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum is available to all 24,800 FFA members across the state.  Many different school systems and groups also use the camp for a various educational, team building and recreational activities throughout the year.“The addition of the Discovery Center is a big step,” Davis said. “But it is going to be an awesome step with all support we have received. It will open up a lot of doors to help make what camp does now even better.”How You Can Help:If you are interested donating or volunteering to help complete this exciting project, please contact Todd Davis, Camp Director, at (330) 627-2208 or Tdavis@wildblue.net for a donation form and information. Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum is a 501C(3) non-profit so all donations are tax deductible.last_img read more

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Extending the Olive Branch

first_imgby Robin AllenEver wonder what the phrase “extending the olive branch” means? It is an offer of peace and extends back to biblical times, the ancient Romans and Greek mythology.  A dove brought back an olive branch to Noah to signal the flood had ended.  In ancient Rome the defeated used to hold up an olive branch for peace. In Greek mythology, Athens is named after the Goddess Athena who brought the olive to the Greeks as a gift after she won a contest with Poseidon, god of the sea. This gift proved useful for light, heat, food, medicine, and perfume.  Indeed olive trees are one of the oldest cultivated trees in the world.  Originating in North Africa it spread to the Mediterranean, especially to early Greece.  The Greeks exported the olive trees to Italy around 1000 B.C.  As the Roman Empire spread so did the olive trees.  The Romans were the first to document the growth and production of olive trees and olive oil.  The first olive tree can be traced back over 5000 – 6000 years. The greatest use for olive oil at the time was for lamp oil which made it a very valuable trading commodity.  Other uses include anointing rulers, religious purposes, offerings to gods, skin and hair health, and athletes rubbed olive oil on their skin then scraped it off to clean themselves.  Olive trees proved to be long-lived and drought resistant.Today we still value the olive for its oil, especially extra virgin olive oil (EVOO).  I recently had the pleasure of participating in a tour of Puglia which is the Eastern boot portion of Italy. There we immersed ourselves in the Mediterranean Diet, a key component of which is EVOO! One of our stops was to 2 olive farms to understand and participate in the harvest and production of olive oil. The olive farm we visited had dated back 3000 years and was planted in the ancient Roman tradition with trees set far apart.  Since this was harvest time tarps were laid underneath to catch the fallen olives so they did not hit the ground.  Harvesting was done with a rake like device which shook the olives from the trees.  The best quality olive oils are made with the youngest, greenest olive.  The quality of the oil goes down as the olive ripens.So have you ever tasted a fresh olive from the tree?  If you like the tasted of chewed up aspirin that the best I can compare it to.  It was harsh and bitter however makes the best EVOO with the most antioxidants and flavor.What else did I learn? Well, I have been consuming not very good olive oil.  In a study by UC Davis, 2010, of the five top-selling “extra virgin” olive oils, 73% failed International Olive Council (IOC) and USDA sensory standards. The chemical testing indicated that the samples failed extra virgin standards for reasons that include one or more of the following:Oxidation by exposure to elevated temperatures, light, and/or aging;Adulteration with cheaper refined olive oil;Poor quality oil made from damaged and overripe olives, processing flaws, and/or improper oil storage.So what is high-quality olive oil? Extra virgin olive oil should be:Fruity, pleasant flavors of ripe or green oliveBitter, will have a pleasant acrid sensation on your tonguePungent, peppery sensation in your mouth or throat.Signs of a poor quality olive oil:Rancid! Olive oil is best when fresh and used within 1-2 years of harvest. Do not hoard or save it.  Use it! Store in a cool dark place.  Pepperiness and bitterness is a good sign.  Greener robust olive oils keep longer than oils made from riper olives.Fusty! This is caused by fermentation and absence of oxygen.  This occurs before the milling process if olives are left to sit in bags or piles.  For many, the “fusty” odor is the norm and can smell like vinegar, sweaty socks, and brown mushy Kalamata olives.Winey or vinegary, started the fermentation process.So how is a shopper to know?If at all possible taste before you buy.Buy from a local grower.Look for dates on the olive oil bottles. EVOO does not last longer than 2 years from harvest to consumption. Most experts prefer EVOO to be used within a  year after harvest.Olive oil should be kept in dark bottles or tins to prevent oxidation.What are the different types of olive oil? There are over 100 different varieties of olive oils with their own taste.Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) The gold standard! EVOO is an unrefined oil which is not treated with chemicals or heat. It has a higher level of oleic acid and a golden-green color with a distinctive flavor and peppery finish and also has the highest level of antioxidants. EVOO is unique from other oils because it is extracted using a cold press technique without solvents or heat so the chemical structure of the oil is not altered or compromised. This results in an oil which is higher in antioxidants or phenolics.  These phenolic compounds are associated with increased LDL oxidation, decreased platelet aggregation, improved endothelial function, and lower blood pressure as well as many other benefits.Virgin Olive Oil, next quality, also unrefined but has a slightly lower level of oleic acid and less intense flavor.  It is from riper or poorer quality grapes.Refined Olive oil or Pure Olive oil involves chemical treatment and may contain other oils. It is a blend of virgin olive oil and refined olive oils.  It usually has a lighter color and can be treated as an all-purpose oil.Light Olive oil is a refined olive oil.  It is lighter in flavor, not calories.Pomace Olive Oil is produced by high heat and chemical solvents and has a high smoke point for cooking.  It is extracted from the pomace with is the solid substance that remains after the virgin olive oil has been extracted.Lampante Oil is virgin olive oil not fit for human consumption.  It is a poor quality oil and is used for industrial purposes.All olive oils are a monosaturated fat which has been shown to benefit heart health.  All alive oils can be used for cooking. EVOO is best used for dipping and dressings but is used throughout Italy for all baking and cooking needs.  However, the antioxidants and their benefits are what has separated EVOO as an even more beneficial oil and is characteristic of the Mediterranean Diet.If you want to learn more about olive oils please see the following references.  High-quality EVOO has become like wine tasting and chefs are starting to pair different types of olive oils with different foods. What olive oil do you use?  Check out the quality and see if you are using the best for your health.References:Report Evaluation of Extra-Virgin Olive Oil Sold in California (Accessed 11/17)The Olive in the Ancient Mediterranean (Accessed 11/17)History of the OliveIt’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil Day – Is Your EVOO Real or Fake? (Accessed 11/17)Olive oil: more than just oleic acid (Accessed 11/17)The Olive Oil Sources (Accessed 11/17)Extra virgin olive oil and oleic acid (Accessed 11/17)last_img read more

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Director Nora Mandray on Using History to Understand the Present

first_imgWe spoke with director Nora Mandray about contextualizing history and keeping a complex political timeline vibrant and legible in short form.After Donald Trump was elected president of the United States in 2016, Field of Vision commissioned Nora Mandray to make a short film about the presidential race in France. Dancing With Le Pen illuminates a decades-long shift toward the far right, led by a family of politicians. It’s a pithy, sobering look at the sustained tolerance for bigotry and xenophobia in France, but viewers recognize the mindsets of Trump followers who sound like Mandray’s subjects.PremiumBeat: The parallels to the rise of the far-right in the U.S. were timely for American viewers. Tell me how the idea for the film came about. Did you begin with a plan to go back to 1972, after the short dance floor introduction?Nora Mandray: What was happening was (and still is) certainly resonating with the rise of the alt-right in the U.S., so the plan was to document how those ideas were spreading. The French election was also happening, just shy of a year after the Brexit vote, so the traditional balance of powers felt very fragile at that time. Nobody knew what the outcome of the election would be. Macron was this new figure, with a brand new party, which completely smashed the political landscape as we knew it.That said, the National Front (now “National Rally”) is a special case, because of its long, steady rise since its creation in the 1970s. Translating its extent into a compelling story for an American audience was a challenge. Also, at the time of the shoot, no one knew what was going to happen! But the one thing that I knew for sure was that it would be a very emotional campaign and moment. In France, people are passionate about politics, and they show it. That was something that, in my mind, Americans could relate to. So, as I set out to tell this story, my plan was to create a character-driven vérité narrative: I cast characters who would each embody the party’s evolution — the origins, its “rebranding,” and its future.I definitely had the party’s biggest historical moments in mind — the main “story beats” so to speak! But mostly, I wanted to have room to let the story of the election (this potential massive political and cultural shift!) unfold. The story structure very much shaped itself in the edit.Field of Vision – Dancing with Le Pen.PB: How did you organize the information during pre-production? Does your mind work best with a linear timeline, or did you conceptualize the documentary via themes?NM: As I usually do, I wrote a script including the characters I had access to, based on the preliminary interviews I had conducted with them over the phone, and I put together a mood board for the types of framings/lighting/camera movements I wanted.Dealing with a vérité approach, I had to be flexible with my “plan” and half of what I planned in terms of scenes didn’t happen! But the skeleton of the film was there, and having this basis allowed me to think on my feet the day of, adjusting to reality, being able to recognize scenes in the real world that had a similar emotional impact.PB: How did you go about collecting the archival footage of the Le Pen line? What was important to you when choosing the shots that would represent each candidate?NM: I spent many hours trolling on YouTube! The French archival resource “INA” is a treasure trove, and I went all in as well. This work happened during the edit. At that point, I was looking for key moments that could illustrate the party’s steady rise, as well as audio/visual points of transition with my vérité footage to organically bridge past and present.In the edit, it became obvious that archives were necessary to tell the story and help the narrative. While editing, I’d constantly ask myself: Is this shot necessary? How do you keep this story relevant after election day? How to keep a dramatic drive when the viewers already know the election’s outcome? But also, this is such a serious topic! How to make this entertaining, so that the audience wants to keep watching? Fortunately, the wonders of 1980s archives helped me with this last part.PB: With this project, and others like 3 Acres in Detroit, you shoot outside on pivotal days that can’t be reprised (the Muslim wedding in DWLP, etc.). Did you face any challenges with light/weather? How did you solve them?NM: In DWLP, during one of the protagonist’s sit-down interviews, it started raining so we had no other choice but to set up indoors. Fortunately, we were able to reset in a nearby quiet room. Visually, the background looked less interesting, but as I knew that I’d use some of the interview as voice-over narration, I went for the best sound quality. And, it turned out that being in a “protected/safe” space allowed the protagonist to open up more so than if we had been outside. So, thankfully, it ended up being a better solution and made for a more emotional interview.Similarly, in 3 Acres in Detroit, one of the last scenes in the film was shot as the night was falling. It, coincidentally, created a perfect mood for the moment, and a natural arc as we were nearing the end of the story.I find that the “natural” challenges I’ve faced in my work always impact the mood of a scene. Just like people are naturally more upbeat when it’s a sunny day, the energy level is influenced by a natural environment. Especially when shooting vérité, I’ve learned to tune to the mood of whomever I’m filming.PB: When we see Enzo tearful over election results, there’s a moment at the end of the interview where blue lights flash on his face. How did you feel about this in the edit?NM: I love interviews, they can reveal so much about a character’s inner life.The last interview with Enzo in the film was the last one we did with him, and it was done right outside of the town hall where the election results were announced. A police car just started behind us as Enzo was speaking, and that created the blue lights on his face. I felt like that added an intensity to the moment, as well as to Enzo’s emotions. Somehow, it completely matched what he was describing, so this is why I chose to keep it in the edit.PB: How did you find these NF supporters in DWLP? What advice do you give for filmmakers hoping to engage perspectives of conservative people who fancy themselves marginalized and wary of media?NM: It took a lot of phone calls! I wanted to portray supporters, so I reached out directly to NF groups. I chose empathy, a non-conflictual approach, to listen to their ideas rather than to judge. NF supporters have traditionally been depicted by the media as “evil.” With my film, I wanted to show them as multi-dimensional. People who agree to go on camera naturally want to share their stories, but then it’s just about practicing empathy, asking the right questions, and reacting with curiosity rather than animosity.All images via Field of Vision – Dancing with Le Pen.Looking for more industry interviews? Check these out.Grant Korgan and “The Push” on Owning Your Own RealityIndustry Interview: Emmy-Nominated Editor Vera DrewInterview: “The Man in the High Castle” Cinematographer Gonzalo AmatIndustry Insights: Editor Matt Friedman Talks “The Farewell”Interview: Director Ernie Gilbert on His Sci-Fi Short Film “Nine Minutes”last_img read more

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Body of activist unclaimed for over 16 months: advocate

first_imgPanaji: The Goa State Human Rights Commission (GSHRC) has summoned the Chief Secretary, the Director General of Police, and the Dean of the State-owned Goa Medical College hospital (GMC) on April 3, to explain why the body of Father Bismarque Dias is in the GMC morgue for over 16 months.The commission issued the directive after an activist and advocate, Aires Rodrigues, filed a complaint on Wednesday stating that the body of Fr. Bismarque — a social activist, who was found dead at St. Estevam in North Goa — has been in the “unhygienic and regularly malfunctional” morgue at Bambolim since November 7, 2015.Mr. Rodrigues said the body is not required for any further examination as all the forensic tests have been done and the viscera report has been received. He also said Fr. Bismarque must be given a fitting farewell and laid to rest with due respect as he had selflessly toiled for Goa.Fr. Bismarque’s family had declined to accept the body, disagreeing with the police’s findings, which had showed that he had drowned. They suspect that Fr. Bismarque was murdered.last_img read more

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Jack pummels Cleverly to take light-heavy crown

first_imgCotto punishes Kamegai to win sixth world title The bout was one of the scheduled highlights of the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor undercard at the T-Mobile Arena.Cleverly, defending his title for the first time, was struggling from the opening bell, with Jack’s piercing jab and right hand finding their target repeatedly.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingCleverly looked to be finding his range with a flurry of punches at the end of the first, connecting with a right to the chin.But it was a fleeting rally with Jack firmly back in control thereafter. Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion View comments LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 26: Badou Jack celebrates after winning by TKO in the fifth round of his WBA light heavyweight championship bout against Nathan Cleverly on August 26, 2017 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPSweden’s Badou Jack blasted aside Nathan Cleverly in the fifth round to claim the Welsh fighter’s WBA light-heavyweight world title here Saturday.Jack, who improved to 22-1-3 with the win, dominated British star Cleverly from start to finish to score a technical knockout after 2min 47sec of the fifth round.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side A dominant fourth round display saw the 33-year-old rock Cleverly with a thunderous left hook to extend his lead.The fifth round was almost entirely one-way traffic, Jack connecting with a stream of jabs and hooks to force Cleverly onto the ropes.With Jack jolting Cleverly at will, referee Tony Weeks had seen enough, halting the fight to protect the champion from further punishment. ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Call-out for youth program coaches & managers

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is currently seeking to appoint suitably qualified coaches to the vacant coaching and team manager positions within the National Youth Program. The Australian Youth teams will be attending the 2020 Youth Trans Tasman in Australia in January 2020.Expression of Interest ProcessTFA is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from suitably qualified, currently accredited and active Elite level coaches and managers to fill the following positions.National Youth Program:Men’s 20s Coach, Assistant Coach and ManagerMen’s 18s Coach, Assistant Coach and ManagerWomen’s 20s Coach, Assistant Coach and ManagerWomen’s 18s Coach, Assistant Coach and ManagerMixed 18s Coach, Assistant Coach and ManagerMixed 20s Coach, Assistant Coach and ManagerCoach and Assistant CoachTo submit your Expression of Interest (EOI) for all coaching positions please click on the link below. The link will take you to a page to submit your details for the application.https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/youthprogram2020The EOI will include:NameContact DetailsNCAS Coaching LevelPrevious Elite level (only) Coaching ExperienceVarious questions which can be found by clicking the above link.Expressions of interest for these coaching positions will close at 5pm Monday 4th March, 2019.Team ManagerTo submit your Expression of Interest (EOI) for the team manager positions please click on the link below. The link will take you to a page to submit your details for the application.https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/youthmanager2020Expressions of interest for these positions will close at 5pm Monday 4th March 2019.Appointment TermsThe appointment term for these positions will be from date of appointment in 2019 through to completion of all responsibilities after the 2020 Youth Trans Tasman. This campaign will involve attendance by the appointed Coaches and Managers at all team and national selection camps throughout the Trans Tasman preparation.Appointment ConsiderationsAs an Australian coaching staff member there will be a large emphasis on interaction across the program, innovation within coaching and constant professional development.  This will require a need for individuals who are willing to participate in a collaborative environment, with high levels of accountability, adherence to improving technical knowledge and a focus on leadership and management.The appointment processes for all volunteers within the HP Program, takes into account the balance of the applicants’ current skills and areas for improvement.  In the same way coaches select athletes to fit a role within a team plan, volunteers will be selected and required to full fill the role to deliver success for Touch Football Australia.Outlined below for your information is the prescribed key selection criteria for all volunteer appointments within TFA:Actively work as leaders within the broader organisation, with an ability to promote positive/collaborative working relationships and represent the organisation in a professional manner.Actively promote a positive culture among the appointed group, reflective of the organisation’s expectations for all participants within the sport, and above all else in line with TFA Code of Conduct and other policies.Display an ability to work independently as well as within a team environment.Actively communicate and prepare for specific requirements of the role.Complete agreed assigned tasks to the expected standard of the organisation.Maintain absolute confidence with any confidential or Intellectual Property related information of the organisation.Hold and/or obtain required accreditations to undertake the role.Support TFA in the coordination and development of other volunteers.Aiding in conflict resolution as required.Photography: Phil McIlwraithlast_img read more

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10 months agoRangers, Celtic rival Burnley, Huddersfield for Fran Sol

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Rangers, Celtic rival Burnley, Huddersfield for Fran Solby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWillem II striker Fran Sol is a target for a raft of British clubs.The Mirror says the 26-year-old, currently plying his trade in Holland with Willem II, is one of the Eredivisie’s top-scorers with 12 goals already to his name.Sol is nominally out-of-contract at the end of the season, although there is a one-year option in favour of his club who are certain to activate it given his current form.Celtic and Rangers have both sent scouts to watch him during the past few months.But they are not alone. Burnley, Cardiff, Huddersfield, Leeds, Derby and Swansea have also checked on him. last_img read more

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24 days agoJuventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic happy embracing Sarriball

first_imgJuventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic happy embracing Sarriballby Carlos Volcano24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic admits his game is being transformed under coach Maurizio Sarri.Pjanic says he wants to touch the ball 150 times a game as “playing under Max Allegri was completely different”.“There are obviously things that still to be improved, but I’m convinced that with the passage of time, everything will get better and better,” he said.“My teammates always look for me and I like that. Playing under Allegri was completely different, we immediately looked to get the ball wide.“Now it’s different. In the last few games I’ve tried more forward passes, but it all depends on what the Coach asks of me. I want to get to touching 150 balls per game.“I want to be one of the best midfielders in the world. I’m playing for one of the best teams in the world. I was lucky to grow step by step with the Coaches I had.“Winning helps you improve, and I know I can improve even more. The Juventus players are all ready to reach the highest objectives.“We have an experienced group with players who have won everything, and that aspect helps in certain games. I don’t think it’s a flaw.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Lyft heads for initial public offering

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Lyft is readying for an initial public offering of shares as it pushes toward becoming a publicly traded company.The San Francisco ride-sharing service said Thursday that it confidentially submitted a draft registration statement for the proposed IPO with the Securities and Exchange Commission.The number of shares to be offered and the price range for the proposed offering have not yet been determined. The company was valued at just over $15 billion earlier this year.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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