Harry Redknapp admits Liverpool fans should be worried after ANOTHER top star decided to leave Anfield.Reds youngster Raheem Sterling is on the verge of completing a £49m move to Manchester City, becoming the latest in a line of big names to depart Anfield.Luis Suarez turned his back on the club to join Barcelona last summer, while Steven Gerrard has also left to join MLS side LA Galaxy.And Redknapp claims Brendan Rodgers’ men could struggle next year to reclaim a top four place.“It’s definitely a bit worrying that Liverpool have lost another big player,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “A couple of years ago they had Daniel Sturridge, Raheem Sterling and Luis Suarez and you thought,’oh my god, those three together are going to do some damage in the next few years’.“But Liverpool lost Suarez, who was the best player in the Premier League that season, now they’ve lost Sterling and Sturridge is struggling to stay fit. Steven Gerrard has also moved on. It’s a real problem.“They’ve gone from nearly winning the league championship two years ago, to struggling to make the top four. It’s going to be difficult.”
SAN DIEGO — For the second consecutive offseason, the Giants are attempting to turn a former Blue Jays minor leaguer into a valuable major league reliever.A year after selecting left-hander Travis Bergen in the Rule 5 Draft, the Giants wrapped up the Winter Meetings by drafting right-hander Dany Jimenez out of Toronto’s organization.Jimenez, who will turn 26 later this month, posted a 2.59 ERA in 59 innings across two levels this season in the Blue Jays’ farm system. After a solid start to …
Under the world’s fastest moving glacier, radar has revealed a network of V-shaped canyons carved by temperate rivers.Live Science posted a new radar map showing “a secret network of rivers,” “frozen in time” under Jakobsvahn Isbrae glacier in Greenland. Today, the landscape is covered in ice 2,000 meters thick. The scientists claim these rivers, trending east to west, are 3.5 million years old, because that’s when the ice sheets began forming according to the secular geological timeline.The radar revealed a secret world, frozen in ice. Beneath Jakobshavn lies a stunning landscape of jaw-dropping canyons, some of which are roughly the size of the Grand Canyon; dramatic ravines; and a lacework of mountain streams. By analyzing the shape of the valleys and canyons beneath the ice, the team determined that these features were likely formed by rivers cutting the rock away over time, rather than by the glacier.Some observations, though, call the millions-of-years timing into question:The canyons are V-shaped. This indicates they were carved by rivers, not by glaciers. But wouldn’t the current glaciers have modified the margins after millions of years?The pattern of dendritic river channels influences the Jakobsvahn Isbrae glacier’s flow. “Without the channels present underneath, the glacier may not exist in its current location or orientation,” a researcher said. The glacier is currently flowing at the breakneck speed of 11 miles per year. Wouldn’t the glacier have erased the river channels or made them U-shaped by now?The glacier is melting quickly and contributing to sea level rise, the article says, worrying scientists about climate change. Yet the pattern of rivers clearly suggests a much warmer world long before humans could have contributed to warming.Michael Cooper, a grad student from the University of Bristol who helped produce the map, envisions a Greenland that was once truly green and rich with life. Without doubting the time, reporter Tia Ghose accentuates the difference between then and now:Thus, the landscape must have formed at least 3.5 million years ago, prior to the ice sheet’s formation. At that time, the area may have been much warmer and home to forests and shrubland, Cooper said.“I imagine the landscape would have been home to a lot of life,” Cooper said.Once again, the hidden world may become exposed. “Climate scientists have zeroed in on this fast-moving glacier in recent years because it may be a harbinger of climate change to come,” writes Ghose.Another Live Science article describes the long-standing debate about where Earth got its water, a situation unique among the rocky planets.This is another reason why so many doubt the consensus about global warming (if you’re wondering about the “97% of climate scientists who agree climate change is real,” watch this 5-minute video at Prager University). Here is a landscape that was clearly much warmer than it is now, probably rich with life that got along just fine, at a time when human activity had no influence on the climate.We should also doubt the consensus on dates. The millions-of-years dates are required by evolutionary theory. At the current melting rate, it would not take millions of years to expose Greenland. Nor would it take millions of years to accumulate all the current ice. Millions of years is the problem, not the solution. Scientific progress often comes by doubting the consensus, not by accepting it uncritically. (Visited 29 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
As Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan prepares to table the country’s annual Budget in Parliament tomorrow, 22 February, ordinary citizens have been asked to share their ideas on how South Africa’s finances should be managed.Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan speaks to members of the press during the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement in Cape Town on 26 October 2016. (Photo: South African government, CC BY-ND 2.0, via Flickr)Brand South Africa reporterFinance Minister Pravin Gordhan will deliver his seventh budget speech on Wednesday, 22 February at 14:00.The numbers he delivers will impact every citizen, so ordinary South Africans have been asked to share their ideas and tips on the Treasury website.The minister is looking for the people’s views on a range of topics:How to achieve inclusive economic growth in South Africa,How can South Africa make better use of its resources,How different sectors of society can work as one to achieve the country’s economic goals, and;How to achieve free tertiary education.The speech will be broadcast live on DSTV Channel 408, and streamed on Parliament’s YouTube channel.Here’s an overview of last year’s budget:Last year’s Budget Highlights, #Budget2017 preparations underway pic.twitter.com/cqOeTxUinI— #BUDGET2017 (@TreasuryRSA) February 20, 2017Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Related Posts Tags:#education#Future Tech#international#Interviews#research#TED#YouTube TED, the international conference known for tackling “ideas worth spreading” just topped a billion views for its videos. That’s a billion with a “b.”That milestone didn’t just happen on its own – TED has been gathering momentum online for a decade.The first step came in 2001, when TED’s current curator Chris Anderson’s Sapling Foundation took over and turned the company into a nonprofit organization. Five years later, in 2006, an experiment to post six TED-talk videos online led to the birth of a viral phenomenon. Today, these videos are watched globally, and the speakers behind them are some of the most influential people in their fields, working to share insight on issues not often seen by the general public. But with TED’s enormous success has also come criticsim and charges of elitism. Among other things, TED has taken heat for claiming to be for the masses, yet charging exorbitant ticket prices for attendance. And these days, even TED has competition. I had the chance to speak with Anderson about TED, from answering the critics to what it took to get here, where TED is going, and the role of technology in the developing world. Anderson, an idea man born in a small village in Pakistan to missionary parents, stressed his desire to serve social change, the future of media companies and how technology is unifying us and creating a level playing field:READWRITE: TED just went over a billion views on its videos. Tell me what it meant to get here and what that means for you as the curator and the founder of the brand.CHRIS ANDERSON: Everyone here is thrilled about that milestone. We never dreamed it would get this big, this fast. What’s surprising is that the reason it’s happened. It’s not like there’s any big giant marketing budget or anything like that driving it. It’s more been through word-of-mouth. Through online word-of-mouth. Largely email referrals, sharing and more recently social media, Facebook as well. So that’s the thrilling part. There are enough curious people in the world that are getting excited about learning to the point where they’ll watch something and then pass it on to their friends and family. I just find that exciting. RW: Tell me when the first TED talk was and how you got the word out there and that first push.ANDERSON: We put six talks out in June of 2006. It was a small media team that tried to find a way to get TED out there. Early on our thoughts were let’s put these out in a way that they’re well-shot, they’re well-edited and they capture the drama of what the audience feels live. It’s a modern campfire experience. So, eyes locked onto a speaker. Not the boring, traditional association people certainly brought with them, of a guy stuck behind a podium in the distance. Communication is much more dramatic than that, so video has to reflect that. We certainly felt that. And then we only put up six talks as an experiment and just shared the links with a few blogs. And it took off from there to our pride and crossing our fingers. We were really excited by the response to these initial talks. Not just in the numbers but people reacting to them in email back to us, instead of being ripped by them, you know laughed, shared and wept, and that was a surprise. It was amazing they worked. RW: Who gave the first talk and how many talks have their been total?ANDERSON: The six we launched on the first day, that included what is still today the number one talk. Ken Robinson’s talk on education and a talk by Hans Rossling on showing why our conception of the developing world is wrong. There are now 1,400 or so talks posted. RW: And those are just official TED events. That’s not counting TEDx, correct?ANDERSON: Those are talks posted on our site. So some of them include TEDx or best of the other conferences on our site. But the majority of them are from our own events, yes. And it doesn’t include the 25,000 other TEDx talks that are up on YouTube.RW: Tell me who’s one of your favorite guests, a best guest, and who was a worst guest? Or a worst speaker?ANDERSON: I don’t know if you can quote me on the worst but there’s been some flops. And there’s so many favorites. I love best talks that give you a mental shift. They just make you see the world differenrly. Everything from David Deutsch who’s given a couple of talks. The way he thinks really appeals to me. Ken Robinson himself, changed a lot of peoples minds on how to think about education and how we have to figure out a better path before it all falls. I’m a fan of so many talks. Barry Schwartz who had the talk of the paradox of choice. He says that too much choice is actually not necessarily good for us. RW: Can you tell me, without insulting past speakers, maybe some flops, or at least the subject matter you didn’t like?CA: Well, I think there were people who way overshot their time slot and were gently nudged, pushed off the stage. There have been people who have been given, had their say, talks that were full of ego rather than insight. And there’s a favorite instance, of a celebrity who was hissed off the stage because of the ego. The ego-to-insight ratio was just way out of whack. As they say, not all the talks are good, but at least the bad ones are short. Looking AheadRW: Now that you’ve gotten such a big name and created such a big, relatively mainstream brand, what are the goals going forward?ANDERSON: The number one focus is just keep up research ongreat ideas. The world is often described in terms of events and political upheaval and so forth. We view the world through the development of knowledge. The truth is human knowledge is growing at a spectacular rate. There’s amazing discoveries every year and the vast majority of them are completely invisible to most of us. That I think is something of a tragedy. Because the ideas are out there. They could fix our problems, it’s just that they’re not easily accessed. So, literally the number one goal is keep on finding those people and figure out how to make their work accessible.RW: Do you have a roadmap?ANDERSON: I often say that we do not have a roadmap. I think a five-year roadmap for TED, or a five-year roadmap for anything, in the fast changing world that we’re in, sounds to be a flawed document. What we do have is a compass. Our compass is our mission statement and then first a strategy, a sense of openeness. When we want to get something done instead of seeking ourselves, we seek to empower the people to do it. We give away our best stuff so people can do it for us. So that whole TEDx thing that has happened in the last three years. We’ve given away our brand and allowed pre-licenses to people around the world to hold their own event. To the point that there are now six or seven every day held somewhere. It’s vastly increased the number of people who can go to a conference. Instead of in California, 1,000 people spending $7,500, around the world there are 800,000 plus people who have spent less than $100 to go to one of these events. It’s really democratized TED and that’s thrilling. My whole genuine philosophy is how to open this thing up and make it available to anyone.Is TED Elitist?RW: Some would say that the price point for a ticket makes TED elitist. What’s your take on that?ANDERSON: The business model is that the profits made from the main conference are used to fund the rest of what we do. So the whole free distribution of ideas online (the TED Foundation) and the opening up of TEDx, none of that would have been possible without a successful concept where people were willing to pay lots of money. So, it’s true that not everyone can come and afford to go that. But even if we cut the price to zero, it’s not like everyone else could go. It would just make the waiting list that much longer. So we’re doing what we can do. One, give away the content, and two, give away the brand. Which makes it kind of hard to make the charge of elitism stick, I think. It’s absolutely the opposite of what TED is doing. TED is taking knowledge and making it as widely available as possible. On Publishing And MediaRW: I know you have a background in the news business and publishing. Where do you see that business going?ANDERSON: Speaking broadly, attention is always going to be one of the world’s most valuable commodities. From attention everything else flows. Every decision that anyone makes come from a point of attention. So it’s always going to be an incredibly important business. How it is won, how it is monetized is in total flux right now. And I think that a lot of the traditional models of paying a large number of people a lot of money to write, when there are millions of people who are willing to write for free, many of them very insightfully, that is a problem. I think media owners need to grasp how to move their talent up a notch to a level of inspring, identifying, coaching, empowering other writers. Because the overall model is broken. Technology And The Developing WorldRW: You were born in Pakistan. Do you think technology creates a level playing field for the developing world?ANDERSON: I absolutely do. I grew up in a village in Pakistan in my early years. Kids I grew up with, most of them are probably grinding out a life of poverty somewhere. The main reason I’m not is because of education. My parents could afford to get me fully educated.RW: What’s different there now? ANDERSON: The kid in that village right now is going to have access to a cellphone within the next few years, if they don’t already. Through which they can be eyeball to eyeball with the worlds great futures, and basically have a shot at realizing their full human potential. It’s a game changer, it’s really exciting, and I think we have already seen many instances where they’re leapfrogging what we’re doing in the West because of the pace of learning. RW: Who would you like to see present at TED in the future, and when can I give a talk?ANDERSON: Well, you can pitch me anytime. We have found that the best people, often, are the people completely under the radar. It’s not big names, it’s people you’d least suspect. This year we’ve been out around the world having open salons and invited people to talk. We’ve discovered about 30 truly amazing people that we’re bringing to California this year. I would say right now, they are the people I’m most excited to bring to the TED space. They’re going to blow people away.RW: And these are under the radar folk? Can you give any background to them?ANDERSON: It’s everything from an obscure academic in Australia to a 14-year-old boy in Nairobi, Kenya. It’s a really wide variety of people inspiring brilliance – intriguing people we can all learn from.Photo courtesy of TED Conference. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… adam popescu Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting
For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Tags:#Amazon#drones#FAA#Google#Internet of Things#IoT#Local Motors#Tesla#Uber 2016 was an incredible year for drones. Drones – especially those with cameras on them – have given us a new perspective on the world around us. Content creators have been producing HD videos from heights that were only a few years ago only possible if you had a big Hollywood budget.Today, sweeping skylines and panning overhead shots are commonplace on YouTube. These drones have given rise to exploratory content creators like Casey Neistat and iJustine. They’ve enabled companies like Amazon to explore new methods of delivering packages to customers. This new generation of drones has even firefighters and other first responders a new way to save lives.Indeed, drones have come a long way in the past year. Consumer-accessible models are coming down in price considerably, and the technologies being used to capture clear, stable shots are finding their ways into the hands of camera operators in the form of small, powered gimbals.New drone registry requirements kicked off 2016All of this progress is not without its downsides. 2016 kicked off with new rules from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requiring all drones in the United States between 0.55 and 50 lbs. be registered. This rule is intended to aid in connecting drones that are involved in malicious acts to their operator. These actions include spying in windows, trespassing, interfering with emergency crews, and flying in restricted space.This registry is not only mandatory, but it comes along with a $5 fee per aircraft. Failure to register an aircraft can result in civil penalties up to $27,500. Criminal penalties for failure to register can include fines of up to $250,000 under 18 U.S.C. 3571 and/or imprisonment up to three years.Despite this rule being in place, a lot of people flying these little drones remain unaware that it actually exists.A new crop of camera dronesWhile a lot of drones hit the consumer market in 2016, one that certainly stood out for its portability and feature set is the DJI Mavic Pro. This drone folds down so small that it can easily fit in a standard purse or small bag. It also captures clear 4k footage with ~21-28 minutes of flight time.Another highly-anticipated drone to hit the scene in 2016 was the GoPro Karma. This drone paired a great overall flight experience with a handheld powered gimbal that could capture stable footage in the air as well as on land. Unfortunately, over 2,500 units of the GoPro Karma were recalled after units experienced an unexplained power loss in flight.This power loss (video example above) could result in property damage as well as serious bodily injury as it would fall from the sky.Amazon makes its first Prime Air deliveryAmazon has officially launched a beta test of its drone delivery service, Prime Air. This beta is small, with only two users in a remote area being serviced by a small fulfillment center with specialized drone-launching capabilities.These customers can make an order on Amazon and receive their purchased item(s) in less than 30 minutes. Amazon’s plan is to expand this program so that these smaller, specialized fulfillment centers are able to provide quick delivery service to more areas. This would bypass their standard shipping partners, ultimately reducing costs and greatly improving the speed of delivery.Amazon Prime Air drones are currently only able to deliver small items that weigh 5 lbs. or less.Drone racing approaches the mainstreamWhat do you get when you combine the drama and speed of Nascar, the quick finger movements of esports, and the look and feel of pod racing from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace? You get the Drone Racing League.Zipping around corners and through loops at 70 mph, the drones of the Drone Racing League are putting on an impressive show. This new sport, in which pilots wear video goggles and hold controllers, is breaking through to the mainstream.A new broadcasting deal with ESPN ensures that this league, which had been in stealth mode until this year, has all the tools it needs to become the next big thing in competitive sports.What’s ahead?With all the excitement and buzz about consumer drones in 2016, what’s ahead for the next year? Well, what if a drone could help you navigate rush hour traffic? What if your car was followed by its very own drone?Autonomous vehicles are coming. Companies like Google, Telsa, Uber, and others are actively working on technologies that would help drivers get around without ever having to turn a steering wheel. But, what do you do while you’re sitting in the driver’s seat?The folks at Local Motors are working on that solution right now. The driver (or passenger, technically) would be able to fly a drone that feeds video information to the car. That drone would help discover and avoid potential traffic jams before they would even be reported to navigation apps like Waze or Google Maps.As drones become more commonplace, drone insurance for hobbyists and companies that utilize them for commercial purposes will become more commonplace.We may also see a rise in arrests and/or lawsuits resulting from drone activities. Drones are beginning to move from recreational areas such as parks and lakes to autonomously navigating cities. This means drones flying over private property is also going to become more common. The FAA says that shooting down aircraft of any type is a Federal offense, but what can you do if one is hovering over your backyard… maybe with a camera pointed at your bathroom window?Drones may also become a form of visual entertainment. Much like fireworks and light shows are today, companies like Intel are finding ways to create brilliant light shows put on by autonomous drones that take flight and perform choreographed shows. Drone shows don’t get shut down during burn bans and can occur several times on a single night.It’s hard to predict the future for a technology that is evolving as quickly as this one. One thing we can be sure of is that drones are going to keep flying for many years to come. 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Golden PumpkinIt took a public protest at Kochi Doordarshan Kendra for officials to become worried about their inability to telecast the ongoing football World Cup. Having lost out in the bidding to Abdul Rehman Bukhatir’s fledgling satellite channel, TEN Sports (which reportedly paid Rs 20 crore for the event), DD,Golden PumpkinIt took a public protest at Kochi Doordarshan Kendra for officials to become worried about their inability to telecast the ongoing football World Cup.Having lost out in the bidding to Abdul Rehman Bukhatir’s fledgling satellite channel, TEN Sports (which reportedly paid Rs 20 crore for the event), DD showed little urgency in damage control, perhaps convinced that football was a passion indulged in only by beer-drinking louts and yobs with painted faces.Not true, says DD Director-General S.Y. Quraishi. “We don’t have Bukhatir’s deep pockets. We did bid for the rights but couldn’t afford them.”They tried, he says, but TEN Sports continued to play “hide and seek” with them until B4U finally offered them the terrestrial rights-a peculiar move given B4U is a satellite channel. DD has now signed a deal with B4U, which will pay Rs 50,000 per half-hour for daily highlights of 60 matches between 11 p.m. and 12 p.m. B4U will market the event and DD will save face, somewhat.DD will show the opening and closing ceremonies in full as well as the semi-finals on National Network. But don’t pop the bubbly yet: even these matches will not be shown live.”I’m not happy,” says Quraishi. “In 1998, I sat up to watch all the matches on DD till 3 a.m. every day.” Fancy that.
No. 20 North Carolina State (11-1) moved into the poll for the first time since 2013 after knocking off then-No. 7 Auburn on Wednesday and South Carolina Upstate on Saturday.No. 25 Oklahoma is ranked for the first time since hitting No. 4 in last year’s poll.VOTER DEATHIndiana beat writer and AP Top 25 poll voter Terry Hutchens died last week after being critically injured in an automobile collission. He was 60.“Hutch” covered the Hoosiers for CNHI Sports Indiana . FILE – In this Dec. 20, 2018, file photo, Duke guard Tre Jones gestures to teammates during the first half of the team’s NCAA college basketball game against Texas Tech in New York. Duke has regained the top spot in The Associated Press Top 25 following a win over No. 12 Texas Tech at Madison Square Garden. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger, File)Duke moved to No. 1 after blowing out Kentucky in its season opener, only to lose the top spot two weeks later with a loss to Gonzaga in Maui.Well, the Blue Devils are back at No. 1.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño MOST READ Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue ‘Difficult, rewarding’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Following a 21-point win over Air Force in their only game last week, the Wolverines (12-0) moved up two spots in this week’s poll, passing Tennessee.Michigan has its highest ranking since hitting No. 1 during the 2012-13 season and still has that stifling defense, allowing 55.8 points per game, good for third nationally.VOLS JUST SHORTTennessee won in two blowouts last week and added 10 more first-place votes than the week before.It wasn’t good enough to keep the Vols ahead of undefeated Michigan.Tennessee, which lost to Kansas on Nov. 23, finished a single point behind the Wolverines in the overall voting, 1,472 to 1,471.BUZZING HOKIESVirginia Tech entered the 2018-19 season with high expectations. The Hokies are living up to those so far under coach Buzz Williams.Virginia Tech moved into the top 10 for the first time since 1995-96 after beating North Carolina A&T in its only game last week.The Hokies have one blemish on their record, by one at Penn State, and have a win over then-ranked Purdue on their resume. The Blue Devils stayed in the top spot until a rally against Gonzaga in the Maui Invitational title game came up short. Duke worked its way up to No. 2 and slid into the top spot after routing Princeton and holding off No. 12 Texas Tech last week.The 69-58 win over the previously-unbeaten Red Raiders had a March-like feel at Madison Square Garden as two Elite Eight teams from a year ago played for the first time.“This is a great night for college basketball,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said.WOLVERINES RISINGMichigan’s follow-up to its national title-game run a year ago keeps chugging along.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No. 6 Nevada, Gonzaga, Michigan State, Florida State and Virginia Tech rounded out the top 10.Duke (11-1) started the season No. 4 in the preseason poll, but moved to No. 1 for a record-tying 135th week in the first regular-season poll after turning its opener against then-No. 2 Kentucky into a laugher. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Buoyed by a win over No. 12 Texas Tech and Kansas’ loss at No. 18 Arizona State, Duke moved atop The Associated Press Top 25 released on Monday, receiving 35 of 64 first-place votes.No. 2 Michigan received nine first-place votes, No. 3 Tennessee got 12, and No. 4 Virginia and No. 5 Kansas received four each.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chief SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SUN DEVILS (BARELY) RISINGNo. 17 Arizona State picked up one of the biggest wins in program history by knocking off top-ranked Kansas 80-76.The Sun Devils (9-2) picked up only one spot in this week’s poll, thanks to a road loss to Vanderbilt the previous Sunday.The Jayhawks dropped four spots to No. 5, but should get big man Udoka Azubuike back soon after he missed four games with a sprained ankle.RISING AND FALLINGNo teams made significant jumps in this week’s poll. No. 10 Virginia Tech and No. 16 Kentucky were the biggest movers, adding three spots each.No. 21 Buffalo had the biggest drop, losing seven places after losing to No. 18 Marquette. No. 12 Auburn and No. 14 North Carolina lost five spots each.Furman’s first run at being ranked came to an end this week after the Paladins lost by 20 to LSU.Nebraska dropped out of the poll from No. 25 despite winning its only game last week.IN AND OUT View comments
The 2012/13 VT League series was a fantastic season and finals day was no exception. With Melbourne showing us the sunshine, family and friends swarmed the beachfront fields to watch the quarter final games get underway at 9.00am.The Mixed final was played at 2.30pm between Melbourne University Northern Blacks and the Melbourne City Lions; a 1-2 match up from the ladder. Both teams fought hard all game, with the Melbourne City Lions eventually being the victors 8-6.The Women’s final was next up at 3.30pm with reigning champions Melbourne City Lions taking on the Bayside Vipers. These two teams finished the season on an equal 34 points so this was another 1-2 match up and a game that was not to be missed. Lions came out firing scoring five touchdowns to one in the first half and had scored themselves a good buffer for the second half. With Leah Percy dropping in two touchdowns in the second half, the Lions proved too good, winning their fourth consecutive Women’s Championship title 8-4.The Men’s final was played at 4.30pm with the Western Dodgers trying to stop the Bayside Vipers from back-to-back premiership wins. The Vipers came through their semi-final comfortably defeating the Melbourne City Lions 8-5; whilst the Dodgers participated in a 25 touchdown shootout with the Melbourne University Northern Blacks. The Western Dodgers scored a touchdown in the last minute of the game and took the semi-final 13-12.The Western Dodgers played a great season of VT League with nine wins and went into the grand final confident that they could give the Vipers a run for their money. The Vipers were determined to be back-to-back premiers and shot out to a 4-1 lead in the first half. Derrick Cant proved why he was Player of the Final as he scored four of the Vipers’ seven touchdowns. Vipers secured their Men’s Championship title over the Dodgers with the final score 7-3.Mixed Final Melbourne City Lions 8 defeated Melbourne University Northern Blacks 6Referees – Andrew Clough, Mitch McKenzie and Paul LassigPlayer of the Final – Keisuke YamadaWomen’s Final Melbourne City Lions 8 defeated Bayside Vipers 4 Referees – Cliff Winnett, Giancarlo Leung and Leigh BryantPlayer of the Final – Jessika GroeneveldMen’s Final Bayside Vipers 7 defeated Western Dodgers 3Referees – Sally Melzer, Matt Vernon and Cam NoblePlayer of the Final – Derrick CantClub Championship – Melbourne City LionsReferee Awards Rookie referee of the League – Paul LassigReferee of the League – Sally MelzerJim Speight Award – Referee of the Year – Giancarlo LeungClub Awards – Rookie of the Year Bayside Vipers Stephanie ReidChris WhiteCaseyKate ScheresJosh MeadsEastern Falcons Sue-Ellen GoddeTom TwentymanMelbourne City Lions Madeline WrightJarryn OsbourneMelbourne University Northern Blacks Katelyn BarryJames DaffWestern Dodgers Dawn Berryman-NathanTanetiki Takuira2013 Super Trans Tasman Recognition Awards Leah PercyMicheal LovettMelissa WoodwardKirsten FriendBrooke JamesJamie Te PaniaBen MoceiwaiDerrick CantHamish McLeanRelated LinksVT League Results