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PayPal changes its mind on NFC

first_img PayPal backs Tink to boost customer experience AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 22 FEB 2016 PayPal will announce a shift in its NFC stance this morning with two initiatives – an upgrade to its app that will support the technology and an alliance with Vodafone Group for contactless payments.Customers in the US and Australia will be able to make NFC-based payments using the PayPal app on their smartphones, starting in the second quarter.In addition, the payments giant has joined forces with Vodafone so the operator’s mobile wallet users in a number of European countries can make NFC-enabled payments.The service is initially available in Spain, starting this week. Other European markets will follow later in 2016.PayPal’s announcement is an acknowledgement that NFC has gained some traction over the last 18 months. The technology has gathered a number of high profile supporters, including Apple, Samsung and Google.The previous stance of the payments firm and its former eBay parent was very different. eBay CEO John Donahoe famously described NFC as standing for “Not For Commerce”.And former PayPal president David Marcus (now at Facebook) expressed scepticism about the technology on several occasions.PayPal was spun off from eBay last summer, leaving it freer to make its own strategic choices. Beyond its core online payments business, PayPal has a presence in peer-to-peer (Venmo), remittances (Xoom) and in-app payments (Braintree).Adopting NFC fills a gap in this line-up, which is in-store payments.In trying to match rivals such as Visa and MasterCard, PayPal must be available to users in locations such as shops and restaurants.Separately, the payments firm will put some meat on the bones of a previously announced partnership with America Movil. Unlike the Vodafone announcement, this does not cover NFC.Telcel in Mexico and Brazil’s Claro, both America Movil subsidiaries, will add PayPal capability to their mobile wallets. The update will come in Spring, initially for users to top up their prepaid accounts using PayPal.Finally, PayPal-owned Xoom has struck an agreement which will enable its users to send remittances direct to the accounts of M-Pesa users in Kenya, the most well know mobile money service in the world, which is operated by Safaricom. Money Previous ArticleMobile Connect availability hits 2BNext ArticleTeliaSonera taps Huawei’s 4.5G to drive unknown use cases Richard is the editor of Mobile World Live’s money channel and a contributor to the daily news service. He is an experienced technology and business journalist who previously worked as a freelancer for many publications over the last decade including… Read more Paypal PayPal chief eyes Venmo expansioncenter_img Related Author Tags HomeMoneyNews PayPal changes its mind on NFC UK green lights completed PayPal, iZettle deal Richard Handford last_img read more

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AID Bank records $1.12M profit for 2014

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Chairman of the Board of Directors of the AID Bank, Martin CharlesThe Dominica Agricultural Industrial and Development Bank (AID Bank) have recorded a net profit of $1.12 million for the financial year ending June 30, 2014.This was revealed at the bank’s Annual General Meeting at the Krazy Koconuts in Castle Comfort on Wednesday, 28 January 2015.Chairman of the Board of Directors Martin Charles, who presented the Bank’s annual report, stated that the net profit for the financial year ending June 30, 2014 was $1.12 million dollars which grew by 9.85 percent as compared to 1.03 million dollars in the previous year. Although Mr Charles said the AID Bank continues to perform well, he described 2014 as one of the most challenging years the Bank has ever experienced in its forty-three (43) year history. The Bank’s portfolio size increased to $159.99 million as at June 2014, from $115.08 million as at June 30, 2009. “The portfolio quality improved with a non performing ratio which declined from 18.66 percent in June 2009 to 10.72 percent in June 2014”.“Provision for loan losses as a percentage of the non performing portfolio rose from 42.48 per cent in June 2009 to 94.94 per cent in June 2014,” he said. For the year in review, the Bank approved loans amounting to $26.92 million, which was 8.98 per cent higher than the previous year’s total of $24.70 million. Mr Charles noted that of these approvals, “53.58 per cent were for economics sector projects reflecting the bank’s focus on expanding the economy.“Social Sector lending as a percentage of total approvals included student loans which accounted for 17.20 percent and housing and other loans which accounted for the remaining 29.2 percent,” Mr Charles said. Moreover the chairman reported that a review of the Bank’s performance over the five year period of the past strategic plan revealed the following achievements. “The average net income during the plan period $1.42 million, compared to $0.63 for the previous five years. Total loan approvals for the plan period amounted to $197.31 million compared to $105.85 million approved in the previous five years. Total disbursements of $152.91 million during the last plan period compares with $99.85 million in the previous five years,” he said. Mr Charles noted that the bank has completed its new strategic plan for a three year period from 2014 to 2017. This new strategic plan for the bank will focus on sustainable development as being critical to its future and the future of the country. LocalNews AID Bank records $1.12M profit for 2014 by: Dominica Vibes News – January 28, 2015 250 Views   no discussionscenter_img Tweet Share Sharelast_img read more

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H+4 Lebaran, 509.644 Pemudik telah Menyeberang Kembali ke Pulau Jawa

first_img“Trafik kendaraan roda empat secara total mencapai sebanyak 19.670 unit pada H+2, dan 18.067 unit pada H+3. Tren ini lebih tinggi dibandingkan dari Pelabuhan Merak saat arus mudik kemarin.Dapat dikatakan, akhir pekan kemarin menjadi puncak arus balik untuk kendaraan roda empat dari Bakauheni menuju Merak,” kata Corporate Secretary PT ASDP Indonesia Ferry Imelda Alini dalam catatan tertulis yang diterima KabarPenumpang.com.Diinformasikan bahwa pada akhir pekan kemarin terjadi kepadatan di Pelabuhan Bakauheni mengingat volume penumpang dan kendaraan pada arus balik mencapai puncaknya. “Dengan periode arus balik yang lebih pendek dibandingkan arus mudik, pergerakan penumpang dan kendaraan dengan volume tinggi dan waktu yang bersamaan memicu kepadatan. Tentu, kami bersama dengan stakeholder melakukan upaya maksimal untuk mengurai kepadatan tersebut” kata Imelda.Selain itu, pemberlakuan diferensiasi tarif penyeberangan selama arus mudik dan balik Lebaran juga membuat pengguna jasa antusias untuk melakukan penyeberangan di siang hari.“Memasuki H+4 ini, volume kendaraan dan penumpang kami prediksikan akan terdistribusi hingga akhir pekan ini mengingat masih ada sebagian pemudik yang mengambil cuti Lebaran maupun libur sekolah anak,” katanya lagi.Baca juga: Susah Top Up E-Money Buat Pemudik yang Lewat Tol? Ini Solusinya ASDP tetap mengimbau kepada seluruh pengguna jasa agar mempersiapkan dengan baik jadwal perjalanan kembali pada arus balik Lebaran ini. “Untuk mempercepat proses pembelian tiket di tollgate, pemudik diminta menyiapkan e-Ktp dan kartu elektronik dengan saldo yang cukup. Harga tiket telah kembali normal, seiring berakhirnya diferensiasi tarif pada 9 Juni 2019 kemarin,” tutur Imelda.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedTerus Alami Peningkatan, Pemudik Belum Sepenuhnya Menyeberang dari Kampung Halaman20/06/2018In “Angkutan Ferry”ASDP: Ada Pergeseran Tren, Baru 21% Pemudik Yang Kembali ke Pulau Jawa30/06/2017In “Angkutan Ferry”Perantau Asal Jawa Mulai Serbu Pelabuhan Bakauheni Pasca Libur Lebaran20/06/2018In “Angkutan Ferry” KMP Port Link Sekitar 509.644 orang pemudik telah kembali menyeberang ke Pulau Jawa hingga Senin (10/6) pukul 15.00 WIB atau H+4 arus balik Angkutan Lebaran 2019. Diikuti 50.492 unit kendaraan roda dua, dan 61.380 unit roda empat ke atas/lebih. Untuk penumpang pejalan kaki pada arus balik dari hari kedua Lebaran Kamis (6/9) hingga H+4 atau Senin (10/6) sore sudah mencapai 62 persen, dan penumpang di dalam kendaraan mencapai 56 persen atau sebanyak 430.827 orang. Diikuti roda dua sebanyak 61 persen, sedangkan roda empat ke atas/lebih telah mencapai 56 persen.Baca juga: Stasiun Merak, Pilihan Integrasi Lintas Moda Penumpang Kapal Ferry Dari data Posko Bakauheni, trafik penumpang dan kendaraan terlihat kenaikan yang signifikan pada Sabtu (8/6) dan Minggu (9/6), yang diprediksikan sebagai masa puncak arus balik Lebaran dari Bakauheni menuju Merak. Adapun trafik penumpang mengalami kenaikan signifikan pada H+3 sebanyak 165.260 orang, dan pada H+2 sebanyak 156.934 orang. Khusus penumpang pejalan kaki saja mencapai 24.415 orang pada H+3.last_img read more

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10 Tips for Visiting Disney World with a Large Group

first_imgShare This!I was recently lucky enough to visit Walt Disney World with two different sides of my family on the same trip. It was my first Disney vacation with a large group in quite a few years, and I learned some valuable lessons. First, few experiences can top sharing in the magic of Disney with the ones you love. We laughed. We cried. We had a wonderful time. But the next most important thing I learned was that planning a trip for a large group of family and friends can be a logistical nightmare. So I am here to present you with some tips to keep your mind, wallet, and relationships intact as you plan and experience your next Walt Disney World vacation.#1 Communicate beforehandFirst and foremost before any official planning takes place, groups should discuss their expectations for the vacation. While you don’t all need to be on the same page as far as likes, dislikes, goals, and budget, you should use this to guide the planning. Will it be a quick weekend trip or a two-week long extravaganza? An expensive retreat or budget friendly vacation? What are the must do’s, and what are the deal breakers? Remember that it’s okay if you’re not all on the same page as long as you can find some common ground. For example, if everyone can agree on a weekend, but a few people want to stay for a full week, then those people can just tack on extra days before or after the rest of the trip.#2 Set up My Disney Experience ASAPGetting everyone set up and connected on Disney’s planning hub as soon as possible will help you avoid aggravation as your vacation approaches. No one wants to cope with the stress of trying to secure a coveted FastPass+ reservation when the window for reserving them finally opens and someone isn’t linked properly. Then, when all the accounts are linked, everyone can see all the reservations in one spot.Art of Animation Suites can sleep up to 6 guests#3 Purchase rooms and tickets earlyOnce again, the sooner you can book resorts and tickets, the better off you’ll be when the time comes to plan the more detailed aspects of the trip like dining and FastPass+ reservations. Finding lodging early in the process is especially important on a group trip because the longer you wait, the harder it becomes to find accommodations for a large group as resort availability dwindles. Depending on budgets and preferences, you may all decide to stay at the same resort or maybe not. Disney World lists rooms that can accommodate five or more guests here. You could also consider multiple rooms at the same resort or even renting a house off-site.Group trips, a great excuse to become an Annual Passholder#4 Take advantage of discountsDisney offers group discounts, but you should check for other ways to save as well. If you’re staying on site, purchasing Memory Maker, dining at select restaurants, or even planning some shopping, an Annual Pass for at least one person might be your best option. With up to 45% off on resorts (for up to three rooms), free PhotoPass downloads, up to 20% off restaurants, and up to 15% off on merchandise, the Annual Pass could provide savings beyond the cost of the pass. Plus, Annual Passholders have access to Tables in Wonderland, which for a purchase price of $150 gets you (and up to nine guests) a 20% discount on food and beverages at select restaurants. However, be aware that an Annual Pass or Tables in Wonderland could backfire for savings purposes if, like me, you end up visiting more often to take advantage of the fact that you now have an Annual Pass and restaurant discounts. Consider this fair warning.#5 Plan restaurants carefullyKnowing whether there are any can’t-miss restaurants in advance will help immensely when it’s time to make advanced dining reservations at the 180 day mark (plus length of stay for up to ten days for on-site guests). I recommend looking at menus beforehand to make sure that not only is there variety in the type of food offered but also a variety of price points. One or two big group meals per day is probably more than enough as people may want to do their own thing for a bit too. If you can’t find a reservation available for the whole group and you don’t mind splitting up between two or more tables, try looking for split reservations (e.g. 6 and 6 for a group of 12). And if you’re worried about splitting the bill among smaller groups, consider using an app like Venmo, which allows you to easily pay someone back if they covered the whole bill.You’ll miss this if you’re only doing ADRs#6 Plan downtime, together time, and split timeJust because you’re vacationing together doesn’t mean you need to stick together at all times. You also don’t need to spend every waking minute tackling the parks. For the sake of the group’s sanity, figure out some times when you’ll all plan to be together, times when you’ll do your own thing, and times when you can just relax.#7 Make FastPass+ reservationsBased on earlier discussions with your group, you should know what any must-do attractions are. Make FastPass+ reservations for these as soon as you can (60 days beforehand for the length of your trip for on-site guests or 30 days beforehand for all others). Try to reserve times when you think everyone will be at the parks together, like morning slots for early risers or later slots for night owls. If plans change and you can’t or don’t use them, then it’s not a big deal, but at least you have them ready to go.#8 Get everyone on the same pageMake sure everyone in the group knows the basics. What’s the strategy for the day? What meals and FastPass+ reservations are planned? Does everyone have phone numbers for others in the group? Where does everyone meet if the party splits at some point? Get these questions answered first thing, so that everyone knows the plan.#9 Be mindful of other guestsI bet most of our readers don’t need this one, but I’m going to include it anyway as a reminder. It’s easy to get wrapped up in your own world when you’re surrounded by family and friends, which makes it more difficult to notice that you might be doing something to bother other guests. Try to avoid actions like strolling ten-people-wide across the walkway, stopping in the way while the group decides on next steps, or cutting in line to meet the rest of your group.#10 Have Fun!With so many people traveling together, conflicts are bound to arise. Sometimes hunger, stress, and fatigue get the best of us even on the vacation of our dreams. That’s when you pack your patience, stay flexible, and make the best of whatever situation you’re dealt. Don’t worry about the little things, and take some time to really soak in that Disney atmosphere because it’ll be over before you know it.Those are my top ten tips for vacationing to Walt Disney World with a large group! Do you often go with large groups or just immediate family? Is there anything you have found makes the planning and vacation process run more smoothly when traveling with a bunch of other people? Let me know in the comments below.last_img read more

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Monthly Merchandise Review — August 2018

first_imgShare This!Ahoy! I know, not the typical way to start a merchandise review. But if you’re looking for treasures from the high seas, you’re in luck. This month, I’m showing the plunder available on the Disney Fantasy on my recent cruise. Shipboard merchandise is somewhat limited compared to what you find on land, but there are plenty of awesome finds just waiting to be seen. Let’s dive on it!More often than not, if I’m coming home with a souvenir from a cruise, it has been a Tervis cup. They’re incredibly usable while on board, and with tile floor throughout the house, they’re my drinkware of choice. They had “normal” Tervis cups, but also Tervis wine glasses and water cups.Here’s a close-up of the pattern on the water cup. I couldn’t justify buying any more, but I thought about it!Clothing is also very popular on the cruise. And yes, the spirit jersey trend continues at sea. I’ve been reducing my wardrobe at home, and I wouldn’t get much use out of a long-sleeve spirit jersey in Florida, but I really liked the look of this one.When I first saw this spirit jersey, I wasn’t too thrilled about the look, as it looked more flimsy than the others. Then I realized–it’s a spirit jersey rash guard. What do you think? Goofy or great?Also on the trend boat, rose gold is everywhere here as well. Given the limited amount of room to display items on board, rose gold got an entire section with headbands, backpacks, and (of course) spirit jerseys.They also had these wallets that I can’t imagine actually using, but if you need the entire rose gold experience….I almost bought this jacket, except they were out of my size, and again, living in Florida means that one jacket will last you for years upon years. I loved the retro design and silky feel, though.I’m not much of a fan of the I’m in love with the Captain shirt (and Pete was the captain of Steamboat Willie, not Mickey, so….). Yes, it may be a little corny, but I do like the Sea the Fantasy one.In the end, I bought the blue shirt on the right in this photo. It’s a comfy shirt, and it has sparkles. What’s not to love?There’s plenty of clothing for all ages, including a two-piece set and a lovely Minnie shirt in blue.You’ll certainly see kids of all ages on board, so no surprise there’s clothing for infants and toddlers.I’m still trying to make up my mind whether I like the retro Minnie style that they had on a lot of the merchandise. For instance, I liked this shirt…These went down into the “Just Okay” category for me…But this one wasn’t a style I liked at all. Is it the Minnie design or is it the shirt itself? Do any of you like it?For boy’s clothing, the emphasis was on the new-style Mickey from the new Mickey Mouse shorts. I’d love to see them do a complete short where the gang goes on DCL (beyond that one scene with Donald in Flipperboobootosis–can you tell I like the cartoons?).Toddler-size clothing was also available for the boys on board.Confession time–I saw this shirt out of the corner of my eye and thought that it said something very, very different. An honest mistake, really!If you want to get your Pirate on while on board, there’s plenty of last-minute options. Not all of them are outright Disney-themed either, like this one that you could wear to…..your other pirate-themed parties you attend?If your girl decides she wants to dress up, but you can’t get into the Pirate’s League for the full makeover, there’s still plenty of options for Disney to help for a few pieces of eight.Couples shirts. You either love ’em or hate ’em, right? I often find these just a tad awkward, because who knows who that hook is pointing at…Thanks to Star Wars and Marvel day at sea cruises, and the popularity of Marvel and Star Wars movies on board, there’s an abundance of merchandise for both franchises. Here’s some of the Star Wars stuff….… and here’s some of what they had for Marvel.In my view, you can’t go wrong with a DCL plush or a tsum tsum, though. They make great gifts for all ages.I’m sure there’s some sort of psychological term for people who have phobias about drinking out of mugs shaped like someone’s head. But if you don’t have that, what do you think about this Pirate Stitch mug?Dish towels strike me as the kind of gift you’d bring home to your pet sitter. But what do I spy there? A red tag? Yes, even on the cruise line, you can sometimes find items on sale before they head state-side to the Outlets.Having stateroom door magnets, whether you buy them or bring your own, can be so helpful when you try to find your way back to your room late at night when you’re so exhausted you can barely walk.Picture frames can be a great family souvenir from a trip. I do like that ‘generic family people’ in this one are Mickey, Donald, and Minnie.This frame is also pretty cute, but it feels like something I’d be more likely to DIY from Pinterest at home.Forget a bag for port shopping? Reusable bags are available for sale in on the ship.And, when all else fails, artwork is a fun souvenir. Don’t you love the one of Mount Rustmore?Speaking of Castaway Cay, much of the merchandise was the same as my cruise last January, but this shirt was new to me. It’s very pretty, but I can’t imagine I’d get any use out of it.For Castaway Cay couples shirts, there’s these beauties. I think I like this better than the Pirate ones, but I doubt you’d see me in them…And now for my “best and worst”. First, the best. The free soft serve is a thing of legends on the ship. I highly recommend that we need to have accurate wait time measurements taken to help optimize when you should go for soft serve with the least line. It’s a sacrifice, but I’m willing to take some more cruises to get that data. Anyone want to send me on that research trip? Anyone? Anyone…..?And then, for the “worst”, there was this sweatshirt. The style didn’t work for me, and I don’t really know who is buying all these sweatshirts in July in the middle of the Caribbean. Am I missing something? If so, let me know!That’s it for this month’s round-up. Got merchandise you’d like me to report back on? Have a park you want me to visit? Let me know in the comments.last_img read more

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Easy WP Guide Released for WordPress 4.9

first_imgOne of my recommended resources for learning WordPress, Easy WP Guide WordPress Manual was released last week, updated with all the new features in the WordPress 4.9 version.The manual includes 149 pages describing how you can update and manage your blog or website. What’s Inside Easy WP GuideFrom logging in to adding content to selecting themes, you’ll find easy-to-understand language to help you manage your WordPress site. The guide is intended for anyone who needs to update content—pages, posts, images, menus, themes, etc.— of their website or blog. Whenever our Metro Detroit WordPress meetup members ask me for a resource they can read to help them understand how to use WordPress features on their site, Easy WP Guide is where I point them. Here are a few of the topics from the Table of Contents:DashboardSelecting Your ThemePosts versus PagesAdding a New MenuViewing a File in the Media LibraryFullscreen EditingReplying to a CommentEditing Existing ContentKeeping Your Site UpdatesNote: Easy WP Guide is not a guide for developing or modifying themes or plugins. If that’s what you’re interested in, check out the WordPress Codex, including the developer documentation. How You Can Get Easy WP GuideOne of the reason I love Easy WP Guide: Horton’s guide is available in a several formats. He understands some people prefer to read online, others on mobile, while some prefer a downloadable file. In addition to reading the manual online, you can get Easy WP Guide for:PDF (free!)Mobile versions, at $5.00 (Australian dollars)Brandable Word document, at $9.00 (Australian dollars)You can download Easy WP Guide 4.9 (PDF: 38 MB) version for free for your personal use. It’s available in English and Spanish languages (as of December 18, 2017). The mobile version of Easy WP Guide WP4.9 can be purchased in ePub and MobiPocket formats.In addition, consultants can buy the brandable Easy WP Guide 4.9 version (Word format) that is completely editable. Customize it for client training. Note: the brandable version is $9 for one block of 20 clients. Purchase additional $9 licenses for each block of 20 clients. SummaryThanks to Anthony Horton for continuously updating Easy WP Guide for each major WordPress version. It’s an excellent resource for managing content on WordPress sites. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…Relatedlast_img read more

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Fortune Cookie Security Advice – May 2009

first_imgEveryone wants information security to be easy.  Wouldn’t it be nice if it were simple enough to fit snugly inside a fortune cookie?  Well, although I don’t try to promote such foolish nonsense, I do on occasion pass on readily digestible nuggets to reinforce security principles and get people thinking how security applies to their environment.Common SenseI think the key to fortune cookie advice is ‘common sense’ in the context of security.  It must be simple, succinct, and make sense to everyone, while conveying important security aspects.Fortune Cookie advice for May:Fear and anxiety will lead to poor risk analysis conclusionsStay focused on the available facts, use a dose of reality to fill in the gaps, and trust reliable risk models to generate analytical conclusions.Excerpt from the /javascript:;: In our world of information security, we must take a step back from the limitations and biases we possess and stay true to proper forms of analysis in order to see the truth.  It is far too easy for us to slip backwards and inaccurately measure risk of situations we don’t understand.  Let’s continue to remind each other of this fact and challenge risk assessments, especially in situations where concern is more prevalent than fact.So am I contributing to the problem of over simplifying security? Or am I reaching out to those who might not take an inordinate amount of time necessary to understand the complexities and nuances of our industry? You decide and feel free to share your knowledge-nuggets./javascript:;/javascript:;/javascript:;/javascript:;/javascript:;/javascript:;last_img read more

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NATIONAL CAMP KICKSTARTS YOUTH WORLD CUP CAMPAIGN

first_img93 of Australia’s best Youth Touch Footballers took their first steps towards selection for the Federation of International Touch 2009 Youth World Cup after a comprehensive training camp at the Currimundi Fitness Centre at Currimundi on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast from Thursday 29 June to Sunday 1 July 2007.Players in National squads in the six FIT Youth World Cup age divisions – 20 Years Men’s, Women’s, and Mixed, and 18 Years Men’s, Women’s, and Mixed, were put through their paces by National Youth Coaches, National Open Coaches, and National Open players.Some of the sport’s biggest names gathered to provide support to help educate and guide the new breed of up and coming stars of the sport over a demanding weekend that included a variety of activities to develop the on and off field skills of Australia’s best youth talent.Touch Football Hall of Fame members Peter Mc Neven and Scott Notley joined current World Cup Open representatives Peta Rogerson, Gary Sonda, Tony Eltakchi, and Australian Open Women’s Captain Sharyn Williams as mentors at the camp.2007 Australian Open Men’s and Women’s World Cup winning coaches Tony Trad and Kerry Norman were also on hand to assist coach and player development.TFA’s High Performance Coordinator Wayne Grant, Elite Programs Director, Cathy Gray, and High Performance Coaching Director Ian Stanley, also attended to drive their respective areas of expertise to ensure the camp was successful in achieving numerous outcomes for participants, the program, and the sport itself.Players participated in a range of activities including fitness assessments, skills sessions, game play, mixed games, video analysis, recovery sessions, nutrition lectures, media engagements, and individual player debriefs.All Youth National squad members adapted to life well as Elite representatives of their chosen sport and trained and played with a high level of effort, endeavour, and effectiveness commiserate with players of the highest standard. It wasn’t all hard work for the Youth squads, with off the field fun that included a ropes course and an impromptu skit night organized by “The Blackest Cat” Entertainment Group.Tony Trad, Gary Sonda, Dean Russell, and Tony Eltakchi provided a great night of entertainment for the squads with a games night featuring special guest interviews and challenges.The Australian Youth squads contributed themselves with National 18 Years Girls representative Laura Chivers (the sport’s nomination for the next “Australian Idol”) stealing the show and earning a standing ovation from the crowd with her moving solo version of the Missy Higgins hit, “They weren’t there”.The Boys were not to be outdone with Jordan Marshall, Tyson Brough, and Nicholas Sword proving their footwork was just as good on the dance floor as it is on the touch field, and Jess Shaw and Genevieve La Caze did their best to “step up” and match the boys in an impromptu “dance off”.Players knuckled down well and impressed their coaches with their willingness to learn, eagerness to work, and their passion for wearing the green and gold.National High Performance Coordinator Wayne Grant was pleased with the outcomes of the camp and believes the tone for future set camps has been established.“Everyone deserves congratulations on a job well done this weekend. Player effort and behaviour was beyond reproach, and our Coaches planned and ran appropriate and valuable sessions for the camp’s duration. The input of our mentor players and coaches was fantastic and the venue staff and TFA staff worked well together to support what turned out to be an extremely successful camp. We are well positioned to mount a very strong challenge to regain the FIT World Youth Cup in Auckland in 2009,” Mr. Grant said.National Youth Squad members will be monitored in coming months at various TID tournaments and squads will be reviewed at the National 18 Years Championships to be played in Coffs Harbour from 18-22 September 2007.last_img read more

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10 months agoAtalanta coach Gasperini: Lazio top four contender

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Atalanta coach Gasperini: Lazio top four contenderby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini has no doubts about the quality of Lazio.Lazio meet Atalanta on Monday.”Lazio’s level makes them a legitimate contender for a Champions League spot,” said Gasperini. “I’m expecting a hard-fought and challenging game.”Winning matches like these boosts self-esteem. [Coach Simone] Inzaghi’s team is strong and they certainly don’t look like they’re in any sorts of crisis to me. After all, they just qualified for the Round of the Last Sixteen in the Europa League and they are fifth in Serie A.”Some of their recent results may have been a bit disappointing, but that doesn’t mean anything. It’s a team that has everything it takes to trouble us, although we have resources of our own as well.” last_img read more

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22 days agoSheffield Utd boss Wilder admits they’re struggling for goals

first_imgSheffield Utd boss Wilder admits they’re struggling for goalsby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSheffield United boss Chris Wilder admits they’re struggling for goals.The Blades have scored just seven goals in their opening seven games this season, with no player netting more than once.Wilder said: “We’ve been pleased we’ve got the balance right, which I thought we did on Saturday, in terms of the performance, when to go forward, and when to take that opportunity to try and score.”You’ve got to try and score against these teams! You can’t just park yourself on the edge of the box for 95 minutes – that’s not our way.”But you’ve got to understand teams are going to push you back. Liverpool, not that our supporters might like it, might have more possession than us!”We feel that our individual ability at the top of the pitch, if we get the performance right and we create chances, we have the ability to score.”The pressure’s on to score. Like I said, we’ll have to get the points that we want.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more