NJ State Police honor Hoboken’s Texas Arizona for aiding after train…

first_img The New Jersey State Police honored the staff of Hoboken’s Texas Arizona for their compassion and assistance to first responders after a horrific train crash that left 108 people injured and one dead back in September. Michael Citarella (middle), the managing partner of Hoboken’s Texas Arizona, was honored by the New Jersey State Police yesterday. Photo via NJSP Facebook.By John Heinis/Hudson County View“When a commuter train crashed into a platform at the Hoboken train station on September 29, killing one person and injuring 108 others, the emergency response was massive, with multiple local, state, and federal agencies and emergency personnel rushing to the scene to render aid,” the NJSP said in a Facebook post.“For all of the personnel who responded, it was long day that was both physically and mentally taxing. And so when Michael Citarella, Managing Partner of Texas Arizona Restaurant in Hoboken, opened his doors to the emergency workers and offered food, drink, and a brief but much needed rest, it was more than just a kind gesture.”At their division headquarters in West Trenton, Citarella was presented a letter of appreciation from Col. Rick Fuentes, on behalf of the NJSP and all the other first responders who appreciated the Texas Arizona staff going the extra mile to accommodate them during a difficult time.“He sought no publicity or fanfare. But to us, his gesture was yet another example of the American spirit–helping others and asking for nothing in return–uniting despite race, religion, gender, or political affiliation,” the NJSP Facebook post also said, going on to thank the entire Texas Arizona staff.One of the Mile Square City’s most popular bars and restaurants, Texas Arizona is located at 76 River St. Angelo By John Heinis – November 23, 2016 1:57 pm 1 November 23, 2016 2:03 pm at 2:03 pm Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Bayonne Community NJ State Police honor Hoboken’s Texas Arizona for aiding after train crash Bayonne 2-alarm fire leaves six people displaced, one suffers minor injuries, fire chief says Bayonne CommunityHobokencenter_img 1 COMMENT Hoboken man killed in motorcycle crash on N.J. Turnpike in Kearny, state police say CarePoint Health reaches deal for Cigna Health Insurance to join their network RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articlePolice: Hoboken man hit with 13 charges after being recognized by copNext articleNewly elected Jersey City Ward B Councilman Gadsden ready to get started John Heinis Don’t these law enforcement people have anything better to do with there time. Jesus effen christ do some work. Facebook Twitter TAGSHoboken Train crashmichael citarellanew jersey state policerick fuentestexas arizona SHARE Comments are closed.last_img read more

Richard Easton, Tony-Winning Broadway Veteran, Dies at 86

first_imgRichard Easton at the 2001 Tony Awards(Photo: Scott Gries/ImageDirect) Richard Easton, a Canadian actor whose two dozen Broadway credits included a Tony-winning turn in an original work by Tom Stoppard, died on December 2 at his home in New York City, according to his agent, Gary Gersh. The cause of death is currently unknown. Easton was 86.Easton began his Broadway career with turns in a pair of Shakespeare classics: Measure for Measure (1957) and The Taming of the Shrew (1957). He continued working steadily on the Rialto with credits including The Duchess of Malfi (1957), Back to Methuselah (1958), The School for Scandal (1963), Pantagleize (1967), Cock-a-Doodle Dandy (1969) and Murderous Angels (1971).He took a three-decade break from Broadway to appear in a number of TV series. Most notably, he played Brian Hammond on The Brothers (1972-1976), taking on later TV gigs on Chintz (1981) and Doctor Who (1982). Easton shared his stage cred with TV viewers in small-screen adaptations of As You Like It (1978) and An Enemy of the People (1990).Easton’s eventual return to Broadway brought him acclaim and a Tony Award for his turn as “A.E. Houseman, aged 77” in Tom Stoppard’s The Invention of Love (2001). Easton would later appear in Stoppard’s three-part epic The Coast of Utopia (2006), in the roles of Alexander Bakunin, Leonty Ibayev and Count Stanislaw Worcell.Off-Broadway, Easton was seen in Waste (2000), Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme (2003), Bach at Leipzig (2005) and New Jerusalem (2008). He earned an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for his turn as Kemp in a revival of Entertaining Mr. Sloane (2006).Easton’s final appearances both off and on Broadway were as Duncan in separate productions of Shakespeare’s Macbeth in 2012 and 2014. View Commentslast_img read more

Increase in identity theft

first_imgRoche Bennington can blame bureaucracy for taking so long to settle a third party insurance claim after the windscreen of her car cracked outside Builders Warehouse in Tokai.“My car, a Hyundai Atos, was loaded with planks at Builders Warehouse. It was a tight fit, so we did not close the back door, but as I started the car , an employee shut the door, slamming the planks into the windscreen which cracked as a result,” said Ms Bennington, 81, of Diep River.Ms Bennington reported it to the manager, a Mr Gresskil, who said he would phone her. But he didn’t .“I phoned another number for Builders Warehouse and Tristan Kelly said she would handle it. She asked for a letter from Santam, my insurer, to state that I would not claim from them, and two quotes for the repair. Then she wanted a declaration that the car belonged to me. A few weeks later she asked for proof of registration, which I didn’t get from the dealership when I bought my car eight years ago. They have since closed and the receipt of payment I have, does not have my name on it. I sent my licence paper but that was rejected after another three weeks.“I got the impression that Builders Warehouse were stalling the application, it is now six weeks since the damage occurred. However, I find it strange that Builders Warehouse’s insurers want proof of registration, something Santam had never asked for. Tristan told me that the claim was rejected because they don’t have the registration document. Now I can’t claim from my insurer because at Builders Warehouse’s insistence I got a letter stating that I would not claim from Santam. Meanwhile, the windscreen has an even bigger crack and the fitters will not accept the quotes for the original repair as they are now too old.“I tried to get a copy of my car registration certificate at the Plumstead office, but there were so many people and I cannot stand for so long, but I’ll try another day. I have tried the Ombudsman for Short-term Insurance but it took them six months to contact me by which time all was forgotten. This is all a huge strain on me. Please help.”It didn’t take long for Andries Steyn, director of marketing and innovation at Builders Warehouse, to respond.“Thank you for bringing this to my attention, my team is investigating this matter as we speak. I will make sure we respond in detail, by your deadline.” And he did.“We were initially made aware of this matter on March 12. Given that this involved a third party claim, there was an insurance requirement for further investigation to verify the facts associated with the incident. This did, embarrassingly, introduce an unnecessary degree of bureaucracy into the process. The reason for the additional information requested is based on the fact that this is considered a third party claim. Our insurers needed to confirm the vehicle belongs to the party involved, and confirm that no further claim will be processed against another insurer. We have apologised unreservedly to Ms Bennington and have also settled her claim in full. Thanks again for drawing this incident to our attention,” he said.Ms Bennington said: “Hoorah, your input is like magic, I have received confirmation that they are paying. Thank you so much for the wonderful service you give to the public. It’s good to know we have a shoulder to cry on.” Increase in identity theft Identity theft in South Africa increased by more than 200% in six years.The SA Fraud Prevention Service (SAFPS) found 3 600 cases of identity theft in 2014 with more recorded in 2015 and 2016.It contributed to the loss of R1bn in 2014 alone.Manie van Schalkwyk, executive director of SAFPS, said the scale of identity fraud has grown to include theft of information from cell and landline phone services; cable and satellite television services; power, water, gas and electricity services; internet and data services; medical insurance; home mortgages and rental housing, car financing, loans and government benefits.A cellular network notified a “client” he owed R21 000 across five cellphone contracts. He submitted an affidavit to dispute this and eventually the company admitted he doesn’t owe them anything.The victim said he suffered dearly for the network’s negligence. He was denied employment and is being harassed by people pushing loans to help him settle credit which he is not liable for. “People usually find out that they have become a victim of identity crime when they hear from a credit provider or debt collector about an account or debt they know nothing about,” said Mr Van Schalkwyk.“Treat your ID, driving licence and personal documents as cash. Don’t leave them lying around the house or in the car.” Shred documents before tossing them in the bin and clear mailboxes regularly, particularly if you live in a housing complex where there are multiple mail boxes in one area,” Mr Van Schalkwyk said.If you suspect that you have been impersonated, Mr Van Schalkwyk says, you should contact SAFPS which will advise you how to prove your innocence and clear your name. If you have misplaced your ID book, credit card or other identification you can apply for a Protective Registration (PR) on the SAFPS database.“Member organisations and some insurance companies have access to the SAFPS database and any identity theft or fraud will be flagged and can be prevented.” SMS the word “Protectid” to 43366 or call 011 867 2234 or 0860 101248; or email [email protected] to register with the SAFPS. It’s free.last_img read more

South African movies improve box office earnings

first_img12 August 2014Locally made movies generated R33-million in revenue at South African cinemas in the first half of 2014, a 43% increase on the R23-million generated by homegrown productions in the first half of 2013, according to the latest South African Box Office Report.The report, released at the weekend by the National Film and Video Foundation, showed that, of the 111 films released at the box office between 3 January and 28 June, 12 were South African productions.Top earners over this period were mazing Spider Man 2 (R21.8-million), Rio 2 (R21.1-million) and X-Men: Days of Future Past (R16.9-million). Pad Na Jou Hart was best local performer, grossing over R11-million.The report also revealed a correlation between gross revenue and the number of prints at release, with Pad Na Jou Hart having received the largest number of prints, compared to Elelwani and The Forgotten Kingdom, which received the lowest revenue but also the lowest number of prints at release.According to the report, total gross revenue at South Africa’s cinema’s fell by 6%, from R408-million to R382-million, between the first half of 2013 and the first half of 2014.Times Media (formerly Nu Metro) and Ster Kinekor had the largest market share with 46% and 36% respectively. This was followed by United International Pictures with 13% and Crystal Brook with 5%.Indigenous Film Distributors received 1% of total market share, while distributing five out of the 12 local films on offer in the first half of the year. Ster Kinekor distributed four local movies, while Times Media and United International Pictures distributed two and one respectively.In terms of earnings by genre, animation was the highest-grossing genre with R72-million, followed by action/adventure with R70-million and drama in third place with R59-million.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Bottom Navigation Pattern On Mobile Web Pages: A Better Alternative?

first_img Posted on 29th August 2019Web Design FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share A wireframe of the logo placed at the top while the menu can be found at the bottom. (Large preview)How Does This Work With Handlebars?Some operating systems and browsers tend to use the bottom area of the screen for their own purposes. iOS handlebars can get in the way of bottom navigation. Make sure the navigation is spacious enough to accommodate the iOS safe area. An overview of how the mobile screen sizes have changed (Image source: Scientamobile) (Large preview)Basically, the mobile phone screen size is getting bigger and bigger. That’s fine, but how do we adapt our design patterns to reflect these changes?Thumb-Driven DesignI first heard of the term “thumb-driven design” from Vitaly Friedman. It’s based on the Steven Hoober’s and Josh Clark’s research on how people hold their devices.The gist of it is that in nearly every case, three basic grips were most common. 49% held their phones with a one-handed grip, 36% cradled the phone in one hand and jabbed with the finger or thumb of the other, and the remaining 15% adopted the two-handed BlackBerry-prayer posture, tapping away with both thumbs, states Josh Clark. Steven Hoober had found that 75% of users touch the screen with only one thumb. Hence, the term thumb-driven design. Thumb-zone mapping explained by Samantha Ingram (Large preview)However, I would argue, that with increasing phone sizes, the mapping has shifted a bit: A wireframe of reimagined primary and secondary navigation items (Large preview)How Will This Affect Scrolling With Large Menus?Some websites have extensive menus, submenus and everything in between. Naturally, there will be scrolling involved. How does flipping the primary/secondary items work in this scenario? Bottom Navigation Pattern On Mobile Web Pages: A Better Alternative? Bottom Navigation Pattern On Mobile Web Pages: A Better Alternative? Arthur Leonov 2019-08-29T13:30:59+02:00 2019-08-29T12:35:26+00:00Whenever you hear of “mobile navigation”, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? My guess would be the hamburger slide-out menu. This design pattern had been in use since the first responsive design days, and even though a lot has changed since then, this particular pattern has not. Why is that?How did we start using the top navigation with the hamburger menu in the first place? Is there a better alternative? In this article, I will try to explore these questions.The History Of The Top Navigation And The HamburgerThe first hamburger menu icons started appearing in the ‘80s. It was designed by Norm Cox for the Xerox Star — the world’s first graphical user interface. He also designed the document icon for the same interface. This piece of history was uncovered by Geof Allday (who actually emailed Norm Cox). You can read the whole email response by clicking here. Later, it was seen on Windows 1 &and DOS.The current mobile navigation — as we know it — was popularized by Ethan Marcotte’s “Responsive Web Design” book back in 2011. Since then, the top navigation and the hamburger became the industry’s standard.The Mobile Phone Screen Size Doubled In 10 YearsSince the original iPhone, mobile sales have been increasing year after year. 2019 is the first year that the market reached saturation point and the sales have started to decrease. But that doesn’t mean people are not using phones. By 2020, we will spend 80% of our time on the Internet on mobile phones, reports Quartz and Ciodive. Compare that to 2010, when only a fourth of Internet users were phone-based.As phone sales increased, screen sizes have more than doubled, too. The average screen size of smartphones has increased from 3.2 inches all the way to 5.5 inches. In 2017, device makers started to adopt the taller 18:9 aspect ratio with 5.7-inch and 6-inch 18:9 displays. Now, we are starting to see 6-inch 18:9 displays become the new standard in flagships as well as in the mid-range price segments, as they have more screen area than 5.5-inch 16:9 displays, XDA-Developers reports. New thumb-zone mapping adjusted to larger screen sizes (Large preview)When the phones were small, most areas were easy to reach. As our screens got bigger, the top part became virtually impossible to touch without adjusting your phone. From the example above, we can see where the most expensive screen real estate is. Yet, it’s often neglected on web pages. How can we fix this?Bottom Navigation PatternEvery now and then, bottom navigation pattern pops up on the web. The idea itself is quite simple: move the navigation bar further down. The Samsung app example from Rizki Rahmat Ridha for Muzli (Large preview)It might seem like the tap bar is the perfect solution, but it has its problems too. Fabian Sebastian raised a good point that it only works on top-level views. It does not work with secondary navigation items. To solve this problem, a hamburger/tap bar hybrid was born. If you pay attention to the Samsung app, you’ll see that the last item on the menu is the “*More*” button which calls up the hamburger menu.In essence, the bottom navigation pattern integrates quite well into the tap bar pattern if you want to combine both of them. The best place to look for good examples is in the mobile app world.Some Popular Websites ReimaginedI opened up Photoshop and did a quick mockup of a few popular websites in order to explain that changing the navbar to go bottom-up is not that difficult.Let’s first take a look at Bloomberg: A wireframe of a reimagined large menu (Large preview)Make the primary and secondary items (menu link, logo, search input) fixed while leaving the menu list scrollable. That way, your users will be able to reach the critical things they need.Where Do You Place The Logo?You might have concerns about the logo placement. There are two ways to go about it:Placing the logo at the bottom might be a bit awkward, however, the thumb will most likely not obstruct it. It can be missed, though, as we tend to scan top to bottom.A more reasonable option is to keep the logo at the top of the page, but not to have it fixed. Make it a part of the content so it goes away as you scroll. That way, people will still be able to see it perfectly.As you can see, I used the menu label in the wireframe. Kevin Robinson had found that putting a label next to the icon increased engagement by 75%: The Bloomberg website with a reimagined bottom navigation (Large preview)Next, let’s take a look at Invision: Bottom Navigation Pattern On Mobile Web Pages: A Better Alternative?You are here: There are three main ways in which we hold our phones. (Large preview)In 2016, Samantha Ingram wrote an article named “The Thumb Zone: Designing For Mobile Users” which further explores these ideas. She defined easy-to-reach, hard-to-reach and in-between areas. The old and new Uber search bar design (Large preview)Shifting important navigation items to the bottom is not a new thing in mobile app design. It’s just that — for some reason — the web industry has not caught up on this just yet.SummaryThe facts are quite clear: Phones are getting bigger, and some parts of the screen are easier to interact with than others. Having the hamburger menu at the top provides too big of an interaction cost, and we have a large number of amazing mobile app designs that utilize the bottom part of the screen. Maybe it’s time for the web design world to start using these ideas on websites as well?I understand that all of this is not a foolproof solution for all use cases, but it’s worth a shot. It helps make the experience just a tad bit better. I’m interested in hearing your thoughts below!Useful Reading Resources“Why Not Have The Hamburger Menu At The Bottom?,” Stack Overflow (Nov. 2014)“The Genius — And Potential Dangers — Of The Hamburger Icon (Flyout Menu),” Jesse Rand, Vital Design“To Hamburger Or Not To Hamburger?,” Dan Nessler, Medium“A Brief History Of The Hamburger Icon,” Antonio, Placeit blog“Design For Fingers, Touch And People (Part 1),” Steven Hoober, UXMatters“Designing For Thumbs: The Thumb Zone,” Oliver McGough, Usabilla blog“One-Handed Mobile Interface,” Konstantin Savchenko, Medium“How Do Users Really Hold Mobile Devices?,” Steven Hoober, UXmatters“Facebook Paper’s Gestural Hell,” Scott Hurff“Designing For Large Screen Smartphones,” Luke WroblewskiFurther Related ResourcesWindows1 (1985) PC XT Hercules, the hamburger menu on Windows 1 (video)Hamburger menu in DOS, as tweeted by Paul Ford“Check The Thumb”, created by Nicolás J. Engler and Antonela Debiasi (cc, il)From our sponsors: Bottom Navigation Pattern On Mobile Web Pages: A Better Alternative? The Reddit website with a reimagined bottom navigation (Large preview)Yes, this idea does raise questions, but it’s simple enough to be adapted to the web. It does make a usability difference as the interaction cost is much lower.That Sounds Great, But How Do I Convince My Clients?You, as the designer, might see the potential of this pattern, but what if your client or your boss doesn’t? I would answer this problem with a couple of arguments:Mobile apps have been placing valuable menu items to the bottom for years already. Just send them these two articles for starters:“The Golden Rules Of Bottom Navigation Design,” written by Nick Babich“Basic Patterns For Mobile Navigation: A Primer,” written by Raluca BudiuI had noticed cases in which popular mobile apps started to shift important bits to the bottom. A good example is Uber. For them, the search bar is one of the most important items on the screen. In the old design, its position was at the top. Now, they’ve shifted it to the bottom. Could we be on to something here? The Invision website with a reimagined bottom navigation (Large preview)Last but not least, the good ol’ Reddit: Slack web page navigation reimagined with new thumb-zone mapping (Large preview)Positioning the navigation bar at the bottom makes it easier for users to click on the menu icon, while secondary items can be moved to the top. Basically, you simply switch the order. Mobile apps have been using this logic with the tap bar pattern. It’s not a new idea in itself, but it’s still not as popular in web design as it is in app design.This is not a foolproof solution since it raises a few critical questions, but it’s a worthy alternative. Let’s explore some of the questions that may come up.Primary And Secondary ItemsAs the top of the screen is becoming hard to reach, placing the primary menu items closer to the bottom is a better alternative. But what about the other things that are just as important?I propose two ideas to tackle this problem:Placing the search bar or any non-primary items to the top;CTA buttons should remain at the bottom next to the menu items as it is a vital part of the navigation. HomeWeb DesignBottom Navigation Pattern On Mobile Web Pages: A Better Alternative? iOS Handlebars and safe areas (Large preview)If you place the logo dead in the center, the link might clash with the handlebar functionality. A bit of padding will do the trick.Will The Users Adjust To This Pattern Or Find It Disorentating?As I was writing this article, I kept thinking of whether this would turn out into a big redesign or a simple usability improvement for users navigating through your website. After all, according to Jakob’s Law, users spend most of their time on other sites. This means that users prefer your site to work the same way as all the other sites they’re already familiar with.As a counter-argument to Jakob’s Law, I would like to propose Fitts Law. It argues that the time to acquire a target is a function of the distance and size of the target. Basically, the smaller and further away the target is, the higher the interaction cost. NN/g has a wonderful video explaining this in more detail:“A bottom hamburger menu icon will have a much lower interaction cost compared to the top menu icon because it’s closer. By placing the menu CTA near the thumb, we are allowing the user to reach it’s end goal faster. Would the users find the feature disorientating if it lowers their interaction cost? Probably not.”How Will This Integrate With The Tap Bar Pattern?A tap bar patterns lists three to five most common first-level actions to click on a single row. You may have seen it in popular apps and some websites:Tap bar design by Mengyuan Sun (Large preview)Hamburger menus have sparked a lot of controversy over the years. Just take a few moments to read this article, and this one, and this one, and most importantly, this one. You’ll then understand why the tap bar became the preferred navigation pattern in mobile app design.Nielsen argues that hidden navigation (hamburger menu) significantly decreases user experience both on mobile and desktop. On mobile, people used the hidden navigation in 57% of the cases, and the combo navigation in 86% of the cases, i.e. 1.5 times more! The combo navigation that Nielsen refers to is a tab bar pattern combined with a hamburger menu — here’s an example: Related postsInclusive Components: Book Reviews And Accessibility Resources13th December 2019Should Your Portfolio Site Be A PWA?12th December 2019Building A CSS Layout: Live Stream With Rachel Andrew10th December 2019Struggling To Get A Handle On Traffic Surges10th December 2019How To Design Profitable Sales Funnels On Mobile6th December 2019How To Build A Real-Time Multiplayer Virtual Reality Game (Part 2)5th December 2019last_img read more

Alia Bhatt looks like a blue-blooded princess in this summery attire

first_imgA few days ago, Anushka Sharma officially declared the easy-breezy dressing season open, when she showed up in a flowy, pink outfit, which redefined the idea of classic fusion-dressing for us.While we still hadn’t gotten over the way she posed in that exquisite attire, we have yet another celebrity brimming elegance in a flowy, summery outfit. The actress in question is none other than the chirpy Alia Bhatt.Alia, who is in the first leg of promotions of her upcoming film, Raazi, made yet another breathtaking appearance in a fusion outfit. Considering how hot the weather is, and how cool the actress looked in the Indo-Western attire, we can’t really wait to get our hands on something as perfect.Also Read: Deepika Padukone is giving us summer-clothing goals in her lace-white outfitFirst things first, the fact that the deep-blue colour was non-summery was beautifully compensated by the richness it exuded, and made the outfit stand out with its uniqueness. Alia Bhatt is giving us some major summer-dressing goals. Picture courtesy: Instagram/stylebyamiThe A-line suit, which was seemingly made of a skin-friendly fabric, had just the right bodice one needs during summers.Apart from the chic-looking, halter neckline of the ankle-length suit, we liked the plain, blue palazzos it was teamed with, especially because of how comfortable it looked.Add to that, brightly coloured, minimal embroidery done with utmost finesse, and you have the recipe for a summer fashion hit. Alia Bhatt sporting a gorgeous, blue suit. Picture courtesy: Instagram/stylebyamiThe peach and cream-coloured embroidery looked plush, but it was the clever and well-dispersed placement that actually worked in its favour, adding a subtlety to the look.advertisementAlso Read: Alia Bhatt in this lilac dress is going to soothe your soul and eyesAlia draped a matching blue dupatta, which boasted of a similar embroidery, and infused an ethnic vibe into this super-trendy look.Finishing the look with long, silver earrings and silver jootis, Alia posed outdoors, with her soft curls brushing the face, while she looked like a picture of poise.last_img read more

NRL Touch Football Branding Announcement

first_imgTouch Football Australia, CEO Colm Maguire together with NRL Chief Executive, Dave Smith unveiled the new ‘NRL Touch Football’ branding at the opening of the TFA National Touch League (NTL) Championships in Coffs Harbour today.It was also announced that Dave Smith and NRL Head of Football Todd Greenberg have accepted an invitation to join the TFA Board of Management as part of the strategic alliance launched in August last year. The new NRL Touch Football brand was displayed on the NTL Championship field and features the logos of both sports. The brand will be used to back the combined recruitment strategies through playnrl.com which also includes a Touch Football section and will feature in a targeted television commercial to be launched later this year. The NRL TFA strategic alliance was launched in August 2013 and according to Maguire “represents the biggest boost to participation and game development in the history of either sport,” with these latest developments signalling the progress made on a number of levels. “The very welcome appointments of David Smith, CEO of the NRL and Todd Greenberg, the Head of Football to the Touch Football Australia Board is as significant, as it is momentous for our sport of Touch Football and future direction,” Mr Maguire said.“It marks not only a significant milestone for the sport but also a great opportunity to forge more formal governance links between both bodies; providing for the NRL a deeper understanding of our sport, our people and the way we conduct our business and our overall approach, more generally – and vice-versa.“We always considered this to be a very important step in terms of our future direction and building a stronger partnership in a phased approach, among other initiatives. “One such consideration is the development and unveiling of the NRL Touch Football brand which will now also provide for existing and future participants of our sport a more visual demonstration and clearer signal of the product and the partnership in action.“This is just one part of our phased announcements with other strategies and initiatives around joint participation, advertising and promotions and online activities ongoing.” Mr Smith said he was delighted to be able to support the best touch players in the country at their national championship and that growing the game’s recreational base was one of the NRL’s key strategic objectives.  “It is fantastic to be in Coffs Harbour today to see the incredible skill and fitness of Australia’s best touch football players,” Mr Smith said. “The NTL is TFA’s premier event and features many former NRL stars and some current Jillaroo players. It not only demonstrates the historic links between our sports, but also our new partnership in action.“We’re very supportive of Colm and the TFA and our strategic alliance provides both sports with unique opportunities to work together, leverage opportunities and grow our participation numbers as look create Australia’s largest sporting community.”Related LinksNRL-TFA Announcementlast_img read more

Quarterbacks shine through cloudy skies as Gray defeats Scarlet in Spring Game

The last time Ohio State took the field at The Horseshoe, a Rose Bowl berth was on the line.Much less was at stake Saturday when the Gray team defeated the Scarlet team 17-14 in the annual Spring Game.Taurian Washington accounted for both of the Gray team’s touchdowns, as quarterback Kenny Guiton connected with the receiver on a 45-yard game-winning strike with 55 seconds remaining.“I just had to go to my moneymaker,” Guiton said about hooking up with Washington. “He got me first half, so I thought if I tried him a few times in the second half, he was going to come through again and he did.”The Scarlet team had one final chance at tying the game, but Devin Barclay’s 56-yard field goal attempt fell short.Both offenses showed sparks early and late, with little in between.After the Scarlet team failed to move the chains on its first drive, Guiton found Washington for a 28-yard score on the Gray team’s opening possession. Quarterback Terrelle Pryor answered right back with a swift, four-play drive that resulted in a 12-yard touchdown to Dane Sanzenbacher to even the score at 7-7.That score held until the fourth quarter, when freshman Drew Basil kicked a 47-yard field goal to put the Gray team ahead.Joe Bauserman, in relief of Pryor, marched the Scarlet team down the field with a 70-yard drive. Running back Bo DeLande capped off the series with a 4-yard touchdown, propelling the Scarlet team to a 14-10 advantage.Pryor only played the first quarter as he continues his recovery from February knee surgery. After a sluggish start, he finished 8-for-12 for 108 yards and a touchdown.“You have to play the hand that’s dealt to you and he knew that he wasn’t going to play much,” coach Jim Tressel said. “He knew that he couldn’t go live on the run part of it. He focused on what he could do, which was work on his footwork, coverage recognition, decision-making and so forth. I thought he did a pretty fair job.”While the OSU spotlight typically shines on Pryor, Guiton stole it away for the afternoon.The Houston, Texas, native completed 11 of 21 passes for 167 yards and two touchdowns while making his case for the No. 2 quarterback job. His main competition, Bauserman, finished just 6-for-15 for 75 yards and tossed a pair of interceptions.[Guiton] “looked awesome,” lineman Jack Mewhort said. “He’s a great quarterback. I watched his high school film before he even came here and knew he would be amazing on the field someday. I don’t think anyone gave him enough credit and he proved himself out there today.”Guiton, who didn’t see the field as a freshman, shrugged off the battle to back up Pryor.“There are no hard feelings between me and Joe,” he said. “We know it’s just competition and nothing personal.”On the Gray team’s final possession, Guiton took a helmet to the knee. After being attended to, he walked off the field and said after the game that the pain he initially felt had subsided.Tressel said he is pleased with the depth that the healthy competition at quarterback provides.“Under the gun, we tried to get those two to throw it as many times as they could,” Tressel said. “If you go back and look at each of those performances, [you’ll] see that they each did some good things.“We really felt going into the last week of spring practice that we weren’t sure as if our depth had progressed as much as we’d like it to. … You need to have a deep team to have a chance at the championship.”Last season, more than 95,000 fans flocked to Ohio Stadium on a sweltering April afternoon to watch the scrimmage. But with gray skies and intermittent drizzle, only 65,223 people showed up to watch the team’s final tune-up until the summer.OSU opens the 2010 regular season with a Thursday night matchup against Marshall, the team’s first midweek night game since 1997. read more

Thad Matta likely to receive 300K raise

Thad Matta will likely be receiving a raise. Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith announced Monday that the Ohio State basketball coach’s salary will increase to $3.2 million per year from about $2.9 million per year, pending a Board of Trustees vote. Matta’s contract still goes until July 2019. “We all know Thad’s done a marvelous job since he’s been our coach here of our basketball program,” Smith said in a press conference Monday. Smith said that when he arrived at OSU in 2005, one of his goals was to help make OSU into a program that consistently competes for championships. Matta has done just that. In his ninth year at OSU, Matta has compiled a 234-69 record, has appeared in two Final Fours and won five Big Ten titles. The contract also includes “more stringent requirements for compliance,” an academic bonus based on his team’s performance, a car stipend, and increased flight hours on a private jet during the summer for recruiting, according to a release from the university. Matta said the added responsibilities are not concerning. “All the things in there are the things that I live by,” Matta said. OSU, 13-4 this season, is set to take on Iowa Tuesday night. read more

5 things to look for against the Cincinnati Bearcats

Freshman running back Curtis Samuel (4) celebrates with redshirt-freshman tight end Marcus Baugh during a game against Kent State on Sept. 13 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 66-0.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorOhio State is set to return from its bye week to take on the Cincinnati Bearcats on Saturday evening at Ohio Stadium.After coming off of back-to-back wins to start their season, the Bearcats enter Columbus at 2-0, boasting the ninth-best pass game in the country. They are led by Notre Dame-transfer Gunner Kiel, who has tossed 10 scores in the opening two games.The Lantern sports editors have compiled a list of the five things you should watch for as the Buckeyes and Bearcats prepare for the second night game in Ohio Stadium this season.1. Can the Buckeyes slow down Gunner Kiel?The Buckeye defense ranked 112 out of 125 teams in the FBS last season in pass defense and, in contrast, the Bearcats currently boast a top-10 pass offense.Bearcat quarterback Gunner Kiel is averaging 344.5 yards per game through the air, and has tossed 10 touchdown passes to seven different receivers.Fortunately for the Buckeyes, while their secondary might still be working out the kinks, their defensive line seems to be in rare form. Although they are without star junior defensive end Noah Spence for the foreseeable future after he failed a second drug test, the “Silver Bullets” should be able to take care of business if the secondary can keep Cincinnati in check.2. Did the bye week help OSU prepare?The Buckeyes said they prepared all offseason for Navy and came out rather sluggish, before ultimately defeating the Midshipmen, 34-17.They have now had a bye week to prepare for the Bearcats, however, they don’t have much to go off of.Cincinnati has played just two games so far this season, both of which were the first college game action for Kiel, who is arguably the Bearcats’ biggest offensive threat. In those two games, Kiel has accumulated 689 yards passing, throwing just two interceptions.On the other hand, the Buckeye offense has now had time to get extra reps to the plethora of young talent that has seen playing time this year.Players like redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett and freshman running back Curtis Samuel, among others, can only benefit from the extra time in the film room, and in the huddle going against the Buckeye defense in practice.3. Can Barrett build on his record-setting day?When Barrett exited the Buckeyes’ 66-0 win against Kent State, he had already etched his name in the school record books.Not only did he throw for 312 yards — making him the first official 300-yard passer for OSU since Troy Smith in 2006 — but he also tied former quarterback Kenny Guiton’s school record for touchdown passes in a game with six.While the numbers themselves point toward an other-worldly performance, Barrett certainly still has room to improve. He’s only three games into his collegiate career, and has had less than a month as the No. 1 quarterback on the roster before he made his first start.It’s been said in the past and it will be said again: Barrett will never be the same player as injured senior quarterback Braxton Miller. But that he can still perform and lead OSU to big wins in big moments.He led a comeback charge against Navy that resulted in a 34-17 season-opening win, then keyed a furious comeback against Virginia Tech that fell short. That loss — despite him throwing three interceptions — can’t be blamed on Barrett’s arm, especially because he spent the majority of the second half on the Ohio Stadium turf.If Barrett can build off his performance against the Golden Flashes, he could become a go-to player instead of a question mark on offense.4. How will Cincinnati respond to the loss of one of its own?Redshirt-freshman running back Chamoda Kennedy-Palmore died Thursday afternoon, two days before the Bearcats’ game against OSU.Forget where he came in on the depth chart: losing a teammate, friend and — as teams are often as close as a family — brother is one of the worst things a group of student-athletes could possibly experience. For some, it could be so overwhelming that it could be difficult to play the game, while for others it could be extra motivation to perform in his honor.OSU released a statement Thursday evening saying it will observe a moment of silence to honor Kennedy-Palmore before the game.From there, it won’t be quite normal, but the game will go on as one could expect.5. Jalin Marshall, the (Insert Position Here)-backRedshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall might be more comfortable in Barrett’s shoes than his own.The Middletown, Ohio, product played quarterback in high school and was initially recruited as a signal caller. In fact, he said Wednesday that his first collegiate scholarship offer was from Cincinnati, which wanted him to play quarterback.Of course Marshall has made the adjustment to playing in the wide receiver-running back hybrid roll for OSU, but he has still lined up under center in practice. He said there is a package the coaching staff put in place that would give him the snap, and the Buckeye faithful might get a chance to see that in action for the first time against the Bearcats.OSU and Cincinnati are scheduled to kick off at 6 p.m. on Saturday at Ohio Stadium. read more