Victoria’s under 15’s and 18’s Boys and Girls teams will come together this weekend to learn from some of Australia’s best coaches and players as part of the 2013 Touch Football Victoria Junior Elite camp. On Saturday, 20 July and Sunday, 21 July the teams will converge on Lake Dewar Lodge in Myrniong in the lead up to their respective national events later in the year – for the under 18’s teams, the 2013 X-Blades National Youth Championships and for the under 15’s teams, the School Sport Australia National Championships. Australian Mixed Open coach, Micheal Lovett, Australian 20’s Girls coach, Swain Rovelli, Australian Women’s Open squad member, Leah Percy and Touch Football Australia’s High Performance Manager, Wayne Grant will attend the camp to share their skills and knowledge with Victoria’s best up-and-coming talent. For more information about the weekend, please stay tuned to the Touch Football Victoria website – www.victouch.com.au. Related LinksTFV Jnr Elite Camp
OTTAWA — The commissioner of the RCMP says her force is trying to get names of potential victims of coerced sterilization procedures.Brenda Lucki tells the House of Commons health committee that the RCMP is willing to meet with victims, adding it would be helpful if lawyers could convince complainants to come forward.MPs asked Lucki to testify today as part of a study about ongoing concerns from women, who are predominantly Indigenous, who allege they were coerced or forced into tubal ligation procedures during childbirth.A proposed class-action lawsuit is also underway in Saskatchewan naming the Saskatoon Health Authority, the Saskatchewan government, the federal government, and a handful of medical professionals as defendants.In 2017, an external review of complaints about coerced tubal ligations in the Saskatoon Health Region prompted a formal public apology.Dr. Judith Bartlett, who co-authored the external review, tells the committee that Indigenous women interviewed for the report often felt invisible, profiled and powerless.The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau leaves for a G20 summit Wednesday, expecting to lean on the power and influence of U.S. President Donald Trump to raise the issue of two detained Canadians during a meeting with China’s president.Trump pledged his support during his own meeting with Trudeau last Thursday in the Oval Office, where he vowed to do anything he could to help Canada.The G20 summit in Osaka, Japan, comes as Canada continues to push for the release of Canadians in China, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor.The Prime Minister’s Office has said little on the possibility of Trudeau getting his own meeting with the Chinese president.David Mulroney, a former Canadian ambassador to China, says it should not come as a surprise China is not interested in a meeting, adding Trump will be Canada’s best shot and the prime minister could use the G20 to talk to other leaders about the issue as well.Christopher Sands, the director of the Center for Canadian Studies at Johns Hopkins University, agrees that Canada doesn’t play offence very much but he suggests that Canada try to enlist other G20 leaders to help.The Canadian Press
Legislator: Schools shouldn’t have to choose between safety and funding State Rep. Michele Hoitenga, of Manton, is working on a policy fix for the current snow day issue affecting schools across Michigan.Current law requires schools to hold 180 school days and 1,098 classroom hours each year to receive state funding. Hoitenga’s proposal would allow schools to choose between the two, rather than mandating they meet both requirements.“This gives school districts more autonomy in dealing with harsh winters like we’ve faced this year,” Hoitenga said. “Schools should never be put in a situation where they must sacrifice the safety of their students to ensure funding from the state.”The representative spoke with superintendents throughout the district to weigh every option; this plan being one of them.Hoitenga said she would like to see a change like this be retroactive to ensure schools maintain current funding for the 2018-19 school year.Questions about this issue may be addressed to Hoitenga’s Capitol office at (517) 373-1747 or MicheleHoitenga@House.MI.gov. 13Feb Rep. Hoitenga working on school snow day issue Categories: Hoitenga News
Telenor-owned Nordic pay TV operator Canal Digital lost a further 11,000 DTH customers in the first quarter in what Telenor described as a competitive market.Canal Digital had 954,000 DTH customers at the end of March, down from 986,000 a year ago, having lost subscribers in all four Nordic territories. However ARPU grew to NOK345 (€45), up from NOK332 a year earlier. Revenues were NOK1.1 billion, flat year-on-year, but EBITDA rose to NOK162million from NOK85 million.Sister company Telenor Satellite Broadcasting saw revenue grow 5% to NOK250 million, driven by data and occasional use sales in non-Nordic markets, while EBITDA grew 10% to NOK178 million.Telenor-owned conditional access provider Conax saw year-on-year revenue growth of 9% to NOK139 million, thanks to strong sales in Asia and the Americas. EBITDA was NOK60 million, up 25%.
Social media and companion devices are increasingly going hand in hand with TV viewing, according to new research from Ericsson that also found that operator’s should not be too concerned about so-called cord-cutting.Ericsson’s TV & Video Consumer Trend Report 2012, featuring data from seven global markets, found that 62% of consumers use social media whilst watching TV, an increase of 18 percentage points since 2011. Of that total, 42% said they used social media to discuss TV programmes at least weekly.In keeping with these figures, 67% of the respondents from China, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, the UK and the US, said they used tablets, smartphones or laptops whilst watching TV.In what looks like good news for TV operators, and dispelling some media reports, the proportion of consumers increasing their spend on TV services is higher than those reducing or cancelling their services. Taking the total number of respondents from the seven countries, Ericsson found that while 7% had cancelled their pay TV service and 10% had reduced it, 22% increased the amount they spend since last year. Niklas Rönnblom, Ericsson ConsumerLab senior advisor stressed that there were strong geographical differences, with the proportion of people reducing payments being impacted by local economic issues. In the UK, for example, 15% of respondents had either cancelled or reduced their pay TV package compared with 14% who had increased spending.The survey also found that TV quality was the most important factor for consumers with regards to their TV experience, while on-demand and timeshift were the services consumers were most prepared to pay for. Rönnblom said consumers were becoming increasingly accustomed to on-demand services, which was increasing their motivation to pay for them. “Once you get used to it, you get hooked,” he said. “If you haven’t experienced it, it’s hard to like it. More people have experienced it and the experience is getting much better.”