You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League in the following ways:Websiteswww.ntl.mytouchfooty.comwww.austouch.com.auSocial MediaFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2014)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksWorld Cup 2015 By BEN HARRISWith a little over 400 days until the 2015 Federation of International Touch World Cup, preparations for the sport’s premier event have been stepped up.The 2014 X-Blades National Touch League is an opportunity for everyone involved to showcase their skills before the April 29 to May 3, 2015 event at Coffs Harbour.Players try to impress Australian selectors, referees want to get notice and international teams look for an edge.Two of the visiting nations that will feature at the World Cup are Japan and Papua New Guinea (PNG).The international sides are playing at this week’s NTL championships to get experience and to prepare themselves the best way possible.Both countries have sent a couple of teams to Coffs Harbour this week to play.Japan has sides in the mixed open, men’s T-League and two teams in the women’s T-League divisions.PNG teams are playing in the men’s and women’s T-League competitions.It has been a learning curve for both countries but that is what this endeavour to the NTL was all about.“We are preparing for the World Cup next year and the NTL is at the same field, the same place and the same stadium [as the World Cup],” Japanese mixed open’s coach Satoru Ozawa.“Most of the players in the Japanese team don’t have any international experience so this is about getting that experience.”The mixed team have yet to win a game while it is more promising in the T-League competition.Japan has won three matches in the men’s and women’s T-League divisions.PNG has also found success in the young division with the men’s side beating South Queensland Sharks (B), Victoria and South West Queensland Swans.The women’s team have pushed their rivals all the way.For developing touch football nations like Japan and PNG, Ozawa said it was hard at times.“In Japan, we have no mixed competition at all so they don’t have any experience,” Ozawa said of his team.“Everyone is excited. Of course we want to win more games.“I want to challenge teams.”
Natacha Beim opened her first daycare in 1998 and built it into a franchise business that now boasts 21 locations, with plans to open as many as 10 more centres each year.The founder of Core Education and Fine Arts is an exception to what seems to be a rule in the economics of Canada’s highly fragmented daycare system.Despite long-standing shortages, rising fees and political promises of change, there has been little disruption of the largely public market by big conglomerates, startups or even automation.In other well-established industries — from hotels to taxicabs — private sector intervention has ushered in an era of innovation, accessibility and lower prices. But the daycare landscape, with its strict provincial regulations, high real estate fees and low profit margins, presents problems for private companies looking to scale their operations.The biggest problem for Beim is finding enough teachers in an industry where the responsibility is high but the average hourly wage is about $14 an hour.The second issue is government regulations that slow down the opening a centre and cost providers a lot to comply, she said.“It can compromise the whole project,” said Beim. It took her two years to open her first location because it was difficult to navigate permitting, she said.The patchwork of varying provincial and territorial childcare regulations adds another layer of complexity, requiring companies to learn new rules in order to expand into a new province.Canada’s daycare industry will grow at an annualized 3.1 per cent pace from 2017 to 2022 to 44,707 operators, with mostly small care providers joining the market, IbisWorld estimates.The research firm’s report also found that wages account for more than 51 per cent of a daycare operator’s costs and 19 per cent of revenue is profit. Home daycares, especially that operate outside of regulations that require certain caregiver-to-child ratios, can squeeze more profits by employing few staff.However, it would be very difficult for a single company — that cannot fly under the regulation radar — to acquire what would likely be hundreds of one-off businesses to capture a significant share of the overall market, said Mario Ismailanji, an analyst with IBISWorld.Daycare operators also face another barrier that other industries don’t: parent advocates, politicians and academics who call big business unethical for trying to turn childcare into profits.“It shouldn’t be a commodity. It’s considered to be a human right,” said Martha Friendly, a early childhood education researcher who founded the Childcare Resource and Research Unit.She argues that private providers operate in the low margin industry of childcare and trim employee costs to pocket more profits, resulting in higher staff turnover and workers with lower qualifications. Her solution to high fees and wait lists rests with increased government spending, not private disruption.Despite such opposition, private for-profit operations seem to be gaining market share.Friendly’s research found a 10 per cent drop in the number of spaces provided by for-profit businesses from 1992 to 2004, when they made up just 20 per cent of the market, but a resurgence to about 30 per cent in 2016, the most recent year for which data is available.Still, the industry remains heavily fragmented, divided among some 38,300 providers, with few running more than one location, according to IbisWorld’s report. No company holds more than one per cent of market share.However, the report also suggests Canada’s handful of bigger providers, such as BrightPath Early Learning Inc. and Kids & Company, will continue to expand as they take advantage of higher demand thanks to more women joining the workforce, as well as more government assistance making out-of-home care more affordable for more families.BrightPath operates more than 75 centres under several banners. It formed in 2010 under the name Edleun and was a publicly traded company until Busy Bees holdings Ltd., a U.K.-based childcare provider, acquired it in 2017. Kids & Company runs nearly 100 centres between six provinces and lists five more locations opening soon on its website. Both companies declined interview requests to speak about future expansion plans or how private companies could disrupt the daycare market.As demand for affordable spaces continues to outstrip supply, some parents turn to tailor-made solutions, including nannies, relatives or staying at home themselves.But the technology that has been such a disruptive force in other industries is likely years away from true daycare disruption.There have even been experiments with automation.Japanese researchers made headlines in 2016 after creating a childcare robot. They claim four robots and one human can care for more than 60 children together. Chinese robot maker AvatarMind is already shipping its iPal robot, touted as “a companion, educator and safety monitor for children,” in its home country and plans to soon release the product in the U.S.However, a 2017 report on sectors poised to be taken over by robots from the McKinsey Global Institute found that educational services showed the lowest potential for automation.Given Canada’s level of opposition to private, for-profit centres, it appears unlikely that parents would be comfortable with intervention from automation any time soon.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.
Collins decided to come to the Energetic City after local paper airplane enthusiast Parker Andrews told him he was going to break his record one day.Collins added that he had been trying to find a place to beat his record for over two years, but couldn’t find a building large enough to attempt it. Andrews then told Collins about the Pomeroy Sport Centre prompting the Paper Airplane Guy to call it the perfect fit.The time of the event will be set closer to the date. In order for Collins and Ayoob to break their record, they will need their plane to fly over 226 feet and 10 inches. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John residents will have to wait a little while longer to see a possible Guinness World Record broken at the Pomeroy Sport Centre.John Collins and Joe Ayoob will now attempt to break their world record for longest distance flight of a paper airplane on July 20th rather than the 13th.Collins explained that the company Orbitz is now sponsoring the event and decided that the 20th would be a more suitable date for the flight.
Northern Lights College President, Bryn Kulmatycki, says providing state-of-the-art equipment ensures that students have the proper tools in order to succeed in trades.“Northern Lights College’s trades and apprenticeship programs help students build the skills to become the highly trained workers industry needs. State-of-the-art equipment ensures we’re giving our students the tools to succeed and take advantage of an incredible amount of opportunity in the North.”The $3 million in equipment builds on the $5.4 million that was provided to 15 post-secondary institutions for trades and technology equipment in 2017. PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – The Province has provided $3 million in funding to students in Northern B.C. for the purchase of new trades equipment.According to the Government, new trades equipment will help set up students with the skills they need for rewarding careers.19 schools across B.C., including Northern Lights College, have each received $160,000 to buy up-to-date equipment for trades and technology programs.