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Football Federation Australia

Football Federation Australia is the governing body of soccer and beach soccer within Australia. The FFA is headquartered in Sydney. Although the first governing body of the sport was founded in 1911, FFA in its current form was only established in 1963 as the Australian Soccer Federation, it was reconstituted in 2003 as the Australian Soccer Association before adopting its current name in 2005. FFA oversees the men's, women's, Paralympic and futsal national teams in Australia, the national coaching programs and the state governing bodies for the sport, it sanctions semi-professional and amateur soccer in Australia. FFA made the decision to leave the Oceania Football Confederation, for which it was a founding member, become a member of the Asian Football Confederation on 1 January 2006 and ASEAN Football Federation. FFA's origins lie as far back as 1911, with the formation of the "Commonwealth Football Association"; this body was superseded by the Australian Soccer Football Association, formed in 1921, with its headquarters in Sydney.

The Australian Soccer Football Association operated for forty years, was given FIFA provisional membership in November 1954 and this was confirmed in June 1956, however in 1960, the association disbanded after being suspended from FIFA for the poaching of players from overseas. In 1961 the Australian Soccer Federation was formed as a potential successor to the former governing body for the sport. However, this association was refused re-admittance to FIFA until outstanding fines had been paid, done in 1963, seeing the new national body admitted to FIFA. Isolated from international football, Australia applied to join the Asian Football Confederation in 1960, in 1974 but were denied in all requests. Australia with New Zealand formed the Oceania Football Federation in 1966. Australia resigned as an OFC member in 1972 to pursue membership with the AFC, but they rejoined in 1978. In 1995, the Australian Soccer Federation formally changed its name to Soccer Australia. In 2003, following Australia's failure to qualify for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, allegations of fraud and mismanagement were levelled at Soccer Australia by elements within the Australian Press including the ABC.

Soccer Australia commissioned an independent inquiry known as the Crawford Report as a result of the Australian Government's threat to withdraw funding to the sport. The Australian Government could not interfere as any political interference would have constituted a breach of FIFA Statutes; the findings of the report were critically analysed by the board of Soccer Australia who believed that the recommendations contained therein were not capable of being implemented. The report recommended, among other things, the reconstitution of the governing body with an interim board headed by prominent businessman Frank Lowy; some three months after Lowy's appointment Soccer Australia was placed into liquidation and Australia Soccer Association was created without encompassing the Crawford Report recommendations and disenfranchising all parties who had an interest in Soccer Australia. The Australian Government provided $15 million to the ASA. On 1 January 2005 ASA renamed itself to Football Federation Australia, aligning with the general international usage of the word "football", in preference to "soccer", to distance itself from the failings of the old Soccer Australia.

It coined the phrase "new football" to emphasise this. On 1 January 2006, Football Federation Australia moved from the OFC to the AFC; the move was unanimously endorsed by the AFC Executive Committee on 23 March 2005, assented by the OFC on 17 April. The FIFA Executive Committee approved the move on 29 June, noting that "as all of the parties involved... had agreed to the move, the case did not need to be discussed by the FIFA Congress", was unanimously ratified by the AFC on 10 September. FFA hoped that the move would give Australia a fairer chance of qualifying for the FIFA World Cup and allow A-League clubs to compete in the AFC Champions League, thereby improving the standard of Australian football at both international and club levels with improved competition in the region. In February 2008, FFA formally announced their intention to bid for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, 2022 FIFA World Cup and the 2015 AFC Asian Cup. In 2010, the decision was made by FFA to withdraw its World Cup bid for 2018, instead focusing on a bid for the 2022 tournament.

FFA failed in its $45.6 million bid for the 2022 World Cup having received only one vote from the FIFA Executive. In 2013, Australia was admitted as a full member to the ASEAN Football Federation, after they formally joined as an invite affiliation to the regional body in 2006. On 29 January 2015, after the defeat of Iraq and the United Arab Emirates during the 2015 AFC Asian Cup, West Asian Football Federation members sought to remove Australia from the AFC due to "Australia benefiting hugely from Asian involvement without giving much in return". In November 2018 with numerous board positions coming to the end of their 3-year term, the bulk of the board of directors were replaced at an annual general meeting, as well as the departure of Steven Lowy as chair of the board, which he did in protest at major changes to the governance and voting structure in the overarching FFA Congress that elects the FFA Board, his position was filled by Chris Nikou. Other board members to be elected were Joseph Carrozzi and Remo Nogarotto.

Soccer in Australian has used a federated model of national and territories governing bodies since the first state body was established in New South Wales in 1882. Local associations and regional zones were se

Cannibals (Richie Kotzen album)

Cannibals is the nineteenth album by guitarist/vocalist Richie Kotzen. All tracks are written by Richie Kotzen except'You' - Music written by August Eve Kotzen, Lyrics by Richie Kotzen. Richie Kotzen – all instruments August Eve Kotzen - Piano on'You' Billy Sheehan - Low Lead Vocals on'Stand Tall' Dug Pinnick - Co-lead Vocal and additional background vocals on'I'm All In' Julia Lage - Additional Voices on'Stand Tall', background vocals on'Up' and'In An Instant' Mike Bennet - Percussion on'Shake It Off' Elisabetta Sheehan - Additional Voices on'Stand Tall' Gang vocals on'Come On Free' by the'Gambiarria Choir'

St. Paul's Cathedral, Dundee

St. Paul's Cathedral is an Anglican cathedral in the city of Dundee, Scotland, it is the Cathedral and administrative centre of the Diocese of Brechin in the Scottish Episcopal Church. In 1847, Alexander Penrose Forbes was elected new Bishop of Brechin and chose to make Dundee his permanent residence. At the time of Bishop Forbes' arrival, St. Paul's Chapel met in rooms in nearby Castle Street, which Forbes considered to be dreary and "unworthy of the worship of the Almighty". Thus, he "urged his people to take on the holy work of building, to the glory of God, a stately church", a place which would offer refuge to the many poor that lived in the surrounding tenements; the foundation stone of the Cathedral was laid on 21 July 1853 and it was completed in 1855. It was designed by George Gilbert Scott and is in the style of the Middle or Decorated period of Gothic architecture; the total cost of the building exceeded £14,000, ten years passed before the congregation could pay off all the debts incurred.

The church was dedicated on All Saints Day, 1 November 1865. St. Paul's is now a category A listed building. St. Paul's Cathedral, Dundee

White Lantern Corps

The White Lantern Corps is a fictional organization appearing in comics published by DC Comics, related to the emotional spectrum. The White Lantern Corps first appeared in Blackest Night #7 and was created by Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis; the first White Lantern Corps member was Sinestro of Korugar when he bonded with the Life Entity, the embodiment of life itself. However, the Entity is removed from Sinestro by Nekron, claimed by Hal Jordan who, joined by the Flash, use its power to rescue Superman, Wonder Woman, Donna Troy, Animal Man, Kid Flash, Green Arrow, who had all been turned into Black Lanterns by Nekron, as well as the Anti-Monitor. Jordan used the power of the Entity to sever Nekron's tether to the living world, Black Hand; the revived Black Hand regurgitated twelve white rings that destroyed Nekron's body, revived the Martian Manhunter, Deadman, Hawkgirl, Firestorm, Hawk, Maxwell Lord, Captain Boomerang, Professor Zoom. After the defeat of Nekron, all heroes, turned into White Lanterns are discharged from the Corps, save for Deadman, shown to be the only resurrected character retaining a white power ring as of Brightest Day #0.

The Entity tells Deadman that it is dying, that he needs to find the "chosen one" to replace it. Deadman considers Hal Jordan to be the perfect candidate, tells the Entity to take him to him. Instead of taking him to Hal Jordan, the White Lantern Ring takes Deadman and Dove to Aquaman and Mera. Aquaman explains: to find Jackson Hyde. Deadman questions why the Lantern has taken him to Aquaman when he should be searching for the Entity's replacement, the ring replies that to find the new Entity, Deadman must help all the other resurrected complete their tasks. Aquaman understands what is at hand and explains to Deadman that for him to succeed, he must find and help others and explain to them what needs to happen. Meanwhile, the White Lantern is acquired by Deathstorm who, by infecting it with his essence, is able to generate Black Lantern duplicates of the twelve heroes and villains resurrected by the Entity with the goal of preventing the resurrected from completing their tasks; when his white ring reaches 100%, Deadman approaches Hawkman and Hawkgirl after their mission on Hawkworld.

As a secondary labor, the Entity has asked them to live separate lives so that they may strengthen their existence, but they object. Hawkman tries to remove the White Power Ring from Deadman by force, but the Entity reduces them to white dust in front of Deadman's eyes. Meanwhile and the Black Lanterns are shown delivering the White Battery to someone on Qward. Deadman commands the ring to resurrect the two heroes, but the ring refuses, saying that this is part of the Entity's plan, it is revealed that when Nekron attacked the Earth, not only was the Entity mortally wounded, but the contamination of the planet was heightened. Furthermore, the corruption will rise up in the form of another "dark avatar" of the darkness who will try to destroy the Star City forest, the key to save Earth's soul; the Entity resurrects the twelve characters with different purposes. Some of them, like Hawk, Maxwell Lord and Jade, are supposed to prevent further disasters and give Deadman and the Entity more time, but five of them are resurrected in order to overcome what held them back in life and by completing their tasks.

Thus, their life force is purified and the ring takes their essences back because they are essential in saving Earth. Deadman has a secondary purpose: to supply the white ring with power by embracing life; the ring takes Deadman to the beach where Aquaman and Aqualad are battling Black Manta and Siren. There, the Entity reveals to Deadman that it was the Entity that freed the Xebel soldiers from the Bermuda Triangle in order for Aquaman learn the truth about Mera. Aquaman's alliance sends the soldiers of Xebel back to the Bermuda Triangle, therefore completing Aquaman's task, but the Entity reduces Aquaman to water, to Mera's sorrow; as Martian Manhunter completes his task, he is approached by the Entity, who tells him to choose between Mars and Earth. Martian Manhunter chooses Earth, as he returns to the planet and reaches the forest in Star City he is again approached by Deadman. Deadman pleads for forgiveness, the Martian Manhunter says he understands because it is "part of the plan". Meanwhile, Firestorm discovers that the Anti-Monitor seeks to harvest the life energy within the White Lantern in order to grow stronger.

Firestorm is defeated. Deathstorm brings Professor Stein out of his Matrix to taunt the two. Deathstorm attempts to turn Ronnie to salt. Angered, Ronnie decides to work together with Jason to avenge the Professor; the Entity declares that Ronnie has accomplished his mission, returning life to him in a burst of white energy that obliterates the Black Lanterns, returns Jason's father to his home, deposits Firestorm in the Star City forest. Ronnie angrily is refused. Deadman arrives demanding that he be given the White Lantern; when the "Dark Avatar" makes his presence known, Deadman is forced to collect Ronnie's essence, turning Firestorm into one of the Elementals. The life forces of Aquaman, Martian Manhunter and Hawkgirl are revealed to be part of the Elementals, wh

Women's World Chess Championship 2013

The Women's World Chess Championship 2013 was a chess match for the championship. The match was scheduled over ten games from 10 to 27 September 2013 in Taizhou, China; the match was played between defending champion Anna Ushenina, winner of the Women's World Chess Championship 2012, challenger Hou Yifan, the previous champion and winner of the FIDE Women's Grand Prix 2011–2012. After seven of ten games Hou Yifan won the match 5.5 to 1.5 to retake the title. Prior to the match, as of 23 May 2013, Anna Ushenina and Hou Yifan have played 8 games against each other at classical time control with the following statistics: The match is played as at most ten classical games in the Taizhou Hotel, or less if one player reaches 5.5 points before that. The time controls are 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move one. In case of a tie there will be a new drawing of colors and four rapid games with 25 minutes for each player and an increment of ten seconds after each move.

If the scores are level after the four rapid games after a new drawing of colours, a match of two games will be played with a time control of five minutes plus three seconds' increment after each move. In case of a level score, another two-game match will be played to determine a winner. If there is still no winner after five such matches, one sudden-death game will be played; the prize fund is 200,000 Euros with 60% for the winner and 40% to the loser if the match is decided within ten games or 55% and 45% if match is decided in tie-breaks. The drawing of colors was on the opening ceremony day on 10 September; the first two games were played on 12 September. After every two games there is a rest day. Ushenina played the first game with white. A switch of colors occurred after game 4. Hou Yifan dominated the match, winning four games, drawing three and losing none, thus regained the championship title which she had lost the previous year. Official FIDE website Match regulations Games of the Match

Mickey Joe Harte

Michael Joseph "Mickey Joe" Harte, now known as Mickey Harte, is an Irish singer-songwriter. He represented Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2003 with the song "We've Got the World". Harte hails from County Donegal; as a teenager during the 1980s Harte had an epiphany - "Because the moment I lifted a guitar and wrote my first song I knew I was creative", he has said. He started playing guitar at the age of 13, his first song, called "Candlelight", was inspired by Operation Desert Storm, the 1991 U. S invasion of Iraq, he paid for the recording of his first extended play. His mother, a poet, has had her work set to music by her son. By the mid-1990s Harte was frustrated by the progress of Boyzone and Louis Walsh in "turn Ireland more into a country for boy bands", he has described this period, "Yet at times like that I felt I'd never get a break and was desperate because during the boy band era no one wanted singer-songwriters. It would have helped if, say Boyzone, had recorded songs by Irish songwriters, but most of their songs were written by songwriters from abroad, so we didn't get a chance to have a song covered.

If I had, that would have paid the mortgage for a few years! Although, at first, like most Irish singer-songwriters I was anti-boy bands until I realised we had to try and work our way through it". After years of struggle, Harte entered; the show set records for Irish TV ratings over the period of November 2002 to March 2003 and Harte came out on top, earning the opportunity to represent Ireland at Eurovision Song Contest 2003 in Riga. In Riga he performed "We've Got the World", he finished in eleventh place in the competition. "We've Got the World" reached number one on the Irish Singles Chart. In 2003, Harte recorded a cover version of Beyoncé's "Crazy In Love" for Even Better than the Real Thing Vol. 1, in 2004 a cover version of Eamon's "Fuck It". In 2006, Harte released his second studio album and Learn. In 2007, Harte appeared on Celebrities Go Wild, an RTÉ reality television show in which eight celebrities had to fend for themselves in the wilds of rural Connemara. In 2011, Harte released his third album "Forward to Reality".

The album was produced by John Condron. He performed at Croke Park during half-time in the 2012 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship semi-final between Cork and Donegal. After Donegal won the Sam Maguire Cup the next month, he performed at their homecoming in Donegal. In 2016 he played Louise Ryan & Úna O Boyle's birthday party to a rapt audience of 60 friends and family on a boat on the river Liffey, Dublin, he played surprise set for close fans such as Robert Smith in a local Dublin nightclub in late 2016. Mickey is recording some new material in Bedburg which will released in Autumn 2016. In September he opened up the "12. Musikmeile Bedburg" as support act for singer/songwriter Milow. Mickey's new single "For the Broken Hearted" is out on October 5, 2017 and is available via itunes, etc; the song was recorded in Bedburg and produced by Dieter Kirchenbauer. Harte recorded an interview with the Irish podcasting site "" on 29 January 2012 in Ballina. Harte is married to Louise Harte.

The couple have four children: Kayleigh, Kyle and Cristian