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MELBOURNE Ecco Cool 2.0 UK Sale , Feb. 23 (Xinhua) -- A young Australian woman will become the first female to umpire an official Australian Football League (AFL) game this weekend, in a move the competition's leaders hope will pave the way for more female involvement in the male-dominated sport.


In almost 120 years of Victorian Football League (VFL)AFL history, a woman has never officiated at the elite level of Australian rules football.


But on Tuesday, the AFL announced that 23-year-old umpire Eleni Glouftsis would break the mould, naming the South Australian as one of three field umpires for Sunday's preseason match between Essendon and Carlton in Melbourne.


Umpires boss Wayne Campbell said female engagement in the sport was at an all-time high Ecco Biom UK Sale , and Glouftsis' journey up the ranks showed girls were able to make a full-time career out of football.


"We think umpiring is in a really good spot around Australia - our numbers are up by 15 percent on last year," Campbell told reporters at AFL House on Tuesday.


"We still only have eight percent of that number as females, but we go to lots of community groups and there's lot of females getting involved."


Australian rules football is considered one of the toughest sports in the world to officiate due to its ever-changing rules and the laws of the game allowing for a high degree of interpretation.


Glouftsis moved to Melbourne, the birthplace of the code, in the middle of 2015 after she received an AFL Female Pathway Scholarship.


Campbell said Glouftsis could be a powerful tool in the AFL's bid to create a more inclusive environment for females Ecco Collin UK Sale , in an industry which has been dominated by men for more than a century.


"We need a trailblazer, and we'd love her to be that. We'd love her to umpire one AFL game (and) we'd love her to umpire 100 AFL games. That will depend on how she goes," Campbell said.


"We might be a bit biased, but in terms of gender equality or females having an impact on footy, to have a girl in the middle of the MCG or Adelaide Oval bouncing the ball Ecco Leather UK Sale , we think would be a pretty good look."


Despite her groundbreaking selection, Glouftsis was realistic about the prospect of earning an umpiring gig during this year's AFL home and away season, beginning late next month, due to her "rookie" status.


"This year being a rookie will be a fantastic step, like being involved on gameday and talking to the umpires and seeing what they do on the field will be such a fantastic experience Ecco Yucatan Sandals UK Sale ," Glouftsis, who has umpired since she was 13-years-old, told reporters on Tuesday.


"If I can keep progressing and see how I go in the next few years I'll be happy with that."


The announcement is another example of the AFL slowly breaking down previously impenetrable barriers for women one-by-one.


In 2012, the competition picked Chelsea Roffey to be a goal umpire on grand final day in a league first.


The next year, one of Melbourne's biggest teams Ecco Jack Sneakers UK Sale , Richmond, elected Peggy O'Neal as club president - the first woman to reach the post in the VFLAFL history.


On Saturday, the AFL put years of speculation to bed, establishing an eight-team women's competition for 2017 and beyond.




SYDNEY, Oct. 20 (Xinhua) -- Australia's Queensland state government is rolling out the red carpet to attract investments from key decision makers in a specially organized luxury conference held at Port Douglas on Thursday.


The four-day conference is expected to be attended by 40 key international investors that have a combined portfolio of 3.06 trillion U.S. dollars to invest in the sunshine state.


State treasurer Curtis Pitt said its investment arm Queensland Treasury Corporation (QTC) had joined forces with Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) to entice these investors with the aim of providing the delegates with hands-on experience and in-depth information about investing in Queensland's future economic development.


The event is expected to be attended by key decision makers from Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Australia.


"The lower Australian dollar, growing confidence, resurgent tourism sector and economic growth means international investors are looking directly at Queensland right now," Pitt said in a statement.


"The delegates visiting Queensland are primarily fixed income investors from central banks, commercial banks, pension fund managers, life insurance companies and asset management companies with combined assets under management estimated to be worth in excess of 3 trillion U.S. dollars."


"These global investors will leave the tropics fully informed about Queensland's strong economic and fiscal position and our nation leading growth," he said.


Pitt added that the investors would be taken on a tour to Low Isles on the Great Barrier Reef, the Ngadiku Dreamtime Walk in Mossman, cruising the Daintree River and getting up close and personal with some native Australian wildlife.


HARARE, March 6 (Xinhua) -- For decades Ecco Soft 8 UK Sale , the western suburb of Harare is known for a grandiose sports stadium and an imposing memorial park for the country's revolution martyrs. But today, Zimbabweans flock to the place over the weekend for another reason- - to refresh themselves in a Chinese mega shopping mall.


Situated on a 14-hectare piece of flat land, the mall comprises of the 18,000 square meters Horizon Ivato Supermarket, a three hectare children's amusement park Ecco Intrinsic UK Sale , a hardware shop, a fresh produce section, wholesale department and an array of office blocks housing various businesses ranging from banks, clinic, pharmacies Ecco Moc Tie UK Sale , beauty salons, gym, restaurants, bars and nightclubs.


The 100 million U.S. dollars Longcheng Plaza has indeed brought an alternative shopping experience and weekend outing. There, you meet all kinds of people from Indians Ecco Slip On UK Sale , Chinese, Zimbabweans and Europeans, proving how popular it has become.

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