Talking Touch – October

first_imgTo view the stories, please click on the following links:Home Defence For Our Touch FootballersIt was an unexpected surprise for Jacqui Simspon and her Maitland Redbacks squad in 2010.They travelled to Parkes and took out the regional championships with victory in the open women’s division. http://www.maitlandmercury.com.au/news/local/sport/other/home-defence-for-our-touch-footballers/2338606.aspx?storypage=0 Touch of ClassMaitland has claimed a regional championship crown on home turf courtesy of the Redbacks’ senior mixed team. The Redbacks defeated Newcastle 3-1 in yesterday’s decider at Maitland Park, leading from start to finish in a thrilling touch football encounter.http://www.maitlandmercury.com.au/news/local/sport/other/touch-of-class/2340664.aspx?storypage=0 Side With A Touch Of ClassWhen Collaroy’s Sam Donlan joined a rookie Touch Football side this season nobody was expecting miracles.But the Manly Warringah division one women’s touch football team has defied the odds to be one game away from playing in a grand final.http://manly-daily.whereilive.com.au/sport/story/side-with-a-touch-of-class/ Star Of The FutureMacquarie Hills Netball and Touch star Tanisha Stanton won the most promising sports talent at this year’s Deadly Awards, held in Sydney last week. Tanisha was up against A-League Gold Coast United soccer star Tahj Minniecon, boxers Fred Mundraby and Shane Parker and Muay Thai boxer Thomas Boyle.http://www.newcastlestar.com.au/news/local/sport/netball/star-of-the-future/2311437.aspx Mudgee Touch Tests New FormatA change of format will hopefully work wonders for the Mudgee Touch Association. On the eve of a new summer competition, president Ben Stoddart believes Touch Football is on the verge of huge success.http://www.mudgeeguardian.com.au/news/local/sport/other/mudgee-touch-tests-new-format/2318085.aspx Record Touch Footy Season To Kick-Off Season 2011-12 is shaping up as a big one for the City of Orange Touch Association. Not only are there record numbers in their junior touch competitions already underway, the seniors are looking strong as well.http://www.centralwesterndaily.com.au/news/local/sport/general/record-touch-footy-season-to-kickoff/2318956.aspx A Touching GestureSport is often a great way to promote causes and spread messages throughout communities. And later this month, Touch Football will be the vehicle raising awareness of health issues within the Koori community and spreading the message about the benefits of good health.http://www.batemansbaypost.com.au/news/local/sport/other/a-touching-gesture/2323216.aspx?storypage=0 Training Touches On Referee AccreditationMr Adam Wicks the NSW Touch Football Development Officer trained 28 students from Years 7 to Year 10 to gain their Level 1 Referee Accreditation on Tuesday. This will help them to ref to the best of their abilities this Friday at the Combined Schools Touch Football Netball Carnival.http://www.boorowanewsonline.com.au/news/local/news/general/training-touches-on-referee-accreditation/2331757.aspx Mudgee Guardian 04/10/2011They were the kings of Mudgee touch football for a good part of a decade. However, their crown was taken away from them in a thrilling grand final in February.Now, Ross Granata Motors want it back and have fired a warning shot to the rest of the men’s A-grade competition to get out of the way.Since 2003, Granata have featured in every A-grade grand final; they won seven consecutive titles during that time.But their run was ended by the Court House Hotel Fruit Bats, who featured a number of Mudgee Dragons players including Jono George and Terry Wood.Granata player and Mudgee representative Jeremy Doherty said the loss was a shock to his side.‘It was a bit but they were a good side all year. It was going to be close,’ Doherty said.Granata will have a similar team to previous years, which includes Doherty, Peter Doherty, Chris and Tim Ward, Kyle Cochrane and Jared Robinson.They also have a new player in Mudgee Dragons first division flyer Andrew Laurie.‘He will be pretty handy for us,’ Doherty said of Laurie.Most of the players in the Granata team have played alongside each other for nearly 10 years.Doherty believes that has played a significant role in their success.‘We have been pretty much the same team since we started in the under 13s,’ he said.The Mudgee touch football competition will begin on Tuesday night at Glen Willow.This year, the committee decided to play games for the summer competition only one night a week, instead of two, which has been the case for most seasons.Doherty likes the idea of only having games on one night a week as it will tighten the competition up.‘It will be a stronger competition being [on] one night, teams will be a lot more tough.‘[The one night] will help out our representative side for Port Macquarie. Instead of playing on Thursday night we can train. That should help the rep side.Caboolture News; 10/19/2011St Columban’s College Touch Football representatives were absolutely chuffed to claim two trophies at the Queensland All Schools tournament earlier this month. The school faced off in the middle of 300 teams participating in the four-day competition at Whites Hill, Brisbane. More than 3500 students took part in more than 900 games. While most were from Queensland some travelled from far and wide to assure their mark was made. “Historically we’ve seen people from all over the globe travel to compete,” All Schools Touch convener Peter Bell said. Fortunately the competition was spared the effect of rain which caused problems last year. The odd drizzle caused no hassle. For the open girls Cavendish Road State High School were the side to beat as the defending champions, however St Columban’s surprised the masses with a 6-2 shake up in the grand final. “The defending champs were beat by the better team on the day,” said Mr Bell.“Our kids were working hard organising the event and had to put in a little extra.”All Schools encourages students to experience events management first hand by organising and running the competition. The open boys saw Keebra Park take out Emmaus 5-4. St Columban’s once again shone in the junior mixed match again head to head with Cavendish Road. However the side persisted and achieved a 2-0 win. While Bell called Cavendish home base he could not deny Columban’s performance during the competition. The Queensland All Schools event has achieved world recognition in school sport, but Mr Bell said Touch Football needed more recognition in its own backyard, with other sports often overshadowing it. For more information on Queensland All Schools touch competition log on to www.qldallschools.com Players Looking For Touch Of FormNewcastle Herald 29/10/2011Starts at the national championships next March in Port Macquarie will be up for grabs when Maitland Park hosts the NSW Hornets Regional Touch Championships this weekend.Around 60 representative Touch Football teams from the Hunter, Central Coast and Central West will play across 10 fields, with more than 160 games played in men’s and women’s open, mixed seniors and men’s over-30 divisions.Wallsend, Newcastle City, Beresfield, Maitland, Nelson Bay and Singleton will fly the flag for the Hunter in the two-day carnival and are expected to dominate the Hornets squads.Three near-certainties for the Hornets are Wallsend identical twin sisters Holly and Amy Smith and Darren McSpadden.The trio played in the Australian over-30 mixed side at the world cup in Edinburgh, Scotland, in June.Amy Smith was judged the top player in her side for the tournament.Maitland won the women’s title last year in Parkes, but Wallsend have the quality to dethrone the reigning champions due to their superior structure and training facilities.Central Coast won the men’s title last year and are hot favourites to go back to back.Mum’s The Word For Championship SideRockhampton Morning Bulletin 28/10/2011Mum was the magic word for the Central Queensland over-35s women at last weekend’s Queensland State Touch Football Championships – quite literally.The team of mostly mums was crowned state champions in Brisbane on Sunday after a thrilling 7-6 win over South West Queensland in the grand final.The CQ girls finished the championships undefeated, with Rockhampton’s Tracy Upton named player of the final and player of the series.A humble Upton yesterday praised her teammates for the side’s success, with Rockhampton’s Tanya Shuker and Wendy Evans and Emerald’s Nyree Keating also starring.“It was unreal, really good,” Upton said.In a nail-biting gold medal game for spectators, the decider was heading for drop-offs before CQ edged out their southern opponents.“It went try for try. We’d score and we couldn’t keep them out,” Upton said.“It was a pretty good game. It was good for the crowd but not good for the players,” she said laughing.It was a big weekend for CQ’s open men, open mixed, over-35 men and over-50 men at the state titles.Despite heading away with a youthful open men’s line-up, CQ’s young guns, led by Rockhampton’s Australian star Gavin Shuker, made it all the way to the grand final before going down 10-7 to North Queensland.“They really stepped up and it was really good watching them,” said Upton, also CQ Touch’s administration officer.The hard luck story of the championships was CQ’s open mixed team, who narrowly missed out on a place in the gold medal game on a count back.With Rockhampton’s Australian representative Daniel Withers leading the charge, the open mixed team finished equal on points with Brisbane City and North Queensland for a place in the grand final against the Gold Coast Sharks.The CQ side did collect a consolation prize after Withers was named male mixed player of the series.CQ’s over-35 men and over-50 men enjoyed mixed results at the championships, with the region’s representative teams now turning their attention to next year’s National Touch League (NTL) at Port Macquarie in March.Teams To Touchdown For Carnival Rockhampton Morning Bulletin 28/10/2011Central Queensland’s Touch Football stars of the future will be on show in Rockhampton next weekend.More than 1000 junior touch players, along with their coaches, parents and supporters, will converge on Cyril Connell Fields on November 5-6 to contest this year’s Red Rooster Junior Touch Carnival.A record 85 teams from Emerald, Biloela, Blackwater, Gladstone, Cap Coast and teams from Rockhampton’s local competition will compete in the annual event in boys’ and girls’ divisions from under-10 to U17.The increase in team numbers each year has forced the tournament to be scheduled over two days for the first time this year.Cap Coast Touch, awaiting the completion of its own fields, has nominated 17 teams in the carnival and is evidence of the growth of the sport for juniors on the coast and the region.Games start at 10am on the Saturday and 8.30am on Sunday.Game On: Cyclones Take Out State Touch TitlesTownsville Bulletin 28/10/2011North Queensland’s 2012 open men’s touch football team can boast writing their own piece of history.The NQ Tropical Cyclones last weekend became the first from the region to clinch the State Touch Championships crown in Brisbane, defying the odds and even their own expectations to do it. “There’s always that hope, but never did I, as coach, think we were going to win it,’’ mentor Col Beckitt said of his young team. “But now I think it’s really put North Queensland touch on the map. We always had the talent, it was just a matter…of getting the best out of them. “It’s unreal, it’s a good feeling.’’ Perhaps propelled by the enthusiasm and fearlessness of youth, the Cyclones lost just one of six games across the weekend. But they had to work hard for it in the final. Trailing 2-1 to Central Queensland at halftime, they played attack-first footy and blew their opponents away to win 10-7. Beckitt believed the team was set up for a big future. Their next challenge will be at the national titles next year.Young Guns Close To FinalNorthern Territory News 28/10/2011THE Territory under-13 Touch Football side is just one win away from a grand final berth at the Australian Schools Touch Championships in Coffs Harbour after a stunning 6-4 win over powerhouse NSW yesterday. The young guns will play NSW again this morning for second place and the winner takes on Queensland for the gold medal this afternoon. A collective team effort got the Territorians over the line but the standout players have been captain Zane Clarke-Edwards, from Alice Springs, and Brandan Parfitt and Joel Rousell, from Darwin. The NT under-13 girls are placed third at the end of the round games while the under-15 boys and girls sides play for 7th and 8th today.College Gets A Touch Of SuccessDalby Herald 25/10/2011Last weekend in Brisbane, Our Lady of the Southern Cross College sent three teams to the Queensland All Schools Touch Football Championships.In total the college played 19 games, with 13 wins, 3 draws and 3 losses.The under-15 Boys Team won their pool and made it through to the final 16 on Sunday where they lost 5-4 in a drop off against Emmaus College, Rockhampton.The U15 Girls Team finished second in the their pool but also made it through to the final 16 on Sunday were they lost 2-1 against Palm Beach Currumbin.The Open Mixed Team finished second in their pool but didn’t qualify for the finals.All students enjoyed the experience and are looking forward to the 2012 Carnival. Keebra Use Deft Touch To Extend Winning ReignGold Coast Bulletin 25/10/2011Keebra Park State High School’s open boys’ touch football team has been identified as one of the best in the state. It comes after the team topped the All Schools Touch Football Competition, at the Whites Hill touch football complex, Brisbane, from October 6 to 9. Despite having taken out the top spot at the competition for the past three years, the team admitted this year’s competition was tough, winning after a close five-tries-to-four victory over Rockhampton’s Emmaus College. A semi-final win over Bundaberg State High School set up the grand final encounter against Emmaus College, with Keebra’s determination in defence paving the way for the win. Team member Manaia Rudolph said he was proud the group had been able to continue the school’s winning streak. “We have a good team spirit here at Keebra Park and what we lacked in experience we made up for with enthusiasm,” he said. “It was awesome playing against the best schools in Queensland and good to keep the tradition going.”Coach Ben Woolf praised his team’s spirit and attitude, saying he always knew they had it in them to win. “Some of these boys hadn’t played much touch football before but had the basic skills from their rugby league,” he said. “Once we worked on a bit of structure, I knew they had a chance and they stuck to the game plan and came up trumps.” Touch And Ready To Go For TitlesCoffs Coast Advocate 22/10/2011The annual School Sport Australia Touch Football Championships begin in Coffs Harbour on Monday.Boys and girls in the under-12 and under-15 year age divisions will battle for supremacy over five days of competition.BCU International Stadium and Coffs Coast Sports and Leisure Park will be the venue and play will start on Monday following the opening ceremony at 9am.Tuesday’s and Thursday’s matches will start at 8am with Wednesday a recreational day. Play will be continuous on four fields.To assist younger players to develop their touch football ability, a two-hour skills and coaching activity will be held for the 12-years players on Tuesday starting at 2.45pm, conducted by NSW Touch in conjunction with visiting team management.Highly accredited referees Steve Lyons and Mike Franks will coordinate the whistle-blowing brigade.During the visit the students, coaches, managers and teachers will taste the hospitality of the Coffs Coast with visits arranged to the Big Banana and Pet Porpoise Pool.Peta To Take On Touch Footy’s Big Guns Without FearGympie Times 21/10/2011Even though young Touch Football player Peta Dray does not know what to expect when she takes on the under-20s state competition today, she is confident.Peta, 17, is in Year 12 at St Patrick’s College and is competing with an open women’s team in the new under-20 state competition.From that competition, she said, a Queensland “State of Origin” side would be picked.Her first game is today at 12noon.“I’ve never played in the under 20s before. I normally play in the under 18 comp,” she said.“I don’t really get excited or nervous until the hooter goes on field, but I’m looking forward to it,” she said yesterday.Playing against older women was a step up in competition. “I’m pretty confident. I just go into it like it’s any other game.”Peta has been playing touch football since she was eight years old and has been selected in the state team once before.“I hope I get in again. I’ll probably play until I die or can’t run anymore.”Peta trains four days a week, playing touch football Monday, Wednesday and Friday and training on Sunday.For 23 Years David Weekes Has Been VolunteeringWestern Advocate 21/10/2011For 23 years David Weekes has been volunteering with the Bathurst Touch Football Association and he will be back on Monday when the organisation steps up its workload for the start of its 2011 season. This season 100 teams and more than 1000 players will be playing at Learmonth Park, the home of touch football in Bathurst. Mr Weekes has been treasurer of the touch association since 1989 and has seen the game venues move around, but he is happy the sport has finally found a home. “When I started out touch was at Morse Park,” he said. “It went to Saint Pat’s for a few years, then the university for one season and then to Learmonth Park, near the hockey fields.” “Now we are on the far side of the hockey fields and have our own clubhouse. “This will be our second season there and my dream and vision for the sport has been recognised. “It is great we have our own sporting facility.” David retired from playing, but pulled the boots back on to play with his children. “I used to play a lot, in the over 30s, but now I just enjoy running around with the kids,” he said. “Touch is such a great sport as it is social and it is the thrills without the spills and being over 30 that is important.” Not only does David do the treasury, he is a referee co-ordinator and junior co-ordinator. He referees as well and he was rewarded for his contribution at the Bankstown annual NSW Touch Association dinner. “I have been to the last five dinners and was not going to go this year to give others the chance to go, but they convinced me to go,” he said. “I was awarded for my contribution to touch football. I have an office job so it is good to get out and enjoy the sunshine and run around,” David said. With the sport growing the competition is now run over Monday and Wednesday nights. Juniors play first at 5pm, then the men play at 6pm, followed by the women’s and the mixed competitions.Team Can’t Wait For 2012Sunshine Coast Daily 19/10/2011THE Sunshine Coast Pineapples under-16 touch football team will begin to prepare for next year’s competition after a successful season, having finished second behind the Sydney Rebels at September’s National Youth Touch Championships on the Sunshine Coast.Coach Shane Crotty said female sport was advancing every year and Coast locals were embracing it. “I am extremely happy with the outcome for the girls,” he said. “They are excellent athletes and they are progressing every year, making the Sunshine Coast proud.“They all performed well. They are aged between 14 and 17, but they play at an advanced level and underestimate just how good they are – their fitness is incredible.”Pineapple player Paige Parker, 16, said the season had been a tough one, especially in the warmer conditions straight after winter.“This year, everyone put in heaps of effort and we all had fun,” she said. “Even though the competition is so tough, everyone gets really excited to continue to play, working together to make the Coast proud.”Teammate Sarah Keleher agreed, saying she loved being challenged by the sport and was looking forward to next year’s competition.“Whether you play for fun or competition, every girl should have a good crack at touch footy because it’s so fun,” she said.With next year’s football season just around the corner and Australian selectors on the lookout, the Pineapples’ main plan is to “keep focused, have fun and train”, taking it all in their stride.“First and foremost, we do this because it makes us happy,” Paige said.Big Turnout To Play TouchBundaberg News Mail 15/10/2011The Bundaberg Junior Touch Football season began last night at the Greg Duncan fields on University Dve.An excited 750 eager youngsters have signed up to play in the weekly Friday night touch football fixtures.Bundaberg Junior Touch Football president David Bonser said the local sport continued to grow in popularity.“It’s proven to be very popular among both boys and girls,” he said.“There’s actually more juniors wanting to sign up so we think the final figure will be in excess of 800.”Junior touch footballers compete across 10 age categories from U7s to U17s.Bonser said players could look forward to an exciting season of competition.The season will run from last night until March 30.“It’s shaping up to be an excellent season,” he said.Bonser said the social aspect of touch football was attractive to younger competitors.“It’s not just about winning and losing,” he said.“Players get to make new friends and we put a lot of effort into selecting the teams evenly so it’s not one-sided out there.”Bonser said the $70 registration fee of players had also made the sport popular.“It’s probably one of the cheaper sporting options around,” he said.“For a whole season that’s a bargain.”Bundaberg Junior Touch Football Association fixtures begin each Friday night at 6 o’clock.College Routs RivalsNorthern Times 14/10/2011St Columban’s College Caboolture claimed two trophies at last weekend’s Queensland All Schools touch football tournament. The Open Girls side defeated Cavendish Road State High School 6-2 in the grand final, while the Year 8 mixed side also defeated Cavendish Road 2-0. With more than 3000 competitors across 356 teams vying for the title, St Columban’s assistant-principal Mike Connolly said the school was proud. Open Girls captain Britt Parker said it was “amazing” to take out the title in a tournament that featured teams from New South Wales and New Zealand. The Open Girls team was undefeated. “Our whole team trained hard,” Britt said. Year 8 Mixed girls player of the final Emily Rockley said the young side was thrilled with its win. “We knew each other really well and we played as a team,’’ Rockley said. The Open Boys team was defeated by one point after reaching the quarter finals. Connolly said only three players from the Open Girls side would graduate this year, and they would be eager to defend their title. He said many of the athletes involved took part in the school’s Academic and Sports Excellence Mentoring program.Carnage Lives Up To NameNorthern Territory News 13/10/2011Carnage came up with a major upset, knocking off the highly fancied BOC Dodgers in men’s Professionals Cup touch football on Monday night. BOC Dodgers turned up under-manned and paid the price, with Carnage tallying up an insurmountable lead and were never headed, winning 9-5. David Delaney and Tom Edgeword both had great games for Carnage, while Anthony Castro and Paul Bond worked tirelessly for the vanquished. Cazaly Crocs cashed in on a mistake- riddled Bears and ran out 7-4 winners. Grant Russell starred for Crocs, while Ben Cole tried hard for the Bears. Hoops4Health completed the men’s round with a close 4-2 win over Prospects. In Women’s Professionals Cup action, Sportsco Titans and Honkers played out a 4-4 draw in what was deemed by most to be one of the games of the season. Titans dynamic duo Racheal Curtain and captain Amanda Brimson were again dangerous. Lakeishia Baird had another great game for Honkers, with Rachel Willis being hard to stop. The Hoops4Health women coasted to a 7-2 victory over Scorpions.College In Touch With BestDalby Herald 11/10/2011Last weekend in Brisbane Our Lady of the Southern Cross College sent three teams to the Qld All Schools Touch Football Championships. In total, the college played 19 games with 13 wins, three draws and three losses.The under-15 Boys team won their pool and made it through to the final 16 on Sunday where they lost 5-4 in a drop-off against Emmaus College Rockhampton.The U15 Girls team finished second in the their pool but also made it through to the final 16 on Sunday were they lost 2-1 in a drop-off against Palm Beach Currumbin.The Open Mixed team finished second in their pool but didn’t qualify for the finals. All students enjoyed the experience and are looking forward to the 2012 Carnival. Ranges Teens Within Touch Of The Nation’s BestSunbury-Macedon Ranges Leader 11/10/2011IT was just six years ago that touch football hit the Macedon Ranges. Now the region has produced some of the state’s best players. Four boys from the Macedon area took part in the Under-18 National Youth Championships, held in Caloundra last month. Tom Anderson captained the team, while Zach Pain, Michael Boyd and Scott Boyd rounded out the local contingent. Macedon was also represented in the girls’ tournament, with Megan Lorkin captaining the team which included Ash Butler and coach Sarah Ray. Victoria faced fierce opposition from the hardened Queensland and New South Wales sides, losing all its games in the boys’ and girls’ competitions but showing gallant improvement against the states more exposed to the game. The region’s younger stars will fly the state’s flag at the end of the month, with Jackie Boyd, Jack Anderson, Matt Anderson and Samantha Francis gearing up for the Under-15 National Championships in Coffs Harbour. Similar to rugby league or union, but without tackling, touch football is played by six competitors on each team and has 20-minute halves. While still obscure in Victoria, it is a popular game in the nation’s northern states. Victorian coach Chris Pain said the representatives from the Macedon Ranges Touch Football Competition had done well to compete at the elite level. “They have just been fantastic,” he said. “They have been a dedicated bunch, which has been really good. “Essentially that is what it boils down to. You need that to step up at the next level.”Students Keen To Shine At All Schools Touch TitlesRockhampton Morning Bulletin 06/10/2011Emmaus College captain James Baartz is ready to lead Rockhampton’s onslaught on the 2011 Queensland All Schools tournament. Baartz and his Emmaus College teammates are competing in the open boys division at the biggest schools Touch Football event in the world from today when they hit the White Hill touch fields in Brisbane.Some 17 teams from Rockhampton and Capricorn Coast are also headed to the four-day carnival, with Baartz’s Emmaus College contesting five of the six divisions.Teams from Rockhampton High, North Rockhampton High, St Brendan’s College, Rockhampton Grammar School, Rockhampton Girls Grammar School, St Ursula’s College and The Cathedral College are all competing in the carnival in the hopes of featuring in the finals on Sunday. Across the four days, each team will play five matches before the finals on Sunday. After starring in Queensland Secondary Schools under-18 13-7 win over New South Wales at the 2011 X-Blades National Youth Championships last month, Baartz is eager to continue his good form.Emmaus College open their carnival at 3pm today against rugby league heavyweights Ignatius Park College, Townsville, and a quietly spoken Baartz is confident. “We’ve got a good bunch of boys. They know what they’re doing,” he said. “In the local competition, we’re on top at the moment, so hopefully we can take that form into All Schools.”The boys play as a team in the Rockhampton Senior Touch Association’s B grade men’s competition and are blitzing the competition midway through the season, having won six of seven matches during the season.After bowing out in the All Schools semi-finals in 2009, coach Gary Benbow said the team was red-hot last year before rain ruined their chances of winning. “I’ve got high expectations for them,” he said. “Most of the players played last year and with the young guys coming through and James leading them, I’m confident.”Hoops Edge HonkersNorthern Territory News 06/10/2011THE Monday night clash in the women’s Professionals Cup touch football game between Hoops4Health and Honkers didn’t disappoint as a contest, with a close and exciting game before the Hoops prevailed 4-3. Honkers came out fast from the outset and with their usual hard-rucking through Rachel Willisand Leah Sneddon, they scored first. Hoops bounced back, with some great second-phase play putting Mel Turner over, but Honkers then went on to dominate the first-half, scoring two more touchdowns. Hoops4Health came out better in the second-half and stole the win with a late scoring frenzy. Firstly it was youngster Sophie Armitstead and then Kelly O’Connor for a touchdown with only seconds left.The other women’s game saw Sportsco Titans heap more misery on Scorpions’ season with a clinical 8-1 drubbing. In men’s Professionals Cup games, BOC Dodgers registered an emphatic 8-4 victory over Bears to keep them in contention for a top-two finish. The other men’s game saw a pulsating 3-3 draw between Hoops4Health and arch-rivals Cazaly Crocs in an often spiteful clash that culminated in a player melee on full-time.The game between Carnage and Prospects was postponed due to Carnage’s involvement in the National Defence Touch Championships.last_img read more

Scorpions and Mets battle for top spot

first_imgBy BEN HARRISNSW Scorpions and NSW Mets are on a collision course for top spot of the women’s Elite Eight division.The two remain the only undefeated teams in the group after two days of the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League at Coffs Harbour.They will meet each other in the final round on Friday and it could well be the match that decides pole position in the women’s open competition.Could being the key word.The Mets’ finals credentials will be tested as they take on teams in second and third positions on day three.They will meet Queensland Outlaws in the sixth round at 10.30am and follow it up by playing the Scorpions, who should beat NSW Rebels at 9.40am, if previous results are anything to go by.Mets’ could be without Australia women’s open player Ash Quinlan who was carried off in Mets’ 7-5 win over Queensland South Stingrays.The Scorpions had wins over Stingrays (9-6) and Outlaws (7-5) to trail Mets on percentages.The Outlaws went down twice on Thursday, which has put them in danger of missing out on the top four if they fail to fire on day three.They lead a long list of teams who are jockeying for the final two semi spots.The Stingrays remain fourth despite losing twice while The Alliance and Queensland Chiefs are in the hunt.Last year’s runners-up, the Chiefs, put their disastrous day one performance behind them to win twice on day two.Rebels are not totally out of it of the semi-finals but it will be a long shot, while NSW Country Mavericks’ campaign is over.No doubt the highlight on day three in the women’s competition will be the match between the Scorpions and the Mets, which will most likely decide top spot.The game taps-off at 3pm.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 LinksWomen’s Elite Eight day twolast_img read more

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first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say CHAMPIONS LEAGUE DRAW: Man Utd get PSG; Liverpool, Tottenham take on German giants; Juventus vs Atletico Madrid;by Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United will face PSG in the Champions League last-16 after the draw was completed in Switzerland on Monday morning.Liverpool and Tottenham will play Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, respectively, avoiding the likes of Barcelona and Juventus.Max Allegri’s team drew Atletico Madrid, while Barca will play Lyon. In the other matches, defending champions Real Madrid will take on Ajax, Roma face Porto and Manchester City get their reward for finishing top of their group as they face Bundesliga side Schalke.UEFA Champions League Round of 16 drawLiverpool vs Bayern MunichAjax vs Real MadridRoma vs PortoLyon vs BarcelonaManchester United vs PSGTottenham vs Borussia DortmundManchester City vs SchalkeAtletico Madrid vs Juventus last_img read more

Kirk Herbstreit’s Thoughts On The AP Preseason Top 25

first_imgKirk Herbstreit talking on ESPN.ESPN’s top college football analyst has shared his thoughts on the AP preseason top 25.Kirk Herbstreit appeared on ESPN’s SportsCenter this morning to discuss the release of the AP preseason top 25 poll, which you can see here.Here are Herbstreit’s thoughts on the poll:He’s not really surprised with the top five.“I think the one thing that stands out right away is that of the four teams that made the playoff, three are right back up there in the Top 3. I think it tells you a lot of times you’re voting by what happened last season and you’re trying to guess. Keep in mind we haven’t seen any of these teams yet and we’re speculating.”Ohio State at No. 6 might “raise some eyebrows.”“You’re trying to put together a team that can be competitive without knowing anything really. There’s nothing really shocking to me with the Top 5, but Ohio State up at 6 might raise so eyebrows for a lot people because of the losses.”There is parity.“This will be one of those years where there’s a lot of parity and it’ll come down to who’s healthy and who makes the most of their personnel. I don’t think the committee has it in them after 15 weeks of football to vote two teams from one conference. Even if they think they’re in the top four, I don’t see them ever doing that. They’ll be worried about feedback. This might be a year that it might be a valid point, but I don’t think he committee will ever put two teams from one conference in.”A College Football Playoff crasher? Houston. Or Boise State“Houston’s a pick that everybody seems to want to talk about because of last year and I understand that.Greg Ward and that offense is going to score. But if I’m looking at all these teams in (the Group of 5), I’d go with Boise State. They’ll be favored in most of their games after Washington State. Boise State can potentially ruffle some feathers if they beat the Cougs in Week 2.”Who are you picking to win it all this year?last_img read more

Ohio State basketball continues Big Ten grind against Penn State

Penn State is not the Ohio State basketball team’s most intimidating opponent. The Nittany Lions, who the Buckeyes will play Wednesday, come into the game with a 10-11 record overall and a 2-6 record in the Big Ten. But the Big Ten has five teams ranked among the top 25, which is more than any conference in the nation. Coach Thad Matta said that in the Big Ten this year, there are no easy games, no matter the record. “I don’t think there’s a coach in the Big Ten that feels good about the next game that they’re playing and that’s just documented by who has beaten who,” Matta said. “Records or ranking or where the game has played really has not much relevance. You have to play in this league and know at the conclusion of one game you’re going to another battle the next game.” The Buckeyes are 5-2 in the conference this year with both losses coming on the road. Wednesday’s game against Penn State will be at home in the Schottenstein Center where the Buckeyes have an undefeated 14-0 record this year. The Nittany Lions come into Wednesday’s game having lost four out of the their last five contests. The lone win in that streak came against Illinois, who the Buckeyes lost to Jan. 10. Penn State point guard Tim Frazier is considered by many the best point guard in the Big Ten. The junior has averaged 18 points and more than six assists on the year. Matta said containing Frazier will be a “challenge.” “He makes them go, there’s no question about it,” Matta said. “The ball is in his hands a lot so it’s not on (sophomore guard Aaron Craft) or (sophomore guard Lenzelle Smith) or whoever is on him at the particular time. It’s going to have to be really all five guys somehow, someway give support and help him out.” Smith said Matta told the team that Penn State is not to be taken lightly and the team needs to play a complete game. “The first thing he told us is they probably play harder than any team we’re going to play this year,” Smith said. “Watching them a little bit on film, it’s obvious. They crash the boards … They’re going to play 40 minutes of good hard basketball.” Smith said the key to beating Penn State is their focus and intensity on the defensive end of the floor. “Whenever we find ourselves playing great defense, our offense just carries off,” Smith said. Eleven games remain on OSU’s regular season schedule and six of those games come against opponents who are currently ranked. Despite more high-profile matchups on the horizon, Matta said he’s not worried about his team looking past Penn State. “It is strictly Penn State,” Matta said. “I want our guys focused on one thing and one thing only and that’s Penn State. If you find yourself looking too far ahead, it will come back and get you in the end.” Tipoff for Wednesday’s game is set for 6:30 p.m. read more

Ohio State wide receivers cleared to fly against Spartans

Senior wide receiver Devin Smith (9) attempts to escape a tackle from Michigan State redshirt-sophomore linebacker Riley Bullough (30) during a Nov. 8 game in East Lansing, Mich. OSU won, 49-37. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorJust seconds after Michigan State missed a 39-yard field goal, Ohio State took over possession and wide receiver Michael Thomas was sure of one thing.He was going to be in the end zone.“Before the play came I knew I was going to score,” the redshirt-sophomore Thomas said. “I just had to do my job, run my route. I feel like no one can guard me.”Thomas caught a slant from redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett and took the pass 79 yards to the end zone, tying the game at 21.The Buckeyes didn’t trail for the remainder of the game.Just minutes later, Barrett found senior wide receiver Devin Smith for a 44-yard touchdown, giving the Buckeyes a 28-21 halftime score.Barrett, who had seemed to struggle on deep throws for a portion of the season, said after the game that he is getting more confidence in his deep shots as the season progresses.“I’m getting more comfortable each and every week,” he said. “We just make sure we’re getting that connection in practice so we can bring it out on gameday.”Barrett’s performance earned praise from Michigan State’s defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi, who said he was slightly surprised at how well the redshirt-freshman played.“That guy made about every pass he could. He hadn’t shown to do that really consistently, but we had a lot of respect for him. He is a great football player,” Narduzzi said after the game. “He played big in a big game. He didn’t throw off the mark at all and those guys were ready to make the catch. That goes to having a guy who throws the ball where it needs to be thrown. He is a heck of a quarterback.”OSU coach Urban Meyer tied Barrett’s performance in with Smith’s, complimenting both on their breakout games.“JT, boy, is he playing well. He was 16-of-26, 300 yards throwing and very accurate on the deep balls,” Meyer said. “Also Devin Smith, that’s his best game that we’ve had in the past three years. He’s one of the best, if not the best, deep ball players we’ve ever had. He tracks the ball very well.”Smith has had a knack for making big plays in scarlet and gray, as the Buckeyes are a perfect 20-0 when he catches a touchdown for OSU. The senior from Massillon, Ohio, finished the game with a season-high 129 yards receiving on six receptions to go along with the touchdown.Prior to his touchdown catch, Smith made what was arguably the biggest play of the game as he hauled in a 43-yard reception from Barrett up the Spartan sideline with OSU facing a third and 23, trailing, 14-7.Smith had a similar response to Thomas’ about the third-down pickup.“No disrespect to their team, but I felt all night they couldn’t hang with us. I told coach that constantly,” Smith said. “I told coach they needed to keep throwing it to us, and we had a good first half throwing the ball.”With his big game, Smith separated himself from former OSU-great Santonio Holmes on the Buckeyes’ all-time touchdown receptions list. Smith moved into sole possession of third place on the list with his 26th as a member of the Scarlet and Gray.Smith said following the game that his motivation to play well came from many people picking the Spartans to win, along with Michigan State’s nicknamed secondary.“Coming into this game, everybody had us losing and it kind of made me a little mad,” Smith said. “Then the whole ‘no fly zone’ stuff and all that. We had one job, and that was to come up here and win.”The combination of Smith and Thomas accounted for 220 of Barrett’s 300 passing yards, something Thomas said came from preparation and motivation.“It’s like a tag-team. That’s what we are trained to do,” Thomas said of his play alongside Smith’s. “We lost a lot of respect. And the only way to get back respect in this league, the Big Ten, is to step up and win this game.”With the win, the Buckeyes sit alone atop the Big Ten East standings, as they are set to take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Saturday in Minneapolis. Kickoff is scheduled for noon. read more

Luis Enrique plays down club differences

first_imgLuis Enrique has given credit to Real Madrid as the core of the Spanish national team after their 6-0 demolition of Croatia.However, the new Spain manager maintained his team is a United front irrespective of where the players ply their trade.“It doesn’t make sense to compare national teams and club sides,” the former Barcelona boss said after the Nations League clash.“We have our idea of playing football and today everything went wonderfully. We started with some doubts, but after that, we were brilliant and scored some incredible goals.“We were very effective. We want to get back to how good we were before. What I’ve liked most in these 10 days is the attitude of the players.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“From what I’ve seen, regardless of the results, I’m delighted. When I hear my name sung, I feel proud, but it’s the players who deserve it. Still, I appreciate it.“There are many things to improve on. Everything can change in a day. I’m not one of those who exaggerate in victory or martyr in defeat.“I’m looking for balance. I didn’t know there were six Real Madrid players in the XI, neither do I care;“They play for the Spanish national team, that’s it. They don’t play for one team or another. Our base is from Real Madrid and it looks good to me.“No-one from Barcelona? I only see a shirt, the national team’s one. Qualification? We still have to beat England and Croatia again.last_img read more

Construction for 12 storey Ritz Carlton will be allowed

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDTcenter_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews Providenciales, TCI, February 21, 2017 – Green light again for Govt to allow construction of 12 storey Ritz Carlton.  Appeal dismissed at appellate court today.  “Government and investors can now proceed with development…” The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img

First Degree Murder charge recommended against boyfriend of El Cajon teen Kiera

first_imgFirst Degree Murder charge recommended against boyfriend of El Cajon teen, Kiera Bergman Ashlie Rodriguez, Mike McKinnon III Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Kiera Bergman FacebookTwitter Posted: September 11, 2018 Ashlie Rodriguez, Mike McKinnon III, September 11, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsPHOENIX (KUSI) – On Tuesday, September 11, 2018, Phoenix Police developed probable cause to recommend charges of First Degree Murder against Jon Christopher Clark for the death of Kiera Bergman. 19-year-old Kiera went missing from her home on Saturday, August 4, 2018, and was found deceased on Monday, September 3, 2018, outside of Phoenix.Jon Christopher Clark is already in custody for multiple unrelated charges of Aggravated Identity Theft and Forgery.Kiera’s family spoke to the media after it was announced that Phoenix Police had developed probable cause to recommend First Degree Murder against her boyfriend. Please contact the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office for booking records, probable cause statement (Form IV), and mug shot(s)RELATED STORY: Body of Kiera Bergman, 19-year-old from El Cajon found in Arizona Updated: 10:36 PMlast_img read more

Supreme Court to impose environment cess on commercial vehicles entering Delhi

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Friday indicated that it will impose an environment compensatory charge (ECC) ranging from Rs 700 to Rs 1,300 on commercial vehicles entering Delhi as a transit route for their onward journey.The apex court bench of Chief Justice HL Dattu, Justice Arun Mishra and Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel, while giving this indication, reserved order to be pronounced on Monday (12 October).However, if was clarified that commercial vehicles carrying essential commodities, food stuff and passengers and emergency vehicles, including ambulances, would be exempted from the environment cess.The imposition of ECC would be for four months on an experimental basis and the money collected would go to the Delhi government.The Delhi government told the court that it would issue a notification in this regard after a formal order was passed by the apex court.The Delhi government also told the court that it would give wide publicity to the directions of the court.last_img read more

More Lawsuits Over Secretary Of States Advisory On Voter Fraud In Texas

first_imgMonday, February 4, 2019Top afternoon stories:Al Ortiz/Houston Public MediaA Harris County election clerk works at the polling location at McNabb Elementary School, in Spring, on election day.More Lawsuits Over Secretary Of State’s Advisory On Potential Voter Fraud In TexasThe legal response to an advisory recently issued by the Texas Secretary of State regarding the potential voter registration of non-citizens is mounting as civil rights organizations are filing lawsuits.On Monday, the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas, the national ACLU, the Texas Civil Rights Project, Demos, and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law filed a lawsuit against Secretary of State David Whitley and Keith Ingram, director of Elections. The lawsuit also includes election officials from the counties of Blanco, Caldwell, Fayette, Galveston, and Washington for sending out notices warning about the possibility of canceling voter registrations based on the list compiled by the Secretary of State.The lawsuit claims the advisory sent to voter registrars and election administrators was flawed, despite knowing that the list included naturalized citizens eligible to vote.The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) has also initiated litigation. The organization filed a lawsuit last Friday on behalf of a group of naturalized citizens and advocacy organizations.The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) was the first organization to file a lawsuit over the Secretary of State’s advisory. They filed the litigation on January 29 contending that Whitley and Paxton are trying to intimidate people who are legitimately eligible to vote.Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)This illustration provides a 3D graphical representation of a spherical-shaped, measles virus particle that is studded with glycoprotein tubercles.Officials Confirm Three Measles Cases In Harris CountyHarris County Public Health (HCPH) has confirmed three measles cases in Harris County. The patients, whose identities are being kept confidential, are two boys under the age of 2 and a 25–35-year-old woman. All of them live in northwest Harris County.There is also a confirmed case in Galveston County, according to its Health District, which said the patient is a boy ranging in age from 12 to 24 months. He was tested on January 28. Dr. Philip Keiser, Galveston County local health authority, said they are “aware of a small cluster of cases in the region.”Montgomery County health officials have also confirmed one case, a girl under the age of 2 who was tested in January.Symptoms of measles are a high fever, runny nose, cough, red-watery eyes and sore throat that is followed by a rash breakout 3-5 days after symptoms begin.Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz/Houston Public MediaHouston Matters host Craig Cohen interviews Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (right) on Feb. 4, 2019.Fletcher Will Back METRO’s Regional Transit PlanMETRO will get more federal support for public transportation projects if Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher has anything to say about it. The freshman lawmaker wants to use her new seat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to back METRO’s Regional Transit Plan.“I want to be a partner with METRO,” she told Houston Matters Monday. “And looking at their plan, I know it’s undergoing input right now, community input, through all these town halls they’re doing. But I think it’s really important to be a partner and try to help in all the ways that you can in the federal government [to] implement and get funding for those plans.”Fletcher frequently attacked Congressman John Culberson during the 2018 campaign for blocking METRO’s efforts to build a light rail line along Richmond Avenue. She stopped short of endorsing the project herself on Houston Matters, but indicated she’ll follow METRO’s lead. Sharelast_img read more

Metal surface can repel electric charges

first_img Explore further The electric charge packet investigated here is a transverse packet, which is elongated in the direction perpendicular to its motion (motion is indicated by the v arrow). Unlike point charges and longitudinal packets, a fast-moving transverse packet that travels parallel to a metal surface can be repelled by that surface. Credit: Primož Rebernik Ribič ©2012 American Physical Society (Phys.org)—Metals are known for being good electrical conductors. Due to this property, a stationary electric point charge placed outside a metal will cause the electrons in the metal to redistribute in such a way that the point charge will always be attracted toward the metal surface. However, a new study shows that a metal surface will repel an electric charge packet moving parallel to it when the charge packet has a certain geometry and travels at a sufficiently high energy. It’s not just metal surfaces that repel electric charges; any surface will repel this kind of charge packet since the repulsion is caused by the properties of the packet, not the surface. The counterintuitive phenomenon could have implications for improving particle accelerator experiments. Citation: Metal surface can repel electric charges (2013, January 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-01-metal-surface-repel-electric.html Journal information: Physical Review Letters Primož Rebernik Ribič, a physicist at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland, has published his study on metal and other surfaces repelling electric charges in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.As Ribič explains, the interaction between solid surfaces and point charges has been extensively studied, with a classic article by Bolotovskii on the subject published in 1962. More recently, scientists have thoroughly studied the interaction between solid surfaces and charge packets that are elongated in the longitudinal direction (parallel to their motion). However, much less is known about transverse packets, which are elongated in the direction perpendicular to their motion. Ribič has found that the behavior of these packets unexpectedly departs from that of the other two charge geometries.Ribič explains that the phenomenon is easier to understand if one considers the special case of a charge packet moving parallel to the surface of a dielectric. In this case, the packet experiences a force due to two kinds of electromagnetic waves excited in the solid: evanescent waves and Čerenkov waves. Evanescent waves, which exist very close to the surface of the solid, always contribute an attractive force to the charges at all energies. However, the contribution from Čerenkov waves, which travel into the solid, is zero or attractive at low energies, but becomes repulsive at high energies. The reason for this change at high energies is that radiating Čerenkov waves carry a certain momentum into the solid. This momentum has to be balanced by the charge packet, which results in a repulsive force.So at low energies, the attractive components dominate the transverse force, regardless of the charge packet geometry. But even though the Čerenkov contribution becomes repulsive at high energies, previous research has shown that, for point charges, the total force remains attractive at all energies. Electric charge disorder: A key to biological order? More information: Primož Rebernik Ribič. “Can a Metal Surface Repel Electric Charges?” Physical Review Letters 109, 244801 (2012). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.109244801 Copyright 2013 Phys.org All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of Phys.org. When investigating transverse charges, however, Ribič discovered a different result. He found that the geometry of the transverse charges suppresses the evanescent waves, which decreases their attractive contribution and allows the Čerenkov wave repulsion to dominate at high energies to produce an overall repulsive force. This effect is due to the fact that a “long” charge packet, i.e., one with a high ratio of transverse to longitudinal size, will suppress evanescent waves propagating at large angles with respect to the packet velocity. When this ratio is increased infinitely, resulting in a line charge with infinite transverse length, the range of angles is reduced to zero. In other words, all waves except those propagating in the forward direction, i.e., Čerenkov waves, are suppressed. Ribič showed that repulsion can occur between a transverse charge packet and either a dielectric or a metal surface, implying that the repulsive interaction is caused by the geometry of the packet. However, the case with the metal surface is the most interesting. Ribič explained that the finding that a metal surface can repel certain kinds of electric charges will change the way scientists solve problems involving electric charges.”In electrostatics, one is used to solving problems with simple charge geometries using the so-called method of images,” Ribič told Phys.org. “For a single point charge above a metal surface, the force between the charge and the metal is equal to the force between the original charge and an opposite charge placed at twice the distance of the original charge from the surface. This also works for line charges and sheets. This method will always give you an attractive force. The method doesn’t work anymore for charges moving at relativistic speeds, which the paper demonstrates. Besides the standard attractive interaction, which is due to evanescent waves, there is also repulsive interaction due to propagating Čerenkov waves. One has to take this into account whenever dealing with charge distributions other than point charges.”The results not only add to scientists’ understanding of fundamental electrodynamics, but could also prove useful for designing particle accelerator experiments. When a high-energy charge gets close to the surface of an accelerator wall, it produces transverse and longitudinal wakefields that can negatively affect the beam properties. Ribič predicts that manipulating the packet geometry may help alleviate this effect.In the future, Ribič hopes that further investigations into the largely neglected effects of charge geometry will have even greater fundamental and practical consequences.”We will probably also check what happens with other geometries,” he said. “One interesting example would be a ring of charge with a large radius. For an infinitely large ring, one should also get repulsion between a ring that is placed into a guiding tube of an accelerator. Then the question is how the ring and tube radius affect the interaction. We are also planning to explore the interaction between charges and anisotropic media (such as uniaxial dielectrics).” This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Forest department set to brand Sunderbans honey

first_imgKolkata: The state Forest department is all set to brand honey found in the Sunderbans and make it more popular and readily available to more and more people in the state. The responsibility of developing the branding has been taken up by the West Bengal Forest Development Corporation Ltd (WBFDCL).”A large section of people in the Sunderbans earn their bread through collection and sale of honey. People have a belief that honey collected from bee hives in the forest are more nourishing. If we can create a branding following proper procedure then it will surely boost the income prospect of those associated with the honey business,” a senior official of WBFDCL said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe department will train the villagers about the modern and scientific process of manufacture of quality honey. The finished product will then be tested by Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) who will give certification. “These are essential parameters for creating a proper branding,” the official added. The WBFDCL will video the entire process of the honey production and make arrangements for showcasing it in different resorts both in South and North Bengal. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed “This will make people more convinced about the quality of honey and with the products being made available at all these resorts it will boost the income of those associated with the honey collection,” said the official. It may be mentioned that the state Forest department has already started taking steps to stop villagers from the Sunderbans venture into the core area of the forest for collection of honey, by encouraging the villagers to take up apiculture right in their native villages. People, roaming around in deep forests for honey collection or fishing in the creeks of the river, are very often mauled by tigers. As per estimates of researchers every year, around 50 fishermen or honey collectors are killed in tiger attacks. “We want to bring down the number of human deaths due to tiger attack to zero. Keeping this in mind, we will help villagers in taking up apiculture in all possible forms right in the villages so that they do not need to venture into deep forests. We are taking assistance from experts of Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya,” said a senior official of the Forest department.last_img read more

Crocodile that attacked US surfer captured in Tamarindo

first_imgRelated posts:Why one Costa Rican lawyer is suing the government over crocodiles Death of crocodile in traditional Costa Rican activity stirs controversy Shrimping boat sinks in Guanacaste, spilling diesel on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast Costa Rica declines to vote on shark protections at international convention The crocodile that attacked a U.S. surfer in July in Tamarindo’s Playa Grande Estuary was reported captured on Monday.Officials with the National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC) and Las Baulas National Marine Park, in which the estuary is located, captured and relocated the animal Oct. 16, according to a Monday posting from Tamarindo’s Development Association. However, the news was not made public until yesterday, in the wake of a Tamarindo Tourism Chamber request for a court order forcing SINAC to take action.The tourism chamber issued a request to a San José court this weekend, calling on the SINAC to take action in removing the crocodile that bit 59-year-old U.S. surfer Jon Becker on July 22, causing his leg to be later amputated.Attorney and environmental activist Walter Brenes of Energy Law Firm, who spoke with The Tico Times recently about his claims that the government is ignoring rising crocodile populations, drafted the judicial request demanding a swift response from SINAC. Brenes has argued that the government isn’t conducting the necessary studies and continues to enact environmentally friendly laws that let crocodile numbers boil over in tourism hotbeds like Tamarindo.“I know that crocodiles can be in the ocean, but it’s not rational that the government refuses to help at all with this issue,” Brenes told The Tico Times. “They can’t be so protective of the animals that they put humans in danger and risk tourism dollars.” Representatives of Tamarindo’s Tourism Chamber say that crocodile attacks are endangering the community and harming the international image of the coastal town. Orlando Sierra/AFPSINAC and the Costa Rican Environment Ministry, which are in charge of overseeing wildlife, have publicly said that there is no overpopulation of crocodiles in Costa Rica. Sightings like the ones at a recent international surf competition where crocodiles were seen in the water with surfers in Esterillos Oeste are normal, a SINAC report said.In the Tamarindo Tourism Chamber’s court papers, Brenes said that SINAC’s inability to capture and remove the crocodile that harmed Becker in the nearby Playa Grande Estuary had damaged Tamarindo’s international image for tourists and made the community generally unsafe.Brenes estimated that more than 80 crocodiles are located in or around the Playa Grande Estuary, an area which he said can only support 30 crocodiles. Including the attack on Becker, the town has reported three crocodile attacks in the estuary since 2013.Citing a constitutional right to a healthy and balanced ecosystem, the tourism chamber’s letter to the government read: “Taking this action would guarantee the safety of people, as well as protecting the tourism and commercial interests of the community.”Over the weekend, a local judge gave SINAC three days to respond or petition the relocation request. The government agency then responded Monday with an apparent video of the crocodile’s capture in the estuary more than a week earlier.SINAC representatives have indicated that the species of crocodile in Costa Rica – the crocodylus acutus – can inhabit fresh water, sea water and brackish waters, the latter of which are found in estuaries. These crocodiles instinctually flee from humans unless they are attacking out of self-defense or become disorientated, the SINAC report said.See also: Costa Rica’s crocodile conflicts Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Virgin Media has added 11 new live channels to its

first_imgVirgin Media has added 11 new live channels to its cloud-based Virgin TV Anywhere entertainment service.The channels consist of four ITV networks, four A+E Networks UK channels and three Viacom networks and take the total number of channels available on the service to 75.The introduction of ITV, ITV 2, ITV 3 and ITV 4 means that viewers can watch shows including Coronation Street and Britain’s Got Talent on the move. The A+E Networks channels are History, H2, Bio, and CI, which air shows like American Pickers and Dance Moms.The Viacom channels, which were previously available on computers only but are now also available to stream on tablets, are MTV, Nickelodeon and Nick Jr.Virgin TV Anywhere is available online to all Virgin TV customers, and through mobile and tablet apps for Virgin TiVo customers. The apps offer extra tools like remote recording options and are currently available for iOS devices, with Android due to follow later this year.last_img read more

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first_img“This event is a great opportunity for us to showcase the Foyle Arena as a tournament venue and also for the public to come along and watch a high level of competition,” she said.“I have been fortunate enough to experience first-hand the facilities at the centre which are genuinely world class and include the only speed wall on the island of Ireland.“I have no doubt that this event will help put us firmly on the wall climbing map and make us a permanent fixture on the sport’s calendar.”Climbing will be hosted at the Olympics for the first time in Tokyo in 2020 where it will be a combined event made up of three separate disciplines, speed, bouldering and lead climbing. ShareTweet Climbing Instructor at the Foyle Arena, Rodney Moore, expects the profile and interest in the sport to rise significantly in the coming years and believes the local facility is well placed to capitalise.“The Olympics will be the best exposure wall climbing has ever had and hopefully interest and participation numbers will grow from that,” he said.“We are the only facility in Ireland who can cater for all three Olympic disciplines which puts our young climbers in a great position and there is no reason why they shouldn’t be aiming for Tokyo in three years time.“We are very fortunate to have this wall in our area, Lucy Mitchell from Belfast is ranked second in the UK and number 1 in Ireland in indoor lead climbing and she regularly travels down to use it.Yann Genoux, a route setter for the climbing World Cup, has been here too and says it’s as good as anything he’s set on.”The emphasis for youngsters who choose to start climbing at the Foyle Arena is firmly on participation but, for those who choose to take the sport more seriously and compete, their coach has been delighted with their progress in a relatively short period.“It’s a high pressure environment where you are performing in front of a crowd and you only have one attempt at a climb so as well as the physical side of the sport there is a big mental aspect to competing at tournament level and taking your chance,” noted Rodney.“Our youngsters are often competing against kids in this series who are competition veterans and have been climbing all their lives.“The pressure hinders some climbers’ performance but our youngsters have thrived on it. Dillon McLaughlin came back from Dublin feeling ten feet tall when he realised he could handle the pressure and compete at this level.“Dillon, Oliver Crouch and Adam Tinney have all placed well in the opening rounds and are doing the North West proud.“Most of the tournaments are in Dublin and Cork so it’s nice for them to get the chance to compete on home territory and hopefully as many people as possible will come out and support them.”Registration for the Mountaineering Ireland Climbing Series at the Foyle Arena on March 25th is now open on the website www.mountaineering.ie and the closing date for entries is Wednesday 22nd March at 8pm.Anyone interested in enrolling in NICAS or trying out the climbing wall at the Foyle Arena can contact the centre directly on 028 71 376555 to arrange a session.FOYLE ARENA TO HOST PRESTIGIOUS NATIONAL CLIMBING EVENT was last modified: March 6th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: FOYLE ARENA TO HOST PRESTIGIOUS NATIONAL CLIMBING EVENTMOUNTAINEERING IRELAND CLIMBING CHAMPIONSHIP THE cream of Ireland’s young climbers will make their way to the Foyle Arena on Saturday March 25th when Derry City and Strabane District Council host the third and final event in the Mountaineering Ireland Youth Climbing Series.The prestigious tournament is aimed at the most experienced underage climbers in Ireland, offering them the chance to compete against each other in different venues with the winners going forward to the UK and Ireland finals in Edinburgh.Three local climbers represented the Foyle Arena in the first two stages of the series in the ‘Awesome Walls’ centres in Dublin and Cork and the North West entry is set to rise further when the tournament’s final placings are decided on their doorstep later this month.Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Alderman Hilary McClintock, welcomed the series coming to the City for the first time and expressed her hope that it will lead to further high profile climbing events being hosted in the future.last_img read more

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first_imgThe community in Creggan was subjected to high-level anti-social behaviour sparked by joyriding youths in two cars in front of St Mary’s Church where Requiem Mass for Mr Cassidy had taken place at lunchtime on Friday.During the unfolding chaos, a teenage male was discovered by a police patrol lying in grass shrubland and was taken to hospital where he was treated for puncture wounds to his shins.Police believe violent dissident republicans carried out the vicious attack.However, senior officers would not be drawn on local speculation that the victim was attacked with a pick axe, describing his injuries as “not life threatening”. There was also a fracas near the St Mary’s Church after the teenager’s funeral.Three windows at a house in Culdaff Gardens in Creggan were also smashed in the early hours of Saturday morning, which is also understood to be connected to the aftermath of Friday’s mayhem.On Friday schools and youth groups cancelled events and businesses shut early with some saying they felt the community was being held to “ransom”.Community representatives said police had questions to answer over their response.“The police can’t win in this situation,” Creggan priest Father Joe Gormley told the BBC.He said dissident republicans saw themselves as “self-appointed” protectors of the community and the PSNI need to work with the community to “normalise policing”.“They are damned if they do and damned if they don’t. If they were to come in to the area some of those militant republicans would have easily orchestrated a riot,” he said.“They have manipulated people’s minds to set themselves up as saviours of the people, which they are not. “They have their own narrow agenda. Do we want vigilante policing or do we want normal accountable policing?”PSNI Chief Inspector Johnny Hunter said police were on the outskirts of the Creggan and had carried out “discrete patrols” admitting police presence was increased due to concerns raised prior to the funeral.“We were in the position of do we put officers in the Creggan or do we respond to incidents as and when they happen?”He said responses had to be carefully judged and measured saying those in the car may have been looking for a police chase in a residential area as opposed to his officers waiting outside to try and stop it. Although they did not manage to stop the vehicle or capture those inside.Chief Inspector Hunter said police would be reviewing their response and what lessons can be learned. He said he understood the community’s concerns. He said police observed a group in the area and without intervening the crowd dissipated without “any other major issues later in the evening”.“It is very difficult for police to balance the consequences of us taking action which at the time can lead to more serious offences especially around stolen vehicles or vehicles being driven erratically,” he said.“And we have to be very, very careful around our various options.”He disagreed with a community perception there had been a change in police approach to policing in the Creggan following the murder of the journalist Lyra McKee. He said police teams had “good relations” with those in the area.“We face challenges… but we are doing our best to get into the Creggan and provide a normalised policing response,” he said.“We don’t get it right on every occasion and there are always lessons to be learned. “We have strong relationships, we will listen to feedback and use that as part of this review into this incident.”Police to review actions after disorder in Derry following Caoimhin Cassidy funeral was last modified: June 10th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: Picture circulated on social media of a fracas near the funeral of Caoimhin Cassidy on FridayPOLICE in Derry are to review their response after gangs of youths rampaged in Derry following the funeral of Caoimhin Cassidy.He died in the early hours of Saturday, June 1, after he was trapped inside a stolen red Mazda 6 car that caught fire after it struck a lamp post on Fairview Road in Galliagh. Caoimhin CassidyCHIEF INSPECTOR JONNY HUNTERCRegganDerryFAIRVIEW ROADgalliaghPolice to review actions after disorder in Derry following Caoimhin Cassidy funeralPSNIST MARY’S CHURCH ShareTweetlast_img read more

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