“SIXTY SECONDS IN TOUCH”

first_imgAnother edition of 60 seconds in touch, brought to you from Kawana Waters on the Sunshine Coast…(first time this has ever been written from Queensland!) * I’m sitting here at the computer overlooking the beautiful Quad Park fields where tomorrow afternoon the 2nd Youth World Cup will kick off. Games begin at 1:00pm make sure you get down and have a look if you can. * The atmosphere is already great, how can you go past the Cook Islanders who turned up for the Managers meeting in their bright yellow shirts and with video recorders in hand? It’s a fantastic thing for these Touch lovers to travel and get together for the event only held every four years, what a great experience for all involved! * The Opening Ceremony is being held tomorrow morning at the Kings Beach Amphitheatre, it starts officially at 9:00am but be there early for a sheet under the shade (or out of the rain, depending on the weather.) All athletes will march past and have their National anthem played, there will be a couple of speeches and the Gubbi Gubbi Dance Tribe will welcome the tournament to the Sunshine Coast. * Congratulations to Roxy Winder from the Gold Coast for being selected as Australia’s flag bearer for the Opening Ceremony. Roxy has competed at both Youth World Cups, several other Australian Junior tours and is a current member of the Australian Womens Open National Training Squad. Congratulations to Troy Malcolm also, one of Australia’s longest serving and most-capped junior representatives. He’s leading the Under 20 Men as Captain and with the experience that comes from being a part of the World Cup winning Mens Open side in 2003, Troy is no doubt an incredibly important member of the entire Australian team. Finally, congratulations to all selected Australian team captains: Mens 20 Years- Troy Malcolm Mixed 20 Years- Katie Shaw and Matt McDonald Womens 20 Years- Claire Winchester Mens 18 Years- Ji Bonner and Aaron Tandek Mixed 18 Years- Claire Giarola and Dean Springfield Womens 18 Years- Lauren Barclay * Don’t forget to bring your umbrella down to Quad Park, there’s been the odd drop of rain around and it’s predicted to last for the next few days. * Keep an eye on the ATA website, which will provide links to the FIT website and the Sporting Pulse website for all of the latest news and stories. * There’s been some last minute withdrawals and inclusions to the Aussie sides after injuries, there will no doubt be a story in the coming days on those given the last minute opportunity to represent Australia. * Don’t forget to send a hero email or fax to the Aussie sides [email protected] or fax (02) 6285 2820, they have certainly appreciated those received already and it no doubt builds their confidence! * In other news (yes there is other news besides the Youth World Cup) the NSW Junior State Cup is fast approaching. It’s being held on the 19th and 20th of February and applications close this Friday, January 21st. Get in quick! * A massive 86 teams have nominated for the Yass Knockout, being held on January 29th and 30th. With many interestingly named teams and many travelling from Sydney and other NSW regions, it’s sure to be an awesome tournament. Check out www.nswtouch.com.au for all the info. * The Victorian Touch Team titles are taking place on April 2 and 3, see www.victouch.com.au if you want more information. Touch in Victoria is steadily growing and events like this are finding their way onto the calendar more regularly. It’s great to see! * ATA’s Techincal Support chicky and National Teams organiser (not sure of exact title) Maree Curran, would like to wish her husband Matt (Australian Mens Open representative) a very happy third Wedding Anniversary for today (January 18th). She says she loves you, misses you and is hoping you’re coping without her while she’s at the Youth World Cup. * That’s about all for now, don’t forget to keep an eye on the websites for all the latest YWC (that’s my abbreviation because I’m already sick of writing the full title and the games don’t even start until tomorrow) news. * Remember any story ideas or requests for help with media can be sent to Rachel Moyle at [email protected] By Rachel Moylelast_img read more

10 months agoEx-Real Madrid president Calderon: Mourinho only coach Florentino trusts

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-Real Madrid president Calderon: Mourinho only coach Florentino trustsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon can see Jose Mourinho making a return.Calderon’s successor at Real, Florentino Perez, has been in contact with Mourinho – though that was before his sacking by Manchester United this week.Perez wanted Mourinho to replace Julen Lopetegui before he handed Santiago Solari a three-year contract.Calderon said, “A return for Mourinho to Real Madrid? Everyone here knows that it’s up to the president. I think he is the only coach he respects. The current president does not really trust the coaches. But in the case of Mourinho, he really, really supported him several times in difficult times. “When Lopetegui left, I said, ‘I’m sure Mourinho will be here and I do not exclude that he will be in Real in the near future’.” last_img read more

21 days agoMan Utd defender Maguire deletes social media post

first_imgMan Utd defender Maguire deletes social media postby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United defender Harry Maguire had a message for fans after the goalless draw at AZ Alkmaar on Thursday – but he soon deleted it.Maguire failed to get off the bench in the Netherlands as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer went with a central defensive partnership of Victor Lindelof and Marcos Rojo.That pair, as well as first-choice goalkeeper David De Gea, all did their jobs as the Eredivisie outfit were snuffed out despite having 12 shots on goal and four on target.The England defender tweeted: “A point away from home. Thanks for the support. See you Sunday.”However, following a backlash from supporters at what they saw as an overly positive reaction to a disappointing result, Maguire ultimately deleted the post, which isn’t visible on his Twitter account on Friday morning. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Asian shares slip as traders brace for Fed rate increase

first_imgSINGAPORE — Asian stocks fell on Tuesday, tracking losses on Wall Street as traders braced for an interest rate hike by Federal Reserve.KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s Nikkei 225 index was 1.8 per cent lower at 21,115.45 and the Kospi in South Korea dropped 0.5 per cent to 2,061.48. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng slid 1.3 per cent to 25,749.59. The Shanghai Composite index dipped 1 per cent to 2,570.90. Australia’s S&P ASX 200 was down 1.2 per cent at 5,589.50. Shares were lower in Taiwan and Southeast Asia.WALL STREET: On Monday, broad selling knocked U.S. indexes to their lowest levels in over a year. Investors sold almost everything, from technology and retail stocks to steadier high-dividend companies. Less than 40 of the 500 stocks comprising the S&P 500 finished the day higher. The benchmark index gave up 2.1 per cent to 2,545.94, its lowest level since Oct. 9, 2017. The Dow Jones Industrial Average skidded 2.1 per cent to 23,592.98 and the Nasdaq composite was down 2.3 per cent at 6,753.73. The Russell 2000 index of smaller company stocks lost 2.3 per cent to 1,378.14.FED MEETING: The Federal Open Market Committee begins a two-day meeting on Tuesday. It is expected to raise its short-term interest rate by a modest quarter-point, to a range of 2.25 per cent to 2.5 per cent a day later. The rate is used as a benchmark for many consumer and business loans. Investors fear more monetary tightening would weigh on U.S. growth, and eventually, the global economy, that is already expected to slow in 2019 because of trade tensions. President Donald Trump tweeted that it was “incredible” the Fed was considering another rate hike, with “a very strong dollar and virtually no inflation.” The central bank forecasts three more rate hikes in 2019.ANALYST’S TAKE: “Despite Donald Trump’s recent overture, the Fed looks set to hike rates again on Wednesday with market players anxious to see if the economy can handle more policy tightening given expectations for slowing growth,” ING economists Nicholas Mapa and Prakash Sakpal said in a commentary.ENERGY: Oil prices tumbled on worries about oversupply and softening growth in China, which could hit demand. Benchmark U.S. crude shed 89 cents to $48.99 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract dropped $1.32 to $49.88 in New York on Monday. Brent crude, used to price international oils, gave up 95 cents to $58.66 a barrel. It lost 67 cents to settle at $59.61 a barrel in London.CURRENCIES: The dollar weakened to 112.60 yen from 112.83 yen in late trading Monday. The euro eased to $1.1342 from $1.1349.___AP Markets Writer Marley Jay contributed to this report. He can be reached at http://twitter.com/MarleyJayAPAnnabelle Liang, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Preparations for High on Ice almost complete for Friday

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With the High on Ice Winter Festival only three days away, preparations for this year’s Festival are almost complete.Marissa Jordan, Recreation Programmer for the City of Fort St. John, says set up is going great as crews have been working in Centennial Park for the past week, setting up for the Festival.“It’s great. We’ve had crews in there, they’ve started about five days ago. So our carvers carved the big (ice blocks), we call them the commission pieces; they carve them in advance so that they are ready for viewing.” The Pembina High on Ice Winter Festival Opening Ceremonies is taking place this Friday, February 15, at 4:00 p.m. in Centennial Park.The Festival runs from February 15 to the 18 in various locations across Fort St. John, with Centennial Park being the central meeting area. For more information and an event schedule, you can visit the City’s website. Jordan is reminding residents to stay out of Centennial Park as crews continue to set up for the Festival.“We’re just asking for the public to stay out of the space and let them work, and everything will be open to the public on Friday at 4:00 p.m. So the site is coming along, there’s just machinery, power tools, and extension cords and stuff sitting out, so we’re just saying it’s safer for the public to stay away and let these guys focus on what they’re doing. It’s all coming along very well, we haven’t had any hiccups, and they’re just out working away to have everything ready for Friday.”As for mitigating for cold temperatures, Jordan says they will be leaving the cancellation decision up to the individuals that run the events.“We have a lot of volunteer groups that assist. So we leave it into the hands of the individuals that run the events. If temperatures become dangerous, to the point where you’re standing outside for six hours, we don’t, obviously, want our volunteers being subject to that.”Jordan also says that if the temperatures were to get extremely cold,  the event will not be cancelled as there will be warming tents set up in Centennial Park.“A lot of our events in Centennial Park, for say, are in our tent. So we have heated tent space, and that’s where we host a lot of stuff so it doesn’t get cancelled and there is still a little bit of that outdoor element.”last_img read more

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley to speak to Senate committee on energy projects

first_imgThe bill proposes a new way of handling environmental assessments on large natural resource projects, including oil pipelines and mining operations.Notley has said she is concerned the changes would impinge on a provincial right to manage resources.She also has said the proposed rules and timelines could be so onerous they would discourage companies from pursuing mega-projects. EDMONTON, A.B. – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is to make her case in person to a Senate committee studying proposed legislation that would change how major energy projects are approved.Notley is to appear before the energy, environment and natural resources committee on Thursday.She and her government have already spoken out against Bill C-69, which has passed in the House of Commons and is now before the Senate.last_img read more

Ministers set to discuss timing of carbon tax legal challenges during meeting

first_imgOntario Attorney General Doug Downey says his government has until August to file a notice of appeal to the Supreme Court after that province’s appeal court upheld the federal carbon tax in a split decision.“It’s my understanding that (Saskatchewan) may be looking to have some of the cases consolidated so that … the Supreme Court’s hearing more than one at a time,” said Downey.He said there are pros and cons about presenting the cases together, but wouldn’t comment on his government’s preference or strategy.“From what I understand Saskatchewan is asking for an extension or for more time.” It argues a federally imposed carbon tax on consumers is unconstitutional but lost its case in a 3-2 split decision in its own appeal court.The provincial government appealed to the Supreme Court and says it has a tentative hearing date set for Dec. 5.Alberta Justice Minister Doug Schweitzer says his government is trying to play catch-up to Saskatchewan and Ontario when it comes to mounting its own legal challenge.He says it’s important for the ministers to compare notes about what they’re hearing from their legal teams and he wants the provinces to work together so that the matter is heard by the Supreme Court in a “co-ordinated and thoughtful way.”Schweitzer says he wants Alberta’s case heard by the Alberta Appeal Court before the country’s highest court rules on the issue, so the Supreme Court has the opportunity to consider the province’s evidence when it makes its decision.“We’re trying to work out (the) strategy to make sure each province can bring forward its strongest case to the Supreme Court,” he said. SASKATOON — Attorneys general from Alberta and Ontario say they will discuss the timeline of the different legal challenges launched against the federal carbon tax when they meet in Saskatoon today.The two justice ministers will be joined by their legal teams and their counterparts from New Brunswick and Saskatchewan.Saskatchewan is hosting the meeting to discuss the appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada.center_img — by Stephanie Taylor of The Canadian PressThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

A-Sat test poses risk to ISS, its astronauts, says NASA chief

first_imgNEW DELHI: Indian space and missile experts have rubbished National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s claim that 400 pieces of orbital debris created due to recent India’s anti-satellite missile (A-Sat) test are posing dangers to astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Nasa head Jim Bridenstine, while addressing his employees in the US after India’s A-Sat missile test, said, “India destroyed a satellite at a relatively low altitude of 300 km, well below the ISS and most satellites in orbit. But 24 of the pieces “are going above the apogee of the ISS.” Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”That is a terrible, terrible thing to create an event that sends debris at an apogee that goes above the ISS. It’s unacceptable and Nasa needs to be very clear about what its impact to us is,” he said. Bridenstine said, “What we are tracking right now, objects big enough to track. We’re talking about 10 cm or bigger – about 60 pieces have been tracked.” He said, “The ISS is still safe. If we need to manoeuvre it, we will. The probability of that I think is low. But at the end of the day we have to be clear also that these activities are not sustainable or compatible with human spaceflight.” Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KBridenstine is the first top official from the Trump administration to come out in public against India’s ASAT test. Rubbishing such charge against India, former DRDO chief V K Saraswat said, “It is a mere speculative statement. This is a typical American way of dealing with the progress India made. As far as our A-Sat missile test is concerned, all these objects do not have enough velocity to survive in space for too long. With no energy or momentum, these debris generated at the 300 km altitude after the A-Sat test will ultimately fall and burn out in the earth’s atmosphere.” On existing space debris, Saraswat reportedly told Times of India, “Lakhs and lakhs of space debris are already roaming in space, what about the danger from them to ISS. Every year, 190 satellites of varying sizes are launched in the low-earth orbit and this number is going to grow. Each satellite launch creates a lot of debris. So talking about some space debris from India’s A-Sat test is meaningless.” The ISS is orbiting the Earth at an altitude between 330 and 435 km, well above the 300km altitude where India destroyed a DRDO payload Microsat-R weighing 740 kg with an interceptor missile under Mission Shakti project in order to gain the A-Sat missile technology. Former DRDO scientist Ravi Gupta said, “Such comments by the Nasa head are discriminatory and irresponsible. It’s more of a propaganda. India’s test was conducted at 300km altitude and the ISS is at much higher altitude. There is a remote possibility of debris moving upwards and even if some pieces are moving upwards, they will ultimately fall down as they will lose energy or momentum they gained during the missile-satellite collision. Second, the US is blaming us but it itself had conducted a lot of A-Sat tests in the past which generated thousands and thousands of big size space debris, which already pose danger to all space assets of every country, including ours. Likewise, a lot of space debris was created during the similar tests conducted by Russia and China. ” According to United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), only 1,400 of the 19,000 artificial objects currently being tracked in the earth’s orbit are functional satellites. The remaining objects are collectively known as “space debris”. According to an estimate by the European Space Agency, there are over 34,000 pieces of debris in orbit that are larger than 10cm in size, close to a million pieces between 1cm and 10cm, and 128 million pieces of debris less than a centimetre in size.last_img read more

Gambhir says possess only one voter ID; hits back at AAP

first_imgNew Delhi: Hitting back at the AAP, cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir Sunday asserted that he possessed only one voter identity card, adding that the ruling party in Delhi was making baseless allegations against him as it did not have any vision for the people. Gambhir is fighting against AAP’s Atishi from the East Delhi Lok Sabha constituency this general elections. “I have only one voter ID card from Rajender Nagar. I used to live with my maternal grandparents as a child at Ramjas Road (in Karolbagh), but I never voted from or applied for any voter identity card from there,” he told PTI. Also Read – AIIMS, Health Ministry launch mobile app for oral health info The BJP candidate was responding to Atishi’s claim that he had two voter identity cards from Rajender Nagar and Karolbagh constituencies. He alleged the AAP candidate was making allegations against him as she had nothing to talk about with voters during campaigning. “When you have no vision for the people or nothing else to talk about, you make allegations like these,” Gambhir said. Meanwhile, a Delhi court had on Friday decided to hear Atishi’s criminal complaint against Gambhir in this regard on May 1. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles The AAP candidate had filed the complaint against Gambhir for allegedly enrolling as a voter in more than one constituency in violation the Representation of the People Act(RPA). She had also raised objection over the nomination papers filed by the former cricketer which were rejected by the returning officer of the polls. Gambhir said he believed in “positive politics” and would campaign with a vision to make East Delhi one of the best Lok Sabha constituencies in Delhi, and avoid indulging in blame game with his opponents in the polls. Congress has fielded former Delhi minister Arvinder Singh Lovely from the seat.last_img read more

‘Depressed’ central force jawan shoots colleague

first_imgKolkata: A central force jawan from Assam Rifles was killed and two more were injured after one of their colleagues fired multiple rounds of bullet inside the temporary camp, which was set up for election duty at Bagnan in Howrah district.The fifth phase of Lok Sabha Elections is scheduled on May 6 (Monday) in seven parliamentary constituencies, including Uluberiya. Nine companies of central forces have been sent for poll duty. Among the nine companies, one company was set to camp at the Bangalpur Jyotirmayee Girl’s School in Bagnan. As per the schedule on Tuesday, jawans from 7th battalion of Assam State Armed Police arrived at the school. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaOn Thursday morning, Lakshmikanta Barman, a constable of the company snatched an Insas rifle from one of his colleagues and started firing inside the school. An Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI), identified as Bholanath Das, died on the spot and two more jawans identified as Anil Rajbanshi and Rintumani Bodhak suffered bullet injuries. Local residents and pedestrians got frightened seeing Barman firing inside the school. Other jawans tried to take away the rifle from Barman but failed do so as he had two more magazines with him. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayBarman allegedly fired 20 bullets, which is the capacity of one magazine. After the magazines were empty he allegedly loaded the rifle again and this time he went outside the school. Seeing a jawan with a rifle, local residents started running to safety. Meanwhile, Bagnan police station was informed. Soon police personnel arrived at the school and tried to stop Barman. Meanwhile, some jawans of Assam State Armed Police managed to catch him from behind and take away the rifle away from him. Immediately, he was detained and taken to the police station and later he was arrested. The injured jawans have admitted to hospitals in Uluberiya and Kolkata and at present they are undergoing treatment. According to sources, Barman had asked for leave to avoid the election duty which was not granted. Since then he was reportedly suffering from depression. Every company consists of 100 jawans, of which 80 jawnas are active personnel and the remaining 20 are kept as reserve. Barman was one of reserve personnel. He will be produced before the Uluberiya Court on Friday. To avoid any untoward incident, a police picket has been set up outside the school.last_img read more