Australian Mixed Open player, Dylan Thompson tells www.touchfootball.com.au about his team’s preparation for the 2015 World Cup. Well, that’s it. The fat lady has sung and the curtain closed on our World Cup 2015 preparation. Our Aussie Open’s Mixed team left Parra on Sunday with a smile on their faces and a little spring in their step. There is a quiet buzz in the team, and the feeling that we have something a little special happening.It certainly hasn’t all been plain sailing. Of the Open’s teams, we were the last to be able to finalise our side. We thought we had that box ticked some time ago, but the devastating ACL injury to Sarah Peattie at Elite Eight resulted in this camp being our first and only camp with our final 16 players in attendance. Well, almost all in attendance, as Bundy was not able to join us on Saturday. His boss, Alix, told him he had to work, so he was out catching some dinner.School was in first thing Saturday morning. Head Master Micheal Lovett held court, going through our player manual/encyclopedias, with specific focus on ensuring that each player knew their role, and that of each of their teammates. Mick, having his finger on the pulse, knows we have the full spectrum on the intelligence continuum within our side, and he made sure there were numerous diagrams, hand drawn in crayon, for Yassy and Patty. He also had the big stick ready to prod Trent when his eyelids were drooping.A highlight of the day was our sexy warm up. It looks as though Jaycee has recently read the Karma Sutra for inspiration in his warm-up routine. It certainly got the blood pumping.Having only just finalised our team, we have had little game exposure. We knew that going into the first game for the day against the Senior Mixed, we could expect a thorough examination of our game plan. As you would expect from such a game, no quarter was asked and none given, by either side. The match starting physically and just getting more physical, as both sides battled for dominance. We managed to get up on the score sheet by a few, but felt that the Senior Mixed side had frustrated our game plan a bit and that we never managed to get into our flow. Rushy and Frosty also put the acid test onto our open-side defence, and found us out a little in this area.Game two was much the same against the Men’s 30’s. A bit of smash and bash through the mid-field being the theme. It was a game that was largely dominated by very strong rucking from both teams, which shows promising signs for World Cup, as that will likely be where the matches are won. The referees in that game were very fortunate to have the benefit of Garry Sonda’s assistance. The highly affable and ever so helpful Garry, calmly gave the referees some useful tips and directions, which they looked like they enjoyed enormously. Once again however, we just did not find our mojo in that match and finished it feeling that we had still just not put the performance together that we would have liked.Our final session for the day however, was a knock out. A gentle rev up from Micky Moussa (who usually plays the ‘Good Cop’ role), appears to be what was needed to kick start the party. We finished by punching out what felt like a red hot Line Attack /Line D session. And there it was. Mojo. Found. Tick!Good feed at the Robin Hood Hotel that night. No Roosters to be seen at the Bondi Junction, but the Social Committee earned their stripes. Banter a-plenty as Parra lived up to their reputation and ‘did the unexpected’, knocking the remaining punters down to two in our NRL tipping comp.McLovin’s fanny pack went missing. No doubt Mick Moussafer had something to do with the shenanigans.Day two had a totally different feel from the start. No one could wait to tear into things; a re-match against the Senior Mixed. Not satisfied with the win the day before, we were looking to make more of ‘a statement’.Having 4-5 of the key players that have made Rebels Mixed team, the most successful Touch team in Australia over recent times, we knew that Mick McDonald and the Manu, Frost, and Rushy brain trust would have reviewed yesterday’s footage at length. We expected they would have a surprise or two in store for us today. However, our own coaching group isn’t short of a brain cell or two themselves, and we may just have had one or two surprises left in our bag of tricks ourselves.We were happy to put together the performance we were looking for and walked away satisfied at having fixed a couple of things up and tested out one or two new ideas.By this stage, being a highly tuned athlete, my body was fatiguing from all the time spent on the massage table. Getting five rub downs a day is far more tiring than people think. However, I single-handedly made sure that the physios put in an honest day’s work. I’m really not sure what we did in the last session, as I needed a caffeine fix and went to the café over the road. Just to keep in sweet with the coach, I made sure I got McLovin a café latte. Think he might promote me to Vice Captain.By the time I was back, we were done and dusted. Smiles, handshakes, plus Springy’s special ‘Mixed’ hugs and it’s a wrap. Preparation complete and we are on our way to the World Cup. Pretty excited!!!!Keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the Australian teams at the 2015 World Cup:Website – www.touchfootball.com.auFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyausInstagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaRelated LinksTWC Diary – Dylan Thompson
Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, says expansion of the Court of Appeal building on King Street in downtown Kingston is on track for completion by the end of November.He made the announcement at a Justices of the Peace training seminar held at the Jamaica Conference Centre in Kingston on November 3.In April, the Minister signed an $846-million contract to undertake the project, which will see the addition of three new courtrooms, 13 judges’ chambers and two lounges.The building, now owned by the Ministry of Justice, formerly housed the Administrator General’s Department, which has been relocated to the former Oceana Hotel building on Ocean Boulevard, downtown. Mr. Chuck said the expansion project is part of an aggressive government mandate to create a “first class” justice system.“The Government is going to give this justice system 110 per cent support. From the Ministry’s position, we intend that all of our courts should have not only first-class facilities but they must also be five-star facilities,” he stated.“The contractor is going to deliver the Court of Appeal at the end of this month and it will be first class facilities when it is opened and Jamaica sees it,” he added.The Justice Minister said the expansion of the building will facilitate the appointment of more judges.Jamaica received €4 million in budgetary support through the European Union’s 11th European Development Fund (EDF) Programme during fiscal year 2017/18. This allowed for increased budgetary allocation to the Ministry of Justice to fund the project.
Lindsay RichardsonAPTN NewsAn Innu man from Quebec broke barriers on Sunday at the Gala du Quebec Cinema, taking home a prestigious trophy for his debut documentary.It was the first ever win for an Indigenous filmmaker, and Kevin Bacon-Hervieux’s first feature-length film.“Once I heard my name – for me, it wasn’t real,” Bacon-Hervieux said. “Never did I think I’d win.”The 26-year-old now touts the Iris Prize – the Quebec equivalent of an Academy Award – for his film Innu Nikamu: Chanter la Resistance, which took nearly six years to produce.“I thought it would be heavier,” Bacon-Hervieux explained while holding the prize, a 13-inch aluminum trophy designed by sculptor Marc-Antoine Côté.The 90-minute film – available in both French and English, chronicles the history of the Innu Nikamu Music and Aboriginal Arts Festival, which held its inaugural edition in 1985.“I wanted, with this film, for people – non-Natives – to feel invited. To come our way on the reserve, in Mali Utenam, to celebrate with us,” he said.The gathering is held annually in the community 900 kilometres northeast of Montreal.Before ever attempting a film, Bacon-Hervieux says he felt compelled to involve himself in the planning and execution of the festival, which for many years has tried to extend its reach to non-Indigenous spectators and performance artists.In 2014, at 22, Bacon-Hervieux entered a film prospectus into a contest and won a bursary that kick-started the novice filmmaker’s first-ever film project – while also working as the festival’s artistic director.But the story, he concedes, belongs to his home community.When scouting locations back in 1985, the community decided to reclaim their narrative and hold the festival on the grounds of the former Sept-Iles Indian Residential School – a dark stain on Mani-Utenam’s history.“It was an enormous challenge to integrate this heavy story into a film I wanted to be very positive,” Bacon-Hervieux said. “For me, and I think for people in general, the festival isn’t related to the history of residential schools.”“But the residential school in Mali Utenam united the community,” he added.The festival itself pays tribute to ancient traditions.Every summer, the Innu would return from the seasonal caribou hunt to hold weddings and festivities by the north shore of the Saint-Lawrence River.Many believe that Innu Nikamu re-ignited hope in a community that had known too much distress.A rough cut of the film ran nearly five hours long, Bacon says, because every anecdote was significant to the history of Quebec’s Innu population.Now shortened, the film serves as an introduction to Innu music, culture, and the complexities of Quebec history.“All that we did with this film was be honest. To retell what happened,” Bacon-Hervieux said.The Innu Nikamu festival will be held in Mali Utenam between August 1st and the 4th [email protected]
MANILA, Philippines – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivered a sales pitch to core members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations on Tuesday in hope they will open the door to Canada joining their exclusive and influential circle.Trudeau said Canada looks forward to becoming a member of the association’s East Asia Summit and the ASEAN defence ministers panel at the earliest opportunity.“Canada is not only willing, but ready to be a key partner for the next 50 years,” Trudeau said in a speech in Manila, Philippines, at a special ASEAN-Canada summit in front of leaders of an alliance that includes Indonesia, Vietnam and Myanmar.“This would allow Canada to become a full and dynamic partner of ASEAN.”With the appearance, Trudeau became the first Canadian prime minister to participate in the one-hour exchange at the ASEAN summit, during which members were to ask him questions and debate the depth of Canada’s co-operation in the region.The opportunity arrives as Trudeau makes efforts to raise Canada’s international profile and demonstrate it can wrestle with complicated challenges, at home and abroad. His government has also been building a case with hope it can eventually obtain a seat on the United Nations Security Council.Trudeau was asked later in the day about why he’s interested in expanding Canada’s engagement in the Asia-Pacific region.He replied that Canada currently has a mostly economic relationship with the region through its membership at the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation.“There is more than just economics to discuss and the East Asia Summit has become the central place for discussing Pacific issues,” he told a news conference Tuesday.“Canada is a Pacific country, as you well know, and being able to engage on broader issues of security, of development, of human rights, of economic opportunity — broader than just the APEC group — is very much in line with how Canada wants to and should engage constructively with the region and, indeed, with the world.”The East Asia Summit is a larger ASEAN grouping focused on security that brings together leaders from 18 countries, including the U.S., China and Russia.“Canada is deeply committed to multilateral institutions and fora, and the East Asia Summit is an important one in an extremely compelling and growing region of the world,” he said.During his speech, Trudeau highlighted Canada’s efforts to help the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, including its decision to appoint former Liberal MP Bob Rae as a special envoy to the region.He told the room that Rae will engage in diplomatic efforts and identify ways in which Canada can support the response to the situation and the plight of the Rohingya minority.Trudeau was referring to a crackdown against the Rohingya by Myanmar’s security forces that began in late August. The alleged attacks have forced more than 600,000 Rohingyas into exile in neighbouring Bangladesh.Trudeau also said Canada stands alongside Asia in demanding that North Korea abandon its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.“North Korea must immediately cease all activities that go against its international obligations and United Nations Security Council resolutions,” he said.Trudeau attended the ASEAN summit thanks to an invitation from Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who sat across from the Canadian leader as he made his remarks.Francisco Fernandez of the Philippine embassy in Ottawa says Canada sought the invitation and Manila didn’t hesitate to grant it, partly because of trade and investment ties and partly due to the 837,000 people of Filipino descent who live in Canada.— Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter
SUPERIOR, Wis. — A hole in a valve was cited as the source of an explosion at a Husky Energy refinery in northwestern Wisconsin last spring that injured 36 people and required the evacuation of a large part of the city of Superior.The latest findings of the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board were shared Wednesday at a town hall meeting in Superior.According to the update , erosion created a hole in the slide valve, allowing air to mix with hydrocarbons. The resulting blast sent debris hurtling into an asphalt storage tank. The puncture spilled about 15,000 gallons (12,490 imperial gallons) of hot asphalt, which later ignited.A spokesman for Husky Energy says the Canada-based company will continue working with the board to understand the cause of the explosion.___Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.comThe Associated Press
Washington: Two top American Senators have urged the Trump administration to delay until the end of the general elections its decision to terminate India’s designation as a beneficiary developing country under the Generalized System of Preference due to a lack of compliance.The Generalized System of Preference (GSP) is the largest and oldest US trade preference programme and is designed to promote economic development by allowing duty-free entry for thousands of products from designated beneficiary countries. The US Congress in March last year voted to renew the GSP through 2020. In a letter to US Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer, Senators John Cornyn from the Republican party and Mark warner from the Democratic party argued that India-US relationship was too important to rush such an important decision in the middle of an election cycle. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”As you know, India’s elections will conclude on May 23, 2019. We believe that the election season may serve as a hindrance for our Indian counterparts in negotiating and concluding a deal on difficult political issues,” the two Senators wrote in the letter to Lighthizer on Friday. It was in April last year that the USTR announced that it planned to review the GSP eligibility of a number of countries, including India. The USTR’s announcement specifically cited “concerns related to its compliance with GSP market access criterion,” based on petitions filed from the US medical device and dairy industries. “If another round of negotiations during the election season does not resolve the outstanding issues, we would ask you to consider delaying the issuance of a Presidential proclamation to withdraw India’s GSP benefits by at least 30 days, beyond the 60-day calendar, in order to move the negotiations beyond India’s elections,” the Senators said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostAllowing for continued negotiations beyond the elections would underscore the importance of this bilateral relationship and provide a real opportunity to resolve these market access issues, potentially improving the overall US-India relationship for years to come, said Cornyn and Warner, who are co-chairs of the powerful Senate India Caucus. “We understand that the Trump administration may issue a proclamation withdrawing India’s GSP benefits 60 days or later from the congressional notification date,” the two Senators wrote. The letter comes in the middle of an intense Indian election cycle, during which the ruling government cannot take a major policy decision, which holds officials from making substantial progress on the crucial negotiations between India and the United States. “As Co-Chairs of the United States Senate’s India Caucus, we fully appreciate and support your efforts to address a host of market access issues facing American businesses in India. “Congressional support for the GSP programme was made clear last year when the US Senate and US House of Representatives reauthorised the programme, in nearly unanimous fashion, for three years,” they said. On March 4, 2019, Congress was notified of USTR’s intention to terminate India’s designation as a beneficiary developing country under GSP due to a lack of compliance. “While we agree that there are a number of market access issues that can and should be addressed, we do remain concerned that the withdrawal of duty concessions will make Indian exports of eligible products to the United States costlier, as the importer of those products will have to pay a ‘Most Favoured Nation’ (MFN) duty which is higher than the rate under GSP,” the Senators said.
New Delhi: The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), which was asked to look into the death of a man who died allegedly due to medical negligence while on a honeymoon at a Maldives resort in 2016, has told the Delhi High Court that he died as a result of acute onset of high levels of fat in the blood.An eight-member medical board of the AIIMS, set up on the high court’s direction, has placed before a bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice A J Bhambhani a report which said the deceased suffered from hypertriglyceridemia, that indicates high levels of fat in the blood. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The board members have “unanimously concluded” that the “cause of the death was cerebro pulmonary oedema secondary to heart failure with associated hypertension”. “…death is due to acute onset of the disease and its complication, an unexpected natural cause of death,” it has said. The board, in its report, has also recommended “strengthening the medical case set up in such island resorts”. The report was filed after the high court on April 4 had asked the AIIMS to set up a panel to examine the forensic and post-mortem report of the deceased. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe direction had come on the plea by the deceased’s father, Chelakara Ramaswamy, who has contended that his son died due to medical negligence of the doctor — Dorjee Khandu — who treated him for food poisoning while he was staying at the resort at the Vilu Reef Island, which is more than 100 km away from Male, capital of Maldives, and can be reached only by sea planes. He has also alleged that the J J Hospital at Mumbai, where the post-mortem was carried out, did not follow the procedure properly and gave a “sham report”. He has further claimed that the Final Cause of Death Certificate, issued by the J J Hospital was not in terms of the Maharashtra Registration of Births and Deaths Rules, 2000. The court on April 4 had also issued directions to the forensics department of the Maharashtra government, which had carried out the post-mortem of the deceased and analysis of tissue samples, to find out how the viscera samples in the case had disappeared. The state government, in its report, has told the court that the viscera samples “got destroyed unknowingly”. It has said that the official in-charge of the samples was transferred and the acting in-charge had given the order to destroy all analysed viscera samples as a routine process. The acting in-charge was unaware about the instant case, the state government has claimed in its report.
NEW DELHI: The Central Pollution Control Board has asked the Delhi Jal Board to penalise defaulters indulging in illegal activities leading to release of waste water into the Yamuna and set up a vigilance system to stop such discharge into the river. The CPCB has also sought an action plan and a compliance report from the Delhi Jal Board in the matter by May 20.The CPCB, in its notice to the CEO of the DJB earlier this month, said an inspection by a CPCB team found scattered habitations between Palla to Wazirabad on the flood plain of Yamuna. The team also found the possibility of discharge of waste water of said habitations to the river through temporary arrangements (tankers), it said. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: Javadekar”Discharge of untreated waste water of these scattered colonies into river Yamuna makes water unfit to meet the primary water quality criteria – bathing quality,” the notice added. During an inspection, the team has identified a drain discharging waste water from scattered habitations into river Yamuna. The team also spotted tankers disposing waste water from the septic tank directly to flood bank of Yamuna river, it said. Following the observations, the CPCB has directed the DJB to plan sewerage management of scattered colonies between Palla to Wazirabad, set up vigilance system to stop such discharges through tankers immediately and penalising defaulters indulging in illegal activities leading to release of waste water into the Yamuna.
hat perhaps was expected to be an easy win for the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team Saturday might have proved more challenging than originally thought. The Buckeyes (9-3, 4-2) had to overcome a halftime deficit to earn a 10-9 victory at Air Force Saturday, which stumbled into the contest with a 1-4 Eastern College Athletic Conference record. Now on a three-game winning streak, OSU has secured a playoff spot by guaranteeing at least a top-four finish in the ECAC. The Buckeyes are tied for third in the ECAC standings heading into their regular season finale Saturday. No matter what happens during the final weekend of the season, OSU will be joined by Loyola (Md.), Denver and Fairfield in the conference tournament, since Fairfield clinched its playoff spot Saturday with a 10-9 overtime victory at Denver. OSU jumped out to an early 2-0 lead Saturday against Air Force (6-7, 1-5), but let the Falcons climb their way back into the game, finishing the first quarter tied at four. The Falcons, though, took a one-point lead into halftime, 7-6, before conceding three straight goals in the third quarter and falling behind for good. Co-captain and senior attacker Logan Schuss continued his run of good form, scoring four goals for the Buckeyes, including the series of three in the third quarter, and added one assist. It was his third consecutive game where he scored at least five points, bringing his career total moves to 216, 11 back of second place on the Buckeyes’ all-time points list. Co-captain and senior midfielder Dominique Alexander added a career-high five points, including two goals, and senior midfielder Trey Wilkes won 15 of 21 faceoffs. Having missed the last two games due to injury, junior goalkeeper Greg Dutton made his return for OSU in outstanding fashion on Saturday with a career-high 15 saves against the Falcons. The losses to Denver and Loyola earlier in the year mean that the Buckeyes will finish third in the ECAC with a win over Fairfield Saturday but will drop to fourth with a loss. The Buckeyes are set to close the regular season and celebrate their Senior Day at home against Fairfield on Saturday at 1 p.m.
The team is at the bottom of the Lega Serie A standings after not winning a single match yet in the 2018-2019 seasonBologna, together with Frosinone, has yet to score after four matches in the Italian Lega Serie A.But for goalkeeper Lukasz Skorupski, their hard work will surely pay off soon.Bologna F.C. 1090 will host Roma tomorrow at Renato Dall’Ara Stadium.Karsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.“I know we’ll get out of this, we have quality players. Take Destro with whom I played at Roma, he knew how to score goals back then and hasn’t gotten worse,” Skorupski was echoed by Gianluca Di Marzio.“Pippo Inzaghi is right, the work we are doing will pay off, he hasn’t given up, we need to spit blood”“When I played in Poland I wasn’t very serious, I always went out at night with friends, how could I say no?”“Then something changed, us Polish players realized we are a strong team. We’ll beat Italy next October, I’m certain of this,” he concluded.