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first_img A banner calling for Pardew to go was displayed before and after the 1-0 defeat and the large away following directed their ire towards their manager in the stands during the match. Newcastle have conceded 12 goals without reply in their four losses, although there was more than a hint of misfortune about this one. Erik Pieters’ goal in the 42nd minute was his first for six years and the Dutch left-back certainly did not intend for his cross to drop into the top corner. Pardew accepted Newcastle’s current run is not good enough, saying of the fans: “I think their frustration boiled over a little bit and we need to settle it down. “The way to settle it down is to get a win, unfortunately it hasn’t come today.” Injuries certainly have not helped and Pardew hopes the return of top scorer Loic Remy can provoke a change in fortune. He said: “It was close today. I thought we had good character in the group. It was an honest performance but we lacked creative flair, and we lack a little bit of ability in and around the box. “Loic’s return, which I think will happen next week, will be important to us.” Pardew’s main gripe was not the goal but referee Mike Jones’ refusal to give a penalty when Papiss Cisse went down under a challenge from Geoff Cameron. “It was a bit of a fluke goal,” said the Magpies boss. Alan Pardew felt the heat from Newcastle’s supporters as the Magpies slumped to a fourth consecutive Barclays Premier League defeat at Stoke. “The wind took hold of it, which made it almost impossible for Tim (Krul) to save, but I thought the call before that when we should have had a penalty was a big turning point, because we need a goal and that would have been a nice opportunity for us.” Stoke boss Mark Hughes acknowledged their slice of luck but believed his side merited the three points. He said: “In fairness to Erik, he’s already held his hand up. It was a little bit of fortune, that wasn’t his intention obviously, but I thought his link-up play with Marko (Arnautovic) was really positive for us. “He’s been in that position many times this season and put quality balls in that haven’t been converted. Today he’s got in the same position and put another quality ball in and it’s gone in, and he takes credit for that. “We had the vast majority of the clear-cut chances in the game. Newcastle put balls into good areas but I thought defensively we were nice and sound today. “We didn’t really come under any sustained pressure, and any pressure we did come under we dealt with. All in all, it was a very professional performance.” Dutch international Pieters joined Stoke last summer from PSV Eindhoven and has started all but two Premier League games. “He’s done really well,” said Hughes.” “It’s difficult for a player to come into a new league. He’s played almost every game for me and done really well in the majority of them. “Prior to that he hadn’t played a great deal of football for a year, so for him to come in and have the season he has in his first season in the Premier League, he takes great credit. “I’m pleased he’s able to get the headlines today.” Press Associationlast_img read more

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Maurizio Sarri warned his Chelsea stars to improve their mentality after Willian’s sublime strike sealed a hard-fought 2-1 win over struggling Newcastle on Saturday.Sarri’s side took the lead through Pedro’s early goal, but Ciaran Clark snatched a shock equaliser before half-time.With Chelsea fans beginning to lose patience at their team’s latest spluttering home display, Willian lifted the mood in the nick of time with his superb second-half curler.Fourth-placed Chelsea have won five of their last seven league matches and sit six points clear of fifth-placed Arsenal, who lost at West Ham earlier on Saturday.But, while Chelsea remain in control of the race to qualify for the Champions League, this was a far from convincing performance.Labouring to beat third-bottom Newcastle showed how far Chelsea have to go to bridge the gap in class to leaders Liverpool and champions Manchester City.Sarri admitted he was frustrated with the way Chelsea took their foot off the gas after the opening goal.“We started well for 10 minutes but after the goal we thought ‘now it is easy’, but it wasn’t,” Sarri said.“We slept for 25 minutes and then we were in trouble. We were better in the second half but we need to improve the mental reaction.“It is very difficult to understand. We stopped playing and then we had problems.”Sarri also revealed he has told Chelsea’s hierarchy he needs a new midfielder to replace Cesc Fabregas, who joined Monaco on Friday. “Jorginho was in trouble and on the bench there wasn’t a player for that position. I need an option for that position,” he sad.“The club knows very well my opinion. It depends on the club decision. I cannot do anything more.”Another winter of discontent is brewing for Newcastle, wo have won only once in their last nine league games.The Magpies’ 18 points is their lowest tally after 22 matches of a top-flight season since they were relegated in 1988-89.“We have to be better than three teams and if we play like today we can do it,” Benitez said of Newcastle’s relegation battle.Tuesday’s 1-0 defeat against Tottenham in the League Cup semi-final first leg was the latest display of attacking impotence from misfiring Chelsea, who had failed to score in their last two home league games.But it took only nine minutes for the Blues to go in front as Newcastle’s five-man defence was carved open with ease.A fine long pass from Chelsea defender David Luiz caught Clark flat-footed.Pedro timed his run behind Clark perfectly and held off the centre-back’s weak attempt to recover as he lofted a delicate chip over Newcastle keeper Martin Dubravka for his seventh goal of the season.Chelsea dominated possession in the first half-hour, but they switched off at the back as Newcastle almost snatched an equaliser.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more

first_imgBy Laura D.C. KolnoskiFORT MONMOUTH – As work got underway to prepare Fort Monmouth’s Avenue of Memories (Route 537) to reopen as a public thoroughfare for the first time since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, it became apparent it was not just another job for employees of the Monmouth County Department of Public Works and Engineering.One by one, stories began to emerge about their familial connections to the fabled Army base.“A lot of personnel have ties to the fort,” John Tobia, director of Public Works and Engineering, said recently. “Family members worked there. The grandparents of one of our supervisors met on the base. My great-grandfather, grandfather, and aunt worked there or were stationed here. A lot of the guys remember driving through as kids.”The Avenue of Memories runs from Route 35 in Eatontown at the front gates of Fort Monmouth to Oceanport Avenue in Oceanport. Prior to 9/11, the public was able to access this road as a thoroughfare between the two towns. After 9/11, and until the fort’s closure in 2011, the road was secured and open only through an ID checkpoint to military personnel, Department of Defense civilians and those with business on the fort.Route 537 (the Avenue of Memories) through Fort Monmouth will soon be reopened for the first time to the public since September 11, 2001.Improving and upgrading the road and its immediate surroundings, along with preserving and “cleaning up” the over 100 stone monuments along it has become a personal mission for county workers. Tobia said the monuments were installed in memory of members of the Signal Corps who gave their lives for their country over the years the fort was operational.The county will complete the work, then maintain the Avenue of Memories as part of a financial arrangement between the U.S. Army, the county, and the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA) expected to be finalized within weeks. By the end of 2016, the Army will transfer final ownership of the fort to the state through FMERA. To hasten the final transfer, FMERA will purchase the remaining fort parcels from the Army for $33 million with a loan from the Monmouth County Improvement Authority. About $10 million is expected to be repaid through proceeds from the sale of fort parcels, some currently in various stages of completion. The Improvement Authority will back the bonds, and FMERA must make payments over seven years.The Avenue of Memories includes Saltzman Avenue and Sherrill Avenue/Wilson Avenue. The county hopes to dedicate the roadway as a public right-of-way by late fall.The Route 537 entrance to Fort Monmouth, known as the Johnson Gates, are being retainedand maintained as the fort is redeveloped. Photo by Anthony V. CosentinoReopening Route 537 through the fort, which spans portions of Eatontown, Oceanport, and Tinton Falls, has long been requested by residents for convenience and traffic relief along busy Routes 35, 36, and adjacent thoroughfares. Built by the Army, the road’s physical condition and width didn’t meet modern county road standards and specifications.Monmouth County Freeholder Director Thomas Arnone, liaison to the Department of Public Works and Engineering, initially met with Tobia and County Engineer Joe Ettore to review and inspect the road prior to the start of work. County staff then began fixing the drainage system, trimming trees, mowing, and installing traffic markings, signs, signals, and lighting.“We began August 22, which is significant,” Tobia said. “August 20 was the 99-year anniversary of the fort opening. Guys took pride they were working to open the road 99 years later. Now, the Army, freeholders, FMERA, and our department members are all coming together to open it up in a significant time period.”“They are doing the work with tender loving care, dedication, and commitment in preserving the monuments,” Arnone said. “It’s a home run that will entice development even more.” Various layers of security are in place to keep the fort, its structures, and the public safe and secure once the Avenue of Memories becomes operational.The monuments will be preserved along with the red brick “Johnson Gate” entry arches at the Route 537 entrance of the fort. Other monuments are located throughout the base, including one dedicated to World War II, which has also been spruced up by county workers.Bruce Steadman, FMERA executive director, said monuments not among those lining the Avenue of Memories may be consolidated into two locations with parking for public access, perhaps in a park-like atmosphere. The monuments along the Avenue of Memories will remain in place he said, adding “John Tobia has expressed a strong interest in keeping them where they were installed.”“Our personnel in all divisions totally work as a team, going 110 percent on all special projects, but on this one, they take unique and personal pride,” Tobia said. “They want to make the road safe and aesthetically pleasing, but are especially enthusiastic about preserving the fort’s past.”“John Tobia and his staff are very dedicated to the memorials and are working tirelessly,” said Freeholder Lillian Burry, the county’s representative on FMERA who crafted the financial package with the Monmouth County Improvement Authority. County trucks and green-clad staff are working throughout the fort on landscaping, upkeep, and maintenance. Attendees at the September monthly FMERA meeting observed crews trimming trees outside FMERA offices at 7 p.m. All work is being done in an in-kind arrangement as part of the financial agreement.#3 (Johnson Gates) – The Route 537 entrance to Fort Monmouth, known as the Johnson Gates, are being retained and maintained as the fort is redeveloped.last_img read more

first_img26 May 2006The government is to set up a special unit to help cut through the red tape blocking the growth of South Africa’s small business sector, says Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.She was responding to a question in the National Council of Provinces in Cape Town on Tuesday on how regulations governing small businesses were effecting the Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative for South Africa (Asgi-SA).Special unit“We’ve undertaken a review of some of our regulations that impact on small business, so, yes, we’ve identified those regulations that hamper small business development,” Mlambo-Ngcuka said.The Deputy President said that as some regulations were removed, new ones were introduced, and the situation needed to be monitored to ensure an optimal environment for a sector identified as key to Asgi-SA’s target of 6% economic growth.A unit would be set up in the presidency to conduct this monitoring, she said.Removing obstaclesThe Cabinet had already adopted a plan “to remove unnecessary regulatory obstacles that make the work of SMMEs either cumbersome or expensive,” Mlambo-Ngcuka said, adding that these included tax burdens.“Poorly designed or implemented” labour regulations had also been identified, along with the need to focus on electronic business administration and communications to facilitate cheaper, more efficient practices.Obstacles in the municipal legal environment, such as “the many bylaws that we find in our municipalities that make it difficult for small business to trade,” were also receiving attention, the Deputy President said.MicrofinanceInterventions already identified, she said, included the acceleration of the Apex and Mafisa programmes to provide microfinance for start-up businesses – a sector often neglected by the mainstream banking sector.Another intervention was a new product on offer from the Khula development agency for entrepreneurs looking for loans of between R10 000 and R250 000.The National Chamber of Commerce (Nafcoc) is being supported by the presidency in another initiative that aims to create 100 000 new SMMEs (small, medium and micro enterprises) every year.SouthAfrica.info reporter and BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_imgIf you’re just joining the geocaching adventure, DNF stands for Did Not Find. It’s a log type when you’re searching for a geocache, and guess what, didn’t find it. But what you should also know, is that a DNF log can transform into a “Found it!” The log type doesn’t mean you’ve given up, it means, well, that you didn’t find the geocache—this time. A DNF also means, “I care.”When you log a DNF, you’re telling geocachers that the geocache may be more difficult to find than anticipated or may even be missing. You’re also letting the geocache owner know that they may need to double check that their geocache container can still be found at the posted coordinates.If you’re a geocacher who’s logged one of the millions DNF’s posted to Geocaching.com so far, thanks from the geocaching community. It’s a small way to help ensure the quality of geocaching. Plus, you can always go back and search again. Who knows, maybe this time you’ll catch a break and log a “Found it!”Share the geocache that you’ve DNF’d the most in comments below. Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedTurn that frown upside downDecember 18, 2018In “News”Why You Should Log Your DNF’s – Geocaching.com Weekly MailerAugust 22, 2012In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”5 Geocaching Dreams — And How to Interpret ThemMarch 3, 2015In “Community”last_img read more

first_imgFrom the moment she landed in a chartered Air-India jet at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport on the sunny afternoon of July 27, Mrs Gandhi exuded optimism and openness, a warmth that easily cut across protocol and security barriers to create a deeply personal impression during her first state,From the moment she landed in a chartered Air-India jet at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport on the sunny afternoon of July 27, Mrs Gandhi exuded optimism and openness, a warmth that easily cut across protocol and security barriers to create a deeply personal impression during her first state visit to the US in 10 years.Received in New York by an assortment of dignitaries, including Ambassador Selwa Roosevelt, chief of protocol for the US Government, the Indian Ambassador K.R. Narayanan and the US Ambassador to India, Harry G. Barnes. Mrs Gandhi’s indication of informality was instantly evident as she stepped off the plane. Cordially patting a reporter’s hand in the press enclosure, minutes after she stepped on American soil, she enthused: “I’m delighted to be here, to see President Reagan again and to see some of the American people. I hope.”As her black Cadillac, flying both the American and Indian flags, whisked her off to her suite in the restrained elegance of the Carlyle Hotel on Manhattan’s fashionable Upper Eastside, Mrs Gandhi had ample time to savour the pleasures of New York – spending four days in the city out of her eight-day American tour.Exclusive Lunch: Almost her first public appearance in the city was an unscheduled, shopping spree at a reputed department store, followed by an exclusive lunch for 55 hosted by the Metropolitan Museum (the Met). Chatting amiably to celebrities who included Zubin Mehta, conductor of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Diana Vreeland, high priestess of fashion, the city’s culture commissioner Henry Geldzahler, as well as the heads of The Asia Society and the Indo-US Sub-commission, the occasion marked the official sanction of the Met’s 1985 exhibition entitled ‘India!’advertisementMrs Gandhi being welcomed at the White House: Right foot forwardThe Met, which will present the major exhibition of Indian art from 1300-1900 with the cooperation of the Indian Government, has already been working on the project for over a year. Says art historian Stuart Carey Welch, consultant to the Met in charge of assembling the best of the 300 Indian art objects that will be shown under one roof: “Our thought is to do a grand exhibition, choosing things from every tradition within the enormous continuum that characterises Indian culture borrowed from public and private collections in India, the US. Great Britain and Europe.”Rushing straight from the Metropolitan Museum lunch, she appeared relaxed in one of her flowered silk saris, as she dropped in for a 20-minute closed-door discussion with United Nations Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar at his 38th floor office in the United Nations building. The talk, vaguely described as a “general review of international problems in many parts of the world” by a spokesman, was followed by her presenting the UN with a 900-year-old stone representation of the Hindu god, Surya, a manifestation, she claimed, of “India’s commitment to the United Nations”.Fabulous Banquet: Later that afternoon, she flew off to Washington in the rain to official meetings with President Reagan and Secretary of State George P. Shultz. Surrounded by the rich panoply and perfection of a Presidential welcome, the high point of Mrs Gandhi’s social success in the US came in the fabulous White House banquet hosted for her by the Reagans on July 29. Washington’s society columnists called the evening the “most elaborate entertainment to date in the Reagan White House” – dinner and dancing for 116 people with unique finale: a special concert by Indian conductor Zubin Mehta conducting 60 musicians of the New York Philharmonic in the Rose Garden.Received by the President and the First Lady on the north side of the White House – other guests arriyed on the south side – the Indian prime minister, in a textured raspberry silk sari looked simplicity itself in comparison to Nancy Reagan, who as a special gesture wore a sari-inspired, peach-coloured one-shoulder dress trimmed in silver and designed by her favourite designer Adolfo.As the President and prime minister slowly descended the White House’s Grand Staircase to the trumpets sounding ‘Ruffles and Flourishes’, they followed a colour guard to the East Room where the guests had assembled to be introduced in a receiving line. Among them were two former American ambassadors to India. Ellsworth Bunker and John Sherman Cooper; former ambassador to Italy Clare Booth Luce; S. Dillon Ripley, head of the Smithsonian Institution, the novelist John Updike as well as a distinguished team of academics and intellectuals.Long Preparation: In an interview with The New York Times, Nancy Reagan admitted that she had been involved in preparing the evening since April, when the Indian prime minister accepted the American visit. In fact, she had approached conductor Zubin Mehta for the concert through their common friend Frank Sinatra. Said she: “I try very hard to mix people up, to have guests from the business world, the arts, sports, education and old friends, because I think that’s what makes an evening fun and interesting for everyone.”advertisementTypical of the manner in which Mrs Gandhi can captivate a foreign audience, as much by her political barbs as by sudden personal revelations, were the words in which she described herself after receiving the U Thant Award in New York. She suddenly let the mask slip as she discussed her public and private persona saying…Mrs Gandhi at a presentation ceremony at the UNProfessor Buultjens also said that much has been written about me. I differ. Many, many words have been written but they” re been written about some person whom I don’t recognise at all. I don’t know who she is or where these people hare met her because she certainly isn’t anywhere within me. I am somebody quite different and whether that person will be discovered or not, I don’t know and frankly, I don’t really care. What is important is that that person is there, audit is that person who exists, and who has nothing to do with being in power or out, haring a victory or a defeat. The person that is in the core of each one of us welcomes any experience and tries to use that experience for an inner strength, to build up the inner resources, to build up the inner calm, which 1 think, is the message of most religions. Even the menu obtained her final approval. Bathed in candlelight, the guests sat at tables in the State Dining Room to go through a four-course dinner that included seafood neptune, lamb in golden pastry, salad and French cheese and a frozen black cheery bombe accompanied by a choice of Caiifornian wines. After dinner the guests attended the musical concert following which the Indian prime minister left. But champagne and dancing followed in the flower-filled Grand Foyer, glittering with crystal chandeliers and mirrors.The end of her Washington visit was marked by the usual exchange of gifts between the two families: President Reagan received a Kashmiri carpet showing a hunting scene and Nancy Reagan a gold silk sari. The Reagans gave Mrs Gandhi a silver shell box reproduced from colonial Williamsburg, Audubon prints of American birds with Reagan’s personal signature, Audubon-designed serving spoons in a satin case and a silver frame with Reagan’s picture personally signed and embossed with the Presidential seal. Rajiv Gandhi received a crystal bowl by Cartier on a wooden stand with the President’s seal. Sonia, his wife, was presented a rainbow-rose Boehm lapel pin and her children, Rahul and Priyanka, a pen each with inscriptions by the President and the First Lady respectively.Close Encounters: Returning to New York on July 31, Mrs Gandhi amazed New Yorkers by immersing herself in a series of gruelling meetings with Americans and Indians residing in America from all walks of life. Starting with an encounter with a string of office-bearers of the numerous associations of Indians settled in the US and ending with a tea party to meet leading American women, Mrs Gandhi spent an exhaustive two days in the city, taking time off for two theatre shows.advertisementTypically, her style varied from group to group. Sternly admonishing the Indian groups, she snapped at them in school-marm fashion: “It is indeed unfortunate that wherever Indians are, instead of forming one strong Indian organisation, you have hundreds of separate groups.” Even sharper was her claim that “the Indian community abroad is not standing up for India. We have nothing to be ashmed of. You only have to see our statistics and see how impressively we have progressed”.Later in the afternoon, she turned her attention to a group of scientists of Indian origin who had flown into NewYork from all over the US to express their desire to aid development of science and technology in India. The meeting, which was closed to the press, was held under the stewardship of Dr M.S. Swaminathan (formerly of the Planning Commission, and now director-general of the Rice Research Institute in Manila).Discussions at this meeting revolved round the creation of an Indo-US joint panel on science and technology transfers and, specifically, the setting up of a demonstration-cum-training project housed in a “Technology City” for which the Indian Government will provide 2,000 acres of land, water, electricity and other facilities. The city will be set up with PL-480 funds to be released for development and additional support will be sought from the American private sector. Already, Westing-house Corporation has agreed to aid the project.Her meeting with Indian scientists was followed by another closed-door meeting with Indian businessmen, whom Mrs Gandhi personally encouraged to correspond with her secretariat in New Delhi about their particular problems. She discussed possibilities of increasing exports to America in the way of electronics and software goods, and responded very favourably to the group’s offer to raise equity funds in dollars for Maruti.Dashing off in the evening to catch up with a Broadway show Agnes of God starring Tony, award-winning actress Amanda Plummer, Mrs Gandhi maintained an unflappable calm when a crisis erupted mid-performance. In the show’s last 15 minutes, sudden groans in the audience led to speculation that an assassination attempt on the prime minister had been foiled, but it turned out that a member of the audience had suffered a heart attack and had had to be carried out. The play resumed after the actress took a few minutes to regain her composure but Mrs Gandhi sat through completely unruffled by the incident, later going backstage to greet a thrilled cast.Next morning, which was a Sunday, she donned a crimson salwar-kameez to visit a gurudwara in an Indian-dominated section of Queens and returned to a quiet private lunch with a family friend, Dorothy Cousins. Changing into an elegant silk lungi, she spend the afternoon once again at the theatre, this time to catch a matinee show of the popular and rather bawdy play about 18th century composer Mozart called Amadeus.Award: Her last day in New York began early, with a small ceremony at her hotel where she prestigious U Thant Award for cultural understanding between the East and West. Named after the third general of the United Nations, was presented by Sri Lankan economist Professor Ralph Buultjens, on behalf of the Award Committee. He explained that it was being presented to Mrs Gandhi in her personal capacity, not as prime of India, its earlier recipients being distinguished world leaders like Professor Arnold Toynbee, Dr S. Radhakrishnan, Adlai Stevenson and Lester Pearson.Her next engagement was of an altogether different kind. Calling on the city’s colourful Mayor, Ed Koch, she was forced to apply her evasive diplomatic skills. When Koch politely enquired of her whether there were any Jews in India and whether Israel had an embassy in New Delhi, Mrs Gandhi, exercising crucial tact, replied: “No, but they have a consul who is not there right now. The individual may be different, but there is a consulate.” Koch presented her with an expensive Steuben glass apple – “symbolic of our city which is popularly known as the Big Apple” – to which she responded with a gift of a rosewood box inlaid with an ivory Taj Mahal.Canny Replies: At a huge luncheon in her honour held at the Waldorf-Astoria, hosted by the Foreign Policy Association in cooperation with The Asia Society, the Far Eastern American Council of Commerce and Industry and the Indian Chamber of Commerce of America. Mrs Gandhi summed up the state of the Indian nation flooring the 1,500 guests – who had paid $40 (Rs 360) per ticket – with her canny fielding of questions. Former ambassador to India Robert Goheen, who read out the questions written down by members of the audience, asked: “What do you think is a permanent solution to the Kashmir problem?” With great elan, Mrs Gandhi retorted: “Problem? What problem? We don’t see a problem there at all.”Informal Tea: Her last scheduled meeting in New York, before she took off for a day’s halt each in Los Angeles and Honolulu, was an informal tea, called at her own request to meet leading American women. Hosted by the Indian ambassador’s wife. Mrs Narayanan, the 30 women were placed at small tables for five each with an empty chair at each table for Mrs Gandhi to join the groups at random.Among the women were the doyenne of modern dance Martha Graham, Eleanor Smeal, president of the National Organisation of Women, Ellen Futter. president of Barnard College. Ruth Heineman of the League of Women Voters, novelist Bette Bau Lord and editors Joan Freseman (of The Asia Magazine) and Charlotte Curtis (of the Op-Ed pages of The New York Times.)Reporters were neither invited nor allowed at the meeting, described as a “private event”, where Mrs Gandhi moved from table to table receiving information, though the exchange of views inevitably turned to the status of women in India. Said Joan Freseman of her impressions of Mrs Gandhi at the meeting: “She’s refined and chiselled-looking and, when she speaks, she’s very convincing. Unless you know differently, you want to believe her.”That was typical of the impression Mrs Gandhi left behind on America’s east Coast where she spent most of her visit. Her directness of approach, combined with her obvious warmth and candour, took most Americans by surprise-they may know otherwise but for the extent of her visit they wanted to believe her.last_img read more

first_imgTouch Football affiliated competitions across Queensland have additional reasons to celebrate, as major sponsor Harvey Norman commenced delivery of vital competition equipment to 80 affiliated competitions across the state. The ‘Go Harvey Go’ packs include footballs, kit bags, ball pumps and more and are a welcome support for the more than 110,000 Touch Football players across Queensland that enjoy the game year round. A large percentage of Queensland’s junior Touch Footballers have this week converged on Hervey Bay to compete in the Queensland Junior State Championships. The annual event has drawn 210 teams and approximately 3,500 participants to the region from throughout Queensland. Former Queensland Origin representative and Clive Churchill medallist, Scott Prince, who now represents Queensland and Australia in Touch Football, joined Touch Football junior participants and committee members from Hervey Bay Touch Football Association on Thursday to deliver one of 80 packs that have been distributed throughout Queensland to affiliated competitions.Harvey Norman Chief Operating Officer, John Slack-Smith said the company was delighted to once again be providing playing equipment to hundreds of Touch Football affiliated competitions across Australia. “This is the second year in a row that Harvey Norman has provided footies, training kits and more to benefit thousands of Touch Football players,” said Slack-Smith. “Touch Football has one of the largest national sporting footprints and it is important that players, coaches and referees receive the equipment they need to continue to participate, from grassroots right through to the elite level.” Queensland Touch Football CEO, Jamie O’Connor thanked Harvey Norman for their ongoing support of the game and said “having partners like Harvey Norman that are invested in the growth and health of our sport is fantastic. The support that they provide to the grass roots through the Go Harvey Go packs provides vital resources to our participants and assists our members in offering sustainable and affordable competitions in their communities. “The benefits of this investment can be seen in Hervey Bay this week where more than 210 junior teams from all across the state have descended on the Fraser Coast to take part in the Queensland Junior State Cup. ‘We have a record number of teams competing this year as the event continues to grow year on year. This year we have several affiliates who are competing for the first time; affiliates such as Roma, Brothers and Arana are small affiliates who are establishing themselves in their community. The Go Harvey Go packs being provided to these new affiliates allows them to allocate resources into developing their competition and into providing their participants the opportunities the play in events like the Junior State Cup. Without the support of Harvey Norman these players might not be afforded such an opportunity,” O’Connor added. Further information on the packs and the Queensland Junior State Cup can be found online at www.qldtouch.com.au Harvey Norman has been the major partner of Touch Football Australia since 2013.Related LinksGo Harvey Go Packslast_img read more

first_imgSaturday 15 JuneEels v RoostersBankwest Stadium Friday 14 JuneCowboys v Titans1300Smiles Stadium Saturday 13 JulyBroncos v WarriorsSuncorp Stadium Sunday 2 JuneTitans v WarriorsCbus Super Stadium Friday 31 MayEels v TigersBankwest Stadium Saturday 20 JulyCowboys v Roosters1300Smiles Stadium NRL Touch Premiership Match Day AssistantTouch Football Australia (TFA), in conjunction with the NRL, introduced the NRL Touch Premiership in 2018, with games played as curtain-raisers to NRL games. 2019 is the second and an expanded year of the Elite Competition with introduction of two new teams, the Sydney Roosters and the New Zealand Warriors.TFA is seeking suitably qualified volunteers to fill the role of Match Day Assistant throughout the 2019 NRL Touch Premiership.ResponsibilitiesDuties include but are not limited to the following:Assist with the venue setup prior to each matchMaintain excellent standard of field presentation during each matchPack down Touch Football field in an efficient manner prior to NRL warm upAssist with any additional tasks requested by Grounds Manager or Game Day ManagerFollow the provided Runsheet to ensure setup and pack down is done to scheduleRequirementsCurrent financial member of a TFA AffiliateKnowledge of Touch FootballExcellent time management skillsAbility to follow instructions and take directionBe a team player willing to assist the Grounds Manager and Game Day Manager with additional tasks as requiredBe at venue 2 hours prior to NRLTP match and up to 60 minutes post-matchAbility to complete physically demanding tasksMinimum age of 18Attire: Club polo and jumper and pants/jeans (with no holes or rips)Reports To: Grounds ManagerThe Grounds Manager is responsible for the set-up and pack-down operations, field presentation, management of Match Day Assistants and more.The Game Day Manager may also call upon you for assistance if required. The Game Day Manager is responsible for accreditation, management of teams, referees, broadcasting, match delivery and more.AvailabilityTouch Football Australia hope that are you able to assist with as many matches as possible. We encourage you to still apply should you only be available for 1-2 matches.Through the application process you will be able to select which match days you are able to volunteer at.Please see below for NRL Touch Premiership matches TFA are sourcing volunteers for: Thursday 1 AugustTigers v KnightsLeichhardt Oval Application ProcessPlease ensure you have read the position description above. To apply for the role of Match Day Assistant, please click on the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NRLTP_Match_Day_Assistant_ApplicationApplication Closing DatesSunday 5th May 2019.As thanks for your assistance, you will receive a free ticket to the NRL match following your shift.For further information on the role, please contact TFA National Event Coordinator, Colette Ritchie.E: [email protected]: 02 6212 2824 Saturday 8 JuneCowboys v Knights1300Smiles Stadium Sunday 9 JuneBroncos v TigersSuncorp Stadium Friday 2 AugustBroncos v CowboysSuncorp Stadium Friday 5 JulyTigers v CowboysBankwest Stadium Sunday 19 MayKnights v EelsGlen Willow Stadium Saturday 6 JulyKnights v BroncosMJS Stadium Thursday 27 JuneTigers v TitansBankwest Stadium Sunday 21 JulyTitans v EelsCbus Super Stadium DATEMATCHVENUE Sunday 21 AprilTitans v BroncosCbus Super Stadium Sunday 14 JulyRoosters v KnightsCentral Coast Stadium Friday 26 JulyKnights v WarriorsMJS Stadiumlast_img read more

first_imgEverton boss Silva has three matches to save jobby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton boss Marco Silva has been handed three matches to save his job.The Daily Star says Silva has been told he has the next three matches to save his job on Merseyside.The Portuguese manager has endured a nightmare start to the season with the Toffees, taking just two victories from eight matches played.Everton, at this early point in the season, find themselves in the relegation zone and Silva has been told time is running out.Silva believed he would be sacked during the international break, following Everton’s lacklustre defeat by Burnley.Crisis talks are said to have taken place at Goodison, during which Silva was informed the results of the next three games would have large bearing on his future. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgClemson's Deshaun Watson celebrates winning the national titleTAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: Quarterback Deshaun Watson #4 of the Clemson Tigers celebrates with the College Football Playoff National Championship Trophy after defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide 35-31 to win the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) CFB PlayoffTwitter/PlayoffThis Monday, the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers will meet in the College Football Playoff title game – capping off what’s been an incredible 2015 season. But we’re already looking ahead to 2016. We have a feeling that fans of every other team in the nation are too.Last year, we put together a list of the 13 teams that could eventually prevail and win the national championship. Three of those teams – Clemson, Alabama and Michigan State – reached the College Football Playoff. Of course, two of them are in the title game.This year, we’ve gone ahead and done the same. Unfortunately, given the tier-system in college football regarding talent, the field is never wide open. Year over year, the same programs, more or less, are capable of putting together title contenders. In some sense, college football is more predictable than many of the other popular sports in our country.Which 13 teams actually have a chance to play for it all next year? Let’s find out:The Only 13 Teams That Can Win >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14last_img read more