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first_imgTFA are running an online survey on the NTL package that was shown on Fox Sports. If you would like to participate in the survey (and put yourself in the running for a new pair of ESUS shoes) just subscribe to the TFA email database on the front page of the website. Once you subscribe the survey will be sent out via email at the end of this week. Entries for the survey close on June 17. Well, if you’ve been trying to keep up with the TFA website over the past few days you’ll know it’s been flowing thick and fast with information.As editor of the website I’m having trouble finding both the time to write everything and the space to put it on the website…so I thought I’d save myself and everyone else a bit of time and hassle and summarise all the latest news into one story…sort of like a mini mid-week Sixty Seconds in Touch… This Friday is the dual launch of the Queensland 2006 Touch Football State of Origin Campaign and the new Sandstorm Beach Touch competition in Brisbane. Make sure you’re down at the QSAC Venue at 11:00am. The day will include a demo match with some of Queensland’s leading Origin players and also Natalie Cook, Australian Olympic Beach Volleyball Gold Medallist and Director of the Sandstorm venue and competition, as well as plenty of opportunities for the media to promote the event. The Australian Senior Squads have been announced on the TFA website. The final teams to attend the World Cup will not be decided until later this year. Players may be brought into the squads at any point. For more info call 1800 654 951 and speak to Maree Curran. The online shop was recently opened (and then closed again as we try to work through several teething problems with the new system) but already orders have been starting to come through. The new set up is pretty simple; you hit ‘TFA Merchandise’ on the left hand side of the web page and then browse through the different categories and different items. If the shop is still closed when you want to place an order, just ring 1800 654 951 and place your order online with Rachel Grant.center_img The Australian Open squads have also recently been announced and we will be updating the team lists and profiles on the TFA website soon. NTL DVD’s are selling fast, for just $20 you can purchase the package that aired on Fox Sports. Many coaches, referees and players are also purchasing the second DVD, which contains all of the raw footage and also the referee’s commentary of the Open finals for just $30. This DVD is a great resource, while the Fox package is a great promotion of the sport and very well produced. To order your copies phone 1800 654 951 and speak to Rachel Grant or visit the TFA online shop. That’s it for now, make sure you keep an eye on the TFA website daily, as the information and news is going to keep coming quick and fast! ESUS Footwear (TFA’s new sponsor), are getting ready to sell their new range of Touch Shoes both online and also at upcoming events. ESUS representatives will be heading to the Queensland Junior State Cup, State of Origin and National Under 18 Championships, as well as selling their shoes through the TFA online shop and also retail outlets.last_img read more

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9 months agoSchar welcomes praise from Newcastle boss Benitez

first_imgSchar welcomes praise from Newcastle boss Benitezby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFabian Schar has welcomed praise from Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez.Now fully fit, the Swiss defender has impressed since his return.On Benitez’s praise, Schar told Blick: “It’s nice to hear that. He knew before my commitment what I am as a player. “I have my strengths in the game with the ball. I’m still trying to force myself to improve day after day.”Schar went down with Deportivo La Coruna last season.He added: “I do not think about that. Of course, in England, compared to Spain, you have seven to eight teams playing against relegation. That is already extreme.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Gov’t Committed to Social Intervention in Tackling Crime – Dr. Chang

center_img Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, says the Government is committed to a comprehensive programme of social intervention in tackling crime in the society.“We have identified that targeted social intervention is a critical medium-term strategy to allay the effects of crime. We are aiming to identify the pathology of the behaviour and treat it,” he said at a stakeholders’ forum on community intervention at the Iberostar Hotel in the parish on April 5.Dr. Chang argued that the country will only be able to overcome the many challenges of crime, poverty and disorder when “we commit to systemic solutions within a specified framework aimed at tackling the root causes”.He noted that the enhanced security measures that have been implemented, while effective “are not sustainable, long-term solutions to the issue of criminality and social disorder in this town and others across Jamaica”.He said the Government must, therefore, ensure that crime-prevention activities and social programmes are paired with security measures “to achieve sustainable, impactful change to the most at-risk communities. To accomplish this, Government must align social services that complement and enhance each other”.Dr. Chang said the significant value of social intervention has been proven at the Glendevon Primary School in the parish, where there was a more than 90 per cent increase in Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) passes following targeted social work at that institution.He argued that “successes like these” can become the norm when there is greater collaboration among ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs).Such coordination, he said, will ensure better use of fiscal resources and result in more significant impact in the most vulnerable communities.“The development of this kind of strategic approach is why we are all gathered here today. It is my hope that we will emerge with practical, workable solutions that can be implemented for the benefit of affected communities and Jamaica at large,” he expressed.“We are aware that it is our people and their resilience that move Jamaica towards its greatest potential. It is with this understanding that the Ministry of National Security seeks to establish an agreed framework for social-intervention coordination,” he added.The workshop, sponsored by the Ministry, was geared towards crafting an overarching framework to coordinate social interventions and create positive change for communities in St. James.It pulled together representatives of social agencies, who shared ideas on how to create and maintain a safer environment in St. James and surrounding parishes.Dr. Chang praised the initiative as “a vital aspect in the fight against crime”, adding that “as a nation, Jamaica has long seen great value in social-intervention programmes”.He challenged the stakeholders to work to create the impact and change that St. James needs at this time.“If all of us work together, really follow up, follow through, seek change and maintain that presence in the communities, then change will come,” he said.The workshop brought together 36 MDAs, including the Ministries of – Economic Growth and Job Creation; Education, Youth and Information; Local Government and Community Development; Labour and Social Security; and Health; the Social Development Commission (SDC); HEART Trust/NTA; National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC); Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF); Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA); Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ); Peace Management Initiative (PMI); Dispute Resolution Foundation; and Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA); among others.The initiative forms part of the Ministry’s five-pillar crime strategy, with emphasis on crime prevention through social development.last_img read more

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Wall St mixed as investors mull US tax plan TSX dips into

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index dipped into the red on Thursday as Wall Street was mixed amid U.S. President Donald Trump’s long-awaited tax reform package.The S&P/TSX composite index fell 14.34 points to 16,014.99, with energy leading decliners.On the corporate front, Canadian oil and gas companies that reported quarterly earnings Thursday met with mixed reactions from investors, with shares of Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB) down 4.8 per cent (TSX:ENB), while Cenovus (TSX:CVE) rose 2.7 per cent and Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) was up 0.44 per cent at the close.Meanwhile, Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B) saw its shares rise more than six per cent amid news the aerospace and transportation company has signed a letter of intent with an unidentified European customer for a firm order of 31 C Series aircraft and options for an additional 30 jets.In New York, major indices were largely static as investors pored over House Republicans’ tax proposals.The broad strokes of the bill include temporarily cutting the top corporate U.S. tax rate to 20 per cent from 35 per cent, a boon to smaller American companies that tend to pay taxes at higher rates than larger firms that do more business overseas. Key as well would be reduction in the amount of interest Americans can deduct on new mortgages, a scourge for homebuilders.The Dow Jones industrial average climbed 81.25 points to 23,516.26, a record high. The S&P 500 index inched up 0.49 of a point to 2,579.85 and the Nasdaq composite index was down 1.59 points to 6,714.94.As expected, Trump also tapped Federal Reserve board member Jerome Powell on Thursday to replace Janet Yellen as Fed Chair when her term ends in February.In other news, Canadian softwood lumber producers learned Thursday they will be hammered only slightly less forcefully as the U.S. government reduced export duties for most Canadian producers after ongoing political talks failed to reach a deal.“There’s a lot out there to digest today,” said Allan Small, a senior investment adviser at Holliswealth. “The markets, I think are taking it in stride, but they’re pretty much flat for the day.”In currency movements, the loonie was trading at an average price of 77.99 cents US, up 0.38 of a U.S. cent.“Today the Canadian dollar is rising on the back of U.S. dollar weakness rather than Canadian strength,” said Small. “The U.S. dollar is not doing a whole lot… That’s because of tax reform.”In commodities news, the December crude contract added 24 cents to US$54.54 per barrel and the December natural gas contract advanced four cents to US$2.94 per mmBTU.The December gold contract nudged up 80 cents to $1,278.10 an ounce and the December copper contract was unchanged at US$3.14 a pound.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.last_img read more

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French troops deployed amid protests on Reunion island

first_imgPARIS — France is deploying soldiers to calm violence on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion after protests over fuel tax hikes degenerated into looting and rioting.Schools are closed for a third day Thursday because protesters’ roadblocks prevent teachers, children and food supplies from reaching them, according to the regional administration.Gas price protests have simmered in France and its overseas territories since Saturday. On Reunion, the protests unleashed broader anger over poverty that is much more widespread than on the French mainland.French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday night defended government efforts to boost the economy on Reunion but also ordered troops to the area, calling the violence “unacceptable.”The prefecture said 123 people have been arrested since Saturday and some 30 police officers injured.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Province phasing out BC HOME Partnership program

first_imgWhen the program was introduced, the Housing Ministry anticipated that it would provide 42,000 loans over a three-year period. However, as of January 31st, fewer than 3,000 loans had been approved.The Province says that with the cancellation of the program, it will create a new HousingHub within BC Housing, funded in part by winding down the BC HOME program. VICTORIA – The provinceal government has announced that the BC Home Owner Mortgage and Equity Partnership program will come to an end on March 31st because of low participation.The HOME partnership program was introduced by the previous BC Liberal government and allowed first-time home buyers the ability to borrow up to five percent of the purchase price of their new home that would go towards a downpayment. The program issued loans for a term of 25 years, with a five-year interest and payment grace period.The government says that any applications received by March 31st will be considered for approval, and current program recipients will not be affected.last_img read more

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Severe Thunderstorm Watch in effect for the BC Peace

first_imgFlooding seen in Beaverlodge near the Esso gas station on Wednesday afternoon. Photo submitted by Tabitha MoffattSee the full weather warning that has been issued for the B.C. Peace below.Issued at 2018-08-02 02:33 UTC by Environment Canada:Severe thunderstorm watch continued for:B.C. Peace River, B.C. (087300)Current details:Conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms this evening. These storms may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain.Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!Severe thunderstorm watches are issued when atmospheric conditions are favourable for the development of thunderstorms that could produce one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall. Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to [email protected] or tweet reports using #BCStorm. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The B.C. Peace is under a severe thunderstorm watch.  Environment Canada says current weather conditions could create severe thunderstorms Wednesday evening.The storms could have strong winds, large hail and heavy rain.A thunderstorm watch continues in the Alberta Peace.  According to 2DayFM, Beaverlodge received over 45.5 mm of rain in two hours Wednesday causing flash flooding in the community.  Highway 43 was closed for several hours due to the flooding seen below.  The Highway is now open.last_img read more

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CIL helps cyclone Fani-affected Puri

first_imgPuri: Coal India Ltd. (CIL) is leaving no stone unturned to help the Fani Cyclone affected people of Odisha. Cyclone Fani has damaged the entire power distribution infrastructure leaving residents of Puri in the dark. Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd. sent over 200 solar lamps to the collector of Puri to help the residents of Puri. A medical team comprising of doctors and paramedical staff from Nehru Shatabdi Central Hospital (NSCH), Talcher, MCL has been sent to Puri to serve the Fani affected people. CIL has also despatched 2500 Tarpaulins measuring 15′ X 12′ from Jagannath area of Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd. to the collector of Puri for distribution to residents of Puri, Odisha.last_img read more

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Noah Spences Ohio State career ends ruled ineligible for Big Ten play

Then-sophomore defensive lineman Noah Spence (8) tackles Penn State then-freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg during a game at Ohio Stadium on Oct. 26. OSU won, 63-14.Credit: Lantern file photoNoah Spence’s career as an Ohio State Buckeye has officially ended.After multiple failed drug tests stemming from the end of the 2013 season to September, former OSU defensive end Spence has been ruled permanently ineligible for athletic competition by the Big Ten Conference, OSU vice president and athletic director Gene Smith said in a released statement Tuesday night.Smith said that Spence appealed his permanent ineligibility, but was ultimately denied.“The Ohio State University Department of Athletics had assisted Noah and his family leading up to an appeals process that took place today,” Smith said.“While we are disappointed in the outcome, we are pleased that Noah has come a long way and we are very proud of the progress he has made with regard to his health,” Smith said. “The Department of Athletics will continue to assist Noah through his pursuits and provide the academic resources necessary to help him complete his degree program.”Noah Spence walks out of OSU’s fall camp hotel Aug. 7.Credit: Tim Moody / Sports editorIn the minutes following the news, Spence tweeted from his Twitter account, @nspence94:Not what I wanted but now it’s time to get ready for the next level, I’ve learnt so much in the last couple months that it’s all worth it..— Noah Spence (@nspence94) November 26, 2014 Spence, a native of Harrisburg, Pa., was originally suspended following a failed drug test for ecstasy prior to OSU’s matchup with Clemson in the 2013 Orange Bowl. That failed drug test resulted in a three-game suspension for Spence, but prior to his scheduled return to the Buckeyes in September, Spence failed a second drug test, this one resulting in an indefinite suspension.Spence did not immediately respond to an email requesting comment Tuesday evening. Smith declined further comment on the suspension.The Buckeyes are set to close the 2014 regular season against Michigan this Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for noon. read more

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Football Joshua Norwood transfers out of Ohio State

OSU Gray redshirt sophomore Joshua Norwood (28) breaks up a pass intended for OSU Scarlet senior wide receiver Austin Mack (11) during the Spring Game at Ohio Stadium on April 15th, 2017. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Social Media EditorOhio State redshirt sophomore cornerback Joshua Norwood is transferring from the football program, a team spokesman confirmed to The Lantern. Norwood’s departure was originally reported by Tim May of the Dispatch.Norwood is the eighth Buckeye to leave the program since the end of the 2016 season, joining transfers offensive linemen Evan Lisle, Tyler Gerald and Kyle Trout, and wide receivers James Clark, Torrance Gibson and Alex Stump. Quarterback Stephen Collier announced his retirement from football in January, as well.A member of the 2015 recruiting class, the Valdosta, Georgia, native redshirted his first season in Columbus, then played limited minutes in 11 games in 2016, accumulating eight tackles, one tackle for loss and one pass breakup.He has three years of eligibility remaining.Norwood’s transfer brings the Buckeyes down to the NCAA’s 85 scholarship limit for the 2017 season. read more

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