NOTICE OF AGM

first_imgTouch Football Australia would like to announce that the annual general meeting (AGM) will be held on February 11, 2006. Here are the relevant documents: NOTICE OF TOUCH FOOTBALL AUSTRALIA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING NOMINATION FORM FOR TOUCH FOOTBALL AUSTRALIA BOARD OF DIRECTORSlast_img

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9 months agoBenkovic insists Celtic perfect preparation for Leicester return

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Benkovic insists Celtic perfect preparation for Leicester returnby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFilip Benkovic says he will be ready for the Premier League after his loan stint with Celtic. The Leicester City defender has earned rave reviews for his performances in Scotland this season.And he thinks the experience will set him up perfectly for a return to the King Power.”In this period at Celtic, I feel I’ve improved as a player every day,” he told the Scottish Sun. “Here, I have to the scope to work on every aspect of my game.”That’s vital if I want to go on to play at the very top level. I feel good here and that I’m doing a good job.”Later in my career, when I look back, I want to say I did well at Celtic. I want to know that I worked hard and was very humble during my time in Scotland.”This will prepare me for the Premier League. Experience is so important for a player because it then makes it easier to deal with certain situations.”It makes you smarter. But nothing can happen without hard work because I think the Premier League is the No.1 in the world.”Here at Celtic, I play with pressure, which is good. But that’s normal for me – I came from a club in Croatia where it was the same.”I like that, I enjoy the pressure. To me that’s a positive, now and moving forward.”The last information I had from Leicester was that I am staying at Celtic until the end of the season.”I enjoy it here so that’s what I’m focusing on. After that, we will speak and see what’s for the best.”I’m having fun here and want more of it.” last_img read more

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The Only 10 Teams That Can Win The 2016 NCAA Tournament

first_imgCollege Spun's NCAA tournament bracket.college spun bracketOn Sunday night, the 68-team NCAA Tournament field will officially be revealed, and fans of each of those programs will begin to map out how they will take home the title, no matter how realistic it may be. While it is always fun to see a Cinderella squad make a run, the group of teams that can realistically win six straight games and take home the title is pretty limited.The 2015-16 college basketball season has been pretty crazy, with a handful of teams hitting No. 1 in the polls. However, as we get into the conference tournaments, an upper tier of teams has started to set itself apart from the pack. Upsets happen, and anything can occur in March, but in all likelihood your next national champion will come from one of these 10 schools.Next: Duke >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11last_img read more

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Caitlyn Jenner Attends StarStudded Voices On Point Gala

first_imgMore than 400 guests attended the fourth annual Voices on Point gala in Los Angeles on Saturday night to support higher education opportunities for LGBTQ students.Caitlyn Jenner speaks onstage during the Point Foundation’s Annual Voices On Point Gala at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Credit/Copyright: Jason Kempin/Getty Images for The Point FoundationCaitlyn Jenner presented the Point Horizon Award to two Point Alumni, Rhys Ernst, Co-Producer for Amazon’s “Transparent,” and Zach Zyskowski, Producer on ABC Family and Ryan Seacrest Productions docuseries “Becoming Us,” and Producer on CBS’ perennial hit “Big Brother.”The evening celebrated the accomplishments of Point Foundation (Point) scholarship recipients, and included musical performances from Grammy Award-nominated singer/songwriter Stacy Barthe, Tony Award winner and star of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, Sara Ramirez, American Idol, Top Five Finalist, Rayvon Owen, and singer/songwriter Joey McIntyre.The event, held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, was the most successful Voices on Point event to date for Point Foundation, the nation’s largest scholarship- granting organization for LGBTQ students of merit.Celebrity appearances at Point Honors included Amy Landecker; Camryn Magness; Connor Franta; Gavin Macintosh; Greg Louganis; Hayden Byerly; Our Lady J; Ray Santiago; Sherri Saum; Teri Polo; Bradley Whitford; Utkarsh Ambudkar and more.The program opened with remarks from Teri Polo and Sherri Saum, stars of the ABC Family’s groundbreaking series, “The Fosters,” which made network television history this season when two characters shared the first teen same-sex kiss. Saum remarked, “While there is still much work to be done on the road to true LGBTQ equality, the Point Scholars and Alumni we will hear from tonight… make crystal clear one very inspiring point – the future of LGBTQ rights is in very good hands.”Five-time Olympic medalist Greg Louganis introduced Caitlyn Jenner, noting that they had last seen each other eight months ago. “But it wasn’t until tonight that I had the pleasure of meeting the incredible woman she is today—and she’s just as strong, courageous, tenacious, smart and beautiful as ever. “While presenting Ernst and Zyskowski with The Point Horizon Award — an honor given to inspirational young leaders who have advocated for the LGBTQ community — Caitlyn Jenner commended the two award recipients for their work, “helping to change public perceptions of the trans community and the entire LGBTQ community.” In her remarks Jenner referred to the LGBTQ community as “…a big extended family that, thankfully, I have been welcomed into.” She continued by saying that she was, “…honored to be presenting the Point Horizon award to two members of her LGBTQ family.”During Zyskowski’s acceptance remarks, he spoke of what organizations like Point Foundation mean to the LGBTQ community and particularly to young students. “I wouldn’t be making television if Point had not seen promise in me when I was only 16 years old, and at that moment in time, producing television was only a distant dream. I know what it is to feel alone in your own community, to feel that no one loves you for who you are. I want to show a whole generation of people that you are not alone. You can be who you want to be. You can love who you want to love. Any dream is within reach. You are all so very beautiful.”Following Zach’s moving remarks, Ernst began his own powerful speech about the support Point provides. “People often ask me how I got to where I am now and how I got involved with ‘Transparent.’ One way of telling that story is to say ‘I was a Point Scholar.’” Noting Jenner’s public transition, Ernst concluded, “The trans civil rights movement is underway, but there are huge obstacles still ahead. Trans people need our allies more than ever. I want to thank my supporters, friends, allies, and the continued work of the Point Foundation for building the way to a better future for all.”Throughout the night, other Point scholars and alumni shared their own moving, personal stories, reflecting on Point’s ability to empower promising LGBTQ students through financial assistance, mentoring and leadership development programs and opportunities. Since 2001, Point has invested more than $18 million in the education and support of Point Scholars.“The feelings of friendship and support that surround us here tonight are what we hope to bring to more LGBTQ students,” said Jorge Valencia, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Point Foundation said, “We are so grateful that a new member of our community — Caitlyn Jenner — joined us to recognize the challenging journey and inspirational accomplishments of Point Scholars and so many LGBTQ students.”A number of Point’s 85 current scholars and some of the Foundation’s 214 alumni joined celebrities onstage and shared with the audience their inspiring stories about the challenges overcome in pursuit of a higher education degree.HBO and Wells Fargo served as the Presenting Sponsors for Voices on Point. Hilton Worldwide served as Premier Sponsor. Principal sponsors included Lowenstein Sandler, Time Warner, and Toyota Financial Services. The Advocate served as the National Media Sponsor, and Frontiers L.A. served as the Local Media Sponsor. Friends of Point supporting the evening included Barefoot Wine.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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The Latest Acting EPA boss says hes deregulation champion

first_imgWASHINGTON — The Latest on acting Environmental Protection Agency chief Andrew Wheeler (all times local):9:30 a.m.President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency is describing himself as a champion of deregulation and the environment.Former coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler has been leading the EPA since Scott Pruitt resigned amid ethics scandals in July. He is to appear Wednesday before a Senate committee considering his nomination.Wheeler’s prepared remarks call protecting human health and the environment his most important responsibility. He cites EPA progress cleaning up Superfund sites and other pollution, including work that was begun under the Obama administration.Wheeler also boasts of the Trump administration’s regulatory rollbacks at the EPA, saying the administration has finished 33 major deregulatory actions.Wheeler is expected to face questioning on the health impacts of those rollbacks and on his past lobbying work.___12:55 a.m.Acting Environmental Protection Agency chief Andrew Wheeler’s past lobbying work is expected to draw scrutiny at his confirmation hearing for the permanent post.A Senate committee on Wednesday will consider Wheeler as President Donald Trump’s nominee for EPA administrator. Wheeler has served as the agency’s acting head since Scott Pruitt resigned in July amid allegations over Pruitt’s spending and alleged favour-seeking.Environmental groups want senators to question Wheeler about his lobbying for coal interests and others just before he joined the EPA.The watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has filed an ethics complaint alleging Wheeler improperly oversaw regulatory rollbacks benefiting coal and others he had lobbied for.EPA spokesman John Konkus calls that “baseless.” Konkus says Wheeler consults closely with ethics officials at the agency.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Five projects in Northeast BC get Rural Dividend grants

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The B.C. government announced today that five projects in Northeast B.C. will be getting $567,190 in funding from the Province’s Rural Dividend Program.The funding is part of nearly $8 million in 58 project grants being awarded to eligible local governments, First Nations and not-for-profit organizations through the Program.The Community Futures Peace Liard is receiving a grant of $112,200 to deliver a virtual entrepreneur training program, a Junior Dragons’ Den, and a mentorship program for students in grades 7 to 12, as well as those taking post-secondary and trades training classes. The District of Chetwynd is getting $20,000 in funding complete improvements to three local trails. Futurpreneur Canada is being awarded $311,100 to continue the ThriveNorth programs in 2019. The Fort Nelson First Nation is being awarded $50,000 to complete business and technical planning necessary to help secure a forest licence for birch stands, while the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality is being awarded $73,890 to guide future economic development for the municipality.“Government is following through on its commitment to help rural communities navigate changes that have impacted local economies, by supporting local business development and creating new partnerships to promote shared prosperity,” Donaldson said. “These rural dividend grants are bringing positive change to rural communities throughout B.C.”Earlier this month, nearly $5 million was granted to fund 30 projects in wildfire-impacted areas and two communities that were affected by the shutdown of local mills.last_img read more

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Vying for New Delhi’s eye

first_imgBoth the seats in the Barak valley of Assam-Silchar and Karimganj go to polls today in the second phase for which campaigning was in full swing. While there are 14 candidates in the fray in Silchar, there are 19 contesting in Karimganj. However, the main fight in Silchar is between BJP and Congress; and Karimganj is seeing a 3 cornered fight among BJP, Congress, and AIUDF. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the star campaigner for BJP, and Rahul Gandhi have already visited the valley and addressed rallies. Other leaders have also flown in and out for both the major candidates including the rallies of Himanta Biswa Sarma and Priyanka Gandhi. Also Read – A special kind of bondClearly, the elections this time are at a very crucial juncture and many of the issues affecting the region have a direct bearing on the elections. Needless to say, political parties would also need to address these issues and so far the campaign has shown that the priorities are not necessarily similar. What is very pertinent to note is that Barak valley always needs a strong voice in Delhi to be able to project its issues beyond what would come from Guwahati as an issue of Assam as a priority. Also, for more than a decade, the age-old practice of having a Rajya Sabha MP from the region has not been carried forward by Congress and so the responsibility on both Lok Sabha MPs to be visible in the national capital is very high. Also Read – Insider threat managementThat brings us to the issues at hand and how they are so crucial for the future of the valley. Both on the political and economic front, there are many points that are best raised during this election season as during intervening periods but a certain degree of indifference is seen among the political fraternity. The most important point that touches many people in the valley is the issue of National Registrar Certification (NRC) that is still underway under the guidance of the Supreme Court of India and also a somewhat related impact of the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) that BJP had already passed in the Lok Sabha and has mentioned in its election manifesto. In the NRC process, many genuine Indians have faced a lot of trouble at the various stages of its preparations and the process remains incomplete. While both PM Modi and Rahul Gandhi have assured that no Indian will be out of the list, political workers on the ground have not been found to be vociferous in demanding common man’s comfort and ensuring no harassment. While BJP has proposed and supported CAB, Congress has opposed it. The issue remains that even if CAB is passed by Parliament, the next steps of the application for citizenship after a mandatory wait of six years will have to be smoothly managed and supported by the political and bureaucratic system. The issue of people languishing in detention camps for years is a very sensitive one. Both leaders skipped the issue this time although Narendra Modi had assured during his election campaign in 2014 while speaking at Silchar to stop the detention camps. There are 108 inmates in the detention camp in Silchar which is in a very bad state and local BJP leaders should have made the efforts with state government and Centre to remind them of the prime minister’s promise and free the detained inmates from those camps which are more worse than prisons. The case of 103-year-old Chandradhar Das in Silchar camp and the recent death of Amrit Das in the Goalpara detention camp have shaken the whole of humanity but there is no action on the ground. The only hope is the Supreme Court which has asked the Central and state governments to provide ways and means in which people in detention camps could be allowed to leave. Interestingly, neither the Congress president nor anybody else has uttered a word about these camps and their hapless inmates. However, the most important focus for the Barak valley has to be on the economic front. Both the major political parties have to make this an important point of their campaign as the potential of this region has remained unutilised in all these 70 plus years of Independence. On the other hand, many industries have closed down and condition of the once prosperous tea industry in the region is in shambles. While Rahul Gandhi has mentioned in his Panchgram rally to get the Cachar Paper Mills of Hindustan Paper Corporation in Panchgram to be running in six months time, it seems to be more of a poll promise as he would be unaware of the situation that this once profit-making mill has been led to by many in his own party with the help of vested interests. Narendra Modi kept silent on the whole issue in both his speeches this year at Ramnagar, but his government worked on a model and due diligence for the revival of the mill. However, it is crucial that the employees are paid their salary which is pending for more than two years. The recent move from the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) hearing has generated some interest in the issue but it is crucial to take a political call on the matter and have the mill running. After all, it is the only heavy industry in the region and prospects of the paper industry are still very strong. At the same time, people who have led the mill to such a situation with corrupt practices should be punished at earliest. Barak’s special economic focus has to be strengthened with more infrastructure, skill development, and entrepreneurship. A mission-mode approach developing agriculture and its ancillaries will be crucial in raising the region from its current stagnated situation. The focus to project Assam as an investor-friendly state and a major player in Act East policy of the Union government is being supported by the state government and the Advantage Assam summit in February 2018 while supportive events of Namami Brahmaputra and Namami Barak held in the run-up to that summit in 2017 have shown an intent of BJP dispensation to look at Barak specially. But actual investments on the ground has not been significant and this should be a focus of both the camps to be able to project to New Delhi in order to take advantage of the unique geographical location of Barak valley and allow trading and other avenues with adjoining states and neighbouring countries. The three districts of Barak Valley are directly connected to four northeastern states while Bangladesh and Myanmar borders are very close. There is an interest among ASEAN countries to have more economic engagement with northeastern states and Act East policy will be an enabler in that direction. Likewise, the completion of the East-West corridor of the Mahasadak in the Silchar Guwahati sector is crucial and all the bottlenecks at many of the quarters in the Cachar and Dima Hasao corridors have to be done at a fast pace with the roads fully operational. This will lead to wider economic activities in the region. The prime minister mentioned about the corridor in his speech at Ramnagar but for the last 5 years, the Haflong-Silchar corridor of just about 110 kilometres is yet to be completed. The potential of the inland waterways from the region despite being picked up has still not progressed and will be a gamechanger in trade and commerce once implemented. Prospects of the tourism corridor immediately take off when this road sector is up and functioning. So these elections offer the best possibility for the people of the Barak valley to put the right pressure in gaining the attention of the major political parties for taking care of valley’s interests seriously. The people have to be conscious while voting to see that they choose those candidates who will be able to raise their voices sincerely in Delhi, and deliver, not hide behind political statements and assurances. Enough of that has happened. Over the years the pulling capacity of politicians from Barak valley both in Guwahati and Delhi has dwindled and many of the representatives have not been able to make a mark even on burning issues that affect the people and region. Unless this responsibility is assigned on the elected legislators and parliamentarians it will be a downward slide on many fronts. Hopefully Lok Sabha elections this time will be the turning point for Barak valley politicians to be able to live up to people’s expectations. (Subimal Bhattacharjee is Director of Jookto which works in grassroots in northeast India and a former country head of General Dynamics. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

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State govt, KMC gear up to handle impact of cyclone

first_imgKolkata: The state government, along with Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC), is making all possible arrangements so that service can be extended on a war footing if there is any sort of damage caused due to the cyclone ‘Fani’, which is predicted to move towards Bengal soon.Chief Secretary Malay De held a meeting with concerned government departments and senior KMC officials led by Municipal Commissioner Khalil Ahmed at Nabanna on Tuesday and gave necessary instructions on the arrangements to be put in place for the cyclone. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe coastal areas and riverine areas like Howrah, Hooghly, East Midnapore and South 24-Parganas are likely to be affected more due to ‘Fani’. North Bengal is likely to face the effect of the cyclone on May 3, as per information from the weather office. Municipal Commissioner Khalil Ahmed also held a meeting at the KMC with senior officials of all concerned departments, to ensure that they keep a skeleton gang ready for necessary action on May 2, 3 and 4. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAs per information received from the National Emergency Response Centre and the state department of Disaster Management and Civil Defence, expected wind speed of the cyclone may go up to 60 km/h, 85 km/h and 115 km/h on May 2, 3 and 4 respectively. Rainfall is expected to be in the range of 7 to 20 cm on May 3 and 4. The Parks & Gardens department has been requested to deploy men and machineries to attend to the emergent situation, for removal of uprooted trees including broken branches throughout the city. The Building department will deploy its team to tackle the situation as well. The Lighting department has been instructed to remove uprooted lampposts and disconnect electricity from the posts and similar necessary measures as and when required. The Sewerage and Drainage department and Solid Waste Management department have also been asked to attend to issues like waterlogging and others in the wake of the cyclone. The Municipal Secretary has also been asked to make arrangements for provision of relief material if required.last_img read more

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Do not do business with Israeli settlements urges UK govt

first_imgLONDON– The UK government advises UK companies of the risks involved in doing business with Israeli settlements.The guidance published by UK trade and investment, a government body that works with British businesses in international markets, says there are “clear risks related to economic and financial activities in the settlements, and we do not encourage or offer support to such activity”.It warns companies of  “potential reputational implications of getting involved in economic and financial activities in settlements, as well as possible abuses of the rights of individuals”. The UK government advises companies thinking about financial or economical involvement in settlements to seek, “appropriate legal advice”.In the warning the UK position on settlements is laid out, “The West Bank, including East Jerusalem, Gaza and the Golan Heights are territories which have been occupied by Israel since 1967. Settlements are illegal under international law, constitute an obstacle to peace and threaten to make a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict impossible.”The advice goes on and says if companies do business with Israeli settlements then the UK government “does not encourage or offer support to such activity”.Doing business with Israeli settlements, including tourism, contain ‘legal and economic risks”, according to the UK government.   These risks stem from the fact that Israeli settlements are “built on occupied land and are not recognised as a legitimate part of Israel’s territory. This may result in disputed titles to the land, water, mineral or other natural resources which might be the subject of purchase or investment”.The short advice also acknowledges concerns of consumers not wishing to buy products from Israeli settlements and it was way the UK government introduced voluntary guidelines to enable products from Israeli settlements to be clearly labeled.Pro-Palestinian groups have capitalised on the advice spreading it on the internet.  However the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement said that the advice did not go far enough.  Although they welcomed the guidance, BDS they said they wanted “more practical measures to bring about British compliance with its obligations under international law.”last_img read more

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