Touch Football Australia presents the second edition of “A Set of Six” for 2008 with the latest rapid-fire news ‘plays’ from around Australia. TFA’s National Media Coordinator Karley Banks brings you up to date every week with a selection of six ‘plays’ on the latest news, views, and events nationally.Welcome to Touch Football Australia’s “A Set of Six” – Volume Two for 2008.NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) Play # 1Darwin Touch Competition serves up exciting clashesThe second week of the new Darwin Touch competition will be punctuated by several exciting match-ups.Men’s Open Premiers Crocs will face off against Palmerston Bulls in what should be a highly competitive clash with both sides having started the season off with losses and looking to claim their first victory of the New Year.Dream Team will confront the unknown quantities of the competition, Honkers. Honkers forfeited their first game due to a lack of numbers, but have since recruited well and should surprise a few teams once they get into the swing of things.Bundy Bears started the season off with a bang when they defeated Palmerston Bulls in the first round and will be keen to continue on their winning way when they come up against T.C.U Incredibles.The Women’s competition has started off well, with new team Legless Emu’s coming up against All About Us in what shapes as an even money bet for the punters.The game of the round sees Palmerston Bulls take on Premiers Scorpions.Both teams started the season off with wins, so this game should be a very fast paced, high scoring game.Crocs play Divas in the last scheduled game of the round, and the Young Divas side will be looking to keep their good form going, but should be tested by the experienced Crocs outfit.Other Events: The Darwin Junior Mixed Competition will commence on the 20th February 2008. Northern Territory Touch is calling for Team nominations in Under 13 and Under 16 divisions. Nominations close 15th February 2008. Please contact NT Touch for more information 08-89368132 or on e-mail [email protected] Northern Territory website: www.nttouch.com.auWESTERN AUSTRALIA (WA) Play # 2 Be Active 2008 State ChampionshipsAffiliates are getting excited about the 2008 Be Active State Championships that are scheduled to be played in just under three weeks time. 38 teams have entered in 7 divisions with a massive 85 referee nominations from 11 different affiliates.The event will be taking place at Rosalie in the heart of Subiaco on the WA March long weekend. The weekend is not just about playing Touch Football, with a Volunteer Breakfast being organized to recognise some of WA’s worthy volunteers on the Saturday morning. A Dash for Cash Saturday lunchtime, and a Sunday night after-party at nightclub, the Sapphire Bar is also on the agenda for WA’s showcase event of the year.On the Touch side of things, Perth Brothers will be going for their fourth straight Men’s Open title. Standing in their way will be the Southern Stars who recently prevented Brothers fourth straight Super League title in January.In the Women’s division, Perth Brothers will be hoping to add the State Championships trophy to their Super League crown. They will face stern opposition from defending champions Northern Spirit, as well as Southern Stars, Fremantle, and Tompkins Park who are all capable of winning on their day in what should prove to be a very close division.You can keep track of all the action by visiting the State Championships website – www.statechamps.com.au Other Events: WA players as always will be looking forward to the National Touch League in March. Normally they jump straight on a plane for Coffs Harbour after an exhaustive State Championships, but this year an extra weeks’ recovery will hopefully assist the preparation of the Men’s and Women’s Open. The Men’s Open was Plate winners last year, whilst the Women’s Open will be looking to improve on an impressive semi-final finish in 2007.The TouchWest website: www.touchwest.comSOUTH AUSTRALIA (SA)Play # 3Touch Football South Australia Affiliate Finals Action heating upAll South Australian Affiliates competitions are starting to heat up with a few top of the table clashes in a race for the finals in the Adelaide University Touch Club being highlighted this week.Little Mermaids (1st) vs. Reschke Bulls (2nd)Botanics TA – Fossils (3rd) v Sharks (1st)Mt Gambier TA– Tiki Roos (1st) v AKA (2nd)Other Events: South Australia’s NTL Crusaders representative players have organized a Games Night Fundraiser for Saturday 16 February 2008. A $10 entry fee includes a Barbeque and games all night. The Barbeque commences at 6:30 pm, with games kicking off at 7:30pm.For tickets please contact Sean Owens on [email protected] Touch Football South Australia website: www.touchsa.com.auQUEENSLAND (QLD) Play # 4SQBD and Brisbane City Planning Days Queensland Touch regions Brisbane City (BC) and South Queensland and Border Districts (SQBD) conducted their respective Planning days for the year ahead on the weekend of 2-3 February 2008. The Planning days for the two heavyweights located in the South East Queensland corner was an opportunity for all affiliates to prioritize and plot events and service objectives and outcomes for the upcoming twelve months.Brisbane City Administrator Gary Madders, QTA Branch Manager John Pratt, and Queensland Touch Game Development Officer (GDO) Glenn Hayes attended the Brisbane City meeting with affiliates Redcliffe and Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association.In Sharkie territory, SQBD General Manager Garry Shephard, GDO’s Mark Jansen, and Bernie Hutton, and SQBD Board member Daryl Madge were on hand to guide SQBD’s affiliates through strategic and operational planning aspects for both the immediate and long term future of the region.Other Events: Queensland’s intrepid GDO Glenn Hayes is on a week long development mission in Cairns, whilst fellow GDO Amber Gilchrist will attend the Sunshine Coast Open and 15 Years School trials in Noosa, and the North Burnett School trials in Gayndah this week.The Queensland Touch Association website: www.qldtouch.com.auVICTORIA (VIC) Play # 5Albert Park Summer Season Grand Finals round upAfter 14 weeks of intense competition in one of Victoria’s driest summer on record, eighteen Summer season championship teams were crowned after four nights of excellent Touch action. The most pleasing aspect of the finals was the fact that 6 of the 18 championship winning outfits contained a majority of first season players who thoroughly enjoyed their first foray into the game of Touch Football. Experienced observers and referees commented on the excellent athleticism and skill displayed by these new players as well as improvement across the board from all participants. The grand final results and in depth match reports can be found at www.albertparktouch.com.auOther Events: Royal Park Affiliate wrapped up their season with a finals afternoon last Wednesday that saw six Premiership deciders on the menu. State Council Chairman Steve Cullen and State Manager David Brady was present to witness a great evening of Touch Football played at the Northern side of the City of Melbourne. For the grand final scores, go to http://www.royalparktouch.com/category/results The Touch Football Victoria website: www.victouch.com.auAUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERROTORY (ACT)Play # 6ACT Winter Competition Nominations Now OpenThe ACTTA 2008 Winter Season will commence on 7 April 2008. Nominations are now open. To download a nomination form, please visit the ACTTA website. There are several great pricing incentives so don’t hesitate – nominate a team today.Enquiries should be directed to ACT Touch Association on (02) 6212 2880 or [email protected] Events: Semi Finals for the ACTTA Summer 07/08 Competition are in full swing! In further news, a drought reprieve has been received with Level 4 Water Restrictions delayed even further to September 2008 for the ACT. That’s it for this week’s edition of “a Set of Six”.Please be sure to check out each State’s website for all the latest information, news, and views in Touch Football from around the nation.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Hodgson warns Crystal Palace fans of daunting fixture runby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRoy Hodgson says Crystal Palace must stay realistic ahead of a daunting fixture run.The Eagles are sixth on the Premier League table heading into the international thanks to Saturday’s win over West Ham United.They will face Manchester City, Arsenal, Leicester City and Chelsea in their next four games.”Things will change,” Hodgson said. “I still fully believe in a championship being a marathon race. It’s nice to start reasonably well and be up with the front runners, but you know you’ve got to keep up that pace and one of the things we don’t have is a big squad.”But if we can keep our heads above water and get to January I hope we can do something about that.”
MONTREAL – The U.S. Department of Commerce has proposed a 219 per cent duty on Bombardier’s CSeries jets following a complaint filed by Boeing.Here’s some of the reaction:“This is clearly aimed at eliminating Bombardier’s C Series aircraft from the U.S. market.” — Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland.———”The U.S. values its relationships with Canada, but even our closest allies must play by the rules.” — U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.———“The magnitude of the proposed duty is absurd and divorced from the reality about the financing of multibillion-dollar aircraft programs.” — Bombardier statement.———“Boeing has no American-made product to offer because it cancelled production of its only aircraft in this size range — the 717 — more than 10 years ago.” — Delta Air Lines statement.———“Subsidies enabled Bombardier to dump its product into the U.S. market, harming aerospace workers in the United States and throughout Boeing’s global supply chain.” — Boeing statement.
WASHINGTON – Most American families grew richer between 2013 and 2016, but the wealthiest households pulled even further ahead, worsening the nation’s massive disparities in wealth and income.The median net worth of all American families rose 16 per cent last year from 2013 to $97,300, according to a Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday. The median is the point where half of families fall below and half above. That’s the first gain for middle class households since the recession upended the economy nearly a decade ago.The figures echo data released earlier this month from the Census Bureau, which also showed middle-class incomes rising. Since 2015, the economic recovery’s benefits have been spread broadly, to nearly all income levels and racial and ethnic groups. But those gains arrived after the first five years of the recovery, when higher-earning households reaped most of the benefits. A low and falling unemployment rate has helped push up pay, while rising home prices have restored some wealth to middle income families.Even with the improvement, the Fed’s report, known as the Survey of Consumer Finances , starkly illustrates the depth of the nation’s wealth and income gaps. The disparities exist along lines of income, race and ethnicity, and between cities and rural dwellers.“You’re seeing a continuing pulling apart in the wealth and income data,” said Elise Gould, senior economist at the Economic Policy Institute.It also points to why so many Americans remain frustrated with the economy: On many measures, most families still haven’t fully recovered from the 2008-2009 downturn. In fact, the median measures for wealth and income still trail their 2001 levels.Lael Brainard, a Fed policymaker, raised concerns in a speech Tuesday that long-running inequalities may hobble U.S. economic growth. Greater concentrations of wealth and income could slow consumer spending, which accounts for about two-thirds of economic activity, because richer households typically save a larger proportion of a pay raise or other income gain than middle- and lower-income ones do.The Fed’s survey found that even as median net worth climbed 16 per cent, average net worth rose more quickly, by 26 per cent to $692,100. Those differences between the median and average figures mostly reflect stronger gains at the top of the income scale. Net worth includes the value of housing, stocks, mutual funds and other savings minus mortgages and other debts.Black and Hispanic families reported large wealth gains, but wealth gaps along racial lines barely narrowed. Median wealth for an African-American family was $17,600 last year, up 29 per cent from 2013. That’s a much bigger gain than the 17 per cent increase for whites.Yet median wealth for white families last year was $171,000, ten times that for blacks and roughly eight times that for Latinos.Median wealth for the richest 10 per cent of all families jumped 40 per cent in the past three years to $1.63 million.The 1 per cent richest families now hold nearly 39 per cent of U.S. wealth, up from 36.3 per cent in 2013, the Fed said. The bottom 90 per cent of families now own just 22.8 per cent of the nation’s wealth, down from 33.2 per cent in 1989.Similar patterns appear in the report’s section on incomes. Latino families reported a 15 per cent gain in median income to $38,500, while median income for African-Americans rose 10 per cent to $35,400. Median incomes for whites rose only 6 per cent, but were still much higher at $61,200.One reason more families are finally regaining some wealth is that home prices have risen steadily since 2012. Average housing wealth — the value of a home, minus mortgages and other debt — rose 20 per cent last year from 2016. That followed a slight drop in home values in the previous three years.Meanwhile, for those Americans who own stocks, the average value of their portfolios increased 23.4 per cent from 2013 to 2016. That followed an 18.2 per cent increase in the preceding three years, when average home values were falling.For the 10 per cent richest Americans, the average value of their stock holdings jumped nearly 37 per cent to $1.37 million.The Fed also broke down their measures by where families live. For families living in cities, median income increased 10 per cent, while those outside cities saw an increase of just 2 per cent.___Follow Chris Rugaber on Twitter at http://Twitter.com/ChrisRugaber
CALGARY, A.B. – Enbridge Inc. has signed a deal to sell its natural gas distribution business in New Brunswick to Algonquin Power and Utilities Corp. for $331 million in cash.Enbridge Gas New Brunswick operates and maintains more than 1,200 km of natural gas distribution pipeline in 12 communities in New Brunswick with 12,000 customers.The company says employees, customers, partners and suppliers can expect no change to the day-to-day operations as it works to complete the deal. Algonquin says it plans to maintain local employment and the existing operating and management structure.The sale is subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.It is expected to close in 2019.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Kolkata: Concluding a long run of 88 years, Mitra Cinema of Hati Bagan in North Kolkata downed its shutters after the owners failed to bear the huge loss incurred while running it.With the closure of the single-screen hall, several memories associated with Barua-Kanan Devi, Chabi Biswas-Sandhyarani or Uttam Suchitra come to an end. The last show at the hall was screened on April 1. Dipendra Mitra, the proprietor of the hall, said he was unable to run the place because of his ill health. The century-old building is in need of immediate repair and firefighting and other modern equipments need to be installed as well. A rumour is making rounds that a high-rise building will come up at the prime location. However, Mitra refused to divulge anything regarding the same. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaMitra Cinema was opened in 1963 and has been screening Bengali and Hindi movies since then. Rajatava Mitra remembers when as a college student he saw Deya Neya, a legendary Uttam Kumar starrer which also featured Tanuja, Chaya Devi, Kamal Mitra, Pahari Sanyal and Tarun Kumar, at Mitra Cinema in 1963. “We had to stand in a long queue to get a ticket for the opening show. It was a marvelous experience,” he said. In the past few years, several cinema halls that used to screen Bengali movies have downed their shutters. Purna, Bharati and Ujjala, three famous cinema halls in South Kolkata, have closed down. Alochaya, a cinema hall in Beliaghata has been pulled down to make room for a high-rise complex. In Central Kolkata, Elite, Roxy and Chaplin have been closed, while Metro Cinema has been converted into a shopping mall.
Ghaziabad: In a tragic incident, two youths were killed when a speeding Mahindra pickup truck rammed into their car from behind at elevated road in Indirapuram area of Ghaziabad on early Thursday morning. Cops said that the truck driver was arrested later in the evening as he fled the spot, leaving the truck behind, fromthe spot. According to police, the incident occurred around 5 am at Hindon elevated road when the duo of victims were travelling from Raj Nagar extension to Delhi. The deceased were identified as Akshay (24), a resident of Shalimar garden in Sahibabad area of Ghaziabad and Karan (22), resident of Laxmi Nagar in delhi. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”The information was conveyed around 5:15 am by a passerby who reported the incident to police. A police team immediately rushed to the spot and took the victims to max hospital in Indirapuram where both the victims succumbed to injuries while getting treatment. Both the victims received severe head injuries in the incident” said Sandeep Kumar Singh, Station House officer of Indirapuram police station. The officer further said that the truck driver was later arrested from Indirapuram area in the evening while a case under relevant sections Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsof IPC has been registered against him. “Following the incident, police registered a case under sections 279 (punishment for Rash driving), 304A (causing death by negligence) and 427 (mischief causing damage to the amount of fifty rupees) of Indian Penal Code. Police have seized the truck while the accused driver will be produced before the court and will be sent to the jail” added Singh. Police said that the accused driver has been identified as Pramod kumar (28), a native of Gonda district of Uttar Pradesh. Kumar was moving towards Ghazipur area in delhi when the incident took place. Meanwhile, deceased Akshay’s uncle Pradeep Maheshwari told Millennium Post that Akshay had went to a his friend’s place in Raj Nagar area to attend a party. “Akshay’s father had also expired in a road accident around three years ago while his mother was looking after the family and was working at a private company in Noida. In February he had undergone a tuberculosis surgery and got discharged from the hospital after getting treatment. We are saddened with his demise and want strict actions to be initiated against the accused” said Maheshwari.
OSU redshirt senior Johnni DiJulius competes in a match against Nebraska on Jan. 17.Credit: Courtesy of OSUThe last dual meet of the season has arrived for the Ohio State wrestling team, and all eyes will be on how the Buckeyes handle their last opponent on the regular-season schedule.No. 10 OSU (9-3, 6-2) returns to Columbus after a three-week stint of away meets, where it is set to face Wisconsin (2-6, 1-4) on Friday at 7 p.m. After a grueling and taxing matchup with No. 1 Penn State last Friday, which resulted in a 24-14 loss, the Buckeyes will be looking to end on a high note against the Badgers. The two teams did not meet last year during the season, but Wisconsin picked up the victory in their last bout with OSU. The all-time series has the Badgers ahead 29-19-1.Despite the Badgers’ rough 2015-16 campaign, OSU coach Tom Ryan said he has the utmost respect for the program.Not only does this match mark the last regular-season dual meet of the year for the Buckeyes, but also the final time nine seniors will share that experience.Although the team will be back in Columbus to host a National Wrestling Coaches Association National Duals Championships Series match, the outgoing seniors will be honored against Wisconsin for their careers at OSU.Notable seniors who will be honored are Kenny Courts, Mark Martin, Hunter Stieber and Johnni DiJulius.“Obviously it means a lot but it’s more like a shocker,” DiJulius said. “I’m in disbelief because I’m a senior. When I was a freshman watching senior night, I thought to myself I had all the time in the world, but it goes by so quick.”Courts, Stieber and DiJulius all began their journey as freshman in 2011, and will get to round out their careers together on the mat. Ryan isn’t as worried about the box score for his outgoing wrestlers against Wisconsin as much as his is about the Buckeyes giving it their all. “In any sport, we get so caught up in winning and losing, and that can be so stifling,” Ryan said. “You do not control winning and losing. You control effort.”Effort has been a point of emphasis for Ryan and the team for years.There is a strong sense of respect held by the OSU coaching staff and wrestlers toward a program like Wisconsin’s. “(Wisconsin) is a fully funded Big Ten team, with great tradition there,” Ryan said. “They’ve got a great head coach in Barry (Davis). He was an Olympian.”Wisconsin brings in two ranked wrestlers with No. 7 Ryan Taylor at 133 pounds and No. 3 Isaac Jordan at 165 pounds. The match at 165 pounds will be watched for more than just a bout between two wrestlers with the top five nationally. It will also be watched for the family matchup. Redshirt sophomore Bo Jordan will be facing his cousin from Wisconsin at 165. The two met last season in the Big Ten championships, where Isaac Jordan earned a 3-2 victory. “The big one is at (165 pounds),” Ryan said. “Not only are they ranked two and three in the country, but they’re first cousins. That adds an element you don’t want to seep into it.” Ryan was referring to the extra emotional implication of a match between family. He also cited that in order for Bo Jordan to succeed, he must focus solely on wrestling, and not who he stares down before the opening whistle.DiJulius will be facing the other ranked opponent on Wisconsin’s roster in Taylor. He said he wants to use a quality opponent like Taylor to correct some wrongs from this season.“I just want to make sure I’m wrestling the way I want to wrestle at the national tournament,” DiJulius said. “This season I haven’t done a great job at winning the third period and scoring enough points in the third.”Wisconsin nearly emerged with an upset in its previous match against now-No. 18 Minnesota but dropped the dual meet 17-16. Against Wisconsin, all the starters from the team are expected to make an appearance. “We will have a full lineup against Wisconsin for the first time (this season),” Ryan said.Big venues aheadThe settings for the Big Ten and NCAA championships will be memorable environments, as the Buckeyes are slated to travel to Carver-Hawkeye Arena and Madison Square Garden, respectively. After the rowdy, sold-out Bryce Jordan Center in its previous match, Ryan said OSU feels prepared for crowds that will flock to Iowa City, Iowa, and New York City.“The environment is going to be every bit as crazy as it was at Penn State,” Ryan said.Carver-Hawkeye Arena holds more than 15,000 people, while Madison Square Garden holds over 18,000.After WisconsinAt the conclusion of the next match, OSU will get ready to play host to an NCWA National Duals match. The pairing will be announced on Sunday, as well as the time.
Losing out on a big-name signing at the very last moment can be an infuriating experience for anyone, but Roma boss Eusebio Di Francesco is clearly above any such feelings and insists that he bears no grudge towards MalcomThe Brazilian winger appeared destined to go to the Italian capital this week after a €36m transfer fee had been agreed on between Bordeaux and Roma for his signature.But instead of showing up at Rome airport, Malcom was later announced as a Barcelona player after the La Liga giants had hi-jacked Roma’s move for the 21-year-old by offering Bordeaux a much bigger selling price.Malcom later defended his actions by insisting that he could not turn a “dream” move to a club like Barcelona and Di Francesco has no hard feelings towards him.Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“You’d have to ask Monchi [sporting director] about it,” said the Italian, according to the Express.“I’m not bitter, I’m sorry for how things went but if someone is to arrive then an even stronger player will come.”This summer has also Roma lose their first-choice goalkeeper Alisson to Liverpool with Belgian midfielder Radja Nainggolan having signed for Serie A rivals Inter Milan.Roma lost 4-1 to Tottenham on Thursday morning in San Diego after Patrick Schick’s early opener was cancelled out by braces from Lucas Moura and Fernando Llorente.
AC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso believes Gonzalo Higuain has ended a barren run of goals in their 2-1 win over SPAL something he attributed to a mental block.The visitors took an early lead via Andrea Petagna before Gattuso’s men rescued the game thanks to Samu Castillejo and Higuain who completed the comeback.“I liked the team’s performance a great deal, both technically and tactically. I liked the mentality of the side, that knew how to suffer,” the Coach told Football Italia.“We could’ve killed it off earlier and must continue to improve. We’ve had to deal with all sorts of things this year. Now we go to Doha without Suso for the Italian Super Cup, one of our most important players, but I don’t want any alibis.Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“We had two big games in December that we didn’t make the most of, but we’ve just got to lick our wounds and keep going.”Perhaps even more important than the victory was Higuain breaking his two-month goal drought.“He lives for the goal, has always been a marksman and therefore really struggled to deal with this negative period. The defeat to Juventus, with the penalty and red card, was a terrible blow for him.“Higuain needs to rediscover that consistency and precision in his finishing, because he has always had those elements. We’ve missed him and hope this has also broken through that mental block.”