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TOUCH-E-TALK AUGUST EDITION

first_imgThe latest edition of the online newsletter Touch-e-Talk is available for reading here:TOUCH-e-TALK, ISSUE 5, AUGUST EDITION 2005 This month’s edition is full of stories on the All Nations, Volunteers of the Month, a profile on Cathy Gray (a member of our National Technical Panel) and plenty more info for coaches and players.last_img

2015 NSWTA Blues Awards Winners

first_imgCongratulations to all of the winners at the 2015 New South Wales Touch Association Blues Awards Night at Bankstown Sports Club on Saturday night. Rod Wise MedalBrad Mitchell – Hills Hornets Touch AssociationAffiliate of the Year Southern SunsWollongong Touch Association Sydney RebelsBankstown Jets Touch Association Sydney MetsWestern Suburbs Touch Association Sydney ScorpionsHills Hornets Touch AssociationManly Warringah Touch Association Hunter Western HornetsCentral Coast Touch Association Northern EaglesMacksville Touch Association 2014/15 NSWTA Affiliate of the Year Hills Hornets Touch Association Manly Warringah Touch Association Administrator of the YearSouthern SunsSteve Dunn – Goulburn Touch Association Sydney RebelsMette Kitona – Bankstown Jets Touch Association Sydney MetsJoe Dougal – Balmain Juniors Touch Association Sydney ScorpionsBrad Mitchell – Hills Hornets Touch Association Hunter Western HornetsKathy Lang – Mudgee Touch Association Northern EaglesCraig Englert – Macksville Touch Association 2014/15 NSWTA Administrator of the YearBrad Mitchell – Hills Hornets Touch Association Kathy Lang – Mudgee Touch Association Region of the YearHunter Western HornetsNSWTA Team of the YearCanterbury Women’s Premier LeagueNSWTA Male Player of the YearSam Brisby – Manly Warringah Sea EaglesNSWTA Female Player of the YearClaire Tandek – Canterbury Bulldogs NSWTA Junior Male Player of the YearKai Simbolon – Parramatta Eels NSWTA Junior Female Player of the YearHannah Dyball – Manly Warringah Sea Eagles NSWTA Senior Male Player of the YearMark Hearnden NSWTA Senior Female Player of the YearKirsty Wakely – Eastern Suburbs Roosters NSWTA Selector of the YearTim Kitchingham – Sydney ScorpionsNSWTA Coach of the YearPeter Forrester – Canterbury Touch Association NSWTA Junior Coach of the Year  Janine Hinds – Eastern Suburbs Touch Association Blues AwardsRob Barakat Debbie Maxwell Jenny Swain Craig Egginton Anthony Jack Satoru Ozawa Wendy Osborne Luke  Lawrence Julie Robinson Linda Simbolon Peter Goodwin Adam Cooper Brent Streep Melinda Cotter  Colin Crampton John Lochrin Lauren Campbell Nev Gear Annie Tolhurst Paul Murphy Tanya Murphy Kaylene Price Cath Salmon Steve Dunn Corrine May John May Greg SmithKath Swanson Marina Pappas Nathan Richardson Paul Cini Tracey Honeyman Wayne Goodchild Boland Medal WinnerBen MoylanSmith Medal WinnerTara MohiMitchell stars at NSW Blues Dinner – http://www.nswtouch.com.au/mitchell-stars-at-nswta-blues-dinner/ Stay tuned to the NSW Touch Association website and social media pages for further coverage of the NSWTA Blues Awards night and the 2015 State Conference:Website – www.nswtouch.com.auFacebook – www.facebook.com/nswtouch Twitter – www.twitter.com/nsw_touch #nswtabluesnightInstagram – www.instagram.com/nswtouch Related LinksNSWTA Blues Awardslast_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool legend Aldridge dismisses Guardiola Man City claims

first_imgLiverpool legend Aldridge dismisses Guardiola Man City claimsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend John Aldridge has dismissed the claims of Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola ahead of Thursday’s clash.Guardiola has declared anything but a victory will end their title defence.Aldridge told the Irish Independent: “Are Liverpool title favourites? Maybe we can say they will move into that position if they get a win against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium next Thursday, but I still feel there will be a lot of twists and turns in this title story,” says Aldridge.”None of us saw these slips from Manchester City coming and it means Liverpool will head into the crunch game against them on Thursday night in an unexpectedly dominant position.”A draw in that game would ensure Klopp’s side still have a solid lead at the top of the table, while a victory would yield the pressure on a City side that have struggled to cope in the absence of Fernandinho and David Silva in recent weeks.”There is no doubt that Liverpool are in a great position, but this is only the half way point in the season and there is a long way to go, a lot of points to play for.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Ohio State mens soccer team returns home for match against another ranked

Then-sophomore defender Austin Bergstrom (25) kicks the ball during a game against Michigan in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament on Nov. 9 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won, 1-0.Credit: Lantern File PhotoComing off a three-week road swing, the Ohio State men’s soccer team will prepare to host its first conference game this weekend.After playing to a 3-3 double-overtime draw against in-state rival No.11 Akron on Wednesday, the Buckeyes are scheduled to take on another ranked opponent in No. 13 Penn State at 3 p.m. on Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.Before its game against Akron, OSU was on a four-game losing streak, trying to find its momentum. Despite the team’s disappointing start to the season, it did not let it affect its mindset going into Wednesday’s game as the Buckeyes came from behind to tie the game against Akron.“We would have liked to get the win,” senior midfielder and co-captain Zach Mason said. “But I think it showed a lot about the heart this team has and the character to bounce back from a tough stretch and play a ranked opponent toe-to-toe; so I think we’re headed in the right direction.”OSU proved to be able to keep up with a ranked competitor, but the Buckeyes will face another heavy challenge as they prepare to face No.13 Penn State.“They are very solid and organized all over the pitch, and they have a few attacking plays where they can unlock the door and score a goal,” senior defender and co-captain Liam Doyle said. “So as hard as they are to beat, they’re also dangerous at getting a goal or two, so we have to be on our game against them.”Mason said that the team would really have to take its chances this weekend because it is going to be a 90-minute battle.Despite the challenge OSU will likely face, Doyle said the team would like the fans to come out and support the team on Sunday.“I think Ohio State and Penn State have a rivalry in a lot of sports and what else is there to do on Sunday afternoon a 3 p.m.?” Doyle said. “Might as well come out in the nice weather and enjoy the game.”About the Nittany LionsPenn State comes into Sunday’s game after defeating 10th-ranked Indiana 1-0 on Sunday in University Park, Pennsylvania. Penn State stands at 4-1-1 overall and 1-0-0 in Big Ten play. Freshman forward Marc Curran leads the team with six goals, while senior midfielder Brian James has three goals and one assist. Senior goalkeeper Matt Bersano is 4-1-1 overall with a 0.48 goals against average and .880 save percentage and has played a total of 470 minutes.What’s next?Following Sunday’s action, the Buckeyes are scheduled to take on Dayton at 7 p.m. on Friday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

Rodgers not too disappointed after draw

first_imgCeltic Football Club manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed he wasn’t too despondent at his team’s inability to record a win against Livingston in the Scottish Premiership on Sunday.The first draw in six league games for the champions was still enough for them to reclaim top spot in the Premiership for the first time this season.“I thought it was a good game and credit to both teams.” Rodgers said, according to Daily Mail.“We did the basics very, very well. Livingston test you with how they play with throw-ins, deep free-kicks and I thought we stood up that really well.”Generous in his praise for the performance of Livingston keeper Liam Kelly, the former Liverpool manager continued:“We had chances and their goalkeeper was man of the match.”Leicester City, Manchester UnitedMatch Preview: Manchester United vs Leicester City Boro Tanchev – September 13, 2019 Old Trafford is the venue for the Premier League encounter between Manchester United and Leicester City, which kicks off at 16:00 (CET) on Saturday.“He made three fantastic saves and I have no complaints. My team has given everything over the last seven weeks and we have to give credit to Livingston. They are a tough team to break down and they have been up at the top.”“The season started slowly for us. But I’ve been so pleased with the last seven weeks or so – the performance level.”“We were never going to reach top level today in terms of goals and creativity as the surface is really difficult for that.”“You add to that a team which defends really well and it was always going to be difficult for us. It’s a good point here on the back of all the games we’ve had.”“So we’ll take the positive from it of which there were a lot.”“Our form and our rhythm has been really positive. We hope they all come back from international duty fresh and fit and we’ll look forward to a busy but exciting period between now and the mid-season break. So it’s looking really good for us.”last_img read more

Ancelotti hails Atalantas performance

first_imgNapoli boss Carlo Ancelotti concedes that Atalanta forced them to change their gameplay to a defensive approach in a keenly contested 2-1 win.Fabian Ruiz put them in front within 76 seconds, cancelled out after the restart by Duvan Zapata, but Arkadiusz Milik came off the bench to score the winner late on.“We knew Atalanta play very dynamic and aggressive football, so it was tough. We played a slightly different game than we had expected, as we took the lead so early and allowed Atalanta to come forward. They pushed hard and deserved the equaliser, but then a different match opened up.Serie A, Gian Piero GasperiniGasperini reveals why he rejected Inter Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Atalanta manager, Gian Piero Gasperini, has revealed why he rejected Internazionale Milan’s job proposal over the summer transfer window.“Probably the energy they spent to get back into it left them fatigued and we had more left in the tank to win,” the Coach told Football Italia.“I love attacking football, but it’s not as if I dislike defending! We attack when we need to and defend when we need to. It wasn’t something we were accustomed to, defending so much here, but Atalanta pushed us into that attitude with their pressure.“Everyone wants champagne football, but there are the opponents to deal with too and this performance was a show of maturity. I also want to point out the atmosphere was wonderful, it was a festival of sport for everyone and the Atalanta fans sent a wonderful signal as to what games should be like, both on and off the field.”last_img read more

Best longterm prepaid calling plans from Vodafone BSNL Airtel and Reliance Jio

first_imgIBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close Telcos in India created panic among mobile users when they decided to disconnect incoming calls with low balance. With that, users started looking for the best prepaid plans with incoming and outgoing calling facility to avoid disruption. For subscribers with two SIM cards, one mainly for data purposes, finding affordable calling plans can be a challenging task.Reliance Jio offers the best data plans, and most users use Jio SIM card as a secondary one in addition to Airtel or Vodafone. So finding just voice call plans that even extend the validity of incoming calls on the primary number makes sense for many.Most telcos offer exciting plans that fulfil various needs of subscribers, including daily high-speed data, unlimited calls and texts. Below you can find the best long-term prepaid calling plans from all major carriers in India, so you do not have to lose your primary number to temporary suspension.AirtelShortly after suspending incoming calls for not maintaining a minimum balance, Airtel introduced Rs 100 and Rs 500 plans that offer lifetime incoming validity alongside 28 days outgoing validity. With the recharge Rs 100, subscribers get Rs 81.75 talk time and with Rs 500, Airtel offers Rs 420 worth talk time. Both these plans do not offer any data benefits, for which users can look at the wide range of prepaid plans at easy disposal. Airtel prepaid plansDIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP/Getty ImagesVodafone IdeaLike Airtel, Vodafone has plenty of prepaid plans to suit different needs of subscribers. For those who are more focused on calling than data, there’s a new Rs 999 tariff, which gives subscribers unlimited voice calling, 100 SMS per day and 12GB data for a period of one year. This plan is valid only in Punjab circle, but it’s only a matter of time before Vodafone rolls out to other regions.Separately, Vodafone has Rs 597 plan that gives users 10GB data, 100 SMS per day and unlimited calling for a period of 112 days and the same plan for feature phones extends the validity to 168 days. Vodafone prepaid plansReuters/file photoFor a wide range of prepaid plans with unlimited calls, data and more, visit Vodafone’s official website.BSNLSeeing the competition up to the game, BSNL also rolled out a new prepaid plan focused on voice calls. The state-run telco is offering unlimited local, STD and roaming call for a period of six months with the recharge of Rs 599.Reliance JioReliance Jio doesn’t have a prepaid plan that focuses solely on calls. But the cheap tariffs bundle calls and data and still manages to compete with rivals. There are several long-term prepaid plans under Jio, but the best ones are for Rs 399 with 84 days validity, 1.5GB data per day and Rs 1,699 with one-year validity and 1.5GB data per day. Subscribers can look for various offers with 2GB data per day and up to 5GB data per day.center_img Airtel vs Reliance Jio: Which network is faster in India?last_img read more

Harris County Jail Issues Loom Large In Race For Sheriff

first_img 00:00 /03:52 Share Much is being said about what’s wrong with the local lockup, so we decided to take a look ourselves and went on a tour of 1200 Baker Street, one of the four buildings in the Harris County Jail system.As expected, there are cold concrete floors and walls without windows and heavy doors. We get a look at the acute mental illness block and a few of the more notorious inmates, including Shannon Miles, who is accused of killing deputy Darren Goforth, and David Conley, who is awaiting trial for allegedly killing a family of eight.Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016But you also get some positive sides of the jail, like the “Freedom Project,” the sheriff’s office’s drug rehabilitation program. Inmates in this group meet on a daily basis and are provided resources to help them for their time after their release.The Harris County Jail houses nearly 10,000 inmates at any given time.  And that’s one of the problems community activists want to see changed.Florian Martin/Houston Public MediaThe Harris County Jail houses nearly 10,000 inmates, the biggest lockup in Texas. “Whenever jails are overcrowded, there’s a safety issue,” said John Ogletree, a pastor and member of The Metropolitan Organization, a church-based community institution. “And we of course want safety to be a priority, but in that safety for inmates to be treated humanely.”Tackling overcrowding is high on Ed Gonzalez’s list. The former Houston police officer and city council member is challenging Sheriff Ron Hickman in the upcoming election.“Jail overcrowding, it’s going to be a multi-dimensional problem,” Gonzalez told News 88.7. “We have to look at bail reform, we have to look at alternatives to incarceration, we have to look at other things that may be able to provide relief, and so it’s something that requires strong leadership and the will to really get this done.”Florian MartinEd Gonzalez served 18 years in the Houston Police Department and three terms on City Council. He would be Harris County’s second Hispanic sheriff.Hickman agrees overcrowding is a problem. But the Republican said it’s not unique to Harris County and is part of a broader trend. And he said he’s already doing all the things his Democratic opponent is proposing.“Near-term solutions won’t be found in those approaches,” the sheriff told News 88.7 in an interview at his office. “Are we advocating? Yes. We’re one of the strongest proponents for bail reform. We know our bail system is upside down.”Critics say judges in Harris County set bail in more cases than in other jurisdictions. That fills the jail and often punishes those who can’t afford bail.Hickman also says his office is working to lower the recidivism rate, for example by working with community organizations and offering vocational training.Still, critics say things haven’t gotten better in the roughly 18 months Hickman has been sheriff.Florian MartinThe Harris County Commissioners Court appointed Ron Hickman as sheriff on May 12, 2015. He previously headed the Precinct 4 Constable’s Office.Gonzalez likes to talk about how jailers are being overworked, which puts stress on them, can lead to bad interactions with inmates, and costs the county lots of money for overtime.“One of the things that’s draining is we don’t have enough people,” he said. “And the people that have to fill those slots, we’re paying them time-and-a-half. So we have to get that corrected.”But Hickman said, besides the budget restrictions, it’s not easy to find enough people to replace the many jailers that are now starting to retire.“So just hiring fast enough to keep up with attrition is very challenging,” he said. “And you can imagine the stressors of looking for and recruiting people who want to work inside a correctional setting, and that’s getting harder all the time.”While it’s important to find enough people, it’s just as important to find the right ones. Other issues include inmate abuse – both by jailers and other inmates – and jail deaths.Hickman has tried to address that by raising the minimum age for detention officers from 18 to 21 and expanding training. And he has added or upgraded hundreds of cameras to improve surveillance inside the jail.It’ll be up to the voters to decide who is the better candidate to deal with these issues.According to a University of Houston poll, Hickman and Gonzalez are in a statistical tie.But the issues may be secondary in the final outcome, if Bob Stein is correct.The political scientist at Rice University expects Democrats in Harris County to benefit from the low popularity of presidential candidate Donald Trump. Florian MartinSheriff Ron Hickman, left, and his challenger, Ed Gonzalez, face off in a debate at UH Downtown.center_img X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listenlast_img read more

AFRO Exclusive Kim R Ford Becomes First Black Woman to Lead Marthas

first_imgBy Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, mgreen@afro.comAfter six years of service from Patty Stonesifer, who announced her retirement in November 2018, Martha’s Table announced its new President and CEO Kim R. Ford, who will be the first Black woman to lead the organization when she begins on April 1.  The native Washingtonian said she is honored, humbled and ready to take the helm in order to help improve the lives of District residents.“It’s just such an incredible honor.  I’ve known Martha’s Table pretty much my entire life. I used to volunteer with them when I was in middle school and upper school, and so this is like coming full circle,” Ford told the AFRO in an exclusive interview.Kim R. Ford was just announced as the new President and CEO of Martha’s Table- the first Black woman to lead the almost 40-year-old non-profit. (Courtesy Photo)A non-profit organization that has spent almost 40 years working to improve D.C. residents’ lives, Martha’s Table emphasizes its mission of supporting “strong children, strong families and strong communities,” through providing access to high quality education, food and family and community backing. As someone who has spent years finding ways to contribute to education, economic recovery and workforce development, working at Martha’s Table is, not only full circle but also right up Ford’s alley.  Ford said that all of her previous work experience was geared towards, “making sure that people have opportunities and making sure they are set up for success.”“My most recent experience has been on the lifelong learning spectrum, with adults engaging in community and workforce development and people often refer to it as a ‘second chance system,’ when so many people have never had a fair first chance,” Ford, who recently worked as, acting assistant secretary in the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education at the U.S. Department of Education, explained.  “So I’ve seen what we need to do and things that we can do on the lifelong learning spectrum.  What’s so exciting about going to Martha’s Table is being apart of a team that’s working in early childhood education.  And to make sure that our young residents of the District of Columbia have a true first shot.”Armed with an impressive resume, the new Martha’s Table president also worked at the University of the District of Columbia as dean of the Workforce Development and Lifelong Learning Division and served in President Barack Obama’s Administration, where she helped lead the execution of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which allocated more than $350 billion in recovery funds to encourage economic growth.  Her experience in education seemed to be a bonus for the Martha’s Table family.“I am personally thrilled to have Kim join us as the next leader of Martha’s Table,” said Dr. Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy, dean of the School of Education at American University and Martha’s Table board member. “Her impressive background in education and focus on lifelong learning will elevate our mission to ensure all children in D.C. have the opportunity for their brightest future.”Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) also weighed in on Ford’s appointment.“I congratulate Martha’s Table on selecting Kim R. Ford as their new president and CEO,” Norton said in a statement.  “Martha’s Table plays an integral role in supporting strong children, strong families and strong communities in our city, and Kim’s background in workforce development and education will serve Martha’s Table well.”Norton’s support of Ford comes as a major boost, as the new CEO ran against and lost to the Congresswoman in the 2018 election.  Although she did not win the District’s congressional race, Ford emphasized to the AFRO that her major goal has always been to help D.C. residents improve their livelihoods.“What holds constant is that this is for the residents of the District of Columbia.  I want to serve the residents of the District of Columbia.  All residents.  And I am particularly sensitive to those who have not been able to participate in the prosperity that has happened, and unfortunately that tends to be Black and Brown people,” Ford said.Since Martha’s Table has steadily been working for District residents, the new president hopes to carry on the legacy.“We’re going to continue on an upward trajectory because that’s what the residents of the District of Columbia deserve. We’re not going to plateau.  We’re going to continue supporting strong children, strong families, strong communities.  We’re going to increase our enrollment in early childhood education by 40 percent. We’re going to continue to increase our number of joyful food markets, which in just the past few years has gone from four markets to 50 markets.  So we’re going to go deep into the community and we’re going to do more in the community.”Although she does not want people to think as the first Black woman to lead the organization that she is solely hoping to help people of color, Ford acknowledges that Black and Brown District residents are in dire need for community support.“We’re not going to do things to the community, we’re going to work with the community and the community that we’re in is predominantly Black and Brown and we want to make sure that everyone has an opportunity to achieve their dream. It makes no sense that D.C. continues to be prosperous and that so many people have not been able to experience that prosperity,” Ford said.last_img read more

Road closed due to serious accident in StokeonTrent

first_imgPolice search for missing woman Driver named following fatal collision Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailEmergency services are at the scene of a ‘serious accident’ that has left a road closed in Stoke-on-Trent this morning (Saturday July 13). The A5935 Trentham Road in Dresden is shut near the junction with Belgrave Road tonight according to traffic data company Inrix, which is describing the collision as serious. Police have confirmed the road is closed. A Staffordshire Police spokesman said:  “Road closure A50 roundabout to Queens Park Avenue Longton. Emergency services on scene please consider alternative routes. Updates to follow.” The accident was first reported shortly after midnight. We have no further information on the vehicles involved at this stage. We will bring you an update on this story when one becomes available. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLivecenter_img Punter found hiding in bushes Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app  – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram .last_img read more

Former vice governor of Anhui sacked serious violation expelled from the party

Since the establishment of the

party, Party building has been stressed, emphasizing the service for the masses. But there are also some of the officials, in the face of the temptation of the interests of the face, lost their original direction. The day before, approved by the CPC Central Committee, the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the investigation of Anhui provincial government, former party members, deputy governor Yang Zhenchao serious disciplinary problems. At the same time, he was expelled from the party because of its serious violation of discipline. read more