Thank You To Touch Football Volunteers

first_imgNVW is the largest celebration of volunteers and volunteerism in Australia, and provides an opportunity to highlight the role of volunteers in our communities and to say thank you to the more than six million Australians who volunteer across the country. The 2012 National Volunteer Week runs from Monday, 14 May to Sunday, 20 May 2012 and the theme for this year is ‘Volunteers – Every One Counts.’Touch Football has volunteers at many levels of the sport, from affiliate administrators through to referees, coaches, selectors and panel/executive members and the sport wouldn’t be as successful as it is without the help of these valued volunteers. TFA Chief Executive Officer, Colm Maguire, has praised the efforts of the volunteers involved in the sport of Touch Football, saying that their hard work is greatly appreciated. “Volunteers are a valuable and integral part of any sporting association and on behalf of Touch Football Australia I thank each and every one for their contribution,” Maguire said. Touch Football Australia would like to thank all of its volunteers for their contribution to our sport.last_img read more

10 months agoPellegrini says West Ham must build on victory at Southampton

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Pellegrini says West Ham must build on victory at Southamptonby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini says they must build on victory at Southampton.The hosts had taken the lead through Nathan Redmond, but Felipe Anderson stole the show with a quick-fire double that earned his side three points and movement into the top half of the table.“I’m happy,” Pellegrini said. “When you start with zero points in 12 then it’s always difficult to recover your position in this way. “In this moment, we are in the top ten. We will continue fighting and improving and, with 27 points, in the second round, we continue improving with our winning mentality, and we try to finish the season as near the top of the table as we can.”He continued: “I thought we played a very good game. From the first minute, we had the intention of winning the game and I thought we were very balanced in the whole game. “We worked most parts of the game in our opponent’s side and we defended very well. They didn’t have many options. “The important thing [when Southampton scored] is we continued to play in the same way, draw the game immediately, and then we scored the winning goal.” last_img read more

Bucks lose Pettrey for regular season

Ohio State kicker Aaron Pettrey will have surgery Tuesday to repair a torn medial collateral ligament, or MCL, in his right knee and could miss the remainder of the regular season.Pettrey suffered the injury during a kickoff late in the second quarter of OSU’s 45-0 victory over New Mexico State on Saturday.He is expected to miss four to six weeks, leaving open the possibility of playing in the Buckeyes’ bowl game.Junior Devin Barclay, a 26-year-old walk-on, replaced Pettrey on Saturday and missed two of his three field goal attempts.Pettrey has made 13 of 19 field goal attempts on the season.

interCaribbean and British Airways linked in new agreement

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 30 Jul 2015 – InterCaribbean Airways this week announcing another major milestone for the indigenous airline company which ties it to one of the largest airline carriers in the world, namely British Airways. CEO, Trevor Sadler explained that this new interline agreement can now link European travellers to their destinations in the region with one single ticket. Twelve cities in six countries is where interCaribbean Airways can take the European travellers and Sadler shared that it is particularly good because the agreement is solidified in time for the winter season. In a media statement, it is said: “Over the last 18 months interCaribbean retimed its schedule to create convenient “to and through connections” giving many travellers in the region choices never before available. With this new agreement we are proud to be able to partner with British Airways.” The new agreement with British Airways came into effect since Tuesday. Related Items:agreement, british aIRWAYS, Intercaribbean Airways, trevor sadler Recommended for you Airports Authority commanded to protect South Caicos airport by airline Turks and Caicos airline, ICA, now flies to Havana Domestic Airline Companies institute insecticide spraying to ward off Zikalast_img read more

ACC unearths fraud in physicians registration

first_imgLogo of Anti Corruption Commission. File photoAt least 12 people managed getting registration of Bangladesh Medical and Dental Council (BMDC) as MBBS degree holders without having that degree in the first place, reports UNB.The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) in a drive on Thursday unearthed gross irregularities in the way BMDC is giving registration to fake MBBS degree holders.ACC public relations officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya told UNB that the commission conducted the drive after receiving the complaint in its hotline (106) against 12 so called physicians who took BMDC registration without the degree.ACC director general (administration) Mohammad Munir Chowdhury ordered the immediate investigation and operation against the accused who took the BMDC registration on the basis of the fake degree in the name of Taishan Medical University of China.A team led by deputy director Mohammad Mahmud Hasan immediately conducted a drive in the city’s office of BMDC to find out the truth.ACC primarily found that the accused did not get the degree from the Taishan Medical University in China.The BMDC officials present during the ACC drive failed to explain the irregularities.Regarding the operation, the DG of the Enforcement Operations (ACC) Mohammad Munir Chowdhury said, “BMDC can’t provide registration without proper verification. The ACC will immediately investigate the incident and identify the responsible people and take strict legal process.”last_img read more

The 2018 Texas Elections Start This Weekend

first_img Share That said, the Democrats stepping forward for statewide office so far are not endowed with the widespread political fame or campaign or personal fortunes that would support any use of the word “formidable.” It’s safer to call some of them “interesting.”Down the ballot, there are those five open congressional seats (so far) and several others that will be contested, as Democrats test the electoral strength of Republican incumbents in President Donald Trump’s midterm elections.Three sitting Republican state senators — Craig Estes of Wichita Falls, Bob Hallof Edgewood and Kel Seliger of Amarillo —will face challengers in their Republican primaries. In the Texas House, a combination of open seats, swing districts and possibly a drag from the nation’s top Republican are expected to attract Democratic challengers hoping to knock off a handful of GOP incumbents. Those incumbents will be in trouble before November, challenged by opponents in a March party primary split between different Republican factions. The first order of business for the state representatives elected next year will be to choose a new leader to replace outgoing Speaker Joe Straus.That’s the general outlook, as the filings begin. Over the next month, the candidates themselves will provide the specific outlines for the political year ahead.  Jack PlunkettAttorney General and gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott files to run for governor on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 in Austin, Texas.Push comes to shove tomorrow, politically speaking. The filing period for people who want to be on next year’s state ballots opens — the beginning of a one-month put-up-or-shut-up period for those who think they ought to be running our governments.We voters get our own swings at this in four months and then again in a year, as the primaries and then the general election come around.For now, it looks like slim pickings. Maybe that will change. But so far, only a few Democrats have appeared both willing and ready — “ready” is the key word there —to take on a slate of incumbent Republican statewide officeholders seeking re-election. The March 6 Texas primaries are the earliest in the country; our candidate-filing period is the earliest, too. (The latest is Louisiana, where all candidates, regardless of party, run on Nov. 6 and the top two — if neither breaks 50 percent in the first round — compete in a runoff on Dec. 8.)The statewide officials elected next year will be in office the next time Texas draws its political maps, so there’s an extra significance to the 2018 elections. The next U.S. census will be held in 2020, and the Texas Legislature that meets in early 2021 will remake the maps for congressional, legislative and State Board of Education districts. If legislators can’t get it done, the job goes to a five-person board that includes four of the officials who’ll be elected next year: the lieutenant governor, the attorney general, the comptroller and the commissioner of the General Land Office. The fifth member is the speaker of the House, who’ll be chosen (or re-elected) by the Texas House in January 2021.Five of the state’s 36 members of the U.S. House have given notice, saying they won’t be on the 2018 ballot. That’s interesting in and of itself: Jeb Hensarling, R-Dallas, and Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, are both chairmen, and losing a couple of big shots is always news. But all five are striking, the most vacancies in a cycle in more than a decade. And each incumbent is leaving a seat open for the picking — creating a moment when any number of state senators, representatives, mayors and other fruits and nuts decide maybe it’s time for them to be in Congress.The month ahead is when the rest of us find out who’s going to be in the lineup.Texas Democrats have been slow to raise their hands for the state’s top jobs. U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke of El Paso is running against U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz in the ballot’s top race, and several candidates new to state politics have said they are looking at challenges to Gov. Greg Abbott and others on the incumbent list.It’s worth pointing out that, six years ago, one of the least-promising contestants for a statewide job was Cruz himself. He was, at the time, a Houston attorney in private practice who had worked for the state attorney general and clerked for the U.S. Supreme Court but who had never run for office. And he was running against Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who had won four statewide elections; former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert; and Craig James, a well-known former professional football player.Keep that Cruz Asterisk in mind whenever you’re inclined to dismiss a candidate: Sometimes the ball doesn’t bounce the way you think it will.last_img read more

Construction Begins On Texas Largest Solar Farm

first_img Share Listen 174 Power Global CorporationAn artist’s rendering of the Midway Solar farm in Pecos County, TX Construction has started on what will be the largest solar farm in Texas, the latest sign of renewable energy’s continued growth in what has traditionally been oil and gas country.South of Midland in Pecos County, the Midway Solar farm will make enough electricity from the sun to power about 50,000 homes annually. Austin Energy is buying the power.Pecos County Judge Joe Shuster said the new farm will add to about eight solar farms that have been built there.“We opened our doors up roughly six to eight years ago for the first one to come in, and once the first one came in, the others started to follow,” he said, adding that the companies keep knocking.“We’ve got one right now that’s talking to us that’s going to be somewhere around 500 megawatts just in one farm alone,” he said.So could anything slow down this boom?Federal tax credits are set to wind down in the coming years. After 2021, commercial builders will only get a 10 percent credit, down from the current 30 percent.And then there is the constant balancing act of building out enough electric lines to handle the influx of new wind and solar.The shortage has gotten a lot worse in the Panhandle just in the past year as new renewable projects come online, though some infrastructure upgrades happening this year should help ease the problem there.The Midway solar farm is expected to be finished by the end of this year. Xcenter_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:06last_img read more

2 Officers Cleared in Gray Case to Receive Back Pay

first_imgTwo Baltimore police officers are getting back pay after being cleared of criminal charges in the death of a young Black man whose neck was broken in a police vanSgt. Alicia White and Officer William Porter will receive $96,855 and $70,523 respectively. They were suspended without pay after being charged with felony manslaughter in the April 2015 death of Freddie Gray. The Board of Estimates was scheduled to approve the payments on Aug. 24.In this July 27, 2016, file photo, with a mural depicting Freddie Gray in the background, Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, center, speaks during a news conference after her office dropped remaining charges against the three Baltimore police officers who were still awaiting trial in Freddie Gray’ death in Baltimore. Baltimore police officers routinely discriminate against blacks, repeatedly use excessive force and are not adequately held accountable for misconduct, according to a harshly critical Justice Department report being presented Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark, File)White and Porter were among six officers charged in Gray’s death. Prosecutors dropped all the cases after three of them were acquitted.The Board of Estimates previously approved nearly $127,000 in back pay for Lt. Brian Rice, the highest-ranking officer in the group, and about $87,700 for Officer Caesar Goodson, who drove the van where Gray’s neck was broken and faced the most serious charge, of second-degree murder.The four officers had been suspended without pay since May 1, 2015, when State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced felony charges against them. Two others, Edward Nero and Garrett Miller, were suspended with pay because they faced only misdemeanors.Gray’s family received a $6.4 million settlement after his death in police custody touched off protests and rioting and became a rallying cry for the national Black Lives Matter movement.None of the six officers have been reinstated to the force, pending an internal investigation. At the request of Commissioner Kevin Davis, two outside departments, from Montgomery and Howard counties, are participating in this review.last_img read more

Calls for Respect for Black America at Franklin Funeral

first_imgBy ERRIN HAINES WHACK, AP National WriterDETROIT (AP) — As Aretha Franklin was remembered at her funeral Friday as a proud Black woman who also used her magnificent voice to stand up for the Black community she loved, several speakers used the moment to continue to demand respect for Black America.Amid the gospel, personal reflections and grief were calls to register and turnout to vote in November and condemnation of President Donald Trump, who, upon her death, referred to Franklin as “someone who worked for me” — a comment that rankled many African-Americans.Michael Eric Dyson speaks during the funeral service for Aretha Franklin at Greater Grace Temple, Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, in Detroit. Franklin died Aug. 16, 2018 of pancreatic cancer at the age of 76. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)“No — she used to perform for you,” the Rev. Al Sharpton said to cheers and applause from the crowd. “She worked for us. Aretha never took orders from nobody but God.”Franklin’s civil rights legacy was mentioned often during the eight-hour service, and was tied to her faith and roots in the Black church. Many also mentioned her father, the Rev. C.L. Franklin, and his civil rights leadership, which influenced his daughter from a young age.Late Friday, Franklin was laid to rest in a mausoleum at Woodlawn Cemetery, the final resting place of her father.None of the politicians present — including former President Bill Clinton and former Attorney General Eric Holder — took the opportunity to turn the event partisan. Michigan Democratic House Rep. Brenda Lawrence took a moment to recognize Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain, whose funeral is Saturday.But others seized on Trump’s comments and Franklin’s message of dignity to speak to the present social and political climate. In pointing out the long lines to pay tribute to Franklin this week, the Rev. Jesse Jackson lamented that the lines to vote often aren’t nearly as long.“Aretha was on the battleground for 60 years,” Jackson told the audience. “We have long lines to celebrate death, and short lines for voting. Something is missing. If you leave here today and don’t register to vote, you’re dishonoring Aretha.”Judge Greg Mathis, one of Franklin’s many friends who often talked politics with her, said that his last conversation with Franklin earlier this summer was about the ongoing water crisis in Flint, Michigan, where government negligence has left residents living with lead-tainted water since 2014.“Her last words to me … were “‘Go back up there and sock it to ’em!,’” Mathis told the crowd before vowing that he would in her memory.Some made a statement without saying a word. When she was shouted out from the stage, California Democrat Rep. Maxine Waters — who has called frequently for Trump’s impeachment and is a campaign rally punching bag for the president — acknowledged the crowd with the “Wakanda salute,” from the movie “Black Panther,” closing her fists and crossing her arms over her chest to applause.Many in the audience, including President Clinton, stood and cheered.“Everybody just point over there and tell her, ‘We got your back!’” said Bishop Charles H. Ellis III, pastor of Greater Grace Temple, which the audience shouted in Waters’ direction.Georgetown University sociologist Michael Eric Dyson took several shots at Trump in his remarks, assigning the president several nicknames: “orange apparition,” ”lugubrious leech,” ”doppleganger of deceit and deceit,” ”lethal liar,” ”dimwitted dictator,” ”foolish fascist.”“She ain’t work for you,” Dyson shouted over applause. “She worked above you. She worked beyond you. Get your preposition right.”Whack is The Associated Press’ national writer on race and ethnicity. Follow her work on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/emarvelous.last_img read more

Step into the Churchill

first_imgThe Churchill, Jaypee Greens Golf & Spa Resort’s Cigar lounge, was named hence as a tribute to the most popular connoisseur of cigars in history, Winston Churchill. True to its name, the lounge serves its guests a select range of the finest quality of Cuban cigars. These handpicked cigars when combined with our assorted selection of fine liquor exude understated power and unassuming elegance. The menu staples range between the high-end Cubans including Montecristo Grand Edmundo, Hoyo De Monterrey Epicure No. 2, Parthagas Serie D No. 4 and the quintessential Romeo Y Julieta Short Churchill, also the more modest Cubans on the lines of Fonseca KDT Cadettes and Jose L Piedra Nacionales are included. The menu will undergo some interesting changes in October apart from some new additions Cubans will be paired with classic drinks.last_img read more

Rep Whiteford approves bills giving families and seniors tax relief

first_img Categories: News,Whiteford News State Rep. Mary Whiteford of Casco Township today approved legislation giving Michigan families and seniors broader income tax relief.The legislation continues and increases personal exemptions for Michigan taxpayers and their dependents on their state income taxes. Other bills in the package provide additional tax relief for senior citizens.“The recent federal tax overhaul inadvertently created an increase in state taxes for Michiganders,” Whiteford said. “This legislation ensures that our state taxes will not be affected and even gives more tax relief to individuals and families.”One of the bills ensures Michigan taxpayers will be able to continue claiming personal exemptions on their income taxes after federal tax reforms signed into law last month. The bill increases the state personal exemption from the current $4,000 to $4,800 by the 2020 tax year.The legislation also provides a tax credit for those 62 and older — $100 for single filers and $200 for joint filers – in addition to the personal exemption increase. A third bill would allow taxpayers in Michigan cities with an income tax to continue to claim exemptions.The House specifically added a provision to make sure public school funding is not negatively affected by the proposal.House Bills 5420-22 advance to the Senate for consideration### 25Jan Rep. Whiteford approves bills giving families and seniors tax relieflast_img read more

US channel operator AE Networks has led a £5 mill

first_imgUS channel operator A+E Networks has led a £5 million (€5.7 million) funding round in UK live streaming TV platform, TVPlayer.TVPlayer, an over-the-top service that lets viewers stream live TV to a range of devices, said it will use the funds to further develop the content offering and expand distribution of the service in the UK.Existing investors, including venture capital firm Beringea, also invested alongside A+E Networks and as part of the transaction, TVPlayer has de-merged from its parent company Simplestream and will now operate as a standalone company with dedicated management, marketing and technology teams.Founder Adam Smith, and co-founders Lewis Arthur and Dan Finch continue to hold a “significant stake” in the business and will work alongside a new, yet-to-be announced management team.At the same time TVPlayer said that A+E Networks’ Blaze network, which launched on Freeview in the UK last month, will be available as part of its free-to-air package.“We are very excited about the investment and the backing it provides operationally and financially for the expansion of TVPlayer,” said Smith. “With our investors’ support, we look forward to focusing on our efforts on customer acquisition and subscriber growth.”TVPlayer offers over 60 free-to-air channels to stream on an ad-supported basis, while a £4.99 per-month premium option allows users to watch an additional 30 pay channels and premium catch-up content.last_img read more