SIXTY SECONDS IN TOUCH

first_imgWelcome to the first edition of Sixty Seconds in Touch for August, with International news taking up some of this week’s talk, there’s also plenty of news on merchandise sales and what’s happening with the National 18 Years Championships, plus heaps more… * The 2005 South Pacific Island Nations (SPIN) tournament has been dominated by Fiji who grabbed the title in all divisions on offer. For all the info and reports check out the following website: SPIN TOURNAMENT WEBSITE * The stocktake sale is getting bigger with the latest offer perfect for junior or social teams chasing a cheap uniform. Check out the following article for the deal DEAL ON UNIFORMS FOR TEAMS which includes various t-shirts at $5 each and 2 free shirts for each team you purchase for. * For all the other great stocktake sale deals visit www.myclubtouch.com.au and then click on shop. You can either register online and purchase or email your orders and credit card or payment details to Casey at [email protected] * The NSW Touch Association 2005 City versus Country Tournament will be contested at Harker Oval New Lambton (Newcastle) on the 2nd (Friday) & 3rd (Saturday) of September. For more info check out www.nswtouch.com.au * The Northern Eagles are doing big things for the development of their region, with representative Touch being revitalised through several inter-affiliate competitions at Narrabri, Ballina and Port Macquarie. For more info check out NORTHERN EAGLES WEBSITE The Northern Eagles website is one of the most frequently updated websites and always has the latest news and events in Touch for their region and Australia. Congratulations to the Northern Eagles workforce who keep their players so well informed. * If you’re interested in the Game Development area of our sport, there are currently two vacancies for Game Development Officers in Victoria. Please check out www.victouch.com.au for all of the application details. * Australian Touch Association is now Touch Football Australia (as it is slowly making its way into our vocabulary.) Please be patient with us when we answer the phone, it’s hard to break habits and answer the phone with the new name when you’re so used to answering a certain way. * ACT Touch have announced their junior representative teams, check out www.acttouch.com.au and congratulations to all selected, good luck at your upcoming events. * Preparations are well underway for the upcoming National 18 Years Championships. The draft draw is not far off being released and I’m working in a short Opening Ceremony for all of the teams, which will also be combined with a send-off for the 10 Australian sides heading to the All Nations tournament in October. * In other National 18’s news the referees nominations have also been above and beyond normal expectations, in excess of 60 nominations already it looks as though the referees are going to be at their strongest come competition time. * Sides have been selected and announced on various websites, with the defending champions QSST set to be strong again, although traditional rivals NSWCHS will also be tough to beat. My tip however is that there are several danger sides to keep your eyes out for…in the Mens Competition it’s the Southern Suns and Northern Eagles, with many players returning from their grand final appearance at the NTL Mens 20’s division. The South Queensland Sharks also look like they will be strong in both divisions and the ACT Women have been on the improve over the last few years at Under 18 level. There’s certainly going to be some extremely tough competition at this year’s National 18’s Championships. * Having taken over merchandise from Gwynne for this year’s National 18’s Championships, I’m promising you that there will be some great deals on offer. We’ve got stacks of old shirts and other gear that will be sold at extremely cheap sale rates. There will also be plenty of new gear up for grabs, so make sure you drop in and visit the merchandise shop this year. (Although if the stocktake sale keeps going the way it is, there won’t be too much left.) If you’re interested in the stocktake sale check out www.myclubtouch.com.au and then click on `Shop’ to view all the bargains. * What’s happening in Coaching in Western Australia? Check out http://www.touchwest.com./coaches/index.html where you’ll find all the latest info, including the need for Mens and Womens Open coaches in Fremantle Touch. * The next edition of Touch-e-Talk (August edition, Issue 5) has been released this week. Check out the website. It’s got some more great stories on a couple of our All Nations representatives, as well as coaching drills, referee signal of the month, the Volunteers of the Month for August and a profile on one of our National Technical Panel. * Remember, if you need any assistance with getting some media coverage for your National 18 Years side or your All Nations representatives then contact [email protected] Also, if you have any items of interest for the regular Sixty Seconds in Touch article, please also send those to the above address. * Finally, keep the nominations for Volunteer of the Month rolling in. It’s a great chance to recognise someone who Volunteers at your local association. Simply send a few details on what they do and a way we can contact them to [email protected] or [email protected] By Rachel Moylelast_img

Tim Morgan Brightens Mornings on Boom 997

first_imgAdvertisement Following an extensive, cross-country search, Boom 99.7 is proud to announce it is bringing a new morning show to Ottawa with host Tim Morgan, beginning Monday, July 25. He will join Ottawa’s own Heather Ray, who will continue to keep listeners informed and entertained throughout the morning commute.Morgan joins Boom from our sister station, Q107 in Calgary, where he has worked for the past nine years as the Program Director, Music Director and most recently, host of the Afternoon Drive.  His quick wit, love of 70s, 80s and 90s music and stellar on-air energy make Morgan the perfect fit for our fun-loving audience.Morgan is replacing Gonzo, a fill-in anchor who has been hosting the morning show since mid January. Gonzo will take on a new role as Boom’s Afternoon Drive Host. He has been a key team member, regularly hosting weekends and filling-in on the morning show. Gonzo brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of the format and his audience to the new role. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Twitter “We’re thrilled to have Tim Morgan heading up our new morning show and Gonzo joining the team in a full-time capacity,” said Stephanie Hunter, Program Director, Boom 99.7. “Boom is about great music and engaging Ottawa listeners. Our new hosts are the ideal choice for our morning and afternoon drive shows.”Boom 99.7 is a Corus Entertainment Network.About Corus Entertainment Inc.Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 45 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic Channel, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com. Facebook Login/Register With:last_img read more

US stocks tumble on USChina trade jitters oil price slide

first_imgU.S. stocks tumbled in early trading Thursday following a sell-off in overseas markets, knocking more than 450 points off the Dow Jones Industrials Average.The broad market decline came as the arrest of a senior Chinese technology executive overshadowed some positive comments on trade from Beijing, threatening to worsen trade tensions between the U.S. and China.Oil prices fell sharply as traders appeared to doubt that an expected production cut by OPEC will be enough to boost the price of crude.Traders continued to shovel money into bonds, a signal that they see weakness in the economy ahead. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.86 per cent from 2.92 per cent on Tuesday, a large move. U.S. stock and bond trading were closed Wednesday because of a national day of mourning for President George H.W. Bush.Technology companies and banks took some of the heaviest losses in the latest wave of selling. Oracle slid 4.3 per cent to $46.64. Citigroup fell 4.8 per cent to $59.25.The S&P 500 index slid 49 points, or 1.9 per cent, to 2,650 as of 10 a.m. Eastern Time. The Dow dropped 476 points, or 1.9 per cent, to 24,550. The technology-heavy Nasdaq composite lost 121 points, or 1.7 per cent, to 7,037.The Russell 2000 index of small-company stocks gave up 25 points, or 1.7 per cent, to 1,455.The latest losses put the S&P 500 and the Dow back into the red for the year. The Nasdaq was still slightly higher for 2018.Major indexes overseas also fell sharply. The DAX in Germany dropped 3 per cent, while France’s CAC 40 lost 2.9 per cent. The FTSE 100 in Britain declined 2.8 per cent.Canadian authorities arrested the chief financial officer of China’s Huawei Technologies on Wednesday for possible extradition to the U.S.Meng is a prominent member of Chinese society as deputy chairman of the board and the daughter of company founder Ren Zhengfei.The arrest came days after President Donald Trump met with Chinese President Xi Jinping to discuss the two nation’s escalating trade dispute. China has demanded Meng’s immediate release.“We are closely watching the developments in Asia after reports that Canada has arrested the Huawei CFO facing U.S. extradition for allegedly violating Iran sanctions. This headline is quite significant as the U.S. government is attempting to persuade allies to stop using Huawei equipment due to security fears, and this headline could weigh negatively on tech stocks,” said Stephen Innes, head of trading at Oanda in Singapore.The news weighed on markets in Asia.Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index tumbled 2.5 per cent and Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 fell 1.9 per cent. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 lost 0.2 per cent, while South Korea’s Kospi sank 1.6 per cent. Shares also fell in Taiwan and all other regional markets.OPEC countries gathered in Vienna Thursday to find a way to support the falling price of oil. Analysts predicted the cartel and some key allies, like Russia, would agree to cut production by at least 1 million barrels per day. OPEC heavyweight Saudi Arabia indicated it was in favour of such a cut.The expectation did not keep the price of oil from falling, however, as investors focused on the potential economic disruption from any escalation in the U.S.-China trade dispute.Benchmark U.S. crude slid 2.9 per cent to $51.38 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, dropped $1.48 to $60.08 per barrel.Alex Veiga, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Raj Guvs remarks supporting PM Modi violative of poll code

first_imgNew Delhi: Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh’s remarks supporting the return of Narendra Modi as prime minister are violative of model code of conduct, the Election Commission has concluded.Sources said since Singh holds a constitutional post, the EC will write to President Ram Nath Kovind, flagging the issue. The poll panel had examined the remarks made by the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister in the light of model code violation as holding a constitutional post makes him “apolitical”. Addressing BJP workers at his Aligarh residence on March 23, Singh reportedly said, “All of us are BJP workers and we want the party to win. We want Modiji to become the prime minister. It is necessary that Modiji becomes the PM again.” The Governor made these remarks to placate some agitated BJP members who gathered outside his house over ticket distribution.last_img read more

KVICs Honey Mission blooms across nation

first_imgAt a time when there is an active demonstration abroad for saving the Honey-bees for maintaining ecological balance, back home in India, Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has distributed more than one lakh bee-boxes among the farmers and unemployed youths across the nation in less than two years.Following the clarion call of ‘Sweet Revolution’ given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the KVIC launched a programme named ‘Honey Mission’ in August 2017 from Rashtrapati Bhawan. Also Read – The Puja carnivalAfter that, the KVIC started identifying the farmers and unemployed youths across the nation, and right from dense forest areas of Assam to tribal belt of Narmada Valley and from hilly valley Jammu and Kashmir to Gangetic plains of Varanasi, it left no breadth and length of the nation in distributing bee-boxes with live bee-colonies. During this process, KVIC made and broke many new World records. First, on May 21, 2018, on World Honey Bee Day, KVIC made a World Record of distributing a maximum number of bee-boxes in a single day by distributing 1,000 bee-boxes among 100 Mishing Asamese tribe in the Kaziranga forest area. Then, on June 12, KVIC recorded a new World Record of distributing a maximum number of bee-boxes, i.e. 2330 bee-boxes in a single day at Kupwara in Jammu and Kashmir among 233 beneficiaries, in association with Indian Army’s Sadbhawna Programme. Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this NavratraKVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena said that following the Prime Minister’s call of ‘Sweet Revolution’, the KVIC immediately made an action plan on this line named ‘Honey Mission’. “We have so far distributed 1,01,000 bee-boxes, across the country, which had happened for the very first time in India. We have not only distributed bee-boxes, rather under ‘Honey Mission’, we have also created more than 10,000 new employment, besides creating around 25,000 additional man-days through the fabrication of bee boxes and Honey Extractors,” he said, adding, “The KVIC has also provided the bee-keepers practical training about examination of honeybee colonies, acquaintance with apicultural equipment, identification, and management of bee enemies and diseases, honey extraction and wax purification, and management of bee colonies in all seasons. It may be noted that through ‘Honey Mission’, so far 246 metric tonnes of honey has been extracted through these bee-boxes only, valuing over Rs 4 crore. Besides, if the farmers are to be believed their crops’ yield has increased up to 30 percent after the ‘Honey Mission’.last_img read more

Foundation down for continued Ohio State football success

For Ohio State football, it doesn’t get much better than what happened inside The Horseshoe on Saturday. The Buckeyes beat their archrival, on Senior Day, in front of 105,000-plus screaming fans, to finish the season undefeated. As the final seconds ticked off the clock, handing OSU a 26-21 victory against Michigan and securing a 12-0 record, scarlet and gray clad enthusiasts rushed the field, surrounding Buckeye players and coaches as they joyously – and slowly – made their way to the locker room. For first-year coach Urban Meyer, and the rest of Buckeye Nation, the 2012 season was about as good as it gets. Until next year, anyway. Yes, the 2012 season was great. Perfect, in a sense. But due to NCAA sanctions caused by “Tattoo-Gate,” the Buckeyes are banned from the postseason. OSU’s year ended after the Michigan game. No Big Ten Championship Game. No shot at playing for a national championship, either. There is no postseason ban for the 2013 season, and the foundation has been set in Columbus to win championships. OSU is expected to return 9 of 11 starters next year from an offense that averaged 37.1 points per game this season. Sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller is likely to be a Heisman Trophy front-runner in 2013. Redshirt junior running back Carlos Hyde, who rushed for 146 yards and a touchdown against the Wolverines, is “developing into one of the best backs in the country,” according to Meyer. On defense, the Buckeyes lose a bevy of senior leaders and playmakers, including defensive ends John Simon and Nathan Williams, and linebackers Zach Boren and Etienne Sabino. Junior defensive tackle Jonathan Hankins and redshirt sophomore cornerback Bradley Roby could leave for the NFL as well. But sophomore linebacker Ryan Shazier, a Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year candidate this season, returns. So do both starting safeties, freshman defensive linemen Adolphus Washington, Noah Spence and Tommy Schutt. The senior class, which Meyer refers to as the “most selfless group I’ve ever been around,” will not be easy to replace. But the Buckeyes experienced a great deal of success in 2012, and the large amount of players that are coming back are anxious to experience it again. “I’m hoping the guys get that taste and they want to do it again. Because once you taste (success), it tastes really good. And the foundation, I think, is strong,” Meyer said after the game Saturday. OSU will celebrate what it achieved this season, and deservedly so. But many underclassmen are already excited for next September. “We’re just glad that the team got to feel what it’s like to be 12-0 so next year, we’re just as hungry in the offseason to get there again,” said junior wide receiver Corey Brown. Because of the postseason ban, OSU players didn’t get everything they said they feel they deserved this year. In 2013, there will be no sanctions holding them back, and they’re looking forward to it. “We’re just going to come out hungry next year though, to get what we were supposed to get this year,” Hyde said. As for Meyer, he is really only getting started. He’s been at the helm of the OSU football program for roughly 12 months, and in that time, turned a 6-7 team in turmoil into a 12-0 team on the upswing. He’s starting to get “his guys” into the program – players that he recruited, not past OSU coaches. The freshman class, which Meyer was largely responsible for, played a big role this season. Washington had a sack and a forced fumble Saturday, while Schutt and Spence were in on numerous third-down situations, often forcing Michigan’s quarterbacks out of the pocket. Meyer said there were a “bunch of recruits in the meeting room again,” after the game. His 2013 class is ranked in the top 10 in the country by multiple sites. And while many criticized OSU’s schedule this season, 2013 could be easier. Michigan State and Nebraska are off the schedule, and replaced with Northwestern and Iowa, who went a combined 13-11 this year. The biggest non-conference game is likely to be at California, which recently fired its coach Jeff Tedford. OSU is likely to be favored in all of its regular season games next season. If all goes well for the Buckeyes in 2013, they could be riding a 23-game win streak when they arrive to Ann Arbor, Mich., on November 30, 2013. In all, Meyer’s first year in Columbus seemed to go as well as could have been planned. Such success, though, likely has amplified expectations, and possibilities, for the future. “I’m ready to go right now. I’m ready to get back into the off-season, working out and preparing for next season,” Hyde said. “I can’t wait.” read more

No 12 Ohio State mens basketball rolls to 9755 win over North

Freshman guard D’Angelo Russell (0) drives toward the basket during a game against North Carolina A&T on Dec. 17 at Nationwide Arena. Russell led the Buckeyes in scoring with 21 points in OSU’s 97-55 win. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorA change of scenery didn’t seem to affect the No. 12 Ohio State men’s basketball team as it rolled to yet another blowout victory, extending its record to 9-1 on the season.Playing a home game down the road at Nationwide Arena in downtown Columbus, the Buckeyes jumped out to a 17-2 lead and didn’t look back as they defeated the North Carolina A&T Aggies, 97-55, Wednesday night.The early run by OSU was started by sophomore forward Marc Loving, who buried a  three-pointer to open the scoring. Freshman guard D’Angelo Russell also contributed to the fast start, as he added seven points in the first 3:20 of the game.Loving finished the night with 15 points on 4-5 shooting. Russell led the Buckeyes with 21 points on 7-14 shooting.Loving said after the game that playing at Nationwide Arena gave the game a slightly different atmosphere.“It had a Big Ten Tournament feel to it,” Loving said. “Coming into the game, being in a different facility than the Schott, it was something that we are not used to.”The Aggies (1-11) tried to make a late run at the end of the first half, as a pair of three-pointers by junior guard Arturs Bremers cut the OSU lead to 39-26 at halftime.OSU coach Thad Matta said after the game that the mini-run by the Aggies was due to missed opportunities.“I think that we went through a couple lulls where shots weren’t falling,” Matta said. “We just weren’t as aggressive as we needed to be on the defensive end.”OSU senior guard Shannon Scott, who recorded a career high seven steals, to go along with eight points and 12 assists said after the game that Matta got on his team at halftime.“We were up only 13 points I think at halftime and we felt like we should have been up by a lot more,” Scott said. “We took pride in playing more defense and getting more shots up.”The Buckeyes would pull away early after the break, as OSU outscored the Aggies 28-10 in the first eight minutes of the second half.Redshirt-freshman guard Kam Williams scored all 15 of his points in the second half, as he shot 6-11 from the field.With nine minutes left to play in the game, all 10 Buckeyes that had taken the floor had scored at least two points.The Buckeyes turned the Aggies over a total of 26 times throughout the course of the game, which led to 40 points.Aggie coach Cy Alexander said after the game that by the time his team settled in to the game, it was too late.“We were a little intimidated early on and got down,” Alexander said. “I thought we competed really hard all game, especially in the first half. Give Ohio State a lot of credit, they took advantage of our turnovers.”Despite the blowout win, the Aggies hung with OSU on the boards as each team recorded 32 rebounds.OSU also converted on its first 17 free throws of the game and finished 20-22 from the charity stripe, with the first miss coming from freshman forward Jae’Sean Tate.The free throw shooting is something Matta said he thought the Buckeyes could take advantage of coming into the game.“We felt like we were going to get to the line tonight, (and I) was very pleased with how guys knocked them down,” he said.The Aggies were led by junior forward Bruce Beckford, who scored 15 of the Aggies first 20 points and finished with a game-high 26 points on 11-20 shootingAlthough OSU won in convincing fashion, Matta was not pleased with the way Beckford dominated the Buckeye defense.“No. 32 (Beckford) had just an incredible night. I told our guys at one of the timeouts, ‘we are making this guy look like a first round draft pick,’” Matta said.The Buckeyes now turn their attention to a showdown with the No. 24 North Carolina Tar Heels in Chicago on Saturday afternoon. The matchup will be just the second ranked opponent that OSU will have faced thus far this season.Matta said after the game that he had already started looking at film on the Tar Heels.“Obviously, (they are) a tremendous basketball team. Their size is something that (North) Carolina has always had. A lot like Louisville, they are going to try and pound the ball inside on us.”The Buckeyes are set to return to the court Saturday in Chicago against the North Carolina Tar Heels in the CBS Sports Classic. Tip is scheduled for 1 p.m. EST. read more