SIXTY SECONDS IN TOUCH

first_imgThe excitement of the NRL and AFL finals began on the weekend, and that same hype will carry on to Coffs Harbour this week where the 2006 National 18 Years and under Championships are set to begin. Welcome to the pre-National 18’s edition of 60 Seconds in Touch! The National 18’s tournament is a fantastic opportunity to showcase some of the best junior Touch players in Australia. It consists of teams from state school systems, NTL permit areas and state bodies.Tournament staff made their way to Coffs Harbour on Sunday, with the constant rain and wind of concern to all. Weather predictions say it will be clearing up towards the end of the week, just in time for the Touch action to start!The Opening Ceremony for the event will take place at 11am on Wednesday. All teams are required to attend, and team captains will be involved in a march past. The ceremony will involve a farewell for the Australian sides heading to South Africa for the 2007 World Cup.  Former Australian representative, Dean Russell will address the players and wish them well for the tournament. The Touch community will also be able to wish the players well, with several Boxing Kangaroo flags in the merchandise room for players and spectators to sign or record a message of good luck.South Sydney Rabbitohs NRL player and ex-Australian Touch representative, Joe Williams will be at this year’s tournament, he’ll be around the grounds helping out and checking out the junior talent.Those cheeky guys from the Fishbowl – the tournament control tower, are back again this year to entertain the crowd with their wit and humour. Adam Collins and Tony El Takchi will be announcing game times, warm up times, ‘match of the round’ and basically entertaining the crowd. Kane Weeks will be joining them on Saturday for finals day. Stay tuned to this website for their daily wrap up, ‘From the Fishbowl’.Thank you to the fantastic staff at the Coffs Harbour International Stadium for once again contributing to the success of the tournament. The fields are in immaculate condition as always, thanks to Russell and his ground crew. Thanks also to Frank and his staff will once again have a delicious range of food and drinks available for purchase.The crew from Sporting Images will be at the event this week shooting action shots and also team photos. Photographs will be available for purchase online at www.sportingimages.net following the tournament. Up to date information from the tournament, including results and feature stories will be updated as often as possible. The Sporting Pulse results website will show all game results, draws and touchdown scorers, so stay tuned to www.austouch.com.au for all the latest news.last_img read more

NRL & TFA Launch Free Participation Program to Get Inactive Teens Playing Non-Contact Footy Together

first_imgThe NRL and Touch Football Australia (TFA) are delivering free non-contact footy skills sessions to inactive kids in regional areas around Australia, thanks to a participation grant from the Australian Government’s lead sports agency, Sport Australia, as part of their Move It Aus ‘Find Your 30’ campaign.The partner organisations are delivering four skills sessions to both primary and high school kids, with a focus on those aged 13 to 18, and girls in particular. Once the participants have completed their four sessions, they’re provided the opportunity to take part in a gala day competing in games, to put their new skills into practice.NRL Chief Executive Todd Greenberg said the program would provide children with the opportunity to engage in their communities.“This program not only encourages healthy lifestyles, it provides a pathway for kids to transition into structured Rugby League and Touch Football competitions, which promote teamwork and a real sense of community,’’ he said.The programs are being delivered in regional areas of Western Australia, the Northern Territory, South Australia, Queensland and New South Wales.The NRL and TFA launched this program at Broome Touch Association on Thursday 24th October.TFA CEO Jamie O’Connor says that although the positive impacts of footy on individuals and communities all around the country are powerful no matter where you are in Australia, the impacts are even more significant in regional communities like Broome, Katherine, Mt Gambier and Griffith, which are just a few of the places where the program’s being run.“Passing or kicking a footy around helps you ‘Find Your 30’ minutes of physical activity a day, but in regional towns especially, footy can be the glue that draws the community, people of all ages, together in a healthy activity that brings benefits for physical and mental health,” he said.“The beauty about non-contact footy is that anyone can play – any age, gender, body shape and skill level – and everyone can play together, girls and boys, the young and old, family members, friends.”Minister for Youth and Sport Richard Colbeck said the Move It Aus Participation Grants program was about encouraging moreAustralians to get moving and make Australia the world’s most active and healthy nation.“The Morrison Government is pleased to support this partnership between the NRL and Touch Football Australia, which aims to encourage up to 4,000 Aussie kids to get involved in non-contact footy,” Minister Colbeck said.“We know some kids tend to drop out of sport and physical activity in their mid-teens so this is a fantastic initiative to reach children in regional Australia and give them fun opportunities to be involved in sport.”These programs are being delivered now up until June 2020. For details about where programs are currently running, or to register interest, go to playrugbyleague.com/play/move-it-aus/last_img read more

Feds ordered to produce St Annes documents to TRC

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe federal government has been ordered to provide police documents detailing abuse at the former St. Anne’s Residential School to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.Ontario Justice Paul Perell ordered the feds Tuesday to give over the documents to the TRC.“Canada has too narrowly interpreted its disclosure obligations…[T]here has been non-compliance [with the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, IRSSA], and Canada can and must do more in producing documents about the events at St. Anne’s,” wrote Perell in his decision.The documents stem from a five-year Ontario Provincial Police investigation between 1992-1997 into sexual and physical abuse at St. Anne’s in Fort Albany, Ont.The police investigation resulted in criminal convictions.It’s the second time in a year the federal government has been forced to produce documents to the TRC.Last January, a judge ordered more documents to be given to the TRC after the feds refused and fought it in court.“It is troubling that we have had to go to court twice now in under a year to get Canada to honour its obligation to produce all relevant documents,” said TRC lawyer Julian Falconer. “In my view, this is proof positive that Canada just doesn’t get it. There is a real risk that the government’s reliance on legal technicalities to avoid doing the right thing will undermine the apology given so solemnly by the prime minister on behalf of Canadians five years ago.”The TRC is an independent commission with a mandate to document the history of the 130-year residential schools where thousands of Aboriginal children died and were abused after being taken from their homes and put in church-run, state-paid, schools.last_img read more

NS budget Health spending up slightly after election focused on problems

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s Liberal government, which had promised to address the health care problems that dominated the spring election campaign, drew derisive opposition reviews by adding only $6.2 million in new health spending to a budget worth $10.5-billion.The majority government’s added investment Tuesday — on top of planned spending in an April 27 budget that was shelved due to the May 30 election — is a tiny fraction of the $4.2 billion annual health department budget.Finance Minister Karen Casey said the budget “builds” on the earlier document, and fulfills Liberal promises to deliver back-to-back surpluses and lower taxes.“We made some difficult, but necessary, decisions to live within our means. At the same time, government made key investments in communities across the province,” Casey said.“Nova Scotians . . . want more timely access to primary care and to family doctors. They want shorter wait times for surgeries, and they want better access to mental health services.”The budget hikes overall spending by $19-million over the April document.The extra health spending includes $2.7 million for orthopedic knee and hip surgeries, $2.0 million for mental health, $800,000 to assist people who need cancer drugs and have limited private insurance coverage, and an added $800,000 for the opioid use and overdose program.The budget also keeps the $2.4 million promised in April to support the recruitment and retention of doctors. The funding creates 10 new places in the family residency program at Dalhousie University and opens 10 new spaces a program that assists international doctors in establishing practices.Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie pulled no punches, saying he was “pissed off” by a budget that in his view failed to live up to Liberal claims that the government had heard concerns on the campaign trail about a lack of doctors and long wait times.“It’s very clear all of that was just lip service,” said Baillie. “No new money for primary health care and family doctors … when it comes time to put his money where his mouth is, the premier lets everybody down.”NDP Leader Gary Burrill was equally dismissive of the government’s fiscal efforts for a sector he says is in crisis.Over the past two years, stagnant funding and delayed spending on health facilities has accompanied stories of bursting hospital pipes, shortages of family doctors and — over the past winter — a dying patient left to languish for over six hours in the hallway of an overcrowded emergency department.“It’s a bit like they’ve brought a garden hose to a house fire,” Burrill said.“All those people that are looking for a family doctor, they’ll be looking to the budget and asking: ‘Is this going to help me with my predicament?’ Plainly it’s not.”The budget still has a $21.3-million surplus, but that’s $4.6 million lower than the original budget due to a drop in revenue from income tax and the increase in departmental spending.In dismissing the opposition’s complaints, Premier Stephen McNeil said the government had carried out its promise by adding $82 million in new spending to health, including the April figures.McNeil said voters had also sent another message during the campaign, and that’s why the government didn’t use more of its surplus for health.“Nova Scotians want us to live within our means. They want us to make the investments that reflect who they are … and we will continue to do so as we go forward.”McNeil said strategic investments in health would continue over the long term and would be reflected again in next spring’s budget.In the April budget, the health budget rose almost two per cent — and it is now consuming about four of every 10 dollars spent by the province as its population continues to be among the country’s oldest.Meanwhile, an unexpected clean-up operation on a waterfront development in Halifax is consuming $4.7 million that wasn’t in the pre-election calculations.There’s also an additional $2.5 million for the Atlantic Fisheries Fund, a joint program with Ottawa that funds research and innovation in the fish and seafood sector.The Liberals are keeping a promise to reduce taxes by an average of $160 for a half-million low- and middle-income earners. They’re doing that by increasing the basic personal exemption by up to $3,000 for taxable income up to $75,000.The change is weighted towards lower-income Nova Scotians, and will also mean 63,000 poorer Nova Scotians will no longer pay provincial income tax after the program kicks in Jan. 1, 2018.Earlier this year, the suicides of three young students in Cape Breton prompted calls for more prevention and support programs. The budget adds money for social workers, guidance counsellors and mental health clinicians.“During the last campaign, Nova Scotians said clearly that mental health was a priority for them,” said Casey in her speech. “We will hire more clinicians, put more support in underserviced areas, and cut wait times for mental health care.”The Liberals say they are still planning to spend about $6 million for new collaborative care centres — one of the measures aimed at remedying problems in primary care, and addressing the premier’s 2013 election promise to provide each citizen with access to a family doctor.The cost for the middle class tax cut in the 2017-18 budget remains at $22 million. The annual cost to the treasury will be $85 million.In addition, a previously announced tax cut on small business income will cost about $14.1 million a year.The province’s net debt is about $15 billion, which is $15,860 per person.Follow (at)mtuttoncporg on Twitter.last_img read more

Delhi BJP unit seeks action against AAP for indulging in violent acts

first_imgNew Delhi: The BJP’s Delhi unit Tuesday filed a complaint with the Chief Electoral Office in Delhi and sought action against the Aam Aadmi Party, which it alleged was “indulging in violent acts” and violating the model code of conduct.In its complaint, the BJP accused the AAP of burning the 2014 manifesto of the saffron party which had photos of its leaders. They alleged that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal along with other party leaders had burnt BJP manifesto on March 13. Other party leaders Manish Sisodia, Rajendra Pal Gautam, Kailash Gahlot and Pankaj Gupta were among those who led had party workers in burning copies of the party’s manifesto, the BJP alleged. The manifestos were burnt by the AAP to attack BJP on the issue of full statehood to Delhi. “The AAP leaders are violating MCC by either not seeking permission for such events from Election Commission or they have sought permission for election meetings from EC and misused such permission to violate MCC by burning BJP’s manifesto,” the letter said. The letter, written by SN Verma, co-convener of the legal department of BJP Delhi Pradesh, said orders should be issued to leaders and workers of AAP to “cease and desist from such violent acts”. Five complaints have been made against the BJP and the AAP for organising gatherings to burn manifestos without permission, officials from the Chief Electoral Office of Delhi had said on Monday.last_img read more

Childhood abuse worsens depression in adulthood

first_imgFacing trauma in childhood can significantly change the structure of the brain, which may result in severe depression which could even be recurrent in adulthood, say researchers. The results from MRI scan images suggest that both childhood maltreatment and recurring depression are associated with similar reductions in the surface area of the insular cortex, part of the brain that regulates emotion and self-awareness. This reduction could make a future relapse more likely, said the study, published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal, which found childhood maltreatment one of the strongest risk factors for major depression in adulthood. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”Given the impact of the insular cortex on brain functions such as emotional awareness, it’s possible that the changes we saw make patients less responsive to conventional treatments,” said lead researcher Nils Opel from the University of Munster in Germany. The study included 110 patients aged 18 to 60 years. Of the 75 patients who experienced a relapse, 48 had experienced one additional episode, seven reported two episodes, and six experienced three episodes. Fourteen had a remission period of less than two months and could therefore be regarded as having chronic depression. The findings are to develop or improve risk-adapted interventions for people susceptible to a worse long-term clinical outcome. Future research should therefore explore how the findings could be translated into care and treatment that could improve patient outcomes.last_img read more

Thapas exit deals another blow to GJMs Bimal faction

first_imgDarjeeling: The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (Bimal Gurung faction) suffered another setback with Rohit Thapa, the organisational secretary of Dooars tendering in his resignation from the party.Talking to mediapersons in Siliguri on Monday, Thapa stated that he has resigned as the party has been taking decisions without consulting the leaders and supporters on ground zero. “Since 2008 I have supported and worked on the behest of Bimal Gurung in Dooars. We have faced so many problems and oppositions yet have worked for the party. However, now decision are being taken unilaterally from Delhi without any consultations,” stated Thapa. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaWhen questioned on whether alliance with the BJP or choice of Raju Bista has caused any discontent, Thapa stated: “In 2009, we accepted Jaswant Singh and again in 2014 we supported SS Ahluwalia. This time also we are ready to support Bista but where is the Gorkhaland issue. We have supported Bimal Gurung just because of the Gorkhaland issue.” Thapa stated that they are not willing to support Gurung’s politics of self survival. “We were having an all-party meet to decide on a consensus candidate. Suddenly, the GNLF left for Delhi. Suddenly, we get an audio clip from Gurung stating that an alliance has been forged with the GNLF and the BJP and to extend all possible support,” stated Thapa. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayHe further questioned that if this move is for Gorkhaland than why weren’t other pro-Gorkhaland such as the CPRM and JAP called to Delhi. “We don’t know what sort of deal he has struck with the the BJP and the GNLF. We have been kept in the dark constantly,” Thapa said. Without naming the BJP he stated that they are adopting double standards on Gorkhaland. “From the Hills till Sukna its Gorkhaland and once they come to the plains Gorkhaland disappears,” added Thapa. When questioned on whether he would join any other party, Thapa stated that he has not decided on this yet. Recently Swaraj Thapa, a close confidant of Bimal Gurung and advisor, had also resigned from the party.last_img read more

Im often disasppointed with scripts which come my way Jim Sarbh

first_imgMumbai: Jim Sarbh, who has given critically-acclaimed performances in films such as “Neerja” and “Padmaavat”, says he feels underwhelmed with the kind of scripts coming his way. The actor caught the audience’s attention as the antagonist in his 2016 debut, “Neerja”. He has also starred in “Sanju” and was most recently seen in Amazon Prime Video’s “Made in Heaven” “Films have always been my first love but because I kept getting cast in plays or because the school I went to didn’t have film acting course. It just had theatre studies — I came from a theatrical tradition. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka “I have spent the better part of my life reading some of the best plays in the world. I am spoilt. I imagine that each script I get should be as good as those plays and I am often sorely disappointed,” the actor told PTI. Having played some of the most iconic parts on stage, the longing to do good work in films has only increased, Sarbh, 31, says. “I have had the opportunity of playing, in my opinion, some of the best characters ever written in a play, Romeo in ‘Romeo and Juliet’, Jerry in ‘Zoo Story’ and I can keep going. I have been lucky (in theatre). Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna “(But) how will I get those parts (here)? I am waiting for an opportunity to sink my teeth into roles that are complicated, interesting as any of these.” The actor, however, found an opportunity where he could work and build his character while working on “Made in Heaven”, created by filmmakers Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti. He is garnering praise for his role of a rich Delhi industrialist, Adil Khanna, a complicated man, torn between his current love interest and wife. “In the beginning, my character was a little underwritten as compared to others, which was quite refreshing actually. You could get an interpretation reading the character that ‘oh he is just a bad guy’ but I was more interested in playing him as a person who fell in love, again,” Sarbh says. “Made in Heaven” is directed by Zoya, Nitya Mehra, Alankrita Shrivastava and Prashant Nair. The makers recently announced season two of the series.last_img read more

I belong to the caste of the poor Modi

first_imgSonebhadra (UP): Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday came down heavily on the opposition alliance in Uttar Pradesh for raising questions on his caste, asserting that he belongs to the caste of all poor countrymen.Addressing an election rally here, Modi continued to attack the Congress over its leader Sam Pitroda’s hua to hua (It happened, so what?) remark on the anti-Sikh riots in 1984. National security also figured prominently. Modi accused a previous coalition government of weakening the intelligence agencies and recalled that the Pokhran nuclear tests took place on this day 21 years back. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh”They have destroyed Uttar Pradesh and now the SP and the BJP have come together to save themselves from destruction, he said, calling their alliance mahamilawati or adulterated. They have started a new thing about my caste, he said, in an apparent reference to Bahujan Samaj Party leader Mayawati’s jibe that he is a farzi backward — a fake OBC leader. I want to tell them that Modi belongs to just one caste – whatever caste the poor belong to, I belong to that caste,” he said, listing the schemes that his government has launched for them. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadHe claimed that the country’s intelligence agencies suffered when a third front government, which included the Samajwadi Party, was in power at the Centre. “Our intelligence agencies were weakened by an earlier ‘mahamilawati’ government, but the (Atal Bihari) Vajpayee government set that right,” he said. “Many people connected with our security and intelligence agencies have written a lot about this. They have written how they had made the intelligence network hollow and the country had to bear its consequences for long, he said. What the third front government did is in no way less than a crime,” he said. “Whenever there is a ‘mahamilawati’ government in the country, it has threatened national security, he said. The prime minister hailed scientists for the successful Pokhran nuclear tests this day in 1998. “Twenty-one years back this day, India successfully carried out nuclear tests, Operation Shakti. I salute the scientists who brought laurels to the country with their hard work. This historic event in 1998 proves what strong political will can do for national security,” he said. Referring to the Manmohan Singh term, he claimed the country got a weak government run by remote control after the one headed by Vajpayee. He said that government brought a bad name to the country. “So many scams took place but the Congress and its people had no remorse as their way of thinking is ‘hua to hua’,” he said making a fresh attack on the Congress for its leader Sam Pitroda’s remarks. “It shows the character and mentality of the party, he said. The hua to hua’ remark reflects the arrogance of the Congress,” he said. Modi cited the Balakot air strikes against Pakistan as an example of what a bold government can accomplish. “This is the new India. Now India barges into the hideouts of terrorists and kills them,” he added.last_img read more

Commentary Buckeye pride survives winters cold at Frozen Diamond Faceoff

Ohio State’s alma mater “Carmen Ohio” states that the bond between Buckeyes and this university lasts through “summer’s heat or winter’s cold.” Never has this been more true than at Sunday’s Frozen Diamond Faceoff. OSU fans have been known to travel to support their team, but rarely does such travel involve braving frigid temperatures for hours at a time. Yet temperatures in the mid-20s didn’t deter Buckeye fans from traveling to Cleveland from across the state and beyond to cheer on the OSU men’s hockey team as they took on Michigan in Ohio’s first-ever outdoor college hockey game. Even as the Wolverines cooled the Buckeyes off on the ice, 4-1, fans stayed put through wind and cold at Progressive Field. And it wasn’t just the fans who showed their dedication to the team. The OSU athletic band performed throughout the game, even performing “Script Ohio” on ice. Though they faced some challenges playing their instruments in freezing temperatures, their enthusiasm never deflated as they performed OSU staples throughout the game. Some band members even opted to keep their mouthpieces in their pockets to keep them warm when they weren’t playing, but when I spoke with them, there were no complaints about the cold. There was only excitement to be playing at such a historic event. The cheerleaders, likewise, trudged through a snow-covered baseball diamond to lead cheers and keep the crowd engaged as the sun set and temperatures continued to drop. The game itself was a spectacle unlike any other I’ve experienced during my time at OSU. The players, it seemed, were in awe of the experience, but their play didn’t have the same fire that many OSU hockey fans have come to expect from the No. 2-ranked team this season. But what the team lacked, the crowd made up for. As Michigan answered OSU’s only goal with two goals of its own in a 28-second period to cap the scoring, the crowd stayed put even though OSU’s hopes for a win had deflated. The final buzzer signaled an OSU fan’s worst nightmare ­— a Michigan victory, but the band still sounded the starting notes of “Carmen Ohio.” In perhaps the only appropriate finale to such an event, the team, the cheerleaders, the band and the fans linked together and sang out the words to the alma mater that they had lived out firsthand. OSU fans have proven their loyalty through “summer’s heat” time and time again. But Sunday, despite a loss to an archenemy, despite the fact that their mouths froze to their instruments and despite the fact that many probably couldn’t feel their toes, OSU fans proved their loyalty through “winter’s cold.” read more