After the Raiders upset win over the Cowboys in the NRL last weekend, hearts are certainly pumping in the nations capital and the trip to Melbourne to face the Storm on June 18, now has some added spice. TFA Chairman Michael Sparks and Victorian Technical Director, Michael Lovett, have been working with the Melbourne Storm side to organise the scheduling of a 30 minute Touch game at Olympic Park as a curtain raiser to the Storm vs Radiers match. While the details are not all confirmed yet, TFA will be promoting this opportunity to it’s fullest as the event draws near…so keep your eye on the website for more information! The NSW Country Championships saw 101 teams hit Dubbo, with several interstate teams taking part in the round matches before competing against each other in the Interstate Challenge on the final day. Wagga Wagga are undoubtedly the strength of Country NSW claiming the double in both the Mens and Womens Open. Below are all the results from the 2006 NSW Country Championships:Mens Open: Wagga (7) def Wallsend (6)Mens Open Interstate Challenge: ACT (8) def SA (3)Womens Open: Wagga (5) def Newcastle University (4)Womens Open Interstate Challenge ACT (5) def Victoria (2)Mixed Open: Griffith (7) def Newcastle City (3)Mens 18’s: Wallsend (5) def ACT (3)Mens 23’s: Wallsend (5) def Dubbo (3)Womens 18’s: Tamworth (6) def Wagga (3)Womens 23’s: Wollongong (6) def Tamworth (0)Mens 35’s: Victoria (7) def Leeton (3)Womens 35’s: Port Macquarie (2) def Wallsend (0)Senior Mixed: Forster Tuncurry (7) def Dubbo (5)Mens 40’s: Wollongong (5) def Port Macquarie (2)Womens 40’s: Central Coast (2) def Newcastle City (1)Mens 45’s: Wagga (6) def Newcastle City (1)Mens 50’s: Newcastle City (5) def Wollongong (2) The Yass knockout has been set for January 27-28 2007, with over 90 teams expected to attend and fight for $12,000 in prize money. Welcome to the latest edition of Sixty Seconds in Touch, where there is plenty of news in Touch for all. It is certainly a massive week with tournaments, announcements and more big news… TFA’s new partnership with Esus Footwear will be headlining the opening of our online shop, set to begin business this week. The latest from our web group is that we can hope to be up and running this week, with the new Esus shoes and the 2006 NTL Fox Package DVD’s set to be the hottest items for purchase. For all the information on the Esus Touch Football boots check out ESUS TOUCH FOOTBALL BOOTS. Here’s one for all interested referees out there…WA referee John Bedford has been promoting the sport on ‘Have a Go TV’ in WA, check out the link to see his story: http://www.haveagotv.com.au/segment.php?id=84&l=1 The latest edition of Touch-e-Talk, the online newsletter, will be delivered this week, so keep your eye out on the TFA website or subscribe on the homepage to receive it direct to your email. The University of Southern Queensland are sending a mixed side to the Northern Uni Games, with several experienced Australian junior representatives and Queensland Origin players. They’re keen for a sponsor to help them make the trip to the Sunshine Coast and to help them in their quest for Gold or Silver. If your business is keen to support them, please contact Christopher Kavney on 0427 161 590 for more info. NT will also be holding their annual Elite Training Camp from June 29 to July 1 in Darwin. The 2006 NTL Fox Package is now available for purchase! The package (as seen on Fox) contains highlights of the Mixed and Womens Open grand final, as well a majority of the Mens Open final. With commentary from Australian Mens Open coach Tony Trad and also skill packages leading players such as Sharyn Williams and Phil Gyemore, it’s a fantastic production. The DVD is available for purchase for $20 inc GST, (plus $5 postage) and can be ordered by phoning Rachel on (02) 6285 2703 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Rugby Union have the Wallabies, in League they are the Kangaroos, while the basketballers are the Boomers and the Opals…and I’ve heard of some side called the Socceroos??? But what about our National Touch sides? TFA are after suggestions of either names or a mascot for our National sides heading to the 2007 World Cup in South Africa. Email your suggestions to email@example.com. We’ll keep you updated on the progress! In news from the Northern Territory the NT Secondary Schools Championships are set to be held in Alice Springs this Wednesday to Friday, with NT teams being selected for the National Secondary School Championships being held in Perth this October. Later this week TFA will be approaching all members who have subscribed to the TFA website email database and asking them to complete an online survey on the 2006 NTL package shown on Fox Sports. The survey is aimed at providing feedback on the package, it’s value and quality. If you would like to take part in the survey you will need to subscribe on the front page of the TFA website today. If you tend to be an affiliate hopper in NSW, that may no longer be you, as the NSWTA Board have introduced a new affiliate representative transfer rule. Check out NSW Touch for all of the info. They are hoping that the first of their measures will help ensure a clean, fair and equitable system for the sport in NSW. Remember, if you have any info for this weekly column, email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
By Eden RichardsIt was a day of thrilling finishes in the Men’s Elite Eight on day one of the 2016 National Touch League. Two Queensland teams remain undefeated with the QLD Titans notching three wins from three starts and the QLD Cowboys securing two wins and a draw. The Alliance are yet to get off the mark and therefore sit last at the foot of the table on zero wins. They will need everything to go their way tomorrow if they are to mount an unlikely charge to the finals. In a sign of how close the Men’s Elite Eight is this year, just under half of the games played on day one were decided by one touchdown or less. The Women’s Elite Eight featured close contests all day and after 12 games one standout team has emerged.The Queensland Broncos went through three games unbeaten and look the side to beat for the title. The New South Wales Rebels, New South Wales Mets and Titans are all one game back on the standings but it appears there may be a gap in class between the chasers and last year’s champions. The New South Wales Country Mavericks sit on one win and will need to seriously improve on day two if they are to figure in the finals. It was a horrid day for the Scorpions and The Alliance as neither managed to chalk up a win. The Rebels’ six touchdown win over The Alliance was the biggest win of the day and they will need more of the same if they are to catch the Broncos. Day two will begin at 9am on Thursday. Related LinksElite Eight Day One
Guardiola excuses Sterling as Man City beat Leicester in Cup shootoutby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City have reached the Carabao Cup semifinals after beating Leicester City on penalties.A poor quality shootout saw the home side miss three penalties while a dinked effort went wrong for Raheem Sterling before Oleksandr Zinchenko stepped up to emphatically thump the decisive kick into the top corner to take his side through.Pep Guardiola’s side took the lead in the first half through Kevin de Bruyne’s first goal of the season – a sweet, low drive into the bottom corner.Leicester were poor in the first half but regrouped at half-time and levelled the contest through Marc Albrighton’s well-struck effort before crumbling in the shootout.Guardiola said afterwards: “A tough game, it is always difficult at Leicester. We played with a guy who is 17 years old and some injured players, it was a good game.”Raheem took that decision [to chip his penalty], unfortunately he missed it but that is OK.”Asked about Jose Mourinho’s sacking, he added: “I am always sad for the manager when that happens. We are alone in that situation. I am close to all of the managers. You are sacked when results are not good.”He doesn’t need me, he is so strong. I wish him all the best and he will be back soon.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Kane raps teammates as England slide to first qualifying defeat in ten yearsby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham striker Harry Kane rapped team-mates as England slid to their first qualifying defeat in ten years.Skipper Kane gave Gareth Southgate’s men a perfect start with a fifth-minute penalty before the Czech Republic’s pair Jakub Brabec and Zdenek Ondrasek rocked the Three Lions.Kane fumed: “It was down to us. We went ahead early and had the perfect start to an away game. After that we were sloppy with the ball, they scored not long after, and we just didn’t move it as quickly as we normally do.“We weren’t fighting, we weren’t pressing as much as we do. We gave the ball away too cheaply, especially in the first half.“We had a couple of chances to put the game to bed but didn’t and unfortunately gave one away at the end. It’s a bit of a wake-up call.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Two weeks ago, world-famous web animator Monty Oum, who worked for an Austin-based production company called Rooster Teeth, passed away unexpectedly after suffering an allergic reaction during a routine medical procedure that left him in a coma. In response, his employer asked that anyone who was looking to pay tribute did so creatively – instead of simply sending flowers or gifts.Charlie Strong and the Texas Longhorns, who are also based in Austin, have obliged. The program put together a tribute ball signed by every player. Alan Abdine, director of business development at Rooster Teeth, thanked the Longhorns on Twitter.Huge thanks to Matt Sims and the @Longhorn_FB team from all of us at @RoosterTeeth for the #MontyOum tribute ball. pic.twitter.com/yXpwi8ngms— Alan Abdine (@abdine) February 17, 2015Very cool. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Oum’s family, friends and coworkers.
outbackEach bowl week, before teams engage in fierce competition on the field, they sometimes participate in friendly competition off it. Such was the case with Tennessee and Northwestern tonight. The two teams are in Tampa for the Outback Bowl, and both squads made it out to Splitsville for some pool and bowling. Who are you rooting for in tonight’s bowling competition, @Vol_Football or @NUFBFamily?? pic.twitter.com/Vt0x6cDGAq— Outback Bowl (@outbackbowl) December 27, 2015The game is heating up! #FootballInParadise pic.twitter.com/9TVFg62XAW— Outback Bowl (@outbackbowl) December 28, 2015. @NUFBFamily is in full swing pic.twitter.com/99hVZNvJBr— Outback Bowl (@outbackbowl) December 27, 2015Looks like a good time is being had by all. We don’t think the players will be as friendly on the field as they were on the lanes though.
YouTube/Colin CowherdOn his show, FOX Sports 1’s Colin Cowherd has been going through the schedules of major college football programs and giving his early projections for the upcoming season. He likes Michigan and USC this fall, but when it comes to the Wisconsin Badgers, his breakdown is not nearly as encouraging.Cowherd’s four biggest factors that play into his prediction are:1. The loss of defensive coordinator Dave Aranda to LSU.2. The graduation of Joel Stave.3. Wisconsin’s schedule: “the toughest schedule I think I’ve seen in the Big Ten in years.”4. The defense is strong in the back, a bit weaker up front.Here is Cowherd’s full breakdown: That is a 6-6 season, with wins over Akron, Georgia State, Nebraska, Illinois, Purdue, and Minnesota, and losses to Alabama, Michigan State, Michigan, Ohio State, Iowa, and Northwestern. He’s not wrong about the schedule; the Badgers play the four best teams from the 2015 Big Ten season in a row from September 24 to October 22. Yikes.
zoomImage Courtesy: SLNG Corporation Pavilion Energy said it has performed the first commercial ship-to-ship LNG bunkering in the Port of Singapore.The operation comprised a reload of 2,000 m3 of LNG onto a small-scale tanker at the newly-modified Secondary Jetty of the Singapore LNG (SLNG) Terminal, followed by a ship-to-ship transfer to the receiving heavy-lift commercial vessel.“Pavilion Energy’s first commercial ship-to-ship LNG bunkering operations in Singapore demonstrates our strong commitment and capability to deliver a comprehensive suite of LNG bunker supply solutions to Singapore and the region,” Frédéric H. Barnaud, Group CEO of Pavilion Energy, said.“As the world’s largest bunkering port, Singapore is committed to provide a range of bunkering solutions to meet the future energy needs of the global shipping industry,” Quah Ley Hoon, Chief Executive of MPA, said.Pavilion Energy demonstrated its truck-to-ship bunkering capabilities in 2017, and further expanded its bunker logistics with the charter of its first LNG bunker vessel newbuild in February 2019.The 12,000 m3 GTT Mark III Flex membrane LNG bunker vessel is set for delivery by 2021, and is the largest of its kind set for use in the Port of Singapore to date, the company concluded.
Sir Richard Branson has blogged about giving up eating beef to help the environment and to make food production more sustainable.“Last month, the Guardian asked readers whether they would consider eating lab-grown meat to save the environment,” wrote Branson. “Almost a third of all respondents said yes.“These results should be taken with a grain of salt, but I think the trend they reveal is good news for the planet: more and more people recognise that conventional meat production can have truly devastating environmental impacts.“It’s one of the reasons I gave up eating beef earlier this year, and it looks like I am not the only one. Surprisingly, for myself, I haven’t missed it at all. If we could get many other people to do the same, we would be healthier, and we would help sustain the beautiful biodiversity we are losing in the rainforests.“As more people come out of poverty in emerging markets, the worst thing that could happen is that demand for cattle continuing to rise. If that happened we would soon have little rainforest left in the world, little biodiversity and climate change would accelerate.“Beef substitutes make the transition to more conscious consumption a little easier. One such company is Beyond Meat, which is developing plant-based foods that taste just like meat but eliminate the need for cattle and other animals to be eaten.“This will result in us being able to utilize 35 times less lamb alone, 15 times less water and could be as much as 20 times less costly. And on World Food Day, we should applaud any effort that helps make food production more sustainable.”Source:virgin.com
LONDON — After months of stalled talks, false starts and setbacks, negotiators from Britain and the European Union struck a proposed divorce deal Tuesday to provide for the U.K.’s smooth exit from the bloc.But the agreement faces major political hurdles starting Wednesday, when British Prime Minister Theresa May will try to win the approval of her divided Cabinet for a deal many ministers view with skepticism.The British government confirmed that the negotiating teams had reached a draft agreement and the Cabinet would hold a special meeting Wednesday afternoon to consider the proposal. Its support isn’t guaranteed: May is under pressure from pro-Brexit ministers not to make further concessions to the EU on the key issue of the Irish border.A spokesman for chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier urged caution, saying a deal wasn’t yet finalized and the bloc would “take stock” Wednesday.Ambassadors from the 27 other EU countries are also due to hold a meeting in Brussels on Wednesday.Britain wants to seal a deal this fall, so that Parliament has time to vote on it before the U.K. leaves the bloc on March 29. The European Parliament also has to approve any agreement, as do all 28 EU nations.Officials have said for weeks that agreement on divorce terms and a framework for future U.K.-EU relations was 95 per cent complete, and for several days negotiators have been meeting late into the night in Brussels in a bid to close the remaining gaps.The main obstacle has long been how to ensure there are no customs posts or other checks along the border between the U.K.’s Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland after Brexit. Britain and the EU agree that there must be barriers that could disrupt businesses and residents on either side of the border and undermine Northern Ireland’s hard-won peace process — but they have differed on how to achieve that.Irish national broadcaster RTE said the draft agreement involves a common customs arrangement for the U.K. and the EU, to eliminate the need for border checks, with special provisions for Northern Ireland and a review mechanism to oversee its functioning.A sticking point in talks has been Britain’s insistence that any such customs arrangement must be temporary. The EU says that in order to guarantee an open border, it can’t have a time limit.The pound rallied on news of a deal, rising 1.5 per cent against the dollar to $1.3038.But May faces pressure from pro-Brexit Cabinet members and lawmakers not to agree to an arrangement that binds Britain to EU trade rules indefinitely.Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, a staunch Brexiteer, said the deal was unacceptable and Cabinet ministers should “chuck it out.”May also faces growing opposition from pro-EU lawmakers, who say her proposed Brexit deal is worse than the status quo and the British public should get a new vote on whether to leave or to stay.If there is no agreement soon, U.K. businesses will have to start implementing contingency plans for a “no-deal” Brexit — steps that could include cutting jobs, stockpiling goods and relocating production and services outside Britain.Even with such measures in place, the British government says leaving the EU without a deal could cause major economic disruption, with gridlock at ports and disruption to supplies of foods, goods and medicines.On Tuesday, the European Commission published a sheaf of notices outlining changes in a host of areas in the event of a no-deal Brexit. They point to major disruption for people and businesses: U.K. truckers’ licenses won’t be valid in the EU, British airlines will no longer enjoy traffic rights, and even British mineral water will cease to be recognized as such by the EU.The EU said Tuesday it was proposing visa-free travel for U.K. citizens on short trips, even if there is no deal — but only if Britain reciprocates.Meanwhile, official figures suggest Brexit is already having an impact on the British workforce.The Office for National Statistics said the number of EU citizens working in the country — 2.25 million— was down 132,000 in the three months to September from the year before. That’s the largest annual fall since comparable records began in 1997.Most of the fall is due to fewer workers from eight eastern European countries that joined the EU in 2004.Jonathan Portes, professor of economics at King’s College London, said the prospect of Brexit “has clearly made the U.K. a much less attractive place for Europeans to live and work.”___Raf Casert in Brussels contributed to this story.Jill Lawless, The Associated Press