MMP Foundation for Excellence assists Albion fire victims

first_imgThe MMP Foundation for Excellence handed over $50,000 worth of groceries and a cheque for $100,000 to the children of Shennisa Willie, whose house went up in flames on Tuesday last at High Reef Albion, Corentyne, Berbice.Willie, who is a teacher, attached to the rehabilitation centre at the Port Mourant Primary School, along with her family, lost all of their household and personal items as a result of the devastating fire which ripped through the rented wooden structure the family occupied.Members of the Foundation during the handing over ceremony on FridayHowever, the teacher, who is expecting her sixth child, was unable to accept the generous donation due to her hospitalisation from a fall. Her children received the donation on her behalf at a simple ceremony at the Port Mourant Primary School on Friday. From her hospital bed, she expressed gratitude to the MMP Foundation for Excellence on the timely donation while stressing that it will go a long way. At the handing over ceremony, members of the Foundation expressed their commitment to continue assisting persons in need and those who have suffered as a result of disasters.Treasurer of the non-governmental organisation, David Brigbhukan, said the Foundation thought about the initiative after learning about the fire.Secretary of the Foundation, La Donna Ann Nero said the donation is timely and expressed confidence that the family will stand on its feet once again. On this note, she stated that the MMP Foundation will continue to assist people in need despite race, colour or creed.The initiative was the brainchild of the founder and Chairman of the Foundation, Mohabir Persaud.He further stated that MMP Foundation for Excellence will continue its humanitarian mission to assist underprivileged children and families with the basic necessities required for livelihood and the completion of a sound secondary education.The MMP Foundation for Excellence will host a floodlight cricket competition and after party on April 28, as a fundraiser.Funds garnered from this event will envision the successful completion of the Foundation’s work programme for 2018, as well as the contribution to the payment of Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) fees for 100 students who will be selected from less fortunate families.last_img read more

European cities leading the way in battling climate change

first_imgVAXJO, Sweden – When this quiet city in southern Sweden decided in 1996 to wean itself off fossil fuels, most people doubted the ambitious goal would have any impact beyond the town limits. A few melting glaciers later, Vaxjo is attracting a green pilgrimage of politicians, scientists and business leaders from as far afield as the U.S. and North Korea seeking inspiration from a city program that has allowed it to cut CO2 emissions 30 percent since 1993. Vaxjo is a pioneer in a growing movement in dozens of European cities, large and small, that aren’t waiting for national or international measures to curb global warming. From London’s congestion charge to Paris’ city bike program and Barcelona’s solar power campaign, initiatives taken at the local level are being introduced across the continent – often influencing national policies instead of the other way around. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“People used to ask: Isn’t it better to do this at a national or international level?” said Henrik Johansson, environmental controller in Vaxjo, a city of 78,000 on the shores of Lake Helga, surrounded by thick pine forest in the heart of Smaland province. “We want to show everyone else that you can accomplish a lot at the local level.” The European Union, mindful that many member states are failing to meet mandated emissions cuts under the Kyoto climate treaty, has taken notice of the trend and is encouraging cities to adopt their own emissions targets. The bloc awarded one of its inaugural Sustainable Energy Europe awards this year to Vaxjo, which aims to have cut emissions by 50 percent by 2010 and 70 percent by 2025. “We are convinced that the cities are a key element to change behavior and get results,” said Pedro Ballesteros Torres, manager of the Sustainable Energy Europe campaign. “Climate change is a global problem but the origin of the problem is very local.” So far only a handful of European capitals have set emissions targets, including Stockholm, Copenhagen and London. Torres said he hopes to convince about 30 European cities to commit to targets next year. While such goals are welcome, they may not always be the best way forward, said Simon Reddy, who manages the C40 project, a global network of major cities exchanging ideas on tackling climate change. “At the moment a lot of cities don’t know what they’re emitting so it’s very difficult to set targets,” Reddy said. More important than emissions targets, he said, is that cities draft action plans, outlining specific goals needed to reduce emissions, like switching a certain percentage of the public transit system to alternative fuels. London Mayor Ken Livingstone’s Climate Action Plan calls for cutting the city’s CO2 emissions by 60 percent in 2025, compared to 1990 levels. However, planners acknowledge the cuts are not realistic unless the government introduces a system of carbon pricing. Barcelona, Spain’s second biggest city, has, since 2006, required all new and renovated buildings to install solar panels to supply at least 60 percent of the energy needed to heat water. The project has been emulated by dozens of Spanish cities and inspired national legislation with similar, though less stringent, requirements, said Angels Codina Relat of the Barcelona Energy Agency. It’s not only in Europe that cities are taking action on climate change. Several U.S. cities including Austin, Texas; Portland, Ore.; and Seattle have launched programs to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Bogota, the capital of Colombia, has reduced emissions with the TransMilenio municipal bus system and an extensive network of bicycle paths. In Vaxjo, (pronounced VECK-shur), the vast majority of emissions cuts have been achieved at the heating and power plant, which replaced oil with wood chips from local sawmills as its main source of fuel. Ashes from the furnace are returned to the forest as nutrients. “This is the best fir in Sweden,” said plant manager Ulf Johnsson, scooping up a fistful of wood chips from a giant heap outside the factory. He had just led Michael Wood, the U.S. ambassador to Sweden, on a guided tour of the facility, which is considered state of the art. Not only does it generate electricity, but the water that is warmed up in the process of cooling the plant is used to heat homes and offices in Vaxjo. Every week, foreign visitors arrive to see Vaxjo’s environmental campaign. Last year, even a delegation of 10 energy officials from reclusive North Korea got a tour. A similar but much larger system is in place in Copenhagen, Denmark’s capital, where waste heat from incineration and combined heat and power plants is pumped through a purpose-built 800-mile network of pipes to 97 percent of city. Copenhagen is often cited as a climate pioneer among European cities. It cut CO2 emissions by 187,600 tons annually in the late `90s by switching from coal to natural gas and biofuels at its energy plants. Its goal is to reduce emissions by 35 percent by 2010, compared to 1990 levels, even more ambitious than Denmark’s national target of 21 percent cuts under the Kyoto accord. In 1995, the city became one of the first European capitals to introduce a public bicycle service that lets people pick up and return bikes at dozens of stations citywide for a small fee. Similar initiatives have since taken root in Paris and several other European cities. Next, Copenhagen plans to spend about $38 million on various initiatives to get more residents to use bicycles instead of cars. Transport is one of the hardest areas for local leaders to control since traffic is not confined to a single city. Without stronger national policies promoting biofuels over gasoline, Vaxjo, for one, will never reach its long-term target of becoming free of fossil fuels. But it’s doing what it can locally. So-called “green cars” running on biofuels park for free anywhere in the city. About one-fifth of the city’s own fleet runs on biogas produced at the local sewage treatment plant. Using biofuels instead of gasoline in cars is generally considered to cut CO2 emissions, although some scientists say greenhouse gases released during the production of biofuel crops can offset those gains. Vaxjo has also invested in energy efficiency, from the light bulbs used in street lights to a new residential area with Europe’s tallest all-wood apartment buildings. Wood requires less energy to produce than steel or concrete.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Making Sense Of Google’s New Social Stuff: Messaging, Hangouts & Google+

first_imgtaylor hatmaker Google Talk. Talk was Google’s Instant Message client. It’s also called Google Chat or “GChat,” by many people who didn’t even know it was called Talk to begin with.Google+ Hangouts. Hangouts was Google+’s group video chat service, from the social network’s launch back in 2011.Google+ Messenger: A product redundant with Google Talk, Messenger was Google+’s own IM client.Google Voice: Google’s cult-hit digital telephony client, Voice allows users to route all their calls to one phone number. Google Voice works for calls and texting both on desktop and on its much-neglected mobile apps for iOS and Android. Now, Hangouts becomes the messaging mini-umbrella under the social mega-umbrella of Google+. Hangouts, now available across desktop and mobile, will unify Google Talk, Google+ Messenger and the old Hangouts video chat service of yore. According to a statement from Nikhyl Singhal, Google’s head honcho of real-time communications, Google Voice will be folded into Hangouts too (Yay!), though there’s no word on when.Google+ Gets A Lot Of LoveMessaging may have been the messiest area of Google’s social services, but Google+ is the big umbrella that covers them all. Amidst the company’s epic 3-hour-plus Google I/O keynote yesterday, Google+ guru Vic Gundotra announced approximately one million updates to Google+, the social network that the company launched two years ago. Okay, he pegged the number at 41 … but that’s almost a million. For a full breakdown of Google’s social updates, hit the company’s official blog post or just cruise around in Google+ for a while. The social network has been the butt of many a joke over the last few years, and we’re happy to see Google take the time to spruce things up a little.Photos by Nick Statt for ReadWrite.  The updates are extensive. As a regular Google+ user, it’s actually difficult to get a sense for what changed, since the redesign looks and feels right in stride with Google’s recent overall changes in user interfaces that runs from Google+ to Google Glass to Google Now and Android. So here’s a list of some of the most notable of the 41 updates: A multi-column layout. This can be toggled off, if you’re still into the Blogger single-column-era.Photos and videos get even bigger. Google is really into making media massive – and we would be too if the average person knew how to share properly high-res photos.New animations. Things are flipping and sliding all over the place in there.A third dimension. You can scroll up and down through your social stream, but Google wants you to be able to scroll in too. Now you can take a deeper dive on a given Google+ post -or is it a Card? I think we’re suppose to call everything Cards now — via related hashtags, which will lead you to more content of interest. It will also take you further down the Google+ rabbit hole, of course. Lots of treats for photographers. Google+ has a thriving community of awesome photogs, and Google is keen to do right by them. Photos in Google+ now have all sorts of cool bells and whistles. A few I’m particularly stoked about include “auto highlight,” which de-emphasizes duplicate and blurry pics, automatically picking the best shot out of a batch. I’ve yet to test this extensively, but since I have a habit of bracketing (taking multiple shots at different exposures) – even on my phone – choosing the best photo of a set can be a major timesuck. This feature could help there. Another feature, “Auto Awesome,” can stitch together shots in a series to make a playful Photobooth-esque picture or even a Vine-like animated gif. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Tags:#Google#Google IO13#io13#social media#social networks Related Posts With a whirlwind of announcements at its Google I/O developers conference this week, Google’s vast suite of social products is finally starting to look like it was created by a single company and not cobbled together via a series of haphazard acquisitions. Here are the highlights of what’s changed:Hangouts: Google Messaging, Unmessy At LastGoogle is finally doing something to prune its thicket of messaging products. Let’s start with a look at the various chat and messaging products that were due for some much-needed spring cleaning: Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

PVL: Ateneo sweeps men’s elims, UST takes third seed

first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight #KicksStalker: WWE superstar Finn Balor receives exclusive sneakers Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Ateneo remained perfect in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference after 25-19, 25-19, 25-15 beating of National UniversitySaturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Blue Eagles advanced to the semifinals with an immaculate 7-0 record while Bulldogs hold the fourth spot with a 3-3 record.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Marck Espejo was relentless against NU as he put up a game-high 23 points, four shy of the Bulldogs’ total spiking points.Madzlan Gampong had nine points to lead the Bulldogs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutUniversity of Santo Tomas, meanwhile, finished its elimination campaign by stopping College of St. Benilde, 25-14, 25-10, 23-25, 25-20, to get to the third seed.Joshua Umandal wreaked havoc on the Blazers’ defense with 25 points with Jayvee Sumagaysay adding 11 points and Arnold Bautista and Tyrone Carodan putting up 10 points apiece. View commentslast_img read more

Volleyball star Denden Lazaro declines fan who attempts ‘akbay,’ stands up to ‘suplada’ comments

first_imgPH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort She allows the photo op despite appearing uncomfortable, and simply moves aside when he tries to put his arm around her without asking permission. I’d like to thank everyone who has been sending me love & positivity. I really appreciate the support & understanding 🙏🏼— Dennise Lazaro (@denniselazaro) November 5, 2017 Comments on Facebook have labeled the volleyball star as “suplada” (snobbish) for her behavior. Others have also defended Lazaro, saying that fans should respect public personalities. Lazaro has since addressed the comments on Twitter. “There are certain situations that make a person feel uncomfortable like when random people invade one’s personal space,” she wrote. “To me personal space is something I highly value.”ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next PVL organizers call Soltones’ PSL ban ‘absurd, uncalled for’ Cocolife teammate Michele Gumabao also came to Lazaro’s defense.Reading tweets about den! One upset fan posts & everybody forgets she smiled for 200 plus people in the meet & greet we just came from! Gosh— Michele I. Gumabao (@gumabaomichele) November 4, 2017She observed, “One upset fan posts and everybody forgets she smiled for 200 plus people in the meet and greet we just came from!” /raRELATED STORIES:SEA Games 7: Things to watch out for with PH women’s volleyball teamBest, brightest make nat’l team MOST READ Volleyball player Denden Lazaro has been tagged as having an “attitude” because she didn’t allow a man to put his arm around her for a picture.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn the video taken in Bacolod, a stranger, censored with an emoji, ambushes Lazaro for a picture.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA View comments Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. And to me personal space is something I highly value.— Dennise Lazaro (@denniselazaro) November 5, 2017She apologized to those “offended with my action” and added, “But I don’t apologize for being me.”I apologize if I offended anybody with my action. But i don’t apologize for being me.— Dennise Lazaro (@denniselazaro) November 5, 2017last_img read more

Wimbledon 2011: Buying tickets from touts will not work here

first_imgIt’s a pleasant 20-minute walk from the Southfields tube station to the hallowed precincts of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club where The Championships are held.The lucky ones with accreditation badges or VIP passes and genuine tickets know they will get into the arena. But it is those without tickets and attempting to buy from roadside illegal sellers who face disappointment.Thursday was sunny for most part and there were touts whispering “tickets, tickets?” as people walked by. One of the gullible fans fell for the bait and after exchange of money in an alley walked down the long queue hoping to enter the arena.But by then, the private security on the road had already taken note of the illegal sale of tickets as was witnessed by this correspondent. The fan had not realised that even though there was no closed circuit camera, a private security man had seen it all happen. Dressed in a blue uniform, in no time the tall and black security man whispered over a small microphone to the entrance gate that a person with an illegally purchased ticket was on his way.A Wimbledon fanSadly, despite spending a huge sum, the genuine fan was in for disappointment as he was told that a ticket purchased illegally was invalid.This is one of the best parts about Wimbledon, where security is not obtrusive and at the same time works so well. If you compare it with the chaos at Ferozeshah Kotla, where people buy tickets for an ODI in black and still get away. And so do the touts.advertisementOver the years, security has become a big responsibility for the Wimbledon organisers. And that is why the campers who used to pitch tents on the pavement and virtually lived there over the fortnight have now been moved away to a huge park now.They now camp, cook, read and eat, even if they are unable to get tickets for one day of The Championships.However, the message is short cuts for ticket purchase won’t work here.Once inside the huge complex, not all can enter the show courts.With a giant screen outside Court 1, the attraction over the years, tennis fans laze on the grassy hill next to it and catch the action. It’s almost like a picnic atmosphere.Beer, wine prims and snacks are consumed liberally. In the Pete Sampras era, British fans would patiently wait to catch action of Tim Henman.It was then called Henman Hill, though some cheekily referred to it as Henman Hell as he never won the title. As Britain waits patiently for a men’s singles champion after Fred Perry since 1936, now fans hope Andy Murray can pull it off.last_img read more

CWG scam: CAG report blames PMO for giving Kalmadi free hand

first_imgCWG OC chairman Suresh KalmadiThe Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report on Commonwealth Games (CWG) fiasco has blamed the prime minister’s office (PMO) for appointing Congress MP Suresh Kalmadi as the chief of its organising committee (OC), sources told Headlines Today on Tuesday.The report, which is yet to be tabled, holds the PMO responsible for overturning the 2004 decision of the Group of Ministers (GoM) to appoint the then sports minister as the head of the OC, sources added. Kalmadi was only supposed to be the vice-chairman of the OC.The CAG report claims that the PMO gave full reins to Kalmadi on expenses, enabling him to decide on the expenditure for CWG projects. The report says Kalmadi had control over nearly Rs 2,000 crore that was placed at the disposal of the OC.Besides the money directly controlled by the OC, the report says, Kalmadi had a major say in all infrastructure and other projects related to CWG. Many of these projects have been under scrutiny for shoddy construction, inflated costs and rigged tenders.Kalmadi was arrested on April 25 for his alleged role in awarding a Games contract to a Swiss firm at an exorbitant rate.last_img read more


first_imgWell, it’s grand final day at the Youth World Cup and reports are in that people are traveling from all over Queensland for the final day of competition. It’s set to be an all Australia-New Zealand grand final showdown with the final semi finals being played this morning. The Aussie 18’s Mixed side recovered from their forfeit disappointment yesterday to finish third and avoid the death semi final against the New Zealand side. Led by Ashley Shepherd with three touchdowns, they beat the Cook Islands 11-1 for a place in the grand final. On that topic, the start of the Mixed 18’s semi between Thailand and New Zealand was absolutely fantastic. The Aussie players and supporters lined up and gave the Thailand side a tunnel, cheering them as they ran onto the field, as the Thai players have no family, supporters or other sides here to receive the encouragement. It was also great to see the respect the Thai players pay their opponents and management, after they begin the match by lining up and bowing to their opponents and then turning and bowing to their team management. Great stuff to see at the Youth World Cup! New Zealand eventually won 24-1 in a one-sided semi final that sees them through to meet Australia at 12:00pm. It was also great to see the South African Mens 20’s who gathered in a circle, knelt and prayed before their bronze medal play off against Lebanon. It was a great game and finish for both sides, with Lebanon running out winners of the bronze medal after a 5-2 win. The Australian Mens 18’s qualified for their grand final with a win over the South African 18’s 11-1. The win should give them confidence in their grand final with New Zealand this afternoon. The Australian Mixed 20’s survived an early scare down 2-1 against the Cook Islands, recovering to win 17-2 and qualify for today’s grand final. Finally, what more amazing way to finish the tournament, than with the Mens 20’s grand final is the circumstances we saw. Make sure you read below! Womens 18’s Grand Final at 11:00am: The New Zealanders came out firing for the Womens under 18’s grand final, with New Zealand’s number 12 Queenie Tupaea crossing the line for a touchdown in the first set of six of the match. Although the Aussies fought hard in defense the New Zealand’s number 2 scored wide not long after taking the score to 2-0. Nikki Etheridge replied to the Kiwi’s try, restoring hope to the Aussies and taking the score to 2-1. In the second half it became a case of keeping it in the family for the Kiwi’s. Sisters, Shay and Cassidy Easton both crossed for touchdowns, taking the score to 4-1. Australia’s Amanda Skwarko scored a good try with a few minutes to go, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Aussies in the match. After a try to Coral Easton in the final minute, the Kiwi’s secured themselves as the deserving World Champions in the Womens 18’s division. Mixed 18’s Grand Final 12:00pm: It was certainly an up and down week for the Australian Mixed 18’s…after forfeiting their first three games after administrative errors, they were faced with a very tough Kiwi side, who had beaten them convincingly in the round matches. The Australian side were not about to step back however, as they scored early through Belinda Hammett. They were relentless in defense, up in the faces of the strong Kiwi side and forcing them to make errors and gain little ground. The first half belonged to New Zealand captain Henry Dunn, who scored three times for his side, each time answering the scores of Belinda Hammett, Ricky Morris and Ashley Shepherd. Down 4-3 at half time the Aussies equaled through Justin Heuser and then took the lead after a diving touchdown by Cameron Nicholls. The run of Ricky Morris and brilliant last line defense by Morris, Claire Giarola and the entire Aussie team, showed how desperate they were to hold the Kiwis out. When Dean Springfield scored again with 2 minutes to go, the score was 6-4 and Justin Heuser’s second touchdown was the icing on the cake for a 7-4 win and Youth World Cup Under 18’s Mixed title. Mens 18’s Grand Final at 1:00pm: A disappointed Australian Mens under 18’s team were defeated by the New Zealand team 8-5 after a tough match. After being beaten by the Kiwi’s convincingly in the round games, the Aussies were keen to score the first touchdown. They did this through Dylan Hennessey in the opening minutes. The Kiwi’s responded instantly, with number two Garry Reilly scoring in the next set of six. New Zealand number 11, Joseph Tarau then crossed in the corner to make the score 2-1. The Aussies couldn’t contain the speed and agility of Garry Reilly and he crossed for his second touchdown as did Joseph Tarau to make the score 4-1. Dean Taylor scored for the Aussies narrowing the gap to two touchdowns. After two more tries to the Kiwi’s before half time they led 6-2 going into the break. The Australians played a better second half, with co-captain Ji Bonner crossing the line after half time to make the score 6-3. Although the Aussies put up a good fight the Kiwi’s proved too strong and took the title of under 18’s Mens Youth World Champions, winning 8-5. Mixed 20’s Grand Final 2:00pm: The Mixed 20’s final started one way and finished the same way…New Zealand. On the back of three touchdowns from Jamilla Gupmell in the first half, the Kiwi’s took a 7-1 lead into the break. Their attack was simply too smart for the Australian side who looked flat and constantly behind the play, unable to read the attack of the Kiwis. Australia did lift their game in the second half, scoring three times through Jai Curry, David Denning and Jarah Jennings but were unable to hold off the Kiwis. A 9-4 final scoreline giving New Zealand the Mixed Under 20’s Youth World Cup title and a 3-1 lead in the rubbers for the overall Youth World Cup title. Australia will now need both the Mens and Womens 20’s to win their titles to equal New Zealand with 3 titles a piece and bring about the points system for overall Champions. Girls 20’s Grand Final 3:00pm: The Australian Womens under 20’s kept Australia’s dream of a World Cup title alive when they defeated New Zealand 4-2. In what was a tight game, the first try was scored about 10 minutes into the match by New Zealand’s, giving them to a good start. The Aussies retaliated when Kate Basely crossed the line, and continued to be uplifted by efforts such as Jess Howe’s length of the field try making the score 2-1. ACT’s Mel Ingram crossed to make the score 3-1 putting Australia in a good position heading into half time. The Kiwi’s had something to say about that though, scoring right on the half time buzzer bringing the margin back to one. With seven minutes to go Kelly McGennity secured the victory for Australia, making the score 4-2. Both teams put in a great effort, with the Aussies coming out deserving winners of the Under 20’s Womens title. Mens 20’s Grand Final at 4:00pm: In what was easily the most exciting and controversial match of the tournament, the Aussies were absolutely brilliant in their grand final against New Zealand. With 5 minutes to go in the first half and the score locked at 1-1, Australian Mat Bird was sent from the field for the remainder of the match, leaving Australia playing with five players for the remainder of the game. No doubt every person at Quad Park thought that Australia was done for. It certainly wasn’t widely believed that the Aussies could hold off the Kiwi attack with only 5 players on the field at any one time. But everyone was wrong. Time and time again the Australian defense made diving touches, saving certain touchdowns, playing above themselves, barely allowing the Kiwi attack to move forward. On top of that the Aussies managed to score twice themselves, making the Kiwi’s look lost in both attack and defense. The leadership and heart of Troy Malcolm was no doubt an inspiration for his team, as players like Andrew Knox, Chris Rawlinson and Sebe Rey stepped up, although the entire team is worthy of being mentioned here. In one of the most unbelievable matches of Touch seen for quite some time, the Aussies held the Kiwis to 3 touchdowns, whilst scoring 3 of its own, leaving the score at 3 all at the end of normal time. The extra time drop off had the Aussies down to four players against the Kiwi’s five and they could not hold out any longer. Going down 4-3 they may not take the official title of Youth World Cup Under 20 Champions home, but they will certainly take the title of most deserving winners home. They played with nothing but passion, ultimate commitment and pride for themselves, their team mates and their country. We are all incredibly proud of them and they are true champions. By Rachel Moyle and Lisa Plummerlast_img read more

10 months agoSTUNNER! Burdisso targets Mourinho, Cambiasso for Boca Juniors dream team

first_imgSTUNNER! Burdisso targets Mourinho, Cambiasso for Boca Juniors dream teamby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSacked Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is being linked with a sensational move to Boca Juniors.The deal is being driven by Boca’s new sports director Nicolas Burdisso, who played for Mourinho at Inter Milan.TMW says Burdisso wants to put together the dream team of Mourinho and Esteban Cambiasso, who would act as the Portuguese’s assistant manager. Like Burdisso, Cambiasso also played for Mourinho at Inter.While acknowledging it is a long shot, Burdisso is making a pitch to Mourinho, with contact already established.Guillermo Barros Schelotto left Boca as coach last week after losing the Copa Libertadores final to River Plate. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Bernier to postpone indefinitely publication of book critical of Tory leader

first_imgOTTAWA – Conservative MP Maxime Bernier announced Wednesday he has indefinitely postponed the publication of his new book in which he criticizes party leader Andrew Scheer.“After consideration, for the sake of maintaining harmony within our party, I have decided to postpone its publication indefinitely,” Bernier wrote on Twitter.The book contained a chapter in which Bernier says he lost the Tory leadership race last year because his rival, Scheer, recruited “fake Conservatives” to cast votes for him.The “fake” Conservatives Bernier referred to included farmers in Quebec who were upset with his policy to end Canada’s supply management system, which protects the domestic dairy, egg and poultry industries from foreign competition.Several Tory MPs told reporters they were happy Bernier decided to stay in the good graces of the party and not release the book.last_img read more