Optimism for SA boxers ahead of Glasgow 2014

first_img15 May 2014 Boxing South Africa president Andile Mofu is quietly confident ahead of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland, after South African boxers picked up 11 medals at the African Zone Four Championships in Tshwane in April. The South African team participated in over 15 divisions and came out tops against the seven other countries competing, winning four gold, three silver and four bronze medals. Three boxers who featured at the 2012 Olympic Games in London were in action, but of the trio only Siphiwe Lusizi took gold as he beat Lunsile Dyamdeu with a first-round knock-out in the 75kg division.Best boxer Paul Schafer was named the best boxer of the tournament, while Sibusiso Bandla (49kg) and Tulani Mbenge (69kg) also struck gold. Mofu raved about Schafer, who also represented Team South Africa at the 2011 All Africa Games in Mozambique.‘An amazing performance’ “In my mind, Paul produced an amazing performance,” Mofu told Road to Rio 2016. “He went on to defend his title against some tough opponents and came out tops. He will surprise many people at the Commonwealth Games.” Mofu also predicted a bright future for Schafer, adding: “If one looks at boxers like him, he is sure to grow within the ranks, provided he stays with open boxing [the former Amateur code]. He put on a gallant performance to win on all three judges’ cards.”Cautious optimism At the last Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, South Africa failed to win a medal, but with all four of the country’s Zone Four gold medallists set to claim places in Team South Africa for the forthcoming Games in Glasgow, there will be cautious optimism of some positive returns this time out. Next up for the South Africans will be a training camp in Europe in June and then the Africa Cup in East London in July. The Commonwealth Games take place from 23 July to 4 August. (Source: Road to Rio)last_img read more

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South Africa’s SweepSouth receives multimillion rand investment

first_img28 January 2016South African startup secures R10 million in funding #tech #business #sweepsouth https://t.co/VUdIOkrRQy pic.twitter.com/XjWteoVDRe— Stock Shop (@stockshopportal) January 25, 2016SweepSouth has received a boost for business from First National Bank’s Vumela Enterprise Fund and other investors. The company has secured R10-million in venture capital to expand the business across the country and secure plans to take the idea global.The South African home and corporate cleaning business was launched in 2014 by management consultant Aisha Pandor and software developer Alen Ribic. Much like the popular Uber lift-sharing and Airbnb accommodation apps, SweepSouth uses new media technology to supply online, on-demand home and business cleaning services.Pandor describes SweepSouth as an accessible platform for booking, managing and paying for cleaning services. The online, app-based platform connects clients with reliable, diligently vetted cleaning staff at affordable rates.“SweepSouth was founded on the belief that the home cleaning industry needed modernisation through technology as well as a change in mind-set towards the belief that everyone deserves access to dignified work at decent pay,” says Pandor.The funding comes from the Vumela Fund, as well as from the company’s existing investors, namely technology entrepreneur Vinny Lingham and Newtown Partners.The Vumela Fund, which was launched in 2010 to “create economic opportunities through high-impact entrepreneurship and job creation”, is capitalised by FirstRand Group and the Jobs Fund, and is managed by First National Bank (FNB) in an alliance with Edge Growth, an enterprise and supplier development specialist firm.The alliance focuses on helping small companies through its scale-up development phase and, to date, has almost R400-million in funds under management invested in various businesses in South Africa.Janice Johnston, the lead investor at Edge Growth, calls SweepSouth a dynamic and creative concept, adding that “the on-demand economy is a huge growth area, because a lot of consumers’ needs can be far better served with tech-enabled, on- demand services”.Pandor calls the Edge Growth investment in SweepSouth a vote of confidence in the South African entrepreneurial spirit. “It is an experienced and respected investor [that] shares our passion for job creation and social transformation. We’ve loved interacting with their team and are excited about utilising this investment to continue our rapid growth and create sustainable work for thousands of cleaners in the next year.”In 2015, SweepSouth was the first local company to be selected to participate in 500 Startups, a venture capital fund and start-up accelerator in Silicon Valley in the US.“SweepSouth has created thousands of job opportunities in the last few months for women, the vast majority of whom were unemployed, resulting in more than 100 000 hours of cleaning being completed over this time,” Pandor said when presenting the concept to 500 Startups.BREAKING NEWS: Domestic cleaning startup SweepSouth sweeps in R10m: https://t.co/oFJpSMXckQ pic.twitter.com/RarRED9S87— Jacques Coetzee (@feeblefruits) January 25, 2016The company is also part of the Microsoft BizSpark Programme, which supports small business with free software services. It was also named as one of the top five tech start-ups in the country by Ventureburn website in 2015.Source: News24Wirelast_img read more

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Death toll in Muzaffarpur due to encephalitis rises to 104

first_imgThe number of children who have succumbed to suspected Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur rose to 104 on Monday even as the National Human Rights Commission issued notices to the Union Health ministry and the State government over the increasing number of deaths due to encephalitis.Separately, the State government ordered the closure of all schools till June 24 as it tries to minimise the toll from a heatwave that has claimed as many as 90 lives till Monday. In Gaya, the district administration enforced Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure to ensure people stay indoors and are not exposed to the blistering heat.Chief Minister Nitish Kumar held meeting with top State and health department officials to take stock of the situation soon after his return from New Delhi. Earlier, Mr. Kumar had announced an ex-gratia of ₹4 lakh to the families of those who had died due to encephalitis and heat stroke in the State. A team of doctors from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) is likely to visit Muzaffarpur on Tuesday to monitor the treatment of children hospitalised with AES. Meanwhile, the death toll due to heat stroke in the districts of the State’s Magadh region including Aurangabad, Nawada, Gaya, Jehanabad, Rohtas and Arrah climbed to almost 90.“Though there is no official figure on this yet, but, yes not less than 90 people have died in these districts in last four days due to intense heatwave,” said a health department official, speaking on condition of anonymity. Aurangabad and Gaya have been worst hit. State health minister Mangal Pandey visited the government hospital in Gaya and met patients suffering from heat stroke. More than two dozen people have died in Gaya district alone due to the heatwave. Gaya district magistrate Abhishek Singh also issued prohibitory orders under Section 144 to compel the public to stay indoors in order to avoid the heatwave. The district administration also banned construction and other outdoor activities that involve intense manual labour between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. in the district. “Any work related to MGNREGA too will not be done after 10:30 a.m.”, the Gaya district administration said in its order.“Situation in other districts of south-west Bihar too is alarming as government hospitals there are crammed with patients suffering heat stroke,” the health department official added.For the last four days, south-west parts of Bihar, including Patna, have been reeling under 45° Celsius heat and meteorology department official Anand Shankar told The Hindu over phone that “heatwave is likely to continue in these districts until June 22… after that some rain showers may bring in some relief.”last_img read more

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London Olympics: Vikas happy with eighth spot, wants more Indians in disucs throw

first_imgVikas Gowda registered his best-ever discus throw at the Olympics and finished a creditable eigth at the packed Olympic Stadium on Tuesday night. On a cold and windy night, when Robert Harting kept the German tradition of winning shot put intact, he registered the best throw of 68.27 metres in his fifth attempt.Silver went to Ehsan Hadadi in 64.18 metres and Gerd Kanter of Estonia had his seasons best 68.03 metres to clinch bronze.This is Gowdas third successive Olympics appearance and there is no doubt he has improved by leaps and bounds.People inside the arena stadium have been discussing Vikas Gowda as before this India never had a tradition in the field events.In a sport where there is no glamour at all unlike the track events, Vikas Gowda began with 64.79 metres before slipping to 60.95 metres in the second attempt.However, as the tall and burly shot putter had competed in the previous two Olympics in Athens and Beijing, he was not nervous at all.His fifth attempt was the next best at 64.48 metres but the 64.79 turned out to be the best.Though people have been critical of Gowda after the event, it is without reason. In Athens, Gowda registered a throw of 61.39 metres and Beijing was 60.69 metres.”I am not disappointed at all. It was a high quality final and I did my best in the conditions,” Gowda told Mail Today Sports Editor S. Kannan.In his view, his preparation for the London Olympics has been as good as it could be. “I had been training in the US and there is a clear improvement from where I started. I do think it’s a good sign that two Indian throwers made it to the Olympics finals,” he said.advertisementBefore this, Krishna Poonia had been in the women’s final.Vikas Gowda was inspired by his father Shiv Gowda and took to this sport, though his interest initially lay in basketball.Having migrated to the United States in 1989, the gentle powerhouse won the NCAA discus title in college in 2006.In between, Vikas did a degree in maths and has been taking tuitions to support his career.”For me, being in athletics is a dream which my dad nurtured,” said Vikas, with a strong American accent.Though he has represented India many times before, he came into prominence in the 2010 Commonwealth Games when he won a silver medal.To be sure, it was not easy for Vikas in the final. The expectation was he would go over 65 metres on Tuesday night, but stopped at 64.79 metres.”I will not complain about the weather and conditions. I think it was just fine. My explanation for not being able to throw more is I guess my body turn was slow. I don’t know why that happened,” said Vikas.It has been a tough life for the NRI as he has loans to pay-off and train as well.He takes maths tuitions back home and it’s only in recent times he is getting backing from the Olympic Gold Quest. “It has been a tough fight overall,” said Gowda.Meanwhile, Robert Harting described his wining moment as “golden.””It was worth all these years of fight and struggle. Because of my injuries, I have changed a lot the last three years,” he said.Harting is not looking too far ahead at the future. “I will see what the press writes about me and my gold and after that I will make my deicison. Yes, Rio will be nice and warm,” said the German.last_img read more

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iPad or Nexus 7? Here are some tablets that you can consider buying

first_imgWhile a number of good Android tablets are available in the Indian market, iPads still retain their charm. ReutersTablets may not be as powerful as a laptop or as multi-functional as a smartphone, but they do have some appeal. They are good for consuming content. You can relax on your sofa after a stressful day at office and watch a movie on a tablet. Or you can take it out while you are waiting for your flight and read a book on it.Then, there is the matter of casual gaming. Tablets are excellent devices to play casual games like Angry Birds or even racing games like Need For Speed.A tablet is not a necessity like a laptop or a smartphone. But it is a handy device to carry.In Indian market, hundreds of different models of tablets are available. Some of these are sold for as cheap as Rs 2,500 while some cost over Rs 50,000. So, which of these tablets are worthy of your attention, and importantly, your hard earned money?Before we tell you about the tablets that we believe are better than the rest, here are some general points about buying a tablet:– Try not to buy a tablet for its call making or call receiving abilities. If you need a device that can make and receive calls, get a “phablet”, or in other words a large-screen phone.– If you are mostly going to use a tablet while travelling, get one that supports 3G connectivity. The tablets that support 3G connectivity cost more than the ones that support only Wi-Fi.advertisement– If you have Wi-Fi at home, a Wi-Fi only tablet is a value for money option.– If you already have a smartphone, a Wi-Fi only tablet is a value for money option because you can always use the cellular network in your phone for the tablet through Hotspot feature. Windows Phone, iOS and Android support Hotspot feature.– Tablets with big-screen size (9-inches or more) are better for watching videos and web browsing. Smaller tablets (screen size of around 7 inches) are more portable and easier to hold when you are in mood to snuggle in your blanket and read a book.Now, the tablets that stand out in the crowded Indian tablet baazar:Cheapest tablet we recommend Let’s make it clear — we are not big fans of cheap tablets. Unlike cheap smartphones, which are somewhat usable, most of the cheap tablets are junk. Buying them is akin to throwing your money in a rubbish box.That said, there is one tablet that is better than the rest. And it is because this tablet belongs to an older generation and has recently received a significant price cut. No, we are not talking about the Nexus 7 (2012) which was once sold for as low as Rs 8,999. That is no longer available. But you can get the Xolo Play Tab 7 for around Rs 6,000. For this price, it is decent tablet. It has a 7-inch IPS screen with 1280 x 800 pixels resolution, Tegra 3 processor that is rather old but still quite capable, 8GB internal storage, 1GB RAM and support for microSD card. The device runs Android 4.1. This is a Wi-Fi only tablet and 3G is not supported. If you want a cheap tablet on which your young kid can sketch and on which you can play Angry Birds, the Play Tab 7 is a nice option.Best tablet for less than Rs 10,000 There is a dearth of good tablets in the sub-Rs 10,000 category but Dell’s Venue 7 is one reliable option if you are in no mood to spend even a paisa more than the 10 grand. The Venue 7 too is a Wi-Fi only tablet. But other than the lack of 3G, it packs in decent hardware. The tablet is powered by Intel Atom Z2560 processor running at 1.6GHz. This is a dual-core processor with support for hyper-threading that allows it to work as a quad-core processor. There is 2GB RAM in the device and 16GB internal storage. Micro SD cards are supported so you can expand the storage if you are going to store a lot of movies or music on the device. The 7-inch screen uses an IPS panel and has a rather respectable resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels (a little more than 720P). The Venue 7 costs around Rs 9,700.Cheapest tablet with calling feature If you are someone who needs to make or receive calls on a tablet, the Lenovo A7-50 is an affordable and yet decent option. Be careful about the model number of the tablet here. Lenovo also has the A7-30 in the market. The A7-30 is cheaper but not so nice. The A7-50 costs around Rs 14,000. It packs in a quad-core processor running at 1.3GHz, 1GB RAM, a 7-inch IPS screen with resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, 16GB internal storage and support for microSD card. The device runs Android 4.2 out-of-the-box but Lenovo says that it can be upgraded to Android 4.4. Though, we haven’t tested this claim. the A7-50 has two cameras — the rear camera can shoot 5-megapixel images while the front camera sports a 2-megapixel tag. The device supports Wi-Fi and 3G. And yes, you can make calls or receive them using the A7-50.Cheapest tablet for gaming advertisementIf you are looking for an affordable tablet primarily to play games, look no further than XOLO Play Tegra Note. Available for around 14,499, the Tegra Note is actually a tablet made by Nvidia, the company that makes graphics cards and processors. Xolo is Nvidia’s partner for Tegra Note tablets in India but the device is based on a reference design. It is powered by quad-core Tegra 4 processor, which is an astoundingly fast chip and is capable of handling even demanding mobile games like Dead Trigger 2 with ease. Rest of the hardware is the standard affair. The tablet has 1GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, support for microSD card, a 5-megapixel rear camera, a 0.3 megapixels front camera and a 7-inch IPS screen with the resolution 1280 x 800 pixels. One extra feature with the Tegra Note is the support for a stylus. Though, in the grand scheme of things it doesn’t matter much.Best value for money tablet Where is the Nexus tablet in this list? Well, here it is. The Nexus 7 (2013), made by Asus and marketed by Google, was launched at a price of Rs 20,999. In fact, this is the price at which it still sells on the Google Play Store. But if you look around, you can get it for less than Rs 18,000. This is a very good price for a tablet that is extremely fast, functional, portable and capable of providing polished Android experience. The cheapest version of the Nexus 7 (2013) supports only Wi-Fi and has 16GB internal storage. The highlight of the Nexus 7 is its vibrant 7-inch screen with FullHD (1080P) resolution. The device is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor running at 1.5GHz and 2GB RAM. It has a surprisingly decent 5-megapixel rear camera and a 1.2-megapixel front camera. The tablet is well-optimised for latest versions of Android — it is the official Android tablet — and offers lag-free and smooth Android experience.Cheapest iPad The first iPad Mini was launched in November 2012. So, you can say that it is pretty old. But don’t go by the date of manufacturing. Almost all iPads are fantastic tablets. And the iPad Mini is no exception. Powered by a dual-core A5 processor and 512MB RAM, the iPad Mini is capable of providing users a polished experience, which is better than what they will get with most of the Android tablets. The main reason why the iPad is so good is because of the tablet-specific apps that are available for it. Apple is also a company that believes in seamless integration between hardware and software — it makes its own hardware and writes almost all core software for the device — and that gives the iPad a performance edge over most of the Android tablets. For example, the iPad Mini will receive iOS 8 update despite its age. In comparison, most of the Android tablets run one-year-old version of Android. If we have to choose between the Nexus 7 (2013) and the iPad Mini (2012), we will go with the Nexus 7. It is a better and more powerful tablet. The Nexus 7 also has a better screen. But if you have a thing for anything Apple, you can’t go wrong with the iPad Mini that sells for around Rs 17,000.advertisementA tablet that is almost perfect Did we tell you that iPad is a fantastic tablet? Yes, we did. Among all iPads we believe that the iPad Mini (2013) aka the iPad Mini 2 is arguably the best tablet. With a price of around Rs 28,000 the iPad Mini 2 offers almost everything you can ask for in a tablet. It has a sleek aluminum body, the powerful A7 processor, 1GB RAM and a fantastic screen with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels. Yes, the iPad Air is more powerful and offers a screen that is better than the one in the iPad Mini 2. But the size of the iPad Mini — the screen size is 7.9 inches — is just perfect. The iPad Mini 2 is compact and portable and yet big enough to offer great web browsing or movie experience. In comparison, the iPad Air feels a little too big. The cheapest version of the iPad Mini 2 supports Wi-Fi but not 3G. It also has 16Gb internal storage. The 3G model or the one with more internal storage costs more.What about iPad Air?If you are a fan of big tablets and don’t mind spending Rs 35,000, go ahead and get the iPad Air, which has a 9.7-inch screen. It is a (slightly) better tablet than the iPad Mini 2 in technical terms. But the iPad Mini 2 is more user-friendly due to its compact size and feels more balanced.Follow writer on Twitter @Javed_dellast_img read more

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Magnolia rallies to beat Rain or Shine in Game 7, books finals rematch with SMB

first_imgLATEST STORIES Game 1 of the PBA Finals tips off on Wednesday, 7 p.m. All games will be played at Araneta Coliseum.Yap paced the Painters with 14 points while Gabe Norwood added 11 points, seven rebounds and four assists.Both teams shot just 26 percent from the field. The two teams combined to set the all-time mark for the lowest scoring overtime game in the history of the PBA playoffs.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Magnolia came back from 17 points down to shock Rain or Shine, 63-60, in overtime in Game 7 and book a return trip to the PBA Philippine Cup Finals Sunday night at Mall of Asia Arena.Rafi Reavis came up big with eight points, 20 rebounds and three blocks while Ian Sangalang added 11 points and 15 rebounds to power the Hotshots, who also overcame a 0-2 hole in the semifinals series.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inauguratedcenter_img Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess “We just found ways to win. We were down by 17 and I don’t know how we were able to come back,” Magnolia head coach Chito Victolero said in Filipino. “My players were just resilient. They did not want to give up. Magnolia arranged a finals date with defending champion San Miguel in a rematch of last year’s All-Filipino title showdown won by the Beermen in five games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsWith the Elasto Painters down, 60-62, in OT, James Yap had the chance to tie but he missed a tough driving layup against two Magnolia defenders.Reavis gave the Hotshots a 61-58 edge with 1:16 remaining and split his charities to put his team up, 62-60, with 8.1 ticks to go. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid UST’s Babylove Barbon, Gen Eslapor rule BVR Dumaguete View commentslast_img read more

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X-BLADES NATIONAL TOUCH LEAGUE 2008

first_imgTFA is pleased to announce that the nomination process for the 2008 X Blades National Touch League is now open. Please contact Tournament Manager Mr. Jon Pratt at [email protected] for initial details & forms for nomination will be distributed along with deposit details etc.The nomination process will be open through to December 17th 2007.  It would be appreciated if an indication of teams attending could be communicated at your earliest convenience.  DatesThe X Blades NTL will be conducted on the following dates with each championship being 3 Days in duration:Admin & Registration – 11th of March 2008 Senior Championship –  12th to the 14th of March 2008 Open Championship – 13th to the 15th of March 2008 National Event Forum – proposed 16th of March 2008Senior EventThe following Divisions will be contested in the Seniors:Men – 30’s/40’s/45’s/50’s – the removal of the 35’s for 2008 was due to declining numbers & the combined division format.  Overall with some players taking the opportunity to play opens rather than 30’s the extended Senior Men division will be competitive.  TFA will look at the 35’s Division for 2009. Women – 27’s/35’s/40’s – Introduction of the 27’s Division in a trial format.  Feedback on the implications will be gauged at the conclusion of the event. Senior MXD – O30 Women & Over 35 Men.  This offers another opportunity for participation. It is important to note that the divisions offered for 2008 are in a trial format based on the combined event.  TFA anticipates that feedback will govern the construct of divisions for the 2009 event.With the reduction in days the TFA will be adjusting the number of teams that constitute a viable division.  This will be five teams which will allow for a minimum of 2 games per day followed by a final series.With the increasing use of the pool for participation in this event & the new conditions brought into place in some states TFA will look at other participation opportunities for those members that are either not selected for their permit or are not able to attend due to a lack of team in their locality.  Details on this process will come to light at the conclusion of the nomination process to ensure maximum participation at the X Blades NTL.  The COE will allow for the Senior Event all Regions, Permits & or States across Australia the eligibility to participate.  TFA will liaise with all bodies that wish to participate at the event however the overall standing of the competition as the highest level in Australia will not be compromised.Important to note that players can only play in 1 division & therefore players will not be able to participate in both the Senior & Open Championships.  TFA will be looking at the coordination of a Senior Tour throughout 2008 to continue our role as leaders in the game.  The format for this Tour will be confirmed in the near future & any member that wishes to be considered to attend will be eligible after participation at the event.  Important to note this will be a tour to develop other nations & promote the game as well as participate in competition.Youth ChampionshipsIt is also worth noting that the National Youth Championships will be conducted in September 2008 including both the 18’s & 20’s to support the selection process for the 2009 Youth World Cup.  It is anticipated that this process will assist the TFA to achieve the World Champion status at this level currently held by New Zealand.  Open EventThe COE & Permit requirements for this event will remain as per previous years.  Overall the TFA will be reviewing the Permit status at the conclusion of the event in conjunction with the forum to look at the National Calendar overall.  Players can only participate in either the Senior or Open event, not both. National Squads will be chosen at the NTL & attendance is mandatory for consideration into these squads.  Any non attendance must be communicated via a letter to the TFA.GeneralOverall the reduction in duration has been at the request of numerous members & it is anticipated that the combined event will revitalize the event with all members of the Touch Community able to view the spectale of our game at the highest level.  TFA will be continuing to build on the platform offered at the 18’s to ensure that the overall experience is a positive one for the Touch members that choose to attend the X Blades NTL.  There will be a continuance of some of the initiatives instigated this year & some exciting new developments.TFA will be extending an invitation to developing nations to attend the Senior Championships in the near future.  This will add variety to this event as well as the ability for new friendships to be forged & the international development of the game to continue.  TFA has also instigated discussions with FIT for the opportunity to conduct the World All Schools at a similar time.  It is only in the planning stage & discussion at this point is preliminary however the benefits to the event & those attending may be immense.TFA will also look at a combined meeting at the conclusion of the event to look at the National Calendar & the future of such Championships.  There has been much conjecture in recent times & as a sport this will be the opportunity to devise the products & calendar that will support the development of the game going forward ensuring our mantle as the best Touch Football nation in the World.Overall COE & forms will be forthcoming from the TFA Tournament Manager Mr. Jon Pratt.Please forward to the appropriate people within the Region, State, Technical Volunteers & or Permits.Overall we look forward to seeing you all in Coffs Harbour in 2008.last_img read more

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It’s never too late to participate!

first_imgFurther information will be provided upon receipt of your expression of interest. We look forward to seeing you at Coffs Harbour, March 2017 for the 21st edition of our major national event!Related LinksJoin our Men’s 60s Division! All logistics associated with attendance will be centrally managed by TFA in 2017. All participants at the NTL must be full financial members of TFA or in the case of international teams, full financial members of FIT.Participants to register as a team; individuals will be placed within a team if not registered otherwise. Teams do not need to be aligned to an NTL entity and can be a club/affiliate or new team. For more information, please refer to the 2017 NTL Conditions of EntryThe indicative player levy for the Men’s 60s division is $1,000 inclusive of above event program features (inc. GST).To register your expression of interest and feature in another chapter of the NTL’s gloried history, please email TFA Events Coordinator, Zoe Zinetti ([email protected] ) by COB Friday, 27 January, 2017 with the following details: It’s never too late to participate!Touch Football Australia (TFA) is pleased to announce the introduction of a new division for older players at the 2017 National Touch League (NTL) event: the inaugural Men’s 60s Division!The exciting new Men’s 60’s format caters for a very important demographic and category and will be a key part of the event’s 21st birthday celebrations in 2017.The new division, tailored for players born in or before 1957, provides for a more social and suitable division for our older, more seasoned participants. The advent of the Men’s 60’s comes also a direct response to our research findings that emphasise the social and fun attributes of our sport, the longevity of our players (particularly male) and the large proportion of Masters’ players at the NTL event in recent years.Unlike other divisions at the 2017 NTL, the proposed Men’s 60s program will focus on the social elements of participation and off-field event celebrations; rather than strictly on-field success and performance. Which might still pose a challenge for some! The proposed format features: A maximum of three x 20 minute games per day, commencing Wednesday and concluding Saturday of event week.A rest day on Friday, 10 March, 2016, including participation in the TFA Partners’ Golf Day at the award winning Bonville International Golf Course (18 holes, cart hire and lunch provided).Functions throughout the week celebrating our sport, the 21st anniversary of the NTL…and our most senior participants!Accommodation and ground transport.On Field playing uniforms (optional). Full Name:Date of Birth:Contact Phone Number:Registration Type (i.e. registering a team or registering as an individual):Do you require team uniform? (if yes, please provide sizes and playing numbers required):last_img read more

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Molly Sims To CoHost StarStudded Fashion Gala For Autism Speaks

first_imgAutism Speaks Southern California presents La Vie En BLUE Fashion Gala, a night of fashion and philanthropy produced by Metropolitan Fashion Week, hosted by Kevin Frazier and Molly Sims.This Parisian-themed evening will feature Zumanity by Cirque Du Soleil costumes designed by French fashion designer Thierry Mugler. Other featured designers include GUESS Kids, David Tupaz Couture, Dalia Macphee, Ron Tomson, Carl Andrada, Erick Bendana, Julie Danforth, Jovani Fashions, Usama Ishtay and Sivalia Couture.Stars such as Vivica A. Fox, Eve, Alicia Machado, Hilary Rhoda, Madison Beer, Shenae Grimes, Keltie Knight and Kristian Alfonso will strut the runway in gorgeous blue evening gowns to be auctioned off, while children on the autism spectrum will model the latest fashions from GUESS Kids.Also highlighting the evening will be an exclusive performance from ZUMANITY by Cirque du Soleil with costumes designed by Thierry Mugler.The gala will also honor two fathers and champions of Autism Speaks’ mission – City National Bank’s SVP Harry Topping Jr. and Untitled Entertainment talent manager Steven Grossman (who will receive the award from The Real’s Jeannie Mai).Stars that have lent their support to La Vie En BLUE’s honorary host committee include Christie Brinkley, Naomi Campbell, Molly Sims, Paris Hilton, Kelly Osbourne, Melissa Rivers, NeNe Leakes, Kelly Rowland, Loni Love and Jeannie Mai.La Vie En BLUE is generously sponsored by the Guess Foundation, City National Bank, CBRE, Paul Attanasio, Common Wealth Partners, Steelcase, Tangram, FX Networks, MK Rice, Gensler, Howard Building Co, Samsung Group, Coca-Cola Company, Two Faced Cosmetics, Urban Decay Cosmetics, Kendra Scott Jewelry, Big Sugar Bakeshop, Porto’s Bakery, Hidden Gardens Florist and The Los Angeles Kings. Entertainment Tonight and The Hollywood Reporter are media sponsors.For more info, click here.last_img read more

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Helena Woods story A journey to healing

first_imgBrittany HobsonKaryn PuglieseAPTN NewsEight years ago a family tragedy changed Helena Wood’s life forever, and set the course for a nearly decade-long journey of healing and recovery.On Feb. 26, 2010 Helena’s 15-year-old daughter Cassandra Wood died by suicide in their home community of St. Theresa Point. Her body was found a day later in a garage near the community’s high school. Helena believes witnessing years of domestic violence in the home was too much for Cassandra.“I’m not going to go through this again. I’m not going to lose another daughter because of him,” she told APTN News. “He doesn’t matter to me. What matters is my kid’s future. Giving them the best life I could possibly give them.In August 2010, six months after Cassandra’s death, Helena fled to Winnipeg with her kids. She called a local shelter asking for help getting the family. St. Theresa Point is a remote community in northern Manitoba. During the summer it is only accessible by plane and in the winter people can drive in and out via a winter road. The shelter paid for Helena and her kids to be flown to Winnipeg.She eventually settled in community of Steinbach located 58 km southeast of Winnipeg.It is here where she had to face some harsh realities when it came to her daughter.“I regret not knowing her. Even though she was reaching out to me I turned her away because of the domestic violence,” she said from her home in Steinbach.“I was too much concentrating on my abuse. Trying to survive every day.”Helena and Cassandra’s father began dating while they were in high school. Helena became pregnant with Cassandra at the age of 16. She married Cassandra’s father when she was 18. The violence started early on in their relationship. APTN has decided not to publish his name at Helena’s request.APTN obtained a copy of a special investigative report done by Manitoba’s Children’s Advocate Office outlining events leading up to and after Cassandra’s death.According to the report Island Lake First Nations Family Services (ILFNFS) first intervened in December 2008 when Cassandra told local health workers she didn’t want to go home because of the violence. Helena and Cassandra’s father met with ILFNFS, health services and justice representatives. They were concerned marital problems were affecting the children.The agency was supposed to follow up the next week but there is no documentation indicating that meeting took place, according to the report.In September 2009 Cassandra went to live with her maternal grandparents because of the violence. She remained there off and on until her death.With the abuse came the drinking. Helena use alcohol to cope with the abuse. She says it helped numb her feelings. That dependency followed her, but this time she was drinking to deal with Cassandra’s death.Cassandra’s siblings, Jewel and Austin Wood, were trying cope with their sister’s death. Their relationship with Helena began to deteriorate because of Helena’s addictions. Helena contacted child and family services hoping to get counseling for her kids and herself. The agency responded by apprehending the kids. Jewel decided to move back to St. Theresa Point to live with her father. Austin was placed in another home.For Helena that was her rock bottom. She worked tirelessly to get her kids back. She wrote three letters to the agency pleading for help to kick her addictions. In one she wrote, “I feel like I’ve been mistreated and victimized by the system again. And yet that was the whole point I came down here to get the proper help I need for me and my children. Instead just got ignored and being misunderstood.”After submitting the letters to the agency she was assigned a new caseworker. She was finally told the kids would be returned if she got clean.“I went to the emergency. I wanted to quit on my own but I knew I couldn’t because of my body. Then I went to the crisis stabilization unit over there,” said Helena.Doctors told her symptoms from withdrawal could be fatal if she quit cold turkey.It’s been eight years since Helena left the community. She has now been sober for nearly two years. She credits her sobriety to the support of her parents, a strong group of friends and rediscovering her faith.“I go to church and I go to a bible study group. I call them my family but they’re my friends. That’s where my help is and that’s how I finally healed,” she said.Both Jewel and Austin have since aged out of the child welfare system. Two years ago Jewel gave birth to Helena’s first grandchild – a baby boy named Anthony. Last summer Jewel and Anthony moved to Steinbach to live with Helena. Shortly after Austin followed.Helena Wood, far right, with her daughter Jewel Wood and son Austin Wood.It may have taken six years but Helena finally has her family back. Much of her focus has been staying clean and in control of her life.“There’s times I want to quit because it’s exhausting. But when I have times like that I look at my kids. I have to go on for these children,” said Helena. “My grandson I look at him and [wonder] who’s going to take care of him. I have to make a safer, brighter future for him.”When Helena is plagued with doubt or exhaustion she leans on Marlene Schindler for support. The two met shortly after Helena arrived in Steinbach and have remained close since. Schindler watched as Helena worked on rebuilding her life.“She can look her kids in the face and never be ashamed because she did what she could do and did it to the best of her ability and she never quit,” said Schindler.Approximately 10 per cent of the population in Steinbach identifies as Indigenous, according to a 2016 census report. Many Indigenous foster kids are being placed in non-Indigenous homes.Helena saw this and decided to team up with the Steinbach Arts Council to facilitate workshops on traditional culture. She invited foster families and members from the community to a tea and bannock event last fall. It is here where she spoke openly about Cassandra’s death for the first time.Helena wants to tell people about her losses and what she has learned from her past.She also hopes the events can keep kids connected to their culture.“I know what’s going on in the system. I see a lot of foster kids here,” Helena told APTN after the event. “They’re lost and there’s nothing here. What are they going to learn? They need a sense of belonging.”Helena Wood making bannock at an event she recently organized.This is all volunteer work. Helena says physical pain from the years of abuse prevent her from working full-time. She has chronic back pain and cannot stand for long periods of time.She is also living with post-traumatic stress disorder. Every time she goes to swallow something her throat closes up and she begins to choke. Solid foods are now blended together to form a puree.Helena says doctors have ruled out any permanent damage. She now must re-train her body and brain on how to eat.While she cannot work right now, Helena longs for more.“I want to be a therapist,” said Helena. “I want to go back to school. That’s my next step.”She has her sights set on Providence University College – a Christian university located in the rural community of Otterburne, Man. There’s still some logistics to work out like paying for the schooling and transportation, but with this goal in mind Helena feels she finally on the right path.Judy Klassen has been by Helena’s side since before the abuse started. The two are cousins but in their culture they refer to each other as sisters. Klassen sheltered Helena and her kids when they first arrived in Steinbach. She sees Helena’s journey as a story of redemption and victory.“To see her still standing there. Still trying to take care of her kids. To be still standing it’s quite an accomplishment,” said Klassen.Helena wants to educate others about domestic violence. Part of that includes honouring Cassandra’s life and what it could have been.From her home in Steinbach she imagines Cassandra would have gotten married and started a family after she graduated high school.Earlier this month Helena visited the spot where Cassandra’s body was found in St. Theresa Point. She has visited this site a handful of times since her death.But, this time is different. This time she is ready to move forward.“I have accepted it. I wasn’t ready to face it but now I am.”[email protected]last_img read more

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