Change to Bundaberg Cup Conditions

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) and Queensland Touch Football (QTF) have relaxed the entry requirements for the upcoming Bundaberg Cup. Due to an overwhelming response in the social competition category the requirement for teams across both the opens and social divisions have been adjusted to cater for the demand.The requirement for all players to be allocated to a current affiliate has been removed to allow players who are not currently participating in regular competitions to participate in the event. This change also allows players different areas to join together and enter their team.Queensland Touch Football CEO Jamie O’Connor noted it was important to maintain flexibility in meeting the market.“There is an appetite from the casual player to enter this event which we are really pleased with. In order to cater for that market we have decided to make an alteration to the Conditions of Entry. It is vitally important to listen to what our participants are telling us and it is clear that we need to open the event to all,” O’Connor said.This change will also apply to the open divisions of the Bundaberg Cup which now allows any group of players to join together and enter a team in the richest Touch Football tournament in Australia.The event will be held in Bundaberg on Saturday, 14 and Sunday, 15 November and is supported by Tourism Events Queensland, Bundaberg Regional Council and Bundaberg North Burnett Tourism.For more information or to nominate a team please click here. Related Fileschange_to_bundaberg_cup_conditions-pdfRelated LinksBundaberg Cuplast_img read more

10 months agoBurnley boss Dyche confirms successful Lennon op

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Burnley boss Dyche confirms successful Lennon opby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley boss Sean Dyche has confirmed successful surgery for Aaron Lennon.Dyche revealed that Lennon has undergone knee surgery that will keep him out for an unspecified amount of time.Lennon sustained cartilage damage in last Saturday’s 1-0 defeat against former club Tottenham at Wembley.“It’s a tidying up situation. He’s happy with it and the surgeon is happy with it.”Hopefully it will be a straight-forward recovery, albeit some time.” last_img

a month agoMan City boss Guardiola won’t rule out shaking up his defence

first_imgMan City boss Guardiola won’t rule out shaking up his defenceby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola won’t rule out shaking up his defence after defeat at Norwich City.City’s defence were shaky during the 3-2 defeat at Carrow Road and with Aymeric Laporte out injured John Stones returned to the back line alongside Nicolas Otamendi.Guardiola was asked if he would consider rotating his squad for the upcoming Champions League group stage game in Ukraine on Wednesday night.”Of course we can do it (rotate), because we have to see if maybe we have problems, maybe they are tired, maybe another one we will need another one,” Guardiola replied.”Just the spirit, just if you want to take a step for the team, for the club, we are going to solve it, if not we are going to suffer. We are going to fight again and again. But I’m sorry but if you believe for that reason that I have doubts in my team, I can’t.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Jamaican Born Civil Rights Campaigner Appointed to British House of Lords

first_imgStory Highlights Doreen Lawrence has been honoured by the Jamaican High Commission in London. Noted Jamaican-born civil rights campaigner, Doreen Lawrence, who was recently appointed to the British House of Lords, has been honoured by the Jamaican High Commission in London.The United Kingdom’s (UK) Home Secretary, Theresa May, was among the special guests at a reception hosted on Monday, October 21, by Her Excellency, Aloun Ndombet-Assamba.Mrs. Lawrence took her seat as Labour member of the Upper House earlier this month, using the title Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon in the Commonwealth Realm of Jamaica.She is the mother of Stephen Lawrence, a British teenager, who was murdered in a racist attack in South East London in 1993. Her tireless fight for justice for her son, has promoted reforms of the police service. She has also founded the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust.Mrs. Lawrence said that she was overwhelmed by the honour. “It has been overwhelming. My work was not to get me to here. It was for my son, for my family. I wanted the world to recognise what we were going through,” she said.She said she sees her role in the House of Lords as being the voice of ordinary people.High Commissioner Ndombet-Assamba congratulated Mrs. Lawrence on her elevation to the House of Lords.“We are very proud that she is now Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon in the Commonwealth Realm of Jamaica.  It is the parish of her birth in Jamaica and where Stephen is buried. I am told it is rare for this honour to be named after a location in a Commonwealth realm or other country outside of the United Kingdom,” the High Commissioner said.High Commissioner Assamba said the honour was a fitting testament to Baroness Lawrence’s resolute campaign, bravery and commitment to getting justice for Stephen. She is the mother of Stephen Lawrence, a British teenager, who was murdered in a racist attack in South East London in 1993. Mrs. Lawrence took her seat as Labour member of the Upper House earlier this month.last_img read more

Closure at busy USMexico border crossing promises headaches

first_imgSAN DIEGO – The busiest border crossing in the United States will close this weekend to the more than 40,000 cars that pass through it daily to Mexico.The closure between San Diego and Tijuana for work on a $741 million expansion project presents a monumental headache for border businesses, workers, tourists and Christopher Enjambre. His band, Minor Gems, plays gigs in Tijuana.“It’s already hectic now, so … damn,” he said, shaking his head in disbelief. “It’s going to be crazy.”Travellers have been enduring hours-long waits on the Mexican side of the border to enter the U.S. with the constant addition of security measures since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.Frequent crossers, like Enjambre, 28, of Chula Vista, south of downtown San Diego, worry they will now face long lines on both sides, making trips through the San Ysidro crossing intolerable.The expansion is believed to be the largest renovation of a crossing along the nearly 2,000-mile-long U.S.-Mexico border. It has been in the works for years to ease congestion and boost cross-border commerce.U.S. officials are warning people to avoid driving to Baja California from 3 a.m. Saturday until noon Monday, hoping to ease what is feared will be a massive traffic jam on the U.S. side as Mexico-bound cars are detoured to the much smaller Otay Mesa crossing to the east.“Don’t even think about going across in a vehicle,” said Jason M-B Wells, executive director of the San Ysidro Chamber of Commerce. “It’s going to be a standstill.”Wells and other business leaders want people to cross on foot and are planning a festival with live music and food trucks to greet those who do. San Ysidro’s pedestrian crossing, where 22 inspection lanes into the U.S. were added this summer, will be open in both directions. The crossing will also remain open on the Mexican side for U.S.-bound cars.Leaders in Baja California’s tourism industry are concerned about the disruption that could continue well past the weekend as some lanes stay closed until November.They already were working to get word out that their tourist spots are safe after the U.S. State Department issued a travel advisory last month that included the region because of violent crime.Ricardo Argiles, CEO of the Rosarito Beach Group, which owns the landmark Rosarito Beach Hotel, said the border closure is a second blow.Reservations for his hotel this weekend are down 30 per cent from last year at this time, and he fears tourism will keep lagging during the construction.Hotels are cutting rates to convince people to still venture south of the border. Rooms at the Rosarito Beach Hotel, once frequented by Hollywood stars like Marilyn Monroe, are going for as low as $60 a night, a 25 per cent drop from last year.The hotel also offers instructions and a Google map on its website that details how to get there after crossing through Otay Mesa.“We hope people still come and once they relax, they forget about the lines,” said Argiles, president of the Hotel and Motel Association of Rosarito Beach.Baja California has been drawing more visitors with growing interest in its picturesque wine country, chic boutique hotels, and booming culinary scene from Tijuana to Ensenada, where restaurants offer Baja-Med cuisine, a blend of Mexican and Mediterranean flavours.The weekend border closure is to allow for the removal of a large metal canopy spanning over all the southbound lanes into Mexico.The crossing will reopen Monday with three southbound lanes while California’s Interstate 5 is realigned to feed into the renovated crossing. U.S. officials expect traffic flows to go back to normal by Thanksgiving, when four of the five lanes at the Western Hemisphere’s largest land crossing will be open.Anthony Kleppe of the U.S. General Services Administration said he is “cautiously optimistic” that the government’s efforts to get the word out about the closure will minimize the hassle.He expects the renovation’s biggest impact to be on the thousands who cross to work and study in San Diego and return each day to their homes in Tijuana.Once complete in summer of 2019, there will be 10 southbound lanes — twice the current number — to handle the estimated 40,000 vehicles that pass through San Ysidro on weekends and 50,000 on weekdays. The expansion also added eight more lanes from Mexico to the United States.last_img read more

Quebecs daycare model provides inspiration for provinces to develop their own

first_imgMONTREAL – When it comes to affordable daycare, Quebec’s low-fee program is the envy of many a parent in other parts of Canada.Under the much-vaunted but polarizing program introduced in 1997, the bulk of Quebec parents pay but a fraction of the astronomical amounts their counterparts shell out elsewhere.Some pundits argue the Quebec model is too costly and fails to deliver, but others say the benefits of getting more women into the workforce and improving work-life balance help offset the annual $2.5 billion investment.But how exportable is the made-in-Quebec solution?One political scientist says Quebec’s lesson to other provinces is they should chart their own path and not wait for a federally driven daycare plan as some have in the past.“When the federal government tried to implement a national program, it met a lot of resistance in the different provinces,” said Olivier Jacques, a post-doctoral student at McGill University and one of three authors of a recent study published by the Institute for Research on Public Policy that examined Quebec daycare.“So maybe it’s better that each of the provinces does their own so they can make something sustainable.”In 2005, the Liberals under Paul Martin tried to implement a national childcare program, setting aside $5 billion and signing on with all 10 provinces before losing power to the Conservatives, who then eliminated the program.Some detractors have been critical of Quebec’s universal approach and believe the province should have instead targeted certain segments of the population. But Jacques counters the wide appeal has allowed Quebec’s plan to persist.“If a provincial government wants to make a program that will be politically robust and survive a change of government, they need to make sure the program will be broadly popular and covers most children and most parents,” he said.One factor that favoured Quebec was that the political divide in the province along federalist and sovereigntist lines meant the absence of a true small-c conservative opposition — the very type of government that historically has cut such programs elsewhere, Jacques noted. The other is that activists and proponents insisted the province promote such a program.In Ontario, where daycare is a hot-button issue in the current election campaign, Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals are pushing free care for preschoolers aged two-and-a-half and older, until they reach kindergarten at a cost of $2.2 billion over three years. The Conservatives are pushing a tax rebate program at a cost of $389 million per year.The New Democrats are proposing free child care for all families making less than $40,000 year and are aiming to have childcare costs average about $12 a day for those making more, drawing some similarities to Quebec. The price tag is around $11.4 billion over five years.What’s clear is the costs will be an obstacle for any province.Canada as a whole ranks near the bottom of OECD countries when it comes to childcare spending — roughly 0.2 per cent of GDP — while Quebec vastly outspends the rest of the provinces on daycare by a margin of about five to one.That’s where Jacques believes the federal government could help by easing the financial burdens on provinces to allow them to invest in affordable child care.In 2017, the federal Liberal government announced plans to spend $7 billion over the next decade to help ease the burden of childcare costs, including up to 40,000 new subsidized spots nationwide by 2019.Since the Parti Quebecois introduced $5-a-day subsidized daycare in Quebec 21 years ago, the daily fee has increased a few times.The Liberals also introduced a sliding scale three years ago, under which parents pay a base amount of about $8, and as much as nearly $22, depending on their income.The most popular daycares are the non-profit, subsidized centres known commonly as CPEs, which provide for trained educators and specific standards. But the number of spots — about 230,000 to date — are too few.In a bid to shorten those long lists, the Liberals have favoured expanding the number of private daycare centres — for-profit entities where parents pay upfront costs of $40 or more and benefit from federal deductions and provincial tax credits to bring the daily costs close to the subsidized system.The number of private daycare spots has boomed to 65,000 in less than a decade.That’s where the competing daycare narratives collide, says Universite de Montreal economist Pierre Fortin: while the province has seen the economic benefits of accessible child care, it is struggling to maintain quality.Fortin, himself a father of five, said the program has met one major goal of getting more women into the workforce. That has helped absorb the program’s expenses through increased tax revenues and transfers to families.The participation rate in the Quebec workforce of women between the ages of 20 and 44 stands at 87 per cent, compared to just 74 per cent in 1997. In a speech this year, Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz even credited the Quebec program for the percentage hike.In the same speech, Poloz noted the rate nationally is about 83 per cent.The federal government committed to increasing women in the workforce in the budget last February through a number of measures, but did not provide a solution to the childcare quandary.“All the research looking into the matter has concluded the main cause of increase in labour force participation has been the low-fee universal childcare program and the extended parental leave,” Fortin said.Fortin says the Quebec program has stumbled in overall quality. On average, the subsidized CPEs get very positive reviews for a highly qualified staff and environment, but the privately owned daycares offer a lower level of quality.That discrepancy was noted in a study released by the Observatoire des tous petits, a charitable foundation that studies child development.While the province’s subsidized educational childcare centres scored very well, the same couldn’t be said for privately held daycares or the other subsidized models.“The right verdict to give is that we have a two-tier system,” Fortin said.“One is spectacularly good but the other is spectacularly mediocre.”last_img read more

Gurugram: Congress fields Ajay Yadav to take on BJP’s Rao Inderjit

first_imgGururgam: Congress has fielded its veteran leader Captain Ajay Yadav from Gurugram seat. The importance of Captain Yadav can be gauged from the fact that he has won Rewari Vidhan Sabha seat six times for the Congress. He won the Rewari seat for the first time in 1989 after which he continuously emerged successful with wins in 1991, 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2009.In South Haryana where he was instrumental in making Congress a formidable party, he was rewarded with various cabinet posts in the state government that ranged from being the PWD minister to the post of finance minister. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderCaptain Yadav will be contesting for Lok Sabha seat for the first time. The Congress party first mulled of fielding him in the 2014 polls after Rao Inderjit left the party and joined Congress. Due to health reasons, Captian Yadav expressed his reluctance to fight the Lok Sabha elections in 2014. Captain Ajay Yadav is the son of Abhay Singh Yadav who was again one of the tallest Congress leaders in South Haryana. Captain Ajay Yadav served in Indian Army for seven years after he was first commissioned as an officer in 1980. He took the premature retirement in 1987 and joined the state politics. Just two years after joining the state politics, he was able to win his first assembly elections in 1989 after which his successful stint in assembly elections went on for more than 25 years. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsEver since he lost the Rewari in the 2014 Assembly elections, Captain Yadav focussed on the matters related to South Haryana and emphasised that how BJP was not able to deliver governance in the state as well as in the national level. Captain Yadav reiterated that he will fight BJP and will highlight the failures of the government both nationally and internationally. “We had made Gurugram the Millennium city. After four and a half years, the BJP has made it the most polluted city in the world. Moreover, they want to even damage the lungs of the city by moving the Aravallis out of Punjab land and Preservation Act (PLPA),” said Captain Yadav. “The citizens of Gurugram have seen through the false hopes that were given to them in the name of demonetisation and they will express their anger against the government on May 12,” he added.last_img read more

Elderly man killed as car rams into his cycle

first_imgNEW DELHI: A 65-year-old man was killed after a car rammed into his bicycle in north Delhi’s Civil Lines area.The accident happened on Wednesday night at around 10:45 pm when the man took a right turn from a signal and the car, which was coming from the opposite direction, rammed into his bicycle. The car was coming from Vidhan Sabha area and was on way to IP college in Civil Lines. Prakash Tiwari, a resident of P&T Colony in Civil Lines, was rushed to a hospital but he was declared brought dead by doctors. Tiwari was a local vendor at civil lines. “The accused has been arrested and he was the driver of the car. He could not react in time and hit the cycle. The victim was rushed to the hospital bit was declared brought dead by doctors,” said a senior police officer. Gaurav Saxena, the diver of the errant vehicle is a resident of Gandhi Nagar, was working as a driver for the past six months. A case under Sections 279 (rash driving) and 304 (punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of the IPC was registered at Civil the Lines police station and the accused, identified as Gaurav Saxena, was arrested, the officer said.last_img read more

King Mohammed VI Receives Egypt’s Foreign Minister

first_imgMarrakech- King Mohammed VI received on Friday at the Royal Palace of Marrakech, Egyptian foreign minister, Nabil Fahmi.The meeting, held on the sidelines of the 20th session of Al Quds Committee held in Marrakech this January 17-18, took place in the presence of Morocco’s minister of foreign affairs and cooperation, Salaheddine Mezouar, and Egypt’s ambassador in Morocco, Ahmed Ihab Abdelahad Jamaleddine.last_img