A SELECTIVE LIFE

first_imgShe’s sitting on the plane…it’s just five hours until the first manager’s meeting of the 2004 National Touch League begins. It’s just five hours until team registration sheets, selection availability sheets and statutory declaration forms begin to pile up on the desk in front of her. It’s just five hours until the questions begin, the excuses for missing forms begin, the unsigned sheets and the general chaos hits home….no need to continue. The thought is just way too daunting. It’s just five hours until…wait, what’s the air hostess doing to her? Man, it’s hot tea, spilled all down the front of her nice clean skirt. And so it begins… It’s the 2004 NTL’s and National Director of Selectors Cathy Gray is looking forward to 10 days of full time selection for National teams and squads. There’s selection for the Youth World Cup 20 years squads, the Australian Talent Identification Program (TIP), National Training Squads (NTS) and Australian Seniors teams. Everyone sees and knows the final outcome of the work that Cathy and her team of 22 other selectors and TI panel here, will do throughout the tournament. What no one really understands is exactly what these incredibly dedicated people will do to reach that final outcome. The selectors, along with tournament officials, will be the first at the fields every day. They will also be the last to leave. And when they get home, they might cook themselves some dinner and sit down with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, but their folders will come back out and they’ll get back to work. Over the next 10 days these selectors will together watch around 500 games of touch, see around 1600 different players, fill out around 1000 assessment forms, lose around 100 pens, drink at least 2000 cups of coffee, get itchy legs from sitting on the grass, get sunburnt or drenched by rain (possibly both) and just sick of answering the same questions again and again and again. But they love it. And they wouldn’t be here if they didn’t. Just like players wouldn’t play, coaches wouldn’t coach and referees wouldn’t ref. Cathy Gray has been selecting for touch football since 1991, around 13 years now. She describes her journey to the position of National Director as sort of accidental. “I just sort of fell into selecting, they needed someone one day and I was there”, she says. “I ended up on the NSW selection panel, was invited to apply for the ATA selection panel, applied for the position of National Director and then I ended up here.” “The team of selectors we have are very positive and we have great working relationships with each other and the national coaches. There is a lot of trust on both sides.” It’s important for everyone to realise that for these selectors, this isn’t their only job. “We all have other jobs too, just like the players and coaches. Between touch selection and my teaching job I haven’t had a day at home in six weeks”, says Cathy. “The day after NTL’s finish I will be on a 6:30am flight home, I’ll be back just in time to teach my classes at Cheltenham Girls High school.” Despite the crazily hectic lifestyle that being a selector seems to throw at these guys, Cathy admits to absolutely loving what they get to do. “We love to do this, there’s a lot of great personalities in our group and in touch football in general and we enjoy each other’s company”, says Cathy. “To be honest, we just absolutely enjoy it. It’s a lot of work, but very rewarding. Seeing the way the Australian teams performed and what they achieved at the last World Cup makes all the hard work worthwhile. It was just such an honour to be there and be a part of everything.” So when you’re thinking about your NTL players this week or wondering how they’re doing, send up a quick prayer for our selectors who are working away behind the scenes. They deserve it. Rachel Moylelast_img read more

VT LEAGUE FINALS ACTION

first_imgThe inaugural VT league finals took place last weekend, with some exciting action in both the semi finals and grand finals in both the men’s and women’s division, with two matches heading to drop offs and another totaling an amazing 19 touchdowns. For all the action from the days play view the attached summary. Related Filesvt_league_finals_report-docvt_league1-jpglast_img

Video: Watch Arizona’s Football Players Do Their First Haka War Dance Of The 2015 Season

first_imgArizona players watch as teammates perform their first Haka dance of the season.Arizona Haka DancePregame routines don’t get much more intimidating than Arizona’s “Haka” dance. The dance, a traditional Maori war dance from New Zealand, has become a tradition for the Wildcats. Arizona’s football players have performed the first Haka of the season. It’s pretty awesome. First Haka of the Year #HardEdgeCamp #BearDown pic.twitter.com/BpIvKAUEXe— Matt Dudek (@AZ_Matty_D) August 23, 2015That’ll get you fired up. Arizona opens its 2015 season Sept. 3 against UTSA.last_img

Farmers to Get 50,000 Blue Mountain Coffee Seedlings

first_imgOver 50,000 blue mountain coffee seedlings (tipica) are to be distributed to farmers in East Rural St. Andrew, under a joint project with the Embassy of Japan called the Enhancement of Production of Blue Mountain Coffee.This was disclosed by Member of Parliament for East Rural St. Andrew and wife of the Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Juliet Holness, during her contribution to the 2017/18 Constituency Debate in the House of Representatives on November 7.“We want to ensure that we have the best coffee and we maintain it and the tipica variety is the best there is, so we want to expand that. Our goal is to increase productivity,” Mrs. Holness said.In addition, the Member of Parliament said for the first time, the constituency will launch its inaugural coffee industry symposium, which is aimed at engaging all stakeholders, including adjoining coffee-producing constituencies.“We are coming together to ensure that we preserve and protect the Jamaican coffee industry. We will explore methods of increasing the productivity of farmers, as well as exposing them to business opportunities and concepts, while we remind them that coffee prices are not set by the Government, but are influenced totally by supply and demand,” Mrs. Holness explained.Meanwhile, Mrs. Holness thanked the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries for its programme, where registered coffee farmers are to benefit from an $80 million initiative that is expected to improve and increase their yields over time.The project will focus on training; the purchase of inputs, such as fertilisers and fungicides, and tools.last_img read more

Wild eagle strikes a pose after landing on amateur fishermens boat

first_imgVANCOUVER – In the picture, the brown-coloured eagle’s golden-yellow talons curl on the edge of the boat.Derril McKenzie, a millwright from Kelowna, B.C., smiles into the camera, leaning in to get both the eagle and himself into the shot, seemingly unfazed.The story of how the amateur fisherman came to pose with an eagle began the morning of Aug. 31 on a routine annual fishing trip to Gardom Lake just outside of Salmon Arm, B.C.McKenzie and his son started fishing about five years ago as a way to get fresh air and sunshine. However, on that Friday McKenzie’s son slept in and he was joined instead by his brother-in-law, Dean Wirachousaky.The two of them went around the lake a few times and decided to try their luck at a spot that has proved lucky for other fishermen.“All of a sudden the eagle came out of nowhere. I noticed it just out of the corner of my eye and thought it was a crow, and then as it got closer I thought it was a raven. And then I could see as it spread its wings out that it was bigger than that. And it plunked itself on the bow of the boat.”McKenzie said his first reaction was total surprise and shock. As far as he knows, eagles usually stay away from people.“So, you have this big bird … I think it’s about the size of a turkey,” he said. “We were just like – what’s going on here? How did this happen?”Time seemed to have stood still, he said, as the bird explored the boat.The bird, which McKenzie called Eddie, hopped down from the bow to the floor of the boat, and seemed like it was looking for something. He thinks the bird might have been fed before from a boat and was probably looking for fish.It moved closer to McKenzie, who slipped his sandals back on fearing the eagle might take a bite of them.His brother-in-law revved the engine, thinking the eagle might take off if the boat speeds up. The eagle did take flight as the boat sped but decided to land on McKenzie’s head.“It had one foot on my shoulder and one on my head. It put two holes in my shirt but didn’t leave a mark on my shoulder at all. Or on my head. It was very gentle.”When he put his arms up to protect himself, the bird gave him a little nudge, much like a budgie would do, he said.“It wasn’t aggressive. If it wanted to hurt us I’m pretty sure it could have.”That’s when McKenzie says he felt a tiny bit of fear but all the while he was trying to give his brother-in-law the camera so he could get a picture. His brother-in-law decided to give the bird a tiny nudge with the oar because he didn’t know what the bird might do next.So, the bird jumped in the water and swam back to shore, then flew up to a branch.The two men decided to call it a day.When McKenzie told the story to his family, he said it was met with wows and “big eyeballs.”He says he reckons that if he didn’t have pictures to prove it, he probably wouldn’t be believed.“It’s a life experience. It’ll never leave my memory that’s for sure. People at work and whatnot are calling me the eagle whisperer.”last_img read more

Production Begins on New Original Drama REX – Coming to Citytv in

first_imgStarring John Reardon as Detective Charlie Hudson, Rex’s partner; Mayko Nguyen as chief of forensics Sarah Truong; Enrico Colantoni as Superintendent Joseph De Luca; and Diesel (a Canadian Kennel Club Grand Champion) as Rex.“We have wanted to make Rex for a number of years and are overjoyed to now be making this with our partners Rogers Media, Pope Productions, and Beta Film, and in beautiful Newfoundland,” said Christina Jennings, Executive Producer,REX / Chairman & CEO, Shaftesbury. “The original series was a ratings hit around the world and we think Canadian and international audiences will delight in the antics of Charlie and Rex.”“Rex is part of our initiative to enlarge our involvement of English language productions. We are thrilled to partner with Shaftesbury, Pope Productions, and Rogers Media, sharing the same vision for this great contemporary re-imagination and the potential for a new addition to this successful franchise. Rex has a cult following and as long-established brand it delivers a unique and steady prime-time success throughout Europe. We are convinced that we can build on the extensive fan-base and enlarge its footprint internationally, especially in North America,” said Oliver Bachert, Beta Film EVP International Sales and Acquisitions.Shaftesbury and Pope Productions Ltd. produces REX in association with Citytv, a division of Rogers Media, and Beta Film GmbH. Beta Film GmbH holds worldwide distribution rights. Produced with the participation of the Newfoundlandand Labrador Film Development Corporation, the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit, the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit and the Rogers Documentary and Cable Network Fund.“Pope Productions is thrilled to partner with Shaftesbury along with Canadian broadcaster Citytv and international distributor Beta Film to bring the production of REX to Newfoundland and Labrador. We’ve assembled a stellar team and are looking forward to filming throughout St. John’s. This city is a great place to shoot. The crews here are of the highest calibre, our post-production house NIFCO boasts state-of-the-art technology, the scenery is unbeatable, and our hospitality is legendary. We’re very grateful for support from municipal, provincial and federal governments, who recognize the significant economic and cultural contribution the film and television industry makes to our community,” said Paul Pope, Executive Producer, REX / Principal, Pope ProductionsREX is executive produced by Christina Jennings, Scott Garvie, Paul Pope, Ken Cuperus, and Avrum Jacobson, followed by Laura Harbin as Supervising Producer, Julie Lacey as Producer, and Lisa Porter as Associate Producer. Friedemann Goez and Oliver Bachert are Executive Producers from Beta Film GmbH. Episodes are written by Showrunners Ken Cuperus, Paul Aitken, John Callaghan, Jessie Gabe, Avrum Jacobson, Simon McNabb, and Celeste Parr. Episodes are directed by Felipe Rodriguez, Alison Reid, and John Vatcher. From Rogers Media, Nataline Rodrigues, Director of Original Programming, is Executive Producer, Hayden Mindell is Vice President of Television Programming & Content, and Colette Watson is Senior Vice President of TV & Broadcast Operations.Social MediaCitytv Website: CitytvCitytv on Twitter: @City_tvCitytv on Facebook: Facebook.com/CitytvCitytv on Instagram: @city_tvRogers Media PR on Twitter: @RogersMediaPRRogers Media PR on Instagram: @rogersmediaprAbout Citytv:Citytv offers viewers intensely-local, urban-oriented, and culturally-diverse content through its seven television stations inToronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatchewan, Winnipeg, and Montreal, plus the award-winning Citytv Video app. A distinct alternative to other conventional television stations, Citytv delivers an entertaining mix of Canadian and acquired prime-time programming, news, and local-interactive formats with influential brands such as Cityline, CityNews, and Breakfast Television. Citytv is part of Rogers Media, which is a subsidiary of Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX, NYSE: RCI). Visit Citytv.com.About Shaftsbury:Shaftesbury is an award-winning creator and producer of original content for television, film, digital, and brands. Shaftesbury’s current slate includes 12 seasons of Murdoch Mysteries for CBC, UKTV, and ITV STUDIOS Global Entertainment, two seasons of detective drama Frankie Drake Mysteries for CBC and UKTV, and three seasons of critically acclaimed thriller series Slasher for Netflix. Shaftesbury’s digital arm produces original digital, convergent, and branded entertainment projects including the global phenomenon and MIPTV Brand Content of the Year award winner Carmilla, scripted comedy Upstairs Amy for Walmart and Interac®, and supernatural drama Inhuman Condition. Shaftesbury’s branded entertainment division drives profitable engagement with millennials using scripted series, turning brands into executive producers. Recent brand partners include Walmart, Interac, U by Kotex®, and RBC.About Pope Productions:Pope Productions is a St. John’s based media production company, helmed by producer Paul Pope. Recent features and MOWs include the CBC comedy A Christmas Fury and festival favourites Hunting Pignut, Beat Down and Grown Up Movie Star, which scored a Special Jury Prize at Sundance for Tatiana Maslany.  Documentaries include It’s Mental,Heavy Weather Presents, the multi award winning My Left Breast, Legends and Lore of the North Atlantic and Going the Distance. From the historical dramatic miniseries Above and Beyond, to the classic comedy Rare Birds and the outrageous series Drunk and on Drugs:The Happy Funtime Hour, Pope’s rich repertoire reflects its deep commitment to a vibrant production industry both in Newfoundland and nationally.About Beta Film:Beta Film based in Munich/Germany is one of Europe’s leading distributors of licenses rights for TV, HV, new media and theatrical with a portfolio of over 15.000 hours of program and established itself as a producer and co-producer of national and international high end drama. While the Beta Cinema portfolio comprises many Academy Award-nominated and -winning films, Kineos is responsible for licensing German-language rights to 12,000 titles. In the classical-music domain, Unitel is the global leader in the production of audiovisual music recordings, with a film stock of around 1,500 productions. The corporate group also has stakes in several national and international production companies as well as special interest channels. Founded in 1959, Beta Film has been part of Jan Mojto’s company group since 2004. TORONTO , Oct. 11, 2018 – Shaftesbury, Pope Productions, and Citytv announced today that production has begun on new drama series REX (wt). Centred on the partnership between a police detective and his hardworking dog, REX is a procedural drama with a twist. Starring John Reardon (Van Helsing, Continuum), Mayko Nguyen (Killjoys, Fahrenheit 451), and Enrico Colantoni (Bad Blood, Flashpoint), the eight-episode, 60-minute series is based on the long-running, international hit series Rex, a Cop’s Best Friend. Executive produced by Christina Jennings, Scott Garvie, and Paul Pope, the series has begun shooting in St. John’s, Newfoundland and will continue through December 2018.Set in St. John’s, Newfoundland, REX is an action-packed police procedural dramafocused on the partnership between a dedicated detective and his extraordinary former K9 dog. Rex and Charlie are a detective team that combine their individual skills to solve the most puzzling crimes. This is the first English-language adaptation of the highly successful European format that has aired in 125 countries around the world for 18 seasons.“Citytv is proud to add Rex to our robust slate of original series,” said Nataline Rodrigues, Director of Original Programming, Rogers Media. “Now with dramas in production from coast to coast, we are proud to be truly reflective of our unique viewers across the country with premium Canadian content that we think will connect with audiences at home and abroad.” Twitter Advertisement Advertisement (L-R): Diesel as Rex and John Reardon as Detective Charlie Hudson in REX (Photo by Duncan de Young for Shaftesbury; Copyright: Shaftesbury) (CNW Group/Citytv)center_img Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Plunging Calgary office values linked to high oil and gas unemployment rate

first_imgThe Canadian Press CALGARY — A commercial realtor says a 32 per cent decline in Calgary’s downtown office building property assessment this year will likely translate into lower costs for some tenants, but he doesn’t expect much improvement in the vacancy rate.Greg Kwong, Alberta managing director for realtor CBRE, says companies will have to start replacing the thousands of energy industry workers laid off following the oil price crash of late 2014 before the city’s downtown vacancy rate will recover from its year-end level of 26.4 per cent.Calgary Chamber of Commerce spokesman Mark Cooper says lower values in the downtown means property taxes are likely going to have to rise for businesses throughout the city to make up the difference.He says investor confidence needed for job creation in Calgary is low thanks to Alberta oil prices which failed to keep up with last year’s global oil price rally due to discounts blamed on a lack of export pipeline capacity.The city says the total assessed value of downtown office properties fell by $5 billion over the past year and now makes up only 18 per cent of the total non-residential base, down from about 32 per cent in 2015.It says the crescent-shaped Bow Tower, home to oil companies Cenovus Energy Inc. and Encana Corp., lost 18.6 per cent of its value in 2018, falling to about $779 million. In 2015, it was valued at $1.43 billion.Residential property assessments in Calgary are down one per cent compared with the previous year and retail assessments were little changed.last_img read more

Program expansion provides respite funding for special needs children

first_imgSURREY, B.C. – With the expansion of a program, more than 1,300 additional families with children who have special needs will benefit from respite services by qualified caregivers.As of March 31, 2018, approximately 3,900 families were receiving respite services. This program expansion will provide for 1,300 additional families and provide an increase in the base funding amount each family can receive.“We’ve heard how incredibly important respite care is for families,” said Katrine Conroy, Minister of Children and Family Development. “Parents can get so caught up caring for a loved one that they forget to take time for themselves. They often don’t have the luxury of asking a friend, neighbour or relative to step in for them. Respite offers them a chance to recharge and the peace of mind that comes from having a skilled professional they can count on with the training to meet their child’s unique care needs.” Respite funding allows eligible families to purchase services from a qualified person who will care for the child while the parents attend to other family priorities. Services are provided in the child’s home, the respite caregiver’s home or within the community. Eligibility is not based on a specific diagnosis. Children may be eligible for the program if they are assessed as dependent in at least three of four areas of daily living (washing, bathroom assistance, eating and dressing), or have a palliative condition.According to the government, once families become eligible for respite funding, they are also able to access a range of other programs, including access to a child and youth care worker, behaviour supports, parenting skills training, counselling, housekeeping and life-skills programs for children.Government is developing a new plan to better support children and youth with special needs and their families. It will guide how the ministry invests in and delivers services for children and youth with special needs, and will roll out in spring 2020.The $6.3-million boost to the Province’s respite program was announced in Budget 2019, and changes began to come into effect April 1, 2019. Five million dollars is being used to provide respite services for families who had previously been on the waiting list. The remaining $1.3 million is increasing the base annual funding amount each family can receive from $2,800 to $3,080, marking the first increase in respite funding since 1989.For more information on services available; CLICK HERElast_img read more

Former MP Ateeq kidnapped businessman UP govt tells SC

first_imgNew Delhi: The Uttar Pradesh government Thursday told the Supreme Court that former MP Ateeq Ahmad, who was lodged in Deoria jail, had indeed assaulted and kidnapped a businessman on December 26 last year.Confirming the incident, the UP government said CCTV cameras in the jail complex were tampered with at the time. A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna said it would consider the report submitted by UP government on April 23. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’In a report submitted through senior advocate Vijay Hansaria, appointed as amicus curiae (friend of court), the state government said departmental action against five jail officials has been initiated. Hansaria, assisted by advocate Sneha Kalita, told the bench that jail norms were relaxed with respect to visitors meeting the former parliamentarian. In his submission, the senior advocate said there are 109 cases registered against Ahmad from 1979 to 2019 which include 17 murder cases, 12 cases under UP Gangster Act, eight under Arms Act and four under UP Goonda Act. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KHansaria said eight cases pending investigation were registered against Ahmad between 2015 and 2019 of which two are murder cases. The report said the state government has constituted two committees which prima facie found names of two persons, including businessman Mohit Jaiswal’s, in visitors register for meeting Ahmad. It said the committees have found the jail superintendent and other jail officials guilty for the assault on the businessman, and departmental proceedings against five officials and the state government has suspended three persons. The report further said that after the incident was reported in media and FIR was lodged by the businessman, Ahmad was transferred from Deoria jail to Bareilly jail in UP and efforts were being made to arrest the associates of the former lawmaker, who were involved in the incident. Ateeq Ahmad was a five-time MLA and one-time MP and has been jail since Feb 11, 2017. In the past he was associated with political parties including Samajwadi Party and Apna Dal (Sonewal faction). “In interrogation, the jail staff and the prisoners have denied the incidence of assault in jail but the joint team found in the inquiry that some CCTV cameras set up in the jail have been tampered with and a persons meeting with Ateeq Ahmad had been granted relaxation also against rule. The joint team prima facie found that the jail superintendent and the officers/ employees of the jail administration to be guilty for this incident,” the report said. The UP government report said some accused have been identified on the basis of CCTV footage of Deoria jail and for their arrest, police teams have been sent to their possible hideouts in Gautam Buddh Nagar, Prayagraj and Delhi. It said a police team led by Lucknow SP has been leading the investigation in the case. The top court was hearing a PIL filed by lawyer and BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay seeking a life ban on politicians convicted in criminal cases besides the setting up of special courts to expeditiously try cases involving elected representatives. During the previous hearing, the court was told by Hansaria that there were over several heinous cases pending against the former MP and still he had the audacity to kidnap the businessman to the jail. Businessman Jaiswal had filed an FIR on December 28, 2018, alleging that he was kidnapped from Lucknow and taken to the prison where he was assaulted by the jailed don and his aides and was forced to transfer his business to them. Lucknow-based realtor Jaiswal had alleged that he was tortured and forced to transfer five of his firms in the names of the former lawmaker and his jailed son. The combined assets of the firms were worth Rs 45 crore, the FIR said, adding that Ahmad also took away the car of Jaiswal and other belongings before releasing him.last_img read more

Eerie Easter

first_imgNearly a decade after the 26-year long civil war in Sri Lanka came to a long-awaited close, the people of the island nation were crudely jolted with a series of coordinated attacks on churches and luxury hotels on Easter Sunday. Other nationals killed in the dastardly attack include Indians, Japanese and of USA. In solidarity with Sri Lanka, other nations and world leaders extended their condolences the grieving nation. On a day of worship and cheer, memories of the civil war were wrenched back in a flash. Faraz Shauketaly, a prominent journalist, spoke about the Sri Lanka Civil War and its connection to Sunday’s attack, reiterating that in Sri Lanka, the ethnic conflict began approximately 40 years ago and finished 10 years ago. The 3-decade long war was perpetrated by mainly a group of terrorists who claimed to want independence in the northern part of Sri Lanka, is a tiny island, about 240 miles long and 140 miles wide. May 18, 2019, will mark the 10-year anniversary of the end of the nation’s civil war fought between the Sri Lanka government and its Sinhala Buddhist majority and the Tamil Tigers minority ethnic group. Warning of more attacks in Sri Lanka, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo commented that the United States will keep fighting “radical Islamic terror” in the wake of the Sri Lanka attacks. This comment very easily labels the mishap with a colour and a community that is otherwise vulnerable on the global stage. These attacks come in line with notorious attacks on churches, the latest being the fire that ravaged Notre Dame. The leaders of Sri Lanka, however, showed remarkable grit and insisted that the national suffering must not become a political game.last_img read more