Registrations now open for the inaugural Bundaberg Cup!

first_imgTeams from around the country are invited to nominate for the richest Touch Football prizemoney purse in Australia, $20,000, to be shared across various men’s, women’s and mixed divisions. Register Now!Entries for the inaugural Bundaberg Cup are now open and interested teams can nominate by visiting www.qldtouch.com.au. In addition to providing a wonderful prizemoney knockout opportunity for players, officials and volunteers in regional Queensland, the Bundaberg Cup also promises to provide a major boost to the region’s tourism industry.International, inter (Queensland) and intra-State teams will compete for the prizemoney in a carnival atmosphere at the Greg Duncan Fields, Bundaberg on 14-15 November (Saturday and Sunday). Queensland Touch Football CEO, Jamie O’Connor, said he was looking forward to working with Touch Football Australia to deliver a landmark event. “The inception of the Bundaberg Cup provides a significant addition to the wider Touch Football events calendar,” he said.“More importantly, it provides another significant regional opportunity to boost the profile and leverage the sport to increase tourism and participation numbers to key destinations, such as Bundaberg.”Touch Football Australia CEO, Colm Maguire added: “Touch Football is a quintessential Australian sport and Bundaberg has one of the strongest local associations in the country. We are delighted to partner with Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ), Queensland Touch Football and Bundaberg Touch Association to help deliver a fantastic regional sporting and economic opportunity.” The Bundaberg Cup is supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland in partnership with the Bundaberg Regional Council, Bundaberg and North Burnett Tourism and promoted as part of the It’s Live! in Queensland event calendar.Related Files150818_2015_bundaberg_cup_launch_media_release_v1-0-pdf2015_bundaberg_cup_poster-pdfRelated Links2015 Bundaberg Cuplast_img read more

Commentary Scott Torgersons death tweet about Desmond Howard no joke

When I was a kid, I hated the Pittsburgh Steelers. I still do to a certain extent. They always seem to beat the Cincinnati Bengals and the Cleveland Browns, sometimes in the most heartbreaking ways imaginable. I remember when Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger came very close to losing his own life in June of 2006 when he was involved in an ugly motorcycle accident. Luckily, Roethlisberger survived the crash, but I was not about to send my condolences to the quarterback of the Steelers. I was mad that he didn’t die that day. I thought with Roethlisberger out of the picture, maybe the Bengals and the Browns could finally break through and win a championship. I realize now that comments such as those are insensitive. Wishing death upon someone is cold and heartless. I could use the “excuse” that I was young and didn’t know any better, but, nevertheless, I accept the fact that I used a very poor choice of words. Apparently, I’m not the only one who wishes death to well-known athletes. Last weekend, Scott Torgerson, host of the popular sports talk radio show “Common Man and the Torg” here in Columbus, made a similar comment.  Torgerson, who professes his Buckeye fandom on a daily basis, along with his extreme distaste for everything involving the Michigan Wolverines, tweeted this about former Heisman trophy winner and current ESPN college football analyst Desmond Howard: “I wish Desmond Howard would get fired or die so I can watch Gameday again.” Now, I know that Ohioans, fans of the Scarlet and Gray, are bred to hate that School up North. Lord knows that image of Howard striking the Heisman pose against the Buckeyes makes any Ohio State fan cringe.  However, there is a fine line between being passionate and letting that passion overtake you. That is what happened to Torgerson. He deleted the tweet and apologized for his comment, tweeting, “My Desmond Howard tweet was a joke. I think if you listen to the show you know that. My apologies to those who took it seriously. Total Joke.” My question to Torgerson is this: How is wishing someone would die a joke? I recently went to the funeral of the brother of one of my best friends from high school. Believe me, death is no laughing matter. Since this infamous tweet, Torgerson has been suspended from the airwaves indefinitely.  The lesson to take from this is do not let your fandom cloud your overall judgment as a human being.  There is more to life than spending every waking moment hating someone just because they beat your favorite team. I learned this lesson when I was young. Unfortunately, there are some people in this world like Torgerson who didn’t get the message until it was too late. Think before you say it. Think before you tweet it. Think before it is too late to fix. read more

Carragher tips Spurs midfielder to start against Spain

first_imgFormer England international Jamie Carragher has backed Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Harry Winks to start in place of Jordan Henderson when the team plays Spain on Monday.The Three Lions travel to Seville to play Luis Enrique’s side on Monday in their third group game of the UEFA Nations League without Henderson who is suspended for the game.The Liverpool captain picked up his second yellow card in two Nations League games and will sit out the clash against La Furia Roja and Carragher believes Winks should take his place in the starting line-up.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“In midfield, maybe Harry Winks. He played really well for Spurs against Barcelona in the Champions League, against a similar type of players. Again, it won’t be easy, but I think in Seville on Monday night, we are going to have to do as well as we can to keep the ball against Spain. Winks is as good as anyone who can come in for Jordan Henderson in terms of technical ability,” Carragher said to Sky Sports.Winks has an impressive form for Spurs this season and put in a decent display in the team’s UEFA Champions League loss to Barcelona at Wembley earlier this month and carried that form during the victory against Cardiff City.The 22-year-old was a standout performer for Mauricio Pochettino’s side against the La Liga champions star-studded midfield and his club manager has previously likened him to one Barcelona’s greatest player Andres Iniesta because of his ability to dictate play.last_img read more

Administration Confirms Cut in FY 2020 Budget Request for Defense

first_imgPresident Trump’s desire to trim spending across the government is forcing the Pentagon to prepare an alternative fiscal 2020 budget request for $700 billion, a sizeable cut from its original draft proposing $733 billion in total federal spending on national security. The $700 billion figure represents a 2.2 percent reduction from current year spending. The cut would not last for just one year and, instead, will mark the starting point of a five-year budget projection calling for defense spending to remain relatively constant, Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan told reporters Friday. Officials will now develop two parallel budget requests and use the higher one to show likely tradeoffs from scaling back the request, reported Defense News.Shanahan said modernization would likely absorb a significant cut in the new budget draft. “The way I would think a about those two budgets and the approach, there are certain things that you can’t change. There are just near-term costs that we’re going to spend in the next year that are on contract, and for all intents and purposes are fixed. Then there are other investments we would make in science and technology and procurement, where we have [options] in terms of timing,” he said.Photo courtesy of DOD Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

LISTEN A Family Leader A Role Model And A Literacy Champion Houstonians

first_imgAP PhotoMrs. George Bush walking on New York’s Park Avenue, April 13, 1971. (AP Photo)With the news of Barbara Bush’s death at 92 on Tuesday, Houston Public Media asked locals about their memory of the former first lady. We went out along a trail at Memorial Park, where the former First Lady and former President George H. W. Bush used to jog.Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/18102136/Bars-2018-04-18-at-10.19am.mp400:0000:0000:14Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.“It’s a sad day, she was a great first lady, I think she brought a lot to the White House, I think she brought a lot to the nation, particularly in terms of what she did with education and literacy. And, you know, she’s an icon and an example for everyone I think,” said Bob Kalin. Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/18102628/Brigett.mp400:0000:0000:19Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.“I think she was one who kind of spoke her mind. You know what I mean? She didn’t really… I don’t want to say conform, but she kind of paved her own way as First Lady. But yeah she gave me empowerment as a woman to believe that I can do anything, regardless of race, color, creed,” said Bridgett Joe. Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/18102933/Eric.mp400:0000:0000:15Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.“I think that when we look at where we are politically today, I think we need another family like that, another leader like that, another leader of families to step up and lead the country. I think she was definitely a leader in that family and the sons pulled those leadership qualities from her, no question. She led by example,” said Eric Justason. Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/18103307/Bars-2018-04-18-at-8.20am.mp400:0000:0000:29Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.“At the office — I was cleaning the office — and I wanted to throw out a newspaper and they said “Oh, no, hold on! This has a picture of Barbara Bush!” And my boss said he wanted to keep it,” said Gaza Badasz. Sharelast_img read more

Duke Ellington Seeks Answers After OSSE Residency Allegations

first_imgBy George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff WriterA group of concerned parents, and staff from Duke Ellington School of the Arts sat behind a small wooden desk during the State Board of Education (SBOE) public meeting Dec. 19 with one purpose – to get answers.“This was a good opportunity for us to educate them [SBOE]”, said Duke Ellington parent Greg Smith, “about the larger picture of what’s going on. I hope this’ll be the beginning of more.”Duke Ellington School of the Arts parent Winston Clarke(left) and the school’s CEO Tia Powell Harris (center) at the State of Board of Education on Dec. 19 meeting following last school year’s allegations that two-thirds of the student body were not District residents.Smith and parents like him have spent a lot of time in meetings, press conferences and even court rooms as of late.In May 2018 the Office of the State Superintendent Of Education (OSSE) revealed a Report on Residency Investigation at Duke Ellington High School stating in part that:“OSSE’s investigation revealed significant and systemic issues of non-compliance with the requirements of residency verification at Ellington. Based on this investigation, OSSE has deemed a total of 164 of the 570 investigated students to be non-residents, without tuition agreements in place,” the report wrote.  “A total of 56 students remain under investigation, as the information obtained about their actual place of residence is thus far inconclusive. An additional 46 students were found to be non-residents with existing tuition agreements with the District. A total of 304 students were confirmed as D.C. residents.”Letters were sent out to some 220 families alleging of residency fraud. Some parents including Smith, who as an attorney represented them, pushed back filing a lawsuit against OSSE. During a press conference, it was discovered that OSSE attorney’s withdrew the letters sent to parents, this according to reporting done by the AFRO.“I mean any time a D.C. agency accuses hundred of people of fraud and is wrong two thirds of the time or more I think that that is a serious problem,” Smith said,  “and worth the City Council investigating. So I hope they will.”Smith said in a statement that OSSE admitted that two-thirds of their allegations were incorrect.Tia Powell Harris, CEO at Duke Ellington was at the helm and rode out the storm of false allegations and the tsunami of effects it had on the school- from funding issues, to weathering a media storm and, most hurtful, students missing school while residency challenges were sorted out.“I think the motivating factor for all of us was that this never happen again,” Powell Harris said after offering her testimony. “So our goal to bring light to the inadequacies of the system and the process and the people putting it forward so that no one again has to be unjustly accused. And secondly, that a school that a school doesn’t get bashed by a governmental agency.”“We need to say out loud and for the record that this can’t be left up to insinuation,” Powell Harris told the AFRO. “Somebody in charge needs to say these things out loud. We look forward to the future and to bring attention to the fact that we have indeed been vindicated.”Powell-Harrised added that the school, or parents have yet to receive an apology, or any information regarding the students’ residency.The Board sat and listened and offered apologies, yet it was apparent that the room was missing key people.“I am incredibly disappointed that the superintendent is not here to hear your testimony this evening nor is her chief of staff whom I’ve spoken to on multiple occasions,” said Jack Jacobson of the SBOE, referring to Superintendent Hanseul Kang. “This is just another attack on the arts in D.C.”“It breaks my heart when these families and children, who have to opportunity to do something great, and the system does not work on their behalf. That’s a big problem.”Winston Clarke who was one of the early parents to receive letters regarding his son, showed in the end for the parents who couldn’t be there.“So I think it’s a bigger issue that I don’t know how much things are going to get done,” Clarke said. “We’re talking about a process that’s obviously flawed. They have to fix the communication.”“I needed to show up to have that voice for a lot of parents that can’t speak in front of people- are afraid about their own personal situation.  I wanted to be consistent and show other families I am on aboard with them.”A representative from OSSE, or the D.C. Council  could not be reached for comment.last_img read more

Bengali film on treasure hunt to be released soon

first_imgKolkata: Byomkesh-actor Abir Chatterjee will now don the hat of a treasure hunter in ‘Guptodhoner Sondhane’, which is claimed to be the first big Bengali film on treasure hunt, will be released this month. Eminent Bengali directors Goutam Ghosh, Kamaleswar Mukherjee and Arindam Sil are part of the team as the director Dhrubo Banerjee said they were here to enhance the quality of the film.Popular Bengali hero Abir Chatterjee said neither Sil, nor Ghosh nor Mukherjee carried the baggage of a film maker during the film’s shoot but did not divulge how their role unfolded in the film. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights”All the three portray very interesting and important characters but how that will be a surprise. All I can say they brought more layers to the film,” the director said.Chatterjee, who had also portrayed the character of iconic Bengali sleuth ‘Byomkesh Bakshi’ in a string of Bengali films, said, “Bengalis are losing the spirit of going on exploration for treasure hunt. The film aims at fostering that spirit of adventures in every Bengali. To my knowledge it is the first big Bengali production on embarking on adventure for hidden treasure.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedChatterjee had been cast as Byomkesh in several films including Byomkesh Pawrbo, Har Har Byomkesh, Byomkesh Phire Elo, Badshahi Angti (featuring iconic sleuth Feluda) among others.Asked if his image as Byomkesh or Feluda will not come in the way of establishing the new role of a treasure-hunter history professor, visiting the country after seven years, Chatterjee said, “We are actors first and portray the role as demanded by the script. The audience is mature enough.” He said the film had references to the history of Bengal.”Instead of past instances of films based on literary works, here the films will be followed by novels in print and graphic novels. We intend to start a franchise,” he said.About casting Chatterjee in the lead role, he said, “I did not seek to find similarities between his portrayal as Feluda or Byomkesh. But I liked his smart and intelligent look which can be moulded in a different way than the previous characters.”Sonada aka Subarno Sen, the protagonist in his film, may give a break from the monotony of iconic characters of Feluda and Byomkesh to the Bengali audience, he said.’Guptodhoner Sondhane’ is the first instalment of a brand new franchise being introduced by SVF, Srikant Mohta said on behalf of the producers.last_img read more

8th Theatre Olympics Upcoming plays

first_imgIndia’s biggest theatre extravaganza, is finally heading towards its finale. The festival saw some prominent groups and artists presenting the best of their plays. In its last phase, a couple of other fabulous performances, which can be enjoyed by theatre lovers include:FridayADHE ADHUREWriter: Mohan RakeshDirector: Robin DasGroup: Individual Performance, New DelhiLanguage: HindiDuration: 1 hr 40 minsTime: 2 pmLocation: Bahumukh/ Sammukh, NSD LOKA SHAKUNTALA Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWriter: K.V. Subbanna Director: CR JambeGroup: Antharanga Havyasi Nataka Thanda, Shimoga Language: KannadDuration: 1 hr 50 minsTime: 6:30 pmLocation: Kamani SaturdayTHE HOUSE OF USERWriter: Edgar Allan PoeDirector: Goge BamGroup: NSD Diploma Production, New DelhiLanguage: HindiDuration: 1 hr 15 minsTime: 2 pmLocation: Bahumukh/ Sammukh AKA-NANDUNWriter & Director: Bhawani Bashir YasirGroup: Ensemble Kashmir Theatre (EKTA), J & KLanguage: KashmirDuration: 1 hr 25 minsTime: 5 pm Location: Shri Ram CentreA STRAIGHT PROPOSALWriter & Director: Happy Ranjit Group: Unicorn Actors Studio, DelhiLanguage: HindiDuration: 2 hrsTime: 8:30 pmLocation: Abhimanch, NSDlast_img read more

Telefonica has launched Universal WiFi a new serv

first_imgTelefonica has launched Universal WiFi, a new service aimed at multinational companies and enterprise customers that will give access to more than 1.3 million hotspots across 110 countries.Telefonica said that the service will remove “existing complex connectivity processes to WiFi hotspots globally” and marked an extension to its existing Managed Mobility offering, which is designed to help companies connect all the parts of their global business.last_img