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Dam Inn Mates keep on winning after outlasting Steamshovel, Our Glass blasts Trail

first_imgThe Dam Inn Mates remain the only undefeated team in the West Kootenay Men’s Flag Football League.Sparked by Jon Parker’s 80-yard interception for a touchdown, the Mates outlasted Rossland’s Steamshovel Brewers 24-21 in league action Sunday at the Mount Sentinel Field.The win improves the Mates record to 3-0 and a four-point lead over the rest of the league.In the other game Our Glass Ogs pounded expansion Trail Thundercats 59-6.Dam Inn led 12-7 at the half.Other majors were tossed by Dam Inn quarterback Kelly Voykin to Dylan Appleby and Nate Fedorchuk.Fedorchuk also intercepted a pair of passes from Steamshovel quarterback Steven Doyle.When Doyle was firing on all cylinders he connected with Shon Doyle for a pair of touchdowns.Brewer receiver Jon Francis hauled in the other TD pass from Doyle.In the late game Our Glass snapped a 6-6 tie with 53 consecutive points en route to the pasting of the expansion Thundercats.Trail arrived at the contest with one player over the limit while Our Glass had enough players to field two teams.After Trail tied the contest early in the game, everything went south for the Cats as Our Glass coasted to the victory with quarterback Pat Sturtevant tossing a host of TD passes to Matthew Fuhr (3), Dan Farden, two majors and two extra points and Josh Myers, Mike Balance, Al Krause and Kyle Bouttett.Gord Clark intercepted a pass and ran it back for a touchdown and caught a TD reception from Sturtevant.Burnadino Carpio had three interceptions to lead the defensive stand by Our Glass.After three weeks of play Dam Inn leads the league with a 3-0 record.Trail and Our Glass are tied for second with a 1-1 record followed in fourth by Steamshovel at 1-2.Defending champion Castlegar Vikings occupy the basement at 2-0.The league resumes play Sunday at Mount Sentinel Field.In the early 11 a.m. game Trail meets Castlegar before Steamshovel Brewers play Our Glass at 1 p.m.Dam Inn Mates are [email protected]last_img read more

Saints pull off road sweep to jump atop BCIHL standings

first_img“We really got solid performances from our entire line-up this weekend,” said Saints head coach Jeff Dubois.”We have a lot of respect for Trinity Western’s compete level, and I think in both games we were able to finish strong because we knew we were facing a team that wasn’t going to quit.”In the weekend opener on Friday night, Selkirk burst out to a 4-0 lead after 20 minutes and never looked back. Mason Spear opened the scoring for the visitors off a net-front scramble early in the frame and Darnell Dyck, Cody Fidgett and Connor McLaughlin added tallies of their own before intermission. J.P. Villeneuve put the Spartans on the board in the second period, but Fidgett and Markus McCrea — with his first Saints goal — capped off the scoring in the third period. James Prigione picked up the win in goal with a 19-save performance, while Harry Fredeman allowed six goals on 42 shots in the loss. On Saturday, the teams fought through a much closer first period, with Saints goals from Logan Proulx and Markus McCrea being countered by a power-play effort from TWU’s Jamey Kreller. But Selkirk blew things open in the middle frame, as Ryan Procyshyn scored the first regular season goal by a Saints defenceman before Jackson Garrett and Thomas Hardy added on to increase the lead to four. Connor McLaughlin then converted on a third period penalty shot before Cody Fidgett and Jared Seutter put the score beyond reach. Chris Hurry made 25 saves in goal for the win, while Fredeman took his third loss is as many starts against Selkirk this season after allowing eight goals. Selkirk captain Logan Proulx extended his season-long points streak to nine games on Saturday with a goal and an assist while McLaughlin and Fidgett are now tied for the BCIHL goals lead with 11 each. “Offensively, we’ve got a bunch of guys who are having success right now and that seems to be contagious,” Dubois explained.”Thomas Hardy got his first goal of the season on Saturday and had a four-point game, which was great to see. Markus McCrea had been really snakebite around the net all season and he scored in both games. So on that side of the puck we’re where we want to be, and we’ll spend some time working on the defensive side of things as we prepare for a big game against SFU next weekend.” The Saints now sit atop the BCIHL standings with 14 points, but have played three more games than an SFU squad that will be their next opponent at home on Saturday night.Puck drop against the 2013 league runners-up is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday (November 16). The Selkirk Saints sent a strong message to the rest of the B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League by blasting Trinity Western University by 6-1 and 8-2 scores on Friday and Saturday, respectively.The two wins erased a disappointing road swing a few weeks again when Selkirk lost in Kamloops and Burnab.last_img read more

DESORMEAUX BROTHERS TEAM TO WIN GRADE I, $1 MILLION SANTA ANITA DERBY BY A ROMPING 6 ¼ LENGTHS AS EXAGGERATOR COVERS 1 1/8 MILES OVER A SLOPPY TRACK IN 1:49.66

first_imgON-TRACK CROWD OF 27,821 BRAVES LIGHT RAIN AS SANTA ANITA DERBY IS RUN FOR 79TH TIME ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Exaggerator finally confirmed the belief trainer Keith Desormeaux had all along in his 3-year-old colt.Making an impressive move on a sloppy track in taking the lead in the upper stretch, Exaggerator won the $1 million Santa Anita Derby by 6 1/4 lengths Saturday, beating 7-5 favorite Mor Spirit in their final showdown before the Kentucky Derby next month.“For me, this is like a dream,” Desormeaux said. “The (Kentucky) Derby is what everybody in this business dreams of.”Desormeaux has his younger brother, Kent, along for the ride. Kent piloted Exaggerator over 1 1/8 miles in 1:49.66 after they were next-to-last early on in the eight-horse field.“I don’t think it has soaked in yet, I’m pretty much in shock,” Kent Desormeaux said. “He was the fourth horse that I rode in the mud and the others felt like they had ice skates on. Exaggerator felt like he had track shoes on. He really liked the going and that was part of his incredible effort. He enjoyed the mud.”Exaggerator paid $8.80, $3.60 and $2.80 at 3-1 odds.Trained by Bob Baffert, Mor Spirit returned $2.80 and $2.40. Uncle Lino was another 2 1/4 lengths back in third and paid $5 to show.“We got hit by the first wave of water and mud going into the first turn,” Gary Stevens said of Mor Spirit. “He slipped with me and started lunging.”Danzing Candy, who had led going into the clubhouse turn, finished fourth as the 8-5 second choice under Mike Smith.“I felt like I was on roller skates out there,” Smith said. “He just didn’t grab hold of it the way we hoped.”Exaggerator made a similar bold move on the far turn in the San Felipe on March 12, only to finish third by 2 3/4 lengths to winner Danzing Candy and runner-up Mor Spirit. Keith Desormeaux wasn’t sure why his colt was unable to finish.“We had a good pace in the San Felipe, but not a really fast pace,” he said. “Today we had a great pace scenario and he took full advantage.”Exaggerator earned 100 points to move into third place in qualifying for the May 7 Derby. Mor Spirit earned 40 points and is in seventh place. Uncle Lino received 20 points, but is in 22nd place and not currently in the Derby field, which has a 20-horse limit. Danzing Candy earned 10 points and is ninth.Exaggerator swerved coming away from the starting gate while Danzing Candy sped to the lead. Exaggerator entered the stretch three-wide and circled the field in taking the lead before drifting to the inside, where Desormeaux went to a left-handed whip in drawing clear.“He was ultra-confident,” Kent Desormeaux said. “He’s so mature and he walked to the gate like an old pony.”It was Kent Desormeaux’s second career Derby win, and first since Free House in 1997. His brother won the race for the first time.Diplodocus was fifth, followed by Denman’s Call, Smokey Image and Iron Rob. Rare Candy and Dressed in Hermes were scratched.Heavy rain fell early in the day, with fog mostly obscuring the San Gabriel Mountains, creating just the fifth off-track in the race’s 79-year history and the first since Point Given also won in the slop in 2001. The weather affected attendance, with 27,821 on hand.Earlier in the day, Keith Desormeaux scratched Texas Red, who was set to make his 4-year-old debut on turf in the Thunder Road Stakes. The colt hasn’t raced since finishing fifth in the Travers Stakes last summer. He won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile in 2014, but got injured and was unable to run in last year’s Triple Crown races.“I’m just going to pray that unlike Texas Red we make it there,” Kent Desormeaux said.In other stakes:— Songbird improved to 7-0 in her career with a 3 3/4-length victory in the $400,000 Santa Anita Oaks for 3-year-old fillies. Ridden by Mike Smith, Songbird ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.14 and paid $2.20 to win as the overwhelming 1-9 favorite. A whopping $751,734 was bet to show on Songbird, triggering a minus show pool of $138,844, that was lost by national wagering entities. Smith’s red-and-white silks didn’t have a drop of mud on them with Songbird leading all the way in the Grade 1 race. Mokat was second and She’s a Warrior third.Songbird is headed to next month’s $1 million Kentucky Oaks.“If it doesn’t make an owner smile the way she’s been running, maybe you should try another business,” owner Rick Porter said. “It’s so fun to watch.”— Tough It Out won the $200,000 Echo Eddie Stakes by 4 1/2 lengths under Joe Talamo. The 3-year-old gelding ran 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:17.60 and paid $12.20 to win.— Pacific Heat won the $200,000 Evening Jewel Stakes by 1 1/4 lengths under Flavien Prat. The 3-year-old filly ran 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:17.38 and paid $4.40 to win as the 6-5 favorite.— Decked Out won the $150,000 Providencia Stakes by 2 3/4 lengths for the Desormeaux brothers. Decked Out ran 1 1/8 miles on a turf course listed as good in 1:52.72 and paid $8.60 to win the Grade 3 race.— Kent Desormeaux won his third stakes on the card with What a View, who won the $100,000 Thunder Road by a length. Trained by Kenneth Black, the 5-year-old dark bay ran a mile on turf in 1:39.01 and paid $3.80 to win as the 4-5 favorite in the Grade 3 race.Sunday is closing day at Santa Anita, as the track’s 63-day Winter Meet, which began on Dec. 26, draws to a conclusion with an 11-race program. First post time on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. and admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more

Miller-Frankenstein Ghost Rises from the Dead

first_img51; Stanley Miller died last year, but his friendly ghost lives on.  Famous for his Halloweenish spark-discharge apparatus that brought naturalism to life, Miller subsequently began to doubt the simplistic “primordial soup” vision that took on a life of its own, making apparitions in many a textbook.  He realized that improbably atmospheric conditions—a reducing atmosphere of methane and hydrogen without oxygen—were required.  Nevertheless, the sparks in the flask made an indelible mark on the public consciousness even if Miller himself and his colleagues struggled with the harsh realities of organic chemistry.    Miller’s ghost appeared this month in Science.1  Jeffrey Bada (Scripps Institute) and team are awarding him posthumous honors for finding more amino acids than previously thought.  In addition, they say, volcanoes may have provided the reducing conditions for amino acid formation:Geoscientists today doubt that the primitive atmosphere had the highly reducing composition Miller used.  However, the volcanic apparatus experiment suggests that, even if the overall atmosphere was not reducing, localized prebiotic synthesis could have been effective.  Reduced gases and lightning associated with volcanic eruptions in hot spots or island arc-type systems could have been prevalent on the early Earth before extensive continents formed.  In these volcanic plumes, HCN, aldehydes, and ketones may have been produced, which, after washing out of the atmosphere, could have become involved in the synthesis of organic molecules.  Amino acids formed in volcanic island systems could have accumulated in tidal areas, where they could be polymerized by carbonyl sulfide, a simple volcanic gas that has been shown to form peptides under mild conditions.“Could” or “may” appears five times in series in this hypothetical scenario, meaning each “could” depends on the previous “could.”  Nevertheless, Clara Moskowitz got so excited over this news, she titled her report on Live Science, “Volcanoes May Be Original Womb of Life.”  This, of course, begs the question of how the volcano got its life as a mother, but that’s beside the point: around a volcano, the team sees all the ingredients: hydrogen, methane, and lightning.  It seems only a matter of time before Nature would cry, “It’s ali-i-i-i-ve!”1.  Johnson, Cleaves, Dworkin, Glavin, Lascano and Bada, “The Miller Volcanic Spark Discharge Experiment,” Science, 17 October 2008: Vol. 322. no. 5900, p. 404, DOI: 10.1126/science.1161527.The tenacity with which naturalists cling to their icons would put a Buddhist monk to shame.  There are SO many problems with the Miller scenario, we weary ourselves to keep repeating them (search “Stanley Miller” in the search bar).  We”ll give them a whole earth made up of amino acids, combining and recombining at fantastically rapid rates (see online book): no life is going to happen.  Amino acids are nothing.  They are common little molecules, many of which are thermodynamically probable under certain natural conditions.  Some are found in meteorites.  It’s not the building blocks that characterize life.  It’s the way they are organized.  It’s the way they perform functions.  Organic chemists have to go to great lengths to get some of the building blocks under carefully controlled conditions.  Surely Bada et al are not suggesting that amino acids formed on land, perhaps on lava flows far from the oceans Miller required.  They can always dream up a scenario that keeps the molecules hopeful, but by the time they try to get the building blocks to join up in one-handed configuration and actually do something without a genetic code to direct them, they have to tweak the scenario to the point of absurdity.  Matter is fecund only in the imaginations of naturalists who will not permit information and direction into their world view.    Their fascination with that phrase “building blocks of life” becomes more absurd with each announcement.  We have been told that water is a building block of life, and tailpipe soot is a building block of life.  Why stop there?  Why not call protons building blocks of life?  or quarks?  or superstrings?  The laws of chemistry militate against the formation of a functional biological apparatus.  In the lab, most of the organic ingredients for life have to be carefully shielded from oxygen.  Miller’s amino acids, even around Mother Volcano, would be subject to hydrolyzing radiation, oxidation, thermal destruction and dilution.  Astrobiologists have to imagine protected enclaves that could somehow concentrate and protect the exceedingly low yields.  Since amino acids do not polymerize in water, they have to imagine alternate waves of wetting and drying that somehow avoid washing the precious gems into the vast diluting sea (11/19/2004, 04/08/2008).  Then there need to be the right clay minerals to act as templates (but this won’t work; see 02/13/2006).  What if the next lava flow covers it up?  Sorry.  What if harmful cross-reactions dominate, as they would?  Sorry.  What if one wrong-handed amino acid joins the chain, as is immensely more probable (online book)?  Sorry.  It’s a sorry tale at every turn: improbabilities piled on improbabilities far beyond the limits of credibility.    Don’t mistake commotion for progress.  You can listen to Robert Hazen’s cheerful Teaching Company series “Origins of Life” in which he describes in detail all the commotion in origin-of-life studies, with nothing at the end to show for it than naturalistic bluffing, hope and hype.  The characters doing OOL research look like the bad guys in Home Alone trying to burglarize life’s secrets, only to come back with bumps and bruises and burned hands.  There’s even an international organization of the burglars, ISSOL (newly renamed the International Astrobiology Society), that gathers every 3 years to pool their ignorance and share tales of woe about their latest bruises in the lab.  Its members comprise a Who’s Who (or Who Cares) of all the big names in the field.  Go ahead.  Browse the dozens of abstracts from their Summer 2008 gathering at Florence, that began with the obligatory sacrifice to Stanley Miller, and you will find everything from confident claims to frustration and dead ends, each hopeful sign falsified a few pages later.  Is this science?  What if any other group of zealots suffered this many losing confrontations with nature?    Miller was usually more honest about the difficulties of finding how life originated than many of his disciples.  His greatest success was not in solving any of the problems, but in producing a visual propaganda tool that facilitated the dissemination of a useful lie (05/02/2003).  That’s not a legacy any self-respecting scientist should wish to have.(Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Episode 38 | Bright Christmas lights and dim hosts

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ty, Matt, and Joel join you for the 38th Ohio Ag Net Podcast, brought to you by AgriGold. The crew, in their holiday attire, bring a well-rounded podcast for the final time in 2017.Joel and Dale this past week headed up to Oak Harbor to the facilities of Riders Unlimited. There they spoke the good work being done to help the mentally and physically handicapped through the power of horses. Rebekah Recker, Sunrise Cooperative CEO George Secor, and more tell us about the unique connection that’s sure to warm the heart.Matt Reese catches up with Ryan Wilson from the recent Ohio No-Till Conference, talking cover crops and the value they offer.Ty Higgins was also busy this past week, joined on the podcast by Matt Bambauer. Together they talk the year in review for farmers and the challenges they faced.All that and some hearty conversation in this week’s podcast, brought to you by AgriGold.last_img read more

Sand for Construction Is Vanishing

first_imgThe alternatives are not attractiveStronger regulations might succeed in preventing environmental damage in developing countries. (They’re already in place in most developed countries.) But the tradeoff is that sand must be trucked for longer distances, driving up costs and increasing truck traffic and the tailpipe emissions they produce.In California, if the average hauling distance for sand and gravel doubled, to 50 miles, trucks would need an extra 50 million gallons of diesel fuel per year.Sand also can be made by crushing rocks or grinding up concrete. But the process is expensive, and the sand that’s produced doesn’t work well in all applications. In an earlier report, The Times reported that the sand and gravel business is growing faster than the economy as a whole, accelerating at 10% per year since 2008. At the same time, natural sources of sand have been shrinking because of increased demand, but also because river dams have blocked the natural flow of sand out of the mountains and to the sea.Sand mining does more than cause environmental damage. In a report published last year, Wired recounted the murder of a 52-year-old farmer in a small Indian farming village. His offense? A decade-long campaign to get rid of a criminal gang that had been robbing the village of its sand. Hundreds of people in India have died as a result of squabbles among “sand mafias,” but illegal sand mining is a worldwide problem.“It once seemed as if the planet had such boundless supplies of oil, water, trees, and land that we didn’t need to worry about them,” Beiser writes. “But of course, we’re learning the hard way that none of those things are infinite, and the price we’ve paid so far for using them is going up fast. “ If someone were to compile a list of things we’re not likely to run out of, ever, wouldn’t sand be at or near the top? That’s a logical assumption, but it turns out that we’re using sand for construction at such a blinding rate that it’s in short supply in some areas, and mining what’s left is taking its toll on the environment. Writing in The New York Times, Vince Beiser says that sand of the quality and type that can be used in concrete, glass, and asphalt is in surprisingly short supply. “Sand is the essential ingredient that makes modern life possible,” he says. “And we are starting to run out.”Sand is a $70 billion industry, and sand mining is killing birds and fish in India, damaging coral reefs in Kenya, and undermining bridges in Africa. That’s in part because desert sand isn’t generally useful for construction; what can be used comes from beaches, riverbeds, and flood plains. And when onshore sources run out, miners go elsewhere. Two dozen islands in Indonesia are thought to have disappeared in the last decade because of sand mining, Beiser writes.The run on sand is strong because urban development has been unrelenting. Since 1950, the world’s urban population has grown from 746 million to 3.9 billion. In 2012 alone, the amount of concrete — which consists of rock, sand, cement, and water — produced globally would have made a wall 89 feet high, 89 feet wide, and long enough to wrap around the equator. Beiser says that China used more cement between 2011 and 2013 than the U.S. did in the entire 20th century.last_img read more

How to Frame a Medium Shot Like a Master Cinematographer

first_imgLearn how to frame a Medium Shot the Roger Deakins way. Break down the work of a twelve-time Oscar nominee by learning the difference between a Medium Shot, Medium Long Shot, and Medium Close-Up.Top Image: Roger Deakins via TestedRoger Deakins is one of the most acclaimed cinematographers currently in the film industry. He has shot award-winning films for directors like the Coen Brothers, Sam Mendes, Frank Darabont, and Ron Howard.The medium shot is one of the standard camera angles used to frame a character. It is the shot in between a close-up and a long shot. In this breakdown, we examine Deakins’ various uses of the medium shot in the films he shot.The Medium ShotImage: Skyfall Medium Shot via Sony PicturesA medium shot frames a character from their waist up. It should be considered a personal shot, as it frames a character so it appears that the audience is in a conversation with them.Think of it as a real-life conversation. When talking to another person, you are either standing or sitting with them. Most often, you are staring at them from the waist up. Even more common, you only notice their attributes from the chest up. You are rarely paying attention to their feet or legs. This conversational framing goes into deciding the medium shot.Image: True Grit Medium Shot via Paramount PicturesThis is why the medium shot is often used in interviews. It is a relatable angle that everyone is used to. On camera, a medium shot directs the viewer’s attention to a character.Deakins often frames his medium shots from above the waist, closer to the belly button. This offers a better composition, as it avoids framing around an actor’s joints. Cutting off directly at the waist or elbows creates a jarring image. In each of these medium shots selected, you will see how Deakins frames just on the edge of the elbows rather than in the middle of the elbow.Image: No Country For Old Men Medium Shot via MiramaxThe biggest takeaway from these medium shots is that the give the audience so much more information that just seeing a character. To properly frame a medium shot, you must pay attention to all of the surroundings and light the scene well. The medium shot should show off the scenery as much as the character.Image: The Shawshank Redemption Medium Shot via Castle Rock EntertainmentThe above shots were chosen for a specific reason. Note how much information you get from the character’s body. Unlike a close-up of just their face, you can see each of their shoulders slump in despair. Their body language offers so much more to the scene.Pay attention to the little background details as well. In the image from True Grit, we see that Rooster Cogburn is totally alone during his interrogation. Notice the balance of light in No Country For Old Men, where Ed Tom Bell is perfectly framed by the blue hues that contrast the other tungsten lights in the hotel.The final medium shot from The Shawshank Redemption shows us the escape route from the prison in the foreground, the shock of the warden, and the background reactions of the officer and Red. Even farther back, we can still see the other posters on the cell wall, which helped draw attention away from the Rita Hayworth poster that was secretly hiding an escape route.The Medium Long ShotImage: Skyfall Medium Long Shot via Sony PicturesThe medium long shot frames the subject from the knees up, and often the focus is on the location rather than the character. Just like with the medium shot composition, avoid framing on the joints — in this case, the knees. Notice how Deakins typically frames from just below the knee. The shot is also called a three-quarters shot… obviously it frames three-quarters of the character. The medium long shot is typically used as an establishing shot, as it shows a character in relation to their surroundings.Image: The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford Medium Long Shot via Warner Bros.Roger Deakins will often use the medium long shot as an establishing shot, putting the focus on the background rather than the character. Notice the medium long shots from The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and the below image from Skyfall only use a silhouette of the character to draw your attention to the landscape.Image: Skyfall Medium Long Shot via Sony PicturesThe Medium Close-UpImage: The Big Lebowski Medium Close-Up via Working Title FilmsThe medium close-up shot frames a character from the middle of their chest and up. Where the close-up shot focuses on just the face, the medium close-up includes a character’s shoulders. Thus, it is sometimes called a head and shoulders shot.The emphasis is on the character’s facial expressions, but their body language should complement the overall composition. The same goes for backgrounds. The background is not the focus of the shot, it’s literally out of focus every time. Image: O Brother, Where Art Thou? Medium Close-Up via Touchstone PicturesThe medium close-up is perfect for a reaction shot. It gives a great range of emotion, just like Everett’s reaction in the O Brother, Where Art Thou? shot above. Note that the background is not the focus. We see the train in the distance, but it’s used to complement his reaction to the situation. Image: A Beautiful Mind Medium Close-Up via Universal PicturesThe medium close-up can be very intimate, like the above image from A Beautiful Mind. We can see the total despair and confusion in John Nash’s eyes and slumped body. Notice how the frame includes part of his chest pocket. Just like avoiding joints, be sure to check the costume’s framing as well.The medium close-up can also feature an array of characters like the below shot from O Brother, Where Art Thou? Each character is framed from just below the chest, and we capture multiple reactions simultaneously.Image: O Brother, Where Art Thou? Medium Close-Up via Touchstone PicturesNot only is Roger Deakins a wonderful inspiration, he is also a very active member of the filmmaking community. You can study more from him at his website RogerDeakins.com.last_img read more

Prabhu Chawla, Editor, Languages, India Today, writes on CWG

first_imgConnect with the Editor Thanks God, it’s over. And thank God it went off without a glitch, or nearly. Remember, as late as three weeks ago, the doomsayers were attaching too many firsts to the first-ever Commonwealth Games in India, including that it would be first-ever Games to be called off.  Top athletes pulled out in droves. Even a month before the opening, the stadia and the village were far from ready and a footbridge collapse with just a week left was seen as a signal of the fate that awaited the Games. The Australians, in particular, moaned about everything from dengue fever to impending terror attacks to dirty toilets to hatch a conspiracy for a last-minute shifting of the Games to Down Under. But Jugadu Indians have done it.The Games ended as wonderfully as they began with a closing ceremony that showcased the best of India. Nobody, except perhaps Mr. Kalmadi, is as yet claiming that it was better than Beijing. But ordinary Indians who feared that the Games will shame us all are now proud, not just because the stadiums and the villages were ready and but also because more than a 100 Indians are sporting winners medals around their necks. Hard work and training has given us athletes who were competing and winning instead of just taking part. Most of them earned their medals not because of the state but despite it.Nothing is ever perfect, particularly in this country, but Delhi 2010 was as close as we could get. The jostling for credit began even before the Games ended and Delhi’s LG was first off the block, shooting off a letter to the Prime Minister to protest Sheila Dikshit’s attempts to hog all the credit. More will follow. The Games have ended, the fun is about to begin.last_img read more

SIXTY SECONDS IN TOUCH

first_imgWelcome to the last edition of Sixty Seconds in Touch for July 2005…the next edition will be August 1st…hard to believe how fast the year is going! The All Nations tournament is now exactly 3 months away, keep an eye on the website for all the latest news as the event draws closer… * We’re having a massive stocktake sale in an attempt to clear some of the piles of merchandise, hats, t-shirts etc that have built up in our storage over the last couple of years. There’s some great bargains, including clothes from the 2005 Youth World Cup, NTL gear and more. If you’re a coach or from a local association looking for some shirts that you could use for uniforms for your juniors, there’s plenty of options here. These shirts could be perfect for your kids to run around in at their park competition, could have numbers ironed on and are a cheap matching uniform! If you’re after some gear like hats, waist bags and beanies, there’s also plenty of sales, so make sure you get in quick. Stock is certainly limited, check out the following website for all of the prices, sizes, colours and styles on offer: TOUCH FOOTBALL SHOP- STOCKTAKE SALE Any orders can be purchased online or sent to Casey at [email protected] * Just so everyone knows we’ve now become Touch Football Australia (rather than Australian Touch Association) as we were previously known. TFA will replace ATA. (It will take a little getting used to for us all!) * The Southern Suns held their annual forum over the weekend, bringing together representatives from their region to Yass for discussion on all areas of the sport, technical area, AusTouch and more. One positive outcome of the forum was the response to the junior Touch Footy program AusTouch…the Suns are aiming to get an AusTouch leader accredited in each affiliate and have commenced with Goulburn, Yass, Leeton, Tarcutta, Moruya, Temora, Wollongong and Finley already achieving this goal. Courses are also planned for Griffith and Wagga to accredit people from Hay, Moama-Echuca, Coolamon, Junee, Albury, Ardlethan, Cootamundra and Gundagai as AusTouch leaders. The Coaching forum and Selctors forum were also very well received by attendees and the Referees forum covered a lot of topics which will continue to help the Southern Suns become a stronger and better region. Congratulations to Ross Freestone who has been appointed to replace Brian Smith as the Suns Director of Referees and the Suns would like to than Brian for the great job he did and wish him well in his move North. Suns director Rod Wise also indicated how great it was to see the smaller affiliates like Finley, Temora, Moruya, Jerrabomberra, Leeton and Tarcutta represented at the forum. * In other NSW news the Vawdon Cup held it’s second round over the weekend, with Cronulla, Penrith, Parramatta, Central Coast all coming out winners and Wests and Canterbury playing out a 3-3 draw in the Mens Premier League. In the Womens Premier League Canterbury, Newcastle Uni and Easts all grabbed wins. * In Queensland development officers Phil Gyemore and Terry McSweeney have visited the town of Charleville in Western Qld last week. Charleville is the largest town in the South West of Queensland’s outback region and Queensland Touch will be sending us a report of what’s happening in Touch for that region later this week. * For those of you who are wondering what staff changes have been taking place in the TFA (formerly ATA) office in recent times, here’s an explanation… CEO Bill Ker has now officially retired, although he continues to help the office staff with finalising several important matters. Kevin Thompson is now working his way steadily through the piles of daily work on his desk. Gwynne Ker, who organised international tours and also acted as Personal Assistant to the CEO has also retired and from her reports is busy at home spending more time with her beautiful grandkids and packing up their home for their upcoming move interstate. Maree Curran has taken over the work Gwynne was doing for the All Nations tournament, so please be patient as there is a lot of organisation and preparation to do for 10 Australian teams! Kristy McManus has moved from the receptionist role to be Kevin’s Personal Assistant and has also taken over organising National Travel and Accommodation for events such as AGM’s, staff trips, tournaments etc. Kristy has taken this Travel Management role from Rachel Moyle, who will continue her work in the field of Media and will also take over Gwynne Ker’s other role in the Merchandise area. Rachel will be organising the merchandise you see on sale on the internet shop and so forth. Casey Topp comes into the office after working for several months helping with odd jobs and data entry, taking over the role of receptionist for the office. Finally, Colm Maguire has come on board as the Elite Performance Manager, he’ll be based out of the Touch SA office for the next couple of months, after which he’ll be moving to Brisbane and continuing the role there. It will no doubt take us all a few weeks to settle into our new roles, so please be patient with us as we work together and of you’re unsure of who to contact for your query, check out the homepage with all the contact details http://www.austouch.com.au/index.cgi?sID=14 * Remember all requests for assistance with writing media releases or gaining some coverage for upcoming events such as the Under 18 Championships and the All Nations tournament can be sent to Rachel Moyle at [email protected] * If you have any info for future editions of Sixty Seconds in Touch, send the details to [email protected] * The next edition of Touch-e-Talk is due out next week, already it’s looking choc full of more great articles, info and feature stories on our Open and Senior Australian representatives. To join the mailing list simply send your email address to [email protected] or jump on the website next Wednesday for the latest edition. * The National 18’s Championships are just 2 months away. Preparations are well underway with the teams being finalised and organisation for an Opening Ceremony getting started. We’ll be holding a big opening ceremony that combines welcoming all teams with sending off the 10 Australian sides heading to the All Nations. Plans are well afoot to send them off in style, presenting them with an Australian flag and allowing the National 18’s players to wish them all the best as they head off to face the other nations and especially as they reignite the rivalry with the Kiwis. By Rachel Moylelast_img read more