Queensland Secondary Schools Touch (QSST) will be looking to claim their third straight X-Blades National Youth Championships title in today’s boys final at 3.05pm.QSST won their semi-finals match against NSW Combined High Schools 8-4.They will meet their perennial NYC finalists rivals New South Wales Combined Catholic Colleges (NSWCCC) in the decider.NSWCCC defeated Central Queensland Bulls 8-6 in their semi-final.In the play-off matches:South Queensland Sharks defeated Northern Territory in the fifth-placed playoff, 9-3.NSW Combined Independent Schools finished seventh after winning their final match against Western Tigers 7-6.ACT Pirates came ninth following their win thrilling 4-3 win against Sunshine Coast Pineapples.Tasmania defeated Victoria 7-6 to finish 11th and NSW Touch Association Development defeated South Australia Heat 6-4 in the playoff for 13th.The Community final will be played between Central Queensland Bulls and South Queensland Sharks at 11.40am.Northern Territory will meet Western Tigers in the State Development Final also at 11.40am. Make sure you stay up to date with these websites for all the National Youth Championships action: National Youth Championships – www.nyc.mytouchfooty.comTouch Football Australia – www.austouch.com.auTouch Football Australia’s YouTube channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausTwitter: www.twitter.com/touchfootyausFacebook: www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Related LinksBoys NYC finalists
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool striker Firmino: Chasing ‘Invincibles’ not impossibleby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool striker Roberto Firmino has admitted they are thinking about emulating Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ this season.As the Reds overcame Manchester United 3-1, they are still unbeaten in the league.While they still have a long road ahead to finish the whole league season unbeaten, it is a goal they want to achieve.”Of course it’s very difficult to stay unbeaten in this league,” he is quoted as saying by the Daily Express.”We’ll only do it with hard work.”That’s what we’ve been doing until now, including going back right to the start when we came back for pre-season.”We need to keep focused and fighting until the end to reach our goals and see where that gets us by the end of the season.”This team has lofty ambitions and aims high. We are going for titles, we are a big club, we are always fighting for trophies.”We’ll continue playing well, the way we are, and we’ll see where it gets us.”
BEIRUT – Lebanon hopes to secure billions of dollars for infrastructure this week at an international donor conference in Paris, as it grapples with low growth and soaring debt.Some 50 countries and international organizations are expected at the CEDRE (Cedar) conference that begins Friday, where Beirut will request up to $22 billion for an eight to 12 year investment program. Lebanon hopes an influx of cash will help revive the economy, which has been hammered by political unrest and spillover from the war in neighbouring Syria.Lebanon is home to some 1.2 million refugees, accounting for nearly a quarter of its population. The civil war next door has also hindered land exports to Jordan, Iraq and oil-rich Gulf nations.From 2007 until 2010, Lebanon’s economy grew at an average of 9 per cent annually. But it hit a major downturn in 2011, when a political crisis brought down the government and the Syrian uprising stoked unrest among Lebanese factions.Since then, growth has averaged a mere 1.5 per cent, according to government estimates, and rampant corruption has hollowed out infrastructure and basic services. Nearly three decades after the end of the 1975-1990 civil war, Lebanon still experiences frequent cutoffs of water and electricity. With public transport networks virtually non-existent, its aging roads are clogged with traffic. Chronic problems with waste management have sparked mass protests in recent years.“Lebanon currently is facing major economic challenges, and these challenges range from budgetary problems to balance of payment to growth to unemployment,” said Nadim Munla, senior adviser to Prime Minister Saad Hariri.“It has been characterized by many as a very difficult time,” with some calling it a “doomsday scenario,” he said.Munla said the conference will be seen as a major success if Beirut can secure funding for the first stage of its investment plans, an estimated $10 billion. He says the private sector can supply another $4 billion for the projects, which are aimed at revitalizing water, electricity, telecom and waste services.But critics fear the remainder of the financing will come from borrowing, exacerbating an already severe debt burden.French authorities have stressed that Friday’s gathering is not a classic donors’ conference, and that no figure can determine its success.Instead, it seeks to establish an investment plan around infrastructure, water, energy or education, delineate structural reforms so that investment works, and mobilize the private sector, according to the office of French President Emmanuel Macron. The conference will also adopt a follow-up mechanism to accompany the investment plan, it said.Fears of economic collapse have mounted ahead of the first parliamentary elections in nine years, scheduled for May 6. Many worry that the Lebanese currency, which has been pegged at 1,500 to the dollar since 1997, could be devalued. Central Bank governor Riad Salameh has repeatedly dismissed those fears, saying the bank has assets worth $43.2 billion in addition to more than $11.5 billion worth of gold.The state-owned electricity company is considered one of the biggest drains on the state budget, costing about $1.5 billion a year, depending on international oil prices. Tariffs have not gone up since 1996, even though many Lebanese say they would happily pay more if they could get 24-hour power instead of relying on costly neighbourhood generators.Hazar Caracalla, another adviser to the prime minister, said the Cabinet is committed to opening both electricity and telecoms to the private sector in hopes of improving services, and has already approved a framework for addressing the garbage crisis.Last week, Lebanon’s parliament approved a budget — its second since 2005 — with a fiscal deficit of $4.8 billion. The national debt at the end of 2017 stood at $80 billion, or more than 150 per cent of gross domestic product.The militant Hezbollah group, which is part of the coalition government, has expressed concerns that the conference will add to the already massive debt. Other critics have suggested the conference, which is organized by France, is aimed at boosting Hariri’s pro-Western allies ahead of next month’s vote.Munla hit back at critics, saying: “If they have an alternative, put it on the table and let’s discuss it.”Nassib Ghobril, the chief economist at Bank Byblos, Lebanon’s third largest lender, said the international community is eager to support Lebanon’s stability, but will expect the government to implement urgently-needed reforms.“The upgrade of infrastructure will help improve the competitiveness of the economy, but that’s not going to be enough without implementing structural reforms that would improve the investment climate and the business environment,” Ghobril said.___Associated Press writer Elaine Ganley in Paris contributed to this report.
Lamond said the tale serves as a cautionary one, and that residents should make sure to do their research and be well-versed when venturing into the area wilderness. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Officials with North Peace Search and Rescue are advising members of the public take extra precautions when heading out on area waterways during the Spring snow melt after rescuing four overdue kayakers over the weekend.North Peace Search and Rescue GM Brian Lamond said crews were activated in the search for the four overdue boaters on Saturday evening at around 10:30 after receiving a call from the RCMP. Lamond said that after searching for around two hours, crews were able to track the four kayakers down and ensure they were able to make it back to their vehicle, which was parked on the Cecil Lake Road.Lamond said that the quartet put in to Fish Creek near Northern Lights College, with plans to paddle down the creek to Montney Creek to where that creek joins the Beatton River. He explained that though the four boaters thought they trip would be a short one, they were hampered by the swollen flows in area streams and a large amount of fallen trees across the creek’s path.
New Delhi: Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president and Delhi Capitals advisor Sourav Ganguly has replied to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) ombudsman and ethics officer D K Jain after the latter asked him to clear his stand on allegations of conflict of interest. A senior BCCI official in the know of developments said that the former India skipper in his letter to the ombudsman has made his position clear and also clarified that he was not part of any committee that was overseeing the organisation of the Indian Premiere League. “At present I do not hold any post whatsoever or howsoever in the BCCI. I am neither a member of the Apex Council of the BCCI nor an office bearer nor a member of any of the Cricket Committees constituted by the BCCI under its Constitution. I am also not connected with the administration, management or running of the IPL by being a member of any of the committees or other organisational units set up by the BCCI in connection with the IPL. “Previously I had been a part of the BCCI Technical Committee; the IPL Technical Committee and the IPL Governing Council. I have resigned and/or withdrawn myself from all the said Committees. I am not a part of any committee/council/entity which has control or supervisory power or powers of management or administration of the IPL,” Ganguly’s letter read. As per the official, the current DC advisor has also mentioned about the fact that he is in no way connected to Kolkata Knight Riders. “Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) is a franchise cricket team owned by Red Chilies Entertainment Private Limited. This is a company incorporated under the Companies Act, 1956. I am neither a shareholder nor a director of the aforesaid company. I have no stake whatsoever or howsoever in the said company,” Ganguly has said in his letter as per the official. “Neither Red Chilies Entertainment Private Limited nor its franchise team viz. KKR has any relationship or link with CAB. CAB has no stake or interest or rights in KKR or in the company which owns it. CAB does not control, own, manage, advice or administer either KKR or the company which owns it.”
Lucknow: BJP president Amit Shah Friday claimed Naxalism has been confined to 15 per cent in the country under the Narendra Modi administration. He was addressing an election meeting here in favour of sitting BJP MP and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. “During the Congress government, the entire country faced the problem of Naxalism, but with Narendra Modi becoming the prime minister and Rajnath Singh as home minister, Naxalism gradually got confined to mere 15 per cent,” Shah claimed. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh Meanwhile, 15 jawans were killed in a major Naxal attack in Maharashtra on Wednesday. The BJP leader also credited the Centre for building strong internal security. There was a time when police used to fear ‘goondas’ (hooligans), but today the situation is different… the team of Narendra Modi and Rajnath Singh has worked on ensuring internal security, Shah said. The BJP chief also said there were ‘Modi, Modi’ chants wherever he went and the same reflected the blessing of 130 crore countrymen.
OSU coach Urban Meyer is interviewed during media day on Dec. 29. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorNational Signing Day will come a little earlier for student-athletes in the 2018-19 football recruiting class.The NCAA announced on Monday that it has officially adopted an early signing period for football recruits following the approval by the Collegiate Commissioners Association, the governing body for the National Letter of Intent program. The new rule will allow recruits to sign a letter of intent to play for a collegiate program within a 72-hour period between the dates of Dec. 22 and 25.As expected, the Collegiate Commissioners Association has approved a 72-hour football early signing period beginning Dec. 20. pic.twitter.com/m8AzLf8crN— George Schroeder (@GeorgeSchroeder) May 8, 2017Previously, prospective student-athletes for football were unable to officially sign a letter of intent until the first Wednesday in the month of February.The CCA added in their release that while this will change the signing period for high school recruits, the period for junior college students to transfer remains between Dec. 20, 2017 and Jan. 15, 2018.The rule change had been approved on April 14 during a meeting held among the NCAA Division I council and the American Football Coaches Association, but the change could not be made official until the CCA approved the change in a vote.Ohio State coach Urban Meyer spoke out against the proposal back on Sept. 26, 2016, saying that an early signing period would be forcing young kids to make a decision too early. He also said that as a coach, it would be difficult for him to be able to know exactly where a kid will be physically by the time he starts playing collegiate football, citing the physical development of his son during a six-month period.“Bodies change and the game of football, I want as much time, I want to watch them play their senior year,” Meyer said. “I wish we would move it back. Everybody is talking about moving it forward and having an early signing period — and I heard July, early signing date. That means they’re going to be visiting here, some of them, 16 years old. Most 17 years old. Without some of them SAT or ACT score. Doesn’t make sense. And if I’m a high school coach, I’m not in favor of that at all either.”
Official Graziano Cesari said the red card for the Juventus Portuguese footballer should not have been shownJuventus Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo debuted with his team in the 2018-2019 UEFA Champions League season.But his debut only lasted 29 minutes, after a clash with Valencia player Jeison Murillo.And now a former Lega Serie A referee has come in defense of the footballer.“Juventus attacked from the left. Felix Byrch follows the action diagonally, checking the development correctly,” referee Graziano Cesari was quoted by Calcio Mercato.Vidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“Within the penalty area of Valencia, Murillo and Cristiano Ronaldo try to get the best position while waiting for the ball.”“The two make contact with each other but without any impropriety, but the Colombian falls to the ground simulating a blow from the Portuguese,” he added.“CR7 demands correct behavior on the part of the defender by resting his hand on his hair and urges him to get up.”“Maybe he disheveled him, he removed the gel and ruined the hairstyle. He did not pull his hair, it does not cause pain, in short, no violent behavior,” he concluded.