PORTAVIN TOUCH WINE CHAMPIONS CUP 2006

first_imgTouch South Australia will join forces with Portavin Wine to host the Portavin Touch Wine Champions Cup 2006 (PTW06). Forty teams from wineries from around the nation will compete in a round robin tournament on Sunday 19 November 2006 with all proceeds going to the Hutt Street Centre charity. More than 3,000 people of all ages are expected to converge on Tattunga Reserve (Park 17) Adelaide Parklands, Corner Greenhill Road/Fullerton Road for the gala day that begins at 10.00am and concludes at 5.00pm.   The tournament is the brainchild of United Kingdom wine writer and author Matthew Dukes who has found an ideal way for people to partake in the fun, fitness, and friendship of Touch Football, raise much needed funds for a worthy arm of the community, and enjoy a variety of social experiences.Local and Interstate Wine Industry representatives supported the Inaugural event in 2005, along with local corporate partners, and big name home town sporting celebrities, such as Former Wallaby Captain, Nick Farr-Jones, and the doyen of sports commentators in Australia, Bruce Mc Avaney.The PTW06 is expected to be even more successful this year with key local and national wine industry and corporate partners again committed to the event, and local celebrities keen to contribute to the Hutt Street Centre, a day refuge for Adelaide’s homeless population. PTW06 has become a highly anticipated and hugely popular event on the South Australian sporting and social calendar. The event offers the public a day of exciting sporting entertainment, wine tasting, and fun family activities – a perfect social occasion.A celebrity Touch Football challenge featuring Event Ambassador Wallaby icon Nick Farr-Jones, Adelaide Crows legends Graham Cornes and Mark Bickley, former Olympic Medalist and long-serving Australian Opals Basketball champion Rachel Sporn, and local media personalities is sure to delight the crowd. All funds raised on the day will aid the Hutt Street Centre, a day centre for Adelaide’s homeless. Touch SA is involved on the Planning Committee for the event and are conducting the tournament.Touch SA development staff is also providing training and skill sessions as an introduction to the sport for all the teams in the lead-up to the competition.  Touch South Australia Branch Manager, Gavin Mc Donald, is thrilled to be playing an integral role in the event and is excited by the opportunity to showcase Touch Football in South Australia.“We are very proud to be a part of this fantastic event. Not only are we helping raise valuable funds to help continue the excellent work of the Hutt Street Centre who provide such a worthy service to the community, but we are also bringing the game of Touch Football to over 230 participants and over 3000 spectators who may be seeing the game for the first time.” The Touch SA web-site will feature full event details, registration forms, team profiles, celebrity player information, sponsors profiles, wine lists and tasting notes, and up to the minute news of this years tournament. It will be interactive and entertaining – just as Portavin Touch Wine 06 will be.If you would like further information about Portavin Touch Wine, or you would like to make a donation to the Hutt Street Centre, please contact Danielle Bayard on +61 8 8418 2511 or email: danielle@huttstcentre.org.au  If you require further information or would like to make a donation, please contact:Kathryn Ainslie Member Services OfficerTouch South AustraliaMob: 0401999715Phone: 08 83733222Fax: 088373 3322E-mail:kainslie@touchsa.com.auOr Danielle BayardHutt Street Centre+61664182511E-mail: danielle@huttstreetcentre.org.aulast_img read more

White Ribbon Day

first_imgOne in three Australian women will be a victim of physical or sexual violence or abuse in her lifetime. Only when men take the lead, to encourage a change in attitudes and behaviours of other men, will violence and abuse towards women become unacceptable in our families, workplaces and communities. White Ribbon’s ‘My Oath’ campaign is calling on all men to ‘Swear and Wear’.  That is, to swear never to commit, excuse, or remain silent about violence against women, and to wear a White Ribbon or wristband as a visual commitment to that Oath.The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) has provided a call to action message to national sporting organisations (NSOs) to get behind the campaign to educate and promote positive attitudes and behaviours towards women among sportsmen within your organisation, with your athletes and across your affiliated organisations.The ASC recognises that the reputation of sport is linked to players’ behavior and sport has the power to influence broad public opinion, both positively and negatively. The integrity of sport is impacted by destructive and unacceptable behaviours of those few sportsmen that demonstrate a lack of respect for women and themselves.  Maintaining the integrity of sport is a system challenge requiring focussed attention and action.  White Ribbon Day is just one way the sport system can demonstrate its commitment to this critical issue.  To ensure coordination and congruence of these actions across the system broader strategies are required.  The ASC will lead the development of such strategies over coming months, and will engage system partners within sport and other sectors. All the ASC asks is for men involved in Touch Football to join the ranks of other men in the community supporting the campaign by encouraging them to ‘swear’ at www.myoath.com.au and wear a white ribbon or wristband on White Ribbon Day, Thursday, 25 November.  For more information about White Ribbon Day, please visit www.whiteribbonday.org.aulast_img read more

10 months agoValencia coach Marcelino admits Chicharito admiration

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Valencia coach Marcelino admits Chicharito admirationby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveValencia coach Marcelino admits they need to sell if they’re to sign West Ham striker Javier Hernandez.It’s been suggested Marcelino would prefer to cut short the loan of Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi and replace him with Chicharito.He said, “Chicharito is a player with an international trajectory. But I prefer the four attackers we have. I do not see today the possibility that we stay with five attackers because it is a particular position. “We have four good attackers. They do not find the way to the goal but we have to change that. If an attacker leaves us because all the parties agree, we will look for a solution in the transfer window. But we are not considering the possibility of having five attackers.” last_img read more

Deal by Kinder Morgan Canada to sell Trans Mountain welcomed with misgivings

first_imgCALGARY – Canada’s energy industry welcomed news Tuesday that the Trans Mountain expansion pipeline is more likely to be built, but expressed grave misgivings over Ottawa’s decision to buy the project for $4.5 billion in order to achieve that goal.Canada needs infrastructure like that designed to triple Trans Mountain’s capacity to move crude oil and refined products from the Alberta oilsands and Edmonton refining complex to the West Coast, said Chris Bloomer, CEO of the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association.But he said the association is “deeply concerned” that the government felt it had to purchase the project to get it built. Ottawa’s move comes 18 politically fraught months after it had been approved.“Something had to happen,” Bloomer said of delays blamed on opposition by British Columbia’s provincial government, municipalities, Indigenous groups and individual protesters.“It’s a little confusing that the government felt it needed to nationalize this asset and own it in order to assert what we all thought along the way was its jurisdiction.”Pipelines that cross provincial borders are federally regulated, but B.C. argues in a court challenge that it has the right to restrict diluted bitumen shipments within its boundaries.The situation has created a “confused” marketplace in which different pipeline projects are treated unequally and no one knows the rules future proposals are expected to follow, Bloomer said.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said at a conference Tuesday that federal control over the pipeline could simplify development of at least this project.“When you shift the ownership of the pipeline from a private corporation to … a federal government that has explicit control over resource projects that go between provinces, a lot of the legal barriers and a lot of the challenge points actually disappear,” he said.The federal move is welcome to get the stalled project going, said Tim McMillan, CEO of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, adding he also is pleased that Ottawa has committed to put the project back in private hands “where it belongs.”“I think these are extraordinary circumstances and we should work very hard never to find ourselves in this position again.”Trans Mountain owner Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd.’s shares lurched higher, then fell, as investors digested the fallout from the federal government purchase deal announced early Tuesday.The stock rose to $18 in early trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange but closed about three per cent lower at $16.10 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.The shares likely fell because investors were disappointed that they would no longer be eligible to share in the financial upside of the expansion project, said analyst Robert Fitzmartyn of GMP FirstEnergy Capital.The subsidiary of Houston-based Kinder Morgan, Inc., estimated the deal is worth about $12 per restricted voting share, after capital gains tax — about three-quarters of its total share price.Kinder Morgan Canada will continue to hold an integrated network of crude tank storage and rail terminals in Alberta. It will also own a terminal in Vancouver and the Cochin Pipeline system which transports light condensate from the United States to Fort Saskatchewan, just northeast of Edmonton.It expects its approximately 30 per cent share of after-tax proceeds to be about $1.25 billion. It didn’t specify how it would spend the proceeds of the sale but did say it plans to continue to invest in Canada.“We’ve agreed to a fair price for our shareholders and found a way forward for this national interest project,” Steve Kean, CEO of both Kinder Morgan Canada and its parent company, said on a morning conference call.The company will work with the government to try to find a third party to buy the assets by July 22. Separately, Finance Minister Bill Morneau said there is no absolute deadline to find a buyer.Kinder Morgan Canada had ceased all non-essential spending on the Trans Mountain expansion in April, vowing to cancel it by a deadline of this Thursday unless it received assurances it can proceed without delays and without undue risk to shareholders.After the federal government’s announcement, Kean said the work would be restarted soon, with the government funding construction. The sale, which must still be approved by Kinder Morgan Canada shareholders, is expected to close in the second half of the year.Analysts were less than enthusiastic about the sale.In a research note, Desjardins Capital Markets analysts questioned whether construction of the controversial pipeline would proceed any smoother under government ownership.The transaction could further “galvanize opposition” from special interest groups while complicating the government’s ability to provide protection for construction sites in the Lower Mainland of B.C., including its willingness to call in the RCMP if needed, they said.“We maintain our previous concern that the federal Liberal government will likely be highly reluctant to exercise force approaching the window of the next election cycle, expected next fall,” they wrote.They said the news is otherwise positive for the oil and gas sector, though it will have no effect on tight pipeline takeaway capacity until at least 2021. Transport limitations have been blamed for higher price discounts on western Canadian oilsands bitumen blend crude in the first quarter.Pipeline customers Suncor Energy Inc. and Cenovus Energy Inc. welcomed the move as a sign Ottawa recognizes the importance of getting more Alberta crude from the oilsands to more markets.However, GMP FirstEnergy said the buyout was negative for future Canadian investment prospects.“The federal government has set a precedent that it will nationalize projects of significant importance rather using the rule of law and prior regulatory approvals to push a project forward under private ownership,” its analysts said in a report.Paul de Jong, president of the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada, whose members are expected to help build the pipeline, said he is pleased it is more likely to proceed but also hopes that government intervention “not become the norm.”“Ultimately it will take far more than this to restore investors’ faith in Canada’s project approval process.”Follow @HealingSlowly on TwitterCompanies in this story: (TSX:KML, TSX:ENB, TSX:TRP, TSX:SU, TSX:CVE)last_img read more

UKs May to meet EU chief Juncker as Brexit deadline looms

first_imgLONDON — British Prime Minister Theresa May is flying to Brussels to meet European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in a bid to finalize a Brexit agreement between the U.K. and the European Union.The two sides agreed last week on a document sealing the terms of Britain’s departure, but are still working to nail down agreement on future relations.EU leaders are due to meet Sunday to rubber-stamp the deal, but sticking points remain. Spain has said it will vote against if Gibraltar’s future isn’t considered a bilateral issue between Madrid and London.May is under intense pressure from pro-Brexit and pro-EU British lawmakers opposing the divorce deal.Before leaving for Brussels, she will face opponents of the agreement Wednesday during the prime minister’s weekly question-and-answer session in the House of Commons.The Associated Presslast_img read more

EU reaches deal with Italy on budget

first_imgBRUSSELS — The European Commission says it has reached an agreement with Italy to avert legal action over the country’s budget plans, which the EU’s executive arm had warned could break euro currency rules.European Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis said Wednesday that the “agreement is not ideal” but allows the Commission to avoid legal action against Italy — “provided that the measures are fully implemented.”The threat of action is not rare in EU terms but it came amid growing tension between the Commission and Italy’s populist government, which had vowed to resist any pressure from Brussels.Dombrovskis said “the Italian government has come a long way” from the heated rhetoric of a few weeks ago.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Grande Prairie RCMP investigate multiple thefts of trailer batteries

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Grande Prairie RCMP say they have been responding to 20 reports of battery thefts in the Grande Prairie Area.According to RCMP, the batteries have been stolen from holiday trailers.RCMP would like to advise the public that these types of thefts are occurring. Police say they continue to investigate these incidents and encourage the public to report any suspicious activity in your neighbourhood.To help prevent theft, the RCMP are reminding owners to take the necessary precautions, such as implementing the use of security locks.If you have any information about these incidents, you are being asked to contact the Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5700 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.last_img read more

Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh cast vote in Ggn

first_imgGurugram: At around 7:30 am Virat Kohli voted in Pine Crest school situated in DLF Phase -1 area. Not only Kohli but even Yuvraj Singh another famous cricketer has his residence in the same ward of Gurugram as that of Kohli.A society where creme-ala -creme of not only Gurugram but the country resides, the polling booth has seen a spurt in voting percentage over the years yet at the end, it just barely crosses in the percentage of mid-’50s. The polling percentage in Sunday ‘s turnout was registered at 53 per cent. In 2014, the ward according to the election officials had seen a polling percentage of 59 per cent. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesAccording to polling agents the polling booth witnesses more polling during the Lok Sabha elections than in municipal and the state elections. They have also expressed optimism that unlike posh areas where voting percentages are mostly dismal. While the information of Virat casting his vote from the Pine Crest school began to be circulated widely it was only after the mid-afternoon that the voting actually picked up. What led the voter’s turnout were the young voters residing in the area. The election commission of Haryana further tried to cash in on increasing the voting percentage by encouraging them to have a selfie from the same stand where earlier Kohli had posed with the inked finger. There was also a separate pink booth that was designated in the polling station to encourage women, voters.last_img read more

Video game event fundraises rare diseases

The Buckeyes will challenge Penn State, Virginia, West Virginia, Texas and Georgia in a video game competition set up by Uplifting Athletes Sunday, Feb. 28, in efforts to raise money for rare diseases.Uplifting Athletes is a national nonprofit organization aligning college football with rare diseases and raising them as a national priority through outreach, research education, and advocacy.Scott Shirley is the founder of Uplifting Athletes. He was a student-athlete at PSU. While there, his dad was diagnosed with kidney cancer. His teammates rallied around him and started to raise money and awareness for kidney cancer.Because of the support of his teammates, Shirley founded Uplifting Athletes. Pennsylvania State University was the first chapter of the organization. Uplifting Athletes has gained four more schools since its humble beginnings. There are five university chapters in total: Penn State, OSU, Boston College, Colgate and Maryland.Each chapter has the opportunity to choose a rare disease. Chapters often select a cause that is personal to the team. OSU’s chapter has selected to raise money and awareness for Charcot-Marie-Tooth.CMT is one of the most common inherited neurological disorders, affecting approximately one in 2,500 people in the United States. OSU quarterback Tyrelle Pryor’s father has the disease.CMT is a neurological disorder that causes damage to the peripheral nerves. The damaged nerves carry signals from the brain and spinal cord to muscles and relay sensations. This causes pain to the spinal cord from the rest of the body.Some symptoms of CMT are muscle weakness and wasting, stiffened joints because of abnormal tightening of muscles and associated tissues and some loss of sensation in the feet, the lower legs, the hands and the forearms. CMT can also cause curvature of the spine, also known as scoliosis.The unique part of this organization is that OSU’s chapter network is run by current football student-athletes. These athletes are provided with an opportunity to gain practical job skills while learning how to leverage their assets and abilities to make a positive and lasting impact. Students can make donations to Uplifting Athletes by coming to the event. OSU’s defensive back Donnie Evege is the chairman of this event. It will be held at Damon’s restaurant at 3025 Olentangy River Rd. from 3 to 6 p.m. Admission is $5 in advance and $10 at the door.Tickets for the event can be purchased online www.upliftingathletes.org. Donation for CMT can also be made by going to the Web site and clicking on the OSU chapter. read more