EU extends counter-piracy mission off the Horn of Africa

first_img Authorities The European Council extended operation Atalanta’s mandate to deter, disrupt and repress acts of piracy off the coast of Somalia until 31 December 2018.Operation Atalanta’s two-year mandate extension comes amidst concerns within European Union member states that whilst pirate attacks on merchant ships transiting the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean are currently suppressed, pirates still have the intent and capability to go out to sea and mount an attack.The most recent pirate incident occurred on 22 October 2016, when a chemical tanker, CPO Korea, was attacked by six armed men 330 nautical miles off the east coast of Somalia. The attack was confirmed after a thorough investigation into the incident.EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) (Somalia) was launched in December 2008 following a surge in piracy attacks in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean. At the same time, the World Food Programme (WFP) was increasingly concerned about the safety of its much-needed humanitarian aid deliveries to Somalia.Since then EU NAVFOR warships and maritime protection teams have escorted over one million tonnes of humanitarian aid for the Somali people and, together with their international partners, have helped to reduce pirate incidents significantly.At the height of piracy in January 2011 over 700 hostages and 32 vessels were being held by Somali pirates, with huge ransoms demanded for their release. Today, no vessels or hostages are being held by Somali pirates.As part of Operation Atalanta’s mandate, EU NAVFOR crews also assist sister EU missions and instruments working within Somalia and the wider region to strengthen maritime domain awareness, security, local governance and the rule of law. A recent example of this was the maritime training that EU NAVFOR sailors and marines provided to the Bosasso Port Police, in close partnership with a team from EU mission, EUCAP Nestor.EU NAVFOR said commanders would be working with regional partners and the shipping industry to look at what measures will need to be put in place beyond December 2018 to ensure that Somali-based piracy remains suppressed. Back to overview,Home naval-today EU extends counter-piracy mission off the Horn of Africa View post tag: Op Atalanta Share this articlecenter_img View post tag: EUNAVFOR EU extends counter-piracy mission off the Horn of Africa November 29, 2016last_img read more

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Students to perform in coming-of-age play

first_imgThe debut performance of Notre Dame’s film, television and theatre department’s production of “I and You” takes place Wednesday at DeBartolo Performing Arts Center (DPAC).Courtesy of Carys Karesny The play by Lauren Gunderson, recently named the “most-produced playwright in America” by American Theatre magazine, follows the adventures of 17-year old Caroline, a young girl confined to her room due to illness, and her unexpected friendship with her classmate, Anthony.Senior Mary Patano, who plays Caroline in the production, said the best part about her role is getting to play a character who is “so authentically herself.”“Caroline makes up for her physical weakness with an overactive use of language, specifically using sarcasm and self-deprecation to make herself feel better,” Patano said. “What I like most about Caroline is that she is kind of unlikeable. She’s annoying in the way most 17-year-olds are, and can be a little bit of a brat sometimes. But this is juxtaposed by her passion for photography, Elvis and waffle fries.”Patano said this play in particular is incredibly applicable to the lives of young adults. She said the story of Caroline and Anthony demonstrate two people who were wary of each other initially but bonded more strongly with each new discovery about the other.“I think it’s important to tell the story that when you get to know people and look past what you initially see or think you see, you have the chance to form a relationship you never thought possible,” Patano said.“I and You” is relatable in that a lot of the worries and anxieties felt by young adults materialize on stage, Patano said.“We’re on the cusp of real responsibilities, and oftentimes feeling so much pressure to succeed in what is expected of us we forget we’re supposed to be having fun along the way, and that’s what this play does,” Patano said. “It reminds everyone to keep in tune to the stupid silly things that we love and will be with us even as we grow up,” she said.The two-person show — which also stars junior Eric Ways as Anthony — has been challenging, Patano said, because the two actors have essentially memorized an entire play between them.“This was pretty daunting at the beginning of the process, but since we’ve been running it we’ve gotten a chance to feel how everything fits together for the first time, which has been pretty cool,” Patano said.Patano said during her time at Notre Dame she has realized that a lot of the art can feel like “a stretch” for students. She said there’s a geographical challenge as well, since DPAC is so far from where most people live, and often walking to the venue to watch a play you’re unsure about can seem like a large request.“I believe ‘I and You’ is the perfect combination of quirky teenage comedy blended with the sincerity and fear of what happens when you grow up, and will be something students will be excited to see,” she said. “I promise, it’ll be worth the walk.”Tags: DPAClast_img read more

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Deputy chief judge of compensation claims applications sought

first_img January 1, 2006 Regular News Deputy chief judge of compensation claims applications sought D eputy chief judge of compensation claims applications sought The Statewide Nominating Commission for Judges of Compensation Claims is now accepting applications for the position of deputy chief judge of compensation claims.The commission will hold a public hearing January 20 at 9:30 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport, 9300 Airport Boulevard, Orlando 32827, for the purpose of interviewing prospective applicants for the position.Qualified applicants must submit one original completed application and one copy to Victor Marrero, Commission Chair, Director of Risk Management, Broward Sheriff’s Office, Ft. Lauderdale 33312, phone (954) 831-8358; fax (954) 321-4587, and one additional copy must be submitted to each commission member, no later than 5 p.m. January 13. Any applications received after the deadline date will be disqualified. Faxed or e-mailed applications will not be accepted.A copy of the judicial application along with a listing of all SNCJCC members is posted on the DOAH Web site at www.jcc.state.fl.us/jcc and The Florida Bar’s Web site at floridabar.org.last_img read more

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Homich, Knapp win Lamoine half-marathon

first_imgLAMOINE — Matt Homich and Dara Knapp won the third annual Lamoine half-marathon Saturday morning.Homich finished the 13.1-mile course, which started and ended at Lamoine Beach, in one hour, 20 minutes and 50 seconds to take first overall and in the male age 19-29 division. Knapp (age 30-39 division) was the first female finisher in 1:41:15.Some 70 runners competed in this year’s race.Dara Knapp finishes the Lamoine half-marathon on Saturday. Knapp was the first female finisher in one hour, 41 minutes and 15 seconds.PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSThe event was started by Nick Brown and Nate Jillette in the spring of 2014 after Brewer’s Chamberlain March was canceled due to weather. With local runners eager to kick off the road racing season, Brown and Jillette threw together the half-marathon that has since become an annual affair.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe following also won their divisions:Female age 19-29: Sam Burrill (1:51:41).Male age 30-39: Ian Fraser (1:21.52).Male age 40-49: Andy Pereira (1:25:27).Female age 40-49: Robin Clarke (1:43:49).Male age 50-59: Michael Westphal (1:38:56).Female age 50-59: Lisa Tweedie (2:01:20).Male age 60-69: Bob Ciano (1:33:29).Female age 60-69: Donna Kausen (2:08.56).last_img read more

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Kenya’s Sumgong evades protester to win Olympic marathon

first_imgBy Scott Malone RIO DE JANEIRO,(Reuters)-Kenyan Jemima Jelagat Sumgong evaded a protester who leapt onto the Rio marathon course yesterday to become the first woman from her country to win Olympic marathon gold in two hours, 24 minutes and four seconds.Bahrain’s Eunice Jepkirui Kirwa claimed silver in 2:24:13 and Ethiopian Mare Dibaba snatched the bronze in 2:24:30.Sumgong, 31, said the man on the course immediately brought to mind memories of the April London Marathon, when she experienced a similar incident.“It brings back memories of London, that’s where my thoughts went back to,” Sumgong said. “I was like scared, maybe I’m in trouble.”It was not immediately clear if the man, who went head over heels over a metal barrier, had been arrested or what his motive had been.At the Athens Olympics in 2004, defrocked Irish priest Neil Horan tackled Brazil’s Vanderlei de Lima near the finish, knocking him out of the lead. The bronze medalist lit the Olympic cauldron at Rio’s opening ceremony on Aug. 5.Sumgong, 31, bided her time throughout the race, staying with the leading pack and not moving ahead until the end.“I had prepared that I would move out at kilometer 35 and my body was responding very well, as well as my movement,” Sumgong told reporters after crossing the line at Rio’s Sambadrome, the parade ground where brightly costumed samba schools perform during the city’s annual Carnival celebration. “At the 40 kilometer I knew the gold was mine.”“It was very hot but everybody had to get through the heat. I had to control my body and listen to my body very carefully,” Sumgong said.Belarusian Volha Mazuronak, 27, shook up the pack halfway through, taking the lead and briefly pulling ahead of the lead group.The move pushed the pace, stringing out what had been a lead pack of more than two dozen runners, causing some to drop back.It was the first in a series of attacks by the first-time Olympian, who was ultimately unable to sustain the pace and was dropped by the leaders in the closing stages before finishing fifth in 2:24:48.last_img read more

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Shohei Ohtani cleared to resume hitting for Angels

first_img Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “No doctor has told me that Shohei needs surgical intervention at this time,” Eppler said.While the Angels wait to see whether Ohtani heals enough to pitch this season, he can at least hit. Neither Eppler nor Manager Mike Scioscia would give any timeline as to how quickly Ohtani can progress from batting practice to playing in games, but he is clearly headed in that direction.Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.“We’re excited,” Scioscia before the Angels played the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night. “It’s obviously a great first step to see the healing process. It’s terrific that he’s able to go out and swing and get where he needs to be to help us on the offensive side. We look for hopefully better things when he’s evaluated again to see when he can start throwing. There’s no doubt that it’s an exciting first step.”Three weeks ago, Ohtani received a platelet-rich plasma injection and he underwent stem-cell therapy to treat the damaged ligament. Eppler said Ohtani would not have had to stop hitting at all if he’d only been a DH, but because the Angels also want to preserve his future as a pitcher, they gave him time off.Now, they are confident that enough healing has occurred that he can begin hitting workouts without interfering with the continued healing. Ohtani is a right-handed pitcher and left-handed hitter, so the stresses are different enough that hitting doesn’t jeopardize his injured right elbow. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield BOSTON — Shohei Ohtani is on his way back to the Angels’ lineup.The two-way star, who was knocked out of his roles as a pitcher and designated hitter three weeks ago, on Thursday was cleared to resume taking batting practice.An MRI exam showed enough healing of a grade 2 sprain of his ulnar collateral ligament that doctors determined he could hit without risking his future as a pitcher, General Manager Billy Eppler said.Ohtani will not be able to throw for at least another three weeks, until he’s re-evaluated. So far, Ohtani does not need Tommy John surgery, Eppler said. Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 Ohtani was set to take regular batting practice on Thursday and Friday. Eppler said if that progressed well, he could face live pitching as soon as this weekend.Eppler said Ohtani will not play in minor league rehab games. They will instead have him work his way back in simulated games or other controlled environments, which they can do because he doesn’t play in the field.The news that he is on his way, at least as a hitter, was certainly a positive development for an Angels team wracked by injuries.“Personally I was very pleased,” Eppler said. “You want to get as much of your 25-man roster that you break spring training with, you want to get as much of that back together as you can. He had been an important member of our club, on the mound and in the batters’ box. To hear that he can take the next step to rejoin our club as a hitter, that’s news I was hoping to hear.”As Ohtani gets closer to a return to the lineup, it will beg the question of how the Angels plan to use him and Albert Pujols. When Ohtani was pitching, it provided a natural break of about three days a week when Pujols was the designated hitter. If Ohtani is only hitting, he could theoretically hit every day, but it would be difficult to ask Pujols to play first base every day.“It’s going to work,” Scioscia said, without elaborating. “We are definitely going to get (Ohtani) in the lineup as much as we can.”MORE HEALINGGarrett Richards (hamstring) is scheduled for a rehab assignment on Friday with Class-A Inland Empire.If the Angels determine that one game is enough for Richards, he could rejoin the rotation as soon as next week in Seattle.Jefry Marte (wrist) will also play in Friday’s Inland Empire game.Mike Trout (sprained finger) felt good while throwing before Thursday’s game. He said he is hoping to return to center field on Friday in Baltimore. Trout has been the Angels’ designated hitter for the past nine games.Trout, who has now been held without an extra-base hit for 13 straight games for the first time in his career, said he feels that being a DH has negatively affected his hitting. Trout is 6 for 28 with nine walks in those games.“In between at-bats, not knowing what to do with myself,” he said. “I’m not making excuses, but it’s different. It’s tough. I want to be out there in center.”JEWELL UPDATEJake Jewell, who had to be taken off the field on a stretcher in his third big league game on Friday, was diagnosed with a fractured right fibula, requiring season-ending surgery.Jewell went to cover the plate after a wild pitch in the eighth inning on Wednesday, and he slid awkwardly, breaking his leg.ALSOTo take Jewell’s spot, Eduardo Paredes was recalled for his eighth separate stint in the major leagues.The Angels also recalled right-hander Taylor Cole, who had been signed as a minor league free agent during spring training. Cole had appeared in one big league game, with the Toronto Blue Jays, last year. He had a 4.53 ERA at Triple-A this year. Cole replaced infielder Nolan Fontana, who was optioned after one day. The Angels needed more bullpen coverage after relievers worked 4-2/3 innings on Wednesday. …Zack Cozart, who is having season-ending shoulder surgery on Friday, was placed on the 60-day disabled list to create a spot on the 40-man roster for Cole. …Jabari Blash was the only Salt Lake City player selected for the Triple-A All-Star Game. Blash was leading the Pacific Coast League with 22 homers and a 1.237 OPS.UP NEXTAngels (Felix Peña, 0-0, 5.40) at Orioles (David Hess, 2-4, 5.44), Friday, 4 p.m., Fox Sports West, KLAA (830 AM)Related Articleslast_img read more

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Sumner County Sheriff weekly jail bookings: June 17-24, 2013

first_imgThe following are the weekly Sumner Sheriff weekly jail bookings for June 17 to June 24, 2013: Mashburn, Jesse31Ponca City Ok2011 N Madison Wellington KsWPDProbation Violation6/22/13 Smith, Latesha27Allen, TexasKTA SB MP 18KHPDWS, Failure to pay toll6/21/13 Rice, Shawn29Gueda Springs, Ks111 S 1st Gueda Springs, KsSUCOBlackmail6/21/13 Sturgill, Leland61Chactaw Ok777 Kansas Star Dr Mulvane KSKRGC74-8759 Munipulating Gaming Device6/22/13      Franks, Starkell26Wichita, Ks610 E. Hillside, Wellington Ks.SUSOServing Sentence 48 Hours6/18/13 Wadlington, Joshua R.30Wellington, Ks501 N. Washington, Wellington, Ks.SUSOCowley County warrant for P.V.6/18/13 Salts, Michael19Wichita, Ks800 N Hiway 81, Belle PlaineSUSODriving while suspended, No proof of insurance, Derby Warrant6/23/13            Church, Dale74Wellington, Ks913 E. 12th               Wellington Ks.SUSO3 Sumner County Warrants6/17/13 Fouch, Micheal26Wellington, Ks610 E Hillside Wellington, KsWPDServing Sentence6/24/13 Ellis, Blake41Wichita KsKTA NB MP 33KHPDUI6/21/13 NameAgeHome TownLocation of ArrestAgencyChargesDate of Arr Monday 0800  to  Monday 0800WEEKLY   BOOKINGS6/17/2013 thru 6/24/2013 Jackson, Bailey23Mulvane Ks218 S College, Mulvane KsMPDViolation of Protection Order6/18/13      Potucek, Jeren23Derby, Ks.Mulvane City CourtM.P.D.Serving Sentence 48 Hours6/17/13 Howell, Shawn29Wellington, Ks422 W Harvey Wellington KSWPDFTA City of Wellington6/22/13 Jackson, Alicia26Ponca City OK509 E 4th St Wellington KSWPDDomestic Battery6/23/13 Calles, Daniel26HondurasI-35 MP 10KHPDriving while suspended, No proof of insurance6/23/13 Rowe, Nathan20Wichita Ks1034 Shadylane Wellington KSWPDCriminal Damage to property, DV Battery6/23/13 Wright, Gregory42Wichita Ks10701 S Broadway Peck KsBPPDNo proof pf insurance, DWS6/23/13 Clininkingbeard, Chase24Wellington, Ks700 S Washington, Wellington KsWPDPossession of Opiates, Possession of Paraphernalia6/18/13last_img read more

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Protecting girls against cervical cancer

first_imgSouth Africa is doing its bit to protect girls from cervical cancer. Now in its second round, the government is rolling out the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in schools. HPV is a major cause of cervical cancer. The second dose of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is being rolled out to girls in South Africa’s Gauteng province, in August 2016. (Image: Gauteng Provincial Department of Health, Facebook)Compiled by Priya PitamberA year ago, the South African government started rolling out the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. The second round of vaccines is now being distributed in Gauteng, in South Africa to all Grade 4 girls in public primary and special schools.HPV is a major cause of cervical cancer, which is responsible for the deaths of over 3 000 women in South Africa every year.According to Marie Stopes South Africa, the non-profit provider of sexual and reproductive health care services, cervical cancer progresses slowly and it may not show obvious symptoms. It is usually diagnosed by doing a pap smear.“The HPV is most effective when given to young girls who have not yet engaged in sexual activities as it works only as prevention rather than a cure,” said the Gauteng departments of health and education, which are collaborating on the initiative.The bi-annual campaign is part of the school health programme. The first phase ran from February to March 2016. The second phase had been running since 2 August and would continue until 6 September, said the departments. Parents must sign consent forms before a child can have the vaccination.The Cancer Association of South Africa (Cansa) said it was grateful for the campaign. “Cansa is proud to stand with the government in educating all young women about the dangers of HPV and cervical cancer, and offer an opportunity to take their health in their own hands as cervical cancer can be effectively treated if detected and diagnosed early,” said Cansa CEO Elize Joubert.See more information on cervical cancer below. Click on the infographic from Cansa for a larger view.last_img read more

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Talking Touch – August

first_imgThere was some fantastic media coverage of Touch Football in the month of August, including the NRL-TFA announcement as well as the announcement that Coffs Harbour will host the 2015 World Cup.To view the stories, please click on the links below.NRL and Touch Football Australia PartnershipThe National Rugby League and Touch Football Australia have today launched an historic sporting partnership.http://www.nrl.com/nrl-and-touch-football-australia-partnership/tabid/10874/newsid/74000/default.aspx NRL to grow via Touch Football: CEOWith Touch Football finally under its wing, rugby league is en route to being the game of the people.http://www.nrl.com/nrl-to-grow-via-touch-football-ceo/tabid/10874/newsid/74008/default.aspx Merger puts NRL in touch with 2m player baseThe NRL and Touch Football Australia launched a historic sporting partnership last week representing the biggest boost to participation and game development in the history of either sport.http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/merger-puts-nrl-in-touch-with–2m-player-base-20130813-2rujo.html Touch of skill shown to form partnershipThe NRL and Touch Football Australia launched a historic sporting partnership last week representing the biggest boost to participation and game development in the history of either sport. http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/touch-of-skill-shown-to-form-partnership-20130813-2ruje.html Touch Footy and NRL join forcesThey peg it as the “greatest game of all” and now it’s set to be the biggest game of all, with the announcement yesterday that NRL and Touch Football Australia will join forces.http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/nrl/touch-footy-and-nrl-join-forces/story-fni3fbgz-1226696613642 Touch Football and Rugby League join forcesTouch Football associations and rugby league clubs are expected to benefit from a new sporting partnership launched yesterday.http://www.maitlandmercury.com.au/story/1703210/touch-football-and-rugby-league-join-forces/?cs=12 NRL reminds ASADA it expects a fair goSmith was joined at Allianz Stadium yesterday along with a host of NRL stars including Sonny Bill Williams, Anthony Minichiello, Josh Morris, Matt King and Beau Champion to announce a partnership with TFA. The new agreement will bring more than 1.03 million participants together playing in competitions under a joint NRL-TFA banner.http://www.theaustralian.com.au/sport/nrl/nrl-reminds-asada-it-expects-a-fair-go/story-fnca0von-1226696609630NRL to grow via Touch Football: CEOWith Touch Football finally under its wing, rugby league is en route to being the game of the people.http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1800045/NRL-to-grow-via-touch-football-CEO  NRL, Touch merger merger must benefit allTaree Touch president Graham Goodwin hopes the agreement announced this week between the NRL and Touch Football Australia will benefit the game at all levels.http://www.manningrivertimes.com.au/story/1709782/nrl-touch-merger-must-benefit-all/ Nice touch boosts both codesTouch Football has unearthed some of the biggest names in the NRL.Wests Tigers star Benji Marshall represented Australia at touch footy, while Warriors halfback and Panthers fullback Matt Moylan were outstanding junior players.http://www.thechronicle.com.au/news/touch-football-unearthed-biggest-names/1983583/World Cup Coming to CoffsCoffs Harbour Council has won its bid to host the Touch Football World Cup in 2015.http://www.nbnnews.com.au/index.php/2013/08/07/world-cup-coming-to-coffs/Touch World Cup on the way (video)A Mid North Coast city has been chosen to host the 2015 Touch Football World Cup. http://au.prime7.yahoo.com/n1/news/a/-/national/18401870/touch-world-cup-on-the-way-video /Coffs Harbour selected as host city for 2015 Touch Football World CupHundreds of international Touch Football players will converge on the Coffs Coast in about two years time.http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-08-07/coffs-harbour-selected-as-host-city-for-2015-touch-football-wor/4871038Touch Football World Cup coming to Coffs Harbour in 2015Touch Football players from around the globe are coming as Coffs Harbour announced as host of 2015 FIT Touch Football World Cup.http://www.coffscoastadvocate.com.au/news/touch-football-world-cup-coming-coffs-harbour-2015/1975123/Glory for under 14’s girlsA special  group of friends battled to claim the NSW Touch Football under 14s title in February, and last night soared with the same tenacity to be crowned Junior Team of the Year when the Wagga Sports Awards were announced.http://www.dailyadvertiser.com.au/story/1738377/glory-for-under-14s-girls/?cs=149 Three decades of Touch: from humble beginnings to hosting international gamesWhat a year 1983 was. It was the year Star Wars: Return of the Jedi opened in cinemas, Australian Dick Smith completed his solo circumnavigation in a helicopter, Bob Hawke became Prime Minister then famously said: “Any boss who sacks anyone for not turning up today is a bum.” – after Australia II won the America’s Cup and touch football was born in Mudgee.Three decades on and the Mudgee Touch Association will celebrate their 30th anniversary tomorrow night with a special dinner at the Mudgee Golf Club.http://www.mudgeeguardian.com.au/story/1741878/three-decades-of-touch-from-humble-beginnings-to-hosting-international-games/?cs=1233 Rocky to host Junior State Touch Football Titles this weekendRiley Huggers and Tamika Upton will vie for Queensland team selection as the Junior State Touch Football Titles kick off in Rockhampton.Rockhampton’s Cyril Connell Touch Football fields will be alive with action this weekend as teams from all over the state battle it out in the junior championships.http://www.cqnews.com.au/news/rocky-to-hjunior-state-touch-football-titles/2003580/ Redlands players make national Touch finalsThree Redlands under-12 touch football players will represent Queensland at the national titles in October. Thornlands State School’s Manaia McIntyre, Birkdale South State School’s Bradley Russell and Sheldon College’s Drew Price were selected for the side after playing in the Metropolitan East team at the state competition in Caboolture.http://www.baysidebulletin.com.au/story/1694722/redlands-players-make-national-touch-finals/Summer fun for all agesCanberra Times, 16/08/2013Community: Touch football is a great way to keep fit and healthy, build confidence and make new friends.Touch Football ACT is set to begin its 2013 summer season.Junior competitions will be running in Gungahlin (Amaroo), Belconnen (Kippax), Canberra City (Southwell Park, Lyneham), Woden (Deakin), Tuggeranong (Wanniassa) and Narrabundah (Boomanulla Oval). All competitions are played in school years, so players can form a team with their friends from school and run around together.Costs per player are $65 for kindergarten to year 4 and $85 for years 5 to 10, with no further costs to be paid for the entire season. The summer season runs during term four, starting in week 1 (October 14). Nominations are now open, and close September 16.Touch Football ACT also runs adult competitions all year round, and will be launching its 2013/14 summer domestic season in October as well. Costs are $1200 per team to enter any competition in Gungahlin, Canberra City or Woden. Be quick – places fill very quickly in its competitions and nominations also close September 16.If refereeing is more your thing, Touch Football ACT pays its referees $20 per game for senior touch.For more information, phone 6212 2880 or visit www.acttouch.com.auState representation turns into family affairChronicle (Toowoomba), 21/08/2013Touch Football is a family affair for Chloe and Lachlan Watt.The siblings both play club football every week for Saints, along with their parents Kellie and Geoff Ryan.And now they will represent Queensland together at the National Schools Championships in Darwin in October.Chloe is the older sibling at 14 and she has played for Queensland once before.Chloe said she was determined make the team again after helping the Darling Downs under-15 girls finish fifth at the state titles.“I’ve made Darling Downs the last couple of years. I guess there was a little bit of pressure to make the Queensland team again but it’s exciting,” she said.“It’s an honour to play for Queensland.”Lachlan, 12, will make his Queensland debut at nationals.Despite only being in the under-12 school team, Lachlan has shown he can excel at the higher level, playing for the Saints A-grade men.He has also represented Darling Downs in rugby league but said he preferred the faster pace of touch.“They’re good sports, but they’re a lot different,” he said.“It’s more contact in rugby league but you need a bit more speed in touch and you’ve got to be fitter too.”Nationals will be a rare opportunity for the siblings to play at the same competition.Chloe said she could have some advice for her brother but admitted there was a bit of a friendly rivalry there so Lachlan probably wouldn’t listen.“I’d tell him just run hard and play well, but he’ll just do his own thing,” she said.“I’ve made two Queensland teams so there’s a bit of pressure on him,” she joked.Mum Kellie said Chloe and Lachlan always pushed one another to play their best.“They are competitive against each other and they push each other to their potential,” she said.If you see a story from your local area that you’d like to see on the Touch Football Australia website, please email [email protected] Related LinksTalking Touchlast_img read more

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13 days agoMan Utd insist Pogba can make Liverpool clash

first_imgMan Utd insist Pogba can make Liverpool clashby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United aren’t panicking over Paul Pogba’s toe injury.The Sun says he is winning his race to be fit for Manchester United’s huge clash with Liverpool after the international break.The French World Cup winner has played in just two of United’s last seven games.Reports in France have suggested Pogba also has a cracked toe picked up in the Carabao Cup game against Rochdale although manager Solskjaer made no mention of that when discussing his injury.United will desperately need him for the Old Trafford date with Premier League leaders Liverpool a week on Sunday. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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