It was Australia Day in Jersey today with the Australian Masters teams winning all three ‘Rest of the World’ finals that they participated in at the 2004 European Championships. The Australian Women’s Masters won the Womens Open division defeating Colonials 3-2. The match was close and exciting, being won in a tense drop off. The Men’s 35 years division ‘Rest of the World’ Championship final was between the two Australian Senior teams with the Masters team defeating the Veterans 4-0. Please click on the link below for detailed resultsSenior Tour Daily DiaryAll photos attached to articles can be viewed by clicking on the following link Senior Tour Photo Gallery Once in the gallery use the scroll down box to visit to the Senior Tour Gallery. The Mens Open ‘Rest of the World’ Final was won by Australia 6-2. The Australian’s gradually improved throughout the tour, saving their best performance for the final. The Men played as a team, refusing to allow the New Zealand University team into the game at any stage. The Australian representatives have produced the goods at the right time once again, both on and off the field. They have been great ambassadors for Australia by educating and assisting all Touch teams participating in the European Championships. Congratulations to all tour members, you have done Australian Touch proud!
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Rangers hero Fernando Ricksen passes awayby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Rangers player Fernando Ricksen has died at age 43 after a six-year battle with motor neurone disease, the Ibrox club have confirmed.The Dutch international had been battling the condition since 2013.Ricksen was a fans’ favourite during his six-year spell at Rangers after being signed by Dick Advocaat in 2000.He helped the club win the domestic cup double in 2002, the treble in 2003 and was captain for a trophy double in 2005.Rangers said they were “deeply saddened” to be announcing the news of Ricksen’s passing.”The thoughts of everyone at Rangers is today with his wife Veronika, his daughter Isabella and all his family and friends,” the club added.
Update: Webb has deleted the post from her Instagram page. Perhaps she jumped the gun on the news.Earlier: Katherine Webb will be returning to your television screens, college football fans – even if just for a brief moment. Friday, Webb, on Instagram, announced that on behalf of Pizza Hut, she’ll be making a “special appearance” at College GameDay tomorrow. She’ll apparently be holding a sign – and fans can win free pizza if they enter the code on it.Webb, now a model, was the talk of the 2013 BCS National Championship Game after announcers Brent Musburger and Kirk Herbstreit commented on her looks during the broadcast. She was then the girlfriend of Crimson Tide QB AJ McCarron – they’re now married.Will it actually be Webb in the flesh tomorrow? We’ll find out.
Upcoming 18yo star South African cyclist and sprint champion of last year’s Cape Rouleur, Nicholas Dlamini is to ride 2014 Cape Rouleur from 2-6 March as an Ambassador for the Elton John AIDS Foundation.Nicholas Dlamini Rides For EJAFDlamini has proved himself a talented cyclist and was crowned the winner of the Amateur Green 36One Sprinter’s Jersey during the 2013 Cape Rouleur (part of the HotChillee Global Event Series) with Ride Magazine flagging him as a ‘name to watch’. Growing up in Khayelitsha and Capricorn Park in Cape Town, riding for the Foundation in this year’s Cape Rouleur has added significance.“Growing up in and around Khayelitsha, I understand the damage that HIV has done to families, neighbourhoods and the country as a whole. I am excited and proud that my passion for cycling can help raise funds and awareness to fight HIV in my country. I’m looking forward to riding with the guys from UBS, and am delighted to be of help to the Elton John AIDS Foundation, that has done so much to fight HIV around the world”, says Nicholas Dlamini.The Elton John AIDS Foundation has given over ZAR196 million (GBP£16 million) to 197 projects throughout South Africa including since 1993 reaching over two million people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. The Foundation continues to work extensively in and around the areas where Nicholas grew up.The charity’s Founder, Sir Elton John, commented ‘At my Foundation, we are passionate about helping to create an AIDS-free future for South Africa’s youth, so it’s fantastic to have such an inspirational young man as Nicholas joining forces with us. He understands that lifelong commitment is essential in realising your dreams. This kind of commitment is what will save lives in South Africa. On behalf of all of us at the Foundation, I want to wish Nicholas and his team every success for the Cape Rouleur.’“Nicholas is one of a range of new Ambassadors for the Foundation” commented Anne Aslett, Executive Director of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. “These are champions who are using their personal passion and skill to raise awareness and funds for our work and, ultimately, for an AIDS-free future”. In his capacity as Ambassador, Nicholas will head a team of cyclists from UBS who are also riding to support the charity.Nicholas will head a team of cyclists from UBS who are also riding to support the charity.Sean Bennett, CEO of UBS South Africa and Head of UBS Sub-Saharan Africa, who will be part of the UBS team for the Cape Rouleur commented “At UBS, we are excited to be part of this superb race in support of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. It will be an immense physical challenge for me personally and I am inspired by the dedication and talent of Nicholas as well as the enthusiasm of my fellow team mates. UBS is delighted to be partnering with the Elton John AIDS Foundation which has done such great work on the African continent, particularly in South Africa. “The 2014 Cape Rouleur is full week of cycling, comprising a prologue and three stages of the Cape Rouleur, a 112km Festival ride into Cape Town and ends with the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Momentum Cycle Tour.To support Nicholas and the EJAF/UBS team with a donation to the Elton John AIDS Foundation, go to www.ejaf.com.
The rally will start with a vehicle convoy in cooperation with the Peace Region Truck Enthusiasts. Vehicles will cue behind the LNG or BUST bus at 9:45 a.m. The convoy will flag off at the frontage road near the UFA card lock at 10:00 and convoy along the Alaska Highway. The convoy will break up on the return to Fort St. John and proceed to the main rally area at around 10:45.More information about the rally can be found on the Vehicle Rally Facebook event page. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Officials with local grassroots organization Fort St. John for LNG will be hosting a truck rally ahead of next weekend’s rally in the Energetic City supporting the development of a liquified natural gas export industry in B.C.FSJ for LNG founder Alan Yu says that the rally is planned for April 21st, a day over two years since its last rally which saw then-Premier Christy Clark make an appearance. The rally will take place at the corner of 100th St. and 96th Ave., in the parking lot of the old Visitor Information Centre. Vivian Krause is set to deliver a keynote address at this year’s rally. Krause is a controversial Vancouver-based blogger and researcher who has received both praise and condemnation for her research into environmental charities in Canada, particularly their source of funding. In addition to hosting her Fair Questions blog, Krause also writes for The Financial Post.
The care Jeremy was last seen driving – RCMP UPDATE – The RCMP advise that Jeremy Ray has been found.BEAVERLODGE, A.B. – RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance to locate 37-year-old Jeremy Ray. Jeremy was last seen on July 29, 2019, and maybe headed to Fort St. John.Jeremy may be travelling in his 2007 black Honda Civic, AB plate: FUD 818.Jeremy is described as:Caucasian male6′, 220 lbs.Brown hair, blue eyesThere is a general concern for his wellbeing. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Jeremy Ray, please contact the Beaverlodge RCMP at 780-354-2485, or call your local police.If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.
Tripoli: Forces backing Libya’s unity government battled to push back an offensive by strongman Khalifa Haftar on Sunday as his troops approached the gates of Tripoli after air raids overnight. Haftar’s self-proclaimed Libyan National Army, galvanised by victories in its eastern stronghold and in the country’s desert south, announced an offensive early this month to seize the capital from the UN-recognised administration of Fayez al-Sarraj. But his forces have faced fierce resistance from armed groups backing the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), including powerful factions from the western city of Misrata. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe bloodshed has derailed efforts to bring peace to a country where jihadists and people smugglers have exploited the chaos unleashed by the NATO-backed overthrow of dictator Moamer Kadhafi in 2011. At least 227 people have been killed since Haftar’s forces launched their offensive, the World Health Organisation said Sunday, adding that a further 1,128 have been wounded. Clashes intensified on Saturday when forces loyal to the GNA announced a counter-attack. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”We have launched a new phase of attack. Orders were given early this morning to advance and gain ground,” said Mustafa al-Mejii, a spokesman for GNA forces. Sustained rocket and shellfire could be heard in several districts of Tripoli on Saturday, after several days of less intense fighting and stalemate on the ground. Explosions were heard from the city centre overnight, and some witnesses reported air strikes. Pope Francis, delivering his traditional Easter message, called for an end to “conflict and bloodshed” that was killing “defenceless people” in Libya. “I urge the parties involved to choose dialogue over force and to avoid reopening wounds left by a decade of conflicts and political instability,” he said. Tripoli air traffic was suspended overnight to Sunday for “security reasons”, the city’s only operating airport said Sunday. At least two flights were re-routed from Mitiga airport to Misrata, more than 200 kilometres (125 miles) to the east, the airport’s authorities said on their Facebook page. They said flights had resumed early in the morning to Mitiga, east of the capital. The former military airbase was hit by an air strike on April 8, claimed by the LNA, and has since only operated between 5:00 pm and 8:00 am (1500 and 0600 GMT). The GNA counter-attack put pro-government forces back in control of Ain Zara, in the southern suburbs of Tripoli, where an AFP team confirmed pro-GNA forces had advanced, shifting the front line a few kilometres south. GNA spokesman Mejii told AFP on Sunday morning that “after a long day of military success, our forces are consolidating their (new) positions.” Some witnesses spoke of air raids and drones, but Mejii said the blasts were caused by strikes from LNA helicopters aimed at “terrorising civilians”. He said they had not caused any casualties but had taken place away from the front lines, without offering any further details. Military sources say the ageing Soviet and Russian fighter jets used by both sides are not equipped to carry out night time strikes, but Mejii said Haftar’s forces have a helicopter with night vision capabilities. The UN’s Libya envoy warned Thursday of “a widening conflagration” in the North African country. Ghassan Salame told AFP that “international divisions” prior to the assault on Tripoli had emboldened Haftar, who is backed by Russia and seen by his allies Egypt and the United Arab Emirates as a bulwark against Islamists. The White House revealed Friday that US President Donald Trump reached out personally to Haftar, as a push at the United Nations to broker a ceasefire hit trouble. A statement said that Trump “recognised Field Marshal Haftar’s significant role in fighting terrorism and securing Libya’s oil resources,” adding that “the two discussed a shared vision for Libya’s transition to a stable, democratic political system.” Observers saw Trump’s words of praise for the strongman as evidence of US support that explains Haftar’s determination to pursue his offensive to seize Tripoli. On Thursday, Russia and the United States opposed a British bid backed by France and Germany at the UN Security Council to demand a ceasefire in Libya. Russia insisted on having no criticism of Haftar in the proposed resolution, while the United States said it wanted more time to consider the situation.
Varanasi: Dismissed BSF jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav’s nomination as the Samajwadi Party candidate against Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency was rejected on Wednesday, poll officials said. Yadav was served notices Tuesday by the Varanasi returning officer over discrepancies in the two sets of nomination papers submitted by him. In the first set of papers on April 24, he had mentioned that he was dismissed from the Border Security Force. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework On April 29 he submitted a second set of papers this time as the Samajwadi Party nominee for the Lok Sabha seat but did not give out this information. He was also required to submit a no-objection certificate from the BSF, giving reasons for his dismissal. Yadav accused the BJP of resorting to “dictatorial steps” to stop him from fighting elections. “My nomination was rejected today even though I had furnished the NOC from BSF that was required by the RO, he claimed. I am a farmer’s son and I was here to raise the voices of farmers and jawans,” he told reporters. His counsel Rajesh Gupta said, “We will approach the Supreme Court”.
Transportation, which previously lived as a subsection of Wired’s “Gear” channel, will now occupy a tab of its own, headed by associate editor Alex Davies. Prior to joining Wired in 2014, Davies spent two years as a reporter for Business Insider. The new sections join Wired’s existing channels—Business, Design, Gear, Science, and Security—on Wired.com, which received a redesign in March. “The new WIRED Culture section will be home to smart thinking about how society is changing: how we communicate, what we value, how we grow,” the introductory note reads. “Every tomorrow is brighter than the one before it, and that’s bigger than entertainment—that’s culture.” Citing Wired’s coverage of recent innovations like Audi’s self-driving car and Tesla’s electric SUV, Davies explained in an editor’s note, “How we move around on the planet (and beyond it) is fundamentally changing—and as it does, it will change a great deal about who we are, how we interact, and what our lives look like.” Senior editor Peter Rubin—who oversaw the former entertainment tab—will head up the new culture section, while former Yahoo! Movies managing editor Brian Raftery will be a senior writer. The section will publish 40 to 50 stories each month, according to the company. The transportation vertical will publish about 40 pieces per month, at least 40 percent of which will be related to automotive technology. Wired is looking to bring in two additional full-time writers for the new section. The new culture section is a re-branding, of sorts, of the tab formerly known as entertainment. An introductory note describes the shift as reflective of the increasingly-dominant role that the internet and social media play in defining “WIRED culture”—from memes and hashtags to Vines and Periscope streams—extending far beyond movies, music, television, and video games. Wired kicked off 2016 by adding two new sections to its website: Culture and Transportation. Transportation-related content accounted for eight percent of all traffic to Wired.com in 2015, according to the company, up 30 percent from the year prior. Ford Motor Company serves as the transportation section’s launch sponsor.
Some of the several hundred demonstrators marching down M Street in Georgetown Saturday afternoon towards the key bridge. The protest focused on Michael Brown’s death and the recent grand jury decision in Ferguson. during a Ferguson Protest in Georgetown, DC, Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Erin Schaff)District political leaders and residents criticized the recent decision by a St. Louis County, Mo. grand jury not to indict a White Ferguson police officer for killing an unarmed Black teenager.On Nov. 24, St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert P. McCulloch announced to a national audience that the county’s grand jury would not hold Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson criminally liable for the killing of Michael Brown. D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) said that the grand jury decision will “always be controversial.”“The inspection of the grand jury proceedings, the ongoing Justice Department investigation to determine if there has been racial profiling and excessive force by the Ferguson Police Department and the Justice Department investigation of possible civil rights violations, as well as potential civil litigation, may still provide closure and justice in the case of Michael Brown,” Norton said.On Aug. 9, Wilson fatally shot Brown. Witnesses have testified to the grand jury and to the media that Brown had his hands up to surrender.Brown’s killing set off weeks of civil unrest in Ferguson and re-ignited a national discussion of African Americans’ relationship with law enforcement officials.Immediately after Brown’s death, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray (D) and D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said that the city has been sparred Ferguson-like incidents because it practices community-oriented policing, which mandates officers getting to know the residents they protect.D.C. Council member Kenyan McDuffie (D-Ward 5) is skeptical about Gray and Lanier’s assertion.“If we are honest with ourselves, we recognize what happened that fateful night in August could have happened anywhere in the United States,” McDuffie, who used to work as a prosecutor for the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney, said. “It could have happened right here in Washington, D.C.”McDuffie admitted at an Oct. 9 hearing of the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety that was held at Howard University that he had been stopped numerous times during his life by District police officers.D.C. Council member David Grosso (I-At Large), who suggested at the Oct. 9 committee hearing that all police officers may not need to carry firearms, had concerns about the grand jury’s decision and thinks that the District is trying not to replicate what happen in Ferguson.“Here in the District we have held hearing and town hall meetings to assess local police tactics and have implemented a body camera pilot program, yet there is still more work to be done,” Grosso said. “I am committed to working with law enforcement, advocates and residents to discuss meaningful policy solutions to move our city forward on these critical issues.”On Nov. 25, hundreds of activists jammed the streets of downtown in the Mount Vernon Square-Gallery Place area to show their displeasure with the grand jury decision. They held up signs saying that “Black Lives Matter” and “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” and chanted with former D.C. Council at-large candidate Eugene Puryear when he said “Justice for Michael Brown, Racist Cop Shot Him Down.” They ultimately ended up at Lafayette Square, across from the White House.Earlier that day, a smaller number of demonstrators visited the D.C. Police Headquarters, the Office of Police Complaints, the John A. Wilson Building and the transition office of Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser (D) to encourage law enforcement and political leaders to support a strong police civilian review board.Stephon Bell participated in the pre-march rally that took place at the Carnegie Library at Mount Vernon. Bell said that the time for talk is over.“We need to galvanize everyone in the community,” he said. “We need to make something happen. Darren Wilson is a superficial issue and we need to look at the root cause of the problem of Black people being killed by police.”Antoinette Wimbish, who also attended the rally, said that the Brown killing has influenced her in other ways.“I wanted to be a police officer,” she said. “Now I don’t. I feel lately that cops are after African Americans and people of color in general.”While the march held up traffic on New York Avenue during rush hour, Alena Banks, who waited patiently for the demonstrators to move on, said that she was not upset.“This is amazing,” Banks said, sitting in her car. “You have all types of people out here for Michael Brown. That’s great.”McDuffie thinks it would be great if District residents continue to be engaged in preventing Brown-like situations in the future.“It begins and ends with you and me,” he said. “Michael Brown’s death would truly be in vain if we do not learn from it and move forward accordingly.”
Categories: Hoitenga News,News 07Dec Rep. Hoitenga to host December office hours State Rep. Michele Hoitenga of Manton announced her final office hours of 2018 for Mecosta, Osceola and Wexford counties.“I believe it is important to keep my commitment of staying accessible to the people I represent,” Rep. Hoitenga said. “I encourage everyone to attend and voice their thoughts or questions about our state government as we wrap up a successful year.”The December office hours schedule is as follows:· Friday, Dec. 14o Noon to 1 p.m. at Cranker’s Coney Island, 231 S. State St. in Big Rapids;o 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Osceola County Courthouse, 301 W. Upton Ave. in Reed City; ando 3 to 4 p.m. Hermann’s European Café, 214 N. Mitchell St. in Cadillac.State Senate-elect Curt VanderWall of Ludington will be joining Rep. Hoitenga for office hours in Reed City and Cadillac.No appointment is necessary. Anyone unable to attend is encouraged to contact Hoitenga’s office at (517) 373-1747, or email at MicheleHoitenga@house.mi.gov.#####