The Sunshine Coast Touch Association, Caboolture Touch Association, and the Banks family combined to conduct a unique 5-aside Mixed Touch Tournament and family fun day designed to commemorate the life of Pat Banks, a long time supporter of Touch Football, who sadly passed away 3 weeks ago of a grade four gliboblastoma multiform brain tumour.This was indeed, a tournament with a difference. The cause itself of course, was worthy enough; to help the family off set the considerable medical costs involved in providing the best quality of life possible for Pat, but it was the spirit, genuine good will, and generosity of the gathered throng that really struck a chord with all who were lucky enough to be present on this very special day.People came together to not only honour an exceptional person’s life, but to reach out and support a family that had ridden a roller coaster of emotions in the 50 day period of Pat’s brave but bowed battle with brain cancer.The wide grins, the warm hugs, the sincere words, and heartfelt outpouring of sympathy blanketed the Banks family all day, but most of all it was the positive and fun loving attitude participants adopted that made the day a real winner and did Pat’s optimistic and cheeky sense of humour proudest. The concept for the tournament was born shortly after Pat was diagnosed in March with the most aggressive brain tumour in existence. The idea was to conduct a fundraising day to help offset some of the considerable costs involved in meeting Pat’s medical expenses and maximizing her quality of life.Unfortunately after her brain surgery (conducted during the 2010 National Touch League) a comparative scan revealed Pat’s condition had worsened with the tumour growing back exponentially and the excessive swelling in her temporal parietal lobe skittling all plans for courses of chemotherapy and radiation to take place.Heartbreakingly, Patty’s life expectancy was reduced to just weeks.Pat accepted this shattering reality better than anyone and remained positive and strong, pushing those around her to get on with making the most of every minute, of every day. Her courage and strength was remarkable.Not once during her illness did she complain, if relatives and friends cried in her presence she was the one handing out the tissues.Her ability to laugh and maintain her sense of humour carried her family and friends through the most difficult time imaginable.She spilt hot tea on her foot during her illness and quipped,“Gee Good child (her nickname for me) I hope hell isn’t this hot when I get there!”The plucky 57 year-old mother of three never wasted a drop of life’s precious nectar, and even staged her own “Awake” Party on Easter Sunday whilst she was still alive and able to share time with those she loved, instead of having a wake when she had passed away. She was staying true to her upbeat attitude to life and her conviction that there was never going to be a party without Pat!She had nicknames for everyone, famously calling her Sri Lankan Doctor “Chucker” because he bore a striking resemblance to Sri Lankan cricketer Muttiah Murilitheran who has been accused of “throwing” when he bowls. His sidekick nurse was nicknamed “Catcher” – Chucker & Catcher… always Mum’s way to keep everyone laughing!Pat was famous for her down to earth advice and home spun wisdoms she has proudly ingrained in her children.Her sporting gems included messages of humility in victory: “Nobody likes a skite, don’t get too smart there is always someone better than you!” In defeat: “Suck a lemon & try again next week,” In the art of perseverance: “Don’t be a pea heart” and her all time favourite quote to help us face the challenges life throws at us, “Puff out those cheeks and pug on!”Pat sadly passed away on the 22ndApril 2010, but with her brave and courageous life example ringing in our ears, and her wish to bring people together, Adam Stevenson GDO for Sunny Coast, and myself, proceeded with Pat’s vision for this event.Pat was determined that this day was to survive well into the future after the referee called time on her mortal existence… This day was to be a day when families and friends could come together annually to raise funds for a worthy charity and play touch in a social and friendly atmosphere and enjoy the spirit of competition with good food, drink, and family entertainment.Pat had an amazing positivity and courageous approach to life. Her ability to maintain her grace and dignity under the most trying of circumstances was an inspiration to many, and players participated in the tournament on Sunday with Pat’s life example fresh in their hearts and minds. This was never going to be a sombre occasion, despite the deep sea of emotion surrounding Pat’s recent death.There was no minute’s silence or black armbands. Pat would never have allowed that. The “Good child” would have copped a clip around the ear hole for that one. Mum loved a party and this was exactly what the guest of honour smiling down from her vantage point in heaven was treated to. Symbolically, the 17 participating teams, family, and friends opened “Pat’s Party” by releasing yellow balloons skyward (Mum’s favourite colour) on the half way line of the main field with K.D Lang’s beautiful version of “Hallelujah” providing the perfect musical accompaniment. There was some awesome touch with an innovative format played in near perfect weather conditions, outstanding shows of mateship and sportsmanship, sideline interviews, face painting and hair spraying for the kids, plenty of food and drink, music for a carnival atmosphere, a relay race with a difference, a super sports raffle featuring personal and rare items donated by some of the best athletes in Australia, and an atmosphere of pure goodwill that scythed seamlessly through black clouds of gloom to bring bright sunshine and renewed hope to the human spirit of everyone present.Players participated with smiles on their faces all day and whether it was the wall to wall superstars treating the large crowd to some of the finest array of skills and abilities in the game today, or novices just puffing out the cheeks and pugging on, the day held so much value for everyone.The on field action was fast and furious – self officiated, 5 touches, 5 a-side, 15 minute games that provided players with a unique and fun environment in which to showcase their talents.There was some high level Tippy Tap from the 17 teams involved in the Inaugural event who sported some “cracker” names including “WTFs, Boys & Bitches” “The Ron Burgundies”, and “The Whitest Dogs” (as opposed to the Blackest Cats) to name a few.Enterprising play was the order of the day from some of the legends of our sport and some of the brightest young stars in the game, some spirited efforts from beginners, and even a few referees donned the playing gear to show their support for a wonderful cause.Players of the ilk of 4 time Australian Women’s Open World Cup winner, Sharyn Williams, current Australian Men’s Open maestro Nathan Jones, Sunny Coast’s Men’s Open NTL Captain and long time Australian Men’s Open representative Chris Farrow, Lebanon’s 2007 World Cup hero Sebe Ray, Sunshine Coast’s Australian Women’s Open champion Peta Rogerson, new National Women’s Open squad member Kirsty Quince, Australian Mixed Open superstars Amy Hope, Ben Mc Cullen, Damien Moar and Kurt Nowotny, and experienced representative stars Luke Parker and Tom Quinlivan, were some of the big name players who made the trek to “Cabo” in the name of a worthy cause.Some of the sports outstanding young players were also strutting their stuff with National Youth players such as Justin Otto, Ben “Alphabet” Wieczorek, Ryan Jacks, Oscar Sanft, Belinda Hammett, Kate McCarthy, Alyce Hulbert, Vani Pelite, Nick Pelgrave, Hayley Maddick, and Savannah Pratten taking the field to show that respect and compassion is a trait alive and well in the youth ranks of our sport.Some of the sports’ most respected veteran players also took to the field, names like Brent Madders, Nat Wilkinson, Jason Campbell, Graham Whyte, Leasha Thouard, Emma Beattie, Craig Searston and Hayleen Grogan all pulled on the boots to remind us all of their sublime playing abilities.But today was all about participating and having fun and many of the teams featured families and friends coming together. The “Ippy Mixed” team, a social combination featuring many first time players, participated because they wanted to support a worthy cause, and had travelled from Ipswich to Caboolture to play, not knowing a soul. When the Ippy Mixed team were down on numbers, members of the “Whitest Dogs” team showed the way with the sprit that this tournament is built around by helping out and playing with the Ipswich team to support them. The Ippy Mixed team learnt a lot about our sport and made a whole host of new friends into the bargain.Yep, Nathan Jones, Sharyn Williams, and Damian Moar would double as pretty handy substitutions!The play of the day belonged to Sunshine Coast Men’s Open star Ben “Maddog” Maddick of the Ron Burgundies who pulled a backwards somersault in the lead up play to a touchdown in his team’s quarter final plate victory.Players participated in sideline interviews with “The bench” (a series of little chairs lining the sidelines for resting players) becoming the port of call for the relaxed tongue in cheek interviews with a difference.Kate McCarthy’s claim that she had personally home sewed all uniforms for the Magic team and Chris Farrow’s contention that flick pass touchdowns should be worth extra points were hard to beat. WTF’s Graham Hewitt’s commented that his team’s best chance of victory was keeping him off the field, and Alyce Hulbert and boyfriend Ryan Jacks had a running battle to see who could score the most touchdowns for the day, the sight of one the nicest couples in touch pushing each other out of the way to support an acting half runner in the in goal area providing much merriment to all.We asked Ben “Boozer” Mc Cullen from “The Whitest Dogs” (the little big man of touch) to stand up for his interview, then realized he was, and hastily asked for volunteers to lend their shoulders for “Booster” to stand on.Ty Gilchrist, a recently crowned National Boxing champion, pulled on the Bribie Warrigals jersey and showed some impressive form, but gave many kudos to his coaching partner in the Warrigals Women’s Rugby League team, Pete Shefford, also an Australian Youth Assistant Coach who pulled the boots out for this very special occasion. Pete even managed an impressive sidestep, there is no truth to the rumour he was just trying to get to the side of the field that housed the canteen. Quote of the day though went to Belinda “Bindoss” Hammett from QUT…Question: “So Bindoss, are you getting your face painted?”“Sure am, just as long as they don’t make me look like a dragon queen”… Ahhh that would be drag queen, but no problem Bindi!The extended Banks family manned the canteen and kept the troops fed and watered all day, and cousin Raeleigh Goodwin had the face painting and hair colouring booth doing a roaring trade.Alyce ‘The Rat Hulbert” with her tiger face, just shaded Ryan Hartwig, sporting a pretty impressive “Spiderman” for face paint of the day.Lily and Ella Searston (aged 5 and 4) stepped up as face painting artists with the “Uncos” Vani Pelite and Paige Parker following Bindi Hammett’s lead in allowing the “little people” to paint their faces!A dump/scoop 5 a-side team relay over 20 metres was conducted with the Sunshine Coast young guns “Uncos” stealing a close victory over the highly fancied “Neptune” combination.There were many highlights, but players all agreed that the best part of the day was the self officiating.Former National representative Brent Madders from the “Renegades” team claimed self-officiating was a masterstroke.“It’s been a brilliant day. Not having the referees has made the game flow really well. Everyone has entered into the spirit of it all and has had a ball. Lots of fun out there, and the sportsmanship and good will have been fantastic,” Brent said.The four pools progressed during the morning, then after the relay and lunch; teams were divided into Cup and Plate sections for the finals series.In the semi finals of the Pat Banks Memorial Cup “Neptune” and “The Whitest Dogs” battled hard in what was arguably the match of the day, with Neptune winning a cracker 8-6.In the other semi-final “Magic” got up 5-3 over one of our favourite named teams, “Boys & Bitches” who were worthy, if surprise semi-finalists.The Pat Banks Memorial Charity Day Grand Final provided a great platform for many of our superstars to showcase their talents with Sebe Ray, Tommy “fastest kid alive” Quinlivan, and the peerless Peta Rogerson starring, along with Neptune Captain Benny “Alphabet” Wieczorek, the touchdown king, who nabbed 6 touchdowns in his teams 10-5 triumph over a plucky Magic team.The Neptune team incredibly fielded just 6 players all day and were deserved winners of the Inaugural event.Ryan Jacks, Alyce Hulbert, Liam Bauer, and Kate McCarthy gave their all for their team and provided great entertainment for the crowd and proved themselves worthy finalists of the event that will only grow stronger in future years.In the Plate section semi-finals “On the Gas” won through to the Grand Final with a 6-2 victory against “WTFs” who fielded a veteran team that played well all day. Special mention to “WTFs’” Delene Hewitt who “carried” her husband Graham during the day, for some reason he loved to attack in the middle and defend on the wing. Behind every great man, is an even better woman! “PBs” the team featuring Pat’s 3 children, Karley, Sharon, and Todd and son in law Craig Searston, defeated the “Ron Burgundies” 4-3 in a desperately close drop off to progress to the final.Justin Williams, Kirsty Quince, Oscar Sanft and Mel Fainges were the best performed players for “On the Gas” in their 3-2 Plate Final win over “PBs” who were best served by Justin “Blotto” Otto, Joel Keune, Jill Bean, and Sharon Searston. Presentation of trophies, medallions, and prize money were conducted at the conclusion of the final with all Winners and Runners up in both the Open and Social divisions magnanimously donating their prize money back to the charity.Neptune Captain Ben Wieczorek, accepting the beautiful Pat Banks Memorial Cup that was generously donated by the McCarthy family, from Pat’s husband Alec Banks, made a heartfelt acceptance speech.“Today has been a wonderful day. We’re all just really pleased to be here to support you Karls and the rest of the family at this time. You’ve done a lot for so many people mate and never asked for anything in return. The Touch community has a lot of love for you all and it’s a real privilege to be here today to celebrate your Mum’s life with you. We’d also like to donate our prize money back like the rest of the teams and say we’ll be back again next year to defend our title and support your family in such a worthwhile cause, we’re all here for you,” Ben said.Peta Rogerson (female) and Ryan Jacks (Male) received the Player of the Day awards from Pat’s granddaughters Lily and Ella, who to the delight of the crowd, announced the winners over the PA system.“Peta Wogerson” said Lily, and “Wat’s Wyan” said Ella. (“Rat’s Ryan” through the interpreter folks)Both “Jacksy” and “Skeet” were outstanding for their respective teams all day and played the tournament in the best spirit possible, and thoroughly deserved their awards.Deb Hammett, playing in her first ever touch tournament received the Pat Banks “Puff out those cheeks and pug on” Award for the spirit, sportsmanship, and positive way she approached the tournament. Pat would have been proud of Deb’s efforts with the mother of two playing her heart out, and giving her all for her team.Appreciation awards were presented to the Sunshine Coast Touch Association, the Caboolture Touch Association, and Sunshine Coast GDO Adam Stevenson for his hard work, passion for the concept, and assistance in making the tournament the success that it was.The Queensland Touch Association also showed their support for the day with QTA Operations Manager Glen Richardson in attendance and pledging QTA’s support for the Pat Banks Charity Day Super Sports Raffle. Tickets in the super sports raffle will continue to be sold in the lead up and during the QTA Qld Junior State Cup and the winners will be drawn on the final day of the premier event on the Junior calendar conducted at the Caboolture Touch Fields on the 9th, 10th & 11th of July 2010.Among the 10 sensational signed items of memorabilia are: Two fully signed 2010 NRL Kangaroo Jerseys from the recent Test against New Zealand, one from Parramatta superstar Jarryd Hayne, A Newcastle Knights dress shirt owned by Knights icon Robbie O’Davis, and signed by Knights legends O’Davis, Andrew “Joey” Johns, and Kurt Gidley, Andrew Mc McCullough’s #14 Broncos jersey from the Round 6 2010 game against Cronulla (fully signed by the Broncos team), two signed volleyballs from Olympic Gold Medallist Natalie Cook, A signed Australian Team Athletics dress shirt belonging to 2008 World Indoor 800m champion Tamsyn Lewis, a fully signed Gold Coast Titans shirt, and a football signed by Brisbane Lions legends Michael Voss and Jonathan Brown.Many players stayed behind at the end of the day to have a few quiet beers to toast Pat’s day and reflect on a magic day where there were many more smiles than cries.Final fundraising figures for the 2010 Pat Banks Charity Day will be announced after the drawing of the Super Sports Raffle on the 11th July 2010.In exciting news, the Sunshine Coast Touch Association and the Caboolture Touch Association have pledged their support already for next year’s tournament where the Pat Banks Memorial Charity Day will form a community partnership with Cancer Council Queensland to raise money for Brain Tumour Support Services. Next year’s Pat Banks Memorial Charity Day will be conducted on Sunday 12th June 2011 during the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.We thank everyone sincerely for their patronage of the 2010 event and the incredible levels of love friendship, and support Pat received during her battle and we, as a family have received during this most difficult and challenging of times.We look forward to your continued support in the years to come of a wonderful initiative commemorating the life of an exceptional person whose courage, commitment, sense of humour, good sportsmanship, generosity, and life example burns brightly in all those who take the field in honour of her name.Pat would be nodding her head appreciatively from her grandstand seat in heaven, and would be urging you all to continue to “Puff out those cheeks and pug on” in the game of life.Written by Karley Banks
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton threaten Spurs plans for Boca Juniors midfielder Wilmar Barriosby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton are being linked with Boca Juniors midfielder Wilmar Barrios.Barrios has been linked with several of Europe’s top clubs, including Real Madrid, Tottenham and AC Milan.And Everton have now joined the race to land the Colombia central midfielder.He has a €20m (£18m) in his Boca Juniors contract, which could be triggered in January by the Toffees.Marca says the 25-year-old is up for moving to Europe from Argentina and a switch to Goodison Park would allow him to settle in alongside pal Yerry Mina, who joined from Barcelona in the summer.
Code of Support Foundation (COSF) is honored to announce that Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine and Legendary Soul Man – Sam Moore have joined COSF’s Advisory Board.In recent years, Chef Irvine and the Legendary Soul Man – Sam Moore have demonstrated their unwavering support of our nation’s military service members, veterans, and their families by creating awareness by leveraging their own celebrity profiles to engage the 99% of Americans who benefit from the service and sacrifice of our nation’s heroes.“Chef Irvine and Legendary Soul Man – Sam Moore’s respective passion combined with their steadfast commitment of engaging our civilian population is a true testament to Code of Support’s vision to bridge our nation’s civilian-military divide. We are thrilled to have Chef Irvine and Sam Moore join the distinguished ranks of Code of Support’s Advisory Board,” says Major General Alan B. Salisbury, USA, Ret., Chairman, and CEO of Code of Support Foundation.COSF Advisor Board Members include Medal of Honor Recipient COL Harvey (Barney) Barnum, Jr., USMC, Ret.; former 16th Chairman of the Joints Chief of Staff Gen Peter Pace, USMC, Ret.; former NFL quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins Sonny Jurgensen; and Men’s Basketball Head Coach for Duke University Mike (“Coach K”) Krzyzewski, among others.“Anytime I get to contribute something meaningful to the lives of our men and women in uniform, it’s an honor that adds purpose and value to my own life. When you get to do so alongside great people, it makes it a true joy. I am thrilled to join Sam Moore and all the wonderful members of the Code of Support Advisory Board and I am ready to work to improve the lives of the best and bravest among us,” says Robert Irvine.“I am honored to be able to continue my support of those who serve and have served in our military by joining the Code of Support Foundation’s Advisory Board and to support COSF’s efforts by bringing greater awareness to the contributions made by our nation’s service members and veterans who’ve sacrificed so much to ensure our freedoms,” says Sam Moore – Legendary Soul Man.Chef Irvine, a former member of the British Royal Navy, is a world-class chef and TV personality. In 2014, he founded the Robert Irvine Foundation to support veterans and veteran causes in need of assistance. The Foundation works to help those individuals and organizations that are committed to enriching the lives of military personnel (active, retired and veterans) and their families. A portion of proceeds from Robert Irvine Foods is given to the foundation in addition to public donations. Throughout the year, Chef Irvine can be found attending troop rallies held by the Gary Sinise Foundation as well as touring regularly with the USO. Maximizing his culinary skills, Chef Irvine visits with service members and their families while dishing up fine cuisine and providing cooking classes.Chef Irvine has been honored with three distinguished recognitions for his dedication to the armed services and our country’s heroes including being selected by the Office of the Secretary of Defense as this year’s Spirit of Hope Award winner. The honor recognizes those who go above and beyond to provide aid to those who serve our country. Chef Irvine is also a designated U.S. Navy Honorary Chief Petty Officer and a recipient of the Bob Hope Award for Excellence in Entertainment and Support of Our Service Members.Legendary Soul Man – Sam Moore’s Grammy award-winning voice has been heard around the globe, across multiple music genres connecting audiences of all generations for more than 60 years. Over the span of his critically acclaimed career, Moore’s music has been a universal and driving force to help bridge gaps among social divides. His recent artistic endeavor to bring greater awareness of the nation’s armed services and veterans has been met not only with rave reviews and standing ovations but has also re-engaged civilian audiences who have experienced an awe-inspiring sense of patriotism. Within the past year, Moore has performed exclusive renditions from his American Patriot album of iconic American classics for several veteran fundraisers including the Opening Ceremonies of the 2017 Warrior Games in Chicago, Johnny Vet: Freedom Isn’t Free in Washington, DC, and Guitar Lessons for Heroes in New York.Moore is the recipient of numerous awards including the coveted NARAS Heroes Award, an AFTRA AMEE Lifetime Achievement Award, the ETAM Living Legend Award, Rhythm & Blues Foundation Pioneer Award, and a MOBO Lifetime Achievement Award. He was also inducted into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame for “Soul Man,” and in 2016 his star was permanently placed in the Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee.To find out more about the Code of Support Foundation, click here.
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.
Surat: Over a fortnight after they went missing, bodies of five members of a family in Gujarat’s Surat were Sunday fished out from a local canal, police said. The bodies of Jeevan Gamit (65), his wife Sharmila (62), son Dharmesh (41), daughter-in-law Sunita (36) and granddaughter Urvi (6) were brought out from a canal near Madhi village in the district, said Bardoli police station Inspector B K Patel said. “The five are residents of Kapura village in Vyara tehsil in neighbouring Tapi district. Their family members had filed a missing person complaint at the local police station there on February 28,” Patel said. “Their car apparently fell into the canal near Madhi village. The Maruti Eeco car they were travelling in was spotted in the canal by residents on Sunday who then informed us. We brought out the car and the bodies of the five were found inside in a highly decomposed state,” he informed. Relatives of the deceased have told police they had gone to Bardoli to offer prayers at a temple and were on their way back when they met with an accident, Patel said. “It seems the driver lost control of the car and it plunged into the canal. Further probe into the incident is underway,” he added.
Kolkata: Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, the outgoing Trinamool Congress MP from Barasat who is contesting the elections from the same seat for the third time, took out a massive road show in Barasat on Sunday morning in a bid to woo the voters.The road show, which was started from the Lokenath Temple on Barasat-Barrackpore Road, saw a huge surge of people as it went past various important places under her constituency. As the road show advanced, hundreds of Trinamool Congress supporters joined the rally, thereby contributing to the length of it. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaMany youths and girls clad in colourful dresses were seen marching down the lanes and by-lanes of Barasat. A dance troupe also participated in the campaign. People congregated in large numbers on both sides of the road to catch a glimpse of Ghosh and the beautifully decorated tableaus that took part in the election rally. Ghosh was seen making her vote appeal to the people gathered on the road and also to those found standing on the balconies of their houses situated on the road. Ghosh waved her hands at the voters who readily reciprocated the gesture. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayGetting swayed by the response of the people, Ghosh later got down from the jeep and joined the dance group before the road show finally ended near Moyna area on Krishnanagar Road. In response to media questions, Ghosh said that Trinamool Congress candidates nominated by her party Supremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will win in all the 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state. “Mamata Banerjee is a great source of inspiration for me. She is doing very hard work while moving from place to place, setting examples for all of us. We should also toil hard taking lessons from her. Bengal has seen an unprecedented surge in development works ever since Banerjee became the Chief Minister,” Ghosh said. “All the 42 TMC candidates who are in the fray having the blessings of Mamata Banerjee, will come out victorious. We are getting tremendous response from the people who are extending their support to carry out the development works in the state,” Ghosh maintained. Reacting sharply to the comment of Special Observer Ajay V Nayak, she said: “It was a dark age for Bengal when the Left Front government used to rule the state. After becoming the Chief Minister, Banerjee restored the rule of law. Law and order situation is properly maintained here now and hence women can safely move from one place to another, even during late night.”
Bamako – Upon the instructions of King Mohammed IV, the Moroccan Phosphates Company (OCP) will shortly launch, in Jorf Lasfar, a fertilizer plant dedicated entirely to the African Market, announced, Wednesday in Bamako, Mostapha Terrab, CEO of OCP group. This unit, to cost some $ 600 million, was announced by Terrab during the Moroccan-Malian economic high-level forum, held in Bamako as part of the visit of King Mohammed VI in Mali.The plant’s production, conducted by the OCP, amounts to one million tons of fertilizers per year, and will be exported exclusively to Africa, Terrab added. King Mohammed VI, insisted that the production of the plant be exported exclusively to Africa, he said.The King began on Tuesday an official visit to the Republic of Mali, the first leg of an African tour that will take the Sovereign to Côte d’ Ivoire, Guinea, and Gabon.
OSU sophomore forward Mason Jobst (26) tries to get past Michigan State redshirt freshman defender Jerad Rosburg (57) in a game on March 3 at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz | Lantern photographerFive members of the 13th-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team received Big Ten honors on Monday.Sophomore forward Mason Jobst was named to the All-Big Ten first team and recognized as the conference’s scoring co-champion with Minnesota sophomore forward Tyler Sheehy, racking up 34 points in conference play. Sheehy won Big Ten Player of the Year.Jobst had 13 goals and 21 assists in league play, and collected 51 points on 18 goals and 33 assists in the regular season.A trio of seniors were named to the All-Big Ten second team — goaltender Christian Frey, defenseman Josh Healey and forward captain Nick Schilkey.Sophomore forward Dakota Joshua was an honorable mention selection, scoring a career-high 11 goals and 22 assists, including nine goals and 11 assists coming in Big Ten play.On Saturday at Wisconsin, Jobst scored a goal and had an assist to surpass the 50-point barrier for the first time since R.J. Umberger had 53 points in 2003.Jobst ranks ninth in the NCAA in points per game (1.42), but leads the nation in the category since the start of the second half of the year (1.67).Following first-team honors in 2016, Healey earned his way onto the second-team all-conference with 24 points on four goals and 20 assists. His plus-18 rating is third among blue-liners in the conference and ranks eighth nationally at his position.Schilkey was the do-it-all player for the Buckeyes in the regular season. The senior from Marysville, Michigan, led the Big Ten with 26 goals and ranks second in the NCAA with .81 goals per game. The 26 goals are the highest single-season total for one player in the program since 1997. He had 39 points in the regular season, 18 of which came against Big Ten opponents.Frey ended the season with a .916 save percentage in conference games and a .910 save percentage in the regular season. Frey was injured for part of the season, and shared playing time with fellow senior goaltender Matt Tomkins. Frey was 9-7-3 with one shutout this season.Senior goaltender Logan Davis received one of six Big Ten sportsmanship awards.OSU plays in the Big Ten quarterfinals against Michigan State in Detroit at Joe Louis Arena on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.
Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius has been referred to medical experts in Boston after the 24-year-old German visited Massachusetts General Hospital and was diagnosed with concussion five days after the Champions League final.Karius made terrible mistakes during the first and third goals that gave Madrid a 3-1 win at Kiev. Karius clashed with Spanish defender Sergio Ramos, although in a statement released with the player’s permission yesterday, doctors did not tell whether or not that incident caused the goalkeeper concussion. However, Dr Ross Zafonte said it was “possible” the injury “would affect performance”.Zafonte, who is a leading expert in head injuries in the NFL, said Karius’ assessment involved reviewing “game film”, a “physical examination” and “objective metrics”, according to BBC.He continued that it was “likely” that “visual-spatial dysfunction” which hampers a person’s ability to process visual information about where objects are in space, would have occurred immediately after the event that caused the concussion.Report: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…Dr Willie Stewart, a consultant neuropathologist at Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, said a delay in the concussion diagnosis is “not surprising”.“How did he get concussed and we didn’t know?“The obvious signs of concussion can take hours and days to develop, so it’s not surprising that it might be picked up after the match.”
Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has denied making any contact with Manchester City or Tottenham Hotspur as regards to signing some of their players on loan.The new Leeds boss hasn’t spoken to any of the two club’s managers about any form of loan deals.Bielsa enjoys a very good relationship with both Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino, with the latter playing under him during his stint as the manager of Argentine club Newell’s Old Boys.“I don’t think it would have been a good thing to do to use a personal relationship of respect and love you have for both of them for a professional reason. You don’t have to manipulate the professional decisions.” Bielsa said, according to Yorkshire Post.Meanwhile, Sky Bet Championship promotion hopefuls Aston Villa are planning to sign two Newcastle United players on loan before the loan window closes on August 31.Pochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.The Villans want Isaac Hayden and Ciaran Clark to join them on loan for the entire duration of the 2018-19 season.Hayden has been linked with a move away from St. James Park all summer but a permanent moved failed to materialize before the close of the Premier League transfer window last week.Stoke City are also believed to be interested in signing the former Arsenal midfielder on loan.Aston Villa want former centre-back Ciaran Clark to join the club on loan. Clark left Villa Park in 2016 to sign for Newcastle on a permanent basis.
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Kenai Peninsula Stream Watch volunteers will be kicking off the first day of the beach clean-up and fitness series ‘trash-ercise’, on Tuesday, July 10. Stream Watch Started in 1994 by a group of concerned citizens and the Chugach National Forest, this volunteer driven program has grown from a grassroots collective of 10 to a volunteer movement of 180+ volunteers who are making a difference for rivers on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. Volunteers receive all of the training and supplies, including volunteer campsites, to share information on river protection while completing hands-on projects on the Kasilof, Kenai and Russian Rivers. According to Stream Watch it’s “a *shore* way to keep our community clean and hearts healthy.” Stream Watch will provide trash bags to volunteers. The ‘trash-ercise’ series will take place on every Tuesday through July and August. The series is open to runners, walkers, or fat bikers who volunteer their time to pick up beach litter. Volunteers will meet each week at the North Kasilof Beach. From Soldotna, head south on Sterling Highway for 13.5 miles. Take a right onto K-Beach Road, and in 4.8 miles turn left onto Kasilof Beach Stub. For any questions, please call (907) 260-5449 x 1205. Photo courtesy of Stream Watch
James Martin/CNET Google made a lot of announcements at the Google I/O developer conference, but there’s a lot that goes on there that doesn’t get mentioned during the livestreamed keynote presentation. The Nest Hub Max was the biggest announcement related to the smart home. It could be a great product, but it was during the developer’s keynote presentation, held a couple of hours later in front of a much smaller crowd, where I saw a simple developer kit called Local Home SDK that will have a much larger impact on owners of any Google smart speaker or smart display. I wrote about the Local Home SDK in detail at the time. In short, it allows Google’s smart speakers and smart displays to send commands to third-party lights, video cameras, and gadgets directly via local wireless connections, rather than routing commands out through the cloud. Typically, if you give a command to a Google smart speaker, it processes the command in Google’s cloud, then sends the data to the third-party cloud (so the Philips Hue cloud for Philips Hue bulbs, for example), which sends it down to the device. Read more: Google is killing off the Works with Nest program in favor of Works with Google Assistant, and it could mess up your smart home set up. If device makers adopt Local Home SDK, it could skip the intermediaries and greatly improve the responsiveness of your smart home setup. Pixel 3A review: The cheap phone Google always needed Google Nest Hub Max: A higher-end smart display for Google Assistant Google Maps gets Incognito Mode Google’s next-gen Assistant is 10x faster, knows where your mom lives See all our Google I/O coverage Smart Home Here’s everything that works with Google Home and Home Mini $99 See It Jul 10 • How to get Android 10 right now Tags Jul 24 • Nest Hub Max: Google’s 10-inch Assistant smart display costs $230, debuts Sept. 9 See All $79 Thankfully, your third-party accessory won’t actually be dependent on a nearby Google Home to work. The Local Home SDK builds on top of Google’s traditional smart home codes instead of replacing them. Google will try the local shortcut if it can. If not, it will then send the signal through the third-party cloud as before. Even if the shortcut works, Google does update the third-party cloud of your device after it has responded to your command, so your Philips Hue app will correctly show the current state of your lights. If a company employs the SDK and you already have one of their devices installed and set up with Google Assistant, it will automatically start using the SDK with no necessary input on your part. After the SDK officially launches in October, you could suddenly find that all of your smart home gadgets start responding with no lag. The SDK will also allow you to set up compatible devices with the Google Home app, which will hopefully reduce the number of apps you need on your phone. Necessary patience Under ideal circumstances, the Local Home SDK would see rapid adoption at launch and you’d be able to use Google Assistant to set up and control a bunch of smart home gadgets with no noticeable delay. It’s an appealing pitch, but realistically, it will likely take time for this new tech to catch on if it does at all. Remember, Google Assistant works with 30,000 different devices spread across 3,500 brands. Granted, the SDK isn’t officially live yet, but right now, only one brand actually uses it — GE. Once the kit launches, Google will be asking its partner brands to do the heavy lifting to implement it, necessitating a lot of buy-in before the SDK starts to have a big impact. Preview • For your consideration: Google Home seeks employment as your family’s Rosie the robot The attractive element of Google’s vision is the lack of any new proprietary signal protocols and the customer-friendly plan of turning a smart speaker you already have into a hub. If the SDK does catch on, it could finally render traditional hubs obsolete. It could make voice controls in the smart home faster than ever and you as the customer don’t have to do anything to get this upgrade. The biggest obstacle is buy-in from a varied industry, but the potential payoff is exciting enough for me to call Google Local Home SDK my favorite announcement of the Google I/O developer conference. See it Review • Google Home is better than ever, but you probably shouldn’t buy it reading • The coolest thing I saw at Google I/O is code that could eliminate smart home lag 3:39 Crutchfield Aug 12 • Google will ask you to migrate your Nest account soon: Here’s what you need to know Aug 26 • Android Q has a name: Android 10. Here’s how you’ll use it Google Home — a hub in disguise Most traditional hubs, such as the SmartThings Hub, have built-in radios for low-frequency signals like Zigbee and Z-Wave. Zigbee and Z-Wave both use minimal power while sending a signal across distances large enough to cover most homes. This allows small gadgets like door sensors to communicate with hubs using these signals without consuming much battery life. Traditional hubs have gradually fallen out of favor since Amazon popularized the smart speaker with the Amazon Echo. Hubs also made it simple to control many gadgets in a single app, but smart speakers make this process even easier for the whole family. Hubs tend to be ugly blocks of plastic that take up space on your router. Popular options like the Revolv have disappeared entirely, but smart speakers still haven’t fully replicated the ability to streamline communication with small sensors so some hubs have remained. Amazon replicated hubs to an extent with one of its smart speakers called the Amazon Echo Plus, which has a Zigbee radio. For Google, the Local Home SDK has the potential to streamline communication with a wider variety of connected gadgets, and it will work with all of Google’s smart speakers and displays instead of just one model. The original Google Home could soon double as a smart home hub. Chris Monroe/CNET SDK = Software Development Kit When it launches in October, the Local Home SDK will be compatible with any type of device that currently works with Google Assistant — the voice-activated digital helper built into Google’s smart speakers, smart displays and phones. In theory, any of Google’s 30,000 compatible gadgets could make use of the SDK. Through the SDK, your Google device will store the data it needs to communicate with any accessory devices like smart thermostats. It will then send a signal over your own Wi-Fi network or via Bluetooth. Both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are more common than Zigbee or Z-Wave and the specialized Bluetooth Low Energy is similarly easy on battery power. You can control your gadgets with Google Assistant on your phone when you’re on the road, and the SDK will use Google’s cloud network to dynamically find the smart speaker with the right saved code. Using Google’s side of the cloud command path is still necessary in this case since you’d be sending the command from outside of your home network, but the Local Home SDK will still bypass any third-party cloud transmissions and communicate directly from your Google speaker or smart display to the device you want to control. Your Google Home will essentially act as a bridge, just like a hub. Owning a Google smart speaker or smart display becomes that much more important if you want to use Google Assistant to control your devices, as they’ll be the key to speeding up response time through the SDK. $69 Share your voice Mentioned Above Google Home News • Black Mirror season 5 has three new trailers to stress you out today Now playing: Watch this: Google I/O 2019 See It The Google Nest Hub Max could teach you how to do anything… How To • Make Google Home get your groceries Google Home Walmart CNET may get a commission from retail offers. • 58 Photos Google I/O 2019 Comments Google I/O 2019 CNET Smart Home 2 Nest GE Amazon Bluetooth Google Philips
boingA Boeing 737-800 aircraft was added to the fleet of Biman Bangladesh Airlines on Thursday.The aircraft, brought on lease from Kuwait’s Alfaco arrived at Dhaka airport around 3:25am, said Biman General Manager (Public Relations) Shakil Meraj.With the latest addition, the number of aircraft in Biman fleet reached 16.Next month, a sixth Boeing 737-800 aircraft is scheduled to be added to Biman fleet while two Boeing Dreamliner 787 will be added in July and September.Currently, Biman operates on 16 international and domestic routes. It carried 26 lakh passengers it the last fiscal year.
00:00 /01:12 Listen Wikimedia CommonsFEMA has deployed more than 800 trailers for Texans displaced by HarveyMore than 15,500 Texas families or individuals are still in temporary housing at more than 1,200 hotels.The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) extended their stay to January 16th and it could be extended again.FEMA has been following up and is notifying people about their continued eligibility this week.“It’s based on their application,” the agency’s Bob Howard said. “Whether or not they still have a need for temporary housing, if they have been able to find other, more permanent housing, if they have been able to do repairs on their house.”In addition to hotel rooms, FEMA –in cooperation with the Texas General Land Office— is working to provide mobile homes and trailers.More than 700 families are currently in these mobile units, another 83 trailers are ready for move-in, and 58 are in the process of being connected.“It’s not just putting a unit out there and then people move in,” FEMA’s Ken Higginbotham said. “The unit has to be set up to see if there’s plumbing, electrical hook-up.”So far, more than $11 billion in state and federal resources have been approved for Harvey victims. X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share
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.”
Astronomers detect flickering from the star EF Aquilae More information: MN Draconis – peculiar, active dwarf nova in the period gap, arXiv:1703.06742 [astro-ph.SR] arxiv.org/abs/1703.06742AbstractContext: We present results of an extensive world-wide observing campaign of MN Draconis. Aims: MN Draconis is a poorly known active dwarf nova in the period gap and is one of the only two known cases of period gap SU UMa objects showing the negative superhumps. Photometric behaviour of MN Draconis poses a challenge for existing models of the superhump and superoutburst mechanisms. Therefore, thorough investigation of peculiar systems, such as MN Draconis, is crucial for our understanding of evolution of the close binary stars. Methods: To measure fundamental parameters of the system, we collected photometric data in October 2009, June-September 2013 and June-December 2015. Analysis of the light curves, O−C diagrams and power spectra was carried out. Results: During our three observational seasons we detected four superoutburts and several normal outbursts. Based on the two consecutive superoutbursts detected in 2015, the supercycle length was derived P_sc = 74 +/- 0.5 days and it has been increasing with a rate of P_dot = 3.3 x 10^(-3) during last twelve years. Based on the positive and negative superhumps we calculated the period excess epsilon = 5.6% +/- 0.1%, the period deficit epsilon_ = 2.5% +/- 0.6%, and in result, the orbital period P_orb = 0.0994(1) days (143.126 +/- 0.144 min). We updated the basic light curve parameters of MN Draconis. Conclusions: MN Draconis is the first discovered SU UMa system in the period gap with increasing supercycle length. (Phys.org)—A team of astronomers led by Karolina Bąkowska of the Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Center in Warsaw, Poland, has discovered several new outbursts in a peculiar, active dwarf nova known as MN Draconis. The results of new observations, which could provide better understanding of dwarf novae in general, were published Mar. 20 in a paper on arXiv.org. Explore further Citation: New outbursts detected in a peculiar, active dwarf nova MN Draconis (2017, March 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-03-outbursts-peculiar-dwarf-nova-mn.html MN Draconis (MN Dra for short) is an active SU Ursae Majoris-type (SU UMa-type) dwarf nova (DN). It is a poorly known active DN in the period gap and currently one of the only two known cases of period gap SU UMa objects showcasing quasi-periodic oscillations called superhumps.Superhumps are observed in light curves of SU UMa systems during superoutbursts. Most common are positive superhumps – oscillations with periods a few percent longer than their orbital periods. However, MN Draconis exhibits negative superhumps, which means that the oscillations have periods that are slightly shorter than orbital periods.SU UMa-type stars like MN Draconis are characterized by short orbital periods (shorter than 2.5 hours) and by the occurrence of superoutbursts, which are less frequent but one magnitude brighter than normal outbursts. Outbursts in MN Draconis were first spotted in 2002-2003. These observations derived the supercycle period (timespan between two successive superoutbursts) of MN Draconis to be about 60 days—one of the shortest among the values known in SU UMa stars. Now, Bąkowska and her colleagues present the results of an extensive world-wide observational campaign, which provided new essential information about this peculiar dwarf nova.The new observations were carried out in 2009, 2013 and 2015. The astronomers used several ground-based observatories, including the Skinakas Observatory in Greece, the Poznan Astronomical Observatory, the Warsaw University Observatory (both located in Poland), the Borowiec Station in Italy, the Antelope Hills Observatory and the MDM Observatory (both in the U.S.). The observations allowed the team to measure fundamental parameters of the system by collecting photometric data and analysing the light curves, O − C diagrams as well as power spectra.The scientists detected four superoutbursts and several normal outbursts. They also managed to characterize the occurrence of superhumps in superoutbursts, in outbursts, and in quiescence, along with their rates of change. Moreover, the researchers refined the supercycle length and possible changes in the superoutburst occurrence rate.”Based on the two consecutive superoutbursts detected in 2015, the supercycle length was derived Psc = 74 ± 0.5 days and it has been increasing with a rate of P = 3.3 × 10−3 during last 12 years,” the paper reads.The authors noted that MN Draconis is the first discovered SU UMa system in the period gap with increasing supercycle length. It means that the occurrence of superoutbursts in this object has been constantly decreasing in recent decades. Such increased supercycle length could be crucial for our understanding of the future evolution of dwarf novae.”MN Dra is another example of an active DN located in the period gap. It is worth noting that this star is not only a challenge for existing models of the superhump and superoutburst mechanisms, but also it presents other intriguing behaviours, in particular the increasing supercycle length,” the researchers concluded. © 2017 Phys.org The light curve of MN Dra during superoutbursts folded with Psc = 74 days. Black circles correspond to the June – July 2015 superoutburst and grey circles represent the September 2015 superoutburst. Credit: Bąkowska et al., 2017. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailWork has started to repaint road markings on three busy roads. The work on Dividy Road, Werrington Road and Bucknall Road started on yesterday and will take approximately two weeks to complete. Stoke-on-Trent City Council, which is carrying out the work, said there would be a mixture of day and night work with the use of temporary signals. Work carried out in the day will be done between 9.30am and 3pm to minimise disruption to motorists. Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. If you have a story, get in touch with our Newsdesk on 01782 864 120. Follow us on Twitter @SentinelStaffs – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. Read MoreRSPCA launches investigation after footage of man hurling sheep into Eccleshall field goes viral We’re also on www.facebook.com/sentinelstaffs – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire.