MALENY OPENS THE DOOR FOR AUSTRALIAN OPEN MIXED TEAM

first_imgThe Maleny Touch Association at Witta was full to overflowing on Friday 24 November 2006 as the Sunshine Coast Affiliate played host to the 2007 Federation of International Touch World Cup Australian Open Mixed Team.The reigning World Cup Champions traveled from their 3-day training camp base in Brisbane to play an exhibition game against a Maleny President’s 14 team on Friday evening.The small country locality turned on the hospitality and out in force to greet the Australian Team who captivated the locals with their fleet of foot and sleight of hand in a slick performance that had the crowd on their feet.400 spectators lined the sidelines to see Touch Football at its best with the Australian Open Mixed Team turning on a sharp display against a local outfit led by Senior Men’s Queensland ‘A’ representative and Maleny President, Tim Evans.Evans led a host of enthusiastic young guns that relished the opportunity to play against the best the sport has to offer in this Country at Mixed Open level.Local Sunshine Coast Australian Mixed Open products Ben Roberts and Hayley Rogerson received big cheers, whilst Australian Mixed Co-Captain Tony Eltakchi held court as the “King of the Kids” and was equally popular amongst the mum’s who clamored for an autograph.The Australian Coaches spoke to the crowd and introduced the teams, provided commentary, explained the finer points of Mixed, and aspects of the 2007 Australian World Cup campaign. The biggest cheer of the night was reserved for the Maleny team who scored the town’s sole touchdown right on full time.The Aussie players were pleasantly besieged by a sea of kids requesting their autographs and one young lady, Nicole Sommer aged 12, who found herself without a pen and paper, was given the game ball signed by the Australian Mixed Open team.Nicole’s mother Maree, whose three children all play touch, was full of praise for the Australian Mixed Team and the game.“She loves touch, she has been playing it since she was four, and she has been looking forward to the Aussie Team coming for days. She is on cloud nine, and can’t believe her luck to be given the ball. I will probably have to pries the ball out of her hands when she falls asleep, she is that proud, it’s such a great gesture. The whole town is rapt to have you all here and we will be monitoring the World Cup results in January” Maree said.Australian Co-Captains Tony Eltakchi and Mary Steele were both interviewed after the game and spoke to the crowd about how impressed they were with the response from the locals.“This is excellent, thank-you all so much for coming out and showing your support. We have a tough job ahead of us to retain the World Title, but night’s like tonight make you appreciate the responsibility you have been given to represent your Country and your sport – it’s definitely been worth the travel and we hope to come back again one day.” Eltakchi said.Mary Steele was equally pleased by the town’s response.“Definitely unexpected, everyone has been great and the Maleny team fought hard and gave us a good run, you never know, we might see some of these youngsters in the green and gold in the future! It’s a great boost knowing that you have people in the sport behind you and willing you to do well. Let’s hope we can do the job for everyone.” Steele said.The “Little Big Men” of the Aussie Mixed team, Brad “BJ” Holden and Ben “Boozer” Mc Cullen were clear favourites with the crowd.Whilst standing on the sideline next to the “Tall Timber” of Ben Roberts and Matt Tope, Boozer and BJ drew an interesting comment from a diminutive young fan to his father: “Dad, those two ‘little boys’ there can play real good, there not much bigger than me, I could do that.”Thanks to “B1 and B2” The young man now has his heart set on playing in the Maleny Junior Touch competition… but no one had the heart to tell him that whilst Boozer and BJ might have been around his height, they were just a little too old to play in his age division!Maleny Junior Touch Coordinator Tony Yorkston, who was instrumental in bringing the Australian Team to Maleny, organized a post game dinner for the players and was delighted with the response from locals.“It has been wonderful, people from all the areas up this way are here tonight. We have never had a team of this calibre here before and it is a real privilege. The standard was something of an eye opener for us, and the Aussie team have been excellent ambassadors for the sport – we’d love to do this again in the future. It really brings grass-root level touch and the elite level together. Kids can see people like Hayley and Ben, people they see around the traps, get to this level and it doesn’t seem so far away. It’s just fantastic.”Yorkston said.The Australian Mixed Open Team’s foray to the country has opened the door for the possibility of taking National camps to affiliates across Australia in the future.The Australian Men’s Open camp will be conducted in Rockhampton in Central Queensland on 15-17 December and this is another opportunity for the game to showcase the sport at the highest level, but bring the excitement and build up to the World Cup to our affiliated members and raise the profile of the game in the general community.last_img read more

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Tommy Lake Fire now 40 percent contained

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Tommy Lakes Wildfire is now 40 percent contained.  According to the B.C. Wildfire Service, the fire is now 22,000 hectares and did receive some rain on Saturday.The cooler temperatures and decreased wind, have enabled firefighters to get the upper hand and contain the fire.There are 234 firefighters building and reinforcing guard working to increase containment supported by 8 helicopters along with 22 pieces of heavy equipment. More informationOn May 27, 2018, an Area Restriction Order was put in place for Crown Land in the vicinity of the Tommy Lakes wildfire. This restricts public access to the active wildfire area and access roads within the Tommy Lakes wildfire boundary and surrounding area. For more information regarding the restricted area please refer to the attached order and map.The public is asked to respect this order to ensure your safety as well as the crews working on the Tommy Lakes wildfire. Public and crew safety is the number one priority of the BC Wildfire Service.Cause: Lightning Lightning CausedResources• 234 firefighters• 8 helicopters• 22 heavy equipmentThe decrease in area to 22,000ha is due to more accurate mapping.Today (June 3rd),there was no growth on the Tommy Lakes wildfire and some sections of the fire did receive rain. The cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity continue to aid fire suppression efforts. The crews have made great progress to date and the fire is currently 40% contained.Today, there are 234 firefighters building and reinforcing guard working to increase containment supported by 8 helicopters along with 22 pieces of heavy equipment.The primary objectives are to establish machine guard and if conditions permit conduct controlled burning operations, in order to protect oil and gas infrastructure, communities and other values in the vicinity of G80340.On the northwest side of the fire, crews along with heavy equipment are working to complete the guard on the west side of the Beatton River. Crews are also working on a contingency guard along the western flank.On the southwest flank, crews are mopping up hot spots from 6 km east on the South Nig, and well site 74 off Beatton road.On the east flank, crews are working to complete mop-up and patrols along and in the vicinity of the North Nig road. They are also mopping up east of the Beatton Road and continue with direct attack west of the 71km mark on the Beatton Road. Crews are also working to complete mop-up from the North Nig road working south towards the 76km mark on the Beatton Road.On the northeast flank, crews continue to patrol and mop-up guards and hose trails constructed off the North Nig and Tommy Lakes roads, and complete the Wellsite access road at 74 km. They are working to construct new guard and support mop up along pipeline guard with crews in the southwest.In the vicinity of the fire, smoke may be visible to the public.The Tommy Lakes (G80340) is the result of the amalgamation of the former Beatton Lake (G80340) and the Tommy Lakes Road (G80341). This amalgamation occurred on May 25, 2018. The Peace River Regional District removed the evacuation alert for a small farming community near the fire Friday.Here is the full update from the B.C. Wildfire Service:Tommy Lakes (G80340)Last updated: Sunday, June 03, 2018 at 10:18 AMLocation: Approximately 29km northeast of mile 109 Hwy 97 (Alaska Highway)• See approximate location of this wildfire on an See Map interactive map• View an interactive map of all active Wildfires of Note.Discovered: Tuesday, May 22, 2018Size: 22,000.0 hectarescenter_img Status: Active• 40% containedInterface: Interface Interface FirePrevious evacuations have been rescinded.As of 1615 on June 1,2018, the Peace River Regional District rescinded the Evacuation Alert for Electoral Area B.last_img read more

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French envoy rejects reports of Pak pilots training on Rafale in France

first_imgNew Delhi: French Ambassador Alexandre Ziegler on Thursday dismissed as “fake news” reports that a batch of Pakistani pilots was trained on Rafale fighter jets being procured by Qatari Air Force. American aviation industry website ainonline.com reported that the first batch of pilots trained on the Rafale fighter jet for Qatar in November 2017 were Pakistani exchange officers. “I can confirm that it is fake news,” Ziegler tweeted. French diplomatic sources said no Pakistani pilots ever trained on Rafale jets in France. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details There were concerns in the Indian military establishment after the report by the US-based website. The report came in the midst of a simmering political slugfest over procurement of Rafale jets by the Modi government from France. India is procuring a batch of 36 Rafale fighter jets from France at a cost of Rs 58,000 crore. The Congress has been alleging massive irregularities in the deal while the government has strongly rejected the charges.last_img read more

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ED questions Kochhars for 5th consecutive day

first_imgNew Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) questioned former ICICI Bank CEO Chanda Kochhar and her husband Deepak Kochhar for a fifth consecutive day on Friday in connection with the Rs 1,875-crore Videocon loan case. The Kochhar couple arrived at the ED Headquarters in south Delhi’s Khan Market area around 11 a.m. along with new sets of documents sought by the agency. Their questioning began soon after they deposed before the investigators. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework They are being questioned about their business dealings with Videocon Chairman Venugopal Dhoot and about the financial transactions that took place between them, said an ED official. The case is related to the alleged irregularities and corrupt practices in the sanction of a Rs 1,875-crore loan disbursed by ICICI Bank to the Videocon Group between 2009 and 2011. The ED alleges that while heading ICICI Bank, Chanda Kochhar illegally routed crores of rupees to NuPower Renewables Ltd, a company run by her husband. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen The Kochhars were questioned on many occasions last month in Mumbai. They are being questioned in Delhi for the first time. The couple has been facing over eight to nine hours questioning every day since May 13. In March, the ED had searched the residence and office premises of Kochhars and also questioned them along with Dhoot. Dhoot allegedly invested in NuPower Renewables Ltd through his firm Supreme Energy as quid pro quo for the loans cleared by the ICICI Bank. A large portion of the Rs 40,000 crore loan to the Videocon group remained unpaid at the end of 2017, and the bank proceeded to declare Rs 2,810 crore of this loan as non-performing asset (NPA).last_img read more

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