South Queensland & Border Districts Touch Association will join forces with Glades Golf & Spa to host the Inaugural South Queensland Sharks Golf Day Fund Raiser at 11.30am on Saturday, 4 August 2007.South Queensland Sharks Head Coach Mr. Corey Foster has been instrumental in orchestrating a partnership with the Glades Golf & Spa organisation that will allow Sharks to host two fund raising events in 2007.The two Golfing events will provide financial assistance to Sharks representative players who face significant financial hurdles in their quest to represent the region across all age divisions.“We really just wanted to set up a fund that could be accessed by deserving Sharks players who were struggling through various circumstances to compete at tournaments. If that’s a Junior Development Camp, or the World Cup, if they are a junior or a long serving representative of the region – we just want to provide assistance wherever possible,” Mr. Foster said.Corey Foster, who is also the President of Sharks Social Golf Club, has represented the Sharks region over an incredible unbroken twenty-year period, winning numerous National Touch League titles, and representing Queensland at Origin and Australia at World Cup level in Men’s Open and Mixed Open, and certainly knows the difficulty of raising funds to pay the price to follow a dream.“It’s important to provide as much support as possible to people who are in need, who have the ability and the necessary levels of dedication and passion to achieve goals; but may be held back because the costs are prohibitive. Glades Golf & Spa were very keen to work with us on a partnership that will be mutually beneficial for both parties and we look forward to this becoming a regular event on the calendar for the region,” Mr. Foster said.Glades Golf & Spa is a Greg Norman designed award winning golf course, complemented by a palatial clubhouse, a wildlife sanctuary, and a luxurious day spa.South Queensland Sharks will host two Golfing events this year, one on 4 August 2007 and the other on 1 December 2007.The first event will start at 11.30am on Saturday, August 4th with a BBQ registration for a two man Ambrose event to be played at the Glades Golf & Spa complex at Robina.The cost to participate in the Inaugural event is $ 100.00 and will include use of an electric cart, use of the driving range prior to tee off, and use of a complimentary day locker.The day promises to be a wonderful social occasion with prizes and awards to be presented.The event has a maximum capacity of 60 players, so intending participants are encouraged to register sooner, rather than later to avoid disappointment.For full information, including a nomination form, registration of your team, and method of payment information, please visit the South Queensland Sharks Special events page at: www.sqbdspecialevents.com or contact the South Queensland Sharks office on 07 55355777 if you have further queries.
Forget Ronaldo! Liverpool keeper Alisson biggest Messi nemesisby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker has played down his great success against Barcelona.Alisson was voted goalkeeper of the year at the Best FIFA awards last month having helped Liverpool win the Champions League and Brazil the Copa America during the summer.On both occasions, the Reds shot-stopper came up against Messi in the semi-finals, facing Barcelona and Argentina. Alisson was also part of the Roma team that eliminated Barcelona from the Champions League the previous campaign.He told Mundo Deportivo: “The truth is that Messi played very well in the first leg in Barcelona (against Liverpool) and scored two goals, but in the return I managed to stop him in some important moments.”Messi is one of the best players in football history, but I don’t think only of duels with him. Both Barcelona and Argentina are two very good teams that have high quality players.”Luckily, in the last three matches I have been able to overcome him, but the merits are of the whole team: Roma, Liverpool and Brazil.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
We’re a little more than a day away from the 2015 Final Four. At 6:09 p.m. E.T. Saturday, Duke and Michigan State are set to tip off at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. Following that contest, at roughly 8:49 p.m. E.T., Kentucky and Wisconsin will play. Here’s the official game ball for the Final Four. It features the national championship trophy. Official game ball. Trophy embossed. pic.twitter.com/jJt9v0hq2i— Duke Basketball (@dukeblueplanet) April 3, 2015Which team will be throwing that ball into the air late Monday evening?The Final Four games will be televised on TBS.
ST LOUIS, MO – MARCH 18: Head coach Tom Izzo of the Michigan State Spartans reacts in the second half against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Scottrade Center on March 18, 2016 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Michigan State is playing its first game without player of the year candidate Denzel Valentine, and things could be going better. The Spartans lead Oakland 80-78, but the game has been a struggle. Tom Izzo has had an interesting night as well. He has loudly disagreed with a few calls, and at one point, actually had to be pulled away from one referee.Tom Izzo is about to loose his mind after Bryn Forbes got fouled then called for a technical. What did he do? Fist pump?— Mike Wilson (@MikeWilson247) December 23, 2015Tom Izzo restrained from the official. Oakland tech shots to tie here…— Joe Rexrode (@joerexrode) December 23, 2015Izzo for President! #POTUS #SpartanNation pic.twitter.com/RICr6tAax5— Dana (@DanaMonstah) December 23, 2015IZZO MAD pic.twitter.com/lxvJ5vDfNA— Drew Hallett (@DrewCHallett) December 23, 2015There is less than a minute left in the game, which is live on ESPNU. We may have a great finish on our hands, involving the nation’s No. 1 team.
zoomImage by WMN Technology group Wärtsilä has partnered up with the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and PSA Marine on a project to develop a harbor tug with autonomous navigation. Entitled Wärtsilä IntelliTug, this is the first project to be co-created at the Wärtsilä Acceleration Centre opened yesterday in Singapore.As informed, the vessel will be capable of performing a range of routine missions designed to further improve tug safety and efficiencies while reducing operator workload and pressures in one of the world’s most demanding harbor environments.The IntelliTug project will involve a combination of technologies, innovations and capabilities within Wärtsilä’s portfolio to generate a tailored solution for Singapore’s unique situation. It is expected to provide a notable contribution to regional sustainability goals. This will include a new-to-market near-field wideband radar and real-time video analytics, integrated with a light-weight human-centric mission control system to supervise the close quarters and alert users on collision avoidance using adaptive, dynamic route planning capabilities.In 2019, together with MPA and PSA Marine, Wärtsilä will test-bed the IntelliTug concept on an existing tugboat in Singapore’s actual operational port.“We are always scouting for innovative ideas to enhance our Tug Masters’ situational awareness so that they can navigate the busy port waters in Singapore more safely. To achieve this objective, we have teamed up with MPA and Wärtsilä to explore and test-bed new technologies, turning ideas into reality,” Peter Chew, Managing Director of PSA Marine, said.“In contrast to many existing conceptual ideas in the industry, with IntelliTug we are creating a technology that will find a real application in the commercial maritime market. We want to help the industry improve by leveraging the use of automation technologies on ships to boost safety and efficiency, while at the same time augmenting the human’s role within the loop,” Marco Ryan, Chief Digital Officer and Executive Vice President, Wärtsilä Corporation, commented.“This solution will empower Tug Masters by actively assisting the crew in different situations, allowing them to focus on critical tug operations whilst dynamically maintaining safe distances during navigation and preventing potential collisions. It will also give them additional decision-making support and the ability to work with their colleagues ashore via real time data connection,” Ryan added.Wärtsilä Acceleration Centre promotes innovation and collaboration with industry, academia, and local partners to strengthen and develop Singapore’s maritime ecosystem. The opening marks a key milestone following the agreement signed between MPA and Wärtsilä in April 2018 to collaborate in areas of intelligent vessels, connected smart port operations, cyber-physical security, and digital acceleration with start-ups.Wärtsilä will also address cybersecurity challenges in connected maritime operations by launching its Maritime Cyber Centre of Excellence as part of the Singapore Acceleration Centre.
INGERSOLL, Ont. – GM Canada has been hit with its first assembly plant strike in more than two decades as uncertainty on North American trade negotiations loom over contract talks with workers at its CAMI operation in Ingersoll, Ont.The 2,500 members of Unifor local 88 walked out Sunday at 10:59 p.m. as the two sides failed to reach agreements on plant operations, economic issues, and especially job security.Local 88 president Dan Borthwick, reached by phone on the picket line, said the union is pushing to have the plant designated the lead producer of GM’s Chevrolet Equinox to ensure jobs aren’t shifted to Mexico.He said the issue has become more pressing after GM shifted production of its Terrain small SUV from the plant to Mexico earlier this year at a loss of more than 400 jobs.“We’re done with that. We need some job security and commitment,” said Borthwick.“GM just has to get around their corporate greed. They need to start sharing the $12 billion they make a year.”The company said in a statement that it’s disappointed the two sides couldn’t reach a deal, but said both sides have made progress on issues in recent weeks and encouraged Unifor to resume negotiations.GM said it committed $800 million in 2015 to prepare the CAMI plant for the latest Equinox model, but with some production of the vehicle already happening in Mexico, Borthwick said he wasn’t reassured by the investment.“The $800 million was spent when the Terrain was here, so there’s no guarantees.”The shifting of work to Mexico is a key issue for the ongoing North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations, and creates significant complications for automaker labour negotiations, said Brendan Sweeney, project manager at McMaster University’s Automotive Policy Research Centre.“There’s so much uncertainty. How can they make these commitments today when obviously NAFTA is being renegotiated? I don’t know how they can do that; they’re kind of hamstrung.”Sweeney said GM and other automakers were able to reach contract agreements last year, with Unifor securing large investments from GM in its Canadian operations including its assembly plant in Oshawa, Ont.But workers at the CAMI plant operate under a different contract from other GM employees, and their renewal negotiations have come at a tricky time as automakers face uncertainty on key policies like how many cars they’ll be able to import to the U.S. from Canada and Mexico, and whether those vehicles will face tariffs.“Any movement one way or another on those issues will impact what companies do. But the companies won’t do that stuff until they know. So it’s just crappy timing to be bargaining,” said Sweeney.Unifor president Jerry Dias said CAMI is a “poster child” for what’s wrong with NAFTA, where GM shifted production from one of the most productive plants in the world to Mexico to pay workers $2 an hour.He said trade negotiations will have to address the low wages for workers in Mexico, where automakers have opened eight assembly plants with more on the way after closing four in Canada and 10 in the U.S.“NAFTA in itself is a complete and utter disaster,” said Dias. “Workers from all three countries got screwed. Canada and the U.S., we lost our jobs, and Mexico they never gained as a result of it.”The strike is the first assembly plant strike in Canada since GM workers walked off the job in 1996, with Dias saying union members are fed up with the continuing job losses.“The fact is we’ve just had enough, everyone’s just had enough.”
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of FSJ seeks to amend the Cemeteries Bylaw and Council asked for the City to consult with the local Funeral provider for input on the desired changes and return with a report.The City presented a request for a change to Bylaw 2433 at the Committee of the Whole meeting with a presentation developed from a 2016 Master Study and comparison to other communities.The City seeks to change the Bylaw in several areas which included, the Cemeteries operational hours, prices, ornamentation and the language used in the Bylaw. Councillors were concerned with the requested time change. Current hours of operation are 8 am to 5 pm and want them changed to the hours of 9 am to 4 pm. The concern is that the new hours could put additional financial stress on a grieving family if there were to be a reduction in working hours causing overtime charges when dealing with interment.During the City Council meeting, Council directed the staff to consult with the local funeral provider for their input on the presented changes and to bring back a report that also includes a better outline for cost recovery, timeframes for an increase per year based on other communities and the Master study.
Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, says the last two seasons have been the worst for wildfires and that these grants should reduce the risk of wildfires.“The last two summers have shown the need for better preparation in advance of wildfire season. To help keep people and communities as safe as possible, it’s more important than ever that we invest in programs that reduce the risk.”The Union of B.C. Municipalities administers this program and processes grant applications.The application deadline for the next intake is October 18, 2019.For more information on the Community Resiliency Investment program, you can visit the Province’s website. PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – The Government of British Columbia has allocated another $574,840 in Community Resiliency Investment program grants for the Prince George Fire Centre.According to the Government, the grants will be given to eight local governments and First Nations communities in the Prince George Fire Centre to help support wildfire risk reduction projects.These grants are in addition to the more than $6 million in funding provided to 85 municipalities, regional districts and First Nations throughout B.C. in May.
Mumbai: The Shiv Sena Saturday said L K Advani would remain the “tallest leader” of the BJP irrespective of his poll presence, two days after the party nominated its chief Amit Shah from Gandhinagar, a seat represented by the BJP patriarch. In an editorial in the party mouthpiece “Saamana”, the Sena said Shah contesting in place of Advani is politically translated as the ‘Bhishmacharya’ of Indian politics being “forced” to retire. “Lal Krishna Advani is known as the ‘Bhishmacharya’ of Indian politics, but his name does not feature in the list of BJP’s candidates for Lok Sabha polls, which is not surprising,” the edit said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The Sena said the development underlined that the BJP’s Advani era has come to an end. “Advani has been elected from Gujarat’s Gandhinagar constituency six times. Now, Amit Shah will be contesting from that seat. This simply means Advani has been forced to retire,” the editorial said. Marking a generational shift in the BJP, the party recently announced candidature of Shah, who will be contesting his debut parliamentary election, from Gandhinagar. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Advani, 91, had served as Union home minister and deputy prime minister. He won the Gandhinagar seat six times. After Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the BJP to massive victory in 2014 and Shah was made the party president, Advani was made a member of Margdarshak Mandal (group of mentors). The Sena said, “Advani was one of the founding members of the BJP, who along with former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee steered the rath of the party ahead. “But today, Modi and Shah have taken the place of them (Vajpayee and Advani). An environment has already been created in the party to ensure that seniors do not get any responsibility this time,” it stated. The Sena further said Advani has played a “long innings” in politics and would remain the “tallest leader” of the BJP. The Sena is contesting the next month’s Lok Sabha elections in alliance with the BJP. The Sena said it didn’t believe that a leader retains his top position only if he continues to be in active politics. The Uddhav Thackeray-led party also attacked the Congress which has said the Gandhinagar seat has been snatched from Advani. “The party (Congress) should not talk about insult to elders. The then prime minister P V Narasimha Rao, who had steered the Congress governments in difficult times, was insulted by the party even after his death,” it said. The Sena also referred to the 2013 incident when Rahul Gandhi tore an ordinance (on protecting convicted lawmakers) in the presence of the then prime minister Manmohan Singh. “What happened with Sitaram Kesari (former Congress president who was succeeded by Sonia Gandhi)?….Therefore it does not suit the Congress to talk about respecting elders,” the Sena said. Praising Advani, the Sena said he was responsible for expanding the BJP’s footprint across the country. “Every shining sun has to set. The BJP could reach the top because of Advani’s ‘Rath yatra’ in Ayodhya in 1990s. The BJP is reaping (dividends) because of Advani’s toil,” the Sena said.
Kolkata: A person has been arrested at the Amherst Street police station for allegedly duping a job seeker. The accused identified as Apurbakanta Majumdar.According to the complainant identified as Sabir Ali Khan of Purshura in Hooghly, he used to stay in a mess located at Chhaku Khansama Lane near Sealdah for his studies. Approximately seven months ago Majumdar started staying there as Ali’s roommate. After getting introduced, Majumdar reportedly told Ali that he originally hails from Siliguri and works in a renowned medical company located somewhere in Baghajatin area. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAfter a few days passed, Majumdar told Ali that he can arrange a job for him. He has good relation with the Superintendent of NRS Medical College and Hospital and thus he can help Ali to get a job of assistant facility manager. At that moment one of Ali’s friend was also there and Majumdar also offered him a job. Majumdar allegedly told Ali and his friend to give him some money as it is needed to get the jobs. Though his friend did not gave him money, Ali believed Majumdar and gave him Rs 3.99 lakh in multiple phases. In the meantime Majumdar reportedly asked Ali to go to Sasthya Bhavan at Sector V in Salt Lake and Calcutta Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) several times for the job. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayOn February 1, Majumdar again told Ali to go to Sasthya Bhavan with all the documents and wait for his call. As per his version Ali went there and waited for several hours but Majumdar did not called him. So Ali called Majumdar and found that his mobile switched off. Immediately, he returned to the mess and found Majumdar had fled with all his belongings. Then he understood that he has been duped but did not lodged any complaint. On Saturday, Ali went to SSKM Hospital for his treatment and saw Majumdar is talking with a person near the emergency gate. He immediately informed the police outpost inside the hospital. Upon being informed, sleuths went to the spot and detained him. As the place of crime committed was under Amherst Street police station’s jurisdiction, Bhowanipore police station intimated the Amherst Street police station. Later, Ali lodged a complaint at the Amherst Street police station and Majumdar was arrested.