PNC deflects blame for constitutional reform failure

first_imgExecutive Member of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR), retired Rear Admiral Gary Best has sought to deflect the blame for the APNU/AFC Government’s failure to fulfil its promise of constitutional reform made on the 2015 elections campaign trail.Constitutional reform was one of the main promises on the coalition’s 2015 Elections Manifesto but the Administration has been heavily criticised for not delivering.However, Best told reporters at the party’s weekly press conference on Friday that while constitutional reform remains a priority for the coalition administration, it is something it cannot do alone.“We had to get at least two-thirds of the Members [of the National Assembly] to vote for the many clauses and articles that are now in the Constitution. So constitutional reform is not an activity for the party in power, it’s an activity for all the parties in power, and parties that seek to have power… It can’t be done without the cooperation of the other Members of Parliament which are from the PPP [People’s Progressive Party]. So that’s one of the issues with constitutional reform. It has to be a national effort,” he asserted.Further questioned as to what was done by the coalition to reach out to the parliamentary Opposition to advance the process of constitutional reform, the PNCR Executive contended that there was always an open door policy for discussions on the matter.In fact, he went on to say that the Opposition had opportunities to bring up the topic, which the coalition had campaigned heavily on.“The PNCR has an open door policy when it comes to discussing national issues, whether its security or constitutional reform. The leader of any Opposition is quite able, is quiet open, is quiet permitted to raise these issues at any point in time… The President [David Granger] has met several times with the Leader of the Opposition. Those are opportunities to discuss whatever needs to be discussed. If it’s not raised by the Excellency on a particular meeting, it can be raised with the Leader of the Opposition,” Best noted.Nevertheless, the PNCR Executive posited that the coalition is still committed to constitutional reform.“I believe there’s sufficient goodwill on the part of His Excellency. Maybe we need more time and in the new term of the coalition, there will be more willingness on the party to sit and meaningfully discuss,” he stressed.Apart from engaging the Parliamentary, the PNCR Executive further emphasised the importance of also involving the public in the constitutional reform process and getting their feedback as well.With criticisms abounding about the slow pace of constitutional reform, British High Commissioner Gregory Quinn earlier this year had underscored the need for a collaborative and consultative approach.“We’ve been talking about constitutional reform. In 2016, we funded a project with the Carter Center, which launched a discussion on constitutional reform. Ultimately, constitutional reform has to be a Guyanese-led process. There are a lot of people who recognise work must be done on the Constitution”.“It’s now over to the political parties to decide what needs to be done to move the process forward, if that’s what they want to do… because it has to be a consultative process. Changing the Constitution takes two-thirds of the 65 seats in Parliament. So it’s not like one party or another can direct. So they need to decide how to move that forward, if they want to move it forward”.Over the past few years, constitutional reform has been before a parliamentary committee.There is a Constitutional Reform Commission bill that was to be examined by the committee. But there have been accusations made of members of the committee stalling the process.last_img read more

Humans Can Selectively Wipe Out Certain Animals

first_img(Visited 402 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The human impact on animals is well known today and is becoming apparent in history, too. Implications for ancient history are considered.The white rhino is nearly extinct in our own time. We know the cause: poaching. The majority of humans respect these magnificent animals (see scientists desperately trying to preserve an embryo of the last northern white rhino on Science Daily). It only took a few bad humans, though, to wipe them out. Sometimes humans drive an animal extinct out of superstition, as in the case of the rhinoceros. “Even though these spikes are just made of keratin—what makes up our nails—many Asian markets deem it a viable treatment for low libido, among other things,” Emma Bryce wrote in 2014. “This has made rhino horn enormously popular, and poachers supply traffickers with horns that get sent across the globe.” Sometimes greed endangers animals, as in the case of the demand for elephant ivory. Sometimes vanity drives extinction, as in the case of a hummingbird threatened by ladies of a bygone era who thought them beautiful on their corsages. We know about how beaver narrowly escaped extinction in the fur trade era, all because European men found beaver hats fashionable for awhile. In Roman times, emperors would gather exotic animals for gladiators to fight in the arena.Human influence can be quick and dramatic. American bison were nearly wiped out within a few decades during the era of westward expansion. Some men thought it sporting to shoot them with rifles from the comfort of their railroad cars. Other humans drive animals to extinction out of anger, such as the ranchers who would see their sheep and cows lying dead from wolves and would go on a rampage to shoot every wolf they saw; one can understand their reticence at the decision to re-introduce wolves into Yellowstone. Fear can be another motivation. It may be a default human reaction when seeing a snake or spider to kill it. Other animal deaths are accidental, as in road kill (8 bears killed in Georgia this year by cars, Fox News reports). Then there are all the unforeseen consequences of human activity, such as encroachment on a species’ habitat, that can threaten creatures with extinction. In summary, these human motivations can drive species extinct:SuperstitionGreedVanityPrideEntertainmentAngerFearAccidentCivilization expansionEducation can help people respect the proper role of each species in an ecosystem, even rattlesnakes. Learning about animals’ benefits can help to reduce shortsighted actions that endanger species. The BBC News reports that some women in the UK got “sick to their stomach” when told that ivory trinkets they were wearing came from elephants slaughtered by poachers.  Oregon State researchers have shown that bears are like seed farmers: “Berry-gorging bears disperse seeds through scat and feed small mammals.” The goal of this article is not to excuse human behavior, nor endorse measures by bureaucrats to protect endangered species that can sometimes seem over the top to landowners and other stakeholders. The point is to note that human beings—unlike any other creatures on earth—can bring about extinction of selected species, even large animals, and do it relatively quickly.Mammoth hunt. Mural at La Brea Tar Pits museum.Scientists continue to debate whether the rich American megafauna that thrived in North America were killed off naturally or by early humans. (Consistent evolutionists who view humans as just another mammal wouldn’t say there’s a difference.) In the La Brea Tar Pits museum, remains of these large animals silently tell of a prior time around Los Angeles ruled by mammoths, mastodons, giant sloths, camels, lions, saber-tooth cats, wolves and many other species of significant animals. Humans were present, we know, because a woman’s skeleton was found at the site, and evidence of mammoth hunts are known. The large animals ranged far and wide on the continent before, during and after first humans arrived. They are all gone.The following news articles touch on human involvement in extinction.America’s lost dogs (Science Magazine). Today’s pet dogs have almost no direct relationship to the dogs that followed the first human migrants from Asia. “It remains unclear why precontact dogs survived and thrived for thousands of years in the Americas only to swiftly and almost completely disappear with the arrival of Europeans.” (The full paper can be found at Science; see also Science Daily.) This story has a parallel with horses. Several species of horse thrived throughout North America. They were all gone before Europeans re-introduced them. As we know, Indians quickly made good use of horses after they were imported.Grizzly bear (Corel Pro Photos)Lost history of brown bears in Britain revealed (BBC News). Bears are large and fearsome beasts compared to people, but wild bears are unheard of in the British Isles today, Helen Briggs writes, even though they existed relatively recently. Romans hunted bears for gladiatorial contests. Indirect evidence suggests they still roamed wild 1,500 years ago. Scientists are divided on what happened to these large animals that thrived before and after the Ice Age, according to secular timelines. “Either ‘native bears’ went extinct around the early Middle Ages, or they disappeared some 3,000 years ago in the Bronze Age or in Neolithic times.” A bear is no match for a motivated human:Bears were present in the Tower of London and continued to be imported into Britain until well into the 20th century.Dancing bears were a common form of entertainment. Bears were also widely used for their body parts, with bear grease still being sold in Britain in the early 20th century as a putative treatment for hair loss.More work needs to be done to figure out the fate of British bears, says Science Daily about research conducted at the University of Nottingham.Human Responsibility and World ViewChris Packham is angry. “Let’s stop sleepwalking towards mass extinction,” he preaches at New Scientist, decrying the mess human beings are making of ecosystems. He blames agriculture for species loss, but would he really give up western cuisine?There, I’ve gone and said it, I’ve had the temerity to point out the great big bag of pesticides in the room. I’ve summoned the nerve to actually confront the sanctity of farming, to actually criticise the system that feeds us. Because that system has become dependent on vast quantities of poison and practices that are destroying our wildlife and our countryside. And will thus ultimately destroy us.So what do you want to do? Carry on musing about the stats, mumbling about “loss” or stand up and say enough is enough? On 22 September, I’m organising the first Peoples Walk for Wildlife in London and if you would like your kids to ever hear a nightingale I would suggest you get your boots on and pack some sarnies. Your wildlife needs you, and it needs you more than ever.Something in Packham’s soul finds beauty in wildness, and wants to preserve it. But why? At The Conversation, Elizabeth Boakes and David Redding offer this argument, “Extinction is a natural process, but it’s happening at 1,000 times the normal speed.” Let’s see if they (as evolutionists) can be consistent about what is ‘natural’ in the world:The northern white rhino will surely be mourned, as would other stalwarts of picture books, documentaries and soft toy collections. But what about species of which of which we are less fond – or perhaps even entirely unaware? Would we grieve for obscure frogs, bothersome beetles or unsightly fungi? Extinction is, after all, inevitable in the natural world – some have even called it the “engine of evolution”. So should extinction matter to us?They cannot deny that extinction is natural. Their argument for doing something about it hinges on the rate of extinction, and the fact that not protecting wildlife will eventually harm us.The most regular counter argument contends that we should not worry about extinction, because it is a “natural process”. First of all, so is death, but it does not follow that we meekly surrender to it (especially not prematurely or at the hands of another).But secondly, fossil records show that current extinction levels are around 1,000 times the natural background rate. They are exacerbated by habitat loss, hunting, climate change and the introduction of invasive species and diseases. Amphibians seem particularly sensitive to environmental change, with estimated extinction rates up to 45,000 times their natural speed. Most of these extinctions are unrecorded, so we do not even know what species we are losing.Hidden within their arguments are moral feelings that human beings (who are also ‘natural’ in evolutionary thinking) “should” take action. But why? Is there really a ‘natural’ background rate of extinction? So what if it is faster now? They would counter, “but animals need more time to evolve defenses.” Again, why? Evolutionists believe that 95% of species went extinct in the Permian, before man had anything to do with it. They believe a meteorite wiped out 76% of animals, including dinosaurs, 65 million years ago. Humans were not around, in their scenario, to try to deflect the meteor so that ecosystems would survive. There is no “should” in the evolutionary world view. Stuff Happens. It follows that evolutionists can only observe, not preach, about what humans are doing now. If humans were to wipe out enough species, and go extinct themselves, it would be a tale never told, a tragedy never mourned.Let’s turn a corner in the commentary and apply what we’ve learned to dinosaur extinction. The current extinction theory for dinosaurs has numerous problems, as we have shown over the years: its selective effects, and the presence of soft tissue in dinosaur fossils. The evolutionists’ mechanism doesn’t work, and their timeline is falsified. So Biblical creationists should get a shot at this never-ending debate. The Bible suggests that dinosaurs thrived for centuries, probably for over a millennium, after being created on Day Six of creation week. The Flood wiped most of them out; that’s why they show the “dinosaur death pose” of suffocation, and why we can find soft tissue just a few thousand years after they drowned. If Noah took representative species of dinosaurs on the ark, and they began proliferating from the Ark’s landing site at the end of the Flood, they could have spread far and wide for centuries, giving rise to all the “dragon legends” from Europe to China (and possibly some in the Americas). None of the post-Flood dinosaurs fossilized. Recall that the bones of millions of bison that died in the American west left no fossils.So what happened to the post-Flood dinosaurs? Read the top paragraphs again. Just like rhinos, bears, saber-tooth cats, and numerous other species, they perished at the hand of man. Look at that bullet list of motivations for driving animals extinct. Those were all certainly active motivations for centuries after the Flood and the Tower of Babel. The tales of Beowulf and Saint George and the Dragon typify the lust for fame at being able to kill a “dragon,” a word signifying a fearsome reptile. The fanciful accounts of dragons were probably exaggerated by storytellers to enhance the hero’s reputation. The word “dinosaur” didn’t exist until it was coined by Richard Owen in 19th-century Britain. Many people probably considered dinosaurs major pests or threats to their own safety. If they could wipe out bears and lions, they could have wiped out the post-Flood dinosaurs. This explains the selectivity of the extinction. It happened by intelligent design, not by a chance event like a meteor strike. It explains the soft tissue remains (because the Flood was recent, not millions of years ago). It explains the ubiquitous “dinosaur death pose” and the fossil graveyards in flood deposits. Sounds like a good explanation. If it weren’t for secular scientists’ hatred of the Bible, it should be a contender.last_img read more

South Africa’s Mafikizolo performs in Davos

first_img26 January 2016South African music duo Mafikizolo was in the Swiss town of Davos on Saturday night to perform at the gala dinner to mark the closing of the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) gathering.Theo Kgosinkwe and Nhlanhla Nciza were invited by the founder and executive chairman of WEF, Klaus Schwab, after he saw their performance at the WEF Africa regional meeting in June 2015, which took place in Cape Town.Arts and culture is a critical vehicle through which the spirit of South Africa’s national brand is conveyed within the country and beyond its borders. As such the role of arts and culture in building national cohesion and the economy is recognised in the National Development Plan.Mafikizolo’s sound is a fusion of Afro-pop, kwela, and marabi mixed with a little trance and house.The group released its debut self-titled album in 1997, followed by Music Revolution in 1999. However, it was the 2013 album, Reunited, that got the South African music industry buzzing. It scooped numerous accolades, including three Metro FM awards, four South African Music Awards (Sama) and two MTV Africa trophies.Watch the video of Happiness, the song that earned Mafikizolo a Best Collaboration Sama.Watch the video of Khona, the song that won four Samas, including Best Selling Full-Track Download.last_img read more

The Real-Time Web Has Gone to the Dogs

first_img“Did you know that a beagle’s nose has 300 million receptor sites?” Messina writes, “Humans, in contrast, have about six million. And that changes everything in a dog’s perception of the world.”“Imagine that we were able to interpret information at the scale and rapidity that dogs parse scent. That’s where we need to go.“If the speed of thinking — and the shape of our thoughts — have previously been confined to 93.5 square inches (the area of an eight and half by eleven sheet of paper), then our perception of reality must adjust to the scale of the web — to draw a comparison, as though we expanded our olfactory centers from 6 to 300 million.In his article Messina compares the way that a dog’s nostrils are capable of inhaling and exhaling simultaneously, thus consuming the information around them continuously, with the human experience of real-time web flow. “In order to cope with the real-time era of the web,” he writes, “we must imagine a similar augmentation of our own knowledge processing abilities if we’re to cope with the deluge.”Part of that augmentation will come in the form of technical filters, something we discussed at length in yesterday’s post Filtering the Real-Time Web. User experience has been a key topic, along with filtering, in all the conversations we’ve been having about the real-time web. Messina is a User Experience design guy and he says this about the issue:“Presuming that we keep the brains we have, this [vastly increased access to information] has huge ramifications for interaction and user experience design. We cannot simply apply document-based interfaces to this new, more rapid and fluid space. Instead, we need to take inspiration from the field of game design (Halo would suck if it operated at anything less than real-time); we need to think about how social search fits in and can augment our ability to filter information and make better decisions; we need to consider how one can effectively project intentions onto the web to receive better, faster, automatic service, as Doc Searls’ Project VRM proposes; we need to take advantage of the always-on human network, as Amazon’s Mechanical Turk and Q & A service Aardvark do; and we should embrace the natural and native speed that comes with a more conversational and people-centric web.”Messina’s whole post and the comments left by his readers are worth reading. You should give him a scratch behind the ear by clicking over there too.What do you think? Are you ready to learn to inhale and exhale information at the same time? What levers do you think will make that experience more usable for people on the web?These are key questions that will be discussed at the ReadWrite Real-Time Web Summit – but there’s no reason to wait until then. The conversation is flowing continuously. Let us know what you’d like to contribute to it. Related Posts The steady flow and increased volume of information made available by new real-time web technologies will require new technology for consumption and different thinking for users. That’s the thesis of an interesting new blog post by activity streams thought leader Chris Messina titled What can dogs tell us about the real-time web?Messina uses research from Alexandra Horowitz’s new book Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know as a metaphor for the change from the old document and page centric web to the new, real-time and people centric web. We’ve selected Messina’s post as our Real-Time Web Article of the Day in our lead-up to the ReadWrite Real-Time Web Summit on October 15th. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Real-Time Web#web marshall kirkpatrick Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

IPL 2011: Delhi Daredevils vs Kings XI Punjab- DD win by 29 runs

first_imgDelhi beat Punjab by 29 runs in a high scoring IPL cricket match that saw 433 runs being scored in the day. Score | PhotosDelhi captain Virender Sehwag and David Warner scored 77 runs each as Delhi posted a massive 231/4 at the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium on Saturday.The target proved too much for the Punjab team, which lost the match by 29 runs. Still hats off to them for scoring a 200 plus soccer batting second. And the onus for this goes to Aussie Shaun Marsh who scored a quick-fire 95 of 46 balls, hitting nine fours and six sixes.Chasing 232, Punjab lost their in-form opener Paul Valthaty early. He fell to Irfan Pathan in the fourth over when the team total was 25.Post Valthaty’s wicket, Punjab captain Adam Gilchrist and Shaun Marsh batted on without losing a wicket till the 10th over. However, they were nowhere near the Delhi scoring rate. After 10 overs Punjab were a decent 96/1, but that was 19 runs short of Delhi’s total of 115.However, Punjab soon lost a wicket in the 11th over with Gilchrist falling to Delhi paceman Varun Aaron on 42 when the team total was 97/2. Next to take a walk was Dinesh Karthik. A pull of Ajit Agarkar that went wrong was lapped up by captain Virender Sehwag at square leg and Punjab were down to 117/3.David Hussey tried hard to up the tempo and even hit a massive 106 metres six off James Hopes, but could not stop the inevitable – Punjab’s loss. He fell on the next ball, this time the elevation was missing and Sehwag caught him in the deep on 20. Punjab lost their 4th wicket on 153.advertisementThen Shaun Marsh attempted a late revival smashing over the fence shots and boundaries at ease. But, one such shot of Morne Morkel that was not well-timed took a long loop in the air only to settle in the safe hands of Delhi captain Sehwag at mid-off. He fell five runs short of a ton and Punjab lost their fifth wicket on 184.Punjab managed to post 202/6 in 20 overs.Delhi inningsDelhi captain Virender Sehwag and David Warner scored 77 runs each as Delhi posted a massive 231/4 against Punjab in their IPL match.Earlier, Punjab captain Adam Gilchrist won the toss and put Delhi in the middle in this 26th IPL match. And Delhi openers Virender Sehwag and David Warner went on charge right away at their home ground Ferozeshah Kotla.The two blasted away boundaries even as the opposition bowlers found it hard to break their stand. After 10 over Delhi were an impressive 115 – the average was just a shy off 12 runs an over.Sehwag was especially brutal and he picked David Hussey for his batting blitz. In the 12th over, he hit Hussey for three sixes and went for another big one but failed to get the desired elevation and Dinesh Karthik took a fine catch to dismiss him on 77 and their opening stand ended on 146. Sehwag’s 35-ball 77 was decorated with 8 fours and four sixes.Next man Yogesh Nagar too kept up the tempo playing his shots on the up, but he did not stay at the crease for long and departed while trying to hit Abhishek Nayar over the long off boundary. Ryan Harris caught him on 11 and Delhi lost their second wicket on 164/2 in 14 overs.But Warner was still at the crease and he was have a good stay in the middle. He and Venugopal Rao continued to pound the Punjab bowlers in this IPL match.Finally Warner fell to Praveen Kumar in the 16th over on the same total as that of Sehwag. However, his 77 came off 48 balls and included seven fours and four sixes. He too holed out to Harris at long on and Delhi lost their third wicket on 179/3.Aaron Finch was the last wicket to fall for Delhi and post that Rao and Naman Ojha put on an unbeaten 47 runs for the fifth wicket as Delhi scored the highest total of IPL-4 with 231 on board. The total is also the third all-time highest score in IPL.last_img read more

Lakhimpur minor rape case: HC rebukes UP govt for filing incomplete status report

first_imgThe Allahabad High Court on Friday rebuked the Uttar Pradesh government for filing an incomplete status report on the rape and murder of 14-year-old Sonam by policemen in Nighasan of Lakhimpur.The Lucknow bench had earlier pulled up the CB-CID for delay in submitting its report even while the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) on Friday accused the policemen of the crime.Advocate general Jyotindra Mishra, who appeared on behalf of the state government, said the complete status report of the investigation would be submitted on the next date of hearing on July 4.The bench of justices Sri Narain Shukla and D. K. Arora asked the CID why the process to attach the properties of the absconding policemen had not been started. It also expressed displeasure over the way the CID was probing the case and asked why the accused policemen were still at large.Prince Lenin, who appeared on the litigant’s behalf, said: “The court was very unhappy with the progress in the investigation. The CID said the report couldn’t be completed due to delay in the forensic report. The court asked the state to declare the accused policemen absconders and attach their properties under Section 82 and 83.””My submission was that while the first postmortem report suggested asphyxia as the reason behind the girl’s death, the second postmortem report said it was strangulation – both reports remained silent on the motive. Since the crime was committed by the policemen and the CB- CID – an agency of the state police – has been handed over its inquiry, there was every possibility that the victim’s family would be deprived of justice. So the case is fit for a CBI inquiry,” he added.advertisementGovernment sources said the CB-CID too had earlier questioned the two postmortem reports, which had rejected any possibility of rape before the murder.”Keeping this aspect in view, Madan Pal Arya, officiating Lakhimpur DM, has forwarded Tarannum Begum’s letter (the victim’s mother) to the department of home. She has sought a CBI probe. Her letter assumes significance in the backdrop of CM Mayawati’s statement that she would recommend a probe by a central agency if the family members so demand,” a government official said.The high court had asked the investigating agency to file its report while responding to a PIL filed by an organisation, We the People, seeking a CBI inquiry and a compensation of Rs 25 lakh to Sonam’s family members.Meanwhile, the NCSC visited Lakhimpur to inquire into the death, spoke to the victim’s parents and made an on-the-spot assessment. After its inquiry, it concluded that the girl was raped, strangulated and later hanged from a tree in order to pass it off as suicide.Sonam was found hanging from a tree near the Nighasan police station on June 10. The state government suspended 12 policemen, including SP D. K. Rai, who were posted at the police station.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more


first_imgQueensland Touch will be hosting an Advanced Coaching and Refereeing Workshop for all interested affiliated members on 8-9 December 2006 at the Queensland Sport and Athletic Centre (QSAC) in Brisbane. An impressive array of presenters from across the Queensland Sporting spectrum have been assembled to discuss advanced coaching and refereeing topics across a range of disciplines.Headlining the guest presenters are Master sports psychologist Phil Jauncey, Former Australian Hockeyroos Captain and Elite Coach Debbie Bowman-Sullivan OAM, and Exercise Physiologist Chris Weier, who will address topics in their chosen fields of endeavour.National Touch Football Game Development Manager Colm Maguire, National Coaching Director Dennis Coffee, and Australian Touch Association Hall of Fame member and current Queensland Coaching Advisory Committee Member Peter Mc Niven will also present topics on High performance and contemporary Coaching methods and standards.The High Performance Refereeing section will be presented by esteemed refereeing identities Glenn Richardson, Ray Grieshaber, Jenny Madders, and Keith Steele. The day and a half workshop will commence at 6.00pm Friday 8 November until 9.00pm. The workshop will recommence at 8.30am Saturday and conclude at 3.30pm.The cost of the Workshop is $ 25.00 and includes lunch, morning tea and the opportunity to gain insights and share and exchange ideas with  some of Queensland’s most well credentialled coaches, officials,  and industry professionals.For more information see the flyers attached and to register contact Member Services Officer Gary Madders at Queensland Touch on 07) 34204646 or e-mail [email protected] Filesa_high_performance_coaching_workshop-docadvanced__coaching_workshop_poster-doclast_img read more

Australian teams on show at NRL Test Match

first_imgThe Australian Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Open teams were recognised in front of 25,000 Rugby League fans at Allianz Stadium on Friday night, following their successful 3-0 series win over New Zealand in the 2014 Trans Tasman Series. The Australian teams were paraded in front of the crowd at half-time of the Australia versus New Zealand Rugby League Test match, which included interviews in the middle of the fields as well as a lap of honour around the field. The event also saw a Women’s All Stars Rugby League match played as the curtain-raiser, which saw several Touch Football representatives take part, including Australian Women’s Open player, Maddie Studdon and 2014 Elite Eight New South Wales Scorpions’ champion, Tegan Chandler. Touch Football Australia Chief Executive Officer Colm Maguire said that ‘the players were ecstatic as were the staff involved’. “This was an outstanding recognition opportunity not only for the athletes themselves but for the sport in general.  Our alliance has and will present numerous opportunities for the development of the sport but the overall improvement of the profile of Touch Football itself is also one of the key benefits,” Maguire said. “The pride that you have in their achievements is one thing but to see such joy in their faces in being recognised is just incredible.” “We thank the NRL for the opportunity and look forward to achieving more together into the future.” Touch Football Australia High Performance Manager, Wayne Grant, was also full of praise for the opportunity. “It was extremely satisfying to see the months and months of hard work put in by the athletes and coaches in preparing for the Trans Tasman being rewarded in such a manner,” Grant said.   “Many thanks to Gareth Holmes and the NRL for providing the opportunity.” To view photos from the night, please visit our social pages: Facebook – Twitter – Instagram – Related LinksAussies Recognisedlast_img read more

22 days agoArsenal boss Emery admits Ozil didn’t deserve starting place

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal boss Emery admits Ozil didn’t deserve starting placeby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery admits Mesut Ozil didn’t deserve a place in his starting XI last night.Ozil, the highest-paid player in the history of the club, was again left out of the matchday squad as Gabriel Martinelli hit a brace in the 4-0 Europa League victory over Standard Liege.”I am thinking every time to decide the best players for each match and the best players in the squad to play and to help us,” Emery replied when asked about Ozil’s omission.”When I decided he shouldn’t be in the squad it’s because I think other players deserved it more.”He needs to continue working. Tomorrow we have training with the players who didn’t play, and on Sunday we have another match, and we are going to decide the same.”Our target is to win on Sunday against Bournemouth, and we want to carry on our same way in each match.” last_img read more

The Elders Urge International Support For Interim Palestinian Government

first_imgThe Elders have welcomed the establishment of the long-awaited Palestinian unity government.They urge all nations to support the government as it works towards free and fair elections within the next six months.The last elections in January 2006 set the scene for bitter internal conflict, exacerbated by external powers, that has persisted to this day.Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders and former UN Secretary-General, said: “The isolation of Gaza from the West Bank and divisions between Fatah and Hamas have had deeply damaging consequences for the peace process and for Palestinian aspirations for independence and an end to occupation. The social and economic damage to the long-suffering people of Gaza has been tragic and will take a long time to repair.“The new government offers hope: hope of a road to renewed and united leadership; hope of a return to a more normal life and of economic activity for the Palestinians – while strengthening their ability to engage effectively with Israel in any further peace negotiations.”Jimmy Carter, former US President, said: “Together with the international treaties and conventions that Palestine has recently acceded to, democratic elections in six months’ time offer an opportunity for fully representative and accountable government for all Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem. This is a deadline that should not be allowed to slip.“Unlike in 2006, when Hamas’s legitimate electoral victory was widely rejected, the international community should recognise and work with the new Palestinian government. We expect it to renew past commitments to pursuing independence through non-violent means and to recognise Israel within internationally agreed borders.“This is an opportunity to preserve the world’s hope of seeing, one day, two states in the Holy Land living side by side in peace and security.”last_img read more