Arsenal provide positive update on Bernd Leno’s knee injury

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Arteta reacts to Arsenal beating champions Liverpool 2-1To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 5:36FullscreenArteta reacts to Arsenal beating champions Liverpool 2-1 is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Scans showed the Germany goalkeeper had sustained a moderate ligament sprain and the time frame for his return is believed to be between four and six weeks.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTA statement from Arsenal on Friday morning said: ‘Now participating in outside running, with the aim of starting ball drills in the next few days.’Emiliano Martinez has massively impressed in Leno’s absence, starting every match since the side’s defeat at Brighton and conceding just five goals.Recent reports suggest that Martinez’s outstanding performances had convinced Arteta to ditch plans to bring in a new goalkeeper in the summer transfer window. Martinez has impressed in Leno’s absence (Picture: Getty)The Gunners also delivered an update on Gabriel Martinelli’s fitness on Thursday evening and confirmed that they do not expect the young forward to return until the end of 2020.The 19-year-old Brazilian went down injured in training last month and underwent surgery to repair a lesion in the cartilage of his left knee.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘Currently recovering in a knee brace after his operation, which took place during the last week of June,’ Arsenal said. ‘Surgery was successful, with consultants and our medical team very encouraged with Gabi’s current progress at this stage of his recovery. ‘Currently at our training centre every day receiving specialist attention and support from our medical team. ‘Will continue his recovery throughout the close season, with the aim of a return to full training by the end of 2020.’Will Arsenal qualify for the Europa League?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Virgil van Dijk compared to Manchester United hero Eric Cantona by Liverpool legend Phil ThompsonMORE: ‘He sat him down!’ – Rio Ferdinand’s brilliant reaction to Marcus Rashford’s goal against Crystal Palace Metro Sport ReporterFriday 17 Jul 2020 10:58 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link374Sharescenter_img Comment Bernd Leno’s injury is not as severe as initially feared (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have revealed that Bernd Leno has returned to outdoor running and will begin ball drills over the coming days.There were initial fears that Leno, 28, could be set for a nine-month spell on the sidelines after he suffered a horrendous-looking knee injury in the Gunners’ 2-1 defeat at Brighton last month. But Leno’s injury was not as severe as it first looked and it soon became clear he had not sustained an ACL problem. Arsenal provide positive update on Bernd Leno’s knee injurylast_img read more

Arsenal must make transfer promise to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, says Robin van Persie

first_img Comment Metro Sport ReporterFriday 14 Aug 2020 9:17 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link792Shares Arsenal must make transfer promise to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, says Robin van Persie Van Persie says the FA Cup may not be enough for Aubameyang (Picture: Getty Images)Robin Van Persie says Arsenal must reinforce the squad with world-class players to keep Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the club.The Gabon international has entered the final year of his contract and is yet to put pen to paper on a new deal.Reports claim the Gunners are confident their top scorer will extend his stay at the Emirates, however, Barcelona could yet spoil the party if they decide to make a move for the 31-year-old.Aubameyang swooped Arsenal’s Player of the Season award for another outstanding campaign in which he scored 27 goals, two of those coming in the FA Cup final win over Chelsea.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTArsenal’s funds for transfers are expected to be limited in the transfer window due to the financial impact of the Covid-19 crisis.The north London club made 55 redundancies to key staff members including long-term scout Francis Cagigao, who discovered the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Hector Bellerin and Gabriel Martinelli. Van Persie made the switch from Arsenal to United (Picture: Getty Images)Van Persie – who made the switch from Arsenal to Manchester United due to a perceived lack of ambition from the Gunners – feels his former side have to surround Aubameyang with players of his level to convince him to stay.‘I don’t know what Arsenal have offered him and I’m not really talking about money, I’m more talking about players,’ the Dutchman told beIN Sports.‘Players like him want to play with world-class players. He is a world-class player in my opinion and he wants to be surrounded by world-class players.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘Then you have to ask him, it’s up to him, if he thinks that he can win the Premier League at Arsenal.‘Because winning the FA Cup was very nice, but these type of players and Arsenal football club want to compete for the Premier League and the Champions League.‘That is the big goal, you want to compete with the best teams there are.’MORE: Willian to earn £35m at Arsenal after agreeing eye-watering £220,000-a-week dealMORE: Chelsea favourites to secure Sergio Reguilon transfer ahead of ArsenalFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramFor more stories like this, check our sport page Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Danish lockdown sees Spillemyndigheden relaunch gambling-harm campaigns

first_img Altenar: Supporting expansion plans in Denmark and Portugal August 20, 2020 Spillemyndigheden, Denmark’s gambling regulatory authority, has announced that it will increase the exposure of its ‘StopSpillet’ helpline and ‘ROFUS’ self-exclusion scheme during the national lockdown.Despite recording one of Europe’s lowest number of COVID-19 cases (2,600) and related deaths (77), the Danish government has enforced the strictest of lockdowns to protect citizens from the virus. With national consumers facing a shutdown on movement until 13 April when the Danish government is set to review conditions, Spillemyndigheden has confirmed that it will relaunch its national campaign to promote StopSpillet and ROFUS across Danish media networks.Both StopSpillet and ROFUS programmes are directly operated by Spillemyndigheden, who have also confirmed that gambling-harm prevention and treatment support services will be made directly available to customers via video link-up. Supporting its gambling prevention services, Spillemyndigheden campaigns will focus on raising civic awareness of problem gambling behaviours. Denmark will relaunch its helpline and self-exclusion campaigns as Spillemyndigheden enforces its new ‘executive order‘ on the marketing of gambling products and services.From the start of April, Spillemyndigheden mandates that all licensed retail and digital incumbents must clearly inform consumers of age restrictions, as well as StopSpillet and ROFUS services.To help national media owners, Spillemyndigheden has issued clear examples on how its executive order should be implemented across different advertising formats. Danish gambling prepares for MitID launch June 26, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Related Articles Spillemyndigheden reports decline in Q2 betting August 25, 2020 Share Sharelast_img read more

Marie Felicia Horsch: April 16, 1919 – Jan. 4, 2013

first_imgMarie HorschMarie Felicia Horsch, age 93, longtime Wellington resident, died on Friday, January 4, 2013 at her home in Wellington.Marie Felicia (LaFouge) Horsch was born April 16, 1919 to Ferdinand August and Mary Ellen (Brophy) LaFouge in Greenbush, Kans.Marie married Peter Paul Horsch on December 28, 1937 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Wellington, KS.  They celebrated 67 years of marriage before he preceded her in death on February 18, 2005. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Paul; two sons, Benny and Ronny Horsch; and three grandchildren, Felicia Horsch, Katherine Horsch and Jeff Horsch. She is survived by seven sons, Bill Horsch and his wife Lynda of Wellington, Kansas, Jim Horsch and his wife Helen of Richmond, Texas, Tom Horsch and his wife Ruth of Goddard, Kansas, John Horsch and his wife Cristal of Fort Scott, Kansas, Terry Horsch and his wife Janice of Wellington, Kansas, Mike Horsch and his wife Kristi of Wellington, Kansas, Kenny Horsch of Wellington, Kansas; five daughters, Mary Ellen Williams and her husband Jim of Belle Plaine, Kansas, Linda Smith and her husband Franklin of Summerville, South Carolina, Paula Gill and her husband Steve of Wellington, Kansas, Sammie Nugen and her husband Gregg of Wellington, Kansas, Patti Johnson and her husband Roy of Lewisville, North Carolina. Marie was one of 11 children and is survived by the youngest in the family, Jeannie Sullivan of Wichita, KS; and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 from 9-5 p.m. In honoring Marie’s wishes the casket will remain closed.Rosary will be held at St. Anthony/St. Rose Catholic Church in Wellington, KS on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 7 p.m. Family visitation will follow the Rosary at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 10 a.m. at St. Anthony/St. Rose Catholic Church.  Father Andrew J. Seiler Celebrant. Interment will follow the service at Sumner Memorial Gardens in Wellington, KS. Memorials have been established with the Wellington Food Bank and Rivercross Hospice in lieu of flowers.  Memorials can be left at or mailed to the funeral home. Frank Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements. To leave condolences or sign our guest book, please visit our website at www.frankfuneralhome.netlast_img read more

England sweep to victory in Senior Home Internationals

first_img England won the Senior Men’s Home Internationals for the seventh time today, sweeping to victory with an unbeaten performance against Wales. The team conceded just half a point in the title decider at Machynys Peninsula, defeating the hosts 8.5-0.5. “We are absolutely delighted with the result, but it didn’t look that straightforward during the afternoon,” said team captain Roy Smethurst of Crewe, Cheshire. “We needed to win two singles to win the match and after nine holes we were up in a couple and everything else was quite close. But it all came our way on the back nine, we gained the advantage around holes 10 to 12.” He added: “Everyone has played really well and my biggest problem was deciding who to leave out each morning and afternoon.”  His team was Ian Crowther of Royal Lytham & St Annes, Lancashire; Stephen East of Moortown, Yorkshire; Richard Latham of Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire; Alan Mew of Stoneham, Hampshire; David Nelson of Northenden, Cheshire; David Niven of Newbury & Crookham of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire; and Mark Stones of Boyce Hill, Essex. England have now won this championship seven times and four of those victories have been in Wales. “We’ve never lost in Wales,” said Smethurst, whose team follows those which won at Aberdovey in 2004; Tenby in 2008; and Southerndown in 2012. England’s other victories were in the inaugural match in 2002 at Nairn Dunbar in Scotland; at Caldy, England, in 2007; and Royal County Down, Ireland, in 2013. England opened the 2016 championship with a 7-2 win over European champions Scotland. “Since I’ve been captain this is the fourth time we have met Scotland and we have lost the last three times. The guys were absolutely brilliant this time and played really well,” said Smethurst. The team followed up with a 6-3 win over the defending champions, Ireland. “We were very pleased to win that, but Wales had also won twice and that meant we couldn’t let up,” said Smethurst. England held a points advantage going into today’s title decider and knew that a halved match would be good enough to win the championship. The team amassed 2.5 points from the three singles, with East and Latham conceding the half point to Nigel Evans and Nick Grimmitt. But after that it was a clean sweep for the new champions. The pairings of Niven and Stones and of Crowther and Nelson won comfortably in the foursomes. In the singles East got the first point with his 5/4 win, while Niven secured the victory with his 2/1 win. They were followed in by Mew (4/2), Stones (3/2) and by Latham and Nelson who both won 1up. In the day’s other match Scotland beat Ireland 5.5-3.5 to take third place. Click here for full scores.  Image copyright Andrew Windsor. 21 Sep 2016 England sweep to victory in Senior Home Internationals 21 September, 2016 England seniors beat Euro champions Scotland England made an impressive start to the Senior Men’s Home internationals with a 7-2 win over European champions Scotland on the opening day at Machynys Peninsula, Wales. Yesterday’s win puts the team top of the table after the first day’s play, which also saw the hosts, Wales, beat defending champions Ireland 6-3. Scotland took the first foursomes point off England with excellent play from Ronnie Clark and Graham Bell who were around five-under when they beat England’s David Nelson and Ian Crowther 5/4. But England’s other foursomes pairing quickly responded with Stephen East and Richard Latham defeating their opponents 5&3, followed by a 4&3 win for Alan Mew and Mark Stones. England were on top form in the singles, winning five of the six games. There were comfortable wins for Stones (5/3) and Latham (4/3), followed by Mew (3/2) East (2/1) and David Niven (1up). Click here for full scorescenter_img 21 September 2016 England and Wales to go head to-head in title decider England and Wales will go head-to-head tomorrow to decide the Senior Men’s Home Internationals at Machynys Peninsula. Both teams have won their first two matches in the round robin series, with England beating the defending champions Ireland by 6-3 today. Wales, the hosts, beat European champions Scotland 5-4 in their match. England took the lead in the match after the morning foursomes, with wins in two tight games. After 12 holes, the pairings of Stephen East and Richard Latham and of Ian Crowther and David Nelson were both just one up. But with a strong performance over the inward half both pairs defeated their opposition 3/2. The team confirmed the win with comfortable wins from Alan Mew, who beat his opponent 6/5; and from Stephen East and Mark Stones who both won 5/4. Ian Crowther completed the scoreline with his 4/3 success. England are seeking their seventh win in this championship having previously held the title in 2002, ’04, ’07, ’08,’12 and ’13. Click here for full scoreslast_img read more

Carrying the hopes of a nation

first_imgThe colourful Ndizani was retired in2004, but another aircraft will soontake her place.(Image: Young South Africans are invited to designthe 2012 Olympic plane.(Image: South African Airways)MEDIA CONTACTS • Dileseng KoetleSpokesperson, South African Airways+27 83 400 0041 or +27 11 978 reporterShe was big, bold and colourful, and she carried the hopes of the nation – Ndizani, the South African Airways (SAA) 747-300, that was painted in the bright colours of the national flag to take the country’s sporting heroes to the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.Since the days of Ndizani, the national carrier hasn’t had another craft like it, although certain planes have been customised on a much smaller scale for special projects, such as Mandela Day 2011.Now plans are afoot to paint another aircraft in striking livery for the upcoming Summer Olympics in June/July in London, and SAA, the official carrier of the South African Olympic and Paralympic teams, has called on the public to help out with the design.SAA’s Paint the Plane competition is underway, and invites young South Africans between the ages of seven and 21 to unleash their creativity and submit a design. The winning entry will be transferred onto an Airbus A340-600, one of the carrier’s 57-strong fleet.Besides the thrill of seeing their design flying all over the world, the winner will also bag a trip for two people, which includes travel, accommodation and stadium entry, to the 2012 Olympic Games.However, should the winner not be able to attend the sporting spectacular, the ticket will be valid for 12 months although the Olympic entry ticket and accompanying accommodation will be forfeited.How to enter:Download the Airbus A340-600 template (PDF, 371K), or redraw it.Email your design to [email protected] it to Paint the Plane, Private Bag X33, Bryanston, 2021.Entries close on 4 June 2012. Entrants must have a valid passport, and the winner is responsible for arranging his or her own visa.Supporting Team South AfricaSAA’s decision to paint Ndizani in her eye-catching livery was, according to a statement released at the time, to show its support for the national Olympic team, and secondly, to support Cape Town in its bid to host the 2004 Summer Olympics.Ndizani (isiZulu, meaning “flying to new heights”) turned heads wherever she went, and she was often seen at airports around the world in the late 1990 and early 2000s. She was even spotted on Google Earth once or twice, parked on the runway at the then Johannesburg International Airport.She was fondly known as the Smartie Box, and South African passengers who flew in her often remarked on how she enhanced their sense of national pride.In December 1996 she carried members of the International Olympic Committee’s evaluation team to Cape Town, as part of that city’s 2004 Olympic bid – the event eventually went to Athens.Ndizani flew commercially for the last time in 2004, after which she was withdrawn from service. After returning to Johannesburg from Sao Paulo on 26 April that year, Ndizani was grounded.However, nostalgic aircraft enthusiasts who have a bit of money to spend can buy an Ndizani model from various sources, including read more

Fighting resistance with brains and brawn

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Don “Doc” SandersYou can’t escape reading or hearing about disease-causing microorganisms — with exotic names like MRSA and E. coli OH:157 — that develop resistance to drugs. There are also plenty of reports about resistance to antibiotics in livestock and people or weeds’ resistance to crop chemicals.There is another kind of resistance in cattle, swine, sheep and goats: internal worms that develop resistance to deworming agents. On this subject, I offer you this true story about a couple of cattlemen and their herd of 200 brood cows out on Cowpath Road.Lowell was a retired local factory manager. His son, Jimmie, had returned home from Ohio State with a degree in animal science. I enjoyed talking with them and listening to their unconventional observations. And I was impressed by their astute management of their herd. They used frequent pasture rotations, a computerized heat detection system to determine when a cow was cycling, and artificial insemination, followed up with “natural cover” breeding with bulls for those cows that didn’t conceive and were back in heat. And during the fall round-up they routinely vaccinated the cows and used a deworming program.Last September, Jimmie called to schedule pregnancy checks, deworming and vaccinations for 60 spring calvers. I suggested that before my visit Jimmie and his father bring in several random fecal samples so I could analyze fecal worm egg counts. Jimmie asked why.I explained, “It’s been confirmed that worms are becoming resistant to many deworming agents. We need to establish a baseline for the worm egg count in the cows to determine whether the deworming agent worked.” Seemingly satisfied by my answer, Jimmie said he would.But it turned out he didn’t.On the appointed day, my vet student intern, Sarah, and I traveled to the farm. Sarah was a very capable senior vet student who intended to pursue a career in large animal practice. I was glad to have her as an assistant even though she didn’t appear to have the temperament or physique to handle these balky bovine bossies. She stood at just five-foot-two, weighed no more than 125 pounds, and was very laid back and quiet.When we arrived, Jimmie already had the cows up in the corrals. I wasted no time telling him my concern that fecal egg counts had not been conducted to determine the cows’ baseline status for internal parasites.Jimmie’s response: “Doc, I’m sorry, but my days ran together, and I didn’t have time to get them. Let’s just go ahead and deworm them.”I told him, “I’m OK doing that, but I am concerned the worms might be resistant to the deworming agent, plus we could have saved some money if the fecal egg counts showed the dewormer wasn’t needed.”I added, “Let’s at least still do the egg counts today and if the egg count is high, follow up with a second count in three weeks. If the deworming agent doesn’t work, we will know it from the follow-up egg counts.” Jimmie agreed.Lowell soon arrived with two high school boys he recruited to help push the cows through the chute. Lowell and his two helpers pushed the cattle into the chute while Jimmie kept the records. I performed the pregnancy exams, and Sarah administered the vaccines and applied the topical deworming agent.About a half dozen of the cows had lost their ear tags and needed new ones. When the first one entered the chute and was captured, Jimmie loaded the tagging pliers. This cow, like all the others, was mature and had been through the chute many times. She wasn’t about to allow anyone to pierce her ear with an identification tag. As a matter of fact, she was downright mean-spirited about Jimmie’s attempts. No matter what he did, Jimmie couldn’t get the cow to hold still for the ear piercing. She intended to pin him to the wall.This scenario gave me a chuckle. I thought to myself: Who’s the more advanced species here? I recalled how my daughter begged — and I gave in and paid — to have her ears pierced.But my wandering mind and the contrary bovine were abruptly reined in. Sarah stepped around Jimmie and threw her hip in, pushing the cow’s head, pinning it against the chute panel as she locked her arms on the chute frame. She directed, “Go ahead!”Jimmie quickly applied the tag and stepped back awestruck. He proclaimed, “Sarah, I have never even seen a guy do that as slick as you just did.”The high school boys stood back not saying a word. Sarah’s decisive move brought a pause in the action as they let it all sink in.Out of Sarah’s ear shot, I told the boys, “I guess you guys got the message to not mess with that girl!” They nodded sheepishly.Five more tagless cows came through the chute that day. Each cow was just as mean as the first. And each time, Sarah stepped up and pinned the cow’s head to the head gate.Later that day, back at the clinic, Sarah conducted fecal egg counts for several of the cows. Every cow had either negative or very low counts.Without the benefit of these counts, Jimmie and Lowell had contributed to building the worms’ resistance, by applying deworming agents that weren’t needed. And they wasted $800 on dewormer.Sarah is now in large animal practice. I must confess that I hadn’t shared with Jimmie and Lowell that Sarah grew up assisting her father milk his herd of dairy cows in a flat barn — an experience that certainly prepared her for handling those mean old bossies on Jimmie’s farm. I also failed to share with them that Sarah was more than a well-conditioned farm girl. She was the reigning Miss Ohio Bodybuilder.last_img read more


first_imgApplications for permits for the VT League are continuing to come in. The competition is set start on Friday October 12, 2007. 15s and Under SASSSA division (five teams entered) The Queensland Touch website: TERRITORY (NT)Play: # 5NT GDO visits Katherine:Last week Touch Football Northern Territory Game Development Officer Rebecca Houston spent time visiting schools in the Katherine region. Rebecca visited Casuarina Street Primary, Katherine South Primary School, St Josephs College, MacFarlane Primary School and Clyde Fenton Primary School and spent each day with a number of different classes.  On Friday August 3 2007, Rebecca assisted with the first day of Katherine’s interschool Touch Football competition. This interschool competition will hopefully lead the school children into the Katherine Junior Competition, which will be starting soon.  Other events:The Northern Territory Girls and Boys Under-18 squads are well into preparations for the National 18 Years Championships in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, from 17 – 20 September, 2007. The Northern Territory web-site: CAPITAL TERRITORY (ACT)Play: #6Grand Finals of Innes McDougall Premier League:This week sees the culmination of the 2007 Innes McDougall Premier League. The event is named in honour of Innes McDougall, an ACT Level 6 referee who was tragically killed in a car accident.The Men’s Division sees the Tuggeranong Vikings ‘Warriors’ up against the ‘Sea’ Eagles in what promises to be an exciting and close affair.The Women’s Division will feature the Canberra City ‘Hilllbilly Bears’ and the Eagles ‘Chicks’. This game will be hotly contested between these two traditional rivals. Best of luck to all teams.Other events:All ACT junior representative sides (U12s, U13s, U15s and U18s) have now been named. Congratulations to all selected. The ACT Touch Association website:’s it for this week’s edition of A Set of Six.Be sure to visit each State’s websites this week for all the latest news and views from around the nation. Round Nine of the Ten round PowerAde Isotonic South East Queensland Touch League (SEQTL) will be played at Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association’s Whites Hill Complex on Friday 10 August 2007. Action in all divisions has stepped up with semi-finals just around the corner. Touch Football Australia brings you this rapid fire “Set of Six” news ‘plays’ from around the Country. TFA’s National Media Coordinator Karley Banks  and TFA’s Media Intern Henry Holland bring you up to date every week with a selection of six ‘plays’ on the latest news, views, and events nationally.Welcome to Touch Football Australia’s a Set of Six – Volume Thirteen.SOUTH AUSTRALIA (SA)Play: # 1Be Active All Schools Mixed Touch Championships:South Australia’s Be Active All Schools Mixed Touch Championships are set to take place this Friday August 10, 2007.The Championships will incorporate three divisions: SAPSASA Primary division (12 teams entered)center_img The Touch Football Victoria website: (QLD)Play: # 4Community Coaching Course:Queensland will be presenting its first Community Coaching Course this Saturday August 11, 2007, in Redlands. This is a brand new course developed by National Coaching Director Dennis Coffey aimed at beginner and ‘Mum and Dad’ coaches. The course will run from four – six hours as opposed to the 16 hours for the Level 1 coaching course. There are currently 18 participants registered but registrations are still open. Redlands Touch is excited about this Course as it has wanted a ‘Mums and Dads’ coaching course for some time.For more information contact Game Development Officer Greg Jones in the Queensland Touch office.Other events: The will be the biggest Touch Football event for schools in South Australia. Games commence from 9am – 2:30pm at Park 17, Southern Parklands (Corner Beaumont & Greenhill Roads, Eastwood). For more information contact Andy Crawford (08 8306 7503)Other events:The registration deadline for the Australasian Masters Games to take place in Adelaide from October 5 – 14, 2007, has been extended. The original cut off was Friday August 3. The late fee has also been wavered.For more information contact Kathryn Hambour in the Touch Football South Australia office on 08 8306 7502.The Touch Football South Australia website: AUSTRALIA (WA)Play: # 2TouchWest steps into the future:TouchWest has launched a new Sporting Pulse website which can be viewed at This is a more cost-effective and convenient option for the organisation.All future correspondence in relation to TouchWest operations will be found on this site. Some further work is required to build sections into the site, but visitors are encouraged to scan the site and pass on comments or suggestions to maximize the effectiveness of the new site.In conjunction with the websites, TouchWest has developed MySpace and Facebook accounts. Creating TouchWest sites on the social networking Internet phenomenon will provide further communication and marketing opportunities for the organisation, especially with the youth market. TouchWest also hopes to broadcast segments of its Super League Series games on YouTube this season.Other events:TouchWest will hold its annual Events Forum this Sunday August 12, 2007, at its offices in Mt Claremont. The Forum is an additional medium where affiliates can express their concerns and/or suggestions for future TouchWest events. Discussions will focus on major TouchWest events including State Championships, the Super League Series, Junior State Championships, and Beach Touch. TouchWest will put forward its vision for these events as well as recommended changes to improve the competitions and the sport.The TouchWest website: (VIC)Play: # 3GDO visits South West Victoria:Touch Football South Australia Game Development Officer Carly Goodrich will be in South West Victoria from Tuesday August 7 – Monday August 13, 2007. Carly will visit the regions of Warrnambool, Portland, Hamilton and Geelong with the aim of developing new competitions and junior AusTouch programs. Carly will also undertake Teacher Professional Development Sessions to educate teachers on the finer points of playing and coaching Touch Football. Touch Victoria’s work will be advertised through both radio and newspaper. Council and regional sports assembly meetings have been organised to get a sense of what the various communities require. Issues such as access to fields, lighting, and networking with other clubs and community members will be discussed.  Other events: Open SASSSA division (five teams entered) Touch Victoria’s Women In Media scholarship student Stephanie Chalkley-Rhoden is gathering information to start working with the affiliates with the aim of increase media exposure this summer. last_img read more

Tears unstoppable in Shimla Sushma ji

first_imgShimla: Tears have not stopped rolling from those eyes, which once spotted a bright young law student at Panjab university Sushma Sharma, later Sushma Swaraj in 1971-73.Whether it’s Kali Dass Batish, a former ABVP activist and student leader at Panjab university or Aruna Kapoor, a retired sessions’ judge – one of her close class-mate in the law in Chandigarh, everyone looked heart-broken in the demise of a leader, who shared a strong social bonding, much above the heights she had achieved in the politics. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’As Batish, and his entire family remained glued to TV on Wednesday watching minute-to-minute coverage, and rich tributes being paid to India’s tallest leaders, Aruna Kapoor’s husband Dr Harbans Kapoor, turned emotional repeatedly recollecting his close families ties with the former foreign minister. “My wife and Sushma ji were prolific debaters of the college together. She was an extraordinary orator in Hindi and my wife Aruna used to team her-up in English. Travelling on cycle rickshaw together, and going around Chandigarh markets, are few good memories we shared,” says Dr Kapoor, a cancer specialist. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KAruna Kapoor says there are so many fond memories about her in the college days and hostel life. “Once we went to Ferozepur for a debate on behalf of the college. All rival teams surrendered beforehand on seeing Sushma ji. She had earned a wide reputation as No 1 debater, and had been on a winning spree always,” she recalls. “Once we were listening Hindi news bulletin on All India Radio (AIR) and news-reader was Sushma Sharma. She jumped-up telling all of us, look girls –one day you will hear this. “Yeh Akashwani hai, abb samachar Sushma Sharma se! We had a big laugh and wished her good luck too. But never knew she will gain remarkable popularity as such a popular leader of the Indian Nation.” Batish, on the other hand, remembered how Sushma Swaraj once herself tweeted about him declaring that Kali Dass Batish inducted her into the ABVP 40 years back. “I never knew she used to call me her mentor and this she had told to Narendra Modi ji (then BJP general secretary in Himachal Pradesh) and former Chief Ministers Shanta Kumar and Prem Kumar Dhumal. It’s Modi ji who once shared this with me,” Batish told the Millennium Post. Batish recalls having met her in Chandigarh, where she was doing her law and he (Batish) studying his Post-graduation, was a student leader. “I shared the stage with her in a debate. She won the first prize. Thereafter, we became very good friends and remained in touch for a long time,” he recalls. Initially, she was not in the ABVP but gradually she got associated with the organisation. He recalls, “Once I went to Narnaul in Haryana for an ABVP event. She saw some posters about my visit. She made it a point to attend the event and met me also.” Batish shared on his Facebook a Twitter post of Sushma Swaraj to fresh his memories. In town, the BJP held a condolence meeting and paid floral tributes and remembered her connections with Shimla.last_img read more