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REFEREES SALE

first_imgIt has been confirmed that Touch Football Australia (TFA) will be designing a new logo over the next 3-4 weeks.However, all referees who have uniforms with the current Touch Football Australia logo will be allowed to continue wearing this uniform at all events, both local and national.Before the new logo is introduced and sold, TFA Merchandise staff would like to sell all of the uniforms containing the current logo we have now. So we are selling all shirts, shorts, skirts, tracksuits and bags at a slightly reduced cost. This is a great opportunity for referees or associations who are not fussed if their gear has the new logo or the logo as it is now. The uniforms are still brand new as usual.Anyone who is interested in grabbing referees gear with the current logo on it, at a reduced price, can do so by using the following order form: SALE ON REFEREES GEARlast_img read more


Vale Bronwyn Carruthers

first_imgOn behalf of the Touch Football community, Touch Football Australia wishes to extend its condolences to the family of Bronwyn Carruthers, who passed away last week. Bronwyn was a long standing member of the New South Wales Touch Association (NSWTA) and one of the early pioneers of female refereeing in the sport. Not only was Bronwyn a graded referee reaching a badge Level 5, she also administered the sport serving time with the ‘old’ Region Eight as Assistant Director and Selectors Director. Further to this Bronwyn also assisted both the NSWTA and Touch Football Australia on their Tournament Committees. She passed peacefully at Sutherland Hospital on January 31, 2014. A dearly loved wife of James (known to the Touch world as Jimmy), who will be sadly missed by all her relatives and friends. Bronwyn’s funeral will be held at the South Chapel, Woronora Crematorium, Linden Street Sutherland on Thursday, 6 February at 1.00pm. No Flowers by request, donations to Bay Babes, PO Box 447, Gymea NSW 2227.  Related LinksVale Bronwyn Carrutherslast_img read more


10 months agoI’ll build my Man Utd team around Pogba – Solskjaer

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say I’ll build my Man Utd team around Pogba – Solskjaerby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has praised Paul Pogba’s attitude and says he will build his team around the French midfielder.Pogba endured a fractious relationship with former manager Jose Mourinho, which was well publicised over the past 18 months.However, the 25-year-old, who has been linked with a move to Juventus in recent weeks, has looked renewed in Solskjaer’s first two games in charge, scoring twice in Wednesday’s win over Huddersfield Town.”I think Paul’s a top, top player. He’s one of the best top, top players in the world,” said Solskjaer in his pre-match press conference for Sunday’s clash with Bournemouth.”Attacking wise he’s done really well but he’s a big lad, can win headers, tackles, he’s been the same as the others. The attitude has been perfect and that’s key, you should be tired towards the end of every single game he’s been top class and we’re looking to build a team around of course but there are so many quality players.” last_img read more


9 months agoMarchisio backing Juventus to win Champions League

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Marchisio backing Juventus to win Champions Leagueby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveClaudio Marchisio is backing Juventus to win the Champions League this season.The midfielder left Juve for Zenit St Petersburg earlier this term.Marchisio said, “I hope this is Juve’s year for the Champions League because it would mark the end of an unstoppable cycle for them, especially for those who have been there since the first Scudetto but also for the great work everyone’s doing, from the club to the staff.“I think they deserve it, but they know that, even if they have a better chance now than in previous seasons, it’s always very difficult.“Racism is a big problem and I understand foreign players playing in Italy very well, but I’d try to be even stronger and keep playing so the idiots aren’t given any attention.” last_img read more


12 days agoWenger: My favourite Arsenal team

first_imgWenger: My favourite Arsenal teamby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says his Invincibles side was the greatest team that he managed.Wenger was in charge of some other excellent sides at Arsenal, including the double-winning teams of 1997-98 and 2001-02.Wenger is quoted by the Metro: “You would say the Invincibles – it’s an easy question to answer. “My dream was always to play a season without losing a game so I cannot go against that.”Wenger added that the defence from the 1997-98 side was of a particularly high standard. He said: “But as well I must say I inherited a team of men when I came to Arsenal – this was the team that won in 98. “Adams, Bould, Winterburn, Keown, Dixon that was the core of the team. It was branded Arsenal players who were ready to die for the club. “You could go after the game in the fight in the corridors you would know they would not leave you alone – this was the type of players I had at the start. “They were ready to go to war with you, you could be in the trenches with them.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


John Oliver And Bruce Springsteen To Stand Up For Heroes

first_imgStand Up for Heroes, New York’s most impactful night of comedy and music, returns to the Theater at Madison Square Garden, Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 8 p.m.Presented by the Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) and New York Comedy Festival (NYCF), the star-studded occasion honors the sacrifice of returning service members, veterans and their families.The charitable event will feature performances by Louis C.K., John Mulaney, Bruce Springsteen, John Oliver, Brian Williams and other surprise guests. Now in its 8th year, Stand Up for Heroes has raised more than $21 million in funds to help post-9/11 injured service members and their families thrive long after they return to the home front.Tickets for Stand Up For Heroes are on sale through bobwoodrufffoundation.org or www.nycomedyfestival.com. Corporate sponsor packages and VIP benefit packages can be purchased by emailing [email protected]“Lee and I are so humbled by the generous contributions of the talent, sponsors, and variety of organizations in honor of our nation’s heroes and their families. Each year the show gets bigger and better, demonstrating the unwavering support of all those involved,” said Bob Woodruff, ABC News Journalist and co-founder of the Bob Woodruff Foundation. “We, as well as the show’s talented performers, want to show our appreciation for and give back to the brave men and women who served our country and have come home injured. We are inspired and moved by the grand presence of all these groups on such an incredible night for us to commend and remember our heroes.”“We’re thrilled to be partnering with the Bob Woodruff Foundation for the eighth consecutive year for Stand Up for Heroes,” says Caroline Hirsch, Bob Woodruff Foundation board member and founder of the New York Comedy Festival and Carolines on Broadway. “It’s a testament to the tireless work of everyone involved with Stand Up for Heroes and to the support of all of the great performers who have donated their time and considerable talents to this worthwhile event over the years,” Hirsch adds.last_img read more


Like their Tory predecessors Liberals urged to shed light on Pacific Rim

first_imgOTTAWA – A little over two years ago, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau criticized the then-Conservative government for keeping Canadians in the dark on the talks and impacts surrounding the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.Today, as prime minister, Trudeau is facing complaints for withholding details on Canada’s commitment this week to an updated version of the huge Pacific Rim pact.Trudeau has praised the deal, struck Tuesday, as something that will open new markets for Canadian business across the rapidly expanding Asia-Pacific region. The Liberals insist they’ve vastly improved the terms compared to agreement the Tories negotiated, which fizzled when the United States pulled out a year ago.But like the Harper Conservatives in 2015, Trudeau’s Liberals are under pressure to release more information about the potential economic consequences of the agreement here at home.Critics of the deal, including Canadian Labour Congress president Hassan Yussuff, argue that the Liberals’ tight-lipped manner is reminiscent of the secretive approach taken by their Conservative predecessors a couple of years ago in negotiating the original TPP deal.“There is no fundamental difference from the previous government in the negotiation of TPP versus this government,” Yussuff said Wednesday in an interview.“I think the government will have a tough time squaring that with what they’ve been saying to most of us who really want to believe there is a difference in their approach.”He said the public has heard some details this week how Ottawa agreed to side letters on autos and culture in the new deal. But he added there’s been a “troubling” shortage of specifics on such an important agreement.Yussuff, who is a member of the government’s advisory council on the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, insisted Ottawa’s approach to the TPP talks has been far less transparent than how it’s handled NAFTA.“We were led to believe that this would be a key underpinning of the government’s approach going forward,” Yussuff said of the Liberals’ campaign pledge to improve transparency.New Democrat MP Tracey Ramsey said the Liberals have failed to be up front about the more-negative aspects of the trade deal and how they plan to address them.“I believe what we’re seeing is a repeat of the way that Conservatives negotiated deals — in secrecy,” she said in an interview Wednesday.After the Tory government announced it had agreed to the original TPP in October 2015, Trudeau issued a statement that criticized the Harper government for failing to be transparent throughout the negotiations, especially when it came to the concessions made by Canada.“The government has an obligation to be open and honest about the negotiation process, and immediately share all the details of any agreement. Canadians deserve to know what impacts this agreement will have on different industries across our country,” Trudeau said in the statement, released two weeks before the election.Fast forward to this week’s 11-country agreement. The Trudeau government is disputing assertions it has been quiet in its approach to the deal, which was rebranded the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.Joseph Pickerill, a spokesman for International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne, said the government has been relying on the input of Canadians over the past two years. The negotiating positions have been informed by 41,000 emails and letters from interested Canadians as well as from consultations with more than 530 stakeholders from a wide range of sectors, he said.“Taken together, this is a marked improvement over the past and the fact we secured so many industry asks is proof positive that we heard, we fought hard and we achieved a better deal for more Canadians,” Pickerill wrote in an email.“These meetings informed Canada’s approach and negotiating positions, but to hold those negotiations in public or through the media is not an effective way to achieve a trade agreement,” he added.Pickerill said the full text will be made public after the thousands of pages are translated into each of the 11 partners’ languages. And, once that’s been done, the release of the side letters will follow, he said.The partners are expected to sign the deal in early March but it’s unclear if the documents will be available to the public by then.In 2015, the Conservatives offered a private, line-by-line briefing on the original TPP for opposition MPs before it had been made public, as long as the parties agreed to a confidentiality agreement. The NDP and Liberals rejected the offer and described it as a political ploy.Pickerill said Champagne would be open to a holding a briefing for parliamentarians on the new deal, but he added the minister had yet to receive such a request.Even Conservative MP Dean Allison, the party’s trade critic, felt the Liberals hadn’t been open enough about the new deal. Allison said he hoped more details would come soon because businesses need certainty.“They’re actually worse than what our government ever did around secrecy, transparency, all these other kinds of things,” Allison said.“It is interesting when one day you’re campaigning to be in government and making all these promises, the next day you get in — not only are you doing exactly the same thing in some situations, you’re going further.”Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more


Bell Rogers and Quebecor win round in court battle with operator of

first_imgOTTAWA – Bell, Rogers and Quebecor have won a round in their court battle with the operator of the TVAddons website — which they allege violates their commercial rights under the Copyright Act.A panel of three Federal Court of Appeal judges has ruled unanimously that Federal Court Judge Richard Bell should not have disallowed a court order that permitted a search of the Montreal home of the website’s operator, Adam Lackman.The panel also ruled that the companies’ request for an injunction against Lackman should have been granted by Judge Bell while the Federal Court deals with the plaintiffs’ allegations. The panel awarded the companies $50,000 in court costs.The case against TVAddons can now proceed to trial at the Federal Court’s trial division.Lackman posted an online statement Wednesday that asked supporters to help fund the legal battle and noted the Federal Court has yet to test any of the claims brought forward by the companies.He has argued that the primary purpose of TVAddons is to provide software add-ons for the KODI media player, which can play various types of video, music and other multimedia content from the internet.The plaintiffs allege content that they own can be accessed by KODI users with some of the add-ons on the website.The appeal was sought by Bell Media Inc. and other companies in the BCE group of companies, Rogers Media Inc. and its parent company and two companies within the Quebecor group — Videotron and Group TVA Inc.All three media groups are part of the FairPlay Canada coalition, which is proposing the creation of a new anti-piracy unit within the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.Companies in this story: (TSX:BCE, TSX:RCI.B, TSX:QBR.B)Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version said the case would go to the Federal Court of Appeal.last_img read more


Swiss to vote on mandatory public TV fee as Europe watches

first_imgBERN, Switzerland – Voters in Switzerland are getting ready to decide whether they should have to keep paying hundreds of francs every year for public television and other government-supported programming, a referendum that is being watched closely elsewhere in Europe.The vote to eliminate the mandatory national TV fee was sponsored by free-market proponents and other fee critics, who say residents shouldn’t have to pay for public broadcasting if they watch or listen to it.Opponents of the “No Billag” vote — named for the company that collects the fees — argue that ensuring quality programming in an era of false news and media profits is in the public interest. Balloting concludes Sunday, when mail-in votes also will be counted to produce the result.Polls last year suggested that most Swiss were ready to scrap the fees, but more recent surveys indicated about two-thirds of voters will reject the proposal.Supporters of fee-supported radio and TV stations mounted a public relations blitz that all but painted Swiss culture and distinctiveness as being at dire risk. They enlisted celebrities to help push their message, warning that cherished news shows, music and film programming and free access to Olympics coverage could be ended.Both Switzerland’s parliament and seven-member executive body, the Federal Council, have come out for keeping the fee requirement.The issue resonates across Europe, where other fee-supported broadcasters have gotten grumbling about mandatory charges from some viewers.Currently, Swiss households pay just over 450 francs (about $480 or 390 euros) per year. Billag agents often go door-to-door making collections. The fee is set to decrease next year to 365 francs (about $389 or 316 euros), but the referendum is based more on principle than precise payments.Defenders of the fees, relatively high by European standards, insist that Switzerland needs to charge more because the country has a high cost of living and four national languages. Public broadcasters strive for balance and to make sure even the tiny Romansh-speaking community in southeast Switzerland gets time with German, French and Italian speakers, they say.Referendum opponents also argue that if Switzerland’s public broadcasters disappear, rivals from elsewhere in Europe would step into the void and provide fewer Swiss-specific shows and news programs.“What would be obviously terrible is that the great moments that unite the country — I think of course the news, but also film, culture, and music production — all that will disappear,” said Gilles Marchand, director of SRG SSR, the parent company for publicly supported broadcasters that reaps 1.2 billion francs from the TV fees each year.“Will we really be better off because of this one franc per day that people can re-invest elsewhere?” he said.The initiative’s backers say it’s a question of free choice in a democratic society. By ending what they call a “quasi-monopolistic” Swiss broadcasting universe, families would have another 450 francs in their budgets.The referendum’s organizers insist the aim is not to kill off public TV and radio, but open it up to competition. While the initiative’s language does not mention SRG SSR and its affiliates, critics have taken shots at what they see consider the overly high salaries of its executives.“It’s fake news to say that ‘No Billag’ is the end of (German-language network) SRF and all the other medias, because we are sure that this company with 6,000 employees and a very good infrastructure, that they can win in a free market,” Christian Riesen, one of the leaders of the campaign against the fees, said.last_img read more


Provincial government extends livestock fencing program

first_imgKAMLOOPS, B.C. — The provincial government announced last week that it is extending the Provincial Livestock Fencing Program for five more years.The government says that the program extension is part of $46 million in safety improvements approved in this year’s provincial budget. The program, which is a partnership between the provincial government and BC Cattlemen’s Association, will receive $1 million per year over the next five years. Since the program launched in 2010, the government has spent $16 million to help get more than 900 kilometres of livestock fencing erected along B.C. highways.According to information provided by the Cattleman’s Association, fatalities involving cattle on roads and railways have declined from 92 in 2011 to 21 last year. “The success of the Provincial Livestock Fencing Program in reducing livestock-related collisions on our highways makes extending it for five more years an easy decision,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Claire Trevena. “There are two major benefits of the fencing program: Keeping people safe while driving, and helping ranchers protect their investment.”The BC Cattlemen’s Association will continue to administer the popular, taking applications from livestock owners who are seeking assistance to build fences adjacent to the highway. Applications are reviewed by a committee, and projects are selected based on several factors, including current fence condition, livestock headcount, and highway designation.“There is no doubt in my mind that the fencing program is responsible for the drastic reduction in the number of cattle lost to ranchers and farmers,” said Kevin Boon, general manager, BC Cattlemen’s Association. “This partnership with the Province for five more years will allow us to keep more of our livestock out of harm’s way, but more importantly, it helps keep the travelling public safe.”Applications from livestock owners are received by the BCCA, at: http://www.cattlemen.bc.ca/fencing.htm.last_img read more