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Demolition of city buildings expected this year

first_imgThe total budget for the project in the city’s 2014 capital expenditures budget is $300,000, which may be somewhat exceeded after additional cost are calculated, including an already completed environmental investigation, a total of $16,000, and engineering/project management cost, estimated at $15,000.The tendered price combined with the engineering and investigation cost is $311,084.There’s also a $10,000 contingency to cover “miscellaneous expenses”, which will be taken from the Fair Share Reserve Fund to supplement the budget.- Advertisement -City staff says Napp Enterprises is “very competent” and have been hired by the city in the past.last_img

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Cameroon begin AFCON defence with victory

first_imgGiant defender Yaya Banana nodded Cameroon in front on 66 minutes and forward Bahoken struck from close range three minutes later in Group F, which includes Benin and Ghana.Cameroon were the fifth of the six top seeds after Egypt, Nigeria, Senegal and Morocco to win their opening match at the tournament while Tunisia were surprisingly held by Angola.The Cameroon line-up included four starters from the 2017 final — centre-backs Michael Ngadeu and Ambroise Oyongo, midfielder Arnaud Djoum and forward Christian Bassogog.Georges Mandjeck, who came off the bench during the 2-1 title-decider triumph over Egypt in Gabon, was also included by coach Clarence Seedorf.For Suriname-born former Dutch start Seedorf the Cup of Nations represents a chance to improve his coaching credentials after flopping at clubs in Italy, China and Spain.Before facing Guinea-Bissau, Seedorf had been in charge of nine Cameroon matches, winning three, drawing three and losing three.The best chance of a goalless, uninspiring opening half at the Ismailia Stadium came after 31 minutes when Bassogog ballooned wide a Karl Toko Ekambi cutback.It was a deeply embarrassing moment for the 2017 Cup of Nations winner, who should at least have been on target with the Guinea-Bissau defence disorganised.Earlier, Judilson Gomes went close to giving the Guinea-Bissau Djurtus (wild dogs) the lead with a fierce snap shot that finished narrowly off target.After Bassogog fluffed his chance, Cameroon created another opening from a free-kick and Guinea-Bissau goalkeeper Jonas Mendes parried a Joyskim Tchakonte header to safety.The second half was meandering along with no hint of a goal until Cameroon netted twice within three minutes to swing the match in their favour.From a corner, Banana soared in the middle of the goalmouth to nod powerfully into the net off Guinea-Bissau defender Rudi Silva.The goal ratted the outsiders and they fell further behind when a cross struck a defender and fell invitingly for Bahoken to fire past Mendes.Later Monday, the second match of a doubleheader pits four-time champions Ghana against a Benin side seeking a first Cup of Nations victory after eight losses and a draw.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Cameroon’s forward Stephane Bahoken (R) celebrates his goal © AFP / OZAN KOSEISMAILIA, Egypt, Jun 25 – Stephane Bahoken scored two minutes after coming off the bench to seal a 2-0 win for defending champions Cameroon over Guinea-Bissau Tuesday in the Africa Cup of Nations.There was little to excite the small crowd in Egyptian city Ismailia until the five-time trophy-holders struck twice within three minutes midway through the second half.last_img read more

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RTÉ RAIDIÓ NA GAELTACHTA DONEGAL TEAM GET THREE CELTIC FESTIVAL NOMINATIONS

first_imgRTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta’s Donegal team has received three shortlist nominations at the Celtic Media Festival.Morning magazine programme Barrscéalta, presented by Áine Ní Churráin, is on the shortlist for Best Magazine Programme.The show is broadcast Monday to Friday at 11 am. Rónán Beo @3 presented by Rónán Mac Aodha Bhuí is in the running for an award in the Best Music Programme category. Rónán’s programme is broadcast Tuesday to Friday 3 pm – 4 pm, and regularly features live music specials. Dónall Mac Ruairí is shortlisted for Radio Personality of the Year. Dónall presents music show Cóisir Cheoil Monday to Friday at 4.15 pm, and also presents documentary programmes during the summer on the station.Radio series Glórtha Aduaidh, about growing up during the Troubles, is on the shortlist for Best Documentary. The series was presented by Dónall Mac Ruairí, and was a co-production with Raidió Fáilte in Belfast.Ceannaire, or Head of station, Edel Ní Chuireáin, said: “It’s an excellent achievement for us to have these nominations to the international rounds of the Celtic Media Festival. They recognise the skill and experience of our broadcasters and production teams, and I’d like to congratulate all of the nominees. We’re very much looking forward to the festival in April, which will be returning to Ireland for the first time since 2012.”The winners will be announced at the Celtic Media Festival in Dungarvan, Co Waterford from 20-22 April.  RTÉ RAIDIÓ NA GAELTACHTA DONEGAL TEAM GET THREE CELTIC FESTIVAL NOMINATIONS was last modified: March 3rd, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Aine Ni ChurrainCELTIC MEDIA FESTIVALRonan Mac Aodha BhuiRTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachtalast_img read more

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Defeat weighs heavy

first_imgApril 2004. Newcomer said he doesn’t know why he gained weight in this campaign. “Maybe, I’ve reached that age where nothing takes weight off,” he said. He’s 58 years old. MORE ON NEWCOMER: Although Newcomer lost in his first entry into state politics, his showing was pretty good, said Caroline Heldman, associate professor of politics at Whittier College. Newcomer finished second with 4,968 and 21.9 percent of the vote in a four-person race for the 58th state Assembly District. “I think his walking was at least somewhat effective,” Heldman said. “He was able to lead someone \ who had the party endorsement. It certainly got his name out.” Still, even walking to 26,000 homes isn’t enough to win a race in which you’re being outspent by a 2-1 margin, she said. “It’s not enough to win in our media-centered politics where you have to spend a lot of money on television and print media in addition to walking the district.” But Newcomer still may have a future, she said. “He’s invested in the district,” Heldman said. “He’s pressed the flesh. He’s set himself up with a base if he wants to run again.” CITIES’ HONOREE: The League of California Cities has named U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Gary Miller, R-Brea, co-recipients of the League of California Cities’ Congressional Leader of the Year award. Miller was recognized primarily for his work supporting Community Development Block Grant funding. As the vice chair of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity, Miller took the lead in actively opposing President Bush’s proposal to eliminate the program. ANIMAL LOVER: The Humane Society of the United State has honored Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Lakewood, for her advocacy of animal welfare issues. Sanchez received a perfect score of 100 on the society’s “Humane Scorecard.” It rated legislators votes on horse slaughter, cracking down on animal fights and oversight at mass dog breeding “puppy mills.” “We are tremendously grateful to Rep. Sanchez for her leadership and support for animal protection policies,” said Wayne Pacelle, president and chief executive officer of the Humane Society. Mail items for It’s Politics to the Whittier Daily News, P.O. Box 581, Whittier, CA 90608; fax to (562) 698-0450; phone (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022; or e-mail mike.sprague@sgvn.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 26 inches tall, weighed 160 pounds. “I had this theory,” he said. “X number of pounds equals X number of votes. If you’re not losing weight, you’re not gaining votes.” For example, he lost 22 pounds – down to 149 – when he was re-elected to the Whittier City Council in Editor’s note: It’s Politics reports Saturdays on the ins and outs of Whittier-area politics and city government. Whittier Councilman Owen Newcomer should have known his state Assembly campaign was in trouble when he weighed himself near the end. Newcomer, who wins elections by going door-to-door in a walking campaign, usually loses weight. But that didn’t happen this year and he also didn’t win. But in this election, despite going to 26,000 homes in about a year, he gained 5 pounds. Newcomer, who is 5 feet, last_img read more

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Movement for Good launched to inspire action

first_img“It is about personal responsibility. It is about not saying THEY must fix it, but I can fix it. I can help create the country I want my children to live in,” says Yvonne Johnston on behalf of the International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC), custodian of Brand South Africa. Khathu Mamaila, Editor of City Press, notes: “The destiny of our country is in our hands, and we all have to take responsibility for the future. We encourage every person to become an active citizen, to take action, any action, to make South Africa the country we all want to live in.” Expanding on what an active citizen is, Themba Maseko, CEO of the GCIS says “an active citizen is someone who talks South Africa up, votes, doesn’t bribe, or do crime, initiates or participates in community projects, does their bit to save energy and treats others with tolerance, dignity and respect.” “If we work together, we can transform South Africa by creating an unstoppable momentum, and ultimately a tipping point,” SAYS Garth Japhet, the Executive Director of Heartlines, which is supported by First National Bank. Mr. Japhet went on to describe a revolutionary networking tool, the Social Networking Platform that Heartlines is launching – which uses communication technology to bring people across the country together. The vision for the Social Networking Platform is based on the statistic that approximately 80% of South Africans have access to a cell phone, which inspired the concept of harnessing this communications tool “for good”. A technological platform has been developed to enable people to join as members of the Social Networking Platform For Good via cell phone, thus becoming part of a larger movement for positive action. The Social Networking Platform For Good will send out weekly SMS messages providing inspiring and practical information on taking action – for individuals, families and community groups. In order to receive information most relevant to them, members will clarify their specific areas of interest and will provide basic profile information. For the 10% of South Africans who have access to the internet, the Movement for Good website (www.itstartswithyou.co.za) will provide information on how organisations can join the Movement for Good, as well as links for individuals to support the campaigns of member organisations or to join the Social Networking Platform For Good. Steuart Pennington from SA the Good News says, “The Movement for Good is part of our healing as a nation, understanding our progress is important and it starts with you.”Details of the Movement for GoodSouth Africans are good people, 93% of South Africans give to social causes (with donations, with time and with materials). Ordinary individuals donate R12 billion annually, the corporate sector R5 billion and we have 100 000 NGOs that are working to make a difference. Yet our headlines are dominated by stories of crime, corruption, HIV/Aids, poor education and lack of delivery. Our positive energy, so much of which is below the radar, needs to be mobilised, good people need to connect. We need to be visible – for good to prevail. The Movement for Good will do just that. By co-ordinating campaigns and activities by partner organisations, as well as through breakthrough SMS technology and a dynamic website – NGOs, SMME’s and corporates will be able to join the Movement for Good and individuals choose where they want to make a difference and join a community of likeminded individuals who want to work for good. That’s what movements do, they organise people, they create an unstoppable momentum, and ultimately a “tipping point” that builds a critical mass that will ensure the ground swell grows with a force to be reckoned with. The Movement for Good has been established to build a South Africa we all want to live in.Who started the Movement for Good?‘The Movement for Good, it starts with you’ was founded by City Press, GCIS, Heartlines, the International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC), SA the Good News, the SABC, South African Tourism, the Valued Citizens Initiative and various government departments. Since its inception, the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ Organising Committee SA, City of Johannesburg, Eskom, FNB, IEC, Indalo Yethu, Kaelo, Meropa Communications, Moral Regeneration Movement, National Youth Commission, Nelson Mandela Foundation and Paula Fray & Associates have also joined the Movement for Good. While all these organisations are running very different campaigns, they are united by the fact that their campaigns are for the greater good of South Africa. These organisations decided to launch the Movement for Good to inspire everyone to act and become involved in doing good. Being a movement, rather than a campaign, the Movement for Good doesn’t have an end date. Instead it will use milestones to motivate all South Africans to work for good.Who can join the Movement for Good?Any organisation that runs a campaign that is for good can join. Individuals can also join, by supporting any of the campaigns run by member organisations of the Movement for Good or joining the Social Networking Platform For Good. Visit www.itstartswithyou.co.za for more information about the Movement for Good.Ends For more information, including scheduling interviews and accessing photographs, contact: Candi Matavele: 011 772 1000, candim@meropa.co.za Claire Taylor: 011 772 1000, clairet@meropa.co.zaIssued by Meropa Communications on behalf of the Movement for Good, it starts with you.last_img read more

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Travelling by minibus taxi in SA

first_imgMinibus taxis are by far the most commonform of public transport in South Africa.(Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. Formore free photos, visit the image library)MEDIA CONTACTS• Dudu LushabaCity of Johannesburg+27 11 407-7134+27 83 571 6668dudulu@joburg.org.zaRELATED ARTICLES• No stopping SA’s Rea Vaya• Cape Town’s new bus system• New infrastructure for 2010 World Cup• South African EnglishNosimilo NdlovuCatching a minibus taxi is one of the cheapest ways of getting around in South Africa – and a great way to get to know the country and its people.The first African Fifa World Cup is due to kick off in June 2010 and football fans from around the world are gearing up to head here.The government and 2010 local organising committee have been working to develop a world-class transport system (PDF, 91 KB) that will allow visitors to follow their teams from city to city.Fans will have a number of transport options. The first is the recently launched Rea Vaya bus rapid transit system, which will run in four of the nine host cities: Johannesburg, Cape Town, Pretoria/Tshwane and Port Elizabeth. These state-of-the-art buses will be available every three minutes in peak times and every 10 minutes in off-peak periods, from 5am until midnight.Another option is the Gautrain – a mass rapid transit railway system that will eventually run between Johannesburg, Pretoria and OR Tambo International Airport. In 2010, only the route between Johannesburg and the airport will be operational.There’s also the park-and-ride system for visitors with vehicles. Areas will be set up where people can park their cars and jump into a bus or minibus taxi, which will take them to and from the stadium.The adventure beginsBut for a truly African experience, and for those on a tight budget, minibus taxis – or just taxis, as they are known in South Africa – would be the first choice. Not only will they get you around town quickly (too quickly for some), they’ll bring you up close to the country’s vibrant mix of cultures and people.A Johannesburg taxi driver’s clientele will range from a hot-shot businesswoman working in Sandton, the commercial hub of the city, to an old sangoma (traditional healer) from Soweto, South Africa’s largest township, in the south.You hop in, and the adventure begins. On the one side there may be young women sharing the latest celebrity gossip, and on the other an old man complaining about moral degeneration. While all this is going on, the music system will be pumping out the latest kwaito or hip hop beats, keeping all the heads bobbing. Those who travel the same route quickly get to know each other well, and one commuter will be able to tell you exactly what’s going on in another’s life.Having grown up in a township, I’ve been taking taxis all my life to get anywhere and everywhere. But for me, taxi-travelling has never been particularly easy, let alone comfortable. The drivers are highly skilled and experienced, but notoriously reckless in the traffic. The vehicles can also be overloaded and unsafe.The Department of Transport is aware of this, and has implemented a R7.7-billion (US$1-billion) taxi recapitalisation programme, aiming to replace up to 80% of the country’s taxi fleet by 2010.Owners who want to exit the industry or buy new vehicles are offered R50 000 ($6 720) for each unroadworthy minibus taxi that they send to accredited agencies for scrapping. New government regulations dictate that minibus taxis must be fitted with seatbelts for each passenger, have rollover bars, a type-two braking system and commercially rated tyres of sizes 185R or 195R. Some R353.5-million ($47.5-million) has been paid out in scrapping allowances, allowing taxi owners to revamp their ageing fleets with newer, safer vehicles.Taxis are widely used in South Africa, with 65% of public transport commuters relying on them daily, as they’re convenient and cheap – an inter-city trip usually costs less than R10 ($1.30). Drivers run set routes, but often pick up and drop off commuters anywhere in between.Knowing the right hand signals and lingo when stopping and boarding a minibus taxi is key to a successful journey.Getting the signs rightIn the small town of Howick in KwaZulu-Natal province, where I grew up, only two signs were used to flag down a taxi. You pointed your index finger upwards to signal for a taxi to Pietermaritzburg, the nearest city, or you pointed down to indicate you wanted a ride back home to Howick. When you were ready to get off the taxi, you just said “bus stop” and the driver would let you out at the next stop.When I moved to the biggest city in the country, Johannesburg, life got a bit complicated. First, I had to get used to the local sign: a downwards-pointing index finger. This indicates that you’re staying in the general area, just needing to go a little distance further. To get to any other area, you have to master quite a complex hand-sign system (PDF, 2 MB).To get to Johannesburg CBD from the northern suburbs, you point your index finger upwards – this will tell a driver to take you to the bustling south or west side of the city. Putting out all five fingers, like a high-five, says you want to travel further north in Johannesburg, or east.As you make your way to the outer-lying areas and the townships, the signs become more elaborate. To get to a point called “stop twelve” in the affluent suburb of Kyalami, north of Johannesburg, you have to diagonally cross your arms in front of you. The crossed arms resemble a road sign the taxis pass just before the pick-up point. If you don’t signal, the driver won’t stop.For residents of Diepsloot, a small township north-west of Johannesburg, stopping a taxi is a bit easier. Due to the bumpy roads there, commuters dip one hand up and down in a wave-like motion to say they need a ride.To go to Randburg, also north-west of the city centre, your choice of sign is dependent on where you’re coming from. If you’re in central Johannesburg, pointing your hand straight up is good enough. But if you’re outside the local mall in Cresta, a little to the west of Randburg, you have to make poking gestures with your index finger over your opposite shoulder, to signal for a taxi to Randburg. Simply put, commuters have to point backwards, showing where Randburg is in relation to the mall.Residents of Dobsonville in Soweto who need to travel to Leratong hospital in Kagiso, a neighboring township, need to make a similar poking movement, but with a slight scoop of the hand before pointing behind – the logic here is also based on location.To head to Fourways, just north of Sandton, simply hold out all four fingers with your thumb folded into your palm. To get to the large township of Thembisa, east of Johannesburg, make a “T” by putting one hand horizontally and the other vertically underneath it. Going by taxi to Cosmo City, west of Johannesburg, is easy: simply hold out your hand in a semi-circle to make the “C” sign.Now you’re on, but how do you get off?Once you’re on the taxi, it’s very important to know what to say to get off, how to say it and when to say it. You can get off just about anywhere along the route; there are no official stops. Before getting the taxi to stop, look out for nearby road or landmarks you name, loudly, for the sake of the driver. For example, shout “stop sign” 10 seconds before the sign, and the driver will make a plan. But don’t shout too early or too late, because chances are you’ll miss the drop-off point.The other popular phrase is “after robot”, which means, of course, that you want to get off after the traffic lights, keeping in mind there’s no phrase that indicates you want to get off before the robot. If the robot is red and the taxi stationary, you are expected to get off there and then – in this case the taxi won’t stop again “after robot”. How you say this phrase is  important: it must be loud and deep, pronounced “uf-dah robot”.The two leading phrases used by taxi commuters is “shot’ left driver” and “shot’ right driver”, indicating left or right. Again, you must be loud, but not as deep, pronounced with a sense of excitement in the voice.Get all this right, and you’re in for a ride of your life. Catching a taxi will take you on an audacious African journey not to be experienced anywhere else in the world.last_img read more

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PBWorks Offers Templates – A Great Way To Get Started In Enterprise Collaboration

first_imgCognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… The enterprise collaboration space is still in its early days. People understand the importance of collaboration but often they do not know where to start. The PBWorks templates provide some framework for how to start using wikis and other forms of collaboration. The templates can include embedded media, files and documents as well as folders.PBWorks is making a smart move by offering templates. It follows a long standing tradition of providing a structure for people who are just starting to use new software or who want to improve what they are already offering. Microsoft has been doing this for years. The practice seems well suited to the increasing complex world of enterprise collaboration. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#enterprise#news#Products Related Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… alex williams A distinguishing aspect to PBWorks is its industry-specific approach. The enterprise collaboration service has made a name for itself by focusing on the particular requirements of the education and legal markets.Now PBWorks is taking a smart approach by extending its position in vertical markets and offering a template store that people may download and use in a variety of business- and industry-specific ways.The template store is opening with 25 applications, both officially approved and those developed by the community at large. PBWorks screens the templates that users provide. last_img read more

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Khali scared of entering Bigg Boss

first_imgKhaliKhali may be the champion in the wrestling ring but the WWE winner says he is scared of being locked in the Bigg Boss house.Khali, real name Dalip Singh Rana, will be locked in the house with 11 other housemates. Khali is a wild card entrant on the show on October 16, 2010 after the ouster of Bunty Chore and Abbas Kazmi, the ex-lawyer of convicted 26/11 terrorist Ajmal Kasab.”My wife wanted me to participate in the show and here I am. It will be an exciting but scary experience to be locked inside with other people,” Khali told PTI.It will be interesting to see how the housemates treat a 7 foot and 190 kg sports entertainer. Colors sources say that Khali will be provided with a custom made bed while on the show.When asked about the kitchen politics and back-biting on the show, Khali said he will try to adjust with the situation. “I don’t know how I am going to tackle all this but I am confident that I will win Bigg Boss,” said Khali.last_img read more

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Vermaelen frustrated at Barca blocking transfer

first_imgBarcelona ‘I cannot even play with the second team’ – Vermaelen airs frustration at Barcelona blocking transfer Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 19:08 10/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Thomas Vermaelen Belgium Getty Barcelona Primera División The Belgium international defender was eager to find a way out of Camp Nou over the summer, but he was denied a move despite being out of favour Thomas Vermaelen is a frustrated figure at Barcelona, with the defender denied a transfer and now completely out of favour.The 31-year-old had been hoping to secure a move away from Camp Nou over the summer, having seen Roma opt against taking up the option of a making a 2016-17 loan deal permanent.Barca 8/15 to win La Liga with dabblebet Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Vermaelen was, however, prevented from leaving Catalunya, despite being so far down the pecking order at Barca that he is currently unable to get a game for their reserve side.The former Arsenal centre-half told Belgian publication La Derniere Heure: “The club told me that I couldn’t leave.”I had to stay in spite of the interest of several clubs, now I cannot even play with the second team, it is a difficult situation.”Despite being short of minutes at club level, Vermaelen is currently away with the Belgium national team and hoping to figure in their 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Bosnia-Herzegovina and Cyprus.”It would be positive, of course, if I could return to Barcelona after having played some minutes,” he added.”Then they will see that I’m ready if the club needs me.”Thomas Vermaelen Barcelona blocked movePart of the problem for Vermaelen at present is that Barcelona have made a faultless start to their 2017-18 campaign.They have collected nine successive victories in all competitions to set the early pace in La Liga and make positive progress in the Champions League.There is, however, still a long way to go and Vermaelen hopes that his services will be required at some stage as Ernesto Valverde is forced to shuffle his pack.”I have talked to the coach, obviously, and he is happy with how I’m training,” he said.”It is clear that in a club like Barcelona, three central defenders are not enough, they need four or five.”A suspension or an injury will mean that I can return to the squad and these things can happen quickly.”Whilst things aren’t going well at the moment, next week may be different.”Vermaelen has not figured for Barca since March 2016.He has made just 21 appearances for the club in total, with ongoing injury issues having prevented him from making the desired impact following a £15 million move from Arsenal in the summer of 2014.last_img read more

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NTL day one wrap-up

first_imgSocial MediaFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2013)Instagram – search for ‘Touch Football Australia’YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausTouch Football Australia will be live streaming matches on their YouTube page.Related LinksNTL day one wrap-up You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2013 X-Blades National Touch League in the following ways:Websiteswww.ntl.mytouchfooty.comwww.austouch.com.au By BEN HARRISThe 2013 X-Blades National Touch League got off to a frantic start at the BCU International Stadium in Coffs Harbour today.More than 100 teams across 14 divisions tapped off their campaign to be crowned national touch football champions.As New South Wales and Queensland sides lead the Elite Eight Series in the men’s and women’s opens divisions, it’s the same scenario in the other divisions at the tournament.In the mixed opens, five teams won all of their matches today.Sydney Rebels, South Queensland Sharks, Defence Warriors, ACT Pirates and Brisbane City Cobras each picked up three wins.In the development division, the T League, Hunter Western Hornets are on top in the men’s competition.They are two points in front of four other teams heading into day two of competition.Sydney Rebels lead in Pool A of the women’s competition while there is a three-way battle between Sunshine Coast Pineapples, Brisbane City Cobras and Sydney Scorpions for top spot in Pool B.The women’s 27s have the Sydney Scorpions and the Brisbane City Cobras out in front.In the men’s 30s, ACT Pirates are the team to beat after picking up three wins from their three games today.Hot on their heels though are the Pineapples, Cobras and the Warriors.The Pirates are also doing well in the women’s 35s, they share the lead with the North Queensland Tropical Cyclones.Both teams have a comfortable lead over the other three teams in the division.The South Queensland Sharks and Cobras have hit the front in the men’s 40s, narrowly in front of the Tropical Cyclones and the Warriors.Sydney Scorpions lead in the women’s 40s following their two wins today.The Scorpions lead in the men’s 45s alongside the Sharks on eight points.The Southern Suns have been very consistent in their three matches. They bagged day one honours in the division and want to continue their performances tomorrow.Pirates, Sydney Mets and Tropical Cyclones are four points behind the Suns.Scorpions and Pineapples lead in the men’s 55s.While it’s very tight in the seniors mixed with the Sydney Rebels and Victoria leading the charge but the Scorpions are within striking distance.Tomorrow’s matches get underway at 8am.last_img read more