To lead with our heart is the story of Sylvia Degotardi (nee Leahy). The death of a family member or friend is always tragic, especially so at Christmas, which is a time of celebration. Mother of three Sylvia Degotardi tragically passed away in mid-October, just hours after giving birth to her third child. Sylvia was an all-around athlete, who played Touch Football in Toowoomba for several years. A Memorial Race Day and raffle is being organised for January 15th, to establish a trust fund for her children. A long-time friend of Sylvia’s, Karley Banks, has written this incredible eulogy to her friend. The story also contains all the information on the Memorial Day. EULOGY TO SYLVIA DEGOTARDI Picture courtesy of the Toowoomba Chronicle
Here is the latest news from around the states…Northern TerritoryThe NT Titles will be held from Friday, 30 April until Sunday, 2 May 2010 in Darwin. Over 20 teams will compete in the tournament, with teams coming from Gove, Alice Springs, Katherine, Borroloola, Ramingining as well as local teams from Darwin. Four divisions will be contested, with Men’s Open, Women’s Open, Under 18 Mixed and Women’s 35’s battling it out for their respective titles. Games will commence on Friday night, with finals to be played on Sunday afternoon. The Under 18 Mixed and Women’s Over 35 finals will be played at 4.00pm, followed by the Women’s Open final at 5.00pm, and the Men’s Open final at 6.00pm. For more information, please visit the NT Titles website:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=14-920-0-112627-0&sID=10358 QueenslandThe 2010 Queensland State Cup will also be held on Saturday, 1 May and Sunday, 2 May. The State Cup will be held at the fields at Bundaberg Touch Association, University Drive, Bundaberg.Teams from across the state will contest the event, with the following divisions to be played: Mixed, Women’s Open, Men’s Open, Men’s 30’s and Men’s 40’s. The games will start at 9.00am on Saturday, with the final round of the day to commence at 4.20pm. Games will start at 8.30am on Sunday, with the final round games commencing at 9.50am before finals begin. The first draft of the State Cup draw is on the Queensland State Cup website. The final draw will be released at the Managers Meeting on Saturday, 1 May. For more information, please visit the Queensland State Cup and Queensland Touch websites:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=14-7206-0-0-0&sID=157480www.qldtouch.com.au South AustraliaIt’s been a busy couple of weeks for Touch Football South Australia, with teams competing in the SA Masters Games and the annual Touch Wine event. Touch Football made a successful return to the SA Masters Games, with seven teams competing at the two day event at Port Pirie. Touch was one of the largest sports represented at the games, and the good news is that Touch Football has been included in the bill for the 2011 SA Masters Games, which will be held in Naracoorte in April 2011. Touch Wine was held on the ANZAC Day public holiday, with approximately 1500 people attending the annual charity event. 38 winery teams entered the event, while round three of the CMI Toyota State League was also played. In round three of the Men’s division, the Eastern Stingrays were big winners over the Central Scorpions, winning 15-2, while the Defence Eagles defeated the Northern Vipers, 4-3. The South West Wolves had the bye. The Stingrays sit on top of the ladder in the Men’s division, followed by the Wolves, Eagles, Scorpions and Vipers.Round four will be played on Sunday, 2 May and will see the Eagles take on the Scorpions and the Vipers versus the Wolves. The Stingrays have the bye. In the Women’s division, the Eastern Stingrays were three touchdown winners over the South West Wolves, 5-2, while the Northern Vipers and the Central Scorpions played out a 3-all draw. The Scorpions sit on top of the ladder in the Women’s division, followed by the Vipers, Stingrays and Wolves. Round four will see the Vipers take on the Stingrays, while the Scorpions will play the Wolves. The traditional celebrity match was also played at Touch Wine, and was one of the highlights of the day. Bruce McAvaney was the commentator of the game, and the following athletes participated:Hannah Davis (Olympic Kayaker)Rachael Sporn (Olympic Basketball player)Rick Olarenshaw, Peter Caven and Kym Koster (AFL)Demelza McCloud (Australian Netballer)Brett Maher (Australian Basketball player)For more information, please visit the Touch Football South Australia website:www.touchsa.com.auWestern AustraliaSunset Touch has moved venues, with competition taking place on Monday nights at Associates RUFC (Allen Park) Swanbourne. There are limited places available, and nominations close on Monday, 17 May. For more information, including where to play Touch this winter, please visit the Touch West website:www.touchwest.comNew South WalesThe New South Wales Touch Football Referees Awards night will be held on Saturday, 1 May at the Bankstown Sports Club. The Awards night is the gala night of the Refereeing calendar, with the ‘Ian Matthew Medal’ announced. For more information, please visit the NSW Touch website.The Sydney Scorpions have been named the 2010 Regional Permit Champions at the New South Wales Under 14 and 16 Regional Championships. The Scorpions played in all four finals, winning two and were narrowly defeating in the Under 14 Boy’s and Girl’s finals. 14 Boys – Hunter Western Hornets 5 defeated Sydney Scorpions 414 Girls – Hunter Western Hornets 3 defeated Sydney Scorpions 216 Boys – Sydney Scorpions 4 defeated Northern Eagles 316 Girls – Sydney Scorpions 5 defeated Hunter Western Hornets 1The following Referees were rewarded for their efforts following the tournament:Referee of the tournament – Adam O’KeeffeLeading Women’s Referee – Fiona SaundersLeading Senior Referee – Nick AltinLeading Level 5 Referee – Adam O’KeeffeLeading Level 4 – Luke HeckendorfThe New South Wales State Merit teams were also announced following the tournament. Go to the New South Wales Touch Football website to view the teams.www.nswtouch.com.auACTACT Touch has a list of players looking to play Touch on all nights of competition. Please contact ACT Touch if you would like to be sent the list of players. The final two of the Winter domestic competitions started this week, with the Tuesday and Thursday night competitions at Deakin beginning. The countdown is on until the beginning of the ACT Premier League, which will commence on Wednesday, 12 May 2010. For more information, please visit the ACT Touch website:www.acttouch.com.auVictoriaTouch Football Victoria will be holding trials for the Under 15 and Under 18 state representative squads on Sunday, 16 May 2010 at the Albert Park Touch fields. The Under 18 trials will be held from 9.00am to 11.00am, while the Under 15 trials will be held from 11.00am to 1.00pm. The trials are held to help identify potential state representatives to compete at upcoming tournaments. The 18’s teams will be competing at the National Youth Championships in Caloundra in September, while the Under 15 teams will compete in the School Sport Australia Championships which will be held in Canberra in October. For more information, please visit the Touch Football Victoria website.Albert Park and Elwood Park’s team registrations for the upcoming Winter competitions have been extended by one week. Registrations will close on Sunday, 10 May. The competitions will now start on the week commencing, Monday, 10 May. There will be a compulsory delegates meeting on Thursday, 6 May to get information and to ask questions. Please visit the Touch Football Victoria website for more information:www.victouch.com.auTasmaniaLaunceston Touch Association’s social mixed competition will commence on Sunday, 2 May 2010. Rounds one and two will be played on Sunday, with rounds three and four to be played on Sunday, 16 May. 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ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 26: The Michigan Wolverines Cheerleaders support their team against the Brigham Young Cougars at Michigan Stadium on September 26, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines defeated the Cougars 31-0. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)Consensus five-star cornerback recruit Iman Marshall of Long Beach (Calif.) Poly made a visit to Michigan on Monday, and while on campus, he got to don a no. 2 Wolverine jersey. Prospects wearing jerseys with their numbers on them is standard recruiting visit procedure, but no. 2 also happens to be the number of former Michigan star cornerback and 1997 Heisman Trophy winner, Charles Woodson.Marshall celebrated the honor by taking time to pose with a mural of Woodson celebrating the Wolverines’ 1997 Rose Bowl win over Washington State. ichigan pic.twitter.com/wXlwejyW6b— Biggie (@iman_marshall8) January 19, 2015New Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh and his staff have already made some noise on the recruiting trail since taking over in Ann Arbor this month, but landing a player of Marshall’s caliber would be a home-run coup. The no. 3 overall player in the country according to Rivals, Marshall has offers from essentially every major program. He already made an official visit to Florida State, and has trips to LSU and Oregon scheduled before signing day.
Ohio State Upset RecruitJamel Dean, a four-star defensive back who enrolled early at Ohio State this winter, will be leaving the Buckeyes’ program, Eleven Warriors first reported earlier today. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound cornerback has dealt with multiple knee injuries over the past couple of years and was not cleared by Ohio State’s medical staff. He has not been practicing with the Buckeyes spring. Dean, ranked the No. 32 cornerback in the 2015 class by 247 Sports’ Composite Rankings, will be leaving OSU altogether. The situation greatly upsets Dean’s high school coach, according to a report by Doug Lesmerises of Cleveland.com.HS coach of Ohio State’s Jamel Dean tells NEOMG he is angry over treatment of departing freshman http://t.co/mQBfvM3noP— Doug Lesmerises (@DougLesmerises) April 8, 2015From Cleveland.com’s report: The high school football coach of Ohio State freshman Jamel Dean feels the Buckeyes are denying Dean his place on the team over a typical injury.“It’s ridiculous,” John Wilkinson told Northeast Ohio Media Group on Wednesday. “It’s totally wrong to do this to an 18-year-old kid who should be in high school, who you talked into coming up there early.“You can’t treat people this way.”Dean tore his ACL during his junior season at Cocoa High School in Florida, but played a full season as a senior. He re-injured his knee prior to the Semper Fidelis All-American Game in January. Dean was one of four players in the 2015 class to enroll early in Columbus. Ohio State has yet to comment on the situation. The Buckeyes open their season Sept. 7 against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. [Cleveland.com]
London: India captain Virat Kohli was Wednesday named as the Leading Cricketer of the year for the third successive time by the 2019 edition of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack. Kohli, who amassed 2735 runs across the three formats in 2018, was picked as one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the year, along with England’s Tammy Beaumont, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran and Rory Burns. The Indian skipper is only the third cricketer ever to have won the award more than three times after Don Bradman (10 times) and Jack Hobbs (8 times). Indian women opener Smriti Mandhana bagged the women’s Leading Cricketer of the Year. Kohli had notched up 593 runs in five Tests at an average of 59.3 during India’s 1-4 loss to England and ended the year with five centuries to his name. Mandhana was rewarded for scoring 669 and 662 runs in ODIs and T20Is last year. She also amassed 421 runs at an astounding strike rate of 174.68 in the women’s Super League. Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan was named the Leading T20 Cricketer of the Year for the second year in a row, following his superb performance last year. He took 22 wickets at an average of 8.68 for Afghanistan in T20Is, besides scalping 21 wickets in the Indian Premier League 2018. The Five Cricketers of the Year are chosen by Lawrence Booth, the editor of the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack, with the 2019 version serving as the 156th edition.
Casablanca- A thirty-year young man on Monday was fatally struck by the tramway in Casablanca, according to Maghreb Arab Press. The young man was hit while trying to cross the tram platform without paying attention to the imminent arrival of the train and without going through the crosswalk.The elements of civil protection rushed to the scene of the accident. It took them nearly thirty minutes to remove the body of the victim under the wheels of the train, causing a disruption of traffic, according to the same source. This is the first fatal collision that occurs since the beginning of the year. A motorcyclist and a pedestrian were killed in two similar accidents last August.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
Sophomore right-handed pitcher Travis Lakins (1) delivers a pitch against Illinois on May 2, 2015. OSU lost, 6-5.Credit: Elliot Gilfix / For The LanternThe Ohio State baseball team may have narrowly missed out on postseason play this season, but it finally had some reason to celebrate during the second day of the 2015 MLB draft.Right-handed pitcher Travis Lakins became the highest OSU player drafted since fellow righty Alex Wimmers went 21st overall in 2010. The Boston Red Sox selected Lakins in the sixth round — 171st overall — on Tuesday afternoon.Lakins, a hard-throwing product of Franklin, Ohio, is coming off a sophomore season in which he went 4-4 with a 3.75 ERA in 15 starts. He struck out a team-high 84 in 96.0 innings pitched.Lakins’ final start of the season was arguably his strongest, as he neutralized Iowa’s lineup to the tune of six hits and one run allowed over eight innings in the opening game of the Big Ten tournament. However, a blown save in the ninth following Lakins’ departure gave the Hawkeyes the 3-2 victory.In the righty’s freshman campaign, he was used primarily out of the bullpen, where he made 23 of his 25 appearances. In 55.0 innings of work, he fanned 55 batters and compiled a 2.45 ERA, the second best on the team.He later made headlines after his freshman season when he threw a perfect game on June 20, 2014 while pitching for the Chillicothe Paints in summer ball. He struck out 14 in the perfect game against the West Virginia Miners, which was the first in the history of the Prospect League.Should Lakins choose to sign with Boston, the slot value for the 171st pick is $287,500, according to Baseball America. He was previously set to play for the Orleans Firebirds of the Cape Cod League this summer alongside outfielder Ronnie Dawson.The 2015 draft marked the fourth consecutive year at least one OSU player was drafted, following John Kuchno in 2012, Jon Pellant, Brett McKinney and Brad Goldberg in 2013 and Greg Greve last season.The MLB draft is scheduled to conclude with the 11th through 40th rounds on Wednesday.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppJamaica, 20 Apr 2015 – THE University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, planted its first legal ganja (marijuana) plant yesterday, symbolising its position as the pioneer in legally cultivating and researching the benefits of the drug in Jamaica.Emotive adjectives coloured the presentations from government and university officials at the function marking the event, at the Agora Gardens, Faculty of Medical Sciences Teaching and Research Complex.Minister of Science, Technology, Energy, and Mining Phillip Paulwell suggested that it was “a wonderful day”, while UWI principal, Professor Archibald McDonald, pronounced it a “historic and amazing day”.“If we can play our cards right, good things can happen for the people of Jamaica,” Minister of Justice, Senator Mark Golding, who piloted the Bill in the Senate decriminalising the drug, commented.Under the provisions of a ministerial order issued by Paulwell recently, under the Dangerous Drugs Act, the UWI, Mona, as well as the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) are now licensed to grow ganja for research purposes.Yesterday’s event was to witness the planting of the first legal ganja plant on the UWI campus.Paulwell explained that he issued the order under Section 7 (d) of the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act, which was passed by Parliament in February.He said that the order was “absolutely critical” if Jamaica is to be cited as the place for medicinal research and development of the product.“We now have an opportunity to catch up (and) I want Jamaica to be the centre of excellence for research in medicinal ganja,” Paulwell said.He stated that the order will also allow the university to contract farming of the weed outside of the Mona campus, but suggested that, when that is done, the university should pay particular attention to the small farmers.He said that the law also allows him to grant authorisation to other bodies. However, he warned those interested in the commercial aspects of the drug to start by looking at their own research and development capabilities, and the opportunities being created at the university for research and development.Professor McDonald, noting that the UWI has recently assumed pole position among tertiary institutions in the Caribbean, thanked the Government and the parliament for making the ganja experiment possible.“Almost two years ago this was the most conservative institution in the Caribbean, and today here we are planting the first legal ganja plant after 102 years,” McDonald said.He said that ganja had been demonised for economic reasons, and alcohol and cigarettes were never so demonised because they originated in the northern countries.“Ganja originated from countries in the south, therefore, it was important that the interests of alcohol and cigarettes were protected,” he said.He said that the UWI will now do the necessary research aimed at providing the scientific basis to show that ganja is a medicine, and is effective against a range of diseases.Senator Golding, meanwhile, reiterated that the interest of the Rastafarian community would be protected.He said that there were three areas to protect their interest: (1) entitlement to certain lands designated for cultivation for sacramental purposes; (2) places of worship to be designated as such for the use of ganja as a sacrament; (3) and events primarily for observing the faith to be exempted from the Act.Golding also said that he will also be setting up an advisory group to give guidance on how the permits are to be issued. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Turks and Caicos another step closer to being newest UWI Open Campus site Turks and Caicos Hosts UWI Open Campus Council Meeting Related Items:dangerous drugs act, ganja, legal, planting, UWI Recommended for you Universities organization formed – French, Spanish, Dutch and English speaking represented
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, September 4, 2017 – Kingston – The Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) has allocated an additional $350 million to the National Export-Import (EXIM) Bank of Jamaica to continue the provision of loans to the operators of small and medium-sized tourism enterprises (SMTEs).The allocation represents the second tranche of the $1-billion TEF/EXIM Bank Jamaica loan facility, which was launched in September 2016 with an initial $300 million capital injection by the tourism entity. The facility enables the industry stakeholders to access between $5 million and $25 million at five per cent interest for five years.Among those eligible are operators involved in spa and wellness; gastronomy – restaurants and food-related businesses; small accommodations; shopping and galleries; attractions; knowledge networks; and sports and entertainment as well as manufacturers and suppliers.Speaking at the official handover at the Tourism Ministry in New Kingston on Wednesday, August 30, Portfolio Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, said the loan facility was a critical financial lifeline that had allowed and would enable more sector stakeholders to create jobs, generate growth and facilitate economic well-being.Additionally, he said it represented the Government’s acknowledgement of the entities’ integral role in the tourism value chain.“The idea was born out of the need to build capacity within the sector and provide financial support to enterprises that would better enable them to capitalise on business opportunities to better participate in the supply chain of the sector,” the Minister said.Mr. Bartlett advised that the first tranche of the loan facility has been fully disbursed, and encouraged other entrepreneurs not yet accessing the provision to take advantage of it to grow their businesses.EXIM Bank Managing Director, Lisa Bell, disclosed that the entity has, to date, processed more than 28 loan applications totalling $509 million under the programme. She said applications totalling $408 million have been approved, with disbursements totalling $311 million.The applications processed for approval fall in the categories of: attractions – $84.5 million; small accommodations – $105 million; gastronomy – $25 million; linkages – $32 million; shopping networks – $30 million; manufacturing – $47.5 million; services – $48.4 million; spa and wellness – $12. 5 million; and domestic tours and car rentals – $125 million.“We are very pleased about that, because we knew this programme could be revolutionary, not only because of its attractive terms and conditions but it really would put funding into the hands of those who needed it,” Mrs. Bell said.She further noted that the Bank has received an additional 25 qualified expressions of interest totaling approximately $470 million.In 2015, the World Bank noted that formal SMTEs contribute up to 60 per cent of total employment and up to 40 per of national income in emerging economies.In the Caribbean, these enterprises contribute more than 90 per cent of employment and 70 per cent of the gross domestic product.For more information on the loan facility, persons may call the EXIM Bank at (876) 630-1400 to make an appointment; visit its offices at 85 Hope Road, Kingston 6; or website at www.eximbankja.com.
The former Nuremberg, Bayer Leverkusen, and Germany national team footballer has explained how he used to pass fitness testsGerman striker Stefan Kiessling played professionally from 2003 to 2018.And he just came out to explain how his wife used to help him cheat in his fitness tests.“I never did one hundred percent of the exercises in the preparation periods, not once,” he told The Talking Baws.Kiessling: Lewandowski’s back-up Martin Varga – November 2, 2017 The 33-year-old Bayer Leverkusen forward’s name has been associated with a January move to Bayern Munich Potential Bayern Munich transfer target Stefan Kiessling is delighted…“You get a heart rate monitor on which all runs are saved.”“As my wife is very athletic, she did some racing with the wristband according to my specs,” he explained.“She did it so well that nobody noticed.”