On behalf of the Touch Football Australia (TFA) Board of Management and staff, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their contribution to our sport over the 2012 year. As an organisation, we are extremely proud of everything that has been achieved and look forward to the challenges that lie ahead in 2013. In particular, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the staff for their ongoing enthusiasm, professionalism and dedication to the goals we have set for Touch Football. The TFA office will be closed from Friday, 21 December 2012 until Wednesday, 2 January 2013. Please be aware only limited staff will return at this time and this may result in a delay to your enquiries. We wish all of those involved in our game a safe and enjoyable Christmas period and a well-deserved break. See you for what promises to be an amazing 2013.Merry Christmas and a happy new year. Colm MaguireChief Executive Officer – Touch Football AustraliaRelated LinksMerry Xmas From TFA
Alisson the world’s best says Liverpool coach Achterbergby Ansser Sadiq15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool coach John Achterberg believes that keeper Alisson Becker is the best in the world.The Brazilian is the club’s no.1 shot stopper and contributed significantly to their Champions League win last season.He pulled off several big game saves to ensure the Reds were shutting out the opposition. And Achterberg believes he is the best in the world in his position.”It is tough for me to say as a goalkeeper coach but it’s definitely how I see it [he is the best],” says Achterberg to the Liverpool Echo.”I think he has been the most consistent if you look at all the goalkeepers around, that is the truth. “Now we try to maintain it and keep it like this for the next five or six years. He has set his targets and we try to push it that way, that is the plan.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
OTTAWA – Canada’s housing agency is looking to an unlikely ally in a bid to boost the stock of affordable rental housing: Airbnb.The head of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp., says he believes short-term rental companies like Airbnb and Vacation Rental By Owner (VRBO) could help increase the rental supply in the country and, in turn, possibly reduce rents.The government’s upcoming national housing strategy will have a heavy focus on increasing the supply of affordable housing options, including rental units and Airbnb alone offers the potential for tens of thousands of units.CMHC chief executive Evan Siddall said his agency recently approached Airbnb, the largest such service in Canada, to see if there are ways to turn those short-term rentals into apartments available to locals to rent for longer terms. He cautioned that it was still early days with a lot of details yet to work out.“I think VRBO and Airbnb should get ahead of this, because they could be giving us some social utility by helping us spawn supply,” Siddall said in a recent interview with The Canadian Press.Lindsey Scully, a spokeswoman for Airbnb, said the company is speaking with potential partners about ways to “create economic opportunity for everyday people.”“We take the issue of affordable housing seriously and that is why we are collaborating with communities and organizations across Canada, sharing comprehensive data and detailed information about our community,” she said.The supply of purpose-built rental units in the country has been on a decades-long decline as developers build more condominiums than apartments.As a result, the rental vacancy rate in 2016 was 3.7 per cent nationwide, CMHC research shows, a number that glosses over acute shortages in some cities. Vancouver, Victoria, and Kelowna, for instance, all had vacancy rates under one per cent in 2016, meaning there were limited options for renters and the conditions in place to push rents higher as demand outstripped supply.The shortage is equally acute in the secondary rental market that has sprung up over the last eight years as condominium owners rent out their units to make a profit. A CMHC survey of 22 cities showed vacancy rates in these condominiums ranged from a low of 0.3 per cent in Vancouver to a high of 6.8 per cent in Edmonton.Into this mix enter home-sharing services and concerns that they have further eroded the supply of rental units.Airbnb says its hosts typically share their homes on average up to 60 nights per year, earning themselves about $4,000 — figures that the company suggests aren’t high enough to support the idea that it is squeezing units out of the long-term rental market.In a study published this summer, a McGill University research team estimated that Airbnb hosts have removed about 13,700 units from rental markets in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver, or about two per cent of the total housing stock.The authors argued that services like Airbnb would pull more long-term rentals off the market as home and condo owners see more money to be made through short-term rentals.“We’re not even close to the situation where there’s enough supply of rental housing to meet demand and when you’re in those very, very constrained situations, then even just a couple thousand units getting pulled off the market by Airbnb can have a really major impact on prices,” said lead researcher David Wachsmuth.To keep those units in the rental market, governments have to create incentives where few currently exist, said said Wachsmuth, an assistant professor of urban planning.
Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,983.32, up 23.82 points)Neovasc Inc. (TSX:NVC). Medical devices. Down 1.5 cents, or 23.08 per cent, to five cents on 12.6 million shares.ECN Capital Corp. (TSX:ECN). Financial Services. Up 10 cents, or 2.91 per cent, to $3.54 on 7.1 million shares.Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB). Oil and gas. Up 89 cents, or 2.11 per cent, to $43.14 on 6.5 million shares.MEG Energy Corp. (TSX:MEG). Oil and gas. Up 46 cents, or 5.64 per cent, to $8.61 on 4.9 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Oil and gas. Down eight cents, or 1.34 per cent, to $5.89 on 4.59 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Down three cents, or 0.72 per cent, to $4.14 on 4.57 million shares.Companies reporting major news:WestJet Airlines Ltd. (TSX:WJA). Airline. Up 39 cents, or 1.99 per cent, to $19.98 on 455,951 shares. The Calgary-based airliner is promising to provide full refunds if flights are cancelled because of a possible pilots strike. In response to passenger tweets expressing anxiety about their upcoming vacations, WestJet says it understands the concerns.
Henderson said that the city’s other bridges and culverts, including the one that was famously overtopped two years ago on 8th St., are currently faring well with the high water levels. He said that officials have so far not had any reports of damage to residents’ property. Henderson added however that the situation may change as water levels tend to peak in the late afternoon due to the warn daytime temperatures.As another precautionary measure, the City of Dawson Creek is handing out free sand bags for residents. The sandbags and sand will be made available at the west side of Kitchen Park, at the corner of 18th Street and 109th Avenue. Henderson said that although the creek is not expected to reach levels seen in prior floods, there may be some residents who could use sandbags to divert runoff.Updates can be found on the City’s Facebook page. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. — The City of Dawson Creek has closed the 17th Street Bridge because of rising water levels in the city’s namesake, though officials don’t believe that the water will rise to levels last seen two years ago.Dawson Creek’s General Manager of Development Services Kevin Henderson said the City decided to close the 17th Street bridge earlier today as a precautionary measure. Henderson explained that the water in Dawson Creek did overtop the bridge for a short time this morning, though it has since receded to approximately a foot below the road level.The bridge was one of several that were closed during the floods of June 2016, though it reopened a short time after.
The federal government is increasing the carbon tax on new natural-gas plants to discourage power companies from building them.The change is part of final regulations for the government’s carbon-tax system for big industrial greenhouse-gas emitters, which are being released this week.The system affects businesses that produce more than 50,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases a year. It is designed to limit impacts on competitiveness for major industrial emitters, who will pay the carbon tax on a portion of what they emit rather than on all the fuels that they use.The emission standard set for natural-gas power plants originally meant that new ones would likely never pay any carbon tax, which was a disincentive for power companies to turn to renewable-energy sources instead of gas.The change made this week means new natural-gas plants will have their emissions standard toughened each year after 2021, until in 2030 they will pay the carbon price on every ounce of their emissions.
Ahmednagar: In a suspected case of honour killing, a woman was allegedly killed by her parents at Kautha village in in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra for marrying against their wishes, police said on Sunday.The incident took place on April 23, and police have booked the woman’s parents following a complaint lodged by her husband on Saturday, an official said. The accused have been identified as Bramhadev Ramaji Markad and his wife Asha, police said. Also Read – Fear of dengue outbreak in PatnaIn his complaint, Devendra Kothavale (26) said that Pratibha (24) and he fell in love in 2018. While she worked as a pharmacist, he is a medical representative in a pharmaceutical company. Sub-inspector Vilas Chawali of Sonai police station said, “They wanted to get married. But Pratibha’s parents were against their marriage as Devendra belonged to the Brahmin community, while they were Maratha.” Although both Pratibha and Devendra tried to convince her parents, they remained firm on their stand. After months of wait, they finally tied the knot on April 1 in a traditional Hindu ceremony at Sangamner in the district, where Devendra lived, the official said. Also Read – J&K won’t remain UT forever, says Shah”On April 21, Pratibha’s younger sister came visiting her in Sangamner and told her that their parents have finally accepted her marriage. She told Pratibha that they have asked her meet them at home,” Chawali, who is investigating the case, said. Accordingly, Pratibha went to her parents’ house in Kautha village in Newase tehsil two days later in the morning hours. “However, the same afternoon, Pratibha’s parents called Devendra and informed him that she has died following a heart attack,” the PSI said. However, in his complaint, Devendra has alleged that Pratibha’s parents burnt her alive, he added. A case has been registered against the Markad couple under IPC sections 302 (murder), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence, or giving false information to screen offender) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention), Chawali said. No arrest has been made so far and a probe into the case was on, police said.
London: Actor Natalie Portman says it was “hard” for her to come to terms with the negative reaction received by the prequel trilogy of Star Wars series. Portman, 37, had portrayed Padme Amidala, who is later revealed to be the mother of Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa, in George Lucas’ prequel films – Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999), Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002), and Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005). The trilogy was largely panned by the critics and also failed to live up to the expectations of the franchise fans. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger”It was hard. It was a bummer because it felt like people were so excited about new ones and then to have people feel disappointed,” Portman told Empire magazine. “Also to be at an age that I didn’t really understand that’s kind of the nature of the beast. When something has that much anticipation it can almost only disappoint,” she added. Portman, however, also believes that fans have over the time come to love the prequels. “With the perspective of time, it’s been re-evaluated by a lot of people who actually really love them now. There’s a very avid group of people who think they’re the best ones now. I don’t have enough perspective to weigh in,” she said. Portman currently stars in Brady Corbet’s pop star drama Vox Lux.
New Delhi: Shares of Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd (ZEEL) plunged 10 per cent Wednesday amid concerns over stake sale by its promoters. The scrip tumbled 9.72 per cent to close at Rs 333.30 on the BSE. During the day, it dived 12.66 per cent to Rs 322.45.On the NSE, shares plunged 10.05 per cent to close at Rs 332.05. In terms of traded volume, 30.75 lakh shares were traded on the BSE, while over 6 crore shares were traded on the NSE during the day. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra”The Subhash Chandra led Zee Entertainment Limited fell today for the fifth day in a row as speculations are ripe that the stake sale process is undergoing some hindrance. But the panic bitten stock is in no mood to turnaround despite the company’s clarification that the process is at an advanced stage and making steady progress,” said Umesh Mehta, head of research, Samco Securities. In five days, the scrip has tumbled 22.89 per cent on the BSE. Meanwhile, ZEEL Wednesday said its board will consider standalone and consolidated results for fiscal 2018-19 on May 27, scotching “market rumours” that raised concerns about audit of the company’s financial statements. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysThe company said, in a regulatory filing, it has been informed that “there are certain rumours floating in the market raising concerns about audit of the financial statements of the company for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2019.” “We deny the above rumours floating in the market relating to audit of the financial statements of the company,” it said. In a separate filing, the company said it was not in a position to provide any comment or clarification regarding the stake sale process by its promoters, Essel Group. On Tuesday, Essel promoters had said its stake sale process in ZEEL is at an advanced stage. Last year in November, the promoters had stated that they planned to divest up to 50 per cent of their stake in ZEEL to a strategic partner.
Detroit Pistons have agreed to a sign-and-trade deal that would land them Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Jennings, a restricted free agent. The new contract is for three years and worth a little over $25 million.In return for the guard, the Bucks will receive guard Brandon Knight, forward Khris Middleton and center Viacheslav Kravtsov, according to sources.Jennings was originally going to return to the Bucks for a one-year qualifying deal. The offer would have made him an unrestricted free agent, but the Pistons showed major interest in having the trade completed.Detroit has picked up a lot of talented players this offseason. The team acquired former Atlanta Hawks player Josh Smith, former Piston Chauncey Billups and Luigi Datome.The Bucks on the other hand, signed their first-round draft pick Giannis Antetokounmpo and free-agent guard Gary Neal on Tuesday.