An Australian Women’s Invitational Beach Footy Team will take on the best the National Rugby League (NRL) has to offer in the Inaugural Harvey Norman Beach Footy challenge at Sydney’s Maroubra Beach this weekend 16-17 December 2006.The 8 member Australian Women’s Invitational Team will consist of talented National Youth Squad members and two-time Australian Women’s Open World Cup winner Giselle Martin (Tirado) as captain for the two day event.The Young Guns of Australian Women’s Touch will be battling it out for their share of $100,000 in prizemoney for the charity of their choice.The weekend promises to be a memorable occasion with fashion parades, live musical performances, and non-stop high quality Beach Footy action and entertainment for participants and spectators alike.The event is already gathering mass media exposure with broadcast event partners Nova 96.9 FM, Channel Nine, and News Limited publications such as The Daily Telegraph and the Courier Mail widely advertising the Inaugural tournament and a number of media events occuring to consolidate the tournament’s exposure.Members of the Australian Invitational Beach Footy Team and Australia’s 2007 Women’s Open World Cup Team will attend a photo opportunity Thursday at Maroubra Beach as part of a four page feature on the tournament appearing in the Daily Telegraph Newspaper on Friday 15 December 2006.The Harvey Norman Beach Footy Series will be recorded by Channel Nine and shown in the lead-up to the 2007 NRL Premiership around February and March.The Australian Women’s Invitational Beach Footy team will compete in a six team round robin format over two days. Games will be 15 minutes duration, comprising 2 x 5 minute halves and a 5 minute half-time break.The Women’s team will face off on the sand against four NRL based teams – Maroons, Blues, Young Guns, and Kiwis, as well as a Celebrity team.The Maroons team will feature 2006 “Golden Boot” award winner and Kangaroo Captain Darren Lockyer, and fellow Broncos Brent Tate, the Berrigan brothers Shaun and Barry. and Melbourne Storm’s Cameron Smith.The Blues will be led by Dragons superstar Mark Gasnier and will feature players such as Matt Cooper, Luke O’Donnell, Willie Mason, and Blues luminaries Brad Fittler and Ryan Girdler. The Young Guns will be captained by Billy Slater, and will have rising stars Travis Burns, Trent Cutler, and Brett Morris amongst their ranks.The Kiwis are sure to bring plenty flair and footwork to the contest with All Black Rugby legends Jerry Collins and Nonu Ma’a leading the way with Nigel Vaagana, and Dave FA’ Alogo, and Tyran Smith set to make their mark.The Celebrity team will be spearheaded by Gordon Tallis, with Lachlan Murdoch, Davis Cup Tennis Captain Wally Masur, newly crowned seven time World champion surfer Layne Beachley, and golfer Peter Lonard gearing up for the tournament challenge.Boxers Kostya Tszyu and Anthony Mundine, Wallaby Lote Tuquiri, AFL star Nick Reiwoldt and arguably the world’s best Rugby League player of the modern era, Andrew “Joey” Johns are also set to take to the sand. The Women’s Beach Footy team features this country’s brightest up and coming female Touch Football talent.The team is: SKWARKO, Amanda HAMMETT, Belinda 2 6 HULBERT, Alyce 4 1 7 5 COOPER, Dearne DOBBINS, Ash BECK, Nicole 8 MARTIN, Giselle (Captain) HOPKIN, Emily 3 The Women’s team will be captained by Giselle Martin (nee Tirado), former Australian Women’s Open dual World Cup winner in 1995 and 1999, and the sport’s pin-up girl of the 1990’s. Still super fit and full of running, ‘Giz’ will provide fantastic leadership, experience, and inspiration to a combination big on potential, skill level, and ability in both attack and defence all over the park.All players are current Youth World Cup representatives, and have been identified as suitable candidates for the National 20 Years Youth Squad preparing for the 2009 FIT Youth World Cup.The players have been selected for their athleticism, skill level, fitness, vision, and team skills, and are regarded as amongst the hottest playing property on the Australian Touch Football scene today.Nicole Beck at 18, is a current member of the National Women’s Open training squad, and made her debut for the New South Wales Women’s Open State of Origin team in 2006.The team also contains 2005 Youth World Cup championship winning 18 Years Mixed representative Belinda Hammett, and 2005 Youth World Cup Player of the Series in the 18 Years Girls division, Emily Hopkin.Beck, Ash Dobbins, and Amanda Skwarko, “The Three Muskateers” from the Southern Suns franchise, bring a wonderful understanding and accord to the mix of players, whilst Alyce “The Rat’ Hulbert and Belinda “Bindoss” Hammett, teammates at club, regional, State and National squad level, bring a similar level of balance and combination to the side.Games will commence at 10.00 am and go through until 4.30pm Saturday 16 December.Round games will recommence Sunday 17 December at 11.00am, with semi-finals at 3.00pm and 3.30pm and the Grand Final commencing at 4.30pm.Further details including the draw and team composition, will be updated here in coming days.Get down to Maroubra Beach on the weekend for a fantastic festive atmosphere, and to see the young guns of Australian Touch do battle out on the sand against the superstars of the NRL in the Inaugural Harvey Norman Beach Footy Series.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Sporting CP striker Dost a surprise January target for Real Madridby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSporting CP striker Bas Dost is a surprise January target for Real Madrid.The Dutchman is under consideration at Real as they seek a centre-forward signing for next month.AS says also on Real’s shortlist are Mauro Icardi (Internazionale), Timo Werner (RB Leipzig), Fernando Llorente (Tottenham Hotspur) and Krzysztof Piatek (Genoa).The likes of Dost and Llorente would arrive in Madrid as cover for Karim Benzema.Dost seemed ready to leave Sporting in the summer after hooligans had attacked some players, but chose to stay. “I have not finished here yet. I just want to look ahead now I signed here two years ago and started to love this club. It has been a difficult time, but the feeling that I have dominated my thoughts here,” he said.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd captain Young: Maguire already a leaderby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United captain Ashley Young says Harry Maguire is already a squad leader.Maguire was jeered by Leicester City fans throughout United’s 1-0 win at Old Trafford yesterday, but the £80million centre back responded with a fine performance to help his side to a second clean sheet of the season.”You know, I think the manager’s said about him, he talks non-stop, he’s a real leader and he can play as well,” said Young.”The style of play we use, we use the centre-halves a lot to play out from the back and everybody has got confidence in him. And everybody has confidence in Victor [Lindelof], Jonah [Phil Jones], Marcos [Rojo] – all the defenders, all the centre-backs can go in there and do the job.”Again he showed today what a man he is, and I think as a backline we played a really good game.”
Man City boss Guardiola: We must seduce fans about Champions Leagueby Paul Vegas24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola says the fans need to be “seduced” after club polls showed supporters would prefer to win the Premier League than the Champions League.City open their ninth successive home campaign in the competition on Tuesday when they host Croatia’s Dinamo Zagreb.”I know for fans the Premier League is most exciting. But this competition is nice too,” said City boss Guardiola.”We are going to try and seduce our fans and say: ‘We can do it.'”The best they have managed during Guardiola’s three campaigns is two quarter-finals, which ended in defeats by Liverpool and Tottenham.”We have done polls and people prefer, by far, to win the Premier League rather than the Champions League,” said Guardiola.”I don’t know why but that is the reality of our club and we have to accept it. I think it is because, in the past, they were not in this competition.”We were at home in the bars, drinking beer watching Liverpool and [Manchester] United. That’s the culture of the club.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 03: A general view as the Ohio State Buckeyes enters the field before the game against the Wisconsin Badgers on November 3, 2007 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Wisconsin 38-17. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Note to graduate assistants everywhere – most of you cannot stop a collegiate running back who is running at full speed. In the below video, posted by OSU assistant Corey Dennis, graduate assistant Brian Mason, who is standing on the sideline, gets absolutely trucked by a Buckeyes running back during practice. He does his best to brace himself beforehand, but it doesn’t really seem to matter.It looks like the staff is having some fun with the clip. Enjoy:The @S1LVERBULLETS might need to find a new coach… @Mason_BM pic.twitter.com/tGg3WBHe3a— Corey Dennis (@Coreydennis_) December 16, 2015OMG…. https://t.co/fkgZRfFDu8— Mark Pantoni (@markpantoni) December 16, 2015
According to Mr. Samuda, the three-day international trade show, conceptualised and executed by the Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association (JMA) in Montego Bay, was not only a huge success but provided an opportunity for many local businesses to access the global marketplace. In the meantime, President of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce, T’Shura Gibbs, said the event was remarkable. Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Karl Samuda, says the recently held Jamaica International Exhibition (JIE) was a major boost for manufacturing and the services sector.According to Mr. Samuda, the three-day international trade show, conceptualised and executed by the Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association (JMA) in Montego Bay, was not only a huge success but provided an opportunity for many local businesses to access the global marketplace.“This was a remarkable expo. This is the kind of trade show that our country needs and where our local business owners get to rub shoulders with their overseas counterparts,” the Minister told JIS News.Mr. Samuda said he knew that the JMA and its team had put in a lot of work to make the event a reality, but he was a “little surprised at how extraordinarily well the turnout was, especially for an inaugural event”.The Minister, who also toured and interacted with all the booth holders on June 2, said that not only was the JIE a big breakthrough for a number of local businesses, “it also provided another opportunity for brand Jamaica to be showcased in an international forum and one befitting of its status as a global powerhouse”.“The JIE has not only opened doors; it has also created the opening where local businesses can now build on the contacts they have made, ensuring that, from now on, they will know where to go and who to call on, as it relates to doing business on the global front,” Mr. Samuda said.In the meantime, President of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce, T’Shura Gibbs, said the event was remarkable.“The JMA and all who assisted in making this a reality must be commended for what they have done. As a first-time event, this is simply amazing. What it also shows is that the opportunities for economic growth and prosperity are real and are there for us to take full advantage of. This is what the JIE is about… to bring businesses together in an up-close and personal manner, where deals can be made,” she said.The JIE, which ran for three days (June1-3) at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, St. James, had more than 200 buyers and suppliers from 11 countries, including Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Switzerland, participating.It also saw a wide cross section of participants from both local and international companies, including tourism, construction, business process outsourcing, agriculture and manufacturing. Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Karl Samuda, says the recently held Jamaica International Exhibition (JIE) was a major boost for manufacturing and the services sector. Story Highlights
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Walmart says it’s buying online lingerie retailer Bare Necessities, the latest acquisition in its niche-brand buying spree.Walmart declined to disclose how much it’s paying for Bare Necessities, but says the deal will help deepen its expertise in the world of bras, swimwear and shapewear.The company said Friday that Bare Necessities will remain as a stand-alone site. As part of the acquisition, Noah Wrubel, CEO and co-founder of Bare Necessities, will lead the intimates area for both Walmart.com and Jet.com, while also continuing to run Bare Necessities.Walmart is aiming to attract younger, more affluent shoppers with its string of acquisitions. Two years ago, it bought Jet.com for more than $3 billion and since then it’s been buying smaller online brands including Bonobos and Moosejaw.
___UK’s May faces no-confidence vote after Brexit plan crushedLONDON (AP) — British lawmakers have plunged Brexit into chaos and the U.K. politics into crisis by rejecting Prime Minister Theresa May’s divorce deal with the European Union and leading to a no-confidence vote on her government. The 432 to 202 vote in the House of Commons was widely expected but still devastating for May, whose fragile leadership is now under siege. The no-confidence vote is set for Wednesday.___The IRS is recalling 46,000 workers to handle tax returnsWASHINGTON (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service is recalling about 46,000 of its employees furloughed by the government shutdown — nearly 60 per cent of its workforce — to handle tax returns and pay out refunds. The employees won’t be paid. The Trump administration has promised that taxpayers owed refunds will be paid on time despite the disruption in government services caused by the partial shutdown now in its fourth week.___JPMorgan misses estimates, caused by trading troublesNEW YORK (AP) — JPMorgan Chase is reporting that its fourth-quarter profits jumped sharply from a year earlier but still missed analysts’ estimates because of weakness on its trading desks during the market’s recent bout of volatility.___Hampered by scandals, Wells Fargo’s profits stagnateNEW YORK (AP) — Wells Fargo’s profits fell slightly in the fourth quarter as the consumer banking giant remains restrained by federal regulators, who put a tight leash on it after years of scandals and missteps. The bank saw its total loans fall slightly from a year ago, and deposits were also down slightly. That’s notable because in a growing economy, a bank the size of Wells Fargo would typically be increasing both deposits and assets, just like its competition.___Federal workers take on odd jobs to make ends meetPROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Government workers living without a paycheque are driving for Uber, relying on word of mouth and social networks to find handyman work and odd jobs to help pay the bills during the longest shutdown in U.S. history. The tens of thousands of out-of-work government employees have more options than in past shutdowns given the rise of the so-called “gig economy.” But giving Lyft rides is no substitute for stable work and a steady paycheque.___Going public? For Uber, Lyft and others, shutdown slows IPOsWASHINGTON (AP) — Brian Lane, a securities lawyer at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher who led the SEC’s corporation finance division in the late 1990s, said some IPOs planned for spring could be delayed until fall if the shutdown persists. For larger companies with ample cash reserves, the problem is manageable, Lane said. But smaller companies that lack deep sources of funding from the private credit markets or from venture capitalists could be hurt.___Facebook to invest $300 million in news, focusing on localNEW YORK (AP) — Facebook says it is investing $300 million over the next three years in local news programs, partnerships and other initiatives. The cash investment includes reporting grants for local newsrooms and investing in nonprofits aimed at helping support local news. The move comes at a difficult time for the news industry, facing falling profits and print readership. Online ad giants including Google and Facebook itself are partly to blame as they shifted advertising dollars way from print media.___Mnuchin urges senators to support easing Russia sanctionsWASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has met with Republican senators to persuade them to support the Trump administration’s decision to ease sanctions on companies linked to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska. Mnuchin spoke to senators on Tuesday ahead of a scheduled vote on a resolution that seeks to block the lifting of penalties against the aluminum manufacturing giant Rusal and two other companies connected to Deripaska.___China to cut taxes, keep policy flexible to counter slowdownBEIJING (AP) — Chinese officials say Beijing plans to slash taxes, step up spending and help resolve financing problems of private and small enterprise to help counter the country’s worst slowdown since the global financial crisis. The officials said Tuesday that Beijing will keep its monetary policy stable but flexible. A deputy central bank governor, Zhu Hexin, said the People’s Bank of China was confident it can keep the value of the Chinese yuan steady. The officials outlined plans for 2019.___The S&P 500 index rose 27.69 points, or 1.1 per cent, to 2,610.30. The Dow Jones Industrial Average added 155.75 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 24,065.59. The technology-heavy Nasdaq composite jumped 117.92 points, or 1.7 per cent, to 7,023.83. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks rose 12.40 points, or 0.9 per cent, to 1,445.22.Benchmark U.S. crude added 3.2 per cent to $52.11 a barrel in New York. The international standard, Brent crude, gained 2.8 per cent to $60.64 a barrel in London. Wholesale gasoline jumped 3.5 per cent to $1.41 a gallon. Heating oil rose 1.1 per cent to $1.87 a gallon and natural gas fell 2.5 per cent to $3.50 per 1,000 cubic feet.The Associated Press
Kolkata: The Kolkata Metro Railway Corporation Ltd (KMRCL) has started evacuating residents of SN Banerjee Road from Tuesday to facilitate construction for twin tunnels under East-West Metro project. Eighty-six buildings fall between the 800-metre stretch between the Esplanade crossing and Subodh Mullick Square (Wellington Square) and residents of all these buildings will be relocated temporarily in phases for undertaking tunnel boring work.KMRCL has put up notices on the buildings to inform the residents to temporarily evacuate their homes. A number of shops and business establishments may also have to be closed for a few days with the west bound tunnel being dug. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaA majority of these buildings are old and dilapidated. So, steps are being taken to strengthen these houses to prevent any untoward incident as there will be heavy vibration during the tunnel digging process. Steel props, tilt meters, settlement markers and other monitoring equipment are being used in the exercise. The props are meant to support the structures from the inside as well as the outside. “The strengthening work will continue side by side as tunnel boring machine (TBM) Chandi will be digging the tunnel,” a senior KMRCL official said. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayArrangements have been made for lodging the evacuated residents at nearby private hotels. The residents can return to their respective houses once the tunnel-boring machines have passed under their residences. The Anadi Cabin, known for its lip smacking Moglai Paratha, will be closed for four days sometime by the end of this week. Regal Cinema and the Shalimar Hotel will also be closed for a few days when tunnel-boring machines will cut underneath the buildings. “The last lap of the tunneling from Esplanade to Sealdah will require around 14 months to complete,” the official said. A similar exercise of evacuating residents and strengthening buildings had taken place when the tunnels were built along Brabourne Road as part of the project.
New Delhi: The Delhi Police on Wednesday busted a gang of online fraud racket who has cheated people from pan India, after getting debit or credit card credentials and OTP from the victims. The investigators suspect that the accused had a large amount of bank customer data which is being probed. Police identified the accused as Pankaj (29), Rishabh Saxena (19), Sujit (22), Rakesh Kumar (35).Police said that on March 26, a person named Rocky received a bogus call from an official of a fake credit card division in Noida. The caller told him last four digits of his credit card and offered 20,000 reward points worth Rs. 10,000 to be redeemed on the same day. He further informed that the offer would expire by 04:00 PM. Immediately after that the caller sent three OTP over the registered mobile number of the victim and requested to share the OTPs. “As soon as he shared the OTPs, total three fraud transactions amounting to Rs. 60,000 were done from the bank credit card,” said police. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDeputy Commissioner of Police (North) Nupur Prasad said that during the course of the investigation, details from a bank where the account and credit card of the complainant exists were obtained. “After analyzing the data the transactions were linked and found that the accused transferred the money into a virtual wallet and later the amount was cashed at a petrol pump,” said DCP North. Police said that initially one of the accused Rakesh was arrested. At his disclosure and instance, the chain was established and Sujit was arrested, who along with Vikas used to make calls to various customers. Police further revealed that Sujit disclosed the data were being provided to him by Rishabh, Pankaj, and Pawan. Rishabh and Pankaj were later arrested in the case. Meanwhile, Pawan, who earlier worked with backend Team of private bank credit cards, along with Vikas is absconding. A joint team of Cyber Cell and local Police comprising SI Devendra Chahar, I/C Cyber Cell North District, SI Jitender Joshi and SI Rajbir of PS Subzi Mandi under the close supervision of Inspector Sanjay Bharadwaj, SHO Subzi Mandi nabbed the criminals.