Van Dyk takes eighth Boston win

first_img28 April 2009South African wheelchair athlete Ernst van Dyk won the Boston Marathon last Monday, 20 April, to continue a remarkable record of success in the prestigious race. It was his eighth win in nine years.The Boston Herald, in its report on the race, appropriately headlined its story “Van Dyk an eighth wonder”. He won his first Boston Marathon in 2001 and since then has taken victory every year except for 2007, when he finished in third place.His time of one hour, 33 minutes and 29 seconds was his slowest winning time yet – a long way off his amazing world record time of one hour, 18 minutes and 27 seconds in 2004 – but a strong headwind put paid to any thoughts of a fast race.Equalled recordVan Dyk’s victory, nonetheless, pulled him level with Irishwoman Jean Driscoll’s record of eight victories in the Boston Marathon. Driscoll won the race from 1990 to 1996 and again in 2000.He moved clear of his challengers after about five kilometres, but the ever increasing strength of the wind concerned the South African star, whose preparations for the race had been hampered by injuries, as well as by the birth of a daughter.Van Dyk remained strong, however, and went on to claim victory by over three minutes over 2007 champion, Masazumi Soejima of Japan, who finished in one hour, 36 minutes and 57 seconds.The Japanese star said after the race that he had been troubled by the wind, and vowed to put on weight so that he could challenge the heavier Van Dyk.Schabort fourthSpain’s Roger Paigbo Verdaguer finished 50 seconds later in 1:37:47, while former South African Krige Schabort, now an American citizen, was the top local racer, ending in fourth place in 1:38:06.The 36-year-old Van Dyk, who won gold in the road race at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games, says he will contest the Boston Marathon at least one more time; he wants to be the sole owner of the most victories in the history of the event.Colleen De ReuckColleen de Reuck, who competed in three Olympic Games for South Africa, including the marathon in 1992 and 2000, before becoming an American citizen, excelled in the Masters division of the women’s marathon.Now 45 years of age, De Reuck led the race until eight kilometres from the end. She eventually settled for eighth place in a time of 2:35:37, a minute and 13 seconds ahead of the second Masters’ finisher Alina Ivanova of Russia, who finished in tenth place.Victory in the women’s race went to Kenya’s Salina Kosgei in 2:32:16. Ethiopia’s Dire Tune finished just a second behind her, while third place went to the USA’s Kara Goucher a further eight seconds back.Deriba Merga of Ethiopia, fourth in the Beijing Olympics, captured the men’s title in 2:08:42. Kenya’s Daniel Rono finished in second place 50 seconds later, while Ryan Hall of the USA took third place eight seconds later.Race historyThe Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest annual marathon, having first been held in 1897, and it is also one of the world’s most famous races. It regularly attracts fields of about 20 000 competitors, but the record is almost double that at 38 000 in the centenary year of the race.Wheelchair competition in the Boston Marathon began in 1975, when one entrant entered and completed the race.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Exhibition exposes apartheid, celebrates South African photography

first_img“The exhibition emerges at a very important juncture of the history of South Africa,” said curator Okwui Enwezor of his Rise and Fall of Apartheid photographic exhibition, which was timed to coincide with the country’s celebrations of 20 years of freedom. (Image: Lucille Davie) • Lesley Perkes Publicist: Rise and Fall of Apartheid + 27 83 654 2009 +27 11 614 5500 • Rise and Fall photo exhibition captures the scars of apartheid• Gallery: The Rise and Fall of Apartheid• Nelson Mandela: a life in photographs• African art scene blooms in South Africa• Moad builds a genius space for Africa’s artsLucille DavieAround 800 photographs that “require a double take” and “slow you down and call for a response” fill two floors of Museum Africa in Johannesburg, in a monumental exhibition entitled Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Photography and the Bureaucracy of Everyday Life.Opening on Thursday 13 February, the exhibition features almost all South Africa’s significant photographers, and a handful of foreign ones. Co-curator Okwui Enwezor, adjunct curator at the International Centre of Photography in New York, walked journalists through the exhibition before its opening. More than 70 photographers and artists are showcased in the exhibition, which is accompanied by 27 films and a book.Enwezor pointed to two images by world-renowned South African photographer David Goldblatt. One is of a hedge planted in 1660 to separate the Khoikhoi from the first white settlers in Cape Town, symbolising the beginnings of segregation. The other, taken three hundred years after the hedge was planted, is a photo of District Six, a neighbourhood in Cape Town where freed slaves, artisans and labourers settled, but which was declared a white area and flattened in the 1970s. Bulldozers can be seen in the photograph, systematically crushing homes and lives. Some 60 000 people were removed to the barren Cape Flats, and today District Six remains largely a wasted landscape.Image after image speaks to the cruelty, injustice and outright insanity of apartheid, mostly in black and white. There’s a sequence of photographs stretching along a table, giving second-by-second snapshots of the horror of Sharpeville, south of Joburg, where 69 peaceful passbook protestors were gunned down by the police in 1960, leaving 180 wounded. The graphic photos catch in the throat.“Sharpeville was the beginning of mass funerals,” said Enwezor. The world may not have known about the massacre, he suggests, if not for the photographs. Veteran South African photographers Omar Badsha and Santu Mofokeng at the Rise and Fall of Apartheid exhibition walkabout. (Image © Rise and Fall of Apartheid)Past, present and future photographersTimed to be part of the celebration of 20 years of democracy, photographers include Leon Levson, Eli Weinberg, Peter Magubane, Alf Kumalo, Jurgen Schadeberg, Sam Nzima, Ernest Cole, George Hallet, Omar Badsha, Gideon Mendel, Paul Weinberg, John Liebenberg, Bob Gosani and Cedric Nunn and Graeme Williams. (Williams is a contributor to the Media Club South Africa photo library.) Photographs by the famous Bang Bang Club of the 1990s – Kevin Carter, Joao Silva, Ken Oosterbroek and Greg Marinovich – are also on display, as are Drum Magazine photos of the 1950s and photos by the Afrapix Collective of the 1980s.Work by contemporary artists who record the impact of apartheid as it continues to resonate today are also on the walls, among them Sue Williamson, Jo Ractliffe, Jane Alexander, Santu Mofokeng and Guy Tillim. A set of 10 short films of William Kentridge run continuously. And a new generation of artists and photographers are also represented, including Sabelo Mlangeni, Thabiso Sekgale and the Centre for Historical Re-enactments in Johannesburg.Enwezor said he was “incredibly privileged” to have met many of the artists. Over 30 000 images from around the world were examined, he explained, but it was local photographers who portrayed apartheid the most succinctly. While many images will be familiar to South Africans, and equal number won’t, as he asked photographers to search their archives for unknown images.“The exhibition emerges at a very important juncture of the history of South Africa,” he said.The exhibition is on until 29 June, after travelling from Munich, Milan and New York, where it opened in September 2012. John Liebenberg poses next to his images of South Africa’s Border War with Angola. (Image © Rise and Fall of Apartheid)‘The African imaginary’It took about eight years of research, although the idea first came to Enwezor in 1994, he said. “In broad terms, the foundation for this exhibition evolved out of two interests of mine. The first was my intellectual and curatorial engagement with photography, with images of African photography. The second and related interest is how photographic images engender new possibilities for assessing what I call the African imaginary, particularly how Africans pictured and represented themselves and their social worlds.”It examines “the aesthetic power of the documentary form – from the photo essay to reportage, social documentary to photojournalism and art – in recording, analysing, articulating and confronting the legacy of apartheid, including its impact on everyday life now in South Africa”, the organisers said in a statement.Many of the photographs come from Museum Africa, where the exhibition is hosted. It is “fertile ground for debate across issues that will see the six-month long exhibition and its accompanying media participating in a national conversation about the photographers – some unknown, some deceased, some still practising here and abroad”, the statement said. First Encounter, Johannesburg, 1994. Photo © George Hallett. “That picture with the women running towards Mandela, which I call ‘First Encounter’ – this was the first time they had actually seen him close up. And it was an incredible experience, because for the first time I saw the whole country, and the joy and the hope that people had. My God, I thought – it’s finally about to end, this crappy system of apartheid.” – George Hallett. Read more about Hallett in The photographer who showed Nelson Mandela to the world at Africa is a Country.The curatorsThe exhibition has been curated by Enwezor and Rory Bester. Nigerian-born Enwezor is the director of the Haus der Kunst museum in Munich. He was the artistic director of La Triennale 2012 at Palais de Tokyo in Paris, and of many other international exhibitions. He has been appointed the curator of the prestigious Venice Biennale 2015, making him the first African-born curator in the exhibition’s 100-year history. He has written extensively on contemporary African art and artists, as well as on American and international art. At the age of 20 he moved to New York, and lives there and in Munich.Bester is an art historian and critic, as well as a curator and documentary filmmaker at the Wits School of Arts at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, where he is the head of history of art. His teaching and research include archive and museum practice, curatorial studies, exhibition histories, photographic practice and post colonialism. He writes art criticism for South Africa’s top investigative newspaper, the Mail & Guardian, as well as for Art South Africa, Camera Austria and Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art. He has curated and co-curated a number of exhibitions in Denmark, Germany, South Africa, Sweden and the US.Enwezor said the research for the exhibition involved numerous visits to archives, museums, universities, libraries, photographers, artists, curators and galleries in South Africa, Europe and the US. He laments the fact that although they ploughed through thousands of images, there were times when they faced what he calls “the case of the missing negatives”.“On the one hand we had so many photographs, yet there were so many by different photographers that have been irretrievably lost,” he said.Bie Venter, the logistics director of the exhibition, says she and a team of 15 have taken three weeks to ready the space and install the works. “One of the biggest challenges was the quantity of work,” she said. Work has involved creating numerous walls, installing lighting, and pasting up huge wallpaper images. Venter, who helped install the world-renowned Venice Biennale last year, says of Enwezor: “He is an incredibly good curator – he thinks deeply about things.”last_img read more

Planning for Children with Special Needs: Factors Related to Suicide

first_imgWritten by: Lakshmi Mahadevan, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Extension Specialist – Special Populations, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension ServiceSeptember is Suicide Awareness Month. Very few statistics exist about disability in relation to suicide. What is known is that suicide rates are much higher among people with spinal cord injuries and multiple sclerosis than in the general population. Also, at risk for higher rates of suicide are individuals with intellectual and learning disabilities. Partly influencing suicidal tendencies is the social message that life with a form of disability must be miserable, therefore causing people with disabilities to internalize feelings that cause depression, anxiety and lead to social isolation. Suicide may even be regarded as a noble, selfless act by people with disabilities who feel like a burden to friends, family and caregivers.An individual contemplating suicide exhibits such behaviors as abusing alcohol and/or drugs, increased discussions about death and ‘what if I were gone’ conversations, feelings of hopelessness and helplessness, decreased interest in typically enjoyed activities, impulsive and destructive behaviors, changes in sleeping and eating patterns (too much and too little), excessive feelings of shame or guilt, excessive crying and anger, erratic emotions, dropping out of daily routines, disappearing for hours at a time for no reason, becoming more quiet or talking more irrationally.Parent, guardians and caregivers can help improve protective factors for individuals with disabilities by:Recognizing the signs and symptoms of suicidal thinking.Telling them how proud you are of their efforts to succeed in school or in employment.Listening without judgement, pushing or being confrontational.Not taking their suicidal thoughts as a personal affront on your caregiving.Connecting them to a spiritual advisor for support.Helping them revisit past happy memories through photographs and home movies.Encouraging them to journal or draw as a means of expressing feelings.Procuring professional help such as a counselor or the suicide hotline – National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1-800-273-8255.Considering taking a course on Mental Health First Aid. Surrounding them with positive images, words and people.*Additional Resource – People with Physical Health Problems or Disabilitieslast_img read more

Massachusetts Amends Corporate Nexus Rules

first_imgis incorporated or organized in the state;is headquartered or has a principal place ofbusiness in the state;owns or uses real or tangible personalproperty in the state; leases, licenses, or consigns real or tangiblepersonal property in the state;has a full or part-time employee in the state;owns or uses intangible property in the stateunder a contract, license, sublicense, or franchise;holds an interest in a partnership doingbusiness in the state, including interests in tiered partnerships; orhas in-state sales, including sales of unitarybusiness affiliates, from either economic or virtual contacts that exceed$500,000. By Tim Bjur, J.D. What Are the Nexus Rules? Theprotection under P.L. 86-272 does not apply to: A corporation is subject to Massachusetts taxjurisdiction if it: Login to read more on CCHAnswerConnect. Among other changes, the amended rules: Can Independent Contractors Create Nexus? its exclusive activity in the state is the solicitation of orders for the sale of tangible personal property;the orders are sent outside the state for approval or rejection; andthe orders are filled by shipment or delivery from a location outside the state. A corporation does not create corporate excisetax nexus in Massachusetts if it: Are There Exceptions to the Rules? P.L. 86-272 also prohibits Massachusetts fromimposing its excise tax on a corporation if: Visits to Massachusetts by employees or otherrepresentatives normally create nexus if: owns property stored in a licensed publicwarehouse in the state;owns property in transit through the statethat is in the possession and control of a common or contract carrier;owns stock in a corporation doing business inthe state;deposits funds or maintains securitiesbrokerage accounts with unrelated financial institutions in the state; orholds a limited interest in a publicly tradedpartnership doing business in the state. adopt an economic andvirtual contacts standard set forth by the U.S. Supreme Court in South Dakota v. Wayfair;clarify that therules apply to the nonincome measure of the corporate excise tax and theminimum tax;remove the laundry list of activities protected from excisetax jurisdiction by Public Law (P.L.) 86-272; andeliminate exceptionsfor de minimis activities. Massachusetts amended its rules on corporate excise tax nexus. The rulesexplain the standards Massachusetts follows when exercising tax jurisdictionover corporations doing businessin the state. A corporation can also create corporate excisetax nexus if it has an independent contractor or other representative inMassachusetts that: the visits are lengthy, continuous, regular,or systematic; orthe visits provide management, technical, orother business support to unitary business affiliates. sales of services or licenses of intangibles in the state;in-state activity that is not entirely ancillary to the solicitation of orders for tangible personal property; orthe non-income measure of the corporate excise tax or the minimum tax. delivers, installs, assembles, maintains, orrepairs the corporation’s products; ortakes orders or otherwise establishes ormaintains a market for the corporation’s products or services. Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

Dog show’s young handlers take a grown-up sport in stride

first_imgBiggie’s handler, Esteban Farias, called the dog “a dream come true” after a tragedy: a previous pug pal suddenly died during a routine walk.About 5,000 junior handlers nationwide are registered with the American Kennel Club, a governing body for Westminster and many other dog shows. Young handlers also can compete through 4-H and other kennel clubs.AKC “junior showmanship” competitions are open to youngsters ages 9 to 18. They’re judged on their presentation, not their dogs’ particulars.But there’s no age minimum for handlers in the breed rings, a point driven home to Thanksgiving Day TV watchers who saw (emphasis on the “awwww”) 6-year-old Mackenzie Huston and her long-coat Chihuahua in a semifinal round at the Kennel Club of Philadelphia’s National Dog Show.Mackenzie sometimes feels scared as she waits to show. But “when I get in the ring, I don’t feel nervous,” says the now 7-year-old girl from Bellmawr, New Jersey.She isn’t going to Westminster — yet — but super-young handlers have shown there, including then-7-year-old Raina McCloskey last year (with a borzoi, no less.)Westminster’s 95 junior invitees are “very competitive, they’re very talented and very, very good,” show chairman David Helming said. Westminster is boosting its top juniors’ prize, a scholarship, from $6,000 to $10,000 this year. The eight finalists all get some education money.Dog showing requires an investment of money and, particularly, time. Junior handlers can spend hours per week training, grooming and exercising their dogs, weekends traveling to shows and years balancing it all with school, other activities and friends.All that to don dress clothes and notch accomplishments many of their peers can’t quite understand. (“You’re running around in a circle with dogs?“)But young handlers say it’s worth it for the bond they develop with their animals. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ In this Feb. 13, 2017, file photo, Raina McCloskey, from Delta, Pa., shows Briar, a borzoi, during the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York. The Westminster Kennel Club competition is best known for the dog crowned Best in Show, but it’s also a showcase for young handlers who sometimes go up against grown-ups. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)NEW YORK — Fenric Towell isn’t nervous about his first time competing at the nation’s top dog show. After all, he’s heading to the Westminster Kennel Club ring this week with 100-plus shows under his belt, a record of wins and a champion Lakeland terrier.So what if he’s only 11?ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises “I’m going to try to think of it as a normal show,” the Oklahoma City boy says. “I just try to focus on the highest place that I can get.”Westminster is best known for the dog that will be crowned best in show Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. As judging began Monday night, a borzoi named Lucy won the hound group, a pug dubbed Biggie won the toy group and a bichon frise called Flynn took the nonsporting group. Slick, a border collie, won the herding group.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut the event is also a showcase for youngsters who can handle both dogs and grown-up competition.While there’s a special contest for junior handlers, many also exhibit their dogs in the breed judging that goes toward best in show. They go up against adults in an atmosphere that prizes poise and formality. “You go and spend time with your best friend,” says Emma Rogers, who’s returning to Westminster as a 2016 juniors finalist (older sister Sophia won).Juniors come away with human friends all over the country, plus an education in animal behavior and patient teamwork.“You have to be very resilient,” says Erin LaPlante, 17, of Caledonia, Wisconsin. “You’re going to lose far more than you’re going to win, but you learn far more than you win.”About five years after her dog show debut ended in tears, she won juniors at the AKC National Championship in December and is returning to Westminster. So is sister Maren, 13.Their family had never shown dogs before Erin started, at the suggestion of their Doberman’s breeder. Molly Anne Forsyth, on the other hand, comes from two generations of breeders of greyhound-like Salukis. But “we trust each other even more from showing together,” says the 16-year-old from Davis, California.For parents, the sport requires acclimating to the occasional double take when a 6-year-old uses the word “bitch” —appropriately, for a female dog — plus a lot of driving and helping out.“I can dress a little boy in a suit in my sleep,” laughs Alysha Towell. Her daughter and six of her seven sons, including Fenric, either show dogs or soon will.Cortlund, 17, was a juniors finalist at Westminster last year, earning a turn in the big ring at Madison Square Garden. He placed fourth and is returning this year.“It’s not like any other sport,” he says. “If you play soccer or football and quit, they can live without you. You can’t quit on a dog.” Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss01:06Palace: Up to MTRCB to ban animated movie Magellan in PH01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES “It’s hard because they’re top people, and we’re just kids,” says Faith Rogers, 14, of Bordentown, New Jersey, now at her fourth Westminster. But when she started showing dogs at age 9, she decided: “This is what I love, and I didn’t really care if there were older people or not.”Or, as twin sister Emma puts it, “Let’s just show ’em what we got.”Dogs ranging from wee Chihuahuas to rangy Irish wolfhounds showed what they’ve got in Monday night’s group judging, helped by adult handlers.Lucy “knows when there’s a big stage,” said handler Valerie Nunes-Atkinson. Handlers, meanwhile, need to “go Zen” so their dogs won’t pick up jitters, Bill McFadden said after leading Flynn.Slick has won best of breed previously at Westminster, but Monday’s herding group win “means a lot to us,” handler Jamie Clute said.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencerscenter_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. AFP official booed out of forum Belangel seizes top spot in 5th week of NBTC 24 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next View commentslast_img read more

Usain Bolt surprised with drug test notice in Australia

first_imgUsain Bolt was shocked at receiving a notice for a drug test in Australia and expressed the same through an Instagram story on Monday. Bolt chuckled at the fact that he had to give a drug test even though he was not a professional footballer.Bolt is currently in Sydney trying to pursue a professional career in football and is on trials with Central Coast Mariners.Bolt shared the news of the drug test notice with his fans on social media and informed that he was told he will have to take a drug test despite not pursuing any professional sport because he was an “elite athlete”.”So guys I’ve retired from track and field looking to become a footballer but look at this,” Bolt said in his Instagram story and zoomed in on the notice.Bolt appears to have received the notice from Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority and Football Federation Australia, where an out of competition test — to collect urine and blood — is demanded.”How am I going to get a drug test today? I’m not even a professional footballer yet. Seriously,” Bolt added.”So I asked the lady, ‘Why am I getting drug tested when I haven’t signed for a club yet?’ and she said they told her I’m an elite athlete so I have to get tested. Okay then,” Bolt further said.Bolt had scored his first two goals for Mariners just three days ago when he got his first start for the club in a friendly match against Macarthur South West United.advertisementBolt announced himself in the footballing circuit with a brace against South West United. In the 55th minute, Bolt received a ball close to the six-yard box but despite pressure from the defender, he held his ground and netted in a low strike to score his debut goal. He also performed his trademark celebration after scoring his first.Here it is, @usainbolt, the footballer, scores his maiden Mariners goal. What a moment! Don’t think limits! #SWSvCCM #CCMFC @FOXFOOTBALL Coast Mariners (@CCMariners) October 12, 2018Just a little 10 minutes later, Bolt’s constant pressing yielded results for him when he was right in front of the goal to make the best of a confusion and collision between South West United’s defender and goalkeeper.Bolt made his first appearance for the Mariners on August 31 and then played an entire second half on September 19 against North Shore Mariners, where he alternated between left wing and forward position.Soon after retiring from his sprinting career, Bolt had made it public that he was looking to have a professional career in football. After a few months of training at Borussia Dortmund, Bolt shifted to Mariners in Australia to live his footballing career.last_img read more

2016 NTL Grand Final Coverage

first_imgBy Eden RichardsMen’s T LeagueThe South Queensland Sharks may not be able to fit all their trophies onto the plane home as they claimed another title – defeating the Central Queensland Bulls (A) in a thriller. A Central Queensland fightback just fell short as the Sharks (A) claimed an 8-7 victory. The Bulls trailed 5-2 at halftime but five touchdowns in the second half from Central Queensland levelled the scores at 7-7. It was not enough, with doubles from Marcus Holm, Kingston Lamberg and Tyler Ward guiding the Sharks to another win. SOUTH QUEENSLAND SHARKS (A) 8 (Marcus Holm 2, Kingston Lamberg 2, Tyler Ward 2, Coen Fielding, James Sharp touchdowns) def. CENTRAL QUEENSLAND BULLS (A) 7 (Daniel Gill, Harrison Griffin, Connor Harvey, Brandon Hegarty, Jack Leonard, Jacob Vanzanden, Alex Western touchdowns).Referees: Smith, Calahria, Schwerdt.Men’s 40’sThe Hunter Western Hornets defeated the Brisbane City Cobras 7-4 in a comfortable win. A 5-5 draw between the two teams in the regular season pointed to the final being a thriller but this was not the case.The Hornets were quick to assert themselves on the game and take control – leading 4-3 at the break. They then turned on the defence in the second half as they continually denied the Cobras any scoring chances. A double from Calvin Mitchell cemented the victory in what was a complete 40-minute performance from the Hornets. HUNTER WESTERN HORNETS 7 (Calvin Mitchell 2, Ifthcah Ahmad, Patrick Doyle, Wayne Gleeson, Matthew Stanton, Dean Wilbow touchdowns) def. BRISBANE CITY COBRAS 4 (Adrian Lam, Gerard O’Keefe, Steele Tallon, Ben Warren touchdowns).Referees: McNamara, Frost, Taylor. Women’s T LeagueVictoria have caused a huge upset in the Women’s T League Grand Final by defeating the Hunter Western Hornets in a last minute thriller. Victoria crossed the line in the dying seconds to clinch a dramatic 7-6 victory in front of a packed Coffs Harbour crowd. The Hornets had not lost a Women’s T League match since 2014 but that streak is now broken. Victoria trailed 4-3 at halftime and fought back courageously to take the title in the final 30 seconds of the game. VICTORIA 7 (Annie Buntine 2, Rachel Davine, Tamia De Araujo, Isabel Kahan, Lachsley Parton, Eliza West touchdowns) def. HUNTER WESTERN HORNETS 6 (Victoria Aoake, Pihuka Duff, Natasha Hall, Rachel Jeffs, Charmayne Nathan, Aalyah Paki touchdowns).Referees: Saldern, Littlefield, Maruta. Men’s 50’sThe South Queensland Sharks continued their dominance in this year’s NTL by claiming another title.The Sharks dismantled the Sunshine Coast Pineapples 8-1 in what was a dominant display.The game was all but over at halftime as the Sharks stretched out to a 5-1 lead.Peter Sheppard and captain Steven Green scored doubles. Michael Boyd put on a performance of a lifetime to finish with a great hat trick. SOUTH QUEENSLAND SHARKS 8 (Michael Boyd 3, Steven Green 2, Peter Sheppard 2, Brett Allen touchdowns) def. SUNSHINE COAST PINEAPPLES 1 (Stuart MacArthur touchdowns).Referees: McKee, Muller, Murray. Senior MixedThe Senior Mixed competition came down to the wire as the South Queensland Sharks (A) defeated the Southern Suns 11-10. Defence went out the window in what was a free-flowing encounter.It was close throughout with the Sharks hitting a 6-5 lead at the interval. James Harrington ran a riot – scoring four tries in what was a clinical performance that sealed the win for the Sharks. South Queensland have well and truly asserted themselves as the dominant region for touch football in Australia with a very successful 2016 NTL campaign. SOUTH QUEENSLAND SHARKS (A) 11 (James Harrington 4, Kylie Bellingham, Jasmine Best, Riki Best, Helen Bower, Daniel Brown, Scott Mulligan, Stefan Te Amo touchdowns) def. SOUTHERN SUNS 10 (Krystal Ward 3, Brad Elbourne 2, Tim Robinson 2, Hayley McDonald, Darren Reynoldson, Karen Short touchdowns).Referees: Searston, O’Donohue, Connolly. Women’s 40’sThe 2016 NTL has been one to savour for the North Queensland Tropical Cyclones as they added another title to their list. The Tropical Cyclones defeated the South West Queensland Swans 5-3 in a topsy-turvy match.The game looked over at half time as the Tropical Cyclones hit a 4-1 lead. The Swans didn’t give up however, scoring two of their own in the second half to give the Tropical Cyclones a real scare.Vicki Dodd crossed for a double for the Swans as she tried her best to guide her team to victory but it wasn’t enough.It was a great team performance for the North Queensland team with five different players crossing the line. NORTH QUEENSLAND TROPICAL CYCLONES 5 (Robyn Campbell, Kelly Condon, Teresa Chaillon, Lee Nolan, Paulina Raitilave touchdowns) def. SOUTH WEST QUEENSLAND SWANS 3 (Vickie Dodd 2, Kaye Broadfoot touchdowns).Referees: Garner, Quinn and Sullivan. Men’s 55The North Queensland Tropical Cyclones have gone back to back in the Men’s 55’s division. They defeated the Sydney Mets 5-1 in a one-sided affair.It was a team effort by the Tropical Cyclones with the highlight being Allan Jenkins crucial double touchdown effort. At halftime the game was locked tightly at 2-1 but the Tropical Cyclones hit another gear in the second half as they crossed the line three times to seal victory. NORTH QUEENSLAND TROPICAL CYCLONES 5 (Allan Jenkins 2, Ray Downes, Tony Phillips, Graham Telfer) def. SYDNEY METS 1 (Mick Pearsall touchdowns).Referees: Kidd, Myers, Walters.Men’s 30’sThe South Queensland Sharks made it three titles for the day with a resounding 11-6 victory over the Sydney Scorpions. It is now three Men’s 30’s titles in a row for the Sharks as they assert their dominance onto the competition. The Scorpions were the victims of an attacking master class as the Sharks led 6-3 at half time. A hat trick to Willie Bishop was the only highlight for the Scorpions.Troy Nichols of the Sharks cancelled out Bishop’s efforts as he scored a hat trick of his own and led his team to victory.  SOUTH QUEENSLAND SHARKS 11 (Troy Nichols 3, Leon Skinner 2, Robert Brehaut, Remus Anthony Gentles, Brag Griffin, James O’Neill, Darren Robson, Ty Russell) def. SYDNEY SCORPIONS 6 (Willie Bishop 3, Paul MacPherson, Jason Scharenguivel, Adrian Vallelonga touchdowns).Referees: Blechynden, Pearson, J.Taylor. Men’s 45’s The South Queensland Sharks have added a second title to their 2016 NTL campaign with a 7-5 win over the Sydney Scorpions. The Sharks dished out revenge for last year’s 8-4 loss to the Scorpions to make it an even sweeter victory. A 5-2 first half lead laid the platform for the win as the Sharks came out ready to play. Andrew Willett starred for the Sharks – scoring a grand final hat trick. A double from Scorpion Brandon Grant McDonald wasn’t enough to see his side home. SOUTH QUEENSLAND SHARKS 7 (Andrew Willett 3, Ian Jordan, Bruce McDonald, Scott Notley, Brent Saddler touchdowns) def. SYDNEY SCORPIONS 5 (Brandon Grant McDonald 2, Jeffrey Cheung, Scott Collins, Alex Ferro touchdowns).Referees: Chan, Couper and EdmondsonWomen’s 27’sThe South Queensland Sharks have defeated the Sydney Rebels in the Women’s 27’s grand final.The top two teams at the end of regular fixtures put on a tight contest with the Sharks scoring a late touchdown in the first half to lead 2-1 at the break. The game began to open up in the second half and that benefited the Sharks team greatly. The girls from South Queensland put their foot down to run out 5-3 winners in what is their first title in the division. SOUTH QUEENSLAND SHARKS 5 (Tamara Duggan, Krystel Joyce, Shilo Monland, Katie Shaw, Rachelle Waetford touchdowns) def. SYDNEY REBELS 3 (Brienna Anderson, Alexandra Mecham, Kelly Stewart touchdowns).Referees: Marsh, R. Ward and Leung.Women’s 35’sThe Hunter Western Hornets are champions of the Women’s 35’s after defeating last year’s champions, the Sunshine Coast Pineapples, 4-1 in a hard fought defensive encounter. Runners-up in 2013, three touchdowns from Janine Law sealed the Hornets their first title in the 35’s competition. 3-1 at the break – the Hornets shut out any chance of a Pineapples comeback in the second half. The Pineapples couldn’t put it together in attack, with Ann-Marie Duncan scoring their only touchdown. HUNTER WESTERN HORNETS 4 (Janine Law 3, Amanda Hollis touchdowns) def. SUNSHINE COAST PINEAPPLES 1 (Ann-Marie Duncan touchdowns).Referees: Miller, Weier and Kent.Related LinksNTL Grand Finalslast_img read more

Hesson parts ways with Kings XI in race for India coachs job

first_imgNew Delhi: Mike Hesson on Thursday announced he has parted ways with IPL franchise Kings XI Punjab, lending credence to the speculation that the New Zealander is also in contention to be India’s next chief coach. The local media in New Zealand reported that Hesson has applied for the top job in both India and Pakistan. Former Australian all-rounder Tom Moody is one of the big international names in a long list of applications the BCCI has received for the chief coach’s job in the Indian cricket team. “I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Kings XI franchise and wish to thank them for the season I had in charge. Whilst disappointed not to be able to build on the work we did this year, I’m sure success isn’t too far away for them. I wish them all the best for the future,” Hesson said in a message which he also posted on Twitter. Hesson, who was at the helm of Kings XI Punjab for only a season, though remained tight-lipped on the reasons for his departure from Kings XI Punjab and future job prospects. Hesson coached the Black Caps for six years, highlighted by their memorable run to the 2015 Cricket World Cup final in Melbourne, a semifinal finish at the 2016 World Twenty20 in India and a home Test series win over England in April 2018 which lifted them to third on the world rankings. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhIndia’s coach will be chosen by a three-member Cricket Advisory Committee headed by the legendary Kapil Dev, ex-coach Anshuman Gaekwad and former India women’s captain Shantha Rangaswamy. The current support staff comprising incumbent head coach Ravi Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun, batting coach Sanjay Bangar and fielding coach R Sridhar were given a 45-day extension following the World Cup, covering the Windies tour from August 3 to September 3.last_img read more

Paris Hilton Launches Fundraising Campaign For American Humane Association

first_imgAmerican Humane Association, the organization that helped found America’s original “Compassion Movement” in the 1870s, is pleased to announce that entrepreneur, music artist, fashion designer, and media icon Paris Hilton is participating in a special fundraising campaign to benefit the country’s first national humane organization.Ms. Hilton has partnered with the charitable fundraising platform Prizeo, giving donors and interested parties an opportunity to win a chance to meet her on the set of a magazine photo shoot.Recently, Ms. Hilton was honored with American Humane Association’s prestigious National Humanitarian Medal at a gala in Palm Beach, Florida for her charitable work and advocacy in making the world a better place for both children and animals. Now, Ms. Hilton will join forces with the only charitable organization to work for both the protection of children and animals to raise funds needed to help the organization continue its nearly century-and-a-half mission of promoting the human-animal bond, an inextricable link between people, pets, and the world we share.Prizeo enables celebrities and influencers to fundraise for their favorite causes through the offering of money-can’t-buy prize experiences and rewards to their fans and the general public. It has worked with notables such as Will Ferrell, Samuel L. Jackson, One Direction, Kobe Bryant, Andrew Garfield, Lady Gaga, Ed Sheeran, and many, many more to help elevate their chosen cause’s fundraising goal and awareness to new heights.“I am very happy to be involved with American Humane Association and I am excited to offer my fans this special opportunity to meet me on set of my next magazine photo shoot,” said Ms. Hilton. “I feel privileged to be associated with such an amazing organization and I look forward to continuing to work with American Humane Association, and ultimately making a difference in the lives of children and animals all over the world. I encourage people everywhere to support this Prizeo campaign. Everyone can make a difference.”“I couldn’t ask for a bigger supporter leading up to the 2014 American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards than Paris Hilton, who we proudly call a National Humanitarian Medal recipient,” added Dr. Robin Ganzert, American Humane Association’s President and CEO. “We know that Ms. Hilton’s fans will all be clamoring at the chance to meet her at her upcoming photo shoot, and they will be happy to know that their gifts will go to support such a wonderful cause.”To learn more about Paris Hilton’s Prizeo campaign benefitting American Humane Association, please visit, where visitors will find a special message from Ms. Hilton and more information about this exciting campaign.And anyone can help join the Compassion Movement just by visiting and taking the pledge to help animals and/or becoming a member of America’s first national humane organization.last_img read more

Press Release Aireon announces key support for new line of business

first_imgAireon today announced that Jonathan Astill, from NATS, has been tapped for strategic support and expertise to develop the new Air Traffic Flow Management (ATFM) Services line of business for Aireon.Astill, will act as Vice President and General Manager of ATFM Services and will develop Aireon’s ATFM business line, closely collaborate with introductory customers and establish a channel of partners to ensure a smooth rollout of the company’s offering. Aireon is deploying the world’s first and only global space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) aircraft surveillance and tracking service, providing real-time aircraft visibility anywhere on the planet.“Jonathan brings deep knowledge and expertise to Aireon at such a crucial moment for our company, as our system nears full operational status,” said Don Thoma, CEO, Aireon. “His extensive experience, working across multiple facets of the aviation industry, offers a unique perspective for this new line of business. We are thrilled that he will be working with our team.”Prior to taking on this new role, Astill served as Director of Alliances, Airline and International Affairs for NATS, the United Kingdom’s leading Air Navigation Service Provider, where he was responsible for NATS’ global engagement across the aviation industry. His career with NATS spans 30 years, with the first 10 years of his career as an operational Air Traffic Controller.In the Aireon role, Astill will be responsible for all aspects of Aireon’s ATFM services, leading technical support, business strategy, operations, business development and service rollout.“I am excited to assist the impressive Aireon team and help usher in this next era of global air traffic surveillance,” said Astill. “When I was in my previous position at NATS, Iworked with Aireon very closely on the deployment of their service in the UK and truly believe what Aireon is doing will change air traffic management and the aviation industry as a whole. I am honored to be working with Aireon at such an important time and look forward to getting started on their new business line.”On January 11, 2019, the final Iridium NEXT launch successfully took place from SpaceX’s west coast launch facility at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Each Iridium NEXT satellite hosts an AireonSM ADS-B payload. On February 6, 2019, Aireon formally took control of the final six payloads from Iridium Communications. With the final launch and payload handoff complete, Aireon is set to go live with its air traffic surveillance service in early Spring 2019.About Aireon LLCAireon is deploying a space-based air traffic surveillance system for Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) equipped aircraft throughout the entire globe. Aireon will harness next-generation aviation surveillance technologies that are currently ground-based and, for the first time ever, extend their reach globally to significantly improve efficiency, enhance safety, reduce emissions and provide cost savings benefits to all stakeholders. Real-time ADS-B surveillance will cover oceanic, polar and remote regions, as well as augment existing ground-based systems that are limited to terrestrial airspace. In partnership with leading ANSPs from around the world, like NAV CANADA, the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA), Enav, NATS and Naviair, as well as Iridium Communications, Aireon will provide a global, real-time, space-based air traffic surveillance system to all aviation stakeholders.last_img read more