SCOTS Corporate Touch Day

first_imgThe SCOTS PGC College inaugural Corporate Touch Day was held at Kearney Springs Sporting Complex in Toowoomba last Sunday. The carnival was a fundraising event for the College’s Touch Football tour to New Zealand in September and the support from McInnes Wilson Lawyers, Elders Real Estate Emerald, Blades, Australian Fresh Salads, Fuji Xerox Business Centre Toowoomba and Proterra Group was greatly appreciated.Director of Activities, Mr Andy McGregor Lowndes said, despite the cold weather the day was successful and everyone enjoyed themselves.  “16 teams competed on the day and all games were played in great spirit. The $5000 prize money attracted some very strong teams with six current Australian players who recently defeated New Zealand in the Trans Tasman Series playing on the day,” he said.  Teams travelled from Brisbane, Beenleigh and the Gold Coast. The $5000 Cup Final was won by the Tigers, defeating 2Fresh in the final 7-3.Kertisha Thompson (Watch the Feet) won the $1000 ladies ‘Dash for Cash’ and Sam Brisby (Tigers) won the $1000 men’s ‘Dash for Cash’.  Sam was one of four current Australian Men’s players participating at the carnival and was awarded ‘Player of the Cup Final’.Other results included the Plate final won by Back to Basics against Honey Badgers 4-3, the Bowl final with Recognition Plus defeating Federal Hotel 10-2 and the Shield Final Mad C’s beat McCormack’s Mean Machine 4-1.Acting Principal of The SCOTS PGC College, Mr Ben Manifold thanked the Toowoomba Touch Association and the referees, some of whom travelled from Brisbane, for their support to ensure the highest level of organisation and officiating possible. The SCOTS PGCC College will host its annual Secondary Schools Invitational Touch Carnival on July 27 which is expected to again attract over 50 teams.Related LinksScots Corporate Daylast_img read more

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CANADAS FOLK LAUREATE GORDON LIGHTFOOT TURNS 80

first_img Twitter Advertisement This Nov. 17 marks Gordon Lightfoot’s 80th birthday, and the singer-songwriter has chosen to celebrate the milestone by giving a gift to his hometown.He’s making a stop in Orillia, Ont., on his birthday, to perform a benefit concert for the Opera House and the Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital.In 1967 when CBC-TV’s Telescope profiled the young “folk laureate,” the program opened with Orillia as the backdrop. Gordon Lightfoot, from the Jan. 1, 1967 CBC TV special 100 Years Young. (CBC Still Image Library) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Telescope host Fletcher Markle summed up Lightfoot as “a country boy whose home territory encouraged an awareness of nature and weather, and the simplicity of open spaces that is echoed lyrically in many of his songs.”‘The country that I grew up in’Lightfoot talked with Telescope about the influence of of the countryside of his boyhood on his music, as he sat, surrounded by the rocks of the Canadian Shield.He went on to explain that the “little landscapes, or images” that come up in all his songs are not particular images, but just a backdrop for the “idea and the concept that you’re working on.”center_img Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

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Divorce bill deadlock EU laments progress on Brexit

first_imgBRUSSELS – Brexit talks have hit a deadlock on the key issue of Britain’s exit bill in the divorce, the European Union’s chief negotiator said Thursday, adding that the slow-moving talks won’t be broadened anytime soon to include future trade relations.Giving a downbeat assessment of the latest round of negotiations, EU negotiator Michel Barnier said despite the talks’ recent “constructive spirit … we haven’t made any great steps forward.”On the question of how much Britain has to pay to settle its financial commitments to the bloc, he said: “We have reached a state of deadlock, which is disturbing.”Barnier said he would not be able to recommend to EU leaders meeting next week that “sufficient progress” has been made to broaden the talks to discussing future EU-British relations, including trade.The leaders meet in Brussels on Oct. 19-20, and with time short to seal a deal it had been hoped they would agree to widen the talks.The EU says this can only happen when there has been progress on the issues of the financial settlement, the rights of citizens affected by Brexit and the status of the Northern Ireland-Ireland border.Britain is on track to leave the 28-nation bloc in March 2019. Many businesses are worried that Britain could leave the EU without a trade deal in place, which would mean tariffs on exports from both sides, reams of red tape and chaos at European ports.The British pound fell Thursday on news of the slow progress, trading 0.6 per cent lower at $1.3142.Britain says its exit terms are closely intertwined with those on future relations like trade and must be discussed together.“I hope the member states will see the progress we have made and take a step forward” next week, British Brexit envoy David Davis told reporters.“We would like them to give Michel the means to broaden the negotiations. It’s up to them whether they do it. Clearly I think it’s in the interests of the United Kingdom and the European Union that they do,” Davis said.Barnier said the two would work to achieve “sufficient progress” in time for a subsequent meeting of EU leaders in December.Britain is scheduled to leave the EU on March 29, 2019, but the talks must be completed within about a year to leave time for EU states’ national parliaments to ratify the Brexit agreement.European estimates on the size of the divorce bill have varied from around 60 billion euros to 100 billion euros ($70 billion to $120 billion), but British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative government has rejected such numbers without clearly explaining how the amount should be calculated.“The U.K. repeated that it was still not ready to spell out these commitments,” Barnier said. “There have therefore been no negotiations on this subject.”However, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson insisted the U.K. had “set out what we think are some pretty convincing ideas on citizenship, on money” and on other issues.“We’re looking for some urgency from our friends and partners,” he told reporters in London. “Time to put a tiger in the tank and get this thing done.”The negotiations appear to be moving at a snail’s pace and each round leaves a sense of deja vu, with Barnier lamenting the lack of movement and Davis appealing for more European flexibility.Thursday’s news conference, however, was brightened briefly by an unexpected visitor dressed as Superwoman promoting her book on why Europe needs one.Mindful that the clock is ticking, Barnier reaffirmed that parting with “no deal will be a very bad deal.”“To be clear, on our side, we will be ready to face any eventualities, and all the eventualities,” he said.The British government is under pressure from euroskeptic lawmakers at home to increase planning for a “no deal” Brexit — leaving the bloc without a trade agreement.Pro-Brexit lawmakers are urging May’s government to set aside money for new customs posts and other infrastructure that would be needed in the event of such an exit. Some even say Britain should walk away from the negotiations if the EU does not agree to start the next phase by the end of the year.The Brexit spokesman for Britain’s opposition Labour Party accused the government of risking a collapse in the talks with its infighting. Keir Starmer said crashing out without an EU trade deal “would be catastrophic for jobs and living standards and must be rejected as a viable option.”He urged Davis to ask for an emergency round of talks before next week’s EU summit in an attempt to unblock the logjam.___Lawless reported from London.last_img read more

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Albertas top court upholds injunction against drug testing of Suncor workers

first_imgEDMONTON – The Alberta Court of Appeal has upheld an injunction that stops random drug and alcohol testing at Suncor Energy sites.A Court of Queen’s Bench judge granted the injunction last December after the union representing thousands of oilsands workers requested one.Unifor Local 707-A had argued that random testing violates workers’ rights and privacy.Calgary-based Suncor said in its appeal that random tests are needed to bolster safety.Suncor and the union have been battling over the tests since 2012.Unifor is also seeking leave to appeal an earlier court ruling related to the issue to the Supreme Court of Canada.last_img

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Brazil court suspends BoeingEmbraer deal until next year

first_imgRIO DE JANEIRO — A Brazilian federal court has at least temporarily blocked a US$4.75 billion joint venture between Boeing and Embraer until the incoming government takes office.The two aerospace companies announced their intentions in July to create a merger to run Embraer’s commercial aviation business. The deal would result in Boeing holding 80 per cent of the resulting company and Embraer the remaining 20 per cent.The left-leaning Workers’ Party said Friday that Judge Victorio Giuzio Neto ruled this week to block the merger following a petition by of the party’s congressmen. The lawmakers contend the deal will cost Brazil jobs and expertise.Boeing declined to comment. Embraer sent a statement to The Associated Press saying it will appeal.President-elect Jair Bolsonaro takes power Jan. 1.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Body found near Pouce Coupe trestle bridge

first_imgAt this time, the case has been handed over to the Coroners Service and they are investigating the cause of death.The Coroners Service believes the incident is not suspicious.  The Coroners Service does not expect to release any further information on the case.The RCMP are not providing any further details as the case is not criminal in nature. POUCE COUPE, B.C. – RCMP and emergency crews were called to a scene near the public path and entrance to the Pouce Coupe trestle bridge after the discovery of a body on August 12.According to the B.C. Coroners Service, a body of a male in his teens was found at the Trestle Bridge.RCMP had asked that residents avoid the area as they were investigating the incident.last_img

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Frimpong on Nasri Hes an idiot

first_imgEmmanuel Frimpong has lambasted his former Arsenal teammate Samir Nasri in a recent interview with the TelegraphThe midfielder, who came through the ranks at youth level for Arsenal, spoke of an incident that had occurred in a 2-0 defeat to Liverpool. During the match Frimpong had been sent off with Nasri, who was on the verge of joining Manchester City at the time, being highly-critical of the Ghanaian. “When the game ended, we were in the dressing room and I expected Wenger to be really angry,” said Frimpong. “He was actually very calm, but for some reason Nasri came in and he was like: ‘We lost the game because of you’. “I was a young guy, didn’t really know what I was doing, and was devastated. I felt like I’d let everybody down and he was really blaming me, so I really didn’t like him. ““He always had a go at me if I gave the ball away in training and even said to me once: ‘I could buy you if I want’. To be honest, he probably could have done at the time, but still.” Frimpong later recalled another incident, later in the season, which had seen both men involved in a clash during a Carling Cup game at the Emirates. “People never really understand why that happened but I don’t like the guy,” he said. “The reason I don’t like him is because he’s an idiot. Plain and simple. I would never, ever have respect for him.”last_img read more

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Mustafi wants Arsenal on the top four

first_imgThe Gunners footballer believes his team still has time to get to stay on the top four of the 2018-2019 English Premier League season.Arsenal is currently in the fourth position of the English Premier League table with 53 points.The Gunners have won 16 out of 27 matches, drawing five times and losing only six.They are seven points behind third place, 12 points behind second place and 13 points behind leaders Liverpool.And for Arsenal’s Shkodran Mustafi is very important to stay in this position.“I think statistics are something for people who like them and talk about them,” Mustafi said to the team’s official website.“If you’re not going to make it into the top four, it doesn’t count for anything.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“For us, statistics are something that we leave on the side. We try to focus on what’s on at the moment. We’re not where we want to be, so we have to work and get there.”“I think we’ve done well and have done that in a few games better than others, but I think we’re still in a transition to become a team who are confident of playing the same way both home and away,” he explained.“I think we try our best to get to where we want to be: a team that is confident of playing, keeping possession, who likes to play forward, likes to score goals. It’s something that we try our best to improve.”“It would be great for the team [to finish in the top four] because we have a lot of young players who are very keen to play in the Champions League again. Obviously, a club like Arsenal belongs in the Champions League as well. For everyone it’s going to be a big achievement,” Mustafi concluded.Perseverance. Our way. The @Arsenal way. Good morning and keep going! pic.twitter.com/O9uUk9rsXA— Unai Emery (@UnaiEmery_) February 25, 2019last_img read more

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Mexico to let migrants remain while US asylum claims proceed

first_img Posted: December 20, 2018 AP, KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsMEXICO CITY (AP) – Mexico has agreed to a U.S. proposal to let third-country migrants remain in or be returned to Mexico while their claims for asylum in the United States are being processed.The decision was a historic one for Mexico, which has traditionally refused to accept the return of any migrants who aren’t Mexican.Mexico’s Foreign relations Department said Thursday the move is a temporary, humanitarian measure.The deal, released by DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen Thursday.The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump has been struggling with an increase in asylum claims and limits on its ability to detain asylum seekers. Updated: 8:46 PM AP, KUSI Newsroom center_img Mexico to let migrants remain while US asylum claims proceed December 20, 2018 Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Soldotna Chamber Holding Luncheon On Soldotna Field House Project

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Soldotna Field House Project Co-Chair Tim Dillon will be presenting a project overview at a Soldotna Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Wednesday. The question will go before the voters in a special election on March 5, for a 0.5% increase in the city’s year-round sales tax rate implemented for the 10-year life of the bond. This would increase the city’s sale tax rate from 3% to 3.5%. The luncheon is free and open to the public to attend. There is a $15 charge for those wanting to partake in the catered lunch. The Soldotna City Council approved an ordinance back in December that will ask the voters if the city should borrow $10 million in a bond to build a proposed field house and increase the city’s sales tax by a half percent to cover the debt service on the 10-year bond. The luncheon will start at noon, on February 13, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex. Davis: “We’ve got a very important vote coming up. You can come learn about the history of the project. I really hope that even if people aren’t able to vote, since this is just within the City of Soldotna, but it’s going to impact everyone in the outlying communities.”  Shannon Davis, Executive Director of the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce: “Come and learn about the project, and if it seems like something you’d like to support you can have conversations with your friends that live in the city you can encourage a ‘yes’ vote.: last_img read more

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