RSF_en Receive email alerts News News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled by the situation of media freedom in Yemen, where another journalist was killed while covering the war on 29 May and ten journalists held by the Houthi rebels have reportedly been moved to an unknown location. YemenMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses According to Yemeni media reports, Ma’reb Press website correspondent Abdallah Azizan was killed on 29 May while covering clashes between Houthi rebels and pro-government forces in Bayhan, a town in Shabwah province 300 km east of the capital. He is said to have been killed by sniper fire from the Houthi side.The families of the journalists detained by the Houthi rebels have been quoted by the local media as saying they have been transferred from Habra prison to an unknown destination. Held by the Houthis for nearly a year, these journalists began a hunger strike on 9 May.“We condemn the disastrous state of media freedom in Yemen,” said Alexandra El Khazen, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk. “Journalists are being targeted by all parties and cannot cover the war without risking their lives. We call on the Houthis to free the detained journalists and we remind all parties to the conflict of their duty to protect all civilians including journalists.”It has become extremely difficult to cover the situation in Yemen and to obtain reliable information because many journalists have fled the country or their hometown, or have chosen to stop working as journalists.According to RSF’s tally, Azizan was the fifth journalist to be killed since the start of the year in Yemen. He was preceded by Mohammed Al Yemeni, who was killed on 21 March while covering clashes in the city of Taiz. A total of eight journalists and media workers were killed in the course of their work in 2015.Yemen is ranked 170th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. Ten journalists held by Houthi rebels are on hunger strike May 24, 2016 Find out more Follow the news on Yemen YemenMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses to go further Help by sharing this information News News Organisation May 31, 2016 Yemeni reporter killed covering clashes, ten others missing February 18, 2016 Find out more Journalist shot dead by sniper in Taiz Mounting dangers for journalists in Yemen January 25, 2016 Find out more
Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community News Community News Business News Green Dot to Move Headquarters from Pasadena to Texas Pandemic caused a shift in corporate culture STAFF REPORT Published on Friday, May 7, 2021 | 2:59 pm Subscribe More Cool Stuff HerbeautyThis Is What Happens To Your Face After DermaplaningHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyKeep Your Skin Flawless With These Indian Beauty RemediesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Ayurveda Heath Secrets From Ancient IndiaHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeauty Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Green Dot Corporation, which has called Pasadena its home since establishing its headquarters here upon forming in 1999, will soon be moving its main office to Austin, Texas, according to company officials.The financial services company best known for prepaid debit cards will allow the lease to expire on its 160,000-square-foot building at 465 E Foothill Blvd. and plans to have its new operation set up in the Lone Star State by the end of the year, President and CEO Dan Henry said in a statement to Pasadena Now.“Texas is a business-friendly state, and we’re looking forward to engaging and benefiting from the impressive talent pool in the region, as we work to seamlessly connect more people to their money, both directly through our own fintech, and through our partners,” Henry said.In addition to the new Texas headquarters, the company will continue to operate out of shared workspaces in California, Ohio and Florida as it moves toward permanent remote work for employees, CNBC reported.“This move supports our ‘Work From Anywhere’ strategy,” Henry confirmed to Pasadena Now, “to hire great talent all over the country while offering the benefits and flexibility of remote work, along with hub locations in Pasadena, Cincinnati, Tampa and Austin where teams can gather, connect and collaborate effectively.”“I want the best and brightest people we can find to join our team to help us be successful, and you can live anywhere you want,” Henry said in an interview with CNBC. “What Covid did was force a mind shift; we see how productive we are working from anywhere and how much our employees love it,” Henry added. “It’s more important to be productive than be busy. If you force people to come to an office every day, then everybody’s going to try to be busy.”Related:Green Dot Names VP to Oversee New Banking ServiceGreen Dot’s Gyorgy Tomso Becomes Part of Pasadena Company’s Executive Management TeamPasadena-Based Green Dot Launches ‘Mobile Bank’ Business News STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Top of the News 85 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Make a comment faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Darrel Done BusinessVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes
Read also: Boeing extends factory shutdown in Washington stateThe other newly revealed fault could potentially cause the autopilot to disengage as the aircraft prepares to land. Neither problem has been observed in flight, but the software changes will eliminate the possibility that they could occur, the company said. The modifications can be incorporated into the plane at the same time.In a separate statement, the US Federal Aviation Administration said it has been in contact with the company about the issues.The new software problems were reported earlier by Reuters.Topics : Boeing Co. has identified two new software problems with the grounded 737 Max that must be fixed before the jetliner can carry passengers again.The issues involve the flight-control computer and don’t affect the plane’s estimated return to service in mid-2020, Boeing said in an email Tuesday. The Max’s software has been undergoing a redesign after being linked to two fatal crashes that prompted a worldwide flying ban more than a year ago.The new flaws deepen the engineering challenge for Boeing as it tries to return its best-selling jet to the skies. One of the problems involves “hypothetical faults” in the computer’s microprocessor, which could lead the plane to climb or dive on its own, Boeing said. A safety system on the Max caused the jet to dive automatically in both accidents, but the problems aren’t related, Boeing said.
Shannel Blackshear has been solid for the Badgers this season with 18 RBIs off 28 hits in a total of 92 at bats. The junior third baseman said she believes the Badgers have a good chance to win every game.[/media-credit]The good times keep rolling for the Wisconsin softball team. Adding two more victories to their school record winning streak on Tuesday, the Badgers will look to maintain the pace against Illinois this coming weekend.The friendly confines of Goodman Diamond have treated the Badgers well, but if they are going to continue their winning ways, they will have to do so from Eichelberger Field in Urbana, Ill.Sitting at 6-3 in the Big Ten and 22-16 overall, Wisconsin has used its recent stretch of wins to stay in conference contention. The Badgers currently hold sole possession of fourth place, but will need another good weekend to hang around with the Big Ten’s elite.Wisconsin trails Purdue and Nebraska by a game each, with conference leader Michigan owning a two-game lead over the Badgers. With wins piling up, this team is confident facing any opponent.“Honestly, I think we have every chance to win every single game,” junior infielder Shannel Blackshear said. “This year, the biggest thing is we have been staying in games, and I think we are a force to be reckoned with.”As the wins keep coming, the pressure to keep it up increases. Only two Big Ten teams – Nebraska and Purdue – have had longer winning streaks this season and if Wisconsin were to sweep Illinois this weekend it would lay claim to the longest streak held in the conference.Although they were already a tight-knit group, winning has brought the Badgers even closer together in their efforts.“[Winning] adds a little bit of pressure, in a good way. It makes everybody understand that we are a better team,” Blackshear said. “It gives everyone an extra boost to want to work harder so we can keep winning.”Wisconsin not only has been beating teams, but they have also been beating the odds. Consecutively winning games is one thing, but repeatedly coming from behind to triumph is an entirely different issue.The Badgers have trailed in each of their last three games, but their resiliency and fight has kept them afloat just enough to squeak away with victories. This pattern, while paying off, is not the desired route for head coach Yvette Healy.“We don’t tell them to give up runs and come out slow,” Healy said. “As a coaching staff the big focus for this weekend is to come out sharp, right from the start.”They may need a quick start for most of the weekend, as Illinois (16-18, 2-7) lays claim to one of the best pitchers in the conference, Pepper Gay. Gay leads the Fighting Illini in innings pitched (132), complete games (12), and strikeouts (128), all the while owning a 1.75 ERA, good for third in the Big Ten. The Illinois pitching staff quickly drops off after Gay, however, so hitting her early will be the offensive focus.“The big thing with any pitcher is to just go after them,” Blackshear said. “When she’s on the zone we have to hit the ball and not give them anything extra.”Gay’s 11 wins on the season are good for seventh-best in the Big Ten, but that number could easily be near the 15-win mark if the Illinois bats begin to heat up.Over the last seven games, the Fighting Illini have tallied only four runs. A recent stretch of three games without scoring a single run makes for a very vulnerable opponent. Regardless of their recent struggles, Healy expects an aggressive offensive showing from Illinois.“Illinois has traditionally had a prolific offense, so they have the ability to hit,” Healy affirmed. “Even if they haven’t shown it as much in conference yet, they’re known as an offensive team.”Wisconsin will look to attack offensively as well, as their team hitting has been remarkable over the last few weeks. Since the beginning of its series with Northwestern, the team average has slowly risen 22 points, from .276 to .298.What is likely even more impressive is that these numbers are coming without the production of the injured Molly Spence. Spence leads the team in home runs (7) and slugging percentage (.605), while ranking second on the team with 23 RBIs.Out with an ankle injury for another weekend, the Badger lineup will have to band together again in her absence – a trademark over the last few weeks.“It’s always hard to replace a kid like Molly. She is probably the best hitter on our team,” sophomore Michelle Mueller said. “[Since her injury] we have all taken it on ourselves. We know that when one kid goes down, all nine of us have to pick it up.”And that is exactly what they have done. With amplified performances from each piece of the lineup, the Wisconsin softball team is right where they want to be, heading into another Big Ten weekend.“We’re in a good place right now,” Healy said. “This team is real streaky and when one person hits, a lot of them do, and they feed off each other.”
The Errigal Youth team of 2013.Saturday will see the start of three days of top class bike racing when the Errigal International Youth Tour returns to the roads of Churchill and streets of Letterkenny.The event has, for the third year running, attracted a top field of over 250 of the best youth riders from England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Isle of Man and even as far afield as Malta and South Africa!The countdown to this weekends’ races began over six months ago and the success of the events in 2012 and 2013 was due in no small part to the great welcome received from the local community in and around both Churchill and Letterkenny, without their understanding and support it would be impossible to host an event of such magnitude and logistical headaches. The promotion and hosting of the event by Errigal Cycling Club not only showcases the beauty of Donegal but brings a much needed boost to the local economy.The statistics associated with the previous two tours in 2012 & 2013 are quite impressive; it is estimated that each of them held over the August bank Holiday generated income into the area in excess of €250,000.The going was tough over Keelogues last year.With fields of over 200 riders, accompanying parents, family and coaches etc. there where hundreds of additional bed nights generated for local accommodation providers.As for the racing… well it offers a fantastic, colourful spectacle, think of the Tour de France in miniature! Large crowds are expected to once again line the hills in and around Churchill on Saturday and Sunday where the very nature of the courses in and around the village afford spectators a number of ideal locations to view the event. The Queens stage (most difficult) of the Youth Tour is without a doubt Stage 3 on Sunday afternoon when the riders tackle the climb up Keelogues into Churchill. On the day the slope will be lined with hundreds of spectators to watch the leaders battle it out and then to help push the stragglers up the hill.On the Monday the tour departs Churchill for the streets of Letterkenny and the final days Criteriums; these races are fast and furious and held on a circuit that will allow you to get up close and personal with the riders as they race around the one way system.The Youth Tour is the top youth cycling event held in Ireland and is endorsed by both Cycling Ireland and Cycling Ulster, with each body represented by their own hand-picked teams. Make no mistake this is the one that they all want to win and despite the quality of the field Errigal is confident of success for our own youth riders who have shown themselves in the past to be up for the challenge when the best come calling!The following young Donegal based riders will be hoping to make an impact and a name for themselves this weekend by representing Errigal…Errigal’s U12 Riders: Odhran Doogan…Ulster Road Race Champion and recent winner of the Errigal Youth League Odhran is the youngest member of the Doogan family from Gortahork, Odhran has won a number of other races in his debut season and has well and truly stepped out of the shadow of older siblings Ciara and PJ and already begun making a name for himself in Irish Youth cycling.Cathal GallagherFantastic season for this young Letterkenny man having won a number of races already this year he will be hoping to make a big impact in this year’s tour. Donal WalshRecently crowned Ulster Time Trial Champion in his debut season, this lad from Dungloe has hit the youth scene in a big way with his powerful riding from the front and never say die attitude, this is a young rider who is expected to go from strength to strength.Amanda GallagherUlster Champion who recently won gold and silver at the National Youth Track Championships, Amanda from Dunlewy will hope to carry that form into the tour.Orla Harkin…Strong climber who will gain great experience from this years’ event and is a vitally important member of Errigal’s U12 team.Adam McGeeverA 10 year old in his debut season, Adam recently won the U11 Ulster Championship Road Race and will gain great experience from this year’s tour,There are a number of U12 debutants riding for Errigal this year who will be hoping to make a name for themselves by putting in good performances over the three days of racing. These include Cora Harkin, Joe Harkin, Catherine Kelly and Ciaran McGettigan.Errigal’s U14 Riders:Ciara Doogan…Errigal’s Olympian, a member of the Irish National Team, current Irish and Ulster Champion, and having just returned from the National Youth Track Championships with three gold medals Ciara is without doubt the best in Ireland at her age. She has gone from strength to strength this year and there is no reason to doubt that the girl from Gortahork has the talent to top the GC.PJ Doogan…What can be said about the lad from Gortahork who has consistently won everything there is to win in cycling for his age group in Ireland over the last four years, he was deservedly chosen this year to be part of the 2020 Irish Talent Team. PJ is one of this year’s home-grown favourites and is currently on top form and has the heart and determination that is needed in abundance to succeed in this year’s tour.Conor Halvey…Ulster Road and Time Trial Champion, Conor has had a great season dominating the sprints and winning in most races he has taken part in. He recently won the Errigal Youth League together with gold and silver medals at the National Youth Track Championships in Dublin; the boy from Letterkenny is on great form for the event.Dylan Traynor…As a former winner of the event overall at U11 level in 2012 and winner of the renowned Keelogues Stage in last year’s Youth Tour, Dylan will be hoping to do well in what is his debut season at U14, the young lad from Crolly is a natural climber and should be able to hold his own against the older lads in the steep hills around Churchill.Shauna McFadden…Hailing from Letterkenny, Shauna is a fantastic sprinter and good climber, she is full of confidence going into the event and is expected to ride well and compete with the best.Michael McGlynn…Another member of Errigal’s formidable U14 team, Michael has shown fantastic form this year winning recently in Omagh, the young lad from Brockagh will be hoping to mark his senior year at this level with a great performance in the coming tour.Ronan McCann…This is a young rider who has improved beyond recognition this year, Ronan from Letterkenny worked very hard over the winter and has gone from strength to strength this season and has placed well in a number of events recently.Other Errigal Riders looking to catch the eye at U14 level this year include Ben Carr, Zach Gibson, John Conor Gallagher, Adam Harkin, Sean Og Harrigan and David Rankin.Errigal’s Under 16 Riders:Ciaran McFaddenA real talent, Ciaran from Falcarragh will be hoping to perform to his maximum, as on his day he is a fantastic bike rider who is a proven winner at every youth level, has the potential to go a long way in the sport.Amy HarkinA veteran of the last two tours, and current Donegal Ladies Champion, Amy from Ray near Falcarragh will be hoping that her climbing ability comes to the fore in the hills around Churchill.Ciaran HarkinThis has been a good year for Ciaran who has only got stronger as the year has gone on, the lad from Ray will be hoping to show real form over the coming three days of racing, he has a real talent for climbing.Other Errigal U16 riders racing for Errigal in the tour this year and hoping to perform well include Adam Rankin and Conor Dabell from Letterkenny who have improved so much this year and shown real determination and commitment. First time debutant Michael O’Donnell from Crolly has only recently taken up the sport and has showed real character, he will hope to gain valuable experience from the event with a view to entering the Junior ranks in 2015.Saturday Day 1Stage 1: Racing Starts 13.00This will be an exciting fast Road Race that starts and finishes on the Main Street in Churchill, the route heads out from village down the hill and then along the shores of Lough Gartan before looping back to Churchill. U12 (1 lap), U14 (3 laps), U16 (5 laps)Sunday Day 2Stage 2: Racing Starts 10.15A challenging 1.6km hilly time trial starting from race headquarters at Gartan Outdoor Centre and finishing in the host village Churchill. All competitors start separately at one minute intervals, this is a race against the clock that will have a major influence on the overall results.Stage 3: Racing Starts 15.00This is the Queen’s Stage of the Youth Tour that the spectators love! With the very steep Keelogues climb back up into Churchill, the hill is always lined with hundreds of people and the fantastic effort put in by the youths on this stage has to be seen to be believed. U12 (1 lap), U14 (3 laps), U16 (5 laps).Monday Day 3Stage 4: Racing Starts 09.30On Monday morning the competitors will roll out on to a Criterium circuit in the town of Letterkenny. The route starts and finishes on Paddy Harte Road on the one-way system down by Century Cinemas and offers spectators a fantastic view of Criterium racing at its best.MINIATURE TOUR DE FRANCE COMES TO DONEGAL THIS WEKEND! was last modified: July 30th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CYCLINGdonegalErrigal Youth Internationalletterkenny
Fortuna >> In part two of our special feature on Fortuna Huskies high jumpers Katie Hurst and Jevin Kitchen, we focus on Kitchen, who has become a beacon of strength and perseverance after dealing with a much publicized family tragedy only to become a North Coast Section high jump champion.A life thrown into turmoilOn the night of July 12, 2016, Jevin Kitchen’s world shattered. Marcia Kitchen, Jevin’s mother, allegedly struck her 14-year-old daughter, Kiya Kitchen, and her friend, Faith …
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We have a very active pattern over the state this week, starting today. We have rain and snow from I-70 southward, with the moisture slowly lifting northward through the day. By midday to early afternoon, action should be approaching US 30, and by sunset we should see light precipitation all the way up to US 20. Meanwhile, the rains will continue pretty much all day south of I-70, meaning the heaviest totals will end up down there. Moisture over the southern half of the state will be from .25”-.6” with coverage at 100% of the region, while we expect a few hundredths to .25” between US 20 and I-70 with 75% coverage. By tomorrow morning we have rain over a majority of the state, with only some wet snow in NW Ohio. Even that snow quickly transitions to rain statewide by mid-morning to midday, and then rain continues through sunset. Heavy rains will be working into SW Ohio tomorrow morning and will spread northeast. After sunset tomorrow, we would not be surprised to have rain change back over to snow before ending mid morning Wednesday. Most of the state will see only minor accumulations after that switch over, but in north central and northeast parts of the state, along with east central Ohio, there can be a lot more. All told, we think tomorrow we have potential for half to 1.5” liquid equivalent precipitation totals, and we wont rule out the potential for some localized 2 inch totals for tomorrow. Some of that comes as a coating to 2 inches of snow to start the day in far NW Ohio, and then some more as another coating to 2 inches of snow overnight tomorrow night into early Wednesday. Now, north central, northeast and east central Ohio will see bigger snow potential, with 2-6 inches possible with lake enhancement. Generally speaking, this is most easily summed up as “a mess”. The map at right shows potential cumulative precipitation through Wednesday morning. Flurries and light patchy snow continues for the balance of Wednesday behind this event, although we should see an attempt at some clearing from west to east. Strong NW winds mean we will see a much colder push, and some lower wind chills, but we are not as concerned about cold air now, like we were in our forecasts for this period last week. Temps likely end up near normal for midweek, and we see partly sunny skies for Thursday. Friday has become much more problematic. We have a significant low moving across the eastern corn belt. Right now, the low looks like it wants to move northeast across Indiana, and really miss us. That would put most of Ohio in the warm sector with moderate to heavy rain potential. We would have to watch the overnight and early Saturday part of the event closely, as the arrival of cold air would allow precipitation to perhaps end as snow. However, right now, the track of the low is very important, and would make all the difference between all rain for us, and something much worse. Right now, we have some concern that Indiana to the west sees Rain, ice (freezing rain) and heavy snow…all three of the biggies!. But, track could easily put us in the firing line too. So, for right now, we are not stepping out in any specific direction on this event. It looks formidable in any form, but what we get and where we get it depends entirely on track, and it is too far out to really get a good idea on that at the moment. Stay tuned! Windy and colder for Friday, so any snow that would fall on Friday would be subject to blowing and drifting through the day Saturday. Temps will be well below normal and we will see wind chills as a problem again. We stay cold for the balance of the weekend through Monday, with partly sunny skies. Some sub zero lows are likely for the morning of Presidents day. Tuesday the 19th we have minor snows moving through, bringing a coating to 2 inches with 70% coverage. Then we turn partly sunny and colder again for Wednesday the 20th. While we are keeping our forecast relatively conservative for those days, other models are trying to bring a much more interesting solution to the table, with snow in far southern areas, near the Ohio River for Tuesday, and then rain south of I-70 on Wednesday and snow north. We think that is overdone and will stay with a more subdued outlook at this time. For the extended period, we have flurries for Thursday the 21st, then partly to mostly sunny skies for Friday the 22nd through Sunday the 24th. Colder air with another snow event arrives for Monday the 25th and goes through Tuesday the 26th. Accumulations are likely.
Premier League Manchester Utd boss Mourinho dismisses hype around second-season record Joe Wright Last updated 2 years ago 17:04 16/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Premier League Manchester United Manchester United v Everton José Mourinho The Portuguese does not understand the hype surrounding his second season triumphs Jose Mourinho has dismissed the notion that his impressive second-season record gives Manchester United an advantage in the 2017-18 title race.The 54-year-old has never failed to win the domestic title in his second season in charge of a club throughout his career, having enjoyed such triumphs at Porto, Inter, Real Madrid and twice with Chelsea.Man Utd and Everton 8/1 to draw Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing United have started the campaign in strong form, winning three out of their four Premier League games, and sit top of the table ahead of Sunday’s meeting with Everton at Old Trafford.But Mourinho is not sure his record gives his side an edge this term, telling Sky Sports: “I don’t know why people speak of the second season because I won in the first season and I won in the third season. I don’t really understand it.”I just think that the second season is a good season for evolution in relation to the first season because in the first season you arrive and sometimes, like in my case, I was not even able to organise a pre-season because it had already been organised. I couldn’t have one single finger of influence on it.“When I arrived in the first season there was already investments made in buying players, changing the squad, selling players, that you probably would have done in a different way. For sure I would have kept some of the players that were sold, for sure I would not buy some of the players that were bought.”In the second season, you have your influence at that level. You have better conditions to work and get those results. But you are playing against other teams whose managers are in the third or second or fourth or fifth seasons. So second may not be a big advantage.””I think he has joined in the right moment of his career.”More on @RomeluLukaku9… #MUFC pic.twitter.com/InVdtuwT1B— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 15, 2017Mourinho believes his side are now beginning to reach the level he demands after heavy investment in the close season and a shift in style since his appointment as manager in May 2016.”At the team level, I am happy,” he said.”I think, after one year, we are a different team. Not just because we are playing in the Champions League, which is the competition for Manchester United, but because in the Premier League we managed a good start which put us initially in the top positions in the table.”The way we play, the way we think football, the way the fans think, the empathy between the fans and the team, the confidence levels of the players, the footballing level I am happy with what we’ve done so far.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
No one can argue that sport and business are two separate entities in today’s world, and in an effort to improve the way our sport is run, the Australian Touch Association has engaged a Strategic Sports Management Audit. The audit will involve workshops and focus groups for affiliates around Australia and is being headed by Professor David Shilbury and Dr Pamm Kellett. David Shilbury is head of the Bowater School of Management and Marketing and a professor of sports management at Deakin University, he is also an editor of Sport Management Review. Dr Pamm Kellet also lectures at the Bowater School of Management and Marketing, as well as having extensive International experience as a lecturer and consultant in the area of Sports Managment. The ATA is not attempting to predict results in any way, but instead wants to look at the management strategies currently in place by listening to member’s suggestions and the ideas the consultants may have about the management and administration of touch football. “At the end of the day, we anticipate that we will have a model in place that will require change and will deliver better service to our members,” says Peter Topp, National Technical Director With 330 association affiliates and almost 200,000 players Australia wide, it is becoming even more crucial to examine the management strategies of touch football. The audit will look at the delivery of touch, including player development, junior development, referees, coaching, participation and elite sport amongst others. It will consider the current methods of delivery, what is delivered at each level, who delivers the product and so forth. The consultants will also consider current good practice models in other sporting organizations and business, when developing their final recommendations. The audit has already started, with workshops being run in Townsville, Rockhampton and Brisbane as well as Sydney. Victoria and Tasmania are next state to undertake the audit, followed by the ACT, WA and SA. For all enquiries, please contact the ATA office on: (02) 62852703 Rachel Moyle
Metropolitan East (Open Girls) and Northern (Open Boys) defended their Queensland Secondary Schools Touch State Championship crowns with deserved grand final victories at the Gold Coast Touch Association complex at Owen Park, Southport on Sunday 29 April 2007.Met East, with no less than eight current Open or 15 Years State representatives, were hot pre tournament favourites in the Open Girls division.The talented outfit swept all before them in the round games before being pushed all the way by a gallant Metropolitan West combination in an entertaining final that resulted in a 3-2 victory to the defending champions.In semi-final action, Met East, guided by Peter Bell, Australia’s most successful International coach in the history of the sport, dispatched South Coast 8-2.Met West, under the direction of 2005 Australian Youth World Cup 18 Years Girls Coach Mick Kelly, defeated Northern 10-3 in their semi-final to set up an absorbing showdown in the “Battle of Brisbane” for the State crown.The game was end to end in the opening exchanges with both sides denied the early ascendancy by desperate last-ditch defensive efforts.After several close calls, Met East’s Cobras Women’s Open NTL young gun Kelly Jones sliced through from acting half and managed to find the ever present Tallon Mc Carthy who dotted down for a 1- 0 lead.Met West hit back strongly when the free running Lorna Blair exploded out of acting half to surprise the Met East defence and gift wrap a long range touchdown for Ashley Monkland who squared the ledger at 1-1.The game ebbed and flowed, and right on half time Met East’s Sharks Women’s Open NTL pocket dynamo Kristy Brennan nearly sent her team to oranges breathing a little easier when she scythed through from acting half, only to be denied by some fantastic on line defence from the Met West team who covered support players expertly to keep their title dreams alive.Both teams had their chances after half time, but it was big game specialist, the indefatigueable Gen La Caze who stepped up to the plate to generate a quick hands play that gave Kristy Brennan an opportunity to race twenty metres and score with her signature dive over for a 2-1 lead.Met West, with talented National Youth squad members Ali Brigginshaw, Toni Tupuhi, and Lizzie Campbell were never going to go quietly, and it was the combination of long time Brisbane Metropolitan junior touch team mates Campbell and Brigginshaw that conjured a short play close to the line to allow Brigginshaw to slide over and put the teams back on level terms at 2-2.Both teams searched for the chink in the opposition’s armour, and it was Gen La Caze, running a beautiful A/B line that split the Met West middles to create space for the touchdown hungry Kristy Brennan to secure her second and put the champions in front 3 – 2 with little time left on the clock.Ali Brigginshaw threw the kitchen sink at Met East in a valiant attempt to inspire a late comeback, but the clock and the stout Met East defence was having none of it, and the game ended in the next set with the defending champions holding on for a deserved 3-2 win.Player of the Series, Met East’s Kristy Brennan was outstanding, and was well supported by Player of the Final Gen La Caze, the classy Kelly Jones, and Kirsty Quince, whose tireless efforts in attack and defence would make the Energizer bunny look over his shoulder and question his work ethic. Ali Brigginshaw and Lizzie Campbell were fantastic for a spirited Met West side that gave a great account of themselves against the odds.Northern completed an emphatic 5-2 victory over Metropolitan West in the Open Boys division. The highly skilled and fleet footed country combination secured a three peat of State Championships to underline the enormous spread of talent across Queensland in the school system.In semi-final action, Northern disposed of South Coast 11-3, and Met West triumphed over South Coast 7-2.In the Boys grand final, both teams searched for the early lead and came close with several attacking forays being thwarted only by last gasp defence, or poor option taking with the ball in hand.Northern drew first blood with an exceptional piece of play from the gifted Kristian Congoo who brought the crowds back to Touch with a simultaneous dive for the score line to the left and a well weighted flick pass to the right to part the middles on the scoreline for the alert Joel Townson to dive over and give the boys from the North a 1-0 lead.Met West pressed the line twice in the next few sets only to be denied by some great vision in defence by Josh Hall who nabbed two intercepts in quick succession to deny the Brisbane boys the equalizer.That man Congoo, who was busier than Santa’s elves on Christmas eve, couldn’t stay out of the action and he dotted down after a glorious long ball from play maker Chris Taiters to give the Northern boys a 2-0 score line.Met West were entitled to feel a little unlucky with several early chances going astray until their little general Matty Hopkin engineered some great flowing phase then finished off with a pinpoint long ball for Clargie Saltmere to narrow the gap to 2-1.The momentum continued to swing in the next few minutes and Met West fans kept the faith as Hopkin, on a hot streak, continued to dictate terms, splitting the Northern defence from acting half to link up with John Fainges to lock the contest up at 2-2.On the stroke of half time the game was turned on its head again when the impressive Chris Taiters got through the line for Northern and Congoo found space to score his second touchdown and give the boys from the bush a 3-2 advantage.After the break, both teams dug in, fully aware of the impact the next score would have on the complexion of the contest. Met West needed to score to stay alive, Northern wanted to break their opposition’s spirits and earn some breathing space.It should not surprise that the mercurial Kristian Congoo waved the magic wand once more, selling an audacious dummy close to the line to plunge over to snare a hat trick of touchdowns and put his team 4-2 up.Met West tried hard to rally, but when Joel Townson produced a masterful reverse flick pass for Mitchell Lauder to score and take Northern out to a 5-2 lead, the three peat souvenir t-shirts were being broken out of the box for Coach Shane Laskey and the Northern team who have set the benchmark for school touch in Queensland for the last three years.The fat lady was half way up the Pacific Highway when the full time siren sounded and a resounding 5-2 verdict went the way of Northern.Kristian Congoo was awarded the Player of the Final, whilst Lyle Murgha from Peninsula was named Player of the Series.At the conclusion of the tournament QSST Coaches Peter Bell (Girls) and Kathy O’Brien (Boys) named State Teams to contest the National 18 Years Tournament in Coffs Harbour from 17-21 September 2007.The 2007 QSST Open Teams:Girls: Genevieve La Caze, Kristy Brennan, Kelly Jones, Kirsty Quince, Candice Humm, Mtia Tass, Tallon Mc Carthy (Met East), Ali Brigginshaw, Lizzie Campbell, Toni Tupuhi (Met. West), Kirsty Beer (Wide Bay), Jess Shaw (South Coast), Jane Royal (Northern), Melissa Henare, Rebecca Lapraik (Sun Coast)Coach: Peter Bell, Assistant Coach: Karley Banks, Manager: Peta RogersonBoys: Chris Taiters, Mitchell Lauder, Kristian Congoo (Northern), Matt Hopkin, Cody Green, Clargie Saltmere (Met. West), Peter Norman, Dylan Taikato (South Coast), Ben Drury, Jayden Taylor (Capricornia), Lawrence Oberlenter, Lyle Murgha (Peninsula), Alex Patikura (Darling Downs), Nathan Boys (Sun Coast), Chris Rankine (North West)Coach: Kathy O’Brien, Assistant Coach: Ryan Pollock, Manager: Adrian Brandon