The festival saw Men’s and Women’s teams come from Ramingining and Yirrkala as well as from Jabiru to compete in the day, with the teams from Ramingining winning both the Men’s and Women’s divisions. And the festival wasn’t just for adults, with children that came along for the day invited to join in the AusTouch clinic that was taking place, to learn more about the sport of Touch Football. Australian Men’s 30’s World Cup winning coach and Touch Football Australia (TFA)Coach Development Advisor, John Singh, was also in attendance and assisted each of the teams by providing coaching during the day. The advice was openly received by all of the participants and the improvements were immediately visible. The festival is just one aspect of a program initiative developed to assist communities in the Arnhem region to create and sustain Touch Football within their area. The festival provides an opportunity for the communities to come together to share their culture, to participate in the sport of Touch Football and to have fun. Touch Football Australia would like to thank the Australian Government through the Indigenous Sport and Recreation Program of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet for their support in this program. Touch Football Northern Territory’s State Operations Manager, Isobel Appo, says that the day was a success and is looking forward to growing the event in the future. “The Inaugural Arnhem Land Multi Cultural Touch Football Festival on the weekend showcased some great natural talent from the Arnhem Land region,” Appo said. “It was really pleasing to see a Women’s team from Ramingining compete. It was a great starting point for the Arnhem Land Multi Cultural Touch Football Festival in what we hope to see become an annual event which will only getter bigger and better in the years to come.”The Ramingining Warriors have become crowd favourites over the past 18 months, attending events including the Northern Territory State Championships and the WA State Championships. To view footage of their journey to Jabiru as well as highlights of the event, please click on the following link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeG0kGOppKQ To view some of the photos from the day, please visit the NT Touch website and click on the Photo Gallery button on the top menu:www.nttouch.com.au
Liverpool defender Van Dijk: We have bigger games than Man Utdby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveVirgil van Dijk believes Liverpool’s rivalry with Manchester United is now bigger for the fans than players.Jurgen Klopp’s side head to Old Trafford on Sunday as they look to continue their winning start to the Premier League season.”It’s massive, but it’s more massive for the fans. I think all of the Champions League games are as big as this,” Van Dijk told Sky Sports.”The whole atmosphere and leading to the actual game is bigger than some other games but I don’t think it’s the biggest of the season.”The big ones are the Champions League and the ones that are hopefully going to win us the Premier League title.”He added: “They’re not in the best way, they’re not fully confident and they’re not in the situation they want to be in. But the good thing about football is you can bounce back in any game.”They might think this is the best occasion to bounce back from it but we know that. We want to go out and fight for every metre on the pitch and try and take the three points back to Liverpool.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Panaji: A Goa court on Thursday framed charges against BJP MLA Atanasio Monserratte for allegedly raping a 16-year-oldgirl. The police last year filed a 250-page charge sheet in North Goa district court after the investigation in the case was completed. North Goa district and sessions court judge Sherin Paul on Thursday framed charges against Monserratte. The trial in the case will begin on October 17. Atanasio Monserratte, 55, the MLA from Panaji constituency, has been booked Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singhunder Indian Penal Code Section 376 (rape) and relevant provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO). In a statement to police in 2016, the victim, then aged 16, accused Atanasio Monserratte of drugging and sexually assaulting her. She also alleged that her mother “sold” her to Monserratte for rupees fifty lakh. Atanasio Monserratte was arrested on May 5, 2016 and is currently out on bail. The MLA earlier denied all charges against him, saying he was innocent and the case against him was “politically motivated”.
Visakhapatnam: Rohit Sharma’s Test career got a new lease of life as he struck an unbeaten 115 in his first innings as an opener to take India to a commanding 202 for no loss against South Africa before rain washed out the final session of the series-opener, here on Wednesday. There was an 80 per cent chance of rain on the opening day but it only arrived during the tea break with India comfortably placed after 59.1 overs of play. Mayank Agarwal was on course for a maiden Test hundred, having played extremely well for his 183-ball 84. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuThunderstorm, followed by a heavy spell of rain, ensured no play was possible after the tea break. Before weather played spoilsport, Rohit stole the show in what could be a career changing knock for him. While South African bowlers did trouble the Indian batsmen on a few occasions in the first session, they seemed toothless in the second session where Rohit and Agarwal scored at a brisk rate. Rohit, who got to his fifty before lunch, shifted gears and was particularly harsh on the spinners. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersHe hammered off-spinner Danie Piedt for successive sixes over deep midwicket to get into the nineties before completing his fourth Test ton with a single off debutant spinner Senuran Muthusamy. The entire dressing room, including skipper Virat Kohli, stood up to laud Rohit’s feat. His 174-ball unconquered innings contained 12 fours and five sixes. At the other end, Agarwal was cruising towards his maiden Test ton. He too looked assured at the crease and played his shots. Early into the afternoon session, he brought up his half century with a spectacular six over extra cover off Keshav Maharaj. Clouds gathered over the stadium towards the end of the session and thunderstorms forced the umpires to take the tea break eight minutes before scheduled time. Earlier, Rohit and Agarwal played out 30 overs in the morning session after safely negotiating the South African pacers Kagiso Rabada and Vernon Philander, taking India to 91 for no loss. India, who had named their playing on the eve of the first Test, opted to bat on a dry surface with skipper Kohli calling his decision a “no brainer.” Expecting the pitch to turn, South Africa picked three spinners in Maharaj, Piedt and Muthusamy, who is more of a batting all-rounder. All eyes were expectedly on Rohit whose stop-start Test career has taken a new direction with the management accommodating him at the top of the order. He left the first ball he faced before driving Rabada past backward point with minimal feet movement for a four. His second scoring shot was also a boundary as he punched Philander towards backward point. The pitch offered very little to the pacers and spinners in the first two hours of play. What worked for Rohit was standing outside the crease when Philander was bowling to negate any little swing that was available. Rabada has the express pace but he did not test the Indian openers as much as Philander. Rohit and Philander”s battle in the first hour was absorbing. Philander, who got the better of Rohit in the warm-up game, challenged Rohit by moving the ball both ways in his opening spell of four overs. After a few play and misses, Rohit chose to walk down the pitch before South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis asked wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock to stand up to the stumps. After getting the measure of the surface, Rohit went for his strokes like he does in white-ball cricket. His first big hit was a typical one as he gently stepped out of the crease to smash Maharaj over long-on. A little later, he played a similar short off Piedt and this time the ball flew well above the long-on fielder. Rohit completed his 11th Test half-century towards the end of the session but in a not-so-convincing fashion. He mis-timed a sweep but fortunately it was not in the reach of the fielder and went for a four.
Kolkata: Five Puja committees under Borough X in South Kolkata have set up tobacco-free zones to strengthen the anti-tobacco drives in public places.They include Golf Green Sharad Utsav Committee, Netaji Nagar Nagarik Brinda, Samajgarh Sarbojanin Durgostav, Ranikuthi Regent Place Sarbojonin and Ajaygarh Bastuhara Samity. The initiative has been taken by Tapan Dasgupta, Trinamool Congress leader and chairman of Borough X. The Puja committees have tied up with the anti-tobacco drive of the state government. The campaigners have urged the state government to declare all pandals tobacco free on the auspicious occasion of Durga Puja. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaTobacco consumption in India is alarmingly high and the country is the second highest tobacco consumer in the world. Public sensitisation programmes have been recently undertaken by an NGO in collaboration with the state government to make the youth aware of the ill-effects and to see that the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA) is more stringently implemented. Indranil Dasgupta, Programme Manager of the NGO, states: “We are grateful to Tapan Dasgupta, Chairman Borough X, to have joined hands with Tobacco Free West Bengal Campaign and declare five Durga Puja pandals tobacco-free zones. We also urge the youth of the state, the Durga Puja committees and various departments of the state government to come forward and support our cause by enforcing Section 4 of COTPA 2003 in all Durga Puja pandals to make it a tobacco-free Durga Puja. Each citizen of the state should come forward to stop any kind of tobacco consumption inside or around a Durga Puja pandal this year. Tobacco consumption is one of the most fatal habits of the nation. It is the leading cause of preventable death.” Tobacco Free West Bengal is a campaign launched by Tomorrow’s Foundation. The main aim of the campaign is to protect citizens from the most preventable cause of death — tobacco. The primary focus of Tobacco Free West Bengal is to ensure the enforcement of COTPA 2003 by working in close association with the Health and Family Welfare and Home Departments.
Just as a school-going 16-year-old Greta Thunberg from Sweden sent a message to the world, loud and clear, with her consistent efforts that this planet Earth belongs to the future generations, more and more young people are devising innovative ways to go about everyday activities sustainably, from coming up with bio-degradable plastic to dry shampoo to simple water-saving techniques, to adopting a zero-waste and plastic-free lifestyle, the young do realise much better the need for sustainability with respect to climate change, a cleaner planet, and a pollution-free life. In addition to such young innovators, students from Delhi-NCR have created two Guinness World Records for environment protection on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary. The first record was in the category of ”environmental sustainability lessons to the largest number of students at one place” wherein close to 5,000 children participated; and, second record is of ”the largest number of assembly and lighting of solar lamps” in which more than 5,000 students took part. The Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar’s congratulatory address to the students called for creating oxygen bank by planting at least seven trees during one’s lifetime and administered the oath of non-violence towards the environment to all the students. It is true that children need guidance in understanding the implication of matters like clean and healthy environment but given the record-making turn-out, perhaps India can rest assured that her future is in safe hands, aware and informed.
Hong Kong: Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters marched in the city center ahead of reported plans by the city’s embattled leader to deploy emergency powers to ban people from wearing masks in a bid to quash four months of anti-government demonstrations. Local media reported Carrie Lam will bypass the legislature to announce the mask ban later Friday, in a hardening of her government’s stance to the territory’s most disruptive crisis since it reverted from British to Chinese rule in 1997. Lam’s office declined to comment when contacted. Thousands of people, all wearing masks, chanted slogans calling for greater democracy as they marched Friday in the city’s business district. One protester, who gave his surname as Lui, said the people will not be intimidated by the government’s scare tactic.
London: Apple CEO Time Cook has said that Apple does not intend to create its own cryptocurrency, saying he is firmly against the idea of companies setting up digital currencies. Taking a dig at Facebook’s attempt to launch a digital currency called Libra next year, Cook told French financial newspaper Les Echos that money must remain in the hands of states. “I am not comfortable with the idea that a private group creates a competing currency. A private company does not have to seek to gain power in this way,” Cook was quoted as saying. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year Facebook that tied up with 27 organisations to start the non-profit Libra Association to launch its cryptocurrency next year appears to have hit a roadblock. According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, Visa, Mastercard and some other financial partners who signed on to support Libra are reconsidering their involvement in the network. “The financial partners are reluctant to attract regulatory scrutiny following backlash from governments and banks and have declined Facebook’s requests to publicly support the project,” the report said on Tuesday. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India The US lawmakers recently attacked Facebook, calling it “delusional” and “dangerous”, directing the social networking giant to clean up its house first before launching a new business model. According to Cook, money, like defence, must remain in the hands of states. “It is at the heart of their mission. We elect our representatives to assume government responsibilities. Companies are not elected, they do not have to go for this,” he added. The Apple CEO Tim who is currently in Europe made an appearance at an event at the non-profit organization Osservatorio Permanente in Italy on Thursday. During his speech, Cook said that while the Internet has brought many positive developments, “fake news is one of the negatives,” reports 9to5mac.com. “The Internet has brought so many positive things, but the fake news is one of the negatives. All of us lovers of democracy and freedom must think that separating the false from the true is the basis of freedom. Quality journalism is the foundation of every democracy and an open and free press is essential,” Cook emphasized.
Tokyo: World number one Novak Djokovic on Friday put on a stunning show of supremacy at the Japan Open with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Lucas Pouille of France. The Serb more than overwhelmed his opponent in the quarter-final match, showering Pouille with a barrage of powerful, precision shots to deep, wide corners mixed with delicate drop shots. “I am not a machine. But I did play like one today,” he said after their 50-minute contest. “This was one of the best matches I played this year. Very, very pleased with the way I feel and played on the court,” said Djokovic, who will face either David Goffin of Belgium or Chung Hyeon of South Korea in the semi-finals. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju”I am looking forward to another battle tomorrow, hopefully I will be able to keep up with this quality of tennis.” The latest victory provided further evidence of his swift recovery from a left shoulder injury that caused him to pull out of the US Open. The Japan Open is the first competition for Djokovic since the incident. He nailed eight aces and never committed double fault while collecting points on 82 percent of his successful first serves. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersAfter cruising through the first set, Djokovic stepped up his tennis and began the second set by taking four games straight. Pouille fought back to keep the fifth game and in the sixth game, he collected his only break of the match. But Djokovic denied any other attempt by the French challenger, who was able to survive only one of seven break points. It was the third meeting between the two men this year. Djokovic won all of them. In the rest of the Tokyo tournament, John Millman of Australia defeated Japanese wild card Taro Daniel 6-4, 6-0. American player Reilly Opelka beat Japanese qualifier Yasutaka Uchiyama 6-3, 6-3.
Mumbai: Congress president Sonia Gandhi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh are among the 40 “star” campaigners of the party for the October 21 assembly elections in Maharashtra, the first major political contest after the Lok Sabha outing held earlier this year.Among other top leaders of the party who are expected to hit the hustings are former party president Rahul Gandhi and his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, the party general secretary in Uttar Pradesh. Listing Sonia Gandhi, who had kept herself aloof from campaigning during the Lok Sabha polls earlier this year, as a star campaigner underlines the importance the Congress, which has lost state after states, is assigning to the Maharashtra elections. Once a stronghold of the Congress, Maharashtra has slipped out of its grip since the emergence of the BJP. In the 2014 assembly polls, the Congress could win only 42 seats out of the total 288. Its performance in Lok Sabha polls, wherein it bagged two seats, was even dismal. In the 2019 general elections, the party won just one seat. For the October 21 elections, the Congress has tied up with the NCP. The talks with smaller allies for a grand alliance have hit a roadblock over the allocation of seats.