New CEO for Brand South Africa

December 18, 2019 0 Comments

first_img15 March 2010 Miller Matola, chief executive of the Durban International Convention Centre since 2006, has been appointed CEO of the International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC), the body responsible for overseeing the marketing of Brand South Africa around the world. “Miller brings a dynamic strategic and operational skills set to the IMC,” Anitha Soni, chairperson of the IMC’s board, said in a statement last week. “His international, domestic and local experience, and understanding of the country’s national imperatives, will inform his leadership of the IMC. “This is critical as we strive to contribute to national economic growth by ensuring that South Africans buy into and live the brand promise made in the country’s marketing campaigns,” Soni said. “Throughout his career, [Matola’s] responsibilities have required engagement with a myriad of stakeholders to achieve greater coordination and unlock synergies. We have every confidence that he is the ultimate fit to lead the organisation during a defining time in the life of South Africa’s nation brand.”Brand South Africa vision Soni said the IMC’s mandate was to develop and implement a “proactive and coordinated international marketing and communication strategy for South Africa. It is our aim to position the country as an attractive destination and partner for trade and investment as well as tourism; and to help the country realise its international relations objectives. “The South African brand has recently entered a new, collaborative era in presenting the country to the world. The launch of the singular commercial identity is one example thereof,” he said. “Looking beyond the World Cup, the IMC will take Brand South Africa into offering a competitive value proposition which will deliver on our country’s national growth imperatives.”Leadership expertise Matola began his career in education, which fuelled his interest in the tourism sector. He joined the Department of Tourism, where he developed frameworks for key service areas within the sector, before moving South African Tourism to lead its business tourism Unit. He was thereafter charged with managing SA Tourism’s Americas portfolio, which included the US, South America and Canada. During his time at South African Tourism, Matola won the prestigious SAA award for “most outstanding individual in the industry” (2002). Prior to taking on the challenge of heading up the Durban ICC in 2006, he was CEO of KwaZulu-Natal Tourism. His passion for the powerful role that tourism can play in community development is unprecedented, and saw him actively participating in the establishment of a Kruger National Park lodge for a displaced Maluleke community. He has a Bachelor of Arts in education (University of the North), has completed the Wits Business School management advancement programme, and is in the process of completing his MBA through Thames Valley University. Matola takes over the reins from Acting CEO Paul Bannister who stepped into the role on a temporary basis in 2009. “We extend our sincere gratitude to Paul for his passion and dedication for South Africa that he has exhibited during his term as acting chief executive,” Soni said. Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane, the Cabinet minister responsible for the IMC, welcomed the stability a full-time appointment would bring to the organisation. “The appointment of a CEO brings stability to the IMC,” Chabane said. “Critically, this comes at a time when we are all well geared towards a programme of delivery in positioning South Africa as a country ready and open for business.” Source: International Marketing Council of South Africalast_img read more

Saving Sustainably: Completing the Dry-In

December 16, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgEditor’s note: This is one in a series of blogs detailing the construction of a net-zero energy house in Point Roberts, Washington, by an owner-builder with relatively little building experience. A list of Matt Bath’s GBA articles can be found at the bottom of this page. You’ll find Matt Bath’s full blog, Saving Sustainably, here. If you want to follow project costs, you can keep an eye on a budget worksheet here.   The plywood sheathing has been doing an adequate job of stopping the rain from getting inside the house, but with enough time, rain and wind will damage the plywood as well. Only the application of a water-resistive barrier (WRB) can truly protect the house from the elements.RELATED ARTICLESCalculating the Minimum Thickness of Rigid Foam SheathingAll About Water-Resistive BarriersInstalling Windows In a Foam-Sheathed WallAll About RainscreensInstalling High-Performance Windows I had held off on this step because I needed a solid two or three weeks of good weather. It isn’t as easy as wrapping the WRB  around the house, cutting out holes in the plywood sheathing, and sticking in the windows. At the majority of new construction job sites, that is the procedure. But for my net-zero home there were several additional steps that are incredibly important. I started by cutting out the window openings in the plywood sheathing. From the inside, I used the framing as a guide and drilled a hole in each of the four corners of every window opening. I moved outside, connected the outer edges of the holes with a straightedge and a pencil, and then cut the sheathing along the lines with a saw. I also cut out an opening for the main electrical panel, which will be partially inside the wall (see the photo below). Just enough of it will be sticking out to ensure that it can be opened from the exterior of the house. I had planned the location of the panel prior to pouring the foundation. The underground service entrance conduit had to be in just the right spot. Some houses have overhead service cables, but in my neighborhood the electricity comes from conduit running underground. The conduit for the incoming electrical supply was carefully placed in advance of pouring the foundation slab. Next, I taped all the seams in the plywood with all-weather flashing tape. This important step will reduce air infiltration. Flashing tape applied to the seams between sheets of plywood sheathing will help reduce air leaks in the building envelope. I had sheathed both the second floor and first floor exterior walls with plywood, but there was still a gap in the middle. I used  plywood from the window cutouts to fill this void. I also nailed galvanized metal Z-flashing at the very bottom of the plywood sheathing. This will keep water out of the bottom of the assembly. Galvanized Z-flashing will prevent water from entering the bottom of the wall. The small block of plywood holds the polyiso insulation against the sheathing until vertical furring strips can be applied. The camera angle makes the flashing look as if it’s tapered — it’s not. With the flashing attached, I installed sheets of polyisocyanurate foam insulation on the outside of the sheathing. Polyiso has an R-value of 5.7 per inch. The continuous layer of insulation is a vital step in building a net-zero home. The vast majority of houses only have insulation installed between the studs in exterior walls. This allows up to 30% of the heat in the home to be lost through the studs because wood has an R-value of only 1 per inch. In a wall built with 2×6 studs like mine, that’s an R-value of R-6 for the studs and R-25 for the insulation. If you look at the framing of an average house, you see that a ton of extra wood is often added for no reason, which increases the ratio of R-6 wall areas to the R-25 wall areas. More R-6 areas compared to R-25 areas mean more heat will be lost through the wall resulting in higher utility bills. This is why I used advanced framing to build my net-zero home, and it is also why I am encasing the exterior walls with a layer of foam, in essence turning it into a giant foam cooler. I planned the locations of the sheets so that there weren’t any seams above or below window openings. This will improve the strength of the foam in these areas. The outside of the house is wrapped in a continuous layer of 1-inch-thick polyisocyanurate insulation. Seams are taped. The foam will eventually be held in place by vertical 1×4 furring strips. I couldn’t attach them yet because the strips also will be holding the WRB in place. This barrier is sometimes called by a trade name, Tyvek, much like people who refer to tissues as Kleenex. Tyvek allows water vapor to pass through, but sheds liquid water. That’s important, because the last thing you want is to trap water vapor inside the wall. I used pieces of scrap wood to hold the foam in place until I could install the Tyvek. I marked out specific locations to attach these scraps so they would be screwed down in the exact locations where the furring strips will eventually be attached. This reduced  the amount of damage to the foam insulation. I used the same all-weather flashing tape to seal the seams between sheets of foam against air infiltration. Choosing the right windows Windows allow heat to enter the home via radiation from the sun, and allow heat to both enter and exit the home via conduction (windows are much better conductors of heat than insulated walls). To mitigate this issue, I paid top dollar for triple-pane, highly efficient windows. The windows have a U-factor of 0.15, which correlates to an R-value of 7. While this is not half as good as the R-value of the insulated wall of the house (R-25), it is much better than the R-value of an average efficiency window (R-3). This means that my windows don’t conduct heat quite as well as the average window, but far better than my wall. I will undoubtedly lose more heat through the windows than any other part of the house. The solar radiation, on the other hand, is a good thing in my climate. The windows have a Solar Heat Gain Coefficient of 0.39, which is a measure of their ability to block radiation from entering the house. The lower the number, the more solar energy  the windows block. While this number isn’t as high as that of less efficient windows, it is higher than average considering the excellent R-value of my windows. That’s a good thing for me, because in my area it is far more likely to be cold than hot, so allowing solar heat into the house is quite often a win when it comes to saving sustainably. Installing the windows Proper installation of the windows is one of the most important aspects of ensuring both an airtight, and watertight building envelope. After roof penetrations, window openings are one of the most common areas of water damage in the average home. Adding to the issue, window manufacturers sometimes provide entirely different installation instructions than do manufacturers of the WRBs or flashing membranes. First I cut an “I” shaped slit in the Tyvek over the window opening then made another cut down the middle. I also made a 4-inch-long diagonal cut at each of the top corners folded up a flap of Tyvek at the top. The WRB at the sides of the window is folded into the opening and stapled to the studs. At the top of the window, a flap of the WRB is folded up and taped in place temporarily. I wrapped the Tyvek around the studs to the inside and stapled it in place. Then I cut off the excess, and folded the top flap of Tyvek up and taped it in place temporarily. It’s also a good idea to check the sheathing at the sill and trim it back if necessary to ensure a smooth transition between the sill, sheathing, and the foam. Next, cut a beveled cedar siding board to fit the bottom of the window opening. In my case, this meant ripping the siding down to 7 inches wide (5 1/2 inches for the window sill, 1/2 inch for the sheathing, and 1 inch for the foam). I nailed this to the sill. The beveled sill will help direct any water that finds its way past the window back out to the exterior. Beveled siding creates a pitched sill and will help direct any water that accumulates there to the outside. The next step is to attach a flexible peel-and-stick flashing membrane to the cedar. I used Flexwrap NF, which is specially made to wrap around the bottom corners of the window sill and make a nice, watertight seal. I caulked the nailing fins of the window and set the window in place. I drove two screws into the top to hold it in place, and made sure to press the window into the opening so that the caulk made a tight seal. Now I could move to the interior and use shims to level, plumb, and square the window. I made sure there was a uniform gap between the framing and the window frame around the entire perimeter. Now I could move back outside and finish screwing the nailing flange to the sheathing. I used 2 1/2-inch-long screws so they could go through the 1 inch of foam and 1/2 inch of sheathing and still penetrate the stud. I applied flexible peel-and-stick flashing over the side nailing fins of the window, then over the top of the nailing flange. Then I folded down the top flap over the flashing and used Tuck tape to secure all edges of the fold to the wall, as the photo below shows. With the window screwed into the opening, flashing tape can be applied to the flanges at the sides and head of the window. The flap of Tyvek that has been kept out of the way can now be taped in place, covering the flashing tape at the top of the window. Back on the interior of the window, I used low-expansion foam to seal the perimeter of the window in the opening. Finishing up the gable ends The last section of the house to be dried in are the gable ends.  The gable-end trusses cover an area of the house that is not heated, so it doesn’t need to be insulated. However, if I simply apply sheathing over the gable end truss, the sheathing will be recessed 1 inch from the rest of the wall due to the lack of foam. To make up for this, I ripped 2×4s down to 1 inch thick and nailed them to the gable-end truss. This moved the sheathing outward so it matched up with the foam below it. With the sheathing fully supported and attached, all that was left was to attach the WRB. I used staples for the areas that were just under the overhangs since they will be fully protected, then lapped the bottom of the sheet 12 inches over the sheet below it and taped it down with Tuck tape. I still needed to add more furring strips so that they extend all the way to the roof line. The furring strips will hold the siding away from the WRB, creating a 3/4-inch air gap between the two layers. Any water that gets past the fiber cement siding will be blocked from entering the house by the WRB, and then dried out by air moving in and out of the gap between the two layers.  This water protection technique is known as a rainscreen and has been proven to be extremely effective. Last step: Install the entry door Installation of the entry door began by checking that the rough opening was the correct size. It wasn’t. I caught a mistake that I had made: the rough opening was 1 inch too small. I either had to install a smaller door, or make the rough opening larger. Seeing as how this door was the only 36-inch-wide door in the house, I was forced to make it bigger to satisfy the building code for emergency exit. (In addition to this door, there’s a 2′ 8″ patio door and the French doors on the second floor.) I lost a day’s work as I had to cut out the king and jack studs on one side of the opening, remove the header, trim back the sheathing, foam, and Tyvek 1 inch, build a new header and support that was an inch larger, reattach it to the king stud and jack stud, and then nail it back into place. The next step was to clean and dry the concrete at the rough opening, apply a very liberal coating of caulk and press the sill pan into place, ensuring it is slightly sloped to the exterior. I had the door pans custom made at a metal fabrication shop so they perfectly fit the rough openings for each door, and they will prevent any water that finds its way around the door will eventually be brought down to the pan by gravity and then out. Custom metal sill pans for exterior doors are bedded in caulk. The pans will prevent water from getting into the house. Placing the door carefully into place over the sill pan, I used shims to ensure that it was plumb, square, and level.  Then I used some long screws to go through the jamb, through the shims, and into the studs on each side of the door.  I also used the screws that came with the door to go through the hinges and into the studs. Next, I cut off the ends of the shims, and flashed the door in much the same manner as I had flashed the windows. I used one piece of peel-and-stick flashing on each side, and then folded the Tyvek back at the head (top) of the door, ran one final piece of flashing, and then folded the Tyvek back down over the head and taped it into place. The door is flashed into the rough opening in much the same way that windows are installed. I decided not to install the French doors on the second story yet. I will wait until I finish building the second floor walkout deck so I don’t have to install them while balancing on a ladder. With the foam providing support and the Tyvek providing moisture protection, the opening in the sheathing for the French doors is dried in at this point even though the doors aren’t installed. At this point the house is officially dried in and I can really start getting going on the inside.   Other posts by Matt Bath: An Introduction Foundation Formwork Designing and Installing a Septic System Pouring the Slab Framing the First Floor Framing the Second Floor Framing the Roof Shingling the Roof Wall Sheathing Installing Drains and Vents Plumbing Rough-Inlast_img read more

Engage Your Audience with YouTube’s New Community Tab

December 12, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgYouTube recently introduced their latest feature to help bring content creators closer to their audiences: the community tab.  Here’s the lowdown.Cover image via Shutterstock.Personal engagement with your audience can lead to a significant increase in viewership, a more dedicated fanbase, or (if you’re advertising a product or skill through YouTube), a sale. While YouTube has made significant changes over the last two years in bringing content creators closer to their audiences, such as being able to pin and favorite comments, the new community tab is the first time YouTube has offered features similar to a Facebook Page.Note: At the moment, the community tab is only available to some channels, and your channel must have more than 10,000 subscribers. What’s New?Create a text post or share an image.Image via Vidya Vox.Ok, there’s no denying that this is remarkably similar to the main feature of a Facebook page. You can post a text update, share an image, or upload a gif, and your audience can reply with comments and like or dislike what you posted. However, the reality that this is now an option on YouTube is brilliant. Often, you’ll find that many creators and YouTube-based brands will set up Facebook pages and Twitter accounts to post updates to their audience because other than making a video, there has been no real way to reach your audience instantaneously. Now, you can directly post an update to your entire subscriber base, and the update will appear on their subscription feed.It’s rare to see a content creator’s full subscriber base directly translate into Twitter or Facebook followers. Now, knowing that every word is heading straight to the people who care about your content is deeply rewarding. Going to miss a weekly upload because of an external factor? Publish a text post.This new feature is also great for channels with a more professional appeal that don’t allow the subscriber base to see the personality of a creator. Educational channels, for example, could likely fall into this category. As the Kloons state in the video above,As a channel that doesn’t usually rely on personality, we rely more on scripting, it’s been a great way for us to show the more ‘personality’ side of us.The community tab allows you to break away from your channel’s format and interact in a new way.Feedback From The CommunityImage via Vidya Vox.When your channel surpasses a certain threshold, it can become a daunting task to respond to individual comments — especially when you start to get 200-500 per video. However, in the new community tab, you can now create a poll and get direct feedback from the community. For example, you could create a poll to see what video your community wants to see next, or you could even give them a say in what content you will create. This could put an end to creating content that doesn’t gain the traction you hoped for.As with all new website features, this looks to be in its early stage, and there’s a lot of room for improvement. However, this is an exciting new feature for the platform. From the smallest of content creators to the largest of brands, this changes how you can engage with your audience on YouTube.Image via YouTube.If you’re stuck making your first post, YouTube has put together four tips to get you started:Poll to learn what your audience wants to see next: You can quiz your subscribers to see what they want to see next and consider refining your content based on their suggestions.Grow excitement with GIFs: Consider offering a sneak peek of the best moments from each video with a GIF and get your subscribers fired up to watch.Bring them backstage: Give your subscribers an exclusive look backstage during your tour or at a shoot by posting pictures or quick videos. You can even ask for their opinion on the creative process.Offer exclusive content: Try posting pictures or unlisted videos that your audience can’t find anywhere else. Consider posting fun pics of your day, your adventures, or even your pets. Providing a unique experience for your subscribers on the Community tab is a great way to keep your audience coming back for more.last_img read more

Cavaliers trade Irving to Celtics for Thomas — source

November 30, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgLacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 2017 PLAY LIST 03:46Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 201700:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension The 28-year-old Thomas, taken with the final pick in the second round in 2011, can become a free agent when his contract ends after next season.His reputation in Boston was cemented when he led the Celtics through the playoffs last season despite the death of his sister on the eve of the postseason. He also had a front tooth knocked out during the second-round series against Washington and the hip injury eventually forced the team to shut him down early in the East finals, won by the Cavaliers in five games.Thomas believes he is worthy of a maximum contract and has quoted saying, “They better bring out the Brinks truck.”Cleveland is also getting Crowder, a solid perimeter defender, and a first-round pick that Boston got from Brooklyn. The package could help the Cavs reload if James opts out of his contract next summer and leaves Cleveland for a second time.The Vertical first reported the possible blockbuster deal.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Read Next Mayweather, McGregor trade verbal jabs as countdown begins MOST READ LATEST STORIES SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Since Irving made his stunning request, the defending Eastern Conference champions have been looking for a trade partner. They found the perfect one in the Celtics, who will now build around Irving and newly signed free agent Gordon Hayward.Irving’s first regular-season game for Boston will be against Cleveland as the Cavs will host the Celtics on Oct. 17 — a date being circled by fans already.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIrving, who made the biggest shot in Cleveland history to win the 2016 NBA Finals, is joining a Boston team that lost to Cleveland in last season’s conference finals and has been unable to unseat LeBron James and Co. in recent years.The Cavs were concerned about getting equivalent value for Irving, who has two years remaining on his contract, but in the 5-foot-9 Thomas they are adding one of the league’s most dynamic playmakers. Thomas averaged 28.9 points last season. He missed most of the East finals with a hip injury. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding JUNE 09: Kyrie Irving #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts in the second quarter against the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 of the 2017 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 9, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFPCLEVELAND — Kyrie Irving’s next cross-over will come against the Cavaliers.Cleveland’s All-Star guard, who asked owner Dan Gilbert to trade him earlier this summer, was dealt Tuesday night to the Boston Celtics in exchange for star Isaiah Thomas, forward Jae Crowder, center Ante Zizic and a 2018 first-round draft pick, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.ADVERTISEMENT LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games The Cavs drafted Irving with the No. 1 overall pick in 2011. He struggled in his first few seasons but blossomed in recent years alongside James. However, that didn’t seem to be enough for the 25-year-old, who has wanted to be the prime player and focal point on his own team.He got his wish. View commentslast_img read more

NBA: Embiid seals reported $148 million 76ers deal

November 30, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgMOST READ If confirmed, that would mean Embiid, 23, is being paid the maximum allowed under the rookie wage scale, having played only 31 games over three seasons.Embiid missed the first two seasons after being drafted in 2014 and suffered a knee injury last season which meant he only played 31 games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Joel Embiid is a transformative young talent that you rarely come across in our game,” 76ers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said in a statement.“Joel is only scratching the surface, but he has all the potential and promise to go down as one of the all-time greats to wear a Sixers jersey. Ownership’s willingness to extend this contract reflects our collective belief in Joel Embiid and a reinforced commitment to building a championship-level basketball program.” Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers poses for a portrait during the Philadelphia 76ers Media Day on September 25, 2017, at the Philadelphia 76ers Training Complex in Camden, New Jersey. AFPLOS ANGELES, United States — Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid sealed a five-year contract extension on Tuesday, with the injury-plagued Cameroon-born star saying he hoped to finish his career with the team.The 76ers did not confirm the financial terms of the deal but several US media outlets reported that Embiid stands to earn $148 million (125.3 million euros) over the course of the extension.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next View comments LATEST STORIES Bolts bolster roster for Finals rematch Embiid scored 20 or more points in 19 of 31 games last season before suffering a knee injury in January that required surgery.“I’m so thrilled to be in this position,” Embiid said in a statement.“I want to thank ownership, management, the coaches and most of all the fans, for supporting me throughout this whole process. I love this city and I’m so, so, so, so excited to be spending my next five years here and hopefully the rest of my career, God willing. Trust ‘The Process.’” /cbbADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

SACHIN TENDULKAR HITS TON AGAINST KOCHI

November 28, 2019 0 Comments

NATIONAL TEAMS APPOINTMENTS!

November 7, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgThe ATA would like to congratulate the following people who have been appointed as National Assistant Coaches and Team Managers. Womens Open Assistant Coach: Dean Russell Womens Open Manager: Renee Murphy Mens Open Assistant Coach: Sam Ayoub Mens Open Manager: Gary Rose Mixed Open Assistant Coaches: Wayne Bambury and Bernie Morrison Mixed Open Manager: Andrea Walters 2005 YOUTH WORLD CUP Mens 18 years Manager: Ron Connolly Womens 18 years Manager: Karon Boston Mixed 18 years Manager: Wade Jenkins Mens 20 years Manager: Gary Rose Womens 20 years Manager: Sue Salter Mixed 20 years Manager: Frank Curran Congratulations again and thank you for the hard work you do to assist our touch representatives.last_img read more

NATIONAL 18’S DAY ONE SUMMARY

November 7, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgMENS: After day one in the 2004 National 18 Years Championships last years finalists, Queensland Secondary Schools Touch (QSST) and New South Wales Combined High Schools (NSWCHS), already look hard to beat in the Men’s division. Pat Smith scored four touchdowns as NSWCHS scored a 10-3 win over the Hunter-Western Hornets, while Brendan Waters and Dylan Hennessey both scored three times against NSWCCC. QSST recorded an easy 12-1 victory in round one over the Northern Territory with Chris Small scoring four touchdowns for the Queensland side. They had a tougher match against Central Queensland though; a 5-5 draw giving spectators their match of the day. TouchWest and SWQ put a dent in Tasmania’s comeback to the National Championships, with Tasmania’s first National 18’s tournament since 1997 beginning with an 8-1 and 8-0 loss. “The boys will improve from this, our team goal is to gain respect from the opposition, we’re not here just to make up the numbers,” Coach John Dowling said. North Queensland and the Southern Suns also had easy victories in their first round matches, a 10-0 win over South Australia not really an indication of the South Australian’s potential. “We have a really young side this year, this is a big tournament for them and they panicked a little in their first match, but they’ll improve as the week goes on,” Coach Gavin McDonald said. NQ backed up their win over SA with a 15-0 crushing of Victoria. For the Southern Suns it was an exact scoreline replica; a 15-0 victory over Victoria, with a remarkable ten of their fourteen players scoring in the match. The local Northern Eagles looked like they were about to pull off a surprise round one upset, with a 2-2 half time score against the Sydney Mets. The Mets overwhelmed the Eagles in the second half however, finishing with a 7-4 win. For the Eagles day one finished on a high, an awesome 16-3 win over a struggling South Australian side. WOMENS: In the Women’s division competition QSST also look like they will be the team to beat, recording a first round 13-3 win over the Hunter Western Hornets and a 12-2 win over the Brisbane City Cobras. The news wasn’t all bad for the Cobras however, Ali Brigginshaw led the way for the Brisbane City Cobras as they recorded an easy 11-1 round one win over the Northern Territory. NSWCHS started with a strong 8-1 win over the Sydney Mets before having a scare against a talented WA team, scraping through for a 6-4 win. NSWCCC are another schools team who will be hard to beat, a tough 4-2 win over NQ and an easy 11-0 win over SA the story of their day. Central Queensland recorded an easy first round win but the question remains as to whether they can match the schools sides. Kady Large scored 3 touchdowns for Central Queensland as they beat Tasmania 14-0, while the Southern Suns also ran in ten touchdowns for an easy victory over the Sydney Rebels. However, other close matches throughout the first round hints at a close fight for the Women’s title as the competition continues. SQBD won 5-3 against the Southern Suns, two teams who will be genuine contenders in the Womens competition. Another team not to be overlooked is the ACT who were the highest placed non-NSW or Queensland team in 2003. They started their 2004 campaign with a 6-2 win over the Sydney Rebels, led by the Goodwin sisters; Kelly and Danielle. All is set for another great day of competition at the 2004 National 18 Years Championships. By Rachel Moyle, [email protected]last_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool boss Klopp cannot rule out new Sturridge deal

October 28, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp cannot rule out new Sturridge dealby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp cannot rule out handing Daniel Sturridge a new deal.The 29-year-old striker’s future on Merseyside was expected to end in the summer after a failed spell on loan at West Brom in the second half of last season.But an impressive pre-season spell saw him keep his place this season and he has scored four goals despite making just five starts across all competitions.On whether Klopp could look to hand the England frontman a new deal to keep him at the club beyond the summer of 2019, he said: “We don’t talk about things like that. Nothing to say. “As long as the boys are here then anything is possible.” last_img read more

9 months agoLeicester boss Puel explains Barnes recall

October 28, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgTagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Leicester boss Puel explains Barnes recallby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City boss Claude Puel says it was the right time to recall Harvey Barnes from his loan at West Brom.Barnes returned to his parent club on Friday and trained with the rest of the Leicester team. Puel could include him in the squad for the Premier League match at home to Southampton on Saturday.”He has been brought back for many reasons but the primary reason is because he can help us,” said Puel. “The player has progressed, and I would like to thank West Bromwich and their manager for giving him the opportunities to play.”It is difficult (for West Brom) to lose a player like this but it is a good moment for him to come back and help his team-mates.”Harvey can bring different options. He can play on the left side, he can play as a striker and he can play just behind the striker. He is an attacking player and he has penetration.”He is a clinical player. He can start a move and finish a move. He is a complete player. These are his qualities.”He is a player from our academy and it is pleasing to see him show personality and character in his game, I like this.” last_img read more