Grand Final action in the 2007 Senior National Touch League has been fast and furious in sweltering conditions at the BCU Coffs Harbour International Stadium.In the Women’s 40s division Sharkies carried their momentum from a stunning semi-final upset over three time champions Scorpions all the way to NTL glory when they defeated the Tropical North Queensland Cyclones 7-4 in an entertaining grand final on Field one.Sharkies went to the break 2-1 up and the game looked evenly poised at oranges.From the restart former Australian Women’s Open representative Julie Styles scythed through for Cyclones to balance the ledger at 2-2.The two teams traded touchdowns and at 3-3 the game ebbed and flowed with each team searching for the vital chink in the opposition’s armour.Cyclones edged in front 4-3, and looked to be getting on top.Val Harrington evened the game up 4-4 and the championship minutes begun.Sharkies Lisa Miller broke the Cyclones back with back to back touchdowns, engineered by Terri Kronk.Virginia Ingham then sealed the deal for Sharkies with a late touchdown for a 7-4 triumph.Scorers: Sharks 7 – Miller (2), Kronk (1), Pearce (1), Jones (1), Harrington (1) Ingham (1)Cyclones 4 – Desbois (1), Styles (1), Stringini (1), Alison (1)Player of the Final: Heather Desbois (Cyclones)Player of the Series: Terri Kronk (Sharks)The Men’s 50s Grand final resulted in a 3-1 victory to Brisbane Cobras over first time finalists and hometown heroes Northern Eagles.Peter Hawes, Arthur Higgs, and Rob Mc Carthy took the Brisbane boys out to a commanding 3-0 lead before Terry Cohen scored for the Eagles midway through the second half to put the undefeated Cobras on notice that the locals would not go quietly, and at 3-1 the door was slightly ajar.Cobras stiffened their defence again and stood firm to complete a 3-1 victory and claim their first title in this division in NTL history.Scorers:Cobras 3 – Higgs (1), Hawes (1), Mc Carthy (1)Northern Eagles -1 – Cohen (1)Player of the Final: Peter Hawes (Cobras)Player of the Series: Kev Hickey (Cobras)The Men’s 45s title went to local favourites the Northern Eagles with a dour 1-0 victory over Southern Suns.Ian Saunders scored early for the Northern Eagles and the game was end to end as both teams created many opportunities that could not be converted.The Eagles hung on and celebrated their first victory in this division since their hat trick of titles in 1998, 1999, and 2000.Scorers:Northern Eagles – Saunders (1)Southern Suns – (0)The Richard Hamilton Memorial Medal for Player of the Final: Steve Hancock (Eagles)Player of the Series: John Clune (Southern Suns)In the Men’s 40s division the crowd was treated to a feast of flowing football with the star studded Scorpions outfit firing all the early salvos, at one point skipping out to a 5 – 1 lead against a rattled Southern Suns.Led by the Cheung brothers David and Jeff, Brett Gillard, and Australian Men’s 40 Years World Cup Captain Tim Kitchingham, the Scorps boys were looking the goods for their third title on the trot.Dave Elliott and Gary Lawless dragged the Suns back into the contest, but the Suns had given the experienced Scorps combination just too much of a start and despite fighting back to breath respectability back into the scoreline, went down 8-5 as the full time siren sounded.Scorers:Scorpions 8 – Collins (2), Keyes (1), Cheung J (1), Gillard (1), Mc Donald (1), Duguid (1), Stephens (1),Suns 5 – Elliott (2), Lawless (1), Hearnden (1), Mc Dermott (1)Player of the Final: David Cheung (Scorpions)Player of the Series: Andy Yiangou (Mets)In the Men’s 35s South Queensland Sharks defeated a gallant Scorpions 6-5.The star studded Sharks line up with seven former Australian Open representatives have dominated proceedings all week and were expected to go on with the job today against a Scorpions team that were performing solidly, rather than spectacularly.Dave Roberts had the footy on a string and came out breathing fire for the Scorps. He was the architect of the Scorps attack, playing a hand in all of his team’s touchdowns.Scorps shocked the defending champions getting out to a 5-3 lead until mid way through the second half when the Sharkies got one back to trail by one.The mercurial Dave ‘Rager’ Raper, directing traffic better than Tom Croyden at peak hour in Mount Thomas, then produced a long ball from heaven to put the Sharkies back on level terms at 5-5.With time ticking away, and so many big name champions on the field, something had to give.Two minutes from time, it was appropriate that the biggest name of them all stepped up to the plate to produce the match winner.Scorps were hot on attack, when TFA Hall of Fame member and former Australian Men’s Open Captain Scott “Wommie” Notley instinctively snaffled an intercept off his own line and galloped 70 metres to clinch the title for the Sharks.Scorps had one last throw of the dice through Dave Roberts, but Dave Raper tidied up to send the Shark Tank into raptures with their back to back titles in the Men’s 35s division.Scorers:South Queensland Sharks – 6 – Notley (2), Daniels (1), Hope (1), Willett (1), Cashman (1)Scorpions -5- Martin (2), Leonard (1), Browne (1), Beale (1)Player of the Final : Ian Daniels (Sharks)Player of the Series: Shane Rigby (Sharks)The Women’s 30s Final was an absolute thriller with the Hunter Western Hornets getting home in a drop-off 6-5 over a gallant Rustlers team.Rustlers got out to an early 2-0 lead before Hunter Western Hornets pegged one back just before half time.The game ebbed and flowed and was up for grabs with Hunter Western Hornets getting back to 2-2 before the two sides traded two more touchdowns before regular time expired.Scores were locked at 4-4 at full time.Hornets had first use of the footy and scored through Kellie Johnson after a short side switch play.The Rustlers girls refused to go quietly into the afternoon and Tracey Upton crafted a touchdown for Wendy Evans to keep the drop off and Rustlers title hopes alive.In the ensuing set, Hunter Western Hornet’s Annette Zeman hit a gap through the middle to score her second touchdown for the game and wrap up the region’s first title in this division since 2003.Scorers:Hunter Western Hornets – 6 – Johnson (2), Hampton (2), Zeman (2)Rustlers – 5 – Kelly (2), Evans (2), Keating (1)Player of the Final : Kellie Johnson (Hornets)Player of the Series: Debbie Potts (Hornets)The Men’s 30s Final was a sensationational display of power touch from the Southern Suns who destroyed the Defence Force Warriors 12 -2 in an exceptional display of controlled rucking and expansive ball play.Australian Open Men’s star Matt Curran led the way, but was well supported by Chris ‘Tarlo’ Tarlinton who bagged a hat trick of touchdowns along with Charles Nye.World Cup representatives Dean Taylor and Ben Smith also stood up to play dominant roles for the Suns.The Suns boys had raced to a 5-0 lead by oranges and went right on with the job in the second stanza.The Suns boys dedicated their victory to Rod Wise, the Suns hard working and dedicated Tour Leader for many years who has announced his retirement from the role.Scorers:Southern Suns – 12 – Tarlinton (3), Nye (3), Curran (1), Carter (1), Giason (1), Smith (1), Monterosso (1), Oyston (1)Defence Force Warriors – 2 – Petrovic (1), Softley (1)Player of the Final: Dean Taylor (Southern Suns)Player of the Series: Matt Curran (Southern Suns)For the results and tables for all divisons go to the TFA SPORTINGPULSE WEBSITE
“We will put a team together. We will have a meeting and, of course, that team will have to be comprised of persons who are quite acquainted with the downtown issues during the season, and we will try our best to maintain order,” he said. The Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) will be meeting with the police and other stakeholders on Wednesday (December 13) to finalise plans for shopping in downtown Kingston over the festive season. This was disclosed by Mayor of Kingston, Senator, Councillor Delroy Williams, at the KSAMC’s meeting held at its Church Street offices in downtown Kingston on Tuesday (December 12). The Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) will be meeting with the police and other stakeholders on Wednesday (December 13) to finalise plans for shopping in downtown Kingston over the festive season.This was disclosed by Mayor of Kingston, Senator, Councillor Delroy Williams, at the KSAMC’s meeting held at its Church Street offices in downtown Kingston on Tuesday (December 12).“We will put a team together. We will have a meeting and, of course, that team will have to be comprised of persons who are quite acquainted with the downtown issues during the season, and we will try our best to maintain order,” he said.He said a number of proposals are on the table that may help in “offering to the people of Kingston and St. Andrew a level of satisfaction in terms of security and safety as they shop in the town centres”.“We will work those issues out; they are not new to us. Over the years, we have gathered the experience and we know what to do, and we will do it with the resources that we have,” Senator Williams said.Meanwhile, Town Clerk at the KSAMC, Robert Hill, said the Municipal Corporation will be making some allowances for vendors while working with members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) to maintain order.“The main thoroughfares are always an issue. We will be meeting with the JCF to finalise the plans into next week right through to New Year’s,” Mr. Hill said.On the issue of entertainment, Mr. Hill is inviting party promoters who will be staging events to apply for their amusement licences.“We are putting plans in place to express the applications once they (promoters) have everything that we need, so we can take that to the police to get their permit,” Mr. Hill said. Story Highlights
CALGARY – TransCanada Corp. says it has confirmed strong commercial support for its controversial Keystone XL pipeline.The company says it has concluded an open season for the pipeline project with roughly 500,000 barrels per day of firm, 20-year commitments.TransCanada says interest in the project remains strong and it will look to continue to secure additional long-term contracted volumes.In November, Nebraska regulators approved a route for the pipeline though the state, but not the company’s preferred choice, instead shifting the path away from sensitive ecological areas.TransCanada (TSX:TRP) says it’s working with landowners to obtain the necessary agreements for the approved route.It says construction preparation has started and will increase as the permitting process advances throughout this year, with primary construction expected to begin in 2019.
LONDON — Official figures show that consumer prices rose in November by their weakest rate in 21 months, a development that’s likely to cheer consumers as they get ready for some last-minute Christmas shopping.The Office for National Statistics said consumer prices were up 2.3 per cent in the year to November, down slightly from the previous month’s 2.4 per cent.Inflation remains above the Bank of England’s target rate of 2 per cent but the central bank is not expected to raise interest rates again until the uncertainty over Britain’s departure from the European Union has been cleared up.A fall in car fuel prices was the main reason behind the decline in the inflation rate.The Associated Press
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northern Environmental Action Team is hosting a series of sessions looking at Northern Farmer Connections.The Northern Farmer Connections session is an informal evening to learn about what NEAT is planning in order to learn about and support local producers throughout the Peace. It will also allow farmers to ask questions and network with other local producers.Bess Legault, Northern Co-hort Coordinator with NEAT, says there is a growing interest in agriculture within the Peace Region. “In the last couple of years, there’s been an interest in the potential for a horticultural/agricultural industry or industry support in the Peace Region.”Legault hopes these sessions will create a local food system collectively and collaboratively with local producers in order to bring food to the local purchaser.“So we’re going to learn from one another what’s working and what’s not working. Is there an opportunity for farmers to work together to be able to supply a grocery store instead of just a farmers’ market?”.There are no production guidelines as both large and small producers are welcome to attend the sessions.The first session is taking place in Fort St. John on November 15, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the NEAT Office.For more information and a list of sessions happening near you, you can visit https://neat.ca/event/
SANAA – A senior operative from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula movement conceded Sunday that movement fighters had committed mistakes during an early December attack on Yemeni Defense Ministry headquarters that left 52 civilians and military personnel dead and more than 167 others injured.“We did not aim to target civilians at the Defense Ministry complex hospital,” Qassem al-Rimi said. “We shoulder full responsibility for the problems that happened and we are ready to pay compensation for this,” he added in a video on the website of the movement.The December 5 violence erupted after roughly 70 militants stormed the Defense Ministry building and fought with army soldiers inside the ministry. Many of the fatalities involved doctors and medics working in the ministry’s hospital in the compound. Al-Rimi asserted his movement had not instructed its militants to target doctors in the ministry’s hospital.“This attack does not express the ideas of the movement,” al-Rimi said in the video.He said movement leaders had told the attackers to avoid attacking prayer houses and the hospital inside the ministry’s complex, but one of the attackers did not mind this piece of information.“Attacking hospitals had never been an al-Qaeda tactic,” al-Rimi said. “There are many Defense Ministry hospitals in the country, but we never attacked them, although none of them is well guarded,” he added.He said the attack had primarily targeted the Defense Ministry command, which according to him, had turned into an operations room for US drone attacks against Yemenis.
WESTERN CONFERENCE1. Los Angeles LakersThe defending world champions added Ron Artest into the starting lineup, and center Andrew Bynum will return soon from an Achilles injury. But the Lakers have been sluggish closing out the season, and Kobe Bryant has been banged up for most of the season. With many potentially dangerous roadblocks, it will be tough for Los Angeles to reach the NBA Finals for the third straight year. They still have the best chance to do so.2. Dallas MavericksDallas was one of the best teams in the NBA after acquiring guard Caron Butler and center Brendan Haywood from Washington. Even though the Mavs have Jason Kidd and Dirk Nowitzki as the cornerstones of their team, they ended up with the San Antonio Spurs in the first round, a team nobody wants to play in the playoffs. If they get out of the first round, Dallas has a shot at the NBA Finals.3. Phoenix SunsThis Phoenix team is very different from the one from five years ago, but it is still all about the high-tempo offense of Steve Nash and Amar’e Stoudemire, a superstar duo. But their flash has not yielded great playoff success, as the Suns have given up the most points of any playoff team. If Nash and Stoudemire stay hot, the Suns can make a lot of noise in the later rounds out West.4. Denver NuggetsCarmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups remain one of the best duos out West, and Denver’s forwards are excellent rebounders. But they have struggled as coach George Karl has undergone treatment for throat cancer, and the Nuggets’ road record is one of the worst among playoff teams. With Karl most likely out for the first round, Denver will need to dig deep against Utah. If they do, they can get a rematch with the Lakers.5. Utah JazzA team stacked with big men, the sky is the limit for the Jazz. With the leadership and playmaking abilities of point guard Deron Williams, the Jazz have big men and 3-point shooters. What they lack is a pure shooter who can hit the mid-range jump shot on a regular basis when Williams gets in trouble and cannot dish it off to one of his big men.6. Portland Trail BlazersA young team on the rise, the Blazers have nothing to lose and everything to gain from this experience. Unfortunately, they will be without All-star and leader Brandon Roy in the first series due to a torn meniscus in his right knee that needs surgery. An injury plagued season, first losing Greg Oden and now Roy, they hope to upset the Phoenix Suns in the first round.7. San Antonio SpursExperience, experience, experience. That’s what the Spurs have, but maybe too much experience. With the great Tim Duncan, age might hinder the Spurs’ run if he cannot carry the team on his back like he did in his wonder years. This is where they hope superstar sixth man Manu Ginobili can keep up his hot streak and lead the team to another title. With the off-season acquisition of Richard Jefferson and the solid point guard play of Tony Parker, the Spurs are still a team to reckon with in the playoffs.8. Oklahoma City ThunderThough it’s the Thunder’s first playoff appearance since moving to OKC, scoring champion Kevin Durant hopes to not make it a short tenure. Even though they are young and hungry, they lack size and 3-point shooters. To top it off, they are matched up with last year’s NBA Champion Lakers in the first round. But gaining experience and seeing how far they can make it will only better the young squad for future seasons to come.-Tim Bielik and Michael WillisEASTERN CONFERENCE1. Cleveland CavaliersLeBron James. Enough said. Aside from showcasing arguably the best player in the league, the Cavs are second in 3-point percentage and third in overall field goal percentage, making them one of the most potent offenses in all of basketball. While there don’t seem to be many soft spots in Cleveland’s game, center Shaquille O’Neal has not seen action since suffering a thumb injury in late February, which could cause a weakened post presence. Finishing four games better than the defending champion Lakers, it is hard to not have Cleveland as a favorite to win the east if not the whole thing.2. Orlando Magic The Magic have one of the best big men in the game in Dwight Howard, who proved to be too much for anyone else in the east to handle last postseason, including Cleveland, and could provide Orlando with a slight edge in the east once again. Orlando has been inconsistent at times this season. Both Vince Carter and Rashard Lewis have struggled at points, which could spell disaster in crunch time. If Carter and Lewis can find their shooter’s touch and Howard maintains his dominating presence in the post, the Magic could give the Cavs a run for their money come conference finals time.3. Atlanta HawksIn his first year in Atlanta, sharp shooter Jamal Crawford has been a huge boost off the bench for the Hawks, providing what could be just the spark they need to get over the hump in the east. Mustering just one playoff series victory in the last 10 years, the Hawks lack the postseason experience that the other top tier teams will benefit from. Atlanta has come a long way in the last 3 years, but they will have to come much further, much quicker if they want to get past Orlando and Cleveland.4. Boston CelticsThe nod for most experienced team in the east would have to go to the Celtics whose starting five that won the NBA title in ’08 remains intact. Boston struggled down the stretch, posting a 3-7 record over their last ten games, and age remains a factor with the ‘Big 3′ all approaching their mid 30’s. The Celtics shined in ’08 but, despite the starting line-up remaining the same, their lack of youth is a big challenge in challenging for the Eastern Conference title. 5. Miami HeatOn a hot streak, winning 12 of its last 13 games, and guard Dwayne Wade has the ability to take over a game. Not much talent behind Wade, especially in the front court. Miami was 0-3 against Boston in the regular season. Although the Heat has the best chance at an upset in the East going against the aging Celtics, Miami’s weak front court will not be able to handle Boston’s big men. 6. Milwaukee BucksMidseason acquisition John Salmons has averaged 19.9 points per game since joining the Bucks, and point guard Brandon Jennings is a contender for Rookie of the Year. Milwaukee lost its best player, forward Andrew Bogut, to injury near the end of the season. Can others step up?With Bogut, the Bucks could have made a deep run in the playoffs. Without him, they will be lucky to win two games against Atlanta. 7. Charlotte BobcatsBobcats are very good defensively, allowing the fewest points in the NBA at 93.8 per game. Guard Stephen Jackson can score from anywhere. Charlotte has also scored the fewest points of any team at 95.3 per game. The Bobcats have no answer for Orlando’s Dwight Howard in the post, especially if Tyson Chandler’s recent injuries linger. Charlotte’s defense will keep them in games, but the team lacks the inside presence to win more than a few games against the Magic. 8. Chicago BullsDerrick Rose is an explosive point guard and averaged 17 points and 9.3 assists against Cleveland this season. The Bulls allowed more points than they scored this season. They simply don’t have the talent to give the Cavs much of a problem. Although the Bulls split the season series against Cleveland, the most recent victory came with LeBron James on the sideline. James will not be resting during the playoffs. -Travis Kozek and Matt Skrajner
Vinicius Junior’s agent, Frederico Peña, is convinced that the Brazilian youngster will win the hearts of everybody sooner than expected.The main talk of the week despite all detractors has been Vinicius Junior without question, the new Real Madrid talent who has brought back hope to all the Madridistas that were heartbroken after Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure.Every single week that the fans looked at what the Portuguese player was doing in Italy, most of them wept because of how much they missed Ronaldo.They really needed a “pick me up” in the form of a new talent who could get them back on track, they believed that Neymar or Mbappé were the only answer for this void that Cristiano left.But they never imagined that Florentino Perez had an 18-year old ace up his sleeve in the form of Vinicius Junior, the Flamengo prodigy who is already making an impact in the club and has everybody in Madrid longing for a new star to be born.The lad’s development was delayed due to Julen Lopetegui’s ineptitude and inability to recognize talent in front of his very eyes, it was clear that Vinicius had something different the club needs right now and he could’ve saved the Spaniard’s career but his ego was bigger than that.HASTA FINAL, VAMOS REAL!! 💪🏾⚽️⭐️ pic.twitter.com/ex6OLWymmb— Vinicius Jr (@vini11Oficial) November 3, 2018Now that Santiago Solari has given him the chance to shine, the lad has seized the opportunity and sparked a worldwide debate about his role in Real Madrid despite his age.While there are still a lot of incredulous people who keep mocking the kid, the reality is that he has managed to change the landscape for Real Madrid overnight, Santiago Solari is even deciding right now if the lad is good enough to start the game against Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League.But looking at the people who are closest to him, his manager Frederico Peña is one of the people who are convinced of the player’s talents and he predicted that everybody will see Vinicius for what he truly is very soon: one of the best players in the world.Por ser quem sou e por tudo que superei na vida, eu te agradeço Deus 🙌🏿⚽️🤩 pic.twitter.com/5LOhi32YPS— Vinicius Jr (@vini11Oficial) November 4, 2018Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“Vinicius has enamored the fans because he is a natural born winner. He truly hates losing and the fans love that about him,” said Peña to Diario AS.“Watching him play really is a gift, but I still amaze with thinking that he still has so many years ahead of him to improve even further. He is growing little by little as a player.”“We are hoping that he becomes part of the starting eleven very soon, but Vinicius is the first one who knows how difficult this is because the squad has great quality. Isco, Asensio, and Bale are all established players inside the team.”Although it’s also true that in football, everything can change in a matter of seconds. I obviously don’t think he is the team’s leader right now, he still needs to adapt to this new country, the language, and the culture.”It’s very important for Vinicius to go step by step, he is far too young to be the leader of the squad right now. However, nobody will stop ‘Vini’ once they give him enough confidence.”“He is aware that he will have to endure a lot of pressure if he wants to be a big player for Real Madrid, he also knows that he will have to give that extra effort. Right now, he already is delivering excellent performances.”“He isn’t scared of anything and he has a strong mind to go through any type of situation, everything is happening so fast for him.”“Every single player feels pressure, Vinicius feels it as well because he is human. But he does have an advantage with it because he already lived pressure back in Brazil,” he concluded.#UCL 🤩🔝 pic.twitter.com/wjCucdNdAa— Vinicius Jr (@vini11Oficial) November 6, 2018How long do you think it will take Vinicius to become a part of Real Madrid’s starting eleven? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.