Woman Found Dead Under Suspicious Circumstances at Park in Pasadena Identified as Glendale Resident, Union Station Program Manager

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Henry makes Ligue 1 return with freefalling Monaco

first_img0Shares0000Thierry Henry returns to Ligue 1 for the first time this weekend © AFP / Valery HACHEPARIS, France, Oct 18 – Thierry Henry returns to Ligue 1 for the first time in 19 years this weekend, tasked with dragging a crisis-hit Monaco away from the relegation zone after a miserable start to the season.The Arsenal great came through the youth system at the principality club in the 1990s, and is now mirroring the start of his playing career with his first job as a head coach, after a two-year spell as assistant to Roberto Martinez with the Belgian national side. The 41-year-old has a difficult job ahead of him, with Monaco occupying the relegation play-off spot and only above the bottom two on goal difference, and he knows that his immediate job is just to arrest the slide.“How do you define success? It’s difficult. At a big European club success is winning the Champions League,” said Henry ahead of his first game in charge at Strasbourg on Saturday.“At other clubs, it’s winning the league or helping players get better.“Long term, it’s really far away when I know the situation we’re in here and what we need to do.”Leonardo Jardim was sacked as Monaco boss last week after a hugely successful spell in charge which saw the club win the French title in 2017 and finish as runners-up to Paris Saint-Germain last season, but the constant changes of playing personnel eventually got the better of him.Monaco have gone 10 matches without a win since beating Nantes on the opening weekend of the Ligue 1 season, including home defeats by Angers and Rennes in recent weeks.Their fans will be desperately hoping that Henry, who scored over 400 goals in a glittering playing career, can coax the best out of under-performing youngsters like Youri Tielemans and Aleksandr Golovin.“For me, a coach is supposed to make people better first and foremost,” 1998 World Cup winner Henry said.“Improving players for me is already a success, but then you have different types of success.”– PSG eye perfect 10 –Mbappe scored four goals in 13 minutes in PSG’s last outing against Lyon © AFP/File / Anne-Christine POUJOULATPSG host Amiens on Saturday eyeing a record-extending 10th straight win to start the season after Kylian Mbappe’s four-goal heroics inspired a 5-0 thrashing of Lyon before the international break.The teenager ran riot at the Parc des Princes that day, saying that he “should have scored more”, and Amiens will be hoping Mbappe, Neymar and Edinson Cavani are distracted by Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Napoli.The French striker has already scored 10 goals in just seven matches for PSG this term, and even featured on the front cover of Time magazine earlier this month.The capital-city giants broke the 82-year-old record held by Olympique Lillois for most consecutive victories at the start of a French top-flight campaign, and coach Thomas Tuchel gave the players who were not on international duty the week off as reward.With the title already all but in the bag, it could be tempting for PSG to take their foot off the pedal and focus on European matters, but the runaway leaders have shown no signs of that so far, netting 32 times.With Lyon and Monaco both out of sorts, Lille have taken the early advantage in the race to qualify for the Champions League — Christophe Galtier’s men sit second, eight points adrift of PSG and three clear of Marseille.Player to watch: Florian ThauvinThauvin was replaced by Thomas Lemar after less than an hour of the friendly draw against Iceland © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFEThe 25-year-old winger has been in red-hot form since the start of last season, and his Marseille side make the short trip to take on Patrick Vieira’s Nice on Sunday. Thauvin, who has scored 44 league goals since returning to France in 2016 after an ill-fated spell at Newcastle, will be looking to make a point after an underwhelming display in France’s friendly draw with Iceland.Ligue 1 fixturesFridayLyon v Nimes (9:45pm)SaturdayParis Saint-Germain v Amiens (6pm), Caen v Guingamp, Dijon v Lille, Nantes v Toulouse, Reims v Angers, Strasbourg v Monaco (9pm)SundayMontpellier v Bordeaux (4pm), Saint-Etienne v Rennes (6pm0), Nice v Marseille (10pm)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

United boss Ferguson to make offers to Chelsea duo – report

first_imgSir Alex Ferguson will offer both Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole the chance to sign for Manchester United when their Chelsea contracts expire at the end of the season, the Daily Star say.The paper believes Ferguson even considered trying to sign the pair during this month’s transfer window but Chelsea are unwilling to do business with other Premier League clubs.The Daily Mirror suggest Newcastle striker Demba Ba could still join Chelsea, with talks set to resume this week.The Sun say Chelsea could complete a deal to sign Spain forward Alvaro Negredo from Seville in the next few days.Meanwhile, Leeds United boss Neil Warnock is planning another move for Clint Hill and Shaun Derry, according to The Sun.Warnock, who signed both players for QPR, has been keen to capture them for some time and is apparently looking to do so during the transfer window.The Daily Star say Reading are looking to beat Rangers to the signing of Joe Cole from Liverpool.It is claimed QPR are set to offer Cole £30,000 a week and an 18-month contract, while Reading are prepared to go as high as £25,000 a week and a two-and-a-half-year deal.This page is regularly updated.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Humboldt B52s unload on 45s, score most runs of season in 15-1 win

first_imgIt’s a wonder the B52s didn’t break the majority of their bats Saturday night. Cody Banks produced nearly a full game’s worth of offense himself, garnering four hits and five RBIs while former McKinleyville High ball player Jacob Smith had three hits including a home run as the Humboldt B52s unloaded on the visiting Redding Colt 45s in a 15-1 blowout win at Bomber Field.In the bottom of the fourth inning with the game tied at 1-1 Smith singled to load up the bases with one out and help set up …last_img read more

Scientism Fails Another Defense

first_imgA physicist’s latest attempt to justify scientism reveals a deplorable ignorance of history, logic and philosophy of science.Tom Solomon, astronomer and physicist at Bucknell University, makes a valiant attempt to defend scientism (the view that ‘science’ is exceptional and superior to any other search for knowledge). In his article on The Conversation, “Scientific theories aren’t mere conjecture – to survive they must work,” he begins by expressing his frustration at public distrust of Big Science.The theory of evolution also shows a mismatch: Whereas there is virtually universal agreement among scientists about the validity of the theory, only 33 percent of the public accepts it in full. For both climate change and evolution, skeptics sometimes sow doubt by saying that it is just a “theory.”Solomon undoubtedly has the wisdom to distrust a consensus, in order to avoid the bandwagon and authority fallacies. But his defense is largely pragmatic:The issue is not whether a scientific theory is settled, but rather whether it works. Any successful scientific theory must be predictive and falsifiable; that is, it must successfully predict outcomes of controlled experiments or observations, and it must survive tests that could disprove the theory.The “prediction” test, unfortunately, is known to philosophers of science as the fallacy of “affirming the consequent.” The “falsifiability test,” further, requires more nuance after the collapse of logical positivism to survive Quine’s and Kuhn’s insights into the nature of actual scientific practice: i.e., anomalies rarely falsify popular theories. Currently, for instance, dark matter has failed every test thrown at it for the last few decades.  What is the reaction of the scientific community? Keep building more sensitive detectors (e.g., Phys.org) and keep thinking of more bizarre particles that “might” exist. They might find it some day, but they are not quick to accept falsification. An even worse example is wide acceptance of “multiverse theory” to avoid the implications of cosmic fine-tuning (see Guth Goof in the Darwin Dictionary).Similarly, evolution has proven resistant to both falsification and prediction, resting as it does on Darwin’s House of Cards – the title of journalist Tom Bethell’s recent book. Speaking of falsification, Karl Popper told Bethell personally that he had not changed his opinion that Darwinism was an unfalsifiable research program, and therefore did not qualify as a scientific theory. Tom Solomon seems unaware of this important historical judgment by the father of the falsification criterion.Wide acceptance comes from repeated, different experiments by different research groups. There is no threshold or tipping point at which a theory becomes “settled.” And there is never 100 percent certainty. However, near-unanimous acceptance by the scientific community simply doesn’t occur unless the evidence is overwhelming.Solomon leaves out important social considerations about scientific consensus. His description sounds nice in theory, but in actual practice, the herd instinct is strong in Big Science, just as it is in any other common-interest association. There are conflicts of interest, influences of strong personalities, and fears of bucking the consensus. Highly-charged matters like climate and evolution are especially prone to social pressure (see the film Expelled). There are notable cases in the history of science when the consensus was wrong, even intolerant of considering alternate views (see National Geographic‘s recounting of the case of J Harlan Bretz).Even for cases when the consensus is correct, Solomon’s argument rests primarily on authority and bandwagon. He does not consider cases where the lone maverick was right against the consensus. One weeps for Semmelweis’s vain attempts to get doctors to wash their hands, or Pasteur’s lonely battles to get the consensus to disbelieve in spontaneous generation. We’ve covered many such cases over the years, and we feel that Darwinian evolution is perhaps the greatest example of an unfalsifiable, unpredictable, fact-challenged web of belief that the consensus holds to with rigor and intolerance – not because of the evidence, but despite it, because they embraced (or have only learned) the naturalistic worldview. It would be hard to think of any other theory that has seen more rescue devices employed to save it from falsification.Solomon continues. He compares Darwinism to Einstein’s relativity (the Association Fallacy):Like relativity, the Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection has been tested extensively. The body of experimental data that supports evolution is overwhelming. Of course, the fossil record supporting evolution is impressive and complete. But evolution has also been tested in real time with populations of organisms that can mutate and evolve over measurable time scales.Evolution has been subjected to many falsifiable tests and has emerged unscathed in every one. Yes, evolution is a “theory” – it is a theory that works and works very well, an overwhelmingly successful and correct theory.Well, he clearly has not been following Creation-Evolution Headlines, where we show otherwise on a daily or weekly basis – from the consensus’s own journals and experts. For a shortcut example, skip down to Stephen Talbot’s comments in our 10/03/15 entry. Solomon reveals a deplorable ignorance of the history of evolutionary thought. He conflates tests of microevolution (not in the least problematic for the most ardent young earth creationists) with molecules-to-man macroevolution. He ignores problems with the origin of life. He thinks Lenski’s bacteria support Darwin, when after decades and thousands of generations, they are still the same species of bacteria. And for him to say that the fossil record supports evolution, failing to point out the Cambrian Explosion (a falsification if there ever was one), is tantamount to a big lie.These issues are important from more than just a purely scientific perspective. An understanding of evolution is critical for developing any valid strategy for combating the spread of diseases, especially since microbes responsible for diseases can mutate so rapidly. And an understanding and acceptance of climate change theory is critical if we are to take the necessary steps to avoid potential catastrophe from a continuation of the global warming trend.Here Solomon gets into the fear-mongering strategy, mixing it with red herrings about disease and global catastrophe. He seems unaware that many of the greatest disease-fighters in the history of medicine – William Harvey, James Simpson, Louis Pasteur, Joseph Lister, Howard Atwood Kelly and Walter Reed – were creationists. Medical science was in fact advancing quite well before Darwin, and it survived in spite of Social Darwinism’s atrocities (forced sterilization “to purify the race” and worse) as documented in Jerry Bergman’s book, How Darwinism Corrodes Morality.Scientific theories aren’t mere conjecture. They are subject to exhaustive, falsifiable tests. Some theories fail these tests and are jettisoned. But many theories are successful in the face of these tests. It is these theories – the ones that work – that achieve consensus in the scientific community.It’s hard to say this charitably, but such statements convey a middle-school comprehension of history and philosophy of science. It’s important to remember that “science” used to be called “natural philosophy,” and there was no such thing as a “scientist” until William Whewell coined the word in 1833 (against the objections of some).  Scientism attempts to reify “science” as some kind of homogeneous entity out there. But are political science, psychology and chemistry on the same level? Do they all deserve the coveted label of science? C. S. Lewis said this:Strictly speaking, there is, I confess, no such thing as ‘modern science’.  There are only particular sciences, all in a stage of rapid change, and sometimes inconsistent with one another.Scientism also falsely portrays “science” as something external to the human mind, as if a machine could turn a crank on a ‘scientific method’ machine and get objective, reliable output. In truth, all scientific theories, tests, and conclusions are theory-laden and value-laden. What people should really aim at is following evidence wherever it leads, whether that is in biology, history, comparing brands while shopping, or any other human activity. On another occasion, C. S. Lewis said,If popular thought feels ‘science’ to be different from all other kinds of knowledge because science is experimentally verifiable, popular thought is mistaken.  Experimental verification is not a new kind of assurance coming in to supply the deficiencies of mere logic.  We should therefore abandon the distinction between scientific and non-scientific thought. The proper distinction is between logical and non-logical thought.Solomon could have helped his case by pointing to some highly-repeatable types of science like chemical reactions or electromagnetic forces. Even these, it must be noted, are still theory-laden and subject to paradigm shifts. But by using anthropogenic climate change and macroevolution as his prime examples – neither of which are repeatable (there’s only one earth, and only one history of life) – and each of which are highly controversial along political divides – he may only get “Amen!” from those who already agree with his middle-school-level philosophy of science.Tom Solomon’s rhetoric illustrates the kind of bombast that intimidates laypeople, churches and schools into bowing the knee to the Darwinian consensus. Big Science and Big Media conspire to ensure that only this loudmouth message gets heard, because they know that, historically, whenever a public debate allows the other side a hearing, Darwin loses. This problem was so embarrassing in the era of the Morris & Gish debates that Eugenie Scott warned colleagues not to debate them. Solomon’s article on “The Conversation” would have been much more interesting if it truly were a two-way conversation. It turned out to be an emotional sermon on why the dumb public should trust Big Science. One can hear the echoes of the late novelist Michael Crichton shouting in the halls of Caltech,I want to pause here and talk about this notion of consensus, and the rise of what has been called consensus science. I regard consensus science as an extremely pernicious development that ought to be stopped cold in its tracks. Historically, the claim of consensus has been the first refuge of scoundrels; it is a way to avoid debate by claiming that the matter is already settled.Whenever you hear the consensus of scientists agrees on something or other, reach for your wallet, because you’re being had. Let’s be clear: the work of science has nothing whatever to do with consensus. Consensus is the business of politics. Science, on the contrary, requires only one investigator who happens to be right, which means that he or she has results that are verifiable by reference to the real world. In science consensus is irrelevant. What is relevant is reproducible results. The greatest scientists in history are great precisely because they broke with the consensus.There is no such thing as consensus science. If it’s consensus, it isn’t science. If it’s science, it isn’t consensus. Period.That pulls the rug out from most of Tom Solomon’s defense of scientism.Are you learning through these CEH exercises how to respond to bombastic blowhards? Step 1: Don’t be intimidated by hot air. Step 2: Read and learn all you can about the history and philosophy of science. Step 3: Master the Baloney Detector. Then, after clearly defining your terms and the issue, learn how to formulate questions that bring the blowhard’s hot air balloon down to earth where you can see eye to eye. Then, have a nice conversation.The rest of you need to help open the castle walls and let the Visigoths in (5/09/06 and 3/26/07 commentaries) so this can happen.(Visited 158 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Sheep inventory dips

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service Sheep Inventory Report, the sheep and lamb inventory in the United States on Jan. 1 totaled 5.20 million head, down 2% from 2016 when it totaled 5.32 million.“Following two consecutive years of increasing sheep numbers, the national flock decreased in 2016,” said Peter Orwick, American Sheep Industry Association Executive Director. “But this was the report we feared would show catastrophic loss of animals had the U.S. Department of Labor implemented its original proposal to change the H-2A sheepherder program. We gained significant change to that proposal impacting at least one third of the entire sheep production; however, it still included a sharp rise in labor costs for some sheep operations. The ones that couldn’t make the budget work with a 30% jump in the first year sold down.”Individual states logging an increase in inventory in 2016 included Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia and Wyoming.The 2016 lamb crop of 3.25 million head was down 1% from 3.44 million in 2015. The lambing rate was 105 lambs per 100 ewes one-year old and older, a change from 111 lambs in 2015.Shorn wool production in 2016 was 25.7 million pounds, down 5% from 27.1 million pounds in 2015. Sheep and lambs shorn totaled 3.56 million head, down from 3.68 million head in 2015. The average price paid for wool sold in 2016 was $1.45 per pound, the same as in 2015.The full report is available at http://usda.mannlib.cornell.edu/usda/current/SheeGoat/SheeGoat-01-31-2017.pdf.last_img read more

Announcing the January Featured Geocacher of the Month

first_img SharePrint RelatedJanuary Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentsJanuary 9, 2013In “Community”February Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentsFebruary 13, 2013In “Community”Announcing the December Geocacher of the MonthFebruary 4, 2014In “Community” Congratulations to the Featured Geocacher of the Month, The WeaselThe decibel level from the global geocaching community rose to new heights during voting in January. Hundreds of geocachers commented to support of outstanding nominees from the United States and the United Kingdom. More than 800 comments were tallied for all the nominees.Each geocacher nominated offers the global geocaching community a unique example of a caring geocacher. All are truly winners, as we learned about these three gracious and giving geocachers. Thank you to all those who supported them. The nominees not chosen as featured Geocacher of the Month will receive a gift of appreciation from Geocaching.After tallying the comments and careful consideration, 2013 begins with The Weasel being named January’s Featured Geocacher of the Month!The Weasel is recognized for organizing Cache In Trash Out (CITO) events, helping guide local geocaching as a board member of the Iowa Geocacher Organization, and spreading the word about proper geocaching etiquette through conducting and assisting in over 50 geocaching 101, 201 and 301 classes and workshops throughout the State of Iowa and abroad.A geocacher who voted for The Weasel writes, “I heard my parents speak over and over again about caches put out by The Weasel, so I had to see for myself what was so good about them. On a few visits to see my parents we headed out to get a little caching in. Inevitably nearly every cache that I liked turned out to be placed by The Weasel. His caches are fun, unique, well placed, and well maintained. You can’t help but get excited about geocaching when you are working on one of his caches! And to know how much he cares about his community, the environment, and the awareness and promotion of geocaching through friendships and education”Featured Geocacher of the Month IconThe Weasel will receive a collector’s edition featured Geocacher of the Month Geocoin, along with a Geocacher of the Month hat and certificate acknowledging his contributions, signed by two of the founders of Geocaching.com. See a list of all the featured Geocachers of the Month here.If you know an outstanding geocacher who should be considered for the honor, send an email to [email protected] Every nomination must meet the following requirements:Your name, the name of your nominee, their usernameA picture of the nomineeDescription (200 or more words) explaining why he or she deserves to be the Geocacher of the MonthPlease inform your nominee that you’ve submitted them for the award.Nominations for the February Featured Geocacher of the Month must be received by the end of the day on Friday, February 8, 2013.Once we have received all of the nominations, we will choose three candidates and post them on the Geocaching blog. You will then get a chance to champion your favorite. Our goal is to involve the entire geocaching community in this process so we might learn from each other.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

5 Must-Know Tips for Working on Set

first_imgFilm Riot shares 5 tips for working as a grip that will land you more work on set.All images via Film Riot.Whether you’re just starting out or looking to move up in the film industry, helping out a friend or a local production is an excellent way to broaden your experience. Film Riot’s latest tutorial can help you land more gigs with tips for almost any job on set. Courtesy FlagAs Connolly puts it, one of the foremost duties of a grip is to make sure the DP, AC, or director is comfortable and that they can see the shot, monitor, and setup clearly. A courtesy flag is a great way to do this. The most common flag you’ll run into is a 4X solid or a “floppy.” If you’re dealing with wind, always clamp the flag so it doesn’t smack your DP. (You can also use the clamps to connect two flags for your video village setup.) Remember, your job is to make the lives of your DP and AC much easier.Operator SupportOffering support for your camera operator is one of the most important duties you’ll have on a shoot. After you’ve brought the apple box for your operator, making sure they are comfortable is the next step. Whether you use a stadium seat, a happy butt, or a yoga mat, make the camera op’s knees and back a top priority.Silence your DiffusionOne of the biggest issues if the DP decides to use opal diffusion is the sound caused by rough wind. Two avoid this, grab two styrofoam cups from crafty and tape them facedown on the diffusion. This will silence the disruption and make the audio recorder’s life much easier.Know Your FernyA sound blanket, furniture pad, or ferny can serve many purposes on set — it’s up to you how to use it. As the tutorial demonstrates, you can roll it up to help support your camera operator, lay it down to silence loud shoes, or block out unwanted light — among other things. Knowing all the different ways you can use a ferny will speed up production.Picking the Right ClampIf you’re working grips and electric, C-47s (simply a wooden clothespin) are common, but they break pretty easily. However, having a few zero clamps on hand will always improve your lighting setups and cable management. Virtually the same size as a C-47, the zero is the smaller version of a number 2 clamp. If you are in a rush and can’t find a zero clamp in time, little binder clips will get the job done as well, and they are more durable than C-47s.The duties of a grip change with each production. However, the goal will remain the same, no matter the size of the operation.Do you have tips for working on set? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

How You Lose Your Cultural Values

first_imgA person with poor values and morals can damage your culture and cause people to believe something about your company that isn’t true. Someone who is willing to do things that are illegal or immoral can give others the perception that these things are condoned—even when they are not.If you allow someone to act outside of what you profess to be your beliefs and values, you are in a sense condoning their value systems through an unwillingness to confront their poor behavior or prevent it once it has come to light. The longer a person (or persons) are allowed to continue to do things that conflict with your cultural values, the more they diminish your values—and your moral authority.If someone on your team is willing to lie or mislead a client, for that client, the person who lied is a representation of your organizations cultural values. Even if this is not true. And even if this is not fair. If there are no consequences for their behavior, acceptance is the same as condoning the behavior.If someone on your team is willing to accept money that doesn’t belong to them, then your clients—and your employees—will see evidence that the cultural values of your company are ones that allow for theft. If the person who has violated your values is left in their position without repercussions, their behavior has been accepted.Leaders who mistreat their employees, using force instead of inspiration and influence, leaning on a dominator hierarchy instead of a growth hierarchy (the first being positional authority, the latter being an other-oriented, moral authority), that behavior is indicative of the leadership team—even if it is nothing close to universally true.The worst behavior, when condoned or accepted, is how you lose your company’s cultural values. Unless you do something. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more


first_imgTouch Football Australia brings you the latest edition of “A Set of Six” with this week’s rapid-fire news ‘plays’ from around the Country. TFA’s National Media Coordinator Karley Banks brings you up to date every week with a selection of six ‘plays’ on the latest news, views, and events nationally.Welcome to Touch Football Australia’s “A Set of Six” – Volume Thirty-One.VICTORIA (VIC)Play # 1 VT Touch League Finals this weekendThe Inaugural season of the VT Touch League culminated with a thrilling day of Finals action on Saturday 1 December 2007 at the Port Melbourne Soccer Club.Victoria’s Elite players turned on the magic in front of 300 spectators including the Victorian Minister for Sport Mr. James Merlino MP, the Chairman of Touch Football Australia (TFA) Mr. Peter Rooney, and TFA Chief Executive Officer Mr. Colm Maguire who settled in for an afternoon of quality Touch Football in perfect summer conditions.A close round of semi-final matches in the afternoon in the Men’s and Women’s Open divisions was a fitting entrée for fans of the VT League, before two nail biting Grand Finals were served up to spoil the crowd with an absolute smorgasbord of fast and furious Grand final action in the evening.  Melbourne City Lions won the Women’s Open championship over the Bayside Vipers after an epic 3 on 3 drop off was required to split the combatants after scores were locked at 4-4 at full time. Highly credentialed Victorian stalwart Karen Jones was the hero for the Lions snaring the winning touchdown to secure the Inaugural title for her franchise.In the Men’s Open Grand Final, warm favourites and Minor premiers Casey Cougars went on with the job in the decider, but did not have it all their own way, needing to dig deep to overcome a gutsy Bayside combination to claim the crown.  The Cougars had to pull out all stops against the structured Vipers and relied on a pinpoint long ball from their ringmaster Jason “JK” Kaiwai to break a 3-3 deadlock in the closing minutes of the game.Between the Semi finals and Grand Finals, a Touch Football Victoria Community Development game was held, which showcased members of Victoria’s U15 development squad.  This game gave the audience a taste of some of the potential future talent who could grace the VT League. Also in the interval the Minister for Sport, Mr. James Merlino made presentations to the Casey Cougars for the Licence Championships and to the University Blues Women’s team for the first ever “Fair Play” team AwardThanks to all TFA-Victoria office staff, Referees, Volunteers, the Port Melbourne Sharks Soccer club and all other VT League venues for their support of the Inaugural event.A full wrap of Finals day can be accessed by visiting the TFA – Victoria website.Results and Award Winners of the 2007 VT League:Semi FinalsMen: Casey 10 d Melbourne City 7; Bayside 4 d University 3Women: Melbourne City 4 d Casey 3 (AET); Bayside 7 University 3Grand FinalsMen: Casey 4 d Bayside 3Women: Melbourne City 5 d Bayside 4Other awards include:Fair Play Award – University Blues Women’sMost Influential Player Women – Anne Bright (University Blues)Most Influential Player Men – Elias El Charr (Melbourne City Lions)Best and Fairest Women – Leah Percy (Melbourne City Lions)Best and Fairest Men – Terry Beazley (Casey Cougars)Other Events: The Box Hill touch competition has begun, with 10 teams pulling on the boots every Tuesday night at Sparkes Reserve on the corner of Middleborough and Canterbury Rd, Box Hill. In the Mixed competition a team of local teachers are playing against some of their students, making for some interesting classroom exchanges…The Victorian Touch website: www.victouch.com.auSOUTH AUSTRALIA (SA)Play # 2South Australia’s State League off to a Great StartThe first round of the 2007 Touch Football SA State League began on Sunday 2 Dec 2007 at the Greenhill Rd Playing Fields.The 10th year of the State League commenced with the four franchise teams Wolves (Yellow), Stingrays (Red), Vipers (Navy) and Scorpions (Orange) looking the goods in their new Kooga uniforms. In Round One action in the Women’s Open Scorpions got off to a cracking start to the season with a 12-0 shut out of Wolves, and Stingrays got home in a thriller 6-5 over Vipers.In the Men’s Open Scorpions and Wolves played out a thrilling 7-7 draw, whilst Stingrays had a comfortable 7-3 win over Vipers.Full Results Round 1 – Touch Football SA State League:WomenScorpions 12 d Wolves 0Stingrays 6 d Vipers 5MenScorpions 7 drew Wolves 7Stingrays 7 d Vipers 3 MixedMixedScorpions 5 ft Wolves 0Stingrays 3 d Vipers 6Other events: Damien Carlson, Sean Judge and Chris Denison-Smith conducted a level One Referees Course on Sunday 2 December 2007.Amongst the participants were 4 junior state representative players.The Touch Football South Australia website: www.touchsa.com.auPlay: # 3NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT)Exciting clashes complete Darwin Touch Competition Final RoundThe final round of the Darwin Touch competition produced some exciting games with Crocs ruining Dream Teams perfect season with a tit for tat 3 all draw in the Men’s Open division.Bundy Bears preparation for the finals couldn’t have been better with a 17-2 win over Honkers.In the Women’s Open competition, Palmerston Bulls defeated Divas 10-1 to sail into the finals as red-hot premiership favourites.Scorpions fought out a 5-3 win over Crocs who only fielded six players, but were more than a match for the second placed Scorpions.All About Us had the bye.Other news: Darwin Semi-final action this week features Palmerston Bulls and Scorpions in the First semi-final in the Women’s Open division. In the second semi-final final Crocs take on All About Us. In the Men’s finals Dream team confront Crocs in the First semi-final, with the winner advancing to the Grand Final. Palmerston Bulls and Bundy Bears play the Minor semi-final.The Northern Territory website: www.touchnt.com.auWESTERN AUSTRALIA (WA)Play # 4WA Super League Round Six Wrap The Western Australia Super League Series returned to Rosalie for Round 6. Affiliates wished to do well not only for their Super League Series aspirations, but to familiarize themselves on the ground that will host the 2008 WA State Championships.Northern Women’s continued their recent good form with a win over Tompkins Park.It was a high scoring contest with a 10-9 result to Northern in the end. The teams’ first clash was a draw Northern will be aiming to avoid Tomkins Park who are looming as dark horses come semi-final time.Southern Men’s had a strong 11-1 victory over hosts Rosalie. Their superior for and against pushes them in front of Brothers into first position. The return Brothers v Southern clash in Round 8 is eagerly anticipated between the two top guns of the competition. Southern are now top of the tree in both Men’s and Women’s Open divisions.In other results:Women’sSouthern 11 defeated Rosalie 2Perth Brothers 7 defeated Fremantle 3Men’s Perth Brothers 9 defeated FremantleOther Events: TouchWest has purchased some new domain names to aid in members getting to our event and services websites. So rather than going through links from the TouchWest website, you can go straight to the WA AusTouch site from www.waaustouch.com.au Other quick links include:Be Active State Touch Championships – www.statechamps.com.auBe Active Junior State Championships – www.juniorstatechamps.com.auBe Active TouchWest Junior League – www.touchjuniorleague.com.auTouchWest School Tournaments – www.schoolstouch.com.auBe Active TouchWest Super League Series – www.superleagueseries.com.auBeach Touch – www.beachtouch.com.auWA Referees – www.watouchrefs.com.auWA Touch @ Lunch – www.touchatlunch.com.auThe Western Australian Touch Association website: www.touchwest.comQUEENSLAND (QLD)PLAY # 5Queensland Squads get Origin campaign off to a cracking startQueensland’s 13 State of Origin squads got their 2008 Origin campaigns off to a flying start with the first compulsory training camp conducted at the Caboolture Touch Association on the weekend in sweltering conditions.The 13 teams were put through their paces in a hectic weekend of fitness assessments, skill development, and game play under the watchful gaze of the respective coaching staff of each division.Queensland Touch State Branch Manager Jon Pratt, Queensland State Council members, the Queensland Touch Coach Management Team, and various mentors and technical personnel were on hand to assist the squads complete the first of three compulsory camps that are aimed towards maximizing preparation time and quality training experiences.Queensland Touch would like to congratulate host affiliate Caboolture and their tireless volunteer army for their outstanding efforts in providing excellent facilities and assistance in ensuring all needs of teams and players were met during a busy few days.The next compulsory camp for Senior Divisions and 20s teams will be 2 and 3 February 2008 at Caboolture.A Women’s Open Squad Camp will also be conducted on 2 and 3 February 2008 in Brisbane.The next compulsory camp for Open Teams will be 5 and 6 April 2008 after Queensland Men’s and Women’s Open teams are finalized following the 2008 National Touch League in Coffs Harbour on 12-15 March 2008.Other News: The Brisbane City Touch Association conducted the Inaugural Brisbane Junior Touch Championships on Sunday 2 December 2008.14 teams contested the Boys and Girls 14 and 16 Years age divisions at the Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association Venue at the Kedron AFL club, Kedron.The one day tournament was designed as a fun day for club  / school teams that wanted to participate in a friendly series between South side and North side junior teams. Cobras Junior Representative training squads will be compiled from players who competed at the Brisbane Junior Championships.It has been the first Junior tournament that Brisbane City have conducted in some time and the success of this first event has prompted the Brisbane City Touch Association to plan another Junior Championships for April 2008.BCTA Junior Championships Results: 14 Boys: 1st – Redbacks, 2nd– Bring It, 3rd – SRU Magpies16 Boys 1st – Nudgee College, 2nd – Untouchables, 3rd – Steelers, 4th MacGregor SHS, 5th – Redcliffe Boys14 Girls 1st – Ravens, 2nd – Southern Storm Bratz16 Girls 1st – Tigers Roar, 2nd – Crushers, 3rd – Tigers Girls, 4th – Redcliffe The Queensland Touch website: www.qldtouch.com.au Play # 6AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY (ACT)Big Numbers for Level One Referees CourseThe Australian Capital Territory web-site in conjunction with the ACT Touch Referees Association has recruited 35 Level One referee course candidates for a Level 1 course on 4 and 5 December 2007. There are a large proportion of youth candidates for the course who will be welcome additions to the ACT junior competitions, which have experienced significant growth in the past twelve months and are in need of a few more whistleblowers.“The accreditation of an additional 35 officials is a great step towards the continued servicing of our ever expanding competition schedules,” ACT State Manager Matt Mc Kerrow said yesterday. Other events: ACTTA will be hosting a Referees and Volunteers Xmas BBQ on 14 December 2007 with food and refreshments provided as a big thank you to the many people who selflessly give of their time to ensure that our Association runs smoothly. A Very social game of touch is also planned. To mark the end of the Super League season, approximately 70 players, referees and volunteers attended the Super Legue Presentation evening held at Mckellar Soccer Club on 1 December 2007. Congratulations to all award recipients. The Australian Capital Territory website: www.acttouch.com.auThat’s it for this week’s edition of “a Set of Six”.Please be sure to check out each State’s website for all the latest information, news, and views in Touch Football from around the nation. Congratulations to Woden Eagles who defeated the UC Otters 8-4 in the Men’s Open Grand Final of the Super League competition on December 1. Congratulations also to Canberra City who took out the Women’s Open title defeating Woden Eagles 5-4 in a very close (and wet!) affair.last_img read more