Victoria’s 2009 Affliates Cup was a huge success at John McEwan Reserve in Shepparton on Saturday, 28 February 2009.Teams across Victoria and even a team from Albury came to contest the tournament.Elwood were the team to beat, being last years Champion Affiliate. In the Women’s Open Final, the Parkville Pirates defeated Ballarat in a close contest, winning 3-2.The Men’s Open Final saw Elwood looking to make it two titles in a row, facing Fawkner. Elwood proved too strong, defeating Fawkner 4-1.The Mixed Open final saw the Albury Tooters taking on Albert Park Odds n Socks. The team from across the border were too good, defeating Albert Park 5-1.The Mixed Social division saw Westside Onesteel face the Parkville. In a low scoring affair, Westside beat Parkville 3-0.The Regional Women’s Champions were Ballarat, while the Regional Men’s Grand Final saw a replay of last year’s Final, with Ballarat taking on Geelong. Ballarat had won last year, and made it two in a row, defeating Geelong 3-2 to be Regional Men’s Champions. The Champion Affiliate was, for the second time in a row, Elwood.Congratulations to all the winners. For more information, please visit the website: www.victouch.com.au
Spalletti satisfied with Inter Milan victory over Empoliby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti was satisfied with victory over Empoli. Keita Balde Diao’s goal proved enough at the Stadio Castellani to continue their positive streak.“There are games that can start going the wrong way if you don’t take the right approach,” he told Sky Sport Italia.“We weren’t sharp in the first half and didn’t spark enough moves down the flanks. It was better after the break, when Empoli got tired and we were able to create problems.“It’s a fundamental victory and I’d say a fair one too. Once again, we wasted chances and lost the ball cheaply, something we cannot afford to do, as we risk on the counter. In games like this, Empoli can analyse a good performance, but for a side like Inter, the only thing that matters is the result.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 29: Fans of the Georgia Bulldogs watch play against the Mississippi Rebels at Sanford Stadium on September 29, 2007 in Athens, Georgia. Georgia won 45 – 17. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)Roquan Smith, a four-star linebacker out of Montezuma, Ga., has committed to Georgia. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound prospect pledged to UCLA on National Signing Day, but de-committed when the Bruins’ defensive coordinator, Jeff Ulbrich, left for a job with the Atlanta Falcons. Smith has opted not to sign a binding national letter of intent; he’s signed a financial aid agreement instead. Smith is ranked the No. 5 outside linebacker in the country by 247 Sports’ Composite Rankings. Georgia’s 2015 class ranks No. 9 in the country and No. 5 in the SEC by 247 Sports. The Bulldogs now have 30 commitments in the class.
The University of Technology (UTech), launched its 14th annual outreach programme, ‘Teach the Youth 2013’, under the theme: ‘Creating a Positive Impact Today on the Youth of Tomorrow’, at the campus in Kingston, on July 4.The programme, organized by the Students’ Union, targets children between four and 20 years of age, in the communities of August Town, Kintyre, Tavern, Highlight View and Sandy Park.Guest Speaker at the ceremony, Team Leader for the St. Ann Division of the Child Development Agency (CDA), Carlyn Stewart, said as a developing nation, “we have to identify opportunities to empower the youth with relevant skills and competencies as they prepare to take the reins of tomorrow.”“It is evident that the UTech students fully understand the importance of harnessing the talent of today’s youth. While others in the society understand the importance, very few of us actively engage in programmes that specifically target the youth,” she said.Mrs. Stewart said the best interest of every Jamaican child must be ensured and the protection of children can only be guaranteed if “we join forces as a society and share this awesome role.”Meanwhile, President of UTech, Professor Errol Morrison, commended the students for the work being done.“Those of us at the tertiary level are the privileged few. So, if you are able to turn around and help in some way, it’s a major contribution. I want to congratulate the student body for maintaining this activity,” he said.For his part, Director of Community Service in the Students’ Union, Jerome Graham, said the initiative is a big step forward for the Council as “we seek to reshape the lives of the youth, so that the entire outlook on life is changed regardless of their addresses.”Vice President of Public Relations, Delta Wright, explained the anticipated outcome of the programme.“Our aim this year is to impact the lives and minds of these young people, ultimately reshaping the way in which they think, how they feel, and how they view life; allowing them to see the variety of opportunities and options for them to excel and help their community move forward,” she said.Throughout the duration of the programme (July 8-26), volunteers from UTech and the National Youth Service (NYS), along with other persons, will volunteer their service to help the youth of the targeted communities.Sponsors of the summer programme are Supreme Ventures, Food for the Poor, the Jamaica Information Service, Junior Chamber International, Reggae Jammin’ and Red Bull.By Christine Ade-Gold, JIS Special Projects Officer
MOSCOW — Russia’s space agency says another attempt by its specialists to establish contact with an orbiting radio telescope has failed.The Spektr-R satellite is continuing to transmit signals, but scientists have been unable to control the satellite since Friday.Alexander Bloshenko, an adviser to the Roscosmos space agency, was quoted by the state news agency Tass as saying that Sunday’s attempt to restore contact had failed. Another attempt is expected on Monday.The satellite was launched in 2011 and has exceeded its initially expected useful life of about three years. It is used to study radio sources within and outside Earth’s galaxy.The Associated Press
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — While Fort St. John City Council voted against allowing residents to raise backyard hens earlier this year, their cohorts in Grande Prairie voted the opposite, allowing the Swan City’s residents to begin a one year trial program.According to the Grande Prairie Herald-Tribune, Grande Prairie Council vote in favour 5-3 of amending the Animals and Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw to allow backyard hens. The amendment means that 15 livestock exemption permits will be handed out for a one-year trial period. City staff will be collecting data on the trial run before coming back to present to council in six months’ time.Just two weeks before Grande Prairie voted in favour of allowing backyard hens, Fort St. John city council effectively ruled against the practice. Mayor Lori Ackerman explained that the SPCA continually faces capacity issues, which it said would be exacerbated by the shelter having to take care of chickens in addition to those animals it already cares for. The North Peace SPCA is contracted by the City to impound animals at large which are rounded up by bylaw officers. With files from Grande Prairie Daily Herald-Tribune: http://www.dailyheraldtribune.com/2018/03/27/council-approves-backyard-hen-bylaw
Bengaluru: Strongly opposing L&T’s hostile bid, Mindtree promoters Tuesday asked why the infrastructure giant could not build a great technology business on its own and wondered what kind of a message is being sent to start-ups and credible entrepreneurs with the takeover attempt. Posing five questions to diversified Larsen and Toubro (L&T), which already has two separate IT firms, the promoters also wanted to know what would happen if Mindtree employees choose to leave after the takeover. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”You are a company with a turnover of Rs 1,20,000 crore, you are 18 times the size of Mindtree. Why can’t you build a great technology business with your resources and capability without disseminating another organisation,” Mindtree promoter and Executive Chairman Krishnakumar Natarajan said in a press conference here. Mindtree promoters have staunchly opposed the L&T’s bid to acquire the company, describing it as a grave threat and value destructive to shareholders. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostOther promoters are Subroto Bagchi (co-founder), Rostow Ravanan (CEO) and Parthasarathy N S (executive vice-chairman and COO). All the four are also co-founders of Mindtree. “This is a people business. ‘Mindtree Minds’ have signed up for a mission not just a salary. Take their mission away and they will go… what will you be left with,” Natarajan said. In the country’s first hostile takeover bid in the IT sector, L&T made an offer Monday to buy up to 66 per cent stake in Mindtree for around Rs 10,800 crore. Natarajan also questioned L&T on what message it is giving to start-ups in the country and to honest and credible entrepreneurs. L&T has entered into a deal to buy Cafe Coffee Day owner V G Siddhartha’s 20.32 per cent stake in Mindtree and has also placed an order with brokers to pick up another 15 per cent of the company shares from the open market. Subsequent to these deals, L&T would make an open offer to buy additional 31 per cent stake through an open offer, it said in a late evening statement on Tuesday. All the three acquisitions are being done at Rs 980 per share, a premium of 1.8 per cent over Monday’s closing price of Mindtree on the BSE. Mindtree closed on the BSE at Rs 962.50 a piece. L&T would pay Siddhartha Rs 3,269 crore and Rs 5,030 crore for the open offer, according to filings made by L&T and Mindtree. The company would shell out around Rs 2,500 crore for acquiring the additional 15 per cent stake. Together, the outgo would be around Rs 10,800 crore, according to a rough calculation. Natarajan said L&T has decided to mount first-ever hostile in the 50-year-old unblemished Indian IT industry. “If you persist in whatever you are doing, you will be forever be remembered for this. Is this how you want to set an example?” he said. He added that customers of Mindtree have selected it for its unique culture and warned that clients would “stall all future business and even take their business elsewhere”. “In the process, you would have demolished shareholders value for both the companies. Is this the right thing to do?” Natarajan said. The board of directors of Mindtree is scheduled to meet Wednesday to consider a proposal for buyback shares. Facing heat, L&T claims deal done by SiddharthaMumbai: Under flak for mounting a Rs 10,733-crore hostile takeover bid on Mindtree, engineering major L&T Tuesday said the deal got triggered after largest sharehlder VG Siddhartha approached them three months ago, and exuded confidence in winning over the unhappy promoters. L&T managing director and chief executive SN Subrahmanyan invoked parallels with Bollywood dramas, saying with ‘dil and pyaar’ (heart and love) it will be able to win over everybody. He made it clear that L&T, which is looking at the Mindtree deal as an investment to deploy its cash of over Rs 15,000 crore, will want at least 26 percent stake in the target company. L&T had Monday night announced that it reached an agreement to acquire Siddhartha’s 20.32 percent stake at Rs 980 a share (valuing his stake in Mindtree at Rs 3,269 crore) and also announced its intention to raise the ownership to 67 percent by buying an additional 31 percent through an open offer (at the same price of Rs 980 a share which is 1.81 percent premium over Monday closing price) and another 15 percent off the market. Together the deal will cost the engineering major which is sitting on a cash pile of Rs 15,000 crore, Rs 10,733 crore-of which Rs 3,269 crore will go to Siddhartha and his related parties Caf Coffee Day and Rs 2,434 crore for the 15 percent buyout from market and Rs 5,030 crore for open offer. The promoters of Mindtree led by Krishnakumar Natarajan, Subroto Bagchi, and Parthasarathy NS among others, responded calling the plan as a grave threat and a value- destructive. The company is also separately mulling a buyback to stave off L&T’s bid. Its over 20,000 employees are also unhappy with the deal, according to reports. There are also that some of the mutual fund houses are also not happy with the deal as open offer premium is only a paltry 1.81 percent and that if L&T sweetens the deal, they may go with it. Acknowledging the concerns, Subrahmanyan said “emotions have to be overcome as we go forward. The senior people in the management are (our) personal friends, good people, men of repute and who have done their best to get Mindtree to where it is today. We feel lot of positivity and sync in the way to go forward.” Refusing to specifically answer a question on whether the deal is strategic or financial, Subrahmanyan said Mindtree will maintain its separate identity for “some time to come” and there are no plans on integration as of now. Interestingly, L&T has itself been the target of a hostile takeover by Reliance Industries in the 1980s but its employees were able to stave off the bid. Refusing to specifically answer a question on whether the deal is strategic or financial, Subrahmanyan said Mindtree will maintain its separate identity for “some time to come” and there are no plans on integration as of now. He also refused to answer questions like whether L&T automatically gets Siddhartha’s board seat on Mindtree or if it will increase its open offer price of Rs 980 per share in the scenario of a bidding war as “speculative” queries.
Redshirt-freshman tight end Marcus Baugh (85) joins the huddle during Student Appreciation Day April 5 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.Credit: Desiaire Rickman / Lantern photographerAs much as parents might hate to admit it, it’s not exactly rare on a college campus for an underage student to drink alcohol.Ohio State then-freshman tight end Marcus Baugh did, and was cited for underage consumption twice — once in July and once in January.But life isn’t about the mistakes you make, it’s about the way you learn from them, and Baugh has since done just that.“I’ve grown a lot,” Baugh said Saturday at the team’s Student Appreciation Day. “I have seen what I can do and coaches have told me what I can do. I am just trying to believe what they are teaching me.”Tight ends coach Tim Hinton said April 3 that Baugh might have started off his career poorly, but since making those mistakes, he has done everything he can to improve.“It’s certainly a challenge,” Hinton said. “I’m not going to deny the challenge that it put upon a young kid and Ohio State’s one of those places that … just look around right now. There’s a lot of microphones and TVs, there’s a lot of interest and we’re very happy with that … And that’s part of the expectations at Ohio State. You gotta learn to act like an Ohio State football player, live under coach (Urban) Meyer’s rules. And I gotta tell you, he’s really trying to get that done. I’m very proud of him.”Meyer said Wednesday that in practice this spring Baugh has worked hard, but that he has yet to “earn the right” to talk to the media.“Marcus had some issues, he’s one foot in, one foot out right now,” Meyer said. “His effort’s been really good, he’s been trying to do things the right way, but to say he’s out of the woods, no … You gotta earn the right to talk to you guys (the media), and he hasn’t earned that right.”Now a redshirt-freshman, after sitting out the entirety of last season because of the off-the-field issues, Baugh’s been a part of spring practice with the rest of the team.Much like his time so far at OSU, spring practice hasn’t gone perfectly, Baugh said, but he is doing what he can to grow as a player.“I have messed up on some stuff,” Baugh said. “I just try to go out there and just go hard.”Coming into school, Baugh was rated as the sixth best tight end prospect by Rivals.com, but even without his off-the-field troubles, was unlikely to see much of the field early in his career.With senior Jeff Heuerman and redshirt-junior Nick Vannett on the squad, snaps will be hard to come by for Baugh. But Hinton said Baugh does bring a lot to the table for the Buckeyes.“He’s very athletic. There’s no doubt about it. He’s (a) very athletic, young tight end and he’s gotta learn to block better at the point of attack,” Hinton said. “And that’ll come with strength, it’ll come with physical maturity. It’ll come with just learning and having confidence in yourself … Every day you go out and it’s another learning opportunity, it’s another opportunity to get better and we very seldom back off of them here. We’re going to push them to be a little better every day.”But now, with Heuerman set to miss the remainder of spring practice following foot surgery, Baugh is getting extra repetitions in practice. This increase in time on the practice field is helping Baugh focus on the aspects of his game that were lacking.“It is definitely helping me working on my blocking,” Baugh said. “That was one thing I really wanted to work on in the spring and with him (Heuerman) being out, coach (Hinton) is really giving me a lot of reps on the harder blocks that last year I wasn’t too good at. I am getting a lot of opportunities to fix that.”The redshirt-freshman has grown since his legal issues earlier in his career, and Hinton said he has confidence Baugh will continue to move forward as a player and person.“You know, the nice thing is Marcus knows, he clearly has a clear understanding that there’s expectations in this program,” Hinton said. “He knows what’s expected of him. He knows how to handle his life. Just every day we work to improve who he is as a person and make sure that he lives up to the expectations at Ohio State University.”Baugh will likely get a chance to impress the coaching staff, and the Buckeye faithful, Saturday in the Spring Game. Without Heuerman, and the team playing two-deep in the game, Baugh is the second tight end behind Vannett and should see the field.Kick off for the game is set for approximately 1:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium.
Former Milan general manager Ariedo Braida has revealed that he advised Carlo Ancelotti to grab the Napoli job.Braida worked alongside Ancelotti at Milan from 2001 – 2009, during which time the Rossoneri won a Scudetto and two Champions Leagues, and the 72-year-old – now Barcelona’s international sporting advisor – believes the Coach and Napoli are a perfect match, according to Football Italia.“Donnarumma to Barca? Absolutely not, we have two great goalkeepers and we are happy with them,” he told Sport from the Football Leader summit.Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“Both Cillessen and Ter Stegen are starters for their national teams and had great seasons. We don’t need another goalkeeper,” he continued.“Rafinha to Inter? Anything is possible in the transfer market. Negotiations never end in football…“Ancelotti to Napoli? It didn’t surprise me. He’s my friend and I told him they were the right club for him and that he was the right man for them.”
Spanish newspaper Marca claims the former Tottenham Hotspur Coach Villas-Boas is in line for a sensational return to management with the European Champions.Zinedine Zidane left the Bernabeu last month after masterminding a 3rd consecutive Champions League win for Los Blancos.The Frenchman’s unexpected departure has left Madrid frantically searching for a worthy replacement, after two and a half years of unprecedented success.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.The latest name in the hat – perhaps somewhat unexpectedly – is the former Chelsea boss Villas-Boas, who is currently out of a job since leaving Shanghai SIPG last year.If the Portuguese were to get the job, it would see him reunite with Gareth Bale, whom he managed at Spurs during arguably the most prolific spell of the Welshman’s glittering career.With Arsene Wenger, club legend Guti and Tite of Brazil all being linked with the hot seat at Madrid, Villas-boas finds himself in a very esteemed company of managers and would be a shock appointment for the Spanish giants ahead of next season.