Pedro Caixinha wants to show a huge travelling support his side have turned a corner when Rangers take on Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday.A Light Blue army is expected to head to Hillsborough for the pre-season friendly against the Championship promotion hopefuls. The Ibrox men beat English Premier League side Watford 2-1 in a closed-doors friendly on Wednesday night to speed up their recovery after the Europa League defeat to Progres Neiderkorn earlier this month. “Over the next couple of days we will recover,” he told the club’s website. Forward Martyn Waghorn scored late on to seal victory against Watford after a strike from new signing Daniel Candeias had been cancelled out by Stefano Okaka. Caixinha said: “Martyn is a hard worker who always gives his maximum. He is a guy we like a lot and it is always important for the strikers to score goals to get their confidence levels up as well.” “We felt some touches along the game, so we have three days now to totally recover them. “With these levels of confidence, we just need to prepare the approach for Sunday at a stadium which will be crowded with 10,000 of our supporters.”He added: “We want to show to them we are growing as a team, we are getting the momentum and we are getting to a good level. “We want to show also we are getting ready to start the league – that’s the main point, that’s the main idea and the boys are getting that.”
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On behalf the Nelson Mandela family, we take this opportunity to extend our sincere gratitude to the religious community for the thoughts and prayers extended to our family through prayer and meditationIndeed our burden of pain and sorrow is daily being lessened by the outpouring of national and international grief for our father and elder. We have always been mindful that we share Tata with rest of South Africa, Africa and the rest of the world.Our mothers, Graca Machel and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela are cognisant of the love, support, care, prayers and meditation extended to the family in the different form and manner during this hour of need.Both our mothers, Graca Machel and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela nonetheless express their conviction that Nelson Mandela, like a flower will continue to blossom forever in all your heartsThe family of our departed dear father, is comforted in the knowledge that the world so deeply shares our sense of loss for one of Africa’s greatest sons. We are melancholy but we do not despair. Instead, we are filled with hope.Part of us is indeed gone forever, but he has left us enduring lessons and examples of what must be continued, what must be intensified, what must be ended and what must still be strived for. Though he answered to the name father, husband, granddad, son and a statesman, we all understood that ultimately Tata remains an inspiration not only to us but the rest of humanity.We who were privileged and honoured to share part of his being, a profound mix of sadness, pride and gratitude is the strongest emotion we share as a family.That we were blessed to be associated with this great icon, and to have a role in perpetuating his legacy which he gifted humanity, is the most precious birth-right which he has bestowed on us all.As we lift our eyes to the dawn of a new era without a family elder at our sides, we hope you will join us with all the passion, fervour, prayer and support with which you help us mourn his passing and to keep his dream alive.Keep Nelson Mandela’s dream alive. Let us pledge to keep Mandela’s dream alive, in the way in which we honour the humanity in each other; in the way in which we solve our most difficult problems; and in the way in which we raise up the poor, the downtrodden; and the marginalised. In this regard, we enter into a solemn covenant with you the people of our country, Africa and citizens of the world that we will be true to the values and ideals which Tata stood for and was prepared to pay the supreme prize.As a family we have no option except to be bound by these values. Let the word go here from hence that we dare not fail! And we know and know too well that you the people of the world will not fail Madiba.May we also use this opportunity to inform the South African public that our king, The King of the Thembu Nation, Zwelibanzi Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo and his delegation is visiting the family today, Sunday 7 December 2013 to comfort and counsel, and to apprise himself of the funeral and burial arrangements.Thank you.BY Lieutenant General (retired) Temba Templeton Matanzima(Official Spokesperson of the Mandela Family)
Tags:#Felix & Paul#Felix & Paul Studios#Guest Posts#virtual reality#VR How to Avoid Being Part of 90% of Failed Companies Why Your eCommerce Business Should Have a Pop-U… Related Posts Building a Workplace for the Next 100 Years Guest author Emily Atwater works in content strategy at digital agency Huge. She wrote this piece with her colleague Gina Pensiero, who works in content strategy at SoundCloud.Today’s virtual reality (VR) movement is only just finding its place in filmmaking. Here, VR filmmakers Felix & Paul discuss the nature of production using this immersive, 360-degree medium. This interview is a continuation from Part 1, available here. See also: The Brave New World Of Virtual-Reality Filmmaking Emily Atwater: Let’s talk about production logistics. How big is the team you work with? Felix & Paul: As an example, we just came back from Borneo where we did a VR project with documentary-like themes, and we worked with 8 people, which is as small as we can be with the handling of the equipment and data. If we did a fiction project, we could work with even fewer than 8. Right now it’s a little heavier lift than the traditional filmmaking we did before. Meanwhile we have a team at the studio of about 20 people, working on software, hardware, image manipulation, etc. We try to ensure we have enough people to keep up a reasonable pace so we don’t have to wait too long for a project to come out. EA: Speaking of time, what is the typical production timeline for something like an 8-minute piece? F&P: It varies wildly, but the shooting process itself doesn’t take long because we don’t shoot multiple angles of the same scene, but instead pick up one shot per location. The rhythm of a project is about sinking into the moment and the space, and we don’t want to interrupt that moment so we take longer shots. So filming isn’t a long part of the process, but post-production is a bit longer. For an 8-minute piece it might be a month and a half. EA: Can you talk more about the camera and technology? It sounds like a lot of what you use didn’t exist before and you’ve had to do it yourselves. We designed a camera technology for our needs, meaning we knew we would be dealing with human proximity, filming people up close because that’s what was so attractive to us in the first place – the human connection through VR. So we created a camera system that replicates how we perceive scale and space in physical reality. We worked and iterated a lot on the camera technology to get as close as we could to that reality. The camera itself is about the same dimensions as a person sitting in a chair, which is convenient since we shoot a lot in seated positions. In terms of how it all came to be, we had to develop a lot of the technology ourselves because we didn’t have the hardware and software to do what we wanted to do. We started building our own prototypes, surrounding ourselves with a team of engineers and software designers. We’re starting on the fourth generation of our camera right now. Initially we would assemble things with off the shelf equipment, but now we’re building the hardware almost from scratch. We’re not designing sensors, but we’re assembling the components of the cameras ourselves. Every time we shoot a project, we learn what works and what doesn’t and get ideas on how to expand on the possibilities of what can be done with live action virtual reality. EA: Are there any VR cameras available commercially? F&P: Not really. Google has announced a platform for content creators involving GoPro and 3D camera rigs, and might be the first company to offer that kind of tool to content creators, which is great. Another problem is that there are no standards for quality right now, so you can create a makeshift camera system for VR that could do a decent job, but eventually there might be a change in quality standards that influences production and access to cameras. EA: What is planning like and thought process for an individual production? F&P: We mentioned that we’re doing some serial content, and right now we’re doing a series called Nomads. “Herders” was the first episode, set in Mongolia. Now we’ve traveled to Kenya and Borneo and met with other tribes and nomadic cultures. Our priority for the project is enabling an experience of those cultures and lifestyles, so different from our own, and doing it without commentary or narrative—to just take it in. Before we do a project like that, we try to define what would be evocative enough without a narrative. We talk with anthropologists, do research, and try to define the types of experiences that would speak for themselves and communicate a sense of how those people live their lives. We want to be observers and participants in a way that is authentic and un-intrusive, and not manipulate reality. We spend about a week just being with the people, ensuring that the plan we made is good enough to move forward and achieve the emotional connection between the viewer and the subject. EA: What is the relationship like with other VR filmmakers today? F&P: There are not many people doing it right now. Chris Milk & Vrse makes interesting content, primarily live action. Oculus Story Studio is a branch of content creation out of Oculus that does computer-generated content with many former Pixar employees that bring a different perspective to VR. We have a lot of creative exchanges with these people, because ultimately we’re all explorers. No one is an expert here. Everyone is exploring with a point of view and a process, but there is no roadmap for the future. Gradually we’re figuring out the territory. ConclusionVR filmmaking is in its infancy, and it’s anyone’s guess what will happen in the next several years. Regardless, it’s an exciting time to be creating content that puts the user squarely inside the experience and tell a story that literally revolves around them. We can learn from these experimentations as content creators in the digital space when we think about how to contextualize our content for the user and orient them in whatever digital experience we are building. Where does the user fit within the experience? Is it purely experiential or interactive? Will the user connect emotionally with the content?It’s no surprise that viewer-first filmmaking and user-first design would have some similarities, but in our everyday lives user-first design is still only as immersive as the screen allows it to be. With new opportunities and implications for VR, and an audience at once isolated and singularly focused on their devices, but hungry for personal connection, it’s a brave new world for content creators willing to push the bounds of storytelling. Photo courtesy of Jaunt emily atwater Why Your Company’s Tech Transformation Starts W…
In recent years, OpenStack has emerged as the leading open source project to deliver a cloud operating system. OpenStack is used today by cloud service providers around the world, but has had less adoption in traditional enterprise IT. Enterprise cloud adoption has been stifled by complexity, lack of software support and gaps in open source enterprise-grade features. Many enterprises have found OpenStack to be complex to deploy but even more importantly, a fragmented solution from various partners, creating installation and maintenance concerns.At Intel, we are working actively with our ecosystem partners to address these challenges, and to open the door to OpenStack in the Enterprise. That’s the goal of the Intel Cloud for All Initiative, which is designed to accelerate cloud adoption by making public, private, and hybrid cloud solutions easier to deploy and easier to maintain. The ultimate goal is to help all businesses take advantage of cloud benefits to deliver new capabilities that will enable them to compete at scale in the digital economy.And guess what? Together with our partners, we are making real progress in the push to bring OpenStack to the enterprise. Some of these efforts are being showcased in announcements and demos this week at the OpenStack Summit in Tokyo. These activities make it clear that OpenStack now has the partner ecosystem necessary to become a platform for general use inside the enterprise data centers. Key announcements from major manufacturers and software providers are going to level the field for IT organizations.In one announcement, Red Hat and Lenovo let the industry know that they are extending their partnership to include OpenStack. As part of this partnership, Lenovo is releasing a cloud architecture using the Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform. This partnership, in conjunction with Lenovo joining the Red Hat and Intel on-ramp program, will enable enterprise IT organizations to purchase, deploy, and support this platform easier than ever before.HP and Intel announced at the OpenStack Summit that they are expanding their collaboration to bring OpenStack into the enterprise. This collaboration features joint engineering to deliver upstream contributions to OpenStack, and proof-of-concept testing on top of OpenStack use cases. HP and Intel plan to add customer proofs of concept and trial opportunities to accelerate deployments of OpenStack solutions in the enterprise. Collaborations like these build on the work being done through the Intel Cloud for All InitiativeIn other news from the OpenStack Summit, Cisco unveiled its plan to release new Cisco Validated Designs that offer proven processes and tested configurations to reduce the complexity of deploying OpenStack. The Cisco Validated Designs, jointly developed with Red Hat and Intel, combine the capabilities of Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure with the most recent OpenStack distribution from Red Hat, which will help organizations more easily and quickly deploy OpenStack private clouds.It has taken a journey of several years to mature and enable this open source platform for general use inside of most IT shops. But now the initial barriers of entry for the enterprise are beginning to fall, thanks to a growing OpenStack ecosystem, robust industry partnerships, and an expanding menu of enabling technologies. Given these very significant steps forward, it’s time for enterprises to reassess OpenStack.
The final round of the 32nd Annual New South Wales Touch Association’s Vawdon Cup was played Friday 28 September 2007 at Penrith with an extremely close round in the Men’s Premier League, and some emphatic performances by the competition’s big guns in the Women’s Premier League. The last pieces in the semi-final puzzle were put in place in both Premier divisions and with the regular season now done and dusted, fans can strap themselves in for what looms as an intriguing 2007 Vawdon Cup Finals series.Canterbury, despite suffering a shock loss to Penrith in the final round wrapped up the Minor Premiership in the Men’s Premier League division.Canterbury will meet Wests Magpies in the Major Semi-final after Wests and Hornsby drew in their clash on Friday night to finish on equal competition points.The Magpies have advanced to second spot on the ladder on for and against averages.Third placed Hornsby will meet 2006 Vawdon Cup Premiers Penrith who, with their upset victory over the Dogs, has cemented the final spot in the semi-final line up.In the Women’s Premier League the undefeated Canterbury Bankstown wrapped up the Minor Premiership and will now meet 2006 Premiers the Easts Roosters in Semi-Final One, whilst Wests Magpies will confront the Wollongong Devils who edged out Cronulla in their crunch game on Friday night to snare the prized final place in the top four for 2007.The Vawdon Cup Final series gets underway at Bankstown, home of the Canterbury Bulldogs, Minor Premiers in the respective Men’s and Women’s Premier League Divisions, this Friday 5 October 2007.The big news in the Men’s Premier League was Penrith’s sensational victory over the previously undefeated Canterbury Bulldogs in the 2006 Vawdon Cup Grand Final replay at Penrith in the nightcap timeslot at 9.00pm.Defending champions, the Penrith Panthers have had an indifferent 2007 thus far, but in recent times have strung together some impressive performances that smack of business end of the season form to have all the other teams in the competition sleeping with one eye open as the finals loom large on the horizon.The Dogs, in contrast, have been in outstanding form for the majority of the season, and despite suffering their first defeat of the year at the hands of their 2006 Vawdon Cup conquerors on Friday, are still warm favourites with the bookies to advance to this year’s decider in their semi-final clash with Wests Magpies at Bankstown on Friday night.Canterbury got off to a flyer on Friday night with some great play from 2007 Australian World Cup stars Garry ‘GS7” Sonda and Steve Roberts giving the Dogs a 1-0 lead.The Penrith boys were sticking to their guns and it did not surprise anyone to see the Premiers equalize soon after for 1-1 scoreline.The game was end to end for the rest of the half and the two fierce combatants went to oranges a touchdown a piece with a lot of touch still to be played in the second stanza.The Dogs came out after the break looking to put the bite on the Panthers who, to their great credit, knuckled down and met every Dogs attacking raid with resolute defence.The Doggies were (for the most part), shut out and left to snarl through the slithers of slight hope visible in the robust Panther defence that stood between the Dogs and the retention of their unblemished record in 2007.Canterbury’s big match specialist Joel Willoughby stepped up for the Dogs as only special players can, snaring an intercept before offloading to support to give the Dogs the ascendancy at 2-1.The teams then went touchdown for touchdown, before a trademark Sonda long ball gift-wrapped a 4-3 lead to the Dogs.The touchdown seemed to spur the Panthers into action and the Mountain Men, through some outstanding ball play from Dean Springfield and Scott Buckley conjured three unanswered touchdowns to give the Panthers the 6-4 decision over the previously undefeated Canterbury combination.The win by the Panthers was full of merit given that the outfit’s most experienced players Chris Benfield and Scotty Danswan were unavailable and the 11 man team was top heavy with many youngsters who had come off the back of last weeks X Blades National 18 Years tournament.Penrith did not have a bad player, with their foot speed and unrelenting defence a feature of the victory.The Panthers secured the Forrester/Collins Trophy (contested each time the two clubs meet) for their Coach Dave Collins in his final term as Panthers Coach.Canterbury despite the loss, have claimed the minor premiership, and will welcome back absent form player Stuart Brierty to bolster them for their crucial semi-final against Wests this Friday night.In the other up late clash at 9.00pm, wooden spooners Manly showed great spirit and composure to force a 4 – 4 draw with a disappointing Cronulla Sharks side.The Sharkies entered the contest knowing that they had to rely on Canterbury to beat Penrith by plenty, and they themselves needed to dispatch Manly by a cricket score to sneak into the finals.Cronulla couldn’t get flowing yet held a narrow 3-2 ascendancy at half-time courtesy of a touchdown double to Rhys ‘The Claw” Bevan and Brad Edwards.The Sharkies camp, now resigned to missing the semi-final boat, seemed to be waving goodbye to their finals aspirations as they floated past in the shadows of half time.Cronulla much to their own chagrin, played without conviction in an unconvincing second half.Conversely, the game Manly combination hung tough with Harry and Put Berryman leading the way with young gun Sam Brisby and Daniel Chitty playing with maturity beyond their tender 15 years for the duration of the game.Manly bounced back after the break determined to get back into the contest and finish their season off in style.The Sea Eagles equalized soon after the resumption and hit the front with five minutes remaining.Sharkies Australian Mixed Open World Cup star Matt Tope then donned the superman cape to snare a touchdown and salvage a 4-4 draw for Cronulla.The draw was a disappointing end to the 15-year career of Sharkies and former Penrith stalwart Mark Collins. The uncompromising winger who won both a Vawdon and State Cup will be remembered as a great team person and a true gentleman of the game.In the early clash at 8.10pm the talented Parramatta Eels finished their season on a high by edging out a game Easts Roosters 4-3 in a spirited derby at Penrith.Both teams were down on numbers with the Roosters missing key players who were competing at the Australian University Games on Queensland’s Gold Coast, and Parramatta without Dean Wilbow and Daniel Mahoney.Parramatta got out to a solid 2-0 lead before the Roosters hit back before half time to make the score 2-1 to the Eels. Parramatta’s shining light all season, Australian Men’s Open World Cup star Jamie Stowe, was again calling the shots and directing the young Eels line-up around the park, whilst East’s Mr. Consistency Christian Frost was doing his utmost to keep the Eels in the hunt.Easts were boosted by the half-time appearance of Manu Wakely who had flown back from the Uni-Games to reinforce the depleted Roosters line up.Both combinations scrapped it out in a mistake riddled second half with the two teams trading touchdowns before the Eels emerged 4-3 winners.East’s Jonathon Rook, making a courageous comeback from a delicate sinus operation, answered the call to play for the Roosters and assisted Frost and Wakely to finish the season off with honour.The Easts boys will now break for a week, before concentrating on their State Cup preparations.Parramatta Coach Glenn Fitzgerald has done an impressive job with the young Eels combination that has made a solid start to rebuilding their fortunes in the Premier League with an improved season.The impressive form of “Comeback King” Troy Malcolm and the irrepressible Stowe, and Dean Wilbow, coupled with the raft of young guns the Eels count in their lower grade ranks augurs well for the future, including the State Cup in December.Wests Magpies and Hornsby played out a thrilling 5 – 5 draw in an 8.10pm clash at Penrith in a game that was tighter than an NRL players footy shorts after an end of season trip.The two sides who have been gunning all season for the prized second spot on the ladder to ensure two bites at the Grand Final cherry, did not, to paraphrase Phil Gould “Let fear hold them back” in going all out to secure the coveted second spot.In one of the fastest games of the season, both teams turned to their big match specialists to pull the trigger on the big plays in an absorbing end-to-end battle.For West’s, Daniel Rushworth was throwing his ridiculously good looking Zoolander long ball, Jason Stanton was doing the sliding dive over, and Jason Yee was more dangerous with the footy than Shane Warne with a mobile phone in his hands.The Fleet of foot Hornsby Lions combination had the holy trinity of Dylan Hennessey and John and Maurice Kennedy running the show with more cheek than a “Chasers Mission”The two teams went to the break deadlocked at 3-3.The game was played with a lot of passion and a couple of the Young Lions were spied growling in the bin after being given periods of time in successive sets.The Lions boys leaked a touchdown in the six on four situation, but bounced back well to recover from the 4-3 deficit to get back into the contest and lock it up at 4-4. The sides traded touchdowns again with Hornsby’s John Kennedy nailing a hat trick to secure the draw for his team.The two teams prodded each other searching for the knock-out punch that never quite came and had to settle for an honourable draw and a “to be continued” epitaph to their growing rivalry.Hennessey, the “5 metre man,” the Kennedy twins, and Mick Abood were the glue that held the Lion’s effort together, whilst the World Cup connection of Dan “The Raging Bull” Rushworth, Jason Stanton, and comeback King Anthony Ziade starred for the Magpies.Ziade, in his first game back since rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament five months ago, was a revelation for the black and whites and will be an invaluable weapon in coming weeks for the Magpies during the Finals series.The Magpies will be looking to consolidate their form and put some tough questions to Canterbury in the Major semi-final, whilst the Young Lions will set their sights on a battle to the death with fellow young guns Penrith on Friday night in the minor semi-final.In the Women’s Premier League, Canterbury Bankstown produced a withering 12- 0 touchdown blitz to wrap up the Minor Premiership and demolish Penrith on their home turf in the 7.20pm clash. The Doggies found their rhythm early and raced to a 6-0 lead by oranges.The undefeated minor premiers went right on with the job scoring 6 unanswered touchdowns to ensure the scoreboard attendant earned their keep and the Penrith girls got the chance to commit their tap off plays to memory with more restarts than the Men’s 100 Metre Final at the Sydney Olympics.Louise and Clare Winchester were again dominant for the Doggies in a solid team performance that has them humming along nicely coming into Friday night’s Major Semi-final blockbuster against Easts.Penrith never threw the towel in at any point, and one inspired “sniper” dive on the scoreline by Shannon Hackett on a touchdown bound Kate Fitzsimmons brought the Wests bench to their feet.Hackett was the standout for Penrith along with Stacey Renny and young guns Ali Tairi and Tara Boland who never stopped trying for the youthful Panthers who will be better for their 2007 Vawdon Cup experiences.In the 8.10pm game, Premiers Easts Roosters completed a comfortable 5-2 victory over a gutsy Manly Sea Eagles combination to tune up for this week’s crunch semi-final with the Doggies.The Roosters, who were without their Captain Melissa Pitfield, who was rested due to a troublesome hamstring, swapped one superstar for another when they welcomed prodigal daughter, Australian Women’s Open Vice Captain Amanda Judd back into the line-up.Judd, who has been absent from the Roosters playing roster since Round 5 with a debilitating foot injury, has arrived back at the right time of the season with Easts in need of some big game experience and class as they go into the championship rounds of the competition.The Roosters were up comfortably at the break 4-1, and went on to record a 5-1 scoreline.Kristy Judd, Kristin Boss, and Pepita Macalister-Knight were the Tri-colours best, whilst Rachel Cleave and Kylie Stewart were Manly’s standouts in a gutsy team performance.The Wollongong Devils capped a fantastic debut season in the Vawdon Cup by downing Cronulla Sharks 2-1 in the clutch game for a 2007 Semi-final berth at 8.10pm at Penrith on Friday night.Even though a close loss by ‘The Young Divas” would have seen them qualify for the finals, it was still a game they needed to win to cement themselves in their own minds as legitimate contenders for the 2007 finals series.The Young Divas, who had several players involved in the X Blades National 18 Years and Under Championships in Coffs Harbour, justified their decision to skip seeing ‘SuperBad” at the movies and play Touch instead on Friday night by defeating the Sharkies in a game closer than the Olsen twins.Cronulla, who have at times been underachievers in 2007, have been the “heartbreak kids” of the competition – their lack of numbers has translated into inconsistent performances that hurt the team when all the chocolates were on the line. Sharkies fielded a team without 6 regular players again on Friday night, with wingers Susan Smith and Jaqueline Morris playing the entire game without a substitute.The effort was always going to show on the 9-player Sharks compliment.The Young Divas got out to an early lead in the first half courtesy of a Mel Mc Call acting half burst resulting in a touchdown to Nicole “Captain Serro” Beck.Mc Call showed her class again, cutting a swathe through the Sharkies defence from acting half before linking with Amanda Skwarko for a 2-0 lead.Cronulla drove strongly and hit back with a touchdown before half time to leave the contest delicately balanced at 2-1.The punters however, left the grounds feeling short changed with an uneventful second half that saw neither side trouble the scorers.Mc Call, and Rachel “Baby Serro” Beck were Wollongong’s best, whilst Sue Smith and Jess Howe never stopped trying for the Sharkies who played with a lot of heart to contain the dangerous Young Divas who were full of running.Wollongong will now take on the inform Wests Magpies in the Minor Semi-final to attempt to extend their season and their night time curfew for at least another week.In the “bedie bye” clash at 9.00pm, Wests Magpies tuned up for their Finals campaign with a rolling 8-1 victory over a depleted Central Coast Dolphins line-up who were brave again, despite their dwindling player base.Australian Women’s Open World Cup star Stacey Lapham, Jess Lumby, Diane Doan and the inform Sara Hamilton were prominent for the Magpies whilst the under strength Dolphins battled hard until the full-time siren sounded to end a tough season for the Central Coast combination.With all the preliminaries taken care of, it’s time to get down to business with Touch Football fans about to be treated to an absolute smorgasbord of enticing big match fare on the menu with the Vawdon Cup Finals series beginning in earnest this Friday, and continuing with Preliminary Finals Friday week, culminating with the 2007 Vawdon Cup Grand Final on Friday 19 October, 2007.In Men’s Premier League First Semi-final action, Minor Premiers Canterbury will battle against 2006 NSW State Cup champions Wests Magpies at 7.50pm at Bankstown, with the victor winning an automatic passage through to the Vawdon Cup Grand Final on Friday 19 October 2007, whilst the loser will back up Friday week to secure a second crack at a Grand Final appearance.The fleet of foot Hornsby Lions will meet 2006 Premiers the Penrith Panthers at 9.30pm at Bankstown in the Second Semi-final.The winner of this clash lives to fight another Friday night in next week’s Preliminary Final; the loser will be lining up their drinks for “Silly Saturday” and booking their seats on the hill to watch the Grand Final.In Women’s Premier League Finals action, Canterbury Bulldogs and Easts Roosters will both be looking forward to their marquee clash at 7.00pm at Bankstown.Last time the two heavyweights of Women’s Touch met in Round 6 of the Vawdon Cup, inclement weather intervened to force the game into a conservative arm wrestle that demanded a mistake free and measured approach.Observers are tipping a more free flowing game this time with the big guns in either line-up keen to make their mark on the keynote contest.It’ll be standing room only for this one with some of the best players in the Women’s game lining up on either side of the halfway line on Friday.The fierce rivalry between the two great teams of the Vawdon Cup will ensure a fascinating contest that should go right down to the wire.A win secures the Willie Wonka like Golden ticket to the 2007 Grand Final, and both teams will be pulling out all stops to earn the grand final berth and a week’s rest.In the Second semi-final, at 8.40pm at Bankstown, Wests Magpies will take on the Wollongong Devils for the right to extend their season for at least one more week in the Preliminary Final against the loser of the Major Semi-final between Canterbury and Easts.Wests have the personnel to push strongly for the 2007 title, and the Young Divas have nothing but inexperience to lose in what shapes as an intriguing battle.This week’s “Blackest Cat” for the Player of the Round in Men’s Premier League goes to West’s Anthony Ziade who is doubling as the new “Six Million Dollar Man”West’s Coach Paul Sfier was heard to utter the following at Wests training in the early days of Ziade’s rehabilitation from a serious knee injury that required reconstructive surgery to his ACL and included damage to the meniscus and the Medial ligament as well:“Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to build the world’s first bionic man. Anthony Ziade will be that man. Better than he was before. Better, stronger, faster.”Five months later, Anthony has made remarkable progress to be back in time for the Vawdon Cup finals, and had a great game Friday against Hornsby to mark his return.There is no truth to the rumour Anthony has a bionic eye to see gaps before others see them!The “Go to Girl” for the Player of the Round in the Women’s Premier League division goes to Penrith’s Shannon Hackett, who despite staring down the barrel of a 12-0 result at the hands of a white hot Canterbury line-up, chased Kate Fitzsimmons the length of the field and summoned a huge diving touch to nab her opponent on the scoreline.Great effort from Shannon to exemplify what our game is all about…There is also no truth to the rumour that the thin grass covering on the 5 metre line at the Canterbury scoring end at Penrith was covering over a treadmill track that Fitzsimmons got stuck on enroute to the scoreline…There we go folks, all round games “done and dusted” for the Vawdon Cup in 2007.And then there were four… Get yourself out to Bankstown this Friday night to see all the Semi-final action in all 10 divisions of the Vawdon Cup, remember to book your Finals tickets through Ticketek to avoid disappointment and the cheap seats.Many thanks to all of those who have contributed to the Round 10 wrap, special thanks to all the players, coaches, and officials who are now out of finals contention for all your great work on the field and in supplying information for the wrap this season.It’s finals time so it’s time to up the ante kids, so this week, when in doubt throw the double cut out flick pass.Good luck to all teams for the Finals Series.For all the latest information, draws, and results, please visit the New South Wales Touch Association website: www.nswtouch.com.au
This option is the second shortest route of the three considered, meets provincial design and safety requirements, and includes a longer bridge at the Cache Creek crossing.Hydro said that compared to the two other options that were considered, the selected route:has similar or lower impacts to archaeological and heritage sites, andhas lower impacts to private lands and agricultural lands than the most northern route evaluated.BC Hydro will be continuing work for this portion of the realignment, including geotechnical investigations and drilling. Full construction on this segment of the highway realignment is expected to be underway by 2020.Hydro said that construction activities for the western four kilometres of the highway realignment at Cache Creek/Bear Flat, which is not affected by the alternate realignment options that were studied for the eastern section of this segment, will begin at the end of this month. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – BC Hydro announced Tuesday that it has selected a new realignment for Highway 29 in the Cache Creek/Bear Flat area, following consultations with Indigenous groups and local property owners.Premier John Horgan announced that the provincial government was proceeding with building Site C following a review by the B.C. Utilities Commission last December.That same month. the Province asked Hydro and the Ministry of Transportation to work with Treaty 8 First Nations and local property owners to redesign the Highway 29 realignment at Cache Creek/Bear Flat to reduce the effects on potential burial sites and areas of cultural importance identified by First Nations. In January, Hydro said it began engaging with Indigenous groups and property owners to share information and get feedback on two alternate realignment options. Indigenous groups and property owners were provided with the draft evaluation criteria that would be used for selecting a new realignment and were invited to comment on the criteria.A third realignment option was developed in early March as a result of the consultation process and became one of the realignment options that BC Hydro assessed.A higher-resolution map of the realignment can be found here: https://www.sitecproject.com/sites/default/files/highway-29-realignment-options-map.pdf.Hydro said that several Indigenous groups conducted ground-truthing investigations and reported on their findings over the spring and summer.In late July, BC Hydro said it met with five Indigenous groups and seven property owners to share and seek feedback on the preliminary findings of the investigations and evaluation criteria.The selected realignment option – which was developed through consultation – is located north of the original route and is approximately 240 metres away from a potential burial site and 370 metres from an area identified to be of cultural importance.
Washington DC: A 31-year-old Indian national has been sentenced to eight years and nine months in prison on Monday for his involvement in a major call centre scam under which he and his co-conspirators extorted money from American residents by impersonating tax officers, the US Department of Justice said. Nishitkumar Patel, who had pleaded guilty to the charges on January 9, has also been asked by a Florida court to pay USD 2,00,000, forfeit cash and a 2015 Land Rover that was seized in October 2018. According to court documents, Patel connived with the US-based co-conspirators and the India-based call centres to extort money from American residents by impersonating Internal Revenue Service (IRS) officers between 2014 and 2016. The IRS is the revenue service of the United States federal government. During this period, they mislead the victims in believing that they owed money to the IRS and would be arrested and fined if they did not pay their alleged taxes back immediately, as per the documents. The conspirators collected the fraud proceeds by withdrawing cash from prepaid cards purchased and funded by victims; hiring other conspirators (runners) to retrieve money wired by the victims to those runners; and/or hiring runners to open bank accounts into which victims deposited fraud proceeds, revealed the documents. The defendants collected the proceeds by providing the runners with the victims’ names, locations, and amounts paid. The runners were directed to retrieve the fraud proceeds in cash and turn the funds over to the defendants, often less a payment to the runner for opening the account or conducting the transaction, according to the documents. Four others have already pleaded guilty for their roles in the scheme. On March 25, Alejandro Juarez was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison. Hemalkumar Shah, Sharvil Patel and Brenda Dozier are currently awaiting sentencing. “We here at IRS CI recognise the heartache and concern these crooks cause innocent people. This is why we are eager to team up with our law enforcement partners to track down these impersonators in whatever corner of the globe they may be hiding in,” said special agent in-charge Mary Hammond of IRS Criminal Investigations, Tampa Field Office.
Darjeeling: As the state kick-started the first phase of elections with Cooch Behar and Alipurduar going to polls on Thursday, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addressed a huge rally in Darjeeling and launched a scathing attack on the BJP for not doing any development in the Hills. Darjeeling goes to polls in the second phase of elections on April 18.”The BJP wants unrest in the Hills. They light the fire here and Delhi adds fuel. They do not want development and peace here. People in Delhi (BJP) instigate the problems here. The more the problems, the better are their chances of taking advantage of the situation. The BJP does not want any progress in Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Kurseong and Mirik areas. You had elected BJP, now is the time to ask them what have they done in the Hills in the past 10 years. What have they done for Darjeeling,” questioned the TMC supremo to which the crowd replied in unison “Nothing.” Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaBanerjee, flanked by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leaders, addressed a mammoth rally at the Darjeeling Motor Stand on Thursday. Both TMC and GJM supporters from Darjeeling and Kalimpong had gathered. “The saffron party’s outgoing MP S S Ahluwalia never visited the region after winning the election. The parliamentarian, who fled the Hills, is contesting from Burdwan this time,” she claimed. “Now, they (BJP and allies) are saying that they have a Bhumiputra (son of the soil) and that people should vote for him. Then who is Amar Singh Rai? Isn’t he a Bhumiputra? Whenever someone is with Bimal Gurung and BJP, he becomes a Bhumiputra and when he is with me, he ceases to be one? What sort of double standard is this? I didn’t bring anyone from Delhi,” stated Banerjee. She also added that the Bimal Gurung chapter is closed. “Bimal Gurung had a lot of chance to work for this region. Those who are still with Gurung, you all are not my enemies. You are like my brothers and sisters. I appeal to you to not help them. They (Gurung and his aides) do not love Darjeeling. They will take all the money and go abroad,” she retorted.
Rabat- It seems that the war between the Benkirane Government and the High Commission for Planning (HCP) will not cease any time soon.Sources quoted by daily Al Massae in its Monday, January 27th issue, revealed that powerful voices within the governmental coalition are pushing towards overthrowing HCP boss Ahmed Lahlimi Alami whose recent figures and his gloomy forecast in his predictions regarding the state of the economy did not please the PJD-led government.The same sources added that these powerful voices inside the Benkirane cabinet suggested transforming the High Commission for Planning, a constitutional institution, into a directorate subordinate to the Ministry of Economy and Finance in charge of planning and statistics. This move aims to avoid any future figures released by the HCP that will do harm to the government and its image in the eyes of international institutions such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).Other sources, however, suggested working around the proposed constitutional challenges if the government were to attempt a transformation of the HCP into a directorate and appoint a technocrat director on top of the HCP instead of Lahlimi whose socialist background is believed to be responsible of the Commission’s recent figures.The same sources went on to add that an IMF committee will arrive in Morocco in the coming days in order to address the recent figures released by the Ministry of Economy and Finance and the HCP about growth rates, the deficit, and unemployment.The paper’s sources said that the International Monetary Fund is following with deep concern the “war of figures” between the government and the HCP. The war erupted last week in the wake of Lahlimi’s figures, which predicted that the growth rate will decline in 2014 to about 2.4 % and that the budget deficit has stabilized during 2013 at 6%.The government’s responded as soon as the HCP figures were released by publishing a statement which said that the budget deficit in 2013 had stabilized at 5.4% not 6%, as Lahlimi’s HCP has claimed.Controversial deputy Minister in charge of General Affairs and Governance, Mohamed El Ouafa also intervened in the “war of figures” by describing Lahlimi’s figures as both childish and medieval.Edited by Matthew Osborn