Launceston Touch Mourns The Loss of Michael Webb

first_imgWhilst enjoying a run with his ‘Old Grey Sharks’ mates on Thursday night, Mick suffered a heart attack, and despite the extraordinary efforts of volunteers and ambulance staff, could not be revived.Mick, his immediate and massively extended family, have played a huge part in the landscape of both Launceston Touch and Touch Football Tasmania for many years, and there is no doubt that his passing will sadden a great many.Mick embodied what our sport is really all about, having fun with your mates and spending some quality time with family and friends.Gone way too soon, Mick will be remembered by all who came to know him.Our thoughts are with Tania, and Mick and Tania’s beautiful daughters Tahila and Alix, as well as all of the very close and wonderful Webb and extended families.The LTA is providing counselling services to any of their members who may have been affected by this tragedy with:Newport and Wildman15 Lawrence St                              Launceston03 6332 09991800 650 204last_img read more

25 days agoPallister: Arsenal a winnable game for patched up Man Utd

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Pallister: Arsenal a winnable game for patched up Man Utdby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United hero Gary Pallister sees tonight’s clash with Arsenal as a winnable.United will host the Gunners with a patched up XI.But Pallister says: “I think both clubs are in a similar situation. You just don’t know what to expect of the sides. Both managers are trying to implement their styles and get the best out of the teams but it’s not happening on a consistent basis, so I think both sets of fans will feel the same. “United have got to use the negative feeling and try to make it into a positive; roll up your sleeves and show you’re not a bad side. It’s not City or Liverpool, it’s a club they’ll be competing with at the end of the season. At Old Trafford, they’ve got to be trying to win.”He also insisted: “With Arsenal, you’re not quite sure what you’re going to get at the moment either – Unai Emery has been there a season and they’ve not been terrific but they can also look like the Arsene Wenger team. You don’t know which team will turn up. What better game for the United players to react than Arsenal.”Gary Pallister was speaking to BonusCodeBets last_img read more

18 days agoDavid Luiz decided to leave Chelsea before Arsenal offer: I needed new story

first_imgDavid Luiz decided to leave Chelsea before Arsenal offer: I needed new storyby Freddie Taylor18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveDavid Luiz says he decided to leave Chelsea before Arsenal’s offer to sign him.Luiz, 32, decided he wanted to start a new challenge away from Stamford Bridge.He joined Arsenal on deadline day in a deal that shocked the Premier League.”I always liked Chelsea, no doubt. I saw a possibility of writing a new story in a new place, but I am forever grateful to Chelsea, to all people, to friendships that are for life,” Luiz told TalkSport.”It was an individual decision made through honest conversation – between me and Frank Lampard, no one else.”We had a different idea of the future of the game and that’s why I chose to take a new path.”It’s always very difficult because of the rivalry, but I made the decision to leave Chelsea even before receiving Arsenal’s bid.”As soon as I decided to leave Chelsea – after a few days – Arsenal’s proposal came, and as it was another great club, I didn’t think twice.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

AltaCorp Capital founder oil and gas financier George Gosbee dies suddenly

first_imgCALGARY – Investment firm AltaCorp Capital Inc. says its founder and CEO, Calgary oil and gas financier George Gosbee, died suddenly on Sunday.Gosbee was a former governor of the National Hockey League and, in 2013, led a group to purchase the Arizona Coyotes and restructure the team. Current team owner Andrew Barroway tweeted he was “deeply saddened” by the news.Gosbee, 48, founded AltaCorp Capital in 2010 and struck a deal to partner it with ATB Financial, an Alberta government-owned lender.In 2000, he helped found Tristone Capital Global Inc., an energy investment firm which he and his partners sold in 2009 to Australia’s Macquarie Group for about $130 million.Gosbee served as vice-chairman of Alberta Investment Management Co., which manages $90 billion in provincial government pension funds, for eight years.AltaCorp says president Paul Sarachman will assume the role of CEO.last_img read more

Feds have options to cut risk for Trans Mountain pipeline investors says

first_img“One of the ways to make sure there is more certainty is to look at possible financial arrangements that would help de-risk the project.”Pipeline builder Kinder Morgan has halted all non-essential spending on the project until it gets assurances from Ottawa that the issues will be resolved. The federal government has until May 31 to respond.Trudeau has put a lot of political eggs in the Trans Mountain basket, risking political capital among climate-change activists in search of middle ground that allows for pipeline construction alongside improved environmental safeguards.Trudeau, who is currently in Peru for the Summit of the Americas, was originally supposed to fly to Paris directly from Lima on Sunday for meetings with French President Emmanuel Macron. Instead, he’ll be back in the national capital in search of a resolution to anintractable and politically perilous dispute.Carr refused to discuss the specific financial options available, other than to say there are many of them on the table and they’re all being considered.One of those options, however, is to buy a stake in the pipeline, something Notley has already said Alberta would be willing to do Canada and Alberta could jointly buy the pipeline outright, or at least a significant stake in the project.Another option is to provide a guaranteed source of revenue for private investors if the pipeline completion date misses the target for when returns on their investments were supposed to start flowing. Carr was only prepared to say Sunday’s meeting between Trudeau and the premiers would be a chance for the various sides to share their positions and try and talk things out _ not necessarily a day when further action would be announced.That, said Sears, would be a bad political move.“If they come out of that meeting on Sunday and (Trudeau) says, ‘We’ve made good progress and I’m off to Paris,’ it will cost them severely,” he said.University of British Columbia politics professor Kathryn Harrison said she doesn’t know that there is a way for everyone to come out of Sunday’s meeting with a win.“They have drawn lines in the sand that are simply incompatible,” said Harrison.Trudeau and Carr have spent more than two years accusing the former Conservative government of themselves failing to build pipelines because they stacked the deck against environmental concerns, failing in the process to get the social license necessary to allow the projects to proceed.The Liberals introduced new review processes that accounted for things like the potential greenhouse gas emissions resulting from increased oil flows. The National Energy Board’s 2016 approval of Trans Mountain required monitoring and upstream emissions offsetsrelated to construction.But environmental concerns remain including the risk of higher emissions from increased oilsands production and the environmental impact of a spill. As a result, environmentalists who helped get Trudeau elected are now doubting his commitment to the cause.Harrison said Trudeau has staked a claim on being able to reconcile both interests, offering up the pipeline and the resulting ability to get resources to market _ as a quid pro quo toget provincial and stakeholder support for a carbon price and environmental investments.“That was the compromise and they got pretty far with it,” Harrison said, noting all provinces but Saskatchewan signed onto the climate change framework.“We’re at that point now where the trains are colliding. This is a moment of truth for Canada and a country that relies heavily on producing fossil fuels.”(THE CANADIAN PRESS) The company had targeted May 31 as the make-or-break deadline to start construction if the pipeline was to hit those investment targets. That date is now the drop-dead date Kinder Morgan has given Canada to prove the company should have the confidence to move forward.Political strategist Robin Sears, a principal at Earnscliffe Strategy Group, said another option would be to increase spending on the environmental protection side, including on improved research into preventing and mitigating the impacts of a diluted bitumenspill.“The company has not done what it needs to have done to satisfy the people of B.C. they have taken the steps necessary to protect the environment,” said Sears.Sears said the Trudeau government has an oceans protection plan on paper, but hasn’t done much if anything to put it into action.center_img OTTAWA, O.N. – Canada is considering several ways to reduce the financial risk for Kinder Morgan investors spooked by the uncertainty plaguing the planned Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr said Friday as a high-level, make-or-break meeting loomed on the horizon.The government is still examining its options, Carr said, but won’t commit to a course of action before Sunday, when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau jets home from Peru for a hastily organized meeting in Ottawa with British Columbia Premier John Horgan and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley.“What we’re now faced with is to find ways to make sure there is more certainty than there is now,” Carr said in an interview with The Canadian Press.last_img read more

Suspected cougar attack leaves multiple goats dead

first_imgThe following story contains photographs with mature subject matter. Reader discretion is advised.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A speculated cougar attack over the weekend left multiple goats dead in Charlie Lake.The attack occurred sometime Sunday night or Monday morning in the Tea Creek area near the intersection of Highway 29 and the 279 Road. Chris Posthuma with the Conservation Officer Service explained that officers will be starting an investigation to determine whether the animal in question was a cougar or another type of animal. Posthuma added that if they are able to verify that it was a cougar, the next step would be to set traps to monitor the animal.“Typically once an animal goes to an easier food source they will be more likely to come back to the area,” said Posthuma.Photos of the attack’s aftermath were posted on a local Facebook group, but Posthuma is urging residents to forgo such posts on social media, as they don’t notify the C.O.S. that an attack occurred.He said that the best way to report such incidents is to call the Report All Poachers and Polluters (RAPP) Line at 1-(877)-952-7277. Photos posted on a local social media group showing the aftermath of a suspected cougar attack in Charlie Lake. Photos posted on a local social media group showing the aftermath of a suspected cougar attack in Charlie Lake. Photos posted on a local social media group showing the aftermath of a suspected cougar attack in Charlie Lake. Photos posted on a local social media group showing the aftermath of a suspected cougar attack in Charlie Lake.last_img read more

7phase polls from April 11

first_imgNew Delhi: The suspense over the announcement of dates for Lok Sabha elections came to an end on Sunday as Chief Election Commissioner unveiled the poll dates. As per Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora, the election would be held in seven phases starting from April 11 and ending on May 19 followed by counting of votes on May 23 for all the 543 Lok Sabha seats.Following the repeated demands of opposition parties, the Election Commission will use Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPATs) in all polling stations along with EVMs. As many as 17.4 lakh VVPAT machines will be deployed for the Lok Sabha and simultaneous assembly elections, Arora said, adding that in new SOPs issued, vehicles installed with GPS trackers and mobile-based tracking system for transportation of reserve EVMs and VVPATs will be used. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day”There will be very stringent security norms for storage, handling of VVPATs. After incidents, fresh SOPS have been issued for last mile transportation, including monitoring by GPS, including reserve too,” the CEC said. In a first, the Election Commission has decided to introduce candidates’ photos on the voting machines, in addition to the party name and symbol. “This would eliminate confusion in the minds of voters,” Arora said. However, the Election Commission that ‘failed’ to conduct bypoll for Anantnag parliamentary seat is still not in ‘position’ to hold assembly election in Jammu & Kashmir along with the Lok Sabha poll schedule. There are six parliamentary seats in J&K and elections for all six Lok Sabha seats will be held in 5-phases. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents on Reliance penaltyAccording to the CEC, assembly polls in Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal, Odisha and Sikkim will also be held simultaneously. While announcing the election dates, Arora said, “The model code of conduct would come into immediate effect from Sunday. This time, 10 lakh polling stations would be set as against about nine lakh in 2014 and nearly 90 crore voters would be eligible to vote for 543 Lok Sabha constituencies across the country.” “The first phase will be held on April 11, second on April 18, third on April 23, fourth on April 29, fifth on May 6, sixth on May 12 and seventh phase on May 19. The counting of votes will be on May 23,” Arora said, adding that in the first phase, 91 constituencies will go for polls, 97 constituencies in the second phase, 115 constituencies in third phase, 71 in fourth phase, 51 in fifth phase, 59 in sixth and 59 in the seventh phase. Polling for Lok Sabha seats in the states of Bihar (40), Uttar Pradesh (80) and West Bengal (42) will conclude in seven phases, while there will be single phase polling in 22 states/UTs and the states of Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Odisha will witness four-phase elections. In reply to a question on monitoring contents/political advertisements on social media such as Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, the CEC said, “We would set up control rooms to monitor the contents. There is a case pending in Bombay High Court over the issue. The observation of the HC in the case would bring more clarity. We have also asked candidates to submit their social media details.” Replying to a question on the provision of making arrangements to deposit mobile phones at the polling stations, the CEC said, “There is work in progress and a decision in this regard would be taken very soon.” The assembly elections in Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Andhra Pradesh will be held on April 11, while assembly poll in Odisha will be held in four phases starting from April 11.last_img read more

The Moroccan minister with a sweet tooth and Benkirane

first_imgRabat- Once upon a time, in the faraway kingdom of Morocco, an Islamist Party leader named Benkirane won the elections of 2011 and formed a coalition government in which he appointed a minister for Administrative Reform named Abdeladim Guerrouj and who was thought to be the youngest minister in Moroccan history. The story has it that this young and promising minister, on the eve of the reshuffle of the government, sensed that he was going to be in charge of another department (i.e. education) and made a big purchase of chocolate to offer to guests on the occasion of the baptism of his first child and made his ministry pay for it on his last day in this department.Abdeladim (meaning the great in Arabic) maybe thought this would go unseen, but unfortunately for him, the minister who came followed him  wanted to start his term with a clean slate. Though from the same party he ordered an inquiry on his predecessor’s financial statement and discovered this gross misconduct. He informed his party leader who conducted an investigation and came to the conclusion that it is indeed a case of embezzlement of public funds. He, in turn, informed his party and threw the hot potato in the lap of the poor Islamist Head of Government Benkirane. In the meantime, the great little minister Abdeladim, with the sweet tooth, has recognized his misconduct but sadly has not resigned, as is the case in many democracies. On the contrary, he is clinging to his seat and the many perks it offers without any shame whatsoever. Oh! I forgot to say that in Morocco, ministers never resign, they are made to resign and this is a very important difference in the cultural ethics of this country.Candy for bitter realityIncidentally, another minister, the socialist Habib El Malki who was in charge of the Ministry of Education some time ago, was known for his daily veracious appetite for expensive chocolate. This minister, without any shame whatsoever had the chocolate delivered to his ministry every morning and the taxpayer paid the bill.It so seems that the Ministry of Education that they are in charge of is so bitter in substance that they have to take some good quality chocolate to sweeten the state of affairs there. Indeed, they are right, after over half a century of independence, Morocco has failed to come up with an acceptable educational system. The Ministry of Education is the most budgetivore (in the sense of carnivore, if you please), as it swallows over 25% of the national budget with very little return. In higher education, over thirteen public universities generate thousands of graduates every year, most of whom end up unemployed. These graduates can be spotted fruitlessly demonstrating near Parliament on an almost daily basis.The great Abdeladim, realizing that he will be in charge of this troublesome ministry, decided to take some chocolate for a good start, maybe taking an example from the socialist minister who made it a rule to start his day with expensive chocolate in order to face the elements. Sadly, the socialist minister achieved nothing with his daily intake of this candy because education, during his tenure, went from bad to worse.As for this poor young minister, great in chocolate intake and small in righteousness, he might face, in the weeks to come, the sack from both his ministerial post and his party position. For he has embarrassed, beyond belief, both his party boss Al Ansar and the Head of Government Benkirane, who has promised over and over to fight corruption.  Baha! Please hand Benkirane a bar of chocolateWill Benkirane sack this young minister to set an example for the rest of his unruly, plethoric team (see my article entitled “Morocco: too much government kills government” published by MWN on 24 January 2014) or will he procrastinate in order to avoid the fall of his coalition. Either decision is bitter for Benkirane. I trust his sidekick Minister of State Baha ought to offer him some chocolate to get on with his bitter tenure. Poor Benkirane. He is receiving a blow after a blow and the last thing he would have wanted is a corrupt minister in his ranks.One of the salient points of his electoral platform was to fight corruption, money embezzlement, and illegal transfer of funds to foreign banks. So far, however, he has shied away from fulfilling any of his promises and, as time goes on, his popularity sinks further and further. By the end of his term he will probably drown completely, the poor soul.Corruption in Morocco is sadly endemic. Many officials consider corruption money as a perk that goes with their office and the same is true of misuse of public funds and embezzlement. Officials use public money at will, with no qualms, because the state is very lax with them if they don’t get caught. Those that are caught face a variety of sentences. Some are punished by imprisonment while others are, at worst, only fired. Furthermore  the state rarely asks them to repay the stolen money, unless it is a truly large sum.In the Moroccan vernacular, language corruption is referred to by the cover term hlawa meaning “a candy or a sweet”. So, if an individual wants something achieved quickly bypass all laws possible, he has to give hlawa money to the official in charge. The chocolate the two honorable ministers paid for with public money is, for them, undoubtedly a perk of their office, no more. They might even think that they did nothing wrong and that is very bad because it means that corruption is deeply ingrained in the Moroccan officials’ psyche, and that is unfortunate.The great Abdeladim Guerrouj, prior to his chocolate episode when he started his ministerial tenure, spoke of transparency and efficiency in practice, now I wonder what he meant and why he used these terms if he was not going to stand by their message. That will remain a ministerial mystery; maybe we will never know what he meant in the first place.The other chocolate minister Habib El Malki, the great socialist in discourse only, of course, was very straightforward in his attitude towards the philistines. Apparently, the first thing he did on becoming Minister of Education, he ordered the employees to use a back door so that he can have the stately front entrance for his exclusive use. He also ordered an elevator built for his own personal use; it cost the ministry millions of centimes. The socialist minister wanted to prove, by all this, that he is special and thus deserves to have chocolate delivered to his office on a daily basis, not paying any attention to possible criticism from the press because of his palace umbrella, bearing in mind that he was always the preferred socialist of the late King Hassan II and his sole interlocutor in the party he belongs to.By not sacking the chocolate minister and not acting on corruption and illegal money transfers abroad, Benkirane is proving to the people who gave him their votes to undertake important changes within the Moroccan political scene that he is, in the end, no different from his predecessors he criticized when he was in the opposition. Benkirane’s various promises to put an end to all forms of corruption and to set up good governance prove to be merely empty promises and hot air, no more.In two years, he will have to face the electorate again in the upcoming legislative elections and the voters will certainly square up against him and his Islamist government will go down history as a government of “much ado about nothing,” that will ultimately go down the drain. The moral of the storyIf you have a sweet tooth in Morocco, better consume Moroccan almond cookies ka’b ghzal “gazelle corns,” with mint tea, they are delicious and safe and by all means stay away from foreign expensive chocolate! It only brings misfortune and bad luck to you and your surroundings. Be warned.The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Morocco World News’ editorial policy© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Chris Webber Sixfigure Tax Lien

Chris Webber has run out of timeouts with the State of California and now they’ve filed a six-figure tax lien against the five-time NBA all-star … TMZ has learned.According to documents filed by the California Employment Development Office, CWebb owes the state for unpaid taxes from the last few months of 2008 and all of 2009. The initial amount was for $81,427.36, but with $25,874.56 in penalties and $11,629.05 in interest … the former Sacrament King now owes $118,930.97.

Ohio State earns first Big Ten win tops Purdue 7869

Junior guard Shannon Scott (right) drives to the hoop during a game against Delaware Dec. 18 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 76-64. Credit: Mark Batke / Lantern photographerThe beat rolls on for the No. 3-ranked Ohio State men’s basketball team.OSU (14-0, 1-0) earned its first Big Ten win Tuesday, topping Purdue (10-4, 0-1), 78-69, in West Lafayette, Ind.A back-and-forth affair in the opening 20 minutes, OSU took a 34-33 lead into halftime after senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. hit a lay up just before the buzzer. Fellow senior guard Aaron Craft fired a pass to Smith Jr. from under the hoop on the play, one of Craft’s six assists in the half.After the break, the Buckeyes turned to junior forward LaQuinton Ross to carry them to victory.The Boilermakers center, sophomore A.J. Hammons, was a force inside, finishing the game with 18 points and 16 rebounds, but couldn’t match Ross, who poured in a career-high 25 points. He also collected 12 rebounds in the game.OSU’s big men, junior centers Amir Williams and Trey McDonald, combined for 21 minutes played and both picked up their third fouls in the first six minutes of the second half. That caused OSU coach Thad Matta to play Ross down low and guard Hammons.Ross played in the post for a majority of the second half, as Matta chose to play with the smaller lineup while OSU added to its lead.Williams and McDonald combined for only six points and four rebounds in the win.A tip-in by Hammons with just 1:38 left cut OSU’s lead to 69-64, but free throws by Craft, Ross, Smith Jr. and junior guard Shannon Scott helped put the game away.Craft finished with seven points, 10 assists, eight rebounds and four steals. Scott and Smith Jr. finished with 18 and 14 points, respectively.Up next, OSU is scheduled to return to the Schottenstein Center to take on Nebraska (8-4, 0-0) Jan. 4, 2014. Tipoff is set for noon. read more