Ports growing despite worries

first_imgIn 2006, two-way trade was valued at $329.4 billion through the twin ports, Los Angeles International Airport and several other points of international trade – collectively known as the Los Angeles Customs District. That was a 12.1 percent increase over the previous year, easily allowing the customs district to retain its No. 1 national ranking. The New York Customs District was second at $295 billion in two-way trade. Because of the nation’s trade deficit, many containers enter the ports loaded and leave empty. When counting only loaded containers, the Port of Los Angeles was the nation’s biggest gainer in traffic last year, recording a 17.5 increase, to 5.72 million loaded TEUs, the study says. The Port of Long Beach was second with a 9 percent increase, to 4.79 million TEUs. The Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex also retained its No. 5 worldwide ranking for total handled containers. Growth at the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will keep going full throttle this year despite concerns about capacity and other issues, according to a study to be released today. Container traffic at the two ports is expected to increase 9.2 percent, to 17.2 million TEUs, or 20-foot equivalent units, says an international trade study by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. The growth in container traffic this year will be slightly slower than last year’s pace of 11 percent, the study says. “Shippers continue to have confidence in the ability of the ports to handle the traffic,” the report states. Americans’ unrelenting appetite for imports from Asia is driving growth in local port traffic, said Eduardo J. Martinez, an economist who led the LAEDC trade study. “As long as we’re running the trade deficit and Los Angeles remains the main entry point (to Asia), and Asian companies continue to excel in manufacturing, yes, it’s going to continue,” Martinez said of port traffic growth. With container traffic at the twin ports expected to at least double in the next 15 years to 20 years, concern will remain high over capacity, congestion and environmental effects, the report says. The two main rail yards serving the twin ports, Hobart Yard and BNSF, are approaching their intended capacity. However, BNSF is developing a near-dock rail facility to move containers onto trains using the Alameda Corridor express freight rail lines. This new facility would likely reduce truck traffic on the Long Beach Freeway and decrease pressure on the Hobart Yard, the study says. Despite attempts to clean up the air, port pollution remains a major worry for the surrounding communities. This makes plans to increase port capacity a tricky political balancing act, Martinez said. “It becomes a political process … that may drag out,” Martinez said. “The pressure in the room is not going away. It’s actually increasing. So it gives it a bit of urgency.” Even without an increase in capacity, shippers from Asia have few options beyond the twin ports because other Western U.S. ports “don’t have the capacity,” Martinez said. However, a long-term shortage of capacity at the Los Angeles and Long Beach harbors could prompt competing ports such as in Washington state to invest in greater capacity. The study also says direct international trade created 35,000 additional jobs last year in Los Angeles County and the four surrounding counties. muhammed.el-hasan@dailybreeze.com (310) 543-6175160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Teenager faces 4 felony gun charges

first_imgRobert Meyer of La Habra, who allegedly gave the weapon to the teen, also faces an arraignment today in Whittier Superior Court. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies identified Meyer, 25, as a known gang member and an ex-felon. The boy recently joined a gang, according to Lt. George Zagurski of the Sheriff’s Department’s Operation Safe Streets Bureau, its anti-gang unit. He said the teen told deputies he brought the gun to Katherine Edwards Middle School last week for protection. Deputies found the loaded firearm hidden in a planter on campus and arrested the boy. Another student had overheard him talking about the gun and told school officials. No one was injured in the incident, officials said. WHITTIER – Prosecutors filed charges Monday against a 14-year-old Whittier boy accused of bringing a loaded gun to his middle school last week. The unidentified minor was charged with possession of a gun on school grounds, possession of a firearm by an active gang member, possession of an unregistered firearm and possession of a firearm by a minor, said Jane Robison, spokeswoman for the District Attorney’s Office. All four charges are felonies, she said. The eighth-grader is scheduled to be arraigned today at Los Padrinos Juvenile Court. He remains at Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall, Robison said. Zagurski said subsequent investigation led to the arrest of Meyer on May 11. The incident generated much concern at the middle school, where students were kept inside their classrooms and were dismissed two minutes later than normal as a safety precaution, Whittier Union High School District Superintendent Carmella Franco said in the statement last week. She called it an isolated incident but added that officials were being “extra vigilant.” Deputies found the gun around 2 p.m. The small automatic was inside a bag of some sort that had been placed in the planter, said Lt. Jeff Cavanaugh of the sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station. Edwards Middle School Principal Monica Sena called the boy who reported the gun to officials “courageous.” ruby.gonzales@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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COAST GUARD HAS TO INTERVENE AS JET SKI NUTS TERRIFY SWIMMERS

first_imgA COAST Guard team had to take to the water today as jet skiers and speed boat owners came within inches of swimmers on a popular beach.As temperatures soared thousands of people headed for some of Co Donegal’s most popular beaches.But some of them faced being seriously injured, according to eyewitnesses today. A Coast Guard spokesman confirmed its Mulroy crew had to take to the waters off Downings today to speak to a jet skier and the owner of a speed boat.“They were going far too close to swimmers along the shoreline,” he said.One eyewitness, a visitor from the North, told us: “It was a fantastic day but there’s always someone around to spoil it for the rest.“These people were whizzing through the water at high speed and coming far to close to the shore. “Last year a wee boy was killed in County Down by someone on a jet ski. They are dangerous and shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near packed beaches like they were today.”Local people who had gone to the popular beach said the incidents were unsavoury.“We go down to the beach to relax and these people would give you a headache,” said a local mother of three.“They are up and down in the water in boats and on those skis and they should just be banned. Simple as that.There were also complaints of quads being used on other beaches – and rubbish dumped by visitors. The Coast Guard also renewed its appeal for people not to take inflatables out into open water.COAST GUARD HAS TO INTERVENE AS JET SKI NUTS TERRIFY SWIMMERS was last modified: July 24th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Downingsjet skisMulroy Coast Guardspeed boatslast_img read more

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Photos: Warriors’ Klay Thompson 32 points carry them to win over the Los Angeles Clippers

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.Klay Thompson led the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 by scoring 32 points while going 12-of-20 from the field and 6-of-9 from 3. The Warriors face the Clippers again in Game 5 at Oracle Arena in Oakland on Wednesday. If they win, they’re likely to face the Houston Rockets, who are leading their series with the Utah Jazz 3-0. The Warriors, led by head coach Steve Kerr, have been NBA champions in 2015, 2017 and 2018.Tho …last_img read more

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Ohio Cattlemen’s Roundup in Mercer County next month

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) invites all who have an interest in Ohio’s cattle industry to Mercer County, Ohio for this year’s Roundup, August 28 and 29, 2015, featuring farm tours, sessions with industry leaders, great food, and time with fellow cattlemen.Roundup begins Friday evening, August 28, at Romer’s Catering & Entertainment Facility in Celina, Ohio. Dinner featuring a Mercer County wedding supper will be served at 7 p.m. Following dinner, Representative Jim Buchy, Ohio House of Representatives, 84th District, will provide an overview of the water quality issues facing Ohio and the proactive steps agriculture has taken to address these issues. Attendees will also hear from NCBA’s Colin Woodall, Vice President of Government Affairs. Colin will provide a legislative update on Waters of the United States, trade, Country-of-Origin Labeling and other important issues. Roundup speakers are sponsored by Farm Credit Mid-America.An auction to benefit the NCBA and OCA Political Action Committees will take place on Friday night and will feature Ohio State football tickets.Saturday morning registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at Romer’s Catering & Entertainment Facility. Breakfast will be sponsored by United Producers, Inc. and United Producers Credit Services.Kate Maher, Senior Director of Member Services with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, will start things off with a discussion on NCBA member benefits and opportunities.An overview of local water quality initiatives will be provided by Terry Mescher, Conservation Engineer with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and Abbey Tobe, Grand Lake/Wabash Watershed Coordinator for the Mercer County Soil and Water Conservation District. Travis Spicer, Mercer County Landmark, will discuss the growth of cattle feeding in the county.Following the water quality discussion, the first round of bus tours will take place, allowing attendees to see two of four designated locations.A hamburger lunch will be provided when attendees return from the first round of tours. Lunch is sponsored by Elanco.Milt Miller, Grand Lake St. Marys Restoration Commission Manager, will take the floor after lunch to give a presentation on Lake Improvement Association success stories.At 1:30 p.m., attendees will load the buses for the second round of farm tours.Farms included on the tour are:The Boeckman farm is operated by Kevin, his wife Angie and two children, Cody and Gina. The family took over the farm that was at one time a poultry layer operation, from Kevin’s father. As the poultry barns became outdated, they decided to remodel and turn the barns into a calf nursery. About 10 years ago, the Boeckman family started raising 50 calves three times per year and over time grew the operation into 290 calves per group with 5.5 turns per year. Once they had their feet under them with raising baby calves, they decided to expand the operation and built a 300 head grower barn to house the calves until they weighed 600 pounds. The Boeckman’s work closely with the owner of the calves which is Angie’s brother Jeff Siefring. All three phases of the Boeckman’s operations will be on display at the Roundup — nursery barns, weaned barn, and grower barn.The Siefring farm is operated by Jeff, his wife Julie and three children, Taylor, Marcus, and Dylan. Also, involved in the operation is Jeff’s dad Mark and his uncle Ron. Mark & Ron started the farm with a few sows, cattle, and an 80 cow milking operation. In the past 10 years, Jeff has been gradually taking over and expanding the operation into a 2,000 head hog finishing barn, grain storage, and cattle barns, some new and some remodeled. The farm currently runs a 900 head Holstein finishing operation. The family also grain farms 1,800 acres and rents three other cattle finishing facilities. The Siefring’s own and supply the Boeckman operation with calves. The Roundup tour will start with the three phases at the Boeckman farm and continue as the cattle grow to slaughter weight at the Siefring farm.Kahlig Farms located west of Coldwater is owned by John, Jim and Tom Kahlig and sons and consists of over 2,000 acres, along with cattle and hog operations. Forty years ago the sons of Ray Kahlig took over the family farm of 320 acres that milked cows and fed cattle. Today, they own and feed out over 800 head of Holstein feeders, plus feed 11,000 head of contract hogs. The new slat barn that holds 240 head of Holsteins is the focus of this tour stop that includes air-flow concrete walls around the barn. Jim Kahlig designed the walls and has a patent pending. The Kahligs also operate three rigs for custom nutrient application which pumps nearly 150 million gallons of manure per year from Darke County to Paulding County.Three generations of the Jim and Margie Fennig family have been involved in breeding and exhibiting high quality show cattle for over 40 years. Their herd of 40 cows is made up of Maine-Anjou, Simmental and crossbreds that continue to produce the winning kind. The Fennig family was the recent recipient of the 2014 Mercer County Cattleman of the Year award. This family has produced cattle that went on to be AI sires and win titles at national shows including Denver. The top selling bull at the 2014 Ohio Beef Expo Maine-Anjou sale came from this herd. Jim’s sons, Gary, Todd, Ryan and Mike, along with Gary’s son Adam and their families are all involved in the Fennig operations that includes crop insurance and an Ag equipment dealership. The Fennig’s are also involved in a cover crop program for water quality.At the completion of the tours, those in attendance will return to Romer’s for an ice cream sundae bar.Registration deadline for this event is Aug. 14, 2015. Friday night is $10 per person for OCA members and non-members. The cost on Saturday is $25 for OCA members and $35 for non-members. All registrations at the door will be $35. For more information about the Roundup or to register call the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association at (614) 873-6736 or email beef@ohiobeef.org. A full description of the schedule of events, online registration and a downloadable registration form can also be found at www.ohiocattle.org/announcements/oca-summer-roundup.OCA appreciates the support from sponsors: Farm Credit Mid-America, United Producers, Inc., United Producers Credit Services and Elanco.last_img read more

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Revised phosphorus index can help curb agricultural runoff

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio farmers will soon have access to a newly revised tool that can quickly and easily tell them their risk of agricultural phosphorus runoff that could potentially move into Ohio waterways such as Lake Erie.The revised Ohio Phosphorus Risk Index is a program developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service to help farmers assess their risk of phosphorus moving off farm fields. It will soon allow farmers to input their farm-specific data to generate their risk of phosphorus in agricultural runoff through an online program.The revised index is the result of the multiyear On-Field Ohio project led by Elizabeth (Libby) Dayton, a researcher in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at The Ohio State University. The index has significant water quality implications statewide, considering that misapplied phosphorus has a high likelihood of degradation Ohio’s surface water and is a major contributor to harmful algal blooms.The revised phosphorus risk index can help Ohio farmers better work toward meeting the 40% phosphorus reduction target in the Western Lake Erie Basin, said Dayton, a soil scientist in the college’s School of Environment and Natural Resources. That is the target agreed to in the 2012 Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement between the United States and Canada.Scientists believe that a reduction of this size would keep algal blooms at safe levels for people and the lake.“The index provides a long-term, average estimate of field-scale phosphorus loss based on farmer specific inputs,” Dayton said. “It gives farmers the ability to compare crop management scenarios and evaluate changes in phosphorus runoff, allowing them to prioritize time and resources when making management decisions.“The index quantifies how voluntary changes in agricultural practices contribute to achieving target phosphorus runoff reduction goals. If you multiply that by the millions of crop acres in Ohio, the 40% reduction target appears achievable,” she said.The need to reduce phosphorus is significant because harmful algal blooms are dangerous to both the Lake Erie ecosystem and human health. In 2014, for instance, toxins produced by a severe bloom in western Lake Erie shut down Toledo’s drinking water supply for two days.The On-Field Ohio project included runoff monitoring on 29 farm fields in the Scioto River, Grand Lake St. Marys and Western Lake Erie Basin watersheds. The project collected data on more than 2,000 runoff events and more than 14,000 runoff water samples, resulting in more than 42,000 analyses. It also collected 2,000 soil samples, resulting in more than 8,000 analyses.Some of the management practices that were evaluated included tillage, soil type, fertilizer placement, soil phosphorus content, field topography, soil infiltration rate and cover crops.In addition to revising the Phosphorus Risk Index, Dayton’s project found that maintaining agricultural soil phosphorus levels in accordance with the Tri-State Fertility Guidelines helps lower the concentration of phosphorus that is dissolved in agricultural runoff.And because erosion contributes to the issue, phosphorus associated with eroded soil can be curtailed by reducing soil disturbances with practices such as reduced tillage and by maintaining crop residue or a growing crop on the field at all times.“By inputting different crop management scenarios into the index, farmers can determine what will work best to reduce their soil disturbance,” Dayton said. “Reductions in soil disturbance translate into large reductions in soil erosion and surface runoff of phosphorus that is attached to eroded soil, which is the biggest risk driver for surface phosphorus runoff in Ohio.”The On-Field Ohio project was funded through a $1 million USDA Conservation Innovation Grant and $1 million in matching donations from Ohio farmer groups.last_img read more

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The Art of Split Screen

first_imgSplit Screen of the 1960sIn 1957, filmmaker Francis Thompson began experimenting with custom lenses to create his short film N.Y., N.Y. He used the technique again in his Academy-Award winning film, To Be Alive, which played at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. Thompson never revealed his technique, but after the success of To Be Alive, split screen started appearing more often in countless films.1958’s Indiscreet used the technique to get past censors. There were issues with scenes showing Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman in bed together, so director Stanley Donen used a split screen. The actors where filmed in separate beds, but their conversations were carried out as if they were in bed together.In 1961, the Walt Disney studio blew audiences away with The Parent Trap, which starred Hayley Mills and, well, Hayley Mills. Now, this wasn’t the first film to use split screen to star two characters played by the same actor, but it was the first major blockbuster success to do so. Walt Disney demanded that the VFX not be visible, and the work paid off as The Parent Trap won the Oscar for Best Film Editing. Here is a wonderful behind the scenes look at the making of The Parent Trap. Two different exposures using a black matte were primarily used, often hiding the split screen behind background elements like door frames and bed posts.1966’s Grand Prix used split screen and is well known for its intro credits — which were done by legendary designer Saul Bass. Bass later went on to criticize split screen and its overuse in the 1960s.The point is, it’s a device, and as far as I’m concerned I’ll never use it again — if it actually cries out for it, I’ll use it but as a device it’s lost its currency, because, later on, it was, unfortunately, used meaninglessly. It’s the kind of thing that grows up without ever having a youth and there’s no opportunity to explore it. On Grand Prix, I took the multiple image …. and carried it down the line quite a way. I think it is terrific at expressing muchness, but I suspect it’s not capable of expressing deep feeling or contemplative… — Saul Bass: A Life in Film and Design A Brief History of Split ScreenThe use of split-screen filmmaking dates back to the 1890s. Early uses, like Edwin S. Porter’s 1903 film Life of an American Fireman, showed thoughts of the main character. In fact, the opening scene of the film is the fireman thinking of a woman and child.Image via WikipediaMagician-turned-filmmaker Georges Méliès used split screen along with matte paintings to composite his head several times in the 1898 film The Four Troublesome Heads. One of the most famous uses (or perhaps overuses) of split screen came from the 1968’s The Thomas Crown Affair.  The film features a “multi-screen” montage during a polo match. Designed and edited by Pablo Ferro, this sequence was created to cut down on the film’s run time. A fifteen-minute sequence was edited down to two minutes.I had 66 images on a 35mm film. And that’s when Steve McQueen swings and hits the ball, and you see the whole thing. It was just so interesting seeing the whole swing. — Art of the TitleAs the 1960s came to an end, the use of split screen seemed to have been run into the ground. It didn’t appear nearly as often — but when used correctly, split screen still earned critical praise for editors like Thelma Schoonmaker, who used the technique in the 1970 documentary Woodstock.During the 80s and 90s, split screen was primarily used by VFX artists in films like Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Back to the Future Part II. (Check out the use of split screen with the flying DeLorean.)Split Screen of the 2000sAs so often seen in this industry, a technique will quickly find itself run into the ground — only to later have a resurgence. For the split-screen technique, the success of independent filmmakers and creation of new tools in programs like After Effects gave rise to its return.In 2000, the film Requiem for a Dream crushed the hearts of every audience member as they watched a realistic fall into drug addiction. In one of the film’s more sentimental moments, Jared Leto and Jennifer Connelly intimately share a bed and the split screen is used to draw attention to the couple’s caressing hands. It’s the rare love scene that focuses attention on the lover’s embrace, rather than pure erotica.The Rules of Attraction uses the split-screen technique in an unconventional manner. After a montage of split-screen clips, this sequence ends with two characters having a conversation. The audience sees the face of each character during the conversation, and then, with the use of a motion control camera rig, the split screen folds into a single shot.In Kill Bill: Vol. 1, director Quentin Tarantino and editor Sally Menke use a wide variety of filmmaking techniques for each chapter. Throughout the film, several split-screen edits are used, the most well known being the hospital scene. The combination of the whistling sound and split-screen edit became a defining moment for the film. The image of the bride and nurse are juxtaposed, creating an overall eerie feeling during the assassination attempt.By the mid-to-late 2000s, split-screen editing and split-screen VFX merged in countless television ads and films. Kinetic typography was often included as well, such as this intricate sequence from Stranger Than Fiction.In Edgar Wright‘s tribute to video game and comic book culture, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World features an incredible amount of split-screen sequences. Wright uses split screen for everything from transitions between scenes to “combo” fight sequences. In this final battle, an array of split screens are used.While these are all uses that showcase the split screen, the technique is still used unnoticeably by directors like David Fincher. Fincher combines several actors’ best takes into one single shot. In this tutorial from Ben Gill, you’ll see how Fincher uses split-comping to combine three different frames in The Social Network or two frames in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Gill then shows you how to use this type of split screen comping yourself.Got any favorite split-screen moments? Share them in the comments below!center_img The split-screen technique has been used by film editors and VFX artists for over 100 years. Take a look at its evolution during two prominent decades.Top image via Universal PicturesSplit-screen filmmaking is one of the oldest techniques used by film editors and VFX artists alike. Whether it’s editing clips together or building a single shot from multiple takes, here are some of the many different uses of split screen.If you’re still unfamiliar with the technique, take a look at this video essay from Marco Heiter, which highlights many of the most famous uses of split screen editing.last_img read more

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Durham admits Bolts came out ‘lazy’ in Game 1 loss

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC PBA IMAGESLUCENA — “We’re just kinda lazy.”That was Allen Durham’s simple explanation on the heels of Meralco’s disappointing 87-102 defeat to Ginebra in Game 1 of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals here.ADVERTISEMENT He did give credit to the Gin Kings’s stupendous effort on both ends of the floor in the series opener, saying, “They just came out the better team tonight. They beat us by a lot.”The Bolts made a run in the third quarter and sliced what was once a 17-point lead to as low as four, 71-75 late in the frame, but still sputtered in the end game.“We were off for a little bit, so in the second half, I played a little bit better and we actually fought back in the game. But we had some crucial turnovers and that just killed us. If you turn the ball over against a team like this, they’ll run out and it’s not gonna end well for you,” he said.Durham now shifts his focus to Game 2, where Meralco aims to tie the series a game apiece on Sunday.“We just got to get back to work, try to make the necessary corrections, and get ready for Sunday,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Ateneo stops Adamson on its tracks, bags 8th straight win Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  View comments The Bolts struggles were seen all over, from their unusually low 23-percent shooting from three and 39-percent field goal clip, to their 59-40 disadvantage in rebounds.“We didn’t play our game well tonight. We didn’t shoot the ball well at all. You can’t beat a team like Ginebra and not shoot the ball well,” he said. “The whole conference we’ve been rebounding really well, and for whatever reason, we let them grab 22 offensive rebounds. We just didn’t play our game tonight and it showed.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFor all the fanfare of Meralco’s improvements from last season’s runner-up finish in the season-ending conference, it didn’t look like it was a tad bit better in the Game 1 loss on Friday.Durham’s troubles also coincided with the Bolts’ slump as he shot 10-of-22 from the field to wound up with 27 points, 14 rebounds, and eight assists against four turnovers.center_img Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIES LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary MOST READ Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fightlast_img read more

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TOUCH SA vs VICTORIA- THE BORDER CHALLENGE

first_imgVIC vs SA- OPEN BORDER CHALLENGE 3rd September: Touch SA vs Victoria Touch- `2005 Border Challenge’. In the drizzling rain the touch stars of long standing rival states South Australia and Victoria took to the fields last weekend to battle to be the 2005 Border Challenge Champions…. Last weekends Border Challenge saw South Australia and Victoria compete in the Men’s open, Women’s Open and Mixed Open divisions, vying for State supremacy as well as selection for the Crusaders teams (comprising Victoria, South Australia & Tasmania) to compete in the National Touch League in Coffs Harbour in March 2006. This year the 2005 Border Challenge was held in Mildura. The Border Challenge is a great opportunity to take elite level touch to the regional areas, and this weekend displayed the very best South Australia and Victoria has to offer. The games were held at the Mildura Senior College and greatly supported by representatives of the Mallee Touch Association in particular Luke Thornton with regard to facilities and field preparation. It was excellent to see members of the Mildura Touch Association come out and play a demonstration mixed game to show case the local talent. The stars from both South Australia and Victoria put on a display of tenacious defense, hot stepping attacking action, and of course, the games were played in the sportsmanlike manner one has come to expect in our sport. Through the miserable rain South Australia came out strong winning all three of the Men’s Open games and two games to one in the Women’s Open, while Victoria had a clean sweep in the Mixed Open division. As expected it was a tight encounter with most games only separated by one or two scores. Men’s Open South Australia (6) def Victoria (5) South Australia (5) def Victoria (4) South Australia (5) def Victoria (2) * 2005 Divisional Champions – South Australia Women’s Open South Australia (4) def Victoria (3) South Australia (3) def Victoria (2) Victoria (2) def South Australia (1) * 2005 Divisional Champions – South Australia Mixed Open Victoria (3) def South Australia (2) Victoria (5) def South Australia (3) Victoria (6) def South Australia (5) * 2005 Divisional Champions – Victoria ** 2005 Border Challenge Overall State Champions – South Australia ** The awesome display of talent made the task of choosing a `Player of the Series’ from each division very difficult. The following players were awarded `Player of the Series’ – Men’s Open – Colm Maguire (South Australia) Women’s Open – Sharon Gray (South Australia) Sharon Lai (Victoria) Mixed Open – Richard Morunga (Victoria) Congratulations to all the players that took part and a big thank you to Luke Thornton for everything he did in preparation for the 2005 Border Challenge. A special thank you to the following referee’s who were selected to represent at the 2005 Border Challenge Dave Ludlow, Jo Mitchell, Sean Judge, Chris Denison-Smith, Greg Frost, Indra Garner, Leigh Bryant, Miles Davine, Mike Gaskin, Stewart Freeman.last_img

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10 months agoTottenham attacker Son: Only bad luck stopping trophy push

first_imgTottenham attacker Son: Only bad luck stopping trophy pushby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham attacker Heung-Min Son says they deserve to win a trophy this season.The South Korean – who has now scored 10 goals in his last 10 games – believes all Tottenham need is a change in fortune to land their first silverware under Mauricio Pochettino.”We are just a bit unlucky for me, to be honest,” he said. “We are close all the time.”People are thinking ‘ahhh it’s Spurs’, but we believe, always this team believe in the title, but sometimes you just have to have luck, with a long season.”We can win, we deserve to win. The players deserve to win something.”Of course the pressure is going to be big [to win the title] but we have to just enjoy and bring positive energy, this is the most important.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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