Round 1 of the South East Queensland Junior Tri-Series starts this weekend, May 21st. It’s being held at Redlands, with rounds 2 and 3 to be held at Toowoomba and then the Gold Coast. For the South East, South and South West junior sides competing, it’s great preparation for the Queensland Junior State Cup coming up in July. Welcome to the post-Mothers Day edition of Sixty Seconds in Touch, where we say thanks to all mums out there and also happy birthday to TFA’s Chief Executive Officer Kevin Thompson, we hope you have a great day today…but back to Touch, there’s plenty happening, so make sure you have a read…and for all Australian Senior Squad members, remember your deposits for the World Cup are due today! For all the news click on ‘more’ below… If you’re interested in the full version of each match, TFA will also be selling copies of all 3 matches in full, complete with the referees talk during the match. These copies will not be professionally packaged or have commentary, they will simply be the raw footage of each final and the referees who had a microphone on during the final. TFA hope this will be a valuable resource for coaches, referees and players to use in development of the sport or their own skills. These will also be priced around $20-25. Copies of the NTL package shown on Fox are on their way to the office, while the price has yet to be determined, it’s estimated they will be available for purchase for around $20-25. On the topic of sales, the TFA online merchandise shop has been closed for some time, but is very close to being opened! TFA have recently finalised the financial gateway to be used and will be uploading resources, referees gear and other merchandise into the shop. An announcement will be made on the TFA homepage when the shop is open for business. Touch Football South Australia is calling for coaches and assistant coaches for their State 18 Years Boys team, 12 Years Girls team and 14 Years Boys team and also 14 Years Girls team. If you want more information on these teams and their tour dates/destinations, please contact Touch SA on (08) 8373 3222. TFA have recently announced a new sponsor, ESUS footwear. Over the coming weeks we will be distributing information on the company, the partnership, their shoes and when sales will begin. Both ESUS and TFA are preparing to launch the Touch Football shoes, check out www.esus.com.au if you’re after some information on the shoes themselves and keep your eye on the TFA website over the coming weeks. Unfortunately the BMTA fundraiser for Touch in North Queensland has had to be postponed, early indications are that it will take place in the coming months, for more information contact email@example.com. This will allow organisers more time to get everything ready and teams more time get themselves together. Touch West are holding their Board of Management meeting on Saturday 10th June, while Southern Districts Touch Association in Western Australia are holding their AGM on Tuesday 30th May. If you’re interested in either of these meetings, check out www.touchwest.com NSW Touch are holding an AusTouch leaders course, at no cost to participants, on Sunday 18th June at the Nelson Bay Bowling Club, from 9am-1pm. AusTouch is TFA’s junior program allowing kids to experience the skills of Touch and providing a pathway for a fun and safe experience of the sport. If you are interested in taking part, contact Daniel Rushworth on (02) 9558 9333. While the talk on the Soccer World Cup heats up, so do preparations for the Touch Football World Cup in South Africa, 2007. The tournament is being held in Stellenbosch, which is approximately 40km east of Cape Town and will be from January 17-20. The Open National Training Squads (NTS) have already been announced, with the final sides to be announced in late August, after a training camp in July. The Senior Squads will be announced in late May, with their deposits due to the TFA office TODAY. The NSW Country Championships are being held at Dubbo on May 27-28. The draft draw is now available; simply click on www.nswtouch.com.au for all the details.
Jammu: A court in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday adjourned hearing in the case of killing of four IAF personnel in 1990 after Tihair Jail authorities expressed their inability to present main accused JKLF chief Yasin Malik in court due to security reasons. They posted the matter for October 23. Malik would now be presented before the court only on video-conferencing and through it his examination would also be conducted. A special Terrorist and Disruptive Activity (TADA) court adjourned the hearing and gave the next date of hearing on October 23, lawyers said. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report Malik was to present before the court on Tuesday but the jail authorities expressed their inability to present him in court due to security reasons, they said. Malik who heads the banned Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) is accused of being involved in the killing of the Indian Air Force (IAF) personnel in Kashmir. On January 25, 1990, four IAF employees including Squadron Leader Ravi Khanna were killed by JKLF terrorists. Malik was chargesheeted by the CBI before the TADA court in Jammu on August 31, 1990, in the case. Malik has been arrested in a terror funding case by the National Investigative Agency (NIA) and is currently lodged in Tihar Jail.
San Francisco: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has promised his employees to “fight and win” if Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren wins the 2020 election and moves forward with her stated plan to break up the big US tech firms. Adopting a more aggressive style than he habitually uses in his public appearances, Zuckerberg directed his remarks at his employees last July to address questions about the firm’s present and future, an interview that was recorded and made public on Tuesday on the Web page The Verge, Efe news reported. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year “I mean, if she gets elected president, then I would bet that we will have a legal challenge, and I would bet that we will win the legal challenge. And does that still suck for us? Yeah. I mean, I don’t want to have a major lawsuit against our own government. … We care about our country and want to work with our government and do good things. But look … if someone’s going to try to threaten something that existential, you go to the mat and you fight,” he said. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India Zuckerberg was referring to the Massachusetts senator’s proposal to split up the biggest tech firms – if she wins the Democratic presidential nomination and is ultimately elected in 2020 – given that she feels that they have “excessive” power both as market entities and in relation to their users or customers. On Tuesday, after the audio recording of Zuckerberg was released, Warren doubled down on her proposal and said on Twitter that “What would really ‘suck’ is if we don’t fix a corrupt system that lets giant companies like Facebook engage in illegal anticompetitive practices, stomp on consumer privacy rights, and repeatedly fumble their responsibility to protect our democracy.” “I’m not afraid to hold Big Tech companies like Facebook, Google, and Amazon accountable. It’s time to #BreakUpBigTech,” the senator said in another tweet. In the recordings provided by The Verge, Zuckerberg justified his opposition to Warren’s plan by – among other things – saying that dividing big companies will not make interference in elections less likely, rather the reverse, given that in his judgment “the companies can’t coordinate and work together.” The tech giant based in Menlo Park, California, in recent years has been mired in a multitude of scandals that have significantly strained its public image, the biggest of these being the one involving British consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, which used an app to gather personal data on millions of Facebook users without their consent and then used that info for political ends. The consulting firm prepared psychological profiles on voters that it allegedly sold to the campaign of President Donald Trump during the runup to the 2016 election, among other things. Facebook is being investigated for potential monopolistic practices by the Federal Trade Commission, which earlier this year levied a $5 billion fine on the firm for failing to properly maintain user privacy.
Patna: At least 42 people have died in rain-related incidents in Bihar following a torrential spell that took place between September 27 and 30, authorities said.The state continued to trudge towards normalcy on Wednesday with intensified rescue and relief operations and water being pumped out of submerged localities. With a let up in the showers since Monday, restoration work was on in full swing. Supervising rescue and rehabilitation work in Patna on late Tuesday night, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar urged people to “have patience”. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadAccording to a release issued by the state disaster management department, 42 casualties have been reported so far from the districts affected by the heavy rainfall, though a district-wise break-up was not yet available. The release put the total number of people affected by the devastating spell at 17.09 lakh. The districts hit by the disaster were Patna, Bhojpur, Bhagalpur, Khagaria, Samastipur, Begusarai, Lakhisarai and Vaishali situated on either side of the Ganga besides Arwal, Nawada and Nalanda in the Magadh region and Darbhanga and Katihar in Mithila. Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka GandhiThe state capital, which has been among the worst- affected, was pounded by 342.5 mm of rainfall during the period as against the state average of 255 mm, the release said. With restoration work being undertaken on a war-footing, all the sump houses were working at “full capacity” while three heavy-duty pumps have been brought in from Bilaspur to speedily flush out water from inundated areas of the city. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar waded through water-logged streets, with his pyjamas folded up to knees, supervising rescue and rehabilitation work. “All possible efforts are being made. People are urged to have patience….”
New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate on Thursday arrested a close aide of corporate lobbyist Deepak Talwar inside a Delhi court in a money-laundering case related to negotiations allegedly favouring foreign private airlines and causing loss to state-owned Air India.The agency took Yasmin Kapoor into custody after she was produced before a Delhi court. She was lodged in Tihar jail in another case being probed by the CBI. After taking her into custody, the ED sought her custodial interrogation from Special Judge Anuradha Shukla Bhardwaj, which was allowed till October 9. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadAdvocate Nitesh Rana, the special public prosecutor for the ED, told the court that Kapoor was required to be quizzed to unearth the larger conspiracy and for that her custody was needed. The court, which had last month cancelled the anticipatory bail granted to Kapoor in the money-laundering case, passed the order after Rana submitted that Kapoor was misusing the bail granted by the court. Kapoor was granted anticipatory bail by the court on March 22, while Talwar was in judicial custody in the case lodged by the ED. Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka GandhiThere were reasons to believe that the tainted money, received from the foreign airlines, was used for the acquisition of Kapoor’s residential property in New Delhi, Rana said. The ED claimed that several companies, in which Kapoor was a shareholder along with Talwar, received the proceeds of the crime. It said the agency’s probe in this regard was underway. Kapoor had sought anticipatory bail claiming that the ED threatened her to take names and also to convince Talwar to give names of government officials or political functionaries, failing which she would be arrested. Talwar was deported from the UAE in connection with the money-laundering case. The ED had earlier said it needed to interrogate Talwar to get the names of Ministry of Civil Aviation, National Aviation Company of India Ltd and Air India officials, who had favoured the foreign airlines, including Qatar Airways, Emirates and Air Arabia.
New Delhi: The over 4.2 km-long Grey Line of the Delhi Metro, which will connect urban village area of Najafgarh to the rapid transit network, was inaugurated on Friday. Union Housing and Urban Affairs minister Hardeep Singh Puri and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal flagged off a train on the corridor. Passenger services will commence from the evening. Puri said with the opening of this corridor, the Delhi Metro has covered 377 kilometres in Delhi-NCR. Kejriwal said people of Najafgarh had been demanding this for a long time. People residing in the rural areas will be benefitted by the corridor, he said.
New Delhi: More than 600 prisoners were released from jails across India this week under a “special remission” plan as part of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary celebrations, officials said on Friday. With the release of 611 prisoners on October 2, the total number of prisoners freed as part of the plan has gone up to 2,035 in the last one year. Prisoners, including politicians, who have been convicted in cases of murder, rape or corruption were not released under the special remission. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad On July 18, 2018, the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi decided that special remission to specific category of prisoners should be given and they be released from prisons in three phases on October 2, 2018, April 6, 2019 and October 2, 2019. Officials in the Union Home Ministry said this was part of the commemoration of Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary. In the first phase, on October 2 last year, states and Union Territories (UTs) released 919 prisoners. In the second phase, on April 6 this year, 505 prisoners were released. On Wednesday, in the third phase, 611 prisoners were freed from jails, they said. Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka Gandhi States and UTs were advised to hold week-long special functions in all prisons based on the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi before the release. They were also advised to take the prisoners to a statue of the Mahatma for garlanding and gift them books relating to the father of the nation, officials said. Women convicts aged 55 and above and male convicts of 60 years or more, who have completed half of their sentence, and a few other categories of prisoners came under the amnesty scheme. Transgender convicts of 55 years of age and above, who have completed half of their actual sentence period, without counting the period of general remission earned by them, physically challenged or disabled convicts with 70 per cent disability and more, duly certified by a medical board, who have completed half of their actual sentence period were eligible for release. However, the special remission was not granted to persons convicted for an offence for which the sentence is death penalty or where death sentence has been commuted to life imprisonment. The other categories of prisoners who were not considered for amnesty include persons convicted for an offence for which punishment of death has been specified as one of the punishments, persons convicted for an offence for which punishment of life imprisonment has been specified as one of the punishments. Those convicted under the Prevention of Corruption Act, The Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act, 1985 (TADA), The Prevention of Terrorism Act, 2002 (POTA), Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 (UAPA), The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 (POCSO), Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002, Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999 (FEMA), Black Money (Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets) and Imposition of Tax Act, 2015 were also not released.