The profile of touch football in Australia is continuing to grow, with the latest media watch statistics showing touch football news has reached around 9 million people in the first three months of this year. Australian Touch Association CEO, Bill Ker says the statistics are both exciting and also interesting for the development and promotion of touch football in the media arena. “The Australian Touch Association has embarked on a twelve month media watch campaign to obtain an understanding of the extent of mentions the sport has in the media nationally,” says Mr Ker. “”The media for the past three months has been extensive with a wide reach nationally.” “It was also determined to extend the boundaries of the watch to cover New Zealand as well, because this will enable the ATA to not only quantify the media coverage in Australia but compare it with coverage from the other largest international member of the Federation of International Touch,” explains Mr Ker. The month of March saw touch football receive 138 mentions in the print, radio, television or online media. This was double the number of mentions for the months of January and February. In terms of audience numbers, it is estimated that these 138 stories reached almost 3.2 million people. This result, combined with the results recorded for January and February, shows touch football news has reached around 6.4 million people this year alone through the forms of print, radio or television. Mr Ker says the internet is another big winner in terms of coverage, with the ATA website recording a record number of hits in recent months. “Especially pleasing for the ATA is the homepage hits of over 3.5 million since November last year. The month of March produced 40,000 hits short of 1 million, which is a direct reflection of the interest the NTL generates. The ATA has studied the usage patterns of the homepage and is aiming the direction of the homepage information towards servicing those usage trends,” Mr Ker highlights. Since the beginning of the year almost 2.6 million hits have been recorded by the ATA, while at the peak of the NTL competition over 65,000 hits were recorded in just one day. It also needs to be mentioned that these statistics on internet usage relate purely to the ATA website and do not include statistics on the other international, state and local websites, who have also noticed an improvement in their website hits. Therefore these statistics can be said to be just the tip of the iceberg! By far the biggest improver in media coverage of touch was the number of television news stories. The month of March saw 20 touch football news stories produced, being primarily in state and regional news broadcasts. This number is also almost double the total number for January and February combined. In terms of audience numbers, the television coverage is estimated to have reached just over 500,000 for January and February, and over 800,000 for the month of March. The print media, which includes local, regional, state and national newspapers, reached the largest audience, with 83 stories published and an estimated number of almost 2.2 million readers. Wagga Wagga, Yass and several Western Australian media outlets are doing especially well, receiving regular coverage of their local and regional events in print and on radio and television. The Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast are other areas becoming more regular in the coverage touch football receives there. Coffs Harbour and the NTL’s were also successful, with the tournament being reported on the daily regional television news bulletins, as well as securing print and radio stories. With regional media outlets always searching for news stories, especially those of local interest, it is important for the ATA and all state and local organisations to continue to look for opportunities for touch football development through the media. “All in all the ATA is very pleased with the results of the media watch and the homepage usage and looks forward with confidence to a wider awareness of this great sport in the forthcoming months,” says Mr Ker. Rachel Moyle, 0422233165
The 2012 State of Origin Series will be held on Friday, 21 September and Saturday, 22 September 2012 at the Port Macquarie Regional Sports Stadium and will be held in conjunction with the Touch Football Australia 2012 X-Blades National Youth Championships event. To view the list, please click on the media release below. Related Files2012_soo_referees_announcement1-pdf
By Eden Richards Teams will be putting it all on the line as they head into day three chasing a finals berth. Several competitions are evenly poised heading into the final day of fixtures.Injuries featured heavily on day two as many teams struggled with the extreme Coffs Harbour heat taking its toll. The Brisbane City Cobras sit undefeated at the top of the Mixed Open competition with the South Queensland Sharks and Sydney Rebels sitting 2nd and 3rd respectively. The Sydney Mets round out the top four. The Sydney Mets are the stand out team in the Men’s T League Pool A as they continue a strong undefeated run. Pool B is a Queensland affair with the Central Queensland Bulls (A) sitting undefeated on top and the South Queensland Sharks (A) just one win behind. It’s a two horse race in the Women’s T League Pool A as both the Hunter Western Hornets and Victoria sit on five wins from five starts.The two leaders will play tomorrow morning to decide who finishes first. Pool B is being dominated by Queensland with the top five teams all coming from the region. The Sunshine Coast Pineapples sit undefeated in 1st.The Sharks and the Rebels cannot be separated after day two of the Women’s 27’s with both sitting 10 points clear at the top of the standings. The Scorpions are the team to beat in the Men’s 30’s as they round out the 2nd day of competition undefeated. In a huge gap in the class the Hornets have failed to win a game and will look to disrupt the finals chances of their competitors tomorrow. The Pineapples and the Hornets are battling it out for 2nd and 3rd in the Women’s 35’s as the Cobras sit top. A clear top four has emerged in the Men’s 40’s with the Hornets, Mets and Cobras all undefeated. The Defence Warriors are chasing hard in 4th. The South West Queensland Swans remain undefeated in the Women’s 40’s with the North Queensland Tropical Cyclones and the Hornets sitting one game behind. The Scorpions and the Sharks have all but secured the top two spots in the Men’s 45’s and the Men’s 50’s. The Cyclones and the Southern Suns are dominating in Pool A of the Men’s 55’s and the Mets today extended their unbeaten run to four games in Pool B. The Senior Mixed is a battle between three with the Sharks A, Suns and Scorpions all sitting together at the top of the table on 16 points. Related LinksNTL Day Two Wrap
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say New absence for Real Madrid attacker Baleby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveGareth Bale is set to be missing for another two weeks at Real Madrid.The Welsh international suffered a calf problem in the 2-2 draw against Villarreal.First tests have revealed he will be sidelined for around two weeks, although he will undergo further tests. Therefore, Bale will miss the games against Real Sociedad, Leganes (Copa del Rey) and Real Betis, but he could re-appear for the second leg of the Copa del Rey clash with Leganes if all goes well. If he doesn’t make that on time, his objective will be to be fit again for the vital league game against Sevilla at the Santiago Bernabeu on Jan. 19.
Nacho hands Real Madrid heavy injury blowby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNacho has handed Real Madrid a heavy injury blow.The defender has suffered a ligament injury to his right knee during their 2-2 draw with Club Brugge last night.AS says the setback could see Nacho sidelined for three months.The defender has been played at left-back this season by coach Zinedine Zidane. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
South Zone: 31 cases, an increase of 138.5 percent compared to 2017Calgary Zone: 206 cases, an increase of 7.3 percent compared to 2017Central Zone: 88 cases, an increase of 266.7 percent compared to 2017Edmonton Zone: 977 cases, an increase of 305.4 percent compared to 2017North Zone: 208 cases, an increase of 324.5 percent compared to 2017 In 2018, a total of 1,536 cases of infectious syphilis were reported compared to 161 in 2014, almost a tenfold increase. The government shares this rate of infectious syphilis has not been this high in Alberta since 1948.While congenital syphilis cases were rare before the outbreak, There were 22 congenital syphilis cases between 2014 and 2018, one of which was stillborn. Congenital syphilis, which occurs when a child is born to a mother with syphilis, is a severe, disabling and life-threatening disease.Consistent and correct condom use is an important protection against STIs such as syphilis.As with other STIs, the symptoms of syphilis may not be obvious.Health experts recommend sexually active people, regardless of gender, age or sexual orientation, get tested every three to six months if they:have a sexual partner with a known STIhave a new sexual partner or multiple or anonymous sexual partnershave a previous history of an STI diagnosishave been sexually assaultedIt is critical that anyone who is pregnant seeks early prenatal care and testing for syphilis during pregnancy.Anyone experiencing STI-related symptoms should seek testing and speak to a family doctor to find testing and treatment options.In the 2018 case counts for infectious syphilis by AHS zone: EDMONTON, AB – Infectious and congenital syphilis rates have escalated across the province over the past five years, with a sharp increase in 2018.Due to the rapid increase in syphilis cases, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, has declared a provincial outbreak and is encouraging Albertans to get tested and protect themselves.“We need to emphasize for all Albertans: Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are a risk to anyone who is sexually active, particularly people who have new sex partners and are not using protection. I encourage anyone who is sexually active to get tested regularly. Anyone in Alberta can access STI testing and treatment for free,” said Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Chief Medical Officer of Health.
New Delhi: INS Ranjit, an Indian navy destroyer built by erstwhile USSR, will be decommissioned on May 6, officials said on Friday.The third of the five Kashin-class destroyers, it was commissioned in 1983 and has rendered service to the Navy for over 36 years. “On May 6, a glorious era of INS Ranjit, being the frontline missile destroyer of the Indian Navy, is going to end,” the Navy said in a statement. The ship will be decommissioned at a solemn ceremony at the Naval dockyard in Visakhapatnam. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe ceremony will be attended by personnel who have served onboard the INS Ranjit in the past, and officers and sailors from the commissioning crew, it said. The chief guest for the ceremony would be Lieutenant Governor Andaman and Nicobar Islands Admiral (retired) Devendra Kumar Joshi. “INS Ranjit was constructed as Yard 2203 in the 61 Communards shipyard in the town of Nikolev in present day Ukraine. The keel of the ship was laid on June 29, 1977, and she was launched on June 16, 1979,” the statement said. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadThe ship was given its Russian name ‘Lovkly’, which means agile, and was commissioned as INS Ranjit on September 15, 1983, with Captain Vishnu Bhagwat at the helm, it said. The officer went on to serve as the chief of naval staff during the period 1996 to 1998. In her maiden sortie, the destroyer traversed through the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea, Red Sea and Arabian Sea, the statement said. The ship has the distinction of serving in both the western and eastern seaboard and has been the Flag Ship of both the western and eastern fleets. INS Ranjit took part in PASSEX with the US Navy in 1991-92 which was a precursor to the Malabar series of exercises with the US Navy.It also took part in the first INDRA (India-Russia) exercise with the Russian Navy in 2003, according to the statement. The ship also participated in the first ever SAREX with the PLA Navy in November 2003. The ship in 2007 took part in the first ever Malabar exercise in the Pacific Ocean as well as the first ever INDRA series of exercises in Russian waters, the statement said. The ship was actively deployed as part of the Navy’s relief operations post the 2004 tsunami and cyclone Hud-Hud in 2014. In recognition to her service to the nation, the ship was awarded the Unit citation in 2003-04 and 2009-10, the statement said. “As the sun sets on May 6, the Naval Ensign and the commissioning pennant will be lowered for the last time onboard INS Ranjit, symbolising the end of the Ranjit era in the Indian Navy,” it said.
Casablanca- According to Dutch news agency Novum, Frans Timmermans, the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs, has recently urged HM King Mohammed VI to prevent the adoption of a law seen as anti-Israeli law. Last Thursday, the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs urged HM King Mohammed VI, before the Dutch parliament, to prevent the adoption of the controversial draft law which is aimed at illegalizing any relations with Israel and with Israeli nationals.“I count on Morocco’s wisdom,”said Mr. Timmermans, responding to a question he was asked in the Dutch government, adding that “the Sovereign along with the government have to prevent such a law from seeing the light of day.” According to the draft law, which was presented by five parliamentary groups, the presence of Israelis in Morocco would be strictly prohibited, and would be deemed an “offense”punishable by “two to five years of incarceration and a fine between MAD 100,000 and MAD 1 million.”If passed, the anti-Israeli law would also ban the participation of Moroccans, both those residing in the Kingdom or in Israel, in Israeli-related activities.However, this is not the first time HM the King has been called upon to stop the anti-Israeli law from being adopted. In November 2013, a global Jewish human rights organization addressed a letter to King Mohamed VI urging him stop the anti-Israeli law from being enacted.The letter was sent by Dr. Shimon Samuels, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre’s Director for International Relations.“In your absence, various groups in your Parliament plan to damage Morocco’s reputation for tolerance, its standing as a Western ally and its long history of warm ties with the Moroccan Jewish Diaspora in the United States, Europe and Israel,”he states in his letter.Since the anti-Israeli law was announced, many Moroccans, both Jews and Muslim, have been condemning it and warning against its negative repercussions. “It would be a shame for our country to join the fanatics, because Morocco is known for its multicultural and multi-religious tolerance,”states Michel Attias, a Moroccan Jew living in California.“Moroccans please do not fall in this trap, the people with these insane ideas have no idea of the consequences our dear country will endure. We stand for a free Morocco with obviously the respect of each other’s religion and culture,”Attias adds. “Israel is Israel and being a Jew does not mean that you agree with Israel’s acts and policy.”Edited by Elisabeth Myers© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed.
Wide receiver K.J. Hill (14) and coach Urban Meyer sing Carmen in front of the student section following their 31-16 loss to Oklahoma. Credit Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorFollowing Ohio State’s 31-16 loss to Oklahoma at home Saturday, the Buckeyes have dropped six spots from No. 2 to No. 8 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll. The victor in that game replaced Ohio State as the No. 2 team.The top five consists of No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Oklahoma, No. 3 Clemson, No. 4 USC and No. 5 Penn State. Michigan is the only other Big Ten team besides Penn State to be ranked ahead of Ohio State at No. 7.In total, the Big Ten has four teams in the top 25. After Penn State, Michigan and Ohio State, Wisconsin placed at No. 10, moving down one spot from last week. Three teams in the conference received votes as Maryland received 42, Iowa had two and Michigan State had one.Ohio State will look to rebound next Saturday when it hosts Army at 4:30 p.m.AP Poll Alabama (58)Oklahoma (2)Clemson (1)USCPenn StateWashingtonMichiganOhio StateOklahoma StateWisconsinFlorida StateLSUGeorgiaLouisvilleAuburnVirginia TechMiami (FL)Kansas StateStanfordTCUWashington StateSouth FloridaTennesseeFloridaUCLA
Senior defender Hunter Robertson (6) passes the ball upfield during the OSU vs. Penn State game on Tuesday. Credit: Ris Twigg | Assistant Photo EditorThe Ohio State men’s soccer team (5-1-0) will look for their fifth consecutive shutout against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (1-4-1) when the teams face off in Piscataway, New Jersey, Sunday at 1 p.m. The Buckeyes are one shutout away from tying the program record of five consecutive shutouts set by the 2007 team, which finished as the runner-up in the College Cup.Ohio State is off to its best start to a season in 12 years and senior defender Kevin Blackwood has not been surprised by the team’s early success.“It’s based on what we did in the summer, I came here earlier before I transferred and a lot of the guys were talking about going and doing actual work on their own, getting that head start before the season actually started,” Blackwood said. “Basically, I think it’s hard work and dedication. The comradery of the team has been phenomenal and that’s one of the reasons for the start so far.” The Buckeyes are coming off a commanding 3-0 win against Penn State at Jesse Memorial Stadium Tuesday, while the Scarlet Knights are coming off a 3-0 loss against No. 3 Maryland. All four Rutgers losses have come at the hands of top-15 opponents. Senior defender Hunter Robertson said despite the four losses on Rutgers’ record, the Buckeyes will still need to treat Rutgers as they would any other tough opponent as Rutgers’ only losses have come against some stiff competition.“It’s a Big Ten game we really want to get three points from them, but we know that those four losses were against some really good teams — Indiana, Maryland, Wake Forest, North Carolina,” Robertson said. “They didn’t get the best results against them, but they’re going to be battle tested and we know if we want to win we have to come in and play really hard and be really efficient to score goals.”The Buckeyes will look to contain one of Rutgers’ top weapons, redshirt senior forward Ethan Vanacore-Decker, who leads the team with five points (two goals, one assist). Robertson said that with the talent Rutgers has on the offensive side of the ball, the Buckeyes will need to deploy a more defensive approach to the game.“We are playing with two midfielders holding back, more than usual,” Robertson said. “Usually, we have two of them on attack, but they have a pretty special attacking mid and a fast forward, so we’re trying to keep someone on this attacking mid at all times, so when they try to play the long ball we have someone to cover because the kid’s really fast.”The team is looking ahead for the chance to win its sixth game and is beginning to focus on what they must do to come away with the victory.“We just have to be locked in, ready to go, we cannot take them lightly,” Blackwood said. “I know this is the Big Ten, every team we play from now on is going to be really good. Match their intensity, work hard for 90 minutes, and be tuned in.”
Tottenham Hotspur was winning 1-0 but ended up losing 2-1 against Internazionale, tonight in the start of the 2018-2019 UEFA Champions LeagueFor Internazionale Milan coach Luciano Spalletti, today’s win against Tottenham Hotspur is more satisfying than a normal triumph.Inter Milan came back from a 1-0 disadvantage and came out to win the match 2-1 at the end.“The fact we overturned the result with that final push makes it even more satisfying,” Spalletti was quoted by Football Italia.Capello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“We saw how the fans in the stadium celebrated what it meant to them. We were always attacking and always tried to get behind them, so we put in a great performance.”“This result gives us different self-belief around the work we are doing. Getting players like Icardi to break their ducks is fundamental, as we need his goals,” he added.“[Mauro] Icardi is a serious professional and he is not someone who runs away from responsibility. We have many great players, though and sometimes we must learn how to win even without Mauro. We can’t have the same XI in every game.”“We were missing a link between Icardi and Radja Nainggolan, as at times there were big gaps. Mauro likes to go beyond the line, while Radja’s fitness levels aren’t great after his long injury lay-off. We must avoid losing the ball naively right after winning it back,” he concluded.
The Rangers boss is still angry after the goalless draw against St. Johnstone last Saturday in the Scottish Premier League.Last Saturday, on Matchday 26 of the Scottish Premier League, Rangers and Saint Johnstone drew 0-0 at Ibrox Stadium.This made Ghers’ boss Steven Gerrard so angry that he went to the press conference to say his team will not win the Scottish national tournament this season.The team is currently in the second position of the league with 52 points, eight behind leaders Celtic.And today, three days after the game, Gerrard is still feeling angry about it.“On the evidence of what’s gone before, I don’t think it was brutal,” Gerrard said to STV TV about telling the raw truth to his players.“I think it was honest.”“I think probably 99 out of 100 managers would tell them the same thing if they had seen what I saw on Saturday,” he continued.“Maybe I put it across in a more honest and truthful way but I’m not going to change. I don’t want to lie to the players or mislead them or tell them stuff I don’t believe in.”“The reaction can’t be for me, it’s got to be for the fans and the club. St Johnstone brought 100 or 150 supporters at that game and we had 49,000,” he added.Johnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“They are the ones who deserve the standards and the level of performance. It’s my job to just tell the players and be truthful with them and that’s how I do it.”“I think the St Johnstone game wasn’t just a problem in the 90 minutes,” he said. “Having looked back at the week leading into it, there are certain things that didn’t really look right.”Rangers have a very important match tomorrow night when they play in the Scottish Cup Fifth Round Replay against Kilmarnock after drawing goalless with them on February 9th.“The good thing with this group of players is that they know where they’ve gone wrong,” he commented.“But there’s another opportunity and another chance to put that right on Wednesday.“I think the task will be similar in many ways – we know Steve Clarke will come with a plan and he’s had joy here before,” Gerrard concluded.🎥 A team news update from the manager at today’s press conference. pic.twitter.com/eTA3bxLHu6— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) February 19, 2019
The proposed Master Plan was chosen to be implemented in three phases spaced from 2017 to 2035, totaling $46,975,000. The Phase 3 draft states: “The estimated net project costs to the City for the three-phase program are $10,882,813 million after recognition of the receipt of FAA Airport Improvement Program grants.” The purchase of the 40 acres of private property along with 9 acres of Salamatof Native Association property would also allow for the realignment of Funny River Road to the east of the airport. Realignments to Funny River Road would also require closure of sections of Kenai River Avenue and Norma Avenue. The Soldotna City Council is scheduled to consider approval of the Airport Master Plan’s Phase 3 on Wednesday, January 24, during their regular meeting beginning at 6:00 p.m., in Soldotna City Hall. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-airport-plan.mp3VmJennifer-on-airport-plan.mp300:00RPd The Phase 3 draft is up for council consideration, and has a number of big changes planned for the airport. Among the top changes, the acquisition of 49 acres by the City to further develop the airport is recommended, which would pave the way for the current 5,000-foot runway to be extended by 1,000 feet. Public Works Director and Airport Manager Kyle Kornelis said the Phase 3 draft was updated just before the Airport Commission voted to finalize it on December 21, 2017. Figure 9.1 in the Phase 3 draft which color codes the anticipated schedule. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Soldotna City Council will mull over approval of their airport’s Master Plan Update Phase III this week, a draft which includes the ultimate extension of the runway, land acquisition for expansion, and possibly a public terminal. The Phase 3 draft also suggests that a public terminal building of up to 4,000 square feet might be beneficial for the city. This space could accommodate passenger and cargo facilities not based locally, along with administration offices, pilots’ lounge, food and drink services, and tourist connection services to hotels/motels and rental cars. The draft says, “The existing air taxi operators have expressed a strong interest in continuing their currentmethod of operation from their own facilities,” but the city will monitor the need for a public terminal.
[Representational image]Creative CommonsThe Union Power Minister RK Singh on Thursday said that all homes in India will be provided uninterrupted 24-hour electricity supply throughout the year. Although a welcome move, it can take a hit on the companies that sell inverter across the country.Earlier, reports suggested that the power backup industry is expected to surge due to the regular power cuts in the country especially during the dry season. So till now, the power outage in India is largely met through the installation of inverters and generators.However, with the government’s efforts to reduce power cuts close to zero, this might bring down the demand for power backups substantially.Singh also said that by the end of next year, 1,694 villages which still does not have access to electricity will have power connection and the work is also in progress.He further added that a new law will be enacted to impose penalties on power distributors if they failed to provide uninterrupted power after March 2019. Only technical reasons will be taken under consideration.The government has set a target of cutting down the transmission and distribution (T&D) losses of power to 15 percent from 21 percent at present by January 2019.The Power Minister also said that the Centre will also spend Rs 1,75,000 crore to improve the power infrastructure in the country. An employee works on electric pylons at a power station in Greater Noida on the outskirts of New Delhi June 8, 2012 (representational image).Reuters fileReports also suggest that to expand electricity supply, the government also aims to distribute solar panels with battery packs to households in areas that are too remote for transmission lines.”India, which wants renewable power sources excluding major hydropower plants to account for 40 percent of installed capacity by 2030, would also push states to deliver on commitments to supply power from clean sources,” said Singh.
More than 100 asylum seekers went on trial on the Greek island of Lesbos on Thursday after protesting against over-crowded camp conditions, an AFP reporter said.More than 100 asylum seekers went on trial on the Greek island of Lesbos on Thursday after protesting against over-crowded camp conditions, an AFP reporter said.The mainly Afghan asylum seekers stand accused of occupying a central square on the island in April 2018.Along with women and children, they staged a sit-in that was swiftly attacked by far-right militants who threw stones and flares, with riot police deployed to keep the two sides apart.”We didn’t do anything. We were attacked by some extreme people. We are innocent,” one of the defendants, Afghan refugee Hadisse Hosseini told AFP outside the courthouse.Among the attackers, 26 have been provisionally identified by police. Their trial date has not yet been set.Over 70,000 refugees and migrants have been stranded in Greece following a mass influx from 2015 onwards. Most were fleeing war-torn Syria and want to go to wealthier EU states such as Germany.Of these, some 15,000 are housed in badly overcrowded camps on Greek islands where living conditions have been repeatedly criticised by rights groups.Conditions are worst on the islands of Lesbos and Samos, where over 10,000 people live in camps built to handle a third of that number.At around 7,000, refugees and migrants on Lesbos currently outnumber the local population by 2.5 to one.
Share WIKI COMMONSU.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is taking aim at policies that keep federal law enforcement officials away from businesses selling pot in states that have legalized its use.Sessions has rescinded Obama-era directives that discouraged enforcement of federal marijuana laws in states that had legalized the substance. This comes as marijuana businesses in Texas prepare to sell a non-psychoactive cannabis oil approved by the state.CREDIT RYAN POPPE / TEXAS PUBLIC RADIOMorris Denton, CEO of Compassionate CultivationMorris Denton, CEO of Compassionate Cultivation, one of three marijuana dispensaries approved by Texas under the state’s Compassionate Use Act, doesn’t see his business becoming a target.“I don’t believe that Texas is going to fall anywhere near the ‘high-end of the priority list,’ ” Denton said. “I think the focus on this action is on states that have very broad and very open legal recreational market, and that’s not us. The cannabis that we grow is very low in THC.”THC is the psychoactive component that produces a “marijuana high.”Compassionate CultivationSessions’ directive doesn’t go into specifics about which states it will target or when.Heather Fazio, executive director for Texas’ Marijuana Policy Project, is calling on Gov. Greg Abbott to stand up and defend Texas’ Compassionate Use Act, the 2015 bill he signed into law.“The states are going to have to defend the policies they’ve put in place. Even though our program — the Compassionate Use program — is unreasonably restrictive, it is in violation of federal law,” Fazio said.Calls to the governor’s office and the state’s attorney general on whether or not they would defend the state’s law against federal prosecutions were not immediately returned.
Gail Delaughter/Houston Public MediaA Houston freeway.Gas Prices Are Still Falling In Houston And Around TexasGas prices are still falling in Houston and around Texas. AAA Texas says the statewide average is now $1.93 a gallon. That’s four cents less than last week.The average price in Houston is now $1.92 a gallon. That’s five cents cheaper than last week.Joshua Zuber, a spokesman for AAA, said they expect prices to stay low for the rest of January but it’s hard to predict what happens next. “We are expecting the OPEC cuts to take place starting off this New Year,” Zuber noted, “we’ll have to see how big of an impact that will have on gas prices.” He also highlighted the United States is producing oil in record numbers. A community rally and public funeral service have been scheduled for seven-year-old Jazmine Barnes who was killed Sunday morning while riding in a car with her mom and sisters.The community rally will be held Saturday, January 5 at noon in the Walmart parking lot at 5655 East Sam Houston Parkway, not far from where the shooting occurred. A funeral service and balloon release will take place on Tuesday, January 8 at noon at the Green House International Church.Barnes was killed while riding in a car with her mother and three sisters in the eastern outskirts of Houston. A person in a red, four-door pick-up truck pulled alongside the car and fired into it. Barnes was killed on scene and her mother, LaPorsha Washington, suffered a gunshot wound. The reward for a tip that would lead to an arrest of the killer has also been increased to $100,000. The reward is being offered by Lee Merritt, a national civil rights attorney with an office in Dallas, and New-York-based activist and writer Shaun King. Share Thursday, January 3, 2019Top afternoon stories:Texas May Miss Out On Quality Pre-KEarly education can do more than teach children the ABCs. High quality pre-K can also improve children’s physical and emotional well-being, according to a new analysis by the National Institute for Early Education Research.Analysts found that attending preschool can result in children having less depression, less stress, better blood pressure and better job prospects.But in Texas, many children may be missing out on those benefits.That’s because researchers only find these health outcomes if the pre-K is quality. And state standards for early education programs miss most of the national benchmarks for quality pre-K. For the 2016-2017 school year, the most recent data available, researchers at Rutgers found that Texas only met four out of 10 benchmarks.For example, Texas doesn’t have limits on class sizes or student to teacher ratios and doesn’t require assistant teachers to have more than a high school diploma.Fort Bend DA’s Office Fires 15 As Middleton Succeeds HealeyFort Bend County’s new district attorney has fired 15 staffers. The move comes as Democrat Brian Middleton reshapes the office, following 26 years under Republican DA John Healey.Those let go include 11 of the county’s 70-plus prosecutors, along with two investigators and two other staffers.“We conducted a thorough review of the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office staff with one objective,” said First Assistant District Attorney Ibraheem Khawaja. “And that’s finding the attorneys and staff that will help bring Brian [Middleton] and his administration about the criminal justice reforms that he promised the voters. The process began with all positions being required to reapply for employment at the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office.”The DA’s office notified the 15 staffers last Friday that they were out of a job. Khawaja says the office will announce their replacements soon.Courtesy of family of Jazmine BarnesJazmine Barnes.Community Rally And Funeral Announced For Jazmine Barnes
The Children’s Home’s FACES 2014 celebration will take place 6 to 9 p.m., Oct. 23 at Morgan State University’s Murphy Fine Arts Center, 2201 Argonne Dr., Baltimore 21218.Approximately 200 guests in business attire are expected to gather for this chic and savory evening filled with an amazing collection of wine, chef cuisine and an assortment of incredible desserts. Guests can demonstrate their own artistic style at interactive art tables and a photo booth. They also can enjoy a one-of-a-kind dinner performance by the Morgan State University student five-piece combo band.The event highlight will be the live and silent auctions featuring a variety of special items, along with unique artwork created by the at-risk children and youth living at The Children’s Home prepared as part of a special mentorship project with Towson University School of Fine Arts.This year’s event theme is “FACES Identity Discovery – ID.” Residents in The Children’s Home’s care respond positively to art as an innovative approach to rebuilding their lives. FACES will showcase their courage for positive change, along with their innate artistic talent.FACES 2014 admission is $75/person through Oct. 10, and $100/person, Oct. 11 through event day ticket sales at the door. Proceeds will help sustain quality programs and services for at-risk children, youth and their families. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit thechildrenshome2014.brownpapertickets.com or call 410-744-7310.
Preview From there, the story of the night was Smith on the mound. The junior, making his first start since April 16 at Kentucky, was masterful on Sunday evening. Smith had the first two hitters of the fourth inning reach, but pitched out of the jam with a fly out and pair of strikeouts and settled in. PDF Box Score (ISU) Postgame Quotes (IU) LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Entering the day on the brink of elimination, the seventh-ranked Louisville baseball team tallied a pair of victories on Sunday at Jim Patterson Stadium to force a winner-take-all game in the NCAA Regional on Monday. Illinois State (36-25) got one of the runs back in the bottom half of the inning, but Luke Smith was able to limit the damage. Photo Gallery | Illinois State Postgame Quotes (ISU) Miller (6-1) allowed four runs on seven hits with eight strikeouts across 5.1 innings. Adam Elliott gave up just an unearned run in his 2.1 innings. Next Game: Illinois State 6/3/2019 | 1:00 PM “We knew it was going to be a long day, but it was a fun day,” head coach Dan McDonnell said. “I’m really proud of these guys. We needed to get the bats going, and we got the bats going. So, I’m just happy for these guys.” Louisville provided Smith with insurance in the eighth, plating six runs to blow the game open. Oriente, Campbell and Zach Britton all had run-scoring singles, while Snider had the final blow of a two-run base hit to cap the offensive output. Indiana (37-23) wouldn’t go quietly though. The Hoosiers finally broke through against UofL starter Bobby Miller in the sixth, bringing home four runs to cut the deficit to just three. However, Louisville answered back with run-scoring knocks from Binelas and Drew Campbell and held a 9-4 lead after seven. One inning later, Alex Binelas hit his 14th home run of the year, a two-run shot over the centerfield wall, to stretch the advantage to six. The freshman then added another run on a groundout in the fifth and the Cardinals appeared to be cruising. The Champaign, Illinois, native allowed leadoff singles in the first and second innings, and did not give up another hit until the ninth. Smith retired 10 in a row from the fifth through the eighth innings and exited to a standing ovation in the ninth with the longest postseason outing in Louisville NCAA Tournament history. Story Links Justin Lavey had three hits in the win, while Logan Wyatt, Tyler Fitzgerald and Binelas finished with two each. Following a loss on Saturday, the Cardinals woke up on Sunday needing two wins to keep the season going. The offense got the ball rolling against Indiana to start the day and Louisville never looked back. Louisville (46-16) downed Indiana 9-7 to begin the day and followed with an 11-2 showing against Illinois State to set up Monday’s final. The Cardinals and Illinois State will play for a spot in the Super Regionals Monday at 1 p.m., ET at Jim Patterson Stadium. Danny Oriente kicked the scoring off with a double into the gap that plated a pair of runs in the second inning, and Justin Lavey added a two-run single later in the frame to give the Cardinals a 4-0 cushion early. Full Schedule Roster Live Stats With the two wins, McDonnell now has 600 for his Louisville coaching career. Since taking over the UofL program in 2007, the Cardinals lead all of Division I in victories. PDF Box Score (IU) After an emotional close to game one, the Cardinals attention turned to Illinois State. The Cardinals jumped in front in the second inning once again, getting a sacrifice fly from Campbell and RBI single from Lavey to take an early 2-0 edge. Listen Live IU chipped away with a run in the eighth and a two-out solo homer in the ninth made it a three-run game. The Hoosiers added a RBI single two batters later and brought the tying run to the plate. Louisville closer Michael McAvene was ejected from the ballgame by the home plate umpire with a 3-2 count, forcing Michael Kirian into action, and the left-hander got a called strike three on his first pitch to finish off the victory. Jake Snider crushed his first home run of the season in the fourth inning and Lucas Dunn dropped a perfectly placed fly inside the right field foul line for a triple that scored two more runs. ESPN3 Smith (6-0) closed out the night with two runs allowed on three hits in 8.1 innings of work. The right-hander struck out seven and tossed a career-high 129 pitches. Photo Gallery | Indiana Snider was 3-for-4 with three RBIs to lead the way. The home run was the fourth of his career, three of which have now been in NCAA Tournament play. Binelas, Campbell and Lavey each had two hits. Print Friendly Version