RSF condemns arrest of yet another journalist in Egypt

first_img News to go further EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution February 6, 2021 Find out more December 2, 2015 – Updated on March 8, 2016 RSF condemns arrest of yet another journalist in Egypt Receive email alerts As six journalists sentenced to life imprisonment await their appeal hearing tomorrow, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the arrest of yet another journalist critical of the government on charges of publishing false information and belonging to a banned organization (the Muslim Brotherhood). News Follow the news on Egypt EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff Organisation Ismail Alexandrani, a freelance investigative reporter and researcher specializing in jihadi movements in the Sinai Peninsula, was arrested at Hurghada airport on his return from Berlin on 29 November. After being interrogated by national security prosecutors yesterday, he was placed in provisional detention for 15 days.“Ismail Alexandrani’s arrest is yet further evidence of the government’s determination to persecute dissident journalists,” said Alexandra El Khazen, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk. “Continually arresting and convicting journalists on the same trumped-up charges encourages media self-censorship. We urge the authorities to free all unjustly detained journalists and drop the charges against them.”The interrogation of Alexandrani, who writes for Le Monde Diplomatique, the Lebanese daily As Safir and other foreign media, is due to continue tomorrow.Reporters are no longer able to work normally because of the tension in the Sinai Peninsula resulting from jihadi attacks on the security forces. Journalists must limit themselves to reporting the official version of shootings and bombings (including the number of casualties) or risk a heavy fine under the anti-terrorism law adopted in August.The six journalists whose appeal will be heard tomorrow were convicted in April along with leaders of the banned Muslim Brotherhood in the case known as the “Rabaa operations room.” They were accused of publishing false news, inciting chaos and violence and being part of an “operations room” that organized attacks on the government during the August 2013 demonstrations in Cairo’s Rabaa Adawiya Square in support of deposed President Mohamed Morsi.The Morsi government violated freedom of information but the situation is much worse since its removal and replacement by a government led by President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi. Ranked 158th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index, Egypt is now one of the world’s biggest prisons for journalists with at least 20 currently detained. RSF_en January 22, 2021 Find out more Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison News News Help by sharing this information February 1, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Novak Djokovic eases into 3rd round of Monte Carlo Masters

first_imgNovak Djokovic began his Monte Carlo Masters title defence with a quick 6-1, 6-0 win against Albert Montanes in the second round on Tuesday, maintaining his perfect record against the Spaniard.Djokovic took only 45 minutes to beat Montanes, winning 11 consecutive games.He improved to 6-0 against Montanes, who has taken only one set off Djokovic in their career head-to-heads.last_img

OVERTIME

first_imgBILL NEAL :10—Yo, Johnny’s Bar and Grill…“you stab-um and we’ll slab-um”…Johnny speaking. Who?…Rashard who? Oh Mendenhall, yeah what’s up? Man, I can’t say that I’ve got ladies in here, but I’ll clean it up and give-um the message…Hey everybody Rashard Mendenhall said, “how ya like me now…shut up and kiss his xxxx and something about Bin Laden but I couldn’t understand it!!!” :09—As you might have guessed I caught a lot of heat for not doing a top ten finest men list…and I ain’t gonna…but I’ll tell you ladies what you can do (Ashley) if you feel that strongly about it mail me your list (no I said mail not e-mail, I am old school) and I’ll put the best list in the paper, and with your name if you want. I’ll make you a star…or shut up about it!!! Yeah I said it!:08—In the locker room this week, the brothers from the Urban League Charter School in East Liberty are reading “Overtime” when they’re not doing overtime with the kids.:07—Speaking of the Charter School…and I was, a shout out to Ms. Carter and all the teachers, supervisors and volunteers that brought those fantastic young men from the school out to the special edition of the Kenny Durrett All-Starr Basketball Clinic. Thirty great tough grade schoolers took all we could dish out and didn’t miss a beat. Thanks for coming guys. We love ya and we’re proud of ya!!:06—Mike Wallace the speed demon receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers has two speeds…fast… and fast as he needs to be!:05—Hey this is no joke and I am going to say it as quick and painless as possible. All you Westinghouse alumni… all you Bulldogs…either stand up or shut up. Everybody crying about what “they’re” doing to your school, your history, your legacy. But nobody wants to show up and do anything about it, just like you Schenley alumni did! Funny though, when it’s time for the Schenley and Westinghouse Reunion Party at the Coliseum ya’ll show up 2,000 plus every year c’mon mmmaaannnon and wwwwooomann!!!:04—I guess you know Christmas will be here in a minute…70 days as a matter of fact. I am not allowed to solicit in the paper…but if anyone wants to donate to our Toys for Champions aka; Toys for Tots Christmas Party and Toy Give Away please call the Champions office Mon-Sat, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. at 412-628-4856. We will provide for more than 500 disadvantaged area boys and girls. We’re in need of toys, winter clothing, canned goods and cash donations.:03—Hey, the Movie of the Week is “Money Ball” starring Brad Pitt. Good sports movie, true story. I give 2-1/2 basketballs.:02—Here they go again, they put Redman on the bench again. Use them both man! I am just saying.:01—Calendar update for you Penn Hills people. Since you can’t win a football game maybe you can come out to an event (sorry but I promised the City League guys I would get on you.) First Friday is coming at ya Nov. 4, at The Club in Monroeville. The crowd is 150 plus and growing every month—Rayco “War” Saunders Production’s next Fight Card is coming to the South Side Nov 14. It’s the best show in town—And I am telling ya now so get ready to get ready for The Champions December First Friday Holiday Christmas “Red Party” at the Club in Monroeville Dec. 2 and you have to wear red. It was a big hit last year—Mark your calendars for the Willie Stargell Pgh MVP Awards, The “Nite of the Champions”, honoring J.R. Holden, Reggie Mitchell, the Shadyside Academy phenom, Clinton Davis and others Mon. Dec. 5 at LeMont Restaurant, Mt. Washingon.“DOUBLE?OVERTIME”:00 A big ruff, ruff to John Brewer and his crew for representing the Bulldogs and taking the name back.~ Game Over ~last_img read more

Concert to Help Rebuild Highlands Jan. 20 at Count Basie…

first_imgHIGHLANDS – The Hope for Highlands concert will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, at the Count Basie Theatre on Monmouth Street in Red Bank.The concert is being presented by Brian Kirk and will feature the G Band, Pat Guadagno, Jukebox Criminals and Brian Kirk and the Jirks.Bob Small has donated the cost of the Count Basie Theatre so that 100 percent of all ticket sales are going toward Hope For Highlands. Small has organized a charity to provide residents with a direct, local channel for aid.“The needs of the High­lands community are immediate and will continue for quite some time,” Small said,“Like the rest of these small towns up and down my beloved Jersey Shore, the devastation to Highlands is no different,” Brian Kirk said. “My idea is to bring in musical acts that perform often in this town and give them a larger stage to present their talent while raising money for the place they love.”Highlands has been devastated with severe damages to more than 1,200 of its 1,500 downtown homes and almost all of its businesses. High­lands, the first stop on the Jersey Shore, is known for its spectacular restaurants, Sandy Hook, Historic Twin Lights and its fishing and clamming industry.The loss of these homes and businesses has had a ripple effect on the community beyond the norm because many of the residents worked and lived in the town. An economically challenged town before the storm, this community is now faced with not only the loss of their homes but many have also lost their jobs.The money raised will be administered by Hope for Highlands, set up through the non-profit Highlands Busi­ness Partnership under the direction of Mayor Frank Nolan and Councilwoman Rebecca Kane, the organization’s liaison.The effort was designed to have donations go directly to the people and businesses in Highlands that need it most, said Rick Korn, the Hope for Highlands committee chair.Highlands residents are eager to return home and Hope for Highlands has already begun providing goods and services needed to expedite the process.Reimbursement checks will soon be distributed for qualified applicants who produce paid receipts and plan to return home. Business merchants and restaurants are working diligently to reopen and get the residents back to work.There are presently nine of the severely damaged businesses that have been able to reopen, but there is many more to go.Tickets are $35. All concert proceeds will directly benefit Highlands residents and businesses.Additional information is available by visiting www. highlandsnj.com or calling 732-291-4713.last_img read more

Kootenay Lake Fishing Report

first_img Most fish are feeding on the surface now, so we have been running mostly surface lines with the usual gear. Some Rainbows up to 17 pounds and Bull Trout up to 14 pounds have been coming in.  We’re also experiencing some good Kokanee fishing in the West Arm (during the opening) and just outside the west arm.  So, there’s definitely been a lot of action. So, there is not a lack of fish to be caught on the river.  You just have to get out there. By Kerry Reed, Reel Adventures SportfishingMay is over and June is nearing the midway point. So there’s plenty of time this month to hook a big one on Kootenay Lake.Kerry Reed of Reel Adventures Charters is here to give his monthly fishing report. So read and enjoy. My favorite bucktail flies have been producing good numbers of Rainbows and even a few Bull trout on the surface.  Lucky flies have been:  black, black, and more black.  Since the flying ants have been hitting the water, it seems the fish are keying in on the black colors.  So, our favorites have been the black ant pattern #208, the usual black & white #228, and a few others gray & white #210, green & white #221.  Tight lines……………………….Kerry Reed Reel Adventures Sportfishing 250-505-4963 www.reeladventuresfishing.com The river has been running higher lately, but that seems to have created some new holes for fishing.  We’ve been fishing the usual back eddies and catching some nice fish. Also our Lyman plugs have been producing well on the surface and the downriggers.  Greens have been working well due to the color of the lake water.  So, lucky #55 or #53, or 97 have been producing.  Also the natural colors representing Kokanee have been working well.  Lucky numbers 16, 98, and 100 have been producing some good fish as well.   Columbia River:center_img Water temperature is perfect for most fish now, so we should see some good days of fishing ahead.  What are they biting on?? Fly-fishing with nymphs has been the most productive lately.  However the warmer weather has created a few hatches and we have begun dry fly fishing with caddis and flying ants as well. The month of May was pretty good fishing.  Lots of days with 10 – 15 fish to the boat.  The bugs came out, as well as flying ants, which seem to get all the fish in a frenzy.  Lots of bug eaters or small fish were caught, with the odd big fish each day. My favorite months are coming up for river fishing.  Look out for the famous Caddis hatch, as it will put every fish into a crazy feeding frenzy. The bait fishermen have been doing good as well.  Try using spinners tipped with worms or a 3-way rig on the bottom with bait.  Both methods have produced some nice fish.  Rainbows between 2 –5 pounds have been coming in, as well as Walleye between 2 – 5 pounds.  I’ve even seen a few Pike caught lately up to 10 pounds. Kootenay Lakelast_img read more

DeGale to make title defence in Canada

first_imgJames DeGale will fight in Canada next month.The Harlesden super-middleweight will take on an as yet unannounced opponent at Casiono Lac-Leamy, Gatineau, on 17 May.It will be the 27-year-old’s first fight since beating Colombian Fulgencio Zuniga in December.He had been due to defend his WBC Silver title in March against another Colombian, Alexander Brand, but that was postponed.The appearance in Canada will be only DeGale’s second professional bout outside Britain – he beat Cristian Sanavia in Denmark last April.See also:Woe for DeGale as fight is postponed 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Watch for armyworm

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The University of Kentucky recently reported high true armyworm moth counts (see: https://kentuckypestnews.wordpress.com/2017/03/28/beware-of-true-armyworms-mild-winter-provides-conditions-for-potential-injuries-in-small-grains/). The mild winter likely contributed to the higher and earlier catches this year. These moths migrate northward, so if our southern neighbor is reporting high catches, these moths are also very likely flying into Ohio.After migrating and establishing, armyworms begin to lay eggs in grasses, including wheat fields and cover crop fields (that may have corn planted soon). Larvae feed for about three weeks before pupating. Right now, it is still too early to take any management action — eggs probably have not even been laid, let alone hatched. However, the high trap counts so far suggest that armyworms are a pest to watch out for later in the growing season.last_img read more

New York Builder Wins RESNET Prize

first_imgRedefining PassivhausHow Is a Home’s HERS Index CalculatedMore Than You Ever Wanted to Know About the HERS IndexGreen Basics: Double-Stud WallsJust Two Minisplits Heat and Cool the Whole House Heating with a single ductless minisplit headBowers’ blog documents many steps in the construction process and lists virtually every building material used on the house, from the sub-slab radon barrier to the brand and model of his kitchen appliances. Bowers, his wife, and two children moved into the all-electric house last October. RELATED ARTICLES A house built to the Passive House standard in upstate New York has been recognized in this year’s Cross Border Challenge for having the lowest HERS Index score among U.S. custom built homes.The Rochester Passive House, submitted for certification with the Passive House Institute U.S., has a HERS Index of 22, meaning it should use 78% less energy than a house built to the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code, and do so without any renewable energy systems. Garbacik Construction built the house for Matt Bowers, a HERS rater who works for Airtight Services, a Passive House designer and energy subcontractor, in the Rochester suburb of Honeoye Falls.On the Canadian side of the border, Signature Homes of Kingston, Ontario, won the custom builder category with a HERS Index of 40.The Cross Border Builder Challenge is an annual competition sponsored by Residential Energy Services Network, which developed the HERS Index. RESNET describes the contest as a “friendly competition between American and Canadian home builders to determine just how energy-efficient builders can build.” Winners in the custom category were among a number of builders recognized at a RESNET conference in Arizona last month. Comfort may be the best design featureThe house specs are impressive, but Bowers says that he and his family have been struck by how comfortable the house is. Their children never got around to digging out their winter pajamas this year, he said, and the house has proved quiet, evenly heated, and well-lit. The family lives next door to a landscaper, but no one hears the trucks that deliver loads of mulch. Burn popcorn in the microwave and an hour later the odor is completely gone, thanks to whole-house ventilation.One way of keeping costs down was to use fixed windows where possible.“There’s a whole bunch of other things that a lot of people don’t consider when they think of comfort,” he said. “Most people want to be warm. But there are a lot of other things that we’re noticing that are just more comfortable.”Bowers built the house, garage, and breezeway for $122 per square foot ($162 a square foot if he adds the land, driveway, and septic).He said they saved money by “frequenting the clearance racks” at building supply centers, buying light fixtures online, shopping at the local Habitat for Humanity ReStore, making the house shape simple, and maximizing fixed-glass windows where possible. They saved 75% on siding by buying a discontinued color, and hired a local Amish company to make their kitchen cabinets.“It doesn’t have to be expensive,” he said.Bowers said the house would serve as a “showcase” for the work of his employer as well as the builder, Garbacik Construction, and the architects, Tim Burke and Bill Grater of Grater Architects. Airtight Services has done a lot of consulting in the Rochester area, he added, but hadn’t been able to get any clients to go the full Passive House route.“Our goal from the beginning of the project was to make it simple but not strange looking,” he said. “There’s a lot of misperception, at least around here, that a really super-efficient house can’t have any windows and it’s going to look funny. We wanted it to fit the area and showcase all of the really cool things that Passive House has to offer.”center_img In a late-winter blog entry, Bowers wrote that he expected to spend less than $150 for heat this winter — this in a Climate Zone 5 community with an average of about 6,400 heating degree days per year. In January, typically the coldest month of the year, the 453 kilowatt hours of electricity he needed for heat amounted to $46.18.“The house has maintained about 70 degrees on the 1st and 2nd floor and about 66 in the basement where there is no heat to speak of,” he wrote.The two-story, 2,800-square-foot house is heated with a single 9,000 Btu/h Mitsubishi ductless minisplit located on the first floor. Bowers installed a second head in the master bedroom on the second floor; it wasn’t needed for heat this year, but he expects to use it for cooling in the summer. Each head is served by its own compressor. “We have two [heads] but only needed one,” he said by telephone. “We have two independent systems. The engineer in me wanted redundancy if one failed.”The house is built on an insulating concrete form foundation. The double-stud walls consist of two 2×4 walls separated by a 7-inch air gap, insulated with blown-in cellulose. (For a more detailed look at the wall design, take a look at this entry in Bowers’ blog).A blower door test measured air leakage at 0.08 air changes per hour at a pressure difference of 50 pascals (47 cubic feet per minute at 50 pascals), Bowers said. That’s only a small fraction of what’s allowed under the Passive House standard. The Cross Border ChallengeThe Cross Border Builder Challenge is now in its fourth year. The contest was open to all houses that obtained a third-party HERS rating between January 2016 and January 2017. According to Rod Buchalter of RenewABILITY Energy, a RESNET member and sponsor, HERS scores for eight U.S. houses and three Canadian houses were submitted. The lowest HERS Index in each category won.Participation rates in the Challenge were quite low: A total of 206,583 homes were HERS rated in 2016 in the U.S. (with an average score of 61), according to Buchalter. In Canada, 1,342 homes were HERS rated, mainly in the greater Toronto area. The average score was 48. Canadian and U.S. HERS scores have been calculated in slightly different ways, but that will change as both sides of the border begin using the same ANSI software.Other awards from this year’s competition went to Greenhill Contracting of New Paltz, New York, for Net Zero American Builder, with a house scoring -11; Highmark Homes of Whitby, Ontario, for lowest HERS score for a Canadian mid production builder, with a HERS score of 43; and Doug Tarry Homes of St. Thomas, Ontario, for Net Zero Canadian Builder, with a HERS score of 1.Brookfield Residential won both the Canadian and U.S. Lowest HERS Index for a production builder: 42 in the U.S. and 34 in Canada.There were two President’s Awards, one for an American production builder with the highest percentage of homes with a HERS score of less than 54, and one for the Canadian production builder meeting the same criterion. The U.S. winner was KB Homes (with 20%); the Canadian winner was Starlane Homes of Vaughan, Ontario (90%).“Please keep in mind that KB is about 10 times bigger in annual homes production with a presence in a number of states, compared to Starlane Homes, which is only Toronto based,” Buchalter said in an email. “Given KB’s size, they actually rated more homes under HERS 54 than any other builder we are aware of.”RESNET has been lowering the cutoff HERS score in the President’s Award category over time, Buchalter said. NOTE: This post was updated on April 5 with new information from RESNET about the Cross Border Builder Challenge.last_img read more

Stone-laying becomes Haryana CM Bhajan Lal’s principal occupation

first_imgGoing by the number of foundation stones that today litter the Haryana countryside, it’s Chief Minister, Bhajan Lal, is one of the most promising politicians in India. If he were half as good at delivering as he is at promising Haryana would become the first five-star state in the nation.In,Going by the number of foundation stones that today litter the Haryana countryside, it’s Chief Minister, Bhajan Lal, is one of the most promising politicians in India. If he were half as good at delivering as he is at promising Haryana would become the first five-star state in the nation.In the first three months of this year alone Bhajan Lal and his ministers have laid 60 foundation stones, promised twice as many projects worth crores of rupees and vowed to upgrade schools by the dozen.On January 22 Bhajan Lal promised a grant of Rs 50,000 for a mini-stadium at Sports Minister Jagan Nath’s village, Isharwal. The day after that he granted a lakh of rupees for a municipal committee building and half a lakh for a school.On February 11, in the chief minister’s Adampur constituency he laid eight foundation stones for canal brick-lining, minor irrigation works and a health centre. Next day he announced six health centres for Baddopal, Mohammadpur Rohi (his ancestral village), Jhalanian, Bordhana, Nahla and Dhansu.And the day after that, on the eve of the visit of Lok Dal leader Charan Singh and Jagjivan Ram, he visited 13 villages of Hissar district and promised grants ranging from Rs 5,000 to Rs 25,000 for the construction of chaupals, street paving and primary schools. He had no time to lay the foundation stones.More Projects: But less than a week later he was out with his trowel again, laying foundation stones for a Rs 1.5 crore grain market and a Rs 50,000 court complex at Jagadhri, a water supply scheme near Rohtak, a school and a bridge. In between masonry jobs he launched a Harijan chaupal and promised to upgrade two schools.advertisementBhajan Lal at a ceremony: Stony groundIt would appear that stone-laying has become Bhajan Lal’s principal occupation. Sirsa district has been virtually sprayed with foundation stones: a water scheme and tehsil complex at Dabwali, a civil hospital at Chautala, waterworks at Khera, a 20-bed hospital, a grain market and a girls, high school for Nathusari Chopta, another girls, high school for Charwala and piped drinking water for all the 41 arid-zone villages of Darba Assembly constituency and Harijan dharamshalas in two dozen villages.Where does the state exchequer get the money for all this? It doesn’t. Most of the projects are still just foundation stones – except in his own home town of Adampur which has acquired a 30-bed, well-equipped hospital, a degree college, an administrative complex, a housing colony, bus stand, a posh, marbled rest house and an electricity sub-station. It is a treat to see the Adampur new market where Bhajan Lal and his business partner, Pokhar Mai run a commission agent’s shop. Known as the mini-chief minister, Pokhar Mai occasionally stands in for his partner at foundation stone-laying ceremonies. He laid one recently for a kisan rest house.Near Adampur, Fatehabad boasts of a 60-bed hospital, a new tehsil complex and a bus stand. Critics point out that Fatehabad is populated mainly by Bishnois, the chief minister’s caste-fellows, but Bhajan Lal stoutly denies that the village has been favoured for that reason.With Assembly elections approaching the chief minister is working overtime at distributing verbal largesse. Whether he is visiting a dusty village or a bustling town, Bhajan Lal refuses nothing. He says “so be it” to whatever people ask of him and goes on to throw in a school or a health centre on the side.In fact his “jo mange manzoor” (anything you say) approach has earned him the nickname Manzoori Lal. But as a resident of Meham village near Rohtak noted, “What remains of the promises is the dust which his speeding caravan of cars leaves behind.”last_img read more

“SIXTY SECONDS IN TOUCH”

first_img* The 2005 Asics National Touch League for the Opens and 20’s has been played and won, and the general word around town is that it was a big success. With great matches, close finals, upsets here and there, generally alright weather and no judiciary’s it was one to remember. * Yesterday (Tuesday) was the transition day between the Opens and 20’s tournament and the Seniors, with the younger ones recovering enough to board planes or buses for the drive home (I don’t envy the flight attendants or the bus drivers), while the Senior rocked into town and ventured down to the fields for a training run or for the Managers meetings. * From all reports the party night at the Greenhouse Tavern for the Opens and 20’s was awesome, with Traddy (Tony Trad, Aussie Mens Open Coach) and his band `Xparte’ rocking the Greenhouse and bringing in the crowd. The Touch crowd certainly knows how to party and Traddy and Xparte will be looking forward to another big night at the Greenhouse as the Seniors come to town. * Well, yesterday was our `break day’ in Coffs Harbour, so we slept in until 7:30am (when you’ve been getting up at 6am each day, 7:30am is a sleep in), had breakfast as group, all the tournament staff hitting a great restaurant on the foreshore, before spending our `break day’ squeezing a little bit of shopping between field set ups, computer work, registration sheets and two managers meetings. Gotta love the whole concept of a `break day’. * The players and spectators at the 2005 Seniors NTL observed a minutes silence before the kick off today to pay respects for Dave Jackson and Keith Sambo, both South Queensland Sharks representatives, who have passed away in recent months. Dave was a former Australian Senior representative and Keith, an Aboriginal liaison Officer, who worked tirelessly to help develop Touch in the Northern Territory. * For the Seniors it’s not just an NTL title on the line, but also selection for the 2005 All Nations Championships in New Zealand. * The 2005 Asics NTL Opens and 20 Years competition has obviously finished and here are the top scorers for each division: Mens Open: Joel Willoughby (Southern Suns) 12 Shane Duell (Cobras) 10 Michael Rogers (Cobras) 9 Shannon Hough (Sharks) 9 Womens Open: Rachael Holdern (Suns) 13 Brooke O’Brien (Cyclones) 10 Renee Wright (Cyclones) 9 Sharyn Williams (Sharks) 9 Sarah Spacie (Cobras) 9 Mixed Open: Aaron Jones (Mets) 12 Hayley McDonald (Mets) 10 Megan Smee (Mets) 10 Russell Cox (Scorpions) 9 Adam Fahim (Scorpions) 9 Mens 20 Years: Gian Guerra (Cyclones) 10 Alyd Owen (Suns) 9 Anthony Cowan (Eagles) 8 Scott Buckley (Mets) 8 Womens 20 Years Alyce Hulbert (Sharks) 14 Kristy Brennan (Sharks) 10 Sarah Hopkins (Hornets) 10 Ali Briginshaw (Cobras) 9 * Congratulations also to the Player of the Finals and Player of the Series winners: Womens 20’s: Player of Final- Melissa Tyack (Sharks) Player of Series- Jarah Jennings (ACT) Mens 20’s: Player of Final- Scott Naughton (Southern Suns) Player of the series- Ricky Morris (Northern Eagles) Mixed Open: Player of the Final- Tony El Takchi (Mets) and Megan Smee (Mets) Player of the Series- Riki Best (Sharks) Amy Fong (Sharks) Womens Open: Player of the Final- Louise Winchester (Mets) Player of the Series- Sharyn Williams (Sharks) Mens Open: Craig Pierce Medal for the Player of the Final- Ben Robinson (Sharks) Player of the Series- Drummayne Dayberg (Sharks) A big congratulations to the South Queensland Sharks, who not only claimed the Womens 20’s and Mens Open title but six of the twelve awards on offer here! The chase is on for the other Permits in the race for overall Champion. Make sure you keep an eye on the Seniors results for the 2005 Champion Permit. * ATA would like to send a special good luck wish out to Peter Topp (ATA National Technical Manager and Deputy CEO, and also Bill Ker, retiring CEO, who are on the team list for the ACT over 45’s. We’re all hoping you can struggle through that old injury Toppy and that the ACT Mens need to call Bill off the bench to play.) * Finally, in the last of the NTL news, if you’re keen to promote your teams results/achievements at the NTL through your local newspapers, please contact Rachel Moyle at [email protected] she can organise media releases and photographs to be sent to these media outlets. In other non-NTL related news… * A new Sports website has been launched with Touch getting a gig! Sports News www.sportsnews.com.au is aiming to provide all the latest news and stories from the sports world. Rachel Moyle has been given the opportunity to write a fortnightly piece on the world of Touch and the first one is up on the site! It’s an introduction to the Touch Footy scene for all those keen on sport, so make sure you check it out. Simply go to the above mentioned website and click on the Touch feature story on the right hand side of the page. * The NSWTA will be holding their referee grading night on Saturday April 30th. Make sure you check the NSW Touch website for all the information. www.nswtouch.com.au * The Queensland Touch Association will be holding their Country Cup on April 3rd, check out their website for all the tournament information. www.qldtouch.com.au * The deadline for applications for the Victorian Team Titles has been extended, check out the Victorian Touch website for all the info www.victouch.com.au * The TouchWest 2005 Be Active State Championships has been dominated by Brothers, who took out both the Mens and Mixed Open competitions. Southern repeated their Super League efforts in winning the Womens Open. The Northern Men lived up to their dark horse tag and joined their Womens team in the Open Finals. For all the info see www.touchwest.com By Rachel Moyle, [email protected]last_img