The Outdoor Gear Exchange (OGE), an outdoor retailer that has been a part of the Burlington community for over 15 years, announced today that this May it will move into the Church Street space currently occupied by Old Navy. By more than doubling the amount of retail space, this move will allow for expanded inventory and product selection, improved displays, more jobs and a better overall shopping experience. The move will also allow for increased back-office, warehousing, and gearx.com distribution space. ‘After many years, we’ve simply outgrown our current space on Cherry Street,’ said Marc Sherman, OGE co-owner and visionary. ‘Finding a big enough space in the heart of downtown Burlington was difficult but we were committed to staying in this community. When we heard Old Navy was moving out, we jumped on the opportunity to acquire the space. It feels good to move our locally owned store into a spot previously filled by a national retail chain.’ OGE’s current retail location on Cherry Street provides 10,000 square feet of space, 3,500 of which is used for offices and warehousing. During the last few years, the gear shop has also opened a seasonal annex on Church Street to have a presence on the high-traffic holiday shopping avenue. In its new location, OGE will have a total of over 44,000 square feet spread over two floors. Retail displays will initially occupy over 15,000 square feet of the first floor with room for additional retail space in the basement as the business grows. The rest of the space will be used for offices, a warehouse, and OGE’s national online retail business, GearX.com. The growth of GearX.com, which now accounts for 25 percent of OGE’s revenue, was a large factor in the quest for a bigger location. Online orders are often filled by pulling products off the retail floor, which is currently packed to capacity with racks full of gear. Anyone who has walked through the doors of OGE recently can attest to the lack of free space. Even the shop dogs, often seen lying in the storefront windows, seem to be jockeying for a place to rest. With the new space comes an expansive warehouse area for stocking inventory, which will keep the retail floor less cluttered.But moving to Church Street offers more than just elbowroom. ‘Our location on Cherry Street has served us well, but it has always been more of a destination spot,’ explained Sherman. ‘When the crowds are shopping on Church Street, they rarely turn the corner to see what’s on the side streets. In our new space, we will remain a destination for core athletes seeking the best values on equipment, but also expect to attract some of the walk-by traffic on Church Street.’ Along with new customers comes new gear. OGE plans to increase the selection of products for its core customers, as well as offer more gear for the everyday outdoor enthusiast. ‘Family camping, or car camping, is one area where we definitely plan to offer more selection,’ said co-owner Mike Donohue. ‘Plus, we’ll finally have room for things like open-tent displays and more paddling gear, from kayaks to stand-up paddleboards.’ Donohue added that customers can look forward to more kids clothing and gear, lifestyle clothing, travel equipment and better displays for products such as car roof racks. OGE owes much of its success to its beloved consignment department. For many Vermonters, this section of the store is their lifeline for obtaining high-quality outdoor gear at second-hand prices and for repurposing their old gear. This section too, according to Donohue, will be larger and better organized in the store’s new space. There will also be a bigger selection of closeout items and seconds for thrifty thrill seekers. ‘While we are excited to be able to feature additional high-end products for those looking for the latest and greatest gadgets and apparel technologies, we will also be focusing on additional value-oriented products to make sure we stay true to our mission of making the outdoor lifestyle attainable for all budgets,’ added Donohue.The news about OGE’s relocation comes just after another outdoor retailer in Burlington, Climb High, announced it was closing its doors. The Bank Street space vacated by Climb High was once the location of OGE before it moved to Cherry Street. According to Donohue, OGE will begin carrying some of the brands that were popular at Climb High, such as Mammut, so Vermont athletes can still purchase their favorite gear from a locally owned retailer. The expansion into a larger space will add five to ten full-time employees to a staff that already comprises 55 full-time salespeople and office workers. ‘More than half of our staff have been here for over five years,’ claimed Sherman. ‘We have generations of outdoor enthusiasts who clock in year after year because they enjoy their jobs, and most of all, they love sharing their passion for the outdoors with everyone who walks in the front door.’The move to Church Street this May happens to occur around the store’s 16th anniversary. ‘This move is very much about making a deeper commitment to the community,’ added Sherman. ‘From more jobs to more products, we are looking forward to better serving the Burlington area and becoming a permanent fixture of the Church Street Marketplace.’ As for the handmade signs that adorn the Cherry Street store and give it that uniquely Vermont feel, ‘They’re coming with us,’ he said.
It was four-point game with about five minutes left in the third when the Clippers went on a 14-4 run that bumped the lead to 14 early in the fourth. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PreviousLos Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams points after he made a 3-point basket against the Chicago Bulls during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, March 13, 2018, in Chicago. The Clippers won 112-106. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) dunks against the Chicago Bulls during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, March 13, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers, right, drives against Chicago Bulls guard Denzel Valentine during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, March 13, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsChicago Bulls forward Noah Vonleh, right, blocks a shot by Los Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, March 13, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)Los Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris (34) shoots against Chicago Bulls forward David Nwaba, top, and forward Noah Vonleh during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, March 13, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers, left, shoots against Chicago Bulls center Robin Lopez during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, March 13, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan dunks against the Chicago Bulls during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, March 13, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg talks to his team during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Tuesday, March 13, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers, right, shoots over Chicago Bulls guard Antonio Blakeney during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, March 13, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg reacts to a call during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Tuesday, March 13, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)Chicago Bulls forward Noah Vonleh, right, shoots against Los Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, March 13, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)Chicago Bulls guard Denzel Valentine, right, passes against Los Angeles Clippers forward Sindarius Thornwell (0) and center DeAndre Jordan during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, March 13, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)Chicago Bulls forward Bobby Portis, center, drives against is fenced in by Clippers guard Austin Rivers, left, and forward Tobias Harris during the second half of Tuesday’s game in Chicago. The Clippers won 112-106. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)Chicago Bulls guard Denzel Valentine, right, looks to pass against Los Angeles Clippers forward Sindarius Thornwell (0) and center DeAndre Jordan during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, March 13, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)Chicago Bulls guard Cameron Payne, left, drives to the basket against Los Angeles Clippers guard Sindarius Thornwell during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, March 13, 2018, in Chicago. The Clippers won 112-106. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers reacts as he watches his team during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls, Tuesday, March 13, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)Chicago Bulls forward Bobby Portis dunks against the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, March 13, 2018, in Chicago. The Clippers won 112-106. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine, left, shoots against Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, March 13, 2018, in Chicago. The Clippers won 112-106. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers watches his team during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls, Tuesday, March 13, 2018, in Chicago. The Clippers won 112-106. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams points after he made a 3-point basket against the Chicago Bulls during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, March 13, 2018, in Chicago. The Clippers won 112-106. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) dunks against the Chicago Bulls during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, March 13, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)NextShow Caption1 of 19Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) dunks against the Chicago Bulls during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, March 13, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)ExpandCHICAGO — The Clippers need all the wins they can get if they’re going to make the playoffs for the seventh straight year – even the ugly ones.So they’ll take this.DeAndre Jordan dominated with 29 points, 18 rebounds and five assists, Lou Williams scored 26 and the Clippers beat the Chicago Bulls 112-106 on Tuesday night.Tobias Harris added 18 points, and the Clippers started to take control late in the third quarter on the way to their fifth win in six games. “Well, we won,” Coach Doc Rivers said. “That’s all I’ll say to that one.”Seventh in the Western Conference, the Clippers struggled to put away a rebuilding team going with younger players while eyeing a lottery pick. But they did just enough on the opener of a three-game trip.With the next two at Houston and Oklahoma City on Thursday and Friday, they needed this one.“The approach is to win,” Harris said. “The approach is to go out there and compete every single night. Go out there and collect wins. Obviously, in the situation we’re (in), the margin of error is very slim so we have to be ready at all times.”Related Articles Clippers guard Avery Bradley undergoes abdominal surgery, out 6-8 weeks Austin Rivers started it with a 19-footer, and Williams broke for a layup off a missed 3-pointer by Chicago’s Noah Vonleh. Montrezl Harrell drove for a layup just under a minute into the fourth, making it 92-78, and the Clippers maintained the lead the rest of the way.“Right now, it’s about us getting better as a unit and prepared for the playoffs, and that is us paying attention to coverages on both ends of the floor and staying locked in,” Jordan said.Bobby Portis led Chicago with 19 points and nine rebounds. Kris Dunn added 18 points and six assists. But with Lauri Markkanen sidelined by lower back spasms, the Bulls lost for the eighth time in 11 games.“We’re young, we’re trying to figure (out) who we are as a team,” Dunn said.TECHNICALLY SPEAKINGThe Bulls were up by two in the closing minute of the first half when Zach LaVine and Coach Fred Hoiberg got called for technicals, upset there was no foul called against Sindarius Thornwell as he blocked a dunk attempt. Williams hit the technical free throws and two more foul shots to send the Clippers to the locker room with a 62-60 lead.LaVine had a rough night, with 10 points on 3-of-13 shooting. Hoiberg thought he was slow at times getting back on defense because of his frustration on offense. But on the blocked dunk, he made one thing clear.“He got hit, there’s no doubt about it,” Hoiberg said. “The referees admitted it afterward.”MARKKANEN OUTMarkkanen’s back has been bothering him the past few days.Though Hoiberg said it felt “really good” in the morning, it acted up in the weight room before the game so the Bulls scratched him from the lineup.TIP-INSClippers: The Clippers were 30 for 41 at the line, matching a season high for free throws made and setting one for attempts. The Bulls, by comparison, took 15 foul shots. … Williams hit 13 of 14 free throws. … L.A. has won five in a row against Chicago, including two games this season.Bulls: With Markkanen sidelined, Vonleh started and had eight points and seven rebounds. … LaVine was 3 of 13 from the field with 10 points. … The Bulls shot 7 for 29 from 3-point range.UP NEXTClippers: Visit Houston and Chris Paul on Thursday.Bulls: Visit Memphis on Thursday. Clippers’ rocky road has still made for an enjoyable season for Doc Rivers
CALIFORNIA-BRED WARREN’S VENEDA SKIMS RAIL AND WINS $75,000 PASEANA STAKES BY 5 ½ LENGTHS; WARREN HOMEBRED SCORES FOR BAZE, LEWIS
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 11, 2015)–Warren’s Veneda shot through an opening at the rail turning for home and went on to a 5 ½ length in Sunday’s $75,000 Paseana Stakes at Santa Anita, as she covered a mile and a sixteenth on a wet fast track in 1:42.97 under Tyler Baze.Trained by Craig Lewis, the 5-year-old California-bred mare avenged a head defeat to Tiz Midnight on Dec. 6 in the Grade II Bayakoa Stakes at Los Alamitos. (Tiz Midnight, who was off at 3-5, ended up sixth in the field of seven older fillies and mares).“This mare is really handy,” said Lewis, who sent her out to her sixth win from 20 starts. “Tyler told me that he wanted to lay a little closer to the pace today, and I thought maybe she should be further back. He told me when he cut her loose, it was over. She’s feeling good right now and she’s just a hard-trying mare.”Owned by her breeder, Benjamin Warren, Warren’s Veneda was the second choice in the wagering at 4-1 and paid $10.40, $4.60 and $3.40. By Affirmative and out of the Flying Continental mare More Cal Bread, Warren’s Veneda picked up $60,600 for the win, increasing her earnings to $467,612.“I had the perfect trip, said Baze, who was sitting a close fifth past the five furlong pole. “I wanted to keep her a little closer then I was at Los Alamitos last time out. According to the conditions, it seems like speed has been holding all day, so I just kind of rode her to them and she just tries so hard. She gives me everything she’s got every time she runs. It’s amazing to have a nice filly like that.”Runner-up Taste Like Candy, ridden by Kent Desormeaux, finished three quarters of a length in front of Valiant Emilia and paid $6.20 and $3.60.“I had to change tactics, the mud changes all tactics,” said Desormeaux. “You try to get close to the lead to keep the mud out of their face.”Off at 14-1 and ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Valiant Emilia sat second behind fractions of 22.80, 46.42 and 1:10.78. She finished 5 ¼ lengths in front of early pacesetter Legacy and paid $6.80 to show.Racing resumes on Thursday, as Santa Anita will embark upon a five-day race week, culminating with the Martin Luther King Jr., Holiday on Monday. First post time on Thursday is at 1 p.m.
Airliners and airlines have never been so efficient, but it’s taking longer than ever to get to our destination.That was one of the main beefs raised by airline executives at a commercial aviation summit in Washington DC last month organised by the industry’s main representative body, Airlines For America (A4A).And America is just one of the countries around the world where chronic congestion of airports and airways is forcing airlines to add more and more hours and minutes to the scheduled flying time of each flight.The president and chief executive of New York-based JetBlue Airways, Robin Hayes, told the A4A summit that the so-called block time – the official scheduled flying time – between New York and Washington DC used to be 60 minutes. But that has ballooned to 80 minutes to allow for airways congestion.And it is replicated on routes across the country. Airlines once allowed around five hours 30 minutes for the westbound journey against prevailing headwinds from New York to Los Angeles.Now, no airline allows less than six hours and some, like Delta, which ironically opposes airspace reform, allow six hours 25 minutes.With the US Department of Transport publishing monthly on-time performance statistics, no airline wants to gain a reputation among flyers for unreliability. Airlines would rather increase block times.Even the definition of “on time” has been massaged in the past 20 years to reflect chronic airways congestion. “On time” is now officially defined – in most countries, not just the USA – as within 15 minutes of schedule. So your flight can be 15 minutes late and still gets the “on time” tick of approval in the official statistics.“Proponents of the status quo either don’t understand, or they misrepresent, the data,” A4A president and chief executive Nicolas Calio told the Washington summit. “Airlines are increasing block time to accommodate delays in the national airspace … That’s not a sign of improved airspace.”It’s a global problem.Even in the sparsely populated continent of Australia, flights that used to take an hour can now take 30-40 per cent longer.Adelaide West Beach airport to Melbourne Tullamarine – 643 kilometres, according to global aviation supplier Rockwell Collins’ database – used to take 65 minutes eastbound and 70 minutes westbound. Airlines now allow 80 and 85 minutes.The official flying time for Australia’s busiest route, the 706 kilometres between Melbourne and Sydney, used to be 70 minutes northbound and 75 minutes southbound. It’s now officially 85 and 95 minutes.Adelaide-Melbourne is a virtually identical distance to the route connecting Europe’s main business capitals, London and Frankfurt, which are 656 kilometres apart (Heathrow airport to Frankfurt Main airport, named after the nearby river). Yet the official flight time, once around one hour 30 minutes, is now as much as one hour 50 minutes for an actual flight time of less than an hour.This is in spite of the European Union’s attempts to reduce airspace congestion through an initiative called the Single European Sky (SES), launched in 2004 through its air traffic co-ordinator, Eurocontrol.”Inefficiencies in Europe’s fragmented airspace bring extra costs of close to five billion Euros each year to airlines and their customers,” the EU complained in 2013 at the announcement of yet another attempt to reform the system. “They add 42 kilometres to the distance of an average flight forcing aircraft to burn more fuel, generate more emissions, pay more in costly user charges and suffer greater delays. The United States controls the same amount of airspace, with more traffic, at almost half the cost.”According to the EU, the problem in getting all of Europe’s national ATC agencies working together is all about money. “Experience shows that member states, which are either sole or majority owners of (air traffic management) service providers, have a strong tendency to focus on steady revenue streams of the user-financed system of air traffic control services, and can be therefore reluctant to endorse fundamental change towards a more integrated operating airspace,” it says.”The existing SES decision-making processes allow too easily progress to be blocked by national vested interests.”Britain (which has just voted to leave the EU) found its solution to fixing air traffic control (ATC) issues in the partial privatisation of its ATC provider, National Air Traffic Services (NATS), at the turn of the century.As a public-private partnership separated from the aviation industry regulator, the Civil Aviation Authority, NATS, which has garnered a global reputation for innovation, is now owned 54 per cent by the UK government, 42 per cent by the Airline Group (of European airlines) and four per cent by Heathrow airport.While not supporting full privatisation, critics of the mess that US airlines find themselves in see the separation of the ATC provider from the regulator as a first step in providing the necessary investment to renovate the airspace system.A4A and the ATC union earlier this year supported a proposal to separate ATC services from the US Federal Aviation Administration as a new non-profit agency, but the idea was stalled in Congress.American Airlines chief executive Doug Parker says backers of reform won’t give up. “Those who understand the system best, support reform,” he told Air Transport World. “There is simply nothing radical or unusual about this concept. “More than 50 other nations have moved to this structure in one form or another. Some did it decades ago. None have chosen to reverse course. We need to get this ATC reform done.”With air traffic doubling every 10 years on average and tripling every 20 years, the global problem of ATC delays is becoming more urgent.
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A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Future Plans for PersonasOn the development roadmap, Mozilla is considering a number of new ideas for these add-on skins, including dynamic Personas, window and/or tab-specific Personas, page specific Personas and self hosted Personas, among other things. There are definitely some intriguing ideas here, although, on the other hand, Personas that changed too often during web surfing could end up being more distracting than useful. One of the more interesting ideas under consideration is the addition of ambient information into a Persona. Years ago, we looked at an ambient news reader plugin for Firefox which displayed headlines from articles you would be interested in reading. These headlines, determined by an analysis of your web surfing habits, appeared in a beautifully fading list every time you opened a new tab in Firefox. That sort of low-impact information delivery mechanism is a perfect example of what it means to provide “ambient information.” So what sort of ambient information could be embedded into a Persona, we wonder? Could Personas provide statistics on tweets, Diggs and other social actions the way Feedly’s toolbar does? Or could they, too, offer up links to related web pages or news stories? What would you want to see?With Personas, the Focus is on the Browser, not the Web Another thing to consider is whether or not this planned development means Mozilla is charting a different course for Firefox than rival Google is with their new Chrome browser. Where Chrome makes the browser “go away” with an emphasis on the web and not the tabs, buttons or toolbars, Personas do just the opposite: they return the focus to the browser itself. This would contradict other plans Mozilla was supposedly considering for Firefox’s future not too long ago, most notably a design that would put tabs at the top of the browser just like in Chrome. Last summer, Mozilla requested user feedback about this potential revamp, but feedback was mixed. What do you think about the plans for Personas? Are they interesting enough that you would give them a try? Or do you like a more minimal look for your browser? Related Posts sarah perez Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Browsers#web Firefox Personas, the designer skins that let web surfers dress up their browser, are now being rebranded “Personas Plus” and are being moved over to Mozilla’s add-on gallery to join the other plugins. With the move, Mozilla has also announced that development work on this popular personalization program is continuing with the addition of new features that will transform Personas from static background images to dynamically updating themes that could even include ambient information. Personas, if you’re unaware, are special web browser skins designed for Firefox that let you style your browser with colorful backgrounds and imagery. Slightly different than Firefox themes, which typically change browser buttons and toolbars too, Personas just let you update the browser’s background without making dramatic changes to other Firefox features. Also, unlike themes, Personas don’t require a browser restart to apply. Until now, Firefox Personas have been a sort of cute, but somewhat unnecessary feature, and one that seems to appeal more to the “junior” set of web surfers. With Personas for things like Lady Gaga, Twilight, Avatar, musicians, popular TV shows and celebs, older web surfers may have felt a little out-of-place when visiting the Gallery’s homepage. However, the future of Personas may have have all Firefox users taking a second look. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Friday June 22, 2007: Alice Springs Grand Finals Touch West web-site: www.touchwest.com.auNORTHERN TERRITORY (NT)Play: #4Gove Touch Wet Season Grand FinalsGove Touch began its season in March with nine men’s teams and seven women’s teams. Towards the end of the season both the men and women’s competitions were split into two divisions – Men’s A, Men’s B and Women’s A, Women’s B. The finals were held on Friday June 15, 2007, at the Gove Touch Fields.Men’s A: Kamasutra def Who U Men’s B: Delta Reef def GIS Women’s A: Leo’s Tigers def Big Mamma’sWomen’s B: Exterminators def Lookers Kelly Roos was awarded ‘Best and Fairest’ in the women’s category while Daniel Bromot was the ‘Best and Fairest’ of the men’s division. The Gove Touch Dry season Mixed Competition starts in August, 2007.Other events: In the A-grade mixed final, Nagle College and Roulette Cinema were locked at 5-5 at the end of regular time. The youngsters from Nagle (Bairnsdale) won in a drop off to secure the title. The Mixed B final was won by Sale’s local heroes, Top Draw Krills.The Touch Football Victoria web-site:www.victouch.com.auAUSTRALIAN CAPTIAL TERRITORY (ACT) PLAY: #6ACT Primary Schools ChampionshipsThis Friday June 22, 2007, the best ACT junior Touch Footballers will take the field for the ACT Primary Schools Championships. Teams representing the seven Canberra regions will compete in Boys and Girls Divisions. The tournament will be run by ACT Touch Game Development Trainees Adam Raptis and Tim Arnold who are undertaking internships with ACT Touch as part of the their studies at the University of Canberra.ACT Game Development Officer, Chris Tarlinton is expecting a strong showing from all teams as each region has undertaken trials to select the best players for the Championships. The ACT selectors will be casting their eyes over the talent with a view to selecting the ACT Under-12s representative sides for the National Primary Championships in Melbourne in October.The action gets underway from 9am at the Deakin Playing Fields.Other events:ACT Touch continues to work with the ACT Government and other ACT sporting bodies to plan and manage the drought issues currently threatening to close ovals in Canberra region.The ACT Touch Association web-site: www.acttouch.com.auThat’s it for this week’s edition of A Set of Six.Be sure to check out all the latest news in Touch Football this week by going to each State’s web-site for further information. Sale Association held its Winter Grand Finals. Thursday June 21, 2007: Darwin Touch Mixed Grand Finals The Touch Football Northern Territory web-site: www.touchnt.com.au VICTORIA (VIC)Play: #5Victorian Junior Teams primed for Queensland Junior State CupThe Victorian Under-12, 15, and 18 representative teams are putting in final preparations for the Queensland Junior State Cup tournament on the Sunshine Coast from July 5 – 8, 2007.The Victorian teams that are travelling north for the tournament are looking forward to broadening their exposure to the game of Touch Football. It’s the start of a new three- year program aimed at developing and strengthening the skills and talent of junior Touch players based in Victoria as well as exposing them to a new level of competition. The five teams will be managed by TFA Victoria Game Development officer Carly Goodrich, and a panel of experienced coaches.These coaches include Miles Davine, Mick Carter, Leah Percy, Hamish McLean and John Katal.It will also be the first ever appearance of Victoria in the under-12 age group in any Touch Football competition in Australia – a positive milestone in the development of Touch in Victoria. Other events: Game Development Officer Glen Richardson is currently visiting Weipa presenting Referee and Coaching Courses Friday June 22, 2007: Darwin Touch Men’s and Women’s Grand Finals Touch Football Australia brings you this rapid fire “Set of Six” news ‘plays’ from around the Country. TFA’s Media Scholarship Holder Henry Holland and TFA’s National Media Coordinator Karley Banks will bring you up to date every week with a selection of six ‘plays’ on the latest news, views, and events nationally.Welcome to Touch Football Australia’s A Set of Six – volume 7. QUEENSLAND (QLD) Play: #1 Queensland Touch and Sporting Wheelies WorkshopsOn Tuesday June 19, 2007, Queensland Touch took part in the first of two ‘No Limits Sports Expos’. The workshops are run conjunction with Lifestream and the Sporting Wheelies – organisations that work with disabled children in sport. The aim of the expos is to assess students from special education units and schools for suitability to participate in mainstream sport. Skills are tested through drills such as catching, passing and scoring. The participants’ motor skills are monitored, as is their ability to learn the rules of the game. Tuesday’s expo was held for 12 schools and units from the Sunshine Coast. 90 children were tested with approximately 80% judged as suitable for mainstream sport. On Thursday June 21, 2007, the second expo will be held for seven schools and units in the Logan and Beenleigh regions. 75 kids are expected to participate. Other events: Touch Football Queensland web-site: www.qldtouch.com.auSOUTH AUSTRALIA (SA) Play: #2 Botanics Touch Club Winter Competition The Botanics Touch Club winter competition will be played at Campbelltown Memorial Oval on the corner of Darley and Lower N.E. Roads, Campbelltown, commencing June 18, 2007.The competition format will be 2 x 25min games per team per week over the course of six weeks with all finals to be conducted on the seventh week.The competition dates are as follows:June 18, 25 July 2, 9, 16, 23 Finals July 30.Games will be played at 6.30pm, 7pm, 7.30pm, 8pm and 8.30pm if required.Other events:During the SAPSASA championships over 80 children were invited to the Under-12 State Trials to run on June 23 – 24, 2007, at the Citytouch Grounds in Eastwood. Announcement of the coaches will occur this week.Touch Football South Australia web-site: www.touchsa.com.auWESTERN AUSTRALIA (WA) Play: # 3Training camp for WA Under-18 PlayersOn the weekend 23 – 24 June, 2007, the first of two training camps will take place for all junior Metropolitan Touch Football players interested in taking part in the Under-18 National Championships, in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, from 17 – 20 September, 2007.The camp is part of an open selection process and will be conducted at the Northern Districts Touch Association in Doubleview, Perth. 30 – 40 players are expected at the camp, which will be supervised by Toby Hohapata (WA Under-18 Boys’ Coach), Russell Moeahu (WA Under-18 Boys’ Manager), Shelley Matcham (WA Under-18 Girls’ Coach and current Australian Women’s Open representative), Nelly Hokianga (WA Under-18 Girls’ Assistant Coach) and Connie Jackaman (WA Under-18 Girls’ Manager).The players will be educated on fitness, nutrition, and recovery, as well as participating in general ball skill drills and game play. Last year WA wasn’t able to field teams in the Under-18 National Championships. This year, a boys and girls team will contest the championships and is expected to make their presence felt. Sharron Wong, Jenaya Quan and Blane Edwards are all National Youth Squad members and will lead the sides strongly. The training camp will be the first opportunity for players from the south to stake their claim to represent their State. On the weekend of June 2 – 3, 2007, players from the Northwest region got the opportunity to impress at a junior development camp in Broome. The second and final Metropolitan camp will be held in July and will include invited players from the Northwest region.Other events: WA State teams continue to train for the upcoming Barbarians Cup on 13 – 14 July, 2007. Sunday June 24, 2007: 74 teams to compete in the last leg of the Delfin TRI-Series, the Junior Sharks Cup
CALGARY – TransCanada Corp (TSX:TRP) says it plans to restart operations on its Keystone pipeline on Nov. 28 after making repairs to a leak that spilled about 795,000 litres of crude oil in South Dakota.The company says U.S. regulators have cleared its restart plans, which include restarting the pipeline at a reduced pressure before gradually increasing the volume of crude oil in the system.TransCanada says that as of Nov. 24, it had recovered about 168,000 litres of crude oil from the spill in a farmer’s field, and that there are no indications of the spill affecting water sources.The spill on Nov. 16 forced the company to shut the section of the Keystone pipeline system between Hardisty, Alta., and Cushing Okla. and a spur line to Patoka, Ill., while a southern section extending to the Gulf Coast remained in operation.The leak increased scrutiny of the company’s pipeline operations just days before Nebraska regulators voted on whether to allow the company’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline project to run through the state.Regulators gave the go-ahead for the project on Nov. 20, but approved an alternative route to the one preferred by TransCanada.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The B.C. Wildfire Service responded to seven new forest fires on Saturday that were all human-caused.The largest fire was south of Pouce Coupe and reached 10 hectares in size. Crews from the B.C. Wildfire Service, the Pouce Coupe Volunteer Fire Department and a crew from Alberta all responded to the fire. Two tankers were successful in containing the fire and keeping it from Highway 2. Crews will continue to monitor the fire throughout the night and have more resources on the fire if need be on Sunday. The Village of Pouce Coupe has not issued any evacuation orders or alerts for the area. Wonowon/Halfway RiverThis fire was started by someone burning grass. Crews in the area have the fire under control.Gundy RoadThis fire reached four hectares in size and is now considered out.Powder KingA landowner was burning and caused this fire. Crews are working the fire and it is currently 1.5 hectares in size. The fire is located 15 km north of Powder King along Highway 97.Fire Information Officers Amanda Reynolds with the Prince George Fire Centre said that conditions in Northeast B.C. are starting to dry out because of the lack of rain that the rest of the Southern Interior has experienced this week. Reynolds is reminding residents that Category Two fires, fireworks, and burning barrels are currently banned in all of Northeast B.C. and that anyone present near a campfire that is larger than a half-metre in dimension would be liable to get a fine of over $1,000.The video below shows crews responding to a fire near Fort Nelson on Friday, May 11. The fire caused over 100 properties to be evacuated for part of the day on Friday. The fire has been contained. The Village of Pouce Coupe has banned all burning within the boundaries of the community. The ban includes everything from large burning to campfires. This ban only affects residents that live within the boundaries of the Village of Pouce Coupe.B.C. Wildfire Service officials are stressing residents in the Peace Region need to obey the fire ban that was implemented earlier this month for the entire region. A category two ban is in place that covers all open burning of any material (piled or unpiled) smaller than two metres high and three metres wide. The ban also includes burning barrels, fireworks and stubble or grass fires over an area smaller than 2,000 square metres. At this time the ban does not include campfires.With the forecast calling for more hot and dry weather, with high winds, the B.C. Wildfire Service is ready with resources to respond to any new fires.Beaton River ValleyThis fire started on Friday but is now considered out. The fire reached 2.5 hectares in size. Baldonnel RoadThis fire has six firefighters working to contain the fire. Local residents are also helping and crews have been able to get a good handle on the fire. It is approximately 8 hectares.East PineThe fire is two to three hectares in size and eight firefighters are working the fire. The winds have died down and crews have also been able to contain this fire.