Survival Sunday: How the 10 FCPPL relegation candidates can escape the drop

first_imgFollow Joy Sports coverage of Survival Sunday from 2:45pm. Gary Al-Smith anchors as correspondents from across the eight centres bring us exciting live updates on the league’s final day. All games kickoff at 3:15pm. Follow live Twitter and Facebook updates @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports –The graphic above shows Joy Sports projection made on August 7, detailing who we thought would be relegated after matchday 30. So far, we’ve been pretty accurate.Take a look at the Premier League table (show below). Pause. Look at it again and observe the points tally from 6th to 15th.It is mind-boggling that on the last day of the season, not one, not two, not three, but TEN teams can mathematically be relegated.Four points separate Berekum Chelsea (6th) from Great Olympics (15th) heading into the last matchday. All of these teams can go down. It is Ghana’s version of last day league drama. We can’t afford to miss it.RELEGATION CONTENDERS:Berekum Chelsea, Wa All Stars, WAFA, Heart of Lions, Kotoko, Hasaacas, Edubiase, Medeama, Bechem United, Olympics. HOW TO ESCAPE:Win the last game, have superior points advantage over fellow strugglers. In the case of having the same points, have a better head to head record, if that is also a tie (away goals’ rule does count here), have a superior goal advantage.Below: The league table as it stands.Team-by-team permutations BEREKUM CHELSEA:Should the unexpected happen and Chelsea lose their home game against Wa All Stars, the Blues will be stuck on 41 points. Out of the contenders, only Olympics cannot make or better this tally which could send the Berekum side down. This is highly unlikely. Chelsea’s worst on the day could be a draw. The unbeaten home record will not be relinquished. Medeama and Bechem are the only teams that can make exactly 41. Chelsea have a better head to head record against the Bechem side but would go down against Medeama. WAFA and Heart of Lions with draws can also make the 41 points. Chelsea have a better head to head record against both clubs.WA ALL STARS:The Wa side are in a similar position as Berekum Chelsea. They currently have 41 points and will have to enter a head-to-head battle with Medeama and Bechem United should they win and Heart of Lions and WAFA should they draw.  Olympics cannot match up to Wa All Stars’ points tally meaning only one slot remains for relegation. A draw looks likely on the card against Chelsea on Sunday but should they lose, their chances of going down are very slim.WAFA: The Sogakope side hit the 40 point mark few weeks ago but two successive losses have meant they have been dragged into the relegation pool. A win or draw against Accra Hearts of Oak will be enough to see the Sogakope play another league season but a defeat can all but end the stay of the academy side. HEART OF LIONS:The Kpando side on the evidence of recent trend look likely to go down on this matchday despite their impressive win over Olympics on matchday 29. Lions’ face Edubiase in Obuasi and a defeat will send the Kpando side down. The permutations for the Kpando side are simple. Get a point or all points and stay up .They cannot afford to slip. This is because any point gained on the day will see them above their hosts Edubiase and Olympics irrespective of what happens in their game against league champions Ashantigold.KOTOKO: What a massive difference three points can make? Kotoko can end up being the fifth or sixth depending on results from other grounds. All being said, Kotoko are three points away from pushing high up the log but should the unexpected happen and the Porcupines lose or drop points, it could end up being a calamitous campaign for the former league champions. A draw or defeat is highly unlikely for the Porcupine Warriors.HASAACAS:The giants from the west, just like Kotoko, have their destiny in their hands. A draw against Liberty will be suicidal as that will leave Hasmal with 40 points and an inferior head-to-head record against Olympics. This means the Wonder Boys will climb over them should they beat Ashantigold. Hasmal have to win, and premiership football will stay in Sekondi.NEW EDUBIASE:Edubiase’s case is straightforward but could yet be difficult. Win and stay up or lose and get relegated. The Bekwai side come face-to-face against the Kpando side who are also in a precarious situation which makes their duel the match of the round. Anthony Commey’s side currently have 39 points and anything short of three points could spell their end. A draw in the game against Lions will only give them advantage over Olympics whom they have a better head-to-head record with but they will then have to rely on Bechem United dropping points against BA United (which is unlikely),  or Medeama, Kotoko or Hasaacas dropping points. MEDEAMA:The FA Cup champions face Inter Allies in Tarkwa. With home advantage and knowing what is at stake, the Yellow and Mauves should and must win. Should they lose, it will be adiós to the reigning cup champions without many computations. A draw will mean relying on all three of Bechem, Kotoko and Hasaacas losing.BECHEM UNITED:Lord Zico’s side were projected to be relegated by the Joy Sports team. But but after an impressive draw away at inter Allies, the Bechem side now hold their destiny in their hands. No better way for them, too, than a home game against the already relegated B.A United. A Bechem United win will mean they will finish above Olympics and either Edubiase or Lions as both clubs clash. A draw or defeat – which is highly unlikely for Bechem – will mean relegation. GREAT OLYMPICS:The Wonder Club have the most complicated of all the permutations. A win will still not guarantee them safety as they need two rivals to slip in order to survive this year’s league. Aside the Edubiase and Lions game where points will surely be dropped, Olympics will still need Bechem, Medeama, Hasaacas or Kotoko to lose. Quite daunting, but not impossible.More buildup to #SurvivalSunday from Joy Sports. CLICK TO READ: FCPPL Survival Sunday previewCLICK TO READ: Why I want to be a ref on the season’s last dayCLICK TO READ: What this AshGold league win means to a former Kotoko fan–Follow Joy Sports coverage of Survival Sunday from 2:45pm. Gary Al-Smith anchors as correspondents from across the 8 centres bring us exciting live updates on the league’s final day. 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Northwest Christian Lacey Cross Country Wins 3rd Consecutive Division II National…

first_imgFacebook205Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Northwest Christian High SchoolThe National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA) named Northwest Christian High boy’s cross-country team the national champions in Division II.  Division II includes schools with enrollment under 600 nationwide. This is the third consecutive year that Northwest Christian has won the national championship. The Northwest Christian boys are the first team ever to win the national championship three years in a row. The team also won their third consecutive Washington State 2B Cross Country Championship in 2016.The Northwest Christian Lacey boy’s cross country team captures the state title before continuing on to secure the Division II National Championship. Photo courtesy: NCHS.Aron Taylor, who issues the national championship awards on behalf of the NHSCA, had this to say about the Northwest Christian Lacey program: “Capping a third consecutive WIAA Class 2B State Championship, and third consecutive NHSCA Division II National Team Championship, Northwest Christian-Lacey has separated themselves as one of the unparalleled athletic programs in the nation and a true dynasty. NHSCA recognizes Northwest Christian Lacey as the greatest small school in U.S. history. There has never been a small school program as dominant and of this caliber for boys cross country.”The Northwest Christian High School girls’ team finished in the top ten in the nation as well, finishing 9th this year. They were 2nd in the nation in 2013 and won the NHSCA national championship in 2014. The Northwest Christian girls team won nine straight Washington State Girls 2B cross country championships from 2006 through 2014, an all-time Washington State Girls record for consecutive state championship wins.Northwest Christian senior Luke Schilter closes out his winning run at the Class 1B/2B state cross country meet. Photo courtesy: Northwest Christian High School.Luke Schilter, the number one runner for the Northwest Christian Lacey team, was ranked as the number two runner in the nation this year for Division II. Schilter also won the 2016 Washington State 2B cross-country title in his final senior year.Northwest Christian Lacey coach Larry Weber won his third consecutive National Coach of the Year Award this year. He also won the girls National Coach of the Year award in 2014.“We are grateful for the acknowledgement from the NHSCA about the boy’s national championship,” Weber said. “Every coach, volunteer and parent, past and present, has contributed in some way to these championships over the years and to helping each student-athlete reach their God given potential.”To learn more about the Northwest Christian High School cross country program, visit the team website online.last_img read more

Bombers need shootout to capture West Kootenay Girl’s Fieldhockey title

first_imgThe L.V. Rogers Bombers realized early in the season the road to the West Kootenay Girl’s Fieldhockey title would not be an easy one to travel.The Bombers needed shootout to dispose of the Stanley Humphries Rockers 3-1 to capture the West Kootenay Girl’s Fieldhockey Championship Thursday afternoon at Pass Creek Park in Castlegar.Captains Naomi Perkins with a nice deke and Allie Zondervan scored in the shootout to give LVR a 2-0 advantage after the teams played to a 1-1 regulation and overtime tie.Tara Yowek stopped every one of the Rockers shooters to power the Bombers.”Field conditions were horrible puddles and lakes everywhere,” said Bomber head coach Val Gibson. “It was truly disappointing to have to play such a fast paced game (normally) at a snail’s pace today.”LVR gained a bye into the final after claiming the regular season title.The Rockers upset defending champion J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks of Trail 1-0 in the semi final Tuesday.LVR opened the scoring when Grade 9 sensation Hanna Quinn scored for the Bombers.Stanley Humphries tied the game later sending the contest into extra time.Nothing was decided in two 10-minute overtime periods.”The players were amazing and both sides were totally soaked and frustrated,” Gibson said.The Bombers now advance to the Provincial Tournament in Oliver on November 6-8 while the Rockers have a chance to gain a wild card spot in the 16-team tournament in a play-in game Tuesday in Kelowna.Thursday game was the fina home game for 2014 grads,  Abbie Bourchier-Willans, Hailee Gerun, Anna Goeppner, Sarah Wade, Lauren Walgren, Jena Wheeldon and Tara Yowek.last_img read more

Age is just a number! Home Instead celebrates aging with special event

first_imgWith a population of 20,000​ people​ aged over 65 in Donegal, Home Instead Senior Care Donegal are celebrating the life of senior residents in the county with a fun event this week.The ‘Age is Just a Number’ event will be held in the Station House Hotel, Letterkenny on May 9th from 12noon to 4pm.As part of the Bealtaine Festival calendar of events, this is an event that celebrates aging and wisdom while offering everyone who comes along an opportunity to learn more about the services and offerings in Donegal to these young at heart residents and their families. A fun event for everyone, here’s some of what you can expect on the day:Practical Advice And Information StandsVirtual Reality Experience ,Travel The Globe Virtually!Meet The “Experts” Nutrition, Movement And MemoriesLifestyle And Wellness InformationGuest SpeakersTea And Coffee CornerMusic, Laughter, FriendshipShare Your Story CornerFree Draws To Win Some Great PrizesMartin Murphy director of Home Instead Senior Care in Donegal said: “Everyone is welcome, bring a parent or let them bring you! There will be information and support stands on everything from social groups like the active retirement group in the county to health and wellbeing advice and maybe even a game of bingo or two.”Martin added that a unique experience will be on offer on the day. A Raphoe company called Virtual Reality Design will be there with virtual reality headsets, giving those present the chance to experience a virtual walk around capital cities of the world, by wearing the special headsets while sitting in a comfy chair. Maybe even virtually visiting where they once lived and worked in earlier years. This is a unique experience at an event like this and it is unlikely that many of those attending will have had an opportunity like this before.A free tea and coffee corner will give guests an opportunity to tell your stories and share a yarn with others. Local personality and speaker Helen Kelly will be on hand to sit and chat with the visitors throughout the day, about the state of aging in Donegal and what can be done to help everyone going through it.Sr Helen KellyMartin is keen to point out the importance of supporting the aging population in the county.He highlighted obvious issues such as ill health, loneliness and general lack of confidence and is delighted groups like Donegal Volunteer Centre are attending to talk about opportunities for all ages to get involved in volunteering and sharing their knowledge and wisdom in the communities in which they live.Cara House will also be there to offer supports and practical information specifically for those who want to embrace their elder years while learning more about the supports on offer to them. Some of the other stands on the day includeThe Foot and Ankle Clinic,DLDCCancer Care WestNutrition AdviceChiropractorHealthy Ireland Donegal LibraryAll are welcome to call into ‘Age Is Just A Number‘ at Station House Letterkenny, 9th May, 12noon-4pm. For further information contact Martin at Home Instead Senior Care office Letterkenny (074) 911 [email protected] visit Home Instead Senior Care Donegal Facebook page for further information on this and all further events.Age is just a number! Home Instead celebrates aging with special event was last modified: May 5th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:age is just a numberelderlyeventshome instead senior careletterkennylast_img read more

GEM looks to bring hope to vulnerable children

first_imgGEM is getting its volunteers to help feed and play with the kids of Ethembeni Children’s Home in Johannesburg. (Image: Youtube: Salvation Army Vision Network)By Ray MaotaA children’s home in the heart of Johannesburg that offers refuge for children infected or affected by HIV/Aids is getting a helping hand from a group running a mobile app for volunteers.GEM (Go the Extra Mile), the mobile rewards platform for volunteers, is getting South Africans to help out at Ethembeni Children’s Home in Doornfontein, Johannesburg. Ethembeni, meaning “place of hope” in isiXhosa, was established by the Salvation Army in 1995 and is home to as many as 60 children from birth to three years old.David Shields, co-founder of GEM, said volunteers from all walks of life gathered to do their bit for the home. “They will be helping out at the home, whether it’s playing with the children, helping to feed them, taking care of general maintenance and once that is done they receive their GEMs.”The activation was one of six throughout Johannesburg on Saturday, 7 May.GEM AND PLAY YOUR PART ‘GO HAND IN HAND’GEM’s relationship with Play Your Part started with a phone conversation between Shields and Brand South Africa’s strategic relationship manager for business, Rodney Moloko. This led to the app’s first 10 activations, on Mandela Day last year.“Since then we have grown in leaps and bounds. I would like to think GEM and Play Your Part go hand in hand as GEM helps people physically play their part,” said Shields.The turnout varies from activation to activation as volunteers tend to go to places closer to them. “We choose the establishments to help whether or not they fit the GEM profile, which is quite stringent. The place has to be safe, warm and welcoming and some organisations don’t fit those criteria.”SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP RISINGShields believes the millennial generation has seen what their fathers and forefathers have done to the country and how the entire capitalist system is bloated.“There is no way that people can keep making money for themselves without caring for others, the environment or the animals. We have seen the after effects of this and now we want to do well by doing good.“With the rise of the internet and other technologies we have more information than our parents and so we are more consciously aware of what it takes to make a change.”FUTURE OF GEMShields said: “We have actually started on working on benefits for GEM users. At the moment we are developing a USSD trivia quiz where users can log on and answer questions and by doing such, earn GEMs.“In the next six months to a year we would like to get into the banking sector by catering for the unbanked people of South Africa.”last_img read more

Perdue sworn in as newest USDA Secretary, Trump signs ag executive order

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio’s senators voted to confirm the long-awaited George “Sonny” Perdue as the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).Both Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) supported Perdue, President Trump’s nominee for the second-to-last open cabinet position. Brown also voted to advance the nomination of Perdue out of the Agriculture Committee in March. During his confirmation process, Perdue told Brown he would visit Ohio if confirmed.“One in seven jobs in Ohio depends on agriculture, and it’s critical that Governor Perdue follow through on his commitment to visit Ohio and learn about how he can support Ohio farmers,” said Brown. “I look forward to working with him across the spectrum of USDA programs – from strengthening the farm safety net, to funding conservation programs that keep Lake Erie clean, and battling the opioid epidemic.”The confirmation was met with appreciation from U.S. agriculture amid growing concerns that the vital industry appears to be a low priority for the Trump Administration.“Farm Bureau heartily congratulates Secretary Sonny Perdue on his new role leading our nation’s Agriculture Department. We are eager for agriculture to finally have a seat in the president’s cabinet, and we know Secretary Perdue is just as eager to get to work for farmers, consumers and rural America,” said Zippy Duvall, president of the American Farm bureau Federation. “Secretary Perdue is a long-time friend to me and farmers across Georgia, and soon to the millions of men and women across our country who feed and clothe our nation. He is a real-world farmer himself and knows the business inside out. He understands the impact farm labor shortages, trade agreements and regulations have on a farmer’s bottom line and ability to stay in business from one season to the next. There’s important work ahead for the secretary, and he’ll need to address these challenges against the backdrop of the biggest drop in farm prices and income we’ve seen in decades. But just like America’s farmers and ranchers, I know Secretary Perdue isn’t afraid of a hard day’s work. We are confident he is the right man for the job at hand.”In addition on Tuesday President Trump, while seated beside the newly confirmed secretary on his right and a National FFA Officer on the left, held a roundtable discussion with farmers and signed an executive order aimed specifically at agriculture. The move was viewed by some as a way to show favor to rural America — a demographic that has felt left out after the lengthy time it took to confirm the leader of the USDA.Called the “Promoting Agriculture and Rural Prosperity in America” Executive Order, the piece looks to deregulate cumbersome areas of agricultural law while at the same time establishing an interagency task force chaired by the ag secretary. Here’s more background (provided by USDA) on the 31st Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture sworn in on April 25.Sonny Perdue came by his knowledge of agriculture the old fashioned way: he was born into a farming family in Bonaire, Georgia. From childhood, and through his life in business and elected office, Perdue has experienced the industry from every possible perspective.Perdue’s policies as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture will be guided by four principles which will inform his decisions. First, he will maximize the ability of the men and women of America’s agriculture and agribusiness sector to create jobs, to produce and sell the foods and fiber that feed and clothe the world, and to reap the earned reward of their labor. It should be the aim of the American government to remove every obstacle and give farmers, ranchers, and producers every opportunity to prosper.Second, he will prioritize customer service every day for American taxpayers and consumers. They will expect, and have every right to demand, that their government conduct the people’s business efficiently, effectively, and with the utmost integrity.Third, as Americans expect a safe and secure food supply, USDA will continue to serve in the critical role of ensuring the food we put on the table to feed our families meets the strict safety standards we’ve established. Food security is a key component of national security, because hunger and peace do not long coexist.And fourth, Perdue will always remember that America’s agricultural bounty comes directly from the land. And today, those land resources sustain more than 320 million Americans and countless millions more around the globe. Perdue’s father’s words still ring true: We’re all stewards of the land, owned or rented, and our responsibility is to leave it better than we found it.Additionally, Perdue recognizes that American agriculture needs a strong advocate to promote its interests to international markets. The United States is blessed to be able to produce more than its citizens can consume, which implies that we should sell the bounty around the world. The relationship between the USDA and its trade representatives, as well as with the U.S. Trade Representative and Department of Commerce, will be vital. The work of promoting American agricultural products to other countries will begin with those relationships and will benefit us domestically, just as it will fulfill the moral imperative of helping to feed the world. Perdue has pledged to be an unapologetic advocate for American agriculture.Under Secretary Perdue, the USDA will always be facts-based and data-driven, with a decision-making mindset that is customer-focused. He will seek solutions to problems and not lament that the agency might be faced with difficult challenges.As a youngster growing up on a dairy and diversified row crop farm in rural Georgia, Perdue never fully realized that the blessings of purposeful, meaningful work would serve him as well as they have in life. When he was a young boy feeding the calves and plowing the fields, he was an integral part of the workforce on his father’s farm. As the son of a mother who was an English teacher for 42 years, he benefitted from her teachings as well — not just by instilling in him the beliefs he still holds dear, but also by lending him an appreciation and respect for language and proper grammar. But more than anything in his life, it was the family farm which shaped Sonny Perdue. He has lived and breathed the exhilaration of a great crop and the despair and devastation of a drought. He learned by experience what his father told him as a child, “If you take care of the land, the land will take care of you.”The work ethic cemented in him by his farming roots has remained with Sonny Perdue throughout his life. As a younger man, he served his country in the U.S. Air Force, rising to the rank of Captain. After earning a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia, he put that training to use in private practice in North Carolina. As a member of the Georgia State Senate for eleven years, he eventually ascended to the position of President Pro Tempore as elected by his senate colleagues. As a two-term governor of Georgia, he was credited with transforming a budget deficit into a surplus, dramatically increasing the student performance in public schools, and fostering an economic environment that allowed employers to flourish and manufacturers and agricultural producers to achieve record levels of exports. He followed these accomplishments with a successful career in agribusiness, where he focused on commodities and transportation in enterprises that have spanned the southeastern United States. These experiences have proven invaluable in his current role as principal advocate for American agriculture and all that it serves.Perdue is a strong believer in good government, in that it should operate efficiently and serve the needs of its customers: the people of the United States. As a state senator, he was recognized as a leading authority on issues including energy and utilities, agriculture, transportation, emerging technologies and economic development, and for his ability to grasp the nuances of complex problems. As governor, he reformed state budget priorities, helped Georgians create more than 200,000 new jobs, and promoted his home state around the world to attract new businesses. In 2009, the Reason Foundation’s Innovators in Action magazine recognized Perdue as a leader who “aggressively pursued new strategies to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of government and deliver better value at less cost to taxpayers.” In addition, he was named “Public Official of the Year” in October 2010 by Governing Magazine. To this day, his thoughts are never very far from the wishes of the citizens — the true owners of the government.Perdue’s views on agriculture have always been shaped by his first-hand knowledge of all of its aspects, both as a farmer and as an agribusinessman. He appreciates the daily concerns and needs of American farmers, while also understanding the intricacies of global commodities markets. He is acknowledged as a national leader in agriculture, having served as a board member for the National Grain & Feed Association, and as President of both the Georgia Feed and Grain Association and the Southeastern Feed and Grain Association. Perdue has long-standing, close relationships with the leadership of the American Farm Bureau and has been recognized by the Georgia 4-H and FFA programs, among others, for his leadership in agriculture.As the product of Georgia, a state where agriculture is the leading economic driver, Perdue recognizes that agriculture is an issue and industry which cuts across political party boundaries. He recognizes that the size, scope, and diversity of America’s agricultural sector requires reaching across the aisle so that partisanship doesn’t get in the way of good solutions for American farmers, ranchers, and consumers.Perdue has been married to Mary Ruff Perdue for 44 years and has four adult children and fourteen grandchildren. He and his wife have served as foster parents for eight children awaiting adoption. Perdue remains a licensed airplane and helicopter pilot and avid outdoor sportsman.The following is the full text of President Trump’s executive order as provided by the White House:By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to ensure the informed exercise of regulatory authority that affects agriculture and rural communities, it is hereby ordered as follows:  Section 1.  Policy.  A reliable, safe, and affordable food, fiber, and forestry supply is critical to America’s national security, stability, and prosperity.  It is in the national interest to promote American agriculture and protect the rural communities where food, fiber, forestry, and many of our renewable fuels are cultivated.  It is further in the national interest to ensure that regulatory burdens do not unnecessarily encumber agricultural production, harm rural communities, constrain economic growth, hamper job creation, or increase the cost of food for Americans and our customers around the world.Sec. 2.  Establishment of the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity.  There is hereby established the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity (Task Force).  The Department of Agriculture shall provide administrative support and funding for the Task Force to the extent permitted by law and within existing appropriations.Sec. 3.  Membership.  (a)  The Secretary of Agriculture shall serve as Chair of the Task Force, which shall also include:(i)      the Secretary of the Treasury;(ii)     the Secretary of Defense;(iii)    the Attorney General;(iv)     the Secretary of the Interior;(v)      the Secretary of Commerce;(vi)     the Secretary of Labor;(vii)    the Secretary of Health and Human Services;(viii)   the Secretary of Transportation;(ix)     the Secretary of Energy;(x)      the Secretary of Education;(xi)     the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency;(xii)    the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission;(xiii)   the Director of the Office of Management and Budget;(xiv)    the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy;(xv)     the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy;(xvi)    the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers;(xvii)   the Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy;(xviii)  the Assistant to the President for Economic Policy;(xix)    the Administrator of the Small Business Administration;(xx)     the United States Trade Representative;(xxi)    the Director of the National Science Foundation; and(xxii)   the heads of such other executive departments, agencies, and offices as the President or the Secretary of Agriculture may, from time to time, designate.(b)  A member of the Task Force may designate a senior level official who is a full-time officer or employee of the member’s department, agency, or office to perform the member’s functions on the Task Force.Sec. 4.  Purpose and Functions of the Task Force.  (a)  The Task Force shall identify legislative, regulatory, and policy changes to promote in rural America agriculture, economic development, job growth, infrastructure improvements, technological innovation, energy security, and quality of life, including changes that:(i)     remove barriers to economic prosperity and quality of life in rural America;(ii)    advance the adoption of innovations and technology for agricultural production and long-term, sustainable rural development;(iii)   strengthen and expand educational opportunities for students in rural communities, particularly in agricultural education, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics;(iv)    empower the State, local, and tribal agencies that implement rural economic development, agricultural, and environmental programs to tailor those programs to relevant regional circumstances;(v)     respect the unique circumstances of small businesses that serve rural communities and the unique business structures and regional diversity of farms and ranches;(vi)    require executive departments and agencies to rely upon the best available science when reviewing or approving crop protection tools;(vii)   ensure access to a reliable workforce and increase employment opportunities in agriculture-related and rural-focused businesses;(viii)  promote the preservation of family farms and other agribusiness operations as they are passed from one generation to the next, including changes to the estate tax and the tax valuation of family or cooperatively held businesses;(ix)    ensure that water users’ private property rights are not encumbered when they attempt to secure permits to operate on public lands;(x)     improve food safety and ensure that regulations and policies implementing Federal food safety laws are based on science and account for the unique circumstances of farms and ranches;(xi)    encourage the production, export, and use of domestically produced agricultural products;(xii)   further the Nation’s energy security by advancing traditional and renewable energy production in the rural landscape; and(xiii)  address hurdles associated with access to resources on public lands for the rural communities that rely on cattle grazing, timber harvests, mining, recreation, and other multiple uses.(b)  The Task Force shall, in coordination with the Deputy Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs, provide State, local, and tribal officials — and farmers, ranchers, foresters, and other rural stakeholders — with an opportunity to suggest to the Task Force legislative, regulatory, and policy changes.(c)  The Task Force shall coordinate its efforts with other reviews of regulations or policy, including those conducted pursuant to Executive Order 13771 of January 30, 2017 (Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs), Executive Order 13778 of February 28, 2017 (Restoring the Rule of Law, Federalism, and Economic Growth by Reviewing the “Waters of the United States” Rule), and Executive Order 13783 of March 28, 2017 (Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth).Sec. 5.  Report.  Within 180 days of the date of this order, the Secretary of Agriculture, in coordination with the other members of the Task Force, shall submit a report to the President, through the Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and the Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy, recommending the legislative, regulatory, or policy changes identified pursuant to section 4 of this order that the Task Force considers appropriate.  The Secretary of Agriculture shall provide a copy of the final report to each member of the Task Force.Sec. 6.  Revocation.  Executive Order 13575 of June 9, 2011 (Establishment of the White House Rural Council), is hereby revoked.Sec. 7.  General Provisions.  (a)  Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:(i)   the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or(ii)  the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.(b)  This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.(c)  This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.last_img read more

2011 Youth Trans Tasman Series

first_imgThe Australian Boy’s and Girl’s 18’s and 20’s sides will take to the field against New Zealand at Viking Park, Tuggeranong from Friday, 21 January to Sunday, 23 January 2011. After winning the last Youth Trans Tasman Series in 2009, Australia is looking to defend its title, while New Zealand is determined to reverse the result and tie it up at one series a piece. The games will be held at Viking Park at the following times:Friday5.00pm – 18’s Girls6.05pm – 18’s Boys7.10pm – 20’s Girls8.15pm – 20’s Boys Saturday2.00pm – 18’s Girls2.55pm – 18’s Boys3.50pm – 20’s Girls4.45pm – 20’s BoysSunday9.00am – 18’s Girls10.05am – 18’s Boys11.10am – 20’s Girls12.15pm – 20’s BoysTo keep up to date with all of the latest news and information from the event, please visit the following website: You can also follow the Australian teams’ progress on Touch Football Australia’s Facebook page throughout the week. To become a fan of Touch Football Australia, please click on the following link:!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 Related Filesyouth_tt_flyer-pdflast_img read more

10 months agoWolves defender Coady on England coach Southgate’s radar

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Wolves defender Coady on England coach Southgate’s radarby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves defender Conor Coady is on England coach Gareth Southgate’s radar.Southgate was at Molineux on Monday night to watch Wolves defeat Liverpool in the FA Cup third-round.He attended the game specifically to monitor central defender Coady, says the Daily Mail.The 25-year-old, who started his career at Anfield, has earned rave reviews for his displays in the heart of Wolves’ defence this season.His performance against his former club on Monday will have done his cause no harm at all. last_img read more


first_img Facebook Streaming on Sunday, March 10 before its television premiere on STARZ that evening at 10 p.m. ET, the new, coming-of-age, half-hour comedy series NOW APOCALYPSE was created by Gregg Araki and executive produced by Steven Soderbergh. It was an official selection of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and stars Canadian actor Avan Jogia, as well as Tyler Posey, Kelli Berglund, Beau Mirchoff, and Roxane Mesquida.Between sexual and romantic dating-app adventures, the series follows Ulysses (Jogia) and his friends as they explore identity, sexuality, and artistry while navigating the strange and oftentimes bewildering city of Los Angeles. Ulysses grows increasingly troubled as foreboding premonitory dreams make him wonder if some kind of dark and monstrous conspiracy is going on, or if he is just smoking too much weed. Karley Sciortino, author, sex columnist, and creator and host of SLUTEVER on Viceland (also available on Crave), co-wrote the series with Araki and serves as consulting producer.STARZ subscribers in Canada have access to the following series across two television channels, the SVOD platforms of participating television providers, and on the STARZ streaming service (available as an add-on to Crave), with new programming being added every month.AMERICA TO ME, Season 1 (March 10)BLACK SAILS, Season 1-4BOSS, Season 1-2COUNTERPART, Season 1-2DAN VS., Season 1-3DAVINCI’S DEMONS, Season 1-3THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE, Season 1GRAVITYMAGIC CITY, Season 1-2 (April)NOW APOCALPYSE (March 10)PARTY DOWN, Season 1-2POWER, Season 1-4 (Season 5 coming soon)SURVIVOR’S REMORSE, Season 1-4SWEETBITTER, Season 1 (new season 2019)VIDA, Season 1 (new season 2019)WARRIORS OF LIBERTY CITY (coming soon)THE WHITE QUEENTHE WHITE PRINCESSWRONG MANIn addition, STARZ is home to hundreds of classic films with new titles launching every month. March sees the premiere of fan favourites such as The Breakfast Club (March 3), Big Trouble in Little China (March 8), Olympus Has Fallen (March 6), Patch Adams (March 8), This Is 40 (March 9), Sixteen Candles (March 10), Do the Right Thing (March 10), My Best Friend’s Wedding (March 16), American Graffiti (March 17), Step Brothers (March 22), Les Misérables (March 23), and The Rocky Horror Picture Show (March 24).How to get STARZ in Canada:On two linear channels and the on demand platforms of participating television providers.Via the STARZ streaming service which is available directly to all Canadians with access to the internet as an add-on to Crave for an additional $5.99/month. It can be accessed at, and the Crave app on iOS and Android, and Apple TV Generation 4, with additional platforms rolling out in the coming months.About Bell MediaBell Media is Canada’s leading content creation company with premier assets in television, radio, out-of-home advertising, digital media, and more. Bell Media owns 30 local television stations led by CTV, Canada’s highest-rated television network; 30 specialty channels, including TSN and RDS, and four pay TV services. Bell Media is Canada’slargest radio broadcaster, with 215 music channels including 109 licensed radio stations in 58 markets across the country, all part of the iHeartRadio brand and streaming service. Bell Media owns Astral, an out-of-home advertising network of more than 30,000 faces in five provinces. Bell Media also operates more than 200 websites; video streaming services including Crave, TSN Direct, and RDS Direct; and multi-channel network Much Studios. The company produces live theatrical shows via its partnership with Iconic Entertainment Studios; owns a majority stake in Pinewood Toronto Studios; is a partner in Just for Laughs, the live comedy event and TV producer; and owns Dome Productions Inc., one of North America’s leading production facilities providers. Bell Media is part of BCE Inc. (TSX,NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. Learn more at LionsgateThe first major new studio in decades, Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B) is a global content leader whose films, television series, digital products and linear and over-the-top platforms reach next generation audiences around the world.  In addition to its filmed entertainment leadership, Lionsgate content drives a growing presence in interactive and location-based entertainment, video games, esports and other new entertainment technologies.  Lionsgate’s content initiatives are backed by a nearly 17,000-title film and television library and delivered through a global sales and distribution infrastructure.  The Lionsgate brand is synonymous with original, daring and ground-breaking content created with special emphasis on the evolving patterns and diverse composition of the Company’s worldwide consumer base.About StarzStarz (, a Lionsgate company (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B), is a leading global media and entertainment company that produces and distributes premium streaming content to worldwide audiences across subscription television platforms. Starz is home to the flagship domestic STARZ® brand, STARZ ENCORE, 17 premium pay TV channels and the associated on-demand and online services, including the highly-rated STARZ app. With the launch of the STARZPLAY international premium streaming platform and STARZ PLAY Arabia, Starz is expanding its global footprint in a growing number of territories. Sold through multichannel video distributors, including cable operators, satellite television providers, telecommunications companies, and other online and digital platforms, Starz offers subscribers more than 10,000 distinct premium television episodes and feature films, including STARZ Original series, first-run movies and other popular programming. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Now Apocalypse – Key Art Advertisement Advertisement Starz; Crave (CNW Group/STARZ) Advertisement TORONTO, March 5, 2019 – STARZ has officially launched in Canada, delivering a slate of the bold, diverse, and genre-bending programming that has already established the channel as one of the leading pay television services in the United States. STARZ is now the Canadian home of all new STARZ original programming, select library titles, and classic films from all eras, including the new millennial comedy series NOW APOCALYPSE from acclaimed filmmaker Gregg Araki who’s behind such indie hits as Kaboom, the winner of the first-ever Queer Palm Award at the Cannes Film Festival in 2010.Life is just a crazy adventure. See for yourself when #NowApocalypse premieres March 10 on the @STARZ App.— Now Apocalypse (@NowApocSTARZ) March 4, 2019Available as an add-on to Crave for $5.99/month and as two linear channels (following last week’s rebrand of Encore), Canadians now have access to a lineup of buzz-worthy STARZ originals that also includes the highly anticipated spy-thriller THE ROOK premiering this summer; past seasons of popular titles such as POWER, PARTY DOWN, and THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE; critical darlings VIDA and SWEETBITTER; hundreds of fan-favourite movies, and more. Twitterlast_img read more