Estonian utility Eesti Gaas saw its sales of liquefied natural gas rise in 2019 its position among the largest sellers of LNG in the Baltic and Finnish region.“While we only used to supply Tallink’s Megastar with LNG in 2018, last year we acquired a number of new clients in Finland, Latvia and Russia. Our largest projects involved providing assistance in the commissioning of the new Novatek’s LNG plant in Vysotsk and the start of bunkering in the ports of Hanko and Helsinki,” said Kalev Reiljan, member of the management board.He noted that as much as a fifth of the passenger transportation through the port of Tallinn these days is arranged with the use of LNG fuel.Eesti Gaas by now has performed more than 2400 bunkering operations for Tallink’s Megastar and UECC cargo vessels in the ports of Tallinn, Helsinki and Hanko.Currently, the Dutch shipbuilding company Damen is building an LNG bunkering vessel for Eesti Gaas, which will be rendering services in the northern and eastern part of the Baltic Sea. The ship will start bunkering vessels operating in the Gulf of Finland.In 2019, Eesti Gaas supplied a total of 263 GWh of LNG from its various procurement sources while the amount supplied a year before had been 243 GWh. The company has procured nine special semi-trailers for the purpose of LNG transportation and bunkering.
Member of Parliament for Princes Town, Barry Padarath, became a crime victim after he and family members were robbed at gunpoint at their home last week Friday.Thankfully, Padarath, and his relatives were not harmed during the incident.According to police reports, they received a report of a robbery at Padarath’s home in Couva at about 11.30 p.m. on Friday.Trade Unionist offers supportMeanwhile, Nirvan Maharaj, President General of the All Trinidad General Workers’ Trade Union and Political Leader of the National Solidarity Assembly (NSA) offered support for Padarath and his family in the aftermath of the robbery.Maharaj expressed concern over the traumatic ordeal Padarath and his family would have endured. He also commented on the Government’s inability to deal with crime.Government spewing rhetoricIn a press release on Tuesday Maharaj stated:“It is indeed an indictment on the Government in power that little is being done to deal with the crime situation. There’s only continuous rhetoric meaning nothing. Worse is the Government’s failure to deal with increasing crime in central Trinidad, where many areas, including Couva, seem to be under siege.“Here is a young man making a contribution to his nation at the highest level and even he is not immune to the savagery of the criminal element. It is unimaginable that an incident such as this could occur, more so while Mr. Padarath was at prayers with his family.“One must ask the question, is nothing sacred anymore in Trinidad and Tobago.“I again call on the Government to ensure that an extraordinary sitting of Parliament is conducted. This is needed for meaningful discussion, and not debate. We need order to generate solutions from our Parliamentarians towards putting a stop to the runaway crime situation facing our nation. Let every Parliamentarian speak live on television and radio, so the country will be aware of the representation given by our Parliamentarians.“On behalf of the All Trinidad General Workers’ Trade Union and the National Solidarity Assembly, I wish Mr. Padarath and his family a speedy recovery from what must have been an emotionally terrifying experience.”
Discussions about the regeneration of Johannesburg’s inner city usually revolve around refurbishment of buildings and attracting business and residents into the city. But an award-winning project in downtown Johannesburg with the ambitious long-term aim of feeding poor people in the inner city is changing the conversation.Urban farming has taken root in the run-down suburb of Betrams, as part of a municipal programme to revitalise the city. The Bambanani Food and Herb Garden has reclaimed the abandoned bowling greens of the old Bertrams Bowling Club, once a recreation centre reserved for white people during the apartheid era. Now, the lawns have been turned over, furrows tilled, soil fertilised, and vegetables planted and harvested.Earlier in November 2013 the project won the Mma Tshepo Khumbane Award, from the Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, for the best community-based natural resources management project in the province. Khumbane is a grassroots activist and the founder of the Water for Food Movement, which works in rural Gauteng. For 40 years she has tried to fight malnutrition and hunger by encouraging small-scale farming.‘NO NEED TO GO HUNGRY’Turning upmarket bowling greens into food gardens … Volunteers at work tilling the soil to plant organic fruit and vegetables for the Bambanani Food and Herb Garden in BertramsThe brim of Maria Maseko’s hat shades her eyes from the afternoon sun: it’s a cloudless summer day with temperatures pushing into the 30s. One of the original volunteers at the Bambanani project, she takes in the familiar view of the dramatic Johannesburg skyline, with the iconic concrete tube of the Ponte Tower, and Ellis Park Stadium. “There is no need for anyone to ever go to bed hungry in Betrams, not when there is access to healthy affordable food right on their doorstep,” she says.Bambanani is just one of a number of art, sport and agriculture projects in downtown Johannesburg that are changing the way Joburgers experience their city. The garden is part of what is called Hope Village, a redevelopment project that includes a cricket oval and recreation centre for the kids of Bertrams and Hillbrow.Started with a R21 000 grant from the city in 2006 for seed and tools and the efforts of a group of 10 volunteers, the garden supplies cheap organic vegetables to the local community, and sells to street hawkers and the Bertrams Spar supermarket. The generosity of sponsors such as Talborne Organics and Jojo Tanks and the passion of people like Maseko and fellow volunteer Amon Maluleke has kept the project growing.FOOD AND MEMORY“We dug up the lawn and planted our first crop by hand,” says Maseko, who recently retired from Johannesburg’s Department of Social Development. “It was hard, backbreaking work but it’s a crucial part of the creation of a diverse ecosystem and an important bonding tool for the local community.”The gardeners use the companion planting method and their harvests are Participatory Guarantee Systems certified as organic. This allows the cooperative to also sell their products at local organic markets.“We grow our tomatoes next to our basil. This gives the tomatoes a rich taste, but more importantly the basil protects the plants from insects,” Maseko explains. She pulls a head of kale, known as shiyama to most Africans, out of the ground. It is a deep green and fills both her palms. It sells at the garden for R15 a head; at a supermarket it’s R30.As the suburb declined over the years, the Bertrams Bowling Club, the site of the garden, fell into disuse. The City of Johannesburg decided its two bowling greens would be better used to grow vegetables. The gardeners now produce an astonishing variety of vegetables – potatoes, sweet potatoes, cabbage, chillies, spinach, kale, onions and butternut. The once-fallow plot is now a bright green space, filled with activity and colour.“This Congolese man brought us seeds indigenous to the Congo,” Maseko says. “He wanted us to plant them so he could he have a taste of home here. Those are the memories food can evoke.”‘THEY KNOW HOW TO WORK THE LAND’Working on the food garden helps build a sense of community among the people living in Bertrams. Many of them, people who have moved to Johannesburg from rural areas, have the skills and knowledge to work the land (Images: Bambanani Food and Herb Garden)Bertrams, and Johannesburg, offers a collection of stunning architecture and museums but to a transplant like Amon Maluleke, from rural Limpopo, the city lacked green space that would allow people with the skills to farm vegetables. “People come to the city and want to work in a job where they wear a tie but they don’t have the skills,” he says. “Like me they know how to work the land, they can feed themselves, they can feed their neighbours if they were given the space and the opportunity.”Maluleke came upon the inner city farm in July 2007 after he had been retrenched. He is now assistant groundskeeper at the adjacent cricket oval, home to the Johannesburg Cricket Club, and is studying towards a degree in ornamental horticulture.Bambanani also serves as a gardening academy, training nursery school staff from across the city in the art of vegetable gardening. Across Bertrams school grounds that would have been planted with flowers are now being turned into fertile corners bursting with freshly grown fruit and vegetables. These are, in part, driven by need, but spurred on by the efforts of the volunteers at Bambanani.“In the beginning the idea behind Bambanani was regeneration of the neighbourhood and to improve the health of its residents by making fresh organic fruit and vegetables available to them,” says Maluleke. “It’s taken hold of people’s imaginations. They see the importance of fresh, healthy food and the need for green, working space in the city.”GARDEN SUBURB, THEN AND NOWOriginally built as a suburb for the professional classes, Bertrams abuts Old Doornfontein, the preferred neighbourhood for the city’s wealthy entrepreneurial classes in the early days of Johannesburg. Today it’s a suburb in transition with a multicultural population of South Africans and African refugees building a vibrant community of small businesses and sports clubs.Bertrams can lay claim to some famous past residents. Robert Baden Powell, the founder of the Boy Scouts, and colonial magnate Cecil John Rhodes lived on the ridge that today overlooks Ellis Park Stadium. Infamous serial poisoner Daisy de Melker did her misdeeds in the suburb. When it was incorporated into the city in 1897 Bertrams was known for its gardens and stables housing thoroughbred horses. Today it’s a part of the city most people race through with car windows closed and doors locked.What they miss as they speed through the neighbourhood is how the area is becoming a place of fecundity again. On the surface it seems to be on the brink of ecological and social collapse, but if you look closely you will see the green shoots of abundance.First published on Media Club South Africa – Brand South Africa’s library of quality images and articles, available for free.
Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Jayjay Helterbrand announces retirement Christian Standhardinger was drafted first by San Miguel in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netWith San Miguel taking Christian Standhardinger as the top overall selection in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft on Sunday, doubts were raised as far as his availability for Gilas Pilipinas is concerned.But the 28-year-old forward reaffirmed his position with the Philippine team, noting that whenever he gets the call, he’ll be more than glad to once again don the national team colors.ADVERTISEMENT “I’m very committed to Gilas. If they want me to play for them, I would be honored to play for Gilas. Nothing changed here,” he said.For now, what’s next for Standhardinger is Hong Kong before Manila to suit up for San Miguel.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I’ll play for six months there,” he said, referring to his stint with Hong Kong Eastern Sports Club in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL).“Every PBA team knew that when they draft me that I’m not gonna be available for the next six months. So I’m gonna play in Hong Kong and try to win a championship there. After that, I can’t wait to be a part of the PBA and a part of San Miguel and I hope to continue winning championships here,” he said. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ LATEST STORIES Read Next Standhardinger flew back to Hong Kong late Sunday night to return to his ABL team.The opening of the new ABL season is on November 25, which is expected until the middle of April.By then, Standhardinger gets to finally join the Beermen in the 2018 Commissioner’s Cup.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Martin Truex Jr. caps career season with first NASCAR title Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Strowman didn’t hide his confusion after the victory that even after Triple H celebrated the win, he threatened the executive, “If you ever try to cross me again, you will never play this game again.” The Monster Among Men then nailed the Cerebral Assassin with a pair of Running Powerslams before leaving the ring.It was an action-packed main event that lived up to the hype as the stars delivered for their own shows.Shinsuke Nakamura and Bobby Roode had their chance to mount their offense, but Strowman quickly eliminated the two SmackDown stars. John Cena nailed two Attitude Adjustments on Samoa Joe to take a member out of the red crew, but the 16-time world champion was the next to go after Angle connected with two Angle Slams and Finn Balor dropped the Coup de Grace.The blue side tried on its earnest to recover from the deficit, with Randy Orton taking out Balor with an RKO. But just when the Apex Predator was about to tag McMahon, the unruly duo of Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn distracted the SmackDown commissioner, allowing Strowman to also eliminate Orton with another Running Powerslam to set up the 3-to-1 lead for Team Raw and the crazy finish.The main event wasn’t alone in backing up the hype as the pay-per-view delivered on its promise.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Strowman decimated fellow survivor Triple H after the red team topped the blue side in a confusing ending to what was billed as an all-star clash.Team Raw was poised to finish the match with three survivors as Raw team captain Kurt Angle had SmackDown team captain Shane McMahon locked into the Ankle Lock.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutTriple H, however, interjected himself in the fray and turned on Angle, hitting a Pedigree and allowing McMahon to score the elimination.Puzzled looks were abound after the incident as the WWE COO looked like he would side with his brother-in-law, but Triple H then nailed another Pedigree to score the winning pinfall for his team. Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Braun Strowman stands tall for Team Raw to end Survivor Series. Photo by WWE.comOn a night where superstars from Raw and SmackDown clashed for brand supremacy, it was the red brand which came out on top winning the interpromotional duels, 4-3.But in the end, only Braun Strowman stood tall at the center of the ring after Team Raw topped Team SmackDown in the traditional 5-on-5 main event match at Survivor Series Sunday (Monday Manila time) in Houston.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. 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Round Seven of the 32nd Annual Vawdon Cup was played at the Bankstown and Tempe venues on Friday 31 August 2007.The action in the Men’s and Women’s Premier League Divisions was fast and furious with a number of teams flexing their muscles and producing cohesive efforts that will stand them in good stead for the crunch split rounds ahead in the lead-up to the 2007 Vawdon Cup Finals series.Teams in the Men’s and Women’s Premier Division have now been split into two groups for the final three rounds of the ten-week regular season. The groups have been defined by finishing order after seven completed rounds. These groups consist of teams 1, 4, 5, and 8 in one pool, and teams 2, 3, 6, and 7 in the other pool.Teams played with the Pool groupings in the back of their minds, aware of the need to finish as high up on the ladder as possible to position themselves for their tilt at the finals.In Round seven action in the Men’s Premier Division, Wests Magpies put together their most convincing display of the season to dispose of a disappointing Penrith Pathers 7-3 at Bankstown at 7.50pm.Wests dominated proceedings from the outset not allowing Penrith a chance to find any rhythm with Jason “The postman” Stanton delivering on cue for the Magpies to race to a 4-1 lead at half time.Penrith Coach Dave Collins implored his troops to “believe” and the 2006 Vawdon Cup Premiers came out after the break more pumped than “Sony Bill’s” biceps to get back into the contest.The Panthers kept their supporters from heading for the turnstiles early by scoring first in the second stanza to bridge the gap to 4-2.Hopes of a Panthers revival however, were a bit like your grand ma, short and sweet, as the Magpies lifted a notch to post the next three touchdowns without a reply from the shell shocked Panthers who despite their best efforts to lift, found that when it rains it floods, and it was a night that was destined to be black and white.At 7-2 to the Magpies, and with the scoreboard attendant in need of an aspirin and a lie down after his hectic night at the office, Penrith grabbed a late consolation touchdown to finish 7-3 the poorer.West’s Young guns Cameron Nicholls and Ben Nercessian were standout performers and were well supported by the inform Robert Nakhla, Steve Takchi, and king pin Stanton, who ran the show with aplomb.Penrith’s Scott “Jack ”Buckley, veteran Chris ‘Rowdy” Benfield, and the skillful Dean Springfield were Penrith’s best in a defeat that has now plunged the Panthers into a desperate backs to the wall campaign to win two of their last three games to make the semi-final roster.At Tempe in the 7.50pm timeslot The Eastern Suburbs Roosters secured their first victory of the season in style with a 10-2 canning of a depleted Manly Sea Eagles who struggled with limited and wounded troops from the outset.The Roosters clicked into gear with the super consistent Christian Frost and Chris Jonson leading the way, with 2007 Australian World Cup Mixed 30s playmaker Manu Wakely and the ever-present scoring machine Elijah Van Der Kwast chiming in with solid performances that helped framework the confidence boosting victory for the Tri-colours.Manly fielded a 9 man team including coach Brett Gillard 53, who wound back the clock with an inspired performance in a battling effort to be one of his side’s best.At the opposite end of the age spectrum for Manly was Sam Brisby, who at just 15 years of age, performed admirably in the pressure cooker middle of the park exchanges.The Rooster victory is a timely tonic for the Bondi boys as they prepare for Friday night’s battle with West’s at Tempe.Manly will be hitting up Jerry Maguire and Bob Sugar to secure some late season signings for them to bolster numbers for Friday’s Mount Everest challenge against the Dogs.In the pajama party clash at 9.30pm at Bankstown, the Cronulla Sharks defeated Parramatta 5-3 to claim the vital 3 points and a spot in the four coming into the split group stage of the season.Both teams were hunting the win more eagerly than Sam and Frodo chased “The Ring,” and the intensity of the opening exchanges reflected the high stakes mentality of the encounter.The Sharkies got away best, racing to a 1-0 lead courtesy of a Steve Sopher special down the right hand edge.The Eels were fighting to secure a coveted berth in the top four, and showed they would dig in with a strong hit back touchdown to level the contest at 1-1.The rival camps went to the break all locked up at a touchdown apiece in an even money contest that was there for the taking for both teams.Sharkies came out more focused after half time and scored first then went back to back in the scoring stakes for a 3-1 advantage.Parramatta have been a thorn in all team’s sides in 2007, and were never going to go quietly into the cool Sydney night without leaving it all out on the park.Given their quality, it did not surprise anyone to see the Eels pull one back to trail just 3-2 mid way through the second stanza.Just as the contest looked like it was heading towards a ruck and defend slug fest, the game was turned on its head by a couple of inspired plays from one of the competition’s most potent attacking players.In the blink of an eye, 2007 Australian Mixed Open World Cup star Brad “BJ” Holden produced the magic on cue for the Shire boys.Holden weighed in with two slashing pieces of individual brilliance to take his team out to a 5-2 lead with little time left on the clock.Troy Malcolm, who never stopped trying for the Eels, got a late touchdown for Parramatta, but it was to no avail as the Sharkies took a huge bite out of the Eels semi-final aspirations for 2007 with the 5-3 victory.The Sharks will take a lot of confidence from securing back to back victories in the competition and will now set their sights on a season defining clash with 2006 Vawdon Cup premiers Penrith who will be fighting for their life in Friday night’s intriguing battle.The Eels will front up to the Hornsby Lions at Bankstown on Friday night and will throw caution to the wind and go for broke against their more fancied opponents to keep their finals chances flickering in 2007.The Canterbury Bulldogs continued on their winning way with a 6-4 victory over a game Hornsby Lions at Tempe at 9.30pm.The Dogs produced another controlled performance to maintain their undefeated season in 2007. Canterbury’s effort to defeat the classy Lions was an impressive one, considering the absence of Australian Men’s Open World Cup star Joel Willoughby, the inform Matt Prowse, and the whole hearted Stuart Brierty.Canterbury scored first, but the Young Lions responded brilliantly by notching back-to-back touchdowns for a 2-1 lead.On the stroke of half time the Doggies conjured a touchdown to even the ledger at 2-2.The second half was a disjointed one for Hornsby, with three players being given periods of tine for various indiscretions, cruelling their chances of winning the game.The experience and guile of the Dogs made the Lions pay a heavy price for their ill discipline, when on every occasion a Lion was in the bin; the savvy Dogs exploited the extra man advantage for touchdowns.At 5-3 to the Dogs with two minutes to go the teams traded touchdowns to finish the game with a flurry.Hornsby struck first to peg the deficit back to 5-4.Not to be outdone, the Dogs gave their supporters a further reason to cheer when they scored to finish the Lions off with the full time hooter reverberating in the background for a 6-4 decision to the premiership favourites.For Hornsby, season superstar Dylan Hennessey kept the Dogs guessing all night with his superior footwork, and wonder twins John and Maurice Kennedy were at their scheming best. Heath Cooper and Charbel Maroun defended stoutly, and the talented Lions will be keen to get back in the winners circle against the Eels at Bankstown Friday night.2006 Boland Medallist Steve Roberts was again the star turn for Canterbury ably assisted by Daniel Walsh, and “Top Dog” Garry Sonda, who steered the blue and whites around the park admirably.In the 2007 Women’s Premier League division of the Vawdon Cup, Wests completed a 10-4 victory over the Penrith Panthers in the 7.00pm game at Bankstown.The “Pink Panthers” all wore Pink headbands to raise awareness and funds for the National Breast Cancer Initiative.The community conscious Panthers were in need of a little charity themselves when they found themselves down by 3 touchdowns after only 12 minutes of play.The Panthers stopped the rot through their Captain Vicky Wheatley to peg the score back to 3-1.The Wests machine, welcoming back Australian Women’s Open superstar Bo De la Cruz and the experienced Sara Hamilton, clicked into high gear snaffling another 2 touchdowns in smart time to register a 5-1 lead at the interval.The Panthers, inspired by the commitment to their cause that would see them collect more money for their charity with each touchdown they scored, came out full of running.The Pink Panthers were fuelled by the efforts of Katrina Howely and Mel Harrison, who managed to conjure 3second half touchdowns to raise spirits and funds for the battling club and the worthy cause.The Panthers never took a backward step against a tough West’s combination that added five second half touchdowns to their tally, and are starting to look a lot like the real deal in 2007.Newcomer Bojana Mali was a revelation in her first outing on the wing for Wests and looks to have a bright future at the Magpies. The game was played in great spirit and post match the Penrith girls sold headbands, collected donations, and proudly raised $2000 for the National Breast Cancer Initiative.In the 7.00pm game at Tempe, the Easts Roosters bounced back to top form with an emphatic 10-3 walloping of Manly.Easts are looking to build form into the finals and created some momentum Friday with four-touchdown hero Megan “Champo” Campbell leading the way.The exceptional ball playing of Australian World Cup legend Kristy Judd, and fellow Aussie Women’s team fixture and East’s Captain Melissa Pitfield, paved the way for a much more cohesive performance from the defending Vawdon Cup premiers.Manly tried hard and provided a few problems for the Roosters with some short kiwi style 5 metre attack on the scoreline, and drove aggressively for the duration. But the class of the Roosters prevailed, and coach Jason Hunt will now look to his troops to consolidate the momentum in the marquee clash with the white hot Western Suburbs who will provide a sterner test for the defending champions this Friday night.The Wollongong Devils cemented fourth spot on the competition ladder with a comfortable 6-3 defeat of Cronulla in the 8.40pm clash at Bankstown.The “Young Divas” welcomed back a number of injured stars including National Youth squad member Nicole “Captain Serro” Beck who made up for lost playing time in recent weeks to carve through the Cronulla defence to claim the early ascendancy 1-0.Fellow National 20 Years Women’s Youth Squad member Amy Regal gift-wrapped a touchdown with a pinpoint long ball for Rachel Beck to dot down for a 2-0 lead.Cronulla hit back to make the score 2-1 before Kylie Evans scored to take the Divas out to a 3-1 lead at half time.After the break, Wollongong continued on their merry way with Nicole Beck using her “Captain Sero” powers for good and not evil to dismantle the Sharkies defence at will, and in the process snare a hat trick of touchdowns to give her team the decisive edge.The gifted Jess Mc Call pulled the trigger on a humming long ball for Kylie Evans to dot down out wide to wrap up a double to complete a busy night at the office for the Young Divas, whose only real trouble for the night was the “ID” checks on route to the scoreline.Cronulla never stopped running and kept trying to get back into the game, despite lacking their usual cohesiveness.The absence of Brandi Elliot, Jenna Cell, Dom Maher, and Skye Rolley took its toll on a depleted Sharkies line-up, but the consistent Jess Howe and National 18 Years Youth Squad member Laura Chivers gave their all for the Sharks who will be keen to make amends this week against Penrith.National 20 Years squad member Steph Jackson showed her undeniable class, whilst Amy Regal and Nicole Beck were in everything for the Devils, who week by week are proving their mettle in the big time.Competition “Queen Bees” Canterbury produced the goods once more with an emphatic 6-1 triumph to sting an under strength Central Coast Dolphins combination at Tempe at 8.40pm.The Doggies were always in control of the contest and went to oranges 4-1 the better.Louise ‘Squeeze” Winchester was scoring more freely than Matthew Hayden against the Poms on a flat deck at the Gabba, nabbing four touchdowns in dynamic fashion to dominate the contest.Belinda Grech provided the defensive starch as the Dogs went right on with the job in the second stanza to wrap up a comfortable 6-1 victory and secure the number one position for the split rounds.The Dolphins missed Kylie Hilder and Liz Penny, but welcomed back newlywed Karina Haddin who made a great return to the game after an extended absence following a lengthy stint on the sidelines with a debilitating collarbone injury that foiled her World Cup Mixed Open campaign in November of last year.This weeks Round 8 Games will be played at Bankstown and Tempe as teams are split into the two pool playing groups.In the Men’s Premier League, Canterbury (1), Cronulla (4), Penrith (5), and Manly (8) are group 1, whilst Wests (2), Hornsby (3), Parramatta (6), and Easts (7) are in group two. In the Men’s Premier League Sharkies and Penrith clash at Bankstown at 7.00pm in a battle that will be pivotal to both team’s semi-final aspirations.The Hornsby Lions will take on a desperate Parramatta in the 8.40pm battle at Bankstown, whilst top seeds Canterbury will be looking to bring the hurt to a depleted Manly side that will need to dig deep in the 8.40pm clash at Tempe.Wests Magpies are warm favourites, but will face a rejuvenated Easts Roosters line-up in the late game at 9.30pm at Tempe to round out the Round Eight fixtures in the Men’s Premier League division.In the Women’s Premier League, playing group one consists of Canterbury (1), Wollongong (4), Cronulla (5), and Penrith (8), whilst Easts (2), Wests (3), Manly (6), and Central Coast (7) make up playing group two.In Round 8 of the Women’s Premier League, Touch Football fans will be spoilt with a sensational clash at Tempe at 7.00pm featuring 2006 State Cup finalists Wests Magpies and 2006 Vawdon Cup premiers Easts Roosters.The last time these two sides met there was no love lost and the passion and skill from both sides will ensure the high quality touch and spirited banter will framework a classic encounter for the crowd.The Sharks and Penrith will meet at 7.50pm at Bankstown, whilst Canterbury will need to be wary of an improving Wollongong Devils side in the 7.50pm clash at Tempe.In the “sleepy time” game at 9.30pm, Manly Sea Eagles will confront the Central Coast Dolphins in a contest that is an even money danger game for punters to complete Round 8 of the 2007 Vawdon Cup season.This week’s “Blackest Cat” award for the Player of the Round in the Men’s Premier Division goes to Manly Coach Brett “The Guardian” Gillard who strapped on the boots to help out his beloved Sea Eagles in their hour of need.With his team down on playing numbers Gillard 47, donned the red cape, well the Manly jersey, the tube socks, and the Westmont footy shorts to wind back the clock, patrol the wing, and save the day on numerous occasions for his team when he was most needed…The guardian made good on his promise to “not let go” and helped steer his team through a tough night at Tempe…This week’s “Go to Girl” award for the Player of the Round in the Women’s Premier division goes to Wollongong’s Amy “Tank Girl” Regal who was more involved than a season’s worth of “Lost” episodes, and threw several Zoolander style “ridiculously good looking” long balls to set up her team’s crucial victory over the Sharks.This week’s “That’s Mud” award goes to Wollongong’s National 20 Years Youth Squad member Ash Dobbins for her superior face planting skills. The “Dobbie,” throwing out seven different types of smoke with her air snaps against Cronulla on Friday night, managed to trip over her own feet with not a defender in sight and the scoreline beckoning.The associated laughter from her own team mates and the Cronulla defence who were on the ground in stitches created a gap that sadly, she was unable to hit, due to the severity of the face trip. She remains in doubt for Friday’s big clash with the Dog’s nursing a bruised ego.“That’s mud!”And that’s the Vawdon Cup wrap for this week…Many thanks to all players and coaches for their input in compiling this information.Good luck to all teams for Friday night.
Man City boss Guardiola confident Fernandinho can make Liverpool clashby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola is confident Fernandinho can make their clash with Liverpool.The influential midfielder has missed the last three matches through injury – which has coincided with City losing two times.And Guardiola has revealed the 33-year-old has made a return to training – even though he is still short of full match fitness.Asked directly about Fernandinho’s fitness Guardiola said: “Almost everyone is fit. They are training – not 100 per cent but training.”We will have his qualities again and he is an incredible player. He is so important like Kevin is, so of course we have to find another solution if he is not available.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Islamabad: Pakistan Army on Sunday said the authorities have taken up the issue of suspension of some Twitter and Facebook accounts posting about the Kashmir issue with the social media giants. Four Twitter handles were suspended for allegedly spreading anti-India propaganda on Jammu and Kashmir following a request by security agencies, Indian officials said in New Delhi on Monday this week. Four more social media accounts are expected to be blocked soon for allegedly being engaged in similar activities, they had said. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USPakistan Army spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor on Sunday tweeted, “Pakistan authorities have taken up case with Twitter & Facebook against suspending Pakistani accounts for posting in support of Kashmir.” He said the reason behind the suspension of social media accounts was Indian employees working at the regional headquarters of Facebook and Twitter. “Indian staff at their regional Headquarters is the reason (for suspension of the accounts),” Ghafoor said, urged people to post information about accounts suspended by the two social networking sites. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsFacebook has the greatest number of fact checking partners in India, followed by the US, according to the Poynter Institute, a non-profit journalism school and research organisation located in Florida. Ghafoor’s statement comes as #StopSuspendingPakistanis was trending on Twitter in Pakistan. Over the last one week, multiple Pakistanis have taken to Twitter to report that accounts were being suspended for posting about Kashmir.