HSE celebrate role of Donegal’s Advanced Nurse Practitioners

first_imgNews Pinterest By News Highland – September 17, 2020 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Google+ WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows The HSE is celebrating the contribution that Advanced Nurse Practitioners roles have in Irish healthcare in the North West today.2020 is the Year of Nurse and Midwife, and today is WHO World Patient Safety Day.The Department of Health set of target of 2% (approx.750) nurses and midwifes across Ireland to follow a developmental pathway through experience and education and be registered as Advanced Practitioners.Today, the HSE has over 40 ANPs in the North West and many are leading on virtual care, bringing care closer to home.We are delighted to support the enhancement of a global understanding of patient safety in the northwest on World Patient Safety Day.Advanced Nurse Practitioners across the North West who provide a range of health care services. In County Donegal these include:Denise Gillespie, Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Child Health & Parenting within public health nursing in Donegal. Denise is a qualified nurse; midwife and public health nurse. She worked as an area public health nurse in Donegal prior to moving to her current role as an ANP. She is also qualified as a Marte Meo Therapist.Denise runs the pre-school children’s behaviour support clinic in Donegal which provides support to parents in the areas of sleep and behaviour. She enjoys working in partnership with parents to support their children’s social and emotional development and to help their children to sleep well. The COVID pandemic has presented opportunities to use technology to enhance her work and the use of virtual clinics has ensured that communication with parents remains a priority in challenging times. Feedback from one parent was as follows:“I feel it was an invaluable experience for me as a parent to receive the support and techniques provided and also invaluable towards the well-being and development of my child.”Aisling Lafferty; Advanced Nurse Practitioner Candidate in Complex Trauma Child & Adolescent Mental Health- (CAMHS). Aisling has been working in the CAMHS Service in Donegal for the past 10 years, initially as a clinical nurse specialist, and eventually progressing to the ANP candidate role in 2018. She completed her masters in 2012 and more recently undertook the nurse prescribing course. Aisling currently specialises in working with complex/developmental trauma that has a co-occurring mental health component, for the under 18 population across Donegal.As an ANP, Aisling provides assessment, education and various psychological interventions for those young people and their families in the aftermath of trauma. Along with her colleagues, Aisling has been involved in delivering different group therapies over the years and hopes to launch some new initiatives and undertake research as part of her current role as an ANP. According to Aisling “As an ANP I have been afforded the opportunity to progress my own personal & professional development and because of this personal growth and professional expertise, I have been able to progress services for those children with complex mental health needs across Donegal. Furthermore, as a result of being awarded the innovation funding this year from the National, Midwifery, Planning & Development Unit, I can continue to progress the specialist role within the CAMHS service and advance the necessary resources for the service”. According to a young client “I attended trauma therapy through CAMHS and worked with Aisling. My PTSD has greatly improved in the year of therapy and although it was hard, it was the best decision I made”.Sean Diver; Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Urology at Letterkenny University Hospital. Sean established a nurse-led urology assessment clinic at LUH where he has worked as a clinical nurse specialist for the last 20 years. More recently he has qualified with a Master in Health Sciences (Advanced Practice Nursing with Prescribing) through the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG). His aim is to provide the person presenting with a urological condition the best possible care in accordance with national and international best practice, providing clinical expertise and knowledge in urology ensuring patients and families experience high quality care.Improving patient outcomes through education and health promotion is at the centre of Sean’s philosophy as indicated by a patient who recently commented that “Taking the time to explain things clearly in a way I could understand made my journey much easier”.Joe McDevitt; Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) in the Emergency Department at LUH. Joe has worked in Emergency Care since 2001 His role as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner involves managing an evolving caseload of both adults and children who attend the Emergency Department with a range of different injuries. Typically, Joe manages the complete care of patients with various injuries, including those with fractures and those patients with wounds and also ENT problems / eye injuries. The ANPs at the ED are registered as a Nurse Prescribers of medicines and are qualified to arrange and interpret x-rays which enables them to manage their patient caseload autonomously.All of the Advanced Nurse Practitioners across the North West have a vital role to play in supporting hospital avoidance and the Slàintecare agenda by enabling care in the community, closer to home. 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5 Ways to Make a Friend at Work

first_imgDuring National Service Dog Month, we’ve invited a few of the canine contributors at Dell to share their insights with us on Direct2Dell – as told to their humans.  In our final post, we hear from Sabrina who shared with her human Lisa Mae DeMasi tips for making friends at work.I remember it vividly. That day I met my best friend.After a really long time in a dark musty container, the door to the daylight slid open and I was hysterical. All of us were yapping madly as my crate door came undone and I was led to Lisa. I was so overwhelmed with joy because I knew she was here for me, to take me home and love me.Eight years later, I’m the one who loves to take care of her. You see, an accident in one of those cars so many of us dogs like to chase, caused permanent damage to her insides. I’m here to alert her when she needs to go to the restroom and comfort her when she suffers acute intestinal pains.Ours is a special work relationship, but having a friend at the office is something everyone can benefit from. I overheard someone mention that something called LinkedIn did a study that found 46 percent of workers worldwide believe that work friends are important to their overall happiness.So with that in mind, I’d like to share with you my tips for making friends at work:1. Approach with RespectAt work I sit beneath Lisa’s desk and no one even knows I’m there. I’m quiet in her cube, but may bark when someone approaches her abruptly. The other day I barked because this nice, tall Millennial guy appeared suddenly and started talking excitedly. When working with others, it’s important to respect their space and try not to interrupt when they are busy.2. Step Away from the KeyboardLisa gets so tense doing her work sometimes in front of her computer I think she will explode. In this maddening pace of what you call “digital transformation,” I beg you to remain kind to one another. Take time to say good morning to your coworkers. Sometimes I don’t hear that enough. I hear the clack clack clack of the keyboard, “elastic data platform” and the funny word Hadoop.3. Talk About Something Other Than WorkLisa works in Services Marketing and IT in Hopkinton and likes to watch football. Sometimes when she watches a Pat’s game the announcer says, “Look there at Brady, despite the pressure, he stays ‘soft and relaxed’ in the pocket.” So when we’re at work, I like to send her vibes of “stay soft and relaxed in the pocket” and other free-your-mind nuggets of truth. Talking about non-work things with your teammates can help you find common interests that can further friendships.4. Find Time to LaughAt meetings with Lisa, I sometimes gently approach certain people because I can feel how tense they are and I place my nose to their hand. Without realizing it, they begin to pet me, continue talking to everyone, and I can feel the tension melt away in their body. They just stroke and stroke. I am medicine to them, too.I can’t be there for everyone, but laughter is also known as a great form of medicine that is free for all. So, please, laugh a little. It breaks up the intensity. Your brain will appreciate the hiccup and the tension in your body will momentarily release. Keeping the mind open frees creativity and provides learning to stick, allows for kindness with others.5. Say Thank YouSometime in my past, I may or may not have chewed on a copy of Shape Magazine with an article that talked about the health benefits of gratitude. To show Lisa I was thankful for rescuing me, I collapsed and rolled onto my back. She embraced my head and neck so hard I thought it might rip off. Oh, to be loved.You may not want to show that much emotion, but being part of a team at work means that there will be times when someone takes on the lion’s share of a project or gives you assistance with your own responsibilities. Expressing an attitude of gratitude makes you both feel better and encourages more cooperation.I’m thankful the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) allows me and other certified service animals to come to work at places like Dell. Lisa needs me like I needed her. Now we need each other. That’s true friendship.Sabrina is a Labrador and Golden Retriever mix that is named for her owner’s favorite movie – the original “Sabrina” with Audrey Hepburn. Eight years after being rescued from terrible conditions, she lives happily with her human Lisa, as well as a cat and two bunnies. She is a devoted helper, a medical assist/sensory dog, that enables her human to stay on the job at Dell EMC.last_img read more

In Photos: On-Campus Shooting

first_imgA shooting occurred during a Halloween party outside the Ronald Tutor Campus Center at approximately 11:45 p.m. on Wednesday.A suspect opened fire on one victim during an argument, wounding three others in the process. All four victims were taken to California Hospital Medical Center. One remains in critical but stable condition, and the other three sustained relatively minor injuries.The Los Angeles Police Department took two unidentified male suspects into custody and recovered a handgun from the scene.Photos by Daily Trojan Staff Carlo Acenas | Daily Trojan Joseph Chen | Daily Trojan Joseph Chen | Daily Trojan Sean Fitz-Gerald | Daily Trojan Carlo Acenas | Daily Trojan Joseph Chen | Daily Trojan Joseph Chen | Daily Trojan Joseph Chen | Daily Trojancenter_img Rachel Bracker | Daily Trojan Joseph Chen | Daily Trojan Razan Al Marzouqi | Daily Trojan Joseph Chen | Daily Trojan Austin Vogel | Daily Trojan Joseph Chen | Daily Trojan Carlo Acenas | Daily Trojanlast_img read more

Former NFL Star Orlando Thomas Dead at 42

first_imgOrlando Thomas, a defensive back for the Minnesota Vikings, has passed away at age 42 after a seven-year battle with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) better known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.Thomas, played his entire career wit the Vikings until 2001. He was later diagnosed with ALS, a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.  Victims diagnosed with ALS lose the ability to initiate and control muscle movement, which often leads to total paralysis and death within two to five years of diagnosis. There is no cure and only one drug is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that modestly extends survival.  The viral Ice Bucket Challenge in support of ALS research that swept the globe during the late summer has helped raise awareness, and according to the ALS Association, more than $115 million was raised.Thomas was a second-round draft pick out of Southwestern Louisiana (now University of Louisiana at Lafayette) in 1995, played solely with the Vikings until 2001. The former player who stood 6’2″ and around 225 pounds most of his playing career, reportedly whittled down to a mere 70 pounds at the time of his passing.  Thomas had a noteworthy career with his team, starting 82 of 98 career games for them and intercepting 22 passes. He scored four touchdowns, two on fumbles and two on interceptions.As a result of the debilitating disease, Thomas lost his ability to speak as his ALS progressed and relied on his wife, Demetra, and blinking letters in order to communicate with others.The Vikings organization released a statement on Monday with regards to Thomas’ passing:“Orlando was an outstanding player for the Vikings for seven years, but more importantly, he represented the franchise and the state of Minnesota with the utmost dignity and class. While his outgoing personality made him a favorite among his teammates, Orlando’s involvement in the community made him a favorite outside of Winter Park.”Thomas leaves behind his wife Demetra and two young children.last_img read more

Horswill, Currie lead Leafs to 5-2 win over Grand Forks

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily Sports Linden Horswill made his return to the NDCC Arena a memorable one as the Okanagan Hockey Association recruit scored his first goal as a junior sparking the Nelson Leafs to a 5-2 victory over the Grand Forks Border Bruins (see more coverage on Sports Page) Saturday night.
The 16-year-old native of Nelson, called up to play with the Leafs after the team was hit with a rash of injuries, scored the opening goal of the contest before adding an assist on the final marker.Gavin Currie also had a pair of goals to lead Nelson.The Leafs opened the weekend with a 7-4 loss to Beaver Valley Friday in Fruitvale.Nelson, 11-11 on the season, built up a 4-0 lead after 40 minutes before the Bruins woke up.“I don’t think it was any more difficult that we thought,” said Leaf coach Chris Shaw. “ Grand Forks has put a pretty good team together now. They’ve acquired some pretty good players from Revelstoke and we knew they’re going to be pretty tough to play against.”Marcus Dahl and Dallon Stoddart also scored for Nelson.Darren Hogg appeared to be heading for his second shutout of the season before the Bruins scored two quick goals in the third to make it a game.Joey Cormano and Artsiom Kalashnikov replied for the Bruins.Nelson out shot Grand Forks 27-20.In Fruitvale, Dallas Calvin scored a natural hat trick to spark the Hawks to a 3-0 lead five minutes into the second period.Colton Malmsten cut the margin to 3-1 with a goal three minutes later.But Ryan Baines and Ryan Edwards scored power play markers to increase the Beaver Valley lead to 5-1.Riley Henderson scored on a Nelson power play to give the visitors some momentum entering the third.The Leafs struck for two goals three minutes into the final frame as Patrick Martens and Colton Schell, on the power play, cut the lead to 5-4.However, Justin Niminiken scored a power play goal to diffuse the Leafs.Nelson Minor Hockey grad Ryon Sookro added an empty net marker to round out the scoring.Beaver Valley finished three-for-five on the power play while Nelson was two for six.Mike Vlanich out dueled Marcus Beesley in the nets to register the win for Beaver Valley. Shots were even at 38-38.The win was the third in three games for the Hawks over Murdoch Division rival Nelson.LEAF NOTES: Nelson’s GM Chris Shaw announced following the game that Nelson acquired Joel Stewart in a trade from the Spokane Braves. In 16 games this season the 6’1”, 190-pound winger had eight goals for 16 points. . . . Nelson was missing leading goal scorer Connor McLaughlin, called up for a northern road trip with Trail of the B.C. Hockey League. McLaughlin scored twice in the third period to spark a four-goal explosion as Trail dumped Prince George 5-3 Friday. Trail, 17-7-0-1, leads the Interior Division by five points over Salmon Arm. McLaughlin, named the game’s second star, finished with three points. He did not play in Trail’s 2-1 loss to Quesnel [email protected]last_img read more

LTA Authorizes to Implement Surcharge Fees

first_imgJudge Schaeplor Dunbar (center) has ruled in favor of the LTA, whose chairman is Ivan G. Brown (right). Orange Liberia led by it CEO, Mamadou Coulibaly (left), plans to file an appeal to the Supreme Court.-As Judge Dunbar denies Orange’s petition for judicial review filed against LTAThe Civil Law Court ‘B’ at the Temple of Justice on yesterday denied contentions raised by Orange –Liberia, challenging the Liberia Telecommunication Authority (LTA) order 0016-02-25-19 that was intended to establish price floors for on-net voice and data services , a regulatory fee on telecommunications goods and services, and a regulatory surcharge for on-net voice and mobile data services.Denying Orange‘s petition for judicial review, Judge Scheaplor R. Dunbar declared “The petition for judicial review is denied and dismissed, and the resistance is sustained. The stay order of April 15, 2019 is lifted. LTA may proceed to enforce and implement the order,” adding costs ruled against Orange-Liberia.”Judge Dunbar further ruled that, “we note from the record that LTA engaged all the stakeholders in the telecommunications sector and got their comments and inputs before promulgating the order, their comments and inputs were taken into consolidation promulgating the challenged order.”However, Orange-Liberia (petitioner) further argued that despite the regulatory authority vested in LTA over the telecommunications sector and its authority to issue regulations in exercise of said authority, “LTA cannot determine and impose surcharges as same is not within its regulatory authority, as that authority was removed by an Act passed by Legislature and published on August 29, 2017.”The petitioner also argued that LTA has no legal rights to impose floor price and levy surcharges on telecommunications goods and services, and that the repealed provision was related to excise tax, which Orange claimed was within the authority of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA).Dunbar’s ruling said, the LTA’s order was promulgated in conformity with the Telecommunication Act of 2007, stressing “And that the said order does not violate any provision of the Revenue Code.”According to Judge Dunbar, as a regulatory authority, LTA does not have to obtain the full agreement of all service providers and stakeholders before it can promulgate an order, rule or regulation.“What the Act mandates is that LTA should conduct a public consultation before the promulgation and publication of such order, rule or regulation,” Judge Dunbar indicated, adding,” Section 5.4 of the Guidelines for Consultation Process to Develop Regulation (2009) states that the LTA shall retain final decision authority with respect to the promulgation of regulations and amendment thereto.”In counter argument, LTA accused Orange-Liberia of being deceptive on the matter when its letter dated April 15, 2019 assured LTA that it was in full compliance with the floor price and regulatory fee.LTA also argued that in consideration of Orange’s request for postponement of the deadline was to enable consultation and based on Orange’s own determination that additional time was needed, the request was granted.“The consultation process was extended to February 20, 2019, during which the time Orange made several presentations to the LTA board of commissioners on the floor price and surcharge and submitted a letter dated February 19, 2019 agreeing with the LTA on the implementation of the floor price,” LTA argued.However, Orange claimed that In October 2018, LTA initiated a stakeholder’s consultation process to which Orange and others were invited for the purpose of evaluating LTA’s intention to implement floor prices and surcharges for on-net voice calls and data, “which consultation was subject to LTA’s serving stakeholders with the consultation document to inform the inputs, comments and suggestions of stakeholders,” but, accordingly, “LTA failed to supply said document until, December 5, 2018, thereby making it difficult for Orange to make timely determination of the implications and impact LTA’s action would have on it.”They claimed that their reaction and comments to the draft regulations suggested that the draft license fee and regulations be revisited to exclude current valid licensees and that they should be limited only to entities applying for new licenses or renewal of license and that their reaction was that their application of the proposed regulation to existing license would amount to a unilateral and illegal abrogation of the terms and conditions of their existing licenses.“While we were still not agreeable to the implementation of floor prices on the services it provides, the LTA elected to place additional fee on Orange’s services by imposing surcharges for on-net minute and megabyte,” Orange’s lawsuit claimed, adding, “thereby exacerbating the problem affecting the consultation process and without regard to the several reservations Orange had made in several letters to LTA.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

JSE launches oil, metal quanto futures

first_img2 August 2012 The Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) has further expanded its foreign-referenced commodities product range with the introduction of quanto futures, which enable investors to gain exposure to price fluctuations in foreign commodities while shielding them from movements in the rand-dollar exchange rate. The exchange said in a statement last week that it had partnered with Rand Merchant Bank (RMB), as the initial market maker, with Brent crude, gold and copper being the initial commodities to be referenced as part of the JSE’s existing licensing agreement with the CME Group. Quanto futures opened for trading on the JSE on 25 July. A quanto future is a rand-denominated commodity investment product that delivers the same payoff as a pure dollar-denominated commodity investment, allowing investors immunity from exchange rate fluctuations between the rand and US dollar. “Currently, South African investors often don’t receive the full benefit of commodity price movements due to the influence of the exchange rate on the dollar-denominated product,” the JSE said “It is possible through the use currency futures to remove this influence; however, with the introduction of quanto futures, things are made simpler for the investor since through a single trade the payoff, although still in rand, will track the international commodity market.” Chris Sturgess, director of the commodities division at the JSE, said the JSE was excited to offer derivative market participants this additional choice of energy and metal products in the form of quanto futures, “yet another innovative product offered by the JSE making it that much simpler for local investors to gain access to the international commodities markets.” According to the JSE, a quanto product can be understood as follows: if the price of a commodity, say Brent crude, increases by 20% in dollar terms, then the value of the investor’s rand position in Brent crude (via the quanto product) will also increase by 20%. The movement of the rand relative to the dollar plays no part in determining the investor’s return. Ettienne van Wyk, head of metals and energy Trading at RMB’s Global Markets Division, said the introduction of quanto futures as an asset class on the JSE “represents an invaluable addition to the commodity investors’ arsenal. RMB is proud to have played a pioneering role in bringing this ground-breaking product to the market.” The JSE, South Africa’s only full-service securities exchange, connects buyers and sellers in four different financial markets, namely equities, equity derivatives, commodities derivatives and interest rate instruments. Ranked among the top 20 largest equities exchanges in the world in terms of market capitalisation, the JSE offers investors “a first-world trading environment, with world-class technology, surveillance and settlement, in an emerging market context”. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

AT&T CEO: We’ll Make The Lumia 1020 A Hero

first_imgNokia had fun on stage today introducing its brand new hero smartphone, the Lumia 1020. At an event in New York City, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop showed off the smartphone’s 41-megapixel camera that sports a variety of interesting features. But Elop, even on this momentous event, could not escape the hard questions that Nokia faces as it tries to climb back to the top of the smartphone mountain.During the question-and-answer segment of the event, a reporter from Forbes, Joan Lappin, asked Elop about the company’s relationship with mobile carrier AT&T. She is a Nokia Lumia 920 owner and called the process of buying the smartphone “crummy” and that “AT&T is actually a dreadful partner for Nokia.” The Forbes reporter wasn’t exaggerating. When the Lumia 920 came out, many people complained that it was hard to find at AT&T stores, the staff was not knowledgeable of the features of the device and that it—a device which Nokia had pinned massive hopes upon—was generally a second-class citizen to the iPhone and Android hero smartphones at the carrier. BlackBerry has also faced this problem with AT&T in marketing its new flagship Z10 device. Elop countered the question by putting the onus on Nokia to be better at marketing, distributing Lumia devices and building the Windows Phone as the real third ecosystem for smartphones, behind iOS and Android.  What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts Tags:#AT&T#Carriers#Lumia 1020#Nokia AT&T Mobility president and CEO Ralph de la Vega addressed the partnership with Nokia in a short interview with ReadWrite.“We have a great partnership and I think Stephen was right,” de la Vega said. “It [Windows Phone] is the latest system, like Stephen said. It takes more people getting used to it and acclimated, too. I think it takes an extra effort for getting together AT&T, Microsoft and Nokia to make an all-out pitch to launch this product with a much stronger backing than any other product we launched with Microsoft or Nokia.”For AT&T’s part, de la Vega promised that the staff in stores would be knowledgeable of the features of the Lumia 1020 and it would be displayed as a “hero” device in AT&T stores. The Lumia 1020 will be available at AT&T on July 26 and retail for $299 with a two-year contract. At that price point, AT&T store staffers are going to work extra hard to sell the device, no matter how nice the camera turns out to be. center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces dan rowinski “Every time I use it you find some new nuance that is really cool and we want to make sure they are fully trained to show off this device to the customers,” de la Vega said. De la Vega also said that the launch of the Lumia 1020 would different in terms of marketing and presentation than previous Nokia releases, such as the Lumia 900 and Lumia 920. “I think you will see a different aspect of that than any other phone we have done with Nokia,” de la Vega said.  The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Brazil is in; Argentina still fighting for a World Cup spot

first_imgUruguay is in great shape. It has 27 points and second place in the standings, 10 points behind Brazil. The team finishes qualifying at Venezuela, and at home against Bolivia — the two countries that are already eliminated.Depending on other results, a draw at Venezuela on Thursday might be enough to guarantee Uruguay a place in its third straight World Cup.COLOMBIAColombia has 26 points and beating Paraguay in the coastal city of Barranquilla could be enough to secure a place at its second straight World Cup. That would also eliminate long-shot Paraguay.“We’re fired up, but relaxed, knowing that this group can win the match and bring happiness to Colombia,” defender Davinson Sanchez said.CHILEThe two-time defending Copa America champion has only 23 points and is teetering on the edge. Chile is home against Ecuador on Thursday, and then must beat Brazil next week in Sao Paulo.Chile has lost its last two matches, against Paraguay and Bolivia, an indication of the state of play.PERUPeru has 24 points and has won three games straight to get back into contention. After the match in Buenos Aires, it finishes at home with Colombia.“We’re going to arrive at that final game in great shape,” Argentina-born coach Ricardo Gareca said. “We’ve got this far with our determination.”Peru last reached the World Cup in 1982 in Spain. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ What ban? Chinese in thrall to ‘goddess’ Sharapova Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president With two matches to play, Uruguay and Colombia are in the best shape to join Brazil at the World Cup. The biggest shock could be two-time champion Argentina, which will battle for a spot against Peru, Chile, Paraguay and Ecuador. Bolivia and Venezuela have been eliminated.Argentina, the runner-up three years ago in Brazil, has not missed a World Cup since 1970.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 shutoutHere’s a look at the countries and matches set for Thursday and next Tuesday.ARGENTINA View comments LATEST STORIEScenter_img 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 Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Argentina and Peru play Thursday at Boca Juniors’ La Bombonera stadium, among the world’s most hostile venues for visiting teams. It’s the first World Cup qualifier there in 20 years.Both countries have 24 points, and a victory by either would be a giant step toward qualifying. A slip, andArgentina will have to win the final match in Quito, Ecuador, where the altitude of 2,850 meters (9,350 feet) is a burden for visiting teams.Peru, coached by Argentine Ricardo Gareca, is at home to Colombia in its final game.Argentina will be without Sergio Aguero for both matches after he fractured ribs in a car accident last week. New coach Jorge Sampaoli has been unable to lift the team, which has drawn its last two matches, against Uruguay (0-0) and Venezuela (1-1).URUGUAYADVERTISEMENT BRAZILBrazil is already in, and will surely test reserves in Thursday’s match in the thin air of La Paz. Look for the regulars to face Chile next week in Sao Paulo.Brazil coach Tite is undefeated in 10 qualifying games, and has won nine of them.THE RESTParaguay with 21 points, and Ecuador with 20, will need to win their final two matches and get help from others to have any chance. Bolivia and Venezuela are out. Brazil’s Casemiro(L), Neymar(C) and Thiago Silva attend a training session at the Granja Comary sports complex in Teresopolis, about 90 km from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on October 3, 2017 ahead of their World Cup qualifier matches against Bolivia and Chile. / AFP PHOTO / Mauro PIMENTELRIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil is in, and over the next week three more South American countries will join the five-time champions at the World Cup in Russia.The fifth-place team from the region will also keep its chances alive, facing a playoff next month against New Zealand. That winner will also advance.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients last_img read more

JUNIOR TOUCH CONTINUES TO BOOM

first_imgIt’s all happening in Junior Touch around Australia, whether it be the AusTouch program, new Junior competitions or the NSW Junior State Cup, it’s certainly looking promising for the future of Touch. SWQ- AUSTOUCH KICKS OFF AT CHINCHILLA: From South West Queensland Terry McSweeney and his team have kicked off the Aus Touch Program in Chinchilla… “As you would be aware the AusTouch program has been developed to increase participation in the sport of Touch and increase the skill level of the participants and to promote a healthy, safe after school activity for children. Yesterday, Wednesday the 16th of February saw the initial AusTouch program in SWQ with 106 children signing up to participate in the affiliate of Chinchilla 180 km west of Toowoomba. The number could well increase as a number of children were unable to attend the sign on day. The sign on was held from 3.30 to 4.30pm with the association President Brenda Rackemann and members of her executive including Lisa and Jo as well as a number of volunteers busily signing up eager children who flooded in straight after school. It was good to see so many parents looking to be involved in some capacity. The program will have 15 volunteer leaders to guide the children over the next 7 weeks and I think some of the leaders are as excited about the program as the kids. The first session of the program commences next week under the guidance of myself and Phil Gyemore with the leaders then taking the reins for a few weeks before our return mid program to provide assistance if require. If your association or school in South West Queensland is interested in running the AusTouch program just contact our office for further details, as going on the Chinchilla response it is going to be a much sort after activity. AusTouch can be run after school once a week over 6 to 8 weeks or as an intensive 2 day program. I’ll keep you up to date over the coming weeks as the Chinchilla program progresses!” Any enquiries on SWQ Touch contact Terry at: SWQ Touch Assoc PO Box 550 Darling Heights Qld 0746311464 0407130703 Any enquiries on AusTouch, contact Marianne Maguire on (08) 8373 3222 SQBD- BEENLEIGH TOUCH JUNIOR COMPETITION BEGINS: For Karley Banks the last few weeks have been more than a little hectic as she helped a Junior Touch competition kick off at Beenleigh… “We had 40 kids start last week, after a great response at the initial sign on days and really good coverage in the local media. The short lightning season (six weeks in total) will include skill development each week for 30 minutes before the teams take part in matches. There are two divisions, Under 10’s and Under 15’s – it’s a Mixed competition for this first season with the emphasis on coming along and trying the sport. Strudwick’s Sportsworld has sponsored playing shirts for the children and Beenleigh are keeping costs to a minimum to ensure their first foray into the sport is affordable, safe and fun. We’re hoping to expand the competition after this initial lightning season and Beenleigh are keen to develop the competition to a level where they can send representative teams away to this year’s Qlueensland Junior State Cup at the Glasshouse Mountains from the July 1-3.” Any enquiries on Beenleigh Touch, give Karley Banks a call at South Queensland & Border Districts Touch Association on (07) 34230887 or [email protected] NSW TOUCH CONTINUE TO BREAK RECORDS WITH JUNIOR STATE CUP: For New South Wales Touch this weekend is set to be their busiest of the year. Right now around 7000 kids state wide are packing their bags for a trip to Wollongong for the 2005 NSW Junior State Cup. Here’s a report on the event from NSW Touch: The NSW Touch Association’s (NSWTA) Junior State Cup will once again raise the benchmark for the largest representative Touch Football carnival in the world when it takes place this weekend in Wollongong. The event has continued its run of increases in participant growth and popularity. Since 2002 when 182 teams competed, the Cup has increased to set a world record of 274 teams at the 2005 event. The continual rise of the event reflects the current growth patterns in the sport; however with this being a junior event, it is particular pleasing for the organisers. “The popularity of this event far out weighs anything else in the touch world and that is a real positive for the sport,” NSWTA General Manager Dean Russell says. “However we are now really going to review our delivery as the event is nearly at a point where we have too many teams for the current format. It is a problem we enjoy having though. Its much better to have too many kids playing than not enough.” “This event continues to be a positive feature of our game that we must continue to capitalise on” Russell added. Overall 2004 State Champions Manly will once again be strong contenders filling teams in every division, however it is expected that they will not have it all their own way with home to town favourites, Wollongong, having planned a concerted effort this year to take the title. Strong junior competitions such as Wagga, Parramatta, Penrith, Cronulla and Newcastle are all favoured to do well and could very well hold the converted tag of overall State Champions come Sunday afternoon. However while the focus will be on Touch, the local community will be set for a big weekend with up 12500 visitors to the area over the two day carnival. Russell expects the financial boost to the community to be significant. “For these tournaments to be successful we need to have successful partnerships with the local community and with the likelihood of such a large number coming to town, the 2 day event will certainly provide an enormous economic boost to the whole Illawarra area.” The event will take place this weekend, February 19/20, at Thomas Dalton Park, Charters Lane, Fairy Meadow and is played in both boys and girls divisions from U/10’s through to U/18’s involving teams form all over NSW. Draws and times can be found at www.nswtouch.com.au Any requests for interviews can be made by contacting the General Manager on 0417 242 989 Event Statistics ,,X 275 teams over 10 divisions, 5 boys and 5 girls. ,,X Five age groups U/10, U/12, U/14, U/16 and U/18 ,,X Over 7000 players and officials with a further 5000 family members expected to attend ,,X Teams from as far north as Murwillumbah, South as Wagga and Griffith and West as Dubbo and Parkes as well as all the strong Sydney clubs will all participate. ,,X Some 767 games over two days in 20 hours of actual playing time ,,X Finals commence at with the U/10’s Girls at 2.30pm and conclude with the U/18’s Boys at 4.30pm Sunday afternoon. ,,X 25 fields running concurrently ,,X the Worlds largest Touch Tournament So things are happening for Junior Touch around Australia, that’s plain to see! It’s great for the direction and future of our status as the World’s leading Touch nation, as well as for the health and development of our kids. If your local, regional or State organisation has a story to share on the development of our future Touch Champions, send it to Rachel Moyle at [email protected]last_img read more