Clippers rookies key overtime victory over Oklahoma City VIDEO: Watch Kyle Kuzma’s game winner and what he said about it Related Articles How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Clippers’ rhythm is missing but their spirits strong before playoff opener AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“I have to see the banners,” said Rivers, who, remember, coached the Boston Celtics team that lost the 2010 NBA Finals to the Lakers in seven games (during which, current Lakers point guard Rajon Rondo averaged 13.6 points, 6.3 rebounds and 7.6 assists for the Celtics).Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Two years before that, Rivers and Rondo – who also will miss Friday’s game, sidelined with a grade 3 sprain to his right ring finger – did their part to delay the Lakers’ 16th championship banner, beating them in six games for the title.But even though the Clippers have won 21 of their past 24 games against the Lakers, theirs is no Lakers-Celtics rivalry.The Clippers have no championship banners, nor do they have any All-Stars as of yet on their roster; the Lakers have three All-Stars, including James, a perennial pick.The Lakers are, according to Forbes, valued at $3.3 billion, second-most in the NBA. At $2.15 billion, the Clippers rank eighth on that list. The Lakers are averaging 18,997 fans per home game, according to ESPN, which has the Clippers bringing in 17,063. Clippers still without Montrezl Harrell, who is in a 7-day quarantine Morning Wrap: Full coverage from Lakers-Clippers thriller; Angels, Dodgers going in different directions; Whicker pays tribute to legendary Mike Gillespie Fans might get to see Marjanovic – who is averaging 7.7 points and 4.6 rebounds in sporadic action this season – on Friday. Rivers said he likes how he matches up against centers who don’t often shoot 3-pointers, a description that fits the Lakers’ Ivica Zubac, Tyson Chandler (and, if he’s available following a bout of pneumonia, JaVale McGee).Related Articles PLAYA VISTA — If you’re a friend of Clippers coach Doc Rivers and you were hoping he could hook you up with tickets to see LeBron James live this holiday season, you’re out of luck.For one thing, James is recovering from a strained groin and is expected to miss the game between L.A.’s NBA teams on Friday night at Staples Center. For another: This will be the Lakers’ home game, and so the Clippers will be guests in their own building – thus, the reduced allotment of tickets.“Where it gets different is people call you for tickets and you have to explain to them, ‘It’s the Lakers’ game guys, it’s not our home game so I don’t have as many tickets,’ ” Rivers said at his team’s practice Thursday. “No matter how many times you say that, they look at you dumbfounded like, ‘Don’t you get the same seats?’ ‘Well, no, we don’t.’ ”That’s not the only difference, of course. Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed There also are some commonalities – they share a hallway, and before the Lakers tipped off against Sacramento on Thursday night, identical 20-14 records, which puts them both in playoff contention for now. They’re also both top-10 in the NBA in pace and scoring.And both teams have players who produce “M-V-P!” chants when they’re at the free-throw line.For the Lakers, that’s James, who Thursday was named the Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year for the third time – and who is, arguably, the greatest basketball player of all time.For the Clippers, it’s Boban Marjanovic, the 7-foot-3 Serbian center who – fun fact – actually, statistically, is in that greatest-ever conversation too.At least according to the Player Efficiency Rating, a system developed by John Hollinger to sum up all of a player’s positive accomplishments, to subtract the negatives, and return a per-minute rating of that individual’s overall performance.By that metric, Marjanovic’s career PER of 27.8 is right there with Michael Jordan’s (27.9) and James’ (27.7). In his first three starts this season in place of McGee, Zubac has proved a difficult cover around the rim, averaging 17.7 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.7 blocked shots.“He’s definitely done a great job for us and I think he’s earned the trust of his teammates and coaching staff,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said recently of the 7-foot-1 Croatian center. “So it’s nice to have that going for us right now with all the injuries and illnesses.”Count also on the heavily hyped Lakers and upstart Clippers sharing the same agenda when they finally meet, about 40 percent of the way into the season: They’ll both be fighting for an important Western Conference ‘W.’“Everybody’s gonna hype it up as Lakers vs. that other team, but we don’t really care about that,” the Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell said after the Clippers hung on to defeat the Kings on Wednesday. “They gotta come in and lace their shoes up just like we gotta do, you know?“We’ll come in with an offensive and defensive game plan, we’re gonna look to execute on both ends of the floor and we’re looking to come out with the win. That’s all it’s about, man.”The Lakers’ Brandon Ingram drives to the basket as Clippers rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander defends during a preseason game at Honda Center. The teams have their first regular-season meeting on Friday night. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Jubilation, anguish as race for NBA’s Western 8th seed gets as close as ever Lakers on verge of sealing home court advantage, what does it mean in the NBA bubble? VIDEO: LeBron James and Doc Rivers respond to Donald Trump calling NBA kneeling protests “disgraceful”
Officers at the Child Care and Protection Agency (CCPA) arm of the Social Protection Ministry are currently trying to assess exactly why the East Coast of Demerara has the most worrying cases of child abuse.According to the Child Care Department, “East Coast Demerara has the highest reports of child abuse in Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) and getting the cases speedily to the court and assistance for victims have proven to be challenging”.In light of this, the agency said it has been working in the area to better sensitise parents on their roles and how to identify abuse.Sources at CCPA were unable to share data with respect to the number of reports coming out of the area on Monday but described those figures as worrying.It was explained that most of those cases can be linked to the fact that children are sometimes forced to do work by their own parents and are beaten if they refuse. In other cases, some mischievous children choose to stay away from school and are mistreated by their parents when they learn the truth.In March of this year, the CCPA had already seen some 400 reports of child abuse cases with about 219 children being sexually abused.Just a few weeks ago, the Child Care Department said on its social media page that it had responded to just about 60 reports in one week from various parts of the country.In one of those cases, a mother had physically abused her two small children and put them out of the house. Concerned residents later brought the children to the CCPA and an immediate investigation was launched to locate the mother and other family members.The mother, once found, was interviewed by officers at the CCPA who said she was nonchalant towards the whole situation. It was, therefore, determined by senior staff, that leaving the children with their mother was clearly putting them at risk so the children were placed with a family member while a thorough assessment of their circumstances could be carried out.In the meantime, ChildLink, an activist group, said in a recently released report that a total of 4179 children were abused in 2017 with child sexual abuse accounting for 841 or 20 per cent of those cases. Moreover, in a three-year period, from 2014 to 2017, there has been an increase of 5 per cent of reported child sexual abuse cases.In December, the CCPA revealed that two children are abused every hour in Guyana.According to the agency, by the end of October 2018, it had already responded to 4352 child abuse reports, which happens to be the highest number of reported cases ever for the period.In fact, a 25.4 per cent increase was recorded when compared with figures for the same period in 2017.
The Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) dominated the Local Government Elections (LGE) nominations on the West Coast of Demerara (WCD).Not even an hour-long downpour dissuaded the PPP/C supporters from taking to the streets with banners, flags and their traditional party colour – red marching through the streets in their Local Authority Areas lobby for support for the upcoming Elections.Even though slow, the process went along smoothly and without any major hiccups. Lists were presented to the various Guyana Elections Commissions (GECOM) officials by 10:00h and were completely vetted and posted for the publicThe PPP/C candidatesby 14:00h.Tuschen/UitvlugtSecretary of the PPP/C Tuschen/Uitvlugt contesting group is confident that his party will prove victorious at the LGE on the entire West Coast come November 12.According to Beshpatty, “generally, we feel that having submitted the lists and with the support which we would’ve had today, we feel very optimistic that we would be winning in the constituencies by a landslide victory”.As such, the party is calling for it members to rally around them in order for victory to be attained.Guyana Times spoke with a number of the PPP/C candidates who were all ready for election day.Ranzan Alli, a Tuschen/Uitvlugt constituency seven candidate, said the West Meten-Meer-Zorg, West Coast Demerara (WCD) areas are calling for support in order for developments to be “finally” undertaken.ZeelugtAnother PPP/C candidate, Poornadai Sukhu said her constituency of Zeelugt, WCD, is one that is plagued with crime which is not being addressed; and as such, she needs to see change. This prompted her to take up the challenge and to support her party during this election.Dinesh Prashad called for the support of residents of constituency eight, urging them to take up the mantle and fight for the change that they want to see by voting.The PPP’s list of candidates to contest the LGE was posted by GECOM after it was examined, with 10 candidates vying on behalf of that Party for said Tuschen/Uitvlugt District.However, only one of three candidates representing constituencies six, seven and 10 spoke with Guyana Times and decried the harsh conditions in his area whichReturning Officers of GECOM examining the submitted PPP/C listprompted him to run on behalf of the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU).Lloyd Holder said “the youths them need someone to be their voice man, they going astray, it’s sad to see, so somebody need to fight for them, why not me?”The United Republican Party (URP) leader of the said district came out strong with some 20 candidates.“We are here representing the UPR which is a private party, right now we have 20 candidates and 30 signatures and we are here to help out the youths them in the communities,” the secretary explained.Stewartville/Cornelia IdaThe PPP/C also dominated nominations at the Stewartville/Cornelia Ida and the La Jalousie/Nouvelle Elanders Districts. GECOM has disclosed that seven political parties, 21 voluntary groups and 33 individuals are vying for victories in some or all of the LLAs. The Alliance For Change (AFC) and the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) are contesting in all municipalities and NDCs, while the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) is contesting in eighty LAAs.Only the political parties, voluntary groups and individuals with approved symbols to contest Local Government Elections 2018 will be allowed to submit their lists of candidates, having used the prescribed GECOM forms. These lists will be examined by the Returning Officers to determine whether they were properly submitted in accordance with the relevant laws. If the list is considered defective, the representative/deputy representative will be notified by the Returning Officer.If the party, group or individual is not satisfied with the reasons provided by the Returning Officer, they can file an appeal against refusal of approval no later than the 45th day before Election Day to a Magistrate of the magisterial district. (Kizzy Colman)
The Warriors will head to Detroit for Stephen Curry’s long-awaited return to the lineup coming off a loss, but the mood surely is high around the team following a thrilling game with the Raptors that should stand as the closest thing to a moral victory a team like the Warriors can have.Trailing by as many as 18 points, the Warriors fought back behind the sterling play of Kevin Durant — who found a way to top his increasingly impressive point totals Thursday, scoring 51 — to push the game to …
Neurons are among the most vital cells in the body: after all, your brain is largely composed of neurons. Neurons are transmission lines of information that keep a body in touch with itself and the world. None of the other body organs would work without neurons. The increasingly powerful tools of microscopy are allowing neuroscientists to figure out how they develop and operate.Motors in a network within a network: In an article entitled “Motors on a mission,” PhysOrg described how the human nervous system, a vast network of billions of neurons, can be conceived as a network of networks: “Within each neuron is a microscopic network of its own, a complex system of signal transmissions. Proteins receive signals at the cell’s dendrite and transmit them at the axon at the other end, passing the impulses from one neuron to another and allowing human beings to think, perceive and move.” The network within a single neuron is a system of microtubules. On these cellular highways, myosin motors carry the molecules of signal transduction from place to place. Proteins needed by the axons and dendrites are made in the neuron and packaged into bubble-like vesicles, which are carried by various types of myosins. “Neither the two proteins themselves nor the microtubules know where the proteins should end up,” (after all, they are blind), “so a mix of dendritic and axonal proteins will go both ways, to the dendrite and to the axon,” the article said. When a protein ends up at the wrong end, other myosins round up wayward vesicles and turn them back. Myosin Va acts as a filter at the axons, allowing axon-bound vesicles in but carrying dendrite-bound packages out. Axonal proteins that end up in a dendrite are placed on the surface of the cell, where Myosin VI plucks them off and carries them to the axon. Myosin VI also helps axonal proteins find the axon in the first place. How these molecular machines recognize which is which was not explained.Hearing in a crowded room: How do neurons get their information to the right target in the intensely crowded environment of the brain? It’s like shouting to a friend in a crowded room. Another article on PhysOrg described how they do it, with the headline, “‘Can you hear me now?’ Researchers detail how neurons decide how to transmit information.” The article described how researchers at Carnegie Mellon and U of Pittsburgh are finding out the mechanisms neurons use to communicate. Neurons can fire separately or together when communicating, like when you shout alone to a friend, or get some friends to shout together. One researcher explained, “Neurons face a universal communications conundrum. They can speak together and be heard far and wide, or they can speak individually and say more. Both are important. We wanted to find out how neurons choose between these strategies.” They found that “the brain had a clever strategy for ensuring that the neurons’ message was being heard.” Over the short time scale of a few milliseconds, the brain engaged its inhibitory circuitry to make the neurons fire in synchrony. This simultaneous, correlated firing creates a loud, but simple, signal. The effect was much like a crowd at a sporting event chanting, “Let’s go team!” Over short time intervals, individual neurons produced the same short message, increasing the effectiveness with which activity was transmitted to other brain areas. The researchers say that in both human and neuronal communication alike, this collective communication works well for simple messages, but not for longer or more complex messages that contain more intricate information. The neurons studied used longer timescales (around one second) to convey these more complex concepts. Over longer time intervals, the inhibitory circuitry generated a form of competition between neurons, so that the more strongly activated neurons silenced the activity of weakly activated neurons, enhancing the differences in their firing rates and making their activity less correlated. Each neuron was able to communicate a different piece of information about the stimulus without being drowned out by the chatter of competing neurons. It would be like being in a group where each person spoke in turn. The room would be much quieter than a sports arena and the immediate audience would be able to listen and learn much more complex information. (Source: Carnegie Mellon University).This effective two-strategy style gave the researchers ideas about designing man-made communication networks around the same principles.Mapping the brain: Researchers at the Max Planck Florida Institute spent five years devising methods to map the cerebral cortex, and find how the neurons fit together. PhysOrg said they identified nine cell types in rat brains, and “were able to quantify the number of neurons per type, their locations within the cortical column and their functional responses to two behavioral states….” It required terabytes of information for each neuron. The cerebral cortex in humans is the “largest and most complex area of the brain, whose functions include sensory perception, motor control, and cognition.”Bilingual neurons: Neurons used to be classified by the kind of chemical messages, called neurotransmitters, they conveyed. Now, according to Science Daily, two teams have found neurons that speak two languages; they can use one neurotransmitter at slow speeds, and another at high speeds. This mechanism, called co-transmission, “allows a single neuron to use two different methods of communication to exchange information.” Researchers at the University of Montreal found that neurons that typically use dopamine to communicate can also use glutamate for signals needing faster transmission. Researchers at Douglas Mental Health University Institute also found that neurons that typically use serotonin used to transmit “information for controlling mood, aggression, impulsivity and food intake” are also capable of transmitting “acetylcholine, an important messenger for motor skills and memory.” A messenger, however, is only as good as the message it carries. Serotonin, for instance, does not mean “control aggression” in and of itself. There has to be a convention, a code, an agreement between parties, for something to signal something else and produce a response.Outside/Inside Learning: An animal needs to gather information from the outside world and store it in memory. How this is accomplished was described in another article on PhysOrg about research done by a Swiss team. “It is well established that environmental enrichment, providing animals with rich sensory, motor, and social stimulation, produces both dramatic increases in the number of synapses in the brain and enhanced learning,” the article began. This means that outside information produces structural changes on the inside. New techniques are allowing scientists to watch the brain form new synapses (the junctions between neurons) in response to environmental signals. “Remarkably, both the disassembly of pre-existing synapses and the assembly of new synapses were necessary to enhance learning and memory upon environmental enrichment,” they found, adding, “We have shown that circuit remodeling and synaptogenesis processes in the adult have important roles in learning and memory.” A protein named beta-Adducin is apparently critically important in the formation of new synapses. For more on synapses, see 12/23/2010.How did these complex systems come to be? Another article on PhysOrg titled “The evolution of brain wiring: Navigating to the neocortex” proposed to answer that question from a Darwinian viewpoint. The lead researcher in Paris wanted to know how axons find their targets. “The research, published by Cell Press in the March 24 issue of the journal Neuron, reveals a surprising new evolutionary scenario that may help to explain how subtle changes in the migration of ‘guidepost’ neurons underlie major differences in brain connectivity between mammals and nonmammalian vertebrates.” Identifying differences, though, does not establish that one group evolved from the other. Dr. Sonia Garel admitted, “What controls the differential path-finding of thalamic axons in mammals versus nonmammalian vertebrates and how these essential projections have evolved remains unknown,” but then suggested that a protein named Slit2 acts like a molecular switch for guiding developing neurons to their target areas in the brain. Since Slit2 positions neurons, she thought that minor differences in the resulting positions provides “a novel framework to understand the shaping and evolution of a novel and major brain projection” in different groups of animals. Why, that might even affect brain connectivity. A brain permitting her to reason as a neuroscientist could not be far behind: “Since an increase in cell migration has participated in the morphogenesis of the neocortex itself, these novel findings reveal that cell migration can be considered as a general player in the evolutionary changes that led to the emergence of the mammalian brain.”Oh, barf. There she goes again: scenarios, frameworks for understanding, participants and general players (see personification) and emergence, amply seasoned with maybes and perhaps. You’re a scientist, aren’t you? Think, don’t imagine! Prove your case with facts and evidence. If imagining scenarios is the new scientific game, we can think of many more that are more entertaining. Aside from that brief episode of Malice in Blunderland, this was an amazing series of articles. Most of them avoided the temptation to insert evolutionary speculation into their work. Think about it; how a complex set of mechanical processes – motors, chemical signals, guideposts, filters, networks, transmission rules – all converge into the brain of a neuroscientist looking into his or her own head and reasoning about it is astonishing. In the history of intellectual ideas prior to the invention of the electron microscope and other tools that allow us to see neurons and watch these processes, who could have dreamed such complexity underlies human thought? We should stand in humble awe at the hardware and software given to our minds and souls to use (02/11/2011, 03/05/2011). Incidentally, a human brain said to be 2,500 years old was found in remarkably fresh condition, cerebral folds and all, in a waterlogged pit, reported Live Science. Aside from the issue that such fragile tissue – usually the first to decay – could survive degradation for so long, this illustrates that it takes more than a brain to think. You might get a buried car to work again with enough repairs, but the mind or soul – whatever you want to call it – that operated this brain is long gone, even if they could hotwire its neurons once again. It takes most of a whole body to run a brain, and a brain to run a body. Have you ever looked at an X-ray or MRI image of your own brain? There’s more going on inside than you can possibly imagine (see also 03/24/2011, 12/06/2010, 11/19/2010) We all have comparable physical equipment; some choose to use it more wisely than others.(Visited 42 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest So the economists say we will lose money on every acre of corn in 2017, and maybe make $1 on soybeans. So what are we to do?Here are some things I heard at the Soybean School at the Conservation Tillage Conference on ways to save money. Take these as suggestions, not requirements.No sugar. This got a big hit last year, but I heard it again – adding a little sugar to a system that makes a bunch of sugar doesn’t really help.While we are capable today of making variable rate applications for seeding rate, it doesn’t really pay to buy equipment that makes the rate changes. I heard this from both the corn and soybean presenters. The adaptability of current corn hybrids is very broad, same with soybeans.Spend no money on nitrogen for soybeans. At best you break even, at worst it costs you money. Also the soybean plant takes up nitrogen right up until the end of its life — amazing!Planting date is important for soybeans, not just corn. Get it done by May 10 to May 16 if at all possible.I should have said this earlier, but genetics (variety) choice makes a difference. Even for the new RR2Xtend varieties, they don’t as a group look that much better than RR2Y – but choosing the right variety can make you more money.Identity preserved crops can make you more money. Just keep in mind you need to be a good manager to get good weed control – if you are sloppy then use the RR system, LibertyLink or even go to RR2Xtend.Seed treatments pay.Scout for pigweeds.Spray post herbicides early. Meaning, read the label — it lists very small weed sizes for a reason!Scout your crop. With a drone, OK, sure. But by foot is much more essential. We have gotten out of the habit and it has cost us money.Sulfur does sometimes help. A high protein crop like soybeans is likely to show sulfur deficiency before corn. Not everywhere in Ohio will show a deficiency. I see it rarely but it will be coming as we continue to clean the air, so keep watch. If necessary, use ammonium sulfate for a quick shot of S rather than elemental to get into the plant this year.You will make more money if you actually get out in your crop and observe. Last year stink bugs caught us by surprise and took 10% of our yield in some fields. See the photo. Don’t let this happen to you. Get into your fields with a sweep net, but also sit quietly, wait and watch. It is amazing what comes out when there is no movement in a soybean canopy — groundhogs, deer, even brown marmorated stink bug.Last but not least, reduce your seeding rate. Several of our Soybean School speakers at CTC said we over seed soybeans. One said reduce your seeding rate by 40,000 seeds per acre. At whatever level you are now there should be no economic loss if you cut your seeding rate by 40,000 and this would save perhaps $17 per acre.
MSK Prasad was trolled on social media when he said the selectors would have to look for alternatives if MS Dhoni did not perform consistently enough. However, the chief selector seems to be in awe of the former India captain’s commitment to the team.Dhoni, 36, had stepped down as India’s limited-overs captain earlier this year, after a run of ordinary scores. But he has since regained his mojo and been in outstanding form, slamming a hundred and four fifties in 11 innings. In the ongoing series against Sri Lanka, Dhoni remained unbeaten on 45 and 65 in Kandy as India clinched the five-match series with two games still to go.Speaking on the sidelines of an event, Prasad revealed how Dhoni had fought an injured back to play the crucial Asia Cup T20 match against Pakistan early last year.”While training at the gym late in the night, Dhoni picked up weights and suddenly there was a catch in his back and fell with the weight. Thankfully, the weight did not fall on him. He could not walk, he was literally crawling. He pressed the alarm bell, and the medical staff immediately came and attended him. He was taken on stretcher.””As I reached Dhaka, the journalists questioned about Dhoni and I had no answers. The game against Pakistan was crucial, that too, it was on a seaming track. So, I went to Dhoni’s room to know what the issue was. He said, ‘don’t worry MSK bhai.’ I even asked him what should I tell the scribes, and the answer again was ‘don’t worry MSK bhai.’ I asked him whether we should call for a replacement, and he again told me not to worry,” Prasad said.advertisement”There was so much pressure before a big match. The next morning I went to his room and he told me not to worry. But I felt things were not right. (As a selector) I couldn’t take Dhoni’s words for granted, so I called up the then chief selector Sandeep Patil and told him the situation. Immediately, Parthiv Patel was sent in as a replacement. By evening, Parthiv had joined the team,” Prasad said.Prasad, himself a former India wicketkeeper, said he went back to Dhoni’s room in the evening and saw the then captain was struggling to sit upright in bed. Prasad was unsurprisingly worried as the team management had to submit the final team list 24 hours before the game. But Dhoni assured Prasad he would take the field.Despite the assurances, Prasad had stated to panic. He went back to Dhoni’s room late at night to find the skipper was not there.”Fortunately, I went to the top floor and I saw Dhoni was trying hard to walk towards the swimming pool.”He was literally crawling. Dhoni said he was trying to walk. I was thinking how could he even think of playing when he could barely walk. Dhoni looked at me and said, ‘don’t worry, you have anyway got Parthiv without telling me. So, you are safe.”Dhoni, of course, took the field, and led India to a commanding victory over the arch-rivals. India even went on to win the Asia Cup a few days later with the skipper playing a stellar role in the final against Bangladesh.
FIRST AFFILIATES JOIN TOUCH FOOTBALL AUSTRALIA Queensland has created history with two of their affiliates joining Touch Football Australia under the new Unitary Model of Management. A restructure of the sport in Australia has resulted in the affiliates (local competitions) becoming direct members of the national body. The new structure, recommended by an independent report produced in June 2004, is being implemented across Australia. Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association (BMTA) was the first affiliate in Australia to become part of the new body under the guidance of BMTA President Ken Willett, a member of the committee that drafted the new national constitution. Willet is delighted that BMTA is the first member, believing that in the coming weeks many other affiliates will see the benefits of joining Touch Football Australia as a direct member. “This move is a great step forward for Brisbane Metro and for the sport as a whole,” Willett said. John Fitzgerald from Berserkers Touch in Rockhampton (formerly Central Queensland University Touch) followed BMTA’s announcement by also announcing that their affiliate has signed on as a member of Touch Football Australia. TFA Chief Executive Officer, Kevin Thompson, believes that the restructure of TFA and the steps these affiliates have taken will benefit them greatly. “It is great to see that the local competitions appreciate the benefits of the new model and are signing up. The whole theme of the restructure is to reduce duplication and administration and to divert more resources to the grass roots. The players, officials and coaches in BMTA and Berserkers will be the first to benefit.” FOR MORE INFORMATION: If you would like to know more about the management restructure, the benefits for your affiliate or how to join, simply click here: INFORMATION ON AFFILIATION Or contact: Kevin Thompson Australian Touch Association Chief Executive Officer Ph: (02) 6285 2703
Ex-Tottenham boss Sherwood says Pochettino has no excuses for Cup shockby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood says Mauricio Pochettino has no excuses for their Carabao Cup dumping by Colchester.Colchester are the lowest-ranked team remaining in the competition, and stunned the football world by dumping Spurs out on penalties after a 0-0 draw.“I know the fans want to win a trophy, but not only that, the manager wants to as well,” Sherwood said.“So perhaps he will have said to Harry [Kane] yesterday ‘I’m not playing you, I’m not going to take you’, and Harry said ‘why not? I want to play, I want to win a trophy’.“It’s all about winning for these guys now.“He’s not picked a bad team there.“Look at Arsenal, look at Man City, look at the changes they made. The reason there isn’t many upsets anymore is because all the strong teams are so strong. They’re all international players throughout the squad.“They’ve got enough – Tottenham’s priority this season is to finish in the top four again, I believe they will do that, but they need to progress.“Progression would be some silverware, and they’ve one less option now.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say