Submitted by Thurston CountyOLYMPIA, Wash. – Renowned Washington state orchardist Gary Moulton will deliver an educational workshop focused on establishing orchards and growing healthy tree fruit 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at Washington State University Thurston County Extension, 5033 Harrison Ave. NW, Olympia.Participants interested in cider production or growing apples, pears, cherries and other tree fruit will learn about rootstock and cultivar selection, orchard layout development, soil fertility management and integrated pest management. Moulton, who has decades of experience in fruit horticulture and management, will also cover irrigation system setup, thinning and pruning techniques and harvest methods.Registration costs $70 and includes the workshop, morning refreshments and lunch. Register online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/357848.The workshop is open to all but geared toward individuals looking to establish commercial tree fruit operations and fruit processors wishing to learn more about the needs and challenges of tree fruit growers in western Washington, said Lucas Patzek, director of WSU Thurston County Extension.“The workshop was organized, in part, to respond to a growing interest in apple and pear hard ciders,” Patzek said. “There are 10 commercial cideries in Washington state, six of which are located west of the Cascades.”Moulton will take participants through a tasting of cider varietals to demonstrate how variety can impact flavor and mouthfeel, among other sensory qualities.WSU Thurston County Extension, Thurston Conservation District and the South Sound Fruit Society are workshop sponsors. Learn more about WSU’s tree fruit research and extension at http://www.tfrec.wsu.edu/. Facebook2Tweet0Pin0
When Clean Action Ocean began its annual beach Sweep in 1985, only 75 people participated. Last weekend thousands came to help clear tons of debris from 75 sites.During the group’s 27th Annual Spring Beach Sweep along the Jersey Shore volunteers removed and catalogued each piece of debris to document ongoing pollution issues. Robust crowds were reported up and down the coast.More than 1,200 volunteers attended the event in Sandy Hook and collected 8,705 pieces of plastic, 8,384 pieces of foam, 7,527 food wrappers, and 6,665 plastic caps and lids. Volunteers also picked up 94 six-pack holders, 141 shotgun shells, 45 shoes, and 564 plastic utensils. Dog tags, lottery tickets, a solar panel, plastic strawberries and hair rollers were also collected.“Human trash is now found on every shoreline in the world and throughout the global ocean,” said Cindy Zipf, executive director of the organization. “Human trash not only makes beaches ugly, it maims and kills marine life. We must do more to reduce plastic pollution and Beach Sweeps are one way citizens can help and their response is inspiring… People love the beach and ocean and are proud of the real Jersey Shore.”The data collected will be combined with data collected during the Fall Beach Sweep in October, and then analyzed and presented in an annual report. These annual reports identify pollution problems, educate citizens on the types and quantities of debris, aid legislators in passing and enforcing laws to protect the marine environment, and contribute to local and international efforts to combat marine pollution. Clean Ocean Action released the 2011 Annual Beach Sweep last week (available at www.cleanoceanaction.org).“The Beach Sweeps helps to raise public awareness about how debris enters the marine environment, as well as the types, quantities, and sources of marine debris,” said Tavia Danch, Clean Action Ocean’s education coordinator for pollution prevention.“Volunteers are encouraged to make the connection between what they are removing from the beach and their everyday decisions, such as the consumerism of single-use plastics. Volunteers learned, first- hand, the negative impacts of single-use plastics on the coastal environment, in addition to the small changes they can make in their everyday lives to prevent pollution,” added Danch.To learn more about the Beach Sweeps and Clean Ocean Action, call 732-872-0111 or visit www.cleanoceanaction.org.
Defending champion Saina Nehwal inched closer to a third successive Indonesian Open Super Series badminton title after advancing to the finals with a three-game triumph over Chinese Taipei’s Shao Chieh Cheng in Jakarta on Saturday.The fourth-seeded Indian won 21-14 14-21 21-17 in a 45-minute battle against giant-killer Cheng, who had created quite a flutter by upstaging top seed Shixian Wang and seventh seed Xin Liu earlier in the tournament.The opening game was fought on even keel before Saina reeled off seven successive points to nose ahead.The 21-year-old Indian lost the momentum in the second game as Cheng drew level with more net winners than Saina’s.The third game was a closer affair but Cheng didn’t have a reply to Saina’s 11 smash winners, which sealed the game and the match for her.- With PTI inputs
World Cup FIFA national team eligibility: Rules, players who have switched & everything you need to know Ryan Kelly Last updated 1 year ago 17:30 2/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty World Cup European Championship Copa America Africa Cup of Nations Goal breaks down the sometimes confusing world of FIFA eligibility rules, including some of those players who have changed national teams FIFA national team eligibility has become something of a talking point in recent years as players exercise their right to change the association for which they play.There have been many high-profile examples of players who have switched to one association after coming through the ranks of another.In some cases, players have even lined out for a national team at senior level before deciding to move to another, infuriating and frustrating some fans in the process. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player It is a feature of modern-day football, but the rules governing the issue can be quite confusing. Luckily, Goal is here to break it down for you.Contents1. What are the rules?2. How can a player switch teams?3. Players who have switched4. What is the ‘Granny Rule’?What are the FIFA eligibility rules for national teams?The rules for national team eligibility are clearly laid out in FIFA’s statutes. Specifically, Articles 5-8 of the Regulations Governing the Application of the Statutes are concerned with the topic.Principle of national team eligibility The general principle, in Article 5.1, states: “Any person holding a permanent nationality that is not dependent on residence in a certain country is eligible to play for the representative teams of the association of that country.”Article 5.2 adds that: “…any player who has already participated in a match (either in full or in part) in an official competition of any category or any type of football for one association may not play an international match for a representative team of another association.”However, it must be noted that there is an exception – explained in Article 8 (see next section), which allows certain players to change association – stick with us.Nationalities that cover multiple national teamsSome nationalities can, theoretically, permit a player to play for more than one representative association. For example, in the United Kingdom there are four ‘home nations’ – England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – but only one nationality applies to those teams: British.There are a number of nationalities that cover more than one national team, some of which you can see in the table below. Nationality National teams American United States, American Samoa, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico British England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, Turks and Caicos Islands Chinese China PR, Hong Kong, Macau Danish Denmark, Faroe Islands French France, Gaudeloupe, Reunion, Tahiti Dutch Netherlands, Aruba, Curacao New Zealander New Zealand, Cook Islands However, if you have one of these nationalities, it is not simply a case of being able to pick and choose which team you wish to play for; a player must meet certain criteria. Article 6 deals with such cases as follows:”A player who, under the terms of art. 5, is eligible to represent more than one association on account of his nationality, may play in an international match for one of these associations only if, in addition to having the relevant nationality, he fulfils at least one of the following conditions:a) He was born on the territory of the relevant association;b) His biological mother or biological father was born on the territory of the relevant association;c) His grandmother or grandfather was born on the territory of the relevant association;d) He has lived continuously on the territory of the relevant association for at least two years.”As you can see from Article 6.1, a player must either be born in a country, have biological ties to the country or have lived in the country for a certain period of time.Interestingly, Article 6.2 states that: “…associations sharing a common nationality may make an agreement under which item (d) of par. 1 of this article is deleted completely or amended to specify a longer time limit. Such agreements shall be lodged with and approved by the Council.” The four British ‘home nations’ have recently opted to delete this item.Assuming a new nationalityArticle 7 deals with players who assume a new nationality in order to play for a national team and it uses the mostly the same criteria as Article 6.1, with only item (d) differing. In Article 7, the condition in item (d) says that a player will be eligible to play for a representative team if he has “lived continuously for at least five years after reaching the age of 18 on the territory of the relevant association.”How to switch national teams If a player wishes to change national teams, they must observe Article 8 of the Regulations. Only players who have: more than one nationality; acquired a new nationality; or are eligible to represent more than one association due to their nationality can change national team.Article 8.1. explains that such individuals may “only once” request to change their national team association, subject to the following conditions:”a) He has not played a match (either in full or in part) in an official competition at “A” international level for his current association, and at the time of his first full or partial appearance in an international match in an official competition for his current association, he already had the nationality of the representative team for which he wishes to play.b) He is not permitted to play for his new association in any competition in which he has already played for his previous association.”In short, that means a change cannot occur if a player has been capped at senior international level in a competitive international match, such as a World Cup qualifier. Senior friendlies, therefore, are not deemed sufficient to tie a player to an association.In order to make a change of association, a player must “submit a written, substantiated request” to the FIFA general secretariat and the governing body’s Players Status Committee make a decision on that request. Once a request has been filed, a player is not eligible to play for any national team until all the paperwork has been processed. Per Article 8.2, in the exceptional circumstance of a player, who has played for a national team, permanently losing his nationality without his consent or against his will, a request can be made to change association to another association for which he has nationality. An example of where this may apply is the break-up of a previously united, singular state.What players have switched national teams? The practice of playing for more than one national team has been in operation for decades, but FIFA have sought to make it more structured in recent years, thus minimising the risk of cynical exploitation.Some of the most famous players in the history of football have donned the colours of a number of different national teams. Alfredo di Stefano, famously, played for Argentina, Colombia and Spain, while Ferenc Puskas represented both Hungary and Spain.More recently, Diego Costa’s switch from Brazil to Spain caused a stir, while England were left reeling when they lost Wilfried Zaha to Ivory Coast.The table below shows a collection of modern-day players who have played for one association (sometimes at senior level) before switching to another association. Player Original association Switched to Kevin Prince Boateng Germany Ghana Nacer Chadli Morocco Belgium Diego Costa Brazil Spain Faouzi Ghoulam France Algeria Jonathan Gonzalez USA Mexico Jack Grealish Republic of Ireland England James McClean Northern Ireland Republic of Ireland Thiago Motta Brazil Italy Taulant Xhaka Switzerland Albania Wilfried Zaha England Ivory Coast Interestingly, there are examples of brothers from the same family lining out for different national teams.Jerome Boateng (Germany) and Kevin Prince Boateng (Ghana) are one such pair. Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka plays for Switzerland and came up against his brother Taulant, who plays for Albania, at Euro 2016.Given the nature of global society, there are lots of examples of players with more than one nationality and there are often debates in certain countries about who could have line out for them.France’s 1998 World Cup-winning team is often cited as an example of multiculturalism in football, with the likes of Patrick Vieira and Marcel Desailly born in Senegal and Ghana respectively, while Zinedine Zidane’s parents emigrated to France from Algeria.What is the ‘Granny Rule’? To be clear, there is no official rule in FIFA’s statutes called the ‘Granny Rule’.The term is an informal reference to the parts of FIFA’s regulations (Articles 6 and 7) which indicate that a player’s ancestry (parents and grandparents) can potentially allow them to play for a national representative team.It has been widely used in sports media and the term endures in the present day, but it is very much a colloquialism.
It was a big weekend of Touch Football in Tasmania, with the 2013 Club Championships and Schools Championships taking place in Devonport. Club ChampionshipsThe 2013 Club Championships, although a northern based event, were extremely well supported this year by Southern Touch clubs with the Pirates taking the Men’s Division One title, the Condors taking out the Mixed and the Pirates being named the overall Club Champions.The Men’s division was well fought with the mostly young Launceston-based Sharks boys pushing the Pirates all the way. The Pirates came out on top in a fiery Grand Final, but certainly had to work for their 9-7 victory.Sharks veteran Jon Harmey was awarded the Player of the Final, and with 15 touchdowns for the day and a dominating display across the event, the Pirates’ Jez Edwards was named an unmatched Player of the Series.The Men’s three versus four play-off again was well contested by two Devonport Men’s teams with the favoured Unicorns defeating the Cobras 5-3.Once again, there was a great mix of youth and experience in both teams, with the DTA showing signs of better things to come when State Cup rolls around.The Mixed event was also well contested, with the Southern Touch Condors team proving too strong at the end of the day for the Grasscutters and winning the Grand Final 10-6.Once again the DTA showed a great spirit in competing in this event, with a growing strength in Mixed Touch, due partly to a great Mixed competition held regularly in their region.Sam Williams led the Condors well in the Grand Final and was rewarded with the Player of the Final award, with fellow teammate Nat Curtis taking out the female Player of the Series, and Grasscutter Tom Gardiner awarded the male Player of the Series.Southern Referee Klaire Carrick continued the great day for Southern members, being awarded the Referee of the Tournament.Schools ChampionshipsAlthough Riverside High School has once again shown their dominance at the junior event, they didn’t have it all their own way this year.The Boys 9/10 division was a fantastic division with all teams pushing each other in every game, and winning results changing from rounds to finals.The inclusion of Don College this year just strengthened the competition and after Reece High defeated the Riverside boys in the round game, Riverside hit back in the elimination final to put themselves in a great position to take on the undefeated Devonport High boys in the Grand Final and to replay the final from the last Schools Champs event.Whilst the game continued to be tight throughout, the Devonport High team were just too tough and took out the game 11-7.Devonport High’s Bailey Charleston was name the Player of the Final, with Riverside’s Mackenzie Nason taking out the Player of the Series.The 9/10 Girls was also a strong event, with great representation from the Devonport schools.The Riverside High girls experienced showed, with their ability to manage their seven players through the event to an 8-0 Grand Final win.Emily Nason was the stand out in a very classy Riverside team winning both the Player of the Final and Player of the Series awards.The Boys and Girls 7/8 divisions were extremely tough for all who came up against the incredible strength of both Riverside High teams.The girls completed their day with an 18-0 win over the Reece Flying Pigs and the boys winning 16-1 again over the Reece High school team.As would be expected, the Riverside players took away all of the individual awards with Amelia Bransden named as Player of the Final, and Alice Robinson the Player of the Series for the girls, and Toby Bott Player of the Final and Jacob Boyd Player of the Series for the boys.One of the highlights of the day was seeing the amount of Primary School students having so much fun participating in this event.The Exeter Primary girls took out the best of three series against an ever improving Riverside Primary Team, with Exeter’s Montana Wakeford being named Player of the Series.The boys division was a great standard and no doubt all have learnt so much over the day to take back to their schools and clubs.The Riverside 6’s were too big and too strong for the Exeter Primary boys winning their Grand Final 8-0.With the younger Riverside boys also competing so well in this division, Riverside Primary is looking like being a force for some time.Jock Goodyer from the Riverside 6’s was named the Player of the Final, with his team mate Rakesh Dave awarded the Player of the Series.Riverside Primary narrowly defeated Exeter Primary to be awarded the Primary School Champions.Devonport referee Britt Gibson was awarded the Referee of the Tournament with Exeter Girls coach (and Exeter Coordinator) James Edmunds awarded the Coach of the Tournament.To view photos of the weekend, please visit the Touch Football Tasmania Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Touch-Football-Tasmania/209283589096471?fref=ts Related LinksBig Weekend in TAS!
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Agent: Barcelona pushed hard to sign Man Utd defender Victor Lindelofby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona were keen on Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof this summer, says his agent.Lindelof’s agent – Hasan Cetinkaya – has claimed that Barcelona ‘s interest in his client intensified after Juventus won the race to sign Dutch starlet Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax. “Victor Nilsson Lindelöf was perhaps Manchester United’s best player last season and with that comes interest from clubs who are better on the pitch right now,” he told Sport Bladet after the Swede penned new terms last week. “When Mathijs De Ligt chose Juventus, Victor became Barcelonas first choice. His play style, his DNA is very close to the way Barcelona plays.”He’s one of the best center backs on his feet and Barcelona wanted him. That was it. I can talk openly about that now.”His agent claimed he attempted to push through a move to Spain but United were unwilling to sanction the deal.He added: “They contacted Ed Woodward multiples times with concrete offers. I met with their head of transfers Matt Judge to try and get a deal through.”But they said ‘There is no way. Victor is one of our best players’.”
Leicester midfielder Praet insists they’re going for Europeby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City midfielder Dennis Praet insists they’re going for Europe this season.The Foxes are third in the Premier League table after seven matches, only behind Liverpool and Manchester City.He said, “We are trying to force European football.”That is what we are aiming for. It is going very well now, but there are teams behind us who will return and must do so, such as Tottenham and Arsenal.”We are enthusiastic and bring good football. European football is our goal and that would be a great step for Leicester.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
She further informed that a partnership is being developed with the Diaspora to develop a comprehensive sustainable development plan to transform the Granville/Pitfour/Retirement District into a sustainable township in collaboration with the St. James Parish Development Committee.“The transformation will be driven by entrepreneurship, small business development and agriculture, underpinned by skills training, mentorship and the inculcation of values and attitudes,” she said. CONTACT: ANDREA BRAHAM State Minister for Industry, Investment and Commerce, and Member of Parliament for West Central St. James, Hon. Sharon Ffolkes Abrahams, is pushing to increase the level of entrepreneurial skills in her constituency.Mrs. Ffolkes Abrahams reported during her Sectoral presentation in the House of Representatives on June 25, that some 105 budding and existing entrepreneurs have been receiving training through the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) and should be graduating soon.“Utilising the expertise of the Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC), we have trained constituents in areas such as business management, ethics and marketing,” she informed, noting that the first training sessions were held in April 2013.“I believe that small business and entrepreneurship is the answer to growth and development in our economy. I believe in empowering persons to help themselves, and they in turn, will help their families and their communities,” she stated.Mrs. Ffolkes Abrahams also informed that the Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College will be utilised as a centre of literacy and continuous learning, while a facility for centre for entrepreneurship will be created in Mount Salem.“My aim is to increase the level of entrepreneurial skills in the constituency and provide a programme to continuously enhance the capabilities of residents in the various communities of West Central, St. James,” she said.
Deutsche Telekom-backed Greek telco OTE has struck a deal to sell its entire stake in Telekom Albania to Bulgarian telco Vivacom’s major shareholder and an Albanian-Bulgarian investor partner.OTE will sell its Telekom Albania stake to Albania Telecom Invest AD €50 million. The Bulgarian investment vehicle is controlled by viva com controlling shareholder Spas Roussey and Albanian-Bugarian investor Elvin Guri.The transaction is expected to close in the first half of next year, subject to regulatory approval and financing.“The sale of Telekom Albania concludes the successful investment in Albania for OTE Group. It is a strategic decision, in the context of OTE Group’s redefined priorities and growth plans, in order to create value for all shareholders and support sustainable development,” said OTE’s chairman and CEO, Michael Tsamaz.“I would like to thank Telekom Albania’s management and employees for the company’s accomplishments to date, as well as for their sound cooperation with OTE Group. The acquisition of the company by a strong and entrepreneurial investment group ensures its growth and creates the conditions to further strengthen its market position”.Telekom Albania, originally known as Albanian Mobile Telecommunications, adopted the Telekom brand of its Deutsche Telekom-backed sister companies across Europe in 2015. The telco was originally created as a state-owned mobile operator in 1995. The company entered the fixed-line business in 2011, becoming the second fixed-line operator after Albtelecom.
AILEACH ROADDS BRIAN ROADDURKAN CONDEMNS THOSE BEHIND BRUTAL DERRY GUN ATTACKFOYLE MLAMark H DurkanPSNIRINGFORT ROADSDLP SDLP Foyle MLA Mark H Durkan has condemned those behind a gun attack in the Ballymagroarty area of Derry that happened in broad daylight on Boxing.Police believe it was a paramilitary shooting carried out by violent dissident republicans.Mr Durkan said: “I unequivocally condemn those behind this brutal attack in our community, especially during the Christmas period and season of goodwill.“My thoughts are with the man who was injured in this disgraceful attack and his family at this difficult time.“There remains a group of individuals who defy the will of this community for peace. “Those who have brought violence onto our streets need to understand, and they need to be made to understand, that they represent no one and have attacked all of us.“I would urge anyone with information to get in touch with the PSNI or with Crimestoppers.“We need to take back our communities from these people. That can only be done if people volunteer information.”Investigating officers say that an altercation between two men took place in the Aileach Road area of the city, shortly before 2.30 pm on Boxing Day. Detective Sergeant Brian Reid said: “We would like to hear from anyone who was in the area close to the Ringfort Road roundabout on the Aileach Road around this time and saw what happened.“It was reported that a man who was carrying a yellow plastic bag was shot in the leg by a second man.“The assailant made off on foot, carrying what we believe was a handgun.“The victim was able to walk to a nearby church where he contacted police.“We believe this was a paramilitary-style shooting and although the man’s injuries are not life-threatening, this was a brutal attack and yet another example of how criminal groups seek to control communities through fear and violence.“Anyone with information about this crime or who may be able to help identify the perpetrator should contact detectives at Strand Road on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 619 of26/12/17.“Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”DURKAN CONDEMNS THOSE BEHIND BRUTAL DERRY GUN ATTACK was last modified: December 27th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet