George Zimmerman files $100M lawsuit against Trayvon Martin’s family and Florida prosecutors

first_imgBCFC/iStock(POLK COUNTY, Fla.) — George Zimmerman, the Sanford, Florida, neighborhood watch volunteer who was acquitted for the murder of Trayvon Martin in 2012, and his lawyer have filed a $100 million lawsuit against prosecutors, Martin’s family, their attorney and a book publisher for allegations that one of the trial’s key witnesses was “an imposter.”Zimmerman’s civil attorney Larry Klayman filed the multi-million lawsuit in Polk County Circuit Court in Florida.Klayman alleges in the 36-page lawsuit that Martin’s parents Sybrina Ford and Tracy Martin as well as their attorney Ben Crump falsely inserted Rachel Jeantel into the case after the Sanford Police Department closed the investigation in March 2012 as “self-defense.”The lawsuit claims then 18-year-old Jeantel was “an imposter and fake witness” and the catalyst to get Zimmerman arrested and charged with the murder of Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman was cleared of all charges after the weeks-long televised trial.“Defendants, each and every one of them, as individuals and through their employment and agencies, have worked in concert to deprive Zimmerman of his constitutional and other related legal rights,” according to the lawsuit.Trayvon Martin was walking back to his father’s house on Feb. 26, 2012, after purchasing Skittles and a beverage from a nearby 7-Eleven. The now 36-year-old Zimmerman, who is half white and Hispanic, testified at the murder trial that he was suspicious of 17-year-old Martin, who was walking in the Twin Lakes community wearing a hoodie and talking on a cellphone. Trayvon Martin was unarmed.Klayman, who founded the nonprofit watchdog organization Judicial Watch, alleges that Jeantel’s half-sister Brittany Diamond Eugene was actually on the phone during the deadly encounter and later “coached” Jeantel on how to testify, according to the lawsuit. He said these allegations partly stem from newly discovered evidence in the upcoming film “The Trayvon Hoax: Unmasking the Witness Fraud that Divided America” from director Joel Gilbert.Crump responded to the lawsuit in a statement, saying, “This tale defies all logic, and it’s time to close the door on these baseless imaginings. This plaintiff continues to display a callous disregard for everyone but himself, revictimizing individuals whose lives were shattered by his own misguided actions. He would have us believe that he is the innocent victim of a deep conspiracy, despite the complete lack of any credible evidence to support his outlandish claims.”He added, “I have every confidence that this unfounded and reckless lawsuit will be revealed for what it is – another failed attempt to defend the indefensible and a shameless attempt to profit off the lives and grief of others.”Other named defendants in the lawsuit include Eugene, current and former Florida prosecutors Bernie de la Rionda, John Guy, Angela Corey, The State of Florida and Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). Klayman alleges that all parties “either have known about or should have known about the witness fraud, obstructed justice, or lied repeatedly under oath in order to cover up their knowledge of the witness fraud.”HarperCollins Publishers LLC. was also named as a defendant for publishing Crump’s book in October 2019 with defamatory claims against Zimmerman, according to the lawsuit.FDLE has not been served the lawsuit, a spokesperson told ABC News. Request for comment from the other defendants were not immediately returned.The Florida Bar criticized Klayman for posting the lawsuit on his website without redacting the addresses of the defendants and other charges, according to the complaint obtained by ABC News. Klayman has not returned ABC News’ request for comment.Since Zimmerman’s acquittal, he has attempted to sell the gun he used to kill Trayvon Martin, sold confederate artwork to raise money for a supposed “Muslim free gun store” and pleaded no contest for threatening and harassing a private investigator who reached out to him to see if he would participate in a film about the 2012 shooting.Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, became a prominent member of the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of her son’s death and has said that her son’s memory lives on as part of the movement along with several unarmed black people who were killed by law enforcement.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Sales volume targeted as top estate agents head to Queensland for AREC conference

first_imgRay White sales director Sonya Treloar is a guest speaker at the Australasian Real Estate Conference on the Gold Coast next month. Picture: supplied.INCREASED transparency will help boost seller confidence in a changing market and is a key to increasing sales volumes in 2019, the Australasian Real Estate Conference will hear.Ray White Bridgeman Downs sales director, Sonya Treloar, will address the national conference for property industry professionals on the Gold Coast next month.She said agencies can also contribute to the sales volumes push, by “layering up” within the company. Investor surge tipped if Labor wins election >>>FOLLOW THE COURIER-MAIL REAL ESTATE TEAM ON FACEBOOK<<< The Australasian Real Estate Conference at the Gold Coast Convention Centre, Broadbeach. Picture: Jerad Williams.Ms Treloar said AREC was a major event on the national real estate industry calendar, used widely as a tool to sharpen skills and work together to grow the housing market by better supporting buyers and sellers.“The market is changing, and that is positive, it is new. I believe in listening and helping ourselves and teaching ourselves, listening to other agents about how to process stock and communicate to buyers and sellers.”The 22nd AREC will be held at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre from June 2-3. CoreLogic property data shows the number of Australian capital city properties that went to auction in the second week of May dropped 46.9 per cent, from 2279 last year to 1210 this year. There’s not as many houses going to auction but the paddles are still getting a workout.Ms Treloar said the number of buyers in the marketplace was also down, however those currently looking were more likely to be finance-approved, serious shoppers.“You only need one buyer to buy a house,” she said.And almost half are coming from interstate or overseas.“I just sold a property in Aspley to a UK couple who had never seen the property,” she said.“We worked via phone or email and they just purchased the property.”With eight and a half years selling property in Brisbane’s northwest, Ms Treloar has moved from rookie agent to property adviser who last year sold 143 properties worth $104 million. Internally, she said agencies need to focus on sales volume over price.“We can’t change the sale price in a suburb, but we can change the amount of properties we sell so volume will outweighs sales price,” she said.One way to do this is by ‘layering up’.“We each have lanes, and I stay in my lane and I have my client manager and administrator and we each have specific tasks.“And then we layer more stock in and more stock out and communicate and have the resources and processes in place to give every seller the level of service that we commit to them from the initial signing to working with every buyer and matching them up with a home.”To ensure this level of service, Ms Treloar said prospective sellers should ask three questions before settling on an agent to sell their house.“You need to ask for current data on testimonials from the buyers and sellers to validate the sales,” she said.“Ask to see what communication you will receive, do they speak to you after every inspection.“And then ask to see evidence of the sales they’ve made.” Thor’s haven Australia’s most expensive town MORE REAL ESTATE STORIES Ray White’s Sonya Treloar sold this property at 51 Linkwood Drive, Ferny Hills for $750,000 after 26 days on the market.Most buyers have been local, however 32 per cent have come from interstate and 12 per cent from overseas.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours ago“I have Chinese and Indian speaking agents in my office to communicate with our clients and we obviously have email, Instagram, paper, print and online to help us.”She said a seller’s price expectations are sometimes beyond what the market is prepared to pay, and agents should communicate this to the seller in a transparent way.“You can’t sugar coat information,” she said.“A seller loves their home, their home is their castle, their expectations are above what the market is prepared to pay.“To do our job well is to help give all that information to the seller, to inform the client what the market is saying about their property.” Buyers go wild for the westlast_img read more

Lake Worth man accused of molesting teen after luring him with work offer

first_imgOfficials have arrested a 52-year-old Lake Worth man who reportedly molested a teen after luring the teen into his work truck with an offer to pay him cash to help do yard work.The incident occurred on on July 6th as the teen and his friend were walking towards N Street in Lake Worth.According to the report, Osvaldo Vicente approached the two teens in what appeared to be a landscaper’s work truck and offered the teens money to help cut grass and pick up trash at a home a block away from where they were walking.The two teens agreed, however, that’s when Vicente reportedly told the teens that he could only take one of them. The oldest of the teens agreed to go with him and jumped in the vehicle.Vicentre began driving however, the teen became alarmed with the situation when he noticed that they were headed towards Interstate 95. The teen then asked where they were headed and that’s when Vicentre reportedly began smooth-talking the teen and touching him inappropriately. Vicentre drove south on Interstate 95 towards an exit in Delray. Once the vehicle stopped the teen jumped out and ran to a gas station for help.Vicentre was eventually located on Saturday arrested.He is now facing kidnapping and child molestation charges.Authorities believe that Vicentre may have had more Victims and are asking for anyone who believes they may have been a victim to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-458-TIPS.last_img read more

Job 1 for Raiders’ Gruden: Revive competitive spirit

first_imgFor complete Oakland Raiders coverage follow us on Flipboard.ALAMEDA — During the Raiders’ lone open locker room opportunity during a painful bye week, wide receivers Amari Cooper and Seth Roberts appeared briefly, but were unavailable because they are in the league’s concussion protocol.In a general sense, the Raiders as a team Tuesday were dealing with being knocked out, and coach Jon Gruden’s ability or inability to get 53 men back on their feet will chart the course for the rest of the …last_img

Live Blog: Google’s Android Press Gathering

first_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Purchasing all done in the store – no need to go to the physical store. Q&A11:00 a.m.Question: Why only such a small amount of space for app storage?Answer: Soon, you will be able to store apps on SD cardsQuestion: Will it ship today?Answer: Yes.Question: Is this an iPhone killer?Answer: Choice is a good thing.Question: Whose inventory will the phone come from? What will you do to make the App Store more well-known?Answer: Unlocked phone comes from Google. Regarding the Android Market: Marketing for Nexus One and new Web Store will be essentially online. Focused on making the store better.Question: Why was it necessary for Google to design the phone? Why not just have an HTC phone that runs Android?Answer: Google didn’t design the phone – HTC did. Google is just the retailer and worked mostly on the software. Question: What would convinces somebody to buy a $530 phone?Answer: That’s choice at work. “This is the early stages of a longer journey.”Question: Google isn’t known for being a retailer.Answer: “We shouldn’t focus on retailing.” Google wants to offer a complete solution and give consumers choice. Retail part is very important but just another channel – not a channel that will replace other channels.Question: What’s the revenue opportunity for Google?Answer: These super-phones are great for accessing the Internet and that’s where our business is. Hardware sales are not the big deal – just wants to get more people on the mobile web. “If you want the best possible Google experience you come to the store and get the device.”Question: Will it support tethering?Answer: In future versions. Not a strategic issue but just something Google needs to implement.Question: Is the physical keyboard dead? Will Google start to sell more products online?Answer (from HTC): We offer lots of different phones and people can choose what best fits for them. This design is focused on the form-factor and screen. HTC offers other devices for “keyboard-lovers”. From Google: The new voice input works very well and Google will soon offer other devices as well.Question: Will other counties support multi-touch on the Nexus One?Answer: It’s a software thing. “We’ll consider it.”Question: When will Google Voice launch publicly? What about the other phones that are coming soon? Will something awesomer come next month?Answer: Other manufacturers will add more devices. “If you need a great phone today – the Nexus is a great phone.” (Nothing about Google Voice in the answer.)Question: Google wants to do revolutionary stuff? What’s revolutionary about this phone? Why does Google get behind this phone if it’s pretty average? Why not revolutionize the pricing structure with an ad-supported phone?Answer: This is a baby step. Let’s get the store going and then we can see what comes up in the future.Question: Will people be able to check out the phone in retail store?Answer: We want this to remain pure and simple. Marketing this online-only and selling online-only.Question: What’s the difference between a super-phone and a regular smartphone?Answer: The big differentiator is the openness of the app store. This is as powerful as your laptop was a year ago.Question: Question for Motorola: Will the Nexus One cannibalize sales of the Droid?Answer: We try to deliver the best products we can. Will upgrade software on the Droid.Question: Why does Google feel the need to change the way phones are bought? What’s broken about the current system?Answer: We are trying to optimize efficiencies. Just like web store revolutionized the way you buy a camera, Google wants to do the same thing for phones. After there are enough phones out there, you can experience it through using somebody else’s. Marketing just increases prices.Sidenote about partners: We would love to sell for Verizon and Vodafone right now – just have to integrate the IT.Question: What can users expect in terms of software upgrades? Users never really know what phone will get the upgrade.Answer: HTC wants to upgrade all of its phones (nothing specific). Google argues that some phones simply don’t have the hardware capabilities for the upgrade. The intention is to make sure everybody gets some kind of future-proof hardware that can get upgrades for a certain amount of time. From Motorola: Intention to upgrade the device to the best software that the hardware can run. Not every device supports the 3D capabilities of Android 2.1, for example. Backward compatibility slows down innovation.Question: Will Verizon get unlocked phones?Answer: Unlocked phones are a problem with CDMA phones. Will only be sold with Verizon plan.Question: Will you port Google Voice to the iPhone or will you suppress this to give Android an advantage?Answer: Google Voice team isn’t opposed to having its app run on other platforms.Question: Didn’t Google say it won’t do a phone?Answer: We don’t do hardware.11:43 a.m.: And that wraps up today’s live blog. Thanks for reading! 130 grams – 11.5 mm thickSensors: light sensor, proximity sensor.5 megapixel cameraNew for Android: active noise cancellation – using two microphones.10:29 a.m. Google will offer custom engraving (just like the iPhone…)“With this hardware, we think we have half of the story. It’s the combination of hardware and software that makes this such a great phone.” No surprise: Nexus One will come with Android 2.110:31 a.m. New features in 2.1: CustomizationMore homescreen panels – more widgetsExample: weather widget: knows where you are from GPSGoogle expects to see more widgets from 3rd-party developersShowing live wallpapers. 10:35 a.m.3D capabilities of the Nexus One and Android 2.1App launcher: new twist – 3D scroll-wheel – icons sit on a 3D wheel instead of a flat pageNew photo gallery – written with CoolIris A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Everything scrolls smoothly – quite impressive. Looks just like CoolIris on the desktop.Features background sync with Picasa Web Albums10:39 a.m. Voice Commands In 2.0: Voice queries (“directions to nearest Ikea”)In 2.1: Every text field is now voice-enabled.Voice recognition learns every time you speak a query.10:42 a.m. Sneak peek at Google Earth for AndroidAlso voice-enabled.Clearly making good use of the fast processor. Everything scrolls very smoothly.Buying the Phone: Google Hosted Web Store10:45 a.m. How to buy the phone?Google will sell the phone in its own web store.Keeping it simple: buy phone without service ($529) – or with service from partners (T-Mobile $179).For now, T-Mobile only. But: “Expect to add more carriers and hardware in the future.”Verizon Wireless and Vodofone will join the program.Web Store10:49 a.m. Demoing the Store 10:00 a.m. As usual, the event is running a bit late. 10:06 a.m. Getting started. VP of Product Development takes the stage to talk about the Open Handset Alliance.“We will unveil the next generation of the evolution of Android today.” Google is holding a press event to showcase the new Nexus One and possibly some other mobile innovations today. We already know quite a few details about the phone itself, but hopefully Google will also have a few surprises up its sleeve. The press conference should get under way at 10 a.m. PST and we will live blog the event here. We will post updates as they happen. Keep reloading this page to see the latest news. Related Posts center_img Tags:#news#web Thirteen new members will join the OHC – including: NEC, China Telecom and Freescale.Recapping the history of Android hardware (G1, myTouch, Droid)10:10 a.m. “A year ago we had 1 device, now we have 20 devices on 59 carriers.”Google wants to prevent fragmentation – talking about compatibility test suite.“Android today is about getting more users onto the mobile web.” Android users search the web over 30-times more on Android than on feature phones.From the beginning, Android was always about being developer friendly.Talking about being able to multi-task (a subtle swipe at the iPhone?)The Next Step in the Android Evolution10:15 a.m. “We are only in the early stages of the evolution of Android.” Volume and variety of Android devices has exceeded Google’s expectations. “But we want to do more.” Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 10:54 a.m. RecapFirst phone of a series of phone – more operators, devices and countries coming in the future.Showing demo video right now. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Wants to work closer with hardware partners to showcase the software.Announcing the Nexus One“Where Web Meets Phone”10:18 a.m. Google calls this a new category of phones: “super-phones”On stage now: Peter Chou, CEO of HTC.Talking up the Nexus One: “The Nexus One is one of the best designs from HTC.” Outstanding display, fast processor. “It pushes the limits of what is possible on a mobile phone today.”Chou leaves the stage after posing with the phone…10:22 a.m. In depth look at Nexus OneErik Tseng takes the stage to demo the phone.Hardware: 3.7 inch AMOLED display – WVGA. “Deep contrast and brilliant colours.”1 GHz processor – fast processor = less slowdowns.Trackball works as notifications tool. Will pulse when you get new messages. frederic lardinoislast_img read more

‘Australian cricketers beat the Indians as much on the field as in the mind’

first_imgOn the wall in the Australian dressing room can be found a sheet of paper on which players are invited to write anything that might help their team’s cause. Since taking charge as captain, Steve Waugh has shown a determination to open the minds of his players to the past,,On the wall in the Australian dressing room can be found a sheet of paper on which players are invited to write anything that might help their team’s cause. Since taking charge as captain, Steve Waugh has shown a determination to open the minds of his players to the past, as symbolised by the caps worn in Sydney, to the community and to Australian sportsmen in other disciplines.As the rain fell on the first day in Sydney a marathon runner called Pat Farmer was invited into the Australian dressing room. Farmer had recently completed a run around the coast of this enormous country and was accordingly awarded a lap of honour. Justin Langer brought him to the rooms and asked him to talk about his experiences.After he had spoken, Farmer was invited to write something on the sheet. He wrote, “There is no greater force on earth than your own personal will. If you want to do something, anything, you will find a way. And if you don’t you’ll find an excuse. Never, ever give up.”Langer used these words of inspiration during a lengthy innings that began in disarray and ended with a commanding display of strokes. This was typical of Australian cricket. Find the motivation, find the means, tap the strength. Survive. Prosper. Overcome.Another picture from the same match, the sight of Ajit Agarkar nodding to the bowler after he had survived his first ball in the second innings. It was an understandable reaction because already his innings had outlasted its predecessors. Nonetheless it was a concession.advertisementAgarkar was joining the widespread amusement at his predicament. His approach was that of a man pleased to negotiate that ball and not expecting to be around much longer. It gave the impression of a broke man playing for a broken team. And these Australians can sniff blood.Ajit Agarkar: Aggression yes, discipline noAgarkar fell next ball, drawn into an indiscretion by some malevolent spirit. He had also bowled badly. Abandoning the lessons of his upbringing, ignoring the advice of his mentors, he tried to send down bumpers and yorkers and was aghast as they turned into juicy deliveries duly despatched by his opponents.Agarkar had wanted to capture the spirit of Australian cricket, tried to bring it into his own game. But he had misunderstood. The Australians talk a lot about aggression and so forth but they play tight and disciplined cricket.More than any team around, except possibly South Africa, they respect the basics of the game, batting with a sound technique and bowling a line and length. As much can be told from studying the work of Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne.McGrath hardly every bowls down the leg side, he bowls to his field. Warne nags like a drinker’s wife and only loses control when he tries something unusual. Against opponents he respects, the leg-spinner tightens his game.Even a firebrand like Brett Lee bowls within parameters. His bumper was intended to push the batsman backwards and is followed by an intense attack on the stumps. Agarkar had not seen this. He had seen only the specialities and not the substance.Agarkar is a proud cricketer who lost his way. Even the mighty Sachin Tendulkar mislaid his mind in Sydney, playing a blaze of strokes and arguing with umpires about trivialities. Rahul Dravid was a shadow of his former self and seemed unsurprised to lose his wicket cheaply.The Australians had taken him apart. Before the series began Warne said he’d detected a weakness. They preyed upon his mind, refused to show him any respect. Perhaps Dravid’s self-esteem suffered. In fact it was a compliment. The Australians were only pretending. They hold him in high regard.Champions work that way, throwing opponents off their game. Anil Kumble bowled slower as the series went on in an attempt to take more wickets. It was a mistake. It was also part of the Australian trick of turning opponents upon themselves.In the first Test they set out to disrupt India’s opening pair, knowing the disarray it would cause. They succeeded. Sadagopan Ramesh and Devang Gandhi did not bat together again. Meanwhile the Australian openers were faring worse and no one said a thing.India did not survive its trip Down Under. There was something beautiful about the destruction of India’s hopes. It didn’t take long. Indian cricket is brittle and a reconstruction of the domestic game is needed. It is also a cultural matter.The players must rid themselves of the notion of cricket being a gentleman’s game. They must look into the past for strength, into their own tradition, and must mix with the great warriors of Indian sport, the fighters, the lifters and the runners who’ve crossed a desert and lived to tell the tale.advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgTouch Football Australia brings you the latest edition of “A Set of Six” with this week’s rapid-fire news ‘plays’ from around the Country. TFA’s National Media Coordinator Karley Banks brings you up to date every week with a selection of six ‘plays’ on the latest news, views, and events nationally.Welcome to Touch Football Australia’s “A Set of Six” – Volume Twenty Nine.SOUTH AUSTRALIA (SA)Play # 1Touch Football South Australia Welcome Aboard New Faces to the OfficeMr. Matt Cross begins work this week as the new TFSA State Branch Manager.Matthew has a background in sports marketing and has worked in both AFL and soccer and has a vast scope of networks within the local community.In other staffing news, Kyra Mc Mahon has been working as the casual Administration Assistant during the TFSA office’s transition period. She is also Competition Co-ordinator at the Western Districts Affiliate and will be first port of call for TFSA in her new role of Administration Officer.Pania Mariu also begins this week as a Game Development Officer whose areas of concentration will be Program and Event Management after previously holding down the Administration Officer position in South Australia.Other events: A level 1 Referees Course was held in Clare with 12 new referees being put through their paces by Simon Millcock.Clare President and Competition Coordinator Karen Pink, in a bid to boost referee numbers, made providing a duty referee compulsory part of the nomination process for the summer season.The Clare affiliate are providing fee reductions to teams who referee four or more games this season in a bid to further attract referees to adequately service the expanding competition.The Touch Football South Australia website: # 2AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY (ACT)ACT Staff “Grow the Mo”During Movember (the month formerly known as November) the lads in the ACT Touch office are all growing a Moustache. That’s right, the ACT “hunk of spunks” are bringing the Mo back because they’re passionate about changing men’s health and the fight against male depression and prostate cancer.Following on from the efforts of the boys in the NSWTA office who participated in Movember last year, the ACT lads will keep the Touch Football flag flying for this keynote cause that has the potential to make a huge difference to so many Australian men.Depression affects 1 in 6 men and most don’t seek help. Untreated depression is a leading risk factor for suicide. Last year in Australia 18,700 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer and more than 2,900 died of prostate cancer – equivalent to the number of women who die from breast cancer annually. Men are far less healthy than women. The average life expectancy of males is 5 years less than females.To sponsor the ACT Touch Mo Bros please go to: and enter the registration number 184163 and your credit card details. Or you can sponsor by cheque made payable to the “Movember Foundation” clearly marking the donation as being for Registration Number: 184163. Please mail cheques to: PO Box 292, Prahran VIC 3181. All donations over $2 are tax deductible.The money raised by Movember is donated to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and Beyondblue – the national depression initiative, which will use the funds to create awareness, fund research and increase support networks for those men who suffer from prostate cancer and male depression.Stay tuned for updates on the ACT Boys progress during Movember.Enquiries to ACT Touch Association on (02) 6212 2880 or [email protected] events: ACT Touch will be holding Level 1 Referees Courses on both 4 and 5 December 2007 at the ACTTA Offices, Deakin ACT. Enquiries to ACT Touch Association on (02) 6212 2880 or [email protected] Australian Capital Territory website: TERRITORY (NT)Play # 3 In the upset of the round in the Darwin Men’s competition, Bundy Bears confirmed their premiership favouritism with a hard fought victory over last year’s premiers Palmerston Bulls 6-5. Leading the third placed Bulls 3-1 at oranges; Bundy never gave up the lead.In other Men’s Division 1 results, Dream Team easily accounted for Honkers 12-3 who were without a number of their key players. Crocs had to dig deep with only six players to overcome a full strength Incredibles 7-4. Only two rounds remain until the Finals series. In the Women’s Division 1, Divas winning run came to and end with the young side being beaten by Scorpions 8-4.Palmerston Bulls account for All About Us 6- 2, whilst Crocs had the bye.The Darwin Junior competition has three rounds remaining with all teams fighting for positions for the finals. Many teams are close on the ladder, so some exciting clashes are expected.Other news: Northern Territory Touch would like to advise all their members of the Annual General Meeting to be conducted in Darwin on Saturday 1 December 2007.In conjunction with the Annual General Meeting the Annual State Council meeting will also be held on the Saturday 1 December 2007.The Northern Territory website: AUSTRALIA (WA)Play # 4WA Super League Round Four ActionNorthern Districts hosted Round 4 of the Super League series and both their teams threw down the gauntlet to their rivals with impressive displays.In the Women’s Open, Northern took on the youthful and skillful Fremantle outfit.Fremantle came into the contest with form on their side defeating Tompkins Park the previous round, and also accounting for Northern in the 2006/2007 Series, the only team to do so.Northern had made a poor start in defending their title with a win, loss, and a draw from their first three games. But on their home ground they put out a sincere message that they are still a force to be reckoned with. Former Australian Open Mixed World Cup winner Angela Doyle and Elyse Guatta were superb for the home side, helping Northern to a 5-2 victory. The win now puts Northern into second place on the ladder.In the Men’s Open, Northern did not disappoint the home crowd either with a hard fought 3-1 win over Fremantle. Northern have been the real surprise packets of the tournament with consistent performances throughout. The litmus test for the Northern combination will be next round against Southern Stars. In other results in the Women’s division, Southern got home over Tompkins Park 4-2, whilst Perth Brothers put on a clinic in their 12-3 demolition of Rosalie in the Men’s competition.Other Events: This weekend there will be Referee Courses all across the state with Level One courses being held at Kalgoorlie, Geraldton, and Fremantle. There will also be a Level Two course in Geraldton on the same weekend. Much credit must go to the new WA Referee Panel and Presenters for commitment to providing courses for members. Initiatives are being put into place to retain and develop the latest influx of referees in order to further grow the sport in the state. The Western Australian Touch Association website: www.touchwest.comVICTORIA (VIC)Play # 5 Final Round of VT League loomingThe final round of the inaugural VT League season will be at Trinity Grammar School’s Bulleen playing fields on Friday 23rd November 2007, with the Women kicking off the night’s matches at 6.30pm. Don’t forget the Grand Final at Port Melbourne Sharks Soccer Club off Williamstown Rd on December 1 2007 at 2.30pm.Rounds 7 and 8 of the VT League was played at Endeavour Hills Rugby Club, and the results were:Round 7Men: Casey Cougars 8 d Melbourne City Lions 7; University 7 d Bayside Vipers 3Women: Casey Cougars 7 d Melbourne City Lions 4; Bayside Vipers 8 d University 3Round 8Men: Casey Cougars 8 d Bayside Vipers 2; Melbourne City Lions 6 d University 2Women: Bayside Vipers 4 d Casey Cougars 3; Melbourne City Lions 5 d University 4Other Events: Endeavour Hills started their first official competition Round on Thursday at Frogs Hollow Reserve. With 6 teams registered from the local community it’s a family atmosphere for the new competition.Traralgon Touch started their season this week, with 28 teams competing over Tuesdays and Thursday evenings. Games are played at Davidson St Oval, Davidson St Traralgon and if you want to pull on the boots or would like more information, contact Marcus Roylance on 0409 754 487 or [email protected] Touch Association, Victoria’s biggest regional Association, needs referees to officiate the massive 44 teams that play over 5 divisions on Wednesday evenings at McEwan Reserve. If you live near by and would like to help out, or even play a game or two, please get in touch with Brett Hand on 5821 0644 or 0428 996 075, or [email protected] The Victorian Touch website: (QLD)PLAY # 6Origin Training Camp ChangeThe venue for the first Queensland Touch State of Origin Camp has been changed to the Caboolture Touch playing fields Petersen Road, Moray Field on the 1st and 2nd of December 2007.The camp for Queensland’s 13 age division teams was originally scheduled for Redlands, but some upgrading of the fields meant a change of venue was in order for the first of Queensland’s three compulsory camps in the lead-up to the State of Origin series against New South Wales in August 2008.Other events: SQBD hosted their Annual Sharks Cup at Labrador on Saturday 17 November 2007.The All Mixed affair was contested in 18 Years, Opens, Seniors, and masters divisions with some great touch and good fun had by all participants.The Queensland Touch website:’s it for this week’s edition of “a Set of Six”.Please be sure to check out each State’s website this week for all the latest information, news, and views in Touch Football from around the nation.last_img read more

10 months ago​DONE DEAL: Cardiff winger Pilkington joins Wigan

first_img​DONE DEAL: Cardiff winger Pilkington joins Wiganby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff star Anthony Pilkington has signed for Wigan on an 18-month deal.The 30-year-old has not played a single game this season and is now leaving the Welsh side after being there for the past four and a half years.He managed 23 goals in 111 appearances for the team.But he will be at Wigan for the next 18 months, where he hopes to get back into regular first team contention.Wigan boss Paul Cook said in a statement: “Anthony has good experience in the Championship and Premier League, I am delighted to bring him to Wigan Athletic.”He won promotion with Cardiff City last season so he knows what it takes to do well at this level and I am sure he will be a big asset to us for the rest of this campaign and beyond.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

March home sales slow in Metro Vancouver but prices stay high real

first_imgVANCOUVER – Metro Vancouver home sales over the first quarter of this year were the lowest in five years, but statistics from the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver show prices remain high.The board says home sales across the region in March tumbled 29.7 per cent compared with March 2017 and are 23 per cent below the 10-year March sales average.Just over 2,500 homes changed hands last month, a drop of more than 1,000 compared with a year ago, although the board notes the March 2018 sales climbed 14 per cent compared with February.Listings of detached, attached and apartment properties also fell year-over-year, skidding 6.6 per cent in March compared with March 2017, marking the region’s lowest total of first-quarter new listings since 2013.Real estate board data shows the number of sales compared to the number of active listings soared to 61.6 per cent for condominiums in March, while the rate was 39.9 per cent for townhomes, far above the 20 per cent rate the board says tends to push prices upward.The composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Metro Vancouver is $1,084,000, a 16.1 per cent increase over March 2017 and a 1.1 per cent increase since February of this year.Phil Moore, real estate board president, says even with lower sales, prices will remain high as long as the selection of properties is slim.“Last month was the quietest March for new home listings since 2009 and the total inventory, particularly in the condo and townhome segments, of homes for sale remains well below historical norms,” he says in a news release.“High prices, new tax announcements, rising interest rates, and stricter mortgage requirements are among the factors affecting home buyer and seller activity today,” Moore adds.The benchmark price for detached properties was $1,608,500 last month, up 7.4 per cent from March 2017 and up less than half a per cent over February 2018, as sales-to-active listings nudged the mark where to board says downward pressure on prices could occur.But with sales outstripping supply for condos and townhomes, the real estate board says the benchmark price for a condo was $693,500 in March, a 26.2 per cent leap from March 2017 and a 1.6 per cent bump compared with February 2018.Benchmark prices for townhomes across Metro Vancouver reached $835,300 last month, a two per cent increase over February and a hike of 17.7 per cent from March 2017.last_img read more

Friday is Pay it Forward Day in the Energetic City

first_imgThis year is the tenth anniversary for “Pay it Forward” Day, and LaBoucaine doesn’t expect the city to stop spreading random acts of kindness any time soon.“I think we’ll definitely continue with Pay it Forward Day. A lot of the people we support and the staff enjoy getting out in the community and returning the favor as well as doing those random acts of kindness.”The Lido Theatre and members of the Fort St. John Fire Department will be paying it forward by hosting a community barbecue Friday afternoon. The barbecue is free to the public and will feature a bouncy castle as well as movies inside the theatre. The two groups will also be fundraising for the Fort St. John Firefighters Charitable Society at the event. The barbecue will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.Photo by the Lido Theatre.On Friday night the Lido will also host a by donation concert featuring Mark Kroos. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. while the show isn’t until 8:00 p.m.Photo by the Lido Theatre. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St John Association for Community Living is going to be celebrating “Pay It Forward Day” in the Energetic City this Friday.The Association for Community Living started “Pay It Forward” Day in 2009 so that all Fort St. John residents could perform their own random acts of kindness in the community.“We just want to create a ripple effect and encourage other people to participate in Pay it Forward.” Said the Executive Director for the Association for Community Living, Renee LaBoucaine. “It does put a smile on your face when someone does a good deed for you. Were hoping to continue the momentum, whether its as simple as saying “hi”, holding the door, or paying for someones coffee, whatever that act is that carries the momentum and moves it forward.”last_img read more