Homepage BannerNews Pieta House in Letterkenny employ extra staff to cope with demand By News Highland – August 23, 2017 Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter Facebook Facebook Google+ Previous articleFlooding update: road closures in North West this morningNext articleDonegal counting cost after flash flooding devastates News Highland Pinterest WhatsApp Harps come back to win in Waterford It’s emerged that two additional therapists have been employed at Pieta House in Letterkenny to cope with the rising demand in services.The centre, which provides counselling to those who may be having suicidal thoughts or who have been bereaved by suicide opened its doors just three months ago.Manager of Pieta House in Letterkenny is Dominick Gallagher says there has been a huge increase in people who are classed as high risk passing through the doors and envisages that more staff will be required in the very near future:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/dominick.wav00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp DL Debate – 24/05/21 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterest Google+
“The Benchwarmers,” about grown-up geeks taking on Little League baseball teams, did not screen in advance for critics, generally a sign the studio expects reviews would be bad. The handful of reviews that did make it out over opening weekend were generally poor, but “The Benchwarmers” managed a solid box office batting average among its teen and twenty-something target audience, a group unlikely to seek out reviews for a lowbrow comedy. TOP 10 MOVIES Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc. 1. “Ice Age: The Meltdown,” $34.5 million. 2. “The Benchwarmers,” $20.5 million. 3. “Take the Lead,” $12.8 million. 4. “Inside Man,” $9.2 million. 5. “Lucky Number Slevin,” $7.1 million. 6. “Failure to Launch,” $4.1 million. 7. “ATL,” $3.75 million. 8. “V for Vendetta,” $3.4 million. 9. “Phat Girlz,” $3.1 million. 10. “Thank You for Smoking,” $2.4 million.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThe Weinstein Co. crime romp “Lucky Number Slevin,” starring Josh Hartnett, Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman and Ben Kingsley, debuted at No. 5 with $7.1 million. Fox Searchlight’s comedy “Phat Girlz,” starring Mo’Nique as a designer of plus-size clothes, premiered at No. 9 with $3.1 million. “Ice Age: The Meltdown,” with Ray Romano, Denis Leary, John Leguizamo and Queen Latifah providing the voices of prehistoric creatures on the run from global warming, raised its 10-day domestic total to $116.4 million. It became the first movie released this year to cross the $100 million mark. While the first few months of the year are Hollywood’s slowest, the industry usually has produced a $100 million hit by February or March. “This is a late bloomer,” said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box office tracker Exhibitor Relations. Still, Hollywood had another big showing overall, with revenues soaring for a second straight weekend. The top 12 movies took in $105.1 million, up 33 percent from the same weekend in 2005. Score one for the prehistoric animals. The 20th Century Fox family tale “Ice Age: The Meltdown” took in $34.5 million to remain the No. 1 movie for a second straight weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. The animated sequel fended off Sony’s Rob Schneider-David Spade baseball comedy “The Benchwarmers,” which debuted as runner-up with $20.5 million. Premiering in third place was New Line’s “Take the Lead,” a ballroom dance tale starring Antonio Banderas that took in $12.8 million.
Oakland police are investigating the disappearance, which has been classified as a missing-persons case. The three full-time officers assigned to the case, with help from the FBI and U.S. Marshal’s Office, have retraced Attari’s route, scanned the region with aircraft and dredged waterways, but have come up with no firm clues. “We’re continuing to follow up on any information … we’re taking it one step at a time,” said Oakland Deputy Police Chief Howard Jordan, adding he’s confident police will find out what happened to Zehra Attari. The family does not like to speculate about the possibilities, but daughter Ruby Ali said she thinks that “if it was an accident, we would have found out by now.” “It’s been very tough – these have been the worst weeks of our life, but we have to keep going with a strong hope she will come back,” said Ali, 27, a neurologist who’s completing her medical training in Sacramento. Zehra Attari’s disappearance has united Muslims throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, said Athar Tayeb, a family friend who often attends the same mosque as the Attaris. He said Shiite and Sunni Muslims, a community normally divided by religious differences, have worked together to help with the search because both immigrant communities understand the difficulties of navigating an unfamiliar legal system. “Help has come from across all lines because this hasn’t happened to anyone in the Bay Area from the southwest Asian community,” Tayeb said. Zehra Attari’s disappearance has been especially tough on present and former patients’ families, who have called to find out if they can help. “Some patients are still leaving messages at the clinic,” Attari said. “She’s a very kind person and very dedicated to what she believes in.” The family has asked anyone with information about Attari’s disappearance to call toll-free (877) 4-ATTARI (428-8274). 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN JOSE – Dr. Zehra Attari’s husband asked her many times to give up her pediatric medicine practice in a tough section of Oakland, but she always refused. She said her work was too important. Now, Tasadduq Attari wonders if his wife’s decision to stay has something to do with her disappearance. Attari was reported missing on Nov 7. Thought to have been carrying only petty cash and a cell phone, she has been gone for more than two weeks. “I want her to come home right away,” said a worried Tasadduq Attari, sitting in the living room of the couple’s simply decorated Silicon Valley home. “People keep on calling, people keep on looking and people keep on praying for her.” Zehra Attari, 55, left her Oakland medical office at 5 p.m. on a Monday. Office workers watched as she got into a gray 2001 Honda Accord and drove off, presumably to a medical conference in Alameda. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The diminutive doctor – who stood just 5-feet-1 – was wearing a blue turtleneck sweater, navy blue pants and black glasses. Attari never made it to the conference, where she was scheduled to discuss possible changes in health insurance plans. Her badge was left untouched at the meeting, and she was reported missing by her husband that night. Tasadduq Attari said he immediately knew something was wrong because his wife kept a routine schedule. She woke at the same time every day to make the hour-plus commute to Oakland and came home in the early evening. Every 10 days, she went to the hospital to check on patients. Her family and co-workers knew in advance about the afternoon conference she was scheduled to attend. The Attaris met in India, where Zehra was completing medical school. The couple came to the United States in 1976 when Tasadduq got his visa. He worked as an engineer while she built her medical practice. Together, they raised two daughters, 20-year-old Huma and 27-year-old Ruby Ali. Now Tasadduq Attari, 60, a seemingly stoic man who speaks in short, direct sentences, stays busy making posters and fliers with his wife’s image. He waits apprehensively for a break in the case.
West Ham boss Sam Allardyce rued his side’s missed chances in the 1-1 draw at home to QPR.The hosts dominated the game but needed Joe Cole’s second-half equaliser to secure a point.Allardyce said: “Obviously it [missing chances] has unfortunately been our Achilles heel in recent weeks – more so away from home in fairness.“We’re looking dejected, almost like we’ve lost, in the dressing room because we haven’t won the game.“We couldn’t have created more opportunities to score more goals. However dominant we were in terms of stats, the one thing that matters is the score and that’s 1-1.“We have to be massively frustrated and disappointed we haven’t made that performance into three points.“It’s been a frustrating day for us but if you play like that you’ll win more than you don’t, believe me.”See also:’I don’t give a monkey’s’ – Harry hits back at West Ham fansRemy scores but Cole denies 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Nottingham Forest head coach Paul Williams said his side finally got their reward for their hard work in the victory at Fulham.Two goals from Henri Lansbury, after Robert Tesche’s opener, earned Williams his first win in charge of Forest at the eighth attempt.Williams, who earlier in the season was assistant to Lee Carsley at Brentford, explained the changes he had made since last month’s sacking of Dougie Freedman.He said: “We made little changes to people’s positions and how we expect them to play.“If we can win the ball higher up the pitch then we’re closer to their goal. At times we used to sit back and wait and it meant that we were forever counter-attacking.“Today we were 3-1 up and the lads were still trying to keep the ball, and trying to probe and getting us up the pitch. Little things like that are pleasing from my point of view.”Williams said his team were worthy of their victory but played down his chances of getting the job on a full-time basis.“The way we controlled the game was very pleasing and I think we deserved our win,” he said.“I know the results haven’t shown it, but we have had some really good performances.“It’s been a really good process getting the lads to try and play a different way and we’re getting some of the fruits of our labour.“I’m tasked to taking the team until the end of the season and people above me will make decisions about who’s going to be manager next season.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Football – or soccer, as many of us call it – is the most widely played sport in South Africa, with its traditional support base in the black community. South Africans can point to many sporting moments, but winning the African Nations Cup on home turf in 1996 and hosting the Fifa 2010 World Cup are among our proudest.The vuvuzela is identified forever with South African soccer after 2010. (Image: Andrew Moore)Brand South Africa reporterSoccer is intensely followed, and the quality of the local game keeps improving – as demonstrated by the increasing number of South African players-in-exile among the glamorous European clubs.Local teams, organised in a national league plus a plethora of knock-out cups, are followed with passion by paint-daubed, costumed, whistling and cheering fans. Mercifully, the country has been spared the spectre of football hooliganism.There’s probably no quicker way to “break the ice” with the South African on the street than to demonstrate some knowledge of local soccer. To help you improve your conversational skills, here’s a crash course on the country’s most important teams and competitions.Bafana BafanaBanyana BanyanaGlamour clubsPremier Soccer LeagueKnockout competitionsFirst DivisionBAFANA BAFANAOne of the gifts that democracy brought South Africa was its first truly representative national soccer team.In 1992, two years before the country’s first democratic election, the united South African team came into being, playing Cameroon in its first match in Durban on 9 July. It was a triumphant occasion for the side that came to be known as Bafana Bafana – “The Boys” – as they edged the West African powerhouse by a goal to nil.However, the win concealed the negative effect that apartheid-enforced isolation had had on local soccer. This lack of international experience showed as South Africa lost four matches in a row – to Cameroon, Zambia, Nigeria and Zambia – in failing to qualify for the 1994 African Nations Cup.When South Africa hosted the 1996 African Nations Cup, however, South Africa proved they belonged in the finals by defeating Tunisia 2-0 in the final. It was during the team’s run to the title that its nickname, “Bafana Bafana”, became known around the world.Read more: Bafana Bafana – a quick historyBANYANA BANYANASouth Africa’s senior women’s team, Banyana Banyana – “The Girls” – have traditionally been the strongest team in southern Africa and one of the best in Africa.For many years, Nigeria were their stumbling block, but that barrier was finally broken down in 2012 in the semi-finals of the Caf African Women’s Championship. Like Nigeria, though, Equatorial Guinea has twice beaten Banyana in the final of African Women’s Championship.The team finished runner-up to Nigeria in 1995 and 2000, and runner-up to Equatorial Guinea in 2008 and 2012. There were also second place finishes at the All Africa Games in 2003 and 2007. One of their biggest achievements was qualifying for the Olympic Games in 2012 in London. In a very tough pool, up against three teams ranked in the top 10 in the world, Banyana went down 1-4 to Sweden, lost 0-3 to Canada, but then held World Cup champions Japan to a goalless draw.GLAMOUR CLUBSKaizer ChiefsSouth Africa’s favourite soccer club never seems to play an away match. “The Amakhozi” often draw more supporters at away games than their opposition.Founded in 1970 by Kaizer Motaung – who made his name in the United States when the American league was drawing such superstars as Pele, Johan Cruyff and Franz Beckenbauer – Kaizer Chiefs are one of South Africa’s most successful teams.Thrice the winners of South Africa’s Premier Soccer League since its launch in 1997, the Soweto, Johannesburg-based team secured their first African title in 2002 when they won the Cup Winners Cup – renamed after Nelson Mandela – by defeating Inter Luanda of Angola in the final.The most imporatnt derby in South African soccer. Kaizer Chiefs vs Orlando Pirates. (Image: John Karwoski)Orlando PiratesFormed in 1937, Orlando Pirates has a support base extending across the country’s borders.Four-time winners of SA’s Premier Soccer League since its launch in 1997, “The Buccaneers” are the only South African team so far to have won Africa’s premier club competition, the Champions League, a feat they achieved in 1995.Like Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates – who are also based in Soweto, Johannesburg – are seldom disadvantaged when they play away from home, with fanatical supporters spread throughout South Africa.The fierce traditional rivalry between Pirates and Chiefs makes for one of the biggest derby matches in the world. In November 2007, on the day preceding the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ draw in Durban, the Chiefs-Pirates derby was broadcast throughout Africa and 43 European countries, a first for South African football.Mamelodi Sundowns and SuperSport UnitedWhile Chiefs and Pirates have long battled for the title of South Africa’s most popular club, other outfits have emerged to challenge for the position, among them two Tshwane/Pretoria-based clubs: Mamelodi Sundowns and SuperSport United.Backed by billionaire mining magnate Patrice Motsepe, Mamelodi Sundowns have the finances to ensure a squad with depth and quality. The club is often compared to England’s Chelsea, which rose to prominence partly through the backing of Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich.Sundowns fans have been spoilt by the clubs history. (Image: Mamelodi Sundowns)“The Brazilians” have been the most successful team since the formation of the Premier Soccer League in 1997, winning the title on seven occasions, most recently in 2016.Supersport United, a “youngster” among South African football clubs was formed in 1994, when pay-television company M-Net bought Pretoria City and renamed the club after its popular sports channel. They lifted the PSL title in three successive years, from 2008 to 2010.PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUESouth Africa’s top soccer league, featuring the country’s best 16 clubs, came into being in 1997.The Premier Soccer League (PSL) has helped raise the standard of club football in South Africa, providing the sport with better media coverage and much-improved revenue through strong sponsorship deals. It has also provided a platform for local players to make their mark and catch the eye of overseas clubs.Sponsorship boomIn June 2007, the PSL pulled off an astounding coup when it signed a R1.6-billion broadcast deal with SuperSport International.In August 2007, corporate heavyweights South African Breweries (SAB) and Absa Bank announced a joint sponsorship of more than R500-million over five years for South African football. SAB is behind Bafana Bafana, while Absa sponsors the PSL’s Premier Division.In February 2008, Nedbank announced that it would be putting up R20-million in prize money for the Nedbank Cup knockout competition as part of a five-year, R400- million sponsorship of the local game.And in August 2008, cellular giant MTN committed the same amount – R400- million over five years – to the local game, while taking over the title sponsorship of the Top 8 knockout tournament.These deals combined have made South Africa’s Premier Soccer League the seventh biggest earner of sponsorship revenue among football leagues worldwide.Premier Soccer League champions:2016/17: Bidvest Wits2015/16: Mamelodi Sundowns2014/15: Kaizer Chiefs2013/14: Mamelodi Sundowns2012/13: Kaizer Chiefs2011/12: Orlando Pirates2010/11: Orlando Pirates2009/10: SuperSport United2008/09: SuperSport United2007/08: SuperSport United2006/07: Mamelodi Sundowns2005/06: Mamelodi Sundowns2004/05: Kaizer Chiefs2003/04: Kaizer Chiefs2002/03: Orlando Pirates2001/02: Santos2000/01: Orlando Pirates1999/00: Mamelodi Sundowns1998/99: Mamelodi Sundowns1997/98: Mamelodi Sundowns1996/97: Manning RangersBivest Wits – The Clever Boys = are the reigning PSL champions. (Image: Bidvest Wits)KNOCKOUT COMPETITIONSA number of knockout competitions are played alongside the league fixtures in South African soccer.Nedbank CupA knockout competition modelled on England’s famous FA Cup, giving lower league teams the chance to do battle with premier league clubs, has been in existence since 1978, under various names: the Mainstay Cup (1978-1987), Bobsave Superbowl (1988-2002), Absa Cup (2003-07) and, from 2008, the Nedbank Cup.With a total prize purse of R19.3-million, including R6-million for the winners, R2.5-million for the runners-up and R1-million for the losing semi-finalists, the Nedbank Cup is the most lucrative domestic soccer competition in Africa.Nedbank Cup champions:2017: Supersport United2016: Supersport United2015: Mamelodi Sundowns2014: Orlando Pirates2013: Kaizer Chiefs2012: SuperSport United2011: Orlando Pirates2010: Bidvest Wits2009: Moroka Swallows2008: Mamelodi Sundowns2007: Ajax Cape Town2006: Kaizer Chiefs2005: SuperSport United2004: Moroka Swallows2003: Santos2002: not played2001: Santos2000: Kaizer Chiefs1999: SuperSport United1998: Mamelodi Sundowns1997: not played1996: Orlando Pirates1995: Cape Town Spurs1994: Vaal Professionals1993: Witbank Aces1992: Kaizer Chiefs1991: Moroka Swallows1990: Jomo Cosmos1989: Moroka Swallows1988: Orlando Pirates1987: Kaizer Chiefs1986: Sundowns1985: Bloemfontein Celtic1984: Kaizer Chiefs1983: Moroka Swallows1982: Kaizer Chiefs1981: Kaizer Chiefs1980: Orlando Pirates1979: Kaizer Chiefs1978: Wits UniversityTelkom Knockout CupThe Telkom Knockout Cup, which features all 16 Premier Soccer League teams on a knockout basis, is African football’s second most lucrative domestic competition after the Nedbank Cup.The competition was first held in 1992 and has existed under a number of different names, including the Coca-Cola Cup and the Rothmans Cup.Telkom became the new sponsors in 2006, and in 2007 paid out R14.2-million in prize money, including R4.25-million to the winners.Telkom Cup champions:2016: Cape Town City2015: Mamelodi Sundowns2014: Supersport United2013: Platinum Stars2012: Bloemfontein Celtic2011: Orlando Pirates2010: Kaizer Chiefs2009: Kaizer Chiefs2008: Ajax Cape Town2007: Kaizer Chiefs2006: Silver Stars2005: Jomo Cosmos2004: Kaizer Chiefs2003: Kaizer Chiefs2002: Jomo Cosmos2001: Kaizer Chiefs2000: Ajax Cape Town1999: Sundowns1998: Kaizer Chiefs1997: Kaizer Chiefs1996: Umtata Bucks1995: Wits University1994: Qwa Qwa Stars1993: Umtata Bucks1992: AmazuluMTN 8The MTN 8 – formerly the Top 8 and Supa 8 – is contested at the beginning of each Premier Soccer League season by the top eight finishers of the previous season.Now known as the MTN 8 Knockout, after cellular operator MTN took over the title sponsorship, the tournament boasts a R8-million winner-takes-all prize – while guaranteeing each team R800 000 simply for participating.Top 8 champions:2013: Platinum Stars2012: Moroka Swallows2011: Orlando Pirates2010: Orlando Pirates2009: Lamontville Golden Arrows2008: Kaizer Chiefs2007: Mamelodi Sundowns2006: Kaizer Chiefs2005: Bloemfontein Celtic2004: SuperSport United2003: Jomo Cosmos2002: Santos2001: Kaizer Chiefs2000: Orlando Pirates1996: Orlando Pirates1995: Wits University1994: Kaizer Chiefs1993: Orlando Pirates1992: Kaizer Chiefs1991: Kaizer Chiefs1990: Mamelodi Sundowns1989: Kaizer Chiefs1988: Mamelodi Sundowns1987: Kaizer Chiefs1986: Arcadia1985: Kaizer Chiefs1984: Wits University1983: Orlando Pirates1982: Kaizer Chiefs1981: Kaizer Chiefs1980: Witbank Black Aces1979: Moroka Swallows1978: Orlando Pirates1977: Kaizer Chiefs1976: Kaizer Chiefs1975: Moroka Swallows1974: Kaizer Chiefs1973: Orlando Pirates1972: Orlando PiratesFIRST DIVISIONBelow the Premier Soccer League, South African football’s First Division features 16 clubs.At the end of each season, the winner of the league earns promotion to the PSL. The teams in second and third place have an opportunity to earn a place in the PSL through playoffs.They face the team that finished second last in the PSL in a mini-tournament, with the winner earning a place in the top league.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
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A “Twitter war” erupted between Union Minister Giriraj Singh and the ruling JD(U) on Sunday, as the firebrand BJP leader continued with his barbs at the Bihar government.Mr. Singh, who has been repeatedly criticising the Bihar government for its “inept” handling of waterlogging in several parts of Patna following heavy rainfall, sought the forgiveness of ‘Sanatani’ (devout) Hindus for the adverse impact of the “man-made” disaster on Durga Puja festivities.‘Seek apology’ “The Durga Puja festivities have commenced from today. On behalf of the NDA, I seek an apology from the ‘Sanatanis’ living in those areas where puja, pandal and mela could not be organised because of floods,” he tweeted. JD(U) spokesman Sanjay Singh shot back with a flurry of tweets, saying Mr. Giriraj should apologise to the people of Bihar for having done “nothing” for them in the capacity of a Union Minister. “You are known for nothing except stoking controversies by your utterances.” In another tweet, the JD(U) spokesman said, “Mr. Giriraj, as the Union Minister for animal husbandry, your concern for animals must be greater than for humans… At least you should have cared for the well-being of animals. When will you realise what are your responsibilities?” Sanjay Jha, JD(U) national general secretary and the State Minister for water resources department, came out with his riposte without mentioning by name Mr. Giriraj, whose frequent attacks on the Nitish Kumar government has left the party fuming. Sharing a quote by Hollywood actor Clint Eastwood — “When you are young, you are reckless, then you get conservative, then you get reckless again” — on his Twitter handle, Mr. Jha added, “Don’t know why, but some senior leaders’ remarks on Bihar floods compel me to trace merit in the above quote! Please cooperate, don’t cause cacophony.”
In a scathing attack on the BCCI, former Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga said the Indian Board’s financial might has turned the ICC into a “toothless tiger” and called the IPL a “monster” that will destroy international cricket.Ranatunga, who led Sri Lanka to the 1996 World Cup triumph, said the ICC has become a body which is constantly under the BCCI’s pressure.”The ICC’s job is to protect the game. They don’t have to favour anyone. The game has been nurtured by honourable men of the ICC for decades, but at present, ICC looks to be under the thumb of India,” Ranatunga told ‘The Island.'”Not too long ago we had individuals like Malcolm Speed, Eshan Mani and Malcolm Grey who stood against India. But the current ICC is weak and they simply give in. The ICC is becoming a toothless tiger,” he said.Ranatunga praised former England captain Tony Greig for stating that the ICC needs to shake off India’s influence on it to make right decisions.”Hats off to Tony. Everyone these days fear India and no one wants to antagonise the BCCI. Tony is spot on, except for the fact that he has stated Bangladesh and Zimbabwe Boards do whatever the Indians want. He should have added Sri Lanka Cricket too.”SLC is like a puppet on a string. The job of the ICC is to protect the game rather than any individual country,” Ranatunga said.Ranatunga said he fears for the future of Test cricket due to the IPL as players seem to be gravitating towards the league instead of the traditional format.advertisement”I have seen this IPL and I must say from the first day I didn’t like it. We have created a monster that will go on to destroy international cricket,” Ranatunga said.Ranatunga said calls for creating a window for IPL in the international calendar are “ridiculous”.”It’s absolutely ridiculous. If we are going into that, what about if other countries also ask for windows. If you take football, international matches aren’t the priority except for the World Cup, which comes once in four years. In football the glamour is in club tournaments.”Are these people going to make cricket a club based sport too? I feel very sorry and sad at the state of affairs and I hope and pray sanity will prevail,” Ranatunga said.He blamed the absence of cricketers from the ICC’s top decision-making body for the current scenario.”One fault that I see with the ICC at the moment is that most of the Directors haven’t played the game and the main decisions are taken at the Directors’ meeting.”If you take most of the CEOs of cricket boards, they are past cricketers, but when they come up with suggestions for the well-being of the game, the Directors need to support those decisions rather than rejecting them,” he remarked.-With PTI inputs
There are plenty of games and highlights up on the TFA YouTube channel, so be sure to check it out! To watch all the action from finals day (full games), please click on the links below. To view highlights from the event, please visit – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus. Senior Mixed grand final – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_LNxhPrtzs Men’s 45’s grand final – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Y2bjSgf08E Women’s Elite Eight semi final 1 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4T9Y9QEn4k Men’s Elite Eight semi final 1 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JbSHfCy_2Q Men’s 30’s grand final – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Smag5vdRz94 Women’s T League final – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyQKJlQfaG8 Men’s T League final – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHmp46Zyqqg Mixed Open final – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrJ5MAV80eM Women’s Elite Eight final – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18dACe-QOos Men’s Elite Eight final – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TniIED9oBxI Related LinksNTL Finals – Live