$2 million stimulus to build new surf life saving club

first_img$2 million stimulus to build new surf life saving club Forster Surf Life Saving Club will soon have a new community club overlooking the town’s picturesque Main Beach with assistance from the NSW Government.Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead and Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey have announced a $2 million grant for the new surf lifesaving club under the COVID-19 stimulus program.The funding brings the NSW Government’s total investment in the project to $3 million following the provision of $1 million in 2017 under the ClubGRANTS program.“This investment is fantastic news for the Mid North Coast and will support both improvements to vital regional infrastructure and jobs in our region,” Mr Bromhead said.“Surf lifesaving clubs provide a critical service, supporting the safe enjoyment of our coastline for locals and tourists alike.“The current surf lifesaving club at Forster has reached the end of its life and is in need of redevelopment.“New improved facilities will help the club’s volunteer’s better serve the community and attract new members while providing a valuable new asset.“Supporting our local clubs will ensure our region remains a great and safe destination for beach holidays for years to come,” Mr Bromhead said.Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said the latest funding was part of a $39.1 million allocation from the COVID-19 stimulus program to support a range of infrastructure improvement projects in regional communities.“The COVID-19 stimulus program is supporting communities that have been under pressure from the pandemic by funding projects that are improving infrastructure while supporting jobs and economic activity during a critical period.“This latest $39.1 million in spring stimulus spending is being rolled out to provide a much-needed boost for communities that have been navigating extremely challenging conditions throughout 2020,” Minister Pavey said.“Projects will create work for regional companies and tradies, and will help bring in customers and tourism for small businesses which have struggled.” Myall Lakes MP Stephen Bromhead; Surf Life Saving NSW President George Shales; Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey; Surf Life Saving president, Steven Pearce /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:beach, community, covid-19, Forster, Government, housing, industry, infrastructure, Investment, Minister, Myall, NSW, NSW Department of Industry, President, project, property, spending, Waterlast_img read more

Report: Shrewsbury Town 2-3 Bristol City

first_imgThe visitors looked well in control thanks to a faultless first-half display, taking a deserved lead through Jay Emmanuel-Thomas’ first goal in 13 games.But Tamika Mkandawire levelled things up shortly before the interval with a speculative long-range shot which found the bottom corner before turning Sam Baldock’s cross into his own net nine minutes after the break.Again Shrewsbury responded, this time through a Paul Parry header, but recalled winger Joe Bryan found a header of his own to turn the tide back in City’s favour on 63 minutes – this time for good.Steve Cotterill made one change to his side victorious against Gillingham at Ashton Gate last time out, with Bryan replacing fellow Bristolian Bobby Reid, who dropped out of the squad altogether.City, attacking a sea of red behind the Shrewsbury goal in the first half, began with a spring in their step as Bryan raced down the left and produced a cross not dealt with by Joe Anyon, who survived an early scare with Sam Baldock lurking.At the other end, Frank Fielding was forced to race from his line as Adam El-Abd misjudged a high ball, with the keeper taking ball and man in the form of Shrews debutant Sam Foley, who took a painful blow for his troubles.Then Emmanuel-Thomas sprung to life for the first time, latching on to Stephen Pearson’s pass and ambling into the box in his own unique style, sidestepping defenders only to be denied by a last-ditch tackle just as the shooting chance arose.The visitors were unquestionably on top and took a deserved lead on 18 minutes at the end of a good spell of pressure.First Aden Flint found himself in an unfamiliar crossing position, forcing a corner from which Brendan Moloney’s deep delivery was met at the far post by a towering leap from Bryan.After his header bounced dangerously close to the far post, Shrewsbury failed to clear the danger and the ball found its way to Emmanuel-Thomas on the right corner of the penalty area.Slowing down to walking pace, the striker shifted the ball on to his left foot and dispatched a ferocious shot high past Anyon at his near post. City were not about to let up, either. Emmanuel-Thomas’ cross nearly picked out the unmarked Baldock before Wade Elliott’s ambitious volley only just dipped too late on to the top of the net.It was turning into a really accomplished first-half display. A slick passing move saw Pearson release Derrick Williams down the left, whose cutback just bobbled awkwardly in front of Bryan who duly scuffed his shot against a defender.There was a minor blip inflicted by Elliott’s panicked clearance to prompt a Shrewsbury corner, from which El-Abd made an important clearing header, but the Birmingham City loanee was soon making an impact again at the right end.Elliott, now 35, spent his younger years as an out and out winger and showed those instincts to breeze past Jacobson and stand up an inviting cross for Williams to head over the bar from a position of promise.All in all it was hard to find fault with City’s performance, but all their good work was to be cancelled out in an instant four minutes before the interval.There seemed no danger when central defender Mkandawire picked up possession 35 yards from goal, but the skipper decided to pull the trigger and sent an arrowing shot low past Fielding to the keeper’s right for a most unlikely equaliser.Unsurprisingly there was a renewed zest about the hosts after the break. Winger Jon Taylor immediately came infield and hit a rising left-footed shot only a couple of yards over the top, suggesting the second 45 could have a very different feel to it.But before long City had their lead back, as Jacobson made a mess of Simon Gillett’s diagonal pass, allowing Baldock to steal in and play a low ball across the six-yard box which Mkandawire could only turn into his own net from point-blank range under very little pressure.However, this time the Robins would be unable to exert their control for a sustained period, as Parry levelled things up for a second time just five minutes later. Dave McAllister’s burst down the right culminated in a powerful cross impressively diverted back across Fielding by the head of the flying winger at the back post in another kick in the teeth for Cotterill’s men to overcome.But overcome it they did with the fifth goal of the game on a ground which had seen very few in recent weeks.It was a straightforward one too, as Emmanuel-Thomas’ corner was attacked at the far post by another giant leap from Bryan, whose downward header had clearly crossed the line before Jacobson stretched to clear.There was still plenty of time to spare and City would have defending to do. Miles Storey tried his luck from distance and Fielding dived bravely at the striker’s feet, but the Shrews were hardly peppering the City goal.Cotterill would also lose Flint to injury 20 minutes from time, despite the defender initially attempting to play through a knee problem.Baldock had the best chance to grab the killer fourth when Emmanuel-Thomas’ free kick glanced off substitute Karleigh Osborne kindly into his path, but Anyon saved smartly down to his right to keep his team in the contest.City would have to survive a late aerial bombardment as a series of set-pieces were tossed into their box, but Foley headed the last notable chance over the bar in stoppage time.last_img read more

Remy strike sinks Spain

first_imgMissing several familiar faces, including the retired Xavi Hernandez and Xabi Alonso, Spain nevertheless maintained their style of old, controlling large periods of possession but without really threatening to break down the home defence.France, meanwhile, had the best chances and should have been in front four minutes into the second half, but a clever Karim Benzema finish at the end of a flowing move was disallowed for offside, with television replays suggesting the Swiss officials got the decision wrong.“It was an even game. They had good quicker transitions, but we had more control of the game,” insisted Spain coach Vicente del Bosque, whose team face Macedonia in a Euro 2016 qualifier on Monday.“The players need more competitive games but we will improve and in general I think we showed we are a good team.”Home coach Didier Deschamps, in the first in a two-year run of friendly matches before they host the European Championship, will be pleased to see his side build on the feelgood factor that came with their run to the quarter-finals of the World Cup in Brazil.“We were up against a good Spain team with some players no longer there but others coming in,” said Deschamps.“There was a 20-minute spell where they deprived us of the ball, but in the second half we created chances and also scored a goal that should have been given.“It’s good to maintain the same spirit and to mark our return to the Stade de France with a win.”Exactly two months after their 1-0 defeat to eventual winners Germany in Rio de Janeiro, Deschamps sent out a side that showed just one change, with Newcastle United’s Moussa Sissoko starting at the expense of Yohan Cabaye.In contrast, their opponents had three players – defenders Dani Carvajal and Mikel San Jose and midfielder Raul Garcia – making their international debuts and another in David de Gea winning just his second cap in goal with Iker Casillas, ominously, dropped to the bench.As the captain of the team that won three consecutive major tournaments, including the last two European Championships, watched from the bench, the visitors did their best to subdue a crowd that was close to capacity.– Costa struggles –There were spells in which Spain were mesmerising in possession, with Sergio Busquets, the only Barcelona player in their line-up, and Cesc Fabregas featuring prominently, but Diego Costa made little impression up front, just as he had failed to make an impact at the World Cup.Instead, France had the better chances, Benzema and Paul Pogba both stinging the palms of De Gea in the early stages before the Real Madrid striker rifled a shot towards goal in the 39th minute that the ‘keeper was once again equal to.At the other end, France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris had one moment of panic when a Fabregas attempt from 30 yards took a wicked deflection and looped on to the roof of the net.Spain lacked thrust and incisiveness, and France showed how it should be done with a lightning-quick move down the right wing in the 49th minute that ended with a cross to the near post being back-heeled into the net by Benzema, only for the offside flag to curtail the celebrations.The always-lively Valbuena fired narrowly wide but it was he who set up the goal for Remy, cutting the ball back from near the byline on the left for the new Chelsea striker to convert his fifth international goal.Substitute David Silva almost equalised with seven minutes left but that would have been harsh on a France defence marshalled by the supremely athletic but youthful duo of Raphael Varane and Mamadou Sakho.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000PARIS, September 4- France got the better of a new-look Spain team on Thursday, a superb strike from substitute Loic Remy in the second half giving the hosts a 1-0 friendly victory.Remy fired emphatically into the roof of the net at the near post in the 73rd minute from a Mathieu Valbuena assist to set France on the way to a win that they will feel they deserved against the deposed world champions.last_img read more

Body found in Angeles National Forest

first_imgBIG PINES – An investigation was under way today into the discovery of a body near Highway 2 near the community of Big Pines in the Angeles National Forest, authorities said. The body was discovered about 1:45 p.m. yesterday west of Big Pines Highway, said Deputy Bill Brauberger of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau. The name and gender of the dead person were not immediately released. Detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department were investigating the death. The area is about five miles west of the San Bernardino County community of Wrightwood. 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 MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champlast_img read more

Green and gold rivals from Down Under

first_imgWhenever South Africa is on a sports field, the fiercest rivals always come from Australia. When both countries put on their green and gold colours, encounters usually turn into dogfights. With Australia being the co-hosts for the upcoming Cricket World Cup, we look back at the history of this bloodthirsty rivalry in various sports. South Africa and Australia’s sports rivalry can be traced back to 1902, when the two first faced each other in test cricket match. Since then, both countries have been at each other’s throats in various sports, from rugby to swimming. (Image: Brand South Africa) • When football became Africa’s game• Januaries keeps Mandela spirit alive in France • Rugby museum stirs Bok memories • Football in Africa: a visual quiz• Dale Steyn helps kids to aim high  Shamin ChibbaSouth Africa’s biggest sports rival is, without doubt, Australia. Matches between the two nations across most sporting codes are scorching affairs where the results are unpredictable. The Aussies even wear green and gold, like the South Africans. They may be hated, but they do bring out the best in our sportsmen and women.Most of the competitiveness is concentrated in rugby and cricket, but it’s not unusual to find the two countries also pulling each other’s hair in the swimming pool or on the hockey field or netball court.In a Fox Sports opinion piece published in 2014, Australian writer Antony Pinshaw admitted that South Africa was Australia’s biggest rivals in world sport. “We love to beat the Kiwis and rejoice when we roll the Poms, but it is fair to say our fiercest sporting rivalry is not either of these nations… The Rainbow Nation is our fiercest rival.”He goes on to talk about the clashes between the countries in rugby and cricket, and even compares the countries’ sportspeople. “From netball and football to swimming and lawn bowls, our two nations seem to bring the best out of each other. And for every one of our great sportspeople, they seem to have an equivalent. We have Greg Norman; they have Ernie Els (and Gary Player). We have Susie O’Neill; they have Penny Heyns. We have Tim Cahill; they have Steven Pienaar.”We present to you statistics of games played between South Africa and Australia in rugby union and cricket. RugbyThe first test between the two sides took place on 8 July 1933, at Newlands, Cape Town; South Africa won 17-3. The Boks went on to dominate the Wallabies from that period until 1971, winning 21 of the 28 games played. But in 1972, Australia supported the boycott of sporting contacts with South Africa because of apartheid. The two would only meet 20 years later, back at Newlands. And the Wallabies welcomed the Boks back to international rugby with a 26-3 thrashing.CricketSouth Africa and Australia first faced each other on the cricket pitch in 1902, when the test in Johannesburg ended in a draw. Since then, the two sides have played 90 mores tests against each other, with Australia winning 50 of those.Australian great Sir Donald Bradman might have terrorised South African bowlers with the bat during his playing career, but he was the most outspoken against South Africa’s all-white team during the apartheid era.Bradman opposed South Africa’s tour of Australia in 1971-72 but according to Australian writer and activist Martin Hodgson, Bradman believed South African cricketers were exempt because they had shown their opposition to racism. In a letter to Australian editor Rohan Rivett, he wrote: “They have tried harder than our protesters to do something about it. I cannot see why they should be blamed for the attitudes of a government with which they disagree.”Bradman even flew to South Africa to meet the then prime minister, John Vorster, to discuss the issue. When he asked the reason for leaving out black players in cricket, Vorster said they were intellectually inferior and would not cope with the intricacies of cricket. Bradman asked Vorster: “Have you ever heard of Garry Sobers?”Back in Australia, he announced that they would not play South Africa until it had chosen a team on a non-racial bias. The two sides would not face each other again until December 1993 in Melbourne. Memorable matchesNo South African who watched the 1999 World Cup semi-final will ever forget it when Lance Klusener slogged South Africa into a winning position. With one run to win, a wicket remaining and three balls to spare, Klusener struck the ball and ran for the single but Alan Donald did not follow up. It was a heart-sinking moment when Donald, in an attempt to reach the other end, dropped his bat and was run-out, giving Australia a place in the final. Seven years later, Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg was host to one of the most thrilling one-day encounters in cricket history. On 12 March 2006, Australia set the highest total in one-day cricket history at the time of 434 runs. And then South Africa surpassed that total in the same game, setting a new record of 438 runs. South Africans who represented AustraliaAustralia has gladly taken South African sporting talent and made them theirs. Some of the three athletes, though, chose to play for Australia as a way to escape apartheid South Africa.The first South African cricket captain in the new South Africa, Kepler Wessels, played for Australia between 1982 and 1986. Thinking that he would not be able to represent his home country, he became the first South African-born person to play for Australia. He also became the 13th Australian to score a century on his debut, which was against England.He retired from the national team in 1986, expressing his disillusionment with Australian cricket. But six years later he found himself back in the international test frame as South Africa’s captain after the country was reinstated into the International Cricket Council.Durban-born rugby player Clyde Rathbone played centre for the Wallabies 26 times. However, before making his mark in Australia, he captained the South African under-21 side to victory in the 2002 u-21 Rugby World Cup and for KwaZulu-Natal side the Sharks in the then Super 12.At the end of 2002, he moved to Australia and qualified to play for the Wallabies by virtue of having an Australian-born paternal grandmother.East London surfer Wendy Botha also traded her South African colours for those of Australia. A four-time world champion, she won her first title as a South African in 1987. But after adopting Australian citizenship to avoid travel restrictions placed on the apartheid government, she went on to win three more in 1989, 1991 and 1992.Botha earned widespread fame when she posed nude for the September 1992 issue of the Australian edition of Playboy magazine, earning the magazine its first sold out issue.In 2009, Botha was inducted into the Surfing Walk of Fame in Huntington Beach, California, as Woman of the Year.last_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd staff member: Sad and gloomy before Solskjaer

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd staff member: Sad and gloomy before Solskjaerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United staff say the change of atmosphere since manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appointment has been obvious.Polly Johnson, who works in the club’s museum, spoke with VG about the change around the club.”I work here on every match day. I go up to my lodge and know the mood. This fall has been sad and gloomy. It’s not been uplifting,” says Johnson.”But when I went to the stadium on Wednesday (Solskjaer’s first home game), I started to cry. It was amazing! There is a huge difference. Everyone has a wonderful feeling because of Solskjaer.” last_img read more

9 months ago​Bayern Munich star Muller suspended for Liverpool games

first_img​Bayern Munich star Muller suspended for Liverpool gamesby Ansser Sadiq9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBayern Munich will be without influential attacker Thomas Muller for their two legs against Liverpool in the Champions League round of 16.Muller was sent off against Ajaz and UEFA has decided to give him a two match ban, as his incident was deemed violent conduct.Bayern and Liverpool go head to head in February at Anfield, followed by the return fixture at the Allianz Arena in March.The Reds are top of the Premier League, while Bayern are six points adrift of Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga. About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Delays in production distribution could impact Canadians looking to get flu shot

first_imgOTTAWA – It may be harder this year for Canadians to get their flu shots because of delays in producing and distributing the vaccine.The federal government says some provincial flu vaccination programs may need to wait until supplies are worked out.The Public Health Agency of Canada co-ordinates purchases by the provinces.It says 55 per cent of the total order is currently available to be distributed across the country.The agency aims to have 90 per cent of the supply by the end of the month.The problem is being blamed on a shortage at the manufacturing level.Health Canada recommends the flu vaccine for everyone over six months of age, especially the elderly, kids under five, pregnant woman and people with cancer, diabetes and other diseases.last_img read more

The English Premier League Starts Today Heres One Reason To Watch

Beautiful, ain’t it? Americans’ interest in soccer is about three times higher during the World Cup than it usually is, judging by how often they search for the sport on Google. But that isn’t true for other countries. In England, where the English Premier League will kick off its season on Saturday, club play is followed almost as enthusiastically as international competition. The same is true in Spain, Italy, Brazil and Mexico.What accounts for the international appeal of soccer? One factor may be the comparative simplicity of its rulebook. Product designers have long appreciated the value of simplicity, which offers a gentler learning curve and fewer opportunities for mistranslation.I downloaded the FIFA Laws of the Game along with the rulebooks for the NFL, NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball. Then I counted the number of words in each one, excluding indices. This is a simple proxy for the complexity of each sport.Soccer is doing more with less; FIFA’s rulebook has just over 20,000 words. By contrast, the NBA’s has 30,000, MLB’s is close to 50,000, the NHL’s is nearly 60,000 and the NFL’s is 70,000.The correlation between the simplicity of a sport’s rulebook and its global popularity is almost one to one. Soccer, with its simple rulebook, is followed in almost every country. Basketball increasingly is, too. The more complex sports have less global appeal. Baseball is popular in the Americas and Japan but not yet elsewhere. Hockey fans are almost exclusively concentrated in the U.S., Canada, Northern Europe and Russia. American football has few fans outside America itself.Philosophers have also long recognized a connection between simplicity and beauty (indeed, long before soccer came to be known as “The Beautiful Game,” it was known as “The Simplest Game” instead). This June, when I attended a couple of World Cup matches at the Maracanã, in Rio de Janeiro, I was struck by how rich the experience was with so few frills. There was no 60-yard-long Jumbotron — there were hardly any scoreboards. There weren’t many words spoken, on or off the pitch.Soccer can get away with this minimalist presentation because of the simplicity of its rulebook; you don’t need Ed Hochuli to come out and explain the difference between offsides and encroachment and a neutral zone infraction.Instead, when Chile scored against Spain in their Group B match, it sounded something like this (sorry about my shaky camera work): read more