Horoscope: November 5, 2020:

first_imgprintA baby born today has a Sun in Scorpio and a Moon in Cancer.HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020:Realistic, razor-sharp and charismatic, you tell the truth. This gets you into the best possible trouble this year, and you become even more successful. Don’t be afraid of having a truth about you revealed. If single, you often begin and end a romance suddenly, but in 2021 you decide to stick it out. If attached, you have a transformative connection with your soul mate. LEO brings you to heaven.The Stars Show the Kind of Day You’ll Have: 5-Dynamic; 4-Positive; 3-Average; 2-So-so; 1-DifficultARIES (March 21-April 19)★★★Seek inner harmony and release stress. A family member is feeling very adventurous and might surprise you by taking a gamble. Take sensible precautions, and all will be well. Genealogical study uncovers interesting facts. Tonight: It’s a wonderful time to redecorate your workspace.TAURUS (April 20-May 20)★★★A sibling or neighbor is changing. Don’t be in denial when obvious signs are being sent. Be diplomatic when discussing controversial issues. Call ahead and confirm plans. Transportation needs are being considered and information exchange is very important. Tonight: Return calls promptly.GEMINI (May 21-June 20)★★★★Your thoughts mostly revolve around your earning power. You work hard for your family’s security. Shop for an item you’ve long coveted in the days before the pandemic. Keep receipts; a purchase might have to be exchanged. Tonight: Study your habits regarding money.CANCER (June 21-July 22)★★★★★Today marks one of the most promising times all year. Career and personal opportunities abound. Enjoy life and put plans in motion for future dreams. Write your New Year’s resolutions, schedule appointments, and begin projects you’ve been interested in. Tonight: Celebrate quietly.LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)★★★Memories of a lost love must be kept in perspective. Your interest in helping the disadvantaged grows. Quietly, you will act and do much good in the world. Tonight: There are thoughts and feelings you’d prefer to keep to yourself for the time being.VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)★★★★You will enjoy chance meetings with those from your past. A reunion with a longtime friend is likely. You might reconsider the pursuit of a dream once abandoned. Get in touch with your inner voice for direction. Tonight: Consult with a group.LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)★★★★★Today is all about professional aspirations and your ambitions. You will attract attention. Pursue opportunities that showcase your capabilities. You’re entering a more promising security cycle. You might have gone from rags to riches more than once. Tonight: A sigh of relief.SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)★★★★★Expect an increase in energy and motivation. Take time to exercise. Travel is favored, as are journeys of the mind and spirit. There is much to learn. If you’ve always yearned to write, now is the time. Tonight: A sense of the miraculous prevails.SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)★★★★Today puts you in tune with your potential. Fate is at work in your life. Some things just are or are not meant to be. Appreciate synchronicities, and you’ll be guided to manifest what’s best. Heed signs. Tonight: Your energy level is especially high.CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)★★★Today reveals much about a close partner. Companions offer suggestions. Reality is clouded. If in doubt, wait for the facts to be revealed before making choices. Revel in the attraction of opposites. Tonight: A much sought-after dinner with a loved one.AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)★★★Your sense of adventure deepens. You’ll yearn to wander and explore. Dreams and visions must not be taken literally. Direct your heightened imagination and creativity into constructive ends. A domestic matter demands your attention and can be sorted out. Tonight: An especially healthy meal.PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)★★★★Today ushers in a cycle of happiness. Reach out to those you care about (even one you haven’t talked to in a long time), visit an art display or complete creative projects. Get all the facts before acting. Tonight: Patience is a must.Born today: Singer Art Garfunkel (1941), playwright Sam Shepard (1943), actress Tilda Swinton (1960) Twitter Linkedin ReddIt Twitter Tamia Banks Horoscope: April 29, 2021 Tamia Bankshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tamia-banks/ Horoscope: May 2, 2021 Horoscope: May 1, 2021 Previous articleEpisode 224 – CFB Week 9, NFL Week 8 RecapNext articleEquestrian team member inducted into NCHA Youth Hall of Fame Tamia Banks RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Tamia Bankshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tamia-banks/ Horoscope: May 1, 2021 + posts Horoscope: April 29, 2021 ReddIt Horoscope: May 2, 2021 Linkedin Horoscope: April 30, 2021 Horoscope: April 28, 2021 Facebook Tamia Bankshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tamia-banks/ Facebook Horoscope: April 30, 2021 Tamia Bankshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tamia-banks/last_img read more


Avalon Variety

first_imgGrowers who are anxious to buy large quantities of the newest pecan cultivar, ‘Avalon,’ will likely be disappointed as supplies are low, according to University of Georgia pecan breeder Patrick Conner. The new UGA-bred cultivar will be released this spring.Conner is currently using graft wood from certified, nontopworked trees (those grafted in nursery) to produce Avalon trees. Conner has to see the flowers and nuts of a tree to identify them as being ‘Avalon’ before certifying the tree as a source of graft wood.“That requires you to grow them until they’re 4 or 5 years old, when they flower and fruit. At that point, I can look at them and certify them as true-to-type. Then we can use that wood to produce more trees in the nursery,” he said.A limited number of trees have been certified. In a few years, enough graft wood will be available to produce enough trees to meet demand, Conner said.‘Avalon’ is the first pecan cultivar released by Conner. The cultivar shows strong resistance to pecan scab disease, which is the biggest limiting factor to pecan production in south Georgia. ‘Avalon’ exhibited no signs of scab in sprayed orchards and limited traces of scab in unsprayed orchards during research trials on the UGA Tifton campus.‘Avalon’ is patented by UGA, and four Georgia nurseries are licensed to sell the trees. Conner expects demand for ‘Avalon’ trees to be high because it produces a bigger nut and has shown high resistance to pecan scab.“I really expect it to be quite popular. It’s an easy-to-grow cultivar. It doesn’t seem to have any strong flaws that have to be managed. I think it’s something that can work for a large number of growers, those who have limited acreage as well as those who have large acreage,” Conner said.Growers will only have to apply chemicals a couple of times a year with ‘Avalon,’ Conner said. In extremely wet years, producers can spray susceptible cultivars upwards of 20 times to counter scab disease, which thrives on moisture.“Even with full spray coverage on ‘Desirable’ trees, in a really wet year, you could still get severe damage and crop loss,” Conner said. “’Avalon’ gives you some assurance during a really wet year.”Pecan production has increased dramatically in Georgia over the past decade. An estimated 20,000 to 25,000 new pecan acres have been planted in Georgia over the past five years, according to a recent survey by UGA Cooperative Extension.UGA will host a daylong “Beginners Pecan Production Course” on Tuesday, April 18, at the Tifton Campus Conference Center in Tifton, Georgia. Attendees can learn more about the ‘Avalon’ cultivar and find out about other factors that impact pecan production. Those interested can register at http://bit.ly/2nKhLV9.Pecans are a high-value crop for Georgia growers. Pecans were worth more than $361 million in farm gate value in 2015, according to the 2015 Georgia Farm Gate Value Report released by the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development.last_img read more


UCL Preview: Real Madrid aim to continue good form against Wolfsburg

first_imgDani Carvajal has promised Real Madrid will attack Wolfsburg when the two sides meet in the Champions League quarter-final at the Volkswagen Arena on Wednesday.Zinedine Zidane’s men are on a high after coming from behind to defeat Barcelona 2-1 in El Clasico on Saturday, despite the dismissal of Sergio Ramos.It leaves Real still seven points off the pace in the Primera Divison, but Carvajal is looking to continue their recent good run of form – which includes six consecutive wins – with an attacking performance against Wolfsburg.The 24-year-old told Realmadrid.com: “We’re going to win, not thinking about the second leg at our stadium.”We have to go out as strong as possible for the first half hour, try to get on top of the opposition and to get a goals. We know that scoring away from home is very important so we’ll go for it.”  Los Blancos have been in fine form in Europe this season, conceding just three goals, and are currently unbeaten as they seek to claim an unprecedented 11th European title.Their opponents, Wolfsburg, have already created history having reached the last eight of the competition for the first time.After beating Manchester United to qualify from Group B, the German side went on to beat Gent 4-2 on aggregate before being drawn against Real Madrid – a game which has added meaning for midfielder Josuha Guilavogui. “This is a derby for me,” he told uefa.com. “I was part of the Atletico squad that beat Real Madrid 1-0 with a goal from Diego Costa, so why not aim to repeat that kind of performance?”Of course we will need to defend well because they have such a strong attack with Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo, so we will need to defend really well and then play well on the counter.”Team newsWolfsburgwill be without the likes of Sebastian Jung, Naldo, and Caligiuri for the visit of Real.Benaglio and Bas Dost are also doubts for the game at the Volkswagen Arena. Zidane has no such problems as Real have a fully fit squad to choose from for the match against the Bundesliga side.  –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more


Live playoff updates: Warriors come back to beat Blazers in Game 3

first_imgJoin us Saturday at 6 p.m. for live scoring, news and analysis as the Warriors are in Portland hoping for an upset and a 3-0 series lead in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals against the Trail Blazers.The Warriors, 2 1/2 point underdogs Saturday, are facing a Blazers team that’s gone 37-10 at the Moda Center this season. Portland has won 13 of its last 14 games at home.Golden State has split its two … Click here if you’re unable to view the video or gallery on your mobile device.last_img


Bond Exchange secures growth capital

first_img11 September 2008The Bond Exchange of South Africa (Besa) has secured the necessary approvals in support of its rights issue to raise new capital, with underwriting partners that include the New Zealand Exchange, local banks and other financial institutions securing the transaction.“We are tremendously excited by what the fresh capital injection and new partners will deliver for our business,” Besa chief executive Garth Greubel said in a statement last week.“The effect of this transaction is to significantly strengthen our shareholder and capital base, with certain strategic partners also being represented on the board, while maintaining our commitment to the bond market and existing shareholders.”The rights issue is the second phase of Besa’s development strategy, following the exchange’s demutualisation in 2007.After the rights issue, at least 30% of Besa’s equity will be held by strategic partners, providing valuable support in order to execute the exchange’s vision of building better markets. Formalities relating to the transaction will be concluded at Besa’s annual general meeting towards the end of September.BondClear projectAccording to Besa, a project that will contribute significantly in driving growth is BondClear, a new central counterparty clearing house that it is presently establishing. BondClear will provide clearing and central counterparty (CCP) services to South African financial markets, initially for interest-rate derivatives listed on the bond exchange.“We are optimistic about BondClear, in which NASDAQ OMX is a direct shareholder,” Greubel said. “NASDAQ OMX is one of the world’s largest exchange companies, with trading technology capabilities across six continents.”Shareholder and market support for the rights, the BondClear project and other strategic initiatives that Besa is undertaking have been positive, while company management has already received irrevocable commitments in writing from shareholders, in excess of the necessary requirements, approving the capitalisation transaction.Strong market performanceAccording to Besa, these initiatives are being undertaken against the backdrop of strong market performance in the exchange’s core bonds franchise.Annual bond market turnover topped R13.8-trillion in calendar 2007. During 2008 bond turnover surged, with a record monthly figure of R1.486-trillion reported in February.This has since been consistently exceeded from May through to August, when turnover reached a new record R1.956-trillion for the month. It is anticipated that turnover will top R17-trillion for 2008, representing an annualised velocity of 28 times market cap.Besa now faced one of the most exciting and ambitious phases in the company’s development as an exchange, Greubel said.“Our new capital will leave us well positioned to drive value through our existing core business and extend our set of products and services to financial market participants, as well as accelerating financial market infrastructure development in South Africa,” he said.“We are excited by what the future holds for us as a business and the positive contribution it will make towards strengthening competition in South African financial markets.”SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more


Google Maps Now Makes Getting on the Right Train Easier

first_imgOne More Feature That Sets Google Apart from the CompetitionWhile this is only a small addition to Google’s mapping product, the constant drumbeat of new features and partnerships that Google Maps announces on an almost-weekly basis makes it hard for competitors like Bing Maps to keep pace. Even though Bing Maps offers a very competitive set of mapping and directions features that still outperform Google Maps in many ways, Google is currently offering a more comprehensive set of features. Thanks to Google’s strong emphasis on getting local businesses to update their own data in Google Maps, the company is also able to offer better results for local searches.Given Microsoft’s renewed focus on Bing – and the Web in general – it would be wrong to count Bing Maps out, but for the time being, it looks like it will be hard for Microsoft to catch up with Google. Earlier this month, Google announced the addition of biking directions to Google Maps. Today, Google is also enhancing its maps by adding more data about local public transit options. Whenever you search for a train station in Google Maps, you can now see a list of transit lines that service this station. Google Maps will also display the next scheduled departure times for every line.We have to say, however, that while this feature worked great for the example given in Google’s blog post (“Zurich HB“) and most of the larger transit stations in big cities like New York, finding the right name for smallertrain stations can be rather frustrating. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Google#news#NYT#web frederic lardinois Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more


Logitech launches iPad cases, Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 Keyboard folio

first_imgLogitech has launched three new tablet cases in India, which cater to the iPad Air, iPad mini with retina display and Samsung Galaxy tab 4 10.1.  Both the Big Bang cases cost Rs 4,995, while the Keyboard Folio for the Samsung Galaxy Tab costs Rs 6,495.The Big Bang cases for the iPad Air and iPad mini with retina display are rugged protective cases. Logitech claims extreme durability as it is made up of shock absorbent materials, which have been utilised in aerospace, automotive and sports products. It’s also an impact protective case and protects both the versions of the iPad from bumps, scratches and spills, claims Logitech.According to the company, both the cases have been dropped from an height of 1.4 meters, which exceeds the US Military standard of 1.22 meters.The keyboard folio has been specifically designed for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1. It’s essentially a keyboard attachment, which doubles as a case. It has a dual view stand, which works in two positions for typing.It has a secure lock system in place, which according to Logitech keeps the tablet latched on and makes for easy removal of the tablet. Logitech, claims that the case is water repellent and built using materials that will protect the tablet from accidental spills, bumps or drops.Follow writer on Twitter @DigitallyBoneslast_img read more


NBA commissioner Silver wants more female refs—and coaches

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew FILE – In this Feb. 16, 2019, file photo, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks during the NBA All-Star festivities in Charlotte, N.C. Silver said Thursday, May 9, 2019, the he wants half of all new referees joining the league to be women, and he would like to see teams hire female coaches, too. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)WASHINGTON— NBA Commissioner Adam Silver wants half of all new referees joining the league to be women — and he would like to see teams hire female coaches, too.In an appearance Thursday for The Economic Club of Washington, D.C., Silver said two of the past five refs added from the developmental G-League were women, bringing the total number of female officials to three.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venuecenter_img In December, the Indiana Pacers made Kelly Krauskopf the first woman to hold the title of assistant general manager in the NBA.Among the other topics he was asked about Thursday was the NBA’s one-and-done rule, and Silver reiterated that he has changed his stance on the issue and is willing to let 18-year-old players enter the league.“I have changed my position. It’s a tough one, because not all the teams agree with me on this,” Silver said, estimating that about half of the league’s clubs are in favor of the switch.He said the NBA and the players’ union are “in active discussions” about that policy and he said any change probably wouldn’t happen before the 2022 season. That’s because some teams already have traded away picks in upcoming drafts, and because that is the year current freshmen in high school would be eligible to head to the pros.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s an area, frankly, where I’ve acknowledged that I’m not sure how it was that it remained so male-dominated for so long. Because it’s an area of the game where physically, certainly, there’s no benefit to being a man, as opposed to a woman, when it comes to refereeing,” Silver said.“The goal is: Going forward, it should be roughly 50-50 of new officials entering in the league,” he said. “Same for coaches, by the way. We have a program, too. There’s no reason why women shouldn’t be coaching men’s basketball.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThere has never been a female head coach in the NBA.Becky Hammon of the San Antonio Spurs was the league’s first full-time female assistant. Kristi Toliver worked as an assistant coach for the Washington Wizards this season; she also still plays for the WNBA’s Mystics in the same city. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments Tiger Woods brings buzz to golf and to the PGA Championship Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more



first_imgThe music was blaring, the laughter was long and loud, however the outfits were pretty ordinary, the quality of the performers was questionable, and the dance moves, well, the cast from the movie “Step Up” have nothing to worry about from this lot when they sign up to screen test the sequel…The National 18 Years Youth Development Squad were ‘competing’ in a friendly “dance off” competition as a team building activity at the TFA Inaugural Youth Development Camp at the Runaway Bay Sports Centre on Queensland’s Gold Coast in January 2006.Players had to perform random routines from across a range of categories – anything from ballroom to gangster rap… anything the guest mentors and coaches thought would stretch the dance repertoire of our brightest young touch football starlets.Players who adhered to the edict made famous in the movie “Strictly Ballroom” of “using their own flashy, crowd pleasing, non federation dance steps” were scored best by the mentors and coaches. The competition was set down along traditional State of Origin enemy lines, Qld v NSW…or so the competitors thought…At the height of the intense “dance off”, a new team entered the contest…Dressed in their fashionable “Jim jams”, and sporting bright green zinc with the letters “TAS” emblazoned across their faces, youngsters Emma Haines and Emily Hudson from Tasmania entered the fray.The outgoing Tasmanians danced up a storm and took the challenge right up to the opposition and made a huge statement about who they were, the pride they felt in their home State, and their place in the fabric of the National squad.Haines and Hudson (whose footwork was infinitely better on the field than on the dance floor) impressed all at the Inaugural Youth Camp with their talent, passion, skill, and enthusiasm for the sport.Their attitude to learning and improving was exceptional, and their ability to apply new knowledge was duly noted.Twelve months on Emily Hudson 16, is progressing well and is sure to be a leading light in the Tasmanian 18 Years Girls team at the National 18 Years Championships in Coffs Harbour from 19-22 September 2007.Emma Haines, after representing Crusaders at the last two National Touch League tournaments in the Women’s Open division, continues to go from strength to strength.Emma was one of 93 of Australia’s best Youth Touch Footballers who took their first steps towards selection for the 2009 Youth World Cup during a comprehensive training camp on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast from Thursday June 29 to Sunday July 1, 2007.The young talent described the opportunity to take part in the latest National Youth Camp as “awesome”. “It’s great meeting new people, getting new experiences and working with new coaches. Just to get information and to soak it all in is really good and you’re always learning something,” she said. The 19-year-old plays for local club Condors in the Southern Touch Association in Hobart and  has been playing Touch Football for seven years.Emma’s Dad Stephen, and mother Janet, are both long serving Tasmanian Touch Football representatives who have been  a constant support and the driving force behind Emma’s career.Stephen represented Tasmania at Men’s Open, Men’s 30s, and Men’s 35s level and was selected in the Australian Men’s 35s Merit team at the National Championships in 1992.Janet was a pivotal player in the Tasmanian Women’s Open Team for many years, and they are both immensely proud of their talented daughter’s achievements.“She absolutely loves Touch, she is so excited about being in the National squad and she just looks forward to every game she plays, at home or against the best players from Interstate. She works hard, and is very focussed on achieving her goals and we’re happy to support her in whatever direction she wants to take in the future,” Stephen said.Emma’s position as one of Australia’s leading Youth players will benefit her home state immensely. The bubbly youngster is already being promoted as a role model and a mentor to Tasmanian junior representative teams.She is sure to introduce some of the skills she picks up at events such as the National Youth Training camp to her local competition in the same way that current Australian Open stars Bo de la Cruz (Northern Territory) and Shelley Matcham and Rebecca Tavo (Western Australia) have done for their respective states.  Haines said she really enjoyed witnessing the difference in play on the mainland. “It’s a lot faster and there are better skills in other states because they’ve got a lot more players to choose from and higher level coaching. It’s good, but I still love playing at home because there are lots of friendships down here. That’s where I started so I always respect everyone.” Haines said the most enjoyable thing about Touch Football is the friendships and social aspect of the game. You couldn’t half tell, very rarely will you ever see the young Tasmanian with anything other than a huge smile on her face… even during fitness testing!The young tyro revels in the big time atmosphere and gives the impression that she belongs. She is confident and believes in her own ability, but is conscious of the gaps in her learning and seizes every opportunity to improve and develop.“I just try and be myself. You look at all the names and their talent and it is a bit intimidating, but once we get started, I just figure I’m like everybody else, and it’s heaps of fun. I have heaps to learn and I have a great chance to improve, so I just go as hard as I can,” Emma said.Current Australian Women’s Open Coach Kerry Norman was involved in the recent National Youth Training Camp and has watched Haines for the past three years.Norman said, as well as being immensely talented, one of the ‘Tassie Devil’s’ best attributes was her outgoing nature.  “The thing that impressed me was that she can come into a camp and probably not know anyone, but she’ll just fit in with everyone. She’s accepted really well by the others and she’s got a great personality for the sport,” Norman said.  The Australian coach also said Haines’ ability to put advice to good use was impressive. “When she’s given advice at a tournament she goes away and comes back and you can see that she’s grown as a player. I see Emma as a future representative, especially at youth level,” she said.  Emma’s fellow National 20 Years Youth squad members also see her immense value to the program as a player and a person. Queensland’s Alyce “The Rat” Hulbert, and NSW’s Nicole “Sero” Beck, were full of praise for the Tasmanian’s contributions at National Youth camps.“She’s great – full of energy. She talks to everyone and is always smiling, great fun to be around and she makes friends quickly. On the field, she never ever gives up and runs the whole time. I feel like she’s always got my back in defence as well, and she just seems to pick up with the squad where she left off last time. She learns quickly and she has everyone’s respect because she just competes hard always,” Hulbert said.Beck was similarly impressed with Haines’ progress.“Emma’s really outgoing and makes a real effort to get to know everyone…she loves the social things as well – she is not the least bit shy or self conscious. She definitely flies the Tassie flag! On the field, she is always asking questions and takes everything in. She is always keen and just gives everything she’s got. She always steps up and keeps going all day. She is a big asset to the program,” Beck said. Touch Football at the elite level has long been dominated by the “super powers” Queensland and New South Wales who with long established histories in the sport and strong links to the Rugby codes have been able to consolidate Touch Football as a mainstream game of choice.A plethora of skilled and experienced technical personnel in Queensland and New South Wales have also helped create an accelerated training and learning environment across their entire States to allow an elite level of competition to prosper.The sport is blessed to have Elite players and coaches in every State, but there is little doubt that the pathway to the top has a few more obstacles for talented players in the emerging States.The tyranny of distance, the reliance on Satellite coaching and correspondence, the limited quality high level week to week competition, the lack of consistent interaction and training with elite level peers, limited access to the latest developments in skills, techniques, and game play in the sport could all add up to significant roadblocks to representative participant development.These difficulties have been identified by each State, and as the sport continues to grow, more State’s are advancing High Performance Programs and camps to help improve, expand, and access representative pathways for players, coaches, and referees.Maree Tomlin, Tasmania’s Director of Elite Programs and a highly respected National Selector for the past thirteen years, is mindful of providing pathways for talented representatives in every State.“It’s really important that we offer experiences and programs, particularly for our Youth players. We don’t have well-established competitions and experienced coaches and a lot of Elite players, but we will be looking to improve the situation with the development of pathways with TFA and the High Performance area in the near future.We want talented players like Emma to have access to opportunities that will further her touch football career and we are very keen to help make the pathway smoother for a lot of our talented players in the future,” Mrs. Tomlin said.TFA High Performance Coordinator Wayne Grant is mindful of the need to provide effective High performance programs all over the nation.“We have identified the need to assist each State towards a High Performance Program. We are working closely with the States to assist them in developing representative pathways for their members. There are key areas TFA can assist the States with, such as identifying appropriate TID events, player development programs, access to elite player mentoring, coaching development and mentoring, and administration and support structures. It is a high priority to help review and implement High Performance processes that achieve the outcomes each State targets,” Mr. Grant said. For now Emma Haines will keep working hard and looking forward to her next chance to learn.She says her position in the current Youth World Cup squad is her proudest achievement in the sport. There is no doubt she is aiming to earn a berth for Australia in the 2009 Federation of International Touch Youth World Cup. “It would be so great getting to represent your country. It would be awesome playing at the highest level, to step up and see if you can make it,” she said.If Emma is a part of the final contingent she will be the first female Tasmanian to represent Australia at Youth World Cup level, and only the second Tasmanian in history behind Mark Holloway who played in the Australian 20 Years Mixed Team at the 2005 FIT Youth World Cup. Beyond that though, the young star has one major goal. “The ultimate would be to play for the Australian Women’s Open team,” she said. The dance skills may still need some work, but if the popular Tasmanian remains dedicated to her training and improving her skill level, maintains her outstanding attitude to learning, continues her rate of development on the field, and keeps that smile going for the duration, anything is possible.last_img read more