POET-DSM Joins Advanced Ethanol Council

first_imgHome Energy POET-DSM Joins Advanced Ethanol Council Facebook Twitter By Andy Eubank – Mar 11, 2014 SHARE Facebook Twitter POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels is the newest member to join theAdvanced Ethanol Council (AEC).“As cellulosic ethanol becomes a growing force in fulfilling biofuel requirements in the U.S., it’s important for POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels to work with other industry leaders to help shape policies that ensure consumer understanding of – and access to – its environmental, economic and energy-security benefits,” said Steve Hartig, General Manager – Licensing for POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels.The joint venture between ethanol production company POET and Royal DSM, a Netherlands-based bio science company, is nearing completion of a 25 million gallon per year cellulosic ethanol biorefinery called Project LIBERTY, located in Emmetsburg, Iowa. The technology developed for the facility is available for licensing to develop other low-carbon, cellulosic ethanol production plants.“As a key player in the industry that has the proven know-how to scale up its advanced technology to commercial scale, POET-DSM is a strong, strategic addition to the Council’s ranks as cellulosic ethanol moves from the development stage to full-scale commercial production in 2014,” said Brooke Coleman, Executive Director of the AEC. SHARE POET-DSM Joins Advanced Ethanol Council Previous articleTime to Submit National Anthem Videos for Third FMC ContestNext articleFarmers Becoming Bloggers Andy Eubanklast_img read more

Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts performs “Carousel”

first_img Previous articleTime for music, reading and learning at Southwest Regional LibraryNext articleTCU Sizzle Reel (Ep. 08 – Halloween films, The Walking Dead and more) Morgan Heinrich RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ReddIt Linkedin Morgan Heinrichhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/morgan-heinrich/ Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday Morgan Heinrich TCU Tailgates in The 109 + posts Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Linkedin printThe Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts will perform Richard Rodger and Oscar Hammerstein’s musical “Carousel” on Oct. 28-30 and Nov. 3-5 at the Mary D. & F. Howard Walsh Fine Arts Center.The production has required complete collaboration between the school’s music department, theater department, dance department and the visual arts department, said Clint Riley, the Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts Executive Director.“This story is heavy because it’s about a man who has made mistakes in his life and he now has the opportunity to go back and try to correct them,” Riley said. “Our students have the skill to sing, act and dance in this heavy material but with these really beautiful and complex dance sequences.”Riley said the production requires a very high skill level to successfully perform.“Whether it’s singing, or acting, or dancing—we are very fortunate to have students that are all very good at what they do,” he said.Students worked on the scenery, made the costumes, and even choreographed their own dances, said Riley.“This musical is not just about the talent on stage, but the talent behind the scenes,” Riley said.There were multiple reasons why the school chose to perform “Carousel” this year, said Riley.“We look at our student population—we look at the number of students that are looking to fill the female and male roles and their capabilities,” he said.Riley said the school chose the musical for educational reasons as well.“This musical is one of the best musicals of the 20th century,” Riley said. “We wanted to pull from a classical piece and this is a very hard piece to perform so our students are learning and excelling at it.”The musical follows a 19th century romance between a charming carousel barker, Billy Bigelow, and a pretty innocent millworker, Julie Jordan. The attractive young couple quickly marries but they soon find themselves unemployed and in need of money which strains their relationship. Billy then discovers Julie is pregnant and resorts to extreme measures for money which lead to tragedy.Riley said the cast is a mix of students from different grade and skill levels.“Some of our cast members have been with us since third grade, while others are only in their first years of performing in musicals,” he said. “I would say we have a pretty diverse group.”Billy Bigelow will be played by junior Caleb Wilson while Julie Jordan, Bigelow’s wife, will be played by junior Jayden Goldberg.“While Caleb has a background in theater, Jayden has a background in opera training,” Riley said. “She has traveled all over from D.C. to Italy—this is what she wants to do career-wise.”Louise Bigelow, the daughter of Bigelow and Jordan, will be performed by Bailey Poe.“Bailey has a background in musical theater and actually spent her summer in New York City with a musical theater training program,” said Riley.Riley said “Carousel” is the excellent opportunity for all the leading actors to display their talents.“This is a strong classical piece with serious vocal training within the musical theater genre so it is the perfect fit for our leading actors,” Riley said.The website for tickets is www.FWAFA.org/tickets.The show dates and times are:Friday, October 28 at 7 p.m.Saturday, October 29 at 7 p.m.Sunday, October 30 at 3 p.m.Thursday, November 3 at 7 p.m.Friday, November 4 at 7 p.m.Saturday, November 5 at 7 p.m.Tickets prices:Advance: $15 adults | $6 studentsAt the Door: $18 adults | $8 students Twitter Paschal High School teacher wins excellence award ReddIt Morgan Heinrichhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/morgan-heinrich/ Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Morgan Heinrichhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/morgan-heinrich/ Facebook Twitter FW Academy of Fine Arts performing ‘There’s no Business Like SNOW Business’ Facebook FW Academy of Fine Arts performing ‘There’s no Business Like SNOW Business’ Morgan Heinrichhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/morgan-heinrich/last_img read more

Honduran Authorities Discover Cocaine-Processing Laboratory

first_img The Honduran authorities discovered a “well-equipped” cocaine-processing laboratory on 9 March in an isolated mountain area in the department of Cortés, around 280 km north of the capital, a police spokesperson told AFP. The spokesperson, Leonel Sauceda, said that the authorities were on the trail of a cocaine-processing installation, which “was discovered in the Cerro Negro [Black Peak] area, in the municipality of Omoa.” “This is the first drug-processing laboratory found in Honduras. Tents, a generator, two air compressors, and chemicals in barrels were found, in the best style of well-equipped laboratories in Colombia,” the officer emphasized. Sauceda explained that drug traffickers have been importing paste from South America in order to process the drug and ship it from Honduras to the United States. The Honduran authorities affirm that they are maintaining an offensive against drug traffickers, who have found sanctuary for their operations especially in unpopulated areas in the country’s east. By Dialogo March 11, 2011last_img read more

Tír Chonaill Gaels social evening last weekend a huge success

first_imgSummer Social & Presentation EveningA great night was had by all at our summer social evening at the Claddagh Ring on Saturday night. A good turnout saw the following awards presented:Young Player of the Year – Aidan Mc Garvey Senior Player of the Year – Liam GavaghanLadies Player of the Year – Lisa WalshThe Club Person of the Year was awarded jointly to Vince McCarthy and Jim Rice in recognition of their dedication and service to the club.The presentation was followed by an auction carried out by multi-talented club photographer Brendan Vaughan, with some fantastic prizes on offer. The club would like to thank all club members for supporting the night as well as those who sponsored prizes for the auction and the auction prize winners. A particular word of thanks to Marie Dillon who masterminded the night and to Finbar and all at the Claddagh Ring for their generous hospitality.CondolencesThe club would like to express its sympathy to former player Paddy Tinnelly and family on the passing of his father Patsy who passed away at the weekend. May he Rest in Peace.Fixtures & ResultsThe Seniors lost out to St. Kiernan’s in the league in sweltering conditions at the weekend at Greenford with the final score 1-13 to 0-12. The two teams lock horns again this coming Sunday, 31 st July at Greenford in the Conway Cup with throw-in at 12 noon at Greenford. The Juniors had a convincing win in the championship on Saturday after overcoming Shalloe Pearse’s in a full-blooded affair at Greenford winning by six points in the end 2-08 to 0-06. It’s back to the league next weekend when we face St. Anthony’s at Greenford on Saturday, 30 th with throw-in at6pm at Greenford.LadiesThe TCG Ladies suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of Dulwich Harps in Peckham on Sunday morning. Without a number of players and a referee, the game got off to a slow start from which it was difficult to recover from. The Gaels will come back fighting stronger after our first and only loss this year. Training as usual, Tuesday 7.30pm. CongratulationsCongratulations to the London Ladies who won the All-Britain Championship Final on Saturday in Coventry and in particular to the Tir Chonaill Gaels Ladies on the panel.Lottery Results 21 July 2016Numbers drawn 2, 13, 26 & 27Jackpot £3,000 – No Winner£25 Lucky Dip Winners:Niall Boyle, TCGHugh Cunningham, TCGConor Ferguson, c/o Liam SweeneyMichael McWilliamsNext draw 28th July at the clubhouseThank you for your support!Tír Chonaill Gaels social evening last weekend a huge success was last modified: July 25th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:social eveningTir Chonaill Gaelslast_img read more


first_imgHome made potions….With Horticulturist Gareth AustinGareth AustinGardeners are full of stories, like fisherman, and like fisherman many have no bases in fact. This applies to many home-made hotions and potions that gardeners use/recommend. However there are many ‘home made’ potions that show real results in the garden….here’s a few of my favourite, with some basics on how they work… Washing up LiquidSoapy water is a really effective control for greenfly, aphids and other small insects. These work on contact – so they have to come in direct contact with the wee soft skinned bugs you’re trying to control. So repeat application every 3-5 days is needed to ensure you get a high% of the bugs, and there best applied early in the day or late in the evening. The soapy water is great in that the vast majority of beneficial insects (the bees etc) aren’t affected by it at all. There is a big downside however, in that you can damage many plants with too high a concentration of soap, anything about 2% concentration can be damaging to plants. Best tip to avoid damage is to wash your plants a few hours after you’ve applied the soapy water.GarlicBrilliant stuff. In your shed you must keep a bottle of garlic concentrate (you’ll pick this up in good garden centres likes Robert Kee’s, Aurivo Stores, O’Donnel Garden Centre, The Flower Pot etc etc) or make your own by crushing a garlic bulb into a pint of water. Garlic can be used for so much in the garden. One of the most common is to prevent root fly damage to carrots, to do this after every time to weed, thin, or bruise the foliage in any way give the crops a wee overspray of some of your garlic. This masks the smell of the carrots; it’s this smell that attracts the adult rootfly to lay her eggs into the carrots. Another great use of Garlic is for slug control, and this works great!. Every 2 weeks give your slug sensitive plants – such as Hostas a wee water with the garlic water and this repels slugs from these plants, now is the time to be starting with the Garlic. Garlic doesn’t kill, it just repels.Rhubarb LeavesSomething which many gardeners throw away, there’s incorrect belief that these leaves are somehow dangerous to plants, but in fact they have a few great uses in the garden. Firstly as a compost activator – the big fleshy green leaves are a great source of fast acting nitrogen fertiliser, and will help to speed up the decomposition in a compost bin. Secondly as a slug repellent. The big rhubarb leaves contain high levels of Oxalic Acid, which is poisonous to us and many animals. If you boil up the rhubarb leaves you can make a great spray to deter caterpillars on your cabbages (and it’ll do Aphids too). MilkA milk sprayMakes a great fungicide, but you have to use full fat milk. I’ve used milk as a blackspot control on roses very effectively, and I’ve heard of other folks using it as a blight control on spuds. The milk works in two ways, the sugar content helps to give the plants a ‘pick up feed’ (we’ll cover this shortly) and the enzymes that it contains help to provide an antiseptic quality to the leaves of the plants. Milk works best as a preventative, so spray a 30% concentration of milk with water to susceptible plants, like the roses, or for mildew on courgettes, before any sign of disease. If the plant has some mildew or other disease then a spray of milk will help to prevent it spreading to the rest of the plant/neighbouring plants.HorseTail WeedHorsetail weed is an obnoxious weed, which is a nightmare to control. But it has a positive use in the garden, it makes a great fungicide for mildew and rust and for preventing damping off disease in seedlings. Just boil up a handful into a litre of water, and when cooled, bottle and then use this mixed 1 part to 5 parts water on the foliage and soil around the plants. HorsesTail Weed is high in silica, and this silica when applied to plants helps these plants to resist disease by increasing their light absorption skills, so in a way it’s a simple fertiliser.SugarThere are few more potent products in the house for garden health and wellbeing than Sugar. Plants Photosynthesise, converting sunlight into sugar every day of their lives, so what easier way to give plants a ‘pick up’ than to give them some sugar (remember your mum giving house plants Lemonade??). Sugar works wonders on the lawn too! Sugar is a very soft form of Nitrogen, and this promotes greening and development of foliage on plants. So if a plant is a bit poorly looking, give it some sugar, this will perk it up and encourage it to produce new foliage, and in turn this new leaves will allow the plant to photosynthesise and onwards and upwards.Urine Male urine can be useful in a few horticultural methods. Cat/Deer/fox repellent. The scent of male urine works well as an animal repellent, so if you’ve an issue with cats leaving presents in particular areas of the garden then send himself out to ‘irrigate’ the area. (or gather ‘supplies’ in an old milk carton and then apply a dash here or there around the garden. Urine is also a very effective fertiliser and compost activator, so again a dash now and again can be added to the compost pile, and a 20:1 mix with water makes a fast active fertiliser, high in Nitrogen and Phosphorus, which is great for lettuce and for the lawn.TinFoilMany insects navigate using light reflections and colour association. Tinfoil can really confuse many flying insects in the polytunnel, and in the case of chillies and peppers this can really improve the flavour and heat intensity of the fruit. Layer soil tinfoil on the soil between your plants and the extra light bouncing back onto the plants will do the trick. This layer of tinfoil will also confuse flying pests as they won’t know what way is ‘up’ so they’ll move onto other plants.MusicPlants respond to music, and to being talked too. Stay with me….there’s science here…not just some random loony statement! Plants produce a hormone called ethylene when being rocked by wind, plants growing in a greenhouse or a Gillespie Polytunnel can lack this hormone as there’s not a contact breeze in the tunnel like there would be in the garden, so plants in the tunnel can get leggy and never develop as strong a root system as plants grown outside (or where a fan is running in the tunnel). Music, especially frequencies around 5000 Hz, have shown great results in plant growths in confined spaces. Talking to the plants can be brought into the same discussion as above, but also talking to the plants bring in some extra carbon dioxide, this gas when supplied to plants increases the rate of Photosynthesis. So play music and talk to your plants in the tunnel…anyone asks…tell them Gareth told you to!There are many many more natural remedies advocated and discussed by many gardeners out there, with these and the ones above I’d also proceed with caution, especially when applying something to a product you’re planning on eating, or perhaps a plant which has sentimental value. So try a wee bit first, see the results, and then treat the rest of the plants. Someone once described this as the same method when getting your hair colours, when you get the patch tests done before you commit to the full colour.Next Week….Selecting, planting and managing trees in the garden Gareth Austin is resident Horticulturist with BBC Radio Foyle, a member of the Chartered Institute of Horticulturists and lectures in Horticulture with Donegal ETB. For more see www.garethaustin.com or join Gareth on Twitter @GardenerGarethGARDENING WITH GARETH – HOME MADE POTIONS was last modified: May 16th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalGardening with GarethGareth Austinlast_img read more

Bandoleros add to excitement at at Redwood Acres

first_imgThe newest addition to the Redwood Acres Raceway is serving up a thrilling debut season.The Bandoleros made their debut at the Eureka raceway in early May after replacing the Thunder Roadster division, which had seen dwindling numbers in recent years.And the Bandoleros, which feature drivers aged eight to 16, have settled right in, accommodating a younger generation of drivers.Through four rounds of action, Aiden Kimberling leads the division with 169 points, 20 points ahead of second-placed …last_img

Joburg second in global study

first_img26 March 2008Johannesburg is ranked the second least vulnerable city to urbanisation and the environment in a new study of major centres in Asia, the Middle East and Africa.This is according to the Worldwide Centres of Commerce Index, which was conducted as a result of the United Nations Population Fund concluding in 2006 that the world’s urban population exceeded its rural population, making 2007 the first year in which humans existed as an “urban species”.Joburg was included as one of 21 cities ranked among the top 50 of the world’s centres of commerce.In 2007, the MasterCard Worldwide Urbanization and Environmental Challenges report launched its first Worldwide Centres of Commerce Index. The report ranked leading global cities along three dimensions, providing a first ever assessment of how these cities contribute to global commerce.The report looked at the vulnerability of 21 cities and key environmental factors like air and water pollution that directly affect the quality of life in those cities, and the risks to the health and safety of their residents. The sustainability of a city’s growth is closely linked to how that city maintains its environment.“With urbanisation and urban living comes a new challenge, that of protecting and improving the urban environment. Nowhere is this more acute and pressing than across the Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa region,” says the report.Melbourne in Australia ranks top with a score of 2.03 (the highest possible score being 1); Johannesburg comes in second at 2.37, with Singapore ranked third with 2.40. At the bottom of the ranking is Mumbai in India with a score of 7.78.The author of the report, Dr Yuwa Hedrick-Wong, is quoted by I-Net Bridge as saying that the overall picture for Johannesburg is that “by and large the city has done exceptionally well in creating a high quality environment within its urban setting, managing increasing population growth and a degree of unpredictable environmental impacts to ensure a good quality of life for residents”.Hedrick-Wong cautions, however, that this unpredictability means the city should not become complacent.The assessment took three dimensions into consideration: environmental indicators that are largely government controlled; environmental indicators that are affected by climate change and indirectly government controlled; and indicators of “environmental risks”.Dimension 1Water potability, water availability, the sewage system, waste removal, air quality, and infectious diseases are the conditions taken into consideration in Dimension 1. This was considered the most important ranking. Joburg is ranked sixth on this dimension.Cities that rank lowest in environmental quality suffer from very high levels of air pollution, particularly emissions from vehicles, poor waste and sewage removal and coverage, and high instances of infectious diseases. Cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, Jakarta and Beijing score badly on potability. In Beirut’s case, degraded environmental services are caused by political turbulence.Dimension 2Indicators in this dimension are not directly considered to be under government control and are largely subject to the impact from climate change. These include the rise of sea level, water scarcity due to drought, severe storms, and fires. Joburg ranks fourth in dimension 2.“The impact of climate change is likely to be especially marked in Bangkok, Jakarta, Shanghai and Sydney due to flooding from a rise in sea level; they may be less marked in Singapore, Tokyo and Melbourne where adaptive strategies may be easier to implement,” the report states.Dimension 3Indicators here are those considered to be “highly unpredictable”, with an immediate impact on the environment of the cities. They include earthquakes, typhoons, hurricanes, and volcanic eruptions.Johannesburg ranks the second lowest in terms of risk of these factors influencing the city and its residents.Richer cities, with more disposable income and better educated people to manage the city, are likely to score higher. This also applies to “emerging” cities like Johannesburg, Seoul and Kuala Lumpur, says the report.It would appear that not having been built on a major river or positioned as a port city has placed Joburg in an advantageous position. Often, large industries dump their waste into rivers or the sea, making these cities vulnerable to the effects of that pollution.Joburg is also not vulnerable to natural events like hurricanes, earthquakes or volcanic eruptions.Hedrick-Wong said that Joburg’s “overall ranking of second place reflects the city’s geographic location which is well protected from most adverse environmental factors that are either outside of the government’s control or highly unpredictable, with one notable exception – drought”.Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

India MPs protest against Team India’s poor performance; other sports demand attention

first_imgPASSIONS INFLAMED: The cricket protestHonourable Members of Parliament, if we may be so intemperate as to interrupt your nation building and proffer an observation. Your spirited protest after the cricket team’s miseries in South Africa has proved that India’s sporting future is secure and in caring hands.The impact of such,PASSIONS INFLAMED: The cricket protestHonourable Members of Parliament, if we may be so intemperate as to interrupt your nation building and proffer an observation. Your spirited protest after the cricket team’s miseries in South Africa has proved that India’s sporting future is secure and in caring hands.The impact of such passionate involvement was immediately felt: the nexus of the businessmen and er… politicians that runs the BCCI was humbled. The team was forced to buttress its defences (particularly around the gates of players’ homes). The fact that the coach masterminded an adjournment of Parliament means that formulating a World Cup master plan will be chicken feed. All introspection is healthy.Naturally, athletes from other disciplines now expect the MPs to be as vociferous and strident on other sporting issues where India’s pride is being muddied:Like how our men’s hockey team can have the 17 changes of coach in 12 years, and only one Asian Games gold and one Junior World Cup to show for it? Or how world-class centre half Viren Rasquinha was axed from the Asiad squad on grounds of fitness? In five fitness tests, he finished under the stipulated nine minutes in four out of five 2.4 km runs and was in the top three in the 40 m speed tests.Like how it is that after being a force in the women’s game, India is now a doping pariah in weightlifting? Banned for a year and forced to stay out of the Doha Asian Games, with the 2008 Olympics in doubt, because a $50,000 (Rs 22 lakh) fine must be paid before the team can compete again.advertisementAlso, how is it that coaches sacked after dope scandals were welcomed back, including the notorious Pal Singh Sandhu as “advisor”-this after he was “banned for life” after our first positive dope tests at an Olympics (Athens 2004). And those who have presided over escalating positive dope tests, remain in office expressing regret.Like why is it, by coach Laszlo Scuzak’s reckoning, that our shooters can only get in 70 days of training a year as opposed to their rivals’ 270 training days for want of ammunition? It is, they say, like asking a diver to pull out his best dive-into 10 cm of water.Like, why is it that 12 months after signing a Rs 270-crore-plus 10-year deal with Zee Sports, the All India Football Federation has no formal youth development programme up and running? And India’s ranking, 148 this month, is behind Grenada, Maldives and Swaziland, its under-20s unable to win a SAF Games title.MPs don’t have to go far to demand answers for our sport, just look across Parliament benchesLike how, after a six-month search, the country’s best woman pole vaulter V.S. Surekha couldn’t get the best fibre glass pole a week before the Asian Games. The import through the Government was taking too long so she paid for the Rs 30,000 pole herself. Indian vaulters use the same pole in training and in competition whereas their competitors use several.Like whether it is reasonable to spend around Rs 28 crore on an 11-minute function at the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony in Melbourne? Rs 28 crore could fund 10 hockey astro-turfs in India with enough left over to fund training sessions in the world’s best athletics facilities for four years. The loose change would buy a couple of pole vaults each for Surekha and friends.There’s enough here for Parliament to get shirty about, heads that can be demanded, prime candidates being K.P.S. Gill in hockey, Balbir Singh Bhatia in weightlifting. What’s even better the MPs don’t have to go as far as South Africa.All they have to do is look across the benches and demand answers: from Suresh Kalmadi of the Indian Olympic Association, also athletics boss, Priya Ranjan Dasmunshi and/or Praful Patel of the All India Football Federation, Vijay Kumar Malhotra in archery, the Chautala brothers, Ajay and Abhay in boxing and table tennis.Now they may not be as easy targets as the Indian cricketers, but they all deserve a cheap shot or two.last_img read more

Celebrity Game Entertaining Curtain-Raiser

first_imgA host of celebrities, Touch Football Australia sponsors, Australian Touch Football representatives and TFA staff and Board members took to the field before the second day of the 2015 Youth Trans Tasman Series to battle it out on the Sharks home ground, Remondis Stadium. Former League star and NRL Ambassador, Ben Ross, former Bulldogs player and now Steeden Sales Manager, Luke Patten, as well as representatives from TFA sponsors, X-Blades, BLK and Steeden were a part of the day, as well as several Cronulla Sharks players who ‘coached’ the teams. Australian representatives Jessica McCall, Scott Buckley, Leah Percy, Simon Lang and Patricia Michaelopoulos also took part in the game. Cronulla Sharks Mermaids, Lauren and Elyse were on the sidelines and also took to the field during the game, with Mermaids touchdowns resulting in four points as an incentive.David Fifita, acting as one of the coaches, told the crowd at half-time that his team should focus on bringing the coaching staff more ice blocks in the second half, due to the warm conditions.  Nothing could separate the two teams at full-time, with game finishing at 11-all, with plenty of fun had by all. Former Sharks player and the NRL Footy Show’s Beau Ryan also made an appearance and was a popular addition to the event, with many photo opportunities taking place with spectators and even the Australian and New Zealand teams in the lead up to the day two games. Ryan said although he couldn’t take to the field he enjoyed the experience. “It was pretty intense, I wish I could have been out there playing but it’s great to be back here around the guys. I’m really excited to watch Australia play New Zealand, it’s pretty full on, it’s a good day for Touch,” Ryan said on Saturday. “I’ve got a lot of appreciation for Benji (Marshall) and the guys that used to play Touch, we used to go watch them play all the time in Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour. I do appreciate how hard it is and how fit they are. Because I can’t play League anymore, who knows maybe I can play Touch (in the future).”Sharks player, Fa’amanu Brown was one of the several Sharks players involved on the sidelines helping out the teams and said it was fun to be a part of the day. “It was quite exciting, there a lot of celebrities here like Ben Ross, Beau Ryan and Luke Patten, he was a legend that I used to watch when I was a bit younger.”Australian Women’s Open representative, Leah Percy, who was also at the Youth Trans Tasman helping out the Australian Women’s 20’s team, also enjoyed her time on the field. “It was really good fun, it was a nice friendly game and it was a bit competitive too so it was good.”Please visit the TFA Facebook page – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia for photos from the event and stay tuned to the TFA YouTube channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus for highlights from the game. Related LinksCelebrity Gamelast_img read more

Ohio State QB’s J.T. Barrett And Stephen Collier Got Some Extra Throwing In Today With Buckeye WRs

first_imgJ.T. Barrett celebrating during Ohio State's game against Michigan.ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 28: Quarterback J.T. Barrett #16 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates after rushing for a fourth quarter touchdown against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Just because it looks like Braxton Miller won’t be playing quarterback this season for the Buckeyes, doesn’t mean Ohio State’s other QB’s can take things easy. There’s still a quarterback competition to win and a national championship to defend, and sophomore J.T. Barrett, the primary starter last season, certainly knows that. That’s probably why Barrett and fellow quarterback Stephen Collier spent some free time today throwing with wide receivers Johnnie Dixon, Parris Campbell and Noah Brown. That Ohio State offense will be scary this season, no matter who is at the controls.last_img read more