The 2009 Be Active Junior State Champs will be held at Lightning Park, Noranda, WA, from Friday 20 February to Sunday 22 February 2009.Over 25 teams will compete in 5 divisions, including 10’s, 12’s and 15’s Mixed, as well as 18’s Boys and Girls. The 15’s Boys final will also be played on Sunday, with Northern Districts taking on Tompkins Park.67 games will be played over the course of the championships, with teams from Fremantle, Tompkins Park, Peel Districts, Brighton, Northern Districts, Goldfields, Southern Districts and Perth Brothers all competing. The first games will be played on Friday at 6pm, with round games to continue on Saturday and Sunday. Finals will commence at 10.40am on Sunday, with the 12’s Mixed final, followed by the 15’s Mixed and 15’s Boys at 11.20am, the 18’s Girls at 12.10pm and the 18’s Boys at 1pm. The Under 10’s presentation will be held at 11am, with the 12’s at 11.30am and the 15’s and 18’s at the conclusion of the 18’s Boys final.For further information, visit the Junior State Champs website:http://www.juniorstatechamps.com.au
MONTREAL – As it prepares to join the Metro grocery chain network, Quebec pharmacy company Jean Coutu Group Inc. anticipates some stability after years of provincial government intervention in a bid to lower generic drug costs.A ceiling on professional allowances paid to pharmacists by generic drug manufacturers such as Jean Coutu’s (TSX:PJC.A) Pro Doc will be restored to 15 per cent next week.And a new law limiting pharmacists to buying half of their total generic drug purchases from one generic drugmaker is expected to have little impact on its pharmacist owners.Most of Jean Coutu pharmacists already meet this threshold and will be able to maintain their current purchases from Pro Doc, which mainly supplies large volume generic drugs, chief financial officer Andre Belzile said Thursday during a conference call to discuss second-quarter results.“We don’t expect any additional reform so we should have a much better view on the impact on our earnings and the earnings of Pro Doc going forward now that we will have that stability for the next five years,” he told analysts.The Quebec-based pharmacy chain earned $47.8 million in its latest quarter, down from $51.5 million a year ago even as revenue improved.The drugstore retailer said the profit amounted to 26 cents per diluted share for the three-month period ended Sept. 2, two cents per share above analyst forecasts and down from 28 cents per diluted share in the same period a year earlier.It attributed the drop in earnings to a lower contribution from Pro Doc following a lifting of professional allowance caps in January.Revenue increased six per cent to $744.3 million, up from $701.2 million.Irene Nattel of RBC Capital Markets said Jean Coutu’s outlook of stability is good for Metro shareholders.“Sustaining momentum as we move through the approval process for the proposed transaction remains critical, particularly in light of ongoing pressure on profitability of the generic drug unit,” she wrote in a report.Last week, Jean Coutu agreed to a $4.5-billion takeover offer from grocery store chain Metro Inc. (TSX:MRU) that is expected to close in the first half of 2018.Jean Coutu shareholders are being offered a combination of cash and stock worth about $24.50 per share.Metro announced Wednesday that it expects to receive $1.55 billion in proceeds from the sale of more than 27 million shares in Alimentation Couche-Tard (TSX:ATD.B) to help fund the Jean Coutu purchase.Meanwhile, while some analysts fear that the liquidation of Sears will hurt other retailers during the busy holiday season, CEO Francois Coutu anticipates some longer-term benefits.“With the problems that Sears is having, I think this should benefit also all the retailers who will probably benefit from this clientele who will have to find other places to go,” he said.
VICTORIA – British Columbia is planning to introduce a pilot program that would give some residents a basic income in what will be part of a series of legislative strategies to fight poverty, the minister in charge said Monday.Poverty Reduction Minister Shane Simpson said his government wants to test the effectiveness of providing people with a basic income to reduce poverty, improve health, employment and housing prospects.The NDP government is consulting with other jurisdictions that have similar programs.“We’ve been talking with the province of Ontario about their work,” he said at a news conference announcing the B.C. strategy. “We’re also talking to people in diverse places such as Glasgow, Scotland and Oakland, Calif., where they are doing this work, too. I expect to have more to say about how we proceed with that in the new year.”B.C. currently has the highest poverty rate in Canada based on the federal government’s Market Basket Measure indicator which includes the costs of food, clothing, footwear, transportation, housing and other expenses for a family with two children.Simpson said it’s estimated 678,000 people live in poverty in B.C., including 118,000 children.The NDP made poverty reduction one of its key election promises last spring after years of labelling the former Liberal government as cold-hearted for rejecting plans to reduce one of the highest child-poverty rates in Canada.Simpson appointed 27 people, including poverty advocates, academics and First Nations members, to an advisory group that will provide insights and guidance as the government prepares to introduce its reduction strategy and legislation next spring.He said the dates and locations for a series of public consultations will be announced shortly.“The end result of this, we hope, will be a complete poverty reduction strategy next year,” Simpson said. “I look forward to hearing from British Columbians who believe this is an issue that we need to challenge and who believe we need to reduce inequality, and reducing poverty is a fundamental step in that.”He said the poverty issue cuts across all communities and statistics indicate that 40 per cent of those in poverty have low-paying jobs.Dawn Hemingway, chairwoman of the School of Social Work at the University of Northern B.C., said she expects the government’s strategy will make a real difference in people’s lives.“I want to underline that as a human being and as a social worker, I firmly believe that it is a basic human right for everyone to have a good quality of life,” she said.Hemingway was appointed as one of the leaders for the advisory group.Simpson said the government has yet to decide how many people would be involved in the basic income project or the amount of money that would be provided to those participants, but it has already undertaken consultations with academics and other experts.He said a federal-provincial initiative in the 1970s conducted a basic income experiment in the community of Dauphin, Man. Researchers looking at the program, called Mincome, said it was stopped after four years when Canada fell into an economic recession.The Ontario government’s project is measuring how a basic wage helps people living on low incomes meet their needs for food, shelter, health and employment training.
Rabat – According to the Party of Authenticity and Modernity, a Moroccan opposition party, the government of the Republic of Paraguay announced the withdrawal its recognition of the so-called Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (founded by the Polisario Front).According to a statement issued by the party following a visit by its leader to Paraguay, the parliament of this Latin American country made an “important declaration.”Paraguay decided to “to suspend its relations Polisario, which it considers as an armed separatist movement, and to support international legitimacy,” in finding a political solution to the conflict, the PAM said according to Anadolo agency. This is the third country in less than three months to withdraw its recognition of the Polisario’s RASD after Haiti and Panama which signals the dwindling legitimacy of this separatist movement as a representative of the Saharawis.During his meeting with Mohammed VI at the White House last November, President Obama pledged to continue supporting the efforts made by the United Nations to find a mutually-agreed solution to the conflict, adding that the Moroccan autonomy plan presented to the security Council in 2007 is “serious, realistic, and credible.”“The United States has made clear that Morocco’s autonomy plan is serious, realistic, and credible, and that it represents a potential approach that could satisfy the aspirations of the people in the Western Sahara to run their own affairs in peace and dignity,” said the White House.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
Once you are recognized as the best, it becomes that much harder to stay there.Sometimes there are external factors, like the target that you wear on your back once the accolades start coming your way.But far more often, the struggle to stay on top is internal.There are many terms for this phenomenon: resting on your laurels, self-satisfaction or just plain laziness.Ohio State women’s basketball player Jantel Lavender will never fall into that trap.Lavender has been unanimously selected as the Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year, and the Buckeyes she leads have been picked to finish first in the Big Ten by both the media and coaches poll.Do such lofty expectations make her soft?“I think it’s motivation to continue to be at the level of a top team,” Lavender said.Saying it is motivating and actually displaying motivation are two very different things.When someone has to go to class, hit the weight room and then go to practice and impress a task-master like coach Jim Foster, words won’t cut it. Only action will.“If it means coming in and shooting 500 [3-pointers] a day or running extremely hard, whatever it takes is what I’ll do,” Lavender said.Statistics like the ones Lavender has racked up can be telling.In her freshman campaign, she averaged 17.6 points and 9.9 rebounds per game. Those tallies increased to 20.8 and 10.7 respectively in her sophomore season.Is it an upward trend or has she reached the pinnacle?“I just come in every day with the attitude that I’m getting better every single day,” Lavender said. “There’s not a plateau for me. You can always add to your game.”Foster isn’t ready to call his star player a finished product just yet.“She needs to continue to work on her face-up game, shoot the [3-pointer] with a little more consistency and to continue to improve her left [hand],” Foster said.With goals, expectations and four new freshmen faces in the lineup, it is extremely important that team leaders set the tone.“If you have to motivate your best players to play hard every day, you’re stuck in the mud,” Foster said.“When your best players are your hardest workers, then you’re on the autobahn.”Lavender is a hard worker, and a self-avowed basketball junkie. A lot of players will say they model their game after a certain star player.Usually, it is a name that even the most casual of fans have heard of, such as LeBron James or Kobe Bryant.But Lavender looks for ways to improve her game in the most unlikely of places.“I love the game so much and constantly want to learn something new,” she said. “I’m a sponge. It can be a kid on the playground I’m watching that does something out of the ordinary.”Last year’s run to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA women’s basketball tournament and subsequent ouster has fueled the fire for the team to surpass the last two seasons’ accomplishments. That can only mean one thing: a national title.Will Lavender have what it takes to lead this year’s Buckeyes to another Big Ten title and beyond? She sounds ready.“There are no excuses,” she said of this season. “I know what needs to be done.”
Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) hands the ball off to redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber (25) in the third quarter against Rutgers on Sep. 30. Ohio State won 56-0. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorFor the first time all season, Ohio State was able to effectively use both redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber and freshman running back J.K. Dobbins in the same game for multiple drives in Saturday’s 56-0 win over Rutgers.Moving forward, head coach Urban Meyer said on the Big Ten coaches teleconference he would like to use both of them in the backfield at the same time.“They’re that quality of players when you put your best 11 up on the board, those two names surface,” Meyer said. “Our obligation is to play the best players and you know, last week we really didn’t get the repetition we wanted with either one of them.”Weber finished the game with 44 rushing yards on 10 carries and three rushing touchdowns, while Dobbins had only six carries, but totaled 53 yards on the ground. The team will not always be able to use both running backs at once. When Meyer is forced to choose one over the other, he said the indicator of who is performing the best would be to see what kind of energy level the two backs have and who is displaying the best ball security.“That’s one position that’s fairly easy to find out a guy’s in a rhythm. Just the demeanor, the way [the running back] handles himself and obviously the production,” he said. “You can tell, like, it’s not much different than if the fan when you’re watching the game and you can feel every time that guy touches the ball, or even you just feel them on the field.”Here are some additional notes from the teleconference:On Dante Booker’s improvement: “I do believe he struggled a little bit. Wasn’t so much from the injury, just getting back in the flow of things. The injury was fine, it’s just when you miss that much time and Book is one of those guys that we’ve never had to worry about him going hard or worry about him. He’s a pleaser, he wants to do everything right and sometimes you paralyze yourself because you over-analyze everything instead of just playing four to six [seconds], a to b.”On Booker being named defensive player of the week: “Oh everybody loves him, including myself and the players respect him because they know how hard he works and how much Ohio State football means to him, so it was a big cheer for him and you know, just the way you want it.”On Dwayne Haskins: “He went to a smaller, very good high school, but a smaller high school. And I think the competition was not like it was [here]. Sort of took him some time to adjust to the speed and aggressiveness, et cetera. He’s growing up, he’s still growing as a player, a quarterback. Game experience is priceless for a guy like that and he’s really handled it very well.”On Maryland quarterback Max Bortenschlager against Minnesota: “I think he was extremely efficient with the quick passing game, getting the ball out and then obviously he had some big runs. You know Minnesota going into that was one of the top defenses in America and I thought he did excellent. But he was also, now he’s established himself as a starter and you see that, with a talented guy, you see that development work. Our … defense staff has got a lot of respect for him.”On impressive Maryland players: “I think the skillset of the offensive players, the six-out and their returner [D.J. Moore], he’s obviously very involved in the kicking game. So the skill positions on the receiver and the running back is very patient and great acceleration. And on defense, just another year in the system of coach [D.J.] Durkin and the understanding of that 3-4 style defense they play and the activity of the defensive front. That’s what catches my eye.”
Ohio State redshirt junior midfielder Brady Blackwell (4) protects the ball from a Falcon during the Ohio State-BGSU game on Sep. 22. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorEighteen minutes into the first period of the Ohio State men’s soccer game on Sept. 26 against Detroit Mercy, redshirt junior midfielder Brady Blackwell flicked in a shot four yards out from the net and scored his first career goal as a Buckeye.Blackwell’s collegiate soccer story doesn’t begin in Columbus, Ohio, however, and it wasn’t always easy. He spent two seasons playing soccer at San Diego State University before he made the decision to transfer 2,263 miles back home and attend Ohio State.Growing up in Dublin, Ohio, 10 minutes away from Ohio State’s campus, it was always a dream for Blackwell to don a scarlet and gray jersey and play soccer for the Buckeyes.“When the opportunity presented itself to come home, I couldn’t pass it up,” Blackwell said.A little over a year ago, Blackwell was working hard during the preseason prior to his junior year at a new school with a new team.That preparation came to a halt when he was injured. It forced him to take a medical redshirt and stand on the sidelines while he watched his teammates play the 2016 season without him.“It was just tough having to watch my teammates work and not being able to help out,” Blackwell said. “I tried to encourage them and do all I could, but there’s nothing like competing and practicing with your teammates.”Blackwell said it was frustrating not being on the field with his team, but ultimately, he took his injury as a learning experience.“I was very upset I couldn’t help contribute in my first season here at OSU,” Blackwell said. “But that’s part of the sport, and I think the injury helped me learn some important lessons.”Fast forward to the 2017 season and Blackwell is healed from his injury and trying to make every second of this year count.So far this season, Blackwell has played in 13 games for Ohio State, started 11 matches and added one goal to his list of accomplishments.Being injured can be detrimental to a player’s future career and success, but Blackwell said being injured made him appreciate the game even more and motivated him to work harder.“It’s important to play and train hard everyday, because you have no idea when something like an injury might happen,” Blackwell said. “Overall, it just made me respect the opportunity I’ve been given.”Blackwell’s return to play has been a huge boost to the Buckeyes success in the season so far, his teammates said. In the midfield, Blackwell’s ability to dictate the flow and tempo of the game has made a large impact on Ohio State’s game, said senior defender Niall Logue.“Last year we knew he was going to be a big player for us,” Logue said. “In the preseason he got the news that he was going to have to medical redshirt, and that was a huge blow for us, especially in the midfield.”For the Buckeyes, having a roster filled with 15 freshmen requires plenty of leadership from the few upperclassmen. Blackwell delivers that much-needed command both on and off the field, Logue said.“Having him back this year is a big influence in a leadership way as well,” Logue said. “He’s a big personality in the locker room.”After experiencing different trials and tribulations throughout his collegiate soccer career, Blackwell brings a lot of wisdom to the team. “I’ve played at two different universities and have gained experience along the way. My injury humbled me and allowed me to take a step back and observe the opportunity we have as Ohio State athletes,” Blackwell said. “I hope that I can encourage younger players to take nothing for granted, and to train and play everyday like it’s your last.”
A jubilant Jurgen Klopp has warned Real Madrid that his Liverpool side will be “on fire” when they meet in the Champions League final later this monthThe Reds scrapped through a tricky return leg against AS Roma on Wednesday night with a 7-6 aggregate win to book their place in the final, despite losing 4-2 to the Italian side at the Stadio Olimpico on the night.However, next up for Liverpool will be the 12-time Champions League winners Real on May 26 at Kiev.But Klopp, who led his Borussia Dortmund side to victory against Los Galacticos in the 2013 semi-finals of the competition, is certain that his players will up for the challenge of defying the odds and prevent Real from winning a third consecutive title.“Going to a final is really nice. I did it a few times but winning it is even nicer. We will be ready,” said the Liverpool manager, according to SportsKeeda.“You cannot be more experienced in the competition than Real Madrid. I think pretty much 80 percent of the team played all these finals four times in the last five years and they are still together.“So if we talk about experience, they are experienced and we are not. But we will be really on fire, you can imagine.Report: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“We are looking forward to it but before that, we have to play two more Champions League semi-finals in the Premier League. That is first of all the job to do.“Then we’ll have two weeks to prepare for the final and we will use that time.”A concerning fact for Klopp is that he has lost five of his six finals in his managerial career and the German is aware that his Liverpool side still way some way to go yet.“Look, we were in the League Cup final and we didn’t win it. People don’t tell me in the street since then, ‘Thank you for bringing us to the final’,” said the 50-year-old.“We were in the Europa League final. I didn’t see any trophies after these games.“They don’t hang silver medals at Melwood. That’s the pity, that’s the game. So there’s still a job to do but that’s how it is.”
Real Madrid midfielder Isco rose to the defence of under-fire manager Julen Lopetegui by claiming that the responsibility of the team’s displays lies with the playersThe pressure is at an all-time high for Lopetegui in his four-month reign in charge of Real following Saturday’s shock 2-1 home defeat to the lowly Levante.The former Spain boss is being widely tipped to be dismissed from his post before Sunday’s El Clasico game with Barcelona.But Lopetegui stated his intention to fight on earlier today and Isco revealed that both himself and the entire squad are behind their manager.“I do not believe that the press has the power to sack a Madrid coach,” said Isco ahead of Real’s Champions League game with Viktoria Plzen, on Sport.Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“The controversy that you want to create in the dressing room is not there. We trust in the staff that we have and in what we have done.“The boss has all our confidence. It would be crazy [to sack him]. You have to let him work.“If you sack the coach you have to sack us all because we are the ones on the field – this is something for everyone, not just the coach.“Historically, people who criticise us come back later with their tail between their legs once we win Champions League.”